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Vol. XLIX, No. 48

Serving Communities in Northwest Washington Since 1967

Mayor reverses Fillmore closure plan


■ Education: Hyde-Addison,

Reed dropped from program By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Staff Writer

Reversing an earlier decision, the mayor and D.C. Public Schools have opted to continue the Fillmore Arts Center program through the 2017-18 school year — but only three of the five participating

schools will receive arts instruction there, officials told parents in a letter Tuesday. Two months ago, the school system’s interim chancellor announced that the Fillmore program, which provides centralized arts and music instruction at Hardy Middle School in upper Georgetown to students from five Northwest elementary schools, would be shuttered at the end of the current school year. Community

advocates at several schools protested the decision. Now Mayor Muriel Bowser and the school system have kicked in funding for another year of Fillmore for three of the participating schools: Key, Ross and Stoddert elementaries. Meanwhile, students from Hyde-Addison and Marie Reed Elementary will “transition to on-site arts instruction,” according to the letter from Brian Pick of See Fillmore/Page 5

Pennsylvania Ave. project to force detour By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Maret School’s football team was dominant throughout 2016 and routed Theodore Roosevelt 46-7 in the D.C. State Athletic Association Championship game on Saturday. The win capped off the Frogs’ best season in school history with their first Mid-Atlantic Conference crown, first DCSAA title and first undefeated season. See story, page 9.

After a year and a half of delays, the D.C. Department of Transportation is again preparing to move forward with extensive, disruptive repairs to the Pennsylvania Avenue bridge over Rock Creek that connects Georgetown to the West End. Agency spokesperson Terry Owens told The Current that a notice to proceed with construction is due on Dec. 15; repairs are expected to begin within a few weeks of that notice and take 15 months. The Transportation Department flagged the bridge for repairs in 2014, saying that while it wasn’t unsafe, a portion of the deck had sunk following fire damage, and chunks of concrete periodically fall to the ground. The work was originally slated to begin in summer 2015, but that schedule hit some snags due to coordination and permitting issues with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard,

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The deteriorating bridge will be closed for westbound traffic for eight months during the project.

according to Owens. But he wrote in an email that his agency has now “finalized the design and is moving towards construction.” While motorists should expect delays throughout See Bridge/Page 18

Revitalized firehouse to celebrate centennial

Holiday Inn redevelopment to provide housing, grocery


■ Glover Park: Work slated

Current Staff Writer

Six years ago, the Engine Co. 28 firehouse in Cleveland Park was on its last legs and in dire need of repair. Few at the time could have visualized this weekend’s forthcoming celebration of the fire station’s 100th anniversary, almost three years after the building got a new lease on life. A ceremony Sunday afternoon will kick off the festivities in the fire station at 3522 Connecticut Ave. NW from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a two-hour open house featuring food, drink, fire station tours, clowns and “free climbs on fire apparatus,” according to an event flyer. One caveat: “Sorry, no fire pole sliding.” The event is sponsored by the Cleveland Park Citizens Association and several other neighborhood groups. Visitors to the free celebration can get a

to commence in December By CUNEYT DIL Brian Kapur/The Current

Cleveland Park’s 100-year-old Engine Co. 28 station reopened in 2014 after a $4.7 million renovation.

complimentary red fire hat for children and a history booklet. Guest speakers at Sunday’s event include Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Kevin Donahue, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Gregory Dean and Cleveland Park See Firehouse/Page 5

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Developer JBG plans to build 226 apartments and attract a smallformat grocery store in a new development project at Glover Park’s former Holiday Inn site at 2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Part of the existing building will be retained to fit 100 of the units, said architect Eric Colbert at the Nov. 17 meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B

(Glover Park, Cathedral Heights). Half of the apartments will be studios and one-bedrooms, while the rest of the units will have multiple bedrooms — with bathrooms for each bedroom. John Clarkson from JBG explained that the concept aims to “rethink” homes for young professionals, many of whom live with roommates to afford the price of living in the city. The project will include 20,000 square feet of retail space, with 15,000 meant for a grocery store that will be set back from Wisconsin Avenue to accommodate new See Apartments/Page 18





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Redevelopment of historic service station hits delays over preservation issues / Page 3

Exhibit honors Park Service with re-creations of famous sites such as Grand Canyon / Page 17

Maret caps its historic undefeated football season with DCSAA title win over Roosevelt / Page 9

Police Report/8 Real Estate/13 School Dispatches/11 Service Directory/29 Sports/9 Week Ahead/3

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Dupont project to be revised over preservation concerns By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Following harsh criticisms from the D.C. Historic Preservation Office, developers of the Sunoco service station property at 2200 P St. NW have put their application process on hold to seek a compromise on the proposed design. New York-based Marx Realty hired Georgetown architect Shalom Baranes for the project, in which they hope to relocate the site’s 1936 service station building — designated a historic landmark for its temple-esque neoclassical design — to make room for a nine-story 34-unit apartment building. Baranes crafted three separate options for the property at an eastern gateway to Dupont Circle — each with different locations for the original structure and the new apartment house, and all with a one-story addition running between them. But Steve Callcott of the Historic Preservation Office — who wrote his agency’s official staff report on the project — concluded that while it’s not out of the question to relocate the building, the new structure would need to be “substantially lower� than the

current proposal to avoid leaving the service station in its shadow. In an interview yesterday, Baranes said constructing a large new building is essential to the project — including the mutually agreed upon goal of restoring the service station building. “If we cannot move the building, we do not have a project,� he told The Current. “That’s pretty fundamental because there’s a very major cost involved in moving the building, relocating it on the site. And the only way to pay for that is to build these 34 apartment units we’re proposing.� Although Callcott’s office isn’t a final decision-maker, its reports hold significant sway with the Historic Preservation Review Board, which had been scheduled to consider the Sunoco project on Thursday. The project team’s decision to postpone that review was first reported Tuesday by the Washington City Paper. Baranes said the next step will be to resume meeting with Historic Preservation Office staff to identify areas of compromise, and that it’s too early to say when a revised design will be released. “We’re hopeful that we can work things out moving into the future,� he said.

The week ahead Thursday, Dec. 1

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items include an addition and alterations to Building 14 at 6900 Georgia Ave. NW in the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Historic District; stormwater retention features in front of Delano Hall (Building 11) at 6825 16th St. NW in the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Historic District; concept plans for an addition to the Palisades Recreation Center, 5200 Sherier Place NW; and revised concept plans for construction of a new apartment building at the site of the WhiteMeyer House, 1625 Crescent Place NW. ■The D.C. Public Library will hold a community meeting on plans for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s renovation. Discussion items will include the latest designs, the project timeline and plans for library services during construction. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Casey Trees and a group of West End residents will host a volunteer event to plant 50 new shade trees on D.C. land around 26th and L streets NW to create a vegetated buffer near the Whitehurst Freeway. The treeplanting event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To register, visit and click on “Whitehurst Community Tree Planting.�

Sunday, Dec. 4

The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department and the Cleveland Park Citizens Association will host a centennial celebration for the Cleveland Park fire station at 3522 Connecticut Ave. NW. A ceremony will be held from noon to 1 p.m., followed by an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. ■The Chevy Chase Historical Society will host a talk by journalist and longtime Bethesda resident Steve Roberts, who will compare the evolution of Bethesda and Chevy Chase along two different streetcar lines that helped make them distinctly different communities. The lecture, based on his new book “Bethesda and Chevy Chase,� will begin at 4 p.m. at the Lawton Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, Md. Admission is free.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

St. Columba’s Episcopal Church will host a community conversation on Ward 3’s response to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan for citywide short-term housing for families moving out of homelessness. The guest speaker will be Laura Zeilinger, director of the D.C. Department of Human Services, the agency charged with leading implementation of the city’s strategic plan on homelessness. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall at

the church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. To RSVP, call 202-363-4119 or email â– The Palisades Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Palisades Recreation Center, Dana and Sherier places NW.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

The D.C. Department of Transportation will host a community meeting on the rehabilitation of the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge over Rock Creek Parkway. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 102, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. ■The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold a community meeting on crime and public safety in Georgetown. The Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District Cmdr. Melvin Gresham will discuss neighborhood crime trends and police efforts. The agenda will also include reports from the association’s block captains and members of its Public Safety Committee. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P St. NW.

Thursday, Dec. 8

The D.C. Council’s Committee on Education will hold a public roundtable on the nomination of Antwan Williams to serve as chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

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District Digest Council passes bill to limit some rent hikes New legislation approved by the D.C. Council on Nov. 15 will tighten the reins on owners of rent-control buildings, requiring them to prove negative net income from a property in order to raise its rents beyond established limits. The law attempts to close a loophole known as “the hardship

petition,� by which property owners have been to able to charge extra rent if they don’t obtain reasonable returns from their properties — with any return rate under 12 percent qualifying for the exception. Now owners can only implement conditional adjustments to rental rates if they can show the D.C. rent administrator that their net income from the property is negative. The bill applies to buildings in

the District constructed before 1975 with five or more units, per existing rent-control laws, according to research by Greater Greater Washington. At-large D.C. Council member Anita Bonds authored the bill. The legislation, which heads next to the mayor and then Congress for approval, also caps the rent increases — when hardship is proved — at 5 percent. Additionally, the property owner must

refund tenants for any rent increases that have exceeded the rent administrator’s orders.

Road work to affect Massachusetts Ave.

Road repairs are restricting travel and reducing parking this week along Massachusetts Avenue NW, between 16th Street and Dupont Circle. The D.C. Department of

Transportation project includes repairs of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, along with resurfacing the roadway. Work is scheduled to take place between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. each weekday this week and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. In a news release, the agency said it would maintain one lane of traffic in each direction along Massachusetts Avenue during construction, posting signs to warn of parking restrictions in affected areas.

Bowser names new communications head

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FIREHOUSE: Centennial event From Page 1

Citizens Association president Ruth Caplan. Donahue was added to the program Monday in place of Mayor Muriel Bowser, who can’t attend due to another engagement. The inspiration came from current fire station Lt. Stanley Jaworski, who reminded citizens association members over the summer that December would mark the station’s centennial. Longtime Cleveland Park resident Mark Rosenman took the lead on the project and got to planning. “A hundred years is a major accomplishment,” Rosenman said. “We also thought it was an opportunity for the neighborhood and the larger community to show gratitude to the men and women who are our first responders.” Jaworski’s boss, Capt. Dan Dugan, just started working at the fire station this summer, having returned after a brief stint four years ago. On his first day at work, Jaworski sent him at least five emails updating him on the anniversary plans. Dugan was elated to see the community rally around the cause. “I don’t recall ever seeing the community come together the way these guys have,” Dugan told The Current. Dugan attributes the excitement to the unique architecture of Company 28, and to the fact that so many of the country’s fire stations are far younger than this one. “It’s quite the milestone,” Dugan said. The citizens association has a long history with the fire station — according to Rosenman, the organization that laid the foundation for the current citizens group worked a century ago with the city to secure the station’s placement in Cleveland Park, where residential development had altered the area’s once-rural character. The building — which cost $28,000 in 1916, or approximately $629,000 in today’s dollars — is the oldest surviving Connecticut Avenue building in the neighborhood’s historic district, according to a history booklet compiled by the Cleveland Park Historical Society. The building opened for ser-

vice on Dec. 1, 1916. For the first few years, the fire station stood alone on Connecticut. The neighborhood’s robust commercial corridor was born in the 1920s, when the city’s first zoning code allowed for commercial development near the station. The city’s rising postWorld War I population spurred more residential growth in Cleveland Park. But by the early 2010s, the building had fallen into disrepair, and staff and equipment were relocated to several nearby stations while a $4.7 million renovation process was slowly completed. In early 2014, a ribbon-cutting ceremony introduced the new fire station to the public. Rosenman doesn’t point to any one anecdote about the fire company’s contributions, saying that he’s seen Engine Co. 28 work consistently for the neighborhood. “They just seem to be nice people who are very seriously committed to doing their jobs,” he said. When planning the centennial, Rosenman and his partners quickly realized they couldn’t pull off the event on their own. Securing sponsorships from neighborhood businesses and partnerships with local groups — including the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C, the Cleveland Park Historical Society, the Cleveland Park Business Association and the Woodley Park Community Association — proved even easier than expected. “Organizing the event has been a joy,” Rosenman said. “I have never taken on a serious and complex task and had so much help so easily and willingly offered.” In October, ANC 3C was eager to provide a $150 grant to planners to cover printing costs for the historic booklet. “It’s a prize of a firehouse, and I think anything we can do to support the firefighters, we should do,” commissioner Margaret Siegel said at the time. Dugan looks forward to celebrating the anniversary and then moving on to even more milestones. “It’s a unique fire station,” he said. “Now it’s set to go for hopefully another 100 years.”


FILLMORE: Extended From Page 1

D.C. Public Schools. Hyde-Addison in Georgetown and Marie Reed in Adams Morgan are both currently undergoing renovations that will add more space for arts programming. Hyde students in particular would have a hard time getting to Fillmore next year, as students are slated to relocate into swing space at the Meyer Elementary campus near Howard University during the two-year construction project. Pick’s letter to parents also announced that all of the District’s elementary schools will have access to Fillmore through workshops and other periodic events. Education officials did not respond to requests for further comment on the decisions by The Current’s deadline Tuesday night. In an interview, Bowser said she decided to continue the program because of the several schools that “did not have an option, space-wise or programmingwise.” However, Hyde and Marie Reed will be able to accommodate arts instruction at their temporary swing space and permanent locations, she said. In a separate statement, the mayor cited strong community feedback about Fillmore and praised D.C. Council members from wards 2 and 3 for their advocacy on behalf of the program’s proponents. Ward 3 member Mary Cheh, in a statement of her own, said she’s “delighted” that Fillmore will continue, and not perturbed that two of the five participants will no longer have regular instruction there. “Continuing Fillmore for a select number of schools is not unfair to other schools in the sense that the schools who benefit are overcrowded and don’t have the capacity to have regular art classes,” Cheh said. “It has been, as many parents have said, ‘art on a cart’ — which is not satisfactory.” John Claud, a Stoddert parent and president of the Friends for Fillmore Arts group, said he thinks the news could portend a longer stay for the Fillmore program, given that Key, Ross and Stoddert don’t have any arts space of their own in the works for the near future. “I’m sad that the kids at Marie Reed and HydeAddison are losing out on such a good program,” Claud said. “I’m sorry that DCPS doesn’t share all of my enthusiasm for it, but I’m glad to see there’s some continuation anyway.” For some, though, Fillmore represents a stopgap

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Three area schools will send students to Fillmore Arts Center’s space on the Hardy Middle School campus next school year.

solution in a longer journey toward in-house arts education for all. John Lever, a Hyde-Addison parent and Citizens Association of Georgetown member, told The Current he likes the program but thinks all elementary students should experience the arts in their own schools, without having to take two bus rides. “Fillmore is the best Band-Aid money can buy,” Lever said. “The Fillmore Arts Center is a great shortterm to mid-term solution, but it’s not the right longterm solution for any school.” Meanwhile, Stoddert parent and Glover Park advisory neighborhood commissioner Brian Turmail said he’s encouraged by the Fillmore news and pleased that a rumored trailer in the Hardy parking lot to replace the existing Fillmore space did not come to fruition. But he remains concerned that Fillmore faculty members will have doubts about working somewhere that’s so often threatened for closure. Under the current arrangement, Fillmore gets a flat $600,000, plus the arts instruction budget of each of the five schools it serves, for a total of roughly $1.6 million. Last spring, D.C. Public Schools wrote to the community that the city spends $1,149 per student to operate Fillmore, in comparison to spending $458 per student across all other elementary schools for art and music instruction. Bowser said Fillmore might not be a permanent solution, but space concerns make Fillmore suitable for the short term. “We want to be able to address the arts education needs of all of our students … and Fillmore is working for them,” she said. Current correspondent Cuneyt Dil contributed to this report.

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The Current


The Northwest


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Reason for optimism

Many urban school districts are accustomed to frequent turnover of their top leadership. The District, in recent years, has enjoyed enviable stability — our current chancellor, Kaya Henderson, has held that post since 2010 and even served as a top deputy under her predecessor. That tenure spans three mayors, and the success of D.C. Public Schools during that time is a credit both to Ms. Henderson’s leadership style and her willingness to stay on at a difficult job. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced her choice for the next chancellor, tapping Antwan Wilson, the superintendent of the Oakland, Calif., public schools and a former Denver education official. While we will still need to learn more about Mr. Wilson, most of what we’ve heard gives us reason to be optimistic about his chances here in the District. Despite D.C. Public Schools’ improvements, we retain a troubling achievement gap, which follows racial and geographic boundaries. Even as an increasing number of our schools turn around, many students in wards 7 and 8 struggle mightily to succeed, or drop out altogether. Mr. Wilson has a record of focusing on such students — the ones in the most dire need of assistance. And his personal life story is an inspiration, as he credits his own public education for his current status in life. “Not only is he an experienced leader, Mr. Wilson is a role model for our students,” Mayor Bowser said in a release. “His success proves that with hard work, they can achieve what they set out to do.” While Mr. Wilson’s experience in a variety of school systems may help him apply fresh thinking to the problems we face, we’re pleased that he doesn’t want a completely new direction for D.C. — as he cites admiration for Ms. Henderson’s approach. In Oakland, Mr. Wilson has drawn some concerns for his interest in charter schools. While charters are kept separate from D.C. Public Schools here in the District, we’d be interested in seeing whether there are viable positive collaborations he could effect. We’re also impressed with Mr. Wilson’s focus on “social learning,” which can be particularly beneficial to students with turbulent home lives. Given our relative lack of knowledge thus far about Mr. Wilson, perhaps the strongest point in his favor for us is the enthusiasm he has generated among education experts. At-large D.C. Council member David Grosso, chair of the Committee on Education, praised Mr. Wilson to The Washington Post: “You need to both keep the trains running on time and have a certain amount of shake-up. I don’t think there is a big pool of people out there who can do that. But I think this guy has demonstrated a real passion to do that, and has shown he can do that.” Our primary concern so far is that Mr. Wilson has changed jobs with some frequency, having spent barely two years in Oakland before choosing to leave in the middle of a school year for the D.C. chancellor post. We hope he’s ready to settle down here to protect the stability of our reform process. We look forward to hearing any other concerns raised by citizens and other stakeholders in upcoming D.C. Council hearings on Mr. Wilson’s confirmation, which are scheduled for Nov. 30, Dec. 5 and Dec. 8.

Mixed-use collaboration

Various D.C. commercial areas have benefited from business improvement districts — entities that tax commercial establishments within their territory to fund matters like special events, branding and marketing efforts, and lobbying pushes. But although these business improvement districts, or BIDs, can sometimes also benefit residential neighbors, residents are generally exempt from the BID taxes. That may soon change in one location, where many residents are on track to become part of the DowntownDC Business Improvement District — bringing an estimated $500,000 per year to the BID’s operations, and also guaranteeing resident representation on the organization’s board. Residents in the BID’s jurisdiction seem enthusiastic, and condo buildings would get to opt out or to assess each unit an annual $120 fee. (Rental buildings would be automatically included.) We think this is an appropriate measure to let all parties work together on shared goals within mixed-use areas, and we hope the D.C. Council approves this proposal. We would just ask the council to ensure that designated lowincome units are exempted from extra fees.

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ity the federal worker in the District of Columbia. There are about 200,000 federal jobs in the city, the significant majority held by suburbanites who commute. But none of the federal employees, regardless of where they live, would benefit from the new 11-week, paid family leave plan before the D.C. Council. That’s because the District government can’t impose a payroll tax on the federal government. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has consolidated several family leave programs in the new legislation. He released his version on Monday. It would impose a 0.62 percent payroll tax on approximately 8,000 city businesses. Companies not based in D.C. wouldn’t pay it either. According to Mendelson’s proposal, the leave program would cost about $245 million a year. Mayor Muriel Bowser, like most of the local business community, has appeared cool to the size of the benefit. It would make the District a leader in the nation for workplace benefits. But Bowser noted in a statement from her press office Monday that the true beneficiaries are suburban workers employed by private companies in the District. “If we are going to raise a quarter of a billion dollars in new taxes each year, then DC families should be the primary beneficiaries,” Bowser’s statement said. Employees of the District government, many of them suburbanites, already get eight weeks of paid family leave and would not be part of the new, richer program. At-large Council member Elissa Silverman cointroduced the original bill that would have provided 16 weeks of paid leave for new parents or those caring for a family member. “Stressful life events good or bad — like welcoming a new child or handling a grave illness in a worker’s family — should not turn into a double whammy of financial hardship that can have devastating ripple effects,” she said in a statement Monday. Silverman also said the bill doesn’t go far enough because it doesn’t cover personal medical leave for individuals. She said she’ll work to expand the bill when it comes up for a vote. It appears a majority of the council is ready to vote for Mendelson’s measure, but more wrangling needs to be done. ■ Headstone for Marion Barry. They came slowly down the pathways of Congressional Cemetery on Capitol Hill last week. Aged in their careful steps, about 150 veterans of the Marion Barry era walked past headstones dating back 200 years to find their seats under a bright white tent. Two years to the day Barry died, they gathered to unveil a black marble tombstone and bench marking his burial site. Cora Masters Barry, his estranged wife and widow, had raised money and planned for a head-

stone that would be “something that would give people the essence of Marion long after everyone standing here is gone,” she said. “I wasn’t thinking about today,” she said. “I was thinking about 100 years from today.” Of course, no mention of Barry ever goes without denunciations of his drug abuse, his cronyfilled administrations and too-often poor city services.And we know that pointing out all the good things — and there were many — in no way excuses the bad. “Marion Barry was the people’s mayor,” current Mayor Bowser said at the graveside service. “He wasn’t perfect. None of us are. But what we love about Marion, he was perfect for us.” Bowser was not part of the Barry crowd. But she knew her old-school audience this day. The city is moving on from the Barry era, and this gathering under the tent represented the remnants of his time. “The [bad] things he did, he did to himself, “ the Rev. Willie Wilson told NBC4. “But that didn’t override his great concern, his compassion for the downtrodden and the dispossessed.” Constance Berry Newman came for the unveiling. The distinguished Newman had been a member of the appointed federal control board that took away the power of the mayor and council to steer it away from bankruptcy in the late 1990s. “You have to give Marion Barry credit for caring about the city, caring about the poor in the city and making a difference,” she told us. “He was genuine. He was the genuine article.” Herbert Miller, a white developer in town who knew Barry for 50 years, noted that Barry sparked the early turnaround of downtown Washington back in the 1980s and made sure the nearly allwhite development community began including qualified black businessmen and women. “He stood for opportunity, opportunity for people who didn’t have opportunity,” Miller told NBC4, saying it was “one of the great strengths he had.” Congressional is a 35-acre nonprofit cemetery. Despite its name, it is not the official cemetery of Capitol Hill, but it is an architectural gem for anyone interested in the design of headstones or the people buried there. Barry’s gravesite is just a short walk from that of longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. No doubt that is fodder for jokes about the FBI investigations of Barry and some of his appointees. Paul Williams, director of the cemetery, said a steady trickle of people have come regularly to see the Barry gravesite, which until last week was marked only with a sturdy but temporary staked sign. He said the cemetery expects visitors to pick up now that there is a memorial headstone. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Paid leave proposal would harm District

The D.C. Council is considering another paid leave proposal that would make the District a testing ground for one of the most generous paid leave programs in the country at a cost of $246 million. Paid leave policies, when set up appropriately, can contribute to a strong and resilient workforce while enhancing the competitiveness

of District employers. Unfortunately, the latest proposal advanced by the D.C. Council would not have that effect, but rather would cause a loss of District employers and jobs to surrounding jurisdictions, unfairly burden employers who remain in the District, and undermine our long-term fiscal strength. And over 60 percent of the benefits would flow from D.C. businesses to non-residents who don’t pay income taxes in the District. The District faces several fiscal and economic uncertainties that make the new $246 million

D.C. program irresponsible. We are looking at potential federal cuts to Medicaid as well as the loss of the federal income tax deduction for local taxes. We are expecting increases in our future responsibilities to Metro. And waiting may have a silver lining: President-elect Donald Trump has committed to introducing a family leave program at the federal level that would be less costly for us to implement without creating a competitive disadvantage for our employers. Kevin Clinton Chief Operating Officer, Federal City Council

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed name needs reworking VIEWPOINT ANN LOIKOW


istrict voters demonstrated Nov. 8 that they overwhelmingly want statehood, with 86 percent of those who voted on the referendum, or 244,134 people, saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? to statehood. Unfortunately, a few weeks earlier, Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans showed he was no friend of statehood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or perhaps geographically illiterate. On Oct. 18, the council approved his motion to change the new stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name from New Columbia to Washington, D.C. Evans said he proposed this name change because he did not like Christopher Columbus. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to understand that Washington is the name of a city, originally chartered by Congress, within a state-level federal district that was named for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Columbia,â&#x20AC;? the historic and poetic name used since the 1730s for the 13 American colonies and then for the new United States of America. Thanks to his amendment, if we become a state we will live in the City of Washington in the State of Washington, D.C. Council members said â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.C.â&#x20AC;? should stand for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Douglas Commonwealth,â&#x20AC;? so we could keep the postal code of â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC.â&#x20AC;? Thus, our state would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;the State of Washington, Douglas Commonwealth.â&#x20AC;? Without any serious thought or discussion, the council quickly and unanimously approved the name change. As a result, in addition to repeating our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name in the new stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name, the new state would be both a â&#x20AC;&#x153;stateâ&#x20AC;? and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;commonwealth.â&#x20AC;? This is a geographical mess that badly needs cleaning up. Furthermore, unless Congress decided otherwise, the District of Columbia would continue to be the name of the reduced federal district that would remain the constitutional â&#x20AC;&#x153;seat of the government of the United States,â&#x20AC;? much like it did after the 1846

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Flushableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wipes bill opponents misguided

Sewer systems are designed to handle only the â&#x20AC;&#x153;3 Psâ&#x20AC;?: pee, poop and toilet paper. When other materials end up in the sewer, it causes expensive problems. This is the reason Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh introduced the Nonwoven Disposable Products Act of 2016. A Nov. 17 letter to the editor from Dave Rousse of INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, roundly criticized this legislation, but his arguments are wrong about the impacts of â&#x20AC;&#x153;flushableâ&#x20AC;? wipes and the billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intent. Mr. Rousse claims that â&#x20AC;&#x153;flushableâ&#x20AC;? wipes make up â&#x20AC;&#x153;less than 2 percent of what is found in clogs,â&#x20AC;? but this number is taken from a single study in New York City, conducted soon after a major storm had likely flushed out the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s combined sewer and stormwater system. Other reputable studies have shown higher percentages of

retrocession of Alexandria to Virginia. This means that the postal code â&#x20AC;&#x153;DCâ&#x20AC;? is already taken. The bottom line is that we need a constitutional convention as soon as possible so the people can thoroughly discuss, debate and vote on what name we want for the new state and, more importantly, on how we want our new state government to be organized and operate. Despite the protestations of Evans, Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh and Chairman Phil Mendelson that they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trust the people of D.C. with such momentous issues, and that only the council had the intelligence and ability to do that, they have shown themselves not to be up to the

An impromptu discussion to change our new stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name left us with a name that will be a late-night laughingstock.

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task. An impromptu five-minute discussion to change our new stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name left us with a name that will be a late-night laughingstock and give Congress reason to wonder if we know what we are doing. Creating a new state government that will restore to the people of D.C. the right to self-government that we lost over two centuries ago deserves much more careful thought, study and public debate. Instead of a quick revision of our colonial congressional charter, a constitutional convention with delegates elected by and from the people is how â&#x20AC;&#x153;we the peopleâ&#x20AC;? should create our new government. Let us begin the in-depth planning on how that will come about, starting with empowering the people by authorizing a constitutional convention to be held as soon as possible. Ann Loikow, a former advisory neighborhood commissioner, is organizer of the group D.C. Statehood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Yes We Can!

â&#x20AC;&#x153;flushableâ&#x20AC;? wipes in sewer systems. Mr. Rousse also states that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the bill would effectively ban the sale of flushable wipes in the District.â&#x20AC;? While wipes sold in the U.S. would likely not meet standards set by D.C., Japanese and Spanish manufacturers produce wipes that are truly flushable, breaking down quickly after entering the sewer. U.S. wipe manufacturers and retailers could follow suit. The truth is that after traveling through a typical sewer for over 30 minutes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;flushableâ&#x20AC;? wipes sold in the U.S. are fully intact, which can lead to blockages of screens and pipes, contributing to pump clogs and overflows. Many of these supposedly â&#x20AC;&#x153;flushableâ&#x20AC;? wipes pass INDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inadequate flushability guidelines. A major problem is that the same manufacturers also produce baby wipes, cleaning wipes and other wipes not designed to be flushed. However, they routinely fail to label these products clearly with â&#x20AC;&#x153;do not flushâ&#x20AC;? instructions. INDA has a suitable â&#x20AC;&#x153;do not flushâ&#x20AC;? logo, but its use is voluntary, inconsistent and ineffective

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; often hidden on the back of the package. These companies know that their wipes are flushed and cause problems for sewer systems, yet they persist with irresponsible labeling. The proposed bill would address labeling of non-flushable wipes, requiring these products to display clear â&#x20AC;&#x153;do not flushâ&#x20AC;? instructions. This is an extremely important provision, since improved labeling provides the initial consumer education about which wipes can be flushed and which must be disposed of in the trash. It is time that U.S. wipes manufacturers stop confusing consumers. Wipes labeled â&#x20AC;&#x153;flushableâ&#x20AC;? must break apart quickly and be safe for sewer systems, and non-flushable wipes should be clearly labeled as â&#x20AC;&#x153;do not flush.â&#x20AC;? The D.C. bill will help hold manufacturers accountable for the proper advertising and labeling of the products they profit from. George Hawkins General Manager, DC Water

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Police Report This is a listing of incidents reported from Nov. 21 through 27 in local police service areas, sorted by their report dates.

3:33 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013; 400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 6:43 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, I St.; 5:07 a.m. Nov. 27.

PSA 101 PSA 101

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 900-902 block, 6th St.; 3:16 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, G St.; 8:17 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  700-770 block, 5th St.; 8:58 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, G St.; 9:47 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 6th St.; 11:06 a.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, 9th St.; 9:18 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, I St.; 7:52 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, I St.; 2:22 p.m. Nov. 27.

â&#x2013; DOWNTOWN

Robbery â&#x2013; 1300-1399 block, F St.; 8:48 p.m. Nov. 23. Sexual abuse â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, H St.; 7:07 a.m. Nov. 27 (with knife). Theft â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 1:47 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 6:09 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, F St.; 3:15 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, F St.; 7:45 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, G St.; 11:38 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, F St.; 2:25 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 5:19 p.m. Nov. 27.


Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 5420-5499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:50 a.m. Nov. 27.

PSA 202



PSA 102

Theft â&#x2013; 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:22 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  4100-4199 block, Albemarle St.; 7:06 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  5100-5199 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 7:38 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  4500-4537 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 3:21 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:14 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 6:55 p.m. Nov. 26.



â&#x2013; CHEVY CHASE

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 1200-1299 block, K St.; 7:42 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, New York Ave.; 5:42 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 13th St.; 4:01 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, L St.; 4:34 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, 14th St.; 2:05 a.m. Nov. 27.



PSA PSA 201 201

Robbery â&#x2013; 500-599 block, H St.; 12:59 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  900-979 block, 7th St.; 7:39 p.m. Nov. 25 (with knife). Burglary â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.; 12:37 p.m. Nov. 26. Theft â&#x2013;  600-699 block, H St.; 1:29 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, H St.; 1:50 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, Indiana Ave.; 2:29 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  400-497 block, L St.; 5:21 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, I St.; 12:44 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, 7th St.; 9:38 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1000-1089 block, 5th St.; 2:27 a.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  600-699 block, F St.; 4:27 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, 8th St.; 9:28 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, H St.; 9:42 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 10:17 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 7th St.;

Robbery â&#x2013; 5300-5399 block, 43rd St.; 4:42 p.m. Nov. 21. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 10:16 a.m. Nov. 21 (with knife).

PSA 203



Robbery â&#x2013; 3500-3599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:46 a.m. Nov. 26 (with gun). Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  4200-4399 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:22 p.m. Nov. 27 (with knife). Theft â&#x2013;  4200-4399 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:12 p.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  3319-3499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:05 a.m. Nov. 27. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  5000-5099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:53 p.m. Nov. 23.

â&#x2013; 2500-2880 block, Porter St.; 8:46 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  3416-3499 block, Ordway St.; 1:23 a.m. Nov. 25.

PSA 204



Burglary â&#x2013; 2600-2649 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:32 p.m. Nov. 27. Theft â&#x2013;  2241-2318 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:19 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  2600-2649 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:13 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  3200-3299 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:45 p.m. Nov. 26.

PSA 205



Burglary â&#x2013; 4100-4199 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 11:53 p.m. Nov. 25. Theft â&#x2013;  4308-4399 block, 50th St.; 6:01 p.m. Nov. 27.

PSA 206

PSA 206 â&#x2013; GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH Robbery â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Dumbarton St.; 1:04 a.m. Nov. 27 (with knife). Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  3036-3099 block, M St.; 9:52 p.m. Nov. 22. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, S St.; 11:18 a.m. Nov. 22. Theft â&#x2013;  3000-3049 block, M St.; 3:38 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:12 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1200-1237 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:42 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1200-1227 block, 33rd St.; 6:21 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 8:10 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1851-2008 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:35 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, Cadyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley; 10:17 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, P St.; 11:33 a.m. Nov. 22. â&#x2013;  1000-1025 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:43 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  3100-3199 block, M St.; 5:55 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1851-2008 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 8:50 a.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1200-1237 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 10:40 a.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1000-1039 block, Potomac St.; 5:33 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  3276-3299 block, M St.; 10:07 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  3000-3049 block, M St.; 10:11 p.m. Nov. 25.

â&#x2013; 2800-2899 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 3:57 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; 6:21 p.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1401-1498 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 12:55 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, Water St.; 2:14 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  3601-3699 block, M St.; 9:19 p.m. Nov. 27. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1040-1099 block, Potomac St.; 10:06 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  3200-3299 block, Cherry Hill Lane; 10:35 a.m. Nov. 27.

PSA 208



Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:28 a.m. Nov. 27. Theft â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, P St.; 7:36 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1500-1517 block, 17th St.; 10:19 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1218-1299 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:00 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:54 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:50 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:45 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, 14th St.; 6:45 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1900-1999 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:59 a.m. Nov. 26. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Hopkins St.; 9:47 a.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  2000-2007 block, N St.; 4:15 p.m. Nov. 23. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, M St.; 8:06 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:21 p.m. Nov. 25. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 4:59 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  2000-2016 block, P St.; 8:18 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1350-1399 block, 17th St.; 10:36 a.m. Nov. 26. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, 17th St.; 4:23 a.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Q St.; 12:23 p.m. Nov. 27. â&#x2013;  1500-1517 block, 17th St.; 5:39 p.m. Nov. 27.

PSA 407

PSA 407 â&#x2013; PETWORTH

Theft â&#x2013; 3700-3799 block, Georgia Ave.; 6:41 p.m. Nov. 21. â&#x2013;  500-699 block, Quincy St.; 7:27 p.m. Nov. 26. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  500-699 block, Randolph St.; 7:46 p.m. Nov. 24. â&#x2013;  742-828 block, Rock Creek Church Road; 8:20 p.m. Nov. 25.

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November 30, 2016 ■ Page 9

It can be pretty easy being green: Frogs capture first DCSAA title

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

When the final whistle blew on Saturday evening, several Maret football players snuck behind Frogs coach Mike Engelberg with a bucket of ice water. The coach, who had met a similar fate after the team captured the Mid-Atlantic Conference championship a few weeks ago, sensed it and tried to turn to see if it was coming. That was the only mistake a Frog made on Saturday — when he got a face full of the frigid water as the wind chill in the District made the temperatures feel like they were in the 40s. Despite being soaked, Engelberg threw both arms into the air as his players roared to celebrate a 46-7 rout of Roosevelt in the D.C. State Athletic Association Class A football championship game at Wilson. The victory caps Maret’s best football season, which includes an undefeated 12-0 record, its first undisputed MAC title and the team’s first state crown. “It’s just unbelievable,” the coach said. “If you really think about it, it’s just a testament to [the idea that] if you work hard, pay your dues, take your lumps and see the thing through, good things can happen. I’m just so proud of our guys and impressed with our senior class. We did it — we just went 12-0.” In the title game, senior dual-threat quarterback Garrison Burnett was involved in five touchdowns — three rushing and two passing. He racked up 147 yards on the ground and added 118 more through the air. The quarterback’s favorite targets were junior Jamal Glenn and Jovan NenadovicSimmons. Glenn caught both scoring passes, and Nenadovic-Simmons led the Frogs with 77 receiving yards. Burnett’s efforts earned him DCSAA most valuable player honors. “He threw the ball the best he had all year today,” said Engelberg. “He works hard and he’s the fastest kid I’ve ever

coached.” On Saturday, the Frogs jumped on the Rough Riders on the opening kickoff. Roosevelt booted the ball to Maret senior Coby Davis, and 24 seconds later the electric playmaker was in the Rough Riders’ end zone after a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown. “I was looking to make something happen if they kicked it to me,” said Davis. “Once they kicked it to me, I saw a big open lane on the left and then I reversed field and got a good couple of blocks and made it happen. It was a tone-setter.” Maret kept the offensive fireworks going through the first half. Burnett ripped off 41-yard and 30-yard touchdown runs as the Frogs quickly built a three-score lead. Early in the second, Burnett showed off his arm with an 11-yard strike to Glenn to seize a 29-0 lead. Maret would invoke the mercy rule by halftime when kicker Thomas Risolo booted a 21-yard field goal and Burnett added a 10-yard rushing touchdown to push the advantage to 39-0. Maret was never forced to punt in the first half. Despite all the scoring on the championship stage, after every big play Maret simply handed the ball to the nearest ref and jogged to the sideline. “We tell our guys our numbers are limited — we have a lot of two-way guys — we can’t waste time being emotional,” Engelberg said. “That’s not what we need. Our offense is built on efficiency. We preach it and we practice it. Just get on the ball and run the next play. If you are going to be a no-huddle team that goes as fast as we go, you can’t waste time celebrating.” In the second half, Maret buried the Rough Riders when Burnett and Glenn hooked up for a 32-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach despite Roosevelt scoring when Leon Gray threw a touchdown to Demonte Hines. When the game ended, the Frogs let go and got emotional. Senior running back Aaron Pray had tears of joy streaming down

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Senior quarterback Garrison Burnett, above, was named the DCSAA’s most valuable player after leading Maret to a 46-7 romp over Roosevelt on Saturday. That victory cemented 2016 as the Frogs’ best season in school history as the team finished with its first undefeated year, first MAC crown and first state championship. his face, players high-fived, hugged and screamed, and the Maret fans rushed the field to take in their crowning achievement. “It’s great,” Burnett said. “You can’t ask for anything more — undefeated season,

and to win two championships and to make history.” For Maret’s football team, it completes a four-year turnaround that saw the team go See Maret/Page 10

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National Cathedral junior Page Lester extended her stellar season with a top-5 finish at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championship on Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Lesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth-place finish with a time of 18:04 qualified her for the Foot Locker cross-country national championship race on Dec. 10 in San Diego. The junior is the first District runner to qualify for the prestigious race, according to RunWashington. com. The Cathedral junior has been on a tear this fall and dominant on big stages. She won the Independent School League title meet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; her second in three years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the D.C. State Athletic Association crown. In addition, Lester recently captured the Maryland-D.C. Private Schools Cross Country championships on Nov. 12 in Derwood, Md., in dazzling fashion. The junior set a new course record with a blazing time of 17:59. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season has been remarkable for a number of reasons,â&#x20AC;? Cathedral coach Jim Ehrenhaft said on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website.

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National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Page Lester, left, earned a spot at the Foot Locker cross-country national championship meet on Dec. 10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly because of her outstanding finishes and her personal bests, but perhaps whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most impressive is that she is coming off of a foot injury she sustained while training for the Junior National Triathlon Championships and has been held back from rigor-

ous workouts. Her achievements are a classic example of an honest approach to training and reaping dividends. Page is benefiting from the reservoir of aerobic strength she has built up over time, and just as importantly, from her competitiveness.â&#x20AC;?

MARET: Frogs finish season with perfect 12-0 mark From Page 9

from the MAC cellar to the top of the DCSAA. The foundation for the Frogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; championship run was laid in 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when Maretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seniors were freshmen. That season, there were only 17 players on the team. Despite the disparity in their numbers while playing teams with as many as 50 or more players, the Frogs managed to post a 5-5 record. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had 17 guys and even finished a game with 14,â&#x20AC;? said the Frogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where they learned that they could do this, You just need 20 guys that go hard. These guys push themselves and they work.â&#x20AC;? In that difficult season, Engelberg saw something special from his freshman class â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seniors: a relentless will. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their freshman year, when they came in, you had guys that just worked hard,â&#x20AC;? the coach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aaron Pray started his first game of his freshman year and he got the living snot hit out of him and came back and worked hard the next day. When you have guys that work hard, it just sets the tone.â&#x20AC;? For the players, that season created an undeniable chemistry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It definitely bonded us,â&#x20AC;? said Pray. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have normal teams with 50 players or 40 players, but we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t and that really bonded us.â&#x20AC;? While Maretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numbers have improved â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they now have 31 players between their varsity and junior varsity teams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they have continued to see other teams underestimate them throughout their championship season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always thought that people looked over us because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a small group,â&#x20AC;? said Burnett. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People thought they could come on the field and intimidate us, but we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let that affect us. We just came out and kept working.â&#x20AC;?

Perhaps the biggest disrespect the Frogs saw on their championship journey was that few teams could correctly pronounce their name. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who we are â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Murrayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; School or the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Maretteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; School,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just huge to see peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faces when we win and they see how good we actually are. They learn that we are a small school and mostly focused on academics.â&#x20AC;? Despite the challenges of being a smaller school, Maret has resisted the temptation to bring in a flood of transfers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so proud of Maret as a school,â&#x20AC;? said Engelberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of schools have had to go the other direction and bring in their whole football team, bring in their whole basketball team, lacrosse team, or whatever. Maret has just stayed the course. We are who we are and we are going to get kids that are great students, teach them, coach them, and we will get good results.â&#x20AC;? With limited numbers, the team focused on rigorous conditioning on Mondays to make sure they could finish games strong â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something the Frogs struggled with in 2015, when they blew halftime leads such as a 36-6 advantage over Sidwell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the hard work over the summer, offseason and Mondays all paid off,â&#x20AC;? Pray said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those Mondays are crucial. They work us to death, and it was all for a good cause.â&#x20AC;? With such measures, Maret over a period of four seasons went from a struggling team with 17 players who were too exhausted to finish a game strong, to one that outscored opponents 519-97 and punished the opposition with an average margin of victory of over 40 points per game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t explain how this feels; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ecstatic,â&#x20AC;? said Davis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just to know we did it and we had that dream when we were freshmen is special.â&#x20AC;?

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Spotlight on Schools Eaton Elementary School

At Eaton we have a GeoPlunge team. GeoPlunge is a geography card game about U.S. states. The cards have information about population, size, order of statehood, capital cities, state birds, state flowers and more. There are different games that involve different skills. For one game you have to guess the state when the other team gives you clues. Another game involves finding groups of three states that border each other before the other team does. We went to the GeoPlunge Tournament on Nov. 15 at the National Portrait Gallery. Many D.C. elementary and middle schools were there. We played lots of different teams. It was exciting and sometimes tense. The other teams were good and we learned a lot while we played, and that made us play better. At the tournament, we met the creator of GeoPlunge. We are lucky that he made up all the games so we can play. At the end, they handed out awards for each division and also for teamwork and sportsmanship. We are proud of our team for winning a teamwork award and for winning first place in our division. We are excited for the spring tournament! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Joshua Chapman-Givens, Basil Elsner, Jake Gentin, Cole Mandaza, Alvaro Orlove Rodriguez, Grayson Reid and Rhys Stevens, fourth-graders

Lafayette Elementary School

At this time of year a question everyone starts pondering is: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What are we thankful for?â&#x20AC;? Native Americans helped the pilgrims survive in the new land they had come to, and that first Thanksgiving pilgrims and Native Americans bonded over a feast of treasures and food. Even in these modern times â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 400 years later there is still reason to be thankful.


Here is what some kindergartners in Ms. Abraham and Ms. Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class are thankful for. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful for my mommy,â&#x20AC;? said Elenor Mahan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful that I get to live in a house with my family,â&#x20AC;? replied Isaac Watts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful for my mom loving me,â&#x20AC;? said Sydney Smira. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful for my family always being with me,â&#x20AC;? Thomas Wood said. Yes, Thanksgiving is a time when we all recognize the things we are thankful for â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even the youngest of us. Ever since that great feast, humans have learned how to help each other out and how to be grateful. Students at Lafayette are thankful for the gifts that have been bestowed on us. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Marcus Han, fifth-grader

Sidwell Friends School

My class read a book called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wandering King.â&#x20AC;? In one of the chapters a character got hurt in Damascus. We started talking about how dangerous it was, and how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still dangerous. We talked about Syria and my class and I experienced what kids my age in Aleppo call a â&#x20AC;&#x153;normal day.â&#x20AC;? We had two classes in the basement and felt what it was like to go to school underground. At

first it felt uncomfortable, but after a little it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that bad. Of course, for kids in Aleppo itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much worse. Instead of cement floors they have dirt, and instead of loud pipes they hear bombs! We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about getting hurt but kids in Aleppo do. In Aleppo, parents have to worry if their kids are going to come home safely. Some parents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow their kids to go to school. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too risky! Instead of

different colors some kids know all of the bombs! People are trapped inside their homes. They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go out without worrying. I know this experience has changed my idea about what people in Aleppo go through every day. There are lots of people who want to help, including UNICEF. If you donate to UNICEF, as my class did, it helps kids in Syria even more. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keya Krishna, fifth-grader

Our Lady of Victory School

I am thankful for the food on my familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s table, the roof over our heads, and our friends. I am also thankful for the opportunities I have to help in the community and to participate in many sports. To me, Thanksgiving means a break from school, a good meal and some football. But the most important thing isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the turkey or the football game â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s having time with family. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jack S., sixth-grader For some, Thanksgiving can be the opposite of Christmas. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about â&#x20AC;&#x153;what I gotâ&#x20AC;?; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appreciating what I do have. Just like everyone else, I am thankful for a lot: loving people and being loved, the roof over my head, my education, the food on my plate and a safe, peaceful environment. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re beginning a new tradition in my family. If you say â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want,â&#x20AC;? you then have to explain something that you appreciate. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thanksgiving. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Delaney J., sixth-grader

The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pet of the Week From the Human Rescue Alliance Meet Lissa, a big beautiful Lab mix looking to find her forever home. Lissa came to the Humane Rescue Alliance after being transferred from another shelter. At just over 1 year old, this happy-go-lucky girl has lots of energy and loves to play, especially when a game of fetch is involved! Intelligent and exuberant, she knows several tricks and adores her toys. Lissa is hoping for a home with active human companions, where she has lots of space to run around and explore. She enjoys being the center of attention, so sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d probably be happiest as the only dog in the family. Stop by the Oglethorpe Street Adoption Center and meet Lissa soon! Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be glad you did.

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19th-century gem beckons in historic Georgetown


rom the moment you cross the threshold of 3258 O St. NW, you feel as though youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking a step back in time


â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than 150 years, in fact. Built in 1865, this two-story town house is a tale of two centuries, combining vintage architectural detail, original or faithfully reproduced, with thoughtful contemporary additions suited for the way we live today. This 3,785-square-foot semidetached residence with three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, five fireplaces (three working) and a private back patio is on the market for $2,775,000. The formal façade sets the tone, with its red brick exterior, black shutters, white trim and custom fabricated wrought-iron steps. Past the vestibule with its mosaic floor, you enter a hallway with a staircase to the right and a large living room and dining room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; separated by pocket doors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to the left. Like nearly all the rooms in the house, these feature high ceilings, oversized windows, fireplaces, and true-to-the-period dentil molding,

ceiling medallions and other plaster ornamentation. Original or restored pine floors run throughout. The hallway takes you past a powder room with a green/ white harlequin tile floor and white pedestal sink with copper fixtures, to a light-filled U-shaped kitchen with natural wood and green cabinets, butcher block countertops and built-in book shelves. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an island and bar with an Empress green marble top and an undermount sink. Appliances include a stainless SubZero refrigerator, Viking four-burner gas cook top and oven, and Bosch dishwasher. The heart of the home is the two-story library addition at the rear of the house. A stunning room with 19-foot ceilings, skylight and beams, it features clerestory windows, a working fireplace, walls of built-in bookcases and cabinets, and French doors

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Dating to 1865, this Georgetown town house with three working fireplaces is priced at $2,775,000. leading to a Juliet balcony and bricked garden/patio beyond. Tucked away in a corner is a red spiral staircase leading to the lower level, which can also be accessed from a staircase in the main hallway. Upstairs there are two bedrooms. At the front of the home is the large ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suite, which includes a decorative fireplace, large windows and three closets (two walk-in). The master bath is a riot of coral marble with two separate vanities and sinks, a large Jacuzzi tub with marble surround and glass-enclosed shower. The guest room overlooks the library and outdoor view via its own interior bookcase-lined balcony. Between the two bedrooms is a wall of closets and a very modern black-and-white marble guest bath with single vanity, sleek chrome fixtures and glassenclosed walk-in shower with rain showerhead. Rooms on the lower level run

the entire footprint of the house, providing plenty of storage space and design flexibility for additional layouts and usage. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a utility room, laundry room with cedar closets and LG front-loading washer and dryer, a full hall bathroom, a third bedroom space with working fireplace, and rec room/office with a walk-out to the patio and pool. The sunny south-facing brick patio is edged with perennial beds, shrubs and trees, and this welcoming area features a small pool with gurgling fountain, several areas for seating and a space suitable for an outside kitchen. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a brick path leading

to the front of the house that provides easy access to the street. With a walkability score of 98, the town house is in the center of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lively restaurant, retail and people-watching scene. It is convenient to the C&O Canal, Georgetown Waterfront Park and Georgetown University, and is served by buses up and down Wisconsin Avenue. The property at 3258 O St. NW is listed at $2,775,000 with TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty. For more information, contact Ellen Abrams at 202-255-8219 or Anne-Marie Finnell at 202-3297117, or either Realtor at


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The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, in Room A-3, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama


The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover


At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 15 meeting: â&#x2013; residents and officials from the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation discussed the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to close the Guy Mason Recreation Center on Sundays, and one hour earlier on weekdays. About two dozen members of a potters club that meets at Guy Mason spoke against the Sunday cuts, which would eliminate open pottery time. On weekdays, the center would close at 9 p.m. rather than 10 p.m., but the proposal would still accommodate a pottery class that ends at 9:30 p.m. on weekdays, said the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy director of recreation services. Most residents at the meeting said they would like to see the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hours remain unchanged. Keith Anderson, director of the recreation department, said that the proposed shift in hours is due to union pressure. Guy Mason is the only recreation center in the city open later than 9 p.m., and that poses scheduling issues among staff, he said. â&#x2013;  John Clarkson, of JBG Cos., reported on development plans for the former Holiday Inn building at 2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. A proj-

ect by JBG would bring 226 apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail, with most of the retail space going to a small-format grocery store. About half the units will be studios and one-bedrooms, while the rest will have multiple bedrooms. The architect on the project said the plan is to retain part of the Holiday Inn building, and construct some new townhouse-style units behind it. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 4-0 to approve a $1,103 grant request from Friends of Glover Park for a recreational basketball league. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to protest the liquor license renewal of Mason Inn, at 2408 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Chair Jackie Blumenthal said that ANC 3B would like to see the bar close their front windows to prevent noise. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding funding for senior initiatives to offset large cuts in the fiscal year 2017 budget and provide needed case management, transportation, nutrition and other services. â&#x2013;  consideration of a grant request from Iona Senior Services for $1,189 to purchase a defibrillator to be available for Ionaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Active Wellness program in Satterlee Hall at St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. â&#x2013;  report on meeting to resolve issues at the Guy Mason Recreation Center. For details, email info@anc3b. org or visit ANC 3C ANC 3CPark Cleveland 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, Dec. 12, at Maret School, 3000 Cathedral

Ave. NW. For details, visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013; SPRING VALLEY / WESLEY HEIGHTS Wesley Heights PALISADES / KENT / FOXHALL The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Conference Room 1 at the Sibley Memorial Hospital Medical Building, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  community concerns. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on the Valor Development proposal for the Superfresh site at 48th and Yuma streets NW. â&#x2013;  consideration of a possible resolution on Ward Circle. â&#x2013;  update on American University. â&#x2013;  update on Georgetown University MedStar Hospital. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for Kristina Cafe and Pastry, 4418 MacArthur Blvd. NW. â&#x2013;  consideration of ANC 3Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiscal year 2017 budget. â&#x2013;  executive session. â&#x2013;  commission business, including a vote on audio equipment reimbursement. For details, call 202-957-1999 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PARK American University Park FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS / TENLEYTOWN The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in Tenleytown Ballroom I at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Chevy Chase Pavilion, 4300 Military Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements/open forum. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on a resolution regarding a proposal to reconfigure the Fort Drive/40th Street NW area behind Whole Foods. â&#x2013;  discussion of the recent Ward Circle community meeting and options presented there.


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â&#x2013; presentation by Urban Investment Partners regarding its redevelopment proposal for 4620-4624 Wisconsin Ave. NW, including traffic management. â&#x2013;  presentation by Valor Development regarding its traffic management plan for the Superfresh site at 48th and Yuma streets NW. â&#x2013;  discussion and possible vote on a resolution regarding the proposed zoning order modification of American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 campus plan. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on a resolution asking the D.C. Zoning Commission to develop and implement â&#x20AC;&#x153;requirements and regulations for signatory party status in respect to zoning business and agreements.â&#x20AC;? For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest


At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 15 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioners unanimously approved a settlement agreement with Thai Pad at 4481-B Connecticut Ave. NW. The commission will not oppose its liquor license and Thai Pad will emphasize food at its new restaurant. Seating is limited to 33 seats inside and 12 on the sidewalk. Inside hours are 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. and the sidewalk cafe will close at midnight, except for occasions like New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve, the Inauguration or the World Cup. It may have live or recorded music indoors and outdoors if noise levels are within regulations. Garbage collection and other noisy activities are limited to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. â&#x2013;  Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Corinne Hughes reported that area crime in the prior month decreased by 50 percent from the comparable period last year. â&#x2013;  commission chair Malachy Nugent reported the Yuma Street sidewalk extension work has started, and that ANC 3F meetings will move to the University of the District of Columbia in January. He thanked Forest Hills of DC for hosting the commission for the past four years. â&#x2013;  the University of the District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Michelle Pourciau reported the university has an updated website and also that it will host its first womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball game. â&#x2013;  Judy Corcillo of the Wilson Parent Teacher Student Organization and the Wilson Track Boosters requested a $4,900 grant to cover some expenses of a 5K Tenley Tiger Run on Sunday, April 2. The event, costing about $17,000, hopes to net about $11,600 to benefit Wilson Highâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and crosscountry teams. Commissioners will vote on the grant in December. â&#x2013;  Kate Lindsey, assistant head and chief financial officer of Sidwell Friends School, said its Washington Home purchase will close

Dec. 15. Due to a lawsuit by some residents of the nursing home, takeover planning and necessary fundraising were substantially delayed. The judge recently ruled the residents were not tenants under the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act. There are now fewer than 20 residents, who may remain until June. Sidwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower school will move there in 18 to 24 months. In the meantime, the building may be used for classes. The parking lot will be closed with hip-high gates if the school is not using it. â&#x2013; commissioners unanimously recommended moving the Connecticut Avenue/Everett Street NW northbound bus stop to the south side of Ellicott at 4849 Connecticut Ave. NW at the cost of losing two parking spots. They recommended a bus shelter be erected should ridership increase to over 100 on weekdays, from the current 92. They also called for removing Everett Street crosswalk markings over Connecticut Avenue. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously supported the Kuwaiti Embassyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to build a guard house behind some plantings provided that workers hand-dig the piles under supervision of an arborist to avoid hitting significant tree roots. When commissioner Sally Gresham suggested the new structure be put at the main buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, the architect responded it would cause problems for the garage and would be more visible. â&#x2013;  commissioners heard detailed site plans for Murch Elementary School from Patrick Davis, the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of facility planning and design, and the architect, Ronnie McGhee. The school plans to reopen at the site in August 2018. The school is located at 4810 36th St. NW and is bordered by Reno Road, Davenport Street and Ellicott Street. Commissioner Sally Gresham asked Davis for a traffic control plan including truck mitigation, timing of sidewalk closures and means of securing the campus with a fence. She added that a synthetic turf soccer field has advantages but creates stormwater problems. ANC 3F will probably discuss the plans in December. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Forest Hills of DC, 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, call 202-670-7262 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013;  CHEVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CHASE The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, call 202-363-5803, email chevychaseanc3@verizon. net or visit

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Holidays in Washington

Seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house tours spotlight Kalorama, Logan Circle By BRIDEY HEING Current Correspondent


Tickets for both the house tour ($40) and the luncheon ($20) are available at Meanwhile, now celebrating its 38th year, the Logan Circle Holiday House Tour has become a city institution. It will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. The tour is organized by and raises funds for the Logan Circle Community Association, a group that works to help residents and businesses thrive. The house tour is just one of the many initiatives the association has undertaken to share the story of Logan Circle. The neighborhood, which boasts downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only fully residential circle, has undergone significant revitalization in the last 20 years, prompted in large part by the influx of businesses to the U Street-Logan Circle-Shaw area. But the latest shifts in Logan Circle are just another in a long series of changes. The area was an open field that was home to those on the edges of the law in the early 1800s, but wilderness

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The Logan Circle Community Association will host the 38th annual holiday house tour of the neighborhood this Sunday. gave way to the Victorian building boom that gave us the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grand homes later in the century. The neighborhood experienced decline in the second half of the 20th century, with many of the Victorian homes falling into disrepair. But in the 1970s, rehabilitation efforts began and the neighborhood started to rebound, with the neighborhood designated as a historic district in 1972. That history is in part what will be celebrated this weekend. The neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famed Victo-

rians, along with its more modern houses, will be the centerpiece of a full day of holiday events that will turn Logan Circle into a seasonal wonderland. Along with tours of restored historic homes, the event will feature musicians playing and carolers singing throughout the day. The event will be capped off by the annual Wassail Reception at Studio Theatre. Advance tickets can be purchased for $30 at, and day-of tickets will be available at Studio Theatre for $35.


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Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kalorama. The event, a fundraiser for the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association, has taken place every year since 1983. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour has a decidedly diplomatic flair. Participants will have the opportunity to see the homes of ambassadors from Ecuador, Ireland and the Netherlands, as well as the Russian Cultural Center and the private home of Gloria Story Dittus. In addition to the tour, a gift boutique will be held at St. Albans throughout the day, and a lunch will be offered in the Cafritz Rectory from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Local vendors at the gift boutique will be selling clothing, art, decor, artisanal foods and other handmade items.

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Holidays in Washington

Holiday exhibit celebrates Park Service centennial By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent


ur national parks have been called “America’s best idea.” The National Park Service turned 100 this year, and to celebrate the historic moment the U.S. Botanic Garden has just opened a holiday exhibit called “Season’s Greenings: National Parks and Historic Places.” The festive show, which also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, fills both wings of the building’s Conservatory with re-creations of national parks and historic places, all made from natural materials. A lush profusion of plants — including abundant poinsettias — are tucked in around the exhibit’s 50 models made from 70 different plant materials, including many varieties of bark, fungus, nuts, leaves, vines and much more. Half a dozen model trains chug through the terrain, and overseeing the proceedings is one of the city’s largest indoor Christmas trees, decorated with ornaments that highlight the national parks. There are also the familiar models, seen every year, of local federal landmarks like the White House and the U.S. Capitol made from plant materials.

Everyone will likely find a favorite site enshrined in these models. One of the most striking represents a section of the Grand Canyon just off Bright Angel Lodge, which perches precariously at the edge of colorfully striated cliffs. Made primarily from many layers of different-colored bark and fungus, these cliffs plunge from overhead to near floor level. At their base, an old wood-burning locomotive speeds around a circular track, passing by the Grand Canyon station. The fact that no train actually runs through the real canyon hardly seems to matter. Visitors can see models of three historic District sites in the show. One is Peirce Mill, built in 1829 and now part of Rock Creek Park. Ingenious use of plant material includes a curved piece of driftwood made to stand in for the chute that feeds the water wheel. There is also a representation of Georgetown’s Old Stone House from 1765, the oldest structure on its original foundation in D.C. Rounding out the Washington sites is a trio of Capitol Hill row houses from the largest historic district in the city. Other landmarks include a replica of the Thomas Viaduct, just south of Baltimore. The world’s longest multiple-arched stone rail-

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The Grand Canyon cliffs, above, are among the landmarks on display at the U.S. Botanic Garden this season. At left, a Christmas tree in the exhibit showcases ornaments representing national parks. road bridge, it was completed in 1835 and is still in use today. Another local highlight is a model of Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Potomac River estate. One of the most elaborate models represents Yellowstone, which became the nation’s first national park in 1872. The main focus of the model is the Old Faithful Inn, noted for rustic architecture that combines rugged materials and organic motifs, like window frames and stairways made from gnarled wood. Visitors can also look inside the inn and see its grand multi-story lobby, by means of a cutaway in the model’s back. Next to the inn is the geyser for which it was named,

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spouting up reliably just like the real thing. A few other notable sites depicted in the show include Mount Rushmore, the Alamo, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Fort McHenry, the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., Denali Mountain (Mount McKinley), Casa Grande Ruins, Devil’s Tower and the Statue of Liberty, as well as several U.S. presidents’ homes. The exhibit also features a kidsized tunnel that contains three dioramas: a sequoia through which a car is driving; Mammoth Cave formations; and Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe. Adults will have to duck if they want to

see these. Coinciding with the show, the Botanic Garden will present a series of evening holiday-music concerts every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. from Dec. 8 through 29. Scheduled are performances of jazz, choral, a cappella, Irish folk rock and Russian folk music. The exhibit will remain open until 8 p.m. on concert nights. “Season’s Greenings: National Parks and Historic Places” will continue through Jan. 2 at the U.S. Botanic Garden, located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW. The Conservatory is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Holidays in Washington GLOW to illuminate Georgetown


Organizers of Georgetown GLOW have fleshed out the details of their light-art series, announcing artists and new events for the monthlong celebration starting this Friday. A curatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour of the artwork will take place Dec. 8, with Georgetown GLOW organizer Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams guiding visitors through all eight of the light installations in Georgetown. The tour starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Harbour Starbucks at 3050 K St. NW. On Dec. 10, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silent Discoâ&#x20AC;? is planned for the lawn of Grace Episcopal Church at 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, with wireless headphones available for visitors to hear three different genres of music beside a Georgetown GLOW art installation. The event is scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. On the night of Dec. 14, a bike tour will guide cyclists from Dupont Circle to Georgetown, passing many of the seriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; art installations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come with your bike lights, helmets, and a full water bottle for this glowing ride!â&#x20AC;? organizers say on the event website. The tour, hosted by the

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The Georgetown Business Improvement District kicked off the holiday season Sunday with a tree-lighting ceremony at Pennsylvania Avenue and 28th Street NW.

DC Bike Party, starts at 7:30 p.m. at Dupont Circle NW. The third annual Georgetown GLOW event, running from Dec. 2 to Jan. 1, features light-art installations throughout the historic neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial district â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a â&#x20AC;&#x153;neon treehouseâ&#x20AC;? at Georgetown Lutheran Church, a modern ice palace at the Georgetown Waterfront Park and a kaleidoscope of glowing butterflies at Grace Church. The eight commissioned artists include local and regional participants like the HiJAC group from D.C., Baltimore artist Laure Drogoul and the Woodrow Collective from Norfolk, Va., as well as international artists. A full list and a map to their work is available at For the first three weekends, docents will be available at each installation to answer questions and provide brochures and maps. Georgetown GLOW is organized by the Georgetown Business Improvement District and funded in part through a grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Displays will be lit nightly from 6 to 10 p.m.

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tree plantings on the sidewalk. In the back of the project, on Whitehaven Street, there are also town house-style units planned, meant to attract a â&#x20AC;&#x153;great diversity of people,â&#x20AC;? Clarkson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been anything like this built in over 30 years, and combined with the exciting retail that we have we think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re delivering something that the community will appreciate,â&#x20AC;? Clarkson said at the ANC 3B meeting.

Project officials conceded traffic management will be tricky around the site. John Green, a neighbor to the site, said the intersection of Whitehaven Street and Wisconsin Avenue already experiences â&#x20AC;&#x153;gridlock at peak hours.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We understand this is a difficult intersection that we need to address,â&#x20AC;? Clarkson said. Clarkson said the team has worked with the D.C. Department of Transportation to ensure efficient circulation of cars throughout the site. He hopes that backups

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the construction process, the biggest hit is expected during an eight-month period in which both west+,*,4),9 bound lanes of Pennsylvania Avenue NW will be closed between 26th and M streets NW. Westbound traffic would be detoured to M, and one of the three eastbound lanes will also be closed during this time. As part of the project, 26th Street will be con059,7>0;/ verted to one-way northbound in the block between Pennsylvania Avenue and M Street, with two north+,*,4),9 bound lanes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This option was determined to be the   most efficient and safest way to accommodate vehic/,(9:,,-,,3(5+46=,;6;/,4<:0*(5+ ular traffic, including trucks, and buses around the +(5*,6-:7(50:/*<3;<9,-6920+: -(4030,: construction zone,â&#x20AC;? Owens wrote. Two-way traffic is slated to resume when Pennsylvania Avenue reopens. (SSH[.(3(/PZWHUPJ;OLH[YL:;5> The change on 26th Street has been popular in the 05-6 ;0?!69>>>05:,90,:69. West End to mitigate delays on Pennsylvania. It faced

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can be minimized by equalizing the number of cars entering and leaving the site at peak hours. Jackie Blumenthal, chair of ANC 3B, suggested retiming traffic signals could help ease congestion. Developers plan to build 76 underground parking spaces. As a matter-of-right project, JBG will not be seeking zoning exemptions. There are no affordable housing units planned in the project. The project team hopes to break ground in December and spend 20 to 24 months on construction.

initial resistance in Georgetown, where community leaders preferred giving drivers on one-way westbound M Street a chance to head south on 26th so they can turn around and travel east on Pennsylvania â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rather than continuing into Georgetown and then needing to return through the Pennsylvania Avenue bridge construction project. But they ultimately accepted the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position that the change is necessary to provide an adequate westbound detour. The project includes replacing the central portion of the bridge deck; rehabilitating the deck on the outer spans; repairing parapets; upgrading pedestrian railings; and repairing damage to the bridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s external coating, according to Owens. The Transportation Department will discuss the plans in more detail at a community meeting scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 in Room 102, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW.

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Holidays in Washington

Tenley WinterFest to crescendo this weekend By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Staff Writer


ince 2011, Tenley WinterFest has brought holiday cheer to the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schools and businesses, thanks to dedicated volunteers. But this year, the event has an even bigger team at the helm, as Tenleytown Main Street builds on its work in the area. The organization, one of many Main Street groups across the city, was formally established earlier this year to tap into Tenleytownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business community and enliven the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial prospects. Tenley WinterFest is exactly the kind of event that Main Street groups plan across the city, and it was inspired by similar efforts in other neighborhoods even before Tenleytown had a Main Street of its own, according to longtime WinterFest volunteer Jane Varner Malhotra. She said planning for the event has been easier this year with the full backing of the Main Street group. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will culminate in the annual Winter Market at Janney Elementary, 4130 Albe-

marle St. NW, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors can purchase crafts, toys, baked goods, gifts and Tenley WinterFest T-shirts at that event before heading over to St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church, 4001 Yuma St. NW, for a family movie night featuring beloved holiday shorts from 6 to 8 p.m. Local cover band Cheaper Than Therapy will wrap up the celebration at Tenley Bar & Grill, 4611 41st St. NW, at 8:30. The TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, will also host events Saturday, including an interactive reading of Jan Brettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mittenâ&#x20AC;? at 10:30 a.m. and a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 2016 WinterFest officially began on Nov. 25 with a weeklong scavenger hunt featuring the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beloved â&#x20AC;&#x153;yetiâ&#x20AC;? mascot; â&#x20AC;&#x153;WinterFeastâ&#x20AC;? deals at local restaurants along Wisconsin Avenue; festive open houses at local businesses; and a walking tour. A committee of Main Street members awarded CommuniKids, a language immersion school at 4719

Wisconsin, first prize in the first annual holiday display contest; Minskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hair Emporium a block north earned runner-up status. Though the event has branched out to every corner of the neighborhood, Tenley WinterFest has its roots at Janney Elementary School, according to Main Street executive director Leigh Catherine Miles. In 2003, the Janney student council hosted the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first winter market as a fundraiser, though organizers said it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t primarily serve as one anymore. Eight years later, Janney parents invited community volunteers to grow the event into WinterFest, which has been a tradition ever since. Miles has been helping with WinterFest since its inception, making her a natural fit to lead the efforts from Main Street this year. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heartened by the increasing interest from businesses and residents alike. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had an overwhelming response from local businesses and local community groups,â&#x20AC;? Miles said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not tough to get people to participate.â&#x20AC;? The neighborhood has seen a flurry of new businesses in recent months, and several newcomers, including City Bikes at 4810 Wisconsin Ave. NW and Bourbon Coffee at 4200 Wisconsin, have already joined the holiday festivities with displays of their own, according to Malhotra. The Main Street groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yearend efforts like training for business owners and volunteer clean-

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Tenley WinterFest began with a window decorating contest won by CommuniKids for murals featuring the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tenley yeti character. up days contributed to the widespread interest in WinterFest this year, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole year of Main Street programming has helped build community,â&#x20AC;? Malhotra said. Planning for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market began in October, according to Rennie Anderson, a Janney parent who has volunteered for WinterFest since it began. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes we make a small amount of money for the school, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not meant to be a fundraiser,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meant to be a big bringing together of the community.â&#x20AC;? Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children spend much of the year collecting materials for holiday crafts and counting down to the yeti scavenger hunt, she said. As the original organizers conceived the story, the Tenley yeti once lived in the

neighborhood but departed once conditions thawed out, only to return for the holiday season each year. Kids can collect prizes for completing the quest at this Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market. One prominent event from last year didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it onto this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calendar: the lighting of Janneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community garden. Anderson said she and her team didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get around to planning a big garden gathering this year, but the site may boast some lights by this weekend regardless. Tenleytown Main Street hopes this annual event will mark another step in its efforts to make the neighborhood a citywide destination for families. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really want Tenleytown to be known for this seasonal celebration,â&#x20AC;? Miles said.

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Weichert, Realtors, is continuing its holiday tradition of hosting a toy drive. Their 38th annual event runs through Dec. 9, collecting new, unwrapped toys for local charities serving differently abled children and their families. Donations can be made at any Weichert sales office; locations can be found at â&#x2013; So Others Might Eat is holding its annual Shoebox Gift Drive for families in need. The organization is asking for gift boxes including one hat; one scarf; one pair of gloves, socks and underwear; one

small gift or toy; soap, shampoo, lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste for children; and similar items for men and women. The boxes can be dropped off at SOMEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location at 71 O St. NW through Dec. 8. â&#x2013; Thrive DC is also collecting coats and winter clothing for D.C. residents in need. Donations can be dropped off at four Sports Zone locations: 3140 M St. NW, 675 H St. NW, 3100 14th St. NW #113 (DC USA), and 1551 Maryland Ave. NE. The drive will continue into early January. â&#x2013; Â Central Union Mission is accepting toy donations for Operation Christmas. Toys can be donated at their location at 65 Massachusetts Ave. NW through Dec. 15. Other ways to help, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;adoptingâ&#x20AC;? a child or family or providing other financial assistance, can be found on its website at


Local food banks, including the Capital Area Food Bank and Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table, are gathering non-perishable goods. Food does not need to be holiday-specific. Capital Area Food Bank drop-offs are located as businesses throughout the city, including Harris Teeter stores; Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table is located at 2114 14th St NW. Capital Area Food Bank also encourages those interested to host a virtual food drive, with more information available at

Dupont tree to be lit Thursday

Dupont Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday festivities are about to hit another annual milestone, as Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans will switch on 1,600 lights decorating the tree outside La Tomate, Connecticut Avenue and R Street NW. The tree-lighting ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday with the arrival of Santa Claus, who will be photographed with children until 6 p.m. and with pets between 5 and 6 p.m. Oyster-Adams Bilingual School students will be caroling at the event, and Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elves will hand out fresh chocolate chip cookies. The tree itself, which has been installed outside La Tomate since it opened in 1978, will be lit at 5:30 p.m. The event is organized by Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets and sponsored by La Tomate and the D.C. Department of Local and Small Business Development.

Heurich House to host market

The Heurich House Museum in Dupont Circle will host its annual holiday market and festive house tour this weekend, from Dec. 2 to 4. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christkindlmarktâ&#x20AC;? event re-creates a traditional outdoor German Christmas market in the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Castle Garden, featuring goods from over 40 local artisans. Vendors will be selling jewelry, ceramics, chocolate and clothing, among other items. In addition, visitors can take a self-guided tour of the seasonally decorated historic mansion at 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW, built by German immigrant and famous brewer Christian Heurich in 1894. Christkindlmarkt will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets, available online or at the door, cost $10 for adults and $2 for children, with a special $15 VIP ticket giving early access to shopping. The price includes admission to the museum.

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Washington is lighting up with Christmas trees for public viewing. Here are a few downtown that may be worth a visit: â&#x2013; The National Christmas Tree will be lit in a star-studded ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4:30 p.m. Tickets have already been distributed by a lottery system, but the ceremony will also be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel on Monday at 5 p.m. Following the ceremony, the tree and the Pathway of Peace â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which features 56 smaller trees decorated with ornaments from every U.S. state plus territories and the District of Columbia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1. There will also be performances of music and dance on weekdays from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Dec. 7 and continuing through Dec. 22 (except Dec. 12 and 19). An elaborate model train layout meanders around the base of the tree, which is situated on the Ellipse behind the White House, between 15th and 17th streets NW. 202-2081631; â&#x2013;  The Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, has a tree in its lobby, where groups will sing carols daily from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning tomorrow and continuing through Dec. 23. 202-628-9100; â&#x2013;  The 20th annual Norwegian Christmas Tree at Union Station will be lit today during a public ceremony from 6 to 7 p.m., as a choir sings carols in both English and Norwegian, and Santa hands

presents out to children in the audience. Decorated with 20,000 lights, the 32-foot tree will remain on view throughout December. Union Station is located at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-333-6000; â&#x2013; The Capitol Christmas Tree, this year from the Payette National Forest in Idaho, will be lit Tuesday, Dec. 6, in a public ceremony at 6 p.m. on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Access to the lighting ceremony is at 1st Street and Maryland Avenue SW, and 1st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. After that, lights will be on daily from dusk to 11 p.m. â&#x2013;  CityCenterDC lit its tree last week. The 75-foot behemoth, one of the tallest holiday trees in D.C., is decorated with 45,000 ornaments and 150,000 lights. There are also two 25-foot reindeer at its feet and an overhead display that stretches three blocks. CityCenter is located at 10th and H streets NW. 202-2899000; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mark Longaker

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Wednesday NOVEMBER 30 Concerts ■ The five-piece bluegrass band Colebrook Road from Harrisburg, Penn., will perform dynamic arrangements filled with both vocal and instrumental harmony. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Darkest Timeline will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys. com. Discussions and lectures ■ Ledio Cakaj will discuss his book “When the Walking Defeats You: One Man’s Journey as Joseph Kony’s Bodyguard,” a rare insider account of one of the world’s most notorious terrorist groups. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Julia Baird, a columnist for The International New York Times, will discuss her book “Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire,” a deeply researched biography that delves beyond the monarch’s public persona, laying out fresh details of her marriage, her relationships with her nine children, her passions, and her rejection of many of the social constraints that, ironically, bear her name. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Research and outreach specialist Abbie Weinberg will discuss “A Brief History of the Folger Shakespeare Library,” about the world’s largest collection of the Bard’s written works. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Film ■ The Avalon Theatre’s cinePolska series will feature the final film in Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Three Colors” trilogy: “Red,” starring Irène

Jacob as a sweet-souled yet somber runway model in Geneva whose life dramatically intersects with that of a bitter retired judge, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant. 8 p.m. $7 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-3464. Performance ■ The Georgetown University Dance Company will present works-in-progress by professional and student choreographers, ranging from classical ballet to high-energy contemporary works. 8 p.m. Free. Devine Studio Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Special events ■ The Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW. downtownholidaymarket. com. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily. ■ “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel and live entertainment. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will continue daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24 and 25). Thursday,DECEMBER Dec. 1 Thursday 1 Classes and workshops ■ Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present an orientation session for prospective homebuyers. 11 a.m. Free; reservations requested. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. ■ The D.C. Small Business Development Center at Howard University will present a workshop on developing a business plan. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. Concerts ■ The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host its monthly Brown Bag Chamber Recital. Noon. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1291. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will present a recital of REDUCE pain RESTORE mobility REBUILD strength and balance

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solo performances featuring works by Schubert, Sibelius, Ligeti, Marcello and others. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Season’s Greenings: Evenings in the Conservatory” will feature Lox & Vodka performing klezmer music. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Legendary entertainer and Kennedy Center honoree Diana Ross will present “ALL the Best of Times,” featuring favorites from her catalog of hits performed with the NSO Pops, conducted by Emil de Cou. 7 p.m. $59 to $179. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ Singer-songwriter Mike P. Ryan will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. ■ The Dirty Grass Players and the Jakobs Ferry Stragglers will perform. 8 p.m. $8 to $10. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The Textiles at Twelve series will present “Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator.” Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-9945200. ■ Pulitzer winner David Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post, will discuss his book “Once in a Great City: The Detroit Story,” about the city’s pinnacle in the early 1960s and the many factors behind its decline in the decades since then. 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 Literary Book Group will discuss Wallace Stegner’s novel “Angle of Repose.” 2:30 p.m. Free. Room A-3, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Ann Pollard Rowe, research associate of Western Hemisphere textiles at the Textile Museum, will discuss “Interpreting Pre-Hispanic Peru Through Its Textiles.” 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Oak Room, Fellowship House, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1700 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 7+(:25/')$0286


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Thursday, DECEMBER 1 ■ Concert: The Embassy Series in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel will present the fifth annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Concert, featuring violinist Itamar Zorman (shown) and pianist Amy Yang performing works by Ben-Haim, Granados, Schubert and Ravel. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $75. Venue to be announced. 202-625-2361. ■ A seminar series on “Trauma and the Brain” will feature Johns Hopkins University and National Institutes for Health neuroscientist and researcher Bill Marks and attorney Jeanine Hull. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-7271488. ■ Dakin Hart, senior curator of The Noguchi Museum, will discuss the exhibition “Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern” and look at the visionary artist’s ability to take inspiration from the ancient and the modern to create abstract, timeless works. 6 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ California-based artist and writer Sabrina Gschwandtner — known for her unique montages of phototactic and textile materials that have been exhibited and collected by museums across the United States and around the world — will discuss her background, research and artistic process. 6 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394. ■ Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Ashok Gowda, who specializes in shoulder and elbow, upper and lower extremity sports medicine and hand surgery, will discuss “Understanding and Addressing Chronic Shoulder Pain.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; registration requested. Conference Room 2, Building A, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-660-6683. ■ Lauren Rader will discuss “Studio Stories,” her collection of interviews and reflections with female artists, many of whom are based in the D.C. area. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. ■ As part of a yearlong celebration of the 225th birthday of the nation’s capital, HumanitiesDC will sponsor a “Humanitini” happy hour focusing on “No Taxation Without Representation,” about what the future holds for D.C.’s political autonomy and push for congressional representation. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. humanitini. ■ A panel discussion on “Assessing the Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola Proposal” will feature Otto Condon of ZGF Architects; Rafael Nanclares, former secretary for transport and traffic in Medellin, Colombia; Brett Dodson, tram and operations manager at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore.; Richard Eisenhauer of the Portland Bureau of Transportation; and Roger Lewis, professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. ■ Music curator John Edward Hasse will explore musical legend Ray Charles’ unique life story and use anecdotes, photos and video clips to illustrate his enduring contributions to American culture. 6:45 to 9 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Caitlin Moran will discuss her book “Moranifesto,” which strings the different writings from her recent London Times columns together for one seamless narrative that looks at poverty, the media, class, celebrity culture and politics. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ A panel discussion on “The 14th Amendment’s Shield of National Protection: A Constitutional Guarantee of Liberty and Equality” will feature Dana Berliner, senior vice president and litigation director of the Institute for Justice; Alan Gura, attorney; Judge James Wynn Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Shannon Price Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center; and Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ “Energy Innovations: Shaping the 21st Century Smart Cities” will feature U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (shown); Kent Larson, director of the City Science Initiative and director of Changing Places Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Massimiliano Pieri, Italian oil company Eni’s vice president for cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Timothy H. Warren, professor of chemistry at Georgetown University and co-chair of the Georgetown Environment Initiative. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ A panel discussion on “Charles University — From the Middle Ages to the 21st Century” will focus on how Charles University in Prague has transformed from an ancient medieval university into a modern educational institution. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required by Nov. 30. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom Lane NW. See Events/Page 23


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Film ■ The West End Interim Library’s Movie Night will feature a World AIDS Day screening of the 2005 film “Rent,” adapted from the hit Broadway musical by Jonathan Larson. 6 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-7248707.

Classes and workshops ■ The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation’s “Funky Fitness First Fridays” series will feature instructor-led fitness activities, children’s programs, cooking demonstrations and giveaways. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW. ■ Inspired by the verdant, Victorian setting of “The Secret Garden,” a terrarium-making workshop will explore how to bring mossy green spaces indoors. Each participant will take home a container garden. 7 p.m. $40. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.

Performances and readings ■ Tony Medina, Lauren K. Allenye, Derrick Weston Brown and Abdul Ali will read work from “Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky,” an anthology addressing violence against AfricanAmericans. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. ■ “First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading” will feature local poets reading from their original works, with an open mic afterward. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Folger Consort will present “The Second Shepherds’ Play,” featuring festive medieval English tunes against the backdrop of an engaging mystery play that weaves together the stories of the shepherds, a sheep thief and his cunning wife, and the miracle in a humble manger in Bethlehem. 7:30 p.m. $40 to $60. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Performances will continue through Dec. 21. ■ Washington Improv Theater will present “Seasonal Disorder,” its annual tribute to the chaos of the holidays. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $30. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Performances will continue through Dec. 31. Special events ■ This month’s “Phillips After 5” installment — “Kinship,” inspired by the special exhibition “Whitfield Lovell: The Kin Series and Related Works” — will feature an art activity inspired by works in the exhibit; a short talk about Lovell’s art; acoustic Piedmont blues from the award-winning Little Bit A Blues band; and light snacks and a unique crafted coffee and bourbon libation from Slipstream. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ As part of the “ZooLights” festival, Friends of the National Zoo will present “BrewLights,” a ticketed microbrew and craft brew event with beer tastings from a dozen breweries and samples of savory foods from top local restaurants. 5 to 9 p.m. $45 to $65. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-6334470. ■ “Gingerbread Design Challenge” will offer a chance for emerging professionals to build their own edible dream house. 6 to 8 p.m. $45 per house plus $5 to $10 per participant; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the New York Islanders. 7 p.m. $33 to $519. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW.

Concerts ■ Organist Van Knauss of Wheaton, Md., will perform. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert featuring works by Arthur Bliss and other composers. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ The Friday Music Series’ annual holiday concert will feature the Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble performing classic holiday standards. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. ■ Tenor saxophonist and Berklee College of Music alum Mario Castro will present an evening of soulful, sophisticated jazz. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Middle C Music will present a recital by voice and guitar students of Esther Haynes. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-2447326. ■ The Georgetown Day School Cabaret Club will present its eighth annual World AIDS Day Cabaret, featuring contemporary and musical theater songs. Proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. 7 p.m. $5 to $10. Georgetown Day School, 4200 Davenport St. NW. ■ The Washington National Cathedral’s choir and Baroque orchestra will perform Handel’s “Messiah” with soprano Laura Choi Stuart (shown), mezzo-soprano Zoe Band, tenor Rufus Müller and bass Kevin Deas. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $95; $10 for students. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. The performance will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. ■ The duo SmithJackson — featuring Louise Wise and Steve Patterson — will perform a mix of folk, rock and bluegrass. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. ■ The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will present its annual concert, “American Holiday Festival.” 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 C St. NW. The concert will repeat Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.; advance tickets for those shows are sold out, but patrons without tickets will be admitted 15 minutes prior to showtime if space is available.

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“Small Treasures,” the annual exhibit and sale of small-scale artworks by members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters and by

against the backdrop of historic Georgetown. The works will be lit from 6 to 10 p.m. daily. Artist teams include Arthur Gallice and Herve Orgeas; HiJAC-Hiroshi Jacobs and Rolled Almanza; Mina On EXHIBIT Cheon and Gabriel Kroiz; ULR Studio and SHO Architects; Laure Drogoul; gallery and guest artists at American Woodrow Collective; Raw Design and Painting Fine Art, will open today Atomic3; and Aether + Hemera. A and continue through Jan. 21. An curator’s tour will take place Dec. 8 open house will take place Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more from 5 to 7 p.m. information, visit georgetownglowdc. Located at 5125 MacArthur Blvd. com. NW, Suite 17, the gallery is open ■ “Light & Movement,” featuring Wednesday through Saturday from 11 works in diverse media by 44 artists a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-244-3244. on the theme of light and movement, ■ “Thinkers and Dreamers,” presentwill open Saturday at Watergate ing portraits by Silver Spring artist Gallery with a reception from 5 to 8 Maud Taber-Thomas inspired by litera- p.m. Artists’ receptions will take place ture, will open Friday with a reception Dec. 13 and 20 at 6 p.m., and the from 6 to 8 p.m. at show will close with a Susan Calloway party Jan 14 from 5 Fine Arts. Also feato 7 p.m. tured are TaberLocated at 2552 Thomas’ miniature Virginia Ave. NW, the paintings on New gallery is open MonYork City subway day through Friday MetroCards, includfrom 10 a.m. to 6 ing portraits, landp.m. and Saturday scapes, cityscapes from noon to 5 p.m. and still lifes. The 202-338-4488. show will continue ■ “Gateways/Porthrough Jan. 7, and tales,” exploring the the artist will give a experiences of Latino “Snow Queen,” an oil talk and perform migrants and immipainting by Maud Tabermusic Saturday at 4 grants in four U.S. Thomas, is on exhibit at metro areas, will p.m. Located at 1643 open Monday at the Susan Calloway Fine Wisconsin Ave. NW, Anacostia CommuArts. the gallery is open nity Museum. On Tuesday through Saturday from 10 view through Aug. 6, the exhibit focuses on social justice, community a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-965-4601. access and public festivals in Wash■ The third annual Georgetown ington, D.C.; Baltimore; Charlotte, GLOW exhibit will open Friday and N.C.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. continue through Jan. 1. Light-art works by eight local, regional and Located at 1901 Fort Place SE, international artists will be juxtaposed the museum is open daily from 10 ■ The American University Jazz Orchestra will present “Fall for Jazz,” featuring a varied program of big band music. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. ■ The 100-person mixed-voice chorus Choralis, the Classical Brass Quintet and baritone James Shaffran will perform “A Classic Brass Christmas,” featuring a candlelight processional, carol singalong and Bob Chilcott’s “Wenceslas.” 8 p.m. $5 to $40; free for ages 12 and younger. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. The concert will repeat Saturday at 5 p.m. ■ The Eldar Trio will perform adventurous and masterful jazz lace with bebop rhythms. 8 p.m. $20 to $28. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ Drop Electric, the Last Rewind and Slow Lights will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. ■ Tejas Singh, a Northern Virginiabased singer-songwriter, will perform. 10:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Nora Atkinson, curator of craft at

the Renwick Gallery, will discuss the artists and works in the exhibition “Visions and Revisions: Renwick Invitational 2016.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Meet at the first-floor information desk, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ William Egginton, professor in the humanities at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss his book “The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; tickets required. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-2015. ■ In honor of the 250-year anniversary of Sweden’s Freedom of the Press Act, the Embassy of Sweden and the Newseum will host a conference on the importance of freedom of the press, what the terms “communication” and “journalism” mean today, and the impact social media platforms and other evolving communication technologies have had on free speech. 3 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. ■ Criminal defense attorney Brian W.

Yolanda Frederikse’s painting “Delphiniums” is on exhibit at American Painting Fine Art. a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “A Painter’s Perspective: Recent Oils by Joseph Keiffer,” highlighting landscapes and still lifes that reflect the artist’s extensive travels through Europe and the United States, opened last week at Gallery Neptune & Brown, where it will continue through Dec. 23. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Located at 1530 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. 202-9861200. ■ Studio Gallery opened two shows last week and will continue them through Dec. 17. A “First Friday” reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. “Six Paths to Everything” features artworks by Barbara Williams inspired by Himalayan prayer flags and India’s ancient Pali script. The Winter All Member Show includes works on the theme of love. Located at 2108 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-2328734. Stolarz will discuss his book “Grace and Justice on Death Row: The Race Against Time and Texas to Free an Innocent Man,” about his role as the lawyer for Alfred Dewayne Brown, a man wrongly convicted of a capital crime. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Alliance Française de Washington will host a book talk by historian Larrie Ferreiro, author of “Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It,” about the role of France and Spain in the Revolutionary War. 7 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Films ■ The “Shooting Stars: Bowie and Prince on Film” series will feature the 1987 concert film “Sign ‘O’ the Times,” a documentary of the tour associated with one of Prince’s greatest albums. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; tickets required. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5502. ■ “Reel Affirmations XTRA: Washington, DC’s International LGBTQ Monthly Film Series” will present a World See Events/Page 24

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Continued From Page 23 AIDS Day screening of Tom E. Brown’s film “Pushing Dead,” starring Danny Glover and James Roday. A reception and Q&A with Brown will follow. 7 to 10 p.m. $12 to $25. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Performances and readings ■ Musician Kellyn Marie Goler and “fortysevenpieces” artist Drew Feith Tye will present “Home Out Here,” a joint musical and visual experience featuring 14 of Tye’s works inspired by her visual interpretations of Goler’s music. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; performance at 7:30 p.m. Free. Beyond Studios, Suite 200, 1240 9th St. NW. 202-630-2278. ■ The Opera Camerata of Washington D.C. will present a gala evening and performance of Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi,” followed by solo and duet performances of other operas. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; dinner buffet at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. $225. Residence of the Ambassador of Japan, 4000 Nebraska Ave. NW. ■ The American Diabetes Association will present “Mama’s Girls 2: Sugar Ain’t Sweet,” about a family of five sisters who come together to take care of their youngest sibling after she is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. 7 p.m. $15. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ Laugh Index Theatre will present “Sketch Night,” featuring comedy teams Separate Beds and the Employables. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. ■ GALA Hispanic Theatre will present the D.C. premiere of “Hecho en Puerto Rico,” a poignant tale of discovery and pride written and performed by Ángel Vázquez, one of Puerto Rico’s most popular performers (in Spanish). A discussion will follow. 8 p.m. $30. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Special events ■ The Heurich House Museum will present its fourth annual Christkindlmarkt, featuring self-guided tours of the seasonally decorated house and a German-style market with a curated array of items from over 40 local artisans. 4 to 9 p.m. $10 to $15; $2 for ages 2 through 12. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. heurichchristmas. org. The event will continue Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ■ The Glen Echo Potters’ 29th annual Holiday Pottery Show and Sale will fea-


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Saturday DECEMBER 3 Book sale ■ The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library group will host its annual Tenley WinterFest children’s used-book sale, with books on art and cooking offered as well as kids’ titles. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488. Children’s and family programs ■ “Saturday Morning at the National” will feature “Music Around the World,” a musical revue of world’s many winter holidays. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ “Twelfth Night and Other Celebrations” will focus on how people celebrated the holidays in Shakespeare’s time, with an opportunity to experience some Elizabethan festivities. 10 to 11 a.m. for ages 5 to 7; 11 a.m. to noon for ages 8 to 14. Free; registration required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-675-0395. ■ The Kreeger Museum’s “First Studio: Story + Workshop” will feature a gallery tour of paintings, sculpture and architecture, as well as a story and a hands-on art-making experience (for ages 3 to 5). 10 to 11 a.m. $10 per child; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202337-3050. The program will also be offered Dec. 14 and 17. ■ As part of Tenley WinterFest, librarians will present an interactive reading of Jan Brett’s “The Mitten,” followed by a craft activity for attendees to make their own pair of mittens with construction paper, stickers, crayons, markers and string. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ A park ranger will lead a planetari-

um program on “Stars of the Holiday Sky,” about winter sky stores from cultures around the world and the search for a scientific explanation of the Star of Bethlehem (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Children will hear a story about Belva Ann Lockwood and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. ■ “Deck the Halls: A Family at Christmas” will feature a chance to explore the historic Tudor Place mansion decorated for the holidays. Activities will include singing with carolers, writing a letter to Santa and making yuletide crafts. 1 to 4 p.m. $3 to $10. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Classes and workshops ■ Art historian Nigel McGilchrist will present a class on “Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo: Contrasts in Greatness.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $140. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122. ■ Instructor Luz Verost will lead a casual Spanish Conversation Club session designed to grow, revive or develop Spanish language skills. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Volunteer teachers from the Washington English Center will hold a weekly conversational practice circle for adults who already have some English speaking ability. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ Teaching artist Meredith Wallace will present a workshop on how to make a holiday flower arrangement. 10 a.m. to noon. $40; reservations required. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202547-6839. ■ Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-2431188. ■ GTGTech, a new D.C.-based nonprofit, will offer one-on-one tutoring by tech-savvy teens for seniors in need of help on use of a computer, iPhone or iPad. 1 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ Bahman Aryana of Rendezvous Tango will present “Library Tango Practica.” 2:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. Concerts ■ Members of the U.S. Air Force’s Airmen of Note combo High Flight will perform as part of the Smithsonian Holiday Festival. Noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free. Flag Hall, National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. 202-7675658. The performances will repeat

Saturday, DECEMBER 3 ■ Children’s program: The children’s band Rocknoceros will present a special holiday show for kids. 11 a.m. $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Sunday at the same times. ■ Jazz pianist, composer and arranger Donal Fox will perform three short sets in front of “Swing Landscape” in the large room of the “Stuart Davis: In Full Swing” exhibition. 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Free. Gallery M-78, West Building, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Washington Performing Arts and Young Concert Artists will present Israeliborn pianist Tomer Gewirtzman performing works by Couperin, Liszt, Corigliano and Schumann. 2 p.m. $38. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-785-9727. ■ Dumbarton Concerts will present “A Celtic Christmas,” featuring the Linn Barnes & Allison Hampton Celtic Consort and seasonal readings. 4 and 8 p.m. $30 to $35. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-9652000. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. ■ Middle C Music will present a recital by flute and woodwind students of Gwyn Jones and Andrew Frankhouse. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. ■ The Harry Bells — a horn-and-percussion Harry Belafonte tribute band — will pay homage to this year’s Kennedy Center honorees: Martha Argerich, Mavis Staples, The Eagles, James Taylor and Al Pacino. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Music With the Angels Concert Series will feature pianists Faith Zúñiga and Andy Miller performing works by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. 7 p.m. Free; $10 donation suggested. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202462-6734. ■ D.C. native and vocalist Cecily will present “Cecily Salutes DC,” featuring her original music and works by Roberta Flack, Duke Ellington, Gil Scott-Heron and other composers with ties to D.C. 7 and 9 p.m. $20 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-

7993. ■ The Washington Conservatory of Music will present the Pressenda Chamber Players performing works by Schubert and Mozart. 8 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. ■ The TwoBlue Band — featuring Alan Harbitter and Andy Valakos — will perform Chicago-style blues and originals with an acoustic vibe. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. ■ The American University Chorus will present “Amid the Winter Snow,” featuring works by Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo and Daniel Pinkham as well as Benjamin Britten’s holiday favorite “A Ceremony of Carols.” 8 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. The performance will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. ■ Jazz saxophonist Dave Koz will bring his Christmas Tour 2016 to D.C. 8 p.m. $68 to $98. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The Riverbreaks, Wylder and Bearcat Wildcat will perform. 9 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. ■ Vinny Free and the Killing Floor, an original blues trio from New York City, will perform. 10:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. Demonstration ■ Three generations of Navajo weavers from Table Mesa, New Mexico — TahNibaa Naataanii, a recipient of the Southwest Association of Indian Arts fellowship; her mother, Sarah Natani; and daughter, WinterRose Hoskie — will demonstrate their weaving tradition and discuss the significance of this art form. 1 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. Discussions and lectures ■ The Civil War Roundtable series will feature a talk by Petersburg National Battlefield park ranger Aaron Rowland on what U.S. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant called “the saddest affair I have ever witnessed in war” — the Battle of the Crater. 9:30 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. ■ A symposium on “The Word Illuminated: Form and Function of Qur’anic Manuscripts” will focus on the materiality of luxury copies of the Quran made between the 8th and the 17th centuries from Herat to Istanbul, as well as their historical, cultural and artistic contexts. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. ■ The Aging Eye and Macular Degeneration Networks and Sibley Senior Association will present a talk on “Mindfulness Practices: Exploring Potential Benefits” by meditation and mindfulness teacher Anne Gosling. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; registration requested. Conference Room 2, Building A, Sibley Medical Building, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202See Events/Page 25


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 24 364-7602. ■ Collectors Roger and Claire Pratt will discuss both antique and contemporary textiles from Gujurat, Kutch and Rajasthan with an emphasis on traditional artisans’ textile crafts including weaving, block printing, tie-dye double ikat, embroidery and mirror work. 10:30 a.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. ■ Retired U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell, Senate majority leader from 1989 to 1995 and U.S. special envoy for Middle East peace from 2009 to 2011, and Alon Sachar, a lawyer and former U.S. diplomat, will discuss their book “A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ University of Maryland scholars Kevin Kim, Cody Osterman and Malaurie Pilatte will discuss the history and politics of gentrification in Mount Pleasant based on their interdisciplinary study of multiple sources of data, including archival resources and current-day promotional materials. 1 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-6713122. ■ Robert O’Harrow Jr., investigative reporter for The Washington Post and an associate of the Center for Investigative Reporting, will discuss his book “The Quartermaster: Montgomery C. Meigs, Lincoln’s General, Master Builder of the Union Army,” about the legendary Union Army general considered the architect of the North’s victory in the Civil War, who went on to build the Capitol dome and help establish Arlington National Cemetery. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ A book event for “Outside the XY: Black and Brown Queer Masculinity,” a newly published anthology from bklyn boihood collective, will feature a talk by collective members and readings by local contributors. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. ■ Erik Vance, science writer and contributing editor at Discover magazine, will discuss his book “Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ John Feffer will discuss his dystopian novel “Splinterlands.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. ■ Beverly Lowry will discuss her book “Who Killed These Girls?: Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders,” about a grisly 1991 crime in Austin, Texas, and the bungled investigation. 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919.

■ Artist Alex Katz will discuss his rationale for stripping color from his prints in the American University Museum’s “Black and White” exhibition. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. Films ■ The Smithsonian Holiday Festival will feature screenings of “The Muppets Christmas Carol,” with the Muppet characters telling their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. The film will be shown again Sunday at the same times. ■ “Barbara Kruger Selects” will feature Don Siegel’s 1956 sci-fi film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” lauded as a masterful allegory of Cold War paranoia. 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-8426799. Performances and readings ■ The Dance Institute of Washington will host “A Glimpse of Kwanzaa Spirit,” a winter preview showcase. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Dance Institute of Washington, 3400 14th St. NW. ■ Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Youth Dance Institute dancers will showcase their work thus far this season in all styles, from jazz to modern to hip-hop. 7 p.m. $20. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. ■ Georgetown’s classic ballet school Centre de Danse will present “Preparation for the Ball,” an original ballet based on the story of “Cinderella.” 7 p.m. $25. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-3370268. ■ Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Georgetown will present its annual showcase “Posada: Camino a Belen (The Way to Bethlehem).” Caroling at 7:30 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Quadrangle and Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ The DC Contemporary Dance Theatre/El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea will present “Ubuntu: For the Whole of All Humanity — Bridging DC’s African American and Latin Communities,” a mixed classical and contemporary program celebrating diversity in dance. 8 p.m. $20 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. ■ Georgetown University’s Black Movements Dance Theatre will present works-in-progress celebrating the group’s history. 8 p.m. Free. Devine Studio Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown. edu. ■ The Georgetown Improv Association will present a night of unscripted, unrehearsed comedy. 9 p.m. $4 to $6. Bulldog Alley, Leavey Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. Special events ■ The Moneywise Wealth, Health and

Sunday, DECEMBER 4 ■ Concert: International acoustic quartet Veronneau will perform its distinctive vocal- and guitar-based world-jazz — defined by the group as a blend of bossa nova, jazz, samba and swing, performed in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. 6 p.m. Free. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Digital Empowerment Summit will feature PBS host Kelvin Boston and gospel recording artist Doreen Vail, as well as seminars, workshops, a career fair, health screenings and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, National Education Association, 1201 16th St. NW. ■ The 11th annual MetroCooking DC show, a two-day culinary showcase, will feature demonstrations by Jacques Pepin, Tom Colicchio and other locally and nationally known chefs; book signings by cookbook authors; interactive workshops; and an expo with holiday gift options. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $10 to $21.50; free for ages 3 and younger with a paid adult. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. The event will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library will host an “Abundance Swap,” with participants invited to bring in one to three items that are gently used and are of good quality to be displayed on tables for others to take home for free. 10:30 a.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ The Swedish Women’s Educational Association will host its annual Swedish Christmas Bazaar, featuring Swedish crystal, textiles, artwork, food and more. The event will end with a Santa Lucia procession and performance of Swedish carols. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. ■ The Humane Rescue Alliance will offer a chance to get your pet’s photo taken with Santa. Noon to 2 p.m. $20 donation suggested. Hotel Monaco, 700 F St. NW. 202-735-0324. ■ The Washington Harbour ice skating rink will hold a weekly “Cartoon Skate” event, from noon to 2 p.m.; and a “Rock n Skate” event, from 8 to 10 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. ■ The Janney Winter Market — part of the annual Tenley WinterFest, a festive indoor-outdoor seasonal celebration — will feature more than 100 vendors of all ages. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. Other festival events on Saturday will include

an open house with continental breakfast, hot chocolate, building tours and children’s crafts from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Singleton Masonic Lodge, 4441 Wisconsin Ave. NW; a pop-up gallery and art sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW; a showing of the Christmas movies “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gym at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Yuma Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW (the donation of a new toy, new item of children’s clothing or a gift card for needy families at the Spanish Catholic Center in Mount Pleasant is requested); and winter brews and a performance by the local Tenleytown band Cheaper Than Therapy at 8:30 p.m. at Tenley Bar & Grill, 4611 41st St. NW. ■ Cathedral Commons will host a Community Tree Lighting Event featuring live performances of holiday tunes by the Thomas Circle Singers and Lafayette Elementary School students, free photos with Santa for children and pets, festive giveaways for children, and food and drink offerings by participating restaurants. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Wisconsin Avenue and Newark Street NW. Walks and tours ■ The Rock Creek Conservancy and Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of “A Year in Rock Creek Park” and “City of Trees,” will present a nature hike in the floodplain forest and upland woods of Rock Creek Park. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Meet in the Boundary Bridge parking lot on Beach Drive NW near the D.C.-Maryland line. ■ In conjunction with the “District II” exhibition, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and photographer and architectural history raconteur Chris Earnshaw will present “Billy Luck’s Downtown,” a walking tour about the people, places and scenes of a bygone era in D.C. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Meet outside the west entrance to the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. Sunday, Dec. 4 Sunday DECEMBER 4 Children’s and family programs ■ The Temple Sinai Nursery School’s annual winter concert will feature Tim and the Space Cadets, a Grammy Award-winning children’s band from Brooklyn. 10 a.m. $25. Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Road NW. ■ The Friends of Volta Park group’s annual Breakfast With Santa will offer a chance to take photos with Santa Claus while enjoying crafts, coffee, doughnuts and fun. Attendees should arrive early to see Santa’s sleigh ride. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Volta Park Playground, 34th Street and Volta Place NW. ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts ■ The Georgetown University Orchestra will present a multimedia retelling of

the story behind George Gershwin’s masterpiece “Rhapsody in Blue,” as well as a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story.” 3 p.m. Free. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ The Rose Ensemble, an early music vocal group, will perform “A Rose in Winter: The Miracle of Life in the Dark of Night,” featuring Medieval and Renaissance music for the Christmas season. 3 p.m. $10 to $25. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the NOVA Community Chorus will perform Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria,” Ernest Bloch’s “In the Night (A Love Poem),” and Erno Dohnányi’s “Konzertstuck for Cello and Orchestra” with cellist Sam Magill. 3 p.m. $20; free for ages 18 and younger. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. ■ The Washington Bach Consort will perform “Christmas With the Consort,” featuring choral and instrumental music by some of the most renowned German and Italian composers of the early Baroque era. 3 p.m. $10 to $69. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. ■ “Virtuosos in Dialogue” will feature pianist, composer and arranger Donal Fox and vibraphonist Warren Wolf. 3:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Washington Performing Arts will feature the Attacca Quartet presenting works by Caroline Shaw, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. 4 p.m. $35. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-785-9727. ■ Cellist Carter Brey and pianist Benjamin Pasternack will perform works by Schumann, Bernstein, Carter, Kirchner and Chopin. 4 p.m. $20 to $40; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. events. ■ The Gandhi Memorial Center will present a performance by Indian classical musician Ustad Shafaat Khan accompanied by Rishi Mehrotra on tabla, Coco Bastien on bass guitar and Thomas Dies on harmonium. 4 to 6 p.m. $20. Gandhi Memorial Center, 4748 Western Ave. 301-320-6871. ■ Middle C Music will present a recital by guitar students of John Linn. 5 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. ■ The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece big band, will present “A Bohemian Christmas,” featuring the entire Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn adaptation of “The Nutcracker Suite” as well as holiday classics from the library of Stan Kenton and Claude Thornhill. 5 and 7:30 p.m. $20 to $28. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The Palisades Community Church will host a one-hour Christmas concert by the DuPont Brass, an eclectic, soulful ensemble that has performed at the See Events/Page 26

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Continued From Page 25 Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and the DC Jazz Festival. A reception will follow. 7 p.m. $15; $5 for ages 12 and younger; maximum of $30 per family. Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW, 202-966-7929. ■ The Friends of Music will host the period-instrument ensemble Three Notch’d Road presenting “Bach’s American Christmas,” a sampling of the seasonal music that Johann Sebastian Bach might have heard had he settled in Virginia around 1710. 7 p.m. $54; reservations required. Oak Room, Fellowship House, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1700 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-339-6436. The concert will repeat Monday at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures ■ “Faith, Values and the Common Good,” an electionfocused series of forums, will feature a talk on “The Path Toward Spiritual Awareness” by journalist and former “Meet the Press” host David Gregory, author of the memoir “How’s Your Faith?: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey.” 10:15 a.m. Free. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-363-4119. ■ Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic at The Boston Globe, will discuss his book “The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art.” Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Sustainability expert Marilyn Waite will discuss her book “Sustainability at Work.” 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488. ■ University of Chicago professor Tom Gunning will discuss “The Innovations of the Moving Image.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Mark K. Shriver — president of Save the Children’s Action Network, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates, and author of a biography of his father, Sargent Shriver — will discuss his book “Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis,” a profile of Pope Francis as well as a personal journey of spiritual discovery. 2:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Paul Staiti will discuss his book “Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution Through Painters’ Eyes,” which examines the lives of five great American artists of the Revolutionary period. 3 p.m. Free. “America’s Presidents” exhibition hall, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Tim Wise — one of the nation’s leading anti-racist educators and essayists, and the author of “Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority” and five other books on race and racism — will discuss “On


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Events Entertainment Being White and Woke.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. ■ Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker will discuss their book “‘All the Real Indians Died Off’: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202789-2227. ■ Elaine Khosrova — a former pastry chef and fellowship student at the Culinary Institute of America, founding editor of Culture, and writer specializing in food and gastronomy — will discuss her book “Butter: A Rich History.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Performances ■ Ballet Petite & Youth Performing Arts School’s Ballet Performance Company will present “The Nutcracker.” 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $21. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 10 and 11 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ■ Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou will host “Sparkle,” an open mic event for LGBT-dedicated poets. 8 to 10 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. Special events ■ The Humane Rescue Alliance will offer a chance to get your pet’s photo taken with Santa. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20 donation suggested. Big Bad Woof Takoma, 6960 Maple St. NW. 202-735-0324. ■ The Jackson Art Center Open Studios event will feature paintings, pottery, photography, textiles and more, as well as a chance to meet 40 local artists in their studios. Proceeds from the sale of original art will benefit the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Jackson Art Center, 3050 R St. NW. ■ The Abner Cloud House, a threeroom furnished house built in 1801 by an Italian stonemason and operated as a museum along the C&O Canal by the Colonial Dames of America, will be open to the public. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Abner Cloud House, C&O Canal National Historic Park, Canal and Reservoir roads NW. ■ A “Choose Your Own ARTventure” drop-in experience at the National Museum of Women in the Arts will encourage visitors to choose from a selection of works in the galleries and spend time getting to know them through guided discovery adventures. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Meet at the information desk in the lobby of National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202783-5000. Tour ■ The Logan Circle Community Association will host the 38th annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour, featuring a mix of traditional and contemporary homes. The event will include a wassail reception with refreshments. 1 to 5 p.m. $30. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. Monday,DECEMBER Dec. 5 Monday 5 Children’s program ■ Busboys and Poets will present “Rise + Rhyme,” a storytelling and per-

Monday, DECEMBER 5 ■ Discussion: Author and blogger John DeFerrari will discuss his book “Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, D.C.” Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202994-5200.

formance series for ages 5 and younger. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $5 per child. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856. Classes and workshops ■ The weekly “Viniyoga Mondays” program will feature a gentle yoga class. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ The West End Interim Library will host an all-levels yoga class. 6 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center will begin a four-week class on Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 2950 Arizona Ave. NW. ■ As part of the Georgetown Library’s Winter Wellness Workshops series, Susan Lowell will lead a three-part introduction to the practice of tai chi. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. The class will continue Dec. 12 and 19. Concerts ■ “The Violins Duel: Stradivari Versus Guarner” will feature two performers dueling with collection instruments: Liviu Prunaru, concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, performing on a 1694 Stradivarius Pachoud violin; and Gabriel Croitoru, soloist of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs, performing on the Guarneri violin that previously belonged to composer George Enescu. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Georgetown University Concert Choir, Modern Musick and soloists Allison Mondel, Barbara Hollinshead, Joseph Regan and Jim Shaffran will lead a singalong of the Christmas portion of Handel’s famous oratorio “The Messiah.” 7:30 p.m. Free; donations welcome for the Lombardi Cancer Center. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The Dupont Circle Village’s monthly “Live and Learn Seminar” will feature a look at ways to brighten the holidays with

fresh beginnings and optimism with Dr. John C. Parkhurst, founder of Parkhurst Associates Mental Health Services and an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at Catholic University. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Registration requested. United Auto Workers, 1757 N St. NW. 202-234-2567. ■ Ibrahim El Houdaiby, doctoral student in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University, will discuss rethinking theories of revolution and revolutionary failure in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ A panel discussion on “Race in America” will feature April Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks and author of “The Presidency in Black and White”; Joy-Ann Reid, national correspondent for MSNBC, former host of “The Reid Report” and author of “Fracture: Barack Obama, The Clintons, and the Racial Divide”; Mary Frances Berry, professor of American social thought and history at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich,” among others; Wes Moore (shown), Army veteran, social entrepreneur and author of “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” and “The Work: Searching for a Life That Matters”; pollster Cornell Belcher, president of Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies and author of “A Black Man in the White House”; and Avis Jones DeWeever, founder of the Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women and author of “How Exceptional Black Women Lead.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Elizabeth Loftus, professor at the University of California at Irvine, will discuss “The Fiction of Memory,” about her several decades of research into how to manufacture memories in unsuspecting minds by changing details of events that someone actually experienced or by planting “rich false memories” of events that never happened. 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. ■ Dr. Ruth Westheimer, known for her decades-long career as an influential sex therapist, will discuss the therapeutic role served by her collection of dollhouses, which represent a personal connection to the childhood and family home she lost when she fled Nazi Germany at age 10. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. ■ Famed translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky will discuss their latest project — “Novels, Tales, Journeys: The Complete Prose of Alexander Pushkin,” featuring the Russian literary luminary’s shorter prose fiction, a capacious and stylistically varied oeuvre that includes fables, epistolary tales, romance, satire and magical dreams-

capes. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Jeffrey Herf, professor of history at the University of Maryland, will discuss his book “Undeclared Wars With Israel: East Germany and the West German Far Left, 1967-1989.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Films ■ “Marvelous Movie Mondays” will feature John Huston’s 1948 film “Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” about two Americans searching for work in Mexico who convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre mountains. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Meeting Room, Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ “RSC Live” will present a screening of Gregory Doran’s production of “King Lear” from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s stage in Stratford-upon-Avon. 7 p.m. $15 to $20. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202544-7077. Performance ■ Laugh Index Theatre will present “Improv Wars,” a friendly competition among improv troupes, with the audience voting for the winner. 8 p.m. $8 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Special event ■ Teatro de la Luna will hold auditions for actor training workshops open to members of the community over the age of 18 who speak Spanish and English. The training will focus on the analysis of the script “Mothers of the Revolution” by Leora Lihach that will culminate in the reading and presentation of the play both in Spanish and English. 6 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Casa de La Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. 202882-6227. Auditions will also be held Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Buffalo Sabres. 7 p.m. $28 to $285. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Tuesday DECEMBER 6 Classes and workshops ■ A certified yoga instructor will lead a walk-in gentle yoga class targeted to ages 55 and older. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-7270232. ■ The Georgetown Library will present a walk-in yoga class practicing introductory viniyasa techniques. 11:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Lindsey Crawford of Yoga District will present a yoga class for beginners. 1 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Concerts ■ As part of the Tuesday Concert Series, the Washington Bach Consort will present a recital by organist Janet Yish. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. ■ Trio Sefardi will present music of the Spanish Jews, sung in Ladino, as See Events/Page 27

Continued From Page 26 well as music from the Balkans, Turkey and Greece. The program will also include Hanukkah favorites by the trio’s venerable mentor, Flory Jagoda. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Georgetown University Chamber Music Ensembles will present a program exploring the connections between masterpieces and the epoch in which they were created. 7:30 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Vocal Arts DC will present baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber (shown) performing Mahler’s “Sieben Lieder aus letzter Zeit” and selections from “Das Lied von der Erde.” 7:30 p.m. $50. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-785-9727. ■ The legendary Tallis Scholars and their director Peter Phillips will make their Library of Congress debut. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. ■ Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge will host its weekly open mic show. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission, will discuss “Walking With the Last Men on the Moon: Revisiting the Apollo 17 Landing Site with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.” 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1212. ■ Scholar Reiner A. Gogolin will discuss the divided city of Berlin from 1945 to 1989 within the framework of an interdisciplinary analysis. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Geography and Map Reading Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-6277. ■ Michael Signer, lecturer at the University of Virginia, will discuss his book “Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father.” Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ Artist Jennifer Trask will discuss how her lifelong fascination with biology, archaeology and anthropology informs her arresting jewelry and large-scale sculptures made from unexpected materials such as bone, vertebrae, butterfly wings, resin, metal and antique frame fragments. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Rubenstein Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The World Affairs Council will host a talk by Mathilde Mukantabana, ambassador of Rwanda to the United States, on the U.S.-Rwanda relationship, economic development, societal recovery since the genocide, Rwanda’s relationship with the


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Tuesday, DECEMBER 6 ■ Discussion: Michael Chabon, best-known for his Pulitzer Prizewinning “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,” will discuss his new novel “Moonglow,” which draws on his own family history as he imagines the murky origins and murkier fate of Chabon Scientific Co., a mail-order novelty business. 7 p.m. $28 to $30 for the book and two tickets. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. tion at 6:30 p.m.; screening at 7:30 p.m. $13.50. Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3241. Performances ■ “Fieldwork for Mixed Disciplines Showing” will feature works-in-progress from various artistic disciplines and points of view. 6 p.m. $10. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. ■ The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature long-form improv performances by various ensembles. 8 and 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Orlando Magic. 7 p.m. $18 to $510. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Wednesday, Dec. 7 Wednesday DECEMBER 7 Art events ■ “Iconic Inspiration: Photographing the National Parks” will feature photographers Jacob W. Frank, Carol M. Highsmith and Jim Peaco, whose works are featured in the exhibit “100 Years of America’s National Park Service” at the National Museum of Natural History. At part of the event, National Park Service historian Timothy Davis and curator Ann Hitchcock will facilitate a discussion on the challenges and rewards of photographing the parks. 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Department of the Interior Museum, 1849 C St. NW. ■ The Washington Sculptors Group will present its Annual Members Image Show. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies, 3100 Whitehaven St. NW. Classes and workshops ■ Kripalu yoga teacher Eva Blutinger will lead a “Yoga in the Galleries” class. 10 a.m. $5 to $10. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave.

NW. 202-885-1300. ■ Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present an orientation session for prospective homebuyers. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. ■ A homebuyers workshop will provide information on how to purchase a home using a DC Open Doors mortgage product, featuring Brian Martucci of 1st Mariner Bank and Colleen Payne of KP Real Estate. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. D.C. Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW. 202-7774663. ■ Poets on the Fringe will host a weekly poetry workshop, with attendees asked to bring one of their own poems with sufficient copies to share with the group for positive critique. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Concerts ■ The First Wednesday Concert series will feature the St. Albans and National Cathedral Schools Madrigal Singers. 12:10 to 12:35 p.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ Composer, vocalist and bandleader Lenka Lichtenberg will present uniquely Canadian world music, infusing the rich Toronto soundscapes of the Middle East, India and Brazil, as well as her own East European heritage. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio commemorating 40 seasons since its official debut with a selection of favorites and a cocommissioned D.C. premiere from Pulitzer winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. 7:30 p.m. $59. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Ireland’s Keith and Kristyn Getty will perform at the Kennedy Center as part of their fifth annual tour of “Irish Christmas — A Celebration of Carols.” 7:30 p.m. $40 to $85. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Fort Defiance, a high-energy folk trio from Nashville, Tenn., will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. ■ Paperhaus and Skyline Hotel will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Craig Nelson will discuss his book “Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness,” about the Japanese attack that killed 2,403 people and forced America’s entry into World War II. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ National Museum of Women in the Arts associate curator Virginia Treanor will discuss several works in the special exhibition “No Man’s Land: Women Artists From the Rubell Family Collection.” Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Muse-

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um of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. ■ Carol Joynt’s Q&A Cafe series will feature style bloggers, podcasters and authors Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez, known for their commentary and analysis at the crossroads of pop culture and fashion. Noon. $35. The George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-9330. ■ D.C.-based civil rights lawyer, writer and teacher Arjun Singh Sethi, director of law and policy at the Sikh Coalition, will discuss “The Civil Rights of Muslim Americans: A Casualty of the War on Terror.” 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Ambassador Dennis Ross, distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a professor at Georgetown University, will discuss his book “Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship From Truman to Obama.” 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 Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group will delve into “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ Robert Eisenstein, director of the Five College Early Music Program and a faculty member at Mount Holyoke College, will lead a seminar on the medieval English music that Folger Consort performs as part of “The Second Shepherds’ Play.” 6 p.m. $20. Haskell Center, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. ■ David Grinspoon, an astrobiologist and consultant to NASA on space exploration, will discuss his book “Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Sarah Schulman — professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in playwriting — will discuss her book “Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair,” about the culture of scapegoating and how negative group behavior leads to lashing out when what is required for resolution is self-criticism and accountability. 6:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ Maria Kodama, widow of Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges, will mark the 30th anniversary of her husband’s death in conversation with University of Maryland professor Saul Sosnowski (primarily in Spanish). 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-6404. ■ Author Ben Westhoff will discuss “Original Gangstas,” his narrative nonfiction account of the rise of West Coast rap. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop. com. ■ Steven Johnson, author of narrative See Events/Page 28

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Continued From Page 27 histories such as “How We Got to Now” and “Where Good Ideas Come From,” will discuss his latest book, “Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World,” about the evolution of popular entertainment. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will present a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda on his book “Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living With Books.” 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ A lecture series by art historian Vanessa Badré on “France Alive: A History Told Through Great Works of Art” will focus on “Conversation, Love and Philosophy: 18th Century Fêtes galantes.” 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Alliance Française de Washington will host a book talk by French writer, intellectual, professor, editor and politician Guy Sorman, author of “J’aurais voulu être français,” an autobiographical novel inspired by the 2015 refugee crisis and arguments like those heard in the 1930s (in English). 7 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Film ■ The “Avalon Docs” series will feature Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack’s 2016 documentary “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” a celebration of the poet, storyteller, actress, dancer and passionate activist that weaves Angelou’s words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos that show her impact on the world. 8 p.m. $7 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-3464. Performances and readings ■ The In Series will present a new framing of Enrique Granados’ Spanish classic “Goyescas,” featuring the composer reflecting on his life and work from the deck of the Sussex, the ill-fated ocean liner he took to return to Spain during World War I. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $46. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Dec. 10 and 17 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m.; and Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. ■ Laugh Index Theatre will present “Three’s Comedy,” featuring three types of comedy. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-4627833. Special events ■ The fifth annual Winternational embassy showcase will celebrate the cultural and culinary traditions of Washington’s diplomatic community with displays of visual art, food and handcrafts as well as travel and tourism exhibits. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Atrium, Ronald Reagan Building and International Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ Craig Nelson, author of “Pearl Har-


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Events Entertainment bor: from Infamy to Greatness,” will introduce radio broadcasts, newsreels and photographs illustrating how the media first informed and kept Americans apprised of Japan’s December 1941 attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The Daughters of the American Revolution’s 15th annual Christmas open house will feature live music, tours of period rooms decorated for the holidays, a visit from Santa Claus, a chance for children to play with replica 18thand 19th-century toys, and more. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. DAR Headquarters, 1776 D St. NW. 202-572-0563. ■ Students from Takoma Education Campus and School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens will present their “CityVision” projects, which explore the role of commemorative spaces in the city and feature ideas for new memorials. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ The third annual “Manhattans, Martinis & Mistletoe” event will commemorate the anniversary of Pearl Harbor with a 1940s holiday theme. Proceeds will benefit the Green Beret Foundation, Operation Second Chance and United Soldiers & Sailors of America. VIP reception at 6 p.m.; general admission at 6:30 p.m. $100 to $250. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. ■ “Tudor Nights: Home for the Holidays, 1945” will feature a chance to enjoy seasonal libations while viewing the historic house bedecked for the reallife family reunion that took place with the return of U.S. Navy Cmdr. Armistead Peter III. The event will feature a chance to view keepsakes from the Pacific and the home front, wartime uniforms and correspondence. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20; free for members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. ■ St. Columba’s Episcopal Church will host “Blue Christmas Service of Hope and Healing,” intended for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, a job or a home or who are troubled by seasonal depression. 7 p.m. Free. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-363-4119. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Boston Bruins. 8 p.m. $42 to $371. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Thursday,DECEMBER Dec. 8 Thursday 8 Concerts ■ “Luce Unplugged” will feature the R&B band April + VISTA and a cash bar with libations and small snacks. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Anacostia’s acclaimed 16-member gospel brass and percussion band Sweet Heaven Kings will perform holiday favorites. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Season’s Greenings: Evenings in the Conservatory” will feature Project Natale performing jazz selections. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ The Leading International Compos-

■ Reverend Justin Hylton will perform Americana songs. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. ■ Pasadena and Bumpin’ Uglies will perform 9 p.m. $8 to $10. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.

Thursday, DECEMBER 8 ■ Concert: The Renée Fleming Voices series will present “A Merry Little Christmas With Megan Hilty,” an intimate holiday show with the Broadway star. 7 p.m. $85 to $99. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. ers series will feature works by China’s Zhou Long performed by the Music From China ensemble. 6 p.m. $20 to $40; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. events. ■ The Embassy Series will present violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft (shown) and pianist Angela Draghicescu performing “Romanian Music Through Centuries.” The event will feature a buffet reception. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $95. Embassy of Romania, 1607 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-625-2361. ■ The USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the National Symphony Orchestra will present “NSO Pops Concert: Home for the Holidays,” a special event for service members and their families featuring comforting classics and singalong carols. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required, with tickets available for pickup beginning at 5 p.m. in the Grand Foyer with a valid military ID. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. ■ The University of the District of Columbia’s annual holiday concert will feature the UDC Chorale, the Voices and the UDC Jazz Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Free. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee will present “Sounds for a New Golden Age,” a concert by oud master and composer Marcel Khalife and his sons, Rami and Bachar. 7:30 p.m. $35 to $200. The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. ■ The Russian Chamber Art Society will present soprano Lori Phillips and mezzo-soprano Mary Phillips (shown) performing vocal duets by Glinka, Arensky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Gretchaninov and Tchaikovsky. The event will also include piano duets performed by Genadi Zagor and Vera Danchenko-Stern, as well as a wine and dessert reception. 7:30 p.m. $55. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.

Discussions and lectures ■ Rebecca A.T. Stevens, consulting curator for contemporary textiles, will discuss tapestry artist Jon Eric Riis’ “Congressional Constraint” — a reinterpretation of the form of an ancient Peruvian Chimú tunic from The Textile Museum’s collections in red silk, inspired by the contentious election season of 2012. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. ■ In conjunction with the publication of CNN Politics’ new book “Unprecedented: The Election That Changed Everything,” CNN correspondent Brian Stelter and other contributors will discuss and reflect on the 2016 national election. 4 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Virginia Soenksen, author of several catalogs and articles on Japanese textiles and assistant curator of interpretation at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, will discus “Bingata: Art and Culture Collide,” about one of the most iconic textile techniques native to the archipelago that today comprises Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture. 6 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394. ■ Mike and Anne Howard, who have traveled across seven continents and more than 50 countries since they quit their jobs five years ago to embark on a trip around the world, will discuss “Travel Hacking 101: How to Travel Longer for Less.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $45. Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden SW. 202-633-3030. ■ “The Pulse on Modern Medicine: Insights from NIH Experts” will feature a talk by Julie Segre, head of the Microbial Genomics Section and chief of the Translational and Functional Genomics Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. ■ Local authors Stephen Voss, Ann McClellan and Sandra Moore will discuss their recent books on bonsai. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. ■ Science writer Dava Sobel, author of the classic “Longitude” and studies of Galileo’s daughter and Copernicus, will discuss her book “The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars,” about a group of brilliant women who helped change the way we understand the cosmos. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Brendan Robertson, a commentator on the intersections of spirituality, sexuality and social renewal, will discuss his book “Nomad: A Spirituality for Travelling Light,” about the new generations of progressive evangelical followers of Jesus. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.

■ The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family will present a talk by scholar Henderson Cleaves on “A Very Brief History of Creation: What Do We Think We Know About the Origin of Life on Earth.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. ■ Writer Kevin Fedarko and photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride will discuss “Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon,” about their journey this year to transect the length of the canyon on foot. 7:30 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. ■ As part of the Avalon Theatre’s film studies program, Washington Post chief film critic Ann Hornaday will present “Talking Pictures: The Screenplay,” about what it means to say a movie has been well-written, beyond snappy one-liners and surprise twists. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $18. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-3464. Film ■ “What’s Up? Docs!” — a George Washington University Documentary Center series — will screen the Oscar-winning 1984 film “The Times of Harvey Milk,” about the successful career and assassination of San Francisco’s first elected gay council member. The screening will feature a talk by Harry Benshoff, co-editor of “Queer Cinema: The Film Reader” and graduate director of the Department of Media Arts at the University of North Texas. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Marvin Center Amphitheater, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. Sale ■ A pottery sale will benefit Potters for Peace, a U.S.-based nonprofit that works with subsistence potters in Central America and assists throughout the world with the establishment of factories that produce ceramic water filters. Noon to 7 p.m. Free admission. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. The sale will continue Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Special events ■ “A Vintage Evening: Yuletide at Anderson House” will feature tours of the festively decorated mansion, description of early-20th-century Christmas traditions and tastings of eggnog punch based on 100-year-old recipes. 6 p.m. $15; reservations required. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ The Georgetown Library will host an “Adult Coloring” event. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Denver Nuggets. 7 p.m. $18 to $510. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Tour ■ Tudor Place will host a candlelight tour featuring the mansion’s glittering holiday decor and outdoor illuminations. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. The tour will also be offered Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m.


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301-589-6181 Licensed Insured

WINDOW WASHERS, ETC... Celebrating 15 years



New computer or smartphone? Over 15 years’ experience tutoring adults on all types of technology. I can help you with PCs or Macs as well as iPhones/iPads, Kindles, and all other devices. I also provide technical support, help choosing, purchasing, setting up, and troubleshooting devices. Call Brett Geranen at (202) 486-6189 or email

Cane * Rush * Danish Repairs * Reglue References


STEVE YOUNG • 202-966-8810

Jewelry Buyers: Cash buyers of Gold, Silver, Diamonds, Jewelry, Watches, Flatware. Please call Tom at

Windows • Gutters • Power Washing DC • MD • VA Fully Bonded & Insured

KENMORE REFRIGERATOR, Stainless Steel, Bottom freezer, (79573133410) Master Protection Agreement until 11/2017 $1,400 Kenmore Microwave, Stainless Steel, Never used. Still in box (2280323) $165.00 Kenmore Dishwasher, Stainless Steel, Never used. Still in box (13543N) $460.00. Please call 202-360-8759.

Cleaning Services CLEANING TO fit your needs. $20 per hour, minimum 2 hrs. Excellent references, laundry & ironing. Call 202-352-3653.

HOUSECLEANING/LAUNDRYDC/ Maryland. Good references & exper. Own transportation. (240)716-4848.

Reliable Cleaning Service 15 yrs. exper. • Same Team Everytime Lic. Bonded, Ins. Excellent DC References Free Estimates


Member, International Window Cleaning Association • In the heart of the Palisades since 1993

MY CLEANING service is looking for extra days. Laundry included. Dependable, good references. 240-534-9807. MY SUPERB housekeeper has some free days. She is kind, honest, reliable, and a hard worker who takes direction well and is self-motivated. No cleaning task is too hard for her. Her ironing is superior to the finest laundries anywhere. For details and reference, please call (202)363-2937. RELIABLE FILIPINO lady is avail. for cleaning houses. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly. Own supplies, Good references. Please call 240-246-5839.

For information about the licensing of any particular business in Washington, D.C., please call the District Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs at (202) 442-4311. The department's website is

Floor Services Chevy Chase Floor Waxing Service

Polishing, buffing, waxing, cleaning, all types of floors, paste wax service for wood floors. Wall-to-wall carpet removal. Careful workmanship. Licensed Bonded Insured 301-656-9274, Chevy Chase, MD

LARGE 2-BEDRM Upper Mass Av New Kitchen, HVAC great closets 24 hr desk Parking 202-362-8388.

Housing To Share LOOKING FOR a housemate to share home of my mother: Female, 25-65, non-smoker, who lives a quiet life. Rent: $500 mo, 1-year commitment. Housemate would have top floor with renovated bathroom. Access to kit/washer-dryer. House fully furnished, located in NE/WDC. Call 202\338-5468.

Personal Services

Handyman • Built-in, Bookshelves • Furniture repair & Refinishing •Trimwork, painting • Miscellaneous household repairs Experienced woodworker Good references, reasonable rates Philippe Mougne: 202-686-6196

PERSONABLE, EDUCATED middleage w/good refs in NW avail for transport, handyman other help. Also swim less. & gym asst. Ross 202-237-0231.

Senior Care

Restore Painting and Handyman Services

Interior/ Exterior Drywall and Plaster Call 202-374-9559

CAREGIVER AVAIL: also companionship. Weekdays, and nights and weekends. 25 years experience. CNA cert., CPR and first Aid. Life-support training, Oxygen trained. Can drive, light hskeeping/ cooking, groceries, errands, etc. Please call (240)277-2452.

Home Care Upholstery

PERFECT WEEKEND Job. $22/hour. Paraplegic physician seeks weekend assistance at home in Chevy Chase. 6:30am to 9am, Saturday and Sunday. Evening hours possible as well. Nursing or PT experience preferred but not required. Please call 202-872-8109.


Residential Specialists


Appliance Services

Our customers recommend us


Housing for Rent (Apts)

Seat Weaving – All types

HOUSE CLEANING service, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly. Customer satisfaction 100%. ask about organic cleaning. Excel. Ref’s. Solange 240-478-1726.




Bethesda Jewelers 301-654-8678

Tree Services

In the heart of the Palisades since 1993



Housing for Rent (Apts) COLUMBIA HTS: Compact fully furnished 2BR, 2 BA and Patio. in tidy building. $2200. Ross 202/237-0231. VERY CLEAN 1 BR for rent in Dupont Circle. Ideal for one person. Newly remodeled. Lovely, louvered doors enclosed bedroom. 500 SF. Windows look out in to garden and leafy park. Desk service every day except Sunday. Short walk to Dupont Circle Metro, 20 minutes walk to U street menu. Laundry and storage in building. Non-smoker. No Pets. Years lease. $1,725/ mo. (202)328-9059.

Animal Portrait artist BETS Your wonderful pet on canvas starting at $275.00 • 301-908-8317


Call Michael: (202) 486-3145


Ace Window Cleaning, Co. Family owned and operated for over 20 years using careful workmanship 301-656-9274 Chevy Chase, MD Licensed • Bonded • Insured • We also offer glass, screen, and sash cord repair service • Ask about our no damage, low pressure Powerwashing.


SHARE MY CLEANER. She's wonderful. Loves to see things clean (deep cleaned, not like services). Honest. Responsible. She's at 301-732-1503. I'm 202-248-7723.

PC/Mac support for home or business: setup, upgrades, tune-up, backup, data transfer & recovery, virus removal, printers, FiOS/DSL/Cable modems, WiFi, networks, spam control, & website design.

Window Services

[202] 277-2566 PO Box 25058 Washington, DC 20027

J ULE’S Petsitting Services, Inc. Setting the Standard for Excellence in Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Since 1991

• Mid Day Dog Walks • Kitty Visits • In-Home Overnight Pet Sitting and other Pet Care Services • Insured and Bonded

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THANKFUL for another WONDERFUL YEAR and Wishing you and your Family ALL THE BLESSINGS OF THIS COMING SEASON OF LIGHT Forest Hills & Wakefield 44 home s sold* 8 homes available

Dupont/Logan 43 homes sold* 8 homes available

Georgetown Foggy Bottom 156 homes sold* 33 homes available

American University Park 69 homes sold* 2 homes available

LEASE in Wonderful Woodley

Chevy Chase Homes DC 192 homes sold*/11 homes available MD 124 homes sold*/31 homes available

Cleveland Park & Woodley: 87 homes sold* 4 homes available

Available 15 Dec 16, visit on or after 10 Dec16, 3224 Klingle Road NW 20008 Floor plan and pictorial tour available at www.

Wesley Heights & Spring Valley: 66 homes sold* 17 homes available

Crestwood & Colonial Village 41 homes sold* 11 homes available

Kalorama & Mass Avenue Heights 35 homes sold* 22 homes available

Mt. Pleasant, Adams Morgan: 75 homes sold* 4 homes available

Updated 3-4 BR townhome, with eat-in kitchen, wood burning fireplace, deck, gardens, off street parking, cathedral bells and a short distance to either charming Cleveland park or Y.T.D. 2016

contemporary Cathedral Heights- choose your urban village

3201 New Mexico Ave. NW • Washington, DC 20016 202 966-2598 direct • 301-580-0540 mobile • 202-363-1800 office Call Elizabeth for a confidential consultation

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