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The Georgetown Current SEASON’s GREETINGS

Process for interim post draws fire ■ Council: Democratic Party

to fill Mendelson at-large seat By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The next interim at-large member of the D.C. Council will be chosen by fewer than 80 Democratic activists, in a process even some of the contenders say is flawed. And that could bode ill for the new mem-

ber, who will have to face the voters in a special election after roughly 90 days in office. Under the District’s charter, when an at-large council seat is vacant, the leaders of the party that held that seat get to choose a replacement, who serves until a special election can be held to elect a new member to serve out the original term. That means the D.C. Democratic State Committee will vote on Dec. 10 to select an interim replacement

for at-large member Phil Mendelson. Mendelson left his at-large seat this past summer to replace disgraced chairman Kwame Brown on an interim basis, then won a special election for the post in November. The precise date for a special election to fill the vacated at-large seat hasn’t yet been set. The state committee was expected to vote in January, then moved up the date to fill the seat more quickly See At-large/Page 5

Board renews license despite objections By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Weekend holiday shoppers were greeted by two giant-size Nutcracker soldiers standing guard outside of Clyde’s of Georgetown on M Street.

A Foxhall liquor store that allegedly sold alcohol to dozens of underage customers had its liquor license renewed last week, as the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board was persuaded that the owner has improved his procedures. But the Palisades/Foxhall advisory neighborhood commission may ask the board to reconsider its decision on Town Square Market, 4418 MacArthur Blvd., because of the severity of the complaints. The neighborhood commission had earlier protested the license renewal. The alleged sales were documented by WUSA reporters and Montgomery County Police. D.C. authorities also charged Town Square owner Richard Kim in one case of selling alcohol to a 17-year-old in February, and he received a 30-day suspended sentence. According to the liquor board, Town Square quickly shaped up following Kim’s arrest. He attended training

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The store’s owner was convicted of selling alcohol to a minor, but its practices have since improved.

on how to recognize proper IDs, purchased an ID scanner and began scrupulously checking customers’ identification. There have been no reported incidents of sales See License/Page 8

New skating rink adds amenity to waterfront

Proposal for Walls growth raises community questions



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The Washington Harbour has a prominent new centerpiece this winter: an outdoor ice rink, the largest in the city and one of few in the region. The 11,800-square-foot rink opened to skaters last Monday and will celebrate its formal grand opening Saturday. The seasonal feature, set against the Potomac River in Washington Harbour’s lower plaza between 3000 and 3050 K St., is expected to draw new crowds to an area that’s more known for its warm-weather appeal. Nick Cibel, whose family owns both Nick’s Riverside Grill and Tony and Joe’s at the complex, said he’s already seen an impact from the rink’s first week. “It’s a festive atmosphere,” he said. “People are coming down

Amid the controversy of 20 proposed school closings, one idea has gotten generally positive feedback: expanding School Without Walls, a high-performing high school that’s outgrown its Foggy Bottom space. There’s less consensus about how exactly that expansion should take place. Under the current D.C. Public Schools plan, Walls would retain its current building at 2130 G St. but in fall 2013 would also take over the Francis-Stevens Education Campus,

NEWS Pilot program at Phillips, Iona harnesses art therapy

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The rink’s official grand opening will be on Saturday. here at times that they wouldn’t have normally come down.” The holiday weekend brought “lots of business,” said Marissa Marwell of Rink Management Services Corp., which oversees operations of the rink and runs a new See Skating/Page 14

SPOR TS Gonzaga edges past Churchill in early-season hockey thriller

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HOLIDAYS Area house museums to host historic Christmas tour

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approximately a mile away in the West End. Students now in FrancisStevens’ early-childhood through eighth-grade program — who use just 55 percent of the building’s capacity — would be distributed to other schools. Although the Walls community embraces the idea of extra space, they’re still digesting details of the proposal after hearing about it for the first time on Nov. 13. Walls principal Robert Trogisch, in an interview, said he learned about the FrancisStevens plan through a phone call from a parent who’d seen fliers See Walls/Page 8

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District Digest City sets expansion for visitor parking

As different communities debate how best to implement the program, the D.C. Department of Transportation has finalized its basic proposal to offer visitor parking passes throughout the city. The agency’s rulemaking, pub-

lished Friday, states that “subject to the availability of funds, the [agency’s] Director shall implement a visitor parking pilot program within all residential parking permit areas in the District.� Households in many parts of the city already receive annual visitor parking passes, which exempts users from resident-only parking

restrictions within the boundaries of a particular advisory neighborhood commission. Ward 2, though, has been absent so far, and some residents there have questioned a move that would make it easier for more people to take up more spots. Transportation officials have said they may tailor the program to different parts of the city.

Demolition to begin at Spring Valley home The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start tomorrow a long-planned demolition of a home at 4825 Glenbrook Road, in order to remove World War I-era munitions believed buried beneath it. The two weeks of demolition


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will affect only the house itself â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Army will subsequently remove all soil on the property down to bedrock. The demolition work will take place weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for two weeks, according to a news release. The work was originally scheduled to begin last month, but it took longer than anticipated to secure the necessary permits.

Costco to open in Northeast tomorrow

The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Costco store will open tomorrow at 2441 Market St. NE, near the intersection of New York and South Dakota avenues, according to a company news release. The 154,000-square-foot members-only warehouse store will offer groceries, a pharmacy, tires, a food court, wine and liquor, and various household goods, the release states.

Blessed Sacrament to hold food drive

Blessed Sacrament Parish and School in Chevy Chase will collect canned goods from area residents in its 25th annual Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive on Saturday, according to a news release. Church members distribute empty bags to various homes, and later retrieve them filled with food from the doorsteps. The effort last year netted 75,000 cans of food, which the church distributes among various local charities, the release says. Details about the food drive are available at


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Seniors in Iona pilot program explore art therapy at Phillips Collection By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

At the Phillips Collection, education professionals and therapists are exploring a new treatment for the aging: healing through art. Over the past year, the gallery and Iona Senior Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wellness & Arts Center have led a pilot program that combines education and art therapy to enhance the well-being of older adults who suffer memory impairment and physical challenges. Their watercolors, acrylic paintings and oil pastels have been the

subject of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creative Aging,â&#x20AC;? a monthlong exhibition at the Phillips that closes this week. A group of 30 now participates in guided visits to the Phillips Collection and art therapy workshops at Ionaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tenleytown facility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This kind of program is so in line with the philosophical underpinnings of the museum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the idea of art and healing, art and wellness,â&#x20AC;? said Brooke Rosenblatt, the education specialist for public programs at the Phillips. Rosenblatt worked with Iona art therapist Jackie McGeehan to incorporate gallery discussion with art therapy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the therapeutic use

The week ahead Thursday, Nov. 29

The District of Columbia Bar will hold a forum on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding the D.C. Zoning Regulations Rewrite.â&#x20AC;? The session will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K St. NW. Admission costs $10 to $15; to register, visit â&#x2013; The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a talk by Georgetown resident Charley Casserly, former general manager for the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans and now with the NFL Network. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Nike store, 3040 M St. NW. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Parks and Recreation Department will hold a community meeting to solicit ideas for improving the Rose Park playground. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rose Park Recreation Center, 2609 Dumbarton St. NW.

of art to improve a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mental, emotional or physical health. One Monday a month, McGeehan brought visitors from Iona to view works in the Dupont museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permanent collection. Rosenblatt selected paintings to evoke different themes and moods from participants, and she encouraged them to discuss personal connections between the artwork and their own lives. McGeehan used the museum themes as jumping-off points for her studio sessions. For example, after a discussion about â&#x20AC;&#x153;masking,â&#x20AC;? one woman placed plaster over her mouth to

describe her own struggles to communicate. The benefit of integrating arts into work with an older population, she noted, is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;give individuals that have lost a lot â&#x20AC;Ś the opportunity to reconnect with themselves.â&#x20AC;? Earlier this month, the Phillips Collection invited participants and their families to a viewing of their paintings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was just this overwhelming sense of pride,â&#x20AC;? Rosenblatt said. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creative Agingâ&#x20AC;? exhibit will be on view through Friday at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.



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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Nov. 18 through 25 in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 â&#x2013; downtown



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Stolen auto â&#x2013; 13th and I streets; street; 1:30 a.m. Nov. 23. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; street; 6:50 p.m. Nov. 23. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, E St.; restaurant; 2:10 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  7th and Constitution avenues; unspecified premises; 10:15 a.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 11:39 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  500 block, 12th St.; sidewalk; 10:08 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 7:14 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 2:46 p.m. Nov. 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 13th St.; unspecified premises; 2 a.m. Nov. 23.

psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place

PSA 102


Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 800 block, 7th St.; construction site; 10 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  300 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 1:10 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; street; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 25. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; noon Nov. 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, 6th St.; parking lot; 7 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  3rd and K streets; street; 7 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  700 bock, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 12:45 p.m. Nov. 23.

Pam K. Bambini Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boutique Shemaliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ

psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013; 6000 block, 32nd St.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Stephenson Place; unspecified premises; 10:06 a.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Stephenson Place; unspecified premises; 10:45 a.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Military Road; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Nov. 22.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 4500 block, 40th St.; grocery store; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:05 p.m. Nov. 25. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:43 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Albemarle St.;

unspecified premises; 3:55 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013; Unspecified location; 5:45 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  4100 block, River Road; street; 9:08 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Military Road; parking lot; 10:58 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Military Road; street; 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24.

psa 203

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

cleveland park

Burglary â&#x2013; 3800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; school; 5:45 a.m. Nov. 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2900 block, Ordway St.; street; 6:20 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Porter St.; street; 10:29 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  32nd and Chesapeake streets; street; 12:15 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Cumberland St.; unspecified premises; 9:32 p.m. Nov. 23.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 2800 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 9:40 p.m. Nov. 25. Burglary â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  3100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; church; 5:45 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Calvert St.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Nov. 22. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:30 a.m. Nov. 21.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

No crimes reported.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 4 p.m. Nov. 23. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:45 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 8 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  3000 block, K St.; restaurant; 5:30 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  3100 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  34th and Water streets; park area; 12:35 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  2800 block, M St.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2700 block, Ollive St.; unspecified premises; 12:36 p.m. Nov. 19.

â&#x2013; 1000 block, 29th St.; street; 1:11 p.m. Nov. 23.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 1400 block, L St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1:11 a.m. Nov. 25. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  600 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 11:55 p.m. Nov. 23. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2200 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 24th St.; sidewalk; 8:03 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 8:33 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 9:06 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; restaurant; 1 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; unspecified premises; 1:40 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; office building; 4:34 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  2400 block, M St.; office building; 7 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  6000 block, 15th St.; restaurant; 11 a.m. Nov. 25. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; store; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; parking lot; 6:30 a.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; alley; 1:45 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  600 block, 15th St.; parking lot; 7:37 a.m. Nov. 21.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 1500 block, P St.; sidewalk; 9:42 p.m. Nov. 21. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 12:32 a.m. Nov. 24. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; sidewalk; 11:26 p.m. Nov. 23. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 4 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 20th St.; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; liquor store; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 20th St.; sidewalk; 1:45 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 11:20 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 11 p.m. Nov. 23.

â&#x2013; 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Swann St.; sidewalk; 2 a.m. Nov. 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  21st and P streets; street; 4 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1500 block, New Hampshire Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:49 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; parking lot; 2 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 22nd St.; unspecified premises; 1 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 16th St.; church; 9 a.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Phelps Place; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Nov. 25.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 1500 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 7:35 p.m. Nov. 20. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 7:35 p.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 14th St.; street; 1:10 a.m. Nov. 25. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 3:50 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; residence; 8:43 a.m. Nov. 22. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1500 block, R St.; street; 7:59 a.m. Nov. 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Swann St.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Caroline St.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Corcoran St.; unspecified premises; 9:05 a.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Swann St.; street; 10 a.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Johnson Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:07 p.m. Nov. 23.

psa 401

â&#x2013; colonial PSA 401 village

shepherd park / takoma

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 100 block, Carroll St.; medical facility; 7 a.m. Nov. 25. Burglary â&#x2013;  1200 block, Van Buren St.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Nov. 21. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  200 block, Cedar St.; store; 2:27 a.m. Nov. 25. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Northgate Road; street; 11 p.m. Nov. 22. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Kalmia Road; unspecified premises; 8 a.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  7400 block, Georgia Ave.; gas station; 1 p.m. Nov. 24.

The Current Wednesday, November 28, 2012


AT-LARGE: Democratic Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s process for selecting interim council member faces criticism

From Page 1

and give its occupant better footing in the special election to follow. But that left potential contenders scurrying to get the required 25 signatures from registered Democrats in each ward, as well as 27 from Democratic State Committee members, by today. Also tricky: One of the five hopefuls circulating petitions is Anita Bonds, a longtime party activist who now serves as chair of the state committee whose votes she is courting. Another contender is John Capozzi, a Hillcrest resident and longtime civic activist who served one term as â&#x20AC;&#x153;shadow representative,â&#x20AC;? ran unsuccessfully for an atlarge council seat in 1996, and also once sat on the state committee. Capozzi, in an interview, was critical of the entire process. The hurry-up appointment process â&#x20AC;&#x153;was set up to Bondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advantage,â&#x20AC;? he said. Noting the requirement to collect signatures of committee members in only two weeks over the Thanksgiving holiday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when the party is not meeting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Capozzi said,

â&#x20AC;&#x153;only an insider could do this on such short notice. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s D.C. politics as usual when insiders decide.â&#x20AC;? The switched date also leaves the Ward 3 Democrats group partially shut out of the process. The group, which now has five members seated on the state committee, had scheduled its own election for Dec. 13 to fill three vacant seats in time for the vote on the new council member. Now those seats will remain vacant when the state committee votes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had scheduled our election in mid-December, we thought in plenty of time for these folks to be seated,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 3 Democrats chair Shelley Tomkin. Upon learning in early November of the new Dec. 10 date, Tomkin explored ways to move up the Ward 3 vote, but there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough time, she said. Besides Bonds and Capozzi, the third major contender is Douglass Sloan, a Riggs Park advisory neighborhood commissioner who has previously run for D.C. delegate, and is a member of the state committee. Sloan said the change of date was done â&#x20AC;&#x153;with good intentions,â&#x20AC;? but has


left him and other contenders in â&#x20AC;&#x153;a mad scrambleâ&#x20AC;? to get signatures and file petitions. He also noted there are currently no forums or debates planned before the Democratic State Committee makes its pick. Meanwhile, Bonds, in an interview, defended her candidacy. She said the decision to move up the appointment date was made by the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive committee, and that she did not participate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the democratic process, laid out by a subcommittee of the party,â&#x20AC;? she said. Bonds said she is optimistic about

winning the interim appointment, and the ensuing special election. All three major contenders said they hope to focus on education reform, economic development and income inequality in the city if they are selected to serve on the council and continue on to win the special election. And all three are acutely aware of what happened in 2011, when the state committee chose Ward 4 education activist Sekou Biddle to fill an at large-seat on an interim basis, only to see Biddle lose â&#x20AC;&#x201D; soundly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to Vincent Orange

when the voters got their say. That appointment was marred by backroom lobbying by city leaders, and a supposedly open vote that was cast by secret ballot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all factors that helped drag Biddle down in the special election. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The state committee is adamant about not having a fiasco like that this time around,â&#x20AC;? one party member said. Bill Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Field, the committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director, said the appointment process is designed â&#x20AC;&#x153;to get someone into the seat as soon as possible.â&#x20AC;?

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The Georgetown


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Expansion for Walls?

It’s not surprising that the school closings proposed by Chancellor Kaya Henderson would elicit so much resistance. Even among those who agree that the District needs to close some campuses due to the long-term drop in D.C. Public Schools enrollment, the selection of particular schools is sure to chafe. The proposed loss of the Francis-Stevens Education Campus was upsetting to many Foggy Bottom/West End residents who thought the program would be given time to grow. Its current configuration of preschool through eighth grade was created just five years ago. A comparatively modest element of the proposal, using the Francis-Stevens space to expand School Without Walls, is also causing some doubts. The idea of expanding this wildly successful school is certainly worth pursuing. School Without Walls now enrolls 550 students at its 2130 G St. campus, a facility designed for closer to 400. The school must turn away many qualified applicants each year. But coming up with a workable expansion plan and implementing it will require considerable time and effort. Acting rashly could well put at risk one of the true bright spots in the District’s secondary school offerings. Replicating success is neither easy nor certain. The biggest warning sign so far? The School Without Walls principal, Richard Trogisch, said in a recent interview that he learned about the Francis-Stevens plan from a parent who’d seen fliers about it a few hours before the public announcement. He said that the chancellor has indicated that the Walls community will participate in future planning, but it certainly doesn’t sound like the necessary groundwork went into the initial proposal. We’re glad to see Chancellor Henderson consider the need to expand the quality offerings at School Without Walls. But we wouldn’t want to see a non-transparent, hasty process affect the legitimacy of any final plan — or its likelihood of success. It’s essential not to dilute Walls’ program or its ability to draw families who might otherwise move to the suburbs for a high-quality public education.

ABC changes needed

Next week, the D.C. Council is slated to debate a long-awaited update to the city’s alcohol laws. The bill introduced by Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham has a lot of worthwhile provisions, including the elimination of the anachronistic ban on Sunday liquor sales and the establishment of a team of nighttime inspectors. But there are elements that need to change or simply be tossed aside. For instance, we see no need to allow a bar or restaurant to close its windows or doors before an inspector can measure its noise level. If the situation is dire enough to call in an inspector, the measurement shouldn’t have to reflect a sanitized version of the reality. Other aspects have merit but require fleshing out — such as the one that would limit the pool of residents who may protest an establishment’s liquor license to those living within 400 feet. Currently, any group of five D.C. residents, regardless of address, can challenge a license application or renewal. This setup is far too broad, though it’s unlikely that, say, a group of Glover Park residents would protest a Dupont Circle license. The more likely scenario is that residents of Glover Park far away from their own neighborhood’s commercial area — and from the impacts — might seek to exercise control of licensing matters there. Of course, they should have recourse, by working through their advisory neighborhood commission or neighborhood association, but if they aren’t directly affected they shouldn’t be able to bog down the regulatory process. That said, 400 feet is too restrictive and would unfairly limit the voice of many people directly affected by a particular establishment. The council ought to set a broader geographic limit, perhaps 800 feet. At a preliminary council discussion last week, legislators raised concerns about both the noise measurement and the 400-foot rule. We hope the questions carry over to the council’s debate next week.

The Current

He’s doing good … but, but … ?


hese should be glory days for Mayor Vincent Gray. By many measures, he’s doing well and the city’s doing very well, too. A news story last weekend noted that the District may have fewer than 100 homicides this year for the first time since the 1960s. There’s so much construction now in the District that the mayor and other city officials gleefully count the dozens of cranes dotting the skyline and preside over many groundbreakings. The city’s unemployment rate is continuing to tick down every month, not up. But. Such a discouraging word. The “but” hangs out there like an unwanted guest. It’s like an asterisk on a home run record, or a jagged tear in a good suit. But. This past weekend, The Washington Post editorial page broke some news. It reported — and NBC4 confirmed on Monday — that Mayor Gray has rebuffed several requests for a meeting with prosecutors who are investigating his 2010 mayoral campaign. The mayor has declined to meet with prosecutors? Hasn’t he said he wanted the investigation to be thorough, and over as quickly as possible? It was his campaign. Wouldn’t he want to tell the prosecutors what he knew? Apparently not. On advice of his attorney Robert Bennett, the mayor isn’t talking or meeting. On Monday, our NBC4 camera caught up with the mayor. “You have declined to be interviewed by the prosecutors,” we said. “Can you comment on that?” “Well, I’ve indicated, Tom, all along, especially in the recent past, that it’s really inappropriate for me to comment on a pending investigation,” the mayor replied. Well, then, we asked, would the mayor just reaffirm that he is willing to cooperate, and is cooperating with the probe? “Can you say that you are cooperating in any way that you can?” we asked. “I think I just won’t comment at this stage on a pending investigation,” the mayor replied. “The investigation is ongoing and we’ll — we’ll see it through.” That’s definitely not the robust effort at getting to the truth that many people expect of the mayor. This is the mayor who initially called for an inves-

tigation into allegations his campaign had paid off Sulaimon Brown to heckle then-Mayor Adrian Fenty at campaign appearances. Gray said he would cooperate with any authorities looking into it. This is the mayor who mostly has declined to discuss the widening investigation into the $650,000 “shadow campaign” that helped elect him. But he always said he was cooperating, that he wanted prosecutors to investigate thoroughly and that he would await their findings. In the summer, his old friend Jeanne Clark Harris pleaded guilty to a felony for orchestrating the shadow campaign that backed the mayor. Gray expressed sadness for Harris. When reporters asked him last summer about Clark’s guilty plea, the mayor said, “I was the one who called for an investigation of my own campaign. And we will continue to work with this investigation.” But now in this holiday season, we’re learning that the mayor is rebuffing any meeting with prosecutors. The next time the mayor comments that it’s an ongoing investigation, we’ll know one of the reasons why it’s ongoing: He ain’t talking. The Post editorial concluded that “there’s no reason Mr. Gray has to wait for [U.S. Attorney Ronald] Machen to complete his work before telling the citizens of Washington what they deserve to know.” But if the mayor’s not talking to the prosecutors, it’s likely the citizens will have to wait awhile, too. ■ A final word. Lawrence Guyot died last week after a battle with diabetes and other ailments. He was 73. Guyot was a civil rights activist in Mississippi when being one could get you killed or badly beaten. Guyot’s imposing size and his rapid-fire way of speaking left no doubt where he stood on any issue of the day. He brought that drumbeat-for-justice persona to local Washington. He fought for neighborhoods, the poor and the disenfranchised with equal gusto. As a reporter, you could be sure to get a lively quote from him. If he didn’t like what you wrote, you’d get a lively comment about that, too. He was a character and a warrior, and his passion would be worth bottling for current-day struggles. In his statement on Guyot’s death, Mayor Gray said Guyot had “paved the way” for many other activists. He sure did. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Science behind deer killings is outdated

The recent letter supporting the National Park Service plan to kill Rock Creek Park deer [“Lawsuit over deer disregards science,” Nov. 14] is based upon outdated science. It gives a false picture of the effectiveness of nonlethal approaches. A review of the recent data (on the Fripp Island project, for example) shows that immunocontraception does not require two injections and in fact has been shown to have multiple year efficacy. More importantly, studies have shown successful population reduction in areas similar to Rock Creek Park. The talk of guarantees is out of place on this issue, especially when the letter writer’s apparent idea is to kill the deer unless

someone can guarantee both that the lethal method will fail and that the nonlethal method will succeed. This seems a bit biased. At least the question should be raised whether anyone can guarantee that the lethal method will succeed. And the answer is no, at least not anytime soon. Here is a quote from the National Park Service reply to a comment on this issue in its final plan and environmental impact statement: “The NPS recognizes that deer management is not a one-time event. The plan/EIS is intended to guide long-term management of white-tailed deer over the next 15 years to support the long-term protection, preservation, and restoration of native vegetation. For example, Gettysburg National Military Park met their desired deer density goal after 11 consecutive years of deer management.” This means Rock Creek Park is prepared to continue killing the

deer every year for 10 or 15 years to meet its goal. I think immunocontraception has a pretty good chance of matching — or beating — this timetable. And, if control methods have to be repeated every year, I would much prefer that they be injecting deer with a vaccine rather than shooting them over bait stations. Anne Barton Chevy Chase

Developers should honor D.C. diversity

Apparently developers of the D.C. taxpayer-supported “boutique” hotel going up on the corner of 22nd and M streets do not realize that “Chocolate City” is a culturally and racially diverse metropolis: All of the “beautiful people” in the artist’s rendering posted on top of the fence are unmistakably white. Samuel Augustus Jennings Dupont Circle

The Current

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Safety must come first for fire station siting  

VIEWPOINT mike silverstein


aturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fire at the State Department, which left at least one worker with life-threatening injuries, reminds us all of the importance of finding a temporary home for Engine Co. 1 that allows for a rapid response in all emergency situations. Engine Co. 1 is tasked with protecting part of the federal core. It was the first to respond to a recent fire in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House. It is also provides fire protection for Marine One landings. And it handles fire and emergency medical services protection for much of the Foggy Bottom, West End and Dupont Circle neighborhoods, as well as the Golden Triangle business district. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be getting a new firehouse, which is long overdue. The current one is outdated and too small to house some of the emergency equipment purchased after Sept. 11. But, in the meantime, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to need a temporary location. There are three locations being considered: Francis Field, tennis courts near 23rd and N streets, and the vacant Stevens School parking lot and playground. Complicating matters is the major streetscape project on New Hampshire Avenue that began Sept. 10. New Hampshire is a primary route for engines and ambulances headed to and from the current Engine Co. 1. It is also the most direct route to the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The District did its traffic analysis for the siting decision prior to the start of construction. The 18-month New Hampshire Avenue project is not being done in a linear fashion, because it cannot be. Water mains are being replaced. So are sewers and drainage basins. So are underground utilities. The work is being done in a hopscotch pattern, with certain blocks affected on certain weeks. My apartment faces directly across from the 1300 block, and I have observed major changes in traffic patterns. New Hampshire Avenue has been narrowed to two lanes, with barrels and tape separating them. This makes it difficult â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if not impossible â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for emergency responders to switch into the oncoming lane. At times, when there is no work on this section, traf-

Letters to the Editor Pedestrian crashes need more attention

Why was I the only one who knew about the gruesome pedestrian crash at Northampton Street and Connecticut Avenue on Oct. 21? It put a young man in the hospital in serious condition with broken bones and a punctured lung; he is still under heavy sedation. If he had been shot or beat up by muggers, everyone would have known. It would have been in the news. The community would demand action, the police would have been out in force, meetings would be held. But in this situation there was silence. This silence is shocking. Yes, there was a police report. But did the police contact the advisory neighborhood commission or the Chevy Chase Citizens Association and suggest a meeting? Did the police apprise the D.C. Department

fic seems to flow smoothly. At other times, when there is work and heavy machinery, traffic approaches gridlock. That is my main concern. Tied in with that is the spillover effect. The Francis Field and tennis court sites are both close to the N Street bottleneck, and 22nd Street northbound is routinely gridlocked during afternoon rush hour. These two sites literally have their backs facing Rock Creek Park, which is a natural bottleneck. Anyone who has tried to go north on 22nd Street at 6:45 p.m. to turn left onto P Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after rush-hour parking restrictions have been lifted â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has experienced the frustration of going only four blocks in 20 minutes. The construction has made the traffic tie-up even worse on some evenings. What will be the effect of the current traffic situation on response times for the three sites? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we want to know. It is, of course, a matter of life and death in the case of fire, heart attack, seizure or any number of other emergencies. The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department and a representative of the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office have agreed to conduct a walking tour and quick traffic study the second week in December. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when construction will resume in the blocks closest to Dupont Circle. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we asked for. It may be that traffic patterns will have to be altered or some areas may need to have rush-hour parking hours extended. We wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know until we look. It should also be pointed out that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve received complaints from residents living adjacent to the tennis court site and from constituents who use the courts. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not accurate to say there have been no concerns raised about the tennis court site. All three sites have their champions, and all have their opponents. But the complaints of my constituents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and those of other advisory neighborhood commissioners â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pale to the interest we all have in public safety. Certainly, if all three sites are roughly equal in response time, we should consider developersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; timetables and park amenities. But if the New Hampshire Avenue streetscape project and resultant traffic tie-ups make one site better or worse than others, public safety must be paramount. Mike Silverstein is a Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner.

of Transportation of this crash? And how did I know when no one else did? I walk on Sundays with a friend whose daughter is a friend of the young man who was hit. Last week she told me about it and then got in touch with the young manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girlfriend, who sent me a description of the crash and his injuries. I then contacted the police to ask whether there was a police report. Then I contacted the Transportation Department, our D.C. Council member and the local advisory neighborhood commissioner. Aside from the police report, no one knew about the crash. What does this lack of knowledge and the acceptance of the danger on our streets say about how we deal with such threats to public safety? We appear to accept crashes, unlike crime, as the cost of doing business. I also feel partly to blame. As the leader of Connecticut Avenue Pedestrian Action and a participant of the Rock Creek West Livability Study, I pressed for a pedestrian signal at Northampton Street. That

recommendation made it into both reports. But for two years now we have been waiting for this pedestrian light. I have called folks in the Transportation Department periodically to bug them about the signal. But I could have pushed harder. We have two major problems that need to be addressed. One is the silence. The police need to alert the community whenever there is a crash causing injury or property damage. This is important public-safety information that should go to newspapers, advisory neighborhood commissions and citizens associations. Second is the presence of dangerous marked crosswalks at intersections with no traffic lights on four- and six-lane â&#x20AC;&#x153;main streets,â&#x20AC;? especially ones at bus stops. Connecticut Avenue has quite a few of these. Do we need to wait for more pedestrian crashes to fix this public safety risk? Marlene Berlin Coordinator, Pedestrian Initiative at IONA Senior Services

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The Current

LICENSE: Foxhall market praised for improved procedures after citation for underage sale

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to underage patrons since February, and the board said it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear evidence that the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;peace, order and quietâ&#x20AC;? were disrupted by the underage sales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We therefore find that there is no pattern of the applicant violating District laws and regulations applicable to its operations that would cause the Board to deny reissuance of the license,â&#x20AC;? the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s order states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What the record does show is that the licensee has taken measures â&#x20AC;Ś to prevent further incidents of

sales to minors.â&#x20AC;? The alcohol board will begin a separate hearing process in January to further investigate the reports of underage customers and consider possible penalties, but declined to take the immediate step of blocking renewal of Town Squareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. Reached by phone, the owner of Town Square â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who needed a translator at the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was unable to respond to a reporterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s questions. But Stu Ross, who chairs the neighborhood commission and argued the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case

in alcohol hearings earlier this year, said he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;stunned and perplexedâ&#x20AC;? at the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision. Montgomery County police testified at the liquor hearings that Town Square had attracted a reputation across the region among teenagers seeking to purchase alcohol, leading to what the officers described as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;feeding frenzy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is their standard for pulling a license if they disregard that testimony, which wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rebutted?â&#x20AC;? Ross said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like somebody had a fake ID and went in there and did it one time or something like that. This

was apparently a very well-known place, in our neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? The alcohol board was not unanimous in its decision. Member Mike Silverstein wrote in a dissent that this was â&#x20AC;&#x153;an extreme caseâ&#x20AC;? worthy of stronger action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The violations have been so egregious over [such] long periods of time that we should not trust the licensee to strictly obey the law in the future,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. The neighborhood commission has until Monday to request that the alcohol board reconsider its vote, and commissioners will decide this week whether to do so.

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about it a few hours before the public announcement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This initiative about taking over Francis was not brought up by anyone at School Without Walls â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it came from central administration,â&#x20AC;? Trogisch said. Walls has been battling growing pains for years. The school now squeezes 550 students into a building designed for closer to 400, and it lacks athletic facilities and a theater. The addition of the FrancisStevens campus would allow an enrollment of about 800, which Trogisch called â&#x20AC;&#x153;the ideal size for a high school.â&#x20AC;? With the new campus, the school could provide space for 200 seats per class year as opposed to the current 140 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for which about 1,200 students now compete annually. There could be various solutions for splitting up the student body between two campuses, Trogisch said, such as schedules that alternate studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; locations on different days. Alternatively, he said, Walls might be able to expand its model and serve both middle- and highschool students. Trogisch noted thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already precedent for connecting Walls with the Francis-Stevens campus. Students have commuted between the two schools for various programs in the past, and a few years ago school officials considered setting aside three Francis-Stevens classrooms for Walls. But he said there havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been any â&#x20AC;&#x153;concrete discussions.â&#x20AC;? Though Walls wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involved in Schools Chancellor Kaya Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to grant it the Francis-Stevens space, Trogisch said the chancellor has indicated the Walls community will participate in future planning. Jean Boland, president of the Walls Home and School Association, said in an interview that parents so far have been glad to hear city support for further investments in the school. But they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to lose its unique feel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the things that make Walls the special place it is are the small classrooms and the small size of it that enables teachers to know the students,â&#x20AC;? she said. Other community members said that they support Walls, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to grow at the expense of other community schools.


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Gonzaga nets statement victory over Churchill By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

After a prolonged physical battle, Gonzaga’s ice hockey team was deadlocked with Churchill in a 3-3 tie midway through the final period of last Wednesday’s game at Fort Dupont Ice Arena. The Eagles needed to make a play to pull away from the Bulldogs. Enter Gonzaga senior captain Jack Slater. With Churchill’s defense collapsing, junior center Bobby Hally drove the puck into the Bulldogs’ defensive zone and passed it to senior winger Mike Logan, who saw Slater cutting toward the goal. Logan dished it to the captain, who scored the game-winning goal with 9:09 to play to give Gonzaga a 4-3 win. “[Slater] plays hard, he’s solid, and he throws his body around,” said Gonzaga coach Nate Jackson. “He’s the type of player you need to win big games.” Slater’s goal almost wasn’t enough to seal the game. With less than four minutes to go, the Eagles played a man down after a questionable penalty gave the Bulldogs a power play. But Gonzaga was able to withstand the late charge and preserve the win. “That’s a tough situation to put a team in,” Jackson said. “But it

shows a lot of character that these kids can win a game like that and fight off that bad luck and a bad call, if you ask me.” The Eagles offense was dominant throughout the game, outshooting the Bulldogs 27-13. Gonzaga scored the first goal of the game when sophomore winger Dominik Pettey fed the puck to freshman Jack Sanborn, who tickled the twine to put the Eagles ahead 1-0 with 13:36 to play in the first period. The Bulldogs answered with a pair of goals, including one on a power play, to take a 2-1 lead midway through the second period. But Gonzaga countered with a quick goal about a minute later when sophomore Ridge Slater, Jack’s younger brother, passed the ball to senior Jack Seiver in the midst of a scrum to knot the game at two with 9:38 to play in the period.

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Gonzaga senior Jack Slater scored the game winning goal at Fort Dupont Ice Arena Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles are off to a 5-0 start this season. Churchill scored another goal to retake the lead a few minutes later, but Gonzaga wouldn’t fold. The Eagles answered when Hally dished the puck to Logan, who used some fancy stick work to get it past the Bulldogs’ keeper. The score was 3-3 going into the final period. On defense the Eagles were able get a look at sophomore goalkeeper Ulysses Lalor, who in this game

made only his second start at the varsity level for Gonzaga. The youngster made several nice stops, but allowed two goals on rebounds. The coach attributed the mistake to lack of experience, but he commended Lalor’s effort. The team’s usual starter — junior Nick Platais — is expected to return to the lineup this week after recovering from a concussion.

When Platais comes back, he’ll help anchor the Eagles’ back line as they try to climb to the top of the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League. “He’s explosive. … [He does] the basic stuff that allows us to win the majority of games that we play against decent competition,” said Jackson. “He’s very solid and technically sound. He comes to play in See Gonzaga/Page 10

National Cathedral School hoops ready to soar in 2012 By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Brittany Mitch takes over as National Cathedral School’s head basketball coach.

When National Cathedral sophomore Marta Sniezek found out that Brittany Mitch had been named the Eagles’ new head basketball coach, she got very excited. Among the experience Mitch brings to her new position is several years coaching the Fairfax Stars Amateur Athletic Union program, which Sniezek had played on. “It’s a comfort,” said Sniezek. “Coach is great, she’s very, very nice, and we have great assistant coaches also. I’m excited for the season.” Mitch grew up locally and played at the high school level for Bullis before finishing up her final two years at St. John’s alongside Los Angeles Sparks star and former Maryland Terrapin Marissa Coleman. She then went on to play for Duke University. The new coach hopes to use her experience and AAU coaching background to build the Eagles program and instill a suffocating defense. “It all starts with being a team,” said Mitch.

“My whole philosophy is defense first — that’s what I’ve been pounding into my girls’ heads. It starts on the defensive end, and that’s how we’re going to stop teams.” On both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor, Mitch plans have the Eagles play an up-tempo style. “[We will play] very fast. They’re all very athletic players,” the coach said. “They can all get up and down the court and guard up and down the court. So we’re definitely looking to run the ball.” The Eagles will be a young team going into this season. The team has just four upperclassmen — seniors Kinza Baad, Nora Clark and Victoria Hanway, and junior Sarah Ing — along with six sophomores and a pair of freshmen. But some of the youngsters are expected to make big contributions, including Sniezek, who is coming off an impressive freshman year. “It’s exciting because I’ve seen her play and grow,” said Mitch, who has known Sniezek since she was about 9 years old. “I’m excited to help her improve and help her get to

the next level. Her shooting has improved. Her speed of play — just with her experience — is at a high level.” The team also welcomes freshman Isabella Alarie, who at more than 6 feet tall will bring some height to the Eagles. And the squad will look to sophomore Ayanna Harrison for points. “If we can get her hot during the season [look out],” Mitch said of the sophomore. Mitch takes over a team that won the Independent School League A postseason championship last year, but couldn’t move into the upper division because it failed to seal the regular-season title. “We didn’t win the regular season, which was kind of a bummer,” said Sniezek. “We just have to do [some of ]the things we did last year. I think we were very successful last season. We just have to bring it out this year and things will go our way, hopefully.” Getting over that hurdle is one of Mitch’s primary goals this season. “[I] just want to build the team,” the coach said. “We are very young. I want to win the league and move up and play against the upper division next year.”

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St. Albans prevails over Wilson in thriller By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer





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If St. Albans and Wilson hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been wearing practice jerseys Monday night, spectators might have mistaken the friendly scrimmage for a high-stakes playoff game. After an intense overtime, the Bulldogs prevailed over the Tigers 69-66. The heated game came down to the final moments of regulation. With less than three seconds remaining, Wilson clung to a 60-58 advantage and appeared poised to win. But St. Albans was able to get the ball to senior guard Lloyd Howell, who drew a rarely called late foul just before time expired. Awarded two free throws, Howell calmly sunk both shots to send it into overtime. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a very smart play,â&#x20AC;? said St. Albans secondyear coach O.J. Johnson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always practice in-game scenarios like that. Fortunately for us it worked out tonight.â&#x20AC;? Both teams traded impressive shots in overtime, but with less than 30 seconds to go Wilson committed a turnover and St. Albans senior Mike Sniezek drained a pair of free throws to give his team a 69-66 edge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We saw tonight that we need to learn how to finish games,â&#x20AC;? said Wilson coach Andre Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had the game in the bag. â&#x20AC;Ś But this is a scrimmage, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what a scrimmage is about.â&#x20AC;? St. Albans had jumped on Wilson at the start of the game, building a strong 40-30 lead by the third quarter. The Bulldogs used a creative zone-trap defense that baffled the Tigers into mistakes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our motto is organized chaos,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said of the scheme. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to get the other team uncomfortable. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a big team, so we try to get teams to play faster and take quicker shots. It gives teams something else to think about.â&#x20AC;? St. Albans junior Matt Sniezek, who led the team with 18 points, came up with big-time buckets during the scoring run. But Wilson refused to fold. Late in the fourth quarter, Dimone Long drained a cold-blooded trey, putting his

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Matt Sniezek led the Bulldogs with 18 points.

team ahead 58-56. Long led Wilson with 21 points during the scrimmage. Despite the loss, Wilson has high hopes for the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to be playoff-bound and finish in the top three in the west,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to be right there, and we want home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, Johnson hopes to build off his first season at St. Albans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have the experience, and we have a lot of young pieces that we are mixing in,â&#x20AC;? said Johnson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really think we can be competitive, and to finish in the top three is the goal.â&#x20AC;?

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big games.â&#x20AC;? After a 7-3 win over St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prep in Philadelphia Friday, the Eagles are now on a five-game winning streak â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and are looking to end a bigger streak. They havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t won the league in three years, a drought Slater hopes to change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to win it all,â&#x20AC;? said Slater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to win the Purple Puck, and we want to win the

MAPHL. I was on the team when we won it, as a freshman. I want that feeling again â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good feeling.â&#x20AC;? The Eagles come into this season with a lot of depth and experience, two qualities they lacked a season ago when DeMatha ousted them from the playoffs in the semifinals. Slater is part of a talented front line that includes Logan and Hally. Jackson said they were among the best in the area last season, and he expects that to carry over this year.

Sports Desk Hoops season tips off

Gonzaga and Visitation will take part in a basketball doubleheader at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md., as part of the Shepherd Foundation Hoops Classic on Saturday. The Cubs, who compete in the Independent School League, will play in the first game of the day at 4 p.m. against Washington Catholic Athletic Conference foe Holy Cross. Then at 6 p.m. Gonzaga will play Georgetown Prep. Meanwhile, Sidwell will host its annual invitational tournament starting Friday, with championship and consolation games on Sunday. Both girls and boys teams will be playing. The Quakersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Independent School League rivals Georgetown Day and Maret

The Eagles will also rely on sophomores Dominik Pettey, a forward with six points so far this season, and Chris Meloni, a defenseman. The team also has a pair of talented freshmen, Jack Sanborn and Mackie Wheeler, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve combined for six points this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year we were considered a young team, but now a lot of us are juniors and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a senior,â&#x20AC;? said Slater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our time. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to do it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no more excuses.â&#x20AC;?

will take part in the competition. In addition, St. Albans will hold the third annual Bishop Walker Tournament from Thursday afternoon to Saturday. Maret and the host school will be the only two Northwest D.C. teams competing in this bracket. The proceeds benefit the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, a tuition-free Episcopal school in Southeast D.C.

Local fencers win big

Isaac Erbele and Damien Lehfeldt â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both Woodley Park residents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; recently won gold medals as part of the DC Fencers Club. The duo took that gold in the Senior Team Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Epee at the North American Cup on Nov. 21. The Silver Spring-based team will hold the No.1 spot until the USA Fencing Summer National Championships take place in July.

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Spotlight on Community Living Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Serving D.C. residents who are age 18+ with a disability or age 60+ and their caregivers

Executive Director’s Message John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA D.C. Office on Aging this issue of Spotlight on Community Living is about our goal to transform washington, Dc into an “age-friendly” city within five years. mayor vincent c. gray recently announced his new community living strategic plan for serving seniors and persons with disabilities in the District of columbia. the essence of this plan is to ensure that Dcoa’s customers have access to adequate and affordable home and community-based services (hcbs) that promote active, productive living, wellness, socialization, and intergenerational programs. however, the expectation does not stop at hcbs as we all, regardless of age, depend on more than hcbs to survive and maintain a quality life. i am excited to describe to you the District’s agefriendly city movement - a movement that will benefit seniors and persons with disabilities! the age-friendly campaign was established by the world health organization (who). in the united states, who has partnered with aarP to identify cities that are willing to transform into age-friendly communities. sometimes change can be difficult because it involves adapting to new ways of performing functions and interacting with different people. however, i believe that this change is a much needed one for the District of columbia and one you will support as it will facilitate the transformation of

perspectives so that all will recognize this city’s seniors as a primary stakeholder. in an age-friendly city, the District will address eight domains or areas to receive “makeovers” as identified by who. they include outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services. as you can see, every domain impacts a senior in some type of way and our job as the District government is to improve these domains in such a way that it adds value to a senior’s quality of living in the District of columbia. for example, i frequently receive complaints from seniors that certain traffic lights do not allow seniors sufficient time to cross the street. through an age-friendly city movement, it is the District’s job to work with all interested stakeholders to address this as one of many issues that could be easily resolved to promote a safe environment. in another example, we understand that District seniors need more transportation to recreational activities. well, a solution could be the utilization of idle school buses that could transport seniors to different venues during the day while students are in school. there are major steps that must be in place in order to realize this age-friendly city

within five years. first, the District government must assemble the mayor’s age-friendly city steering committee, which will consist of aging service providers, innovation leaders, researchers, advocates, business leaders, and representatives from special populations. second, the mayor will commission a comprehensive needs assessment study to examine the District’s current efforts related to the aforementioned domains. as part of this assessment, there will be a series of public forums to hear from you to determine what you would like us to include in our plan for an age-friendly city. third, based on the results of the needs assessment, the steering committee will develop its recommendations for the mayor’s consideration. finally, the fourth step is to execute our plan to transform the District into an age-friendly community. i hope that i have given you an adequate snapshot of what our age-friendly city might look like in five years and i trust that you will play an integral role in shaping the future landscape of the District. in the interim, please share your ideas with us about making washington, Dc an agefriendly city by calling us at 202-724-5622. we look forward to hearing from you! through a collective effort, we will make the District an age-friendly city for all seniors! ~

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DCOA RECEIVES TOP SCORE The Grade DC ratings are in for October and the D.C. Office on Aging (DCOA) has received the highest grade for all 10 participating agencies. DCOA scored an “A” overall in its first rating period of the advanced customer-service platform Grade DC, designed to provide the best possible feedback on, and analysis of, service delivery and customer care by District government agencies. This is the highest score of all 10 of the agencies being rated during this period. DCOA was one of five agencies added to the original five pilot agencies participating in Newly added agencies include the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS), the Office of Unified Communications (OUC – 911/311) and the D.C. Public Library (DCPL). The original five agencies are the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), the District Department of Transportation (cont’d on next page)

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Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

13th • 11am

Ongoing aarP legal counsel for the elderly’s self help office is available by appointment at iona senior services, 4125 albemarle street, nw. seniors can receive answers to legal questions, complete a claims report, write a consumer complaint letter, check for benefits and so much more! Please call iona at 202-895-9448 for more information.

30th • 11am – 2pm councilmember David a. catania and the committee on health will host an education and awareness fair in honor of world aiDs Day 2012. the event seeks to increase awareness about hiv/ aiDs and provide crucial information and services to District residents. the fair will take place in the ground-floor atrium of the John a. wilson building, 1350 Pennsylvania ave nw.

DECEMBER 5th • 10am-2pm Join District seniors from across the city at the mayor’s annual senior holiday celebration at the D.c. armory, 2001 east capitol street, se. the event will feature information and senior resource exhibits, free health screenings and immunizations, health and wellness demonstrations, live music and entertainment, a festive lunch and more. for tickets and information, call 202-724-5626.


seabury resources for aging will present the “safe During winter— lunch and learn series” at each of their ward 5 sites. for more information, contact vivian grayton, 202-529-8701.

14th • 9am become a Dcoa ambassador! receive training on government funded resources for senior citizens, the disabled age 18 and older and caregivers. call 202-724-5622 to register for this or upcoming training sessions. Dcoa ambassador training will be held at the Dcoa headquarters, 500 K street, ne.

14th • 10am – 2pm terrific inc. will host a holiday Party for seniors in wards 1 and 4 at the 19th street baptist church, 4606 16th street, nw. the event will feature a skit “that’s my show.” for more information, contact James thompson at 202-234-4128.

18th • 2 – 4pm attend the seabury resources open house at 2900 newton street, ne. rsvP to vivian grayton (202) 529-8701.

19th • 10am the ward 5 mini-commission on aging will meet at seabury resources for aging, 2900 newton street, ne. interested persons may contact vivian grayton at 202-529-8701 for more information.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program provides nutritious food and nutrition education to low-income DC residents: Women who are pregnant, up to 1-year postpartum; Children ages 1 thru 5 years; and Seniors 60 years or older. The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides checks to CSFP seniors for the redemption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Certification and Distribution Sites

Monthly Food Package Fruits Fruit Juice Cheese Vegetables Low Fat Milk Non Fat Milk

Meat/Fish Rice/Pasta/ Potatoes Cereal Beans Peanut Butter

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research into the housesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; past residents determined how to best deck their halls. esidents searching for a taste At Tudor Place, a Federal estate of Christmas past need look at 1644 31st St. in Georgetown, curator Erin Kuykendall looked to no further than Dupont six generations of the family that Circle, Georgetown and Kalorama. called it home. Four D.C. landmarks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Kuykendall drew from details in Tudor Place Historic House and past ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; diaries to create a renGarden, Anderson House, dering of what a Dumbarton Peter family House and Christmas may Woodrow have looked like Wilson House in the 1920s, â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will host the down to felted annual wool stockings â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holidays and an artificial Through Courtesy of Tudor Place tree made of Historyâ&#x20AC;? event on Saturday. Tudor Place will offer a look at a green goose feathers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We The walking 1920s holiday for its residents. can extrapolate tour through from their experiences,â&#x20AC;? she said. historic houses offers visitors a Woodrow Wilson House at 1785 chance to experience Washington Massachusetts Ave. is also looking Christmases from the Federal periback to the Roaring â&#x20AC;&#x2122;20s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1922, od through the 1920s. to be exact. Curator Sarah Andrews For museum curators, the By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer


captured the style of the era after doing research at the Library of Congress, where she found decorating books, cookbooks and magazine photos that pinpointed details like proper table settings and dĂŠcor of the day. The house, where President Woodrow Wilson and his family resided from 1921 to 1924 after he left office, is full of touches that reveal how the former president commemorated the holidays. For

example, the exhibit tried to replicate a 10-foot-tall, electrically lit tree that Wilson placed in his solarium in 1922. Anderson House, at 2118 Massachusetts Ave., will be turning its gaze to holiday traditions from the Gilded Age; while the 19th-century Dumbarton House, at 2715 Q St., will feature simple Federalperiod dĂŠcor with live music throughout the day. Woodrow Wilson House had its

own December open house for years, but has seen an increase in holiday visitors since conntecting with the joint tour, Andrews said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before, we were somewhat in competition with each other,â&#x20AC;? Andrews said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You sort of saturate the market.â&#x20AC;? The tours will run from 4 to 8 p.m., and ticket holders can walk or ride free shuttles among the four estates. Tickets are required; visit








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the sunny patch of ice to himself. As he untied his skate laces later, Capitol Hill resident John Hillebrand said this was actually his second time skating that day. The first had been at Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md., where he trains in competitive ice dancing. But his visit to Washington Harbour, Hillebrand said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;was for fun.â&#x20AC;? He said it was a nice contrast to go from â&#x20AC;&#x153;skating indoors in a warehouseâ&#x20AC;? to gliding outdoors â&#x20AC;&#x153;with a gorgeous view of the river, and the Kennedy Center, and the bridge.â&#x20AC;? As Hillebrand left, a group of teenagers took to the rink with wobbly legs, while a few tourists in the upper plaza above snapped pictures. Cibel said his restaurants have responded to the rink with a few changes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; offering hot chocolate and cider, for example, and accommodating more patrons who want to stay outside. The rink already brought a lot of outdoor customers last week, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were packed. Every table outside Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was full.â&#x20AC;? Cibel has added outdoor furniture and blankets to Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and later this winter plans to update the outdoor bars at Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and at Tony and Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to include heating elements.

Farmers Fishers and Bakers has also installed heaters to warm patrons at a dozen or so outdoor tables by the rink, while it offers winter drinks like hot toddies inside. Asked whether the rink could inspire any new businesses or concession stands, Joe Sternlieb, executive director of the Georgetown Business Improvement District, said he thought the existing network already works well. On the plazaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper level, he pointed out, â&#x20AC;&#x153;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the Starbucks, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a gelato place, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a sandwich placeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; casual options for visitors who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to sit down to eat. Sternlieb said the idea is for the rink to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;like Rockefeller Center â&#x20AC;Ś where people stand above and look down if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not skating.â&#x20AC;? The rink â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is actually larger than the one at Rockefeller â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was part of a $22.5 million makeover of the Washington Harbour complex. The project was conceived after MRP Realty and the Rockpoint Group purchased the mixed-use site in June 2010. Complications came in the form of a major flood that swamped the lower plaza and parking garage in spring 2011, forcing some restaurants to shut down and requiring



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extensive repairs. About a year and a half later, that renovation is now nearly complete, according to Washington Harbour spokesperson Joshua Lysen. The remaining work will address a few small details as well as the opening of a new restaurant. Even before the flood, the ice rink was a central part of the vision for the lower plaza. The owners asked architects to revitalize that space, Miller said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; considering its significance not only as an anchor for Georgetown, but also as a highly visible neighborhood spot. The rink was imagined as a coldweather replacement (roughly from Thanksgiving to cherry blossom season) for the plazaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central fountain. At the start of each winter, workers will deconstruct the fountain, leaving its tower intact, and a truck will arrive with a kit of parts to build the temporary rink. Both the cooling of the ice and storage of the Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine presented puzzles for architects, Miller said. They ultimately found way to refrigerate the rink through above-ground pipes and store the machine within the fountain tower. This Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;grand openingâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which will include performances, a parade and artistic lighting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Public skating hours are from noon to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, with expanded times on the weekend (including hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). Among other options, the facility offers skating lessons and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Skateâ&#x20AC;? event on Saturday nights. More details are available at



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Year 10 drama and English students went to watch the play â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Horseâ&#x20AC;? at the Kennedy Center. The play was about a farm boy and his horse and how his horse ended up getting sold to the army. The boy, Albert, went off to war to try to find his horse. The play was very well done, and the puppet horses were really realistic. There were many dramatic techniques used â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for example, the use of silent scenes and still images was very effective. My favourite part was when Albert and his horse got reunited. It was done very effectively and it made you feel like you were a part of the play. You saw Albert take a journey through war to try to find his horse, and when they got reunited it showed just how much he cared for this horse. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Annabel Hall, Year 10 Washington (ninth-grader)

Eaton Elementary

On Nov. 13, John Eatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifthgrade students went to Alice Deal


Middle School to find out what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to be a Deal sixth-grader, since Deal is the middle school that Eaton kids can go to. Everyone got a sixth-grade buddy to go to classes with. Some classes were science, geography, math, language arts and foreign languages. The fifth-graders even got to go to recess at Deal. Katya, a fifth-grader, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked being with my buddy and seeing how middle school works. I liked the classes.â&#x20AC;? While they were there, they learned things about Deal. There are about 400 kids in each grade. The sixth-grade students are split into four groups. Each group is named after a city, such as London, Sydney and San Francisco. At Deal, the students have lockers, and the fifthgraders liked that. We had a chance to go from class to class and got there on time without getting lost, but most kids are still nervous about getting lost next year. Some kids are

unsure about where they are going to go next year. But now we know that Deal is not as scary as we thought, and we look forward to going there! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Isabella Wood and Lilly Koerner, fifth-graders

Georgetown Day High School

Because of Thanksgiving, school was only in session on Monday and Tuesday last week. This muchneeded break allowed students to spend time with family, remember what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thankful for, and most importantly, witness the Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. On Nov. 19, seniors Zoe BeardFails and Caira Washington of the girls varsity basketball team each signed national letters of intent to play Division I basketball in college. Beard-Fails committed to the University of Colorado, and Washington committed to George Washington University. Both student athletes have been AllIndependent School League selections, and received full athletic scholarships from their respective schools. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

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When we arrived at school on Oct. 31, everyone was very excited. It was Halloween, and some special events were planned. When we came into our classroom, our teacher, Mr. Delaney, was wearing a gorilla outfit! It was so funny! We had classes, went to lunch and then changed into our costumes for the Halloween parade. We paraded around the block and then visited all the classrooms in the upper school. We had a party with cupcakes and treats and then played â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jeopardy!â&#x20AC;? and an estimation game. We also played an amazing quicksand game. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;quicksandâ&#x20AC;? was cornstarch and water that had insects and creepy things hidden inside. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sofia Daubert and Lydia Furlong, fourth-graders

Lowell School

Last Tuesday we had two guest speakers in our humanities class, where we have been learning about Chinese culture and history. Dr. Lu and Dr. Li, two people who survived the Cultural Revolution in China, talked to us about it. Hearing their stories made this event seem more real and understandable than just reading about it in books. For example, Dr. Lu told us about her years on a farm where she performed work like cutting wheat and helping to kill an infestation of caterpillars by squeezing them with her bare hands. She also described getting water from the well in winter. It was just a hole in the ground and the water around it froze so that she was always afraid she would slip and fall down the well. See Dispatches/Page 17

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DISPATCHES From Page 16 Dr. Li said his grandfather was considered a rightist. One night the Red Guard removed his grandparents from their house and relocated them to the countryside. In protest, his 86-year-old grandfather refused to eat or drink for a week and died. After this talk we had a much better and more personal understanding of this event in Chinese history. We also felt lucky that we have never experienced anything like it. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Naomi Chambers, Hannah Davis, Risa Oshinsky and Alex Warren, sixth-graders

Mann Elementary

Third-graders at Mann recently went on a field trip to the National Building Museum and did the â&#x20AC;&#x153;City by Designâ&#x20AC;? program. The field trip was about designing and building a model city. Third-graders first sorted cards into five categories: instructional, residential, commercial, industrial and park. The class was divided into groups based on these categories. The students then got started building buildings to fit their category, using recycled materials like cardboard, boxes, plastic and paper towel rolls. We then put our buildings on a map of Washington, D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best part was constructing the buildings,â&#x20AC;? said Eddie from Ms. Yeagerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class. Cameryn said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We learned a lot about the museum.â&#x20AC;? Also, we recently held â&#x20AC;&#x153;Centaur Celebration Dayâ&#x20AC;? to mark the end

of the first nine weeks of school. The whole school participated in activities that the teachers set up and ran. Each student chose two activities. Some of these activities included running a timed obstacle course, building a turtle habitat, reading books aloud and cooking. The timed obstacle course included tunnels, hula-hoops and jump-ropes. Students made a turtle habitat out of rocks, sticks, acorns, leaves and pebbles. The pre-kindergarten turtle named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magicâ&#x20AC;? lives in the habitat. During read-aloud, students listened to a story from a picture book. Finally, we baked cupcakes in a mug during cooking. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Joseph Laroksi, third-grader

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They helped us warm up our voices, learn the tunes and words of the songs, and practice until the show. Near the end of the session, the director of the program, Mr. Alex Helsabeck, came to listen to kids who auditioned for solos. The soloists from Murch were Skyler Clay, Havana Uriegas, Fereshteh Roshan, Olivia Wood, Samuel Wood, Ben Cole, Lily Shaw, Aidan Herz and Rigby Zentner. We felt nervous before the show and had butterflies in our stomachs, but it was really easy and

superbly fun. We think that Notebusters is grand! The solos are fun. The songs are energetic, and the teachers are encouraging. We hope to see you at our next show! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Olivia Wood, fourth-grader, and Samuel Wood, third-grader

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In math, the sixth-graders are learning about integers and temperature, such as changing degrees Celsius into degrees Fahrenheit. In English, we have been studying verbs. In science, we have been

talking about work and machines. We have been studying Mexico in social studies and in Spanish. In reading class, we just finished the novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bridge to Terabithia.â&#x20AC;? We have already been on two field trips so far this year. One was to the National Building Museum. The other trip was to Camp Calleva. Sixth grade has been really fun so far, and I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a lot more fun and learn a lot more new things. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Deborah Parker, sixth-grader See Dispatches/Page 21

Murch Elementary

On Nov. 20, Notebusters performed a musical show for friends and family at Wilson High School. The show was called, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gone Too Soon: A Thanksgiving Tribute to Miss Whitney Houston and Mr. Michael Jackson.â&#x20AC;? More than 200 students from Murch, Janney, Horace Mann and Lafayette elementary schools participated. At the show, everybody wore black. We were surprised to receive a silver sparkly glove with sequins that we got to keep! Notebusters lasts for 10 weeks, each week consisting of a 45-minute class where we learn and practice the songs that we will perform at the end of the session. Notebusters has been going on for 10 years, and it came to Murch last fall. Our teachers this session, Dr. Shellie Wood and Mr. Matthew Heil, visited Murch once a week.


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GEORGETOWN $1,900,000 ENJOY 4 finished levels, incl 3BR, 3.5BA w/custom dressing room off the MSte. Main flr w/dble parlor LRs, 10’ ceilings, library, 3 frplcs, built-ins. Large formal DR & gour KIT w/FR opening to secluded English garden. Perfectly located nr White House, Reagan National Airport, Kennedy Center, Rock Creek Pk, Potomac River, Shops and Restaurants. Escape to your private residence in the heart of the city. 1505 28th St NW. Sally Widmayer 202-215-6174 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 GEORGETOWN $2,235,000 FABULOUS new price! Sun-filled Grand Victorian. Recently updtd, superb 1st lvl. WOW KIT w/butler’s pantry opens to FR adjoining garden. Mste w/FP & alcove. Upper level is like studio apt. Leased PKG at Gtown Inn, half a block away. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

CLEVELAND PARK $299,000 CHARMING corner unit, mod conven. Sun-filled, orig parquet flrs, spacious LR w/ceil fan & bookshelf extends into renov eat-in KIT w/gran & SS appl. Lg BR w/built-in bookcase w/9 dresser drawers & ceiling fan. Lots of closet space. Bike stor, xstorage conveys. 4 blk to METRO. Adam Isaacson 301-775-0900 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

KENT, DC $1,199,995 ALL BRICK colonial in sought after Kent. Palisades. 4BR, 2FBA, 2HBA. Large liv/FR w/FP. Lib/den off LR. Sep DR. KIT opens to bright sunroom out into priv, landscaped backyard. Open flr plan, priv driveway/gar. Walk to shops, restaurants, C&O Canal. Min to Gtown, Bethesda & VA. 5709 MacArthur Blvd NW. Sara Bjerde 202-374-0052 BAs + 2 powder rooms. 2 zoned CAC! Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 Denise Champion 202-215-9242 PENN QUARTER $439,900 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 CITY VISTA! Shows like New! 1BR+Den. Gour KIT w/gran counters/brkfst island, DUPONT $2,495,000 ss appl, pantry. HWFs, WIC & PKG. Bldg ELEGANT 4 lvl Dupont Victorian Row. amenities incl pool, hot tub & roof decks. LR w/marble FP, pocket drs, form DR Nr restaurants, groceries, shops, 2 metro w/FP. Gour eat-in KIT w/Subzero, Viking, stops, I395/295, Capitol Hill. Location!!! Bosch. Deck off KIT, 2nd deck above 2 car Carol Manning 703-517-1828 GAR, slate patio. 2nd lvl has 2BR w/FP, Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 hall BA w/rain shower. 3rd lvl MBR ste w/slate BA, clawfoot tub, sep shower, 3 PENN QUARTER $440,000 closets, FP, W/D, Juliette balc. LL is sep SPACIOUS 1BR located in the heart of metered apt, FP, Viking stove, keg fridge, Penn Quarter. Minutes from any one of wd stove in BR. Addl stor, W/D, wine cel- four Metro stops, fine dining, museums, lar. Metro, shops. shops and much more! Scott Purcell 202-262-6968 Joana Prat-August 703-943-9392 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200

CRESTWOOD $825,000 ENCHANTING detached craftsman Tudor, on a pretty treed block, 6,000 SF lot a few blks from RC Park. Prominent open columned porch for your enjoyment. 4 fin levels, frch drs, 2 master suites, 2 additional BRs, 3 gorgeous

GEORGETOWN $355,900 BRIGHT, cheerful 1BR at Beall Court, dramatic high ceilgs & wd flrs. Deep LR, spacious BR, classic black & white bath, wonderful ts KIT with priv exit to shared courtyard, all in fab East Village location nr Dupont Cir, trails, shops, restaurants.

CLEVELAND PARK $289,000 A HIDDEN GEM & VALUE! Tucked away from noise, large 1BR w/solarium, updtd KIT, HWF, old world charm in the heart of Cleveland Pk. 1 blk to metro, shops, entertainment. Priced for quick sale. Ruth Sullivan 202-255-4562 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

TRINIDAD $299,900 THREE BEDROOM home is in a developing community close to Metro, shopping & dining. Sold “As Is”. Daryl Laster Lance Horsley 202-294-9055 Friendship Hts Office 301-652-2777

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Little-known Wakefield neighborhood has storied past By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


ave you ever heard of the Wakefield neighborhood in D.C.? The small triangular area is bounded by Connecticut Avenue to the east, Nebraska Avenue to the west and Albemarle Street to the south. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most often mistaken for North Cleveland Park. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where Neil Flanagan thought he grew up until he discovered a few years ago, at age 23, that he was actually from Wakefield. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had never heard the name â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wakefield,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Flanagan, who had lived in the neighborhood, along with his parents and younger brother, from age 2. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until Flanagan was working on his portfolio for architecture graduate school that he discovered where he was from â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or, at least, its official name. Flanagan was looking into the history of the area around Fort Reno Park, and how the different neighborhoods were formally named, when he came across his own address â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the Wakefield designation. Flanagan called his mother to see if she had ever heard of Wakefield. She had, but it was only

a distant memory of a word on her and her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mortgage papers. Flanagan, who is now in his final year of architecture school at Yale University, recently wrote about what the name of his neighborhood means to him for the local Greater Greater Washington blog, for which he is a contributing writer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As an architecture student, you think about how a place is named,â&#x20AC;? he said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually places are named for a well-known landmark or a destination that serves as a neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wakefield doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason to go there unless you are going home or visiting a resident,â&#x20AC;? said Flanagan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The name helps Realtors, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really mean anything to the people who live there.â&#x20AC;? In his research, Flanagan came across a number of earlier names for some of the more well-known neighborhoods. Part of Tenleytown was once called Tennally Town, dating back to the 1790s and a neighborhood tavern owner John Tennally (the spelling of his name varies in historical accounts). North Cleveland Park was once called Gizor, and parts of Wakefield were once

known as Colorado Heights. More than 100 years later, in the 1890s, the Chevy Chase Land Co. started to develop a number of Northwest neighborhoods. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s believed that Wakefield, a legal subdivision, was one of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last developments. Along Grant Road, a throughway that once funneled Civil War soldiers to Fort Reno, the neighborhood is dotted with 12 homes that date back to the mid-1800s. In the early 20th century, developers built a number of Craftsman-style homes, and in the last wave of development just before World War II, several brick center-hall Colonials went up on larger lots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of the houses are of a similar style, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not identical,â&#x20AC;? said Juliet Zucker, a Realtor for Long & Foster who lives in Chevy Chase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an attractive and desirable place to live, but when most people search by neighborhood, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include Wakefield because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never heard of it.â&#x20AC;? Wakefield includes a good mix of properties, according to Zucker. Data from the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue show that there are 433 detached or semi-detached homes in the neighborhood, as well as 528 condominium units. A num-


ber of large apartment buildings along the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stretch of Connecticut Avenue offer rentals. Since January, 18 Bill Petros/The Current single-family While it may not have strong name recognition, homes in the Wakefield boasts a quiet residential feel only a few neighborhood blocks from Connecticut Avenue. have been sold; an additions,â&#x20AC;? said Zucker. tional residence is under contract, Most homeowners, when they and one is an active listing. The settle in Wakefield, stay for 10 to 15 median price was just under or more years as they raise their $900,000. On average, these propfamilies, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has a quiet, erties were on the market for less suburban feeling while being in the than three weeks, according to the city.â&#x20AC;? Metropolitan Regional Information Because the neighborhood Systems, a database of real estate attracts many younger families, transactions. Murch Elementary School at 4810 â&#x20AC;&#x153;People like the neighborhood 36th St. tends to be a focal point of because the houses are nice, the the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identity. schools are good, and they live on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived in more quiet streets with big yards, but are still just blocks away from commer- dense areas like in New York City, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to realize how unique it cial centers on Connecticut Avenue was,â&#x20AC;? Flanagan said. or from bus lines and Metro sta-

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

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The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013; GeorGetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale

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The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Leavey Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; public safety report. â&#x2013;  transportation report. â&#x2013;  community comment. â&#x2013;  discussion of proposed D.C. Department of Transportation regulations on commercial signage. â&#x2013;  discussion of the Lawyers Have Heart 10K Run and Fun Walk to be held Saturday, June 8. â&#x2013;  consideration of alcoholic beverage control matters: 3401 K St., Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Acoustic Tavern, license application, consideration of a possible voluntary agreement; and 2807-2809 M St., Taj of India, application for a substantial change. â&#x2013;  consideration of Old Georgetown Board matters: 3050 K St., mixeduse complex, alterations, enclosure

Citizens Association of Georgetown

The revised agreement for Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 campus plan was finally submitted to the Zoning Commission last week, and the first formal meeting of the Georgetown Community Partnership took place last month. We are off to a good start. The partnership is composed of senior university leaders, students, faculty and staff, elected leaders of the local advisory neighborhood commission and presidents of the neighborhood citizens associations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; many of whom worked together to reach the agreement on the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus plan. We hope that having these people at the same table, working together collegially, will lead to the results-focused outcomes we envision in the campus plan. To that end, the partnership has created five working groups that will focus on specific areas: student life, conduct and safety; beautification, environmental and trash issues; transportation and parking; communications and engagement; and metrics and data. Various members of the community and university will participate in these working groups so we will have broad input in the decision-making processes. We have found that by working together we can make real progress in shaping the impacts the university has on the community and the city as a whole. If you have comments, suggestions or questions, please let me know. You can contact me at Hope to see you tomorrow night at 7 p.m. for our membership meeting at the Nike store to hear Redskins legend Charley Casserly. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Altemus at terrace, sign scheme for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiola Mare,â&#x20AC;? concept; 3401 Water St., restaurant, replace garage doors, permit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; revision to permit; 1079 Wisconsin Ave., commercial, alterations to storefront, concept; 1201 28th St., commercial, sign scheme for â&#x20AC;&#x153;DAS Ethiopian Restaurantâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; existing, permit; 3102 P St., residence, rear addition at third floor, concept; 1419 Wisconsin Ave., commercial, awning and sign for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amazon Andes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; fashion, gifts & art,â&#x20AC;? permit; 1642 30th St., residence, alterations to rear, permit; 1718 34th St., residence, two-story rear addition plus basement, replacement windows, concept; and 3321 N St., residence, one- and two-story rear addition, new window well on front facade, concept. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit

7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, in the community room at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the gym at Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. For details, visit

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover â&#x2013; Glover park / cathedral heiGhts The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email or visit anc3b. org. 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

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Room B108, West Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013; american university park American University Park

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, send an email to or call 202-363-5803.

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School Without Walls

The week of Thanksgiving is always a great week at Walls. Only three days of school, of which only one is a full day of class â&#x20AC;&#x201D; what could be better in preparation for this holiday? After Monday, the week is filled with Thanksgiving festivities such as an assembly and a feast. The assembly, which is held at George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lisner Auditorium on Tuesday, features performances with a theme of giving thanks. This year, language classes showed off their new knowledge in their language of study, the contemporary dance team expressed thanks through jumps and twirls across the stage, and an Advanced Placement U.S. history class re-created the original Thanksgiving event with a witty skit full of pop culture references. These and other performances made the assembly very enjoyable and prepared the students for the feast the next day. On Wednesday, students spent the first half of the day in class, and then Walls held its annual Thanksgiving feast. Students talked and ate with plates piled high. Each year, the food, which the school gets from Georgia Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catering service, is delicious and plentiful. Alumni also come back and enjoy time with the current students, as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re back in town from their respective colleges. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Delmar TarragĂł, 11th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

The girls basketball team completed two weeks of working out. Tryouts were held last week and the list of those who made the team

was just posted. Congratulations to the following girls: Shania Campbell, Genesis Glover, Imani Thomas, Courtney White, Kamryn Bowman, Zoe McCullough, Kaitlyn Hunter, Denija Hudgens, Omari Clarke and London Downing (me). Ms. Moorefield and Ms. Hamer are proud of us all, even those who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the team. It was a hard tryout process to go through. Be on the lookout for news about the boys team soon. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; London Downing, fourth-grader

Sidwell Friends Middle School

Recently, the Sidwell Friends sixth-graders took an exciting field trip to the Heifer Global Village. The students were divided into seven regions: Kenya, upper-class Appalachia, lower-class Appalachia, lower-class Mozambique, upperclass Mozambique, Thailand and Guatemala. Every region had a house that was characteristic to that particular area and each group had a different challenge. Students had to give up a particular resource or sacrifice something â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for example, giving up your potatoes or having a person sit out for 20 minutes. Also, each region had a unique resource that no one else had. For example, Thailand had the resource of salt, while Guatemala had water resources. Trade between different regions was useful. Mozambiqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s matches were traded for Kenyan oil. Upperclass Mozambique had the fire resource, which everyone needed. So lots of groups went there to trade, giving them a significant lead; they were one of the wealthiest groups. Students realized the importance of cooperation between nations and the significance of sharing resources.

Meanwhile, other countries such as lower-class Appalachia (a trailer home) were struggling to start a fire. They were so desperate that they started eating raw, dirty lettuce leaves. As the three hours came to a close, upper-class Mozambique and other more fortunate countries began to cook food and give water to the less fortunate. This behavior should reflect the behavior of people all over the world. The fortunate should provide aid for those who are less fortunate, just like upper-class Mozambique helped lower-class Appalachia and the less fortunate groups. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nia Baker and Alexandra McGuire, sixth-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Last Wednesday, Washington Latin students who are taking a part in the arts program hosted an all-school Fall Arts concert at the 19th Street Baptist Church. The concert featured skits, choir performances, high school jazz band sets and various speakers from the high school. The first performance was from the fifth and sixth grades, a skit named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Popular Girl/Jellybeans.â&#x20AC;? The last performance from the middle school was the seventh-grade choir singing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shalom Chaverimâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swing Down, Chariot.â&#x20AC;? The second half of the concert featured pieces from the high school. Choir, honors choir and jazz band performed five songs in total. For many members of the high school choir class (which sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are the Worldâ&#x20AC;?), performing in a concert was a completely new experience. Middle school artwork was showcased during the event. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cuneyt Dil, 11th-grader

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Wednesday november 28 Concerts â&#x2013; Members of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will perform Sarasateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Navarraâ&#x20AC;? and other classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  A cappella quartet Anonymous 4 will perform a collaboration with Pulitzer Prizewinning composer David Lang. 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Joel Harrison String Choir. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Ellen Cassedy will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Syrian Crisis: U.S. Policy Optionsâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Tom Malinowski, Washington director of Human Rights Watch; Aram Nerguizian, visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Elizabeth Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Bagy, research analyst at the Institute for the Study of War. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Hector Abad will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oblivion: A Memoir,â&#x20AC;? about his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life as a human rights advocate in Colombia. 6 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Dan Schueftan, director of the


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Events Entertainment National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Changing Strategic Environment in the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kennedy Bioethics Research Library, Healy Hall, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013; MSNBC host Chris Matthews will discuss the recent election and his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; VIP tickets available for $75 to benefit the University of the District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Congressional Intern Program. Theatre of the Arts, Building 46 East, University of the District of Columbia, Connecticut Avenue and Windom Place NW. â&#x2013;  Ann M. Graybiel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making and Breaking Habits: The Basal Ganglia in Action.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. â&#x2013;  Joyce E. Chaplin will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation From Magellan to Orbit.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making History: Contemporary Art and the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present C. Scott Willisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Woodmansâ&#x20AC;? and Elizabeth Subrinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2000 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fancy,â&#x20AC;? about the life and legacy of photographer Francesca Woodman. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The films will be shown again Thursday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies will present Gillo Pontecorvoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1966 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Battle of Algiersâ&#x20AC;? as part of its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Algeria at 50â&#x20AC;? film series. 5:30 p.m. Free. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature an encore showing of Adèsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tempest.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will feature Sharon Bar-Zivâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Room 514.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11.50; $9 for students; $8.75 for    

seniors; $8.50 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings With Extraordinary Artistsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Constellation Theatre Company founding artistic director Allison Arkell Stockman and several associate artists discussing the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work and performing scenes from past productions. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282, ext. 3. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sparkle Open Mic Poetry,â&#x20AC;? a reading series that features LGBT-dedicated poets. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Portland Trail Blazers. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Thursday, Nov. 29

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Benefits and sales â&#x2013; The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum will hold its annual holiday bazaar. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  The third annual Georgetowner Holiday Benefit and Bazaar will feature shopping, music, dinner and seasonal cocktails. Proceeds will benefit the Georgetown Senior Center. 6 to 10 p.m. $45 in advance; $65 at the door. Historic George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-338-4833. Concerts â&#x2013;  Chilean guitarists Romilio Orellana (shown) and Luis Orlandini will perform a classical program. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Guatemalan rocker RanferĂ­ Aguilar will perform original compositions in the style and rhythm of indigenous Mayan music. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-6233558. â&#x2013;  Pianist Alex Peh and soprano Laura Bass will pair iconic solo piano works with selected opera arias as part of the Washington Jewish Music Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yearround programs. 7 p.m. Pay what you can; tickets required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center. 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Jonathan Biss will present pieces from French impressionist composers. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Levine Jazz Quintet will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Tribute to the Bebop Baroness and Joe Zawinul.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-686-8000, ext. 1039.

Thursday, november 29 â&#x2013; Discussion: Anne Applebaum will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 19441956.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Country singer Billy Joe Shaver will perform. 7:30 p.m. $25. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  La Risonanza will perform works by Vivaldi and Handel. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Dr. Drew Pinsky will host a youth town hall on HIV/AIDS and a sneak peek at the new documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Positive,â&#x20AC;? about what it means to be young and HIV positive in America today. 1 to 3 p.m. Free; registration required. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Oleg Anisimov, professor of physical geography at the Hydrological Institute in Russia, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Challenges and Opportunities of the Changing Climate: The Russian Perspective.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Donald Abelson, professor of political science at Western University in Canada, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changing Minds, Changing Course? The Evolution and Education of American Think Tanks.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professors Giacomo Chiozza and H.E. Goemans will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leaders and International Conflict.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. â&#x2013;  Artist Pedro Reyes will discuss his work. 6 p.m. $10; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Per Kirkeby: Connecting Art and Science.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Author and documentary filmmaker Lena Einhorn will discuss Swedish writer August Strindberg and his first marriage to actress Baroness Siri von Essen. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of

Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secrecy and the State,â&#x20AC;? a panel discussion about policies in the United States and the United Kingdom, will feature Warwick University professor Christopher Moran, former Central Intelligence Agency officer Jon Hedley and Federation of American Scientists director Steven Aftergood. 6:30 p.m. $9. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Philip Greene, an Ernest Hemingway enthusiast and cocktail connoisseur, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companionâ&#x20AC;? at a reception with food and drinks. 6:30 p.m. $55; $80 for two. The Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle. NW. â&#x2013;  Nicholas Kralev will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st Century Diplomacy.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 213, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Non-Fiction Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into the Wildâ&#x20AC;? by Jon Krakauer. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Archaeologist William Saturno will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Between Rise and Fall: The Art of Maya Civilization.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Performances â&#x2013;  Comedian and radio show host Danny Rouhier will headline a night of emerging comedians from New York and D.C. 8 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. â&#x2013;  The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will make its Kennedy Center debut. 8 p.m. $22 to $65. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trivia for Syriaâ&#x20AC;? night will benefit the Syrian Expatriates Organization. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Friday, Nov. 30

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Class â&#x2013; A wreath-making workshop will allow participants to create holiday greens from cedar boughs, magnolia leaves, berry-laden holly, pine cones and boxwood. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $48; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. The workshop will also be offered Dec. 1 and 7 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert featuring works by Beethoven, Malipiero, Caplet and Glière. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  Indie rock band Ugly Purple Sweater will perform their unconventional take on rock, folk and more. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202See Events/Page 23


Continued From Page 22 467-4600. â&#x2013; The U.S. Army Band â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pershingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ownâ&#x20AC;? will present its annual holiday concert. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. 703-6963399. The concert will repeat Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Nights,â&#x20AC;? featuring traditional carols and modern updates to classic holiday favorites. 8 p.m. $13 to $55. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The American University Chorus will perform traditional and contemporary American songs. 8 p.m. $15: $10 for students and seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University. 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Music at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Brooklyn-based quartet So Percussion. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Library Late,â&#x20AC;? presented by the Library of Congress, will feature the groups ACME and yMusic performing music by composers under the age of 35. 8 p.m. $15 to $28. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Radwan Zaideh, executive director of the Washington-based Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Battle for Syria.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Etel Solingen, professor of political science at the University of California at Irvine, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sanctions, Statecraft, and Nonproliferation.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Pulitzer Prize-winner Hedrick Smith will present his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Stole the American Dream? Can We Get It Back?â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Marianne Williamson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles,â&#x20AC;? about spiritual secrets to financial abundance. 7:30 p.m. $23.99; tickets required. Unity of Washington, 1225 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland will screen and discuss her Golden Globewinning 1990 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Europa, Europa.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $18; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Nobel Prize-winning chemist Mario Molina and behavioral ecologist and biologist Iain Couzin will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Locust Swarms and Ozone Holes.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $22.

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Events Entertainment Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Meeting â&#x2013; As part of a support group for people diagnosed with osteoporosis, Elements Fitness and Wellness Center practitioners Rosalie Begun and Marva Makle will lead a session on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle for Strong Bones.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Elements Fitness and Wellness Center, Suite 217, 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-5252. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fuego Flamenco VIIIâ&#x20AC;? will feature the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flamenco/ Flamenca,â&#x20AC;? choreographed, directed and performed by Edwin Aparicio with featured artists Norberto Chamizo, Amparo Heredia â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Repompilla,â&#x20AC;? Genevieve Guinn and Anna Menendez. 8 p.m. $30; $18 for students. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art and Busboys and Poets present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whaam Slam,â&#x20AC;? a poetry event inspired by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets present â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Sign Language Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly event for American sign language users and performers. 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Saturday, Dec. 1

Saturday december 1 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will present Neil and David Greenfieldboyce combining music, comedy and puppets to tell the story of Hanukkah. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7833372. â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about aviator Amelia Earhart 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;  Smithsonian presenters Saul Lilienstein and George Scheper will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;New York in the Thirties: From Hard-Times Town to the World of Tomorrow.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $139. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Michael Gorman, associate professor of philosophy at Catholic University, will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metaphysics and a Philosophical Exploration of Ultimate Questions.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.

Friday, november 30 â&#x2013; Concert: Panamanian pianist Danilo PĂŠrez will perform with his jazz trio. 7:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.

â&#x2013; Horticulturist Bill Johnson will lead a holiday wreath workshop. 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. $50; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The workshop will repeat Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. â&#x2013;  Marva Makle will lead a health and wellness workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat More, Weigh Less.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 p.m. $25. Elements Fitness and Wellness Center, Suite 217, 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-5252. â&#x2013;  Broadway performer, cabaret director and teacher Eric Michael Gillett will offer a master class for adult voice students. 3 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lang Recital Hall, Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202-686-8000. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist LukĂĄs VondrĂĄcek performing works by Haydn, Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Prokofiev. 2 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton Concerts will present the Barnes & Hampton Celtic Consort performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Celtic Christmas.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $33; $29 for seniors; $18 for ages 18 and younger. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. The concert will repeat Dec. 2 at 4 p.m., Dec. 8 at 4 and 8 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  The 21st Century Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music for Civil War,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Brehm, Ives, Rush and Stravinsky. 5 to 7 p.m. $20. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  The Washington Bach Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Glad Tidings,â&#x20AC;? featuring an all-Bach program of cantatas composed for Advent and the Christmas season. 5 p.m. $23 to $65. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-



429-2121. â&#x2013; Bet Mishpachah will present a Hanukkah concert by its choir Tachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;shitim. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Middle C Music will host a percussion recital by students of Lindy Campbell. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Flute and harp ensemble Beau Soir will perform a holiday concert. 7 p.m. Free; donations will benefit the Montgomery County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circe. 301-229-7766. â&#x2013;  Vocalist Karima Skalli will perform classical Arab and Andalusian music with the Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000.


â&#x2013; The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swinginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the Holidays With Duke Ellington and Shorty Rogers.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $25. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The In Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tribute: Debussy at 150,â&#x20AC;? a salon-style musical event featuring Debussyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rarely performed song-cycle â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinq Poèms de Charles Baudelaire.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15 to $28. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;9 Songwriter Seriesâ&#x20AC;? will feature Justin Trawick and eight other singer-songwriters as they perform individually and with each other. 8 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Collectors R. John Howe and Kirk Keshishian will discuss the traditional practice of using old textile fragments in different contexts. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Contemporary Chinese artist Xu Bing will discuss recent projects, from calligraphy and monumental public art to timeSee Events/Page 24


Holiday Signature Champagne Brunch Celebrate the warmth of the season with Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue! Enjoy delicious food, great company and lots of holiday cheer! While you are here, meet our team, tour our fabulous community and see why our residents are proud to call Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue home!

For more information or to RSVP for you and a friend, call 202-966-8020. Date: December 2, 2012 Time: 11:30 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1:30 p.m. Address: Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue 5111 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, DC 20008 Celebrating the joy of every day since 1981.


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Continued From Page 23 based digital media works. 10:30 a.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ “Conversations About Culture” will present a discussion of “Sister Circles” in the Washington-Baltimore region. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-262-7571. ■ A public symposium will focus on the legacy of artist Tony Smith. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Films ■ “The Met: Live in HD” will feature Mozart’s “La Clamenza di Tito.” 12:55 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The National Gallery of Art will continue its Swiss Artists on Film series with a showing of Erich Schmid’s “Max Bill: The Master’s Vision.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances ■ Members of the Adult Music Student Forum will perform. 2 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Ballet Petite and Youth Performing Arts School’s Ballet Performance Company will present “The Nutcracker.” 2 and 5

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Events Entertainment p.m. $19. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Dec. 2, 15 and 16 at 2 and 5 p.m. ■ The 16th annual Dance Place Youth Festival will feature a variety of performance styles. 7 p.m. $15; $10 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Sales ■ The Glen Echo Potters Holiday Show and Sale will feature work by more than 50 local artists. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road NW. 301-229-5585. The sale will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ The E.L. Haynes Public Charter School Holiday Bazaar will feature crafts, baked goods and yard-sale items. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, 3600 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-667-4446. ■ The Duke Ellington School of the Arts will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar and Art Show, featuring jewelry, home décor, natural bath and body products, local food vendors, books, and a silent auction. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. ■ The Friends of the Cleveland Park Library will hold a used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Second-floor meeting room, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-669-

Sunday, december 1 ■ Tour: The Logan Circle Community Association will host the 34th annual “Logan Circle Holiday House Tour,” featuring a mix of historical architecture, modern renovations and newly constructed homes. The event will include a wassail reception with refreshments. 1 to 5 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 on the day of the event. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 6235. ■ The Friends of the Watha T. DanielShaw Library will host a winter book sale. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ A French bazaar will feature French food and pastries, handcrafts, books, toys,


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a flea market and a silent auction. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. French Protestant Church of D.C., 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 301-320-3955. ■ The 22nd annual “BZB Holiday Gift & Art Show” will feature holiday items, collectibles, toys, clothes and jewelry. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 9th St. NW. 202-6104188. The sale will continue Dec. 8, 15 and 22. ■ The Swedish Women’s Educational Association will host its annual Swedish Christmas Bazaar, featuring crystal, textiles, artwork, baked goods and a children’s activity room. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202-546-7266. Special events ■ In conjunction with World AIDS Day, Voices of Health will share recorded stories of 12 District residents speaking about their experiences living with HIV/AIDS. 9:30 a.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ Gallaudet University students will sign stories in American Sign Language, and librarians will lead craft activities. 11 a.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-559-5368. ■ The Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill will host an afternoon of holiday activities, featuring a kid-friendly treasure hunt, light refreshments, entertainment by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ 30-member female vocal ensemble and a charity drive for the school’s Museum Studies Department. 4 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Wisconsin Avenue and Reservoir Road NW. ■ “Winter on the Water” will celebrate the opening of Washington Harbour’s ice rink with strolling entertainers, ice skating performances, choral singers, a St. Lucia parade and artistic lighting effects. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ■ “Holidays Through History!” will feature festive and historic holiday displays at Dumbarton House, Anderson House, Tudor Place and Woodrow Wilson House. The event will include live music and seasonal refreshments. 4 to 8 p.m. $16 to $20; $10 for ages 17 and younger. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW; Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW; Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW; and Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. tudorplaceholidaysthroughhistory. ■ Lincoln Temple United Church of Christ will host a candlelight vigil in honor of World AIDS Day. 7 p.m. Free. Front steps, Lincoln Temple United Church of Christ, 1701 11th St NW. Sunday, Dec. 2

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Class ■ Speech-language pathologist Maia Magder will lead a class about infant language development and baby sign language. 4 to 5:30 p.m. $46.50 per family; infants welcome. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Concerts ■ The Choir and Baroque Ensemble of the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes, conducted by organist and choirmaster J. Owen Burdick, will perform

Handel’s “Messiah.” Proceeds will benefit restoration of the church’s organ, which sustained damage in the August 2011 earthquake. 4 p.m. $35 to $75. Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes, 12th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. 800-838-3006. ■ The Hermitage Trio will perform works by Beethoven, Glinka and Tchaikovsky. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ The Georgetown University Wind Ensemble will perform its fall concert. 4 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. ■ The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform works by William Smith, Sir John Goss and Paul Manz as part of its Choral Evensong series. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. ■ The seven-member Swedish ensemble Norrbotten NEO will perform. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. ■ The American Boychoir will present a family Christmas concert. 5 p.m. $30; $15 for students and seniors. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St. NW. 202-338-1796. ■ The Reformation Lutheran Church Choir, Washington, D.C., will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first concert at the National Gallery of Art. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session, featuring guest artist Kenny Rittenhouse on the trumpet. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. ■ The Georgetown University Orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. 8 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. Discussions and lectures ■ The Rev. Virginia Gerbasi, assistant rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church, will discuss “The Themes of Advent.” 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ Eleanor Ehrenkranz, a lecturer on Jewish literature and professor at Pace University, will discuss her recently published anthology “Explaining Life: The Wisdom of Modern Jewish Poetry 19602010.” 11 a.m. $12; $10 for students and seniors. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ Historian Thomas Elsaesser will discuss “Germany in the 1920s: Expanding the Film Avant-Garde Beyond the Political Divide.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. See Events/Page 26


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aughter Is the Best Medicine,” featuring painted papier-mâché sculptures by Stephen Hansen that humorously explore human nature, will open Friday at Zenith Gallery and continue through Dec. 30. Artist receptions will take place Friday

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from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. ■ “A/way Home,” a group show presented by the Black Artists of DC and the DC Arts Center about the meaning of home, will open Friday at the DC Arts Center and continue through Jan. 6. An opening reception will be held Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., and a closing reception and artist talk will take place Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. Located at 2438 18th St. NW, the center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. 202-462-7833. ■ “Small Treasures,” featuring paintings in diverse media, will open Saturday at American Painting Fine Art and continue through Jan. 26. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Located at 5118 MacArthur Blvd. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-244-3244. ■ “Heroines, Angels, Muses,” presenting

ceramics, mosaics and other works by Alfredo Ratinoff that celebrate 20 years of stories told through images, will open Saturday at Watergate Gallery and continue through Jan. 12. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and the artist will give a talk Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., with an introduction by Alexander Nagel, assistant curator at the Freer and Sackler galleries. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-338-4488. ■ “Variations on a Grid,” highlighting monotypes and paintings by Natasha Karpinskaia, will open Saturday at Susan Calloway Fine Arts and continue through Jan. 5. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 4 to 6 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. ■ Jackson Art Center, 3050 R St. NW, will open its studios to the public Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

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he 25th-anniversary production of “Les Misérables” will visit the National Theatre for a special holiday engagement Dec. 12 through 30.


The musical play, centered on the eve of the Paris Uprising of 1832, follows French peasant Jean Valjean as he searches for redemption after spending 20 years in prison. Cameron Mackintosh’s production — which visited D.C. last fall at the Kennedy Center — features all-new staging and reimagined scenery, inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Performance times are generally 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $198. The theater is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800447-7400; ■ The Kennedy Center Opera House will host Willam Christensen’s full-length “The Nutcracker” Dec. 5 through 9. Utah-based dance company Ballet West will put on Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, with musical backing from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the National Cathedral Lower School Singers. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $45 to $150. 202-4674600; ■ Theater Alliance will present “Soulful Sessions” at the H Street Playhouse Dec. 5 through 26. The weekly cabarets will feature top gospel talent in the D.C. area,

The National Theatre will host the 25th-anniversary production of the hit musical “Les Misérables” Dec. 12 through 30. including Rob Mercer, Lori Williams and Stellar Award winner Phillip Carter. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets cost $20. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 202-241-2539; ■ The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” Dec. 6 through 9 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Acclaimed actor and director John Malkovich directs this Frenchlanguage revival of the 18th-century novel. A critical hit in France, the production incorporates several modern twists in a classic story of sex, revenge and the decadence of the French aristocracy. Originally performed at the Théâtre de l’Atelier in Paris, the production is currently on international tour. It will be presented in French with English surtitles. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $60 to

$75. The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-5471122; ■ The Kennedy Center Opera House will host “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” Dec. 11 through Jan. 6. The musical tells the story of two friends putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the process. Based on the holiday movie “White Christmas,” the play includes singing and dancing to classic Berlin hits. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $150. 202-4674600; ■ The Keegan Theatre will close Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” Dec. 1 at the Church Street Theater. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202;

Stephen Hansen’s “The Scales of Injustice” is on exhibit at Zenith Gallery. ■ Gallery plan b opened a group show last week and will continue it through Dec. 24. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1530 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-234-2711.

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Continued From Page 24 â&#x2013; Folk musician Tom Paxton and the cast of the Woody Guthrie retrospective â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woody Sezâ&#x20AC;? will discuss Guthrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy. 5 to 6 p.m. $15; $10 for students. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University law professor Gary Peller will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Critical Race Consciousness: Reconsidering American Ideologies of Racial Justice.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Rabbi Brant Rosen will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Path to Palestinian Solidarity.â&#x20AC;? 8:45 to 10:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Films of Ang Leeâ&#x20AC;? will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1992 debut feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pushing Hands,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and his 1993 hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wedding Banquet,â&#x20AC;? at 3 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th


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literary cocktail reception and dinner in honor of Alessandra Gelmi, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Afraid of Red?â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ring of Fire.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 7 p.m. $75. Bistro Le Zinc, 3714 Macomb St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013; The 18th annual BB&T Classic college basketball showcase will feature George Washington University vs. Manhattan College followed by the University of Maryland vs. George Mason University. 12:15 p.m. $25 to $45. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Tour â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedral will present a close-up tour of the depictions of angels throughout the building. 1:30 p.m. $10; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. The tour will repeat Thursday at 3 p.m.

Monday, december 3 â&#x2013; Reading: The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series will feature an Emily Dickinson tribute by Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

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Monday december 3 Concerts â&#x2013; The American Boychoir will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music From the Hearts of America.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Concert Choir will perform works by Bach and Vivaldi. 7:30 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  Pianist William Hicks, vocalist Korliss Uecker (shown) and cellist Jerry Grossman will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502.

tested. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. North Conference Room, St. Matthewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-234-2567. â&#x2013; Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Research Agenda for Sustainable Development.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Former Circuit City chief executive officer Alan Wurtzel will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good to Great to Gone: The 60 Year Rise and Fall of Circuit Cityâ&#x20AC;? as part of Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Distinguished Leaders Series. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Reyna Grande will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Distance Between Us: A Memoir.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Nassim Nicholas Taleb will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919.

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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, will discuss the regional security and stability of Africa. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 151, Duques Hall, School of Business, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Marilou Donahue will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unlock Your Most Powerful Assets: Your Voice, Communication and Presentation Skills.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11 a.m. Free. 40Plus of Greater Washington, 1718 P St. NW. â&#x2013;  MedStar Washington Hospital Center and the Prevention of Blindness Society of Films Metropolitan Washington will present a talk by ophthalmologist Reginald D. Barnes â&#x2013;  NCM Fathom Events will present the Mariinsky Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Jr. on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Lose Sight to Diabetes.â&#x20AC;? 11 Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker.â&#x20AC;? 2 and a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations 7:30 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, required. True Auditorium, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving St. 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. NW. 202-877-5329. â&#x2013;  The Elliott School of International â&#x2013;  Former International Atomic Energy Affairs and the Institute for Middle East Agency inspector Shirley Johnson will disStudies cuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chemistry of Nuclear rience will present Ben Mosesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; documenExpetary rs a Ye 0 â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Whisper to a Roar,â&#x20AC;? about couraNonproliferation and Disarmament.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 2 r e v O alism 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. in Photo Journ geous democracy activists in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Room 602, Elliott School of International Zimbabwe. A panel discussion will follow. Affairs, George Washington University, 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Free; reservations 1957 E St. NW.  Elliott School of !213, â&#x2013;  The monthly Dupont Circle Village 'required. " ! Room   !  "  International0Affairs, Washington Live and Learn Seminar will feature a talk %%% 0 07E St.George sh. DC 21957 a University, NW. by audiologist Lisa Sargent on the probW W N t. S n ulto is 8 Fhearing 360how lems of hearing loss and




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â&#x2013; In honor of World AIDS Day, American University will screen David Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Survive a Plague,â&#x20AC;? about how two coalitions fought for improved AIDS treatments in the 1980s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Room 1, Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. 202-885-2684. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Russian Classics Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Bernard Roseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1997 version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anna Karenina.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. â&#x2013;  A holiday film festival will feature George Seatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1947 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miracle on 34th Street,â&#x20AC;? starring Maureen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara, Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  A Werner Schroeter film series will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1973 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Willow Springs,â&#x20AC;? about three women living in blissful isolation in the California desert who find their communal life threatened by the arrival of a strange man. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Nozze di Figaro.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-4193456. The film will be shown again Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. Performance â&#x2013;  The Millennium Stage will present a performance in honor of the International Day of Persons With Disabilities. 6 p.m. Free. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Special event â&#x2013;  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will hold a chess tournament for ages 5 through 19. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Tuesday, Dec. 4

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Events Entertainment

Continued From Page 26 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music for Advent,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Torelli, Corelli and Bach. 7:30 p.m. Free. Wolfington Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013; Young Concert Artists will present Spanish clarinetist JosĂŠ Franch-Ballester (shown), BulgarianAmerican violinist Bella Hristova and Israeli pianist Ran Dank performing works by BartĂłk, Novacek, Hertzberg, Gershwin and Schoenfield. 7:30 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Ruth Greenspan Bell, a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will discuss the future of the U.N. climate change negotiation process. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-885-1000. â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by author and avid chess player Arnold Leibowitz on the three periods of chess history. 12:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202895-4860. â&#x2013;  Enrique V. Iglesias, former president in the Inter-American Development Bank, will speak in conjunction with the establishment of an annual prize for promoters of culture and development. 4:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. â&#x2013;  Ellen Brown and Marc Armstrong will discuss the movement for public banks. 6 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will hold a discussion of the play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pullman Porter Bluesâ&#x20AC;? as part of its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bread & Rosesâ&#x20AC;? labor series. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the National Theatre of Scotlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,â&#x20AC;? the Shakespeare Theatre Company will hold a symposium on site-specific and immersive theater. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $15; $5 for students. The Forum in Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-544-1122. â&#x2013;  Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undersecretary of history, art and culture, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madcap May: Mistress of Myth, Men and Hope.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. $25. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Tamim Ansary will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Games Without Rules: The OftenInterrupted History of Afghanistan.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Economist Robert Pollin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back to Full Employmentâ&#x20AC;? in conversation with columnist Harold Meyerson. 7 p.m. $8. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. Films â&#x2013;  Rachel Seifert will present her documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cocaine Unwrapped.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 3

p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; Georgetown Library will open its series about the power of music with Joe Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Soloist.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Corcoran Gallery of Art will screen Jim Hubbardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;United in Anger: The History of ACT UP,â&#x20AC;? about activism amid the AIDS crisis. A discussion will follow. 7 p.m. Free; registration suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  A celebration of Quentin Tarantinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20-year career in independent cinema will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1992 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reservoir Dogs.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Reading â&#x2013;  Scena Theatre will present a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Little Calm Before the Stormâ&#x20AC;? by contemporary German playwright Theresia Walser. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 175. Special event â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tour de Franceâ&#x20AC;? wine tasting will focus on the Chateau Raymond-Lafon from Sauternes. 7 p.m. $70. Free; reservations required. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Miami Heat. 7 p.m. $10 to $780. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Wednesday, Dec. 5

Wednesday december 5

Benefit â&#x2013; A fundraiser for the DC Public Library Foundation will feature a book signing and reception with Kitty Kelley, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Iconic Images of the Kennedys.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $100; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-4943. Concerts â&#x2013;  The First Wednesdays at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Concert Series will feature the Madrigal Singers From St. Albans and National Cathedral Schools performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music of the Season.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon will join Shepherd Elementary School students for their annual holiday concert. 6:45 to 8 p.m. Free. Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. 202-576-6140. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Actor and writer Lee Wolf will lead a lunchtime discussion of Deborah Feldmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $40. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Alex Wellerstein, associate historian at the American Institute of Physics, will discuss the history of nuclear weapons and proliferation. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free;


reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; George Washington University professors Marc Lynch and Sean Aday will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Covering Complex Conflicts: Syria Today.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Stephen Whiteman, fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;History and Memory in the Manchu Imperial Park of Bishu Shanzhuang.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required by Nov. 30. Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW. 202-339-6460. â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will present a talk by James Johnston, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  Calvin Trillin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  NASA executive Jenn Gustetic will speak about women in technology as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Startup Forumâ&#x20AC;? series sponsored by WAMU-FM and American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Communication. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. 202-8852220. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. â&#x2013;  Scottish archaeologist Nick Card will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secrets of Orkneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stone-Age Temple: Ritual and Religion Before Stonehenge.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Genetics professor Harry Ostrer and Moment Magazine publisher Nadine Epstein will discuss Ostrerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9 p.m. $10; $8 for students and seniors. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  The Happenings at the Harman lunchtime performance series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sisters of Ellery Hollow,â&#x20AC;? about two orphans who cope with their strange, hard childhood by translating their lives into a series of tall tales. Noon. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  Montreal-based experimental artist Socalled will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Special event â&#x2013;  The Daughters of the American Revolutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11th annual Christmas open house will feature live choral music, tours of period rooms decorated for the holidays, a visit from Santa Claus and more. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. DAR Memorial Continental Hall, 1776 D St. NW. 202-572-0563.

32 Wednesday, november 28, 2012

The CurrenT

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Pure perfection and fabulous design throughout every inch of this Classic Brick Colonial. Four new baths, 4 bedrooms, dazzling table space kitchen, pretty dining room with large bay and lovely living room with fireplace and quality built-ins. Downstairs is a lower level that will make you forget you are in the basement.  High ceilings and high style make this a truly special space offering family room, guest room, full bath, laundry room and even a shop/ storage room.  Enjoy the view over the expansive back yard from a private screened porch.  All this plus the coolest secret tree house in Chevy Chase! 6606 31st Place NW Call or email Steve Agostino for details: 202.321.5506, “I begin to realize a few years after my husband died that my home and yard were way too large for me to handle on my own. I needed help with the yard, the ever-present home repairs and snow removal. There were too many floors and way too many steps; the risk of falls was constant and the house was filled to the rafters with “stuff.” I came to look at my downsizing as a gift of love to my children. I would downsize now and save them the nightmare of sorting through all the levels of the house and trying to make decisions on what to do with the “stuff.” I would save them from the horror that I went through dealing with my own mother’s home. That was the easy part. Once I made that decision I was hit with this overwhelming reality of how I am even going begin this process! If you have made the decision to downsize, you cannot approach this undertaking alone. You must put yourself in the hands of an experienced, knowledgeable, caring and capable person who can navigate through this process. Nancy Taylor will take you by the hand and lead you through to a successful result. Nancy has a wealth of resources. She knows people who can help you with the clutter, who will help you with downsizing decisions, draw up floor plans, pack your processions, move you into your new home, and then set everything up and remove boxes and packing material before you even arrive! Nancy will get your house ready for sale! She knows just the right house contractors to deal with those pesky repairs at the right price, the grounds contractors to get your yard in shape, and she is the absolute best at selling your house! My house was only on the market a few days before Nancy found a lovely young buyer couple that loves my house as much as I do. Don’t attempt downsizing without Nancy Taylor at your side!” - Joy Swiggum, recent client. Call Nancy Taylor at 202.997.0081 and simplify this difficult process.

Alice Deal Middle School Holiday Greens Sale December 8 & 9 and 15 & 16 (Saturday and Sunday both weekends) 10am to 4pm all days. ◆ Plan to purchase all your holiday greenery needs at Deal this year. Beautiful fresh evergreen trees, roping, wreaths and more will be offered. ◆ All proceeds benefit the Alice Deal PTA. ◆ Lots of volunteers are needed to make this a success. If you can help, please contact Steve Agostino at ◆ Alice Deal Middle School is located at 3815 Fort Drive NW, off Nebraska Ave just east of Reno Road.

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