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Vol. XLIV, No. 30

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Congress may derail District wildlife effort

Concussion law aims to help young athletes

saving the farm

■ Sports: Bill will affect P.E.

classes, youth athletics leagues

By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

Animal welfare advocates are worried that a Virginia legislator may seek to weaken new D.C. wildlife protections when the city’s budget comes up for a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives. According to an official with the Washington Humane Society, Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf is considering adding an amendment to the city’s budget bill that would strip funding for implementation of the Wildlife Protection Act, which went into effect in March but is awaiting regulations. “We don’t know what they’re planning on doing with that amendment,” said Washington Humane Society vice president Scott Giacoppo, who met with staffers from Wolf’s office last week. “But we’re worried it could have the effect of derailing the law.” Wolf’s press secretary did not respond to requests for comment. The law — introduced by Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and backed by the local and nationSee Wildlife/Page 18

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Young athletes will have to be pulled out of play if they suffer a concussion, and they will not be permitted to return to games or practices until a trained health-care provider evaluates the injury, under a bill the D.C. Council approved this month. Mayor Vincent Gray will sign the legislation this morning at a ceremony with lawmakers and advocates.

ANC weighs in on debate over Oregon Ave. changes Bill Petros/The Current

■ Transportation: Citizens

Bob Lamb and Joe Andrews of the Friends of the National Zoo lather up a Hereford bull during an animal demonstration Sunday at the Kid’s Farm exhibit. A $1.4 million contribution from State Farm Insurance has saved the exhibit, which the Zoo had planned to drop for financial reasons, for five years.

group urges delay in process

By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

Grant conflict delays work on local trails By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A disagreement over terms of a grant to maintain trails in Northwest parkland has pushed back some of the planned work and put one project on indefinite hold. The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club won a D.C. Department of Transportation grant of nearly $23,000 to make repairs and improvements to sections of the Western Ridge Trail in Rock Creek Park, the Whitehaven Trail in Glover Park and the Wesley Heights Trail near Foxhall Road. But Alex Sanders, the club’s regional manager, said a Transportation Department policy

NEWS ■ Bid to honor patriot may mean veteran scholarships. Page 5. ■ ‘Operation Adams Morgan’ tackles 18th Street crime. Page 3.

An amendment adopted before the final vote explicitly extends the “Athletic Concussion Protection Act” to physical education classes in public, charter and private schools. The measure puts the District “at the forefront of saying students are protected in all phases of sports,” according to the president of the Brain Injury Association of Washington, D.C., which helped draft the concussion bill. The council’s action comes as many states and sports teams are seeking better ways to deal with a common but misunderstood injury that can have long-term, and potenSee Athletics/Page 18

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A volunteer group hopes to make repairs to the Whitehaven Trail.

poses a problem for his group. The policy would require the group to pay for materials upfront and then later receive reimbursement from the District government. “That is not quite a grant, and

it’s certainly not what we’re accustomed to dealing with,” Sanders said in a recent interview. His organization has a small budget, he said, making it difficult to make large purchases for delayed reimbursement. Transportation Department spokesperson Monica Hernandez said the practice is the agency’s standard policy, but that officials are planning to meet with the trails club to discuss it further. The group had originally hoped to use the grant to buy supplies to replace rotted steps on the Wesley Heights Trail and add fill material to a soggy section of the Western Ridge Trail near Wise Road this See Trails/Page 14

SPOR TS ■ Gonzaga standout Britt draws offers from top schools. Page 11. ■ AU grad, St. John’s alum heads to Europe for pro ball. Page 11.

The Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission voted Monday not to endorse any of the D.C. Transportation Department’s controversial proposals for rebuilding Oregon Avenue, but rather to support only certain elements of the plans. “The letter is a sincere attempt to harmonize,” commission chair Gary Thompson said of a document detailing those endorsements. This is “a very carefully, welldrafted, hopefully consensus document,” agreed commissioner David Engel. Some audience members objected to the vote, saying the commission should instead insist that the city extend its deadline for public comment on the issue. A citizens group calling itself Neighbors United to Preserve Oregon Avenue and Rock Creek Park said the commission should not vote on the project until the city

PASSAGES Zoo campers go for the goldfish at the Tregaron estate. Page 15. ■ New anthology explores D.C. as a literary capital. Page 15. ■

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An environmental assessment lays out options for the road.

has provided documents the group sought through a Freedom of Information Act request. Both the resident group and the commission were unsuccessful in a previous attempt to seek an extension of Friday’s public-comment deadline. The letter the commission approved Monday, drafted by chair Thompson, calls for: • maintaining the street’s width and configuration, but allowing trafficcalming measures; • adding curbs and gutters; • adding storm-water runoff-control measures; See Oregon/Page 12

INDEX Business/9 Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/4 Exhibits/23 In Your Neighborhood/10 Opinion/8

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‘Operation Adams Morgan’ Park Service closes Canoe Club building targets 18th Street violence By BORIS TSALYUK

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

D.C. police just wrapped up the first weekend of “Operation Adams Morgan,” an effort to heighten security on 18th Street NW that has included the controversial presence of the Guardian Angels. “It went really well,” 3rd District Cmdr. Gary Kucick said of the weekend. “We had no issues.” He said police wrote 35 parking tickets and made 26 arrests. Responding to an uptick in crime on the nightlife corridor, the Metropolitan Police Department has nearly doubled its force on weekends between midnight and 4 a.m., Kucick said. Meanwhile, police have also prohibited cars from parking on the bar-dense stretch of 18th Street during those hours. About 12 citizen volunteers from the Guardian Angels have joined the effort, according to John Ayala, director of operations of the crimepatrolling nonprofit’s D.C. chapter. The Angels offered to help police after hearing concern from the community, Ayala said. “We received several emails and phone calls … [from] business owners and also homeowners, asking for our assistance.” Amy Bowman, owner of the Black Squirrel at 2427 18th St., was one of them. “It’s complete bedlam,” she said of the late-night scene, noting that “the crowds have beaten up two of my doormen.” Several community members attribute Adams Morgan’s problems to late-night visitors who don’t patronize bars or restaurants but

instead stir up trouble on the streets, on the sidewalks or from their parked cars. They described fights, harassment, groping of females, public drinking, drug dealing and other offenses. “What gets lost is these are not patrons inside our businesses,” said Lisa Duperier, president of Adams Morgan Main Street. “These are people who just come and hang out either on the sidewalk or in their car and create a general atmosphere of problems.” Cmdr. Kucick said Operation Adams Morgan responds specifically to an increase in crime that police noticed starting around the time of the D.C. Caribbean Carnival in late June. According to online police records, total crime in the past two months within Police Service Area 303 — the area that includes 18th Street — was 22 percent higher than during the same period last year. That uptick includes a 39 percent increase in violent crime, including 33 robberies. On the neighborhood listserv, Capt. Aubrey Mongal said the new operation would extend beyond police to include “several city agencies,” including the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. Collaboratively, Mongal wrote, officials want to target “underage drinking, drunk driving, alcohol and narcotic related offenses” and other quality-of-life issues. The use of the red-bereted Guardian Angels has spurred some debate, with some claiming they See Crime/Page 14

The week ahead Wednesday, July 27

The D.C. State Board of Education will meet to discuss the findings of HIV awareness workshops held in each ward during the spring and to recognize the contributions of outgoing student representatives Kirstin Jones and Kevin Jackson. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

Thursday, July 28

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items include a public hearing on the proposed designation of the Congressional Club at 2001 New Hampshire Ave. as a historic landmark; consideration of a revised concept at the old Italian Embassy, 2700 16th St.; consideration of proposed construction of an eight-story apartment building at 1427-29 Rhode Island Ave.; and consideration of a 6-foot-tall front-yard fence at 3414 29th St.

Tuesday, Aug. 2

The Metropolitan Police Department’s 4th District will hold a National Night Out anti-crime event from 4 to 7 p.m. at Takoma Community Center, 6300 3rd St. NW. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District will hold a National Night Out event from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hearst Recreation Center, 3950 37th St. NW. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 3rd District will host a National Night Out event from 5 to 8 p.m. on the soccer field of the Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3200 Hiatt Place NW. ■ The Ward 1 redistricting task force will hold an initial meeting to discuss the process of adjusting the boundaries of the advisory neighborhood commissions and single-member districts as necessary to conform to the 2010 Census results. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 120 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

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Last summer, the National Park Service delivered a message to Washington Canoe Club members: You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. The Park Service had decided that the boathouse the club uses, which sits below the confluence of the Whitehurst Freeway and Key Bridge in the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, was in such poor condition that it could not remain operational. The Park Service-owned boathouse wasn’t closed overnight, and the canoe club has continued to use the site under a series of short-term leases. But the indoor facility was finally shut down to club members in June, according to C&O Canal Park deputy superintendent Brian Carlstrom. Carlstrom said the boathouse was deemed unin-

habitable due to “electrical issues, structural deficiencies and incredible amounts of insect damage,” among other issues. The canoe club itself came under scrutiny in 2007 after an audit by the U.S. Interior Department’s inspector general listed it in a review of whether the Park Service had violated its own guidelines in issuing special-use permits. The audit pinpointed the club along with four others on the East Coast as operating “to the exclusion of the general public.” According to the audit, the club had “exclusive use” of the Potomac River property, due to fees, limited membership and the surrounding barbedwire fence. In simple terms, it was a private club on public land. But the canoe club argued that it was indeed providing public services, and the Park Service ended up renewing the lease that year. The current lease runs through June 30, 2012. The boathouse’s condition, though, remained a See Club/Page 14

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District Digest U.S. Postal Service weighs closures

Post offices in Brightwood, Foggy Bottom and Adams Morgan are among 19 in the District and nearly 3,700 nationwide that the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing, the agency announced yes-

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Kalorama museum plans move to GWU

The Textile Museum will relocate from Sheridan-Kalorama to a new building George Washington University plans to construct on its campus, officials at the two institutions announced yesterday. George Washington is preparing to seek Zoning Commission approval for the museum building at 21st and G streets. The facility will bear two names: The Textile Museum and the George

Washington University Museum. The 35,000 square feet of exhibit space will feature the textiles now on display at 2320 S St., a Washingtoniana collection recently donated to the university and additional academic and gallery space, the release states. The new museum will open in mid-2014. The Associated Press reported that the Textile Museum will remain in place in its existing facility “into 2013.�

Developer to present Dupont church plans

A developer is preparing to seek approvals for a nine-story apartment building at 17th and O streets NW, having arranged to lease the site of a parking lot and playground from the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, the InTowner reported Sunday. Keener-Squire Properties will present its plans to the community at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the church parking lot or, in the case of inclement weather, inside the church building at 1328 16th St., according to the InTowner report.

Elections board head resigns his postion After two years as executive director of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, Rokey

Suleman stepped down Monday, according to a news release from the board. The release does not give a reason for Suleman’s departure, but it praises his “contributions of innovation and energy.� Under Suleman’s tenure, the board implemented a new law making it easier for residents to vote early or using an absentee ballot, and rolled out new voting machines. The agency’s chief technology officer, Paul Stenbjorn, will serve as interim director while the board carries out a nationwide search, the release says.

Mary’s Center wins national recognition

Mary’s Center, a medical and social services organization that got its start over two decades ago in Adams Morgan, has won a national award for its work, according to a news release. The National Council of La Raza presented Mary’s Center yesterday with the 2011 Affiliate of the Year Award, along with a $25,000 grant. The award honors Mary’s Center for “improving access to comprehensive bilingual care for low-income uninsured pregnant women and their children,� according to a release from the council. Mary’s Center, which started as a basement operation on Columbia

Road in 1988, has expanded to include a recently opened clinic near the Petworth Metro station. The center served more than 18,000 clients from more than 40 countries last year, the release says.

Public health school clears zoning panel

George Washington University can move forward with its planned School of Public Health after the D.C. Zoning Commission approved the project Monday. The seven-story public health school planned for “Square 39� — bordered by New Hampshire Avenue and 24th and K streets — drew community support, which is unusual for a George Washington project. Zoning commissioners approved the project Monday with little discussion.

Correction

In the July 20 issue, an article on Stead Park misidentified Robin Diener. She is first vice president and former president of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association; Debbie Schreiber is the group’s president. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202244-7223.

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Black military leader inspires push for statue, scholarships By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

Nearly a century ago, a black colonel named Charles Young triumphed over Pancho Villa in Mexico. Now D.C. leaders are teaming up with veterans to help Young win a battle against obscurity. “We are here to address yet another injustice in the history of African-Americans,� said Mayor Vincent Gray. “It is absolutely unconscionable that Charles Young does not have a more prominent place in the history of this nation.� Young, the son of slaves, was born in Mayslick, Ky., in 1864. He was the third African-American to graduate from West Point, and ultimately served as both a member and commander of the “Buffalo Soldiers,� battalions composed of black troops. Young was also the first black

Logan Circle tenants buying their building By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

“Once upon a time there were 84 families who lived in an old, run-down building in Logan Circle,� narrated Silvia Salazar, copresident of the Norwood Tenants Association, at an event this spring. She ended her atypical fairy tale later with “They all lived happily ever after.� Back then, that outcome was only theoretical, but Norwood residents are now moving closer to it after securing a hefty loan to purchase their 84-unit building at 14th and N streets NW. The tenants just finalized an approximately $9 million, 40-year loan from the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, the association’s lawyer, Aaron O’Toole, said last week. The loan, which was made official earlier this month, “moved more quickly than anticipated,� he said. In a recent interview, Salazar said 60 percent of the tenants in the rent-controlled building intend to buy their units. They’re working within the Tenants Opportunity to Purchase Act, which gives residents the right of first refusal when a landlord puts their building on the market. The newly secured loan helps residents who would not otherwise be able to afford to own property, Salazar said. “Most of the people in See Norwood/Page 12

National Park superintendent, the first black military attachĂŠ and the first black colonel. When he died in 1922, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. “He carried the weight of his race and his nation on his shoulders at a time when separate was not equal,â€? said National Veterans Coalition chair Charles Blatcher III. “Here’s a man who gave all he could give to the United States of America to serve an America that wasn’t sure it was willing to serve him,â€? added D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. On Tuesday, Norton joined Gray, Blatcher, University of the District of Columbia President Allen L. Sessoms and members of the Omega Psi Fraternity at a forum on efforts to construct a statue to Young’s memory and fund a veterans scholarship in his name. According to spokesperson See UDC/Page 12

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Burglary â&#x2013; 2600 block, 30th St.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. July 22. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2200 block, 40th Place; alley; 10:30 p.m. July 18. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 12:50 p.m. July 20.

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Stolen auto â&#x2013; 4300 block, Garfield St.; street; 9 p.m. July 18. â&#x2013;  2900 block, 43rd St.; residence; 12:01 a.m. July 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4900 block, Rockwood Parkway; residence; 5 p.m. July 20.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; O Street and Wisconsin Avenue; sidewalk; 2:30 a.m. July 23. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3200 block, Grace St.; street; 10:35 a.m. July 21. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 5 p.m. July 21. â&#x2013;  M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; street; 11 p.m. July 21. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 3:30 p.m. July 18. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 10:03 a.m. July 20. â&#x2013;  N Street and Wisconsin Avenue; tavern; 2 a.m. July 23. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Q St.; parking lot; 11:30 a.m. July 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3400 block, Volta Place; street; 3 a.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  3400 block, Volta Place; unspecified premises; 9:30 p.m. July 17. â&#x2013;  3600 block, S St.; residence; 1 a.m. July 18. â&#x2013;  31st and Dumbarton streets;

    

    

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 7

The Current

Long & Foster’s Extraordinary Properties® and Christie’s International Real Estate are pleased to announce the recent sale of the Evermay estate. Exclusively listed by Long & Foster’s Extraordinary Properties® at a list price of $25.9 million, this nearly 220-year-old historic landmark property located in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. has been host to American presidents, international diplomats, and world-renowned dignitaries. We are proud to have represented the seller of this one-of-a-kind estate.

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$12

Percentage of Online Property Ads > $1 Million

$12,033,000

100%

$10

60%

$6

$3,595,000

$4

Christie’s International Christie’s International Real Estate Magazine* Real Estate Online*

Percentage of Online Property Ads > $3 Million

When it comes to global exposure, the numbers speak for themselves!

35% 30% 25% 20% 15%

Sotheby’s

Percentage of Online Property Ads > $10 Million 7% 6% 5% 4%

13%

3%

2%

2%

Christie’s Offers More Reach 1%

Christie’s International

Sotheby’s

0%

Comparative Summary Real Network Estate

Christie’s International Real Estate

Number of Offices

Number of Agents

1,200

40,000

1,095

Sotheby’s

32,200

1,000

30,000

800

551

600

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Christie’s International Real Estate

7%

5% 0%

0%

Christie’s International Real Estate vs. Sotheby’s Realty 32%

10%

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40% 20%

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90%

80%

$8

400

20,000

11,400

10,000

200

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0

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Christie’s International Real Estate

Sotheby’s

0

Christie’s International Real Estate

Sotheby’s

Source: Christie’s International Affiliate Network: Sotheby’s Press Release (Q2 2011)

True Emphasis on Luxury Properties 30 30

Comparative Summary Website Population — Price Analysis

28.7%

Average Listing Price (in Billions)

25 25

$12

Percent of Homes Bought & Sold

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20 20

Percentage of Online Property Ads > $1 Million

$12,033,000

100%

$10

60%

$6

$3,595,000

$4

$0

Christie’s International Christie’s International Real Estate Magazine* Real Estate Online*

Percentage of Online Property Ads > $3 Million 35%

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10 10

5 5

13%

2%

5%

1%

Christie’s International Real Estate

1,200

Long & Foster®

Competitor #1

Competitor #2

Competitor #3

Competitor #4

Source: Information included in this report is based on data supplied by MRIS and its member Association(s) of REALTORS who are not responsible for its accuracy. Does not reflect all activity in the marketplace. Data from January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010 on number of units bought and sold $1 million and above. Information contained in this report is deemed reliable but not guaranteed, should be independently verified, and does not constitute an opinion of MRIS or Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. @2011 All rights reserved.

3%

10%

Sotheby’s

0%

2%

Christie’s International Real Estate

Sotheby’s

Source: www.christiesrealestate.com (Q1/Q2 2011) Number of Agents www.sothebysrealty.com (Q1/Q2 2011) 40,000

Number of Offices

0 0

Percentage of Online Property Ads > $10 Million 7%

4%

15%

0%

Sotheby’s

5%

20%

4.4%

Christie’s International Real Estate

6%

25%

7.2%

0%

7%

32%

30%

8.6%

41%

40% 20%

$2

15 15

90%

80%

$8

1,095

32,200

1,000

30,000

800

551

600 400

20,000

11,400

10,000

200 0

Contact us today to put the combined strength of Long & Foster’s Extraordinary Properties® and Christie’s International Real Estate to work for you.

Christie’s International Real Estate

www.ExtraordinaryProperties.com

Sotheby’s

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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The Northwest

Current

Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Keeping track of it all Particularly with the extreme heat, public spaces usually overflowing with activity seemed to lack their usual vim and vigor last weekend. That’s sure to change come fall, when the mercury drops and residents now ensconced in Maine or Rehoboth return. Georgetown, in particular, will see a flurry of special events. In October alone, there’s one major footrace, walk, bike ride or festival each weekend. Most of the attendees will undoubtedly have a great time, and the events all have a charitable component. But the events can cause major transportation headaches. The Marine Corps Marathon, for example, will require staggered two- to three-hour closures of Key Bridge, Canal Road, Foxhall Road, M and K streets, and Wisconsin Avenue. The fact that the events’ organizers have appeared before the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission — as well as the panels representing other affected areas, such as the Palisades and Foggy Bottom — is a testament to procedural improvements implemented years ago. At times in the past, the city would issue event permits with no real notice or opportunity for input. That gave rise to frequent reports of people who couldn’t get to the airport on time or even of ambulances stuck at a roadblock waiting for runners or bicyclists to pass. Proper planning and management can mitigate much of the inconvenience. As long as trained personnel are on site at intersections, it’s likely an emergency vehicle will be able to proceed with little delay. Despite these efforts, some events still draw complaints. But a few anecdotes about past events are unlikely to sway city officials. When a race or festival snarls traffic, community leaders in the most affected neighborhoods should document the negative impacts. Then, the city ought to reject applications from organizers whose events have caused significant problems, or at the very least require them to post a substantial bond that would be forfeited unless they fulfill their commitments and adhere to city rules.

Shared responsibility At a recent forum on nightlife issues in Georgetown, Skip Coburn complained of an overemphasis on businesses when penalties are distributed for underage drinking. The executive director of the DC Nightlife Association said the liquor license holder bears too much of the punishment in cases in which minors are served. For a first-time offense, a licensee pays a $1,000 to $2,000 fine and can face a five-day suspension, according to the D.C. Code. There are also often hefty legal bills. “We must be responsible for peoples’ behavior, and it’s very difficult to do,” said Mr. Coburn. “People break the law and the restaurateur has to pay,” he said, adding that police “do not have the manpower to make many arrests.” Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Melvin Gresham, who also attended the forum, responded that police do arrest users of fake identification cards. “It’s an issue of great concern,” he said, noting that most underage drinkers who are arrested must pay a fine. The law also imposes a 90-day driver’s license suspension on first-time offenders, but that charge can be dismissed if the accused attends a “diversion program.” We believe penalties on licensees should be minimized when the establishment’s staffers are doing their best to monitor alcohol service. In some cases, a careful forgery could seem legitimate, yet the bar could suffer a five-day loss of alcohol service for accepting it. A business that is making a good-faith effort to serve only those over 21 should not be heavily penalized for the occasional error. Also, multiple-time underage drinkers should face the threat of some jail time — a real deterrent.

The Current

Letters to the Editor Bicyclists’ behavior needs close study

Mr. Thomas M. DeFeo is absolutely correct [“Too many bicyclists ignore traffic rules,” Letters to the Editor, July 13]. The bicyclists completely ignore the law, and no police officers are enforcing the laws. I would love to see your paper do an indepth story on this. John Lumsden Logan Circle

Maryland state tournament in Brunswick. The boys and girl of the D.C. champions from Cap City (like the Northwest Little League 11/12 team, the Cap City 9/10 team features a girl in the starting lineup) were as deserving of your attention as the Northwest Little League 11/12s. So, too, was the fact that with five Little Leagues from throughout the District participating in the All-Star tournament at the 9/10-year-old level, organized baseball is beginning to reestablish itself in neighborhoods where it has long been absent. Bernard Ohanian

Chevy Chase Sidewalk bicycling jeopardizes walkers Museum found an On a daily basis, I have expeappropriate home rienced total disregard of pedes-

trian safety by bicyclists who commute from Silver Spring to downtown D.C. using the sidewalk. I walk my dog on 16th Street between the hours of 7 and 9 a.m., and I see many bicyclists speed along on the sidewalk with total disregard for pedestrians. They are upon you before you realize it. It is putting pedestrians at risk. Shouldn’t bicyclists have to ride in the street lanes? Verona Wilson Washington, D.C.

Riders should elect Metro leadership

The D.C. Council chairman’s removal of Tommy Wells from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s board of directors illustrates why members of this board should be elected rather than appointed. Bus and subway riders, not SUV drivers, should decide who sits on the board, and it should consist of riders who are elected by riders. Douglas Rowe Cathedral Heights

Little Leaguers deserved coverage

While the Northwest Little League 11- and 12-year-old AllStars certainly deserve congratulations for winning a three-team tournament and advancing to Bristol, Conn. [“Little Giants bring home big-league comeback win,” July 20], The Current missed part of the local Little League story. That same week, the Capitol City 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars — made up primarily of kids from Lafayette, Janney and Deal — won five games in six days to take a five-team tournament and advance to represent D.C. in the

Tom Sherwood is on vacation. His column will resume when he returns.

It was good to see Jessica Gould’s fine page-one article highlighting the opening of the African American Civil War Museum [“War museum depicts long fight for freedom,” July 20]. Might I add an intriguing coincidence? The museum, as noted, occupies a portion of the Grimke building. This one-time elementary school is named after a family with deep roots in issues of freedom. Archibald and Francis Grimke, graduates of the Princeton Theological Seminary, were both successful men here in D.C. after the Civil War. Born in bondage before the Civil War, they were the sons of South Carolina plantation owner Henry Grimke and his slave Nancy Weston. Henry also happened to be the brother of the renowned abolitionists and women’s rights activists known as “the Grimke Sisters,” who had left their native Charleston, S.C., to tour the United States, becoming some of the first female public speakers in the land. Thus, the museum has indeed found an appropriate home. Glenn Marcus Woodley Park

Cheh amendment didn’t solve issue

As The Current has reported, the D.C. Council voted July 12 to delay taxing out-of-state municipal bonds [“Council limits impact of bond tax,” July 13]. As it stands now, the tax will be effective Jan. 1, 2012. Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh offered the amendment to postpone the effective date, which had been set at Jan. 1, 2011! She chose to postpone that date, not secure a grandfather provision — an unwise choice — but your article says she’ll now focus on a grandfather provision for current investments. The change in effective date does little to mitigate the outrage with this proposal. What we need is a grandfather clause for current investments. Period.

Without that, it’s like the council tripling property taxes on homes only on certain streets. No problem, says the council. These homeowners can just sell these homes and buy some others where the new triple tax doesn’t apply. And we’ll give them a year to do it. Outrageous. This new tax applies to the types of investments held by retirees who are relying on the (fixed) income the bonds provide to fund their retirement. Fixed income isn’t fixed. The council can steal it. The new tax is intended to force the holders of these bonds to sell their current investments, a large percentage of whose value will have been expropriated by the council. This new tax penalizes those who planned for their retirement and made sure that they would have enough income. To single them out for penalties is grossly unfair and punitive. When you sell these devalued investments, you have to pay commissions and capital gains taxes — another tax imposed by the council. Then you can’t find remotely as many options for buying new bonds. Your prospect for finding good yields falls. The yields you thought you’d wisely locked in 10 to 20 years ago — they’ve evaporated. You also get much less selection of bonds, so you can’t diversify to protect yourself. Lower yields and more risk — exactly what D.C. retirees do not need in a time when it’s hard to find high yields and risk is growing exponentially. The big question is whether Mary Cheh will use the next five months to win a grandfathering of current investments. A change in effective date does not solve the problem. With some 19,000 Ward 3 households being hit by this unconscionable and retroactive tax, we’ll be watching her very closely. Delaying the fall of the hatchet is no comfort for retirees. The pain and injustice will be simply postponed by a few months. Chuck Ludlam Cleveland Park

Bond tax penalizes District residents

There is a point to add to the justified chorus of complaints arising against those D.C. Council members who voted to tax non-D.C. municipal bonds. Are they aware that D.C. residents, unlike residents of most U.S. states, including our neighbors in Virginia and Maryland, will be unable to buy tax-exempt municipal bond funds because they simply do not exist for D.C.? Taxation without representation is one exceptional penalty for living in the District. Now the council has added another. Richard Spear Chevy Chase


The Current

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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Marcelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, as well as in Australia, England, France and his native New Zealand. Despite his pedibeth cope gree, Ashwell isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the sort to be distracted by the limelight. Zincâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to keep it simple: While these connections may Cook good food, hopefully make not be immediately apparent to diners, many more are literally on some money, go home to family,â&#x20AC;? he said. display: Warner created a photo The food wall running heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cooking the length of includes classithe restaurant cal items such that presents as onion soup, folks both mussels marinfamous and iere, steak fritfamilial. es, cured salm Shots feaon and veal ture Warnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bill Petros/The Current blanquette. mother talking John Warner had wanted to open Other popular to Sen. Jay a Cleveland Park bistro for years. choices at Le Rockefeller; Zinc are Warnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatWisconsin goat cheese croquette grandmother, photographed by famed â&#x20AC;&#x2122;40s photographer Weegee; salad, pan-seared sea scallops and red snapper with a basil brioche a number of bands â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including The Clash â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that Warner encoun- crust, according to Warner. All fit into the French bistro tered during years spent working concept â&#x20AC;&#x201D; casual but delicious â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the music business; and Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali and other with even the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name serving as a nod to the cuisine. luminaries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In France, one often refers to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been my intent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; neighborhood bistro as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;le zincâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the restaurant of my dreams, in because of the bar,â&#x20AC;? which is clad my head, would be all about phoin the metal, Warner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tographs,â&#x20AC;? said Warner, who always considered myself an amaexplained that he collects photos teur Francophile.â&#x20AC;? and counts a number of gallery Le Zinc is currently open 5 to owners among his friends. 9 p.m. Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m. Of course, Le Zinc is also Monday through Thursday and 5 about food. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told my investors, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Lunch hours should be added by rock-star chef,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Warner said of early August. Ashwell, who has also worked at

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Lovitch, is more cost-effective for patients and practitioners. â&#x2013; commissioners and meeting attendees discussed results from the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survey on residential parking. The online survey, which went live in May and remained open until June 15, asked residents for their response to three proposed changes to parking regulations: increasing Residential Parking Permit hours, implementing resident-only parking on one side of the street, or a combination of the two. Residents had the option to indicate that they prefer the status quo. More than 300 residents responded to the survey, and 71 percent said they want to see the parking regulations change. Of those, 45 percent said they favor implementing a combination of efforts. Results of the survey can be found at anc3b.org. At this time, commissioners expect to recommend that restricted hours be increased for the entire commission area, and considering resident-only parking in areas adjacent to Wisconsin Avenue, including Hall Place, W Place and Tunlaw Road. The commissioners will hold a community meeting in September to discuss the issue further. Moving forward, they plan to work with the D.C. Department of Transportation and Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh to finalize their proposal in October and November, and hope that new parking regulations will be implemented by February or March. â&#x2013;  commissioner Jackie Blumenthal gave an update on the protest of JPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liquor license renewal. Blumenthal said she presented a 27-page letter at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board hearing, asking that the board revoke the license. Blumenthal said the neighborhood has changed significantly since that license was grandfathered in, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for the board to reconsider whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appropriate to have a nude-dancing establishment in a family-friendly area, right across from a playground and near a new school. Commissioners voted unanimously to endorse the letter. The boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision is expected in August. â&#x2013;  the owner of CafĂŠ Romeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a pizza parlor at 2132 Wisconsin Ave., told commissioners he is seeking a liquor license to serve beer and wine and would like their support. He said he is concerned about the future of his business, and that he decided to pursue the license in order to compete with pizza chains in the area. Commissioner Jackie Blumenthal asked him to discuss the vacant building next to the cafe. The owner said he is interested in purchasing that property, which would be preferable to renting his space, which he does now. Commissioner Brian Cohen said that commissioners canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t commit to their votes now, but he encouraged the owner to apply for the license.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact info@anc3b.org or visit anc3b.org. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit anc3c.org. ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley/wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades/kent/foxhall The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org. ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university park American University Park

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Gonzaga guard’s game draws a crowd By MIKE DEFABO Current Correspondent

Gonzaga point guard Nate Britt has been dizzying defenders for years with his signature crossover. Now, his moves are turning the heads of college scouts. A standout for Gonzaga and the D.C. Assault — an Amateur Athletic Union travel team with at least five alumni in the NBA and dozens more at Division I colleges — Britt is establishing himself as one of the top point guards in the nation. Scout.com, a top recruiting service, lists him as the best point guard in the class of 2013, and ESPN ranks him third at the position. On June 17, Britt received a scholarship offer from the University of Maryland; he has also had offers from the universities of Arizona, Miami and Pittsburgh, and Georgetown, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier universities. “I’m just overwhelmed,” he said in an interview. So was the competition the last two seasons. In his sophomore year, Britt averaged 13.6 points, 5.2 assists, four rebounds and three steals per game, helping Gonzaga

to a 26-8 record as the Eagles made it to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title game. At the end of the season, he became just the eighth sophomore since 1957 to be named All-Met. He was also named Gatorade Player of the Year. The accolades didn’t end there. In June, Britt cemented the Weekend Warrior Award at the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 camp, where he put up an event-best 30-point performance. The game made him the second-leading scorer at the camp, with 16.7 points per game. “He’s just a great all-around kid,” said Gonzaga head coach Steve Turner. “He’ll shake your hand the right way, look you in the eye and say, ‘Yes sir,’ [or] ‘No sir.’ And as a basketball player, he’s a pleasure to watch.” Coaches marvel at the lefty’s deft ball handling and his ability to get into the paint and finish. Turner says Britt makes every player on the court better with his unselfish attitude, and points to the 17-yearold’s work ethic as the key to his success. “He’ll take something that someone says is his weakness and turn it into a strength,” Turner said.

During the Amateur Athletic Union season, Britt has been working to perfect his game. “I’ve been knocking down the 3-point shot a lot this spring and summer,” he said. “That is something that I want to continue to improve on.” Britt also said he wants to get into the weight room after the travel circuit winds down at the end of July to add some bulk to his 165pound frame. He believes this will help prepare him for the next level. The guard said it’s still too early for him to say which way he is leaning for college, but added that he could make his final decision as early as this season. For now, Britt said, he’s just focused on finishing out his high school career at Gonzaga and redeeming back-to-back losses to DeMatha in league title games. He does think about the future, though. The junior said he has heard scouts compare him to Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, and noted that he’d like to follow in the footsteps of former Duke University point guard Kyrie Irving, the top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. “I could see myself [in the NBA] ... so that’s what I’m striving for,” he said.

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Italy says ‘benvenuto’ to Moldoveanu Colts forward By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

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St. John’s and American University alum Vlad Moldoveanu signed a deal last week to play basketball professionally for the Italian squad Benetton Treviso.

Vlad Moldoveanu, a St. John’s and American University alum, signed last week with the Italian Serie A team Benetton Treviso, giving him the opportunity to do what countless kids dream of — play basketball professionally. “I think I can grow with this team,” Moldoveanu wrote in an email to The Current yesterday. “[We] will be a young and talented team. Benetton is one of the most prestigious of all the [European squads].” Moldoveanu joins a Benetton roster that includes former NBA player Brian Skinner. Past Benetton players include former NBA champion Toni Kukoc, who also led Benetton to its first championship as a franchise in 1992. For Moldoveanu, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward, it all started in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. He came to the United States from Bucharest, Romania, to attend St. John’s and became one of the top players in the league before his 2007 graduation. “It was important to play at the highest level possible in high school and I think the WCAC does that to an athlete,” he wrote. “It throws you in the middle of the fire, in the middle of probably one of the best athletic leagues in the U.S. It was a great experience

and I am thankful for the opportunity St. John’s gave me.” From St. John’s, Moldoveanu originally signed with George Mason University, but — dissatisfied with the amount of playing time he was getting — he transferred during his sophomore year. His perimeter game fit in well with the Eagles, and he quickly became a starter. Moldoveanu won All-Patriot League FirstTeam honors in both 2010 and 2011, averaging 19.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and becoming the 28th Eagle to hit the 1,000point mark. The entire time, Moldoveanu said, he was focused on elevating his game. “I self-disciplined myself to [play like] a professional in college,” he said. “That way I could put my best foot forward every day I stepped on the floor.” Now, the Romanian star has returned to Europe, where he is already making an impact for his national team. In a tournament in Portugal last week in which his team finished third, Moldoveanu scored 45 points in a single game and was named tournament MVP. While he hopes to return to D.C. for a visit next summer, he is now focused on pleasing his newfound Italian fans. “One of my favorite quotes is, ‘You have to hate losing more than you love to win.’ … I want to win a lot of games with Benetton and make everyone that loves [them] happy,” he said.

makes the jump By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

After turning up the heat on the basketball court this summer, rising Coolidge senior Maurice Jeffers is now bound for the University of Delaware. The forward averaged just over four points per game last season, but he’s had a great offseason playing for his Virginia Assault travel team, and college scouts have taken notice. On Wednesday, Jeffers gave his verbal commitment to the Blue Hens. Coach Vaughn Jones said Jeffers, who is 6-foot-8 and 215 pounds, has improved his stock by “getting a little physically stronger [and] playing more basketball” this summer. The coach, who played for George Washington University, said Jeffers’ “upside is what a lot of the coaches like.” Jeffers developed into a strong defender a year ago, and should “anchor the middle” as a senior, Jones said. “He’s a very athletic big man.” The coach said “a very good comparison” to Jeffers is Marcus Camby, an NBA star with a huge wingspan who excels at blocking shots and finishing at the rim. Jones played against Camby when the latter was at the University of Massachusetts.


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â&#x20AC;˘ adding a sidewalk or walkway on the western side; â&#x20AC;˘ building, if necessary, minimal and aesthetically satisfactory retaining walls; â&#x20AC;˘ maintaining the existing style of lighting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;except where needed to improve safetyâ&#x20AC;?; â&#x20AC;˘ minimal loss of trees; â&#x20AC;˘ maintenance of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;country roadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; aestheticâ&#x20AC;?; and â&#x20AC;˘ appropriate repair of the culvert bridge over the Pinehurst Tributary. The Transportation Department and the Federal Highway Administration have laid out four options for upgrading the 1.7-mile wooded road beside Rock Creek Park between Military Road and Western Avenue, and all proposals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; aside from a required â&#x20AC;&#x153;no actionâ&#x20AC;? alternative â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would add sidewalks. Two of the options would add bike lanes and a grassy swale to capture storm water. As it is now, Oregon Avenue suffers from infrastructure problems, safety issues and inadequate links for pedestrians and cyclists, according to the environmental assessment the city released June 13. The full document is available at oregonaveea.com. One controversial point has been sidewalks. The neighborhood commission letter calls for â&#x20AC;&#x153;an adequate sidewalk or other walkway along the western side of the Avenue, with possible variation depending on the particular situation of the homeowner or property, including where necessitated the use of an asphalt or gravel path or other pervious material in lieu of a concrete sidewalk.â&#x20AC;? Thompson said the goal of that item is simply to indicate that Oregon should have some sort of pathway alongside it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Really, it

honored by the opportunity to help veterans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Men and women sacrifice enormously for this nation,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to transform education for the veterans because they transformed America for us.â&#x20AC;? He added that the university already serves 300 veterans or veteran-dependents, with offerings that range from counseling and support groups to disability services. Blatcher said the coalition is also working with federal lawmakers to posthumously promote Young from colonel to brigadier general. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Colonel Young will never benefit from this honor,â&#x20AC;? he said. But, he said, America will. just comes down to between nothing and something, and the letter just says there should be something,â&#x20AC;? he said. Les Sotsky, representing Neighbors United, said the only way to get such a path â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rather than the 5-foot-wide cement sidewalk typically required â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would be to seek exemption from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sidewalk law. That measure requires installation of sidewalks when a road is rebuilt, but allows certain exceptions; Sotsky said Oregon Avenue would meet the requirements. Before the vote, Sotsky had urged the commission to wait until after the city responds to a Freedom of Information Act request that his group â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is receiving pro bono assistance from the law firm Arnold and Porter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; submitted, seeking all documents on the plans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have filed FOIA requests that are much broader than [what the commission thought]. â&#x20AC;Ś Why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we wait three, four more weeks?â&#x20AC;? Thompson said commissioners had considered the matter and wanted to weigh in by the deadline. He offered a list of specific suggestions for the roadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s update, which Thompson and Engel said seemed to overlap largely with the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requests. Sotsky urged the commissioners to take a few more days to merge their points with his groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, but commissioners voted 6-1 to send their letter as is. Carolyn Cook lodged the only â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? vote, noting that, at its last meeting, the commission had advocated for an extension to the deadline on public comment. She said residents do not have sufficient information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like DDOT to actually have a meeting with residents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a true Q-and-A,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now people in our community â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they feel very confused.â&#x20AC;?


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The Field: Pepco is committed to improving our customers’ experience through a comprehensive plan to upgrade the system, announced last year. We are making progress and our work continues to reduce both the frequency and the duration of power outages that cause our customers inconvenience and frustration.

Reliability Improvement Progress Report July 2011 – District of Columbia

Our work on this plan will continue over the next three and a half years, but it won’t stop there. We will always work hard to more effectively provide safe, reliable electric service to our customers. Below is an update on our work in the District of Columbia. For information about Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, we invite you to visit us at pepco.com.

247 Miles of Trees TriMMeD Fallen trees and limbs cause most power outages. To improve reliability, Pepco has trimmed more than 250 miles of power lines in D.C. since September 2010. We’re on target to trim 416 miles in the District by the end of the year. Staffing for tree trimming has been increased to four times the normal complement of workers to meet the project’s demands.

29 Power line UPgraDe ProJeCTs CoMPleTeD This year, Pepco has completed seven projects to upgrade distribution feeders – power lines that serve large numbers of customers – to improve reliability in areas that have experienced more frequent outages. Upgrades were completed in June in Shepherd Park, Benning and two locations in Anacostia. Work has begun on two new projects, in Brookland near Catholic University and Deanwood, and another project in Friendship Heights. Our crews continue to work on distributionlevel power lines in Anacostia, Benning, Chevy Chase, Crestwood, Capitol Hill and on Georgia Avenue. We will start an additional seven projects in the next two months.

18 sysTeM growTh ProJeCTs CoMPleTeD To serve the growing demand for electricity, Pepco is upgrading power lines and adding circuits throughout the District. In June, Pepco completed upgrades in the Anacostia and Chevy Chase areas and continued work in the H Street, NE Corridor, which is coordinated with the ongoing street improvement project. Pepco has completed 18 of 19 projects since September 2010, with the final project on Minnesota Avenue planned for completion this December.

15 aDvanCeD ConTrol sysTeMs are Being insTalleD We are installing advanced control systems that allow the electric system to identify problems and, in some cases, automatically restore power to most affected customers within minutes. We continue making progress on the 15 projects planned for completion this year in the Benning, Deanwood, River Terrace, Palisades and Van Ness areas.

assessMenT of UnDergroUnD ProJeCTs UnDerway In areas where traditional modifications to the overhead system have not produced the desired results, Pepco will selectively replace the overhead system with an underground system. Two feeders in the District meet this criteria and an engineering evaluation has begun on both.

ADDITIONAL PROGRESS AT PEPCO You’ll also see improvements in our customer service. We have hired additional staff to answer your calls and are using smartphone apps and our website to provide more convenient, efficient ways for you to report outages and find information about your electric service. If you have comments or suggestions, reach us on Twitter (@PepcoConnect) or at pepco.com.

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could contribute to the area’s chaos and bad reputation. “It leads to a circus-like atmosphere, which is what we’re interested in seeing changed,” said Denis James, president of the Kalorama Citizens Association. Duperier said “three or four business own-

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ers wanted them, but the vast majority” of the neighborhood seems opposed. But Ayala said he has heard mostly positive responses to his group’s presence. “I spoke to a lot of the store managers and owners; they all said … ‘We want you here, we need you to operate,’” he said. Bill Duggan, owner of the Madam’s Organ bar at 2461 18th St., sees the Guardian Angels only as evidence of police ineptitude. “For the police to claim to need them is such a pathetic

admission of their impotence,” he said. Duggan dismissed Operation Adams Morgan as just more of the same hoopla he’s seen in the past. “I believe we’ll probably get a short-term, knee-jerk response … which we’ve gotten over the years.” He said the real problem on 18th Street is that the officers have seemed reluctant to enforce the laws and have clustered in groups rather than canvassing the area. Several community members spoke of

scarcity of police presence. “It just seems too light to handle the crowds, particularly in the summer,” James said. Kucick said prior to Operation Adams Morgan, police deployed about 10 officers in the area on weekend nights. In addition, the Adams Morgan Business Improvement District and individual businesses have funded six “reimbursable detail” officers — off-duty police employees on overtime.

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From Page 3 lingering problem, and the Park Service eventually intervened. Canoe club members like Betsy Ray, a U.S. Junior National Team kayaker, have felt the effects of its closure. She said she and others were unable to store equipment inside, leaving boats, weights and gear at the mercy of the great outdoors. Ray also said the lack of bathroom facilities was “extremely inconvenient,” requiring her to wash off with a hose and use a portable toilet. She said the situation made it “really difficult to practice.” Carlstrom said the Park Service wants to eventually restore the boathouse and is looking for a permanent solution to what became an unavoidable problem.

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year, Sanders said, as well as to fill in a poorly draining stretch of the Whitehaven Trail in 2012. The group relies on volunteers, so its funds go toward purchasing materials. Because the trails club is hesitant to accept the Transportation Department’s terms for the grant, Sanders said it is now looking for a series of smaller grants from entities such as the advisory neighborhood commissions in which the group will carry out the work. At its July 14 meeting, the Glover Park advisory neighborhood commission unanimously voted to award the trail club a $2,500 grant for Whitehaven Trail work near 37th Street and Whitehaven Parkway. Sanders said he expects to seek a similar amount from the Chevy Chase commission in the future. Neighborhood commissions seldom grant much more than that to a single organization, and some don’t issue grants at all. “Now that we’re trying to get funding for materials in a more scattershot way, it has sort of scrambled that timeline and has extended the length of all these projects,” Sanders said. “Instead of acquiring the materials all at once, ... we will instead be working on them in smaller increments.” He now projects the work on the Western Ridge and Whitehaven trails will take two to three years. But because the Wesley HeightsSpring Valley advisory neighbor-

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Park Service officials say the interior is uninhabitable.

“We want to preserve the building … but we can’t allow it to deteriorate the way it has and still allow people to utilize it,” he said. The Washington Canoe Club, founded in 1904, has produced more than two-dozen Olympians in canoeing and kayaking since 1924. Its boathouse was designated a District of Columbia landmark in January 1973. Canoe club president Andrew Soles and other club representatives did not respond to requests for comment. hood commission doesn’t give grants, he worries the steps replacement has been “postponed indefinitely.” The Wesley Heights Trail steps “are decaying and need to be replaced, but we can probably limp through for another year or two,” Sanders said. He said the “Whitehaven project is probably the most badly needed. The trail is deteriorating very quickly” as users trample surrounding vegetation to get around the soggy section. Tom Smith, chair of the Wesley Heights-Spring Valley advisory neighborhood commission — which endorsed the initial Transportation Department grant request — reported the trails club’s difficulties at the body’s July 6 meeting. “This may be something we want to have a conversation with DDOT about,” Smith said. Sanders said his group is less than confident in its ability to secure the Transportation Department funds for the projects. “I think the fact that we’ve already started applying to other agencies, to the ANCs, for money is a significant comment on whether we still expect the DDOT grant to come through,” he said. The club has been a longtime partner of the National Park Service in working on D.C. trails. In an interview earlier this year, Park Service spokesperson Bill Line said the group contributed 1,642 volunteer hours in 2010. The Park Service “would not be able to complete all the work the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club is able to help us with,” Line said.


The People and Places of Northwest Washington

July 27, 2011 ■ Page 15

Zoo campers give goldfish extreme habitat makeover

By JACKIE ZUBRZYCKI Current Correspondent

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ou’re ready to live in the wild,” whispered the camper as he shook the goldfish vigorously out of a plastic bag and into the lily pond at the Tregaron estate in Cleveland Park. It may not be quite “wild,” but it’s close enough for both Sydney Jacobs, an environmental educator at the National Zoo, and the 7and 8-year-olds attending the Zoo’s Summer Safari Day Camp. The group helped release 440 fish to the recently restored pond on July 14. And the campers took the task to heart: “We’re helping the community and helping them lay more eggs so they can live with another fish and be happy,” said one. Each week, the Zoo camp offers a focus on a different theme: Campers see animals, learn about the environment and take trips to local parks. The 15 campers releasing fish

at Tregaron were participating in a program called “Extreme Home Makeover: Zoo Edition,” which focused on animal habitats. To teach them about fish and beaver habitats, Jacobs was glad to take the kids to Tregaron, a former private estate now open for public use. “Rock Creek is too dirty to take kids to,” she said. And Tregaron offered not only a spot to let loose fish, but also a more concrete challenge: building dams. The campers marveled as Jacobs showed them a beaver skull and talked about the animal’s remarkable ability to alter the environment by creating dams. There were gasps when Jacobs told the kids they would get a chance to build their own. And build they did. The students broke into groups and used mud, rocks and sticks to create barriers in the streams that run through Tregaron. “Our dam was actually work-

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Campers release goldfish into a restored pond at the Tregaron estate in Cleveland Park. The National Zoo’s Summer Safari Day Camp focuses on a different environmental theme each week. A recent program involved a trip to Tregaron to study the habitats of fish and beavers. ing!” said one camper. Another volunteered to help a struggling crew: “He’s desperately needing help, and we’re the dambuilding crew to give it to him!” Like many environmental educators, Jacobs favors a hands-on approach. “Being outside is really important,” she said. But her program also offers a conservation message: “We’ve changed our planet. Now we need to learn to live sustainably,” she said. “That’s a message that needs to be given to adults as well as kids.” Program aide Michaela Burton, a high-schooler who met Jacobs as

a participant in an environmental service program for kids, described an environment hanging in “a thin balance. … We could wind up like in ‘Wall-E,’ or it could get better,” she said, referencing the 2008 Pixar film in which humans have abandoned a trash-covered Earth. “So it’s important to tell kids — here’s the issue, here’s something you can do.” Chase Douglas, another high school aide, was a camper at the National Zoo before he began volunteering with Jacobs. He said sharing environmental information

with kids is important and potentially powerful. “Kids are receptive if you tell them in the right way. They like to meet a challenge head-on,” he said. Tregaron is a particularly suitable location for teaching these environmental lessons. The property, which recently became available for public use through the nonprofit Tregaron Conservancy, is being restored to a design by noted early 20th-century landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman. Restored historic paths with new See Campers/Page 30

New anthology collects authors’ takes on Washington By JACKIE ZUBRYZCKI Current Correspondent

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GWU Professor Christopher Sten’s new book collects writing about Washington from dozens of sources.

f you were to describe Washington, D.C., as it exists in the popular imagination, you might start with the capital, bustling with politicians and aides; you might add in some typical media types or maybe a distant note from Duke Ellington or Chuck Brown drifting down U Street. But as far as literature goes? D.C. is no 1920s Paris. With “Literary Capital: A Washington Reader,” Christopher Sten, a professor at George Washington University, set out to challenge that picture and “make a case for” Washington as a literary center. Sten introduced the anthology at Politics and Prose bookstore this month, reading excerpts from work by Mark Twain, Abigail Adams and Frederick Douglass, all of whom are featured in the new anthology. “Literary Capital” collects 481 pages of

writing about D.C., including poetry, letters, essays and a variety of styles of nonfiction and fiction. The anthology features work by canonical writers like Henry James, fiction by modern-day Washington writers like Edward P. Jones and Mario Bencastro and poetry by Elizabeth Bishop and Walt Whitman. But the collection also includes writers that will be unfamiliar to many, as well as less-well-known pieces by famous writers. “Washington writing has been more eclectic, more diverse, and that’s why it’s

been more neglected or overlooked,” Sten said. Sten is an expert in the work of Herman Melville, and he teaches courses on American literature. As he instructed undergraduates at George Washington, he realized that most of the writers he taught about had passed through the nation’s capital: “I began by discovering that these favorite American authors, many of whom I’d teach, had spent time in Washington.” And “because they were writers, they had something to say about it.” At the Politics and Prose reading, Sten said his research ultimately confirmed that there was a strong history of writing about Washington, and that “more well-known authors have written about Washington than even specialists realized.” Each of the seven chapters of the anthology is focused on a theme: “Eye of the Storm” includes writing about the Civil War See Literary/Page 30


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Sutton Towers unit offers views out, amenities within

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asy living is available in this Wesley Heights duplex, which offers 24-hour gatehouse and doorman service, an on-

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site pool and tennis courts, and garage parking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all just steps from a shopping area featuring the ever-popular Chef Geoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a Starbucks, a liquor store, several boutiques and a medical office building. There are two condo properties on this New Mexico Avenue site: Sutton Place, a series of town houses, and Sutton Towers, a 10-story building. Unit 509 sits on the fifth floor of the towers, with its corner location providing views of both tennis courts and pool below. The unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entry opens to an open hall with two closets. Stairs lead up to the living room, where soaring windows stretch all the way to the 13-foot ceiling. They

also open onto a balcony where one could sit in a lounge chair and gaze at the pool â&#x20AC;&#x201D; without leaving home. The stairs continue up to the open main level, arriving in a sizable dining room that looks out over the living space. This room is big enough to provide a dual use, with sufficient space to tuck in a desk and shelves without crowding the table. Next is the kitchen, where the owner provided a major service by knocking down the wall and replacing it with a granite-topped island/breakfast bar. The result is an entirely open living space, with owner and guests able to converse from living room to dining to kitchen. Some may find the kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cabinets need updating, but the space is generally in good shape, with relatively new GE and Kenmore appliances, marble counters and tile floors. Parquet flooring covers the rest of the unit. Down a hall from the dining room are two bedrooms. The mas-

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This fifth-floor, two-bedroom Sutton Towers corner unit is priced at $599,900. The monthly condo fee is $960. ter has a connected bathroom, a particularly large walk-in closet, and an attached balcony â&#x20AC;&#x201D; offering a sunset view to complement the living roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sunrise scenes. From this balcony one can check out the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s racquet club, which is open to individual members for a $250 annual fee (slightly more for families). Two to three on-site pros are available for lessons. Unlike in the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior units, the second bedroom here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which could also serve as an office â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has windows on two sides, providing further views of the tennis courts and the large pool. On a recent sweltering weekday, only a

few users were taking advantage of this outdoor amenity, suggesting thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of room for newcomers. This bedroom also has a walk-in closet. Both a hall and the master bathroom have been updated with granite and Italian marble. The hall bath offers a Jacuzzi tub/shower, while the master has a stall shower. Three hall closets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bringing the unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total number to seven â&#x20AC;&#x201D; offer space for linens, spillover clothes and a stacked washer/dryer. The unit also comes with a storage space and garage parking spot, and

the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condo board is planning to update the lobby and add a new exercise room. A party room is also available, and pets are welcome. The 192-unit Sutton Towers, located at 3101 New Mexico Ave., was built in 1979. Unit 509, which comprises 1,653 square feet, is listed for $599,900 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; down from $624,900 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and carries a monthly condo fee of $960. For more information, contact Yolanda Mamone of McEnearney Associates Inc. at 202-262-9754 or ymamone@mcenearney.com.

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tially devastating, effects on young athletes. The D.C. law applies to youths under 18. For school sports teams, nonschool leagues, recreation department sports â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and now, in-school gym classes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the new law will require information about concussion symptoms and impacts to be distributed to coaches, school administrators, student athletes and parents. It also will require a signed form to indicate parents received the material before their children can participate in sports. That last paperwork requirement evoked some debate at the council July 12. Ward 3 member Mary Cheh worried that the hassle of getting parents to sign yet one more form could keep kids from fulfilling the increased P.E. requirements that are a pivotal part of her Healthy Schools Act. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Would children in kindergarten need a permission slip? If they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn it in, all that we worked for is gone,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to encourage physical activity, but [with this amendment] you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play kick-

ball without a permission slip,â&#x20AC;? said at-large member David Catania, who steered the original bill through his Committee on Health. At-large member Phil Mendelson, chief sponsor of the concussion bill, scoffed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Too much is being made of this,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents are required to sign all kinds of forms [for sports and school]. The bill is about, if a kid falls on his head, he should be pulled out â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with or without this amendment.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kickball can turn into dodge ball or murder ball,â&#x20AC;? said Harry Thomas of Ward 5, another sponsor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a safeguard. â&#x20AC;Ś Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about concussions, and protecting kids.â&#x20AC;? The amendment to explicitly extend the concussion protection law to P.E. classes passed on a 7-6 vote. Joseph Cammarata, president of the D.C. Brain Injury Association, had also dismissed concerns about added paperwork. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So what do we do, not protect the kids? Parents sign all kinds of forms. This form will get signed.â&#x20AC;? Cammarataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group drafted the D.C. legislation. The bill is similar to laws that 27 states have adopted

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wheelchair and around-the-clock care, according to The Seattle Times. The National Coalition on Youth Sport Concussion has described the laws as â&#x20AC;&#x153;strikingly consistent,â&#x20AC;? requiring young athletes to be removed from practice or games if a concussion is suspected, and returned to play only with written authorization from a medical professional who is trained in concussion issues. Most also require concussion education for â&#x20AC;&#x153;stakeholdersâ&#x20AC;?: coaches, school administrators, parents and kids. Many require a signed statement to indicate receipt of material. Some laws also require a baseline review of mental function, so that a test after a possible concussion can show any change. Jean Rickerson, founder of sportsconcussions.org, said some of the protections may be applied to gym classes, but that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we have not seen any specific references to P.E. classes in any state law.â&#x20AC;? The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new law will not take effect until it is signed by the mayor and passes a 30-day congressional review period, suggesting implementation will not occur until sometime this fall.

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al Humane Society â&#x20AC;&#x201D; creates a licensing program for pest-control companies and regulates the capture and release of animals such as squirrels, raccoons and opossums. The measure also prevents pestcontrol companies from using leghold or body-crushing traps for animals, and it requires the companies to try to release trapped animals into the outdoors or to wildlife rehabilitation centers before opting for euthanasia. The law does allow euthanasia when other methods for animal removal are unsuccessful. And it does not apply to house mice or common rats. Giacoppo said the act provides important safeguards for animals and creates more transparency for residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just an animal protection bill,â&#x20AC;? Giacoppo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consumer protection as well.â&#x20AC;? But the measure met resistance from pest-control interests. Gene Harrington, director of government affairs for the National Pest Management Association, said the law increases pest-removal costs and eliminates tools that have been used effectively for years. He said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially concerned about the impact on neighboring jurisdictions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an issue his group has been contacting Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s congressional delegation about for months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the issues that was never addressed in the bill was the disposition of wildlife,â&#x20AC;? he said. He said officials should be particularly concerned given the incidence of rabies in Virginia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very legitimate interest in trying to make sure that wildlife from the District doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get dropped into Virginia,â&#x20AC;? he said. But Giacoppo said officials shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be worried. Virginia already has laws on its books preventing the release of out-of-state animals there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They would be breaking the law,â&#x20AC;? he said. And Giacoppo said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unlikely that pest-control companies would choose to release animals in Virginia anyway, given gas prices and the time it would take to transport the animals across state lines. He said the Washington Humane Society advocates the use of wire enclosures with one-way doors to usher animals out of houses and prevent them from returning. He added that any ambiguity in the law can be refined by adopting regulations. For instance, he said, the regulations could incorporate a provision stating that â&#x20AC;&#x153;transporting animals across jurisdictional lines is cause for a loss of license.â&#x20AC;? Giacoppo is calling on supporters to mobilize against any amendments, which he sees as an affront to home rule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like a law that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affecting Virginia and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just exercising their authority over D.C.,â&#x20AC;? he said.


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Wednesday july 27 Classes â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The event will repeat Aug. 3, 10 and 17 at noon. â&#x2013;  Kyla Lupo will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fabulous Digital Photos in 10 Easy Steps.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahaja Yoga Meditation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Michelle Cohen will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babywearing and Cloth Diaperingâ&#x20AC;? class as part of a parenting series. 7 p.m. $40; registration required. Lil Omm, 4830 V St. NW. 202-248-6304. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Ann Yao Trio will perform Chinese ensemble music on the zheng, a classic long, horizontal plucked zither that is one of Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most ancient musical instruments. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights concert series will feature Chris Collatt. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Eric Ewazen, Frank Ventre and John Williams. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  National Museum of Natural History anthropologist Lars Krutak will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skin Deep: The History and Art of Indigenous Tattooing.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW.

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Special event â&#x2013; The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center will commemorate the anniversary of the integration of the U.S. Armed Forces and the centennial of naval aviation with a film screening and panel discussion honoring Ensign Jesse Leroy Brown, the first AfricanAmerican to be trained as an aviator for the U.S. Navy. 6 p.m. Free. Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300.

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japan-in-a-Suitcaseâ&#x20AC;? will feature hands-on activities, demonstrations and stories (for ages 7 through 12). 2 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beatrix Potter Birthday Partyâ&#x20AC;? will feature stories, a puppet craft and a scavenger hunt. 3:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature bassist Antone â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chookyâ&#x20AC;? Caldwell. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. â&#x2013;  The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by The OK Corral, Foul Swoops and The Burnside Shattered. 7:15 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. fortreno.com. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Eric Ewazen, Frank Ventre and John Williams. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-4334011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  National Portrait Gallery director Martin Sullivan will discuss John Updike. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kandinsky: Painter and Philosopher.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Avi Loeb, professor of astronomy at Harvard University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Closer Look at Black Holes.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Jason Zinoman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror.â&#x20AC;? The event will include a screening of the rarely seen 1960s short films â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bloodbathâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Release.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics

Thursday, july 28 â&#x2013; Concert: South African artist Lira will perform old-school soul with contemporary twists. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  A film club for adults will feature Marc Forsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kite Runner,â&#x20AC;? based on the book by Khaled Hosseini. 1:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kidspy Spies on Screenâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 2006 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stormbreaker.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 4 p.m. $7. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  The Ault film series will feature Robert Wise and Gunther von Fritschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1944 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Curse of the Cat People.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Summer Movie Mania series will feature Don Bluthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1986 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;An American Tail.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 p.m. Free. Stead Park, 1625 P St. NW. community@reishmanrealestate.com. Performances â&#x2013;  The Wolf Trap Opera Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vocal Colors: A Musical Exploration of Visual Art,â&#x20AC;? featuring performersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; responses to art at the Phillips Collection. 6:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  Students at Sitar Arts Center will perform the Broadway musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bye Bye Birdie.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sitar Arts Center, 1700 Kalorama Road NW. 202-7972145. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Reading â&#x2013;  The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Michael Gushue and

Tours â&#x2013; Charles Robertson, deputy director emeritus of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will explain the many Civil War-era uses of the building now shared by the museum and the National Portrait Gallery, and actors portraying Walt Whitman, Clara Barton, a Union soldier and President Abraham Lincoln will share their stories. 5:30 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Susan Olling will lead a tour of the National Garden, focusing on trees and shrubs of the midAtlantic region. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2251116. Friday, July 29

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Story Hour at the African American Civil War Museumâ&#x20AC;? will feature Janet Halfmann reading from her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Storyâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 5 through 10). 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW. dawnchitty@afroamcivilwar.org. â&#x2013;  Artist Maryanne Pollock will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Your Own Superheroâ&#x20AC;? workshop (for ages 6 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Mahala performing a mix of modern pop and Township Jive, a style of South African music. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Incendio performing acoustic Latin guitar and world fusion jazz. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  German pianist Roswitha Lohmer wil perform works by Chopin, Liszt and Haydn. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202331-1495. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Concert Band will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunsets With a Soundtrack,â&#x20AC;? featuring jazz and big-band swing. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 703-696-3399. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden botanist Kyle See Events/Page 21


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Wallick will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Malvaceae.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2251116. â&#x2013; Connie Bertka, co-chair of the Human Origins Programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Broader Social Impacts Committee, and Fred Edwords, director of the United Coalition of Reason, will discuss the relationship between scientific and religious perspectives in light of the latest research on human evolution. 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Hall of Human Origins, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Author/illustrator pair Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr of Idiotsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Books will read from their catalog of satirical illustrated volumes and discuss collaboration, running a small press and their ongoing battle with genre. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.

Concerts â&#x2013; Saxophonist Ryan Kilgore, an Atlanta native, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will perform the music of Gerry Mulligan in a celebration of historic horn duos. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200.

Sporting events â&#x2013; The Washington Mystics will play the Indiana Fever. 7 p.m. $10 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the New York Mets. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, July 30

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Book sale â&#x2013; The West End Library Friends will hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bag Dayâ&#x20AC;? used-book sale. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $5 to $10 for a bag of books. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; Artist Maryanne Pollock will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Your Own Superheroâ&#x20AC;? workshop (for ages 6 through 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Underwater Tea Partyâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to travel to the South Seas, Australia, Polynesia and Melanesia through stories, crafts and native foods (for ages 4 through 8). 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations requested. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. colleen.semitekoi@dc.gov. â&#x2013;  Ages 5 and older will listen to a story about Thomas Edison and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Romona Foster will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Successful Email Marketing 101.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to noon. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. â&#x2013;  The Bead Studio will present a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Build a Successful Jewelry Business.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 3 p.m. $60; reservations required. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. thebeadstudio.org. â&#x2013;  Soprano Alexandra Phillips will lead a vocal workshop. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th St. NW. 202-

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Film â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Teen Filmfest in Julyâ&#x20AC;? will feature Ken Kwapisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2005 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.

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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Textile Museum senior curator Sumru Belger Krody will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Blossoming Style: Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Artist Matthias Pliessnig will discuss his work in â&#x20AC;&#x153;History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011,â&#x20AC;? recounting how he blurs the lines between design, craft, sculpture and engineering. 2 p.m. Free. Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Sam Chaltain will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faces of Learning: 50 Powerful Stories of Defining Moments in Education. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joby Warrick will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Vault to Screen: New Preservation From Franceâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mary Ellen Buteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1965 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passages From James Joyceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Finnegans Wakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? and George C. Stoneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1958 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Boy Who Saw Through.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Film-makersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Co-op at Fiftyâ&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Co-op Omnibus,â&#x20AC;? featuring restorations or new prints of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peggy and Fred in Hell (Prologue),â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water Motor,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Male Gayze,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Susieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ghost,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cake and Steak,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beirut Outtakesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Release.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance â&#x2013;  Karen Reedy Dance will perform. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students, teachers, seniors and artists; $8 for ages 17 and younger. 8 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The 2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic will feature Bernard Tomic, Ryan Harrison and Andy Roddick, among others. 10 a.m. $10 to $75. William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, 16th and Kennedy streets NW. 202397-7328. The tournament will continue through Aug. 7 at various times. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paws in the Parkâ&#x20AC;? hike through Montrose Park, with dogs

Noon to 3 p.m. $35; reservations required. Masala Art, 4441 Wisconsin Ave. NW. masalaartdc@gmail.com.

Saturday, july 30 â&#x2013; Special event: The National Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reptile Discovery Day will feature childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, keeper talks and animal demonstrations. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Reptile Discovery Center, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu. on leash welcome. 10 a.m. Free. R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a two-mile, 90-minute hike focusing on presidential visits to Rock Creek Park. 10 a.m. Free. R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A bus tour will visit D.C. locations used as backdrops in more than 50 television shows and movies, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Exorcist,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The West Wingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wedding Crashers.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. $34; reservations required. Tour departs from a location near Union Station. 800-979-3370. â&#x2013;  Rocco Zappone, a native Washingtonian and freelance writer, will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. Noon 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 park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a two-mile hike to Milkhouse Ford and point out the diverse natural and cultural resources that surround the historic water crossing. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070.

Concerts â&#x2013; The weekly Steel Drummer Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luce Unpluggedâ&#x20AC;? will feature a performance by the D.C. based instrumental trio the Cephalopods and a talk on William Alvin Blayneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mural No. GU-43752 (All Rights Reserved).â&#x20AC;? 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Pianist Sara Daneshpour will perform works by Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Haydn. 2 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Children of the Gospel Choir will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The 2011 Washington International Piano Festival will feature a concert by pianist Adam Golka. 6 p.m. $20; $10 for seniors and students. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. washingtonpianofest.com. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Rev. Canon John L. Peterson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Transformative Experience of Pilgrimage.â&#x20AC;? 10:10 a.m. Free. Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturer Lorena Baines will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crosscurrents in Renaissance Painting: Italy and the North.â&#x20AC;?

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2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; Thomas Kaufman will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steal the Show: A Willis Gidney Mystery.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Film-makersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Co-op at Fiftyâ&#x20AC;? will present Jack Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1963 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flaming Creaturesâ&#x20AC;? and Jose Rodriguez-Solteroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1966 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lupe.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Communityâ&#x20AC;? will feature Tom and Amy Valensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film â&#x20AC;&#x153;August to June,â&#x20AC;? about a public school going against current trends by providing opportunities for curiosity, creativity and compassion. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Open house â&#x2013;  An open house and summer party at the Montessori School of Washington will offer a chance for parents and children to tour the facility, meet teachers and learn about plans for the upcoming school year. The event will include pizza, yoga and fitness activities, and an appearance by childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performer The Great Zucchini. 3 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations requested. 4830 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-338-1557. Performance â&#x2013;  The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts and Theater J will present a staged reading of Ari Rothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Born Guiltyâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wolf in Peter,â&#x20AC;? the second and third parts of a trilogy on the drama of being See Events/Page 22

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Continued From Page 21 second generation in the shadow of the Holocaust. 3 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-824-0449. Special event â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revolution Immortalized: A Tribute to the Prophetic Work of Gil Scott Heronâ&#x20AC;? will feature music by the Neo-Groove Movement and Head Rock, spoken word by Holly Bass and the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team, video footage of some of Heronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most notable performances, and discussion of the social significance of Heronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subject matter. 5 to 7 p.m. $5 to $10 donation suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event â&#x2013;  Soccer legend Mia Hamm and baseball great Nomar Garciaparra will host a celebrity-filled soccer challenge to raise funds and awareness for families needing marrow or cord blood transplants. 11 a.m. $23. Kastles Stadium at The Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. celebritysoccerchallenge.com. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will discuss the variety of birds that live in Dumbarton Oaks Park during the summer and where they will fly next. 10 a.m. Free. Dumbarton Oaks Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a walk through Dumbarton Oaks Park and discuss the work of pioneering landscape architect Beatrix Farrand. 2 p.m. Free. Dumbarton Oaks Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202895-6070. Monday, Aug. 1

Monday august 1 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Artist Maryanne Pollock will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Your Own Superheroâ&#x20AC;? workshop (for ages 6 through 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. Class â&#x2013;  A weekly workshop will offer instruction in qi gong, a Chinese practice that uses movement, breathing and meditation techniques. 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707.

Concerts â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Proverbs performing roots reggae. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. â&#x2013;  The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by Caustic Cassanova, Loose Lips and The Dukes. 7:15 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. fortreno.com. â&#x2013;  The 2011 Washington International Piano Festival will feature a faculty recital. 7:30 p.m. $20; $10 for seniors and students. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. washingtonpianofest.com. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-2525. Discussion â&#x2013;  Melanie Benjamin will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the 1997 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hanging Garden.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dial â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for Hitchcock,â&#x20AC;? a summer movie series, will feature Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1956 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Man Who Knew Too Much,â&#x20AC;? starring James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda De Banzie and Christopher Olsen. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Globe London Presentsâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry IV Part 1,â&#x20AC;? recorded in 2010 at the Globe Theatre. 6:30 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. â&#x2013;  The Screen on the Green festival will feature Milos Formanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1975 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Flew Over the Cuckooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest,â&#x20AC;? starring Jack Nicholson,

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Washingtoniana Division will present a hands-on workshop on using library resources to research the history of D.C. homes. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 307, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1213.

Saturday, july 23 â&#x2013; Concert: Singer, guitarist and percussionist Badi Assad will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Atrium, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Louise Fletcher and Danny DeVito. 8 p.m. Free. National Mall between 8th and 14th streets. 877-262-5866. Tour â&#x2013;  A U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer will lead a lunchtime tour of the conservatory and discuss connections between exotic plants and everyday life. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. The tour will repeat Aug. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at noon. Tuesday, Aug. 2

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Christylez Bacon will explain how to make music through poetry and hip-hop sounds (for ages 12 through 19). 6 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-7271488. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metro Has Talent,â&#x20AC;? featuring Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority employees. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Chorus will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights concert series will feature singer, songwriter and guitarist David Andrew Smith. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. â&#x2013;  The 2011 Washington International Piano Festival will feature a concert by Yuri Didenko. 7:30 p.m. $20; $10 for seniors and students. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. washingtonpianofest.com. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Big Band will perform works by Billy Strayhorn, Hoagy Carmichael and Sammy Nestico. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Esmeralda Santiago will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conquistadora.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;NoMa Summer Screenâ&#x20AC;? will present Brad Birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Incredibles,â&#x20AC;? about a family of undercover superheroes. 7 p.m. Free. L Street between 2nd and 3rd streets NE. nomasummerscreen.com. â&#x2013;  The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Olga Maleaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1999 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orgasm.â&#x20AC;? 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. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Films on the Vernâ&#x20AC;? outdoor film series will feature Joseph Kosinskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;TRON: Legacy.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 p.m. Quad, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-2426673. Meditation â&#x2013;  The Divine Science Church will offer a weekly hour of silent meditation. Noon. Free. 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630. Tour â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden facility manager will lead a tour focusing on the Conservatory systems that provide heating, cooling and misting. 1 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116.


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with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;breathingâ&#x20AC;? translucent vinyl installation. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 916 G St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-315-1305. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perspectives: Hale Tenger,â&#x20AC;? presenting Turkish multimedia artist Hale Tengerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film of the site where former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated in 2005, will open Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. It will screen on continuous loop through Nov. 6. Located at 1050 Independence Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will begin showing Israeli artist Nira Peregâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;67 Bowsâ&#x20AC;? Monday. Portraying flamingos at the Berlin Zoo, the film will screen on continuous loop in the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black Box theater through Nov. 27. Located at Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW, the museum is open daily from

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Isabelle Spicerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Borderâ&#x20AC;? is part of Gallery plan bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibit featuring scenes of D.C. neighborhoods. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Florida Highwaymen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Road to Freedom,â&#x20AC;? featuring a group of AfricanAmerican artists who peddled their artwork from the trunks of their cars along the highway beginning in the mid-1950s, opened recently at Howard Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Armour J. Blackburn University Center, where it will continue through Oct. 2. Located at 2397 6th St. NW, the center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-806-7226.

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actors memorize their lines in advance but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rehearse. On the morning of the show, they plunge into a single rehearsal where director and Taffety company member Lise Bruneau stages the entire play, fights and all. At 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ready or not â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the show begins. Tickets are free and become available at noon at the Folger box office. There is a limit of two per person. The Folger is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. taffetypunk.com. â&#x2013; The GLBT Arts Consortium and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.H.S. Pinaforeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a Department of Homeland Securityfocused rendition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;H.M.S. Pinaforeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Aug. 4 though 13. This rendition of Gilbert & Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pinaforeâ&#x20AC;? has several unique updates, but viewers can still expect â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I Was a Ladâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Called Little Buttercup.â&#x20AC;? Performance times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 to $20. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is located at 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839; chaw.org. â&#x2013;  Charlie Fink is staging two new musicals at Woolly Mammoth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;F#@king Up Everything,â&#x20AC;? a Brooklyn-based rock comedy centered on character Christian Mohammed Schwartzelberg, runs through Aug. 14. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Your

*6405.:665 Tafetty Punk Theatre will stage a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bootlegâ&#x20AC;? version of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;King Johnâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 1 at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Baghdaddy or How I Started the Iraq War,â&#x20AC;? featuring singing and dancing CIA agents, runs through Aug. 7. The shows are running in repertory, with the former at 5 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, and the latter at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $17 to $25. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. whoisyourbaghdaddy.com. â&#x2013; Theater Alliance will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love From the Soundstage: I Just Want to Singâ&#x20AC;? July 27 as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hothouse on Hâ&#x20AC;? series at the H Street Playhouse. The show, which begins at 7:30 p.m., features a young girl from D.C. whose dreams are shattered by those around her. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, with the box office opening at 6:45 p.m. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 202-3997993, ext. 2; theateralliance.com. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University will close Natsu Onoda Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Omnivoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dilemmaâ&#x20AC;? July 31 in the Davis Performing

Arts Center. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $18; $12 to $15 for faculty, staff, alumni and seniors; $7 to $10 for students. Georgetown University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; performingarts.georgetown.edu. â&#x2013; Peruâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spotlight Comunicaciones will close â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gay: Accept Me If You Love Meâ&#x20AC;? July 31 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $45. The DCJCC is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; spotlightcomunicaciones.com. â&#x2013;  Studio Theatre will close an extended run of David Ivesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Venus in Furâ&#x20AC;? July 31. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $44 to $65. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; studiotheatre.org.

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Charming vintage beauty in soughtafter Cleveland Park.

$999,000

$999,000

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NWC -- 07/27/2011  

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