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Vol. XLVII, No. 15

The NorThwesT CurreNT

Candidates look ahead to November

■ Education: Lottery, feeder

patterns under consideration

Current Staff Writer

By gRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith unveiled initial proposals over the weekend to redraw D.C. school boundaries and reform the way District students are assigned to public schools. Developed by an advisory committee that Smith chairs, the proposals include three policy scenarios. Each aims to address issues such as overcrowding and underutilization

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Locals volunteered their time on Saturday morning to clean trash along the banks of Rock Creek and elsewhere in the park. One of the cleanups took place near North Portal and East Beach drives in Colonial Village.

By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer


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of school facilities, which have cropped up across the District since boundaries and assignment policies were last overhauled in 1968. At the first public meeting on these ideas — held Saturday at Dunbar High School — the deputy mayor stressed that the scenarios were meant primarily to begin community conversations and would almost certainly be revised. She explained that the final reform plan, which Mayor Vincent Gray is scheduled to announce in September, would be shaped by feedback from D.C. residents over the coming months. See Boundaries/Page 5

Georgetown tree box plan clears preservation hurdle

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The 2nd District police launched a community bike ride Saturday.

for high visibility, help officers scour their neighborhood. The shift from patrolling on foot to on bike inspired the new effort’s name: the “Orange Helmet Patrol.” While none of the 11 residents

Cadets, Bulldogs collect key wins on the diamond — Page 11

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and six officers at last Saturday afternoon’s event literally wore an orange bike helmet, Loftus said he hopes the catchy name will draw participants. Before the outing started, 2nd District Cmdr. Michael Reese told riders he wants this initiative to “be a trendsetter” in the city. “I hope it’ll grow and [we can] keep it up,” he said at the 3320 Idaho Ave. police station, where the riders met. “The visibility is great.” Maegan Rees, a Northeast resident who came to support one of the police patrol riders, said it’s a “great way to know your local police officers” and said she’d like to see a similar effort in her H Street neighborhood. See Police/Page 5


■ Environment: ‘Flexi-Pave’


Bike ride aims to boost community policing The 2nd District of the Metropolitan Police Department has launched a monthly community bike ride for all skills and ages, with the goals of building closer relations between residents and police officers and decreasing crime. “The ride will encourage information sharing between the community and the police,” said Sgt. Patrick Loftus, head of the 2nd District’s Mountain Bike Patrol Unit. This new public safety initiative is a spinoff of a traditional community policing program called the Orange Hat Patrol, in which residents, usually wearing orange hats


District details options for school boundaries


By gRAHAM VYSE With the end of the Democratic primary last week, victorious candidates turned their attention to the general election, setting out to broaden their appeal before facing voters again this fall. After defeating Mayor Vincent Gray to win the Democratic mayoral nomination last Tuesday night, Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser sought to unify the activist base of her party, which had been divided by a crowded field. In her victory address, Bowser explicitly called on Democrats to stick with their nominee in the general election, where she will likely face atlarge Council member David Catania, an independent. “Are we loyal, Democrats?” Bowser asked. “The residents of the nation’s capital have always elected a Democratic mayor and a Democratic president — and in big numbers. We’re going to do it again in November.” The focus on bringing the Democratic Party together continued FriSee Election/Page 3


Georgetown’s commercial streets may soon be getting leafier. The Old Georgetown Board last Thursday approved the use of a rubbery new surface in tree boxes along Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, which city arborists say will help trees survive in the neighborhood’s tough conditions. The Flexi-Pave material is a porous rubber made from recycled tires that covers the dirt in tree boxes, fitting flush with the sidewalk. It’s designed so pedestrians on crowded, narrow sidewalks can step into the tree boxes without trampling the dirt (which harms tree roots) or tripping over uneven surfaces. “I think it’s going to be a big win in a few years when we have a lot more healthy trees in Georgetown,” said John Thomas of the D.C. Urban Forestry Administration. The Old Georgetown Board — part of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts — had to sign off on the use of


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Officials say trees have trouble surviving on the busy sidewalks.

Flexi-Pave because the neighborhood is a federally protected historic district. Initially there were some concerns that preservationists would reject the rubber surface as not in keeping with Georgetown’s character. But according to Tom Luebke, secretary to the Fine Arts Commission, the board members said they had no objection as long as their staff identified a suitable color for the material. “They thought it was a reasonable way of dealing with it, understanding the constraints,” said Luebke. Flexi-Pave is being eyed only for See Trees/Page 5

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Schools to see extra modernization funding By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2015-2016 budget request — submitted to the D.C. Council last week — has major implications for several elementary school modernization projects in Northwest. At a public meeting last month, Gray touted his $116 million increase in school funding for the new fiscal year as “maybe the single largest investment we’ve made in public education ever.� An examination of the mayor’s budget reveals which schools stand to benefit from similar investments in modernization. Murch Elementary, which previously wasn’t included in the mayor’s list of recipients of capital fund increases for the next fiscal year, is slated to receive $6.63 million, up from $3.06 million previously allocated. In total, the school would get $40.36 million by fiscal year 2017. Advocates concerned about delays to the project — which has already been postponed more than once — had recently presented a petition to Gray, requesting immediate funding. Garrison Elementary is another school that would receive renovation money under Gray’s proposal, which allots $38 million for modernization by fiscal year 2016, including $16 million in the upcoming fiscal year. The school’s PTA began pitching full modernization

as part of a counterproposal to D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s initial plan to close Garrison — a proposal that was opposed by area advisory neighborhood commissions and D.C. Council members. Vanessa Bertelli, chair of the school’s improvement project committee, told The Current in February that a recent community survey by the PTA found that the “biggest barrier to enrollment� at Garrison was the fact that the school hasn’t been significantly renovated since the early 1960s. Elsewhere in Northwest, Lafayette Elementary would receive $49.56 million by fiscal year 2016 under Gray’s budget, including $20.34 million in the upcoming fiscal year. School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens — which serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade — would receive $22.68 million by fiscal year 2018, although only $2.5 million of that would come in the upcoming year. The rest would arrive three fiscal years later. Other schools pegged for upgrades for the new fiscal year include Hearst Elementary ($14.5 million), Mann Elementary ($5.5 million), Powell Elementary ($9.91 million), Roosevelt High School ($75.87 million), Shepherd Elementary ($8.17 million) and the Rose-Reno School on the Deal Middle School property ($3.4 million, in addition to the $21.9 million in the 2014 capital budget). Mayor Gray’s full 2015-2016 budget proposal is available at

ELECTION: Campaign ramps up From Page 1

day morning with a “unity breakfast� that party officials held at a Ward 8 church — though a reserved Gray nearly left the event without shaking Bowser’s hand, according to news reports. Asked about the incident in an interview yesterday, Bowser said, “I’m not going to focus on that.� She added: “People respond to loss in different ways. We’re going to move forward.� For his part, Catania said in an interview that his campaign would not be about any partisan label so much as which candidate can best implement progressive principles. He also suggested Bowser’s primary victory was mostly the result of dissatisfaction with a scandal-plagued incumbent. “The primary was an election about who should not be mayor,� Catania said. “The general election is going to be about who should be mayor.� As the D.C. Council’s Education Committee chair, Catania is widely regarded as a policy wonk. He said he looks forward to contrasting his record with Bowser’s. “One of us has a record, and another doesn’t,� he said. “After seven years on the council, she has no record on education.� Bowser declined to comment on Catania’s remarks. Outside of the mayoral race, atlarge Council member Anita Bonds celebrated after easily winning reelection against four candidates who collectively earned just 46 percent of the vote. She emailed supporters to thank them for standing with her, and pledged to continue community summits throughout the District. In Ward 1, public relations con-

sultant Brianne Nadeau continued campaigning after ending the 15-year career of Council member Jim Graham. She is expected to face independent Bryan Weaver, a former Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission chair and two-

â??People respond to loss in different ways. We’re going to move forward.â?ž — Muriel Bowser time D.C. Council candidate. Asked about her primary victory of nearly 20 points, Nadeau said in an interview that her field director — the campaign staff member in charge of identifying, contacting and turning out voters — was her only full-time, paid employee. “From the beginning, I knew this was going to be a ground game,â€? she said, adding that “it’s my responsibility to connect with anyone I didn’t connect with.â€? Asked about the legacy of the man she defeated, Nadeau said, “There’s a lot of good there,â€? and pledged to continue honoring Graham’s years of service. In an interview, Graham said he was proud to have helped revitalize Ward 1 while maintaining its diversity. He said Nadeau’s victory can be partially attributed to an influx of new, younger residents who were unfamiliar with him. He also said it would be hard to predict how successful Nadeau might be on the council, because “there’s nothing in her past in the way of a major achievement.â€? “I want to be optimistic,â€? he said. “I’m not bitter. I’m not unhappy. I’m not resentful.â€?

The week ahead Thursday, April 10

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will host a Ward 4 town-hall meeting on rates, construction projects and other issues. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. ■Friendship Place will host a panel discussion on “A Hidden Challenge: Homelessness Among Youth and Young Adults.� The forum will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Reservations are requested by emailing

Friday, April 11

The D.C. Women’s Bar Association and the D.C. Affairs Section of the D.C. Bar will hold a lunchtime discussion on the new Common Core standards regarding math and language arts skills. Speakers will include Kaya Henderson, D.C. Public Schools chancellor; Linda Warner, instructional coach at Wilson High School; Maggie Bello, elementary school principal and chief academic officer for Two Rivers Public Charter School; and Naomi Rubin DeVeaux, deputy director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board. The forum will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Finnegan Law Firm, 11th Floor, 901 New York Ave. NW. Registration costs $15 to $28; to RSVP, visit

Thursday, April 17

Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 3 town hall meeting on the proposed budget from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW.

Tuesday, April 22

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will host a Ward 1 town-hall meeting on rates, construction projects and other issues. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, 800 Euclid St. NW.













Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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District Digest Pedestrian assaulted in Glover Archbold

A sexual assault took place on National Park Service land in the vicinity of Foxhall and Canal roads at about 8 p.m. on April 1, according to a news release. The criminal investigation branch of the U.S. Park Police is investigating the incident, in which the victim was assaulted in the park and the suspect fled on foot in an

unknown direction. According to media reports, the victim was a woman walking alone on a trail in Glover Archbold Park. Police have not released a physical description of the suspect or other information at this time.

McCarthy to return as planning director

Mayor Vincent Gray last week selected former D.C. Office of Plan-

ning director Ellen McCarthy to reprise her role, taking over the post recently vacated by Harriet Tregoning. McCarthy, who will start work on April 14, served as director of the office from 2004 to 2007, overseeing preparation of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first extensive revision of the Comprehensive Plan in over 20 years. Other experience in her 40-year planning career includes serving as director of planning and land use at two

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Norton seeks funding for D.C. golf courses

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton hopes to create public-private partnerships to run the three federally owned golf courses in the District, and she introduced a bill Monday asking the U.S. secretary of the

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interior to study the feasibility of such a scheme. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The courses have long been in desperate need of capital investment to reverse decades of deterioration and to maintain and preserve their historic features,â&#x20AC;? Norton said as she introduced the bill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The three courses together constitute a magnificent but underutilized public asset that could be renovated and modernized.â&#x20AC;? Norton wants to have one of the three â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Langston, Rock Creek and East Potomac â&#x20AC;&#x201D; transformed into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;world-class, tournament-quality course,â&#x20AC;? where fees would help fund work on the other two. The delegate has been working on the issue since 2007.

Rock Creek trail work awaits studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finish

Work to repave and rehabilitate the Rock Creek Park trail can begin shortly after the Federal Highway Administration signs a â&#x20AC;&#x153;finding of no significant impactâ&#x20AC;? statement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a move expected in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;near future,â&#x20AC;? according to the National Park Service. The news came in a release from D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who contacted the Park Service after delays in the project. She said federal funding dedicated to the work could be lost if it is not obligated by the end of 2015. â&#x20AC;&#x153;NPS and FHWA must now work expeditiously to allow the long-delayed project to get underway,â&#x20AC;? Norton said in the release. Norton says the environmental assessment for the work was released in December 2011, but the final report has not yet been completed. More than 2,400 people signed a petition requesting that the trail be updated as soon as possible.


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POLICE: Bicycle rides debut From Page 1

Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ride consisted of two options. The first was a 4.7-mile jaunt through parts of Cleveland Park, Tenleytown, American University Park and Spring Valley. The longer option was a 19-miler that took riders to the Tidal Basin and back to the Idaho Avenue station. Officers rode at the front, middle and back of the cycling line, guiding the crowd when crossing intersections. There was also an officer driving a truck behind the group in case of an emergency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be safe,â&#x20AC;? said one participant, while the group stopped at a red light on Wisconsin Avenue. Loftus was satisfied with the inaugural event, saying in an email that in future rides â&#x20AC;&#x153;there will be a

few changes such as less hills, a slower ride, and more of an emphasis placed on what we (as bike officers) actually do on a daily basis.â&#x20AC;? An avid cyclist, the native Washingtonian said he got the idea from simply riding around the city. He spearheaded the new bike program after being assigned to the 2nd District in January as a new sergeant. He now oversees the bike-riding police officers at the 2nd District. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We promote positive community relationships and high-visibility patrol. So I wanted to do something to involve the unit. â&#x20AC;Ś The popularity of biking has really increased with the bike-share stations, and bike lanes and signs,â&#x20AC;? he said. Future events will be posted at and other neighborhood websites.

TREES: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Flexi-Paveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; approved for Georgetown streets From Page 1

Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial streets with high foot traffic, not side streets. The material was selected through collaboration between the Urban Forestry Administration and the Georgetown Business Improvement District. Thomas said his agency is looking to meet with stakeholders to pin down a color in the next few days, with the first installations likely coming in late spring. Thomas said the number of tree boxes installed will depend on how

much money is available, which hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been finalized. The city will pay for an initial round of the Flexi-Pave installations but is hoping to find other funding sources so more tree boxes can be upgraded. Purchasing and installing Flexi-Pave costs about $400 to $800 per tree box, he said, and locations havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been identified. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we want to do is have a larger vision of it on M and Wisconsin so we can make it look more uniform instead of one here, one there,â&#x20AC;? said Thomas.

He said the Urban Forestry Administration has no preference on the color of the Flexi-Pave as long as it meets the needs of the community and the Old Georgetown Board staff. John Wiebenson of the business improvement district said his group favors a â&#x20AC;&#x153;light natural stone color,â&#x20AC;? and added that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glad the installations can move forward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe it is [the] only viable solution to promote healthy trees while maximizing the limited sidewalk space for pedestrians in Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? Wiebenson wrote.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are about halfway through this process,â&#x20AC;? Smith told a crowd of more than 100 at the start of her presentation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Know that you are coming in at a great point if you are new to this.â&#x20AC;? The deputy mayor provided an overview of the initial ideas, starting with those for pre-kindergarten. She said D.C. could opt to continue its current system of lottery-based access to early learning programs, designed to prevent overcrowded classrooms. Alternatively, the city could guarantee access to programs in neighborhood schools. Another idea is to tweak the lottery system to prioritize low-income students. At the elementary school level, ideas include the creation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;choice sets,â&#x20AC;? which would guarantee families access to one of several nearby schools, but not to one in particular. That would mean more in-boundary choices for families, but also less certainty about where students would land. This option could be modified to allow charter schools to participate in the choice sets. Another elementary-level idea is a citywide lottery system with no guaranteed access to a neighborhood school. Smith explained that choice sets are also under consideration for the middle school level, along with the idea of granting each family the right to one middle school and one high school based on their address. The notion of a citywide lottery for high schools, with or without proximity preference, is another possibility. The deputy mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office has posted all of the proposed reforms online at They include redrawn boundaries for the following elementary schools in The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coverage area: Barnard, Brightwood, Garrison, H.D. Cooke, Hearst, Hyde-Addison, Janney, Key, Marie Reed, Murch, Oyster-Adams, Powell, Stoddert and West. For example, Murchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundary is reduced to the south, with the goal of relieving overcrowding. Hearstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

boundary is expanded to the north to achieve the opposite effect. In the case of Hyde-Addison, Stoddert and Key, the Hyde-Addison boundary would shift north and west to Whitehaven Parkway and its extension, encompassing the Burleith and Foxhall neighborhoods. During a question-and-answer period at Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, several residents expressed concerns about the reform process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My main concern is the diversity issue,â&#x20AC;? said one woman. She suggested that a focus on neighborhood schools would effectively segregate the education system, clustering students of the same race together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have a productive future, we want all our kids to be able to get along with people of other races,â&#x20AC;? she said. The deputy mayor also acknowledged this risk during her remarks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strong neighborhood schools and access close to home may not be the same thing as providing access to quality for everybody,â&#x20AC;? she said. Meanwhile, at least one D.C. Council member believes ensuring access to neighborhood schools is vital. In a statement, Ward 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mary Cheh said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to make clear that I will vigorously oppose any plan that does not maintain the right of families to send their children to their neighborhood public schools.â&#x20AC;? Cheh said many families have purchased homes in certain parts of the District specifically to guarantee their access to a school nearby. In an interview late yesterday, Ward 4 D.C. Council member and Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser said she believes there must be â&#x20AC;&#x153;predictable, by-right options at every stage,â&#x20AC;? meaning pre-kindergarten through high school. She said she was pleased that the proposals acknowledged the need for four new middle schools, but she said she was concerned by the notion of a citywide lottery for high schools. As the proposals are refined, Bowser will take a waitand-see approach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to consider the options,â&#x20AC;? she said.


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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from March 31 through April 6 in local police service areas.

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Robbery â&#x2013; 3700-3799 block, Northampton St.; 2:53 p.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  3200-3299 block, Oliver St.; 8:06 p.m. April 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  6324-6499 block, Utah Ave.; 10:30 p.m. April 3. â&#x2013;  3200-3299 block, McKinley St.; 4:24 p.m. April 4.








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Theft â&#x2013; 5600-5628 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:10 a.m. April 1. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, Runnymede Place; 1:15 p.m. April 6. â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, Tennyson St.; 2:01 p.m. April 6.

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â&#x2013; colonial village PSA 401

shepherd park / takoma

Robbery â&#x2013; 400-499 block, Aspen St.; 9:10 p.m. March 31. Theft â&#x2013;  7400-7599 block, Georgia Ave.; 12:41 p.m. April 4. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  7600-7699 block, Georgia Ave.; 10 a.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  6900-7099 block, Georgia Ave.; 8:12 a.m. April 3. â&#x2013;  402-499 block, Cedar St.; 3:30 a.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, Whittier Place; noon April 5.

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â&#x2013; Brightwood / manor park

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â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Burglary â&#x2013; 4600-4699 block, Davenport St.; 8:28 p.m. April 6. Theft â&#x2013;  4600-4699 block, Albemarle St.; 9:49 a.m. April 1. â&#x2013;  4500-4537 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:30 p.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  4300-4399 block, Harrison St.; 10:34 p.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Harrison St.; 2:17 p.m. April 4. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:17 p.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:39 p.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  4500-4599 block, Fort Drive; 6:21 p.m. April 5. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  4200-4299 block, Yuma St.; 11:15 a.m. April 6. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 9:01 p.m. April 6.

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

cleveland park

Theft â&#x2013; 4707-4799 block, Connecti-



cut Ave.; 6:09 p.m. April 2. â&#x2013; 2900-2999 block, Van Ness St.; 12:35 p.m. April 3. â&#x2013;  4200-4399 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11 a.m. April 4.

Robbery â&#x2013; Peabody and 5th streets; 4:50 p.m. April 1. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  6500-6599 block, Piney Branch Road; 7:55 a.m. March 31 (with knife). Sexual abuse â&#x2013;  6000-6099 block, Georgia Ave.; midnight April 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  5914-5999 block, 13th St.; 5 p.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  5914-5999 block, 13th St.; 7:39 p.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  1401-1599 block, Somerset Place; 10 p.m. April 2. Theft â&#x2013;  5910-5999 block, Georgia Ave.; 3:10 p.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Tewkesbury Place; 7:14 p.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Tuckerman St.; 7:30 p.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  5910-5999 block, Georgia Ave.; 3 p.m. April 1. â&#x2013;  6500-6599 block, Georgia Ave.; 2:33 p.m. April 3. â&#x2013;  5910-5999 block, Georgia



Ave.; 4:18 p.m. April 3. Theft from auto â&#x2013; 1300-1399 block, Tewkesbury Place; 10:35 a.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Sheridan St.; 4:45 p.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Sheridan St.; 5:16 p.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  6000-6099 block, 4th St.; 5:20 p.m. April 3. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Underwood St.; 12:59 p.m. April 4.

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â&#x2013; Brightwood / petworth

Brightwood park PSA 403

16th Street heights

Robbery â&#x2013; 5700-5728 block, Colorado Ave.; 6 p.m. April 3 (with gun). â&#x2013;  5400-5499 block, 14th St.; 2:30 p.m. April 4. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  800-899 block, Kennedy St.; 1:20 a.m. April 5 (with knife). â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Georgia Ave.; 4:20 a.m. April 6. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, Kennedy St.; 3:30 p.m. April 6 (with knife). Burglary â&#x2013;  700-799 block, Jefferson St.; 5:52 p.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, Kennedy St.; 6:54 p.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, Jefferson St.; 12:30 p.m. April 1. â&#x2013;  5600-5699 block, 13th St.; 3:43 p.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  5600-5699 block, 13th St.; 4:11 p.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  5600-5699 block, Colorado Ave.; 11:07 p.m. April 4. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 Ingraham St.; 1:14 a.m. April 6. Theft â&#x2013;  5200-5299 block, 2nd St.; 6:39 p.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  300-399 block, Jefferson St.; 10:38 a.m. April 4. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  Georgia and Missouri avenues; 8:22 p.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  900-935 block, Kennedy St.; 2:46 a.m. April 1. â&#x2013;  5200-5299 block, 13th St.; 1:50 p.m. April 1. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, Jefferson St.; 9:25 a.m. April 5.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 4000-4099 block, 13th St.; 8 p.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  3900-3999 block, 14th St.; 11:15 p.m. March 6. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  1000-1299 block, Quebec Place; 9:38 a.m. March 31. Theft â&#x2013;  3900-3999 block, 13th St.; 10:22 a.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  1000-1299 block, Quebec Place; 7:29 p.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  4000-4099 block, Georgia Ave.; 9:13 p.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  4100-4199 block, Georgia Ave.; 3:46 p.m. April 3. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1500-1599 block, Webster St.; 8:23 p.m. March 31. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, Shepherd St.; 11:30 a.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Randolph St.; 2:14 p.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Upshur St.; 4:48 p.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  1000-1299 block, Quebec Place; 5:30 a.m. April 5.

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Robbery â&#x2013; Allison and 5th streets; 1:38 p.m. April 2. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, Shepherd St.; 4:18 a.m. April 3 (with gun). Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  500-699 block, Varnum St.; 2:10 p.m. April 1 (with knife). â&#x2013;  300-399 block, Delafield Place; 2:04 p.m. April 3. â&#x2013;  4400-4499 block, 5th St.; 6:26 p.m. April 6. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  300-399 block, Webster St.; 11:20 a.m. April 1. Theft â&#x2013;  806-827 block, Quincy St.; 10:23 a.m. April 3. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  400-499 block, Buchanan St.; 5:49 a.m. April 4.



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Spotlight on Schools Edmund Burke School

This spring break, 10 Burke students and two Burke teachers went out to South Dakota to the Indian reservation of Pine Ridge. During the trip, we did a combination of service and touring. The first day was spent at the Wounded Knee graveyard and while it was very cold, it was a powerful experience to learn about the massacre of 1890. The next three days were spent doing construction work on the reservation. Throughout the week, the Burke group and the other schools worked together to make bunk beds for four families, to skirt a trailer, to build two wheelchair ramps and to collect large logs in the Black Hills for firewood. We learned how to use tools like a circular saw and different kinds of drills. Working together to get a job done well was so valuable and changed seven familiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives. It was an extremely enriching experience to be in the heart of one of the richest cultures, yet one of the poorest communities in our nation. The Lakota people struggle with many things, such as poverty and disease, but three speakers who came to address us stressed the passion of their people and their desire for change. Each one encouraged us to teach others what we learned. Every Burke student who participated on this trip came back with a different mindset and learned so much about American history. The trip was fun, beautiful and empowering, and we encourage everyone to look more into it. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Catherine Weiss, 10th-grader

Georgetown Day School

School records, not snow, fell on the first day of spring break recently when the coed track and field team competed in the Loyola Blakefield Relays in Towson, Md. Finishing second overall because of a lack of field event entries, the boys team set school records in the 4x100-meter relay, the 4x800-meter relay, the 4xmile relay and the sprint medley relay. According to our athletic director, our 4x800-meter relay team ran a time of 7 minutes, 59.8 seconds, which is the 17th fastest time in the nation. The four-man team consisted of two seniors, one junior and one sophomore: Griffin Colaizzi, Sam Boardman, Aidan Pillard and Tristan Colaizzi. The girls track team also ran exceptionally and placed fifth overall with many runners setting personal records. This Saturday, April 12, the high school will be hosting the second annual Tri-School Dodgeball Tournament. The tournament, including Georgetown Day, Maret and Sidwell, will be held in our high school gymnasium at 4:30 p.m. Each school can enter up to 12 fiveperson teams. Georgetown Day is the defending champion and will look to reclaim the official trophy and keep it on Mighty Hopper grounds. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader


Hearst Elementary

Last week was spirit week at Hearst. We had a special day every day of the week to celebrate. First grade really liked spirit week! On Monday we got to wear our favorite sports team. There were a lot of Redskins jerseys! On Twin Day we dressed like another person to pretend like we were twins. On Wacky Wednesday we dressed funny. We wore shirts the wrong way and shoes on the wrong feet. On Thursday we dressed in Hearst Owls clothes. We like to dress in owl stuff because we love Hearst. On Pajama Day Ms. Boyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class and Ms. Schiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; class watched â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robin Hoodâ&#x20AC;? and had popcorn. We were all wearing our pajamas! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Auletta Schwab, Khanh Le, Artemus Josiah Alston and Kailynn Jones, first-graders

Murch Elementary

One night in late March, the general purpose room at Murch Elementary School was buzzing with activity as Murch held its annual science fair. Any student at Murch could participate and the number of displays was far too high to count. I saw displays on electricity, plants, bears and birds. What you did was walk around and look at other studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; displays. If you had a display you would present it to other students. If you did not have a display you could get a stamp in a passport. All the students worked so hard on their displays and had fun explaining them to parents, teachers and other students. There was a presentation by a Murch teacher called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dorseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fangs, Frogs and More.â&#x20AC;? It had live animals in cages. It even had a live tarantula. I learned so much at the fair. I cannot wait until next year to do it again. Thank you to all the parents and students who made the night so much fun. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lilly Shaw, third-grader

and some even included parts of the experiment, such as plants, samples of iron from cereal, rotten teeth and samples of food dye. By far the most interesting parts of these displays were the results; some results were as expected, but others were surprising. It was interesting to read the careful logbook entries and measurements taken by the students for each project. The science fair is a great chance to do a study that interests you â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and learn what interests your friends! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cecilia Z., seventh-grader

St. Albans Lower School

The middle schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring play for St. Albans and National Cathedral School is almost here. Around 40 students have been hard at work for the past two months. The show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon,â&#x20AC;? is a performance about some of the tales the Grimm brothers gathered. The tales have been made famous by Disney, or as the show says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mouse.â&#x20AC;? Such tales as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rapunzel,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snow Whiteâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinderellaâ&#x20AC;? are depicted differently from how some would know them. Unique to the show, some of the actors break characters. The performersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roles are actually actors. The performance has much audience integration, in which one person is picked at random to help with the development of one of the scenes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathonâ&#x20AC;? is the second performance that the seventh and eighth grades at St. Albans and National Cathedral School have put on this year. Previously in the year the middle school put on Dr. Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seussical.â&#x20AC;? For some students, including myself,

this will be the last performance of our middle school careers on stage. Chris Snipe, the director of this performance, has done a wonderful job of bringing together the cast to portray an emphatic tale of a show gone wrong. If you have a free night on Friday, April 11, or Saturday, April 12, I highly recommend that you come to St. Albans School to see â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jake Duffy, Form II (eighth-grader)

Shepherd Elementary

Hello, everybody, this is Henry again. Testing, testing, testing! Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing this week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what it feels like. This week at Shepherd and other schools across D.C. weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been taking the DC-CAS, the biggest test of the year. In the fourth grade, our tests have been about reading and math. Lots of people are nervous, and if someone says otherwise, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lying! Spring sports, such as baseball and soccer, are finally starting. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to get outside again â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the snow has made it impossible until now. At Shepherd, track, kickball and football have started. Good luck, everyone, with your sports! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Henry Trimble, fourth-grader

Washington Latin Public Charter Schoolâ&#x20AC;¨

The upper school honors choir recently took a class trip to Philadelphia to see a touring production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Phantom of the Operaâ&#x20AC;? and Eastern Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godspell.â&#x20AC;? The choir attended a master class with Professor Justin Bineck and saw a performance at the University of the Arts. It was a


Our Lady of Victory School

For this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s science fair I tested the effects of radiation on plant growth. I microwaved radish seeds for 20 seconds and grew them alongside a control group. At first glance, there was no difference in growth, but when I analyzed the data, I found that the plants growing from the microwaved seeds were significantly shorter. The morning of Monday, March 25, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders gathered in the auditorium with their PowerPoint or Tri-Fold displays. There was a sense of excitement and apprehension as students prepared to present their projects to the science teacher, Mrs. Hochhausler. Projects tested everything from sugar to bubbles to squirrels to fish. The lower grades were invited to see the completed projects. It was nice to see the younger students read the displays just as excitedly as I did before I was in middle school! The displays were very creative,

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

whirlwind musical adventure.â&#x20AC;¨ â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Niara Tarleton Allen, 10th-grader

Wilson High School

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that time of year again! Approximately 1,000 freshmen and sophomores at Wilson will take around 3,000 DC-CAS tests total over two weeks. Wilson is expected to have at least 95 percent turnout of each testing cohort (groups of students who are required to take the DC-CAS), and all sub-groups including ethnic, gender and socioeconomic categories. DC-CAS week is crucial because it is used to measure the success and performance rates of schools. For most of our ninth- and 10th-graders at least three hours each day will be devoted to testing, while upperclassmen will have the opportunity to go to review sessions to help prepare for the AP exams in May, or to attend supervised study hall. Last week, in preparation for the DC-CAS, Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Student Government Association and school administration put together a mini spirit week with hopes to boost the morale of the testing cohort leading into these grueling standardized tests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This bit of excitement helps the students focus when it comes time for testing,â&#x20AC;? said senior SGA officer Todd Allen-Gifford. The week was filled with academically oriented spirit days, including Professional Day and College Day, as well as a pep rally that gave students the chance to play games like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academicâ&#x20AC;? against their teachers. Students also had the opportunity to win daily raffles with prizes such as Chipotle gift cards or Wilson paraphernalia. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Li, 11th-grader


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Primary problems

In the past few weeks, 83,040 residents turned out for the primary election — a paltry 22.5 percent of people registered with one of D.C.’s political parties. Absentee and special ballot totals aren’t yet available, but one thing is clear: Voter participation was minimal. What went wrong? The city can’t fix complaints from voters who weren’t excited about the candidates, but the D.C. Council and Board of Elections do have options to improve the process and bring more people to the polls. In our view, the biggest failing was the date of the primary, which has had varied ramifications. Scheduled more than five months earlier than the 2010 primary, the April date forced candidates and their volunteers to campaign in the bitter-cold winter, making it harder to get their message to voters. Perhaps an even greater flaw is that ousted incumbents now spend nine months as lame ducks. Most notably, Mayor Vincent Gray will spend nearly a quarter of his term without a popular mandate for his policies. The vote of no confidence that Mr. Gray faced at the polls undermines proposals he will pursue for the rest of the year, including his 2015 budget and school boundary reform — each released just days after the election. Furthermore, department heads and other top officials could begin jumping ship rather than waiting to see if the next mayor will keep them on — as we have already seen with three recently announced departures at the Departments of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and Department of Transportation. Some of the best may well be recruited by other jurisdictions. To be sure, there is no perfect time for the primary election. The Sept. 14 date used in 2010 didn’t allow enough time for general election ballots to be prepared and distributed overseas, a new federal requirement. In July and August, too many residents are out of town. And an early date gives D.C. residents more of a voice in the presidential primaries. But there may be a better compromise: A mayoral primary held in midto late June would provide nearly three more months for a mayor to govern effectively, allow more campaigning to take place in the spring, and still give residents a chance to cast their ballots before summer vacation. And with the mayoral election offset from the presidential, the primaries could still be held early on presidential years. This would continue the lameduck issue for ousted council members, but that is less disruptive than having an ousted mayor. This concept merits consideration. We’d also like to see further election reforms. A runoff system would let residents select their favorite candidate without the need for the “strategic voting” that effectively reduced the mayoral field to a two-way race, at least for many voters. City officials should consider letting independent voters participate in the primary election of their choice. Vacant council seats should be filled on an interim basis by someone who can’t run in the next special election, perhaps by an appointment from the council chairman. Lastly, the Elections Board should review best practices for other jurisdictions to boost voter turnout, including awareness campaigns of the election’s date and robust options for early voting.

Invest in adult education

The nonprofit watchdog group DC Appleseed last week released a report calling on city leaders to spend $2.5 million on education for adult residents who lack basic skills, including the 60,000 who lack a high school degree. The document, which comes on the heels of Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed 2015 budget, urges development of a comprehensive strategy for providing this training, which would both teach adults basic skills and help connect them to work or further education. The city currently serves some, but not all, of the residents who need such help, and programs are diffuse. Residents who lack basic skills struggle to find work in D.C., which has “one of the most highly skilled labor markets in the nation,” the report says. “Unless the District develops a strategy to help more adults increase their basic skills and connect to career pathways, it risks leaving tens of thousands of D.C. residents out of the city’s economic growth,” Brooke DeRenzis of DC Appleseed said in a release. We heartily endorse the recommendations. The suggested expenditure is modest given the likely return; in fact, Appleseed says beneficiaries will include the children of adults who are newly able to get jobs or better work, as parental income/economic stability affects student performance. It also seems likely that the expenditure would soon pay for itself, through reduced government service costs and extra taxes from increased employment. We hope Mayor Gray and the D.C. Council will hear the call.

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More forums? Maybe not …


amn, another one,” muttered a candidate who shall remain anonymous, attending yet another mayoral forum shortly before the recent April 1 primary. A calendar-crushing series of debates and forums is now an expected part of local Washington campaigns. But there are signs our upcoming general election may break this pattern. This campaign, we may not have any significant forums until after Sept. 8! We’ll explain below. The record number (no one really keeps count) may have been set back in 1998, with more than a hundred forums. In this year’s Democratic primary, both Mayor Vincent Gray and eventual winner Muriel Bowser, the Ward 4 D.C. Council member, strategically attended or didn’t attend forums based on whether they fit their politics or their schedules. Meanwhile, the also-rans in the eight-person field raced to attend nearly every one possible. But will Bowser, the early favorite in the November general election, embrace — or maybe barely tolerate or just plain ignore — forums that even now are being planned? There is speculation that Bowser will attempt to marginalize at-large Council member David Catania, who is running as an independent. One way Bowser can undercut Catania is by avoiding joint appearances with him. One education group says it has already been informed that Bowser will plan such appearances only after candidates are certified for the November ballot. That’s a long time off, folks. According to the Board of Elections, petitions for the general election won’t be distributed until June 13. Candidates will have until Aug. 6 to turn them in with signatures. Then, there is a required 10-day challenge period through Aug. 18. The elections board told us that the board won’t certify names on the November ballot until at least Sept. 8 — and that’s barring any unexpected delays. That means we could go through five months of this seven-month campaign without community forums that many of you are expecting to hold. And that means Bowser could go the whole summer avoiding forums on a self-imposed technicality. On last Friday’s “Politics Hour” on WAMU 88.5, before we knew the ballot wouldn’t be firmed up until Sept. 8, we directly raised the forum issue with Bowser. “Can we anticipate that you’ll go through this grueling list of forums that we normally have in a campaign? Or will you try to run outside of those forums?” we asked. “Well, I don’t run away from people asking questions. I think you know that,” Bowser replied, directly suggesting that the media, by even asking, was trying to gin up a more exciting contest. “And we all know that it makes a good story to think we are going to have a competitive general. But we also know that that’s not what the early polling would

suggest.” That’s a reference to early polls showing Bowser ahead of Catania by 20 percent or more. But we have a seven-month campaign ahead of us. We noted on the “Politics Hour” that city residents already are deep into discussions about education reform, including looming boundary changes and questions of per-pupil funding. They’re all central in the upcoming campaign, as well as whether Chancellor Kaya Henderson would stay in her post under either Catania or Bowser. And, we noted, Catania has visited more than 130 schools as council education chair and is making education his focus. Don’t the voters deserve a clear discussion of all of this? Bowser, who like Catania has committed only to considering keeping Henderson, agreed that education policy is a central issue in this campaign. “OK. I’m happy to talk about what’s important with me in education,” she told “Politics Hour” host Kojo Nnamdi and his guest analyst, Washington Post columnist Colbert I. King. “And we really don’t know who’s going to be in this race. So I have a potential opponent. And I’m looking forward to discussing our differences when the time is right.” So, we tried again. Bowser clearly wasn’t embracing the forums. “I’m sorry, I haven’t heard an answer on are you going to do all the [forums]? You’ll be invited to 20 different forums, at least. Do you anticipate you’ll more likely accept forums or minimize the number of forums you intend to go to?” Bowser: “We’re going to participate in forums. I mean, I didn’t participate in every forum that I was invited to on this last race because it was impossible. And so the balance that our campaign …” Sherwood: “Barring scheduling problems, you’ll be at the forums?” Bowser: “Pardon me?” Sherwood: “Barring scheduling forums you’ll …” Bowser: “Well, having not been invited …” Kojo Nnamdi: “Barring scheduling problems.” Bowser: “… to any of them, I can’t, like, accept in advance.” On Monday, we called Catania for his view of the forums. As an underdog starting out, he welcomed them. “It’s very simple,” he told us. “If my schedule permits, I’ll attend. I think the sooner the better. It’s very respectful of the voters who were turned off by the primary.” It’s worth noting that the turnout for the primary — 22.5 percent, without accounting for absentee or special ballots — was a 30-year low. So, to all the community, education, media, business, labor and assorted other groups out there, you’d better get those forum requests in quick. We have a feeling this seven-month campaign may not have much room or time for you. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Palisades Safeway has poor selection

In his letter published April 9, Carlton Stoiber disagreed with a prior letter writer’s comments about the “sad, tired” Safeway on MacArthur Boulevard. He states that no “normal family needs a broader selection of grocery items” than is available at the store in the Palisades. As someone who shops there regularly, I will be reminded of

Mr. Stoiber’s comment the next time I am unable to find milk for my family, notwithstanding that there might be three kinds of dates or some other less essential item available on the shelves. The Palisades residents who are dissatisfied with the existing store come from perfectly normal families. John Guttmann The Palisades

Sale may put older Safeways at risk

As the back-and-forth debate continues about how the Palisades Safeway might be maintained/

improved, let us not forget that Safeway’s purchase by the Cerberus hedge fund is almost complete. Cerberus already owns Albertsons, the country’s fifth-largest supermarket chain. Industry experts suggest that store closures, product changes and employee layoffs may be in the offing. There a number of older Safeway stores in the city. These are all potentially candidates for closure if financial returns to the privately held Cerberus group are insufficient. Vic Miller Washington Heights

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Revising D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundary revision process VIEWPOINT

stephanie maltz and chris sondreal


orget about last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayoral primary and school lottery results. The biggest day on the calendar for D.C. education watchers was last Saturday. April 5 was B-day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Boundary Day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the moment when Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith and her team revealed their long-awaited scenarios to revise the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundary, feeder and student assignment policies. The deputy mayor hosted two separate community meetings that day, with a third meeting held Tuesday. What are we in store for? Two of the scenarios laid out offer â&#x20AC;&#x153;choice sets.â&#x20AC;? What are those? If you look at education reform discussions on the national level, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see that â&#x20AC;&#x153;choice setsâ&#x20AC;? are another expression of what education think tankers are calling â&#x20AC;&#x153;controlled choice.â&#x20AC;? We think the label is murky and misleading since you are only guaranteed a narrow list of schools from which to choose, and then you need to win a lottery for admission to your top choice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Choice setsâ&#x20AC;? effectively turn elementary and/or middle school assignments into the same enrollment lotteries weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen citywide, but based on neighborhood proximity. High school assignments citywide are similarly thrown upon this altar of school chance. In our opinion the two choice-set scenarios (options A and C) do little to solve the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary problem: a scarcity of quality. These scenarios fail to alleviate the concerns of families who have expressed a desire for predictability in the face of the various enrollment lottery schemes. Options A and C are confusing, and they risk undermining D.C. Public Schools by perpetuating unpredictable education trajectories rather than providing clarity. Another scenario may have more promise. Option B focuses on clear, by-right pathways from kindergarten through 12th grade in every neighborhood, but we do feel that it makes unrealistic assumptions about the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to implement and support school turnarounds. Nonetheless, Option B harbors some interesting ideas. For instance, we are happy to see ongoing demographic changes in Ward 2 recognized by this scenarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call for a new standalone Center City Middle School, possibly in the empty Shaw

Letters to the Editor In fighting poverty, small steps matter

I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop thinking about the poverty in our region. I want you to think about it, too. Then I want you to do something about it. I want you to join the movement to end poverty â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a movement that starts here at home. Going to southern India on a Fulbright scholarship first started me thinking about social issues. In India, poverty reaches up and grabs you by the collar. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ignore it. In 2011, when I returned to D.C., I thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do something in international development. Eventually, however, I realized that I wanted a job in which I could see the

Junior High building. It similarly acknowledges that a new high school in Ward 2 or Ward 3 could be a viable way to ease overcrowding at Wilson High. Yet despite a few promising ideas, no scenario constitutes a plan that will lead, a priori, to better educational outcomes for more students. The deputy mayor and her advisers have strayed. We ask them to return to the four goals with which they began the student assignment and school boundaries review process: â&#x2013; to clarify access rights; â&#x2013;  to update feeder relationships; â&#x2013;  to ensure boundaries align to capacity and projected population; â&#x2013;  and to explore opportunities to bridge assignment policies across D.C. Public Schools and charter schools. We ask parents and community members who are concerned about the state of education in D.C. to reject proposals that do not directly address school quality and that are not backed by data. As currently conceived, we feel this process is on a trajectory to succeed at nothing more than pitting parent against parent. We propose communities push for a fourth scenario: Refrain from overhauling D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education map and making vague promises of programming improvement until families have better schools from which to pick. Tweak and repair the boundary map where it has fallen apart over the decades, but improve school quality and invest in facilities first, before pulling the rug out from under neighborhood public schools such as Garrison, School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, Powell and Bancroft. These are among the schools experiencing the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent baby boom â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and perhaps, more relevantly, its baby retention rate. Middle-class families are increasingly attending these schools alongside their traditional majorities of low-income students. These school communities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with others on Capitol Hill â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are at a fragile turning point. If allowed to continue to grow, they will soon serve as models for the inclusive turnaround. If damaged by adoption of these scenarios, they may be set back years. Stephanie Maltz is a member of the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission and its designee to the Ward 2 Education Network, and Chris Sondreal is a School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens parent and the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designee to the Ward 2 Education Network.

impact of my work on a daily basis â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and in the city where I live. In 2012, I landed a job at A Wider Circle. As a community outreach coordinator, a big part of my job is picking up donations in one of our box trucks. Many of you who have donated beds, couches or tables to A Wider Circle may have met me. In turn, we provide the basics to families who have been living without them. The bed you donated this morning will be with its new family by tonight. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how urgent the need is. Last Thanksgiving I drove a truckload of furniture to a mom and her four kids who were living in an empty apartment. Well, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not completely true. They had one mattress on the floor. We need to make poverty a priority in this country. It may not be as visible as it was in India. Yet last year, A Wider Circle got 10,000

calls from people in need of a bed. Many people know A Wider Circle as the organization that collects and donates furniture. When people learn we are dedicated to ending poverty, I am often asked how such a small organization can take on such an enormous challenge. My answer: How can we not? Ending poverty can seem daunting. Start where you can. Donate a bed. Or professional clothing to help someone get a job. Donate your time, if only once, or once a month. Educate yourself about our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenges. Join nonprofit leaders at events such as the recent Conference on Ending Poverty. The civil rights movement had its foot soldiers. The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movement had its leaders. Who are the voices of the movement to end poverty, if not us? Matt LeDuc Dupont Circle

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013; spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in the Commons at the Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university park American University Park friendship heights / tenleytown The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Black Box Theater at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements/open forum. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  presentation by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of General Services regarding the proposed renovation of Friendship Park, 45th and Van Ness streets. â&#x2013;  discussion of and possible vote on a resolution relating to truck routes for American University construction projects. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. The regular meeting date was changed so it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fall during Passover. For details, call 202-670-7262 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013; CHEVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CHASE

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  report by the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Transportation Task Force and a possible vote on its recommendations. â&#x2013;  update on the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LED Lighting Task Force. â&#x2013;  vote on grant applications. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., for a public space permit. For details, send an email to or call 202-363-5803.

Chevy Chase Citizens Association

Mark your calendars for the Chevy Chase Citizens Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Green Meeting on Earth Day, April 22, at 7:30 p.m., at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. Please note that the meeting will be on the fourth Tuesday of April, instead of our usual third Tuesday. All are welcome to attend. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting will feature a discussion about innovative initiatives by public agencies and private businesses that improve the environment in our neighborhood. First, a representative from the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will discuss its $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project and the new biofuel wastewater treatment plant. Then, a representative from the D.C. Department of Transportation will provide an update on the Capital Bikeshare program, as well as bike lanes and trails. Finally, representatives from Riide and car2go will describe alternatives to owning a car. Riide is a new electric bicycle company, and car2go offers convenient access to private transportation. On another subject, the Chevy Chase Players is presenting two oneact comedies by Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for Youâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightmare.â&#x20AC;? Remaining performances will be held on Friday and Saturday nights through April 19, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center. Tickets for the performances are available at the door for $15 (cash only). Admission for seniors (age 62 and over) and students is $13. The box office opens 30 minutes before curtain. For more information, visit In other news, our March 25 meeting featuring the program on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planning for Aging,â&#x20AC;? co-sponsored with Northwest Neighbors Village, was delayed due to inclement weather. The program has been rescheduled for a special meeting on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center. Please mark your calendars with the new date and plan to attend an excellent program and discussion led by nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary and certified elder law attorney Bill Fralin on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planning for Aging: Making Wise Decisions.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Lawlor

Shepherd Park Citizens Association

Saturday was a spruce-up day in Shepherd Park, as neighbors welcomed in the spring by working to clean and beautify two of the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor public spaces. In an upper northwestern segment of Rock Creek Park, dozens of neighbors participated in the Rock Creek Conservancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, which is part of the larger Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. This year, this spring cleanup was held on Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to noon. The Rock Creek Conservancy recruits volunteers from the Shepherd Park, Colonial Village and North Portal communities for the project in our neighborhood. The group also works in partnership with Montgomery County Parks, the National Park Service and the Alice Ferguson Foundation to field volunteers for the event. As in previous years, the starting point was the intersection of North Portal and East Beach drives (near the temporarily closed Kalmia Road culvert). Nature lovers combed the tributaries, filling bags with unwanted bottles, cups and other debris. Thanks to Clif Grandy for his continued efforts to organize opportunities for people of all ages to make a real difference for our parks and waterways. In a separate event, another group of Shepherd Park neighbors spent the morning planting trees in a long-neglected triangular patch of land bounded by Alaska Avenue and Juniper, 12th and 13th streets. With guidance and assistance from a team from Casey Trees, residents who live around the perimeter of the space, with help from the neighborhood Boy Scout troop, planted nine trees! The new plantings helped create a beautified pocket park with open green space, trees, shrubs and flowers that residents can enjoy. Congratulations and thanks to Tony and Patrice Dixon (and their son) for spearheading this effort. A special thanks also goes to Ledo Pizza of Shepherd Park, Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Haven Style Apizza of Silver Spring, Starbucks on Ellsworth Drive and the neighbors of Shepherd Park for donating breakfast and lunch for the tree-planting volunteers. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cynthia Prather ANC 4A ANC Village 4A Colonial â&#x2013;  colonial village / crestwood Shepherd Park Shepherd Park / brightwood Crestwood 16th street heights


The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 13th and Van Buren streets NW. For details, call 202-450-6225 or

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. For details, visit

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Athletics in Northwest Washington


April 9, 2014 ■ Page 11

St. Albans starts new baseball era

St. John’s aims for redemption on the diamond

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

The St. Albans baseball team enters the season with high hopes and new leadership in the dugout. R.J. Johnsen has taken over as the team’s head coach after Jason Larocque, who held the position since 2007, stepped down prior to the season. Larocque opted to return to his home state of Massachusetts to serve as the associate principal for sixth through eighth grade at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. The Bulldogs’ new leader, who served as an assistant coach at St. Albans for the past eight years, is a D.C. native who played for Wilson. In his graduating year, 1999, the Tigers won the D.C. Interstate Athletic Association title, contributing to the team’s continuing streak of 21 straight wins. He then played for the University of Rochester. Johnsen already knows the high standards that the Bulldogs set for themselves on the diamond, and he looks forward to taking on the challenge. “St. Albans has a long tradition of baseball — a lot of [Interstate Athletic Conference] championships, a lot of winning years, a lot of competitive years and a lot of good baseball players,” said Johnsen. “We just want to keep that up and make sure the boys are playing hard every pitch.” St. Albans is coming off an early exit in the IAC playoffs, but the team enters the season with a loaded roster led by senior pitcher Jimmy Swad, who will play for Georgetown University next season.



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After serving as an assistant coach at St. Albans for eight years, R.J. Johnsen has taken over the program and comes into this season with high hopes. The team will rely on a deep bullpen of quality pitching and improved hitting as the squad begins IAC play. “If we had to win one game tomorrow, he would be on the hill,” said Johnsen. “He has come a long way as a pitcher. He throws pretty hard and has good secondary stuff. From a pitching standpoint his arsenal is pretty good. He’s a competitor and wants to do his best every day.” The team will rely on Swad along with four other seniors: pitchers Mike Schmandt — who will pitch for Haverford College next season

— and Chase Packard, shortstop Thomas Buck and second baseman Nico Boyajian. “That core of seniors is really going to help us out a lot,” said Johnsen. Swad and Buck are the squad’s captains. Last Wednesday, the Bulldogs hosted a tough Sidwell team and emerged with a 12-5 victory despite facing some early adversity. The game offered a glimpse at just how potent See Bulldogs/Page 12

After the Cadets baseball team hoisted the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title trophy in 2011, the squad looked poised to become the next great local dynasty. St. John’s followed up that season with a dominating combined 49-9 record — including a 29-3 mark in WCAC games — in 2012 and 2013. But the Cadets fizzled in playoffs both years, despite boasting the league’s top regular-season records. With the high standard in place, this year the team is focused on breaking through in the postseason. “Unfortunately around here if you don’t win a championship, you fall short. Whether you lose in the quarterfinals, semifinals or finals, it doesn’t matter,” said Cadets coach Mark Gibbs. “Hopefully we take the approach of trying to get better every day and put ourselves in a [good] position when we get to May. We obviously expect to go and compete for a championship every year — that’s part of being here.” St. John’s once again comes into the season with a roster loaded with talent. On the mound the team will rely on seniors Garrett Pearson and Kyle Lefelar, along with junior A.J. Lee. “I think we have three guys that ... can throw against anybody,” said Gibbs. “All three of those guys are expected to play big innings See Cadets/Page 12

Brady resigns as Eagles football coach By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Aaron Brady, right, led Gonzaga’s football team to four straight WCAC playoff berths and an appearance in the 2011 league title game.

Gonzaga’s football players got a major surprise upon arriving at school Monday morning. Eagles head coach Aaron Brady called an impromptu meeting to tell the squad he was stepping down from his post and moving to his home state of Pennsylvania to coach at Malvern Prep. “This decision was one of the toughest of my life, and I leave with many mixed emotions,” Brady said in a statement on the Eagles’ football website. “Please understand that this does not change the sincere appreciation I have for the Gonzaga community and my team.” Brady cited family reasons as a major factor in the move. “My desire to be near family in Pennsylvania played a big role in this decision,” Brady said in the statement. “Family is important to me as you all know and this decision

is in the best interest of my family.” Brady’s surprising announcement caught the Gonzaga football team off guard. In an interview, one player said, “I had no idea. ... It’s devastating to our program.” Brady understands his players’ dismay and told the team to use that energy to focus on winning the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference crown in the fall. “I don’t know how I would react if I were in their place,” he said in a phone interview. During Brady’s four-year tenure at Gonzaga, the team enjoyed one of the best eras in school history. The Eagles earned WCAC playoff berths in each of his four seasons and an appearance in the league title game in 2011. Malvern Prep reached out to Brady about its vacant head coach position, and on Friday he was offered and accepted the job. Brady said he was torn because he was enthusiastic about the Eagles’ pros-

pects for the fall. But the opportunity to return home was too much to pass up. “Saying goodbye to the kids is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. It’s about my family and my personal life,” Brady said in the interview. “At some point in our lives we all want to go back home. It’s more of what I’m used to.” Despite leaving the program, Brady intends to help his former players. “I cannot thank you all enough for the love and support you [have] given to my family and me, especially the Gonzaga TD Club,” Brady said in the statement. “The ‘Purple’ will always be a part of me. I will continue to be a big supporter of the Eagles of Gonzaga. I will help the young men of Gonzaga any way that I am able.” Gonzaga’s athletic director Joe Reyda said in a news release that the school will begin searching for a new coach immediately.

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this year. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a really good job this season.â&#x20AC;? The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top returning hitters include, along with Lee, seniors Jake Bernstein (shortstop), Brodie Leftridge (outfielder) Adrian Peralta (third baseman) and Bo Williams (outfielder). â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have six guys that had a lot of at-bats last year and did some good things for us,â&#x20AC;? said Gibbs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re expecting those guys to step up and do some damage offensively.â&#x20AC;? The Cadets have already faced some adversity this season thanks to the weather, which forced rescheduling of games and fewer rest days. But St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s won seven games in 10 days from March 25 through April 3, when it had a thrilling victory 4-3 over WCAC foe Bishop Ireton. For that win, the Cadets needed to make clutch plays late in the ballgame. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was up 4-2 at the top of the seventh inning, but the Cardinals had two runners on base and the winning run at bat. On the ensuing pitch, the Cardinals put the ball in play and a routine toss to first base was off the mark, allowing Iretonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s runner on third to score. With the ball still flopping along the first baseline, the Cardinals

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St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s held on to beat Bishop Ireton 4-3 on Thursday afternoon. made an aggressive decision to try to bring the runner on second base home to tie the game. But Bernstein, who backed up the first baseman, recovered the ball and fired it to the plate, where sophomore catcher Joey Mendez made the critical tag-out to preserve the win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought that was a heck of a play,â&#x20AC;? said Gibbs. Although the game ended in dramatic fashion, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controlled play in the early going and took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Peralta knocked in an RBI. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our guys played hard and competed,â&#x20AC;? said Gibbs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luckily we came up with hits in key situations to come up with enough runs.â&#x20AC;? The win over Ireton showed that St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is learning from its past

mistakes against less heralded teams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take any team lightly,â&#x20AC;? said Bernstein. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to go into every day knowing thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something we can work on. And stay consistent with our energy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go up and down based off who weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing.â&#x20AC;? With the Cadets already out to a 10-3 record, including a 7-0 mark in WCAC play, their goal is simple â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the league crown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The expectations are always to win a championship,â&#x20AC;? said Williams, the senior outfielder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully once we get to the playoffs, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll keep a level energy.â&#x20AC;? St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will continue regularseason play Thursday when Good Counsel comes to Chevy Chase for a 4:30 p.m. tilt.

BULLDOGS: St. Albans rallies past Sidwell 12-5 From Page 11

St. Albansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bats can be this year. The Quakers jumped ahead of the Bulldogs 3-0 at the top of the first inning with some small-ball tactics. Sidwell had two base runners â&#x20AC;&#x201D; junior Max Kohn and senior Luke Friedman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in play when junior Michael Untereiner knocked in an RBI to bring Kohn home and set up a 1-0 lead. Sidwell continued to get on base, and sophomore Ted Hefter earned an RBI to extend the lead to 2-0. The Quakers capped off their batting session with sophomore Ethan Kohn putting the ball in play to balloon the lead to 3-0. Despite the early challenges on defense, St. Albansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; batters quickly found a groove. Boyajian blasted a double to score junior Hundley Poulson, who was on base after a hit. St. Albans continued to use its strong hitting as junior Daniel Armagh ripped a shot to bring in two runners and knot the game at three. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to come out and swing the bats,â&#x20AC;? said Johnsen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an issue for us the last couple of years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; putting up offense.â&#x20AC;? After tying the game, the Bulldogs tacked on two more scores â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one off a hit by Buck and another on a wild Sidwell pitch â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to push the lead to 5-3. The Bulldogs had the bases loaded, but Sidwell junior pitcher

Scores March 31- April 7


Maret 17, Potomac School 1 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3, Gonzaga 1 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11, McNamara 1 St. Albans 12, Sidwell 5 Anacostia 9, Roosevelt 2 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4, Ireton 3

Gonzaga 6, Good Counsel 3 Walls 15, Ballou 1 Wilson 15, Anacostia 0 Eastern 5, Roosevelt 4 Sidwell 9, Potomac School 9 Walls 13, Phelps 0 Saint James 11, GDS 5 Saint James 13, GDS 1 Flint Hill 10, Maret 0 St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annapolis 11, Walls 1

Kaoru Yamazaki got out of the jam to end the inning and strand the runners. Sidwell answered in the third when senior Chase Migas blasted a double to score two runners to again tie the game, this time at 5-5. But the Quakers wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t score again. Schmandt and junior pitcher Warren Roth came up with strong efforts on the mound to keep Sidwell off the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warren has been great,â&#x20AC;? said Johnsen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He works hard, and when he gets his opportunity he goes out there and does everything that we ask. He does the little things really well.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, the Bulldogs offense continued to pour in the runs just by getting the ball in play. St. Albans blew the game open in the bottom of the fifth when Boyajian stole second base. In the process, Sidwell threw the ball out of the second basemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reach, which allowed two base runners to score and pushed St. Albansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead to 9-5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a focus of ours,â&#x20AC;? said Johnsen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You want to make sure you take good at-bats and put pressure on the defense. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a team philosophy. We want to put the ball in play and put some pressure on them.â&#x20AC;? Sidwell will look to rebound when it hosts Georgetown Day today at 4:30 p.m. St. Albans will travel to battle IAC rival Georgetown Prep on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Riverdale Baptist 6, Wilson 2 Bullis 14, Sidwell 4 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 3

Wilson 9, Holton-Arms 5 Washington Lee 14, Sidwell 9 George Mason 4, Sidwell 3


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Visitation 11, Wilson 0 Paul VI 12, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5 Flint Hill 9, Cathedral 4 Sidwell 12, Holy Child 1 Maret 2, Flint Hill 1 Walls 20, Banneker 4

Gonzaga 18, Ireton 1 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 10, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7 St. Albans 11, The Heights 9 Gonzaga 9, St. Albans 2 DeMatha 6, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2 Potomac School 16, Maret 4

Sidwell 7, Saint James 2

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D.C. market boasts rising home values as inventory remains limited By CHRIS KAIN Current Staff Writer


n the surface, February statistics aren’t usually the most reliable measure of the D.C. market — particularly in an endless winter characterized by a prolonged polar vortex, above-average snowfall and icy walkways. But the changes in market conditions since February 2009 are both dramatic and instruc-

tive about the opening days of the spring rush. There were 984 active listings for single-family houses and condos in D.C. in February, almost unchanged from the year before — but far lower than the five-year February average of 1,622. Back in 2009, the number of active listings was 3,184, according to data highlighted on the Local Market Insight reports prepared by Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc.

and its RealEstate Business Intelligence subsidiary. The average-days-on-market tally — now at 51 — had a fiveyear average of 71, according to the same reports; the figure was 108 in 2009. A third key measure — the ratio of the sales price to the original listing price — shows a similar pattern. It’s at 98.5 percent now, a substantial rise from the five-year average of 95.6 percent and an even larger

climb from 2009’s average of 89.3 percent. “I think we’re continuing the kind of upward trend we’ve been on for the better part of the last five years,” said Keene Taylor Jr. with the Taylor Agostino Group at Long & Foster Real Estate. Inventory remains the overarching factor shaping the D.C. market. Though buyers remain careful, the limited supply is putting upward pressure on prices. The median

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sales price, as of the end of February, was up 8 percent from the same time in 2013 — $467,500 vs. $432,500. That’s on par with the 8.33 percent average increase in D.C.’s proposed 2015 residential assessments, which reflect estimated market value as of Jan. 1. “I’ve been doing this for 25 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen the inventory this consistently low,” Taylor said. “The lower See Market/Page RE16


Colonial in Kent offers elaborate patio with full kitchen and open-fire grill

By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

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ot in the market for a new home but dreaming of sprucing up your own? Inspiration abounds at this year’s DC Design House, a benefit for Children’s National Health System that opens to the public this weekend. The annual event, now in its seventh year, takes an empty house, adds a massive team of designers and then reveals dozens of meticulously decorated rooms full of ideas for visitors. The home at 4600 Linnean Ave. in Forest Hills features 29 spaces that have been dressed to the nines. There’s a huge range of styles — something for everyone, organizers say — but guests will find common trends as well, including lots of light gray, varied metallics, bursts of bright color and strong use of texture, including a number of sisal rugs. Right inside the front door is a space that emphasizes bright color. Its creator is Bethesda’s Camille Saum, whose taste for bold shades is revealed by her standout costumes, including last Thursday’s head-to-ankle orange. Orange is great — but chartreuse “is my most favorite color,” she revealed, pointing to the lime green paint that coats the ceiling in

In designing new condo building for vacant Shaw parcel, developer turns to feng shui consultant

— Page RE4

New York Ave. condo project boasts large roof deck, D.C.’s first parking lift

Photos by Angie Seckinger

Designer Nadia Subaran installed burnished cherry cabinets, soapstone counters, porcelain floor tiles and porcelain marble backsplash in the kitchen, above. David Benton and Jim Rill used a glossy blue-green on the front door to make the entry pop, left.

the entryway and staircase. She acknowledges that it’s an uncommon choice for a ceiling, but says she was aiming for a design that was elegant but also “fun and whimsical.” Other eye-catching aspects of her space are her signature drapes — in this case, fuchsia on one side, chartreuse on the other, made voluminous with two layers of crinoline — and a painted checkerboard floor. “If I can do a painted floor, I do,” she said. A more subdued palette turns up in the two nearby rooms created by Bethesda-based designer Nadia Subaran: the kitchen and butler’s pantry/wine room. Subaran said she drew her inspiration from the brown, gray

and blue colors of a fieldstone wall in the breakfast room that separates the two spaces. The kitchen might at first be mistaken for a dining room, as all the appliances are hidden behind burnished cherry cabinets. The cabinetry even extends to the refrigerator and separate freezer (Subaran said she loves the “modular refrigeration” trend, which allowed her to fit far more preservation space than with just one unit). Accompanying her cherry cabinets are dark soapstone counters and porcelain floor tiles that look like slate but cost less. Together they reveal that all-white isn’t the only option for a modern kitchen. “A white kitchen would have felt a little sterile here,” she said, saying that dark is “definitely not out.” She sets off the heavier shades with two gleaming slabs of See Design/Page RE20

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Why do even the most desirable communities have vacant homes? Realtors, other experts explain

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Local homes for sale show off their splendid kitchen designs and features

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As city weighs regulatory change, Realtors recommend apartments in homes as sound investment

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Colonial showcases patio with full kitchen


South American openfire grill, perfect for prepping Brazilian steak, is one highlight of the show-stopping back patio of this Kent property. When the current owners purchased the house in 2007, they built the trellised al fresco area inspired

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by their love for the great outdoors. The patio was featured in the 2010 Sourcebook of Home & Design magazine, according to Washington Fine Properties. The creation of this outdoor space was part of an extensive facelift of the 1938 Colonial, which primarily expanded the rear to draw out the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full entertainment value from top to bottom. Now, this six-bedroom, fourand-halfbath home is listed for $3,495,000. Located at 5016 Lowell St., the house first exudes a vintage appeal with its faded white-painted brick facade. Inside, the original structure has a traditional separated layout with the foyer and stairs in the middle of the house, a dining room behind this area, and a living room with a

Photos courtesy of Washington Fine Properties

This six-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath Colonial in Kent features a trellised al fresco area. The home is priced at $3,495,000. fireplace in the north end. The addition offers a more modern, expansive layout. The well-lit family room is enhanced by 14-foot beams, clerestory windows and a Juliet balcony overlooking the terrace. This great room also includes a wet bar and custom shelving adorning a stone-clad fireplace. The gourmet kitchen features 9-foot ceilings and a brawny island covered with mesquite wood. Stainless-steel appliances include the Sub-Zero refrigerator and Viking six-burner gas stove with custom hood, griddle and double ovens. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a cushioned

seating area along the breakfast nook with bay windows. Adjacent to the kitchen is a side deck. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a more modest and private spot than the elaborate flagstone patio, which is accessible here via stairs leading down to the back garden. The gazebo houses a dining area and full kitchen, with the South American grill (called â&#x20AC;&#x153;the parillaâ&#x20AC;?) and Viking gas grill. Just outside this trellised space is an outdoor living room with a large stone fireplace. Manicured landscaping surrounds the area. The patio allows direct access to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower level. Through the French doors is a high-ceilinged family room with heated floors and banquette seating. This two-tier area includes a catering kitchen, a full bath, a laundry area, and one of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six bedrooms. The level also offers access to the two-car garage. Back up to the main level of the





The two other bedrooms are connected by a Jack-and-Jill bath. Underneath the eaves is the third level, with two bedrooms and a full bath. This floor also includes ample storage space. In addition to the design changes, the renovation also gutted the inner wiring and plumbing of the house. Among the new features are satellite radio and speakers, DirecTV pre-wiring, three-zone Carrier high-efficiency heating and air conditioning with humidifiers, and an extra 200 amps of electricity for add-ons. This six-bedroom, four-and-ahalf-bath home at 5016 Lowell St. is offered at $3,495,000. For more information on this property, contact Cynthia Howar of Washington Fine Properties at 202-297-6000 or






original house, two rooms went under the knife during the recent renovation. The former kitchen became a dual mudroom and pantry, which includes a Sub-Zero freezer and wine refrigerator, a desk area and a coat closet. This room also allows access to the driveway. And through the small hallway, heading west, is the former den â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now a completely renovated private office featuring a small fireplace and forest-green shelving. A powder room is adjacent. The second level has three bedrooms, including the master suite with a private deck. The attached bath also underwent a renovation, adding a whirlpool tub, marble countertops and floors, lighted mirrors and a walk-in shower with rain fixtures.

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near an intersection, T-junction or power lines, all of which can direct negative energy toward a building. Also significant are the surrounding buildings. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to avoid irregularly shaped structures nearby, like those with sharp edges pointing toward your own, nor should there be a building taller than yours across the street or to your buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the Shaw property was free of those elements, Lu said. Lu also assessed the property to see if it would specifically benefit Carroll by bringing him prosperity, since he was considering it as an investment. For this more in-depth evaluation, Lu prepared a customized feng shui chart using Carrollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthdate to determine whether it would be a good purchase for Carroll. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more to it than just rearranging furniture,â&#x20AC;? Carroll said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feng shui is a complex analysis.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to know that â&#x20AC;&#x153;no building is perfect,â&#x20AC;? Lu added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But there are remedies that can help

improve the energy and overall feng shui.â&#x20AC;? Several of those n the Shaw Historic District, a remedies involve a few blocks east of Logan Cirbuildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior cle, a small condominium and interior design. project under development is The projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s archiincorporating feng shui principles tect is Alfred Liu, as a way to distinguish the property president of AEPA from the competition. Architects EngiLocated at 1435 11th St., the neers in Foggy Botnow-vacant lot will be transformed tom, who is perhaps over the next nine months into a best known locally four-story condominium building for designing Chiwith one unit per floor. Each is natownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friendship envisioned as a one-bedroom plus Archway, the tradiden comprising about 1,000 square tional Chinese gate feet, according to developer Wayne on H and 7th Carroll, who is president and CEO streets, as well as of Tenleytown-based real estate the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investment firm The Jason Corp. Rendering courtesy of Sam Lu Wah Luck House, a Carroll first learned about feng large apartment The four-unit, four-level condo building in Shaw shui through several Chinese building for lowfriends about 20 years ago â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an has feng shui principles built into the plans. income seniors. interest that was piqued while on a Liu often applies feng shui prinbusiness trip to Asia around that all of the units, Liu said, with each ciples to his designs, but because same time. room revealing itself naturally, this project is located in Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his- placed where an occupant or guest â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Hong Kong, no one really toric district, it presented some disdevelops an office building without would expect it to be. tinct challenges. Although the lot â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good design, good common was vacant when Carroll purchased sense is often good feng shui,â&#x20AC;? Liu it, a dwelling that dates back to said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you walk into a build1873 previously stood there, ing that has good energy, you can according to documents at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feel it, and if it feels bad, it probaHistoric Preservation Office. After bly has bad feng shui. Of course rejecting an initial design based on there are a lot of principles involved concerns about height and building to achieve good feng shui.â&#x20AC;? materials, city officials approved a Those features include elements facade that reflects the Federal style like where a door is placed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when of neighboring residences in the one walks through it, one should be historic district. able to see the entire room, and not *PS[IV%ZI8EOSQE4EVO1( 'PIZIW0R&IXLIWHE1( While Liuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approved designs ;IPPQEMRXEMRIH9RMX1YPXM*EQMP]%PP *MVWX3TIR,SYWI%TVMP be a surprise to those inside when YRMXWVIRSZ]IEVWEKS[RI[OMXGLIRW 'LEVQMRK &6 &% VEQFPIV [SZIV include large windows in accorentering. The kitchen oven is also

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nother residential highrise building has sprung up in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood. This time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new condominium development thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outfitted with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first parking lift system, a feature more commonly found in Manhattan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You drive into your space. The

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lift system moves your space up or down. So if there other cars, your space will lift up or down to provide more [room]. And then the person gets out and heads to the lobby,â&#x20AC;? said Elaine Vrooman, development manager of The Bozzuto Group, the Greenbelt, Md.based real estate company behind the 460 New York Avenue building, named for its address. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like putting things on the shelf,â&#x20AC;? said Bruce Rosenblatt, Boz-

zutoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice president of sales. Placing a vehicle â&#x20AC;&#x153;on the shelfâ&#x20AC;? (and rarely using it) seems appropriate for this new residential property, which sits in a particularly convenient location. The fact that only 36 parking spaces are offered inside this 63-unit building also speaks to the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accessibility.

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history written down is that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been residential. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no commercial structure in Crestwood. hen David Swerdloff Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no history of the merchants.â&#x20AC;? won a $2,000 grant last year to publish a This meant Swerdloff had to look elsewhere to craft his chronicle neighborhood histoof the community. He spent time at ry of Crestwood, he already had a the Library of Congress, reviewed head start on the project. the historical archives of D.C.-area Having lived in the quiet, resinewspapers and dential neighexamined cenborhood adjasus records cent to Rock online. They Creek Park for helped him tell nearly three the story of the decades, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;white flightâ&#x20AC;? of retired radio the 1950s and broadcaster had 1960s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a come across mass exodus of written histories white families of surrounding to the suburbs communities, that transformed but never anyCrestwood into thing comprea neighborhood hensive on his comprised own. A former mostly of afflupresident of the ent black houseCrestwood CitiDavid Swerdloffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crestwood: holds. After zens Associa300 Acres, 300 Yearsâ&#x20AC;? chronicles about a half tion, he was century, Swerdlalready a collec- his neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evolution. off said, the past tor of docudecade has brought a more even ments and photos telling the neighracial mix, with many white famiborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history when he discovlies returning to the community. ered an opportunity to fund a book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost exactly on the subject. half and half,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that With the help of the D.C. HisCrestwood is also shedding its reptoric Preservation Office, the D.C. utation for middle-aged and senior Commission on the Arts and residents due to an influx of young Humanities, and the Humanities couples with children. Swerdloff Council of Washington, DC, said he even sees these demographSwerdloff spent last summer completing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crestwood: 300 Acres, 300 ic changes on his own street. Years,â&#x20AC;? which was self-published at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got black families, white families, somebody from Iran, a the bookstore Politics and Prose. gay couple moving in,â&#x20AC;? he said. The book has sold 162 copies to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our strength. We relish that, date and made $2,373, all of which and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to lose it.â&#x20AC;? benefits the citizens association. Neither does Swerdloff want In an interview, Swerdloff described Crestwood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;this pock- Crestwood to lose its history. His book recalls how the community et of wonderfully wooded, quiet attracted the attention of famous solitudeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as a neighborhood historical figures including Presiwhere housing prices have dent Teddy Roosevelt, who in increased significantly in recent 1904 wrote a letter to his son years, making it â&#x20AC;&#x153;a pretty hot area Archie describing a recent visit to real estate-wise.â&#x20AC;? the neighborhood. The president â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a suburban feel, a little bit recounted how he had gone for a of a country feel,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of See Crestwood/Page RE8 the reasons we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much By GRAHAM VYSE

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Redevelopment to include market-rate, affordable units By GEORGE ALTSHULER Current Correspondent


ortner Place, a 48-unit Section 8 housing complex near the heart of the U Street corridor, is slated to be redeveloped into two buildings containing twice the amount of affordable housing, along with 250 market-rate residential units and retail space. The change, recently supported by the Historic Preservation Review Board, is expected to contribute to the corridorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revitalization while also improving and increasing housing options for lower-income residents. Portner Place, located at 1441 U St., was originally built in 1979. The buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenant association was able to buy the lot with financial backing, using a District law that allows tenants to match an offer when owners sell their property. According to the redevelopment plan, conceived by the Somerset Development Co., an 11-story condominium building of marketrate units will face U Street. An eight-story apartment house composed of Section 8 and workforce housing will front V Street. Cheryl Cort, policy director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, said that the project

(which she called â&#x20AC;&#x153;uniquely goodâ&#x20AC;?) benefits from its desirable location on U Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were outstanding players using an incredibly valued site,â&#x20AC;? she said. The tenantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; group, Somerset and the New York City-based Jonathan Rose Cos. acquired the property in the fall. James Campbell, a principal at Somerset, said that if all goes well, construction will begin on the V Street building next year and on the U Street building sometime in 2016. Campbell emphasized how the market-rate housing and retail space will benefit the lowincome residents. Funds from the profit-generating elements of the project will help subsidize a computer center, a rooftop playground, and the construction of the new affordable units. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it were a straight-up deal without the extra funding, there wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be enough money to make this happen,â&#x20AC;? he said. During construction, residents of Portner Place will be relocated to apartments where they will continue to pay Section 8 rental rates. Campbell explained that current Portner Place residents preferred to have their building face the quieter V Street. They also wanted the building to have just one entrance for safety reasons.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Security is a major concern now,â&#x20AC;? he said, describing how the current â&#x20AC;&#x153;gardenâ&#x20AC;? layout features multiple entrances, poor lighting and hidden corners. The project will create about 1,100 square feet of retail space on the ground floor as well as an underground parking garage. Developers predict that most residents of the marketbased condo will be young professionals. Campbell said the project will help activate a rare dead spot in the corridor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;U Street is very vibrant as you walk up and down it, but when you get to this block, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dead,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be bringing the vitality back to the street.â&#x20AC;? Somerset representatives, the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funders and the tenant association presented their plan before the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preservation board on March 27. Cort, who testified in favor of the plan at the hearing, echoed Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view about the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential to bring activity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The current uses just kill the block,â&#x20AC;? Cort said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is going to liven it up, bring ground-floor retail with lots of housing opportunities above and do amazing things from an affordable-housing perspective.â&#x20AC;? The preservation board supported the general design of the project, but asked planners

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U Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modest Portner Place complex will become an eight-story affordable apartment building facing V Street, shown, and 11 stories of market-rate condos on U. to revise a few elements. Board members critiqued the design of bay windows along U Street, the height of the first floor of the U Street building and the difficulty of maintaining plants under the current proposal. Campbell said his firm was amenable to the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feedback. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These were all good comments that will improve the outcome.â&#x20AC;? Somerset representatives also gave an overview of the sustainability elements of their plan, which include green roofs, sunshades, rainwater retention and Energy Star appliances. Campbell said the firm hopes the building will earn a Gold certification under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.

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walk in a Crestwood deer park and he then drew Archie an illustration of the fawn he had seen. Among many other historical tidbits, the book describes colorful characters from the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past. One example is Alexander de Bodisco, a former Russian ambassador to the United States who used to own an estate in the community. Referred to affectionately

as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uncle Sashaâ&#x20AC;? by the Washington elite of his time, the 19th-century diplomat was 53 when he married a 17-year-old Georgetown socialite named Harriet Williams. His Crestwood estate was his summer home, which he bought for Williams and ultimately sold to Thomas Blagden, whose father was the chief stonemason on the original construction of the U.S. Capitol. More information about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crest-

wood: 300 Acres, 300 Yearsâ&#x20AC;? is available on as well as at To anyone interested in creating a similar history of their neighborhood, Swerdloff recommended taking advantage of the countless historical archives available for free online. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The great thing today is that information is easier than ever to find,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyone interested in their neighborhood can do exactly what I did.â&#x20AC;?



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The Current â&#x2013; Spring Real Estate Guide 2014

With many vacant houses, complex backstories By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


vacant house is considered a classic mark of urban blight, dragging down property values on its block. But what does it mean when a home is left abandoned in a coveted neighborhood, surrounded by high-value real estate? D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vacant property records show a number of houses officially classified as â&#x20AC;&#x153;vacantâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;blightedâ&#x20AC;? in prime areas including Georgetown, Cleveland Park, Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill and Mount Pleasant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; neighborhoods where sale prices for single-family homes generally exceed $1 million. In fact, there are also a handful of properties with distinct historic legacies that fit this category, like the oldestsurviving home in Lanier Heights, which was torn down recently after years of neglect. So why would an owner of a potentially high-value property leave it empty instead of selling or renting it? Particularly when D.C. tax laws slap hefty penalties on vacant property? Each case comes with a unique and often complex backstory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little like the Tolstoy quote: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,â&#x20AC;? Tim Dennee of the D.C. Historic Preservation Office wrote in an email. In general, he said, the situation usually boils down to an owner who for some reason canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rehabilitate or occupy the property â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at the same time that no one else can purchase it. Often that storyline involves the

death of the owner, followed by disputes or inaction from the heirs. In some cases, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illness â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an owner who lands in a hospital or nursing home for a long time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Very often the family is arguingâ&#x20AC;? over an estate, said Bonnie Roberts-Burke, president of the District of Columbia Association of Realtors. Roberts-Burke, a Realtor with Evers & Co., witnessed the consequences of such a case in her own neighborhood of Lanier Heights. There, the house at 1767 Lanier Place fell into disrepair several years ago when its owner suffered from dementia and later died, leaving the vacant property to out-ofstate heirs. But the 1884 house carried distinction as the oldest one standing in the neighborhood. The DC Preservation League, with backing from many neighbors, attempted to seal historic landmark status for the home in 2012, but the bid was rejected. With engineers finding the building unsalvageable, it was torn down this year. Last month, a permit was filed to construct a new nine-unit multifamily building at the site. According to Roberts-Burke, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a contentious proposal in a neighborhood where many single-family homes are being turned into apartments or condos. Another longtime vacant property with historic merit was demolished recently in Georgetown. After years as a neighborhood eyesore, the home at 3324 Dent Place was condemned and razed by the city in November. That move came despite preservationistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; view that the property

was a rare example of an 1850s wood-frame house. In addition, the lot itself was once home to Yarrow Mamout, a prominent freed slave. Although a developer bought 3324 Dent Place for $560,000 in 2012, subsequent ownership disputes meant the property remained in disrepair, attracting vermin and break-ins. Meanwhile, its tax bill had skyrocketed to over $80,000 per year, due to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stiff penalty system for vacant properties. Once a building is inspected and classified as â&#x20AC;&#x153;vacantâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;blightedâ&#x20AC;? in D.C., the fees can pile up dramatically â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sometimes even exceeding the value of the property itself. Buildings deemed vacant are taxed at $5 per $100 of the assessed value, while â&#x20AC;&#x153;blightedâ&#x20AC;? properties â&#x20AC;&#x201D; those considered a threat to the health, safety or welfare of their community â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are taxed at $10 per $100 of the assessed value. Both are steep increases from the standard rate of 85 cents per $100 for normal residential property. So why would anyone allow these fees to accumulate over the years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially for houses that might otherwise command huge prices in the D.C. real estate market? Dennee of the Historic Preservation Office said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rarely a clearcut choice, but more often â&#x20AC;&#x153;a series of short-term decisions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; deferred maintenance, mortgage conditions, choosing not to sell, getting caught doing work without permits â&#x20AC;&#x201D; coupled with lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s misfortunes and economic cycles.â&#x20AC;? In some cases, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because the current owners donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know about the taxes, said Roberts-Burke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living in St. Louis or


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The 1884 structure at 1767 Lanier Place was the oldest house in the community. It fell into disrepair over the years as its owner suffered from dementia; a developer recently razed it to construct a nine-unit building on the site. somewhere or Arizona or California, how would they know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re accruing this? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that the District is able to get in touch with every vacant house owner,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know of a couple cases where people have been stunned at the settlement table to find they owe huge tax bills.â&#x20AC;? In some situations, houses are left â&#x20AC;&#x153;orphanedâ&#x20AC;? because the heirs are simply untraceable or unresponsive. D.C. law requires an owner to report his or her property vacant within 30 days of the vacancy. Nevertheless the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which investigates vacant properties, has improved its methods for tracking and contacting owners, according to an agency spokesperson. The most recent tally of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vacant and blighted buildings, from last year, contained fewer than 2,000 properties â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a dramatic

improvement from the past. Sometimes an owner may win exemption from the steep taxes even though his or her property, by most judgments, still appears vacant. One Realtor mentioned such a case on Morrison Street in Chevy Chase, where ivy overgrowth and raccoon infestations have been problems. Occasional landscaping work and drop-ins from the owner prevent the â&#x20AC;&#x153;vacantâ&#x20AC;? classification, but neighbors would love to see the property sold, according to the Realtor. In examples like these, it can seem to outsiders that sentimental reasons are driving the decision not to sell, the Realtor said. Dennee of the Historic Preservation Office said some owners donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the resources to maintain their buildings, yet still â&#x20AC;&#x153;want to hold onto the property for whatever reason.â&#x20AC;?

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This custom built penthouse features open living and dining rooms with 2 balconies and monumental views of the city. Chef’s kitchen, 1,100 SQ FT private terrace. $3,450,000 |

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The Current â&#x2013; Spring Real Estate Guide 2014

Rule changes may allow more accessory dwelling units with less zoning review By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer


n the last few years, the phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;accessory dwelling unitâ&#x20AC;? has been getting significant attention as the District weighs changes to its land-use regulations. This seemingly impenetrable term actually refers to a type of housing already common in many D.C. neighborhoods: apartments retrofitted into a single-family property, typically in a basement or outbuilding like a garage or carriage house. The D.C. Office of Planning has pushed these ADUs as part of its zoning rewrite process, pitching them as a way to create more affordable housing and accommodate more density with the least possible impact. The agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal would allow more homeowners to build accessory apartments without having to first obtain approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Some residents have feared that an increased population could exacerbate crowded conditions in dense neighborhoods, or bring an unwanted urban feel to more peaceful sections of town. But accessory dwelling units have the backing of the real estate community and smart growth advocates, and many homeowners have reported interest in creating the new apartments. The Planning Office proposal seeks to balance those competing

interests. Conditions include minimum lot sizes to accommodate the new units (ranging from 4,000 to 7,500 square feet, depending on the zone); a minimum home size of 2,000 square feet to put an apartment in the main home; a maximum of six people living on the property in both the main home and accessory apartment; a requirement that the homeowner live on the property; and a prohibition on using a newly built or newly expanded outbuilding as an apartment. The Zoning Commission is due to decide the issue this year as part of the broader zoning rewrite process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of clients that have asked and continue to ask about this,â&#x20AC;? Ethan Landis of the Takoma-based Landis Construction Corp. said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have three or four projects that are quasi on hold because people are waiting for the zoning review to be complete.â&#x20AC;? If the Planning Office proposal is adopted as written, residents whose homes meet the requirements would be able to build accessory apartments as a matter of right, meaning they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to go before the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Other homeowners would continue to need exceptions to build an apartment; this process adds time, cost and uncertainty to a project, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that the ADUs can never be constructed on properties not meeting the conditions.



Whether zoning relief is required or not, to build a legal accessory apartment an owner still needs to work through the building permit process, meet code requirements and obtain a business license to rent it out. Landis said the apartment also needs its own electricity and gas connections. Overall, he said, residents should expect to spend $200,000 to $400,000 to put an apartment into their home. The schedule is roughly two to four months for design work, two months for permitting and four to six months of construction, according to Landis. But he said the sacrifice is worth it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To invest two or three hundred thousand dollars in an ADU if you can rent it for $1,500 a month â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the economics of it work really well,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a terrific investment for someone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s willing to give up some extra space for someone else to live in.â&#x20AC;? In addition to the rental income, Realtors note that homes with apartments command a premium when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sold. Fred Bates, an agent in the Logan Circle area who co-chairs the public policy committee of the District of Columbia Association of Realtors, said he generally sees a legal basement apartment add $200,000 to a homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s price. Legality is a major asterisk, though, Realtors note: Due to the regulatory hurdles, including current zoning requirements, many homeowners donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get proper city permits and inspections for their ADUs. Bonnie Roberts-Burke, president of the District of Columbia Association of Realtors, said the Planning Office proposal for a

minimum lot size doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work in dense parts of town like her own Lanier Heights community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think the regulations should meet the housing needs of communities and not force people into having illegal units,â&#x20AC;? RobertsBurke said. She suggested that the proposed limit of one accessory

â??Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a terrific investment for someone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s willing to give up some extra space for someone else to live in.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ethan Landis unit per property would be enough to mitigate negative impacts, regardless of the lot size. Roberts-Burke herself rents out a basement apartment in her home, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had no problems â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least after the effort and expense of getting it built and licensed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had families with new babies, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had roommates, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had couples, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had nothing but great experiences,â&#x20AC;? she said. Proponents say beneficiaries of accessory dwelling units include empty-nesters who can age in place by earning money from a portion of their home they no longer need, homebuyers who can afford a nicer property thanks to rental income, and lower-income renters who are otherwise shut out of desirable neighborhoods. During months of hearings on the zoning rewrite, some concerns emerged about a threat to the character of communities defined by

single-home family homes, especially from apartments in garages that would be located closer to neighboring homes than an English basement. Nancy MacWood, chair of the Committee of 100 for the Federal City, wrote in an email that her group supports accessory apartments within single-family homes. But she said there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough information about ADUs for her to support allowing them in outbuildings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think a citywide permission is not advisable until we gather some facts about internal ADUs, which by their nature pose fewer impacts on neighbors and the neighborhood, and we hear from neighborhoods whether they think garages should be permitted to be converted to living units,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. Roberts-Burke and Bates said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen an adverse impact from existing accessory apartments, including in D.C. neighborhoods in which theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already prevalent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are people who would like to keep their neighborhoods single-family houses,â&#x20AC;? said Roberts-Burke, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a growing city and I think this is a way for us to grow without the great expense of tearing down and building huge.â&#x20AC;? Landis added that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect a major change even if relaxed ADU rules go into effect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think a lot of people are going to rush to do these. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to appreciate the right to use it ... but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to want the room for themselves,â&#x20AC;? he said.









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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Georgetown house, garden tours on tap

Georgetown will host its annual house and garden tours April 26 and May 10, respectively. The house tour, which is in its 83rd year, will invite guests to tour local homes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 26. Proceeds benefit St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church. Details are at The 86th annual garden tour, presented by the Georgetown Garden Club and benefiting local environmental and beautification projects, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 10. More information is available at

Classes explore D.C. preservation

Two classes on May 9 at Gallaudet University will look at historic preservation in D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historic Preservation 101â&#x20AC;? will consider the history of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preservation movement, provide advice on navigating the local rules, and offer tips for finding funding sources.

The Current â&#x2013; Spring Real Estate Guide 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historic Preservation 201â&#x20AC;? will look into the process of designating historic landmarks and districts, examine the renovation of historic properties, and consider how to combine historic details and new construction. The DC Preservation League, D.C. Real Estate Commission and D.C. Board of Real Estate Appraisers are presenting the sessions, which are free for those holding D.C. real estate or D.C. real estate appraiser licenses and cost $60 for non-licensees. The classes will run from 9 a.m. to noon. For details visit

New apartments debut at CityCenter The Apartments at CityCenter opened last month with 458 one-, two- and three-bedroom rental units â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 92 of those set aside as affordable. The apartments feature floorto-ceiling windows, open-plan kitchens and, in some units, dens, balconies and terraces. CityCenter also includes 216 luxury condo units, 520,000 feet of office space, and more than 60 shops and restaurants.



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inventory is accelerating the appreciation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little bit of an artificial condition. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to have that kind of thing going on too long.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still very, very tight in a historical context,â&#x20AC;? said Andrew Strauch, vice president of product innovation and marketing for MRIS, which operates the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multiple listing service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are scrambling for listings in D.C. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking more to find listers than buyers.â&#x20AC;? Spring does tend to bring more homes onto the market, and that is happening â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least to some extent, Realtors say. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inventory has started to pick up,â&#x20AC;? said Nora Burke, an agent in the Spring Valley office of McEnearney Associates Inc. As a result, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even had trouble arranging for a photographer to capture images of her new listings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all booked up,â&#x20AC;? Burke joked. One reason for a flurry of activity now may be the absence â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at long last â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of another kind of flurry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With weekly snowstorms, it was hard for buyers to be getting out,â&#x20AC;? Burke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some sellers probably held off on sellingâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; opting to avoid people tracking in snow and slush and to wait for sunny conditions that would put their home in a better light. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The snow made quite an impact on the first two-and-a-half months,â&#x20AC;? said Donna Evers of Evers & Co. Real Estate. Unlike in some industries, though, the lost business wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really lost. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not gone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deferred,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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As a result of the pent-up demand, she foresees a â&#x20AC;&#x153;wild rideâ&#x20AC;? for the spring market. Another factor may also help with inventory: the rising home values. â&#x20AC;&#x153;More people will be in a position to sell,â&#x20AC;? said Lindsay Reishman of Lindsay Reishman Real Estate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things may loosen up a bit.â&#x20AC;? Realtors say that D.C. prices have generally climbed enough so that even buyers who purchased at the height of the market are no longer underwater. Thus, they can afford to sell if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to

â??Overpriced gets overlooked. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of basic psychology.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Donna Evers move to a new neighborhood or feel the need for more â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or less â&#x20AC;&#x201D; space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most everyone in the D.C. market has returned to, and likely passed, the previous highs in mid2007,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. But even then the effect isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t straightforward. Taylor noted that he and his colleagues are working with move-up buyers who are having trouble finding a house that suits them given the limited supply. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to put theirs on the market,â&#x20AC;? he said. Said Fred Kendrick, an agent with the Georgetown office of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty: â&#x20AC;&#x153;People have the equity to sell, but they have nothing to buy.â&#x20AC;? Kendrick, the longtime coauthor of a monthly report on the D.C. housing market, said he does expect inventory to increase over the next three months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The question is whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to increase enough to satisfy the buyer demand,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing more coming onto the market, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still seeing popular things have a lot of interest and multiple offers.â&#x20AC;? Given that reality, buyers must â&#x20AC;&#x153;set themselves up to compete realistically,â&#x20AC;? Evers said. Reishman said much the same thing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once you make the decision [to buy], you need to be realistic about it. To be competitive in this market, you need to be prequalified and 100 percent ready to go. Try to waive as many contingencies as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re comfortable doing, without putting yourself in a risky situation. Figure out where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to draw the line on price.â&#x20AC;? Evers counsels clients to work with a lender immediately and to consider some difficult questions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as whether they can buy without having to sell their current home first, or whether they have the cash on hand to make up the difference if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve waived the appraisal contingency only to have the estimate come in under the sales price. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They really have to have all their ducks in a row,â&#x20AC;? Evers said.

The generally accepted characterization of D.C. as a sellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market leads to another seeming contradiction, however. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You would think they can do anything,â&#x20AC;? Evers said of local sellers. Yet homebuyers continue to scrutinize listing prices. Many are still mindful of the housing downturn, but Realtors also noted the explosion of information available online and the popularity of home improvement TV shows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to go for an overpriced property,â&#x20AC;? Evers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overpriced gets overlooked. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of basic psychology.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to get overly greedy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lot to be gained,â&#x20AC;? Reishman said of his advice to sellers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The listing price is going to get people in the door. What you want is a few buyers to come in and really fall in love with the price.â&#x20AC;? Setting too high a price when a home first enters the market reduces interest among buyers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bloom is off the rose, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re no longer the fresh product that you were in the beginning,â&#x20AC;? Evers said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just price that makes a listing flourish. Most of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buyers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; aside from investors who are competing with one another for potentially lucrative renovation opportunities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; want a property in â&#x20AC;&#x153;turnkeyâ&#x20AC;? condition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some years ago, people were enthusiastic about buying and redoing,â&#x20AC;? Evers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less popular. â&#x20AC;Ś Inconvenience is harder to tolerate now when we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any extra time.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are busy,â&#x20AC;? Kendrick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are also used to seeing television shows where things have been staged and are in perfect condition, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they expect.â&#x20AC;? Evers said she and her agents try to get their listings looking as good as they can. That almost always means staging, but it can also mean renovations likely to bring a favorable return on investment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want things to look really beautiful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; better than the competition,â&#x20AC;? she said. The extent of the suggested work can depend on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the needs, interests and financial position of the seller â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but most Realtors suggested caution. Kendrick said he recommends easy fixes and freshening up a homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look with improvements such as new carpet and countertops. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If a seller is able to do it, our advice is usually to make it look as good as possible.â&#x20AC;? But if a home needs extensive work, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it may not be worth itâ&#x20AC;? to do everything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed, he said. Reishman offers similar advice, cautioning that it rarely makes sense to do extensive work beyond touch-up paint, updated flooring and appropriate staging. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just trying to give it a fresh feel,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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â&#x2013; 3045 Aberfoyle Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Katrina A. Kimpel for $2,114,000. â&#x2013;  7573 Alaska Ave. in Shepherd Park. Sold to Ellen L. Glassman for $850,000. â&#x2013;  4626 Alton Place in American University Park. Sold to Paul R. Gardullo for $935,000. â&#x2013;  3018 Arizona Ave. in Kent. Sold to Marc Saphir for $1,025,000. â&#x2013;  5014 Arkansas Ave. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Michael D. Sriqui for $550,000. â&#x2013;  2325 Ashmead Place in Adams Morgan. Sold to Jonathan T. Jacoby for $1,200,000. â&#x2013;  6411 Barnaby St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Nathan J. Dickerson for $925,000. â&#x2013;  3843 Beecher St. in Glover Park. Sold to Juan O. Cabrera for $803,450. â&#x2013;  2005 Belmont Road in Adams Morgan. Sold to 2005 Belmont LLC for $1,025,000. â&#x2013;  3726 Benton St. in Glover Park. Sold to Renato Stalteri for $585,000. â&#x2013;  3733 Benton St. in Glover Park. Sold to Barbara F. Crocker for $570,000. â&#x2013;  4305 Blagden Ave. in Crestwood. Sold to Richard A. Albright for $950,000. â&#x2013;  4348 Blagden Ave. in Crestwood. Sold to Cadence Ventures Inc. for $532,000. â&#x2013;  5928 Broad Branch Road in Chevy Chase. Sold to Thomas Kraus for $789,000. â&#x2013;  1521 Buchanan St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Gretchen A. Everett for $715,000. â&#x2013;  809 Butternut St. in Brightwood. Sold to Israel Smith for $663,500. â&#x2013;  2429 California St. in SheridanKalorama. Sold to Sacha F. Litman for $2,330,000. â&#x2013;  3809 Calvert St. in Glover Park. Sold

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JUST SOLD to Matthew N. De Jesus for $759,000. â&#x2013; 3823 Calvert St. in Glover Park. Sold to Douglas P. McDaniel for $835,500. â&#x2013;  3027 Cambridge Place in Georgetown. Sold to Brian Huchro for $874,000. â&#x2013;  2292 Champlain St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to Debra T. Kurshan for $760,000. â&#x2013;  4420 Chesapeake St. in American University Park. Sold to Paul M. Levine for $789,000. â&#x2013;  4504 Chesapeake St. in American University Park. Sold to Marco L. Cerletti for $865,000. â&#x2013;  3280 Chestnut St. in Hawthorne. Sold to Craig M. Gayton for $1,200,000. â&#x2013;  5220 Chevy Chase Parkway in Chevy Chase. Sold to John Inak for $725,000. â&#x2013;  5437 Chevy Chase Parkway in Chevy Chase. Sold to Mark T. Roche-Garland for $805,000. â&#x2013;  4505 Colorado Ave. in Crestwood. Sold to Gretta Yao for $600,000. â&#x2013;  5301 Connecticut Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to 5301 Connecticut Ave NW LLC for $800,000. â&#x2013;  904 Crittenden St. in Petworth. Sold to Michael A. Brown for $675,000. â&#x2013;  842 Delafield Place in Petworth. Sold to Julio E. Argueta for $250,000. â&#x2013;  1310 Delafield Place in 16th Street Heights. Sold to G.P. Kyle for $749,000. â&#x2013;  1319 Delafield Place in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Nicholas E. Saunders for $839,000. â&#x2013;  3033 Dent Place in Georgetown. Sold to Nagah Angha for $450,000. â&#x2013;  4773 Dexter St. in Berkley. Sold to Claiborne Williams for $1,850,000. â&#x2013;  4833 Dexter Terrace in Berkley. Sold to Colin A. Bruce for $1,800,000. â&#x2013;  3532 Edmunds St. in Massachusetts Avenue Heights. Sold to Giorgio Furioso for $1,725,000. â&#x2013;  4447 Ellicott St. in American University Park. Sold to David P. Searby for $795,000. â&#x2013;  4240 Embassy Park Road in Wesley Heights. Sold to Valeriya Goffe for $705,000.

â&#x2013; 3621 Everett St. in Wakefield. Sold to Claus von Zastrow for $769,000. â&#x2013;  726 Farragut St. in Petworth. Sold to Aaron M. Testa for $530,000. â&#x2013;  728 Farragut St. in Petworth. Sold to Matthew J. Mailloux for $542,500. â&#x2013;  738 Farragut St. in Petworth. Sold to David W. Small for $665,000. â&#x2013;  806 Fern Place in Brightwood. Sold to Dmitri Y. Ivanov for $595,000. â&#x2013;  3303 Fessenden St. in Forest Hills. Sold to 3303 Fessenden Street LLC for $975,000. â&#x2013;  4443 Fessenden St. in American University Park. Sold to Harry T. Burdick for $778,850. â&#x2013;  2203 Foxboro Place in Berkley. Sold to Masoud Aboughaddareh for $1,650,000. â&#x2013;  1431 Foxhall Road in Foxhall. Sold to Theodore Fernando for $600,000. â&#x2013;  5023 Fulton St. in Kent. Sold to Dynamic Ventures LLC for $1,055,000. â&#x2013;  641 Gallatin St. in Petworth. Sold to Larry M. Senger for $680,000. â&#x2013;  719 Gallatin St. in Petworth. Sold to Brittany J. Hernandez for $450,000. â&#x2013;  723 Gallatin St. in Petworth. Sold to 723 Gallatin St LLC for $265,000. â&#x2013;  3821 Garfield St. in Cathedral Heights. Sold to Donald E. Swagart Jr. for $790,000. â&#x2013;  4442 Garrison St. in American University Park. Sold to Robert J. Gettings for $775,000. â&#x2013;  3920 Georgetown Court in Hillandale. Sold to Nancy Regan Phongsathorn for $1,100,000. â&#x2013;  10 Grant Circle in Petworth. Sold to Staci Maiers for $785,000. â&#x2013;  4629 Greene Place in the Palisades. Sold to James Phillips for $930,000. â&#x2013;  625 Hamilton St. in Petworth. Sold to 625 Hamilton LLC for $252,000. â&#x2013;  718 Hamilton St. in Petworth. Sold to Leigh C. Connally for $535,000. â&#x2013;  1207 Hamilton St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Paul Devincenti for $350,000. â&#x2013;  5520-5550 Hawthorne Place in Kent. Sold to 5520 Hawthorne Place LLC for $750,000. â&#x2013;  1200 Hemlock St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to Tejas J. Mistry for $500,000.

â&#x2013; 3200 Highland Place in Cleveland Park. Sold to Trustees of the Lily Trust for $2,850,000. â&#x2013;  3923 Highwood Court in Hillandale. Sold to Jaume P. Forne for $1,295,000. â&#x2013;  2103 Huidekoper Place in Glover Park. Sold to Madhur Khanna for $865,000. â&#x2013;  3736 Huntington St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Christopher C. Hart for $1,200,000. â&#x2013;  3238 Idaho Ave. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Aehyung Kim Trustee for $1,309,750. â&#x2013;  4205 Illinois Ave. in Petworth. Sold to James O. Harlow for $580,000. â&#x2013;  4509 Illinois Ave. in Petworth. Sold to WSD Capital LLC for $377,500. â&#x2013;  4525 Illinois Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Jennifer D. Ray for $400,000. â&#x2013;  4811 Illinois Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Karen Stanger for $517,500. â&#x2013;  4920 Indian Lane in Spring Valley. Sold to Jeffrey B. Randall for $3,000,000. â&#x2013;  3815 Ingomar St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Greene Street Properties LLC for $2,440,000. â&#x2013;  4113 Ingomar St. in Friendship Heights. Sold to Leah M. Sullivan for $1,256,750. â&#x2013;  425 Ingraham St. in Petworth. Sold to Christopher J. Reich for $480,000. â&#x2013;  524 Ingraham St. in Petworth. Sold to Simon Whistler for $519,900. â&#x2013;  1442 Iris St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to Samuel McDonald for $719,000. â&#x2013;  1811 Irving St. in Mount Pleasant. Sold to Michael Mason for $910,000. â&#x2013;  2938 Kanawha St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Nantucket Holdings Ltd. for $702,000. â&#x2013;  4604 Kansas Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Jason Yanushonis for $695,000. â&#x2013;  4606 Kansas Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Timothy B. Harwood for $689,600. â&#x2013;  1219 Kennedy St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to ML One LLC for $365,000. â&#x2013;  1439 Kennedy St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Jeffrey A. Whitney for $714,000. â&#x2013;  3934 Legation St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Brant Levine for $839,270. â&#x2013;  5004 Klingle St. in Kent. Sold to Nathan

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A. Barbour for $1,018,000. â&#x2013; 5040 Klingle St. in Kent. Sold to Jason Testa for $900,000. â&#x2013;  4622 Laverock Lane in the Palisades. Sold to Kwun L. Chan for $1,800,000. â&#x2013;  3737 Legation St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to BDC Legation LLC for $7,225,000. â&#x2013;  4444 Linnean Ave. in Forest Hills. Sold to Mark J. Pino for $1,415,000. â&#x2013;  5030 Linnean Ave. in Forest Hills. Sold to Jonathan Carpenter for $2,750,000. â&#x2013;  5191 Linnean Terrace in Forest Hills. Sold to John Glover for $865,000. â&#x2013;  3611 Lowell St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Robert J. McKeehan for $1,625,000. â&#x2013;  5060 MacArthur Blvd. in the Palisades. Sold to KMN-MD LLC for $735,000. â&#x2013;  5624 MacArthur Blvd. in the Palisades. Sold to Kevin E. Byrnes for $850,000. â&#x2013;  5706 MacArthur Blvd. in the Palisades. Sold to Steven Lane for $980,000. â&#x2013;  5709 MacArthur Blvd. in Kent. Sold to Patrick T. Haney for $885,000. â&#x2013;  614 Madison St. in Petworth. Sold to Benjamin P. Ferry for $547,000. â&#x2013;  719 Madison St. in Petworth. Sold to Osmin Benitez for $477,000. â&#x2013;  928 Madison St. in Petworth. Sold to Kathryn A. Klutts for $565,000. â&#x2013;  1348 Madison St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Kim M. Dacosta-Azar for $790,000. â&#x2013;  5036 Massachusetts Ave. in Spring Valley. Sold to Staton B. Bullock for $1,450,000. â&#x2013;  2849 McGill Terrace in Woodland Normanstone. Sold to Pine Nut Hospitalities LLC for $1,900,000. â&#x2013;  3509 McKinley St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Tina Shaughnessy for $850,000. â&#x2013;  3915 Military Road in Chevy Chase. Sold to Adam S. Lurie for $1,030,000. â&#x2013;  5001 Millwood Lane in Kent. Sold to Jonathan H. Sherman for $2,732,000. â&#x2013;  1347 Montague St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to S and B Development LLC for $480,000. â&#x2013;  3934 Morrison St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to James A. Flannery for $1,362,000. â&#x2013;  2720 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to Ari B. Redbord for $1,975,000. â&#x2013;  2924 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to Nathan J. Guggenheim for $737,000. â&#x2013;  3107 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to Katherine N. Boone for $2,400,000. â&#x2013;  3320 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to Cynthia L. Hostetler for $2,050,000. â&#x2013;  3326 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to Pawel A. Swiatek for $2,525,000. â&#x2013;  4827 Nebraska Ave. in Wakefield. Sold to John R. Labenski for $740,000. â&#x2013;  5236 Nebraska Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Margaret C. Maupin for $675,000. â&#x2013;  5237 Nebraska Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Stephen E. Bourque for $745,000. â&#x2013;  2144 Newport Place in Dupont Circle. Sold to David H. Wiesman for $760,000. â&#x2013;  2852 Northampton St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Bentley Hamilton for $380,000. â&#x2013;  3301 O St. in Georgetown. Sold to 3301 O Street Holding LLC for $1,849,000. â&#x2013;  3408 O St. in Georgetown. Sold to Kaloust Yedibalian for $980,000. â&#x2013;  2905 Olive St. in Georgetown. Sold to Richard S. Margolis for $1,295,000. â&#x2013;  3110 Oliver St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Luke R. Hartig for $790,000. â&#x2013;  3218 Oliver St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Yuri Blazar for $779,000. â&#x2013;  3537 Ordway St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Michael J. Gergen for $1,825,000. â&#x2013;  3627 Ordway St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Sameer Gulati for $1,065,000. â&#x2013;  3635 Ordway St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Rachel F. Cotton for $1,500,000. â&#x2013;  1011 Otis Place in Columbia Heights. See Sales/Page RE19

From Page RE18 Sold to 1011 Otis Place LLC for 541,299. â&#x2013; 2703 P St. in Georgetown. Sold to Mark D. Paustenbach for $1,400,001. â&#x2013;  3025 P St. in Georgetown. Sold to John M. Duff Jr. for $3,300,000. â&#x2013;  3268 P St. in Georgetown. Sold to James M. Stone for $3,100,000. â&#x2013;  5020 Palisade Lane in Kent. Sold to Christopher T. Chapel for $2,225,000. â&#x2013;  1867 Park Road in Mount Pleasant. Sold to Matcap LLC for $800,000. â&#x2013;  1919 Park Road in Mount Pleasant. Sold to Jessica B. Ewart for $1,380,000. â&#x2013;  1825 Parkside Drive in Colonial Village. Sold to Christopher T. Leigh for $916,000. â&#x2013;  6808 Piney Branch Road in Brightwood. Sold to Jason A. Evans for $518,000. â&#x2013;  3271 Prospect St. in Georgetown. Sold to Melissa Carlson for $765,000. â&#x2013;  3195 Porter St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Carla Saenz for $875,000. â&#x2013;  1618 Q St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Congressional 1618 Q Street LLC for $1,140,000. â&#x2013;  3529 Quebec St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Karen-Ann Broe for $870,000. â&#x2013;  3125 Quesada St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Thomas N. Faust for $784,500. â&#x2013;  3141 Quesada St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Joshua J. Monk for $725,000. â&#x2013;  445 Quincy St. in Petworth. Sold to Ada L. Loo for $830,000. â&#x2013;  3513 R St. in Burleith. Sold to David Dunleavy for $1,075,000. â&#x2013;  827 Randolph St. in Petworth. Sold to George Padiotis for $461,000. â&#x2013;  4420 Reno Road in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Lisandro R. Martin for $839,000. â&#x2013;  4601 Reno Road in Wakefield. Sold to Lubomira Paclkova for $1,255,000. â&#x2013;  3707 Reservoir Road in Burleith. Sold to Marjorie Halem for $770,000. â&#x2013;  4442 Reservoir Road in Foxhall. Sold to Demetrius D. Mack for $685,000. â&#x2013;  4458 Reservoir Road in Foxhall. Sold to Luis Miguel C. Perez de Orueta for $765,000. â&#x2013;  1377 Rittenhouse St. in Brightwood. Sold to David Machledt for $505,000. â&#x2013;  4406 River Road in American University Park. Sold to Joseph R. House for $902,000. â&#x2013;  1711 S St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Roger J. Gendron for $2,000,000. â&#x2013;  1329 Sheridan St. in Brightwood. Sold to Aljunior Murphy for $375,000. â&#x2013;  1346 Sheridan St. in Brightwood. Sold to Shapell Randolph for $454,000. â&#x2013;  1606 South Portal Drive in Colonial Village. Sold to Marilyn M. Worthy for $674,000. â&#x2013;  3005 Stephenson Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Sara F. Mennel Trustee for $661,000. â&#x2013;  3342 Stuyvesant Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Johnny Gee for $1,075,000. â&#x2013;  1201 T St. in Logan Circle. Sold to Michael Y. Chang for $1,125,000. â&#x2013;  1812 T St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Christopher Hew for $1,056,701. â&#x2013;  814 Tewkesbury Place in Brightwood. Sold to Soloman Kamwendo for $309,900. â&#x2013;  823 Tewkesbury Place in Brightwood. Sold to Dina Shapiro for $332,500. â&#x2013;  2044 Trumbull Terrace in Crestwood. Sold to Jack R. Hayes for $870,000. â&#x2013;  1308 Tuckerman St. in Brightwood. Sold to Andrea Cammack for $615,000. â&#x2013;  2417 Tunlaw Road in Glover Park. Sold to William W. Negley for $765,000. â&#x2013;  417 Upshur St. in Petworth. Sold to

Matthew Hartwig for $670,000. â&#x2013; 2830 Upton St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Roy R. Grinker for $1,220,000. â&#x2013;  5001 Upton St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Kevin P. Reynolds for $2,875,000. â&#x2013;  855 Van Buren St. in Brightwood. Sold to Marlos O. Gudiel for $405,000. â&#x2013;  4528 Van Ness St. in American University Park. Sold to Gretchen Peters for $849,000. â&#x2013;  709 Varnum St. in Petworth. Sold to Daniel L. Larson for $555,000. â&#x2013;  836 Varnum St. in Petworth. Sold to Sita S. Conklin for $375,000. â&#x2013;  4010 Veazey St. in Tenleytown. Sold to Special Space Design and Restoration Inc. for $792,500. â&#x2013;  4403 W St. in Berkley. Sold to Rory L. Pillsbury for $1,050,000. â&#x2013;  4429 Warren St. in American University Park. Sold to Howard A. Freed for $870,000. â&#x2013;  2535 Waterside Drive in SheridanKalorama. Sold to Hilary Black for $950,000. â&#x2013;  8126 West Beach Drive in Colonial Village. Sold to Jalal Greene for $862,500. â&#x2013;  4330 Westover Place in Wesley Heights. Sold to Werner K. Schumann for $970,000. â&#x2013;  4432 Westover Place in Wesley Heights. Sold to Donald A. Fierce for $1,000,000. â&#x2013;  4430 Westover Place in Wesley Heights. Sold to Clinton A. Vince for $1,150,000. â&#x2013;  4435 Westover Place in Wesley Heights. Sold to Albert C. Lambert for $1,012,500. â&#x2013;  3530 Whitehaven Parkway in Burleith. Sold to Konstantinos Siozios for $650,000. â&#x2013;  3612 Whitehaven Parkway in Burleith. Sold to VKAC 3612 LLC for $795,000. â&#x2013;  802 Whittier Place in Brightwood. Sold to Christopher D. Nelson for $605,000. â&#x2013;  3635 Windom Place in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Jeff Dufour for $757,500. â&#x2013;  3556 Winfield Lane in Georgetown. Sold to Robert J. Thomas for $900,000. â&#x2013;  3633 Winfield Lane in Georgetown. Sold to Lee A. Pendergast Claro for $1,395,000. â&#x2013;  3745 Winfield Lane in Georgetown. Sold to Taewan Kim for $1,300,000. â&#x2013;  2650 Woodley Place in Woodley Park. Sold to Twenty Six Fifty Woodley Place LLC for $880,000. â&#x2013;  2708 Woodley Place in Woodley Park. Sold to Yusuf M. Maisami for $1,279,500. â&#x2013;  4313 Yuma St. in American University Park. Sold to Creative DC Properties LLC for $650,000. â&#x2013;  5502 4th St. in Petworth. Sold to Michael J. Graupman for $550,000. â&#x2013;  4822 5th St. in Petworth. Sold to Henry Gallagher for $550,000. â&#x2013;  5726 5th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Wal-Ling Mul for $505,000. â&#x2013;  4215 7th St. in Petworth. Sold to James D. Villars for $625,000. â&#x2013;  5232 7th St. in Petworth. Sold to WSD Capital LLC for $266,000. â&#x2013;  6306 7th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Beth A. Wilt for $437,500. â&#x2013;  4319 8th St. in Petworth. Sold to 4319 Ventures LLC for $415,000. â&#x2013;  4623 8th St. in Petworth. Sold to WSD Capital LLC for $368,000. â&#x2013;  7217 8th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Gregory C. Padgett for $800,000. â&#x2013;  6400 9th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Alexandra H. Blasgen for $685,000. â&#x2013;  7615 13th St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to Robert W. Lyons for $736,500. â&#x2013;  4414 14th St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Metro DC LLC for $450,000. See Sales/Page RE21

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DESIGN: Forest Hills home hosts annual showcase

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porcelain marble as backsplash and polished-nickel accents. Subaranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry/wine room has similar colors but a more sophisticated feel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little bit of a departure,â&#x20AC;? she said of this space, which is â&#x20AC;&#x153;all about entertaining.â&#x20AC;? The room, which offers storage for china and space to preserve and serve wine, features extensive cabinets with slate gray fronts and a knockout brass chandelier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think people are understanding the merit of built-ins more and more,â&#x20AC;? she said. On the far side of the first floor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; past the dining room, powder room, living room, library and pool dressing room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are two more of the most popular spaces in any home: the family room and playroom. Jeff Akseizer and Jamie Brown of Alexandria created a serene getaway in the former, where a custom entertainment center takes center stage. A pickled finish makes the wood cabinetry feel fresh, and a Sparks linear gas fireplace adds warmth. The room is awash in pale gray, from the wallpaper made to look like oak to the Romo fabric-covered sectional to the sisal rug and binding. Black-and-white photography pops on the walls, and brown-gray beams that the designers installed on the ceiling contribute to the cozy ambiance.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always like to be the soothing room at the end of the house,â&#x20AC;? said Brown. Less soothing, but equally useful, is the eye-popping playroom next door, designed by D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Katherine Vernot-Jonas. While style is front and center here, Vernot-Jonas hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t neglected play, installing four different ways for kids to climb from the floor to the ceiling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with a hanging rings/trapeze combo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically my idea was, how can I get the playground in the playroom,â&#x20AC;? she said. Vernot-Jonas also incorporated a space theme, installing a large

mural looking from the moon to Earth and then adding stars (chandelier), sun (a bright wall clock) and Earth (a tree-shaped bookshelf). In the actual outdoor areas surrounding the home, design teams have created welcoming spaces as well. Out back, Country Casual brought warmth to the pool patio with light wood furniture, and Botanical Designs built a loggia and sitting area nearby. In the front, where guests must climb a winding stairway to access to the door, Country Casual helped create a resting spot on the landing by contributing a bench. David Benton of Rill Architects designed

This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DC Design House features lots of gray â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like in the butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry, far left by Nadia Subaran, and the family room, by Jeff Akseizer and Jamie Brown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but also bursts of color, as in Katherine Vernot-Jonasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; playroom, above.

the rest of the entry, creating a strong first impression by painting the front door a high-gloss greenblue and adding shutters and light fixtures. Blake Dunlevy and Gina Benincasa spruced up the garden.

Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a taste of the spaces to check out in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design house, where enthusiastic visitors can go home with more than just ideas: All furnishings are on sale, with 20 percent going to Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Tickets to tour the house, which are available at, cost $20 for general admission (which also goes to the beneficiary). The house, which will also go on the market for $3,850,000 on Friday, will be open through May 11.

MOUNT VERNON: Condo building rises north of downtown

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al arteries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Route 50, I-395 and I-295 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is also nearby. Designed by D.C.-based WDG Architecture, the new condo complex was constructed on top of an early-20th-century warehouse, creating 11 floors of luxury living. The refurbished warehouse has been transformed into a lavish, marble-decked lobby with 13-foot ceilings and a concierge desk. The two-level parking garage with the mechanized lift system is also contained within this restored portion. The building exterior is decked out with brick, glazing and metal panel siding. Available units include junior one-bedrooms, regular one-bedrooms, one-bedrooms with dens and two-bedrooms. The units range

in size from approximately 470 to more than 1,050 square feet. The dwellings run from $400,000 to $700,000, plus $40,000 for a parking space, monthly parking fees, and condo fees that vary from $200 to $600 depending on the size of the residence. High ceilings, sun-washed open floor plans, tall windows and wooden floors are the luxurious leitmotif for these dwellings. There are also contemporary kitchens with quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very ultra-chic contemporary: South Beach meets an episode of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mad Men,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said David Klimas of McWilliams Ballard, which is managing the condominium sales. Before May 31, buyers will have the opportunity to customize the shade and type of wood for their wide-plank floors (oak,

pecan or walnut); the cabinet and counter combination; the fixtures and finishes in the kitchen and bathroom; and the kitchen appliance package. Topping off the residences is a communal rooftop penthouse that boasts panoramic views of the D.C. skyline. This 3,000-squarefoot area features soaring ceilings, a lounge, a terrace with outdoor dining furniture, a community kitchen, built-in grilling stations and a separate billiards room. For six years, Bozzuto has been working on this 72,000-square-foot development. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first condominium project in the past five years. The real estate group also manages luxury rentals nearby such as The Apartments at CityCenter, the newest mixeduse building complex in downtown.

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SALES From Page RE19 â&#x2013; 2337 17th St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to Sarah Glass for $595,000. â&#x2013;  3334 17th St. in Mount Pleasant. Sold to Maxine Collins for $775,000. â&#x2013;  1814 24th St. in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Jodie W. McLean for $1,795,000. â&#x2013;  1656 29th St. in Georgetown. Sold to William P. Nix for $975,000. â&#x2013;  5445 30th Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Colin Murchie for $909,000. â&#x2013;  5525 30th St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Leonard S. Greenberger for $899,000. â&#x2013;  6340 31st Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Daniel W. Barnes for $888,000. â&#x2013;  1237 31st St. in Georgetown. Sold to Benjamin Powell for $896,349. â&#x2013;  1239 31st St. in Georgetown. Sold to David Straut for $976,200. â&#x2013;  6416 31st St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Barry Parsons for $795,000. â&#x2013;  6683 32nd St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Suzanne C. Yavor for $1,100,000. â&#x2013;  1413 33rd St. in Georgetown. Sold to Olivier C. Frederic Mussat for $1,075,000. â&#x2013;  1544 33rd St. in Georgetown. Sold to 33rd Street LLC for $1,600,000. â&#x2013;  5445 33rd St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Walter W. Zvonchenko for $670,000. â&#x2013;  1608 34th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Philip C. Gallagher Trustee for $749,000. â&#x2013;  2711 36th St. in Massachusetts Avenue Heights. Sold to Gail E. McKee for $2,895,000. â&#x2013;  3502 36th St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Corinne Rothblum for $830,000. â&#x2013;  2410 37th St. in Glover Park. Sold to Jeremy Johnson for $750,000. â&#x2013;  2238 39th Place in Glover Park. Sold to Garrett D. King for $1,062,500.

â&#x2013; 2239 39th Place in Glover Park. Sold to Derek W. Fetsch for $800,000. â&#x2013;  1947 39th St. in Burleith. Sold to James Ward for $825,000. â&#x2013;  1622 44th St. in Foxhall. Sold to Jean B. Hanan for $988,000. â&#x2013;  4104 46th St. in American University Park. Sold to Nancy B. Kaplan for $795,000. â&#x2013;  2000 48th St. in Berkley. Sold to Molly Finn Trustee for $1,600,000.


â&#x2013; 2310 Ashmead Place Unit 5 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Matthew D. Rothman for $240,000. â&#x2013;  2310 Ashmead Place Unit 405 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Montira Pongsiri for $375,000. â&#x2013;  1622 Beekman Place Unit 3E4 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Michael J. Doherty for $705,000. â&#x2013;  2032-2040 Belmont Road Unit 106 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Hector O. Huezo for $399,000. â&#x2013;  554 Brummel Court Unit 554 in Brightwood. Sold to Lonny E. Gomes Jr. for $385,000. â&#x2013;  1830 California St. Unit 7 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Martinas Terskin for $353,500. â&#x2013;  1831 California St. Unit 9 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Boris Zemtzov for $573,500. â&#x2013;  1840 California St. Unit 20A in Adams Morgan. Sold to Lillian A. De Petrillo for $330,000. â&#x2013;  2205 California St. Unit 104 in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Joel S. Richard for $807,000. â&#x2013;  3901 Cathedral Ave. Unit 119 in Cathedral Heights. Sold to Sandra Walker for $335,000.


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Cleveland Park. Sold to Cameron Chisholm for $490,000. â&#x2013; 4545 MacArthur Blvd. Unit 203 in the Palisades. Sold to Sara J. Mumford for $260,000. â&#x2013;  4570 MacArthur Blvd. Unit G2 in the Palisades. Sold to Tessa M. Cholmondeley for $155,000. â&#x2013;  4621 MacArthur Blvd. Unit B in Berkley. Sold to Amy L. Grossman for $590,000. â&#x2013;  4870 MacArthur Blvd. Unit 4 in the Palisades. Sold to Sharee L. Richardson for $244,900. â&#x2013;  4870 MacArthur Blvd. Unit 5 in the Palisades. Sold to Karen Rappaport for $240,000. â&#x2013;  2710 Macomb St. Unit 314 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Deborah W. Smyth for $390,000. â&#x2013;  1711 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 805 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Ying Huang for $387,500. â&#x2013;  4301 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 6008 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Devonshire 6008 LLC for $420,000 â&#x2013;  1201 N St. Unit C in Logan Circle. Sold to Karamond LLC for $500,000. â&#x2013;  1420 N St. Unit 214 in Logan Circle. Sold to Michelle Sanchez for $212,600. â&#x2013;  1420 N St. Unit 1005 in Logan Circle. Sold to 1420 N St Apt 1005 LLC for $167,500. â&#x2013;  1440 N St. Unit 1009 in Logan Circle. Sold to Andres F. Basto for $110,000. â&#x2013;  2301 N St. Unit 115 in the West End. Sold to 1258 Simms Place LLC for $368,191. â&#x2013;  2301 N St. Unit 511 in the West End. Sold to Alexander Trepetin for $537,500. â&#x2013;  1330 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 610 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Michel C. Buekens for $435,000. See Sales/Page RE23

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The Current ■ Spring Real Estate Guide 2014

Calling all chefs!   Kitchens that inspire


ho doesn’t love a kitchen? It’s one of the most important rooms in a house, meaning buyers may be swayed by the attributes of the space — from cabinet color to brand names. Here are a few standouts from properties on the market in Northwest D.C. (Properties clockwise from top)

■ 3150 South St. Unit 1F

$4,550,000 This renovated luxury apartment in the Georgetown Residences at the RitzCarlton has balcony views of the Potomac River and Rosslyn skyline. The Ritz offers two-car parking, concierge and valet. The gourmet kitchen’s features include a Sub-Zero refrigerator and separate freezer, Gaggenau wall ovens, a ceramic Diva Cooktop and hood, a prep sink, refrigerated drawers and a stainless steel island. Jim Bell, Beasley Real Estate 202-957-2272

■ 3325 Prospect St.

$5,250,000 This new luxury home in Georgetown’s Wormley Row Townhouses offers 5,400 square feet of finished space, high ceilings, five bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths. The kitchen is state-of-the-art, with Wolf, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances and an adjacent family room. Jonathan Taylor, TTR Sotheby’s International 202-276-3344 202-333-1212

■ 3600 Macomb St.

$5,500,000 This 1901 Colonial Revival in Cleveland Park was completely restored in 2008, maintaining many original details including stained-glass windows but updating its 7,000 square feet to meet modern demands as well. The kitchen offers a large center island, custom cabinetry, marble countertops and a large dining area. Michael Rankin, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty 202-271-3344

■ 1732 S St.

$2,390,000 This light-filled Dupont Circle town house with a recently reduced price offers a gourmet kitchen that opens to a family room. The home, which is centrally located just a short walk from two Metro stations, also features a built-in speaker system and a garden with a koi pond. William F.X. Moody, Washington Fine Properties Robert Hryniewicki Adam Rackliffe 202-243-1620 (for all three)

■ 4841 Sedgwick St.

$1,450,000 This Colonial, set on a large lot in Spring Valley, has been extensively renovated and offers light-filled spaces. The master suite features a steam shower and a second laundry. And the chef’s kitchen, which opens to the dining room and living room, features a six-burner Wolfe range. Liz Lavette Shorb, Washington Fine Properties 301-785-6300

Compiled by Beth Cope ■ Photos courtesy of Realtors

The Current â&#x2013; Spring Real Estate Guide 2014

SALES From Page RE21 â&#x2013; 1330 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 1024 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Andreas Apostolides for $312,500. â&#x2013;  1725 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 507 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Laure R. Fabrega for $382,000. â&#x2013;  1816 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 706 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Phase Eleven Strategic LLC for $280,000. â&#x2013;  2801 New Mexico Ave. Unit 519 in Glover Park. Sold to Harry T. Edwards for $655,000. â&#x2013;  2801 New Mexico Ave. Unit 520 in Glover Park. Sold to Deborah W. Leach for $551,000. â&#x2013;  2801 New Mexico Ave. Unit 824 in Glover Park. Sold to Dorothy B. Wexler for $985,000. â&#x2013;  2801 New Mexico Ave. Unit 901 in Glover Park. Sold to William B. Jones for $790,000. â&#x2013;  3101 New Mexico Ave. Unit 203 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Gregory W. Gaddy for $221,000. â&#x2013;  3101 New Mexico Ave. Unit 540 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Leticia Orti for $559,750. â&#x2013;  3101 New Mexico Ave. Unit 808 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Melissa E. Winter for $725,000. â&#x2013;  2512 Ontario Road Unit 2 in Adams Morgan. Sold to John Dempsey for $682,500. â&#x2013;  2711 Ordway St. Unit 303 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Daniel Musolino for $320,000. â&#x2013;  2755 Ordway St. Unit 308 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Timothy J. Johnson for $326,250.

â&#x2013; 1718 P St. Unit T19 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Charles C. Patterson for $295,000. â&#x2013;  3891 Porter St. Unit 304 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Kristen Hamaoui for $320,000. â&#x2013;  1218 Potomac St. Unit T27 in Georgetown. Sold to the Matthew B. Gavin Living Trust for $898,000. â&#x2013;  1615 Q St. Unit 404 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Shang Gao for $443,000. â&#x2013;  1615 Q St. Unit 911 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Svetlana Legetic for $347,000. â&#x2013;  2500 Q St. Unit 121 in Georgetown. Sold to Gerald P. Ponasik for $755,000. â&#x2013;  2500 Q St. Unit 331 in Georgetown. Sold to Hayman K. Win for $377,000. â&#x2013;  2500 Q St. Unit 539 in Georgetown. Sold to Xihui Wang for $326,000. â&#x2013;  1423 R St. Unit 302 in Logan Circle. Sold to Lauren D. Taylor for $458,050. â&#x2013;  3052 R St. Unit 104 in Georgetown. Sold to Carol A. Lukasik for $1,050,000. â&#x2013;  3860 Rodman St. Unit 228 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Michael Robe for $435,000. â&#x2013;  3871 Rodman St. Unit 55 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Kathleen E. Lluberes for $590,000. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 211 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Joanna K. Padrasky for $247,000. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 713 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Damian B. Wilson Jr. for $258,200. â&#x2013;  1717 T St. Unit 1 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Rebecca Katz for $460,000. â&#x2013;  1825 T St. Unit 604 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Eric Heidenberger for $440,000. â&#x2013;  2600 Tunlaw Road Unit 5 in Glover Park. Sold to Jaime Merlos for $275,000. â&#x2013;  4000 Tunlaw Road Unit 623 in Glover Park. Sold to Robert E. Finnin Jr. for $117,440.

â&#x2013; 4000 Tunlaw Road Unit 1018 in Glover Park. Sold to Maria A. Dovidio for $274,500. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 344 in Forest Hills. Sold to Karlygash S. Dairabayeva for $250,000. â&#x2013;  1811 Vernon St. Unit 204 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Minna E. Lehtinen for $449,555. â&#x2013;  1822 Vernon St. Unit 401 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Christian R. Millett for $985,000. â&#x2013;  4100 W St. Unit 213 in Glover Park. Sold to Michael T. Jobe for $269,500. â&#x2013;  3 Washington Circle Unit 801 in the West End. Sold to Gad Krosner for $600,000. â&#x2013;  1731 Willard St. Unit 203 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Olga Chernysheva for $324,900. â&#x2013;  1755 Willard St. Unit 4 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Mark C. Hines for $530,000. â&#x2013;  1080 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 2013 in Georgetown. Sold to Arash Matini for $570,000. â&#x2013;  2111 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 516 in Glover Park. Sold to Jennifer L. Zutz for $445,000. â&#x2013;  3217 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 7C in Cleveland Park. Sold to Trevor C. Lack for $395,000. â&#x2013;  6827 4th St. Unit 115 in Brightwood. Sold to Marcia B.G. Rucker Trustee for $320,000. â&#x2013;  1306 12th St. Unit A in Logan Circle. Sold to John Kochnowicz for $447,500. â&#x2013;  1245 13th St. Unit 602 in Logan Circle. Sold to Josephine Kiyenje for $547,500. â&#x2013;  1245 13th St. Unit 909 in Logan Circle. Sold to Gregory N. Haygood for $395,000.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 â&#x2013; 1625 15th St. Unit 1 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Adam S. Yoxtheimer for $452,100. â&#x2013;  1822 15th St. Unit 101 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Christopher Brummer for $402,500. â&#x2013;  1605 16th St. Unit 6 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Anthony G. Toft for $799,000. â&#x2013;  2008 16th St. Unit 301 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Julie Musgrave for $302,000. â&#x2013;  2440 16th St. Unit 512 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Eric T. White for $329,900. â&#x2013;  1401 17th St. Unit 406 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Alvin I. Rosenblum for $580,000. â&#x2013;  1830 17th St. Unit 206 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Robert Haarstad for $536,000. â&#x2013;  1515 18th St. Unit 816 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Kimberly L. Japinga for $355,000. â&#x2013;  1545 18th St. Unit 312 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Benjamin F. Costley for $370,000. â&#x2013;  1545 18th St. Unit 703 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Jason Young for $347,000. â&#x2013;  2038 18th St. Unit 102 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Leila Thamer for $437,500. â&#x2013;  2300 18th St. Unit 301 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Maral M. Amini for $380,000. â&#x2013;  2456 20th St. Unit 108 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Nathan J. Cooper for $368,000. â&#x2013;  2456 20th St. Unit 403 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Keith M. Slack for $381,100. â&#x2013;  1260 21st St. Unit 803 in the West End. Sold to Erine M. Sorrell for $315,000. â&#x2013;  1280 21st St. Unit 506 in the West End. Sold to Ionel S. Lumezianu for

$372,500. â&#x2013; 1099 22nd St. Unit 308 in the West End. Sold to Jerry D. Klepner for $620,000. â&#x2013;  1099 22nd St. Unit 401 in the West End. Sold to Foundation to Support Animal Protection for $1,100,000. â&#x2013;  1099 22nd St. Unit 805 in the West End. Sold to Edouard E.C. Theodore Lamot for $760,000. â&#x2013;  1111 23rd St. Unit S4A in the West End. Sold to Juan P. Morillo for $1,814,000. â&#x2013;  1111 23rd St. Unit S5F in the West End. Sold to Tanuki Trust for $3,150,000. â&#x2013;  1140 23rd St. Unit 209 in the West End. Sold to Andrea Liu for $362,660. â&#x2013;  1155 23rd St. Unit N6D in the West End. Sold to Luann Bennett for $1,350,000. â&#x2013;  922 24th St. Unit 107 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Nazanine Atabaki for $230,000. â&#x2013;  1001 26th St. Unit 405 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Justin M. Jacinto for $335,000. â&#x2013;  1077 30th St. Unit 308 in Georgetown. Sold to Carine Chartouni for $680,000. â&#x2013;  1015 33rd St. Unit 610 in Georgetown. Sold to Alexis Taylor Breaux Trustee for $965,000. â&#x2013;  3629 38th St. Unit 38 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Lina Song for $350,000. â&#x2013;  3670 38th St. Unit 248 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Faisal Sultan for $415,000. â&#x2013;  3531 39th St. Unit 499 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Jeffrey D. Lofton for $552,500. â&#x2013;  3760 39th St. Unit 142 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Brian J. Opdycke for $389,000. â&#x2013;  2400 41st St. Unit 405 in Glover Park. Sold to Daniel L. Cerqueira for $275,000.


















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Total renovation 6,000+ SF Colonial in Mazza, 6BR, 5.5BA w/LR, DR, gourmet Kit, FR, SR, Great Room, Office, deep 2 car garage & RARE 1st flr MBR ALL ON ONE LEVEL! W/O bsmt w/BR, 4BR up. 2.5 acre lot, Carderock/Pyle/Whitman. 20 min to dtown DC. Nathan Carnes 202.321.9132 / 202.966.1400 (O)

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6BR, 4 full BA, renovated open eat in kit w/granite & stainless & breakfast room. Large FLR & FDR. 2 fireplaces. Finished basement. Screened porch & large flagstone patio. Beautiful landscaping, great home for entertaining. Georgetown Office 202.944.8400

Just Listed! Fabulous Williamsburg Colonial, high ceilings, random width floors, Living Room w/FP, Dining Room, table space kitchen with Breakfast rm, Den, FBA 2nd fl, 3BR’s, 2BA’s. Lower lvl Rec Rm w/FP.






3-Level, 2BR Townhome with fabulous space. Original charm. Many upgrades - 2 fireplaces, eat-in kitchen, walled flagstone patio in back. Carol McNiff

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Upscale renovation in Uptown DC. 4BR, 3.5BA all brick center hall Colonial with parking, central air conditioning, hardwood floors, fireplace, full finished basement.



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One-of-a-kind brick Colonial, secluded, but close to the action. Hidden gem set back from Mass Ave in Woodacres neighborhood. 3BR, 3FBA, fully functional au pair or in-law suite w/FBA. Deep back yard, 1-car garage + 4 off-street driveway parking spaces. Mary Saltzman 609.468.7638 / 202.363.1800 (O)

Bright Colonial on friendly block! 3BR/2BA on the second level and 2 more nice bedrooms on the third level! Den on first and large finished lower level add to the flexible floor plan. Even an attached garage! All fresh and ready for move in! Chevy Chase Uptown Office 202.364.1300

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Stunning, sun-drenched 1,000 SF, 2BR, 1.5BA condo with wonderful layout! Formal dining room, large living room with fireplace, new chef’s kitchen, updated baths, 2 spacious BRs & balcony. Walk to Metro, shops, restaurants and more!!! Roby Thompson 202.255.2986 / 202.483.6300 (O)

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Stunning 2BR, 2.5BA townhouse style duplex with serene water views! 1,275 SF of gorgeous space with great open floor plan: gourmet table-space kitchen, large living and dining rooms, fireplace, built-ins, good closets, rear balcony & parking! Roby Thompson 202.255.2986 / 202.483.6300 (O)






THE RESIDENCES at the RITZ-CARLTON! This extraordinary home features over 3,400 SF of open living space with panoramic Potomac River & Georgetown city views. Featuring a marble foyer entrance and gallery, high ceilings, cherry floors, library w/ custom built-ins. Georgetown Office 202.944.8400


Charming 1BR penthouse with hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces, updated kitchen, Juliet balcony off living room. Beautifully renovated bath with separate shower and soaking tub. Private deck off bedroom. Parking conveys. Close to Metro.

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Stylish 2 BR, 1.5 BA with teak hardwood floors, gourmet Kit w/ custom cabinets, granite & SS appliances, garage parking and extra storage. Ideally located near shops, restaurants, transport. Built in 2007, building has 24hour concierge and roof terrace with grills. Susan Fagan 202.246.8337 / 202.363.9700 (O)

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Large, bright 1BR with old world charm; high ceilings, arches, big windows & hdwds. Updated SS Kit w/ quartz counters. Move right in! Pets OK. Low fee. Minutes to everything that Woodley and Cleveland Park have to offer. Walk to 2 Metros and Rock Creek Park! Mitchell Story 202.270.4514 / 202.483.6300 (O)


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Events Entertainment Wednesday, April 9

Wednesday april 9 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; The Pan American Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Tango Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will present an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Introduction to Tango Dancingâ&#x20AC;? class for couples. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. The class will repeat April 16 and 23 at 6:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Science of Spirituality instructors will present a class on Jyoti techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Concerts â&#x2013;  As a prelude to the fifth annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival on April 26, the band Gramophonic will perform. 5 to 7 pm. Free. Whole Foods Market, 2201 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  Brazilian duo Pablo Fagundes and Marcus Moreira will perform. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Chamber Singers and Modern Musick will perform a choral concert of Buxtehudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Membra Jesu Nostri.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. St. Williamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chapel, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge will present singer-songwriters Rebecca McCabe, Jen Van Meter and Crys Matthews. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A symposium on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Between Painting and Photography: The Vision of Manon Clearyâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Erich Keel, former head of education at the Kreeger Museum; Eric Denker, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art; Judy Greenberg, director of the Kreeger Museum; Susan Hauptman and Jared Miller, artists; and Jack Rasmussen, exhibition curator. 6:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professor Kent Weaver, American University professor Stephen Silvia and International Monetary Fund deputy director of fiscal affairs Martine Guerguil will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Does the Financial Crisis Imperil European Welfare States?â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Library and the Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will sponsor a talk by John Muller, associate librarian at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Washingtonian Division, on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  Emory University history professor Patrick Allitt will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The National Capital Planning Commission will host a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Talk vs. Action: Making Your Opinion Count,â&#x20AC;? about the future of public partici-

pation and its influence on urban planning and decision-making. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. National Capital Planning Commission, Suite 500N, 401 9th St. NW. â&#x2013; Michael Ruff, chief scientific officer at RAPID Pharmaceuticals, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Molecules of Emotion,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? a research presentation in honor of the scientific legacy of Candace Pert, who discovered the brainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opiate receptor. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Family Center, Suite 103, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-9654400. Film â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Jan Hrebejkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s psychological drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honeymoon,â&#x20AC;? about an uninvited wedding guest whose presence threatens to derail the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship. A Q&A with the director will follow. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. Performance â&#x2013;  LYGO will present a comedy show featuring Joe Alden McMahon, Haywood Turnipseed Jr., Jon Mumma and host Rich Bennett. 8:30 p.m. $10. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. Reading â&#x2013;  Finishing Line Press poets David Ebenbach, Chloe Yelena Miller, W.M. Rivera and Pia Taavila will read from their works. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Charlotte Bobcats. 7 p.m. $6 to $332. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Miami Marlins. 7:05 p.m. $10 to $90. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, April 10

Thursday april 10 Concerts â&#x2013; Virtuoso young artists and veterans of the renowned Marlboro Music Festival will perform works by Schubert, Reger and DvorĂĄk. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform the world premiere of Rautavaaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Variations for Five: String Quartet No. 2.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriters Sam Baker, Del Barber and Carrie Elkin will perform. 8 p.m. $15 to $20. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, performers Poetic Pilgrimage and The Narcycist will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revolution, Diplomacy, and the Global Sound of Hip-Hop.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Murray Room, Lauinger Memorial Library, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Glenn Williamson, adjunct professor

Thursday, april 10 â&#x2013; Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Gil Shaham will perform works by Zemlinsky, Korngold and Brahms. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. of real estate at Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Continuing Studies, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inside Out: Building a Glass House in Russia.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGhee Library, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Nurse-midwife and applied anthropologist Ruth Watson Lubic, founder of the Developing Families Center, will discuss her life and work, including her role in developing the freestanding birth center model. 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;  Historian Onur Isci will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turkey During World War II.â&#x20AC;? 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Scholar John Bew will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real Realpolitik: A History.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. â&#x2013;  Christopher Clark, professor of modern European history at the University of Cambridge, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;1914 Revisited: How Europe Went to War.â&#x20AC;? 5:15 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 201A, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  As part of the Smithsonian Craft Show, artists Wendell Castle and Albert Paley â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two leading figures in the American contemporary studio craft movement

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss their work in conversation with Michael Monroe, past curator in charge of the Renwick Gallery. 6 p.m. $50. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 888-932-9554. â&#x2013; Poet Rigoberto Gonzalez will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Latino Voices: Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-6404. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversations With Artistsâ&#x20AC;? will feature new media artist Mika Rottenberg â&#x20AC;&#x201D; known for exaggerated use of the female form in absurdist settings to confront issues of class, objectification and labor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and James Sham, assistant professor of sculpture at George Washington University. 6:30 p.m. $8 to $20; free for students. Reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Holocaust survivor and author Margot Friedlander will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Try to Make Your Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Jewish Girl Hiding in Nazi Berlin.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Read the Book First!â&#x20AC;? Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Birdsâ&#x20AC;? by Daphne Du Maurier. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 220, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.



â&#x2013; Michelle Strizever, creator of, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Books: What Are They and Where Are They in D.C.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 219, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Artist Patricia Laspino, founder of the Orchid Alliance Project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bridging Art & Science, will discuss her painting style and use of the orchid as a metaphor to explore cultural and biological evolution, biodiversity and environmental stewardship. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  The Museum of the American Cocktail will host a book talk by Garrett Peck, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;? The event will include samples of locally brewed beers and appetizers. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $35. Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th St. NW. html. â&#x2013;  Russell Gold, an energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Afraid of Fracking?: The Promise and Perils of a New Technology.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Ben Tarnoff will discuss his book See Events/Page 38

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Events Entertainment Unearthedâ&#x20AC;? will feature Frederik Hiebert, the exhibitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curator, and Cecilia Bakula Budge, director of the Museum of Peruâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Banco Central de la Reserva, discussing the significance of the featured masterpieces in precious metal, as well as other rare objects from Peruâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prehistory. 7:30 p.m. $50. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700.

Continued From Page 37 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013; Interior architects Stephanie Travis and Catherine Anderson of George Washington University will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sketching + Making: Pushing Creative Boundaries,â&#x20AC;? about the resurgence of freehand drawing and the role of hands-on exploration in design. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Washington Project for the Arts will present a talk by independent curator Marianna Garin about her projects in Sweden and abroad. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW. 202-234-7103. â&#x2013;  Barbara Ehrenreich will discuss her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living With a Wild God: A Nonbelieverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Search for the Truth About Everything.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $14. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013;  An opening event for the new exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures

Film â&#x2013; Czech director Jan Hrebejk will present his 2009 coming-of-age story â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cosy Dens,â&#x20AC;? about two families caught on different sides of the political spectrum. A Q&A with the director will follow. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, a showcase of hip-hop dance prowess will feature FootworKINGz from Chicago and NextLevelSquad from Brooklyn. 6

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p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; The Silk Road Dance Company will perform. 6:30 p.m. $10. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282. â&#x2013;  LYGO will present a comedy show featuring Stavros Halkias, Jon Mumma and host Ryan Schutt, at 6:30 p.m.; and Adam Friedland, Jon Mumma and host Rich Bennett, at 8:30 p.m. $10. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. â&#x2013;  Playwrights Dorothy Fortenberry, Lisa Loomer, Cassandra Medley and Anna Ziegler will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Drama of DNA: Genomics on Stage,â&#x20AC;? and Theater J artistic director Ari Roth will present staged readings of scenes from their plays about complex topics rooted in genetics. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theater will continue its Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament, an elimination-style bracketed competition with 73 teams competing for audience favor. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $12 to $14. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. The competition will continue through Saturday. â&#x2013;  The theater troupe Compagnia deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Colombari will present a dramatic performance of Flannery Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic short story â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything That Rises Must Converge.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. berkleycenter. Reading â&#x2013;  Local poet Kathleen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Toole will read from her poems about D.C. history, civil rights and spring. 7:30 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-5767252. Special events â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Craft Show will feature 122 distinguished craft artists offering one-of-a-kind or limited-edition works in 12 different media, from furniture and ceramics to glass and wearable art. 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. $13 to $15. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 888-832-9554. The show will continue Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  The sixth annual DC TapFest & All-

Thursday, april 10 â&#x2013; Discussion: PEN/Faulkner Fiction will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heart of Things Human: An Evening With Richard Ford,â&#x20AC;? featuring readings by the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sportswriter,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Independence Day,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Multitude of Sinsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canada.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. SE. Star Concert will feature master classes, panel discussions, tap competitions, lectures, jam sessions, student showcases and cutting contests, culminating with a performance starring tap masters and international performers. 3 to 9:30 p.m. Fees vary. American Embassy of Dance, 4908 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-421-0235. The festival will continue Friday through Sunday. Friday, April 11 Friday april 11 Class â&#x2013;  Suzanne Bouchard, director of gardens and grounds at Tudor Place, will lead a Container Garden Workshop on cultivating herbs. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $20 to $25 per session. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. The series will continue May 9 with a session on fruits. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts@Middayâ&#x20AC;? will feature EYA: Ensemble for Medieval Music performing selections from the 14th-century French liturgical drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Trois Maries.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202363-8286.

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â&#x2013; The Friday Music Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Son Jarocho â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Traditional Folk Music of Coastal Veracruz,â&#x20AC;? featuring musicians Alexandro D. Hernandez, Daniel Herrera, Anna Duncan and Salvador Sarmiento. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redes and Revolution: Music, Film, and History in Mexico and Veracruz, 19101940â&#x20AC;? will feature members of the Georgetown University Orchestra performing selections from Silvestre Revueltasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; score for the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redesâ&#x20AC;? while excerpts from the recently remastered 1936 film are shown. 5:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  Soprano Rachel Barham, baritone James Rogers, counter-tenor Charles Humphries, organist Nigel Potts and organist and pianist Jeremy Filsell (shown) will perform works by DuprĂŠ and Rachmaninov at a 50th-birthday celebration concert for Filsell, director of music at the Church of the Epiphany. 7 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  Levine Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s JazzFest 2014 will kick off a concert celebrating the collaboration between Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery, featuring the Levine Jazz Quartet with faculty member Josh Walker on guitar and special guest Chuck Redd on vibraphone. 7 p.m. $15 to $20; free for Levine students. Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202-686-8000. â&#x2013;  Concordia DC will present the Angelo Piano Duo performing Gershwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Porgy and Bess Suiteâ&#x20AC;? and works by Gavrilin, Radvilovitch, Sapozhnikov, Portnov and Debussy. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. â&#x2013;  The Catholic University Chamber Choir will perform works by Demantius, Vecchi, Brahms, Howells, Murrill, Britten, Lauridsen and Nestor. 7:30 p.m. Free. St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5414. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Louis Lortie performing works by Adès, Chopin and Liszt. 7:30 p.m. $49. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727. â&#x2013;  The Russian Chamber Art Society will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pushkin in Music,â&#x20AC;? featuring soprano Yana Eminova, baritone Carl Ratner and pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern. 7:30 p.m. $45. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. â&#x2013;  A weeklong festival celebrating the 75th birthday of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen will feature a performance by the Bang on a Can All-Stars. 8 p.m. $20 to $33.50. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group will perform British and American chamber music, including the world premiere of a piano trio by Marc Neikrug. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  The American University Symphonic Band will perform. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. â&#x2013;  The Folger Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Polish Renaissance: Music of Polandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golden Age.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $37. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. The performance will repeat See Events/Page 39

Continued From Page 38 Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. ■ The Holmes Brothers will perform a blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock and country. 8:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Ruth Kassinger will discuss her book “A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered That Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ The Women’s Learning Partnership and the Global Women’s Institute will present a book talk by activist and legal scholar Karima Bennoune, author of “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Room B12, Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW. ■ “Redes and Revolution: Music, Film, and History in Mexico and Veracruz, 19101940” will feature panel discussions on “Rethinking Revolution in Mexico and Veracruz,” at 2:15 p.m.; and on “Film and Filmmaking in Post-Revolutionary Mexico,” at 3:45 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. ■ Sarah Jakes will discuss her book “Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Craig Nelson will discuss his book “The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ The 2014 Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Presentation will feature Shirley M. Tilghman, a molecular biologist and recent past president of Princeton University, discussing how her work has challenged and expanded the world of teaching and research. 7 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $25. The Commons, Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Pierre Taminiaux, professor of 20thcentury French and Francophone literature at Georgetown University, will discuss his book “Littératures modernistes et arts d’avant-garde,” a collection of critical essays on modernist writers and artists (presentation in French). 7 p.m. $8 to $10. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. ■ Photographer and filmmaker Carsten Peter — who has rappelled into active volcanoes in the South Pacific and chased monster storms in Tornado Alley — will present “Extreme Planet,” a guided tour of places few humans have every dared to go. 7:30 p.m. $24. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Films ■ The West End Library will host a “Friday Matinee Movie!” series. 2 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202724-8707. ■ As part of the 2014 National Cherry


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Liberia and Sierra Leone, will open today at the National Museum of African Art and continue through Aug. 17. Located at 950 Independence Ave. SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-4600. ■ “Women of Egypt,” presenting five large oil portraits of Egyptian women by Britt Boutros-Ghali, will open tomorrow with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Syra Arts at the Alla Rogers Gallery. The exhibit will remain on view through May 10. Located at Canal Square, 1054 31st St. NW, in Suite A, the gallery is open by appointment only. 703-944-3824. ■ Govinda Gallery will open an exhibit of paintings by Wyatt Dentel with a reception Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gypsy Sally’s. The show will continue through May 24. Located at 3401 K St. NW, Gypsy Sally’s is open Tuesday from 6 p.m. to midnight and Wednesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. 202-333Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Tours and walks ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will present a walking tour of “Clara Barton’s Civil War Washington,” led by professional tour guide Melanie La Force and featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the almost-restored Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. 11 a.m. $15 to $20; reservations required. Meet at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2327363. ■ Washington Walks will present a “Blossom Secrets Stroll.” 2 p.m. $15. Meet outside the Independence Avenue exit to the Smithsonian Metro station. The walk will repeat Saturday at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12 Saturday april 12 Children’s programs ■ “Eggstravaganza!” will feature an egg hunt, games, springtime stories and games (for ages 12 and younger and their families). 10 a.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. ■ The Palisades Citizens Association and the Palisades Recreation Center will present an Easter egg hunt and potluck breakfast. 10 a.m. Free; attendees are

7700. ■ “Kaleidoscope,” featuring monotypes by Bethesda artist Philip Bennet, will open Friday with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Old Print Gallery. The exhibit will continue through June 14. Located at 1220 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. 202965-1818. ■ “Two Architects — Design,” highlighting the work of two innovative architects, will open Friday with a Britt Boutros-Ghali’s portraits reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cross will be on display at Syra Arts MacKenzie Gallery and continue through May 7. Featured are large-scale at the Alla Rogers Gallery. architectural landscapes by Dupont 5601. Circle architect Ben Van Dusen envisioning a utopian built environment. ■ Connersmith will open two exhibits Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 Also included are Los Angeles-based p.m., preceded by an artists’ talk at 5 architect Roy Kesrouani’s geometric p.m. The shows will continue through chairs made from recycled plastic. May 31. Located at 2026 R St. NW, the “Enduring” presents a new series of gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-333- portraits painted in oil on wood panel by Katie Miller. 7970. “Alive and Present” features recent ■ “Martin Kotler: Cityscapes,” presenting Kotler’s paintings of the Washington photographs by Dutch artist Agniet Snoep inspired by the still life tradition area, will open Friday with a reception in the Golden Age of Dutch painting. from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hemphill. The Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE, exhibit will continue through May 23. the gallery is open Wednesday through Located at 1515 14th St. NW, the Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202gallery is open Tuesday through Satur588-8750. day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-234-

asked to bring a breakfast item such as fruit or muffins to share. Palisades Recreation Center, Sherier and Dana places NW. 202-363-7441. ■ The Georgetown Library’s “Eggstravaganza” will celebrate spring and Easter with a themed storytime and egg craft. 10:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Embassy of the Czech Republic will host an egg hunt to celebrate the coming of Easter through Czech and American traditions. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required by April 9. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about “Planet Earth: Adventures of a Blue-Green World” (for ages 7 and

older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Classes and workshops ■ As part of Levine Music’s JazzFest celebration, pianist and faculty member Jeffrey Chappell will present a workshop on “Jazz for the Classical Cat,” designed for musicians without a background in improvisation. 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Lang Recital Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202-6868000. ■ Theater Alliance will present a workshop on “Theater of the Oppressed,” led by Annalisa Dias-Mandoly. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $10 per day. The Fridge, 516 8th St. See Events/Page 40

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Continued From Page 39 SE (rear alley). ticket. The workshop will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tumblr for Beginnersâ&#x20AC;? will offer an insiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look at the Tumblr community, along with a tour of the dashboard and hashtags. 11:30 a.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Art therapist Rebecca Wilkinson will lead a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reducing Stress: How to Feel Happier and Increase Well-Being.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-352-5225. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Strings and violin soloist Jessica Fan will perform works by Hisaishi, Fujiwara and Takemitsu in a concert celebrating the cherry blossoms. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 700 Independence Ave. SW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  As part of Levine Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s JazzFest celebration, musician Chuck Redd will explain and demonstrate jazz legend Milt Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uniquely warm and soulful sound on the vibraphone. 12:30 p.m. Free;


Events Entertainment reservations suggested. Lang Recital Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202686-8000. â&#x2013; Pianist Ruth Rose and violinist Jorge Orozco will perform Cuban and jazz piano pieces, as well as the Franck violin sonata. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ownâ&#x20AC;? U.S. Marine Band will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oliver Knussen at the Library of Congress,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by Stravinsky, Mozart, Carter, Lieberson and Schuller. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. â&#x2013;  The Anacostia Community Museum and the National Portrait Gallery will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhythm Cafe: The Life and Music of Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman,â&#x20AC;? featuring a discussion led by arts consultant and broadcaster Willard Jenkins and a performance by the Howard University Jazz Ensemble. 2 to 4 p.m. McEvoy Auditorium, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of Thee We Sing: The Marian Anderson 75th Anniversary Celebration,â&#x20AC;? featuring soloists Jessye Norman,


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Soloman Howard and Annisse Murillo; the Washington Performing Arts Society Men, Women and Children of the Gospel Choir; and singers from 20 area choirs. 7 p.m. $5. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. 202-785-9727. â&#x2013; The Institute of Musical Traditions will present Harpeth Rising performing original songs influenced by folk, bluegrass and classical music. 7:30 p.m. $15. Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW. 301-960-3655. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forms of the Blues,â&#x20AC;? exploring the evolution of the blues from the early 20th century to its presentday â&#x20AC;&#x153;jazz ensembleâ&#x20AC;? styling. 7:30 p.m. $18 to $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Romantics: Schubert & Goetheâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a concert-salon presented by the In Series with soprano Debra Lawrence, tenor Ole Hass, pianists Frank Conlon and Carla HĂźbner, clarinetist Jonathan Yanik and actor-narrator Karin Rosnizeck â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gretchen am Spinnrade.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $16 to $30 Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2047760. The performance will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  The American University Chamber Singers will perform works by Bach, Sweelink, Hassler, SchĂźltz, Mahler and others. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Southern Soul Assembly Tour will feature JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson. 8 p.m. $34 to $65. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. â&#x2013;  Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and the Main Squeeze will perform. 9:30 p.m. $12. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Collector Austin Doyle will display and discuss rugs from the Belouch and Timuri groups that became popular among collectors in the 1970s. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Emancipation, Liberty & the Pursuit of Statehoodâ&#x20AC;? will feature a conversation led by D.C. statehood activists. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW.

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Saturday, april 12 â&#x2013; Concert: As part of its JazzFest celebration, Levine Music will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Guitars,â&#x20AC;? featuring acoustic guitarists Martin Taylor (shown), Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo and Peppino Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Agostio. 8 p.m. $12 to $25. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-3472635.

â&#x2013; As part of the Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington Post writer Roxanne Roberts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life as a Journalist.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $50. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 888-932-9554. â&#x2013;  Author and beer scholar Garrett Peck will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;? and talk about Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic brewers. 1 p.m. Free. Peabody Room, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0233. â&#x2013;  Sam Chaltain will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Rachel Friedman, Molly Beer and Angie Chuang will discuss their contributions to the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Best Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Travel Writing, Volume 9: True Stories From Around the World,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Initiative for Russian Culture will hold its third annual symposium on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ending the Cold War: Culture and Dialogue in the ReaganGorbachev Era.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required by April 11 at noon. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, panelists Sam Seidel, Christopher Emdin, Martha Diaz, Anjel Newmann and Jabari Johnson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hip-Hop in Education: Teaching and Learning.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. Atrium, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Politics and Prose will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ask Roulette,â&#x20AC;? an evening of strangers asking each other various questions in front of a live audience. Special guests will include Clinton Yates of The Washington Post, Tamara Keith of NPR and John Dickerson of Slate and CBS. 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Family events â&#x2013;  Youth Service America and the National Youth Leadership Council will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Celebration of Global Youth Service Day,â&#x20AC;? featuring on-site service projects, an obstacle course about healthy living activities, music, entertainment and youth

speakers. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. Henry Bacon Ball Field adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tea With the Easter Bunnyâ&#x20AC;? will feature a chance to sample spring tea blends and other beverages with sandwiches, petite desserts and scones while visiting the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite celebrity. A scavenger hunt in the 5.5-acre garden will follow. 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. $20 to $30. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Faberge Egg Family Festival will feature festive folk music, traditional Russian games and an eggdecorating workshop. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 to $15; free for ages 5 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. The festival will continue Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cherry Blossom Family Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? will feature craft activities, face painting, a kimono dressing demonstration and performances of traditional Japanese music, dance and taiko drumming. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. Films â&#x2013;  The Opera in Cinema series will present a production of Straussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capriccio,â&#x20AC;? starring Renee Fleming. 11 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Independent of Reality: Films of Jan NÄ&#x203A;mecâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Czech directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ferrari Dino Girl.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hard Throwing: Experimental Film and Video From Finlandâ&#x20AC;? will feature two programs of short films â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Streams of Light,â&#x20AC;? at 2:30 p.m.; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movements,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: HipHop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fresh Noise: A Mashup of Youth Voices â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Game On!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a world-premiere work created by middle school students and performed by adult artists (for ages 8 and older). 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. $20. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess and his dance company will hold a public rehearsal for their second original dance work in conjunction with the National Portrait Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing the Dreamâ&#x20AC;? exhibition. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Another public rehearsal will be held Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, Words Beats & Life will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Notch â&#x20AC;&#x201D; B-boy/B-girl Battle,â&#x20AC;? featuring DJ Fleg, Kwikstep, Narumi, Rokafella, Trus Real and Toys aRe Us as hosts and judges. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy See Events/Page 41


Continued From Page 40 Center. 202-467-4600. Readings â&#x2013; Members of the Federal Poets will read from their works, followed by an open mic. 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  At a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry Out Loudâ&#x20AC;? event as part of National Poetry Month, audience members will read from a favorite poem or an original one. 2 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Sales â&#x2013;  St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church will host a rummage sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Gym, St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal School, 4701 Whitehaven Parkway NW. 202-342-2800. â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Cleveland Park Library will hold a used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Second-floor meeting room, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-6696235. The sale will continue Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Run of the Millâ&#x20AC;? will offer the first chance in 2014 to see D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only surviving gristmill in action. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art & Poetryâ&#x20AC;? will feature paintings by Michael Geller inspired by the words and emotions of Wislawa Symborskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poetry, which will be read both in Polish and English. 5 p.m. Free. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. 202-7852320. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Milwaukee Bucks. 7 p.m. $6 to $491. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the New York Red Bulls. 7 p.m. $25 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-7453000. Tours and walks â&#x2013;  A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three renowned Civil War spies, a Union hospital, the residences of military leaders and a neighborhood of enslaved and free African-Americans, at 1 p.m. $8 to $10 for one tour; $12 to $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Field botanist Mary Pat Rowan, head of the D.C. chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society, will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wildflower Walk.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required by April 10. Meet at West Beach and Parkside drives NW. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks will present a walking tour of the Brookland neighborhood. 11 a.m. $15. Meet outside the 10th Street NE exit to the Brookland/CUA Metro station. Sunday, April 13 Sunday april 13 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  Choreographer Claire Parsons will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marmelade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Poetic Movements, Soft Circus and Deliciousness,â&#x20AC;? a dance performance for young children (ages 2

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New York City troupe brings â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Veronaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to Folger Folger Theatre will host the D.C. debut of celebrated New York troupe Fiasco Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Two Gentlemen of Veronaâ&#x20AC;? April 17 through May 25. Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s romantic adventure takes a witty, compelling look at the complexities of friendship, the

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passions and dangers of jealousy, and the fickle nature of love. When Valentine and Proteus journey from Verona to Milan, comic mayhem ensues as the two fall in and out of love with the same women. Tickets cost $40 to $72. Folger Theatre is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077; â&#x2013; Pointless Theatre will bring its newest work, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet,â&#x20AC;? to the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint April 9 through May 3. Featuring the ensembleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distinctive blend of dance, pantomime and puppetry, the show is an original adapthrough 6). Noon and 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202-536-1500. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ownâ&#x20AC;? U.S. Marine Band will perform. 2 p.m. Free. Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. â&#x2013;  Pianist Irena Koblar will perform works by Mozart, Scarlatti, Beethoven and Brahms. 3 p.m. Free; tickets available in the G Street Lobby at 2:30 p.m. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  A chamber concert will feature the George Washington University Chamber Choir performing Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Song Waltzesâ&#x20AC;? and instrumental chamber groups performing other works. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Post Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-994-6245. â&#x2013;  The Heath Quartet will perform works by Beethoven and Schubert. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedral Combined Choirs and Baroque Orchestra will perform Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. John Passion.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $29 to $85. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present a performance by Indian tabla player and composer Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion. 4 p.m. $20 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-7859727. â&#x2013;  The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform the music of William Smith, George Dyson and William Byrd. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. â&#x2013;  George Washington University junior Max Schwager will present a vocal recital. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Room B120, Phillips Hall, George Washington University, 801 22nd St. NW. 202-994-6245.

tation of Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic ballet â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sleeping Beauty.â&#x20AC;? The show, lasting approximately one hour with no intermission, is appropriate for all ages. Tickets start at $15, with pay-what-you-can previews April 9 and 10. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305; â&#x2013; Theater Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices From a Changing Middle East Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature William Gibsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biographical drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goldaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Balconyâ&#x20AC;? April 10 through 27 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. Starring Tovah Feldshuh as Golda Meir, the onewoman show tells the story of the state of Israel in the 20th century. Tickets start at $50. The Washington DC Jewish Community Center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; â&#x2013;  The Washington Ballet will stage a new production of Septime Webreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peter Panâ&#x20AC;? April 16 through 27 at the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eisenhower Theater. Told through dance, the swashbuckling coming-ofage tale pits Peter and the Lost Boys against Captain

â&#x2013; The Auryn String Quartet will perform works by Beethoven, Haydn and Mendelssohn. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Daniel Rossen will perform. 8 p.m. $25 to $27.50. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-

Fiasco Theater will present a stripped-down production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Two Gentlemen of Veronaâ&#x20AC;? April 17 through May 25. Hook and his outrageous band of pirates. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visually enhanced production features new lighting, elaborate new sets and extravagant new costumes. Tickets cost $25 to $125. 202-467-4600;

745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Paul Shoyer will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Matthew Algeo will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pedestrianism: When Watching Peo-

ple Walk Was Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Favorite Spectator Sport,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013; As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Past Belief: Visions of Early Christianity in Renaissance and Reformation Europeâ&#x20AC;? lecture series, Princeton See Events/Page 42

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Continued From Page 41 University professor Anthony Grafton will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christian Origins and the Work of Time: Imagining the First Christians.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; Gaiutra Bahadur will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Debate III,â&#x20AC;? a D.C. Emancipation Day town-hall discussion on topics such as education, employment and antiviolence initiatives, will feature panelists Monie Love, MC Hammer, Doug E Fresh, Toni Blackman and Michael Skolnik, among others. 7 p.m. Free. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  Local filmmaker Aviva Kempner will show an excerpt from her nearly completed documentary on Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish businessman and philanthropist in Chicago who worked with

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African-American communities in the South to build schools for them during the Jim Crow era. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013; The National Cherry Blossom Festival film series will feature Satoshi Mikiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kiyochika: Master of the Night.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  ITVS will present a Community Cinema screening of Yoruba Richenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Black,â&#x20AC;? about how the African-American community is grappling with gay rights issues. A Q&A will follow. 3 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jerzy Kawalerowiczâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1959 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Night Train (Baltic Express)â&#x20AC;? and Tadeusz Konwickiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1958 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Day of Summer.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National


Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Streetâ&#x20AC;? series â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about the spectacle of New York street life as inspiration to filmmakers and artists â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature Keiko Tsuno and Jon Alpertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1980 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Third Avenue: Only the Strong Surviveâ&#x20AC;? and Lionel Rogosinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1956 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Bowery.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  Faction of Fools Theatre Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fool for Allâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Tales of Heroes and Gyros,â&#x20AC;? featuring four plays created and performed in one day. 7 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Elstad Auditorium, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic Creative Ecosystem Presents a Hip-Hop Fusion Drum Callâ&#x20AC;? will feature collaborations and solo creations from drummer Kiran Gandhi, all-female percussion group Batala, and noted beatmakers Asma Maroof, Hezekiah and Arsonal. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  In honor of National Poetry Month, Busboys and Poets will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry Concert @ 5th & K,â&#x20AC;? featuring hosts of the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly open mic events. 8 to 10 p.m. $10. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Tampa Bay Lightning. 3 p.m. $55 to $527. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000.

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Tours and walks â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead a seven-mile Civil War Defenses of Washington Bicycle Tour from Fort Reno to Fort Totten. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required by April 11. Meet at the Tenleytown/AU Metro station. â&#x2013;  Tour guide Dwane Starlin will lead a tour of historic Georgetown, with stops at all three of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cupcake shops. 11 a.m. $20; reservations encouraged. Meet by the garden gates at Dumbarton House, 27th and Q streets NW. Monday, April 14 Monday april 14 Class â&#x2013;  Instructor Susan Lowell will lead a tai chi class. 7:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. The class will repeat April 21 at 7:30 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Karen Mulhauser on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Volunteering Can Help Your Job Search.â&#x20AC;? 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. â&#x2013;  Providence Hospital and the Joslin Diabetes Center will present a program on diabetes. The event will include complimentary A1C diabetes and blood pressure testing. 10:30 a.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â&#x2013;  Christopher McCrudden, an expert in human rights law, will discuss issues of torture, same-sex marriage and welfare reform within the framework of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding Human Dignity.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World

Monday, april 14 â&#x2013; Film: The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cool Hand Paulâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Richard Brooksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1958 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,â&#x20AC;? starring Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Burl Ives and Judith Anderson. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Affairs, Suite 200, 3307 M St. NW. â&#x2013;  Kenyan paleontologist, conservationist and politician Richard E. Leakey will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Responses to Climate Change in Kenya.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Jerome Jewell will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Balcony: Rapture and Ruptures.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Tabard Inn, 1739 N St. NW. 202-248-8208. â&#x2013;  The World Affairs Council will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sound and Fury or Winds of Change? Protests in Venezuela,â&#x20AC;? featuring panelists Pedro M. Burelli, former member of the executive board of PetrĂłleos de Venezuela and managing partner of B+V Consulting; Philip C. French, executive director of the American Committees on Foreign Relations; Peter Hakim, president emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue; and Stephen Kaplan, associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sixth floor, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. 202-293-1051. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library will host the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? series. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Books on Film series will feature George Cukorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1940 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Philadelphia Story,â&#x20AC;? starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  The Goethe-Institutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s German Expressionism series will feature Corinna Belzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gerhard Richter Painting.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Read the Book First!â&#x20AC;? series will present Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1963 film adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Birdsâ&#x20AC;? by Daphne Du Maurier. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 220, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival, Nomadic Wax will present the London-based duo Native Sun performing a blend of hip-hop and African rhythms. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; Theater Allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second annual Hothouse Reading Series will feature Liz Maestriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sinner Man,â&#x20AC;? an adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Picture of Dorian Grayâ&#x20AC;? by Oscar Wilde. 7 p.m. $5 for reservations; pay what you can at the door. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. theateralliance. â&#x2013;  The National Fair Housing Alliance will host a poetry slam focusing on issues of justice, fairness and equality. 8 to 10 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Miami Heat. 7 p.m. $10 to $635. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Tuesday, April 15

Tuesday april 15 Classes â&#x2013; The Georgetown Library will launch its new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take an Om Breakâ&#x20AC;? lunch-hour yoga series. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. The class will repeat April 22 at 12:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  VIDA Fitness will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;boot campâ&#x20AC;? session as part of the monthlong â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toned Up Tuesdaysâ&#x20AC;? exercise program. 6 to 6:45 p.m. Free. Park at CityCenter, 10th and I streets NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature counter-tenor Charles Humphries and the Three Notchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Road Baroque Ensemble performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music for Holy Weekâ&#x20AC;? by Dieterich Buxtehude. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  The Boston Public Quartet will perform as part of a day of remembrance for the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Modern Musick will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music for Holy Weekâ&#x20AC;? on period instruments. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Wolfington Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-4000. â&#x2013;  Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys will perform. 8:30 p.m. $15 to $18. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Editor George Nash will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crusade Years, 1933-1955: Herbert Hooverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lost Memoir of the New Deal Era and Its Aftermath.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Fred Stahl will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Worker Leadership: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret Weapon in the Battle for Industrial Competitiveness.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;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by master gardener Trish Savage on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planting Bulbs This Spring.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 See Events/Page 47




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Continued From Page 42 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ The West End Book Club will discuss Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Gilead.” 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ “Bigger Than a Building: Swedish Urban Scale Sustainability” will feature Walker Weils, green urbanism program director at Global Green, discussing neighborhood and district-scale sustainable planning in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ George Washington University professor Oleh Havrylyshyn will discuss “The Ukrainian Economy: After 20 Years of Underperformance, What Comes Next?” 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Tara Sorenshine, distinguished fellow at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs and former U.S. undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, will discuss “Engaging the World: Public Diplomacy Today.” 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. ■ Anthony Pitch will discuss his book “‘They Have Killed Papa Dead!’: The Road to Ford’s Theatre, Abraham Lincoln’s Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance.” 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. ■ Bryant Terry will discuss his book “Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ Cultural historians Lenwood O. Sloan and Mick Moloney will discuss “Vaudeville’s Melting Pot: Irish and African Americans on Stage.” 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Journalists Todd Purdam and Cokie Roberts will discuss “An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ John DeFerrari will discuss his book “Historic Restaurants of Washington D.C.: Capital Eats.” 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. ■ The Palisades Book Club will discuss “Look at Me” by Anita Brookner. 7:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Films ■ The Tuesdays at Noon film series will feature the 2010 documentary “Nasca Lines: The Buried Secrets.” Noon. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. ■ The Global Lens Film Series will feature the 2012 film “About 111 Girls.” 1:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. ■ The Egyptian Contemporary Film Series will feature the documentary “Crop” and short films. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ The Georgetown Library’s weekly April film series will feature the work of

British director Mike Leigh. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. ■ The “Film and Beer” series will feature the Czech comedy “The Emperor and the Golem.” 7 p.m. Free. Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave. NW. ■ The Ballet in Cinema series will present a production of “Juliet & Romeo,” featuring music by Tchaikovsky. 7 p.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-4193456. The film will be shown again April 19 at 11 a.m. ■ The Embassy of the Republic of Poland will present Rafael Lewandowski’s 2010 film “The Mole.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Republic of Poland, 2640 16th St. NW. Performances ■ The American Ballet Theatre will present Michel Fokine’s “Les Sylphides,” Marcelo Gomes’ “Aftereffect” and Sir Frederick Ashton’s “The Dream.” 7:30 p.m. $25 to $109. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ■ The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature performances by Breaker Breaker and Love Onion. 9 p.m. Free. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Tours and walks ■ A guided garden tour will trace the history and horticulture of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and English boxwood. 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. $10; free for members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. ■ The National Building Museum will present a tour on the preservation of the historic Pension Building. 3 to 4:30 p.m. $8 to $10; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. Wednesday, April 16 Wednesday april 16 Concerts ■ “Homegrown Concerts in the Pavilion” will present Nader Majd and Farshid Mahjour performing traditional classical Persian music. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. ■ Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux and pianist Stan Engebretson will perform music by Josephine Lang. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202842-6941. ■ The bands Kung Fu and Second Self will perform. 8:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Erlan Karin, visiting professor at American University, will discuss “Anatomy of the Terrorist Threat in Kazakhstan.” 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Mekell Mikell, a senior administration employee, and Niara Phillips, a smallbusiness liaison at the U.S. Department of Commerce, will participate in a discussion on “How to Get a Job in the Obama Administration.” 6 to 8 p.m. $15 to $20. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Presented in conjunction with “K@20: The Kreeger Museum 20th Anni-


versary Exhibition,” the panel discussion “Insights Into Contemporary Art” will feature experts Angela Anderson Adams, George Ciscle and Henry L. Thaggert. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10; free for members. Reservations required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. ■ The American Goethe Society will present a lecture by George Mason University philosophy professor Martin J. De Nys on the idea of faith in the work of Paul Tillich, a German-born philosopher and theologian who immigrated to the United States in 1933. 6:45 p.m. Free; reservations required Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. ■ Ralph Nurnberger, a professor of international relations at Georgetown University, will discuss “Mapping the Middle East.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Ezekiel Emanuel will discuss his book “Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Esther Brimmer, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, will discuss “The Role of the United States in International Organizations.” 7 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Poet Edward Hirsch will discuss his work in conversation with Ron Charles, fiction editor of The Washington. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. ■ The Atlantic’s Jame Fallows and his wife Deborah will discuss what they’ve learned in the past few months on their “American Futures” project of exploring America’s heartland by small plane. 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. ■ Nature photographer Peter Essick will discuss “Revisiting the Ansel Adams Wilderness.” 7:30 p.m. $30. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Performances ■ The Happenings at the Harman series will present “Press Play Improv: Laugh Through Lunch!” Noon. Free; reservations suggested. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. ■ The Kennedy Center American College Festival will feature the Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Showcase, with scenes from a range of award-winning plays. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Readings ■ In celebration of National Poetry Month, “Rising Stars: Four Poets” will feature readings by a quartet of award-winning poets — Julie Kane, Shelley Puhak, Maureen Thorson and Louisiana state poet laureate Ava Leavell Haymon. 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. ■ “Two Lives in Language,” a PEN/ Faulkner Fiction event, will feature Amy Tan and Deborah Tannen discussing how they draw on conversation and storytelling to explore family relationships. 7:30 p.m. $15. Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. SE.

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