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Vol. XLIV, No. 42

The Northwest Current

Ashley Terrace slated for redo as ‘green alley’

Agency opts to switch lanes at Wilson pool

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■ Recreation: Schedule to

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By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A Cleveland Park street plagued with storm-water runoff issues will serve as the site of D.C. Department of Transportation’s pilot project for installing permeable roadways, officials said this week. Ashley Terrace, a potholed alleywide street that dead-ends at the top of a hill overlooking Ordway Street, will receive a $500,000 “total reconstruction,” Transportation Department representatives said at Monday’s meeting of the Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commission. The agency will replace the asphalt road surface with permeable paving stones that allow rainwater to pass through rather than rushing off downhill, representatives said. Some of that water will be absorbed into the ground below the street, and any that remains will be carried in a new storm drain toward an existing pipe under Newark Street, they said. Construction will likely begin in April and last about six months; a final design for the project is due See Ashley/Page 23

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The Wilson Aquatic Center lap lane dividers will soon be strung across the width of the pool to create 25-yard lanes part of the time rather than almost always running lengthwise for 50 meters. After a series of competing petitions, resolutions from two advisory neighborhood commissions and a community survey, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation announced the new schedule for the

Pedestrian fatalities lead to review of Connecticut Ave. ■ Transportation: Woodley

Park site of recent accidents

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Wilson High School hosted a 75th-anniversary gala Friday night with student-led musical performances, catered food and drink, and dancing in the school’s new covered atrium.

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

At 75, animal hospital shows off new look By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent

Friendship Hospital for Animals in Tenleytown celebrated its 75th anniversary this past weekend, and to mark the occasion, the veterinary hospital partnered with the Washington Animal Rescue League to sponsor a two-day pet “adopt-athon,” finding new homes for 65 dogs and cats. The festivities were also an opportunity for the hospital, the only 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic in D.C., to show off its newly renovated facility. Work began in May on the 6,000-square-foot hospital, which employs 130 people, including 25

NEWS ■ Downtown church to replace its Brutalist building. Page 5. ■ D.C. preparing bid for $50 million grant for early education. Page 3.

Tenleytown facility on Monday. It will go into effect Oct. 31 and be reevaluated at the end of February, said agency spokesperson John Stokes. Residents who had pushed for the agency to regularly change the lane configuration to appeal to a wider variety of swimmers said they appreciate the agency’s decision. But the pool’s existing user base has already begun to rally against the change, calling it an unnecessary constriction of their workout options. Rick Gross, the vice chair of the Wilson Advisory Group who has supported the 50-meter configuration as an individual, said yesterday See Pool/Page 19

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Dr. Gary Weitzman of the rescue league and Dr. Peter Glassman of Friendship Hospital for Animals

veterinarians, and provides care in more than 60,000 cases each year. Upgrades included creating a fully equipped surgery suite and a nearly complete isolation area for pets with infectious diseases. That quarantine

zone has its own ventilation system to protect other animals in the hospital and features a scrub in/scrub out station for veterinarians — an element that sets it apart from most other animal hospitals. “The 75th anniversary is a huge milestone for the hospital,” said Dr. Peter Glassman, the hospital’s director. “We’ve always had a cuttingedge medical care culture here, and it’s a tradition we are proud to carry on by providing quality specialized care not available elsewhere.” Tenleytown-Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission chair Jonathan Bender said the animal hospital “has been a significant part of the community for many See Hospital/Page 22

SPOR TS ■ Maret rallies past Flint Hill. Page 13. ■ St. John’s looks to end 17-game losing streak to DeMatha. Page 13.

Two recent fatal accidents in Woodley Park have prompted new attention to pedestrian safety issues along Connecticut Avenue. On Oct. 6, 64-year-old Trudith Rishikof was struck and killed by a car near the National Zoo, in the crosswalk where Devonshire Place meets Connecticut. On Sept. 29, 67-year-old Mariam Abdi Mohamed was killed while crossing the 2500 block of Calvert Street, close to its busy intersection with Connecticut. George Branyan, pedestrian safety coordinator for the D.C. Department of Transportation, emphasized the differences between the two events. The accident near the Zoo involved the common issue of cars “making right or left turns into a crosswalk” — the most frequent source of pedestrian crashes in the District — but was nevertheless “very tragic and surprising because

PASSAGES Key Elementary teacher’s innovative approach to combining literacy and art spurs ‘ArtoBet’ film by local resident. Page 15. ■

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One accident took place at a crosswalk at Devonshire Place.

it was fatal,” he said. On Calvert Street, he said, the accident appeared to be the result of pedestrian error. For both cases, as well as a nonfatal pedestrian accident on Oct. 5 on Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park, it’s Transportation Department policy to send out “safety teams” to investigate the circumstances, according to Branyan. “I’ll be interested in seeing what they come up with,” he said. According to recent news reports, the Oct. 6 accident near the Zoo occurred when Rishikof, a resident of the 4200 block of Massachusetts See Safety/Page 8

INDEX Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/5 Exhibits/31 In Your Neighborhood/6 Opinion/10 Passages/15

Police Report/4 Real Estate/21 School Dispatches/16 Service Directory/33 Sports/13 Theater/31 Week Ahead/3

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District prepares to apply for ‘Race to the Top’ funds for early education By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

D.C. is scheduled to submit an application today asking for up to $50 million in funds through the Obama administration’s “Race to the Top� grant competition for early learning initiatives. “To win the future, our children need a strong start,� U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a release this summer describing the competition. “The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge encourages states

to develop bold and comprehensive plans for raising the quality of early learning programs across America.� According to the release, the competition will reward states that have plans to transform the early learning landscape in their communities through “better coordination, clearer learning standards and meaningful workforce development.� HyeSook Chung, executive director of the advocacy organization D.C. Action for Children, advised the city on its application. She said D.C. is seeking funds to expand

The week ahead Wednesday, Oct. 19

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, the Metropolitan Police Department and other D.C. agencies will host a community meeting to discuss “Operation Adams Morgan.� The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Marie Reed Learning Center, 2200 Champlain St. NW. ■The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to revise the science requirements for a high school diploma in the District. The board will also honor McKinley Technology High School’s Shira Fishman as the recipient of a 2011 Milken Educator Award. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

infant and toddler programming, create specialized credentials for early childhood educators and strengthen data systems. Meanwhile, she said, the city would use the funds to “equalize� both the number and quality of pre-k slots across the city. “We’re in really good shape,� Chung said. “I think we have a really good shot.� The competition comes on the heels of the Obama administration’s past high-profile Race to the Top contests, which set out to reward states for ambitious school reform plans.

In March 2010, the administration awarded Delaware $100 million and Tennessee $500 million in the first round of the Race to the Top competition. That summer, the administration announced that the District was among 10 winners of the competition’s second round. The city won $75 million for its reforms. The early-learning contest comes at an especially opportune time for the District, where Mayor Vincent Gray has placed a growing emphasis on early childhood educaSee Grant/Page 22

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The D.C. Taxicab Commission will hold an informational public hearing on “Passengers’ Failure to Pay.� The hearing will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■The D.C. Council Committee on Human Services will hold a public hearing on “Winter Plan: Protecting the Lives of Homeless People in the Winter of 2011-2012.� The hearing will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ Mayor Vincent Gray will speak at the monthly meeting of the Chevy Chase Citizens Association. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The Cleveland Park Citizens Association’s monthly meeting will feature guest speaker Sandra Mattavous-Frye, head of the D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel, on her agency’s role as advocate for consumers regarding electricity, natural gas and telephone service. The association will hold its business meeting from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by the program. The meeting will be held at the Cleveland Park Club, 3433 33rd Place NW. ■ The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold elections to fill eight at-large delegate vacancies in conjunction with its regular meeting at 7:15 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Any Democratic Party voter registered and residing in Ward 3 is eligible to run; only current delegates will be eligible to vote. The meeting will also include remarks by political commentator Mark Plotkin and at-large D.C. Council member Vincent Orange. For details, visit

Saturday, Oct. 22

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will hold a town hall meeting with National Park Service representatives to discuss issues related to neighborhood parks administered by the federal agency. The meeting will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. â– The Cleveland Park Energy Co-op will hold a solar workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Club, 3433 33rd Place NW. The event will include a walking tour of neighborhood houses using solar power. Admission is free; to RSVP, email

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The Shepherd Park Citizens Association will hold its regular meeting, which will feature updates on redevelopment of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center site and parking at Shepherd Field and a presentation on support for aging neighbors. The agenda also includes an open house hour with local businesses and the Georgia Avenue Clean Team. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. ■The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a discussion with D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency director Millicent West on “Neighborhood Security� and the role of neighborhood associations in emergency preparedness. The meeting will be held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW.

Wednesday, Oct. 26

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting on its proposed plan for the cleanup of 4825 Glenbrook Road. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Open houses will take place at the same location from 4 to 5 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.

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Sexual assault (misdemeanor) ■ 4900 block, Nebraska Ave.; street; 9:55 a.m. Oct. 11. Robbery (force and violence) ■ 3800 block, Kanawha St.; sidewalk; 11:05 p.m. Oct. 10. Burglary ■ 3600 block, Military Road; residence; 9:30 a.m. Oct. 14. Theft (below $250) ■ 5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 5:50 p.m. Oct. 12. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 3300 block, Tennyson St.; street; 10 p.m. Oct. 9. ■ 5400 block, 30th Place; street; 6 p.m. Oct. 11. ■ 3700 block, Harrison St.; street; 9 p.m. Oct. 11. ■ 33rd and Quesada streets; street; 10:45 p.m. Oct. 11. ■ 3700 block, Harrison St.; street; 1:30 a.m. Oct. 12.

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Robbery (pickpocket) ■ 3900 block, Chesapeake St.; park area; 8:10 a.m. Oct. 11. Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 4900 block, Butterworth Place; street; 3:15 a.m. Oct. 16. Burglary ■ 4300 block, Harrison St.; residence; 2 p.m. Oct. 11. ■ 4300 block, Harrison St.; residence; 6:30 a.m. Oct. 11. ■ 4600 block, Butterworth Place; residence; 7:30 a.m. Oct. 13. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 6 p.m. Oct. 12. Theft (below $250) ■ 4400 block, Jenifer St.; office building; 1 p.m. Oct. 10. ■ 4400 block, Jenifer St.; office building; 3 p.m. Oct. 10. ■ Western and Wisconsin avenues; sidewalk; noon Oct. 15. ■ 4000 block, Brandywine St.; unspecified premises; 3:20 p.m. Oct. 15. ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:24 p.m. Oct. 15. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 11 a.m. Oct. 13. ■ 3700 block, Yuma St.; street; 4 p.m. Oct. 13. ■ 3700 block, Yuma St.; street; 10 p.m. Oct. 13. ■ 4200 block, 37th St.; street; 11 p.m. Oct. 13. ■ 4300 block, 43rd St.; street; 6:15 a.m. Oct. 14. ■ 39th Street and Alton Place; street; 10 p.m. Oct. 14. Simple assault ■ Unspecified location; residence; 7:30 a.m. Oct. 10. Destruction of property ■ 4300 block, Harrison St.; residence; 6:30 a.m. Oct. 11. ■ 4300 block, Harrison St.; residence; 6:30 a.m. Oct. 11. ■ 3900 block, Chesapeake St.; school; 12:15 p.m. Oct. 11.

■ 3700 block, Alton Place; street; 7 p.m. Oct. 13. ■ 3700 block, Yuma St.; street; 1 a.m. Oct. 14.

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■ colonial village

PSA 401 shepherd park / takoma Robbery (gun) ■ 1500 block, Roxanna Road; street; 7:45 p.m. Oct. 11. ■ 700 block, Dahlia St.; street; 9:25 p.m. Oct. 14. Stolen auto ■ 6900 block, 4th St.; parking lot; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9. ■ 6900 block, 4th St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9. ■ 1300 block, Kalmia Road; street; 10 p.m. Oct. 11. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 700 block, Fern Place; street; 4 p.m. Oct. 10. ■ 1600 block, Roxanna Road; street; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11. ■ 1300 block, Jonquil St.; street; 7 p.m. Oct. 11. ■ 1400 block, Roxanna Road; street; 11 p.m. Oct. 11. ■ 5th and Cedar streets; street; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12.

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■ Brightwood / manor park

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Robbery (gun) ■ 200 block, Riggs Road NE; restaurant; 11:02 a.m. Oct. 11. ■ 6500 block, Eastern Ave. NE: street; 7:45 p.m. Oct. 13. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) ■ 6100 block, Georgia Ave.; sidewalk; 3:10 p.m. Oct. 14. Robbery (snatch) ■ 5th and Rittenhouse streets; sidewalk; 3:20 p.m. Oct. 13. Burglary ■ 6600 block, 6th St.; residence; 12:15 a.m. Oct. 13. ■ 1200 block, Missouri Ave.; residence; 2:45 p.m. Oct. 14. Stolen auto ■ 300 block, Longfellow St.; street; 6 p.m. Oct. 10. ■ 6300 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 2 p.m. Oct. 11. ■ 6600 block, Luzon Ave.; street; 7 p.m. Oct. 13. ■ 6100 block, 16th St.; alley; 11:20 p.m. Oct. 13. ■ 6000 block, Eastern Ave. NE; street; 8:40 p.m. Oct. 14. Stolen auto (attempt) ■ 6000 block, 3rd St. NE; street; 5 p.m. Oct. 10. ■ 6300 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 3:20 p.m. Oct. 12. Theft (tags) ■ 1300 block, Tewkesbury Place; street; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10. ■ 6700 block, Georgia Ave.; hotel; 11 p.m. Oct. 10. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 6400 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; noon Oct. 12. ■ 6300 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 2 p.m. Oct. 14. ■ 6000 block, 4th St.; unspecified premises; 7:40 p.m. Oct. 14. ■ 5th and Sheridan streets; street; 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Simple assault ■ 6700 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 11:10 p.m. Oct. 9. ■ 6700 block, Georgia Ave.;

hotel; 4:20 a.m. Oct. 11. ■ 6200 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 7:50 p.m. Oct. 15. Destruction of property ■ Unit block, Underwood St.; residence; 4 p.m. Oct. 13. ■ 6500 block, 14th St.; residence; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Drug possession (cocaine) ■ 3rd and Peabody streets; street; 2:55 p.m. Oct. 12. Drug possession (marijuana) ■ 5900 block, 14th St.; residence; 6:53 a.m. Oct. 14. Drug possession (paraphernalia) ■ 1200 block, Missouri Ave.; residence; 7:35 p.m. Oct. 12.

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■ brightwood park

PSA 403 16th Street heights Robbery (gun) ■ 5300 block, 8th St.; residence; 8 p.m. Oct. 13. Robbery (fear) ■ Georgia Avenue and Kennedy Street; sidewalk; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) ■ 5700 block, 8th St.; residence; 6 p.m. Oct. 15. Burglary ■ 5300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; residence; 9 a.m. Oct. 15. Stolen auto ■ 4800 block, 9th St.; sidewalk; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12. ■ 400 block, Emerson St.; street; 9 p.m. Oct. 13. ■ 1400 block, Montague St.; street; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14. ■ 5000 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 12:26 a.m. Oct. 15. Stolen auto (attempt) ■ 300 block, Missouri Ave.; residence; 7:12 p.m. Oct. 12. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 200 block, Ingraham St.; residence; 7 p.m. Oct. 12. ■ 5300 block, Colorado Ave.; residence; 8 a.m. Oct. 13. Theft (below $250) ■ 5200 block, New Hampshire Ave.; residence; 4 p.m. Oct. 9. ■ 5200 block, New Hampshire Ave.; residence; 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10. ■ 600 block, Hamilton St.; residence; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Theft (tags) ■ 700 block, Madison St.; street; 10 p.m. Oct. 12. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1400 block, Montague St.; street; 10:55 p.m. Oct. 10. ■ 5700 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 2 p.m. Oct. 11. Simple assault ■ 13th and Madison streets; street; 6 p.m. Oct. 11. ■ 800 block, Kennedy St.; sidewalk; 1:15 a.m. Oct. 15. ■ 700 block, Kennedy St.; street; 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15. ■ 1300 block, Madison St.; residence; 8:50 p.m. Oct. 15. Destruction of property ■ 5200 block, New Hampshire Ave.; residence; 3:57 p.m. Oct. 10. ■ 1600 block, Nicholson St.; street; 11 p.m. Oct. 10. Drug distribution (cocaine) ■ 5300 block, 8th St.; sidewalk; 2:45 p.m. Oct. 14.

■ 4800 block, 4th St.; street; 5:06 p.m. Oct. 14. Drug possession with intent to distribute (cocaine) ■ 1200 block, Ingraham St.; residence; 6:48 p.m. Oct. 14. Drug possession (cocaine) ■ 900 block, Decatur St.; residence; 6:40 p.m. Oct. 13. ■ 5200 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 3:30 a.m. Oct. 15. Drug possession (marijuana) ■ 5000 block, North Capitol St.; street; 9:15 a.m. Oct. 14. ■ 7th and Longfellow streets; street; 6:05 p.m. Oct. 15.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 4200 block, Georgia Ave.; sidewalk; 3:50 p.m. Oct. 13. Burglary ■ 1400 block, Taylor St.; residence; 3:50 a.m. Oct. 13. ■ 4500 block, Arkansas Ave.; residence; 2:40 p.m. Oct. 14. ■ 1100 block, Allison St.; residence; 1 p.m. Oct. 11. Stolen auto ■ 4800 block, Colorado Ave.; street; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 4600 block, 15th St.; residence; 1 p.m. Oct. 12. Theft (below $250) ■ 4500 block, Georgia Ave.; sidewalk; 11 p.m. Oct. 9. Theft (tags) ■ 4300 block, 14th St.; street; 5:20 p.m. Oct. 12. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 4300 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 8:30 a.m. Oct. 14. ■ 3700 block, 9th St.; street; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 3700 block, 13th St.; street; 7 p.m. Oct. 11. ■ 3900 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 11 a.m. Oct. 13. ■ 4000 block, Georgia Ave.; gas station; 4:42 p.m. Oct. 15. Simple assault ■ 3900 block, 14th St.; residence; 8:55 p.m. Oct. 14. ■ 9th and Quincy streets; sidewalk; 3:15 a.m. Oct. 15. Threats ■ 400 block, Buchanan St.; residence; 3 p.m. Oct. 14. Destruction of property ■ 800 block, Rock Creek Church Road; street; 3:40 p.m. Oct. 12. ■ 600 block, Quincy St.; residence; 1:20 p.m. Oct. 13. ■ 300 block, Decatur St.; residence; 1 p.m. Oct. 15. Drug possession (marijuana) ■ 10th Street and Quebec Place; unspecified premises; 6:55 p.m. Oct. 12. ■ 300 block, Decatur St.; street; 10:10 p.m. Oct. 12. ■ 4300 block, Georgia Ave.; sidewalk; 10:10 p.m. Oct. 13. ■ 800 block, Upshur St.; street; 10:20 p.m. Oct. 13. ■ 4400 block, New Hampshire Ave.; sidewalk; 4:40 p.m. Oct. 14. ■ 4300 block, Georgia Ave.; unspecified premises; 3:338 p.m. Oct. 15.

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District Digest Police seek suspect in two bank robberies

The Metropolitan Police Department is looking for a man detectives believe recently demanded money from two banks in Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle, according to a news release. The suspect is described in the release as a Hispanic male in his 30s standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. Police say the man successfully robbed a Wells Fargo branch in the 1800 block of Adams Mill Road at 3:42 p.m. Sept. 30, and tried to rob another branch at 4 p.m. Oct. 7 in the 1100 block of Connecticut Avenue.

sewage into local waterways, according to a news release. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clean Rivers Projectâ&#x20AC;? entails digging massive tunnels â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 23 feet in diameter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that will hold sewage until it can be treated. Right now, heavy rain can mix with the sewage in much of the District and overwhelm the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant, and 2.5 billion gallons are released annually into the Potomac and Anacostia rivers and Rock Creek, according to the release. The first tunnel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; scheduled for a 2018 completion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will run from Blue Plains toward RFK Memorial Stadium. Another tunnel will continue farther north by 2025.

Bill would ease rules Eaton to celebrate for D.C. block parties 100th anniversary Residents organizing an informal block party would no longer have to trek to four District agencies for approval under legislation introduced in the D.C. Council Tuesday. A bill by at-large Council member Phil Mendelson and Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser would streamline the approval process â&#x20AC;&#x153;for residents who just want to come together and celebrate their neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? Bowser said. Closing a street for a block party currently requires approval from the D.C. departments of transportation, homeland security, and consumer and regulatory affairs, as well as the tax office. Commercial parties and large gatherings with vendors would still have to get those approvals under the bill.

WASA breaks ground on $2.6 billion effort

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority kicked off a $2.6 billion effort last week that officials say will â&#x20AC;&#x153;nearly eliminateâ&#x20AC;? overflows of

Alumni of John Eaton Elementary School will celebrate the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100th anniversary Saturday with a dinner event at its Cleveland Park campus, according to an invitation emailed to residents. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and feature wine and food, according to the invitation. Tickets cost $30, or $50 for two, with additional pricing packages also available. Eaton is located at 3301 Lowell St. For details, contact Joy Wallis at

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The Glover Park-Burleith Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market will host demonstrations of wool-working techniques by the Frederick Sheepbreedersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association on Saturday, according to a news release from the market. For the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiber Arts Festival,â&#x20AC;? the

associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Second Sunday Spinners will bring live sheep, goats and rabbits to the market and demonstrate how their fur is used. The market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in the parking lot of Hardy Middle School, 1819 35th St.


Due to an editing error, an Oct. 12 article incorrectly stated that the Tenleytown-American University Park advisory neighborhood commission had voted to grant historiclandmark status to key buildings on

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; report on the creation of a task force on the Chinese Embassyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction project on Connecticut Avenue. â&#x2013;  update on a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by the Republic of Serbia. â&#x2013;  presentation by Mark Bjorge of the D.C. Department of Transportation regarding speed humps and Belmont Road. For details, contact or visit anc2d. org. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013;  Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at

7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013; spring valley/wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades/kent/foxhall

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013; american university park American University Park friendship heights/tenleytown At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oct. 5 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioners voted to support a zoning application for a special exception to permit an addition to a house at 4602 Fessenden St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 3-1, with one abstention, to support a landmark nomination for American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tenley Campus, but noted that only the main Capital Hall building, the campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green space and the 1839 Dunblane house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if it is restored â&#x20AC;&#x201D; merit preservation. â&#x2013;  commissioners approved testimony for the D.C. Zoning Commission on American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed campus plan. The commission said it could not support the plan at this time, citing an inadequate traffic study and concerns about enrollment caps and the long-term future of the Tenley Campus. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at the Capital Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3G Chevy â&#x2013; CHEVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CHASE The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by Magruderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for a special exception to allow continued use of its parking lot at 3831 McKinley St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a letter regarding fees charged by the D.C. Department of Transportation in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by United Neighbors for documents related to the Oregon Avenue recon-

struction project. â&#x2013; discussion of and possible vote on a petition against one-way designation on the 3700 block of Kanawha Street. â&#x2013;  discussion of the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policies on speed humps and other traffic-calming measures. â&#x2013;  discussion of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting procedures. â&#x2013;  consideration of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget for fiscal year 2012. â&#x2013;  brief update on the redistricting task forces in wards 3 and 4. For details, call 202-363-5803 or send an email to chevychaseanc3@ ANC 4A ANC Village 4A Colonial â&#x2013;  colonial village/crestwood Shepherd ShepherdPark Park/brightwood At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oct. 4 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously agreed to table a proposal by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B member Doug Sloan regarding Internet gambling. Sloan proposed urging the city to direct any funds received from Internet gambling to infrastructure repairs and social programs, rather than to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general fund. The commission tabled the matter until after the D.C. Council holds public hearings on the law, which was passed without hearings. Several speakers said they believe the bill may be repealed, but Sloan said he sees that as unlikely to occur. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously agreed to support a $93,475 budget for fiscal 2012. Commission treasurer Gale Black said the only major change is for higher office rent. The commission has more than $99,000 in the bank. Commissioner Dwayne Toliver pointed out the commission has never spent as much as it has budgeted, adding that the proposal could include informational fliers in The Current similar to those placed by ANC 4C. â&#x2013;  commission chair Steve Whatley said businesses near the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center are suffering from its closure. He said sales are down as much as 50 to 60 percent. â&#x2013;  Renee Bowser, who is challenging Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser in the Democratic primary, said there will be a fundraiser for radio station WPFW 89.3 FM on Saturday, Nov. 12. The station, she said, offers a great variety of music, and needs new equipment. Tickets will cost $30. She said to call 202-588-0999 for information. â&#x2013;  commissioner Dwayne Toliver said he is talking to the director of the Department of Transportation about the new traffic circle at Leegate Road and 14th Street, which he said needs a new ramp and higher curb. The commission will meet at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 13th and Van Buren streets NW. For details, call 202-450-6225.

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After demolition skirmish, church unveils latest plans By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

When the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, was granted permission to demolish its deteriorating Brutalist concrete building at 16th and I streets two years ago, architects set about crafting a drastically different concept for the site. Now, developers have outlined a glittering glass-faced church incorporated into a 130-foot-high office building, which will take the place of the existing church and an adjacent eight-story office building that now sits between the church and K Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This proposed development will replace existing stark architecture thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently there with more a vibrant and energetic and sophisticated pedestrian-friendly complex,â&#x20AC;? Charlie Maier, a spokesperson for the church and development partners ICG Properties and JBG Cos.,

said in an interview. In addition to the 156,000-squarefoot building, plans call for 17,000 square feet of outdoor landscaping, including a row of mature trees between the new building and the 16th Street sidewalk, said Maier. A retail tenant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; likely a restaurant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would fill the street level at 16th and I streets, he said. Developers are still finalizing the design, but the proposed church is envisioned as 10,000 square feet within the larger building. Third Church of Christ, Scientist, congregants have said their current building is prohibitively expensive to maintain and ill-suited to its religious function. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The church very much wants to be there, and the church no longer wants to be constrained by the existing building that it feels is not in line with its mission,â&#x20AC;? Graham Wyatt, who is designing the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inteSee Church/Page 19

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


City negotiating for Georgia Ave. firehouse By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

District officials, hoping to speed up construction of a firehouse across from the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus, are negotiating with a South Carolina firm that has sole rights to redevelop the parcel at Georgia Avenue and Butternut Street. Jose Sousa, spokesperson for Deputy Mayor for

Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins, said his office and the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department are currently negotiating with Keenan Development of Columbia, S.C., on plans to demolish an old building on the site and build a new fire station there. Sousa said thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no timetable yet for construction. Fire officials have long wanted to relocate Engine See Firehouse/Page 24






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Avenue, was struck by a Toyota Highlander turning left from Devonshire. The vehicle was later identified as belonging to 39-year-old Kamal Mortada, a former domestic servant to one of Moammar Gadhafiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sons and an employee of the Swiss Embassy. Branyan said the crosswalk where the accident took place is â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty standard,â&#x20AC;? and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unlikely that its configuration played any role in Rishikofâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. Though the agency might look at changes to

signal timing, curb widths and pavement markings, he said, no engineering fixes could overcome â&#x20AC;&#x153;something so basic as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run into people when you turn on a green light.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Marlene Berlin, head of the resident activist group Connecticut Avenue Pedestrian Action, noted that in this instance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as the Oct. 5 accident near Holy Rood Cemetery in Glover Park, in which an unmarked police car struck a woman and her dog â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the pedestrians â&#x20AC;&#x153;were doing exactly what they were supposed to doâ&#x20AC;? in legal crosswalks. So the problem is not one of traffic engineering, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;of good enforcement and good education of

drivers,â&#x20AC;? she said. With the September accident on Calvert Street, Branyan and other sources said Abdi Mohammed got off of a bus and went into the center of the street while wearing dark clothes in the early-morning darkness. News reports have said she was crossing toward the Omni Shoreham Hotel, where she worked. She was struck by an eastboundtraveling Jeep Liberty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tough one to countermeasure,â&#x20AC;? Branyan said of the accident, though he added that the agency will be looking into whether street lighting in the area can be improved. The fatalities occurred as the

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North Hall dorm gets nod from ANC after revisions By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A redesign to a proposed American University dormitory has eased concerns from some community members that a high-rise North Hall would “tower over” Massachusetts Avenue. The university filed revised plans for the dorm with the Zoning Commission Oct. 7, pulling back the L-shaped building by an additional 30 feet from Massachusetts at its closest point. To make up for lost beds, the school hopes to have eight stories instead of seven on a section of building that would face other campus dorms, the plans show. After criticizing the previous design at its September meeting, the Spring Valley/Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commission voted Oct. 5 to back the new plan. “This has been in many ways a model working relationship between American University and the community in which the community had

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some concerns and took them to AU … and AU went back to the drawing board,” commission chair Tom Smith said at the meeting. The university is proposing to build the 358-bed dormitory on a surface parking lot between its President’s Office Building and its property line with Wesley Theological Seminary. The current proposal for North Hall would require zoning relief due the building’s eight-story height, which would exceed city setback requirements. See Dorm/Page 23

Neighbors call for further compromise at AU hearing By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Neighbors of American University are willing to accept lowdensity housing on the school’s Nebraska Avenue parking lot site, but they remain uncomfortable with plans to move the Washington College of Law to the university’s Tenley Campus, community leaders told the Zoning Commission Thursday. Representatives of a half-dozen neighborhood organizations, along with the planning and traffic experts they retained, shared an hour of testimony about the school’s proposed campus plan, which outlines the next 10 years of its development and enrollment. Neighbors are worried about traffic, noise and oversized buildings; the university has testified that its planned buildings are essential to meet its housing and programmatic needs. Earlier in the campus planning process, neighbors had told American University officials that they would be uncomfortable with

any dormitories on the parking lot site, which the university calls its East Campus. More recently, they testified, the contention is whether the school’s plan for 590 beds in high-rises on the site is the best way to house students. “The plan as it is should be rejected,” said Susan Farrell, whose Westover Place neighborhood backs to East Campus. “But we believe the plan can be modified if the university works with the parties to make appropriate changes.” Specifically, she and other neighbors testified, there needs to be a greater landscaped buffer between Westover Place and the university’s planned East Campus academic buildings, and no dormitories on East Campus should stand more than three stories or 40 feet high. In response to questions, Farrell testified that she sees the university’s three-story Nebraska Hall as a model for new dormitories. Plans to expand the building have generated little concern because it is set back far from neighboring homes, will See Campus/Page 24


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A model process

American University’s revised plans to build a new “North Hall” dorm on a parking lot alongside Massachusetts Avenue have won a surprising level of support from the community given the contentious nature of the ongoing campus plan proceedings. In fact, Tom Smith, who chairs the Spring Valley-Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commission, said negotiations over the dormitory project were right on point. “This has been in many ways a model working relationship between American University and the community in which the community had some concerns and took them to AU … and AU went back to the drawing board,” Mr. Smith said at a meeting early this month. Neighbors had objected to the university’s original plan for a 388-bed building on a lot between the President’s Office Building and the property line the school shares with Wesley Theological Seminary. But after hearing the concerns, the university revised its scheme, proposing a reduction of 30 beds and a shift in the building’s bulk slightly away from Massachusetts and toward the center of campus. Happily, the neighborhood commission backed the altered proposal. While we’re aware that for some projects, the North Hall alterations would seem minor — and that not every proposal can be changed to the point that it resolves all community concerns — we hope the school and community will find a way to mimic this negotiation process in the other battles they’re waging. Similar compromises on the East and Tenley campuses would be highly desirable for all.

‘A great light’

In a letter to the editor in November 2009, Franklin Kameny told The Current that if nothing else, he wished to be remembered for his 1968 coinage of the slogan “Gay Is Good.” But Mr. Kameny, who died last week at age 86, had no reason for concern: He will be remembered for so much more. More than half a century ago, Mr. Kameny was fired from the federal Army Map Service for being gay. At the same time, the Civil Service Commission (now Office of Personnel Management) disqualified him from other federal positions. Those actions transformed the Harvard-educated astronomer into a gay activist. He went on to help overturn the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder, battle anti-sodomy laws and, ultimately, win the Office of Personnel Management’s highest honor — the Theodore Roosevelt Award — and a formal apology from its director. In 2009, D.C. added Mr. Kameny’s Palisades home — where he formed the activist Mattachine Society and counseled other gay residents — to the local register of historic places, making it the first Washington landmark of the modern gay rights movement. Then, in June 2010, the city dedicated a section of 17th Street in Dupont Circle as “Frank Kameny Way” in recognition of his many contributions to the District. Mayor Vincent Gray commented on Mr. Kameny’s legacy last week. “It’s hard to overstate his importance to the cause of equal rights for those whose sexual orientation and gender identity have historically subjected them to ridicule, discrimination and violence,” the mayor said. “A great light has gone out, and the world Frank Kameny departed yesterday is a much better place than the one into which we was born, in part because of his 86-year sojourn among us. All those who care about justice and civil rights owe him a debt of gratitude.” We second his remarks: The city and country have lost a truly honorable man. Mr. Kameny will be missed — and remembered.

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here were marches for jobs and justice, appeals for voting rights for District citizens and, of course, the big crowd for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication. Mayor Vincent Gray, officially welcoming everyone in West Potomac Park, stood center stage at the dedication. Not mincing words, he focused on the city’s right to self-determination and voting rights in Congress. “As we celebrate this momentous dedication,” Gray said in a firm voice before the crowds, “I implore all of you. I implore you, Mr. President. I implore the members of Congress, stand with the people of the District of Columbia. Stand with the legacy of Dr. King. Remove the shackles of oppression, so when Americans dutifully recite the Pledge of Allegiance, we truly mean liberty and justice for all.” Gray and his team thought that the mayor’s strong call for President Obama’s attention to D.C. voting rights would carry the day and make news. Unfortunately for Gray and the city, his opening remarks were not the most dramatic development in local politics on that warm Sunday morning. Gray, the city and tens of thousands of visitors here for the King memorial woke up to a screaming headline in the most prominent front-page position of The Washington Post: “Gray campaign under vigorous U.S. scrutiny” “Grand jury probes D.C. mayoral race” “Sources tell of immunity offer, fingerprint requests” That’s right, it was the lead story on the front page with three headlines. The Washington City Paper’s Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman noted that the story “doesn’t have any major revelations for the general reader to get excited about, but there are plenty of interesting details for regular followers of one of D.C.’s most bizarre soap operas.” Accompanying the Post story was a huge graphic on an inside page listing the players and sequence of events. “It just makes people nervous,” said one prominent citizen familiar with the legal drama. Late Monday, Mayor Gray spoke with reporters about the embarrassing Post story. Unlike his aides speaking in private, Gray declined to criticize the newspaper, saying the whole Sulaimon episode has flummoxed him. “Look, I’m surprised that this thing happened in the first place,” Gray said to reporters in his office on Monday. “The fact that we’ve had to spend months working on this — if anybody had suggested to me that this is what we would have to spend our time on, I would have said ‘no way.’” The prominent play of the Post article prompted a range of responses, with more than 350 online by Monday afternoon. “Oh, my God, we need Fenty back,” was one of the most popular reader comments. In Gray’s defense, another reader groused that The Post seems to have it in for the beleaguered mayor:

“So, the Post decides to re-hash stuff already published elsewhere, pile it all together like it’s new, and front-page it for the Sunday paper…Wake me when the feds come down with a ruling or if something actually breaks in the story. Until then, WaPo, I’ll assume your Gray ‘coverage’ will continue to be the same feckless, agenda-driven sideshow your local coverage has become.” That’s the problem with scandal stories here in the District. Some people see conspiracy in the headlines and the placement of stories. Others see a “Post agenda.” Others see good journalism. And many see the big play of the story as a sign that the separate criminal investigations into Gray’s campaign, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown’s 2008 campaign committee and Ward 5 Council member Harry (“Tommy”) Thomas will all be wrapping up soon, one way or the other. What really matters is what we reported last week from U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen and his appearance on “The Politics Hour” on WAMU 88.5 FM. “These are significant matters,” he said of any investigation. “And there’s a real difference between potentially inappropriate or offensive conduct and criminal conduct. And our job is to make sure if there is criminal conduct we get to the bottom of it and we take appropriate action.” “If you learn anything,” Machen told us in the interview that also played on NBC4, “you should learn how seriously we take it.” He said the “steady stream [of lower-level government worker convictions in both the federal and local governments] demonstrates that if there’s a violation of public trust we take that very seriously. And obviously, it goes up the scale the higher you go up in public office. And so, I think if anything, you should be encouraged by the fact that we do have a track record of success in these matters.” ■ A positive note? It wasn’t all bad news for the mayor this past week. On Friday, Washington Business Journal reporter Michael Neibauer had a major piece on Gray and the business community. Neibauer found Gray mostly has been good for business despite the aura of campaign scandal. “The scandals and distraction are certainly annoying,” writes Neibauer, a respected local journalist. “They’re noise. They’re worth investigating. And if controversy turns a potential office building buyer, or lessee or investor away from the District, then obviously it’s a problem. But based on what we’ve heard, those things just haven’t happened.” The mayor’s staff thought the article was so good for the mayor that his press office promptly emailed it out to other reporters. Assistant press secretary Doxie McCoy wrote, “Here’s an article of interest.” She pointed out, “The article notes that Mayor Gray remains focused on moving the District forward in smart, strategic ways that will pay big dividends for the city.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor D.C. has need for more rental units

Having lived in College Park, Md., where I saw the 2001 postgame riots from my apartment window, I sympathize with West End residents’ desire to minimize the presence and impact of students in their neighborhood [“West End presses for condos, not rental units,” Oct. 12].

However, their reasons for preferring condominiums need examination. First of all, investors could each buy one or more units and rent them to students. This has happened to a high-rise building in College Park. Second, where is commissioner Asher Corson’s proof that condo owners are more civic-minded than tenants? Some examples counter this belief. While a tenant, I have helped homeowners promote historic preservation, volunteered with local political campaigns and

testified at D.C. Council and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority hearings. Anthony Williams was a tenant during his eight years as mayor. Some tenants live in their buildings for decades, while others — congressional staff, academics, diplomatic staff and military personnel — stay only a few years. Indeed, D.C. has a large transient population and thus needs more rental apartments, not condos. Douglas Rowe Cathedral Heights

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The best anti-poverty program: good schools VIEWPOINT linda moore


mid the shocking news that the U.S. poverty rate rose to 15.1 percent last year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the highest since 1993 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the issue of how those of us who live in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital fare received rather less coverage. But D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest poverty numbers should concern everyone who cares about the quality of life here. One in five D.C. residents is living below the poverty line. Among states, only Mississippi and Louisiana exceeded the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rate. When you recall how divided the city is, and the gap between our very affluent and very poor neighborhoods, you realize the degree of financial hardship lurking behind this statistic. What are the consequences for all of us, rich and poor? What can be done to break the cycle of poverty that seems to be passed from generation to generation? Years ago, I decided that the best place to start is with our children. Out of concern with how the education system in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital did not equip students to break out of that relentless cycle of poverty, I founded Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in 1998. Named for my mother, who was an educator in Arkansas for 36 years, our school provides a high-quality public education in Ward 5 to pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade students. More than four in five of our students are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch, yet our students score above the D.C. average for proficiency in reading and math. We are the only D.C. charter school that offers students a choice of two languages: French or Spanish. Students learn to speak, read, write and think in two languages â&#x20AC;&#x201D; either English and French, or English and Spanish. While outperforming their peers on D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standardized tests, our students also spend half of their classroom time learning each language. As a publicly funded charter school, we are free to

Letters to the Editor Commission should require more study

For more than two years, the communities surrounding the campus of American University have been involved with the university on its proposed 2011 campus plan. We have expended hours and hours of our time, with no agreement. The thread throughout the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearings has been one of frustration and dissatisfaction with the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;our way or the highwayâ&#x20AC;? approach. Rather than simply oppose the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan, Neighbors for a Livable Community focused on offering constructive options. We hired a highly regarded planning firm, Rhodeside & Harwell, to evaluate the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan and explore options for minimizing the impact of proposed campus development on surrounding residential areas. The work resulted in an Alternative Framework. The university met only once with our group and then attacked the framework publicly rather than

set our own curriculum and school culture â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and are held accountable for results by D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charter board. Our sixth-graders go on to attend some of the top middle schools in the Washington area. Our 2004 class graduates are now at colleges such as Harvard, Penn State and Kent State. Preparing our students for high achievement in middle and high school and college means taking a practical approach to learning. Our sixth-graders put their language and learning skills to good use by studying outside the United States â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in Panama for Spanish, and in Martinique for French â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because learning about other histories and cultures is as important as learning another language. These and other field-trip activities are often the first time that many disadvantaged children have been outside the city, let alone the country. At Stokes, we also believe that learning encompasses more than academics. Our mission is to prepare our students to be leaders, scholars and responsible citizens who are committed to social justice. Accordingly, service-based learning is a big part of what our children do. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raising money for earthquake-hit Japan, Haiti and Chile, or cleaning our neighborhood of litter, Stokes students are demonstrating a commitment to others that we aim to ensure will last a lifetime. In all that we do for our students, we are determined that they will have the skills they need to break the cycle of poverty and access college and careers. If our nation wants to turn around the underserved neighborhoods of our cities that lag so far behind other communities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a problem with which we are all too familiar in D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I believe that investments in children like the ones I have described are essential. Investing early and often in children works for those growing up in affluent communities. Should children born into disadvantaged homes miss out on that investment because of their Zip code? Linda Moore is executive director and founder of Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Ward 5.

discussing a possible consensusbased solution. Why did the university not accept our groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offer to meet again to explore specific options? Did the university believe that exploring another approach would be a threat to getting its way? Guiding principles behind the Alternative Framework included: â&#x2013; attempting to concentrate residential land uses and overall campus density on the interior of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main campus; â&#x2013;  ensuring that new development at the edges of the campus is not likely to become objectionable to surrounding residential areas; and â&#x2013;  applying best planning practices in order to strengthen the overall organization, experience and environmental sustainability of the campus. Adhering to these principles, the Alternative Framework recommended thoughtful increases in density and intensity on the main campus. It aimed to take advantage of potential synergies between land uses and reinforce existing campus character and assets, while reserving land for the future. The Alternative Framework offers realistic development options that merit

further exploration. Working to ensure that unchecked growth will not result in the degradation of surrounding neighborhoods comes at a high cost. American University President Neil Kerwin scoffed at our letter to the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of trustees. In his response, he quite inaccurately stated that the Alternative Framework â&#x20AC;&#x153;treats student housing as a pariah to be segregated from neighboring homes and townhouse communities and insinuates that seeing it or its presence per se will be objectionable. We disagree.â&#x20AC;? So much for the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goodneighbor policy! Much time and money could have been saved if the university had been willing to honestly and openly discuss these ideas further and negotiate a consensus-based solution (a continuing interest of Zoning Commission chair Anthony Hood). Hopefully, the Zoning Commission will send the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan back for further study. American University and the community would only gain from a second review under guidelines set by the Zoning Commission. Charles A. Hamilton Spring Valley

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October 19, 2011 ■ Page 13

Maret soccer beats Flint Hill by a head By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Maret’s Zach Tamen celebrates the game-winning goal with a teammate Thursday. The Frogs overcame a 1-0 halftime defecit to win.

With his outstanding vertical leap, Maret junior Zach Tamen is truly a Frog. On Thursday afternoon, that reach won him numerous jump balls — and proved decisive in the Frogs’ Mid-Atlantic Conference soccer game against Flint Hill. With the score tied and just two minutes remaining before extra time, Maret needed to make a play. The Frogs had a scoring chance with the ball deep in Huskies territory. But as the ball teetered on the edge of rolling out of bounds, junior Matt Bainum took charge and kicked it up toward Tamen. “I just kind of put it up there,” said Bainum. “Zach is really reliable. I know he’s always going to be there for a cross. He’s really good in the air. Zach just dominates in the air.” The high-flying junior went up and used his head to direct the ball into the goal, giving Maret the decisive goal and a 2-1 win over the Huskies on the Frogs’ home field. “It was great determination by Matt to get there,” said Tamen. “Once the ball came in there, I had a

lot of space to decide where I was going and get that finish. We really wanted this win.” With it, the Frogs moved up to fourth place in the MAC with three conference games to go, including two against top-three MAC teams. “It helps a lot,” said Bainum. “Now we’re playing for seeds. We can get a two or three seed. We don’t want to get a lower seed. We want to get Sidwell and beat Sidwell. We need to win every MAC game from now on.” Although the Frogs won in dramatic fashion, they faced an uphill battle for most of the afternoon. Flint Hill controlled the pace of play in the first half, while Maret’s offense struggled to get on track “We were trying to pass the ball and it didn’t happen in the first half; we didn’t get that passing game going,” said Frogs head coach Mohan Telfer. “But we continued to try, and we eventually found it. We were determined to keep that passing game going.” In the second half, Maret turned the momentum and began to attack the Huskies defense and make runs at the goal. The Frogs had three fantastic shots on goal that went just over and wide.

With 10:40 to go, the Frogs got their passing game on track. Sophomore Jack Spiegelman took the ball away from the Huskies offense and passed it ahead to Bainum, who scored the tying goal. Bainum’s breakaway goal put the Frogs in position to at least tie the game. But he struck again with just 2:01 remaining, kicking the ball up to Tamen for the game-winning goal. “This is a young team,” said Telfer. “I have 15 juniors, and they don’t know how to lose. They have a lot of determination. We have been through a lot of tough games, and it prepared us for a game like this.” The Frogs capped off the week with another win Saturday, when they shut out Bell 3-0.

Sidwell, Georgetown Day battle to a tie

For the first time this season, Sidwell soccer did not beat its MAC opponent Wednesday, tying Georgetown Day, 1-1. Georgetown Day’s Mike Klain was able to find Adam Glaser, who put it in the net for the Hoppers’ only goal of the afternoon. Sidwell countered with an unassisted goal by Ben Citrin.

St. John’s falls to Stags on final play By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

It all came down to the final drive on the Cadets’ Senior Day. St. John’s reserve sophomore quarterback Will Ulmer had to lead the last drive against DeMatha after starting senior quarterback Ben Onnet was knocked out of the game with a leg injury. The sophomore showed poise as he guided the Cadets down the field with only 1:32 to play and no timeouts, using precise passing and scrambling to drive the Cadets down to 10 yard line with one second to play. On the final snap of the game, Ulmer rolled to his right, looking for a receiver in the corner of the end zone. But the desperation pass was intercepted, and the Cadets lost their first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game of the season to DeMatha 13-7. “We just had to take a shot at it,” said Ulmer. “They knew that we were going to try to throw the ball. I was thinking my guy would go up and grab it, but they were playing deep coverage.” St. John’s is now tied with Gonzaga for second place in the WCAC, and DeMatha is lurking right behind them, separated by mere percentage points. “We certainly had our opportunities today,” Cadets head coach Joe Patterson said of Saturday’s game. “We executed at times but

made one too many mistakes.” Onett led the offense throughout the afternoon, scrambling for 21 yards and a touchdown and throwing for 106 yards. His favorite target was wideout Kyler Sims, who finished four receptions for 58 yards. On the ground, Olajuwon Swearinger went for 59 rushing yards on eight carries. After the game, St. John’s huddled up, and senior defensive back Zach Quarles spoke to his team. Despite the loss, the Cadets remain confident and hope to get a second chance against DeMatha in the post season. “They didn’t beat us; we beat ourselves,” said Quarles. “We are going to see [DeMatha] again.” St. John’s will face a tough challenge Saturday, when the Cadets travel to undefeated Good Counsel for a showdown against the reigning WCAC champions.

Maret drops second game in row

The Frogs couldn’t overcome a four-score deficit Friday and their rally fell short against Avalon, from Gaithersburg, Md. Avalon scored the first 28 points of the game, but the Frogs never wavered, bringing the game close at the end. Quarterback Tre Henderson rallied Maret by scoring on a fiveyard touchdown run to close the gap. Then Sean Davis took a handoff and went 15 yards to cut Avalon’s lead to 28-14. But it was too late, as Avalon held on for the win.

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QB Ben Onett and St. John’s nearly snapped a 17-game losing streak against DeMatha. Davis finished with 127 all-purpose yards and Henderson threw for 131 yards. Maret will travel to Flint Hill Saturday.

Wilson shuts out Bell

The Wilson Tigers traveled to Bell and scored an astonishing 21 points in the first

quarter Friday, winning their second consecutive game 42-0 Friday. Running backs Dana Robertson and Jeremy Dixon led the Tigers offense with an incredible effort, combining for 273 rushing yards and four of the team’s six touchdowns. See Football/Page 14

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Returning player helps NCS upset Bullis By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

This season, the National Cathedral School field hockey team has been missing its leading scorer from 2010. But on Wednesday the Eagles traveled to Bullis at full strength: Junior Carolina Ferguson returned to the lineup for the first time this season, after missing time for medical reasons. The junior scored the first goal of the game, setting the tone for the afternoon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We felt her return immediately,â&#x20AC;? said Cathedral interim head coach Suzanne Woods. Ferguson and the Eagles went on to topple a talented, ranked and undefeated Bullis team 3-2 on a rainy afternoon in Montgomery County. The win was a confidence booster for Cathedral as they look ahead to the Independent School League postseason tournament in a few weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On any given day, we can take on a top team on their home turf â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with one of the best players in the league â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and our kids can com-

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The Eagles defense held Bullis to one first-half goal and led 2-1 at halftime. But they knew they would need to score more to put the vaunted Bulldogs away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We told them that essentially Bullis was [such] a strong offensive team that that [we] wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win this game with two goals,â&#x20AC;? Woods said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We stayed very offensively minded and very aggressive.â&#x20AC;? The assertive strategy worked. Right winger junior Molly Lindberg took the ball down the middle of the field and passed it to Madeline Belt in the circle, and Belt put the ball in the back of the goal as Eagles built a commanding 3-1 lead early in the second half. Bullis didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t back down. Later in the final period the Bulldogs cut the lead to 3-2 and began to pressure the Eagles defense. But Eagles goalie Nora Clark stood tall under siege and finished with seven saves on the day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our defense and our goalie played great at the end and made some fantastic skin-of-their-teeth defensive plays,â&#x20AC;? said Woods.

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Wilson will host Coolidge Saturday while Bell travels to play Cardozo Friday.

St. Albans drops IAC opener

St. Albans was unable to overcome a slow start on its home field Saturday, falling 17-14 to Episcopal. Episcopal took a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but St. Albans showed resilience, as junior running back Arthur Jones scored on a three-yard scamper to make it 14-7 at halftime. Episcopal tacked on a field goal in the third quarter, and it proved to be the difference despite another rushing touchdown late by Jones, who finished with 104 rushing yards on 17 tries. St. Albans will travel to Bullis Friday.

Score Box Oct. 11 through 17 Football Avalon 28, Maret 14 Coolidge 53, Theodore Roosevelt 12 Wilson 42, Bell 0 DeMatha 13, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7 Episcopal 17, St. Albans 14 Gonzaga 41, Bishop Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 7 Potomac School 56, Sidwell 7

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pete,â&#x20AC;? said Woods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a big win for us leading into our tournament and hoping to really make a run.â&#x20AC;? The Eagles took the momentum early in the game, as Ferguson scored on a penalty corner just five minutes in. Then, after Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense stopped a strong push by Bullis, junior Caroline Hansen scored to make it 2-0. While the Eagles offense lit up the scoreboard, the defense kept Bullis in check. Fergusonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return allowed the Eagles to play an aggressive defensive front that created a lot of pressure on the Bulldogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; backline defenders. The Eagles defensive game plan was highlighted by their coverage of highly recruited Bulldog Idrienne Walker, who was shadowed by junior midfielder Camille English throughout the afternoon. At times junior middie Sayer Delk doubled down on Walker as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did the field hockey equivalent of a box-and-one,â&#x20AC;? said Woods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were able to contain enough so that we could press offensively.â&#x20AC;?

Wilson 1, Ballou 0 Bell 3, Coolidge 0 Gonzaga 10, Carroll 1 Lab School 1, Riverdale Baptist 1 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 1 Washington International 9, Grace Brethren-Clinton 0

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St. Albans lost a close one to Episcopal Saturday.

Bell 3, Wilson 1 Edmund Burke 3, Washington International 1 Sidwell 1, Georgetown Day 1 Bell 3, Ballou 0 Maret 2, Flint Hill 1 Washington International 2, The Heights 2 Sidwell 3, St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1, Good Counsel 0 Georgetown Day 2, Wilson 0 Washington International 2, McNamara 2

Girls soccer Washington International 7, Grace Brethren-Clinton 0 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 0 Maret 1, St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & St. Agnes 1 Visitation 2, Stone Ridge 0 Wilson 10, McKinley 0 Good Counsel 4, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0 Maret 7, Bell 2 Georgetown Day 3, St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2 Washington International 2, Wilson 1 National Cathedral 8, Holy Child 0

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

October 19, 2011 ■ Page 15

Film captures Key School teacher’s artsy approach

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent


hen Key Elementary first-grade teacher Eleanor Palm created an innovative reading curriculum for her students almost 20 years ago, she could never have anticipated where it would take her. The beloved teacher found a way not only to teach 5- and 6-year-olds how to read and perform basic math skills, but also to name Renaissance painters and their masterpieces, to recite poetry and identify the authors, and to begin to understand ancient history, Greek mythology and science — a curriculum some might say is years beyond their comprehension. Over time, Palm has demonstrated the vast capabilities of children at this age range, and now a local filmmaker has joined the teacher in creating a film so her classroom lessons can be shared with a wider audience. The film, “ArtObet,” premiered at the Kids Euro Fest this Sunday at the French Embassy.

Palm first started to develop her distinct teaching style when her son, now 23, was a Pokemon-cardloving 5-year-old. “Between the ages of 5 and 6, he had 250 Pokemon cards — and he memorized all the characters, the numbers and what they represented,” said Palm. “I thought, if he can do this, his mind can take in so much more.” So Palm started to introduce dinner-table conversation that included great artists, philosophers and explorers. “I was amazed at how much he could retain,” she said. At the time, Palm was teaching a pre-kindergarten class at National Presbyterian School, and she looked for ways to bring the same concepts to her students. She began with lessons like “Pablo Picasso’s Pumpkin Patch,” where children would draw interpretations of the artist’s work onto orange gourds while learning about the letter P. After introducing her students to a number of other painters, Palm took the group of 4and 5-year-olds on an art hunt at

Photos by Bill Petros/The Current and courtesy of Carol Pineau

Clockwise from top left: Key Elementary School teacher Eleanor Palm’s methods of teaching art to 5- and 6-year-olds inspired a 42-minute film about a babysitter who introduces her charges to artists; filmmaker Carol Pineau, a Key parent; actress Jenny Donovan and students on set; Palm and her students. the National Gallery of Art, where they identified 26 paintings. From there, she knew she was onto something. Palm started teaching kindergarten and first grade at Key Elementary School about 10 years ago, around the same time principal David Landeryou began his tenure at the school, and that’s where she was really able to develop her curriculum. “Principal Landeryou encourages us to reach every child in any way we can,” said Palm. “I feel lucky that he supported my ideas to bring arts, literature and poetry into the classroom — he allowed me to flourish as a teacher.” Landeryou returns the compliment. “There’s nobody like Eleanor Palm,” he said. “Students get their creativity unlocked by Miss Palm — she builds up their self-esteem, letting them know anything is possible.” At Key, Palm created a curriculum that focuses on one letter of the alphabet per week. During that week, she highlights artists, authors, musicians and scientists whose names correspond to the letter, and she incorporates the artists’ work into her lessons. During D week, for instance,

students learn about fellow Washingtonian Duke Ellington, poet Emily Dickinson and Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci. Palm’s lessons focus on recognizing Ellington’s music, reciting Dickinson’s poems and learning about science, the body and nature through da Vinci’s drawings. “It’s really about the student making connections,” said Palm. “They learn about the artists and the emotions behind their work. … It encourages the students’ creativity, critical thinking and they become more empathetic and have more self-worth.” When the students learn about the letter M, Palm features the artist Michelangelo, teaching the master’s work by asking the kids to get on their backs and paint the undersides of their desks. “It helps the students to have a real ownership over an artist’s work — they are able to understand it on a level that makes sense to them,” said Palm. Palm’s lessons and teaching style have created a devoted following among both students and parents at Key School. “She’s greater than great,” said Tejas Bowker-Bafna, a current

first-grade student of Palm’s. Bowker-Bafna’s older sister Gwenith, a former student of Palm’s now in fourth grade, said Palm was one of her favorite teachers. “I really like how she teaches things — a lot of other teachers focus on just learning math and English, but she taught us about Egyptians, and Greek gods and goddesses and King Tut’s tomb,” said Gwenith. “She taught us so many different things about history and art.” Their mom, Celia Bowker, a teacher herself, said she was surprised when she first heard about Palm’s curriculum. “When I saw what she was doing, I thought, she can’t really be doing that. Then I realized, oh my goodness, they really are learning all that — art, music, literature,” said Bowker. “It’s an amazing structure where the students’ brains are going fizz, pop, fizz, pop. She’s one of the best teachers I’ve ever seen.” Palm credits her ability to integrate lessons among different disciplines to her upbringing as the daughter of missionary parents. She lived in many countries, where cross-cultural learning was a necessity. After graduating from Maryville College in Tennessee, Palm taught migrant children in Florida. “I’ve always loved bilingual education and reaching across cultural barriers,” she said. It was when she was living in New York City that she “stumbled across the idea to incorporate art into the classroom and fell in love with it.” “By using art,” Palm said, “lessons can come alive and I can see how much the children love it and understand it.” The idea for making a film about the unique curriculum blossomed three years ago, when See Teacher/Page 36

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Have you ever wondered why the teachers at Aidan Montessori School chose their jobs? Sixth-grader Amira Clark and fourth-grader Alana Hodge asked the head of the school, Kathy Minardi, why she chose this job. She said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel committed to help children grow in society.â&#x20AC;? Kathy Minardi has had this job since 1991. We asked the assistant head of school, Christine Smith, when she got this job. She said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got this job in 1990. I enjoy working with families and children.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoy working with and seeing happy families,â&#x20AC;? said Nicky David, the director of toddler and primary programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love working with children,â&#x20AC;? said Lydia Mosher, the studio art teacher. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Amira Clark, sixth-grader, and Alana Hodge, fourth-grader

Annunciation Catholic School

Every year our middle school goes on a retreat. Our theme for this year is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shake up Your World.â&#x20AC;? We started our retreat day at the National Museum of Natural History. The fun started when we entered the museum and saw a giant elephant in the center of the building. Our first destination was the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Race: Are We So Different?â&#x20AC;? exhibit. It was very interesting because it was all about different races, and our school is very diverse. The exhibit showed how different races have been discriminated against. Our next stop was the animal exhibit, then the human exhibit and then the rocks and minerals exhibit.


Our favorite thing at the rocks and minerals exhibit was the Hope Diamond. When we got back to school, we had a speaker talk to us about helping the homeless. We finished up our day writing our reflections. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chelcie Holland and Janine Cusseaux, eighth-graders

British School of Washington

In our International Primary Curriculum work, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been learning about volcanoes. We have been assigned our own volcano to learn about. My volcano is called Mount Vesuvius. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found out that Vesuviusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; volcanic activity started at least 400,000 years ago, and this volcano is the only active volcano on the European mainland. Vesuvius was formed by the subduction of the Eurasian and the African tectonic plates, which created Mount Somma, and in its caldera grew â&#x20AC;Ś the mighty Mount Vesuvius! The best-known eruption of Vesuvius was in 79 A.D. It led to the extinction of the nearby towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Both towns had heavy casualties. The last eruption of Mount Vesuvius was in 1944. It forced the evacuation of a nearby airbase.â&#x20AC;¨ The most enjoyable part of my learning so far has been our Entry Point, when we imagined we were experiencing a volcanic eruption. My role was that of a doctor with Medicins Sans Frontieres. Others played the part of Red Cross aid workers or journalists. â&#x20AC;¨ â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Matteo Cardarelli,

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Last week at Ellington, the students were in for three days. We had Columbus Day off, and there was a teacher professional development day on Friday. Despite the short week, students from ninth through 11th grades prepared for the PSAT. The instrumental music students have begun rehearsals for their performance in the upcoming Howard University Homecoming Parade. The vocal students have been rehearsing their performance for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication. The theater students have started the construction of their project â&#x20AC;&#x153;Origins.â&#x20AC;? The students at Ellington have also come together to create a few new clubs. There is now a soccer club that plays at the Ellington Field on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in hopes of eventually creating a competitive team. The science department has brought back the recycling club. Every Tuesday, members of the club meet and brainstorm ways to get more students excited about reusing resources. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to get students involved because if the students are not interested, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to work,â&#x20AC;? said Ms. Baskin, our chemistry teacher. Recently, D.C. Public Schools has begun providing cardboard boxes to support school recycling. As of now, the club has been focused on assembling and distributing these boxes. The goal is to have the whole school be a recySee Dispatches/Page 17

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Eaton Elementary

We have classes called â&#x20AC;&#x153;specials.â&#x20AC;? They are fun parts of the day. Our specials are library, Chinese, P.E., art, music and computers. We also have a new special called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eagle Time.â&#x20AC;? In library, we are learning about Christopher Columbus by reading books. Did you know he discovered the New World? We learned that his favorite word was â&#x20AC;&#x153;adelante,â&#x20AC;? which means â&#x20AC;&#x153;keep going.â&#x20AC;? Every student takes Chinese. We learn Chinese songs and Chinese words for body parts, fruits and numbers. Chinese is fun and exciting, and we earn stickers for doing good work. P.E. is about staying healthy and keeping in shape. We enjoy P.E. In art, we are learning to draw still-life pictures by drawing and comparing sizes. In music, we are learning to play the recorder. We read a story about Guido Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arezzo. He made up the notes and was the first person to write down music. In computer class, the newest fun part is using the iPads. We play good math games on the iPads.


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Edmund Burke School

At Edmund Burke School, the academic year is split into three parts called trimesters. Toward the middle of the fall and spring trimesters, there are parent conferences. These conferences are a lot different than those at other schools. At Burke, the students, not the teachers, lead the conferences. The students talk to their parents and advisers about their trimester academic work and general school life. The students discuss challenges and accomplishments, as well as how to improve. Goals are set with specific steps to take, and these are reviewed at the spring conference. The adviserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part in the conference is to help each student organize for the event. Throughout the year, the adviser continues to assist by sitting down with each student to talk about academic or personal issues or to help with assignments and studying for tests. Over the trimester, students

work in homeroom to collect their work for the conferences. Homerooms are groups of two or more advisers and their advisees; each adviser has about six advisees. Students use this work and the work from the previous trimester to compare, and to show how they are doing in their classes. In their homerooms, students also write an icebreaker letter to start the conferences, and talk to their advisers about any problems that they might have in school. Each conference takes about half an hour. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Charles Mahaffie, eighth-grader


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and widespread dangers while kayaking in treacherous local waters or mountain biking downhill in pouring rain. This year, we made the exciting expedition to the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School. We proceeded to climb through trees of all shapes and sizes on courses with varying levels of difficulty and length. As we grappled our way to glory, even several Field teachers got in on the fun, nobly joining students amid the treetops despite some cases of acrophobia. See Dispatches/Page 18



While high-schoolers continue to develop unwavering and limitless brilliance as school kicks into full fruition this fall, we middle-schoolers undergo a quiet break from our academic duties to pursue more whimsical ventures. This is the middle school overnight, where Field middle-schoolers travel to participate in wondrous outdoor activities. In past years, the middle school overnight has consisted of everything from camping in the dense forests of Calleva to facing personal




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leaves, pumpkins and flowers. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonah Antonelli, eighth-grader

Though the activities paused for about 10 hours so we could try to get some sleep, few, if truth be told, managed to achieve aforementioned sleep. When we emerged from our sleeping bags the following morning, we hopped back onto the blue Field buses and made our way to the Crossway Community in Kensington, Md., where we helped preschool kids decorate posters with

Last week the pre-k and kindergarten students rode on a bus to Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orchard in Germantown, Md. We ate lunch at the picnic tables. There were bees everywhere! We went on a huge slide. Then we rode on a hayride to get pumpkins! Last we saw the animals and got apples. We had a lot of fun and were happy! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kindergartners At Hyde-Addison we have a

Hyde-Addison Elementary

program called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Push Block.â&#x20AC;? This is something students do when they meet in small groups twice a week after lunch for 45 minutes. Each Push Block session focuses on a certain topic. For example, the focus of our first Push Block session has been improving how we write our constructed responses. Classroom teachers are not the only Push Block teachers. A lot of assistant teachers, the principal, the assistant principal, the librarian and the English as a Second Language teachers also lead groups. The small group size helps us learn at our own




speed and level. The teachers determine the groups by how students do on their pre-assessments, so the groups for each new Push Block topic change. Hyde-Addison introduced Push Block three years ago to the third, fourth and fifth grades. This year the school is expanding it to the second-graders as well. We think working in a small group helps us practice and learn better. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gray Eisler and Tatyana Reese, fifth-graders

Key Elementary

The Key School will celebrate the Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 23. It is a celebration of the coming of fall. Past and present Key Elementary School kids and their families come together and reunite with old friends or make new ones. The Harvest Festival raises money for the PTA, which helps Key School and the Palisades community. While being really fun, the Harvest Festival also makes our school a better place. This year the fifth grade will sponsor the haunted house. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a creepy walk-through activity for anyone with a ticket. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark inside with scary mummies, spiders and monsters to scare people. We even grab at the kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; legs as they walk by. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the spookiest and most-liked activities at the festival. The fifth grade helps make fun and

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Lafayette Elementary

Have you ever wondered why schools are having more physical education? We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about other schools, but for us itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because now kids need more exercise. Here at Lafayette we have two P.E teachers. In addition to Ms. Margie McClure, our longtime P.E. teacher, we now have Mr. Kevin Jackson. Mr. Jackson thinks that all kids should get at least 180 minutes of exercise every week. He feels this is important because nowadays many kids play video games, watch TV and stay indoors a lot. He decided to be a P.E. teacher because he likes sports and he likes kids. Mr. Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite sport is football. His favorite athlete is Darryl Green. Mr. Jackson went to Morgan State University, where he played football. Most students enjoy having P.E. twice a week. They like Mr. Jackson and think he is a great addition to the school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Duncan Hudson and Christopher Sherman, fifth-graders

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creepy posters to advertise the haunted house. We have fun decorating the posters. The Harvest Festival also has a fortune-telling house, a tattoo parlor (fake), moon bounce slides, a DJ and much more. There are contests where people can win cakes and prizes. Each class from pre-k through fifth grade sponsors its own activity. There are prizes, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun for kids of all ages. Located on the Key School grounds, the Harvest Festival will run from noon to 4 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Punch Cards,â&#x20AC;? tickets for food and games, are on sale for $10 on the blacktop before and after school this week. Tickets will cost $12 at the door. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samantha Squires and Isabelle Shea, fifth-graders


The fourth grade has just returned from experiencing the fun and excitement of a trip to Camp Arrowhead in Lewes, Del. Camp Arrowhead is a sleepaway camp that includes cabins and outdoor activities close to the marshes and beaches of the coast. After an endless bus ride, we arrived at camp ready for adventure See Dispatches/Page 38

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From Page 1 morning that he had already fielded 50 emails and 20 phone calls expressing â&#x20AC;&#x153;dismay and disgustâ&#x20AC;? about the change. Gross and other swimmers said they will seek to have the decision reversed. Generally, the pool will now be available with the existing 50-meter setup on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, as well as Wednesday evenings. The 25-yard lanes will be in place Fridays and Sundays, Monday mornings before 8 a.m., and Wednesdays until 3 p.m. On most days, the pool will be open for an hour less while the lanes are being switched. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a net loss of an entire day of swimming, which is a crime in my view,â&#x20AC;? said 50-meter advocate Charlie Meade. Several swimmers also said they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bother going to the pool on 25-yard days. But Abbie Littlejohn Fosburgh, who supports equal time between 25 yards and 50 meters, said the 50-meter supporters should be satisfied with a decision giving them approximately 60 percent of the poolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schedule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They got, I think, a very good deal,â&#x20AC;? Fosburgh said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very pleased that the pool will be 25 yards part of the time.â&#x20AC;? The parks department is envisioning a greater variety of programs during the 25-yard times at the pool, according to Stokes, instead of solely lap swimming as is available now. Stokes mentioned a diving program and recreational space as options the agency is considering. Fosburgh said the variety is an important element in changing the configurations, and it will attract new users. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives you so many opportunities,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can have community swim, you can have lap lanes, you can use the diving board â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all simultaneously.â&#x20AC;? Swimmers who would prefer that the pool always house 50-meter lanes have said the facility is unique in D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are 25-yard pools all over the city,â&#x20AC;? said Georgiana Bloom, a Ward 1 resident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And people from Ward 3 who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t swim 50 meters can certainly make it over to the 25-yard pools the same way people from all over the city come to Wilson.â&#x20AC;? The Parks Department had promised a decision on the pool lanes nearly a month ago. But Stokes said officials had to sort through a series of conflicting preferences. In an agency survey, 818 of 1,185 respondents said they wanted 50 meters all the time. At the same time, the Wilson High School athletic director and two local advisory neighborhood commissions supported the split. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here for four years, and this has been one of the mostdebated issues put before the agency,â&#x20AC;? Stokes said. The agency will review various factors of the schedule once the Wilson High School swim team season ends at the end of February, he said.

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rior, said at last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They also want their sanctuary to be open and inviting, which of course is the antithesis of what is there now.â&#x20AC;? Developers envision a glass-faced church visually distinct from the offices and ground-floor retail surrounding it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Church members] talk of [the articulated glass] as a jewel that encloses not only the reading room but the sanctuary, the auditorium,â&#x20AC;? Wyatt said. It took the church years of legal battles to reach



this point. Preservationists sought to retain the existing octagonal concrete structure as an example of modernist architecture, and the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board recommended against demolition. But District officials decided in 2009 that it would be impossible for Third Church of Christ, Scientist, to survive downtown if it were forced to retain the building. The ruling by D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning, acting as the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent for Historic Preservation, did block a raze permit until the church secured permission for new construction. Developers will go before the Zoning Commission early next year as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;planned-unit developmentâ&#x20AC;? process used for

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large-scale projects. Among the provisions needed to move forward is a rezoning of the site of the church to high-density commercial use instead of medium-density residential. Developers will also seek approval of a new curb cut to replace alley access to an underground parking garage. The Historic Preservation Review Board and the D.C. Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent for Historic Preservation will also need to OK the planned removal of the office building, which is less architecturally distinctive than the church. The historic preservation hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17. Maier said developers arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet sure how soon they can begin construction, since the schedule will depend on various approvals, but they hope to complete the building by early 2015.

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HUGE, 1,200 SF 2nd level 2BR, 1BA at renowned Woodley Park Towers. Light filled, classic old world charm w/ entrance foyer, high ceilings, study/den & separate DR. Garage parking available. MLS#DC7659703. Joshua Waxman 202-309-5895 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300


STUNNING light-filled Gtown renov. Top-ofthe-line contemp finishes that perserve the Classic Gtown charm. 2-3BR, 2.5 fully renov BA, large gour KIT. Entire house is open and light-filled with walls of windows and skylights. Priv garden. Located in desirable East Village near Rose Park/Dupont Metro/M St. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800







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GEORGETOWN $1,100,000 GEORGETOWN classic corner TH brimming with charm! LR/DR combo with fireplace & recessed lighting. MBR ste w/sep dressing room & loads of closets; soaking tub. Eat-in KIT w/French doors to fenced rear patio. Full bsmnt in-law ste w/sep entrance. All the amenities of Gtown: Tennis, Shops, fine dining. Allen Goldberg Foxhall Office 202-363-1800



NEW PRICE! This beautifully remodeled 3BR, 2.5BA brick home in a quiet setting. This sun-filled home is great for entertaining. A must see! Liz Abele 202-550-3222 Friendship Hts 703-522-6100 ALEXANDRIA $559,900 PRISTINE 3BR, 2.5BA sunny brick TH in sought-after Shuters Hill. Soooo close to King St Metro. LOVE the open LR/DR floor plan w/new French doors to private terrace. T/S KIT, MBR en suite w/wall of closets. 2 add’l BRs and BA. Bonus room on entry lvl Great for office/gym. Garage + additional parking. Ingrid Suisman Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 BETHESDA / AVENEL $2,450,000 STUNNING $1.3M renov. Grand foyer, Spacious LR, gracious over-sized DR, gour gran KIT w/center Island & brkfst area. 6 BRs. Fab recr rm, large deck & fenced pool. 3-car garage. Two acres of plush landscaping. Prestigious Holly Leaf Lane in Avenel, just off Persimmon Tree. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800


THE MIDDLEBURG Christmas Tree Farm, a unique 127 acre property (4 parcels) N of Middleburg. Farm is a turnkey operation in land use and incls a beautiful custom built 4,000 SF quarry stone home with addl 3,000 SF stunning stone patio overlooking 1.5 acre stocked lake. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

NEW at THE WYOMING. Own the perfect pieda-terre in this boutique 1900s building, a superb example of Beaux Arts architecture. 6th flr, 1BR unit features updtd KIT & BA, high ceilings, original HWFs. Central location is an easy walk to all that Dupont Circle & Woodley Park offer. Joshua Harrison 301-602-5400 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

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FOGGY BOTTOM $926,000 STUNNING 1900 SF 2BR, 2BA Penthouse with sweeping views, updated COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $350,000 gourmet kitchen, MBR suite with sumpOPPORTUNITY KNOCKS! 3BR brick tuous bath & ample closets, huge living TH with English basement and cozy front & dining rooms, spacious private balporch, HWFs, 2 car det Garage. Priced to cony, & garage parking space in top Sell! notch building with pool. View at Walt Johnson 240-351-4663 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $410,000 THE COPPERFIELD. Large 2BR, 2BA FT. DUPONT PARK $160,000 renov corner unit. Sun drenched with WELL-MAINTAINED semi-detached lots of windows, high ceilgs, open con- home w/2BR, HWFs looked like new and temp space. SS appl, gran, HWFs, W/D. extremely deep back yard. 3-4 blks to Columbia Hts Metro! Norris Dodson 202-486-7800 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 GLOVER PARK $780,000 BRIGHT SPACIOUS townhouse just EDGEWATER, MD $749,999 steps to parks, Playgrounds, shopping, SHOREHAM BEACH. Gorgeous views of dining, public transportation. the Bay from this 5 bedroom, 3 full bath Beautifully renov and updated, open flr home complete with sauna, beamed ceil- plan, bright kitchen with SS range, granings, updated kitchen, wood and ceram- ite counter, 2 lge built-in closets, wood ic tile floors, great room with walls of flrs, fam room off kitchen, 2 car pkg, full


STUNNING JR 1 bedroom in the historic Broadmoor. This unit has it all-location, hardwood floors, tons of light, living/ dining rm, closet space, updated kit, 24-hr desk attendant & more. Parking available.

au-pair ste and fam room on lower level. cedar perfectly located in boutique pet Kornelia Stuphan 202-669-5555 friendly bldg. Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 Sintia Petrosian 301-395-8817 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 KALORAMA $417,000 VERY BRIGHT & spacious 2BR, 1BA in MT PLEASANT $399,000 the heart of Kalorama. Lustrous HWFs HANDSOME 2BR, 1BA duplex condo and updtd KIT. Gaze out your windows in grand, semi-detached TH w/GAR. to fantastic street views, or pop up to the Granite/SS KIT, spacious open LR roof deck for spectacular city views. Steps w/period mantel & dining area, generto the action of Dupont Circle, Adams ous MBR w/WIC, priv laundry, lovely Morgan and Woodley Park. Close to 2 shared patio & garden. Heat pump sysMetros, (Dupont, Woodley Pk), View at tem. Self-managed pet friendly bldg w/very low fee, mere blocks to Metro, Sean Forschler 202-744-6723 shops, restaurants, Rock Creek Park Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 & more. Linda Low LOGAN $499,000 Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 SPOTLESS 1BR+den & balcony in LOGAN STATION is ready for the picki- PETWORTH $199,900 - $299,900 est buyer. 2FBA, HWFs, picture entry FHA APPROVED! Light filled, fantastic system, ss appliances, granite counter- condos in THE FLATS AT TAYLOR tops, separately deeded garage PKG space STREET. Choose from 1BR, 1BR with makes this a great value. PKG available den, 2BR/2BA homes. Quality & affordfor an addl $20K. Don’t miss out! ability, finished with stylish and superior materials: granite, ss, hdwd & bamboo, Scott Purcell 202-262-6968 CAC & W/D in each unit. Walk to Metro! Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 804 Taylor St NW. MT. PLEASANT $255,000 Christy Zachary 202-494-2248 CHARMING Light-filled JR 1BRw/renov Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 kit, wd flrs, custom closet lined with


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1907 home still stylish in its second century


he architectural style known as American Farmhouse â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not surprisingly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; plays well with a melting pot of influ-


ences. The result can range from rustic to, as seen in this 1907 property, gracious, thanks to notes of Greek Revival to Arts and Crafts. Both of those styles appear on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deep front porch, which extends along the front and one side of the 16th Street Heights home. Neoclassical white columns perch atop stacked-stone bases that nod to the Arts and Crafts movement popular when this property was new. Popular taste has changed quite a lot since then, but features here remain appealing: lofty ceilings, large windows, hardwood floors and touches like French doors between living and dining rooms. A large, renovated kitchen caters to modern needs. Warm wood cabinets contrast with the cool of blue walls and stainlesssteel appliances from brands such as Samsung and Jenn-Air. Two things often missing in older homes are waiting near this kitchen. A hall that leads to a rear

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This five-bedroom, 4.5-bath home on Delafield Place in 16th Street Heights is priced at $769,000. door is lined with shelves, making it perfect as a pantry, mudroom or both. And space for a first-floor powder room has been found in a spot that also allows access to the fully finished lower level. Down those stairs waits a handful of useful spaces, including a laundry area, full kitchen, bath and an exit to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rear yard, which features a deck and a detached one-car garage. Three bedrooms are on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second level, as well as two baths. One is a fresh space that sports a vintage vibe, thanks to white wainscoting that pops against blue walls and a claw-foot

tub. It can be accessed from two of this floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedrooms. The second space is a renovated hall bath, meaning that the master bedroom has no en-suite bath. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a problem for many potential buyers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as many an owner of an older home has learned â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but this property offers a potential solution. Renovations have opened up a room adjacent to the staircase to be a home office or other use; a new owner could close up that area to make it a large master bath and dressing room. A top floor offers two more bedrooms and a bath. Sloping eaves mean that these are the cozi-

est bedrooms, in contrast to the high ceilings of the other sleeping spots. The neighborhood of 16th Street Heights is largely known for its quiet, leafy streets of large, older homes. But there are also ample opportunities for activity, including nearby Upshur Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming pool, as well as Rock Creek Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis center and other facilities. Drivers will appreciate the

quick commute downtown via 16th Street; an only slightly slower â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but more scenic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; route along Beach Drive and Rock Creek Parkway is also handy. This five-bedroom, 4.5-bath home at 1412 Delafield Place NW is offered for $769,000. For more information, contact Realtors Maryam Hedayati and Lucinda Treat of Evers & Co. Real Estate Inc. at 301-367-7921 or 202-2514000.

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tion. For example, during his time as D.C. Council chairman, Gray championed universal pre-k legislation designed to open an additional 2,000 slots to city preschoolers. Then, during his campaign for

mayor, Gray made increased infant and toddler programming a key part of his platform. Last spring, Educare, a $12 million early education center for atrisk infants, toddlers and preschoolers, broke ground in Ward 7 as part of the emerging Promise Neighborhood Initiative. Apple Tree Institute, a charter network with locations throughout the city, has received funding from

the U.S. Department of Education to develop a curriculum for early childhood educators. Chung said these achievements should make D.C. a standout among applicants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have all the right things in place to win this funding,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The challenge is execution.â&#x20AC;? Race to the Top early-learning grants are scheduled to be announced by Dec. 31.

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years.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost every resident who has a pet appreciates its presence, even if only for the emergency services it makes available,â&#x20AC;? he wrote in an email. While the renovation maximized the facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space, the hospital is still stretched to its capacity, according to officials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to utilize every inch of the building for our operations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that was the most important part of our plan,â&#x20AC;? said Karen Mara, the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administrator. The original idea was to expand the space, not just renovate it. Glassman had hoped to negotiate a deal with Douglas Jemal, the owner of an empty commercial building next door, but the parties could not reach an agreement. The hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration then tried to find an alternate location that would meet the clinicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs, but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a suitable property in Tenleytown, where Friendship has been located for 75 years, and where leadership wanted to stay. Glassman now plans to enlarge the existing space by building a second-floor addition. Such an expansion would allow the hospital to put its specialty services, such as oncology, cardiology and surgery, on the second floor, and would free up the main level to provide primary care needs like routine shots and regular vet visits, in addition to standard and urgent hospital care. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal of the addition is to not necessarily increase our capacity, but to increase our ability to provide better-quality services to our clients,â&#x20AC;? said Glassman. He hopes to be ready to present the expansion plans to the neighborhood commission within a month, before taking them to the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment. Glassman anticipates it will be at least a year before Friendship can break ground on the next construction project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a time frame he hopes will give clients, employees and animals alike a bit of a break between renovations. Neighborhood commissioner Bender said in his email that given

Friendshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s importance to the community, he expects â&#x20AC;&#x153;we will look for ways to make Dr. Glassmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal work.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will encourage Friendship and the probable developers of [Jemalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site next door to work together on ways to help their projects flourish while minimizing the bur-

â??We have to utilize every inch â&#x20AC;Ś for our operations.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Karen Mara den on nearby neighbors,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. Along with the renovated building, Friendship Hospital is also introducing a new service for clients: mobile veterinary care. The clinic has purchased a small van that will allow a team of one veterinarian and one technician to make home visits to pets that are not comfortable leaving their houses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; typical for many cats â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and to clients who have difficulty getting their pets to the Tenleytown clinic. The visiting vets will be able to provide routine and preventative care and, depending on demand, Glassman hopes the team will be able to make eight to 10 house calls per day. The history of Friendship Hospital for Animals dates back to 1936, when the facility was housed in the building the Dancing Crab now occupies across Wisconsin Avenue, said Glassman. When the current site was built in 1960, it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a very big deal,â&#x20AC;? he said, because it was one of the largest hospitals then dedicated to small animals. Glassman, a D.C. native, joined the practice in 1978 after graduating from Cornell University. In 1982, Glassman took over the practice when his predecessor, Harvey Cowen, retired. Glassman has grown the operation exponentially, expanding from an initial three veterinarians to 25 today, including his son Mathieu, who joined the practice as a surgeon in July. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are proud of our 75-year history, and at the same time, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always thinking of where we can go from here,â&#x20AC;? Glassman said.

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The school has several projects on parallel approval tracks as part of its long-running campus plan process. An ongoing series of Zoning Commission hearings on the outlines of development initiatives will continue Nov. 3. At last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s session on the campus plan, some community leaders said even the revised plans for North Hall would create a building too tall for its hilltop site.

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later this year. Previously, the Transportation Department has used permeable paving on sidewalks near street trees, the representatives said; Maryland and Pennsylvania have had good luck expanding the materials to roadways. The agency still hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decided whether to use bricksize or 2-foot-by-2-foot paving stones on the Ashley Terrace project. Residents expressed some concern that the permeable surface could clog up and cease to function at some point after the construction is completed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is the city prepared to absorb the maintenance costs of this so it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t become ... a failed experiment?â&#x20AC;? asked one resident. Representatives said the Transportation Department would

An additional hearing, to be held tomorrow, will cover the dormâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specific design, a step that would allow construction to begin once the broader campus plan is approved. The design that the neighborhood commission supported this month won fans during recent meetings with community leaders. At these meetings, the school offered three design options for North Hall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the earlier proposal and two other possibilities, according to the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s David Taylor. Each of the three met the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals to house more students on campus, and most

regularly clean the road with a small street sweeper it normally uses for bicycle paths to prevent clogs. Commissioner Leila Afzal, whose single-member district includes Ashley Terrace, said she was impressed with the plans for the street. Ashley is popular with pedestrians because it leads to a staircase down to Ordway Street, but the potholes make it dangerous, she said. Afzal said that over the years flowing water has damaged the roadway, neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homes, the stairway and the curbs of Highland Place nearby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are serious, serious drainage issues that have caused property damage,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Based on their presentation, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m extraordinarily pleased,â&#x20AC;? Afzal added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems like they listened to the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns in the solutions that they are implementing.â&#x20AC;? A resident of Highland Place,

neighbors were satisfied with either of the two alternatives, he said. The third proposal, a lower U-shaped building, was the community favorite but Taylor said the D.C. Office of Planning opposed it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were willing to see if we could meet a housing need and do it in a way that would be acceptable to those most interested in it, and I think we were able to achieve that,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said in an interview. The university wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wedded to its original concept that drew community objection, he said; that was simply a starting point in discussions.

which â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like Ashley Terrace â&#x20AC;&#x201D; lacks storm drains, asked that the Transportation Department conduct similar work on his street. Officials said they would consider it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shameâ&#x20AC;? that Highland canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t also get the improvements, said Afzal, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but the condition and concerns of Ashley at the moment are much more severe. But we are heartened that they are putting Highland on their radar screens.â&#x20AC;? In addition to the roadway reconstruction, the Ashley Terrace project will also include the replacement of a water main, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority said. Afzal said neighbors fear the existing main lacks sufficient pressure for the streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fire hydrant after a damaging fire about five years ago. During the construction period, Ashley Terrace will remain open for pedestrians at all times, but cars will be allowed only outside work hours.

Some neighbors are still dissatisfied with the landscaping and building facade, commission chair Smith said, but he said he is confident they will settle their differences. Taylor said community discussions about North Hall are in line with the other projects the school is considering as part of the campus planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-year development goals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had similar side conversations with any number of groups to make any number of aspects of the plan to make it more amenable,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there was anything unusual about our dialogue achieving results.â&#x20AC;?


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Co. 22, now lodged in a cramped, century-old building about 10 blocks to the south of Walter Reed, at 5760 Georgia Ave. Because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also another station just a few blocks south of that site, a more northerly location will also improve response times to communities in the northern part of Ward 4. Locating a suitable site, and vetting it with community groups, has taken years. But fire officials finally settled on the parcel, owned by Walter Reed but located outside its gates, that became available as part of the federal governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to close the Army hospital and transfer control of a big swath of land to the District government. The property has an interesting history. Walter Reedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building 18â&#x20AC;? was once a run-down hotel, but in recent years it was incorporated into the base as housing for wounded soldiers.

Plans to renovate the building, and others at Walter Reed, were sidetracked when the federal government decided to relocate the hospital to Bethesda. Meanwhile, the Defense Department began awarding â&#x20AC;&#x153;enhanced use leasesâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a real estate tool allowing private firms to redevelop federal property â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in order to get some of the buildings back into productive use. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;enhanced use leaseâ&#x20AC;? for Building 18 went to Keenan. That means only that firm has the right to demolish and rebuild or otherwise develop what had been federal land. Over the summer, the D.C. Council passed emergency legislation to exempt the project from normal procurement laws, and in September the legislature made that exemption permanent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only way to get the project done,â&#x20AC;? said an aide to Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, who helped push through the exemption. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with a single property owner, and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t contract with anyone else.â&#x20AC;?

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remain a low-rise and is considered attractively designed. Farrell and her neighbors would be much happier with something like Nebraska Hall, she said, than the high-rises the school is proposing for East Campus and for its new North Hall overlooking Massachusetts Avenue on the main campus. For the university to resolve its housing needs, neighbors said, officials should look to the interior of campus, rather than the perimeter near neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homes. Deana Rhodeside, a campus planner hired by neighbors, testified that she had identified enough sites on the main campus to meet the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s housing needs without a single East Campus dorm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If AU wants to minimize the impacts of new dormitories on adjacent neighbors, we have provided an extensive list of potential sites for further analysis,â&#x20AC;? Rhodeside testified. University officials have previously said that it would be difficult to build quickly on some of Rhodesideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed sites â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as they would require the rerouting of roads â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that some of the sites house desirable existing buildings or open space. University attorney Paul Tummonds also implied while cross-examining Rhodeside that many small dorms would be financially impractical. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We only were looking at the opportunities for alternative sites,â&#x20AC;? Rhodeside replied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were not doing a cost analysis; we were not doing an efficiency analysis.â&#x20AC;? In an email to The Current after the hearing, the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jorge

Abud wrote that the school has already made significant design modifications to the East Campus to â&#x20AC;&#x153;minimize impacts on neighbors.â&#x20AC;? Since the planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unveiling, the university has reduced the proposed East Campus bed count from 1,000 to 590, moved the planned dorms farther from Westover, and added non-housing â&#x20AC;&#x153;buffer buildings.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the changes in place, we do not think additional reduced heights and increased setbacks proposed by the neighbors will result in tangible improvements for them,â&#x20AC;? Abud wrote. Neighbors of the Tenley Campus, meanwhile, said they would accept redevelopment of that property â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now home to several dormitories â&#x20AC;&#x201D; only if new buildings are more in line with low-density homes nearby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The obvious solution to this is to reduce the campus population,â&#x20AC;? testified Greg Ferenbach of the Tenley Campus Neighbors Association. Those neighbors also asked that the Zoning Commission reject plans for the Tenley Campus until the university provides more detail. Neighbors also shared their traffic consultantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s analysis, which projected significantly higher congestion than the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had. Consultant Joe Mehra testified that the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s projections overlooked motorists who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking facilities when they drive to campus. Furthermore, he said, that study didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appropriately factor in higher rates of driving for graduate students â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who represent the biggest chunk of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned enrollment growth. In his email, the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Abud wrote that he was confident in the university traffic study. â&#x20AC;&#x153;AU has a

twenty-year history of performing these studies. In all cases, the impact of an actual development has been less than that projected by the study for that project,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. At the hearing, zoning commissioners asked primarily clarifying questions, and the university limited its cross-examination to Rhodesideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alternative framework for dormitory locations. Commission chair Anthony Hood, however, did spend several minutes of the four-hour hearing blasting the university for failing to resolve one neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complaint about loud noise from a university athletic field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember having this same discussion in 2001, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of disheartening to sit here and have the same discussion,â&#x20AC;? Hood said. The Zoning Commission also heard last Thursday from individuals who support the campus plan, including students and a few neighbors. The students said the campus planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s objectives for more and better housing facilities are important, and the neighbors said feared impacts of development have been overstated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 11 years that I have lived across from American University is nothing like the nightmare scenarios that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been hearing about for several months,â&#x20AC;? said Hal Hienstra, whose 45th Street home sits across Nebraska Avenue from the ClarkRoper complex on campus. The hearings on the general campus plan will continue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and likely conclude â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nov. 3 with testimony from individuals opposing the plan and then the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rebuttal and closing remarks. A separate hearing is scheduled for tomorrow to discuss the specifics of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Hall plans.

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Wednesday october 19 Benefit â&#x2013; Friends of Hexagon will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Roast & Toast of Councilman Jack Evansâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis, NBC4 reporter and Current columnist Tom Sherwood, and WTOP commentator Mark Plotkin speaking about Ward 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longtime D.C. Council member. 6:30 p.m. $60. Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-333-7469, ext. 8. Concerts â&#x2013;  Musician Aurelio Martinez, a native of Honduras, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  As part of the Franz Liszt Bicentenary Project, pianist Louis Lortie will perform Listzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Years of Pilgrimage.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-7075502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Bryan J. Wolf, professor in American art and culture at Stanford University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Between the Lines: Philip Guston and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bad Painting.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Michael Takiff (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Complicated Man: The Life of Bill Clinton as Told by Those Who Know Himâ&#x20AC;? in conversation with former Clinton press secretary Mike McCurry, at 4:30 p.m.; and Jill

Abramson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013; Dr. Sudip Bose, a former U.S. Army major and member of a medical platoon at a forward base in Kadhimiya who treated Saddam Hussein after his capture in December 2003, will discuss leadership and service in the context of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Mamadamin Mamadaminov, labor and social protection minister of Tajikistan, and Grant Smith, senior fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies Central AsiaCaucasus Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Tajikistan, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tajikistan: Challenges and Opportunities.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-7721. â&#x2013;  Paxti LĂłpez, president of the Basque government, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Local Politics to Cope With Global Challenges: The Basque Country Way.â&#x20AC;? 5:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Members of the London-based artist collective The Otolith Group will discuss their work. 6 p.m. $10; free for students. Registration required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Mathieu Deflem of the University of South Carolina, Denise Gallo of the Library of Congress and Robert Aubrey Davis of WETA will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Nature of Celebrity: Franz Liszt, Niccolò Paganini, Lady Gaga.â&#x20AC;? 6:15 p.m. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Amy Stewart will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Army & Other Diabolical Insects.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $20; $7 for college students. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807.



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â&#x2013; David Kennedy will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013;  Antiques dealer and author Sumpter Priddy III will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Findings: Georgetown and Washington Furniture 17951820.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Pierce-Arrow Garage, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202965-0400, ext. 104. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Conversation With Former White House Chefsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Roland Mesnier (shown), Pierre Chambrin and Frank Ruta. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Peter Pabisch, professor of German studies at the University of New Mexico, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maximilian I. of Mexico â&#x20AC;&#x201D; An Austrian Fate?â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Festival â&#x2013;  St. Mary Armenian Church will hold its 63rd annual fall food festival. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. St. Mary Armenian Church, 4125 Fessenden St. NW. 202-3631923. The festival will continue Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Films â&#x2013;  The Goethe-Institut and the Embassy of Switzerland will present AndrĂŠ Vallanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Auf den Spuren von Franz Liszt in Helvetien.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 161. â&#x2013;  The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Hideo Nakataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1998 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ringu.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The 20th anniversary Reel Affirmations film festival will feature Achero Manasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything You Want.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. The festival will continue through Saturday with films at various venues. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Philippe Lioretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film

Thursday, october 20 â&#x2013; Film: American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Human Rights Film Series will feature Patrice Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness,â&#x20AC;? about the murder of an Ecuadorian immigrant in Patchogue, N.Y. A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow. 5:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome.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. Sporting event â&#x2013; D.C. United will play the Portland Timbers. 8 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-3977328. Oct. 20 Thursday, Thursday october 20 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  A park ranger will read from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just a Dream,â&#x20AC;? a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg about the importance of protecting the environment. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Warren Clark, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Israel and Palestine â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Talks or Terror?â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Clint Johnson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Vast and Fiendish Plot: The Confederate Attack on New York City.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m.


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Continued From Page 26 ■ E. Thomas Wood, author of “Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust,” will discuss “A Yankee With a Foreign Accent — Remembering Jan Kaski.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Wes Moore’s memoir “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,” about two children with the same name growing up in the same decaying city. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Film ■ The Latin American Youth Center and Reel Vision will present the D.C. premiere of the documentary “Concrete, Steel and Paint,” about inmates at a Pennsylvania prison who work with crime victims to create a mural about healing. A discussion with film directors Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza will follow. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Performances ■ The Kids Euro Festival will feature Finland’s Sytkyt Puppet Theatre presenting “Sampo Lappalainen,” an adventure set in Finnish Lapland. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Picnic Theatre Company will present a party-style production of Molière’s “The Misanthrope,” portrayed in the 1920s. Proceeds will benefit the Washington Theatre Legacy Project and the Dumbarton House. 7 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. The performance will repeat Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. ■ The VelocityDC Dance Festival will feature offerings by area ensembles. 8 p.m. $18. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122. Performances will also take place Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21

Friday october 21 Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Karg-Elert, Brahms and Liszt. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. ■ The Arts Club of Washington will host its Friday Noon Concert Series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202331-7282, ext. 16. ■ Reno, Nev.-based concert organist David Brock will present a recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ Singers Claudia Schmidt (shown) and Judy Cook will perform. 7:30 p.m. $15; $10 for students. Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW. ■ The KC Jazz Club will present pianist


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7363. ■ “Taiwanese Cinema: Two Pivotal Films” will feature Tsai Ming-Liang’s 1993 film “Rebels of the Neon God,” about a student’s obsession with a street hoodlum. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202633-1000.

Friday, october 21 ■ Concert: The Embassy Series will present violinist Josef Spacek performing works by Dvorák, Schubert, Janácek, Brahms and Smetana. 7:30 p.m. $80. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. 202-625-2361. NW. 202-857-7700. Films ■ Cinema Night will feature Pedro Almodovar’s 2002 film “Talk to Her.” 7 p.m. $5. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-

Performances ■ As part of the Kids Euro Festival, Demark will present “Exploring the Perfect World,” an interactive dance performance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Danish/Swedish performance artist Annika B. Lewis will present “Let’s Get Physical.” 7:30 p.m. $15. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-4627833. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ■ Georgetown University Children’s Theater will present “The Princess and the Pizza.” 8 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6873838. Special events ■ The 12th annual “Boo at the Zoo,” for children ages 2 through 12 and their families, will feature animal encounters, keeper talks, festive decorations and trick-or-treating. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-397-7328. The event will repeat Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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■ Craft2Wear, a show and sale of wearable art presented by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee and featuring clothes, jewelry and accessories, will open with an Advance Chance Party with wine, hors d’oeuvres, music and modeling. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $50; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 888-8329554. The show will continue Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission costs $5. Tasting ■ Raoul Dexters, American branch representative of Neuhaus Belgian Chocolate, will discuss the history of the illustrious chocolate house and different types of pralines. A tasting will follow. 7 p.m. $35; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. Saturday, Oct. 22

Saturday october 22 Book sales ■ Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide will hold its 51st annual “Art & BookFair 2011,” featuring used books, art and collectibles. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Diplomatic Exhibit Hall, U.S. State Department, C Street between 21st and 23rd streets NW. 202-223-5796. The sale will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ The Friends of the Cleveland Park Library will hold a fall used-book sale. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Cleveland Park See Events/Page 28

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Continued From Page 27 Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature Michael Chamberlin in a show filled with improvisation, comedy and magic. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  Lee Coykendall, youth outreach coordinator for the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a hands-on workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Science Fair Prep: How Plants Workâ&#x20AC;? (for fifth- through eighthgraders). 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202225-1116. â&#x2013;  Children ages 5 and older will listen to a story about writer Gertrude Stein and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  Singer Gaby Moreno will perform as

part of a show featuring songs and cultural stories from â&#x20AC;&#x153;OlĂŠ & Play! The Songs of Isabella & Ferdinand Spanish Language Adventures.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. Class â&#x2013; Susanne Simon and Bettina Stern of will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Market to Kitchenâ&#x20AC;? cooking class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fall and Winter Vegetables: Effortless Recipes for the Seasons.â&#x20AC;? 9 to 11 a.m. $25; reservations required. Glover ParkBurleith Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market, Hardy Middle School parking lot, Wisconsin Avenue and 34th Street NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  The American University Gospel Choir will perform. 5 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900. â&#x2013;  Classical guitarists Carlos Barbosa-Lima (shown) and Bryon Yasui will perform as part of the John E. Marlow Guitar Series. 8 p.m. $35. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle.

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reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013; A symposium on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warhol: Headlinesâ&#x20AC;? will feature Thomas Crow, professor of modern art and associate provost for the arts at New York University; Jonathan Flatley, associate professor of English at Wayne State University; Neil Printz, editor of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Andy Warhol Catalogue RaisonnĂŠâ&#x20AC;?; and Fred Tomaselli, artist. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Saturday, october 22 â&#x2013; Performance: The Kids Euro Festival will feature Dutch singer and composer Etienne Borgers performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cool Frogs,â&#x20AC;? about a man and a frog in search of a new home in a magical world. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. 301-654-6403. â&#x2013;  As part of the Franz Liszt Bicentenary Project, baritone Martin Bruns and fortepianist Christoph Hammer will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liszt 200th Birthday Liederabend.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present Sweet Honey in the Rock performing tributes to Odetta, Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba. 8 p.m. $28 to $55. Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202785-9727. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Gordon S. Brown will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Captain Who Burned His Ships: Captain Thomas Tingey, USN, 1750-1829,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and John Summers and Andrew Ferguson will discuss writer and critic Dwight Macdonald and the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Biochemist Beth Burrous will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chocolate: A Consumerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guideâ&#x20AC;? and lead a tasting of various types. 3 to 4:30 p.m. $5;

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Festivals â&#x2013; A fall festival will feature Chinese foods, gifts, Chinese folk dancing and rummage and bake sales. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Chinese Community Church, 500 I St. NW. 202-898-0061. â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neighborhood Zoo Dayâ&#x20AC;? will feature baby farm animals, pony rides, a moon bounce, juggling, arts and crafts, and face painting. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. LisnerLouise-Dickson-Hurt Home, 5425 Western Ave. NW. 202-966-6667, ext. 3373. â&#x2013;  The annual Fall Fest will feature a moon bounce, pumpkin painting and other games and activities. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free admission. Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. 202-576-6140. â&#x2013;  A fall fair will feature games, rides, prizes, a flea market and a bake sale. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Murch Elementary School, 4810 36th St. NW. 202-282-0130, Films â&#x2013;  Weekend Family Matinees and the Kids Euro Festival will feature the 2007 animated film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nocturna,â&#x20AC;? about a boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adventures. 10 a.m. Free. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The seventh annual Vassar Film Fest will feature Isaac Solotaroffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wham! Bam! Islam!â&#x20AC;? and other works by graduates of Vassar College. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. $125 donation suggested. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ballet in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Esmeralda,â&#x20AC;? performed by the Bolshoi Ballet. 11 a.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202419-3456. The film will be shown again Sunday at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  The U Street Neighborhood Association will host a screening of Davis Guggenheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waiting for Superman,â&#x20AC;? about the failures of American public education. A panel discussion will follow. Noon to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Shaw Middle School at Garnet-Patterson, 2001 10th St. NW. â&#x2013;  ITVS Community Cinema will present Judy Lieffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deaf Jam,â&#x20AC;? about a teenager who discovers the power of American Sign Language poetry. A postscreening performance and discussion will feature Quest Visual Theatre. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton United Methodist Church will present Julia Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Budrus,â&#x20AC;? about a Palestinian leader, his 15-year-old daughter and the movement that saved a village from destruction. A reception and discussion will follow. 6 p.m. Free. Dumbarton

United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-333-7212. â&#x2013; The Reel Affirmations film festival will close with a screening of Ferzan Ozpetekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loose Cannons.â&#x20AC;? about an aspiring writer who decides to reveal his sexual orientation in order to avoid having to help run his conservative familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pasta business. 7 p.m. $20 to $40. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Special events â&#x2013;  The Old Stone House will host a living history program featuring the First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013;  The Institute for Spiritual Development will host a Healing Fair and Wellness Day, featuring sessions on topics such as chakra balancing, cranial-sacral therapy and reiki. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission; sessions cost $22. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. 202-363-7106. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Detroit Red Wings. 7 p.m. $92 to $205. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play Sporting Kansas City. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-3977328. Tour â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a tour of the newly restored Peirce Mill and discuss the many machines and steps to make flour using water power. 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-8956070. Sunday, Oct. 23

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; A park ranger will help children ages 5 and older create a corn-husk doll like those made by Colonial children. 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Marine Chamber Ensembles will perform works by Mendelssohn, Bernstein and Bach. 2 p.m. Free. Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and L streets SE. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  New York percussionist Ross Karre will perform works by American composer John Cage as a prelude to the 2012 Cage Festival. 3 p.m. $10. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8852787. â&#x2013;  Pianist Olivier CavĂŠ will present a concert celebrating the 150th anniversary of the reunification of Italy. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The City Choir of Washington and its 2011 Young American Artists â&#x20AC;&#x201D; boy soprano Michael Emery Crotty, soprano Jennifer Weingartner and bass Sean Pflueger â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform works by FaurĂŠ, Bernstein, Tavener and Stravinsky. 5 p.m. $15 to $45. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 301-572-6865. â&#x2013;  The Sixth Floor Trio, formed by graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, will perform a blend of various musical styles, from bluegrass to classical. 6 p.m. Free. See Events/Page 29

Continued From Page 28 Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013; The Hanson-Kong Piano Duo will perform works by Liszt. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christianity & Politics,â&#x20AC;? a speaker series about confusion over church and state, will feature a talk by the Rev. David Coffin, senior pastor at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Va., on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Spirituality of the Church.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. Free. Christ Reformed Church, 1405 15th St. NW. 202-656-1611. â&#x2013;  The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival, an annual celebration of the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best in Jewish writing, will feature a talk by Jay Michaelson on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. The festival will continue through Nov. 2. â&#x2013;  The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Macular Degeneration Network will present a talk by optometrist Lexi Malkin on â&#x20AC;&#x153;What a Low Vision Exam Can Do for You.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Medical Building, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-364-7602. â&#x2013;  David Rowell will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Train of Small Mercies.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Center for Inquiry will present a talk by author Jeff Sharlet on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. $5 in advance; $7 at the door. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Ben Ehrenreich will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ether.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cullen Room,


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Events Entertainment Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013; The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a talk by Gail Levin on her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lee Krasner: A Biography.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Festival â&#x2013;  Key Elementary School will hold its annual Harvest Festival, which will feature games, a pumpkin-decorating contest, a moon bounce, a haunted house, a food concession stand and a bake sale. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Key Elementary School, 5001 Dana Place NW. 202-302-7097. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Originals Now: Lynne Sachsâ&#x20AC;? will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work in progress, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Day Is My Night,â&#x20AC;? preceded by her recently completed shorts â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Task of the Translatorâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sound of a Shadow.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taiwanese Cinema: Two Pivotal Filmsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Hou Hsiao-Hsienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1985 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Time to Live and a Time to Die.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cineforum Italianoâ&#x20AC;? will feature Silvio Soldiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Days and Clouds.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Letelier Theatre, 3251 Prospect St. NW. meetup. com/italiano/events/36242042/. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinema Français ĂĄ Mount Vernonâ&#x20AC;? will feature Caroline Bottaroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joueuse.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. Eckles Library Auditorium, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-2426673. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le CinĂŠma Fantastiqueâ&#x20AC;? will feature RenĂŠ Clairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1924 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paris Qui Dortâ&#x20AC;? and his 1925 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Voyage Imaginaire,â&#x20AC;? with live accompaniment by pianist Ben Model. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and

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Sunday, october 23 â&#x2013; Concert: Opera Lafayette will present French baroque opera artists JeanPaul FouchĂŠcourt and GaĂŤle LeRoi performing works from 17th- and 18thcentury France and Italy. 7:30 p.m. $50. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Communityâ&#x20AC;? will present Mary Harronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1996 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Shot Andy Warhol,â&#x20AC;? about 1960s radical Valerie Solanas. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events â&#x2013;  The Neighborhood Farm Initiative will hold its second annual Homebrew Harvest, featuring beer tastings, an introductory workshop and a competition between local home brewers. 3 to 6 p.m. $10 donation suggested. American Ice Co., 917 V St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center will award the 14th annual Mark Twain Prize to Will Ferrell in a ceremony that will feature entertainers Jack Black, Green Day, Larry King, Adam McKay, Lorne Michaels, Conan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, John C. Reilly, Paul Rudd, Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon. 7:30 p.m. $50 to $150. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Monday, Oct. 24

Monday october 24 Concert â&#x2013; Pianist Alex Peh will present a lecture and recital on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winterreise: A Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey Retold by Franz Liszt.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Embassy of



Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Architectural historian Rudolf Klein will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Synagogues in Hungary 1782-1918.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Room 250, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-8493. â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art rare book specialist Yuri Long will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Typography, Page Design, and Publishing at the Bauhaus.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Dupont Circle Village Live and Learn Seminar series will feature a talk on Medicare issues by Chris DeYoung of the Health Insurance Counseling Project. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. Bird Room, Church of the Pilgrims, 2201 P St. NW. 202-234-2567. â&#x2013;  Joel Osteen will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-3470176. â&#x2013;  The Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library will host a lecture on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gandhiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Non-violent Action: The Khaliafat Campaign, Hindu-Muslim Unity.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202727-1288. â&#x2013;  A screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Community of Gardeners,â&#x20AC;? about community gardens in the District, will precede a panel discussion with filmmaker Cintia Cabib, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cooking, Uncle Sam?â&#x20AC;? curator Alice Kamps and several community gardeners. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Science Cafeâ&#x20AC;? will feature painter Nana Bagdavadze and sculptor Rebecca Kamen discussing how artists embrace scientific ideas and imagery in their own efforts to express profound realities about the universe and the human experience. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Past and present participants in Operation Understanding DC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including Sivan Bruce of National Cathedral School, Elie Goldman of Sidwell Friends School and Curtis Tyger of Benjamin Banneker Academic


High School â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss the program and lead a diversity workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. â&#x2013; Tony Horwitz will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 2001 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amelie.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gentlemen Prefer Marilynâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Henry Hathawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1953 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Niagara,â&#x20AC;? starring Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotton and Jean Peters. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alfred Hitchcock Filmfestâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1960 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Psycho.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  A film series on challenges presented by globalization and scientific progress will feature Juan Carrascal Ynigoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remittances,â&#x20AC;? Curtis Burzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homeland Storiesâ&#x20AC;? and Gerhard Friedlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wolff von Amerongen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Did He Commit Bankruptcy Offences?â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adriana Lecouvreur,â&#x20AC;? performed at the Royal Opera House in London. 7 p.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. Performance â&#x2013;  The Kids Euro Festival will feature Estoniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offering â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Piip and Tuut at Concert,â&#x20AC;? a performance featuring two clowns in original routines, slapstick, acrobatics and song. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Readings â&#x2013;  The Actorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Center will present a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Elephant Manâ&#x20AC;? by Bernard Pomerance. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Spooky Universe Theatre, See Events/Page 30

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Project, soloists from the Budapest Festival Orchestra and pianist JenĂś JandĂł will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Liszt Legacy and BĂŠla BartĂłk.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-7075502.

Continued From Page 29 1810 16th St. NW. 202-332-1911. â&#x2013; The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;United by Faith, Divided by War,â&#x20AC;? featuring dramatic readings re-creating Jewish participation in the Civil War. 7:30 p.m. $25. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Measuring the Hopes and Fears of the American Voter for 2012.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by former New York Times correspondent Neil Lewis on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New York Times, Israel and American Jews Over the Decades: An Evolving Story.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Yossi Shain, professor of comparative politics and diaspora politics at Georgetown University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Sphere and the Struggle for a Moral Agenda.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Karoly Dan, consul general of Hungary,

25 Tuesday, TuesdayOct.october 25 Class â&#x2013; The Jewish Study Center will present a four-week class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jews and the 2012 Election â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The View Ahead,â&#x20AC;? featuring instructor Steve Rabinowitz and guest speakers. 7 to 8:15 p.m. $75. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. The class will continue Nov. 1, 15 and 22. Concerts â&#x2013;  Swedish singer Sarah Riedel will perform jazz selections. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Young Concert Artists will present pianist George Li. 7:30 p.m. $24. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  As part of the Franz Liszt Bicentenary












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Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013; The Center for Environmental Filmmakingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fall film series will feature clips from Dave Gardnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;GrowthBusters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hooked on Growth.â&#x20AC;? A discussion with the filmmaker will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theatre, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature Nir Bergmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intimate Grammar,â&#x20AC;? an adaptation of Israeli author David Grossmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Book of Intimate Grammar.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Performance â&#x2013;  First Draft at Charter Theater will present a reading of Billy Finnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hashish Eaters,â&#x20AC;? about a young American soldier stationed in Afghanistan who finds himself being pulled into the dangerous machinations of his commanding officer. A discussion will follow. 7:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282, ext. 16. Reading â&#x2013;  A celebration of the birthday of American poet John Berryman will feature a reading of his work by poets Mary Jo Bang and Michael Collier. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5394. 26 Wednesday, WednesdayOct.october 26 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the Budapest Festival Orchestra performing works by BartĂłk and Schubert. 8 p.m. $39 to $105. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Real Vocal String Quartet will perform. 8 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 on the day of the show. Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A symposium on the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign will feature Bryan Arroyo of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ed Flanagan of Jasper Wyman & Son and the Rev. Richard Cizak of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Economic historian Marc Levinson, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Washington Bailed Out Mom and Pop.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1225. â&#x2013;  Author and journalist Jennifer 8. Lee will discuss the origins and development of Chinese cooking and restaurants in America. A book signing will follow. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Garrett Peck will discuss his book

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Dining Room A, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013; Dumbarton House curator S. Scott Scholz will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lemoine Sampler,â&#x20AC;? one of only three known map samplers of the Plan of the City of Washington based on the Thackara and Vallance publication of the Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant Plan. 12:30 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outreach Evening With Extraordinary Artistsâ&#x20AC;? will feature a salute to Judith Terra, chair of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 16. â&#x2013;  Rita Dove will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Anthropologist Nina G. Jablonski will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skin Color Evolution and Significance.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 6:45 p.m. $20. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Cornell University professor Robert H. Frank will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Folger Shakespeare Library director Michael Witmore will discuss his recent work in Shakespeare studies, which combines computer analysis of texts, linguistics and traditional literary history. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. â&#x2013;  Lawrence Douglas, professor at Amherst College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Demjanjuk in Munich: War Crimes Trials in Historical Perspective.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rubinstein Auditorium, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. meyerhofflecture2011. â&#x2013;  Daniel McFadden, the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Economics Studies, and Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collapseâ&#x20AC;? and a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Idea: The Power of Choice,â&#x20AC;? about why people make decisions the way they do. 7 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a talk by Charles King on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  The Kids Euro Festival will feature Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renowned puppet theater Bambalina in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kraft.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Beijing Dance Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haze,â&#x20AC;? in which dancers perform in the midst of a smog cloud on a padded stage. 8 p.m. $22 to $60. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday at 8 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  The Friends of Rose Park will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pumpkin Fest,â&#x20AC;? featuring pumpkin painting, apple cider, snacks and a costume parade. 4 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Rose Park, 26th and O streets NW.


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rance in the American Revolution,â&#x20AC;? featuring some 40 artifacts, artworks and documents that highlight the contributions of France to the

Finnish photographer Miina Savolainen of 10 girls as they grew from adolescence to adulthood in a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home, will open today at the Embassy of Finland and continue through Nov. 13. Savolainen will guide visitors On exhibit through the exhibit Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. American Revolutionaries, will Located at 3301 Massachusetts open today at the Society of the Ave. NW, the embassy is open Cincinnatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anderson House and Friday through Sunday from 11 continue a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 202-298-5800. 14. â&#x2013; Gallery plan Located at b will open an 2118 exhibit today of Massachusetts abstract mixedAve. NW, the media images by museum is Kermit Berg and Kermit Berkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abstract images open Tuesday abstract paintare on exhibit at Gallery plan b. through ings by Delna Saturday from Dastur and con1 to 4 p.m. 202-785-2040. tinue it through Nov. 20. An opening reception will take â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Loveliest Girl in the place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. World,â&#x20AC;? highlighting imagery by

The Society of the Cincinnatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibit includes this 18th-century portrait of Claude, chevalier de Chavagnac, a French officer who fought in the Continental Navy. Located at 1530 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 See Exhibits/Page 32

Keegan stages American classic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Crucibleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;


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Salem witch trials. It features a community galvanized by fear and suspicion, a wife betrayed by lust, an orphan girl blind with passion and possessed with revenge, ruthless prosecutors, deluded holy men and covetous neighbors. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; â&#x2013; Scena Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greek,â&#x20AC;? a modern retelling of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oedipus Rex,â&#x20AC;? Oct. 20 through Nov. 27 at the H Street Playhouse. Set in 1980s London, this twisted version of the myth combines Shakespearean grandeur and Cockney rhyming slang to tell a rags-to-riches story. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $27 to $40. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 703-6832824; â&#x2013;  Theater J will present Arthur Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;After the Fallâ&#x20AC;? Oct. 26 through Nov. 27 at the Scena Theatre will stage â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greekâ&#x20AC;? Washington DC at the H Street Playhouse Oct. 20 Jewish Community through Nov. 27. Center. One man follows a quest to make peace with history â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his own and that of the tumultuous world around him. In the wake of the tragic death of his famous second wife, Maggie, Quentin desperately tries to move forward in his life and to pursue a relationship with Holga. Yet he is compelled to revisit his childhood losses, failed marriages and his actions in connection with the controversial policies of the 1950s black list. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $25 to $35.

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Keegan Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crucibleâ&#x20AC;? at the Church Street Theater Oct. 22 through Nov. 19. The center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-4948497; â&#x2013; Active Cultures will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hellspawnâ&#x20AC;? Oct. 27 through 30 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Melton Rehearsal Hall after a run in Riverdale, Md. The show consists of three one-act plays based on an alleged demonic possession in Cottage City, Md. Rumors and tales of the event, which sparked the popular 1970s novel and subsequent film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Exorcist,â&#x20AC;? continue to intrigue the Washington area. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 8 p.m. and midnight Saturday; and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $25. Melton Rehearsal Hall is located at 641 D St. NW. 800-494-8497; â&#x2013;  The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint will present Timothy Guillotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Fight We Dieâ&#x20AC;? Oct. 27 through Nov. 12. Guided by a modern-day chorus, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Fight We Dieâ&#x20AC;? tells the story of Q, a homeless virtuosic graffiti See Theater/Page 32




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artist who has transfixed the local city with his stunning and subversive work. Now that the police have finally caught him, Q is forced to license his talents to the local government to avoid jail. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10 to $15, with a pay-what-you-can show Oct. 27. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305;

The Current ■ Catholic University will present Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town” Oct. 28 through 30 in Hartke Theatre. Impressed with American choreographer Jerome Robbins’ 1944 ballet “Fancy Free,” Oliver Smith encouraged Robbins and Bernstein to expand it. The resulting musical, which follows three American sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City in 1944, introduced several popular and classic songs, including “New York, New York” and “Some Other Time.” Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost

$10 to $15. Catholic University’s Hartke Theatre is located at 3801 Harewood Road NE. 202-319-5416; ■ Studio Theatre will close an extended run of Duncan Macmillan’s “Lungs” on Oct. 23. Macmillan wrote the first draft of “Lungs” in one sitting in the midst of a time of change in his life: He had just turned 30, gotten engaged, bought a home and landed a proper job. He and his fiancée were also considering having children — and struggling with the state of the world. All of this factored into this play, which centers on two thoughtful, educated, middle-class people discussing whether

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to have a baby. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ Studio Theatre will present an extended run of Alan Bennett’s comedy “The Habit of Art” through Oct. 30. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $69. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; Room & Board will hold a Fall Art Event featuring Mid City Artists members Gary Fisher, Glenn Fry, Charlie Gaynor and Charlie Jones. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1840 14th St. NW. 202-729-8300. ■ Fondo del Sol recently opened an exhibit of woodcuts by Costa Rican engraver and painter Francisco Amighetti (1907-1999) and will continue it through Nov. 1. Located at 2112 R St. NW, the

p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-234-2711. ■ “Bushmen Dreams,” highlighting prints by Washington-area artist Percy Martin of his imaginary Bushmen people, will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parish Gallery and continue through Nov. 15. Located at 1054 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-994-2310. ■ “The Evolving Universe,” taking visitors on a journey from present-day Earth to the far reaches of space and the earliest time to show how the Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 oil on canvas “The Road universe Menders” is part of a Phillips Collection exhibition evolved, will on the development of color and light in modernist open Friday at painting. the National Museum of Natural History and continue center is open Wednesday through through March 1. Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202 Located at 10th Street and 483-2777. Constitution Avenue NW, the ■ Washington Studio School museum is open daily from 10 recently opened an exhibit of a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. drawings and sculptures by ■ “Eye to Eye: Joseph Marioni at Peruvian artist Oscar Garcia and the Phillips” will open Saturday at will continue it through Nov. 10. the Phillips Collection, pairing 15 Located at 2129 S St. NW, the of modernist Marioni’s recent gallery is open Monday through glowing paintings with some 30 Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202works in the museum’s collection. 234-3030. Aiming to show the development ■ The Art Museum of the of color and light in modernist Americas recently opened two painting, the exhibit will continue exhibits that will continue through through Jan. 29. Dec. 2. Located at 1600 21st St. NW, “Tent Life: Haiti” features phothe museum is open Tuesday tographs by Wyatt Gallery of peothrough Saturday from 10 a.m. to ple displaced by the devastating 5 p.m., Thursday until 8:30 p.m. 2010 Haitian earthquake and living and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in tent communities. Admission to the exhibit during “Young Haitians With weekdays is by donation. Disabilities: 28 Winning Admission during weekends costs Drawings” highlights the winners $12 for adults and $10 for seniors; of a drawing contest aimed at it is free for ages 18 and younger. improving conditions for Haitians 202-387-2151. with disabilities. ■ The “Mid City Artists” collab Located on the terrace level of orative will hold its fall open stuthe Organization of American dios tour Saturday and Sunday States General Secretariat from noon to 5 p.m. For informaBuilding, 1889 F St. NW, the galtion and studio locations, visit mid- lery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202 In conjunction with the tour, 463-0203.





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Palisades resident Carol Pineau’s daughter was in Palm’s class. “In Miss Palm’s classroom, children don’t just learn the alphabet,” said Pineau. “My daughter would come home talking about how the brush strokes of Monet were not at all like Cassatt’s — I was amazed at what she was learning.” When her daughter’s academic year with Palm was coming to an end, Pineau and a few other parents talked in the playground about how much they were going to miss the teacher. Pineau, a journalist and award-winning documentarian who has worked for CNN, came up with the idea of producing a film about Palm’s lessons so that as many children as possible could benefit from the teacher’s work. Rather than a documentary, she and Palm decided a fictional tale that incorporated the teacher’s classroom experiences would make more sense. They worked together on a script, and soon the film called “ArtObet” took shape. In it, local actress Jenny Donovan portrays a favorite baby sitter who finds a jewel-crusted looking glass through which she can see letters of the alphabet on magic beads. The baby sitter and her charges are then able to go on fantastical adventures, discovering a new artist with every letter they uncover in the beads. Forty local children, most former students of Palm’s, act in the 42-minute film, staging famous paintings of various artists, and telling stories and reciting short poems that help viewers remember the artist’s work. Both Pineau and Palm call the film a “true community effort,” in which parents and neighbors came together to help with costumes, props and technical assistance. Gwenith Bowker-Bafna was one of the child actors. “I really liked working and thinking about the year I had with Miss Palm,” she said. “Even though we were reading off scripts, we were able to tell viewers in our own words about our year with Miss Palm — it helped us remember it; it helped us treasure it.” DVD copies of the film are available for sale at, and local Barnes & Noble stores. Palm and Pineau hope to create a film collection with future titles focusing on scientists, explorers and authors. “I want every child to know that art comes from the heart,” said Palm. “Jackson Pollack is quite different from da Vinci, but they are both beautiful. Art teaches children that we are all different and unique and special — and that we all learn differently. It’s important to give kids that message early in their academic career — it empowers them to feel good about learning.”




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The fifth-graders are conducting science experiments using the scientific method. Our science teacher, Ms. Levy, told us to do an experiment about something we are really curious about. In my experiment, I am determining which type of apples get brown in the shortest amount of time when cut into slices. I chose this topic because I love apples, but I hate it when they turn brown in my lunch. Examples of other projects include: What brand of battery lasts the longest? Is heartbeat affected by music? Are ants picky about their food? After we came up with the research question, the next step was to develop a hypothesis — what we think will happen. Then you conduct an experiment. In my experiment, I cut up the apples and checked on them every five minutes. I used Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Gala apples. The next step was to collect and record the data and then write an analysis. The last step was to write a conclusion — did the experiment support your hypothesis or not? Afterward, we had to create a graph about the results. In conclusion, the apples that took the most time to turn brown were Golden Delicious. I was bummed because I don’t favor Golden Delicious. I love the Gala, which got brown the fastest. — Sophie McInerney, fifth-grader

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There are so many things to do at Ross after school this year. Our choices include DARE dance, Tiny Chefs, Study Island, Mad Science, Scrabble Club, Spanish, Kickball at Stead Park and Girls on the Run. Swimming at Marie Reed and violin lessons will start soon. We also celebrated College Awareness Day last week and students and staff wore their college sportswear. Mr. Rogers, our counselor, has also been teaching fifthgraders about going to college. A big upcoming event is a fundraiser for our third-grade teacher, Ms. Anderson. She is a breast-cancer survivor who is running the New York Marathon. Ross families have organized a fundraiser for her race at Stoney’s on Oct. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. All Ross community families and friends are invited. — Maisha Maliha, Kennady Jackson, Jaelen White and Sam Zimmerman, fifth-graders

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The lower school math team has been meeting, and the number of students attending is greater than ever. The eighth-grade soccer team played three games and won two of them. The cross country team came in second at the Landon race last Wednesday. This Friday, a renowned author will visit the lower school. Steve Sheinkin, author of “The Notorious Benedict Arnold” and winner of the 2010 Boston Globe Horn Award, will speak to the lower school about his books and answer questions. Two weeks ago, St. Albans’ eighth-grade boys and National Cathedral School’s eighth-grade girls went on a team-building day to Calleva. This trip involved all of the students completing four different activities. Two of the activities focused on personal achievement and conquering fears. These activities were a zip line and climbing up a tree and then jumping off of a platform at the top. The other two activities involved shape building and helping each another cross a balance board. At the end of the day the boys went back to school, but the girls stayed overnight at a place close by as they do every year. — John Van Den Anker, Form II (eighth-grader)

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Last weekend, St. John’s hosted more than 1,200 football alumni at the St. John’s vs. DeMatha game. Former athletes starting from the 2010 season going all the way back to the 1930s attended. At halftime, alumni were invited into the middle of the field and honored for their dedication to the school and the football program. Following the game, the St. John’s community celebrated the gathering of the football athletes with a fifth quarter held in the Gallagher Gymnasium. Senior Mitchell Kirsch, an offen-

sive tackle, said last week that he was eager to play DeMatha. “I’m really excited to get into the game and beat the Stags. After last year’s tough loss in the playoffs, the whole team is ready for some payback.” Since attendance at St. John’s’ last home football game was at record numbers, the alumni presence was expected to add even more to the special day. “The whole thing is great,” Joanie Sanders said last week. “It will be really nice to see over three generations of the St. John’s football community gather and celebrate each other’s accomplishments.” — Hunter Umbel, 12th-grader

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Due to the Columbus Day holiday and a teacher development day, School Without Walls students had a three-day week. Last week, School Without Walls saw the freshman and sophomore classes take standardized tests known as the Paced Interim Assessment (formerly DC BAS). Half the school sat down for two hours of math, reading and other incredibly engaging problems, leaving some students displaced from their regular classrooms. One lucky junior was even the only student in his class! Much fun was had by all. This week all grades but the seniors were locked in for the threehour PSAT. During this time, a portion of the senior class attended a George Washington University information session. In club news, the School Without Walls Model United Nations Team, Fantasy Book Club, Creative Expressions Group, Drama Club and boys lacrosse team held interest meetings last week. Unfortunately, due to attendance issues, the jazz band has been reduced to a jazz combo. This week, the Global Issues Network group prepared for its trip to Peru, and the Gay-Straight Alliance held “Coming Out Day.” Spirit Week will be held the week of Oct. 24, including the Halloween-themed homecoming dance. — Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

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On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Shepherd Elementary will host its annual Fall Fest. This Fall Fest is an outdoor event on the school’s grounds with activities like bungee jumping, a moon bounce, tattoos and pumpkin painting. Each classroom will be responsible for an activity or game. There will also be a Vendor’s Row for grown-ups to shop for gifts. Fall Fest always has food to buy when you’re hungry. There will be hot dogs, veggie dogs, pretzels, raw vegetables and dip, fruit cups, fruit juices and water bottles. Fall Fest is open to all neighbors and admission is free; you will only need to pay for game tickets, food and refreshments. — Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader

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Ellen Abrams 202-255-8219 Anne-Marie Finnell 202-329-7117

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your Search iS over wit & whimSy green inSide & out Bethesda. What a deal! 3 BRs, Chevy Chase, DC. Enchanting front Chevy Chase, MD. Unique 3BR, 4 BA 2.5 BAs on peaceful street porch Colonial w/delightful private home w/passive greenhouse addition set close to DC line, 270 & dwtwn garden. Living rm, dining rm, renovated in enchanting gardens. Dramatic LR w/ Bethesda. Stunning hardwood kitchen/family rm. 3BRs, 2.5 BAs, vaulted ceiling, eat-in kitchen, office/4th BR, solarium. MBR suite, LL rec rm, full flrs, open floor plan, big backyard. rec room. $859,000

Susan Berger 202-255-5006 Ellen Sandler 202-255-5007

bath. $799,000

nancy hammond 202-262-5374 eric murtagh 301-652- 8971

paliSadeS treaSure

Kate Sheckells 301-806-4450 victorian gem

Palisades. Four floors of beautiful living space. Updated kitchen & baths. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 half baths. 3rd floor phenomenal viewS Master bedroom suite, 2 fireplaces, Harbour Square. SW DC. Gaze at the deck, pkg. Quiet Potomac River from both the LR & DR enclave, walk of this spacious 3 BR, 2.5 BA coop. to everything. 1833 sq ft. Hardwood floors. Walk to $719,000 Metro & Arena Stage. $619,000

Nancy Holway 202-885-9797

Whitman area. $755,000

Ted Beverly 301-728-4338 Pat Lore 301-908-1242

Palisades. Delightful Victorian has living rm w/FP, din rm, updated kitchen,front and back porches, sunny back yard, 2 Brs up; walk to everything! $599,900

Guy-didier Godat 202-361-4663

Palisades. Classic TH with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, updated kitchen and lovely tiered garden and patio. Walk to the C & O Canal, shops, restaurants. $749,000

Laura McCaffrey 301-641-4456 Suzanne Blouin 301-641-8448

SurpriSingly SpaciouS

Bethesda. The Crest II. Sunfilled TH in this desirable community. Large rms throughout. 2 bedrooms plus den, 3.5 baths, renovated kitchen. Stunning LL walk-out family rm. w/French drs to courtyard & garden, wood burning frpl & wet bar. $749,000 Mary Lynn White 202-309-1100

contemporary loft

Adams Morgan. Great light in this 2 BR, 2 BA condo. Gourmet kitchen w/ custom cabinets, granite & SS appliances. Exposed brick & bamboo floors. $489,000

Beverly nadel 202-236-7313 meliSSa Brown 202-469-2662

urBan oaSiS

Cleveland Park. The Porter. Charming large 1 bedroom coop w/spacious sunroom & eat-in kitchen. Beautiful hardwood floors, high ceilings, stylish entry. Sunny & chic. 2 blocks to Metro. $329,000

Leyla Phelan 202-415-3845

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