No.41 October 14, 2015 - The Current Newspapers



No.41 October 14, 2015 - The Current Newspapers
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Vol. XLVIII, No. 41
The NorThwesT CurreNT
Nightlife bill
sees revisions
after feedback
Mayor finds funding
for variety of projects
■ Budget: Ellington School,
Lafayette Rec make the list
Current Staff Writer
A bill intended to address noise
from the city’s exploding nightlife
scene is still inching through the
legislative process, even as many
within the business community
oppose it.
At a committee meeting late last
month, at-large D.C. Council member Vincent Orange announced
plans for a second public hearing on
Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. to discuss the
particulars of the measure now that it
has been revised from its July incarnation.
The updated bill reflects changes
suggested by Alcoholic Beverage
Regulation Administration director
Fred Moosally during the July hearing.
Under the revised proposal,
amplified noise like live music that
can be heard from 100 feet away
during the day (9 a.m. to 9:59 p.m.)
and 50 feet away at night (10 p.m. to
8:59 a.m.) will violate the District’s
noise ordinance. This represents
what Orange’s committee argues is a
more suitable policy that the current
See Noise/Page 16
Current Staff Writer
An unexpected $47 million
windfall in city funds will go toward
a series of projects across the District, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office
announced Friday evening.
The projects selected by the
mayor span all eight wards and in
Northwest include $9.8 million to
ensure timely completion of the
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
modernization in Burleith, $4.6 mil-
Starbucks seeks beer, wine
sales at five D.C. locations
Brian Kapur/The Current
The St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Massachusetts
Avenue NW held its traditional Greek Festival over the
weekend. The event featured live music and dancing, authentic
Greek food and pastries, children’s games, train rides, a Greek
market and international arts and crafts.
Neighbors work to address homelessness
Current Staff Writer
In front of the Tenley-Friendship
Library, five homeless men have
taken up camp for more than a
month. In Foggy Bottom, neighbors
complain of seeing homeless residents relieving themselves on the
Homelessness continues to
plague the District in many ways,
even as the office of Mayor Muriel
Bowser kicks its campaign to end
homelessness by 2020 into higher
gear. The mayor has pledged to
close the D.C. General shelter and
find homes for the city’s entire population of homeless veterans by the
end of the year.
Brian Kapur/The Current
A group of homeless men lived in
front of the Tenley-Friendship
Library for several weeks.
At the neighborhood level, community members are voicing their
concerns to local leaders. In Foggy
Bottom, a working group has formed
to bring forth tangible solutions to
homelessness problems, while
Glover Park leaders recently hosted
a panel discussion on the topic.
And in Tenleytown, advisory
neighborhood commissioners have
been working to address the recent
encampment at the Tenley-Friendship Library. This isn’t the first time
that location has been a popular site
for homeless people, according to
neighborhood commissioner Amy
Hall, but given the city’s new focus
on homelessness, the community is
hoping for concrete results.
After a lengthy waiting period,
Hall said, city officials were scheduled to clear out the encampment
yesterday. When they arrived, Hall
said, the residents had already
See Homeless/Page 7
Agency details plans
for landscaping at
Irish hero’s statue
— Page 3
lion to renovate the Lafayette Recreation Center in Chevy Chase, $3
million to repair and improve the
playground and field at Garrison
Elementary School in Logan Circle,
and $1.9 million to purchase vacant
and blighted properties in Ward 4.
The money came both from
unspent funds from the 2015 fiscal
year and from a $25 million agreement with Pepco that grants the firm
naming rights to a yet-undecided
street, park or other public facility.
The deal emerged while the District
arranged to buy land from Pepco for
the planned Southwest soccer stadium.
See Budget/Page 16
Georgetown Day
soccer throttles
Saints in 5-0 romp
— Page 13
■ ABC: Company’s ‘Evenings’
program eyed for Northwest
Current Staff Writer
A Starbucks program that brings
nighttime food and alcohol service
to its coffee shops is on tap for five
D.C. locations.
The Seattle-based chain launched
“Starbucks Evenings” in 2010 and
it’s since spread to about 100 locations nationwide, according to a
company spokesperson. The program’s menu varies by location but
generally includes small appetizertype foods and a selection of wines
and craft beer purchased at the counter.
Starbucks posted notice of its
plans at the five locations on Friday
as part of the Alcoholic Beverage
Regulation Administration process.
They are 443 7th St. NW, in Penn
Quarter; 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW
and 1700 Connecticut Ave. NW, in
Dupont Circle; 5500 Connecticut
Ave. NW, in Chevy Chase; and 1810
Wisconsin Ave. NW, in Georgetown. The plans were first reported
by the Washington Business Journal.
SunTrust highlights
new technology at
Georgetown branch
— Page 5
Brian Kapur/The Current
The Chevy Chase Starbucks is
among the company’s five D.C.
shops seeking an alcohol license.
The applications seek operating
hours that extend to 11 p.m. for both
interior and outdoor seating areas in
most cases; in some locations, Starbucks has proposed instead capping
the sidewalk cafe hours at 10 p.m.
some nights. The applications
describe each of the planned operations as “a restaurant serving savory
small plates and desserts meant for
sharing, in addition to its coffee and
breakfast offerings served all day,
and offering wine & beer selections
to its guest in a relaxing and comfortable environment.”
The Starbucks spokesperson
declined to say how the company
See Starbucks/Page 16
District Digest/2
In Your Neighborhood/18
Police Report/4
Real Estate/17
School Dispatches/8
Service Directory/27
Week Ahead/3
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District Digest
Police seek driver in
sexual assault case
A woman was sexually assaulted
in a car she mistook for an Uber
early Saturday morning in the 3500
block of Macomb Street NW,
according to a Metropolitan Police
Department news release.
The adult woman entered a fourdoor silver sedan that she thought
was the car she hired through the
Uber service between 3:30 and 4
a.m. Oct. 10, and the driver produced a knife and sexually assaulted her. She escaped without further
injury. The suspect is described as a
Middle Eastern man in his early
30s, with black curly hair.
Anyone with information should
call police at 202-727-9099 or send
a text to 50411. The department
offers a reward of up to $1,000 for
information that leads to arrest and
conviction of a person responsible
for assault committed in D.C.
GU Hospital seeks
approval for pavilion
MedStar Georgetown University
Hospital submitted a certificate of
need application to the D.C. State
Health Planning and Development
Agency last week, advancing its bid
to construct a new $560 million
pavilion next to its existing hospital,
according to a news release.
The high-tech facility, previously
reported to cost $400 million, will
have five above-ground floors and
three underground parking levels. A
rooftop helipad, state-of-the-art
operating and treatment rooms,
upgraded intensive care beds and
modernized imaging systems are
among the proposed features.
“This certificate of need is the
next step in our journey to completing this much needed medical and
surgical pavilion on the Georgetown campus,” MedStar Georgetown University Hospital president
Richard Goldberg says in the
release. “Our goal is to build a medical and surgical pavilion that will
meet the needs of our patients, families, staff and community not only
today but for years into the future.”
The project, which also includes
an upgrade for the existing hospital
building, has been in the works
since 2009. Construction is expected to begin by the end of next year
and wrap up by 2020.
DC Reads focuses on
Jones’ short stories
“DC Reads 2015” will kick off
Thursday with nearly a month of
events centered on the book “All
Aunt Hagar’s Children” by D.C.
native Edward P. Jones. The literacy
program “promotes reading for
pleasure by having citywide celebrations for teens and adults that
focus on one book,” according to a
news release.
Written in 2006, Jones’ collection of 14 stories describes life for
African-Americans migrating to
and growing up in D.C. — struggling and surviving in what Jones
once referred to in an interview as
“the other city,” according to the
release. Jones has won the PEN/
Hemingway Award, the Pulitzer
Prize, the MacArthur Fellowship
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excellence in the art of the short
Events will include a Nov. 3
panel discussion on “DC in the
50s”; a Nov. 5 performance of the
play “District Merchants,” about the
relationship between black and
Jewish D.C. residents; and many
book discussion groups at libraries
around the city. Details are at
‘Pay-by-space’ debuts
around Gallery Place
The D.C. Department of Transportation is introducing a new payby-space parking system in Penn
Quarter and Chinatown this month.
Drivers will “park in defined
spaces, read the four- or five-digit
number on space marker posts, and
then enter the number at the payment kiosks, or on their mobile
devices with Parkmobile,” according to a news release. “There is no
need to display a receipt on a dashboard.”
The new system will roll out by
Oct. 27 in the area between 3rd,
11th, E and H streets NW.
Ward 3 Democrats
set to hold caucuses
The Ward 3 Democratic Committee — the official arm of the
Democratic Party in the ward —
will hold precinct caucuses to fill
vacant delegate positions on Oct. 27
at Forest Hills of DC, 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW.
The vacant positions are in precincts 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 26, 28, 29,
30, 31, 32, 50, 136 and 138. (Visit to check your
The process will run from 6:45
to 7:15 p.m. Those wishing to run
or vote for delegate must be registered as Democrats in the relevant
Due to a production error, the
Oct. 7 article “Neighbors drop bid
for Forest Lane landmark” omitted
reference to the Wesley Heights
advisory neighborhood commission’s 7-0 vote in September to
oppose designating the Tudor house
at 4304 Forest Lane NW as a landmark. The article should also have
noted that more than 150 area residents had written letters opposing
landmark designation, with several
neighbors also speaking in support
of the homeowner, Mike Sicoli, at
the commission’s Sept. 9 meeting.
In the same issue, the artist featured in the Studio Gallery’s exhibit
“Secrets of the Elements 4, Time’s
Arrows” was misidentified due to
incorrect information supplied by
the gallery. The artist is Langley
Spurlock, not Morgan Spurlock.
The Current regrets the errors.
As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance.
To report an error, call the managing editor at 202-567-2011.
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ednesday, October 14, 2015
Bus turnaround renovation
set to advance, agencies say
Current Staff Writer
A project to renovate the Chevy
Chase bus turnaround building
might be back on track after months
of delays.
The Washington Metropolitan
Area Transit Authority has been
looking to spend $1.1 million on the
dilapidated 1940s structure at Connecticut Avenue and Oliver Street
NW, possibly making space for one
or more commercial tenants in the
prime location.
Many community members say
the building, located at the terminus
of the District’s Connecticut Avenue
NW bus lines, has historic value for
its decades of service to the D.C.
transit system and have welcomed
plans to restore it. Of late, the former
station building has been used only
as a restroom for bus drivers due to
its poor condition, though buses
have continued — and will continue
— to turn around there to begin
southbound routes.
Metro will use federal grant
money administered by the D.C.
Department of Transportation for the
project. Transit officials said back in
June that they expected the grant to
be approved imminently, but Trans-
portation Department spokesperson
Terry Owens said on Friday that his
agency instead signed a memorandum of understanding in August.
“The project was temporarily
delayed due to staffing issues at
DDOT,” Owens wrote in an email.
“Those issues have been resolved
and the work is expected to begin
Metro had previously envisioned
spending $127,000 on design work
during the 2015 fiscal year, which
ended Sept. 30, and just over $1 million in the 2016 fiscal year for construction.
Morgan Dye, spokesperson for
Metro, wrote in an email that the two
agencies are “working together to
finalize administrative details and
expect to begin the project very
soon,” with community engagement
coming as one of the first steps. She
referred further questions to the
Transportation Department.
The community has heard little
about the project lately, though. At
the Sept. 28 meeting of the Chevy
Chase advisory neighborhood commission, chair Randy Speck said
Metro and the Transportation
Department had not yet finalized
their memorandum of understandSee Turnaround/Page 19
Park Service strives to protect Emmet statue
Current Correspondent
Plans to spruce up the landscape surrounding a
nearly 50-year-old sculpture of famed Irish patriot
Robert Emmet in Sheridan-Kalorama are set to get
underway this fall and conclude in the spring.
The facelift of the triangular park was commissioned by the National Park Service, which recently
released details of the fully funded project for public
comment. The agency plans to remove plants and
trees that officials believe either threaten the integrity
of the statue or obstruct views of it. Most will be
replaced by either new types of foliage or updated
turf areas.
The sculpture occupies a land plot enclosed by
Massachusetts Avenue, 24th Street and S Street NW,
See Park/Page 19
Don’t let back pain
keep you from
enjoying life.
The week ahead
Wednesday, Oct. 14
The D.C. State Board of Education’s High School Credit Flexibility Task Force
will meet at 4:30 p.m. in Room 1114, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.
■ The Logan Circle Community Association will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. The meeting will include an update from Ward 2
D.C. Council member Jack Evans, a tour of the theater and a reception.
Thursday, Oct. 15
The D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability will hold a symposium on “Follow the Money: Improving Ethics Oversight of Contracting With the
District Government.” Panelists will include Darrin Sobin, the board’s director;
Daniel Lucas, D.C. inspector general; George Schutter, the District’s chief procurement officer; and Patrick Madden, investigative reporter for WAMU. The symposium will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom at the University of the
District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. To
register, visit
Saturday, Oct. 17
The Heurich House Museum will host a community “Beautification Day” from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sonny Bono Park, located at New Hampshire Avenue, 20th
Street and O Street NW. The project will remove dead plants and excess soil in
preparation for the planting of new perennials. Volunteers are encouraged to
bring gardening gloves; tools and bottled water will be provided. To register, visit
Tuesday, Oct. 20
The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30
p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley
Street NW. The agenda will include discussion of efforts underway to improve
policing and ex-offender programs in the District.
Thursday, Oct. 22
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#!# The D.C. Department of General Services will hold a community meeting on
the Marie Reed Elementary School modernization project. The meeting will be
held at 6 p.m. at Marie Reed, 2201 18th St. NW.
Tuesday, Oct. 27
The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a meeting and “community dialogue” on “Ethics in Our Government.” The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. at Forest Hills of DC, 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. Preceding the meeting, from 6:45 to
7:15 p.m., precinct caucuses will fill vacancies for delegate positions in various
areas of Ward 3. For details, visit
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Police Report
This is a listing of reports taken
from Oct. 5 through 11 in local
police service areas.
■ downtown
■ I and 13th streets NW; 1:58
a.m. Oct. 9.
Assault with a dangerous
■ 12th Street Expressway and
12th Street; 7:54 p.m. Oct. 8.
Motor vehicle theft
■ 1300-1399 block, K St.;
1:40 a.m. Oct. 5.
■ 900-999 block, F St.; 7:39
a.m. Oct. 6.
■ 1000-1099 block, K St.; 10
a.m. Oct. 6.
■ 1100-1199 block, K St.;
12:30 p.m. Oct. 6.
■ 400-499 block, 14th St.; 4
p.m. Oct. 7.
■ 750-799 block, 10th St.;
5:45 p.m. Oct. 7.
■ 1300-1399 block, F St.; 6
p.m. Oct. 8.
■ 1300-1399 block, F St.; 8:40
p.m. Oct. 8.
■ 1000-1099 block, H St.; 6
a.m. Oct. 10.
Theft from auto
■ 11th Street and New York
Avenue; 11:10 p.m. Oct. 9.
■ 11th Street and New York
Avenue; 2 a.m. Oct. 10.
■ 700-799 block, 11th St.;
6:15 a.m. Oct. 11.
■ 900-999 block, 10th St.; 7
a.m. Oct. 11.
■ H and 11th streets; 8 p.m.
Oct. 11.
psa 102
■ Gallery place
■ 400-499 block, 8th St.; 4:57
a.m. Oct. 5.
, with Dr. McDonald,
Community Hospice
medical director
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■ 600-699 block, 7th St.;
12:44 a.m. Oct. 8.
■ 800-899 block, 9th St.; 5:34
p.m. Oct. 8.
■ 400-457 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 1:29 a.m. Oct. 9.
■ 700-799 block, 7th St.; 5:37
p.m. Oct. 9.
■ 700-799 block, 7th St.; 6:19
p.m. Oct. 9.
■ 7th and H streets; 11 p.m.
Oct. 10.
Theft from auto
■ 600-699 block, H St.; 9 p.m.
Oct. 5.
■ 400-499 block, H St.; 10
p.m. Oct. 7.
■ 400-497 block, L St.; 9:20
p.m. Oct. 8.
■ 600-699 block, I St.; 10:05
a.m. Oct. 9.
■ New York Avenue and 4th
Street; 11:05 a.m. Oct. 10.
■ 600-699 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 4:15 p.m. Oct. 10.
■ 400-499 block, K St.; 10:15
p.m. Oct. 10.
201 201
■ chevy chase
■ Unit block, Chevy Chase Circle; 12:15 a.m. Oct. 7.
Theft from auto
■ 3600-3699 block, Jocelyn
St.; 10 p.m. Oct. 5.
■ 3300-3399 block, Morrison
St.; 8:20 a.m. Oct. 7.
psa 202
■ Friendship Heights
Tenleytown / AU Park
■ 4100-4199 block, Fessenden St.; 12:49 a.m. Oct. 8.
■ 4200-4209 block, Albemarle
St.; 10 a.m. Oct. 8.
Motor vehicle theft
■ 4200-4299 block, Garrison
St.; 4:45 a.m. Oct. 7.
■ 4500-4537 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 2 p.m. Oct. 5.
■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 6:43 p.m. Oct. 6.
■ 4530-4599 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 5:05 p.m. Oct. 7.
■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 1 p.m. Oct. 8.
■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 2:56 p.m. Oct. 8.
■ 4500-4599 block, Fort Drive;
11:30 a.m. Oct. 9.
■ 4300-4326 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 7 p.m. Oct. 9.
■ 5224-5299 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 4 p.m. Oct. 10.
■ 5300-5399 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 12:50 p.m. Oct. 11.
Theft from auto
■ 4100-4199 block, Davenport
St.; 11:32 a.m. Oct. 6.
■ 4210-4299 block, 39th St.;
12:38 p.m. Oct. 6.
■ 4700-4799 block, 45th St.;
7:30 p.m. Oct. 7.
■ Davenport Street and Wisconsin Avenue; 1:58 p.m. Oct.
■ 5300-5399 block, 42nd St.;
3:30 p.m. Oct. 8.
psa 203
■ forest
203 hills / van ness
cleveland park
■ 3319-3499 block, Connecticut Ave.; noon Oct. 6.
■ 4200-4399 block, Connecticut Ave.; noon Oct. 10.
Theft from auto
■ 3700-3799 block, 35th St.;
3 p.m. Oct. 5.
■ 3400-3499 block, Rodman
St.; 11:15 a.m. Oct. 6.
■ 4400-4499 block, Connecticut Ave.; 9:30 p.m. Oct. 6.
psa 204
■ Massachusetts avenue
heights / cleveland park
woodley park / Glover
park / cathedral heights
■ 3000-3199 block,
Connecticut Ave.; 3:55 a.m.
Oct. 10 (with gun).
Motor vehicle theft
■ 2900-2905 block, Cortland
Place; 8 p.m. Oct. 5.
■ 2600-2699 block, Woodley
Road; 7:15 a.m. Oct. 6.
■ 3000-3099 block, Idaho
Ave.; 10:02 a.m. Oct. 7.
■ 2111-2199 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; midnight Oct. 9.
■ 2200-2298 block,
Wisconsin Ave.; 4:15 p.m. Oct.
■ 3300-3399 block,
Wisconsin Ave.; 12:38 p.m.
Oct. 10.
■ 2600-2649 block,
Connecticut Ave.; 3 p.m. Oct.
Theft from auto
■ 3800-3821 block, Garfield
St.; 4 p.m. Oct. 5.
■ Newark and 39th streets; 6
p.m. Oct. 6.
■ 3300-3499 block, 39th St.;
8 a.m. Oct. 7.
■ 3100-3199 block, 35th St.;
7:34 p.m. Oct. 7.
■ Newark and 39th streets; 8
p.m. Oct. 7.
■ 3600-3699 block, 39th St.;
8 p.m. Oct. 7.
■ 2600-2699 block, Garfield
St.; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 8.
psa 205
■ palisades / spring valley
Wesley Heights / Foxhall
Theft from auto
■ 4300-4399 block, Klingle
St.; 2 p.m. Oct. 6.
■ 4300-4399 block, Garfield
St.; 8 p.m. Oct. 7.
■ 4300-4399 block, Garfield
St.; 9:20 p.m. Oct. 7.
■ Hawthorne Street and
Glover Driveway; 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 8.
206 206
■ georgetown / burleith
Motor vehicle theft
■ 3800-3899 block, Reservoir
Road; 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7.
■ 3800-3899 block, Reservoir
Road; 11:30 p.m. Oct. 7.
■ 1200-1237 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 5:45 p.m. Oct. 5.
■ 3036-3099 block, M St.;
11:15 a.m. Oct. 6.
■ 3600-3699 block, O St.;
12:30 p.m. Oct. 6.
■ 1200-1237 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 7 p.m. Oct. 6.
■ 3200-3275 block, M St.;
11:40 a.m. Oct. 7.
■ 3200-3275 block, M St.;
7:56 p.m. Oct. 7.
■ 3200-3275 block, M St.;
11:26 a.m. Oct. 9.
■ 3036-3099 block, M St.;
1:51 p.m. Oct. 9.
■ 3600-3699 block, O St.;
4:35 p.m. Oct. 9.
■ 1000-1025 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 5:15 p.m. Oct. 9.
■ 3200-3275 block, M St.;
7:10 p.m. Oct. 9.
■ Wisconsin Avenue and
Water Street; 1:37 p.m. Oct.
■ 3200-3275 block, M St.;
3:29 p.m. Oct. 10.
■ 1224-1299 block, Wisconsin
Ave.; 4 p.m. Oct. 10.
■ 3200-3275 block, M St.; 7
p.m. Oct. 10.
■ 3300-3399 block, Water St.;
3 p.m. Oct. 11.
■ 3276-3299 block, M St.;
3:56 p.m. Oct. 11.
■ 1000-1099 block, Cecil
Place; 4 p.m. Oct. 11.
psa 208
■ sheridan-kalorama
dupont circle
■ 1900-1999 block, Q St.;
11:53 p.m. Oct. 5.
■ 1700-1799 block, Church
St.; 5:50 p.m. Oct. 7.
■ 1700-1799 block, N St.;
2:46 a.m. Oct. 10.
Sexual abuse
■ 1500-1599 block, New
Hampshire Ave.; 9:30 p.m.
Oct. 6.
■ 1900-1999 block, S St.; 8
a.m. Oct. 5.
■ 1-7 block, Dupont Circle;
5:35 p.m. Oct. 5.
■ 1600-1699 block,
Massachusetts Ave.; 11:30
a.m. Oct. 6.
■ 1300-1699 block,
Connecticut Ave.; 12:09 p.m.
Oct. 6.
■ 2100-2199 block, P St.;
3:57 p.m. Oct. 7.
■ 1700-1799 block,
Massachusetts Ave.; 2:08
p.m. Oct. 9.
■ 1700-1799 block, N St.; 3
a.m. Oct. 10.
■ 1200-1219 block,
Connecticut Ave.; 8:30 a.m.
Oct. 11.
■ 1200-1219 block,
Connecticut Ave.; 10:20 a.m.
Oct. 11.
■ 1400-1499 block, P St.; 5
p.m. Oct. 11.
Theft from auto
■ 1400-1499 block, 17th St.;
5:12 p.m. Oct. 5.
■ 1500-1599 block, O St.;
6:50 p.m. Oct. 6.
■ 1200-1221 block, 17th St.;
11 a.m. Oct. 8.
■ 17th and N streets; 1:02
a.m. Oct. 9.
■ 1400-1499 block, Rhode
Island Ave.; 10 a.m. Oct. 10.
■ 2100-2199 block, N St.;
12:22 p.m. Oct. 10.
■ 1900-1999 block,
Sunderland Place; 1 p.m. Oct.
■ 1800-1819 block, 19th St.;
5:04 p.m. Oct. 10.
■ 1900-1999 block, N St.; 9
p.m. Oct. 10.
■ 1700-1799 block, N St.;
12:30 a.m. Oct. 11.
■ 2119-2199 block, R St.;
11:30 a.m. Oct. 11.
■ 1200-1221 block, 17th St.;
9:54 p.m. Oct. 11.
The CurrentWednesday, October 14, 2015
SunTrust expands ‘Innovation Branch’ technology from Atlanta to Georgetown
unTrust Banks opened its first
Innovation Branch in Atlanta
last year, featuring state-ofthe-art technology to streamline and
enhance the customer experience.
Following a successful launch in
their home city, executives at the
bank turned their attention to Washington, working with manager
Renee Williams to select a branch.
Williams, who oversees 16 SunTrust locations in D.C. and Maryland, said she didn’t hesitate to welcome the new technology, even if
she struggled to imagine what it
would look like.
“Looking at an artist’s rendering,
it’s very difficult to see what the
final results were going to be,” Williams said. But she said ultimately
“there was nothing to be skeptical
about. It’s a privilege to have a
branch like this in Washington,
Williams is referring to the
Georgetown branch at 2929 M St.
NW, which SunTrust executives
chose as the landing spot for the
tech renovation. The branch’s central location and easy street access
made it an ideal candidate, she said.
The new Innovation Branch
boasts a tablet bar for quick selfservice use outfitted with Wi-Fi,
which Williams said customers can
use for banking activities or personal use — for instance, a tourist figuring out directions. A wall-length
touchscreen running Microsoft Surface, which bank staff have dubbed
“the Sun Wall,” lets customers
search for information.
The branch’s defining feature,
according to Williams, is Teller
Connect, an upgrade from the traditional ATM available in an enclosed
area in front of the bank proper. The
machines are equipped with a webcam that connects users to a live
representative in Atlanta’s SunTrust
Innovation branch, who assists with
day-to-day business just as an inperson teller would. These
machines are open for three hours
after the bank closes, providing cus-
mark lieberman
tomers with more opportunities for
face-to-face interaction.
In addition to the new digital
features, the Innovation Branch also
boasts an updated look. Upon entry,
customers are greeted with a central
area of open space, a teller line easily accessible on the immediate left
for customers who want to get in
and out quickly, and enclosed offices in the back for more private
interactions. In the branch’s previous design, those private spaces
weren’t available, which meant customers had to have most of their
conversations in full view of the
rest of the bank.
After a renovation process of
seven and a half months, the Innovation Branch had a soft opening in
May and a grand-opening celebration on Sept. 9. The bank remained
open with full services available
throughout the construction.
Williams said SunTrust is continuing to evaluate customer feedback on the new technology to get a
sense of how it ought to evolve.
Representatives from other banks
have even come from as far as
Hawaii to check out the new features, she said.
“It’s really exceeded everything
we thought it was going to be,”
Williams said.
Filson launches D.C. store
The Seattle-based manufacturer
Filson, which got its start outfitting
prospectors in the Klondike Gold
Rush in the late 19th century,
opened its first D.C. store last week
on 14th Street NW.
The company, which makes
clothes, outerwear and accessories
“for outdoor adventurers and
explorers alike,” celebrated its new
shop with an in-store exhibit of
images by National Geographic
photographer Dan Westergren.
The store at 1534 14th St. NW is
open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and noon to 6
p.m. Sunday. The Westergren show
will remain on view indefinitely.
Comcast opens store
Comcast customers in Northwest
no longer have to trek across the
city to the cable provider’s Northeast location. As of August, a new
Cleveland Park location, located at
3400 Connecticut Ave. NW, offers
the same service features as the
established Brookland location, in
addition to a new interactive experience designed to help customers
connect with products of interest.
Among the technology on display: the X1 Entertainment Operating System, Xfinity Home automation and security offerings, and
Comcast’s suite of mobile apps. Fifteen sales consultants are on hand to
discuss the new technology with
customers while they try it out for
themselves. The goal is to create a
more hands-on, personal experience, according to Comcast spokes-
person Jamie Debole.
“It’s a different experience, and
we just really want to make sure
that it’s welcoming,” said Debole.
The store held a grand-opening
event last month featuring Washington Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa, D.C. Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Brian Kenner and other guests.
Comcast also announced that it will
donate $1,000 to the D.C. Public
Library Foundation in support of
the Cleveland Park Library.
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6 Wednesday, October 14, 2015The Current
The Pepco Holdings-Exelon Merger:
Now, It Works for Everyone.
Dear Pepco customers,
After working to learn what is important to the District, we’re pleased to report that we’ve reached
a settlement with the District government and others on our merger. We listened to District leaders,
residents and the community to find a path forward that is more focused on the District’s priorities.
The settlement has more than 120 commitments that help ensure the merger benefits everyone
in the District.
The commitments include more than doubling customer benefits to over $72 million, which is
expected to be used for:
$25.6 million to offset distribution rate increases for residential customers through March 2019.
$14 million in direct bill credits for residential customers.
$16.15 million for low-income energy assistance.
$3.5 million for renewable energy and $3.5 million for energy efficiency programs.
$10.05 million to support the District’s Green Building Fund.
The settlement also includes:
New commitments for fewer and shorter outages and significant financial penalties if Pepco fails
to meet them.
Up to 10 megawatts of new solar generation and making it easier and faster for customers to
install solar panels.
More jobs located in the District as a result of the merger and $5.2 million for workforce development.
$19 million in guaranteed charitable contributions over 10 years to nonprofits that serve
District residents.
The Pepco Holdings-Exelon merger will bring significant benefits to the District,
and we hope you will agree that the merger now works for everyone.
Donna Cooper
Region President, Pepco
Melissa Sherrod
Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Exelon
Bringing significant benefits to the District.
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HOMELESS: Neighborhoods tackle issues at community meetings, working groups
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removed many of their belongings,
but the authorities removed three
carts and provided nearby neighbors
with information about how to help
the homeless.
The Tenleytown commission has
heard numerous complaints about
the library encampment. According
to Hall, the same group of homeless
men previously tried to set up across
the street on a deck prior to the opening of the Burger, Tap and Shake
Complicating the issue is the
encampment’s location in public
space, which has fewer protections
than privately owned property.
“At what point does public space
become no longer public because
somebody has taken it over for their
own use? I can’t just show up and
decide to set up a cafe in front of the
Best Buy. That’s public space,” Hall
said. “But I guarantee you that the
city would be there lickety split and
move me on.”
American University Park resident Anna Kessler said she has been
increasingly sensitive to the presence of the homeless community in
Tenleytown since the library
encampment started. She has noticed
that the homeless men have been
taking chairs from the nearby Starbucks and Angelico’s. And her
daughter witnessed a car hit one of
the homeless men last week.
“I think there’s a lot more that the
government can do to help,” Kessler
said. “I don’t think they’re helping
them by just allowing them to live
out there.”
Meanwhile, closer to downtown,
Foggy Bottom Association president
Marina Streznewski has convened a
homelessness working group comprised of residents eager to make a
concrete difference.
Finding productive ways to partner with city officials is among the
goals of the working group. Participants in the first meeting on Sept. 21
agreed to take on such projects as
adding more trash cans in key areas;
contacting local officials and community fixtures like George Washington University; and researching
the possibility of using Miriam’s
Kitchen as a temporary storage
option for the belongings of people
who frequent the facility. Attendees
emerged with workable solutions
and assigned tasks to complete
before the next meeting sometime
next month, Streznewski said.
“We do think if we can get the
community involved in helping to
create solutions to some of the problems that we face, that’s the best
thing that we could possibly do,”
Streznewski said. “This is more than
just signing a pledge.”
Streznewski is referring to the
Homeward DC pledge that the mayor’s office has been circulating at
community meetings for the last
several months. By signing it, residents commit to helping make
homelessness “rare, brief and nonrecurring” within five years.
At last Wednesday’s meeting of
the Tenleytown and Friendship
Heights advisory neighborhood
commission, commissioner Jon
Bender argued that the pledge, while
a valuable symbolic asset in the fight
against homelessness, can’t solve
the issues by itself.
“I think it’s the city’s responsibility to provide a better alternative to
these folks then sleeping on the
streets,” Bender said. “It does require
services, and it requires roofs over
their heads.”
In Foggy Bottom, Streznewski
and her team have been turning
heads with their ground-level
approach. Streznewski said she has
heard from police officers in Penn
Quarter who were interested in
implementing a similar working
group model. The key, Streznewski
said, is to let neighbors air their
grievances first, so that the real work
can begin immediately afterward.
Along the same lines, Glover
Park advisory neighborhood com-
missioner Brian Turmail organized a
panel discussion featuring experts
on homelessness from across the
District at the commission’s meeting
last Thursday.
The commission responded
warmly to invitations from JeanMichel Giraud, president of the
homelessness-oriented nonprofit
Friendship Place, for the community
to consider his organization a
resource. Friendship Place serves as
a liaison between the community
and the government on issues ranging from affordable housing to job
During that panel, Metropolitan
Police Department Capt. David
Sledge reminded residents that the
coming winter is the most dangerous
season for homeless people, and the
most critical for tackling the problem in a concrete way.
“One phone call could save
someone’s life,” Sledge said. “Don’t
just walk past it.”
Wednesday, October 14, 2015The Current
Spotlight on Schools
Blessed Sacrament School
Blessed Sacrament is off to a
great start. Our school is working
together on a service project. To
honor the visit of Pope Francis, our
school is collecting gently worn
shoes for the poor. Shoes are being
collected for children ages 5 to 14.
Each grade is assigned a month to
bring in shoes this year. The eighthgraders who run Christ Care Corps
are in charge of the shoe collection.
We hope to collect over 500 pairs of
shoes for children to donate to the
Cardinal McCarrick Family Center.
We are all looking forward to the
Annual Book Fair, held Oct. 15 to
17. This year’s theme is a Monster
Book Fair.
The whole school is currently
doing the Gabriel Project, a program that helps pregnant women in
need. In the Gabriel Project you get
a baby bottle and fill it up with as
much cash as you can. It is run by
the sixth-graders; they collect and
count the money. The class that collects the most money gets a pizza
We have a new playground at
school this year. It is a very fun
playground and has two slides so
that you can race a friend.
The kindergarten is learning
about Johnny Appleseed, because
he celebrated his birthday not too
long ago on Sept. 26. They are
making applesauce and pictures of
him with construction paper.
So far it looks like Blessed Sacrament is having a great school
— Mary Williams, fifth-grader
Eaton Elementary
At John Eaton, there are many
different student performances
throughout the year. We have a winter concert, a spring concert, talent
shows at lunchtime and a spring
musical. As fifth-graders, we get to
participate in all of these events.
Every fifth-grader gets to choose
which music class they want. Ms.
Mistry teaches vocals and marimba,
and Mr. Brown teaches strings and
woodwinds. Kids really like the
idea of choosing their music class
and end up having fun, working
hard and learning lots of skills. In
these classes, we work on pieces for
the winter and spring concerts.
There are singing groups, instrumental groups and dancing at the
concerts. This year, some of us are
working on a South African song
that we will sing in Swahili. There
will also be kids playing xylophone,
marimba, drums and maracas.
At lunchtime, our assistant principal, Ms. Anderson, is in charge of
the informal talent shows. She picks
kids who want to perform to go up
on stage. Kids can play an instrument, sing, dance, perform studentwritten skits, do gymnastics or tell
jokes. It’s awesome to see what different talents everyone has.
At the end of the year, we will
have our spring musical. Fourthand fifth-graders can audition to be
in the cast or sign up to be in the
technical crew. We rehearse for
months and our shows are amazing.
The performances will be in May
and everyone is invited!
— Amelia Gaston, Liberty Kessler
and Omarion Lacore, fifth-graders
The Field School
The Field School has begun its
yearly health classes, separated by
grade. A couple of weeks ago, sixthgrade health classes began, with
boys in one group and girls in
Milken Scholars winners named
Five D.C. high school graduates are attending
college as 2015 Milken Scholars, an award that confers both a $10,000 college scholarship and a “lifetime of mentoring and resources,” according to a
news release.
The award is a joint venture of the Milken Institute and Milken Family Foundation. Chosen based
on academic performance, community service, leadership and ability to persevere amid adversity, the
2015 winners are:
■ National Cathedral School’s Antonia Alakija, who
is attending the University of Pennsylvania;
■ Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Anthonya James,
who is attending the University of California at Los
■ Benjamin Banneker Academic High School’s Alisha Jennings-Olowosuko, who is attending the University of Michigan;
■ Archbishop Carroll High School’s Julian Nelson,
who is attending Carnegie Mellon; and
■ Benjamin Banneker Academic High School’s
Alexis Vivar, who is attending the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
another. Last week, seventh-grade
classes began, with the girls separated into two groups and the boys
taking the classes together. And in
the beginning of November, eighthgrade coed classes will begin, with
the groups separated by homeroom.
Younger students will be dominating the school this week because
juniors and sophomores are taking
the PSAT on Wednesday and will
be on field trips on Thursday.
Seniors are gone all week because
many of them are doing what’s
called Senior Search, which is time
given to them to make college visits. School was closed for students
on Monday because of Columbus
Day and Tuesday for a teacher
workshop day.
— Martin Gerlein, eighth-grader
Throughout college, the students will be in touch
with Milken Scholars staff, mentors and each other.
“The power of the program is in the network.
When a young person is selected as a Milken Scholar, he or she immediately gains access to leaders all
across the country and in every sector of the economy,” Simone Friedman, executive director of Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, which supports the
program, says in a news release.
Wilson student heads to Taiwan
Wilson High School’s Alexander CarrollCabanes has won a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship to study Chinese in Taiwan for the 2015-16 school year, according to a
news release.
Carroll-Cabanes was one of 620 students from
across the country selected to study Arabic, Chinese,
Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian or Turkish overseas
this coming school year. He will receive formal language instruction in Taiwan while engaging in informal practice in an immersion environment.
The program aims to increase the number of
Americans speaking key languages, the release says.
Hearst Elementary
As part of the first DCPS Cornerstone, the kindergarten classes
participated in several lessons, readalouds and discussions centered
around friendship. The students
were then asked to create posters
that depicted what friendship meant
to them. Here are some of the
responses: Friends can be kind;
friends care about you; friends are
helpful; you can lose a friend by not
treating them the way you want to
be treated; good friends are like a
sunny day; when you lose a friend
it’s like a thunderstorm or a rainy
day; good friends hug; good friends
teach each other; good friends listen; and principals, teachers, firefighters, grocery people, our family
and police officers can all be friends
too. They all agreed that friends
help to make us happy and it’s great
to have friends all day long.
— Ms. Prince’s and Ms. Johnson’s
kindergarten classes
Janney Elementary
The Janney fifth-graders recently
went on their first field trip of the
year to a summer camp called Calleva. Calleva has tons of fun activities including ropes courses and
ziplining. Janney spent the whole
day at Calleva: a 45- to 60-minute
bus ride there and back, four
45-minute activities including the
giant swing and more. And of
course, lunch. But what the Calleva
staff was trying to show us was to
work as a team. That is what fifth
grade learned on our first field trip
of the year.
Janney came up with a fabulous
idea in the 2014-15 school year: a
cross-country team! Jeff Davis and
other coaches, who are also Janney
parents, encouraged all fourth- and
fifth-graders to join the team. Janney has done pretty well over the
past year or so, and now Janney is
one of the top-ranked elementary
schools in the school system. All
the cross-country runners thank the
coaches for making their lives just a
little better.
This year fourth-graders at Janney went on a field trip to the Lincoln Memorial and shared their
hopes and dreams for the year. They
stood right where Martin Luther
King Jr. stood to share his “I Have a
Dream” speech. Fourth-graders did
this to show what they are going to
achieve by the end of the year. They
will also come back to the Lincoln
Memorial to share what they
accomplished at the end of the year.
— Albert Malhotra, fifth-grader
Jewish Primary Day School
of the Nation’s Capital
The sixth grade class of JPDSNC had a wonderful experience visiting the National Building Museum. The purpose of our visit was to
come up with ideas and designs for
using the west lawn. When we
observed the space, we noticed a
large patch of grass and a pathway
in a semi-circle. Then we met in
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Chris Kain/Managing Editor
Family values
The D.C. Council is considering legislation that would give residents 16
weeks of paid family leave to deal with major life events such as welcoming
a child, caring for a sick parent or dealing with a major illness. The proposal
by at-large Council members David Grosso and Elissa Silverman would be
unprecedented in this country. And it is well worth examining.
Under their proposal, private employers based in D.C. would be required
to pay up to 1 percent of each employee’s salary into a central fund, while
D.C. residents who work for the federal government or for companies based
elsewhere would make their contributions as individuals. Self-employed citizens could opt in or out. When the workers needed to take leave, the D.C.
government would draw from the fund to cover their paychecks, providing
up to $3,000 per week per employee, depending on the salary.
The legislation, based on U.S. Department of Labor-funded research, recognizes that workers are people first — something of a groundbreaking
approach for the United States. While the 22-year-old federal Family and
Medical Leave Act guarantees workers the right to return to their jobs after
taking up to 12 weeks to address certain family needs, that time is unpaid. In
fact, the U.S. is the only country in the developed world that doesn’t offer
some sort of paid federal leave for new mothers. California, New Jersey and
Rhode Island are the only states with paid programs, and none of them tops
six weeks.
It’s something of an absurdity, actually: The land of motherhood and
apple pie believes in families, but we don’t make it easy to have them.
We do, however, think city leaders must look at the possible ramifications
of the measure. Would employers hire fewer workers to offset the cost?
What are the chances the city would lose businesses to Maryland and Virginia due to the policy? The DC Chamber of Commerce says the measure
would make us “dangerously uncompetitive,” and it faults the program for
putting the burden entirely on employers. Legislators should study the likely
impacts before taking action, as well as examine the idea of splitting the contributions between employees and employers, akin to Social Security.
But we suspect they’ll find benefits as well. Proponents say the law
would make employers more competitive, helping them entice workers who
want to take advantage of paid leave. Council member Silverman notes that
countless studies show that workers are more productive if they think their
employers care about them. And some point out that the DC Chamber raised
similar concerns when the council voted to mandate paid sick leave; a D.C.
auditor’s report in May found a “minimal impact on employers.”
Ultimately, we believe the leave legislation is good policy as long as it
won’t cause a substantial loss of businesses to the suburbs. It would be better
if we could get our like-minded Maryland neighbors on board. Montgomery
and Prince George’s counties joined with D.C. a couple years back on
increasing the minimum wage; we ought to invite them to join forces on
family leave as well. Their participation would allow residents of those
counties who work for the federal government — currently excluded,
because there was no legal way to include them — to take part as well. And
that would be a better deal for the whole region.
Protecting D.C.’s trees
Picture driving along Massachusetts Avenue or MacArthur Boulevard,
Lowell Street or Loughboro Road. What do you see? For many, the tall willow oak trees lining and sometimes arcing over the roadways come to mind
— and it’s a pretty picture indeed. But according to the nonprofit Restore
Mass Ave, an insect invasion may be threatening these leafy vistas.
The oak lecanium scale extracts sap from a tree’s vascular system, weakening the host to the point that it can succumb from disease. Restore Mass
Ave, which has been researching the insect and its impacts, is taking action:
It has funded treatment of a dozen oaks on Embassy Row, and is urging residents and officials to follow suit in order to protect trees elsewhere.
But the D.C. Urban Forestry Administration has a slightly different take.
City arborist Kasey Yturralde says her agency is keeping an eye on the scale
and has reported a recent increase to the U.S. Forest Service, which is funding further study. But she said D.C. typically does not treat oaks for scale,
because the insects serve as a “food source for other organisms.” She said
the agency has found the trees can withstand some infestation, but that officials will study the current situation to determine what action is needed.
We appreciate the efforts of both the local activists and the city officials,
but especially applaud the work done by Restore Mass Ave. We hope the
outcome will be continued protection of these majestic trees. We’d like to
reap their benefits for many decades to come.
‘Three strikes, you’re out … ?’
t may be three strikes time for federal prosecutors
As NBC4 first reported last week, veteran
D.C. prosecutor and Justice Department official
Channing Phillips is in line to be the next U.S. Attorney for the District.
He was nominated by President Barack Obama
after D.C. Del Eleanor Holmes Norton favored Phillips over acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen Jr. The
reason, most insiders
believe, is that Norton
was impatient with the
prosecutors’ office, wanting it to wind up — one
way or another — the
long corruption investigation into former Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 campaign.
Phillips is almost universally liked and respected.
He wins high praise from former Attorney General
Eric Holder and many others. As soon as the Phillips
announcement was made, Cohen immediately
announced he’ll clear out by Oct. 18.
When he settles in, Phillips will be the third prosecutor to take over the Gray investigation. First there
was U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. The Washington
Post broke the 2011 story of campaign shenanigans
in Gray’s 2010 winning bid. News of the “shadow
campaign” involving illegal monies soon followed.
While Gray has denied any wrongdoing, the subsequent legal case basically killed his re-election
chances in 2014. Eight people have been charged and
seven have pleaded guilty in the case, but Gray
hasn’t faced any charges.
Cohen had been Machen’s deputy through the
entire investigation. Machen resigned in the spring to
return to private practice. Cohen took over April 1 of
this year. Many, including your Notebook, had
thought that Cohen either would have brought charges against Gray or brought the case to a close. He
didn’t. Now it will be up to the new U.S. attorney to
pull the trigger or pull the plug.
■ Defending Gray. The Notebook asked Gray’s
2014 campaign manager for a few thoughts. Most
activists in city politics know Chuck Thies as a campaign manager with an all-in style and sharp tongue
for all things political.
Federal prosecutors no doubt have a wholly different view, but Thies thinks prosecutors wrongly
destroyed Gray’s career and the media let them get
away with it.
But let him tell it.
“Ron Machen and Vinnie Cohen led investigations that rid District politics of Kwame Brown,
Harry Thomas Jr., Michael Brown and numerous
other low-level sleaze balls,” Thies begins. “They
also nabbed Jeff Thompson, a kingpin of illegal campaign funds who admittedly corrupted District politics for many years. Indeed, his crimes began before
Vince Gray had ever run for office.
“Machen and Cohen’s success against corrupt
politicians doesn’t immunize them from making mistakes, nor does it grant them the right to hound an
innocent man and drive him from office. Nonetheless, that is exactly what they did to Vince Gray.”
Thies writes that “the U.S. Attorney launched the
sharpest arrow in his quiver one week before voting
began in the 2014 Democratic Primary. Though the
criminal he paraded out was Jeff Thompson, the target was Vince Gray.”
And Thies notes that prosecutors focused on Gray,
not Thompson, making “it clear that Gray was public
enemy No. 1.”
Now, Thies says, another 18 months have passed
since Gray lost.
“No charges have been filed against him,” he said.
“Just as significantly, the U.S. Attorney has orchestrated no further court appearances or press conferences that smear Gray. Prior to the election, such
events were regular happenings, as were leaks
to the media and rumors
that Gray would be
indicted. All of the
above reinforces the
notion that the U.S.
Attorney timed its actions against Thompson specifically to undermine Gray’s reelection.”
Thies says every public poll, as well as Gray’s
internal polls, had Gray leading and “no one inside
our camp doubted that we were headed to victory.”
But Muriel Bowser won.
“So where are we today?” said Thies. “No one
can change history. We can’t undo the election
results. But what about Vince Gray? Who does he
call to get his reputation back? And how can District
voters be assured that federal prosecutors will never
again meddle in a local election?
“Voting rights activists clamor about congressional interference in local governance, but at least congress operates in the light of day. Federal prosecutors
make decisions behind closed doors.”
Thies contends that for prosecutors, “blowing a
big case is not a good career move.” Machen and
Cohen quit government with the case unresolved.
“Machen is in private practice making millions.
Cohen is likely to follow suit. They left Vince Gray
flapping in the wind,” he said.
Gray’s former campaign manager — again, for
the 2014 campaign, not the disputed 2010 effort —
adds that “it is also increasingly possible to believe
that Gray is innocent; a position from which I have
not wavered for more than four years. I know Vince
Gray. I knew him before he was a politician. He is an
inherently decent, honest, hardworking person.”
Thies says in his conclusion: “It is nearly impossible to believe that the U.S. Attorney’s actions weren’t
designed to thwart Gray. Apply some logic to the
U.S. Attorney’s witch hunt versus Gray and … the
evidence becomes clear. Two very aggressive prosecutors targeted the wrong guy and instead of admitting they were wrong, they decided Gray was dispensable. Then they rode off into the sunset.”
■ Christie and D.C. rights? Washingtonian reports
that Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie
wasn’t so cool on statehood and congressional voting
rights for our city during a New Hampshire forum. “I
don’t think adding another person to Congress is
gonna help,” the magazine says he responded to a
question from a Wall Street Journal reporter, who had
said the question came from a District citizen.
But the magazine also says MSNBC reported that
Christie added a fleeting thought to the whole thing,
saying, “We may [have] the only capital created just
to be a seat of government.”
We’ll consider it progress if national politicians
express some recognition of our situation, whether
they care about it or not.
Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.
Letters to
the Editor
Reporter lent clarity
to District issues
We are so sorry to learn of the
passing of Ms. Elizabeth Wiener
[“In memoriam,” Sept. 16 editorial]. If any reporter was going to
single-handedly restore one’s
faith in the fourth estate, it was
she. We always found her to be
fair and factual. We eagerly
looked forward to her byline,
knowing that however esoteric
the issue, her writing would bring
great clarity to what we were
As many of your readers
know, our neighborhood doings
can often be quite fractious. She
nevertheless reported the proceedings so accurately and skillfully
that you felt you were right there
in the room.
She will be sorely missed and
almost impossible to replace.
Godspeed to her and her family.
Peggie Lewis
Member, Newark Street
Community Garden
The Current
Letters to
the Editor
YMCA didn’t seek
help to avoid closure
I am extremely disappointed
with the recent announcement that
the YMCA National Capital facility
will be closing on Dec. 31. I did not
receive the Oct. 1 letter from CEO
Angie Reese-Hawkins until after
seeing reports in the media, and as a
20-plus-year member of this branch
of the YMCA, I expected more.
I expected that as a longtime
member, I would have received a
letter or email before I heard about
it from the media. I understand the
staff of the National Capital branch
learned about the closure from the
media as well. Why wasn’t there an
all-staff meeting to announce this
decision before it was released to
the media? Does the YMCA really
have that little regard for its staff?
The letter from Ms. ReeseHawkins gives no indication that
efforts were made to keep the
National Capital YMCA open. Why
wasn’t there a capital campaign
launched to save the building? Why
weren’t there appeals to members
to get a friend to join, get your
employer to join, et cetera? I get the
occasional appeal for funds from
the Y, but no indication that the
facility was in peril of closing. If I
had, I’d have contributed as generously as I could and encouraged
everyone I know to do the same.
The Anthony Bowen Y is the
next closest facility to me. I’ve been
there when the National Capital Y
was closed. It is already overcrowded, and there is no way it has the
capacity to absorb even 1,000 of the
3,400 National Capital members. I
hope that Ms. Reese-Hawkins can
explain the plans to do that.
I’m heartbroken by this decision
and the way it was handled. They
should be ashamed! The Y has been
my refuge for 20-plus years. It is
where I go to swim and relax and
disconnect. The pool at the Y is the
only place no one can reach me.
Everyone needs a place like that!
Kristen Barden
Medical groups reject
assisted suicide laws
Regarding the Death with Dignity Act of 2015, which, if passed,
would in certain cases legalize physician-assisted suicide in the District, it should be noted that major
medical and disability organizations
oppose physician-assisted suicide.
The policy position of the American Medical Association, for
example, states that physicianassisted suicide “is fundamentally
incompatible with the physician’s
role as healer, would be difficult or
impossible to control and would
pose serious societal risks.”
The ethics policy of the American College of Physicians reads in
part: “ACP does not support the
legalization of physician assisted
suicide. The routine practice of physician assisted suicide raises serious
ethical and other concerns.” The
American Nurses Association’ position “prohibits nurses’ participation
in assisted suicide and euthanasia.”
Similarly, “the National Hospice
and Palliative Care Organization
does not support the legalization of
physician assisted suicide.” And a
Jan. 12 article by the well-known
disability organization Not Dead
Yet notes that “all major national
disability organizations that have
taken a position on the issue oppose
legalization of assisted suicide.”
Francis E. Zapatka
American University Park
Community should
resist intolerance
Recently, my 13-year-old son
was waiting for his mother at a
pharmacy on Wisconsin Avenue
NW. While he was sitting there, an
older white man glared at him and
said, “I can’t believe that people
like you are still in this country.”
My eighth-grader, who was born
at Georgetown University Hospital
and has lived all his life in Washington, is half-Asian and half-white.
Needless to say, my son was
speechless in the face of these hateful words, but he was subsequently
quite disturbed — as am I. Unfortunately, I had to have that talk with
him — years before I had thought it
would be necessary. I had to tell
him I hoped this was the first and
last time something like that would
be said to him, but it would probably happen again.
Of course, it is possible that the
man was mentally imbalanced.
After all, who would say something
like that to a child? It is, however,
also possible that he was parroting
the coarse, degrading and oftenxenophobic rhetoric that has permeated much of our politics and
media. I implore our community to
stand up to purveyors of such sentiments that undermine everything
that makes our city and country
great — acceptance of diversity,
respect for the dignity of each individual, and a celebration of difference.
Yes, hate can happen two blocks
from home, and it must be countered by each and every one of us.
Eric Langenbacher
Divisiveness at odds
with church values
Does hypocrisy hurt? Does it
leave a lasting scar? Because ever
since several of us neighbors of St.
Thomas’ Parish met with a representative of Washington’s Episcopal
Diocese, I’ve had an ache inside,
deep and resonant as a bell. At issue
was the sale without notice of the
historic parish and park, a community oasis for 40 years. Why had the
church cut a deal with a developer
to sell its land and historic parish
hall without first consulting neighbors for alternatives? Was it necessary to install a 70-foot-high condo
building on one-lane Church Street?
Was it possible to renovate the parish hall instead? Unspoken was
another question: How can anyone
who makes a tax-free living preaching the virtues of love, compassion
and spiritual over material life have
committed such an utterly self-centered and divisive act?
So we asked this representative
what he would do if faced with this
prospect. He answered, with
untroubled brow, that the development was a “matter of right” and
we should “just follow the process.”
He was wise to put his faith
there. The Dupont Circle advisory
neighborhood commission has
taken the spine out of every resolution its constituents have proposed,
their collusion with the developers
almost comical. The D.C. Historic
Preservation Review Board has performed similarly, leaving the project’s height and mass substantively
unchanged after listening politely to
expert testimony as to the project’s
incompatibility with historic protections due the site; the hopes of the
Dupont Circle Citizens Association
to save the park; and eloquent statements by neighbors hoping to
defend their community’s character.
The Episcopal Church is one of
the wealthiest nonprofit landowners
in the country. Like other mainstream religions, however, the Episcopal Church is steadily losing
membership. According to Pew
Research, mainstream church membership dropped nationally by 3.4
percent between 2007 and 2013.
Despite St. Thomas’ claims, parochial reports show that in that same
timeframe its membership fell from
150 to 120.
There are 35 churches within
five miles of St. Thomas’. Many are
beautiful, and many are struggling
for members. Given these trends,
the diocese needs a larger vision for
its legacy. As it evolves, one would
hope that it would live by the values it preaches — open dialogue,
understanding and compromise —
and never partner with a parish that
shuns its neighbors.
The ache I feel is not only about
the potential loss of this beautiful
place and history; it’s about the
behavior of this parish. The division
it has fostered is deeper than a
material building. It’s about a “matter of right.” And wrong.
Suzanne Richardson
Dupont Circle
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Film education programs take root at Avalon
Fall 2015
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bill oberdorfer
ur community is to be congratulated for its
remarkable rescue of the Avalon Theatre, which
14 years ago was closed, decaying and on its
way to becoming something other than a movie house.
Today we enjoy a beautifully restored and rejuvenated
historic building that has become a citywide cultural
landmark and thriving nonprofit film center. Our community recognized the vital importance of saving the
Avalon, the success of which made it possible to continue using our building for its intended purpose: showing great films that appeal to a wide range of audiences.
Transitioning the Avalon from a cog in the wheel of a
for-profit national theater chain into a locally managed
nonprofit film center saved a favorite movie theater,
placed the Avalon on the path to financial stability and,
in the process, expanded the theater’s purpose. The
Avalon transformed from being simply a movie theater
to a cultural film center whose mission now includes
film education programming.
Film education programs at the Avalon are designed
to provide both student and adult audiences with opportunities to deepen their appreciation of the art form that
is film. We think it is important to expose our audiences
to what we call the language of film, which goes well
beyond enjoying interesting stories. Camera angles,
sound, music and editing all enter into a director’s film
concept. Good films have thematic structures where
specific points of view are often presented.
As a nonprofit, expanding into film education programming was a natural fit for the Avalon. Two years
ago, we launched Cinema Classroom at the Avalon, a
free film and discussion program for area middle and
high school students. Working closely with educators,
we select films that expose students to international cultures, bring important issues to life and prompt students’ critical thinking and engagement. Post-film dis-
Letters to
the Editor
Safety fix shouldn’t
jeopardize officers
I am writing in response to Sept.
23 article “Wisconsin and M eyed
for safety fixes.”
Pedestrians are not the only
ones at “high risk when motorists
carelessly make turns.” This intersection previously had a volunteer
traffic control officer: Joe Pozell.
He was struck and killed by a car at
that intersection on May 18, 2005.
So before D.C. Council member
Mary Cheh looks for funding to
pay someone to “better handle” car
aggressiveness, she should consider
who we are really protecting. I am
all for improving safety at this
intersection and others throughout
our city, but we should not knowingly put others at risk to protect
aggressive drivers from themselves!
If the D.C. Department of
Transportation compiles data on
dangerous intersections and Wisconsin Avenue and M Street NW is
one of the worst, why would Mary
Cheh knowingly put an employee
at risk at an intersection where a
traffic control officer has already
been struck and killed? Improving
signage, infrastructure, increased
photo enforcement, larger fines
and longer times for pedestrians to
cross all make sense. Purposely
cussions, covering social, political or historical topics
and the language of film, have been led by subject-matter experts and film directors. Now in its third year,
Cinema Classroom at the Avalon has served over 2,800
students throughout the D.C. area. Films in the 2015-16
series cover timely current issues such as LGBT rights
and important social and historical events such as the
Holocaust and the American civil rights movement.
Past programs have broadened students’ perspective
through films about immigration, homelessness, and
cultural and social issues in Uganda and Australia.
With the success of our film education programming
for students, the Avalon also wanted to provide adults
with the opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation
of film as an art form. With that in mind, this past
spring we launched Film Studies, our film education
program for adults. Curated and presented by leading
area film scholars and experts, Film Studies classes
range from one-off events to multipart seminars and
cover a wide range of topics including genres, filmmakers, techniques, historical eras and film classics.
The fall program is already underway, with a twopart series exploring the career of Academy Award-winning director Billy Wilder and his classic film “The
Apartment” concluding on Oct 15. Additional series
this fall include programs on post-Soviet cinema, the
dark side of comedy and the golden age of documentary film, featuring local experts such as NPR film critic
Bob Mondello and former AFI Docs director Sky Sitney. (More details can be found at
The Avalon, in its 14 years as a nonprofit, has
become a D.C. cultural and film center that not only
shows great first-run films but also showcases a wide
variety of independent, foreign and documentary films.
The addition of vibrant film education programs, we
hope, will provide ample opportunity for students and
adults to deepen their understanding and appreciation of
the artistic medium of film.
Bill Oberdorfer is executive director of the Avalon
placing a traffic control officer in
harm’s way does not.
Robert Hyman
Glover Park
Foggy Bottom will
miss local painter
It is with great sadness that I
share the heartbreaking news that
longtime Foggy Bottom resident
Bill D’Italia died in August unexpectedly at his home at age 64. Bill
and I had a wonderful partnership
ever since he asked me to frame artwork for an exhibition he was presenting at The Rock Creek Gallery.
I have represented Bill at the Watergate Gallery since spring 1999,
when we collaborated on “Foggy
Bottom Views,” an exhibition celebrating the neighborhood association’s 40th anniversary.
Bill’s paintings depicted familiar
scenes that delighted neighborhood
residents. In exhibitions at the gallery over the years, Bill has shared
his talent as a painter of urban landscapes depicting everyday places
around Washington. These exhibitions have included “Panoramas” in
2001, “Towers and Bridges” in
2003, “Landscapes and Monuments” in 2008 and “Gardens” in
2011. In May 2005, Bill and fellow
artist Kevin Adams joined together
for “Shorelines,” which inaugurated
the newly expanded gallery.
In 2013, Bill titled his exhibition
“A Year Indoors,” a response to the
back injury that prevented him from
lugging his painting gear around the
city. Refusing to put down his
brushes, Bill painted the interior of
his apartment on 25th Street NW.
Over the years people would tell
me that they had seen Bill on a
street corner or on a median strip
engrossed in the painting he was
executing, unaware of the traffic
racing by. Many of these people
added those paintings to their collections. The familiarity of Bill’s
landscapes appealed to many
because he recorded places deeply
interwoven with their daily routine.
When Bill was not painting, he
had a wonderful career working for
the National Gallery of Art as publications sales supervisor and then
visitor services coordinator. After
that he worked for the Smithsonian
Institution as information specialist/
volunteer coordinator for 10 years.
The last five years he was working
at the Koshland Science Museum
as visitor services manager.
Bill’s next exhibition, “Old Is
New: Recent DCscapes,” was to
open on Oct. 3. With the unfortunate loss of Bill, I feel it appropriate
to offer a retrospective tribute, placing earlier paintings alongside those
he had recently completed. The
show will be on view at the Watergate Gallery through Oct. 31. A
special reception will be held Oct.
17 from 5 to 8 p.m. honoring the
talented, insightful Bill D’Italia — a
man we will all truly miss so much.
Dale Johnson
Owner, Watergate Gallery
Athletics in Northwest Washington
October 14, 2015 ■ Page 13
Youth, injuries slow Cadets early
Current Staff Writer
Brian Kapur/The Current
Freshman Maliah Morris, left, has led the Cadets’ scoring so far this year, netting more
than 10 goals. St. John’s hopes that as it gets a slew of injured stars back in the
lineup, those players can quickly mesh with the youngsters for a playoff push.
Last year, the St. John’s roster was loaded
with senior leaders, including Washington
Catholic Athletic Conference player of the
year Sammie Scaffidi. Coming into this season, the Cadets find themselves rebuilding
around a younger team while battling injuries
and inexperience as they try to contend in the
tough WCAC.
“We’re the youngest team in the conference
this year,” said Cadets coach Devin Payton. “If
we continue to have matches against really
good competition, we’ll be ready for the
WCAC. The girls are starting to gel. We just
have to get over the injury bug — we have a
lot of injured players and it’s really hurting us.”
The Cadets’ long injury report has meant
several key players sitting out for extended
periods of time, causing the squad to limp to a
5-4-2 record. The team has lost former allleague player and current senior Carmyn
Hayes for the season with an ACL injury,
sophomore defender Grace Walsh for three
weeks, junior midfielder Ashley Ventura for
several games, and others.
Those injuries have created opportunities
for younger players to play big minutes,
though, and several have stood out. For
instance, freshman forward Maliah Morris has
started her career on a scoring tear, racking up
over 12 goals in her first few games.
“She is on a rampage right now,” said Payton. “There aren’t many freshmen scoring that
Payton also pointed out freshman forward
Meaghan O’Donovan as a young standout and
said that overall his underclassmen have been
“I have seen a lot of really good things out
of my freshman and sophomore classes,” he
said. “They just need time to develop.”
While those younger players have shined at
times, they have also struggled to adapt to the
rigor of the varsity level. But the team leaders
believe they are close to a breakthrough.
“We’re struggling because our team is so
young,” said Ventura. “But we just have to
keep working hard and getting our younger
players used to high school and playing against
bigger players. We’ve been playing really well.
It’s just a mindset that we have to have on the
field. You can tell that we want to win. We can
go really far with the players that we have.”
The team does have stability between the
pipes. Junior keeper Nikki Shaffer has been
steady, despite a banged-up backline.
“Shaffer has played exceptionally well,”
said Payton. “She has had four shutouts, and
the goals that have been scored have been
good goals.”
With the team on the mend and players
slowly returning to the lineup as the season
nears the stretch run, Payton remains confident
that the Cadets, who were a favorite last season, can be a dark-horse title contender in the
WCAC and D.C. State Athletic Association
“I think we can compete for it,” he said.
“The big thing for us is just to weather storms
and play well in big matches. We have played
well in spells. The chance to compete for a
WCAC title is there if we are all healthy and if
we’re playing with confidence. Nobody
expects us to win, but I expect us to do well.”
Hoppers dismantle Saints with scoring barrage
Current Staff Writer
Coming into Thursday’s game,
Georgetown Day’s boys soccer team
had struggled to put goals on the
board. But against Saint James, the
Hoppers found their groove on
offense and racked up five scores en
route to a 5-0 shellacking of the visitors.
“I’m hoping that it will take us
forward,” said Hoppers assistant
coach Harold Newton. “We’ve been
moving the ball really well, but
we’ve just had a lot of trouble finishing in the attacking third. So it was
nice today.”
Georgetown Day started its scoring bonanza early in the first half
when senior goalie Avi BrachNeufeld booted a ball from one end
of the field to junior forward Daniel
Levine to put the Hoppers ahead 1-0.
The Hoppers kept the scoring
going when senior defender Michael
Osaghae — who’s playing on
defense for the first time this season
— blasted a long-distance shot into
the goal to give the team a surge just
before halftime.
“It felt great,” Osaghae said of
the score. “It was my first goal on
varsity. This year has been a transition for me. I haven’t been a defender all my life. It felt great to be
❝Sometimes when you’re
struggling to score, you
need a game like this to
get it going.❞
— Senior goalie Avi Brach-Neufeld
offensively involved.”
In the second half, the Hoppers
never relented.
Senior forward Max Estabrook
took a page out of Osaghae’s playbook and ripped a long shot for a
goal to continue the scoring fireworks. The team wrapped up with a
pair of headers in the box. The first
came off junior midfielder Eli
Nielsen’s noggin and the final goal
of the game was Levine’s second,
which he nudged past the Saints’
“Sometimes when you’re struggling to score, you really need a
game like this to get it going,” said
So far this season, the Hoppers
have been led by a trio of captains
— Osaghae and senior midfielders
Julian Wallentin and Ian Ward.
Newton said their guidance will
be paramount if the team is to compete for the MAC regular-season
and postseason crowns. Through
seven conference games the Hoppers have posted a 2-3-2 record, but
they think their recent win over the
Saints could be a springboard to bigger things.
“We’re doing well,” said Osaghae. “We only have two MAC
wins, but as of late we’ve been doing
better. It carries momentum, gives us
confidence in ourselves and our ability to win. It will help us against
Maret, Sidwell and others in the
The Hoppers will have a chance
to avenge their earlier loss to Maret
on Thursday when they travel to
play the Frogs at 4 p.m.
Brian Kapur/The Current
Georgetown Day junior forward Daniel Levine scored two of the
Hoppers’ five goals in their victory over Saint James on Thursday.
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he Current
Northwest Sports
Maret remains undefeated on the gridiron
Current Staff Writer
The Maret Frogs continued their
undefeated season by shellacking
Saint James 44-7 Friday afternoon.
Junior quarterback Garrison Burnett tormented the Saints with both
his arm and his legs throughout the
contest. On the ground, Burnett
racked up three touchdowns and 251
yards. Through the air, the quarterback flung two touchdown passes to
junior wide receiver Coby Davis.
Burnett finished the game with nine
completions for 155 yards.
The Frogs’ read-option style also
benefited junior fullback Aaron
Pray, who picked up 159 yards on 20
The Frogs broke the game open
in the second quarter by outscoring
the Saints 24-7, and they never
looked back.
Maret will travel to St. Andrew’s
in Delaware on Saturday before a
Mid-Atlantic Conference showdown against Sidwell on Oct. 23.
St. Albans falls to Paul VI
St. Albans fell to Paul VI in Fairfax on Friday night 37-14. The Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead in the first
quarter, but couldn’t keep up as the
Panthers outscored them 37-7 the
rest of the way.
Sophomore quarterback Malcolm Spencer paced the Bulldogs
offense with six completions for 61
yards and a touchdown pass to junior
running back John Galbreath. Meanwhile Galbreath anchored the ground
attack with 70 rushing yards on
seven carries.
The Bulldogs scored their second
touchdown in the second half on an
electrifying 82-yard kick return by
senior wideout Theo Bates.
Sidwell notches key win
The Quakers continued their
Mid-Atlantic Conference title
defense on Friday by defeating
league power Potomac School 47-17
on the road.
Sidwell’s vaunted offense
marched up and down the field, balancing a strong passing game with a
punishing rushing attack.
Senior quarterback Ted Hefter
led the aerial assault with three
touchdown passes on eight completions for 199 yards. His go-to target
was junior wide receiver Dylan
Greynolds, who had three grabs for
98 yards and two scores.
Meanwhile the Quakers’ ground
Sidwell 47, Potomac School 17
Paul VI 37, St. Albans 14
Maret 44, Saint James 7
Gonzaga 57, O’Connell 20
St. John’s 37, Ryken 0
Field hockey
Bullis 4, Sidwell 3
Brian Kapur/Current file photo
Maret junior quarterback Garrison Burnett, shown earlier this season,
led the Frogs offense by racking up 251 rushing and 155 passing
yards in Friday’s game.
game was led by senior running
back Terrance Horne, who carried
the ball 20 times for 197 yards and
two touchdowns. Sidwell also had
sophomore tailback Mark Chichester tote the rock nine times for 70
yards and two rushing scores to go
along with a receiving touchdown.
Sidwell will host Wilmington
Friends on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
before a string of MAC contests that
will likely determine the conference
champion, with games against Maret
and Flint Hill looming.
St. John’s blanks Ryken
A week after being shut out, St.
John’s rebounded by blanking St.
Mary’s Ryken 37-0 on Saturday
The Cadets used a powerful rushing attack to wear out the Knights’
defense. Freshman running back
Joachim Bangda led the team with
72 yards on seven touches and a
touchdown. Sophomore quarterback
Maurice Bellan rushed four times
for 43 yards and a score.
St. John’s also saw Bellan, who
started in place of injured Talik
Mann, complete 12 passes for 156
yards and a pair of touchdowns. His
scoring passes went to freshman
running back Keilan Robinson and
senior wideout Kylia Sykes.
The Cadets will look to continue
on the winning path when they
travel to battle WCAC foe Arch-
Virginia Episcopal 1,
Visitation 0
Cathedral 2, Holton-Arms 0
Visitation 2,
Brookewood 0
Sidwell 8, Walls 0
Bullis 1, Cathedral 0
Sidwell 1, Holy Child 0
Wilson 2, Ballou 1
GDS 3, Model 0
Maret 3, Sidwell 0
St. John’s 3, McNamara 0
Cathedral 3,
Holton-Arms 0
WIS 3, Wilson 0
Cathedral 3, WIS 2
Sidwell 3, St. Stephen’s 0
Ireton 3, St. John’s 2
Wilson 3, Cardozo 0
Sidwell 3, Wilson 0
Girls soccer
bishop Carroll at 2 p.m. on Saturday
DCPS pushes postponed
games to November
D.C. Public Schools initially
planned to resume yesterday the
football games that were postponed
after thunderstorms rolled through
the District last Friday evening.
Officials first decided to cancel
those games, which include Wilson
at Ballou’s homecoming, Bell versus
McKinley, Coolidge taking on H.D.
Woodson, and Roosevelt at Cardozo. The D.C. State Athletic Association shared information on the plans;
D.C. Public Schools spokesperson
Michelle Lerner said via email that
the suspended games would be completed on Nov. 13 with 6 p.m. start
times. The games will resume from
the spot of the weather delay on the
same fields they originally began.
Upcoming games
■ Gonzaga at DeMatha, 7 p.m.
■ St. Albans at Georgetown Prep,
6:30 p.m.
■ Roosevelt at Phelps, 6 p.m.
■ H.D. Woodson at Wilson, 6 p.m.
■ Anacostia at Coolidge 6 p.m.
St. John’s at Carroll, 2 p.m.
■ Maret at St. Andrew’s in Delaware,
2 p.m.
Cathedral 2, Maret 2
Visitation 6, Sidwell 3
Wilson 9, Banneker 0
Bullis 2, GDS 0
Cathedral 7, WIS 0
Maret 8, Holton-Arms 0
Holy Cross 2, St. John’s 1
Visitation 7, Walls 0
Boys soccer
GDS 0, Potomac School 0
Gonzaga 1, DeMatha 0
St. Albans 3,
Georgetown Prep 1
WIS 3, Maret 0
GDS 5, Saint James 0
Washington Christian 2,
Burke 1
Paul VI 3, St. John’s 0
Wilson 3, Roosevelt 1
Gonzaga 6, St. John’s 0
WIS 4, Covenant Life 0
Gonzaga 2, The Heights 1
Maret 1, Sidwell 0
The Current
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West Heating Plant – what’s happening?
Wednesday, October 28th, 7pm
Georgetown Visitation - 1524 35th Street NW
We invite the residents of Georgetown to come hear
David Adjaye, architect of the National Museum of
African American History and Culture, present his
revised plans and new concept for the proposed Four
Seasons Residences. This is an opportunity for the
community to learn, inquire and comment.
Space limited - RSVP required - 202.337.2058
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NOISE: Council considers legislation to streamline enforcement of nightlife standards
From Page 1
law, which states that commercial zones must
keep noise levels below 65 decibels during the
day and 60 decibels at night.
The bill also solidifies the alcohol agency’s
enforcement authority and prevents noise
investigators from needing to enter a complainant’s home to determine whether noise is
sufficiently disruptive. The new law is intended to protect residents who live in commercial
zones, where current protections fall short.
Orange called the current violations of
noise limits, and the enforcement of those
ordinances, “outrageous.” He said at the Sept.
21 meeting of the Committee on Business,
Consumer and Regulatory Affairs that he
hopes this new bill will bridge the gap between
business owners who want to attract customers
and residents who want a peaceful night’s
“It’s my belief that this issue is not going to
go away,” Orange said. “I think there needs to
be a give-and-take in both sides.”
But neither side is entirely satisfied with the
provisions of the bill as it currently stands.
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan
Washington urged the council to table the legislation in a statement that president and CEO
Kathy E. Hollinger sent to the committee Sept.
18. The group argues that the law will have an
adverse effect on the city’s business community, restricting popular venues like 9:30 Club
from hosting events after 9:59 p.m.
“In an urban environment, there must be a
balance between a vibrant nightlife economy
and the needs of residents,” Hollinger wrote.
“Striking that balance requires careful analysis. It is feared, given how this legislation has
progressed, that such analysis has not been
undertaken in this case.”
Bar owners like John Gliatis of Dupont
Circle’s Public Bar, 1214 18th St. NW, are
concerned they won’t be able to adjust their
events to comply with what they see as inordinately strict standards. Gliatis said his sports
bar will work toward lowering noise throughout the day, but he doesn’t want to sacrifice
having an outdoor rooftop deck.
“I think there’s going to be an organized
effort by everybody to fight it or appeal it,”
Gliatis said of the legislation. “If it gets passed,
it’s going to be hard to fight it. It’s going to hurt
Dante Ferrando, general manager of the
Black Cat music venue at 1811 14th St. NW,
said he thinks the current iteration of the bill
need a dramatic overhaul.
“The [new] standard will shut down virtually all of the live music venues in the city
unless it’s applied selectively,” said Ferrando,
who’s also a member of the D.C. Live Music
STARBUCKS: Licenses sought
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selected the D.C. locations for the
program, except to say that “a number of factors” were considered.
“We believe a coffeehouse
should be a welcoming, inviting and
familiar place for people to connect
with the ultimate goal of providing
the right experience and products
that reflect the unique character of
the neighborhoods they serve,” the
spokesperson wrote in an email. “By
expanding our offerings to include
food and drinks that are more suitable for the evening hours, we are
enhancing our role as a gathering
place for the community throughout
the day and into the evening.”
In accordance with the standard
D.C. policy for alcohol applications,
residents and affected advisory
neighborhood commissions are
invited to weigh in on the applications. Any objections must be filed
with the alcohol agency by Nov. 23.
The Current reached out to the
around these five Starbucks locations. Few were willing to comment
before formally considering the
applications at a public meeting, but
none raised concerns. “How can
anybody object?” asked Dupont
commissioner Mike Feldstein.
The D.C. effort is part of a broader push by Starbucks to expand the
“Evenings” program to more than
2,000 of its approximately 12,000
nationwide locations in the coming
months, according to a recent USA
Today article.
Coalition. He doesn’t think the council will let
that happen, but he has been talking with fellow club owners and other interested parties
with an eye toward suggesting alternatives that
make more sense for the community.
Others have procedural complaints. Dupont
Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner
Abigail Nichols said she takes issue with some
of the language even as she supports its intent.
In particular, she hopes the October hearing
clarifies what will become of residences within
“special-purpose zones,” previously protected
under the noise law but now at risk of being
left out in the new language.
And those who are satisfied with the bill are
looking for ways to convince those who aren’t.
DC Nightlife Noise Coalition founder and
Dupont Circle resident Sarah Peck has been
gathering concerned neighbors in an ongoing
effort to combat nightlife noise citywide since
November 2013. She said she thinks business
owners need to understand that their actions
seriously affect the lives of D.C. residents.
“This is not an either-or proposition,” said
Peck. “As the city continues to grow, and as
the city promotes mixed-use, we need to find a
way for businesses to flourish, but they need to
find a way to keep their sound under control
and largely inside.”
But Peck takes a harder line than some
residents. Although she notes evidence of
good-faith efforts from all sides of the issue,
she said she hopes the council will prioritize
the needs of citizens. “There really is every
benefit in finding ways to work together so that
we continue to have a vibrant, exciting city
that’s also livable for people who have to work
or retire,” Peck added.
Part of the issue with the new bill lies with
the reality that current D.C. law offers many of
the same protections, but with scattered
enforcement and fewer concrete standards.
Peck and other members of the coalition
have notified the alcohol administration of
several businesses violating existing noise
standards, but she acknowledges that those
businesses might feel like victims of targeted
“This must be really galling for some owners who have had the protest brought against
them and others who have managed to skirt
this for years because of how slow the process
is,” Peck said.
The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation
Administration says it will be better equipped
to enforce the new standards under the proposed legislation, according to an email from
spokesperson Jessie Cornelius.
“The agency believes this common sense
approach will provide reasonable investigative
techniques that will also be effective,” Cornelius wrote.
BUDGET: Mayor selects projects for surplus funding
From Page 1
The announcement of the mayor’s plans caught some community
leaders off guard, with some learning about the funds in their neighborhoods only when asked by a reporter.
Bowser spokesperson Michael
Czin said that while there was no
formal public outreach in allocating
these funds, the administration had a
wealth of information to draw upon
while making decisions. “The mayor
attends a lot of community meetings,
as do the deputy mayors and agency
directors, so when we found out
there was this opportunity for reprogramming … we really tried to take
into account what we’ve heard from
everyone from the [D.C. Council] to
community groups,” Czin said in an
interview yesterday.
Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commissioner Rebecca Maydak said she’s worried, though, that
the mayor might have gotten the
wrong impression of what the community wants with regard to the
Lafayette Recreation Center, located
at 5900 33rd St. NW.
Recently a group called the
Friends of Lafayette Park lost a
bruising battle to be recognized as
the site’s official partner with the
city. But Maydak remembers that the
group presented designs for the rec
center project at a meeting over a
year ago that Bowser — then the
Ward 4 D.C. Council member —
“If that’s what [the city is] going
with, I’ll be upset if it doesn’t get
vetted with the community,” Maydak said of those previous designs.
Friday’s news release describes
the Lafayette project as “a renovation of approximately 7,500 square
foot recreation center (field house).”
Czin had no further details on the
project plans yesterday.
Maydak said the aging facility is
due for an upgrade but that she’s
heard “loud and clear” that her constituents don’t want it to be too large.
She also wishes the recreation center
had been overhauled before the city
renovated the site’s playground.
“We feel it’s being done backward: First they did the park, and
now they’re trying to squeeze a rec
center into the space that’s left over,”
she said. It also leaves the site with
even more construction, following
the playground project, recent street
reconstruction, and the modernization of Lafayette Elementary.
Over in Burleith, neighborhood
expressed surprise that Ellington is
slated to receive even more funding,
given that its ballooning budget —
newly restored to $178 million, an
increase of over 150 percent compared to early estimates — has
achieved citywide infamy. Solomon
emailed Ruth Werner at Ward 2
Council member Jack Evans’ office,
and she replied that she had no further details. “My eyes and ears
remain open for more info from the
Mayor’s team,” she wrote yesterday
Czin said the $9.8 million allocated to Ellington reverses a previous cut and fully funds the project, to
ensure that work is completed by the
start of the 2017-18 school year. “We
just want to make sure that we’re
getting the resources in place to
make sure it does open on time,” he
said. “A school isn’t like other buildings. ... It’s a hard deadline.”
One project being celebrated in
the community is the $3 million for
Garrison Elementary’s grounds. The
funds would cover the repair of a
sinkhole and the installation of “a
brand new playground, recreational
field, courts and plaza area for the
community,” the release says.
Garrison parent-teacher organization member Ann McLeod said the
project is long overdue, noting that
the sinkhole is a safety hazard that
put the field out of service for two
school years. Although she worries
her fourth-grader will have graduated before the improvements are
completed, she wrote in an email
that “I don’t think you will find
someone happier than me and my
son when the ribbon cutting occurs.”
Other items identified in Friday’s
release include:
■ $5 million toward a planned bridge
carrying H Street NE over 1st and
2nd streets NE, “which will help to
transform Union Station as a transportation hub.”
■ $4.5 million to “invest in programs
to drive economic development in
communities” that include Cleveland Park and the Kennedy Street
NW corridor. Czin said the administration will work with business
groups in the areas to identify appropriate uses.
■ $3 million to develop a new database requested by the newly appointed director of the Office of Risk
Management to replace the agency’s
antiquated system.
■ $1.9 million to “enable the District
to purchase vacant and blighted
properties for redevelopment and
revitalization.” Czin said the city is
looking at properties in Ward 4 but
that it would be premature to identify
them publicly.
■ $1 million to “support the development of a state-of-the-art educational
media center” at Benjamin Banneker
Academic High School, 800 Euclid
St. NW.
A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington
October 14, 2015 ■ Page 17
Charming bungalow in Palisades offers Craftsman comforts
classic American bungalow
can make for a charming
home, but a bungalow with
a spacious rear addition is both
charming and modern. This threebedroom in the Palisades offers the
character of 1930s Craftsman style
and the space for a 21st-century
During their three decades of
living here, the owners maintained
the original house while updating
and adding to their living space.
Their expanded three-bedroom,
three-bath home at 5414 Galena
Place NW is now on the market for
The home’s Arts and Crafts style
comes into focus right from the
curb, where an inviting porch beckons, and recently painted pistachio
and wine-colored trim pops against
off-white bricks. Even the house
number’s font complements the
A built-in swing offers a spot to
sit and greet the neighbors in this
walkable community, where recreational opportunities are a short
stroll away. (A footbridge over Ari-
zona Avenue NW means a trip to
the Palisades Playground doesn’t
require traversing any major roads,
and a footpath about five blocks
away provides a leafy entrance to
the Capital Crescent Trail. The
C&O Canal towpath is also nearby.)
Inside, a foyer gives a first
glimpse of the original Missionstyle woodwork that distinguishes
the home. Oak trim surrounds the
windows and doorways, adding rich
warmth to the main floor. The first
space here is a modestly sized living room, centered on a whitebrick-surrounded fireplace. Two
small windows flank the fireplace,
while three large openings look out
on the porch.
French doors lead to the spacious dining room, where the wood
is again a focal point, including custom radiator covers made to match
the trim. Hardwoods line the floors
here and throughout this level.
Two more doors exit the dining
room, one to the kitchen and another to a little hallway accessing a
bedroom (currently used as a painting studio/library) and bathroom.
Doors bookend the hall, so this section can be closed off for visiting
guests. The bedroom has two large
windows, and the full bath is decorated with green ceramic tile run-
Photos courtesy of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
This three-bedroom bungalow in the
Palisades is listed for $1,225,000.
ning halfway up the walls. A glass
shower stall features a bench and
handles — meaning this suite could
also be useful to owners who wish
to age in place.
The kitchen was updated as part
of a 2000 addition that provided
more space in the rear of the home.
A large, granite-topped island with
space for stools centers the room
and pops against white cabinets. A
stainless steel KitchenAid fridge is
even newer than the renovation,
purchased just a few years ago, as
was a Dacor five-burner gas cooktop. A white Bosch dishwasher is
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The windows continue along the
whole back wall, adding up to a
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also includes a sizable den. The
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Upstairs, a large landing is set
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The commission will meet at
6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at the
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Library, 901 G St. NW.
For details, visit or contact [email protected]
■ cleveland park / woodley Park
massachusetts avenue heights
Avenue Heights
Cathedral Heights
■ downtown / penn quarter
■ sheridan-kalorama
The commission will meet at 7
p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at Our
Lady Queen of the Americas
Church, California Street and
Phelps Place NW.
Agenda items include:
■ announcements and government
■ consideration of National Park
Service plans for landscape rehabilitation of the park at Massachusetts
Avenue, 24th Street and S Street
■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application at 2113
Bancroft Place NW regarding a
basement apartment.
■ consideration of plans to install an
exterior elevator at Our Lady Queen
of the Americas Church.
■ consideration of a permit request
for a Nov. 14 wedding at the Spanish
■ open comments.
For details, visit or
contact [email protected]
The commission will meet at
7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at the
2nd District Police Headquarters,
3320 Idaho Ave. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ presentation by the D.C. Water
and Sewer Authority on the community impact of the Clean Rivers
consent decree.
■ grant request presentation by Iona
Senior Services, which is seeking
$2,500 to help defray the cost of
printing its newest Resource Guide.
■ consideration of a D.C. Historic
Preservation Review Board application for a roof replacement at 3704
Quebec St. NW.
■ consideration of a public space
application for a 6-foot-high fence at
the Embassy of Norway, 3401 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
■ consideration of a public space
application for a fence greater than
42 inches high at the Embassy of
Azerbaijan, 2741 34th St. NW.
■ consideration of a public space
application for a fence greater than
42 inches high at 3316 Woodley
Road NW.
For details, visit
■ Glover Park / Cathedral heights
■ spring valley / wesley heights
palisades / kent / foxhall
The commission will meet at 7
p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001
Calvert St. NW.
At the commission’s Oct. 7
■ commissioners unanimously supported a certificate of need for Sibley Memorial Hospital to provide an
office for pediatric nursing care provided by a joint venture of Johns
Hopkins and Children’s National
Medical Center.
■ commissioners supported an
application for a special exception
for relief in side-yard and lot-size
rules to allow the owners of 4334 P
St. NW to build a one-story screened
porch. Nothing will be viewable
from the street. The owners said
tiger mosquitoes prevented them
from sitting outside.
■ commissioners unanimously supported an application by the owners
of 4810 Glenbrook Road NW to
construct a new sidewalk and relocate the existing driveway of their
single-family home.
■ commissioners unanimously
opposed a request to give retroactive
permission for building a stone
retaining wall at 4457 Greenwich
Parkway NW and neighboring
structures in an historic district. Historic Preservation Office staff had
told the owners, Justin Mullner and
Blair Heinke, that stone is contrary
to the district’s guidelines but that
brick would not be. The owners
reported that brick walls were used
in 20 percent of the neighborhood’s
properties and stone was used in 15
percent. Mullner said he was
unaware that a permit was needed.
He was also told that building the
wall on neighboring properties was
illegal as only owners can apply for
■ commissioners voted 5-0 to protest a liquor license for the planned
Millie’s restaurant in the Spring Valley Shopping Center at 4866 Massachusetts Ave. NW unless the
owner signs a settlement agreement
before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board considers the matter on
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The restaurant plans to have 94
seats inside and 120 outdoors, with
no outdoor amplified music. Owner
Bo Blair said he wants to close at
11:30 p.m. on weeknights and 1 a.m.
weekends. Commissioners had
urged an 11 p.m. closing time on
weekdays. The formal application
has a midnight closing time on
weekdays and 1 a.m. on Fridays and
Most audience members, including many who live near the shopping center, spoke in favor of Millie’s proposed hours. But a minority
agreed with commissioners on the
earlier weekday closing due to possible parking and noise problems,
fearing later hours would “irrevocably change the neighborhood.”
Commissioner Nan Wells added that
if the commission agreed with the
later hours, other new restaurants
could cite it as a precedent.
■ commissioners voted 4-1, with
Stephen Gardner dissenting, to
oppose the conceptual design for a
planned addition to the historically
designated building at 4866 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The proposed
restaurant Millie’s is seeking
approval for the change from the
Historic Preservation Review Board.
Owner Bo Blair and his architect
had made several changes since they
provided the commissioners plans,
but commission chair Tom Smith
said he and his colleagues could vote
only on what they’d had enough
time to review. “You are overwhelming the existing site,” Smith added.
■ commissioners voted unanimously to support one conceptual design
and oppose another for an addition
to a historic landmark at 4820 Massachusetts Ave. NW in the Spring
Valley Shopping Center. The Historic Preservation Review Board
rejected earlier plans for a new office
building there. Several attendees at
the commission meeting said they
liked the design but were worried
about employee parking.
■ commissioners voted 5-1, with
Conrad DeWitte dissenting, to
oppose a request from American
University to allow Saturday construction work on its new East Campus near Westover Place. The university hopes to make up 33 days
lost due to heavy rain. The university’s David Dower said Saturday
work would help get the project
completed by the fall of 2016 when
students arrive. After a heavy rain,
said Dower, it takes a day to pump
out the water and then two days to
dry the soil sufficiently for work to
be done.
While the president of the Westover Place board, which represents
owners but not renters, favored
granting the university permission to
complete construction as soon as
possible, several residents disagreed,
saying Saturday construction noise
would be worse than having a longer
construction time. They were critical
of the university, claiming that it was
not taking full advantage of its permission to work until 7 p.m. rather
than just 4 p.m. in order to avoid
overtime costs, and commissioners
agreed. The commission’s motion
added that the university had not
presented evidence that Saturday
work would allow the project to
catch up. It urged the university to
instead ask the Zoning Commission
to extend its deadline to complete
the work from September 2016 to
January 2017.
■ commissioners voted unanimously to spend up to $2,500 for a historical architect to help with dealings with the Spring Valley Shopping Center.
The commission will meet at 7
p.m. Wednesday, Nov 4, in Conference Room 2 at the Sibley
Memorial Hospital Medical
Building, 5215 Loughboro Road
For details, call 202-957-1999 or
■ american university park
University Park
friendship heights / tenleytown
The commission will meet at
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at
Embassy Suites Hotel, Chevy
Chase Pavilion, 5335 Wisconsin
Ave. NW.
For details, visit
■ Forest hills / North cleveland park
The commission will meet at
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Forest Hills of DC, 4901 Connecticut
Ave. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ announcements/open forum.
■ police report.
■ presentation by shadow U.S. Rep.
Franklin Garcia regarding D.C.
■ presentation by DC for Democracy (DC4D) regarding small donor
financing and possible consideration
of a resolution on the topic.
■ consideration of a grant application from Iona Senior Services for
$2,500 to assist with printing of its
newest Resource Guide.
■ consideration of a grant application from Hillwood Estate, Museum
and Gardens for $3,000 for erosion
■ presentation by Sidwell Friends
School regarding plans to relocate
the lower school to its D.C. campus.
■ discussion regarding 3240 Fessenden St. NW, including removal
of an existing lead walk, relocation
of an existing curb cut to west edge
of the property, and construction of a
pervious driveway in public space.
■ discussion and vote on an Alcoholic Beverage Control settlement
agreement for Banana Leaf Restaurant, 5014 Connecticut Ave. NW.
■ presentation from the D.C. Department of General Services regarding
a Board of Zoning Adjustment
application for over-height air conditioning units at Hearst Elementary
■ consideration of a resolution supporting Mayor Muriel Bowser’s
pledge to stop homelessness.
For details, call 202-670-7262 or
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GALENA: Renovated bungalow
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for children, with its cheery blue
paint, bright skylights, built-in bookcase and connected full bath, which
pops in chartreuse. New Berber carpeting covers this entire floor.
A hallway lined with built-in
shelves leads back to the expanded
master suite, a huge bedroom with
four windows looking over the
backyard. A connected bathroom
here has a tub and separate shower
stall, as well as double sinks and a
water closet.
The unfinished basement
includes a quarter-bath and garage.
In the spacious rear yard, a cherry
tree showers its petals in the spring.
The house is pre-wired for a
sound system, and it has a dual-zone
heating and cooling system. It sits
just blocks from a commercial strip
on MacArthur Boulevard NW that
includes restaurants, a Pilates studio,
banks, a Starbucks and more. And
the Potomac River, with all its attendant pleasures, is a short walk away.
The three-bedroom, three-bath
home at 5414 Galena Place NW is
listed for $1,225,000. For details,
contact Pamela Wye of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty at 202-3204169 or [email protected]
TURNAROUND: Upgrade sought
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Asked about Owens’ statement
that the agreement was already
reached, Speck wrote in an email
yesterday that he’d heard contradictory information. “My contacts at
WMATA indicate that there are still
holdups at DDOT, so I don’t know
where the truth lies,” he wrote.
At the meeting, commissioners
discussed seeking to designate the
bus turnaround as a historic landmark in hopes of ensuring that the
building doesn’t continue to simply
fall into disrepair. “WMATA wants
to preserve the building, but hopefully there’s something that urges
them [to do so] and makes it easier
to get funding,” Speck said at the
Over the summer, Dye said a
renovated bus turnaround building
would help both Metro — bus driv-
ers would benefit from a safer and
more pleasant place for bathroom
stops and other breaks — and the
neighborhood commercial strip.
“This facility represents the heritage and continuing evolution of
Chevy Chase and it is essential that
its condition reflect well upon the
community and WMATA as a community asset,” Dye wrote. “It may
also support the active life of community in the future as a site for
many types of activities.”
Dye also said at the time that
Metro would pursue funding for
similar projects at three other bus
turnarounds — on Colorado Avenue
NW near the intersection of 14th and
Kennedy streets in 16th Street
Heights; near the Duke Ellington
Bridge on Calvert Street NW in
Adams Morgan; and in Mount Rainier, Md. She declined to comment
this month on the status of those
PARK: Agency seeks to protect Emmet statue
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designated by the Park Service as
U.S. Reservation 302. Emmet’s rhetoric against British rule in Ireland is
known for mimicking that used by
George Washington during the
American Revolution.
The new landscaping is intended
to reflect the original 1966 planting
design of the park. Park officials
have recently been working with the
D.C. Historic Preservation Office to
determine whether the site qualifies
for listing on the National Register
of Historic Places. The Park Service
has determined the site is admissible,
but it remains to be seen whether the
preservation office agrees.
Under the landscaping proposal,
officials will plant sweet woodruff,
or “wild baby’s breath,” as a more
native alternative to the current English ivy, which they say is invasive.
The Park Service will also sow new
grass seeds to clean up decades-old
dilapidation near the sculpture.
The agency will also replace a
Deodar cedar tree that it claims partially obscures views of the statue
and also poses risks to its preservation. Three 8- to 10-foot-tall columnar Irish yew trees will form a backdrop to the statue instead, according
to the plan. Officials will also swap
out the last of 75 Sargent’s juniper
shrubs in favor of laurel bushes.
“It’s a little bit of an odd shrub
out, because the laurel shrubs that
have been planted seem to thrive
more,” said Emily Linroth, public
affairs specialist with the National
Park Service.
Due to the area’s historic preservation potential, the Park Service is
required by federal law to seek public comment on its plans. The agency
had not received any comments as of
yesterday, but feedback will be
accepted until Nov. 12, either online
at or by mail
at National Park Service, Rock
Creek Park, 3545 Williamsburg
Lane NW Washington, DC 20008.
The Sheridan-Kalorama advisory
neighborhood commission will
review the plan at its Oct. 19 meeting. “From what I have read and
understand of the proposed changes,
I believe they will improve this overgrown and often neglected park,”
commissioner David Bender said in
an email.
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groups to think about possibilities.
Should we make it a sculpture garden? Add a fountain? Add benches
and do activities there?
My group’s plan involved offering options for team-building activities, education and reflection. We
even designed a fountain that needs
people to collaborate to make water
come out. We added benches so
people could talk and signs that said
no smoking and littering so the
space would stay pretty and clean.
We also wanted a greenhouse where
we could sell flowers and plants.
To make our models, we used
lots of different materials. There
was a lot of cooperation because we
all took on different tasks, helped
each other and supported each other’s ideas. When we were done,
each group shared its prototype and
explained how its design would
meet certain needs. The staff was
impressed with our designs and said
the museum might use them one
day. I felt proud that we were able
to come up with great ideas, and I
hope that one day they will use
parts each of our prototypes for the
west lawn.
— Dalia Hochstein, sixth-grader
Lafayette Elementary
Have you seen what’s going on
at Lafayette Elementary? It’s totally
crazy! Last year, it looked perfectly
normal. Now, the whole early childhood wing is a mountain of broken
wood, and the campus is covered
with about 40 trailers! The whole
thing is surrounded by a long fence.
The Great Hall, cafeteria and basement all suffered the same fate as
the early childhood wing. The place
is crawling with construction
machines and workers.
Standing in the middle of the
operation, there is a 60-foot yellow
crane, which seemed to appear
overnight. There are also three fairly large excavators on the site. The
whole school has moved into the
trailers. The workers have finished
the demolition, are working on the
foundation and have dug a huge dirt
pit. In an interview, I asked Lafayette principal Dr. Broquard for
details about our future school.
The new cafeteria will be underground (hence the pit), though it
will have a skylight. The gym will
be very large, like the previous one.
There will be a new and very useful
multipurpose room. There will be a
whole art suite, and each grade will
have a wing to itself.
Several hundred people are
working on the construction. Many
people fantasized that a wrecking
ball would be used for the demolition. That would have looked pretty
cool, but Skanska (the construction
company) used what Dr. B
described as a sort of “muncher.”
The school will move in in
August 2016.
— Charlie Pomper, fifth-grader
Murch Elementary
On Oct. 7, Murch students, like
many kids across the country,
enjoyed walking and biking to
school on National Walk to School
Day. The goal of the program is to
help get kids active and make them
think about the need for communities where people can walk to places easily and safely.
Murch organized four walking
“school buses” to pick up kids from
different points near the school, and
students walked in groups in the
crisp morning air. Some kids rode
their scooters, or even ran! We saw
a few dogs trotting along with their
kid owners, too.
It was nice to walk with my sister and friend, and our parents also
came along, so we all got to be
active and social at the same time.
When we got to school, some special greeters met us­— District
police officers. They passed out
stickers encouraging kids to walk
and bike to school.
It was a fun way to start the day!
And I’m glad I saw many fewer
cars than usual on the roads around
school, which means there was less
pollution. I would love it if our
school could hold a Walk to School
Day every month!
— Lucy Chamberlain, fifth-grader
National Presbyterian
We’re learning so many interesting and new things in fifth grade, so
I don’t know if I can name them all.
In language arts, we’re writing
essays about our two-day camping
trip to Camp Horizons in Harrisonburg, Va. We did many fun activities like rock climbing, canoeing
and high ropes. We slept in nine
cabins — four for the girls, three for
the boys and two for the teachers.
When we returned, the first thing
we did was write a journal entry in
our writing journals, then we did a
pillar (graphic organizer). Now
we’re doing our rough drafts and
next week we’ll do our final copies.
In math, we’re working on
prime and composite numbers and
revisiting multiplication and division, including doing math mad
minutes. In reading, we read “What
Does A Fish Have To Do With
Anything” by Avi. It was full of
short stories that were definitely
very captivating. We are starting a
book called “Maroo of the Winter
Caves” about a semi-nomadic girl
who lived during the Ice Age,
which ties into our study of ancient
history in social studies. Currently
we are learning about how people
lived then, for example that nomadic people moved from place to
place following animals and food.
We are developing our note-taking
skills. In art, we’re doing tessellations. A tessellation is a shape that
can fit into itself perfectly. All in all,
we have a lot of fun in fifth grade.
— Allison Cheney, fifth-grader
Our Lady of Victory School
Everybody at OLV should join
the Thursday afternoon chess club!
You will like it even if you have
never played chess before. Our
coaches, Win Persina and David
Bennett from Silver Knights Chess,
will teach you how to play so don’t
At the end of school last year the
OLV chess team came in second
out of 47 teams participating in the
May 30 “May Mayhem” tournament at James Madison High
School in Vienna, Va. We couldn’t
believe it! There were 179 kindergarten through eighth-grade students from all over the area. Coach
Win was so proud of us for coming
in second. We were very excited to
hold the team trophy!
The tournament lasted for four
hours, and each of us played one
game every hour. Noah S., who was
in first grade last year, got an individual trophy for coming in fourth
place in the kindergarten to first
grade division. This year he moves
up to the second and third grade
division. He has been playing over
the summer, so look out!
Between games we hung out in
the Skittles Room. At first we
thought it was a place you could get
candy! But then we learned that a
skittles game means a leisurely
game of chess. Some kids play
pick-up games in the Skittles Room
just for fun between their official
So don’t be scared — come join
our Thursday chess club! You will
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— OLV Chess Club
Oyster-Adams Bilingual
Oyster-Adams Bilingual has two
campuses, Oyster for prekindergarten to third, and Adams for fourth to
eighth grades. Oyster Elementary
was named in 1926 after James F.
Oyster. John Quincy Adams Elementary was a segregated, whitesonly school until the Supreme Court
ruled against segregation. Our
schools were combined in 2007 and
the dual-language immersion model
was expanded to middle school.
Our mascot is a tiger and our colors
are blue and yellow. We have
sports, clubs and other activities like
baseball, robotics and swimming.
On Sept. 15, the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, the LatinGrammy-nominated folk music
group “Sones de Mexico” from
Chicago performed songs in different tempos and styles. Group members Juan Dies, Victor Pichardo,
Juan Rivera Zacbe Pichardo and
Javier Saume-Mazzei sang “La
Bamba” while Lorena Iniguez
danced. They also showed us some
of their unique instruments. “The
instruments really surprised me —
most of all, the lower jawbone of a
donkey. It was kinda gross,” said
Alexa Iraheta.
Sixth grade went to the Air and
Space Museum on Sept. 30. In fact,
we were one of the first schools to
participate in its new education program. The most fun part was the
planetarium. The planetarium is a
dome where high-definition projectors show the planets, stars beyond
our solar system in constellations,
and an illustration of how scientists
theorize the Milky Way galaxy
looks. The exhibit on the planets
was a little dark but it was really
— Giselle Argueta, Lismari Gandia
and Itzelly Casarrubias,
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day
This week, third-grade students
went on a trip to Hemlock Overlook
in Clifton, Va. When we arrived, we
went on a trail and looked for small
plastic animals to encourage us to
use our senses. I found all 32 of the
hidden animals, but it was really
hard and we had to walk slowly and
look carefully to see them all. Then
we went to the pond and looked for
evidence of real animals. We saw
deer markings on a tree and tadpoles with legs in the pond.
Afterward, we learned how to
make friction fires. We used a spindle, a board with holes in it, and a
bow. We tied the bowstring around
the spindle and moved the bow
back and forth to try to make
smoke. My group did it, but it was
really hard. The end of the spindle
was very hot when we were finished and we almost made a spark!
This was my favorite part of the
Later, we collected dry sticks to
make a real fire get bigger. Finally,
we went to a shelter-building activity. Other groups had already started
making a large shelter from big logs
and larger sticks and branches, but
my group put lots of grass on it and
finished off the inside by stuffing
grass in the holes and getting sticks
to help the grass stay in place. At
the end of the day, we had a campfire and roasted marshmallows to
make s’mores.
— Anneliese Engel, third-grader
School Without Walls High
And we are back for the 2015-16
school year. School Without Walls
has opened school with a strong six
weeks. This week at Walls, students
prepare for the PSAT test scheduled
for Oct. 14. The test now excludes
the writing section due to a changed
SAT format. To simulate the actual
SAT, each section will be scored on
a scale of 80, just like how the real
test is judged on a scale of 800.
Since the entire test is scored on a
scale of 1600, the PSAT total is
160. The change in the two tests is
thought to better reflect what is
taught in the classroom. The test
will also be extended to two hours
and 45 minutes. Only seniors will
not take the test, and the junior class
will compete for the National Merit
Scholar awards.
— Michael Edgell, 10th-grader
Sheridan School
In seventh grade we do a mini
version of TED Talks called Tiny
Ted Talks. The purpose is to learn
about each other and talk about our
identity and see how our experiences influence it. We had to think
about a moment when someone had
a single story about us based on
what they saw or heard.
A single story is when a person
makes an assumption about someone just because they’re a girl or a
boy, or because of the color of their
skin, or where they’re from. We
picked moments when someone
tried to create a different identity for
us than who we are.
Our talks had to be two to three
minutes. Once we completed the
scripts we filmed our Tiny Ted
Talks as we delivered them to our
classmates. We heard different
experiences about each other. It was
surprising to hear the different kinds
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
of things that other people thought
about us. We learned that before we
think someone is a certain way or
before we act a certain way toward
a person, we should get to know
them first. Single stories are dangerous because a lot of times they
aren’t the truth about a person’s
identity or who they really are.
Doing the Tiny Ted Talks was
informative. It wasn’t too scary but
it was nerve-wracking to present a
story to the class and be filmed. We
learned a lot about what people felt
was important about themselves.
— Courtney Aldridge,
around as a group, trying to keep it
from touching the ground.
The experience as a whole was
very interesting because we took
what we learned in class and experienced it firsthand. Having Chinese
food afterward solidified the feeling
that we were actually taking part in
an authentic celebration for this
very interesting festival. Although it
would have been cool to eat the traditional moon cakes, we still felt
very entertained and further
informed about the cultural elements related to this festival.
— Saron Paulos and
Eric Omorogieva, 11th-graders
Washington International
Washington Latin Public
Charter School
For our Chinese field trip, we
explored the mid-autumn festival at
the University of Maryland University College campus in ways that
related to what we learned in Chinese class. The field trip came at the
perfect time because our class
learned about the tradition of the
festival and how important it is to
the lunar calendar and the people of
China. While there, we saw performances such as martial arts and
dragon dancing. Along with the performances there were four culture
tents. The first tent had calligraphy;
the second had Chinese kites and
other traditional handicrafts; and the
third tent had a Chinese book exhibition, games and language teaching
demos. The last tent had a “Message of Peace Banner,” the purpose
of which was to leave quotes of
peace in either English or Chinese.
Other fun things included jumping
rope and a little toy that you kick
A few days ago, the fifth grade
went to Calleva, an outdoor adventure camp. There my favorite part
was the giant swing. The swing was
from one rope to another, anchored
to a tree, with another rope
anchored to a harness. That rope
was also anchored to another tree.
On that tree, about 15 kids pulled
and I went up through the sky on
the rope that was anchored to the
first tree. Then you had this little
dinky string tied to itself, and you
pulled that string and you floated
for a millisecond, and then went
soaring through the air by the harness. You keep going back and
forth, but then you get used to it, so
it was fine. When you’re on the
other end of the line and you are
pulling when the string gets
released, you feel a jerk and you
think they are going to fall. It was
so fun. I want to go back!
— Ella Kramer, fifth-grader
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Classes and workshops
■ Yoga Alliance will present a class. 6
p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522
Virginia Ave. NW. 202-727-8707.
■ Gay Cioffi, director of Little Folks
School, will present a parenting workshop
on “Talking With Children About Death.” 6
to 8 p.m. $30 to $40. Little Folks School,
3247 Q St. NW. 202-333-6571.
■ Dexter Sumner will lead a “Vinyasa
Yoga” class. 7 p.m. Free. Palisades Library,
4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139.
■ Members of the Kennedy Center
Opera House Orchestra will perform works
by Rebecca Clarke, Mendelssohn and
Schumann. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage,
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ National Symphony Orchestra organist William Neil will join members of the
group’s brass and percussion sections for
a program featuring works by Handel,
Gabrieli, J.S. Bach, Franck and Widor. 8
p.m. $15. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center.
■ Singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega and
American roots duo Smooth Hound Smith
will perform. 8:30 p.m. $14 to $16. Gypsy
Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.
Discussions and lectures
■ Orthopedic surgeon Richard Barth
will discuss “Current Concepts in the Treatment of Carpal Tunnel and Arthritis of the
Hand and Wrist.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 2, Sibley
Medical Office Building, 5215 Loughboro
Road NW. 202-660-6683.
■ David Nicholson will discuss his book
“Flying Home: Seven Stories of the Secret
City.” 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library,
3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080.
■ John Danforth, former U.S. senator
and ambassador to the United Nations,
will discuss his book “The Relevance of
Religion: How Faithful People Can Change
Politics.” 7 p.m. Free. Washington National
Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin
avenues NW.
■ The Book Hill Talks series will feature
filmmaker Chris Palmer, founder of the
Center for Environmental Filmmaking at
American University and author of “Shooting in the Wild.” 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown
Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
■ Amanda Lane, executive director of
the Collateral Repair Project, will discuss
“Bringing Peace and Reconciliation to
Refugees.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free;
reservations required. Room 602, Elliott
School of International Affairs, George
Washington University, 1957 E St. NW.
■ The annual Reel Independent Film
Extravaganza will feature a sneak preview
of Anthony Anderson’s “City Boyz,” about
the joys, pains, struggles and triumphs of
seven outspoken, ambitious gay men from
the Washington area. 7 p.m. $8 to $10.50.
Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market, 550
Penn St. NE.
■ The Lions of Czech Film series will
feature Petr Václav’s 2014 movie “The
Way Out,” about a Romani couple trying to
live in a community obscured by prejudice.
8 p.m. $8.75 to $11.75. Avalon Theatre,
5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000.
■ The Washington Ballet will present
“Latin Heat,” featuring works by Mauro de
Candia, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and
Edwaard Liang. 7:30 p.m. $30.50 to $102.
Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat
Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
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■ The American Roots Music Concert
Series will feature the Backroads Band
nedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ DJ Williams Projekt, the Trongone
Band and the Get Right Band will perform.
8:30 p.m. $12 to $13. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401
K St. NW.
■ In celebration of Hispanic Heritage
Month, local cook, author and storyteller
Jonathan Bardzik will demonstrate basic
culinary skills and Latin-inspired recipes. 7
p.m. Free; reservations requested. Watha
T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW.
Wednesday, october 14
■ Discussion: Garth Risk Hallberg
will discuss his novel “City on Fire,”
set in 1970s New York. 7 p.m. Free.
Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut
Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
performing honky-tonk country. 3 to 5 p.m.
Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S.
Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW.
■ The Take 5! Jazz Series will feature
the Samora Pinderhughes Ensemble performing works by Billy Strayhorn. 5 to 7
p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian
American Art Museum, 8th and G streets
NW. 202-633-1000.
■ CityCenterDC’s monthly outdoor concert series will feature the 19th Street
Band. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. The Plaza at CityCenter, H Street between 9th and 10th
streets NW.
■ Singer-songwriters Nate Leavitt and
Glenn Yoder will perform. 7 p.m. Free.
Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW.
■ Vocal Arts DC will present mezzosoprano Jamie Barton and pianist Bradley
Moore performing selections by Schubert,
Dvorák, Chausson and Turina, as well as
arrangements of American spirituals and
hymns. 7 p.m. $50. Terrace Theater, Ken-
Discussions and lectures
■ Robert Clarke, dean of research at
the Georgetown University Medical Center
and co-director of the Breast Cancer Program at Georgetown University, will give an
update on breast cancer research. 11 a.m.
Free. Room 139, Madison Building, Library
of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE.
■ Fred Ramos, a photojournalist for the
Salvadoran online newspaper El Faro, will
discuss his work. 11:45 a.m. Free. Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran School of the
Arts and Design, George Washington University, 500 17th St. NW.
■ Fashion historian and curator Valerie
Steele will discuss “Chanel and Her Rivals:
Women and 20th-Century Fashion” as part
of a series on the 20th-century transformation of women as seen through fashion.
5:30 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20; free for Hillwood
members and volunteers. Hillwood Estate,
Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave.
NW. 202-686-5807.
■ Walt Mossberg, co-founder and editor-at-large of Re/code, will discuss “The
Global Digital Tidal Wave — Are Consumers
and Corporations Prepared for What’s
Coming?” 5:45 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri
Building, Georgetown University, 37th and
O streets NW.
■ Georgetown University professor Bárbara Mujica, an expert on the 16th-century
mystic Saint Teresa of Ávila, will discuss
“Was Saint Teresa a Feminist?” 6 p.m.
Free; reservations required. Murray Room,
Lauinger Library, Georgetown University,
37th and O streets NW. 202-687-7446.
■ The Cottage Conversation series will
feature historian Jason Silverman, author
of “Lincoln and the Immigrant,” and Ben
Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council, discussing immigration policy under President Abraham
Lincoln and in contemporary times. Reception at 6 p.m.; lecture at 6:30 p.m. $10 to
$20. President Lincoln’s Cottage at the
Soldiers’ Home, Upshur Street at Rock
Creek Church Road NW. 202-688-3735.
■ The Georgetown
University Women’s
Leadership Institute
will host a talk by
Moroccan photographer, designer and philanthropist Nezha
Alaoui on “Choose to
Be Who You Want to Be.” 6:30 p.m. Free.
Room 360, Hariri Building, Georgetown
University, 37th and O streets NW.
■ Dave Goulson, founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, will discuss his
book “A Buzz in the Meadow: The Natural
History of a French Farm.” 6:30 p.m. Free.
Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll
St. NW. 202-726-0856.
■ Ever Lee Hairston will discuss her
book “Blind Ambition: One Woman’s Journey to Greatness Despite Her Blindness.”
6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys
and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-
■ Humanities DC will present “Current
Literary Voices of the District,” featuring
Kyle Dargan, author of “Honest Engine”;
Melanie Henderson, author of “Elegies for
New York Avenue”; David Nicholson,
author of “Flying Home: Seven Stories of
the Secret City”; and Richard Peabody,
author of “The Richard Peabody Reader.”
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations
requested. Busboys and Poets Brookland,
625 Monroe St. NE.
■ “Books, Bites & Brews” — the Palisades Library’s book club for 20- and
30-somethings — will discuss “Salvage the
Bones” by Jesmyn Ward. 6:30 p.m. Free.
Seventh Hill Pizza, 4885 MacArthur Blvd.
NW. 202-282-3139.
■ Corliss Kin I Soo, postdoctoral fellow
at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science, will discuss
“Memoirs of a Mineral.” 6:30 p.m. Free;
reservations suggested. Carnegie Institution for Science, 5241 Broad Branch Road
■ Sir Keith Thomas, honorary fellow of
All Souls College, Oxford, will discuss “The
Ends of Education in Early Modern England.” 6:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Folger
Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St.
■ Linda Mary Montano, a seminal figure in feminist performance art, will discuss her work. 6:30 p.m. $12; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600
21st St. NW.
■ David Talbot will discuss his book
“The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the
CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose,
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.
■ Geraldine Brooks will discuss her
novel “The Secret Chord.” 7 p.m. $10.
Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin
Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
■ Denise Bethea Lewis, clinical liaison
with the Washington Home and Community Hospices, will discuss “Caring for Bedbound and Mobility-Challenged Adults.” 7
p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd
Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202541-6100.
■ The Classics Book Group will discuss
“Brighton Rock” by Graham Greene. 7 p.m.
Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW.
■ William R. Stixrud, a clinical neuropsychologist and an adjunct faculty member at Children’s National Medical Center,
and Ned Johnson, president and founder
of PrepMatters, will discuss “Motivation,
Performance & the Teenage Brain: Why a
Sense of Control Is Important to Teens and
Their Parents.” 7 p.m. Free. Media Center,
Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St.
■ “Coming of Age — A Magical and
Dangerous Journey” will feature authors
Audrey Taylor Gonzalez and Marilyn Oser
discussing their respective novels, “South
of Everything” and “Even You.” 7 to 9 p.m.
Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets,
2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss the 2015 DC Reads selection — “All
Aunt Hagar’s Children” by Edward P. Jones.
7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260
R St. NW. [email protected]
■ National Geographic explorer Mike
Libecki will discuss “When Tough Meets
Tech: Exploration’s New Frontier.” 7:30
p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National
Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700.
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■ Musician Elvis Costello will discuss
his memoir “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.” 7:30 p.m. $45 for one ticket and
one book. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue,
600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
■ The “Textiles at Twelve” series will
feature the 1999 film “Through the Consul’s Eye,” about a little-known aristocratic
French diplomat who left a remarkable
portrait of China at the brink of a new age.
Noon. Free. George Washington University
Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st
St. NW. 202-994-5200.
■ The 2015 Human Rights Film Series
will feature Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s film
“Daisy and Max,” about the lives of gang
violence intervention workers in South
Central Los Angeles. A Q&A will follow.
5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Room 602, American
University Washington College of Law,
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
■ The sixth annual Reel Independent
Film Extravaganza will conclude with Harold Jackson III’s “Counselor” and the short
film “The Loyalist.” 7 p.m. $8 to $10.50.
Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market, 550
Penn St. NE.
■ The Austrian Cultural Forum will present “The Sound of Music,” one of the most
successful films ever filmed in the Austrian
Alps. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations
required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524
International Court NW.
■ The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will
Michael Beach
Nichols and
Christopher K.
Walker’s 2015
“Welcome to Leith.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. $13.
Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish
Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.
Performances and readings
■ The Suzanne Farrell Ballet will perform excerpts from the company’s upcoming performances in the Opera House, as
well as two sections from “Balanchine’s
Don Quixote” in honor of the iconic work’s
50th anniversary. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium
Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ Kramerbooks and Hillyer Art Space
will present “Campfire Tales,” a reading of
classic and contemporary ghost stories.
6:30 p.m. Free; donations to Hillyer Art
Space encouraged. Hillyer Art Space, 9
Hillyer Court NW. 202-338-0325
■ Sarah Blake will read from her book
“Mr. West.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Upshur Street
Books, 827 Upshur St. NW.
■ George Washington University will
present “The Basilisk of Barnagasso,” an
original comedy using the masks, characters and techniques of commedia dell’arte.
7:30 p.m. $10 to $20. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, George Washington University,
800 21st St. NW. The performance will
repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
and Sunday at 2 p.m.
■ American University will present Bertolt Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera,” a
biting critique of social and political life in
the 20th century. 8 p.m. $10 to $15.
Greenberg Theatre, American University,
4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-3634.
The performance will repeat Oct. 16, 17,
23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 17 and 24 at
2 p.m.
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■ The Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society
will present Arthur Miller’s classic drama
“All My Sons.” 8 p.m. $8 to $12. Stage III,
Poulton Hall, Georgetown University, 37th
and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. The performance will repeat Oct. 16, 17, 21, 22,
23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.
■ The three-day VelocityDC Dance Festival will open with performances by Stuart
Loungway’s Terra Firma Dance Theatre,
Yamini Saripalli, Malayaworks Dance Theater, Ballet ADI and the Washington Ballet’s Studio Company, among others. 8
p.m. $18. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St.
NW. 202-547-1122. The festival will continue Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2
and 8 p.m.
Special events
■ In collaboration with the Bubny
Shoah Memorial in Prague, the Embassy
of the Czech Republic will host “Drumming
for Drums” to commemorate the day in
1941 when the first Nazi transport of Jews
set out from the Prague-Bubny Railway
Station and to raise awareness for the
Memorial of Silence in Prague. Attendees
are invited to bring something to make
noise. 6 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations
required by Oct. 13. Embassy of the Czech
Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW.
■ “Tudor Nights: Whiskey & Weaponry,
Williams & Peter” will feature a look at
arms from the Tudor Place collection and a
talk about Confederate adventurers Walter
“Gip” Peter and Orton Williams, Tudor
Place kin who were condemned by the
Union to hang in Franklin, Tenn. The event
will include a whiskey tasting with a look at
the history and intricacies of distilling with
experts from the Whiskey Library. 6 to 8
p.m. $20 to $30; free for members. Tudor
Place Historic House and Garden, 1644
31st St. NW.
■ “History & Hops,” a monthly series of
house tours and beer tastings at the Heurich House Museum, will spotlight Evolution Craft Brewing Co. of Salisbury, Md.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Heurich House
Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
■ The 2015 DC Reads kickoff will celebrate the selected book — “All Aunt Hagar’s
Children” by Edward P. Jones — with a look
at the vibrant music and culture of 1950s
Washington. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Martin
Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St.
NW. 202-727-0321.
Sporting event
■ The Washington Capitals will play the
Chicago Blackhawks. 7 p.m. $40 to $341.
Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000.
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Children’s program
■ “Spooky Spy Family Night,” a chance
for participants to go deep undercover and
transform their appearance with the help
of makeup artists, will feature snacks, a
scavenger hunt, prize competitions and
more (for ages 5 and older, with one adult
required for every five KidSpy agents). 6 to
9 p.m. $12 to $14. International Spy
Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
■ The Friday Morning Music Club will
present works by Dvorák, André Previn and
Gaubert. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist
Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.
■ Organist Wm. Glenn Osborne of Baltimore will perform works by Dupré, Mulet,
King, Osborne and Bourgeois. 12:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Photo shows explore man vs. nature
Cross MacKenzie Gallery will
open two photography shows today with
a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Exploring
the confrontation between man and
On exhibit
nature in a contemporary world, the
photos will remain on view through Nov.
11. A FotoWEEK DC reception will take
place Nov. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.
“Sylvania” presents forest-oriented
imagery by Anna Beeke, a D.C. native
who now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. She will
sign copies of her new book, “Sylvania,”
at the reception.
“Intersection” highlights a body of
work by Léa Eouzan that explores the
intersection of rural and urban areas.
Located at 1675 Wisconsin Ave.
NW, the gallery is open Wednesday
through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
■ “Remembrance,” highlighting works
by expat Iranian artist Shahram Karimi
about exile and dreams of the past, will
open tomorrow at Syra Arts with an
artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The
exhibit will continue through Nov. 7.
Located at 1054 31st St. NW (Canal
Square) in Suite A, the gallery is open by
appointment only. 703-944-3824.
Free. National City Christian Church, 5
Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103.
■ The Friday Music Series will feature
organist Jinsun Cho. 1:15 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
■ As part of the East River Jazz Series,
the Samora Pinderhughes Ensemble will
perform “Billy Strayhorn: The Sutherland
Hotel Period.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium
Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ “Luce Unplugged” will feature a performance by Cruzie Beaux and Near Northeast. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Luce Foundation
Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
■ Barbara Cook’s “Spotlight” series will
feature vocalist Terri White. 7 p.m. $50.
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600.
■ The KC Jazz Club will present pianist
Joanne Brackeen. 7 and 9 p.m. $34 to
$39. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center.
■ The S&R Foundation’s Overtures
Concert Series will feature cellist Char
Prescott and pianist Mohamed Shams performing works by Beethoven and Shostakovich. 7:30 p.m. $65. Evermay, 1623
28th St. NW.
■ The American Pops Orchestra, the
National Broadway Chorus and singers
Christine Ebersole, Paige Faure and Nick
Ziobro will present “Stairway to Paradise: A
Gershwin Spectacular.” 8 p.m. $35 to $65.
Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
■ The Falconers, an indie duo, will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl
Lounge, 3401 K St. NW.
■ Better Off Dead and Shwizz will perform. 9 p.m. $10 to $14. Gypsy Sally’s,
3401 K St. NW.
Discussions and lectures
■ Daniel Geary, assistant professor of
U.S. history at Trinity College Dublin, will
■ “Figuratively Speaking,” a diverse
show of sculptural works by five artists,
opened recently at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, presented by Zenith Gallery. Featuring artists Jan Paul Acton,
Elissa Farrow-Savos, Mary Hourihan
Lynch, Jaclyn Martin and Tatyana
Schremko, the show will continue
through Jan. 9. An artists’ reception will
take place today from 5 to 8 p.m.
The gallery is open Monday through
Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. On weekends and evenings, enter on 12th
Street NW; knock and the guard will let
you in 24/7. 202-783-2963.
■ “Implicit Bias,” a group show of works
that explore the power of subliminal
suggestion, opened recently at Smith
Farm Center’s Joan Hisaoka Healing
Arts Gallery and will continue through
Dec. 5. A curator and artists’ talk will
take place Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Located at 1632 U St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-483-8600.
■ Watergate Gallery recently opened
a tribute retrospective to celebrate the
life and paintings of William D’Italia, a
longtime Foggy Bottom resident who
died in August. He enjoyed a long relationship with the gallery, which will combine paintings from his seven exhibits
discuss his book “Beyond Civil Rights: The
Moynihan Report and Its Legacy.” Noon.
Free. Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-0185.
■ University of Cincinnati associate professor Theresa Culley will discuss “Beyond
Herbal Plants,” about the history of medical botany and the many new discoveries
that plants continue to provide. Noon to 1
p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100
Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
■ Ellen Clark, library director at the
Society of the Cincinnati, will discuss
Sebastian Bauman’s “Plan for the Investment of York and Gloucester,” a large-scale
map of the battlefield at Yorktown prepared after the surrender of the British at
Yorktown. After the talk, attendees will
“Smithsonian Castle From
Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden” is
part of the Watergate Gallery’s
retrospective of William
D’Italia’s paintings.
there with ones from an exhibit that was
originally planned to open there this
month titled “Old Is New: DCscapes.” A
special reception will be held Saturday
from 5 to 8 p.m. with a portion of the
sales to be donated to the Koshland
Science Museum, where D’Italia worked
for the last five years. The show will continue through Oct. 31.
Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW,
the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-338-4488.
have a chance to view the map up close.
12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati,
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts
Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
■ Carla Arnold will discuss “Thailand
Through the Eyes of a Peace Corps Volunteer.” Lunch at 12:30 p.m.; presentation at
2 p.m. Free; reservations required for
lunch. Guy Mason Recreation Center,
3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7703.
■ Israeli researcher Noga Kadman will
discuss her book “Erased From Space and
Consciousness: Israel and the Depopulated Palestinian Villages of 1948.” 1 to 2
p.m. Free. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290.
■ “Meet an F-4 Pilot” will feature Mark
Hewitt, author of “Special Access,” “Shoot
Down” and “No Need to Know.” 1 to 4
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11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Advance Tickets $30
may be purchased at
or by calling 202.244.3310
Same-Day Tickets $35
may be purchased at
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church
4700 Whitehaven Parkway, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(Doors open at 10:30 a.m.)
Ticket sales support our elderly neighbors in:
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p.m. Free. International Spy Museum, 800
F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
■ The George Washington University
Philosophy Department’s annual Sophia
Lecture will feature Oklahoma State University assistant professor Shannon
Spaulding discussing “Divergent Social
Interpretations.” 4 p.m. Free. Room 359,
Duques Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW.
■ Anthony Marra
will discuss his book
“The Tsar of Love and
Techno: Stories.” 7
p.m. Free. Politics and
Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.
■ Ron Childress will discuss his novel
“And West Is West,” winner of the 2014
PEN/Bellwether Prize. 7 p.m. Free. Upshur
Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW.
■ A panel discussion on cities tackling
global warming will feature Stéphane Hallegatte, senior economist with the World
Bank and Météo-France; John Lewis, executive director of ProNatura USA; and Paolo
Avner, urban economist within the Social,
Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank. 7 p.m. $10 to $15.
Alliance Française de Washington, 2142
Wyoming Ave. NW.
■ A Seijun Suzuki retrospective will feature the filmmaker’s 1964 movie “Gate of
Flesh.” 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium,
Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000.
■ The Arabian Sights Film Festival will
open with Egyptian director Sherif Nakhla’s
2014 documentary “Les Petits Chats,”
about a legendary Egyptian 1960s and
1970s rock band that performed American
and European chart toppers in carefully
choreographed shows. The director will
attend the screening. 7 p.m. $13. AMC
Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The festival
will continue through Oct. 25.
■ Friends of Hexagon will present a fall
show, “Hexagon Classics: 60 Years of Satire and Songs.” 8 p.m. $22 to $25. Auditorium, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. The
performance will repeat Saturday at 8
p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
■ Teatro de la Luna will present Argentine playwright Mariano Moro’s “De Hombre a Hombre (Man to Man),” about a student and a professor who together jeopardize their very existence in order to arrive
at the possibility of loving and being loved
freely and free from judgment. 8 p.m. $15
to $20. Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia
Ave. NW. 202-882-6227. The performance
will repeat Oct. 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m.
Special events
■ Steelhead Productions will present
“Scream City, Washington, DC,” an immersive haunted house experience for Halloween. 7 to 10 p.m. $35. Parking lot, RFK
Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. NW. The event will continue on
various nights through Nov. 1.
■ Pleasance Silicki, founder of lil omm
yoga, will lead “Rhythm of the Seasons:
Fall Women’s Retreat.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. $40.
lil omm yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
■ The American University Museum will
present a weekly docent-led tour of current
exhibitions. 12:30 p.m. Free. American
University Museum, Katzen Arts Center,
American University, 4400 Massachusetts
Ave. NW.
■ A curator’s tour of Dumbarton Oaks’
“75 Years/Objects: Reconstructing”
exhibition will focus on the work of
specialists in reconstructing prior states of
a given object based on available
evidence. 3 p.m. Free. Dumbarton Oaks
Research Library and Collection, 1703
32nd St. NW.
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Children’s programs
■ “Saturday Morning at the National”
will feature the children’s band Rocknoceros. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening.
National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave.
NW. 202-783-3372.
■ Casey Trees will present “Buds,” a
tree-focused story time for toddlers and
preschoolers. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Free;
reservations requested. Rock Creek
Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW.
■ “First Studio: Story + Workshop” —
featuring a gallery tour, a story and a
hands-on art-making experience — will
offer a chance for children to explore the
paintings, sculpture and architecture of the
Kreeger Museum. 10 to 11 a.m. $7 per
child; free for adult companion. Kreeger
Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202338-3552.
■ National Symphony Orchestra violinist Glenn Donnellan and bassist Rick Barber will present “NSO Teddy Bear Concert:
Fiddlin’ Around,” with a focus on string
instruments. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $20.
Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.
■ The weekly “Arts for Families” series
will feature Central Asian puppet performance by Crescent Moon Karagoz Shadow
Puppet Theater, refreshments and a craft
activity. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
■ A park ranger will lead a “Spooky
Night Sky” planetarium program. 1 p.m.
Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200
Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
Classes and workshops
■ Artist William Woodward, professor
emeritus at George Washington University,
will lead a seminar on “Murals: What the
Walls Say.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to
$130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
■ Instructor Ursula Rehn Wolfman will
present a seminar on “The Baltic Riviera:
Landscape and Memory.” 9:30 a.m. to
4:15 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley
Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030.
■ The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m.
Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th
St. NW. 202-671-3122.
■ Pianist Ruth Rose and tenor Jason
Rylander will showcase Beethoven’s rarely
performed “An die ferne Geliebte,” as well
as works by Haydn, Schubert and Purcell/
Britten. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
■ Washington Performing Arts will feature concert pianist
Herbert Schuch presenting works by
Murail, Liszt, Bach,
Messiaen and Ravel. 2
p.m. $48. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ The Thomas Circle Singers will
present “I Have Had Singing: Celebrating
TCS at 40,” sampling favorite works by
favorite composers from the group’s
40-year history. Proceeds will benefit N
Street Village. 5 p.m. $15 to $30. First
Congregational United Church of Christ,
945 G St. NW.
■ The LP Duo will perform music with a
mix of classical, jazz and rock influences. 6
p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600.
■ KC Jazz Club will feature bassist Derrick Hodge. 7 and 9 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.
■ Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge will host
“Classic Vinyl Cuts: A Tribute to Bob Dylan
Featuring the Open Mic All-Stars.” 8 p.m.
Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K
St. NW.
■ The No BS! Brass Band and Dank
will perform. 9 p.m. $15 to $19. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.
Discussions and lectures
■ Wendy Camilla Blackwell, former
executive director of the National Children’s Museum, will discuss a work in the
Phillips’ permanent collection. Noon. $10
to $12; free for members and ages 18
and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st
St. NW.
■ “Teach-In on Gaza: History, Politics,
and Economics” will feature talks by
Georgetown University doctoral student
Seraje Assi, George Mason University
assistant professor Noura Erakat, Harvard
University research associate Sara Roy and
Georgetown University cultural
anthropology professor Rochelle Davis.
Noon to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required.
Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown
University, 37th and O streets NW.
■ George A. Akerlof and Robert J.
Shiller will discuss their book “Phishing for
Phools: The Economics of Manipulation
and Deception,” at 1 p.m.; Melvin I. Urofsky will discuss his book “Dissent and the
Supreme Court: Its Role in the Court’s History and the Nation’s Constitutional Dialogue,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Leslie Pietrzyk
will discuss her book “This Angel on My
Chest,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose,
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.
■ Amy Shawley, a certified working artist with Golden Paints, will discuss pigment
properties and paint formulations, gels,
pastes, grounds, color mixing, drying time,
and health and safety concerns. 1 to 3
p.m. Free. Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court
NW. 202-338-0325.
■ Cynthia Connolly, publisher and coauthor of “Banned in DC: Photos and
Anecdotes of the DC Punk Underground,”
will discuss significant downtown locations
for the punk scene, with then-and-now
photos of spots such as the original 9:30
Club, dc space, Lansburgh Center, Lonestar Beefhouse and Oscar’s Eye. The event
will include a book signing of the new edition. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library,
901 G St. NW.
■ Photographer Jesse Frohman will discuss his works on view in “Eye Pop: The
Celebrity Gaze.” 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000.
■ Former NBC News correspondent
and “Meet the Press” moderator David
Gregory will discuss his book “How’s Your
Faith?: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey.” 2 to
3 p.m. Free; reservations requested.
Abramson Family Founders Room, School
of International Service Building, American
University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW.
Festivals and family programs
■ Georgetown Community Day will
feature food, live performances, face
paintings, a bounce house, giveaways,
raffle prizes and more. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free. Copley Lawn, Georgetown University,
37th and O streets NW.
■ Kids’ Corner Day Care Center will
hold its ninth annual Fall Fair, which will
feature pumpkin decorating, a moon
bounce, wagon-led hay rides, games,
crafts, face painting and live
performances. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free
admission. Mitchell Park, 23rd and S
streets NW.
■ The Stoddert Fall Festival will feature
rides, music, crafts, games and food. 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Stoddert
Elementary School, 4001 Calvert St. NW.
■ Book Hill Fall Market will feature live
music, raffles, pumpkin and apple sales,
children’s activities, a photo booth, food
and more. Sale proceeds will benefit the
Georgetown Ministry Center. 11 a.m. to 5
p.m. Free admission. 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW.
■ Halloween Family Day will feature
craft activities, scavenger hunts, and live
music and performances. Costumes are
encouraged. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th
and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
■ Vern Harvest, an annual familyfriendly fall event, will feature pumpkin
carving, arts and crafts, yard games, caricaturists, balloon artists, airbrush tattoos,
music and desserts. 2 to 5 p.m. Free.
Quad, George Washington University
Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall
Road NW. 202-242-5117.
■ “Maya Deren: Rhythm, Ritual, Repetition” will feature Martina Kudlácek’s 2003
documentary “In the Mirror of Maya
Deren,” at 12:30 p.m.; the films “Meshes
of the Afternoon,” “At Land,” “Ritual in
Transfigured Time,” “Meditation on Violence” and “The Private Life of a Cat,” at
2:30 p.m.; and the films “Witch’s Cradle”
and “Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of
Haiti,” at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street
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ture “Otello.” 12:55 p.m. $20 to $26. AMC
Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. An encore screening
will take place Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
■ The National
Archives will present
Billy Wilder’s 1959 film
“Some Like It Hot.” 2
p.m. Free. McGowan
Theater, National
Archives Building, Constitution Avenue
between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000.
Performances and readings
■ “Identify,” the National Portrait Gallery’s first-ever performance art series, will
feature Martha McDonald’s “Hospital
Hymn: Elegy for Lost Soldiers,” a dynamic
portrait of the Old Patent Building’s past
role as a hospital for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. 1 p.m. Free. Great Hall,
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets
NW. 202-633-1000.
■ The National League of American
Pen Women will present “Soul Lifting,” an
arts program featuring dramatic poet and
lyrical dancer Marilyn Lewis-Alim. 7:30 p.m.
Free. Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th St. NW.
■ The In Series’ “Made in America”
season will feature Aaron Copland’s opera
“The Tender Land,” about the coming of
age of a young girl from the Midwest. 8
p.m. $22 to $45. GALA Theatre, 3333
14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Oct. 18 and 25 at 2:30
p.m. and Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.
■ Dance Place will host a performance
by alight dance theater featuring world premieres of “Remanent” and “Dixie Fried”
and a reprise of “Stargazing” in honor of
the 25th anniversary of the Hubble launch.
8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225
8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m.
Special events
■ The National Italian American Foundation’s Expo Italiana — spotlighting Italian
food and specialties, wine, fashion and culture — will feature beer and wine tastings,
cooking demonstrations, sports cars, popup luxury stores, an indoor bocce court
and children’s activities. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free admission. Exhibition Hall C, Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660
Woodley Road NW. An Italian
wine tasting with antipasti will take place
at 1:30 p.m.; tickets cost $150.
■ Rabbi Mark Novak will present “Minyan Oneg Shabbat: Jewish Renewal Service,” featuring song, chant, meditation,
story, Torah and a potluck lunch. 10 a.m.
Free. Geneva Room, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW.
■ The Georgetown 5K Race Against
Homelessness (with a 2-kilometer walk as
well) will benefit the Georgetown Ministry
Center’s homelessness programs. 10 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. $20. Red Square, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
■ The National Zoo will unveil its new
“Jewels of Appalachia” exhibit, which
explores the underground world of salamanders. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Reptile
Discovery Center, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW.
■ Metro Washington Financial Planning
Day will feature workshops on subjects
such as budgeting, credit and debt, investing and taxes, as well as one-on-one per-
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sonalized financial advice. 11 a.m. to 4
p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th
St. NW.
■ “Haunted History and Ghost Hunt”
will provide a night of chills and thrills with
an overview of the history of the Mount
Pleasant neighborhood followed by a
hands-on introduction to “paranormal
investigation” techniques, terms and
equipment. 4 to 9 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-6713121.
■ The National Capital Astronomers will
present “Exploring the Sky,” featuring a
night of stargazing through the lens of a
telescope. 7:30 p.m. Free. Military Field
near the Picnic Grove 13 parking lot, Glover Road near Military Road NW. 202-8956070.
Sporting event
■ The Washington Capitals will play the
Carolina Hurricanes. 7 p.m. $34 to $295.
Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000.
Walks and tours
■ Washington Walks’ “Get Local!”
series will feature “Renewing Urban
Renewal,” about the latest wave of development in Southwest. 11 a.m. $15 to $20.
Meet outside the Waterfront Metro station
Metrorail station.
■ The third annual Palisades Village
House Tour will feature nine area homes,
including a Japanese-style residence in a
Zen-like garden
setting and
another that
was one of the
first examples of modernism in D.C. Proceeds will benefit the group’s aging-inplace programs. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $30 to
$35. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4700
Whitehaven Parkway NW. 202-244-3310.
■ “Fall Harvest Tea and House Tour”
will feature a traditional Victorian tea with
scones, sandwiches and desserts in the
1870s Dower House, followed by a guided
tour through the 1816 National Historic
Landmark mansion. 1 to 3 p.m. $30 to
$35. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
■ The third annual Mt. Pleasant
House & Garden Tour to benefit the
Bancroft Elementary School PTO will
feature homes and gardens in the historic
neighborhood. A reception with cocktails
and samples from local restaurants will
follow. 2 to 5 p.m. $30 to $45.
■ A park ranger will lead a hike to Fort
DeRussy. 2:30 p.m. Free. Rock Creek
Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW.
■ Washington Walks will present its
“Capitol Hauntings” tour focusing on
stories of otherworldly visitors on Capitol
Hill. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Meet outside
the Capitol South Metrorail station. The walk will repeat
Oct. 24 and 31.
Sunday, Oct. 18
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■ Local yoga instructor Lauren Jacobs
will present “Sunday Serenity: Yoga in the
East Park.” 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. $5 donation suggested. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q
St. NW.
■ Yoga Activist will present a “Yoga at
Your Library” class. 3:30 p.m. Free. Juanita
E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420
Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.
■ “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine
Band will present a chamber music recital.
2 p.m. Free. Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202433-4011.
■ George Washington University will
present “GW Bands: The Silver Anniversary
Concert.” 2 p.m. $10 to $15. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730
21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
■ The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will perform works by Beethoven and
Brahms. 2 p.m. $36. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic will present “Beginnings and Endings: A Concert of Prayer, Evocation, and
Passion.” 3 p.m. $20; free for ages 18 and
younger. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G
St. NW. 703-799-8229.
■ The Poulenc Trio will perform works
by Glinka,
Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Poulenc. 3:30 p.m.
Free. West Garden Court,
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
■ The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present “The Wesley Hymn Project,” featuring the Chamber Singers. 4
p.m. $20 donation suggested. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church,
3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-244-3669.
■ American cellist Lynn Harrell and pianist Victor Asunción will perform works by
Schumann, Bach, Debussy, Mendelssohn
and Chopin. 4 p.m. $15 to $30; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600
21st St. NW.
■ The Cathedral Choral Society, soprano Danielle Talamantes, tenor Peter Scott
Drakley and bass Kenneth Kellogg will perform Haydn’s “The Creation.” 4 p.m. $25
to $75. Washington National Cathedral,
Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues
■ Violinist Lara Boschkor, violist Soyoung Cho and cellist Zlatomir Fung — three
top winners of the 2015 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players
— will perform works by Brahms, Carter,
Tsintsadze, Penderecki, Enesco, Debussy
and Wieniawski, as well as the world premiere of “Shades of Red” by local composer David Froom. 5 p.m. Free. Church of the
Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave.
NW. 202-441-7678.
■ The Capital City Symphony will present “An American Tale,” featuring danceinspired works by American composers
Charlie Barnett, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. 5 p.m. $15 to $25; free for
ages 16 and younger. Atlas Performing
Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993.
Discussions and lectures
■ Ruth Reichl, former Gourmet editorin-chief, will discuss her memoir “My
Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My
Life.” 10 a.m. Free. Dupont Circle
Freshfarm Market, 20th Street between
Massachusetts Avenue and Hillyer Place
■ Surgeon Mary Neal will discuss her
book “To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s
Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again.” 10:10 a.m.
Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
■ Tom Lewis will discuss his book
“Washington: A History of Our National
City,” at 1 p.m.; and Joy Williams will discuss her book “The Visiting Privilege: New
and Collected Stories,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW.
■ The Prevention of Blindness Society
of Metropolitan Washington and the Sibley
Senior Association will present “Technology
Talk: New Products to Enhance Our Lives,”
featuring Moira Williams of Enhanced
Technology on products for reading, writ-
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and more. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 2, Sibley
Medical Building, 5215 Loughboro Road
NW. 202-364-7602.
■ Malcolm Baker, professor of art history at the University of California at Riverside, will discuss “‘A Hankering for Public
Fame’: Authorship, Celebrity, and the Portrait Bust in Eighteenth-Century Britain.” 2
p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium,
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
■ Ruth Reichl, former Gourmet editorin-chief, will discuss her memoir “My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life,”
at 3 p.m.; and Ricardo Liniers will discuss
his books “Written and Drawn by Henrietta” and “Macanudo #3,” at 6:30 p.m.
Free. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235
Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
■ The launch of the “Women, Arts, and
Social Change” initiative will feature a discussion on “Righting the Balance,” about
the inequality that persists for women artists and what can be done about it. 3 to 8
p.m. $15 to $25; reservations required.
Performance Hall, National Museum of
Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave.
NW. 202-783-7370.
■ James Landry will discuss his book
“Memory Music,” an art project using
overheard conversations from Metro and
city streets. 4 p.m. Free. Upshur Street
Books, 827 Upshur St. NW.
■ The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein
Jewish Literary Festival will open with a
talk by Etgar Keret, author of “The Seven
Good Years: A Memoir.” 7 to 9 p.m. $20 to
$50. Washington DC Jewish Community
Center, 1529 16th St. NW.
■ A Seijun Suzuki retrospective will feature the filmmaker’s 1965 movie “Tattooed Life.” 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium,
Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000.
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■ “Agnès Varda: Ciné-Portraiture” will
feature the 2000 film “The Gleaners and I”
and the 1958 film “Ô saisons, Ô châteaux.” 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and
Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
■ A French film festival will feature the
2011 movie “Le Intouchables.” 4:30 p.m.
Free. Eckles Auditorium, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus,
2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-242-5117.
Performances and readings
■ “Sunday Kind of Love” will feature
emerging and established poets, followed
by an open mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5.
Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021
14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
■ Comedy at the Kennedy Center will
feature D.C. native Seaton Smith with William Troxler as opener. 6 p.m. Free; tickets
distributed in the Family Theater lobby at
5:30 p.m. Family Theater, Kennedy Center.
Special events
■ The Washington DC Performing and
Visual Arts College Fair will offer information on programs in music, dance, theater,
visual arts and graphic design. 1 to 3:30
p.m. Free. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.
■ George Washington University will
host the 13th annual FRIENDS Neighborhood Block Party, featuring local food and
craft vendors, area businesses and institutions, and musical and dance performances. 1 to 4 p.m. Free admission. I Street
between 22nd and 23rd streets NW. 202994-9132.
■ American University’s fourth annual
“Fall for the Arts” event will feature workshops, lectures and merriment to celebrate the arts. 1 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required by Oct. 15. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
Sporting event
■ D.C. United will play the Chicago Fire.
2 p.m. $20 to $55. RFK Stadium, 2400
East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000.
Walks and tours
■ The Dupont Circle Citizens
Association’s 48th annual house tour will
showcase 11 sites, including a pair of
identical side-by-side historic homes with
thoroughly different interiors; an artist’s
home and studio in a former carriage
house; the mansion known as Lincoln
House; and the Heurich House Museum,
the site of the tour’s traditional afternoon
tea. Noon to 5 p.m. $40 to $45.
■ A park ranger will lead a two-mile
“Fall Foliage Stroll” along Rock Creek. 2 to
4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center,
5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
The event will repeat Oct. 25.
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Classes and workshops
■ Yoga teacher Robin Glantz, owner of
Vibrant Health, will lead an “Introduction to
Viniyoga” class. 11 a.m. Free; reservations
requested. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450
Wisconsin Ave. NW. [email protected]
The class will also be offered Oct. 26.
■ Housing Counseling Services Inc. will
present a Veterans Resource Workshop on
searching for affordable housing, budgeting, credit repair and tenant rights. Free;
reservations requested. Suite 100, 2410
17th St. NW. 202-667-7006.
■ Yoga Activist will present a weekly
yoga class geared toward beginners. 7
p.m. Free. Second-floor meeting room,
Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut
Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. The class will
also be offered Tuesday at 7 p.m.
■ Cartoonist Adam Griffiths will lead a
four-session drawing and storytelling
course (for ages 18 and older). 7 p.m. $60
to $90. Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur
St. NW. The class
will continue Oct. 26, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9.
■ The First Mount Zion Baptist Church
Recording Choir of Dumfries will perform.
6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600.
■ The IPS Singers, a school choir from
London’s Ibstock Place School, will perform sacred choral works. 7 p.m. Free.
Asbury United Methodist Church, 926 11th
St. NW. 202-628-0009.
■ Violinist Johannes Fleischmann and
pianist Philippe Raskin will perform. 7:30
to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International
Court NW.
Discussions and lectures
■ Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld of Prologue D.C. will discuss their public history project using GIS mapping software to document the historical segregation of D.C.’s housing, schools, recreation
facilities and other public venues. Noon.
Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW.
■ Kathleen Ernst will discuss her book
“A Settler’s Year: Pioneer Life Through the
Seasons.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater,
National Archives Building, Constitution
Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW.
■ Mark Tessler, professor of political
science at the University of Michigan and
co-director of the Arab Barometer Survey
project, will discuss his book “Islam and
the Politics in the Middle East: Explaining
the Views of Ordinary Citizens.” Noon to 2
p.m. Free; reservations required. Room
602, Elliott School of International Affairs,
George Washington University, 1957 E St.
■ Malcolm Baker, professor of art history at the University of California at Riverside, will discuss “Exploring the Making of
Portrait Busts Through Digital Technology:
The Case of Roubiliac’s Busts of Alexander
Pope.” 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. West
Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of
Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue
NW. 202-737-4215.
■ The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP will
host a talk by representatives from the
Arts Club of Washington about the club, its
many programs and the historic James
Monroe House. 12:30 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church,
3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900.
■ The Rev. Tomás Halík, 2014 Templeton Prize laureate, will discuss “Spirituality
for the Afternoon of Christianity.” 3 to 4
p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred
Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O
streets NW.
■ The D.C. Public Library-sponsored
Fiction Lover’s Book Club will discuss Sara
Gruen’s “At the Water’s Edge.” 6 p.m. Free.
Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery,
8th and F streets NW. 202-727-1295.
■ Gavin McCrea will discuss his novel
“Mrs. Engels.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
■ The D.C. Department of Consumer
and Regulatory Affairs will present a seminar on “The Regulatory Process for Starting a Small Business.” 6:30 p.m. Free.
Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut
Ave. NW. 202-282-3080.
■ Performance artist Andrea Kleine will
discuss her novel “Calf.” 6:30 p.m. Free.
Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. 202-636-7230.
■ Warren Bernard will discuss his book
“Cartoons for Victory.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St.
NW. 202-726-0856.
■ Anna Bikont will discuss her book
“The Crime and the Silence: Confronting
the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose,
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.
■ Lifelong backpacker and
outdoorsman Michael Martin will discuss
his 400-mile backpacking trek in Iceland.
7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Watha
T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW.
■ Media scholar Sherry Turkle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, will discuss her book “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a
Digital Age.” 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic
Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
■ The Rev. Gary Hall will lead a
discussion of “Lila” by Marilynne Robinson
as part of the monthly “Fiction Fun!”
series. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations
required. Bratenahl House, Washington
National Cathedral, 3525 Woodley Road
NW. [email protected]
■ As part of the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival, authors
David Bezmozgis, Boris Fishman and Lara
Vapnyar — all of whom were born in the
Soviet Union in the 1970s and moved to
North America as part of a wave of Jewish
emigration — will discuss “Replacement
Lives,” about East and West, language and
identity, and the old Russia and new. 7:30
p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201
East Capitol St. SE.
■ The “Marvelous Movie Monday”
series will feature the 1994 Macedonian
film “Before the Rain.” 2 and 6:30 p.m.
Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
■ “Israelis in Berlin” will feature a
screening of the film “Anywhere Else” and
a discussion of the growing Israeli community in the German capital. 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Free; reservations required. Abramson
Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues
■ The “Picturing America” film series
will feature Perce Adlon’s 1987 film “Bagdad Café (Out of Rosenheim).” 6:30 p.m.
$4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW.
■ The Music and Poetry Club will
screen the 2015 film “Love and Mercy,”
starring Bill Camp and Jake Abel. A performance by the Blues Muse ensemble will
follow. 7:30 p.m. Free. St. Mary’s Court,
725 24th St. NW. 202-393-1511.
Performances and readings
■ Piano-playing political satirist Mark
Russell will perform. 7 p.m. $20 to $64.
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 800-9822787.
■ Shakespeare Theatre Company’s
“ReDiscovery” series will feature a reading
of Edward Bond’s “Bingo,” about an older,
conscience-stricken Shakespeare upon his
retirement to Stratford-upon-Avon. 7:30
p.m. Free; reservations required. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-5471122, option 4.
■ The Theater Alliance’s Hothouse New
Play Reading Series will feature Kitty Felde’s “Western & 96th.” A discussion with
the playwright, director and artists will follow. 8 p.m. Free; reservations required.
Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon
Place SE.
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Classes and workshops
■ A yoga instructor will lead a class targeted to seniors. 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260
R St. NW. [email protected]
■ Yoga Activist will present a Vinyasa
flow yoga class. 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260
R St. NW. [email protected]
■ The Jewish Study Center will present
a class on “A Truly Jewish Life in the Military” led by Michael Bloom, national deputy chaplain of the Jewish War Veterans and
chaplain of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. 7 p.m. $15 to
$20; reservations required. National
Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW.
■ As part of the Tuesday Concert
Series, the U.S. Navy Band’s Sea Chanters
ensemble will perform works by Bloch,
Byrd, Whitacre and William Harris. 12:10
p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G
St. NW. 202-347-2635.
■ Soprano Antonella Banaudi and
pianist Marco Rapetti will present works by
Rossini, Berlioz, Ponchielli, Puccini,
Zandonai, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Verdi
at a concert to celebrate Dante Alighieri’s
750th birthday. 6:30 p.m. Free;
reservations required. Auditorium,
Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St.
■ Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge will host
its weekly open mic show. 8 p.m. Free.
Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW.
Discussions and lectures
■ Peter Kuper will discuss his graphic
novel “Ruins,” an exploration of Mexico
through its past and present as encountered by an array of characters. Noon.
Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building,
Library of Congress, 101 Independence
Ave. SE. 202-707-1192.
■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
at American University will present a talk
on “How Corporate Governance Can Save
the World — and Why It Must” by writer,
lawyer and activist investor Nell Minow.
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist
Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202895-4860.
■ A Teen Author Panel will feature Kat
Spears (“Sway”), Robin Talley (“Lies We Tell
Ourselves”), Gareth Hinds (“Macbeth”) and
Ellen Oh (“King”) discussing their writing
process. 1 p.m. Free. Petworth Library,
4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
■ Kids4Peace, the largest interfaith
youth movement in Jerusalem, will present
a discussion on “Voices of Hope From
Jerusalem,” featuring organization leaders
Yakir Englander, Meredith Rothbart, Montaser Amro and Father Josh Thomas. 6 to
8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and
Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
■ Kisioki Moitiko, a Maasai warrior and
organizer, will discuss the unusual project
he manages in which Maasai women of
Tanzania install new stoves and solar electric systems to improve their own lives and
those of their children. 6 to 8 p.m. Free.
Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. 202-636-7230.
■ A Woman’s National Democratic
Club forum on how to become a delegate
to the 2016 Democratic National Convention will feature MaryEva Candon, D.C.
Democratic National Committeewoman;
Yvette Lewis, an at-large member of the
Democratic National Committee; Susan
Swecker, chair of the Virginia Democratic
Party; and Karl Sandstrom, counsel to the
Association of State Democratic Chairs. 6
to 8 p.m. $15; free for club members.
Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526
New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
■ Leonard Pitts Jr. will discuss his novel
“Grant Park.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston
Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St.
NW. 202-387-7638.
■ Zulya Rajabova, a Silk Road educator
and travel expert, will discuss “Along Central Asia’s Silk Road: Culture, Traditions,
History, and Legends.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.
$40 to $50. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100
Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
■ Smithsonian Associates will present
a talk on “Behavior by the Numbers: How
Our Personal Data Exposes Us” by Christian Rudder, co-founder and president of
OkCupid and author of “Dataclysm: Who
We Are When We Think No One’s Looking.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40 to $62. Hill
Country Barbecue Market, 410 7th St. NW.
■ Joe Klein will discuss his book “Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who
Brought Their Mission Home.” 7 p.m. Free.
Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave.
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NW. 202-364-1919.
■ Photographer Patty Hankins will discuss “Taking Great Pictures With Your Cellphone Camera.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations
required. Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th St.
NW. 727-420-6184.
■ David Royle, head of programming
and production at the Smithsonian Channel, will discuss the launch of the HD channel and the creation of innovative natural
history programs. 7 p.m. Free. Forman
Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
■ Historians working on the “Mapping
Segregation in Washington DC” project will
discuss how the city’s racial geography has
been shaped by segregation. 7 p.m. Free.
Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library,
7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.
■ Photographer Robert Cunningham
will discuss his book “Afghanistan: On the
Bounce,” about life for service members in
over 40 units at 15 different bases in
Afghanistan. 7 p.m. Free. Upshur Street
Books, 827 Upshur St. NW.
■ Chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael
Scully will discuss their book “Nopi: The
Cookbook” in conversation with Atlantic
national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg. 7
p.m. $18. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue,
600 I St. NW.
■ The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein
Jewish Literary Festival will feature a talk
by John Klima, author of “The Game Must
Go On: Hank Greenberg, Pete Gray, and
the Great Days of Baseball on the Home
Front in WWII.” 7:30 p.m. $10 to $12.
Washington DC Jewish Community Center,
1529 16th St. NW.
■ “Tuesday Night Movies” will feature
Brad Peyton’s film “San Andreas,” starring
Dwayne Johnson as a hero out to rescue
his daughter after a major earthquake in
California. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin
Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St.
NW. 202-727-0321.
■ The Film and Beer Series will feature
Karel Smyczek’s musical fairy tale “Ruffiano and Sweeteeth.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida
Ave. NW. [email protected]
Performances and readings
■ As part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, the Millennium Stage will
host Allyson Currin’s “The Return to Latin,”
commissioned and developed by Theater
J’s Locally Grown Initiative. 6 p.m. Free.
Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600.
■ Poets Grace Cavalieri and Sue Ellen
Thompson will read a selection of their
works on the theme “Women of Their
Time.” 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282.
■ The Lannan Center author series will
feature readings by poets Tim Seibles and
Patricia Smith. 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal
Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and
O streets NW.
Special events
■ The 57th annual Washington International Horse Show will feature more than
500 of the top national and international
horses and riders competing for the
$125,000 President’s Cup and other prizes. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10:30
p.m. $15 to $60. Verizon Center, 601 F St.
NW. 800-745-3000. The competition will
continue through Oct. 25.
■ Esther Productions Inc., author jonetta rose barras and artists Brittany Nicole
Adams, Joy Jones and Tracie Robinson will
present “The Gift: An Interactive Arts Healing and Reconciliation Project,” a program
for individuals who have experienced a
traumatic loss. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Reeves Municipal Center,
2000 14th St. NW. 202-829-0591.
Wednesday, Oct. 21
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Classes and workshops
■ Gay Cioffi, director of Little Folks
School, and Jane Bandler, a licensed clinical professional counselor, will present a
parenting workshop on “Discipline: A Proactive Approach.” 6 to 8 p.m. $30 to $40.
Little Folks School, 3247 Q St. NW. 202333-6571.
■ Yoga Alliance will present a class. 6
p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522
Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
■ Dexter Sumner will lead a Vinyasa
yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Palisades Library,
4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139.
■ Susan Lowell will lead a tai chi class.
7:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library,
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
■ Mary-Victoria Voutsas and the Greek
Chamber Music Project will perform. 6
p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy
Center. 202-467-4600.
■ Singer-songwriter Katie Hargrove will
perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl
Lounge, 3401 K St. NW.
■ Bud’s Collective, Mountain Ride and
Sam Burchfield will perform. 8:30 p.m.
$10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.
Discussions and lectures
■ The Smithsonian Associates and
International Spy Museum will present a
lecture by Mary Manjikian, associate
dean of the Robertson School of
Government at Regent University, on
“Edward Snowden: The Contractor” as
part of the series “The Men Who Spilled
Secrets: Whistleblowers, Leakers, Heroes,
or Traitors?” 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. $25 to
$35. International Spy Museum, 800 F
St. NW. 202-633-3030.
■ Muriel Atkin, professor of history at
the Elliott School of International Affairs at
George Washington University, will discuss
“Shaping a Tajik Identity Within Soviet Constraints.” Noon. Free. George Washington
University Museum and Textile Museum,
701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
■ Kirk Savage, professor of the history
of art and architecture at the University of
Pittsburgh, will discuss “The Art of the
Name: Soldiers, Graves, and Monuments
in the Aftermath of the Civil War.” 4:30
p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall,
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
■ Deborah K. Jones, U.S. ambassador
to Libya and a career member of the
Senior Foreign Service, will discuss “Libya:
Failed or Recovering State?” 6 to 7:15 p.m.
Free; reservations required. Room 602,
Elliott School of International Affairs,
George Washington University, 1957 E St.
■ Bill Clegg will discuss his novel “Did
You Ever Have a Family.” 6:30 p.m. Free.
Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. 202-636-7230.
■ David Locke Hall will discuss his
book “CRACK99: The Takedown of a $100
Million Chinese Software Pirate.” 6:30 p.m.
Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe,
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3871400.
■ Orthopedic surgeon Marc D. Connell
will discuss “Knee Preservation, Reconstruction and Replacement: Current Concepts and Techniques.” 6:30 p.m. Free;
reservations required. Conference Room 2,
Sibley Medical Office Building, 5215
Loughboro Road NW. 202-660-6683.
■ D.C.-based architect Suzane Reatig,
author of “A Clear View: How Glass Buildings in the Inner City Transformed a Neighborhood,” will discuss how her firm’s
designs have addressed the changing
needs of city dwellers. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12
to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F
St. NW. 202-272-2448.
■ Daniel Rothbart and Karina Korostelina of the George Mason University School
for Conflict Analysis and Resolution will discuss “Resolving Violent Conflicts.” 6:45 to
8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030.
■ Diana Nyad will discuss her book
“Find a Way: One Wild and Precious Life.”
7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
■ A panel discussion on “FDR and the
Holocaust: A New Appraisal” will feature
Jay Winik, author of “1944: FDR and the
Year That Changed History”; Peter Baker,
chief White House correspondent for The
New York Times; Richard Breitman, professor emeritus of history at American University; and moderator Edna Friedberg, historian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100
Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. 202-4880460.
■ The University of the District of
Columbia’s “JAZZforum” will feature a talk
by musician and educator Robert “Bobby”
Felder on his 23-year tenure as director of
instrumental music at UDC. 7 p.m. Free.
Recital Hall, Building 46-West, University of
the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut
Ave. NW. 202-274-5803.
■ “District of Change: D.C. Utopia” —
about visionary plans for the city — will feature Julian Hunt, founder of the Dupont
Underground; Andy Shallal, artist, social
entrepreneur and founder of Busboys and
Poets; and Jair Lynch, Olympic medalist
and founder of Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library,
901 G St. NW.
■ Steve Knopper will discuss his book
“MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson,” a
panoramic, vivid portrait of the King of Pop
and his influence in music, dance and
popular culture. 7 p.m. Free. Upshur Street
Books, 827 Upshur St. NW.
■ The D.C. Public Library’s “Books &
Bars” modern-day book club will discuss
“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. 7
p.m. Free; reservations requested. Gordon
Biersch Brewery, 900 F St. NW.
[email protected]
■ Sloane Crosley will discuss her novel
“The Clasp.” 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic
Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
■ As part of the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival, the Lisner
Auditorium will host a talk by Michael Pollan, author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,”
“Cooked,” “In Defense of Food” and “The
Botany of Desire.” 8 p.m. $40. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730
21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
■ The Italian Cultural Institute and the
Library of Congress will present selections
from the documentary series “Great
Conversations in Music.” 6:30 p.m. Free;
reservations required. Auditorium,
Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 31
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