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Vol. XLV, No. 45
The Northwest Current
Grosso unseats at-large incumbent
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By BRADY HOLT and KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writers
It may have not been the biggest question in Washington, D.C., yesterday, but for city politics, “Brown or Grosso?” was the main uncertainty. And by the night’s end, David Grosso appears to have emerged as the near-certain winner. The firsttime candidate elbowed out incum-
bent Michael A. Brown in the tight race for one of the at-large seats on the D.C. Council. Grosso will serve alongside his fellow Ward 5 resident Vincent Orange, who was handily re-elected out of a field of seven. As of The Current’s deadline, Democrat Orange held 37 percent of the vote, Grosso 21 percent, and Brown 15 percent. While Orange virtually ensured a win by sealing the Democratic nom-
ination in the primaries last spring, the real competition centered on the other seat — prohibited by law from going to a second Democrat. Grosso and Brown both ran as independents. In Northwest, Grosso won most precincts in wards 2 and 3, while Orange had a commanding lead in Ward 4. Brown placed last of seven in several precincts, including in the Georgetown and Woodley Park See Election/Page 20
Board landmarks midcentury building By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer
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Wilson High School will stage the Tony Award-winning musical “Guys and Dolls” this week and next. The show will open Friday and run through Nov. 17.
An international real estate firm that bought the Wire Building in 2008, with plans to raze the 12-story structure and redevelop its choice downtown site, is now dealing with a newly landmarked building — and a big threat to its $40 million investment. The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board, on a 6-1 vote last Thursday, designated the midcentury modern office building at 1000 Vermont Ave. NW as a local landmark, as well as nominating it to the National Register of Historic Places. That gives the building that once housed a Sholl’s cafeteria immediate protection from demolition or exterior alteration. Board members were somewhat torn about the merits of the 1950 building, with its distinctive ribbon windows and curved concrete corner overlooking McPherson Square. But they ultimately agreed with a staff report that See Landmark/Page 18
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Developers sought to tear down the 1950 building, but preservation officials deemed it significant as part of the city’s early financial district.
Avalon Theatre raises $2 million for projects
Comcast utility boxes spark objections in Georgetown
By BETH COPE
■ Preservation: Permits
Current Staff Writer
The Avalon Theatre has just closed the curtains on another scene in its reopening story: a nearly five-year, $2 million capital campaign. The effort, in the works since March 2008, has made it possible during that time for the nonprofit that runs the Chevy Chase movie theater to open its own cafe, install a new heating/cooling system in the upstairs theater and pay down $200,000 of its mortgage principal. Nearly complete is an update to the main theater’s heating/cooling system, and a new elevator is being planned. “It’s just a testament to the perseverance and dedication of a lot of people,” said campaign chair Juliet Zucker. “This is a great achievement, and it’s great that people care that much about the Avalon … and really
NEWS Budget shift boosts funding for IT at Cooke, other schools
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Bill Oberdorfer and Juliet Zucker helped spearhead the five-year fundraising effort, which paid for work such as restoration of a ceiling mural. believe in it.” Completion of the Avalon Legacy Campaign is hardly the end of fundraising for the theater, though. The operators require annual contributions to cover costs, and even as they finish up the capital improvements on the See Avalon/Page 5
SPOR TS NCS, other area schools win conference championships
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Current Staff Writer
Comcast might be the least popular entity operating in Georgetown right now, according to Tom Birch. The advisory neighborhood commissioner, among others, is outraged over the company’s recent installation of large utility boxes on several sidewalks around the historic neighborhood. The green boxes, which are
DISTRICT DIGEST Mayor revises speeding fines as D.C. Council weighs overhaul
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approximately the size of small refrigerators, started popping up about two weeks ago along 29th Street near both Olive and Dumbarton streets, and are now also on M and 31st streets and on Wisconsin Avenue near K Street. Any change to public space in historic Georgetown must first, by law, be reviewed and approved by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the Old Georgetown Board. Permits for the work were never submitted to either entity, according to the federal panel’s secretary, Thomas Luebke, who said in an See Boxes/Page 7
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District Digest Mayor changes fines for speed violations
Just before the D.C. Council began considering legislation to reduce fines from city speed cameras, D.C. officials acted to alter the fines for speeding in the city. The new fine schedule, announced Friday, is as follows: â– up to 10 mph over the limit: $50 (reduced from $75); â– 11 to 15 mph over the limit: $100 (reduced from $125); â– 16 to 20 mph over the limit: $150 (unchanged); â– 21 to 25 mph over the limit: $200 (unchanged); and â– more than 25 mph over the limit: $300 (increased from $250). Mayor Vincent Gray said the changes came in response to feedback to the cityâ€™s automated traffic enforcement program. â€œFor months since the Metropolitan Police Department put more photo-enforcement vehicles on the street to reduce speeding, decrease traffic fatalities and make things safer for all motorists, pedes-
trians and cyclists, weâ€™ve received lots of feedback â€” some of it good and some of it bad,â€? he said in a news release. Gray said he believes the changes â€œwill improve fairness while continuing to ensure and improve public safety.â€? The changes will be implemented through the regulatory authority of the Department of Motor Vehicles and thus can go into effect immediately with legislation. The police department has indicated that motorists caught speeding on camera are fined if they are driving more than 10 mph over the limit. Fridayâ€™s release also says that officials also plan to â€œstudy the safety of altering speed limits in areas where improvements to roadways may enable changes without compromising safety.â€? It further notes that some of the funds collected from the cameras will now go toward hiring 100 additional police officers. Meanwhile, the D.C. Council began holding hearings Monday on automated traffic enforcement legislation by Ward 3 D.C. Council
member Mary Cheh, Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells and Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry that would set the penalty for speeding above 11 mph and under 20 mph over the limit at $50. The hearing will continue Nov. 13.
Ward 3 Dems to hold caucuses next week
The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold caucuses to elect 108 new precinct delegates Nov. 12 through 15. Each of the wardâ€™s 18 precincts will elect up to six delegates to serve on the committee. Each delegate serves a two-year term. Residents must be registered Democrats in Ward 3 to vote or become a delegate, according to a news release from the committee. The delegates are expected to attend the committeeâ€™s regular meetings and engage in outreach efforts to voters throughout the city. Caucuses for precincts 10, 29 and 31 will be held Nov. 12; precinct 33, Nov. 13; precincts 7, 8, 9,
12, 30, 32, 34 and 50, Nov. 14; and precincts 11, 26, 27, 28, 136 and 138, Nov. 15. More information is available at dcward3dems.org.
D.C. begins amnesty on business licenses
Mayor Vincent Gray announced a business license amnesty program last week that will allow businesses operating without the required permit to obtain one without paying a $2,000 fine. The amnesty period, which impacts businesses whose licenses expired before Aug. 1 as well as those that do not have a license, began last week and will continue through Dec. 31. The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs conducted a business compliance initiative this year and found â€œsignificant numbers of businesses that were operating with missing or expired licenses or corporate documents.â€? The amnesty program is aimed
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GDS to host lecture by Foer brothers
Brothers and best-selling authors Franklin Foer, Jonathan Safran Foer and Joshua Foer will give their first joint lecture Nov. 19 at Washington Hebrew Congregation. The native Washingtonians will spend the evening discussing their craft. The free event is a tribute to the memory of Benjamin Cooper, who was killed in a 1997 accident as a rising senior at the Foersâ€™ alma mater, Georgetown Day School. Franklin Foer is the editor of The New Republic and author of the book â€œHow Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.â€? Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the novels â€œEverything Is Illuminatedâ€? and â€œExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close.â€? Joshua Foer is a journalist and the author of â€œMoonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.â€? The lecture, which is sponsored by Georgetown Day, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested; visit gds.org/cooperlecture.
In the Oct. 31 issue, an article on a rear addition planned at 1321 21st St. misstated the number of units planned â€” it is four to six, not nine. The article also incorrectly reported that the Dupont advisory neighborhood commission voted to oppose the project; its resolution expressed concerns but did not oppose the project. The Current regrets the errors. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202-2447223.
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Late budget shift adds money for schools By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer
An 11th-hour budget shift by District officials has added nearly $14 million to the coffers of charter and public schools â€” including money for major technology upgrades at 32 underperforming public schools. But the late changes and lack of detail left some D.C. Council members fuming. The council, by a 9-2 vote last Thursday, approved â€œreprogrammingâ€? of some $25 million in unspent funds from fiscal 2012, to include $6.9 million to charter schools for facilities or other needs and $6.9 million to public schools for technology improvements. The shift also allotted $6.5 million to Metro, $1.5 million for parks and recreation facilities, and $1.2 million to the Oak Hill juvenile detention center. Aides to Mayor Vincent Gray said the last-minute shifts came because unspent funds couldnâ€™t be calculated until the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, while city law requires that money not reprogrammed by Nov. 1 go back into the cityâ€™s reserves. Gray has also touted recent initiatives to fund charter school modernization with local dollars, and to upgrade many park and recreation facilities â€” both efforts that will be boosted by the extra dollars. But the council, in a two-hour debate, clearly felt left
in the dark. Members hadnâ€™t received precise figures until late the day before their rescheduled Nov. 1 legislative meeting. And they were particularly concerned about the $6.9 million in Internet-access improvements proposed for 32 public schools, some of which have already undergone major renovations. â€œAre you telling me theyâ€™ve upgraded the HVAC, the electric, but they forgot to connect to the Internet?â€? said Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser. â€œWeâ€™ve already assigned funds to provide these services,â€? said at-large member David Catania. â€œWeâ€™re going to essentially give them the money twice.â€? But D.C. Public Schools spokesperson Melissa Salmanowitz later told The Current that the $6.9 million investment will accelerate needed Internet infrastructure improvements, â€œfocusing primarily on our lowest-performing schools,â€? to provide reliable services for all students. The money will pay for â€œnew and better components, like jacks, ports, wires and systems â€Ś that actually use far less electricity,â€? Salmanowitz wrote in an email, providing â€œhundreds of new wireless access points in our schools.â€? She said some schools that received only Phase I modernizations still donâ€™t have adequate information technology capacity, while others modernized more than five years ago have equipment that is now out of date. See Budget/Page 18
The week ahead Wednesday, Nov. 7
The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold its monthly meeting, which will include analysis of election results and legislative updates from D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW.
Thursday, Nov. 8
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will host an open forum on upcoming plans for the Districtâ€™s increased arts budget for fiscal year 2013. The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room A05, Building 44, University of the District of Columbia, 4201 Connecticut Ave. NW. â– The D.C. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration will hold a public meeting
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to discuss the rehabilitation of Broad Branch Road between Linnean Avenue and Beach Drive. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. â– The Burleith Citizens Association will hold its annual community meeting at 7 p.m. in the student center at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. The agenda will include remarks by Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans.
Saturday, Nov. 10
The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy will hold a volunteer day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for volunteers to cut invasive vines and shrubs along the margins of the parkâ€™s meadows. Training and tools will be supplied; volunteers should meet at the top of Lovers Lane near 30th and R streets
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Tuesday, Nov. 13
The Brightwood Community Association will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. John United Baptist Church, 6343 13th St. NW. â– The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a discussion of local community courts. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Wednesday, Nov. 14
The National Capital Planning Commission will hold an open house to present draft policies for the Federal Urban Design Element of the Comprehensive Plan. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW.
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This is a listing of reports taken from Oct. 28 through Nov. 4 in local police service areas.
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Theft (below $250) â– 1000 block, K St.; parking lot; 5 p.m. Nov. 2. â– 700 block, 9th St.; unspecified premises; 9:38 p.m. Nov. 3. â– 900 block, F St.; store; 3:40 p.m. Nov. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 800 block, 12th St.; street; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 3.
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Stolen auto â– 6th Street and New York Avenue; parking lot; 11 a.m. Nov. 2. â– 4th and K streets; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Nov. 3. Theft (below $250) â– 300 block, Indiana Ave.; government building; 11 a.m. Oct. 31. â– 700 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Oct. 31. â– 7th and G streets; unspecified premises; 9:20 p.m. Oct. 31. â– 700 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 8:34 p.m. Nov. 1. Theft (shoplifting) â– 700 block, 7th St.; store; 2:50 p.m. Nov. 2. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 7th and I streets; unspecified premises; 9:53 p.m. Oct. 31. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 400 block, L St.; street; 7 a.m. Nov. 2. â– 400 block, 7th St.; parking lot; 10:20 p.m. Nov. 3.
psa PSA 201 201
â– chevy chase
Burglary (attempt) â– 5800 block, Chevy Chase Parkway; residence; 2:10 p.m. Nov. 2. Theft (below $250) â– Unspecified location; construction site; 5:46 p.m. Oct. 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 3100 block, Legation St.; unspecified premises; 8:20 a.m. Nov. 4.
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â– Friendship Heights PSA 202
Tenleytown / AU Park
Theft ($250 plus) â– 5200 block, Western Ave.; store; 5:58 p.m. Nov. 4. Theft (below $250) â– 4800 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 4:07 p.m. Oct. 30. â– 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 11:48 a.m. Nov. 1. â– 5200 block, 45th St.; residence; 10:30 a.m. Nov. 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 4300 block, Harrison St.; unspecified premises; 4:04 p.m. Nov. 3.
â– 43rd and Brandywine streets; street; 5 p.m. Nov. 3.
â– forest hills / van ness PSA 203
Theft (below $250) â– 4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 2:08 a.m. Nov. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 3400 block, Porter St.; street; 9 p.m. Nov. 3.
â– Massachusetts avenue
heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights
Burglary â– 3000 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:57 p.m. Nov. 1. Theft ($250 plus) â– 3800 block, Davis Place; storage facility; 8:51 a.m. Nov. 2. â– 2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 2:48 a.m. Nov. 3. Theft (below $250) â– 3400 block, Lowell St.; residence; 11 p.m. Oct. 28. â– 3300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; construction site; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1.
â– palisades / spring valley PSA 205
Wesley Heights / Foxhall
Theft (below $250) â– 4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; government building; noon Nov. 1.
psa PSA 206 206
â– georgetown / burleith
Robbery (armed) â– 2900 block, M St.; bank; 5:18 p.m. Nov. 1. Robbery (force and violence) â– 29th and N streets; sidewalk; 10:06 p.m. Oct. 31. Burglary â– 3300 block, Prospect St.; residence; 8:02 p.m. Oct. 31. Theft (below $250) â– 1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:15 p.m. Oct. 29. â– 1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:15 p.m. Oct. 31. â– 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:41 p.m. Nov. 1. â– 3300 block, O St.; street; 4 a.m. Nov. 2. â– 3100 block, K St.; street; 12:15 p.m. Nov. 3. â– 3200 block, M St.; restaurant; 4 p.m. Nov. 3. â– 3200 block, M St.; tavern/ nightclub; 5 p.m. Nov. 3. â– 1800 bock, Wisconsin Ave.; grocery store; 7:36 p.m. Nov. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 3200 block, N St.; unspecified premises; 11 a.m. Oct. 31. â– 3100 block, P St.; alley; 8:30 a.m. Oct. 28.
psa PSA 207 207
â– foggy bottom / west end
â– 1600 block, I St.; office building; 6 p.m. Oct. 28. â– 800 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 8:01 a.m. Nov. 2. Stolen auto â– 1000 block, 22nd St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Theft ($250 plus) â– 2100 block, H St.; school; 5:24 p.m. Nov. 3. Theft (below $250) â– 2000 block, K St.; sidewalk; 1 p.m. Oct. 28. â– 1700 block, G St.; medical facility; 6:40 a.m. Oct. 31. â– 800 block, 22nd St.; unspecified premises; 8:35 a.m. Oct. 31. â– 1400 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 5:20 p.m. Oct. 31. â– 1100 block, Vermont Ave.; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Oct. 31. â– 1400 block, I St.; office building; 12:12 p.m. Nov. 1. â– 1800 block, M St.; restaurant; 10 p.m. Nov. 1. â– 2100 block, H St.; school; 10:10 a.m. Nov. 2. â– 1100 block, 17th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1:34 a.m. Nov. 3. â– 1100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; residence; 4:55 p.m. Nov. 3. â– 2100 block, H St.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. Nov. 3. â– 1400 block, I St.; tavern/ nightclub; 4:49 a.m. Nov. 4. â– 900 block, 23rd St.; street; 12:31 a.m. Oct. 28. â– 2500 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 2 a.m. Oct. 28. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 2400 block, M St.; parking lot; noon Nov. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 2000 block, K St.; parking lot; 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2. â– 1100 block, 19th St.; parking lot; 10:06 p.m. Nov. 2. â– 18th and D streets; street; 10 p.m. Nov. 3.
PSA 208 dupont circle
Robbery (gun) â– 1400 block, 20th St.; sidewalk; 2:14 a.m. Oct. 28. Robbery (fear) â– 2100 block, P St.; sidewalk; 6:31 a.m. Nov. 1. Robbery (snatch) â– 2000 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 2:21 a.m. Nov. 3. â– 1200 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 1:30 a.m. Oct. 28. Burglary â– 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 9:56 p.m. Oct. 29. Stolen auto â– 21st Street and New Hampshire Avenue; unspecified premises; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Theft (below $250) â– 1500 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 8:50 p.m. Oct. 29. â– 1800 block, M St.; tavern/ nightclub; 11 p.m. Oct. 30. â– 2100 block, P St.; restaurant;
3:15 p.m. Oct. 31. â– 2100 block, P St.; tavern/ nightclub; 9 p.m. Oct. 31. â– 1800 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Oct. 31. â– 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Nov. 2. â– 1500 block, New Hampshire Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 7 p.m. Nov. 2. â– 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7:10 p.m. Nov. 2. â– 1200 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1:55 a.m. Nov. 3. â– 1400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Nov. 3. â– 2000 block, Massachusetts Ave.; hotel; 3:45 a.m. Nov. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1700 block, Church St.; street; 4 p.m. Oct. 31. â– 1500 block, O St.; unspecified premises; 10:40 a.m. Nov. 2. â– 1700 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3.
psa PSA 301 301
â– Dupont circle
Robbery (snatch) â– 1900 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 8:08 p.m. Nov. 4. Stolen auto â– 1700 block, V St.; unspecified premises; 5:40 a.m. Nov. 1. Theft (below $250) â– 1700 block, R St.; restaurant; 2:08 p.m. Oct. 30. â– 1600 block, U St.; tavern/ nightclub; 8 p.m. Oct. 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1600 block, U St.; street; 7:30 a.m. Oct. 30. â– 1900 block, 16th St.; street; 2:03 p.m. Oct. 31. â– 16th and Corcoran streets; street; 11:45 a.m. Oct. 28. â– 1700 block, Q St.; unspecified premises; 11:55 a.m. Oct. 28.
psa PSA 303 303
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Robbery (force and violence) â– 1600 block, Argonne Place; sidewalk; 8:06 p.m. Oct. 31. â– 2200 block, 18th St.; park area; 2:05 a.m. Oct. 28. Robbery (attempt) â– 2400 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2:25 a.m. Oct. 28. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â– 2300 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1:30 a.m. Nov. 4. Theft ($250 plus) â– 2300 block, Ontario Road; store; 9 a.m. Nov. 2. â– Florida Avenue and U Street; unspecified premises; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Theft (below $250) â– 1600 block, Belmont St.; residence; 8:15 a.m. Nov. 2. â– 1700 block, Columbia Road; store; 4:10 p.m. Nov. 2. â– 2400 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 2:58 a.m. Nov. 3.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
AVALON: Chevy Chase theater celebrates end of $2 million fundraising campaign
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docket, others arise. â€œItâ€™s like an old house â€” something can always be improved,â€? said Zucker. But for now, she and her team are celebrating their success. â€œItâ€™s just a huge accomplishment for this relatively small operation here,â€? said executive director Bill Oberdorfer. â€œWhat it really speaks to is the reason the theater exists: People who support the theater really support the theater.â€? Those supporters contributed an average of $1,100 apiece to the capital campaign, with the largest pledge topping out at $200,000. All of that added up to $2 million â€” about a third of the amount the Avalonâ€™s operators have raised, from donations and grants, since reopening the space in April 2003. The cityâ€™s oldest operating movie house had closed two years before that, with Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corp. shuttering the 5612 Connecticut Ave. space and stripping it of its equipment.
After that, developer Douglas Jemal took control of the building, and a group of neighbors launched the nonprofit Avalon Theatre Project to run it as a movie theater. A decadeplus later, the nonprofit owns the building and has made significant strides in updating it. Zucker said the main goals of the just-completed capital campaign were to address the buildingâ€™s pressing physical needs, including shoring up a sidewalk out front that was collapsing over mechanical equipment and updating the theaterâ€™s awkward concessions stand. â€œIt was just kind of serendipitous,â€? Zucker said of the opening of the cafe after Ben & Jerryâ€™s vacated the space. â€œWe werenâ€™t going to throw anybody out.â€? Creating the cafe has been beneficial, approximately doubling the concession standâ€™s take, estimated Oberdorfer. Then, partway through the fundraising campaign, the heating and air-conditioning unit in the upstairs movie theater â€” home to the small-
er of the Avalonâ€™s two screens â€” failed, requiring a full replacement. After that, operators moved quickly to replace the downstairs system before it conked out, too. The capital campaign funds have also paid for restoration of a ceiling mural in the main theater and for a contribution to the mortgage principal, which helped reduce monthly payments to $6,700. Zucker said more than 1,700 people donated to the cause, spurred by numerous parties, direct-mail solicitations, a phonathon and a couple of
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enue), and they see more capital needs on the horizon â€” a new projection system, for instance. â€œThereâ€™s a mandatory conversion to digital that is under way in the industry, away from 35 mm, which of course weâ€™ve had for decades,â€? said Oberdorfer. Oberdorfer estimates a new projection system would cost $125,000 for the two screens. He said there may be enough capital campaign money left over to cover it â€” or the Avalon Theatre Project may have to launch another fundraising effort.
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At the commissionâ€™s Oct. 22 meeting: â– commissioners approved treasurer Eric Lamarâ€™s $3,500 budget, which includes $3,000 for community grants, $150 for administrative items, $150 for bank fees and $200 for contingencies. â– Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Jesse Porter announced that he has replaced acting Lt. John McDonald as the police service areaâ€™s contact officer. He can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. â– Fran Butler and Walter Burgin discussed graffiti vandalism of the old police call box on Belmont Road at the end of Tracy Place, which is located near the Islamic Center of Washington, DC. The box, which features Arabic-style artwork as part of a citywide effort to repurpose the old boxes as cultural markers, was marked with Stars of David and swastikas, as was the nearby walk signal push button to cross Massachusetts Avenue. The residents said they had contacted the police and the office of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, but received no response. Commission chair David Bender said he would contact Evansâ€™ assistant. The call box committee decided to remove the artwork, which was also riddled with holes. â– commissioners unanimously recommended that the intersection of 22nd and R streets be named Dimitar Peshev Plaza in recognition of Peshevâ€™s herosim in saving 48,000 Bulgarian Jews from the Nazis during World War II. â– commission chair David Bender reported that the Historic Preservation Review Board had unanimously approved the concept for an apartment building at 2225 California St. Final approval was relegated to the boardâ€™s staff. â– commissioners agreed to inform Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans of the results of an informal poll â€” conducted during the meeting â€” regarding visitor parking passes. Of the 23 residents in attendance, eight approved of issuing passes to every household in the commissionâ€™s service area, 10 opposed the idea and five abstained. Commission chair David Bender summarized the views of many opponents that before the passes are issued, there should be a way to control potential violations such as giving or selling passes to non-residents. Several attendees asked if there would be resident identification on the pass and whether additional guest passes could still be obtained at the police station, as they are now. Those favoring the idea said it is inconvenient to have to go to the police station. â– Allison Prince, attorney for the owners of 2130 Bancroft Place, reported that the owners have altered their proposed additions to the house so they no longer need a variance; they now need a special exception,
which has a less stringent burden of proof. The plan still calls for a third story over the main house and a second story over the garage, which would have a green roof. When asked what would prevent the owners from treating the roof as an entertainment site, Prince said they would agree to ban it as a condition of the special exception. The original plan called for a cover over the entire courtyard between the main house and the garage, resulting in 80 percent lot occupancy. The revised plan calls for a 6-foot-wide glass hall between the two buildings, resulting in 70 percent lot occupancy. Prince pointed out that most of the neighborsâ€™ houses occupy more than 70 percent of their lots. Under zoning laws, the allowable percentage is 60. Prince agreed not to present the revised plan to the Historic Preservation Review Board or to the Lâ€™Enfant Trust until after the commission has had the opportunity to fully review the plans at a regularly scheduled meeting. Prince also agreed to discuss the plans with concerned neighbors, particularly those living at 2128 and 2132 Bancroft Place. The Board of Zoning Adjustment will discuss the plans at a Nov. 7 meeting. Commissioners expressed concern about noise from the air-conditioning system, but Prince said the owners would want to take care of it for their own purposes. An immediate neighbor expressed concern about damage to his house during construction. While commissioner Eric Lamar said he had not had time to fully review the plans due to their late receipt, commission chair David Bender said he had reviewed them and found them â€œmuch more in tune with the neighborhood than the previous plan.â€? The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit anc2d.org or contact email@example.com. ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover
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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. Agenda items include: â– police report. â– discussion of proposed citywide parking changes with Angelo Rao of the D.C. Department of Transportation. â– discussion with Washington Gas representatives on work in Glover Park. â– update on the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape project and 37th Street and Tunlaw Road intersection modifications. â– open forum. For details, call 202-338-2969, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit anc3b. org.
ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â– cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â– community forum. â– consideration of a public space application for banners at 3400-3499 Connecticut Ave. â– consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 3812 Woodley Road to allow a one-story rear addition, deck and second-story sleeping porch. â– consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 3814 Woodley Road to allow rear additions. â– consideration of the proposed route for the 2013 Rock â€™nâ€™ Roll USA Marathon and Half-Marathon. â– consideration of new Capital Bikeshare locations in the commissionâ€™s area. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit anc3c.org. ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â– spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Room B108, West Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org. ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â– american university park American University Park
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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the multipurpose room at Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. Agenda items include: â– announcements/open forum. â– police report. â– presentation relating to the move of the Aquila Recovery Center from 4455 Connecticut Ave. to 5100 Wisconsin Ave. â– presentation of a grant request by the Janney PTA for its WinterFest. â– consideration of a resolution calling for parking along one side of Yuma Street between Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues. â– consideration of a resolution opposing reductions in fines for certain tickets issued as a result of automated traffic enforcement. For details, visit anc3e.org. ANC 3F ANC 3F Forest Hills
â– Forest hills / North cleveland park
The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the Capital Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit anc3f.us.
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BOXES: Residents fuming over Comcastâ€™s utility box installations in Georgetown
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interview that there is â€œno questionâ€? that the boxes fall under the panelsâ€™ jurisdiction. He added that the size of the utility boxes and the scope of the project were â€œunprecedented.â€? A Comcast spokesperson said that the company obtained city permits and didnâ€™t know the installation required further review. The D.C. Department of Transportation is looking into the matter and examining what went wrong procedurally. â€œThis business is coming into our community and just making an aesthetic wreck of what we try to preserve in the historic district,â€? Birch said at the neighborhood commissionâ€™s Oct. 31 meeting. One of the companyâ€™s boxes is located about a hundred feet from Birchâ€™s home. Another box, located on Wisconsin Avenue south of M Street, was placed in such a way that it rendered the sidewalk inaccessible for handicapped persons, according to commissioner Bill Starrels. Chair Ron Lewis said the boxes are â€œgrowing like weeds,â€? throughout the neighborhood, and that Comcast has been â€œunapproachable so far,â€? in that the company hasnâ€™t responded to his emails or phone calls. Birch added that a pile of debris the size of an automobile has been left near his house in what appears to be a staging area for the construction of Comcast boxes elsewhere in the neighborhood. To add insult to injury, workers are operating a backhoe that beeps loudly when put in
reverse, and they are doing so as early as 5:30 a.m. and as late as 10:30 p.m., according to Birch, well outside the typically permitted construction hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. One resident at the meeting said construction debris, including bricks removed from the sidewalk, was left behind by workers, creating an invitation for vandalism after they installed what he described as an â€œiceboxâ€? in front of his home. Despite the commissionâ€™s frustration with Comcastâ€™s lack of response, Lewis said the D.C. Department of Transportation, which oversees public-space permit applications, has agreed to investigate the matter and arrange a meeting between the city and the cable company. â€œDDOT is prepared to contact Comcast in a way that Comcast cannot ignore,â€? Lewis said. Matthew Marcou is heading up the Transportation Departmentâ€™s effort, and he said his office is looking into what kind of permits were issued to Comcast and why the permits werenâ€™t sent to the Commission of Fine Arts and the Old Georgetown Board for review. In an email to The Current, Alisha Martin, a spokesperson for Comcastâ€™s mid-Atlantic office, wrote, â€œComcast followed its customary process and protocol to secure permits through DDOT â€” which we received for our work in Georgetown. We were not aware of additional requirements. We are meeting with interested parties to better understand their concerns so
we can work to address and find a mutually beneficial solution.â€? Comcast did not reply to The Currentâ€™s questions about the purpose and contents of the boxes. This isnâ€™t the first time the cable company has come under fire for installing large infrastructure boxes. In 2007, residents of Manassas, Va., engaged in a protracted fight with Comcast when the company installed boxes on the front lawns of private property in residential neigh-
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If residents see debris or restrictive boxes in the future, they are encouraged to take photos and call 311. Marcou is confident city agencies will be able to agree on a course of action, and he said a meeting could happen this week. Birch had one further question: â€œWhy,â€? he asked, â€œwhen technology is reducing everything to the size of a pin, did Comcast install something so antiquated it looks like it might have been seen in World War II?â€?
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borhoods without prior notification. Marcou said the boxes will now be reviewed by his agency as well as by the entities that oversee the historic neighborhood. Any installation would need to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, and he said his office would look into any box that could restrict accessibility. Work crews also should not leave behind construction debris, Marcou added, and penalties could be levied against the cable company.
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Surviving the storm
Long after this summer’s “derecho” and similarly devastating storms, the outrage festered — largely over Pepco’s inability to keep the power flowing, though sometimes about the District’s failure to remove dangerous trees before they fell. Calls for undergrounding utilities kept neighborhood listservs lively for weeks. Aside from some scattered electrical and cable outages, the District emerged fairly well from Hurricane Sandy — compared not only to the devastation in New York and New Jersey, but also to the general expectations locally. This time, Pepco even seemed to have proportionately fewer outages and better restoration times than did other utilities in the region. In the case of Pepco, some suggest that the praise is primarily because the company’s past failures to maintain its infrastructure set the bar so low. Had the hurricane’s path not spared the District from the catastrophic damage many expected, who knows how the company and the District’s storm crews would have responded? Though that question is unanswerable, we still believe both Pepco and city officials deserve positive marks for their preparations and responsiveness. Pepco marshaled its resources and arranged for plenty of help from outside utilities, and both efforts seemed to help it resolve the outages that did occur. It seems possible, as well, that residents who watched their lights flicker at the height of the storm could easily have seen a prolonged outage had utility workers not been at their posts. Similarly, there were reports of a tree that fell near Meridian Hill Park — and then reports soon after that the city had already cleaned up the mess. In terms of the city’s response, the most legitimate criticism in our view involves a lack of communication. The Department of Public Works understandably delayed trash collection on Monday and Tuesday, but the agency failed to send out a clear enough message about the new schedule. The result was stories of residents wheeling heavy trashcans back and forth to the street or alley unnecessarily. Likewise, D.C. agencies ought to have provided updates on the storm damage that did occur — such as the huge fallen tree that closed a section of Broad Branch Road north of Davenport Street.
Horace Mann Elementary School is long overdue for an upgrade. The 1931 school was designed for 231 students, but today Mann must use trailers to serve its 290 students. The school also lacks an attached cafeteria or gymnasium. But recent plans to expand the Wesley Heights school have run up against objections from some neighbors. At particular issue is the city’s proposal to build a 30-foot-high structure along the campus’s 45th Street frontage. If constructed, that building would enclose the school’s basketball court and open space, creating a courtyard where now an open “range” sits. A group of residents argues that the space now functions as a community green that will essentially disappear if it becomes a courtyard. But, resident Hal Hiemstra explains, “There is no divide when it comes to neighborhood support for modernization of Horace Mann. … The divide comes over what is the design to accomplish that.” The city’s Department of General Services must do a better job of reaching out to stakeholders, learning preferences and coming up with a design that accommodates as many people as possible. That said, the school’s needs and priorities are clearly paramount, and designers should put those needs first, though without intruding on the neighborhood’s general character. We worry that underlying some objections might be a sense that the status quo should prevail. But residents who live near institutions know — or should know — that change is the only constant. We hope that the city comes up with a design that will satisfy everyone. But if that goal is unattainable, we hope that the plan is the best possible for Mann students, teachers and staff.
The winner? Big government …
o matter who has won the presidential contest and assorted U.S. House and Senate races, one thing is pretty certain. The era of big government is not over. And that’s probably good news for the hundreds of thousands of federal government workers in the Washington region, the scores of military families and the legions more who work in the private sector with government contracts. In this region, we are the seat of government, or “SOG” for short. On Monday before the election, former Northern Virginia U.S. Rep. Tom Davis sat down with NBC4 to discuss the likely impact of the national results on our region. “It’s all on the margins in terms of what government does,” Davis said of various attempts over the years to grow or curtail government spending. Davis, a moderate conservative, said this time is different partially because of the tremendous budget deficits run up in the last decade. “This region has fared better over the last years than other regions because of the expenditures,” Davis said, “but that’s about to end. We’re borrowing 40 cents on every dollar [that we spend],” he said, “and at this point, something has to give. We know this is unsustainable, so Congress has got to address this.” Although the most conservative members of Congress vow no new taxes or revenue, Davis said extremes on the right or left can’t be sustained, either. The looming sequestration list of cuts — if allowed — would damage not only the regional economy, but also the national economy. “And they can’t just [fix it] by addressing discretionary spending. That cripples this region,” Davis said. “They’re going to have to get into some of the entitlements; they may have to get into some revenues.” Davis is not on any ballot, so he can say “revenue” without flinching. We’ll see how the survivors of Tuesday’s election feel as they return to the budget negotiating table. ■ By the numbers. When Ronald Reagan was president, his budget in 1982 totaled about $617 billion, according to figures from the American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Reagan’s deficit that year was about $128 billion. By the time that George W. Bush left office, the budget was $2.9 trillion and the deficit was $458 billion. Under Barack Obama (and accounting for the policies of the Bush era into 2009) the budget has now reached $3.7 trillion with a deficit of about $1.2 trillion. Enough numbers. We’re getting woozy. ■ Tax office crime. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced last week that another former employee of the city’s tax office has pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme that netted $14.7 million in refunds for 3,700 fake income tax returns. Kimberle Y. Davis, a control technician in the Office of Tax and Revenue, admitted she stole $4 million and handled about 1,000 phony returns. Before you go yelling at Chief Financial Officer
Natwar Gandhi for this latest management problem, note this sentence from the news release sent out by U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen: “The fraudulent activities were uncovered by OTR. The case was investigated jointly thereafter by that agency and Internal Revenue ServiceCriminal Investigation.” Of course, a grumpy critic might ask why the scheme lasted so long before being found out. Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, chair of the Finance and Revenue Committee, has asked similar questions. But Gandhi himself was proud to note that this crime, like many others, was first discovered by his employees. “We are pleased that the vigilance of the Office of Tax and Revenue Criminal Investigation Unit uncovered this scheme, which led to this day of reckoning,” Gandhi said. ■ Photo finish. Mayor Vincent Gray last week jumped out in front of critics of the city’s speed camera system. The mayor announced that as of this Monday he would lower some of the District’s speeding fines by $25. A fine that was $100 is now $75. There were similar reductions for other infractions. But the mayor did raise one fine. He said anyone going more than 25 miles per hour over the posted limit would pay $300 instead of $250. The mayor’s move was designed to head off legislation in the council to reduce speed camera fines even further. But there was precious little support for the mayor’s move. “Most people I talk to are convinced that our automated traffic enforcement program is mostly about raising money for the District’s budget,” said Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells, who is leading the effort to knock down speed camera tickets to as low as $50. In Maryland, they’re $40. Wells says there’s no evidence higher fines equate to safer streets. He says research he has seen shows that any serious — though more modest — amount has the same effect. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, who like Wells is a potential future candidate for mayor, says neighborhoods suffering from raceway roadways want the cameras and the fines. Any legislative changes in the city’s speed camera fines are likely months away. At Monday’s council hearing on the bill — introduced by Wells, Ward 3’s Mary Cheh and Ward 8’s Marion Barry — several council members, including Chairman Phil Mendelson, said it’s important for the city to consider raising the speed limit on roads that can accommodate faster traffic. In the District, if there is no speed limit sign present, the speed automatically is set at 25 mph. Here’s one more consumer note on the speeding tickets. The reduced fines set by the mayor apply only to tickets given out since midnight Sunday. If you have a speed camera ticket prior to that, you have to pay the fine written on the ticket. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.
Letters to the Editor Chevy Chase gave to Sandy relief
I’m writing a letter to thank the Chevy Chase community for its generosity. On Saturday morning, my wife Rosanna, my sons Demetrius and Marcus and I set up a table on Connecticut Avenue
near McKinley Street and sold brownies and cookies to benefit the American Red Cross’ efforts on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The heart of this community was so apparent in the nickels, dimes and $20 bills that poured into our milk carton — and in the smiles on your faces after making your donations. We were able to raise $1,011.03 selling about 100 treats
over three hours, a result we thought was miraculous. The kindness and willingness of our community to help others less fortunate made this happen. The money is on its way to the Red Cross as we speak. Chevy Chase cares, consistently. Please keep donating when and what you can. The need continues. Gregg DeMammos Chevy Chase
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Keeping District streets safe for everyone mary cheh
n the past year, the District government collected more than $85 million in automated traffic enforcement fines. These were for infractions that ranged from running red lights to driving 36 mph in a 25 mph zone. Although traffic violations that endanger the lives of others should rightly be punished, the penalty should always fit the offense. The bill that I introduced to lower automated traffic enforcement fines was the result of extensive work done by a group constituted of representatives from the Metropolitan Police Department, the D.C. Department of Transportation, AARP-DC, AAA, the Pedestrian Advisory Council, the pedestrian advisory committee from the Council on Court Excellence, the Bicycle Advisory Council, Greater Greater Washington and other groups, as well as experts from Howard and American universities. The purpose of the working group was to chart a course to increase safety for D.C. residents through the use of automated enforcement. The empirical evidence presented to us uncovered the following: â– the current fine structure was crafted to generate revenue â€” not to improve safety; â– fines above a certain dollar amount do not correlate with compliance; â– high fines tend, instead, to produce public outrage and â€” as in Houston â€” can lead to efforts to discontinue the use of automated enforcement entirely; and, â– compliance is best achieved through certainty of enforcement. Therefore, to maximize safety for District residents, we concluded that we need more cameras throughout the city to increase enforcement (and, beginning soon, we will be deploying cameras to monitor blocking the box and stopping at stop signs), but also that we need a fine structure that has legitimacy in the eyes of the public. It must be seen to be â€” and must, in fact, be â€” fair and proportionate. Automated systems work best with strong community support. Last Friday, the mayor introduced emergency regu-
Letters to the Editor Story misrepresented 21st Street project
We would like to respond to The Currentâ€™s Oct. 31 article â€œProjects would convert houses to apartments.â€? As owners of the property at 1321 21st St. NW, we were disappointed that we were not contacted prior to publication for comment. This resulted in incorrect information being printed. We would like to correct the record: â– The Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissionâ€™s resolution did NOT oppose our plan. â– The Dupont Circle Conservancy voted to SUPPORT our proposed development plan. â– The Historic Preservation Office has issued a report in SUPPORT of our proposed development plan. We are in full compliance with the cityâ€™s historic preservation guidelines.
lations changing the amount of certain traffic fines. Under his new scheme, the fine for speeding between 11 and 15 mph over the limit dropped from $125 to $100 while the fine for driving in excess of 25 mph over the limit was increased from $250 to $300. My bill certainly does not propose to reduce all automated enforcement fines, but it does aim at what science tells us: lower fines with certainty of enforcement are effective at changing behavior. So, as for speeding, only the fine for speeding above 11 mph and under 20 mph over the limit would be reduced by my bill; it would drop to $50. Maryland prohibits speed camera fines above $40, and Virginia permits no automated enforcement. Fines for speeds above that would remain as they were before the mayorâ€™s recent change, namely $200 for 21 to 25 mph over the limit and $250 for 26 mph and up. In addition, I insisted that the fine for red-light running stay where it is. This infraction is plainly intentional and inherently dangerous and, unlike speeding, is not subject to variables like downhill placements or road alignments that induce speed-ups (like Porter Street through Rock Creek Park). The bill would do more than just reduce fines. It would require that the Department of Transportation review current speed limits to ensure that theyâ€™re based on engineering and safety and that theyâ€™re not arbitrary or intended to create traps. It also includes a provision that would require the agency to craft a study plan to assess how lower fines affect compliance, and it would require that a portion of the automated enforcement program revenue be devoted to expanding the camera program and other road safety measures. I held a hearing on this bill on Monday, Nov. 5, and I will reconvene that hearing next Tuesday, Nov. 13. My bill, known as the Safety-Based Traffic Enforcement Amendment Act of 2012 (B19-1013), represents what science and the experts in the field tell us will make our roads safer and our fine structure fair and proportional. It reflects a consensus among advocacy groups for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. And it removes the focus of traffic enforcement from revenue generation â€” something that inherently causes public distrust and angst â€” to the promotion of safety. Mary Cheh represents Ward 3 on the D.C. Council.
â– Our plans call for a four- to sixunit building, not nine units as reported. This has been the case in every conversation with the neighbors and city. â– The addition will create a footprint only slightly larger than that of the existing town house. The massing is in scale with the existing neighboring buildings. The new building will be three stories (the same as other buildings on the block) with a true cellar and will bring the lot coverage into compliance with zoning regulations. â– The referenced petition is outdated; it was collected in the summer and based on an early â€œcarriage houseâ€? concept â€” long since discarded. â– This block of 21st Street between N and O streets has 22 buildings. This is hardly a quiet low-density street with its eight buildings of four-plus units, including 34-, 19-, 11- and 10-unit buildings. â– There is a large 10-story apartment building as well as a hotel across the alley from the project site. Both are visible from 21st
Street, while this project will not be. â– There is a well-defined process for community review of projects in neighborhoods with historic designation. We have participated wholeheartedly in this review process, presenting at two advisory neighborhood commission meetings, two Dupont Circle Conservancy meetings, and a question-and-answer session requested and hosted by the adjoining neighbor, Don Hagen (which only three couples attended). Any claim that our project had not been subject to the proper community review is false. There is support for this project from the neighborhood, which has been drowned out. It is unfortunate that members of the small but vocal opposition group, who are unhappy with change and oppose added density in this walkable and close-in neighborhood, have become the only voice heard in the discussion and subverted this process. Andrew Rubin Manager, 1321-21st Street Partners LLC
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Letters to the Editor Don’t dismiss value of nursing homes
I shook my head in dismay as I read your Oct. 31 front-page article “Ward 4 plans to create aging-inplace village.” Aging-in-place works well for the healthy. But why does a story about one option, such as aging-inplace, need to include the uninformed but age-old remarks of politicians and others condemning nursing homes? Would The Current consider a story on our local nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, whose staff members are enhancing the quality of life every day for individuals who cannot live on their own due to health issues, or who proactively choose to live in caring communities rather than in the isolation of their own homes? Given the number of people who are aging, we need many options for people to choose from — and nursing homes are the best option for many. Go visit a nursing home today and witness the dedicated staff and thriving residents. Susan Hester Washington, D.C.
Aging Office helping Ward 4 village effort
I would like to applaud you for the Oct. 31 article “Ward 4 plans to create aging-in-place village.” Mayor Vincent C. Gray and I are proponents of programs and services that promote community living as the first choice for seniors and persons with disabilities. Villages allow District residents to age in the community for as long as possible with the goal of preventing premature nursing home placement. This is a humanistic approach as people would rather remain in their familiar surroundings and maintain their daily routines. The establishment of villages aligns with the D.C. Office on Aging’s mission, which is to advocate, plan, implement and monitor programs in health, education, employment and social services that promote longevity, independence, dignity and choice for our senior citizens. Through villages, seniors have options on how they choose to live in their communities. Villages allow seniors to maintain their independence and to draw upon the support of village members to assist them with the activities of daily living such as trips to stores and homemaker services and companionship programs, while maintaining their independence. Villages are effective at tackling social isolation as members actively check on each other and assemble social and educational events that bring seniors out of their homes, which promotes longevity. Based on the enthusiasm and interest of the Ward 4 residents who attended the village meeting at Deborah Royster’s home, I am con-
fident that they will establish their village in the near future. Our agency’s staff stands ready to provide technical assistance and will collaborate with them in ensuring that their village members receive free information, assistance and referrals to long-term services and supports. Again, thank you for raising awareness about the value of villages in the District of Columbia. John M. Thompson Executive Director, D.C. Office on Aging
EastBanc deal should concern taxpayers
Advisory neighborhood commissioner Rebecca Coder writes in defense of the EastBanc scheme to develop two buildings in the West End, one of which would include a new library [“Nader’s appeal goes against neighborhood,” Letters to the Editor, Oct. 31]. She seems to think that West End and Foggy Bottom residents have a nifty deal for a private developer to build them a library. In fact, the proposed new library would be heavily subsidized by all the city’s taxpayers, including many who are less affluent than the average West End inhabitant. And EastBanc’s West End plan sets precedents that would be devastating to the city’s development efforts in the future. EastBanc intends to build a library that, it claims, will cost $10 million. That figure is surely overstated, but even if it isn’t, the company still comes out far ahead. In exchange for the library, it will receive publicly owned land worth between $30 and $80 million. (The property includes a firehouse that’s part of this complicated swap.) Using the lower number, that means a city subsidy to the project of $20 million. In all likelihood, the value of the public’s gift to EastBanc would be substantially higher. The EastBanc proposal is a planned-unit development. Under zoning rules, developers get added density in exchange for public “amenities.” EastBanc claims that the library is this project’s amenity. But the city, by giving the developer the land, is paying the entire cost of the library — and more. So the EastBanc project approved by the Zoning Commission actually has no public amenity. This opens the door to other schemes in which the city gives added land value to developers and gets nothing in return. In addition, EastBanc simply refused to obey the city’s new inclusionary-housing law. It plans to build some “affordable” units atop a new firehouse a few blocks away. But the company will do that only if gets an additional $7 million subsidy from the city! And building lower-cost apartments on another site does not satisfy the inclusionary-housing law. If EastBanc succeeds in flouting this requirement, other developers will line up for the same giveaway. In short, the EastBanc West End deal has citywide implications and
should concern anyone who pays D.C. taxes. The special treatment that West End and Foggy Bottom residents think they’re getting is at the expense of everyone else in the District. Kay Marlin Washington, D.C.
Small businesses need wide support
City Fitness has been Cleveland Park’s neighborhood gym since 1993. As a small, independently owned business and the only woman-owned gym in D.C., we are proud of this longevity. We believe that this success is a result of the great services we provide, our warm and inviting facility, our friendly, professional staff, and our commitment to being a socially responsible company. City Fitness is one of the founding members of the Cleveland Park Business Association, and we were also one of the original organizers of the very first Cleveland Park Day celebration back in 1999. We have actively participated in the organizing of the last three Cleveland Park Day events and have featured fun, lively fitness activities in the Park-n-Shop. As a small business, we rely on the support of this community for our livelihood and success. Therefore, it was with much dismay when we discovered that Sport & Health Clubs was provided a table at this year’s Cleveland Park Day on Oct. 14 to actively promote its Tenley gym. While we understand that this was an oversight on the part of the organizing committee, it was still quite troubling for us. The company’s table was located right on Connecticut Avenue for all passersby to visit. Even with all of our activities, we were overshadowed completely by Petco’s adoption area and thus struggled to get folks down to our corner of the Park-n-Shop. Being in the far corner and upper level of the shopping center, we often hear folks tell us that they have lived in this neighborhood for years and did not know that we were here. That is why it was even more dismaying to hear Cleveland Park residents make statements to us about matching the great deals Sport & Health was offering at its table! Cleveland Park residents pride themselves on being part of an intimate community with small businesses, and we are proud to be one of those businesses. It is important for residents to understand, however, that being a small business means that you don’t have the deep pockets of the big chains, such as, in our case, Sport & Health or Gold’s. If this “village in the city” is to remain so, residents need to support all of the wonderful, small mom and pop businesses that dot Connecticut Avenue. It isn’t always about getting the best deal but more about supporting this community. Dega Schembri Lucinda LaRee Co-owners, City Fitness Gym
Athletics in Northwest Washington
November 7, 2012 ■ Page 11
St. Albans wins IAC in PK thriller
NCS edges Cubs for ISL
By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer
By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer
When St. Albans goalkeeper Luke Duffy was a freshman, the Bulldogs had a chance to upset thennationally ranked Episcopal on the soccer pitch. But Duffy wasn’t able to save a penalty kick, which ultimately cost St. Albans the win. Duffy, now a senior, called that miss his “lowest moment” and one he vowed never to repeat. That promise was put to the test Friday when, after 90 minutes of physical soccer between St. Albans and Landon, the Interstate Athletic Conference championship game went into a penalty-kick shootout. Despite the pressure of the moment, Duffy stood tall as he deflected the first Landon shot and allowed just one goal on four penalty kick tries. As a result, the Bulldogs edged Landon 4-1 in penalty kicks to secure an unshared IAC title. “I love [penalty kicks], personally,” said Duffy. “As a senior to have the team riding on you — it’s a dream.” Although the game came down to a shootout, the Rmatch was phys-
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St. Albans senior goalie Luke Duffy, center, allowed just one goal during the penalty kick shootout Friday. ical throughout and yielded several injuries on both sides. Late in the first half, a Bulldogs player appeared to be seriously hurt, triggering a call for an ambulance and a 20-minute delay. (The school’s athletic director said this week that the player was still at home recovering but should return to school soon.) With the game deadlocked at zero the game went into penalty kicks. During the shooout Duffy held up his end of the period by allowing just one goal. On the offen-
sive side of the shootout, St. Albans junior middie Nick Notaro scored on the first attempt of the period to put the Bulldogs ahead. Then freshman midfielder Chris Fleischer and senior midfielder Arjan Ganji both converted to put St. Albans ahead 3-0. St. Albans senior midfielder Chris Yungu later connected on a cold-blooded shot to secure the win. “We felt we were the best team in the IAC, and we didn’t want to share with anyone,” said Yungu. “Winning it outright felt good.”
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National Cathedral’s soccer team ended a three year title drought.
Cubs keeper to knot the game at one and force overtime. A big reason for the low scoring was the performance of both goalkeepers. Visitation junior Alexis Bryant made seven impressive saves, while Cathedral freshman Erica Sanders made five stops plus two deflections during the shootout. “Erica did a great job,” said Malagari. “The defense has been solid all year making sure she doesn’t have to do too much during the games.”
GDS rides hot streak to MAC title
Gonzaga soccer unseats DeMatha for WCAC title
By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer
By CHRIS TREVINO Current Correspondent
The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys soccer championship came down to the simplest of choices for Gonzaga senior goalkeeper Ryan Massey: left or right? The senior stood firm in the center of the far side goal, arms outstretched, staring down DeMatha shooter Austin Read. In the blink of an eye, Massey chose left, deflecting Read’s penalty kick and sending the Gonzaga student section into a frenzy. “I don’t how he did it,” senior teammate Conor Smith said. “Getting that block really meant everything — it meant the game, really. It came down to that.” On Sunday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md., the Gonzaga Eagles claimed their 10th WCAC championship by beating DeMatha 5-3 in a penalty kick shootout. Massey’s game-changing save came on
When National Cathedral’s soccer team earned a spot in the Independent School League championship game against Visitation, several players said they had one thing on their mind: revenge. The Eagles knew they had a chance to redeem last year’s championship loss and snap a three-year drought of title game losses. But they didn’t know they would end up in the exact same scenario they faced a season ago — penalty kicks against Visitation to decide the ISL champion at Episcopal in Alexandria. This time, the Eagles flipped the script, soaring past the Cubs 7-6 on junior Hallie Horvath’s game-winner to take the ISL tournament crown. “The game was huge for the girls,” said first-year Eagles coach Danielle Malagari. “We set goals in the beginning of the year to win the tournament. They were determined to finally win one after leaving empty-handed the previous three years.” But just getting to overtime and penalty kicks required some heroics. Visitation sophomore Taylor Kirchgessner scored early in the game to put the Cubs ahead 1-0. The Eagles, meanwhile, couldn’t get on the board until nearly the end of the game. Cathedral sophomore forward Rubii Tamen fired the ball past the
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Gonzaga won its first WCAC soccer title since 2009 by beating DeMatha Sunday.
DeMatha’s first penalty kick of the shootout, reclaiming the momentum the Eagles had held most of the night. While Massey didn’t record another block, he didn’t need to, as his teammates buried all five of their attempts. When senior Nicholas Corriveau converted the fifth kick, the Eagles broke off into a sprint See Gonzaga/Page 13
After cruising to the Mid-Atlantic Conference boys soccer tournament championship last season, Georgetown Day School came into this year with a target on its back. The Hoppers have since endured a tough regular season in which some of their top contributors missed time with injury and every MAC team took its best shot at the defending champions. The result was the lowest seed in this year’s tournament. But when the final whistle of the MAC championship game blew at Sidwell yesterday evening, it was the Hoppers who stood tall as back-to-back champions, after beating the Sidwell Quakers 2-1. “It’s special. There’s nothing like it — especially showing them up on this field,” said senior goalie Will Feldman. Despite being the tournament’s underdogs, the Hoppers had shown signs that they were capable of this championship run, said Georgetown Day assistant coach Harold Newton. The team had gotten healthy and won its last four regular-season games to come into the playoffs red-hot. See GDS/Page 13
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The Hoppers won their last four regular season games to enter the MAC playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the league.
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Wilson wins title; tourney marred by melee By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer
When Wilson junior soccer player Jonah Gigli was asked earlier this season about the teamâ€™s prospects in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association, he was confident and clear. â€œThis year weâ€™re going to take it home,â€? he told The Current last month. On Saturday, the junior made his prediction come true by hitting the winning penalty kick as the team captured the DCIAA championship, beating Bell 4-2. Gigliâ€™s move ended the penalty-kick shootout that followed a 2-2 tie in regulation and stalemate in overtime. But the road to the conference championship was tarnished by a melee that broke out during the Tigersâ€™ semifinal match against Roosevelt Friday night at Wilson. According to a police report and witness
accounts, players got tangled and shoving escalated to punches and a bench-clearing brawl. The police report also indicated that a player needed an ambulance after he was hit. The player was taken to the emergency room but released that night. The fracas forced the game to end with Wilson ahead 2-0 and 20 minutes on the clock. According to an email from the Wilson administration, a referee accused a Roosevelt coach of punching one of the game officials. â€œWe certainly have requested for there to be some changes [to security] even prior to this incident,â€? D.C. athletic director Stephanie Evans said Monday afternoon. â€œAt this point I donâ€™t have a definitive answer as to whether it will happen or not. I certainly hope that it would.â€? The championship game took place without incident Saturday.
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Washington International Schoolâ€™s boys soccer team dominated the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference postseason for two straight seasons â€” until Sandy Spring halted the Red Devilsâ€™ reign last year in the title game. But in a championship rematch Thursday at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md., the Red Devils avenged that loss and captured their third PVAC postseason title in four years by topping Sandy Spring 1-0. â€œThis â€Ś win means a lot because the PVAC split this year into [two divisions]. â€Ś [Our] division is a very tight, very even and very competitive league. There are no easy wins,â€? said Washington International coach James Martin. The Red Devils scored the only goal of the game when senior wing Yonathan Dawit drove the ball through a slew of defenders and
dished it to senior Steven Lofton, who redirected it into the goal. On defense, Washington International junior goalie Thomas Fix anchored the unit and came away with five saves. Next, the squad will be part of the newly formed D.C. state playoff tournament this week. â€œWeâ€™re most excited now by the prospect of competing for the D.C. state championship,â€? said Martin.
WIS girls net three-peat
Washington International School senior captain Catherine Tanner has become accustomed to winning the PVAC girls soccer championship. The Red Devils took the last two league titles outright, and the senior wanted to finish her high school career with a three-peat. During Thursdayâ€™s conference championship game in Boyds, Md., the captain delivered the only goal of the game, scoring on a rocket shot that arced over the Sandy Spring keeper to propel the Red Devils to a
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WIS volleyball falls to Covenant Life in PVAC championship game Monday
The Red Devils hoped to end their Potomac Valley Athletic Conference volleyball championship losing streak to Covenant Life Monday night. But the squad never found its rhythm and lost the first two sets of the contest. The team rebounded by winning the third game, but Covenant Life stopped the rally and ended the match in the fourth set with a 3-1 win over the Red Devils.
Wilson girls take DCIAA soccer title
The Wilson girls soccer team won the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship Saturday. The Tigers beat School Without Walls 4-2 to capture their fourth straight conference title. Senior midfielder Isabel Albee fired in a set kick to put Wilson ahead 1-0. Then, right before halftime, sophomore Camryn Mackey scored to put the Tigers ahead 2-0 at the break. Walls rallied in the second half and scored two
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The Red Devils ruled the Maryland SoccerPlex Thursday.
1-0 title win. With one goal on the board, keeper Sophie Whitehouse went to work making a slew of important saves to preserve the score. The sophomore and the defense allowed only seven goals in 12 conference games this year.
goals, but Wilsonâ€™s Laniyah Elam scored on a cross and Albee put the game out of reach with a goal on an assist from freshman midfielder Kaili Gregory. â€œThis is my third season with Wilson. ... We expect to win DCIAA every year,â€? said Tigers coach Joanna Gomez. â€œWe have set standards and expectations to be competitive not only with other public schools but all teams in our area.â€?
St. Johnâ€™s volleyball drops WCAC semifinal game to Holy Cross Friday
The Cadets volleyball squad beat Bishop Ireton in a five-set thriller 3-2 Thursday to earn a spot in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals, but eventual tournament champion Holy Cross swept St. Johnâ€™s Friday 3-0.
Bishop Oâ€™Connell ousts Cadets girls from WCAC quarterfinals Thursday
St. Johnâ€™s, the defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference girls soccer champions, never had a chance to protect their crown this year: They fell to Bishop Oâ€™Connell 5-1 in the second round of the WCAC tournament Thursday. Senior Liz Parks had the Cadetsâ€™ only goal of the contest.
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to mob Corriveau â€” sliding on stomachs and knees before celebrating with the Gonzaga student section. The students pushed so hard on the stadium rails that a section collapsed and a wall of students fell onto the newly crowned champions. The collapse led to minor injuries, including a possible broken ankle, which required an ambulance. The Eagles had started the game aggressively and pressed the Stags. Despite the consistent pressure from the Eagles, neither team could muster a goal by halftime. After the break, Gonzaga snapped the scoreless evening in the first 20 seconds of the half. On DeMathaâ€™s first touch of the period â€” a pass back from midfield â€” the Eagles pressed hard and stole the ball. Senior wing Sean Griffith then sent a high pass into the box, where Smith redirected it into the goal. â€œI saw the ball bounce once and then I turned onto my left foot and put it in the net,â€? Smith said. â€œWe
just went crazy.â€? With a one-goal lead, the Eagles kept pressuring the Stagsâ€™ defense, coming close to pushing their lead to two. But in the 65th minute the physicality of the game burned Gonzaga, as Eagles junior Chase Gasper and the Stagsâ€™ Julian Dove got tangled up chasing a ball out of bounds. The two players started jawing at one another as they got to their feet, and shoving ensued. Gasper was issued a red card and ejected. The incident forced the Eagles to play a man down for the remainder of the match, and in the 70th minute DeMatha took advantage and knotted the game at one to force overtime. But neither team could break through during two extra periods as exhaustion set in. The Eagles regained control of the game during penalty kicks. â€œWeâ€™ve been talking about this game all year,â€? Massey said. â€œWe knew we would be here and we knew [they] would be here, so we just came out and trusted our ability.â€?
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GDS: Hoppers go from underdogs to champions From Page 11
â€œWe had a couple of injuries, and I think in the long run it helped us because people got a lot of [playing] time,â€? said Newton. The Hoppers scored early in the game and seized momentum when senior forward Adam Glaser blasted the ball into the goal from nearly 20 yards out. â€œWeâ€™ve been doing it all tournament â€” we scored early â€” and it
really gave us confidence as the underdogs in this tournament,â€? said Glaser. While Georgetown Dayâ€™s offense made early fireworks, Feldman and the defense stonewalled the Quakers. The senior finished with 16 saves. The Hoppers took their 1-0 lead into halftime. During the break, senior midfielder Michael Eppler, who missed a slew of games while recovering from a knee injury, told Glaser, â€œWhen you get the ball out
there, look up and youâ€™ll see me streaking [toward the goal].â€? That situation presented itself 10 minutes into play, when Glaser dished the ball to Eppler, who drilled it into the goal. The play gave Georgetown Day an insurance goal and a 2-0 lead. Sidwell scored a goal with less than four minutes left, but it was only a momentary hiccup before Georgetown Day and its fans rushed the field to celebrate the win.
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In Year Five we have been learning about fairgrounds and roller coasters in our International Primary Curriculum work. At the end of this topic we are going to build model roller coasters that work. But before we can do that, we had to learn about gravity and the forces that are at work during the ride. Some of the forces we have been learning about are gravity, centripetal force, momentum and centrifugal force. We have also been learning about magnetism and electricity. I really enjoyed experimenting with the electric circuits and seeing how the lights turn on and the buzzers buzz. After that we experimented with switches in circuits.
In a different session we investigated how friction works. Each group had to choose which variable to change to conduct the experiment. My group changed the surface and went around the school to see what different surfaces we could find. We investigated whether it had lots of friction or very little friction. Then we learned how to record our results in a scientific table. â€” Ellie Wilson, Year 5 Chicago (fourth-grader)
In third grade we have been studying Washington, D.C. We learned about the monuments and memorials and their history. To start, we looked at pictures
and built models of some monuments with Legos, Lincoln Logs and Magna-Tiles. In small groups, we looked up fun facts about specific buildings. For example, the Washington Monument is 555 feet tall. We made posters with the information and presented them to the class. An architect came and talked to us about D.C. architecture. He explained that the architecture of the monuments is similar to Greek and Roman architecture. After that, we went on a bus tour of the monuments. We visited the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. From the bus, we also saw the White House, the Capitol, Union Station and lots of museums. We also did photo mosaics. We chose one monument and then researched it. We had to find out things like when it was built, who it was named after, what building materials were used, where it is and what you can see from it. We went to All Fired Up and learned how to make mosaics. When they are done, we will display our research and mosaics to show all that we learned about D.C. monuments. â€” Lilah Genachowski, Faith Heffernan, Ava Koerner and Zoe Ogbebor, third-graders
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This year, I had the privilege of being elected as a grade representative for Burkeâ€™s Student Government Association, which plans, helps with and organizes a variety of things at Burke. All voices of the school are heard. The association includes two
representatives from each grade and two presidents. The grade representatives are elected at the end of the school year, and then serve during the next school year. The sixth- and eighth-grade students elect only one representative at that time, because class size almost doubles between sixth and seventh grades and eighth grade and ninth grades. This ensures that new students as well as old students get a say in things. The presidents are elected by the whole school. Only juniors and seniors can run for president. Once elected, they can choose whether to be co-presidents or president and vice president. Once all the representatives and the presidents are chosen, they choose a secretary and a treasurer. The student government helps with a lot of things around Burke. Members help run schoolwide assemblies. We meet twice every seven days. On one of the days, everyone talks together. We discuss possible projects (selling scarves, new ways to receive suggestions) and look at student suggestions. We also review clubsâ€™ funding requests for projects and trips. The other day we meet, we split into three committees. â€” Aviva Nemeth, eighth-grader
Last week was a very short week because of Hurricane Sandy. Luckily, the Field community was still able to celebrate Halloween. Every year at Field, students are encouraged to dress up and take part in a Halloween costume contest. This tradition started when we moved to our current campus. Students gather outside, while participants parade down the long
stairs from our main building. The first- through third-place winners receive iTunes gift cards. This year the winners included Evan Salerno, dressed as Justin Bieber, for third place; Sam Sallick, dressed as an iPhone 5, for second place; and Katie Villanueva and Danielle Donnally, for the grand first place. They dressed as a pun on â€œTaco Bellâ€?: One was a taco, and the other was Belle from â€œBeauty and the Beast.â€? Tom and Claire Tenhula received an honorable mention for their â€œRock and Rollâ€? costumes â€” dressing as a literal rock and a crescent roll. Oskar Augustsson also received an honorable mention for his hometown spirit. He dressed as a Viking. To conclude the festivities every year, the middle school music class performs Halloween songs. This year the class covered â€œMonster Mash,â€? originally performed by Bobby â€œBorisâ€? Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers. The fall sports season for middle-schoolers officially ended with a championship cross-country meet at Covenant Life. Eighth-grader Wells Thomason won first place in the middle school boys two-mile race. Students are starting their winter sports this week. â€” Maddie Williams, sixth-grader, and Jana Cohen and Lila Bromberg, eighth-graders
Georgetown Day School
Last week students did not go to school on Monday or Tuesday because of Hurricane Sandy. Students at the lower/middle school returned on Wednesday in time for the annual Halloween parade. Parent-teacher conferences took See Dispatches/Page 15
â€œThe Beginning is the Most Important Part of the Workâ€? â€”Plato Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School invites you to attend an Admissions Open House: Tuesday, October 30 at 9:15am Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm Wednesday, December 5 at 9:15am Register for our Open Houses and Tours online at www.beauvoirschool.org or call 202-537-6493 3500 Woodley Road, NW Âˇ Washington, DC 20016 Âˇ www.beauvoirschool.org
DISPATCHES From Page 14 place last Thursday and Friday, so students at the lower/middle school were treated to a one-day week. Halloween festivities at the high school were postponed until Friday, when a celebration took place at lunchtime. The fall season is coming to a close for student-athletes at the high school. The boys varsity cross-country team renewed its Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference championship title, the boys junior varsity crosscountry team finished in first place, and the freshman/sophomore team also finished in first place! The boys team had 13 runners finish in the top 10 of their respective races, with Griffin Colaizzi, Zeke Cohen and Gorka Fraeters all finishing first in their races! The girls team clenched third place in the varsity Independent School League championship race, which is the best placement in school history! They were led by Katherine Treanor, Naomi Miller and Julia Ernst, who all finished in the top 10. In addition, the girls junior varsity team finished in fourth place. In soccer, the boys varsity team defeated St. Andrewâ€™s in the first round of the MAC tournament and will play Maret in the semifinals. In volleyball, the girls varsity
team defeated Maret in the first round of the ISL volleyball tournament and will play Madeira in the semifinals. The junior varsity volleyball team finished the season with 15 wins and five losses. â€” Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader
Hardy Middle School
At Hardy Middle School, we had a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. I was part of the planning committee, and we worked hard preparing for the festival. We practiced intensively every day during lunch and after school. Ms. Garcia directed the program and helped make the show enjoyable. The day of the celebration, we performed poems, showed important people, sang and danced. It was a great experience and showed people how Hispanic culture influences our world. â€” Daniela Orellana, eighth-grader
tracked down was Ms. Laure Hunter, one of the fifth-grade teachers that year. I learned that the mobile was specifically built for our atrium and the swirly shapes and colors are meant to represent what the fifthgraders thought of Janney. Then custodial foreman Mr. Jason Lawrence told me one of the most interesting facts about the mobile that I learned through this journey â€” how you clean it! What you do is take a long pole with a hook on the end to the second floor,
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 pull each piece up gently and then dust it off. Finally I interviewed Ms. Mary Osterman, another one of the fifthgrade teachers from the 2010-2011 school year. She told me that the mobile had been stored in multiple parts over the summer. When it was brought in, a special lift was used and Mr. Reese gently hooked it into the ceiling. You can visit Kevin Reeseâ€™s website at schoolsculptures.com to learn more about his work. â€” Jared Cohen, fourth-grader
Last week, Lafayetteâ€™s 107 thirdgraders each received a paperback dictionary from the local Kiwanis Club. This scene was repeated all over the country as third-graders received Websterâ€™s Dictionary for Students, Fourth Edition, from local service clubs. So, why in this modern world of smartphones and computers do people still need a dictionary? â€œDictionaries are a resource for students to check vocabulary, spellSee Dispatches/Page 16
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A mobile with all different shapes, sizes and colors hangs in the atrium at Janney Elementary School. The mobile is a wonder for all. It was made two years ago by the fifth grade under the guidance of sculptor and former Janney parent Kevin Reese. I went on a mission to find out how it got there. As a top-notch detective, I started with the former fifth-grade teachers, because they had firsthand knowledge. The first person I
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DISPATCHES From Page 15 ing and grammar during writing,â€? said Ms. Blake Yedwab, a thirdgrade teacher. â€œTo write well, kids need to use every possible tool they can. Having a personal dictionary is a great idea.â€? Mr. Vince Bzdek, a Washington Post editor, helped distribute the dictionaries. â€œYou can have so much fun with a dictionary,â€? he told students as he challenged them to find the worldâ€™s longest word. (Itâ€™s too long to write here, but itâ€™s a scientific word near the back.) Lafayetteâ€™s reading specialist, Ms. Kathy Echave, enjoys the dictionary so much that if she could have only one book to read while stranded on a deserted island, she would choose a dictionary. â€œItâ€™s the only book that you wouldnâ€™t grow tired of,â€? she said. â€” Abigail Evans and Zoe Friedman, third-graders
Last week, Lowell Schoolâ€™s sev-
enth-graders went on a field trip to one of the bloodiest places in history: Antietam. We were studying the Civil War, and our teacher wanted us to see this battlefield where so many Americans were killed or wounded in one day. When we were there, a ranger told us about the battle. We also learned how spies sent secret information with decoders, and we got a chance to use signal flags to send messages to our classmates stationed across a field. Many of the seventh-graders said they had a fun time on the field trip and after weeks of learning about the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, visiting Antietam made what happened more clear to us. â€” Jack Pecau, seventh-grader
St. Annâ€™s Academy
Last Friday, St. Annâ€™s Academy celebrated Halloween with a party and parade. We enjoyed the party because we could get our faces painted to match our costumes. The students showed true creativity in their costume selections. Once
again the eighth-grade class set up a haunted house in our library. The eighth-graders did a great job spooking us in the younger grades. We cannot wait to do it again next year. The first grade got in the Halloween spirit when we created scary stories with our fourth-grade buddies. We were assigned characters and settings at random and then had to create stories that would fit our scenarios, such as werewolves on the moon or zombies at a museum. We came up with some great stories. It was a lot of fun to work with our older buddies in creating stories. We also got to carve pumpkins with the kindergartners. We enjoyed scooping out pumpkin guts and then counting all the seeds inside our pumpkin. We learned how to count seeds by fives and tens. â€” Arianna Lindenberg, Amelia Richer and William Howze, first-graders
St. Patrickâ€™s Episcopal Day School
In preparation for Halloween, seventh- and eighth-grade students on the MacArthur campus took charge of several projects around the premises. Under the guidance of the Student Leadership Council, volunteer decorating groups took to the halls for the occasion. Other students constructed this yearâ€™s haunted house, which transformed the schoolâ€™s library and art room into a full-fledged house of horrors that featured a zombie and a bowl full of brains, among other scary things! The haunted house is only one of
the projects that will be taken on this year by the Student Leadership Council, an elected body whose primary purposes include representing St. Patrickâ€™s to other schools and planning school projects. In addition to decorating for Halloween, the MacArthur campus is busy giving back to the community through a coin drive for UNICEF and a canned food drive â€” sponsored by the Community Service Club â€” which will gather goods for the Capital Area Food Bank. The Community Service Club, an all-school volunteer group that plans activities to serve communities both in and out of school, plans to hold three canned food drives this year. â€” Charlie Hawkings, eighth-grader
School Without Walls
Last week at Walls, we had a three-day school week. Hurricane Sandy hit the D.C. area late Sunday night, and the rain continued until Tuesday morning. To be safe, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Mayor Vincent Gray closed the schools on Monday and Tuesday. Many students at Walls were worried because during the last natural disaster our school got damaged and the necessary repairs took about six months. When the earthquake hit in 2011, the building shook so hard that some of the mortar in our decorative chimney atop the school was loosened and bricks fell from the rooftop. We relocated to another school for two days, while construction employees worked to remove any immediate
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danger the bricks posed. During Hurricane Sandy, our school luckily had only a bit of minor water damage from the storm. In other news, many sports teamsâ€™ seasons are coming to an end. The girls and boys soccer teams advanced to the playoffs, and the field hockey team finished its season against the only other D.C. Public School team, Wilson High School. The volleyball team has a game against Wilson on Nov. 6. Recently the debate team did especially well in the Urban Debate League Competition, winning more than 21 out of 24 rounds it participated in. â€” Eleonore Edgell, 11th-grader
On Oct. 25, the third grade went on a science field trip to Breezy Point in Calvert County, Md. Once there, we hunted for and identified fossilized sharkâ€™s teeth, did an archaeological dig and learned about the weathering and erosion along the shore. Everyone found teeth. We were able to identify some of them as lemon and sand tiger sharks. These sharks died millions of years ago and lived there to eat baby whales. We used a science journal to help us identify the types of teeth. A good strategy for finding them is to gently skim the top layer of sand. We knew they were fossilized because they were dark in color and a real sharkâ€™s teeth would be white. At the archaeological dig we dug up artifacts from a grid. Then we recorded where we found them. We could predict some of the resources people had by what was buried. We have been studying artifacts in social studies, so we will put that information to good use. Along the shore we saw how the waves and sand weathered the rocks. We found sea glass that had been polished smooth. Using a calculator, we estimated how many waves came ashore during a day, a month and a year. It was windy See Dispatches/Page 17
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Sidwell Friends School
Sidwell Friends Middle School drama presents Bill Massoliaâ€™s adaptation of Andrew Clementsâ€™ book â€œFrindle.â€? Nobody likes homework â€” do they? Fifth-grader Niki Allen (the most devious kid at Lincoln Elementary) sure doesnâ€™t. A plan to stop her teacher, Mrs. Granger, from giving her any more homework backfires and Niki must prepare an oral report on â€œWords and Their Originsâ€? for the class. This sparks the idea of making up a new word â€” a pen is no longer a pen; itâ€™s a â€œfrindleâ€?! Unfortunately, Nikiâ€™s fun with words draws unwelcome attention from Mrs. Granger, Nikiâ€™s parents and school authorities. Use of the word â€œfrindleâ€? spreads through the country like wildfire, and Niki is locked in a battle with Mrs. Granger as to which word will dominate. Who will win the battle? Public performances will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Middle School Drama Studio. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended by calling 202537-8150. â€” Sarah Brodnax and Julian Cividanes, seventh-graders
Hi, Iâ€™m Claire and for Halloween I dressed up as a mermaid for the schoolâ€™s parade and for trick or treating. My costume was white, blue, green, purple and gold. It was fun walking around the block. Hi, Iâ€™m Aiden and I dressed up as a Bionicle. I was a superhero. I had a shield on the front of my costume. It had a laser beam. I didnâ€™t
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have a lot of choices at Toys â€˜Râ€™ Us â€” there werenâ€™t too many costumes left. Somebody on my block when trick-or-treating gave me a twofoot-long car! I got to sword fight and to play â€œPirates of the Caribbean.â€? In class we had cupcakes and marshmallows. We also played Hello Judge, where you put your head down and people disguise their voices and you guess who it is. Hi, Iâ€™m Ares and I was a Power Ranger. We protect the world. Gold was on my costume. It had a mask, too. My name was on the top of the helmet. In class we had gummy bears, cupcakes and cookies. We played catch. We walked in the school parade. We got to show off our costumes to everyone we hadnâ€™t seen. I went trick-or-treating in my grandpaâ€™s neighborhood near my old school. â€” Ares Brown and Aiden Nurse, first-graders, and Clair Conniff, second-grader
Washington Latin Public Charter School
Washington Latin is working with the D.C. government to negotiate a 25-year lease for Rudolph Elementary, a 75,000-square-foot building at 5200 2nd St. NW, with the aim that it will be the permanent residence for the school beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. The building was first awarded to Washington Latin in mid-July by the city. There will be an option to renew the lease for 25 more years. Rudolph will house both the middle and upper schools, which will enroll approximately 650 students. The school currently leases three separate buildings for grades five through 12. The design for the new campus features four science labs, a new gym, an outdoor sports field and a large multipurpose/lunch room. There is even the possibility of a library, called â€œthe forum,â€? with glass walls that will give a view of the fields and gardens. Renovations will begin in 2013. â€” Cuneyt Dil, 11th-grader
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Northwest Real Estate BUDGET: Council reluctantly approves mayor’s last-minute reallocation to D.C. schools
From Page 3
Schools set to receive upgrades include H.D. Cooke Elementary and the Columbia Heights Educational Campus in Ward 1, as well as 30
other schools in wards 5, 7 and 8. Council members had fewer concerns about the additional local dollars for charter schools, noting that charter leaders often complain they don’t get the same level of funding
— for operations or facilities — as traditional public schools. But some members argued that any surplus city dollars should go first to a “wish list” of unfunded priorities created by the council and
Gray last spring. The wish list included social and human service programs, such as assistance for the homeless and children living in poverty — groups hard hit by budget cuts during the recession. “We
already have priorities. They are in the law,” Catania said. Catania and Bowser voted no on the funding shifts, and Marion Barry of Ward 8 was absent. The rest voted to support the proposal.
LANDMARK: Board designates Wire Building as historic, complicating future plans
From Page 1
called it “an important example of mid-century Modern architecture,” built in what was still an “architecturally conservative city.” Kim Williams, the city’s landmark expert, told the board that a survey of midcentury buildings “confirms that the Wire Building was groundbreaking,” one of the first “in what would become a major wave of post-World War II commercial development” downtown. The board’s action left Pembroke Real Estate and its attorneys in an awkward position. The Boston-based management and development firm had filed for a raze permit in August. But shortly before the review board hearing, the firm asked to delay consideration of the raze application until January. With a landmark vote imminent, board member Andrew Aurbach asked if Pembroke wanted to object, noting the board “usually doesn’t nominate over the owner’s objection.” “This is the only time to object, and we are not objecting,” said Carolyn Brown, Pembroke’s attorney. But she also called noted local architect
Shalom Baranes as a witness. Baranes argued that the building, with its open floor plan and outmoded mechanical systems, would be almost impossible to renovate. “Frankly, the building presents challenges for preservation,” Baranes testified. A “very unique” heating and cooling system that left out ductwork had failed, he said, and any attempt to add a modern system between the building’s floors would leave ceiling heights too low to be marketable, he said. “While a fascinating attempt, it did not work. It’s an enormous challenge to renovate.” David Maloney, head of the city’s preservation office, objected, positing that the mechanical system of the Wire Building isn’t unique. “Another example is the Third Church of Christ,” he said, referencing the controversial Brutalist church on 16th Street that the congregation has been trying to demolish for years, in part because members say it’s impossible to heat, cool or keep lighted. “The issue of the ease of rehabilitating the building is not part of this [landmark] application,” Maloney added. The Wire Building was designed by prolific local architect Alvin Aubinoe for Preston
Wire, a real estate developer whose business offices occupied the second floor. According to a report by Williams, the new building immediately won acclaim for its “sleek Modern aesthetic, its flexible floor space, and use of new materials and modern technology.” One board member was skeptical of the building’s significance. “This is skating on the edge,” said Graham Davidson. “It is a midcentury modern building. Is it good enough to be landmarked? I’m sort of on the fence.” Graham ended up casting the sole “no” vote. Member Maria Casarella supported the landmarking as “an intact example of modernism,” but then noted that Aubinoe was “sort of a second-tier architect.” Meanwhile, Pembroke, which also owns major office buildings at 1201 New York Ave. NW and 1801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW as well as in several foreign cities, is figuring out what to do. The firm bought the Wire Building in 2008 for $40 million, D.C. tax records show, at the same time it acquired an adjacent older building at 1010 Vermont Ave. for $22 million. The original plan, presented to local groups and
confirmed by the company, was to renovate the older building while razing the Wire Building to create what Pembroke official David Lucy called “an exceptional new development.” The plan was to “enhance the property,” with a “more efficient and modern building for 1000 Vermont, and to retain the façade of 1010,” a company spokesperson told The Current. Then came the landmark application, filed by the D.C. Preservation League in 2010, and one of several pending for buildings in what was once the city’s early-20th-century “financial district.” The Pembroke spokesperson said the action took his firm by surprise. “We didn’t realize it could be landmarked,” he said, noting that Pembroke has not previously dealt with the D.C. preservation board. Now, Pembroke is “reviewing our options,” the spokesperson said. One is to seek a raze permit and after the board turns it down — as required by its law — appeal to the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation, who could allow demolition on grounds of economic hardship or as a “project of special merit.”
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A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington
November 7, 2012 â– Page 19
Waterfront condo offers much more than just views
ashington Harbour is seeing a burst of activity these days, with an anticipated ice-skating rink opening soon
ON THE MARKET Carol BuCkley
and the Georgetown Waterfront Park funneling loads of pedestrians toward the complexâ€™s riverfront shopping and dining. The best part of all that activity for Washington Harbour resident Joan Laflam? Itâ€™s there when she wants it â€” and imperceptible when she doesnâ€™t. â€œI canâ€™t hear any of it,â€? Laflam said on one of her two terraces. They face west â€” for â€œamazing sunsets,â€? she said â€” to the park, Key Bridge and the Potomac River. Even the complexâ€™s rooftop pool, which can be spied from one terrace, doesnâ€™t add a soundtrack to Laflamâ€™s serene, two-bedroom penthouse. Sporting new hardwood floors, the 2,400-square-foot unit has an open-plan living/dining room that vies with those impressive views for visitorsâ€™ attention. Anchored by a wood-burning fireplace with a limestone mantel, the space is gra-
cious and ideal for entertaining. A sizable, marble-floored foyer welcomes guests and connects to a powder room with a vessel sink and a dramatically luxe wallcovering. Wise buyers will consider snagging elements of this interior for their own use; many of the furnishings, including an L-shaped sofa and a sweeping curve of a banquette, were custom-made for the space. But even without those pieces, strong design elements will remain. Chief among those is the repeated use of birdâ€™s-eye maple, found here on built-ins next to the fireplace and the flat-panel television that conveys with the home. The warm, tactile wood reappears nearby on a wet bar and large kitchen island that offers loads of prep space and a spot for visitors to perch. The kitchen is high-design and features names like Miele and SubZero, but the space is clearly not just for show. Open glass shelving keeps oft-used ingredients at hand, and a serious, 48-inch GE gas range is a cookâ€™s dream. Bulky appliances are tucked away, keeping the look open and airy. Thereâ€™s no lack of storage space, though â€” here or throughout the home. A very large pantry has been
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This 2,400-square-foot penthouse unit at 3030 K St. on the Georgetown waterfront is priced at $1,395,000. kitted out with Metro shelving and includes the homeâ€™s washer and dryer. A door leads to a systems room that offers even more storage space. Next to the kitchen, a service door and back hallway mean that caterers can come and go unseen. That hallway is lined with storage closets, including one that holds controls for the homeâ€™s smart-house technology, which allows electronics throughout the home to operate wirelessly. The penthouse is the only one in the complex that has two levels.
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The living room and kitchen sit on the ground floor, as does a roomy master suite. A sizable bedroom leads to a marble-clad master bath featuring a spa tub and separate shower. The luxurious spot also shows the reach of the unitâ€™s wholehouse stereo system: â€œThereâ€™s even a speaker in the shower,â€? Laflam said with a laugh. On the opposite side of the bedroom, the homeâ€™s signature birdâ€™seye maple reappears on a built-in
credenza that leads to his-and-hers walk-in closets. Upstairs, the homeâ€™s second bedroom has been kitted out in the same wood, which covers the builtin fittings of a home office and a custom-built Murphy bed and storage system that will remain in the home. â€œWe didnâ€™t want it to look like a bedroom,â€? explains Laflam, and indeed the space functions well as a home office-cum-family room See Condo/Page 20
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Northwest Real Estate CONDO: Penthouse offers waterfront amenities From Page 19
while offering a comfortable spot for guests. The unitâ€™s second terrace waits here, offering guests another retreat. A wet bar with a refrigerator is a useful guest-room feature. The upstairs bath is also lined in marble and offers a walk-in shower. Along with all the amenities of both Washington Harbour and surrounding Georgetown, the condoâ€™s
site offers drivers quick access to downtown and Rock Creek Parkway. Those looking for outdoor recreation space would find the Capital Crescent Trail as well as the riverside path. Washington Harbourâ€™s serviceoriented staff canâ€™t be beat, said Laflam, adding that residents can have groceries brought up to their homes and have vehicles washed in the garage. And with the high-profile residents who number among
Laflamâ€™s neighbors, itâ€™s no wonder that security is top-notch. Unit 209 at 3030 K St. NW is a two-bedroom, 2.5-bath property available for $1,395,000. Monthly fees total $3,610 and include cable television, gas, water, security, maintenance, a parking space, onsite management and more. For more information, contact Realtor Terri Robinson of Long & Foster Real Estate at 202-602-7737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELECTION: Grosso wins seat From Page 1
areas, but had a stronger performance in much of Ward 4 and outside of Northwest. The D.C. Board of Elections reported that 51 percent of the cityâ€™s 483,600 registered voters cast ballots on Election Day or at one of the early-voting centers. The numbers released last night by the board donâ€™t include provisional or absentee ballots, which will be counted next week. Other races in the city went mostly as expected, with incumbents hanging on to their seats. Phil Mendelson retained his role as council chairman, and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton secured a 12th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mendelsonâ€™s win will force a special election to fill the now-vacant atlarge seat he previously held. Incumbent council members Jack Evans (Ward 2) and Muriel Bowser (Ward 4) ran unopposed to resume their posts, while Marion Barry (Ward 8) and Yvette Alexander (Ward 7) defeated opponents by wide margins. In a political environment where the status quo has largely held, the uncertainties of the at-large race made it the most closely scrutinized. Grossoâ€™s win marks a rare unseating of a council incumbent in the general election. A former council aide and staffer to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Grosso took leave from his job as vice president of public policy at CareFirst to focus on his campaign. The Brookland resident won attention for successful fundraising â€” close to $160,000 by Octoberâ€™s end
â€” and sealing endorsements from outlets like The Washington Post, The Current and The Washington Examiner. Brown was elected to the council in 2008 and has chaired its Committee on Housing and Economic Development. On the campaign trail, he highlighted his work to restore affordable housing and jobs for District residents, and won endorsements from nine local unions. But Brownâ€™s campaign also faced some notable setbacks â€” chiefly, reports that he had been delinquent on tax, mortgage and rent payments, and the high-profile disappearance of large chunk of his campaign treasury. The other at-large candidates â€” Republican nominee Mary Brooks Beatty, independents A.J. Cooper and Leon Swain, and Statehood Green nominee Ann Wilcox â€” each received about 6 or 7 percent of the votes. As of last nightâ€™s tally, Orange placed lower than second in only four precincts throughout the city. Elsewhere on the ballot, voters supported three charter amendments intended to tighten ethics standards. The races for U.S. shadow senator and U.S. shadow representative went as expected, with Democratic nominees Michael D. Brown and Nate Bennett-Fleming taking those posts, respectively. For the State Board of Education, Mary Lord won the at-large seat. Jack Jacobson was elected unopposed to fill Lordâ€™s former role as the boardâ€™s Ward 2 representative, and D. Kamili Anderson was unopposed in her re-election to the boardâ€™s Ward 4 seat.
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Exhibition features exploration of African-American themes
assport Please,” featuring new works by Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series two-time semifinalist Al Burts, will open tomorrow at International Visions Gallery and continue through Dec. 8. Burts uses the thin line of a ballpoint pen to portray African-American themes. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Located at 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-234-5112. ■ “Losing something you never had,” an exhibit by Benjamin Bellas that meditates on an uncle of his who died in the Vietnam War, will open Friday at Flashpoint Gallery and continue through Dec. 21. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 916 G St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-
315-1305. ■ “Guardians of the Mosque: African Palestinians of Jerusalem,” featuring photographs by Andrew Courtney, will open with an artist’s reception and book signing Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery. The exhibit will continue through Dec. 1. Located at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-1958. ■ “Crime & Redemption Theatre,” presenting works by Clara Vannucci that document the therapeutic use of method acting in Tuscany’s Volterra Prison, will open Friday at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and continue through Dec. 20. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., preceded by an artist’s talk at 6 p.m.
Located at 1632 U St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-483-8600. ■ The National Portrait Gallery will open a exhibit Friday of recent acquisitions, including paintings of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Adolph Ochs; a bronze of Ethel Waters; photographs of Marjorie Merriweather Post, Mary Pickford and Muhammad Ali; and prints of George Washington and Samuel Adams. The exhibit will remain on view through next October. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ Robert Brown Gallery will open an exhibit Saturday of prints and drawings by Danish artist Per Kirkeby and continue it through Dec. 15. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Theater J to host look at Guthrie’s life, music
heater J will present “Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie” Nov. 8 through Dec. 2 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. Celebrating the 100th birthday of Woody Guthrie, the creator of
American classics including “This Land Is Your Land” and “The Ballad of Tom Joad,” this play is a boisterous retelling of his life as an American troubadour. It blends musical numbers, scenes from Guthrie’s life and excerpts from his progressive newspaper column. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $60. The center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; theaterj.org. ■ American University will present David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prizewinning play “Glengarry/Glen Ross” Nov. 8 through 10 at the Katzen Arts Center. Members of a real estate office jockey for position as top salesman knowing that the lowest performer will lose his job. The play serves not only as a time capsule that presages our current financial state but also as a cautionary tale of what can happen to a family, a business, a nation and an empire when men are the only ones behind the wheel. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 to $15. American University’s Katzen Arts Center is located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8852787; american.edu/cas/auarts.
Theater J will host “Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie” Nov. 8 through Dec. 2 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. ■ Mirenka Cechová and Tantehorse Theatre Company will present “S/he Is Nancy Joe” Nov. 8 through 11 at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. A movement and visual performance piece that utilizes a unique style of street ballet, “S/he Is Nancy Joe” tells the story of questioning and gender identity that leads to self-awareness, discovery and transformation. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $10 to $20. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. 202-885-3872; mirenkacechova.com. ■ The In Series will present “Pocket Opera x2: Love & Witchcraft” Nov. 10 through 26 at Source. Shows will feature Henry Purcell’s “Dido & Aeneas,” the story of African queen Dido’s fated love for Aeneas, a Trojan prince, and the envious sorcerer who conjures love away, and Manuel De Falla’s “El Amor Brujo (Love by
Sorcery),” a ballet about a fearless Spanish gypsy confronting her inner demons as embodied by the ghost of her abusive lover. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $19 to $40. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763; inseries.org. ■ The San Francisco Ballet will present a mixed repertory program Nov. 13 and 14 and “Romeo & Juliet” Nov. 15 through 18 at the Kennedy Center. America’s oldest professional ballet company will present a mixed program of “Trio,” “RAkU,” “Voices of Spring” and “Number Nine,” followed by Shakespeare’s timeless tale of two innocent young people who relish the discovery and passion of true love, only to have it shattered by tragic twists of fate and the destructive hatred of their own families. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $109. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org.
Located at 1662 33rd St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-338-0353. ■ “Linling Lu: Lilac,” presenting abstract paintings by contemporary Chinese artist Linling Lu, will open Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hemphill. The exhibit will continue through Dec. 22. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-234-5601. ■ Goethe-Institut will open an exhibit Saturday that highlights the winners of the new FotoWeek DC photo book competition. Seminars and portfolio reviews are scheduled to coincide with the exhibit, which will continue through Nov. 17. Located at 812 7th St. NW, the institute is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202289-1200, ext. 165.
“A Father’s Law,” ballpoint on wood by Al Burts, is part of an exhibit at International Visions.
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Wednesday november 7 Discussions and lectures â– Angie Morgan, co-founder of Lead Star, will discuss â€œLeading From the Front: Practical Leadership Strategies for Any Situation.â€? 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 736, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. email@example.com. â– Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library will host a discussion of â€œReading â€˜Lolitaâ€™ in Tehranâ€? by Azar Nafisi. 6 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â– Carlos AndrĂŠs GĂłmez will discuss his book â€œMan Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood.â€? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â– Local historian and author James Goode will discuss â€œWashingtonâ€™s Yesterdays: The Capital City Youâ€™ve Never Seen.â€? A book signing will follow. 6:45 to
Events Entertainment 8:15 p.m. $28. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â– Photographer Ann Stevens and writer Giles Kelly will discuss their book â€œDiplomatic Gardens of Washington,â€? featuring 12 ambassadorial residences. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â– A book discussion series on â€œHome Sweet Homeâ€? â€” about the notion of â€œhomeâ€? as a nebulous place of nostalgia, security and betrayal â€” will focus on â€œTwelfth Nightâ€? by William Shakespeare. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â– Kate White will discuss her book â€œI Shouldnâ€™t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know.â€? 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849. â– Contemporary American artist Kerry James Marshall, whose work combines classical references with elements of African-American culture and Africaninspired motifs, will discuss â€œSeen and Not Heard.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Films â– The National Archivesâ€™ â€œClassics
Restoredâ€? series will present two U.S. government-commissioned World War II documentaries â€” Frank Capraâ€™s 1944 film â€œThe Negro Soliderâ€? and John Hustonâ€™s 1946 film â€œLet There Be Light.â€? 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â– The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Vasilis Dourosâ€™ 2008 film â€œThe Mountain in Front.â€? 8 p.m. $11.50; $9 for students; $8.75 for seniors; $8.50 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. Performances â– As part of the Kids Euro Festival 2012, Cyprus will present â€œAlexanderâ€™s Mermaid and the Ship of Kyrenia.â€? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– Scena Theatre will present a staged reading of â€œSome Explicit Polaroidsâ€? by British playwright Mark Ravenhill. 7 p.m. $15. Sova, 1359 H St. NE. 703-683-2824. â– â€œDance Choreolab: Next Steps 2012â€? will feature works in progress by student choreographers. 8 p.m. $5. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. Thursday, Nov. 8
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Book signing â– Jesse R. Butler will sign copies of his book â€œExtraordinary Encounters.â€? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW. Concerts â– The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Lang Lang will perform works by Strauss, Beethoven and DvorĂĄk. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â– The Embassy Series will present the ensemble Gerdan performing Ukrainian folk, classical, jazz, samba and tango music. 7:30 p.m. $80. Embassy of Ukraine, 3350 M St. NW. 202-625-2361. â– The Momenta Quartet will perform music inspired by Buddhism. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and
Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â– Swedish singer-songwriter Anders Holst will perform jazz selections. 8 p.m. $15. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202-467-2600. Discussions and lectures â– The Foundation for Evangelismâ€™s 2012 Wallace Chappell Lecture will feature Andrew Root (shown), associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary, and Drew Dyson, adjunct professor at Wesley Theological Seminary, discussing â€œEvangelism and Emerging Generation.â€? 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Oxnam Chapel, Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. wesleyseminary.edu. â– Jane Harman, director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will discuss her current work and her nine terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. bit.ly/Van927. â– Jake Sullivan, director of policy planning at the U.S. Department of State and chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will discuss U.S. foreign policy under President Barack Obama. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International
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Thursday, november 8 â– Discussion: Barbara Kingsolver will discuss her novel â€œFlight Behavior,â€? about a mysterious fire in rural Appalachia. 7:30 p.m. $15; $10 for students. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202537-2228.
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Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-885-1747. â– A reading by participants in the University of Iowa International Writers Project will feature Alisa Ganieva of Russia, Taleb Al Refai of Kuwait, Bilal Tanweer of Pakistan and Pandora of Burma. 4 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â– Henri Barkey, professor of international relations at Lehigh University, and Omer Taspinar, professor of Middle East studies at the National Defense University, will discuss â€œTurkey, Iran and the Arab Spring.â€? 6 p.m. Free. Room 500, BernsteinOffit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. sais-jhu.edu. â– George Washington University history professor Eric Arneson will discuss his forthcoming biography of labor leader and civil rights activist A. Philip Randolph. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Room 702, Gelman Library, George Washington University, 2130 H St. NW. gwtoday.gwu.edu/events. â– A gallery talk will focus on â€œPicturing Performers: Artistsâ€™ Depictions of Drama and Dance.â€? 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. â– International photojournalists will share their work and reflect on the challenges of telling complex stories through images. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. globalgoods-fotodc.eventbrite.com. â– Phillips Collection director Dorothy Kosinski will discuss works in the Per Kirkeby exhibition that she co-curated and describe how the contemporary Danish artistâ€™s paintings and sculptures connect to his writing on Ă‰douard Manet, Paul CĂŠzanne and Auguste Rodin. 6:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org. â– World War II veteran Arthur Seltzer, one of the liberators of Dachau concentration camp, will speak to 3GDC, a local group for grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. 6:30 p.m. $10; reservations required. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 3gdcmilitarymuseum.eventbrite.com. â– Photographer Taryn Simon will discuss her four-year project â€œA Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII,â€? for which she traveled around the world researching and recording bloodlines and their related stories. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â– Geneticist, filmmaker and gay activist Dean Hamer will discuss the scientific evidence that sexual orientation has deep biological roots. The event will include a screening of Dean Hamer and Joe Wilsonâ€™s 2009 documentary â€œOut in the Silence,â€? about a small townâ€™s reactions to the filmmakersâ€™ same-sex wedding announcement and the brutal bullying of a gay teen. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2436. â– Humanities scholars Marjorie Lightman and William Zeisel will discuss their book â€œSince 1851: 160 Years of See Events/Page 23
Continued From Page 22 Scholarship and Achievement in the Nationâ€™s Capital,â€? about the history of higher education in the District. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â– A panel discussion on â€œ50 Years After Michael Harringtonâ€™s â€˜The Other Americaâ€™: Where Is the War on Povertyâ€? will feature Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson and Institute for Womenâ€™s Policy founder Heidi Hartmann. A screening of the 1999 film â€œMichael Harrington and Todayâ€™s Other America: Corporate Power and Inequalityâ€? will precede the discussion. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. â– â€œCommunicating the Message: Election Results and Ramificationsâ€? will feature Slate journalist David Plotz and four former members of Congress â€” Rep. Anne Northrup, R-Ky., Rep. Albert R. Wynn, D-Md., Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., and Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn. 7:30 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â– Explorers and photographers Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith will discuss â€œPainted Bodies of Africa.â€? 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. â– Historian and actor Ricky Jay, author of â€œMany Mysteries Unraveled: Conjuring Literature in America 17861874,â€? will discuss â€œDeception.â€? 8 p.m. $35. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Films â– The Palisades Library will present the film â€œPride and Prejudice,â€? starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â– The Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center will present the D.C. premiere of Pablo Aldreteâ€™s 2010 film â€œRiver of Gold.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. â– Busboys and Poets will present a screening of â€œThe Bomb,â€? the third episode in Oliver Stoneâ€™s new Showtime documentary series â€œUntold History of the United States.â€? A question-and-answer session with Stone and historian Peter Kuznick will follow. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Performance â– As part of the Kids Euro Festival 2012, Hungaryâ€™s Soma HajnĂłczy will present an interactive, fast-paced, humorous evening of magic, music and fun. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special events â– Hemingway enthusiast and cocktail connoisseur Philip Greene will discuss his book â€œTo Have and Have Another: Cocktails With Hemingwayâ€? and lead a tasting of several concoctions. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $70. Mitsitam Cafe, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and
Events Entertainment Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. â– Bluegrass, jazz and blues musicians will perform at an art auction featuring old and broken musical instruments transformed into works of art. Proceeds will benefit the group Hungry for Music. 7 to 11 p.m. $30. Gibson Guitar VIP Showroom, 709 G St. NW. hungryformusic.org. Tour â– Scott Scholz, deputy director and curator of the Dumbarton House, will lead an in-depth tour of objects not usually seen by the public, including the museumâ€™s Baltimore desk, piano forte and Charleston sideboard. 7 p.m. $10; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. curatorsopentour.eventbrite.com. Friday, Nov. 9
Friday november 9 Concerts â– The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert featuring works by VillaLobos, Larsen, Stolz, Debussy, Khachaturian and Stravinsky. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â– The Arts@Midday program will feature St. Albanâ€™s music director Sonya Sutton performing works by Bach, Vierne, Widor, Rachmaninoff, Barber and Wagner on the churchâ€™s HartDeGennaro organ. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ€™s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202363-8286. â– The Friday Music Series will feature the womenâ€™s ensemble Eya performing diverse medieval music. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â– The Founderâ€™s Day Concert will feature Morton Subotnickâ€™s â€œLucy: Song and Dance, an opera without words,â€? starring vocalist Joan LaBarbara, pianist Jenny Lin and multimedia artist Lillevan. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Discussions and lectures â– Combat historian Patrick Oâ€™Donnell will discuss his book â€œDog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc,â€? about the U.S. Armyâ€™s 2nd Ranger Battalionâ€™s role in World War II. Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â– â€œQ&A Cafeâ€? will feature Washingtonian editor-at-large Carol Joynt interviewing Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, on U.S.
364-1919. â– Said Tayeb Jawad, former ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, will discuss the future of Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 213, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. tinyurl.com/DPEafghan2014.
Friday, november 9 â– Concert: The U.S. Airmen of Note will perform with jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke. 8 p.m. Free. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202767-5658. foreign policy. 12:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Degrees Bar & Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. 202-912-9110. â– Korean pop artist and satirist Song Byeok will discuss â€œNorth Korea: At the Crossroads of Propoganda and Pop Art.â€? 1:15 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-8851747. â– A philosophy lecture series in honor of the Rev. Kurt Pritzl will feature Concordia University associate professor Andrea Falcon on â€œThe Place of the â€˜De Animaâ€™ in Aristotleâ€™s Explanatory Project.â€? 2 p.m. Free. Aquinas Hall Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202319-5259. â– Vladimir Tismaneanu will discuss his book â€œThe Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century.â€? Screenings of Alain Resnaisâ€™ 1955 film â€œNight and Fogâ€? and Rustern Abdrashevâ€™s 2008 film â€œThe Gift to Stalinâ€? will follow. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 170. â– Caroline de Margerie will discuss her book â€œAmerican Lady: The Life of Susan Mary Alsop.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-
Films â– The National Archivesâ€™ â€œClassics Restoredâ€? series will Frank Capraâ€™s 1944 film â€œThe Negro Solider.â€? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â– Real Affirmations XTRA will feature Douglas Langwayâ€™s 2012 film â€œBearCity 2: The Proposal,â€? starring Kathy Najimy, Gerald McCullouch and Joe Conti. 7 and 9 p.m. $10. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1520 P St. NW. reelaffirmationsnovxtra.eventbrite.com. Performances â– As part of the Kids Euro Festival 2012, Italy will present â€œWind,â€? a theatrical performance about a man and a woman who drift on the wind and eventually find themselves face to face. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– â€œSpeakeasy Shorts: Where Stories Meet the Screenâ€? will feature eight local storytellers sharing tales about their lives, to be captured by eight filmmakers who will each have five days to make an eightminute movie about one of the stories. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $20 to $30. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. speakeasydc.com. The films will be shown Nov. 16 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. â– Wilson High School will perform the Tony Award-winning musical comedy â€œGuys and Dolls.â€? 7:30 p.m. $15; $5 for students. Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. The performance will repeat Nov. 10 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. â– Black Movements Dance Theatre will present its fall performance. 8 p.m. $10; $8 for students. Walsh Black Box Theatre, Georgetown University, 36th Street between N and Prospect streets NW. 202-
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687-3838. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â– The monthly poetry series â€œNine on the Ninthâ€? will feature writer, performer and cultural organizer Silvana Straw. 9 to 10:30 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Sale â– The Embassy of the Czech Republic will host â€œCzech Christmas Market 2012,â€? featuring hand-blown ornaments, a display of Nativity scenes, a demonstration of how Czech wafers are made, live performances and more. 3 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. email@example.com. The event will continue Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Sporting event â– The Washington Wizards will play the Milwaukee Bucks. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Nov. 10 Saturday, Saturday november 10 Classes and workshops â– Local DJs Junebullet and K La Rock will lead an interactive workshop on the basics of digital DJing on a computer. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. â– Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse and design operations at Hillwood, will lead a hands-on orchid workshop, â€œTo Repot or Not.â€? 10:30 a.m. to noon. $25; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Clothing drive â– The Annunciation and Holy Trinity churches will sponsor a clothing drive (particularly coats for all ages and menâ€™s clothing) for local charities. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gym, Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-531-9087. See Events/Page 24
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Continued From Page 23 Drop-off hours will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Concerts ■ Pianist Christopher Astilla will present a program of Prokofiev and the ballet, featuring music from “The Prodigal Son” and “Cinderella.” 1:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ National Symphony Orchestra members Alexandra Osborne, Joel Fuller, Mahoko Eguchi and Rachel Young will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Emerson String Quartet will perform works by Schumann, Brahms and Shostakovich. 6 to 8 p.m. $67. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. ■ The Georgetown GraceNotes will host the DC A Cappella Festival, featuring guest groups and songs ranging from oldies to rock to pop. 7:30 p.m. $10; $8 for students. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-3838. ■ The American University Chamber Singers will present “The Art of Tradition: Choral Music of Russia and the United States.” 8 p.m. $10; $5 for students and seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8853634. The concert will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. ■ Jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea (shown) and vibraphonist Gary Burton will perform material from the new album “Hot House.” 8 p.m. $62.50 to $67.50. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. ■ Brazilian singer-guitarist Gilberto Gil, known as the godfather of the Tropicália movement, will perform. 8 p.m. $35 to $75. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW.
202-994-6851. ■ The John E. Marlow Guitar Series will present Spanish classical guitarist Marco Socias in concert. 8 p.m. $25; $12.50 for students; free for ages 18 and younger with an accompanying adult. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-654-6403. Discussions and lectures ■ Danielle Cook Navidi will discuss her book “Happily Hungry: Smart Recipes for Kids With Cancer” (for parents and caregivers), at 10:30 a.m.; Margaret Talbot will discuss her book “The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Marcus Rediker will discuss his book “The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ As part of the D.C. Public Library’s “DC Reads” program, Azar Nafisi will discuss her book “Reading ‘Lolita’ in Tehran.” 2:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. ■ “All in the Timing: A Discussion of Comedy and Jazz” will feature Jason Moran, Kennedy Center artistic adviser for jazz; comedian David Alan Grier; and Dr. Charles Limb, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins Medicine and an expert in neuroscience of music. 3 p.m. $15. Atrium, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Films ■ “Ballet in Cinema” will feature Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” 11 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-4193456. ■ “The Met: Live in HD” will feature the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Thomas Adès’ “The Tempest.” 12:55 p.m. $18 to $24. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. ■ As part of the D.C. Public Library’s “DC Reads” program, the Georgetown Library will present Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film “Lolita.” 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ As part of the D.C. Public Library’s “DC Reads” program, the Georgetown Library will present Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film “Lolita.” 2 p.m. Free. Juanita E.
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Sunday, november 11 ■ Performance: Pianist Michael Lewin will perform works by Debussy and others. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present “Alice Guy Blanché, Transatlantic Sites of Cinéma Nouveau,” with musical accompaniment by Kim and Kathryn Kluge. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ As part of the D.C. Public Library’s DC Reads program, the Mount Pleasant Library will present Asghar Farhardi’s 2011 film “A Separation.” 3 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202671-3121. Performances ■ As part of the Kids Euro Festival 2012, Italy will present theater company La Società della Civetta performing its production “Wind” (for ages 2 through 6). 1 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. ■ As part of the Kids Euro Festival 2012, Cyprus will present storyteller Glafkos Cariolou’s “Alexander’s Mermaid and the Ship of Kyrenia.” 3 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. ■ DancEthos will perform works by
Special events ■ The ninth annual Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair will feature handmade items from independent artists. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5; free for children. Union Market, 309 5th St. NE. washingtoncitypaper.com/ craftybastards. ■ The No Kings Collective, a D.C.based artist group, will open its second annual Submerge art festival with an opening party. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free; reservations required. 700 H St. NE. submergedc.com. The festival will continue through Nov. 18. Walks and tours ■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on an introductory bird hike and discuss which birds remain year-round in Rock Creek Park. 9 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Kelly Whitson, an intern at the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a tour of the National Garden and highlight plants of historical significance. 11 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. National Garden, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. Sunday, Nov. 11
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Concerts ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note will perform jazz selections. 12:30 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. ■ The DC Chamber Music Players Chamber Orchestra will present a Veterans Day concert featuring works by Brahms and Schubert. 3 p.m. Free; donations to the Tower Restoration Fund welcome. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. ■ The Georgetown University Chamber Music Ensembles will present “Symphonic Sketches.” 3 p.m. $5; free for students. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ The Doric String Quartet will perform works by Schumann, Chausson and Britten. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music. ■ Singer Dick Kaufmann (shown) and cantors Mikhail Manevich and Susan Bortnick will perform works from the Great American Songbook at a benefit concert for the Wounded Warrior Project. 5 p.m. $25 minimum donation. Small Chapel, Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW. 202-363-7100.
■ Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. ■ Pro Musica Hebraica will present pianist Orion Weiss (shown) and the Ariel Quartet performing “Between Two Worlds: Jewish Voices in Modern European Music.” 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Jazz at the Atlas” will feature the William Parker Double Quartet performing “Alphaville Suite.” 8 p.m. $15 to $28. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ Kimberly Dozier, who covers intelligence and special operations for the Associated Press, will discuss current events. 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ “The Weight of War: The Returning Soldier and the Role of Spiritual Wellbeing” will feature a discussion with retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Chris Weaver, retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Chad Chaffee and U.S. Air Force chief of chaplains Maj. Gen. Howard Stendhal. 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. ■ Aaron B. O’Connell will discuss his book “Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps,” at 1 p.m.; and James Goode will discuss his book “Capital Views: Historic Photographs of Washington, DC, Alexandria and Loudoun County, Virginia, and Frederick County, Maryland,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Andreas Henning, curator of Italian paintings at Dresden’s Old Masters Picture Gallery, will discuss “‘Not a Painting, but a Vision!’: Raphael’s Sistine Madonna Turns Five Hundred.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. Films ■ The “First China Onscreen Biennial” will feature Fu Jie and Pan Wenzhan’s 1970 film “The Red Detachment of Women.” A panel discussion will follow. 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ “Chris Marker: A Tribute” will feature the French filmmaker’s 1968 film “À bientôt, j’espère,” his 2004 film “Case of the Grinning Cat” and his 1990 film “Cat Listening to Music.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Steven Scaffidi will present his film “Execution,” about the last week of a condemned man’s life on death row. A question-and-answer session will follow. 7:30 p.m. $12. Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14, 701 7th St. NW. executionfilm.com. Performances ■ As part of the Kids Euro Festival 2012, Finland will present Sanna Valvanne performing “Sing and Shine Around the Globe” (for ages 5 through 11). 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “An Evening of Comedy & Music” will feature comedians David Alan Grier, See Events/Page 25
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Marina Franklin and Faizon Love performing with Jason Moranâ€™s Big Bandwagon. 7 p.m. $20 to $55. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Films â– A Werner Schroeter film series will feature Elfi Mikeschâ€™s 2011 documentary â€œMondo Lux: The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter.â€? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â– The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Matt Cimberâ€™s 1973 film â€œThe Black Six.â€? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ€™s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202462-3356.
Special event â– â€œTea With Mrs. B: Holiday Etiquette and Tea Party for the Entire Familyâ€? will feature a culinary demonstration, instruction about healthy eating and holiday manners, and a menu with finger sandwiches, desserts and herbal teas. 1 to 3 p.m. $49 for adults; $29 for children. The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel, 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW. fairfaxtea.eventbrite.com. Monday, Nov. 12
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Concert â– â€œWorld Music at the Atlasâ€? will feature Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat and American bluesman Mighty Sam McClaine. 8 p.m. $15 to $32. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â– Wesley Theological Seminary professor Sondra Ely Wheeler â€” an expert on theological bioethics and the historical roots of Christian moral theology â€” will speak as part of a â€œLast Lectureâ€? breakfast series, focusing on the wisdom from her field that she would want to pass on if this were her final chance to teach. 7:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-8630. â– A panel discussion on â€œThe Promise and Challenge of Charter Schoolsâ€? will feature Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, D.C. Public Charter School Board executive director Scott Pearson, Ward 6 D.C. State Board of Education member Monica Warren-Jones and Washington Post education reporter Emma Brown. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â– Deb Perelman will discuss her book â€œThe Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â– Bob Woodward will discuss his book â€œThe Price of Politics.â€? 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. â– Artist Ivan Sigal will discuss the changing ways photographers tell stories in online and digital platforms. 7 p.m. $12; $6 for students. Reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â– Novelists Robert Stone and Lauren Groff will read from their works and discuss the idealism and aftermath of utopian aspirations. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St.
Performance â– The reopening of the Theater Lab will feature an evening of music by Grammynominated jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and spoken word by poets Holly Bass, Mahogany Browne, Vanessa Hidary and Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. 6 p.m. Free. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special events â– A wine tasting will focus on the Saint-Emilion region with Monique Seillan of Jackson Family Wines. 7 p.m. $70. Free; reservations required. La Maison FranĂ§aise, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. tourdefrancewinetasting.eventbrite.com. â– A charity trivia night will benefit cystic fibrosis research and youth fitness programs. 8 to 11 p.m. $10 to $20. Acre 121, 1400 Irving St. NW. trivia.eventbrite.com. Tuesday, Nov. 13
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Class â– The Jewish Study Center will present a two-night class by Tam Institute for Jewish Studies fellow Jason Schulman on â€œAmerican Jews and Liberalism: Myth or Reality?â€? 7 to 8:15 p.m. $40. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. jewishstudycenter. org. The class will conclude Nov. 27. Concerts â– The Friday Morning Music Club will present a chamber concert featuring works by Bach, Devienne, Wranitsky and Hummel. Noon. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-333-2075. â– The Tuesday Concert Series will feature Levine School of Music faculty member Cole Berger on piano. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â– The U.S. Air Force String Quartet will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The TakĂĄcs Quartet and pianist Marc-AndrĂŠ Hamelin (shown) will perform works by Schubert and Britten. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502.
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Abramowitz; Jean Lawlor Cohen, editor of Where Washington magazine; and Mary Anne Goley, founding director of the Federal Reserve Board Fine Arts Program. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ€™s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â– Panelists will discuss â€œNixon to Reagan: Reshaping the Supreme Court.â€? 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â– The History/Biography Book Club will discuss Azar Nafisiâ€™s â€œReading â€˜Lolitaâ€™ in Tehran.â€? 1 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. â– Georgetown University law professors Vicki Arroyo, Peter Byrne and Jessica Grannis will discuss their work at the Georgetown Climate Center. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Center, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. climatechangecenter.eventbrite.com. â– Peter Ammon, Germanyâ€™s ambassador to the United States, will discuss relations between the two countries. 5 p.m. Free.
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Continued From Page 25 Free. Wechsler Theatre, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. environmentalfilm.org. ■ Edward Rothstein, culture critic at large for The New York Times, will discuss “Identity Museums and Their Discontents.” 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, 805 21st St. NW. gwtoday.gwu.edu/events. ■ Daniel Raven-Ellison, a National Geographic emerging explorer, will discuss “Guerrilla Geography,” about his belief that people should experience the world around them in a more meaningful way. 7 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Films ■ “Shameless Bardolatry: Shakespeare on Film” will feature Franco Zeffirelli’s 1990 film “Hamlet,” starring Mel Gibson and Glenn Close. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Popular Film Series will present Marc Webb’s 2012 film “The Amazing Spider-Man,” starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Performances ■ As part of the D.C. Public Library’s “DC Reads” program, performers Natalie Barrens, Carolyn Black-Sotir and Michael Langlois will perform Elizabeth Mehl Greene’s chamber-opera adaptation of Azar Nafisi’s book “Reading ‘Lolita’ in Tehran.” 7 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ SpeakeasyDC will present “Rock the Vote — Stories about popularity, power, and scandal.” 8 p.m. $15. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. speakeasydc.com. ■ Busboys and Poets will host “Tuesday Night Open Mic,” a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Reading ■ Mark Strand will read from his body of work, which includes children’s literature, poetry and critiques. 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6294. Wednesday, Nov. 14
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Concerts ■ The Georgetown University Chamber Singers will perform Monteverdi’s “Magnificat.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-3838. ■ Violinist Jesús Reina (shown) and pianist Edvinas Minkstimas will perform as part of the Embassy Series. 7:30 p.m. $160. Residence of the European Union Ambassador, 2542 Belmont St. NW. 202625-2361. Discussions and lectures ■ The National Consumers League will sponsor a symposium on food safety,
sequestration and privacy issues. 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room B-369, Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave. SW. nclnet.org. ■ Steve Mouzon, principal of Mouzon Design, will discuss “Original Green,” a concept that emphasizes sustainable places that are nourishable, accessible and serviceable with buildings that are durable, flexible and frugal. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. ■ Columbia University professor Ruth Defries will discuss “How Humanity Came to Dominate the Planet.” 4 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Center, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. defries.eventbrite.com. ■ Contributor Rick Atkinson will discuss the book “My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop,” at 5:30 p.m.; and David Nasaw will discuss his book “The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy,” at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ At an open meeting of the Chevy Chase chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, economist Walton Francis will advise federal employees and retirees on their choices of their health insurance plan during the current open season. 6 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-234-2911. ■ Marcee F. Craighill, director of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State, will give an illustrated lecture about the celebrated spaces used to entertain official guests. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $45. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. Attendees will be able to sign up for a 45-minute tour on a selection of dates. ■ Tim McGrath will discuss “John Barry, An American Hero in the Age of Sail.” 7 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ Irene Levin Berman will discuss her book “‘We Are Going to Pick Potatoes’: Norway and the Holocaust, The Untold Story.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, 805 21st St. NW. 202-994-7129. ■ As part of the D.C. Public Library’s DC Reads program, the Mount Pleasant Library Book Club will discuss “Reading ‘Lolita’ in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi. 7 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. ■ Magnum photographers Larry Towell and Peter van Agtmael will discuss “Transforming Society Through Photos: The Role of Free and Independent Photojournalism.” 7 p.m. $12; $6 for students. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ Author Timothy Egan will discuss “Shadows, Reflections, Spirits: The Stories Behind Edward Curtis’s Photos of Native America.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $20. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Peter Matthiessen, co-founder of the Paris Review and recipient of National Book Awards for “The Snow Leopard” and “Shadow Country,” will discuss his life and work in a conversation with NG Traveler editor at large Don George. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National
Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Films ■ “The Met: Live in HD” will feature the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s “Otello.” 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will present the documentary “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” Light dinner buffet at 6:30 p.m.; film at 7 p.m. $15 to $20. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. ■ The PictureHouse film screening series will feature Vanessa Gould’s 2008 documentary “Between the Folds.” 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. International Arts & Artists’ Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW. meridianhillpictures.com. ■ The Lions of Czech Film will present Robert Sedlacek’s 2006 film “Rules of Lies,” about 12 recovering drug addicts who attempt to clean themselves up at a makeshift rehab center. 8 p.m. $11.50; $9 for students; $8.75 for seniors; $8.50 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meetings ■ The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will host a new monthly gathering on “Enhancing Independence Through Arts and Culture.” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Room 215, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.202727-2142. ■ The group Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays will host a monthly meeting of its Northwest DC Support Group. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. email@example.com. Performances ■ DancEthos will perform as part of the Happenings at the Harman series. Noon. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. ■ As part of the Happenings Happy Hours series, Quest Visual Theatre will present “Alonzo’s Lullaby,” a a shadow puppet play for adults. 5:30 p.m. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202547-1122. ■ As part of the Kids Euro Festival 2012, Slovenia will present Fru-Fru Puppets performing “Videk’s New Shirt.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special events ■ The Virginia Quarterly Review will mark the release of its fall issue on “The Female Conscience” with a reading by guest editor Marie Arana and contributors Judith Warner, Mary Emma Koles and Sandra Beasley. 5:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282. ■ “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Gordon Parks” will feature a youth photography exhibit and a panel discussion about the civil rights photographer’s work. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
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