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Wilson aims to foil Westboro demonstration

Council OKs tax cuts, trims streetcar funding


■ Budget: ‘Gym tax’ among

most hotly debated provisions

By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Roughly 1,000 students and community members are getting ready to counter-protest Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas-based group planning to picket outside Wilson High School next Monday. Classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Westboro has attracted widespread opposition nationwide for protesting military funerals; it is also known for strong ideologies against gay rights. The church is targeting Wilson over the high school’s second annual Pride Day, a celebration being held today in support of students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning. Mayor Vincent Gray will hold his weekly press briefing at the Tenleytown school in conjunction with the Pride event. In an interview this week, Principal Peter Cahall said Wilson has been working to ensure that the counter-protest will be peaceful and safe. Students are making signs for the demonstration, and they plan to gather together outside the school at See Wilson/Page 2

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Council last week approved aggressive reforms to the city’s tax code, at the same time undercutting some chief priorities for Mayor Vincent Gray. In their initial budget vote, council members approved $165 million in annual tax relief, including cuts for low- and middle-income residents and a phased decrease to business taxes. The tax cuts — the largest the city has seen since the 1990s — are controversially offset in part

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Lafayette Elementary School attempted Friday to break the Guinness World Record for Bubble Wrap popping. The Chevy Chase school had 643 people popping bubbles for two minutes, which if verified will break the old mark of 532.

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer


City grants offer boost for ‘Great Streets’ businesses ■ Commerce: Program aims

to spruce up retail corridors

By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

DCPS stumbles through softball season When the School Without Walls girls softball team took the field for the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game at 5 p.m. Friday, two critical things were missing — the team’s opponent, Wilson High, and the umpire. The Wilson Tigers’ bus arrived at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Southeast at around 5:10, but the umpire didn’t get to the field until 6:21. As the teams waited, one player sarcastically said to a group of parents, “It’s a DCIAA game — what do you think is going on!” The hour-plus delay and the championship game that followed,

by tinkering with funds for the city’s planned streetcar network, and expanding sales taxes to cover nine types of businesses, including gyms, yoga studios and car washes. The council is slated to take a second vote on budget matters on June 11. Two members — Tommy Wells (Ward 6) and Marion Barry (Ward 8) — voted against the proposed budget last Wednesday, with Wells opposing the streetcar changes and Barry accusing Chairman Phil Mendelson of last-minute maneuvering. Mendelson’s budget proposal embraces the majority of recommendations that came from a tax revision panel steered by former See Budget/Page 18

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Glitches at Friday’s title game capped a year beset by delays, cancellations and forfeits.

which Wilson won 20-0, concluded a tumultuous season for softball players in the city’s official public school league. “We feel like nobody cares,” said one Wilson parent. “This is the championship game, and they can’t

get it right. They can’t get officials here, and they can’t get a bus on time. It drives me insane.” The Tigers, who won the league, played only four conference games this season. Weather postponements were never rescheduled after the Department of Parks and Recreation closed fields following rain, sometimes for days at a time. And competing teams forfeited when they couldn’t field enough players on a particular day or even folded altogether. The league’s issues with softball have been evident since 2012, when the Tigers lost a championship game to Walls after the umpire failed to halt play during a torrential downSee Softball/Page 11


Council mixup leads to fears of tax hike for premium cigars

Wilson takes DCIAA softball crown with victory over Walls

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An Ethiopian coffee shop, a wellness center, a bookstore and an Indian restaurant are among the 16 small businesses in Northwest D.C. that recently won improvement grants through the city’s “Great Streets” initiative. Across the city, 40 businesses total were allotted an initial $25,000 each, with the opportunity to request up to $85,000 more. Owners can use the funding to cover upgrades like new windows, paint, awnings, plumbing, signage or equipment. Mayor Vincent Gray officially announced the diverse group of recipients last week. This round of grants drew 100 applicants — more than double the number of the last disbursement, according to Great Streets executive director Polina Bakhteiarov. The program’s goal is to boost economic development via small

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Connecticut Avenue’s Indique won one of the $25,000 grants.

businesses in emerging commercial corridors. Since 2006, the initiative has expanded from the H Street corridor in Northeast to 11 commercial strips throughout the city. Northwest D.C. has four Great Streets “target” areas: Georgia Avenue; 7th Street in the Shaw and U Street neighborhoods; North Capitol Street; and Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park and Van Ness. To qualify, businesses in the target corridors must have a lease of at least two years and be in good standing on their city and federal taxes. To be competitive, Bakhteiarov said, See Grants/Page 7



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Amid council mixup, debate swirls over D.C. tax rate on premium cigars By GEORGE ALTSHULER Current Correspondent

An alleged mistake in the D.C. Council’s May 28 draft budget document has rekindled controversy over how to tax premium cigars in the District. Both Jennifer Budoff, the council’s budget director, and the office of Ward 2 member Jack Evans said the council’s budget last week erro-

neously contained an 80 percent tax increase on expensive cigars due to a clerical oversight. They said the council’s final budget, which should be completed in the coming weeks, will continue to exempt cigars costing more than $2 from the excise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. This was good news for David Berkebile, president of Georgetown Tobacco, who lobbied the offices of 12 council members on

Monday. “It was a scare and it still is. We just don’t know until the final budget approval,� he said. Public health advocates and former Mayor Anthony Williams’ Tax Revision Commission would welcome the tax increase. Bonita Pennino, director of D.C. government relations for the American Cancer Society’s political arm, said the increase would be the result of a lobbying effort that has lasted years.

“Cigars are just as dangerous as any other tobacco,� she said, adding that even if people smoke intermittently the dangerous effects are “cumulative.� Currently, cigarettes are taxed through a formula that creates an effective 80 percent tax rate. However, tobacco products other than cigarettes and cigars that are worth less than $2 have a lower supplemental tax. Cigars worth See Cigars/Page 5

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WILSON From Page 1 8:15 a.m., which is when Westboro members are set to arrive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As principal, I support our studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; right to have a voice and to be heard,â&#x20AC;? Cahall wrote in a letter to parents and guardians late last month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our young people want to send the message that we are about love, compassion and acceptance.â&#x20AC;? The student-led activism has also drawn support from local elected officials. At-large D.C. Council member David Catania, a candidate for mayor who is openly gay, said in a statement that Wilson is upholding the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy of inclusiveness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the city where Mildred and Richard Loving sought refuge and the freedom to love the person of their choice when the state of Virginia barred them from marrying because of the difference in the color of their skin,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;More recently, it is the same city that was at the forefront of the fight for marriage equality.â&#x20AC;? Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh also said in a statement that she is proud of Wilson students for sending the message that D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;is no place for hatred and bigotry.â&#x20AC;? Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, the Democratic mayoral nominee, plans to attend the demonstration. At-large member David Grosso tweeted his support and said he is trying to rearrange his schedule to attend. In the eyes of some parents and educators, this episode offers an unexpected â&#x20AC;&#x153;teachable momentâ&#x20AC;? for students at the end of the academic year. Matthew Frumin, a Wilson parent who chairs the Tenleytown advisory neighborhood commission, expressed that view in an email to The Current: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In an odd way, if they were going to do it somewhere, it is positive that Westboro Baptist chose Wilson as a target for their protest. It offers yet another chance for our kids to learn by doing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in this case organizing to express their worldview with maturity and dignity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and for all of us to learn from the beauty of the message coming from our kids.â&#x20AC;? Chris Obermeyer, a Wilson science teacher who advises the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gay-Straight Alliance, expressed a similar sentiment in an interview this week. He said his students hope that other schools will begin to hold their own Pride Days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping Westboro Baptist Church has 4,000 schools to protest next year,â&#x20AC;? Obermeyer said.

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Bowser holds â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;unityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; campaign event with former mayoral rivals, sans Gray By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Several of Muriel Bowserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former rivals in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayoral race rallied behind her over the weekend, appearing at a campaign event designed to show unity in the local Democratic establishment. At a packed Saturday evening fundraiser at the swanky Capitale nightclub downtown, the Ward 4 D.C. Council member received full-

throated endorsements from colleagues Tommy Wells (Ward 6) and Vincent Orange (at-large) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both of whom ran unsuccessfully in the mayoral primary â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as from Ward 8 member Marion Barry, who had campaigned aggressively for incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray. The eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s host committee also included Ward 2 member Jack Evans, another of Bowserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary opponents. The mayor himself was conspicuously absent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he told the Washington City Paper

Senate committee to hold hearing on D.C. statehood By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., this week reaffirmed a commitment to hold a hearing on his D.C. statehood legislation by the end of this calendar year. With statehood activists calling for the hearing as soon as possible, Carper said in a statement to The Current that he is serious about his responsibilities as chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees District issues. He reiterated his belief that it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not consistent with the values we all share as Americansâ&#x20AC;? for D.C. to lack congressional voting representation and full control over its local government and tax dollars. In reference to the New Columbia Admission Act, which he introduced last year, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bill I introduced offers one solution to that injustice and I am eager to work with colleagues on this or any proposal to bring voting rights and more autonomy to the citizens of Washington D.C. I look forward to holding a hearing on this important issue at the full Committee level by the end of the year.â&#x20AC;? An aide to Carperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s committee clarified that the hearing would be held by Dec. 31 and that it would

focus on the senatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill specifically and the statehood issue more broadly. In response, two leading statehood activists told The Current they hoped the hearing would come much sooner than December. DC Vote executive director Kimberly Perry said her private conversations led her to believe Carper was hopeful about a committee hearing this summer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a possibility the senatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent statement doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rule out. Local political analyst Mark Plotkin, a longtime advocate for statehood, was under the same impression. He said it would be risky to put off the hearing until after the November elections, given that Democrats could lose the Senate and Republicans oppose D.C. statehood as part of their party platform. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a window, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closing,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting that Congress has an August recess coming up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m worried about is that the time will elapse.â&#x20AC;? Plotkin is highly critical of the elected officials involved in this process, starting with Carper and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. He said he wants to know why they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t personally lobbying Democratic members of the committee to See Statehood/Page 7



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that Bowser didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t invite him until a few hours before the event and never asked him to be on the host committee â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop the Democrats from stressing their unity theme. When Wells took the microphone, he said he was confident that the primary fight had strengthened Bowser, leaving her battle-tested ahead of the general election. But Wells also cautioned the party faithful against resting easy: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let me tell you, this is not done. ... This is not taken for granted.â&#x20AC;?

In an interview, Wells said he thinks atlarge D.C. Council member David Catania will be competitive in the general election, although heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confident Bowser will prevail. He added that her partisan affiliation alone gives her a big edge. When Bowser addressed supporters, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mention Catania, an independent, by name. But she did say the election would boil down to turnout: â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Democrats vote, Democrats win. Period. End of story.â&#x20AC;?


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District Digest Labor protest forms at Cafritz project

A group of Chevy Chase residents has spent much of the last 18 months fighting the construction of a large new apartment building at Connecticut Avenue and Military Road. But in recent days, the Calvin Cafritz Enterprises project at 5333 Connecticut has been the site of an unrelated but no less furious protest:

workers calling for a $2 wage increase, to $15 an hour. The target of the demonstrations, which have led to some traffic delays at the busy intersection, is Baker Concrete, a national construction firm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The real issue is Baker DC has a history of not paying its workers well,â&#x20AC;? Gabriel Pedreira, spokesperson for the Laborersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; International Union of North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional office, said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re

unionizing these workers right now, and many of these workers who are most adamantly opposed [to current wages] work on this job site.â&#x20AC;? The demonstrators have chanted, displayed signs and tried to prevent out-of-state workers from replacing them on the project. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also displayed a giant rat â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a standard symbol for a company that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow unionization. Pedreira said Baker hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t responded to or even acknowledged

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the unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demands. But he added that demonstrators are prepared to be in Chevy Chase for the long haul. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to continue to do this until our demands are met,â&#x20AC;? he said. Ken Fender of Baker Concrete didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to a request for comment. The Cafritz apartment building will be an 88-foot-tall, 261-unit glassy structure among the Connecticut Avenue corridorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s predominantly older apartment buildings, and backing to single-family homes. When neighbors learned of the plans in November 2012, they objected to both the design and scale of the project. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brady Holt

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City officials have released a draft of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;moveDCâ&#x20AC;? transportation plan, an improvement strategy that includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;master plansâ&#x20AC;? for each of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modes of travel. Development began in February of last year on the proposal, which â&#x20AC;&#x153;outlines policies, programs and capital investments to enhance the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation network,â&#x20AC;? according to a news release. Thousands contributed suggestions, partially from a series of public workshops. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building a world-class, sustainable city in the District of Columbia has always been one of the principal goals of my administration, and moveDC plays an integral role in advancing this effort,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Vincent Gray said in the release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is so exciting to see the hard work and energy of District residents pay off in a plan that will continue to move us forward into the future.â&#x20AC;? The plan can be found at and on CDs at public libraries. And further comment is

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Norton hails decision not to fund grants

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is praising the D.C. Council for its recent decision not to fund a new college access program that she said could threaten the federal D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant program. Since 1999, DCTAG has provided up to $10,000 annually for local students attending certain colleges and universities outside the District. President Barack Obama has proposed $40 million for the program in fiscal year 2015, the highest level ever. A new program in the city, called D.C. Promise, would have provided $7,500 per year to help low-income graduates attend college, and Norton has warned that adopting Promise would signal to Congress that the city does not need federal support for its students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our fight in Congress to save DCTAG from total or partial defunding for the 5,000 students attending college in D.C. and across the country is by no means over,â&#x20AC;? she said in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s action not to fund Promise, however, sends a clear message to congressional appropriators that the need for DCTAG funding remains.â&#x20AC;?

Closing date set for West End Library

The West End Library, at 1101 24th St., will close for good at its current location on Sunday at 5 p.m. in preparation for development of the site and construction of a new library. An interim library will open Monday, June 23, at 9:30 a.m. in the Watergate at 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. The 4,000-square-foot space will have 20 computers, a 40-person meeting room, and separate spaces for kids, teens and adults. When the library reopens at 24th and L streets, it will be part of a larger new residential building with eight stories of housing above it.


Due to an editing error, an article in the May 28 issue misstated the timing of an interview with a Sibley Memorial Hospital official. It had taken place earlier in the month, not the day before publication. 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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CIGARS: Area stores fear impact if tax increase were to take effect

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more than $2 do not carry an excise tax; the general sales tax rate of 5.75 percent applies instead. The current council budget includes a new across-the-board tax rate of 80 percent for noncigarette tobacco products. This will increase taxes on products such as e-cigarettes and pipe tobacco. The change follows in part the recommendation of the Tax Revision Commission, which suggested taxing all tobacco products including cigars at the same level as cigarettes. Gerry Widdicombe, the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

executive director, said the commission recommended standardizing tobacco taxes in response to public health concerns and in order to simplify the tax code. The budget Mayor Vincent Gray proposed in April included the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendation. Berkebile said that there is â&#x20AC;&#x153;no doubtâ&#x20AC;? that taxing premium cigars at the same rate as cigarettes would put his 50-year-old shop out of business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You take an 80 percent tax and extrapolate it to any product and it will kill your business,â&#x20AC;? he said. But Steve Giachetti, the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of revenue estimation, said his office researched

The week ahead Wednesday, June 4

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a working session to discuss feedback on graduation requirements and to review revised state and local education authority report cards. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 1117, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. â&#x2013; The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of General Services will hold a pre-construction community meeting on plans for the play space at Forest Hills Playground. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. near the pavilion at Forest Hills Playground, 32nd and Chesapeake streets NW.

the question and found that cigar shops can generally weather high taxes, even if there is nearby competition with lower tax rates. He cited the example of cigar shops in New York City that have been successful despite the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high taxes and the proximity of shops with lower taxes in New Jersey. He added that the tax increases on other non-cigarette tobacco products would decrease consumption by about 10 percent as people shop outside the District or decrease their use. Pennino also disputed the idea that an increased cigar tax would put tobacco stores out of business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cigar


Thursday, June 5

The Metropolitan Police Department and the 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council will host a community bike ride with members of the 2nd Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mountain Bike Tactical Unit, a new community policing initiative. The hourlong event will begin at 7 p.m. in the park at 2600 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Monday, June 9

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting as part of the third and final round of sessions for the North-South Corridor Planning Study on opportunities for public transportation improvements along the nine-mile stretch from Takoma to the Southwest Waterfront. The event will be held from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Banneker Recreation Center, 2500 Georgia Ave. NW. Overview presentations will take place at 4 and 7 p.m. â&#x2013; The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of General Services will hold a planning and design meeting for the Lafayette Playground project. The agenda will include presentation of concept plans based on comments received at an earlier session. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lafayette Elementary School, 5701 Broad Branch Road NW.

Tuesday, June 10

The Ward 4 Education Alliance will hold a meeting on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planning for DCPS Middle and High Schools in Ward 4â&#x20AC;? from 6 to 8 p.m. at Takoma Education Campus, 7010 Piney Branch Road NW. â&#x2013; The Brightwood Community Association will hold its monthly meeting at St. John United Baptist Church, 6343 13th St. NW. Agenda items will include the election of 2014-2016 board members; nominations for recording secretary and other offices can be sent to through 7 p.m. June 9.

Thursday, June 12

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting as part of the third and final round of sessions for the North-South Corridor Planning Study. The event will be held from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW. Overview presentations will take place at 4 and 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 14

The Ward 2 Education Network will hold a meeting to introduce Joyanna Smith, the new ombudsman for D.C. public schools hired by the D.C. State Board of Education. The meeting will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave. NW. RSVP to

Tuesday, June 17

D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith and the Advisory Committee for Student Assignment will present draft recommendations on school boundaries, feeder patterns and school choice policies. The agenda will include an overview of the proposed citywide policies and breakout groups on their impact on Cardozo, Dunbar and Eastern high schools. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dunbar High School, 101 N St. NW.

Thursday, June 19

D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith and the Advisory Committee for Student Assignment will present draft recommendations on school boundaries, feeder patterns and school choice policies. The agenda will include an overview of the proposed citywide policies and breakout groups on their impact on Coolidge, Roosevelt and Wilson high schools. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Takoma Education Campus, 7010 Piney Branch Road NW.

William and Mary Alice Ingleside at Rock Creek residents 8JMMJBN BOE .BSZ "MJDF share a philosophy: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our joy comes from committing to share the best of the wonderful life we have among great friends and neighbors in a beautiful place that we truly love.â&#x20AC;?

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Georgetown Tobaccoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s David Berkebile battled a tax hike on premium cigars.

smokers can already afford an expensive indulgence. [Of all tobacco users] they are the ones who can afford an increase in cost.â&#x20AC;?


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014



The Current

Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from May 26 through June 1 in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 â&#x2013; downtown

Robbery â&#x2013; 1300-1399 block, New York Ave.; 11:59 p.m. May 28. Sexual abuse â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 10th St.; 6 p.m. June 1. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  700-723 block, 14th St.; 10:25 p.m. May 26. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 1:30 a.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  11th and K streets; 3:39 a.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, K St.; 3:20 a.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, K St.; 11:20 a.m. June 1.

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Theft â&#x2013; 1000-1099 block, H St.; 12:32 a.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, F St.; 10 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, F St.; 11 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  Constitution Avenue and 9th Street; 11 a.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 1 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, 12th St.; 1:43 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, F St.; 12:21 p.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, New York Ave.; 3:46 p.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 11:08 a.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 5 p.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 1:31 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 8:50 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, New York Ave.; 12:19 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 4 p.m. June 1. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, F St.; 5:30 p.m. June 1.

psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102


Robbery â&#x2013; 600-699 block, H St.; 3:50 a.m. June 1. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  600-699 block, F St.; 8 a.m. May 30 (with knife). Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  6th and F streets; 11 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 4th St.; 11:36 a.m. June 1. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  400-499 block, L St.; 7:38 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 7 a.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, I St.; 9:06 a.m. May 29.

Theft â&#x2013; 700-799 block, 7th St.; 2:30 a.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 9th St.; 7 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 1:51 p.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, L St.; 8:12 a.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 6th St.; 4:17 p.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, H St.; 5:37 p.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, F St.; 12:22 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, L St.; 6:30 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 9th St.; 7:15 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  700-770 block, 5th St.; 9:57 p.m. May 31.

psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

Burglary â&#x2013; 3400-3499 block, Oliver St.; 5:16 p.m. May 31. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, Runnymede Place; 3:13 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  5700-5799 block, Chevy Chase Parkway; 3:38 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  6200-6299 block, 30th St.; 5:42 p.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  6200-6299 block, 30th St.; 6:15 p.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Morrison St.; 11:58 p.m. May 29.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights

PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Robbery â&#x2013; 4100-4199 block, Ellicott St.; 9:43 a.m. May 26. Burglary â&#x2013;  4300-4338 block, River Road; 5:06 p.m. May 28. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  500-5099 block, 42nd St.; 6 a.m. May 31. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  5100-5199 block, 42nd St.; 1:30 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  5100-5199 block, 42nd St.; 1:36 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  4200-4210 block, 39th St.; 5:27 p.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Warren St.; 10:45 a.m. May 30. Theft â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 3:06 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:49 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  4000-4099 block, Brandywine St.; 10 a.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  4500-4599 block, Fort Drive; 3:52 p.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:13 p.m. May 31.

psa 203

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

cleveland park

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 3500-3599 block, Alton Place; 4:20 p.m. May 26.

Theft â&#x2013; 3000-3099 block, Rodman St.; 8:23 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  4300-4499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:34 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  4300-4499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:35 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  4300-4499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:53 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  4300-4499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:04 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  4300-4499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:10 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  4300-4499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:12 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  4800-4899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:59 a.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  5000-5099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:46 p.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  3000-3099 block, Veazey Terrace; 6:28 p.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  4200-4299 block, Linnean Ave.; 3 p.m. May 30.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights

Sexual abuse â&#x2013; 2600-2649 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:55 p.m. May 27. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, 36th Place; 5:04 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  3520-3599 block, Fulton St.; 3 p.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:51 a.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  Wisconsin Avenue and W Place; 8:54 p.m. June 1. Theft â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, Woodley Place; 6:40 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  2700-2798 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:27 a.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, Woodley Road; 11:39 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  2301-2499 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 10:53 a.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  4200-4349 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 4:30 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, 29th St.; 6:01 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  2701-2899 block, Calvert St.; 10:43 a.m. June 1.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Theft â&#x2013; 4443-4464 block, MacArthur Blvd.; 2:53 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  5100-5199 block, Palisade Lane; 2:38 p.m. May 30.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Burglary â&#x2013; 3600-3699 block, O St.; 10:05 p.m. May 26. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  2600-2799 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 8:20 p.m. May 29. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1500-1533 block, 33rd St.; 8:05 a.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  3500-3599 block, O St.;

8:36 a.m. May 29. â&#x2013; 1800-1899 block, 39th St.; 3:59 p.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  37th and N streets; 8:20 p.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  31st and Dumbarton streets; 2:35 a.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  1600-1631 block, Avon Place; 12:44 p.m. June 1. Theft â&#x2013;  3000-3049 block, M St.; 12:15 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  3200-3275 block, M St.; 1:37 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, 31st St.; 5:05 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  3000-3029 block, K St.; 11:11 a.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  3200-3275 block, M St.; 2:21 p.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  3276-3299 block, M St.; 10:17 a.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1026-1099 block, 31st St.; 3:21 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:32 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  3000-3029 block, K St.; 11:57 a.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  M and 34th streets; 1:58 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  3000-3029 block, K St.; 3:35 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  3200-3275 block, M St.; 6:51 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  3000-3029 block, K St.; 9:32 p.m. May 31. â&#x2013;  3200-3275 block, M St.; 2:37 p.m. June 1. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, 35th St.; 11:31 p.m. June 1.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 1500-1599 block, N St.; 1:38 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  3-5 block, Thomas Circle; 3:55 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 11:33 p.m. May 28. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, 18th St.; 11:45 a.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  1600-1622 block, 19th St.; 4:48 p.m. May 29. Theft â&#x2013;  1250-1299 block, 22nd St. 7:23 a.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, P St.; 12:30 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  1200-1217 block, 18th St.; 4:34 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:59 p.m. May 26. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:43 p.m. May 27. â&#x2013;  1-7 block, Dupont Circle; 8:39 a.m. May 29. â&#x2013;  1800-1899 block, Jefferson Place; 11:46 a.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 12:53 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, P St.; 4:53 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, M St.; 9:12 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1520-1599 block, 16th St.; 10:01 p.m. May 30. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 3:45 a.m. May 31.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014



STATEHOOD: U.S. Senate committee to hold hearing on D.C. rights

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the applicant must have previous experience relevant to the business and financial viability to initially pay for the upgrades and grow. The owner must also demonstrate that the business employs D.C. residents and hires local firms. From the initiativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest corridor, Connecticut Avenue, three businesses applied, said Bakhteiarov, but Indique, an Indian restaurant in Cleveland Park, was the only one that met the criteria. Owner and chef K.N. Vinod, who learned about Great Streets through word of mouth, wants to use the grant to help revamp the restaurant, which has been at 3512-14 Connecticut Ave. for 12 years. Among the improvements heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning are new theme colors, additional menu offerings and updated outdoor signage. This year the Georgia Avenue corridor has seven grant recipients: Maniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe and Market, J&C Unisex Barber and Styling, Long Story Short Media, Lofft Contractors Muskani Group, R&R Janitorial and Upshur Street Books. In Brightwood, Mani Tesema of Maniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning to add visible signage, which is currently lacking at the Ethiopian market at 5320 Georgia Ave. The Great Streets program is led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, but it brings together various city agencies. Along with grants for small businesses, the initiative relies on â&#x20AC;&#x153;catalytic investmentsâ&#x20AC;? for large-scale projects such as the Howard Theatre in the 7th Street corridor. The latter investment type intends to spur small business development nearby, said Bakhteiarov. The program depends on funding availability and still needs approval to use $5 million in the next cycle. The latest round of Great Street grants for small businesses totals approximately $1.3 million. Last Octoberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s round distributed more than $2.1 million to 29 recipients.

support Carperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Norton isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doing her job. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing a con job,â&#x20AC;? Plotkin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She should be actively lobbying these people.â&#x20AC;? For her part, Norton said in an interview that it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appropriate for her to lobby individual lawmakers on a bill before its hearing. She said her colleagues know where she stands and that she trusts Carper to schedule a hearing at an appropriate time. Norton also challenged the notion that waiting until a lame-duck session of Congress in

November would be detrimental. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things get done in the lame duck, not in the run-up to an election,â&#x20AC;? she said. Paul Strauss, one of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shadow senators, agreed with Nortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m less concerned about the specific timing of the hearing than having the best possible outcome,â&#x20AC;? he said. Alluding to the election year calendar, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting every single one of our allies on record as soon as possible is not necessarily the best possible strategy.â&#x20AC;? Of the nine Democrats on his committee,

Carper is the only senator publicly supportive of his legislation, but Plotkin said he has private assurances from Mark Begich of Alaska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana that they will support the bill. The remaining Democrats on the committee are Carl Levin of Michigan, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Outside of the committee, Carperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legislation is supported by the Senateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Democratic leadership and a variety of rank-and-file members.


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014



The Northwest


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

A reasonable budget

The 2015 budget the D.C. Council passed last week offers much that will benefit the city, including modest boosts in spending for homeless assistance and affordable housing. Most dramatically, the council incorporated a number of key recommendations from the careful, protracted work of the D.C. Tax Revision Commission chaired by former Mayor Anthony Williams. The budget creates a new, lower income tax bracket for those earning $40,000 to $60,000, and it increases the standard deduction and personal exemption — all of which translates to lower taxes for many D.C. residents. The budget also cuts the rate for households earning $350,000 to $1 million from 8.95 percent to 8.75 percent. We believe that making D.C.’s rate competitive with Maryland’s will draw new residents mindful of current discrepancies, including some affluent suburban households looking to downsize. One aspect of the plan has garnered particular attention: what critics have decried as a “fitness tax.” Here, we agree with the rationale outlined by the council and the tax commission. The budget applies the sale tax not only to health club and yoga studio memberships, but also to tanning studios, bottled water deliveries, carpet and upholstery cleaning, car washes, bowling alleys and billiards parlors, and the storage of household goods. We imagine most consumers didn’t realize that the District doesn’t already tax these purchases. Generally speaking, the sales tax applies broadly to the purchase of goods but not necessarily to services. The goal is to create as broad a tax base as possible, particularly as consumer spending shifts toward the service sector. Faced with criticism about the tax on services, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson noted that the idea — though not part of budget discussions until the last minute — was discussed by the D.C. Tax Revision Commission. Even in the commission’s final report, however, the concept gets scant mention. And the council opted not to include several services — namely construction contractors, carpentry, and barber and beautician services — that the commission also mentioned as potentially suitable for taxation. Spending on health clubs and yoga might well be worthy of encouragement through tax-free status. But as the DC Fiscal Policy Institute notes, the purchase of weightlifting equipment has long been subject to the sales tax — as are books, despite there being a public good in encouraging literacy. As with the council’s decision to radically reduce the long-term spending on D.C. streetcars — cuts that the mayor’s office says will destroy the program as currently envisioned, though others say the original financing mechanism was unsustainable — more public discussion is important. Though the council has had its final vote on the budget itself, a second consideration of the underlying legal changes is still ahead. In the meantime, the council should hold a final public hearing on the budget, a final opportunity for public input that ought to be part of the annual process.

A record of achievement

Ten months after the mayor hired Victor Hoskins to head up the city’s economic development office, construction began on CityCenterDC — a development at the old convention center site that had been in the planning stage for 11 years. “It needs to be done,” the mayor told Mr. Hoskins upon his hiring. And so it was. The work began in 2011, and the massive project is now well underway. After over three years of such efficiency and action, we must now bid goodbye to Mr. Hoskins, who is leaving for a similar post with Prince George’s County. His tenure in D.C. saw work begun or completed on six major projects, including City Market at O. The city has seen an increase in private-sector jobs, developed an effort to draw high-tech companies and drafted a Five-Year Economic Development Plan. We appreciate all his hard work and wish him well in his new position. (Though not too well! Prince George’s competes with D.C. for development opportunities, after all.) Unfortunately, Mr. Hoskins isn’t the only appointed official to announce his departure this spring. The directors of the transportation and regulatory affairs agencies have both recently left the city. It’s reasonable to expect members of a mayor’s team to move on when it becomes clear that the politician’s term is up; what’s unfortunate for D.C. is that the exodus is coming many months before the leadership change. We see this as further indication that — as we’ve said before — the primary was held too early this year. The April polling came more than five months earlier than the 2010 primary. It also left Mayor Gray with nine months as a lame duck, producing the early staff departures. D.C. officials ought to consider pushing the primary until June. Meanwhile, we hope our next mayor will find someone as dynamic and effective as Mr. Hoskins to continue the city’s growth.

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Scamming to the end … Michael A. Brown was glad-handing outside the courtroom last week. The former at-large D.C. Council member was acting as if it were just another public event, warmly greeting friends, family and reporters. Minutes later, he stood before U.S. District Court Judge Richard “Ricky” Roberts, who sentenced Brown to 39 months in prison for accepting a total of $55,000 in bribes. Before the sentencing, Brown had tried to shift the blame for his corrupt behavior, brazenly portraying himself as a victim. Brown told the judge that he had been caught up in a “culture of corruption running rampant in our city.” Let the record be clear. Brown wasn’t “caught up” in corruption. He “was” the corruption. He’s not the victim, but the perpetrator. He sought it out, embraced it and reveled in it. As The Washington Post reported, prosecutor Michael Atkinson made it clear. “This is not the case of an elected official who dipped his toes in the political gutter,” he said. “Michael Brown went all in.” Brown even tried to scam the prosecutors after he was been arrested for receiving the bribes. Brown had promised to “cooperate” with the scandal investigation, but prosecutors said he wasn’t forthcoming unless he felt they already knew about it. Judge Roberts said he was “stunned” by the extent of Brown’s criminality and said District citizens “deserved better.” Yes, they do. And we can start with this “culture of corruption” thing. It’s not some independent evil preying on politicians, ensnaring those who are otherwise honest. It’s the crooked politician himself who can only blame his own greed and weakness. Brown lived for fancy suits, big cars, pricey homes and frenetic campaigns. He couldn’t pay for any of it and found those who would. “Brown’s decision to auction off the public trust was especially disappointing,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. It also was pretty stupid, or desperate, some might say. Brown began taking money from undercover FBI agents in July 2012. That was the same month that Jeanne Clark Harris pleaded guilty to her role in the shadow campaign for Mayor Vincent Gray, funded by businessman Jeffrey Thompson. ■ About Mayor Gray. Thompson pleaded guilty to his own scandals in March, just three weeks before Mayor Gray lost his bid for re-election in the April 1 Democratic primary.

Many people have complained loudly that Gray lost the election because prosecutors unfairly named Gray in court as the beneficiary of the Thompson shadow campaign. Until then, Gray had been identified only as “Mayoral Candidate A.” Machen and the prosecutors took a lot of heat for naming Gray. But it wasn’t their decision. Court transcripts show that Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly prompted the prosecutors to reveal the Gray name in court. The transcript shows prosecutor Atkinson beginning to detail the Thompson crimes. Atkinson says to the judge, “I understand from your order on our motion to seal, your honor, I’m required to disclose the identity of Mayoral Campaign A and Mayoral Candidate A.” The Court: “Based on the record I have, yes.” Mr. Atkinson: “That’s fine, your honor. Mayoral Candidate A is Vince Gray.” So all the folks who complain about prosecutorial misconduct, maybe you should take another look at those transcripts. ■ Lame duck? It was bound to happen. When Mayor Gray lost the primary on April 1, he became one of the longest-serving lame ducks in American politics. His term isn’t up until Jan. 2, 2015 — another nine months. How much he can get done in that time may depend on whether prosecutors bring any charges against him for the shadow campaign. Gray told us on Monday that he has laid out a plan to cover his final seven months in office, that he intends to be fully engaged as the mayor. But the lame-duckness — if we can call it that — is a serious issue. Just in the last few days, the council has put off funding for a new hospital east of the Anacostia River, halved funding for the streetcar system to fund tax cuts, and appears like it could nix the mayor’s soccer stadium deal if changes aren’t made. The soccer deal is the last major project Gray has on his plate. He’s urging those who support soccer to lobby the council. The mayor, as lame duck, has diminished ability to affect any outcomes. “I think that he’s still a factor,” said at-large Council member Vincent Orange, who joined Gray at seven ribbon cuttings on Monday. “Maybe not as strong as before, obviously,” Orange told NBC4. “Let’s be realistic about it. But he can still be a factor.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Something seems off on M St. project

I am writing in response to a letter “D.C. market right for micro apartments” from SB-Urban president Michael S. Balaban that appeared in your May 14 edition. He wrote: “Buildings on the 3000 block of M Street are clearly not eligible for residential parking permits.” Mr. Balaban’s phrasing was suspicious, so I wrote to him on May 19 asking, “Am I correct that you are asserting that no resident (owner, lessee, etc.) of your proposed project will be eligible for a residential parking permit in Georgetown based upon residence at that project on the 3000 block of M Street?” I thought this clarification important because, obviously,

buildings are not eligible for parking permits — it’s the people who inhabit those buildings that may or not be eligible. The current tenants of the 3000 block of M Street are commercial enterprises, and their employees are of course not eligible for residential parking. So why the strange wording of his letter to The Current? I have received no reply, which to me suggests two things. First, he is uninterested in the concerns of a resident of Georgetown, where he proposes to construct the equivalent of a long-stay, multi-unit residential motel — without parking. Second, Mr. Balaban’s failure to reply gives me more reason to think that the odd phrasing of his letter to The Current was knowingly evasive. The proposed development will produce an indeterminate number of cars, say 200 if he builds 200 units. These will be “dead storage” cars parked on res-

idential streets. As for the rest of his letter, it’s full of unsupported assertions and ruminations on the life habits of young adults ages 20 to 34. Why Mr. Balaban believes people leasing and buying his tiny units will be in that age group we are not told. Midlife workers on government contracts inhabiting units owned by their corporate employers seem more likely. Mr. Balaban, with a company based in a suburb (Bethesda), ends with an encomium to Georgetown as a “dynamic and cherished neighborhood” and says his proposal will be a “vibrant contributor to Georgetown’s continuing appeal for all its residents.” Exactly how does building 200 micro-units and putting cars all over residential streets contribute to the continuing appeal of Georgetown to its residents? Robert L. Muse Georgetown

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Letters to the Editor Ingleside overreach will harm community

Ingleside at Rock Creek, a highend retirement home located at 3050 Military Road, is planning a very large expansion of its operations, including three seven- and eight-story high-rise buildings. The plan involves using local residential streets for construction traffic and interrupting the flow of traffic on Military Road, forcing cross-town traffic onto local neighborhood streets. Ingleside admits this will be the case for four years! Residents believe this traffic from Military Road will be dangerous for children and pedestrians. In addition to the serious impact on local residents in terms of the environment, parking and property values, the plan will impact crosstown traffic on Military Road, which is already overburdened. It also appears that Ingleside, which bought up several houses facing Military Road, intends to promote a commercial corridor on what is now a residential area. This plan has been developed without adequate outreach to residents. Many first heard about it on May 19. The advanced state of site planning suggests that the program has been in the planning process for a long time — surely time enough to notify citizens of their intentions. Residents were surprised to hear that Ingleside hopes to seek immediate approval for the plan’s first key element this summer when many residents are away. This involves cutting an additional entrance to the property from Military Road, which will make traffic on Military Road a nightmare and cause drivers to go through local streets rather than fight jams on Military. Many people feel that rather than protecting residents’ interests in this matter, the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission hasn’t done enough to make the public aware of the plan. Ingleside can do the project on its own property by running construction traffic through other available entrances rather than cutting a new one on Military Road. Even better, it can design the overall project to avoid any impact on the surrounding area whatsoever. Ingleside officials have admitted that their plan is designed so that Ingleside residents will not lose part of their “view” amenity — without regard to the community impact of their “protect their amenities” plan. Ingleside claims to be a “good neighbor” but in fact proposes to harm area residents and cross-town traffic when better alternatives are

available. Failure to provide adequate community notice and attempting to sneak through an important approval is further evidence that the citizens face a serious problem. It appears that this project is an example of institutional overreach, with promoters aiming to run roughshod over the local community and citizens who use a major east-west corridor. The shame of it is that they can accomplish all their objectives without impinging on the lives of the community. Charles Blankstein Chevy Chase

Heurich House is carefully preserved

One of our supporters brought to my attention Mr. James McGrath’s letter to the editor regarding the Patterson Mansion conversion that was published in The Current’s May 21 issue. I am writing to correct a factual mistake: While other important and historic buildings in the District may have been altered to the point of “architectural vandalism,” the Christian Heurich House is not one of them. Dupont Circle’s Heurich mansion is owned by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Heurich House Foundation, which operates it as a museum. The building is important because it was built in 1894 by Christian Heurich, a local businessman and leader whose brewery (which once sat at the current site of the Kennedy Center) was the largest nongovernmental employer in the city. Heurich was also one of the largest landowners in the District, as well as a generous philanthropist. When he built the mansion, it was the first fireproof residence in Washington. The Heurich House Museum’s four staff members, distinguished board of directors, advisers, volunteers and interns work tirelessly to protect and preserve the building and its intact interiors. The first three floors of the mansion retain all of their original furnishings and decorations, including a handpainted 1901 Steinway, intricate mantels that had been hand-carved by German immigrant craftsmen, and a rich archival library filled with the Heurich family’s diaries, brewery records and family memorabilia. The other floors of the house are still wonderfully intact, although their original furnishings have been lost to time. Our tenants, which include Preservation Action, Scenic America, and US/ICOMOS, help financially support our stewardship. These groups are also our partners in preservation-themed programming, which includes a speaker series funded by the National Trust for

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Historic Preservation. We offer weekly public and private tours, rent the use of the museum for carefully monitored private events, and host over 25 public events per year. We highlight the themes that honor Heurich’s personality, history and legacy, and have drawn a diverse demographic as stakeholders, supporters and cheerleaders. There are many ways to celebrate historic buildings and to make them accessible to the public; we are proud to have successfully protected an essential piece of local D.C. history and are excited to use it to educate and build community. I hope your readers will come see this magical building for themselves, whether on a tour of the museum or for a public event. Kimberly Bender Executive Director, Heurich House Museum

Cathedral’s bells are an enviable ‘problem’

I write in response to a neighbor’s objection to the ringing of the Washington National Cathedral’s bells over Memorial Day weekend in honor of the 50th anniversary of their installation [“Cathedral’s bell peals will disturb neighbors,” Letters to the Editor, May 21]. My perception is that objecting neighbors consider this to be a “noise control” issue. Really? I admit my arguments are old, but seriously: When you decided to move near the world’s seventh-largest cathedral — with two sets of cathedral bells (change ringing and carillon) in the central tower — did you really think the bells wouldn’t ring? In other words: Don’t buy a house next to a cathedral and then complain about the bells! Oh … and by the way: Isn’t it fun to brag to your out-of-town guests how cool it is to live near “the Cathedral”?! I live in the Palisades. I knew full and well going in that I am in the National Airport flight path and that my sleep at times would be interrupted by airplanes flying low along the river to the airport. It’s part of the package. The Cathedral has done more than its fair share to baffle the sounds. The chief carpenter, John O. Drew, was consigned to construct baffles in the tower on the north side (way back in the ’70s) much to his consternation, because the baffles have provided ample room for bird nests and droppings, causing restoration issues for the clerk of the works. Finally, it’s worth remembering that there are residents in other neighborhoods who would probably envy your problem. Susan Spaulding The Palisades

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In Your Neighborhood ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 19 meeting: â&#x2013; commission treasurer Eric Lamar reported that the commission is â&#x20AC;&#x153;in some hot waterâ&#x20AC;? due to a failure to completely document grants to the Spanish Steps and call box restoration projects. The missing documents will be resubmitted by Friday. As a result, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial allotment to the commission has been held up. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender reported that the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles is issuing new driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licenses and identification cards to meet the federal governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new security standards. Current licenses will be valid until they expire and will allow people to enter federal buildings and board airplanes. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously approved a resolution passed by several other commissions calling for quality neighborhood schools with matter-of-right access from kindergarten through high school. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender reported that the D.C. Department of Public Works announced it would pick up old trash and recycling containers from public space in front of single-family homes and town houses on regular trash collection days in the month of May. Residents wanting to keep their old cans must put them on private property. â&#x2013;  Holly Sukenik of the Friends of Mitchell Park reported that May walking tours of the neighborhood were extremely successful and will probably be repeated in the fall. She also announced a summer film program. Restoration and repair work on both the playground and the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s field house will take place in the near future. The playground will be closed while the work takes place. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 16, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email 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, June 16, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report. â&#x2013;  community concerns. â&#x2013;  presentation regarding the announced Exelon/Pepco acquisition. â&#x2013;  discussion of the removal of bamboo in the 49th Street right-of-way adjacent to Battery Kemble Park. â&#x2013;  consideration of recommendations for the D.C. Department of Transportation regarding American University East Campus construction routes. â&#x2013;  consideration of a draft resolution on bus shelters. â&#x2013;  discussion of mini-circles on 42nd Street. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding Rockwood Parkway. â&#x2013;  election of a secretary. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university park American University friendship heights / Park tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in the Black Box Theater, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements/open forum. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  consideration of and possible resolution on a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception to permit Massage Envy to operate at 4620 Wisconsin Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration and possible resolution regarding a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception to permit a rear screened porch at 3918 Jenifer St. â&#x2013;  consideration of and possible resolution on a public space application to add an awning for the outside cafe at DeCarloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, 4822 Yuma St. â&#x2013;  consideration of and possible resolution on a public space application to add an awning for the outside cafe at a new restaurant proposed at 4619 41st St. â&#x2013;  consideration of and possible resolution regarding a proposal to prohibit left turns from Nebraska Avenue onto 42nd Street from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and from 4 to 6:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  consideration and possible resolution regarding proposed traffic circles at 42nd and Warren streets. â&#x2013;  consideration of and possible resolution regarding an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for a change to the license for Public Tenley, 4611 41st St. â&#x2013;  presentation by the proprietors of Range regarding plans for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunchboxâ&#x20AC;? restaurant to be located in the atrium of Chevy Chase Pavilion. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible resolution in support of the construction of

an outdoor swimming pool in Ward 3. â&#x2013; discussion of and possible resolution in support of updated Renewable Portfolio Standards. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible resolution in support of the Coal-Fired Power Prohibition Act. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 20 meeting: â&#x2013; Tara Morrison, the superintendent of Rock Creek Park, said the park will celebrate its 125th birthday next year. This year it will commemorate the Civil War Battle of Fort Stevens. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to request a sidewalk on the west side of the 4800 block of 32nd Street between Davenport and Ellicott streets. Andrew Salas, a local resident, said it is particularly dangerous right now for parents to walk their children in the middle of the street to the Forest Hills Playground. No local residents expressed opposition, and two-thirds of them signed a petition in favor. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a new stop sign on the westbound side of Fessenden Street where it intersects with 36th Street. Many cars speed through the corner to make a green light at Fessenden and Connecticut Avenue, said commissioner Manolis Priniotakis. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0, with Karen Perry abstaining, to recommend that the D.C. Department of Transportation prohibit left turns onto Garrison Street from 36th Street during morning weekday rush hours. Former commissioner Doug Mitchell predicted that the change would move traffic to a nearby alley, and said the need was for greater enforcement. Commissioner Manolis Priniotakis proposed a similar ban on left turns from the alley onto Garrison Street, but withdrew it, saying he would reintroduce the proposal at next monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting after getting input from the neighborhood. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to formally approve a $4,000 grant for the Hearst Elementary School PTA for instruments that had been tentatively approved last month. â&#x2013;  several commissioners criticized a decision by the auditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office to reject a grant request by the Friends of the Forest Hills Playground for funding to develop a logo and redesign its website. Commissioner Mary Beth Ray said she was â&#x20AC;&#x153;horrifiedâ&#x20AC;? and commissioner Manolis Priniotakis called the decision â&#x20AC;&#x153;extreme stupidity.â&#x20AC;? The commission unanimously authorized chair Adam Tope to investigate the matter and get a formal ruling. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, call 202-670-7262 or visit


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The only thing that could slow Wilson’s softball team en route to winning back-to-back D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championships Friday was delays. The players were let out of school at 2:30 p.m., but they didn’t get on their way until nearly 4 due to a tardy bus. Then, once they reached the field about 10 minutes late for the 5 p.m. start, they had to wait more than an hour for the umpire. Despite the issues Friday and throughout the season — including playing just a handful of games against D.C. public school competition — Wilson knocked off School Without Walls 20-0 Friday at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. It was the fourth straight year that the teams met in the title game. “It’s a big deal because we only had four public school games,” said Wilson second-year coach Karina Bond. But the players “never let down. ... They play for the school — for each other and who’s to come at Wilson as a softball player. Their goal was to win the championship again no matter what adversity was

thrown at them.” It was a season of change for Wilson, as a pair of freshmen took over the pitching and catching duties after last year’s leaders elected not to rejoin the team. Pitcher Nora Parisi had eight strikeouts on the championship stage with fellow freshman Sarah Thompson catching at the plate. Although Wilson lost leader Sophia Cordes, the team regrouped well. “It’s been a great experience for all of us,” said Bond. “I told them, ‘You’re not freshmen on this team; you’re softball players.’ That’s what I tell all my girls. I think it helps so they understand they’re players and I’m not looking at them as freshmen.” Wilson seized control of the game at the bottom of the first inning, when the Tigers scored two runs on Walls errors. Then Wilson did some damage as junior Nina Wiramidijaja launched a home run to score two more. The Tigers kept the pressure on and built a 13-0 lead by the end of the inning. Normally, the game would end after five innings once the score hit 15-0, but the DCIAA mandates that championship games be


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Wilson overcomes delay, Walls for the DCIAA crown By BRIAN KAPUR


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Wilson knocked off Walls 20-0 to repeat as DCIAA softball champs. completed. “It feels really great,” said Wiramidijaja. “It made the whole season worth it even though we had a lot of cancellations. It was hard to stay motivated throughout the season. But in the end we pulled together and knew we wanted to win this game to make it all worth it.” Wilson was led by three players with two RBIs each — Wiramidijaja, Alexis Coates and Helen Malhorta. “Every practice we told them it would pay off in the end,” said

Bond. “I always reminded them that even though we are a good team, there is always a chance. DCPS softball is coming together and growing.” Walls senior pitcher Elly Edgell forced six strikeouts during the match. And to the Penguins’ credit, they continued to play hard all the way through the final inning. “We were seeded seventh and we’re here at the championship game,” said Walls senior Jordan Fingerhut. “It was a great building year for us.”

Sports Desk Wilson rowers earn prestigious medal at national event

The Tigers crew team took three boats to the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Championships at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., on May 24 and came back to the District with Wilson’s first medal at the nationals since 2003. Wilson’s junior varsity fourplus boat team — junior Adam Fingerhut, a School Without Walls student; sophomore Peter Maeder; sophomore Chris Bock; sophomore stroke Nicky Swanson-Hutchinson; and sophomore coxswain Ali Rashedi — earned third place overall with a time of 5 minutes, 15.393 seconds. That time placed them behind Christian Brothers Academy and St. Peters Prep, which finished in first and second place respectively. Wilson’s varsity four-woman and junior varsity eightwoman boats also appeared in the event.

SOFTBALL: DCIAA season marred with forfeits, cancellations, late arrivals and few games

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pour. Athletics director Stephanie Evans rejected Wilson’s request to throw out the result and start the game anew. The championship game woes continued on Friday, and for the Wilson parents, the frustration reached a crescendo. “This isn’t an anomaly; this is very typical of what we go through every season, every year,” said a Wilson parent who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It would be different if it were just a [recreation] league thing and girls are just having fun. But the girls on this team are good, and my daughter is being recruited. This is unacceptable.” Evans declined to comment on the matter. But Willie Bennett, the association’s assistant athletic director and coordinator for baseball and softball, said the Department of Parks and Recreation bears partial responsibility for the season’s upheaval. “We don’t maintain those fields,” said Bennett. “We heavily depend on DPR for all fields because we have maybe four softball fields and zero baseball fields.” The department didn’t open the fields for athletics use until March 22, two days after Wilson’s scheduled first game at Georgetown Day School and the day of the Tigers’ home opener at Guy Mason field. Parks department spokesperson John Stokes couldn’t be reached for comment. Bennett pointed to the need for a healthy partnership with the parks department. “We love what they do for us because with-

out them we couldn’t do baseball or softball in the city,” he said. “They have to protect their fields, and it’s depended on by everyone in the city to use those fields.” But the league is also forced to abide by some strict parks department rules — which, if broken, could lead to loss of its permit — that can make it challenging to play games during a rainy season. According to the National Weather Service, the District got 4.26 inches of rain in March, 6.47 in April and 4.96 in May, all of which added up to 5.16 more inches than the area’s usual average during that period. “If they say we can’t get on the field, we can’t,” said Bennett. “The fields may have been OK, we think, to play on. But if DPR says the fields are closed, we can’t go on it even if we had a permit. Once they close one field, that means all fields. Even if Guy Mason drains well, but they went to and looked at Banneker and it had puddles, then all the fields are closed. There is nothing we can do to go on the fields.” The agency’s website confirms that even if a field appears to be playable after rain, “fields may be offline for multiple days in order for the field to completely dry out and return to a playable condition.” For Terry Lynch, father of a Walls girls soccer player, that excuse isn’t acceptable. “DCIAA always like to point fingers at others, rather than frankly assessing what needs to be done, taking ownership and getting to work to make girls sports, and sports for all, successful,” Lynch wrote in an email. In addition to problems with facilities, a

league with some small teams that have barely enough players meant repeated forfeits. “We can’t reschedule forfeited games,” said Bennett. “They may have nine girls and one may have an exam that day and now they don’t have enough for the game. That game has to be forfeited and we can’t make that up. That is one of the hurdles that challenged us.” Despite the issues, Bennett, who played baseball as a student at H.D. Woodson and has a passion for the sport, said the league has made a push to generate interest in softball. “This year we did four clinics that we did before the season — two at Wilson and two at H.D. Woodson,” said Bennett. “We invited all middle school and high schoolers. From midDecember on we were doing things to keep the sport viable.” The effort paid immediate dividends as the league was able to field 12 teams, though it ended with just eight active squads — Wilson, Woodson, McKinley, Cardozo, Dunbar, Bell, School Without Walls and Roosevelt. The Anacostia, Ballou, Coolidge and Phelps teams all folded during the season. Walls, which has appeared in the last four championship games, winning two titles along the way, nearly folded due to a lack of players. But seniors Eleonore Edgell and Jordan Fingerhut wanted to make sure they had a chance to play their final season season for the Penguins. The duo recruited in the school’s hallways. “Jordan and I have been playing on this team for four years and we noticed a lot of growth that you can get from a team that acts

as a unit,” said Edgell. “So when we lost a lot of players we asked a girl who played another sport if she could bring some players on, and she brought five enthusiastic freshmen.” Bennett said the association is looking into several solutions to this season’s issues. One is a “stars and stripes” system with upper and lower levels similar to the approach in basketball and football. Bennett also aims to continue to build the sport through a strong middle school feeder system. “Next year I want to do five pitching clinics because I see that’s what’s lacking,” he said. Another solution would be to play games at Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, which has two artificial-turf softball fields that drain quickly and are usable much sooner after rain than grass fields. Despite the challenges, Bennett sees positives in the DCIAA finishing the season with eight teams and having a squad like the Penguins, who have 10 first-year players and two international students. “Cancellations and rainouts are big news sometimes, but what’s most important is the girls are getting the opportunity to play, they’re having fun, and they’re learning something,” he said. And he added that the association is committed to making improvements. “Everything that we can do, we’re going to pour it into this sport,” he said. “I’m totally invested in everything that comes out of this in athletics. No matter what the ladies want, they’re going to get it from me the best I can do every time.”

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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

Last week pupils were engaged in the most strenuous sports event of the entire year: Sports Week. The events took place at Ellington Field over the course of a week. The four houses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chesapeake, Potomac, Patuxent and Shenandoah â&#x20AC;&#x201D; competed in schoolwide track and field events. The events included long jump, high jump, javelin, sprinting, et cetera. For most of the week, Chesapeake (the green house) had a clear lead after it won all the Primary School competitions. All this changed on Wednesday. After Secondary Track and Field Day, Potomac was ahead by around 200 points. On Thursday, Secondary had â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fun in the Sun,â&#x20AC;? a series of obstacle courses and other fun races which Chesapeake won by administering a stunning defeat over Potomac in the tug of war. But, alas, it was not enough. After an average performance in the relays on Friday, Chesapeake came in second with Potomac taking the overall lead. A fun week was experienced by all; the whole school had a very enjoyable and active experience. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Caedmon Kollmer-Dorsey, Year 7 San Francisco (sixth-grader)

Edmund Burke School

In the sixth grade at Burke, we try all of the three languages that are offered: Spanish, Latin and French. Also, each trimester we try a new kind of art to see what we want to do in seventh grade. In our class â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diving In,â&#x20AC;? we explore the musical arts and drama. In the first trimester we took drama, where we learned improv games, and stage combat. Our favorite game was


called taxicab, where you pretended you were in a taxi, and one person had to have a quirk, and everybody else was supposed to copy it. In the second trimester we tried band. Each student was given an instrument to study, and we also looked at musical theory. What was great about this course was that even if you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play an instrument, you still were able to learn and perform. We were split into two sections for this trimester, and one of the sections played the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;All-Starâ&#x20AC;? by Smash Mouth and the other group played â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Little Birdsâ&#x20AC;? by Bob Marley and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Braveâ&#x20AC;? by Sara Bareilles. In this third trimester, we are in chorus. We work on voice warmups, like lip-buzzes and the vocal siren. We have a teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant from 12th grade who is interested in working as a music teacher. To choose a song, we all write one song on the board, then we listen to them and vote on our favorites. We chose â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wavinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Flagâ&#x20AC;? by Kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;naan. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sasha Rosenbaum and Maya Johnson-Fraidin, sixth-grader

Georgetown Day School

As freshmen, sophomores and juniors finish up final exams this week and as seniors prepare for a surreal graduation this Sunday, the 2013-2014 school year is coming to a close. It all began back in September when the senior class of 2014 bombarded the opening assembly of the school year, dressed in camouflage and with water balloons in hand, attempting to leave our mark with one of the greatest â&#x20AC;&#x153;senior runinsâ&#x20AC;? of all time. This year, sports

championships were won; senior pranks were pulled; plays, musicals and concerts were a success; and, above all, everyone made new and everlasting memories. As seniors look back with nostalgia at our early years, we come to realize how much we have accomplished and how greatly we have developed. The report cards, the awards, that embarrassing experience back in fourth grade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; none of that will matter as each of us struts across the graduation stage to receive our diplomas. What will stick with us are the priceless experiences and the eternal memories. I can say for sure, my younger brother Chandler will occupy my mind every single day as I begin college at Northeastern University in the fall. As each of us begins a new chapter in our lives, forever remember this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.â&#x20AC;? Long live the class of 2014! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

Hearst Elementary

The Art Show at Hearst was on Wednesday, May 21. On display was work from all grades. The were different kinds of art, like pre-Kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pottery, the fourth and fifth gradesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; booklets and lots of drawings and paintings. My class displayed oil pastel sunflower drawings like Vincent Van Goghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunflowers,â&#x20AC;? and we used color and texture. Lots of pictures were taken and some students received Owl Artist of the Year Awards. My favorite artwork was by Auletta S. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Catherine Duckenfield, third-grader

Three more students earn Merit Scholarships Students at three D.C. schools earned college-funded $2,500 scholarships, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced last week. The recipients included Northwest resident Anne Chambers, a Wilson High School student who received a scholarship from Northwestern University. The other awards went to Maryland residents attending D.C. schools: Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School stu-

Jewish Primary Day School of the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital

Last week, we had our fifth annual Israeli dance show. At the show, students perform group dances to Israeli music. The students work together as a class to learn the dances. All students in the younger grades learn Israeli dance and perform in the show, but it is an elective for fifth- and sixth-graders. In the upper grades, there is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;chugâ&#x20AC;? (Hebrew for group activity) for Israeli dance and we meet once a week. At JPDS-NC, students can choose two different chugs each year, such as dance, choir and drama. The students who participate in the dance chug in the second semester dance in the show. Our performance is in the Hebrew Academy auditorium because JPDS-NCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnasium is no longer big enough to hold all our students for the show. Being part of the show is fun because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re with your friends the entire time, and you get to see the different dances that all the grades do. The show is organized by Daniela Tam, a JPDS-NC staff member from Israel, and choreographed by Ms. Tam and our dance teachers. Sadly, this year was Ms. Tamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last year because she is moving back to Israel later this month. On behalf of the JPDS-NC family, I would like to thank Ms. Tam for all of the hard work she has put into the shows for the last five years. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sabrina Bramson, sixth-grader

Mann Elementary

Every year at the end of the school year, Horace Mann has a Summer Bash. Even though we are under construction this year, we are very excited because the bash is

dent Lauren E. Singer, recipient of a Bucknell University scholarship; and St. Anselmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Abbey School student John A. Biffl, who received a Vanderbilt University scholarship. All three students cited engineering as their probable career field. By July, about 8,000 students across the nation will receive scholarship awards worth a total of more than $35 million. A further announcement will come that month. going ahead once more on June 9. It has lots of blow-up waterslides and obstacle courses and an area where you can get treats such as cupcakes and cotton candy. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dunk tank where you can dunk teachers without getting into trouble. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an arts and crafts area where you can make creative art and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tent for wax hands. Parents and grown-ups are sponsoring rides, refreshments and game tents and all the money we raise goes to the school PTA. Cotton candy, the dunk tank and other things are already sponsored. The Summer Bash is always very crowded because of all the kids plus their parents plus the teachers and maybe grandparents, sibling and other relatives too. But the bash is always ready for more people â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the best part of all is just having fun! Everyone is welcome to our Summer Bash, which takes place June 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ava McKeever and Noel Mulugeta, third-graders

Murch Elementary

Murch recently held our annual International Night and Art Show. Each student had a piece of artwork hung on panels in the multipurpose room or in Ms. Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art room. You could see that we spent a lot of time and effort creating our artwork. International Night, held outside, started with songs sung by the students. Ms. Pruett, our music teacher, had taught each class a song to sing during school. Then each class performed its song on the bleachers. Ms. Liebermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frere Jacquesâ&#x20AC;? and rang bells during the song. All of the songs sounded great. Everyone was excited to sing See Dispatches/Page 15


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Spotlight on Community Living Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Serving D.C. residents who are age 18+ with a disability or age 60+ and their caregivers

Vol 2, No 8

Executive Director’s Message

John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA, D.C. Office on Aging June is men’s health month, which is celebrated across the country with health fairs and screenings, media appearances, and other educational and outreach events. the purpose of this month is to increase the public’s awareness about early detection and treatment of diseases among men. i trust that this message will be an eye opener for you and your family members and that you will be ready to take action! according to the centers for Disease control and Prevention (cDc), men are 5%-10% more likely to have heart disease and be morbidly obese as compared to women. men with such chronic diseases must closely monitor their health and make a concerted effort to change their lifestyles to prevent further health complications. unfortu-

nately, the failure to make these changes could lead to greater chances of hospitalizations, premature nursing home admissions, and even death. according to the national center for health statistics (nchs), men have a higher death rate for the following diseases: heart disease, cancer, cerebrovascular disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, diabetes, pneumonia/flu, and hiv infection. consequently, the staggering death statistics result in a shorter life expectancy for men as compared to women. cDc reports that black males have a life expectancy of 71.4 years compared to 77.7 years for black females; white males have a life expectancy of 76.4 years compared to 81.1 years for white females; and hispanic males have a life expectancy of 78.5 years compared to 83.8 years for hispanic

females. according to the men’s health network, the gap of life expectancy between men and women is resulting in more women experiencing poverty. Poverty among widowed women stems from the loss of the husband’s income after death, expenses involving the care of the husband, and funeral expenses. men’s health network reports that widowed women are 3 to 4 times more likely to live in poverty compared to married women of the same age. in another statistic, the u.s. administration on aging reports that over one-half of elderly widows now living in poverty were not poor before the deaths of their husband. in viewing the startling statistics reported in this month’s message, i hope that you are motivated in joining me to make positive changes in the District. it

Ms. senior D.C. Pageant to be HelD June 29 you may have seen her at your senior program, a church event or an event sponsored by your group or organization. ms. senior D.c. nancy a. berry has visited each ward of the city speaking to her peers, performing “sweet georgia brown” or tutoring youth at a local school. the retired educator, volleyball coach, quilter and dancer has been seen across the city representing ms. senior D.c. the ms. senior D.c. Pageant will be on sunday, June 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm, university of the District of columbia, 4200 connecticut avenue, nw, building 46, main auditorium. the 2014 ms. senior D.c. Pageant contestants will compete for the title of ms. senior D.c. and the right to represent their city at the ms. senior america Pageant in october. a panel of judges will meet with the contestants and rate them on their interview, their philosophy of life, talent and evening gown presentations. Don’t miss the show and the opportunity to share the lives and talents of each of the contestants as they compete for the crown. for tickets and information, call 202-289-1510 x1171 or 202-724-5626.

will take a village of committed family members to ensure that our men are making every effort to get their annual checkups, to see their doctors when they experience physical abnormalities, to eat healthy, and to adopt active lifestyles including physical fitness. the government offers support to ensure access to quality resources that help the District’s men. for example, through the affordable care act, men on medicare can receive their free annual wellness visits, as well as preventive screenings for a number of chronic diseases. let me also add that men 60 years of age and older can take advantage of the District’s six senior wellness centers, which offer free health and wellness programs such as chair aerobics, tai chi, hand dancing, strength training exercises, nutri-

tional counseling, nutritious meals, social engagement, and educational offerings, among other activities. in closing, as we celebrate men’s health month, i would like to encourage all seniors and their loved ones to wear blue on the five mondays in June to raise awareness about the importance of men’s health month. also, this is an opportunity for men to wear blue to demonstrate their commitment in improving their own health. Please join me in solidarity as we honor our men and let them know that we support them and will do what it takes to keep them healthy and engaged in our communities. men, i hope to see you at one of our six senior wellness centers! Please call us at 202-724-5626 if you need information about the senior wellness centers. ~

tHe DistriCt of ColuMbia Has begun issuing a real iD CreDential. the real iD credential requires a one-time revalidation of source documents when obtaining, renewing or requesting a duplicate Dc driver license or identification card. this validation will enable the Dc Department of motor vehicles (Dmv) to ensure your identity and issue a federally compliant real iD driver license/identification card. the new requirements will affect what you will need to bring to the Dc Dmv office when obtaining, renewing or requesting a duplicate credential. first time Dc applicants and existing Dc driver license/identification card holders should expect to provide source documents as proof of identity (full legal name and date of birth), social security number, lawful presence in the united states, and current residence in the District of columbia. real iD implements a 9/11 commission recommendation urging the federal government to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver licenses.” for more information, visit or call 311. (continued on next page)

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Community EvEnts CalEndar JunE EvEntS 3rd • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

a community health and wellness fair sponsored by the office on aging will be held at iona’s active wellness Program at st. albans, 3001 wisconsin ave nw. for more information, call thelma hines 202-363-5145 ext. 212.

18th • 11:30 a.m.

learn about stroke symptoms in men at all ward 5 nutrition sites. for more information, call vivian grayton at 202529-8701.

19th • 7 to 9 p.m.

celebrate glover Park Day at an intergenerational community festival that includes games for children. the festival will take place at the guy mason recreation center, 3600 calvert st. nw.

celebrate gay Pride month with iona senior services. refreshments will be served at 7 p.m., and the film ten more good years will be shown at 7:30 p.m. the film follows four lgbt elders, exploring why so many age alone, without financial stability and often return to the closet. the film will be followed by a discussion of what has already changed since the film was made in 2008, and how iona can meet the needs of the lgbt community today. iona is located at 4125 albemarle st. nw. rsvP by calling 202-895-9448.

9th • 11:30 a.m.

21st • noon to 4 p.m.

7th • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

a community health fair will be held at the columbia lodge #85 , 1844 3rd st. nw. for more information, contact ebony smith at 202-809-1010.

7th • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

get important information at the presentation, “make a Plan: emergency Preparedness,” at all ward 5 nutrition sites. for more information, call vivian grayton at 202-529-8701.

10th • 6 to 8 p.m.

iona senior services and the national center for creative aging present memory arts café, a free event for people living with alzheimer’s and their caregivers. a highlight of the evening will be the creation of a new performance by the guest artists and the audience. memory arts café features gary glazner, of the alzheimer’s Poetry Project, along with other improvisational artists. the event includes light refreshments and the opportunity to chat with the guest artists. iona is located at 4125 albemarle st. nw. reservations are recommended. to rsvP, call sharon o’connor at 202895-9469.

16th • 11:30 a.m.

north michigan Park civic association will hold a family Day at north michigan Park recreation center, 1333 emerson st. ne. contact grace lewis at 202-526-7696 for more information 23rd* 9:30 a.m. -3 p.m. vida senior centers will host a free health fair at vida residences at brightwood, 1330 missouri ave. nw. learn more about housing, alzheimer’s disease, stroke, medicaid & food stamps, health insurance, emergency services, legal services, utility discounts, tobacco and alcohol prevention. receive free health screenings including, mammograms, . for more information call 202-503-2783 or visit


ward 5 residents who are age 60 and over and are in need of legal advice can contact seabury ward 5 aging services on mondays to speak with a lawyer. call 202-529-8701.

at men’s health Day at all ward 5 nutrition sites learn about how to stay healthy as you age. for more information, call vivian grayton at 202-5298701.

Spotlight on Community living Spotlight on Community Living is published by the External Affairs and Communications unit of the D.C. Office on Aging. Advertising contained in the Current is not endorsed by the D.C. Office on Aging or by the publisher. The D.C.Office on Aging is responsible for developing and carrying out a comprehensive and coordinated system of health, nutrition, education, employment, training, and social services for the District’s elderly population, who are 60 years of age and older. The Office on Aging also administers the Aging and Disability Resource Center, a one-stop shop resource center, designed to assist seniors, persons with disabilities 18 years of age and older and family caregivers navigate the long-term services and supports system. 500 K Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 202-724-5622 • John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA Executive Director In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code Section §§2-1401.01 et seq.,(Act), the D.C. Office on Aging does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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Mayor Vincent C. Gray greets Karen Campbell, Vice President, State Government Affairs, Verizon; Mario Acosta-Velez, Director, State Government Affairs, Verizon; and Jeffrey Merriman, Director, State & Federal Government Affairs, Verizon during the Mayor’s Third Annual Senior Symposium. More than 700 advocates, caregivers, seniors and providers attended the annual event that was held at the Hyatt Regency Washington. Mayor Gray kicked off the opening session for the annual event which included concurrent workshops with panel discussions that included the meaning of an Age-Friendly City, emergency management, mental health and aging, transportation, information on serving persons living with disabilities and senior villages. The exhibit hall featured information and resources from government and community based partners providing programs and services for seniors and their caregivers. ~

uPCoMing senior toWn Hall Meetings Quarterly discussion with Dcoa executive Director John m. thompson to ensure that seniors have an opportunity to weigh in on issues that directly impact their lives.




June 2, 2014

10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

June 10, 2014

1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

June 16, 2014

1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

June 17, 2014

11:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

June 18, 2014

11:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

June 19, 2014*

12:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.

June 20, 2014*

12:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.

July 16, 2014

11:00 a.m.— 1:00 p.m.

Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center 324 Kennedy Street, N.W. Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center 3531 Georgia Avenue, N.W. Model Cities Senior Wellness Center 1901 Evarts Street, N.E. Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center 3500 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, S.E. Hayes Senior Wellness Center 500 K Street, N.E. Ft. Stevens Recreation Center 1327 Van Buren Street, N.W. Deanwood Recreation Center 1350 49th Street, N.E. Washington Seniors Wellness Center 3001 Alabama Avenue, S.E.

*with DPR’s Interim Director Sharia Shanklin

beWare faKe usPs eMails Fraudsters Attempting To Gather Personal Identifying Information recently, the Postal inspection service has received complaints from individuals nationwide related to fraudulent emails and phone calls. these messages are falsely claiming that a package was unable to be delivered by the us Postal service. these emails and phone calls are attempting to gather personal identifying information. the emails, which claim to be from the us Postal service, include a message related to an attempted or intercepted package delivery. the customer is told to click the link or open an attachment in the email. when opened, a malicious virus is installed on the customer’s computer. this virus could steal personal information located on the customer’s computer and compromise the customer’s information. if a customer receives an email similar to the one described above, they should follow these steps: Do not click on the link or open the attachment forward the email to n Delete the email n n

criminals are also contacting potential victims by phone. when contacted, similar information is provided related to an attempted or intercepted package delivery. the caller attempts to obtain personal identifying information from the customer. if a customer receives a phone call, they should follow these steps: Do not provide any personal identifying information to the caller hang up n contact your local post office to verify the phone call n contact the Postal inspection service at 1-877-876-2455 n n

the Postal inspection service is actively investigating these fraudulent emails and phone calls. ~

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DISPATCHES From Page 12 to the big audience. After listening to the songs, we had many tables to visit, with food, information and activities. The food was from more than 36 countries around the world. Some tables had long lines because the food was delicious. A table from Slovakia had unique pancakes. Other tables that had long lines were the Ethiopian food tables and the Chinese food tables. Many people performed traditional dances. For example, Genevieve, a third-grader, did an Irish step dance. Then there were groups of Chinese and Vietnamese dancers. Many people wore traditional outfits from their countries. Our nurse had on a traditional dress from Africa. It was the most marvelous international night ever! Thank you to all of the parents, children and teachers, especially Ms. Hettipola and Ms. David, who put it all together, and all of the little student helpers who helped set up. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lilly Shaw, third-grader

National Presbyterian School

The Million Dollar Project is a part of math, where the fifth-graders design and make their own sleepaway summer camp. Exactly $1 million had to be used on this camp. This project has been going on in fifth grade for about two weeks, starting in mid-May. The teachers who have been helping are Mrs. Durbin, Mr. Sumner and Ms. Cox. The students started off by writing a little paper on the basics of their camp. Then, after that step had been completed, the students turned their papers in and got to work. We (the fifth-graders) made a sheet on all of the things that we wanted to include in our camp, inside and out. After that, we added the cost of everything together. We had to use exactly $1 million on everything. Everything is literally everything, from campers to Jet Ski packs. Then we had to write a detailed

paragraph on the final activities at our camp. The name of our camp had to be added, too. A visual map of our camp was drawn, and we had to make a schedule for each day of the week. At the end of the Million Dollar Project, we had to make our own presentation that lasts exactly two minutes. Even though it was a lot of hard work, it was super fun! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lena Herrera Schindler, fifth-grader

Our Lady of Victory School

On May 19 we celebrated Arts Night. One of the main parts of the night was the art masterpieces created by the fourth through eighth grades. The fourth grade took surrealist paintings by RenĂŠ Magritte and reinterpreted them using a combination of painting and collage. My project was challenging, but it was fun to make because our art teacher, Mrs. Weber, makes class exciting. She always has great projects for us to do. Another part of Arts Night was the music performed by the band and choir. I play alto saxophone in the beginner band, and we played three songs, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Go Band.â&#x20AC;? We also got to play a song called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Centurionâ&#x20AC;? with the advanced band. After we played with them, the advanced band played several songs on their own, and they sounded nice. Our choir also performed three songs from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frozenâ&#x20AC;? during this part of the night. Ms. Laus worked hard to prepare them, and their songs sounded really good. That last part of the night was a Shakespeare play that was performed by the eighth-grade class. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Much Ado About Nothing.â&#x20AC;? There were some really funny parts during the play, and you could tell that the actors worked hard to memorize their lines for the show. Arts Night was great, and I enjoyed being able to take part in making art and playing in the band. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for next year! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tully H., fourth-grader


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plishments this year! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eleonore Edgell, 12th-grader

Last Sunday, many of our students convened for free food and socializing. It was our annual sports banquet, designed to celebrate all of our student athletes and their accomplishments over the year. The event was catered by California Tortilla. All of the student athletes and their families were invited to celebrate. Among the many sports that we offer, including D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association-sponsored sports and club sports, are unique offerings such as squash and sailing. In addition to these unique sports, we also have all of the traditional sports like soccer, basketball and baseball/softball. The only major sport that is blatantly missing from our roster is football, as Walls is too small to produce a team. Any student who wants to play football, however, can go to their neighborhood school to play. At the sports banquet, coaches hand out awards such as MVP and Most Improved Player. There is also an award called the Mighty Penguin, which honors a senior who has been committed to athletics for all four years in high school. Thanks to the parent volunteers who helped organize this successful event and congratulations to all of our student athletes for their accom

Shepherd Elementary

Fifth-grade graduation is coming up, which means soon Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a fifthgrader. Graduation will take place Wednesday, June 18, in the auditorium. All the fifth-graders will come and some will give speeches. Most will go on to Deal Middle School, though some will go to other schools. Good luck, fifth-graders! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget about Shepherd! More renovations are going to be done at the school over the summer. For example, because of the way Shepherd grew over the years, the top floors in the different wings donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t connect, so they are going to build a bridge between the two different second floors. If we had that bridge this year, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to walk down the stairs from my classroom, across the school, and back up the stairs to get to Mr. Irbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art class. Finally, Field Day was last Friday; it was fun. Thanks, Mr. Burgess! (Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our gym teacher.) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Henry Trimble, fourth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

We are both in Ms. Choiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third grade and we celebrated International Day last week on May 21. I liked it that you could go to see different countries and even if you


arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t from there, you felt like you were in Costa Rica or Jamaica. Each classroom had information and a person to guide you through that country. I liked how England was set up because it showed me many different things about it. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that there was a tunnel to Paris, that the English eat fish and chips as their most common meal, that the rose was their country flower and that the lion is their national animal. We had tea while we were there. I really liked how International Day had food to sample. I tried cookies in Italy and cannoli. There was French bread in France. We also tried pita bread from Greece and feta cheese. In China, we got to practice calligraphy and some of us ate fortune cookies. The performances by the classes were fun and interesting. We sang Beatles songs and there were drums playing. We had a fashion show. We had the Sahara Band and they played music from the Arab world. The man from Trinidad played the steel drum and we got up and danced. He played reggae and then he played â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy.â&#x20AC;? Our principal, Mr. Bryant, played a Spanish song on the piano and it was amazing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that he could play the piano! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nya Grant and Sophie Orlando, third-graders


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Sun-filled 4BR, 3BA contemporary sited on 2.56 acres with guest house, pool and tennis court. Features include Chef’s kitchen, 4 fireplaces and 23-ft high ceilings. This lovely home awaits your special touch! 202.362.1300










This handsome 1930 stone Tudor has a modern soul! With 6BRs, 4FBAs and 2HBAs, it boasts all the fine details of a bygone era but also embraces today with its 2004 renovation. Rarely does one encounter such a harmonious blend of old and new. Chevy Chase Office 202.363.9700



Grand 5BR, 3.5BA c.1912 Colonial w/gracious front porch, stunning architectural detail, updated kitchen w/charming banquet, owner’s suite w/dressing room, new AC, custom stone & brick work, gardens, 1-car garage, blocks to Friendship Heights Metro and shops! Meg Crowlie 301.641.7488 / 301.229.4000 (O)

Dramatic and sun-filled four bedroom, four and a half bath contemporary house in desirable Anchorage subdivision. House sits on an elevated corner lot that features unparalleled views from every room.






A spacious bungalow in sought after neighborhood less than 1 mile to Silver Spring Metro. 3BR, 2BA home with fabulous master suite, flexible finished lower level and large yard with gazebo. Edina Morse


Spacious residence w/a “step down” liv rm w/windows opening to garden. Study, formal dining rm & large country kit fam rm. Large MBR, MBA en suite & 4 add’l BRs, 3.5BA, media rm, gym storage, 2-car garage. Close to Metro, The Levine School & Rock Creek Park. Stephen Vardas 202.744.0411 / 202.944.8400 (O)

Retreat away from city life – tall trees provide privacy to the deck overlooking private pool. Incredible space for entertaining/family living. Large rooms w/elegantly appointed architectural details. Formal LR w/gas FP; library, DR. Kitchen w/SS appliances & granite. Lydia Benson 202.365.3222 / 301.229.4000 (O)

New Construction! Exquisite 3,000+ SF home w/grand open floor plan; 4BR, 4.5BA, hardwoods, gourmet kitchen w/adjoining family area & sumptuous master suite w/walk-in closet & balcony. Fully fin LL w/huge rec room w/9-ft ceilings, guest suite & full walkout. Woodley Park Office 202.483.6300


Classic 1905 Victorian on one of Cleveland Park’s prettiest streets! 5BR, 4.5BA, 2-Car Gar, 2 blks to Metro. Architectural details, inlaid flrs, lead windows, pocket doors, landscaped yard, porch w/city views. TS Kit w/SS & marble, sunroom, 2 formal rooms w/FPs, MBR w/FP. Mike Sandifer 202.253.0719 / 202.966.1400 (O)

$1,995,000 Elegant East Village Townhouse with gorgeous original details. Extra-high ceilings, two large master bedroom suites, full in-law suite with second kitchen and separate entrance. Garage parking for one car included. Close to all Georgetown has to offer. The Linda Low Team 202.232.4733 / 202.363.1800 (O)


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New custom home to be built on over-sized level lot on a primary street in the Village. Classic design by: Sandy Spring Builders & GTM Architects provides today’s lifestyle requirements w/traditional design. Over 6,200 SF interior, high ceilings, porches & 2-car garage. Sheila Leifer 301.529.4130 / 202.364.1300 (O)

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Renovated Georgian Colonial on large, lush lot. Gourmet kitchen, living room & sun room. Second level master bedroom suite with spa bath; two additional bedrooms. Fourth level private bedroom and bath. Lower level garage, rec room & second kitchen. Nancy Itteilag 202.905.7762 / 202.363.1800 (O)



Wonderful, spacious two-year-old Colonial with bright, open layout & fabulous great room. Amazing kitchen with SS appliances, granite counters & table space, 4BR, 3.5BA, new deck, 2-car garage. 3 community pools & clubhouse. Close to Metro! Chevy Chase Office 202.363.9700



Attractive size rooms, upgrades to bathroom & kitchen, newer windows, etc. Attractive oak trim, floors and cabinets. Easy walk to retail, transportation and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital which is being redeveloped with many community amenities. Friendship Heights Office 202.364.5200

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Modernized Queen Anne reigns supreme in the Palisades


ince the late 19th century, a grand Queen Anne-style home has cast its commanding presence over the Palisades. A


historic landmark, the 1892 structure was among the first five houses built when the neighborhood was developed out of farmland. Its elevated post boosts the allure of this soaring manse on MacArthur Boulevard. Architect Richard Ough designed this four-level, 6,000-square-foot house for developer John H. Hurst, whose name was incorporated in the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glenhurst.â&#x20AC;? Over the past 14 years, the current owners have painstakingly maintained the half-acre property, undertaking several renovations to keep the home â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also the headquarters of their real estate enterprise, DC Living â&#x20AC;&#x201D; updated while maintaining its vintage appeal. Their myriad additions include a saltwater pool and adjacent cabana; sound and security systems; and a one-of-a-kind metal fence and railings custom-made by Chris Shea,

whose art is displayed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Located at 4933 MacArthur Blvd., this newly listed property has six bedrooms and four-and-half baths (plus one in the cabana). It is offered at $4,250,000. Palisades House Tour attendees from last October will likely remember Glenhurst as the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature dwelling, where they climbed up limestone steps to the main entrance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;piazzasâ&#x20AC;? or porches stacked at each of the four corners. Inside, many original features are still intact, including the windows, moldings and pine floors. There are also a variety of antique and ornate light fixtures and chandeliers that will convey with the house. One enters the lofty main level via the foyer, where a powder room is tucked under the original staircase. Facing MacArthur Boulevard and the southwestern section of Battery Kemble Park, the nearby living room has original floor-toceiling windows that open to the west side piazza. Antique details here include a wooden mantel with carved embellishments. The dining roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intimate setting is shaped by bay windows

overlooking the national parkland to the west. It connects to the spacious kitchen, which has two entrances to the outdoors. This cream-toned room features handmade cabinetry, an oversize island and marble countertops. High-end appliances include a stylish Lacanche French gas and electric range. There are also multiple sources of sunlight, including in the breakfast nook, where long picturesque windows overlook the manicured yard and parkland greenery behind it. Outside, an oversized deck made of ipe is ringed with metal railings. Limestone steps head to the lawn and surrounding gardens, which are filled with hydrangeas, boxwoods, crepe myrtle trees and hollies. Here also is the neoclassical-style cabana, complete with a wet bar, bathroom, dining section and storage. Back inside the house, the second level is comprised of master and guest suites. Plantation shutters cover the bottom half of these roomsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; windows, highlighting unobstructed views of the parklandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treetops.

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Spring Valley. Former ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence w/6 BRs, 4 BAs, 2 PRs, 4 frpls. 7000 sf includes library, office & family rm. Private patio. Sited on quiet cul-de-sac. $1,775,000

Guy-Didier Godat 202-361-4663

California Ranch

Potomac, MD. Updated & light filled home on 2 landscaped acres w/lge salt water pool. 3 BRs, 3 BAs. Family rm, Guest suite/rec rm. Garden views from all rooms! $1,249,000

Laura McCaffrey 301-641-4456

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This six-bedroom home on MacArthur Boulevard is priced at $4,250,000. The masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrance opens to a sitting area that has front windows, a window that opens to another piazza and a fireplace with a carved wooden mantel. Two custom builtin closets are also in this room. Bay windows adorn the bedroom, which leads to a walk-in closet filled with more custom built-ins and a silestone-clad vanity. The limestone master bath has heated floors, a dual vanity, a soaking tub and a separate shower. The smaller guest suite boasts pleasant views of the rear yard from the two piazzas. The top level has three bedrooms with striking views of the grounds from 60 feet up. Each one currently serves different purposes

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an art studio, an entertainment room and an office. Originally an ironing room, the spacious office, which takes up the northern section of the floor, is outfitted with handmade built-ins. One large bathroom sits on this level, and it also functions as a laundry room. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottom level serves as a full apartment that includes a separate entrance. The floor also includes a 1,300-bottle temperaturecontrolled wine cellar. This six-bedroom, five-and-ahalf-bath home at 4933 MacArthur Blvd. is listed for $4,250,000. For deta, contact Skip and Debbie Singleton of DC Living Real Estate LLC at 202-337-0501, debbie@ or



Westmoreland Hills. Traditional home w/3+ BRs & 3.5 BAs on quiet tree lined street. Splendidly renovated lower level. Tranquil yard. Close in neighborhood. $998,000

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Wesley Heights. Exceptional renovated TH in this popular community w/pool & tennis cts. 2 BRs, 2 BAs, 2 HBAs. Redone kitchen. Fin. LL w/media rm. Patio. $849,900.

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Springfield, Bethesda, MD. Charming Colonial w/4BRs, 2 BAs. Family rm, den, built-ins. LL rec rm. Porch, lovely yard. 1 car garage. $844,000

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Petworth. Newly renovated home w/4 BRs, 3 BAs. Original hardwood flrs. Unique claw foot tub. Finished LL. 1 car det. garage. Near to Metro, Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market. $675,000

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Northwest Real Estate BUDGET: Council expands sales tax, reduces streetcar funding to offset varied tax cuts

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D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams. In light of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s booming economic growth, that committee advised making the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax code more progressive, particularly in terms of affordability for the middle class.

Gray had opposed many of the committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposals, warning that they would worsen the gap between rich and poor. Mendelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget notably adds two new income tax brackets: one for those earning between $40,000 and $60,000, and another for those

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earning $350,000 to $1 million. For the former group, the tax rate will be lowered from 8.5 percent to 6.5 percent. The rate for the latter group will drop from 8.95 percent to 8.75 percent. In addition, the new tax code will raise the standard deduction and personal exemption to match federal














levels. The plan would also bring D.C. estate taxes in line with federal levels, raising the threshold trigger for the tax from $1 million to $5.25 million. For businesses, the tax changes aim to make the District more competitive with neighboring jurisdictions. The plan reduces the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business franchise tax from 9.975 percent to 8.25 percent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the same rate as Marylandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and closer to Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6 percent. That reduction would be phased in between 2015 and 2019. Mayor Gray has been outspoken in criticizing the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changes to the budget, in particular the funding that would be slashed for a new hospital planned in Southeast D.C. and for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed 37-mile streetcar network. The councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget tweaks the revenue stream that Gray planned to use to support the streetcar expansion, giving $400 million to the program over the next six years as opposed to Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed $884 million. Streetcar supporters have reacted with concern, and mayoral spokesperson Pedro Ribiero said in a statement that this change could â&#x20AC;&#x153;kill the streetcar as we know it,â&#x20AC;? with its funding irreversibly diverted for â&#x20AC;&#x153;tax cuts to the wealthy.â&#x20AC;? Chairman Mendelson, citing the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mismanagement of the streetcar program thus far, has said that the council can add more funds to the project in the future. But Council member Wells warned that the streetcar cuts are too drastic and could lead to further problems and delays. The councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget also suggests that the sales tax expansion, to cover the purchase of various services rather than just goods, can be a new source of substantial revenue. But criticism of this change has been mounting. Over a thousand residents, for example, have signed the petition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say NO to DC Gym Tax.â&#x20AC;? The petitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author warns: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyone in DC who works out at a place that costs money, your already-expensive fees just jumped.â&#x20AC;?

Responding online to that petition, Mendelson wrote that the negligible fee raises are worth the broader savings for District residents. The revised tax code, he wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;will save the average resident taxpayer in the $50,000-$75,000 adjusted gross income bracket about $36.33 per month ($436 per year).â&#x20AC;? Of ward-specific interest, other council-approved budget proposals include: â&#x2013; For Ward 4, $7 million in seed money for a new standalone middle school. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser successfully inserted that item over the objections of atlarge member â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and mayoral race rival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; David Catania. Catania, who chairs the Education Committee, criticized Bowserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bridge to nowhere,â&#x20AC;? warning that it could steal funding from already scheduled school modernization projects. Bowser insisted that the Ward 4 project could proceed without impacting other schools, and she vowed to identify money for construction in future budgets. Funding for the new school would be diverted from the South Capitol Street Bridge project, according to the amendmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s text. â&#x2013;  For Ward 3, the budget steers $5 million toward planning and construction for an outdoor pool â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first. In a previous interview with The Current, Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh said no specific locations had been nailed down, though she mentioned that the topic had come up in planning the renovation of Hearst Recreation Center, at 3950 37th St. â&#x2013;  For Ward 2, the budget also provides $10 million to create the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dupont Crown Park,â&#x20AC;? decked over the Connecticut Avenue underpass north of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s namesake circle, according to Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans. Several community members, including Dupontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advisory neighborhood commissioners, have supported pursuing this project, which would cover the blocklong space at the center of businesses between Q Street and the circle.




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Chevy Chase – 5368 27th Street NW. Unparalleled luxury in Chevy Chase DC! Expansive 9,546 SF home perfectly sited across from Rock Creek Park on nearly ½ acre lot. A plethora of amenities! Chef's hi-end kitchen opens to family room/breakfast area/mudroom/porch overlooking sylvan yard. Luxurious MBR suite/FAB closets. Private in-law suite/level! Park 8+cars, includes 2-car garage. $3,400,000. Marin Hagen 202.257.2339 Sylvia Bergstrom 202.262.3730

Eckington – 53 Q Street NE. Large townhouse in Eckington. High ceilings and generous spaces. 3BR, 2.5BA on the upper 2 flrs, complete in-law suite with extra kitchen and bath on the lower level. Sep LR, DR and stair hall. Very large kitchen with table space or room for a large island. Less than 10 minutes to NoMa metro, walk to Big Bear Cafe and Bloomingdale Restaurants. $685,000. Larry Hodgson 202.236.5800

Old City #2 – 2131 10th Street NW PH#4. Fab Penthouse w/gar pkg & private elevator to the Living Rm! 2 BRs+loft w/wet bar, rooftop deck w/stunning city views. Vaulted 12-14 ft ceilings, natural light from all sides, gour kit w/Wolfe, Sub Zero & Brkfst Bar, Master Suite w/sumptuous bath. 2 Juliette Balconies, Rooftop deck plus grilling balcony. 2 Blocks to Metro. $825,000. Erich Cabe 202.320.6469

Bethesda 301.718.0010 Dupont 202.387.6180

Forest Hills – 2842 Chesterfield Place NW. Gracious Forest Hills home with newly constructed 1300 SF great room and spectacular indoor pool w/private showers. Perfect for entertaining. First floor includes LR, library, sun porch and Chef’s kit w/eat-in pantry. Four bedrooms, 3 baths + 2 half baths. Classic architectural details. Georgetown garden and flagstone deck. Minutes to Metro, Rock Creek Park and downtown attractions. $2,375,000. Erich Cabe 202.320.6469

Kalorama – 2149 Florida Avenue NW. Entertainer's dream! Stunning renovation. 4BR, 3.5BA, open concept main level with state of the art kitchen, decamaster dent suite, dramatic rooftop deck, top of the line Crestron home automation system. Every detail thoughtfully considered: custom lighting and millwork, built-in cabinetry, dramatic skylights... too numerous to list here. $1,849,000. Edward Poutier and Stewart Coleman 202.643.8333

Gibson Island, Maryland – 1621 Saint Giles Road. One of the most sought after waterfront lots on the island. Sweeping views across Otter Pond to the Chesapeake Bay, the Bridge and the Baltimore Lighthouse. Stunning! Bright and open contemporary home with high ceilings and views of the water from every living space and bedroom. Small private dock on the pond for sunbathing or kayak storage. Lots of potential for adding extra living space. Just 1 hour from DC. $1,970,000. Ellie Shorb 240.338.8919

Georgetown – 1528 32nd Street NW. Fabulous Gtown Federal Row home near famed restaurants and shops. High walk score. Located on quiet block w/easy street parking, this updated home offers charm & elegance. Double French doors lead private back patio & gardens. Renov kit w/granite, Master suite, two baths, living room with built-ins & wood burning fireplace, hardwood floors and skylights. $1,299,000.

Gibson Island, Maryland – 1715 Jorrick Road. Sunny, light-filled home on corner lot (Jorrick and Paisley Rds). 1st flr master BR. Updated kit (Sub Zero/stainless). Large 14'x24' studio w/frplc (perfect office, den or guest room). In-ground swimming pool, landscaped gardens with azaleas and mature trees/shrubs. Perfect location on this 1000+ acre private island on the Bay. $1,199,000. Ellie Shorb 240.338.8919

Georgetown – 3303 Water Street NW 2K. Perfect for buyers seeking ultimate one-bedroom home or pied-à-terre in the center of Georgetown. A special apartment: One of only four at 3303 with 11' ceilings. Great proportions, large storage/closets, Chef's kitchen, reserved garage parking with storage, fabulous roof-top pool, etc. Pets ok. $$950,000.

Foggy Bottom – 2510 Virginia Avenue NW #405. Gorgeous and bright 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom with huge BALCONY at the Watergate. Recently upgraded. One INDOOR PARKING and STORAGE included. Fee includes all utilities and taxes. $365,000.

Forest Hills – 4007 Connecticut Avenue NW #406. Large, sunny 1 bedroom with screened porch. Wood floors, high ceilings, updated kitchen and bath, separate dining area. Fabulous exercise room. Superb location: close to Metro, shopping, recreation. $329,000.

Mazi Tahouri 202.277.3633

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Capitol Hill 202.547.3525 Georgetown 202.333.6100

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Monica Boyd 202.321.5055 Forest Hills – Linnean Avenue NW. Vacant land. 18,883 SF (public record); being sold strictly as part of a 2-lot package for $1,999,999 TOTAL. Adjacent lot (#9)=14,034 SF (public record), for combined approx sq footage of 33,000. Accessible from both Audubon Terrace & Linnean Ave. Private & scenic, overlooking Rock Creek Pk, a few blks from bustling Connecticut Ave & METRO. Special opportunity to build your dream home! $1,999,999. Marin Hagen 202.257.2339 Sylvia Bergstrom 202.262.3730

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Wednesday june 4 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Science of Spirituality instructors will present a class on Jyoti techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Career mentor Joe Ryan will lead a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Using LinkedIn in Your Job Searchâ&#x20AC;? as part of a seven-session series on job seeking skills. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pearls of Wisdom,â&#x20AC;? a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $6 to $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts â&#x2013;  The summertime Harbour Nights concert series will present FarAway, a singer-songwriter duo featuring Sara Davenport and Brian Franke. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. â&#x2013;  Students from Levine Music will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat will perform. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $35. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music From Stage and Screen,â&#x20AC;? with a special D-Day 70th anniversary salute. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monu-

ment Grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013; The Marine Band will perform works by Smetana, Liszt and Sousa. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. 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 Catfish and the Bottlemen, Desert Noises, and Me & This Army. 8:30 p.m. $9.50 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Daniel Krebs, associate professor of history at the University of Louisville, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Generous and Merciful Enemy: Life for German Prisoners of War During the American Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Artist Mark Parascandola will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carabanchei,â&#x20AC;? featuring photographs of the defunct prison that once jailed Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most notorious political prisoners for much of the 20th century. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Studio 1469, 1469 Harvard St. NW (rear). â&#x2013;  Jack Devine will discuss his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Hunting: An American Spymasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Story.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Nick Mann will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forgetful.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Films â&#x2013;  The weeklong EuroAsia Shorts festival will feature films from Japan and Spain. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor

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film series will feature David O. Russellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Linings Playbook,â&#x20AC;? starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. 7 p.m. Free. Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. â&#x2013; The Avalon Doc series will feature Dayna Goldfine and Dan Gellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Galapagos Affair: Satan Comes to Eden.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance â&#x2013;  The Boston Ballet will present a mixed repertory program featuring works by George Balanchine, JirĂ­ KyliĂĄn and Petr Zuska. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $89. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  Women Thrive Worldwide will host a launch party for Ritu Sharmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Ripple chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley and Pearl & Ash chef Richard Kuo will collaborate on an eight-course meal with optional wine pairings. 7 p.m. $120. Ripple, 3417 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2447995. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Philadelphia Phillies. 7:05 p.m. $10 to $90. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, June 5 Thursday june 5 Classes â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Village aging-in-


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Thursday, june 5 â&#x2013; Concert: Pianist Gilles Vonsattel will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Western Music in Kiyochikaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Japan,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Bach, Beethoven and Schumann. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. place group will present a weekly class on stress reduction through tai chi and qi gong. 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. $15 to $20. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 3240 O St. NW. 202-999-8988. â&#x2013;  The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pilates in the Parkâ&#x20AC;? class led by a certified Yoga District instructor. 5:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Classes will continue each Tuesday and Thursday through June 19. â&#x2013;  Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Roy Kaiser will lead a master class as part of the Explore the Arts series. 7 p.m. $15. Rehearsal Room, Hall of Nations, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Rev. Jim Webb will lead a foursession workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Practical Methods to Create Prosperity and Abundance.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. $50 for four classes. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. The workshop will continue June 12, 19 and 26. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Brown Bag Concert Series will feature a chamber music performance. Noon. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-1291. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Chorus and the St. Albans School Chorale will perform works by Virgil Thomson and other composers. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013;  Violinist Fedor Ouspensky, flutists Emma Resmini and Olivia Staton, harpist Elise Kolle and trumpeter Michael Chen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; graduating National Symphony Youth Fellows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform classical music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Aca Seca Trio will perform songs written by composers from Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, InterAmerican Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-1410. â&#x2013;  Jazz on Jackson Place will feature singer Mary Ann Redmond, bassist Paul Langosh and pianist Jay Cooley. 6:30 p.m. $30. Decatur House, 748 Jackson Place

NW. â&#x2013; The National Symphony Orchestra, violinist Nicola Benedetti and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich will perform works by Tchaikovsky and Brahms. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Musical Evening in Quebecâ&#x20AC;? will feature singer, songwriter and guitarist Michel Robichaud and instrumentalist Jessica-Charlie Latour Marieau. A beer and cheese tasting will accompany the concert. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Marine Band will perform works by Smetana, Liszt and Sousa. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  The band Fletcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grove will perform a mix of funk, rock and jazz. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Illustrated fiction authors Stephan Pastis and Jarrett J. Krosoczka will discuss how graphic novels can help children with reading challenges. 10 a.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-1950. â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by longtime theater artist and critic Andrew White on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The World of Theater and Ritual in Byzantium,â&#x20AC;? the subject of his forthcoming book. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Larry Doyle will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Bed With Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5664. â&#x2013;  Filmmaker Michael Ford of Yellow Cat Productions will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homeplace Mississippi: A Cultural Journey.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. West Dining Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. â&#x2013;  Margaret Talbot, a staff writer at The New Yorker, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Twentieth Century.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Author and journalist John Judis will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/ Israeli Conflict.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290. â&#x2013;  The Palisades Village Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greatest Generationâ&#x20AC;? by Tom Brokaw. 1:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013;  The Literary Readers Book Club will discuss Ellen Glasgowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1925 novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barren Ground,â&#x20AC;? about the life of Dorinda Oakley in rural Virginia and the post-Civil War agrarian South in the midst of change. 2:30 p.m. Free. Room 219, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Role of Congress in International Crisesâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mike McCurry, former press secretary for President Bill Clinton; former U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007; former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn.; former U.S. Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn.; and Bob Woodward, See Events/Page 21


Continued From Page 20 author and investigative journalist. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; Tenleytown resident Glenn Williamson will discuss his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inside Out: Building a Glass House in Russia,â&#x20AC;? about his experiences working as a developer in Russia in the 1990s while balancing a home life with a new baby son. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  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. â&#x2013;  Emma Straub will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vacationers.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Garrett Peck will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Father-and-son authors and broadcasters Bill and Willie Geist will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Talk, Dad: The Birds, the Bees, and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $14. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013;  Historian Frank Cooling and preservationist Gary Thompson will present an illustrated program on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War Defenses of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;? as part of Historic Chevy Chase DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual meeting. 7:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The weeklong EuroAsia Shorts festival will feature films from France, China and Korea. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Italian Cultural Institute will present Michelangelo Antonioniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1975 psychological drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Passenger (Professione: reporter),â&#x20AC;? starring Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canal Park Thursday Movies: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Whole New Ballgameâ&#x20AC;? will feature David M. Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1993 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sandlot.â&#x20AC;? Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. Performance â&#x2013;  The 2014 National College Dance Festival will feature ensembles from colleges and universities from throughout the country. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $25. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The festival will continue Friday and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. with different lineups each day. Readings â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will continue its monthly poetry reading series. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature readings from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wid-

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Events Entertainment owâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handbookâ&#x20AC;? by editor Jacqueline Lapidus, psychologist and poet Katherine Williams, playwright and professor Roselee Blooston, playwright and poet Ellen Steinbaum, advocate for the disabled Jill Jackson and writer Gail Cormorat. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-966-1055. Special event â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer in the City: The American â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s,â&#x20AC;? this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? program, will feature opportunities to hear jazz of the era while poets match verse with paintings, to become the poet in a collaborative art project and to sample classic American diner food from Shake Shack. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Tours â&#x2013;  Eric Dinerstein will present a U.S. Botanic Garden tour focusing on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kingdom of Rarities: Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Kept Secret.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Meet in the Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  The National Galley of Art will present its new guided tour, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Sculpture: Dialogues in Three Dimensions.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. Free. East Building Information Desk, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. The tour is offered each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  A tour of the Washington National Cathedral will focus on iconography in sculpture, stained glass and needlework that pays tribute to significant events in U.S. history and honors those who have served and sacrificed for their country. 3 p.m. $16 to $20. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Friday, June 6

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Benefits â&#x2013; A fundraiser for the East River JazzFest will feature a webcast viewing party of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Celebrates Ellington.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 10 p.m. Free admission. The B Spot, 1123 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. â&#x2013;  The group Friends of Volta Park will hold a cocktail party and silent auction to benefit maintenance and beautification of the park grounds. 7 to 9 p.m. $100. Founders Hall, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 34th St. NW. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Peter SĂ­s will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-ExupĂŠryâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 5 through 8). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919.


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opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1314 18th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-463-0203. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Space,â&#x20AC;? the debut exhibition for Cross MacKenzie Gallery in its new Georgetown space, will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. On view through July 19, the show features works by gallery artists. Located at 1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-3337970. â&#x2013;  Touchstone Gallery will open two shows Friday with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. They will continue through June 29 and can be previewed today and tomorrow during gallery hours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Chemins de Memoire (The Paths of Memory)â&#x20AC;? presents paintings by Parisian artist Charles Goldstein inspired by his memory of 84 members of his close family who disappeared during the Holocaust. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avian Attitudes: Owls, Hawks and a Vultureâ&#x20AC;? features water-media paintings by Colleen Sabo that show the dangerous lives of birds of prey. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Noon Concert series will feature the Excelsa Quartet performing a string quartet by Czech composer and pianist Ervin Schulhoft. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3. â&#x2013;  Jazz vocalist Juanita Williams will perform as part of the 14th season of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? concerts. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Middle C will present a guitar recital by students of Magdalena Duhagon. 6

Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Inter)Related,â&#x20AC;? an all-media exhibit of works by the artist collective Sparkplug, will open Friday with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at the DC Arts Center. The show will close with a gallery talk July 13 at 5 p.m. Located at 2438 18th St. NW, the center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. 202-4627833. â&#x2013;  Susan Calloway Fine Arts will open an exhibit of oil paintings by Linda Press and Barbara Sussberg on Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will continue through July 5. Located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202965-4601. â&#x2013;  The Arts Club of Washington will open its Members Summer Exhibition on Friday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will continue through July 26. Located at 2017 I St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  Hemphill will open an exhibit of selections from the Dolly Langdon and Aldus H. Chapin Collection on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. On view through Aug. 2, the show features mostly works by Washington artists, many of them affiliated with the Washington Color School. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Satur-

p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013; The Friday Night Concert Series will feature Sam O performing reggae music. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. â&#x2013;  The Youth Orchestra of the Lower 9th Ward will perform. 7:30 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. The concert will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Embassy Series will present baritone Bergthor PĂĄlsson and pianist Edvinas Minkstimas in concert. 7:30 p.m. $100. Icelandic Ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Residence, 2443 Kalorama Road NW. 202-625-2361. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Concert Band will kick off the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunsets With a Soundtrackâ&#x20AC;? concert series with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to the Heroes: In


Class 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. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Max Impact ensemble will perform 20-minute sets. 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  The Arts Club of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friday

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day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-2345601. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Objects from Nature/The Nature of Objects,â&#x20AC;? a shared series of paintings and mixed-media works by Flora Kanter and Pam Frederick, opened last week at the American University Katzen Arts Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rotunda Gallery, where it will continue through June 23. An opening reception will take place tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-885-1300. â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club recently opened an exhibit of works by Robert E. Kuhn and Richard Fitzhugh and will continue it through Sept. 11. An opening reception will take place tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW, the club is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call ahead. 202-232-7363. Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 symposium will feature three top seniors discussing policies related to the military prison at Guantanamo, urban education reform and felon disenfranchisement. 9:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Artist Ingrid Mwangi will discuss her work with her artist husband Robert Hutter See Events/Page 22


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Continued From Page 21 under the merged name Mwangi Hutter. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ Horticulturist and garden designer Jenks Farmer will discuss “Deep Rooted: Stories of Old Gardeners & Lessons for Modern Gardeners.” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Peter Turnley will discuss life in Paris and his new book of photographs, “French Kiss — A Love Letter to Paris.” 7 p.m. $8 to $12. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Films ■ The National Archives will present a new digitally restored version of “The True Glory,” a joint production of the U.S. Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information about the June 6, 1944, invasion of Normandy and the Allied push across Europe. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The weeklong EuroAsia Shorts festival will feature films from the United States, France, Germany, China, Spain and Japan. A discussion and an international


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Events Entertainment appetizer reception will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Italian Cultural Institute, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. ■ The “Voices on Palestine” summer film series will feature Annemarie Jacir’s 2013 movie “When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak).” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. ■ The Smithsonian Associates will present the East Coast premiere of David Currey’s documentary “American Journey: The Life and Times of Ed Bearss,” about his childhood on a cattle range in Montana, his Marine Corps days in World War II and his career as chief historian for the National Park Service. A discussion with Currey and Bearss will follow. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40 to $45. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6333030. ■ The Freer Gallery will present Kent MacKenzie’s 1961 film “The Exiles.” 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. ■ Reel Affirmations’ Pride Film Festival

will feature Alexandra Kondracke’s 2014 movie “Girltrash: All Night Long,” about five lesbian women experiencing an epic night, at 7 p.m.; and Stewart Wade’s 2014 movie “Such Good People” (shown), about a couple who find a million dollars while house sitting, at 9 p.m. $10. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. ■ “Twisting the Knife: Hitchcock’s Scary Love Stories” will feature Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film “Dial M for Murder.” A discussion will follow. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. ■ The Golden Cinema Series will feature Ivan Reitman’s 1993 comedy “Dave,” starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. 7:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Meetings ■ 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.

Indiana Fever. 7 p.m. $15 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Saturday, June 7

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Friday, june 6 ■ Discussion: Lily King will discuss her novel “Euphoria.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Overeaters Anonymous will host a beginner’s meeting. 6:30 p.m. Free. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW. Performances ■ Synetic Theater will present a preview of its production “The Miraculous Magical Balloon,” featuring a series of pantomime sketches synthesizing music, ballet, clowning and audience participation to tell the story of a traveling actor and his magical trunk of tricks and toys. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Pennsylvania Ballet will present “Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 7:30 p.m. $25 to $95. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ■ Performing as Dr. Alex Schiller, New York-based writer, performer and producer Roslyn Hart will present her comedy show and social event “Never Sleep Alone.” 9 p.m. $15 to $25. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. ■ Beny Blaq will host “Live! From Busboy: Open Mic & Talent Showcase.” 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. Special events ■ Teatro de la Luna’s 22nd annual Spanish-language poetry marathon, “La Pluma y la Palabra,” will open with a presentation of the participants’ books and a dialogue on Hispanic poetry today. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-882-6227. The event will continue Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. with readings and an open mic event at Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. ■ An insider’s look at the Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of “Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will feature principal dancers Laurene Fadeley and Zachary Hench. 5 p.m. $12. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ As part of National CaribbeanAmerican Heritage Month, the Caribbean Food Alliance and Caribbean Professionals Network will host a Rum & Black Cake Competition. 6 to 10 p.m. $10. Zanzibar, 1901 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Mystics will play the

Children’s programs ■ “Saturday Morning at the National” will present Happenstance Theatre’s production of “Pinot & Augustine,” featuring family-friendly clowns in a show packed with physical comedy. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present “Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt,” featuring two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezla’s “Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists” books (for ages 4 and older). 11 a.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The films will be shown again Sunday at 1 p.m. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Richard Mozer’s 1999 film “Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist” (for ages 8 and older). Noon. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. ■ “Fairy Tea and Treats” will offer a chance for children to dress up in magical fairy costumes, learn about the favored drink of early America, tour Tudor Place’s enchanting fairy gardens and make a special period craft to take home (for ages 5 and older). 1:30 to 3 p.m. $10 to $20. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. ■ “Fun With Citric Fizz,” a hands-on activity combining art and science, will launch the summer reading program (for ages 5 and older). 3:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Classes and workshops ■ Local members of Disabled American Veterans will present information seminar on benefits and services available to veterans. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Theodore Hagans Cultural Center, 3201 Fort Lincoln Drive NE. 202-530-9260. ■ The Kadamba Tree Foundation will present “Caring for You, Caring for Me: Taking Care of Yourself” as part of a workshop series for people helping a loved one with a long-term illness or disability. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ Bahman Aryana will lead a class on the Argentine Tango. 2:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Jon Martin of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet will lead a class on “Creative Movement for Adults.” 4 p.m. $15. Rehearsal Room, Hall of Nations, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Concerts ■ The Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series will feature Batida Diferente, a jazz and Brazilian quartet. 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. ■ Listen Local First D.C. will present a performance by Typefighter. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. See Events/Page 23

Continued From Page 22 ■ Middle C will present a guitar recital by students of Magdalena Duhagon. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. ■ The Coral Cantigas Chorus and Duo Alturas will present “An Ode to Poetry: A Tribute to Pablo Neruda and the World That Inspired Him.” 7 p.m. $15 to $25; free for ages 12 and younger. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. ■ Dangermuffin and Covered With Jam will perform. 9 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Kathleen Sindell will discuss her book “Social Security: Maximize Your Benefits.” 10 a.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ Food historian, cooking instructor, author and former chef Michael Krondl will discuss “The Hole Truth: A History of the Doughnut.” 10 to 11:30 a.m. $25 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ The Textile Museum will present a talk by trustee and collector Wendel Swan on “The Oriental Carpet: Islamic Art With Ancient Roots.” 10:30 a.m. Free. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St. NW. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden science education volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “Hawaii: A Botanical Paradise in the Middle of the Sea.” 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ The Rainbow History Project and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will host a panel discussion with Brian Miller, Kent Jarratt, Michael Yarr and Nancy Tucker on the Gay Liberation Front and its activities in D.C. in the early 1970s. 11 a.m. Free. Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. ■ The Willard InterContinental and Politics and Prose Literary Series, offering teas and luncheons with notable authors and thinkers, will feature a talk by David Baldacci, author of “The Target” and 26 other novels. 1 p.m. $110; reservations required. The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Ellen K. Feder will discuss her book “Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine,” at 1 p.m.; Tim Townsend will discuss his book “Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Sam Kean (shown) will discuss his book “The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brian as Revealed by True Stories,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden science education volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “A Grain of Wisdom: Botany, Evolution and the History of Cereal.” 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Family programs ■ The D.C. Department of Public Works


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Events Entertainment will sponsor its annual “Truck Touch,” featuring a chance to learn about city vehicles used to clean and repair streets, change traffic lights, clear snow, provide emergency services and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Lot 7, RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. ■ The Jazz Academy of Music will present a Jazz Family Day, featuring a performance, instrument petting zoo and other hands-on children’s activities. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater and Boeing Learning Center, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Festivals ■ The 25th annual Glover Park Day will feature children’s activities, food from local restaurateurs, craft and art displays, and musical performances. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Guy Mason Recreation Center, Calvert Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW. ■ The “DanceAfrica, DC 2014” festival will feature an outdoor marketplace, arts and crafts activities, and free and paid performances. 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets for performances at 2 and 8 p.m. cost $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The festival will continue Sunday from 12:30 to 9 p.m. Films ■ “Artists, Amateurs, Alternative Spaces: Experimental Cinema in Eastern Europe, 1960-1990” will present “Artists, Collectives, Communities.” 1:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Susan Eisenhower, chair emeritus of the Eisenhower Institute, will introduce a screening of the film “Ike: Countdown to D-Day,” starring Tom Selleck. 2 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ A summertime “Pride” film series will open with Jennie Livingston’s landmark 1991 documentary about black and Latino drag queens in New York City who invented “voguing.” 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present the 1953 film “Little Fugitive,” about a Brooklyn kid who catches the elevated train to Coney Island, and the 1948 film “In the Street,” about summertime life in 1940s Spanish Harlem. 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Reel Affirmations’ Pride Film Festival will feature Michelle Ehlen’s movie “Heterosexual Jill,” about a self-proclaimed “ex-lesbian” who seeks to prove to herself that she is no longer attracted to her former girlfriend, at 7 p.m.; and Alan Brown’s “Five Dances,” about a talented 18-year-old from Kansas who joins a small New York City modern dance company, at 9 p.m. $10. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Parade ■ The 39th annual Capital Pride Parade — celebrating the diversity of the area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and featuring human rights advocate and former NFL punter Chris Kluwe as grand marshal — will proceed along P Street, New Hampshire Avenue, R

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London production visits Studio Studio Theatre will present George Brant’s “Grounded” June 10 through 29. When a hotshot fighter pilot’s unex-

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pected pregnancy grounds her, she’s reassigned to fly drones in Afghanistan from a trailer outside Las Vegas. The acclaimed production from London’s Gate Theatre explores the hyped-up, screened-in world of remote warfare. Tickets cost $39 to $49. The theater is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202332-3300; ■ Arena Stage will present “Healing Wars,” a world-premiere theatrical dance event conceived and directed by Liz Lerman and featuring Bill Pullman, June 6 through 29 in the Kogod Cradle. The production examines healing in wartime, the nature of damage that continues when battles are over, and the question of how individuals and societies absorb the pain and impact of war.

Street, 17th Street and 14th Street. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Performances ■ Dan Saks of the rock band DeLeon will present “Sephardic Songs and Stories.” 8 p.m. $15 to $18. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. ■ The Happy Buddha will present improv comedy. 10 p.m. $8 to $10. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-4627833. Special events ■ The Dupont-Kalorama Museums

Tickets cost $119. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-4883300; ■ CulturalDC’s Source Festival will debut 24 original works for the stage from June 6 to 29. The lineup includes three full-length plays (“A Bid to Save the World” by Erin Bregman; “Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea” by Nathan Alan Davis; and “The Thrush & The Woodpecker” by Steve Yockey), 18 10-minute plays and three “artistic blind dates” exploring mortality, quests and revenge. Tickets cost $10 to $20, with threeplay packages available for $45 and allaccess passes for $100. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-3151305; ■ Theater Alliance will present Scottish playwright Anthony Neilsen’s dark comedy “The Wonderful World of Dissocia” June 4 through 28 at the Anacostia Playhouse. This exploration of isolation, fear and the nature of reality fuses a vibrant wonderland with the stark realities of living and coping with mental illness. Tickets cost $20 to $35. The theater

Consortium will present the 31st annual Museum Walk Weekend, featuring activities and tours at Anderson House, Dumbarton House, Heurich House Museum, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, the Phillips Collection and the Woodrow Wilson House. Hours vary by museum. Free admission. The event will continue on Sunday. ■ Mint DC will host a family-friendly field day with yoga, obstacle courses, tugof-war, a barefoot boot camp and other activities. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Marie

Lucy Ellinson stars in the solo show “Grounded.” is located at 2020 Shannon Place SE. 202-241-2539; ■ GALA Hispanic Theatre will present “Puro Tango 2” June 5 through 22. The musical revue features singers and dancers from Argentina and Uruguay, tango’s birthplace. Performances are in Spanish with English surtitles. Tickets cost $20 to $42. The theater is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202234-7174;

Reed Field, 2201 18th St. NW. ■ The Hawaii State Society and other members of the local Hawaiian community will make leis for the upcoming Kamehameha Day ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ 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 See Events/Page 24

The Defiant Requiem Foundation is pleased to announce the

2014 Rafael Schächter Institute for Arts and Humanities June 8-12, Katzen Arts Center American University June 8: Defiant Requiem documentary June 9: FDR and the Jews author talk June 10: Music by Terezín composers June 11: The Tin Ring one-woman show June 12: “Anti-Semitism in Europe Today” Film screening is at 4 p.m.; other events are at 7:30 p.m. Programs and artists subject to change

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Continued From Page 23 a.m. to noon. Free. Geneva Room, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-362-3270. â&#x2013; Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Operation Paws for Homes will host a Pet Adoption Day featuring a variety of breeds, sizes and ages. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Suite 101, Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-333-6100. â&#x2013;  The DC Meet Market will feature local vendors, a live art installation, an interactive photo booth presented by the Human Rights Campaign, and music by DJ Natty Boom, Michelle Raymond and Justin Trawick. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Parking lot, St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 15th and P streets NW. â&#x2013;  Drink the District will host a wine tasting event featuring over 100 local, national and international varieties. 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. $30 to $50. The Block, 500 New York Ave. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the Columbus Crew. 6:30 p.m. $25 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000.

Tours and walks â&#x2013; Washington Walks will present a walking tour of Woodley Park and the Washington National Cathedral. 11 a.m. $15. Meet outside the Woodley Park-ZooAdams Morgan Metro station. â&#x2013;  The Rainbow History Project will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historic Gay DCâ&#x20AC;? walking tour highlighting bars, homes and protest spots that have played a significant role in the experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities of Washington. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Meet at 20th and Q streets NW across from the north entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro station. Sunday,june June 8 8 Sunday Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Richard Mozerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1999 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Degas and the Dancerâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 8 and older). Noon. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club Foundation will present the final round of its


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Monday, june 10 â&#x2013; Discussion: Dave Zirin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brazilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Struggle for Democracy.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Washington International Competition for Piano. 2 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in front of the theater one hour before the performance. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Field Band will perform opera excerpts from Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Giovanniâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die ZauberflĂśte,â&#x20AC;? Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eugene Oneginâ&#x20AC;? and Humperdinckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hänsel und Gretel.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free; tickets distributed a half hour in the G Street lobby before the performance. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  The Heritage Signature Chorale will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now Thank We All Our God.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $20 to $35. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Maryland State Boychoir will perform classical and contemporary choral works, spirituals, gospel music and show tunes. 5 p.m. Free. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202441-7678. â&#x2013;  A Flashband Showcase will feature a one-night-only ensemble of musicians. 5:30 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013;  The Fairfax Wind Symphony will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Middle C will present a guitar recital by students of John Linn. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble will perform music by French composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Jeffrey Veidlinger (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Kenneth P. Vogel will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.

â&#x2013; Quest Delaney will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Day in Heaven With My Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sister.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. â&#x2013;  Teacher Ann D. Getty will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: One Young Deaf Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Education.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-5595368. â&#x2013;  Sapna Batheja of the University of the District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Nutrition and Health will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healthy Eating on a Budget.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-5767252. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classics Revisitedâ&#x20AC;? discussion series will focus on Marcel Proustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wayâ&#x20AC;? with guidance from Susanna Lee, editor of the Norton Critical Edition of the novel. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  Sustainable agriculture specialist Andy Pressman will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;City Farming: Managing Risks & Increasing Profits.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. The talk will repeat Monday at 6:30 p.m. Festival â&#x2013;  The Capital Pride street festival will feature a variety of entertainment and activities, including performances by Rita Ora, Betty Who, DJ Cassidy, Bonnie McKee and Karmin. Noon to 7 p.m. $10 to $20 donation suggested. Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th streets NW. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artists, Amateurs, Alternative Spaces: Experimental Cinema in Eastern Europe, 1960-1990â&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home Movies and Found Footage.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Asia After Dark: Bollywood and Beyondâ&#x20AC;? will feature Sanjay Leela Bhansaliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ram-Leela,â&#x20AC;? a lush rendering of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeo and Juliet.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-1000. â&#x2013;  American University will present the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defiant Requiem,â&#x20AC;? with introductory remarks by Raye Farr, former director of the Steven Spielberg Film & Video Archive at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. A Q&A will follow. 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. american. â&#x2013;  In honor of World Ocean Day, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present the world premiere of the short film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shark Girl,â&#x20AC;? about the work of 20-year-old Madison Stewart to protect sharks from the threats they face around the world. A discussion with Stewart will follow. 4 p.m. Free. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-

633-1000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Krzysztof Kieslowskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blind Chance.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Reading â&#x2013;  The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Don Illich and Brittany Crow. 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 703-8208113. Special events â&#x2013;  Bahaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i and Hindu leaders will guide meditations in conjunction with the Interfaith Meditation Initiative. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. D.C. Bahaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i Center, 5713 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Museum of American Jewish Military Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Storiesâ&#x20AC;? event will feature a presentation via Skype by Lillian Krell, one of the last remaining members of the World War II Army Nurse Corps, from 1 to 2 p.m.; a screening of Charles Guggenheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berga: Soldiers of Another War,â&#x20AC;? presented by daughter Grace Guggenheim, from 2 to 4 p.m.; and an open mic for attendees to tell their own family stories, from 4 to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-2656280. â&#x2013;  The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will host a barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs, balloon creations and other treats at the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly renovated firehouse, and firefighters with Engine Co. 28 will lead building tours. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. 3522 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Supper at Union Marketâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring a meal prepared by renowned chefs using Good Food Award-winning ingredients â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will benefit the James Beard Foundation Educational Grant Program and Good Food Merchants Guild. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. $250. Dock5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. events/sundaysupper. Tour â&#x2013;  Artist and teacher Karen Coleman will lead a tour of the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Botanical Paintings of the Mid-Atlantic.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory East Gallery, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Monday, June 9

Monday june 9 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;  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. The class will also be offered Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating See Events/Page 25

Continued From Page 24 the Choral Tradition” will kick off with performances by dozens of choruses throughout the Kennedy Center in various styles — from barbershop and madrigals to classical and gospel. 5 p.m. Free. Various locations at Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The U.S. Navy Band’s Country Current ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. Discussions and lectures ■ The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by David Buck on “Is Business Ownership Right for You?” 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. ■ Joseph Ellis will discuss his book “Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ David Sedaris will discuss his book “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Journalists Tom Sherwood and Harry Jaffe will discuss the 20th anniversary of the publication of “Dream City,” their book about D.C. politics and Marion Barry. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. ■ Richard Breitman, professor of history at American University, will discuss


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Events Entertainment his book “FDR and the Jews.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Films ■ The Chevy Chase Library will host the “Marvelous Movie Mondays” series. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ The “Books on Film” series will feature Jean-Jacques Annaud’s cinematic version of William Craig’s book “Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad.” 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. ■ The Royal Shakespeare Company will present a live recording of its production of “Henry IV Part I” from Stratford-upon-Avon. 7 p.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202419-3456. The film will be shown again June 14 at 11 a.m. ■ The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will host a sneak preview of Mike Myers’ 2013 documentary “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Performance ■ The Jones-Haywood Dance School will present its 73rd annual dance concert. 2 and 5:30 p.m. $25. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-3455. Reading ■ “Locally Grown: Community Support-

ed Art Festival” will feature a reading of John Strand’s “Orchestration,” based on factual events leading up to the Iraq War. 7:30 p.m. $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tuesday, June 10

Tuesday june 10 Concerts ■ The Tuesday Concert Series will feature guitarist Douglas Rogers performing Celtic and Brazilian music. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. ■ “Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition” will feature the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the U.S. Army Chorus and the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The U.S. Army Blues will present “A Salute to Veterans: Big Band Tunes of the Greatest Generation.” 6 p.m. Free. National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Independence Avenue SW. ■ New Dominion Chorale’s “Washington Summer Sings!” — a series of group singalongs of major choral works — will feature choral excerpts from Mozart’s “Requiem” featuring soprano Nola Richardson, mezzo conducted by Thomas Beveridge, artistic director of New Dominion Chorale and National Men’s Chorus. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert program in honor of the War of 1812. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St.

NW. 202-333-2075. ■ Pianist Phillip Silver and cellist Noreen Silver will perform music by imprisoned Terezín composers Gideon Klein, Robert Dauber, James Simon and Viktor Ullmann and offer contest and insight into the works on the program. A Q&A will follow. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ The U.S. Navy Band’s Commodores ensemble will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The Washington Jewish Music Festival will present “The Big Broadway SingAlong,” to be led by professional performers. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658. ■ The U.S. Navy Band’s Country Current ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. ■ Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge will host its weekly open mic show. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a screening of “Roe at Risk” and a talk by Alliance for Justice founder Nan Aron on “Reproductive Rights and the Court.” 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American Univer-

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sity, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202895-4860. ■ Sara Day will discuss her book “Coded Letters, Concealed Love: The Larger Lives of Harriet Freeman and Edward Everett Hale.” Noon. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1519. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden science education volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “The Botany and Chemistry of Baking.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. ■ Robert K. Musil will discuss his book “Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment.” 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. ■ The History & Biography Book Club will discuss “Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn’t Want to Be One” by Mark Kurlansky. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. ■ “Hispanics: A Rising Tide of Diverse Voters” will feature a keynote address by U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., and a panel discussion with Mark Hugo Lopez (shown), director of Hispanic research at the Pew Research Center; Esther Aguilera, president and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute; Laura Maristany, D.C. director of policy and legislative affairs See Events/Page 30

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Continued From Page 25 for the NALEO Educational Fund; and Ethan Roder, executive director of the New Organizing Institute. 6 to 8 p.m. $15 to $20. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2327363. ■ Scott Anderson will discuss his book “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Author John F. Ross will discuss his book “Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed” in conversation with Washington Post contributing editor Dennis Drabelle. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. ■ National Geographic’s annual Explorers Symposium will feature a select group of people who are making the 21st century a new age of exploration. 7 p.m. $24. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films ■ The Georgetown Library’s weekly June film series will focus on “Twinkle Toes,” featuring movies about dance. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will present its weekly Pop Movies series. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District and the Marie Reed Learning Center PTA will present Alan J. Pakula’s 1976 drama “All the President’s Men” as part of an outdoor film series. 8:30 p.m. Free. Soccer field, Marie Reed Learning Center, 18th and California streets NW. 202-997-0783. Performances ■ Teatro Lirico of DC will present a staged production of “La Verbena de la Paloma,” a Spanish zarzuela by Tomas Breton about the working class of Madrid during the late 19th century. 8 p.m. $30 to $60. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. ■ SpeakeasyDC will present its monthly show, “You Just Don’t Understand: Stories about generation and gender gaps.” 8 p.m. $15. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. ■ The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature performances by Breaker Breaker and Love Onion, followed by an improv jam. 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Mystics will play the Phoenix Mercury. 7 p.m. $15 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Tour ■ 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. Wednesday, June 11

Wednesday june 11 Benefit ■ A cocktail reception will celebrate the

25th anniversary of the DC Arts Center. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $100. Hemphill, 1515 14th St. NW. 202-234-5601. Classes and workshops ■ The Glover Park Village and the Georgetown Library will present an “Introduction to NoveList” as part of a series on “Exploring Library Databases.” 1:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Science of Spirituality instructors will present a class on Jyoti techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Concerts ■ A lunchtime summer concert series will feature Paul Pfau performing blues and rock. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. L’Enfant Plaza, 10th and D streets SW. ■ The summertime Harbour Nights concert series will feature acoustic musician Kerry McCool. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. ■ “Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition” will feature the Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. leading his Voices of Inspiration choir and a special assembly of singers from across the city in signature arrangements of hymns, spirituals and gospel songs. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Washington Jewish Music Festival will present a concert by country singer, humorist and political contender Kinky Friedman. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $20 to $25. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The Washington Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Children’s Chorus of Washington and the Great Noise Ensemble will present “Made in America,” a celebration of the rich diversity of the American choral tradition. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument Grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. ■ The Marine Band will perform works by Williams, Bernstein and Sousa. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-4334011. ■ Low Cut Connie will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by composer and lyricist Barry Bortnick on “‘With a Song in Their Hearts’: Rodgers and Hart.” 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ Sunil Sharma of Boston University will discuss “Woven Words and Painted Pictures: The Persian Book in India.” Noon. Free. African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4518. ■ Authors and media critics Edmund Ghareeb and Jack Shaheen will discuss “Portraying Arabs: 30 Years Later.” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290. ■ The Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning’s summer speaker series will feature a talk by Kai-

Uwe Bergmann, a partner at the New Yorkand Copenhagen-based architecture and design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. 5:30 p.m. Free. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. 202-319-6106. ■ Muralist, public artist and conservation specialist Meg Saligman will discuss her experiences making public art and the ways that she, the community and conservators preserve these works for the future. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The West End Library Friends’ series “Sometimes Strange Meetings: Visual Art in Western Literature” will conclude Georgetown University theology professor Ori Z. Soltes leading a discussion on Susan Vreeland’s “Girl in Hyacinth Blue.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Community meeting room, Columbia Residences Condominium, 2425 L St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ The World Affairs Council will present a book talk by Daniel Drezner, author of “The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Auditorium, University of California Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-293-1051. ■ David Ignatius will discuss his thriller “The Director.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ The D.C. Public Library and Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will present a photographic tour of “Dragons in Art,” narrated by Bela Demeter, a docent at the National Gallery of Art and retired reptile keeper at the National Zoo. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ Carrie Gardner will discuss “Internet Freedom and Internet Privacy.” 7 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. Films ■ The NoMa Summer Screen series will feature “Midnight in Paris.” 7 p.m. Free. Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Roman Kasparaovsky’s 2014 film “Lousy Bastards.” 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance ■ Jane Arnfield will star in “The Tin Ring,” a dramatization of Holocaust survival based on the autobiography of Zdenka Fantlová. A Q&A with Arnfield, drama professor Carol Martin and The Forge executive director Tony Harrington will follow. 7:30 p.m. $20. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Special event ■ “The Best of Prix Europa 2013” will feature a Czech radio documentary about three ethnic German women and the changes in their hometown over the last century and an Irish broadcast about the trans-Atlantic friendship that flourished after a woman in Ireland found an American serviceman’s message in a bottle. 7 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play the Montreal Impact. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-7453000.

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Bright & spacious top floor condo in the Columbia! Open living plan. Updated kitchen, balcony, garage parking, pool & concierge.

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Accokeek, MD


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Completely renovated! Kitchen w/ new appliances. Spacious 2 bedrooms & closets w/ Elfa organizers. Ideal location near metro and more!

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St. Asaph Square – Spacious 2-bedroom, 2-bath with 2 garage spaces. Walk score of 99! Bus to Metro/DC/Airport right out front. Pool & grill area.

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