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Vol. XLVI, No. 2

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By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Kicking off a new legislative term Tuesday, D.C. Council members introduced a host of bills aimed at beefing up the police force, reducing residential property tax burdens and reforming campaign finance laws, among other hot topics that will keep the council busy for the next two years. Ward 2 member Jack Evans offered a bill that would require the Metropolitan Police Department to have a minimum of 4,000 sworn officers at all times. Evans noted that the force decades ago had 5,200 officers, and is now down to just over 3,800 at a time when an impending “retirement bubble” could push the number even lower. “It is hard to find people, to recruit and train them,” Evans said. “But the city is growing, and the police force needs to grow, too.” There’s been much debate recently about the size of the force, with the council in December rebuffing calls by Mayor Vincent Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier for See Council/Page 5

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A push by big pharmacy chains to offer one-stop shopping may come to a screeching halt in the District, as the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board considers whether to prevent them from getting licenses to sell wine and beer. At the behest of the D.C. Council, the board is working to clarify regulations intended to limit new — and coveted — “B licenses” to full-ser-

Chevy Chase airs concerns over Cafritz building plans ■ Development: Apartment

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Murch Elementary School held its annual Christmas-tree recycling event Saturday to help raise money for its basketball teams. Takoma Park-based Branches Tree Experts provided a crew and equipment to chip the trees into mulch, some of which will be used in the school’s educational gardens.

project sparks policy debate By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Plans for bowling, banquets face opposition By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Plans to bring an upscale bowling alley to the Shops at Georgetown Park mall are facing opposition from neighbors concerned about noise. The Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission voted unanimously on Jan. 2 to oppose an application for a zoning exception that would allow the bowling alley project to proceed. Commissioners said they might reverse that decision, however, if bowling company Pinstripes can reach an “enforceable agreement” with condo owners who live above the mall. The proposed 12-lane bowling alley would include an Italian restau-

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vice grocery stores, meaning shoppers at Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy would have to make one more stop if they want to buy a drink. Caught in a 45-day hold are applications from the Walgreens at 4225 Connecticut Ave. in Van Ness, and the CVS at Calvert Street and Connecticut Avenue in Woodley Park. Both are seeking B licenses as “full-service groceries” — and arousing emphatic protests from their local advisory neighborhood commissions. Both chains say they want to offer wine and beer as a convenience See Drugstores/Page 16

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Residents of condo units above the proposed Pinstripes site are concerned about noise.

rant on one level with bowling lanes and bocce ball courts underneath, using 28,000 square feet of the mall. The residential units are located directly above the planned restaurant and a banquet hall space.

Because bowling is not a “matterof-right” use for the commercial property at 3222 M St., Pinstripes needs a special exception from the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment to open at the mall. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Jan. 15. Georgetown Park Condominiums owners showed up in droves at last week’s neighborhood commission meeting to object to the project, voicing concerns that sound and vibrations from the bowling alley would travel up to their units. Residents said their nerves are already frayed from excessive noise due to the mall’s construction project that has so far lasted eight months. Condo owner Diane Miller said See Bowling/Page 2

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As neighbors rally against plans for a 263-unit apartment building in Chevy Chase, some have begun to ask for new laws that would require more public input on any large project. Developer Calvin Cafritz Enterprises is planning to build the 10-level (nine stories above a partially exposed cellar), 90-foot-high glass-faced building on an empty lot at 5333 Connecticut Ave., between Military Road and Kanawha Street. More than 100 residents filled the Chevy Chase Community Center last Thursday to learn about the project and air their concerns to Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. But unlike many large projects on underdeveloped land, Cafritz appears to need no special zoning relief. The property has reportedly been zoned for dense development since at least the 1970s, but plans are only now moving forward. Most growth along the rest of the

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The Chevy Chase lot has been undeveloped since the 1970s.

Connecticut Avenue corridor sprouted decades ago. Current plans are also bigger than a 1990 proposal for the site — which did require Zoning Commission approval and substantial community negotiations — because new laws allow increased density if part of the building is reserved for low-income residents. Developers appear confident that the building is “matter of right,” in compliance with all zoning regulations for the site. The city’s process is designed to allow public input on how land is zoned, and — as in the zoning rewrite process that’s now See Building/Page 7

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NSO brings neighborhood program to U Street, Shaw neighborhoods By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

After launching last year in Columbia Heights, the National Symphony Orchestra is hosting a second round of its “In Your Neighborhood” program this week throughout the U Street and Shaw area. Through Monday, small ensembles of the Kennedy Center-based orchestra will engage in more than 20 free performances and educational activities at different spots in the neighborhood. The program kicked off yesterday with a film and discussion about Duke

Ellington at the African American Civil War Museum, and it will culminate in a grandfinale concert by the full orchestra at Howard University. The Kennedy Center chose to focus this year on the area around Howard based on the neighborhood’s “rich live performance and music legacy,” along with the university’s ongoing relationship with the symphony orchestra, according to Amanda Ritchie, spokesperson for the center. Events in Logan Circle were added in response to “demand from that neighboring community,” she said. According to Ritchie, “In Your

Neighborhood” is an outgrowth of another program the National Symphony Orchestra ran from 1992 to 2011, called American Residencies. Through that program, the orchestra adopted a different state or region each year, hosting dozens of events in the chosen area during a concentrated time period. “In Your Neighborhood,” though, focuses specifically on D.C. communities. Ritchie said it’s a way to show city residents “something a little different from the Kennedy Center,” and also allows members of the symphony orchestra to play at some of their favorite local spots. In order to put on these events, the orches-

tra is working with nearly 20 different partners in the community and city, including neighborhood civic groups, the Lincoln Theatre, the restoration group for the Howard Theatre, the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, Cultural Tourism DC, and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Funding comes in part from a gift by philanthropist Irene Pollin, according to a news release. More information, including the full roster of this month’s events, is available at tinyurl. com/nso-iyn-2013. Some of the performances require registration in advance.

BOWLING: Georgetown Park condo residents, ANC oppose zoning application

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at the meeting that she has lived with “deafening noise” from the construction, hearing “every hammer strike all day long.” She called mall owner Vornado Realty Trust “a horrible community partner” in the project. The building’s steel-beam structure causes noise to resonate inside the residential units no matter how far away the construction work is, Miller said — which gives her every reason to believe that sound and vibrations from the bowling alley would be equally disruptive. Pinstripes founder and chief executive officer Dale Schwartz said at the meeting that the Chicagobased company would use advanced engineering practices to “attenuate and eliminate all bowling noise,” and said that the company has had no complaints from neighbors of its

four Midwest locations. But the condo owners weren’t convinced. Miller told Schwartz she wouldn’t back the project “unless you can give me a 100 percent guarantee that I won’t hear noise from bowling” — adding that no sound engineer or business owner “in his right mind” could give that assurance. Andrew Peak, another condo owner, said noise from the construction project has been “absolute hell,” adding that “the last six months have been worse than sleeping in Afghanistan,” where he recently served in the Army. He said residents are looking forward to the work ending in eight or 10 months — but they’re worried the bowling will then create a neverending noise problem. Peak told commissioners that he and fellow residents are “throwing ourselves on

your mercy” to stop the project. Residents became equally concerned about plans to include a banquet hall, located directly below the condo units, that could accommodate more than 300 people for special events such as weddings, birthdays and corporate functions. Pinstripes also plans to have live music at the venue on weekends and would provide outdoor areas for clients. Schwartz outlined the plan with The Current and other media outlets last fall, but residents said no one had shared these details with them. Commissioner Tom Birch said that prior to the meeting he wasn’t worried about the project because he thought the bowling alley “would be buried in the depths of the property, and now I find out that it’s not, which is concerning.” The banquet operation “is just as much of a concern if not more,”

Birch said, later adding that it was an untested model — no other Pinstripes locations have residences located above the bowling alley. The restaurant and banquet hall would not need special zoning exceptions to operate. However, commissioners are asking the zoning board to consider the “objectionable impacts” of those operations in their decision. If the board approves the exception but declines to rule on the banquet hall, the commission and residents would have another opportunity to address concerns during the liquor license application process. Condo owners said they want a binding agreement with Pinstripes that if noise from the bowling alley is heard inside their residences, the business will agree to cease operations until the problem is fixed. “The devil is in the details,” said condo owner Rebecca Xia. “If we

don’t have practical enforcement, I don’t see how this will work.” Commissioners agreed that noise enforcement is a problem. “The only way this could possibly fly is if we have Vornado agree to legally binding letters of understanding,” said commissioner Bill Starrels. Vornado vice president Scott Milsom said at the meeting that the company would work with residents, paying for a sound engineer of the condo board’s choosing to evaluate the building and the proposed bowling alley. Schwartz said he has alleviated similar concerns at other Pinstripes locations, and vowed to do the same in Georgetown. Commission chair Ron Lewis noted that he’s also concerned about the impact on visitors to the abutting C&O Canal Towpath. “I really do hope [all parties] can get together on this,” he said.

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Overlay change clears path Zoning board approves Kalorama addition for hotel in Adams Morgan By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The plan for a new 72-foot luxury hotel in Adams Morgan cleared its final zoning hurdle Monday night with the approval of an amendment to the Reed-Cooke Overlay, which generally limits new buildings in the area to 40 feet. The Zoning Commission had otherwise approved the project in November. Developers intend to restore the century-old First Church of Christ, Scientist, building at 1780 Columbia Road and use it as the lobby and restaurant for a new hotel. The hotel itself will be constructed behind the church, on the site of a parking lot and the small Washington City Paper office building. The divisive project won support due to amenities developers have promised, like preservation of the church building and pledges to hire local residents. Proponents also say the hotel will attract more foot traffic to the area. Critics, however, argued during hours of zoning hearings and community forums that the hotel would

exacerbate traffic congestion and gentrification, and that it would set precedent for taller buildings in Adams Morgan. Development firm Friedman Capital worked with the ReedCooke Neighborhood Association to establish a deal to address community impacts and the precedent-setting aspect of the project. The hotel straddles the border of the zoning overlay — the rear of the site falls within the overlay, while the front does not. The long-standing ReedCooke overlay was established to preserve the historically low-density character of its neighborhood. Under the arrangement put forth by the community and adopted Monday by the Zoning Commission, the site is now incorporated fully into the Reed-Cooke Overlay, and the overlay details a specific exemption for a luxury hotel to be constructed at 72 feet. The developer’s promises turned the neighborhood association from an opponent to a supporter, and were vetted in detail during the zoning hearings for the project. Monday’s See Hotel/Page 5

On a split vote Tuesday, the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment approved a controversial proposal to enlarge a historic town house in Sheridan-Kalorama. The project will include a third-story addition at the front of 2130 Bancroft Place, a second-story addition to a detached garage in back, and an elevated “breezeway� connecting the two. The proposal by current Potomac, Md., residents Kenneth and Ellen Marks has upset neighbors on the narrow street of upscale homes, where many of the century-old dwellings are protected by conservation easements. They have vowed to continue fighting the plan when it goes before the city Historic Preservation Review Board. But at the zoning board, three members concluded the various additions will have only a “minor impact� on neighboring homeowners, and noted that Kenneth Marks had already downsized the connecting addition in response to the objections. Chair Lloyd Jordan said most houses on Bancroft are three or four stories tall; member Jeff Hinkle called the proposed increase in lot occupancy “fairly minimal.� Both said the impact would not be “substantial,� and member Nicole Sorg, though calling the decision “a very close call,� agreed. Only member Robert Miller, representing the D.C. Zoning Commission, dissented. He said the breezeway, supported by a blank wall close to the property line, would block views from a house next

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Owners of the Bancroft Place home won zoning approval for an addition and new garage.

door. “Those pictures were pretty compelling,� Miller said, referring to photos shown at a contentious hearing in November. “See the light and air that is coming in, and that won’t be� after the additions are built, he said. Marks, at that November hearing, said he and his wife want to relocate in the city, with a more urban lifestyle, and need additional space to accommodate visiting grandchildren. He said the couple had already given up plans for a more expansive conservatory addition, to ease neighbors’ concerns. The project still needs approval from the L’Enfant Trust, which holds a conservation easement on the property, before it can be reviewed by the preservation board.

The week ahead Wednesday, Jan. 9

The D.C. Board of Elections will hold a roundtable discussion on voting equipment challenges during the November 2012 election. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■The D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel will hold a town-hall meeting on Verizon DC’s quality of service and reliability. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Thursday, Jan. 10

The D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability will hold a public meeting and symposium on “best practices in government ethics.� The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 830 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser will host a meeting on the Roosevelt High School modernization project at 6 p.m. at the Metropolitan Police Department’s Patrol Services and School Security Bureau, 801 Shepherd St. NW.

Monday, Jan. 14

The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature oral history talks by several well-known Georgetowners. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Dumbarton Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. ■Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser and Montgomery County Council member Valerie Ervin will hold a community meeting to discuss matters such as proposed development in both jurisdictions and the traffic circle at the District’s border with Maryland on 16th Street. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature updates from D.C. Council members Mary Cheh and Muriel Bowser. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

The D.C. Office of Planning will hold a Ward 4 community meeting to discuss draft proposed changes to the District’s zoning regulations. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Takoma Education Campus, 7010 Piney Branch Road NW. For details, visit ■The Georgetown-Burleith advisory neighborhood commission and the D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to discuss community ideas and input on parking in the Georgetown and Burleith neighborhoods. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Hardy Middle School, 1819 35th St. NW.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Current

District Digest Michael Brown joins at-large candidates

Former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown is one of six new candidates for chairman Phil Mendelson’s former at-large council seat, according to the Board of Elections website. Brown, who in November lost his bid for a second term as an independent, is running as a Democrat in the April 23 special election. Long active in national Democratic circles, Brown has made appearances on behalf of President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. In his prior D.C. Council race, Brown identified his priority issues as affordable housing, jobs and improving the safety net. Other recent entrants are Ivan Cloyd, a Democrat; Dorothy Douglas, a Democrat; George Jackson, an independent; Pedro Rubio, a Democrat; and Candice W. Walsh, a Democrat. Anita Bonds occupies the seat



on an interim basis, having been appointed by the D.C. Democratic State Committee. Bonds, a longtime party activist, has also obtained petitions to run in April. Ten other prospective candidates also picked up petitions previously: Democrats Diallo K. Brooks, John Capozzi, A.J. Cooper, Matt Frumin, Jon Gann, John F. Settles II, Elissa Silverman and Paul Zukerberg; Republican Patrick Mara; and Statehood Green Party member Perry Redd. Candidates have until Jan. 23 to submit nominating petitions with at least 3,000 valid signatures. A challenge period will follow.

Military must now display District flag

A new provision in the armed forces’ fiscal year 2013 spending bill requires the military to display the D.C. flag whenever flags of the 50 states are flying. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes



Norton began seeking this requirement last fall, according to a news release from her office. She pushed for the cause after a District resident described a boot camp graduation ceremony where no D.C. flag was raised to honor her son, while all of the states had flags raised. “Never again will our service members or veterans suffer the indignity of not being properly honored at military ceremonies,� Norton said in the release. President Barack Obama signed the spending bill Friday.

Smartphone app has charter school details The D.C. Public Charter School Board launched a new free smartphone application Saturday, MyDCcharters, which provides detailed information on the city’s charter schools. The app locates the closest charter schools and provides information on a school’s performance,



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Adams Morgan area picked as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ArtPlaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

The â&#x20AC;&#x153;intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street and Dupont Circleâ&#x20AC;? is one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top 12 artistic communities, according to a report by the ArtPlace group. The report praised the area for its numerous galleries and affordable rents, and called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;a creative incubator for arts throughout DCâ&#x20AC;? where many artists live or work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Adams Morgan neighborhood and the area around it continue to thrive because they form a community that fosters and fights for artistic thinking, cultural diversity, and idealism within a larger, more staid urban setting,â&#x20AC;? the report states. New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle are home to some of the other 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x153;ArtPlacesâ&#x20AC;? highlighted in the report.

ANC seats vacant in Brightwood, Dupont

Hundreds of new and returning advisory neighborhood commissioners took office last week, but the D.C. Board of Elections has certified vacancies in 12 single-member districts throughout the city. The vacant seats include two in Northwest: 2B05, encompassing the southeastern section of the Dupont Circle neighborhood; and 4A05, in the southern section of the Brightwood neighborhood. Petitions will be available

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Improvements slated at Key Elementary

The D.C. Department of General Services is seeking a contractor to handle site improvements at Key Elementary School, at 5001 Dana Place in the Palisades. According to a request for design-build services posted on the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, the proposed concept design envisions a sports field, a track, integrated basketball/tennis courts, and traditional and development play equipment. The project will also incorporate new spaces for theatrical performances and outdoor chalk art; various landscape features; and an outdoor science classroom and enhanced natural areas where students can learn about the environment. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 18.

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HOTEL: Exemption approved From Page 3

action was almost a procedural footnote to the contentious process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see any controversy in this, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actually very happy this is going forward,â&#x20AC;? neighborhood association representative Maureen Gallagher testified that day. But Denis James, the president of the Kalorama Citizens Association and a longtime opponent of the hotel, argued that the community didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the implications of amending the overlay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Allowing such a precedent-setting action as this text amendment would not be mere tinkering, but a signal that any property can be exempted,â&#x20AC;? said James, who was speaking as an individual. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The surest way to weaken a set of rules is to change them for a single developer.â&#x20AC;? James called for the commission to postpone its vote until a community meeting could be held to discuss the text amendment or unless the developer agreed to build a hotel within the 40-foot height limit.

Zoning commissioners unanimously supported the overlay change, however. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this particular language is specific to the church, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this is opening up the door to anything,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Marcie Cohen. Commission chair Anthony Hood said changing overlays is not inherently negative. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have done certain things where we had to relook at them to do something in the best interest in the city,â&#x20AC;? said Hood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the first overlay weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done something with, and it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the last.â&#x20AC;? The final hotel plan includes concessions to feedback from some residents and zoning commissioners, most notably a height reduction from the originally proposed 90 feet down to the approved 72 feet, along with other design changes and transportation requirements. Development partner Matt Wexler wrote in an email yesterday that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the team is moving full speed aheadâ&#x20AC;? and expects to break ground in mid-2013.

City seeks contractors to three area playgrounds The D.C. Department of General Services last week issued a request for design-build services for improvements at six playgrounds, including Macomb, Palisades and Takoma in Northwest. Construction at each site will include a spray park, new play equipment and various other site improvements. Conceptual plans were prepared late last year with input from community meetings. The current playgrounds include outdated equipment that poses safety hazards, according to contract specifications. The Macomb project will mitigate existing issues with poison ivy and stormwater, and include a climb-

ing wall, a tot-lot sandbox with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;play shipâ&#x20AC;? structure, and space for â&#x20AC;&#x153;imagination playâ&#x20AC;? equipment. The Palisades project is slated to include a community garden surrounding the recreation center, new play equipment with a climbing wall and swing set, a custom shade structure and fitness equipment. At Takoma, the work will include a skate spot, a slide area between two portions of the tot lot, and a plaza area with a pergola structure and space for â&#x20AC;&#x153;imagination playâ&#x20AC;? equipment. The contractorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; submissions are due by Jan. 24. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chris Kain

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authority to hire more police. Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bill, co-sponsored by a majority of his colleagues, would cut through the debate: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This law would mean we get to 4,000, and stay at 4,000,â&#x20AC;? he said. Evans also offered a bill to limit the annual rise in property tax bills, especially for long-term residents. The measure would cap annual increases in property taxes at 5 percent, no matter how much the assessment rises. The current cap allows taxes to rise 10 percent a year, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;nobody gets a 10 percent pay increase each year,â&#x20AC;? he said. Current law also requires homeowners to pay taxes on at least 40 percent of the assessed value of their home. Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bill, in a nod to longterm homeowners who have seen their assessments soar over the years, would lower that ceiling to 20 percent. Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser is trying to tackle the same issue, with a different approach. Bowser introduced a bill that would freeze property tax liabilities for homeowners who have annual income below $125,000 and have claimed the homestead deduction â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on any home in the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for at least 21 years. Limiting property taxes for the less affluent, and for longtime homeowners, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is important to the vitality of our city, and to preserving our diversity.â&#x20AC;¨â&#x20AC;? Several council members are also trying â&#x20AC;&#x201D; anew â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to tackle campaign finance reform, following complaints that the council failed to act last year despite a string of campaign finance scandals. Bowser, who did push through a sweeping ethics reform package in

late 2011, said she has concluded that the biggest problem is â&#x20AC;&#x153;the influence of limited liability corporations,â&#x20AC;? or LLCs, which contribute big bucks to District campaigns but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to identify their true ownership or interests. Her new bill would simply ban LLCs from contributing to District campaigns, and also limit money order contributions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which can also be used to shield the real source of funds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to $25. Ward 5 member Kenyan McDuffie, along with Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, offered a variation. Their bill would limit money order contributions to 5 percent of the allowed individual contribution limit for any given office. For example, donors who are restricted to $2,000 in contributions to a mayoral campaign could give only $100 by money order. McDuffie said the 5 percent threshold will limit abuse of money orders, but also allow donors without checking or other bank accounts to participate in political campaigns. At-large member Vincent Orange took a broader swipe at the ethics issue, with a bill that would prohibit any contractor from doing business with the District if they have a member of the council â&#x20AC;&#x153;on their payroll,â&#x20AC;? and a separate proposal to limit all District officeholders to two terms â&#x20AC;&#x153;to prevent entrenched incumbency, and to promote new ideas and approaches,â&#x20AC;? he said. Ward 1 member Jim Graham, now serving his fourth term on the council, was the only co-sponsor for either measure. Mendelson will refer the bills to various committees, which will hold public hearings and then decide whether to send them to the full council for consideration.

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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Dec. 30 through Jan. 6 in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 â&#x2013; downtown

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 1300 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 4:34 p.m. Dec. 31. â&#x2013;  1300 block, F St.; sidewalk; 2:27 p.m. Jan. 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 10:22 a.m. Dec. 31. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 6:20 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1200 block, H St.; office building; 11:33 a.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 5:15 p.m. Jan. 6. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  9th and K streets; street; 9:15 a.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; parking lot; 7:26 p.m. Jan. 2.

psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102




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Burglary â&#x2013; 400 block, K St.; restaurant; 3:54 a.m. Jan. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  500 block, 7th St.; store; 4:15 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  900 block, 9th St.; hotel; 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1. â&#x2013;  800 block, H St.; restaurant; 3:44 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  300 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 11 a.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; medical facility; 11:50 a.m. Jan. 3. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 9:50 a.m. Jan. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  500 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 3:03 p.m. Jan. 3.

psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013; 6600 block, 32nd Place; street; 9:30 p.m. Jan. 4.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Burglary â&#x2013; 4500 block, 45th St.; residence; 12:26 a.m. Jan. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4800 block, Massachusetts Ave.; restaurant; midnight Jan. 1. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Fort Drive; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:07 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Chesapeake St.; residence; 4 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Jenifer St.; store; 4:19 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Davenport St.; residence; 5 p.m. Jan. 5. Theft from auto ($250 plus)

â&#x2013; 4500 block, 42nd St.; unspecified premises; 8:55 p.m. Jan. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  42nd Place and Military Road; street; 5 p.m. Jan. 6.

psa 203

â&#x2013; forest PSA 203 hills / van ness

cleveland park

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; school; 2:19 p.m. Jan. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 8:30 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  5000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3:53 p.m. Jan. 1. â&#x2013;  5000 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Highland Place; residence; 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2800 block, Porter St.; unspecified premises; 9:31 p.m. Jan. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, 36th St.; alley; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 1. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Newark St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 p.m. Jan. 1. â&#x2013;  4600 block, 36th St.; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  4800 block, 36th St.; street; 6:45 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 9:30 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  Chesapeake Street and Connecticut Avenue; street; 5:01 p.m. Jan. 5.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204

park / cathedral heights

Stolen auto â&#x2013; 2600 block, Woodley Road; unspecified premises; 3:29 p.m. Jan. 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Garfield St.; unspecified premises; 10:03 a.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  2800 block, New Mexico Ave.; unspecified premises; 2 a.m. Jan. 6.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; Unspecified location; residence; 8:22 p.m. Jan. 6.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1400 block, 31st St.; street; 11:05 p.m. Jan. 5. Burglary â&#x2013;  3200 block, Grace St.; office building; 3 a.m. Dec. 30. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Potomac and Prospect streets; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Dec. 31. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store;

12:42 p.m. Jan. 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 3200 block, M St.; store; 10:45 a.m. Dec. 31. â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; store; 12:58 p.m. Dec. 31. â&#x2013;  3100 block, K St.; street; 1:40 p.m. Jan. 5.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 1400 block, M St.; street; 2:08 a.m. Jan. 1. Burglary â&#x2013;  2500 block, I St.; residence; 8:24 p.m. Jan. 1. â&#x2013;  600 block, 22nd St.; unspecified premises; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 5:37 p.m. Jan. 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 12:20 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:49 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 7 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  18th and L streets; sidewalk; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1800 block, H St.; office building; 8:30 a.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  800 block, Vermont Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:25 p.m. Jan. 5. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  2200 block, M St.; store; 6:05 p.m. Jan. 6. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; unspecified premises; noon Dec. 31. â&#x2013;  900 block, 26th St.; street; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Sexual abuse (adult, firstdegree) â&#x2013; 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises and time; Jan. 1. Robbery (carjacking) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Kalorama Circle; sidewalk; 3:08 a.m. Jan. 6. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; street; 3:36 a.m. Jan. 6. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; office building; 5:25 a.m. Jan. 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. Jan. 1. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Q St.; residence; 1:24 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; sidewalk; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 11:38 a.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  2200 block, N St.; office building; 11:59 a.m. Jan. 5.

Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 1200 block, 17th St.; street; 4 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; unspecified premises; 9:18 a.m. Jan. 6. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 1 p.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:15 p.m. Dec. 31. â&#x2013;  17th and Church streets; street; 4 p.m. Jan. 1. â&#x2013;  2000 block, N St.; street; 5 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 17th St.; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1800 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 6:18 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  19th and N streets; unspecified premises; 9:15 p.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 23rd St.; street; 11:56 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  21st and N streets; street; 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6. â&#x2013;  1600 block, O St.; unspecified premises; 1:10 a.m. Jan. 6.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1700 block, Swann St.; sidewalk; 3:32 a.m. Jan. 6. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, W St.; residence; 8:46 p.m. Dec. 31. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, U St.; restaurant; 3 a.m. Dec. 30. â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; tavern/ nightclub; noon Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 14th St.; alley; 4:33 p.m. Jan. 3. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1600 block, S St.; street; 1:48 p.m. Jan. 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  14th and Corcoran streets; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Dec. 31. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Q St.; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 4.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1700 block, Euclid St.; sidewalk; 10:32 p.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wyoming Ave.; unspecified premises; 3:20 a.m. Jan. 6. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Ontario Road; unspecified premises; 3:38 a.m. Jan. 1. â&#x2013;  Columbia Road and Mozart Place; sidewalk; 12:38 a.m. Jan. 3. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Kalorama Road; alley; 3:20 a.m. Jan. 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 10 p.m. Jan. 1. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 5 p.m. Jan. 2. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 6 p.m. Jan. 4. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 12:30 a.m. Jan. 5. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 7:30 a.m. Jan. 5.

ch n The Current W ednesday, January 9, 2013


BUILDING: Neighbors question lack of input on plans for Chevy Chase apartments

From Page 1

ongoing — what uses are allowed within each zone. But the city requires review of specific proposals — and input from neighbors — only when the project doesn’t match with the zoning rules. Attendees at last week’s meeting criticized this process. “We want to make sure we have a say in large, impactful projects in our community,” said Kanawha Street resident Richard Graham, who has organized the 5333 Connecticut Neighborhood Coalition. “There’s a huge policy problem if the largest building [in Chevy Chase] in 50 years can be built without any common-sense comprehensive review,” echoed Kanawha Street resident John Cooney. According to residents, the tall building will loom over adjacent single-family homes, blocking sunlight and causing nighttime light pollution. They also worry that traffic from its proposed 173-space parking garage will overwhelm a small alley that serves the site and nearby homes, and that many of the building’s residents and their guests will park on nearby streets.

Council member Cheh, who organized the meeting, promised to push for studies of the project’s traffic and parking impacts. If the building is matter of right, though, it’s unlikely Cafritz could be forced to alter its plans. Developers have agreed to attend a future community meeting, tentatively set for Jan. 23, which Cheh said was a positive sign. Cafritz representatives have yet to talk with neighbors; they also haven’t returned messages from The Current. Cheh urged residents to be realistic in their expectations. “I know there is a unanimity that you’re very concerned about this, but maybe to make things more concrete, have specific things that you ask for. Say ‘we want this, this and this.’” Graham said neighbors aren’t anti-development; their coalition’s slogan is “build without harm.” Their model: the previous Cafritz proposal for the site, which had fewer units, a larger parking garage and a stepped-down height approaching the nearest homes. Several neighbors argue that the project isn’t truly matter of right. There were once 10 single-family homes and a public alley on the site,

but the city consolidated the properties into a single lot in the 1970s, when Cafritz tore down the buildings. The city also relocated the alley in 1989 in conjunction with planned construction. Because the alley closure was related to the property’s 1990 zoning approval, some neighbors say, it should have been undone when that approval later expired. If the developers want to use the alley space, the

neighbors say, they must negotiate with the community on the design. Not so, according to Helder Gil, spokesperson for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Alley closures require D.C. Council legislation, and are therefore out of the purview of zoning authorities. In response to previous questions from the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission, the directors of the regulatory agency

and the Office of Planning sent a letter to the commission last Wednesday stating that the development is, in fact, matter of right. Cafritz’s building plans will be reviewed only on technical grounds; Gil said they are now being processed. D.C. agencies “cannot unilaterally impose requirements on building permit applications that [are] not explicitly authorized by District law,” the letter states.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013


The Current


The Northwest


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Close the loophole

With the protracted, bruising fight over the D.C. Council’s alcoholic beverage control reform measure just completed, it’s unfortunate that legislators would need to amend the law again so soon. Yet legislative action is urgently needed in the wake of a recent D.C. Court of Appeals ruling. In November, the court tossed out the penalties levied by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board against the Rumors nightclub downtown. The board had imposed $9,000 in fines and a 19-day license suspension due to three separate events within eight months. First, in January 2009, a security guard got involved in a scuffle with patrons; the guard was later found to be acting in self-defense. A few months later, there was a skirmish involving a beer bottle smashed over a patron’s head. Then, in August, a third incident involved aggressive behavior by a popular bartender. The board found the events troubling enough to warrant penalties. But the Appeals Court ruled that only consistent trends of disorder — not isolated incidents — warrant the type of penalties that Rumors faced. Mike Silverstein, an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board member who also serves on the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission, described it as a “one free stabbing rule.” While the board still has powers to close down an establishment in the case of an imminent threat to public safety, he sees the court ruling as eliminating a previously gray area — the alcohol board’s power to prevent those “imminent threats” from developing in the first place. In comments at a recent Dupont Circle neighborhood commission meeting, Mr. Silverstein urged that the D.C. Council enact a legislative remedy. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration and the D.C. Office of the Attorney General are still reviewing the decision, but we expect them to come to a similar conclusion. It’s essential that the D.C. Council make clear in the law that the board does not have to show a “continuous course of conduct” in order to impose penalties that aren’t just a slap on the wrist. The board needs the authority to crack down on repeated violations, whether or not they’re related.

Graduation requirements

The D.C. State Board of Education is considering adjustments to the District’s high school graduation requirements. It’s hardly just an academic exercise — the decisions they make will affect the coursework required for D.C. Public Schools students for years to come. The most recent proposal calls for an increase in the number of credits required to graduate — 26, up 2 units from current requirements. The extra load would come from a proposed addition of 1 credit in arts and music electives, and an increase in physical and health education credits from 1.5 units to 2.5 units. Arts, music, health and physical education are all essential to producing well-rounded students, so we are encouraged by the board’s direction. We also concur with a measure of flexibility provided under the new requirements: Students would be able to meet them through a demonstration of proficiency. Performing in an orchestra could yield music credit, participating in a team sport could count for physical education credit, and a study abroad program or online instruction could mean world language credit. Cathy Reilly, director of the Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators, has warned about this provision being too loose, with the board offering no guidance on what will qualify as proficiency. We agree on the ultimate need for fleshing out proper procedures, but the idea is solid: Students involved in extracurricular activities should not have to take redundant courses just to fulfill the requirements. On another matter, we fully agree with Ms. Reilly’s concern with the omission of a course in U.S. government as a standalone requirement. While students would still be able to take the class to help fulfill 4 units of social studies, that’s hardly a satisfactory consolation. We shudder to think of the many potential social studies courses that might seem more attractive to the average high school student. All students need to learn about the structure of the U.S. government if they are to become functional, fully participating citizens. We’d also encourage the board to consider implementing the tiered diploma available in New York. There, students can earn a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation by demonstrating greater mastery of math and science, as well as showing proficiency in a language other than English after three years of coursework in the subject.

Two-track tweaking of Congress …


he U.S. Constitution gives Congress “full legislative authority” over the District of Columbia. As we’ve said a few times, if Congress were to push for a Ferris wheel on Pennsylvania Avenue, you’d see a Ferris wheel on Pennsylvania Avenue. More seriously, if Congress wants to ban city funding for abortion clinics, drug needle distribution or statehood advocacy (as it has), then those bans become the law, too. So our little city has to weigh our subservient position. Do you challenge Congress? Do you go hat in hand? Do you do a combination of the two? Last week, Mayor Vincent Gray — playing the good cop — was heaping praise on Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the congressman who chairs the committee that oversees the District. The mayor is glad that Issa has decided to handle District affairs himself rather than assigning them to a subcommittee under him. “I’m glad that someone who has proven to be a trustworthy partner in respecting our autonomy will be leading congressional handling of affairs that affect our city,” Gray said in a statement. Issa’s move could be important when and if he decides the city should be able to spend its own budget without heavy-handed congressional oversight. But members of the D.C. Council aren’t waiting on good vibes from Issa or anything else. They want to force his hand. Late last year the council passed legislation to hold a voter referendum this April. It would direct Congress to change our home rule charter to achieve that so-called “budget autonomy.” It’s a unique strategy to get Congress’ attention even though Congress could simply ignore the election results when they go up to the Hill. But the council’s tougher approach ran into an unexpected roadblock right here in the city. D.C. Attorney General Irvin — a former House lawyer — said the council’s proposal not only would irritate Congress but also is illegal. Nathan said the city’s home rule charter bars referenda or initiatives that dictate changes in how the federal government handles the District. “I am here today to do something that is very difficult and sad,” the attorney general said as he spoke Monday to the D.C. Board of Elections. Nathan was asking the board to reject the council’s referendum plan. Nathan said he supported the goals of the council, but couldn’t support the legal logic behind it. “I’m shocked,” said Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who endorsed the council’s effort. Mendelson himself appeared before the three-member elections board to fight for the referendum. The council’s own lawyer, V. David Zvenyach, also put

up a spirited defense of the legislation before the election’s board. Mendelson told NBC4 that the voter referendum wouldn’t irritate Congress, but rather give it incentive to act. “Although citizens don’t realize this, when the council votes on the budget, it’s merely advisory to Congress and Congress has the final say.” Technically, that would still be true even if the Congress were to grant the city more independent authority, but Congress would be less likely to interfere in city issues. And the city wouldn’t have to close down during any federal government shutdown (another one is threatened this winter because of protracted national budget issues). Nathan and the council also disagreed about whether the Board of Elections could even decide the validity of the council’s referendum. The council argued the three-member elections board was simply “administrative,” that it could only make sure that the wording of the council’s referendum was legally clear and then schedule a vote on it. Nathan contended the board had a duty to determine whether the council’s action was legal — and then to reject it. Monday night came and went, with no clear understanding what the election board would do. Initially, board chair Deborah Nichols had indicated a decision would be made within hours of the Monday session. The board members — Nichols, Stephen Danzansky and Devarieste Curry — sifted through law and legislative intent. Late Tuesday, the elections board sided with the D.C. Council. It cleared the referendum for the April 23 ballot. It also declined to add a sentence suggested by the attorney general. That sentence would have conveyed something like, “You’re voting on this but it’s probably illegal.” Score one for the council. ■ A hand for Hanbury. We always enjoyed Bill Hanbury when he ran the city’s tourism offices and promoted the hell out of D.C. He was good-natured and ready with a good quote or statistic any time on visitors coming to the nation’s capital. In 2009, Hanbury left the tourism job to take over the United Way of the National Capital Area. The charitable group was badly damaged with a reputation of poor management and disorganization. But he went to work and turned things around. The United Way since has been in the news only for good things. But now, Hanbury at 63 is stepping down from the United Way. It has been a good run, and the organization hopes to have a new director by midyear. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor How to make your resolutions stick

In helping clients at my Georgetown gym achieve their fitness goals over the years, I’ve seen many people turn New Year’s resolutions into long-term practice. And I’ve seen others fall by the wayside sooner than you can say “pass the queso.” Why do some people seize the moment while others don’t? These tips can help make this the year you achieve your goals. Here are five things successful people do: 1. Take immediate action to com-

mit themselves to a resolution. Enroll in a class, request information on a program, throw out their candy, et cetera, right away. 2. Make manageable commitments — things they can do right now. (For example, if exercising five days a week isn’t realistic, they work out twice a week.) 3. Make their resolutions for a short, specific period of time that they can actually commit to. 4. Start with resistance training and interval training because they deliver the greatest results for the time invested. 5. Team up with positive friends. You’ll pick each other up when one of you is thinking about skipping. And here are five things that cause people to come up short:

1. They have vague goals like “exercise more” or “eat better,” instead of specific, measurable goals. 2. They try to change every single aspect of their lives simultaneously. Results come quickly, but the implosion usually isn’t far behind. 3. They try to keep their resolutions a secret because they want to hide their moments of weakness. 4. They start with the least effective exercise like walking or jogging and are disappointed by their results. 5. They commit to unrealistic things for an entire year, such as “I won’t eat any sugar in 2013.” This virtually guarantees you’ll feel like a failure. 
Josef Brandenburg Founder, The Body You Want

The Current

Letters to the Editor Article insensitive about former slave

I’m writing in response to The Current’s article on Yarrow Mamout [“Archaeological interest holds up home project,” Dec. 12]. The article, on the jump page, should have read that he “was sold to slavery in America” — not “came to America,” as if he had a choice. In fact, judging from the dates in the article, he must have been very young when sold. Mark Schek Washington, D.C.

Reno wire highlights lack of city response

Recently I called in to the D.C. government — again, after multiple previous calls — to report a loose/open wire cable sticking up on Reno Road. It was not “sparking” but dangerous nonetheless. (There are also downed wires on poles nearby from the summer storms — those wires have just been taped up, so anyone can walk underneath.) The situation I have called repeatedly about lately is across from 4000 Reno Road, at a cut in the pavement from a digging machine, with multiple wires dug up and sticking up from the ground. One wire has been sticking out into the (northward) driving lane, almost able to hit a car — on the day I called, it looked as if a vehicle had hit it, as it was in a different, possibly pushed, position. I hope there was not much damage to whatever hit it. I have called 311 repeatedly to report this. Once I was transferred to 911, and twice to the Pepco emergency line. Call takers have told me that they cannot find Reno Road on the map. I was asked for my name and telephone number, in case they needed it to check, but have never heard from anyone. This time the operator on the Pepco emergency line said that there was no 4000 Reno Road. I replied that I had grown up knowing the family that lived in that house, across the street from the wires, at 4000 Reno Road. I told them the wire was by the grassy hill behind some embassies. They asked which embassies. I explained that the embassies face onto another street, and to go there would take them completely away from the wires, which are at the bottom of the hill behind the embassies. Thank goodness, I have been able to avoid hitting the loose wire sticking into the driving lane for these months that I have called to

get it repaired — but I have had to speculate about whom to sue were it to damage my car, or cause an accident by cars trying to avoid hitting it! I expect that the city would be sued first, then Pepco. Can this please be repaired? Finally/ever? Whenever we call the 311 line, we’re asked first to “rate” the government. Sadly, the answer so far is not very high. Sally MacDonald Woodley Park

Herb Cottage should remain a gift shop

I guess you could call me a traditionalist. I believe in the beauty and sanctity of all things old, venerable and beautiful. And so it is with the Herb Cottage at the Washington National Cathedral. This exquisite stone building, the first and oldest structure on the grounds of the Cathedral, has always had a special place in my heart. It has served many purposes since it was built in 1907 as a Baptistry, but its longest reign was as a gift shop. Not just any gift shop, but one of Washington’s premier shops for more than 78 years. In fact, in a city known for change, that must be something of a record. The shop was a jewel. I use the past tense because, sadly, it has been closed since the earthquake in August of 2011. As with many other properties on the Close, the little building sits empty while the powers that be try to determine whether it would be better suited as a cafe. Of course, I have the perfect answer for that question. No! You may wonder why I thought the gift shop was so special. And I would have to pause for a moment to envision how beautiful perfect the little multisided building is, with its peculiar conical roof and stained-glass windows. The entryway was as enchanting as a child’s favorite fairy tale. The statue of Pan and the ever-changing garden surround would draw the customer right to the door. And once inside, there were many delights to meet the eye and the pocketbook. You could find such amazing treasures that you really needed to look no further for that special gift or little treat. Under the careful guidance of All Hallows Guild, the shop has served the Cathedral well, earning substantial revenue to help maintain the grounds of the Cathedral for nearly 80 years. That’s a record to be proud of — one could say, a proud history. However, all of that seems to be coming to an end. The Gift Shop (which used to be in the Herb Cottage) is now relegated to the lower level of the parking garage,

with no plans to be returned to its rightful home of nearly 80 years. Does no one care about tradition and history? Or a proud and honest legacy? How very sad, indeed. Linda Earl Former assistant director, Gift Shop in the Herb Cottage

Current captured singer’s essence

I write to compliment you on your article about Argentilhia “Tillie” Boechat [“Senior taps Brazilian roots for her first album,” Dec. 26]. As Tillie’s music (and life) partner, I can say that your reporter did a great job in capturing the essence and dedication of this warm and talented woman. Particularly pleasing was that while reference was made in the story to my own accomplishments following my false convictions in a rural Southern courtroom (including my run for public office and the founding of the Safe Streets Arts Foundation), the focus of the article was rightly kept on Tillie. Dennis Sobin Foggy Bottom

Share parking views at Jan. 16 meeting

A group of residential community, business and university representatives has been meeting with the D.C. Department of Transportation to discuss whether improvements can be made to the parking situation in Georgetown. A community meeting with the department’s parking staff will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Hardy Middle School, 35th and T streets NW. This will be a chance to discuss our neighborhood’s parking issues and for the Transportation Department to listen to the community, not a decision meeting. Department representatives will explain the tools and technology now available — some of which are already in place in other neighborhoods, providing a variety of options for communities such as ours. The emphasis will be on identifying the parking situations, issues and priorities of all involved. Based on the discussion, the Transportation Department will consider what the possible responses and options may be for the community. The goal is to make the situation better for everyone. Doing so will take community input and consideration. Please come and contribute your views. Hazel Denton Ken Archer Transportation committee, Citizens Association of Georgetown

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. The regular meeting date was rescheduled to avoid falling on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; community forum. â&#x2013;  consideration of the proposed route for the 2013 Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for 3508 Macomb St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for 2926 Newark St. â&#x2013;  consideration of Residential Parking Permit zone changes. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall

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Former NBA all-star takes over GDS hoops

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

For most high schools, the presence of a former NBA all-star roaming the halls would be a rare occurrence. At Georgetown Day School, it’s now part of the daily routine. Michael Adams has taken over the Hoppers’ boys basketball program this season, almost two decades after an 11-year NBA career that included playing for the Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets, Washington Bullets (before they became the Wizards) and the Charlotte Hornets (before they moved to New Orleans). He retired from the league in 1996. The Hoppers’ new coach averaged 14.7 points, 6.7 assists and 2.9 rebounds during his NBA career and was also one of the most consistent three-point shooters in NBA history. Adams also brings extensive coaching experience to Georgetown Day. He began his coaching career as an assistant with the NBA’s Grizzlies in 1999. He then served as head coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics in 2004 before becoming an assistant on the Maryland Terrapins coaching staff. His last coaching stint was at the high school level for Archbishop Carroll, a member of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

After working at Carroll in 2009, Adams took time off to watch his son, Michael Adams Jr., play at the high school and college levels. Now that Adams Sr. is off the bench and back on the sidelines coaching, said he hopes to rebuild the Hoppers program: “Hopefully get some more talent in here to improve and get us to where we want to go. We have some kids that work hard, and we can build on it.” One of those hard workers is senior forward David Brown, who is averaging nearly 18 points per game. Brown is a do-it-all player who can compromise defenses with an out-

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Michael Adams, above right, brings NBA playing and coaching experience to Georgetown Day School’s boys basketball team. The Hoppers will rely on senior David Brown, left, as their go-to guy. side jumper or work in the post and use his size to attack the rim. “Brown is our best player,” Adams said. “If he plays well, we usually play well, too. If he’s struggling, we struggle, too. He could play on some level in college.” Brown has a young supporting cast including sophomore point guard Eric Contee, who is a talented ball handler with potential to improve.

“He still has a long way to go,” said Adams. “He’s one of the quickest guys I know, but he has to be more under control. If he can learn how to navigate that — when to push it and when to slow down — he’s going to be a better player.” Contee is joined by sophomore Cameron Koubek in the backcourt. Adams called Koubek a skilled shooter and part of a talented group of sophomores.

“We have a lot of sophomores on our team, and if they can improve we’re going to be a better ball club,” said Adams. With a young roster, Adams knows the team will have its work cut out for it this season, but he believes in the Hoppers’ potential. “We have to keep working hard,” the coach said. “We have to have perfect games to be in some of these games, because it’s a tough league.”

St. John’s volleyball star wins award By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Matt Petros/Current file photo

St. John’s junior setter Becca Bateman, second from the left, won the Gatorade D.C. volleyball player of the year award. A Cadet has claimed the honor in back-to-back years, following Darian Dozier’s win last season.

While working out in the St. John’s weight room as a freshman, Becca Bateman saw three volleyball awards on the wall — all belonging to sisters Jourdan, Kristen and Darian Dozier. As Bateman gazed at those honors, she thought to herself: “That’s my goal; I want that.” Bateman, now a junior, was called to Cadets coach Bill Pribac’s office last month because he had some news for the team captain — she was named the Gatorade D.C. volleyball player of the year. “Coach pulled me over to his laptop and said, ‘Look, congratulations.’ I flipped out I was so excited,” Bateman said of the award she had coveted in the past. The Gatorade award is given to the top volleyball player in each state and the District. It is based on both game play and academic success. Other notable D.C. winners include, in addition to Darian Dozier from St. John’s last year, Isabel Eberstadt from National Cathedral in 2010, Jessie Egan from Visitation in 2009, Carolyn Bottelier from Visitation in 2008 and Kelley Vershbow from Maret in 2007. Over the fall season, Bateman, a setter,

notched 602 assists, which helped her grab the Cadets’ all-time career record of 1,819 assists. She also recorded 82 aces and 77 digs. When Bateman decided to attack from the setter position, she posted a .692 hitting percentage, while ringing up 81 kills. Bateman’s strong play and leadership earned the respect of even her opponents. “Becca Bateman is both a strong leader and the clear leader on a relatively young St. John’s squad,” Dave Geiser, coach of Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival Holy Cross, said in a news release. “She was certainly the core of their offense and their best server. She is a very positive person who exhibits great sportsmanship to all players, coaches and referees.” The award was all the more notable for Bateman, the junior said, because setters are so rarely singled out for the prestigious distinction. “As a setter to get it — it’s a big difference,” Bateman said. “Usually the outside hitter gets it, because they’re usually the main show. But as a setter you’re the quarterback and do the dirty work.” Bateman said she has drawn interest from some college volleyball teams and expects to decide on a school before next fall.

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Locals fall in holiday tournament action By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Gonzaga, St. John’s football players join forces to play in holiday Chesapeake Bowl

Three Northwest football players competed in the third annual Chesapeake Bowl at Marvin F. Wilson Stadium in Landover, Md.: Gonzaga senior cornerback Devin Butler, Gonzaga senior quarterback Chris Schultz and St. John’s senior punter Peter Rosa. The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rivals joined forces on the South team, but ultimately fell to the North squad 38-13 on Dec. 29.

Eagles basketball falls in Les Schwab Invitational

The Gonzaga boys basketball team lost to Portland Jesuit 61-57 in the semifinals of the Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon on Dec. 28. The Eagles had a good showing at the tournament and dominated their first two games, throttling Clackamas 90-51 before topping Century 78-64.

Visitation can’t defend title in Chantilly tourney

Visitation entered the Pohanka

Photo by Maggie Thomas

Gonzaga’s Chris Schultz, left, played in the Chesapeake Bowl. The Eagles’ Devin Butler and the Cadets’ Peter Rosa also participated. Chantilly Basketball tournament as two-time defending champions, but left this year’s event with a thirdplace finish. The Cubs fell to McLean in the second round of the tournament 40-35 on Dec. 28. Visitation was able to bounce back the next day with a 53-44 win over Langley to

earn a third place finish.

New champions crowned in Purple Puck tourney

Gonzaga succumbed to St. Ignatius 2-1 in the Purple Puck championship game Dec. 31 at Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Bobby Hally scored the Eagles’ lone goal.

Fall All-Conference (Part 2) ISL Volleyball ISL AA All-league Tess Burns, Visitation Julia Mulroy, Maret Kyndall Ashe, Sidwell Jackie Bush, GDS ISL AA Honorable mention Sydney Morris, GDS ISL A All-league Hailey Murray, Cathedral ISL A Honorable mention Gabriella Drummond, Cathedral Cross-country Emily Kaplan, Visitation Polly Terzian, Cathedral Megan Wilson, Sidwell Erin Bell, Cathedral Satowa Kinsoshita, Cathedral Katherine Treanor, GDS Naomi Miller, GDS Julia Ernst, GDS Marie Therese Konz, Visitation

Scores Girls basketball

St. John’s 77, Seton 47 GDS 67, Holton-Arms 59

St. John’s 58, McNamara 42 Visitation 68, Stone Ridge 35 Bullis 77, Cathedral 65 Carroll 54, Wilson 45 Wilson 55, Don Bosco 21

Jessie Foster, Visitation Katie Daniels, Visitation Field hockey Caroline Ferguson, Cathedral Audrey Hughes, Cathedral Meg Hunt, Visitation Tess McEvoy, Visitation Toria Rose, Sidwell AA Soccer Emily Hester, Cathedral Tori Hanway, Cathedral Joan Fleischman, Sidwell Nyah Spearman, Maret Alexis Bryant, Visitation Shannon Phillips, Sidwell Olivia Korhonen, Maret Hannah Natanson, GDS Claire Jenets, Visitation Rubii Tamen, Cathedral Monica Spafford, Cathedral Anna Cerf, GDS A Tennis Mayada Audeh, GDS Caroline Monahan, Sidwell Miranda Curtis, GDS Casey Youngentab, Maret

Boys basketball

Gonzaga 82, Carroll 45 DeMatha 71, St. John’s 63 Maret 66, Flint Hill 51 Prep 67, St. Albans 61

Saint Anselm’s 59, GDS 47 St. John’s 109, McNamara 70 Maret 58, Glenelg 47 Roosevelt 77, Montrose 66 Princeton Day 79, Wilson 70

Gonzaga 65, Salesan 59 Sidwell 64, St. Albans 60 St. John’s 63, The Heights 50 Princeton Day 78, Bell 58 Maret 58, Glenelg 47

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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

Throughout this half term, members of Year 7 have been working on an outdoor sculpture with University of Maryland student Nicholas Patrick, who is studying


landscape architecture. When we were first introduced to the idea as part of our IMYC (International Middle Years Curriculum), none of us really knew what landscape architecture was. However, we quickly caught on when we took a trip to the University of Maryland and learned about Nicholas’ studies. While we were there, we got to see the models he and his classmates made of a park they are designing in D.C.
 After the trip, we met Nicholas at school to start designing and making our own sculpture to be put on the BSW grounds. The first thing we did was go around the school to photograph potential sites that had specific memories for us. We broke into groups and made a model based on a theme that was assigned to us, such as movement, programme, time and weather. The groups presented their ideas. The winning proposal is a sculpture consisting of a series of poles, interlocking ropes, hula hoops and other school resources representing the movement of children of various ages. We spent the last few weeks building the sculpture, and it has now been placed in front of the school as a temporary installation that will be there for about a month. We are very proud of our work and have enjoyed learning about the process. — Stella Raes and Sofia Hollowell, Year 7 San Francisco (sixth-graders)

Holy Trinity School

Second grade went on a field trip Nov. 30 to the Smithsonian’s

National Museum of African Art. We listened to a story, drew constellations and viewed art. We took a school bus. It took us 20 minutes to get there. We were so excited! There were lots of cool things to see there. We were greeted by Dr. Johnnetta Cole and learned about all the countries in Africa. Everyone got to meet Ms. Stokes, the curator for education, and her staff. They had a special room where we listened to a read-aloud story from Nigeria called “Why the Sky Is Far Away.” Our favorite parts were the story time and the mummy tomb at the beginning of the African Cosmos exhibit. — Jack Donovan and Thomas Batties, second-graders

St. Ann’s Academy

Each morning we have a class meeting that involves greeting, calendar time, counting the days we have been in school, and show and tell. Our class enjoys learning about each other through our special memories. So each week we are assigned a day of the week when we get to bring in a special item or memory to share with the class. We bring in toys or stuffed animals, or share a special story. We are learning about how to be a polite audience member by making sure we listen to the person who is sharing and then asking thoughtful questions when the person is done sharing. We always clap for the student when he or she is done sharing because it is an important accomplishment being able to share something personal with others. We always want to encourage a welcoming community in our class, and this activity is a great way to do so each day. These next few weeks will be filled with lots of fun family stories from our Christmas vacations and hearing about how we spent our winter break. We look forward to hearing these new stories and seeSee Dispatches/Page 27


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SILVER SPRING $215,000 EXCITING and immaculate 2BR with many updates, new remodeled kitchen, amazing amount of cabinet space, pantry, CLEVELAND PARK $499,204 EZ to downtown via 16th or Beach. open breakfast bar, & professionally painted. TRUE 3BR, 2BA Flat w/high ceils, high- 301-537-8464 202-215-9242 Tim Gallagher gloss parquet flrs, triple exposure thru Denise Champion 202-363-9700 Friendship Hts Office 301-652-2777 brand new windows & atrium door to Chevy Chase Office balcony/patio. Recently painted, both a LR and DR and light-filled eat-in KIT DUPONT CIRCLE $399,000 SILVER SPRING / $169,500 w/wall of shelves for your cookbooks, SUNNY & OPEN! Bright and open 2BR, LEISURE WORLD and a walk-in pantry close to the sep KIT 1BA condo just minutes from Dupont & TOP-OF-THE-LINE at a GREAT price! door. Gracious & spacious. Adams Morgan on quiet Riggs Place. Cathedral ceiling, Patio, updtd gran/SS Elizabeth Russell Gourmet KIT remodeled last year boasts KIT - Excellent 3BR, 2FBA. W/D in Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 slate flrs, quartz countertops, custom cab- Laundry Rm, loads of closet space. inetry, and high-end stainless appliances. Refreshed cream-colored paint, new CRESTWOOD $825,000 Walk-in closets and tons of storage space deluxe carpet. A 55-or-older community. 301-980-4085 ENCHANTING TUDOR w/Craftsman Michael Cunningham 202-590-6712 Tim Healy 202-363-9700 touches. 6,000 SF lot on leafy street nr Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 Chevy Chase Office RC Park! Roomy columned porch for al SW / WATERFRONT $152,000 fresco dining and relaxing. 4 levels, FOGGY BOTTOM / French doors, 2 MBR Suites + 2 more WASHINGTON DC $255,000 SPACIOUS 2BR, 2BA, parquet floors, BRs, 3 gorgeous BAs, 2 Powder Rms. S- ELEGANT foyer. Magnificent view, 1BR, ample storage space, secured entry, onfacing Sun Room with full windows over- 1BA, 825 SF, HWFs, 2 Blks to GW, Metro, site laundry, front desk & 24 hr security. 202-486-7800 looks big fenced yard and flagstone Patio. Whole Foods, 24/7 Desk, Security, Rooftop, Norris Dodson Friendship Hts Office 301-652-2777 Nicely finished LL, great HWs. Garage. Exercise Facility. 2475 Virginia Ave, NW

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Georgetown home combines historic, modern features


f the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many historic neighborhoods, perhaps none has more name recognition than Georgetown. Tucked


into the heart of the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s East Village is a Federal-style twobedroom home at 2907 Dumbarton St., dating back to the 19th century. A recent renovation by current owners showed reverence for the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original features while also adding contemporary touches. The exterior, a striking red brick with black shutters and a bright red front door, could transport first-time visitors back to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early days. Inside, the main level has been transformed into an open and airy living space, where recessed lighting and large four-over-four windows create a sun-drenched effect. The working original fireplace and wide-plank oak hardwood floors, along with paneled walls, give a nod to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past. A partial wall with a large rectangular cutout separates the living room from a home office at the rear of the main level. Along the back wall, recently installed floor-to-ceil-

ing built-in bookcases and cabinetry with crown molding look like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been there. Adjacent to the office is a small laundry room with washer and dryer. French doors on this level lead to one of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most charming features: a brick patio and garden area that serve as an extended living space. Large enough for multiple seating areas, this private spot offers an oasis in the midst of city living. The rear of the property abuts the 1884 Mount Zion United Methodist Church, located around the corner at 1334 29th St. A tranquil view of the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stainedglass windows is framed by the lush ivy that tops the gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brick wall and climbs up the side of the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior. Back inside, the recent renovation also refreshed the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower level. A newly constructed stairway leads down into a spacious dining room, ideal for entertaining. On opposite ends are pocket French doors. One set leads to a sitting room that easily doubles as a guest bedroom; the other gives way to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen, in its original location. Recessed lighting as well as several windows throughout keep this level bright. Bead board custom cabinetry in

the kitchen is painted white and is complemented by a steel-colored Silestone quartz countertop. A window over the sink looks out onto Mount Zionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden. Kitchen appliances, also in white, include a Maytag stove, General Electric microwave oven, Whirlpool dishwasher and Kenmore refrigerator. A full bath adjacent to the kitchen is handy for overnight guests. Up on the second floor are the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two bedrooms. Here too, the original hardwood floors have been well-preserved. The master bedroomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large windows overlook leafy Dumbarton Street in the front and the garden and the next-door neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yard on the side, providing open vistas that belie the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s density. Two closets in this room, one of which is doubledepth, offer good-sized storage space for a home of this era; so does a linen cabinet nestled near the doorway.

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Georgetown. Transformed 3 BR, 3.5 BA home w/elevator. Gourmet eat-in kitchen, LR w/granite frpl, family rm. Master BR w/adj office & dressing rm. Stone terraced patio. Gated community w/ pool, tennis & 24 hour security. $1,750,000 Lynn Bulmer 202-257-2410

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This two-bedroom Federal-style house on Dumbarton Street is listed at $1,139,000. A second smaller bedroom currently serves as an office, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large enough to fit a full bed, bureau and chair or desk. The closet in this room is also double-depth, and the back window has views of the church and its side yard. Two full bathrooms can be found on this level â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one en-suite to the master bedroom and the other off the main hallway. Both feature vintage porcelain sinks and light fixtures as well as classic one-inch hexagon tile floors in white. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central location within the East Village means

Scheeleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market is only half a block down the brick sidewalk. Head a few blocks south on 28th Street and find Stachowskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market, a butcher and deli on the corner of P Street that recently opened in the space once occupied by Griffin Market. A slightly longer stroll leads to the abundance of shops and restaurants on Wisconsin Avenue and M Street. This two-bedroom, three-bath home at 2907 Dumbarton St. is offered for $1,139,000. For details contact Trudie Musson of Sarah Gorman Inc. Real Estate at 202965-5798 or


Georgetown Charmer

Georgetown. Sunny, light filled end unit townhouse. Completely renovated w/4 BRs, 2.5 BAs. SS & granite kitchen, frpl. Fenced yard, pkg for 2/3 cars. $1,384,000 Lynn Bulmer 202-257-2410

Amazing Lifestyle

Town of Chevy Chase, MD. Main level living at its best. Updated & expanded bungalow. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs, Large unfinished loft. Walkout LL w/au-pair suite. On street pkg for 3 cars Walk to dwntwn Bethesda. $1,349,000 Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971 Karen Kuchins 301-275-2255


Sunny & Serene

Dazzling Colonial

Potomac, MD. Heritage Farms Beautifully renovated 5 BR, 2.5 BA home w/great kit. Fam rm w/frpl, MBR suite w/den. No detail overlooked. On quiet cul de sac within walking distance to Potomac Village. $949,000 Delia McCormick 301-977-7273


Chevy Chase, MD. Contemporary Colonial on quiet cul de sac. Open floor plan, updated kitchen, family rm w/frpl & access to deck. 5 BRS, 3.5 BAs include LL suite + rec rm. Patio, 2 car att. garage. $869,000 Rachel Widder 301-986-1679

Modern & Delightful

Brightwood. Beautiful renovation of detached home w/garage. 4 BRs, 4 BAs, gourmet kitchen w/breakfast bar. MBR w/cathedral ceiling & luxury bath. Hrdwd floors. Finished LL. $659,000 Dina Paxenos 202-256-1624

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Northwest Real Estate DRUGSTORES: ABC Board reviews policy on beer and wine licenses

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to customers. But opponents say the big pharmacies clearly arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fullservice food stores. If they get licenses through the grocery store exemption, some critics say, every drugstore in the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; maybe even 7-Elevens and other convenience stores â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could try to do the same. At issue are a few arcane clauses in the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alcohol laws. In 1999 the council, concerned about public drunkenness, loitering and litter outside the many corner stores selling wine and beer, imposed a citywide moratorium on new B licenses. A year later, in a successful attempt to woo a Whole Foods to Logan Circle, the council carved out an exemption â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but only for new â&#x20AC;&#x153;full-service grocery stores,â&#x20AC;? or those undergoing â&#x20AC;&#x153;substantialâ&#x20AC;? renovation. Under that rule, new and remodeled Safeway, Giant, Whole Foods, Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Harris Teeter stores all over the city have happily added wine and beer to their shelves. But last summer, attorneys for

Walgreens sought an advisory opinion from the alcohol board to see if the drugstore, too, could qualify for a beer and wine license. In an Aug. 1 opinion, the board advised that Walgreens could indeed be considered â&#x20AC;&#x153;a full-service grocery storeâ&#x20AC;? if it â&#x20AC;&#x153;dedicates greater shelf space to the sale of food items than its other products.â&#x20AC;? Robert Elfinger, a spokesperson for Walgreensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; corporate office in Deerfield, Ill., said in an email that the chain is â&#x20AC;&#x153;responding to customer demand. With our convenient corner locations, customers see us as an option for tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meal. This includes being able to pick up the occasional bottle of table wine or beer for dinner.â&#x20AC;? Elfinger added that beer and wine â&#x20AC;&#x153;will make up less than two percent of the product mix,â&#x20AC;? if the Walgreens in Van Ness gets the license. Still, the prospect brought an objection from Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, who noted that the new two-level store devotes just 8.5 percent of its retail space to food. The exemption from the Class B moratorium was enacted, she testi-

fied at a Dec. 13 alcohol board hearing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;to support new supermarket development in the cityâ&#x20AC;? and clearly doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apply to corner stores, convenience stores or drugstores. And â&#x20AC;&#x153;full-service grocery,â&#x20AC;? Cheh noted, means a store whose â&#x20AC;&#x153;primary business and purpose â&#x20AC;Ś is the sale of a full range of fresh, canned, and frozen foods,â&#x20AC;? under D.C. code. In debate on an omnibus alcohol control bill a week later, Cheh and Ward 1 member Jim Graham won unanimous support for an amendment requiring the alcohol board to hold off on granting any new Class B licenses until it clarifies exactly what â&#x20AC;&#x153;full-service groceryâ&#x20AC;? means. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The prospect of every pharmacy, and every 7-Eleven, [selling wine and beer] is something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned about,â&#x20AC;? Graham said. Fred Moosally, director of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, said last week that the board plans a public hearing and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;proposed rulemakingâ&#x20AC;? on the issue later this month. Moosally could not discuss the proposalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contents, but noted any rule change requires approval by

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both the board and the D.C. Council. In the interim, he said, three pending applications for B licenses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for the Van Ness Walgreens, the Woodley Park CVS and a Smucker Farms specialty store at 2118 14th St. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will not be processed. But if the cases are ultimately able to progress, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely to be more debate. In Woodley Park, the advisory neighborhood commission has joined neighbors in hiring an attorney to fight the B license for CVS. Commissioner Lee Brian Reba said he could not comment because the case is â&#x20AC;&#x153;being litigatedâ&#x20AC;? before the board. But neighbors say the big new store is on a direct path between their Metro station and Adams Morgan, and they questioned its security measures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;CVS doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t employ enough people to monitorâ&#x20AC;? alcohol sales, said Woodley Park resident Melinda Dee. With the self-serve checkouts and automatic doors, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it will be easy to stealâ&#x20AC;? at the already-crowded store, Dee said. Mike DeAngelis, a spokesperson for CVS, wrote in an email to The Current that roughly half of the national chainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7,400 stores sell â&#x20AC;&#x153;some combination of beer, wine and spirits. Generally speaking, if liquor sales are allowed by law, we will seek a license to sell it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;CVS has an excellent reputation as a responsible seller of alcohol and we are cooperating with the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration in the application and approval process for a license,â&#x20AC;? DeAngelis wrote. In Van Ness, an ally of the Walgreens who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want his name used said the battle over the B license is simply a continuation of a fierce zoning fight over construction of the store itself. The pharmacy chain â&#x20AC;&#x153;just put $5.5 million into a beautiful building,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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The Van Ness Walgreens is one of several drugstores seeking a â&#x20AC;&#x153;full-service groceryâ&#x20AC;? license.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civilization in Van Ness will not end if Walgreens sells beer.â&#x20AC;? Even if the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alcohol authorities determine that a pharmacy can apply for a liquor license, each individual license can be contested by residents, community groups or advisory neighborhood commissions. Meanwhile, the Walgreens in Cleveland Park, which opened at 3524 Connecticut Ave. in 2009, got its wine and beer license with no outcry at all. The license â&#x20AC;&#x153;was not protested, so it was not an issue,â&#x20AC;? Moosally said. But Leila Afzal, a former neighborhood commissioner who represented the area at that time, recalls asking the alcohol agency if â&#x20AC;&#x153;three bananas are sufficient to qualify them as a grocery store.â&#x20AC;? The staffers, she said, paraphrasing the reply, told her, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, if they sell fresh fruit, they qualify.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was new at all of this, and nobody suggested there was an issue,â&#x20AC;? Afzal said, noting that the community was â&#x20AC;&#x153;very supportiveâ&#x20AC;? of the Walgreens, and that she has since heard no complaints about beer and wine sales there. Walgreens spokesperson Elfinger declined to comment on the circumstances of the B license for the Cleveland Park location.

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The People and Places of Northwest Washington

January 9, 2013 ■ Page 17

A lyrical look at 2012 …


id farewell to 2012, Some of which we ought to shelve Any place where we can stash Council scandals, campaign cash. Can we hope for New Year norm, Start with ethics, then reform? Shadow lingers till it’s done. Welcome! Chair Phil Mendelson. Toliver, Tope, Bennett, Quinn, Blumenthal, MacWood, Beach, Linn: Kudos to all ANCs. (Next time, shorter poll lines, please.) Every year we try new rules, Hoping to improve our schools Close some? Sure, but what’s it buy ya? Anxious parents asking Kaya. Shutter Francis? That appalls. Will they take that school for Walls? Modernizing’s slow pace cursed: Long delays at Mann and Hearst. Money? Academic lessons? UDC fires Allen Sessoms. Jewish Day expands to two; Field expands — just not fields, too. Speak of ABCs — now new Bill uncorked defines just who May protest a bar or beer; Graham and Cheh deserve a cheer. Power out, so we blame Pepco Which blames hurricane, derecho. Bury lines, we ask, and please Do not cut down all our trees. How we get from there to here Saw improvements this past year. On Wisconsin, bright stripes glow; Paving done on P and O. Bikes and bike lanes everywhere, But will drivers learn to share? Pavement markings still confuse:

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Above: The “derecho” downed trees in Georgetown and across the region; use of new bike lanes on 15th Street and elsewhere grew; and the threatened closing of Francis-Stevens Education Campus brought objections from parents. Below: A backyard ice rink was allowed in Wesley Heights; the District completed the long-delayed restoration of O and P streets; and a new owner won approval for redevelopment of vacant property on N Street.

When lanes change, then who should use? Motorists: Will they go slower Now that speeding fines are lower? Neighbors note, and with suspicions, Altered landscapes’ new conditions. Preservationists don’t tire: Landmark building “under wire.” Cleveland Park’s long fight is moot. Oh See the hole dug by Bozzuto, An uncommon open place. (Hope that Sullivan’s gets space.) Old to new, Jemal adapts: Babe’s and bank will now be apts. “Change,” ask shoppers with dismay, “Cottage (Herb) into cafe?” Should one praise? Or toll a bell

When a church becomes hotel? Dupont folks can rest their scabbard: N Street plans won’t harm the Tabard. Archaeology has meant Freed slave’s bones might be on Dent. Fido’s happy, saying “Woof” As he walks on Friendship’s roof.

Too much ivy, deer in park; But does shooting miss the mark? Shopping options: there are more, Personal or mega-store. Costco: Veep, large-family folk; Dupont for a suit bespoke. Georgetown’s Harbour did re-think Moore suggestion, now has rink. Neighbors, ’tho, in Wesley Heights, Not sure that rink should have rights. After 60 years, why cease Boathouse, NPS long lease? Neighbors ask, and want the facts: What concession’s eyeing Jack’s? “Teams made first rounds,” cheers D.C. Hopes for Strasburg, RG’s knee. Insults still remain a drag: Naval grad, no D.C. flag. Ours should fly with every state, Norton says. There’s no debate. Budget should be D.C.’s, too, Not what Congress-people do. So more “say” in local scene As we ease into ’13.

— Lee Sturtevant


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Wednesday, Jan. 9

Wednesday january 9 Children’s programs ■ Second- through fifth-graders will participate in activities exploring the library’s nonfiction section and learning about the Dewey Decimal System. 4 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. This program will repeat Jan. 16, 23 and 30. ■ The Rock Creek Park Nature Center will host a weekly introduction to the night sky for young astronomers at its planetarium. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts ■ “National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013” will feature violinist Holly Hamilton, oboist William Wielgus and pianist Brad Clark performing classical works. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The D.C.-based group Marimba Linda Xelajú will perform traditional and innovative interpretations of Guatemalan marimba music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Busboys and Poets will host a discussion on gun violence. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ Ricardo Cortez will discuss his book “A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Author Craig Whitney will discuss his book “Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will present a talk by Gail Spilsbury, author of “A Washington Sketchbook: Drawings by Robert L. Dickinson, 1917-1918.” 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202234-2911. ■ Leaders from Aguda, the Israeli National LGBT Task Force, will discuss their operation of the only LGBT hotline


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Events Entertainment available in the Middle East, as well as their other upcoming projects. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The Friends of Chevy Chase Library will host a discussion of “Suite Française” by Irène Némirovsky as part of its “Home Sweet Home” book series. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Films ■ The Washington Jewish Film Festival will continue with a screening of Alexa Karolinksi’s 2012 film “Oma & Bella,” about the lives of two friends who live together in Berlin after surviving the Holocaust. 7 p.m. $11. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-7773231. The festival will continue through Sunday at various venues. ■ The MobileMovie Film Festival will feature movies made on cellphones by local filmmakers. 7 p.m. Free; registration requested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Tomás Rehorek’s 2012 film “Signal,” about the fallout when two young technicians come to a small village in search of the best place to install a cellphone tower. 8 p.m. $11.50; $9 for students; $8.75 for seniors; $8.50 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances ■ Busboys and Poets will present its monthly “Nine on the Ninth” poetry series. 9 to 10:30 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Songwriter Bomani Armah will host an open mic night with poets, musicians and spoken-word performers. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Thursday, Jan. 10

Thursday january 10

Antiques show ■ The Washington Winter Show — featuring antiques and fine arts, with the theme “The Thrill of the Chase: Antiques of the Sporting Life” — will open with a champagne reception for sponsors, benefactors and designers, from 6 to 7 p.m.; and for gala patrons and young collectors, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. $145 to $500. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Children’s program ■ At a new story time with games, crafts and activities for children learning to read, librarians will read “My Friend Is Sad” by Mo Willems (program recommended for

children in pre-kindergarten through second grade). 4 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488. Classes and workshops ■ The National Gallery of Art Drawing Salon will offer a chance for participants to explore Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ “Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment” with instruction from practicing artists and museum educators. 12:30 to 3 p.m. Free. East Garden Court, West Building, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The workshop will repeat Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ■ Karen Silverman will lead a meditation workshop on techniques to find inner peace. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Pediatrician Dan Shapiro will lead a parenting workshop about sleep problems in infants and young children. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $21.50 to $26.50; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Concerts ■ Trombonist Big Sam and his New Orleans-based group Big Sam’s Funky Nation will perform a mix of high-voltage funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013” will feature a performance by oboist William Wielgus, cellist Yvonne Caruthers and flutist Carole Bean, followed by a question-and-answer session with the musicians. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th St. NW. ■ “National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013” will feature a concert by violinists Alexandra Osborne and Joel Fuller, violist Mahoko Eguchi and cellist Rachel Young. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. ■ Jayme Stone’s Room of Wonders will perform folk, jazz and chamber music. 8 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by journalist Frank Vogl on abuse in public office and his book “Waging War on Corruption.” 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW.

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Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. ■ John Dennis, deputy chief scientist for the National Park Service, will talk about key factors that drive the environment and ecology. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400.

Friday, january 11 ■ Concert: Grammy-nominated group Kneebody will perform a blend of post-bop, indie-rock and hip-hop. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

202-895-4860. ■ Clayborne Carson will discuss his memoir “Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.,” about editing and preserving King’s correspondence, sermons and speeches. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ D.C. tour guide Elaine Flynn will discuss “Scandals in the City” as she portrays Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the controversial oldest child of Teddy Roosevelt. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Painted Love Letters,” about artists like PierreAuguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse and Amedeo Modigliani who immortalized their subjects in paint. 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ A panel will discuss the experiences of women working in the financial industry. 6:30 p.m. Free. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Author Kitty Kelley and journalist Scott Simon will show and discuss Stanley Tretick’s iconic photographs of the Kennedy family from the book “Capturing Camelot.” 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Clayborne Carson will discuss his memoir “Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Ethical Dilemmas Reading Group will discuss “Waiting” by Ha Jin. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ NBA commissioner David Stern will participate in a panel discussion on the current state of professional basketball, the increase of foreign stars in the NBA and some of the controversies, such as the control of the New Orleans franchise and age limits on NBA players in future Olympics. 7:30 p.m. $25. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence

Special event ■ “Art and Romance,” a romance language meet-up, will feature a chance to practice French, Italian or Spanish and gain a deeper appreciation of European painting on a tour of artworks by PierreAuguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse and Amedeo Modigliani. 6 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Friday, Jan. 11

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Antiques show ■ The Washington Winter Show will feature antiques and fine arts, with the theme “The Thrill of the Chase: Antiques of the Sporting Life.” 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. $20. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The show will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children’s program ■ Audience members will meet and help feed live animals at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. This program will repeat every Friday through March 29. Class ■ Glover Park Village and Healthy Living Inc. will present a workshop on “Healthy Cooking for Aging Well,” led by instructors Juliette G. Tahar and Martha Rebour. 3 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-664-9679. Concerts ■ Violinist Emil Israel Chudnovsky will perform a concert for the Russian New Year. 6:30 p.m. $50. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282. ■ “National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013” will feature flutist Carole Bean, oboist Jamie Roberts, clarinetist Edward Cabarga, bassoonist Steven Wilson and horn player James Nickel performing classical works for youth and families. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th St. NW. ■ The Carroll Cafe will feature pianists Eric Byrd and Ian Walters performing blues selections. 7:30 p.m. $15 donation suggested. Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW. 301-562-4147. ■ “World Music at the Atlas” will feature Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. ■ The Folger Consort and the Washington National Cathedral’s vocal ensemble Cathedra will present “Paris, Music for the City of Light,” featuring French baroque music. 8 p.m. $30 to $50. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The perforSee Events/Page 19


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Continued From Page 18 mance will repeat Saturday at 7 p.m. Discussions and lectures ■ The Washington Winter Show will feature a lecture on “Chic Le Sport” by Ménéhould de Bazelaire, director of cultural heritage at the Hermès private collection and curator of the Emile Hermès Museum in Paris. 10:30 a.m. $125. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Authors Deborah Willis (shown) and Barbara Krauthamer will use photographs from the 1850s through the 1930s to discuss the impact of the Emancipation Proclamation on African-Americans. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ Charles Wheelan will discuss his book “Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread From the Data.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Curator John Hanhardt will discuss the creative and innovative mind of Nam June Paik, known as the father of video art. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. Films ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will screen Philipp Stolzl’s 2008 film “North Face,” about mountaineers who attempted to climb the Swiss Alps during Nazi rule. Bar opens at 6 p.m.; film begins

at 7 p.m. $5 to $15. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ The Freer Gallery will screen Werner Herzog’s documentary “Lessons of Darkness,” about the destruction of modern war technology. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. Performances ■ The Hong Kong Dance Company will perform “Qingming Riverside,” about the lives of citizens along the Bian River during the Northern Song Dynasty. 8 p.m. $10 to $180. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ Busboys and Poets will present its monthly “11th Hour” poetry slam. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Special events ■ The Rock Creek Conservancy will host a volunteer event to help cut ivy from trees in Normanstone Park. 1 to 3 p.m. Free; registration required. Normanstone Park, 34th and Fulton streets NW. ■ The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will host a family-friendly Shabbat dinner with a kosher meal and performances by musical guest Lisa Baydush. 5:30 to 7 p.m. $8 to $18; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.

Saturday, january 12 ■ Discussion: Luis Alberto Urrea will discuss his book “Queen of America,” about a magical journey through 19th-century North and South America. 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ National Zoo scientist Alfonso Alonso will discuss the Gamba Complex of Protected Areas in Africa. A reception with complimentary food and drink will follow. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20. Visitor Center, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. 202-633-4462. ■ Alliance Française de Washington will hold a rum tasting with master blender Alexandre Gabriel. 7 p.m. $25 to $30. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Saturday, Jan. 12

Saturday january 12 Children’s programs ■ Participants in a Civil War program can make hardtack, dress as a Union or

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Confederate soldier and explore a fort (for ages 6 through 12 and families). 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. ■ Alliance Française de Washington will celebrate the Epiphany with a storytime and slices of Kings’ Cake. 10:30 a.m. $5 to $8. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. ■ Kids will delve into the masterpieces of the National Gallery of Art and then sketch their own works (for ages 8 through 11). 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Free. East Building Information Desk, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, 202-737-4215. This program will repeat Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ■ Families visiting the Sackler Gallery’s “Roads of Arabia” exhibit will have a chance to learn to write in Arabic after a tour. 2 p.m. Free. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. ■ Storyteller Laura Simms will tell humorous, poignant tales about the life of Buddha and his disciples. 2 p.m. Free. Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. ■ “Arts for Families” participants will go on a scavenger hunt through “The Sultan’s Garden” exhibit, and then stitch and sew crafts inspired by the Ottoman-themed art. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ A planetarium program will explore the birth, life, death and diversity of stars (for ages 7 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. This program will repeat Jan. 19 and 26 at 4 p.m. Class ■ The Corcoran Gallery of Art will host

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a one-hour yoga course along with breakfast. 9 to 10:30 a.m. $12 to $25; registration required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. Concerts ■ In an “NSO Kinderkonzert,” the Kennedy String Quartet will highlight musical contrasts to demonstrate a variety of moods and emotions. 11 a.m. $18. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The United Church will host a classical piano recital by students. 2 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202331-1495. ■ “National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013” will feature the National Symphony Orchestra performing the enduring children’s favorite “Peter and the Wolf.” A musical instrument “petting zoo” will follow. 3 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. ■ The Los Angeles-based band La Santa Cecilia will perform Pan-American rhythms such as tango and jazz in its creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013” will feature National Symphony Orchestra violinists Elisabeth Adkins, Holly Hamilton, Linda Schroeder and Jane Bowyer Stewart performing classical works for families. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Lincoln Temple, 1701 11th St. NW. ■ “National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013” will feature See Events/Page 20


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Continued From Page 19 National Symphony Orchestra violinist Glenn Donnellan performing classical works for children and families. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th St. NW. ■ Violinist Cornelius Dufallo will perform classical, pop and jazz music. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. ■ “National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013” will feature National Symphony Orchestra bassist Jeffrey Weisner, cellist David Teie, violist Ruth Wicker Schaaf and the Eric Wheeler Trio performing classical and jazz works. 8 and 10 p.m. Free. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Café Philo DC will host a discussion of “Are We Living in a Constant State of Fear?” 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488. ■ Artist Rob Mathews will discuss his work, which explores faith, personal identity and his Southern roots in detailed graphite drawings. 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Films ■ Author Christel Schmidt will introduce Sam Taylor’s 1929 film “Taming of the Shrew” and then sign copies of her book about the movie’s star, “Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution

Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The National Gallery of Art will screen Polish filmmaker Dariusz Kowalski’s “Toward Nowa Huta,” about a struggling small town near Krakow. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Children will hear a story about artist Keith Haring and then create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

Performances ■ Two Baltimore-based companies, Deep Vision Dance Company and, will perform. 8 p.m. $8 to $22. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. ■ The Capital City Showcase will feature rock band YellowTieGuy and comedians Damo Hicks, Shahryar Rizvi, Emily Ruskowski and Brandon Wardell. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW.

Concerts ■ “National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013” will feature National Symphony Orchestra violinist Natasha Bogachek and pianist Darya Gabay performing works by Dvorák, Still and Gershwin. 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, 1630 Vermont Ave. NW. ■ The Horszowski Trio will perform works by Shostakovich, Mozart and Dvorák. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ In conjunction with “National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013,” the Florida Avenue Baptist Church and the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a community concert featuring members of the National Symphony Orchestra. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 623 Florida Ave. NW. ■ Rhode Island-based organist Brink Bush will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202537-6200. ■ Singer-songwriter Daniel Knox will

Special events ■ “National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013” will feature a percussion demonstration and workshop by National Symphony Orchestra musicians Joe Connell, Danny Villanueva and Aubrey Adams and the all-women band Batalá Washington. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. ■ The National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian Gardens will host “Farmto-Table Family Day,” featuring live music, hands-on activities and information about the “slow food” movement. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. Sporting events ■ The DC Rollergirls will present bouts

Sunday, january 13 ■ Discussion: Mark Ozer will talk about exploring the people behind the names that appear all through the District for his book “Washington DC Streets and Statues: Walking in the Steps of History.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. between the DC DemonCats and the Cherry Blossom Bombshells and the Majority Whips and Scare Force One. 4 p.m. $12; $6 for ages 6 through 11; free for ages 5 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Atlanta Hawks. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Sunday, Jan. 13

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Children’s programs ■ A planetarium program will point out the brightest stars, planets and constellations in January’s night sky (for ages 5 and

perform original melodies coupled with his signature funny-yet-tragic lyrics. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session, featuring National Symphony Orchestra violinist Glenn Donnellan. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. ■ The Orava String Quartet will perform music by Haydn and Mendelssohn. 6:30. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. ■ The Axelrod String Quartet will perform works by Haydn. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $31. Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202633-3030. Discussions and lectures ■ Charles W. Haxthausen, professor of art history at Williams College, will discuss “Of Times and Spaces: On Looking at Thomas Struth and Candida Höfer.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Former State Department and National Security Council employees Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett will discuss their book “Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms With the Islamic Republic of Iran.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ A panel discussion will follow a See Events/Page 22

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othic Resilience,â&#x20AC;? featuring photography from an ongoing collaboration between photographer Colin Winterbottom and the Washington National Cathedral as it recovers from the August 2011 earthquake, will open tomorrow at Long View Gallery and continue through Feb. 10.

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An opening reception will take place tomorrow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Located at 1234 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4788. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Theories,â&#x20AC;? a new sculptural installation created by Walter McConnell from his previous stacked-porcelain series â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Theory of Everything,â&#x20AC;? will open Friday at Cross MacKenzie Gallery and continue through Feb. 27. The exhibit will also include an unfired clay â&#x20AC;&#x153;environmentâ&#x20AC;? created onsite. An opening reception will take Friday

from 6 to 8 p.m. colorful mosaic-like paintings by Kurdish art Located at 2026 R St. NW, the gallery is ist Lukman Ahmad on themes of hope, freeopen Wednesday through Saturday from noon dom, harmony and conflict, will open Friday to 6 p.m. 202-333-7970. at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery and continue â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Present-Day Oracles,â&#x20AC;? an exhibit by four through Feb. 1. artists who use various media and aesthetic An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will take place Friday approaches to conjure a from 6 to 8 p.m. sense of the sacred, will Located at 2425 open Friday at the Joan Virginia Ave. NW, the galHisaoka Healing Arts lery is open Monday Gallery at Smith Center through Friday from 9 for Healing and the Arts a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338and continue through Feb. 1958. 23. The artists are Anne â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sporting Pastimes: Art Bouie, Gale Jamieson, & Objects of Leisure,â&#x20AC;? an Michael Platt and Patricia exhibit of antique sporting An exhibit at Long View Gallery Underwood. items that accompanies features Colin Winterbottomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s An opening reception the Washington Winter will take place Friday images of the National Cathedral. Show of antiques, will from 7 to 9 p.m., and an open Friday at American artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; talk will be given Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Katzen Arts Center and continue Located at 1632 U St. NW, the gallery is through Sunday. open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. The Katzen Arts Center is located at 4400 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Massachusetts Ave. NW, and the exhibit is 202-483-8600. open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Small Hope and a Bullet,â&#x20AC;? presenting p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Lukman Ahmadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedomâ&#x20AC;? is on display at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Points That Bring Us From Here to There,â&#x20AC;? featuring the mapping-focused work of Michael Dax Iacovone and Kathryn See Exhibits/Page 27



onstellation Theatre Company will present the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zorroâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 17 through Feb. 17 at Source. In this retelling by Janet Allard and Eleanor Holdridge, the pulp drama becomes a coming-of-age


story about self-discovery and the courage needed to seek justice for all. Zorro, the masked avenger, is born when quiet, bookish Diego must find a way to fight corruption and injustice. Performance times generally are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $45. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 800494-8497; â&#x2013; Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nomadic Theatre will present Eugène Ionescoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bald Sopranoâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 17 through 26 at the Davis Performing Arts Center. Considered a cornerstone of the Theater of the Absurd movement, the play depicts an English tea party unraveling at its own tweedy seams. Performance times generally are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $12. Georgetown University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; performingarts. â&#x2013;  The National Ballet of Canada will stage a theatrical production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aliceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adventures in Wonderlandâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 18 through The National Ballet of Canada will 27 at the present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aliceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adventures in Kennedy Center Wonderland.â&#x20AC;? Opera House. British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon gives Lewis Carrollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winsome, cunning childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic a ballet treatment, set to an energetic, original score by Joby Talbot. Performance times generally are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45 to $150. 202-467-4600; â&#x2013;  Keegan Theatre will present the Tony Award-

:(9,,5(5+(::6*0(;,: (-<33:,9=0*,*7(-094 >,(9,:4(33)<:05,::,?7,9;: Constellation Theatre Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zorroâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 17 through Feb. 17 at Source. winning musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabaretâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 26 through Feb. 23 at the Church Street Theater. Step into the Kit Kat Club, a place teeming with seedy nightlife on the eve of Hitlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rise to power in Weimar Germany. Based on Christopher Isherwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berlin Stories,â&#x20AC;? this hit musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb depicts the interlocking stories of a cabaret singer, a writer from America and the denizens of Berlin, all caught up in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society. Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $40. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; â&#x2013; The In Series will present Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Clemenza di Titoâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 26 through Feb. 3 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. This rarely performed opera seria tells a story of obsessive love, betrayal and political mischief. Charlotte Stroudtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s English adaptation reveals contemSee Theater/Page 27


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Continued From Page 20 screening of Harun Farockiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1988 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Images of the World and the Inscription of War.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will screen Michael Palmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Low Definition Control (Malfunctions #0),â&#x20AC;? about public surveillance in contemporary society. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  ITVS Community Cinema will present a screening of Bonnie Boswellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Powerbroker: Whitney Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fight for Civil Rights.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-9390794. Performances â&#x2013;  Washington Savoyards will present the D.C. premiere of ArtsCentrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delilahâ&#x20AC;? in a staged concert. 7:30 p.m. $20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Comedian Marga Gomez will perform her stand-up show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laughterglow.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 10 p.m. $10. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Special events â&#x2013;  The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. will present an orientation session for use of the resources and collections at the Kiplinger Research Library. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Historical

Events Entertainment Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. â&#x2013; The Citizens Association of Georgetown will host a family skating party with hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and cocktails from Tony & Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood Place to benefit the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Concerts in the Park series. 4 to 6:30 p.m. $65 to $175. Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. Monday, Jan. 14

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Concerts â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013â&#x20AC;? will feature National Symphony Orchestra musicians Nick Stovall, Loren Kitt, Truman Harris, Laurel Bennert Ohlson and Alice Weinreb performing classical works. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Childers Recital Hall, Howard University, 2455 6th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor will perform with Turkish folk singer and composer Erdal Erzincan. Free; tickets required. Ticket distribution at 5:30 p.m.; performance at 6 p.m. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood 2013â&#x20AC;? will feature the National Symphony Orchestra, pianist Jason Moran, violinist Elena Urioste, Howard Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cappella ensemble Afro Blue and the Howard University Choir performing works by Bernstein, SaintSaĂŤns, Ellington and Walker. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cramton Auditorium, Howard University, 2455 6th St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Former Miami Mayor Manuel Diaz will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood,


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ture violinist Laura Kobayashi and pianist Susan Gray. 12:10 p.m. $10 donation encouraged. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013; Vocalist Christine Salem will blend lyrics in Creole, Malagasy, Comoran and Swahili with African rhythms and music from the Indian Ocean region. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Swedish duo Sarah Riedel and Viktor Skokic will perform indie-jazz selections in a concert with a New York City string quartet. 7 p.m. $10. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.

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From Page 21 porary parallels of the palace intrigues. Performance times are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $42 for general admission, $38 for seniors and $21 for students. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; ■ Studio Theatre has extended “An Iliad” through Jan. 20. Director Lisa Peterson and actor Denis O’Hare adapted Homer’s epic poem into a one-man show that brings the classical story onstage with a contemporary retelling. “An Iliad” follows the storyteller as he wrestles with how best to bring the tale of the Trojan War to life for his modern-day audience. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $72. The Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202332-3300; ■ Idly Bent Theatre Company, an ensemble founded last year by students at the University of Virginia, will stage Harold Pinter’s dark comedy “The Birthday Party” Jan. 9 through 13 at the District of Columbia Arts Center. With a combination of young


cation and social interaction. When you know more about a specific topic or have very practiced talents, like musical skill, athletic skill or intellectual skill, it buys you into certain groups. These groups can improve you, but they can also close your mind to outside skills. Latin also taught me about interacting with people through words and conveying my sentiments accurately.” Most of the graduates said that learning Latin has been beneficial to their college career. Ingrid Medina, who currently attends Saint Leo University and is studying communications, said: “The courses at Latin helped me prepare for a few courses I took this semester — for example, English class and Latin.” — Alistair Andrulis, 11th-grader

Located at 1515 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202234-5601. ■ “Fragmented Musings,” featuring works made by Maine artist Diane Wiencke from discarded materials, will open Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stages Premier Realtors and continue through March 1. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, the office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202449-8657. ■ “A Century Ago… ‘They Came as Sovereign Leaders,’” presenting photographs of six Native American chiefs who participated in President Theodore Roosevelt’s 1905 inaugural parade, will open Tuesday at the National Museum of the American Indian and continue through Feb. 25. Located at 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000.

actors, strong physicality and live music, the production will aim to bring a new intensity to Pinter’s work, which examines fundamental questions of identity. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets cost $10 to $12. The District of Columbia Arts Center is located at 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833; ■ Theater J will present the English-language premiere of “Boged (Traitor): An Enemy of the People” Jan. 12 through Feb. 3 at Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center. Boaz Gaon and Nir Erez adapted the play from the original by Henrik Ibsen, shifting the action to a small southern town at the edges of the Israeli desert. The town’s mayor is quick to cover up a sudden chemical leak so that he can continue developing a profitable industrial park nearby, but his scientist brother warns that the pollution may poison the region’s water supply. Performance times are generally Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Georgetown University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 800-494-8497; ■ The American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage will present a reading of “The Age of

Innocence” Jan. 14 through 16 in the Kogod Cradle. Resident playwright Karen Zacarías brings Edith Wharton’s American masterpiece to the stage in a new adaptation that explores love, loss and longing through the lens of New York’s social elite. A post-show discussion will follow each performance. Performance times are 7 p.m. Friday through Saturday. Tickets cost $10. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Rorschach Theatre will join with Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre to present the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s “The Minotaur” Jan. 18 through Feb. 17 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $15 to $30. Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993; ■ Folger Theatre will stage Shakespeare’s war epic “Henry V” Jan. 22 through March 3 at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $68. The Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077;

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