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Vol. XXI, No. 14

The Georgetown Current

Safeway plans to close store at Watergate

Halloween night sees shooting on M Street

a l l ha l l ow ’ s eve

■ Crime: Attack was one of

several incidents Districtwide

By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

Since it first rose on the banks of the Potomac River, the Watergate complex has been associated with power, affluence and — from time to time — scandal. But for the people who live there, it’s simply home. And the Safeway on the ground floor has been an integral part of their lives. “I shopped there as a student. I shopped there as a young professional. And now I shop there as a senior,” said Watergate resident Marija Hughes. That’s why Hughes was so devastated to learn that the Safeway will be closing in a matter of months. “I’m fighting it like mad,” she said. According to Safeway spokesperson Craig Muckle, the Watergate Safeway, which opened in 1966, will close its doors Dec. 3. He said the supermarket’s staffers will be assigned to other stores. “Obviously it’s difficult when we close a store,” he said. “We don’t like to do that. We know the store is a vital part of the community.” See Safeway/Page 37

By BRADY HOLT and ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writers

A 17-year-old male is in critical condition, and a suspect in custody, after a shooting in the 2800 block of M Street Monday evening — one of five that marred Halloween night in the District. At a press briefing Tuesday, Police Chief Cathy Lanier offered few details about the 10:50 p.m. Georgetown incident, saying the

Agency seeking contractor for Glover Park upgrades ■ Streetscape: Project to

get under way after delays

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Georgetown’s annual Halloween celebration on Monday drew thousands of partygoers and costumed revelers.

Current Correspondent

PTA to ‘Play it Forward’ at Key Elementary By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent

The playground at Key Elementary School in the Palisades is looking a little worse for wear, after 15 years of healthy use by a population of students that has nearly doubled in as many years. So parents and community members have banded together to renovate the equipment and grounds, calling their initiative “Play It Forward.” The Key School’s PTA, with Julie Scott and Jennifer Felten cochairing the playground committee, is leading the effort. “We’re taking a proactive approach,” said Felten. “The city has poured a lot of money into the

NEWS ■ Library to host talk about MLK site. Page 3. ■ Preservation board supports AU’s plans for law school at Tenley Campus. Page 23.

case is still under “very active investigation.” She said a suspect was apprehended within minutes by police patrolling the area and has been charged with carrying a pistol without a license while the investigation continues. The Georgetown shooting came while the neighborhood’s main streets were packed with revelers participating in the annual Halloween celebration there, during which police close streets to motor vehicle traffic. Photos from the scene show police tape and bloodstains on the sidewalk outside Don Lobo’s Mexican Grill, near the intersection See Shootings/Page 37

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Community members are raising funds to restore the playground.

schools, and we’re trying to be good stewards to what has been put into the Key School.” The school and the grounds, at 5001 Dana Place, were designed to accommodate about 225 students.

But Key now has almost 400 students, and while school leaders consider that growth positive, it has also created challenges — for example, the school now houses two fifthgrade classrooms in modular structures in a parking lot once used by teachers. “The school has grown significantly over the last 10 years, and we have a lot more kids using the space every day,” said Key principal David Landeryou. The lower playground at Key School was built almost 15 years ago, and the field’s artificial turf was installed in 2003, according to Landeryou. Organizers now hope to replace See Key/Page 26

SPOR TS ■ Sidwell girls soccer takes ISL title. Page 15. ■ Gonzaga and Maret football come away with wins on snowy Saturday. Page 15.

More than five years after the D.C. Office of Planning made recommendations to renovate the street and sidewalks along Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park, the D.C. Department of Transportation is working to choose a contractor for the work. The streetscape project, which was first recommended in a 2006 report from the Office of Planning, will involve widening sidewalks, installing traditional streetlights and implementing traffic-calming measures on the busy commercial corridor of Wisconsin Avenue between Whitehaven Parkway and Calvert Street. The proposed design calls for a “pedestrian refuge island” down the center of Wisconsin Avenue, which the Transportation Department will test with cones and other temporary materials before laying down concrete. The work will also include

PASSAGES Boy Scouts abroad: With an ambassador’s help, Tenleytown-based Troop 100 builds connection with scouts in Africa. Page 17. ■

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The Wisconsin Avenue work will include widened sidewalks.

changes to the vehicular traffic flow of Wisconsin Avenue. The Transportation Department will test a proposal to use four lanes for cars during rush hour — two lanes in each direction — and one lane in each direction during off-peak hours. In addition to making the area more pedestrian-friendly, the lane adjustments would allow room for a bicycle lane on each side of the road for travel during off-peak hours. Monica Hernandez of the Transportation Department said the project should break ground in early 2012 and the work should take 12 to 18 months. Residents at last month’s Glover Park advisory neighborhood comSee Wisconsin/Page 44

INDEX Business/7 Calendar/30 Classifieds45 District Digest/4 Exhibits/35 In Your Neighborhood/10 Opinion/12

Passages/17 Police Report/6 Real Estate/25 School Dispatches/18 Service Directory/41 Sports/15 Theater/35

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Council members address UDC expansion By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Although the Zoning Commission signed off on the University of the District of Columbia’s 10-year development goals over the summer, some D.C. Council members want to make sure the school remains aware of neighborhood concerns. Six members — Ward 3’s Mary

Cheh and each at-large member — signed a Sept. 29 letter to the university calling for changes to the adopted campus plan in response to ongoing neighborhood concerns. The revisions the council members requested include increased parking and a more gradual phase-in of oncampus student housing. “Of course, [university officials] can simply rely on the approvals that they’ve gotten,� Cheh said in an

interview yesterday, “but it would be helpful if they were aware of the issues and react to them.� The university has said it’s looking to transition from a commuter school to a respected state institution, using new amenities like dormitories to attract more and better students. The Zoning Commission approved immediate construction of a new student center, future develSee UDC/Page 40

Consultants to consider future of MLK library By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

There will always be a central downtown library, and it always will bear the name of Martin Luther King Jr., but beyond that the future is up in the air, according to city library officials. The D.C. Public Library system and the Downtown Business Improvement District recently enlisted the Urban Land Institute to study the library property at 901 G St. NW with an eye toward new possibilities. An advisory panel from the education and research institute, which the library hired for $125,000, will present recommendations to the public on Nov. 18. After tackling renovations of the District’s neighborhood libraries, the library system is now moving on to planning “the second half of [its] capital campaign,� said spokesperson George Williams. “We’re starting to think about what should happen with the central library.

Is the MLK building as it’s currently configured the best physical plant [for the system]? Is this the best location?â€? Developer inquiries about the prime downtown site are “not uncommon,â€? said Jeff Bonvechio, the library system’s director of capital construction, but he said no specific proposal is motivating these discussions. “We’re not giving the ULI panel any one specific scenario to study,â€? he said. “We’re asking them to look at ‌ multiple possibilities and potential scenarios.â€? In the past, those scenarios have included constructing a brand-new library on the site of the old convention center (an idea from former Mayor Anthony Williams that ultimately fizzled) and, more recently, moving library functions into the historic Carnegie building at Mount Vernon Square. The current Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, designed by Mies van der Rohe, opened as the See Library/Page 40




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The week ahead Wednesday, Nov. 2

The D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel will hold a town-hall meeting on “D.C. Utility Quality of Services and Reliability.� The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Thursday, Nov. 3

The Burleith Citizens Association will hold its annual meeting, which will include elections and remarks by Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the student center at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW.

Saturday, Nov. 5

The D.C. Council Committee of the Whole will hold a hearing on “Youth Perspectives on Middle School Education in the District.� The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. To testify, contact ■The Georgetown Senior Center will hold a reopening celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. For details, call 202-3162632.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

The D.C. Public Service Commission will hold a community hearing for Ward 2 residents on Pepco’s application to increase distribution service rates and charges for electric service. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in the commission’s seventh-floor hearing room at 1333 H St. NW. ■The Georgetown Business Association and the Georgetown Business Improvement District will hold a forum on “Economic Development in Georgetown.� Speakers will include Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans and at-large D.C. Council member Vincent Orange, as well as Georgetown business and civic leaders. The event will begin at 6:15 p.m. at the City Tavern Club, 3206 M St. NW. Reservations are required; contact Sue Hamilton by Nov. 7 at 202-333-8076 or ■ The Mayor’s Health Reform Implementation Committee will hold a community dialogue for Ward 2 residents on the future of health care in the District. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW.

Thursday, Nov. 10

The D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board will hold a Ward 3 community meeting on plans for iGaming DC, its online gambling program. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. ■The University of the District of Columbia’s Community-Campus Task Force will hold a meeting. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room A-03, Building 44, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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District Digest Cheh, Bowser offer traffic safety bills

Two bills to protect pedestrians and cyclists from the city’s oftenfierce traffic were introduced in the D.C. Council Tuesday. Ward 3 member Mary Cheh offered legislation that would require motorists to stop at a crosswalk when another vehicle is stopped there. Under current law, motorists must stop when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk. But, Cheh noted, the driver may not see the pedestrian if another vehicle blocks the view. She reported two instances where pedestrians were killed when one car stopped and a vehicle in the next lane continued. A bill by Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser, perhaps more likely to be controversial, would lower the

speed limit on residential streets to 15 miles per hour. Major roads and primary arteries would not be affected. Bowser said she was responding to many complaints about speeding on neighborhood streets, and concerns that safety fears discourage walking and cycling. She noted that lower speeds result not only in fewer crashes, but also in less serious injuries when they occur. The bill picked up no co-sponsors. “I realize this is a starting point for discussion,” Bowser said. — Elizabeth Wiener

Tax increase sought for cinema snacks

A 5 percent sales tax increase on concessions sold at movie theaters would help fund efforts to attract movie producers to D.C. and to

encourage a cinema to open east of the Anacostia River, according to Mayor Vincent Gray. Gray proposed the bill last week, stating in a news release that he believes it would boost tax revenues while stimulating job growth. As Gray envisions it, 75 percent of the new tax revenue would go toward attracting the new movie theater and the remaining 25 percent would fund incentives to producers who film in the city.

District bonds sale scheduled for today

The District hopes to sell nearly $40 million in city tax increment revenue bonds today to help fund the mixed-use City Market at O Street project, the Office of Tax and Revenue announced last Thursday. The bonds will be sold in incre-

ments of $5,000, according to the city website, and income generated from them is taxfree for D.C. residents. The interest payout has not yet been determined.

Fall leaf collection to begin Monday

The District’s annual leaf collection will run from Monday through Jan. 14, the D.C. Department of Public Works announced last week. Residents can place piles of loose or bagged leaves into tree boxes, and the city will collect those leaves for composting at least twice, according to a news release. The collection schedule is available at Because of the cold weather, the Public Works Department has suspended the bulk of its mechanical street-cleaning program through

March 1, according to the release. Street-cleaning parking restrictions will be lifted during this period except on major roadways such as Pennsylvania and Georgia avenues, where overnight street sweeping will continue through the winter.

Online fundraiser to help area nonprofits

Organizers of Give to the Max Day hope to raise millions of dollars for hundreds of nonprofit organizations in the D.C. area on Nov. 9, according to a news release. More than 800 nonprofits, about half of which are located within the District, had registered to participate through as of last week, the release states, and the website will offer searchable information about the different groups. Give to the Max Day began in Minnesota in 2009, when residents collectively gave $14 million and most participating nonprofits reported getting new donors, according to the release.

Council adds more online documents

More than 600,000 D.C. Council legislative records from 1989 through 1998 are now available online at, according to a news release from Council Chairman Kwame Brown. A contractor scanned in paper records and added key words to allow for searches, the release states. The records were previously available only in person and at a cost of up to 10 cents per copy.


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Cleveland Park fire station City council votes on salary cap exceptions poised for restoration effort By ELIZABETH WIENER

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Cleveland Park’s 1916 firehouse is in for a major restoration and modernization. Bids on the longstalled project are due Nov. 7, with civic activists hopeful that the station will reopen well before they celebrate its 100th birthday. The Colonial Revival-style station, the oldest surviving structure in Cleveland Park’s section of Connecticut Avenue, has been shuttered since November 2010. Even as restoration plans were in the works, District inspectors found no heat,

barely any hot water, vermin and other problems, and closed it down as “unfit for human habitation.� While staff and vehicles relocated to other fire stations, the renovation plan languished. Legal reviews, staffing changes, a shift of construction management responsibility to the new D.C. Department of General Services, and finally, a minor change in the scope of project have pushed back the actual work at least a year. “They’ve been talking about renovating Engine Co. 28 forever,� said one former Fire and Emergency Medical Services official. But then See Firehouse/Page 26

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The D.C. Council voted tentatively Tuesday to approve salaries above normal government caps for four high-level appointees of Vincent Gray’s mayoral administration. But a bill authored by Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh also ensures that their successors won’t automatically get salaries that exceed regional or national norms. Under Cheh’s bill, Police Chief Cathy Lanier will get the $253,817 annual salary promised by Gray;

Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will get $275,000; Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, $187,302; and Chief Medical Examiner Marie-Lydie Pierre Louis, $185,000. Under D.C. law, the council must approve within a year any annual salary that exceeds statutory caps. But Cheh said she drafted her measure to ensure that future appointees to those posts are paid within the normal cap absent council approval for higher pay. Gray was heavily criticized earlier this year for offering outsize salaries to numerous political appoinSee Salaries/Page 26

Preservation board rejects Walmart barn as landmark By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Site preparation for what will probably be the city’s first Walmart store is under way again, following a unanimous vote by the Historic Preservation Review Board last week not to landmark the centuryold streetcar barn that now occupies the 5900 block of Georgia Avenue. The board rejected a last-ditch landmark application from the Brightwood Neighborhood Preservation Association, almost entirely on the grounds that the brick car barn had been too heavily changed during old alterations and recent demolition to merit landmark protection. But throughout the deliberations, the proverbial “elephant in the room� was clearly present. “Car barn? What car barn?� said one of the many Brightwood residents who crowded into the board’s hearing room last Thursday. “I

thought I was here for the Walmart.â€? The skirmish over the Brightwood car barn is the latest in an on-and-off battle over Walmart’s plan to build four urban-style superstores in the District. But the barn’s fate seemed largely sealed after the historic board’s staff reported in mid-October that alterations to house a Chevy dealership in the 1950s, and removal of much of the roof by developer and property owner Foulger-Pratt this fall, had destroyed much of the building’s “integrity.â€? D.C. Historic Preservation Office staffers repeated that argument before the board Thursday. “When a structure is so simple as to consist of exterior walls and roof, then the condition of the walls and roof become very important,â€? said city architectural historian Tim DennĂŠe. The car barn could be restored, he said, but a property should not require complete restoration to become a landmark. See Walmart/Page 28


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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Oct. 23 through 30 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 4600 block, Tilden St.; street; 10:58 p.m. Oct. 24. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 7 p.m. Oct. 23. â&#x2013;  4900 block, Lowell St.; street; 10:50 p.m. Oct. 27. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 8:55 a.m. Oct. 24. â&#x2013;  2300 block, King Place; street; 4 a.m. Oct. 23. â&#x2013;  5400 block, Macomb St.; residence; 6 p.m. Oct. 23.


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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 5600 block, Broad Branch Road; store; 5 p.m. Oct. 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3700 block, Legation St.; street; 1 p.m. Oct. 27. â&#x2013;  3100 block, Jocelyn St.; street; 4 p.m. Oct. 29. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Livingston Street; street; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

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Tenleytown / AU Park

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 4100 block, Ellicott St.; residence; 10:20 p.m. Oct. 23. Burglary â&#x2013;  4200 block, 43rd St.; residence; 3:10 a.m. Oct. 29. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Fessenden St.; residence; 8 p.m. Oct. 29. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Yuma St.; residence; 10:17 p.m. Oct. 29. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:35 p.m. Oct. 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4800 block, Albemarle St.; street; 8 p.m. Oct. 23.

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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 2900 block, Upton St.; school; 5:35 p.m. Oct. 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3400 block, Fessenden St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Oct. 28. â&#x2013;  3100 block, Brandywine St.; street; 2:30 a.m. Oct. 30.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 3200 block, Klingle Road; residence; 8 a.m. Oct. 26. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Woodley Place; residence; 10:45 a.m. Oct. 27. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; school; 7 p.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 3 p.m. Oct. 28. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  3300 block, Cleveland Ave.; street; 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street; street; 8 p.m. Oct. 23. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Woodley Road; street; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Cathedral Ave.; parking lot; 8 p.m. Oct. 25. Theft from auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Calvert St.;

psa 205

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Wesley Heights/ Foxhall

psa PSA 206


â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 2900 block, Dumbarton St.; street; 8:10 p.m. Oct. 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Canal Road; store; 3:14 a.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 8:45 p.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; store; noon Oct. 26. â&#x2013;  37th and Prospect streets; university; 2:35 p.m. Oct. 26. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; drugstore; 6:58 p.m. Oct. 26. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Oct. 28. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:51 p.m. Oct. 29. â&#x2013;  3600 block, N St.; residence; 4 a.m. Oct. 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 27th St.; street; 7 p.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; gas station; 10:50 a.m. Oct. 26. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

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Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013; 2200 block, I St.; restaurant; 12:15 p.m. Oct. 28. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; street; 1:54 a.m. Oct. 27. Burglary â&#x2013;  1100 block, 25th St.; residence; 9 a.m. Oct. 26. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1800 block, C St.; street; 11 a.m. Oct. 25. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 25th St.; unspecified premises; 10:23 p.m. Oct. 23. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  800 block, 22nd St.; university; 4:45 p.m. Oct. 26.

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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  21st and P streets; sidewalk; 2 a.m. Oct. 24. â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; sidewalk; 2:15 a.m. Oct. 26. Burglary â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 9:17 a.m. Oct. 23. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; street; 7:45 a.m. Oct. 26. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 11:30 p.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; store; 12:15 p.m. Oct. 26. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Massachusetts Ave.; hotel; 1:15 p.m. Oct. 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern; 1 a.m. Oct. 23. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 17th St.; sidewalk; 10:26 a.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 12:45 p.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  1600 block, K St.; store; 4:50 p.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  1100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 7:15 a.m. Oct. 26. â&#x2013;  17th and L streets; restaurant; 2 p.m. Oct. 62. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 19th St.; office building; 4 p.m. Oct. 26. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 19th St.; office building; 4 p.m. Oct. 26. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 19th St.; office building; 8 a.m. Oct. 27. â&#x2013;  2200 block, K St.; restaurant; 12:34 p.m. Oct. 27. â&#x2013;  800 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 7:45 p.m. Oct. 27. â&#x2013;  2200 block, M St.; store; 8:20 p.m. Oct. 27. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; restaurant; 1 a.m. Oct. 29. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; tavern; 1 a.m. Oct. 29. â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; restaurant; 2:15 a.m. Oct. 29. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, S St.; street; 4 p.m. Oct. 24. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Kalorama Road; street; 10 p.m. Oct. 24. â&#x2013;  2400 block, California St.; street; 12:01 a.m. Oct. 2. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 16th St.; street; 10:43 a.m. Oct. 27. â&#x2013;  20th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; street; 9:20 p.m. Oct. 27. â&#x2013;  1800 block, S St.; street; 8 p.m. Oct. 28. â&#x2013;  19th and S streets; street; 10:30 p.m. Oct. 28. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Q St.; alley; 9 p.m. Oct. 29.

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psa PSA 303

Robbery (knife) â&#x2013; 1800 block, Phelps Place; sidewalk; 10:15 p.m. Oct. 27.

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 2000 block, Allen Place; sidewalk; 10:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

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â&#x2013; 2500 block, Champlain St.; sidewalk; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Florida Avenue and U Street; street; 10 p.m. Oct. 27. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; tavern; 1:10 a.m. Oct. 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; drugstore; 5:16 p.m. Oct. 24. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; sidewalk; 8:20 p.m. Oct. 24. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 12:30 a.m. Oct. 30. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 20th St.; street; midnight Oct. 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Allen Place and Waterside Drive; street; 11 p.m. Oct. 24. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Lanier Place; street; 12:40 a.m. Oct. 24. â&#x2013;  19th and Biltmore streets; street; 1 a.m. Oct. 24. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 20th St.; alley; 8 a.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 5:15 p.m. Oct. 28.

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Robbery (fear) â&#x2013; R Street and Vermont Avenue; street; 8:59 p.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  900 block, O St.; sidewalk; 9:55 p.m. Oct. 27. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  12th and N streets; sidewalk; 2:25 a.m. Oct. 31. Burglary â&#x2013;  1500 block, 11th St.; residence; 11 p.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 12th St.; residence; 4:10 p.m. Oct. 30. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1600 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24. â&#x2013;  1300 block, O St.; street; 2 p.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 13th St.; street; 2 p.m. Oct. 26. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 12th St.; street; 11:15 p.m. Oct. 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, N St.; residence; 6 p.m. Oct. 23. â&#x2013;  1400 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. Oct. 23. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 14th St.; hotel; 8:20 a.m. Oct. 26. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 7:11 p.m. Oct. 26. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 10th St.; alley; 9:10 a.m. Oct. 26. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 11th St.; alley; 11:50 a.m. Oct. 28. â&#x2013;  14th and Q streets; street; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Church St.; parking lot; 1 a.m. Oct. 24. â&#x2013;  1400 block, N St.; street; 11:15 p.m. Oct. 24. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 11th St.; street; 2:44 p.m. Oct. 25. â&#x2013;  14th and P streets; parking lot; 11 a.m. Oct. 26. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Riggs St.; street; 2 p.m. Oct. 27. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 10th St.; street; 6 p.m. Oct. 27.

The Current

K Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Washington Deli adds Brightwood spot


longtime downtown lunch spot has expanded to the north: Twenty-five-yearold Washington Deli opened a second location in the spring at 5830 Georgia Ave., bringing its sandwiches, pizza and quick-catering offerings to the Brightwood area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were looking for areas that we felt were underserved foodwise, and also areas that we thought were up-and-coming,â&#x20AC;? said co-owner Brett Chamberlin, who worked at the K Street shop before becoming an owner of the new deli. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great neighborhood, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what we hoped it would be.â&#x20AC;? Chamberlin said the deli serves many of the same items as its K Street partner: pizza by the pie and slice, sandwiches, salads and breakfast items. It also offers breakfast and lunch catering â&#x20AC;&#x201D; popular features at the downtown shop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a real good niche on catering, being that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do last-minute orders,â&#x20AC;? Chamberlin said of the downtown operation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a bind, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always be there to help them out.â&#x20AC;? He said the new shop is working to build up its catering reputation as well, reaching out to local businesses and schools. The shop at Georgia and Missouri avenues also does a few things differently. For one, Chamberlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team makes its own bagels daily, boiling them the tra-

about that pretty much on a daily basis from people that are wellestablished in the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? beth cope said Chamberlin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get a lot of people that have been here for ditional way, and topping them with standards like poppy and ses- years and years.â&#x20AC;? He said customers are also ame seeds, but also with some happy about less-typical the deliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vegechoices. tarian and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been vegan offerexperimenting ings. with flavors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chamberlin like lemonlikes the salads cranberry, himself â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as [which is great] well as the less with fresh healthy strawberry options. cream cheese,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s he said. nothing like a The co-owngood steak and er said the most cheese. But I popular sandwould also wich at the new have to say shop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and one not served Photo courtesy of Washington Deli that I really enjoy the fact on K Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The new restaurant targets that we have is the shrimp â&#x20AC;&#x153;underservedâ&#x20AC;? Brightwood. fresh salads.â&#x20AC;? poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; boy, served A website for both delis, with tartar sauce and coleslaw, lists the made in house, like most of many dining and catering choices. Washington Deliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings. Click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carry out menusâ&#x20AC;? and Customers seem pleased with download â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgia Ave. Menu the traditional deli choices too, side 1â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgia Ave. Menu said Chamberlin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people side 2â&#x20AC;? for the specific items are just excited to have fresh deli meats, sandwiches where they can available on Georgia Avenue. Washington Deli is open seven create their own.â&#x20AC;? days a week: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. He said many mention Posinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. a kosher deli/bakery that sat for to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and more than 50 years on the same 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. block, closing in 1998. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hear


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Zoning commissioners praise plan for Hilton Garden Inn in West End By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A planned high-rise hotel in the West End will likely offer a much-needed improvement to a vacant lot at 22nd and M streets, members of the Zoning Commission said last week. But despite praising many aspects of the proposed Hilton Garden Inn, commissioners at a hearing Thursday said they shared residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns about traffic congestion from hotel guests unloading their cars on 22nd Street. The Zoning Commission had approved a

similar hotel at the 2201 M St. site in 2008, but developers have since said the market no longer can support a boutique hotel with $800-a-night suites. The 10-story building that OTO Development is now proposing is the same size as the previously approved plan, but it has different architecture, fewer parking spaces and more rooms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 238 instead of 170. The hotel would also include a public restaurant and lounge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re confident that our new and improved design, which leverages the Hilton Garden Inn brand, better addresses the needs

of the guests in this market and complements the architecture of this neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? Thomas Messervy, a representative of the Spartanburg, S.C.-based OTO, told the Zoning Commission Thursday. Some community leaders initially resisted the changes, saying the new plan wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t upscale enough for the neighborhood. The Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s September resolution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though not an objection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; highlighted disappointment that the planned 1 Hotel never materialized.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think a lot of people really liked what we saw firstâ&#x20AC;? in 2008, neighborhood commission chair Rebecca Coder testified at the hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get the state of the markets â&#x20AC;Ś and I think most people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a vacant lot at that site, so we look forward to this moving forward.â&#x20AC;? The Foggy Bottom Association and the West End Citizens Association also support the project. Developers have said the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design avoids any stereotypes about an anonymous suburban motel possibly associated with the See Hotel/Page 37

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Current Staff Report D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown told the D.C. Rotary Club last week that one of the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest problems is that teachers working at high-performing schools who have been deemed highly successful fear being shifted to low-performing schools. While working at a low-performing school offers an opportunity for a bigger bonus, some teachers worry that such a move would make it harder for them to teach successfully and could therefore put their jobs at risk, Brown said. Brown told the Rotarians he is working on legislation that would give teachers rated highly in highperforming schools a â&#x20AC;&#x153;passâ&#x20AC;? if they do not do well in a low-performing school. Brown said he is also working on a parent accountability bill, as too many low-income parents do not meet with teachers or participate in their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school activities. Though noting that D.C. has â&#x20AC;&#x153;the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hottest school reformâ&#x20AC;? effort and has successfully modernized many school buildings, Brown said the city is lagging in its effort to offer â&#x20AC;&#x153;wraparound servicesâ&#x20AC;? to children. Despite big gains, the District is still â&#x20AC;&#x153;nowhere near where we need to be,â&#x20AC;? he added. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s middle schools, he said, remain a huge challenge. The result is that parents often move to Virginia or Maryland when their children reach sixth grade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The worst experience of my life,â&#x20AC;? he said, was deciding where to send his daughter to middle school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Middle school is clearly where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re failing.â&#x20AC;? Adult education and job training are also key, Brown noted. The city has added programs for adults on the welfare rolls, who under new rules must participate in job training, he said. On the financial front, Brown noted that the city is looking at a nearly $100 million surplus in the just-completed 2011 fiscal year, while Maryland appears to have a $1 billion deficit. And he echoed statements by Mayor Vincent Gray See Brown/Page 28

The Current Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Greig to challenge Evans for Ward 2 seat Current Staff Report Fiona Greig, a Georgetown resident since 2007, announced Thursday that she will run against Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 3 Democratic primary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;District residents deserve better government and a full-time council member,â&#x20AC;? said Greig, 32. Should Greig win, she said, she would resign from her position at international consulting firm McKinsey & Co., where she has worked on increasing the efficiency

and effectiveness of various federal agencies and has led a team developing an economic strategy for the Wa s h i n g t o n region. She is currently on maternity leave. Greig said Evans recused Greig himself from voting on plans to give city aid to the planned convention center hotel, a Marriott, out of concern for poten-

tial conflicts arising from clients of the law firm he works for. Yet he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;instrumental in carrying the project through the council.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;If someone recuses himself, he is supposed to submit a statement as to the nature of the possible conflict. This rule has not been enforced. ... It may not have been appropriate for him to be so involved,â&#x20AC;? Greig said. Evans has released a copy of a letter to him from the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general counsel saying that there was no conflict â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and no need to submit a See Greig/Page 46

Evans skewers Gray for fiscal policy decisions Current Staff Report Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans last week blamed Mayor Vincent Gray for some of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past financial decisions. Evans criticized Gray for â&#x20AC;&#x153;going along,â&#x20AC;? as chairman of the D.C. Council, with former Mayor Adrian Fentyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raids on the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reserve funds, which reduced the balance from $1.6 billion to $700 million. He also faulted Gray for accepting a tax increase as mayor rather than cutting expenses in the most recent budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was irresponsible,â&#x20AC;? Evans, who chairs the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finance and Revenue Committee, said of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions, noting that he voted against the Fenty budget â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his first nay vote on a budget in 20 years on the council.

Evans made his remarks at the Oct. 24 meeting of the Sheridan-Kalorama advisory neighborhood commission, where he also spoke about a range of other local issues including elections, Internet gambling and council member pay. Evans said that as chairman, Gray should have gotten the council to reduce expenses, and now as mayor he should have cut expenses in the 2012 budget rather than allowing the council to increase taxes. Eighty percent of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget is spent on popular items â&#x20AC;&#x201D; human services, public safety and education â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so â&#x20AC;&#x153;nobody wants to cut them. My conviction is we have to. ... We spend more money on our school system than anywhere else in America.â&#x20AC;? See Evans/Page 46

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oct. 19 meeting: â&#x2013; chair Rebecca Coder introduced Graham Galka, the new commissioner representing single-member district 2A05. Galka was the only candidate to file a petition for the seat. Barbara Kahlow of the West End Citizens Association said she had determined that Galka didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough valid signatures on his petition to qualify for the seat, but that she found out only after the challenge period had closed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still happy to have him,â&#x20AC;? said Coder. â&#x2013;  commissioners said a planned discussion of the Watergate Hotel renovations will likely take place at the November meeting, instead of October as originally scheduled. â&#x2013;  former commissioner Barbara Spillinger said a recent article in The Hatchet, the George Washington University student newspaper, incorrectly stated that there had been no student neighborhood commissioners in more than 50 years. Though there are none now, Spillinger personally served alongside two student commissioners, she said. â&#x2013;  chair Rebecca Coder said community members interested in creating an aging-in-place â&#x20AC;&#x153;villageâ&#x20AC;? for the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods are seeking input. A survey about the concept is available at â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0, with Asher Corson absent, to write a letter advocating against the closure of the Safeway store at 2550 Virginia Ave. Commissioners will send the letter to Safeway, property managers of the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Watergate retail space and the D.C. government. Neighbors had heard rumors that the store could close after its current lease expires. Safeway has since confirmed that it will close the store. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to support an application to the Board of Zoning Adjustment for setback and parking relief for the renovation of the Verizon building at 21st and L streets. Developers hope to add an eighth floor and ground-floor commercial space to the building, which now houses communications equipment and some offices. Although parts of the building contain only equipment, they still count toward its parking requirements, project representatives said, and the extra height of the building would increase its required setback. Commissioners said they welcome the planned aesthetic improvements to the building. â&#x2013;  George Washington University representatives discussed plans to build a museum in the 700 block of 21st Street, which would house a Washingtoniana collection, the holdings of the existing Textile

Citizens Association of Georgetown

The invitations are in the mail! The Georgetown Gala is one month away, and plans are coming together. Ambassador and Mrs. Kislyak will host our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Wonderlandâ&#x20AC;? at the Russian Embassy on Friday, Dec. 2. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a magical venue. Nancy Taylor Bubes, Michele Evans, Patrice Miller and their committee are putting the final touches on the menu â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Russian caviar and vodka, anyone? And thanks to Brooke Carnot, we were able to once again get the party circuitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;? band, the Right On Band, to come to D.C. to perform for us. This year, we are focusing on getting spectacular items for our live auction. Annie Lou Berman and Erika Donohue are putting together an incredible â&#x20AC;&#x153;staycationâ&#x20AC;? with all the best that Georgetown has to offer. The Millers have generously donated a weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stay at their exquisite house in the south of France. Back by popular demand is Constance Chatfield Taylor and Colleen Girouardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imaginative scavenger hunt for 30 people with cocktails, dinner, and a merry romp through Georgetown. Suzy Minshall has offered up her penthouse in Deer Valley for the ultimate ski vacation. And we are working on getting a super exclusive safari in South Africa â&#x20AC;&#x201D; details to follow. As usual, all the proceeds from the auction will go to our association so that we can continue the work of making Georgetown fabulous. Our association is honoring Franco Nuschese and John Richardson for their over-the-top efforts to make Georgetown a better place to live and visit. So get your tux shirt to the cleaners, find that perfect gown and plan to be at the gala to pay tribute to these remarkable men and to support your community. For more info or to be included on the mailing list, call 202-337-7313. I look forward to seeing you there. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Altemus Museum in Sheridan-Kalorama and other exhibits. Neighborhood commissioners will vote on resolutions regarding the project after the university formally files its plans with the Historic Preservation Review Board and Zoning Commission. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 5-0 to have David Lehrman absorb the role of the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasurer until it appoints new officers next year. Eric Malinen, who recently resigned from the commission, was the previous treasurer. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Heart House, 2400 N St. NW. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont â&#x2013;  dupont circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013;  Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969,

contact or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. The location has not been determined. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley/wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades/kent/foxhall

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report. â&#x2013;  community concerns. â&#x2013;  presentation by American University on traffic and parking issues related to Tenley Campus development plans and consideration of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoning Commission application for further processing. â&#x2013;  consideration of the Lawyers Have Heart 10K run. â&#x2013;  consideration of the German School Washington 5K run. â&#x2013;  consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Class B liquor license renewals: Mac Market and Deli, 5185 MacArthur Blvd.; Mimiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Convenience Store, 5435 MacArthur Blvd.; Palisades Deli and Market, 4554 MacArthur Blvd.; Safeway, 4865 MacArthur Blvd.; and Golden Eagle, 3201 New Mexico Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of the quarterly financial report. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit

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An ethical approach

The D.C. Council faces an important test over the next few weeks. Its chairman, Kwame Brown, has said that legislators will pass comprehensive ethics reform this year — and time is running out. Ward 4’s Muriel Bowser, chair of the Government Operations Committee, held a key hearing last week on the various measures she and her colleagues have introduced. They address many issues — campaign donations, public disclosure, constituent services funds — but there is no real consensus on many of the fundamental concerns. One such concern is whether the council should create an ethics committee, as Chairman Brown once pledged. The National Conference of State Legislatures recommended creating such a panel as part of a study it conducted a decade ago, as former Ward 3 Council member Kathy Patterson noted in her testimony last week. If the council had acted 10 years ago, perhaps it could have dealt more effectively with the ethical lapses that have besmirched the legislature’s reputation this year. It might even have created a milieu in which inappropriate behavior did not take place. But we do not believe that a council ethics committee is the right choice at this juncture. For one thing, the need for strong standards and effective enforcement extends to the executive branch and independent agencies. And it would be unwise to create separate entities, one overseeing the council and another the rest of the government. The U.S. House and Senate both have ethics committees, but neither is renowned for handing out swift, effective justice. Nor is the House or Senate held in particularly high regard by the public right now. There’s also an inherent disconnect between the structural needs of a legislative body with 100 or 435 members vs. those of the 13-member D.C. Council: How popular would a strong ethics committee chair be among his or her colleagues? The central entity we suggest should have strong powers — and the necessary resources — to administer appropriate rules, monitor compliance and punish misbehavior among both elected and unelected officials. But it is important not to strip the council of the organizational authority that allows it take steps such as removing committe chairs. That power would have been crucial had Ward 5’s Harry Thomas Jr. not resigned his leadership post after agreeing to repay money he had allegedly misdirected to his own use.

Push for parkland

The U.S. General Services Administration may soon offer Georgetown’s West Heating Plant to developers. Officials recently placed the nearly vacant industrial facility on the government’s list of excess property, giving other federal agencies a chance to consider potential uses for the site. The historic 93,000-square-foot facility is an ideal candidate for conversion to condos or a hotel — a use that would bring a welcome windfall to U.S. taxpayers. But Stephen Crimmins, a resident of the nearby James Place building, has laid out a compelling case that the federal government should consider converting the southern portion of the site into parkland. The sprawling parcel would provide a welcome direct connection to Rock Creek — a far preferable alternative to the current access, “a narrow cement path behind two office buildings,” in the words of Mr. Crimmins. It took years and years of hard work to bring the Georgetown Waterfront Park to fruition. The C&O Canal Historical Park, too, resulted from a lot of leg work — quite literally, given the impact of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas’ renowned hike along the corridor then slated for a highway. Perhaps the federal government will benevolently decide to bestow prime real estate along K Street for parkland, but we think it’s more likely to occur if Georgetown residents and the city’s environmentalists press the issue.

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Two down, one to go …


e only wish we were talking about this dreadful Washington Redskins season. It would be nice if there were just one more miserable game left instead of nine. But our headline refers to another miserable mess. That’s the ethics cloud engulfing Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration over his 2010 campaign for mayor. This week there was good news and bad news for Gray. A U.S. House committee that oversees the District issued a mixed report on allegations by Sulaimon Brown that Gray’s campaign paid him cash and gave him a $110,000-a-year government job for his attacks on then-Mayor Adrian Fenty. The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said it “found evidence corroborating claims by Sulaimon Brown that his campaign for mayor received financial backing linked to a senior campaign operative for Mayor Gray.” But committee chair Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said, “The investigation did not, however, find independent facts verifying claims that Brown had been promised a D.C. Government job … or any evidence that Mayor Gray knew or approved of payments going to Brown’s campaign.” Did Gray campaign operative Howard Brooks pay Sulaimon Brown? Did Gray campaign chair Lorraine Green set it up? There’s circumstantial evidence, the committee says. “One money order was purchased the same day that [Sulaimon] Brown first met Green and exchanged his first telephone calls with her,” the committee reported. The report says a number of money orders given to Brown were attributed to members of Brooks’ family. Brooks, of course, is a businessman who has emerged as the key point person in whatever happened. He has lawyered up and declines comment on anything. NBC4 and other news organizations have reported that Brooks is cooperating with a federal criminal investigation by U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. The House committee report tracks similarly to findings by the D.C. Council investigation, a probe headed by Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh. So that’s two down. But the one to go is the biggest one of all. It’s the ongoing probe by Machen into Gray’s campaign activities. On Monday, Cheh told NBC4 that she hopes the U.S. attorney will act quickly on the criminal issues, if any. “I do hope, however, that whatever the U.S. attorney does, that he does it with dispatch,” Cheh said. “It’s enough already. This has been lingering too long. I think at the end of the day what we most need is clarity, a clearing of the air.”

Of course, the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined comment except to say its review is continuing. We’ve noted in this space several times that Machen takes a harsh view of public corruption. We’re anxious to see what he does, too. ■ A side note. Howard Brooks is represented by former Prince George’s States Attorney Glen Ivey, who is now preparing a run for Congress against incumbent Democrat Donna Edwards. It’s not clear when and to whom Ivey will hand off the Brooks matter. ■ Scandal fallout. Although the House committee found no “smoking guns” of wrongdoing, it is clearly upset over the hiring scandal that engulfed Gray’s early months in office. Top officials resigned after reports that many adult children of Gray’s team also got well-paying jobs. Other appointees have resigned for other reasons, or been blocked by the council. Out of that mess, House committee chair Issa announced Monday that he’s offering legislation to force tougher background checks of city officials based on federal hiring practices. Although Gray had declined to comment Monday on the new scandal report, he quickly issued a news release saying Issa’s committee should stay out of the city’s hiring process. “This legislation is ill-advised and unnecessary,” Gray said. “The District already runs a more stringent background check than the [federal] legislation would require.” Well, if that’s the case, Issa might ask, why have the last 10 months been so chaotic? Whatever the outcome of the latest legislation, it’s just another example of how scandal in the District invites meddling from Congress. More scandal, more meddling, and suddenly this city could have another control board. The scandal cloud, fairly or not, also diffuses any effort by Gray to promote congressional voting rights for the District, let alone statehood. If voting rights were based on well-behaved public officials, a lot of states would lose those rights. It’s unfair to hold the District to a standard other states can’t meet. But the fact of the matter is that people do. ■ Halloween’s over. We know. We know we should be moving on to Thanksgiving. But we did have a Tweet on Sunday about the Redskins that got a lot of response, and we wanted to share it with you. Here’s the text: “For Halloween at work, I’m going as a Redskin. It’ll be easy. I just won’t show up.” Despite the trend lines, we’re still hoping the ’Skins show up on Sunday against the 49ers. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor American University growth is not a right

It seems that everyone starts the discussion of American University expansion with the assumption that the university has the right to grow and that the only hope of residents is to somehow control that growth in an attempt to retain the quality of the neighborhood. I don’t buy that for a minute. Many institutions — Oxford and Cambridge are two obvious examples — excel by concentrat-

ing on quality, rather than growth. In fact, I suspect their prestige would suffer if they allowed themselves to grow. At the other end of the spectrum, state universities and the like have mandates to serve a population. For example, when I went to the University of Colorado, it was required to accept all those who placed at a certain level in their high school class. American University has no such requirement or obligation. I understand business and the need to reach a certain scale, in some domains, to achieve meaningful efficiency. Telecommunications is an exam-

ple of that. American University has no such need. In fact, smaller classes provide a better education. If American University were to offer something to the community, such as guaranteeing admission and financial assistance to less affluent D.C. students, then some concessions might be appropriate. However, to accept that the American University’s self-perceived need trumps everyone else’s interests is nonsense. We all have needs. Societal rules, including zoning, are intended to ensure that those self-perceived needs don’t trample other’s rights. Larry Seftor Spring Valley

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Next week, take time out to hug a nonprofit VIEWPOINT michael allen


very day for the past 25 years that I have lived in Washington, my life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and my familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been enriched by the work of D.C. area nonprofit organizations that make this one of the most vibrant and interesting regions in the country and provide a vital safety net for our most vulnerable brothers and sisters. But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always take the time, as I should, to appreciate their work. Perhaps you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t either. We can all make up for that on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give to the Max Dayâ&#x20AC;? on Nov. 9. On that day, we can all go online to and make a contribution to our favorite charitable causes. The effort, led by the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, United Way of the National Capital Area and Razoo, seeks to replicate similar efforts in other parts of the country to kick off the charitable giving season with a focused day of community giving and support for a broad range of nonprofits. More than 1,000 are registered and will benefit from individual contributions and additional cash awards for those mobilizing the most support. The participating groups represent virtually every type of nonprofit imaginable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including many that my family benefited from when our kids were young. Among them are organizations such as Glen Echo Park, where our children graduated from the carousel to the puppet company to Adventure Theatre, and Joy of Motion Dance Center, which nurtured our daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love of dance. In their teen years, our kids played basketball and soccer at Jelleff Boys & Girls Club and volunteered at Bread for the City, Iona Senior Services and Veronica House, which is run by the Community Council for the Homeless. As a family, we have enjoyed countless bicycle rides made possible by the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail. With the older kids off at college, we

Letters to the Editor Repairs necessary for Dupont fountain

On Aug. 23, the day of the East Coast earthquake, I walked through Dupont Circle after being evacuated from work and immediately noticed that the Dupont Circle fountain looked strange: The water that drained from the dish at the top of the statue was now falling from just one spout, not all three equally. Furthermore, the waterfall from the operating spout was much heavier than normal. This suggested to me that the fountain had been tilted by the tremors. The National Park Service is the steward of the park and the fountain. I am heartened by The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent report that the National Park Service has pledged to be more responsive to District residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Park Service, locals work through tensions,â&#x20AC;? Oct. 26]. The Dupont Circle fountain is one of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasures and deserves to be kept in optimal

have more time for movies at the Avalon Theatre, or performances at any number of terrific local theaters or visits to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many museums. As the economy continues to challenge us all, many of us have hunkered down and tightened our belts. At the same time, Give to the Max Day reminds us that our community is made up of thousands of nonprofit organizations that together employ roughly 16 percent of the D.C. workforce, deliver vital community services, give voice to the people they serve, advance solutions for challenges facing society and ultimately contribute to our vibrant community. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s giving season takes place in the shadow of funding reductions from government and decisions by Fannie Mae and the Freddie Mac Foundation to wind down or substantially scale back the support on which many groups have depended. Having served on the boards of several local nonprofits â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pathways to Housing, Palisades Village and Yachad â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I understand the increased demands on our local nonprofits all too well. Through a web-based approach pioneered by the online fundraiser Razoo, Give to the Max makes it easy for casual and first-time contributors to participate, for as little as $10. Of course, the sky is the limit. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the secret about Give to the Max Day: It gives us the opportunity, on a single day, to make a bold statement about how important nonprofits are to our lives. Even if we are fairly private about our philanthropy, when we all contribute on a single day, we show the power of community and we can encourage others to join in a broad effort to improve the lives of all our neighbors. So join me in hugging a nonprofit on Nov. 9. Make a list of the nonprofits that have enriched your life. Then, go to, and do what I plan to do: Give to the Max. Michael Allen, an attorney with the civil rights firm of Relman, Dane & Colfax, is a resident of the Palisades.

working order. Designed by Daniel Chester French, the sculptor responsible for the Abraham Lincoln statue in the Lincoln Memorial, the fountain has graced the center of the circle for more than 90 years. In its current condition, the fountain is imperiled by possible erosion, and the tranquil ambiance of the park is spoiled. The fountainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s repair should be a top priority, and I encourage other residents to remind the Park Service of the fountainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s need for repairs when meeting about local issues. Megan Buskey Dupont Circle/Kalorama

Ethics reform should restrict free tickets

Under a cloud of scandal, the D.C. Council is wrangling over tighter ethics laws. In The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oct. 26 issue, Dan Wedderburn makes a solid case for fundamental change [â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.C. needs to undertake true ethics reform,â&#x20AC;? Viewpoint]. The reform agenda should include the council and mayor giving up the two luxury suites they are provided by the owners of the

Verizon Center and Nationals Park. These pricey seats are favors to elected officials whose votes and decisions can impact the ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; businesses. For example, the owner of the Verizon Center has provided council members and the mayor with two luxury suites since 2007, when they gave $50 million of taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money for a Verizon upgrade. Of this obvious conflict of interest, Washington Post columnist Colbert King wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mayor and council wanted in on the lavish life â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;? The Nationals, in addition to two luxury suites, give council members 25 field-level tickets and free parking. With D.C. elected officials receiving pay that ranges from $125,000 to $200,000, they should be paying their own way to see the Nats, Wizards or Caps, like the rest of us. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth examining whether council members and the mayor include receipt of these expensive tickets, an employment benefit, on their D.C. and federal income tax returns. Howard Bray Foxhall Village

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I was walking through Wilson High School at the recent arts festival to celebrate the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 75th anniversary and its modernization. During the self-directed tour, I was particularly wowed by the auditorium, which has envious sightlines and is graced with refinished original wooden seats that make for a great blend of old and new. After seeing the great performance space, I was trying a classroom door when I heard someone behind me ask, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Would you like to see a classroom?â&#x20AC;? I turned around to see a young man pointing to an open door ahead and offering to give a tour of the room. He explained that this was his geometry and trigonometry classroom. With great detail, he told us about the Smart Board hanging prominently on the wall, and the lights that automatically adjust depending on the amount of natural light from the row of windows. It was apparent from the articulate presentation that this poised young ninth-grader was proud to show off his school. The night before, at the Wilson Gala, parents, adult students, teachers and administrators had come to celebrate together. The atrium, graced with its high glass ceiling, was decked out with small tables with white and green tablecloths. As I entered, music from the Wilson jazz band floated from the opposite side of this huge space, which easily accommodated the sold-out 700-ticket affair. Finally, the jazz band had a performance space at the school worthy of its talent. I spent many hours in the old building as chair of the local school restructuring team and as a co-chair and founder of the Wilson Management Corporation. I had long dreamed of a space suitable to

the talents of its many students and staff. Both of my daughters attended Wilson, graduating in 2002 and 2005 respectively, and loved it there, regardless of its dilapidated condition, but the building no longer adequately supported its programs. On the night of the gala, my husband and I toured the school with my younger daughter and some of her high school friends. With eyes popping and jaws dropping, they revealed their incredulity at the transformation of their school. One even admitted she was jealous of the current students. So now Wilson has a building that can be the pride of our community. The challenge to the Wilson community and the community beyond its walls will be maintaining this fabulous asset. Given the Wilson Management Corporationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience with the fields, it should also manage this space. To do the job well, it will need parents and outside community members with expertise to step up to the plate so that many future generations of students will be proud of their place of learning. Marlene Berlin Forest Hills

City oversight is lax on rental properties

D.C. law requires all one-family rental properties to have a safety inspection and acquire a Basic Business License issued by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Unfortunately, many property owners collecting rent either donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know or refuse to comply with this apparently â&#x20AC;&#x153;honor systemâ&#x20AC;? law. How many landlords actually declare this rental income on their taxes is hard to say, but it is clear that the city is losing revenue while the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs seems unable to investigate and enforce this law. Neighborhoods like Burleith, Glover Park, Georgetown and many others across the city have

up to 50 percent rentals. A local real estate agent told me that half of D.C. residents are renters. Over the past year, the Burleith Citizens Association and I have brought this widespread lack of compliance to the attention of regulatory officials and D.C. Council members as an example of waste, fraud and abuse, but very little progress has been made. Regulatory officials have repeatedly insisted that it is hard to prove that a house is a rental property without a copy of the signed lease agreement. I reject this excuse of why department employees canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do their job. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve suggested that investigators speak with neighbors and mail carriers and look at the license plates on cars parked on the property. The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue has a list of every residential property and whether the owner is claiming the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homestead Deductionâ&#x20AC;? and therefore living (or not living) in his or her home. A majority of those properties not receiving the Homestead Deduction are most likely rental properties. Has the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs requested database information from the Office of Tax and Revenue? The tax officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homestead Audit Division places the burden of proof on D.C. property owners to prove they occupy their home and that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a rental property. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs needs to do likewise. When dedicated, law-abiding citizens engaged in â&#x20AC;&#x153;community policingâ&#x20AC;? provide the regulatory department with a list of properties that they know are rentals that do not have the required Basic Business License, they deserve â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and should be able to expect â&#x20AC;&#x201D; enforcement from regulators and the help of their council members. We are getting very little from either. Robert Hyman Glover Park

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Quakers give Eagles the cold shoulder By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Kara Wilson, top left, celebrates her goal with teammates after shrugging off a dislocated shoulder, right. She finished the game with two goals, and Sidwell beat Cathedral, winning its first Independent School League banner since 1993.

When Sidwell’s Kara Wilson dislocated her shoulder in a soccer game three years ago, she ended up putting off the surgery to pursue a championship with the Quakers. Now a senior, Wilson again proved her high threshold for pain during Sidwell’s Thursday battle against National Cathedral. Early in the game — which determined the regular-season champion of the Independent School League — Wilson dislocated her shoulder once again when she jumped to head the ball, landed hard on her right side and stayed down. Sidwell head coach Martin Dell and the team’s athletic trainer rushed to Wilson’s side, finding her in obvious pain with her shoulder hanging out of its socket. But Wilson only had one request: “She just wanted someone to put her shoulder back in place and carry on playing, as crazy as it sounds,” said Dell. So the trainer and coach obliged. With her right arm dangling at her side, Wilson delivered on her promise and led Sidwell to the ISL regular-season championship with a gritty 3-0 win over National

Cathedral in a heavy downpour. “This is very special,” said Dell. “The seniors have never won a banner, so it means a lot to them. We worked hard all year for this night and this moment.” The game was originally scheduled for Oct. 12, but heavy rain

forced a delay. The weather didn’t cooperate Thursday, either, with heavy rain throughout the second half. It was Sidwell’s first ISL championship since 1993, but Thursday’s performance was worth the wait. In the first half, both teams came very close to scoring, hitting the top bar of the goal twice, but goalkeepers Asha-Kai Grant and Anne Bertram came up with fantastic diving saves for their respective teams to keep the game scoreless at half-

time. The exciting first-half stalemate was a fitting first chapter for what turned out to be a classic thriller. After intermission, Wilson took over the game, taking a free kick from the edge of the midfield circle. The perfectly kicked ball hooked right above the Eagles goalie and into the goal to give the Quakers a 1-0 lead and the momentum. “We knew coming into this game that it was a short, wide field,” said Wilson. “We knew that we needed to take shots from far away. That was a good opportunity to take it. I’m not usually the free kick taker; it’s not usually my forte. I just took it and took a chance, and it worked.” Moments after Wilson scored, her shoulder came out of its socket yet again, but she popped it back in before the trainer or coach could be called onto the field to assist her. The officials tried to force her from the game for her safety, but Wilson refused. “It’s just the willingness to win,” the senior said of playing through pain. “You will throw your body at anyone. These kind of games you come out and are like, ‘I will sacrifice myself to get a ball,’ and that’s See Soccer/Page 16

Eagles outlast Stags in rare October snowstorm with stong running game By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

The Eagles looked more like reindeer than birds as they ran over and past DeMatha on a snowy afternoon to win 17-9 in a critical conference game at Bowie State Saturday. “Our kids believed in the game plan and played hard. It was a great football game,” said Gonzaga head coach Aaron Brady. With the win, the Eagles spoiled DeMatha’s homecoming game and put themselves in the driver’s seat for the second seed in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs. The Eagles will travel to Blair High School in Silver Spring to play St. John’s Saturday; if Gonzaga wins, it will clinch the coveted second seed. But if the Cadets win Saturday, DeMatha, Gonzaga and St. John’s will have a coin flip to determine the second, third and fourth seeds. “The way [the schedule] worked out for us this year is awesome,” Brady said. “We have four playoff weeks. We had DeMatha today, St. John’s next week is a playoff game, then the actual playoffs.” Gonzaga scored first when senior running

back Davon Graves raced 30 yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point. The Stags answered with a touchdown to take a 7-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Eagles didn’t back down. Junior quarterback Chris Schultz drove Gonzaga down the field and found senior tight end Miles Green on a 10-yard touchdown pass to put the Eagles ahead 14-7 after Gonzaga got a two-point conversion. The team carried its lead into halftime, and in the second half senior running back Duane McKelvin made sure the Eagles wouldn’t trail again. McKelvin ripped off a 67-yard run to put the Eagles in the red zone. Gonzaga was unable to punch the ball into the end zone for a touchdown, but senior kicker Santi Juarez made a 22-yard field goal to give the Eagles a two-score lead, 17-7. The Eagles defense did the rest, keeping DeMatha off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game. “DeMatha punishes you with the run, but [our defense] just hung in there all day,” said Brady. “We had nine guys and crowded the box and did just enough to win.”

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Duane McKelvin dashed through the snow and DeMatha’s defense for 111 yards Saturday as Gonzaga spoiled the Stags’ homecoming game.

Maret wins first 2011 MAC game

The Frogs snapped a three-game losing streak and won their first Mid-Atlantic Conference game of the season Saturday by

blowing away St. James 30-6 on a sloppy muddy field. Maret muddled through a first half that See Football/Page 16

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NCS duo wins ISL tennis championship By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

The National Cathedral tennis team was initially uncertain of its doubles rotation: For much of the season, sophomore Madeline Bath rotated among doubles partners, and sophomore My-Linh Schaszberger served as the alternate singles starter. But a month ago Eagles head coach Kendall White put the pair together as the No. 3 doubles team. On Monday the move proved a shrewd one as the duo won the Independent School League championship for the No. 3 doubles team 10-3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the season it was a lot of work just to get in the lineup and make the varsity team,â&#x20AC;? said Bath. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we got to the ISL tournament it was difficult because we had to play a lot of different teams with different styles.â&#x20AC;? When Bath and Schaszberger joined forces four weeks ago, they went on a hot streak, winning all four matches before they reached the ISL tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Its nice to see that our hard work paid off during the season,â&#x20AC;? said Schaszberger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our bond strengthened throughout the season.â&#x20AC;?

Playoff time in the District

Several schools across Northwest D.C. have a chance to bring home some hardware this week as the postseason begins for a number of sports and conferences. On the soccer pitch, Washington Internationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boys soccer team fell 3-1 to Sandy Spring in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championship game yesterday. Meanwhile, on the volleyball court, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will compete in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs this week and hopes to unseat Good Counsel for the WCAC title Friday. In the PVAC, Washington Internationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team was competing for the championship against Covenant Life as The Current went to press. Meanwhile, Cathedral and Visitation will be in the mix for the ISL field hockey championship. The playoff tournament wraps up on Friday.

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Sophomores My-Linh Schaszberger, left, and Madeline Bath, right, show off their hardware.

Visitation team wins ISL XC championship; NCS junior takes first place in varsity race

The girls of the ISL battled rain, snow and ice as they competed for the conference championship in Derwood, Md., Saturday. Visitation edged National Cathedral by three points to win the team conference championship. But the Eagles didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go home empty-handed. Cathedral junior Polly Terzian outlasted all of the runners to finish in first place, marking the first time since 1995 that a National Cathedral runner has won the ISL title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m certainly proud of our entire team. The conditions were awful,â&#x20AC;? said Eagles athletics director Heather Dent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was one of Pollyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals at the start of the season. To see her accomplish that is amazing. We are glad that we get her back for one more year.â&#x20AC;?


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was clearly affected by the snow and the quagmire of a field. The elements contributed to a scoreless game at halftime, but in the second half Maret came alive. Senior wide receiver Sean Davis took the opening kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown to put Maret on the board 6-0, and the Frogs never looked back. Davis finished with 142 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; touchdown return seemed to inspire the Frogs and spark their offense. Senior quarterback Tre Henderson raced 74 yards for a rushing touchdown to push the lead to 12-0. Henderson finished with two rushing touchdowns and one through the air. The Frogs will wrap up the regular season against Sidwell on Saturday.

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what you need to do.â&#x20AC;? Wilson plans to have surgery after the ISL postseason before going on to play for Duke University next fall. Her performance Thursday inspired the Quakers to preserve their lead and provide strong defensive support. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really impressive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she just really put her heart into it and

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The Frogs overcame brutal conditions Saturday.

tried really hard,â&#x20AC;? said Grant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just wanted to hold the lead and played like we were down a goal. The whole team worked really hard, and we just pulled it out and won.â&#x20AC;? With eight minutes to go in the game, Wilson gave the Quakers some breathing room by striking again from long range, this time from the right corner of the box, to give Sidwell a 2-0 advantage. The Eagles countered with an aggressive four-forward lineup to try to generate points. But the

Quakers were able to take advantage of the Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offensive-minded lineup and attack their shorthanded defense. Junior Joan Fleischman dribbled through the defense and juked past a defender to set up a one-on-one with Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goalkeeper. Fleischman buried the shot to put the Quakers up 3-0 and the game out of reach with 3:25 to play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special and a neat experience,â&#x20AC;? Wilson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We worked hard all season, and I think we definitely deserved this.â&#x20AC;?

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

November 2, 2011 ■ Page 17

Scouting abroad: Tenleybased trooop visits Africa

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


ne big difference between Boy Scouts in the United States and the scouts in Lesotho, Africa, is the singing. “We sing … but it’s not a central theme; it’s mostly reluctant,” said 16-year-old Garrett Gregory, a member of the Tenleytown-based Boy Scout Troop 100. In Lesotho, scouts “don’t have Xbox or anything, so singing is how they pass the time. It’s a central part of the scouting experience,” he said. “We’d be hiking and they’d just break into song.” Gregory and five of his fellow troop members, along with three adult leaders, got the chance to mingle with Lesotho scouts through a trip to the small African kingdom this August. It all started D.C.-style, with high-level connections. Michele Bond, a mother formerly involved with Troop 100, became U.S. ambassador to Lesotho in 2010. At an event in D.C. where she ran into the troop, Bond “recommended us taking a trip to Lesotho,” said assistant scoutmaster Michael Kirkpatrick, whose two sons are members of Troop 100. Bond helped connect the troop with officials in the small African kingdom, a landlocked enclave surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. After months of fundraising and preparations, a small group from Troop 100 ended up on a 16-hour plane trip from New York City to Johannesburg. From there, they traveled by van and — at one

point — by pony. The 17-day experience was an amped-up version of the “highadventure” outdoor trips the oldest and highest-ranking of the troop members typically undertake in the summers, according to Kirkpatrick. “It was not the most physically demanding trip we’ve taken, but it was probably the most mentally demanding,” he said. “There’s a bit of a culture shock. … The level of development is so different from what we’re used to. Just seeing the level of poverty was mentally challenging.” The trip involved a five-day excursion into the Kruger National Park in South Africa, where scouts “saw all the animals you can think of — lions and hippos and all that,” said Kirkpatrick. And for a few days, scouts traveled on horseback through “extremely rugged and undeveloped areas” of Lesotho, spending their nights in huts with thatched roofs, Kirkpatrick said. The meat of the experience, though, was five days camping at a

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U.S. Ambassador to Lesotho Michele Bond, top left, helped arrange for members of Boy Scout Troop 100 to visit the African nation over the summer. The troop is now raising funds to bring scouts from Lesotho to D.C. next year. Assistant scoutmaster Michael Kirkpatrick, above, accompanied scouts on the 17-day trip. scout center outside of Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. There, “Lesotho scouts from all different parts of the country … came to meet us and camp with us,” said Kirkpatrick. Most spoke at least some level of English, he said. The scouting culture is wellestablished in Lesotho, which was once a colony of Great Britain — the birthplace of the movement. Aside from the outbursts of song, Gregory observed that Lesotho scouts are “more militaristic” than their American counterparts: They dress in their official uniforms at most times and seem more bound to regimens. “They’d get up early in the morning and run around and exercise,” he said. During their days at the center, Troop 100 scouts helped construct a well-like device at a nearby village, replacing a more primitive

❝It was not the most physically demanding trip we’ve taken, but it was probably the most mentally demanding.❞ — Michael Kirkpatrick

setup that was prone to contamination. “There was a spring where water just bubbled up out of the ground. That’s where people would go to collect water for all of their needs,” said Kirkpatrick. “But because it just poured out of the ground into a large pool, the animals would come there, too … and there was no protection for it.” “The idea was to provide clean water,” Gregory said of the project. “What we did was build a little enclosure. It basically looks a … stone wall.” The project was celebrated with news stories and a visit from King Letsie III, whose post is ceremonial in the democratic nation. The scouts also received a reward for their work. “In the days when we were finishing up, somebody came by in a car and opened up a trunk,” said Kirkpatrick. “In the trunk, there were two live sheep that they insisted that we take.” The scouts ultimately gave the sheep — which are considered a measure of wealth in Lesotho — to the palace and to Ambassador Bond. Once back home in D.C., Troop 100 started working on a new project: helping scouts from Lesotho come to the United States for a

visit this summer. The goal, said Kirkpatrick, is to “bring about a half-dozen Lesotho scouts here for about two weeks.” For the first week, they would stay with families and do sightseeing in D.C.; for the second week, they would camp with Troop 100 to the Goshen Scout Reservation in Virginia, participating in traditional American scouting activities like “swimming and canoeing and those kinds of things,” said Kirkpatrick. Gregory said he expects the Lesotho scouts will be in for a major culture shock in the United States. “It would be insane,” he said. “Coming to a place like the U.S. where you have McDonald’s, where people will throw away food, where there’s electricity and computers and Xbox, I don’t know how they’d react to that.” Camp Goshen has agreed to host the Lesotho scouts free of charge, but with plane tickets costing more than $2,000, Troop 100 is now focused on fundraising. Kirkpatrick said a pancake breakfast, Christmas tree sale, spring yard sale and individual donations will all help the cause. More information about Troop 100 and its Lesotho experience is available at

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

On Oct. 21, Mrs. Chakrabartyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower elementary class went to the Kennedy Center and saw a musical called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!â&#x20AC;? The play was about how Dr. Wonderful and her dog went into outer space and figured out a mystery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The acting was great, but the songs were loud,â&#x20AC;? said third-grader Pranav Sethi-Olowin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the play and the songs,â&#x20AC;? said third-grader Dolci Gates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the action in the play and the songs,â&#x20AC;? said third-grader Tanner Prestholdt. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Edvin Leijon, fourth-grader, and Elliot Sealls, fifth-grader

British School of WashingtonÂ

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Deal Middle School

Recently, the sixth-graders went to the National Mall to have a scavenger hunt. The first clue said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have something to do with movement. I am red, blue, orange, yellow and green. What am I?â&#x20AC;? The answer was the Metro. So we went to the Metro. We also saw the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial! This brought history to Deal because now, Alice Deal is one of the first D.C. public middle schools to go see the memorial. Sixth-graders also made a parfait of Oreo crumbs on top of pudding on top of a brownie. This is a wonderful way to learn the layers of the earth with a wonderful dessert. In science class, sixth-graders got to model plate boundaries with Oreo cookies! Students modeled convergent boundaries, transform boundaries and divergent boundaries. In Team Seoulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s science class, Ms. Hilary Masonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students tested the terms â&#x20AC;&#x153;brittleâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;ductileâ&#x20AC;? while using Twizzlers, Air Heads, pretzel rods, Cheese-Its and Pringles chips. Last Tuesday, Alice Deal Math Night rocked. Students and parents learned new things and even got prizes. Integers were introduced, and cubes were kind of confusing. Alice Deal debaters brought home two trophies. The debate was at Sidwell Friends. Alice Deal got second place! Good job, debaters. The next debate is at Deal on Dec. 10. Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team of journalists is covering news. Its first newspaper will be out on Nov. 9. Check it out. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Karim Diaite, sixth-grader

Eaton Elementary

In our school, each grade studies a different country. Third grade is studying Italy for the whole school year. Ms. Ramseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students are having lots of fun learning about Italy. We started the school year by learning the Italian words â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buongiorno, amiciâ&#x20AC;? so that we can greet each other in Italian. We made Italian flags, and we learned that the colors of the flag are red, green and white. We know that Italy is in the continent of Europe, and we can find it on a map because it is shaped like a boot. In library class, we learned about Christopher Columbus. He was Italian, and he discovered the new world. He was from Genoa, Italy, See Dispatches/Page 19

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and he went to Spain because the king and queen there gave him money for his ships and supplies. He was brave because he went on his voyage even though back then, they put sea monsters on their maps when they did not know what was there! Christopher Columbus found out that there were other pieces of land instead of sea monsters. In music class, our teacher, Ms. Walson, told us that opera music was first created in Italy. She plays opera music for us and is teaching us opera vocabulary words. We are going on a field trip to learn more about opera. We hope to get pen pals from Italy. We also hope to learn about and make Italian food like pasta and pizza. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Drake Lewis and Wyatt McCrary, third-graders

Edmund Burke School

For the past two years, I have played for the junior varsity volleyball team at Edmund Burke School

with other middle and high school students. Pre-season started on Aug. 22, and our first game was on Sept. 1. We started the season with practice every day from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and our first game as a team was against Washington International School. Throughout the season, we played Sandy Spring once and Field three times. We beat Field once, and our record was 1-3. Our season is coming to an end, so we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any more practices or games, although we do have our party this Thursday and we will be cheering for the varsity team in its upcoming games. The junior varsity team is coached by Philip Hough and Abby Kernan-Schloss (a Burke graduate), and the varsity team is coached by Daniel Running. The varsity team has its semifinal playoff game this week against Oakcrest. What I like most about volleyball is that we do fun drills, play good games and have spirit week for our team. This year for spirit week, we had days with themes to get us ready for the games: superhero, preppy, pajamas and flower/â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s girls. Dressing up helps

us get pumped up for the games and show other people in the school that we support our team! Varsity and junior varsity got pink shirts with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burke Volleyballâ&#x20AC;? printed on them to wear before games and during warm-ups. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Isabelle Rennert, eighth-grader

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Last week, students visited Alice Deal Middle School to share their experiences at Duke Ellington and encourage young students to audition for the coming school year. Students explained the audition process and other important details about the school. Representatives from McKinley Technology and

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 Wilson High School also spoke at the event. On Thursday, students were given the opportunity to get free STD testing at the school, facilitated by Metro TeenAIDS. Students learned that youth between the ages of 15 and 21 have the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the city. Representatives from the D.C. Department of Health presented students with information about these diseases and encouraged students take advantage of the free testing. Friday marked the first day of spirit week. To celebrate, students and staff wore pink for breast cancer awareness. Other days this week include Pajama Day, Costume Day, Crazy Hat Day, Blast to the Past


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Holy Trinity School

At an Oct. 20 assembly, Justine Peregoy of Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table came to teach us all about what the organization does. Every day Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table workers go out in a wagon to distribute sandwiches and soup to those in need. Our school, among many others, donates sandwiches to Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table. Every Wednesday one of our classes is in charge of making sandwiches. Often that class makes 200 sandwiches or more. Each student brings in bread, meat or cheese, and then the sandwiches are assembled See Dispatches/Page 20



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Jewish Primary Day School On Oct. 17, the third-, fourthand fifth-graders went to Rock

The Current Creek Park to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Sukkot is the holiday commemorating when the Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the desert and building huts to sleep in along the way. They had just escaped from Egypt. The holiday began Oct. 12 and ended Oct. 20. And so we celebrated with special activities on Oct. 17. We went to the park at 10:30 a.m., and the first thing we did was make flat pita bread. While it was cooking, we said Tashlich, a special prayer where we throw microscopic pieces of pita into the water as a sign of â&#x20AC;&#x153;throwingâ&#x20AC;? our sins away. After we tasted the pita, we declared it was yummy. Then we had lunch. After lunch, we played tug-ofwar and a game where we tried to grab a roll of tape without getting caught. We also went on a nature walk. On the nature walk, we had a list of things to find. We also could spell â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chag Sameachâ&#x20AC;? (Hebrew for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Holidaysâ&#x20AC;?) as a way of earning bonus points. Lastly, we went and built our own sukkah. Or we could decorate

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Key Elementary

Every year, Key School has a green team designed to find ways to make things more green at school. This year, it is directed by our science teacher, Ms. Johnson, and led by two fifth-graders, Idris and Theo. There are multiple teams this year, and each has its own goals and projects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited about the expansion of the green team this year,â&#x20AC;? said Ms. Johnson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have over 40 students involved. We were able to create four teams to accomplish our goals of becoming a green school.â&#x20AC;? The new and improved teams will promote everything that is green â&#x20AC;&#x201D; saving energy, recycling, healthy foods and gardening. The energy team will use energy audit tools to take energy readings around the school and devise strategies for classes to use the least amount of energy possible. The recycling team will renew its commitment to the classroom recycling program and expand recycling to the cafeteria. The healthy foods team will promote healthy food in the cafeteria and make posters and commercials to encourage students to make healthy food choices. The gardening team will launch small classroom gardens. It is currently working on a winter garden! All of this would not be possible without the help of Ms. Johnson, a handful of teachers and our two fifth-grade leaders. We hope you see Key School become even more green this year! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Meghan Ourand, Jasmine Reid and Alex Foley, fifth-graders

Lafayette Elementary


Lafayette has an active student council. Every fall, interested fifth-

graders campaign for three weeks for the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. This year looks to be one of the most competitive years yet. With so many things to do, the candidates have to be responsible and keep all the chaos under control. Ms. Lisa Jensen and Mr. Joseph Rogall, third-grade teachers who co-sponsor the student council, are there to help guide the candidates through the stages of the campaign. Student council officers and representatives play an important leadership role at Lafayette, so the election process is a serious one. Besides designing their own posters and writing their own slogans, candidates for office have to write campaign speeches. They deliver their speeches at an election day rally of third- through fifth-grade voters who assemble in the Great Hall. Then the balloting follows immediately. The race has always been close, and this year should be no exception. Candidates for president are Sari Finn, Johannes Kartano, Izabella Pino, Aaron Rosenthal and Claire Schmitt. Running for vice president are David Ayers, Peter Colevas, Timothy Costello, Alessandra Guy, Greta Jalen, Rose Kelleher, Kylie Thomas and Aidan Trinity. The candidates for secretary are Nkati Amare, Ethan Bond, Jalen Ciagne, Emma Jacobson, Jelani Machen and Eli Richardson. Running for treasurer are Anna Nachbar-Seckel, Zach Neville, Julia Ravenscroft, Alahna Sabbakhan, Ben Spaeth, Jacob Stocker and Josh Taubman. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Liliana Edmonds and Sari Finn, fifth-graders

Maret School

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facts. First we had a tour of Alexandriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carlyle House, which was a traderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house in the 18th century. At the Carlyle House, we were able to see different artifacts such as aged books, broken pottery and old toys. Then we passed around some of the artifacts we saw and learned about their uses. A few days later, we went to the Alexandria Archaeology Museum to learn about the multiple excavations occurring in historic Alexandria. There we saw a 19thcentury musket on display and some other artifacts that will be cleaned and displayed later. We also saw a pair of rusty scissors that were being cleaned, along with a model of a Civil War battle with the people made of Peeps! After this trip, we were aware of the abundance of history in our area. On the last field trip, we went to Londontowne and saw the reconstruction of the original Colonial town. We were able to directly participate in an archaeological dig and sift for artifacts being excavated from the site. Afterward, we understood how slow and careful these scientists must be to preserve the past. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fourth-graders

Murch Elementary

In the late afternoon of Friday, Oct. 14, there was a theft of pumpkins from the Murch Elementary vegetable garden. A parent came running up to a teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aide and stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two children are giving pumpkins from the Murch garden to a complete stranger!â&#x20AC;? The aide ran to confront the thief, but by the time she got there, the man had fled. The garden had more than a dozen pumpkins at one time, including some that had grown through the fence near Reno Road. After the illegal harvest, four pumpkins were left. Jack Burke, a second-grader who was responsible for planting them last year with his first-grade class, told us, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt very angry that See Dispatches/Page 21

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all of our hard work planting and caring for them over the summer was down the drain! We made a sign for them in the garden and everything!” The five current first-grade classes were planning to harvest the pumpkins to study the pumpkin life cycle and celebrate Thanksgiving. We hope we won’t have to deal with garden thieves at Murch again! — Isabelle Shook and Becket See, third-graders

National Presbyterian School

‘’Yum! Yum!’’ That’s what people say when they think or go to Hot Lunch Hoopla. It was held on Friday, Oct. 21. On that day, lunch changed to Hot Lunch Hoopla, and the students got to chow down on hot dogs, carrots, pretzel sticks, milk and ice cream. The dads got the food one or two days before Hot Lunch Hoopla at an area supermarket. Then, at Hot Lunch Hoopla, four to six dads manned the grills cooking hot dogs for every grade. They also gave students carrots and pretzel sticks on their plates. Then, when everyone was about done eating, everybody rushed to get a share of ice cream. Everybody knows that Mr. Neill, our head of school, wears his hot dog costume to the event, but this year he also wore a cape. There was also Mr. Sumner, a fifth-grade teacher, wearing a mustard cos-

tume; Mr. Ketchum, upper division director, wearing a ketchup costume; and David Giannini, a fifthgrader, wearing a hot dog costume. They unloaded the cars in their costumes and all the kids laughed and smiled. When Hot Lunch Hoopla was over, the fourth-, fifth- and sixthgraders cleaned up all the food. — David Giannini and Finn McCarthy, fifth-graders

St. Albans School

Last Friday at St. Albans, a long and famous tradition among students and faculty continued: the annual St. Albans Lower School Halloween Contest. The judges are faculty members who are usually in a group costume along with all of their colleagues. Last year all of the teachers dressed as chess pieces. There are always a wide variety of costumes among the students. Some people dress up just to get the candy, which is given to anyone who enters the contest. This usually results in some last-minute costumes, which aren’t so great. But most of the kids dress up in hopes of winning the prize for their grade or the grand prize for the best costume in the lower school: a lunch of the winner’s choice for him and a friend, or for him and his group (if it’s a group costume). The winning costume is rarely store-bought, and it is often a play on words, a funny pun, a piece of art, a current event or a combination of these. Last year the grand prize went to “The Peanuts Gang,” which consisted of Charlie Brown (a giant brown crayon), Snoopy

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(the rapper Snoop Dogg), Woodstock (a hippie), Peppermint Patty (a giant York peppermint patty candy) and Pigpen (a half-pig, half-pen creature). The winners sometimes choose obscure food for their prize; one year a winner asked for swordfish (but was denied). Usually, however, the winners choose something like Chinese food or sushi. It’s a great tradition that is fun for everyone and that everybody hopes will continue indefinitely. — Jamie Large, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Ann’s Academy

So far in this first quarter, we

have done many educational and interesting things. Our seventhgrade class went to Camp Calleva, where we learned skills to build trust. We did river rafting, rails, the great swing and the wall, an activity that requires students to safely hoist each other over a 10-foot wall. We also slept in tents. Our academics consist of science, religion, Spanish, social studies, math and language arts. In science, we are learning about the early cell explorers. In religion, we are learning the seven sacraments. In Spanish, we are learning formal and informal ways to greet someone, as well as different vocabulary. In social studies, we are learning

about the early Greek civilization. In math (pre-algebra), we are leaning different properties. In language arts, we are learning about independent and dependent clauses. — Shelby Thomas and Claudia Silva, seventh-graders

St. John’s College High School

St. John’s holds an annual open house at the end of October that gives the community a glimpse of the school’s spirit and tradition. This year’s open house, held on Sunday, Oct. 23, was a positive day overall and a great success for the community of St. John’s as well as See Dispatches/Page 22

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School Without Walls

There was an outpouring of school pride this week as the whole school participated in spirit week. The pep rally was a major success and lots of fun for all involved. The

The Current hip-hop and cheerleading teams performed, and there were also relay races and an inter-class basketball game (the winner of which played against the teachers). The senior class was the undeniable champion of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pep rally. The seniors took first in all the relays, and they defeated the freshmen and sophomores in basketball to play against and beat the teachers. A shoutout should go to the junior class, though, which lost to the freshmen. The class cheers, shouted/sung loudly during the pep rally, expressed varied levels of creativity and humor. The crowning moment was arguably when all of the seniors flocked to the gym floor and, after giving their chant, broke out into a not-so-choreographed dance routine to a go-go beat. Also this week, members of the School Without Walls Global Issues Network returned from a conference in Peru, where the students represented not just the school but the entire United States of America. Seniors Sophia Hoffacker, Emma Myers, Zoe Zakin, Jacob Bray, Arissa Morrell,

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was the water testing station. In this station, we tested the water quality of the bay. This was such a fun day and we learned a lot about how to keep the bay healthy! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Barratt Dewey and Luke Colella, fifth-graders

collecting Halloween candy, you can always collect change for Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trick or Treat for UNICEFâ&#x20AC;? campaign even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s November. I hope everyone had great, and safe, Halloween. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Leo Saunders, fifth-grader

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In fifth-grade science, we learned about pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and discussed ways that we can help stop it. On Oct. 4, our class took a field trip to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md. We were accompanied by our math teacher, our science teachers, our homeroom teachers and our school counselor. We went into the main building, where the staff talked to us about the dangers the bay currently faces. There were five stations, so we split up into small groups to explore different topics. There was a plankton station where we learned about two types of plankton (Zooplankton and Phytoplankton) and how they are on the bottom of the food chain. There was a blue-crab station where we tried to catch blue crabs using chicken meat, and there was a third station that involved seining (catching fish with nets carried by people). In the seining station, we went into the Chesapeake Bay in water suits and walked toward the bay, then turned around and walked back toward the shore. One group caught two baby menhaden and a baby striped bass! The fourth station was oyster investigation. We learned about oysters, and then we examined the oysters and looked for crabs inside that might be using them as shelters. The last station

On Oct. 22, Shepherd had its annual Fall Fest, and tons of people came. There were games, rides and food, and the weather was perfect. Some of the fun activities and features included moon bounces, face painting, pumpkin painting, a beanbag throw, spin art, and make-yourown candy necklace or bracelet. There were also plenty of yummy treats like cotton candy, popcorn and cupcakes you could decorate yourself and then eat! We even had music provided by Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own DJ, Mr. Velez, and kids as well as adults were dancing in the street. All day long, I heard students making comments such as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is cool,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Awesome.â&#x20AC;? Well, I hope we made some â&#x20AC;&#x153;awesomeâ&#x20AC;? funds for the school. In addition to the Fall Fest, Shepherd also had Family Math Night last Tuesday and Family Dinner Night last Wednesday. There is always something interesting and fun going on at Shepherd, and the best way to find out about these activities is to read each issue of the school newsletter, The Mustang. Halloween activities included the Halloween party in the school auditorium, followed by the annual Halloween parade at Shepherd Field adjacent to the school, hosted by the Shepherd Park Citizens Association. Also, in addition to

Each year in the middle school, sixth-graders are required to map the world by memory. Obviously sixth-graders donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do this the first month of school. They have to do many drafts and read many textbook pages before attempting this challenging activity. In addition to the textbook readings, sixth-graders create drafts throughout the year that help them practice drawing the outlines of the continents and countries on blank maps. Our first assignment was in September. We were given a blank grid of lines of longitude and latitude. On this blank grid we were expected to draw all of the continents along with as many countries, capitals and physical features as we could remember. This was very challenging but fun because we were able to see what we already knew. At the end of the year, sixthgraders will sit down with a blank grid and will be expected to map the entire world from memory. Right now this seems like a daunting task, but we are confident that with a lot of hard work and practice, we will be up for the challenge. Geography can be important in many aspects of life. These maps do not teach us just about geography, but also about perseverance. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Liam Susswein and Teddy Donilon, sixth-graders

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Preservation board supports American University plans for Tenleytown By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The Historic Preservation Review Board last week designated American University’s Tenley Circle campus as a historic district, then quickly endorsed the university’s plan to restore and reuse two buildings there, demolish several others, and build new classroom and library space to accommodate its law

school on the eight-acre tract just west of Wisconsin Avenue. D.C. Historic Preservation Office staffers had worked with the university to develop the proposal, which they called “an extremely good project” that preserves the most memorable structures while allowing “exciting new construction.” The board’s unanimous vote is the latest step in turning the former country estate and

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Catholic school for girls into a new home for the Washington College of Law — part of the university’s 10-year plan for its satellite and main campus. But the decision will not quell the controversy. Some neighbors flatly oppose relocation of the law school and its projected population of 2,500 students, staff and faculty to the Tenley campus, which now houses offices and dorm space for about 300 students. A

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Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. GW Men’s Soccer vs. Duquesne Mount Vernon Field 2100 Foxhall Road, NW Support GW Men’s Soccer as they take on Duquesne. This event is free and open to the public.


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After a brief delay because of Saturday’s snow, the Newark Street Dog Park celebrated its one-year anniversary on Sunday. The event drew dog owners and their pets from all across Northwest Washington to socialize in the sun. But the scene was not always so peaceful. When — after years of debate — Mayor Adrian Fenty declared the park officially open in September 2011, a group of protesters from the neighboring community garden showed up with signs accusing Fenty of wasting $400,000 of taxpayers’ money on the dog park. Some opponents claimed the park cost even more, as much as $600,000. On Sunday, Elaine English, president of the Newark Street Park K-9 Friends, said she was satisfied with how the park has become a part of the neighborhood. “It’s not to say that we haven’t had problems — I would call them challenges — that we’ve had to cope with,” she said. “Overall, it’s been a really great first year.” Armed with a megaphone, English spent her morning announcing winning raffle tickets as well as greeting attendees, helping vendors and managing a silent auction. The event, of course, was not strictly aimed at its four-legged guests. While local vendors advertised dog walking services and agility training, the auction featured gift cards and limousine rides. The celebration also served as a push to raise money and recruit new members for the dog park. In the District, dog parks must have a dedicated volunteer organization attached before they can be built, and the volunteer groups are responsible for maintaining the facilities. While members volunteer to close the park on Newark Street each night on a rotating basis, the group has had to hire someone to open it in the early hours of the morning. English said the group hoped to hit the $10,000 mark by the end of the day — about half of which had been raised before Sunday’s event. “Hopefully, with new members and the silent auction, we’ll make up See Park/Page 23

group of residents who live within 200 feet of the campus is gearing up to fight the plan at Zoning Commission hearings Nov. 21 and Dec. 1. In materials submitted to the Zoning Commission, the Tenley Campus Neighbors Association contends that such an intense development of the site will have a negative impact not only on historic properties, but See Tenley/Page 29

The GW Men’s Basketball team is gearing up for an exciting new season. Come out to the games and show your Colonial pride!


Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Ananiashvili - Ratmansky Ballet Gala Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW Enjoy as the world-famous Prima Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili performs three ballets by the acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, Bolshoi Theatre, Artist in Residence at American Ballet Theatre. Tickets are $75 to $115 and can be purchased at


Thursday, Nov. 10 to Saturday, Nov. 12 Generic Theater Company Presents: Speech and Debate Lisner Downstage 730 21st St., NW Come and enjoy the rich student theater at GW. Speech and Debate, written by Stephen Karam and directed by Ariel Warmflash will be performed by a dynamic cast of GW students. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. GW Men’s Basketball vs. Bowie State (Exhibition) Charles E. Smith Center 600 22nd St., NW Support GW Men’s Basketball as they take on Bowie State. Fans interested in opening new season ticket accounts can call 202-994-7325 during regular business hours to purchase their seats.

Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. (Home Opener) GW Men’s Basketball vs. UMES Charles E. Smith Center 600 22nd St., NW

Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. GW Women’s Swimming vs. Towson Smith Center Pool 600 22nd St., NW Support GW Women’s Swimming as they take on Towson. This event is free and open to the public.

Support GW Men’s Basketball in their home opener against University of Maryland Eastern Shore. For season ticket packages or single game tickets, please visit, call 202-994-7325 or email

Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. GW Women’s Basketball vs. Morgan State Charles E. Smith Center 600 22nd St., NW Support GW Women’s Basketball as they take on Morgan State. Fans interested in opening new season ticket accounts can call 202-994-7325 during regular business hours to purchase their seats.

Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Foggy Bottom Farmers Market Eye Street Mall I Street between New Hampshire and 24th streets, NW The Foggy Bottom farmers market returns for another season. Offerings include fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, organic and grass-fed meats, handmade cheeses, breads, desserts, preserves, herbs, flowers, plants and more. Every Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. through Nov. 23. For more information, visit Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. FRIENDS November Meeting St. Mary’s Church Parish Hall 728 23rd St., NW The November FRIENDS meeting will be a special Thanksgiving menu tasting sponsored by Whole Foods Market. In addition to the Thanksgiving menu tasting there will be a number of community updates and post Block Party discussions. See you there! This event is free and open to the public. Friday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. GW Men’s Soccer vs. St. Bonaventure Mount Vernon Field 2100 Foxhall Road, NW Support GW Men’s Soccer as they take on St. Bonaventure. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. GW Women’s Basketball vs. Virginia Tech Charles E. Smith Center 600 22nd St., NW Support GW Women’s Basketball as they take on Virginia Tech. Fans interested in opening new season ticket accounts can call 202-994-7325 during regular business hours to purchase their seats. $

Sunday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Yamato: The Drummers of Japan present Gamushara / The Beat of Courage Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW The Japanese taiko drummers of Yamato combine thrilling percussion with jaw-dropping physicality in the stunning new program Gamushara. Precision, grace and power connect with ancient and modern traditions to create an exhilarating evening for sound, sight and soul. Tickets are $25 to $45 and can be purchased at

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SERENE 2BR, 1BA at 2111 Wisconsin Ave with the longest balcony in the bldg. Move-in condition, HWFs, recently updated KIT & BA, W/D, & more. PKG pre-paid for 2 years. Lux Bldg: pet OK (20lbs), 24 hr frt desk, roof deck, pool, gym... Near Whole Foods, stores. David Branch 202-575-5020 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 ARLINGTON $750,000 BUILDER has plans for 2 well-designed homes on this lot in up-and-coming area of South Arlington. Listing prices incls home built with standard materials, but the details are all up to you! Seller will finance! 2nd home on property is located on corner of Glebe for $700,000. Ed Stanley Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 ARLINGTON $1,125,000 INCREDIBLE op to own in legendary lux bldg, Turnberry Tower. Stunning 1,800 SF - 2BR, 2BA w/huge balc. Bldg has valet PKG, state-of-the-art health club & doorman. Nr Metro, Gtown & Dtown. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800


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THE MIDDLEBURG Christmas Tree Farm, a unique 127 acre property (4 parcels) N of Middleburg. Farm is a turnkey operation in land use and incls a beautiful custom built 4,000 SF quarry stone home with addl 3,000 SF stunning stone patio overlooking 1.5 acre stocked lake. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 tops, separately deeded garage PKG space makes this a great value. PKG available for an addl $20K. Don’t miss out! Scott Purcell 202-262-6968 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

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BETHESDA $619,000 CHARMING CAPE COD Spacious and adorable home on large level lot. Close to NIH, METRO, Ride-On Bus. 4BR, 3FBA, LL walkout FR, CAC. Margaret McLaughlin 202-297-3914 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 CAPITOL HILL $565,000 FEDERAL row house on Capitol Hill. Fully renov, 3BR, 2FBA, 2HBA. Wood floors, stunning KIT, LL family/office/BR, detached garage, patio. Front porch & back deck. 1806 Potomac Ave SE. 6BR, 4.5BA, handsome brick with 2 Mary Bresnahan 202-841-4343 porches on quiet lane between Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 Springland and Upton St. New Systems, windows, open KIT w/gran, 2 CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS $335,000 frpls, fin LL w/2nd KIT, FR, Patio/2 tanMUST SEE! Charming 1BR co-op unit, dem gar spaces, close to Sidewell 9-ft ceilings, parquet floors and entry friends, Hearst embassies, 2 metros. foyer. Renov KIT w/granite & ss applcs. 4010 Reno Rd NW. Marble BA w/soaker tub. 2 closets with Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 built-in Elfa organizers. Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 Stan Watters 202-674-4081 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $349,000 NEW LISTING in Lamont St Lofts! Big CATHEDRAL / 1BR Loft, 1.5BA in converted warehouse. WESLEY HEIGHTS $564,000 11’ concrete ceilings, exposed ducts and AN ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST renov in brick, wall-to-wall windows, wood & conthis 2BR, 2BA unit replete with a gourmet crete flrs, stone & SS kit, W/D & balcony. KIT like you have never seen before! Phil Di Ruggiero 202-725-2250 Plantation shutters, French doors in din- Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 ing/living area, top-of-the-line built-in wall unit are just a few of the designer COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $699,000 touches. Balcony w/ tiled floor. A James OPPORTUNITY… right in the heart of Goode “Best Addresses” bldg. the EXPLOSIVE Columbia Hts business Kent Madsen dist. 2 bldgs combined for a Newly Renov Mary Jo Nash Space. New plumbing, heat, AC & elecFoxhall Office 202-363-1800 tric. THINK FUTURE and BUY NOW! CLEVELAND PARK $1,295,000 Walt Johnson 240-351-4663 INCREDIBLE VALUE! Totally renov 5- Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

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Ellicott Street row house offers alternative to condo


ome buyers looking for smaller footprints typically shop in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condo centers such as Chinatown and the

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West End. But for the buyer who wants a compact spot in the leafy reaches of Ward 3, options are fewer and the perfect home can seem impossible to find. A row home added to the market last month may be just the thing. With two bedrooms and one bath, the 700-square-foot property clocks in at condo dimensions, but offers single-family amenities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and no condo fees. For green thumbs, for example, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a small yard in front and a deck and brick terrace ringed by mature greenery in the rear. The latter two are ideal for summer grilling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an activity not possible on most condo balconies. And with no pesky condo

restrictions on pet ownership, this home in the Tenleytown/ Friendship Heights area is welcoming to dog owners, thanks to the open green space of Fort Reno just steps from the front door. The ground floor of the endunit home is open from the front door to the back, meaning that sun streams in from three exposures. A sitting area waits closest to the front door, followed by a dining spot and recently renovated kitchen. Hardwood floors run the length of this high-ceilinged level, helping to visually enlarge the space. Most condo kitchens lack the ample storage space of this white, bright spot. Even the back of a supporting column has been turned into shelving ideal for cookbooks and other items. Also hard to find in multi-family dwellings is the classic kitchen setup found here of a sunny window set over the kitchen sink. A laundry closet is another kitchen convenience, and next to

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Located just steps from Fort Reno Park, this 700-square-foot row house is priced at $504,900. that spot waits a storage closet that stretches deep under the stairs. Upstairs, the larger of the two bedrooms, sized to fit a queensized bed, is cool in a light bluegray. A ceiling fan keeps things comfortable during D.C. summers, and trees shade the space from two exposures. The smaller bedroom also features two exposures, a ceiling fan and the hardwood floors that also line this level. This spot could accommodate a twin-sized bed but is also suitable for a home office













or nursery. Recent renovations have also updated the bathroom in this 1920s home while maintaining a vintage aesthetic. Tiles in a classic basketweave pattern line the floor, while marble subway tiles frame a shower enclosure. In an on-trend move, renovations partially enclosed the shower space with a glass half-wall. Though situated on quiet

Ellicott Street, this home also offers close-by amenities such as the restaurants and shops along Wisconsin Avenue as well as the nearby Tenleytown Metrorail stop. After a recent price drop, this two-bedroom, one-bath home at 4002 Ellicott St. is offered for $504,900. For details, contact Realtor Joan Cromwell of McEnearney Associates at 202-4418912 or

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From Page 1 the worn-out playground equipment and improve the condition of the grounds. Felten said the organizers are looking to design the playground thoughtfully and with community input, considering not only for the school’s outdoor education but also as green space for the entire community. PTA members recognize that this is a long-term project that won’t happen overnight. Fundraising efforts and design plans are in the early stages. “This is a legacy project,” Scott said. “It’s exciting and big-scale — and we hope it will benefit hundreds of kids in the years to come.” Borrowing from the theme of the 2000 film “Pay It Forward,” the PTA has named the fundraising campaign “Play It Forward.” “The folks before us made Key the special place it is today, so we want to pave the way for the next generation of kids,” said Scott. “‘Play It Forward’ really captures the spirit of what we’re trying to do — passing on good deeds.” According to Scott, the playground committee is currently evaluating other school playgrounds and talking with vendors who have experience renovating schoolyards. Once a proposed site plan is drafted, the committee plans to work together with D.C. Public Schools to implement the renovations. “We’re ready to try to partner with the District to get it done,” said principal Landeryou, adding, “It’s another example of the Key community getting behind something and getting really energized for the sake of the kids.” Other public schools in the District have also

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Photo courtesy of Key Elementary School PTA

The Key PTA hopes to corral both private and public funds to restore the school’s playground.

improved their playgrounds with the help of PTA and community fundraising efforts, including Watkins Elementary in Capitol Hill, Mann Elementary in Wesley Heights and Shepherd Elementary in Shepherd Park. The Key School playground committee raised initial funds for the project during the PTA’s annual spring auction, and has set a goal of raising $150,000 by this summer. The committee is meeting this week to plan upcoming fundraising events. Key School PTA president Karen Kelliher described the effort to improve the playground as a “public/private partnership.” “We hope it’s something we can achieve together so that it’s not strictly a DCPS burden,” Kelliher said. “The Key School playground is such a gem for the community — it’s a place where kids learn to ride their bike for the first time, or where a child has gone down a slide for the first time. For more information on the campaign or to get involved, contact the Key School PTA or send an email to

tees. Some of those salaries were reduced, but the mayor has also argued that he needs to offer top pay to attract top talent. Cheh said the current salaries of the four department heads are about 25 percent above regional averages. An amendment offered by Council Chairman Kwame Brown provides a small “incentive payment” for Henderson. Brown said former Mayor Adrian Fenty prom-


ised Henderson a $12,500 bonus for assuming the top school job in the middle of the year without assurances that his successor would keep her on. That bonus has not been paid yet, Brown said. “She honored her end of the bargain, so DCPS could operate without interruption” when former Chancellor Michelle Rhee resigned, he said. Brown noted that Henderson’s payment is much smaller than the $41,000 signing bonus that Rhee received. The salary bill requires a second vote by the council. Aqueduct about a mile west on the same street. Foust said communications equipment and gates are now being installed, and as soon as the old station closes down for renovation, the staff and vehicles from Engine Co. 29 can move right in. But in more congested Cleveland Park, the search for a temporary site proved futile. The Cleveland Park Citizens Association “worked many hours, together with [fire officials], to identify a temporary location. We really beat the bushes,” said association president Susie Taylor. But no one could find a large enough site, with good street access and utilities already in place, to accommodate a temporary station.

again, he noted, it took four and a half years to renovate and expand the Tenleytown fire station on Wisconsin Avenue, which became mired in design, preservation and contracting disputes. But the Cleveland Park plans are now on track, said Battalion Chief David Foust, who took over construction management duties from longtime Deputy Chief Christopher Jordan this fall. The final plans have already passed historic review, and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, which reviews municipal construction projects in the nation’s capital, signed off in October. The latest delay is minor, Foust said. After work on a retaining wall behind the station was added to the project’s scope, the deadline for submission of bids had to be pushed back from Oct. 11 to Nov. 7. If all goes well, a contractor should be selected this winter, with actual construction under way in February 2012. Once work begins, the station is expected to reopen Rendering courtesy of D.C. government in about a year. Plans for the little station at Plans for the Cleveland Park firehouse 3522 Connecticut Ave. have passed several reviews. include “gutting and rebuilding the whole inside,” Foust “So we went to ‘Plan B’ — figuring said. Outside, the brickwork, mason- out how FEMS can disburse personry, roof and windows will be nel and vehicles so as to not adverserestored. The only major change ly impact response times,” she said. visible to passersby will be a widen- “We had meetings about how ing of the two main vehicle doors to FEMS was going to handle a tempoaccommodate modern firefighting rary closure,” Taylor said. “But it equipment. Their height will stay the wasn’t supposed to last this long.” same, and they will still be “arched, Foust insists there’s been no detenot squared,” he said. rioration in response times. The contract has been combined Cleveland Park’s crews and vehicles with another similar fire station ren- have been relocated to stations at ovation project, at Engine Co. 29, in 4930 Connecticut Ave. and 1763 the Palisades, for a total cost of Lanier Place. But an Automatic about $7.5 million. The projects Vehicle Locator in each vehicle were joined to achieve economies of means the closest one, whether in a scale and also, Foust said, in hopes station or on the road, can be quickly of attracting a larger contractor who pinpointed and sent on calls. “In might get the work done faster. reality, these trucks are available 24 But the two stations offer an hours a day,” he said. interesting contrast. Taylor agrees she’s seen no data The Palisades station at 4811 to indicate a problem with response MacArthur Blvd. is still up and run- times since the station closed. “We ning, while a prefab metal tempo- haven’t heard any horror stories, rary station — known as a Butler nothing anecdotally,” she said. “But Building – has already been erected doubling up in these other facilities, on the grounds of the Washington it’s obviously not a good situation.”

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itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at now,â&#x20AC;? he said. New development will also bring jobs and tax revenue to the city: Brown cited the U.S. Department of Homeland Security facility in Ward 8, Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s O Street Market, the soon-to-be-built Howard Town Center at the foot of Georgia Avenue, and the planned Walter Reed development. Brown predicted that in the nottoo-distant future, Anacostia would be the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next H Street as a hot place for development.

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Kim Williams, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landmark coordinator, said the condition of the property is so bad that â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe the National Register [of Historic Places] would accept the Brightwood car barn.â&#x20AC;? The hastily formed Brightwood preservation group retained its own architectural historian, Oscar Beisert, to make its case. Beisertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation showed trolley cars plying Georgia Avenue and other major corridors, and an assortment of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 29 streetcar barns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some plain and utilitarian like the one in Brightwood, and some more â&#x20AC;&#x153;fancy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are only eight left,â&#x20AC;? Beisert said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, there are integrity issues, but it still has the overall feeling of a car barn. While there are additions, the basic brick shell is there.â&#x20AC;? He said the building helps illustrate how Brightwood grew from a hundred households in 1910 to a dozen times that number in the 1940s, with streetcars providing convenient transportation up 7th Street and Georgia Avenue from downtown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disagree about the history, but that building as it historically was does not exist any more,â&#x20AC;? responded Foulger-Prattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architectural historian, Andi Adams. Adams said the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s removal of roof trusses this fall was legally permitted. But because the filing of the landmark application forced a halt to all work on the site, unsecured walls are now starting to

crack as well, she said. Phil Feola, Foulger-Prattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, argued that the motivation of landmark backers is suspect. Feola noted that four years ago, when Foulger-Pratt proposed a different mixed-use development on the site, also requiring substantial demolition of the car barn, â&#x20AC;&#x153;there was no outcry. Now the proposal is for a Walmart, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suddenly important. This is not about preservation,

â??Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve driven up Georgia Avenue, and only recently realized it was a car barn.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tersh Boasberg but stopping this development.â&#x20AC;? Longtime board member Tersh Boasberg, chairing the hearing, cut him off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consider motivation,â&#x20AC;? he told Feola. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know there are lots of other issues going on in the neighborhood, but we have no jurisdiction.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to talk about Walmart,â&#x20AC;? Boasberg said at another point in the proceedings. Though a majority of the 40 or so audience members seemed to favor the anti-car barn/proWalmart side, the attendees were clearly divided. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a building like this today,â&#x20AC;? said Missouri Avenue resident Woody Baker, noting that even the Curtis Chevrolet era is part of Brightwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This car barn goes from horses to trolleys to taxis to cars. These are pieces that tie together what we





are.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nothing to preserve,â&#x20AC;? offered another resident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I walked over, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing but junk inside â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nothing unique about the windows, roof really just about gone. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a blighted area, and has been since Curtis Chevy left. Now thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity for more jobs, an opportunity to shop in the city. If we declare it historic, it would just stay blighted.â&#x20AC;? Ultimately, the condition of the building sealed its fate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve driven up Georgia Avenue, and only recently realized it was a car barn,â&#x20AC;? said board member Chris Landis. Said Boasberg, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt about the significance of the structure, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply too much loss of integrity. Much as we would like to, we cannot order the building restored.â&#x20AC;? Instead, said Adam Davis, a development executive at FoulgerPratt, the company can now resume removing the car barnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof and trusses, then pull an alreadyrequested permit to raze the rest of the building. That should take about five weeks, he said, and construction can begin on the 106,000-square-foot store once final drawings are approved. Baruti Jahi, a leader of the Brightwood preservation group, said the fight is not yet over. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re rewarding the developer for taking away the integrity,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that his group will consult on whether to take further action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They can demolish it tomorrow, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean they can build a Walmart tomorrow,â&#x20AC;? he told The Current.


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Zoning Commission clears plans for apartments at old Italian Embassy By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Developers of the former Italian Embassy property in the Adams Morgan area received final Zoning Commission approval last Thursday to build more than 100 apartment units on the site. The commission had offered preliminary approval for the Il Palazzo project in September, but noted concerns about parking and the possibility of future development blocking views from some units. Moving some of the apart-

ments around within the building satisfied the commission, which voted 4-0 to let the project move forward. Developers plan to use the existing threestory embassy building and to attach a new eight-story building on the property, which stretches along Fuller Street between 16th Street and Mozart Place. Allison Prince, an attorney for the developers, said she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comment on the timeline for the project. While deliberating the initial approval, zoning commissioners said they were concerned with plans to put the new eight-story buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

northern wall very close the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property line with an adjacent surface parking lot. If that parking lot were developed at a similar density, they said, residents of five units could lose their window views. One of the affected units was set aside for the legal affordable-housing requirement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I sympathize with the unsuspecting condo buyer,â&#x20AC;? commissioner Konrad Schlater said at that meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it were to happen, I think it would be our responsibility.â&#x20AC;? In an Oct. 6 submission, developers said pulling back the building farther from the

property line would force them to remove 12 units from the project. By making one of the five units â&#x20AC;&#x153;at riskâ&#x20AC;? units larger, though, the new plans leave only four apartments with their only windows facing the neighboring parking lot. The revisions also designate another location for the affordable unit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still think they could have designed a different solution there â&#x20AC;Ś but I do appreciate that they paid some attention to [the issue],â&#x20AC;? commissioner Peter May said last Thursday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And it makes me feel more comfortable about the project going forward as is.â&#x20AC;?

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also on traffic congestion, pedestrian safety and their own property values. Some neighbors, as well as the Tenleytown-American University Park advisory neighborhood commission, have also complained that university planners and city preservation staff worked out details of the plan behind closed doors. Not so, city preservation planner Steve Callcott told the preservation board last Thursday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Consistent with our regulations, the [preservation office] works with property owners. But there were many meetings, with the owners and other stakeholders,â&#x20AC;? including neighbors, he said. Callcott said the university initially presented a proposal for one big building in the middle of what is now a central lawn or quadrangle. During months of discussion, â&#x20AC;&#x153;there were 15 different iterations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not just fine-tuning, but fundamentally rethinkingâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that broke down the proposed construction into â&#x20AC;&#x153;a scale of development that respects the communityâ&#x20AC;? while preserving most of the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green space, he said. The long history of the site led the Tenleytown Historical Society to submit individual landmark nominations: one for Dunblane House on the western edge, built in the 1830s and now one of only two 19th-century estate houses still standing in Tenleytown; and a second for Immaculata Seminary, which bought the estate and built the imposing Capital Hall fronting the circle in 1904. City architectural historian Tim DennĂŠe agreed that both should be â&#x20AC;&#x153;considered neighborhood landmarks in the broadest sense,â&#x20AC;? as they help tell the story of Tenleytownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s country estates and then of the enclave of Catholic institutions that clustered around Tenley Circle. But he recommended establishing a historic district instead of naming individual landmarks on the campus. The board agreed, noting that it used the same tool to guide growth on the Lowell School campus earlier this fall, allowing designation of both â&#x20AC;&#x153;contributing

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The university plans to relocate its law school to its Tenley Campus, where it wants to preserve some structures and demolish others. buildings,â&#x20AC;? to be preserved, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-contributingâ&#x20AC;? buildings that could be demolished to make way for new construction. Next, the board moved on to the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans, developed assuming the property would be designated historic and outlined by David King of SmithGroup Architects. Under those plans, the exterior of Capital Hall will be preserved and restored, with the interior gutted to create faculty meeting and office space. A 1921 chapel will be preserved and converted into a moot courtroom. The new landscape plan will mean reducing the slope of the broad front lawn to make it more usable, but retaining the interior quadrangle â&#x20AC;&#x153;as wide or wider than now existing, and retaining all large trees,â&#x20AC;? King said. Two large and now â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-contributingâ&#x20AC;? 1950s-era buildings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; housing dorms, a dining hall and a gymnasium for Immaculata â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be demolished. In their place, two new four- and five-story buildings will rise: a classroom wing set back in an attempt to respect the scale of the houses along Yuma Street, and a more imposing library building

along Nebraska Avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite a bit of building to look at at once. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done quite successfully. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve preserved the heart of that property,â&#x20AC;? said board member Maria Casarella. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very, very good plan, and seems to keep the size of the new buildings under control,â&#x20AC;? said member Pamela Scott. Dunblane itself is still in contention. The university has no plans as yet for reusing the old estate house, and no detailed plans for restoration. Americanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architectural historian, Andi Adams, argued that the building has been so heavily altered over the years, with major parts destroyed by a fire, that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to know what is still original. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely a remnant of a 19th-century house,â&#x20AC;? she told the board. But Jane Waldmann, president of the Tenleytown Historical Society, pleaded for its restoration. The university is proposing â&#x20AC;&#x153;huge, huge building in a swath of very historic property. It dominates our history in a way I find problematic,â&#x20AC;? she told the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My heart is with Dunblane, and I would like you to encourage preservation of Dunblane.â&#x20AC;?




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Wednesday november 2 Classes â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present an orientation session to help first-time home buyers navigate the purchase process and take advantage of loan programs offered by the D.C. government. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7712. The class will repeat Thursday at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts â&#x2013;  European Jazz Motion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Austriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Angela TrĂśndle on vocals, Switzerlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tobias Meier on alto sax and alto clarinet, Estoniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marek Talts on guitar, Finlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Antti Kujanpää on piano, Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mattia Magatelli on bass and Denmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christian Windfeld on drums â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202895-6776. â&#x2013;  Avanti, the Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club, will perform works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Views From the Frontlines: First Accounts From Burmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conflict Zones.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Temuri Yakobashvili, Georgian ambassador to the United States, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revolutions and Transformations: The Case of Georgia.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-7721. â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prevention of Prescription Drug Misuse Among Youth.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. House


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Events Entertainment of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. â&#x2013; Theda Perdue, professor emerita of Southern culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  As part of the Friends of the TenleyFriendship Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Local Author Series, Giles Kelly and Ann Stevens will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sequoia: Presidential Yacht.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  Author Simon Sebag Montefiore will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jerusalem: The Biography.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Meir Shalev will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  Artist Julie Mehretu will discuss her work, which uses images or architectural plans of public spaces from around the globe as a point of departure to create sprawling drawings with colorful, geometric abstractions, iconic imagery and loosely figurative markings. 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  James A. Miller, professor of English and American studies at George Washington University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Spencer Wells, explorer-in-residence at National Geographic and director of the Genographic Project, will discuss his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work in collecting and analyzing DNA samples to create a genetically based map of human migration. 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. â&#x2013;  The closing night of the annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a talk by Lucette Lagnado on her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Arrogant Years.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature a rebroadcast of Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anna Bolena.â&#x20AC;?









6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013; The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Mihalis Kakogiannisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1999 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cherry Orchard,â&#x20AC;? about a spoiled, aging aristocrat who returns from a trip to Paris to face the loss of her estate after a default on the mortgage. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance â&#x2013;  As part of the Kids Euro Festival, Ireland will present puppeteer Miriam Lambertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rendition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gingerbread Man.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Thursday, Nov. 3

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Benefit â&#x2013; Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Neil Gershenfeld will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;If You Could Make Almost Anything, What Would It Be?â&#x20AC;? at an event to launch Fab Lab DC, part of a project to provide widespread access to modern means for invention. 6 p.m. $50. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead children ages 3 and older on a hike to look at the red, yellow and orange leaves of autumn. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Conference â&#x2013;  The 38th annual DC Historical Studies Conference will open with a lecture on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, DCâ&#x20AC;? by University of NebraskaLincoln history professor Kenneth J. Winkle. 6 p.m. $20; reservations required. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. dchistoricalstudies@ The conference will continue Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with panel discussions at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and tours of Lafayette Square and Prohibition Washington. Concerts â&#x2013;  Grammy-winner Rahim Al-Haj will perform. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Peter Serkin will perform works by Shepherd, Messiaen, Benjamin and Stravinsky. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert           



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will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013; Pro Musica Hebraica will present Jascha Nemtsov & Friends performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Romantics: Jewish Composers of Interwar Europe.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Greater Washington Board of Trade will present Tom Brokaw discussing his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 10 a.m. $115. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Gerald Darsch and Kathy Evangelos of the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center will discuss the history of feeding the military and creating usable combat rations that are both nutritious and tasty. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Robin Rausch of the Library of Congress will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muzio Clementi: Father of Modern Piano Technique.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Scholar Mark Geiger will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Financial Fraud and Guerrilla Violence in Missouriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civil War, 1861-1865.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-7678. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Upcoming Trip to Australia.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 141, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Should Govern the Internet?â&#x20AC;? will feature Severine Arsene, a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University; Bertrand de La Chapelle, board member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and program director at the International Diplomatic Academy in Paris; and Laura DeNardis, professor of communication at American University and a fellow at the Yale Information Society Project. 2:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Center Conference Room, Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 36th and N streets NW. â&#x2013;  Robert Bailis, assistant professor of forestry and environmental studies at Yale

University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arresting the Killer in the Kitchen: The Promises and Pitfalls of Commercializing Improved Cookstoves.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; Political theorist Timothy Mitchell, a professor at Columbia University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fight to Be Heard From Susan B. Anthony to Hillary Clintonâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Rep. Tammy Baldwin (shown), D-Wis.; Christine Jahnke, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Bestâ&#x20AC;?; and Ann Lewis, president of the No Limits Foundation. 6 p.m. $15. SewallBelmont House and Museum, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  New York-based expert Elizabeth Ferrer will discuss the creative and cultural exchanges between Edward Weston and Manuel Ă lverez Bravo, two pioneers of modern photography. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Felix Matos Rodriguez, president of Hostos Community College, City University of New York, will discuss the social history of Puerto Rico in the 1940s. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. â&#x2013;  Johns Hopkins University astrophysicist Adam Guy Riess will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putting Some Light on Dark Energy.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Dale Salwak, professor of English literature at Citrus College, will discuss being the only American magician ever to have been invited to perform in North Korea. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Shinique Smith and iona rozeal brown, two of the artists featured in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Americansâ&#x20AC;? exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, will discuss their work and reflect on the role that artistic community plays in their artwork and process. 7 p.m. $20; $10 for students. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Hari Jones, curator of the African American Civil War Museum, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Formationâ&#x20AC;? as part of a lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Light and Liberty: African Descent Spies of the Rebellion.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. $10; $5 for students. Auditorium, African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Journalist Scott Wallace will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Unconquered: Brazilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s People of the Arrow.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Film â&#x2013;  The 16th annual Arabian Sights Film Festival will feature Sameh Zoabiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man Without a Cell Phone,â&#x20AC;? about the social milieu of a Palestinian village inside Israel. 6:45 See Events/Page 31

Continued From Page 30 p.m. $11. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. The festival will continue through Sunday. Performances â&#x2013; As part of the Kids Euro Festival, Portugalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cativar will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Poles of Our Earth,â&#x20AC;? a play that uses puppets, stories and songs to tell about the polar regions, the consequences of climate change and how simple actions can make things better. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly stand-up show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special events â&#x2013;  The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma will celebrate its tribal heritage and history with three days of food, hands-on activities, demonstrations and performances, including dancing, singing, flute playing and storytelling. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-6331000. The festival will continue Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature interactive magic demonstrations by David London and a gallery talk on Phillips Collection founder Duncan Phillipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exploration of the work of emerging artists. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many Stories, One Night,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immigrant communities, will feature the release of a preliminary report on immigrantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experiences accessing public benefits and a screening of Robert Winnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communities in Transition,â&#x20AC;? about the impact of language barriers during emergencies such as a 2008 fire that destroyed a Mount Pleasant apartment building. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-6211001. Tasting â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Food in America: The Work of Eugeen Van Mieghem,â&#x20AC;? the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery and EntryPointDC will present a social event featuring Belgian beer, waffles and chocolate. 6:30 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Walk â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedral horticultural manager Deanne Eversmeyer will spotlight fall colors and native plants on a walk through the Olmsted Woods. 10 a.m. Free. Meet at the Olmsted Woods entrance on Garfield Street near 35th Street NW. 202537-2319. Friday, Nov. 4

Friday november 4 Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Haydn, Schubert and Villa-Lobos. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  Concert organist Richard Spotts of Doylestown, Pa., will perform works by Charles Tournemire. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  The Friday Music Series will feature the Rochester, N.Y.-based Volta Trio performing the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunâ&#x20AC;? by Baljinder Sekhon. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium,


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Events Entertainment Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013; National Symphony Orchestra oboist Nicholas Stovall (shown), violinists Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violist Mahoko Eguchi, cellist Rachel Young and double bassist Anthony Manzo will perform works by DvorĂĄk and Sean Shepherd. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Band and saxophonist Kirk Whalum will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202767-5658. â&#x2013;  The Mozart Piano Quartet will perform works by Mozart, Mahler and Saint-SaĂŤns. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  The American University Chamber Singers will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gender Settings.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $5. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Charles K. Ebinger, director of the Energy Security Initiative at the Brookings Institution, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Energy and Security in South Asia: Cooperation or Conflict?â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  A lecture series on the philosophical thought of Martin Heidegger will feature a talk by Emory University professor Rudolf Makkreel on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heideggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Non-Idealistic Reading of Kantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Transcendental Philosophy.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Aquinas Hall Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5259. â&#x2013;  Craig Hayden, assistant professor in international communication at American University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Nation-States Translate Soft Power Objectives Into Communication Practice.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Library Training and Events Room, Bender Library, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Michael J. Naughton, professor of physics at Boston College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shrinking Ubiquity to the Nanoscale: New Uses for an Old Technology.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Room 108, Hannan Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5315. â&#x2013;  Steven Naifeh and Gregory Whitesmith will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Van Gogh: The Life.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peace Fellowship will host a talk by Dr. Ruchama Marton of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Dr. Allam Jarrar of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Health Care as a Human Right.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Great Hall, St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-3634119. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Next in the Social Media Revolutionâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Macon Phillips, White House director of new media; Pamela S. Wright, chief digital access strategist at the National Archives; and David Weinberger, senior researcher at the Harvard

Special event â&#x2013; A launch party for FotoWeek DC 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a weeklong celebration of the power of photography â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature cocktails, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and a preview of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibitions. 5 p.m. $55. FotoWeek Central, 1800 L St. NW. The party will continue at 8:30 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art with DJ Fatback, projections and FotoBooths; the festival will continue through Nov. 12 with events at various venues.

Saturday, november 5 â&#x2013; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program: As part of the Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author series, Katy Kelly will read from her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Melonhead and the Undercover Operationâ&#x20AC;? and from one of her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lucy Roseâ&#x20AC;? books. 3 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.

Berkman Center for Internet & Society. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Film â&#x2013; The Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center Cine Club will present John Turturroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passione,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of Neapolitan music. 6:30 p.m. Free. Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Cleveland Park Chess Club will review historical games, study scenarios and play chess. 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. The group meets every Friday. Reading â&#x2013;  Theater Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices From a Changing Middle Eastâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a reading by Laura Gianerelli, Robbie Gringas and Alexander Strain of Gringasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; one-act play â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Blue Tent and Jewish Dissent.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $5. Kay Community Hall, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 800494-8497.

Tasting â&#x2013; Guillaume Lamy, vice president and director of education for Cognac Ferrand, will lead a cognac tasting. 6:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202234-7911. Saturday, Nov. 5

Saturday november 5 Bazaar â&#x2013; The annual United Methodist Women bazaar will feature attic treasures, books, collectibles, Christmas items, jewelry, accessories, crafts, baked goods and an on-site lunch. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-3634900. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature YoJo in a program that shows through comical mishaps that reading is not only important but also can be enjoyable. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Family Saturdays will feature a performance by the Kaydee Puppets. Proceeds will benefit the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programming at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. 10:30 a.m. $25 per family. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. â&#x2013;  National Symphony Orchestra musicians Marissa Regni and Dotian Levalier will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tunes â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Pig) Tales,â&#x20AC;? about how sounds, melodies, rhythms and instruments can be used to bring a story to life (for chil-

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dren ages 3 through 5). 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $18. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Classes â&#x2013; Interior designer Lauri Ward will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sustainable Interiors, or How to Get Green Inside.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Janetta Rebold Benton, professor of art history at Pace College, will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Non-Western Traditions in Art.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Marouan Benabdallah performing works by Schubert, Debussy, Ravel, Granados, Albeniz and Benabdeljalil. 2 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Violist Roberto DĂ­az (shown) and pianist Kwan Yi will perform works by Liszt, Brahms and Bach in a concert featuring the 1690 Tuscan-Medici Stradivarius viola on loan to the Library of Congress. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  The Singing Capital Chorus will present its 65th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harvest of Harmony,â&#x20AC;? featuring selections from Broadway, the movies, Tin Pan Alley and contemporary music. 3 and 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. â&#x2013;  The 21st Century Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great American â&#x20AC;Ś,â&#x20AC;? featuring works inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson. 5 p.m. $20. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and See Events/Page 32

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Continued From Page 31 F streets NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013; Recess Monkey, a trio of elementary school teachersturned-rockers, will perform high-energy, kiddriven songs. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani (shown), mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle and the Georgetown University Chamber Singers will perform works by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Italian Embassy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Congressional Chorus will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Story in Song,â&#x20AC;? featuring music that traces Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history from Colonial days. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $40. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. â&#x2013;  Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-female a cappella group, the GraceNotes, will host the â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC A Cappella Festival,â&#x20AC;? featuring the Yale Whiffenpoofs and the University of Delaware Deltones. 7:30 p.m. $10; $8 for students. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Collector Frances Plunkett will share her collection of salt bags. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Colson Whitehead (shown) will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zone One,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Charles Bracelen Flood will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heroic Last Year,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Dr. Allam Jarrar of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society and Dr. Ruchama



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Events Entertainment Marton of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Health and Human Rights in Israel/Palestine: Two Physicians Report From the Front Lines.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013; Jeffrey Couchman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Night of the Hunter: A Biography as Film.â&#x20AC;? 5:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Main Lobby, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. nightofthehunter.georgetown@gmail. com. â&#x2013;  Natural history photographer Mattias Klum will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being There,â&#x20AC;? about dramatic vistas such as the Okavango Delta, Icelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glaciers and the rain forests of Southeast Asia. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Metropolitan Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new production of Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Siegfried.â&#x20AC;? 12:55 p.m. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  Jane Franklin Dance will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;24 Hour Dance Project,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Brian Buck, Emily Crews, Jane Franklin, Wayles Haynes, Nancy Havlik, Diana Movius and Daniel Zook. 5 and 8 p.m. $25. Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 703-933-1111. â&#x2013;  ClancyWorks Dance Company will perform. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for seniors, teachers and artists; $10 for college students; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  The American Heart Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16th annual Greater Washington Region Heart Walk will feature a noncompetitive, three-mile walk, as well as giveaways, a health expo, health screenings and family activities. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 703-248-1715. â&#x2013;  Capital Area Asset Builders and Moneywise will hold the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moneywise Financial Empowerment Tour,â&#x20AC;? featuring panel discussions, one-on-one credit coaching, credit reports, financial-planning assistance, and health and wellness demonstrations. Speakers will include Kelvin Boston (shown), host of PBSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moneywise With Kelvin Bostonâ&#x20AC;?; Willie Jolley, motivational speaker and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turning Setbacks Into Greenbacksâ&#x20AC;?; Marie Johns, deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; and the Rev. Dr. DeForest â&#x20AC;&#x153;Busterâ&#x20AC;? Soaries Jr., senior pastor of

Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a hike to Fort DeRussy and discuss what life was like for Union soldiers encamped there during the Civil War. 11 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, Nov. 6

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Saturday, november 5 â&#x2013; Concert: Dumbarton Concerts will present guitarist Berta Rojas (shown) and soprano Rebecca Lister highlighting the colorful, melodic landscapes of Spain and South America. 8 p.m. $33; $29 for students and seniors. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-9652000. First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M St. NW. â&#x2013;  The fifth annual Parade of Trabants will feature a display of the vintage East German cars, with experts on hand to answer questions and music by the Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden German Band. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  The 2011 Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show will feature more than 300 exhibitors, tasting and entertaining workshops, and cooking presentations. $24.50; $12.50 for children ages 4 through 12. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. The expo will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a day of gallery talks, live music and other special activities, including open admission to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Degasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpointâ&#x20AC;? and ballet students practicing in the exhibition hall. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A bus tour will visit D.C. locations used as backdrops in more than 50 television shows and movies, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Exorcist,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The West Wingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wedding Crashers.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. $34; reservations required. Tour departs from a location near Union Station. 800-9793370. â&#x2013;  Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in

Concerts â&#x2013; The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will perform works by Bach and Mendelssohn. 2 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus and pianist Thomas Pandolfi will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turn Ye to Me,â&#x20AC;? a program of sacred music and folk songs. 4 p.m. $15; free for students and children. Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-244-7191. â&#x2013;  Soprano Haeran Hong and pianist Ken Noda will perform works by Bellini, Donizetti, Liszt and Wolf. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The Talich String Quartet will perform works by Beethoven. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Sunday Forum series will feature a presentation by members of St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church in Ramallah. 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3478766. â&#x2013;  James Meyer, associate curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Tower: Mel Bochner.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Smithsonian curator Diana Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Diaye will discuss her research for the project â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  A DC Reads discussion of Wes Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fatesâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about two boys growing up in Baltimore â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature Howard University Law School dean and former Baltimore mayor Kurt Schmoke, the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother and the sister of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;otherâ&#x20AC;? Wes Moore. 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Journalist Amy Alexander will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uncovering Race: A Black Journalistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Story of Reporting and Reinvention.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Enuma Okoro will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat SelfIndulgent Introvertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Search for Spiritual Community.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638.

â&#x2013; Deborah Lipstadt, professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Eichmann Trial: Then and Now.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kesher Israel Congregation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Georgetown Synagogue, 2801 N St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  The Kids Euro Festival will feature Polandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Feather â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Head Over Heels in Love,â&#x20AC;? a pantomime show with elements of shadow theater. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  A ballet gala will feature ballerina Nina Ananiashvili (shown), star dancers from Russia and Georgia, and Russian musicians performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charms of Mannerism,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bizet Variationsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreams About Japanâ&#x20AC;? by choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. 6:30 p.m. $45 to $115. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202397-7328. Reading â&#x2013;  The Washington Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Publishing House will present readings by the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 winners in fiction and poetry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Melanie S. Hatter, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Color of My Soul,â&#x20AC;? and Dan Gutstein, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bloodcoal & Honey,â&#x20AC;? respectively. 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Special event â&#x2013;  The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual meeting will focus on the 75-year history of Giant Food. 3 to 5 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202789-0900. Symposium â&#x2013;  A symposium on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jews and Creativityâ&#x20AC;? will feature violinist Joshua Bell, scientist Zeke Emanuel, designer Judith Leiber, dancer Liz Lerman, cartoonist Bob Mankoff and poet Robert Pinsky (shown). Proceeds will benefit Moment Magazine and its Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative. 6:30 p.m. $180. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-363-6422. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older a walking tour focusing on the many changes in Georgetown throughout its history. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202-895-6700. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a tour of the Old Stone Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden while describing the multiple benefits of plants and herbs used during Colonial times. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013;  A behind-the-scenes, lantern-lit tour will explore the National Building Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s haunted past. 8 to 9 p.m. $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Monday, Nov. 7

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Continued From Page 32 Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; As part of FotoWeekDC 2011, photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reflections on a Decade of Post-9/11 Conflict and Social Issues Reporting.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations suggested. Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Charlie Ritchie, associate curator of modern prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Light on John Taylor Arms.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Seven award-winning photojournalists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond Witness: New Approaches to Crisis Photography.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Yoav Gross, video director of Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, will discuss the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s camera distribution project with participants Awatif Aljadili and Arafat Amira. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Beppe Severgnini will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mamma Mia! Berlusconiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italy Explained for Posterity and Friends Abroad.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Intercultural Center Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Erin Morgenstern will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Night Circus.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase DC Library Book Club will discuss this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DC Reads selection, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,â&#x20AC;? about two children with the same name growing up in the same decaying city. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  William B. Bushong, vice president of historical research and new media at the White House Historical Association, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Families and Their Pets at the White House.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. 202-375-7746. â&#x2013;  Lord Chris Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust and co-chair of the International Crisis Group, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New World Balance: Global Politics in Uncertain Times.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Center Conference Room, Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 36th and N streets NW. Films â&#x2013;  A film series on challenges presented by globalization and scientific progress will feature Adrian Thomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Simpleshow Explains the Credit Crisisâ&#x20AC;? and Jan Petersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing Is Better Than Nothing at All.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gentlemen Prefer Marilynâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Joshua Loganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1956 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bus Stop,â&#x20AC;? starring Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray and Eileen Heckart. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National

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Events Entertainment Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Gounodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faust,â&#x20AC;? performed at the Royal Opera House in London. 7 p.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;WJFF Year-Roundâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;77 Steps.â&#x20AC;? A discussion with director Ibtisam Maraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ana will follow. 7:30 p.m. $10; $9 for seniors and students. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Tom DeSimoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1986 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reform School Girls.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202462-3356. Readings â&#x2013;  The Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor will present a reading by U.S. poet laureate Philip Levine. 5 p.m. Free. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The PEN/Faulkner reading series will feature Emma Donoghue (shown) , author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Room,â&#x20AC;? and Chris Adrian, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Night.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Tuesday, Nov. 8

Tuesday november 8 Class â&#x2013; Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature Levine School of Music faculty members Josh Walker, Vasily Popov and Pepe Gonzales performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;String Conversations in Jazz.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi will perform his original repertoire. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Broadway singer Melba Moore will perform a benefit concert for the Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. 7:30 p.m. $100. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202777-3262. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Washington National Eye Center Low Vision Group and the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preventing Falls.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. Free. Washington Hospital Center Eye Clinic, 110 Irving St. NW. 202-243-1010. â&#x2013;  As part of FotoWeekDC 2011, Amy Yenkin of the Open Society Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Documentary Photography Project will discuss the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work and the intersection of photography and advocacy. Noon. Free; reservations suggested. Hammer Auditorium,

World War II,â&#x20AC;? about life in the foxholes as a young Army photographer before becoming a renowned cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine. 7:30 p.m. $18; $10 for veterans and military personnel. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Film â&#x2013; The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present the 1966 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232.

Monday, november 7 â&#x2013; Discussion: Justice John Paul Stevens will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW.

Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. â&#x2013; Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Iona Senior Services artist-in-residence Mickey Klein on her approach to watercolor painting and photography. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  The History-Travel-Biography Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White Houseâ&#x20AC;? by Jon Meacham. 1 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Graphic Novel Club will present a discussion of new releases and old favorites. 6:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator William K. Reilly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; recipient of the Vincent Scully Prize for his commitment to wise environmental planning, comprehensive land-use policies and preservation of open space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Military Base to an Urban Jewel: The Transformation of San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Presidio.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Roger Launius, senior curator in the division of space history at the National Air and Space Museum, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Science, Technology, Human Evolution â&#x20AC;Ś and Cyborgs?â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Chad Harbach will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Fielding.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Sandra Beasley will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  The Center for Environmental Filmmaking will present a talk by filmmaker and sustainable landscape designer Catherine Zimmerman, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urban & Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theatre, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Joseph Farris will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Soldierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sketchbook: From the Front Lines of

Meeting â&#x2013; Recovery International will host a group discussion for people suffering from stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fear and other mental, nervous or emotional problems. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-2680. The group meets every Tuesday. Performances â&#x2013;  The Kids Euro Festival will feature Belgiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ThÊâtre Maât performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Banquise,â&#x20AC;? a musical without words that centers on an imaginary Arctic expedition involving a group of penguin circus performers. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  SpeakeasyDC will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iron Chef: Stories about cooking, dining and secret ingredients.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $14 in advance; $15 at the door. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Reading â&#x2013;  Poet Mark Kraushaar, recipient of the


Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, will read from his work as part of the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077. Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Capitals will play the Dallas Stars. 7 p.m. $55 to $138. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Tasting â&#x2013;  Chris Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, author of the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World,â&#x20AC;? will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tutored tastingâ&#x20AC;? of beers that have been brewed in ways that support their surrounding communities. 7 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Wednesday, Nov. 9

Wednesday november 9 Class â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The event will repeat Nov. 16 and 23 at noon and Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happenings at the Harmanâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the Washington Balalaika Society performing Russian folk music. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble will perform works by Antosca, See Events/Page 34


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Continued From Page 33 Karre and other composers in honor of the exhibition “Warhol: Headlines.” 12:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Embassy Series will present pianist Ádám György performing works by Liszt and Chopin. 7:30 p.m. $80. Embassy of Hungary, 2950 Spring of Freedom St. NW. 202625-2361. The concert will repeat Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ■ South African musicians Abigail Kubeka and Sharon Katz will perform. 8 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Reservations suggested. The Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Discussions and lectures ■ As part of FotoWeekDC 2011, D.C.based photographer Muriel Hasbun and Mexico City-based photographer Pablo Ortiz Monasterio will discuss Mexico, photographic discourse and their friendship. Noon. Free; reservations suggested. Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. ■ “Lunch Bytes — Digital Art & Culture” will present a panel discussion on “Digital Material,” featuring artists Aram Bartholl and Siebren Versteeg, curator Rodolf Frieling and art professor Hasan Elahl. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. ■ Artist Mel Bochner will discuss his work in a conversation with James Meyer, associate curator of modern and contemporary at the National Gallery of Art. 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Artist Jill Downen will discuss her work, which explores architectural space as a dimension that develops and deteriorates much like the human body. 6 p.m. $10; free for students. Registration required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ John Davis, professor of modern Italian history at the University of Connecticut, will discuss “Italy’s 150 Years of Unification,” and a panel will discuss the role of Giuseppe Garibaldi and the reach of his influence beyond Italy. A reception will follow. 6 to 8 p.m. $35. Italian Embassy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. 202-633-3030. ■ Archaeobiologist Torben Rick will discuss “Reaching Into the Past to Save Our Marine Ecosystems.” 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ The Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library will host a discussion of the book “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,” this year’s DC Reads selection. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. ■ Umberto Eco will discuss his book “The Prague Cemetery.” 7 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ As part of FotoWeekDC 2011, photographer Mark Chester will discuss his book “Twosomes” and his vision of photography. 7 p.m. $6; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. ■ The Rev. Charles Gibbs, founding executive director of the United Religions Initiative, will discuss “To Believe or Not to Believe: Making Room for All in a Diverse Community,” following a screening of Sarah Feinbloom’s documentary “What Do You Believe?” 7 p.m. $10. Lowell School, 1640 Kalmia Road NW. Film ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Radim Spacek’s 2009 film “Walking Too Fast,” about a bored member of the Czechoslovakian

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Thursday, november 10 ■ Concert: Former National Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra and cellist Gautier Capuçon (shown) performing works by Saint-Saëns and Rachmaninoff. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 secret police who aims his demons at a young woman. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Open house ■ The General Federation of Women’s Clubs will hold an open house reception for people interested in learning about volunteer opportunities and the group’s history. 5:0 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. General Federation of Women’s Clubs Headquarters, 1734 N St. NW. 202-3473168. Performances ■ The Kids Euro Festival will feature Romania’s Puck Puppet Theatre performing “The Book With Apolodor,” about a multi-talented but homesick penguin who performs in one of Bucharest’s greatest circuses. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Choreolab 2011: Dance Dance Evolution” will feature an evening of dance works in progress created by American University’s student choreographers. 8 p.m. $5. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. Thursday, Nov. 10

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Benefit ■ The Every Child Matters Education Fund will hold a benefit reception featuring 30 photographs from the Colors of Life International Competition and honoring Motion Pictures Association of America chairman and former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd (shown), D-Conn., and pediatrician and author T. Berry Brazelton. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $150. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202-2231183. Concert ■ The U.S. Coast Guard Band will present “Our Flag Was Still There: A Tribute to Our Nation and Its Veterans.” 8 p.m. Free. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Diane Randall, executive secretary of the Friends Committee on National

Legislation, will discuss “Women, Peace and Security.” 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy analyst Kevin Nelson will discuss “Smart Growth: Essential Zoning Code Fixes.” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Elizabeth Steele, head of conservation at the Phillips Collection, and Anne Maheux, head of paper conservation at the Library and Archives of Canada, will discuss technical studies of Edgar Degas’ “Dancers at the Barre” and his use of tracing in pastels and oils. 6:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Debra Diamond, curator of South Asian art at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, will discuss “The Art, Romance, and Divination of Yoga.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. ■ Politics and Prose will present a talk by Joan Didion, author of “Blue Nights.” 7 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the event. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ Reel Fest DC 2011 — featuring short and feature films from around the world — will open with Rod Webber’s film “My America” at 7 p.m. and Sam Moussavi’s film “Amateur Hour” at 9 p.m. $20. Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, 1055 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. A free 5 p.m. showing of Webber’s film “Northern Comfort” will precede the official opening; the festival will continue through Monday. ■ The Ciné Francophone series, sponsored by the Alliance Française de Washington, will feature Bertrand Blier’s 2010 film “Le Bruit des Glaçons,” about a man trying to live with a fatal illness. 7 p.m. $9; $4 for seniors and students. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-2347911. Performance ■ The Kids Euro Festival will feature Bulgarian puppet show “Bon Bon Ole,” starring pastries that must band together to fight a common enemy and save the sugar world. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Wine tasting ■ The “Le Studio: Wine Tasting 101” series will present “Montlouis, Vouvray and Bourgueil” with winemaker Jacky Blot. 7 p.m. $75. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Friday, Nov. 11

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Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Mozart, Debussy, Bloch and Fauré. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202333-2075. ■ Organist Lawrence P. Schreiber of the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., will perform works by Bach, Buxtehude, Schumann, Schreiber and Sowerby. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The U.S. Navy Band will perform. 1 p.m.

Free. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-433-2525. ■ The Friday Music Series will feature violist Erika Eckert and composer Paul Rudy will present “At Rome Around Jovian Moons” and selections from “2012 Stories Series.” 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6873838. ■ The Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra will perform classic big band music of the swing era. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Jazz musicians Toshiko Akiyoshi, Geri Allen, Cyrus Chestnut, Danilo Pérez, Frank Wess, Terence Blanchard, Harolyn Blackwell, Carmen Lundy, Chip Jackson, Winard Harper and Christian Sands will join Howard University’s jazz vocal group Afro Blue to present “Jazz on the Elevens: A Tribute to Billy Taylor.” 8 p.m. $35 to $50. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The American University Symphonic Band will perform a tribute to the nation’s heroes, featuring works that focus on veterans, first responders, athletes and others. 8 p.m. $10; $5 for seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. Discussions and lectures ■ Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis will discuss her efforts to shed new light on Tate Britain’s collection by emphasizing experience over interpretation. 6 p.m. $20; free for students. Registration required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ Author, photographer, activist and social entrepreneur Shahidul Alam, a native of Bangladesh, will discuss his book “My Journey as a Witness.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Jim Newton will discuss his book “Eisenhower: The White House Years.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ “The Big Idea: Who Lives? Who Dies?” — about why only certain species survive — will feature Nobel laureate Martin Chalfie (shown), who pioneered using a fluorescent protein to track cancer, and National Geographic emerging explorer Beth Shapiro, who uses plant and animal DNA to study evolution. 7 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Film ■ The Cinema Club will present Eran Riklis’ 2004 film “The Syrian Bride.” 7 p.m. $5. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Performances ■ Wilson High School will present the musical “Oliver!” 7:30 p.m. $15; $5 for students. Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. The performance will repeat Nov. 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. ■ The Georgetown University Dance Company will present its fall performance. 8 p.m. $10; $8 for students and seniors. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.


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Exhibit looks at privileged classes through mixed media


he Privileged Series,â&#x20AC;? featuring On exhibit mixed-media works about the upper classes by Anthony Dortch Jr., will open today at Touchstone Gallery antiquity. and continue through Nov. 27. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Tower: Mel Bochnerâ&#x20AC;? featuring An opening reception will 40-some works at the intertake place Friday from 6 to section of linguistic and 8:30 p.m. visual representation by an Located at 901 New York innovator of conceptual art Ave. NW, the gallery is open in the 1960s. Wednesday through Friday Located at 4th Street and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Constitution Avenue NW, the Saturday and Sunday from museum is open Monday noon to 5 p.m. 202-347through Saturday from 10 2787. a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday â&#x2013; The National Gallery of from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202Art will open two exhibits 737-4215. Sunday and continue them â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mystify,â&#x20AC;? presenting phothrough April 8. tographs by Alexander â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antico: The Golden Age Vasiljev of the remote of Renaissance Bronzesâ&#x20AC;? Amazonas Department in Anticoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bacchusâ&#x20AC;? is part highlights works by the Peru, will open tomorrow at of an exhibit at the Mantuan sculptor and goldWatergate Gallery and consmith Pier Jacopo Alari tinue through Nov. 30. National Gallery of Art. An opening reception will Bonacolsi (circa 1455-1528), known as Antico for his expertise in classical take place tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m., and

the artist will give a talk about rain forest photography Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-338-4488. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;David Suter: Outside the Box,â&#x20AC;? featuring more than 35 new paintings and sculptures by D.C. native Suter, will open tomorrow at Alex Gallery/Gallery A and continue through Nov. 30. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 2106 R St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-667-2599. â&#x2013;  The Freer Gallery of Art will open three shows Saturday and keep them on view indefinitely. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chinese Ceramics: 10th-13th Centuryâ&#x20AC;? presents two dozen ceramics from the Song dynasty that highlight diverse glazes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cranes and Clouds: The Korean Art of Ceramic Inlayâ&#x20AC;? reopens the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Korean gallery with examples of the distincSee Exhibits/Page 38

Anthony Dortchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mixed-media works about the upper classes will be on display at Touchstone Gallery through Nov. 27.

Tony-winning â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jersey Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; returns to National


ersey Boysâ&#x20AC;? will return to the National Theatre Nov. 10 through Jan. 7. Winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey


Boysâ&#x20AC;? is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tale of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. Performance times are generally The hit Broadway musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Boysâ&#x20AC;? will run from Nov. 10 through 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Jan. 7 at the National Theatre. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. encouraged to bring a nut-free desthis tale of corruption and evil. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost sert to share), are at 7:30 p.m. Performance times are 8 p.m. $41.50 to $276.50. National Thursday through Saturday and 2 Wednesday through Saturday. Theatre is located at 1321 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $7 to $18. Tickets cost $10 to $25. The Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628The university is located at 37th Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is 6161; and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; located at 545 7th St. SE. â&#x2013; Georgetown University and the University of Maryland will coâ&#x2013;  The ensemble dog & pony dc â&#x2013;  Washington National Opera produce the new multimedia prowill present Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lucia di duction â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Child Shall Lead Them: will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beertownâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 9 through Dec. 10 at the Capitol Hill Lammermoorâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 10 through 19 Making â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Night of the Arts Workshop. at the Kennedy Center. Hunter,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Nov. 3 What objects Lucia is the sacrificial lamb in through 6 at serve as a townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scheme to regain the Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;artifactsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; family fortune. Forced to abandon Davis carrying the col- the man she loves and marry for Performing Arts lective memories money, she relinquishes even her Center. of citizens forsanity, killing her bridegroom and Written and ward over time finally succumbing to madness. directed by and telling their Performance times vary. Ticket Georgetown prices start at $25. 202-467-4600; story? professor Derek Washington National Opera will stage â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lucia di Lammermoorâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beertownâ&#x20AC;? Goldman, the places audience â&#x2013;  Howard University will present play is a histori- Nov. 10 through 19. members and Ntozake Shangeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Colored cal reimagining performers on an even playing field Girls Who Have Considered of the making of the 1955 film to actively explore the dynamic and Suicide When the Rainbow Is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Night of the Hunter,â&#x20AC;? which tenuous relationship between indiEnufâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 2 through 12 in the was largely ignored when released Environmental Theatre Space. viduals and their community. but is now considered a great A series of poems choreoAmerican film. The play provides a Performances, which open with a dessert potluck (attendees are See Theater/Page 36 new framework for experiencing



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graphed to music express the personal tribulations of seven AfricanAmerican women. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. Friday, Nov 4. Tickets cost $5 to $15. Howard University is located at 2455 6th St. NW. 202-806-7050; ■ Studio Theatre will present Roland Schimmelpfennig’s “The Golden Dragon” Nov. 2 through Dec. 11. In the cramped kitchen of an Asian restaurant, four cooks pull the tooth of a young Chinese coworker. His tooth ends up in the Thai soup of a flight attendant, who overhears the fight of a young couple who live above the restaurant, whose fighting disturbs the shopkeeper of the dry goods store next door, who is more connected to the young Chinese man than anyone suspects. Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Studio is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ The Washington Ballet will revive artistic director Septime Webre’s adaptation of “The Great

Gatsby” Nov. 2 through 6 at the Kennedy Center. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $125. 202-467-4600; ■ George Washington University will present “The Merchant of Venice” Nov. 3 through 6 at the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre. Shakespeare’s “Merchant” is classified as a comedy, though it is probably best remembered for its dramatic scenes and for the towering character Shylock and his famous “pound of flesh” speech. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10 to $15. The Marvin Theatre is located at 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-8072; ■ Washington Stage Guild will present “Wilder Sins,” an evening of Thornton Wilder, Nov. 3 through 27 at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. In portraits of ordinary people whose failings affect themselves and those around them, Wilder, by turns comic and serious, never fails to surprise his audience with the cosmic implications of the commonplace. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday

and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $50. The church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-5820050; ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company will present a concert version of “The Boys From Syracuse” Nov. 4 through 6 at Sidney Harman Hall. Based on “The Comedy of Errors,” the play tells the story of two identical twin brothers separated in a shipwreck as children. Adapted in the late 1930s, “The Boys From Syracuse” features music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $55 to $75. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ Arena Stage will close Karen Zacarías’ “The Book Club Play” Nov. 6 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. Ana is a type A personality living in a letter-perfect world, with a husband who adores her, the perfect job and her greatest passion: book club. But when bizarre circumstances put her ideal book club under a magnifying glass, things begin to heat up. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.



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Tickets cost $45 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Rorschach Theatre will close “After the Quake” Nov. 6 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. In the aftermath of a terrible earthquake, a writer fueled by heartbreak heals a broken little girl, while a menacing frog saves Tokyo from an enormous worm. Frank Galati’s play is adapted from the short stories of Haruki Murakami. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $25. Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; ■ The Apron Theatre Company will close Kyle Encinas’ “The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy!” Nov. 7 at the Letelier Theater. For years the world has had one man to thank for its safety, and that’s super secret agent John Blade. Dangerous and debonair, Blade is the flawless hero, but even he can’t see how an evil professor’s weather machine is about to literally take the world by storm. Performance times are 8 p.m. Nov. 4, 5 and 7. Tickets cost $16. The Letelier Theater is located at 3251 Prospect St. NW. ■ GALita, a family program from GALA Hispanic Theatre, is presenting “Las aventuras de Don Quijote de La Mancha” through Nov. 10. Based on the novel “Don Quijote,” this bilingual adaptation follows the misadventures of the gentleman from La Mancha and his loyal squire Sancho Panza. Obsessed with chivalrous ideals, Don Quijote takes up his lance and sword to set wrongs to right throughout the countryside. Performance times are 10:30 a.m. Tickets cost $10. GALA is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202234-7174; ■ The Chevy Chase Players group is presenting Neil Simon’s “The Gingerbread Lady” through Nov. 12 at the Chevy Chase Community Center. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets, available at the door, cost $15; $13 for students and seniors. The community center is located at 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint is presenting Timothy Guillot’s “We Fight We Die” through Nov. 12. Guided by a modern-day chorus, “We Fight We Die” tells the story of Q, a homeless virtuosic graffiti artist who has transfixed the local city with his stunning and subversive work. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10 to $15. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305; ■ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company has extended “A Bright New Boise” through Nov. 13.

In the parking lot of a mega craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning the rapture. Samuel D. Hunter’s play will shatter your preconceptions about the sacred, the profane and the secret lives of bigbox retailers. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $30. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-3933939; ■ Keegan Theatre is presenting Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” through Nov. 19 at the Church Street Theater. Miller’s classic portrait of one man’s struggle toward grace is set in the scorching context of the 17th-century Salem witch trials. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; ■ Constellation Theatre Company is presenting George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” through Nov. 20 at Source. A young lady fantasizes about the bravery of her heroic fiancé when the reality of war bursts into her bedroom in the form of a fugitive enemy soldier. Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $40. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7741; ■ Scena Theatre is presenting “Greek,” a modern retelling of “Oedipus Rex,” through Nov. 27 at the H Street Playhouse. Set in 1980s London, this twisted version of the myth combines Shakespearean grandeur and Cockney rhyming slang to tell a rags-to-riches story. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $27 to $40. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 703683-2824; ■ Theater J is presenting Arthur Miller’s “After the Fall” through Nov. 27 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. One man follows a quest to make peace with history — his own and that of the tumultuous world around him. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $25 to $35. The center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-4948497; ■ The Folger Theatre has extended “Othello” through Dec. 4 in the Elizabethan Theatre. Shakespeare’s drama reveals the power of manipulation as Iago undermines Othello in a deadly game of betrayal. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket cost $30 to $60. The Folger is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077;

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HOTEL From Page 8

Hilton Garden Inn name. The hotel is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver standards, they said, and its glass and terra-cotta walls would be among the neighborhood’s nicest. “We asked [architect] Shalom Baranes to design a building that fit in with the community,” Messervy said. “We did not ask him to design a Hilton Garden Inn.”

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But Muckle said the store’s lease is expiring and “uncertainty related to the ownership of the plaza” also played a role. The retail plaza’s owner, Chicago-based Capri Capital Partners, did not respond to requests for comment by press time. “The folks who have been loyal to Safeway, we appreciate that and hope they’ll continue to shop with us in Georgetown or at another loca-


of M Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. At last night’s Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission, police Capt. Jeffrey Herold said investigators believe the shooter was on the sidewalk. He added that police have recovered three firearms from the scene, including a sawedoff shotgun. Ed Solomon, a Georgetown advisory neighborhood commissioner who heads the body’s public safety committee, said in an interview that he was about four blocks away at the time of the shooting. From what he saw and what police told him, he said, the scene in general was more chaotic than usual. “There was an element of large groups of young juveniles walking thorough the festive crowds last night, pushing and shoving,” Solomon said. “There were a lot of fights being broken up; it was a little different element than it was in the past.” At the neighborhood meeting, Herold said there were indeed groups of men roving the Halloween festivities — “folks just looking for trouble.” In a written statement to The Current, Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans said he expects the Metropolitan Police Department to work to improve safety on future Halloweens. “As we do every year, we had a strong police presence and a good plan for Georgetown’s Halloween festivities and for most of the evening, things went well,” Evans wrote. “This unfortunate incident will certainly result in MPD and others reevaluating the event and determining how we can do things differently to prevent this from happening again.” The other shootings took place at Georgia Avenue and Decatur Street NW, on the 800 block of Crittenden

Zoning commissioners agreed. “From my perspective, it looks like a rather nice building. … I think this is a good project,” commissioner Konrad Schlater said. “And also, people may not like a Hilton Garden Inn, but it fills a need in the city and I don’t think we should be elitist about this,” he added. But despite support from other community groups, the board of directors for the 22 West condominiums, which sit catty-corner from the planned hotel, asked the commission to reject the project. The board’s concerns were that projecting window bays would extend too

tion,” Muckle said. And yet, some residents say they haven’t given up on keeping the grocery store right where it is. Approximately 1,300 neighbors signed a petition seeking to save the Safeway. Last month, the Foggy Bottom advisory neighborhood commission passed a resolution supporting the effort. Asher Corson, president of the Foggy Bottom Association, says his group will be weighing in with a similar sentiment. “It’s a really unfortunate turn of events,” he said. Street NW, at Florida Avenue and Staple Street NE, and on the 4200 block of Barnaby Road SE. No suspects have been identified yet in those cases, and the wounds are less critical. Lanier said police believe the first two of those incidents may be related because of “time and proximity.” In the Florida Avenue case, the 16-year-old victim said he was shot by a man wearing a ski mask and that he saw a green SUV fleeing the scene. The District has seen a decline in both homicides and non-fatal shootings overall this year. But, Lanier said, “October is always a tough month, when the weather changes and people start wearing coats and jackets” that can easily conceal guns. She said police have no information specifically connecting the latest shootings to Halloween, although patrols were beefed up in Georgetown, Adams Morgan, the U Street corridor and Chinatown in anticipation of holiday crowds. At the Georgetown meeting, Herold said 18th Street and U Street were “completely dead” Monday night. According to Lanier, the Halloween crimes were “symptom of a larger problem. We’ve got to get guns off the street,” the chief said. Solomon said the number of officers posted in Georgetown helped the situation there. “Except for this extreme incident that put a pall over some of the activities, overall we’re pleased with the police presence ... and they made a quick arrest,” he said, adding that the incident may not have been preventable. “Crime can break out instantaneously. You can’t have police standing next to everyone at the same time,” said Solomon. Herold said that in addition to the firearms arrest, police also apprehended five robbery suspects in Georgetown Monday night. Current staff contributed to this report.


far over the sidewalk, that truck drivers would find the planned loading dock inconvenient for deliveries and park on the street, and that the planned “lay-by” lane for guests to drop off their cars was badly designed. Although zoning commissioners expressed skepticism of most of Blumenthal’s fears, they agreed with concerns about the lay-by lane, which community leaders had also raised. As planned — and as recommended by the D.C. Department of Transportation — the lane would cut three feet out of the 22nd Street sidewalk for guests to drop off and collect their

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cars from the hotel’s valet parking service. The design forces drivers to move over a full lane to go around stopped cars, providing a buffer for people getting out of their cars and loading or unloading their luggage, according to the Transportation Department. But neighbors and zoning commissioners said despite developers’ assurances that the valets would process cars quickly, they’re worried the parked cars would obstruct traffic. Zoning commissioners asked to see an alternative full-width lay-by lane design before they vote on the project Nov. 28.

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EXHIBITS From Page 35

tive Korean ceramic decoration known as sanggam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silk Road Luxuries From Chinaâ&#x20AC;? highlights objects that show the influence of the many cultures that traded along the Silk Road for nearly two millennia. Located at 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; FotoWeek DC will present 14

The Current photo exhibits, including the winners of its 2011 International Awards Competition, at FotoWeek Central beginning Saturday and continuing through Nov. 12. The festival will also include many other events, activities and exhibits at various locations around town. Located at 1800 L St. NW, FotoWeek Central is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit â&#x2013; Conner Contemporary Art will open two exhibits Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue them through Dec. 17.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Welcome Guestâ&#x20AC;? presents video and small- to large-scale sculptures by Australian artist Patricia Piccinini that navigate between nature and biotechnology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scenes of Mid Perilâ&#x20AC;? features lush color photographs of women by Australian-born Arlington artist Victoria GaitĂĄn. Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-588-8750. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Visions: A Selection of the Latest Acquisitions From the IDB Art Collection, 2008-2011,â&#x20AC;? pre-

senting 25 works by 17 artists, will open Monday at the InterAmerican Development Bank Cultural Center Art Gallery and continue through Feb. 3. Located at 1300 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-623-3558. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mail Call,â&#x20AC;? telling the story of military mail from the American Revolution to 2010, will open Tuesday at the National Postal Museum and remain on view indefinitely. Located at 2 Massachusetts Ave.

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city’s central library in 1972. There’s been debate about whether the 400,000-square-foot modernist building — with its vast open spaces and mazes of stairways and halls — is an ideal home for a central library. Regardless, the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board designated the building a city landmark in 2007. The Urban Land Institute’s assessment will begin Nov. 14 with briefings from city library staffers, according to Bonvechio. The next day, the panel will interview stakeholders “ranging from community members to architects to developers to religious organizations to nearby businesses,” he said. The library system has sent out more than 100 invitations to such entities. One of those stakeholders is the D.C. Library Renaissance Project, a watchdog organization founded by Ralph Nader. The group’s director, Robin Diener, said that “the

The Current development forces in the city… seem to have a real bias against the [901 G St.] building as a library” and “are constantly looking for other ways to have a central library other than in the building we now have.” Diener said she’s personally “neutral” on whether the building is the best home for a central library, but she expressed concern about funding for any project that would construct a new facility. “I find it hard to believe that they could build a new library, obtain the land downtown … more cheaply than expanding and renovating the current library,” she said. “But there may be something that hasn’t been revealed yet.” Diener pointed out that the library system has already been grappling with funding problems, and is unable to keep neighborhood libraries open on Sundays and at other desirable times. The system also recently proposed closing the King building on Sundays, but a city funding shift managed to avoid that outcome. For the final three days of the Urban Land

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Institute assessment, the panel will conduct internal discussions and research, and then “present their findings and recommendations” to the public on Nov. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the King library, according to a news release.

“Whatever recommendation comes out of that panel is not a final recommendation,” said Bonvechio. “It will continue to be vetted and explored with the city.” According to the release, the panel will be chaired by Wayne Ratkovich, president of a Los Angeles development firm, and will include various other “national experts in the fields of architecture, urban planning, commercial and residential development, finance and library sciences.” One group that will be watching the discussions closely is the newly revived Friends of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library group. LaToya Thomas, who organized the group and is serving as its president before official elections next month, said the organization will be approaching the issue “in an exploratory manner” and potentially issuing a response to the Urban Land Institute’s recommendation. “A number of people who have come to our group are very interested in the architectural significance of the MLK library,” Thomas said.


From Page 3 opment of 600 beds of student housing in two dorms, and growth of the school’s student population from 3,200 to 6,500. But although there was less vociferous community resistance than from neighbors of American or Georgetown universities, some Van Ness residents still expressed concerns about noise and traffic from a denser University of the District of Columbia campus. “In recognition of the importance of protecting residential neighborhoods, we ask that you undertake needed revisions of the expansion plans to accommodate the neighborhood’s requests,” the council members’ letter states. In the letter, the council members recommend that the university cut its dorm plans from 600 to 250 students until officials demonstrate an ability to control student residents’ behavior, and not to add campus population without a corresponding parking increase. The council members also urge dialogue with community members on construction management and other local issues. Despite the letter’s calls for major changes, however, Cheh said she recognizes that the plans have already been approved. The underlying point of the letter, she said, was to highlight the importance of working with the community and to raise issues that will affect future campus plans. “I didn’t really expect a lot of substantive movement,” she said of the letter, “but I do think it had a salutary effect nevertheless.” University spokesperson Alan Etter noted that the D.C. Council has already allocated some $200 million to carry out the development initiatives outlined in the campus plan. “The renovation of the Van Ness campus has garnered incredible support from across the city,” Etter said. While Etter said the university has considered the possibility that

funds could be withdrawn over a disagreement with the council, he said the school doesn’t think it will come to that. “I would say it’s more excitement than anything else,” he said of the campus plan. “This is a historic change that’s been approved by the Zoning Commission.” Cheh said she and her colleagues are still behind the university’s broader goals. “My letter to them made it very clear that I and the council are just very, very strong supporters of the university and what they’re doing,” she said. “The improvements that will be made in the university are needed to make this a really viable equivalent of other state universities.” University President Allen Sessoms is preparing a written response to the council members’ request, Etter said, but the school is not expecting to scale back its campus plan. “We’ve gone through a pretty rigorous process to get the plan approved,” Etter said. “This was a public process, so we’re moving forward. That’s really all I can say about that.” North Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commissioner Adam Tope wrote in an email that while some concerns raised in the letter have already been addressed and others will likely be resolved later, he believes it will have an impact on the university. “The letter sets forth many of the issues that the ANC and our neighbors fought for in the zoning process and we expect it will be a powerful reminder to UDC that many Councilmembers are watching UDC and expecting UDC to accommodate the views of its neighbors to the best of UDC’s ability,” he wrote. The details of the planned dorms’ design, for instance, will be addressed at a future Zoning Commission hearing, and Tope said he is confident the university’s community task force will help smooth out issues during the construction process. The task force will meet Nov. 10, when members will hear an update on construction projects.





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GREIG From Page 9

statement — because Marriott Corp. was not a client of Evans’ law firm, Patton Boggs, contrary to prior reports. Since then, The Washington Post and Washington City Paper have reported that Patton Boggs did have ties to another player in the hotel deal, real estate investment manager ING. Greig was also critical of the council as a whole for not looking at increasing efficiency — and therefore decreasing costs — during the recent budget debate. “The council should compare Washington’s government with that of comparable cities,” she said. “ ... Possibly ‘City A’ might have a lower cost of taking 911 calls than Washington. And, of course, there might be a good reason, but it should be looked at.” Greig said McKinsey did a study for Detroit that found ways the city could decrease operating costs by 10 percent. “This kind of analysis could be done in a matter of weeks,” she said. The candidate said one of her biggest disagreements with Evans is over the nature of the city’s income tax. She believes strongly that the tax should be more “progressive,” with higher rates for the wealthy. Commenting on Evans’ statement that the city’s income tax take from the wealthy increased when the District lowered its top rate to below that of Maryland and Montgomery County combined, Greig said there could be any number of reasons for the increase. “I come from a research background. ... I personally am not going to rely on that kind of data for that

conclusion,” she said. She also said she doesn’t think taxes discourage people from living in the District. “I don’t believe we have a problem attracting and keeping wealthy residents here,” she said. “Living in Bethesda is very different from living in Georgetown.” Improving schools and services is the key to attracting residents, she

❝I don’t believe we have a problem attracting and keeping wealthy residents here. Living in Bethesda is very different from living in Georgetown.❞ — Fiona Greig said. “And residents are more valuable than businesses.” Still, she said she would have favored a major effort to attract Northrop Grumman Corp. to the District. The company opted to locate its headquarters in Virginia instead. She also supports engaging with D.C.-based Living Social, which is running out of space and might be considering relocating. Greig plans to send her daughter to Hyde Elementary School and hopes to keep her in the public school system, though she noted that middle schools can be a sticking point. “The rubber does hit the road when you hit middle school,” she said. Like Evans, Greig is a strong supporter of mayoral control of the school system and likes the idea of charter schools. “Some [charter schools] far

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“The budget that passed was the largest budget in the history of the city,” he added. “I think I’m serving on the worst council in the 20 years I’ve been on it.” Still, Evans said, “I wouldn’t trade our situation here for any city, state or county in America. Our finances are strong and stable. We really have made an effort to manage our money wisely.” He praised the school building modernization program under both the Fenty and Gray administrations. “This time we did something right. ... We now have some of the finest school buildings in the country.” Evans took credit, while also praising Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, for finding the money to reopen the shuttered police academy. “Gray jumped in when Muriel and I found the money,” he said. “I have introduced legislation to require the District have 4,000 officers. At one time, we had 5,000.” City services, he said, have generally improved in recent years. “We’re doing much better than we did,” he said, noting, however, “I continue to hear complaints about DCRA, which I feel is slipping backwards.” Evans also discussed the city’s Democratic primary, explaining that holding it in April rather than September will save money. The city scheduled its presidential primary to coincide with Maryland’s and Delaware’s, and the goal is to combine both the local and federal elections. When asked why neighborhood libraries are closed on Sundays, Evans said he would be happy to shift some funds from the education or human services budget to libraries in order to change that. He credited Ward 6

exceed DCPS in quality,” she said. “Others are just as good, and a few are weak.” Greig would like to see streetcars traveling up and down Wisconsin Avenue, a Georgetown Metro station and more Capital Bikeshare stations in the neighborhood. “I myself am car-free, as is my husband,” she said. Asked about Foggy Bottom’s historic but closed Stevens School, which is the subject of a city government request for proposals, she said she would favor a use related to education, perhaps to George Washington University. She said she would not object to an apartment building, as proposed by the Fenty administration, in conjunction with something educational. She also said she does not buy into the idea that the land is so valuable that an educational use for the building would be inappropriate. Greig said the “first source” policy, where companies receiving tax or other breaks from the city must hire District residents for 50 percent of their new hires, should be changed to eliminate a loophole by which a builder can shift workers from another project. She also called for stricter enforcement. Asked about past community work, Greig said she initiated a program, Bank on DC, to help the one in eight District households that do not have bank accounts and therefore must use money orders when paying bills. The organization works with several local banks as well as credit unions to help the residents open accounts. Greig holds a doctorate in public policy from Harvard. Her husband, Paul Kihn, is also with McKinsey, where he specializes in education issues.

Council member Tommy Wells with helping him find the money to keep the main Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library open on Sundays. “There is not an infinite amount of money to spend,” he said. “Schools and human services have advocates in the Wilson Building every day of the year.” When asked about the council’s December approval of Internet gambling without public input, Evans faulted Gray, the council chairman at the time. “There was no discussion,” he said. Evans praised Wells and at-large member Phil Mendelson for introducing legislation to repeal the measure, which his committee will consider first. “I intend to hold hearings on their bill,” he said. “Very few people are for [Internet gambling] except the professionals.” But he declined to take a position on the subject himself. “I’m waiting to get all the information,” he said. When asked whether the city should double the pay for council members and then ban outside employment, Evans said the District already has the second highest salary levels in the country and that people would be outraged if it were increased. As for suggestions to ban outside employment, he answered, “I think it is a bad idea. ... You’d lose me and perhaps Mary [Cheh],” Ward 3’s council member and a law professor at George Washington University. Evans said he thinks the council made a mistake when members decided to tax new purchases of nonD.C. municipal bonds. “In Maryland, you have thousands of options at various levels of risk. In D.C., you have six. We sell them out immediately. ... We now will offer the least amount of choice of any American citizens.”

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