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THE NORTHWEST CURRENT Orange leads in at-large council race

Feds pick ‘medium’ option for DHS site


■ Homeland Security: Plan


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Vincent Orange appeared to win the special-election contest for the at-large D.C. Council seat last night with 28.3 percent of the vote. Ward 1 State Board of Education member Patrick Mara had 25.7 percent of the vote, former Ward 4 Board of Education representative Sekou Biddle had 20.5 percent, former Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commissioner Bryan Weaver had 13.1 percent, and for- Orange mer Adrian Fenty campaign aide Joshua Lopez had 7.1 percent. Throughout the night, Mara, a Republican, closely trailed Orange, a Democrat. But Orange maintained a slim lead and appeared on track to win the special election. By press time the Board of Elections and Ethics had reported the results from all 143 precincts in the city but had not certified the results. Orange — a D.C. Democratic National Committeeman — served See Election/Page 12

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The U.S. General Services Administration has chosen a “medium-density” plan for developing the Department of Homeland Security’s Nebraska Avenue Complex. The plan is part of an effort to consolidate the sprawling agency’s facilities and staff at seven to 10 sites in the Washington area, including a new headquarters

American campus plan draws ANC opposition By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Residents of an American University Park home on Windom Place held a community Easter egg hunt in their front yard on Saturday. They hope to make the event a yearly tradition.

Road closure prompts council questions Soapstone Creek beneath the road’s Current Staff Writer 4300 block had collapsed. As a result, a 20-foot stretch of asphalt that appears solid actually has nothAt first, the cave-ins that ing below it to hold it up. appeared earlier this month on “That’s what’s dangerous: Broad Branch Road looked like the People may think as long as they results of an everyday sinkhole. stay clear of the hole, they’re fine,” Each was only a few feet across, Lisle said. “That’s not necessarily and the D.C. Department of the case.” Transportation initially placed Bill Petros/The Current In response, the Transportation metal plates over them, preserving the connection across Rock Creek City officials hope to repair Broad Department has shut down a halfmile of Broad Branch Road between Park valued by thousands of resi- Branch Road by September. Brandywine Street and Ridge Road dents and commuters. But when the department’s engineers looked closer, — a closure that officials tentatively predict will last said spokesperson John Lisle, it became clear the prob- through August. During that time, the agency plans to See Street/Page 12 lem was more severe: A large culvert carrying By BRADY HOLT

NEWS Visitor pass snafu yields parking tickets. Page 5. ■ Commission urges delay in consideration of UDC plan. Page 3. ■

at St. Elizabeths Hospital. The “preferred option” for the historic complex at Ward Circle would increase employment there from the current 2,400 “seats” to about 4,200, while nearly doubling the gross square footage of buildings. There would be a “signature” office building right off the circle, and a large aboveground parking structure on the eastern edge of the site, according to plans presented to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts last Thursday. Commissioners tentatively endorsed that plan, with several See Homeland/Page 22

SPORTS ■ Maret comes from behind to beat Wilson. Page 13. ■ St. John’s holds off DeMatha in WCAC baseball. Page 13.

Capping off a year and a half of debate, the Spring Valley/Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commission formally opposed large sections of the American University campus plan Wednesday, saying the scale of the university’s proposed growth is inappropriate for the community. Commissioners approved 13 resolutions that took aim at the university’s proposed redevelopment of its Nebraska Avenue parking lot into student dormitories, its requested discontinuation of a cap on its enrollment and staff numbers, its planned conference space and other proposals. The resolutions also seek to control possible expansion of the university’s commercial holdings, outdoor advertising along Nebraska and Massachusetts avenues and distribution of alcohol on the campus, and they ask the school to increase its control over off-campus students’ behavior, among other wideranging issues the commission spelled out in an internal 37-page

PA S S A G E S ■ Georgetown house tour goes green. Page 15. ■ Eat Wonky owner becomes food truck cheerleader. Page 15.

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Dozens of residents turned out for the commission’s meeting. report. “AU’s 2011 Campus Plan would extend AU’s footprint in the neighborhood, expand its operations, and lead to a significant growth in its enrollment numbers,” the report states. “If approved, as proposed by AU, the 2011 Plan would threaten the stability of the residential neighborhoods that encircle the university.” Jorge Abud, the university’s assistant vice president for facilities See American/Page 21

INDEX Business/9 Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Exhibits/31 In Your Neighborhood/20 Opinion/10

Passages/15 Police Report/6 School Dispatches/16 Real Estate/19 Service Directory/32 Sports/13 Theater/30

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By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

After a vigorous show of opposition from residents living near the University of the District of Columbia, the Van Ness/Forest Hills advisory neighborhood commission voted unanimously Monday to seek a 120-day delay in the Zoning Commission’s consideration of the university’s first-ever campus plan. And if zoning officials refuse to delay their scheduled May 2 hearing, the commission expects to oppose the plan for a new student center, two dorms with 600 beds, a large increase in enrollment over 10

years, and other improvements to the campus that houses the city’s only public university. The commission also voted to spend up to $30,000 to hire its own traffic consultant to evaluate the university’s plan. Like in other campus plan controversies, concerns of the 40-plus residents who crowded a special commission meeting about the university’s plan centered on parking and on housing of undergraduates near residential neighborhoods. The school is proposing no increase in parking spaces despite an increase in buildings and enrollment. But the unexpectedly contentious session seemed tenser

because the university is publicly funded and, as some of the neighbors noted, they would have to pay through tax dollars for some of the very improvements they oppose. University officials are hoping to upgrade the 100-year-old school into a “flagship� institution with selective admissions and as many students — about 8,000 — as in peak past years. They say they need on-campus housing, a student center and a more “vibrant� campus atmosphere to attract more pupils. Current enrollment is 3,159, with another 2,700 students enrolled in a new community college that has moved off the Van Ness campus. See UDC/Page 24

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Student center wins nod from design panel By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts last week tentatively approved plans for the University of the District of Columbia’s first-ever student center, a project aimed at connecting the university to the Van Ness neighborhood and enlivening the predominantly commercial streetscape along Connecticut Avenue. Plans by architects Michael Marshall and Roland Lemke show a modern, three-story, brick-and-glass building on the avenue just south of Veazey Terrace and the Van Ness Metro station. Inside, the 84,000-squarefoot facility will include a food court, dining room, fitness center, ballroom, space for student organizations, study rooms and lounges. Most importantly, a “monumental staircase� will lead up from Connecticut Avenue to the campus, which now fans out around an elevated — and famously inaccessible — concrete plaza. Since the campus was con-

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The three-story building will include a food court, dining room and more. structed in the 1970s, the main entry to the city’s only public university has been through an indoor escalator and stair. The student center, designed to provide “a new front door� to the school, is part of a major upgrade and also See Center/Page 23

The week ahead Wednesday, April 27 The D.C. Office of Planning will hold an open house on preliminary design concepts for sidewalks and plazas along the Connecticut Avenue corridor between Tilden and Albemarle streets. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the community room at Archstone Van Ness Apartments, 3003 Van Ness St. NW. ■The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a design workshop to solicit community comments on various aspects of the upcoming Giant construction project. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the upper school dining room at Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The D.C. Office of Zoning will hold a community meeting for Ward 3 residents on “Zoning 101: Zoning Basics.� The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. To RSVP, contact Sara Bardin at 202-727-5372 or

Saturday, April 30 Sidwell Friends School will collect used bicycles and cycling-related items for the nonprofit Bikes for the World. The collection will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the bus parking lot on the upper school campus, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. A donation of $10 per bicycle is suggested to help defray the costs of shipping the bicycles to communities in need.

Tuesday, May 3 Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a budget briefing for the Ward 3 community. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW. â– The Palisades Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a presentation by Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Palisades Recreation Center, Sherier and Dana places NW.

Wednesday, May 4 The Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District will hold a Cleveland Park/Forest Hills community meeting to discuss implementation of the District’s revised disorderly conduct law regarding noise. Speakers will include Assistant Chief Diane Groomes, 2nd District Cmdr. Michael Reese, Lt. Ralph Neal and Lt. Victor Braschnewitz. The meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the main-level conference room at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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District Digest Stabbing takes place at National Zoo event A teenager was stabbed after a fight broke out at the National Zoo on Monday during African American Family Day, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police Department. The altercation broke out at about 3:30 p.m. and the teen was stabbed at least twice, once inside the Zoo and once outside, according to department spokesperson

Gwendolyn Crump. The police subsequently arrested a 16-year-old suspect from Southeast D.C., who was charged with assault with intent to kill. Crump said the victim, who fled to Connecticut Avenue, was transported to the hospital and was in stable condition Monday night. Yesterday, Zoo director Dennis Kelly made a statement expressing concern for the injured individual and pledging to re-evaluate security processes.

“We will conduct a thorough review of the day,� he said. According to its website, the National Zoo has hosted an annual Easter Monday event for more than 100 years. This year’s festivities included an Easter egg hunt, games and live music. Kelly noted that the Zoo has begun restricting the flow of visitors to ensure safety, as it did late Monday afternoon. He said the Zoo will work with the Smithsonian to upgrade security services.


Police investigating Ontario Road murder Metropolitan Police Department detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred Sunday afternoon in the 2300 block of Ontario Road in Adams Morgan. At around 1:55 p.m., police responded to a report of a “man down� in the 2400 block of 17th Street, according to a police department news release. They discovered an unidentified male in the 2300 block of Ontario Road suffering from trauma to the head and body, according to the release. The victim was later pronounced dead by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Police are asking for help in

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Council considers relaxing Visitor parking pass error leads to tickets restrictions on liquor sales By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

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Faced with a yawning budget gap, D.C. officials are looking to replenish city coffers by filling customers’ cups. The mayor and the alcohol administration have proposed tweaks to the city’s alcohol laws to raise additional funds. Taken together, the changes would raise a total of $6.3 million. In his budget, Mayor Vincent Gray recommends allowing stores to sell beer, wine and liquor until midnight, rather than cutting sales off at 10 p.m. The change would bring in an estimated $2.37 million in fiscal year 2012, Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham said at an April 20 hearing. In addition, the mayor suggests increasing the tax on alcohol sold in stores from 9 percent to 10 percent, in order to raise an estimated $5.26

million for the year. Meanwhile, the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration is proposing to strip away some of the city’s prohibitions on Sunday sales. Specifically, the agency suggests allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays, in order to raise an estimated $560,000 in fiscal year 2012, or $605,000 if coupled with the mayor’s proposed tax increase. The alcohol administration also recommends allowing D.C.’s restaurants, hotels and bars to start selling alcohol at 8 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. on Sundays — to bring in an additional $476,000. “All of these measures are intended to raise revenue for the District of Columbia,� Graham said. And the council member said he already has plans in mind for how to use the revenue generated by the alcohol administration’s proposals. See Alcohol/Page 7

City-issued visitor parking passes have been a big hit in neighborhoods across D.C., but a recent snafu has a few residents seeing red as passes they thought were valid earned them tickets from city parking enforcement. Reno Road resident Adam Tope said his in-laws got a parking ticket last week while Tope’s green visitor parking pass was displayed on the dash. That pass is set to expire July 31, 2011, so even though Tope had received a new, red parking pass from the city, he reached for the green one when his guests arrived. The overlap between the two valid passes was unintentional, said Damon Harvey, who directs the visitor pass pilot program for the District Department of Transportation. Most residents should have had green passes that expired in March

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 4400 block, 39th St.; sidewalk; 5:05 p.m. April 19. Burglary â&#x2013;  5100 block, 41st St.; residence; 8:30 a.m. April 20. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  Jenifer Street and Western Avenue; store; 6:50 p.m. April 23. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5 p.m. April 20.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 3000 block, Van Ness St.; residence; 1:45 p.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 8:15 a.m. April 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Connecticut Ave.; hotel; 10 a.m. April 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  29th and Tilden streets; street; 6:30 p.m. April 22.


Burglary â&#x2013; 3600 block, Garfield St.; residence; 8:10 a.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; church; 2 a.m. April 23. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:30 a.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Calvert St.; hotel; 2:30 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Calvert St.; hotel; 2 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Cortland Place; residence; 10 p.m. April 21. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Place; parking lot; 6:30 p.m. April 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3400 block, Ordway St.; street; 6 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 10 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 2:27 a.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  Fulton Street and Watson Place; street; 10 p.m. April 22.

PSA 205

PSA 208



Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 4300 block, Garfield St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 p.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 8 a.m. April 20.

Robbery (armed) â&#x2013; 2200 block, N St.; sidewalk; 4:10 a.m. April 19. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  800 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 5:30 a.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Florida Ave.; sidewalk; 3:30 a.m. April 23. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; restaurant; 3:10 p.m. April 18. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern; 4 a.m. April 23. Burglary â&#x2013;  1600 block, 19th St.; residence; 3:30 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Q St.; residence; 1 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 18th St.; residence; 8 a.m. April 21. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Q St.; residence; 7:30 a.m. April 20. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1800 block, R St.; street; 6:30 p.m. April 21. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2000 block, K St.; street; 2:20 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1400 block, U St.; restaurant; 9:30 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 7:10 p.m. April 22. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2:55 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  2000 block, K St.; medical facility; 11:45 a.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 22nd St.; sidewalk; 8 a.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1900 block, New Hampshire Ave.; unspecified premises; 9 a.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 1 p.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; sidewalk; 10 p.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 1:10 p.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; store; 4 p.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; street; noon April 22. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Sunderland Place; street; 6:30 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  16th and Church streets; street; 6:30 a.m. April 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, P St.; street; 10:30 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 22nd St.; street; 9 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Bataan St.; street; 12:05 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; street; 3 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 17th St.; street; 7:20 p.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; street; 11:59 p.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  16th and M streets; street; 6:40 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 18th St.; street; 7:10 p.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  1400 block, S St.; street; 11:30 p.m. April 22.


PSA 206

PSA 206 â&#x2013; GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Winfield Lane; alley; 6:25 a.m. April 18. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  3400 block, Volta Place; sidewalk; 4:15 p.m. April 20. Burglary â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 9 p.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  3200 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 35th St.; residence; 11 a.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; residence; 10:45 a.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:30 p.m. April 20. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 12:58 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 12:50 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:30 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 3:30 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:55 p.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 5:30 p.m. April 23. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3800 block, Reservoir Road; university; 11 a.m. April 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 27th St.; street; 8 p.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; parking lot; 12:01 a.m. April 21.

PSA 207

PSA 207 â&#x2013; FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END Robbery (knife) â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 1:09 a.m. April 22. Burglary â&#x2013;  2400 block, K St.; church; 5:30 p.m. April 21. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, H St.; office building; 4 p.m. April 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, New Hampshire Ave.; grocery store; 4 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  23rd and I streets; sidewalk; 6 a.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  900 block, 25th St.; hotel; 3 p.m. April 22. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2300 block, N St.; street; 12:30 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 23rd St.; street; 2 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  2300 block, N St.; street; 2:15 p.m. April 21.


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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1300 block, 14th St.; alley; 1:45 p.m. April 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; store; 9:10 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; restaurant; 10 a.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  15th and P streets; street; 8 p.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 15th St.; church; 5 p.m. April 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, 12th St.; street; 10 a.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 9th St.; street; 11:30 a.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 14th St.; alley; 11 a.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Naylor Court; alley; 1:30 p.m. April 18. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; alley; noon April 20. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Johnson Ave.; street; 11:40 a.m. April 23.

PSA 401 â&#x2013; COLONIAL VILLAGE PSA 401


Stolen auto â&#x2013; 7400 block, 9th St.; street; 9 p.m. April 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  7500 block, 14th St.; street; 11:50 a.m. April 20.



Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 6500 block, 14th St.; parking lot; 12:10 a.m. April 22. Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Oglethorpe St.; street; 7:30 p.m. April 23. Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  6400 block, Eastern Ave. NE; sidewalk; 2:35 p.m. April 23. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  6500 block, North Capitol St.; street; 7:45 p.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  5300 block, North Capitol St.; street; 7 a.m. April 22. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  6300 block, 7th St.; residence; 8:30 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  6700 block, Piney Branch Road; residence; 6 p.m. April 20. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Whittier Place; street; 10 p.m. April 20. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  6600 block, 13th Place; street; 8:20 a.m. April 19. â&#x2013;  300 block, Peabody St.; residence; 3 p.m. April 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  6500 block, 5th St.; street; 12:45 p.m. April 17. â&#x2013;  13th and Peabody streets; church; 11:30 a.m. April 20. â&#x2013;  6300 block, 5th St.; school; 12:15 p.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  300 block, Aspen St.; street; 10 a.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  6200 block, 4th St.; street; 2:15 p.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  5th and Sheridan streets; school; 1:30 p.m. April 23.




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The mayor’s budget would eliminate $499,000 from the city’s popular “reimbursable detail” program, which allows liquor license holders to contract with off-duty Metropolitan Police Department officers to patrol areas outside their establishments. For several years, the city has provided a 50 percent subsidy through the alcohol agency. Without that subsidy, business owners say, the cost is too high to maintain the program at current levels. “My intent, if we decide to try to implement ABRA’s proposals in the fiscal year 2012 budget, is to use the money raised by them to refund the reimbursable detail program,” Graham said. But stakeholders present at last week’s D.C. Council hearing had mixed responses to the proposals. Ed Sands, co-owner of Calvert Woodley Liquor, said a sales tax increase would discourage sales at his upscale wine and spirits store. He said his store has already lost 54,434 customers since the last sales tax hike in 2003. And Andrew Kline, representing the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, said the prospect of higher taxes would spur party planners to move events from the District to the suburbs, where taxes are lower. Meanwhile, Dupont advisory neighborhood commissioner Jack Jacobson said he worries that the proposed tax increase is too steep. Jacobson said he’s also concerned about the impact of later hours on peace, order and quiet — and about the safety of shopkeepers tending their stores late into the night. “I believe that alcohol sales so long after dark … would mean greater stress on MPD, as more latenight liquor stores are robbed,” he said. “I would urge greater study to ensure safety and the ability of MPD to respond before extending these hours, in an effort to protect the welfare of both store owners and unsuspecting customers that could be caught in the crossfire.” Fellow Dupont Circle resident Abigail Nichols said she believes there should be a process in place to ensure that only “appropriate” businesses are permitted to stay open later. But many of the stakeholders were more supportive when it came to the new rules for Sunday sales. Representing the D.C. Association of Beverage Alcohol Wholesalers, Paul Pascal said lifting the ban on Sunday liquor store sales would encourage more residents to shop locally. As for the earlier hours of service, the restaurant association’s Kline noted that current law allows diners to drink alcohol as early as 8 a.m. every other day of the week. “It’s ironic that one can order a Bloody Mary at 8 a.m. on Wednesday or Thursday, but not Sunday,” noted Kline. The council is expected to take a final vote on the budget on June 7.

but Harvey said the actual number of ticket appeals he has received is quite small — fewer than 10. Those tickets, as well as any received by guests using a parking pass set to expire in July, will be expunged, said Harvey. But residents — even those who have a still-valid green pass —

should begin using the new red passes, Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh advised in an email to residents last week. Those who have not yet received that red pass — as some residents said they hadn’t — should contact her office or Harvey’s, Cheh added. At the same time, Cheh said she had urged city agencies not to ticket any more vehicles displaying a green pass with a July expiration. The new red passes mark the



beginning of the third year of the visitor pass pilot in Ward 3. Originally restricted to Chevy Chase, the program went wardwide in 2009 to allow residents’ guests and employees such as nannies and other caregivers to park on residential streets. With a pass in hand, residents don’t have to go to their local police station to get a temporary parking permit each time a guest parks for longer than two hours, the


limit on most residentially zoned streets. From the outset, some have pointed out the potential for abuse; residents could give the pass to a friend who wanted to park near a popular location every day, for example. But overall, the program has been a resounding success, said Harvey, with residents who don’t have visitor passes requesting that the program expand into their neighborhoods.

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

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May 3rd at 6 p.m. 9th Annual Foggy Bottom/West End Neighborhood Spring BBQ Anniversary Park F St., between 21st and 22nd Streets Join the Foggy Bottom/West End community as they come together for an evening of food, fun and FRIENDS. The event will also feature honorary ‘grill masters’! Attendees are encouraged to bring salads, beverages, deserts and other snacks to this free BBQ! Please RSVP by calling 202-994-0211. This event is free and open to the public. Students and neighbors bond over hot dogs and hamburgersat the Annual Foggy Bottom/West End Neighborhood Spring BBQ hosted by FRIENDS.


$ May 1 at 4 p.m.

GW Department of Music presents American Choral Music Western Presbyterian Church 24th and Virginia Ave. In preparation for its concert tour of Brazil, the University Singers will perform a portrait of American choral music by Eric Whitacre, Aaron Copland, Irving Fine, Leodard Bernstein, Randall Thompson in addition to traditional folk songs and spirituals. Tickets are $5 general admission and are available at the door.

$ May 12 at 7 p.m.

Outback Concerts presents Imagination Movers Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW Disney’s Emmy Award-winning Imagination Movers come to Lisner as part of their “In a Big Warehouse” concert tour. The wildly popular New Orleans-based rock band for kids of all ages will play their most popular songs and bring the magic of the Imagination Movers television series’ Idea Warehouse to life. Concertgoers can expect special appearances from Nina, Warehouse Mouse and other characters from the TV series. Tickets are $32 or $112 (Mini-Mouse package) and can be purchased from Ticketfly and the Lisner Auditorium Box Office.

$ May 1 at 7 p.m.

Ehsan Khaje Amiri Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW Bolero Entertainment in collaboration with World Global Enterprise and proudly present Ehsan Khaje Amiri performing live for the first time in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $39-$89 and can be purchased at the Lisner Box Office, 202-397-SEAT, and Ticketmaster. For VIP tickets call 202-630-2790

May 4 at 5 p.m. Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Saudi Arabia Lindner Family Commons, Room 602 1957 E St., NW Join Stephane Lacroix, assistant professor of political science at Paris Institute of Political Studies, as he presents remarks on his latest book, Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Saudi Arabia. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at

For more information on the GW community calendar, please contact Britany Waddell in the Office of Community Relations at 202-994-9132 or visit us at www.neighborhood.


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Personnel practices After a brief hiatus, the hullabaloo surrounding personnel matters in Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration is set to take center stage again this week. The D.C. Council’s government operations committee, headed by Ward 3’s Mary Cheh, will resume its hearing on the “Executive’s Personnel Practices” Friday. We are glad that the council is looking into the serious allegations raised about questionable hires — from the adult children of administration officials to the campaign rival who says he was promised a job. Failing to hold vigorous proceedings would jeopardize the legislature’s credibility as a check on the executive branch. In terms of the hiring — and subsequent firing — of former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown, there are many facts in dispute. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is looking into the matter, an appropriate step given the potential legal questions involved. The other hiring decisions don’t appear to raise any legal questions, though they were — without a doubt — politically foolish and ethically suspect. Contradictions in the testimony at the council’s hearing, such as who initiated the hiring of a community relations aide to the fire chief, add to the mess. The mayor’s reaction to the controversy revealed a weakness in his deliberative approach. On most matters, we commend his commitment to reaching out to various stakeholders and listening to their input as he comes to a decision. But when the issue focuses on ethical matters, Mayor Gray needs to act more swiftly — more deliberately, if you will. As the city’s chief executive, he is responsible when his trusted lieutenants make mistakes. He could have avoided many of the doubts that arose had he placed his former chief of staff and human resources director on a week’s leave of absence immediately and then dismissed them after looking into the matter, rather than letting the situation drag on for weeks before easing them out.

Parking problems The two-year-old visitor parking pass program is popular in wards 3 and 4, but a recent glitch has been extremely frustrating for some residents. The system provides visitor passes to all residents who live on streets with restricted parking. This allows guests, including regular visitors like nannies, to park longer than the two hours typically allotted to non-residents. But some guests displaying the passes have received tickets recently. Reno Road resident Adam Tope said his guests were displaying a green pass with a July 31, 2011, expiration date when they were ticketed last week. Mr. Tope said he had received a new, red pass in the mail, but since his existing permit had not yet expired, he thought it was safe for continued use. Damon Harvey, who directs the visitor pass pilot program for the department, said all Ward 3 residents should have passes that expired in March. Only Ward 5 residents — the newest members of the parking pilot program — should have passes with a July 2011 expiration, he said. Mr. Harvey said he thought some July-expiration passes might have gone accidentally to residents moving into the ward during the year or otherwise requesting a replacement pass. But neither Mr. Tope nor another resident we interviewed fit that profile, suggesting the problem is more widespread. The extensive discussion on the Glover Park and Tenleytown listservs seems to indicate the same. The agency says it will waive any erroneous tickets that are contested, but we think it should go further, figuring out a way to forgive all the tickets distributed. Residents should not have to take the time to contest this mass mistake. And the agency should seek to prevent such confusion in the future.


A little this and a little that … This might sound like ancient history to you. But think back to the spring of 2009 — two years ago — when then-Mayor Adrian Fenty’s administration was ensnared in a flap over the disposition of a used fire truck and ambulance to the little town of Sosua in the Dominican Republic. That ring a bell? It’s relevant now only because the District’s Office of the Inspector General this week, two years later, has issued a report saying city officials acted improperly. The report confirms that the transfer was not transparent and did not follow city law. It suggests that the Fenty administration tried to obscure and cover up the deal. Well, pardon us, but doesn’t this report come a little late? A triumphant news release this week from Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh praised the report. She had asked for the investigation along with atlarge Council member Phil Mendelson. Mendelson is quoted in the release also praising the report for showing wrongdoing. But two years later? There’s nothing from Cheh or Mendelson about what’s next, whether any legal action is in the works. So we have to ask, so what? Does the Office of the Inspector General need tougher tools to compel more information more quickly? Does that office need more resources? Does it simply need someone who can write faster? Two years seems like a long time to investigate potential wrongdoing. The alarm bells were ringing about this shady equipment deal two years ago. It all sounds a little hollow now. ■ Easter. This past weekend seemed to have it all. There were torrential rains and bright sunshine. It all had us in a good mood, except for one thing. President Barack Obama and his family spent Easter Sunday at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church on 9th Street NW. And like any good American, we’re proud to welcome the president to our hometown places. But once again, the president basked in the warmth of the Shiloh’s welcome without offering even a muttered word about how sorry he is that he threw the city under the bus in recent budget negotiations with the Republican House. The parishioners of Shiloh are way too polite to let that insult interfere with Easter, and we understand. We simply want to point out that maybe those who are worthy enough to worship with the president also are worthy of the fundamental rights of citizenship. ■ That special election. Our deadline came before the votes could be counted. Aside from learning who won, we’re interested in what appears to us to be bloated registration rolls. Do we really have 459,540 registered voters in a city with 600,000 citizens total? We know that the Motor Voter Act — which allows people to register to vote when they apply for driver’s licenses — made the numbers jump. But it still seems like a lot

to us. Before Tuesday, there was a lot of speculation on voter turnout. The highest estimated number we saw was 50,000. That would be more than 10 percent of the registered voters. A 30 percent turnout would be about 150,000 votes. The last special election for an at-large council seat was in 1997. In that race, there were 341,407 registered voters. Of that number, only 25,701 people cast ballots, significantly less than 10 percent. Thennewcomer David Catania got 10,818 votes to defeat veteran politician Arrington Dixon, who received 9,621 votes. Now the rolls show we have 118,133 more voters. Regardless of who the winners are this week, maybe there are ought to be a closer look at the voter rolls. The elections office (in a Tweet) says “criteria for removal very limited.” Certainly no name should be removed even remotely casually, but the integrity of the system should require as accurate a count as possible. ■ That siren-blaring escort. As we write this, the Metropolitan Police Department is still investigating the high-speed police escort given Hollywood personality Charlie Sheen last week. (We avoid saying “actor” because we like to reserve that word for real actors.) Why in the world anyone in the police department would approve this extracurricular activity escapes us. But it does remind us that we see a lot of police vehicles of all types, local and federal, dashing about town with sirens blaring and lights flashing. Unfortunately, we’ve seen sirens briefly turned on for an officer to make a U-turn or other nonemergency maneuver. We wonder and worry that all this siren stuff will become even more routine, risking a possibility that perhaps ordinary drivers will stop rushing to get out of the way. Then there could be real trouble. ■ For this, no sirens, please. On a nicer note, May 12 has been set for the annual lunch to honor the officers of the Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District. The 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council is sponsoring the lunch. More than 300 officers were fed last year. Organizers could use some help with donations of soda, juice and water (dropped off at the station on Idaho Avenue). The group is also looking for desserts. But think healthy: We all need to back away from the dessert table these days. ■ Now, this final word. Former Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer was to be laid to rest today. A great deal has been said and written about his fine public service, and it’s good to know that people haven’t been saying all those nice things simply because he died. Schaefer was an original. He had impact. And, for news reporters, he was the best reason ever to visit Annapolis. Rest in peace, Gov. Schaefer. Rest in peace. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Tom Brown deserved spot in Voters Guide I am very puzzled that you did not include at-large D.C. Council candidate Tom Brown’s name in The Current [Voters Guide, April 6]. How can you publish information about certain candidates and nothing about others? That is very appalling journalism on your

part. Maybe you forgot that you were supposed to print all the persons’ names regardless of who they are. This is very unbecoming of you. I feel you owe this candidate an immediate apology. This is the best-known candidate who has worked and taught in the school system. He helped bring the KIPP charter to this great city. He is the founder and developer of a workforce-development program, Training Grounds Inc.

Brown is also a great Christian and a loving family man who appreciates the people of his campaign team. We love and care for him, and we know without a shadow of doubt that he will be the best at-large council member come April 26. He’s a very energetic, charismatic person as well. That’s why I am voting for Tom Brown, and a lot of the people from my church like him as well. Patrick Joseph Tayman Washington, D.C.




D.C. is a leader in green accomplishments VIEWPOINT MARY CHEH


ast week at Green DC Day, I had the opportunity to speak about some of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many green accomplishments â&#x20AC;&#x201D; accomplishments we can all be proud of. Many of these achievements are quite impressive for a jurisdiction as geographically small as the District. For example, despite being smaller than cities like Chicago and New York, the District ranks No. 1 in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-registered and -certified buildings and No. 2 in green roofs installed by square foot. Further, the District is No. 2 in the nation for Energy Star-rated buildings and No. 3 for green-power purchases among city governments. As for transportation and parkland, the District is No. 2 in weekly ridership for mass transit and No. 1 when factoring in commuting both by foot and public transportation. We are No. 1 in the nation for bike sharing and No. 2 in the nation for parkland by percentage of acreage as well as per capita. All of these are reasons to be proud of the work of our community and city. Green DC Day also provided an opportunity to introduce residents to representatives of the newly cre-

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Superfresh important to nearby residents Your article on the closing of Superfresh certainly understated its impact on the neighborhood [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superfresh plans to shut D.C. store,â&#x20AC;? April 20]. The people you interviewed apparently would just as soon shop at Whole Foods. One of them had been living here for â&#x20AC;&#x153;about one yearâ&#x20AC;?; the other just thought Superfresh a nice bit of neighborhood nostalgia. There are many, many people in the neighborhood who consider the store their principal supermarket. In your article, spokesperson Scot Hoffman made no comment about the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial performance. Superfresh does a remarkably brisk business, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure it outperforms most other supermarkets in the area. Many people make the market their stop on the way home from work, and the senior citizens in the neighborhood rely on the store because of its proximity and ease of access. Superfresh is one store that A&P should keep open. Ann Barron American University Park

At Hardy, stick with the process in place D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is absolutely right about the need for the D.C. Public Schools system to move ahead â&#x20AC;&#x201D; without

ated D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility. This is a feature of the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008, which I introduced along with several members of the council. After four-and-a-half years of hard work, the D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility has become a reality. Broadly speaking, the utility is required, through the implementation of several energy-efficiency programs, to create green jobs, reduce energy usage, increase renewable-energy generating capacity and improve energy efficiency in low-income housing. A similar program in Vermont, which is administered by the same contractor the District is using, drove the state to become the first in the nation to achieve negative load growth. This means that the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual savings from energy efficiency actually exceeded its annual energy growth. I hope that the District will soon join Vermont in this accomplishment. The D.C. utility is already up and running. I encourage you to visit for details. Statistics show D.C. is a leader in green initiatives. While it is important for us to pause to recognize and celebrate that fact, we must also use it as inspiration to push forward with new initiatives that provide the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents with the greenest city in the nation. Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh chairs the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on Government Operations and the Environment.

meddling from the council â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to pick a permanent principal for Hardy Middle School [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Council should stay out of Hardy matter,â&#x20AC;? Letters to the Editor, April 20]. Acting Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and the parents of Hardy Middle School need to choose a principal and give him or her the full support necessary to continue the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progress. The controversy of the last two years has unnecessarily damaged Hardyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation, and it is time for this uncertainty to end. My son will be attending Hardy as a sixth-grader next year, and I am looking forward to working with D.C. Public Schools officials and my fellow Hardy parents to make the school one of the jewels of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s system. The key first step is to choose a permanent principal as soon as possible. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; efforts to intervene in this decision are misguided and harmful; instead of roiling the waters and creating more uncertainty, he should join D.C. Public Schools officials and Hardy parents to support the process in place to rapidly choose and hire a permanent principal at Hardy. Brian A. Cohen

tion criteria, interview candidates and present hiring recommendations to D.C. Public Schools acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson. The effort by Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans to short-circuit this process by having the council force the return of former principal Patrick Pope is misinformed, divisive and out of step with the growing number of families that send their children to public schools in his ward. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is correct that school personnel decisions are not legislative business. He rightly notes that no good can be done by setting a precedent for the council to determine who will run each of our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schools. The stakeholder-driven principal selection process at Hardy is following established D.C. Public Schools protocol. It is the best way to identify a consensus candidate who reflects the vision of the Hardy community for taking the school to new heights. Had Mr. Evans contacted families with children attending public schools in his ward, he would have found no support for having the council hijack this process. Peter Eisler

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Parent, Hardy Middle School Chair, Local School Advisory Team, Hyde-Addison Elementary School

Principal search is under way at Hardy The appropriate process for choosing a new principal at Hardy Middle School already is under way: A panel of parents, faculty and community members will meet in coming weeks to identify selec-





George Simpson Parent, Hardy Middle School Past president, Hyde-Addison Elementary School PTA

Marcio Duffles President, Hyde-Addison Elementary School PTA Past president, Hardy Middle School PTA

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Current publishes letters and Viewpoint submissions representing various points of view. Because of space limitations, letters should be no more than 400 words and are subject to editing. Letters and Viewpoint submissions intended for publication should be addressed to Letters to the Editor, The Current, Post Office Box 40400, Washington, D.C. 20016-0400. You may send e-mail to


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STREET From Page 1 seek approvals from the National Park Service and Army Corps of Engineers, design a new culvert and hire a contractor to build it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything we do along there is complicated by the fact that one side abuts the Park Service property,â&#x20AC;? Lisle said. The Transportation Department recommends a two-mile detour using Tilden and Brandywine streets and Connecticut Avenue to avoid the closed section. Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, who toured the site Monday, said seeing the




damage to the roadway was â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty eye-openingâ&#x20AC;? but has asked the Transportation Department to explore a way to temporarily reopen the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said, only half-jokingly, that if we were at war and the military had to go from there to there, we would find a way to build some sort of temporary bridge and move traffic,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said. She and Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser, who also visited the site Monday, offered various suggestions, Cheh said, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;at each point, they seemed to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No this is not feasible,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No, this would take just as long because we need the same kind of permits.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Bowserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office is organizing a meeting to review those possibilities more thoroughly

next week, Cheh said. The areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s geography makes the closure particularly inconvenient, as no possible detour allows drivers to quickly get back and forth across Rock Creek Park, Cheh added. Some residents have raised concerns about deterioration along Broad Branch Road for years; Lisle said the Transportation Department began in December a yearlong environmental assessment of the entire road that would have identified the condition of the Soapstone Creek culvert. No further timetable or funding for the broader reconstruction has been set yet, he said. Some residents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Bowser â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have drawn a parallel between Broad Branch Road

and Klingle Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; another Rock Creek Park cut-through that was closed off in 1991 after it was deemed unsafe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last time I was told repairing a road in Rock Creek Park was complex was five years ago; that road is still closed,â&#x20AC;? Bowser said in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will not stand idly by while Federal and District red tape amplifies the isolation of thousands of Ward 4 residents in Crestwood.â&#x20AC;? But Lisle said the Transportation Department will repair and reopen Broad Branch Road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are working to get it done as quickly as we can, and we certainly do recognize the impact that the road being closed has on people who typically use it,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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as the Ward 5 council member from 1999 to 2007. Most recently, he was vice president of public affairs for Pepco. He has also served as chief financial officer for the National Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center. In an interview earlier this year, Orange said that if elected, he would make fiscal responsibility, education reform and elimination of fraud and abuse his highest priorities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We must balance our budgets, keep our bond ratings, and manage the cap on our debt service,â&#x20AC;? he said of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finances. In terms of education, the candidate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who was endorsed by the Washington Teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said he advocates holding hearings on the IMPACT teacher evaluation system. He also emphasized the importance of professional development for minimally effective teachers and â&#x20AC;&#x153;clear criteria for dismissal of unsatisfactory teachers.â&#x20AC;? Orange replaces Biddle, who was selected by the Democratic State Committee in January to temporarily occupy the seat vacated by Kwame Brown. Brown was elected to the D.C. Council chairman post last fall. Meanwhile last night, D. Kamili Anderson was in the lead to win the Ward 4 seat on the State Board of Education, with 41.4 percent of the vote. Andrew Moss had 37.4 percent, Bill Quirk had 9.7 and An Almquist had 9.0 percent. The state board, which replaced the D.C. Board of Education as part of the 2007 school reform act, advises the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on standards and policies that affect public schools in the District. Anderson, who has written for and edited several journals devoted to education issues, has lived in the District for 38 years. She served as president of the Brightwood Community Association from 2004 to 2009 and is now chair of its business improvement committee. In an interview this spring, she said she would focus on truancy prevention and anti-bullying policies if elected. Polls at all precincts were open yesterday, but turnout was light as expected, with 55,424 residents voting. Orangeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seeming win represented 12,216 votes out of 43,208 in his race, while Anderson received 2,653 out of 6,402 in hers.




April 27, 2011 ■ Page 13


Frogs storm back to take down Tigers By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

Going into the sixth inning Saturday, the Wilson Tigers were looking good with a three-run lead and their ace pitcher on the hill. But the Maret Frogs turned things around in a hurry. Maret hit Wilson hard in the bottom of the sixth and turned a 7-4 deficit into a 9-7 lead against “Whitey” and reliever Ciaran Walsh, holding on to win by that score on a beautiful day at Jelleff Field. Frogs’ starting pitcher Andrew Culp drove in the winning runs, Alex Beschloss earned the win and Henry Emerson closed out the game with a 1-2-3 seventh. Afterward, coach Antoine Williams said the Frogs paid attention to Whitener’s rising pitch count and adjusted their approach at the plate as the game wore on. “We were taking fastballs maybe that we would’ve swung at earlier in the game because we knew he was getting up there. He was laboring a little bit,” he said. Matt Appleby singled to lead off the sixth for Maret, and Ted Daley doubled to put runners on second and third. After Appleby advanced home, Emerson doubled to score Daly, and suddenly, it was a one-run game and there was nobody out. That’s when Wilson coach Eddie Smith finally made a move to the bullpen, only Walsh didn’t fare any better. He came on and walked three batters to force in the tying run. Then Culp got hold of a pitch out over the plate and drove it into the outfield for a two-RBI double. “[Walsh] didn’t have his control today like he normally does, and they hit him a little bit,” said Smith. Wilson relinquished a lead it built with a four-run

third inning off of Culp. With the game scoreless, Robinson Mateo doubled to bring home Della Romano and Henri Martinez. Whitener then singled to score a run and load the bases, and Pedro Mateo forced home a run with a walk. Maret came back with three runs in the bottom half of the third, but Whitener responded by sending down the Frogs in order in the fourth and working out of trouble to give up only one run in the fifth. Wilson added two runs in the fourth inning and one more in the fifth with aggressive base running, but the lead didn’t hold up. Wilson looked deflated after the Maret rally in the See Frogs/Page 14

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Robinson Mateo, left, helped Wilson jump out to a 4-0 lead over Maret Saturday. It wasn’t enough, though, as Henry Emerson, above, and the Fighting Frogs came back in the sixth inning to win the game.

St. John’s beats DeMatha as top pitcher returns By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

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Nick Howard, above, returned for St. John’s and pitched a complete game Saturday, while the defense came through late to seal the win.

Nick Howard is back on the hill for the St. John’s Cadets, and the return of their ace couldn’t have come at a better time. The senior pitcher, battling bicep tendonitis since late March, made his first start in several weeks Saturday and turned in a huge performance in a win the team needed to stay in the race for first place. St. John’s (7-5) beat DeMatha 2-1 behind a complete game from Howard, who struck out six batters in earning the win. “For his first start in over a month, he did a really good job,” coach Mark Gibbs said yesterday. Howard also contributed a hit and scored a run for the Cadets. St. John’s jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and led the whole way, but the DeMatha Stags threatened in the seventh. Howard bounced back from giving up a leadoff single to strike out one batter and get the next batter to ground into a game-ending double play. DeMatha argued that the runner was safe at second base, but to no avail. The win avenged St. John’s’ 7-5 loss to DeMatha on April 7, but the Cadets have more to worry about than just the rival Stags. The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference is as competitive as it has ever been, with only two losses separating the top six clubs. Good Counsel (10-3) and DeMatha (9-3) were the leaders as of yesterday afternoon, with Paul VI, Gonzaga and Bishop O’Connell trailing by just one game and St. John’s by two. “It’s been a really tough year in the league … . Obviously winning this game … it gives us the momentum going into the last week and a half and the rest of the season,” said Gibbs. “But any win in the conference right now is a good win.” Gibbs said the unusual parity in the Washington Catholic

Athletic Conference this year can be attributed to the quality of pitching. “The biggest difference about this year as compared to the last three or four years is that everybody’s got arms — there’s a lot of pitching to keep [teams] in games throughout the season,” he said. Yesterday, Gibbs said Howard, who was playing shortstop while rehabbing his shoulder, felt fine three days after his first start since March 23. The Cadets were the preseason favorites to win the WCAC and with their ace back on the mound, they should be as dangerous as any team in May. St. John’s lost to O’Connell 9-5 on Monday and will host the Knights again on Thursday.

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Northwest Sports

Local lacrosse teams set to fight in MAC By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

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Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be more than just local bragging rights at stake this week as three Northwest boys lacrosse teams battle to close out the Mid-Atlantic Conference regular season. A year after falling by just one goal to league champion Flint Hill in the playoffs, Sidwell (2-9, 13 MAC) hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite met coach Jeff Ransomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expectations this year. The young squad has struggled mightily against the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top teams, getting shut out by undefeated Potomac in late March and managing just one goal against unbeaten Flint Hill last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a little bit of a tough time offensively. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been pretty good on defense, but our younger guys have had a tough time scoring,â&#x20AC;? said Ransom. But the Quakers have a good chance to close the regular season on a roll â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they were slated to host winless St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last night and will finish the season against Georgetown Day on May 3. Georgetown Day (1-3) will look to end its threegame MAC losing streak when the team hosts Maret in a grudge match today. And if the Hoppers can beat Maret and take down Sidwell in the finale, they will end the season at .500 and take the fourth seed in next monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s league tournament. With that finish, Georgetown Day would host a playoff game for the first time in nine seasons. Meanwhile, Maret (1-3) likely needs to knock off

FROGS From Page 13 sixth, and Emerson sent the Tigers down in order in their last turn at the plate, including two strikeouts. After the game, Williams said it was a vintage outing for a guy who was pitching for the 13th time out of 15 Maret games this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He comes in, and guys look at him and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This guy doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t throw very hard,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He gets people out. He can throw it anywhere. He can throw all of his pitches for strikes. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important.â&#x20AC;? Emerson â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also a starting pitcher â&#x20AC;&#x201D; savored the opportunity

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Boys Lacrosse St. James 9, Maret 5 St. Albans 8, Northern (Owings, Md.) 7 Flint Hill 6, Sidwell 1 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5, Ballston Spa (New York) 4 Potomac 17, Georgetown Day 6 St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & St. Agnes 10, St. Albans 8 Kent Island (Stevensville, Md.) 10, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5 Georgetown Day 12, Woodbridge (Va.) 11 Baseball Georgetown Prep 5, St. Albans 1 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13, St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryken 3 DeMatha 7, Gonzaga 5 Good Counsel 12, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10

Cubs canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stay with rival Saints Early on against St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & St. Agnes Thursday, Georgetown Visitation took a lead and looked like it could pull of a shocking upset. But like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done so many times over the years, the Saints found a way to win. The Alexandria school rallied from 4-2 down, held Visitation (6-3, 2-2) scoreless the entire second half and cruised to an 18-5 victory. The Saints (18-2, 3-0), queens of the Independent School League the better part of the last two decades, put on quite an offensive show against the Cubs, with Carly Reed leading the way with six goals and four assists. Casey Lindlaw had two goals, Tess McEvoy had two assists and Gen Giblin turned away 18 shots for Visitation, which is in a battle with Stone Ridge and Episcopal for second place in the ISL AA Division and the top seed behind St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & St. Agnes in the postseason tournament. The Cubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; next game is at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thursday at 4 p.m., and the team will play at Bullis next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

to finish the contest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoy it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; being a closer or whatever you want to call it. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when the pressureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on,â&#x20AC;? he said. Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game was originally scheduled to be played at 10 a.m. at the Landon Invitational in Bethesda, but was postponed four hours and relocated due to inclement weather earlier in the day. It was the last non-league game of the season for Maret, and the win came on the heels of a huge 94 victory over league opponent Potomac. Maret went into Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s battle with Sidwell tied in the loss column with the Quakers and Flint Hill for first place in the Mid-Atlantic Conference.



Georgetown Day to improve on last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1-5 league mark because the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finale is against redhot Potomac. None of the Northwest teams will win the regular season MAC crown this year, but playoff positioning is critical because the tournament champion will also earn a share of the title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The winner gets half the banner, so our kids are enthusiastic,â&#x20AC;? said Ransom.

Maret will see Flint Hill (4-1) on May 2 and battle Potomac again in the season finale on May 12 as the Frogs look to recapture the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference title after a one-year hiatus. The Tigers, meanwhile, let another opportunity to beat a tough private school team slip away, but Whitener wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cursing their luck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes it happens the other way too â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just baseball,â&#x20AC;? he said. Wilson will play at DeMatha Thursday in another tough clash. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Expect a good ball game,â&#x20AC;? Whitener said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna fight hard, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna fight hard, and hopefully weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come out on top.â&#x20AC;?

Gonzaga 9, Bishop McNamara 0 Maret 9, Potomac 4 Sidwell 12, Georgetown Day 2 Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) 7, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5 Gonzaga 9, Bishop McNamara 5 St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15, Field School 7 Georgetown Prep 15, St. Albans 6 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2, DeMatha 1 Maret 9, Wilson 7 Bishop Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 9, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5 Paul VI 4, Gonzaga 3

Girls Lacrosse St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryken 20, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5 St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14, Maret 6 National Cathedral 13, Sidwell 9 Bishop Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 21, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5 St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & St. Agnes 18, Visitation 5 National Cathedral 10, Bullis 9

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

April 27, 2011 ■ Page 15

Want to launch a food truck? Talk to this guy This is the seventh in a series of articles about locals and their occupations. By AMANDA ABRAMS Current Correspondent

So you say you’d like to spend your day stuck in a 7-by-10-foot steel box, subjected to greasy fumes, a slave to your smartphone, and forced to change locations every two hours? If that’s the case — and an increasing number of area residents are answering in the affirmative — then Jeff Kelley is your man. The brains and brawn behind the Eat Wonky food truck, Kelley, 35, is an indefatigable cheerleader for D.C.’s mobile eats revolution. His most obvious advertisement is his vehicle, but he’s also a one-man consulting service for would-be food truck proprietors and a founding member of the new DC Food Truck Association. He even convinced the D.C. United soccer team to provide a designated space for the trucks during home games. “I really love interacting with people,” said Kelley, explaining the rewards of his job, which by most standards sounds pretty grueling. There are the typical start-up costs and efforts of any new business, but vendors also have to contend with the numerous regulatory uncertainties of a still-evolving sector, and seasonal and space limita-

tions inherent to the type of work. Still, he said, the payoff comes in a pretty immediate form. “It’s great to see the smiling faces: You provide a bit of levity and give them a break from the day.” He’s got a point. Spend a lunch hour in Farragut Square — the city’s hands-down best location for food trucks, according to Kelley — and it’s impossible to miss the lighthearted vibe. Cubicle jockeys from nearby offices who are out on temporary reprieve seem positively joyful as they navigate what feels like a sidewalk carnival, trying to decide between gyros, burritos, savory pies and poutine. The last is Kelley’s offering. Poutine is a Canadian meal composed of fries, cheese curds — fresh cheese that hasn’t yet been aged or formed — and gravy. It’s not exactly health food, but that’s kind of the point. If the food truck phenomenon is all about fun, why not feature a food that’s a little different — or “wonky,” in Canadian slang — the type of thing you might eat at a state fair? Back in 2009, Kelley had been looking for something that fit just those criteria. A Yale business school graduate who had been working for a private equity and commercial real estate company in D.C. and was looking to do something new, he’d gotten the food truck bug earlier that year. That was around the time Fojol

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Eat Wonky owner Jeff Kelley started his food truck business after a visit to Canada introduced him to poutine. Along with managing his rolling restaurant, he advises others and promotes the industry. Brothers, the city’s first food truck of its type, hit the streets. “I said to myself, a food truck seems like a reasonable option if I want to start something,” explained Kelley. “I knew I could do it; I just needed to find a distinctive food.” That summer, during a visit to Canada, he came across poutine. “I wondered what it’d taste like on a hot dog,” remembers Kelley. These days, the wonky dog — a beef frank topped with fries, cheese

curds and gravy — is the truck’s bestseller. But figuring out the menu turned out to be the smallest hurdle in making his idea a reality. A mobile eatery’s overhead costs might be lower than those of a bricks-and-mortar restaurant, but that doesn’t mean it’s a cheap or easy undertaking. A fully built-out vehicle with the requisite sinks, cooking equipment and fire suppression systems can cost close to

$100,000. Then there’s all the time spent getting permits and licenses; that took him about five months, “which is pretty fast,” according to Kelley. “Permitting is a tough part of the process. It’s not black and white.” Eat Wonky had its soft launch on the streets in August 2010. Shortly before that, Kelley established, a consulting service that helps potenSee Food truck/Page 38

Georgetowner put principles to work in historic home By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer


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The environmental features don’t detract from the appearance of Mary Gresens’ 35th Street home, one of 10 properties on Saturday’s Georgetown House Tour.

ver the past three years, Mary Gresens has been hard at work on a doctoral degree at Georgetown University, trying to show how the U.S. passenger-car industry can become more environmentally friendly. At the same time, she has been hard at work on a renovation of her Georgetown row house, trying to make her own life more environmentally friendly. “This is like the project of a lifetime,” she said of the house, “just like my doctorate.” On Saturday, the result — the home, not the thesis — will be on display as part of the annual Georgetown House Tour. Billed as the country’s “oldest continuing

private house tour,” the event is certainly better known for its inclusion of historic homes than environmental activism. But with Gresens’ 1870 row house, organizers got both. “I’m an interior designer myself,” said tour co-chair Martha Vicas, “and I’m always looking for different architectural styles, different design styles” to include on the tour. She said she wanted to feature Gresens’ home because “green design is going to enter people’s thought processes … more and more.” Gresens’ house shows “that you can live very comfortably in a home that is friendly to the environment,” Vicas said. For Gresens’ part, showing the community what could be done with a historic row house fit her ideals. While she advocates academically for improving cars, she thought she could demonstrate, personally, how people can take steps at home. It’s an “opportunity to show that you can do something very environmentally friendly” in a historic house, she said, noting that the changes can even be made without harming

the aesthetics. “When people come in they say, ‘It doesn’t look different,’” she said. Part of the reason for that appealing appearance is that Gresens’ updates are mostly behind the scenes. Solar panels sit on the back of her roof, invisible from the street out front. Insulating foam hides behind basement walls, while low-VOC paint looks just like any other Sherwin Williams color. And efficient radiant heat hides under the home’s original wood floors, while ceramic balls in the wall paint that reduce heat loss add only a bit of texture. Meanwhile, ceiling fans nearly eliminate the need for air conditioning while providing a bit of visual interest, and shutters block bright summer sun but suit the house’s style. Gresens’ project wasn’t without its challenges, though. She is still in contention with the District and the Old Georgetown Board over fiberglass windows she installed in her home in January 2010. The board, which weighs in on construction in the historic district, wants her to tear out the front and side See House tour/Page 38

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School On April 15, Aidan Montessoriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elementary classes presented the play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oliver.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oliverâ&#x20AC;? is about a boy who was

School DISPATCHES born in a workhouse and worked there until he ran away and was sold to an undertakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place. He ran away from the undertaker and was taken away by a gang of thieves. The head thief was Fagin. Oliver was caught picking pock-

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ets, and the police took him away. The pocket he supposedly picked ended up being his auntâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. They met up at the end of the story and lived happily ever after. Eva Sophia Shimanski, fourthgrader, and Serena Brown, fifthgrader, both thought the play was good because the students knew their lines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was fun, but slightly stressful,â&#x20AC;? said Ashton Lindeman, fifthgrader. Jaquelin Weymouth, fourthgrader, thought it was fun because she had a bigger part than last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was fun because of the acting and costumes,â&#x20AC;? said Sofia Brown, fifth-grader. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rowan Bortz and Eva Gondelman, fourth-graders

Beauvoir School People are taking Buddy Bison on many adventures to playgrounds and parks. We can bring him home from school in a special bag that has a notebook in it where you can write about all of your adventures with Buddy. There is also a camera in the bag. Buddy keeps people thinking about nature and loves to go to the parks, especially when he sees how people try to stay green. He helps kids learn to be greener by





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turning off lights and recycling paper. He loves nature. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love coming home with you! So donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to bring him home on the weekends and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to bring him back! Each classroom has its own Buddy Bison, so everyone can take him home. To learn more about our school, go to â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Clare Downey and August Collin, third-graders



In history we are learning about the Yi Jing (also called the I Ching), which is an ancient philosophy book from China. Along with its age, one thing that makes it so remarkable is that people still use it today. We recently used the Yi Jing to answer a question about ourselves. We created hexagrams by throwing three coins in the air and calculat-

Our Lady of Victory principal wins award Our Lady of Victory Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principal recently received an educational leadership award given annually by The Washington Post to area teachers and principals who have contributed to the improvement of area education. The school community nominated Sheila Martinez for a Distinguished Educational Leadership Award without her knowledge, according to a school spokesperson. She was among 19 area principals to win. The Post also recognized 21 teachers for awards. In Northwest D.C., Giovanni PeĂąa of the Oyster-Adams Bilingual School was the only teacher to be recognized. Elsewhere in the city, Christina Williams of the SEED Public Charter School in Southeast D.C. won a nod from The Post. Martinez is the only principal in Northwest D.C. to be recognized; principals of two other D.C. schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; J.O. Wilson Elementary School and the Hope Community Public Charter School-Tolson Campus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also received awards.

ing certain totals. Eventually, by throwing the coins six times, we figured out what chapter to look at to answer the question. For homework, we were assigned to write about our answer. It was amazing to see how well the Yi Jing answered some questions! Following up on our studies of ancient Chinese philosophy, we are now learning about a philosopher named Laozi and reading parts of his book called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daodejing.â&#x20AC;? We are interpreting the meaning of his writing and learning from his teachings. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

Hyde-Addison Elementary Second-graders have been doing a lot of things in April about recycling. We went to the Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s County Recycling Center to learn about what happens to the recycling that we put outside. Our school also watched a play called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just a Dream.â&#x20AC;? First we listened to the book by Chris Van Allsburg. In the play, we learned that we can always recycle things that we have. The main character, Walter, kept having really bad dreams. In one of his dreams, his home was












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turned into a landfill and people had problems with smog and smoke from a medicine factory. This all happened because Walter threw his doughnut bag in the trash when he could have recycled it. On the field trip to the recycling center we learned a lot of things about how they have to sort all the recycling that the recycling trucks bring. First, the trucks dump the things they have collected onto a conveyor belt. As items go on this conveyor belt, people and machines help sort out the different materials by bottles, paper, cardboard, plastic and more. People have to have lots of energy to make this happen. They also used big machines to help. They take all the cans and squish them into a huge cube that is sent to a company that reuses the metal. The speaker talked about all the different ways we can recycle. We learned that it can take 500 years for some plastic to break down. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samir Bhojwani, Ariana Dawadash and Henry Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, second-graders

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DISPATCHES From Page 16 went to the C&O Canal to explore what was around it. When we were there, we learned about plants, a few animals and what life was like on the canal 150 years ago. We saw many pretty wildflowers. We saw violets that were small, purple and unlike any of the other flowers. We saw beautiful spring beauties that were small, light pink and shaped like a star. We saw pawpaw blossoms on the trees that looked like maroon bells. Zebra swallowtail butterflies were laying their eggs on them. The gill-over-the-ground were amazing tiny flowers that were close to the ground with spiky green leaves. We saw a lot of invasive garlic mustard plants, but we knew we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supposed to pick it. We also saw golden ragwort, poison ivy and bluebells, too. We saw a lot of living animals on the trip, including a spider on the trail. We saw a great blue heron catch a fish in the water, pick it up and eat it whole. A caterpillar was black and curled into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;câ&#x20AC;? shape. We saw two salamanders sunbathing and we thought a snake was trying to eat them. We also found a shed snakeskin along with it. We saw a lot of tiny little flies and a shiny jewel beetle. When we came back to the tavern headquarters at the C&O Canal, we experimented with games and clothes that children used 150 years ago. To be continued next week! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Tomasi-Carrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-graders

St. Albans School On April 9, St. Albansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; annual spring concert was held inside the Washington National Cathedral. In addition to our musicians from St. Albans and the National Cathedral School, we were joined by musicians from New York and England. The coed chamber choir from Spence School and Collegiate School arrived from New York City, and the orchestra from the Abingdon School of England also played with us. The combined chorus and orchestra, totaling over 400 students, played various different songs including the U.S. National Anthem, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Was Gladâ&#x20AC;? by C.H.H. Perry, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry Vâ&#x20AC;? by Patrick Doyle and assorted musical works by Aaron Copland. Our orchestra conductor for St. Albans and the National Cathedral School, Mr. Wood; our chorus conductor, Mr. Hutto; and the conductor for the orchestra at the Abingdon School took turns conducting the joint chorus and orchestra. Together, we produced an astounding performance. The experience was unique, and we thank Spence and Collegiate Schools as well as the Abingdon School for playing with us in our

2011 Spring Concert! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samuel Kim, Form II (eighth-grader)

celebration of this most holy time. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader

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We have had Earth Week at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and there were events to celebrate it all week. The Eco Club organized many environmentally friendly activities over the whole week. Some days, club members watched movies that helped raise environmental and endangered species awareness. On other days, they went on hikes through parks where they would learn about the ecosystem and how to help it out. Also, they went on hikes to help pull out certain invasive plants that are harmful to the forests, and to plant more native plants in these forests. Also, this week is Holy Week. This is the week in which the St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic community will celebrate the suffering, dying and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This week is made up of the days before and following Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The students will be off from Thursday until Monday in

I first met Mr. Massenberg, the graphic design teacher at Wilson, when I was in the ninth grade. Thinking that I would love to take this class because I had just met one of the coolest teachers ever, and thinking it would be an easy A,

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011 I signed up for Mr. Massenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Graphic Design class. I would soon find out that this class would change my whole high school career. Starting with my first assignment, I saw that amazing things can be created using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I was fascinated by the cool Macintosh computers in the lab. I have learned how to make business cards and

CD covers. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve designed logos and made sports posters. I have learned so much. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m now taking Graphic Design II and creating my own junior year football highlight tape. I would like to major in graphics in college. So if anyone anywhere has a chance to take a graphic design course, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on the greatest learning experience of your life. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tyrone King, 11th-grader


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ANC 1C ANCMorgan 1C Adams â&#x2013; ADAMS MORGAN The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning, zoning and transportation committee will hold a community meeting on the hotel project proposed for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, site at Champlain and Euclid streets. The meeting will be held April 30, beginning at 2 p.m., at the Kalorama Recreation Center, 1875 Columbia Road NW. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. May 4 at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy â&#x2013;  FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END

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A garden party fundraiser for the Friends of Mitchell Park will be held on May 14 at the Esther Coopersmith home at 2230 S St. â&#x2013; Holly Sukenik said that Restore Mass Aveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tree-planting effort on March 18 was successful. A fundraiser for the group was scheduled for April 20. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender announced that the inaugural â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz on the Spanish Stepsâ&#x20AC;? will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, and will feature local jazz musicians and vocalists. The rain date is the following Sunday. The event will be free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Spanish Steps Preservation Project. â&#x2013;  commissioner Eric Lamar reported that the commission is staying in touch with the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority about the combined sewer/water pipe project in the Sheridan Circle area. The commission aims to make direct contact with the person in charge, rather than going through the communications department, he said. Lamar said he had attended a recent D.C. Water and Sewer Authority meeting where he learned that water costs would increase by about 6 percent this year, with similar increases expected in future years due to federal mandates and infrastructure costs. â&#x2013;  commissioner Eric Lamar said he is recruiting a group of residents to study a neighborhood transportation plan that was first developed two years ago and has been partially implemented. The group will work with the D.C. Department of Transportation to ensure the project is finalized. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender said he has formed a community group to prepare any necessary reaction to any redistricting proposals. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously supported the owners of 2435 Kalorama Road in their Board of Zoning Adjustment application, which proposes replacing an existing deck with an enclosed glass conservatory. The Historic Preservation Review Board has already approved the project. â&#x2013;  commissioners took no action on requests from a group of local restaurants to renew their liquor licenses, because the establishments are farther than 600 feet from the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. May 16 at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, contact or visit

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Northwest Real Estate From Page 1 development, said in an interview after the meeting that some of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requests exceed its authority in the campus planning process and that the school remains committed to its plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re disappointed with many of the positions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; almost all the positions theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken, in fact,â&#x20AC;? Abud said. Abud, who did not speak at the meeting, said American University remains committed to hashing out the details of its plans with its neighbors, such as for the type of landscaping in its proposed buffer zones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have some more community discussions and see where we can go,â&#x20AC;? Abud said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re contemplating significant changes, [but] weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re open to constructive suggestions.â&#x20AC;? The university is seeking to add 770 beds of student housing in highrises on the parking lot site, dubbed its â&#x20AC;&#x153;East Campus.â&#x20AC;? But neighbors have said that would locate too much density abutting the Westover Place community and put too much strain on Nebraska Avenue traffic as those students cross the street. University officials have said the new housing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as proposed dorms elsewhere on its property â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are necessary to put fewer students in triple rooms or in off-campus apartment buildings, but commissioners criticized the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unwillingness to completely end either practice. The advisory neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s action is not an opposition to the full plan but a series of

requests to the Zoning Commission â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is responsible for approving local universitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 10-year campus plans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and to District agencies that advise that body. The commission supports some components of the plan, including the expansion of the Nebraska Hall dorm and several other buildings on the main campus and the relocation of the Washington College of Law to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tenley campus. Many residents have said they hope to see the Zoning Commission

â??Residents should not have to go to the time and expense required to protect their property from institutions like AU.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Commission chair Tom Smith reject the campus plan and send the university back to work out a compromise that better meets neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interests in preserving their communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quiet, low-density character â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a sentiment echoed by neighborhood commission chair Tom Smith. In an email after the meeting, Smith wrote that the university has offered only â&#x20AC;&#x153;a series of one-sided conversations indifferent to residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Residents should not have to go to the time and expense required to protect their property from institutions, like AU, with high-priced zoning attorneys whose aim â&#x20AC;&#x201D; first and foremost â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is a victory before the Zoning Commission at the expense of stable and strong residential neighborhoods,â&#x20AC;? Smith

wrote. To protect those neighborhoods, commissioners said, the university should be subject to an enrollment cap of 10,600 students and 2,200 employees. The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requested cap would grow to accommodate the law school students but also would include students housed in university-leased off-campus housing, a limit that would not prevent the university from growing but would block unbridled expansion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is the last vestige of protection for neighborhoods,â&#x20AC;? commissioner Stuart Ross said at the meeting. On the issue of the caps, Abud deferred to David Taylor, the university presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief of staff, who did not attend the meeting. Taylor did not respond to requests for comment yesterday. Although dozens of residents at the Monday meeting heavily opposed the American University plan, a few attendees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; student body president-elect Tim McBride and two non-student neighbors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; played down the impact on the community. McBride said neighbors should support the increased on-campus student housing to help draw students out of the neighborhoods. And Wesley Heights resident Hal Hienstra addressed a contingent of residents from Westover Place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whose community of three-story town homes is denser than surrounding homes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who were there to oppose the East Campus dorms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know that when Westover was proposed there were signs in our neighborhood about the destroying of the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? Hienstra said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Change happens.â&#x20AC;?







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tion starts this fall, the center could be finished by fall of 2012, he said. The architectural team explained its goal for the student center as creating â&#x20AC;&#x153;a new entrance [to UDC] that is much more engaging,â&#x20AC;? in McCouchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The existing campus recedes from the public realm of the city,â&#x20AC;? Marshall said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our design will make a new face and identityâ&#x20AC;? for the university. The Connecticut Avenue site is now used for a farmers market, which will be maintained somewhere on the campus, as will cherry and other trees that must be uprooted, Marshall said. The remaining open space will create a sort of broad rectangular plaza when paired with the plaza in front of the commercial Van Ness Center catty-corner across Connecticut, the architects said. But there will be no new parking for the student center, which will sit next to an existing 758-space garage opening off Van Ness Street. McCouch said â&#x20AC;&#x153;that strategy has been embracedâ&#x20AC;? by both the D.C. Office of Planning and the Department of Transportation, which want the university to push more use of public transit. Existing

loading facilities in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage will serve the student center, he said. The fine arts commissioners were troubled by a huge glass expanse proposed for the south side of the center, designed to show the dining, fitness and ballroom facilities stacked inside. Marshall said the enormous window is intended â&#x20AC;&#x153;to show activity within the building.â&#x20AC;? But commissioner Witold Rybczynski said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;it looks like a big television screen at one end, and out of character. It weakens a really interesting façade of glass and brick, making a big gesture on a secondary street [Van Ness].â&#x20AC;? Commissioners also had qualms about a small triangular bit of open space that will be created by the juncture of the new student center and an older campus building facing Van Ness Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The space created in between seems awkward, unpleasant,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Diana Balmori. But generally they were pleased with the design, noting that refinements will come. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come a long way,â&#x20AC;? said vice chair Pamela Nelson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It relates to the street, and brings the campus into the neighborhood.â&#x20AC;?


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UDC From Page 3 A zoning attorney for the university said he had no immediate comment on the neighborhood commission’s action. The initial flashpoint Monday was parking. The university wants to build the new student center and dorms without increasing parking, a policy encouraged by city planners who want to discourage auto use in

THE CURRENT areas, like Van Ness, that are wellserved by public transit. An existing garage has 758 spaces, with an additional 195 are scattered around campus, and officials say they will manage their facilities better to encourage students who do drive to park on campus. “Our traffic study assumes that because no additional parking will be provided, students won’t choose to use their cars,” said Doug McCouch, who is overseeing the university’s planning. That remark

was greeted by skeptical laughter. Several neighbors who live just west of Reno Road said students already grab up parking spaces in front of their homes. “Students will go where they can park for free,” Jordan Samuel said. “There’s parking problems now and you want to double, triple the number of people? It’s a leap of faith I’m not willing to take.” The dorms, proposed to front on Van Ness Street on the western edge of the campus, were also controver-

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sial. A Veazey Street resident objected to “this plan to house, feed and entertain large numbers of students on campus. The quiet, secure streets we love will become noisy, littered and possibly insecure for our children,” she said. There were also residents from the eastern side of the campus who objected to the university’s current policy of leasing apartments at the Van Ness South building and housing four students in each. “You’ve chopped up one-bedroom apartments, eliminated living rooms, and created a rabbit warren. It puts a strain on all the public areas,” said tenant leader David Wilson. Several residents said they objected to the school housing students at all — “on or off campus,” as one Van Ness Street resident put it. She spoke of “loud parties, pot use, general untidiness.” “Student dorms are not appropriate for this neighborhood,” someone else said. Neighborhood commissioner Karen Perry, who lives in Van Ness South, disagreed. “If UDC is going to be a four-year university, it is going to need to provide housing.

The alternative is out in the community, and you don’t want that,” she told the crowd. Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh said she had gotten a commitment from university officials to end the use of off-campus housing after dorms are built. Cheh told the group that the city has “a commitment to improve this institution. I support that, and we all should support that,” she said, citing the city’s high unemployment rate and need for career training. She noted that every state supports its own public university. “How much will it cost us?” one man in the audience asked. Barbara Jumper, director of facilities for the university, said the school is asking the city for an operating budget of $187 million next year, and $220 million in capital funds over the next 10 years. Neighborhood commissioner Bob Summersgill said he would “like to support a first-class university, a more vibrant campus, housing and student center.” But he said the campus plan leaves too many questions unanswered for him to get behind it yet.

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Concert â&#x2013; The Conservatory Project will feature the Yale Cellos performing classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.


Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Albert â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prodigyâ&#x20AC;? Johnson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prodigy.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Kevin Quigley, president of the National Peace Corps Association, and other panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Peace Corps at 50: How Far Will You Go?â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Andrea Levy will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Long Song.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Comedian Demetri Martin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Is a Book.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $27. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. â&#x2013;  CristiĂĄn Samper, director of the National Museum of Natural History, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creative Connections: Art & Science at the National Museum of Natural History.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets

â&#x2013; The Muslim Film Festival will conclude with Jacques Audiardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Un Prophete,â&#x20AC;? about a young manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempt to reconcile his self-worth in the face of xenophobia in French prisons. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. â&#x2013;  Solas Nua will present a 20th-anniversary screening of Alan Parkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Commitments.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will feature Leonid Prudovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Hours From Paris.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; The Washington Nationals will play the New York Mets. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, April 28 Thursday APRIL 28 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;El DĂ­a de los NiĂąos/El DĂ­a de los Librosâ&#x20AC;? will feature a performance by the Maru Montero Dance Company of Mexican folk, cha-cha, mambo, salsa and tango dances (for ages 6 through 12). 3:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood

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Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-7271488. â&#x2013; Ages 5 and older will make play binoculars and head outdoors to search for common birds of the area. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  The annual Poetry Carnival, for ages 6 through 12, will feature games inspired by poetry. 6:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. Concerts â&#x2013;  Violinists Christian Tetzlaff and Antje Weithaas will perform works by Leclair and other composers. 12:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Conservatory Project will feature the Eastman Percussion Ensemble performing works by Edgar Varese, Henrik Strindberg, RĂźdiger Pawassar, James Wood and Michael Burritt. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Teen recording artists Greyson Chance and Cody Simpson will perform. 7 p.m. $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-745-3000. â&#x2013;  Violinist David Grimal will perform. 7:30 p.m. $20; $15 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. â&#x2013;  Klavierduo Friederike Haufe and Volker Ahmels will perform works by GĂĄl, Schulhoff, Schonberg, Toch, Rihm and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. â&#x2013;  The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and baritone Thomas Hampson will perform works by Crumb and Tan Dun. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Ulrike Lunacek, member of the European Parliament for Austria and a spokesperson for the European Green Party, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kosovoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Future in Europe: A Perspective From European Parliament.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations

Thursday, APRIL 28 â&#x2013; Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Sarah Chang will perform works by Mendelssohn, Bruch and Brahms. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Ave. NE. 202-879-1700. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnsonâ&#x20AC;? will feature selections from the tapes and discussion among Taylor Branch (shown), Pulitzer Prize-winning historian; David Coleman, chair of the Presidential Recordings Program; Kent Germany, professor at the University of South Carolina; and David Carter, professor at Auburn University. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Raja Shehadeh, founder of the human rights organization Al-Haq and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Rift in Time: Travels With My Ottoman Uncle,â&#x20AC;? will speak to the St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peace Fellowship. 7:30 p.m. Free. St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-363-4119. Films

required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5880. â&#x2013; Dani Rodrik, professor of international political economy at Harvard University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5650. â&#x2013;  Lahouari Addi, professor of political science at the University of Lyon, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crisis of Authoritarian Rule in North Africa.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5756. â&#x2013;  Tapestry artist James Koehler will discuss his creative process and the inspiration he draws from the landscape and unique cultures of New Mexico. 6 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contemporary Triptych: Nicholas and Sheila Pyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Coronation.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and Their Lovers Changed the Course of American History.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Gordon Martin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Ann Packer will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swim Back to Me.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  An estate-planning seminar will feature Rhonda Reid Winston, presiding judge of the Probate Division of the D.C. Superior Court; John Cambell, deputy presiding judge of the Probate Division of the D.C. Superior Court; and attorneys Deborah Boddie, Giannina Lynn and Vickey WrightSmith. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church, 610 Rhode Island

â&#x2013; The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will present the 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saving Your Treasures,â&#x20AC;? about how to protect photographs, quilts and other heirlooms. A post-screening discussion will feature Yvonne Carignan, the societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library director and head of collections. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. 202-383-1850. â&#x2013;  The Palisades Neighborhood Library will show George Stevensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1951 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Place in the Sun,â&#x20AC;? starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Page to Screenâ&#x20AC;? will feature Gary Rossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2003 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seabiscuit,â&#x20AC;? based on a book by Laura Hillenbrand. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Rockman Film Series will feature Eugene Lourieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1953 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms,â&#x20AC;? about a havocwreaked East Coast after an atomic bomb test awakens a hibernating dinosaur. 6:30 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000.

Special event â&#x2013; Participants in the national semifinals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest will compete for $50,000 in awards. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-682-5001. The finals will be held Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Walk â&#x2013;  An Olmsted Woods Walk led by wildflower specialist Annette Lasley will focus on identifying wildflowers and their natural history, religious symbolism and folklore. 10 a.m. Free. Meet at the George Washington statue on the south side of the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2319.

Friday, April 29

Friday APRIL 29

Concerts â&#x2013; The Wilson High School Jazz Band and Ensemble will perform (for ages 3 through 12). 11 a.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut See Events/Page 27





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 26 Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013; The Arts Club of Washington will present a classical chamber music concert. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Piazzolla and Brahms. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  Organist Charles Miller, director of music at National City Christian Church, will perform. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  A Duke Ellington birthday concert will feature King James and the Serfs of Swing, as well as the New Washingtonians from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Duke Ellington Park, New Hampshire Avenue at M Street and 21st Street NW. â&#x2013;  The Conservatory Project will feature students from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University performing works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eldin Burton, Eugène YsaĂże, Moritz Moszkowski and other composers. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present German violinists Christian Tetzlaff and Antje Weithaas. 7:30 p.m. $125. Residence of the German Ambassador, 1800 Foxhall Road NW. 202-625-2361. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Trees,â&#x20AC;? will give a slide presentation highlighting Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic and botanically diverse trees. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $20; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â&#x2013;  Deborah McCarthy, U.S. principal deputy assistant secretary of state for economic, energy and business affairs, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Current Economic Priorities in U.S. Foreign Policy.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-553-5626. â&#x2013;  Francisco Goldman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say Her Name.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Performances â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Dance Company will perform a diverse program. 8 p.m. $10; $8 for seniors and students. Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-3838. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  City at Peace will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Break Ground: The Past Is Too Big to Stay Buried,â&#x20AC;? a student-written musical based on the experiences of cast members. 8 p.m. $12 to $24. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  The 2011 Garden Fair and Plant Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the National Arboretum, will feature two new smooth hydrangeas, rare hybrid peonies and deerresistant shrubs, as well as childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, performances by the Washington

Revels and one-on-one advice from horticulturists. 1 to 4 p.m. Free admission. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-2726. The event will continue Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. â&#x2013; The Horace Mann Farmers Market, offering fresh produce and artisan foods, will open for the season. 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Horace Mann Elementary School, 4430 Newark St. NW.

Free. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770.

Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Nationals will play the San Francisco Giants. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 4:05 p.m., Sunday at 1:35 p.m. and Monday at 7:05 p.m. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead an Arbor Day hike along the Edge of the Woods Trail. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Beth Burrous will lead an Arbor Day tour of the National Garden. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013;  Local historian and tour guide Alice Stewart will lead a walking tour about the contributions of German-American immigrants who lived or worked in the Old Downtown. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Meet at the GermanAmerican Heritage Museum, 619 6th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 171.

Friday, APRIL 29 â&#x2013; Performance: Contemporary dance group Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co. will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charlie Chan and the Mystery of Love,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cloudâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Island.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $25; $17 for students. Marvin Theatre, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.

Society will present Vijay Iyer Trio performing jazz selections. 8 p.m. $30. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877435-9849. â&#x2013; Pianist ThĂŠrèse Fahy will perform 21st-century Irish piano music. 8 p.m.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Philadelphia auctioneer David Weiss will discuss trends in the market for Oriental rugs and textiles. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441. â&#x2013;  Kent C. Boese and Lauri Hafvenstein will discuss their new book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Park View,â&#x20AC;? about the D.C. neighborhood along Georgia Avenue just north of Howard University. 3 to 6 p.m. Free. Sisterspace and Books, 3717 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-829-0306. â&#x2013;  D.C.-based artist Sam Gilliam will present a gallery talk about his current exhibition. 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. â&#x2013;  Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Andrew Young, will discuss her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Child of the Civil Rights Movement.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  Peter Mountford will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Young Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Late Capitalism.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013; 

Hip Hop Cinema Cafe will feature the

2011 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broken Records,â&#x20AC;? about the rise of Arab Hip-Hop. A panel discussion will follow. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. 202-383-1850. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Season of Rohmer,â&#x20AC;? featuring films by the French director Eric Rohmer, will feature the 1987 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelleâ&#x20AC;? at 2:30 p.m. and â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Tale of Summerâ&#x20AC;? at 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  GALA Hispanic Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s IberoAmerican Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Festival will feature the 1999 animated film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manuelita,â&#x20AC;? based on a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s song. 3 p.m. $5 per child; $8 for adults. GALA Theater, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. â&#x2013;  ITVS will present a Community Cinema screening of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome to Shelbyville,â&#x20AC;? about a small Southern town grappling with rapid demographic changes and issues of immigrant integration. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-939-0794. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music on â&#x20AC;Ś Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature a screening of the surf film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Castles in the Sky,â&#x20AC;? followed by a conversation with legendary surfer Rob Machado, filmmaker Taylor Steele and composer Jon Swift about See Events/Page 28

Saturday, April 30 Saturday APRIL 30 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Mobilesâ&#x20AC;? will offer participants a chance to learn about public art, engineering and balance while constructing their own mobiles to take home. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $15 per child; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Classes â&#x2013;  Evelin Saxinger will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retirement Revisited: A Second Chance at Your Dream.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $39. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202797-5102. â&#x2013;  Citronelle master sommelier Kathy Morgan will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Taste Wine Like a Pro.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 3 p.m. $100. Michel Richard Citronelle, 3000 M St. NW. 202625-2150. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Jazzfest will feature the Annandale Jazz Ambassadors, Aaron Broadus Group, the New Washingtonians at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Copley Lawn, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  Soprano Barbara Pappendorf and pianist Amy Conley will perform an â&#x20AC;&#x153;April in Parisâ&#x20AC;? program of French cabaret. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  The Conservatory Project will feature students from the Juilliard School performing classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Capital Blend, a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cappella group, will perform its spring show. 6 to 8 p.m. $15. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the GW/Community Advisory Committee called for under The George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan Agenda will include general updates on implementation of the 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan, a review of the Spring 2011 compliance report and additional discussion of the proposed School of Public Health & Health Services building on Square 39.

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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 27 the relationship between surf films and music. The event will also feature a screening of “Melali: The Drifter Sessions,” accompanied by live music by the Melali Sessions Band. 7:30 p.m. $20. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Performances ■ Culture Project will present “The Cat

Who Went to Heaven,” a jazz puppet show based on the 1931 Newbery Award-winning children’s book by Elizabeth Coatsworth. 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. $18. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. ■ The National League of American Pen Women will present a concert by pianist Felicity Coltman and a poetry reading by students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. 7 p.m. Free; reservations

required. Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th St. NW. 202-785-1997. ■ The Pan American Symphony Orchestra’s DC Tango Festival will feature “Viva el Tango!” 8 p.m. $25 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. Sales ■ The Dupont Circle Village Sizzling Sidewalk Sale will feature clothing, toys, books, movies, CDs, appliances, house-

wares and hobby products. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. S Street between Connecticut Avenue and 20th Street NW. 202-833-1344. ■ The Friends of the Georgetown Library will host a spring used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Lowerlevel Meeting Room, Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. ■ Christ Church, Georgetown’s annual Art Show and Sale will feature works by local artists. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 31st and O streets NW. 202-3382286. The event will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ The Friends of the Cleveland Park Library will hold its spring used-book sale. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Sporting event ■ A DC Rollergirls match will feature the DC All-Stars vs. Rhode Island Riveters. 4 p.m. $12; $6 for ages 6 through 11; free for ages 5 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. Walks and tours ■ A park ranger will lead a hike along the Edge of the Woods Trail. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ The Georgetown House Tour will showcase some of Georgetown’s finest historic homes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $55. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. ■ A park ranger will lead a two-mile hike focusing on the significance of trees. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, May MAY 1 Sunday 1 Benefit ■ The Friends of Book Hill Park and the Friends of the Georgetown Library will host a “Spring Soirée,” featuring children’s activities and fare from nearby cafes and restaurants. 4 to 6 p.m. $50 per adult; free for children. Book Hill Park, Wisconsin Avenue and Reservoir Road NW. 202-9442753. Concerts ■ The Georgetown University Orchestra will perform works by four area composers. 3 p.m. $5; free for students. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ The Washington Bach Consort will present “Easter Oratorio.” 3 p.m. $23 to $65. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-429-2121. ■ Violinist Brendan Conway and pianists Wade Meyers and Mila Naumova will perform works by Bach, Brahms, Stravinsky and other composers. 3:30 p.m. Free; donations to the Tower Restoration Fund welcome. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. ■ Iona Senior Services will present a concert by the community choir Mosaic Harmony. 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. City Church, 4100 River Road NW. ■ The Formosa Quartet will perform works by Beethoven, Mumford and Dvorák. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Organist Julie Vidrick Evans will perform works by Bach, Persichetti, Handel and Lubeck. 4 p.m. Free. Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter, 3319 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-363-2202, ext. 22.

Saturday, APRIL 30 ■ Discussion: Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will discuss his role in the American civil rights movement. A book signing will follow. 2 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

■ The Washington Chorus will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala concert, “Mostly Mahler,” featuring sopranos Colleen Daly (shown), Karen Foster and Othalie Graham; mezzo-sopranos Shannon Magee and Jennifer Roderer; tenor Jeffrey Springer; and basses Pawel Izdebski and Jason Sterns. 5 p.m. $15 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Georgetown Chorale will present “Singing to Victory,” featuring works by Schubert and Beethoven. Proceeds will benefit the Hospitality High School of Washington, D.C. 5 p.m. $20; $10 for students. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-832-3210. ■ The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 3110 O St. NW. 202333-6677. ■ Independent musicians and dancers of Middle Eastern heritage will present a “Peace in the Middle East” concert. 5 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Students from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College will perform works by Rameau, Rachmaninoff, Moszkowski, Lindberg and Xenakis. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will perform works by Chopin, Liszt and Schumann. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941.

Discussions and lectures ■ Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman will discuss their book “Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us,” at 1 p.m.; and Elif Shafak will discuss her memoir “Black Milk: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Mary Beard, professor and chair of the faculty board of classics at the University of Cambridge, will discuss “Dynasty: Collecting, Classifying, and Conoisseurship.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. Films ■ Marjorie Hunt, a folklorist at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural See Events/Page 29





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 28 Heritage, will introduce the film “The Stone Carvers: Master Craftsmen of Washington National Cathedral,” which she co-directed and co-produced. The event will include a demonstration by mason foreman Joe Alonso and stonecarver Sean Callahan. 2 p.m. $5. Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of Robin Hessman’s 2011 film “My Perestroika,” about a motley group of former classmates who grew up in Moscow during the years of the Soviet Union’s collapse as they look back on the era. 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ IMPACT Arts + Film Fund and West End Cinema will present Thom Zimny’s film “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town,” about Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. 5:30 p.m. $15. West End Cinema, 23rd and M streets NW. 202-419-3456. Performances ■ The Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists will perform a selection of scenes from mostly American operas. 3 p.m. Free. Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202633-1000. ■ The In Series will present a “pocket opera” double-bill — Ernesto Lecuona’s “Maria la O” and Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci.” 3 p.m. $39; $35 for seniors; $20 for students. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-204-7763. ■ The Ford’s Theatre Society will present a staged reading of “Empires Fall” by Robert Lawson with Marlin Fitzwater. 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Ford’s Theater, 511 10th St. NW. 800-982-2787. Sale ■ The 20th annual Student Show at Hinckley Pottery will feature stoneware and porcelain incorporating more than 30 different glazes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. 1707 Kalorama Road NW.

Special event ■ The National Museum of American Jewish Military History and the Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present “Family Stories: Daughters, Mothers, and Bubbes.” 1 to 5 p.m. Free; registration suggested. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280. Monday, May 2MAY 2 Monday Concert ■ New Jersey-based band Delicate Steve will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker will discuss her book “The Chicken Chronicles, a Memoir.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole will discuss their book “Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza.” 7

p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Interior designer Campion Platt will discuss his book “Made to Order” and reflect on his holistic approach to design. 7 p.m. $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ The National Endowment for the Humanities will present the 40th annual Jefferson Lecture, to be given by Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. Films ■ “Marvelous Movie Mondays” will feature the 1994 film “Eat Drink Man Woman.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ “Growing Up: German Youth in Film” will feature the Dietrich Brueggemann’s 2009 film “Run If You Can.” 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 160.

Tuesday, May MAY 3 Tuesday 3 Concerts ■ The Washington Bach Consort will perform works by Bach. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. ■ Pièces de Résistance will perform works by Hans Erich Apostel, Ernst Toch, Erwin Schulhoff, Karol Rathaus, Karel Reiner and Georg Jokl, whose compositions were banned by the Nazi regime because they were Jewish, political dissidents or otherwise considered “unworthy.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center.

Sunday, MAY 1 ■ Festival: The Maru Montero Dance Company will present the 19th annual National Cinco de Mayo Festival, featuring live music, dance, children’s activities and food. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW.

202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Scott Miller, director of curatorial affairs at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss “Searching for Survivors: The Fate of the St. Louis Passengers.” Noon to 1 p.m. $10; reservations required. Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum, 701 3rd St. NW. 202-789-0900. ■ Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will discuss his book “The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Akbar S. Ahmed, professor of Islamic

studies at American University, will discuss his new book of poetry, “Suspended Somewhere Between,” and his experiences as a leading authority on contemporary Islam. 6:30 p.m. $30; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. ■ Jen Lancaster will discuss her book “If You Were Here.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Rochelle Saidel, director of the Remember the Women Institute in New York City, will discuss her book “Sexual Violence Against Jewish Women During the Holocaust” as part of the Authors Out Loud series. 7:30 p.m. $11. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ Beatles expert Scott Freiman will present “Looking Through a Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles’ White Album.” 8 p.m. $12. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Wednesday, May 4MAY 4 Wednesday Concerts ■ Trumpeter Mary Bowden will perform selections from Petr Eben’s “Windows After Marc Chagall” and other works. 12:10 p.m. Free. St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766. ■ Orquesta la Leyenda, formed by D.C. saxophonist and flutist Ted David, will perform Latin jazz and Latin dance music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Singer/songwriter Paul Williams will perform. 8 p.m. $25 in advance; $28 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ American sculptor Alice Aycock will

discuss her work. 5:30 p.m. $10; free for students. Reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ Nikki Sixx will discuss his book “This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography, and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx.” 6 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Garrett Peck will discuss his book “Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t.” 6 p.m. Free. Pound the Hill, 621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-643-1231. ■ Jason Miccolo will discuss his book “Soul Sanctuary: Images of the African American Worship Experience.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ David Shipler will discuss his book “The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Reading ■ U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, will read from his work. 7 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5394. Special event ■ The Smithsonian Associates will present “An Evening in Amazonia at the National Zoo.” 6:30 to 9 p.m. $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Amazonia Science Center, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-3030. Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play the Seattle Sounders FC. 7:0 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328.

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Exhibition sheds light on dark world of Ault though it were collapsing into Current Correspondent chaos. The traveling exhibition features 47 paintings and drawings, mostly by Ault, but also dark vision informs the by contemporaries World War like Edward II-era work Hopper, Andrew of American artist Wyeth and George Ault. His Rockwell Kent. paintings counterAult reacted to balance the Rosiethe chaos he saw the-Riveter optiaround him by mism so often assoretreating from the ciated with that world and creating time. paintings that “To Make a reflected his desire World: George Ault for order. They are and 1940s “Brook in the immaculately renAmerica,” which Mountains” (1945), dered — laid out opened recently at oil on canvas, with a ruler, it the Smithsonian Minneapolis seems; compulAmerican Art sively clean; and Museum, testifies to Institute of Arts with everything in the uncertainty and its proper place. dread of a wartime world that seemed, to some artists, as See Ault/Page 36 By MARK LONGAKER


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Betty Murchison’s paintings are on display at International Visions Gallery. “Indoors and Outdoors,” featuring new still-life and landscape paintings by Barbara Nuss, will open Saturday at American Painting Fine Art and continue through June 11. An artist’s reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Located at 5118 MacArthur Blvd. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-244-3244. ■ “Liminal Light,” highlighting artists who explore various means of representing reality and the boundaries beyond, will open Saturday at Project 4 gallery and continue through June 4. An opening reception will take place Saturday from See Exhibits/Page 36 ■

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“In Ault’s pictures, there’s always the sense of someone shaping, ordering, structuring, as though his life depended on it, which it did,” said curator Alexander Nemerov at a media preview. Ault’s angst doubtless derived from more than concerns about a world at war. As a young man, he watched helplessly as his family disintegrated. All three of his brothers committed suicide, and his mother died in a mental hospital when he was 31. As his life grew more and more bleak, so did his paintings. He abandoned his early impressionistic style, gradually paring it down to a spare modernism while he lived in Greenwich Village. He fled to New York City in 1937 at age 46, moving upstate to rural Woodstock, N.Y., and remaining there until his death in 1948. There, as an alcoholic misanthrope, Ault developed the dark melancholic style for which he is remembered, notably in a series of five paintings of a lonely junction outside Woodstock called Russell’s Corners. Four of the paintings portray the location at night, as nocturnes, and the other shows it on a desolate winter’s day. What will likely strike viewers most strongly about the nocturnes, aside from their overall darkness, is the

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Bernard Shaw’s “The Apple Cart” April 28 through May 22 in the Undercroft Theatre of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $50. The Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-582-0050; ■ The In Series will present “From Berlin to Sunset” April 29 through May 15 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Playwright Charlotte Stoudt imagines a pre-Oscar party at Billy and Audrey Wilder’s home in 1949. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with 3 p.m. matinees Sunday, May 8 and 15. Tickets cost $39; $35 for seniors; $20 for students and ages 11 and younger. The Atlas Performing Arts

ue through May 7. “Approaching Abstraction” presents watercolors by Ahlin. Carol Radin shows calabash shell masks that incorporate found materials. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-338-4488. ■ American University’s School of International Service will close an exhibit Friday of environmentally themed oil paintings by local artist Kay Jackson shown in conjunction with the university’s celebration of Earth Week. Located at the intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW, the building is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 202-338-5180.

way light from a solitary streetlamp throws the scene into sharp relief. This is more than simply a streetlamp. It is a beacon of hope in a pitch-black sea — pushing back the untold, unseen terrors beneath the composed, even tranquil, order of the picture. In their treatment of light and their sense of place, Ault’s paintings bear comparison with those of Edward Hopper. Both artists found high drama in ordinary scenes, creating visual worlds. As Nemerov put it, the viewer “feels locked in a present moment of real time, when the world is unfolding in the present tense.” There are differences between the two. For one thing, Hopper’s paintings tend to be large. His one piece in the show, “Dawn in Pennsylvania” (1942), is bigger than anything by Ault. Hopper’s style is also more muscular, using vigorous brushstrokes and projecting a brashness missing from Ault’s pictures, which usually portray secluded corners of the world conducive to quiet meditation. And then there’s Ault’s darkness, the sense of madness barely held in check — more like Charles Addams, though without the cartoonist’s comic exaggeration. “To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America” will continue through Sept. 5 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Located at 9th and G streets NW, the museum is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000;

Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-204-7763; ■ No Rules Theatre Company will present “The Stephen Schwartz Project,” a celebration of one of America’s most legendary composers, April 29 through May 2 at the Edmund Burke School. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Tickets cost $10, except for the May 2 show, which is a benefit, with $75 tickets. Edmund Burke School is located at 4101 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ GALA Hispanic Theatre will close Gustavo Ott’s “Divorciadas, evangélicas y vegetarianas (Divorcées, Evangelists and Vegetarians)” May 1. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $32 to $36; $20 to $26 for students, seniors and military personnel. GALA is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174; ■ Studio Theatre will close “The Walworth Farce” and “The New Electric Ballroom” May 1. Both

are being presented as part of the theater’s “New Ireland: The Enda Walsh Festival.” Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. There will also be shows at 8 p.m. on select Tuesdays. Tickets cost $44 to $65. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes)” is at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through May 1. The Neo-Futurists opened this ever-changing show in 1988, promising an emotional and intellectual roller coaster of ideas and images ridden at break-neck speed by a participating audience. Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $30. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939;




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