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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Vol. XLV, No. 28

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‘Performance parking’ may grow in D.C.

Cheh and Evans push undergrounding bills

S P L A S h PA R K

■ Utilities: Council works to


respond to power problems

Current Staff Writer

Eleven D.C. neighborhoods may see changes to their parking meter rates within the next nine months as the D.C. Department of Transportation expands its “performance parking” program, which charges varying costs during different parts of the day. For several years, the city has used performance parking strategies in Columbia Heights in Ward 1 and near Nationals Park in Ward 6. The program is soon set to expand to H Street NE, and, pending support from D.C. Council members and the community, it could expand next year to 10 more neighborhoods, including Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Van Ness. In an interview, the Transportation Department’s Damon Harvey declined to share the full list of the 10 neighborhoods, which he said is currently being vetted by D.C. Council staff and will likely be publicly available later this month. Officials had identified Dupont, Georgetown and Van Ness as areas See Parking/Page 10

By BETh COPE Current Staff Writer

Following the wide-ranging power outages caused by June 29’s storm, two members of the D.C. Council introduced separate legislation yesterday to begin the process of moving the city’s power lines underground. Ward 3 member Mary Cheh’s Underground Utility Act would both establish a commission to recommend areas of the city for under-

Outages raise questions on Pepco restoration priorities ■ Facilities: Shelters, nursing

homes suffered interruptions

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With the temperature hovering around 100 degrees on Saturday, two sisters cooled off with their father at Friendship Playground’s spray park.

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

‘Paint and drink’ concept gains steam in D.C. By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

In one hand, a paintbrush; in the other, a glass of wine. That’s a sight that’s becoming more common in D.C., which is picking up on the nationwide trend of “paint and drink” venues. A number of these places have opened in the city over the last two years, all with slightly different twists on the simple formula — make painting a social, alcohol-loosened activity. The newest venue, Merlot’s Masterpiece, opened at 1512 U St. in June. Like a lot of “paint and drink” businesses, this one lets groups get together to reproduce a canvas

NEWS Bill would make car owners responsible for traffic tickets

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grounding and levy a 4 percent assessment on Pepco to pay for the work. “The council cannot fool around with rates because that’s not permitted to us,” Cheh said at a community meeting Monday. “But what we can do is … impose a fee on Pepco, and we can create a special fund, an earmarked fund, for monies that are obtained that way.” Undergrounding is “very, very expensive, … but if we don’t start it, we’re never going to get anywhere,” she added. Meanwhile, Ward 2 member Jack Evans proposed creating a See Bills/Page 26

Photo courtesy of Merlot’s Masterpiece

A student makes art at the latest paint/wine venture, on U Street. already created by an artist instructor. Students drink wine and nibble on cheese and crackers as their teacher guides them. “A lot of people have come by,” owner Raiguel Brown said of her

new business. “Girls’ nights out, people who just want to … relax after work, or give something as a gift.” ArtJamz, which settled into a permanent home at 1742 Connecticut Ave. this spring, offers a different type of model: Customers can stroll in at most times of the day to paint, including during “Paint Parties” at night. “People can just walk in,” said founder Michael M. Clements. “We’re art-jammin’ all day.” Clements said his inspiration for ArtJamz came from living in Hong Kong about a decade ago, and watching a few art galleries open their doors at night for casual social activities. “They would open to let See Painting/Page 24

SPOR TS Wilson alum Burriss returns to D.C. to play against Nats

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For four days after the June 29 storm that battered the District, the Washington Animal Rescue League was without power — leaving about 180 dogs and cats to endure what one volunteer described as “stifling” conditions. While staff members called Pepco every day, multiple times a day, it was only after Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh got involved that power was restored at the facility. The delay prompted the question: How does Pepco really prioritize its restoration efforts? Cheh found out about the prolonged outage at the rescue league July 3 when a resident tweeted a request that she “lean on Pepco” to restore power at 71 Oglethorpe St. That was around 2 p.m. Cheh’s office reached out to the power company, and by 7:30 p.m., the lights were back on at the shelter. “You can tell that [Pepco] can be moved into action, and that leaves

BUSINESS Friends launch Takoma-based brewery and home-brew shop

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Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh visited WARL Saturday.

you shaking your head, because you’re saying, ‘I had to call up and be a pest? Why weren’t you there?’” said Cheh. “This is a facility of acute need, like hospitals and nursing homes, with vulnerable populations that can’t fend for themselves,” she said of the Washington Animal Rescue League. “We have to find out whether Pepco prioritizes these kinds of facilities. If they do, then we need to ask what went wrong, and if these facilities are not prioritized, then they should be.” In an email to The Current, Pepco spokesperson Bob Hainey said the See Animals/Page 24

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Tax breaks for high-tech firms encounter opposition on D.C. Council By ELIZABETh WIENER Current Staff Writer

A plan to grant two tax breaks to high-tech businesses in the District ran into some sharp criticism at the D.C. Council yesterday, with one of the votes delayed until Sept. 18. The Technology Sector Enhancement Act, proposed by Mayor Vincent Gray, would cut the capital gains tax rate for District investors

in high-tech firms located here from 8.9 to 3 percent. It would also exempt such firms from the business franchise tax. Ward 2 member Jack Evans, who shepherded the bill through his Committee on Finance and Revenue, noted that tech companies are beginning to find the District attractive. “But when they start to become successful, they look across the river,” to Virginia, where capital gains are taxed at 5.75 percent.

“It’s such a dramatic difference” that the firms are tempted to relocate — with their employees and taxes — to Virginia, he said. “If we keep the tax rate high, these companies will move, and 8.9 percent of nothing is nothing,” Evans said. But several of his colleagues objected. Tommy Wells of Ward 6 noted that the bill grants two separate tax breaks to select firms, and suggested the cut in capital gains taxes

would actually encourage current stockholders to sell their shares. Evans replied that the capital gains cut is aimed primarily at owners of the tech firms who hold stock, not at outside investors. That led Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser to jump in. “I don’t support this,” Bowser said. “This legislation is targeted at specific individuals who lobbied the government to change their See Initiative/Page 24

GW COMMUNITY CALENDAR A selection of this month’s GW events—neighbors welcome!


Ethics board nominees confirmed By ELIZABETh WIENER


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Luther W. Brady Art Gallery’s 2011-2012 season culminates with Howard Hodgkin: Paintings, which includes several paintings that are Washington area debuts. Hodgkin’s abstract style of art is spontaneous, with vaguely recognizable shapes presented in bright colors and bold forms. This is a rare opportunity for Washingtonians to view recent works by the British artist. Sir Hodgkin will celebrate his 80th birthday in August and he remains a cultural icon today. He was commissioned to create one of the London 2012 Olympic posters.


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Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road, NW Four movies centered on a “Spotlight on the Arts” theme will be shown at GW’s Mount Vernon Campus. Movies will be shown Wednesday nights on the Mount Vernon Campus Quad. Rain location for all dates is the Eckles Library Auditorium, also on the Mount Vernon Campus.

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The Foggy Bottom Market is conveniently located right at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop on the I Street Metro Mall apron. Take a break from work, or make a stop on your way home to talk with the farmers and select from the best of our region’s lush bounty of offerings. Foggy Bottom farmers bring their premium pickings of tree and field fruits, vegetables, eggs, organic and grass-fed meats, handmade cheeses, breads/desserts, preserves, herbs, flowers, plants and more.

These films are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Center for Student Engagement at or 202-242-6673.

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This summer, cheer on the GW Summer Softball League, which is designed to allow all GW employees the chance to meet, greet and defeat other GW faculty, staff and student employees across the university community in a friendly softball competition between departments. The league is funded by Colonial Community and is administered by the Office of Campus Recreation. Visit for more information.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1 P.M. 10th Annual Foggy Bottom/West End Neighborhood Block Party I Street, NW between 22nd and 23rd Streets, NW Enjoy live music, free food, neighbors and over 100 vendors at this year’s Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhood block party. Interested in being a vendor at this event? Email or call 202-994-9132 for more information. Participation in this event is free and open to the public. UADS_1213_1

The D.C. Council Tuesday confirmed three nominees to the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, setting the stage for the newly created board to open for business Oct. 1. But approval of Mayor Vincent Gray’s nominees — Laura Richards, Deborah Lathen and Robert Spagnoletti, all attorneys — came with a spirited debate about Spagnoletti, nominated as chair, and his promise to recuse himself from cases concerning Gray and his 2010 mayoral campaign. Spagnoletti, a Ward 4 resident, has served as D.C. attorney general, president of the D.C. Bar and an assistant U.S. attorney. But he has been in private practice for several years, helping clients with District matters, including Gray in a hassle over a fence permit and in a minor campaign finance case. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, who created the new ethics board and marshaled Spagnoletti’s nomination through her Committee on Government Operations, said one of the board’s first priorities would be working out rules for recusal. She said Spagnoletti would recuse himself from any matters involving the mayor’s 2010 campaign — now under federal investigation — at least through the November election. That didn’t satisfy Ward 6 member Tommy Wells, who said recusal of the board’s chair could cripple its work. “It’s just a three-member board, and for the chair to recuse is not the way to go,” Wells said. Bowser lauded Spagnoletti’s administrative skills to get a new office up and running, and Chairman Phil Mendelson described the nominee as “beyond reproach. There is not perfection in this world, but there are some very, very good people,” he said. The nomination passed on an 11-1 vote, with Wells dissenting. Richards and Lathen were approved by consent. The new board is empowered to investigate alleged violations of campaign finance and government ethics laws, and to take enforcement action.

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‘Anti-pay-to-play’ initiative lands on ballot with nearly 30,000 signatures By ELIZABETh WIENER Current Staff Writer

Activists who want to ban corporate contributions in the District have collected more than enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot. After a jubilant news conference outside the D.C. Board of Elections Monday, they turned in nearly 30,000 signatures from across the city, easily surpassing the roughly 23,000

required to put the so-called “anti-pay-to-play� initiative in voters’ hands. The measure would ban corporate contributions to campaigns, constituent service funds, legal defense funds, and transition and inaugural committees. It would also effectively end a practice known as “bundling,� which allows a deep-pocketed owner who controls multiple limited liability corporations — and perhaps holds city contracts — to make contributions through each of them, thereby skirting

Bill would shift burden for traffic violations to owners By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Council has adopted a bill that would change the way traffic violations captured by camera are enforced. Called the “Automated Traffic Enforcement Amendment Act of 2012,� the legislation puts the responsibility of traffic violations on the vehicle’s owner, regardless of who is driving the car, and thus eliminates a car owner’s ability to protest a ticket on the grounds that someone else was driving. The council voted yesterday to give final approval to the measure, which will go to the mayor for his signature and then go through congressional review. The bill won an initial OK in June. The overall bill didn’t spawn

much discussion at yesterday’s council meeting, but members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s 4th District listserv debated the subject extensively after the council’s June vote. “This makes no sense whatsoever. Why should an owner be responsible if he/she is not the driver at the time of the violation?� one member wrote. AAA Mid-Atlantic, an advocacy group representing drivers’ interests, agrees. The organization opposes the legislation and set up an online campaign to help constituents in the District send letters to their council members. “The bill would take away a person’s due process — a legitimate right that we have in surrounding jurisdictions to protest a traffic tickSee Cameras/Page 26

The week ahead Thursday, July 12

The D.C. Council Committee on Human Services will hold a public hearing on the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2012. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■The D.C. Council Committee on Small and Local Business Development will hold a public roundtable to examine the status of Main Street organizations and business improvement districts. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The D.C. Office of Planning will hold the final public meeting on the “small area plan� for portions of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Congregation, 7701 16th St. NW.

Friday, July 13

The D.C. Office on Aging will hold a meeting on Senior Needs Assessment Initial Data Collection. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center, 324 Kennedy St. NW. â– The D.C. Council Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs will hold a public roundtable on how Pepco handled service restoration in the District after the June 29 storm. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â–  The D.C. Council Committee of the Whole will hold a public roundtable on public education in D.C. and the priorities the council should address in the next five months. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Tuesday, July 17

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will hold a “State of the Schools 2012� meeting for Ward 1 residents. The meeting will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th St. NW. ■The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Spring Valley Restoration Advisory Board will hold a community meeting on the demolition and disposal plan for the 4825 Glenbrook Road site, as well as the Spring Valley project as a whole. The meeting, which will take place in lieu of the advisory board’s usual monthly meeting, will begin at 7 p.m. at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW.

the current $2,000 limit on individual contributions. Various investigations surrounding several city officials and their campaign funds clearly fueled the effort, which aims to ban companies that do business with the city from channeling money to the same officials who have to vote on their contracts. In particular, an ongoing investigation of the former owner of Chartered Health Care, which holds the city’s largest Medicaid con-

tract, convinced many activists and ordinary citizens of a need for campaign finance reform. News has dribbled out for months that owner Jeffrey Thompson funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars through straw donors to mayoral and D.C. Council candidates — the same officials who approve the company’s contracts. A group of activists led by Bryan Weaver of Ward 1 and Sylvia Brown of Ward 7, calling See Initiative/Page 5

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District Digest Evans introduces bill to add library hours

Seeking to end perennial budget battles over public library hours, Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans introduced legislation yesterday that would mandate keeping libraries open seven days a week. His bill would require the libraries to be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, at an estimated cost of $10

million a year. Evans said library hours are an easy target for cuts during budget shortfalls. “If we put it in law, we would have to fund it, and not play games with library hours. There’s no excuse for the city today not to keep the libraries open,� he said. The bill picked up eight cosponsors, more than a majority, but can’t be taken up for passage until this fall and can’t be implemented until the funding is identified. — Elizabeth Wiener

Northwest resident dies after car wreck

A 72-year-old Northwest man died last Wednesday of injuries sustained in an April car accident in Woodley Park, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Luther Head was a back-seat passenger in a minivan that was turning left from southbound Connecticut Avenue onto Woodley Road at 7:30 a.m. April 25 when the vehicle was struck by an oncoming northbound car. The driv-

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Man found dead in double shooting

Two men were shot, one fatally, near 7th Street and Rhode Island Avenue in Shaw at 10:38 p.m. Saturday, according to a Metropolitan Police Department news release. Michael Edward Jones, 30, of Northwest, was pronounced dead at the scene; the second victim was treated and released from a hospital, the release states. An investigation into the shootings is ongoing.

Police request help in June assault case

Metropolitan Police Department investigators have released photos of a person of interest in a June 30 sexual assault that occurred at 10:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of M Street in the West End. The photos are available at The man, who may go by Jason, is described as 41 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds.

Work ‘on schedule’ at Metro entrance

Efforts to remove and replace unreliable escalators at the Dupont Circle Metro station’s south entrance remain on schedule, according to a news release. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority last week began demolishing the third existing escalator there. One new escalator has already been installed at the site, the release states, and removal of the last of the existing escalators will make way

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for the other two replacements. The 19th Street entrance closed in February so the work could take place; it is projected to reopen in October.

New appointee will handle commissions

A management consultant who has been helping D.C. agencies address Office of the Inspector General findings has been appointed to head the Office of Boards and Commissions, Mayor Vincent Gray’s office announced last week. Ward 4 resident Darryl Gorman has also served as the deputy director of the Office of Contracts within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and as a D.C. deputy attorney general, according to a news release. Gorman’s duties will include identifying possible candidates for dozens of vacant positions on the District’s more than 150 boards and commissions.

DMV reduces usage of temporary tags

As of May 30, most residents who need a D.C. emissions inspection for a newly purchased or outof-state vehicle will now receive a metal license plate and a 45-day registration window sticker instead of a 45-day paper temporary tag. The Department of Motor Vehicles states in a newsletter that the change will reduce fraud and prevent residents from needing to make separate trips to a DMV branch for temporary and permanent registration. Paper tags will still be issued for vehicles with salvage titles and commercial vehicles, to some new D.C. residents with expired out-of-state tags, and to outof-state buyers who purchase a vehicle in the District.

City alters rules for ‘no parking’ signs

Residents seeking to post “emergency no parking� signs must now print out electronic versions instead of writing them by hand, according to a D.C. Department of Transportation news release. The new system is designed to allow for easier tracking. All signs now include a “quick response code� that allows smartphone users to access information about the parking restriction, the release states. The signs can be printed at the Public Space Permitting Center, 1100 4th St. SW, or at most police stations. Utility companies may still post handwritten signs while handling an unexpected event like a water or gas leak, according to the release.


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Starting next year, Cleveland Park Village will help local seniors age in place By ALLY MUTNICK Current Correspondent

Cleveland Park will join the city’s growing number of “aging in place� communities in early 2013, when local groups debut the Cleveland Park Village. Over the last two and half years, the Cleveland Park Citizens Association and the recently created Cleveland Park Village board of directors have worked to gauge interest in an organization that will provide services to elderly residents so they can remain in their homes as they age. Organizers have also worked to plan logistics for the village and to

raise money, and they have now gathered $20,000 toward their $80,000 goal. “We’re very excited about the progress we’re making right now,� said board chair Barbara Stevens. After conducting a survey of 2,200 households, the board has identified 20 committed village members and hopes to solicit around 350 total over the next three years. The survey also helped the directors to identify key services that the Cleveland Park Village will provide to members, including transportation to grocery stores and doctor’s offices; handyman services; and social activities like movie nights and book clubs. The

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themselves the Committee to Restore Public Trust, had to collect signatures from 5 percent of voters citywide, including at least 5 percent of the voters in five of the city’s eight wards. Backed by Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells, they found strong interest outside supermarkets, at parades and festivals, and outside voting places in two primaries this spring. The activists said Monday that in just over three months, some 300 volunteers collected signatures in all eight wards, with six of the eight exceeding the 5 percent requirement. Many advisory neighborhood commissions voted to support the effort, as did groups including the Sierra Club, Public Citizen and Jews United for Justice. Now the Board of Elections has 30 days to review the signatures. “Our volunteers have gotten a tremendous response from residents across the city,� said Weaver, a former Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commissioner who has run for the city council. “D.C. residents are fed up with the pay-to-play culture in the Wilson Building and are tired of waiting for our elected officials to do the right thing.� Earlier this year Weaver said it

would be easier to collect thousands of signatures from outraged voters than to get the 12 sitting members of the council to act. Indeed, not all officials support the measure. Several council members, who have been working on ethics reform for months, say they support strong campaign finance disclosure laws. An outright ban on corporate contributions, they say, would probably lead companies to funnel their money to candidates in more surreptitious ways. New Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said Monday that he has “concerns� about the initiative, but probably won’t campaign against it. District voters approved an initiative capping campaign contributions at $100 in the early 1990s, but the council overturned it. The council, by a simple majority vote, can invalidate initiatives approved by voters. Direct corporate contributions to campaigns are prohibited by the federal government and 21 states. But the 2010 Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which deemed political spending a form of “protected speech,� allows anyone to contribute any amount to groups that might advertise for or against candidates as long as the donor is not directly connected to the candidates’ campaigns.

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community will also offer reviews of various service providers and stores for its members. The board has filed for nonprofit status and started fundraising. Organizers hope to have $80,000 — half the cost of supporting the village for a year — before the 2013 launch. In addition to soliciting donations from individuals and organizations, the group has applied for a $7,500 grant from Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C, which will discuss the request at its meeting Tuesday. The board also plans to reach out to social service agencies, local businesses and faith-based organizations. Stevens called the current funds a “good start� and said she expects to be able to raise

more because the community is so supportive. “The need and the enthusiasm is definitely still there, and folks are waiting for this to be up and running,� she said. Village members would pay between $500 and $750 a year in dues, said Susie Taylor, a board member for the village. Taylor said the village makes economic sense to many residents who would have to pay much more to move to a retirement home. The village movement began in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood 12 years ago, and there are now more than 100 village communities around the country. Cleveland Park will be the seventh in D.C.

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Needless disruption

The city’s water and environmental authorities are trying to wiggle out from under a 2005 federal order that has District residents largely funding the construction of three massive tunnels to store stormwater for treatment, thus preventing the overflow during bad weather of a sewage-stormwater mix into the area’s waterways. The first of the tunnels is already under construction, but we agree with the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority’s George Hawkins and the D.C. Department of the Environment’s Christophe Tulou that the other two are probably unnecessary. Instead, the agency heads say, low-impact developments such as green roofs, rain gardens and permeable pavement can make the city act like a sponge, absorbing stormwater and stopping it from overwhelming the city’s sewer pipes, which funnel both sewage and rainwater in much of the city. Sure, we’d like to see District residents off the hook for the remaining tunnels, estimated to cost $1.3 billion. But we also want to see the tunnels’ goal — cleaner waterways — accomplished. The tunnel now under construction, which will preserve the Anacostia River from 98 percent of overflows (now 2.5 billion gallons annually of diluted sewage), is an important piece of that puzzle. Because the Anacostia is a slow-moving, highly polluted river, project planners were wise to begin there. But the less-polluted Potomac River and Rock Creek are a different story. Since the 2005 agreement, low-impact strategies have been implemented successfully in other cities. The goal, we now know, can and should be stopping overflows before they start. And low-impact green approaches have other advantages as well, including jobs for city residents and greener spaces for everyone to enjoy. What’s more, the Potomac River tunnel — a three-mile stretch from Georgetown to the Potomac Pumping Station — would lead to a lot of construction along the Georgetown waterfront, Mr. Tulou said at a recent community meeting. Disrupting a recently completed, popular park in order to construct a huge, resource-hungry project? That doesn’t sound very environmentally friendly to us. We hope the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will agree.

Signs of the times

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The Palisades Citizens Association’s July Fourth parade was once a well-kept secret. No longer: Even taking place during a miserable heat wave and lingering local power outages, the event — now in its 46th year — was crowded last week, with thousands of parade participants and observers alike. We especially enjoyed the Alma Boliviana dance group, the Parker’s Exxon float and the Middle C Music marching band. We like that anyone can — and does — march, from kids on bicycles to local politicos, for whom the event has become a must over the years. We also appreciate that the parade captures the small-town feel that runs beneath the metropolitan surface of many D.C. neighborhoods. Volunteers work tirelessly to put on the event, and sponsorships from local businesses ensure that many marchers go home with prizes in hand. We appreciate their efforts and salute the Palisades Citizens Association for another successful celebration. Each Palisades parade also provides a snapshot of the city at a particular moment in time — for better or worse. As usual, politicians thronged the event. But this year activist Bryan Weaver warned incumbents that he has his eye on them with a money-bedecked float, from which he encouraged voters to support a ballot initiative to rid city politics of corporate donations. The day’s other theme was frustration with utility company Pepco. As the parade passed trees severely trimmed in order to — Palisades residents were told — improve service reliability, a few marchers wore sandwich boards deriding the company’s efforts to restore power following the June 29 storm. Four days after the storm hit, one sign’s wearer was “still powerless in Palisades.”

Bubbles from the political pot …


he clear plastic tub looked heavy. Charles Allen lugged it toward a group of waiting volunteers Monday outside the D.C. Board of Elections offices on 4th Street NW. Allen, chief of staff to Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, plopped the tub down and everyone in the group looked on with pride, smiling. Inside were 30,303 petition signatures gathered in a few months by the Committee to Restore Public Trust. If the petitions are approved by the elections board, Initiative 70 could dramatically alter campaign finance in the city. “Kudos and commendations to the volunteers who braved the heat,” said Sylvia Brown, chair of the citizen group. “This is an awesome, awesome representation of grass-roots civic action.” Initiative 70 would not only ban corporate contributions to candidate campaigns but also would prohibit contributions to a politician’s constituent service fund, a transition fund, an exploratory campaign, or an inaugural party or similar political activity. In other words, corporations are being told to butt out of city politics. Of course, the individuals behind those corporations will find other ways to contribute — as individuals and through political action committees — but the current way of doing business would be over. A move to outlaw corporate giving failed in the D.C. Council last year, prompting the citizen action. “We have sort of a perverted process [now],” said activist Bryan Weaver, who helped lead the campaign. He noted that a real estate group with 10 different corporations for 10 different properties can give 10 different contributions, even if the principals of the corporations are the same. Wells was the only council member to attend Monday’s news conference that preceded the filing. He said some council members have given a specific mark — or goal — to corporations, saying, “Raise me the money.” And the corporations do it, he said. Wells, now a potential candidate for mayor, says that kind of pay-to-play giving will be far harder if Initiative 70 wins on Nov. 6. ■ Drip, drip, drip. Monday brought another criminal charge for another person close to Vincent Gray’s 2010 mayoral campaign. This time, veteran public relations executive Jeanne Harris agreed to plead guilty to two felony counts of conspiracy and fraud in connection with tens of thousands of dollars given to city and federal campaigns. Harris, a part of the city’s old guard that supported Gray for mayor, allegedly took part in a scheme to round up donations and then have those dona-

tions reimbursed, a federal crime. Harris worked closely with businessman Jeffrey Thompson, who also is under investigation for allegedly helping to fund a “shadow campaign” that poured money into Gray’s operations. Thompson’s and Harris’ homes and businesses were raided earlier this year. Thompson has not been charged with any crime. But the drip, drip, drip of this investigation gets louder and closer to participants. Earlier this year, two Gray campaign officials pleaded guilty to felony charges of illegally giving money to minor candidate Sulaimon Brown in exchange for his withering attacks on then-Mayor Adrian Fenty. That scheme to aid Brown was the inadvertent key for prosecutors to open a door into a room full of corruption. The bottom line in all of this is whether Mayor Gray himself knew of, condoned or participated in any of it. So far, following his lawyer’s orders, he’s not talking. ■ We’re not ready! Once again a major storm has proved that the Washington region is not prepared for either natural disasters or — worse — terrorist attacks on the region. On Kojo Nnamdi’s Politics Hour on WAMU Friday, both D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett were critical of the region’s response. “Look. Look at the earthquake [last year],” Norton told Kojo Nnamdi. “That was completely unexpected. But that’s what a terrorist attack would be, something completely unexpected.” Norton also offered this stunning observation: She said she specifically wrote a provision into the Homeland Security laws to create a regional director for the national capital region. But she hasn’t heard from the person who runs that office. “There’s a person appointed to deal with this region. … I haven’t heard from him in so long they probably have a new one,” she said. Leggett was equally blunt in talking about the transportation gridlock that occurs during almost every emergency. He said there is “no way” this region or any urban region can really control traffic in an emergency. He said the region must get people to buy into “stay-in-place” plans until authorities can coordinate responses to events. We’ve reported before that stay-in-place sounds good on emergency plans, but in the real world we don’t see it working. If your child is in an Arlington school or your family is in Rockville and you’re in downtown Washington, it’s not clear how authorities are going to get you to stay in place for long. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor P St. upkeep lagging after reconstruction

I remember that not very long ago the city made street and sidewalk improvements on P Street from Dupont Circle to the bridge over Rock Creek. I remember all the complaining from businesses that were affected by the work about the business they were losing. For the rest of the construction, the businesses received extra services like valet parking. So why does the area look so shabby now? Why are the tree

wells basically trash cans with overgrown weeds? I say shame on those businesses that have benefited from the beautiful makeover that was done along P Street. Take some pride, clean up the tree wells and make it look nice! Brian Pressel West End

UDC lights shouldn’t stay on all the time

I was raised during the Depression and taught by my father to turn off lights when they are not needed. So it irks me to see 19 electric light bulbs burning on a 24/7 basis at the construction

site of the University of the District of Columbia’s student center at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street. The planners of the site have thoughtfully built an enclosed wooden passageway along Connecticut Avenue to protect pedestrians from the construction debris — and they have illuminated it with a string of 19 lights that are on around the clock, night and day. I don’t know who is paying the bill for those lights, but I wish they would turn them out when the sun rises. Yale Richmond Cleveland Park

The Current

Letters to the Editor

by making this contractorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; parking permit affordable as well as easy to obtain. Cynthia Snyder

North Cleveland Park City shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t charge residents for parking Area utilities should It is outrageous that D.C. Council members Mary Cheh and offer better service

Tommy Wells are sympathetic to the idea of charging D.C. residents to park on their own streets [â&#x20AC;&#x153;City to consider parking rule changes,â&#x20AC;? July 4]. Both the D.C. Council and most recent mayors have a history of trying to squeeze more and more money out of District residents. They are supposed to be representing our interests but instead are interested in finding more and more ways to take our money. Their mantra is (1) create incentives to support some cause by charging city residents for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;wrongâ&#x20AC;? behavior, and (2) create more new programs to be funded by the taxpayers. Let me be clear. It is the duty of any city to use taxpayer funds to provide assistance to poor residents of the city. The poor need social services, reduced tax rates, better schools, economic assistance and more. But the council and our mayors have lost their focus and begun competing to see who can propose and fund more city programs for much-less-needed services. They are also eager, in the name of some cause, to force residents to pay for things like grocery bags and parking in front of their own homes. Perhaps the D.C. Council should be in session only two weeks a year. Robert York

American University Park

Contractors ought to have parking passes

Thank you for your July 4 article â&#x20AC;&#x153;City to consider parking-rule changes,â&#x20AC;? informing us residents of what is afoot on this matter. Making a thorough study of how the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 260,000 on-street parking spaces are used is the intelligent first step in deciding how to govern those spaces. A proper study will take years to design, implement and evaluate. In the meantime, I urge the D.C. Council Committee on the Environment, Public Works and Transportation to immediately put in place a temporary method for contractors working at homes to park legally on streets that have residential permit restrictions. The $500 yearly fee for a parking pass proposed by Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells is way out of line and would greatly harm D.C. residents by allowing only the largest companies to operate here. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support the small contractors and business owners who bring the best prices and services to us,

After we recover from the terrible June 29 storm, we should examine utility companiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; responses to their customers. Citizens have long called for Pepco to put electric wires underground, at least in new developments or when streets are already torn up. For decades, city representatives have acquiesced to Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responses that such work would be too expensive. We might compare Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s various â&#x20AC;&#x153;undergroundingâ&#x20AC;? figures to costs incurred this week by the city, companies (including Pepco, with expenses for extra crews from as far away as Texas, Florida and Canada) and individuals, in addition to the real suffering of so many residents. The mayor and others now seem interested. Betty NoĂŤl, a strong, dedicated advocate for residents regarding utilities, with years of experience as the D.C. peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s counsel, fell one vote short of D.C. Council confirmation to serve on the city commission that oversees utilities. A concern was expressed that she would be too tough a representative. Perhaps that is exactly what is needed, and she could be reconsidered. My family was luckier than many in the stormâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aftermath, but as I write, our Comcast cable service is out for the fourth time. For some, that also means the frustration of no Internet connection. After days of getting recordings at local Comcast telephone numbers, I discovered, by chance, that there is a main number to call, 800-COMCAST, and there are people on duty 24/7. The recordings and the people similarly inform customers that there is an outage in their area and work is proceeding; neither can, or will, say how extensive or for how long. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an offer to have another recorded message call you when service is to be restored, as well as to reduce customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bills for the amount of time without service. This is a nice service, but not readily known. During outages, Comcast shows a polite 24-hour TV message that says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One moment please, this channel should be available shortly.â&#x20AC;? Comcast would do better to print the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult-to-find but more accurate telephone explanation about the work to restore service; it might also list the 800 number. On screen for days on end, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One moment pleaseâ&#x20AC;? seems a bit of a mockery. Lastly, Comcastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website is

aimed largely at those buying more service, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contact Usâ&#x20AC;? page leads to a survey, and signing on to a chat line got no response at all. We all appreciate the efforts of the workers in the field. It would be better for all if there were more specific information for customers during outages. Sally MacDonald

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Woodley Park

Speed-camera fines should go to drivers

Once again, the D.C. Council is angling for a way to make more money off automated enforcement traffic tickets. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough, apparently, that there are speed and red-light cameras sprouting up everywhere in the city, much like cherry blossoms in the spring. In a curious development, the council is considering trying to make me, the car owner, pay for a ticket even when I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the one driving. This doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem fair. Under Bill 19-244, the Automated Traffic Enforcement Amendment Act of 2012, when an automated traffic ticket is issued, the owner of the vehicle is responsible for paying the fine even if the owner wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t driving the car at the time of the infraction. Currently, as D.C. law stands, when you receive an automated traffic enforcement ticket in the mail, you have the right to go to traffic court and explain that it was not you driving the car at the time of the infraction. The hearing examiner has to hear your plea. If Bill 19-244 becomes law, it takes away that legal defense. In D.C., Maryland and Virginia, there is currently recourse available to owners who receive automated enforcement tickets when they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t responsible for the violation. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about to change in the District. The vehicle owner will get the ticket and have to pay for it. Period. Mayor Vincent Gray proposed this legislation, which the council considered yesterday on second reading. This bill makes no sense. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m amazed that it won approval unanimously. Officials need to reverse their support and halt this measure. Although the council may think this is a good bill, no one else in the District can possibly think so. It has been brought to my attention that the District of Columbia netted $60 million in revenue from automated traffic enforcement tickets in fiscal year 2011. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of money. This is just another way to pinch our pockets and scare away tourists. Automated enforcement traffic tickets canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the only go-to solution to solving the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget crisis. Kharma I. Finley-Wallace







Washington, D.C.

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This is a listing of reports taken from July 1 through 8 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 400 block, 11th St.; sidewalk; 5:24 p.m. July 4. Burglary â&#x2013;  1100 block, New York Ave.; restaurant; 12:20 a.m. July 7. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1300 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 11:15 p.m. July 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; park area; 9:45 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  500 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 12:15 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; sidewalk; 3:30 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 1:28 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1200 block, F St.; store; 5:30 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 2:10 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 7:03 p.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 5:30 p.m. July 6. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  13th and K streets; unspecified premises; 4 a.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  10th and K streets; street; 8 p.m. July 7. â&#x2013;  700 block, 12th St.; unspecified premises; 3 a.m. July 8.

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Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 700 block, 7th St.; street; 11:31 p.m. July 7. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  600 block, 6th St.; sidewalk; 3:45 a.m. July 7. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  400 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 10:28 p.m. July 6. Burglary â&#x2013;  600 block, F St.; restaurant; 12:01 a.m. July 2. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 2 p.m. July 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 3:20 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  300 block, 7th St.; store; 3:40 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  700 block, 8th St.; church; 4:13 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  400 block, H St.; public housing; noon July 5. â&#x2013;  600 block, 7th St.; hotel; 7:55 p.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 10:55 a.m. July 6. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 1:30 p.m. July 8. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  400 block, L St.; grocery store; 3:50 a.m. July 7. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  400 block, K St.; parking lot; 8 p.m. July 2.

Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013; 7th and I streets; street; 9 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  9th Street and New York Avenue; street; 1:30 a.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  600 block, E St.; unspecified premises; 5:54 p.m. July 7.

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Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013; 31st Street and Utah Avenue; street; 2:30 p.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Jenifer St.; street; 7 p.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  5100 block, Chevy Chase Parkway; street; 9 p.m. July 6.

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Tenleytown / AU Park

Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 3900 block, Windom Place; sidewalk; 4:10 a.m. July 5. Burglary â&#x2013;  3900 block, Chesapeake St.; school; 11:41 p.m. July 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4900 block, 43rd Place; residence; 5:45 p.m. July 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4600 block, 46th St.; street; 12:30 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  4900 block, Butterworth Place; unspecified premises; 4:55 p.m. July 5.

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cleveland park

No crimes reported.

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Stolen auto â&#x2013; 2700 block, 29th St.; unspecified premises; 1:22 p.m. July 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 3:09 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 6:30 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; medical facility; 2:46 p.m. July 6. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. July 7. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; hotel; 5:41 p.m. July 8.

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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 2:55 p.m. July 2.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 3200 block, K St.; office building; 5:30 p.m. July 3. Theft ($250 plus)

â&#x2013; 1900 block, 38th St.; residence; noon July 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 1:45 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 3:20 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; sidewalk; 6 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  3400 block, O St.; sidewalk; 2:30 p.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Q St.; parking lot; 3:20 p.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1 p.m. July 6. â&#x2013;  31st and O streets; restaurant; 8:54 a.m. July 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:48 p.m. July 8.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013; 900 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 3:53 a.m. July 7. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. July 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 25th St.; residence; 7 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 24th St.; sidewalk; 9 a.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 25th St.; parking lot; 9 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  15th and G streets; sidewalk; 3 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; street; 4:30 a.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Washington Circle; hotel; 10 a.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 11:20 a.m. July 5. â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; unspecified premises; 2:30 p.m. July 6. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; medical facility; 3:25 p.m. July 6. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 9 p.m. July 7. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 9:30 p.m. July 8. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  2400 block, K St.; street; 9 a.m. July 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 2:05 a.m. July 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; street; midnight July 5. â&#x2013;  1600 block, I St.; street; 5:30 p.m. July 5.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 1300 block, 14th St.; store; 5:29 a.m. July 7. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 21st St.; unspecified premises; 10:35 p.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  23rd and Q streets; street;

10 p.m. July 8. Burglary â&#x2013; 1800 block, S St.; residence; 9:30 a.m. July 3. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 17th St.; residence; 2 a.m. July 4. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 19th St.; store; 1:21 p.m. July 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  17th and N streets; sidewalk; 7 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 16th St.; hotel; 6:27 a.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1400 block, N St.; sidewalk; 6 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 9 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:30 a.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1500 block, New Hampshire Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:38 a.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; park area; 9:10 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 11:30 a.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; restaurant; 9 p.m. July 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 3:21 a.m. July 7. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; alley; 6 p.m. July 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; alley; 3 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  17th and O streets; street; 3 a.m. July 4. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; unspecified premises; 2 a.m. July 7. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Kalorama Circle; unspecified premises; 4:32 a.m. July 7. â&#x2013;  1800 block, T St.; street; 5 p.m. July 7.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1400 block, V St.; sidewalk; 2:50 a.m. July 7. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 17th St.; store; 4:05 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Willard St.; alley; 11:20 p.m. July 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, U St.; store; 7:30 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  2200 block, 14th St.; liquor store; 11 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Corcoran St.; store; 4:30 p.m. July 4. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, 16th St.; street; 8 a.m. July 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Swann St.; street; 6:30 p.m. July 3. â&#x2013;  1400 block, V St.; street; noon July 5. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Q St.; street; 1:19 p.m. July 6. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Florida Ave.; unspecified premises; 9:30 p.m. July 6. â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; street; 3:45 a.m. July 7.


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July 11, 2012 ■ Page 9

Major League slugger: Wilson alum comes home for the holiday

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Emmanuel Burriss, 27, usually spends the Independence Day holiday in the San Francisco Bay area, nearly 3,000 miles from his family in the District. That changed when Burriss came to D.C. on a business trip last week. The Wilson High School grad had to work Wednesday morning, suiting up at second base for the San Francisco Giants for a meeting with the Washington Nationals. But the 11 a.m. start to the game worked out perfectly for Burriss. “That early game freed us up for the evening, so I got a good chance to spend a lot of time with my son and my family back home,” Burriss said before the Giants’ series finale against the Nationals Thursday. “It’s always business first — we’re trying to win these ball games. [But] it’s always pleasant to come home and be around your family and friends.” The Nationals swept the series against Burriss’ Giants, but the second baseman played in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games and logged five at-bats, notching a hit and a RBI. While the Nationals were a challenge on the field, Burriss also had a personal quandary: Who would get his guest tickets? “It’s tough, a lot of guys want to come out and see me and I’m all about that. It’s cool,” Burriss said with a smile. Having the chance to play in the majors is one that didn’t come easily for the D.C. native. “It’s been a tough trip,” said Burriss. “This game isn’t easy to begin with. It’s a hard sport to play. The journey has been tough, but it’s something I wouldn’t trade for the world.” When Burriss was first called up into the major league in 2008, he was the first D.C. public school graduate to play at that level in 38 years. The challenges of playing on unkempt D.C. fields helped him build his defensive prowess. “Playing on those bad fields helped me develop my hand-eye coordination — especially when it came to ground balls because you never knew which way the ball was going to hop,” said Burriss. “I kind of attribute my defensive ability to that.”

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Burriss credits other strengths, including effort and perseverance, to Wilson coach Eddie Saah, who retired from the job in 2008 after 17 years. “Playing hard was something my coach always preached,” Burriss recalled. “It was a grind from the get-go.” After graduating from Wilson, the slugger attended Kent State University in Ohio, where he turned into a star on the diamond. By the time he was drafted by the Giants in 2006, Burriss owned the school’s stolen bases record, was dubbed the Mid-American Conference player of the year and named to Baseball America’s second team and American Baseball Coaches Association All-America’s third team. During his final season in school, he led the team with 70 runs, three triples and 42 stolen bases, which was a new single-season record for Kent State. The Giants took the Wilson alum with the 33rd pick in the draft that year, and Burriss made an immediate impression in the minor leagues, spending just two years there before getting the call to the main roster. In 2008 he was active for 95 games for the Giants, but during the next three seasons, injuries and inconsistency kept him bouncing between the Giants roster and its AAA affiliate. So far this season, Burriss has improved

cy intact. “Ole Miss has really been a dream school for quite some time now,” Robinson told dcsportsfan. com. “Ole Miss is in a way my family school. My mom graduated from there, my dad attended Ole Miss for two years, and my sister is there now. It feels almost like home and is the right choice for me. I’m very excited about this opportunity God has presented me with and hope to take advantage of

Above, Brian Kapur/The Current; above left, Current file photo

Giants second baseman Emmanuel Burriss, who was initially called up from the minors in 2008, is the first D.C. public school grad to play in the Major League since 1970. that consistency. He’s stayed on the Giants roster and has been active for 46 of the team’s 86 games. During his nearly five-year career in the majors, he has had 171 hits, 40 RBIs, 39 stolen bases and a .243 batting average. Improving those numbers and staying in the starting lineup are two focuses for Burriss as he tries to reach the next level as a baseball player. “[I’m trying to] just get consistent and try to stay in the lineup and work on my game so when my name is called and I get a chance to get out there … hopefully I won’t have to sit back down,” he said.

it to the best of my ability.” As a junior, Robinson posted a .391 hitting percentage while notching 21 RBIs for St. John’s. “Getting on the field in the [Southeastern Conference] is definitely going to take a lot of focus and hard work,” Robinson said.

Britt to leave Gonzaga

After months of speculation, Gonzaga’s Nate Britt said Sunday in an interview on WOLB 1010AM

After the series against the Nationals, Burriss and the Giants wrapped up the first half of the season and headed home for the All-Star break. If Burriss can crack the All-Star lineup in the coming years, he could help breathe new life and interest into youth baseball in the District. “I’m happy to be here and representing D.C. Hopefully a lot of kids could follow my steps and get here,” he said. “I think that anyone that really wants to chase their dream is going to [make it come true]. That’s one thing the people I was surrounded by in D.C. really preached to me.”

that he would be transferring to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. “Next season at Oak Hill, as far as in the classroom, I have most of my credits, so I just want to be able to take a couple college classes and start getting credits for when I go to Carolina,” Britt told host Butch McAdams, according to The Washington Post. “I think I’ll get two of those done. And then just to maintain my GPA and try to raise it as much as possible.”

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hen it comes to beer, until recently, D.C. has been a dry town. Not in the sense of serving the beverage, of course, but in making it. About seven years ago, Dave Coleman and Mike McGarvey got started on a path that would help them change that. The friends love drinking craft beer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; stuff made from small, independent breweries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and they were finding good drinks made all over the country, and world. But they wondered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why is there nothing awesome thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made in D.C.?â&#x20AC;? So they started making their own brew at home. While most home brewers make one type of beer at a time, Coleman and McGarvey would make five, giving each version a number: 1.1, 1.2 and so on. Then they would pick their favorite and it would become 2.1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the basis of a whole new set of tests. It seems fair to say they got real-

they started home-brewing seven years ago, and they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the first on the metaphorical block â&#x20AC;&#x201D; beth cope DC Brau has set up shop in Woodridge, and Chocolate City ly, really into it. Beer operates out of Brookland â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were making some really but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thrilled to good beers. So we hit join the community. the booksâ&#x20AC;? to learn In fact, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a commore and more, said munity theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been a Coleman. He said he part of for years. loves experimenting Coleman first came to with brewing, and D.C. from his homeenjoys playing with town, Cleveland, 10 ingredients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I very years ago, and immemuch look at brewing diately got a job as a like a chef looks at bouncer at the Big cooking,â&#x20AC;? he said. Hunt. He quickly A few years after moved up the ranks, to the friends started their Bill Petros/The Current bartender and then hobby, they are now Mike McGarvey, left, beer director â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a poised to launch operand Dave Coleman position he held until ations at their very about a month ago, are opening their own Three Stars when he shifted to just Brewery, located in own brewery. bartending one day a Takoma D.C. in a week so he could devote himself small industrial area on Chillum See Beer/Page 15 Place. Times have changed since



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2BR semi-detached home w/HWFs, freshly painted bsmnt great for RR/storage. Extremely deep yard for wonderful patio/play area and off-street parking. Norris Dodson 202-486-7800 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200

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Tudors will be thrilled to see a true original added to the market. Built in 1977, this wood-andglass contemporary seems more likely to be found on a California hillside than amid its more prim D.C. brethren. The property winks at its nonconformist status in its very architecture: Rigid right angles are softened by ellipses, which form welcoming apses in many spaces, including in the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showstopper â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a 40-foot-long indoor swimming pool. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the only statistic about this property that lives large. Encompassing about half an acre, the home includes over 5,400 square feet of living space. Cooling glimpses of that pool can be had in many spots here, both outdoors and in, thanks to glass walls that alternate with wood grayed by sun and rain. A cozy entrance opens into one of those vantage points: a living

room terminating in a wood-ribbed glass hull that evokes ships and cathedrals all at once. That curve also frames a large, wood-burning fireplace. On the opposite end, glass walls offer glimpses of the pool and an outdoor terrace beyond through a light-filled atrium. Skylights are a feature that visitors meet here for the first â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but not last â&#x20AC;&#x201D; time. Nearly every room in the home has a similar puncture that welcomes in natural light. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You only have to use electric lights at night,â&#x20AC;? owner Kalina Bay said of the sun-filled property. Adjacent to the living room is a dining room and the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original kitchen, where an arcing, shelving-lined bay echoes the curve of the living room. Stained wood cabinets and a blue mosaic floor will appeal to some buyers as indicators of the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage; others will want to update this space. The master suite, reached by a glass-walled hall, offers its own curves. Illuminated by a skylight, a built-in desk and shelving fill a halfellipse along one wall. The roomy space opens via glass doors to its own wooden deck. Baths here feature some updates but have retained a vintage charm, thanks to the original tiles that line

each space in a different hue. In the master bath, floor tile â&#x20AC;&#x201D; resembling penny tile on steroids â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is in variegated shades of blue. White cabinets and fixtures balance the saturated tiles, which get extra dimension from the sun that streams in through a skylight. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a half-bath on the ground level to accommodate visitors. Upstairs, three bedrooms are light and bright. One opens on one of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two green roofs, where succulents and other lowmaintenance plantings cool the home and reduce runoff from the property. A wooden deck invites sitting and enjoying the view, which encompasses the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large rear yard and the trees beyond. One of the rooms has vertical strips of windows and smart storage added by the current owners. The bedrooms on this level share a hall bath lined in the same tile found in other baths here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this time in a



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Woodley Park. Spacious one bedroom at The Carlton. Kitchen w/SS Forest Hills.  Welcoming 1 bedroom + den on appliances, new granite & sink. Lots of windows, balcony & many top floor. Renovated kitchen & bath. Tons of closets. Bldg has pool, roof deck, gym & pkg. Near to Metro. $370,000 closets & indoor pkg. 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ceilings & exquisite Andrea Evers  202-550-8934 details. Lovely Beaux Arts bldg. $418,500 Melissa Chen  202-744-1235 Pat Lore  301-908-1242 Ted Beverley 301-728-4338


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This five-bedroom Chain Bridge Road home, built in 1977, is priced at $2,950,000. cheery red. A guest or au-pair suite waits downstairs off the swimming pool that works for all seasons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; heated for the winter, and shaded from the summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweltering heat. Glass doors open to the outdoor terrace when the mercury is between those two extremes. Follow the corridor, and doors reveal another bath, this one servicing swimmers; a space that could be used as storage or as a bedroom, as it connects to the bath; and a sauna. Even the view through the glass apse here is a cooling one. A Japanese-style garden complete

with a water feature seems serene, not sweltering. Above, a covered path leads to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage. Though Chain Bridge Road feels as though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s miles from the madding crowd, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in fact a short walk from the shops and restaurants of MacArthur Boulevard. Battery Kemble Park also waits nearby. This five-bedroom, 4.5-bath property at 2724 Chain Bridge Road is offered for $2,950,000. An open house will be held Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For details, contact Realtor Terri Robinson of Long & Foster Real Estate at 202-944-8400 or


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Columbia Hgts. Rare 3 BR 2.5 BA condo in renovated 2 unit TH. Open floor plan, 2 levels. Lge renov. chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen w/French drs to deck & patio. Bamboo flrs, built-ins. Walk to Metro, pets allowed, low fee. $685,000 Andrea Evers  202-550-8934 Melissa Chen 202-744-1235

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report. â&#x2013;  presentation by D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. â&#x2013;  discussion of concerns regarding

Pepco service and consideration of a resolution calling for an investigation into frequent outages. â&#x2013; discussion of grant requests by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and Healthy Living Inc. â&#x2013;  presentation by Tamara Boyd of the D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility. â&#x2013;  consideration of support of Friends of Guy Masonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participation in the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation partnership program. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding proper notice from city agencies to advisory neighborhood commissions. â&#x2013;  open forum. For details, call 202-338-2969, email or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  community forum. â&#x2013;  consent-calendar review of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a rear addition at 3111 Macomb St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a grant proposal from the Cleveland Park Village. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a fence and reconstructed driveway at 2941 Newark St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a State Health Planning and Development Agency application for a certificate of need at the DC Immediate and Primary Care Clinic, 2902 Porter St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding modernization of city agenciesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; procedures for notification to advisory neighborhood commissions. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, in Room B108, West Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. The meeting date was changed because of the Independence Day holiday. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  presentation by Jerry Price and Greg Sibley of Sibley Memorial Hospital on proton therapy. â&#x2013;  presentation by George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus director of planning Susi Cora on proposed enhancements to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whitehaven Parkway entrance. â&#x2013;  discussion of the Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s update of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning regulations. â&#x2013;  discussion of Ward 1 D.C.

Council member Jim Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed changes to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alcohol laws. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013; american university park American Park friendshipUniversity heights / tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements/open forum. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  presentation by architects of plans for modernization of Reno School and its connection to Deal Middle School. â&#x2013;  presentation of plans for expansion of the National Presbyterian School. â&#x2013;  presentation by city officials regarding deployment of traffic enforcement cameras and solicitation of suggestions for sites within the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution responding to a D.C. Department of Transportation Notice of Intent to make 44th and Davenport streets a four-way stop. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution calling for an effort to increase the undergrounding of utility wires. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution to encourage increased reliance on solar energy. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Tanad Thai for a restaurant-class liquor license. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest â&#x2013;  Forest hills / North cleveland park The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Capital Memorial SeventhDay Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013;  CHEVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CHASE

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full-time to the brewery. In his years choosing the beers at the Big Hunt, he got to know many other players on the local suds scene â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the operators of the other now-nascent breweries. Three Starsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; operation has been a long time coming. Coleman and McGarvey found their space a year ago, after hunting for a seemingly elusive commercial manufacturingzoned spot in a reasonably desirable location. Both live in Columbia Heights, and they wanted easy access to home in a space that was also Metro-accessible, so nobody drinking would have to drive. For now, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much chance of guests getting drunk â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when operations kick off in earnest later this month or in early August, there will be frequent tastings, but no one will be served more than about 12 ounces â&#x20AC;&#x201D; yet Coleman said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to be careful. Plus, the beers he and McGarvey gravitate toward tend to be high in alcohol content. Their first offerings are still mostly under wraps, but Coleman said there will

be at least three beers, and one will be the Urban Farmhouse Ale, Three Starsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; take on a low-alcohol pale ale known as a saison. Until then, Three Stars has one other option for visitors: a home brew shop that sells goods for making beer at home and will eventually offer small jugs of beer during â&#x20AC;&#x153;growler hours.â&#x20AC;? The shop also has room for a bar, where future tastings will occur. Most of the beer will be sold through bars and restaurants, at least at first. Coleman and McGarvey also plan to create food from their brewery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but not in the brewpub sense. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working with local bakers and charities to develop ways to use their spent grains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a waste product,â&#x20AC;? said Coleman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What a lot of people do is they sell it to farms. [But] you can actually â&#x20AC;Ś feed people with it.â&#x20AC;? And since he and his partner believe a crucial part of owing a business is giving back to the surrounding community, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just â&#x20AC;Ś how Mike and I were raised,â&#x20AC;? he said. To learn more about Three Stars Brewery, visit the website

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Children’s program ■ Griot and master storyteller Baba-C will bring to life the oral histories and traditions of West African cultures through dancing, rapping and singing (for children ages 9 through 12). 6 p.m. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Classes ■ Housing Counseling Services will host a workshop on the rights of tenants living in a foreclosed property. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-6677712. ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in “Sahaja Yoga Meditation.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts ■ The Algerian-Ecuadorian band Sarazino will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Willem Dicke. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ■ Musicians Natalie Spehar, Nikola Ragus, Amelie Brodeur and Mila Naumova Roushakes will perform works by Handel, Debussy, Villa-Lobos, Piazolla, Mellits and others. 7:30 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. ■ The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Sousa, Gershwin and Bernstein. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures ■ Stanley Weintraub will discuss his book “Final Victory: FDR’s Remarkable World War II Presidential Campaign.” 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th


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Events Entertainment and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ George Wallace will discuss his book “Firing Point.” 6 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Historian Barry Strauss will discuss “What Makes a Leader? Listening to Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Caesar.” 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25. Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ Chris Sparks will discuss the books “Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s” and “The Mighty Alice: A Cul de Sac Collection.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The “KidSpy Spies on Screen” series will feature the 2006 film “Stormbreaker,” starring Alex Pettyfer, Ewan McGregor and Mickey Rourke. 2 to 4 p.m. $7. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. ■ The Voices of Palestine 2012 Film Series will feature Nana Dankwa’s 2011 film “Hip Hop Is Bigger Than the Occupation.” A post-screening panel discussion will feature some of the artists and activists in the film. 6:30 p.m. Free. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-338-1958. ■ “The Met: Live in HD Summer Encores” will feature Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann.” 6:30 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ A Jane Austen Film Fest will feature Douglas McGrath’s 1996 film “Emma.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. ■ “NoMa Summer Screen” will present John Milius’ 1984 film “Red Dawn,” star-

ring Patrick Swayze and Lea Thompson. 7 p.m. Free. 2nd and L streets NE. ■ The PictureHouse film screening series will feature the new documentary “Walk With Me,” about three women from three generations who use the power of theater to grapple with social issues in D.C. A post-screening discussion will feature filmmakers Ellie Walton and Tanisha Christie. 7:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. International Arts & Artists’ Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will present Jan Sverák’s 2007 film “Empties,” about a curmudgeonly teacher who takes an early retirement and enters a series of random occupations. 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. ■ The “Films on the Vern” outdoor film series will feature Michel Hazanavicious’ 2011 film “The Artist.” 8:30 p.m. Free. Quad, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-2426670. Meeting ■ The group Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays will host a monthly meeting of its Northwest DC Support Group. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Performance ■ The 11th annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival will feature “Say You Heart My Echo,” an evening-length project exploring the impact of 9/11 on three fictional Asian-American women in New York City a decade later. 6:30 p.m. $10 donation sug-

p.m. Free; reservations required. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-452-5954. The class will continue July 19 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.

gested. Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. The festival will continue through Saturday with events at various venues.

Concerts ■ “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” will present “Blues for Whop: A Celebration of Whop Frazier,” featuring an all-star jam led by blues legend Bobby Parker. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. ■ The Brazilian group Quarteto Olinda will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by Nunchucks, RCRDS and Satori Trova. 7 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. ■ The U.S. Army Band’s “Sunsets With a Soundtrack” series will feature an alumni concert. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 703-696-3399. The concert will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. ■ The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Sousa, Gershwin and Bernstein. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011.

Special event ■ Sitar Arts Center will host an exhibit and reception for six alumni who will be attending some of the nation’s most prestigious art schools in the fall. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Cafritz Gallery, Sitar Arts Center, 1700 Kalorama Road NW. 202-797-2145.

Demonstration ■ U.S. Botanic Garden staff members will explain the diversity of carnivorous plants and how they’ve adapted to their environments. 1 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW.

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Discussions and lectures ■ Poet Carmen Calatayud will lead a planning session for a “Latina Poets” panel discussion in January, and she will read from her forthcoming collection “In the Company of Spirits.” 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. American Women Writers National Museum, Suite 102, 1275 K St. NW. ■ Mark Kennedy Shriver, senior vice president of U.S. Programs to Save the Children, will discuss his book “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father.” Program at noon; lunch at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Stephan Talty will discuss his book “Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day.” Noon. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. ■ A symposium will focus on the 50th anniversary of Telstar, the satellite that made the world’s first transmissions of live television possible in 1962. 1:30 p.m. Free. Moving Beyond Earth Gallery, National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ Lee Talbot, curator of Eastern Hemisphere collections at the Textile See Events/Page 17

Thursday, july 12 ■ Discussion: Comedian Dean Obeidallah will discuss politics, activism and current affairs in the United States. 6:30 p.m. Free. University of California Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW.

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Children’s programs ■ Blue Sky Puppets will present “Goldy Bear and the Three Locks.” 10 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. ■ Griot and master storyteller Baba-C will bring to life the oral histories and traditions of West African cultures through dancing, rapping and singing (for children ages 9 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ Blue Sky Puppets will present “Goldy Bear and the Three Locks.” 1 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ Blue Sky Puppets will present “Goldy Bear and the Three Locks.” 4:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Classes and workshops ■ Monika Saxton of the U.S. Botanic Garden will lead a workshop on “Creating Hypertufa Containers.” 1 to 3 p.m. $25; reservations required. National Garden, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. ■ The Sri Chinmoy Centre of Washington, DC, will present a three-week “Learn to Meditate” program. 7:30 to 8:30

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Continued From Page 16 Museum, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tawaraya Workshop of Kyoto, Japan.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013; A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Duncan Phillipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Evolving Collection.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Bill Goldston will discuss his collaboration with Jasper Johns and provide an insiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look at Johnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work with fine art publisher Universal Limited Art Editions, where Goldston has been director since 1982. 6:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Jeff Shaara will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Blaze of Glory,â&#x20AC;? about the Battle of Shiloh. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  U.S. Naval Academy historian Robert Love will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pearl Harbor: Bold Stroke or Senseless Strategy?â&#x20AC;? After the presentation, Al Gaspar and Mika Holliday Lentz will introduce their Pearl Harbor war gaming miniature battlefield to illustrate what happened that December morning. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Karen Thompson Walker will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Age of Miracles.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20 to $50. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present Charles Guggenheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1989 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey to America,â&#x20AC;? about the great migration to the New World between 1890 and 1920. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will show Cesc Muletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;MirĂł: The Phosphorescent Trails of Snails.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will also be shown July 13, 19 and 20 at 12:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Reel Affirmationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; monthly film series will feature the South African film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty (Skoonheid),â&#x20AC;? about a middleaged businessman who develops an obsession with the handsome son of an old friend. 7 and 9 p.m. $12. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. reelaffirmationsjulyxtra-eorg. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gay 101â&#x20AC;? film series will feature John Watersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairspray,â&#x20AC;? starring Ricki Lake, Sonny Bono and Divine. 8 p.m. $2. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Kastles will play the New York Sportimes in World TeamTennis competition. 7 p.m. $15 to $85. Kastles


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Book sale â&#x2013; The Friends of Palisades Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midsummer Madness Used Book Saleâ&#x20AC;? will feature titles for 25 cents and $1, or a bag of bargain books for $2. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. friendsofpalisadeslibrary@ The sale will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when customers will be able to buy a bag of $1 books for $10.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nritya: Rhythms of India.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7833372. â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about iconic baseball player Roberto Clemente and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Noon Concert series will feature the Morena Trio performing works by Beethoven and Schoenfield. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature jazz vocalist Juanita Williams. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neo Soul Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature Yahzarah, Deborah Bond and Tamika â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loveâ&#x20AC;? Jones. 7:30 p.m. Free. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-426-0486. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Biochemist and U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Beth Burrous will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caffeine: Friend and Foe to People, Plants and Insects.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. â&#x2013;  Hugh Sinclair will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic: How Microlending Lost Its Way and Betrayed the Poor.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  Cinema Night will feature Mona Achacheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hedgehog.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $5 to $15; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kung Fu Fridaysâ&#x20AC;? film series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kung Fu Hustle,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m.; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Dragon,â&#x20AC;? at 9:30 p.m. $2. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Cleveland Park Chess Club will review historical games, study scenarios and play chess. 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Performances â&#x2013;  Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington will show off their talents. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival will feature the D.C. premiere of D-Projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fat Boy.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $20. 8 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Cirque du Soleil will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $50 to $175. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bastille Day 2012 at the Embassy

Thursday, july 12 â&#x2013; Discussion: Jennifer Weiner will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Next Best Thing.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-4359849.

of Franceâ&#x20AC;? will feature live jazz, cocktails, a silent auction and a buffet with creations from area chefs. 7 p.m. to midnight. $100 to $150. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Mystics will play the New York Liberty. 11 a.m. $17 to $300.

Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Christine Saladino of Tranquil Space will lead â&#x20AC;&#x153;Namaste at the Corcoran,â&#x20AC;? followed by healthy breakfast treats prepared by Todd Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Muse at the Corcoran. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $25; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Musicologist Saul Lilienstein will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before There Was Jazz,â&#x20AC;? about the distinctive music created by AfricanAmericans throughout the South under slavery. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  South Carolina textile artist Terry Jarrard-Dimond will lead workshop partici-

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pants in creating a number of paper studies using geometric, natural and abstract shapes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013; Author, musician and instructor David Newcomb will lead a three-part workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jyothi Meditation and the Happiness of Knowing Who You Are.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202541-6100. The workshop will continue July 21 and 28 at 1 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  Participants in the Washington National Opera Institute for Young Singers will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Angie Stone, Rahsaan Patterson and Black Alley will perform. 7:30 p.m. $25. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-426-0486. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A seminar on Victorian architecture will focus on characteristics of the various styles that coincided with the reign of Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Queen Victoria. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Olympian Billy Mills, the second Native American to win an Olympic gold medal when he finished first in the See Events/Page 18

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Continued From Page 17 10,000-meter run in 1964, will discuss his experience. 2 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; Jim Luken, professor and associate provost at Coastal Carolina University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Venus Flytrap: A Special Case of Specialization.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. â&#x2013;  Maggie Shipstead (shown) will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seating Arrangements,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Jefferson Morley will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Festival â&#x2013;  Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens and Alliance Française de Washington will celebrate Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national holiday, Bastille Day, with games, lively theatrics, dance, pantomime and music. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $18; $15 for seniors; $10 for students; $5 for children ages 6 through 18; free for children ages 5 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. Films â&#x2013;  The Roald Dahl Family Series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Matilda,â&#x20AC;? starring Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free; tickets required. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;1940: America Goes to the Moviesâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Raoul Walshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;They Drive by Night,â&#x20AC;? about two brothers battling corruption in the interstate trucking business. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW.


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Events Entertainment 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will present Jacques Rivetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1974 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celine and Julie Go Boating,â&#x20AC;? about two young womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dramatic encounters in a mysterious mansion, at 12:30 p.m.; and Michael Shambergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1999 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Souvenir,â&#x20AC;? about an American sportswriter who is consumed by the loss of her younger brother, at 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advent of Sound Film Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature Alan Croslandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1927 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jazz Singer,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Harry Beaumontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1929 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Broadway Melody,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Musical Summer at TenleyFriendshipâ&#x20AC;? will feature Richard Lesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1964 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Hard Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night,â&#x20AC;? about a day in the life of The Beatles. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  American University will host a screening of Peter Swansonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let There Be Light,â&#x20AC;? about Rowan LeCompte and Dieter Goldkuhle as they make their last great stained-glass window for the Washington National Cathedral. 3 p.m. $20. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  Words Beats & Life will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Poetics of Place,â&#x20AC;? featuring spoken-word artists painting verbal pictures of the beauty of the places they find themselves. An open-mic session will follow. 1 p.m. Free; reservations suggested for open-mic participants. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. â&#x2013;  As part of the Capital Fringe Festival, the In Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arlen & Berlin Occupy the Fringe!,â&#x20AC;? featuring hits and lesser-known selections from the film and Broadway careers of Harold Arlen and Irving Berlin. 4:30 p.m. $17. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202204-7763. The performance will repeat

Sunday, July 15, 5 p.m. JWQC,CJQML 4GR?J4MGACQ (Jossey-Bass, $27.95) Founded in 1997 by Hillary Clinton, Vital Voices was a government initiative that became a leading non-profit organization geared to furthering womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership in public and private sectors. Nelson, the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CEO, reports on a variety of projects which have enabled a network of 10,000 emerging women leaders in politics, human rights, and economic development in more than one hundred countries. Friday, July 20, 7 p.m. +?PRGL5?JICP 2FC!PMUBCB%P?TC (Knopf, $24.95) When an archeological team uncovers a body with a bullet in its head, they know they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t found the Cro-Magnon remains they were after. Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth mystery featuring Dordogne-based police chief Bruno Courrèges involves not just a local murder mystery, but an international summit that attracts both world leaders and subversives. Sunday, July 22, 5 p.m. $P?LAGLC+?RFCUQ (?AI (Riverhead, $26.95) Combining history and fiction, Mathews, a former CIA analyst and author of many books, including The Alibi Club, has concocted an intriguing thriller starring the young Jack Kennedy as a spy. Twenty-two years old and setting off for Europe, Kennedy is recruited by FDR to stop a German conspiracy working to ensure that Roosevelt is not elected for a third Presidential term. !MLLCARGASRTC,55?QFGLERML "!  z  z  D?V @MMIQNMJGRGAQ NPMQC AMKzUUU NMJGRGAQ NPMQC AMK

Sunday, july 15 â&#x2013; Special event: Freshfarm Markets will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its Dupont Circle market with local food and beverages, activities such as face painting and balloon twisting, and live music by Tom Gray, Tiffany Thompson, John and Paul Thornley and Modern Man. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Parking lot, PNC Bank, Massachusetts Avenue and P Street NW. 202-362-8889. July 15 and 22 at 7 p.m., July 16 at 8 p.m., July 21 at 4:30 p.m. and July 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Showcase will feature musician RenĂŠ Moffatt and comedians Adam Dodd, Jeff Hysen, KD the Comic and Tom Myers. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Special events â&#x2013;  In honor of Bastille Day, Paul Bakery and CafĂŠ will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baguette Relay Raceâ&#x20AC;? for children and adults. 10:30 a.m. Free. 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-5244500. â&#x2013;  The DC Anime Club will host a Video Game Day (for ages 13 and older). 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Eat Local First, a weeklong celebration of local food in D.C., will present a kickoff party, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beer, BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass,â&#x20AC;? featuring barbecue dishes, a local beer and music by area bands Young Rapids, Frau Eva and Typefighter. 3 to 7 p.m. $25; reservations required. Acre 121, 1400 Irving St. NW. eatlocalfirst2012. Events will continue through July 21 at various venues. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interac   

tive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013; A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three Civil War spies, a Union hospital, the residences of military leaders and a neighborhood of enslaved and free African-Americans, at 1 p.m. $10 for one tour; $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. Sunday, July 15

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Concerts â&#x2013; The weekly Steel Drum Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  Grace Episcopal Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 19th annual Bach Festival will feature organist Donald Bond performing works by Bach, Lidon, Walther and Scarlatti. 1:30 p.m. $20 donation suggested. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202333-7100. â&#x2013;  Pianist Simone Dinnerstein will perform works by Bach and Schubert. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Participants in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute Orchestra will perform works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Sibelius. 6 p.m. Free. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturer Wilford W. Scott will discuss American painter and teacher Robert Henri. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Alyse Nelson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advent of Sound Film Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature Alan Croslandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1926 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Juan.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Warner Bros.




Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Vault to Screen: Recent Preservationâ&#x20AC;? will feature LĂŠonce Perretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1928 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Danseuse OrchidĂŠe,â&#x20AC;? with live accompaniment by pianist Philip Carli. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Readings â&#x2013;  The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Mark Fitzgerald and Adam Vines. 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 703-820-8113. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature emerging and established poets, followed by an open-mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event â&#x2013;  The National Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Antelope/Gazelle Day will feature family-friendly activities, including animal demonstrations and keeper talks. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Cheetah Conservation Station, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Kastles will play the Philadelphia Freedoms in World TeamTennis competition. 7 p.m. $15 to $85. Kastles Stadium at The Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. 202-397-7328. Monday, July 16

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Concerts â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? will feature a performance by progressive hiphop artist and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  Finalists in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute Concerto Competition will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by Cigarbox Planetarium, Alma Tropicalia and Nox. 7 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Commodores will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-2525. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The American Cancer Society will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look Good â&#x20AC;Ś Feel Betterâ&#x20AC;? program, designed to help female cancer patients manage the physical side effects of treatment, such as skin changes and hair loss. 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 1-402, George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, 2150 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7412218. â&#x2013;  Natalie Hopkinson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Willow Wilson and Wajahat Ali will discuss their respective books, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alif the Unseenâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;All American: 45 Men on Being Muslim.â&#x20AC;? The program will include stand-up comedy, music, spoken-word poetry and a panel discussion. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and See Events/Page 20


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Corcoran highlights Dutch artist’s photographs of animals


harlotte Dumas: Anima,” present On exhibit ing diverse portraits of animals by Dutch photographer Dumas, Constitution Avenue lobby, explores the role will open Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery of soldiers in collecting objects for the of Art and continue through Oct. 28. Smithsonian Institution toward the end of the Located at 500 17th St. NW, the gallery is war. open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 Located at 10th Street and Constitution a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 9 p.m. Avenue NW, the museum is open daily from Admission cost $10 for adults and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633$8 for seniors and students; it is 1000. free for military personnel and ■ “Paint on Known,” featuring children ages 12 and younger. works by Chajana DenHarder and Admission is free for all every Deborah Anzinger that combine Saturday through Sept. 3. 202photography and painting to 639-1700. explore ideas of decay, perception ■ The National Museum of and metaphysics, opened last Natural History will open two week at Hillyer Art Space, where exhibits Saturday that will continit will continue through July 28. ue through May. An opening reception will take “Fascinating — Endangered place Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. “Paint on Known” Rhino,” highlighting books about Located at 9 Hillyer Court is an exhibit at endangered species like the rhiNW, the gallery is open Monday noceros, is on view in the Evans Hillyer Art Space. from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday Gallery on the ground floor. through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and “When Time and Duty Permit: Collecting Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-338-0680. During World War II,” on view in the

■ “Gallery’s Own,” featuring works by Javier Cabada, Nia Tavlarides Stratos, Chico Harkrader and Tina Palmer, opened recently at Aaron Gallery and will continue through Aug. 1. Located at 2101 L St. NW on the 10th floor, the gallery is open by appointment only. 202-234-3311. ■ “Awning Studies: Marvin Gaye Park,” an installation of artwork based on awnings by Eastern Market artist Patrick McDonough, will open tomorrow in Marvin Gaye Park. Sponsored by Washington Project for the Arts, the installation will continue through Sept. 30. An opening reception and artist’s talk will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. Located at 6201 Banks Place NE, the park is open daily during daylight hours. ■ “Pushing Boundaries: Portraits by Robert Weingarten,” featuring large-scale photographic composites that highlight the influences that have shaped famous people, opened recently at the S. Dillon Ripley Center and will continue through Oct. 14.

Capital Fringe Festival features 130-plus shows


he Capital Fringe Festival will run July 12 through 29, bringing more than 130 “uncensored” performances to more than 15 venues throughout D.C.


The festival, which is in its seventh year, includes one-acts, comedies, musicals, dramas, dance, improv, clowns, poetry and more. This year’s offerings will include: ■ “Beertown,” the story of a small American town’s annual ritual of perusing and updating its Washington Improv Theater’s iMusical ensemble will stage “I beloved time capsule; ■ “I Confess,” a new long-form Confess” as part of this year’s Capital Fringe Festival. improv show based on audience 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $38 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 members’ anonymously shared to $43. Studio Theatre is located at p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and secrets, from the Washington 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; noon on July 5. Tickets cost $46 to Improv Theater’s iMusical $91. Arena Stage is located at 1101 ble; and ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ “The Every Fringe Show You will close “The Want to See in Merry Wives of ■ Broadway director George C. One Fringe Windsor” July Wolfe is remounting Tony winner Show Fringe 15 at Sidney “The Normal Heart,” Larry Show,” a spoof Harman Hall. Kramer’s outrageous look at sexual of — and love Performance politics during the early days of the letter to — the times are at noon AIDS crisis, at Arena Stage overall festival. and 7:30 p.m. through July 29. All tickets Wednesday; 8 Performance times are generally cost $17, plus a p.m. Thursday 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and one-time purWednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through chase of a $5 “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” Saturday; and 2 through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Fringe button. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost p.m. Saturday will run at Studio 2ndStage July Tickets can be $49 to $94. Arena Stage is located and Sunday. bought at the 11 through Aug. 5. at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; Tickets cost $20 Fort Fringe box to $100. The theater is located at office, at 607 New York Ave. NW, ■ The Kennedy Center is hosting 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; or by phone or online: 866-811the hit Broadway musical “The 4111; Addams Family” through July 29. ■ Arena Stage is presenting the ■ Studio 2ndStage will close its Performance times are 7:30 p.m. classic Broadway musical “The season with the emo rock musical Tuesday though Sunday and 1:30 Music Man” through July 22 in the “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets Fichandler Stage. July 11 through Aug. 5. Performance times are 8:30 p.m. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. cost $39 to $115. 202-467-4600; Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 Wednesday through Saturday and

“Babe, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, 2012” is part of an exhibit of photographs by Charlotte Dumas at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Located at 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “Painted Interventions,” presenting works by contemporary Austrian artists Elisabeth Wedenig, Matthias Lautner and Markus Hofer and American painter Jenny Mullins, opened recently at the Embassy of Austria, where it will continue through Sept. 28. Located at 3524 International Court, NW, the embassy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-895-6776.


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Continued From Page 18 Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013; Stephen L. Carter will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films â&#x2013;  The Library of Congress will present Daniel Cohenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Article of Hope,â&#x20AC;? about Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-9897. â&#x2013;  A foreign film series will feature the 1999 Iranian film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Color of Paradise.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Looking at You, Bogartâ&#x20AC;? will feature John Hustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1948 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pina and Beyond: Contemporary Dance in Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Wim Wendersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pina,â&#x20AC;? with introductory remarks by Washington Post dance critic Sarah Kaufman. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The Screen on the Green festival will feature George Roy Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1969 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,â&#x20AC;? starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. 8 p.m. Free. National Mall between 8th and 14th streets. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film

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Events Entertainment Society will present Peter Greenawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1989 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-4623356. Performance â&#x2013; The Shakespeare Theatre Company and the National Academy of Sciences will present a reading of Bertold Brechtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Life of Galileo.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The USA Basketball menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national teams will present an exhibition doubleheader against Brazil. 5:30 p.m. $69 to $784. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. â&#x2013;  The Washington Kastles will play the Boston Lobsters in World TeamTennis competition. 7 p.m. $15 to $85. Kastles Stadium at The Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. 202-397-7328. 17 Tuesday, TuesdayJuly july 17 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  Blue Sky Puppets will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goldy Bear and the Three Locks.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100. â&#x2013;  Sushmita Mazumdar will share a story about a dark night from her childhood, and then help participants make a handmade storybook (for children ages 6 through 12). 3:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Concerts â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Kids Series will


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Wednesday, july 18 â&#x2013; Discussion: Kurt Andersen will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Believers.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. feature Oh Susannah! 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? will present saxophonist Brian Pinner. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the U.S. Army Chorus. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  Participants in the Eastern Music Festival Piano Program will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Howard Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restoration Community Committee will salute hometown guitar legend Charles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skipâ&#x20AC;? Pitts with a tribute benefit concert. 7 p.m. $25. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country Current will perform. 8 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Strings will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Robert L. McCan will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Health Care Reform: Understanding the Affordable

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people in, and you could paint and listen to music and stuff like that,” he said. “I just felt like this would be a great thing to do in D.C., and add a drinking and social component to it.” In the United States, the “paint and drink” trend has seemed to spread from the South, particularly Louisiana and Texas. A pair of friends created a shop called “Cork N Canvas” in 2007 in Mandeville, La., which has now spread into a 60-plus-location franchise called “Painting With a Twist.” Now there are thousands of similar places nationwide, with names like “Pinot’s Palette” and “Canvas and Cocktails.” Brown said she learned of the concept in her hometown, Houston. “It’s really popular there,” she said. “I wanted to bring it up north.” The businesses have been sprouting in the District since 2010. In Georgetown, there’s Uncork’d Art

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et,” said John Townsend, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. Under the proposed law, owners would still be able to protest a ticket if they believe a violation didn’t occur, but tickets would not dismissed on the grounds that someone else was driving at the time. In cases where a car is stolen, documentation such as a police report is required to waive responsibility. Townsend said more than 7,700 letters of opposition generated by D.C. residents on AAA’s online “Issue Action Center” were sent to council members. But not all drivers would align themselves with AAA — and not even all members. “As a AAA member, I have to disagree with the hyperbolic nature of the letter AAA sent to its members,” Brightwood resident Dan Shulman said in an interview. “When this legislation suggested shifting all responsibility to the owner of the vehicle, it makes perfect sense. “This change in law is fully consistent with how the law treats parking infractions. As the owner of the vehicle, you are responsible for how

it is used and ultimately any fines for traffic infractions. If you don’t want to be at risk of someone else’s bad driving, then don’t loan your car.” A member of the 4th District listserv wrote, “I would think that the owner would [be] responsible for his own property. ... This is the thinking behind the concept of homeowner’s insurance. I am stunned that this law wasn’t already on the books.” While Townsend said his organization is in favor of traffic cameras, he claimed the intent behind the D.C. law is to raise money for the District. Last month, the D.C. chief financial officer said the city took in a record $55.1 million in revenue from tickets generated by cameras in fiscal year 2011, despite issuing fewer tickets overall. The information was released after AAA MidAtlantic filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the figures. “We know automated enforcement works and a $250 ticket is a deterrent,” said Townsend. “But when you quantify a program by saying you’re going to bring in an additional $30 million on top of $60 million, like Mayor Gray did, the signal you’re sending to people is

that this is more about revenue than about safety.” Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, whose Environment, Public Works and Transportation Committee oversaw the legislation, said the bill is about owner responsibility and fixing an administrative challenge within the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. “The original justification for allowing the owner to avoid liability was that points were assessed [on a driver’s license]. The points haven’t been assessed for years, so it’s just a fine, and it’s more akin to a parking violation,” said Cheh. “The bill, which was offered by the mayor’s office, and DMV testified in favor of it, said there are many instances where people have been able to avoid payment by saying somebody else was driving.” Calling it an “administrative nightmare” for the Motor Vehicle Department to track down the person driving the car, Cheh said the proposed legislation would not add points to a driver’s license but would make the “automobile owner responsible, and they would have to recover money from the person who was behaving irresponsibly.”

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working group to assess the feasibility of undergrounding and to plan how to finance the work. During yesterday’s council meeting, he said the projected expense is $5 billion, “but we’ve done a lot of things that cost $5 billion. Amortized over 20 years, that’s $250 million a year between Pepco and the government.” Evans added that Pepco told him in a meeting that “90 to 95 percent of blackouts would be avoided if the lines are put underground.” “We cannot continue on our current course when residents sometimes go weeks without power after a storm,” he said in a news release. Evans’ working group would include representatives from the council, Pepco and the mayor’s office. Its report would be due by Dec. 31. Under Cheh’s bill, the mayor, council and Public Service Commission would appoint five members to the new Assessment Commission. The body would work to determine what areas should be designated “underground utility districts” based on four criteria: coordination with construction, likelihood of reducing outages, whether undergrounding would be the “most efficient use of resources” and whether it would improve aesthetics, according to a news release. The mayor and council would have to approve the selected locations. The money collected through the assessment on Pepco would go into a special fund, to be administered by a third-party agent. The city’s chief financial officer would have to provide a fiscal impact statement showing there is enough money in the fund to cover the cost of undergrounding in each location. Cheh’s bill is based on a program in Anaheim, Calif., where more than 100 circuit miles have been moved underground since 1990, according to her office. Both Evans and Cheh signed on as co-sponsors to each other’s bills. Cheh also drew co-sponsorship from at-large member Michael Brown, Ward 1 member Jim Graham and Chairman Phil Mendelson; and Ward 7 member Yvette Alexander signed on as a co-introducer. Evans’ bill drew backing from Brown, Ward 8 member Marion Barry, Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser, atlarge member Vincent Orange and Ward 6 member Tommy Wells.

At Monday night’s meeting of the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission, Cheh said the utility company should have performed better after the late June storm. “There are terrible stories about bad communication,” she said. “I think they could have done a better job.” She said residents saw few trucks in wards 3 and 4, which Pepco explained by saying they had to work on substations first — and the substations impacted were outside the District. “I don’t know how to weigh some of these explanations,” Cheh said. The council member also raised questions about Pepco’s “priority list,” which says nursing homes should be among the first to get their power restored. “And yet I spent all weekend trying to get them to get power to the Methodist Home [and] Grand Oaks,” she said. Commission chair Gary Thompson asked about the possibility of Pepco simply moving wires underground whenever a street is undergoing reconstruction. Cheh answered that undergrounding is more involved than street rebuilding, and that while it makes sense to do the work at the same time, “I doubt very much that it would reduce the cost significantly.” Still, in response to a question about whether Pepco’s estimates of the cost of undergrounding — which it puts at $3 million per mile in suburban areas, and up to $12 million per mile in a dense urban environment — are inflated, Cheh said, “I’m deeply skeptical of them.” Thompson also asked whether it’s possible to replace Pepco, and Cheh said she didn’t know. The council member said the Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs will hold a roundtable discussion on power outages Friday at 1 p.m., and that Pepco must present reports on its response to the June 29 storm within a few weeks. She said she is pushing for a more involved hearing — in which the council would have subpoena power — after the body’s summer recess. The council member also had harsh words for the Public Service Commission, which oversees utilities including Pepco. “I do not think that they have done their job,” she said, calling them a “lapdog to Pepco.” She said she was disappointed that nominee Elizabeth Noël, the former people’s counsel for the District, was not confirmed, but she said new nominee Joanne Doddy Fort seems “worthy” — “someone who understands that you’re there to regulate them.”

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