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Vol. XLVI, No. 49

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Spring Valley grocery to shut down

literary luminary

■ Business: Fresh & Green’s

ending operations regionally By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The Fresh & Green’s supermarket in the Spring Valley shopping area is abruptly closing this month as the brand ends its operations in the region, the grocery’s parent company announced Monday.

The five Maryland Fresh & Green’s locations and the D.C. store at 48th and Yuma streets will all be closed by the end of December. The Spring Valley store specifically will close “on or around Dec. 15,” company spokesperson Anne Burns told The Current. Fresh & Green’s opened in Spring Valley in July 2011 after the Superfresh chain, which formerly occupied the space, closed all its D.C.-area stores. The Natural Mar-

ket Food Group, the New Yorkbased parent company of Fresh & Green’s, had also converted several other former Superfresh stores into Fresh & Green’s outlets — which are also now due to close. “It’s just a business decision that was a difficult one but one they had to come to,” Burns said in an interview. “I know they went to a lot of efforts to make it all go and it just wasn’t being profitable.” See Grocery/Page 19

Dealership’s sale may spark development By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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National Book Award winner Alice McDermott visited Politics and Prose to recommend her favorite titles. The Saturday event was part of the national Indies First initiative, where authors urged consumers to patronize independent bookstores.

Ownership changes at a Tenleytown car dealership may usher in bigger development plans for its 4800 Wisconsin Ave. site. The long-running Martens Volvo-Volkswagen sold its Volvo arm this fall to Euro Motorcars, which plans to relocate the dealership to Bethesda next year. Meanwhile, a developer has floated early ideas for a new mixed-use building for the Tenleytown site, about a decade after another development proposal fizzled out. BMC Properties has informally shared “very preliminary” plans for a five- or six-story residential building with ground-floor retail, according to Jonathan Bender, who chairs the Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission. For now, Martens, which owns the property, will continue to run its Volkswagen dealership there, while See Dealership/Page 19

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Martens has sold off its long-held Volvo franchise, which will move to Bethesda next year. The site at 4800 Wisconsin Ave. is being eyed for a mixed-use project by BMC Properties.

City taps more sites for playground overhauls

Mayoral hopeful Wells vows initiative to halve teen crime

Current Staff Writer

■ Election: Candidate details housing. He struggled in school. He

the time, the boy lived in public


Eight more playgrounds are slated to undergo major upgrades next year as part of the District’s largest playground renovation initiative in history. Glover Park’s Guy Mason Recreation Center, Sheridan-Kalorama’s Mitchell Park and Chevy Chase’s Lafayette Park are among the facilities newly included in “Play DC,” a project spearheaded by Mayor Vincent Gray last year. Gray has been working with the city’s budget office to identify additional funds to renovate more parks as part of his citywide One City and Sustainable DC plans, according to officials in the mayor’s office and the Department of Parks and Recreation. The city is allocating $1 million for each of the addi-


proposed $100 million effort By GRAHAM VYSE Bill Petros/The Current

Mitchell Park is one of three area playgrounds set for million-dollar overhauls under Mayor Vincent Gray’s “Play DC” project.

tional eight playground renovations, like most of the other 32 already completed, under construction or in the design phase. The mayor announced the additional playgrounds on Nov. 15, the same day he cut the ribbon for the initiative’s 20th completed play space, at Benning See Playgrounds/Page 8


Carnegie Library site eyed for expansion of Spy Museum — Page 2

Visitation shocks WCAC powerhouse in season opener — Page 13

Current Staff Writer

The key to understanding D.C. mayoral candidate Tommy Wells’ plan to reduce teenage crime isn’t a white paper or a policy speech — it’s his history with a young man named Dominic. Fifteen years ago, the mentorship organization Jan’s Tutoring House brought the pair together when Dominic was in the second grade. At


Gray’s late entrance to crowded mayoral field shakes up race — Page 10

was, in Wells’ words, “the definition of high-risk.” But Wells took Dominic on, coaching him in sports and mentoring him as he completed grade school and went off to Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Last weekend, the two went clothes shopping together; Dominic needs new outfits as he prepares to graduate and, with any luck, start a job. “Often, the difference between a young person having a positive outcome and a negative outcome is See Wells/Page 26

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Nonprofit status may accompany Spy Museum project at Carnegie Library By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

An act of beneficence by the founder of the International Spy Museum could convert the now-profitable museum to a nonprofit and give it to the District, while also transforming the nearby historic Carnegie Library into the vibrant visitor destination that city officials have been trying to create in Mount Vernon

Square for years. “I’m 84,” Milton Maltz, CEO of the company that owns the Spy Museum, told the National Capital Planning Commission last month. “I had to do something. My kids are absolutely not interested, and I didn’t want to sell it to Disney.” So, Maltz said, he decided to seek 501(c)3 status for the museum and “give it to the community. That’s the story,” the self-effacing

executive told the planning commission. Maltz and Events DC, which runs sports and entertainment venues for the city, are seeking support for their ambitious proposal to expand the iconic building, formerly the city’s central library. The project would create a new home for the Spy Museum, as well as a D.C. Visitors’ Center, cafe and retail space, and renovated quarters for the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., which has been struggling

since 1999 to attract visitors. The surprising joint proposal has been making the rounds of various review agencies for about a month and a half now, and it appears to be picking up support. “Extraordinary project, great for the District,” said planning commission chair Preston Bryant. That group will be the lead agency in reviewing plans for both the building, which is See Museum/Page 8

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The Current Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Congressional panel hears contentious debate over D.C. building heights By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The fate of the federal height act is, well, up in the air. And the key player who some District officials hope will give the city more control over its skyline is a Republican congressman from California. Rep. Darrell Issa convened a hearing Monday of his House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to consider conflicting

recommendations from federal and local planners regarding the century-old law limiting building heights in the District. The National Capital Planning Commission wants to keep the 1910 act essentially intact. But the city’s Office of Planning is proposing a “modest” relaxation of height limits within the L’Enfant City or downtown core, while allowing city officials to make targeted changes elsewhere — but still with federal review — through its own comprehensive

The week ahead Wednesday, Dec. 4

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a working session to discuss the Next Generation Science Standards and revisions to compulsory attendance rules. The meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Room 1114 at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

Thursday, Dec. 5

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items will include a new roof penthouse and roof deck at 1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW. ■ The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting on proposed changes to the agency’s permit fees and regulations. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th St. NW. ■ The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., will hold the seventh annual DC Community Heritage Project Showcase from 6 to 9 p.m. at Dunbar High School, 101 N St. NW. The showcase will feature 18 history and preservation projects, including an elementary school lesson plan that focuses on the history of Logan Circle, the publication of a book on the history of Crestwood since 1720, and the creation of a video on “The Gold Coast” along upper 16th Street NW. Admission is free, but reservations are requested at dcchpshowcase2013.eventbrite. com or 202-387-8391. ■ Premier Community Development Corp. will host a mayoral candidates forum on “Neighborhood Development and Economic Parity.” The forum will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Israel Baptist Church, 1251 Saratoga Ave. NE.

Saturday, Dec. 7

The Rock Creek Conservancy will host a volunteer event to remove invasive English ivy from trees at Fort Reno Park. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at 41st Street and Belt Road NW. To register, visit

Monday, Dec. 9

The D.C. Department of Transportation will host a meeting of the moveDC Transportation Plan Advisory Committee from 6 to 8 p.m. in the second-floor public meeting room at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW. ■ The University of the District of Columbia Community-Campus Task Force will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Room 301-F, Building 39, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Agenda items will include updates on student center construction, the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan and student housing issues.

Tuesday, Dec. 10

The Brightwood Community Association will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church, 6343 13th St. NW. The meeting will feature a holiday celebration and potluck for members and other attendees.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to discuss a planning study to examine potential safety improvements on Canal Road between Chain Bridge and M Street. The study will address safety, traffic operations, drainage, erosion and slope stability issues. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road NW.

Monday, Dec. 16

The D.C. Department of General Services will hold a community meeting to provide an update on the planned modernization of the Duke Ellington School of Arts and to introduce the project team. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the school, located at 3500 R St. NW.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

The D.C. Department of General Services will hold a public meeting on the proposed disposition of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center in connection with the assemblage of land to construct a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW. ■ The National Park Service will hold a public meeting to discuss its new permitting system for picnic areas in Rock Creek Park and proposed fee increases. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW.

plan. Issa noted there is consensus only on a minor amendment that would allow “human occupancy” of rooftop penthouses — now limited to housing mechanical equipment — without raising actual building heights. He also said there’s less concern about “federal interests” on the outskirts of the city, a stone’s throw from where Maryland and Virginia allow taller buildings. “And yet we’ve created this limitation where there is no need.”

But it’s clear the difference of opinion is even deeper and more complex than just the debate between two planning authorities. At least 30 city residents also filled the hearing room bearing “Save the Height Act” stickers, though they were not invited to testify. In the past they have argued that the law has served both city and federal interests well, and that the District still has plenty of room to build without jeopardizing its “iconic horizontal skyline” See Heights/Page 19


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Current

District Digest Police seek suspect in sexual assault

A female pedestrian was forced into a Friendship Heights alley and sexually assaulted last week, according to a Metropolitan Police Department news release. The woman was walking in the 5100 block of Wisconsin Avenue at around 11 p.m. Nov. 26 when a man approached her, placed an unknown object into her back and

demanded money. After getting money, the suspect forced the woman into a nearby alley in the 5100 block of 44th Street and sexually assaulted her. Police say the suspect in the first-degree sexual assault is a black male, 40 to 50 years old, of medium to dark complexion and standing between 5 feet 4 inches, and 5 feet 7 inches. He was wearing an olivegreen coat. Anyone with information should call 202-727-9099 or

text information to 50411.

New Hampshire work enters final phase

The D.C. Department of Transportation started the final phase of construction on its New Hampshire Avenue reconstruction and resurfacing project on Monday and should be done within a week, weather permitting. This phase impacts traffic flow

on the Pennsylvania Avenue, 23rd Street and K Street entrances to Washington Circle. Work is taking place between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Final paving operations will then continue on New Hampshire Avenue from M Street north toward Dupont Circle.

Cleanup targets ivy in Fort Reno Park

The Rock Creek Conservancy and National Park Service will remove English ivy from trees in Fort Reno Park — as well as from the park’s historic Chesapeake House — on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. English ivy climbs up tree trunks and smothers the plants, eventually causing them to die. The Rock Creek Conservancy has removed ivy from more than 3,000 trees in the creek’s watershed since 2012. The group says that by protecting trees, this in turn helps to protect the water quality. To volunteer, email Karen Zeiter at kzeiter@rockcreekconservancy. org.

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Work starts on Park Van Ness project

Work began Monday to raze two buildings in the Van Ness Square complex on the east side of the 4400 block of Connecticut Avenue NW, requiring a six-month closure of the sidewalk there, according to a news release from the D.C. Department of Transportation. Developer B.F. Saul is replacing the 1938 commercial buildings with a mixed-use project that will include some 271 apartment units above ground-floor retail. This project, dubbed Park Van Ness, is expected to take more than two years to complete and will also include streetscape improvements such as wider sidewalks.

Volunteerism office introduces online tool Serve DC, the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism, is offering a new online tool to connect residents with volunteer opportunities. NeighborGood is a free database and search engine that allows users to search for volunteer gigs by organization name; quadrant; ward; focus area; and appropriateness for kids, teens, seniors and groups. Organizations can also submit their volunteer needs. To access the tool, visit welcometoneighborgood.

Georgetown school expands facilities

The French Maternal School recently expanded its facilities in order to increase enrollment. The classes for 2- and 3-yearolds moved from the main site within the Georgetown Presbyterian Church at 3115 P St. into a row house at 3224 N St., leaving more space for the 4- through 6-year-olds. The new space on N Street has been renovated to serve the children. The building is equipped with a video entry system and a fenced playground featuring rubberized surface, slides and a sandbox. The school is currently enrolling 2- and 3-year-olds and offering tours for the 2014-2015 school year.


In last week’s sports desk, Sidwell quarterback Ted Hefter was identified as a senior with a touchdown toss to Diamente Holloway. Hefter is actually a sophomore, and the touchdown was to junior wideout Oscar Boochever. The Current regrets the errors. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, call the managing editor at 202-567-2011.

The Current Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Couple opens new music studio in Chevy Chase Arcade Kat Lucero/The Current

Harmonic Music Studios opened last month in Chevy Chase.

On a cold Thanksgiving Eve, Marshall Willner led an indoor drum circle in Chevy Chase. Participants varied by age, gender and musical skill, but they all shared the common purpose of rhythmically thumping the night away. “If you think you made a mistake, just smile and keep on playing,” Willner, a musician and accountant who has played and facilitated drum circles for years, told the

ON THE STREET kat lucero

group. Before the session commenced, individuals new to the musical gathering expressed “intrigue” at the concept of a drum circle — a group banging various percussion instruments to the beat of whatever rhythm comes their

way. Others congratulated Marshall and his wife, Brigette, who recently unveiled Harmonic Music Studios inside the Chevy Chase Arcade at 5520 Connecticut Ave. Since opening on Nov. 18, Harmonic, with 15 teachers currently on the roster, has been offering private lessons for adults, teens and children who want to sing or play musical See Store/Page 9

Ward 3 forum airs affordable-housing issues By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

“It takes a village to do everything that makes a community successful,” Sonya Hochevar of the Community Development and Preservation Corp. told a packed audience at a recent Ward 3 Housing Town Hall. Hochevar made an impassioned case at the Nov. 20 event that this growing “village” of the District of Columbia is also one that needs to make housing affordable to those playing supporting roles in the workforce. These include staff who clean the offices and schools, the servers and line cooks at restaurants and caretakers of children and the elderly. “Think about the people … who have been contributing to the growth and success of the village but don’t actually get a chance to live in the village and partake in the benefits that they’re helping to provide. That doesn’t make sense in a lot of ways,” said Hochevar, a resident services manager for the nonprofit real estate developer, which focuses on affordable housing. The town hall was sponsored by the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development and

Good Faith Communities, a network of churches that advocate for affordable-housing and homelessness issues. The coalition has been holding similar events in each ward during the past year as part of its Housing for All campaign, which is now ramping up efforts to make affordable housing a hot topic in the mayoral race. The forum at the Tenley-Friendship Library happened to fall on the same day that Mayor Vincent Gray announced an $187 million investment in affordable housing. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, rent should take up no more than 30 percent of a person’s income. But that hasn’t been the case for many D.C. residents in the last decade. Based on a recent DC Fiscal Policy Institute study, median rents in the city rose more than 50 percent from 2000 to 2010, as new residents flooded the city. And while the average household income increased from $76,560 in 2000 to $92,975 by 2010, the gains haven’t been evenly distributed, according to the same report. This has also resulted in a growing number of households paying more than half of their income in rent, as the number of low-cost rental units

(priced at $750 or less a month) dropped from 70,600 to 34,500 and the number of high-cost apartments ($1,500 or above) more than tripled from 12,400 to 45,070 units. Ward 3, which contains many of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods, may seem an unlikely section of the city to be concerned about affordable housing. But the area hosts a number of organizations like the Community Development and Preservation Corp., based in Chevy Chase, that advocate for affordable housing. There’s also Somerset Development Co., an affordable-housing developer based in Tenleytown that has partnered with Portner Place, a Section 8 housing complex in the gentrifying U Street corridor. Exercising the D.C.’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, Portner residents worked with Somerset to acquire their building when it went up for sale. Somerset is set to transform the 48-unit garden-style complex at 1450 V St. into a 330-unit mixedincome building. Families who currently live there under Section 8 contracts will be guaranteed affordable housing once the complex reopens. In addition to 90 to 100 See Housing/Page 9
















Wednesday, December 4, 2013



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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Nov. 25 through Dec. 1 in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 ■ downtown

Theft from auto ■ 7th Street and Constitution Avenue; 6 p.m. Nov. 26. Theft ■ 500-599 block, 14th St.; 3:54 p.m. Nov. 25. ■ 600-699 block, 13th St.; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 500-599 block, 11th St.; 9:45 a.m. Nov. 27. ■ 1300-1399 block, G St.; 6:55 p.m. Nov. 29. ■ 1000-1099 block, F St.; 10:14 p.m. Nov. 29.

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■ Gallery place PSA 102


Robbery ■ 600-699 block, E St.; 9:11 p.m. Nov. 26 (with gun). Burglary ■ 500-599 block, Indiana Ave.; 8:44 a.m. Nov. 25. Theft from auto ■ 500-599 block, 7th St.; 2 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 300-379 block, 6th St.; 3 p.m. Nov. 28. Theft ■ 800-899 block, E St.; 3 a.m. Nov. 30. ■ 1000-1089 block, 5th St.; 1:48 p.m. Nov. 30.

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■ chevy chase

Burglary ■ 5314-5359 block, Nevada Ave.; 4:43 p.m. Nov. 27. ■ 2700-2799 block, McKinley St.; 10:20 p.m. Nov. 30.

St.; 6:36 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 4300-4349 block, 39th St.; 7:04 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 5100-5199 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 8:02 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 3800-3899 block, Gramercy St.; 7:56 a.m. Nov. 27. ■ 3900-3999 block, Ingomar St.; 9:27 a.m. Nov. 27. ■ 3900-3999 block, Harrison St.; 10:57 a.m. Nov. 27. ■ 5300-5399 block, 42nd Place; 11:06 a.m. Nov. 27. ■ 3900-3999 block, Huntington St.; 12:58 p.m. Nov. 27. Theft ■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:27 p.m. Nov. 25. ■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 8:28 p.m. Nov. 25. ■ 4000-4099 block, Brandywine St.; 7:38 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 4600-4699 block, Chesapeake St.; 1 p.m. Nov. 29. ■ 4530-4599 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:42 p.m. Nov. 29 (with knife). ■ 4500-4599 block, 40th St.; 2:07 p.m. Nov. 30. ■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 9:21 p.m. Dec. 1.

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■ forest PSA 203 hills / van ness

cleveland park

Theft from auto ■ Porter Street and Connecticut Avenue; 11:16 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 3600-3699 block, Chesapeake St.; 10:02 a.m. Nov. 27. ■ 3600-3603 block, Warren St.; 11:05 a.m. Nov. 27. Theft ■ 2600-2899 block, Quebec St.; 3:56 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 5134-5185 block, Linnean Terrace; 9:12 a.m. Nov. 26.

psa 204

■ Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park

Theft from auto ■ 3800-3899 block, Morrison St.; 7:32 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 6120-6199 block, 33rd St.; 8:40 p.m. Nov. 26.

woodley park / Glover PSA 204

Theft ■ 2900-3099 block, Northampton St.; 9:05 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 5523-5599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:11 p.m. Dec. 1.

Burglary ■ 3700-3702 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 9 a.m. Dec. 1.

psa 202

■ Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Sexual abuse ■ 4500-4599 block, Fort Drive; 5 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 5100-5199 block, 44th St.; 10:26 p.m. Nov. 26. Theft from auto ■ 5400-5417 block, 42nd St.; 11 a.m. Nov. 25. ■ 5400-5417 block, 42nd St.; 11:52 a.m. Nov. 25. ■ 42nd and Ingomar streets; 4:15 p.m. Nov. 25. ■ 4200-4299 block, Garrison

park / cathedral heights

Robbery ■ 3917-3999 block, W St.; 4:32 a.m. Nov. 30.

Theft from auto ■ 3100-3199 block, 33rd Place; 7:28 a.m. Nov. 25. ■ 3700-3799 block, 39th St.; 7:53 a.m. Nov. 25. ■ 3200-3299 block, Woodland Drive; 2 p.m. Nov. 25. ■ 3000-3199 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:40 a.m. Nov. 29.

psa 205

■ palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Motor vehicle theft ■ 5001-5099 block, Sherier Place; 11:11 a.m. Nov. 29. Theft from auto ■ 4400-4499 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 6 p.m. Nov. 25.

■ 4400-4499 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 7 p.m. Nov. 25. ■ 5700-5799 block, Potomac Ave.; 7:51 a.m. Nov. 29. ■ 4100-4199 block, Fordham Road; 8:54 a.m. Nov. 29. ■ 5001-5099 block, Sherier Place; 9:18 a.m. Nov. 29. ■ 5100-5199 block, Palisade Lane; 2:14 p.m. Nov. 29. ■ 5400-5499 block, Carolina Place; 4:40 p.m. Nov. 29. ■ 2200-2225 block, 49th St.; 1:27 a.m. Nov. 30. ■ 5100-5139 block, Yuma St.; 12:58 p.m. Nov. 30. ■ 5150-5299 block, Manning Place; 7 a.m. Dec. 1. Theft ■ 4000-4099 block, Brandywine St.; 8:09 p.m. Nov. 26.

psa PSA 206 206

■ georgetown / burleith

Robbery ■ 2900-2999 block, M St.; 1:10 p.m. Nov. 29. Burglary ■ 1500-1599 block, 26th St.; 1:43 a.m. Nov. 30. Theft from auto ■ 2300-2699 block, Q St.; 4 p.m. Nov. 27. Theft ■ 2600-2799 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 1:45 a.m. Nov. 25. ■ 3600-3699 block, O St.; 4:40 p.m. Nov. 25. ■ 3100-3199 block, M St.; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ Wisconsin Avenue and M Street; 4 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 3600-3699 block, O St.; 6:10 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 3000-3049 block, M St.; 9:28 a.m. Nov. 29. ■ 1224-1299 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:49 p.m. Nov. 30. ■ 3200-3275 block, M St.; 7:46 p.m. Dec. 1.

psa PSA 207 207

■ foggy bottom / west end

Burglary ■ 2100-2199 block, I St.; 12:06 a.m. Nov. 29. Motor vehicle theft ■ 700-753 block, 18th St.; 2:17 p.m. Nov. 27. ■ 17th and L streets; 1:38 p.m. Dec. 1. Theft from auto ■ 1200-1299 block, 25th St.; 8:13 a.m. Nov. 27. ■ 1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7:36 p.m. Nov. 27. ■ 2500-2599 block, L St.; 1:27 p.m. Nov. 29. Theft ■ 600-699 block, 14th St.; 1:03 a.m. Nov. 25. ■ 1600-1699 block, K St.; 5:10 p.m. Nov. 25. ■ 19th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; 10 a.m. Nov. 26. ■ 1100-1129 block, 17th St.; 8 p.m. Nov. 28. ■ 900-999 block, 14th St.;

6:55 p.m. Nov 29. ■ 1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 30. ■ 1000-1099 block, 19th St.; 2:10 p.m. Nov. 30. ■ 1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:12 p.m. Dec. 1.

psa 208

■ sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery ■ 1400-1499 block, N St.; 12:55 a.m. Nov. 29. ■ 1800-1899 block, M St.; 12:14 p.m. Nov. 30 (with gun). ■ 2100-2198 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:30 a.m. Dec. 1 (with knife). Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ P and 17th streets; 9:33 p.m. Dec. 1. Motor vehicle theft ■ 1400-1499 block, N St.; 11:43 a.m. Nov. 26. ■ 1800-1899 block, N St.; 7:26 p.m. Nov. 26. Sexual abuse ■ 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Theft from auto ■ 1800-1899 block, Corcoran St.; 9:58 a.m. Nov. 25. ■ 1400-1499 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 8:46 a.m. Nov. 29. Theft ■ 1400-1499 block, P St.; 2:24 p.m. Nov. 26. ■ 1500-1599 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 8:39 a.m. Nov. 29.

psa PSA 301 301

■ Dupont circle

Robbery ■ 2000-2019 block, 17th St.; 12:40 p.m. Nov. 30. Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 1724-1799 block, 17th St.; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30 (with knife). Theft from auto ■ 2100-2199 block, New Hampshire Ave.; noon Nov. 25. ■ 1400-1499 block, Corcoran St.; 1 a.m. Nov. 26. ■ 1821-1899 block, 15th St.; 1:21 p.m. Nov. 28. Theft ■ 1400-1499 block, T St.; 5:45 p.m. Nov. 25.

psa PSA 303 303

■ adams morgan

Burglary ■ 1630-1699 block, Euclid St.; 12:25 p.m. Nov. 27. Theft from auto ■ 2322-2499 block, Ontario Road; 9:54 a.m. Nov. 27. ■ 1730-1797 block, Lanier Place; 10:40 a.m. Nov. 29. ■ 1737-1776 block, Columbia Road; 2:15 p.m. Nov. 30.

ch n The Current W ednesday, December 4, 2013


Council votes unanimously to hike Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minimum wage to $11.50 By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

As expected, the D.C. Council took an initial vote yesterday to raise the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minimum wage from $8.25 to $11.50 an hour by 2016, joining legislators from Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Montgomery counties in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;regional approachâ&#x20AC;? to ensure that each jurisdiction remains competitive for employers and jobs.

D.C. Council delays vote on Hardy lease

The outcome has seemed likely ever since a more controversial bill requiring a higher minimum only for large retailers like Walmart failed after a mayoral veto. Since then, the council, mayor and even major business groups have said that a broad-based increase in the minimum wage makes more sense. Mayor Vincent Gray said recently that he could support a $10-an-hour minimum, but he has not indicated whether he would veto a

larger amount. The councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unanimous vote appears to mean it could override any veto. But the more controversial issue of wage minimums for employees who also receive tips remains unsettled. Waiters, waitresses and other tipped employees currently get a flat $2.77 an hour, but they are guaranteed a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tip creditâ&#x20AC;? to raise their take at least to the general minimum. Many restaurants say their employees typically wind up with even higher pay.

Earlier in the day, Ward 3 member Mary Cheh introduced a separate bill to raise the â&#x20AC;&#x153;tip wageâ&#x20AC;? to 50 percent of the general minimum wage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our restaurants are doing very, very well,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sky will not fall.â&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no vote yet scheduled on Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill, which the local restaurant industry has vowed to oppose. The council will take a second and final vote on the general minimum wage act Dec. 17.

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By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Council abruptly postponed declaring the former Hardy School in Foxhall as surplus property yesterday, also delaying approval of a 25-year lease to the private Lab School of Washington. Council members said they want more assurance that the city wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need the old school to help handle overcrowding, and that the property would immediately revert to the District if the Lab School were to leave. They will now vote Dec. 17. Lab has been renting the closed school at 1550 Foxhall Road since 2008, and school leaders asked for a long-term lease to help them get financing for major capital improvements, including heading and airconditioning systems. The proposed lease would continue the current annual base rent of $80,000 through 2017, with a 2 percent annual increase thereafter, and would be renewable for another 25 years. City officials say they wanted to keep Labâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s costs down because it must offer small classes to serve students with learning disabilities, limiting enrollment and tuition revenue. Roughly one-fifth of the students come from the District public school system. Recently, parent leaders from nearby Key Elementary have protested, arguing that it makes little sense for the city to surrender a public school building in light of recent overcrowding in many Ward 3 schools and an ongoing effort to reconsider boundaries and feeder patterns citywide. Public school officials have insisted they have â&#x20AC;&#x153;no viable alternative useâ&#x20AC;? for the building, which is â&#x20AC;&#x153;too small to be a viable public school,â&#x20AC;? according to Ward 5 Council member Kenyan McDuffie, whose committee handled the surplusing bill. Lab rents the old Hardy, which hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been used as a public school since 1998, to house its 80-student elementary program. After the council action, head of school Katherine Schantz said in a statement that she is â&#x20AC;&#x153;confident Lab will have full support of the council members when they vote later this month.â&#x20AC;?


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013



The Current


PLAYGROUNDS: City to upgrade Mitchell, Lafayette and Guy Mason

From Page 1

Park Community Center in Southeast. This week, he celebrated completion of yet another renovated playground, at Hillcrest Recreation Center in Southeast. Currently, the parks department is in the process of selecting designers to work on the eight additional play areas. The agency is also coordinating with the Department of General Services and nonprofit organizations affiliated with the three parks in Northwest to host public meetings, known as a design charrettes. Like past “Play DC” sessions, officials will present an overview of their goals and gather input on residents’ desires for the parks. “We typically do that in an openhouse style. We’ve got places [at the meetings] where people can write their ideas,” said Stacie West, a parks department planner involved in the initiative. “We’ll also have designers for people to talk to about what’s possible. The big things we try to find out from people is what they

like about the site … and what needs to change.” Guy Mason Recreation Center and Mitchell Park will be the subject of community meetings in December, said West. Volunteer board members of organizations that help manage these parks — and raise thousands of dollars to maintain them — were happy to learn of the city’s new investments. “It’s nice to have the city take a lead on that,” said Dan Melman, president of the Friends of Guy Mason Recreation Center, which has helped maintain the park along the busy Wisconsin Avenue corridor in Glover Park since 1990. “We’re happy to work with the city through a series of public meetings.” Melman said the park’s playground has undergone numerous updates in the past few years, with the most recent one during former Mayor Adrian Fenty’s tenure. The recreation building itself underwent major renovation a couple of years ago. For this round of improvements,

Melman suggested adding more play equipment to cater to older kids, as well as structures to allow for multiple uses and more imaginative play. He also wants the park to be more physically accessible for all ages. At Mitchell Park, located at 23rd and S streets in Sheridan-Kalorama, Pierre Wagner said the recreation building needs the most attention. “The paint is peeling, the windows are falling off,” said Wagner, the president of the Friends of Mitchell Park, which was founded in 1998. He also said the park needs more benches since the wooden ones have rotted. Although board members of the Friends of Lafayette Park weren’t aware of the city’s announcement until The Current contacted some of them for comment, they were excited that the city is taking the lead to repair the playground at 33rd and Quesada streets in Chevy Chase, adjacent to Lafayette Elementary School. Jeff Stoiber, the organization’s president, suggested that the recre-

ation building needs upgrades. “It dates to the ’50s or ’60s. It’s really small, not a really good building at all,” said Stoiber, an architect, who has created a concept plan for a new facility. He also said the park also suffers from soil erosion problems. “It’s a fairly hilly park. There’s an upper hill that’s used for dog walking and exercise, which means it gets eroded pretty easily. We’re hopeful that we can turf the upper field.” Play DC currently has 11 playgrounds still under construction or in the design phase, including Rose Park at 26th and P streets; Newark Park at 39th and Newark streets; and Forest Hills Park at 32nd and Chesapeake streets. The eight new playgrounds added to the list — one in each ward — raises Play DC’s total projects to 40. The city selected the play spaces based on a parks department scorecard that evaluated factors such as the condition of existing equipment, water and electric infrastructure, demographics and community needs, among others.

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MUSEUM From Page 2 owned by the city, and the square, which belongs to the National Park Service. Maltz, a former Navy officer who was assigned to the CIA and National Security Agency during the 1950s, later formed Malrite Communications, a multimillion-dollar radio and TV broadcast firm which earned him his fortune. He sold it in 1998, maintaining only the Malrite Co., which opened several museums, including the for-profit Spy Museum at 800 F St. NW in 2002. “We never expected the response — 600,000 [visitors] a year now — and we’re out of space,” Maltz said. Then he learned Events DC was looking for a partner to reimagine the Carnegie Library, which it acquired in 2011, and thus a publicprivate partnership was formed. “We were very excited about this opportunity, to preserve the legacy and create a new legacy,” said Greg O’Dell, director of Events DC. Proceeding as a joint venture, the two retained an architect, Dan Kelly of Philadelphia, and began spinning out plans. The current proposal is to add underground space for Spy Museum exhibits, and glassy pavilions at ground level to house a cafe, visitors center and museum shop. The historical society would get renovated space inside, and the top floor would remain available for special events. Probably the most controversial aspect of the plan is the glass pavilions wrapping around the beaux-arts library’s east, west and north sides. Along with the 58,000 square feet of added space — 40,000 of that underground — the plan also includes landscaping for the square. Spy Museum spokesperson Jason Werden said Malrite intends to turn it over to the city after obtaining nonprofit status. It will also pay for the move — about four blocks to the north — and for construction of the underground facilities. O’Dell said the total estimated cost for the partnership is $70 million to $75 million. The entire project must also be reviewed by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, which approved the concept in a unanimous vote on Nov. 21. City preservation and transportation authorities will also weigh in, and an environmental assessment is in the works. But initial reviews have been largely favorable. “Many of us for years were saddened by the underuse of this architectural gem,” Harriet Tregoning, the city’s top planner, said of the Carnegie Library. If all goes well, officials hope to break ground on the project in January 2015, complete construction by December 2016, and celebrate with a grand opening the following month, said Ashley Forrester, a spokesperson for Events DC. Werden said he doesn’t yet know the fate of the Spy Museum’s leased quarters on F Street, but he expects the landlords will easily find new tenants.

The Current Wednesday, December 4, 2013


HOUSING: Cheh cites new funding source if Congress allows taxes on Internet sales

From Page 5

affordable units, the development is slated to include 230 market-rate units. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doubling the amount of affordable housing on that site,â&#x20AC;? Nancy Hooff, a partner at Somerset, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will truly be mixed income. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re providing services and support, but one very different with the rest of 14th and U.â&#x20AC;? In an interview, Hooff said planning for the project, including rezoning, will take up to eight to 12 months. Her organization will also find housing for the residents currently living

at Portner during the construction and help them return when the renovation is complete. Friendship Place, a 22-year-old homelessness group that helps participants rebuild their lives, has locations in Glover Park and Tenleytown. Five years ago, the organization adopted the â&#x20AC;&#x153;housing firstâ&#x20AC;? model, helping residents highly vulnerable to injury or death due to severe mental or physical illnesses move from the streets or shelters directly into apartments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have 65 people in their own apartments, holding their own leases,â&#x20AC;? said executive director Jean-Michel Giraud. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re

delighted to embrace this new model because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s barrier-free. No questions asked about abstinence, drug use, alcohol use. Rather you come as you are. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll help you help yourself.â&#x20AC;? Speaking at the Nov. 20 event, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh touted her support of council legislation that, pending congressional approval of national tax provisions, would direct up to $50 million from revenues raised by a sales tax on Internet purchases by city residents to coordinated efforts eradicating homelessness by 2020. While she herself has

no direct involvement with the council committees that deal with homelessness, she said she wanted to help work on the issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want you all to write the voting members of Congress and tell them to pass this legislation that would allow us to tax Internet sales because in the District of Columbia thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a major source of money to solve homelessness,â&#x20AC;? Cheh told audience members. Cheh also said she will â&#x20AC;&#x153;absolutelyâ&#x20AC;? support the coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal to increase a permanent stream of funding for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Housing Production Trust Fund.

MUSIC From Page 5 instruments such as violin, cello, piano, flute and guitar. Early next year, the studio will begin offering group lessons, instrument rentals and music supplies. It will also continue to host the drum circle every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cooperative event,â&#x20AC;? Marshall said. Through the studio and the Harmonic Music Foundation itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s named after, the Willners also want to create a community. To do so, they redesigned the space to make it fun and appealing to everyone, said Brigette. Inside the historic beaux-arts arcade, the Harmonic stands out with its modern minimalist design. The walls of the brightly lit reception area on the main level are decorated with a simple music score and electric drum pads. The lessons take place downstairs, where there are 10 soundproof studios. Musicians who need a private place to practice can rent a studio from $10 to $15 an hour. Across the hallway is the community area, where the weekly drum circles and group classes will take place. For teachers, the Willners recruited the staff from their own network, as well as from schools with wellknown music programs such as Catholic University and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Future plans include offering recitals for students, commissioning new works of art, and hosting festivals. A large calendar of events will soon be showcased on the storefront. Avid music lovers with backgrounds in business, the Willners have always wanted to start a music establishment connected to a foundation. They also saw how much one of their daughters enjoyed learning how to play the classical guitar, and they wanted to share that enjoyment with others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was thinking about improving the [learning] process, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what created this space,â&#x20AC;? said Brigette. When they saw a vacancy inside the historic structure located at 5520 Connecticut Ave., near their accounting practice, they got the ball rolling last spring. They incorporated the self-funded Harmonic Music Foundation and, a few months later, the two-level studio component of the same name was constructed.


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Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Electoral reflections

Ordinarily, it’s a given that an election involving an incumbent is a referendum on the politician’s past performance in office. With Mayor Vincent Gray’s announcement Monday afternoon that he will seek a second term as the District’s chief executive, the axiom is likely to require some adjustment. There’s no doubt that — notwithstanding Mr. Gray’s solid record of achievement as mayor in terms of education reform, economic development and other initiatives — many voters will focus largely on his 2010 mayoral bid. Given the circumstances and the many remaining questions, that is quite reasonable. A year and a half ago, there were a frantic few days when three D.C. Council members called for Mayor Gray’s resignation due to the illegal activities of several of his supporters — as spelled out in new allegations and revelations that had come out in court filings and in the media. But the white-hot urgency cooled as the U.S. Attorney’s Office continued its review. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said recently that the investigation continues while noting that four people who campaigned on his behalf had pleaded guilty to felonies. We can understand the difficulty, but the city needs closure as the April 1 mayoral election approaches. And after working on this for three years, prosecutors should have come up with something by now. We hope that Mr. Machen will make the decision whether to issue an indictment before nominating petitions are due Jan. 2 — or issue an announcement saying that prosecutors did not uncover sufficient evidence of personal involvement by Mr. Gray. Even with such an announcement, however, we believe that Mayor Gray would owe it to the citizens of the District of Columbia to provide a detailed explanation of what he knows, if anything, about the 2010 “shadow campaign.” Otherwise, for many voters, that will remain the elephant in the room, preventing any serious look at his strong record in office and priorities for a second term. The Gray campaign obviously can’t allow the earlier campaign to distract from the current one, but it can’t ignore the misdeeds either. Ultimately, it will be up to the electorate to decide whether the 2014 election will be a referendum on Mr. Gray’s time in office — or how he got there. In the meantime, there is plenty of work for D.C. voters. With a crowded field angling for the mayor’s office, the time has come for a serious look at the ideas and experience offered by D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, Vincent Orange and Tommy Wells, as well as the two most credible outsiders — bookstore owner and restaurateur Andy Shallal, and former federal official Reta Lewis.

Cleaning up the rivers

We’re intrigued by a proposal included in the package of environmental legislation Mayor Vincent Gray recently sent to the D.C. Council — as well as one that wasn’t. Among the many components of the omnibus bill, which the mayor submitted as part of his larger “Sustainable DC” plan, is a proposal to ban Styrofoam and other polystyrene containers. We’d be interested to hear of any possible ramifications, but there are clear benefits to D.C. waterways, where the plastic foam containers collect and don’t fully break down. Mike Bolinder of Anacostia Riverkeeper told The Washington Post that polystyrene foam makes up a “substantial portion” of the trash pulled from the river. But he noted that it’s hard to gather the foam when it breaks into small pieces — which also means that fish can mistake it for food. We hope the council will give serious consideration to the idea. But we’re also curious about an environmental idea the mayor didn’t propose. Mr. Bolinder also told The Post that a “bottle bill” would be even more effective than a Styrofoam ban. Bottle bills, also known as container deposit laws, require retailers to collect a deposit on beverage containers, which the buyer can recoup by returning the bottle or can to a retailer for recycling. Bottle bills have been around for decades, starting in Oregon in 1971. In 1987, the issue came to D.C. via a voter referendum, but a major push by industry folks brought down the effort. It seems unlikely that the same thing would happen today; if D.C. can pass a plastic-bag fee with citywide support, a bottle bill seems within reach. The goal of bottle bills is to increase the rate of recycling — which, in turn, would reduce the number of bottles and cans that end up in our local waterways. The laws have had their desired effects in other jurisdictions, with seven states reporting a 70 to 83 percent reduction of drink container trash, according to As always, we’d want to consider any potential negative consequences, but we believe the council should take a look at this option as well.

The Current

And … so it really begins … ! Mayor Vincent Gray, finally, took the plunge. On Monday, almost a month to the day from the Jan. 2 deadline to file petitions for the April 1 primary, Gray showed up unannounced at the D.C. Board of Elections to formally sign his re-election papers. “I just came down and filed to take out petitions for re-election,” he told NBC4, which broke the story. “We’re actually going to have a kickoff event in early 2014.” The calendar was no friend to the mayor, whose 2010 campaign remains under federal criminal investigation. The Jan. 2 deadline is fast approaching. Gray had to file for re-election to preserve his chance of being on the ballot. If Gray had not run for re-election — he loves the job — it would have been a clear signal that he feared or expected some type of criminal charge against him. He always can withdraw from the race at any time if that unseemly situation presents itself. If no legal action is forthcoming, he’s in the race to win. It’s a gamble. Gray maintains he didn’t do anything wrong in the 2010 campaign. Four others associated with it — including two of his close pals — already have pleaded guilty to orchestrating the infamous $650,000 “shadow” campaign that helped elect him. But Gray’s running is something of a taunt to U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. The prosecutor recently said publicly that some people connected to Gray’s 2010 campaign aren’t cooperating with — in fact, are obstructing — the investigation. And he famously said, “there’s there there,” in response to questions about why his lengthy probe is taking so long. In response to reporters’ questions about Gray’s decision, the prosecutor’s office on Monday issued a simple statement: “The investigation into the 2010 mayoral election is continuing.” ■ Hitting the roof. NBC4’s Mark Segraves last week broke the story that the Washington Nationals had recently and quietly approached the city about paying for a $300 million roof over the baseball stadium. We’ll spare you the suspense. It’s not going to happen. There’s still taxpayer angst and anger over the original cost of the 2008 stadium — about $700 million. People remember the team owners haggling over the cost and look of even the pillows being used. There apparently is zero interest among city officials for the baseball roof. Ward 2 D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Jack Evans has championed the city’s big league aspirations for several years. He helped guide construction of the city’s convention center, the Verizon

Center and the baseball stadium — all against noisy opposition. Evans likes to say without those three significant public works projects, “We’d be Detroit.” While that’s not literally true, you know what he means. So what does Evans think about a taxpayer roof for the Nats? “I don’t think it makes any sense at all,” Evans told NBC4 last week at the 14th annual Safeway Feast of the Season at the Washington Convention Center. “First of all,” he said warming to the subject, “the city is not going to pay for it. So, if there were any addition made to the facilities, it would have to be done by the team.” ■ The future of RFK. Some people may think a new stadium at RFK is a pipe dream, but the city is trying to determine the site’s future. The current facility opened in 1960. The Washington Post and the Washington Business Journal reported last week that the city’s sports authority – Events DC — is going to explore what might happen on the site and report back Jan. 3. Maybe a domed stadium for the Redskins? ■ Radio silence? A few months ago, several news organizations complained when the Metropolitan Police Department encrypted its main general purpose radio channel. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said criminals could listen and alter their behavior. The media complained, but didn’t challenge the police in court. Now the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is following suit. It has said it will encrypt the department’s radios at the end of the year. But there’s less silence about the fire department plan. “It’s extremely important to have transparency, to have information given to the public” in that department, said Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, chair of the public safety committee and a candidate for mayor. He said he had studied the issue closely. “From what I can tell,” he told us, “there’s not a major public service that’s gained by encrypting all of the fire department information.” Wells is due to hold a public hearing on the department at 11 a.m. today at the Wilson Building. As a reporter, the Notebook has written regularly about how local and federal agencies are shutting down access to the media and the public in the name of “security.” Soon enough, there will come a time when there is serious police misconduct or a fire department mishap. Or police and fire will do some of their extraordinary work that deserves our attention and praise. The watch words should not be “maintain radio silence.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Joe Grano bettered District’s civic life

As Tom Sherwood and others have noted, Joe Grano was a true public citizen of our city. In addition to trying to save Rhodes Tavern, D.C.’s first town hall, and working for a postage stamp honoring Constantino Brumidi, he was involved in many other worthwhile civic efforts, in most cases battling the established, entrenched powers. Some of these causes included: ■ advocating for the retention of all of the John A. Wilson Build-

ing as our seat of government and not allowing a large portion to be leased for federal office space; ■ educating the preservation community and the public at large on the crucial role history, not just design and architecture, plays in preservation and restoration decisions; ■ exposing the shameful giveaways of alleys to developers when they could be used as public bargaining chips for historic preservation and other public benefits, such as inclusion of affordable housing in major developments; ■ returning the statue of Gov. Alexander Robey Shepherd to the outside of the Wilson Building and many other initiatives of the

Association of the Oldest Inhabitants, the District’s oldest civic organization; and ■ forcefully opposing any change in the 1910 Height of Buildings Act to allow tall buildings in our city. In all of these causes, Joe brought to bear his unequaled skills as a creative, resourceful grass-roots organizer, skilled political operative (in the best sense of that word) and media guru. Above all, he knew when to change tactics as the situation changed without losing sight of the ultimate objective. We will miss him. Nelson Rimensnyder Bill Rice Washington, D.C.

The Current

Letters to the Editor Climate change isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter of opinion

I submit that the letter by Don W. Crockett [Letters to the Editor, Nov. 6] suggesting that â&#x20AC;&#x153;no scientific basis exists for the theory that man-made carbon dioxideâ&#x20AC;? is the cause of global climate change should have been treated as the Los Angeles Times does. It should not have been printed because it is objectively an error of fact. David King Glover Park

Letter writers fail to note lack of warming

A deeply held belief in approaching catastrophic global warming is in danger of becoming an article of faith in our society, impervious to fact or reason. The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 13 issue contained two letters to the editor [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clear evidence exists on climate changeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Society must reduce its carbon footprintâ&#x20AC;?] directly on point. Both writers appear to view the continuing and unrelenting rise in planetary carbon dioxide levels as proof of ongoing global warming. It is telling, however, that they only state what they believe to be the cause (rising carbon dioxide levels) while neglecting to note a 15-year absence of the postulated effect (a corresponding increase in planetary surface temperatures). The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (co-Nobel Prize winner with Al Gore) has recognized that there has been no significant warming of the planet since 1998. When carbon dioxide levels continue to climb but temperatures do not accompany them, the central tenet of catastrophic global warming theory (that increases in the former cause the latter to rise) is rebutted. The computer models that were the predictive voice of catastrophic global warming theory have now also been discredited, as none of them could account for the relative lack of warming these last two decades. How could the simplistic notion that carbon dioxide causes warming have gained such traction in our culture? Why such worry about temperatures when they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t risen in 15 years? One identifiable culprit is the federalization and politicization of university research. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s follow the money and see how â&#x20AC;&#x153;climate change scienceâ&#x20AC;? actually works these days. When the federal government has millions of dollars in grant money to study catastrophic, anthropogenic global warming, the desired conclusion of the research is

not a mystery. No one wants to pay good (taxpayer) money to study something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a serious problem. Scientists professing fealty to a global warming emergency happily take the money and write research reports (and create computer models) designed to get them more of it. Scientists ringing the climate change alarm bell most loudly get the best grants. If they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ringing, the money goes away. Why would they stop? The end result of this ridiculous bastardization of research is the best â&#x20AC;&#x153;scientific consensusâ&#x20AC;? money can buy. George Will once observed that the proof of the extent of Trotskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farsightedness was that none of his predictions had yet come true. As we consider the level of possible bias in what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been told to think, perhaps we shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be so quick to believe in the future climate catastrophe so boldly predicted by those who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t foresee the present. Michael Enders Friendship Heights

Foggy Bottom Metro needs second entry

In his Nov. 27 letter to the editor, Michael Kent mentioned that building a second entrance at the Foggy Bottom Metro station could better serve Georgetown. He is right on. According to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foggy Bottom-GWU Station Second Entrance Demand Analysis, completed March 1, 2007, the station is the busiest one in the system without a second Metro entrance. Furthermore, this study concludes that â&#x20AC;&#x153;emergency egress capabilities do not meet industry standards,â&#x20AC;? raising concern not just about the inconvenience of overcrowding, but also safety. I applaud the Georgetown Business Improvement Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advocacy efforts for a Georgetown entrance by 2028 instead of 2040, but even that is still 15 years away. A more immediate solution to improving walkability is having a shuttle program linking the Foggy Bottom-GWU station to Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Washington Harbour via Virginia Avenue. Another interesting tidbit of why a second entrance is needed at the Foggy Bottom-GWU station is the cost of regular maintenance due to overuse. A doctoral student in scientific computation at the University of Maryland recently did a study of escalator breakages and found that the Foggy Bottom-GWU station and Dupont Circle south entrance had some of most regular breakdowns. Building a second entrance to the Foggy Bottom-GWU station would decrease the wear and tear at

both of these stations and also could help make Georgetown less of a transit island. Jackson Carnes Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, 2A07

DC Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bills rely on inaccurate maps

Customers of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority should carefully monitor their bills for Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) charges. DC Water may increase charges based on a propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ERU rating at its discretion and without notice. It may do so on the basis of flawed evidence and debatable definitions. DC Water calculates a propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ERU value based on its estimate of the water-impervious area on a property. The agency determines the impervious area by means of aerial photos over which ostensible property boundary lines have been superimposed. At least for my neighborhood in the Palisades, those property lines are seriously off-register with the aerial photo. Even a casual observer can see that the property lines do not match up with such obvious features as fences. Moreover, DC Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s map shows property lines bisecting and even trisecting houses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; clearly an impossibility. I learned this some time ago when DC Water increased my ERU rating and thus my total bill without notice. When I asked for the basis of this increase, DC Water provided such a map showing my property including much of a neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driveway (and also with a property line running through my house). After pointing out the property line shift and providing a letter from my neighbor stating that the driveway belonged to the neighboring property, I expected DC Water readily to acknowledge the mistake. Instead, officials there stood by the increase, and I had to take them to arbitration to get the increase reversed. If your neighbor has a nearby outbuilding or pavement, you may want to find out to whom DC Water thinks it belongs, because DC Water may be using an erroneous map. DC Water also has a questionable definition of impervious. For example, they say an elevated wooden deck is impervious, despite the fact that it sheds any precipitation directly to the soil beneath it. If you have any type of trellis or pergola structure on your property or other feature that could appear solid in a blurry aerial photo, you might want to find out how DC Water classifies it. DC Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s customers can request a copy of the ERU-charge map for their own property at Hugh Winkler The Palisades

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Letters to the Editor City should restore Wisconsin Ave. lanes

I am writing to urge that the reconfigured Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park be restored to what it was. I do not believe that accurate traffic flow studies were done by the D.C. Department of Transportation before the project was undertaken, at great expense. The lane reduction for automobiles on Wisconsin Avenue has doubled the amount of time it takes to drive through that stretch of Wisconsin Avenue most of the time. It is not uncommon, during peak driving times, to creep along at 5 mph on that stretch of the road. The reconfiguration not only slows traffic tremendously, but also has environmental consequences. Cars idling in traffic waste gasoline and spew more pollution into the air. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far better to keep the traffic moving at a reasonable speed. Whatever benefits might have been imagined by this reconfiguration are far outweighed by the negative consequences. I strongly recommend that Wisconsin Avenue be restored to the lane configuration that existed in the past. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate, but the outcome of this project has been only negative. John A. Boffa Georgetown

With traffic changes, joke is on residents

I could not agree more with Marion Goldinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter regarding the need to restore additional lanes on Wisconsin Avenue between Glover Park and Georgetown [Letters to the Editor, Oct. 23]. When the project finished, I marveled that the city must have reviewed all the proposals for this span, picked the very worst alternative and then implemented it as some kind of joke to see how long it would take for D.C. residents to see that the joke was on them. Restoring Wisconsin Avenue to its former traffic pattern must be done sooner rather than later. Christina Grigorian Georgetown

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I would like to commend the D.C. attorney general for filing a lawsuit to determine whether the owner of a District gas station who leases the station to a third party has the right to require the lessee to buy gas only from him. The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position is that this action would violate the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Retail Service Station Act. The lawsuit defendants are Mr. Eyob â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joeâ&#x20AC;? Mamo, the owner of all of the Exxon stations in the District, and the ExxonMobil Oil Corp. Mr. Mamoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leases of the Exxon sta-

tions require that the lessees purchase their gas only from him. Mr. Mamoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s companies are the exclusive gasoline suppliers for about 60 percent of the 107 gas stations in D.C., according to the attorney generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. When Exxon owned its own D.C. stations, the company sold its gasoline directly to the station operators. Mr. Mamoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s markup of the gas at some times has been as much as four times that charged by Exxon when it owned the stations. If the lawsuit is successful, the lessees of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exxon stations would be free to purchase Exxon gas on the open market â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with the result being considerably lower prices for them and ultimately for the public. The Washington Post published a Sept. 3 editorial that reads like a playbook for Mr. Mamoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lobbyists. It takes the position that the lawsuit resumes a crusade against Mr. Mamo by D.C. officials. This apparently refers to an investigation by Attorney General Irv Nathan of a possible antitrust suit that was never filed, and to proposed D.C. Council legislation that would have prohibited a gas station lease from requiring the purchase of all gasoline from the station owner. The legislation failed on a 6-6 vote. Virtually all the â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? votes came from council members who received campaign funds from Mr. Mamo or his lobbyist (two of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;? votes are no longer on the council). One Exxon station reports that it sold 100,000 gallons of gas a month before Mr. Mamo bought the station and started requiring its gasoline be purchased from him. Since then, its monthly sales have dropped to 70,000 gallons. Maryland and Virginia stations with cheaper gas benefit, and the D.C. government ends up losing 25 cents a gallon in taxes for every gallon not sold locally. Should the current lawsuit fail, I would urge the reintroduction and fast-tracked adoption of legislation to accomplish the objective of lower gas prices and increased revenue for the District. C.D. Ward Colony Hill

Palisades Safeway project is too large

I reside in Ward 3, am active in Palisades Village and Iona Senior Services and am a member of the Palisades Citizens Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Safeway task force. We have been working throughout the summer surveying residents and others on the proposed Safeway project. I think most residents respect Safewayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to develop its property and understand that a new supermarket could be a gain for our community. But the sheer size and density of what has been proposed has raised many concerns among those who live in the Palisades. We value our culture in this part of the city and want it to be retained. Our neighborhood fits into the concept of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Livable D.C.â&#x20AC;? What has been proposed to date does not

correspond with the character and scale of the surrounding neighborhood. It could end up being more than twice as tall as the old MacArthur Theater (now a CVS) and built out sidewalk to sidewalk, with as many as 100 condominiums that would each sell for between $900,000 and $1.4 million, according to Safeway. I think most residents do not object to a new supermarket, but the sheer size of what is proposed would not just set an unfortunate precedent for our â&#x20AC;&#x153;small town in a big city,â&#x20AC;? but also raise considerable concerns regarding the cascading effects on our schools, traffic, parking and the overflow into surrounding streets. There is a considerable human dimension to this, including the impact on the schools and churches. The burgeoning senior population has various needs, including safety and easy access to services. Close to Safeway are four schools whose students use the streets and sidewalks and parking spaces around the Safeway. So there is a deep concern about the impact of a larger store and the proposed condos. We ask only that Safeway temper its plans. It is possible for Safeway to get a better store and the Palisades to have a development that adds to our neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique character. Recent outreach efforts have been well received, and paying attention to the seniors is a step in the right direction. However, Safeway should show it is really listening to the community by presenting a revised plan that is a better fit. A reasonable project would enrich not only Safeway and developer Duball LLC, but also the community writ large. Those who will be affected should contact the task force or the Palisades Citizens Association with your concerns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and should do so soon, since a revised proposal from Safeway and Duball should be emerging soon. For more on this issue, visit or email John P. Giacomini The Palisades

Pesticides kill animal pests, not weeds

I commend Jake Liebman for his thoughtful and articulate letter warning of the dangers of pesticides on lawns [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Area residents should avoid lawn pesticides,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 6]. We all want to keep our pets safe and the environment clean. One important clarification, though. Pesticides are meant to kill animal pests, generally bugs and grubs that harm lawns. Weedkillers are not actually pesticides, but rather herbicides, and are generally not harmful to pets once they have dried. They should always be applied according to the instructions, which may include warning about heath risks, but they should not be confused with pesticides that may be harmful to us animals. Thanks! James S. Biggs Chevy Chase


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Visitation shocks WCAC power Holy Cross By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

When Visitation’s girls basketball players looked at their schedule for this season, the first game stood out — a date with perennial Washington Catholic Athletic Conference powerhouse Holy Cross. With that daunting measuring-stick contest to start the year, the Cubs were determined to prove that they are a team to be reckoned with this season. And against Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon, the Cubs sent a resounding message by shocking the Tartans 63-57 at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda as part of the annual Shepherd Foundation Hoops Classic. “It really boosts our confidence,” said senior forward Sarah Tierney. “We have been working all November to prove a point, and I think we did.” Visitation’s upset was led by sophomore point guard Alexis Gray’s 18 points. Tierney added 14 points, senior guard Ana Hagerup chipped in 11 points, senior guard Alexis Bryant had nine and freshman forward Maeve Carroll had seven. “It gives the girls a lot of confidence,” said Cubs coach Mike McCarthy. “We’ve had a great three weeks of practices and scrimmages. A win like that will help us win other games down the road.” The team Visitation is itching to play this year is Bullis, which beat the Cubs in the Independent School League championship game last year. Despite that loss, Visitation earned a share of the league championship with a better regular season record.

“We were co-champions, but we want to win it all undisputed,” said McCarthy. “We’re a year older and pretty much have everyone back except Taylor Delgado.” The Cubs’ improvement from last season to this one was evident when Visitation jumped ahead of the Tartans with a quick scoring run to go up 18-10 on Sunday. They kept the pressure on and took a 31-23 lead into the locker room at halftime. Gray sparked the early lead with four threepoint buckets in the first half. But Gray’s development as the team’s point guard and leader was even more impressive to McCarthy. “She is a little stronger and more confident,” McCarthy said. “She is really running the team, and she takes big shots. She has always been a good shooter; she’s just much better at running the team.” Gray isn’t the only returning player who has improved since last season. McCarthy raved about sophomore forward Maddy Reed. “She is 1,000 percent better than a year ago. She is just terrific. I just couldn’t ask for more. She is going to get better every week. She has confidence and is being more aggressive, and it really makes a difference on our team,” he said. The Cubs also welcome back Bryant and Hagerup, who are focused mainly on soccer and lacrosse, respectively. Both brought grit to the team, which was important to slowing Holy Cross’s 6-foot-5-inch center. “They bring athleticism and toughness and competitiveness,” said McCarthy. “Their toughness makes everyone better.” Visitation also has a strong presence in the post with junior Kate Delaney, who missed

Sunday’s game with an undisclosed injury but is expected to return to the lineup soon. McCarthy described her as a physical player who can score 10 points and grab 10 rebounds per game. The team’s new addition, Carroll, was in the lineup Sunday, coming up with a solid seven-point performance in her debut at the high school level. “Maeve is really efficient, solid and makes no mistakes,” McCarthy said of the freshman. “When she has a chance, she finishes. She is going to be a great player for us for four years. We’re just lucky to have her.” The players hope the boost from the win over Holy Cross can carry them to their goals this season. “It feels really good,” said Gray. “It’s a great start to our year. I think we’re going to do really well this year.”

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Sophomore Alexis Gray, far left, led the Cubs with 18 points in the win. Senior Ana Hagerup, above right, had 11 points.

Maret Frogs ‘expecting to win it all again’ By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Senior Drake Goddard, above left, takes over as the Maret’s starting point guard. He was slated to have a major role last season, but an injury scuttled those plans.

Fresh off winning the Mid-Atlantic Conference crown last season, Maret’s boys basketball team enters this year in unfamiliar territory. The Frogs are no longer underdogs and will have a target on their backs as the reigning, defending champions — but the players say they’re up for the challenge. “We have to prove ourselves again,” said senior forward Jalen Barnes. “We just have to play together and do it again.” The team will be replacing four players from a season ago including its starting point guard and post. “You take four key players off a team and put five rookies on a team, there is a bit of a process,” said Maret coach Garrett O’Donnell. “It’s going to be a long process.” But that transformation has a boost thanks to senior point guard Drake Goddard, who steps into the starting role replacing graduated guard Marlon Beck. “He is much more physical, a

bigger kid,” said O’Donnell. “He quarterbacks a little bit more than he tries to score. But he is capable of scoring. He competes hard.” The team also has sharp-shooting senior guard Steffen Davis and junior guard Austin Vereen — who was out all of last year with a wrist injury — returning to the backcourt. Maret’s front line will also have a much different look with hard-nosed football star Tre Bowens, who played center for the basketball team, now playing on the gridiron at Towson University. The Frogs will have junior Alex Peltier, freshman Luka Garza and Barnes in the post this season. “We got taller, but thinner,” said O’Donnell. “These guys coming in are better shooters, they’re not as physical, and they’re younger. So we lose that experience and tenacity, but they’re a little more skilled.” O’Donnell has especially high hopes for Barnes, who looked poised for a big season in scrimmages against DeMatha and Bishop Ireton over the last two weeks. “I’m expecting big things out of

him,” said O’Donnell. “I think he’s going to have a breakout year. He has been such a good defender and rebounder for us. Now he’s going to have more of opportunity to do stuff for us on the offensive end.” The team also sees potential in its newcomers. “Garza could step up, [along with freshman guard] Coby Davis and a guy who played two years of JV for us, Max Steiner, who is a very talkative and smart player,” said O’Donnell. With a mix of new players and so many in new roles, O’Donnell has taken a pragmatic approach to this season, saying expectations are simply to “get better every day — play December for January, play January for February, then ask me then.” The players have bought into that approach and believe they can defend their crown. “I think we’re coming along really well,” said Barnes. “With a lot of the new guys we’ve bonded really fast. I’m expecting to win it all again. We have some tough competition in our league, but I think we can handle it.”

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The Cadets come into this season looking to defend their Washington Catholic Athletic Conference basketball championship. But St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will have a very different roster taking the floor this year. Gone are WCAC player of the year Lindsay Allen and several other standouts, including Tori Oliver. Despite the major changes, the Cadets believe they can repeat as league champions at American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bender Arena. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We expect to go back to the championship to hopefully succeed,â&#x20AC;? said senior guard Britani Stowe, who is committed to Eastern Michigan University for basketball. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our main goal is to be back at AU and win another championship.â&#x20AC;? For St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to do that, the squad will have to figure out how to fill the void left by Allen, who now plays for Notre Dame at the point guard position. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now we are still working to figure it out a little bit,â&#x20AC;? said Cadets coach Jonathan Scribner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have Amari [Carter], who is a tremendous player. We have Niya [Beverley] coming in as a ninthgrader, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready to go. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing it by committee, and we have to figure out what will work best â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Amari on the ball or Amari off the ball.â&#x20AC;? The key piece to the Cadetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; puzzle will be Carter, who is deciding whether to play for Penn State University or University of Kentucky. The junior spent her off-season focusing on taking the reins and improving both her skill and leadership abilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always came in for Lindsay and we switched off. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fairly easy transition,â&#x20AC;? said Carter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve definitely worked on trying to get stronger and get to the basket more and attacking more. I have also worked on being more of a leader. We lost a lot of good leaders. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all trying to step up and fill that void.â&#x20AC;?

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Junior guard Amari Carter will be part of the Cadetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rotation at point guard this season. Carter is a highly sought-after recruit and will choose to play at the college level for Penn State or Kentucky. Another important player is Stowe, who is also in the mix for point guard. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expected to bring poise to a roster that features just four seniors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has got to be a senior leader,â&#x20AC;? said Scribner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has played a lot of basketball at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and played in a lot of big games. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re expecting her to be the calming presence.â&#x20AC;? Another important returning player is sophomore guard Kayla Robbins, who started all of last year. She is expected to play a primary role this season, but suffered an apparent knee injury in a scrimmage two weeks ago. A timetable for her return remains unclear. The team also welcomes back sophomore forward Sarah Overcash, who will be an important post player for the Cadets this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sarah played major minutes last year,â&#x20AC;? said Scribner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is tough as nails. She does the dirty work.â&#x20AC;?

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adds several new faces who are either new to the varsity or stepping into bigger roles. Freshman guard Asia McCray is one of the first-year players who has caught Scribnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has been tremendous,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just proving herself every day in practice. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to keep her off the floor with all of the little things she does.â&#x20AC;? With so many new faces and roles to fill, Scribner has kept the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus on building toward the end of the season. The goal is to reach a crescendo when it matters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the playoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our expectations are very simple: get a little bit better every single day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every day we come out for practice, every scrimmage, every game, try to get a little bit better. By the time we get to February, we hope to be playing our best basketball getting ready for the playoffs.â&#x20AC;?

Sports Desk Wilson Tigers fall in Turkey Bowl title tilt

All season Wilson worked to earn a place in the Turkey Bowl after having that aspiration dashed in 2012 due to an ineligible player. The Tigers accomplished that goal this season, but they fell short of winning the D.C. Interstate Athletic Association championship at Eastern on Thanksgiving Day. The H.D. Woodson Warriors dashed the Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; title hopes with a 25-13 win. The Tigers trailed the Warriors 19-7 going into the fourth quarter, and a furious rally came up short. Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort was led by senior quarterback Scott Beumel, who had 142 yards and a touchdown toss to senior wideout Maurice Carter. The Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rushing attack was led by sophomore running back Abdul Adams, who had 57 yards on nine touches. Junior running back Larry Frazier had a score and 37 yards on the ground.

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Wilson senior quarterback Scott Beumel, center, had 142 passing yards and a touchdown pass in the Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thanksgiving Day loss.

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District of columbia office on aging news

Spotlight on Community Living Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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

Executive Director’s Message John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA, D.C. Office on Aging in this month’s edition of the Spotlight on Community Living, i would like to share some exciting news about the D.c. office on aging’s (Dcoa) nursing home transition Program, which was started on april 8, 2013 with new funding from mayor vincent c. gray. this program, which is important to me both personally and professionally, is designed to assist nursing home residents to return to the community. During the very short time since the program’s inception, the agency has been able to touch many lives across the District of columbia and neighboring jurisdictions. i mentioned that this program is personal to me as i faced a situation for a couple of years when my elderly cousin, who suffered a stroke, remained in a nursing home with no one advocating for her return home. it appeared that my cousin had all odds working against her. the area agency on aging in her north carolina hometown, which is equivalent to the functions of the office on aging here in the District of columbia, did not take a strong interest in assisting my cousin with transitioning from an institution. the

nursing home was receiving payment from my cousin every month and was not working to discharge her. lastly, my cousin had no knowledge about home and community-based services and how she could receive quality care at home and save over $40,000 of her retirement each year as compared to what she was paying to the nursing home. her ordeal lasted well over two years in an institution that prevented her from experiencing thanksgiving and christmas in the comfort of her home where she enjoyed cooking, baking, and spending quality time with family and friends for decades. however, as a result of our persistence and advocacy, i am glad to report that my cousin was able to spend this past thanksgiving at home! the same approach that i used to help my cousin to return home is what we do in the District of columbia through our nursing home transition Program. through this service, my colleagues visit nursing homes across the District of columbia, and in other jurisdictions, meeting with residents who are interested and able to return home. after identifying these

individuals, we work closely with the nursing home staff, sister District governmental agencies, and communitybased providers to ensure that we locate housing, home and community-based services, and other resources that will help a discharged nursing home resident return to the community. as this is a new challenge for those who have become accustomed to nursing home living for an extensive period of time, our transition coordinators work closely with each individual in ensuring their success during and after transition. success for the agency is not only discharging the person, but ensuring that they remain in the community and experience quality and productive living. to date, i am excited to report that our agency has been successful in assisting 57 nursing home residents return to the familiar surroundings of their communities. some of these individuals are seniors, while others are not quite at the age of 60. in reviewing the data, the agency learned that the average length of stay for these citizens is approximately three and a half years. these are not typical residents whose

will be on-hand to answer questions and guide people through the process of obtaining health insurance.

friday, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm and saturday, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. n Dc health link enrollment center at Deanwood library and recreation center, 1350 49 st ne, will operate monday and wednesday, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm, tuesday and thursday, 2:00-8:00 pm,

nursing home stays were for only short term rehabilitation. additional data reveal that Dcoa’s assisted discharges have taken as little as six days. Do you know of someone who is in a nursing home, but would like to return to the community? if they are a District resident living in a D.c. nursing home or in a neighboring jurisdiction and desire to return to their homes, we would like to hear from you. in this season of giving, why don’t you give them the gift that they so desire by telling them about our program and calling us so that we can visit them in the nursing home. our team will work swiftly at beginning the transition process if they are ideal candidates for returning to the community. Please contact Dr. chantelle teasdell, associate director of the Dcoa’s aging and Disability resource center, at 202-724-5622 or for more information about the program or to make a referral. ~

DC HeaLtH Link Dc health link, in partnership with Dc Public library, has opened two new health insurance enrollment centers, one in downtown Dc and the other in ward 7. at each enrollment center, trained experts – known as Dc health link assisters – and licensed health insurance brokers


Dc health link enrollment center at the martin luther King Jr. memorial library, 901 g st. nw, will operate monday-wednesday, 10:30 am – 8:00 pm, thursday-

and friday and saturday, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. the enrollment centers at both libraries will be open from november 2013 until march 31, 2014. for more information, visit or call the toll-free hotline 1–855-532-5465. ~

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DiStriCt Senior CompeteS in nationaL Competition ms. senior D.c. Nancy A. Berry was one of 34 contestants 60 years of age or older to compete in the ms. senior america Pageant held at the resorts hotel in atlantic city, nJ. ms. senior D.c. performed a jazz dance to “sweet georgia brown” from the play bubbling brown sugar. berry also talked about a “Plan b” as part of her philosophy during the evening gown and philosophy of life segment of the competition. ms. senior america carolyn corlew from tennessee was crowned the winner of the competition. first runner-up was ms. new Jersey senior america, second runner-up was ms. ms. nevada senior america. ms. senior america Pageant contestants are judged on a personal interview with a panel of judges, their philosophy of life, talent and evening gown presentations. a complete list and information is located at congratulations also to shirley rivens smith, ms. senior Dc 2009 who was appointed Parliamentarian for the national senior america alumni organization during the pageant activities. ~

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Community EvEnts CalEndar DECEmBER 4th • 11 am

model cities will hold a holiday bazaar at 1901 evarts st. ne. for more information, call 202-635-1900.

11th • 10 am to 2 pm the bernice elizabeth fonteneau senior wellness center will hold a community health and informational fair. the center is located at 3531 georgia ave. nw. for more information, call 202-727-0338.

11th • 10:30 am model cities senior wellness center will host a community outreach health fair sponsored by verizon. model cities is located at 1901 evarts st. ne. for more information, call 202-635-1900.

13th • 11 am seabury resources for aging ward 5 will distribute toys to the second new st. Paul Day care center, 2400 franklin st. ne. for more information, call vivian grayton at 202-5298701.

15th to 17th model cities hosts a “christmas in the cities” trip to see the rockettes in new york and a christmas show in atlantic city. the trip departs on Dec. 15 at 7:45 am. there is a $246 donation for the trip. for more information, call 202-635-1900.

Happy Holidays!

17th • 2 pm seabury resources for aging ward 5 will hold its holiday open house at 2900 newton st. ne. for reservations, call vivian grayton at 202-5298701.

18th • 1 to 3 pm attend a Dcoa sponsored community health and wellness fair at st. mary’s court apartments, 725 24th st. nw. for more information, call 202-223-5712.

19th • 10 am to 2 pm Dcoa will hold a community health and wellness fair model cities senior wellness center. model cities is located at 1901 evarts st. ne. for more information, call 202-635-1900.

tHe DiStriCt of CoLumBia State pLan on aLzHeimer’S DiSeaSe the D.c. office on aging (Dcoa) recently released the District’s first state Plan confronting alzheimer’s disease. according to the alzheimer’s association, 9 percent of seniors living in the District have the disease. the District of columbia state Plan on alzheimer’s Disease seeks to set measurable goals to help improve the lives of District residents living with this disease and reduce the burden on caregivers and their families. the plan engages District government agencies, federal partners, the private sector, and non-profits to make alzheimer’s disease a priority for the city. additionally, the plan outlines several goals and inclusive strategies to enhance care and support for individuals suffering from alzheimer’s. these goals include: – Developing comprehensive research and data; – enhancing quality care for seniors diagnosed with alzheimer’s disease; – creating a robust public awareness campaign to increase awareness about alzheimer’s disease throughout the District; and – improving training and workforce development. to review the complete plan, visit ~

DCoa partnerS WitH ouC to make SeniorS more aWare of Smart911 Dcoa and the Office of Unified Communications (OUC) continue their campaign to make more seniors aware of smart911, the safety profile that provides first responders information to better assist callers when responding to emergencies. smart911 is provided free of charge to all residents of the District of columbia.

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the Dcoa has partnered with the ouc to present these presentations citywide in an effort to keep District seniors safe and more prepared for emergencies should they occur. During the presentations, seniors are also provided more information on the office on aging provided programs and services and those of the office of unified communications.

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

if you have a church group, an organization, residence building or other entity that is interested in hosting a presentation, call 202-727-8364 or email to sign up today! visit for more information. ~

DCoa JoB announCement the D.c. Department of human resources has posted Job #22575 Supervisory Public Health Analyst for the D.C. Office on Aging. located within the aging and Disability resource center (aDrc) this position is responsible for participating in the overall management of the aDrc under the general supervision of the associate Director for aDrc. responsibilities also include overseeing and monitoring the services rendered through the hospital Discharge Planning, Diabetes selfmanagement Programs and other grant funded projects within the aDrc. the supervisory Public health analyst position will be open until filled. only online applications will be accepted, visit to view the complete position description. ~

DiStriCt’S HypotHermia WatCH for 2014 call the hotline when you see a homeless person who may be impacted by extreme temperatures. the hypothermia hotline, 1 (800) 535-7252, is operated by the united Planning organization (uPo). ~

SoCiaL SeCurity announCeS 1.5 perCent Benefit inCreaSe for 2014 monthly social security and supplemental security income (ssi) benefits for nearly 63 million americans will increase 1.5 percent in 2014, the social security administration announced today. the 1.5 percent cost -of-living adjustment (cola) will begin with benefits that more than 57 million social security beneficiaries receive in January 2014. increased payments to more than 8 million ssi beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2013. information about medicare changes for 2014 is available at . the cola calculations are determined by the social security act. to read more, please visit cola. ~

A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington

December 4, 2013 â&#x2013; Page 17

Spring Valley home offers coastal ambiance with pool


n the Spring Valley neighborhood, a 1920s Craftsmaninspired dwelling recently underwent an extensive front-toback renovation. Built in 1923, the upgraded


home now has modern amenities such as a three-level elevator, a show-stopping gourmet kitchen and recessed lighting. The finer things in life here also include an inground swimming pool. Located at 5036 Massachusetts Ave., this five-bedroom, four-bath house is on the market for a new price of $1,499,000. The renovation kept much of the architectural integrity of the original home. Period details abound, including the generous front porch, enlarged windows and old radiators. The large covered porch overlooks a manicured front lawn, creating strong curb appeal for this property. Furnished with a swing and a ceiling fan, this outdoor living area sets up a welcoming mood and will be ideal for lounging once the warm weather returns. A glass panel door with side-

lights leads to a classic foyer that has a deep coat closet and a covered radiator next to the stairs. A neutral palette is enriched by crown moldings, new red-oak wooden floors and freshly painted radiators. To the left of the foyer is a spacious double living room with a large wood-burning brick fireplace. Several windows of various sizes pour sunlight into this space. The separate dining room also gets a healthy dose of natural light from the foyer, living room and kitchen. Sheathed with white beadboard wainscoting, this room also features a traditional design. Toward the back of the home are the kitchen and family room, joined in an open layout awash with more sunshine. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a coastal ambiance in this space, especially with the abundance of windows and glass doors overlooking a spacious white deck and elevated southwestern views of the neighborhood. The blanched kitchen features high-quality Viking stainless steel appliances and stylish modern cabinetry. Glass pendant lights hover over an island, which also serves as a breakfast bar. Off to the side are a separate wet bar area, an elevator and a full bathroom. Below the back deck is a slate

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This extensively renovated Massachusetts Avenue home dates to 1923. It is priced at $1,499,000. terrace and the pool with a diving board. At the end of the property are a detached garage and two additional parking spaces. Back inside and up the wooden staircase is a small landing that features a window seat with drawers right before the stairs curve up to the second level. This floor includes three bedrooms, two of which â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both facing the street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are connected and equipped with built-in closets. A shared full bath sits right across from these rooms. While the wooden floors are new, vintage details here include five-panel closet and entryway doors and more of the original radiators. The master suite features a sit-


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ting room and a private bath. Wide and window-filled, the sitting area takes over much of the rear of this level and offers access to the top leg of the elevator. The bath has two separate double vanities, a large soaking tub and a two-person shower. The finished third floor can serve as a fourth bedroom, office or play space. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carpeted and filled with large cedar closets. Down on the bottom level is another living area. Clad with wide beadboard ceilings and walls, this carpeted space is currently staged as an entertainment room. The laundry

and storage area are also on this floor. And toward the back are the fifth bedroom and the fourth bath. This sleeping area has French doors that open to the terrace. An adjacent mudroom also has an entryway to the aquatic area. Right under the deck, this space can serve as a shady relief from the summer sun. This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home located at 5036 Massachusetts Ave. is offered for $1,499,000. For more information contact Craley Davis of McEnearney Associates Inc. at 202-3553546 or

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 18 meeting: â&#x2013; commission chair David Bender described the Nov. 10 dedication ceremony and statue unveiling at the Turkish ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house to honor the 75th anniversary of the death of President Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. He also discussed the Nov. 5 reception at the home of the Netherlands ambassador to raise funds for the Friends of Mitchell Park. â&#x2013;  the commission unanimously approved its 2014 meeting schedule. Most meetings will be held on the third Monday of the month, with the exception of the January meeting (to be held on the second Monday) and the February meeting (to be held on the fourth Monday). â&#x2013;  commissioner Eric Lamar reminded residents that although there was no violent crime last month in the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area, several incidents, including a robbery with a shotgun, took place nearby. In one incident, a George Washington University professor was severely injured in an assault at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and S Street. â&#x2013;  Sarina Loy of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office reported that the proposed transfer of Belmont Park between Kalorama Circle and Connecticut Avenue from the D.C. Department of Transportation to the Department of Parks and Recreation will come before the council on Dec. 3. She said there is currently no opposition to the proposal. Loy also reported that the intersection of 22nd and R streets has been named Dimitar Peshev Plaza to honor the Bulgarian parliamentarian who saved the lives of about 50,000 Jews during World War II. â&#x2013;  commissioner Eric Lamar reported progress on the conditions of the Albanian and Moldavian embassies. He described the empty Egyptian military building on Tracy Place as a hazard that has attracted homeless residents, noting that the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doors are open in the front. Commission chair David Bender said the U.S. State Department has agreed to pursue that problem, and said a representative from the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office plans to tour the property with him. â&#x2013;  Eric Olsen of the D.C. Board of Elections described changes in voting locations planned for the November 2014 election. Eightysix Sheridan-Kalorama voters will be shifted from St. Thomas Church to Our Lady Queen of the Americas, and more early voting sites will be opened. Olsen said the goal is to have each precinct composed of two advisory neighborhood commissionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; areas. Currently some precincts have more than 5,000 registered voters from as many as nine districts, creating more room for error. Commission chair David Bender told Olsen that voting was a

mess at the last election due to mistakes by the election supervisor. â&#x2013; a planned speaker from the D.C. Office on Aging did not attend the meeting. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender announced that letters of support or opposition to the alcohol license renewal for Veritas Wine Bar must be filed by Dec. 13. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender said the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office is requesting comments and proposals to help make the District government more transparent and open. Bender said the commission has six ongoing issues with the D.C. Department of Transportation, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to keep tabs on them since the agency hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t assigned them tracking numbers. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report. â&#x2013;  discussion with Tara Morrison of the National Park Service regarding the upcoming sewer rehabilitation project in Glover Archbold Park. â&#x2013;  open forum. For details, call 202-338-2969, email or visit ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report. â&#x2013;  community concerns. â&#x2013;  update from Rock Creek Park superintendent Tara Morrison on the Glover Archbold Park sewer rehabilitation project. â&#x2013;  discussion with U.S. Park Police Lt. Allan Griffith on Battery Kemble Park issues, including concerns about hazing, other activities after dark, and bamboo removal. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application at 4824 MacArthur Blvd. for a special

exception to permit dog boarding as an expansion of an approved doggrooming business, Diva Dogs. â&#x2013; consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by the Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road, for a variance from off-street parking requirements and a special exception to allow an addition to an existing private school. â&#x2013;  discussion of a public space application at 2939 49th St. to renew a previously approved permit to construct a new driveway to a singlefamily home, a lead walk and steps, a stoop and a step projection. â&#x2013;  discussion on resolutions regarding the proposed zoning rewrite. â&#x2013;  discussion of and vote on the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. â&#x2013;  discussion of a resolution regarding conflicts of interest. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university park American University Park

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the library at Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; presentation and possible vote on a resolution regarding a proposed addition to Janney Elementary School. â&#x2013;  announcements/open forum. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  presentation by at-large D.C. Council member David Catania, chair of the Education Committee, on education policy in D.C. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest â&#x2013;  Forest hills / North cleveland park The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, call 202-670-7262 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013;  CHEVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CHASE

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  vote on grants. â&#x2013;  presentation on an additional grant request by Friendship House. â&#x2013;  discussion and consideration of an application for use of public space for a circular driveway at 5333 Connecticut Ave., and discussion of project construction impacts and Cafritz Enterprisesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; implementation of its memorandum of understanding with the commission (including requested participation by Cafritz representatives). For details, send an email to or call 202-363-5803.

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DEALERSHIP: Mixed-use development eyed as possibility for Wisconsin Avenue site From Page 1

Euro Motorcars is renting space for Volvo sales until its new spot is available. A source close to the Martens business, who declined to be named, confirmed that development plans are in the works but said “it’s a very complex situation” with many moving parts. “That is way up in the air and has been for years … and still is,” the source said of the project. “There’s nothing concrete about what’s going to happen with the property.” About a decade ago a different development scheme came forward from Martens and the Donohoe Cos. firm for a 184,500-squarefoot condo building, six to eight stories tall. That project, which would have required various zoning approvals, never got off the ground.

The Martens source said “probably a halfdozen items contributed” to the death of that plan, adding that “the timing, economy-wise, ended up not being good.” The Current was unable to reach the Bethesda-based BMC Properties for more detail on the latest plans. Bender said from what he’s seen, the new developer seems “sensitive to the common sentiment” that emerged about the past project — that it was too large for its site. According to Bender, BMC president Chris Jones had “an abstract discussion” about the project about six months ago with a few neighborhood commissioners. Bender remarked that the “prime space on Wisconsin” is “potentially a good one for mixed-use development,” perhaps better for maximizing commercial space than a car deal-

HEIGHTS: Congress hears issue From Page 3

and human scale. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who sits on Issa’s committee, took note of the chasm, noting also that 12 of 13 members of the D.C. Council recently co-sponsored a resolution opposing changes to the height act, and that many District residents back that position. She said it was up to the mayor and council to come to consensus first before asking Congress to act. “I believe that elected officials have an obligation to avoid home rule division if at all possible,” Norton said in her opening statement. She noted that many residents “fear that economic forces, pulled perhaps by business interests, would lead to undesirably tall buildings” if local zoning authorities get more control. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, in a letter to Issa, slammed Mayor Vincent Gray for asking Congress to make changes “almost universally opposed by citizens throughout the District. It is a core value of our local government that when we disagree with each other, we do not go to Congress to get our way,” Mendelson wrote. D.C. planning director Harriet Tregoning seemed painfully aware of the split. Tregoning, who initially argued the city needs more “capacity” to accommodate its growing population and to bring housing prices down, has shifted in the face of controversy to emphasizing that she’s not necessarily in favor of taller buildings but wants District residents and their elected officials to decide. “The District is asking Congress for the ability to determine, with our residents, our Council and NCPC, whether to increase any height, and if so, when, where and how to do it,” Tregoning read from prepared testimony. “There’s no perfect land-use process in the nation,” she told Issa. “Democracy is messy.” Marcel Acosta, executive director of the National Capital Planning Commission, was more mild in explaining that panel’s position, which was the product of a 7-3 vote. Acosta said Tregoning’s proposal to

adjust the formula for determining building heights within the L’Enfant City “allows greater height precisely where it is least appropriate.” And outside those boundaries, “there is capacity to grow” within existing zoning and height limits, he said. And while there “may be opportunities for strategic changes” in outlying neighborhoods — he mentioned Friendship Heights and Poplar Point, for example — it makes more sense to identify and study them in detail before amending “this long-standing law,” Acosta testified. “A lot of the concern seems to be that this could look like spot zoning,” he said. Other committee members in attendance made one thing clear: Tregoning’s plea that lifting height limits would create affordable housing is gaining little traction. “The best way to get affordable housing is to preserve what you have,” said Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., noting the high costs of new construction. “You lose credibility when you come to Congress … with all your claims about spreading development. That is not the way to reduce housing costs,” Norton said. Still, Tregoning urged for changes to the federal law now to allow the city to adjust heights under its own comprehensive plan. “Even if we end up with same result, that will be the District’s decision,” she said. She also warned it may be years before another powerful congressman is willing to consider amendments. “We haven’t been asked this question in my memory: What does the District want?” Issa was clearly displeased by the “gross dissension between the city council and mayor,” but gave little indication if or when he might propose specific legislative fixes. “I’m not done looking at this, not done with District residents having input,” Issa said. “This is an ongoing process.” By Republican rules Issa, even if he is re-elected and his party retains control of the House, will have to give up chairmanship of the committee that oversees District affairs in January 2015.

ership. But Martens has been comfortable in Tenleytown for many decades. The family started selling cars at the request of Henry Ford in 1916, according to Martens’ website, and opened the District’s first Volvo dealership in 1957. Today Martens is the only traditional new-car dealership remaining in the District. In September, the family sold the Volvo dealership to Euro Motorcars, which sells Mercedes-Benzes and BMWs in four other locations in the Mid-Atlantic. “Volvo was a real good marriage between our two products, in our wheelhouse of dealing with luxury vehicles,” said Gil Hoffheimer, the company’s general manager. Euro Motorcars plans to move the Volvo dealership to another Wisconsin Avenue site — a few miles north, in downtown Bethesda

— sometime in 2014, according to Hofheimer. Martens will continue to run the Volkswagen dealership in a separate showroom on the 4800 Wisconsin Ave. site, according to the Martens source. And service locations for both the Volvo and Volkswagen dealerships will remain in place on River Road in Bethesda, the source said. The Martens source described the decision to sell to Euro Motorcars as “nothing radical,” saying: “The family desired that, and it was the right time to do it.” The potential future development site is one of several in the works in Tenleytown these days. Just south on Wisconsin, the former Babe’s Billiards site is poised for a new apartment and retail building, “The Bond at Tenley”; and around the corner, another mixed-use building is proposed for the Safeway site.

GROCERY: Supermarket to close From Page 1

In a news release, Natural Market Food Group CEO Robin Michel says she regrets that Fresh & Green’s didn’t work out in the area. “Closing stores is never easy, given the impact on employees and the communities they serve … but there are times when it is necessary, and this is such a time,” Michel says in the release. Burns said she couldn’t comment on the D.C. store’s performance in particular, or share what factors the company believes led to the brand’s failure in the region. The store will close once merchandise is sold out, and the company is in the process of halting new shipments, according to Burns. A banner outside the Spring Valley store yesterday advertised discounts of up to 50 percent off. “They will be selling off all their products and they will reduce prices

as needed,” she said. Between 35 and 45 employees work at the store, according to Burns. Most are represented by the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 union, which is negotiating severance benefits, she said. The nonunion manager will receive $7,500. The Spring Valley site has housed a grocery since 1964. For most of that time, it was owned by The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. — first as an A&P and then as a Superfresh — before becoming Fresh & Green’s two years ago. The 16,000-squarefoot space is significantly more modest than most new supermarkets, but many residents treasured having the store within walking distance. “It’s a big blow to both American University Park and Spring Valley,” one customer said of the plans to close Fresh & Green’s, adding that she hopes another grocery will open

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Fresh & Green’s opened in 2011 at 48th and Yuma streets.

up in the space. Some longtime shoppers, however, have long had doubts about the Fresh & Green’s operation. A 33-year resident of American University Park said he never saw the promised upgrades after the conversion from Superfresh, or the organic merchandise that was supposed to set the store apart from competitors. “It was like the old store, but with downgraded selection,” the resident said. “Almost every time I was in there, I almost had it to myself.”

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Holidays inWashington Winterfest grows into a Tenleytown tradition

By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

Tenley Winterfest just keeps growing. For this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival on Saturday, there will be musical entertainment from American University and other local schools, walking tours, a 5K race and a beer tent available after the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other activities. The two-year-old event even has its own lamppost banners, which were hung last week. These are major milestones for a festival that originated with a student-run craft market that operated for many years at Janney Elementary before the holidays. A group of parents who had children at the school thought it would be great to

expand the festivities to the rest of the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wow, we should open our doors and make it a Tenley event,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Jane Malhotra, a member of the festival planning team. Malhotra calls her group the â&#x20AC;&#x153;super committee.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comprised of parents from Janney and other nearby schools who have strong ties to the neighborhood. When they decided to put together the festival in 2012, they quickly got local businesses, other schools, vendors and the Tenleytown advisory neighborhood commission involved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really exciting,â&#x20AC;? said neighborhood commissioner Matt Frumin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they started Winterfest, it was to build a tradition.

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The speed [with which] they turned it into something that engages the community is phenomenal.â&#x20AC;? The neighborhood commission granted the festival $1,500 for the banner project. Frumin also signed on â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with local businesses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as a co-sponsor of the banners. A current Wilson High School junior, Gorka Fraeter, designed the event posters, as well as the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mascot, a furry, white snow beast called a yeti thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s depicted with a sweet-looking disposition. Organizers decided a snowman wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the right choice for Tenleytown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted something quirkier,â&#x20AC;? said Malhotra. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the kids love the yeti.â&#x20AC;? A weeklong â&#x20AC;&#x153;yeti scavenger huntâ&#x20AC;? has been underway again this year. Using a scavenger map from the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, participants

go to 15 businesses and organizations to find small cut-out images of the creature. Some of the participating locations include the Tenley-Friendship Library, Whole Foods, The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Studio, Tenleytown Ace Hardware and Middle C Music. Bill Petros/Current file photo â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact Janney student Hugo Filmer takes a big bite of his that the kids are cotton candy at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tenley Winterfest. going to a business in search Music became part of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of a yeti is hysterical,â&#x20AC;? said Myrna hunt. Sislen, who has enjoyed the lively She said this activity especially activity since her shop Middle C draws more people to the stores in the neighborhood and eventually will lead to more customers for the businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a win, win, win for people,â&#x20AC;? said Sislen, whose shop joined with five other businesses to co-sponsor the banner project. The Janney 5K and Fun Run â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to be held at 10 a.m., before the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other activities start at noon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; became part of the festival this year due to permit issues. For three years, the run was held in the fall, but organizer Jeff Davis was happy to have his event incorporat<RXDQG\RXUIDPLO\DUHLQYLWHGWRMRLQXV ed with the festival this time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes it more fun and easi:\U +LJ HT (K]LU[>VYZOPWHUK4\ZPJ er,â&#x20AC;? said Davis, who started the    MLH[\YPUNV\Y`V\[O race to become more involved with :H[ +LJ HT ¸*VVRPL:^HWšHUK*OYPZ[THZ the school that his three children    7HY[`^P[O:HU[H attend. In the afternoon, Public Tenley    HYYP]PUNI`Ă&#x201E;YLLUNPUL will have a brew tent outside from :H[ +LJ HTÂś!WT ¸7HYLU[ZÂť+H`6\[šIHI`ZP[[PUN 4 to 10 p.m. A local cover band    HUKHJ[P]P[PLZMVYJOPSKYLUHNLZ will also be performing early eve   HUKVSKLYYLNPZ[LY^P[O ning.    JO\YJOVMĂ&#x201E;JL A bar and restaurant that has been in the area since 2011, Public :\U +LJ HT (K]LU[>VYZOPWHUK*OYPZ[THZ Tenley wanted to be a part of the    *HU[H[HMLH[\YPUNV\Y*OHUJLS*OVPY festival â&#x20AC;&#x153;to give back to the com   HUKN\LZ[ZVSVPZ[Z munity,â&#x20AC;? said manager John Gilatis. ¸*OYPZ[THZ;LHšMVSSV^PUN[OLZLY]PJL    He said this is also a good way to :H[ +LJ !WT (UU\HS¸)S\L*OYPZ[THZš>VYZOPW meet other business owners and    VW[PVUHSÂş+\[JO[YLH[ÂťKPUULY managers in the neighborhood.    MVSSV^PUNH[+*)VH[/V\ZL The festival also continues to feature a winter market. This year, :\U +LJ HT (K]LU[>VYZOPWMVSSV^LKI` almost 100 vendors will be hawk   VYPNPUHS*OYPZ[THZWSH`^YP[[LUHUK ing their goods inside Janneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s    WLYMVYTLKI`V\Y`V\[O gymnasium and cafeteria, said Mal;\L +LJ !WT *OYPZ[THZ,]L>VYZOPW!;YHKP[PVUHS hotra. The public library will also    ¸3LZZVUZHUK*HYVSZš host a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book sale, as well as craft activities and a winter sto>LK+LJ  0(55<&+5,670$6 rytime. :\U +LJ  HT >VYZOPW!-PYZ[:\UKH` On Friday evening at 5:30, the    HM[LY*OYPZ[THZ festival will kick off with a singalong and lighting ceremony in >LK1HU  +$33<1(:<($5 Janneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden. &DWKHGUDO$YHQXH1: XSWKHKLOOIURP0DF$UWKXU%OYG

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Holiday card exhibit personalizes bevy of famous artists dents, and received a flurry of them in return. On view is a decorative design of a reindeer they sent in 1964 to Maryland artist Andrew nyone who has ever wanted Bucci. to make a Christmas card For his part Bucci was a prolific will likely find inspiration mailer of Christmas cards, from a new exhibit that sending something like opened last week at the 125 a year at the peak of Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Donald W. his production, every one Reynolds Center for of which he painted by American Art and Portraihand. His card list includture. Titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Handmade ed the well-known miniHoliday Cards From the malist Dan Flavin, who Archives of American returned the favor by Art,â&#x20AC;? the show features sending him a simple small personalized works design in 1964 that by famous artists, presentincluded only a stamp and ing a human side to which a sticker. Commenting on everyone can relate. this card, Bucci reportedly Exhibited in the Lawsaid, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dan was just lazy!â&#x20AC;? rence A. Fleischman GalViewers will likely lery are 60 personal greetrecognize the image on ing cards made during the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian another of the cards, sent 20th century by such artby Robert Indiana in ists as Alexander Calder, This unsent card from Alexander Calder is featured 1964 to Museum of ModDan Flavin, Helen Franin the Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new exhibit. ern Art curator Dorothy kenthaler, Robert Indiana, Miller. It is a pencil rubbing of IndiJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono, Robert Kathleen Blackshear and Ethel Spears, who met and fell in love anaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic block-letter â&#x20AC;&#x153;LOVEâ&#x20AC;? Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg and while teaching art at the School of motif, which Miller asked the artist Ad Reinhardt. They include a varithe Art Institute in Chicago. Every to refine for use on a MoMA ety of prints, drawings, watercolors year they mailed a screen-printed Christmas card the following year. and collages â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some seemingly card to their friends and former stu- The image became famous in 1973, dashed off and others bearing witness to elaborate preparation, but all irrepressibly filled with holiday spirit. One of the most cheerful cards was made by Calder when he lived in Paris between the two world wars. The linocut shows him jigging arm in arm with Baby New Year, sending greetings from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sandy,â&#x20AC;? as he was known to

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ith Christmas just three weeks away, a varied slate of festivals, markets, theatrical performances and holiday-themed house tours are underway throughout Northwest. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sampling: â&#x2013; Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets will present a Christmas tree lighting ceremony Saturday at 5 p.m. in front of La Tomate restaurant, located at the corner of R Street and Connecticut Avenue NW. Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans and other neighborhood dignitaries will be on hand to flip the switch, illuminating more than 1,000 lights. La Tomate will also offer photos with Santa from 4 to 7 p.m. On Dec. 14, the tree will play

host to a caroling singalong, with hot cider provided by La Tomate, at 2 p.m. More information is at â&#x2013; Georgetown will host the lightbased works of four international artists Dec. 13 through 20 in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fete Des Lumieres Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? inspired by the Festival of Lights in Lyon, France. Luisa Alvarez will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ciudad Habitad,â&#x20AC;? a collection of lit mannequins in whimsical poses, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Floating Lights,â&#x20AC;? an interactive light wall, throughout the festival. The Theoriz Crew will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Larsen 3G,â&#x20AC;? a collection of interactive video projections, and Chloe Yaiche will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zodiac,â&#x20AC;? an artistic display of constellations inspired by NASA satellite imagery,

on Dec. 13 and 14. Other events will take place throughout the week; visit and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Events,â&#x20AC;? then â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Happeningsâ&#x20AC;? for details. The festival will coincide with the second annual Georgetown Holiday Window Competition, in which neighborhood merchants create holiday-themed window displays using only four different materials. The festival is sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, Alliance Française de Washington, Art Soiree Productions, SPAIN Arts & Culture, The JBG Cos., Wallonie-Bruxelles International and Electricite de France. â&#x2013; Local architects, engineers and builders will work to construct a

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The 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gingertownâ&#x20AC;? display, shown, was inspired by Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will be exhibited this weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gingertownâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a sports village created from gingerbread and candy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; today from 5 to 9 p.m. at 13th and U streets, with the results on

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A beloved Washington holiday tradition.â&#x20AC;?

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display to the public Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1322 U St. David M. Schwarz Architects has created its annual master plan for a holiday-themed town featuring sites like the Mount Toblerone ski area, Peeps Arena and Cool Whip Running Bobsled Track. Using materials donated by the architecture firm, teams will build more than 50 individual structures, which will be judged and then donated, with cash contributions, to area nonprofits. More information is at â&#x2013; The Duke Ellington School of the Arts will stage Langston Hughesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Nativityâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 4 through 15. The show retells the Nativity story and celebrates the AfricanAmerican experience through gospel music, song and dance. The production features the choreography of the late Mike Malone, the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-founder and director of the regional holiday favorite during a seven-year run at the Kennedy Center. Maloneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protĂŠgĂŠs Katherine Smith and Tracie Jade Jenkins are co-directors of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, which draws on every arts discipline taught at Ellington. Before each show, the Ellington Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lobby will feature a Nativity Village with costumed singers, dancers and musicians. A market will offer a chance for holiday shopping. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $25 to $40. The Duke Ellington School of the Arts is located at 3500 R St. NW. 202-337-4825; â&#x2013;  The Washington Ballet will present Septime Webreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? at the Warner Theatre Dec. 5 through 29. The ballet tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker on Christmas Eve in her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1882 Georgetown mansion. Later that evening See Events/Page 23

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EVENTS From Page 22 she encounters a battle of Revolutionary War soldiers led by the frightful King Rat and the Nutcracker. After winning the battle, the Nutcracker leads her on a wondrous journey involving the Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, cherry blossoms, Anacostia Indians and more. ■ The Heurich House Museum will host a holiday craft market and Christmas open house Dec. 6 and 7. Visitors will have a chance to take self-guided tours of brewmaster Christian Heurich’s home decorated for the holidays as the German immigrant’s family would have designed it almost 100 years ago. In the garden, a Christkindlmarkt will feature locally made jewelry, housewares and more. Sponsor Cafe Berlin will offer traditional treats, including sausages and pastries, and a silent auction will feature rare nutcrackers. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children. The Heurich House is located at 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. ■ St. Albans School will showcase five festively decorated houses in the Woodland Normanstone neighborhood as part of its 31st annual Christmas House Tour on Dec. 6 and 7. The tour will feature two Georgian brick homes, a former ambassadorial residence, a Mediterraneanstyle villa and a newly constructed home. One of the selected houses has a White House marble mantel on display, and another was once home to a former U.S. senator and a treasury secretary. The days’ activities will include a holiday market from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a luncheon at the school from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A complimentary shuttle will depart from the school every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Tour tickets cost $40 at the door or at ■ The Logan Circle Community Association will host its 35th annual Holiday House Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 8. The self-guided event will feature visits to nine properties in the historic neighborhood, including a unit in the District Apartments with 900 square feet of outdoor space, a painstakingly renovated naturalbrick house that was boarded up just one year ago, and a Victorian with ultra-contemporary design and sleek finishes. The Studio Theatre will host a

Wassail Reception, and the Unity Washington, D.C. Choir will provide a musical interlude. Tickets cost $30 in advance at or several area stores; “day of” tickets will be available at the Studio Theatre for $35. ■ The Keegan Theatre will host its annual holiday show “An Irish Carol” Dec. 13 through 31. Set in a modern Dublin pub, Matthew Keenan’s play is an homage to the Dickens classic. “An Irish Carol” follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But on this Christmas Eve, his life may change forever. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The

Keegan Theatre is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; ■ Weichert, Realtors, will host a toy drive through Dec. 13, collecting gifts for financially and physically disadvantaged children at local offices, including 5034 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens will host its annual Russian Winter Festival Dec. 14 and 15. Spotlighting Grandfather Frost and his granddaughter the Snow Maiden, the festival will offer a chance to meet and pose for pictures with the characters, a handson art activity, shopping and dining. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec.




15. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for members, $10 for students, and $5 for children 6 through 18; they are free for children under age 6. Hillwood is located at 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807; ■ The Kennedy Center will host “Elf the Musical,” a stage version of Hollywood’s hit 2003 holiday movie “Elf,” Dec. 17 through Jan. 5 in the Opera House. The play follows Buddy, an orphan who unintentionally crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. His enormous size and poor toymaking abilities set him apart from the rest of the elves, and before long he leaves the North Pole — with Santa’s blessing — in search of his true identity. Once in New York

City he looks for his birth father and helps everyone remember the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets cost $25 to $150. 202467-4600; ■ Fahrney’s Pens is holding a “Letter to Santa” contest for children through Dec. 18, with the winner slated to receive a new Pelikan Twist Fountain Pen, Workbook and Practice Pad. Entrants are asked to show off their cursive penmanship. An entry will be selected at random on Dec. 20, and the prize will be mailed in time to arrive before Christmas. Entries may be placed in a mailbox at the store, located at 1317 F St. NW. They may also be mailed to Letter to Santa Contest, 8329 Old Marlboro Pike B13, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.


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At British School of Washington there are many after-school clubs, including cross-country. Crosscountry is a big part of our school lives. We have competed in several meets this year. The first hosted by the British School of Washington was a meet against St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School. It was our first competitive run of the season; we enjoyed it very much, participated well and won the event. We then began a series of events at Barrie School, competing against six other schools. After several practise events, the middle school team won the championship event and our runners placed first in both the middle and high school events. Participating in any club contributes and helps us to achieve progress awards that aim to widen more that just our academic achievement. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ava Lundell, Emily Wall and Euan Ritchie, Year 8 (seventh-graders)

Deal Middle School

On Nov. 14 around 3:30 p.m., 13 Deal students strolled out of the National Portrait Gallery with wide grins on their faces and trophies in their hands. These 13 kids were the champions of a citywide GeoPlunge tournament. GeoPlunge is a geography card game where students test their geography skills by playing three different rounds, each with a new objective and a new thing to learn. This year Deal had four different teams, each with three kids. The teams were a combination of sixthand seventh-graders, but most of these students have been playing


this game since elementary school. It may sound easy, but GeoPlunge requires hours of practice and studying from every player. To be successful students must have key information about every state, ranging from capitals to state flowers to sizes. The final game of the tournament came down to two Deal teams competing for first place. The game came down to the third round and was extremely close. The seventh-grade team, however, pulled ahead and took the lead. Deal took first, second, third, fifth and eighth at the GeoPlunge, and overall dominated the tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Meg Buzbee, seventh-grader

Hearst Elementary

This month, we have been reading and talking about the first Thanksgiving. We have read several books about the early settlers and their journey to America. This is what we had to say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;They did not eat turkey at the first Thanksgiving,â&#x20AC;? Adrian said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We only have one day for Thanksgiving. The pilgrims had three days to celebrate,â&#x20AC;? said Ava. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had three days to celebrate Thanksgiving,â&#x20AC;? Genevieve said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Squanto helped the pilgrims by teaching them to do stuff like make medicine and grow food,â&#x20AC;? Stella said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The pilgrims had to work hard to build houses and to cook,â&#x20AC;? said Eliza. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They traveled on the Mayflower for two months and three days. There were no houses so they started building the houses and the buildings themselves,â&#x20AC;? Lucas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids had to clean up all of the

dishes after the dinner,â&#x20AC;? said Madisyn. Our kids are so excited about enjoying the holidays with their families, and will be able to remember and honor the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving today! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kindergarten class

Hyde-Addison Elementary

Are you fascinated by Native Americans? I know I am. For the past few weeks the fourth grade has been learning about Native Americans. In writing class weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all writing stories about Native Americans. The kids all chose their own topics. In library weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been gathering information on the computer so that we can do presentations. Every table was given one famous Native American to study. My table is studying the Aroostook Band. In social studies weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been using books to find information. Last week we went to the National Museum of the American Indian. We learned about how the people lived, and what they did. We watched a film about Native Americans. Some of us took notes. We learned a lot about how they used animals. They would use every single part of the animal. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waste anything. But the thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always remember is that we touched a buffaloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bladder! We also saw displays about old fables. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rachel Masterson, fourth-grader

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DISPATCHES From Page 24 Nashnia. In Reading Workshop, we are studying the nonfiction genre. Some days we read and some days we create brochures about our books. We really like Reading Workshop. Everettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topic is natural disasters, Leahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topic is fashion and Jadenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topic is gray wolves. We have also started making nonfiction books of our own using the iPad app called Book Creator. We are writing the text and adding pictures to each book. In social studies, we practice naming all of the countries on each continent using a program called Sporcle. Now we are practicing Asia, South America and North America. When we return from Thanksgiving break, we will begin Europe and Africa. In math, we are learning about measuring. We have learned what millimeters, decimeters and centimeters are and we are using rulers to measure different objects around the room. We also measure line segments in our math books; on some lines we measure to the nearest fourth inch, and on others we measure to the nearest half inch. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jaden Hinderlie, Leah Nesmith and Everett Plouffe, third-graders

Murch Elementary

Murch Elementary School has a garden and compost area that volunteers from the community, students and their siblings, parents and staff members have worked hard to create since 2009. This past Saturday, Nov. 23, our school received a visit from Alice Waters, a famous chef who taught many Americans about eating more fresh food from gardens. She is also

the author of cookbooks. The head of our garden, Ms. Atara, spoke to her about our goals and accomplishments. Some of the students who came for the visit told her other facts about the garden and the composting area. I asked her some questions for The Current. I asked her if she thought our garden would make it though the winter. Ms. Waters replied that she did think so, but to remember that all of nature has its cycles and all of it must go through stages. She compared it to trees losing their leaves in the fall to come again in the spring. She said our plants would do well if we keep them covered. Also, I asked if she thought our garden was doing well. She thought it was doing very well, but she said we should plant more edible plants. We are proud of our garden and that a famous chef like Alice Waters took the time to visit us. We know our garden at Murch will only continue to grow. It is an amazing learning experience. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Caroline Nugent, third-grader

Our Lady of Victory School

There are a lot of traditions to celebrate at Thanksgiving and the OLV Turkey Bowl is one of my favorites! Every year, the eighthgraders set up games for the whole school and make mixed groups of kids from the first through seventh grades. Nursery, pre-k and kindergarten students walk around with their classes. The games are a little bit like some of the games they might have played at the first Thanksgiving feast. The Turkey Bowl was especially fun this year. There was a relay room, bow and arrow, marbles, memory game, keeper of the fire and bingo. The relay was hard

because you had to roll a hula hoop with a ruler. In the marble room, you had to get a special colored marble and hit the big group of marbles out of the circle. During the bow and arrow game, everybody had to line up and shoot an arrow to a target on the window. There was also a place where you had to make a boat out of foil and see how many pennies it could hold. My favorite was the keeper of the fire because my sister Claire and my friend Pierre were the keepers. When I went against Claire, I got a stick! The Turkey Bowl is one of the most memorable things of the year! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jack Sague, third-grader

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 a total of 90 coats to Catholic Charities for its coat drive. We are all very proud to be part of this archdiocese-wide coat drive for men, women and children who are in need. Together we can help thousands of our neighbors stay warm during this cold winter season. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maura Ryan, Elizabeth Thomas and Magnum Brandt, fifth-graders

School Without Walls High School

On Nov. 22, Walls students piled into a car headed south for a busy weekend of debate and diplomacy. Our Model United Nations (Model UN or MUN for short) team was


headed to the College of William and Mary for its annual high school Model UN conference. This is our second consecutive year participating in the three-day event. Twelve students went, accompanied by Ms. Abbott, the vice principal; two parents; and a George Washington University student. Model UN has been coached by a series of mentors from the collegiate level at GW for the past three years. At the conference, our team represented a variety of committees, ranging from general assemblies to crisis committees. For example, the delegates represented committees as diverse as the See Dispatches/Page 26

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I needed clothes and you clothed me.â&#x20AC;? This is a very well known proverb from the Bible, and St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy students took this to heart and participated during the month of November by collecting coats for the Catholic Charities: Coats of Many Colors Drive. Every November, St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students raise money through a Turkey Feather fundraising effort. Each class has a â&#x20AC;&#x153;nakedâ&#x20AC;? turkey. Students bring in money to purchase feathers for their turkey. Feathers are cut out from newspapers donated by families and staff. The National Junior Honor Society students coordinated the fundraiser this year. The class that buys the most feathers will win a pizza party and free dress day. â&#x20AC;¨â&#x20AC;¨This year the money that we raise through the Turkey Feathers will go to Catholic Charities for the coat drive. Students and faculty brought in gently used coats and jackets as well. This year the sixth grade purchased the most feathers! The school community raised $1,800 for Catholic Charities. St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will also donate


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DISPATCHES From Page 25 Arab League and the World Health Organization. Although the team has participated in this conference before, this year was specifically significant because the team won some awards. Max Segal and Nico Stauffer-Mason, who worked in a pair as a double delegation, won a verbal commendation. Jonathan Wood also won a verbal commendation. Max Mellott won honorable mention. Furthermore, the entire team was awarded Outstanding Small Delegation. This means that the entire team was chosen of the dozens of teams attending the conference as some of the best diplomats. Congratulations to the team for representing our school so well! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eleonore Edgell, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Hi! We just got our report cards. I got all 3s and 4s in my classes! I hope all of you had a good report card, too.

The Current At the last PTA meeting, the cheerleading squad did a cheer in front of all the people. It was so cool! I got to do a stunt since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a flyer. Cheerleading is starting to be really, really fun! Before the Thanksgiving break, my class had a Thanksgiving feast, and it was very, very fun. I only ate a little bit, though. We had two chickens, macaroni salad, potato salad, tortilla chips and apple cider. Keep your grades up! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lauren Curtis, fourth-grader

Sidwell Friends School

On Nov. 15, a Franciscan friar named Friar (Brother) Allesandro came from the church of San Damiano in Assisi, Italy, to share his opera singing with us. After all, Friar Allesandro said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The secret to happiness: sharing.â&#x20AC;? We were fascinated by the story of how he started out as an organist before discovering he could sing, and quite well at that. Before Friar Allesandro performed for the fifth- and sixth-graders and their teachers, he received a See Dispatches/Page 27

WELLS: Hopeful touts youth plans From Page 1

another adult in their life who helped see them through,â&#x20AC;? Wells said in an hourlong interview at his Pennsylvania Avenue SE campaign headquarters Monday. The Ward 6 D.C. Council member with a background in social work said he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t running for mayor to govern by anecdote. He also doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to detract from Dominicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in his own success. But Wells said his experience with Dominic helped convince him he can cut D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teenage crime in half over the course of 24 months. Outlining his $100-million-a-year proposal, Wells said it would begin with District government agencies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be part of the mission of every single agency to have a youth engagement program,â&#x20AC;? Wells said, suggesting D.C. should provide more public-sector internship and apprenticeship programs. Next, Wells said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe we need to radically expand after-school engagement programs across the city.â&#x20AC;? He said he hopes to guarantee an after-school job to every D.C. student who wants one, placing students in government, nonprofit and private-sector positions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That means that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have extra money in their pocket, so they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to hit you over the head for a smartphone in order to get some extra cash,â&#x20AC;? Wells said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It also

means theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be attached to adults who are not family members that have an interest in their well-being.â&#x20AC;? Wells envisions using the apparatus already in place for D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current Summer Youth Employment Program to provide payroll services for his new initiative. With the help of partners outside the public sector, the program would include positions at law firms, banks and health care providers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are ways we can expose young people to careers that will give them a pathway to success,â&#x20AC;? he said. Another part of Wellsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; crimereduction initiative would be to identify neighborhoods with the most high-risk behavior â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and deploy targeted family case-management interventions. As an example, he suggested a Big Sisters-style program to mentor girls at risk for teenage pregnancy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is hitting a problem with a huge cocktail of solutions,â&#x20AC;? Wells said, summarizing the entire initiative. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will have a price tag, without question. This will not be free.â&#x20AC;? But Wells argued that the initiative would be an investment of $100 million that would pay dividends. He said the bulk of the funding would come from redirecting existing funds within the District government. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be looking for,

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as the city generates new funds, one of the top priorities for the new funds will be the youth engagement initiative,â&#x20AC;? he said. Wells also portrayed the programs as a forward-looking economic development strategy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many of the jobs that are created in the city are not taken by city residents, because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re either functionally illiterate or not jobready,â&#x20AC;? he said. Wells believes youth employment and mentorship programs can change that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and change the lives of teenagers across the District. In the meantime, he looks forward to doing his part and continuing to mentor Dominic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never be rich,â&#x20AC;? Wells said with a smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He got a degree in social work.â&#x20AC;? This article is the first in a series that will explore key policy objectives from mayoral candidates.

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DISPATCHES From Page 26 tour of the school. Since it was Friar Allessandro’s first time traveling to the United States, he had not experienced parts of our American culture. He had a blast learning how to hold and throw a football from a Sidwell Friends football coach. The students in fifth and sixth grades didn’t know what to expect when they heard that a Franciscan friar was traveling from Italy to perform for them, and not many students knew what the Italian lyrics meant. But the songs were judged by the emotion behind the lyrics, not the lyrics themselves. Before leaving, Friar Allesandro ended the performance with, “I will pray for you, please do the same for me.” We all pray that Friar Allesandro continues to teach people to hear songs with their hearts. The meeting room was silent, the suspense hung in the air, only to be broken by a string of tenor notes forming themselves into words, words that told of Christ and all His glory, and all His love. — Naomi Ogden, sixth-grader

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Last Tuesday, the 10th grade and its advisers went to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. We went for our English class because we are writing an informational essay on

the Holocaust. We had the rare opportunity to hear a firsthand account of one of the survivors. She was a baby when her family went into hiding in an abandoned storage attic in Amsterdam. She is one of the few survivors still alive today. — Eleanor Wright, 10th-grader

Wilson High School

Once a month at Wilson, about eight sleep-deprived kids get to school an hour early to pass out The Beacon. These kids plus 15 everchanging other students, including myself, spend every month assigning articles, writing, editing, taking photos and editing the layout of the Wilson newspaper. Still, the week The Beacon goes to print is extremely hectic. Wilson is filled with talented writers and photographers. However, the editors still often have to seek out these students. For example, last month, my co-features editor and I happened to pass by a boy after school whom we wanted to write for us. We immediately stopped him in the street and asked him if he wanted to write a feature article. It is important to have a wider demographic rather than just 10 people writing all the articles. After this, we have to wait for the writers to send in their various assignments. Then after putting in edits, The Beacon staff has to stay until 11 p.m., and sometimes even midnight, to get the paper completely laid out and put together.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

‘West Side Story’ impresses


urf wars between two New York street gangs set a backdrop for an unlikely love story amid rival factions. Colorful costumes and challenging choreography characterize Wilson High School’s “West Side Story,” in which the Sharks and Jets outperform each other in a frenzied attempt to mark their dramatic territory. The 1957 spin on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” had 732 original performances on Broadway, with four revivals since its debut. “West Side Story” (a collaborative effort by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins) was nominated for six Tony Awards and won two. The Upper West Side is run by the all-American Jets, but the Puerto Rican Sharks are moving in. Although at times it appears as though some actors are marking the difficult dances, this heavily choreographed show is impressively executed by Wilson’s high school troupe. Even

Then two days later, after homework and other extracurriculars, the staff of students comes into school early to hand out the finished work.

when winded, actors maintain their stage presence and energy, and wow the audience by singing big numbers full of physical exertion. Typically challenging for a high school production is the dramatic authenticity of a fight scene, but again, Wilson’s production is visually hectic and believable. Although some accents are overdone or inconsistent, Yana Madrid’s glorious vocals as Maria set the tone for the love and angst in the show. She maintains her Puerto Rican accent throughout, and depicts Bernardo’s mourning sister beautifully and realistically. Ben Topa’s Tony is a more twitterpated and teenage take on the role than other versions, but it makes his reckless and spontaneous Romeo motivations more understandable than those adult depictions. Jonah Gigli’s Riff is stellar; his perfect New York accent, comedic timing and handle on the choreography are apparent. Elizabeth Harrison’s comedic contribution as

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Yana Madrid and Ben Topa starred as Maria and Tony.

Glad Hand at the intense high school dance where Tony meets Maria helps the audience pinpoint the distinction between the adults and teens. The Jets each make strong character choices, creating a dynamic ensemble. The Puerto Rican Shark girls’ performance of “America” was physically and vocally executed perfectly. Wilson’s depiction of “West Side Story” is visually impressive and physically entertaining. — Aliya Qureshi of Stone Bridge High School

It takes up a lot of time, but a lot of students love reading it, seeing their names in print and seeing photographs of people they know. Seeing

people’s joy at receiving a few pieces of paper is reward enough for me. — Lauren ReVeal, 11th-grader









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Wednesday december 4 Class â&#x2013; Susan Lowell will lead an introductory class in Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ai Chi. 7:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-7248707. Concerts â&#x2013;  Ballet Hispanico will perform to live music by D.C.-based salsa band Timba Street, which combines native African and Cuban rhythms with Afro-American funk, jazz, soul and go-go. Dance lessons at 5 p.m.; performance at 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature the Cathedral Choral Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s symphonic chorus. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202628-9100. â&#x2013;  The American Boychoir will perform Brittenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ceremony of Carolsâ&#x20AC;? and other selections from the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly released album â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Hear America Singing.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Temple of the Scottish Rite, 1733 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Catholic University Wind Ensemble will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Great

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Events Entertainment Room, Pryzbyla University Center, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202319-5416. â&#x2013; The Georgetown University Concert Choir and Orchestra will present a singalong of the Christmas portion of Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? led by professor Frederick Binkholder and professional soloists. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  American Foreign Policy Council senior fellow Stephen Black and other panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pushback to Putinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eurasian Dream: The Looming Facedown Between China, the EU and Russia.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Lapo Pistelli, deputy foreign minister of Italy, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Role of Italy and Europe in the International Middle East Crisis.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW.














â&#x2013; Author John DeFerrari will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. â&#x2013;  Emilie Aries, founder and CEO of Bossed Up, will discuss the holistic career counseling her organization provides to women. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Second Service Speaker Series will feature a talk by U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, on how he uses his experience as a doctor, Army reserve officer, Iraq War veteran and smallbusiness owner to help Congress tackle economic and security challenges. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Veterans Center, George Washington University, 2013 H St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Friends of Tenley-Friendship Library will host a talk about the War of 1812 and the burning of Washington by Steve Vogel, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488. â&#x2013;  Author and journalist Katy Butler will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knocking on Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  MedStar Medicare Choice will present a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medicare and You.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Films â&#x2013;  La Maison Française and the Next Generation Foreign Policy Network will present the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Cares?â&#x20AC;? about social entrepreneurs from a wide range of countries. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. â&#x2013;  The Corcoran Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alex Prager Selects Film Seriesâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1948 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Red Shoes,â&#x20AC;? about a young ballerina torn between her loyalty to a ballet impresario and her love for a talented composer. 7 p.m. $5; free for members. Reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391770. â&#x2013;  The Panorama of Greek Cinema will present Maria Douzaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tree and the Swing,â&#x20AC;? about a Londoner who seeks to reconnect with her estranged father when she travels to her native Greece with her daughter. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Second City, Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary sketch comedy theater, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;NutCracking Holiday Revue.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 and 9 p.m. $20 to $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  The Duke Ellington School of the Arts will stage Langston Hughesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Nativity,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of the African-American experience through gospel music, song

ries of holiday observations by Jewish American service members in the field. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280, ext. 502. Thursday, Dec. 5

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Thursday, december 5 â&#x2013; Concert: The Embassy Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Songfest,â&#x20AC;? featuring hits by Irving Berlin and other composers performed by the Thomas Circle Singers and vocalist Klea Blackhurst. 7:30 p.m. $140. Embassy of Luxembourg, 2200 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-625-2361. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

and dance. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $40. Ellington Theatre, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. Performances will continue through Dec. 15. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chanu-Comedy: A Festival of Laughsâ&#x20AC;? will feature performers Eugene Mirman, Kurt Baunohler and Derrick Brown. 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-9876487. â&#x2013;  Holly Bass will host an open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Special events â&#x2013;  The ninth annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily. â&#x2013;  The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;ZooLightsâ&#x20AC;? will feature environmentally friendly light displays, a model train exhibit, two 150-foot-long â&#x20AC;&#x153;snow tubingâ&#x20AC;? tracks, the Conservation Carousel and live entertainment. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). â&#x2013;  The Daughters of the American Revolutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12th annual Christmas open house will feature live choral music, tours of period rooms decorated for the holidays, a visit from Santa Claus, a chance for children to play with replica 18th- and 19thcentury toys, and more. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. DAR Headquarters, 1776 D St. NW. 202-572-0563. â&#x2013;  The National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Jewish War Veterans of the USA and the Jewish Study Center will commemorate Hanukkah with sto-

Classes â&#x2013; Iona Senior Services will host a dance class designed for people living with Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease and led by teachers Margot Greenlee, Robert Sacheli, Erika Stratmann and Anthony Hyatt. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-253-7946. The class will repeat weekly through Dec. 19. â&#x2013;  Participants in ArtJamz will create an original work of art. 7 to 9 p.m. $15 to $35. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Max Impact ensemble will perform holiday music. 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue and 6th Street SW. 202767-5658. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature the Encore Singers performing sacred and secular music. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  The Carol Ringers, a choir of 15 school-aged youth, and the Peace Ringers, a choir of 15 adults, will perform sacred and popular holiday music on traditional hand bells. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  A holiday music concert series will feature the group Lox & Vodka performing festive Klezmer music. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. â&#x2013;  The S&R Foundation Artist Concert Series will feature pianist Ryo Yanagitani performing works by Russian composers. 7:30 p.m. $65. Evermay, 1623 28th St. NW. 202-298-6007. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Christoph Eschenbach and featuring concertmaster Nurit BarJosef on violin, will perform works by Mozart and Brahms. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Rosanne Cash Band and John Leventhal will perform as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosanne Cash Residency â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Long Way Home: Songs of Travel and Longing.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Blueheart Revival, a rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll blues band featuring Bobby Thompson and Tommy Lepson, will perform. 8 p.m. $5 to $8. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A daylong conference will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The United States, Russia and the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, See Events/Page 29

Continued From Page 28 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Marianne Szegedy-Maszak will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4371. â&#x2013;  Robert Aubry Davis and WETAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around Townâ&#x20AC;? panel of critics will discuss the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cultural offerings in film, music, theater and art. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Dorothea Lasky will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beast: How Poetry Makes Us Human.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. â&#x2013;  Jeff Colgan, assistant professor at American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of International Service, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Emperor Has No Clothes? The Limits of OPEC in the World Oil Market.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 736, BernsteinOffit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Gary Urton, professor of pre-Columbian studies at Harvard University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Write or Knot: Recent Advances in the Study of Andean Knotted Cord Records.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW. 202-339-6440. â&#x2013;  Paul Taylor, director of the Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Asian Cultural History Program, and Lauryn Chun, founder of the U.S.-based company Mother-in-Lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kimchi, will discuss Kimjang, the tradition of making and sharing Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic national dish. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Kevin Casas-Zamora, secretary for political affairs at the Organization of American States, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The OAS, Elections and Democracy in the Americas.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Cottage Conversation series will feature a book talk by Kenneth Winkle, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;? Reception at 6 p.m.; lecture at 6:30 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations requested. President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage at the Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Home, Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436, ext. 31232. â&#x2013;  A panel of experts from government, art, community organizing and academia will discuss climate change and the political response, and two artistic performances will illuminate the issues. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  A panel discussion on the New York City AIDS Memorial will feature urban planners Christopher Tepper and Paul Kelterborn; architect Mateo Pavia; and McGraw Hill Construction president Keith Fox, chair of the memorialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors. 6:30


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Events Entertainment to 8 p.m. $12 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013; Panelists Doris Hamburg, Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, Maurice Shohet and William D. Cavness will discuss the story behind the National Archivesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Deborah Solomon will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Heraldo MuĂąoz, assistant secretary general of the United Nations, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting Away With Murder: Benazir Bhuttoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $20 to $35. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Victoria Harrison, director of the Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family in Houston, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Regulation of Reproduction in Nature and the Family.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films â&#x2013;  The Global Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institute will present the 2011 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;MarĂ­a en tierra de nadie,â&#x20AC;? about three womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brave and dangerous journey across borders. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 113, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Autumn in New Yorkâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a movie set in the Big Apple. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  La Maison Française will present Namir Abdel Messeehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Virgin, the Copts and Me.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $5 to $8. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Meetings â&#x2013;  A book club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Woman Within: An Autobiographyâ&#x20AC;? by Ellen Glasgow, a Southern writer who received the Pulitzer Prize in 1942. 2:30 p.m. Free. Room A-3, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Mystery Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cape Fearâ&#x20AC;? by John D. MacDonald. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Performances â&#x2013;  Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Georgetown will hold its annual winter          

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Show offers views of three women â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Women,â&#x20AC;? featuring paintings and drawings by Jay Peterzell, will open today at Foundry Gallery and continue through Dec. 29. An opening reception will take place

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Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1314 18th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-463-0203. â&#x2013; Alex Gallery and Gallery A will open two shows Friday with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flying Freeâ&#x20AC;? presents works by award-winning German sculptor Otto Scherer through Jan. 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Multiple Statesâ&#x20AC;? highlights works by Francois Le Gall through Jan. 18. Located at 2106 R St. NW, the galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-6672599. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taking Off,â&#x20AC;? spotlighting the Painters 12 group that paints together at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, will open Saturday with an artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Watergate Gallery. The exhibit will continue through Jan. 4. Artist talks will be given Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, both at 6 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-338-4488. â&#x2013;  American Painting Fine Art opened a holiday art show and sale of showcase, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Posada: Camino a Belen.â&#x20AC;? The event will begin with outdoor caroling and then proceed inside for a program of traditional dances from four Mexican states. Caroling at 7:30 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Quadrangle and Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  Ballet Hispanico will present a repertory program that includes the D.C. premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sortijasâ&#x20AC;? by Cayetano Soto. 8 p.m. $22 to $60. Eisenhower Theater,

works by members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters on Monday and will continue it through Jan. 25. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Located at 5118 MacArthur Blvd. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-244-3244. â&#x2013; Gallery plan b recently opened its year-end group show and will continue it through Dec. 24. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1530 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-234-2711. â&#x2013;  Touchstone Gallery recently opened three shows and will continue them through Dec. 29. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deck the Wallsâ&#x20AC;? features works in diverse media by 45 members of the gallery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Interplayâ&#x20AC;? highlights Georgia Nassikasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new series of textured oil and encaustic paintings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 28th Century: The Work of Charles E. Meissnerâ&#x20AC;? is co-presented by the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts and Art Enables, a studio and gallery for artists with disabilities in D.C. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art recent-

Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013; Underground Comedy and LYGO DC will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Jared Logan and Kara Kienk. 9 p.m. $15. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW.

Jay Peterzellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings of three women are featured in an exhibit at Foundry Gallery. ly installed Marc Chagallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glass-andstone mosaic mural â&#x20AC;&#x153;OrphĂŠeâ&#x20AC;? (1969) permanently in its Sculpture Garden. The colorful 10-foot-by-17-foot work, in Chagallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature dreamscape style, once adorned the Georgetown garden of John U. and Evelyn Nef, who donated the work along with many others to the National Gallery a few years ago. It has just undergone three and a half years of conservation. The gallery also recently announced the acquisition of a Dutch Golden Age masterpiece by painter Gerrit van Honthorst. Titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Concertâ&#x20AC;? (1623), the festive 4-by-6-foot scene of musicians is on view in Lobby B of the West Building for the next six months, before being permanently installed in the Dutch and Flemish galleries. Located at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215. gendag (Redhead Days) and Vincent van Goghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiery mane with a collaborative art project, episodes of â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Love Lucy,â&#x20AC;? red food and drink, and an installation of red paintSee Events/Page 30

Special events â&#x2013; In honor of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Van Gogh Repetitionsâ&#x20AC;? exhibit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will celebrate the annual Dutch festival Roodhairi-


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Continued From Page 29 ings from the permanent collection. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; free for redheads. Reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. events. â&#x2013; A holiday-themed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tudor Nightsâ&#x20AC;? event will imagine how the Peter family might have decorated for Christmas 2013, blending heirloom spaces and collections with the sparkle of lights and color and modern style in winter greenery, ribbons and bows. 6 to 8 p.m. $15; free for members. Reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. Tasting â&#x2013;  Christine Cooney of Heavenly Spirits Distributor will explain Armagnacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic roots, regional associations and production techniques through a sampling of several styles and tastes. 7 p.m. $40 to $50. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Tour â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Close-up Tour: Angels High and Lowâ&#x20AC;? will explore the Washington National Cathedral (for ages 10 and older). 3 p.m. $10. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Friday, Dec. 6

Friday december 6 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Barnes & Noble will host a reading of the holiday classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Polar Expressâ&#x20AC;? by Chris Van Allsburg. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Class â&#x2013;  Horticulturist Bill Johnson will lead a holiday wreath workshop after a walk through Hillwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wintry grounds. 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. $40 to $50; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. The workshop will repeat Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Max Impact ensemble will perform holiday music. 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, Indepen-

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dence Avenue and 6th Street SW. 202767-5658. â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Tchaikovsky, Hugo Wolf and Scott Pender. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  The Friday Music Series will feature the Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble performing holiday favorites and standards. 1:15 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature the Princeton Area Homeschool Choir. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Chorus will perform holiday music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sound Yogaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Guy Beck, a vocalist trained in the Hindustani khyal tradition, and Srinivas Reddy, a sitarist who lectures frequently on classical Indian music and literature. Lecture at 6 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Concordia DC will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Centuries of Music in Germany and Austria,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Scheidt, Vulpius, Praetorius, Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. â&#x2013;  Barbara Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spotlight series will feature Tony Award winner Patina Miller. 7:30 p.m. $60. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Catholic University Symphony Orchestra, University Singers and University Chorus will present their 24th annual Christmas Concert for Charity. 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5416. â&#x2013;  Singer, songwriter and author Rosanne Cash Band will host a round robin with John Leventhal and guest artists Rodney Crowell, Cory Chisel and Amy Helm as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosanne Cash Residency â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Long Way Home: Songs of Travel and Longing.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  The Great Noise Ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. $20 to $31.50. Atlas Perform-

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Friday, december 6 â&#x2013; Concert: A Baroque-period orchestra and the Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Combined Choir of Men, Boys and Girls will perform Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? with soprano Gillian Keith (shown), mezzo Claire Wilkinson, tenor Rufus MĂźller and bass Nathan Berg. 7:30 p.m. $29 to $85. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. The performance will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.

ing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. â&#x2013; International band Veronneau will perform samba, bossa nova, gypsy jazz and swing. 8 and 10 p.m. $20. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. â&#x2013;  Whitey Morgan will perform honkytonk music with an opening act by singersongwriters Mic Harrison and Kevin Abernathy. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $14. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Specialists, conservators, scientists, booksellers and private collectors will participate in a symposium on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Authenticity of Print Materials.â&#x20AC;? 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-6352. â&#x2013;  Elizabeth Birch, former executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, and other panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;LGBT Rights: A Geostrategic Issue for Democracies.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Topographics: Photography and Urbanization in Nineteenth-Century Paris.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; Oleg Anisimov, professor of physical geography at the Hydrological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Policymaking.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 219, Old Main Building, George Washington University, 1922 F St. NW. â&#x2013;  Students from Takoma and Raymond education campuses will present their CityVision projects, which propose ways to create a denser, more active community in the Navy Yard neighborhood. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. House tour â&#x2013;  The 31st annual St. Albans Christmas House Tour will feature five homes in the Woodland Normanstone neighborhood off Massachusetts Avenue, as well as a holiday luncheon and boutique shopping at the school. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $35 to $40 for the tour; $20 for the luncheon. St. Albans School, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The tour will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meeting â&#x2013;  A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Performances â&#x2013;  Laterna Magika will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anticodes,â&#x20AC;? a multimedia dance theater production inspired by VĂĄclav Havelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection of experimental poetry. A discussion will precede the performance. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. â&#x2013;  Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ea Posey will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! from Busboys,â&#x20AC;? a talent showcase for poets and other performers. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Reading â&#x2013;  George Saunders, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tenth of Decemberâ&#x20AC;? and the recipient of the 2013 PEN/ Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, will read from his work. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Sale â&#x2013;  Boy Scout Troop 1946 will host its annual Christmas tree sale. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission. Parking lot, National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave.

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NW. The sale will continue Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Special events â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winternational: A Global Celebration of the Seasonâ&#x20AC;? will feature cultural performances, a gingerbread cookie decorating station, cultural exhibitors, and complimentary cookies, hot cocoa and apple cider. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Upcoming-Events/Winternational.aspx. â&#x2013;  The Heurich House Museum will present a Holiday Open House and Christkindlmarkt, featuring tours of the house and a German-style market with a curated array of local artisans. 4 to 8 p.m. $5 to $15. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. christkindlmarkt. The event will continue Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  Tenley WinterFest, a festive indooroutdoor seasonal celebration, will kick off with a Winter Garden lighting and holiday singalong. 5:30 to 6 p.m. Free. Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. â&#x2013;  A Fashion SoirĂŠe will feature a silent auction and runway show showcasing top Canadian designers, with proceeds benefiting the charities of the United Way. 7 to 10 p.m. $20; tickets required. Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Milwaukee Bucks. 7 p.m. $6.55 to $332. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Saturday,december Dec. 7 Saturday 7 Book signings â&#x2013;  As part of the Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday festival, the National Museum of American History will host book signings by Susan Castriota, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wilson and the White House Pups,â&#x20AC;? and David Bruce Smith, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Miles From Providence: A Tale of Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Homeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Hero: John Marshal, Chief Justice of the United States,â&#x20AC;? from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; by Richard Kurin, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History of American in 101 Objects,â&#x20AC;? from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Ronald Mesnier, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Sweet World of White House Desserts,â&#x20AC;? Warren Brown, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pie Love,â&#x20AC;? and Ann Mah, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mastering the Art of French Eating,â&#x20AC;? from 3 to 5 p.m. Free admission. Mall Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Virginia Ballet Company and Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual performance of selections from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present the English-language version of the 2004 German animated film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lauraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Starâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 4 and older). 10:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program on stars and constellations associated with Christmas and other holidays. See Events/Page 31

Continued From Page 30 1 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956224. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forward, 54th!â&#x20AC;? will feature a dramatic interpretation about the people and events remembered in Augustus SaintGaudensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shaw Memorial (for ages 8 and older). 1:30 and 3 p.m. Free. East Garden Court, West Building, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Park ranger Tony Linforth will lead a planetarium program about deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Classes â&#x2013;  Eric Denker of the National Gallery of Art will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fabric of Venice.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Bart D. Ehrman, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other Gospels: Accounts of Jesus Outside the New Testament.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $87 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Food writer Monica Bhide will lead an all-day seminar on writing about food, culminating with a panel discussion featuring Tim Carman, Aviva Goldfarb, Cathy Barrow, Nycci Safier Nellis, Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $87 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  A wreath-making workshop will focus on creating holiday greens from cedar boughs, magnolia leaves, holly, pine cones and boxwood. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $38 to $48; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplacewreathworkshop2013. The workshop will repeat Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Max Impact ensemble will perform holiday favorites. 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. The concert will repeat Sunday at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Singing Sergeants ensemble will perform holiday selections. 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  Students will present a piano recital. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. â&#x2013;  Pianist Michael Crabill, baritone Bryan Jackson and soprano Melissa Chavez will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goethe Lieder by Schubert and Wolf.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. â&#x2013;  Irish singer Moya Brennan will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Irish Christmas.â&#x20AC;? 3 and 7 p.m. $27 to $30. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600


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Events Entertainment M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013; The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington Concert Chorus, Bel Canto Chorus, Chamber Ensemble and Young Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ensemble will join harpist Susan Robinson and the Amadeus Brass Quintet to present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celestial Voices,â&#x20AC;? featuring Benjamin Brittenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ceremony of Carols.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $10 to $30. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-237-1005. The concert will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m., with the Treble Chorus substituting for the Bel Canto Chorus. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton Concerts will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Celtic Christmas,â&#x20AC;? featuring the Linn Barnes & Allison Hampton Celtic Consort and seasonal readings by Robert Aubry Davis. 4 and 8 p.m. $17 to $35. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. The performance will repeat Dec. 8, 14 and 15 at 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  The 21st Century Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like the Dickens,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by David Biedenbinder, John Cage, David Froom, Paul Schoenfield and Jon Deak. Lecture at 4 p.m.; concert at 5 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202633-1000. â&#x2013;  Choralis will present a Christmas coral concert with the Classical Brass Quintet and the Cantus Youth Choirs. 5 p.m. $30 to $45; $5 for students; free for ages 12 and younger. New York Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. 703-2372499. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chorus performing traditional choral pieces. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202628-9100. â&#x2013;  Students of Alicia Kopfstein-Penk will present a guitar recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202244-7326. â&#x2013;  As a preview to next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, Nomadic Wax will present a hip-hop performance by artist and songwriter Chachi Carvalho. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Tenor Richard Turner and choir members of St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church will perform Benjamin Brittenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Nicolas.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10; free for ages 15 and younger. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. â&#x2013;  NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Jazz Piano Christmasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Andy Bey, Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner, Michele Rosewoman and other top jazz pianists performing their favorite holiday songs in a program to be recorded for future broadcast. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $55. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Baritone Aurelius Gori (shown) and pianist Maribeth Gowen will perform Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winterreise.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770. â&#x2013;  The New Zealand Youth Choir will perform as part of a tour of North America. 8 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  Psycho Killers will present a Talking Heads tribute. 9:30 p.m. $10 to $14. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW.


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in a Case.â&#x20AC;? The tales of humor and despair are told through a late-night chat between two hunters. Tickets cost $45 to $105. The theater is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; â&#x2013; Arena Stage will host workshop performances of dog & pony dcâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toastâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 5 through 8 in the Kogod Cradle. While exploring the invention of the electric toaster and the process of its widespread adoption, the participatory theatrical performance asks the question: How is devising a play like developing new technology? Tickets cost $10. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013;  Joe Brack will present his one-man show â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Princess Brideâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 5 through 22 at The Shop at Fort Fringe. Brack tells his own story through the lens and lives of much-loved characters. The classic tale of true love and high adventure builds on his love for the 1987 cult classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Princess Bride.â&#x20AC;? Tickets cost $20. The Shop at Fort Fringe is located at 607 New York Ave. NW. 202-213-2474; event/501631. â&#x2013;  Washington Improv Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasonal Disorderâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 5 through 28 at Source. The seventh annual festival of long-form improvisation performances explores, extols, exploits and maybe even extermiDiscussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s symposium â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fighting a Smarter War Against Cancerâ&#x20AC;? will feature programs for patients, families and advocates on topics such as molecular profiling in cancer treatment and techniques for coping with cancer. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $25; reservations suggested. Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Road NW. â&#x2013;  Textile Museum member Christine Brown will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Textiles for the Head: Utility, Identity, Authority.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  A Civil War Photography Book Fair will feature a day of author talks. Participants will include Ronald Coddington, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;African American Faces of the Civil Warâ&#x20AC;?; Robert Wilson, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nationâ&#x20AC;?; Barbara Krauthamer, co-author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Envisioning Emancipationâ&#x20AC;?; and John Guntelman,

Mikhail Baryshnikov stars in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man in a Case,â&#x20AC;? adapted from two Anton Chekhov short stories. nates themes prevalent during the holiday season. Tickets cost $12 to $30. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. â&#x2013; The Washington Ballet is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 5 through 29 at the Warner Theatre. Set in 1882 Georgetown, Septime Webreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-of-a-kind production stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker and King George III as the villainous Rat King. Tickets cost $32 to $112. Warner Theatre is located at 513 13th St. NW. 202-397-7328; â&#x2013;  The In Series will present two shows in repertory â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pocket Opera x 2: Puccini & Zarzuelaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Family Reunionâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; through Dec. 8 at GALA Theatre. Tickets cost $21 to $42. The GALA Theatre is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763; â&#x2013;  The National Theatre will host the world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;If/Thenâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; starring Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, LaChanze and James Snyder â&#x20AC;&#x201D; through Dec. 8. Tickets start at $53. The theater is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-514-3849;

author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War in Color.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; Singer, songwriter and author Rosanne Cash will speak with U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosanne Cash Residency â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Long Way Home: Songs of Travel and Longing.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;RĂŠalitĂŠ Tales: Young French Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Claus Drexelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Au bord du monde,â&#x20AC;? about the people of Paris who inhabit the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streets in the hours just before dawn, at 2 p.m.; and Emmanuel Grasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bovines,â&#x20AC;? about the pastoral lives of the white Charolais cows of Normandy, at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue

NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013; The Washington Revels will present the annual production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice,â&#x20AC;? featuring music, dance and drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $12 to $50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-595-4849. The performance will repeat Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 1 and 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Polish Drama Club will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brat Naszego Boga,â&#x20AC;? based on the drama by Karol Wojtyla about an aristocrat who decides to abandon his career as a painter to live among the poor (presented in Polish). 4 p.m. $10. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. 202-785-2320. â&#x2013;  Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centre de Danse will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Progression,â&#x20AC;? a 30th-anniversary celebration featuring selections from See Events/Page 32 KĨĨÄ&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ĺ?ĹśĹ?Ä&#x201A;WÄ&#x17E;Ć&#x152;Ć?ŽŜÄ&#x201A;ĹŻĹ?Ç&#x152;Ä&#x17E;Ä&#x161; Ć&#x2030;Ć&#x2030;Ć&#x152;Ĺ˝Ä&#x201A;Ä?Ĺ&#x161; 

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Continued From Page 31 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preparation for the Ballâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Adventures of Alice.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $25. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013; African Continuum Theatre Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jook Joint,â&#x20AC;? a cabaret fundraiser featuring song, dance and spoken word by Beverly Cosham and other local African-American performers. 7:30 p.m. $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Sales â&#x2013;  Glen Echo Potters will hold its annual holiday show and sale. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road NW. 301-229-5585. The event will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  An international French bazaar will feature French and African food, crafts, books, toys, a flea market and a silent auction. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. French Protestant Church of D.C., 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 301-320-3955. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Epiphany Catholic Church will hold its annual Christmas bazaar. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Georgetown Epiphany Catholic Church, 2712 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-1610. â&#x2013;  The 23rd annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;BZB Holiday Gift & Art Showâ&#x20AC;? will feature holiday items, home accessories, clothes, jewelry and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 9th St. NW. 202-6104188. The sale will continue Dec. 14 and 21. â&#x2013;  The Jerusalem Fund will hold its annual Souk and Olive Harvest Festival, featuring Middle Eastern food, henna painting, live music, and gifts from Palestine, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and elsewhere. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

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Events Entertainment The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013; The Swedish Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Educational Association will host its annual Swedish Christmas Bazaar, featuring Swedish crystal, textiles, artwork, food and more. The event will end with a Santa Lucia procession and performance of Swedish carols. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Capitol Hill Arts League will hold its annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give Art and Wrap It Upâ&#x20AC;? Holiday Party and Sale. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839. â&#x2013;  The fifth annual Cheap Art Sale â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring works that generally cost $50 or less â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will benefit the nonprofit group Family & Friends of Incarcerated People. 1 to 5 p.m. Free admission. La Casa, 3166 Mount Pleasant St. NW. Special events â&#x2013;  The Janney Elementary PTA will host the third annual Janney 5K and Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fun Run through the neighborhood. 10 a.m. $25 to $40. Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. â&#x2013;  Tenley WinterFest, a festive indooroutdoor seasonal celebration, will feature a market with more than 70 vendors, live music by students and local performers, a train exhibit, roasted chestnuts, hot cocoa, and the conclusion of the Tenley Yeti scavenger hunt. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. â&#x2013;  University of Maryland theater students will dress as historical figures from the National Portrait Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection


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Sunday, december 8 â&#x2013; Concert: Pianist Behzod Abduraimov will perform. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.

and perform monologues that highlight key moments in their subjectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives. Noon and 2:15 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The event will repeat Sunday at noon and 2:15 p.m. â&#x2013; The Washington Harbour ice skating rink will hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cartoon Skateâ&#x20AC;? event. Noon to 2 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Informal: A Sixth & I Dance Partyâ&#x20AC;? will feature DJ G Events spinning Top 40 hits and other nostalgic favorites. 7 p.m. $6 to $8. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013;  The Washington Harbour ice skating rink will hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock n Skateâ&#x20AC;? event. 8 to 10 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Nashville Predators. 7 p.m. $59 to $560. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Tour â&#x2013;  Dorothy Moss, curator and director of the National Portrait Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s triennial portrait competition, will lead a tour of the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competitionâ&#x20AC;? and explore whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new in American portraits. 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Sunday, Dec. 8

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Book signings â&#x2013; As part of the Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday festival, the National Museum of American History will host book signings by Brian Jay Jones, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jim Henson: The Biography,â&#x20AC;? from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Paula Fleming, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hall,â&#x20AC;? and John Fricke, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic,â&#x20AC;? from 3 to 5 p.m. Free admission. Mall Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-1000. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program on winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;kids@katzenâ&#x20AC;? program will pres-

Classes â&#x2013; National Geographic photographers Catherine Karnow and Jim Richardson will present a photography seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;People & Places.â&#x20AC;? 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $195. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. â&#x2013;  An â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afternoon Asanasâ&#x20AC;? program for ages 50 and older will focus on toning and stretching while practicing yoga using chairs. 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1187. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silver Wings ensemble will perform holiday selections. 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  The Steinway Series will feature pianist Amy Lin performing works by Viennese composers Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the G Street lobby a half hour before the performance. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The 57th annual Christmas Candlelight Carols at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., will feature the Runnymede Singers and First Baptistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chancel Choir, Bell Choir and 6,000-pipe organ. 4 p.m. Free; donations will benefit disaster relief in the Philippines. First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., 1328 16th St. NW. 202-387-2206. â&#x2013;  The National Presbyterian Church Festival Choir and Orchestra will perform Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiah.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Sanctuary, National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-537-0800. â&#x2013;  Students of Maureen Andary will present a guitar and ukulele recital. 5:30 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  The Raya Brass Band will celebrate Hanukkah with songs from their new album â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Train Is Now,â&#x20AC;? incorporating Eastern European carnival traditions and New Orleans brass, punk and jazz. 6 p.m.; tickets distributed in the States Gallery one hour before the performance. Free. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Emerson String Quartet will perform works by Mozart, BartĂłk and Beethoven. 6 to 8 p.m. $51 to $67. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Commodores ensemble will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker Suiteâ&#x20AC;? by Duke Ellington. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Rev. Lloyd A. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tonyâ&#x20AC;? Lewis, professor emeritus of New Testament at Vir-

ginia Theological Seminary, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gospel of Matthew.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. The two-part lecture will continue Dec. 15. â&#x2013; Speakers will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Innovation: Brainstorms, Big Ideas, and the Creative Futureâ&#x20AC;? as a preview of future programs at the Smithsonian Innovation Space, due to open next year at the former Arts and Industries Building. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Kathan Brown, founding director of San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crown Point Press, will offer an insiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective on the National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Merry White, professor at Boston University, will discuss the global history of coffee and the cultural evolution of its consumption in the United States. The event will include a brewing demonstration and tasting with Counter Culture Coffee of Durham, N.C. 2 to 4 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The American Jewish Communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Evolving Relationship With Israelâ&#x20AC;? will feature Michael Makovsky, CEO of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs; Jonathan Tobin, senior online editor of Commentary magazine; Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Civility Initiative and founding director of Encounter; and former Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. 5 p.m. $11 to $15. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Director Shakti Butler will discuss her film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Family events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Celebration!â&#x20AC;? will feature craft activities, a storytime, a visit from therapy dogs, a performance by hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon, and a mini usedbook sale. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  A holiday celebration will feature a performance by Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s female a cappella group Harmony, a screening of the cartoon classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the Grinch Stole Christmas,â&#x20AC;? and a chance to make holiday lanterns for display outside the library. 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Films â&#x2013;  The Freer Gallery of Art will host a screening of Satyajit Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1960 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Devi (The Goddess).â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;RĂŠalitĂŠ Tales: Young French Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jean-LoĂŻc Portron and Gabriella Kesslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Braddock, America,â&#x20AC;? about a once-thriving Pennsylvania steel town that is now an example of Rust Belt neglect. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. House tour â&#x2013;  The Logan Circle Community Association will host the 35th annual Logan CirSee Events/Page 33

Continued From Page 32 cle Holiday House Tour, featuring a mix of historical architecture, modern renovations and new homes. The event will include a wassail reception with refreshments. 1 to 5 p.m. $30 to $35. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. Sale â&#x2013; SCRAP DC will host a Holiday Market featuring a curated group of local artists whose work uses more than 50 percent repurposed and upcycled goods. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. 3101 12th St. NE. Special events â&#x2013;  The Glover Park Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artists in the Afternoonâ&#x20AC;? program will feature painter and historian Carlton Fletcher, whose works are in the permanent collections of the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities and American, Georgetown, Washington & Lee and Stanford universities. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. â&#x2013;  Barnes & Noble will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Downton Abbey Party,â&#x20AC;? featuring trivia and costume contests, tea and cookies, and prize drawings. 4 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The 19th annual BB&T Classic college basketball showcase will feature longtime hosts George Washington University and the University of Maryland, Atlantic 10 rookie George Mason University and Big 12 powerhouse University of Oklahoma. 1 p.m. $30 to $45. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Walks and hikes â&#x2013;  Former park ranger Michael Zwelling will lead a two-mile â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown Presidential Strollâ&#x20AC;? and discuss the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s connections with Harry Truman, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6227. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a one-mile â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civil War Strollâ&#x20AC;? to Fort DeRussy and back. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. Monday, Dec. 9 Monday december 9 Book singing â&#x2013;  SaulPaul will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dream in 3D.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free admission. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Class â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature the Barrington High School Madrigals. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  Adam Gardner of Guster and Dave Schneider of The Zambonis will bring their new group, The LeeVees, to the Kennedy Center with a lineup of festive, rocking Hanukkah songs. 6 p.m.; tickets distributed in the States Gallery a half hour before the performance. Free. Theater Lab, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The group 40Plus of Greater Wash-


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Events Entertainment ington will present a talk by Laura Labovich on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creating a Job Search Strategy and Online Brand.â&#x20AC;? 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. â&#x2013; Providence Hospital and the Joslin Diabetes Center will present a program on diabetes. The event will include complimentary A1C diabetes and blood pressure testing. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â&#x2013;  Mary Morton, curator and head of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ailsa Mellon Bruce: Art Collector and Gallery Patron.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Online Craft Revolution: How Etsy Is Changing American Craftsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Vanessa Bertozzi, senior program manager at Etsy; Nicholas Bell, a Renwick Gallery curator; and three local Etsy online shop owners. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will host an information session on its six-week Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ai Chi program, which will begin in January. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  Jessica Alexander will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $8 to $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-9876487. â&#x2013;  Photo conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas will discuss his current projects, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Question Bridge: Black Males.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $7 to $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature Ted Demmeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1996 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beautiful Girls.â&#x20AC;? 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Goethe-Institut will present Joachim Herzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1964 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Flying Dutchman.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. â&#x2013;  A holiday film series will feature Frank Capraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1946 classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Wonderful Life.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7833372. â&#x2013;  La Maison Française will present a restored 2013 version of Jean Cocteauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic 1946 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Belle et la BĂŞte.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Performance â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present its monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine on the Ninthâ&#x20AC;? poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Reading â&#x2013;  The Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute will feature poet Peter Gizzi discussing

Monday, december 9 â&#x2013; Concert: Nashville performer and songwriter Jim Lauderdale (shown) will perform, followed by the D.C.based Wil Gravatt Band. 8 p.m. $15 to $20. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Dickinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poetic legacy and read from his own work. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nourishing Our Communitiesâ&#x20AC;? will feature chef demonstrations and tastings with Marjorie-Meek Bradley of Ripple and Scott Drewno of Wolfgang Puckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Source. Proceeds will benefit Healthy Living Inc., a nonprofit that educates people on ways to plan and prepare simple, affordable and healthful meals. 6 to 9 p.m. $100. Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St. NW.

anâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four-part a cappella chorus. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013; Cantor Yaakov Lemmer and the N.Y. Klezmer Allstars will present a concert celebrating Hanukkah. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  A holiday music concert series will feature Project Natale performing jazz music. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center and the Levine School of Music will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;From BartĂłk to Bebop,â&#x20AC;? featuring cellist Vasily Popov, pianist Ralitza Patcheva and the violin/viola duo marcolivia. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $7.50 to $15. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  French pianist IsmaĂŤl Margain will perform. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Panelists will participate in a symposium on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Denmark Knows Water.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Ham-


mer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013; Dan Balz will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2327363. â&#x2013;  A panel discussion of refugee rights will feature Olivia Bueno, associate director of the International Refugee Rights Initiative; author Linda Rabben; and George Sadek of the Library of Congress. 1 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-4642. â&#x2013;  The Global Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institute will present a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Violence Against Women as a Cross Border Issue.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 151, Duques Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Anthony Cutler, professor of art history at the Pennsylvania State University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gifts and Gift Exchanges Between Byzantium and Islam.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue See Events/Page 38


Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Wizards will play the Denver Nuggets. 7 p.m. $6.55 to $371.55. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Tuesday, Dec. 10

Tuesday december 10 Classes â&#x2013; Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The Jewish Study Center will present a class by lawyer Adam Marker on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jews in Court: How Courts Have Responded to Public Acts of Jewish Expression.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. $15 to $20. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280. â&#x2013;  The Jewish Study Center will present a 20th-century Judaism class by Emory University doctoral student Jason Schulman on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two American Theologians: Will Herberg and Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. $15 to $20. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-2656280. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature pianist and Levine School of Music faculty member Ralitza Patcheva performing Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; First Symphony. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature Capital Accord, a wom-


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Continued From Page 33 NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Frederic J. Frommer will discuss his book “You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball From 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions” in conversation with former Washington Senators announcer Phil Hochberg. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 307, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271213. ■ Deborah Willis, chair and professor of photography and imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, will discuss “Witness to a Dream: The Studio of James Van Der Zee.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ “Generation Why? Engaging Millennials in the New Jewish America” will feature panelists Alan Cooperman, deputy director of Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project; Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg View columnist; Julie Finkelstein, program director of Slingshot; and Bethamie Horowitz, a socio-psychologist and research assistant professor of Jewish education at New York University. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ “Risk! Fail! Explore!” will feature panelists Victoria Jensen, a scientist who studies dangerous viruses; Zoltan Takacs, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer who travels the world in search of venomous snakes; Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic fellow and archaeologist who uses satellite technology to locate hidden Egyptian antiquities; Trim Jennings, an extreme filmmaker and kayaker; and Peter Athans, a climber known for his numerous successful ascents of Mount Everest. 7:30 p.m. $21.60 to $24. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Films ■ The Georgetown Library will screen Claude Berri’s 1986 film “Manon of the Spring.” 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Alliance Française de Washington and BloomBars will present Lola Doillon’s 2007 film “Just About Love?” 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. BloomBars, 3222 11th St. NW. ■ Nicole Gomez Fisher will attend a screening of her 2013 film “Sleeping With the Fishes,” about a woman’s journey of self-discovery in a Latino Jewish home in Brooklyn. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $12.50. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Meeting ■ The History and Biography Book Club will discuss “A History of the World in 6 Glasses” by Tom Standage. 1 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-282-0021. Performances ■ SpeakeasyDC will present its monthly show, “Destiny’s Child: Stories about fate, serendipity, and coincidence.” 8 p.m. $15. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. ■ The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature performances by Breaker Breaker and Love Onion, followed by an improv jam. 9 p.m. Free. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Special event ■ A “Holiday Tea” will feature a tradi-

tional Victorian tea in the stately 1870s Dower Townhouse, followed by a guided tour through the 1816 mansion at Tudor Place. 1 to 3 p.m. $25 to $30; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplaceholidayteas2013.eventbrite. com. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Tampa Bay Lightning. 7 p.m. $55 to $527. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Wednesday, Dec. 11

Wednesday december 11 Classes and workshops ■ “Deck the Halls With Bountiful Books!” will feature ideas on how to transform old books into holiday decor such as kusudama flowers and dimensional circle ornaments. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Instructor John Sonnier will lead a hands-on workshop on stone carving and sculpture. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 to $30. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Concerts ■ The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature the Washington Chorus. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ The Jamie McLean Band will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand and pianist Pascal Amoyel will perform. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $30. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. la-maison-francaise. org/start.htm. ■ Austrian jazz bass clarinetist Ulrich Drechsler and pianist Michael Tiefenbacher will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Experts and researchers from the Asia Foundation’s office in Kabul will present findings from the annual Survey of the Afghan People. 9:30 a.m. Free; reservations required by Dec. 9. U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW. ■ Ben Urwand will discuss his book “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact With Hitler,” about the movie studios’ agreement not to attack the Nazis or condemn Germany’s persecution of Jews in Hollywood films in order to continue doing business in Germany. A screening of Frank Borzage’s 1940 film “The Mortal Storm,” one of the few directly anti-Nazi Hollywood movies released before the American entry into World War II, will follow. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Barbara Blair of the Library of Congress will discuss “Wound Dresser: Walt Whitman’s Civil War Hospital Work.” Noon. Free. “The Civil War in America” exhibition, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4604. ■ Phillips Collection chief curator Eliza Rathbone will discuss the similarities and differences between Vincent van Gogh’s canvases of the same subject. Noon. $10 to $12; free for ages 18 and younger. Reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.

■ Business strategist Nii Akwei, author of “Sales as a Strategy,” and Kenneth Beckham, an expert in small businesses, will discuss sustainable sales practices for small businesses. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Room A-9, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Author and poet Susan Abulhawa will discuss her book “My Voice Sought the Wind.” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202338-1958. ■ Art critic, historian and curator Antonio D’Avossa will discuss the exhibition “Are We What We Eat? Sustainability and Art.” 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. ■ Bob Brier, senior research fellow at Long Island University C.W. Post Campus, will discuss his book “Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession With the Land of the Pharaohs.” 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $18 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Kathleen Wheaton will discuss her book “Aliens & Other Stories.” 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. ■ Mark Collins Jenkins, an archivist and historian formerly with the National Geographic Society and the author of “National Geographic: 125 Years,” will discuss the society’s history and the current exhibition “A New Age of Exploration.” The event will include cocktails and light fare. 7 p.m. $40. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Films ■ The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present Dennis Hopper’s 1969 film “Easy Rider.” 6:30 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ GALA Hispanic Theatre’s REEL Women Film Festival will feature the D.C. premiere of the Mexican film “She Doesn’t Want to Sleep Alone.” The event will feature a Q-and-A with director Natalia Beristain and a reception hosted by the Mexican Cultural Institute. 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The festival will continue through Dec. 15. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Tomás Lunák’s 2011 film “Alios Nebel,” about the lonely life of a train dispatcher at a small, remote railway station on the Czech-Polish border. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meeting ■ The Glover Park Village’s twicemonthly “Conversation Corner” will offer a chance to speak French, Spanish or German with neighbors. 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. Performance ■ The Happenings at the Harman series will feature a performance by Furia Flamenca. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Seminar ■ The Museum of the American Cocktail’s sixth annual Holiday Cocktail Seminar, featuring craft bartenders Gina Chersevani, Rachel Sergi, Alex Bookless, Jo-Jo Valenzuela, Jon Arroyo and Jamie MacBain. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $45 to $50. Warehouse Theater/The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW.

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