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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Vol. XLVII, No. 18

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Walter Reed campus ruled historic

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By GEORGE ALTSHULER Current Correspondent

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board voted unanimously last week to designate the former Walter Reed Medical Center campus as a historic district. The move means that developers

of the 67 acres the Army is transferring to the District will need board approval for any major construction on the site. The designation will not affect the State Department’s 45.3 acres of the former Army medical site; the department is engaged in a separate federal review process. The location is historically significant as the site of Civil War battle activity, while the historic buildings on the campus date back from

between 1905 (when Congress purchased the parcel for the Army) to 1956. One significant structure is the original main hospital, which contains a presidential suite that hosted Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. Peter Sefton, landmarks chair of the advocacy group DC Preservation League, called that building an example of the “finest type of Georgian architecture.” See Walter Reed/Page 5

ANC opposes Intelsat landmark status By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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The Washington International School held its annual spring bazaar on Saturday. The event featured international cuisine and a range of activities, from a moon bounce to high tea.

A proposal to designate the Intelsat headquarters in Van Ness as a historic landmark faced a skeptical reception from the local advisory neighborhood commission last week. The communications satellite firm constructed the 11-acre complex on Connecticut Avenue between Van Ness and Tilden streets in 1984. The building incorporates 13 rocket-inspired, aluminum-fronted “pod” towers that include offices surrounding large open interior spaces. The project was one of the first in the District to prioritize environmentally friendly design. “While the uncompromisingly Modernist elements, including aspects of Brutalism, have at times been offputting to conservatively-minded critics, the building’s forceful, dramatic, and sophisticated style is one of the qualities that raise it to historic landmark status,” the DC Preservation League wrote in its nomination, also noting

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The distinctive architecture of the 30-year-old Intelsat headquarters draws divergent opinions.

that the building has changed little since it was constructed. The Historic Preservation Review Board is due to discuss the application on May 22. See Intelsat/Page 2

Solar panels’ popularity spreading in Northwest

Northwest parents prioritize neighborhood school access

By GEORGE ALTSHULER

■ Education: Deputy mayor

Current Correspondent

As the price of solar energy technology drops, many District residents are turning to different communitybased models to invest in solar panels. From 2008 to 2013 the cost of a solar module went down 76 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Because of this, groups as varied as local homeowners, institutions, community associations and residents who don’t own roofs are turning to clean energy — and sometimes making a modest profit. “As the word is getting out that you can build solar for cheaper than paying for electricity, people are getting more and more excited,” said Anya Schoolman, executive director of the DC Solar United Neighborhoods (also known as DC SUN).

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seeking input from wards 7, 8 By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Photo by Ross Wells

A group of Washington Ethical Society congregants paid to install solar panels, which now provide about 38 percent of the building’s electricity.

DC SUN advocated for a 2013 bill that will allow local residents to invest in solar projects anywhere in the District and receive offsets as part of their utility bill. The legislation, the Community Renewable Act of See Solar/Page 15

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Zoo-related violence sparks call for new security measures

Visitation eyes first ISL softball crown since 2011

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Hundreds of D.C. residents have now attended meetings on Mayor Vincent Gray’s push to change school boundaries and student assignment policies, but city officials are worried by a lack of engagement in wards 7 and 8. Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith began her second round of community working

groups about these reforms last week, and she showed audiences public feedback data that came primarily from her first round of meetings. Smith reported that 296 of the 450 initial meeting attendees came from neighborhoods in Northwest or Northeast, while only 37 — a mere 8 percent of the total — came from east of the Anacostia River. Speaking at Coolidge High School last Thursday and Dunbar High School on Saturday, Smith said her office will specifically reach out to wards 7 and 8, the home of 45 percent of D.C. Public Schools See Boundaries/Page 5

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Catania campaign seeks support from District parents — Page 3

Calendar/16 Classifieds/25 District Digest/4 Exhibits/17 In Your Neighborhood/10 Opinion/8

Police Report/6 Real Estate/13 School Dispatches/7 Service Directory/22 Sports/11 Theater/19

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National Zoo weighs security issues after recent violence in Woodley Park By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

In the wake of two separate shootings near the National Zoo this month, Woodley Park residents are pondering how to prevent future violence pegged to Easter Monday and the D.C. Public Schools spring break. Law enforcement officials joined National Zoo director Dennis Kelly and Ward 3 D.C.

Council member Mary Cheh at a community meeting attended by roughly 75 people last Wednesday. On April 14, during spring break, shots were fired near the Zoo but no witnesses were able to identify the culprit. A week later, on Easter Monday, a pair of male teenagers were shot just outside the Zoo’s gates, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. Once again, no culprit was identified and no arrests were

made. The Zoo marks Easter Monday annually with a family day event — a tradition that has been popular with black families for more than a century. The event was created as an alternative to the whites-only Easter Egg Roll at the White House. But since 2000, the day has repeatedly brought violence to the ordinarily low-crime neighborhood. “It has begun to attract a crowd that doesn’t want to celebrate

peacefully,� said Woodley Park resident Blessed Chuksorji-Keefe. Multiple attendees of the community meeting last week encouraged the Zoo to cancel its Easter Monday activities and to utilize metal detectors and bag searches throughout the year. Director Kelly said heightened security measures were definitely on the table. “I’m not promising it, but I’m saying it has to be considSee Zoo/Page 5

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INTELSAT From Page 1 The league was spurred to action after the New York-based 601W Cos. bought the property in 2012 for $85 million, as Intelsat prepares to move to Tysons Corner, Va. The firm has said it intends to spend about $50 million on renovations to the site this year, according to a 2013 article in the Washington Business Journal. But the neighborhood commission last week opposed the preservation nomination, on a 4-3 vote. The majority said a building just 30 years old would need to be far more special to be worthy of historic protections. (The typical standard in the District is 50 years.) Opponents also feared that landmarking the property would prevent new construction that could reduce the complexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relative isolation from Connecticut Avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By supporting this application, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically saying that space is done, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing no more building on that space, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to create any opportunities for better living spaces,â&#x20AC;? said Steve Seelig of the Ward 3 Vision smart-growth group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This building will never be able to address the street. It will never be able to come closer to the street than it currently is.â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Bob Summersgill added that the environmentally sustainable features of 1984 are far behind todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technology. And design elements that reflect away the sun at different times of the day, noted on the preservation leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landmark application, stand in the way of many eco-friendly practices. But proponents of the nomination said opinions on a buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looks do not determine whether it merits landmark protections. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people like the building, some people hate the building. That should not be the issue,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Sally Gresham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It should be whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a building worthy of saving and if it can be used credibly in the future.â&#x20AC;? That latter point, too, was debated at the meeting. Commission chair Adam Tope said he met with various firms that would been interested in the Intelsat site and was told that the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large amount of multistory open space is terribly inefficient. Landmark status would also make it more difficult to build additions. Tope added that 601W officials rebuffed repeated requests to speak with him about the building. The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calls to the company also were not returned.


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Catania mayoral campaign seeks to galvanize parents By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Independent mayoral candidate David Catania launched a formal effort to court public school parents this week, arguing that he is better positioned than Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser to accelerate education reform in the District. At a Sunday news conference outside the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy campus in Southeast, the at-large D.C. Council member launched “Public School Parents for David,” with the goal of recruiting 1,000 supporters with children in D.C.’s school system. Catania touted his accomplishments as chair of the council’s Education Committee, describing his record of passing legislation to provide extra funding for at-risk youth and end “social promotion,” the practice of advancing students to higher grades even when they haven’t mastered material. He also noted that he had visited 134 of the District’s public schools and said he was confident these schools could improve with the right mayoral leadership. Asked to differentiate himself from Bowser on education issues, Catania said the Ward 4 D.C. Council member had promised voters she would prioritize school reform but then failed to introduce a single sub-

stantive piece of legislation on the subject. “She now insists that we should trust her. Well, trust is certainty based on past experiences,” he said. “We both have records. I have a record of keeping promises. I have a record of delivering.” Ward 1 parent Alice Speck said she had hosted seven mayoral candidates in her home during this year’s Democratic primary campaign, but Catania was easily more impressive than any of them. “The District of Columbia needs its next mayor to be a seasoned expert on its biggest problem, which many of us believe is its schools,” she said at the news conference. “I’ve heard nothing but empty platitudes from Muriel Bowser,” said Ward 3 parent Brian Cohen, a Glover Park advisory neighborhood commissioner. “I don’t see any evidence of a record and an ability to make the schools better. I’ve seen David in action. I’ve heard his ideas, and I’ve seen him turn his ideas into reality.” Cohen gave the example of how Catania intervened when Hardy Middle School faced funding cuts. Hardy parents including Cohen had struggled to find a champion at the Wilson Building, but Catania was able to find savings elsewhere in the budget, and the funding was restored. Other members of the “Parents See Catania/Page 15

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The week ahead Wednesday, April 30

The D.C. Department of General Services and the Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting to review concepts and priorities for the play space at Lafayette Park. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lafayette Elementary School, 5701 Broad Branch Road NW. ■ The Coalition for Smarter Growth will host a forum on “Better DC Buses: What Does It Take?” Speakers will include Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment; Joseph Barr, former director of transit development at the New York City Department of Transportation; Jim Hamre, director of the Office of Metrobus Planning, Scheduling and Customer Facilities at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; and Sam Zimbabwe, associate director for policy, planning and sustainability at the D.C. Department of Transportation. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Chastelton, 1701 16th St. NW. Reservations are requested at smartergrowth.net/bus.

Thursday, May 1

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The National Capital Planning Commission will hold its monthly meeting, which will include an informational presentation on the U.S. Naval Observatory lighting study. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. at the commission’s offices at Suite 500N, 401 9th St. NW. ■ The George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus will hold its quarterly community meeting at 7 p.m. in the Webb Building, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. To register, call 202994-0211 or email bwaddell@gwu.edu. ■ JBG will host a community meeting on the planned condo conversion of the historic Wardman Tower building at Connecticut Avenue and Woodley Road. Representatives of the developer and the construction company will discuss the project, timeline and impact on the neighborhood. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Harding Room, Mezzanine Level, Wardman Park Marriott, 2660 Woodley Road NW.

Saturday, May 3

The Ward 2 Education Network will hold a discussion on

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“A New Ward 2/3 Comprehensive High School — Can It Happen?” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, 2425 N St. NW. ■ The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a “pop-up meeting” on the DC Circulator from noon to 3 p.m. at Wisconsin Avenue and M Street NW. The event will seek feedback from current and potential riders on the current system as well as future routes and extensions. ■ The Little Falls Watershed Alliance will host an event at Friendship Park (also known as Turtle Park) as part of Invasive Plant Removal Day. Volunteers will help remove ivy and other vines from the park’s trees; tools and gloves will be provided. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the park, located at 45th and Van Ness streets NW. For details visit lfwa.org.

Sunday, May 4

The Forest Hills Connection will host a tour of the Broad Branch Stream Restoration Project with Steve Saari of the D.C. Department of the Environment. The tour will begin at 3 p.m. at Linnean Avenue and Broad Branch Road NW. For details contact berlin@mgberlin.com.

Tuesday, May 6

Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 1 town hall meeting on the proposed budget from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW. ■ The Friends of Francis Field group will hold its annual membership meeting at 7 p.m. at the West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW.

Wednesday, May 7

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will hold a public hearing on the future of the Adams Morgan license moratorium. The hearing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Board Hearing Room, Suite 400 South, Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW. To testify, register by May 1 at martha.jenkins@dc.gov or 202-442-4456. ■ The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature Democratic mayoral nominee and Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser as speaker. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW.

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District Digest Mayor taps four for interim DDOT posts

Mayor Vincent C. Gray named four people to interim positions, including director, within the D.C. Department of Transportation this week. Deputy director for resource

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District implementing sustainability efforts

A progress report on the city’s efforts to improve its sustainability says there has been growth in all “four key challenges of the Sustainable DC plan”: jobs, health, equity and environment. A news release says 83 percent of the 143 actions in the plan are underway — up from 46 percent last year. In addition, the city has built 24 new playgrounds, planted 9,280 trees, opened 10 “green” schools and created five new community gardens. “In the year since we released the Sustainable DC Plan, we have seen tremendous progress and are

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DCRA director leaves for Maryland position

and permitting divisions.

palena closes doors in Cleveland park

D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs director Nicholas Majett is leaving the post after three-and-a-half years, the city announced last week. The agency’s chief building official, Rabbiah “Robbie” Sabbakhan, will serve as interim director. Majett will leave May 2 to join the Office of the County Executive in Prince George’s County. He has worked for the D.C. government for almost three decades. As director he “led a series of process changes that helped dramatically improve agency efficiency and responsiveness,” according to a news release. “Nick is a visionary who has helped streamline the regulatory process in order to encourage continued growth and development within the District’s business community,” said Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins. Sabbakhan, who has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Virginia, currently manages the agency’s construction

Cleveland Park dining gem Palena closed its doors at 3529 Connecticut Ave. last weekend after failing to fully utilize expansion space it took over in 2011. James Beard Award-winning chef Frank Ruta opened the critically acclaimed restaurant in 2000, expanding about a decade later into a space vacated by Magruder’s market. Ruta worked with the landlord to reach an accord this year, but they were unable to come to terms, according to a news release. “We have had a great run serving the Cleveland Park neighborhood and the Washington, DC area and are sincerely grateful to the many that have supported us,” Ruta wrote in a note to customers. Ruta said he would be open to returning to the neighborhood. “Cooking is what I love, and hopefully I will find a way to serve you at another venue in the future,” he wrote.

Students, seniors join to tell ‘Life Stories’ Local middle school students will share the experiences of area seniors in a free “Life Stories Intergenerational Program” Friday at the

Washington DC Jewish Community Center. The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts has partnered with Theater J to present this program, in which seniors share stories of their adolescence and middle-schoolers act them out. Students from Parkmont School in Crestwood, who have been trained in “Playback Theatre” techniques, have visited residents at Friendship Terrace Retirement Community and Georgetown Retirement Residences to get material. The program is sponsored by a “Who’s a Washingtonian” grant from the Humanities Council of Washington, DC. The program, which will run from 5 to 6 p.m. on May 2, will feature a post-show discussion with David Taylor, a narratology expert and filmmaker. The community center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. Details are at theatrelab.org.

Correction

An article about travel opportunities for seniors in the March 5 edition misidentified the name of the Smithsonian’s program; it is Smithsonian Journeys, not Smithsonian Voyages. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, call the managing editor at 202-567-2011.

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BOUNDARIES: Deputy mayor cites continued opportunities for community engagement

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students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That seems like a pretty significant voice we want to make sure that we hear from,â&#x20AC;? she said Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think it makes sense to target communities that havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had as much of a voice.â&#x20AC;? The deputy mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s data may not be representative of how the whole city is thinking about her reform process, but it does offer insight into opinions in Northwest, where many parents like their current in-boundary school and have invested in improving it. For example, the notion of guaranteed access to neighborhood schools continues to

draw overwhelming support. A right to â&#x20AC;&#x153;one elementary school based on your addressâ&#x20AC;? was endorsed by 85 percent of the total respondents. Guaranteed access to â&#x20AC;&#x153;one middle school and high school based on place of residenceâ&#x20AC;? earned the backing of 79 percent. And huge majorities of respondents opposed reform proposals to eliminate a right to a specific neighborhood school such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;choice setsâ&#x20AC;? or a citywide high school lottery. At Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, Dunbar teacher and education activist David Tansey said he understands why so many families would prioritize a school nearby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The greatest complaint I hear from parents is that they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move to

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ered,â&#x20AC;? he said. Many community members asked why the city wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doing more to prevent gang violence, and Cheh said it was a good question. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We used to have a more invigorated gang intervention effort. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become moribund, but plainly itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something we have to rekindle,â&#x20AC;? she said. Several Southeast residents were in the audience to support the Woodley Park community, pledging to work with them to address gang issues that can affect any neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will come when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

gang activity. We will help intervene,â&#x20AC;? one man said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be one city about this.â&#x20AC;? Two Woodley Park advisory neighborhood commissioners, Jeffrey Kaliel and Lee Brian Reba, were visibly emotional during the meeting. Kaliel told law enforcement officials they should be cognizant of high-risk days on the calendar and place â&#x20AC;&#x153;an officer every 100 yards on Connecticut Avenue.â&#x20AC;? Reba choked up as he described how moved he was to see residents from east of the Anacostia River in the room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They care about our children. They care about our city. ... Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powerful.â&#x20AC;?

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Sefton said he hopes the preservation board will ensure that developers maintain the most important buildings on the campus and preserve historic facades. But he said development should go on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anybody any good to see the buildings mothballed,â&#x20AC;? he said. Vicki Davis, president of the development firm Urban Atlantic, testified in support of the historic designation on behalf of the group the District has chosen to redevelop the site. She said her team would return to the board in 18 to 24 months to present its plans. The Walter Reed campus hosted part of the Civil Warâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Battle of Fort Stevens, in which the Union Army held off a Confederate attack as President Abraham Lincoln watched. During last Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing, preservation board chair Gretchen Pfaehler said that battle lends historical significance to the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topography. Sefton also noted the value of the medical campus layout. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having all of these Georgian buildings together on a campus creates a multiplying effect,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The campus is an example of the philosophy of the healing landscape,â&#x20AC;? he added, describing the theory that a harmonious layout helps patients heal. Federal law requires that the Army take steps to preserve the his-

torical elements of any property it transfers away from the federal government. The Army therefore submitted a landmark application to the review board, even though the DC Preservation League had already submitted a similar application. The application lists 41 Georgian, neo-Gothic and Brutalist buildings that contribute to the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic nature. It also describes how the medical center made significant strides in microscopy, X-ray techniques and the treatment of orthopedic injuries and mental illness. The Shepherd Park/16th Street Heights advisory neighborhood commission supported the application, and commissioner Stephen Whatley said in an interview that he is â&#x20AC;&#x153;very optimisticâ&#x20AC;? that future plans will preserve the history of the site, which falls within the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think there is a very fine line in ensuring the growth of the neighborhood and tying that to having a very vibrant Walter Reed site,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that â&#x20AC;&#x153;people are going to disagreeâ&#x20AC;? on preservation priorities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the community is counting on this site being used,â&#x20AC;? Whatley said of the future development, which plans for a mix of housing, retail, office space and institutional uses. Once the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruling is finalized, the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State Historic Preservation Office will forward the application to the National Park Service for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

the city to add to their commute,â&#x20AC;? he said. But Tansey also acknowledged the obvious: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people are really happy with the way their schools work, and some people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? Still, the people who are happy appear to be more organized. A petition with more than 600 signatures from a group called D.C. Residents In Support of Neighborhood Schools is posted at greatdcneighborhoodschools.com. The petition declares that a loss of neighborhood school rights would penalize families putting down roots in the District, boost traffic congestion as a result of increased commuting and abandon the project of improving neigh-

borhood schools, which many believe is beginning to bear fruit. As she has throughout this process, Smith assured last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working group participants that they would have additional opportunities to weigh in on reform proposals in the coming months. She said the baseline goals of the process include not displacing any students from a school they already attend and ensuring that no fifth- or eighth-graders in the 2015-2016 school year lose access to the school they are headed to next. The phasing in of reform, beginning in 2015, will also include â&#x20AC;&#x153;significant grandfathering clauses,â&#x20AC;? Smith said.

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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from April 21 through 27 in local police service areas.

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Theft â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 5:05 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, E St.; 6:51 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, 13th St.; 11:53 p.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, F St.; 5:50 p.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, New York Ave.; 6:18 p.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, F St.; 2 p.m. April 26. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 12th St.; 4:44 a.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  K and 12th streets; 10:15 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, H St.; 4:55 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, K St.; 8:52 p.m. April 27.

psa 102

â&#x2013;  gAllEry PlACE PSA 102

PEnn QUArTEr

Theft â&#x2013;  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 1 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  E and 5th streets; 8:51 p.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  320-399 block, 7th St.; 3:37 p.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 5:10 p.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, L St.; 12:10 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, E St.; 1:12 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 6th St.; 3:55 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, H St.; 11:04 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  700-899 block, Mount Vernon Place; 9 a.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 12:48 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 6:10 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, H St.; 3:46 p.m. April 27. â&#x2013;  700-899 block, Mount Vernon Place; 5:06 p.m. April 27. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  400-457 block, 4th St.; 12:30 a.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 5th St.; 5:42 p.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 6th St.; 12:25 a.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 5th St.; 2:05 a.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, K St.; 3:09 p.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  700-899 block, K St.; 7:17 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  H and 6th streets; 7:05 p.m. April 27.

psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013;  CHEvy CHASE

Burglary â&#x2013;  2601-2699 block, Northampton St.; 5 p.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  3246-3299 block, Aberfoyle

Place; 2 a.m. April 27. Theft â&#x2013;  6300-6399 block, 28th Place; noon April 22. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, Quesada St.; 6 p.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Rittenhouse St.; 7:24 p.m. April 22. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Legation St.; 1:08 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, Morrison St.; 2:07 p.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  5604-5637 block, Utah Ave.; 3:23 p.m. April 23.

psa 202

â&#x2013;  FrIEnDSHIP HEIgHTS PSA 202

TEnlEyTown / AU PArk

Robbery â&#x2013;  38th and Albemarle streets; 8:40 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:46 p.m. April 27. Burglary â&#x2013;  4600-4699 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 8:25 a.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  4618-4699 block, Western Ave.; 5:13 p.m. April 22. Theft â&#x2013;  4300-4399 block, Military Road; 8:41 a.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  4800-4899 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 4:18 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:37 p.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  4800-4899 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 3:21 p.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  4300-4399 block, Verplanck Place; 5:33 p.m. April 27. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  4000-4099 block, Chesapeake St.; 11:24 p.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  41st Street and Belt Road; 3:45 a.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  4100-4149 block, Livingston St.; 11 p.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  4500-4599 block, Garrison St.; 2 a.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  4500-4599 block, Warren St.; 6:26 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  Wisconsin Avenue and 41st Street; 4:07 a.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  Chesapeake and 40th streets; 4:31 p.m. April 26.

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Theft â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Van Ness St.; 4:06 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  4300-4499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:51 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  4200-4399 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:38 p.m. April 23. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3000-3099 block, Rodman St.; 6:50 p.m. April 27.

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Robbery

â&#x2013;  2700-2798 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:38 p.m. April 23. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  3000-3199 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:17 p.m. April 21 (with gun). Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  Woodley Road and 28th Street; 1:33 p.m. April 24. Theft â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, Cathedral Ave.; 6:11 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  2600-2649 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:54 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Woodley Road; 1:41 p.m. April 26. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, 36th Place; 10 a.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  2800-2899 block, New Mexico Ave.; 3:21 p.m. April 23.

psa 205

â&#x2013;  PAlISADES / SPrIng vAllEy PSA 205

wESlEy HEIgHTS / FoxHAll

Burglary â&#x2013;  3900-4099 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 7:30 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  4922-4925 block, MacArthur Blvd.; 10 a.m. April 25. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  5000-5099 block, Fulton St.; 8:17 a.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  Q Place and 45th Street; 9:10 a.m. April 25. Theft â&#x2013;  4400-4499 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 5 p.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  4100-4199 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 4:30 p.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, 48th St.; 5:23 p.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  5210-5299 block, Loughboro Road; 3:32 p.m. April 27. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  5100-5199 block, Sherier Place; 7:32 a.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, 45th St.; 7:45 a.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  5800-5899 block, MacArthur Blvd.; 7:35 a.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  5150-5299 block, Watson St.; 8:37 a.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  5150-5299 block, Watson St.; 9:52 a.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  5000-5099 block, Weaver Terrace; 5:33 p.m. April 26.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013;  gEorgETown / bUrlEITH

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, Cadyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley; 3:45 a.m. April 26. Burglary â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Reservoir Road; 12:39 p.m. April 21. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, K St.; 5:50 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, O St.;

9:59 p.m. April 24. Theft â&#x2013;  1300-1327 block, 27th St.; 5:15 a.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  3422-3499 block, M St.; 11:52 a.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  3500-3799 block, Winfield Lane; 7:55 p.m. April 22. â&#x2013;  3200-3275 block, M St.; 1:10 p.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  3000-3049 block, M St.; 3:20 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  1000-1027 block, 31st St.; 7:16 p.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 12:38 p.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  1020-1199 block, 33rd St.; 2:46 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  K and Water streets; 2:49 p.m. April 27. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1328-1399 block, 29th St.; 2:04 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  1200-1226 block, 30th St.; 3:20 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  Water and 33rd streets; 7:11 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, South St.; 8:30 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Dumbarton St.; 8:14 a.m. April 27.

psa 208

â&#x2013;  SHErIDAn-kAlorAMA PSA 208

DUPonT CIrClE

Burglary â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, N St.; 8:59 a.m. April 27. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 10:24 p.m. April 22. Theft â&#x2013;  1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 5:57 a.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 9:57 a.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Jefferson Place; 2:36 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  1220-1299 block, 19th St.; 3:12 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, 14th St.; 9 p.m. April 21. â&#x2013;  1-7 block, Dupont Circle; 8:59 a.m. April 24. â&#x2013;  2015-2099 block, P St.; 6:56 a.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  1218-1299 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:30 p.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 20th St.; 8:17 p.m. April 25. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 4:12 p.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, S St.; 4:13 p.m. April 23. â&#x2013;  17th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; 12:54 a.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  17th and N streets; 2:55 a.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, N St.; 6:19 a.m. April 25. â&#x2013;  1300-1319 block, 22nd St.; 11:28 a.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  O and 16th streets; 1:55 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013;  1500-1523 block, 15th St.; 1:26 a.m. April 27.


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School DISPATCHES

During the last few weeks of this term, we have been preparing for our end-of-course International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams, which has been intense to say the least. Past papers have been thrown at us left and right center, accompanied by varying levels of revision (depending on who you are). Outside the classroom, all those taking the IGCSE physical education exam have been completing their practical segments for what will make up 40 percent of their final PE grade. From a wide selection of sports, candidates could pick four. I chose soccer, cross-country, track and field, and weight training. Others selected sports included skiing, badminton, lifesaving and rugby. As the weeks draw to a close, so does the time we have to maximize our scores. In my opinion, the standards for track and field and cross-country are extremely high, e.g., 11.5 minutes for 3,000 metres. In other news, D.C. United visited our school as part of a weeklong series of events. Activities included an organised training session, insight into the club’s business management and a Q&A session with a first-team player. The week culminated with a school trip to watch D.C. United’s weekend fixture against Chicago Fire, including participation in the high-five tunnel. The experience was a great one, despite the torrential rain. — Piers Kirk, Year 11 Belfast (10th-grader)

Eaton Elementary

In April our fifth-grade teacher, Ms. Scott, announced that she will teach us sixth-grade subjects so that we will really be prepared for next year. Everyone thought it was going to be hard, but then when we started the projects, it got easier. We did an endangered animal project. We got into groups of three

Edmund Burke School

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or four students and we picked an endangered animal. We got packets asking questions about the animals and we did research to find all the information. We searched websites and used books from the library. Some groups worked together to find the information and other groups divided the work. Each group had to organize the information to make an endangered animal pamphlet. Each group presented their work to the class. The pamphlets were all really good and they were all really different. We read “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred Taylor. It is Ms. Scott’s favorite book and she reads it with her students every year. It is historical fiction and deals with racism in America in the 1930s. We had a packet with questions, vocabulary and reading responses to do as we read the book. We had “shared inquiry,” which were classroom discussions about the book. We also did individual poster projects about the book. We especially liked the discussion because we got to hear what everyone else thought and it helped us understand the book. — Ashley Chau, C.J. Edelin and JoJo Scurry, fifth-graders

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rebuilding houses and cleaning up debris. Even though nearly nine years have passed since Katrina, the scars left by the storm were obvious everywhere. We were fortunate to meet some of the people whose houses we worked. The husband of one couple, whose house we worked on, told us that he had lived in the house his whole life. Having to leave it during the storm and coming back to it in ruins was very painful for him. Where we saw the shell of a home, I could see in his eyes how much the house meant to him. For myself and some of the students this was our first time going to New Orleans. “The Big Easy,” as it’s nicknamed, is a city rich in culture and famous for music, especially jazz. We were all amazed that despite this tragic event, the city still has a heart filled with soul and hope of a better tomorrow. — Julian Bright, 11th-grader

The Field School

Last week at Field was Spirit Week. Every day had a different theme. Monday was USA Day. Everyone wore patriotic colors. Even the school dog, Asia, wore a tie. Tuesday was Farm Day; everyone was encouraged to wear overalls and other farm-related gear. Wednesday was Jersey Day. Students and staff members wore jerseys of teams such as the Nationals, the Wizards (popular because of their playoff status) and the Red Sox, and there were even some people wearing New England Patriots jerseys. Thursday was Fancy Day. For that day, lots of people wore ties and other “dress-up” clothes. My favorite day of all was Fri-

day’s Field Day. It is the best field day of all the schools in the city because it is Field Day at The Field School. The school was split into Blue and White teams, honoring the school colors. Students competed in several activities: Gaga, Bucket Brigade, Trivia and Pictionary. Gaga is like dodgeball but it’s played on the ground. Instead of throwing the balls, you roll them. Bucket Brigade is a race to fill up a big trash can with water using a smaller bucket that has a hole in the bottom. In Trivia, the teams are asked obscure questions about the school. For Pictionary, one member of a team had to draw something while the rest of the team must guess what it is before the time runs out. At the end of spirit day there was a big celebration for all. — Adam Bressler, seventh-grader

Georgetown Day School

The coed track and field team traveled to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia late last week. This year, the team sent female 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams and male 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams. The Penn Relays is the nation’s oldest and largest track and field competition, attracting more than 15,000 participants and 100,000 spectators. For the first time ever, Georgetown Day is holding a “Be True To Your School” video contest. The contest, open to all students grades prekindergarten through 12th, invites students to create and submit original videos answering the questions “Why do you love GDS?” and “Why should I go to GDS?” Prizes for the four winning videos include: bragging rights, a school store prize pack, a $50 gift card for iTunes or Barnes & Noble and a school

screening of the video. Entries must be submitted my midnight on May 19. More information can be found at gds.org/videocontest. This year’s spring musical, “The Boys in the Photograph,” held its opening weekend last week. The musical, by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton, is the story of a group of young soccer players and their experiences in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the emerging political and religious violence. — Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

Jewish Primary Day School

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 27, JPDS-NC students participated in a Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony on April 24. We remembered those who survived and those who defied, risking their own lives for others. Third- to sixth-graders commemorated this by watching a video about the 109-year-old Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer. Alice was the oldest Holocaust survivor until she died on Feb. 23, 2014, a week before her movie won an Academy Award. The movie was called “The Lady in Number 6” and was produced by Nick Reed. When Sommer was 39, she was arrested and put in a concentration camp with her son, Rafi. From his mother’s optimism, he too survived the camps. Sommer loved music and it was a dream to her. “Music is God,” Sommer said. We also watched a film about Sir Nicholas Winton, who led the expedition to save 669 kids who would have gone to concentration camps and been killed. Those kids were mostly from German-occupied Czechoslovakia. Winton, a British See Dispatches/Page 14


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Merger mess

It’s not hard to understand why many in the School Without Walls High School community are concerned about last year’s merger with the former Francis-Stevens Education Campus. The selective-admissions magnet located on the George Washington University campus has an extremely successful record, including recognition as a national blue ribbon school and the top scores on the city’s standardized test last year. Yet little about the consolidation seems focused on ensuring its continued success. The main feature that school system officials have touted as a benefit to the high-schoolers is use of the small field next to the Francis campus and the extra classroom space there. But having to shuttle frequently from one campus to the other — a distance of nearly a mile — seems impractical and disruptive. Splitting the high school students between the two campuses is also inherently problematic. On the other hand, parents at the new School Without Walls at FrancisStevens say their pre-K-through-eighth-grade program is benefiting from the leadership of principal Richard Trogisch, who is now tasked with running both facilities. The merger was an alternative to closing Francis-Stevens, where enrollment is now up. All lower school students are now taking classes in Latin, and more field trips throughout the city are exposing pupils to a broader learning environment. The improvements at the lower school are notable and important, and officials should work to sustain them. We can understand the view of lower school parents who see complaints from the upper school as fluff. Nevertheless, it would be folly to move forward with an arrangement that provides a quality education at the lower grades only by detracting from an excellent upper school program. Chancellor Kaya Henderson will not get closer to her goal of a quality program for every pupil by dragging down one of her star offerings. So what’s the solution? The wisdom of the merger — or whether there was any — seems unclear. But now that it’s done, we agree with the requests of over a thousand students, parents and others, who recently submitted a petition to city leaders. It calls for separate principals and budgets for the two facilities, as well as a promise that high-schoolers won’t have to take classes at the lower campus. School officials would do right by the Walls high school community, and serve their own interests, by agreeing to the requests.

Uniform curriculum

D.C. Council member David Catania says creating a uniform curriculum should be the next effort in the city’s ongoing education reforms. Mr. Catania’s views on the issue are noteworthy: Along with chairing the council’s Education Committee, he is running for mayor this fall, meaning his views on schools provide a sense of reforms he would institute as mayor. On the question of curricula, we think he’s got the right idea. While we certainly wouldn’t want to see all students in a grade taught exactly the same material — there has to be room for different levels of ability — it’s logical to ensure that students with similar skill sets across the city learn the same fundamental content. That is, a standard honors course should tread the same concepts whether it’s at Wilson or Eastern High. The council member discussed the concept in a recent committee hearing. He said Massachusetts, with its many high-performing public schools, has adopted a rigorous uniform curriculum, and he noted that the absence of such an approach here could be contributing to D.C.’s achievement gap, particularly as students arrive to high schools from various middle schools with different levels of preparation. That’s true at the middle school level as well, with pupils coming from more numerous elementary schools, and even in the lowest grades, as some students transfer from one school to another. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has already been working toward creation of curricula, developing “scope and sequence” documents that provide general guidelines on what to teach and when. We agree with Council member Catania that the next step is to develop full details. Of course, that process will not be simple, and we expect much discussion on specifics. Should all ninth-graders read the same books? What about all Advanced Placement English students? How will teachers tweak plans for students who are struggling — or sailing? Will a teacher be able to employ creativity as freely? We also want to know how the city’s adoption of national “common core” standards will play in, and what the timeline will be. Explanation and discussion of these issues should be widespread, perhaps initially via town hall meetings and council hearings.

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e’re back from a brief vacation, and from what we were seeing as news, we felt at first like allergies must be affecting our hearing and reading. But our allergy meds are working just fine. It’s the news that’s a bit wacky. For example, what’s to become of the National Zoo? A shooting on Connecticut Avenue that wounded two people outside the Zoo had some talking about metal detectors and more police and even ending the annual Easter Monday event that was occurring that day. National Zoo director Dennis Kelly was telling reporters and worried citizens that the Zoo was “rethinking everything” when it comes to security, including metal detectors. “We cannot maintain our position as Washington, D.C.’s favorite place for families with children … unless we make it safe,” he said, as quoted in The Washington Post. Kelly oversees the 163-acre Zoo that straddles Rock Creek Park. It gets an estimated 2 million visitors a year. He acknowledged that metal detectors and more guards with guns could change the very nature of the Zoo. As for your Notebook, we’d see the installation of metal detectors and more security gates as an invitation to never go again. “Hey children, let’s go to the Zoo! Oh, wait. It’s not a place of safety and nature and awe anymore. The Zoo itself has become a big cage for humans with smaller cages for all the other animals.” Ugh. There were even some calls for the Easter Monday celebration to be canceled. It’s been an annual event for decades because, initially, African-Americans weren’t welcome at the White House Egg Roll so they went to the Zoo. The Monday outing is still an event centered on African-Americans, but a wide variety of people go. And that should be the response by every American to violence.

Rather than avoiding the Zoo or shutting the event down, or creating a prison wall to pass through, thousands more parents and children should attend on Easter Monday next year. We can’t make our Zoo, our parks or any public place “more safe” by coating them with metal or avoiding them. The best answer would be to make the Zoo event an affirmation that we live in a free society, that we won’t live in fear. Yes, by all means improve security with discreet cameras, visible and undercover officers, and a staff more alert. But if you think we should eliminate Zoo events or erect bureaucratic security barriers on this time-honored space so we all can be “safe,” then maybe we should just close the Zoo and have everyone stay home. ■ Don’t want to read this! The Smithsonian (which includes the Zoo) reported in a release this week that “populations of large wildlife are declining around the world, while zoonotic diseases (those transmitted from animals to humans) are on the rise.” The Smithsonian said its scientists have discovered a possible link — that an increase in rodent diseases may be at fault. It specifically cited East Africa. It said the “loss of large wildlife directly correlated with a significant increase in rodents, which often carry disease-causing bacteria dangerous to humans.” The research is being published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Our study shows us that ecosystem health, wildlife health and human health are all related,” said Kristofer Helgen, the curator of mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, who co-authored the research. The Notebook believes whether or not we read the detailed research, we kind of all know that we’re linked together in this world. And we’d all probably happy if rodents weren’t part of the family. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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letters to the editor taxes shouldn’t fund arabic immersion I have serious concerns about the use of public funds for the setting up of an Arabic immersion charter school [“Arabic charter seeks to open Ward 3 school,” April 23]. With so many issues and funding problems in the education system in D.C., the use of public money needs a goal of helping a wider group of people than those interested in promoting Arabic language and culture. Indeed, local public funds should not be spent in increasing the “number of diplomats” nor for “promoting democracy in an emerging Arab democratic world,” as the application for the charter indicates. Given scarce resources, funds for K-8 specialneeds children or an adult education institute (especially if it is a technical school) seem far more deserving. Yes, the learning of Arabic may have shown a spectacular rise in colleges and universities after the 9/11 attacks, but this is at an advanced level of learning and does not use public funds as

intensely as the use of local tax money would. I do believe D.C. residents have a right to establish schools that best serve their children and community in terms of their religion, culture and language, but these are best done as private schools, with no public funding. I urge D.C. taxpayers to express their concerns on this issue, if they have any, to the public charter board before the application is granted and it becomes an ongoing expenditure. Ritha Khemani Woodley Park

Proposed c&o dock needs new location

I attended a March 26 meeting at the offices of the Georgetown Business Improvement District, where the proposal for a floating dock in the C&O Canal next to Fish Market Square was discussed with neighborhood residents [“Dock plan would aid C&O kayakers, canoeists,” April 26]. Although your article reported that the proposal “drew a positive reception from neighboring businesses,” it made no mention of the residents’ opinions. The consensus among my neighbors who attended the meet-

ing is that the proposed location of the floating dock will exacerbate congestion and parking problems on Potomac and Grace streets adjoining Fish Market Square. These problems have worsened significantly since the Powerhouse, an event space, opened on Grace Street last year. Our residential street parking was made even more minimal when the BID had a commercial loading zone designated on Grace Street across from the Powerhouse and Fish Market Square. The BID has also suggested using the same public area for a flea market and raised the possibility of removing the bollards that block vehicular access to the square. It also suggested removal of four mature trees in the square. There are hundreds of people who live within a block of Fish Market Square. Another location on the canal that is less congested would be a better option for the dock. As the area south of M Street is becoming the focus of intense commercial and residential development, many of its approximately 2,500 residents feel their concerns about the proposed changes to our neighborhood are not being heard. Charles Pinck Georgetown


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he divisive discussion about extending the prohibition on new liquor licenses in Adams Morgan beyond the expiration date this month has not lacked in passion or participation. But there is one perspective that hasn’t been given a lot of ink: the collateral damage the moratorium has caused by discouraging new businesses from coming to Adams Morgan, impacting someone trying to lease out space. I’ve been operating Skynear Design, an art and fine furnishings boutique on 18th Street, for 26 years. Prior to the moratorium we had a robust business, and Adams Morgan had a balance of retail and dining. But after the moratorium went into effect, things changed. We felt a disturbing ripple effect that went well beyond the kinds of businesses targeted by the moratorium. Our local bakery closed. Retail businesses, including ours, suffered because of the stagnation brought on by the moratorium. The unusual sight of boarded-up storefronts suddenly wasn’t that unusual. To survive, we moved our business upstairs and rented our prime ground-floor space to a gourmet food and wine shop. But the moratorium made it impossible for the store to obtain a license to sell wine by the glass and, despite being a high-quality establishment welcomed by the community, it was forced to close. Finding another local, independent business like Tryst, Idle Time Books, Meeps Vintage Clothing, Violet, And Beige, Crooked Beat Records — the kind of businesses that make Adams Morgan a vibrant place for our residents and a destination for visitors — has not been easy. In fact, our experience, and that of other commercial property owners in Adams Morgan, is that the moratorium has made bringing the next great business to Adams Morgan almost impossible. Potential retailers fear that the moratorium inflicts a policy of stagnation on the area, and restaurants see it as a barrier to entry — they simply cannot get the kind of license that is widely

letters to the editor school dress codes threaten individuality

A March 26 article in The Current reported on at-large D.C. Council member Anita Bonds and her opinions about school dress codes. As a student at Deal Middle School, I believe that her ideas would lead kids down the wrong path, and not just because a lot of uniforms are not the best looking. The entire idea behind school uniforms sends the wrong message, a message that says, “Kids cannot be trusted to choose their own clothes.” The idea that children are not smart enough to make their own decisions is offensive, especially if we are referring to high school students. If they have a say in which college they go to, they should be able to express their creativity as they wish. Also, uniforms limit freedom of expression, as well as individuality. Teachers, especially art teachers, are always telling their students to express themselves. We

available in neighborhoods only blocks away. In the rare instance that a coveted license becomes available, the cost is inflated — the moratorium meddles with supply and demand, while neighboring communities are free to enjoy one of the most dramatic economic turnarounds in the city’s history. The effect on Adams Morgan is that a handful of bad actors (that triggered the moratorium in the first place) are still causing the same problems while transformative new businesses that would displace them are often driven elsewhere. This isn’t my opinion, and it isn’t based on hearsay. It’s what has been told to me repeatedly in face-to-face meetings with smart, enthusiastic entrepreneurs who were considering leasing our space but ultimately decided against it because of the threat of this moratorium being extended. While we’re fortunate that excellent restaurants like Mintwood Place, Roofers Union and Jack Rose opened in spite of the hurdles created by the moratorium, few would argue that we’re seeing the level of growth and entrepreneurial energy we should be in this time of record investment in our city. Too often this debate has been simplified as one between those who want a calmer, safer community and those who want a 24-hour party up and down 18th Street. Media love extremes in opposition, and it’s no surprise that the issue has been portrayed that way. But I suspect there is more common ground to be found in Adams Morgan than that. Now, I’m not expecting a “Kumbaya” moment here. But if opposing sides recognize they share the common objective of making Adams Morgan a better place to live and work, they’ll have the political clout to address the problem. We can achieve a better Adams Morgan without the unintended consequences of a broad moratorium that keeps our storefronts empty, while those in neighboring communities flourish. We’ve tried the moratorium for 14 long years now. It hasn’t worked. Now let’s move onward, and hopefully, upward, together. Lynn Skynear owns and operates Skynear Design in Adams Morgan.

can’t do that if you stuff us into those little normality sacks that people call school uniforms. Overall, uniforms are a threat to our individuality and happiness. Olivia Greene Forest Hills

high school suffering under walls merger

I wish to thank The Current for its ongoing excellent coverage of the significant negative impacts the School Without Walls merger with the Francis-Stevens Education Campus has caused the high school. I note in your story of last week that D.C. Public Schools spokesperson Melissa Salmanowitz cited as a benefit to Walls the use of Francis’ facilities for the high school’s lacrosse teams. Francis Field, located on 25th Street NW between M and N streets, is managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation, not D.C. Public Schools. Its use for the Walls lacrosse teams (and field hockey team) was arranged by me per my request to the parks department two years prior to the merger.

As well, the advantage of using that space for practices is quite questionable at this point. The “field” actually is primarily an area of compacted bare dirt, and it is used mostly as a dog park. When I picked up my daughter last week from a lacrosse practice, arriving about 20 minutes before the end, I counted seven unleashed dogs that were using the field at the same time as the girls lacrosse team. I know teams other schools certainly don’t face those kinds of conditions. The requests cited in the petition by the Walls community to the D.C. Council and D.C. Public Schools — that the almost 600 high school students have the full-time attention of a principal; that no students from the high school be relocated to the other facility, a mile away; and that the two portions of the merged school have different budgets to allow clarity for allocation of resources — are all quite reasonable and allow the merger to continue in a manner that does not harm the high school, which the current situation does. Terry Lynch Parent, School Without Walls

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

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 21 meeting: â&#x2013;  chair David Bender announced the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to update its bylaws and policies in the near future. Among other items, the document will include the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning policies and grant program and a listing of alcoholic beverage-serving establishments and foreign missions in the area. â&#x2013;  chair David Bender announced that Egyptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense and military attachĂŠ building on Tracy Place will become the residence of the defense attachĂŠ within a year, once its interior and probably its exterior are renovated. Bender said he asked both the Egyptians and the State Department to go through proper channels and make a presentation before the commission. Bender also reported that the Historic Preservation Review Board has found that the concept for side additions and fence for the Zambian Embassy at 2419 Massachusetts Ave. is compatible with the historic district provided the metal fence is made of iron rather than steel. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Zoning Commission to modify proposed new regulations in order to make it more difficult for diplomatic offices and other business entities to locate in residentially zoned areas. The text of the currently proposed zoning changes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; prepared as part of the broader zoning regulations review process â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would make it easier for chanceries and diplomatic offices to locate in residential areas, allowing them by special exception. Under the neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal, Sheridan-Kalorama, 16th Street, Dupont Circle, Georgetown and several other residential areas would be largely protected from having to host more embassy chanceries. The resolution also called for the Office of Planning to maintain up-to-date maps of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squares Doug Labossiere explained the current rules: If at least a third of a zoning square in a residential area is occupied by chanceries, commercial buildings, private schools or churches, then new offices and businesses can locate within the square as a matter of right. The advisory neighborhood commission-backed proposal is to increase the minimum requirement to 50 percent and not include schools, churches and fire stations. Offices and chanceries currently located in residentially zoned squares would be grandfathered. However, they would not be allowed to expand. Chanceries utilize more street parking, increase traffic and host more large events than residential uses, said Labossiere. Diplomatic chanceries, added Chris Chapin, have exclusive parking rights for part of the curb space in front of their buildings.

â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously supported the use of the Spanish Steps for a June wedding. â&#x2013;  Rob Nevitt, representing Restore Mass Ave, asked the commission to join Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C in passing a resolution designed to protect trees. He pointed out that the South African Embassy designed plans to protect the trees bordering Massachusetts Avenue during its recent construction, but the plans were ignored during the construction, resulting in the death of a large tree. The embassy has agreed to plant 15 more trees to replace the one killed. Under the proposal, should work on a building result in the death of a tree, no changes would be allowed at that building for seven years. Chair David Bender said that the Urban Forestry Administration is already overworked and that the commission did not have a copy of 3Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed language. A resident also pointed out that trees can be damaged by an accident and that the proposed rules could forbid a homeowner who damaged a tree from fixing a broken window. A motion proposed by Eric Lamar to join ANC 3C failed for lack of a second. â&#x2013;  Holly Sukenik of Friends of Mitchell Park announced neighborhood walking tours that will be led by architect and 33-year SheridanKalorama resident Sally Berk, limited to 20 people, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 4, and Saturday, May 17, at a cost of $25 per person. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit anc2d.org or contact davidanc2d01@aol.com. ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover â&#x2013;  Glover Park / cathedral heiGhts The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email info@anc3b.org or visit anc3b.org. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  cleveland Park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heiGhts Massachusetts Avenue Heights cathedral heiGhts The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit anc3c.org. ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  sPrinG valley / wesley heiGhts Wesley Heights Palisades / kent / foxhall The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in the Commons at the Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road NW. Agenda item include:

â&#x2013;  executive session (from 7 to 7:30 p.m., closed to the public). â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  community concerns. â&#x2013;  presentation on American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s East Campus plans by David Dower, assistant vice president for planning and project management, and Linda Argo, assistant vice president for external relations and auxiliary services. â&#x2013;  discussion of American University student conduct issues. â&#x2013;  discussion of a petition by neighbors to complete sidewalks in the 4600-4800 blocks of Dexter Street. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 2824 Hurst Terrace to allow a one-story rear addition to an existing one-family detached dwelling not meeting R-1-B side-yard requirements. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 4509 Foxhall Crescents Drive to allow construction of a single-family detached dwelling on a theoretical lot. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 4527 MacArthur Blvd. to permit a new five-unit apartment house in the R-5-A district. â&#x2013;  consideration of a draft resolution on bus shelters. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org. ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university Park American University Park friendshiP heiGhts / tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Black Box Theater at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements/open forum. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on a resolution relating to proposed changes to bus stops for the 30s line buses on Wisconsin Avenue between Friendship Heights and Georgetown. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on a resolution regarding proposed bike lanes on Van Ness Street between Nebraska and Wisconsin avenues. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on a resolution relating to Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to construct four 138-kV underground transmission circuits between Little Falls Parkway in Maryland and the Van Ness substation in D.C. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on a resolution relating to the student assignment proposals and process. For details, visit anc3e.org. ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest

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Resurgent Cubs eye ISL softball crown By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Over the last two seasons, Visitation’s softball team benefited from strong hitting and defense, but the team was missing the last piece of the puzzle — pitching. But senior catcher Juliette Lewis knew help was coming. Last summer she got to meet and play with Alee Burke, who was about to transfer to Visitation for her junior year. “We met up in New York over the summer at a Binghamton recruitment camp,” said Lewis. “I saw her and I was like, ‘OK, this is going to be a good year.’” With Burke — who transferred to Visitation from Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Md. — the Cubs are now off to a 10-1 record. The junior pitcher has bolstered the team through what could become a championship season. “It makes a world of difference when you have someone who can throw strikes and put some movement on the ball and make the batters have to react to it,” said Cubs coach Mary Conlon. According to Conlon, Burke averages around two walks per game and has several pitches in her arsenal to keep hitters guessing. “She is very smart and knows what to throw,” said Conlon. “She wants to be a coach when she gets older, and she would be very good at that. She throws several different

pitches and is starting to hit the corners better. She doesn’t walk many usually.” Before Burke’s arrival, the team struggled to replace ace pitcher Katie Kolbe, who graduated in 2011. The next year, the Cubs used a stout defense and strong batting to stay afloat and even win the D.C. Softball Classic. But there was still a void on the pitching mound. “It makes all the difference,” Lewis said of Burke’s contributions. “Innings are shorter and we get to focus on hitting and scoring.” Conlon also admitted that this is the best team Visitation has had since Kolbe went to college. “We’ve gone pretty far when we really haven’t had a pitcher, and we’ve done pretty well because we play well defensively. But we haven’t had it all together until now,” she said. For Burke, the Cubs have helped bring out the best in her both on and off the field. “They were so welcoming,” Burke said. “Normally I’m shy, but when I got here I wasn’t shy at all. Everyone just talked to me and we all get along really well. It’s been great. They’re all really fun.” Lewis, who played with the aforementioned Kolbe, has formed a strong pitcher-catcher rapport with Burke in a short period of time. “The chemistry between me and my catcher has been really great, and that’s really helped us so far,” said Burke. “Juliette calls a great game. She can move, she can throw people

out. It’s great having her back there.” Burke is a dual threat — not only a strong pitcher, but also providing the Cubs another steady bat in their lineup. The squad also looks to experienced junior third baseman Caitlyn Fischer and senior captain Katie Ward for leadership. “We also have a lot of returning players with a lot of experience,” said Conlon. The Cubs have also benefited from a pair of phenomenal freshmen — shortstop Allie Clark and first baseman Sydney Love-Baker. “The incoming freshmen are a big help,” said Burke. “Allie Clark makes just about every play hit to her. Sydney at first can scoop up any ball thrown. She has picked up a lot of balls that have helped us get a lot of outs this season.” The revamped Cubs showed their higher level of play by knocking off Washington Catholic Athletic Conference foe Good Counsel 3-0 on Friday afternoon. The Cubs used strong base running and took advantage of two Falcon errors after Fischer and Lewis put the ball in play to go ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning. “We have several players who are very aggressive on the bases, and they will look to get to the next base,” said Conlon. “They aren’t satisfied just getting on one base.” Fischer added an in-the-park homer to provide a 3-0 margin by See Visitation/Page 12

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Junior transfer Alee Burke has provided Visitation with a strong arm on the mound and a steady bat in the rotation this season.

Rivals team up at the prestigious 41st Capital Classic By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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St. John’s guard Mike Morsell, center, joined a slew of local talent at the event.

Roosevelt senior Johnnie Shuler had the ball at the three-point line Saturday afternoon when he saw one of his teammates, Coolidge senior Jamall Gregory, cutting to the basket. Shuler tossed up a perfect pass, and Gregory threw down an alley-oop slam dunk. “He was just open, and I know he has some bounce, so I just threw it up to him,” said Shuler. “During the season we were rivals, but off the court we’re cool and text sometimes.” It was an odd sight, but the Roosevelt and Coolidge foes were teammates as part of the 41st annual Capital Classic at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria. The event brought rivals together as part of four regional teams — North, South, East and West — made up of players from D.C., Maryland and Virginia. (All District athletes were placed on the East squad.) And the main event of the evening pitted the top local all-stars against a team of national stars. In the main event of the evening, the Capital All-Stars fell to the U.S. squad 139-134. Shuler and Gregory were joined by St. John’s guard James Palmer on the Capital squad.

Gregory had the best outing of the locals, as the Colt collected 14 points. Palmer had 12, and Shuler finished with four assists and two points. The Capital team led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, but the national team made a fourth quarter rally for the win. In the preliminary game between the East and West, St. John’s guards Darian Anderson, Darian Bryant and Mike Morsell teamed with Maret guard Steffen Davis, Coolidge guard Sam Briggs and Roosevelt forward Jibreel Faulkner to represent the East. Although they attend rival schools, they relished the chance to team up after getting to know each other on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit. “I know a lot of these guys,” said Davis. “I’ve been playing with them since I was little. The season was past us, and we just wanted to have fun in this game. Playing with them was fun.” Still, the players didn’t have immediate chemistry, and the squad fell into a 33-point hole in the second quarter. Roosevelt coach Rob Nickens, who was selected to coach the East squad, implored his team to focus on defense to spark a rally. The plan worked as the East cut the West’s

lead down to 97-86 by the end of the third quarter. But the rally simply ran out of time as the West went on to win 126-117. For the slew of players on the East squad, it was a chance to get to know some of their rivals off the court. “In the state tournament we were going back and forth, arguing and talking trash. On the court we were complete enemies, but off the court we were cool. But in those days of practice [for the Capital Classic] we were like family out there,” said Bryant. It was also a chance for Nickens to coach some of the players he had to strategize against en route to the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association and city championships. “It was an outstanding feeling to be able to coach these guys, because I’ve seen them play on numerous occasions,” he said. “We worked out two days this week, and just seeing the talent level, I was just saying to myself, ‘Wow, we were able to pull this off against those guys.’” Morsell led the East with 24 points. Bryant had 18; Davis, 14; Faulkner, nine; Briggs, eight; and Anderson, four. In the first game of the afternoon, the North edged the South 109-106.


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Wilson aims to extend DCIAA title streak By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s baseball team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; winner of 21 straight D.C. Interstate Athletic Association crowns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has a very young roster this year, more cubs than Tigers. Despite its youth, the squad still has plenty of bite and has cruised through its DCIAA slate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been on par with how things normally go,â&#x20AC;? said Tigers coach James Silk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re keeping their head in the game and playing hard.â&#x20AC;? But Wilson also loads its schedule with tough private school competition, providing a challenge that struggling D.C. public school programs are unable to match. The mixed range of opponents can create its own challenges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These DCIAA games can be difficult for a team that wants to play at a high level,â&#x20AC;? Silk said of playing against the less competitive programs and encountering problems related to issues such as timing and the speed of the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year it has been more of a struggle with a young team.â&#x20AC;? While prevailing over its DCIAA foes, the team has had a harder time against some private school teams it beat in the past two seasons. After the Tigers suffered a tough 20-1 loss to Gonzaga on April 21, Silk used it as a teaching point to help the green squad improve. The Tigers boast a 7-5 record, which includes recent wins over Ballou by a dominating 31-0 margin and Bullis by a score of 3-2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very young,â&#x20AC;? the coach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We lost seven starters. But that being said, we shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be losing

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Wilson senior catcher Scot Beumel, left, has been one of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anchors this season. He was also the Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quarterback in the fall. ball games 20-1. In my 20 years, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen a team find a funk like this for weeks on end. That falls not on the players, but on the coaches to make sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re prepared. We have to find a way to put it together and find some chemistry.â&#x20AC;? Despite the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inexperience, Silk sees a talented roster that will grow in the next few seasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a great group of puppies that are trying to play the game correctly,â&#x20AC;? said Silk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re learning] to play the game fundamentally sound and to minimize mental and physical mistakes on the field.â&#x20AC;? The Tigers have looked up to their four seniors: catcher Scot Beumel, first baseman Luke Cameron, shortstop Liam Fischer and pitcher Jack Price. The team also relies on

junior Will Gibson, who transferred to Wilson from Landon in Bethesda. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has been spectacular for us and really our one rock on the mound,â&#x20AC;? Silk said. While the Tigers appear to be rolling to a 22nd straight DCIAA crown, they hope to continue to make progress toward the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first D.C. State Athletic Association title. Silk said his players are â&#x20AC;&#x153;going day by day,â&#x20AC;? focused on positioning themselves â&#x20AC;&#x153;to compete at the next level.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there mentally,â&#x20AC;? the coach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on hitting our spots and getting ahead in the count.â&#x20AC;? Wilson will be back in action Saturday when the Tigers travel to play the Heights in a doubleheader.

VISITATION: Burkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pitching has bolstered the Cubs From Page 11

the end of the second inning. Both teams remained scoreless going into the sixth inning, and the Cubs defense stranded five Good Counsel base-runners through five innings. But at the start of the sixth inning, the weather became the star of the game. Calm breezes turned into strong gusts, and a light drizzle became a downpour. As conditions deteriorated, Good Counsel scored three runs to tie the game and had the winning run on third base. Burke lost control in the wet conditions and the bases became slick, which led the umpire to delay the game. After 20 minutes, the game was called. With the score automatically reverting to the last complete inning, Visitation took the 3-0 win.

Scores Boys lacrosse

Wilson 5, GDS 2 Gonzaga 10, Landon 9 Maret 11, Sandy Spring 3 St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10, Maret 9 Gonzaga 14, Ryken 3 Potomac School 16, GDS 0 Flint Hill 11, Sidwell 5 Landon 12, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11

St. Albans 4, Episcopal 3 Wilson 9, McNamara 3

Girls lacrosse

Cathedral 17, St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9 Holy Child 12, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9 St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12, Visitation 3 Visitation 16, Collegiate 14 Potomac School 14, Maret 4 Holy Cross 16, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2 Madeira 9, Cathedral 8 Sidwell 18, Sandy Spring 9

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it helps us a lot with our confidence because Good Counsel is known for being a really good team,â&#x20AC;? said Ward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just knowing we can beat a team like that is a boost.â&#x20AC;? That win also pushed the Cubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; record to 10-1, including a 5-0 mark in Independent School League games. Their undefeated mark in conference games is matched only by Flint Hill. The two teams will collide this afternoon at 4:15 with the regular-season crown on the line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looks like thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to come down to,â&#x20AC;? said Conlon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to keep playing tough like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been. But my expectation is that I hope we can do it.â&#x20AC;? The Cubs players are chomping at the bit to win their first crown since 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like to win, and we hope to bring home the ISL banner and then go on to states and hopefully do well there, too,â&#x20AC;? said Burke.

Cathedral 16, Field 3 Sidwell 14, Bethesda-Chevy Chase 13 Holy Child 22, Cathedral 15

Baseball

Gonzaga 20, Wilson 1 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7, Ryken 1 Flint Hill 3, Maret 2 Potomac School 9, GDS 4 DeMatha 5, Gonzaga 2 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9, McNamara 1

Riverdale Baptist 14, GDS 0 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12, Ireton 0 Potomac School 8, Maret 7 Gonzaga 3, Good Counsel 2 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 0 St. Albans 10, Yorktown 0 DeMatha 5, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0 Paul VI 10, Gonzaga 0

Softball

Maret 2, Episcopal 1

Visitation 15, GDS 0 Sidwell 19, St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9 Good Counsel 5, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0 Visitation 11, Holton-Arms 6 Cathedral 15, Sidwell 0 Seton 3, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0 GDS 13, Sandy Spring 3 Visitation 3, Good Counsel 0 Bell 17, Walls 3 Ireton 11, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3 Ireton 5, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1 Flint Hill 15, Sidwell 4


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nity of freed African-American slaves made this area its home in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Among them was businessman Alfred Pope. The former slave from South Carolina made his fortune on local real estate and a coal yard, according to Kathleen Leskoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Georgetown Remembered.â&#x20AC;? He owned the land occupied by Mount Zion United Methodist Church, a fixture at 1334 29th St. for more than a century and one of the oldest African-American congregations in the city. Pope also developed a group of Colonial-style row houses adjacent to the church. The two-bedroom, one-bath home at 1340 29th St. recently went on the market for $729,000. Over the past seven years, the seller has made clever updates to this 900-square-foot home, including opening up parts of the main level. He also conducted thorough

research on his property, which revealed that Pope began construction in 1890. This two-level residence once housed a large family, according to the owner. Now, the cozy dwelling is ideal for couples, parents with a newborn or a single person. It could also serve as a pied-Ă -terre for an out-of-towner. Much of the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facade is original. The black front door is an addition, complementing the beige exterior and the entryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decorative white molding. Just inside the front entrance, prospective buyers will find the living area, where a long front window facing 29th Street is the main source of natural light. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wood-burning fireplace with a simple modern frame and a brick hearth that appears to have been part of the original structure. Next to that is a built-in shelving and cabinet unit, where the owner showcased preserved old copies of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s application and permits, in addition to a copy of Leskoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book. The main level is clad with vintage hardwood, while the ceilings are lined with the original dentil moldings. Stairs separate the living and the dining rooms, and a trian-

gular section was carved out of the east wall to help brighten this floor. A vintage chandelier dangling in the dining area brings out the classic character of the home. This space leads to the cozy kitchen, where windows facing the rear patio let in sunlight, and white cabinetry and appliances help brighten the space. Mosaic-style slate floors here bring out the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rustic charm, while track lighting adds a modern touch. Three rooms comprise the second floor. The first bedroom faces 29th Street through two oversized windows, and it has a large built-in shelving and cabinet unit. Toward the rear is a master bedroom, which connects to a laundry closet and full bathroom. Back down to the first level, a door off the kitchen leads to an private al fresco space. This shady spot offers privacy and gardening opportunities via raised planters

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commercial areas along M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Pope also made his mark at the corner of O and 29th streets, where the developer built his family home. It continues to sit prominently at 2900 O St., spruced up with rich tones of blue. This two-bedroom, one-bathroom home at 1340 29th St. in Georgetown is listed for $729,000. For more information, contact John Gill of Cathie Gill Inc. at 202-3643066 (office), 202-341-7345 (cell) or jgill@cathiegill.com.

    

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died in the Holocaust. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Isabella Lefkowitz-Rao, fourth-grader

Mann Elementary

Horace Mann has a first-grader named Sophie. She has a twin sister named Isabelle who is also a firstgrader at Mann. They are 7 now and when Sophie was 2 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tumor affects different parts of her body and she is taking different medicines so she can get strong. Last year, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come to school often, but this year she comes a lot. Sophie is a really sweet girl and she loves the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frozen.â&#x20AC;? She works very hard and she loves learning too. Even when she misses

school to go to the hospital, she does all her work. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always proud about what she learns. Her twin sister is her biggest supporter. Team Sophie Bear is trying to help Sophie and other kids with cancer raise money for more research and medicine to get rid of brain tumors in children. They are holding a bake sale on Tuesday, April 29, at 3:15 on the field at Mann. Team Sophie Bear has organized a pajama day, because kids with cancer in the hospital always wear pajamas. There is also a race next Sunday, May 4, that Team Sophie Bear will be competing in. You can learn more about the race at tinyurl.com/llvdp6v. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ava McKeever and Noel Mulugeta, third-graders

   

 

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Our class took a boat trip on the Anacostia River. We went to see what the river is like because we are hatching shad eggs at school. When the shad hatch into fry we will release them into the Anacostia. What we saw at the river surprised us. There were lots of animals but also lots of trash and dirt, from pollution from miles around the river. It all washes down through the watershed into the river. The pollution has made the river bad for fish to live in. Now that people are working to clean up the river, it is getting to be healthy for fish, so we will release our shad fry when they hatch in a few weeks. When our fry go into the river, we know what animals will try to eat them. We saw kingfishers and osprey. They dive into the river to catch fish. We saw two great blue herons. They stand in the river and spear the fish. Some of the fish will get eaten when they are tiny and some will get eaten when they grow bigger. Some will survive and swim out to the ocean. Some of those will come back in a few years to lay eggs because they will remember the smells of the river and they will feel at home there. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Tomasi-Carrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-graders Maretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ninth-grade history class, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shaping of the Modern World,â&#x20AC;? takes students beyond the classroom with an emphasis on local and international hunger, poverty and wealth. This interactive class combines advocacy projects, volunteer work and inspirational speakers. Student groups are working on numerous projects related to stopping hunger and poverty in D.C. My group worked with Maret parent Bob Youngentob, the co-founder and president of The Neighborhoods of EYA, to brainstorm how we could raise awareness for the 70,000 people on D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affordable housing waiting list. Twice a year, ninth-graders are required to volunteer at Loaves and Fishes. History teacher Mr. Bravman organizes parents to drive student volunteers to this D.C. meal project run by St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church. Last week, Menelaos Mazarakis, a high school senior from Princeton, N.J., spoke about his student-run nonprofit organization, Princeton Peru Partnership, which rebuilt a

schoolhouse for a small Peruvian village in the Andes Mountains and is planning future projects in Peru. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Katherine Bowles, ninth-grader

Murch Elementary

Recently, after the DC CAS, Mrs. Wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth-grade class has been busy making and designing puppets. First, parent Judith Keller provided pre-made puppet heads. Next, we papier-mached extra layers to harden the puppet. Our final layer was used with the color paper we wanted our final project to be. That part of the process was especially fun, because of the fact that we used a kind of papier-mache we had never used before. The papiermache mixture had cinnamon in it to stop it from rotting and instead of soaking the paper strips, we lightly drenched the puppets, and patched it with strips of paper. The next class, we covered the handle with cloth to cover our hand. We could choose any color or style cloth. For example, if your puppet is red you can use red cloth or if your puppet has stripes you can cut stripes to go on top of your base cloth. For the next three classes, we accessorized our puppets with cardboard paint and a large variety of materials. Making our puppets was great fun, and they were all made of reused materials to help the environment. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Aaron Shane, fourth-grader

Our Lady of Victory School

On Friday, April 11, the OLV third grade won an awesome pizza party to celebrate being the best class at OLV March Math Madness! I was so proud of our effort. All of us worked really hard to beat the other classes at OLV. The pizza felt like a great reward. March Math Madness is a math competition during all the month of March. Students try to log as much time as they can doing any kind of math at home. I played online math games and tried to score the highest number of points possible. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much fun! I scored more than 500 points and I achieved around 190 medals. Particularly I loved the online games because I could practice my math skills but also compete against other schools in real time. My favorite games included multiplication and division. My teacher, Mr. Price, tries to make learning math fun and challenging. He creates games that See Dispatches/Page 26

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Northwest Real Estate SOLAR: Efforts gaining traction From Page 1

2013, is significant because so many D.C. residents live in apartment buildings, and only a quarter of residential rooftops are generally suitable for solar power, according to DC SUN. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always felt that solar should be affordable and accessible to all residents of D.C.,â&#x20AC;? said Schoolman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will let people do solar in a very different way.â&#x20AC;? The program will go into effect once the D.C. Public Service Commission finalizes regulations. Commission policy adviser Daniel Cleverdon, who emphasized that he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speaking for the entire commission, estimated this process would conclude in the summer. Members of the Washington Ethical Society, a humanistic religious organization, took a different approach when they installed solar panels on the roof of their building, which is located at 7750 16th St. NW. A group of 22 congregants formed a limited liability company, which paid for the solar panels and signed a contract to provide electricity to the Ethical Society for the next 20 years. The solar panels have now been online for a year. Steve Skolnik, chair of the corporationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s management committee, said the technology provides the building with about 38 percent of its electricity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hard work was to create the community-based LLC, to do the legal paperwork and to put up the [panels],â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that solar technology is â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty reliable.â&#x20AC;? Each investor contributed between $4,000 and $12,000. Skolnik estimated they would make their money back in 10 to 12 years and make a modest profit after that. He said the project has already prevented between 25 and 30 tons of carbon

dioxide from entering the atmosphere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a win for the members who put some funds toward stewardship,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a win for the Ethical Society because they have cheaper and cleaner power, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly a win for the environment.â&#x20AC;? Some residents in Upper Northwest are taking a more conventional approach to solar energy: purchasing solar panels in bulk to install on their roofs. Thus far, 20 residents have signed contracts to install panels, and at least 130 more have signed letters of intent ahead of an April 30 deadline. DC SUN is helping residents navigate the process â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the system of significant financial incentives. DC SUN has facilitated projects in Mount Pleasant and Petworth and is currently working with groups in all eight wards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can feel quite overwhelming to try to do this on your own,â&#x20AC;? said Jacques Kapuscinski, a neighborhood leader of the Upper Northwest project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This way people can work together to make a difference, and they feel like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re empowering the community.â&#x20AC;? Kapuscinski said he will pay $13,400 for the panels on his home and their installation, but the federal government will reimburse him for a third of that total. He will also receive credits in the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renewable energy voucher program, which will be valuable because Pepco is required by law to buy credits or build renewable energy sources itself. Kapuscinskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credits will pay for about a third of the installation. In all, he said he should recoup the investment in three to four years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more people there are who do this, the more it will help the industry and the cheaper it will get,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this is just the beginning.â&#x20AC;?

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for Davidâ&#x20AC;? group also had personal stories about how Catania had affected their communities. Ward 2 parent Chris Sondreal, a self-described â&#x20AC;&#x153;single-issue voterâ&#x20AC;? focused on school reform, said he credits the

council member with making him care about D.C. education issues beyond his own childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school. He then echoed Cohenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appraisal of Bowserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach to education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her education policies are basically slogans,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tend to be policies or concrete ideas.â&#x20AC;?

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professor Hans Noel will discuss his book “Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America” at a round-table discussion with Matt Yglesias of Vox.com, Tom Mann of the Brookings Institution, Jonathan Ladd of Georgetown University, Kristina Miller of the University of Maryland at College Park, and John Sides of George Washington University and The Washington Post. 4 to 5:45 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. ■ The Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library will host a National Poetry Month tribute to author and Howard University professor Sterling Brown. Panelists will include E. Ethelbert Miller of Howard University, Joanne Gabbin of James Madison University and James Early of the Smithsonian Institution. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202727-1288. ■ David Harris-Gershon will discuss his book “What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife,” described as part memoir, part journalistic investigation. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. facebook.com/JStreetDC. ■ Christopher Merrill (shown) will read from the work of Burmese poet Tim Moe and discuss contemporary Burmese poetry. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. Films ■ Urban Corps 2014 will feature Jean Pierre Thorn’s 1998 documentary “Faire kiffer les anges,” about the origins of the French hip-hop movement. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

■ The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Keiichi Hara’s 2010 film “Colorful,” about a dejected soul who gets another chance at life in the body of a 14-year-old boy who has just committed suicide. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc. ■ The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host a screening of the PBS documentary “The Civil War” by Ken Burns. A discussion will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ American University will host a screening of Karen Yedaya’s 2009 film “Jaffa,” about the heartbreaking tragedy that erupts from an affair between a young Jewish woman and an Arab mechanic. A discussion with visiting Israeli film professor Dan Chyutin will follow. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lecture Hall 2, Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. american. edu/cas/israelstudies/news.cfm. Special event ■ The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will feature nine competitors, culled from a field of 53 state champions. 7 to 9:15 p.m. Free. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. poetryoutloud.org. Thursday, May 1

Thursday may 1 Benefits ■ In conjunction with the ninth annual DC Yoga Week, Galerie Monnin will host a fundraiser for Ayiti Yoga Outreach, a group that uses yoga as a tool to empower at-risk Haitians. The event will feature Haitianstyle cocktails, a curator talk and a discussion of yoga in Haiti by Ayiti Yoga Outreach founder Lizandra Vidal and D.C.-based yoga teacher Faith Hunter. 5 to 9 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Galerie Monnin, 1800 Wyoming Ave. NW. galeriemonnin.com. ■ A reception in honor of the George-

    

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Wednesday, april 30 ■ Discussion: Consumer advocate and former U.S. presidential candidate Ralph Nader will discuss his book “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. town Senior Center will feature food, cocktails and musical entertainment. 6 to 8 p.m. $75. 1503 35th St. NW. 202-3162632. Class ■ U.S. Botanic Garden children’s program specialist Lee Coykendall will lead a teacher training workshop on “How Plants Work.” 4:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202225-8333. Concerts ■ The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program will present solo performers and a chamber ensemble performing works by Saint-Saëns, Shostakovich and Böhme. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band Chamber Ensemble will perform works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Rodgers and other composers. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ “Musicians From Marlboro III” will feature works by Haydn, Berg and Dvorák. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. ■ The George Washington University Department of Music will present a vocal recital by junior Greg Frering. 7:30 p.m. Free. Room B120, Phillips Hall, George Washington University, 801 22nd St. NW. 202-994-6245. ■ The bands Strung Like a Horse and the Muddy Crows will perform New Orleans-style gypsy jazz. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures ■ Eileen Rockefeller, the great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, will discuss her memoir “Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself.” 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. ■ Author and photographer Candacy Taylor will discuss “American Roots: Hairdressers and Beauty Shop Culture in America.” Noon. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510.

■ Margarita M. Balmaceda, a professor at Seton Hall University, will discuss her book “Living the High Life in Minsk: Russian Energy Rents, Domestic Populism and Belarus’ Impending Crisis.” 1 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/MBBelarus. ■ Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center and a law professor at George Washington University, will discuss “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters,” about the impending 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 1 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-4642. ■ The Palisades Village Book Club will discuss “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. ■ The Literary Book Group will discuss Katherine Boo’s book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” about the lives of the people of a slum on the outskirts of Mumbai, India. 2:30 p.m. Free. Room 219, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Sally Cummings, professor of international relations at St. Andrews University in London, will discuss “Revolution and Art in the Kyrgyz Republic.” 4 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/cummings. ■ Nuno Corp. co-founder Reiko Sudo will discuss the 30-year history of one of the world’s leading makers of contemporary textiles. 6 p.m. $20 to $25; reservations required. Amphitheater, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ D.C.-based sculptor Raymond Kaskey will discuss his artistic process and the collaborative nature of large-scale public projects. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ The Mystery Book Group will discuss “The Wicked Girls” by Alex Marwood. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Marlo Thomas will discuss “The Power of Reinvention,” the subject of her newest book, “It Ain’t Over … Till It’s Over.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40 to $47. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-3030. ■ Arlo Crawford will discuss his book “A Farm Dies Once a Year: A Memoir.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Ann Brashares will discuss her book “The Here and Now” (for ages 13 and older). 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Experienced career mentor Joe Ryan will lead a support group for job seekers. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. megan.mcnitt@dc.gov. ■ The Tenley-Friendship Library’s “Young Prose Book Group,” for ages 21 through 35, will meet to discuss “A Thousand Acres” by Jane Smiley. 7 p.m. Free. Kitty O’Shea’s D.C., 4624 Wisconsin Ave. NW. megan.biggins@dc.gov. ■ Hilda G. Tagle, a senior U.S. District See Events/Page 17


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work will host its fifth annual Las Vegas Night benefit, featuring Texas hold ’em poker, roulette, blackjack and craps tables. 6 p.m. $100 to $250. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-877-1781. Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Butterworth, Spohr, Bach/Liszt, Debussy and Bach/ Busoni. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ The Arts Club of Washington will host its Friday Noon Concert series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3. ■ The Shin Hyun Pill Jazz Band will perform in a contemporary style with soul and rock influences. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Middle C will present a voice, piano, flute and clarinet recital by students of Jean Cioffi. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-2447326. ■ The S&R Foundation’s third annual Overtures Spring Concert Series will feature violinist Tamaki Kawakubo. 6:30 p.m. $65. Evermay Estate, 1623 28th St. NW. overtureseries.org. ■ The Catholic University of America Women’s Chorus will perform works by Brahms, Conte, Holst and Woollen. 7:30 p.m. Free. St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5414. ■ “Barbara Cook’s Spotlight” will feature Broadway singer Megan Hilty. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $60. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The KC Jazz Club will feature pianist Justin Kauflin. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $20. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ A concert celebrating the legacy of Serge Koussevitzky, legendary conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and tireless champion of composers of new music, will feature soprano Tony Arnold, pianist Steven Beck, conductor David Fulmer, clarinetist Alan R. Kay, the Momenta Quartet, pianist Ursula Oppens, cellist Fred Sherry, flutist Marie Tachouet and percussionist Mike Truesdell. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. ■ Dr. Shake and Magnolia Blue will perform. 9 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures ■ Experts will discuss “Who Owns Haiti? Sovereignty in a Fragile State: 20042014.” 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/WOH. ■ Carol Joynt’s Q&A Cafe series will feature lawyer Robert S. Bennett, who represents Mayor Vincent Gray in the U.S. attorney’s campaign financing probe and whose past clients have included President Bill Clinton and other notables. Noon. $35. The George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-9330. ■ Eileen Rockefeller will discuss her book “Being a Rockefeller: Becoming Myself.” Noon. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1519. ■ In conjunction with the exhibit “Ralph

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Book Hill will present their Spring Season Art Walk on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Each of the six participating galleries will launch a fine art exhibit and host an evening stroll. The galleries, located along Wisconsin Avenue between Reservoir Road and Q Street NW, include On ExHiBiT Addison/Ripley Fine Art, All We Art, Maurine Littleton Gallery, Neptune Fine Sunday in the West Building of the Art, Robert Brown Gallery and Susan National Gallery of art and continue Calloway Fine Arts. For details, visit through Nov. 30. georgetowngalleries.com. Located at 6th Street and Constitu■ “New Directions: Adnan Charara,” tion Avenue NW, the museum is open featuring paintings, drawings, sculpMonday through Saturday from 10 a.m. tures and jewelry by the Lebanese-born to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 Charara, will open Friday with a recepp.m. 202-737-4215. tion from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jerusalem ■ “Down & Derby,” presenting new Fund Gallery al-Quds. The exhibit will paintings by Arlington artist Meg continue through June 6. MacKenzie that celebrate Located at 2425 Virthe power and beauty of ginia Ave. NW, the galhorses, will open today at lery is open Monday Foundry Gallery and through Friday from 9 continue through June 1. a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338An opening reception will 1958. take place Friday from 6 ■ “Artis Art: A Latvian to 8 p.m. Voice in Glass,” highlightLocated at 1314 ing glasswork by Latvian 18th St. NW, the gallery artist Artis Nimanis, will is open Wednesday open Friday at the through Sunday from Embassy of latvia and noon to 6 p.m. 202-463continue through May 31. 0203. Located at 2304 meg macKenzie’s ■ Studio 21 will open Massachusetts Ave. NW, an exhibit of photography “music & Harvest” the embassy is open Friby Bob Klein tomorrow day from noon to 7 p.m. will be on exhibit. with a reception at 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon On view through May 31, the images to 5 p.m. 202-328-2840. portray locations in the U.S., Norway, ■ “Search for New Sound: The Blue Costa Rica, Austria, Cuba, India, EcuaNote Photographs of Francis Wolff,” celdor, Tanzania, Montenegro and Borneo. ebrating the 75th anniversary of Blue Located on the Arts Walk at Monroe Note Records with candid photography Street Market near 8th and Monroe of the label’s musicians, will open Saturstreets NE, the gallery is open Thursday day with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at and Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturthe Goethe-institut. Co-organized with day from noon to 4 p.m. 202-269-1608. the German Historical Institute, the ■ The Georgetown Galleries on exhibit will remain on view through July Fasanella: Lest We Forget,” a discussion of the notable American artist’s life, family and artistic career will feature Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Marc Fasanella, the artist’s son.

6:30 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Francine Prose will discuss her book “Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose,

“The pikes,” a 1965 watercolor by andrew Wyeth, is on loan from the San Diego museum of art for the National Gallery of art exhibition. 3. To RSVP for the reception, visit goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite. com. Located at 812 7th St. NW, the institute is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-289-1200, ext. 165. ■ “Come Play With Me,” highlighting mixed-media pieces and an installation by Anthony Dortch and experimental music by Rellik Nissassa, will open Saturday with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Vitruvian Gallery. The show will continue through June 15. Located at 734 7th St. SE on the second floor, the gallery is open during limited weekend hours by appointment. For details visit vitruviangallery.com. ■ “Mirror to the World,” a group show of photography curated by Chevy Chase photographer Frank Van Ripper, will close Monday at photoWorks at Glen Echo park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md. 301-634-2274. 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Festival ■ The Washington National Cathedral See Events/Page 18


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of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Union Marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drive-Inâ&#x20AC;? outdoor movie series will feature Barry Levinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1982 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diner.â&#x20AC;? Gates open at 6 p.m.; film starts at 8 p.m. Free admission; $10 parking fee per car. Union Market, 305 5th St. NE. unionmarketdc.com. meeting â&#x2013;  A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6; free for first-time players. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. performances â&#x2013;  The Theatre Lab and Theater J will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Stories,â&#x20AC;? an intergenerational program featuring the stories of area seniors told through the voices of local middle school students. 5 p.m. Free. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. theatrelab.org. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ellingtoniana! Fabulous @ 40 Festival,â&#x20AC;? spoken word poet and playwright Marc Bamuthi Joseph will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Word Becomes Flesh,â&#x20AC;? a hip-hop theater event bringing his personal history to life. 7:30 p.m. $25. Ellington Blackbox, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R

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St. NW. 202-337-4825. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  Washington Improv Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;WITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Famous Road Show of Longform Improv Comedyâ&#x20AC;? with various ensembles. 7:30 and 10 p.m. $8 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Performances will continue on Friday and Saturday nights through May 31. â&#x2013;  Beny Blaq will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! From Busboy: Open Mic & Talent Showcase.â&#x20AC;? 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. Saturday,may May 3 3 Saturday Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The D.C. Department of Transportation will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ABCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Family Biking,â&#x20AC;? featuring a youth bike course, balance bike races, a cargo bike obstacle course, bike repair clinics and a Parents & Kids Riding Class. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan, 215 G St. NE. kidicalmassdc.blogspot.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;NSO Kinderclassicsâ&#x20AC;? will feature the popular show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bears, Bears Everywhere!â&#x20AC;? (for ages 4 and older). 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about springâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  The Potomac Rose Society will present a symposium on how to grow beautiful roses. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $35 to $45. Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE. 301-460-1793. â&#x2013;  Dawnie Wolfe Steadman, director of the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee, will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;What the Bones Reveal: Real-Time Crime Scene Investigation.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advice for Life With Prayers for World Peace â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Modern Buddhism.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 10:45 a.m. $6. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learn How to Meditate: The Basics.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $25. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. â&#x2013;  Smithsonian Gardens staff members Cindy Brown and Melanie Pyle will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creating Beautiful Container Gardens.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Concerts â&#x2013;  Bassoonist Dilyana Kirova will perform music from around the world with pianist Ivo Kaltchev and dancer Desi Jordanoff. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  The Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series will kick off with Doug Stevenson & the Spades performing blues, jazz, swing and rock music. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Public plaza in front of BB&T Bank at Columbia Road, Adams Mills Road and 16th Street NW. 202-997-0783. â&#x2013;  New York City-based DODO Orchestra, a retro world jazz ensemble, will per-

Saturday, may 3 â&#x2013;  Festival: Cultural Tourism DC will present the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around the World Embassy Tour,â&#x20AC;? featuring open houses, entertainment and cultural programs at more than 50 embassies representing six continents. Activities will include capoeira demonstrations, tango lessons, henna applications, Ceylon tea tastings, Thai massages and Dominican rum tastings. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. culturaltourismdc.org.

form a fusion of tango, samba, swing, chanson, balkanica and reggae. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Middle C will present a guitar and ukulele recital by students of Alicia Kopfstein-Penk. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-2447326. â&#x2013;  The Catholic University of America University Singers and Chamber Choir will perform in honor of the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. 7:30 p.m. Free. Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-319-5414. â&#x2013;  Pianist Audrey Andrist will perform works by Mobberly, Beethoven, Chopin and Poulenc. 8 p.m. Free. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770. â&#x2013;  The five-piece Dublin band I Draw Slow will perform. 8 p.m. $20 to $33.50. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line will perform. 9 p.m. $15 to $18. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Conference â&#x2013;  A Bigger Picture Inc. will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unleashed: Finding Your Purpose and Passion,â&#x20AC;? a conference for young women in grades six to 12. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with three cans of food to be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, 3600 Georgia Ave. NW. abiggerpicturepresentsunleashed. eventbrite.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Civil War interpretation volunteer John Hampton will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Memory of Private John Ellis,â&#x20AC;? about the short life and mysteries of an American who died before his time. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.

â&#x2013;  Emily Parker will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices From the Internet Underground,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Sebastian Barry will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Temporary Gentleman,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Mark A. Bradley will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The launch of the Willard InterContinental and Politics and Prose Literary Series, offering teas and luncheons with notable authors and thinkers, will feature a talk by Linda Przybyszewski, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. $75; reservations required. The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW. 202364-1919. Festivals â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate Herb Day! Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature demonstrations, activities and information tables about the significance of herbs and the many ways they can be used safely and creatively for health, beauty and culinary enjoyment. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Family Day: I Am Beyondâ&#x20AC;? will feature arts and crafts activities, interactive performances, exhibition tours, storytelling for young children, music, a scavenger hunt and a magic performance. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. apa.si.edu. â&#x2013;  The annual Lafayette Elementary School Spring Fair will feature carnival rides, moon bounces, a dunk tank, a petting zoo, face painting, magicians, a bike swap, food, and local vendors offering plants, books, jewelry and coins. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Lafayette Elementary School, 5701 Broad Branch Road NW. lafayettehsa.org/spring-fair-2014. â&#x2013;  As part of the Funk Paradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daylong celebration of the spirit and soul of U Street, an afternoon street fair will feature music, performances, art displays and workshops. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. U Street between 9th and 16th streets NW. funkparade.com. A participatory parade from 5 to 7 p.m. will begin at Vermont Avenue and U Street; a music festival from 7 to 10 p.m. will feature free shows in various neighborhood venues. â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Soldiers Homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second annual Spring Fling family festival will feature music by Herb Spice & the Cinnamonstix, food trucks, beer and sodas, nature walks, toy boat races, and carnival games and prizes. 1 to 5 p.m. Free admission; $5 for parking. Armed Forces Retirement Home, Rock Creek Church Road and Randolph Street NW. friendsofsoldiers.org. â&#x2013;  In celebration of the ninth annual HerbDay, the groups Centro Ashe and EcoHermanas will present a multicultural and family-friendly event with bilingual workshops, an outdoor herbal village-style market, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crafts, a seed exchange, music, dance and art. 3:30 to 9 p.m. Free admission. Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW. centroashe.org. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artists, Amateurs, Alternative SpacSee Events/Page 19


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Events Entertainment Continued From page 18 es: Experimental Cinema in Eastern Europe, 1960-1990â&#x20AC;? will feature an illustrated lecture by Sonja Simonyi and four short films produced by the BalĂĄzs BĂŠla Studio in Budapest. 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. performances â&#x2013;  Stanislaw Gorka will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gruzinski Toast, albo Szkielet Sledzia,â&#x20AC;? a oneman show that takes the audience back in time to occupied Poland, Russia and the childhood years (in Polish). 5 p.m. $20 to $25. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. bbernhardt@thekf.org. â&#x2013;  The Joy of Motion Dance Center will present performances by DanceFusion Jazz Project, Jazz Factor, Raqs Jameel and Vibe Tribe, at 6:30 p.m.; and Groove Elements, Soles of Steel and Rhythmix, at 8:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. â&#x2013;  Rorschach Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six Impossible Things,â&#x20AC;? a benefit performance featuring six new works â&#x20AC;&#x201D; each staged in a different room in the historic Intown Uptown Inn. Proceeds will benefit the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic programming. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $95. Intown Uptown Inn, 4907 14th St. NW. rorschachtheatre.com. â&#x2013;  Crash of Rhinos will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sacred Cows,â&#x20AC;? an irreverent comedy by Mario Baldessari and Jim Helein that skewers religious intolerance. 7:30 p.m. $15. National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. theconservatory.org/rhinos.html. The performance will repeat May 10 and 17. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ellingtoniana! Fabulous @ 40 Festival,â&#x20AC;? Duke Ellington School of the Arts students will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Legacy Project,â&#x20AC;? about nine young women who embark on an unpredictable journey of reconnecting with their cultural roots. 7:30 p.m. $25. Ellington Blackbox, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. 202-337-4825. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Pan American Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Tango Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will conclude with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Todo Tango,â&#x20AC;? featuring 30 musicians, bandoneĂłn players Rodolfo Zanetti and Emmanuel Trifiglio, tango pianist Octavio Brunetti and an international cast of tango dancers. 8 p.m. $30 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 240-242-8032. Special events â&#x2013;  Spa & Spirit Day, a fundraiser for the Institute for Spiritual Development, will feature manicures, reflexology, holistic massage and more. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fees vary; reservations required. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. isd-dc.org. â&#x2013;  DC Community Yogaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ninth annual DC Yoga Week will culminate with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga on the Mall,â&#x20AC;? featuring demonstrations and all-level outdoor community classes led by area instructors. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Constitution Gardens near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Avenue near 19th Street NW. dccy.org. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Save the Amphibians Dayâ&#x20AC;? will feature Smithsonian scientists discussing research and conservation projects from around the world, as well as childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, keeper talks and animal demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Reptile Discovery Center, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu.

â&#x2013;  Minyan Oneg Shabbat will present a morning of meditation, music, movement and more as part of an authentic Jewish contemplative practice led by Mark Novak, Elyssa Joy Auster and Gilah Langner. 10:15 a.m. to noon. Free. Geneva Room, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-362-3270. â&#x2013;  The 32nd annual Parkmont Poetry Festival will honor 40 finalists â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 20 from middle schools and 40 from upper schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at a Reading and Awards Ceremony led by Spelman College poetry instructor Sharan Strange. 2 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Edmund Burke School, 4101 Connecticut Ave. NW. parkmontpoetryfestival.org. â&#x2013;  Perry School Community Services Center will present its annual Kentucky Derby Day Party, featuring games, auctions and prizes. 4 to 7 p.m. $25 to $30. The Park at Fourteenth, 920 14th St. NW. PerrySchool.org. â&#x2013;  Washington National Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera in the Outfieldâ&#x20AC;? simulcast at Nationals Park will feature the opening night of a new English-language version of Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic Flute.â&#x20AC;? Gates open at 5 p.m. for entertainment, family activities and prize giveaways; simulcast at 7 p.m. Free admission. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. operaintheoutfield.org. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Breakinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: A Sixth & I Dance Partyâ&#x20AC;? will feature Top 40 hits and nostalgic favorites spun by DJ G Events. 7 p.m. $8. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013;  The National Capital Astronomers and park ranger Tony Linforth will host an evening of star- and planet-gazing with telescopes set up to view distant objects. 9 to 10 p.m. Free. Military Field, Military and Glover Roads NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A closing party for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urban Corps 2014â&#x20AC;? will feature by choreographer Aurelien Kairoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Light-Paint Dance,â&#x20AC;? a combination of light painting and performance dance. 10 p.m. $10 to $15. Malmaison, 3401 K St. NW. francedc.org. Tour â&#x2013;  Washington Walks will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adolf Cluss in Penn Quarter,â&#x20AC;? a walking tour focusing on the work of the German immigrant, architect and civil engineer. 11 a.m. $15. Meet outside the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro station. washingtonwalks.com. Sunday, May 4

Sunday may 4 art event â&#x2013;  Hinckley Potteryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 23rd annual student show will feature stoneware and porcelain platters, bowls, mugs, vases, teapots and other vessels made by 29 experienced potters. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Hinckley Pottery, 1707 Kalorama Road NW. on.fb.me/1hgZis5. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  With guidance from members of the DC Maxecutors, participants will construct their own rubber-band-propelled model airplane and then try a test flight in the Great Hall (ages 8 and older). 9 to 11 a.m. $10 to $15; free for adults with an accompanying child. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  A build-and-launch rocket workshop will teach participants about the science behind rocketry. 1 to 2 p.m. for kindergartners through second-graders; 2:30 to 3:30

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Blue Man Group to visit The Blue Man Group will return to D.C. for a one-week engagement May 6 through 11 at the National Theatre. The theatrical tour features brand-new content interspersed with classic Blue Man favorites. The new sound, set

On STaGE and video design centering around a proscenium-sized LED curtain and high-resolution screen create an entirely new, high-impact visual experience. Tickets start at $48. The theater is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-514-3849; thenationaldc.com. â&#x2013;  Taffety punk Theatre Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rulebreaker Rep,â&#x20AC;? featuring two plays about literary giants confronting their own dangerous delusions, May 7 through 31 at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Howard Brentonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bloody Poetryâ&#x20AC;? follows writers Percy and Mary Shelley, her half-sister Claire Clairmont and Lord Byron through six years of the quartetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entangled existence as their radical views on love, life and writing put them at odds with conventional society and eventually with each other. Kathleen Cahillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charmâ&#x20AC;? presents the fascinating presence of Margaret Fuller, who upends the male-dominated literary world of Hawthorne, Emerson and Thoreau â&#x20AC;&#x201D; threatening p.m. for third- through fifth-graders. Free; reservations required. Barstons Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Play, 5536 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2443602. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;May the Fourth Be With Youâ&#x20AC;? will celebrate all things â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Warsâ&#x20AC;? with crafts, games, music, books and refreshments (for ages 5 through 12). 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  A Cinco de Mayo celebration will feature stories and crafts (for ages 6 through 12). 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bluegrass Sundayâ&#x20AC;? will feature Newgrass Effect with Tom Gray. 11 a.m. Free. Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-966-7929. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ownâ&#x20AC;? U.S. Marine Band will perform. 2 p.m. Free. Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  Soprano Millicent Scarlett will perform songs and arias by Verdi, Korngold, Rachmaninoff, Rorem and others, as well as spirituals. A reception will follow. 3 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202363-4900.

The Blue man Group will bring its theatrical tour to the National Theatre may 6 through 11. their notions of womanhood in 1840s America. Tickets cost $15. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is located at 545 7th St. SE. 800-838-3006; tix.taffetypunk.com. â&#x2013;  arena Stage will present the world premiere of Pulitzerwinning writer Lawrence Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historical drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camp Davidâ&#x20AC;? through May 4 in the Kreeger Theater. Tickets cost $55 to $110. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; arenastage.org. â&#x2013;  Studio 2ndStage will present the U.S. premiere of Australian playwright Declan Greeneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s darkly funny, provocative drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mothâ&#x20AC;? through May 4 at Studio Theatre. Tickets cost $30 to $35. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; studiotheatre.org.

â&#x2013;  Soprano Shirley Taylor Moore will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Afternoon of Opera, Art Songs and Spiritualsâ&#x20AC;? with guest tenor Paul McIlvaine. 3 p.m. $20; $7.50 for ages 12 and younger. Satterlee Hall, St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-363-8286. â&#x2013;  Israeli-American cellist Amid Peled will join students from his cello studio at the Peabody Institute and pianist Eli Kalman in a performance of David Popperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiemâ&#x20AC;? and other works. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music. â&#x2013;  The Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;She Said/He Said,â&#x20AC;? featuring music and texts exploring the feminine ideal and the harmony and tension between the sexes. 5 p.m. $25 to $40. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 3240 O St. NW. 202-338-1796. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Symphony will pres-

ent â&#x20AC;&#x153;American MusicFest, Part II,â&#x20AC;? featuring guest soprano Mary Gresock and two favorite works by Samuel Barber. 5 p.m. $25; free for ages 16 and younger. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform the music of Richard Ayleward, William A. Harris and Jacques Arcadelt. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202333-6677. â&#x2013;  Organist Jeremy Filsell, Washington National Cathedral artist-in-residence, will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. â&#x2013;  As part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Note at 75,â&#x20AC;? jazz vocalist Marlena Shaw will perform with pianist Andrew Adair, bassist James King and drummer Lennie Robinson. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Guitarist Paul Galbraith will perform works by Bach and Mozart. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, See Events/Page 20

    

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Continued From page 19 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Sean Hayes will perform. 8 p.m. $18 to $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-9876487. â&#x2013;  The bands Moon Hooch and Sakima will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Members of the DC Maxecuters will fly their model airplanes in the Great Hall. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Husain Haqqani, director of the Center of International Relations, professor of international relations at Boston University and former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Pakistani View of the American-Pakistani Security Relationship and Its Regional and Global Implications.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Nancy Anderson, curator and head of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art, and Charles Brock, associate curator of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will provide an introduction to the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Brian Lamb will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sundays at Eight: 25 Years of Stories From C-Spanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Q&A and Booknotes,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and a panel discussion will focus on the breadth and diversity of nonfiction in

picture books, at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Past Belief: Visions of Early Christianity in Renaissance and Reformation Europeâ&#x20AC;? lecture series, Princeton University professor Anthony Grafton will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martyrdom and Persecution: The Uses of Early Christian Suffering.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Michael Janis, an architect turned artist who works with powdered glass, high-fire enamels and decals to create dreamlike imagery, will discuss his techniques, work and career. 2 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  Angie Chuang (shown), author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Four Words for Homeâ&#x20AC;? will discuss her book and the state of diversity and race in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s literary landscape in a panel discussion with Alan King, poet and author; and Heather BuchananGueringer and Randall Horton of Willow Books, the literary division of Aquarius Press. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films â&#x2013;  The Freer Gallery of Art will present Sofia Coppolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2003 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost in Translation,â&#x20AC;? featuring Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray. 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 present Bill Morrisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Flood.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Audi-

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Sunday, may 4 â&#x2013;  Festival: The Maru Montero Dance Company will host its annual National Cinco de Mayo Festival, featuring dance performances, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, a Mexican market and Latin American cuisine. Noon to 6 p.m. Free admission. National Mall between 8th and 12th streets. marumontero.com. torium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. performances â&#x2013;  The Joy of Motion Dance Center will present performances by Groove Elements, Soles of Steel and Rhythmix, at 2 p.m.; and DanceFusion Jazz Project, Jazz Factor, Raqs Jameel and Vibe Tribe, at 4 p.m. $20 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Louder Than a Bomb â&#x20AC;&#x201D; DMV Teen Poetry Slam Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will present a preliminary competition featuring Wilson, McKinley Tech, Oxon Hill, Washington-Lee and Woodlawn high schools. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $5; free for middle and high school students. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sparkle,â&#x20AC;? an open mic event for LGBT-dedicated poets. 8 to 10 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events â&#x2013;  The fourth annual Literary Hill Bookfest will feature 40 local authors and poets who will discuss, sell and sign their literary works. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. North Hall, Eastern Market, 225 7th St. SE. literaryhillbookfest.org. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22nd annual Spring Gala â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a salute to the tenure of Kennedy Center president Michael M. Kaiser â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camelot in Concert,â&#x20AC;? starring Laura Michelle Kelly, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ryan Silverman, Josh Grisetti, Tony Sheldon and the National Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. $45 to $160. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Tour â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spies: North by Northwestâ&#x20AC;? walking tour will feature tales of espionage and spying in the area near the Washington National Cathedral and the Russian Embassy. 1 p.m. $15. Meet in the park on the southeast corner of Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 703-5691875. Monday, May 5 Monday may 5 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  BearSong, the Guitar Man, will lead a storytime for ages 4 and younger. 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Con-

Classes â&#x2013;  The nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine will host a weekly yoga class led by instructor Francesca Valente. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 400, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-686-2210. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  Political consultant and Knowledge Commons DC instructor Halley Aelion will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Corporate Social Responsibility: Fact or Fiction?â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; registration required. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. knowledgecommonsdc.org. â&#x2013;  Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present a weekly class featuring guided meditations and teachings. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 per class. Third-floor lounge, Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. meditation-dc.org. The class will also be offered Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  Members of Washington National Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and other performers will present musical highlights from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic Flute.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Note at 75â&#x20AC;? concert series will feature the Lennie CujĂŠ Band, featuring pianist Jay Cooley, flutist Bruce Swaim and bassist Paul Langosh. 8:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202289-1200. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Romain Huret, associate professor of history at the University of Lyon in France, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Republic Without Taxpayers? American Resisters to Progressive Taxation From the Civil War to the Presentâ&#x20AC;? and his research into anti-tax petitions sent to Congress. Noon. Free. Room G-25, Research Center, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond the Monuments Men: Looting, Misappropriation, and Recovery of Fine Artâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Bonnie Magniss-Gardiner, head of the FBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art theft division; Corine Wegener, cultural heritage preservation officer at the Smithsonian Institution; and Thomas Kline, a professor at George Washington University and an attorney who represents clients in fine art recovery cases. 6 to 8 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. ArtTable.org. â&#x2013;  Investigative reporter Christopher Leonard will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Food Business.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Chinelo Okparanta will discuss her debut story collection, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happiness, Like Water.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488. â&#x2013;  Akhil Sharma will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Life.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library will host the

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? series. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cool Hand Paulâ&#x20AC;? series will feature George Roy Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1973 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sting,â&#x20AC;? starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7833372. â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Note at 75â&#x20AC;? film series on the history of jazz will feature Julian Benediktâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Note â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Story of Modern Jazz,â&#x20AC;? with an introductory talk by Library of Congress senior music reference specialist Larry Applebaum. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202289-1200. â&#x2013;  The Opera in Cinema series will present a production of Massenetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manon,â&#x20AC;? starring Anna Netrebko and Rolando VillazĂłn. 7 p.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again May 10 at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present the first three episodes of the hit Israeli television series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shtisel.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $12.50. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Screenings will continue May 12, 19 and 26. reading â&#x2013;  Scottish poet, writer and playwright Carol Ann Duffy will read from her work. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Los Angeles Dodgers. 7:05 p.m. $10 to $90. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. and Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday,may May 6 6 Tuesday Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Firefighters will present an interactive demonstration on fire safety and what to do in an emergency, followed by a chance for children to climb onto a fire truck (for ages 3 through 5). 10:30 a.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3096. Classes â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will host a hands-on tutorial on MedlinePlus, a National Institutes of Health website with information about medical conditions and procedures, medications, healthy lifestyle choices and more. 10:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take an Om Breakâ&#x20AC;? lunch-hour yoga series. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. erika.rydberg@dc.gov. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Bach Consortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Noontime Cantatas series will feature organist Todd Fickley performing works by See Events/Page 21


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Events Entertainment Continued From page 20 Bach. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  As part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Note at 75,â&#x20AC;? members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will perform repertoire from the labelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storied 75-year history. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Korea-U.S. Jazz Dialogue,â&#x20AC;? a joint concert commemorating the legacy of Duke Ellington, will feature the Shin Hyun Pill Jazz Band and the New Washingtonians Jazz Ensemble. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Ellington Theatre, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. KoreaCultureDC.org. â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Note at 75â&#x20AC;? concert series will feature the Allyn Johnson Trio with â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Tribute to the Music of Jutta Hipp.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. â&#x2013;  Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge will host an open mic show. 9 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Tessa Murdoch, deputy keeper of sculpture, metalwork, ceramics and glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum and coeditor of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going for Gold: Craftsmanship and Collecting of Gold Boxes,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going for the Gold: Snuff Taking, Fashion and Accessories.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7:30 p.m. $7 to $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807. â&#x2013;  The World Affairs Council will present a talk by Johns Hopkins University professor and former foreign service officer Daniel Serwer on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Righting the Balance: How You Can Help Protect America.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Auditorium, University of California Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-293-1051. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whither America: A Foreign Policy Debate Among Realists, Nationalists and Internationalistsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Henry Nau, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University; Michael Lind, co-founder of the New America Foundation; and Ivan Eland, senior fellow and director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/foreignpolicy. â&#x2013;  Maggie Shipstead will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Astonish Meâ&#x20AC;? in conversation with Jennifer Close. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Book Club With a Beatâ&#x20AC;? will host a discussion of Marc Andersenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  Lucky Dog Animal Rescue founder Kristin Kloster will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shelter Puppy Tales,â&#x20AC;? about the importance of adopting. 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dear Prudence â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mommy Dearest Editionâ&#x20AC;? will feature Slateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice columnist Emily Yoffe and science and health editor Laura Helmuth with a pre-Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day conversation about the craziest and most amazing letters Yoffe has received about mothers. 7 p.m. $20. Sixth & I His-

toric Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-9876487. Films â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly May film series will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Silver Screen,â&#x20AC;? featuring movies about aging. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Bread & Roses monthly labor series will feature Rick Tejada-Flores and Raymond Tellesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Struggle.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;CinĂŠma at BloomBars,â&#x20AC;? a monthly film series benefiting the Alliance Française de Washington and BloomBars, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Au-delĂ  du nuage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Yonaoshi 3.11,â&#x20AC;? about the immense changes caused by the nuclear disaster at Fukushima and the possibility of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revival. 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. BloomBars, 3222 11th St. NW. francedc.org. performances â&#x2013;  The weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesdays With Funnieâ&#x20AC;? series â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring comedy, music, improv and vaudeville â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The DMV Roast of Vincent Gray,â&#x20AC;? featuring comedian Haywood Turnipseed Jr. as the D.C. mayor. 8 p.m. Free. The Brixton, 901 U St. NW. 202-431-4704. â&#x2013;  Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature Love Onion and People Like Us. 9 p.m. Free. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. washingtonimprovtheater.com. reading â&#x2013;  The Washington Stage Guild will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Severed Headâ&#x20AC;? by Iris Murdoch and J.B. Priestley. 7 p.m. Free. Undercroft Theater, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. stageguild.org/reading-series. Tour â&#x2013;  A guided garden tour will trace the history and horticulture of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and English boxwood. 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. $10; free for members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. Wednesday, May 7

Wednesday may 7 Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Kripalu yoga teacher Eva Blutinger will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga in the Galleriesâ&#x20AC;? class. 10 a.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8851300. â&#x2013;  Experienced career mentor Joe Ryan will lead a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;RĂŠsumĂŠ, Cover Letter and Correspondence Developmentâ&#x20AC;? as part of a seven-session series on job seeking skills. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. megan.mcnitt@dc.gov. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homegrown Concerts in the Pavilionâ&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music From Greece and Asiaâ&#x20AC;? featuring musician Spyros Koliavasilis and the Karpouzi Trio. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. â&#x2013;  Trumpeter A. Scott Wood and organist Benjamin Hutto will perform Easter music. 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  As part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Note at 75,â&#x20AC;? Cubanborn American pianist Fabian Almazan will

perform selections from his March 2014 album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhizome.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Aima Labra-Makk on piano and Florian Kitt on violoncello will perform World War I-era compositions by Kodaly and Stravinsky, paired with modern-day works. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. labrakitt.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communion DCâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an eclectic mix of up-and-coming musical acts curated by Communion Music â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature live sets by Neulore, Bootstraps, Busy Living, Cub Sport and the Sea Life. 8 p.m. $9.50 to $12. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Books@Noon will feature a talk by Craig Nelson, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. $12 to $18. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Role of Art in Diplomacy: The Artist in a Global Communityâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Anna Deavere Smith, actress, playwright and director of Anna Deavere Smith Works at the Aspen Institute; Robert Storr, chair of Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Professional Fine Arts Committee and dean of the Yale School of Art; and Carrie Mae Weems, artist. 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;March: Book One,â&#x20AC;? his memoir in the form of a graphic novel. 6 to 8 p.m. $15 to $20. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Nathaniel Philbrick will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $45. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. dumbartonhouse.org. â&#x2013;  Folger Shakespeare Library director Michael Witmore will discuss his perspective on the Bardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Two Gen-

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Interfaith Family.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. performances â&#x2013;  The Happenings at the Harman series will present Faction of Fools Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pinocchio!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a new adaptation for young audiences with five actors and a flurry of masks, music and merriment. Noon. Free; reservations suggested. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202547-5688. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Moves: symphony + danceâ&#x20AC;? festival will feature selections from Bernsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Townâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Waterfrontâ&#x20AC;? with dance ensemble Keigwin + Company performing new, original choreography, as well as Schumanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;New England Triptychâ&#x20AC;? and a new concerto with principal bassoonist Sue Heineman. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7 p.m. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the Indiana Fever in a preseason game. 11:30 a.m. $9 to $150. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.

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DISPATCHES From Page 14 teach us interesting math facts. And he is always helpful if we don’t understand something. Math has always been one of my favorite subjects. Although some kids may think math is boring, they would be surprised at how much fun it can be. The trick is to include games and everyday facts into it. And the reward is that, by knowing your math facts, you will never overpay anything. Try it. You will not regret it. —David K., third-grader

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This year is celebrating Parkmont’s 40th year of the Poetry Festival. Four hundred poems were entered from many different schools. From that, 100 poems were chosen. Then it became 40 poems and my poem is one of the 40 poems. This is my first year in Parkmont School and my first time in the poetry festival. I am very happy. My poem is “Undiscovered love.” This is a love poem. I am excited to represent Parkmont School. The festival will be at Edmund Burke School on Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m. — Soliyana Tefera, sixth-grader

Ross Elementary

This week almost all of our students got to go on a field trip. First, the pre-K, kindergarten and first grade took a field trip to the Kennedy Center. The fourth and fifth grades went to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Expo at the Washington Convention Center. We are still working on our science fair projects. Our proposals are due to our science teacher, Mr. Markus, soon. We are getting ready for our annual Mother’s/Father’s Day Book Sale. The monies we get from this fundraiser will be used to buy new books, including books we like. You buy a book in honor of someone like a parent, friend or someone you work with. Then a special bookplate will go into the book. The event will take place April 26 through 28. Our parents are in charge of making this event happen. Mrs. Nora Rigby, one of our parents, is the book drive coordinator. Some students are also taking a “How To Play Chess” class. One of our parents, Zlvorand Djuric, is the teacher. This is an eight-week class of chess lessons for grades one through five. It starts this Monday, April 28, at Ross. Ms. Nancy Monroe read aloud to the second-graders. Ms. Monroe was that she attended Ross as a little girl. Right now, Ms. Monroe is director of communications at the U.S. Department of Interior. — Jonathan Velasquez, fifth-grader

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

We only attend Writer’s Work-

shop once a week, but you would be surprised how much we get done. It usually runs from 3 to 4 p.m., but sometimes we start early during carpool. Writer’s Workshop has made a big difference in our school lives. In addition to doing writing projects assigned to us in school, we also write for competitions and for ourselves. Below is a sampling of our favorite things about Writer’s Workshop and some of the challenges we have overcome during the past seven months. “My favorite writing activity is when Mr. Passmore gives me the first and last sentence of a story and I have to come up with everything in the middle,” said one student. “Writers Workshop is one of the best things I have done this year! It has helped me write better essays and better stories, too,” said another. “It was great to have my friends around working on their stories while I was working on mine, and having my teacher around to ask questions.” A third reported, “My friend and I decided to write a sequel to one of the books we read in language arts class. We talk about the story and then write alternating chapters. Because we have the story on Google Drive, we can work on it at home, too.” — Luca Arvanitis, Sofie Fisher, Katie Graham, Lauren Hurley and Katherine Moe, fifth-graders

School Without Walls High School

Over spring break, a group of 25 of our students boarded a plane for a 14-hour journey. They were headed for the land of the rising sun: Japan. They traveled to five cities in total — Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, Hakona and Osaka. Throughout their travels, they visited many shrines such as the Meiji shrine, named after a former time period in Japanese history, the Meiji Restoration. On other days, they visited the Osaka castle, went to shopping centers and explored the five cities. Tokyo was the largest so they were given the most time to venture around the city. The Japan trip marks our fifth trip abroad of the year. Every year, they go to different locations but there are always multiple trips on the calendar. In this calendar year alone, students and teachers have travelled to India, Italy, China, Mexico and Japan. Each of the trips had different purposes, too. Some went for cultural immersion, but others had different reasons. For instance, the Stage Band went to China to perform, and the scuba club went to Mexico to go scuba diving near Cancun. — Eleonore Edgell, 12th-grader

Sheridan School

Normally when you think about reading, you probably think of words on a page and libraries. At Sheridan School, reading involves dance, life-sized board games and music. All of this was done to celebrate Sheridan Reading Day. There were many activities to choose from including charades, “Drop

Everything and Read” time, blind book dates and many more. We went through each of these activities in groups with students from all grades. We made our way from classroom to classroom playing games, having fun and learning about all of the different types of books we can read. After we were done inside we headed out to the playground field to take part in a life-sized board game where the object was to collect stickers from correctly answering questions about literature. For example, you had to be able to name a particular character based on clues or pictures. The day wrapped up with an assembly where the winners of the Battle of the Books were announced. We voted on “awesome picture book,” “middle grade realistic fiction,” “middle grade fantasy adventure” and “upper school book award.” The winners were “Mr. Wuffles” by David Wiesner, “Pie” by Sarah Weeks, “The House of Hades” by Rick Riordan and “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth, all of which produced a big cheer from the audience. This was a great way to learn about new books. — Clark Mocek, third-grader

Stoddert Elementary

Earth Day was April 22 and at Stoddert we had an Earth Day poster contest. It was sponsored by our librarian, Ms. Bowlin, and by Ms. Tatiana. The poster had to be 11 inches by 14 inches and it had to contain an original slogan and it had to be hand-drawn. It also had to be colorful. Hi, I’m Maria, and I got third place. I drew a hand that holds an Earth and there were leaves on the Earth making it look like an apple. The slogan was, “Be good to the Earth — it’s our home!” Hi, I’m Ksenia. I drew an Earth and kids were holding each other’s hands around the Earth and standing. My slogan was, “Make everyday Earth day!” The winning poster was by Elena Stepanova who is in the first grade and she drew a lot of flowers and her slogan was, “The Earth laughs in flowers.” This poster was really beautiful with flowers and it was colorful. — Maria Vushkarnik and Ksenia Chepurnova, fifth-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

This week students came back from spring break to finish out the last lap of the school year. Over the next month and a half students and teachers will busy with fun activities and the week of finals. Next Thursday our school will participate in our annual Multicultural Night. Students and teachers will show art, culture and food related to their ethnicities. Librarian Ms. Hamm will also show literature that represents different cultures, including classical cultures. This will certainly be a night to remember, full of music and dance. — Niara Tarleton-Allen, 10th-grader


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