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THE NORTHWEST CURRENT Zoning panel starts UDC hearings

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reject ANC’s request for delay By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A University of the District of Columbia claim that it can double its enrollment over the next decade without drawing additional cars to its Van Ness campus met skepticism at the Zoning Commission meeting

Monday night. Nonetheless, commissioners appeared generally pleased with the bulk of the school’s proposals. The university is seeking the commission’s approval of its first 10-year campus plan — which includes a new student center at Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street and two dormitories at Van Ness and International Court — as well as permission to immediately begin construction of the student

center. University officials said raising rates at the campus parking garage and otherwise encouraging students and faculty members to take public transportation will prevent an increase in parking needs and traffic. They noted that the school has been operating without a transportation management plan for its entire existence, so the creation of one can only help matters. See Campus/Page 38

Police step up littering enforcement By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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American University freshman Tyler Sadonis participated in Saturday’s Spring Valley Park cleanup along with a number of residents and a few other students. Volunteers pulled down invasive vines, cleared dead branches and picked up trash.

A pilot program to help police enforce the city’s antilitter laws took off cautiously in parts of wards 4 and 5 this week. If it works, officials say, the rest of the city will find police ticketing and fining litterbugs later this year. The pilot, based on a 2008 law, authorizes the Metropolitan Police Department to require litterers to give proper identification so they can be issued a ticket carrying a $75 fine. Police can issue the tickets to those who toss cans, bottles, cigarette butts and other trash into public space and waterways. Previous law allowed drivers to be ticketed for littering, but the new law applies to passengers as well. Police officers will have to witness the violation in order to write a ticket. For the first month, police will issue only warnings; See Littering/Page 36

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Under a pilot program, police officers in the 4th District can issue tickets for littering after requiring violators to show identification.

Francis-Stevens fetes students’ first book

Casey Trees gives District a ‘C’ for arboreal efforts

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■ Environment: City loses

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The author settled into her chair for an interview. After years of toiling away in obscurity, the reporter wanted to know, how does it feel to have her work published? The author paused to consider. Then a wide smile crept across her face. “It feels really cool,” she said. “It makes me feel famous.” Saudia Campbell, 7, is in the second grade at Francis-Stevens Education Campus. And, along with a handful of her classmates, she has just written her first book. On Monday, Campbell joined fellow students to sign copies of “I Live Real Close to Where You Used to

NEWS ■ Businesses leaving Giant construction zone. Page 3. ■ Budget eliminates fund for revitalization grants. Page 5.

points on canopy protection By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

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Eric Butler, a second-grader at Francis-Stevens Education Campus, shows off his contribution to a new book of letters to first lady Michelle Obama. Live: Kids’ Letters to Michelle Obama (and to Sasha, Malia and Bo).” The book, published by the national nonprofit 826, features letters to the first lady from students across the See Letters/Page 16

PA S S A G E S ■ Washington Chorus marks 50th with Mahler program. Page 17. ■ Volunteers push to save azaleas at Arboretum. Page 17.

The District isn’t quite making the grade when it comes to protecting its tree canopy, and advocates say it’s time for some extra help. For the third year, the D.C. nonprofit Casey Trees has released a report card for the city’s tree canopy, slapping the District with a solid C average for 2010, down from 2009’s B-.

SPORTS ■ Local alum looks like can’t-miss pro-baseball prospect. Page 13. ■ St. Albans, NCS crews row to victory over the weekend. Page 13 .

The report card assesses trees on both public and private land, using five categories — awareness, coverage, health, planting and protection — to arrive at a final grade. According to Casey Trees executive director Mark Buscaino, the city is doing well on several fronts. “People are engaged. We’re planting more trees than we perhaps have ever planted before,” he said. In fact, the city got high marks for awareness — measuring citizens’ knowledge of and participation in — tree-related issues. According to the report, the city See Trees/Page 36

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Cheh weighs new rules for political hires By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

As hearings into questionable hiring and salary practices in the Mayor Vincent Gray administration continue, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is considering legislation to tighten hiring and pay standards for the political appointees known as “excepted service.� Cheh’s committee on government operations is conducting hear-

ings on the several mini-scandals that broke out this winter as Gray rushed to staff his fledgling administration. Included were offspring of top aides who were handed plum jobs; salaries that exceeded legal caps; and the hiring of a primary opponent, Sulaimon Brown, who alleged he was paid off to throw his support to Gray. Last Friday’s hearing featured just one witness, former interim human resources director Judy Banks. She testified repeatedly that

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Gray’s then chief of staff, Gerri Mason Hall, dictated hiring and pay decisions. Several salaries that exceeded council-set caps “were provided to me by the chief of staff,� Banks said. Banks said she raised concerns about the hiring of adult offspring of top aides, but said “we were told to process these applications.� Asked if Gray was involved in the various hiring decisions, Banks said, “It was my full assumption that Mayor See Personnel/Page 8

The Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District will hold a Cleveland Park/Forest Hills community meeting to discuss implementation of the District’s revised disorderly conduct law regarding noise. The meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the main-level conference room at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold its monthly meeting, which will include the election of a nominating committee. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at St. George’s Ballroom and Conference Center, 4335 16th St. NW.

Saturday, May 7 Casey Trees will hold a Ward 3 community tree planting. Students, parents and neighbors will plant more than 50 trees at Deal Middle School along the perimeter of its field. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m., and volunteers will work from 9 a.m. to noon. The school is located at 3815 Fort Drive NW. ■Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser and D.C. Public Schools acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson will host a “State of the Schools in Ward 4� forum. The event will feature an expo of area schools and a town-hall-style meeting on the future for Ward 4 schools. The forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brightwood Education Campus, 1300 Nicholson St. NW.

Giant construction prompts stores to scatter By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Monday, May 9 Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a budget briefing for the Ward 2 community. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1315 8th St. NW.

Tuesday, May 10 The Brightwood Community Association will meet at 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 13th and Tuckerman streets NW.

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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will hold a public hearing on proposed adjustments to Metrorail weekend frequency and Metrobus service, including the elimination of the N8 and E6 bus routes and the extension of the M4 route. The meeting will begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW.

Giant’s pharmacy will close tomorrow in preparation for a years-long redevelopment project. prescriptions to Walgreens at 3524 Connecticut Ave., and Linda Spiegler of Portfolio Travel said all other businesses in that building must be gone by the end of next month. One of the more prominent businesses that will relocate is Sullivan’s Toy Store, which is leaving June 1 to take over the former Tenley Interim Library space at 4200 Wisconsin Ave. The toy and art supply vendor See Giant/Page 12

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District Digest Bill would provide streetscape relief The D.C. Council is again considering tax relief for businesses that lose revenue during “streetscape” projects, which disrupt traffic while upgrading curbs, sidewalks, lighting and pavement on major commercial corridors. A bill introduced Tuesday by Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas, Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser and Ward 1 member Jim Graham would waive penalties and interest if property or other city taxes are paid late because of

“severe hardship” suffered during streetscape construction. Graham said the bill could help businesses affected by current streetscape work along 18th Street and Georgia Avenue. But Graham also noted that the council last year set up a $7 million fund to provide some relief for such businesses. That fund was cut to $700,000 late in the year to help close the city’s budget gap, he said.

Council to mull alley closing in Petworth The D.C. Council is moving to

help redevelopment of the Safeway supermarket site in Petworth, with a bill that would close a small stretch of alley behind the store at 3830 Georgia Avenue to aid in the project. Safeway’s plans include a mixed-use planned-unit development, with a 60,000-square-foot new supermarket, 220 units of housing above it, and two levels of below-grade parking to serve both customers and residents. “The renderings are spectacular. We can’t wait to get this under way,” said Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser, who introduced the alley-

closing legislation Tuesday.

YWCA, Beta Academy headed to View 14 YWCA National Capital Area will relocate its headquarters from 9th Street NW to the View 14 mixed-use residential complex at 2303 14th St. NW, a release from real estate firm Level 2 Development announced recently. The YWCA will occupy the development’s 15,000-square-foot street and lower levels of retail space, where it will offer computer literacy training, life-skills tutoring and job-readiness programs, according to the release. Nearly a third of the space will house a health and wellness center designed to serve more than 500 area women. Beta Academy, a martial arts school in Columbia Heights, also will be moving to the development, occupying over 6,000 feet of the lower-level space, the release says. “Level 2 Development engaged in a concentrated search of finding the perfect occupants to fill these conceptualized fitness-design spaces,” Level 2 principal David Franco says in the release. View 14 is a luxury apartment complex located at 14th Street and Florida Avenue.

repairs to the damaged section are complete, according to the Park Service release. Also, a portion of the canal towpath in Georgetown will be partially blocked Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. As part of the C&O Canal Pride Days, volunteers will work with park staff throughout the morning to resurface the path from the 31st Street Bridge to the Mule Cross Over Bridge. The towpath will remain open to the public, but visitors may encounter minor delays, according to the Park Service.

Dupont Circle group elects new president The Dupont Circle Citizens Association elected its 2011-12 board of directors at its annual membership meeting on Monday. The association elected immediate past vice president Debbie Schreiber as president, two-term past president Robin Diener as first vice president and Rosemary Carr as secretary. Jim Dudney was reelected treasurer, and Charles Ellis was re-elected second vice president. Returning board members include Ruth Horn, Mary Lord and Christina Parascandola. Lucia Edmonds and Susan Volman were elected to the board for the first time.

C&O Canal suspends boat rides for repairs Judge orders ‘Cat’ The National Park Service has to stay out of Tenley suspended mule-pulled boat rides along the C&O Canal from Georgetown to Little Falls, Md., according to a news release. Due to damage caused by the recent rains and resulting high water, the agency drained the section of the canal between Chain Bridge and Rock Creek. The boat tours will resume after

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A figure familiar to many Tenleytown residents will be barred from his Wisconsin Avenue haunts for one year, thanks to a stay-away order handed down by a D.C. Superior Court judge Monday. Phillip Black, a former Street Sense vendor known as the “Cat in the Hat” for his striped headgear, also received a suspended sixmonth sentence Monday after he pled guilty to purchasing alcohol for a minor earlier this year. The recognizable Black, the star of a 2009 YouTube video about his work selling the Street Sense newspaper near the Tenleytown Metrorail stop, was fired by Street Sense in 2010 because of violations of the group’s code of conduct, according to a spokesperson for the nonprofit. Court records show a criminal history for Black stretching over three decades. Metropolitan Police Department 2nd District Cmdr. Michael Reese, who oversaw the undercover operation that led to Black’s arrest, wrote in an email that he has assigned a sergeant to monitor the remaining vendors along Tenleytown’s commercial corridor.

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Budget proposes cutting investment fund By KATIE PEARCE

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The Neighborhood Investment Fund, an economic development program that has targeted grants toward 12 D.C. neighborhoods for nearly a decade, is now under threat as the city slashes its budget. Mayor Vincent Gray’s fiscal year 2012 budget proposes repealing the fund, which focuses investments in developing areas including Brightwood, Columbia Heights, Logan Circle and Shaw. Last year the fund made $835,000 available to each of its target neighborhoods. Created by D.C. Council legislation in 2004 to address the city’s economic disparities, the fund offers grants for both pre-development costs and nonprofit initiatives. The repeal of the Neighborhood Investment Fund would transfer $3.2 million to the city’s general local fund for 2012, according to a recent fiscal impact statement from the city’s chief financial officer. Over four years, the city would net $22.7 million from the budget change. The fund, administered by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, is supposed to appropriate 15 percent of the city’s personal property taxes each year, up to a $10 million limit. But it doesn’t always work out that way: Mike Durso of the development office said the fund got $10.2 million in 2010, and then saw a drastic cut in 2011 down to $2.3 million. Of the program’s potential elimination, Durso said, “I think it’s a conversation we’ll continue to have in between the budget office, the mayor’s office, and various council members and stakeholders that have opinions.� Durso emphasized that while “most people only think of it as a grant program,� the Neighborhood Investment Fund also finances a New Communities human capital program along with a vocational education program. The 2012 budget proposes to retain funding for both of those initiatives, he said. On the grant side, the Neighborhood Investment Fund last year covered $28,000 to $500,000 in predevelopment costs for 24 building projects, including the Brookland Artspace Lofts and the restoration of the burnt-out Deauville Apartments in Mount Pleasant. Martin Mellett of the Local Initiatives Support Corp. said his nonprofit has worked with the D.C. develop-

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A plan to restore the former Deauville apartments received $145,000 from the fund last year. ment office for several years to review applicants for the pre-development grants. The grants can cover design work, legal fees, financing searches, zoning studies and other early steps in the development process, Mellett said. He said the grants are critical to a “number of nonprofits working on affordable-housing projects in the District.� Among the fund’s notable recent recipients are a downtown building for Bread for the City and a Jubilee Housing project to create 44 affordable units in Adams Morgan, he said. “It’s very hard to find lenders that will help with predevelopment costs,� Mellett said. “[The fund] has helped a number of projects move forward in the city that otherwise would have remained in the stalled phase.� The second type of Neighborhood Investment Fund grant goes toward nonprofit organizations focused on job-training, senior or youth services, affordable housing or small-business assistance. Last year the fund offered 62 grants of up to $50,000 each to nonprofits like Cultural Tourism DC, the Shaw Community Ministry, the Latin American Youth Center and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Among those grants were four (totaling $200,000) toward a branding campaign in Logan Circle. That effort, which aimed to define the greater 14th and U streets area as an arts district, used the money for marketing materials and street banners. The leaders of the branding campaign identified the Neighborhood Investment Fund as a pivotal resource See Fund/Page 16

Downtown BID estimates increased revenue for city Current Staff Report The rising value of downtown D.C.’s commercial real estate could result in substantially increased city revenue estimates this June, a downtown business leader said last week. Richard H. Bradley, executive director of the Downtown DC Business Improvement District, said downtown commercial property tax revenues are expected to increase by $163 million during the next fiscal year, due to a 16 percent increase in property assessments. Expected further increases could be incorporated in D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi’s next estimate on city government revenues, which is due in June — after the D.C. Council approves the fiscal year 2012 budget. Increasing deed and recordation taxes from downtown buildings might also affect that revenue estimate, Bradley said at a press brief-

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ing Thursday on the state of downtown D.C. The downtown business district recently released its 2010 annual report, which found that the district’s 131-block service area contributed roughly $829 million in local tax and other revenues to the city in fiscal year 2010, roughly equivalent to the size of the D.C. Public Schools budget. The total downtown area, broader than the business improvement district, contributed more than $1.2 billion in real estate taxes and used $441 million worth of city services, for a net fiscal benefit of $797 million during fiscal 2010, according to the report. Much of the area’s service costs were due to its share of a Metrorail subsidy. Office rent in downtown was second in the nation to Manhattan, and office property values were the highest in the nation, the report See Downtown/Page 12

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Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013; 4500 block, 29th St.; residence; 9:30 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  4700 block, 36th St.; street; 8:30 p.m. April 28.

PSA 204 â&#x2013; MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE

HEIGHTS/ CLEVELAND PARK WOODLEY PARK / GLOVER PSA 204 PARK / CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 3400 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:20 p.m. April 27. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  3000 block, Connecticut Ave.; park area; 4:15 p.m. April 25. Burglary â&#x2013;  3000 block, Cathedral Ave.; residence; 3:14 a.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 11:30 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  2900 block, 28th St.; residence; 12:50 p.m. April 27. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2700 block, Calvert St.; parking lot; 1:30 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Connecticut Ave.; gas station; 6:45 p.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Huidekoper Place; residence; 10 p.m. April

27. â&#x2013; 2500 block, 41st St.; unspecified premises; 7:30 a.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; hotel; 9 p.m. April 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Langley Court; street; 2:45 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Porter St.; street; 8:15 p.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Porter St.; street; 8:30 p.m. April 29.

PSA 205 â&#x2013; PALISADES / SPRING VALLEY PSA 205

WESLEY HEIGHTS/ FOXHALL

Stolen auto â&#x2013; Newark Street and Sherier Place; street; 8:30 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Arizona Ave.; street; 12:30 a.m. April 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 2:53 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  4800 block, MacArthur Blvd.; store; 4:20 p.m. April 27. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Klingle St.; street; 8 p.m. April 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Macomb St.; street; 11 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  5000 block, Yuma St.; street; 2 a.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  4900 block, MacArthur Blvd.; unspecified premises; 7 a.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  5000 block, Weaver Terrace; street; 4 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  5000 block, Lowell St.; street; 3:30 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  5000 block, Weaver Terrace; street; 7 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  4900 block, Eskridge Terrace; street; 7:30 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  5500 block, Hawthorne Place; street; 9 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 47th St.; street; midnight April 28.

PSA PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH

Burglary â&#x2013; 1500 block, 30th St.; residence; 9 a.m. April 29. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; unspecified premises; 12:35 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Water St.; store; 4:45 p.m. April 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 4:50 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:40 p.m. April 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3000 block, West Lane Keys; residence; 4:35 a.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  2300 block, P St.; street; 9 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  2300 block, P St.; street; noon April 27. â&#x2013;  39th Street and Reservoir Road; street; 7:30 p.m. April 27.

PSA 207

PSA 207 â&#x2013; FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END Burglary

â&#x2013; 2000 block, H St.; construction site; 2:30 p.m. April 27. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 11:31 a.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; church; 11:15 a.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 12:30 p.m. April 29. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, N St.; street; 7 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; parking lot; 9:30 p.m. April 29.

PSA 208 â&#x2013; SHERIDAN-KALORAMA PSA 208

DUPONT CIRCLE

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 3:45 a.m. April 29. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; sidewalk; 11 p.m. April 29. Burglary â&#x2013;  1600 block, 19th St.; residence; 8 a.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 19th St.; residence; 10 a.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; residence; 6:15 a.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; residence; 8 a.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; residence; 8:15 a.m. April 27. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; street; 3 a.m. April 30. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 6 p.m. April 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; office building; 6 p.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 9:15 a.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 10:30 a.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; parking lot; 1:45 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; restaurant; 2 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 7:30 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; drugstore; 4:14 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; sidewalk; 5:15 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 10:15 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 16th St.; office building; 10:30 a.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; restaurant; noon April 29. â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; office building; 1:35 p.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 6:15 p.m. April 29. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; street; 7 p.m. April 26. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, T St.; street; 8:05 p.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  1600 block, R St.; street; 10:45 a.m. April 29. Theft from auto (below $250)

1600 block, U St.; alley; 11:30 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013; 1600 block, M St.; street; 8:30 p.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Caroline St.; street; 12:30 p.m. April 29. â&#x2013; 

PSA 303

PSA 303 â&#x2013; ADAMS MORGAN Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  2500 block, 17th St.; residence; 5:15 p.m. April 26. Burglary â&#x2013;  2400 block, 17th St.; residence; 11:05 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 10 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Euclid St.; residence; 3:57 p.m. April 28. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2300 block, 20th St.; parking lot; 2 p.m. April 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Biltmore St.; unspecified premises; noon April 25. â&#x2013;  1700 block, California St.; street; 7 a.m. April 28. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. April 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Florida Ave.; street; 9 p.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Ontario Road; alley; 2:05 p.m. April 26.

PSA 307

PSA 307 â&#x2013; LOGAN CIRCLE Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 1:31 p.m. April 28. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1100 block, 9th St.; street; 12:30 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; street; 1:20 a.m. April 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue; park; 6 p.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  1100 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. April 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, O St.; street; 5 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 15th St.; street; 11:33 a.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 10:10 p.m. April 29. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 14th St.; street; 3:15 a.m. April 30.

PSA 401 â&#x2013; COLONIAL VILLAGE PSA 401

SHEPHERD PARK / TAKOMA

Burglary â&#x2013; 300 block, Cedar St.; parking lot; 8:02 a.m. April 24. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  7300 block, Georgia Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:50 p.m. April 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  8000 block, Sudbury Lane; residence; 7 a.m. April 28. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4th and Butternut streets; street; 9:45 p.m. April 29. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  7000 block, Alaska Ave.; street; 8 a.m. April 27.


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Ontario Theater redevelopment under discussion in Adams Morgan By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

There have been some mumblings in Adams Morgan recently about plans to redevelop the vacant Ontario Theater space, at 1700 Columbia Road. A mixed-use project with residences, ground-floor retail and underground parking is under discussion for the corner site, according to community leaders. Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commissioner Steve Lanning, who brought up

the plans at his groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting last month, said in an interview that the project would require demolition of the current building. In past days, the space was a movie theater â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then, briefly during the 1970s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s, a music venue that hosted bands like The Police and The Clash. In 1985, it reopened as a movie theater again, according to Cinema Treasures, a website that tracks old theaters. In its most recent incarnation, the Columbia Road site housed a clothing store and a CVS next door. Both spaces are now vacant, with the CVS having moved farther

down Columbia Road next to the Safeway. Property owner George Pedas said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too early to comment on future plans for the corner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just studying possibilities with the property,â&#x20AC;? he said. Under the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Circleâ&#x20AC;? chain, the Pedas family once operated a number of movie theaters in the area, including outlets in Dupont Circle and the West End. Neither Pedas nor the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architect responded to further questions. Lanning said thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been â&#x20AC;&#x153;kind of a nostalgic sentimentâ&#x20AC;? in the neighborhood for

restoring the site as a theater or arts space, but said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heard that the option is â&#x20AC;&#x153;just not economically viable in our present economy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the most part,â&#x20AC;? he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;people are excited to see something happening at the property, because quite frankly itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an eyesore.â&#x20AC;? Lanning said there was some talk at the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 6 meeting about a curb cut for the project, with one commissioner objecting to plans to locate one on the narrow 17th Street and suggesting Columbia Road instead.

Shadow Room outdoor plans draw protest By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission continued its battle with Shadow Roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s management last month, voting 5-0 to oppose an outdoor â&#x20AC;&#x153;summer gardenâ&#x20AC;? at the nightclub. Shadow Room, at 2131 K St., is seeking permission from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration to offer lounge-style outdoor seating for up to 25 patrons who want a break from the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s noisy interior, representatives told the commission. The summer garden would be open as late as the rest of the club: until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and until 2 a.m. on other nights. The outdoor couches would be on a section of private property along the sidewalk now used by patrons who step out of the club to smoke; Shadow Room owner Swaptak Das said the smokers would move farther from nearby residents toward the line of people waiting to enter the premises. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the warm weather approaching, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just like to have the ability to have people go outside,â&#x20AC;? Das said at the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 13 meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actually going to create a summer garden thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smoke-free. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s somewhere where you can just sit and relax.â&#x20AC;? But commissioners said past dealings with Shadow Room left them hesitant to embrace the new concept. Notably, the commission remains engaged in a formal protest of the Sanctuary 21 club, which is located in Shadow Roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basement and operates on the same liquor license, and commissioners also expressed concerns about violence and noise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had concerns and we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really been able to work out a compromise with these particular people,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Florence Harmon. Shadow Roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steven Acott said the club could be open to reduced outdoor hours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll consider any offer that we get in writing,â&#x20AC;? Acott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to work with you.â&#x20AC;?

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PERSONNEL From Page 3 Gray was on board. In my experience, when the chief of staff calls, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speaking for the mayor.â&#x20AC;? Banks repeated her earlier testimony â&#x20AC;&#x201D; subsequently contradicted by other witnesses and a chain of emails obtained by Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s committee â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that it was not herself, but D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, who arranged to hire the son of another top aide (then-Department of Employment Services director Rochelle Webb). Told that Ellerbe, Webb and her son Brandon Webb had all contradicted her, Banks said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My recollection remains the same.â&#x20AC;? At-large member David Catania seemed perplexed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m giving you the opportunity to correct perjury. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see why you continue to dig yourself in deeper,â&#x20AC;? he told Banks. On the hiring of Sulaimon Brown as an auditor in the Department of Health Care Finance, at a $110,000 annual salary, Banks said she was not in the loop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were told to process it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did ask, and I was told it was a special case, and it will happen. Ms. Hall indicated it was very important.â&#x20AC;? But Banks said she did try to talk

to Brown after hearing complaints that he was disruptive and â&#x20AC;&#x153;starting to act outâ&#x20AC;? at the health-care finance job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a problem child,â&#x20AC;? she said. Catania exploded, noting that the agency where Brown was placed handles millions of dollars in med-

â??Why would you put someone with a shadowy credit history in charge â&#x20AC;Ś ?â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Council member David Catania ical payments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all professionals. We trust you to guard the treasury. Why would you put someone with a shadowy credit history in charge of the largest pot of money?â&#x20AC;? he asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do think Ms. Hall does realize that was a bad decision on her part,â&#x20AC;? Banks said. Since the hiring and salary controversies erupted, Banks, Hall, Webb, Brown and all but one of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;adult offspringâ&#x20AC;? of top Gray aides have been fired or accepted suggestions to resign. Banks said she â&#x20AC;&#x153;welcomedâ&#x20AC;? that the mayor has subsequently ordered tighter background checks, covering both civil and criminal records, on applicants for

all excepted positions. Cheh said later that she, too, wants to tighten up procedures for political or â&#x20AC;&#x153;at-willâ&#x20AC;? hires. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have no problem, theoretically, with the excepted service,â&#x20AC;? she told reporters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But there ought to be a standard process, with vetting, and limits â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no nepotism, no cronyism and no salaries that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be justified.â&#x20AC;? Cheh said she sees a small group of top aides â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;the sorority,â&#x20AC;? she called them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; responsible for most of the hiring and salary problems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a group of people who the mayor trusted, while he focused on the bigger picture.â&#x20AC;? And when the scandals broke out in the press, she said, Gray â&#x20AC;&#x153;tried to fix things. He got everybody under the [salary] cap, got rid of the kids,â&#x20AC;? and replaced some of the top aides. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My own sense is that he was shocked, both at the bad decisions made, and how it undercut his administration,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said. The next, and possibly final, hearing on â&#x20AC;&#x153;executive personnel practicesâ&#x20AC;? will be on Friday, May 13. Cheh said she still hopes to hear from Sulaimon Brown, although he has continued to evade attempts to serve him with a subpoena. Lorraine Green, chair of Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign and transition committee, has confirmed that she will appear.

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he District has lost major high-tech companies founded here due to the cost of doing business in the city and a lack of attention from the civic and political communities, according to the chairman of a technology holding company that owns the Washington Kastles tennis team. “Notable examples are MCI, Nextel, FBR and CEB,” said Mark D. Ein, founder and chief executive officer of Venturehouse Group, referring to two telecommunications companies; the investment firm formerly known as Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group; and the Corporate Executive Board. Ein spoke Friday as part of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Business Summit. Speaking shortly after economist Anirban Basu said alternative energy distribution is the area’s “single biggest economic opportunity of the future,” Ein pointed out that Gridpoint, another firm started in the District, is one of the world’s leaders in the industry. It is now located in Ballston, Va. “It’s not hard to imagine the impact this would have on our beloved city if these companies with their many, many thousands of employees and the many thousands of other jobs they would have catalyzed around them were still here today,” said Ein. Other firms that were recently launched in D.C. in the mobile computing, broadband wireless communications and social networking industries will soon be under pressure to move, he said. Among them are the Living Social online-deals company, one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, now valued at $3 billion; software company Blackboard; and the education and health-care consultant the Advisory Board Company. “We have the opportunity to seize this wave and

create an environment for companies like these to stay here, for others to move here and to form an economic engine and our own entrepreneurial ecosystem that is powerful enough to change the destiny of our city and all of our residents,” Ein said. Washington, he pointed out, has “been a place for people to start companies that want to tap into the deep population of one of the most well-educated, computer-savvy young workforces anywhere in the nation.” Unfortunately, Ein said, many companies move out of the city due to the tax burden, the difficulty of finding real estate options and a feeling that “the city just didn’t seem to care enough about keeping us,” he said. Solving the problem, said Ein, is important to addressing the city’s unemployment rate, funding a better education system and attracting more tax revenue. He said there’s a need for about 10,000 more jobs. That number is “not that big in the context of the number of jobs that were lost when ... companies, many of them now very large, left our city.” In Crystal City, Ein said, property taxes per square foot are about $2.66. Downtown, the average is $11.10. In the outer areas of the District, the rate averages $7.40. In Silver Spring, it is $5.05. “It’s no wonder that the District is ringed by businesses staying just outside of our borders,” he said. “With a smart, strategic approach to our tax code ... we can generate much more revenue and create many more job opportunities.” A second need is to find large blocks of real estate at lower costs than downtown for major companies. Ein suggested Buzzard Point, St. Elizabeths, McMillan Reservoir and Walter Reed. Civic and political leaders also must be proactive in reaching out to emerging innovative companies early on, Ein urged. Many of the firms that left the city did so after hearing from Virginia politicians.

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A vote against apathy Aside from reports of some glitches, there were few operational complaints about the April 26 special election that, once certified, will return Vincent Orange to the D.C. Council. But that doesn’t eliminate the need for reflection on the election’s shortcomings. First off, the turnout — 9.48 percent, or 43,208 of 455,842 registered voters — was pitiful. Of course, turnout is almost always an issue in special elections, but low voting numbers are actually a more persistent problem: The figures for the 2010 elections (40 percent among Democrats in the September primary, and 37 percent overall; 30 percent in November) were dismal as well. What could boost the numbers? Greater attention in the news media might have helped raise the profile of the special election. But there was information on the candidates available, particularly online, for anyone motivated to find it. And all the publicity for the mayor’s race in last year’s Democratic primary didn’t translate into stellar turnout. We certainly wouldn’t recommend that candidates do more “robocalls” than they already do — the response from recipients seems to be overwhelmingly negative. The campaigns also seem to invest heavily in direct mail, particularly to the homes of frequent voters. What we do consider essential, however, is the creation of a public awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of voting in every election — particularly in the District, given our lack of voting rights in Congress. The Board of Elections and Ethics and the D.C. Council should review best practices elsewhere. Surely they include extensive use of social media to encourage participation. Public service announcements featuring sports stars such as Ryan Zimmerman — or D.C. natives in the military who have fought to protect our rights as Americans — seem obvious antidotes to apathy. Turnout is not the only issue, however. Without questioning the validity of Mr. Orange’s election, we do not believe that a candidate receiving just 28 percent of the votes should be elected without a runoff. We suggest that District law require a runoff among the top three candidates if no one gets at least a third of the votes cast. An alternative is so-called instant-runoff voting, which has voters rank candidates in order of preference.

An emphasis on safety Concerns about deterioration along Broad Branch Road have been around for years. So we have to wonder whether an earlier look could have prevented the recent culvert collapse that rendered the 4300 block unusable. Cave-ins started to appear on a portion of the road that runs alongside Rock Creek Park in early April, leading the D.C. Department of Transportation to install metal plates over the assumed sinkholes. But a closer look by department engineers revealed that a conduit carrying Soapstone Creek beneath the road had collapsed, leaving the asphalt on top without support. The agency shut down the block between Ridge Road and Brandywine Street, suggesting a two-mile detour on Tilden and Brandywine streets. Officials say the issue should be resolved by the fall, after the agency designs a new culvert and hires a contractor to build it. They say the issue is complicated by the proximity to Rock Creek Park, which is under the authority of the National Park Service. Like D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser (Ward 4) and Mary Cheh (Ward 3), we are concerned that the timeline is too slow. The road serves as a crucial link in a cross-park route for commuters and others, meaning the closure has a big impact on traffic. Still, we agree with officials that safety is paramount, and while we hope some red tape can be cut out of the way, we wouldn’t want to see the city take any shortcuts that could endanger drivers and pedestrians.

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s we headed down to the National Mall on Monday afternoon to talk to passersby about Osama bin Laden’s death, we were pretty sure we knew what to expect. The Notebook anticipated that our television camera would capture the same jingoistic flavor of the demonstrations that broke out at the White House Sunday night, after President Obama announced the news. For the most part, we were wrong. People we spoke with — ordinary citizens and tourists — felt some relief, but they knew the war on terror has a long way to go. We also expected heavy, even overbearing, police presence on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, on the National Mall and in the area around the White House. We’re glad to say we were wrong again. Tourists streamed into and out of the Capitol Visitors Center. There was no excessive line of police treating them like suspicious invaders. We saw one officer with a police dog walking by a group of tourists sitting on a wall. After the dog had done the proper sniffing, the officer allowed some of the kids to pet it. Maybe that was a violation of procedure (we hope not), but it put a human face on the security work the officer and dog were doing. Another officer was on foot patrol outside the Supreme Court. He waved off one car after another that improperly paused in the no-stopping zone to allow those inside to snap pictures. But the officer did his job with a professional air, neither scolding nor gesturing wildly at the tourists as some have done. And at the White House, officers from the U.S. Park Police and Secret Service Uniformed Division handled the crowds with measured competence. They watched quietly as a women’s peace group began chanting against war. A young Marine recruit in civilian clothes came up and shouted at the women. A police intervention would have riled up everyone. Instead, the incident was over as fast as it had begun. Now nearly 10 years from the horrific terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, it seems we are learning something about the tone and tenor of security. It doesn’t have to be stone-faced officers herding tourists like imminent threats. It doesn’t have to be barriers erected on every corner, snuffing out the very freedom that security is supposed to protect. Mayor Vincent Gray did the right thing. He and city officials conferred with federal officials and said they’d be on extra alert for a time. But Gray clearly said there was no “credible threat” that would cause a shutdown of city life. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton praised the dangerous work of the nation’s military — and the security forces here at home. But she added her

own caution that in the battle against terrorism, freedom shouldn’t be a casualty. “For those who have been lost,” she said on Monday of military and civilians who have died, “let us also commit to fighting terrorism while maintaining the liberties and freedoms that form our core strengths and our core identity as a nation.” Norton has it about right. And the ubiquitous security forces seem to be learning that, too. ■ But not everyone. A few people point out that our Metro system reacted as it normally does to security incidents. Suddenly, booted men with nasty-looking assault rifles and black uniforms were strolling through the crowds. Metro police dogs showed up here and there. But it was mostly what some knowledgeable security officials dismiss as “security theater.” Everyone now knows there aren’t enough officers to have heavily armed guards patrolling like that at nearly 90 stations. (They aren’t even effective in stopping routine crimes against passengers.) And surely there aren’t enough dogs to matter, either. So what is the purpose of this limited show of force? Metro hints that it knows more than we do; that its operations are designed to keep terrorists guessing. But while it looks both fearsome and substantial to some, many others say it feels meaningless. ■ Our airport adventure. We had the opportunity to travel last week before the big news about bin Laden. It was our first time to be singled out at Reagan Washington National for the full-body scan. But even this seemed routine and not too invasive. Although we weren’t told why the scanning machine had beeped about us, we headed to the private security room. A pleasant Transportation Security Administration officer carried our two plastic buckets that held the iPad 2, a belt, a cellphone, shoes and assorted other items from our pockets. Two Transportation Security officers conducted the infamous “pat down” in the privacy booth. Well, actually only one did. The other simply watched, noting something on his clipboard as we went along. The two officers barely spoke, except for the officer who did the actual pat down. He matter-offactly announced what he was going to do and then did it. Although we’re not sure how necessary such actions are, it did take only moments before we went on our way. But we still felt as though a little bit of American freedom was left somewhere on that security room floor. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Area post office needs more help While our government asks us in television commercials to use the U.S. Postal Service, our local post offices are not receiving the help they need for us to get service! On a recent weekday, multiple customers left the busy Friendship Station at Wisconsin Avenue and Upton Street in frustration after waiting 40 minutes in line without ever reaching the one

clerk on duty. Sadly, this has become a regular occurrence, and efforts to get service for customers (and help for staff) seem to get nowhere. Even so, the following local contact numbers are available, in case anyone wants to reach those in charge. The D.C. postmaster (202636-1244) and local Area 3 manager (202-636-1249) have secretaries to take messages. The Friendship Station manager (202-842-3332) will come to the telephone, but he says that he cannot effect any change, as hiring is done by a human resources department in North Carolina

with which he has no connection. A “supervisor” at Friendship once agreed that there were too few clerks but told me that, according to the union contract, he and other personnel were not allowed to do clerks’ work. One would think that, with people looking for work and customers needing the service, the post office’s human resources department in North Carolina could help solve both problems. Is there anyone who can assist D.C. post office customers and staff — and help save the U.S. Postal Service? Sally MacDonald Woodley Park


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y wife works for an organization â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that provides classes to more than 600 area seniors hosted by American University. Our kids learned to swim in American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pool, and our son worked as a lifeguard there. We run on the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track. We love to visit the Katzen Arts Center. Our younger daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dance recitals took place at the Greenberg Theatre. Our two older childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high school graduations were at Bender Arena. We listen to its public radio station, WAMU. The idea, inherent in much of the discussion around American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus plan, that the university is a net negative presence in our community strikes me as fundamentally inaccurate. Indeed, the university arrived in 1893 before all but a handful of the current homes in the area were built. Our community and the university have evolved together for a century, and that has been good for both. Today, American is an institution on the rise. Its ranking as an undergraduate university is on a path of steady improvement. In the meantime, it is making its mark in numerous areas, including such things as the hours devoted by students to community service, political engagement of its students and number of graduates who go on to the Peace Corps. As an interested member of the community and an advisory neighborhood commissioner, I have attended dozens of meetings on the campus plan over the last 18 months. The plan is far from perfect, and there are important issues that still have to be resolved (including maintaining enforceable enrollment caps), but fundamentally, the plan promises to deliver significant benefits to the community and to the university. The two biggest areas of controversy relate to the proposals to move the law school to the Tenley Campus and to put dorms on the parking lot on the southeast side of Ward Circle. The Tenley Campus neighbors are legitimately concerned about traffic and parking in the wake of the proposed much heavier use of that site. They have been at odds with the university for a generation about the use of the site and seek stability and a respite. These concerns can and should be addressed. If they are, then

moving the law school to the Tenley Campus, a block from the Metro, could deliver benefits for the city and community, promoting transit-oriented development and contributing to enlivening the Wisconsin Avenue corridor. Neighbors of the Nebraska lot, the giant asphalt parking area on the southeast side of Ward Circle, have fought the idea of dorms on that site since they were first proposed. The universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most acute need, however, is to provide new dorm space, and its largest area available for such dorms is the parking lot. Opponents point to other places on the main campus where dorms could go. In one case, the university now proposes to put a dorm on the opponentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recommended site. Other suggested sites, however, are either not viable alternatives or would result in opposition from different neighbors. In the meantime, opponents accuse the university of recalcitrance for refusing to abandon the idea of placing dorms on the parking lot, even as university officials have come forward with multiple iterations to address the last round of professed concerns (steadily reducing the number of beds proposed for the site). The neighbors have held fast to their insistence that no dorms be put there. For the vast majority of the extended discussion, neither side has moved off of its fundamental position, though American has made modifications to the details of its proposal. Still, that leaves decision makers to grapple with the basic question: Can dorms reasonably be accommodated on the Nebraska lot? While I understand the fears of the nearby neighbors, it certainly does seem that a site of that size, right next to the main campus and currently wasted, from a land-use perspective, on surface parking, could accommodate dorms. In its latest report, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D showed some willingness to consider inclusion of dorms on the parking lot. Perhaps that will mark a change of approach, and the discussion will move from whether to include dorms on that site to how they can be placed and buffered to avoid an undue adverse impact on the neighbors. We are not far from a campus plan that could be good for the community and the university. Hopefully, going forward, the stakeholders will work together constructively so that we can get there. Matthew Frumin is a member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR D.C. needs to adopt instant-runoff voting Vincent Orange may think he has the city behind him after his â&#x20AC;&#x153;victoryâ&#x20AC;? in the April 26 special election. But a closer look shows whom he really represents and what that election really means. Orange was most recently a vice president at Pepco. Yup, the corporation that is reviled for continuing to give us electricity from coal (including mountaintop removal), other fossil fuels and nuclear energy. The corporation that is impeding distributed solar energy in the District and reluctant to compensate for its past river and air pollution. The corporation that insisted on raising rates while constantly failing to satisfy with

its storm responses. The one that Montgomery County wants to dump in favor of creating a public utility. People donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like Pepco. So how did Orange win? For one, people could have used more perspective on all of the candidates, and particularly on the better alternatives to Orange. The Current, for example, once again excluded a D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate (in this case Alan Page) from its Voters Guide. But also, only a very small proportion of the District actually voted for Vincent Orange. Based on unofficial election night results, Orange received only 28 percent of about 43,200 votes (a total turnout of about 9 percent). He will be supposedly representing the city, but he received the support of only about 3 percent of registered voters. Representative democracy was already a bit of a farce in D.C., but this is outra-

geous. A winner selected without a majority in a field of nine candidates should not stand. We need a better system. Instant-runoff voting, as used in places like Minneapolis, San Francisco and Australia, would account for votersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ranked preferences without the costs of a second election, and would give a lot more validity to the process. Short of more direct democracy through neighborhood councils, it would be one of the best options for improving this disastrous situation. Until we have a better system â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and council members who are not linked to corporate interests â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the D.C. Council will fail to truly represent the city. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high time for the global wave of democracy to swing through D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local government. Scott Cardiff Petworth

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DOWNTOWN From Page 5 found. The volume of commercial building sales almost tripled from the 2009 level, to $3 billion. Within the business districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service area, retail vacancy rates declined to 7 percent in 2010, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the first time it has been below 10 percent since 2000,â&#x20AC;? Bradley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a positive picture as the market is tightening up.â&#x20AC;? The business districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report pre-

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THE CURRENT between $1 and $2 more per square foot in property taxes next year. Gerry Widdicombe, the downtown business districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of economic development, called the district â&#x20AC;&#x153;the fiscal and economic engine of the cityâ&#x20AC;? at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s briefing. The areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weakness is that the growth of retail stores is â&#x20AC;&#x153;lagging,â&#x20AC;? Widdicombe said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the only department store downtown. Widdicombe also suggested that the long-term growth plans of surrounding areas could provide future

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GIANT From Page 3 expects to open its new location mid-June. Portfolio Travel has also found new space nearby, Spiegler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what each of the merchants that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m aware of has tried to do â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to still have a presence in the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? she said. For Portfolio, Spiegler added, the move will be permanent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she has no plans to return to the Giant property after its anticipated threeyear redevelopment process. The rents would likely be higher, she said, and yet another move would be prohibitively difficult. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big deal to move,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an inconvenience, and you establish a new pattern where you are.â&#x20AC;? The Giant supermarket will also close before construction begins; Robinson said the closing date is yet to be determined. Once Giant begins demolition and building work, trucks could be accessing the site by way of a widened Idaho Avenue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a plan that has worried some neighbors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bottom line is that the community has serious concerns about some of these decisions that will establish patterns that will be difficult to handle during construction and may not be the best option postconstruction,â&#x20AC;? Nancy MacWood, an advisory neighborhood commissioner whose single-member district sits across Wisconsin Avenue from Giant, wrote in an email. Tom Higgins, a resident who attended a D.C. Department of Transportation meeting on the development plans last week, contacted elected officials to criticize the plans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You all made us a Historical district â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you categorized our streets local,â&#x20AC;? Higgins wrote in an email sent to city officials as well as The Current. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now you all are letting DDOT decide where to direct the traffic from a project across the streetâ&#x20AC;? to flow into a residential neighborhood. Residents and community leaders who attended a meeting last week also reported that officials from Giant and the Transportation Department offered conflicting accounts of who developed the traffic plans. MacWood said that when she spoke to the Transportation Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Karina Ricks at the meeting, Ricks told her the Idaho Avenue plan was Giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preference, which her department had not yet approved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Giant officials, including their counsel, were asked about her comments, they said that the plans represented what DDOT told them to do,â&#x20AC;? MacWood wrote in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In response to relating that comment to Ms. Ricks, she shrugged and said that she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to get into a she said/he said debate.â&#x20AC;? In an interview, Robinson said the plans were based on requests from the Transportation Department; agency spokesperson John Lisle did not return messages seeking comment.


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NCS cruises past Visitation By MIKE DEFABO Current Correspondent

National Cathedral School got off to a quick start and finished strong to win its fourth consecutive Carr Cup over Georgetown Visitation at Anacostia Community Boathouse on Friday. The Eagles soared through the finish line 13 seconds ahead of Visitation with a time of 5:01. After the race, the team received the trophy commonly known as the “God Cup,” given to the winner of the annual rivalry race. The two crews remained relatively even through the starting sequence but Cathedral began to pull ahead over the next 250 meters. “I thought [we] had a really good start and established [ourselves] in the race. It was hard for Visitation to respond,” said Cathedral coach Rob Wasalaski. Coxswain Molly Sandza said it was important for the team to race well right out of the gate. “We’re usually a lighter crew, so our start is really our strength,” she said. “We like to get out fast and hang onto it. The plan was basically get ahead and stay ahead.” By the 500-meter mark, Cathedral had a clear lead and was gaining ground with every stroke. There was never a reason for the Eagles to look back. “At that point we stopped looking [at the other boat] and just rowed our own race,” Sandza said. The Cathedral seniors had knocked off Visitation each year since they were freshmen, so they expected nothing short of another victory Friday. “This year we did something kind of different and put all the seniors in the same boat,” Sandza said. “Our freshman year was kind of a turn because we hadn’t won it in a while, so it was nice to defend that in our senior year.” “To us...[this race is] a big deal every year,” added senior Blair Kania. “It’s something we always gun for. This is our fourth Carr Cup and our fourth Carr Cup win.” Coach Wasalaski was pleased with his team’s performance and said the race is always a good measuring stick at this point in the year. “It sets us up with a lot of positive momentum going into the championship part of the season. We have a lot of potential, and I don’t think we’ve shown our best time yet,” he said.

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St. Albans knocked off Gonzaga Friday to defend its Foley Cup title. The crew followed the strong performance with a victory over four other squads at the Gonzaga Invitational on Saturday.

St. Albans takes home Foley Cup By BORIS TSALYUK and MIKE DEFABO Current Staff Writers

St. Albans’ first varsity eight crew came from behind to defeat Gonzaga in a dual race and claim the 2011 Foley Cup at Anacostia Community Boathouse Friday. The top boat then rode the momentum into Saturday, finishing its best weekend this season by beating out four other crews to win the Gonzaga Invitational. On a windy afternoon Friday, the St. Albans boat was hit by some wake and started off a bit wobbly, allowing Gonzaga to pull ahead by about four seats after the first 10 strokes. After the race, coxswain Jake Bradt said the boat was prepared to

come from behind. “Knowing Gonzaga was probably going to go out early like that, our plan was to row our own race,” he said. “The first 500 we had everyone locked in, heads in the boat, staying calm.” Gonzaga continued to row steadily and pulled ahead by six seats with 750 meters to go, but the Bulldogs then made a major push to get back in the race. They took a big 20 strokes to gain ground on the Gonzaga boat. “Our coxswain said, ‘We’re down three seats, two seats, one seat, we’re even,’” said senior Julian Blarel. “At that point [the Gonzaga rowers] were going out; their hearts were dying.” See Foley/Page 14

Local product leads top-ranked Cavaliers By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

Last summer, a rookie pitcher named Stephen Strasburg took D.C. by storm, breaking onto the scene with the Washington Nationals and giving the team’s supporters reason for hope. Former St. Albans pitcher Danny Hultzen, class of 2008, could also soon bring life to a struggling franchise. The talented left-hander, now with the top-ranked University of Virginia Cavaliers, is arguably the top amateur pitcher in the country and soon will be one of the top picks in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft. Hultzen, a junior at Virginia, is 9-1 this season and leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with an ERA of 1.13. He has struck out 112 batters in 75.2 innings while walking just 12 and is holding opposing batters to a measly .187 batting average. Hultzen is 29-3 over three seasons at Virginia and serves as a main reason that Virginia has dominated the ACC this year. St. Albans athletic director David Baad was also the baseball coach for the Bulldogs through 2007 and coached Hultzen for three seasons. When his pupil chose Virginia, Baad was confident Hultzen would be successful, but it was tough to predict that the player’s

left arm would make him one of the most sought-after pitchers in the nation. “I’m not sure it’s ever possible to expect anyone to do this well, to be the best pitcher in the country. But certainly my sense of it was he had this capability,” said Baad. “I knew his talent and his work ethic and his mental makeup as a pitcher.” The Bethesda native didn’t have to take the college route. Shortly after Hultzen graduated from St. Albans in 2008, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted him and were prepared to offer him a seven-figure signing bonus to skip school and join the team. Instead, Hultzen committed to spending at least three years at Virginia. Per Major League Baseball rules, four-year college players are not permitted to enter the draft until after their junior year. During his time at Virginia, Hultzen has grown bigger physically, added life to his fastball and fine-tuned his mechanics to the point where he looks ready to be a top pro pitcher the second he arrives. “He’s filled out to a 6-foot-3, 205- to 210-pound athlete, and that’s not only added velocity but also the ability to repeat his motion because of how strong he is now, and it’s improved his command of his overall game,” said Baad.

Hultzen doesn’t have overpowering stuff — his fastball tops out at about 94 or 95 miles per hour. But he combines a good fastball with a solid slider and change-up pitch, and his control of the strike zone has drawn rave reviews from scouts. On Monday, Sports Illustrated ranked Hultzen the No. 3 prospect — and top left-handed pitcher — in the country. “It’s a testament to Danny,” said Baad. “He’s an incredibly hard worker and one of the nicest, most humble kids you’ll ever want to meet. Every bit of success he gets he deserves.”

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Former St. Albans pitcher Danny Hultzen is rated as one of the top amateur baseball players in the country.


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St. Albans basketball will bid adieu to head coach Duane Simpkins this week after the school announced Monday that he is leaving to become director of basketball operations at Towson University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a great asset to the school in so many ways, but he just had the college bug and he wanted to go, and I understand,â&#x20AC;? athletic director David Baad said in a phone interview Monday. Simpkins, a standout basketball player at DeMatha in the early 1990s and at the University of Maryland from 1992 to 1995, led the Bulldogs from 2007 to 2010. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Sidwell Friends for two seasons. On Monday, Simpkins, who will work alongside new Towson basketball coach Pat Skerry, said the new position was too good an opportunity to pass up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eventually I wanted to get into college coaching, and this is a great way to get my feet wet and learn inside-

out how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s run at the collegiate level,â&#x20AC;? he said. Simpkins will leave for Towson later this month after â&#x20AC;&#x153;tying up loose endsâ&#x20AC;? with the Bulldogs. His experience at St. Albans was unique, he said, because the school has a policy that forbids recruiting for athletic purposes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a situation where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to bring in three, four studs every year. You might get a great player once every couple years,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to be connected with the students. These kids bust their tails in the classroom, and you have to be conscious of that.â&#x20AC;? St. Albansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; search for a new basketball coach got under way immediately, and Baad said when he reached his office Monday, there was a stack of rĂŠsumĂŠs already awaiting him. But Baad said replacing Simpkins wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be easy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are grateful to Duane for having led the Bulldogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball efforts the past four years. He has been an inspirational presence and leader to our boys,â&#x20AC;? he said in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will miss him, and wish him all the best as he moves to Towson.â&#x20AC;?

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FOLEY From Page 13 With 250 meters to go, St. Albans pulled ahead by one seat. The Bulldogs boat sprinted through the final 200 and finished seven seats up with a time of 4 minutes, 3 seconds. Gonzaga finished at 4:05. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We rode really high, and they were really much more controlled and they had a lot more left in the tank,â&#x20AC;? said Gonzaga coach Marc Mandel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had to pay a lot to get that lead. I told the guys â&#x20AC;&#x201D; against a team like that you have to have a perfect race. And we almost did but we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finish it off.â&#x20AC;? When St. Albans and Gonzaga met two weeks ago at St. Andrews, Gonzaga bested St. Albans by sev-

eral seconds. After the race, St. Albans made some substitutions in its top varsity boat. Coach Ted Haley said his team rowed a strong, powerful race and called Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance a â&#x20AC;&#x153;completely different race from St. Andrews.â&#x20AC;? Blarel said the changes caught Gonzaga off guard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know we had made a switch, so they thought it was going to be a redo of St. Andrews, where they destroyed us,â&#x20AC;? he said. St. Albans was awarded the Foley Cup for winning the annual race. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve developed a strong rivalry with Gonzaga. They are one the strongest crews in the area and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been neck-and-neck with them,â&#x20AC;? said Bradt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Foley Cup means a lot to us,â&#x20AC;? he added. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to be able to

call ourselves one of the fastest crews in the area.â&#x20AC;? On Saturday, St. Albans topped Gonzaga and Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) in the finale of the Gonzaga Invitational on the Anacostia. The Bulldogs finished in 4:33.1, nearly seven seconds better than second-place Gonzaga. The race was scheduled to involve just three teams, but the Charlie Butt Regatta, set to take place at the same time on the Potomac River, was canceled due to continued flooding, and Gonzaga decided to welcome St. Albans and Yorktown to its event. After beating Yorktown in a twoteam heap, the Bulldogs went on to beat the Eagles in what Haley called â&#x20AC;&#x153;by far their best race up until this pointâ&#x20AC;? in the season.

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LETTERS From Page 1 country, including contributions from about a dozen Francis-Stevens students. The title is based on a letter from a student in Chicago, who lives near the Obamasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hyde Park home. But it could easily describe the geographical connection between students who attend Francis-Stevens in the West End, and members of the first family, who live and work only a few blocks away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went into the classrooms and asked what kids would say to Michelle Obama, Sasha and Malia or Bo,â&#x20AC;? said Joe Callahan, executive director of 826DC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking to the first family as friends, as if they know them, and they want to know them.â&#x20AC;? In 2002, author Dave Eggers founded 826 as a way to get children excited about writing. Since then, the program has spread to eight cities, where each chapter offers free educational enrichment with a side of whimsy. In San Francisco, the nonprofitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headquarters doubles as a pirate shop. In D.C., the Museum of Unnatural History at 3233 14th St. NW sells vials of â&#x20AC;&#x153;unicorn tearsâ&#x20AC;? and other curios. Meanwhile, volunteers have been known to raise funds through mustache-growing contests. But, amid the antics, the emphasis remains on learning. Callahan said the D.C. group â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which launched in 2008 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now maintains a database of 11,000 volunteers. And it has partnered with 35 schools to offer tutoring, writing workshops and field trips. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want teachers to bring their ideal lessons to us and we want to make them happen,â&#x20AC;?

Callahan said. He said the programs often culminate with a book, so students can see their work in print. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You want to give kids the opportunity to feel ownership of the work theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beforehand, a lot of kids donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like writers. When they do get published, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permanent. A lot of students become more serious about their work.â&#x20AC;? Campbell said she certainly feels motivated by her success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It made me feel good and want to get good grades.â&#x20AC;? Plus, she said, she was inspired by her subject. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like her speeches,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good and they make people do better.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Live Real Close to Where You Used to Liveâ&#x20AC;? is actually the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second book dedicated to the first family. The first, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Letters to President Obama,â&#x20AC;? came out shortly after the 2008 election. And like the first, the new book is full of candid questions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you like about living in the White House?â&#x20AC;? asks Desani Grant, 8, a fourth-grader at Francis-Stevens. He said he would like having a private movie theater. Campbell invites the Obama family over to her house for dinner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you come over Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll cook you corn, rice, broccoli, chicken and cake,â&#x20AC;? she writes. And while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear whether the first lady has flipped through the pages yet, Callahan said the book has already become â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the preferred coffee-table books at the U.S. Department of Education.â&#x20AC;? Now, Campbell said, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready for her next project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to write about Michelle Obama. The Cat in the Hat. A lot of things,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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Chorus marks 50 years of bridging old and new By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

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elebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend, the Washington Chorus put on a program that showcased more than its members’ pipes. Instead, the afternoon of “Mostly Mahler” highlighted the genrebending chorus’s habit of bringing its audiences new experiences. That’s not to say that there’s no room on these risers for warhorses such as the “Hallelujah Chorus” at Christmas; executive director Dianne Peterson noted during Sunday’s concert that the chorus proudly reprises that piece every year. But music director, conductor and composer Julian Wachner has pushed choristers and the audience to try new things, said bass-baritone Knight Kiplinger, a Spring Valley resident. So in addition to the rousing “Veni, Creator Spiritus” that kicks off Gustav Mahler’s eighth symphony, the chorus Sunday treated its Kennedy Center audience to folk music-inflected pieces as well as a sped-up comic opera.

That last piece was an abbreviated third act of Carl Maria von Weber’s operetta “Die Drei Pintos,” which Mahler reworked into what became his first smash hit. Sunday’s version included soloists borrowed from the Wagner Society of Washington, D.C., and a narrator, Evelyn Lear, whom Wachner introduced as “an icon in the classical world.” The lively staging — which involved even Wachner on his podium as identities were concealed, traded and revealed — was quite a departure from the typical choral concert. And that’s by design, said Kiplinger, a member of the chorus since 1972. A few years ago, he said, Wachner told choristers that they had yet to reach a key sector of the classical audience: opera lovers. There soon followed a presentation at the Kennedy Center of “The Essential Puccini,” a program of selections from “Turandot,” “La Bohème” and more. “It was an experiment, … [and] it was a huge success,” recalled Kiplinger. Though it ranged beyond opera, Sunday’s composer-focused pro-

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Conductor Julian Wachner directs singers and instrumentalists during Sunday’s concert celebrating Washington Chorus’ 50th anniversary. The group is known for bringing new experiences to audiences. gram was in a similar vein, and appropriately so: This year marks the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death and the 150th of his birth. Other experiments launched by Wachner include “New Music for a New Age,” an annual series that features works by living composers. The conductor’s enthusiasm — for new music and for his choristers — is part of what makes the chorus such a success, said Kiplinger. “It’s because we have a very exciting conductor that we probably have a higher percentage of young choristers” than other area groups, he said.

But choral music is thriving outside the Washington Chorus as well, noted Peterson, who joined the group in 1984. “There’s just a wealth of singers in this area,” she said. And there’s another reason that area choruses have no trouble finding members, she added: Because there’s no official chorus tied to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Chorus and other groups have “far more opportunities” to perform with that group at the Kennedy Center — a draw for any artist. Peterson pointed out that the chorus has been groundbreaking in

nonmusical ways as well. When the group — then called the Oratorio Society of Washington — began in 1961, it was the first chorus to be formed without tying itself to a church or a school, she said at Sunday’s performance. The name change came much later, Peterson added. After legions of confused callers inquiring about the Horatio, Ontario, oratory or — the final straw — Oreo society, the chorus realized it was time for a new handle, she said. That 1998 switch came in time for one of the chorus’ greatest successes to date: a 2000 Grammy See Chorus/Page 23

Arboretum evangelist works to save the azaleas, boxwoods at local facility By LINDA LOMBARDI Current Correspondent

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hese days, everyone is making hard decisions about cutting back. But in few places have those choices been as visible — and literal — as a budget-cutting plan at the National Arboretum. To compensate for the loss of two staff positions, the arboretum announced that it was going to “de-accession” the most public part of its azalea collections. At a museum, that term would probably mean transferring the objects into other hands, but at the arboretum, the fate of the azaleas was going to be a bit more final. “They were going to rip them out,” said Jeanne Connelly, chair of the board of Friends of the National Arboretum. “They weren’t going to let them go wild; they said that would still require maintenance.” If carried out, the plan would mean the end of the arboretum’s glorious spring display, which is of historic significance to both

Above, courtesy of Jeanne Connelly; right, Current file photo

Woodley Park’s Jeanne Connelly is chair of the Friends of the National Arboretum. gardeners and the arboretum itself. Many of the plants were the work of a director of the arboretum in the mid-20th century whose hybridization efforts were fundamental to the garden azaleas that we know today. And in fact it was the blooming of this collection

that prompted the opening of the arboretum — originally founded as a research and education station — as a public garden. Lovers of the arboretum didn’t take the news quietly, which was perhaps a surprise to officials, said Connelly. “I don’t think they anticipated the negative reaction. There was an incredible outcry.” As a result, Connelly, who lives in Woodley Park, is now leading a major fundraising campaign to save the collection, along with the boxwood and perennials collections that were also slated for removal.

For Connelly, it’s the culmination of a long involvement with the arboretum, which, perhaps surprisingly, didn’t grow out of an interest in gardening. She came to D.C. in 1978 for what she describes as perhaps a typical Washington career. First a legal aid lawyer, she later worked for a Senate committee, then a law firm. She next took a job at a paper and wood products company that had been a client of the firm. Her employer was interested in research being conducted at the arboretum, and “we decided it was a nice connection,” she said, “and a good cause for the company to support.” The company’s first donation was for a conspicuous but not exactly tree-related project: moving and installing the historic U.S. Capitol columns. The columns had been preserved, but “for years people didn’t know what to do with them,” said Connelly. “They were in a kind of a gully in the ground, I’m told, in something that looked like a ditch.” Now they’re a visual icon of the arboretum. See Arboretum/Page 23


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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School Mrs. Mosher’s upper elementary class is taking a standardized test this week. Standardized testing helps the teachers see what we know and which lessons to give the class. We, the reporters, got a mixed reaction when we asked around.

School DISPATCHES “It takes a long time,” said Rowan Bortz, fourth-grader. “It’s boring,” said Lukas Leijon, another fourth-grader. “I believe that standardized testing is fun in some parts,” said Eva Sophia Shimanski, yet another fourth-grader, “and challenging in others.” — Ashton Lindeman, fifth-grader, and Jaquelin Weymouth, fourth-grader

Beauvoir School The first-graders studied the country of France. They read fun books like “The Cat in the Hat” and “Magic Tree House.” Every day they add one straw to their chart that tells them how many days they have been in school. The second-graders studied Ireland. This is the second year these students have homework. After lunch all the second-graders go outside to play just like the stu-

dents in pre-k, kindergarten and first grade. The second-graders finished river and Native American studies. Over Christmas break, the Eagles’ pet snake, Phoenix, died. In third grade we studied Italy. During global studies every kid picked a topic about this country. A favorite event in third grade was the play. Practice was three days a week. In math we worked on decimals, multiplication and division. At lunch, every day, except Fridays, one class says a poem. — India Reynolds and Bella Roth, third-graders In P.E. we are learning how to climb on a structure. Mr. Silva and Ms. Cox, our P.E. teachers, taught us things like how important it is to take our time when we are climbing so we don’t fall. We have learned other things like how to throw, catch and punt a football. When we were doing cup stacking, Ms. Cox showed us a video of the best cup-stacker in the United States. He stacked more than 12 cups in less than two seconds. Don’t forget to wear your sneakers on P.E. days. — Bachi Monroy and Dylan Foster, third-graders

British School of Washington Being in the upper school this year has changed many things for us. For example, we have to walk

to different rooms for each subject, instead of learning entirely in one room. Obviously we have had to get used to the process, but our drama teacher recently had us create a short play for those coming up to the upper school next year. The plays consist of tips for your daily life in the upper school. It has really made me look back at how much has changed as I have gotten older. In geography we have been studying development. It has been very interesting learning about “MEDC” and “LEDC” (More and Less Economically Developed Countries). In history we have been learning about the medieval kings and queens of Britain. As part of this topic we learned about knights, armour, weapons and castles. — Alejandro DiNapoli, Year 7 San Francisco (sixth-grader)

Deal Middle School On Tuesday, Alice Deal Middle School had a “flash mob” for the very first time! Nearly 500 students participated in the flash mob to celebrate “Let’s Move” — first lady Michelle Obama’s fitness program. Students performed a choreographed dance and were supervised by Deal’s physical education teachers — Ms. Ortiz, Mr. Downing and Ms. Spann.

It was exciting being outside on the field moving around and representing Alice Deal Middle School! I asked one of my friends how she felt about the flash mob and she said she felt pretty good. We all felt energetic outside, showing off our awesome dance moves. — Vanessa Castillo, seventh-grader

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Duke Ellington students returned to school April 26 from their spring break. Even though the students were not in class over the break, the school was not dormant. On April 16, the first Saturday of spring break, the DC Tap Festival, honoring Emmy Award-winning choreographer Jason Samuels Smith, was held in the Duke Ellington Theater. On April 29, students celebrated the birthday of our school’s namesake, Edward “Duke” Ellington. The student leadership council, a group of students who meet at lunch with interns from the White House, organized a “games day” for the student body as a celebration and fundraiser. During lunch, students were invited onto the lawn in front of the school to play athletic games, such as hula-hooping and Frisbee. The games were all free, but the student leadership council sold water to raise money for the

school and future activities. The school also commemorated the musician’s birthday by holding a celebration concert on Friday evening. The Instrumental Music Department arranged and prepared a concert as a tribute to the jazz musician. The students spent several weeks preparing this concert in tandem with their award-winning performances at the Heritage Festival, which took place in Tennessee over spring break. — Barrett Smith, ninth-grader

Edmund Burke School On April 12, seventh-graders Rachel Sanders and Zach SalemMackall were invited to attend a conference at the McLean School. The topic of the conference was social diversity, but the participants also talked about popularity, cliques, stereotypes, homework challenges and Facebook. To start off the conference, everyone played an icebreaker game. Next they split into groups and began talking about one of the above topics. They were given roughly two minutes to discuss each topic. In each group a notetaker documented the discussion. After the small-group discussions, the larger group reconvened to talk about the issues, and each small group gave a brief presentaSee Dispatches/Page 19


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DISPATCHES From Page 18 tion including ways to prevent or solve a problem. Every group came up with a different solution. — Ariadne Manuel and Ginger Mandel, eighth-graders, and Rachel Sanders, seventh-grader

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School This spring, the kindergartners at E.L. Haynes are diving into a spring expedition to learn about trees. Throughout the expedition we will learn about what trees need to grow and we will even be taking care of our own tree in the classroom! In addition to that, we will be learning about the different parts of a tree and what trees provide to people and animals. This new knowledge will lead us to start learning about recycling and how we can protect and care for trees and our environment. As part of our expeditionary learning, we have some exciting fieldwork planned. First, we will be going to the U.S. Botanic Garden to learn more about the life cycle of plants. Next we will be going to an orchard to study trees that are growing there. Finally we plan to have an expert forester come to our classroom to talk about the importance of trees. The students will present their work and share all of their knowledge about trees with families and friends in a culminating event in early June. — Kindergartners

Georgetown Day School This past week, the third- and fourth-graders went on trips to Turkey Run and Prince William Forest, respectively. At Turkey Run, third-graders experienced what life was like in Colonial times. They got to do activities such as making corn husk dolls, making baskets, hiking, knitting and playing Colonial games. In addition, they got to dress up like Colonial people. At Prince William Forest, fourth-graders did tons of fun things like playing sports, fishing and hiking. They also got to go on an orienteering compass course. Last Tuesday during the school day, sixth-graders participated in their community service projects, doing things such as cleaning up trash along the C&O Canal and handing out sandwiches to homeless people in Georgetown. That night, a community service group focused on hunger prepared a meal for about 30 women living at Luther Place Night Shelter. — Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

will lead. Then students selected their top three choices. So what do the clubs teach or help us learn? Clubs cover many things like cooking, newspaper reporting, Scrabble, American Sign Language, team games/sports to play on the grass, 24-Challenge (a cool math game) and animal drawing. One club will develop a mural for our playground. The clubs will meet every Tuesday and Thursday for about 45 minutes. There will about 10 to 12 students will be in each club. — Antonio Brookins, fifth-grader

Mann Elementary The fourth-graders will be fantasy writers. We are very excited about fantasy, because we can make things up. In fantasy writing, we have to make sure that the next part is not obvious because it makes the story boring. We started planning yesterday. For planning we must do a web featuring the problem, solution, characters, setting and plot. Then we must make a timeline of events that will happen in the book: beginning, rising action, middle, falling action and end. “Personally, I can’t wait to draft my fantasy piece,” says Katarina. In the fifth grade, we went on a field trip to Gettysburg, Pa., on April 28. For the last few weeks, we have been studying the Civil War and its important battles. So our teachers decided to take us to Gettysburg. — Katarina Kitarovic, fourth-grader, and Jazba Iqbal, fifth-grader

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hard for kids along the canal 100 years ago. You had a lot of jobs to do when you turned 5. Before you were 5, there was no one to watch you, so you were tied to a harness so you wouldn’t fall off the boat. Sometimes the kids had to walk a mule along the canal, but they could play games along the way. Three of the games involved a little wooden figure that flips, a ball on a string attached to a cup, and a bucksaw that was a spinning wheel. The games were really fun. The kids went to school for only the three months of the year when the canal was frozen. Usually the girls would wear a simple dress, but since most of the people weren’t rich, they just wore work clothes. We also got to try on some of the clothes. We met a mule named Lil, short for Lillian. We fed her grass. She liked dandelion leaves the best. We learned that you make a mule by having a donkey be the father and a horse be the mother. If you were to switch it around, it would make a hinny, which is a much weaker animal. The mule is actually stronger than a horse, gets injured less, and eats less, although Lil is an exception to the rule because she loves to eat! We really liked the C&O Canal. — First-graders

Murch Elementary The Murch students have been going on some great field trips this semester. The third-graders took the Tourmobile around the memorials and Smithsonian museums. They started out by walking to the Van Ness Metro station, then took the Metro to the Smithsonian, where the tour guide told us that all of the museums are open for free.

When we got to the Washington Monument, the tour guide said that after 135 feet (41.15 meters) the builders ran out of stone. They got new stone and ended up with leftovers, which they used to build the Washington Monument Lodge. The first stop was the Jefferson Memorial, which Emma Saenz said was the highlight of the tour for her. The ranger explained that the plaza wasn’t built properly, so now they were rebuilding it. We also stopped at the Lincoln Memorial. The ranger showed students that in one speech that is written on the wall the word “future” is mistakenly spelled “euture.” Then the bus traveled around the Mall. When the White House came into view, the ranger pointed to a gatehouse that used to keep cattle off the president’s lawn. On another field trip, the fourthand fifth-graders got to see a scrapbook come to life. They went to the Kennedy Center to see a production of “American Scrapbook: A Celebration of Verse.” The show is based on poems selected by Caroline Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The actors acted out some of the poems by famous poets such as Robert Frost, Langston Hughes and Jack Prelutsky. “It was fun, and some of the poems were also funny,” said fourth-grader Nate Miles-Mclean. “It was awesome!” exclaimed Chau Bach. — Nadev Oren, third-grader, and Ha Dang and Adelaide Kaiser, fourth-graders

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Parkmont School At Parkmont’s class on Contemporary American Short Stories, the first order of business is for the students to become a griot and tell their own griot stories. Griots are African poets, praise singers and wandering musicians, which means they are basically storytellers. To become a griot, I needed a story to tell. When I was around the age of 4, my mom would tell me a very special bedtime story almost every night. The bedtime story was not just one story. You could call it a series of stories. They were adventure stories, and the adventure changed from night to night. I will prepare for my griot story by talking to my mom about the stories she used to tell. I will then compile the information and rehearse it to create a story to tell the class. In my opinion I think a great See Dispatches/Page 31

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ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY a buyer of this Logan Circle row home will not have to deliberate one of the most common choices in the area: outdoor space or a parking pad. Instead, owners will have both. A pea gravel path in the rear of this property leads past a storage area to a slatepaved garden. Here, spring’s tulips and more are in full bloom, while peonies and other warm-weather perennials are poised to take over soon. There’s plenty of room for a dining set in the sizable spot, as well as planting beds. But the extra-deep lot continues; through a wooden gate waits a parking pad that can accommo-

date one car. There’s a bit of green space in front of this mid-1800s home as well, and the facade incorporates that shade on the trim that sets off cream-colored brick. Inside, a vestibule opens into the main rooms. A wood-burning fireplace with an arched brick surround anchors the living room, while the property’s main architectural feature, its large bay, brings ample light into the lofty space. The dining room is suitable for formal or casual gatherings, but this level offers other dining options as well. A room between the dining room and the kitchen was likely the original kitchen. Now, it would easily work as a breakfast room, home office or more. Though the kitchen was added decades ago, the space has been updated far more recently. Now, Jenn-Air appliances set off ample cabinetry in a warm-hued wood.

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This five-bedroom, 2.5-bath row house on S Street in Logan Circle is priced at $949,500. There’s space here for a small table as well. Many buyers will be pleased with the home as is, but renovation-minded bidders will see the potential in combining this kitchen with the adjacent breakfast room to make a much larger spot. Upstairs, three of the five bedrooms share a centrally located bath — but there’s no need for guests to scale these stairs, as there’s a half-bath on the ground floor. Aqua walls cheer up the second-floor full bath, and white tiles and fixtures are classic. A

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traffic by providing Capital Bikeshare stations and preventing its shuttle buses from stopping along Nebraska Avenue in front of its campus, among other measures. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 6-3, with Deon Jones, W. Philip Thomas and Nan Wells opposing, to identify which proposed American University building projects the body supports and which it opposes. The projects the commission voted to support include the expansion of the Mary Graydon Center and Kay Spiritual Life Center and the relocation of the Washington College of Law. The commission requested that several buildings including the East Campus Building 5 and the Sports Center Annex be reduced in size, and it opposed bleachers at Reeves Field. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-2, with Deon Jones and Nan Wells opposing, to request that American University work with neighbors to develop a stronger Neighborhood Action Plan to address off-campus student behavior. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to request that the Zoning Commission treat any acquisition of commercial property by American University in Zip codes 20007 and 20016 as an amendment to its campus plan that requires specific zoning approval. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-4, with Ann Heuer, Deon Jones, Lee Minichiello and Nan Wells opposing, to request that American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed East Campus activity space not be available for conferences or other activities targeted at non-students. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to request that American University update a section of its campus plan about munitions remediation to reflect the D.C. Department of the Environmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new oversight role. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to request that American University incorporate a lighting plan into its campus plan identical to the plan included in previous years. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to request that American University incorporate landscaping and storm-water management plans into its campus plan. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-3, with Ann Heuer, Deon Jones and Nan Wells opposing, to request that American University promise in its campus plan to limit on-campus alcohol service to six to eight buildings. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-3, with Deon Jones, Lee Minichiello and W. Philip Thomas opposing, to request that the Zoning Commission prohibit American University from displaying outdoor electronic advertising along Massachusetts and Nebraska avenues. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to request that American University prevent cars from turning right out of Fletcher Gate onto Rockwood Parkway.

â&#x2013; commissioners voted 8-1, with Deon Jones opposing, to request that American University put forward possible strategies to mitigate pedestrian traffic crossing Nebraska Avenue near New Mexico Avenue, possibly including a pedestrian bridge or tunnel. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0, with Ann Haas abstaining, to support testimony to the Zoning Commission from the Committee of 100 on the Federal City about allowing new commercial buildings to have parking lots in front. The issue is unrelated to American University. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. June 1 in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org.

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. May 12 at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  open forum. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  presentation of and possible vote on an application by the Turtle Park May Fair Committee to fund a scientific educational program for children. â&#x2013;  presentation of and possible vote on a grant application by the Chevy Chase Dog Park Group. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by Citibank for a special exception to permit continued operation of a parking lot at 4201 Fessenden St. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on a public-space application by property owners at 4201 Military Road for a curb cut. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on an application by Public Tenley, at 4611 41st St., for renewal of its liquor license. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on a resolution concerning proposed cuts by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on a resolution concerning the timing of the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearings on the American University campus plan. For details, visit anc3e.org. ANC 3F Forest ANCHills 3F â&#x2013;  FOREST HILLS/NORTH CLEVELAND PARK

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Northwest Real Estate From Page 17 award for best choral performance. Under conductor Robert Shafer, the group had performed Benjamin Brittenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Requiemâ&#x20AC;? a few years earlier to commemorate the anniversary of the close of World

War II. In his will, a chorus member had left a bequest in order to get the work in front of a wider audience. Chorus members clearly relish the tale: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the darkest of dark horse stories,â&#x20AC;? said Kiplinger. The recording had no distribution to speak of, recalled Peterson, until a chorister suggested the group sell the music on

ARBORETUM From Page 17 Although she left that job 11 years ago, Connellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time at the company had long-lasting influences. The annual donation has continued, even though the organization disappeared into another corporation in a takeover. And she was invited to be on the board of Friends of the National Arboretum, where sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a member for about 15 years and is now in her fourth and final year as chair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have remained dedicated to the arboretum out of a personal love for the place,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a city resident, so for me itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my outdoor space.â&#x20AC;? Much of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s publicly visible at the Arboretum is dependent on private funds and the work of volunteers who share her appreciation, Connelly said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The public garden aspect of the arboretum is always underfunded by the government. When there are cutbacks, it always happens in the public garden.â&#x20AC;? Her long-term dream is an endowment for the public gardens in general, but right now, the goal is to save the azaleas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We will do

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task for us,â&#x20AC;? Connelly said. Azalea season is now under way, and the state of the blooms at the arboretum can be checked at usna.usda.gov. But Connelly encourages people to visit the less dramatic parts of the gardens as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I say people should always enter the native plant collection. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful little forested area with wooden bridges over the wetlands and winding paths,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in another little world. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very secret special place.â&#x20AC;? The boxwood collection that also was slated for removal is another less spectacular but important part of the arboretum, said Connelly. With more than 150 varieties, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the most complete in the world, but, located on a side road and lacking eye-catching flowers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perhaps underappreciated.â&#x20AC;? Connelly also pointed out that the arboretum is not just for adults. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have four grandchildren,â&#x20AC;? ranging from age 7 to 10, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time they come to visit, I take them to visit the arboretum, and they love it.â&#x20AC;? The U.S. National Arboretum is located at 3501 New York Ave. NE.

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Concerts â&#x2013; Orquesta la Leyenda, formed by D.C. saxophonist and flutist Ted David, will perform Latin jazz and Latin dance music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Singer/songwriter Paul Williams will perform. 8 p.m. $28. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Fuad Siniora, former prime minister of Lebanon and a current member of the Lebanese Parliament, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Arab Spring and the Future of the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5649. â&#x2013;  Nikki Sixx will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography, and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Garrett Peck will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Pound the Hill, 621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-643-1231. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host a tribute to the late Manning Marable, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bhutan: Shangri-La in the 21st Centuryâ&#x20AC;? will feature Bruce Bunting, president of the Bhutan Foundation, and

Tshering Yangzom, a program associate for the Bhutan Foundation. 6 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Cinnabar Room, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-833-2742. â&#x2013; Jason Miccolo will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul Sanctuary: Images of the African American Worship Experience.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Colombian writer Laura Restrepo will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lack of Memory in Latin America That Causes History to Repeat Itselfâ&#x20AC;? and the English translation of her latest novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Place for Heroes.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, InterAmerican Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-6233558. â&#x2013;  David Shipler will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â&#x2013;  The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Theodoros Angelopoulosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1995 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ulyssesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gaze,â&#x20AC;? about an exiled filmmaker who returns to his native Ptolemas to attend a screening of one of his controversial films. 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.

Reading â&#x2013; U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, will read from his work. 7 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5394. Special events â&#x2013;  The fourth annual DC Design House, a 1925 English Country Tudor home transformed by the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top designers, will be

open to the public. Proceeds will benefit the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20. 3134 Ellicott St. NW. dcdesignhouse.com. The design house will be open daily through Sunday. â&#x2013; The Smithsonian Associates will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening in Amazonia at the National Zoo.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 9 p.m. $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Amazonia Science Center, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-3030. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the Seattle Sounders FC. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Thursday, May 5MAY 5 Thursday Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a 30-minute hike on the Woodland Trail for ages 4 and older. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. Concerts â&#x2013;  New Horizons Band and Virginia Big Band, the Levine School of Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jazz ensembles, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The choir of Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s royal parish church, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, will perform. 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  The VSA International Young Soloists Concert will feature Mandy Harvey, a 23year-old jazz vocalist from Colorado; James Schlender, a 17-year-old jazz violinist and fiddler from Montana; and RĂĄchel SklenickovĂĄ, an 18-year-old pianist from the Czech Republic. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-628-2800. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performing works by Wagner, Berg, Scriabin and Listzt. 8 p.m. $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Blues will present a family-friendly jazz showcase of scores from

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the Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Gerry Mulligan collections at the Library of Congress. 8 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. Demonstration â&#x2013; Cooking instructor and holistic nutritionist Danielle C. Navidi will share recipes incorporating broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $10; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2251116. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Don Yoder of the University of Pennsylvania will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Two Worlds of the Pennsylvania Dutch.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. â&#x2013;  Tavis Smiley will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success From Failure.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013;  Historian Adeeb Khalid will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Between Empire and Revolution: The Making of Soviet Central Asia, 19171932.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-7678. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Democracy Versus Stability: How Should We Deal With Autocratic Systems?â&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Daniel Byman, professor at Georgetown University; Niels Annen, member of the board of the German Social Democratic Party; and Ambassador James Dobbins, director of Rand International Security and Defense Policy. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 208, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. cgesevents@georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Exhibits lighting specialist Alex Cooper will discuss Alexander Calderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portrait of Edgar Varèse. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Independent scholar Emily Shapiro

will discuss John George Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1879 painting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Longshoremanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Noon,â&#x20AC;? a representation of working-class life. 6:30 p.m. $10; $8 for seniors and students; free for ages 12 and younger. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391770. â&#x2013; A roundtable discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safe Guarding Your Treasuresâ&#x20AC;? will feature Joseph C. Dunn, president and chief executive officer of Aon Huntington Block Insurance; Claire Marmion, chief executive officer and founder of Haven Art Group; and Eryl Wentworth, executive director of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-3383552. â&#x2013;  Ecologist Daniel Botkin, a professor emeritus at the University of California at Santa Barbara, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power Up! Alternative Energy and the Environment.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Michael and Audrey Levatino, proprietors of a 23-acre farm near Gordonsville, will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Joy of Hobby Farming: Grow Food, Raise Animals, and Enjoy a Sustainable Life.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Palisades Neighborhood Library will show Billy Wilderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1957 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Witness for the Prosecution.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013;  The Ault Film Series will feature the 1943 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Seventh Victim.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

Performances â&#x2013; The Alice Deal Players will perform Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beast.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10; $5 for students. Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW. 202-939-2010. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Duke Ellington School of the Arts will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening at the Opera,â&#x20AC;? featuring scenes from Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cosi fan Tutte,â&#x20AC;? Stillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Troubled Islandâ&#x20AC;? and Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Xerxes.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10. Ellington Theatre, 3500 R St. NW. 202-337-4825. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature a look at Romeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic and cultural legacy through art, music, language, food and fashion; excerpts from Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Pasqualeâ&#x20AC;? performed by Washington National Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists; a talk about Philip Gustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visual references; and a jazz performance by Project Natale. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/phillipsafter5. Tour â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a tour of the Old Stone House and discuss what life in Georgetown was like during the Colonial See Events/Page 25


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 24 era. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. Friday, May 6MAY 6 Friday Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will perform selected opera arias and works by Schubert and Shostakovich. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ David Baskeyfield, 2010 winner of the American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, will perform works by Dupré and Vierne. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The Asian American Music Society will present a concert by the Asian Traditional Instruments Ensemble and Chorus. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Flutist Elena Duran and pianist Fernando Carmona will present works by Mexican composer Manuel Esperón. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. cdiaz@instituteofmexicodc.org. ■ The KC Jazz Club will present soprano and tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $16. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Ensemble a Venti will perform works by Mozart, Witt and Beethoven. 7:30 p.m. $25; $20 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com. ■ Violinist Colin Jacobsen (shown) and pianist Bruce Levingston will perform works by Janácek, Biber, Currier, Dvorák, YanovYanovsky, Bolcom and Piazzolla. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Discussions and lectures ■ John Sayles will discuss his novel “A Moment in the Sun.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Novelist, journalist, blogger and biographer Pierre Assouline will discuss his literary blog, La République des livres, and explore how the Internet has changed journalism and literature. 6:30 p.m. $15. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. ■ Sugata Bose, professor of history at Harvard University, will discuss his book “His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle Against Empire.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cinnabar Room, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-414-2808. ■ Alexi Zentner will discuss his novel “Touch.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Festival ■ The annual Potomac Bonsai Festival

will feature demonstrations, exhibits, vendors, a juried show, children’s activities and the collections of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-4523. The festival will continue Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Film The “On the Road” movie series will feature Steven Spielberg’s 1971 film “Duel,” a psychological thriller starring Dennis Weaver as a businessman who passes a slow 18-wheeler and is terrorized by the offended truck driver. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■

Health screening ■ The George Washington University Hospital, GW Medical Faculty Associates and George Washington University Medical Center will present stroke screenings. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Outside the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station, 23rd and I streets NW. 888-449-3627. Performance ■ Gesel Mason Performance Projects will present “Women, Sex, & Desire: Sometimes You Feel Like a Ho, Sometimes You Don’t.” 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students, teachers, seniors and artists; $8 for ages 17 and younger. 8 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7 p.m. Special event ■ Tudor Place will celebrate National Public Gardens Day with open admission to the gardens and guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free; reservations required for tours. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. publicgardensday.eventbrite.com. Saturday, May 7MAY 7 Saturday Children’s program ■ National Symphony Orchestra musicians Elisabeth Adkins, Paula Akbar, Lewis Lipnick and Joe Connell will join storyteller Lynn-Jane Foreman to present “NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Bears, Bears Everywhere” (for ages 3 through 5). 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $18. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Classes ■ Scholars will discuss “The Archaeology of Ritual Landscapes in Mongolia.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Shakespeare scholars and actors Kelly and John O’Connor will discuss “Shakespeare on Stage and Screen.” 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $125. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. Concerts ■ Pianist Raffi Kasparian will perform works by Russian masters Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Kabalevsky. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ The Cathedral Voices choir will present the U.S. premiere of Sir Philip Ledger’s “The Risen Christ,” as well as

Friday, MAY 6 ■ Festival: Flower Mart 2011, a festival for garden enthusiasts and families, will celebrate Austria as its honored country. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-5373185. The festival will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

other works by British composers. 2 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ The Mendelssohn Piano Trio will perform works by Hadyn, Saint-Saëns and Dvorák. 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, will present “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” featuring its a cappella ensemble Potomac Fever and The MonuMENtals from the Richmond Men’s Chorus. 5 and 8 p.m. $30. Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge St. NW. 202-293-1548. ■ Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

■ The Embassy Series will present cellist Saeunn Thorsteindottir (shown) and pianist Sam Armstrong performing works by Beethoven, Poulenc, Janacek, Vioar and Strauss. 7:30 p.m. $100. Residence of the Icelandic Ambassador, 2443 Kalorama Road NW. 202-625-2361. ■ The KC Jazz Club will present Israeli guitarist Yotam Silberstein and pianist Roy Assaf. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The DC Labor Chorus will present “Songs of Struggle and Joy,” featuring guest artists Bethany’s Women of Praise. 8 p.m. $20. Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave. NW. laborheritage.org. ■ The Library of Congress’ “onLOCation” series will present “Uniting Broadway With the Art of Chanson,” featuring vocalist Sue Mathys. 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ Pianist and composer Haskell Small will perform works by Bach, Hovhaness, Ives and Satie, as well as Small’s own work “The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence.” 8 p.m. Free. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770.

Discussions and lectures ■ Sophia Rosenfeld will discuss her book “Common Sense: A Political History,” at 1 p.m.; and Miranda Kennedy will discuss her book “Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Dance writer Suzanne Carbonneau will discuss the current generation of figures in modern and contemporary dance and their works. 2 p.m. $15 to $35.

Atrium, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Paul Gilding will discuss his book “The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring on the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World.” 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films ■ The Weekend Family Matinees series will feature the 1982 film “The Man From Snowy River.” 10 a.m. $6. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. ■ GALA Hispanic Theatre’s IberoAmerican Children’s Film Festival will feature the 2009 film “Sara la Espantapájaros,” about a scarecrow that longs to be free. 3 p.m. $5 per child; $8 for adults. GALA Theater, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. ■ “A Season of Rohmer,” featuring films by the French director Eric Rohmer, will feature the 1995 film “Rendezvous in Paris.” 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.

Special events ■ The European Union delegation and the embassies of the 27 member states will present their annual Open House Day, featuring cultural activities, performances and food. Activities will range from instruction in Hungarian folk music and dance to an exhibit of automobiles made by the Czech company Tatra. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Various locations. europe-in-dc.com. ■ The sixth annual Herb Day celebration will feature demonstrations, discussions and hands-on activities, including a chance for attendees to make their own herbal culinary blends. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admisSee Events/Page 26


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 25 sion. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013; The local nonprofit Byte Back Inc. will present a Community Computer Day, featuring workshops and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. 815 Monroe St. NE. 202529-3395. â&#x2013;  The 31st annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony will feature readings by winner Deborah Eisenberg and finalists Jennifer Egan (shown), Jaimy Gordon, Eric Puchner and Brad Watson. A seated dinner will follow. 7 p.m. $100. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. NW. 202-544-7077. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play FC Dallas. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a one-mile hike to Fort DeRussy and discuss what life was like for Union soldiers encamped there during the Civil War. 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. â&#x2013;  Rocco Zappone, a native Washingtonian and freelance writer, 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. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. Sunday, MayMAY 8 Sunday 8 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Capital Orchestra Festival will present youth ensembles from around the country performing works by Shostakovich,

Stamitz, Newbold, Corelli, Bishop and Ching-chu Hu, among others. 2 p.m. $10. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013; The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington will present a 15th-anniversary concert, featuring a world premiere by Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas. 4 p.m. $25 to $50; $10 for ages 12 and younger and chorus alumni. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-237-1005. â&#x2013;  Flutist Robert Stallman (shown) and harpsichordist Edwin Swanborn will perform. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Symphony will perform works by Ravel and Mussorgsky as part of an exploration of the influence of art and stories on classical music. 5 p.m. $16 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Ludwig Ruckdeschel of Passau, Germany, will perform an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Singer, musician, dancer and spokenword artist Carolyn Malachi, a D.C. native, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art Resident Ensembles will perform works by Bach and Mozart. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street

and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. â&#x2013; The Songwriters Association of Washington will present an open-mike night featuring original songs performed by ages 12 through 29. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $3. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Mary Beard, professor and chair of the faculty board of classics at the University of Cambridge, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rough Work? Emperors Defaced and Destroyedâ&#x20AC;? as part of a lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Twelve Caesars: Images of Power From Ancient Rome to Salvador DalĂ­.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Award-winning lesbian authors Lisa Gitlin, Fay Jacobs and Amy Dawson Robertson will discuss their books â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Am Out for This?,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Frying Out Loud â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rehoboth Beach Diariesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miles to Go,â&#x20AC;? respectively. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Season of Rohmer,â&#x20AC;? featuring films by the French director Eric Rohmer, will feature the 1976 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Marquise of O.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.

Reading â&#x2013; Writopia Lab and Busboys and Poets will host a reading for local winners of the Scholastic Writing Awards, the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest writing competition for teens. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event â&#x2013;  Tudor Place will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Tea,â&#x20AC;? featuring a traditional earlyAmerican tea party. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Monday, MAY 9 â&#x2013; Discussion: Geraldine Brooks will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Calebâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919.

$25; $10 for children. Reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. Walks and tours â&#x2013; A park ranger will discuss the Old Stone House and its place in early Georgetown history. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-4266851. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Sharon Hanes will lead a Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day tour of the Rose Garden. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a 2.5-mile Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day hike through Rock Creek Park. 2 p.m. Free. Montrose Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202895-6070. Monday, May 9MAY 9 Monday Class

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â&#x2013; A weekly workshop will offer instruction in qi gong, a Chinese practice that uses movement, breathing and meditation techniques. 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707.

Concerts â&#x2013; Organist Mickey Thomas Terry, director of music at St. Ritaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church in Alexandria, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Cellist Kristina Winiarski will perform. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. rsvp-hos@foreign.ministry.se. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arabic Jazzâ&#x20AC;? will feature Ibrahim Maalouf (shown) on trumpet and Frank Woeste on piano. 7:30 p.m. $20; $15 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com. â&#x2013;  San Francisco-based WomenSing and the Peabody Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;River of Wordsâ&#x20AC;? poems set to music by composer Libby Larsen. 7:30 p.m. Free. St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, 619 10th St. NW. saintpatrickdc.org/calendar.shtml. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  George Wunderlich, executive director

of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civil War Medicine.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discrimination, Violence and Challenges Faced by Internally Displaced Women and Childrenâ&#x20AC;? will feature Roberta Cohen (shown) of the Brookings Institution, Dawn Calabia of Refugees International and T. Kumar of Amnesty International. Noon to 2 p.m. $15; reservations required. Cinnabar Room, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-8332742. â&#x2013;  Mary Morton, curator and head of the department of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gauguinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Myths.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Janny Scott will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mother.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013;  Liz Lerman will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes From a Choreographer.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lending to the Poor: Insights on Microfinance in Asiaâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar, Damian von Stauffenberg and Sasidhar Thumuluri. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Cinnabar Room, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-8332742. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Science Writers Association will present a talk by astrophysicist John Mather on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Universe, or Why Is There Something Instead of Nothing?â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Playwright Michael Hollinger will discuss his translation/adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cyrano,â&#x20AC;? on stage at Folger Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 2000 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Mood for Love.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing Up: German Youth in Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Agostino Imondi and Dietmar Ratschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;NeukĂślin Unlimited.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160.

Performance â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine on the Ninthâ&#x20AC;? will feature an open-mike poetry reading. 9 to 11 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events â&#x2013;  The Museum of the American Cocktail will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Town: Life in Saloons, Speaks, and the Big City Bar,â&#x20AC;? featuring a talk by mixologist and author Dale DeGroff and samples of cocktails representative of various eras. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $40 in advance; $45 at the door. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. museumoftheamericancocktail.org. See Events/Page 27


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 26 ■ The “Music on … Photography” series will feature the recording artist Moby presenting his photographs and discussing his new project. 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700.

Tuesday, May MAY 10 Tuesday 10 Benefit ■ The Founders Board of St. John’s Community Services will celebrate its 61st annual Spring Party. Proceeds will benefit services for people with disabilities. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $125 to $500; $60 for ages 35 and younger. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom Lane NW. foundersboard.eventbrite.com. Class ■ John Craig will present a workshop on “Find a Job Fast Using Blog Radio.” 6 to 9 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102.

Concerts ■ Soprano Lisa Shaw, accompanied by Tom Wadsworth and backed by vocal ensemble The Spectacles and Eliza-Jane Fogg, will present “The Motherhood of All Cabarets.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Fessenden Ensemble will present “French Fables,” featuring works by Ravel and Françaix. 7:30 p.m. $30. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-362-2390. Discussions and lectures ■ The History Book Club will discuss “Augustus” by Anthony Everitt. 1 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ Donald Van de Mark will discuss his book “The Good Among the Great.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ James Zogby will discuss his book “Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why It Matters.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Melissa Fay Greene will discuss her memoir “No Biking in the House Without a Helmet.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Robert Lehrman, who has collected works by contemporary American and European artists since 1979, will discuss “Secrets of the Art World” as part of the “Collectors’ Roundtable” lecture series. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. Films ■ The fifth annual GI Film Festival will feature an international block of shorts — “The Telegram Man,” “We Were Vanquished,” “M.I.L.O. Goodbye ’09,” and “The Real MASH.” 6 to 10 p.m. $45. Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. gifilmfestival.com. The festival will continue through May 15 with screenings at various venues. ■ The second in a series of screenings

based on “AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Movies” list will feature No. 99 — the 1995 film “Toy Story.” 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. ■ Filmmakers Olha Onyshko and Sarah Farhat will present the U.S. premiere of their film “Three Stories of Galacia,” about the events that took place during and after World War II in the Eastern European region of Galicia. 7 p.m. $10. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. threestoriesofgalicia.com. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will screen Ranald MacDougall’s 1960 film “The Subterraneans.” 8 p.m. Free; donations suggested. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-462-3356. Wednesday, May 11 Wednesday MAY 11 Concerts ■ Brooklyn-based quintet Father Figures will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Recording artist Ian McFeron will perform selections from his sixth studio album, “Summer Nights.” 7 p.m. Free. Baked and Wired, 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-333-2500. ■ The Fessenden Ensemble will present “French Fables,” featuring works by Ravel and Françaix. 7:30 p.m. $30. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-362-2390. Discussions and lectures ■ Attorney Marc W. Boland will lead an estate planning workshop. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Beverly Willis Library, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448, ext. 3456. ■ Adam Goodheart will discuss his book “1861: The Civil War Awakening.” Noon. Free. Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ Archivist Mitch Yockelson will discuss his book “MacArthur: America’s General.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. ■ James Reston Jr. will discuss “History and the Movies: An Historian Writes a Screenplay.” 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5027. ■ Howard Means will discuss his book “Johnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, the American Story.” 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. ■ Jim Sebastian of the D.C. Department of Transportation, Shane Farthing of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Jennifer L. Toole of the Toole Design Group will discuss future plans for D.C.’s bicycle infrastructure and potential challenges for implementation. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; free for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ The American Humanist Association will present an introduction to humanism. 6:30 p.m. Free. 1777 T St. NW. 202-2389088. The talk will repeat May 18 at 2 p.m. ■ Adam Hochschild will discuss his book “To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave.

$11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. Reading ■ R. Tripp Evans will read from his book “Grant Wood: A Life,” recipient of the fifth annual Marfield Prize honoring excellence in writing about the arts. 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202331-7282. Tasting ■ Sommelier Guillaume Suss will present a range of Chablis Villages, Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines. 7 p.m. $65. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com.

Wednesday, MAY 11 ■ Discussion: Mika Brzezinski will discuss her book “Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth.” 7 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100.

NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher will discuss their book “Dinka: Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan.” 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films ■ Shared Hope International will present the documentary “The Immersion Project,” about U.S. children who are trapped within the commercial sex industry. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-3877638. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Jaroslav Fuit’s film “Twosome,” about a couple who have come to a crossroad in their five-year relationship. 8 p.m.

Thursday, May 12 Thursday MAY 12 Benefit ■ The Project on Government Oversight’s 30th-anniversary celebration and dinner will feature a discussion of “Wikileaks, Wall Street and Whistleblowers: The Role of Government Oversight,” featuring Matt Taibbi, a reporter for Rolling Stone; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; David Einhorn, president of Greenlight Capital; and former Rep. Christopher Shays, RConn. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $275. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202-347-1122. Class ■ Citronelle master sommelier Kathy Morgan will lead a class on “If You Love Pinot Grigio … .” 1 to 3 p.m. $100. Michel Richard Citronelle, 3000 M St. NW. 202625-2150.

Concerts ■ National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Jazz on Jackson Place series will feature Matvei Sigalov. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25. Decatur House, 748 Jackson Place

NW. 202-218-4332. ■ NSO Pops will present a Latinthemed concert featuring percussionist Tito Puente Jr. (shown) and vocalist Jon Secada. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ Imagination Movers, a New Orleansbased rock band for kids of all ages, will perform. 7 p.m. $33. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. ticketfly.com. ■ The Court Yard Hounds, featuring sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks, will perform. 8 p.m. $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith will speak about the Southwest D.C. theater. 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. ■ A discussion will focus on the winner of the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction — “The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg” — and the four finalists — “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” “Lord of Misrule,” “Model Home” and “Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives.” 1 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ Mixed-media artist Nancy Cohen will discuss “Estuary and Other LandscapeInspired Work.” 6 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ Poet, critic and curator Bill Berkson will discuss Philip Guston’s relationship to one of the artists he admired most, Piero della Francesca. 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.

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On STAGE king, a greedy fortuneteller, an insatiable sausage maker, a sensual statue and a magical green bird. The play combines philosophical ideas about truth, love, sacrifice and compassion with physical comedy and Tom Teasleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s live Constellation Theatre Company will stage Carlo Gozziâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Green music. Birdâ&#x20AC;? at Source May 5 through June 4. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 Nobel Laureate Pinterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nostalgic â&#x2013; The Kennedy Center will stage p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to and haunting play, as three friends $30, except during pay-what-you- Stephen Sondheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tony Awardrecall their relationship from 20 winning musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Folliesâ&#x20AC;? May 7 can previews May 5 and 6. years prior. What do their memoSource is located at 1835 14th St. through June 19. ries tell us, and which interpretation Two couples rehash past times NW. 202-204-7741; and favorite songs amid the crum- of the past do we believe? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old constellationtheatre.org. bling magnificence Timesâ&#x20AC;? explores whether we can â&#x2013;  Washington of their old theater. ever really know another person, or National Opera even ourselves. The cast includes will present Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Bernadette Peters, â&#x20AC;&#x153;IphigĂŠnie en Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; Elaine Paige, Tauride,â&#x20AC;? starring 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; Linda Lavin, Jan Placido Domingo, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Maxwell, Danny May 6 through 28 There will also be a noon matinee Burstein and Ron and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don on Wednesday, June 29. Ticket Raines. Pasqualeâ&#x20AC;? May 13 prices start at $37; $15 for patrons Performance through 27 at the 35 and younger. The Lansburgh is times generally are Kennedy Center. located at 450 7th St. NW. 2027:30 p.m. Tuesday In his final role 547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. through Sunday as general director, Holly Twyford will star in â&#x2013;  Arena Stage will present the and 1:30 p.m. Domingo will sing the Shakespeare Theatre world-premiere stage adaptation of Wednesday, Oreste in John Grishamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Time to Killâ&#x20AC;? Saturday and â&#x20AC;&#x153;IphigĂŠnie en Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of May 6 through June 18 in the Sunday. Tickets Tauride,â&#x20AC;? with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Times.â&#x20AC;? Kreeger Theater. cost $45 to $150. Patricia Racette Performance times are 7:30 p.m. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. maker her role debut as IphigĂŠnie. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; â&#x2013;  Shakespeare Theatre Domingo will also conduct comic 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; Company will present Holly opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Pasquale,â&#x20AC;? which will 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and Twyford in Harold Pinterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old star James Morris. noon May 24 and 25 and June 1. Timesâ&#x20AC;? May 17 through July 3 at Performance times vary. Ticket prices start at $55. Arena the Lansburgh Theatre. Tickets cost $25 to $300. 202Memory and reality collide in 467-4600; kennedy-center.org. See Theater/Page 30

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Italian drawings debut at National Gallery By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent

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n 2007, the National Gallery of Art acquired a substantial horde of German and Italian master drawings, buying the core of a collection amassed since the late 1960s by Wolfgang Ratjen of Liechtenstein. It was â&#x20AC;&#x153;by far the most ambitiousâ&#x20AC;? purchase ever made by the museum, according to National Gallery senior curator Andrew Robison, who engineered the acquisition. Last spring, the museum exhibited the German drawings for the first time, all 120 of them. The remaining works will debut Sunday in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Italian Master Drawings From the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1525-1835.â&#x20AC;? The exhibition features 65 studies and finished drawings by artists from the late Renaissance to the late-neoclassical period, including Canaletto, Giovanni Piranesi, all three members of the Tiepolo family and many others.



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atic in terms of character, beauty, importance and condition.â&#x20AC;? These criteria are abundantly apparent in a large drawing by Venetian artist Canaletto titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The See Drawings/Page 30

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Joan Rootâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Water Nymphsâ&#x20AC;? is part of an exhibit at the Arts Club of Washington. ings by Marcia Coppel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Infrared: The Invisible Lightâ&#x20AC;? features infrared photography by Harvey Kupferberg. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., See Exhibits/Page 30

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DRAWINGS From Page 29 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Giovedi Grassoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Festival Before the Ducal Palace in Veniceâ&#x20AC;? (1763/1766), which served as the basis for an engraving. Described by Robison as Canalettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;best drawing in the world,â&#x20AC;? the highly detailed image depicts the Giovedi Grasso (Fat Thursday) celebrations during the week before Lent. Viewers may well marvel at the dexterous use of a gray wash to model forms. His deft, decisive strokes of wash define shadows on the ornate facade of the Ducal Palace. And they give shape to the myriad coats and gowns of celebrants, as well as to the muscular physiques of acrobats in a human pyramid, and even to the tiny dogs at the edge of the crowd. A contemporary of Canalettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was Lorenzo Baldissera Tiepolo, the youngest child of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, one of Veniceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest figure painters. Lorenzo trained in his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workshop, where he likely learned the figural

THE CURRENT skills he demonstrates in such drawings as â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Bearded Old Man Leaning His Head on His Handâ&#x20AC;? (1760/1765). The contemplative portrait sensitively renders a bearded figure with a turban at close range. He casts his gaze downward and furrows his brow in deep thought, perhaps meditating on mortality. Rich chiaroscuro, created by smudging the chalk, gives form to the figure and deepens the mood. Though the Canaletto and Tiepolo are autonomous works meant to stand alone, most of the drawings served as studies for frescos and oil paintings. There are also designs for stage scenery, fancy glass decanters and relief sculptures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Italian Master Drawings From the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1525-1835â&#x20AC;? will open Sunday in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art and continue through Nov. 27. Located at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215; nga.gov.

THEATER From Page 28 Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; arenastage.org. â&#x2013; African Continuum Theatre Company will close Pearl Cleageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blues for an Alabama Skyâ&#x20AC;? May 8 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35; $25 for students and seniors. Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; africancontinuumtheatre.com.

EXHIBITS From Page 29 Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. â&#x2013; The Goethe-Institut will open â&#x20AC;&#x153;kin*,â&#x20AC;? presenting photography by Adam Golfer that examines German-Jewish relations today, tomorrow and continue it through June 3. An opening reception will take place tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. with opening remarks by the artist, for which reservations are requested. Located at 812 7th St. NW, the institute is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202289-1200, ext. 163. â&#x2013;  Susan Calloway Fine Arts will open an exhibit Friday of recent plein-air landscapes by Ed Cooper and continue it through June 11. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-965-4601. â&#x2013;  Washington Project for the Arts will open an installation

â&#x2013; Factory 499 will close â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magnificent Wasteâ&#x20AC;? May 8 at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305; flashpointdc.org. â&#x2013;  The In Series is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Berlin to Sunsetâ&#x20AC;? through May 15 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $39; $35 for seniors; $20 for students and ages 11 and younger. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-204-7763; atlasarts.org.

Friday by Megan Muller and Christine Varela that will transform its office and gallery space into an abstracted forest canopy. The installation will be on view through May 27. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the office and gallery are open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-234-7103. â&#x2013; The artists of 52 O Street Studios will host their annual Open Studios event Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Northwest D.C., including artworks for sale, performances, workshops and demonstrations. For more information, visit 52ostreetstudios.org. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;2011: Personal Best â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Recent Work Celebrating the Pottery Program at Glen Echo Park,â&#x20AC;? including works by many students who live in D.C., will open Saturday in the Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park and continue through May 30. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo, Md., the gallery is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 301-

229-5585. The George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery recently opened an exhibit of 27 abstract works on paper from the last 35 years by Irish-born New York artist Sean Scully and will continue it through June 24. An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will take place Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Located at 805 21st St. NW on the second floor, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-994-1525. â&#x2013; Studio Gallery recently opened three shows that will continue through May 21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Protect. Nurture. Release.â&#x20AC;? features work by Jacqui Crocetta that explores the idea of letting go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A flow of different light and deepâ&#x20AC;? presents abstract paintings by Angelika Wamsler. Suzanne Yurdin highlights new abstract paintings based on a trip to Italy. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Fridayâ&#x20AC;? reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and an artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception will be held May 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. Located at 2108 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m., Friday from 1 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202-232-8734. â&#x2013; 

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St. Albans School The St. Albans Lower School had another great Science Fair this year, as boys in forms B, A, I and II (grades five through eight) competed in the annual contest with interesting and intellectual projects. For boys in C Form (fourth grade), the Science Fair is optional; usually about 15 fourth-graders participate. This year, there was an excellent turnout! The fair took place on April 20. From 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and 7 to 8 a.m. on Wednesday, participating boys carried their poster boards down to the Activities Gym to scope the best spot to place their project. Projects were organized into categories, such as environmental, physics, psychology and chemistry. On Wednesday afternoon, boys rushed down to the gym to be interviewed by the judges, who were parents and high school students. The fair was followed by the annual Grandparents Day celebration, where boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; grandparents visited the school. Boys took their grandparents to the Science Fair to show off their experiments and allowed the grandparents to relive their own middle school experiences. It was clear that the grandparents appreciated what all of the boys have cherished, which is the opportunity to learn firsthand about the scientific method and findings. Everyone eagerly awaited Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assembly, when the results of the Science Fair were revealed. Boys competed for honorable mentions, medals and, of course, bragging rights over their peers. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Matt Zients, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College High School Easter break has ended and school has resumed. The student government candidates have begun their campaigns for next year. The elections will take place later, so for now the candidates are going around to classrooms and explaining their interests. Representatives

from each grade come together to form a group that helps to boost spirit in the school community. They help to organize and set up various events such as dances, spirit week, pep rallies and other group activities. On April 12, eight St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students were invited to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to be a part of Michelle Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Jill Bidenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joining Forcesâ&#x20AC;? campaign for military families. The campaign is intended to raise awareness of the amazing sacrifices that those in the military and their families have made. This was the official beginning of this initiative. The St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students were all from the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) group and were selected to represent their counterparts across America. The students who participated were Chris Roman, Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil, Jasmine Vincenzio, Reggie Smith, Faith Walker, Alexis Nettles, Victoria Patton and Andrew Alakhani. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a very special moment and it made me realize truly how down-to-earth both of them are,â&#x20AC;? Nettles said. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader

Sheridan School We started our project on art and poetry by reading photos. Reading photos means to ask, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is the photographer trying to communicate?â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;What can we learn from the photos?â&#x20AC;? Then we made plans for our own photographs by asking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What will the message be? What will people learn from our photos?â&#x20AC;? We took disposable black-andwhite cameras home and took pictures. We could take some pictures of whatever we wanted. We also had special requests like self-portraits, family, culture and a picture of a tree. While we took our photos at home, we explored poetry at school. We read and studied poetry so we knew a lot about it. Then we wrote some poetry of our own that featured repetition, comparison, beat, alliteration, amazing language, emotions, onomatopoeia, description and detail. We explored our photos and wrote poems about them. Then we chose one favorite poem and revised it. In revising, you should look over your story. Zoom in, use the beat, use alliteration, read it to yourself, think about it. Listen to the beat. Does it have one? Think about matching it to the photograph. We revised by ourselves first; then we went over them with peers. Next we went to the edit checklist to see if there were mistakes. We did that by ourselves. We edited and revised our poems until they were the very best. Last, we displayed our work in a gallery for everyone to see. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Second-graders

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you can’t tell if they’re alive, you can’t tell whether the tree bill is achieving what it should be achieving.” He said part of the problem stems from the fact that the Urban Forestry Administration, which is tasked with overseeing adherence to the 2002 act, focuses on street trees, not the private properties where most removals are taking place. As a result, Buscaino said, the responsibility for overseeing and enforcing the preservation act should be moved out from under the umbrella of the Urban Forestry Administration, and put under the authority of the District Department of the Environment, which is responsible for overseeing all District land. Meanwhile, he said, the city’s politicians must ensure that trees continue to be preserved even in tight economic times. He noted that the city’s fiscal 2011 budget stripped $539,000 from the tree fund and reallocated the money to the general fund. “None of the council members stood up and said this is a problem,” he said. “We’ve got to keep track of these funds or the tree bill is not going to achieve its purpose.” But John Thomas, associate director of the city’s Urban Forestry Administration, said that while the tree fund lost money in last year’s budget, Mayor Vincent Gray has proposed additional funds for the Urban Forestry Administration for fiscal year 2012. Furthermore, he said the agency is working to create the capacity to

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the actual fines will kick in on June 1. Offenders who do not give their correct name and address could be fined an additional $100 to $250 by the D.C. Superior Court. At a press briefing last week, Mayor Vincent Gray noted that past city litter laws have lacked teeth because police couldn’t force offenders to identify themselves unless they were actually arrested. But, he said, littering is a serious enough problem that “we have to bring the force of law to bear. This program helps us to do that.” A 2008 report states that the District government was spending about $20 million a year picking up litter, and that littering and other quality-of-life offenses are often linked to neighborhoods in decline and more violent crime. Police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump said the Metropolitan Police Department’s 4th District, which covers most of Ward 4 and parts of Ward 5, was chosen for the pilot because littering is an “oft-mentioned concern” in the community. She said police need to test out new ticketing forms and a new adjudication process by the Office of Administrative Hearings for several months to see if future changes will be needed. “We hope to implement training and launch citywide enforcement around mid to late fall, at the earliest,” Crump wrote in an email. Meanwhile, the existing law, which allows police to cite motorists for littering, will continue to be enforced citywide. Police have always had the authority to stop cars and demand a driver’s license, and there’s already a $100 fine for drivers who litter from a vehicle. Fourth District Cmdr. Kimberly Chisley-Missouri notified residents about the new anti-littering effort last week, winning a string of compliments and suggestions on neighborhood listservs. “Excellent news,” wrote one resident. “I encourage 4D to be on the lookout for littering at and around the Autozone” on Georgia Avenue.

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The government and nonprofits planted 8,632 trees in 2010, according to the report. map tree replacements on both public and private land. And, despite the city’s grade on the Casey Trees report, Thomas said the Urban Forestry Administration has a lot of new initiatives to be proud of. For example, he said, the agency received 10,000 service requests last year, but generated 15,000 work orders. He said it has also sped up response time, which has been especially important over the past year as violent storms repeatedly tore through the region. Thomas said the agency is trying to be proactive to improve the area’s environment. The administration has removed more than 80,000 square feet of concrete pavement on public space, replacing it with turf, soil and trees, he said. And it has begun replanting a series of small green spaces throughout the District. It also recently received a grant to partner with researchers in an effort to identify pest issues that plague D.C. trees.

“Please give attention to the 7-Eleven Store” on 3rd Street, someone else wrote. Others lamented the time they have spent clearing away coffee cups, carryout trays and other trash from bus shelters, and they noted the “folks who tend to clean their cars out at/near a stop sign” on Blagden Avenue. They said the police should focus their efforts on such litterers. Litter laws are widely applauded but have been hard to enforce. In 2008, a D.C. Council committee report noted that although police already had authority to issue tickets, they first had to “ascertain the identity of the person to whom the ticket is being issued,” and that offenders were simply refusing to give their names. Then police officials suggested they be allowed to ticket litterers the same way they ticket jaywalkers, under a law that requires offenders to provide their true name and address under penalty of a fine. Neither law requires any offender to carry official IDs. A bill passed by the council late that year explicitly requires individuals stopped for violating litter laws to provide police with their name and address. It also gives police authority to stop a car and cite a littering passenger. The law took effect in March 2009. But nothing in the D.C. bureaucracy is simple. Crump explained that enforcement took another two years because amendments were needed to clarify that laws protecting the confidentiality of juvenile offenders did not apply to civil violations like littering. Otherwise, the Office of Administrative Hearings, which handles adjudication, would have had to establish “extensive confidentiality procedures” for juveniles caught in the act of dropping trash, she wrote. Crump said the new anti-litter program will not distract police from other higher-priority public safety efforts. “MPD is not going to become the ‘littering police,’” she wrote. The Department of Public Works and the Mayor’s Office of the Clean City will continue to take the lead. But “police officers, with their roundthe-clock presence, can be an important part of the routine enforcement.”


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CAMPUS From Page 1 The Van Ness/Forest Hills advisory neighborhood commission voted last month to spend up to $30,000 on a traffic consultant to analyze the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus plan, as many neighbors worry the increased enrollment would cause people to drive to the campus and clog nearby residential streets. The Zoning Commission rejected a request from the neighborhood commission that Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing be postponed 120 days to give its traffic consultant and community members more time to review the campus plan, citing the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s need to begin building the student center before its funding allocation expires after 2012. A presentation on the basics of the plan and questions and answers from the Zoning Commission, along with the testimony of several students and neighbors, was enough to fill more than four hours. The rest of the hearing, including a detailed discussion of traffic issues, was delayed until later this month. But when the university said it would not build additional parking facilities beyond its existing 758-space garage, several zoning commissioners seemed doubtful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reasonable to assume that there will be additional trips to this site. â&#x20AC;Ś I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s realistic to assume there wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be spillover into residential streets,â&#x20AC;? zoning commissioner Greg Selfridge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look forward to seeing ANC 3Fâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking study,â&#x20AC;? he added. As part of the parking discussion, Selfridge also asked the university to estimate how many additional faculty members it will employ when the student population grows; officials were unsure and promised to file a response. The university has proposed that the Zoning Commission cap its enrollment at 6,500 students â&#x20AC;&#x201D; up from fewer than 3,200 now, but lower than the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high point â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a full-time equivalent of 5,000 students. The school currently has no cap. Officials said they hope the amenities they are proposing in the campus plan will make the university more desirable for District residents and out-of-state students alike, and believe its population will grow once those features are available. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe very strongly that our university is not as competitive as it can be in the absence of student-life elements that universities have, such as student centers, such as student housing,â&#x20AC;? said Barbara Jumper, the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s associate vice president for facilities management and real estate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are unable to be as attractive in our recruiting.â&#x20AC;? At the hearing, the recently formed Van Ness Street Residents Association asked university officials for more details on the student housing; officials could only say that the dorms would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;about four storiesâ&#x20AC;? and house a combined 600 students who would not be allowed

to have cars. The university has not yet decided whether to seek District funding for the buildings or to work with a private developer. Zoning commissioner Michael Turnbull said he will want to see stronger evidence of sound mitigation from the dormitories, rejecting the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestion that the adjacent embassy cluster would protect the residential neighborhoods from noise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying the embassies are your buffer? You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give a damn what happens to the embassies with your noise?â&#x20AC;?

â??I guess Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look forward to seeing ANC 3Fâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking study.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Zoning Commission member Greg Selfridge Turnbull asked, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am personally a little concerned that we are doing an international disservice to our embassies unless weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not putting an impact on the embassies.â&#x20AC;? In a campus plan, the Zoning Commission needs only to approve the general size and location of buildings; the university will need to return to the Zoning Commission for â&#x20AC;&#x153;further processingâ&#x20AC;? of the student housing when it is ready to move forward with the dormitories. The university has already reached that secondary stage with the student center, which officials hope to get approved at the same time as the campus plan. As proposed, the 80,000-square-foot, three-story glass-faced building will achieve the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard and provide activity space for students and neighbors alike, revitalizing a barren plaza with more inviting architecture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really provides the opportunity for an iconic ceremonial gateway to the entire university,â&#x20AC;? said university architect and planner Doug McCouch. Zoning Commission chair Anthony Hood, a University of the District of Columbia alumnus, said he was impressed with the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first campus plan effort, which he said should need only â&#x20AC;&#x153;massagingâ&#x20AC;? to address community concerns. Commissioner Konrad Schlater also said he supports the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal to boost its enrollment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The facility was originally built to accommodate many more people, and I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shame when District facilities arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t used to their full capacity,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we definitely are excited about the plans for breathing new life into these buildings.â&#x20AC;? The Zoning Commission will continue the hearing on the campus plan and the student center at 6:30 p.m. May 25, starting with crossexamination of the university by the advisory neighborhood commission, as well as testimony from that body, the Office of Planning, the D.C. Department of Transportation and community members.


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$1,150,000

Source: Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc.

showing strong gains the last eleven years include Los Angeles (68.25%), New York (65.19%) and San Diego (55.05%). While the twenty city composite average sales price is down 32.6% from the 2006/2007 peak, there is more good news in town. Just last month, two homes in Cleveland Park sold for more

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than the sellers paid during the height of the 2006/2007 market. Bi! Stuart, a local real estate broker since 1976, is Head of Randa! Hagner Residential, a J Street Company. He is a contributor to the Federal Reserve’s “Beige Book,” providing anecdotal economic information about the D.C. real estate market.

NWC -- 05/04/2011  

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