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Vol. XLVII, No. 1

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Gray apologizes for Supercan errors ■ Sanitation: City collecting

surplus trash, recycling bins

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

It started off so simple. Mayor Vincent Gray last year pledged to provide every single-family home with a new Supercan trash container and recycling bin — an $11 million effort meant to upgrade the cans and

boost recycling rates. But for many residents, the initiative quickly became a comedy of errors, and Gray offered an apology last Wednesday for the mistakes. Even before the Department of Public Works dropped off the new Supercan trash containers and upsized recycling bins at 75,000 D.C. households, some residents were complaining that they’d have nowhere to put a big new recycling bin. And once all the new cans were

delivered, alleys overflowed with twice their usual number of containers because the city did not collect unwanted receptacles en masse for several weeks. Then, as residents clamored for the District to remove the old cans, sanitation crews began sweeping through the city and hauling away even many of the bins that residents had hoped to keep. And as a final issue, several thousand of the conSee Supercans/Page 12

Legislators prod on 16th Street bus lanes By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

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The Latin American Youth Center/Wilson High School dance team demonstrated Latin styles such as salsa, bachata and merengue as part of the “Wilson ArtsFest” on Thursday. The students also offered lessons to onlookers.

Calls for improvements to 16th Street bus service are getting louder at the D.C. Council. Both Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, the Democratic nominee for mayor and a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board of directors, and Ward 3 member Mary Cheh, chair of the council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment, have formally requested that the city study dedicated bus lanes and other potential reforms to reduce bus overcrowding along the busy transit corridor. In a letter sent last week to D.C. Department of Transportation interim director Matthew Brown, Bowser describes how 16th Street buses routinely pass by crowded stops because they’re already full of passengers. She notes that ridership along the corridor has increased 25 percent over the past five years, leading to a total weekday ridership of 21,000.

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The 16th Street bus route has experienced a surge in ridership in recent years.

Recalling that a 2009 report from the transportation agency recommended dedicated bus lanes for the street, Bowser urges the department “to quickly complete the See Buses/Page 12

Independent bookstore set to open in Petworth

Stoddert second-graders win national publishing contest



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This summer, a new independent bookstore in Petworth will join the smattering of D.C. booksellers that have successfully fought off online competition. Upshur Street Books will carry literary fiction, graphic novels, children’s books, poetry, art books and works by local authors. It’s a collection that owner Paul Ruppert believes will be well-received in the growing Ward 4 neighborhood, which has a diverse population that includes many artists and young families. “We want the books to reflect an independent spirit,” Ruppert said of his new store at 827 Upshur St. “[Petworth] is a neighborhood that’s … very diverse, and we hope our bookstore will match that diversity.” Ruppert is particularly invested in this little corner of

A group of Stoddert Elementary students has won the grand prize in a national book-writing contest. Representatives of Scholastic Book Fairs announced last Wednesday that Brian O’Beirne’s secondgrade class, under the guidance of school experiential learning coordinator Julie Schneider, took first place in the fiction category of the publisher’s annual “Kids Are Authors” competition. O’Beirne’s 20 students wrote and illustrated a children’s book called


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Artist Kristina Bilonick is leading the opening of entrepreneur Paul Ruppert’s Upshur Street Books.

the neighborhood, where he recently opened Petworth Citizen, a bar and reading room next door to the upcoming bookstore. And just across the street, he’s about to open Crane and Turtle, a sit-down restaurant. When the local entrepreneur decided to venture into the literary arena, he knew he’d have to specialize based See Bookstore/Page 12


Advocates press for increased funding of social safety net — Page 3

St. John’s wins first-ever DCSAA baseball crown — Page 9


Mayoral candidates navigate debate on school boundaries — Page 6

“A Home for the Winter,” which explores how various animals hibernate or travel to warmer climates during the colder months of the year. The book will now be sold at thousands of Scholastic Book Fairs across the country starting this fall, and Stoddert will receive 100 copies to keep. The Glover Park school will also receive $5,000 in Scholastic Dollars to purchase educational resources. Schneider said students may donate a portion of these funds to a local homeless shelter or another organization in need of children’s books. See Stoddert/Page 5

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This is a listing of reports taken from May 19 through 25 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 â– downtown

Robbery â– 700-899 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 6:10 p.m. May 20. Theft â–  1200-1299 block, G St.; 1 p.m. May 19. â–  1300-1399 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 7:26 p.m. May 19. â–  1200-1299 block, G St.; 3 p.m. May 20. â–  1000-1099 block, G St.; 3:43 p.m. May 21. â–  1300-1399 block, G St.; 6:48 p.m. May 21. â–  900-999 bock, H St.; 7:48 p.m. May 21. â–  600-699 block, 13th St.; 8:10 p.m. May 22. â–  1200-1299 block, G St.; 2 p.m. May 23. â–  500-599 block, 10th St.; 4:50 p.m. May 24. Theft from auto â–  13th and F streets; 10:32 p.m. May 19. â–  F and 12th streets; 6:03 a.m. May 20. â–  500-5999 block, 10th St.; 1:30 a.m. May 24.

psa 102

â– Gallery place PSA 102


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Theft â– 320-399 block, 7th St.; 11:10 a.m. May 19. â–  700-799 block, 8th St.; 7:57 p.m. May 19. â–  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 10:19 a.m. May 20. â–  600-699 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 5:15 p.m. May 20. â–  7th and F streets; 5:30 p.m. May 20. â–  7th and H streets; 1 a.m. May 21. â–  400-499 block, L St.; 7:15 p.m. May 21. â–  400-499 block, 7th St.; 5:30 p.m. May 22. â–  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 9 a.m. May 23. â–  400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 10:35 a.m. May 23. Theft from auto â–  5th and G streets; 9 a.m. May 21. â–  400-499 block, K St.; 8:19 p.m. May 21. â–  900-999 block, 9th St.; 10:31 a.m. May 23.

psa PSA 201 201

â– chevy chase

Theft â– 5523-5599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:20 p.m. May 19. â–  3400-3599 block, Morrison St.; 9:41 a.m. May 22. Theft from auto â–  6200-6299 block, 30th St.; 12:10 p.m. May 24.

psa 202

â– Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Burglary â– 4400-4499 block, Windom Place; 3:12 p.m. May 20. â–  4500-4599 block, Warren St.; 5:08 p.m. May 20. â–  4800-4899 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 10:57 p.m. May 20. Motor vehicle theft â–  3800-3899 block, Yuma St.; 10:52 a.m. May 21. Theft â–  4200-4216 block, Jenifer St.; 6:31 p.m. May 19. â–  4500-4599 block, Davenport St.; noon May 20. â–  3814-3989 block, Chesapeake St.; 5:23 p.m. May 22. â–  4700-4799 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11 a.m. May 23. â–  5000-5009 block, 44th St.; 2:55 p.m. May 23. â–  5254-5299 block, Western Ave.; 9:31 p.m. May 23. Theft from auto â–  4300-4399 block, Harrison St.; 1:40 p.m. May 20. â–  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11:24 a.m. May 21. â–  5400-5499 block, 41st Place; 1:16 p.m. May 21. â–  5100-5199 block, 42nd St.; 7:34 p.m. May 22.

psa 203

â– forest hills / van ness PSA 203

cleveland park

Burglary â– 3000-3099 block, Veazey Terrace; 9:15 a.m. May 20. â–  3000-3099 block, Veazey Terrace; 8:04 p.m. May 22. â–  4000-4199 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:29 p.m. May 24. Theft â–  3600-3699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:18 p.m. May 19.

psa 204

â– Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights

Robbery â– 2400-2798 block, Calvert St.; 11:44 a.m. May 19 (with gun). Sexual abuse â–  2301-2499 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1 a.m. May 24. Theft â–  2400-2432 block, 39th St.; 6:36 p.m. May 19. â–  8th and G streets; 3:27 p.m. May 21. â–  2200-2298 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 12:49 p.m. May 22. â–  2300-2315 block, Calvert St.; 8:20 p.m. May 23.

psa 205

chusetts Ave.; 9:48 a.m. May 21. Theft â– 3400-3499 block, Nebraska Ave.; 9:55 p.m. May 22.

psa 401

â– colonial village PSA 401

shepherd park / takoma

Assault with dangerous weapon â– 6658-6799 block, Georgia Ave.; 1 p.m. May 20 (with knife). Burglary â–  6601-6699 block, 16th St.; 1:21 p.m. May 20. Theft â–  7100-7199 block, Georgia Ave.; 6:38 a.m. May 19. â–  6700-6799 block, 4th St.; 12:39 p.m. May 19. â–  1600-1641 block, Kalmia Road; 1:11 p.m. May 22. â–  Georgia Avenue and Hemlock Street; 6:22 p.m. May 22. â–  6900-7099 block, Georgia Ave.; 7:35 p.m. May 23. Theft from auto â–  6658-6799 block, Georgia Ave.; 8:25 a.m. May 19. â–  8200-8235 block, Eastern Ave.; 6:49 a.m. May 20. â–  6900-7099 block, Georgia Ave.; 1:44 p.m. May 21. â–  900-999 block, Butternut St.; 1:31 p.m. May 22. â–  6721-6799 block, Luzon Ave.; 9:57 a.m. May 24.

psa PSA 402 402

â– Brightwood / manor park

Assault with a dangerous weapon â– 500-699 block, Roxboro Place; 5:20 p.m. May 20. Burglary â–  6100-6199 block, 16th St.; 1:49 p.m. May 21. Motor vehicle theft â–  5712-5799 block, 6th St.; 12:30 a.m. May 21. Theft â–  6212-6299 block, 5th St.; 9:39 a.m. May 20. â–  6300-6311 block, 5th St.; 1:15 p.m. May 21. â–  1400-1499 block, Fort Stevens Drive; 6:41 p.m. May 21. â–  5700-5799 block, 3rd Place; 4 p.m. May 23. â–  5910-5999 block, Georgia Ave.; 8 p.m. May 23. Theft from auto â–  6100-6199 block, Georgia Ave.; 3 p.m. May 21. â–  1400-1499 block, Fort Stevens Drive; 2:15 a.m. May 22.

psa 403

â– Brightwood / petworth

â– palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Brightwood park PSA 403

Burglary â– 3900-4099 block, Massa-

Robbery â– 900-935 block, Kennedy St.;

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

16th Street heights

2:20 p.m. May 22. Theft â– 800-899 block, Jefferson St.; 6:55 p.m. May 20. â–  5300-5399 block, 1st St.; 7:53 a.m. May 21. â–  500-699 block, Kennedy St.; 3:30 p.m. May 21. â–  500-699 block, Kennedy St.; 7:21 a.m. May 23. â–  1300-1331 block, Missouri Ave.; 4:30 p.m. May 23. Theft from auto â–  1500-1599 block, Hamilton St.; 2:50 p.m. May 20.

psa 404

â– 16th Street HEIGHTS PSA 404


Sexual abuse â– 4500-4599 block, Georgia Ave.; 9 p.m. May 24. Burglary â–  1300-1399 block, Randolph St.; 12:58 p.m. May 22. â–  828-899 block, Quincy St.; 5:55 a.m. May 23. â–  4700-4799 block, 13th St.; 11:24 a.m. May 23. Theft â–  1300-1391 block, Delafield Place; 2:41 p.m. May 19. â–  1300-1399 block, Emerson St.; 5:30 p.m. May 19. â–  4500-4599 block, 13th St.; 6 p.m. May 19. â–  1200-1299 block, Delafield Place; 6 p.m. May 20. â–  4000-4099 block, Georgia Ave.; 5:30 p.m. May 21. â–  4000-4099 block, Georgia Ave.; 2:24 p.m. May 24. Theft from auto â–  4500-4599 block, Georgia Ave.; 6:32 a.m. May 19. â–  4400-4499 block, Georgia Ave.; 6:30 p.m. May 24.

psa PSA 407 407 â– petworth

Robbery â– 4200-4299 block, 9th St.; 10:58 p.m. May 22 (with gun). Assault with a dangerous weapon â–  4200-4299 block, 2nd St.; 3:09 p.m. May 22 (with knife). Burglary â–  1-99 block, Farragut Place; 8:01 p.m. May 19. â–  5000-5099 block, 3rd St.; 10:04 a.m. May 22. â–  900-999 block, Crittenden St.; 8 a.m. May 23. â–  4910-4999 block, 5th St.; 8:50 p.m. May 24. Theft â–  4400-4499 block, 8th St.; 12:23 p.m. May 22. Theft from auto â–  5401-5499 block, Georgia Ave.; 4:45 a.m. May 19. â–  900-999 block, Farragut St.; 9:12 a.m. May 20. â–  4700-4799 block, 8th St.; 1:50 p.m. May 22.

The Current Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Activists push D.C. Council Pediatric oncology unit approved for Sibley to fund anti-poverty efforts By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

By GEORGE ALTSHULER Current Correspondent

As D.C. Council members negotiated a budget for the coming fiscal year, anti-poverty activists with the DC Fair Budget Coalition lobbied in the Wilson Building Friday. Throughout the day, advocates coupled emotional personal stories relating to poverty with the specifics of the budget, which the council will vote on today. The coalition is made up of about 80 organizations that are collaborating on budget issues. The group’s recommendations include $5.4 million for Permanent Supportive Housing, rather than the proposed $4.7 million; and providing a $10 million investment in the tenantbased Local Rent Supplement program, while the mayor’s budget calls for only $4 million. “I’m trying to tell you that housing is the lifeblood — that’s what we need,� said Charles Crews, an advocate who became homeless following the recession. Crews said that people often feel “lost� when they are homeless and that having a place to live gives people back their dignity and allows them to find jobs. Despite the coalition’s focus on specific requests, the group leaders

emphasized the importance of collectively addressing the different factors that contribute to poverty. “You can’t be successful if you target only one issue,� said Janelle Treibitz, the coalition’s campaign organizer. “You can certainly make a dent, but we feel like a holistic approach is the only way we’re going to be able to reduce inequality.� Patricia Mullahy Fugere, executive director of the Washington Legal Clinic for the homeless, helped to found the coalition in 1994. “We saw decision-makers pitting one need or population against another,� she said. “We felt that if we presented a united front we’d have a better chance at promoting a range of programs.� She explained that the coalition was formed when poverty programs faced huge potential cuts in 1994, but she said the work remains urgent because of the gentrification of the past few years. Activists Friday emphasized the extent to which development has changed the District; the theme of the day was “A Tale of Two Cities.� For example, Treibitz said that since 2005 the District has tripled its highSee Budget/Page 5

The week ahead Wednesday, May 28

The D.C. League of Women Voters, DC Appleseed, DC Vote and the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law will hold a forum on election reform, including options like open primaries and instant runoff voting. Panelists include Fair Vote executive director Rob Ritchie, at-large D.C. Council member David Grosso, political activist Peter Rosenstein and D.C. Board of Elections chair Deborah Nichols. The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the fifth-floor Moot Court Room, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. Admission is free, but reservations are required at â– The University of the District of Columbia Community-Campus Task Force will hear updates on student center construction, Vision 2020 Strategic Plan implementation and student housing issues. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room A-03, Building 44, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Thursday, May 29

Sibley Memorial Hospital recently received city permission to add pediatric oncology services as a partnership with Children’s National Medical Center. The hospital will be renovating part of its 5255 Loughboro Road facility to better serve children, and the partnership will begin in six to 12 months. Anne

Langley, senior director of health planning and community engagement at Johns Hopkins Medicine (which acquired Sibley in 2010), discussed the plans yesterday in an interview with The Current. “We clearly demonstrated that there’s a need for this service for kids in the District,� said Langley. “It’s compelling when you have the president of Children’s National at your side saying kids are getSee Sibley/Page 5


The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. â– The Kalorama Citizens Association will hold its annual election of officers at 7 p.m. at Good Will Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Road NW. The meeting will also include a police report and an update from Mary Belcher on the Walter Pierce Park Archaeology Project. â–  The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its annual meeting, which will include an awards presentation and remarks by Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. â–  A community meeting on the Park Van Ness project will focus on the current phase of construction and traffic control plans. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW.


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The D.C. Department of Health will host animal health fairs in wards 3 and 4. The events will feature dog licensing, free vaccinations, veterinary advice, and information on emergency preparedness and animal laws. The Ward 3 event will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Newark Street Dog Park at 39th and Newark streets NW; the Ward 4 event will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Upshur Dog Park, 4300 Arkansas Ave. NW. â– The Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW, will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is suggested; visit (use Sponsor Code 05314829) or call 1-800-733-2767.




Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Current

District Digest Leadership changing at Ellington School

A new head of school will take over in July at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts with the departure of Rory Pullens after nine years as principal, according to a news release. The Burleith high school’s board of directors voted to approve John Payne, currently director of student affairs at Ellington, as the

new head of school. Payne has worked at the school for 20 years and previously served as interim head of school. Pullens announced his resignation to staff and faculty members earlier this month, citing family and personal reasons. He will return to his hometown of Los Angeles, where he will serve as executive director of arts education for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Pullens will continue to assist Ellington as a consultant on administrative transition and fundraising, according to the release. During his tenure at the school, Ellington has retained a 98 percent graduation rate and a 95 percent college acceptance rate, and it has raised over $4 million through a performance series that has featured recording artists such as Sting, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind & Fire.


Tudor Place receives preservation award

The Tudor Place Historic House and Garden recently won a national award for preservation and collections care, according to a news release. Established in 1999, the Ross Merrill Award is presented by Heritage Preservation and the American Institute of Historic and Artistic Works. A panel of preservation and conservation experts selects the recipients. Officials will bestow the award at a June 18 ceremony at the Georgetown mansion. “It is an honor to see the often quiet work of many years recognized with this highly coveted award,� executive director Leslie Buhler says in the release. Since taking over the estate in 1984 from its last private owner, the Tudor Place Foundation has worked to inventory, catalogue, assess and conserve the historic and cultural assets. The collections staff has grown from one person to three, and a comprehensive Master Preservation Plan is now in place to emphasize implementation of best practices. The award committee also cited the museum’s conservationfocused outreach, including efforts to ensure that events, tours and educational programs do not harm the house, grounds or collections.

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The Cleveland & Woodley Park Village recently celebrated its first anniversary with a party at the Broadmoor Ballroom. The May 18 event included a talk by journalist, author and political commentator Cokie Roberts,

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who hailed the growth of “agingin-place� villages throughout the region and the country over the past decade. The group — known up until now as Cleveland Park Village — also unveiled its new name, which reflects its recent expansion into Woodley Park. A new logo designed pro bono by Paul Frick of Home Front Communications is “designed to convey friendship and activity and to reflect elements of the local neighborhoods,� according to a news release. Several of the village’s 99 members and 145 volunteers spoke at the event. Anne Jarman cited the emergence of a friendship with a volunteer who initially signed up to do leaf raking for her. David Shulenburger said that helping people with home repairs has let him once again enjoy the kind of tasks he has not done since moving to an apartment.

Cafe Deluxe opens at West End hotel

Cafe Deluxe recently opened its fifth restaurant in the region, adding a West End location to its collection of American bistros. The new spot is located on the first floor of the new 238-room Hilton Garden Inn at 22nd and M streets NW, according to a news release. The 162-seat restaurant offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner menus, including favorites like a selection of egg Benedicts, grilled salmon, braised boneless short ribs and chicken pot pie and new items including ahi tuna steak and a New York strip. A gluten-free menu is also available. The bar features over 60 wines, 13 beers on tap and new cocktails. Happy hour, which runs from 3:30 to 7 p.m., includes $4 Stella Artois drafts and house wines, $5 margaritas and cosmos and $1 off all draft beers. An outdoor patio with 40 seats will open this summer, and a 40-person private dining room offers Wi-Fi and audio-visual capabilities. The restaurant, which will also provide hotel room service, opens at 6:30 a.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays. Closing is at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Other Cafe Deluxe sites are in Cleveland Park, Tysons Corner, Bethesda and Gaithersburg. Along with its guest rooms, the new Hilton Garden Inn — billed as the “upscale yet affordable� version of Hilton — offers room for events with up to 250 attendees. The hotel at 2201 M St. has a rooftop pool and business and fitness centers.


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SIBLEY: City agency agrees to hospital’s plan for new pediatric services

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cost rental units while losing half of its affordable housing. At-large D.C. Council members David Grosso and Anita Bonds addressed the crowd of about 150 advocates. Grosso echoed the theme of inequality within the city, particularly when it comes to the issue of what to do with the District’s surpluses. “We have $1.75 billion in savings right now. Is that the best priority for our city?� he asked, as audience members cheered. Bonds praised the coalition’s efforts, and discussed likely outcomes of some budget disagreements. “We think we have at least seven votes to prevent cuts to [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families],� she said proudly, as the crowd applauded. She added that she hopes to keep the Local Rent Supplement program “as solvent as possible� and to add to it. She said the council intends to increase the maximum aid families can receive for purchasing singlefamily homes from $44,000 to $50,000. Later in the day, when coalition members went to lobby the offices of individual council members, the emotional underpinnings of their agenda came to the fore as advocates told their stories to legislative aides and council members. Nkechi Feaster, an activist who lives in temporary housing, said it’s important to counter the stereotype that poor people are lazy and are at fault for their predicaments. “I’m someone who got laid off from three jobs in four years and lost my apartment,� said Feaster. “That sounds like someone who fell on hard times and just needs to get back on their feet.�

ting suboptimal care.� As approved April 30 by the D.C. State Health Planning and Development Agency, Sibley will be able to offer cancer treatment to children using conventional radiation methods and, in a few years, proton therapy — which concentrates radiation on specific areas to reduce collateral damage. The health agency issues “certificates of need� to hospitals wishing to add treatment options, aiming to ensure that facilities across the District don’t simultaneously invest in expensive technology and wind up with a citywide excess of capacity.

“The Applicant has demonstrated that pediatric patients needing radiation therapy do not have local access to the specialized oncology services,� agency director Amha Selassie wrote in the approval report. Children’s has referred an average of 75 of its patients per year to outside oncologists, including 18 kids per year who receive the costlier proton therapy. “They don’t have radiation oncology,� Langley said of Children’s. “So they’re partnering with us to deliver that one piece of oncology services for kids that allows patients to be treated in the same continuity of care.� Sibley is building a $129 million proton therapy center that will be one of just two in D.C. when

STODDERT: Students win contest From Page 1

Scholastic chose the Stoddert students as the winners with the help of a judges panel of professional children’s book authors. Among them were Blue Balliett, who wrote “Chasing Vermeer,� and Brandon Mull, who wrote the “Beyonders� and “Fablehaven� series. Judy Schachner, creator of the “Skippyjon Jones� series, also participated. In an interview with The Current, O’Beirne said his current crop of students is one of the most creative he has ever taught. “Coming into the school year, I noticed they were unusually good at writing,� he said. “They were way ahead of where they should have been at the beginning of the year.� O’Beirne added that Schneider deserved most of the credit for helping the students with their book, along with their first-grade teachers who evidently prepared them well. The Stoddert class beat out more than 1,000 other student groups from across the country, according to

Scholastic representative Joan Scarff, who announced the news to Stoddert’s entire student body at a school assembly last Wednesday afternoon. Upon hearing the news, students burst into applause, waving their hands in excitement and jumping into the air. On its website, Scholastic praises “A Home for the Winter� for its artwork as much as for its story: “The evocative illustrations show the transitions from eagle to black bear, to deer and back to eagle again, bringing us into the minds of each of the animals.� The publishing company’s annual “Kids Are Authors� contest aims to get students excited about reading, writing and illustrating. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible to participate, working in groups of three or more. This year’s nonfiction grand prizewinners are kindergarten students from the American International School of Zagreb, Croatia. Two entries earning honorable mentions came from Frederick, Md.

it opens in 2017, the other being a smaller center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The Sibley center will include one room especially for children; Langley said it was difficult to estimate the extra cost of adding this room because equipment will be shared with the two treatment rooms for adults, which the city approved last spring. The hospital is also spending $460,000 on renovations including creating a children-friendly waiting room. Langley said Sibley is a strong partner for Children’s both because of the proton therapy center and because, although it’s not a pediatric hospital itself, it has access to physicians and researchers across the Johns Hopkins Health network.

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Beyond the classroom

A new D.C. Public Schools task force is developing a curriculum for field trips, aiming to provide teachers with ideas of where to go and lesson plans that relate the experience to classroom learning. Members might ask Michelle Koerner and Eileen Langholtz, among others, for advice. The two enrichment coordinators at Eaton Elementary have already devised such a program for their school, where all students visit museums, theaters, libraries, parks and more. The pair has also worked with teachers to develop lessons for both before and after each trip that connect with the students’ broader curriculum. Ms. Koerner and Ms. Langholtz demonstrate what’s possible when a school has strong educators and, of course, funding. Thus we hope D.C. Public Schools officials will consider adding another component to their proposal: money. Ideas for destinations and lesson plans are a great starting point, and they will no doubt provide inspiration to some teachers who aren’t already taking advantage of the city’s staggering array of non-classroom educational resources. But we think each school should also have a dedicated pot of money for funding such programs. Because truly, in the 12-plus years our students spend in the city’s school system, every one of them should check out the Old Masters at the National Gallery, learn about abolitionism at the Frederick Douglass house, examine ecology in Rock Creek Park and maybe even imagine the War of 1812 at Dumbarton House. There are too many amazing resources in Washington to even list. Of course, as Eaton’s experience attests, many schools are already taking advantage. We think that as the task force moves forward, members should take an inventory of what each school is already doing. That assessment would both inform the group’s proposals and help determine which programs need extra support to get their students out of the classroom. Crowds of schoolchildren from around the country can be spotted at city sites each day; let’s ensure our local kids are among them.

Accessible restaurants

As the District enjoys a restaurant boom, with new eateries blanketing some parts of town, the D.C. Office of Human Rights wants to ensure one demographic doesn’t miss out on these new dining options: people with disabilities. The agency has launched an admirable campaign to share a series of tips that restaurant operators can use to boost the accessibility of their establishments. With few business owners still unaware of the need for facilities like elevators and wheelchair ramps, the Human Rights Office is now calling attention to matters such as staff training, service dog policies, low lighting and closely packed tables that can leave a restaurant off-limits for some patrons. This is a win-win effort, with the potential not only to improve the dining options for people with disabilities but also to let restaurants know how they can attract a wider customer base. Elliot Imse, policy director at the Human Rights Office, notes that if someone can’t get his or her wheelchair into a restaurant, the establishment loses not only that customer but also everyone in the same party. A particularly important part of this initiative, though, is that it is voluntary. Mr. Imse calls the program a “friendly business approach to try and find ways to work together” — not a mandate that all city restaurants must implement operational changes. The agency doesn’t have authority over businesses, and the D.C. Council and other regulators haven’t codified its recommendations. While we certainly support accommodating people with disabilities, we are also cognizant of the difficulties faced by small businesses. For instance, it’s impossible for a wheelchair to navigate between tables that are too close together, but some restaurants must optimize the capacity of their space to stay economically viable. Wider gaps between tables would mean fewer seats. Restaurateurs should be made aware of the burdens posed to people with disabilities — but they also need the flexibility to make their own business decisions. If at some future point the Human Rights Office’s tips are adopted into law, we would urge a cautious approach to both mandating and enforcing them.

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Campaign and school boundaries …


id you catch the joint appearance of Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser and independent David Catania, thrashing out the hot-button issue of changing school boundaries? Well, no, you didn’t catch it. That’s because there hasn’t been any joint appearance since Bowser handily won the April 1 primary, now more than eight weeks ago. In a common political move, Bowser essentially has been acting as if there were no race. Meanwhile, underdog Catania has been nipping at Bowser, trying to draw her out on schools and other issues like development, affordable housing and homelessness. It wasn’t until recently that Bowser — either irritated or feeling some heat — dropped her ignoreCatania stance. Catania had released a piece of campaign literature across the Anacostia River accusing Bowser of being a puppet of old development cronies who had crowded around then-Mayor Adrian Fenty. Bowser called the pamphlet “sexist rhetoric” that suggested she didn’t know what she’s doing. The Washington Post editorial page, which endorsed Bowser in the primary and appears decided on the general election, also joined in. It criticized Catania’s brochure as “an implication that a woman can’t think for herself.” The Post said it feared Catania was out of bounds and signaling a nasty race ahead. Ben Young, Catania’s campaign chair, dismissed Bowser’s sexism charge, saying it was “as empty as her record on issues affecting women.” But the real fight is brewing over the looming shakeup in school boundaries. It has parents across the city nervous, wondering whether their children will be yanked from neighborhood schools in some type of lottery. Education standards, property values and family commitments to schools hang in the balance, many parents say. “They are very worried in Ward 5, Tom,” D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie said of his constituents on the WAMU 88.5 “Politics Hour” last week. “We’ve got to figure out how we inspire more confidence in our parents to make sure that they’re sending their kids to a neighborhood school.” Catania has taken the clearest position on the school boundary changes. He says simply that he wants to “push the pause button” until the school system can get a better handle on reforms across the city. He says that will ease a lot of fears. Bowser last week firmed up her position on the boundary debate. She earlier had suggested some boundary change proposals were worthy of exploring, potentially weakening matter-of-right school designations. But then last week, she told a meeting

of Ward 3 Democrats that she would not support any boundary changes suggested in initial filings from Mayor Vincent Gray and Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith. A final boundary proposal is due from Gray and Smith in September. Washington Post reporter Aaron Davis wrote that Bowser’s change on the boundary issue “appeared to be a strategic attempt to stamp out criticism that she has lacked a clearly defined position.” Again, Catania’s campaign skewered Bowser, with Young saying, “She’s making it up as she goes along.” Bowser defeated Mayor Gray and other candidates in the April Democratic primary. Just days later, she told WAMU’s “Politics Hour” that she ultimately would engage other candidates at forums in the Nov. 4 general election, but not until Catania and any other contenders formally qualified for ballot. That won’t occur until early September. Many parents may not want to wait that long to hear a thorough discussion of education policies the next mayor may want to pursue. And it seems Bowser herself is recalibrating the Catania annoyance. Echoing comments she made earlier this month to the Ward 4 Democrats, she warned the Ward 3 Democrats gathering last week that the general election is not a sure thing. She urged the Democrats to “go out and tell everybody that this is not a walk-away election.” Again, Washington Post reporter Aaron Davis: “Bowser’s comments were her most extensive public remarks in a political setting in weeks, and appeared to coincide with a return to more deliberate campaigning as Catania has begun to make inroads in appealing to Democrats.” Bowser and her campaign also no longer are suggesting that Catania will pull out of the mayor’s race and run for re-election or retire from the council. “May I put that to rest?” Catania told WAMU on May 16. “The people of our city deserve to know where their next mayor will take the city.” Maybe we’ll have a real race, after all, but it is still far too early to tell. ■ Unity Fundraiser. The Bowser campaign is ramping up in other ways. It has scheduled a May 31 “Unity Fundraiser” downtown at the Capitale lounge on K Street NW. The invitation host committee includes about 310 names. One little nitpick — Marilyn Tyler-Brown’s name appears twice — but it appears to be just an alphabetizing glitch with her hyphenated name. Leading the list are five council members: Marion Barry, Anita Bonds, Jack Evans, Kenyan McDuffie and Tommy Wells. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Eaton uses city as extended classroom

We read with interest last week’s article in The Current announcing the D.C. Public Schools system’s rollout of its “City as Our Classroom” program. This is an excellent initiative that can improve education for students across the city. It should be noted, however, that Cleveland Park’s John Eaton Elementary School has already been routinely using the city’s resources and cultural sites to complement curriculum across all subject areas. Over the past four years,

the two of us have created and implemented this program in collaboration with school leadership, teachers and parents. All Eaton students, pre-K through fifth grade, venture into the city to take advantage of resources that include museum visits, demonstrations, professional speakers, theater performances, historical walking tours, libraryand ranger-led programs, and a variety of expert-led experiences. Moreover, third- through fifthgraders utilize and learn how to navigate public transportation as an integral part of their educational experience. Our enrichment programs are educationally successful because they are carefully designed with teachers to align with classroom

learning. We have developed relationships with professionals throughout the city as we plan, vet and tailor Eaton programs. This careful process informs our preand post-visit lessons, adds to our library of reference materials, and enhances learning at Eaton. Over the past four years, our enrichment model has leveraged the city’s resources to supplement the classroom curriculum. We commend D.C. Public Schools for considering this approach for students across the city, and we hope that as it gets started, officials will recognize the successful and established Eaton model. Michelle Koerner Eileen Langholtz Enrichment Coordinators, Eaton Elementary School

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Letters to the Editor I have no idea where Mr. McGrath obtained his information on Patterson House [Letters to the Editor, May 21]. The 1956 addition built by the Washington Club will be demolished to make way for a new building, which was approved by the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board. Most of the apartments will be in the new building. Only a few will occupy the top two floors of Patterson House; the rest of the house will be used as common spaces by residents. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the outside will be carefully restored, preserved and maintained. While listing on the National Register does not prevent interior changes, the ones proposed are in keeping with an understanding of the importance of this architectural treasure. Amy Ballard

democracy are not a winning strategy. But we did not file suit to win budget autonomy. In fact, rather than suing to change the law, the council and the voters changed the law through legislation. It was only because the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own attorney general refused to enforce the new law that the council had no choice but to bring suit to get that law enforced. We intend to support that suit in the Court of Appeals. Finally, Mr. Sherwood says that pursuing statehood is the logical next strategic step. We strongly support statehood and will back any effort to get there. But we also must recognize the challenges in moving a statehood bill through a Congress that soundly rejected the last statehood bill and that since then has been unwilling or unable to give even a small sliver of statelike authority to the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including budget autonomy. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean we shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t push for statehood. We should. But at the same time we should fight for the democracy to which we are entitled by using every tool and forum at our disposal. Kimberly Perry

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Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent ruling against the Local Budget Autonomy Act. But we think his characterization of the implications of that ruling is not completely fair. First, Mr. Sherwood calls the Local Budget Autonomy Act an â&#x20AC;&#x153;end runâ&#x20AC;? of Congress. But that was never the intention of the effort. In fact, an end run on Congress is impossible â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even if the courts eventually uphold the budget law. Congress can overturn any D.C. law at any time. And in this case, the new budget law was a highly visible effort that we ourselves brought to Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attention. The law underwent a required 35-day review period established by Congress itself, and Congress did nothing to disapprove it. In fact, going to Congress for budget autonomy remains our first choice in this fight, and it is a strategy we have pursued for several years. The local budget act was simply our second choice in a planned â&#x20AC;&#x153;two-trackâ&#x20AC;? strategy to achieve budget autonomy. This second track â&#x20AC;&#x201D; amending the home rule charter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was successful. The D.C. Council passed it, the mayor signed it, the Board of Elections certified it and the people ratified it. And most importantly, Congress allowed it to become law. Mr. Sherwood also says that the latest court ruling shows that lawsuits brought to advance D.C.

At a recent presentation to parents regarding the deputy mayor for educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed boundary and feeder pattern changes for D.C. Public Schools, it was disclosed that when presented with the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal of â&#x20AC;&#x153;equitable access to quality schoolsâ&#x20AC;? the deputy mayor had no idea what that meant and the advisory committee offered no guidance or opinion either. That all involved did not reflexively voice strong support for quality schools that provide a first-class education to all students and to equip them with the skills needed to function and thrive in a rapidly changing world shows not only that this entire process has been poorly executed and managed, but that there are significant questions as to what and to whom the participants are committed. I have attended numerous meetings and presentations about the boundary and feeder proposals. At each, attendees have voiced the concern that the neighborhood and geographic location be the primary consideration in feeder patterns, and data from every ward in the city reiterates this. Yet it is not clear that the deputy mayor or the advisory committee has heard this and taken it into account. Further, the proposals fail to address resources and facilities. It seems as though these plans have been nothing more than programs

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and educational approaches cherrypicked from current thinking of socalled policy experts with no idea on how to deliver them in what are, in many cases, already overcrowded schools. But the biggest concern, as noted above, has been the failure to develop a plan to deliver quality schools. Indeed, as two of the three current proposals could entail breaking up already high-performing schools and sending students across the city, one has to wonder if this entire process has been nothing more than a smoke screen designed to achieve the perception that quality is being addressed when in fact it is doing nothing of the kind. With the impending mayoral election and Mayor Vincent Gray and his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status as lame ducks, we need to hit the pause button and let the new mayor begin anew. Put together a committee with residents, not policy wonks, and develop a plan in a slow, methodical way that addresses the fundamental issues of resources, facilities and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; most importantly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; quality. Nick Charles Jacobs Glover Park

Cathedral bells are neighborhood perk

I am sorry Ms. Murray is disturbed by the Washington National Cathedral bells [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bell peals will disturb neighbors,â&#x20AC;? Letters to the Editor, May 21]. We love hearing the bells and consider the fact that we can hear them from our home to be a plus for our house and its location. I love it when spring comes and I can open the windows and doors, making it easier to hear the magnificent bells. A full exchange is a thing of beauty as well as skill, and I looked forward to hearing them over the weekend. Anne Snodgrass

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Is the Washington National Cathedral interested in being a good neighbor or not? Noise, in the form of intrusive tolling of bells, can be extremely annoying [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bell peals will disturb neighbors,â&#x20AC;? Letters to the Editor, May 21]. Why should local residents have to put up with it? A half-hour of ringing, with lots of time in between, is enough. Officials at the Cathedral should pay attention to community realities, and Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office should also try to address issues that matter to the community. R. J. Jones Glover Park

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in the Black Box Theater, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. Agenda items include: ■ announcements/open forum. ■ police report. ■ consideration of and possible resolution on a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception to permit Massage Envy to operate at 4620 Wisconsin Ave. ■ consideration of and possible resolution on a public space application to add an awning for the outside cafe at DeCarlo’s Restaurant, 4822 Yuma St. ■ consideration of and possible resolution on a public space application to add an awning for the outside cafe at a new restaurant at 4619 41st St. ■ consideration of and possible resolution regarding a proposal to prohibit left turns from Nebraska Avenue onto 42nd Street from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and from 4 to 6:30 p.m. ■ consideration of and possible resolution regarding a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception to permit a rear screened porch at 3918 Jenifer St. ■ consideration of and possible resolution regarding an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for a change to the license for Public Tenley, 4611 41st St. ■ presentation by the proprietors of Range regarding plans for a “Lunchbox” restaurant to be located in the atrium of Chevy Chase Pavilion. ■ discussion of and possible resolution in support of updated Renewable Portfolio Standards. ■ discussion of and possible resolution in support of the Coal-Fired Power Prohibition Act pending before the D.C. Council. ■ discussion of and possible resolution in support of the construction of an outdoor swimming pool in Ward 3. For details, visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy ■ CHEVY CHASE

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 9, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, send an email to or call 202-363-5803. ANC 4A ANC Village 4A Colonial ■ colonial village / crestwood Shepherd Park Shepherd Park / brightwood Crestwood 16th street heights The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, at the Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 13th and Van Buren streets NW. Agenda items include: ■ discussion of Ward 4 school boundaries. ■ discussion of renovation of The

Chevy Chase Citizens Association

Our association has new leadership for the first time in four years. At our annual election last week, Samantha Nolan was elected president, replacing Jonathan Lawlor. Nolan, who had been serving as first vice president, has long been active in our neighborhood. She has directed our Neighborhood Watch program and is a member of the Chief of Police’s Citizens Advisory Council for the District. She leads crime prevention training sessions citywide, and she operates her own private tutoring practice for children with learning problems. She also has served as an advisory neighborhood commissioner. Barbara Elkus, who had been second vice president, has moved up to first vice president. After retiring from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she worked with environmental advocacy groups. She now heads the board of Rock Creek Conservancy. A chemist, Elkus has been instrumental in creating a database for tracking our membership. Andrea Harnett is the new second vice president. Harnett, a former assistant U.S. attorney, is a magistrate judge at D.C. Superior Court with many years of experience handling civil, family and criminal cases. She has been active in our public safety programs. Sandy Cihlar is now treasurer, replacing longtime treasurer Joan Linderman. Cihlar, who had served as assistant treasurer, serves as her block’s co-captain for Neighborhood Watch. She works as a systems analyst part time for a Defense Department contractor and has a parttime private psychotherapy practice. Anne Mascolino was elected secretary, replacing Debbie Parker. Mascolino is a registered nurse who has been teaching qi gong at the Chevy Chase Community Center. A block captain in Neighborhood Watch, she also is involved in church, neighborhood and volunteer activities. Susan McCarthy will be assistant secretary, an appointed position, and Nancy Taylor will continue serving as at-large member of the nominating committee. We welcome all of our new officers and look forward to a successful 2014-2015 year. — Ted Gest

Shepherd Park Citizens Association

The Shepherd Park Citizens Association recently held its community and annual election meeting. Speakers included representatives from the East Rock Creek Village on seniors aging in place; D.C. Department of Transportation on the Kalmia Road and 16th Street Bridge projects; Tifereth Israel Congregation on its renovation project; Madison & Company LLC and Whole Foods as potential Walter Reed redevelopment occupants; Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser’s office; and Dwayne Tolliver, advisory neighborhood commissioner 4A02. Updates on the association’s garden tour, yard sale and picnic were also discussed. The new association board members for 2014-2015 are Adrienne Antoine and Michelle Colson, co-presidents; Mark Pattison, vice president; Tim Shuy, immediate past president; Carl Bergman, treasurer; Yvette Pearson, corresponding secretary/membership coordinator; June Confer, recording secretary; Eddie Cordone, Bonnie Randolph and Josh Gorman, at-large members; Paula Sanderlin Dorosti, Ed Atkins and Norris Dodson, delegates to the Federation of Citizens Associations; Rosemary Reed Miller and Donalee Wood, delegates to the Federation of Civic Associations; and Cynthia Prather, newsletter editor. Congratulations to all as they prepare for their yearlong term, which begins July 1. Shepherd Park, Colonial Village and North Portal Estate residents — it’s time to clean out your closets, attic and basement for the 18th annual community yard sale on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8. You can participate on Saturday, Sunday or both days and sell at your home or at the central location in front of Shepherd Elementary School (along 14th Street). The revised deadline for registration is Sunday, June 1. The association will take care of placing ads, putting up signs, and making a directory of sales and posting it on the association’s website. Any questions? Contact Kelly Shuy at or 240-515-5515. To obtain yard sale tips or download the registration form, go to the association’s website at Drop off completed forms in the box at Ledo Pizza, 7435 Georgia Ave. NW. — Bonnie Randolph Blairs apartment complex. ■ discussion of HELP USA. ■ presentation on commemoration plans for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens. ■ discussion of a stop sign at Floral Street and Alaska Avenue. For details, call 202-450-6225 or visit

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Cadets claim inaugural DCSAA baseball crown By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Jake Bernstein and the nine other seniors on the St. John’s baseball team enjoyed their prom on Friday night, getting to bed around 2 a.m. Beforehand the Cadets had been instructed by their coach Mark Gibbs to be safe and remember they were playing for the first-ever D.C. State Athletic Association baseball championship at Nationals Park on Saturday morning. “We were really responsible last night,” said Bernstein. “We knew we had to get to bed early; we had an early game. Coach Gibbs was very nice to us letting us enjoy prom. It’s special for us seniors. We didn’t take that for granted. We were ready.” Despite the festivities of the night before, the only thing that looked different about the Cadets on game day was their clean-shaven look, after team members grew mustaches for their conference title run two weeks ago. In Saturday’s game St. John’s — the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion — knocked off St. Albans, winner of the Interstate Athletic Conference crown. The Cadets’ 6-3 win earned them the inaugural DCSAA title. The city championship, originally dubbed the D.C. Classic, used to feature the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title winner against a private school play-in game victor. This was the first tournament with a full bracket under the DCSAA. “It feels good because we won the [WCAC] championship and season championship, and now we won a third one with the D.C. championship,” said sophomore Josh Simon,

who was named the game’s MVP. “It’s great to win all three.” For the Cadets, who spent all their focus on winning the WCAC, the DCSAA was a new experience. Having never participated in the oldformat tournament, the team could have been ripe for a letdown. Gibbs’ challenge was to get his kids prepared to play for one more tournament despite the circumstances. “It’s an interesting experience particularly for the kids, because for us it’s about going out to win the WCAC tournament,” said Gibbs. “It’s tough to keep going, particularly for two weeks. You have exams and prom last night. But we had a lot of fun.” One major boost for the Cadets was the chance to play in a professional ballpark. The big stage in particular motivated the team. “Just looking around and seeing how big it really is and seeing what major league players play on, it’s what I’ve always dreamed of,” said senior catcher Brett Simon. “It’s my perfect home.”

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The turning point in Saturday’s DCSAA title game came at the top of the second inning when Cadets senior catcher Brett Simon narrowly saved a ball from going out of play and fired it to senior pitcher Kyle Lefelar, above left, to tag out a St. Albans player at the plate. Both teams struggled to get a feel for the playing surface at Nationals Park, with both catchers mishandling pitches in the hard dirt at the plate. St. John’s, with scores from wild pitches, was able to build a 2-1 lead in the early going. “It’s a much different surface that you’re playing on than anywhere else that we’ve played,” said Gibbs. “It’s a whole lot harder; the ball spins a little differently.” But that didn’t stop the team from making some key defensive plays. In the top of the second, St. Albans had a runner in scoring position and Simon, the catcher, mishandled a pitch. The ball squirted toward the Cadets dugout, inches from going out of play. The senior hustled after the ball and flipped it back to home plate, where senior Kyle Lefelar

made the tagout to preserve the 2-1 lead and swing momentum toward St. John’s. “Leading up to that I was kind of disappointed in myself for missing a few fastballs,” the catcher said. “Once that one got by me, I knew there was a play to be made. I just hustled. It kept us in the game.” St. John’s proceeded to take control in the fifth inning, when senior pitcher Garrett Pearson earned three straight strikeouts. That set up the Cadets batters, who were determined to leave no runners stranded after missing a few opportunities earlier in the game. Pearson finished with eight strikeouts. “Garrett has done a heck of a job for us all year,” said Gibbs. “This is what we wanted — we wanted three seniors to go on the hill, and they all

did a fantastic job.” The Cadets heated up in the bottom of the inning, with junior A.J. Lee earning an RBI on a bunt to give St. John’s a 3-1 lead. Moments later junior Jackson Coviello ripped a shot to center field to score two runners and senior Bo Williams added an RBI to put the Cadets ahead with a commanding 6-1 lead. “We were taking good at-bats all day and hit some balls hard,” said Bernstein. “We got some guys in scoring position; we didn’t get them in earlier, but in that inning it all came together.” In the top of the sixth inning, St. Albans tried to rally and scored two runs. But the team couldn’t come any closer, with senior Brodie Leftridge closing out the game on the mound for St. John’s.

Gonzaga captures rowing championship, redemption By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Gonzaga’s rowers waited all year for a chance to redeem themselves at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America championship. The Eagles caught a costly crab in last year’s national title regatta — meaning an oar got stuck and acted as a brake to slow the boat — which ultimately derailed their effort. On Saturday, Gonzaga rebounded by winning the crown and its third national championship since 2012 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The Princeton National Rowing Association hosted the event. “While we never discussed [last year] as

motivation for this race, in retrospect it definitely makes winning this year even more special,” Eagles coach Marc Mandel wrote in an email. The Eagles’ top eight boat includes senior coxswain Devin Flynn, senior stroke Leo Toch, junior Kevin Garvis, junior Patrick Dent, senior Frank Vasquez, senior Chris Paul, senior Liam Gibson, junior Quillin Gaffey and senior bow Mark Roberts. They won the regatta with a time of 4 minutes, 24.928 seconds, beating out Pennsylvania’s St. Joseph’s Prep, which came in at 4:27.928. “Our athletes have been spending countless hours since September preparing for the past two weekends (Stotesbury and the S.R.A.A.

Championships),” Mandel wrote. “To put the work in and come out on top is extremely rewarding.” The Eagles earned silver with their second varsity eight boat, made up of junior coxswain Matthew Cabrera, junior stroke Matthew Nogay, senior Joe Allan, sophomore Homer Hervey, senior Keenan Moore, senior Daniel Coolidge, sophomore Brendan Healy, senior Kevin O’Boyle and sophomore bow Cass Boehm. Gonzaga earned fourth with its lightweight eight boat, featuring sophomore coxswain Michael Valcicak, senior stroke Stephen Cekuta, sophomore Brian Kilner, junior John Cruser, junior Joe Artabane, junior Matt Green, sophomore Emerson Cox, junior Ryan Kiernan and senior bow Andrew Shaeffer.

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Gonzaga rebounded to capture the elusive national championship after falling short in the title regatta last year.

Other locals also had solid performances at the prestigious event. St. Albans’ top eight finished in fourth place, while National Cathedral earned fourth on the girls’ side.

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GDS boys, Wilson girls win DCSAA crowns By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer





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Georgetown Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boys track team sped past the competition by topping Roosevelt 145-65 last Wednesday at Spingarn. Meanwhile Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girls squad edged out Georgetown Day by a score of 153.50 to 95. On the boys side the Hoppers were led by several standouts: â&#x2013; senior Sam Boardman earned bronze in the 800-meter run; â&#x2013;  junior Aidan Pillard won the 1,600-meter race; â&#x2013;  senior Griffin Colaizzi grabbed silver in the 1,600-meter event and won the 3,200-meter race; â&#x2013;  junior Evan Palmer took first place in the high jump and earned bronze in the 110-meter hurdles; and â&#x2013;  senior Erin Rust-Tierney earned silver in the high jump and won the long jump. The event also showcased great performances from other local students. Roosevelt had several top finishes: â&#x2013;  senior Abdur-Rahmaan Kelly won the 200-, 400- and 800-meter races; and â&#x2013;  junior Maurice Morris earned silver in the 100-meter dash and grabbed silver in the long jump. Wilson had top showings in several events: â&#x2013;  senior Acey Calhoun won the 100meter dash; â&#x2013;  senior Ross Pendergast grabbed bronze in the 1,600-meter race and second in the 3,200-meter; â&#x2013;  senior Richard Sheler won the 110-meter hurdles, grabbed silver in the 300-meter hurdles and came in third place in the long jump event; â&#x2013;  senior Matthew Thorne earned gold in the 300-meter hurdles and triple jump events; and â&#x2013;  junior Steven Sneed earned second in the high jump. Maret also had several strong performances: â&#x2013;  junior Austin Holmes earned third in the 400-meter dash; â&#x2013;  senior Maurice Hicks took silver in the 800-meter run; and â&#x2013;  junior Alex Peltier grabbed silver in the shot put and discus throw events. Meanwhile, St. Albans had sophomore Theo Bates grab silver in the 110-meter hurdles, while Sidwell junior Jake Gosselin took bronze in the 3,200-meter run. Top St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performers were junior Alonzo Ruffin, who earned bronze in the 100meter dash and silver in the 200meter run, and junior Jordan Tyner, who took silver in the triple jump. On the girls side, Wilson was led by several particularly strong showings: â&#x2013;  senior Ashley Younger finished third in the 100-meter dash; â&#x2013;  senior Deonna Diggs won the 100meter hurdles, finished second in the 300-meter hurdles and earned silver

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Georgetown Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boys track team won the city title last Wednesday. in the triple jump; â&#x2013; senior Rachel Bonham earned silver in the 100-meter hurdles and second in the long jump; and â&#x2013;  senior Tajah Franklin won the shot put and finished third in the discus throw. Meanwhile, Georgetown Day athletes won multiple medals as well: â&#x2013;  freshman Jaydn Wilensky earned silver in the 800-meter race; â&#x2013;  junior Emily Kaslow-Zieve took silver in the 800-meter run; â&#x2013;  sophomore Katherine Treanor earned bronze in the 1,600-meter event and won the 3,200-meter race; â&#x2013;  sophomore Gillian Page grabbed third in the 3,200-meter race; â&#x2013;  freshman Simone Ameer finished third in the 300-meter hurdles; â&#x2013;  sophomore Lauren Tappan took third in the long jump; and â&#x2013;  sophomore Aminah Isiaq took third in the shot put event and silver in the discus throw. Visitation also had three standouts: â&#x2013;  junior Jullian Murray finished in second place of the 400-meter run; â&#x2013;  senior Jessie Foster won the 800and 1,600- meter events; and â&#x2013;  freshman Lauren Cormier took second in the 3,200-meter event. Other locals who shined included Sidwell senior Dayo Adetu, who won the 100- and 200-meter dashes; St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior Chandler Baxter, who earned silver in the 100- and 200-meter dashes; the Cadetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Nyah Wilkinson, who won the discus throw; and National Cathedral sophomore Erin Bell, who earned silver in the 1,600-meter event.

Field girls, boys win PVAC

Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girls and boys track teams swept the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference track championships on May 13 in Rockville, Md. The girls dominated their competition, winning with a score of 196, while Edmund Burke took second place with 53. Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team was led by several standout performances: â&#x2013; senior Chloe Lassman won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as the long jump and triple jump

events; â&#x2013; junior Ana Robison took silver in the 100- and 200-meter dashes; â&#x2013;  senior Natalie Johnson grabbed gold in the 400- and 800-meter runs; â&#x2013;  junior Natalie Collina earned silver in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200meter races; â&#x2013;  sophomore Sami King won the grueling 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs; â&#x2013;  senior Nelli Gold-Pastor finished third in the 3,200-meter race; â&#x2013;  senior Naomi Franck won the 100and 300-meter hurdles; â&#x2013;  senior Murjoni Merriweather earned bronze in the 300-meter hurdles; and â&#x2013;  the Falconsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; four-person 100- and 400-meter teams won their respective events. Other local girls who had strong showings were Burke senior Maggie Eckerson, who won silver in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, and Washington International junior Mia Chiquier, who earned bronze in the 800-meter race. Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boys earned 137 team points to finish ahead of secondplace Grace Brethren Christianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s score of 101. The Falcons had a slew of strong performances: â&#x2013;  senior Marcus Robinson won the 100- and 200-meter races; â&#x2013;  sophomore Smiley El Said earned silver in the 100- and 200-meter events; â&#x2013;  junior Caldwell Biddle grabbed gold in the 400-meter race and took bronze in the 200-meter dash; â&#x2013;  freshman Wells Thomason earned second in the 3,200-meter run; â&#x2013;  senior Sam Craver took silver in the triple jump; â&#x2013;  senior Nnamdi Anomnachi finished third in the shot put and second in the discus throw; â&#x2013;  the four-man 100-meter relay team won its event; and â&#x2013;  the 400-meter relay squad took silver. Other local boys with strong races include Burke junior Daniel Hunt, who won the 110- and 300meter hurdles, and Burke sophomore Ben Stein, who earned silver in the long jump.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

As part of its International Primary Curriculum unit on food, Year 1 visited an American diner. â&#x20AC;¨Year 1 Glasgow went to Johnny Rockets on M Street. When we got there we chose our food. I chose chicken tenders with fries and a vanilla flavoured milk shake. When we left the diner we were going to take the bus but it was too slow so we walked. I was happy; it was the best field trip ever. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sara Fisher, Year 1 Glasgow (kindergartner)

Eaton Elementary

How much do fifth-graders know about the Holocaust? In fifth grade, we have been studying the Holocaust for the last month by reading books, watching documentaries, writing reflections and letters, doing projects and activities and finally having a guest speaker visit and tell us about her survivor story. One project we did was to build memorials for the people who died in the Holocaust. The assignment was to build a memorial with a specific message to honor people who died. The projects all turned out very different but they were all very thoughtful and meaningful. We were lucky that we got to share our projects with a guest speaker who is a Holocaust survivor. She told us her story of how she and her parents survived the Holocaust. When she was 3, her parents sent her to live with nuns so she would be safe. Both of her grandparents died but her mother survived three years in the concentration camp. When the war was over, the family was reunited and they came to the U.S. We got to ask her questions and she answered everything. We showed her all our memorials and she listened as we explained what each one meant. It was a powerful experience to meet her and to hear the stories from a Holocaust survivor. We will never forget her story. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brianna Andrade, Wyatt McCrary and E.J. Morgan, fifth-graders

Edmund Burke School

The sixth-graders at Burke have


been working on a full year project and now at the end of the year we will have a big presentation. A cool aspect about this project is you can choose to do anything you want such as researching gummy bears or studying human evolution or cloning and then complete the project. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing my project on Nikola Tesla, a Serbian inventor who changed the electrical world forever but got no credit for that. At the end of the year I will have a presentation and create a Tesla coil, which is an invention that shot lightning but also has many practical uses. I am looking forward to my finished product and so far it has been a lot of fun and hard work. As my project I studied â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alice in Wonderland.â&#x20AC;? I chose it because it is something I like and wanted to know more about. One little fun thing that I learned is that in the Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alice in Wonderlandâ&#x20AC;? there is a reference to the idea that oysters are best fished during the seasons with R in them. There is another film version by Tim Burton that is totally different. As my final presentation I will make two cakes, each one of the Mad Hatterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hats â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one from the Disney version and the other from the Tim Burton version. This will represent the differences between the different versions of the same characters. The presentations will be great. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sam Nieder and Sophie Wahl-Taylor, sixth-graders

Georgetown Day School

With final exams beginning late this week, stress levels are surely escalating before the excitement of summer vacation quickly sets in. Last Friday, May 23, seniors presented their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Senior Quests,â&#x20AC;? essentially group or individual projects that can cover almost any topic. For example, in recent years some students have documented their multiday bike ride from one state to another while others have attempted to make a hovercraft. For my senior quest, a friend and I chose to create an instructional weightlifting video series on YouTube titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building


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a Base: A Series in Strength.â&#x20AC;? The Mighty Hopper spring sports season finally came to a close last week as the baseball and track teams competed in D.C. State championship events. The baseball squad defeated Cardozo before losing a close game to St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the semifinal of the D.C. State baseball championship tournament. The boys track team clinched our first D.C. State track and field title by scoring 145 points, defeating runner-up Wilson, which scored a total of 127 points. The girls track and field team placed third overall with 95 points. The event was a great end to our successful season, with the girls team on the rise and with the seniors leaving the boys team in dominating fashion. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

Hearst Elementary

Our class went on a field trip to the National Museum of Natural History, and it was fun. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we wrote about the experience: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We saw a lot of things,â&#x20AC;? Madelynn Martin wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite was the butterflies. Caterpillars turn into butterflies. Butterflies come in many colors and sizes. When we were at the museum, I held a grasshopper in my hands. I was not

scared because I am a very brave girl.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went to the museum and we saw the butterflies,â&#x20AC;? wrote Nissi Bekpa-Kinhou. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are going to feel the flutter. I was playing bug games. Madelynn did too. We are going back to school. I am happy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Ballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class for children with autism

Jewish Primary Day School of the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital

Fifth-grade students from JPDSNC just returned from Chesapeake Teva, a four-day, three-night outdoor education program where Jewish students from different schools learn about the environment and how Judaism connects to nature. At Teva, students go on long

hikes through the beautiful nature and learn about different topics that connect Judaism to nature, including ecology, togetherness, awareness, and responsibility. Students earn one bead for learning about each of these topics and related Jewish values, and by doing different activities and embracing the experience. The last bead you can get is the Earth bead. To get this bead, you have to change something in your life to help the environment. For example, you can start composting and recycling at home. Through many exciting programs, we experienced what it is like to be a shomer/shomeret adamah (keeper of the Earth). Teva believes in outdoor education, See Dispatches/Page 23



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Northwest Real Estate BUSES: Council committee pushes for comprehensive study of 16th Street transit lanes

From Page 1

necessary impact analysis and public input process so that it may make a final recommendation.â&#x20AC;? She adds that this work should be completed before the Transportation Department begins replacing the 16th Street bridge over Military Road. One week before Bowser sent her letter, Cheh weighed in on 16th Street bus issues in her committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget report for the 2015 fis-

cal year. She wrote that she and her colleagues were disappointed that Mayor Vincent Gray had not included funding to address these problems in his proposed capital budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Committee recommends that DDOT work with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to conduct a comprehensive study regarding the potential implementation of a bus lane on 16th Street and other possible service improvements, such as off-bus fare collection,â&#x20AC;? Cheh wrote.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although signal prioritization and increased parking enforcement may provide temporary assistance, the District must consider all possible options to remedy this issue.â&#x20AC;? In her letter, Bowser also called on the Transportation Department to â&#x20AC;&#x153;complete the traffic signal priority improvements as quickly as possible,â&#x20AC;? referencing possible technological changes that would prioritize buses at traffic lights, especially when they are crowded. If strong damand persists, Bowser said,

BOOKSTORE: New shop to open in Petworth From Page 1

on the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market. Upshurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings will first â&#x20AC;&#x153;focus on the people who live, work and play in Petworth,â&#x20AC;? Ruppert said, noting, however, that he envisions the store becoming â&#x20AC;&#x153;noteworthy enough that it would attract more people from across the city.â&#x20AC;? The shop will carry art books by local talent, including poets E. Ethelbert Miller and Yvette Neisser Moreno and visual artists Elizabeth Graeber and Frank Hallam Day. It will also sell books that highlight the D.C. working class, and those penned by native Washingtonians including Edward P. Jones and George Pelecanos. (Ruppert has also paid homage to Pelecanosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; crime novels through the film-noir decor at Petworth Citizen.) It will be the only bookstore in Petworth, but Upshur Street Books will join the ranks of a few other independent booksellers in the city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Politics and Prose in Chevy Chase, Kramerbooks in Dupont, and Busboys and Poets in the U Street area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in addition to a handful of used-book stores. Beating against the tide of Amazon. com and e-readers, these shops have managed to maintain a grip on the District. Eileen Dengler, executive director of the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association, said smaller outlets survive because â&#x20AC;&#x153;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done for generations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is curating books for the customer that they serve.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;An independent store is the place that most people discover books and authors,â&#x20AC;? Dengler added. Author Pelecanos also affirmed that the personal connections that independent bookstores forge with customers make them special. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something Amazon wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to do,â&#x20AC;? said Pelecanos, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had readings at Politics and Prose and is not shy about his dislike of electronic books. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A book is a piece of art that you can hold and sort of rub the cover. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what records and albums used to be. And so you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get that from an e-book.â&#x20AC;? Pelecanos, who was also a writer for HBOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

Wire,â&#x20AC;? praised Ruppertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;respectfulâ&#x20AC;? business concepts after he paid visits to his Upshur Street bar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think he cares what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s putting upâ&#x20AC;? and takes into account â&#x20AC;&#x153;how it relates to Washington,â&#x20AC;? said the author. Former journalist Bradley Graham, who runs Politics and Prose with his wife Lissa Muscatine, say D.C. is a good place to have a bookshop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington is a great city for bookstores,â&#x20AC;? Graham told The Current, citing the Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Literate Cities study, which has ranked D.C. No. 1 since 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There definitely needs to be more.â&#x20AC;? Taking a cue from Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shop, Ruppert plans to pack his bookstoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calendar with author-related events. Local artist Kristina Bilonick of Pleasant Hills Workshop will be in charge of programming at Upshur Street Books. Bilonick has already been steering the offerings in Petworth Citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reading room, which has a wall of bookshelves and can seat 25 guests. That space will continue to host events like book club gatherings and author and poetry readings as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absorbed into the bookstore next door. This is a way to â&#x20AC;&#x153;start building the audience,â&#x20AC;? said Bilonick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to have the reading room as a forum.â&#x20AC;? Although there wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be an interior access connecting the bookstore with Petworth Citizen, Ruppert envisions them as a linked entity, with customers taking their books to get food or drinks next door. Ruppert, who also developed the Warehouse Theater in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood and has operated several city bars, has poured his own money into the bookstore. As reported by the Washington Business Journal, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also due to get a $25,000 grant from the city through the D.C. Great Streets program, which provides financial assistance for businesses in identified corridors. The commercial section of Upshur Street is targeted as part of the initiativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greater Georgia Avenue effort. The entrepreneur has also relied on crowdsourcing. Ruppert is using an Indiegogo online campaign to help finance his project, and he has launched a Founderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, in which donors receive store credit and discounts on their purchases in return for early financial support.







â&#x20AC;&#x153;transit riders will switch to other, less efficient transportation modes, causing further traffic problems in an already congested corridor.â&#x20AC;? Bowser added that the problems are likely to grow along with the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population. D.C. Council members Jack Evans (Ward 2) and Jim Graham (Ward 1) have also voiced support for designated bus lanes on 16th Street, as has Brianne Nadeau, who defeated Graham in Aprilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary to win the Democratic nomination for the Ward 1 seat.

SUPERCANS: Mayor apologizes From Page 1

tainers were trashed instead of being recycled as originally promised. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people who have trash cans coming out their ears on their alleys, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people they took them away from who wanted to keep them,â&#x20AC;? said Mara Glaser McCahan, a Chevy Chase resident who lost two old recycling bins to the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;blitzâ&#x20AC;? of container removals. One was being used when it was taken, and the other was far up her driveway on private property â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both signs, she thought, that she wanted to keep them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a family of five, so the bigger cans are nice,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just been complete and utter incompetence with the rollout that seems completely rushed and the pickup. It just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem like it should be this complicated.â&#x20AC;? In response to questions from reporters, Gray and public works director William Howland addressed the issue last Wednesday at his biweekly news conference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not happy about the way this has gone,â&#x20AC;? said Gray. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We set out to do something good for the people of this city. And people have gotten new trash cans and new recycling bins all across the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The piece of it that we really have not done a really good job on is picking up the old cans and getting those cans taken care of in an appropriate fashion,â&#x20AC;? Gray continued. Howland said at the conference that his agency expected more residents to keep their old containers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought people would try to hold onto their cans a little longer until they figured out, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need this can,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but then more cans started coming out faster than we anticipated,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just did not anticipate the demand to come as quickly as it did removing those cans.â&#x20AC;? In response, Howland said he ordered trash crews to grab unwanted cans along their routes. About 5,000 containers were collected this way and crushed, representing about 7 percent of the total unwanted cans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just one of the consequences of trying to get them out of there faster,â&#x20AC;? said Howland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We put them in the trash trucks, they were compacted and became too mangled to be recycled.â&#x20AC;?

The rest of the bins are having their metal components stripped off and will be properly recycled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to say that 7 percent is de minimis, but 93 percent is the preponderance of it,â&#x20AC;? Gray said. The Public Works Department is also sending out replacement bins to residents who said theirs were improperly removed; McCahan said she got hers within a few days. In an interview, agency spokesperson Linda Grant urged residents to put their address on their cans and to keep them on private property outside of collection hours â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 6:30 p.m. the night before trash day until 8 p.m. the day of collection. Trash crews are now instructed to take away only cans that are clearly unwanted, meaning theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re marked with a city-issued â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Meâ&#x20AC;? sticker or a homemade sign, or theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re left upside-down in public space, according to Grant. Grant said she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how many cans disappeared that residents had hoped to keep, but she noted that unlabeled containers â&#x20AC;&#x153;can migrate for a number of reasonsâ&#x20AC;? unrelated to the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collections. As of last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s news conference, Howland said, the Department of Public Works had collected 71,000 unwanted cans. Georgetown advisory neighborhood commissioner Jeff Jones said that many containers remain but he has seen a clear improvement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they had all these trash cans piled up on our sidewalk, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think everybody was totally prepared both on DPWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side or the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side of what do we do now,â&#x20AC;? said Jones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bottom line is it is being taken care of.â&#x20AC;? The Georgetown commission had raised concerns in December that many residents wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have room for the new containers in the crowded neighborhood. Commissioners also voted in March to request that deliveries be delayed in Georgetown until there was a better system to get rid of unwanted bins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the residents just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want them from the start, and they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a choice of not getting them,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The larger bins are there to increase recycling rates, which is good, but Capitol Hill and Georgetown are two communities that just have tight private storage areas.â&#x20AC;?

A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington

May 28, 2014 â&#x2013; Page 13

Makeover lends contemporary flair to 1950s home


n Crestwood, a mid-century modern home recently underwent a major makeover to accommodate contemporary living.

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Situated along a tree-lined avenue, the house used to match a handful of its neighboring models built in the 1950s. Now, a soft-gray facade replaces the former red and white exterior, complementing the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sharp angles and its white window frames, steps and attachedgarage door. A rear expansion created a lofty, open layout on the main level and an extra bedroom. The rewired home also features recessed lighting, a fully integrated five-zoned sound system, a video intercom and a smartphone-controlled heating and cooling system. Located at 4348 Blagden Ave., this 3,000-square-foot home with four bedrooms and three bathrooms is on the market for $949,500. At the front of the property is a spacious hillside lawn, landscaped with new plantings along the house and the driveway. The eye-popping entrance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a floating metal portico

paired with a mustardcolored door with sidelights â&#x20AC;&#x201D; exudes a mod flair. Inside, the tiled foyer area has a metal staircase in a contemporary â&#x20AC;&#x153;floatingâ&#x20AC;? design, with its white risers and outer string contrasting with darkstained white oak tread. The espressohued steps lead up to the lofty main living area. The open layout on this level, which features hardwood flooring throughout, welcomes an abundance of natural light from multiple sources. The gourmet kitchen offers views of Blagden Avenue from a wide set of windows hovering over the sink. Surrounding this nook are white single-paneled cabinets, marble counters and stainless steel appliances, including a mini wine refrigerator. Thin pendant lights hang from a slanted ceiling over the breakfast area, which is adjacent to a dining section with a larger light pendant fixture and a south-facing window. The living area is anchored by two sets of sliding doors to the rear

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This extensively renovated four-bedroom, three-bathroom Crestwood home is priced at $949,500. deck, with a black gas fireplace placed in between them. The vaulted ceilings here show off clerestory windows providing eastern light exposure. The sleeping areas are on the north side of the house. The recent expansion created a new master suite, with a custom-built large walk-in closet. The high-ceilinged bedroom has a fan and a glass door leading out to the rear deck. This room also gets a healthy dose of sunlight from more clerestory windows above the bathroom entrance. The white-hued master bath is adorned with two stylish separate double vanities over multidrawer cabinetry. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a

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Georgetown. Classic Federal style w/6500+ sf of living area. 5 BRs, 3 FBAs, 3 HBAs on 4 levels. 4 frpls,custom blt-ins. Patio and garden. Garage + off st pkg. $2,795,000

Lynn Bulmer  202-257-2410

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standing rain shower and linen closet behind an opaque door. Facing Blagden Avenue are the two other bedrooms, which mirror one another. Bumpouts were added to increase the space in these rooms, as well as to bring in more natural light from new, longer windows. Along the hallway in this section, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shared full bath and a closet outfitted for a stacked laundry unit. In the lower floor of this twolevel home is a carpeted family room with a coat closet. This area

connects to the back section of the house, which has one of the four bedrooms, a laundry room with a mud sink, and a full bathroom. Connected to the rear deck is a hillside, where the recent renovation improved water drainage. This area has the potential to become a multitiered landscaped garden. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 4348 Blagden Ave. is listed for $949,500. For more information, contact Christal Goetz of Dwell Residential Brokerage at or 202-329-9512.

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Chevy Chase, MD. Stately Colonial on magnificent 15,000 sf lot w/Koi pond. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Renov. kitchen w/island & brkfst area. Family rm. Custom blt-ins. Slate patio. $1,449,000

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Wednesday may 28 Classes and workshops ■ 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. ■ Experienced career mentor Joe Ryan will lead a workshop on “Ways People Find Work” as part of a seven-session series on job seeking skills. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. ■ The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. Concerts ■ As part of the citywide European Month of Culture and in honor of the Memorial Year of the Hungarian Victims of the Holocaust, New York-based klezmer trumpeter Frank London of the Klezmatics and Zita Vadasz of the Balassi Institute will present a musical program that highlights the musical traditions of Jewish life in historical Hungary. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Raw Oyster Cult will perform. 8 p.m. $25 to $45. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. ■ The “Blue Note at 75” series will feature trombonist Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes Quintet in “A Tribute to Curtis Fuller and Hank Mobley on Blue Note.” 8:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. Discussions and lectures ■ Betsy Leondar-Wright will discuss her book “Missing Class: How Seeing Class Cultures Can Strengthen Social Movement

Groups.” 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ The DC Child and Family Services Agency will present an information session on becoming a foster parent. 6:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ The “Blue Note at 75” series will feature a panel discussion on “The Role of Music in Cultural Diplomacy.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. ■ Moment Magazine and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute will hold a symposium on “Gay Rights & Religious Freedom: Is Common Ground Possible?” Panelists will include Jonathan Rauch, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; Robin Fretwell Wilson, professor at the University of Illinois College of Law; and Marc D. Stern, general counsel at the American Jewish Committee. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Knight Conference Center, Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ A panel discussion on 20th-century relations between Austrian and the United States will feature Hans Peter Manz, ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the United States; Gunter Bischof, professor of history and director of CenterAustria at the University of New Orleans; and James Jay Carafano (shown), vice president of the Heritage Foundation for foreign and defense policy studies. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. ■ Michael Mandelbaum, director of

Church of the Annunciation Catherine and Mary Roth Concert Series presents

American foreign policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, will discuss his book “The Road to Global Prosperity.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Fiesta Asia Film Fest will feature Turkish director Mahmut Fazil Coskun’s 2009 drama “Uzak Ihtimal” (shown), at 6:30 p.m.; and Chang-lae Kim and Jae Soh’s 2012 comedy “Let Me Out,” at 8:30 p.m. $10. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. ■ The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Makoto Shinkai’s 2007 film “5 Centimeters Per Second.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. ■ The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 film “Back to the Future.” 7 p.m. Free. Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. ■ The National Archives will present Stanley Nelson’s 2103 documentary “Freedom Summer,” about efforts by outside activists and local citizens in Mississippi to organize communities and register black voters even in the face of intimidation, physical violence and death. Nelson will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The Reel Israel DC series will feature Gur Bentvich’s 2013 film “Up the Wrong Tree,” about a slacker who returns to Israel set on winning back the love he dumped when he left for Australia. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance ■ The Wonderland Circus will feature musician Jacob Panic, burlesque artist Private Tails and comedians Benjy Himmelfarb, Jeff Hysen and Becca Steinhoff. 8:30 p.m. $5 donation suggested. The Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW. 202431-4704. Sporting event ■ 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. Thursday,may May 2929 Thursday

Stephen A. Holmes Artistic Director

Frank T. Cimino Founding Director

Classical & Contemporary Choral Works, both sacred and secular, Spirituals, Gospel and Show Tunes.

Sunday, June 8th, 2014 5:00 P.M. The Church of the Annunciation 3810 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. (one block west of Wisconsin Avenue) No admission charge – Free-will offerings will be received For further information, please call (202) 441-7678 or (202) 815-8158

Benefit ■ The DC Arts Center will hold its biennial fundraiser “Cuisine des Artistes: a feast for the senses,” showcasing the talents of local gastronomical, visual, theatrical and literary artists. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $125 to $150. Meridian House, 1630 Crescent Place NW. Classes ■ The Georgetown Village aging-inplace group will present a weekly class on stress reduction through tai chi and qi gong. 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. $15 to $20. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 3240 O St. NW. 202-999-8988. ■ The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present a “Pilates in the Park” class led by a certified instruc-

Wednesday, may 28 ■ Concert: “YouTube OnStage Live From the Kennedy Center” will feature recording artist John Legend (shown) and performers who made their fame through YouTube — Lindsey Stirling, Les Twins, Playing for Change, Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox, Mike Relm and others. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets distributed at 6 p.m. at the entrance to the Hall of Nations. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. tor from Yoga District. 5:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Classes will continue each Tuesday and Thursday through June 19. ■ Seth Vertelney will discuss “A World Cup Viewers’ Guide for Non-Soccer Junkies.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Concerts ■ Hungarian lyric soprano Andrea Rost will perform classic opera arias and Hungarian folk songs at a gala concert celebrating 25 years of a free and democratic Hungary. 5:30 p.m. $40 to $90. Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. ■ The U.S. Army Concert Band will present “A Salute to Veterans.” 6 p.m. Free. National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Independence Avenue SW. ■ The DC Youth Orchestra will perform with concerto competition winner Gladstone Butler on marimba. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The Leading European Composers series will feature chamber music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt performed by musicians from the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. A panel discussion and seminar on spirituality and art will follow. 6:30 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ International Contemporary Ensemble will perform the American premiere of Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s “Light of Air.” 8 p.m. $15. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. ■ New Orleans guitarist and vocalist Walter “Wolfman” Washington will perform. 8:30 p.m. $25 to $30. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Actors Stacy Keach and Edward Gero will discuss their respective roles in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s produc-

tion of “Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2327363. ■ Valerie Wayne, professor emeritus of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will discuss Fiasco Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s dramatic romance “Cymbeline” in light of the play’s performance history and considerable confusion about what kind of play it is. 12:30 p.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. ■ As part of the eighth annual DC Latino Pride Celebration, a panel discussion will focus on “Community and Family Supporting Latino LGBT Youth.” A reception and community resource fair will follow. 6 to 9 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. ■ The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and the Equal Rights Center will present a discussion on “Women: Know Your Rights in the Workplace.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-6713122. ■ Experienced career mentor Joe Ryan will lead a support group for job seekers. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. megan. ■ Ruth Reichl will discuss her book “Delicious!” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ The Circle Yoga Book Club will discuss “Why? What Your Life Is Telling You About Who You Are and Why You’re Here” by Matthew McKay, Seán ÓLaoire and Ralph Metzner. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St. NW. 202686-1104. Film ■ The Petworth Library will present the 2012 film “Premium Rush,” about a bike messenger who picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop. 4 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202243-1188. Performances ■ The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts will present Noel Coward’s “Long Island Sound,” a true-to-life story about an English author’s less-than-restful weekend visiting American friends. 7:30 p.m. $15. The Theatre Lab, 733 8th St. NW. 202-824-0449. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. ■ The In Series’ “Carousel Latino” program will feature “Lady of Spain: A LoungeOpera Romantic Romp,” a humorous journey through famous opera scenes with Spanish heroines. 7:30 p.m. $16 to $30. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-2047763. The performance will repeat Saturday at 3 p.m. ■ Paso Nuevo, GALA Hispanic Theatre’s youth education program, will present an adaptation of “I Don’t Get Anything Out of School (No saco nada de la escuela),” about the lives of a multi-racial group of teenagers from elementary school into post-college adulthood. 8 p.m. Free. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. See Events/Page 15


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Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.

202-234-7174. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society and Dance Place will present Step Afrika! in “Green Is the New Black,” a new work that explores piezoelectric technology and the potential to convert “power” created through stepping into electrical energy. 8 p.m. $10 to $30. Hartke Theatre, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202785-9727. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

Discussions and lectures ■ Anita Sengupta, fellow at the Maulana Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies in Kolkata, India, will discuss “Myth and Rhetoric of the Turkish Model: Changing Notions of Marginality in Turkey.” 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ The Georgetown University Italian Research Institute and the Embassy of Italy will present “The Voyage: A Journey Into the Fantastic World of Fiction and Film,” featuring talks by Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, Italian novelist Alessandro Baricco and Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. 4:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ The Botstiber Institute for Austrian American Studies will present a panel discussion on “Espionage and Intelligence in the 21st Century: How Did We Get Here and Where Do We Go From Here?” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. ■ New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas will discuss his book “The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Sporting event ■ “Road to Brazil” will feature a preWorld Cup soccer match between Honduras and Turkey. 8 p.m. $21.75 to $77.75. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. Tour ■ U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will lead a tour of the National Garden. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free. Meet on the terrace near the Conservatory entrance, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Friday, May 30

Friday may 30 Concerts ■ The Arts Club of Washington’s Friday Noon Concert series will feature soprano Diba Alvi (shown) performing arias with accompaniment by pianist Timothy McReynolds. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3. ■ The U.S. Navy Band’s Bluegrass Quintet and Skipjack Trio will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-2525. ■ Bruce Ewan will perform on the blues harmonica as part of the 14th season of “Jazz in the Garden” concerts. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Middle C will present a guitar, banjo and vocal recital by students of Esther Haynes. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. ■ Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform works by Fauré, Rota and Khachaturian. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Steep Canyon Rangers and Dailey & Vincent will present an evening of bluegrass and country music. 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. ■ The Washington Men’s Camerata will present “Singers’ Choice,” featuring selections from the group’s repertoire over the past 30 years. 7:30 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ NSO Pops will present Finland’s genre-crossing ensemble Rajaton in a tribute to Scandinavian pop sensations ABBA. 8 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ Indigenous and the Bobby Thompson Trio will perform. 9 p.m. $15 to $18. Gypsy

Films ■ “From the Vaults: Jazz Diplomacy” will feature short films from the holdings of the National Archives related to the U.S. government’s use of jazz as a diplomatic tool during the Cold War era. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Filmmaker and multimedia artist Charles Lim Li Yong will present and discuss a selection of his short films. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. ■ The Golden Cinema Series will feature Frank Capra’s 1939 film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur. 7:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Meetings ■ A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6; free for first-time players. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. ■ Overeaters Anonymous will host a beginner’s meeting. 6:30 p.m. Free. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW. Performances ■ Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2014 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration will feature performances by local and international artists Isabelle De Leon, Kiran Gandhi, Rockvillains Crew, Grandmaster Kim Duk Soo, Sebastian Wang, Chunseung Lee, Donghoon Kim and Sangyul Lee. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. ■ Washington Improv Theater will present “WIT’s Famous Road Show of Long-


‘Zenith Zoo’ features animal art “Zenith Zoo: Artistic Interpretations of Our Planetary Partners,” a Zenith Gallery-organized exhibit of works depicting animals, will open today at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW with an artists’

On exhibit

reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. On view through Aug. 30 are works by David Bacharach, Stephen Hansen, Marcie Wolf-Hubbard, Carol Gellner Levin, Davis Morton, Ron Schwerin, Tim Vermeulen, Paula Wachsstock, Bart Walter and Todd Warner. The reception will be catered by Equinox Restaurant by restaurant owner and Washington Humane Society board member Ellen Kassoff Gray, and 10 percent of sales will be donated to the Washington Humane Society. The show is being held in conjunction with the sixth annual Washington, DC Week for the Animals, May 24 through June 1. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. On weekends and evenings, use the entrance on 12th Street NW; knock on the door, and the guard will let you in. 202-783-2963. ■ “Black Box: Oliver Laric,” presenting two videos by the Austrian-born Laric that explore the erosion of notions of authenticity and individual authorship by taking up the methods of remix culture, will open Friday at the Hirshhorn form Improv Comedy” with various ensembles. 7:30 and 10 p.m. $8 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Performances will also take place Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. ■ The In Series’ “Carousel Latino” program will feature “Cancionero Latino: A Latino Romantic Songbook,” presenting

Museum and Sculpture Garden and continue through Oct. 5. Located at Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “Tall DC: New Monumentalism,” featuring artwork by Catholic University students exploring the impact of the Height of Buildings Act of 1910 on D.C. architecture, opened last week at the District Architecture Center and will continue through June 10. The exhibit features three distinct proposals for a mixed-use skyscraper next to the National Mall. An opening reception will be held Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required at Located at 421 7th St. NW, the District Architecture Center is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 202347-9403. ■ The Embassy of Finland recently opened an exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of Finnish textile and clothing-design company Marimekko’s popular Unikko (poppy) pattern. The exhibition will continue through June 29. Located at 3301 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the embassy is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-298-5800. ■ The University of California

Bart Walter’s “Climate Change” is part of an exhibit organized by Zenith Gallery. Washington Center recently opened an exhibit of paintings by Edward Bear Miller and will continue it through June 12. Located at 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW, the center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 202-974-6200. ■ “(In)Visible & (dis)Embodied: Repositioning the Marginalized,” exploring notions of marginalization in American and Caribbean societies, will close Sunday with a gallery talk at 5 p.m. at the DC Arts Center. On view are works by Andrea Chung, Ivan Forde, Ramiro Gomez, Dafna Steinberg and Jason Edward Tucker. Located at 2438 18th St. NW, the center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. 202-462-7833. forming Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.

tunes by iconic masters of the Golden Age of Latino Song from the 1940s to the 1960s. 8 p.m. $16 to $30. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ “The SOLE Defined Experiment” will feature diverse percussive dance forms with global beats. 8 p.m. $15. Atlas Per-

Reading ■ Poets Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Tim Siebles will read from the work of See Events/Page 16

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Continued From Page 15 Countee Cullen as part of the Literary Birthday Celebration series at the Library of Congress. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5394. Sporting events â&#x2013; The Washington Mystics will play the New York Liberty. 7 p.m. $15 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Texas Rangers. 7:05 p.m. $10 to $90. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 12:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Saturday,may May 3131 Saturday Book signing â&#x2013;  D.C. resident Helen Yvonne Hill will sign copies of her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Casting Out the Silver Pennies.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Soho Tea & Coffee, 2150 P St. NW. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Virginia Virtuosi in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal Rescue: A Musical Adventure.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â&#x2013;  Adoptions Together Inc. will present a Yogi Kids Conference, a chance for preadopted and adopted children and teens to forge new friendships while learning how they can use yoga and mindfulness practices to feel better. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10 to $25. Post Permanency Family Center of Adoptions Together, 900 Varnum St. NE. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about springâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about Gertrude Ederle and then create a special piece of art inspired by his life and accomplishments. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about distant galaxies, nebulas


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Events Entertainment Classes â&#x2013; Jane Shadel Spilman, a former curator at the Corning Museum of Glass, will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Artistry of French Glass: A Journey Through History.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Extraordinary Architecture.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The Glover Park Village will present a weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tai Chi for Beginnersâ&#x20AC;? class led by Geri Grey. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Sam Haywood performing works by Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Brahms, Wagner, Liszt and Schumann in his U.S. solo debut. 2 p.m. $40. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series will feature Jelly Roll Mortals performing a mix of pop, rock, country, folk and R&B. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Public plaza in front of BB&T Bank at Columbia Road, Adams Mills Road and 16th Street NW. 202-997-0783. â&#x2013;  Middle C will present a guitar and piano recital by students of Brock Holmes. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  A benefit for Food & Friends will feature five Horman Violin Studio students. 6 p.m. Free; donations requested. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  VSA International Young Soloists will present a jazz-inspired performance by past competition winners Blessing Offor, Mandy Harvey and Paul Gavin. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Lee Boys, considered one of the top African-American sacred steel ensembles in the United States, will perform. 9 p.m. $15 to $18. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  David Burr Gerrard will discuss his




Event with reduced fees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $100 for dogs and $19.14 for cats. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. â&#x2013; SurviveDC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a viral game of tag across the streets of D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature sites to visit, tasks to complete and competitors to outrun. 7 p.m. Free. Meet at Stanton Park, Maryland and Massachusetts avenues NE.

and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.



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Sporting event â&#x2013; D.C. United will play Sporting Kansas City. 7 p.m. $25 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000.

Saturday, may 31 â&#x2013; Concert: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Tom Goss will return home to D.C. after his recent international tour supporting his fourth album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wait.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15 to $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.

novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Short Centuryâ&#x20AC;? in conversation with Adam Kushner, at 1 p.m.; Mark Stein will discus his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Howard Norman will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next Life Might Be Kinder,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013; Artists Charles Lim and Gideon Mendel will join author John Wennersten and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christos Michalopoulos for a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Current Matters: Exploring the Lives of Water in Asia.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. Festivals â&#x2013;  New Belgium Brewingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tour de Fatâ&#x20AC;? festival will begin with a bicycle parade through city streets, followed by a festival with live entertainment, a dance contest, and a variety of food and beer. Parade registration at 10 a.m.; bicycle ride from 11 a.m. to noon; entertainment from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. â&#x2013;  Green Festival will feature yoga classes, vegan cooking demonstrations, eco-fashion shows, speakers, family-friendly activities and more than 200 exhibitors highlighting organic food, eco-travel and other environmentally friendly products, services and resources. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $10 to $15. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. The event will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Films â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Mount Pleasant Library will present the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Barrio Tours: Gentrification in East Harlem,â&#x20AC;? about changes to New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest Puerto Rican neighborhood. A discussion with director Andrew Padilla will follow. 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Aleksander Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1960 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Cross (Knights of the Teutonic Order).â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Special events â&#x2013;  The Washington Animal Rescue League will host a Birthday Bash Adoption

Tours and walks â&#x2013; Washington Walks will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taste of Penn Quarterâ&#x20AC;? nibble-and-nosh tour. 11 a.m. $15. Meet outside the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metrorail station. â&#x2013;  A walking tour on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spies in the Shadow of the White Houseâ&#x20AC;? will focus on tales of Civil War and Cold War espionage. 1 p.m. $15. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson at Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 703-569-1875. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks will introduce its new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capitol Hauntingsâ&#x20AC;? tour focusing on stories of otherworldly visitors on Capitol Hill. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Meet outside the Capitol South Metrorail station. Sunday,june June 1 1 Sunday Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  The NSO Family Concert series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Magnificent Voyage,â&#x20AC;? featuring two actors re-creating historical incidents from the composerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life while the National Symphony Orchestra weaves together 23 excerpts from Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music (for ages 5 and older). 1 and 3 p.m. $15 to $18. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Jewish Music Festival will present a klezmer brunch featuring the Alexandria Kleztet. 10:30 a.m. $10 to $30. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra will perform works by BartĂłk, Benjamin and Gershwin. 3 p.m. $20; free for ages 18 and younger. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 703-7998229. â&#x2013;  Middle C will present a guitar and piano recital by students of Brock Holmes. 5 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  The 30th annual VSA International Young Soloists Concert will feature young musicians and vocalists from around the world who have a disability. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Harpist Emmanuel Ceysson will perform music by 19th-century French composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. â&#x2013;  The Washington Jewish Music Festival will open with international superstar

Matisyahu in a spiritual, intimate acoustic concert blending Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip-hop beatboxing sounds. 7 p.m. $25 to $50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. â&#x2013; The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will perform works by Bach and Rheinberger. 7:30 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters will perform a mix of country and Americana. 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Matthew Kroenig will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Julia Fierro will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cutting Teeth,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern Baroque paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Girl With a Pearl Earring: The Making of an Icon.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Artist Akio Takamori will discuss his work, including his recent focus on figurative sculpture that is frequently autobiographical. 2 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Evelyn Hadden, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hellstrip Gardening,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thriving Curbside Gardens.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  As part of Busboys and Poetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Continuing Talk on Raceâ&#x20AC;? series, educator, designer and speaker Ken Tanabe will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loving Day,â&#x20AC;? an annual celebration he spearheaded to celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia that struck down anti-miscegenation laws remaining in 16 states. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films â&#x2013;  The Freer Gallery will present JeanPierre Melvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1959 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Men in Manhattan,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Hong Sangsooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Day He Arrives,â&#x20AC;? at 3 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Palisades Library will present the 1955 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mister Roberts,â&#x20AC;? starring Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell and Jack Lemmon. 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artists, Amateurs, Alternative Spaces: Experimental Cinema in Eastern Europe, 1960-1990â&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Censored and Salvaged,â&#x20AC;? featuring â&#x20AC;&#x153;Centaurâ&#x20AC;? by TamĂĄs St. Auby and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Endless Dayâ&#x20AC;? by Jaan Tooming and Virve Aruja. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will perform. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, See Events/Page 17


Continued From Page 16 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013; Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sparkle,â&#x20AC;? an open mic event for LGBT-dedicated poets. 8 to 10 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Readings â&#x2013;  The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature a reading by Margaret Rozga and Mary-Sherman Willis (shown). 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 703-820-8113. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Loud: Unabashed Identity Explorationâ&#x20AC;? will feature readings by writers and artists focused on the search for self. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. Sale â&#x2013;  The Palisades Georgetown Lions Club will host its annual flea market. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Parking lot, Wells Fargo, Arizona Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard NW. Special events â&#x2013;  The National Museum of Women in the Arts will host a Community Day with free admission to the current exhibitions and permanent collection. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-7837370. â&#x2013;  A fundraiser to benefit the Institute for Spiritual Development will offer an introduction to Huna Kapua, an ancient Hawaiian holistic health treatment and meditation method. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $22. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;En-Act,â&#x20AC;? a summerlong program, will feature participatory readings of one-act plays. 3 p.m. Free. Room 207, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;BigKids@Katzen,â&#x20AC;? a painting party for adults, will include snacks, drinks and all the materials needed to create a poetic masterpiece with inspiration from the current exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Opening of the Field.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. $15; free for members. Reservations required. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8851300. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The DC Strokes Rowing Club, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest LGBT rowing club, will host the annual Stonewall Regatta with 400 competitors from throughout the United States as well as Paris, Copenhagen and Berlin. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Anacostia Community Boat House, 1900 M St. SE. â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the Los Angeles Sparks. 4 p.m. $15 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Tour â&#x2013;  A tour of the Washington National Cathedral will focus on iconography in sculpture, stained glass and needlework that pays tribute to the many significant events in U.S. history and honors those who have served and sacrificed for their country. 1:30 p.m. $16 to $20. Washington National Cathedral,

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Monday june 2 Benefit â&#x2013; Theater Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual benefit will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stars of David: Story to Song,â&#x20AC;? featuring Sherri L. Edelen, Aaron Serotsky, Joshua Dick and Emily Levey. 8 p.m. $125. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3225. Classes â&#x2013;  The nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine will host a weekly yoga class led by instructor Francesca Valente. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 400, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-686-2210. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  Company members from the Boston Ballet will lead a master class as part of the Explore the Arts series. 7 p.m. $15. Rehearsal Room, Hall of Nations, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present a weekly class featuring guided meditations and teachings. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 per class. Third-floor lounge, Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. The class will repeat Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  D.C. Public Schools will present a student performance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz Jam at Guapoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? will feature bassist Steve Novosel, pianist Wade Beach and drummer Percy Smith, as well as a showcase by members of the DC Federation of Musicians. 7 to 10 p.m. $10. Guapoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tenleytown, 4515 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Commodores ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Shira Harrington on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Resumes That Land on the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Pile.â&#x20AC;? 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. â&#x2013;  The Library of Congress Veterans History Project will host a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breaking the Silence: Our Military Stories,â&#x20AC;? about topics such as the repeal of â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tellâ&#x20AC;? and the status of LGBT equality in the military. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-1071. â&#x2013;  Emilie Brzezinksi will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lure of the Forest: Sculpture 1979-2013â&#x20AC;? in conversation with her daughter, Mike Brzezinski, at 4 p.m.; and Andrew Kaufman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;War and Peaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Steve Early will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Save Our Unions: Dispatches From a Movement in Distress.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library will host the


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them, will conclude with a stop at the National Theatre June 3 through 8. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Broadway direction is re-created for the tour by David Sant, the associate director on Broadway. The production features the original Jerome Robbins choreography, reproduced by Tony nominee Joey McKneely. Tickets start at $48. The theater is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-514-3849; â&#x2013; Theater J will host the premiere of Jon Spelmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-man show â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Prostate Dialoguesâ&#x20AC;? May 30 through June 29. Drawing from personal experience and interviews, the renowned storyteller explores masculinity and mortality in the face of disease with humanity and humor. Tickets cost $15 to $30. The center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; â&#x2013;  Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will present Peter Sinn Nachtriebâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Totalitariansâ&#x20AC;? June 2 through 29. Francine, an ambitious speechwriter, has stumbled upon pure gold: a perfectly patriotic slogan. Despite her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disapproval, Francine quickly realizes that she can use it to 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 weeklong EuroAsia Shorts festival will open with films from China and Germany. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Folger Shakespeare Library will host a preview screening of a live cinema broadcast of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry IV Part 1â&#x20AC;? from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company. 7 p.m. $20. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Performance â&#x2013;  Shakespeare Theatre Company and Spain arts & culture will present a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Is a Dream (La vida es SueĂąo)â&#x20AC;? by Pedro CalederĂłn de la Barca. A discussion with director Gus Heagerty, dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg and George Mason University theater professor Rick Davis will follow. Reception with Spanish tapas at 6:15 p.m.; reading at 7 p.m. $10. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW. Tuesday, June 3

Tuesday june 3 Classes â&#x2013; Yoga teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present its 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. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  Author and reiki master Alice Langholt will lead a four-session workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Angels Among Us.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. $22 per class. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. The workshop will continue June 10, 17 and 24.

The National Theatre will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Storyâ&#x20AC;? June 3 through 8. turn around the campaign of her unpredictable, gaffe-prone candidate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and perhaps get herself out of Nebraska. Tickets start at $35, except for pay-what-you-can performances June 2 and 3 and a special benefit performance with White House speechwriters June 24. The theater is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; â&#x2013; The Warner Theatre will host the North American tour of â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Will Rock You,â&#x20AC;? a rock theatrical by Queen and Ben Elton, June 3 through 8. Built around 24 of Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest hits, the show takes place in a future age on a planet once called Earth that is now controlled by a mighty corporation. With globalization complete and musical instruments banned, all hope of breaking free rests with an alliance of rebel Bohemians to lead the battle to bring the power of rock back to the people. Tickets cost $55 to $75. The Warner Theatre is located at 513 13th St. NW. 202-783-4000;

Concerts â&#x2013; The Tuesday Concert Series will feature pianist Magdalina Melkonyan performing Armenian and Russian music. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  Poor Rich Boy, an underground indieart rock band from Pakistan, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country Current ensemble will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  New Dominion Choraleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington Summer Sings!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a series of group singalongs of major choral works â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature choral excerpts from Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ein Deutsches Requiem,â&#x20AC;? conducted by J. Reilly Lewis, music director of the Cathedral Choral Society and Washington Bach Consort. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and

Singing Sergeants will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music From Stage and Screen,â&#x20AC;? with a special D-Day 70th anniversary salute. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-7675658. â&#x2013; The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Commodores ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. â&#x2013;  Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinyl Lounge will host its weekly open mic show. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by diplomat Molly K. Williamson on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Energy Security?â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  The 25 Architects series will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Multifamily Housing: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrowâ&#x20AC;? by Sami Kirkdil, president and founder of SK+I Architecture. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. See Events/Page 18



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Continued From Page 17 NW. â&#x2013; Attorney Michael Waldman, former assistant to President Bill Clinton, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Second Amendment: A Biography.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Researcher Linda LaScola will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind.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;  Washington Post writer Steve Vogel will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation,â&#x20AC;? about the War of 1812, the burning of Washington in 1814 by the British army and the Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; implausible last stand at Baltimore. 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Louisa Lim, NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s China correspondent, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Republic of Amnesia: The Legacy of Tiananmen Square.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.

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â&#x2013; The Chevy Chase Library Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canalâ&#x20AC;? by Mary Roach. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Films â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly June film series will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twinkle Toes,â&#x20AC;? featuring movies about dance. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will present its weekly Pop Movies series. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Bread & Roses series will present SeĂĄn Ă&#x201C; CualĂĄinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Men at Lunch,â&#x20AC;? about the story behind an iconic 1930s photograph taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 6 to 8 p.m. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  The weeklong EuroAsia Shorts festival will feature films from Korea and Italy. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Reel Affirmationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Pride Film Festival will feature the 2013 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just


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Tuesday, june 3 â&#x2013; Discussion: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Snow Queen.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.

Gender,â&#x20AC;? about common myths and misunderstandings about transgender people. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;CinĂŠma at BloomBars,â&#x20AC;? a monthly film series benefiting the Alliance Française de Washington and BloomBars, will present Carine Tardieuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dandelions (Du vent dans mes mollets).â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. BloomBars, 3222 11th St. NW. Performances â&#x2013;  The Boston Ballet will present a mixed repertory program featuring works by George Balanchine, JirĂ­ KyliĂĄn and Petr Zuska. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $89. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesdays With Funnieâ&#x20AC;? series â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring comedy, music, improv and vaudeville â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The DMV Roast of Tourists,â&#x20AC;? starring Yaser Al-Keliddar. 8 p.m. Free. The Brixton, 901 U St. NW. 202-431-4704. â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature performances by Love Onion and People Like Us, followed by an improv jam. 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Reading â&#x2013;  Poets Joan Larkin, Kamilah Aisha Moon, D.A. Powell and Dan Vera will read from their work as part of the inaugural LGBT Poetry Celebration. Noon. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5394. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Philadelphia Phillies. 7:05 p.m. $10 to $90. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. and Thursday at 4:05 p.m. Tour â&#x2013;  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

Classes and workshops â&#x2013; Kripalu yoga teacher Eva Blutinger will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga in the Galleriesâ&#x20AC;? class. 10 a.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8851300. â&#x2013;  The Glover Park Village and the Georgetown Library will present an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Introduction to Mango Languagesâ&#x20AC;? as part of a series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploring Library Databases.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. 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. â&#x2013;  Experienced career mentor Joe Ryan will lead a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Using LinkedIn in Your Job Searchâ&#x20AC;? as part of a sevensession series on job seeking skills. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  American concert organist Alan Morrison will perform. 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-7675658. â&#x2013;  Students from Levine Music will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat will perform. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $35. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music From Stage and Screen,â&#x20AC;? with a special D-Day 70th anniversary salute. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument Grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  The Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-4334011. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communion DCâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an eclectic mix of up-and-coming musical acts curated by Communion Music â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature live sets by Catfish and the Bottlemen, Desert Noises, and Me & This Army. 8:30 p.m. $9.50 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Honest Tea president and CEO Seth Goldman on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mission in a Bottle: Scaling an Authentic Brand While Keeping It Honest.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  National Museum of Women in the Arts digital media specialist Laura Hoffman will discuss selections from the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370.

â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Events Unfolding in Ukraine: Understanding the Situationâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Maxim â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maxâ&#x20AC;? Besnosiuk and Iryna â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iraâ&#x20AC;? Fedec, both natives of Ukraine, and Katelyn Reitz and Mattison Brady, exPeace Corps members who spent two years there. Lunch buffet at noon; program at 12:30 p.m. $5 to $15. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Former U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo., will discuss her career. 1 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-4642. â&#x2013;  Daniel Krebs, associate professor of history at the University of Louisville, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Generous and Merciful Enemy: Life for German Prisoners of War During the American Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  The History and Biography Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Been Silent Aboutâ&#x20AC;? by Azar Nafisi. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 221, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Artist Mark Parascandola will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carabanchei,â&#x20AC;? featuring photographs of the defunct prison that jailed Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most notorious political prisoners for much of the 20th century. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Studio 1469, 1469 Harvard St. NW (rear). â&#x2013;  Architect Coren Sharples will discuss recent work by New York-based SHoP Architects, which includes Brooklynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Barclays Center and the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gabarone. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $12 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Adam Rogers will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Proof: The Science of Booze.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  Jack Devine will discuss his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Hunting: An American Spymasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Story.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films â&#x2013;  The weeklong EuroAsia Shorts festival will feature films from Japan and Spain. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature David O. Russellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Linings Playbook,â&#x20AC;? starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. 7 p.m. Free. 2nd and L streets NE. Special event â&#x2013;  Women Thrive Worldwide will host a launch party for Ritu Sharmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Tour â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Susan Klusman will lead a tour on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art and History of the U.S. Botanic Garden.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Meet in the front lobby of the Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.




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DISPATCHES From Page 11 which is a new and fun experience for most students. We learned about p’solet (wasted food), including the resources that go into making your food. After every meal, staff and students weigh how much food was not eaten, or wasted at that meal. Fifth-grader Adam Cohen said, “Teva was a terrific experience. I learned what poison ivy looks like and how to identify it.” Chesapeake Teva is a very meaningful experience where Jewish students learn a lot about the Earth and how to keep it clean and not waste resources. — Sophia Miller and Sami Himmelfarb, fifth-graders

Murch Elementary

Murch Elementary hosted a Diversity Conference on May 1, and I attended as a representative for my class. It was an educational experience. I loved how the staff taught us how to stand out by showing people our differences. One activity was where you had a label on your back and others acted out what the label was, and you had to guess. We also wrote down “words that hurt” and “words that heal.” Murch kids led the Morning Meeting, which had the high-five greeting and Simon Says for a game. That was fun. I enjoyed the meeting at the end when we talked about how other people are judged on how they look or if they’re new or “weird” by one of their actions. This taught me that everyone has different qualities, which doesn’t mean you can treat them differently from how you treat your friends. We also split into groups by race to show us how people might be the same and different. We talked about genders and how they’re different but don’t change who you are. The whole conference taught me that everyone is unique, no one can be absolutely the same, and that is a great thing. — Nathalie Tiadem, fourth-grader

Our Lady of Victory School

I went to school today. It was a special day. It’s Field Day! OLV Field Day is when teachers, kids and parents play all different kinds of games. Field Day means no schoolwork! Unfortunately, it rained a lot that morning. We stayed inside. We played musical chairs, limbo and the soccer dribble. I had fun playing this game! You have to kick the ball around a few cones. The team that finishes the soccer dribble first wins. There are two teams, a Blue team and a White team. I was on the White team. At Palisades Park, we would play the spoon race, the beanbag toss, soccer parachute and the soccer dribble. We would drink water and lemonade. We would eat hot dogs, hamburgers and chips. At school, we still ate hot dogs and drank water. My group won four games! The students rotated through different

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 classes around the school. My favorite was sixth grade. I’m in fifth grade! I loved sixth grade the best because they played musical chairs. It’s one of my favorite games! The eighth grade Blue and White teams played volleyball. The score was 21 to 15. Blue team wins! Field Day is all about good sportsmanship. Field Day is all about having fun. I can’t wait for next year! We’ll beat you next time, Blue team! — Sade J., fifth-grader

Ross Elementary

This week started off with our Fillmore music concert on Monday evening. After a lot of practice, students perform some of their music. A big “thank you” goes to all who attended, especially our parents. We are very proud of the girls at Ross. Some of them participated in the Run 5K on Saturday. It was a fantastic day for the Run 5K. Here’s a loud shout-out to all of our coaches who volunteered time and energy to work with our girls. We are still awarding any class who has the highest re-enrollment with a free dress day. A lot of good field trips also happened — Mrs. Juriga’s pre-K went to visit the Kenilworth Gardens and Oxon Hill Farm Park. Ms. Tayloe’s first-graders and Mrs. Hagan’s kindergartners visited the Air and Space Museum. The Science Fair is coming along very well. This year, all students are participating in making classroom science projects. Students may also make individual projects at home. In the upper grades (two to five), projects will be judged by professional scientists. There will be up to five winners from grades three to five, who will be eligible to attend the citywide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fair. These science projects will be presented to the Ross community, where we will be hosting a Mad Science Program. — G.T. Flanagan, school librarian

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

At St. Patrick’s, Grade 4 is learning about pioneers and the Westward Movement. To study the time period, each table group in our classroom became a wagon train. A wagon train is a group of wagons that travel together on a trail. Each student chose, from several options, which person or family he or she wanted to be. I am Paul and Ruby Bryant. I have two sons, one daughter and a grandfather. I also have livestock, including four oxen and six cows. The members of the wagon train voted for a wagon leader. My classmate Louisa was elected in my group. After picking a leader, we packed for the journey. We wrote diary entries along the way. On the trail, travelers encountered many troubles. For example, family members might pass away, or they might be negatively affected by what they did or did not pack. Travelers also had to make trail decisions along


the way. For instance, travelers had to choose which trail to take if there is a fork. Last week, our grade went to Lancaster, Pa., for an overnight field trip. Lancaster was one of the starting points for the pioneers. I am having fun with this project because we are learning but are almost playing a board game. — Jane White, fourth-grader

School Without Walls High School

The School Without Walls community spans more than just the Washington area. With the school hosting many international students each year, the Walls name is continuously represented throughout the world. This past week we came together in celebration of world cultures during our annual International Day assembly. From Bollywood dancing to contemporary dance from the Netherlands to spoken word about being an international community, students expressed themselves in a variety of ways to celebrate different cultures. The general music class performed a song by playing the angklung, an Indonesian musical instrument made of bamboo. Two French classes and the AP Chinese class each made music videos of students singing pop songs in the language being studied. Each year the Walls community holds a variety of different trips to countries around the world so that students can experience a different country and learn about its culture and history. This year alone, trips were held to India, England, Germany, China, Japan, Rome and even to Mexico for scuba diving. To urge more Walls students to go abroad, students who participated in these trips shared stories and photos of their experiences. With exchange students hailing from all over the world, Walls likes to embrace cultures and truly be a part of the global community. Students learn a lot and appreciate being able to work with students from different backgrounds, while also serving as proud ambassadors of the D.C. and Walls community. — Delmar Tarragó, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Hey Mustangs, this week fourth grade will be taking a field trip to visit Howard University, University of Maryland and Georgetown University. I think it will be very fun because I will get see what college I might be interested in going to. First grade will be having a French breakfast on Thursday. I bet that it will be very delicious. In my class I am learning about multi-digit multiplication, which is when you multiply something like 234 by 457. Also, we are learning long division, which is very simple to me, but I don’t know if it would be easy for you. An example of this would be something like 365 divided by 5. I hope all you Shepherd Mustangs have a great weekend! —Lauren Curtis, fourth-grader

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