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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Vol. XLV, No. 50

The Northwest Current

Parents prod Henderson for specifics

D.C. to weigh changes for residential parking

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■ Transportation: Council

By DEIRDRE BANNON

hearing airs various options

Current Staff Writer

As the fallout continues from Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s proposal to close 20 underenrolled D.C. public schools, hundreds of community members turned up at meeting she hosted last week. But what was billed as a “community dialogue” for wards 1, 2, 4 and 6 left many disappointed with a process that avoided providing direct answers. Parents, teachers and community stakeholders came to the Dec. 5 meeting expecting a back-and-forth exchange with the chancellor. Instead attendees were asked to sit at tables in small groups — some designated for specific schools, including Garrison Elementary, FrancisStevens Education Campus and MacFarland Middle — and discuss their concerns with a D.C. Public Schools representative. In her opening remarks, Henderson explained that the “endgame” with the closures is “the best use of our resources.” She said she often hears complaints from stakeSee Schools/Page 32

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A proposal to overhaul to the District’s Residential Permit Parking regulations is due in late 2013, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation. The agency is weighing recommendations such as higher fees and smaller parking zones to combat shortages in some neighborhoods. But speaking Friday at a parking roundtable hearing held by Ward 3

Private ice rink gets OK for Wesley Heights home ■ Construction: City issues

permit after stop-work order

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The Suzuki string ensemble from the Levine School of Music performed at Janney Elementary School during Saturday’s inugural Tenley Winterfest.

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Archaeological interest holds up home project By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Tipped off by a local author, the city is now digging into the history of the Georgetown property owned by prominent freed slave Yarrow Mamout in the early 1800s. City archaeologists intend to survey the property at 3324 Dent Place within the next few weeks, putting a planned redevelopment project on hold. “There’s a lot of interest in it,” said archaeologist Ruth Trocolli of the D.C. Historic Preservation Office, who plans to do a “reconnaissance” mission at the property in northern Georgetown. “If there are intact archaeological remains, or

NEWS Board turns down landmark application for York Theatre

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D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, transportation officials weren’t ready to advocate for particular solutions. During the three-hour hearing, residents and council members said that while few people want additional costs and burdens when they try to park, the current system doesn’t offer the intended protections to residents in congested areas. “Change is coming,” said Cheh. “It has to come. We need to all be involved and accept that. The system we have is just broken.” Currently, residents can purchase a $35 annual pass for any car registered at an address with Residential See Parking/Page 33

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Freed slave Yarrow Mamout once owned the Dent Place site.

maybe even human remains,” Trocolli said, the investigation could grow. Local writer James H. Johnston, who published a book about Yarrow Mamout this year, alerted archaeolo-

gists to the land’s historical significance. He’s been closely following the redevelopment plans for 3324 Dent Place after a new owner purchased the blighted house there last spring and later proposed razing and replacing it. “One of the first things I said to the city was, ‘Don’t let this be demolished,’” Johnston said. “They now agree that Yarrow was the most prominent African-American in Washington of this era. Over time they’ve come on board with this.” Johnston believes that Yarrow himself could even be buried in the southeast corner of the lot, based on evidence from his obituary. According to Johnston, Yarrow See Archaeology/Page 22

SPOR TS Sidwell Quakers shock Gonzaga at D.C. Classic tournament

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The Washington Capitals may be in lockdown, but now there’s a brand-new ice hockey rink in Wesley Heights, backing on Glover Archbold Park. And District regulatory authorities, after a bit of hedging, have decided the temporary backyard rink — complete with compressors, curved walls and kidsize goals — is legal. On Dec. 4, inspectors from the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs had slapped a bright red stop-work order on the gracious front door of 4308 Forest Lane, once home to Vice President Richard Nixon. The order said work on the rink out back was not only “performed without permits” but also “unsafe and dangerous.” But on Friday the department, after extracting a $4,000 fine, lifted the stop-work order because property owner Brooke Coburn had “applied for and received the necessary permit,” agency spokesperson

BUSINESS Entrepreneur personalizes wine deliveries in District

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The rink was constructed at the former home of Richard Nixon.

Helder Gil said. It will take about a week to make the ice. Gil said the agency has issued a few similar building permits for temporary ice rinks in private residences over the past few years. The trend is apparently becoming popular in hockey-crazed Northwest D.C. and its affluent suburbs. Coburn, who installed the rink on Forest Lane for his hockey-playing children, didn’t want to comment directly. But hockey dads, accustomed to bleary early-morning drives to ice rinks in the ’burbs, are clearly happy to have a place where their kids can practice, or perhaps host a small pickup game, at home. See Rink/Page 15

INDEX Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Exhibits/29 In Your Neighborhood/8 Opinion/10

Police Report/6 Real Estate/21 School Dispatches/16 Service Directory/34 Sports/13 Theater/29

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Community options unclear Board nixes York Theatre landmark bid with new apartment tower By ELIZABETH WIENER

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

In most of Northwest D.C., residents are accustomed to weighing in on projects that drastically change the use of a property. Whenever a proposal deviates from zoning regulations, a city panel accepts public testimony, and developers often work with neighbors to reduce concerns. The new proposal for 5333 Connecticut Ave. in Chevy Chase is an exception to that rule — a big project on an underdeveloped site that seems to comply fully with existing zoning, removing developers’ need for public input. As a result, residents are finding few venues at which to register their objections to a large new development in the neighborhood: a glassy 10-level, 263-unit apartment building on a vacant lot between Kanawha Street and Military Road. Like much of the Connecticut Avenue corridor, the large lot is zoned R-5-D, which allows a 90-foot residential building occupying as much as 75 percent of the land area. The regulations were established to dictate appropriate building types for

different areas, with special approvals required only when a project deviates from those standards. A matter-of-right project — one that already complies with zoning, as the Cafritz proposal appears to — only requires construction permits based on engineering guidelines. At their meeting on Monday, the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commissioners voted to ask D.C. agencies to pay close attention to the project and see whether it needed any public reviews. The commission also wrote to Cafritz to request a community presentation. “This would be the most significant commercial development in the Chevy Chase area in a number of years,” said commissioner Henry Griffin, who authored the letters. More than a dozen residents attended the meeting to speak, or to applaud their neighbors. Kanawha Street resident Richard Graham called attention to the building’s size and height, its parking garage’s access to a narrow alley, and the general impacts of adding hundreds of residents at a now-vacant site. “This would be hugely detrimenSee Building/Page 22

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The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board has declined to landmark the former York Theatre building in Park View, settling a debate that had swirled between a few preservationists and the church that now owns the property. Preservationists’ clash with the Fishermen of Men Church at 3641 Georgia Ave. is one of several recent cases involving historic churches, in which congregations have said that landmark designations make it too onerous for them to maintain aging buildings. This case has been especially tense and has attracted particular attention because of the racial overtones surrounding it — some leaders of the church, which is predominantly black, believe that white newcomers to the gentrifying neighborhood want to chase them out. Another sore spot has been the building’s origins as a segregated white theater. One longtime neighborhood resident called the case “really heartbreaking.” The building “started off as a white theater, now it’s an Afro-American church. A lot of historic buildings on Georgia Avenue are gone,” she said. “Designation should be about the building. It should not be about us versus them.” The board voted 3-5 at its Nov. 29 meeting against the landmark designation. The former neighborhood movie theater was built in 1919 by Harry Crandall, “probably the greatest entrepreneur of Washington’s movie theater industry,” according to a preservation office staff report. Owner of a flourishing theater chain, Crandall also built the Lincoln, the Tivoli and the Ambassador

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The former cinema is now home to the Fisherman of Men Church, which opposed a landmark application for the building.

— the last on the site of the Knickerbocker Theater on Columbia Road, whose roof collapsed during a 1922 blizzard, killing 98 people. Both the York and the Knickerbocker were designed by architect Reginald Geare, who was later blamed for the roof collapse and took his own life in 1927. Advisory neighborhood commissioner Kent Boese, who moved into the Park View neighborhood about five years ago and has been researching historic structures there, filed the landmark application. He said he noticed some ongoing alteration by the church, which has occupied the York for the past 25 years, and feared the building was headed for demolition. Boese said he first tried to contact church officials, without success. Then when he saw metal cornices and art deco tile work being removed, See York/Page 22

The week ahead Wednesday, Dec. 12

The Finance Project and Augenblick, Palaich and Associates will hold a public meeting on planning for a year-long, D.C.-funded study of the cost of providing an “adequate” public education in the District. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. ■ The D.C. Department of Health will hold a town-hall meeting for prospective participants in the District Medical Marijuana Program. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Newly elected precinct delegates to the Ward 3 Democratic Committee will meet to elect officers and 15 at-large delegates. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. There will also be an election at the same location and time to fill three Ward 3 seats on the D.C. Democratic State Committee; any registered Democrat in Ward 3 is eligible to vote and to be elected as an at-large delegate to the Ward 3 Democratic Committee. For details, visit dcward3dems.org.

Friday, Dec. 14

The D.C. Council Committee of the Judiciary will hold a public oversight hearing on the status of emergency medical services in the District. The meeting will begin at noon in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will hold a “Chat With Cheh” event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Firehook Cleveland Park, 3411 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser will hold a Ward 4 Holiday Party from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cassidy Commons Dining Hall at St. John’s College High School, 2607 Military Road NW. Attendees are asked to donate a new winter coat for a child, sizes 2T through 18. To make reservations, contact Brandon Todd at 202-724-8052 or btodd@dccouncil.us.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting to present renderings of proposed improvements to the Macomb, Newark and Forest Hills playgrounds and obtain feedback on the design. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Eaton Elementary School, 3301 Lowell St. NW.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

The D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate will hold a Holiday Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. in Suite 300-N at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW. Reservations are requested by Dec. 14; call 202-719-6560.

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District Digest Mara prepares for third council run

Patrick Mara, the Ward 1 representative on the D.C. State Board of Education and two-time candidate for the D.C. Council, is preparing to run again. Mara said in an interview this week that he planned to announce his candidacy today for the at-large council seat left vacant by the election of Phil Mendelson as D.C. Council chairman.

Mara, a Republican, most recently finished second to Vincent Orange in the 2011 special election. Mara also ran in 2008, when he defeated incumbent Carol Schwartz for his party’s nomination but lost to independent Michael Brown in the general election. In the interview, Mara said if elected he would focus most n education, ethics, fiscal policy and the District’s relations with Congress. Mara also said he would leave his

position with a start-up environmental company if he wins the seat in the April 23 special election. Six other prospective candidates had picked up petitions as of Monday afternoon, according to the Board of Elections website: John Capozzi, former D.C. shadow representative; A.J. Cooper, a candidate for an at-large seat in the November election; Matt Frumin, chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E; Jon Gann, founder

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District may overhaul building code rules

New construction in the District may be subject to the updated 2012 International Code Council building standards, under a regulatory proposal by Mayor Vincent Gray announced Friday. The code will include new standards for environmentally friendly construction, requiring certain levels of energy and water efficiency, according to a news release. The rules would apply to commercial projects larger than 10,000 square feet and multi-family residential projects four stories or larger. The D.C. Council will consider the proposal next year. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs is now accepting public comment on the proposal.

New group to guide Walter Reed plan

A group of community and business leaders will ensure that the city’s plans to redevelop the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus are followed appropriately, Mayor Vincent Gray announced Monday.

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After winning development rights to 67.5 acres of the federal facility, the District has created a plan to bring new residents, businesses, schools and other amenities to the now-closed campus. The newly announced community advisory group will help the city select a single “master developer� firm for the long-term redevelopment, as well as aid with the process of transferring the land and gaining approvals from the U.S. Army. Many of the advisory group’s members had also served on the “Local Redevelopment Authority� that worked for years to determine the best uses for different parts of the Walter Reed site. Gray also announced four “Great Streets� grant programs, including the Georgia Avenue/7th Street corridor near the Walter Reed campus. The grants, which administer up to $85,000 in investments to their target areas, are designed to aid local businesses and attract new ones. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15.

Taxicab color scheme proposals displayed

After unveiling four proposed graphic designs for D.C. taxicabs, the city is displaying vehicles painted in the possible colors at the Verizon Center through Jan. 7, and at other locations afterward. In the spring, the city will choose a design that will adorn all newly purchased D.C. taxis, steadily phasing in a uniform color scheme. The four proposals include red, maroon, green and yellow; designs are available at tinyurl.com/ dctaxicabcolors or dctaxi.dc.gov.

GWU museum will get Washington artifact

George Washington University’s new museum will include an artifact long out of public view — a 220-year-old letter written by President George Washington about Pierre L’Enfant, the architect of the nation’s capital. Local collector and businessman Albert H. Small last week purchased the item for $240,000 at a Christie’s auction, according to a university news release. The document had previously been owned by a private collector in New York. The letter will join the rest of the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection when the museum opens in the renovated Woodhull House at 21st and G streets in 2014. Washington wrote the Nov. 30, 1792, letter to David Stuart, a member of the commission responsible for designing the federal city, to discuss the selection of L’Enfant.

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Preservation board approves Mendelson encourages grass-roots activism Sheridan-Kalorama condos By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A group of Sheridan-Kalorama residents fighting to save a beloved private garden have now struck out three times at the Historic Preservation Review Board, which last week endorsed a condominium building for the site. Last January, the board agreed that the lot at 2225 California St., which has long served as garden space for the St. Regis apartments next door, can be developed as a matter of right. In October, the board approved the concept of a five-story condominium building, with a century-old rear garage converted into the entrance to underground parking. And last Thursday, board members agreed that limited demolition of some parts of the garage is acceptable. The old garage has a south wall featuring gracious arches that act as a backdrop to the garden. Some members of a group calling itself Preserve Our Green Space argued the garage could be better preserved if developer Murillo/ Malnati Group didn’t insist on providing parking spaces for all nine

units of the planned condo. One St. Regis resident offered what she called “a fair compromise — let them build their building� without altering the garage, which was originally built as part of the St. Regis. “There’s no legal obligation to have nine parking spaces except to maximize profits,� she said. Another neighbor urged preservation of what she termed “an elegant feature of our neighborhood for over 100 years.� But board members noted that architect Ralph Cunningham has altered the plans to retain most of that south-facing wall. “Because it is no longer going to be visible from a major street, I don’t find the change unacceptable,� said board member Nancy Metzger. Final details of the project can be approved by the board’s staff. Murillo/Malnati immediately issued a news release announcing that construction of the “luxury nine-unit building,� dubbed The Calistoga, will begin early next year. “The one, two and three bedroom units, including parking for each, balconies and/or roof decks� will come on the market in early 2014, it said.

Current Staff Report According to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, residents with strong opinions on such city policies as parking requirements and alcoholic beverage licensing law should build grass-roots support and lobby their council representatives. Speaking at a Nov. 27 meeting of the D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations, Mendelson fielded questions from community leaders, and urged them to let his colleagues know where they stand on critical issues. One such issue is the idea of eliminating mini-

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Robbery (knife) â&#x2013;  600 block, New York Ave.; parking lot; 7:01 a.m. Dec. 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  New Jersey Avenue and Pierce Street; unspecified premises; 7:46 p.m. Dec. 4. Burglary â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; construction site; noon Dec. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 4:45 p.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  400 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 6:54 p.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  600 block, 7th St.; sidewalk; 9:48 p.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  400 bock, Massachusetts Ave.; medical facility; 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  800 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 5:45 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  600 block, Indiana Ave.; restaurant; 5:32 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  7th and F streets; unspecified premises; 5:45 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; grocery store; 7:15 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  700 block, 9th St.; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  800 block, H St.; restaurant; 8 p.m. Dec. 9. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 2 p.m. Dec. 6. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  500 block, Massachusetts Ave.; parking lot; 7 p.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 3:16 a.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  800 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 4:30 a.m. Dec. 9. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; parking lot; 12:15 p.m. Dec. 9.

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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; medical facility; 3 p.m. Dec. 3. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Chevy Chase Parkway and Jenifer Street; unspecified premises; 7:09 a.m. Dec. 5.

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â&#x2013;  Friendship Heights PSA 202

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Burglary â&#x2013;  4400 block, Butterworth Place; residence; 7:43 p.m. Dec. 9.

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Chesapeake St.; school; noon Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 4:56 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Windom Place; residence; 7 p.m. Dec. 5.

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

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Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2700 block, Ordway St.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  4800 block, 36th St.; street; 5:33 a.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Fessenden St.; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Dec. 6.

psa 204

â&#x2013;  Massachusetts avenue

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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 6:55 p.m. Dec. 9. Burglary â&#x2013;  3800 block, Rodman St.; residence; 9:01 p.m. Dec. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Cathedral Ave.; residence; 12:01 a.m. Dec. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2900 block, Benton Place; street; 12:01 a.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  Woodley Road and 28th Street; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Dec. 6.

psa 205

â&#x2013;  palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Stolen auto â&#x2013;  5100 block, Watson St.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Dec. 5.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013;  georgetown / burleith

Arson â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; restaurant; 10:43 a.m. Dec. 9. Burglary â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; unspecified premises; 5:30 a.m. Dec. 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 4:15 p.m. Dec. 6.

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â&#x2013;  foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; unspecified premises; 9:02 p.m. Dec. 4. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 3:30 a.m. Dec. 9. Burglary â&#x2013;  600 block, 23rd St.; unspecified premises; 4:49 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  1600 block, K St.; office building; 3:15 p.m. Dec. 3. Stolen auto

â&#x2013;  20th and L streets; street; 7:45 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  16th St and I streets; street; 9 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  21st and E streets; street; 11:15 a.m. Dec. 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 7:26 p.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  2000 block, I St.; residence; 12:01 a.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; office building; 10:58 a.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  1700 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 5:58 p.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 7:15 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  1400 block, H St.; restaurant; 7:24 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; store; 7:36 a.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; unspecified premises; 11:28 a.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  1900 block, K St.; store; 3:12 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; medical facility; 8 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; grocery store; 4 p.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:45 p.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; store; 6:45 p.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, New York Ave.; office building; 10:21 p.m. Dec. 8. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, L St.; alley; 9:13 p.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  900 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 1:28 a.m. Dec. 7.

Ave.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Sunderland Place; unspecified premises; midnight Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  1800 block, N St.; unspecified premises; 2:19 a.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 20th St.; alley; 7 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  16th and Church streets; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Q St.; unspecified premises; 2:15 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  15th and N streets; street; 10 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 2 a.m. Dec. 8.

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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 9:22 p.m. Dec. 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1600 block, New Hampshire Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:15 p.m. Dec. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 1:29 a.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; restaurant; 11:41 a.m. Dec. 3. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; 10:37 p.m. Dec. 4. â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; residence; 6:15 a.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Jefferson Place; restaurant; 10 p.m. Dec. 5. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; alley; 11:15 a.m. Dec. 6. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 12:12 a.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 3:54 p.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; tavern/ nightclub; 10:18 p.m. Dec. 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island

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Jewish Primary Day School wins approval for second 16th Street campus By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The Board of Zoning Adjustment has approved the Jewish Primary Day School’s plan to expand to a second campus, with up to 130 students in pre-kindergarten through first grade, at 4715 16th St. But the board also agreed — at the school’s request — to delay until Jan. 15 a decision on expanding the

enrollment cap from 275 to 300 secondthrough sixth-graders at its current home at 6045 16th St. The school moved to that facility in 2003 after a long search for a permanent home. It now faces a growing demand for spaces, and wants to expand both physical facilities and the enrollment cap, with a corresponding increase in faculty and staff. At the new southern campus, board mem-

bers agreed Nov. 27 that zoning conditions for school use have already been met. They pointed out that the old mansion has long been used as a school — by Lowell School, the British School of Washington, and now the Washington Latin Public Charter School. But board members set strict procedures for monitoring traffic and parking in JPDS’s initial operating years in response to concerns from the Carter Barron East Neighborhood

Association. At the northern campus, the board had clearly been moved by complaints from a neighbor that the school had failed to mitigate the noise from a playground abutting her home. The school will get more time to develop a noise plan and coordinate with neighbor Frances Welsing before the board acts on the request for an increase in enrollment and faculty at the site.

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  government reports. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  updates from neighborhood groups. â&#x2013;  discussion of the proposed expansion of the residence at 2130 Bancroft Place. â&#x2013;  consideration of the proposed placement of a statue at the Turkish ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence. â&#x2013;  discussion of resident-only onstreet parking. â&#x2013;  consideration of a proposed 2013 meeting schedule. â&#x2013;  open comments. For details, visit anc2d.org or contact davidanc2d01@aol.com. ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover â&#x2013;  Glover Park / Cathedral heights The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email info@anc3b.org or visit anc3b. org. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements. â&#x2013;  community forum. â&#x2013;  consideration of the proposed route for the 2013 Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for variances from lot-occupancy, rear-yard, side-yard and open-court requirements to permit a rear deck addition at 2926 Newark St. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit anc3c.org. ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall

At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dec. 5 meeting: â&#x2013;  resident Alma Gates reported that the D.C. Office of Planning will hold a Ward 3 community meeting on a proposed rewrite of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning regulations. The meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8; a location hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been determined. â&#x2013;  Andrew Huff introduced himself as American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new director of community relations. Huff joined the university last month after several years on the staff of Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans. Residents can reach him at 202-440-

2221 or ahuff@american.edu. â&#x2013;  representatives of the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department discussed their plan to increase ambulance service during peak demand hours at the expense of lower-demand hours. Under the proposal, advanced life-support ambulances â&#x20AC;&#x201D; staffed with paramedics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would be unavailable from 1 to 7 a.m., at which point five more would become available per hour leading up to the start of the peak period of 1 to 7 p.m. After that, the vehicles would taper off at the same rate. The agency has twice as many calls in the latter six-hour window as in the former, but currently has the same staffing available at all times. Around-the-clock services would continue to be available through ambulances providing basic life support en route to hospitals, as well as through paramedics on board fire trucks. â&#x2013;  Chip Davis, the newly appointed president of Sibley Memorial Hospital, said he hopes to make the facility a â&#x20AC;&#x153;world-class innovation hospital to build on what we haveâ&#x20AC;? over the next 10 to 15 years, by adding research efforts and other resources. The hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jerry Price also discussed Sibleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing construction efforts at its Loughboro Road campus. The hospital recently finished its new radiation oncology center, and has begun the four-month effort to raze Hayes Hall. Three years of construction on a new hospital will begin in April, Price said. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-1, with Deon Jones opposed and Penny Pagano abstaining, to support a list of conditions proposed by neighbors of the Field School, 2301 Foxhall Road. The school has sought Board of Zoning Adjustment approval for plans to expand. Some neighbors want the approval to be conditioned upon resolving some noise and drainage problems, as well as issues about rentals of school facilities to outside groups. The parties are near an agreement, and commission chair Stu Ross said the zoning board will sort out what conditions are reasonable. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support the planned Lawyers Have Heart 10K race, which will be held June 8 on Canal Road and the Whitehurst Freeway. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a proposed new driveway at 4918 Sherier Place. The next-door neighbors intend to purchase and raze the home there to build a garden and a detached garage to hold a classic car. The residents want a small driveway for occasional use to access the garage, and will remove the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing driveway. No curb cut will be required for the driveway because Sherier has no curb at this location. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to request a pedestrian crossing at Canal and Reservoir roads, which

they said was recommended as part of a D.C. Department of Transportation study in 2002 and promised about five years ago. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-1, with Penny Pagano opposed, to request a D.C. Department of Transportation traffic study for the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries, primarily to evaluate the cumulative impact of institutional growth in the area. Pagano argued that the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request was unreasonable while the entire city experiences growth. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to request clarification from the D.C. zoning administrator on Georgetown Day Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal rights with regards to purchasing a single-family home at 4620 Q St. next to its campus. Some commissioners fear the school may be quietly trying to expand. â&#x2013;  commissioner Tom Smith reported that the D.C. Department of Transportation still wants to install a bicycle lane on New Mexico Avenue, which the commission had opposed for safety and parking reasons. The commission will discuss the issue again at a future meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0, with Tom Smith and W. Philip Thomas abstaining, to extend by one month the 2012 contract for the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administrator while they negotiate a new contract for 2013. â&#x2013;  commission chair Stu Ross thanked retiring commissioners Ann Haas, Deon Jones and Lee Minichiello for their service. The commission is tentatively scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Room B108, West Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org. ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university park American University friendship heights / Park tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the gym at Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements/open forum. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application for a new restaurant-class license at Fork & Spade, 4619 41st St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space application for a curb cut at 4201 River Road. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding proposed legislative changes to speed camera fines. For details, visit anc3e.org. ANC 3F ANC 3F Forest Hills â&#x2013;  Forest hills / North cleveland park The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at the Capital Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit anc3f.us.


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Zoning panel set to decide fate of parking-free Tenley project in January By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

In more than five hours of Zoning Commission testimony last month, Tenleytown residents offered conflicting viewpoints about the type of development the city should allow in their neighborhood. The commission is weighing an application from Douglas Development to construct a 60-unit mixed-use building on the long-vacant Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards site at Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street. A vote is expected in January. The planned-unit development proposal requests greater height â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 71 feet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and den-

sity than current zoning allows and is envisioned with only one parking space. It offers community amenities intended to offset its impacts. The project has the unanimous support of the Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission, which negotiated a comprehensive memorandum of understanding with Douglas that would govern use of the site. The development company agreed to prevent residents of the building from getting Residential Permit Parking passes, to provide transit and Capital Bikeshare incentives, and to choose retail that would draw few drivers. But some other members of the communi-

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There are about 60,000 District residents who have served time in jail or prison. Roughly half are unemployed. For those who have completed prison sentences, unemployment greatly increases their chances of committing further crimes. Clearly, maximizing their job opportunities could bring many benefits, from improved social conditions to reduced criminal justice costs. Last week, the D.C. Council took an important step forward. The council gave initial approval to legislation introduced by Chairman Phil Mendelson to “promote the re-entry of District residents into society upon their release from prison or jail.” The bill would do so by encouraging employers to hire ex-offenders; it would also alleviate hurdles for sealing certain criminal records. The bill stems from the recommendations of the Council for Court Excellence, which under the leadership of former chair Kate Carr, organized a group of defense attorneys, prosecutors, ex-offenders and judges to come up with ideas and look at successful programs elsewhere. The measure would address key obstacles that now exist for employers hiring returning citizens. For instance, firms that knowingly hire ex-prisoners now may worry about potential lawsuits if the employee were to harm others while at work. The bill would generally ban revelation of the employee’s prison time in civil actions against the firm. The legislation would also require the Department of Corrections to issue certificates of good standing, revocable for cause — an idea drawn from programs in New York and Illinois. While the council adopted the Mendelson approach, the majority wisely voted down a separate measure sought by Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry that would have banned questions about criminal records prior to a job offer. It makes little practical sense for the council to block employers from asking applicants for their work history for fear it might reveal prison time. By and large, Council member Barry’s bill would have prohibited employers from using criminal-record information when making hiring decisions. It provided exceptions for sex offenders, employers offering child or elderly care, and firms involved in law enforcement and high-level government jobs. With employers subject to fines from $5,000 to $20,000 for violations — and what Chairman Mendelson described as an “invitation to endless litigation” — we believe Council member Barry’s bill would have driven some employers to Maryland or Virginia. That would reduce employment opportunities for everyone. A far better approach would be offering incentives to beef up the legislative package drafted by Mr. Mendelson and passed by the council. The council could consider allowing employers of returning prisoners a profitstax break — perhaps a quarter or half the District income taxes the exoffender would pay.

A role for the council

It’s been more than five years since governance of D.C. Public Schools shifted from the school board to the mayor’s office. Throughout that time, the D.C. Council’s oversight of the school system and public education in general has rested with the whole body, rather than a specialized committee. The rationale was that the importance of education meant that all 13 members of the council should have a role in setting policy and handling oversight. Though this system has worked at times, the reality is that the D.C. Council chairman has too many responsibilities to handle this essential task as effectively as possible. There have unquestionably been oversights in fulfilling the council’s oversight duties. Next week, Chairman Mendelson will unveil his proposed committee assignments for the coming term. He has expressed interest in re-establishing a stand-alone education committee. We think that’s a good idea, though it will be essential that the committee, its chair and its staff members not overstep their role. The panel should focus on asking hard questions and providing a forum for public input. It should strive to provide the necessary framework and resources for the city to offer every child in D.C. the opportunity for a highquality education. But the committee must not micromanage the schools, nor seek to embarrass the chancellor or the mayor solely to score political points. It will be difficult to strike the proper chord. Certainly the old school board never seemed to do so, and even well-meaning council members in the past have fallen short. But in an era of mayoral control, the legislature is the best opportunity for public input in one of the most vital tasks of the District’s government. That makes it essential to try to find the right balance.

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Call me a (colorful) cab … “Horrible.” That’s just one of the words Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh used Monday. “Ghastly” was another. She was describing the various color schemes being proposed that all new D.C. taxicabs would have to adopt sometime next year. Postings on Twitter and other reactions weren’t much better. “Sorry, really do not like any of the options …” “These color schemes are awful.” “Is this a joke?” “These designs are pretty ugly and amateurish.” You get the idea. And why have such busy striping instead of one or two solid colors? The design just makes it more costly to paint or repaint. Lime green and white? That’s not exactly a power combination for the nation’s capital. It feels more like a tropical drink. “I’m delighted to open these proposed color schemes for public feedback,” Mayor Vincent Gray said at a news conference at the Verizon Center, where some mock-up cabs were displayed. “We intend for D.C. to establish an identity and image that will set a new standard for public vehicles for hire.” The sample cabs also will be displayed later at Union Station and at the convention center for the annual auto show in February. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, whose ward encompasses downtown, says the city should pick simple, clear colors that anyone — local or out-of-towners — can spot. Taxi commission chair Ron Linton is striving mightily to bring order to the loosely regulated taxi operations in the city. He’s toughened inspections and has hackers on the street writing up violators and getting illegal cabs off the roads. And all of that is well and good. But sampling the initial reactions to the color palette, we were thinking that with all the graphic artists, illustrators, interior designers and architects in town to consult — probably for free — why pick such lame color schemes? It’s partly because running a cab system is different from designing one. And there is a whole bureaucratic scheme to settling on the color. A committee of the taxi commission will report to the full commission, which will hold public hearings and then vote on the color(s). Then the commission will post proposed regulations for public comment. Also weighing in will be City Administrator Allen Lew, D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan, the mayor and even the council if it wants to get involved. The various colors are displayed on the taxi commission website. Check out dctaxi.dc.gov or visit tinyurl.com/dctaxicabcolors. You may want to vote on this. As of now, there is a moratorium until June 30 on any new cabs in the District. The new color scheme should be decided by late spring or early summer. Clean, safe, reliable cabs are good goals for the city. Just don’t make the passengers have to wear sunglasses or blinders. ■ What about cop cars? The Notebook will take a moment here to suggest that the city consider new paint designs for our police cars. They were painted

red, white and blue under former Police Chief Charles Ramsey. But there is a circus-like design that many people have criticized. As one graphic design friend of the Notebook said, police cars should evoke power and authority, not Ringling Brothers. ■ Anita Bonds wins. D.C. Democratic State Committee chair Anita Bonds easily won a temporary seat on the D.C. Council Monday night. Bonds is a veteran political activist and corporate executive with Fort Myer Construction. She was elected by the party organization that met at Catholic University. She will serve until a special election on April 23 to fill the remaining term of Phil Mendelson, who was elected chairman in November. ■ Che Brown charged. The brother of disgraced former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is the latest to be charged in the federal probe into the city’s ethics scandals. Brown, like his brother, was charged with lying on loan documents rather than any specific political or public corruption. Che Brown is expected to plead guilty to a felony for inflating his income by $35,000 on loan documents required by federal law. The former chairman Kwame — who’s now on probation — pleaded guilty to inflating his income by $50,000 in a separate case. Prosecutors are continuing to look at Kwame Brown’s 2008 re-election campaign for his at-large seat on the council. Several hundred thousand dollars was raised and spent without being properly recorded, officials say. Both Che and Kwame Brown were involved with that campaign. ■ Filling up. We do have some positive things to say this week. You can’t help being amazed if you drive by the old convention center site on 9th Street downtown. More than the skeletons of several new buildings are up already, and you can see the outline of 10th Street, which will be reopened when the surrounding construction is complete. That block of 10th has been closed since the early 1980s. Some of the early-phase buildings are being leased already for occupancy next summer. The development company recently announced that Covington & Burling, a prominent law firm, has agreed to become an anchor tenant in the space. The firm will take 420,000 square feet when it moves in the summer of 2014. The entire project is called City Center DC. It is one of the largest urban development projects in the nation, a mixed-use project with housing, commercial and retail. And it will include a small park to help keep the area green. ■ Staying put. And we were happy to see that the financially troubled Corcoran Gallery of Art is staying put. The Washington Post was reporting Monday night that the museum’s board of directors has canceled its outreach to buyers. The iconic beaux-arts building on 17th Street across from the White House has been the home of the Corcoran since 1897. Board chair Harry Hopper told The Post on Monday that, “We’re comfortable that there are enough paths to stay in the building.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Letters to the Editor UPS Store offered helpful tips on spam In this season of appreciation and Thanksgiving, I wish to publicly thank Mr. Adam Nathan,

center manager of the UPS Store in Tenleytown, for educating me on the word “spam.” Recently he stopped me from sending “urgent money” via Western Union at his store when I told him about the emergency email I received from a colleague vacationing in Barcelona. It said he had been mugged, with the

thieves taking all his cash and credit cards. The message was so meticulously written, I believed it. The truth is that my friend’s computer had been hacked. My friend is fine. Lesson learned by me. Barcelona is one of the leading cities for spam senders! Gilda Del Signore Washington, D.C.


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arlier this year, Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham, chair of the Committee on Human Services, convened a 26-member task force consisting of business owners and representatives of various advisory neighborhood commissions and civic groups. That group produced the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2012 now before the full council. Parts of that bill are well-considered, but other provisions warrant further deliberation and revision. Clearly, both the current law and its enforcement are woefully lacking. Restaurants that morph into nightclubs, in particular, draw huge crowds that disturb the surrounding residents. Yet the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration does not enforce the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s noise ordinance in mixed residential-commercial areas like western Dupont Circle. There, the former Marrakesh Palace Pasha Lounge disrupted the peace, order and quiet of the surrounding neighborhood. More than 300 people live adjacent to and across the street from it. Its sound system was so loud that windows in the condominium next door actually rattled. Eventually, the landlord, not the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, closed that operation down, if only temporarily. Elsewhere in Dupont, a fight that broke out inside Heritage India last November spilled into the street, where a man was shot dead and three other people were stabbed. Then the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board suspended the license of Mood Lounge in Shaw for 10 days and fined the owner $7,000 in connection with a double stabbing outside last December. The existing law and regulatory practices, however, have been demonstrably ineffective in bringing such operations into line; enforcement generally has been unresponsive and, arguably, corrupt. Despite the lengthy list of these three establishmentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; violations and their patronsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unruly behavior investigated by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration and considered by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, all are still in business. At its first reading of the bill on Dec. 4, the council struck the requirement that would limit challenges to applications by citizens associations and by residents. But the pending legislation gives greater weight to advisory neighborhood commissions relative to neighborhood residents. If the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approves the voluntary agreement between the

Letters to the Editor AU community seeks justice for workers

The American University administration and the company it contracts for food service, Bon AppĂŠtit, have an opportunity to be pioneers in sustainability by connecting their pledges to fresh and local food with social justice. The university and Bon AppĂŠtit, a national leader in sustainable food, can embrace their stated commitments to social responsibility and equity by committing to the Real Food Real Jobs principles. More than a hundred students, faculty and food-service workers

applicant and its respective neighborhood commission, the protests of all other groups would be dismissed automatically. Experience has shown that neighborhood commissions do not necessarily represent the interests of the affected residents. Dupont Circle commissioners, for instance, met with the owners of Marrakesh Palace Pasha Lounge and their attorney behind closed doors to craft a voluntary agreement, which they then represented as a done deal. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, however, determined that its terms diluted those of the voluntary agreement that our group of protestants had been negotiating openly and in good faith. On June 12, the Committee on Human Services heard testimony that the chair of another neighborhood commission crafted a voluntary agreement that likewise went against its neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests. The council needs to strengthen regulation of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bars and restaurants. The draft bill, however, perpetuates the Alcoholic Beverage Control Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice of ignoring applicantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; record of alcohol violations and police incidents when considering applications for licenses at other establishments or in transferring licenses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter how many citations or arrests at the currently licensed business,â&#x20AC;? Mark Rosenman observes in his Aug. 1 Viewpoint, â&#x20AC;&#x153;residents are powerless in using that documentation to prevent or moderate replication of those practices.â&#x20AC;? The measure currently before the council fails to strike the right balance between the interests of businesses and those of the residents of the surrounding area. In an Oct. 24 letter to the editor, task force member Abigail Nichols details how a slim majority of business members voted down resident members who opposed sections of the draft bill. Supporters of the bill characterize its opponents as a faction that currently wields too much power in the licensing process. But Denis James maintains in his Oct. 10 Viewpoint that, in fact, those purported malcontents represent broad grass-roots opposition to the bill passed by Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s committee. Civic activists and knowledgeable observers agree: Given its long-lasting effects, the pending legislation requires revisions. The board of the D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations has concluded that, if not amended, the bill would prevent residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meaningful involvement. Without significant changes, it would curtail direct public involvement in the licensing process unduly, and existing bad practices would be perpetuated. The bill comes up for a final vote on Dec. 18. John Hammond lives in Dupont Circle.

delivered this message to Bon AppĂŠtit management on Dec. 8. The delegation was part of the Real Food Real Jobs campaign, which is connecting students and workers to envision a more healthy, sustainable and just community at American University and at university campuses around the region. Now is the time for Bon AppĂŠtit to stand up for its principles of building community and a sustainable food system. The company should work with the campaign to find ways for donating unused food to hungry D.C. residents and ensuring food safety and public health. University administrators also have a responsibility to ensure that the companies they hire follow the values of our community and contribute to the well-being of D.C.

residents by ensuring that workers on campus receive living wages, can afford nutritious food for their families and have health care. American University needs to be a good neighbor and provide good jobs that do not force people to rely on public services. The university cannot evade its responsibility for providing students with quality food and protecting the human rights of workers on campus. The 1,000-plus people who have signed the Real Food Real Jobs pledge are a symbol of the tremendous support for decent work and healthy food and are ready to hold Bon AppĂŠtit and American University accountable. Erik Kojola Graduate student, American University

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ast month, the city announced plans to close 20 public schools. This follows a city-commissioned report highlighting poor academic performance in many District public schools. The report underscored the need to add 39,758 quality seats for every child to receive the same quality schooling as in D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top-performing public schools. The report recommends closure or new management for the worst performers. Many of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s underperforming schools are underenrolled. Enrollment in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional public school system is about one-third of what it was when I graduated from Anacostia High School in 1966. While school system enrollment has been flat for the past five years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after decades of decline â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the system retains more building space than it requires. Cardozo High is one example. Built in 1928 to house 1,500-plus, it enrolls one-third that number. Many other school buildings lie derelict or are used for non-educational purposes while charter schools are often forced to find inadequate facilities in the commercial market. But D.C. Public Schools is not the sum total of public education in the District. Some 43 percent of District public school students are educated in publicly funded charter schools independently of the traditional school system. Based on historic trends, charters will soon have the majority of D.C. public school enrollment. Unlike traditional public schools, charters must find a building in which to operate. Almost always, this means buying or leasing space and renovating it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; competing for commercial real estate and loans. For years the city has allowed many school buildings that it could no longer fill to rot, or sold them to private developers for luxury condominiums. Meanwhile, charters have had to convert office, retail or warehouse space at great expense, or even locate in church basements. A lucky few have paid millions to repair, restore and renovate derelict school buildings, after the city agreed to lease or sell them. Financing these renovations has been very difficult for most charters in this economic climate. Chartersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lack of city funds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; charter students receive half the city facilities funds as their D.C. Public Schools peers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is not because of inferior academic performance.

Letters to the Editor Zoning code rewrite ignores critical points

I continue to be amazed at how little attention is being given to the rewrite of the zoning code. Imagine that for 54 years no changes had been made to a regulatory framework that affects every property owner in the District. Where would you start? Would you conduct a comprehensive review and identify areas that need to be addressed so that property owners would have some idea of the goals to be achieved? How would you identify these areas? Would you ask whether the zoning regulations work for the average property owner or require hiring land-use attorneys to figure out what is being mandated? Would you ask what has worked and what has not, and what is outdated? Sadly, in my opinion these questions have not been asked or answered comprehensively. Outside of some administrative tinkering

D.C. charters have a high-school graduation rate that is 21 percentage points higher than the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and much higher college-acceptance rates. D.C. charters post higher student test scores than the traditional system, especially among disadvantaged students. Charter test scores among D.C. students eligible for federal lunch subsidies are 12 percentage points higher in reading, and 16 points higher in math than those of D.C. Public Schools. Some 77 percent of charter students qualify for these while 69 percent of the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students do so. District law requires the city to allow charters to offer to buy or lease school buildings no longer used by the school system before developers can. Successive administrations flouted this by failing to request offers on surplus school buildings, rejecting multiple charter bids, opening some facilities to private development, or using them for government office space. This latest round of closures is the eighth downsizing of the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real estate inventory. Of the 19 proposed building closures, the government is making only three available to charters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and these only if the charters agree to partner with the school system, creating a new school. In two years, Mayor Gray has requested offers on 11 vacant D.C. Public Schools properties. Of these, four buildings received multiple charter bids, all of them rejected. An additional four buildings were awarded to charters. One building is in such a state of disrepair that no charter schools bid for it. The remaining two are slated for non-charter uses. The D.C. government knows that it needs nearly 40,000 new seats in high-performing schools and that charters have 15,000 more student applications than spaces but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find adequate and affordable facilities. Why empty more school buildings of children when tens of thousands of District children cannot access a quality public education? And how can the mayor justify allowing the school system to retain control of the buildings being closed, mothballing a number of them in case D.C. Public Schools enrollment grows between now and 2022? The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially those who live in our most vulnerable communities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; need charter schools to be able to offer quality seats in these school buildings now. Tom Nida, former chair of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, is regional vice president of United Bank for D.C. and Maryland.

and a focus on smart growth, the current proposals do not address many residential property ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns. For the past 25 years or so, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comprehensive Plan has noted my neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concern with institutionalization of our community, which is zoned R-1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; lowdensity residential. Yet this is not one of the areas being addressed in the zoning rewrite proposals. How is this possible? Has the Office of Planning looked at how other jurisdictions have addressed this issue? Why are there no specific regulations addressing the proximity of private school playgrounds to neighboring residences in R-1 communities, as there are in other jurisdictions? Fifty-four years ago, churches were neighborhood institutions, not regional draws. What are the cumulative impacts of their presence in residential communities today? And what does it mean for a community with a surfeit of institutions when a new church attempts to move in? Fifty-four years ago, a 200-foot notice requirement to affected property owners worked. Does it today?

The zoning rewrite process has raised a number of questions that should not be ignored. Is it possible that the Office of Planning was not the appropriate agency to have been charged with this undertaking? Who represents the voice of the residential community? Should there be a public advocate at the Zoning Commission? Given the great weight given the advisory neighborhood commissions, what training or assistance should members receive? Should the Office of the Attorney General or the Office of Zoning provide assistance to the commissions? Should residents be provided legal assistance when they go before the Board of Zoning Adjustment or the Zoning Commission, since they are at a great disadvantage in light of the omnipresent legal counsel hired by developers and deep-pocket institutions? The D.C. Bar has a pro bono project that represents child development centers in zoning matters. But who represents the residents? Doreen Thompson President, Carter Barron East Neighborhood Association


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A new era begins at St. John’s By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Sean McAloon has taken over the St. John’s boys basketball program after the school decided to replace long-time coach Paul DeStefano. The team is off to a hot start after the guard-heavy Cadets recently won an early-season tournament at Good Counsel.

The St. John’s boys basketball program comes into the 2012 season with a major difference — new coach Sean McAloon has replaced Paul DeStefano, who led the Cadets for 16 years. McAloon had been the head coach at Richmond’s Benedictine High School since 2005. The coach consistently had that team consistently qualifying for the Alhambra tournament, which features some of the top teams in country. “You aren’t exactly replacing anyone, you’re trying to blaze your own path,” McAloon said of his new role. “[DeStefano] did a great job at St. John’s and laid us a good foundation, and we’re just trying to build on what he did.” That foundation includes a successful season last year, when the Cadets upset the highly ranked Gonzaga Eagles and came within a free throw of reaching the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game. This year, the Cadets have started out strong, adapting quickly to McAloon’s system. The team recently won the Good Counsel Tip-Off Classic, with Cadets junior guard Tre Campbell landing the title of tournament MVP. “It’s been a good transition,” said Campbell. “Coach brings a lot of energy to the gym every day.” “Every day he pushes us in practice,” junior guard Darian Bryant added. “He wants

every single one of us to get better in practices and games, and to help us grow as men.” On Saturday, though, St. John’s suffered a loss, falling to Potomac — a ranked team in Maryland — 84-69 at the National High School Hoops Festival. Despite the setback, the Cadets benefited from the challenge of tough competition. “We just want to improve daily and never go backwards,” said McAloon. “If we do those things, I would hope that wins would take place.” So far the team has relied on a defense-first philosophy, using full-court pressure to force See Cadets/Page 14

Sidwell Friends shocks Gonzaga 82-71 By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Sidwell and Gonzaga haven’t scheduled a game with each other in the last couple of years, but the two teams got the chance to face off in the D.C. Classic bracket last weekend. Saturday’s game also created a unique matchup between future Villanova Wildcat teammates: Gonzaga’s Kris Jenkins and Sidwell’s Josh Hart, both senior forwards. Jenkins and Hart went head-tohead for the first time ever at the high school level Saturday evening, and when the dust settled at Gonzaga’s Carmody Center, Sidwell stood tall. Led by 34 points from Hart, the Quakers trounced Gonzaga 82-71. “It’s a great win,” said Hart. “They’re a great team. We were able to come out and execute. … It’s great to beat a team of this caliber.” The Quakers wasted no time jumping on the Eagles, building a 21-12 lead by the end of the first quarter. Jenkins drew Hart as a defensive assignment, but had trou-

ble slowing down his future teammate. Hart was able to use his quickness to get to the rim at times; he also used an impressive fadeaway jumper to shoot over Jenkins. While Hart seemed to get the best of Jenkins, Gonzaga’s senior did have his moments and at one point blocked a layup attempt from Hart. Gonzaga coach Steve Turner adjusted the team’s defense by putting sophomore Jabari Greenwood and junior Jordan Abdur-Ra’oof on Hart in the second half. That move seemed to slow Sidwell down, but with more coverage devoted to Hart, Quakers senior point guard Matt Hillman stepped up. Hillman was able to create fastbreak opportunities by stealing the ball away from the Eagles and scoring on easy layups. The Eagles were able to make it a 10-point game at one point during the second half, but Hillman hit two of his three treys to help Sidwell regain the momentum and shortcircuit Gonzaga’s third-quarter run. “He was great,” Hart said of Hillman. “He just came through

with a big performance for us today.” During the fourth quarter, the Eagles made another run as Jenkins found his rhythm and closed the gap. The Eagles senior finished with 11 points, while senior guard Charles Glover had a team-high 19 points. Hart refused to let the Eagles back into the game, closing out the contest with two explosive scores to slam the door on Gonzaga’s comeback attempt. Sidwell went on to play in the D.C. Classic Championship game against Mount St. Joseph Sunday afternoon. The Quakers suffered their first loss of the season there — a 59-55 defeat. But Hart set a new record for the annual tournament, scoring 37 points in Sunday’s game for a total of 100 points in the event. University of Maryland great and former Washington Wizards star Juan Dixon had previously held the record, as a standout with Baltimore’s Calvert Hall College High School. The Quakers will look to get back on the winning track when they travel to play Landon tonight.

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Visitationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taylor Delgado was a role player during the Cubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Independent School League championship run last season, making some key shots. But playing behind several seniors, she always had to wait her turn. This season Delgado, now a senior, has stepped up into a starring role. On Thursday she helped propel the Cubs past St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & St. Agnes 57-29 in Alexandria. The senior guard scored a teamhigh 23 points while showing off a sweet jumper and the ability to get to the rim. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has really stepped up â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our senior leader,â&#x20AC;? said Cubs coach Mike McCarthy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She played behind four guards last year, and now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her time. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just bringing it every night.â&#x20AC;? Coming into the season, the team was counting on key returners not only with Delgado but also juniors Alexis Bryant and Ana Hagerup. The biggest question for the Cubs seemed to be at the point guard position, and freshman Alexis Gray seems to have provided the answer there. Against the Saints, Gray showed poise as she directed the Cubs offense. The point guard was able to pass for assists, but she also kept the Saints defense honest with lethal three-point shooting, racking up 11 points. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been playing out of her mind,â&#x20AC;? said Hagerup. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really good three-point shooter. She has come out and given it her all every

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After the graduation of seven seniors, freshman point guard Alexis Gray, left, and senior Taylor Delgado have become major contributors. game and has helped us win our games.â&#x20AC;? Although Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game turned into a rout, the Cubs showed some growing pains early, committing turnovers as the Saints hung tough. The Cubs held a 29-19 lead at halftime, but werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dominant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem with it early; we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t execute well,â&#x20AC;? McCarthy said of the first half. That changed in the second half. The Cubs used a stifling diamond full-court zone press, which forced the Saints into a bevy of turnovers. Visitation used those extra posses-

sions to outscore St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & St. Agnes 28-10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think our team is better defensively,â&#x20AC;? said McCarthy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team could outscore teams, but [with this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team] rebounding and defense is whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to win games for us.â&#x20AC;? The Cubs closed out the week with a 61-44 win over Bishop Ireton Friday night, before falling to Oakton 58-48 Saturday. Visitation will look to get back on the winning track with games against Battlefield, George Mason and Wilson this week.

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opponents into turnovers and create scoring opportunities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to play good team defense, and that will turn into our offense,â&#x20AC;? said Bryant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our defense has picked up greatly.â&#x20AC;? On the offensive end, the guard-heavy Cadets have relied on junior guard Darian Anderson, who has led the team with 20 points per game, while Campbell has averaged 14. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are so small â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a center,â&#x20AC;? said McAloon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to consistently have solid ball moment. I think different guys will step up on different

Scores Boys basketball

The Heights 57, GDS 39 St. Albans 71, Good Counsel 60 Roosevelt 82, Anacostia 53 Bell 64, North County 57 Covenant Life 62, Burke 57 Sidwell 61, Episcopal 51

Coolidge 91, National Collegiate 72 Wilson 60, Eastern 46 Saint Anselmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 61, Field 38 Coolidge 78, Friendship Collegiate 74 Gonzaga 78, Archbishop Malloy 66 Bell 64, Perry Street Prep 53 WIS 51, Burke 42 GDS 58, Thurgood Marshall 5 Sidwell 63, Germantown Academy 57 Sidwell 82, Gonzaga 71 Roosevelt 69, Lake Clifton 43

nights.â&#x20AC;? The small-ball style has helped the Cadets hone their speed and shooting ability, which could increase their competitiveness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a true competitor, so I would hope we finish at the top,â&#x20AC;? said McAloon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the goal. We arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going there just to play games. We might as well go home if that was the attitude. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to work every day to try to do that.â&#x20AC;? The Cadets will continue their season Friday when they host St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryken. The team will then compete in another early-season showcase, facing Suitland at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., as part of the DMV Tip-Off Classic on Saturday.

McLean School 81, Burke 52 Potomac 84, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 69 Gonzaga 79, Bullis 42 Bell 64, North County 57

Girls basketball

Gar-Field 51, Wilson 50 Visitation 73, GDS 57 Holton-Arms 57, Maret 40 Anacostia 58, Roosevelt 14 Cathedral 53, Magruder 38

Ireton 52, Wilson 26 Bullis 65, GDS 42 Visitation 57, St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 29 Anacostia 51, Maret 42 Visitation 61, Ireton 44 Flint Hill 45, Cathedral 37 Sidwell 48, Madeira 26 Burke 28, WIS 23 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 56, Coolidge 42 Oakton 58, Visitation 48 Holy Child 51, Wilson 42


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RINK: Youth hockey installation spurs questions on Forest Lane, but city issues permit

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A Burlington, Canada, company called Custom Ice Rinks sells the modular rinks. According to its website, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;starting kitâ&#x20AC;? for a portable 24-by-50-foot ice rink costs $25,000. Several other Forest Lane residents have not been happy about the hockey rink, or the months of con-

struction that preceded it. They say they have endured noisy trucks, shattered sidewalks, blocked driveways, even a smelly port-a-potty as Coburn installed a swimming pool and retaining wall, then backfilled dirt to create a flat yard on what had been a steep slope leading down to the park. Then about three weeks ago, an 18-wheeler drove up, unloading two

compressors, electrical equipment and plastic tubing on the narrow culde-sac that borders federal parkland. The child-size hockey rink was quickly assembled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holy cow,â&#x20AC;? one neighbor said. Jack Lindsay, who owns the home next door but no longer lives there, said he was surprised by the installation of an ice skating rink in a

â&#x20AC;&#x153;nice residential neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? and even more appalled to find it taking up most of the space â&#x20AC;&#x153;in what had been a beautiful yard.â&#x20AC;? At the old Nixon homestead last week, a bevy of permits were pasted to the double garage doors. They reference a swimming pool, retaining wall, â&#x20AC;&#x153;new patios, terraces, walkways,â&#x20AC;? and electrical work.

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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

Year 12 students have been working hard over the last term, getting settled into and used to the International Baccalaureate curriculum. For the most part, the transition has been fairly seamless, but everything has certainly become more rigorous. In English we have been looking at several of Carol Ann Duffy’s poems from her collection “The World’s Wife.” We are currently preparing for an Internal Assessment, where each student will give an individual 10- to 15-minute presentation on one of the poems to the teacher. In Theory of Knowledge, we’ve been learning about one of the four “ways of knowing”: language. We’ve discussed how language is used to communicate, but also about its flaws — things like stereotypes, double meanings and words that don’t translate to other languages the same way, and how all of these affect how we know things. And lastly, in physical education we have been participating in sports such as volleyball and American football. In volleyball we’ve learned basic skills such as setting, volleying and spiking, as well as the rules of the game. American football was mostly about learning to throw the ball properly, as well as how to set up an effective offensive tactic. — Noelle Cremer, Year 12 Princeton (11th-grader)

Edmund Burke School

Burke lunch periods are unlike any other school lunches I’ve ever had. One great thing about them is that sometimes we get to go off campus for our lunch if we want.

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There are lots of options, including Subway, Potbelly and a Chinese food place called Epicurean. The lunches are affordable, too, costing as little as $2.50. Going off campus gives students a sense of freedom and necessary life skills. Another great thing about the lunches is the fact that we get to eat wherever we want in the building. All rooms are open, and you can even visit the gym. A great place to go is the outdoor balcony on the fourth floor, where we have a rock climbing wall and a great view of the city. We get 45 minutes to eat. Last of all, when you do eat at school, the lunches are the best I have ever tasted. They are made by a cheerful woman named Ashley who makes the lunch right in front of you, something I know most schools don’t do. Some great choices are macaroni and cheese, pork barbecue and salads. She has namebrand food and drinks, such as Snapple, Oreos and Utz chips. Sometimes, Ashley lets you work at her “store/kitchen” for community service hours and a free lunch. — Joshua Carle-Friedman, eighth-grader

The Field School

Students last week confirmed their two-week winter internships and turned their focus to semester exams. Starting later this week and continuing next week, sixththrough 12th-graders have time each day to complete one of their exams or final tests. On Wednesday of next week, all students will participate in Reading Day, a day off from school to relax as well as

study for the last two exams. Seventh- through 12th-graders will start exams at 9 a.m. and generally have two hours to finish them. Sixth-graders have the same amount of time, but take less-formal tests or present final projects. On Thursday last week, eighthgraders visited Hyde-Addison Elementary School to see their fifthgrade buddies and participate in a publishing party. This celebration takes place whenever the fifth grade finishes a major writing assignment. For this party, they wrote persuasive essays about the Civil War. Eighthgraders and their fifth-grade buddies read each other’s essays and left positive comments for each other. In sports last week, the girls middle school basketball team lost to Oakcrest but played a very good game. The middle school A and B boys teams lost against Sandy Spring, and Norwood and Barrie, respectively. Middle school teams were also scheduled to play several games this week. — Maddie Williams, sixth-grader; and Jana Cohen and Lila Bromberg, eighth-graders

Georgetown Day School

Students are counting down the days until winter break, which begins Dec. 14. The high school students’ penultimate week of the 2012 school year (last week) was filled with end-of-the-semester work and major assignments. At Georgetown Day, the high school midterm exams take place after the winter break. Some students choose not to study over the break, while others choose to take advantage of the off-time. Over the years, students have lobbied to have midterm exams take place before the break.

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Some students believe that the January exams pressure students into studying during what the administration has proclaimed a “No Homework Break.” In other news, for the final high school assembly of the year (except for the annual Christmas programs), students welcomed LaDonna Harris, an activist and advocate for Native American, human and civil rights. Harris is a member of the Comanche Nation, and she is the founder and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity. This national nonprofit organization advances the cultural, political and economic rights of indigenous peoples of the United States. Finally, the Fata Morgana Dance Company, a student-lead club meaning “a mirage,” had its first performance of the year last Friday. The show included performances in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, modern dance and Bollywood-themed routines. — Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

Janney Elementary

The tension is high in the Janney cafeteria as 36 teams of two students compete in the crowded, silent room. Each team is playing its hardest with the same goal — to win the 2012 D.C. Fall Scrabble Championship. The Scrabble tournament, held on Saturday, Nov. 17, included 72 players from nine elementary and middle schools in Washington, Virginia and Maryland. The teams competed in four divisions (A, B, C and D) based on ability and experience. Each team played a total of four games. The top three teams in each division won money and Scrabble-related prizes. Some great words were played. In Scrabble, a play using all seven letters is called a “bingo,” which earns an extra 50 points. Some bingos played by Janney students are: “Examine,” by fifth-graders Olivia Bock and Greer Marshall; “sneezes,” by fourth-graders Lucy Rosenthal and Tenlea Radack; and “awakens,” by fifth-graders Eliana Rosenthal and Michaela Bauman. After the four games, the teams’ records and point spreads determined the order of finish. Janney did very well and had four winning teams. In Division A, fifth-grader Chloe Fatsis and her partner, Deal Middle School eighth-grader Ali Bauman, placed third. In Division B, fifthgraders Charlie Smiles and Caleb Anderson also finished third. In Division C, fifth-graders Lucy Levenson and Madelyn Shapiro placed second. Finally, in Division D, Eliana and Michaela got second and fifth-graders Conor McHugh and Eddie Dong placed third. — Ryan Cheney, fifth-grader

Key Elementary

Last week, Key School held its legendary Secret Shop organized by our PTA. It is a time when each student buys presents for family and friends. The shop is located in the

Key School cafeteria. Presents were priced from $1 to $6. Each child is allowed to browse the shop and make selections, pay for his or her goodies and tag each gift. The Secret Shop was set up with a convincing holiday feel that included a holiday music player and colored lights strung around. There were eight tables, each with a different category. There were gifts for women, men, animals and kids. Tables had streamers and, of course, wrapped presents. Some of the bestselling presents were the game Loopz, Washington Nationals bouncy balls, travel coffee mugs and metallic wallets. Second-grader Damien Keliher said, “I love it. The presents are so good.” A parent volunteer working in the Secret Shop said, “I really enjoy running the Secret Shop. It is a nice, safe place for kids to shop and get good deals.” Plus it’s a great way to get all that crazy shopping out of the way early. — Jack Sterling and Carly Hogan-Bruen, fifth-graders

Lafayette Elementary

Second-graders recently studied Native American tribes. Each class learned about a tribe from a different region and created artifacts and presentations used in its own Native American museum. In Mr. King’s class, we studied the Kaw (Kansa) Indians of the Great Plains region. We made tepees out of plastic cups, felt, wooden sticks and glue. We made longhouses out of boxes, leaves and sticks. In art, we made clay pots. Before our visitors toured our museum, we sang “People of the Southwind.” We told them about our artifacts and showed them our Roach Headdress. The Kaw made these headdresses out of porcupine quills and leather. In Ms. Nickel’s class, we represented the Tlingits of the Pacific Northwest. We studied their basic needs — clothing, shelter, transportation, food and culture. They wore cedar bark clothing and fished for salmon, clams and whales in kayaks or canoes. They hunted small animals and ate berries. For transportation, they walked. The Tlingits made cedar bark masks and painted beautiful cedar boxes for storage and cooking. They made ceremonial button blanket robes, and we made smaller ones in art class. We sang “Tall Cedar Tree” and performed a Reader’s Theatre and Informational Tableau. Ms. Breslin’s class gave a presentation on the Iroquois. Ms. Cobb’s class presented information on the Seminoles, and Ms. Harn’s class had displays about the Hopis. — Michael Cohen, Sidney Gayle, Ella Hunter, Cole Ingram, Joshua Sobel and Logan Walker-Liang, second-graders

Lowell School

“Twelfth Night” is one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, and See Dispatches/Page 24


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Holidays inWashington Throughout Northwest, holiday tidings Bill Petros/The Current

Across the city, festivities abound as residents celebrate the holiday season. Clockwise from top left: Leo Canni, 2, and his father sit for a picture with Santa during the recent Winter Holidays Open House at the Washington Animal Rescue League; Georgetown’s Centre de Danse presents “Preparation for the Ball,” an original ballet based upon the story of Cinderella, in performances at American University’s Greenberg Theatre; a customer at Eaton Elementary’s annual tree sale prepares to transport his purchase; carolers from the Cathedral Choral Society sing at the Q Street entrance to the Dupont Metro station; the Levine School of Music’s Suzuki string ensemble performs at Janney Elementary School as part of Saturday’s Tenley Winterfest; and thousands of environmentally friendly lights shine at this year’s Zoolights festival at the National Zoo.

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Groups in Mount Pleasant, Petworth strive to get residents to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;shop localâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

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ith the holidays quickly approaching, small-business owners in Petworth and Mount Pleasant are capitalizing on the annual retail race to showcase their own enterprises with special initiatives and events. They all have the same goal: to convince D.C. customers to shop local. For areas like Mount Pleasant, where the commercial strip is too small to warrant a business improvement district or a fully staffed business association, integrating owners into an annual holiday celebration has been key, neighbors say. The Mount Pleasant Business Association tapped

Natalie Avery, a resident who helped organize a local artisan market last summer, to work on last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holiday Celebration in Lamont Park â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and to tie the yearly event closer to community business. The goal, Avery said, was to create an event that kicked off the holidays while also informing residents about various sales, shops and restaurants in Mount Pleasant. She took to the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website and Facebook page to spread the word, and helped to coordinate cross-promotion among local businesses. In addition to the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional Santa visits and crafts, store owners offered special deals, local artists sold handmade gifts at â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cheap Art Show,â&#x20AC;? and Bancroft

Elementary School began its annual Christmas tree show. Altogether, Avery estimates between 300 and 400 attended. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a history of activism and community activity in D.C. that has often pit residents and businesses against each other,â&#x20AC;? said Avery, a D.C. native. â&#x20AC;&#x153;More and more what I see is this realization that thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a good strategy if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re envisioning what you want the commercial corridor to be like, what you want your neighborhood to be like.â&#x20AC;? Boveda Tribes owner Barbara Cameron, who sells jewelry and textiles, drew new customers to her products with a sidewalk sale she set up during the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not feasible to compete

with Amazon, nor the big-box stores,â&#x20AC;? Cameron wrote in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our strength lies in being able to provide personal attention to our customers.â&#x20AC;? While the Mount Pleasant event is already a neighborhood institution, business owners in Petworth are now launching the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first local shopping initiative. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shop the Heart of Petworthâ&#x20AC;? started small â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just a group of five or six business owners discussing their shops on an October evening. But the owners found they had a problem in common: lack of effective outreach to the community. They formed a small-business owners cooperative, said Julie Wineinger, who owns the clothing

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store Willow Fashion on Upshur Street, and planned to send promotional mailers to Petworth residents. The co-op eventually grew to 20 business owners. Wineinger tapped her graphic artist friend Torie Partridge to design a map of Petworth that was mailed to around 15,000 Ward 4 homes at the end of November, complete with a coupon for a onetime discount at the participating local businesses. Members of the business co-op also hoped that by promoting their shops in December, they could show residents how much holiday shopping could be done right in the neighborhood, Wineinger said. For fledgling businesses in Petworth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wineinger noted that many of the those participating have been open for less than two years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; owners often find that customers are unaware of what is available in their local marketplace. Elizabeth Lloyd, co-owner of Golden Heart Yoga DC on Georgia Avenue, said she and other Petworth business owners have struggled to figure out how to market to a greater population despite limited resources. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Petworth] is a growing community, but people still leave it to go to Columbia Heights, U Street, Adams Morgan, Pentagon City,â&#x20AC;? Lloyd said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have all these wonderful businesses â&#x20AC;Ś . People are beginning to realize, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey, wait a minute, we have all these resources in Petworth?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Wineinger and Lloyd both noticed an increase in revenue and traffic through their businesses after circulating the coupons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I even had one of the business owners whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not on the flier come up to me on the street to tell me that people had come in [to the store] because of the mailer,â&#x20AC;? said Wineinger. The Petworth Small Businesses Cooperative plans to send out another round of coupons early next year. Lloyd said she hopes Shop the Heart will eventually grow into a local resource for the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll almost be like a yellow book â&#x20AC;Ś that provides a financial incentive to shop within Petworth,â&#x20AC;? Lloyd said. For Wineinger and Lloyd, both Petworth residents, the project has become more about getting involved in their own neighborhoods than searching for a bump in revenue, they said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We not only work in Petworth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we live in Petworth, we shop in Petworth. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re passionate about where we live, and we want to see it grow,â&#x20AC;? said Lloyd.


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From Washington Revels to downtown market, holiday festivities abound

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he Washington Revels will present the 30th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas Revelsâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 16 at George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lisner Auditorium. For the 30th celebration of the winter solstice, the group will call upon elements of past shows to renew the spirit of joy that marks this time of year. The show will feature singalongs, a madcap â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twelve Days of Christmas,â&#x20AC;? new seasonal music, Morris dancing and more. Performance times are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets cost $12 to $45. Lisner Auditorium is located at 21st and H streets NW. 800-595-4849; revelsdc.org. â&#x2013;  The National Zoo will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;ZooLightsâ&#x20AC;? through Jan. 1. The annual celebration â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which debuted for the season Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; features lighted displays, access to a number of zoo houses, a new â&#x20AC;&#x153;conservation carousel,â&#x20AC;? snowless zoo tubing on 150-foot-long tracks down Lion/Tiger Hill, gingerbread habitat contests and holiday treats, among the many attractions. ZooLights is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 9 and then daily (except Christmas Day) from Dec. 14 through Jan. 1. Admission is free, though some of the activities require a fee. Parking costs $9 for members of Friends of the National Zoo and $16 for nonmembers. nationalzoo.si.edu. â&#x2013;  The Downtown Holiday Market has returned for its eighth year, setting up shop through Dec. 23. More than 180 artisans will join with live entertainment and comfort foods to offer gifts and fun at an outdoor marketplace in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery on F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW. The market will be open daily from noon to 8

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ADAMS MORGAN $479,000 - $589,000 CHOOSE from 4 All new, 1200 SF, 2BR, 2BA, THstyle condos. Huge lux spaces w/top-of-the-line finishes incl gleaming solid oak flrs, gourmet KIT, high ceils w/crown molding & custom marble BAs. Great outdoor spaces w/decks, private yard/gardens. Nr shops, bars, restaurants, 10 min stroll to Metro. www.RobyThompson.com Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

FOREST HILLS

$1,475,000

SPACIOUS & Private facing Rock Creek Park. 56BR/4.5BA/4FPL. Marble foyer, LR, den, grt rm w/cath ceiling. Large kit w/brkfst bar& island. Sep DR, rec rm. Flagstone patio. 2 car garage.Needs Updating. Between Brandywine & Davenport.4668 Broad Branch. Denise Warner 202-487-5162 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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$1,595,000

ELEGANT 4BR entertaining home of a Former U.S Senator and Ambassador! Located on the Grounds of the original Rockefeller Estate. Stunning 3-story marble entry foyer, elevator, 3 FP, secluded guest suite, numerous balconies, 2 car garage, views of VA countryside! 4508 Foxhall Crescent NW. Janet Whitman 202-321-0110 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

OBSERVATORY CIRCLE

$5,900,000

ELEGANT 5BR, 5BA, 3½BA Mediterranean Villa next to VP’s residence. 17,000 SF lot on Mass Ave. Home office w/sep entry. 2 KIT, sep DR, libr, great rm, media rm. Updtd 1BR/1BA apt over detached 2 car garage. 3400 Massachusetts Ave NW. Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Denise Warner 202-487-5162 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

BETHESDA, MD

$1,499,000

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$689,000

SERENE, CHARMING BEAUTY! Totally renov home in Whitman School District on almost an acre of lovely grounds. SS/Gran KIT, adjoining FR, fully finished LL with FBA. HDWDs, 2 Fireplaces, attached Garage. ALL NEW, just waiting for YOU! Cheryl Kurss 301-346-6615 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

A HOLIDAY STAR! Sparkling-fresh 1931 3BR, 2.5BA brick Colonial, 1 block from Ch Ch Circle on lovely street. LR w/FP, Sitting Rm, sep DR, Powder Rm, eat-in KIT, full unfin Bsmt, spiral stairs to fin 3rd lvl. Lovely lot. EZ access to bus, Metro, shops, library, parks, restaurants. “As-Is.” Emily Swartz 202-256-1656 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

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$865,000

BEAUTIFULLY restored and improved det 1920 Sears Catalog home. Front porch, high ceilings, stunning original woodwork, abundant natural light. Call for more details. Juliet Zucker Friendship Heights Office

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RENOVATION just completed on this stunning 1,173 SF home, new SS appliances, granite counter tops, ceramic tile floor and new lighting. Refinished parquet floors and freshly painted thru-out. Connie Parker 202-302-3900 Friendship Heights Office 202-364-5200

Elegant! What a location - steps away from the Wisconsin Ave corridor! Fantastic 2BR, 1BA co-op in the center of Glover Park with parquet floors, windows galore, PARKING SPACE, and pet friendly (under 30 lbs). Come by and visit - you won't be disappointed. Elaine Conroy 202-744-6291 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

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LARGE 2BR, 2BA corner residence at the Ritz-Carlton. MBR and Guest BR stes. LR and sep DR feature walls of windows on 2 sides. Pass-through KIT. Lively City views at the corner of 23rd St & M. 24-hr front desk, access to LA Sports Club and hotel services. One gar PKG space included. Deborah Hrouda Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 BROOKLAND $295,000 THREE BEDROOM home w/HWFs and deep back yard & patio. Easy access to downtown and Metro. Norris Dodson 202-486-7800 Friendship Hts Office 301-652-2777

GEORGETOWN 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.944.8400

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200

FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800

CHEVY CHASE 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW 202.363.9700

CHEVY CHASE $295,000 SITUATED on the 1st flr of a residential bldg w/a front desk, this unit is configured as 2 office spaces. Attractively updtd with built-in bookcases, enhanced lighting, etc, it is a stylish, comfortable space that works equally well for a variety of professional groups or for someone working from home. Convenient to Metro! flr, and maintenance a phone call away! Pat Gerachis IMAGINE peace of mind with fixed living Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 costs and no worries about a rent increase! IMAGINE the tax deduction! CHEVY CHASE DC $1,695,000 AND if you sign before 2012 ends, RENOVATED and expanded home near IMAGINE a $5000 CREDIT! Friendship Hts metro! Previous ambas- Carole Maslin 301-802-9000 sador’s residence! Bright, sunny, tree-top Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 views. Prof KIT, 6BR, 4BA, wired, 2-car garage, backyard. 3913 Huntington St. CRESTWOOD $825,000 Vassiliki Economides 202-345-2429 NEW PRICE for ENCHANTING TUDOR Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 w/Craftsman touches. 6,000 SF lot on leafy street nr RC Park! Roomy columned COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $699,000 porch for al fresco dining and relaxing. 4 STUNNING RENOV! Great 3-level TH, levels, French doors, 2 MBR Stes + 2 totally redone from top to bottom. Gour more BRs, 3 gorgeous BAs, 2 Powder KIT, huge formal DR, 3 new FBAs, FP, Rms. S-facing Sun Room with full winbuilt-in bookshelves, new HWFs and a dows overlooks big fenced yard and flagsteam shower! Just a few blocks to stone Patio. Finished LL, great HWs. Petworth METRO. Garage. EZ to dtown via 16th or Beach. Gay Ruth Horney 301-503-7152 www.TheChampionCollection.com Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 CONN AVE / VAN NESS $225,000 IMAGINE owning a 1050 SF 1-BR unit DEANWOOD $314,500 w/Eat-In KIT, sep DR, 6 huge closets + BEAUTIFUL, spacious new home to be sep stor for $2063/mo – Incl UTILITIES built!!! Play designer to the home of and TAXES! Cheaper than rent! IMAG- your dreams. Buy now and start choosINE living in a lux doorman bldg w/renov ing your options. 3BR, 3FBA and baselobby, 24-hr Desk, 2 pools, W/Ds on each ment. Minutes to Deanwood Metro,

WOODLEY PARK 2300 Calvert St. 202.483.6300

295, Dtown DC and Maryland! Mary Saltzman Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

DUPONT $2,295,000 GRAND 4 level, elegant Dupont Victorian Row. Very well appointed thruout, LR w/marble FP, form DR w/FP. Gour eat-in KIT. Deck off KIT, 2nd deck above 2 car GAR, slate patio. 2BRs w/FP, hall BA w/rain shower. Entire 3rd lvl is MBR/BA ste w/slate BA, clawfoot tub, sep shower; 3 closets, FP, W/D & Juliette balcony. LL: sep metered apt. www.ScottPurcell.com Scott Purcell 202-262-6968 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 GEORGETOWN $1,900,000 ENJOY 4 finished levels, incl 3BR, 3.5BA w/custom dressing room off the MSte. Main flr w/dble parlor LRs, 10’ ceilings, library, 3 frplcs, built-ins. Large formal DR & gour KIT w/FR opening to secluded English garden. Perfectly located nr White House, Reagan National Airport, Kennedy Center, Rock Creek Pk, Potomac River, Shops and Restaurants. Escape to your private residence in the heart of the city. 1505 28th St NW.

LOGAN $675,000 2BR, 2FBA AND DEN on 2 levels right on Logan Circle. Features include newly renov marble BAs w/heated stone floors and Grohe faucets, updtd KIT w/JennAire applcs, brkfst area, balcony, priv entrance on LL, wood burning FP, 10 ft ceilings, multiple exposures, huge windows and 1 yr close-by leased PKG space Yusef Khatib Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 MOUNT PLEASANT $299,998 1BR, 1FBA, great location nr Columbia Hgts Metro, shops, restaurants, Columbia Hgts shopping center and more. Motivated seller. Designated outdoor space for bldg & residents only. Priv stor. Payam Bakhaje Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

NW / BRIGHTWOOD $524,500 NEWLY UPDATED, modern featured Colonial! So much love lavished on this solid brick charmer. Sellers are so sad to be moving from DC! But IT'S YOUR GAIN! Updtd Gour KIT! Stunning New FR/MSte! New HE Windows & gas furSally Widmayer 202-215-6174 nace! Pristine refin HWFs thruout! Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 Contemp plantation shutters! Big yard! Big New Deck! So Much Value! Walk to GEORGETOWN $2,295,000 parks, Safeway, Takoma METRO! JUST LISTED! Stunning Semi-detached Mitch Story 202-270-4514 Georgian Colonial with 4BR, 3.5BA awash Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 with light from loads of windows! Generous rooms with huge LR accented OBSERVATORY CIR $2,775,000 by French drs to lovely priv patio/garden, HUGE PRICE REDUCTION! An AMAZformal DR & new gour KIT w/ss & stone ING renov w/3 lux levels. Chefs KIT, 3counters. Grand Mste and sumptuous BA, car gar, top-of-the-line contemp finishes. spacious FR, 2 FPs, gar PKG & a location Call for details and come see for yourself! that all envy! www.RobyThompson.com Kathleen Bridget McGovern 210-833-6156 Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 PENN QUARTER $440,000 GLOVER PARK $237,000 SPACIOUS 1BR located in the heart of REACH TO THE MOON!!! Penthouse- Penn Quarter. Minutes from any one of like top floor, spacious, bright and elegant four Metro stops, fine dining, museums, 1BR, 1BA co-op w/treetop views in highly shops and much more! desirable Glover Pk. Dining area, HWFs, Joana Prat-August 703-943-9392 Garage PKG. Fee incls utilities & taxes. Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 Bldg has fitness rm. Mins to Gtown & Wisconsin Ave Commercial strip, new WALDORF $289,500 Safeway & Whole foods IMMACULATE 3BR, 2BA home. Bright, Ruth Sullivan 202-255-4562 open spacious split lvl w/summer porch Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 off KIT. Privacy fenced back yard w/shed on large nice landscaped corner lot. GLOVER PARK $264,950 Sandra Connor 202-277-0897 NEW PRICE!!!! Bright, Spacious & Friendship Hts Office 301-652-2777


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Logan condos offer historical setting, modern amenities

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tree-lined road. But once inside, a recently completed renovation reveals two luxurious condominium units complete with an abundance of modern amenities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and both are on the market. Developers took what was once a four-bedroom, one-bathroom single-family home and converted it into a boutique condominium â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a first-floor unit with two bedrooms, a den and 2.5 bathrooms, and a two-story penthouse unit with three bedrooms, a den and 3.5 bathrooms. The developers accomplished this feat by more than doubling the original square footage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they put in a rear addition and a new recessed third floor with a rooftop terrace, which creates the second unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s penthouse effect. Up one flight of stairs from the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entryway, the larger unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main level opens up into an expansive living and dining room space. Light streams in from three street-

facing two-over-two windows with custom trim that retain the size of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s originals. Soaring ceilings add to the spacious feeling here. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the gourmet kitchen that takes center stage in this open floor plan. Home chefs will appreciate the Wolf gas range with exhaust fan and Sub-Zero stainless steel refrigerator, which are accompanied by honed granite countertops and generous cabinet space. Two of the unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three bedrooms are located on the main floor, each with its own en suite bathroom â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one with a soaking tub and the other with a wide glass-enclosed shower. Both incorporate subway tiles, Carrera marble and Kohler fixtures. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a powder room off the main hallway on this level. Closet space is abundant throughout the unit, including a walk-in for the rear bedroom and two additional closets along the main hallway. A cozy den at the rear of the main floor doubles as a back entryway, with an exterior staircase that leads down to the unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fencesecured parking space. The highlight of this unit is the third-floor addition. As you climb

up the stairs, a spacious master bedroom awaits. A set of windows that spans the width of the bedroomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front wall keeps the room bright. It, too, has an en suite bathroom with a double vanity and glass-enclosed shower. In addition to incorporating the same fixtures and trim of the downstairs bathrooms, it also features a skylight. A super-sized walk-in closet, also with skylight, could make most buyersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; jaws drop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nearly the size of a small bedroom, it could be further customized to fit the new ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. Down the main hallway is the unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s icing on the cake: A sitting room thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideal for entertaining, complete with a marble-countertop wet bar, wine refrigerator, ice maker and dishwasher. And best of all, sliding French doors lead out to a rooftop deck with plenty of room to seat a small party.

SELLING THE AREAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FINEST PROPERTIES

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Two condo units at 1410 S St. in Logan Circle are priced at $1,395,000 and $895,000. Hardwood floors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; custom stained and finished in place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; run throughout the unit, as does recessed lighting. Tucked in a closet on along the main hallway is a Bosch side-by-side front-loading washer and dryer. Techies and music aficionados will appreciate the built-in speaker system installed throughout the unit (including on the rooftop deck), which is controlled by iPod docking stations built into the wall. The first-floor condoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footprint and design echoes those of the penthouse unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main level, but with two en suite bedrooms instead of

three. It includes the same kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures, as well as a private outdoor patio. The first-floor unit also comes with one parking space, which shares the secure, automated door with the penthouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spot. The three-bedroom penthouse unit at 1410 S St. is offered for $1,395,000 plus condo fees of $417 per month. The two-bedroom unit is offered for $895,000 with condo fees of $278 per month. For more information contact Lindsay Reishman of Lindsay Reishman Real Estate at 202-491-1275 or go to reishmanrealestate.com.

   

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Kenwood, Md. Magnificent & grand Colonial on 2/3 acre lot. Featuring 8 BRs, 6.5 BAs. Elegance & grace throughout including a beautiful curving staircase to both the 2nd & 3rd floors. $2,795,000 Ted Beverley 301-728-4338 Pat Lore 301-908-1242

Graceful Design

Bethesda. Ashleigh. Just renovated grand Colonial w/new kitchen, baths, windows, hvac. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs, walk-out LL w/rec room. One half acre + lot size. 2 car garage. Motivated Seller. $1,075,000 Linda Chaletzky 301-938-2630

CHEVY CHASE 4400 JENIFER STREET NW 202-364-1700

Quintessential Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase, MD. Four beautiful levels recently expanded & renovated. High end kitchen w/island breakfast area, Great room MBR suite w/spa bath. 5 BRs, 4.5 BAs. Flagstone patio. $1,879,000 Eric Murtagh 301-652-8971 Karen Kuchins 301-275-2255

One of A Kind

Chevy Chase, DC. Colonial on private wooded lot in quiet neighborhood. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Family rm addition. MBR suite w/new ba, 13â&#x20AC;&#x2122;5â&#x20AC;? ceilings & brick frpl. Loft BR w/skylights. Att. garage. $899,000 Ellen Abrams 202-255-8219 Anne-Marie Finnell 202-329-7117

Georgetown. Sunny, light filled end unit townhouse. Completely renovated w/4 BRs, 2.5 BAs. SS & granite kitchen, frpl. Fenced yard, pkg for 2/3 cars. $1,384,000 Lynn Bulmer 202-257-2410

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ARCHAEOLOGY: City looks into Georgetown site From Page 1

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a Fulani Muslim who used his last name as his first â&#x20AC;&#x201D; came to America in 1752 aboard a slave ship from Guinea. He won freedom from slavery in 1796 and purchased the Dent Place property four years later, establishing himself as a brickmaker and affluent Georgetowner. But the dilapidated wood-frame house that now sits at 3324 Dent Place actually post-dates Yarrow, who died in 1823. Before the recent archaeological developments, the fate of that house was the biggest question mark on that property. Deyi Awadallah, who purchased the vacant and neglected Dent Place home from its longtime owner this year, initially planned to rehabilitate it. But once an engineering assessment proved the house unsalvageable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially after a tree smashed its second story during Hurricane Irene â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he sought permission to tear it down. In October, Awadallah told the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission of his plans to build a new modestly sized home on the lot. The commission, though reluctant to give up on the 1850s-era original home, ultimately supported Awadallahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to remove the neighborhood eyesore. The Old Georgetown Board also raised no objection to the raze application. So far, though, those plans havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t moved forward. And according to the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, no raze permit has been filed. In light of the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new interest to archaeologists, Trocolli said, Awadallah has granted the city permission to investigate. If the initial review uncovers anything interesting, she said, it would be up to the owner whether research could continue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; since local laws wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mandate his cooperation. Awadallah, of the D.S.A. Properties & Investment

firm, was unavailable for comment. Earlier this month he told the Common Ground News Service that he knew nothing about Yarrow when he bought the property, but was willing to give archaeologists time to explore. Trocolli said historical maps have confirmed that â&#x20AC;&#x153;this was definitely Yarrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property at one point,â&#x20AC;? but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear where exactly his house was located. She said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible it was built in an area thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now a backyard swimming pool. A few years ago, archaeologists found a small cemetery on property next to Yarrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, containing the graves of five AfricanAmericans. None matched the description of Yarrow, Trocolli said. Author Johnston believes the dirt-floored brick cellar beneath the existing house A portrait of Yarrow could contain significant arti- Mamout by James facts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you dig, you might Alexander Simpson find items from [Yarrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] hangs in the time period,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding Georgetown Library. that the bricks in the cellarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foundation might even be Yarrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handiwork. Johnston, an attorney who lives in Bethesda, recently published his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Familyâ&#x20AC;? after eight years of research. His interest was first piqued by a portrait of Yarrow he saw hanging in the Peabody Room of the Georgetown Library â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and then another portrait of Yarrow he found by famous early American painter Charles Willson Peale.

YORK: Board narrowly rejects theater landmarking From Page 3

Boese said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was left with the unenviable choice â&#x20AC;&#x201D; save the church, or watch it change, perhaps be demolished. In this no-win scenario, I chose to moveâ&#x20AC;? the landmark application. On a split vote, he said, the neighborhood commission endorsed the application. Boese and city architectural historian Tim DennĂŠe detailed the significance of the building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At first glance, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unassuming and rather plain,â&#x20AC;? Boese said, but he said his research showed it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;an important anchorâ&#x20AC;? for the developing Park View neighborhood. DennĂŠe said the Kennedy Brothers firm, which built much of the neighborhood, â&#x20AC;&#x153;saw the York as an amenity â&#x20AC;Ś to promote settlement in Park View and adjoining new suburbs.â&#x20AC;? He described it as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a visual landmark, a community center,â&#x20AC;? where local kids saw educational films and formed a baseball team sponsored by the theater. But the landmark application left out some key facts, including that the York was built as a whites-only theater, with the few blacks then in the neighborhood denied entry. As board member Catherine Buell noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the application is silent on the history of the church, how it came to move in, and its relation with the community.â&#x20AC;? The theater closed in 1954, sitting vacant until Fishermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church

took it over at a time when the inner city was plagued with crime and drugs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was there though the severe street crimes of the late 1980s, when [the area] was an open-air drug market, when rats from Metro construction ran the streets,â&#x20AC;? said Lenwood Johnson, a longtime member of the neighborhood commission. Bishop Clarence Groover, pastor and founder of the church, said the building is â&#x20AC;&#x153;the major assetâ&#x20AC;? of his congregation, which has been working at restoration, for example replacing a roof that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop from leaking.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a small budget. The building needs to be beautified, more welcoming. Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house is supposed to be beautiful, not supposed to be some antique,â&#x20AC;? he testified. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have someone come in and put this on the church â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it hurts,â&#x20AC;? the pastor told the preservation board. An attorney for the church called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;quite ironicâ&#x20AC;? that â&#x20AC;&#x153;this was a theater that blacks were not able to attend â&#x20AC;Ś and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being asked to honor it.â&#x20AC;? Another neighbor, and church elder, called the landmark application â&#x20AC;&#x153;a form of gentrification. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tremendous amount of development on Georgia Avenue. If the church canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t improve, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to stay, and the site can be developed.â&#x20AC;? Preservation board members were split on the merits of the land-

mark application, but clearly troubled by the case. Member Nancy Metzger noted that early movie theaters were often â&#x20AC;&#x153;simple buildings,â&#x20AC;? but important to the development of their neighborhoods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very unfortunately a white theater, and that puts peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teeth on edge. But designation is not verifying that as a good thing,â&#x20AC;? she said. Ultimately, a majority agreed the York was simply not significant enough to merit landmark protections. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The building contributed to the history of Washington, D.C., but a similar history could be developed for any building,â&#x20AC;? said member Graham Davidson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you look at the body of work of Harry Crandall, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see this particular building in even the middle,â&#x20AC;? said Joseph Taylor, another board member. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The church has been a good stewardâ&#x20AC;? of its building, which is still remarkably intact, said Buell. But she emphasized again that the application was â&#x20AC;&#x153;silentâ&#x20AC;? on the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a real problem with landmarking without telling the full story.â&#x20AC;? With the other five members opposed, Metzger, Rauzia Ally and Maria Casarella voted to support the landmark nomination. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This discussion needs to take place. Your history should be part of this application,â&#x20AC;? Casarella told Groover.


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From Page 16 the eighth-grade Lowell students recently performed it. They studied the play but only had two weeks to learn their lines. They dressed in costumes to prepare for their two performances. Madison Chambers (Olivia) and Maya Andresino (Duke Orsino) played two of the leading roles. Some of the eighth-graders felt like the audience would not understand Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s English. Before our time English was very different. Since this play is so old, I believed that the eighth-graders would bring it to life with some 2012 spunk! After seeing the play, I would give it four stars! Everyone did a great job. There were one or two mess-ups, but the play went well. Madison did a fantastic job remembering her lines and keeping up with her very convincing British accent. Mike Woods and Domi Long did a great job putting this play together. After the play the eighth-graders were treated to a

Maret School

When we were studying DĂ­as de los Muertos, we had a really great time! The first thing we did was read a story about a Mexican girl called Maria Molina and the Days of the Dead. For homework that night we had to bring in pictures of someone who had died in our family. There was a DĂ­as de los Muertos table, and people looked at it when they visited our classroom. One day, PepĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom, Ms. Rojas, came in to show us how to make bread of the dead! There were three stations. One was with Ms. Rojas to make bread, the second was making marigold pens (flower of the dead) with Ms. Nash, and the third was with Mr. Stone playing an ancient Mayan dice game. We baked the bread in our kitchen. PepĂŠ was very happy to have the special celebration here in the United States at school because he celebrated it with his family in past years when he lived in Mexico.

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National Presbyterian School

On Saturday, Dec. 1, National Presbyterian School had Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast with Santa is an exciting event that the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faculty, students, parents and family members celebrate every year. At Breakfast with Santa, you can take a picture with Santa for free in the gym and also eat pancakes there. Other activities that you can try include the cakewalk, which is an activity in the music room that you pay $1 to play and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky you can win a cake; making gingerbread men in the science room and decorating them with icing, sprinkles and other edible substances; and Secret Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Workshop in the kindergarten and first-grade classrooms, where you can get a gift. Breakfast with Santa is very fun for us students but a lot of hard work to put together, so I would like to give a special thanks to the parents and faculty members who put their time and effort into this event, and another special thanks to the people who chaired this event, Mrs. Boyles and Mrs. Evans. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alexander Stichman, fifth-grader

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This past week, Ross Elementary held its annual book fair. It was a blast! The library was transformed into a very appealing bookstore. There were so many great selections it was hard to choose! â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheelâ&#x20AC;? by Jeff Kinny was a popular pick. I see students carrying this book all around the school. I asked one student why she selected it and she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really interesting book. It was funny when Greg couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a date to the ballroom dance.â&#x20AC;? Another common choice was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dork Diaryâ&#x20AC;? by Rachel RenĂŠe Russell. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about a girl who is having a hard time in middle school. If you are a fifth-grader getting ready for middle school, this would be a great book for you! I want to give a special thanks to the parents who volunteered to set up and work the book fair. I also want to thank the families and friends of Ross who donated some of these fabulous books to our classrooms. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already started to dive into them! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kevin Rivera, fifth-grader

St. Albans School

At St. Albans School, midNovember marks the beginning of winter sports. The week before we left for Thanksgiving, there were tryouts for seventh- and eighthgrade winter soccer and sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade basketball.

Our three basketball teams were happy to learn that they will be sponsored by Nike this year. Basketball and soccer are not the only winter sports we have at St. Albans. Sixth-, seventh- and eighthgraders also have the option to play hockey, run winter track, wrestle or swim. With the exception of winter track and winter soccer, the winter sports teams compete against other schools like Landon and Sidwell. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dakota Foster, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

In fourth-grade after-care last week we made stained-glass windows. We colored squares then cut out shapes from the squares to use as panes for the stained-glass windows. It was hard work, and it took a long, long time. But they look really cool. In other news, the eighth-graders took their high school placement test and then attended a reception with a select group of alumni of the Catholic high schools. The eighth-grade students wore formal suits and dresses to the reception and even handed their own business cards to the alumni guests. They put to use the etiquette lessons theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d received over the past several weeks. Several of the adult guests said they were impressed with the students. The alumni represented Georgetown Visitation, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, DeMatha, Gonzaga, Holy Cross, Stone Ridge and Georgetown Prep. Mr. and Mrs. Blomquist, the eighthgrade homeroom teacher and the art teacher, respectively, hosted the event. Monsignor Mosley, the church pastor, and Mr. Wharton, the school principal attended the reception, as did several middle school teachers. The purpose was to help St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strengthen its connection with the Catholic high schools. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maura Ryan, fourth-grader, and the eighth-grade class

School Without Walls

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now December and the holidays are near, but first â&#x20AC;Ś midterms, which occur the week and a half before break. Although this might not sound like the best way to prepare for the holiday season, it works out all right as the tests are done and out of the way, leaving the break ready for relaxation (hopefully) and festivities. Before midterms, however, Walls received a special visit this past Tuesday from a delegation of school principals from Wuhan City in China. These principals, whose numbers easily amounted to 30 or more people, met with school administrators and took a tour of the school led by some of Wallsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; advanced Chinese students. This large delegation was separated into smaller groups, each of which was led by a pair of students. The principals spoke very little to no English, which proved to be a real test of the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chinese, but despite some lack of understanding, the students and visitors always managed to communicate and get their ideas

across. During the tour the principals saw different classrooms, asked questions and took photos. Many questions later, and hundreds and hundreds of photos later, the delegation of school principals left, concluding their visit with a group photo with everyone holding a banner. The experience was fun for everyone involved, as students got to practice their Chinese and the visiting principals got to see what an American high school is like. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Delmar TarragĂł, 11th-grader

Stoddert Elementary

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, some students went to see â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? ballet at the Warner Theatre. There were a lot of people at the theater. The inside was very big, and there was a chandelier on the ceiling. We sat in the upper part, and the stage was very nice. It was decorated with gold and a fireplace, and there were lots of dancers. I really liked it when the nutcracker became a real soldier. They were then fighting with the rats. The costumes were funny and colorful, and some were very beautiful. It was great to see the ballerinas standing en pointe. I liked when the Native Americans danced. Their costumes looked real. And we learned about Native Americans at school, so seeing them was great. The ballet is so beautiful. This was my first time seeing the ballet. I am from Tajikistan, and I never saw the ballet there. It was also my first time to ever see the ballet, and I am from Russia. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ksenia Chepurnova, fourth-grader, and Maksud Juraev, fifth-grader

Wilson High School

Wilson is at the heart of a possible change in school boundaries. Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh introduced the School Boundary Review Act earlier this year, and although the first line has yet to be drawn, opponents are lining up on either side. Because Wilson draws from an area twice as big as that of the next biggest high school in the system, it is the one most likely to be reduced. The bill calls for the mayor to establish a committee to review feeder patterns and propose boundary changes every 10 years. It would require a 15-month notice before any changes take effect. If it passes, changes would not take effect before fall 2014. Both Wilson and Deal have nearly 200 more students than the schools were designed to hold. Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enrollment has almost doubled since 2008 and Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has increased by 20 percent. Wilson has stopped accepting students who are out of boundary. However, the Boundary Review Act would let students and their younger siblings who are already enrolled in a D.C. public school continue there, even if they become out of boundary when the lines change. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shane Achenbach, 12th-grader


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Wednesday december 12 Class â&#x2013;  Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Purifying and Letting Go of the Past.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202986-2257. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Happenings Happy Hours performance series will feature jazz vocalist Integriti Reeves. 5:30 p.m. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  Blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins will perform with singer and guitarist Corey Harris. 6 p.m. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Vocal Arts DC will present tenor Vinson Cole. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Mary Halvorson Quintet. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Theatre Alliance of Washington DC will present its winter concert series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soulful Sessions,â&#x20AC;? featuring Darnell Moore and Company, Mike McCoy and Voices United, and Juan Santiago and Uninhibited Praise. 7:30 p.m. $20. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 202-2412539. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Identity: What Is the Soul of America? What Will America Be in 2050?â&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Maria Teresa Peterson, president of Voto Latino; AnneCĂŠcile Robert, journalist of Le Monde Diplomatique; and Neera Tanden (shown), president of the Center for American Progress. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. lmddebateamericanidentity.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  The Mount Pleasant Library Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indianâ&#x20AC;? by Sherman Alexie. 7 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.

Events Entertainment â&#x2013;  Photographer Frans Lanting, filmmaker Christine Eckstrom and cinematographer Gregory J. Wilson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cheetahs: Survivors on the Runâ&#x20AC;? and show images and video of the animals in action in Africa and Asia. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Films â&#x2013;  The Tenley-Friendship Library will screen Marc Webbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Amazing Spider-Manâ&#x20AC;? as part of its teen movie series. 3:15 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Zuzana LiovĂĄâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The House,â&#x20AC;? about a teenager eager to leave her bleak hometown for glamorous London. 8 p.m. $11.50; $9 for students; $8.75 for seniors; $8.50 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meetings â&#x2013;  Volunteers with the DC Books to Prisons Project will pack up books to send to prisoners. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St NW. tinyurl.com/books-prisoners. â&#x2013;  The group Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays will host a monthly meeting of its Northwest DC Support Group. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. ltagmiles@aol.com. Performance â&#x2013;  The Step Afrika! dance ensemble will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magical, Musical Holiday Step Show.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $35; $20 for seniors, students and military personnel; $12 for ages 17 and younger. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. Performances will continue through Dec. 23. Sale â&#x2013;  The eighth annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admis-

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sion. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. downtownholidaymarket. com. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily. Special event â&#x2013;  Rabbi Shira Stutman will discuss the story of Hanukkah at an event that will include a dinner of potato latkes and traditional holiday desserts. 7 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. tinyurl.com/d88sd8f. Thursday, Dec. 13 Thursday december 13 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  Dinorock Productions will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby Rexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holiday Surprise,â&#x20AC;? featuring a globe-trotting musical journey. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. $8; $3 to $6 for children. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. The performance will repeat Friday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. and Saturday at noon. â&#x2013;  At â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movement with Books,â&#x20AC;? children will explore rhymes, music and storytelling (for ages 2 through 5). 3:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Cleveland Park Library will present stories and songs in French (for ages 2 through 5). 4 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-3080. Class â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will hold a workshop on how to create and display homemade lanterns. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Concerts â&#x2013;  Local tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players will perform traditional Christmas music in the 39th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Merry TubaChristmas.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Klezmer musicians Lox & Vodka will perform. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  NSO Pops and vocal group New York Voices will present a program of holiday classics. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will    

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Thursday, december 13 â&#x2013;  Concert: German composer Matthias Pintscher will introduce a performance of his chamber music by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. 6:30 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music.

repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  The John HĂŠbert Trio will perform jazz selections. 7:30 p.m. $25; $15 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. lmf_johnheberttrio.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Isabel Margaret will celebrate the release of her debut album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nearly There.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Public Bar Tenley, 4611 41st St. NW. 202237-1783. â&#x2013;  Folk singer Suzie Brown and jazz musician Flo Anito will perform. 9 to 11 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Speakers will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Rights in North Korea: Prison Camps in 2012.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. uskoreainstitute.org/event/nkhr120312. â&#x2013;  The Talking Book Club will read and discuss a book from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped collection. 11 a.m. Free. Room 215, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7272142. â&#x2013;  In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Society of the Cincinnati executive director Jack Warren will discuss a portrait of Col. Nicholas Longworth Anderson and other objects associated with his service in the Army of the Tennessee. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Visiting scholar Wesley GranbergMichaelson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pilgrimage of World Christianity: A Post-Christian West and the Non-Western Church.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. â&#x2013;  Yanan Li, doctoral candidate at Peking University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rediscovery of Southeast Asia.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/li. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kirkeby: A

Captive of Categories.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  The Cottage Conversations series will feature Rutgers University professor Louis P. Masur, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union.â&#x20AC;? Reception at 6 p.m.; lecture at 6:30 p.m. $10 to $20. President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage, Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436, ext. 31232. â&#x2013;  Holly Shimizu, executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Sultanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greenhouse: Modern-day Horticultural Treasures.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. $45; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  The Greater Washington Urban League will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Know Your Creditâ&#x20AC;? financial literacy seminar. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Greater Washington Urban League, 2901 14th St. NW. 202-2658200, ext. 228. â&#x2013;  David W. Blight, professor of American history and director of the GilderLehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition at Yale University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Emancipation to Civil Rights and Beyond: Legacies of the Civil War at 150 Years.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Trapier Theater, Marriott Hall, St. Albans School, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. rsvp@cathedral.org. â&#x2013;  Author Rachel L. Swarns (shown) and National Public Radio journalist Michele Norris will discuss Swarnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; book â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Lane Slateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1966 interview with American painter Barnett Newman for the National Educational Television series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Television USA: Artists.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Dec. 21 and 22 at 12:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  A Washington Jewish Film Festival preview event will feature Daniel Burmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 romantic comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;All In,â&#x20AC;? with a dessert reception to follow. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Performances â&#x2013;  Arts on the Horizon will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drumming With Dishes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Holiday Edition,â&#x20AC;? about an adventurous toddler who introduces her shy imaginary friend to a special kitchen. 10:30 a.m. $8. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. See Events/Page 27


Continued From Page 26 â&#x2013;  The Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sleeping Beauty.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $30 to $40. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  Washington Improv Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasonal Disorder,â&#x20AC;? a look at the seemingly unavoidable chaos that the holidays deliver. 8 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7770. Performances will continue through Dec. 22. Special events â&#x2013;  The National Museum of American Jewish Military History, the Jewish War Veterans and the Jewish Study Center will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putting a New Light on an Old Tradition,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of the sixth night of Hanukkah. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280. â&#x2013;  Volunteers with the Jubilee Jobs placement program will conduct mock interviews and provide feedback to help participants hone their job searching skills. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Friday, Dec. 14

Friday december 14 Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music From the Hearts of Americaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Sage Snider on violin and Matty Metcalfe on banjo performing traditional Civil War music. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Arts Club of Washington will host its Friday concert series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202331-7282. â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a composers concert. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  The Seattle-based Tudor Choir will perform vocal chamber music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Middle C Music will host a piano, voice, flute and clarinet recital by students of Jean Cioffi. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  The Carroll Cafe will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasons of Light,â&#x20AC;? featuring the duo Magpie and folk singers Kim and Reggie Harris. 7:30 p.m. $20 donation suggested. Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW. 301829-9882. â&#x2013;  The Folger Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Florence: Christmas Music of the Trecento.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $50. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077. Performances will continue through Dec. 23. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Louis P. Masur will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000

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Events Entertainment â&#x2013;  Violinist Peter Sheppard-Skaerved will present an introduction of the Library of Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stradivarius instruments. 2 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  The Petworth Library Kids Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Popperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Penguinsâ&#x20AC;? (for children ages 7 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  Jennifer Westfeldt, assistant professor of history at the University of Louisville, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reading Hieroglyphs in Byzantine Egypt.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. arcedc.org. Festival â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baktun 13: A Guatemalan Cultural Festivalâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a look at the end of the current Maya calendar on Dec. 21 and a look forward to the new calendar cycle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature lectures, celebratory foods, music and dance of traditional Mayan culture. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-6803. The festival will continue Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will screen award-winning works from this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Festival of Films on Art. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Additional films will be shown Saturday at noon. â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will screen Nora Ephronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Julie & Julia,â&#x20AC;? starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep. Dinner at 6 p.m.; movie at 7 p.m. $5 to $15. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2327363. â&#x2013;  The Freer Gallery of Art will screen Michiyoshi Doiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1961 black comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Horizon Glitters,â&#x20AC;? about a prison break gone wrong, as part of its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nudes! Guns! Ghosts!â&#x20AC;? film series. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Alliance Française de Washington will present Maiwennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Polisse,â&#x20AC;? about the daily lives of a tight-knit team of men and women working in the child protection unit of the Parisian police. 7 p.m. $6. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org/events. Performances â&#x2013;  The Christmas Revels will present its 30th annual Winter Solstice celebration. 7:30 p.m. $18 to $36. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. washingtonrevels.tix.com. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  Dance Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Kwanzaa Celebration will feature Coyaba Academy, Coyaba Dance Theater and special guests. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for seniors, teachers and artists; $10 for college students; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-6334470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Los Angeles Lakers. 7 p.m. $10 to $780. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Saturday, Dec. 15

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Friday, december 14 â&#x2013;  Concert: Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon will perform jazz holiday music. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Paso Nuevo, an after-school theater arts program that targets at-risk Latino youth, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Por una lĂĄgrima/For Every Tear,â&#x20AC;? an evening of original work by past and present participants. 8 p.m. Free; donations encouraged. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;11th Hourâ&#x20AC;? slam will feature late-night performance poetry. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;ZooLightsâ&#x20AC;? will feature environmentally friendly light displays, a model train exhibit, the new Conservation Carousel and live entertainment. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National

Book signing â&#x2013;  Eric Yoder will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Minute Mysteries: 65 More Short Mysteries You Solve With Science.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Outside museum store, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-1000. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will present Chris Davis in an interactive performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carol.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about writer and art collector Gertrude Stein and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  Alliance Française de Washington will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joyeux NoĂŤl,â&#x20AC;? featuring a storytime, snack, movie hour and craft activity. 2 to 5 p.m. $10. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tea Partyâ&#x20AC;? will feature tea, treats, traditional Turkish folk tales and a chance to try on Turkish clothes. 2 and 3 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will celebrate the holidays with a party, storytime and craft activity. 3 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

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Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  A wreath-making workshop will allow participants to create holiday greens from cedar boughs, magnolia leaves, berry-laden holly, pine cones and boxwood. 10 a.m. $48; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplacewreathworkshop.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Horticulturist Bill Johnson will lead a holiday wreath workshop. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $50; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Artist Mark Strandquist will host a storytelling workshop as part of his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Write Home Soonâ&#x20AC;? project. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; registration required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391770. â&#x2013;  Families will learn how to write in Arabic in conjunction with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roads of Arabiaâ&#x20AC;? exhibit. 2 p.m. Free. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independent Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. The workshop will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Carolingâ&#x20AC;? singalong will feature the Xaverian High School Chorus from Brooklyn, N.Y. 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Washington Chorus will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Candlelight Christmas,â&#x20AC;? featuring holiday classics, singalongs and a candlelight processional. 2 p.m. $18 to $70. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Dec. 22 at 1 and 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Irish Christmas in Americaâ&#x20AC;? will feature musicians SĂŠamus Begly, GrĂĄinne See Events/Page 28

      

 

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Continued From Page 27 Hambly, Seán Gavin, Brian Cunningham and Seán Mc Elwain, as well as first-time guests Aaron Jones of Old Blind Dogs and Shannon Lambert-Ryan of the Philadelphiabased Celtic group Runa. 3 and 7 p.m. $30. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. ■ The Children’s Chorus of Washington will present “World Holiday Celebrations,” featuring the Bel Canto Chorus, Concert Chorus and Young Men’s Ensemble. 4 p.m. $25; $10 for alumni and children ages 12 and younger. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-237-1005. ■ The Cathedral Choral Society’s annual “Joy of Christmas” concert will feature the world premiere of a Christmas carol by British composer Ben Parry and performances by the Washington Symphonic Brass, the Langley High School Madrigal Singers, organist Todd Fickley and carillonist Edward Nassor. 4 p.m. $30 to $65. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. A family-oriented matinee will be presented at noon; the regular performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. ■ Georgetown Lutheran Church will host a Christmas carol singalong with organ accompaniment. 5 p.m. Free. Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-3642. ■ The 21st Century Consort will present Jon Deak’s “The Passion of Scrooge or a Christmas Carol” and Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.” 5 to 7 p.m. $20. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-3030. ■ Middle C Music will host a guitar, alto saxophone and piano recital by students of Alicia Kopstein-Penk and Gary Joynes. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. ■ The Watoto Children’s Choir from Africa will present “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation” as part of a five-month U.S. tour. 6 p.m. Free. Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 1615 3rd St. NW. 202-667-1833. ■ The U.S. Navy Band will present its

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Events Entertainment annual holiday concert. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. navyband.navy.mil. The concert will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. ■ Avant-garde saxophonist Anthony Braxton will perform with the Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet and jazz pianist Jason Moran. 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ British violinist Peter SheppardSkaeved will present a lecture/demonstration focusing on the Niccolò Paganini collection at the Library of Congress. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. ■ Art historian David Gariff will discuss the life and career of Italian painter, philosopher and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Film ■ The ITVS Community Cinema series will screen the documentary “Beauty Is Embarrassing,” about visual artist Wayne White. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations recommended. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-939-0794. Performances ■ Vision Contemporary Dance Ensemble will present a “Holiday Extravaganza.” 4 and 7:30 p.m. $20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 and 7:30 p.m. ■ Busboys and Poets will present a youth open mic night. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ Puerto Rican flamenco dancer Estela Velez de Paredez will present her awardwinning dance company Furia Flamenca for an evening of flamenco music, singing and dancing. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Washington Post food editor Bonnie Benwick, “The Sports Reporters” co-host Andy Pollin and ABC News correspondent

Sunday, december 16 ■ Concert: The Washington Sängerbund will perform traditional German Christmas songs. 3 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. John Donvan will join other storytellers for “My So-Called Jewish Life,” featuring autobiographical tales. 8 p.m. $17 in advance; $20 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877435-9849. ■ The Capital City Showcase will feature musician Jacob Panic, storyteller S.M. Shrake and comedians Sara Armour, Ralph Cooper, Brian Fishbach and Man on the Street DC. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. capitalcityshowcase.eventbrite.com. Sales ■ The 22nd annual “BZB Holiday Gift & Art Show” will feature holiday items, collectibles, toys, clothes and jewelry. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 9th St. NW. 202-6104188. The sale will continue Dec. 22. ■ The seventh annual Upshur Street Handmade Art & Craft Fair will feature items from 25 local artisans and entertainment by area musicians. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 800 block of Upshur Street NW. Sunday, Dec. 16

Sunday december 16 Class ■ Guest teacher Daniel Hickman will host “Vinyasa for the Exalted Warrior Foundation,” a community yoga class. 1 to 3 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Lil Omm, 4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-248-6304. Concerts ■ Pianist Mayu White, soprano Adrienne Neal and tenor Reginald Bouknight will perform a Christmas concert. 1 p.m. Free. Divine Science Church, 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630. ■ The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present “A Family Christmas,” featuring special guests Santa, Frosty and Rudolph. 1 p.m. $45. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The National Gallery of Art’s annual “Holiday Caroling” singalong will feature the Central Bucks High School West Choir form Bucks County, Pa. 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Marine Brass Ensembles will perform holiday favorites. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011.

■ The Church of the Holy City will present “The Holy Advent: An Integration of Seasonal Vocal and Instrumental Music and Paintings.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-4626734. ■ The DC Youth Orchestra Program will present a holiday concert, featuring seasonal favorites performed by its youth and junior orchestras. 4 p.m. Free. Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE. 202-698-0123. ■ The Children’s Chorus of Washington will present “World Holiday Celebrations,” featuring the Treble Chorus, Concert Chorus and Young Men’s Ensemble. 4 p.m. $25; $10 for alumni and children ages 12 and younger. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-237-1005. ■ Pianist Shai Wosner will perform works by Beethoven, Bartók and Debussy. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music. ■ The Washington Men’s Camerata will perform “Christmas With the Camerata.” 4 p.m. $25; $15 for students; $60 for family of four. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-364-1064. ■ The City Choir of Washington will present “The Holly and the Ivy: British Music for Christmas.” 5 p.m. $15 to $50. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 301-572-6865. ■ The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform music by John Gardner, John Joubert and others at “A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.” 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. The event will repeat Dec. 23 at 11:15 a.m. ■ Middle C Music will host a piano recital by students of Gjinovefa Sako. 5 and 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. ■ Chamber choir Coral Cantigas will perform a holiday concert with seasonal songs from Latin America, Spain and the United States. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Dahlak Restaurant’s weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session will feature guest vocalist Christie Dashiell. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. ■ Empire Brass Quartet with perform a holiday concert with soprano Elisabeth von Trapp. 6:30. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. ■ Jazz and alternative pop musicians Brûlée will perform. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ The Axelrod String Quartet will perform works by Haydn, Barber and Mendelssohn. 7:30 p.m. $31. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Discussions and lectures ■ Holocaust survivor Estelle Laughlin will discuss her book “Transcending Darkness: A Girl’s Journey Out of the Holocaust.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW.

202-265-6280, ext. 511. ■ Avis Berman, art historian, writer and consultant for oral history at the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, will discuss “Roy Lichtenstein: Voices From the Archives.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Israeli writer Savyon Liebrecht will discuss adapting her story “Apples From the Desert” for the stage. 6 to 7:15 p.m. $10; $8 for students and seniors. Tickets required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3251. Films ■ The Freer Gallery of Art will screen three films as part of its “Nudes! Guns! Ghosts!” series about Shintoho, the Japanese movie studio known for its exploitation films. 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. ■ The National Museum of the American Indian will screen Silas Hagerty’s film “Dakota 38,” about spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran Jim Miller and his quest to learn about the largest mass execution in U.S. history. A question-andanswer session with Hagerty, Miller and film participant Alberta Iron Cloud will follow. 3:30 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-6803. ■ The National Gallery of Art will continue its series on Italian artist Pier Paolo Pasolini with the screening of his 1966 film “Hawks and Sparrows.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances ■ The Picnic Theatre Company will present an encore performance of Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband,” a comedy of manners about blackmail, political corruption and relationships. 2 p.m. $12; $15 on the day of the event. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. ■ “Sunday Kind of Love,” a monthly poetry event with emerging and established poets, will feature readings by Alan King and Reuben Jackson, followed by an open mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events ■ The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will host a knitting and crocheting party to make hats, scarves, socks and slippers for people who are homeless. 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. ■ St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, will present the “Festival of Lessons and Carols.” 11 a.m. Free. 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ The Washington Studio School will hold a holiday open house. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Washington Studio School, 2129 S St. NW. 202-234-3030. ■ St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, will host “A Candlelight Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” featuring readings and music in the tradition of King’s College Choir, Cambridge, England. 5 p.m. Free. 3240 O St. NW. 202338-1796. ■ A gala event to celebrate Scena’s See Events/Page 30


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National Gallery to present Michelangelo marble statue

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he National Gallery of Art will unveil a special installation of Michelangelo’s marble statue “DavidApollo” tomorrow in its West Building and keep it on view through March 3. The display will inaugurate “2013 — The Year of Italian Culture,” a nationwide event. Located at 6th Street and Constitution

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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. 202-7374215. ■ “Love and War,” featuring paintings by artist and designer Anastasia Rurikov Simes, will open today at International Visions Gallery and continue through Jan. 28. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Located at 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-2345112.

■ “Nam June Paik: Global Visionary,” pre■ Carroll Square Gallery will open an senting artworks and documentary materials exhibit Friday of artwork by participants in to examine the creative method of a leading the Tracy’s Kids Art Therapy Program, which 20th-century artist, will open tomorrow at the helps young cancer patients and their families Smithsonian American Art Museum and cope with the emotional stress and trauma of continue through Aug. 11. cancer and its treatment. The show will con Located at 9th and G tinue through Jan. 25. streets NW, the museum is An opening reception open daily from 11:30 a.m. will take place Friday to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. from 4 to 6 p.m. ■ “Changing America: Located at 975 F St. The Emancipation NW, the gallery is open Proclamation, 1863, and Monday through Friday the March on Washington, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2021963,” an exhibit spon347-7978. The Gallery at Vivid Solutions is sored by the National ■ “Divine Revelations: presenting an exhibit of Carolina Passages From the Life of Museum of African American History and Our Lady,” a site-specific Mayorga’s work. Culture that commemophotography installation in rates two events that changed the course of which Bloomingdale artist Carolina Mayorga the nation, will open Friday at the National uses her own image to re-create Roman Museum of American History and continue Catholic religious scenes inspired by masterthrough Sept. 15. pieces, opened recently at the Gallery at Located at 14th Street and Constitution Vivid Solutions, where it will continue Avenue NW, the museum is open daily from through Dec. 21. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. See Exhibits/Page 38

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ to visit Kennedy Center

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he Kennedy Center will present “Million Dollar Quartet” at the Eisenhower Theater Dec. 18 through Jan. 6. The Tony Award-winning

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Broadway musical was inspired by the famed recording session that brought together music icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Kennedy Center will present the Tony Award-winning musical Tickets cost $70 to $160. 202-467“Million Dollar Quartet” Dec. 18 through Jan. 6. 4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; 202-332-3300; studiotheatre.org. will host “The Screwtape Letters” screwtapeonstage.com. ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company Dec. 19 through 30 at the ■ The Studio Theatre will present has extended “A Midsummer Lansburgh Theatre. “An Iliad” Dec. 21 through Jan. 13. Night’s Dream” through Jan. 6 at This story of spiritual warfare Director Lisa Peterson and actor Sidney Harman Hall. from a demon’s point of view is Denis O’Hare adapted Homer’s Mismatched lovers Hermia, based on C.S. Lewis’ satirical epic poem into a Lysander, Demetrius and Helena novel. Set in a one-man show flee to the forest outside Athens, but stylish office in that brings the they run into a supernatural squabhell, the producclassical story ble that will alter their destinies fortion follows the onstage with a ever. Will mischievous Puck create scheming of contemporary harmony or cacophony within the Satan’s chief retelling. “An forest? Will Bottom and his psychiatrist, Iliad” follows Mechanicals put on a successful Screwtape, as he the storyteller as show for the Duke? entices a human he wrestles with Performance times are generally “patient” toward how best to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and damnation. In Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through bring the tale of this morally Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and the Trojan War inverted unito life for his Sunday. Sidney Harman Hall is verse, God is Shakespeare Theatre Company located at 610 F St. NW. Tickets modern-day “The Enemy” cost $43 to $105. 202-547-1122; audience. and the Devil is has extended “A Midsummer shakespearetheatre.org. Performance “Our Father Night’s Dream” through Jan. 6. ■ The 25th anniversary production times are generBelow.” of “Les Misérables” will visit the ally 8 p.m. Wednesday through Performance times are 8 p.m. National Theatre for a special Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday through Saturday; 4 Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets holiday engagement Dec. 12 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. See Theater/Page 38 cost $35 to $72. The Studio Theatre Tickets cost $39 to $59. The

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Continued From Page 28 25th anniversary will feature special readings, a slide show of notable production photos and a presentation on the arts groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans. 7 p.m. $50; $75 per couple. Warehouse Theater, 645 New York Ave. NW. scenatheater.org. Monday, Dec. 17

Monday december 17 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasons of Light,â&#x20AC;? an interactive event that bridges cultures while looking at the history and customs of holiday celebrations. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. $8; $3 to $6 for children. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. The performance will repeat Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., with additional shows Wednesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Band will perform holiday highlights from the music of composer Stan Kenton. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Enchanted Christmas,â&#x20AC;? featuring beloved carols, holiday standards and popular singalongs. 7 p.m. $15 to $70. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne, secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education in Sri Lanka, will discuss the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education challenges and priorities in a post-war environment. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St. NW. nawaratneatgw.eventbrite.com.

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Events Entertainment â&#x2013;  The Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Club will discuss Robert Goolrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heading Out to Wonderful.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 221, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. â&#x2013;  Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Kosher Christmas: â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Tis the Season to Be Jewish.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9 p.m. $10; $8 for students and seniors. Tickets required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3251. Films â&#x2013;  A holiday film festival will feature Michael Curtizâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1954 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;White Christmas,â&#x20AC;? starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  A Werner Schroeter film series will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1983 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Smiling Star.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. Tuesday, Dec. 18

Tuesday december 18 Book signing â&#x2013;  Fashion photographer and blogger Scott Schuman will sign copies of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sartorialist: Closer.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $33; book purchase and ticket required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Epiphany Choir performing Christmas favorites. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  Kol Dodi, an ensemble of Israeli, Moroccan, Yemenite and Ethiopian musicians led by vocalist Mika Karni, will perform a fusion of Jewish melodies, African ethnic rhythms and folk music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Buskers, a barbershop quartet,

Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The Tenley-Friendship Library will hold a digital books and music tutorial for teens. 4 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. â&#x2013;  Cleveland Park Library will hold a workshop on fiber and textile arts. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080.

Monday, December 17 â&#x2013;  Concert: Classical and jazz musician Chelsey Green will perform. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. will perform. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  Words & Music will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star of the Morning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; An Early American Christmas.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $25; $18 for students, seniors and military personnel. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. churchoftheholycitydc.org. â&#x2013;  The MirĂł Quartet and clarinetist Ricardo Morales will perform works by Schubert and Brahms at the Antonio Stradivari Anniversary Concert. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Classes â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free.

 

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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage, Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre and the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia will present a talk by John R. Sellers of the Library of Congress on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tracking Down Jewish Civil War Soldiers.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $5 donation suggested. Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum, 701 3rd St. NW. 202-789-0900. â&#x2013;  Jamin Raskin, a Democratic state senator in Maryland and professor of constitutional law at American University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebuilding Walls of Separation: Church and State and Corporations and Democracy in the New Century.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  David Schoenbaum will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Violin: A Social History of the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Versatile Instrument.â&#x20AC;? 6:15 p.m. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Takoma Radioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marika Patridge, founder of the radio station KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, will discuss efforts to create a lowpower FM community station that would serve parts of D.C., Montgomery County and Prince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s County. 7 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 160. Films â&#x2013;  Georgetown Library will screen François Girardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1998 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Red Violinâ&#x20AC;? as part of its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power of Musicâ&#x20AC;? film series. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Popular Movie Series will feature Tony Gilroyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bourne Legacy.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  The Black Studies Center will present Robert Palmer and Toby Byronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1990 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The World According to John Coltrane.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Black Studies Reading Room, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. Special event â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Teaâ&#x20AC;? will feature a traditional 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. $30; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.

tudorplaceholidaytea.eventbrite.com. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Atlanta Hawks. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Wednesday, Dec. 19

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Classes â&#x2013;  World Series of Poker veteran Ken Adams will offer first-hand advice on cardplaying strategy. A Texas Hold â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Em tournament will follow. 7 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 on the day of the event (includes light dinner and one free drink). Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. â&#x2013;  A community yoga class, â&#x20AC;&#x153;108 Sun Salutations in Celebration of the Winter Solstice,â&#x20AC;? will benefit the Wilson Yoga Project, an after-school program at Wilson High School. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Lil Omm, 4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-248-6304. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Happenings at the Harman lunchtime performance series will feature the violin and guitar duo Violin Dreams performing a mix of jazz standards and originals. Noon. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  Musician Kenneth Slowik will perform music from the era of the fortepiano. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Listen Local Firstâ&#x20AC;? will present holiday tracks from D.C. musicians Don Kim, Justin Trawick, Gordon Daniels, Sam McCormally, Wytold, Bobbie Allen, Madia, Tiffany Thompson and Alex Vans. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Israeli pianist Roy Assaf will perform with his jazz trio. $10; $8 for seniors and students. Tickets required. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. â&#x2013;  Theatre Alliance of Washington DC will present its winter concert series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soulful Sessions,â&#x20AC;? featuring Rob Mercer and Kendall King. 7:30 p.m. $20. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 202-241-2539. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Historian David Cecelski will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slavesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Civil War.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Mystery Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Devil Bonesâ&#x20AC;? by Kathy Reichs. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature an encore showing of â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Clemenza di Tito.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Christophe HonorĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Bien-AimĂŠs (Beloved),â&#x20AC;? about a mother and daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s misadventures in love over a span of three decades. 8 p.m. $11.50; $9 for students; $8.75 for seniors; $8.50 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.


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BABE’S: Tenleytown project draws praise from zoning commissioners at hearing

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Developers offered early on to dedicate part of the site’s ground-floor space to parking — 19 spaces, compared to a zoning requirement of about 80. But the neighborhood commission said retail space would be more valuable to the community, and that having parking available would increase vehicular traffic compared to a building with just one space (reserved for handicap vehicles). Representatives of the Tenleytown Neighbors Association said those 19 spaces

MENDELSON From Page 5 Board of Zoning Adjustment and the Zoning Commission. Nancy MacWood, a Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commissioner, said the council could pressure the planning agency as it drafts the recommendations. “You have complete oversight over the Office of Planning.” The agency is “asking developers to decide while we as citizens have no right to say anything,” MacWood said to an ovation. “The council can call in OP and [ask why it is] making proposals in conflict with what you’ve approved. You wrote the city plan. You need to enforce it.” Mendelson answered that an effective push must come from the community. “I’m putting the burden back on you guys. ... It’s important that you make a lot of noise,” he said. Another concern the community leaders raised at last week’s meeting was a proposal by Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham to limit which residents can formally challenge a liquor license application before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Mendelson said he doesn’t think limiting citizens groups from reaching voluntary agreements with beverage licensees “makes sense.” In response to questions, Mendelson also addressed a host of other city issues, including proposed school closings and council committee assignments. On the D.C. Public Schools system proposal to close 20 schools citywide, Mendelson said that the chancellor is seeking to achieve economies of scale. “Every school has fixed costs. The cost per pupil is far more expensive with 100 students than 500,” he said. Mendelson used Deal Middle School, where his daughter attends, as an example of a school that can offer many resources because it has so many students, while others are so small they can’t afford librarians. But he emphasized the need for Chancellor Kaya Henderson to communicate with parents. Mendelson also said that he will present a proposal for new D.C. Council committees and chairmanships on Dec. 18. “I’m not interested in turning everything upside down. ... The issue is not so much a structure, but who is responsible for the oversight,” he said.

would be useful, questioning Douglas’ ability to keep residents from parking cars in the neighborhood. Paul Millstein, a vice president with Douglas, said it will be clear in residents’ leases. “There are rules with every building. You’re expected to adhere to the rules or your lease is going to be terminated,” he said. Developers cited U.S. Census data showing that 36 percent of D.C. households have no car. Finding such people to fill 60 apartment units won’t present a problem, they said. “I don’t think we could send a clearer message:

There are other buildings to go to with parking,” said Millstein. Douglas representatives also said their traffic study contradicted residents’ concerns that there’s now a shortage of on-street parking in the area surrounding the Babe’s site. They further suggested, as did the neighborhood commission, that opponents represent merely a vocal minority in the community. “You’re never gonna make everybody happy. Believe me, we’ve tried,” Millstein said. “But I think we came pretty darn close.” Zoning commissioners said they were

impressed with the depth of the memorandum of understanding between Douglas and the neighborhood commission. “I think the MOU we have in this case is extraordinary. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said zoning commissioner Peter May. Commission chair Anthony Hood — who expressed more reservations than his colleagues about relying on residents walking, biking and using transit — said the controls in the agreement are an important step. “That’s not an endorsement, but it’s definitely brought the gap closer together,” he said.


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holders about how they “never hear why a school was closed,” but she emphasized “that will be different this time.” The process for the meeting, though, in some ways played out like a condensed rerun of last month’s 16-hour, two-part D.C. Council hearing on the closures. After 45 minutes of individual group discussions in the gym of Ward 4’s Brightwood Education Campus, a representative from each table reported highlights to the larger audience. Like last month’s council hearing, people pleaded for their schools not to be closed and some offered suggestions to help keep their schools open. The chancellor did not provide feedback to the specific comments or questions raised. “The dialogue that was happening was between the communities and not between the communities and DCPS,” said Ann McLeod, president of the Garrison Elementary PTA, which opposes the proposed plan for Garrison to consolidate with Seaton Elementary. “We got none of our questions answered.” Melissa Salmanowitz, spokesperson for the chancellor’s office, said the meeting was designed to allow everyone a chance to be heard, and that remarks recorded by each table’s facilitator will be passed along to the chancellor. Many communities have set up or sought future meetings with Henderson to discuss specific proposals in more detail.

At the beginning of last week’s meeting, Henderson emphasized that underenrollment was the key factor when deciding which schools to close or consolidate. “Don’t come to me with 500 petition signatures saying don’t close my school,” she said, “Come to me with 500 enrollment forms.” McLeod questioned the logic of that remark. Though as PTA president she often works to recruit new students, she said, “That shouldn’t be the parents’ responsibility — that’s DCPS’s job.” McLeod said Garrison has done everything the chancellor has asked in recent years to help strengthen the school. Vanessa Bertelli, another Garrison PTA member, said in an interview that Henderson’s statement was “fundamentally flawed.” “Why would a parent commit to a school before DCPS commits to it?” Bertelli asked. “We’re willing to work together, but DCPS can’t put that burden [of enrollment] on parents,” when factors that would help make a school more attractive “are in DCPS’s control” — including modern facilities and improved programming and feeder systems, she said. Many attendees had hoped for more direct interaction with Henderson to understand why their school was slated for closure or consolidation, with some threatening to leave the school system if the proposed changes take place. “It’s like the story of the blind men and the elephant — everyone comes away with a different idea of

what happened at the meeting,” said D. Kamili Anderson, Ward 4 representative to the D.C. State Board of Education, of the small-group discussion format. “What we’re not getting from the chancellor is a comprehensive understanding of why each school is being closed, and

❝Once we’re out of the public school system, we won’t come back.❞ — Tim Ryan that’s unfortunate.” At the meeting, many community stakeholders at the MacFarland Middle School table expressed opposition to Henderson’s plan to consolidate Ward 4’s only standalone middle school with Roosevelt High School. They cited safety, educational and social concerns about mixing 11-year-olds with 18-yearolds in one school, and want Henderson to put the brakes on closing MacFarland until there’s more discussion on both the consolidation proposal and forthcoming school boundary changes that could impact Ward 4. “It’s a crapshoot,” said Anderson. “The sixth-to-12th-grade model is largely untested in DCPS — we don’t have enough data to say this is the way to go forward, and yet they are asking people to accept it.” Some parents said that if the two schools are combined, they will opt instead for charter schools or private

schools — which would further diminish the student body at the underenrolled MacFarland and Roosevelt. Parents said they’d be convinced to stay by stronger programming — like a global or international curriculum, language immersion, or vocational or technological curriculum — so MacFarland can compete with Ward 3’s Deal Middle. To hear from more MacFarland parents, Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser is working to arrange a public meeting with Henderson to further discuss the consolidation. Unlike stakeholders at MacFarland, those from FrancisStevens Education Campus said at the meeting that they would be willing to share their school with high school students if it means keeping the school open. Henderson’s plan calls for School Without Walls, a magnet public high school, to take over the FrancisStevens facility as a secondary campus. The pre-kindergarten to eighthgrade students who currently attend Francis-Stevens would relocate to Marie Reed Elementary or Hardy Middle. Francis-Stevens is the only elementary school serving the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods, and it enrolls approximately one-third of its student body in its early childhood program. “We’re open to a variety of different options,” said Tim Ryan, vice president of the Francis-Stevens PTA, in an interview. “We want to work with the chancellor to keep our

school open.” The PTA planned to meet with Henderson Wednesday morning to present a number of options for Francis-Stevens, such as educational partnerships with neighboring institutions like the Kennedy Center and George Washington University. Ryan said if Francis-Stevens is closed, he is likely to pull his preschool-age child out of D.C. Public Schools in part because the commute would go from a short walk to one involving three public buses. “You won’t lose students for one or two years, but for 18 years,” Ryan said. “Once we’re out of the public school system, we won’t come back, and the next choice would be to move out of D.C. altogether. The future of DCPS is at stake.” Garrison parents were vocal in their opposition to merge with Seaton Elementary, located about a half-mile away. Critics argue that Seaton doesn’t have enough room to fit all the students. About 60 percent of Garrison’s students are from lower-income families, and many receive special education instruction, according to McLeod, who said Seaton has a similar population. “Putting kids who need the most support in a crowded situation is detrimental,” she said. Henderson will meet with Garrison’s PTA officers on Dec. 18 to review parents’ counter-proposal to the consolidation, which will focus on improving the facility and its feeder patterns, programming and communication strategies.

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his mother, wine expert Ellen Kirsh. In addition to writing for wine and food publications, Kirsh is a member of the Institute of Masters of Wine, where she is studying to be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Master of Wine.â&#x20AC;? Clifford, a graduate of Sidwell Friends School, worked for several years as a financial analyst in D.C. before trying his hand at startup ventures. While Clifford was working full-time as a consultant, he began moonlighting at ChurchKey. Currently, Grape Crate offers three products: a package with a broad variety; a Christmas crate, which instructs patrons on how to pair wine with a traditional holiday dinner; and a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve package with sparkling and cocktail wines. Each crate is priced at $200. While heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting locally,

Clifford hopes to go national with the business this spring, bringing a personal touch to a larger audience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tasting the wines is going to be the same, whether I have a thousand customers or 150,â&#x20AC;? he said. Clifford does not currently have a liquor license for his business. Instead, he is selling the crates in partnership with a D.C.-based beer, wine and spirits retailer, essentially acting as an unofficial marketing consultant. Still, he hopes to have a license prior to launching nationally. In the meantime, he will handdeliver each crate himself â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a chance to learn the nuts and bolts of the business, he said, and to interact face-to-face with his customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a matter of really connecting with my customers. I want to be a friendly face and also a real person,â&#x20AC;? he said. D.C. residents can currently order crates at grapecrate.com.

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Permit Parking, or RPP, protections. That pass allows free unrestricted parking on RPP blocks throughout the entire parking zone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is generally an entire ward. Officials said the program, implemented in the 1970s, was originally designed to help residents park near their homes, but has since been embraced by residents who like to commute within their ward, or park for free near businesses and Metro stations in the ward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the point of it! That wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the point of it at all!â&#x20AC;? Cheh said when a Shaw resident mentioned the convenience of parking in Georgetown with a Zone 2 permit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It underscores the problem with RPP and the way itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constructed.â&#x20AC;? Many residents speaking at the Committee on the Environment, Public Works and Transportation hearing echoed the urban planning questions that have become a familiar refrain at parking hearings. Adams Morgan resident Emily Mechner said that in neighborhoods like hers, there are too many cars for a finite number of on-street spaces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are ways to handle this, but somebody is going to have to give up having a car and parking it on the street,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are too many cars, and somebody needs to get priced out of using them.â&#x20AC;? Ideas floated by various witnesses included variable pricing for permits in different neighborhoods, based on supply and demand for on-street parking there; higher fees for multiple permits purchased by the same household; and smaller zones in which a residential permit would be valid. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an idea to charge both residents and nonresidents to park on any street in the city, with residents paying lower rates near their homes. Any of those ideas would face pushback. Ward 1 Council member Jim

Graham said high parking fees would further price out low-income residents. He argued instead that â&#x20AC;&#x153;enhanced RPPâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which reserves parking for residents on one side of an areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has had a great effect in Ward 1 without requiring more sweeping changes. Separately, the Glover Park advisory neighborhood commission submitted written testimony opposing smaller parking zones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glover Park and Cathedral Heights residents pay the same taxes and have the same transit needs as other Ward 3 residents, yet we lack the same access to Metro,â&#x20AC;? the testimony states. But some testified that the current system tries to please too many in offering parking privileges both to drivers who want to park near their homes and to those who want to park in other spots in the city. And there just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough supply in parts of the city to accommodate everyone, they said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like the tax code â&#x20AC;&#x201D; everybody wants a simple tax code, but then they want incentives and provisions and deductions,â&#x20AC;? said Mount Pleasant advisory neighborhood commissioner Jack McKay. The Transportation Department so far has been mum on specific changes it might propose, but there will be public and D.C. Council comment when draft recommendations are published in late 2013. Separately, agency officials said they will release proposals for citywide implementation of visitor parking placards in the spring. The placards are currently mailed to every household in RPP blocks in wards 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and are valid for one year. The agency established rules earlier this year calling for the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expansion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in some format â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when the current passes expire Sept. 30. Officials are still evaluating feedback but said one likely proposal would require residents to purchase visitor parking passes electronically.

  

   

 

 

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grates patrons into the action of the story and enables them, through discussion and vote, to determine the outcome of the story. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets cost $5 to $40. The theater is located at 545 7th St. NW. dogandponydc.com. â&#x2013;  The Washington Ballet is celebrating the 120th anniversary of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? with Septime Webreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation at the Warner Theatre through Dec. 23. The ballet tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker at a Christmas Eve in her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1882 Georgetown mansion. Performance times are 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $34 to $104. Warner Theatre is located at 513 13th St. NW. 202-397-7328; washingtonballet.org. â&#x2013;  The Studio Theatre is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Aliensâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; written by â&#x20AC;&#x153;Circle Mirror Transformationâ&#x20AC;? playwright Annie Baker â&#x20AC;&#x201D; through Dec. 23. The dingy back alley of a sleepy Vermont coffeehouse is home to trash bins, weathered patio furniture and two affable slackers. KJ and Jasper fill their languid days with Bukowski references, low-key jam sessions and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;shroom-spiked tea. When smart but awkward teen Evan, a new employee, attempts to evict them from their makeshift perch, KJ and Jasper recruit him as their unlikely summer protĂŠgĂŠ. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $72. 202-332-3300; studiotheatre.org. â&#x2013;  City Artistic Partnerships is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Santaland Diariesâ&#x20AC;? through Dec. 23 in Redrum at Fort Fringe. Joe Brack performs in this oneman show, based on humorist David Sedarisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; time working as an elf in Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Santaland at the height of the holiday crunch. Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20. Redrum at Fort Fringe is located at 612 L St. NW. 202-213-2474; cityartisticparnerships.org. â&#x2013;  Theater Alliance is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Night Before Christmasâ&#x20AC;? at the H Street Playhouse through Dec. 29.

Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 202-2412539; theateralliance.com â&#x2013;  Theater Alliance is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wonderful Lifeâ&#x20AC;? at the H Street Playhouse through Dec. 30. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 202-2412539; theateralliance.com â&#x2013;  Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;? starring Edward Gero as Scrooge through Dec. 30. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $43 to $87. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833; fords.org. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center Opera House is hosting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Irving Berlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s White Christmasâ&#x20AC;? through Jan. 6. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $150. 202-4674600; kennedy-center.org. â&#x2013;  Arena Stage is presenting the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pullman Porter Blues,â&#x20AC;? a co-production with Seattle Repertory Theatre, through Jan. 6. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $45 to $94. 202-488-3300; arenastage.org. â&#x2013;  Arena Stage is presenting the classic Broadway musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Fair Ladyâ&#x20AC;? through Jan. 6. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $45 to $94. 202-488-3300; arenastage.org. â&#x2013;  Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Middle of No One,â&#x20AC;? featuring the comedy duo The Pajama Men, through Jan. 6. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $45 to $67.50. Woolly Mammoth Theatre is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; woollymammoth.net.


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