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Committee                                               HANSEL & GRETEL                                                       Council approves bill
plants seed for                                                                                                               to revamp ethics rules
more gardens                                                                                                                  ■ Legislation: Amendment
                                                                                                                                                                       lates the public trust.”
                                                                                                                                                                           The meat of the bill, stitched
Current Staff Writer
                                                                                                                              will allow member’s expulsion            together by Ward 4 member Muriel
                                                                                                                                                                       Bowser, is establishment of an inde-
                                                                                                                              By ELIZABETH WIENER                      pendent Board of Ethics and
    Ideas for increasing the number                                                                                           Current Staff Writer                     Government Accountability to
of community gardens in the District                                                                                                                                   investigate ethics violations, enforce
— and diminishing obstacles to cre-                                                                                               The D.C. Council wound up            a code of conduct and study further
ating them — came out of a hearing                                                                                            work on a 221-page ethics reform         changes to city law. The bill also
last week hosted by Ward 6 D.C.                                                                                               package Tuesday, with intense            strengthens many disclosure and
Council member Tommy Wells,                                                                                                   debate about constituent service         recusal requirements, and gives the
who chairs the committee with over-                                                                                           funds, bundling of corporate con-        D.C. attorney general power to pros-
sight of parks and recreation.                                                                                                tributions, and council members’         ecute violations of ethics laws.
    The Dec. 14 roundtable, which                                                                                             outside employment. But, in the              But council members, stung by a
lasted nearly six hours, attracted                                                                                            end, the only major change to the        series of scandals and accusations of
more than 40 witnesses eager to                                                                                               version approved two weeks ago           misconduct over the past year,
testify about the benefits and chal-                                                                                          would allow the council to expel a       offered nearly a dozen amendments
lenges of urban gardening.                                                                                                    member who “significantly vio-                           See Ethics/Page 31
    Witnesses said gardens can
resolve multiple city issues at once
— by making productive use of
vacant lots, for example — and
                                                                                                                              Panel raises affordability
                                                                                                                              issues at West End project
pointed to benefits like increased in-
demand local food options and edu-
cational opportunities about healthy
    They also talked about ways the
city can remove barriers and ease the                                                                                         ■ Development: Company
creation of community gardens.                                                                  Bill Petros/The Current       seeks waiver on housing rule
    Wells and others said the District       The Embassy of Germany presented an abbreviated version of
should identify a single city agency                                                                                          By BRADY HOLT
to take the lead on creating commu-
                                             Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel” on Monday                      Current Staff Writer
nity gardens, which was recom-               evening at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
              See Gardens/Page 31                                                                                                 Despite widespread enthusiasm
                                                                                                                              over the architecture, some D.C.

Preservation, safety clash at area firehouses
                                                                                                                              Zoning Commission members
                                                                                                                              expressed concerns about a pro-
                                                                                                                              posed West End development’s lack
                                                                                                                              of designated affordable housing                     Bill Petros/Current File Photo
By ELIZABETH WIENER                                                                for diesel emissions, requiring filters    units at a hearing on the project        EastBanc would build a new
Current Staff Writer                                                               and other equipment that add to the        Monday.                                  library and fire station as part of
                                                                                   width and length of emergency vehi-            EastBanc has already spent years     the project.
    As some of the District’s oldest                                               cles. A fire truck that meets the latest   securing various approvals from
firehouses prepare for renovation,                                                 standards would have only about 3          community organizations and                  Development on the two sites is
city fire and preservation officials                                               inches of clearance on each side           District government agencies on          part of an arrangement EastBanc
face an unhappy choice: If the his-                                                rushing out of the Cleveland Park          plans to construct apartment build-      orchestrated with the Office of the
toric facades are preserved, the vehi-                                             fire station on an emergency call,         ings on two sites: the parcel housing    Deputy Mayor for Planning and
cle doors won’t be wide enough to                                                  according to the Fire and Emergency        the West End Neighborhood Library        Economic        Development:       In
safely accommodate modern fire                                                     Medical Services Department.               and an adjacent police facility, and a   exchange for permission to build on
engines and ambulances.                                  Bill Petros/The Current       Fire officials want to get the         nearby lot housing a fire station.       the city-owned sites in the 2300
    The door-widening dilemma             The issue over door size may             doors at Cleveland Park and other              The firm must now get further        block of L Street and at 22nd and M
could complicate modernization            recur at the G Street station.           historic stations widened to 12 feet.      permission because it has proposed a     streets, the company will incorporate
efforts at Engine Co. 23 on Dent                                                   But it appears that city preservation      taller building for the library site     a new fire house and library into its
Place in Georgetown, the Foggy            equipment from the early 20th cen-       law requires the Historic Preservation     than its zoning allows. EastBanc is      buildings.
Bottom station at 2119 G St., and         tury or even from the era of horse-      Review Board to say no, then refer         also asking the Zoning Commission            The proposed L Street building’s
several other stations around the city,   drawn fire trucks.                       the matter to the Mayor’s Agent for        to waive the city’s Inclusionary         unique design of interspersed pro-
fire officials said. The buildings are        But in 2010 the U.S.                 Historic Preservation, an administra-      Zoning rule requiring that 8 percent     jections and regressions has won
either landmarked or in historic dis-     Environmental Protection Agency          tive law judge who could consider          of new housing units be below mar-       praise from many residents and offi-
tricts, with vehicle bays suitable for    finished phasing in tighter standards               See Firehouses/Page 20          ket rate.                                               See West End/Page 5

                       NEWS                                         EVENTS                                                PASSAGES                                              INDEX
   ■ Prospective bidders                              ■ Ensemble to stage                                  ■ Beats and books:                                  Business/7                Opinion/8
   tour Stevens School                                comedic ‘Romeo and                                   Local band helps teens                              Calendar/22               Passages/13
   site in West End. Page 2.                          Juliet.’ Page 24.                                    produce music in                                    Classifieds/30            Police Report/6
                                                                                                                                                               District Digest/4         Real Estate/19
   ■ WMATA reduces time                               ■ Exhibition celebrates                              recording studio at                                 Exhibits/24               School Dispatches/14
   span for Dupont Metro                              American printmaking.                                Martin Luther King Jr.                              Foggy Bottom News/11      Service Directory/26
   work. Page 3.                                      Page 24.                                             Memorial Library. Page 13.                          In Your Neighborhood/18   Theater/24
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    AU Park resident kicks off new soccer league Prospective bidders get tour
    Current Correspondent
                                                 of Stevens Elementary parcel
                                                                  With the right coaches, he said, kids respond and
                                                              learn better. DC Youth Futbol Club, also a nonprofit,
                                                              is working hard to put the right coaches in place.           By BRADY HOLT
       For Mitch Dubensky, it’s not about creating the            The club plans to hold games on Sundays, rare in         Current Staff Writer
    next soccer star. Instead, Dubensky sees the DC           an area where Saturdays are typical game days. It will
    Youth Futbol Club, a league he recently founded, as       make it easier for families, Dubensky said, noting               Armed with floor plans, digital
    a way of teaching kids life lessons.                      that the league has received “very favorable reac-           cameras and business cards, dozens
       Soccer “is a metaphor for life and will help one       tions” from parents in the soccer community to the           of prospective occupants and devel-
    succeed in whatever profession is chosen,” the            choice of game day.                                          opers of the former Stevens
    American University Park resident said.                       Games will be played mainly in wards 2, 3 and 4,         Elementary School site toured the
       And he would know. As a former collegiate and          but the league hopes to recruit players from across the      vacant building last week to evaluate
    semi-professional soccer player, Dubensky applied         District. “We hope all wards will be represented and         its condition and meet potential                            Bill Petros/The Current
    many of the skills he learned in soccer to a successful   strongly encourage participation from those parts of         development partners.                      The city wants a developer to
    career. But after 25 years working in government and      the city that will benefit from professional-level soc-          The District hopes to sell the         fund renovations to the school.
    private-sector jobs, he has decided to get back in the    cer training,” Dubensky said.                                1050 21st St. NW property, which
    game.                                                         The club is working on a partnership with the            includes the four-level school build-      Current’s deadline, officials said
       In 2008, the former player founded the District-       D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to bring in          ing and its L Street playground.           more than 100 people had regis-
    based First Touch Soccer, a nonprofit that specializes    children from across the city who otherwise might            Officials envision a commercial            tered, and it was evident turnout was
    in soccer camps and clinics. Since then, Dubensky         not participate, Dubensky said. He noted that scholar-       developer building on part of the          high.
    said, he has learned a formula for creating a positive    ships are available for those players who demonstrate        property and using profits from that           Many attendees said they weren’t
    soccer experience for children, which he will apply to    need, and registration and contact information can be        project to renovate the school for a       ready to share overall feedback on
    the new DC Youth Futbol Club.                             found at                              new educational user.                      the building, but it’s clear the former
       This starts with coaching. “You can hire the best          Dubensky said starting a soccer league has been a            The requirement to improve the         school has seen better days. Paint
    soccer player in the world, but if he can’t communi-      dream of his for some time. “It’s our passion,” he said      vacant Stevens building, whose             has peeled off many walls, and
    cate with the kids and he can’t interact with the kids    of the coaching staff and the founding members of            exterior has historic protections,         numerous ceiling tiles have disinte-
    and the kids don’t take an interest, it creates prob-     DC Youth Futbol Club. “My wife says it’s illegal that        didn’t dim interest in last week’s         grated, littering the floors. Some
    lems,” Dubensky said.                                     I should be this happy.”                                     event. Although a final count of the       commented on the skimpy bath-
                                                                                                                           attendees wasn’t available by The                         See Stevens/Page 5

                                                                                  Georgetown group to install camera system
                                                                                  By KATIE PEARCE                          database, Altemus said.                    of N Street, helped jump-start the
                                                                                  Current Staff Writer                        The citizens group is still decid-      pilot program there in 2006.
                                                                                                                           ing on locations. So far, one camera           Following a citywide crime spike
                                                                                      A suite of security cameras will     has been installed as a test on the        that summer, which included a high-
                                                                                  be installed on residential streets in   3100 block of N Street — also the          profile violent murder on Q Street
                                                                                  Georgetown, following success of a       area where a pilot security camera         NW, Georgetowners got together to
                                                                                  pilot program and recent price drops     program was launched in 2006.              brainstorm their own solutions. “We
                                                                                  in the technology.                          The Georgetown business com-            had big meetings on the subject …
                                                                                      The Citizens Association of          munity is also eyeing the technolo-        [about] the armed robberies and
                                                                                  Georgetown has raised funds to           gy, according to Edward Dent, who          murders,” Dent said.
                                                                                  mount 10 cameras throughout the          serves on safety committees for the            Dent, who had experience with
                                                                                  neighborhood, with three expected        Georgetown Business Association            digital cameras, orchestrated the
                                                                                  to go in place in January, according     and the Georgetown Business                installation of three on his block.
                                                                                  to group president Jennifer Altemus.     Improvement District, as well as for       Most residents on the block chipped
                                                                                      “We hope that it will be a deter-    the citizens association.                  in about $400 each to fund the cam-
                                                                                  rent in the neighborhood and that           The business groups “whole-             eras, which cost around $11,500
                                                                                  we’ll catch people,” she said.           heartedly support it; it’s just a matter   apiece, he said.
                                                                                      The cameras, which can capture       of the money,” said Dent. He pre-              The camera technology was dif-
                                                                                  details like facial features and car     dicted that there could be firm prog-      ferent then — not only was it mark-
                                                                                  license-tag numbers, stream footage      ress on that front next month.             edly more expensive than it is today,
                                                                                  to a password-protected Internet            Dent, who lives in the 3100 block                    See Cameras/Page 10

                                                                                  AU Tenley plan proceeds with less opposition
                                                                                  By BRADY HOLT                                                   campus, and holding off on constructing new buildings
                                                                                  Current Staff Writer                                            near Yuma Street for at least 20 years.
                                                                                                                                                      Some neighborhood groups remain concerned, how-
                                                                                      Hearings on American University’s plan to redevelop         ever, that a 2,000-student law school with buildings
                                                                                  its Tenley Campus wrapped up Dec. 1, marked by a                standing up to 63 feet high will be out of character with
                                                                                  steady decrease in neighborhood opposition.                     their nearby single-family homes. Some also fear the
                                                                                      Neither of the advisory neighborhood commissions            project will further clog area streets, despite the univer-
                                                                                  nearest to the campus is opposing efforts to bring the          sity’s promised mitigation and the proximity to a Metro
                                                                                  school’s Washington College of Law to the Tenley Circle         station — concerns that have also been voiced by some
                                                                                  property, and another community group last month with-          zoning commissioners.
                                                                                  drew its opposition from the Zoning Commission pro-                 “We’ve been involved in these negotiations for so
                                                                                  ceedings.                                                       long that 2,000 has become a reasonable-sounding num-
                                                                                      “Over the past two and one half years, the plan has         ber,” testified Judy Chesser, on behalf of the Tenley
                                                                                  evolved, we have made significant changes based on              Neighbors Association, a group that remains opposed to
                                                                                  extensive dialogue with the community, and we await             the plan. “But previously, the cap imposed for use at this
                                                                                  the outcome following Zoning Commission delibera-               site was only 700 people.”
                                                                                  tion,” the university’s David Taylor wrote in a statement           The Spring Valley/Wesley Heights advisory neigh-
                                                                                  to The Current.                                                 borhood commission — which represents neighbors of
                                                                                      In November, the day before the first Tenley Campus         American University’s main campus and the existing
                                                                                  hearing, the university agreed to 14 conditions in              law school site at 4801 Massachusetts Ave. — also
                                                                                  exchange for non-objection from the Tenley Campus               opposes the Tenley Campus plans, which it fears will
                                                                                  Neighbors Association. The school’s promises included           disrupt traffic throughout the area.
                                                                                  funding traffic calming, stiffening enforcement against             In his statement, Taylor said the university has
                                                                                  drivers who park on neighborhood streets to access the                                               See Tenley/Page 10
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Board OKs alcohol but no late hours at Heritage India after deadly brawl
By BRADY HOLT                                           At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Dupont          Separately, Ward 1 member Jim Graham has          promoters coming in, you have to be careful,
Current Staff Writer                                 Circle advisory neighborhood commission,              launched a working group to consider possible     and it looks like people aren’t doing so.”
                                                     members said that while they would have liked         updates to D.C. liquor laws, and the Dupont           Under Evans’ bill, the Alcoholic Beverage
    Three and a half weeks after one of its          a chance to weigh in during the alcohol board’s       neighborhood commission is considering a          Regulation Administration would craft and
patrons died and five others were injured in a       proceedings, they appreciate the outcome.             more active role in reporting issues with local   enforce rules governing event promoters,
late-night brawl, Heritage India in Dupont           “We should give support where it’s due to             establishments.                                   which would need a city license to operate.
Circle expects to resume alcohol service today       show we support tough action against bad                 “We’re the first line of defense,” commis-     Further, the bill would require establishments
under strict new operating conditions.               actors. … We encourage them to deal with              sioner Jack Jacobson said at last Wednesday’s     with promoted events to hire Metropolitan
    The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board             other bad actors with similar vigilance,” said        meeting. “I think we need to work as a body to    Police Department officers to provide security.
ruled last week that the establishment, located      commissioner Kevin O’Connor.                          be more representative of the problems that we        Uniformed police officers help deter a fight
at 1337 Connecticut Ave., should be allowed to          Residents and city officials are considering       see.”                                             from escalating, and can step in to make arrests
continue to operate as a restaurant but can no       how to prevent future violence at D.C. night-            “We all knew this was going to happen          as needed, said Evans. “If you had had police
longer offer live entertainment or stay open         clubs. Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack                sometime,” Council member Evans said at the       officers out there [at Heritage India], it might
after midnight. As part of the Dec. 13 order,        Evans has introduced legislation to regulate          Dupont commission meeting, referring to the       have made a difference,” he said.
Heritage India was also required to submit an        event promoters and to require some establish-        area’s often-rowdy late-night behavior. “We           In the Nov. 27 incident, patrons inside
updated security plan to the board.                  ments to fund a police presence at their events.      like to have nightlife, but when you have the                               See License/Page 5

Dupont south entrance to close in February
Current Staff Writer

   A planned replacement of the Dupont Metro station’s
south entrance escalators will take less time than origi-
nally believed, but the entrance will still have to close for
8.5 months, according to the project’s manager.
   Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
representatives discussed the $12 million project at last
Wednesday’s Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood
commission meeting. The agency said that it intends to
demolish and rebuild the three 19th Street escalators —
which it has called among the worst in the Metrorail
system — but that there isn’t room to keep the entrance                                               Bill Petros/The Current
open during construction.                                       The transit agency will close the south Dupont
   The entrance is now set to close Feb. 1 to accommo-          Metro entrance for 8.5 months rather than a year.
date the task, according to Kenneth Spain, project man-
ager for Metro’s “Red Line Rehabilitation” effort. When         work overnight and on weekends, he said. “We under-
Metro officials first announced in September that they          stand this needs to be done fast,” said Spain. “We intend
planned to close the entrance, they estimated the work          to get out there and get this thing done as fast as we can.”
would take a year.                                                  In an interview in October, Metro spokesperson Dan
   “After we realized the impacts from this, we worked          Stessel said most escalator replacements can re-use some
to get it down to 10 months,” Spain said. “[Metro offi-         existing equipment — but not so for the Dupont south
cials] came back and said, ‘No, that’s still not good           entrance. There, the third escalator was retrofitted into a
enough. See what else you can do.’”                             space designed for only two, and replacement parts are
   To achieve the 8.5-month schedule, Metro will often                                                See Metro/Page 10

City planners aim to boost 14th St. corridor
By DEIRDRE BANNON                         street lighting and a call for restau-     posal is to establish an arts district on
Current Staff Writer                      rants to incorporate sidewalk cafes        the east side of 14th Street by
                                          during warmer weather.                     Kennedy Street, which could include
    A D.C. Office of Planning study           The recommendations also               studio space for artists and public
of ways to improve a portion of the       include redeveloping a number of           areas for artists to display their work.
14th Street commercial corridor is        existing properties along the corri-       Renowned local artist Sam Gilliam
nearly complete, and its findings will    dor.                                       relocated his studio and gallery to
be ready for a monthlong public               Washington-Stern said one site         14th and Longfellow streets last
review starting Dec. 30.                  identified for possible redevelop-         year.
    The Planning Office assessed a        ment is the Washington Metropolitan            Washington-Stern called the cre-
1.8-mile stretch of 14th Street —         Area Transit Authority bus barn,           ation of the arts community “a criti-
from Spring Road in the south to          which houses nearly 200 buses on           cal component of the larger arts/cre-
Madison Street in the north — start-      14th Street between Webster and            ative cluster goal for this commer-
ing last year to identify ways to         Decatur.                                   cial area.”
enhance economic growth and                   Her office is recommending a               Other sites identified for possible
improve the streetscape.                  phased redevelopment of the site: a        redevelopment include the former
    The agency has started to present     five-year plan in which small busi-        C&K Hotel at Quincy Street, where
its recommendations to area neigh-        nesses line the facade of the historic     the Planning Office is recommend-
borhood commissions and commu-            building, and a 10-year plan that          ing 10 to 15 residential units and
nity organizations, and chief of staff    could include bringing in a larger         3,000 square feet of non-retail com-
Tanya Washington-Stern shared             retailer or institution as part of a       mercial space, as well as the
some of the findings with The             mixed-use project.                         Children’s Medical Care Center site
Current this week.                            “WMATA still owns the 14th             at Kennedy Street, where 30 residen-
    Called the “14th Street Corridor      Street bus barn and any redevelop-         tial units and 10,000 square feet of
Vision and Revitalization Strategy,”      ment will depend on the relocation         commercial space are proposed.
the study yielded recommendations         of the existing bus garage service, or         The report identifies three sec-
including safety improvements for         a co-location opportunity,” she wrote      tions, or “nodes,” as the Office of
pedestrians, such as curb extensions      in an email to The Current.                Planning calls them, of 14th Street,
and restriped crosswalks, as well as          Other recommendations include          and highlights each area’s unique
aesthetic improvements such as            creating more public community             needs. The section of the corridor
landscaping for tree boxes, enhanced      spaces along the corridor. One pro-                            See Study/Page 5
4     wedNesday, deCember 21, 2011                                                              The CurreNT

                                                                            District Digest
U Street’s Lincoln to                      up to $6,000 from major employers        deemed “contributing” to historic         SoberRide has served nearly 53,000

show ‘Dragon Tattoo’
                                           to employees who buy a house in
                                           the District near transit or their
                                                                                    districts. “Yet many longtime and
                                                                                    new residents don’t know” that they
                                                                                                                              customers since 1993, including
                                                                                                                              2,530 in 2010, the release states. To
                                                                                                                                                                                                The weeks ahead
    Mayor Vincent Gray yesterday           place of work. The city has commit-      must win approval from the city           request a free taxi ride — up to a                                Thursday, Jan. 5
announced a four-week partnership          ted $200,000 to fund the pilot proj-     preservation office or Historic           $30 fare — revelers 21 and older                                       The National Capital Planning
that is bringing the new film “The         ect, according to the release.           Preservation Review Board before          can call 1-800-200-TAXI.                                          Commission will hold its monthly
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” to U              Officials say the program will       making exterior alterations, said                                                                           meeting, which will include a presen-
Street’s historic Lincoln Theatre.
    Financial difficulties at the city-
                                           examine the ways employees bene-
                                           fit from living closer to their jobs,
                                                                                    Ward 6 member Tommy Wells,
                                                                                    who chairs the committee that over-
                                                                                                                              Bill would update                                                 tation on the Vietnam Veterans
                                                                                                                                                                                                Memorial Education Center. The
owned landmark led city officials to       such as reduced commute times. It        sees historic preservation.               District’s taxi fleet                                             meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. at
pursue a new course in recent              will also document benefits to D.C.         Wells said notices could be                A new bill aims to provide                                    the commission’s offices, Suite 500,
months. Effective Jan. 1, oversight        and region, such as reduced conges-      drafted by the city Office of             grants and loans to help taxi drivers                             401 9th St. NW.
of the 1215 U St. theater will trans-      tion and improved air quality.           Planning and sent out with tax bills.     buy newer, environmentally friend-
fer from the U Street Theatre                                                       The bill will get its first vote at the   ly and visually distinctive cabs, and                             Monday, Jan. 9
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The D.C. Council Committee on
Foundation to the D.C. Commission
on Arts and the Humanities.
                                           Evans introduces bill                    council’s Jan. 4 meeting.                 outfit them with new payment and
                                                                                                                              tracking technology.                                              Finance and Revenue will hold a
    The agency’s plans include hir-        to shift D.C. deposits Metro announces                                                 On Monday, Ward 3 D.C.                                        public hearing on the Age-in-Place
                                                                                                                                                                                                and Equitable Senior Citizens Real
ing a new executive director and              In a bid to benefit both small                                                  Council member Mary Cheh and
creating a “long-term sustainable          businesses and local banks, Ward 2 holiday operations                              Ward 6 member Tommy Wells
                                                                                                                                                                                                Property Act. The hearing will begin
                                                                                                                                                                                                at 10 a.m. in Room 412 of the John
business model,” according to a city       D.C. Council member Jack Evans               Extra Metrorail trains will           introduced the amendment to the                                   A. Wilson Building, 1350
news release.                              proposed Tuesday that the District       accommodate riders who leave              1985 law that established the D.C.                                Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
    In the meantime, the theater will      government deposit more funds in         work early on the Friday afternoons       Taxicab Commission. Mayor
host “The Girl With the Dragon             community banks that pledge to           of Dec. 23 and Dec. 30, according         Vincent Gray also backs the bill.
Tattoo” — the cinematic adaptation         lend to small businesses in the city.    to a news release from the                    Among the proposed changes
of the best-selling murder mystery             His bill would restrict the depos-   Washington Metropolitan Area              are the establishment of a uniform                             William Edmund Barrett, and an
by Stieg Larsson — through mid-            its to banks with at least five          Transit Authority.                        color for D.C. taxis, mandated glob-                           1820s receipt for a dog-licensing
January thanks to a partnership with       branches in the city and total assets        Additionally, Metro has modi-         al positioning devices and accep-                              fee, the release says.
Landmark Theatres. Officials               between $250 million and $5 bil-         fied its normal schedules for Dec.        tance of electronic payment,                                       Now the Historical Society will
described the booking as “one of           lion. Each would have to lend dou-       26 and Jan. 2 — the federal holi-         increased wheelchair accessibility                             display the collection at the
the first ventures” the new setup          ble the District government’s depos-     days for Christmas and New Years.         and more driver training. Under the                            Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon
will bring to the Lincoln Theatre.         it to small business.                    On each of those Mondays, buses           bill, a surcharge to passengers                                Square, according to the release.
                                               “Now we put most of our money        will run on their Sunday schedules        would help fund these updates, and                             Portions of the catalog are available
AU receives grant for                      in the Bank of America in New
                                           York, so it doesn’t do us any good,”
                                                                                    and trains will run from 7 a.m. to
                                                                                    midnight, the release states; all
                                                                                                                              the city would have the authority to
                                                                                                                              limit the number of taxicab licenses.

‘live near work’ effort                    Evans said. The entire council co-       other days will have normal service.
                                                                                                                                                                                             Trim Pepco increase,
    American University has                sponsored the bill, which will be up
                                                                                                                              Historical Society to                                          people’s counsel says
received a $60,000 grant as one of
the first two employers participating
                                           for a vote next year.
                                                                                    ‘SoberRide’ program                       get D.C. collection                                                Pepco should be allowed to
in the D.C. government’s “Live             Bill would provide                       offers free taxi rides                       The Historical Society of                                   increase rates by no more than $8
Near Your Work” initiative, accord-                                                    Through Dec. 31, “would-be             Washington, D.C., has received a                               million — instead of the $42 mil-
ing to a city news release.                historic notifications                   drunk drivers” can get a free taxi        collection of more than 4,000 pho-                             lion it is requesting — due to the
    Mayor Vincent Gray announced               Residents in historic districts      ride between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. as        tos and other items depicting D.C.                             company’s unreliable service, D.C.
the program’s official debut yester-       would get full notice of building        part of an annual program to help         history from 1791 through the mid-                             People’s Counsel Sandra
day during an event at Gallaudet           restrictions and the steps required to   prevent alcohol-related traffic acci-     dle of the 20th century.                                       Mattavous-Frye testified last
University, which also received a          alter their property under legislation   dents, according to a news release           According to a news release                                 Wednesday, according to a news
$60,000 grant as the other initial         moving through the D.C. Council.         from the Washington Regional              from Kiplinger Washington Editors                              release from her office.
participant.                                   The District has some 25,000         Alcohol Program.                          Inc., journalist W.M. Kiplinger                                    “This is Pepco’s third request in
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LICENSE                                    and 3 a.m. weekends) or the “enter-
                                           tainment endorsement” that allows
                                                                                     when alcohol service was not avail-
                                                                                     able, and states that it will reopen its    WEST END                                  company hosted or attended with
                                                                                                                                                                           neighbors. A big change, he said,
From Page 3                                live music.                               bar and once again serve wine, beer         From Page 1                               was to have fewer but larger units
                                               But it is permitted to reopen its     and cocktails with meals starting                                                     that would be too expensive for
Heritage India were ejected at 2:30        bar and serve drinks with meals after     today.                                      cials.                                    George Washington University stu-
a.m. after a fight. The fight contin-      having reopened without alcohol               Also at last Wednesday’s neigh-             But the economic development          dents.
ued in the street, where six people        service Dec. 2, according to the res-     borhood commission meeting, com-            office, the Office of Planning and            The customers who do move
— all Maryland residents — were            taurant’s blog.                           missioner Mike Silverstein, who             EastBanc told the commission              there, though, will demand more
shot or stabbed, and a 34-year-old             Andrew Kline, Heritage India’s        also serves on the alcohol board,           Monday that the company would             parking than residents of other build-
man died of his injuries.                  non-attorney representative in the        responded to concerns that the board        need to sell all its planned 164 units    ing types, Lanier added. EastBanc’s
   In response, Police Chief Cathy         alcohol board proceedings, didn’t         is too hesitant to revoke licenses of       at the library site as market-rate con-   proposal to construct 1.5 parking
Lanier ordered an emergency                respond to messages. But according        troublesome establishments. He              dominiums to afford the estimated         spaces per unit drew strong objec-
96-hour shutdown of the establish-         to The Washington Times, he               would like to see hearings involving        $20 million in city projects.             tions from the D.C. Department of
ment and recommended that its              acknowledged at last week’s hearing       violence fast-tracked, he said, but             “I’m aware that this is a difficult   Transportation and the Office of
liquor license be revoked altogether,      that there had been late-night issues     there’s only so much the board can          decision, but the District is in very     Planning. “There is a wealth of
according to the alcohol board’s           at the restaurant. “If this establish-    do in many cases.                           difficult financial times,” testified     options down in this particular area
order.                                     ment returns to its roots as an Indian        “Shutting a place down because          Matthew Troy of the economic              of the city for mass transit,” the
   The board then suspended the            restaurant, there aren’t going to be      someone might get beat up is a              development office. “If we are in a       Transportation Department’s Jeff
liquor license pending a full review,      any issues,” Kline said, according to     pretty hard thing to do,” Silverstein       position to provide the community         Jennings testified.
which determined Heritage India            the Times.                                said. “Anything we do can be                with a new library and a new fire             EastBanc responded that resi-
should not keep its “full legal hours”         On its blog, Heritage India thanks    appealed to the D.C. Court of               station — both of which are sorely        dents may want to own a car even if
(operating until 2 a.m. weeknights         regular patrons who dined there           Appeals, and they often are.”               needed — without having to cover          they don’t drive it regularly, or have
                                                                                                                                 any of the costs, then I think asking     an available parking space as an

STUDY                                                                                                                            for the waiver is the right thing to
                                                                                                                                     Some zoning commissioners,
                                                                                                                                                                           amenity to offer prospective buyers
                                                                                                                                                                           when they move. The company’s
From Page 3                                                                                                                                                                traffic study projected only a slight
                                                                                                                                 though, weren’t entirely convinced.       impact on nearby streets.
closest to Spring Road is more densely commercial than                                                                           Marcie Cohen, a longtime advocate             Commissioners also raised con-
the residential areas to the north, and thus the response to                                                                     for affordable housing, said the pro-     cerns about the planned penthouse
enhance each section varies. Still, the goal is to expand                                                                        posed high-end project wouldn’t be        structure, which would house
economic growth throughout the entire corridor and to                                                                            accessible to, for instance, librarians   mechanical equipment and a recre-
strengthen its cohesion by improving and unifying the                                                                            at the new West End library. “They’ll     ation room. The penthouse is too
streetscape.                                                                                                                     never be able to afford the condo         big, and the design of the building
    Taalib-Din Uqdah, founder and president of the 14th                                                                          prices here,” she said.                   makes it too visible from the street,
Street Uptown Business Association and owner of 14th                                            Bill Petros/Current File Photo       EastBanc originally said it would     said some commissioners. The
Street hair-care boutique Cornrows & Co., has been a            The plan calls for the redevelopment of Metro’s                  designate affordable housing in its       Planning Office pledged to work
small-business owner in the District for more than 30           Northern Bus Garage parcel on 14th Street.                       fire station project for the broader      with EastBanc on the roof structure
years. He is particularly eager to see zoning changes                                                                            “planned-unit development.” That          before the hearing continues Jan. 5.
enacted that would increase the allowable square footage            “If you go to Bethesda or Chevy Chase, the commer-           site does not require specific relief         “That’s not to be interpreted that
for commercial spaces along upper 14th Street.                  cial area looks nicer — their trees are lit at night, their      from zoning rules. But the company        we don’t support the redevelopment
    “Residents say they want an organic market and more         streets are clean. You can see that working to make the          now says it can’t afford to make that     of that site and the provision of a
restaurants, but the current density doesn’t offer it,”         street look better will help businesses,” Uqdah said. “It’s      commitment.                               new library and fire station,” the
Uqdah said. He added that if the city allowed an increase       about facade improvement, and sometimes all someone                  “We believe we understand the         office’s Jennifer Steingasser added,
in commercial square footage, the value of commercial           needs is new glass or a new door.”                               market as well as anybody, and we         referring to the proposed parking
property would rise, creating more tax revenue for the              The Office of Planning’s recommendations will be             believe we have proposed a project        and penthouse.
city, which he called a “win-win for everyone.”                 available for public comment through the end of January.         that adds as much value to the                When the hearing continues, the
    Uqdah, who wants to see improvements in the area            The office will then revise its proposal and submit it to        District as we are able to pull out of    Zoning Commission will hear from
sooner rather than later, has already taken some steps to       the D.C. Council in early 2012 and ultimately a task             the land value,” testified EastBanc       the Foggy Bottom/West End advi-
make that happen. He works with young people in the             force will be appointed to implement the concepts.               president Anthony Lanier.                 sory neighborhood commission,
neighborhood to landscape existing tree boxes and pick          Washington-Stern said work on 14th Street could begin                Lanier also noted that EastBanc       which voted last month to support
up trash. He then asks the merchants to do what they can        sometime in 2013 or perhaps 2014. To review the recom-           has adapted the project based on          the project. Several opponents are
to maintain clean and inviting sidewalk areas.                  mendations or make a comment, visit             more than five-dozen meetings the         also scheduled to testify.

STEVENS                                    Attendance records still sit on a desk
                                           in the office. Children’s artwork and
From Page 2                                other decorations are still posted on
                                           bulletin boards. Refills for a soap
room facilities and the building’s         dispenser are on a bathroom sink.
noncompliance with the Americans           Most furniture and equipment was
with Disabilities Act, which would         moved to other District schools, and             “One Of e Largest
likely force a developer to retrofit an    apparently no one had a reason to               Carwashes in America”
elevator.                                  touch what remained.
    But while Jose Sousa, a spokes-            Then-Schools          Chancellor
person for the deputy mayor for            Michelle Rhee closed the Stevens
planning and economic develop-             School, which had been operating
ment, said meeting disability              since 1868, over neighborhood pro-
requirements “would take some cre-         tests in 2008, saying the site was
ativity,” he noted that the former         underenrolled.
school is sound in many ways, cos-             Since then, community leaders
metic issues aside.                        successfully rebuffed a city plan to
    “The building itself isn’t in terri-   sell the entire property to a commer-
ble shape, generally,” said Sousa,         cial developer who planned an apart-
who said he visits the site about once     ment building for the site. In keeping
a month to ensure that no serious          with community feedback, the eco-
damage or break-ins have occurred.         nomic development office’s latest
    As attendees noted, some new           requirements for developers is that
educational users would be able to         they ultimately partner with an edu-
utilize the building’s existing            cational user.
16-classroom layout without major              Developers and educational users
reconfiguring. The facility housed         will apply separately for consider-
elementary school students just over       ation in the city process, with project
three years ago, and the empty build-      proposals due March 1. Short-listed
ing is full of reminders.                  groups from each category will then
    Some blackboards were never            team up to make final presentations
erased after the last day of school.       in the spring.
6     Wednesday, december 21, 2011               n   g   d   f                      The currenT

                                                                                                                Police Report
          Reach your                                                 This is a listing of reports taken
                                                                     from Dec. 11 through 18 in local
                                                                     police service areas.
                                                                                                          street; 12:30 a.m. Dec. 15.

                                                                                                          psA 205
                                                                                                                                              Robbery (stealth)
                                                                                                                                              ■ 1300 block, 19th St.; tavern;
                                                                                                                                              10 p.m. Dec. 17.
                                                                                                                                                                                   store; 12:45 a.m. Dec. 18.
                                                                                                                                                                                   ■ 2400 block, 18th St.; tavern; 2
                                                                                                                                                                                   a.m. Dec. 18.

                                                                                                                                              Assault with a dangerous             ■ 1800 block, Connecticut Ave.;
                                                                                                           ■ palisades / sprinG valley
                                                                                                          PSA 205                             weapon                               unspecified premises; 2:39 p.m.
                                                                     Psa 201 201                          wesley heiGhts/ Foxhall
                                                                                                                                              ■ 17th and L streets; sidewalk;      Dec. 18.
                                                                      ■ chevy chase
                                                                                                          Robbery (assault)                   3:50 a.m. Dec. 17.                   Theft from auto ($250 plus)

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                                                                     Theft from auto (below $250)         ■ 4400 block, Massachusetts         Stolen auto                          ■ Florida Avenue and T Street;
                                                                     ■ 5400 block, Nebraska Ave.;         Ave.; unspecified premises; 11      ■ 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.;     street; 3:40 p.m. Dec. 11.
                                                                     street; 10 p.m. Dec. 14.             p.m. Dec. 15.                       street; 5:10 p.m. Dec. 15.           Theft from auto (below $250)
                                                                     ■ 3700 block, Military Road;         Burglary                            ■ 1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.;     ■ 2000 block, 19th St.; parking

                                                                     street; 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15.           ■ 4400 block, Massachusetts         hotel; 1:06 a.m. Dec. 16.            lot; 8 p.m. Dec. 12.
                                                                     ■ 5400 block, Nebraska Ave.;         Ave.; university; 5:15 p.m. Dec.    ■ 1100 block, 21st St.; parking      ■ 1700 block, Columbia Road;
                                                                     parking lot; 11 p.m. Dec. 15.        15.                                 lot; 10:35 p.m. Dec. 16.             parking lot; 6 p.m. Dec. 14.
                                                                                                          Theft (below $250)                  Theft (below $250)                   ■ 1600 block, Euclid St.; street;
                                                                                                          ■ 2100 block, Dunmore Lane;         ■ 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.;      7:30 p.m. Dec. 14.
                                                                     psA 202                              construction site; 3:15 p.m. Dec.   drugstore; 8 a.m. Dec. 12.           ■ 1800 block, Calvert St.; park-
                                                                     ■ Friendship heiGhts
                                                                     Psa 202
                                                                      tenleytown / au park
                                                                                                          12.                                 ■ 900 block, 18th St.; restau-       ing lot; 10 p.m. Dec. 14.
                                                                                                          ■ 4400 block, Massachusetts         rant; noon Dec. 12.                  ■ 2000 block, New Hampshire
                                                                     Robbery (assault)                    Ave.; sidewalk; 2 p.m. Dec. 13.     ■ 2100 block, L St.; restaurant; 1   Ave.; street; 11:10 a.m. Dec. 18.
                                                                     ■ 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.;        ■ 2100 block, Foxhall Road; uni-    p.m. Dec. 12.
                                                                     sidewalk; 5:40 p.m. Dec. 14.         versity; 7 p.m. Dec. 15.            ■ 1800 block, K St.; office build-
                                                                     Robbery (stealth)                    Theft from auto (below $250)        ing; 6 p.m. Dec. 12.                  psA
                                                                                                                                                                                   PSA 307   307
                                                                                                                                                                                    ■ loGan circle
                                                                     ■ 5200 block, Wisconsin Ave.;        ■ 2800 block, 49th St.; street; 4   ■ 1600 block, U St.; unspecified
                                                                     restaurant; 5:12 p.m. Dec. 17.       p.m. Dec. 16.                       premises; Dec. 13.                   Robbery (force and violence)
                                                                     Burglary                                                                 ■ 1900 block, L St.; office build-   ■ 1400 block, 10th St.; resi-
                                                                     ■ 4600 block, Wisconsin Ave.;                                            ing; 10 a.m. Dec. 13.                dence; 8:04 p.m. Dec. 13.
                                                                     restaurant; 1 a.m. Dec. 14.
                                                                                                          psA 206
                                                                                                          Psa 206                             ■ 17th Street and Connecticut        Burglary
                                                                                                           ■ GeorGetown / burleith
                                                                     Theft ($250 plus)                                                        Avenue; restaurant; 12:30 p.m.       ■ 1200 block, M St.; residence;
                                                                     ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.;        Assault with a dangerous            Dec. 13.                             7:30 a.m. Dec. 12.
                                                                     restaurant; 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13.       weapon                              ■ 1100 block, 17th St.; restau-      Stolen auto
                                                                     ■ 4100 block, 38th St.; resi-        ■ 32nd and R streets; sidewalk;     rant; 5:15 p.m. Dec. 13.             ■ 900 block, R St.; street; 11:30
                                                                     dence; 3:50 p.m. Dec. 15.            9 p.m. Dec. 15.                     ■ 1500 block, 16th St.; office       a.m. Dec. 13.
                                                                     Theft (below $250)                   Theft ($250 plus)                   building; 6:45 p.m. Dec. 13.         ■ 1200 block, 12th St.; street;
                                                                     ■ 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.;        ■ 37th and O streets; university;   ■ 2000 block, M St.; office build-   noon Dec. 17.
                                                                     store; 11 a.m. Dec. 12.              4 p.m. Dec. 13.                     ing; 9 a.m. Dec. 14.                 Theft ($250 plus)
                                                                     ■ 4400 block, Massachusetts          ■ 1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.;       ■ 1600 block, K St.; restaurant;     ■ 1500 block, 14th St.; store;
                                                                     Ave.; university; 2:45 p.m. Dec.     store; 5:25 p.m. Dec. 17.           12:30 p.m. Dec. 14.                  7:26 p.m. Dec. 17.
                                                                     13.                                  Theft (below $250)                  ■ 2100 block, P St.; liquor store;   Theft (below $250)
                                                                     ■ 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.;        ■ 37th and O streets; university;   9:16 p.m. Dec. 16.                   ■ 1100 block, Vermont Ave.;
                                        Julie Quinn and Penny Karr   store; 5:10 p.m. Dec. 13.            12:10 p.m. Dec. 12.                 ■ 16th and I streets; restaurant;    office building; 5 p.m. Dec. 13.
                                                                     ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.;        ■ 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.;       12:01 a.m. Dec. 18.                  ■ 1400 block, P St.; bank; 2:23
     “It’s a great way to nd new customers and reach old             store; 1:24 p.m. Dec. 14.            store; 4:40 p.m. Dec. 13.           ■ 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.;      p.m. Dec. 14.
                                                                     ■ 4700 block, Wisconsin Ave.;        ■ 2600 block, O St.; residence; 8   street; 7:44 a.m. Dec. 18.           ■ 1400 block, P St.; sidewalk;
     friends! The Northwest Current really works!”                   office building; 3:20 p.m. Dec.      a.m. Dec. 14.                       Theft from auto ($250 plus)          6:50 a.m. Dec. 15.
                                                                     14.                                  ■ 1200 block, 36th St.; restau-     ■ 1700 block, 16th St.; street;      ■ 1100 block, Vermont Ave.;
                                                                     ■ 4500 block, Fort Drive; govern-    rant; 1:30 a.m. Dec. 16.            1:50 p.m. Dec. 17.                   drugstore; 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18.
                                                                     ment building; noon Dec. 18.         ■ 3000 block, M St.; store; 2:10    Theft from auto (below $250)         Theft (tags)

      Se u s,           an upscale women’s consign-
                                                                     Theft from auto (below $250)
                                                                     ■ 4400 block, Garrison St.;
                                                                     street; 8 p.m. Dec. 15.
                                                                     ■ 5300 block, 42nd St.; street;
                                                                                                          p.m. Dec. 17.
                                                                                                          ■ 3000 block, M St.; unspecified
                                                                                                          premises; 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17.
                                                                                                          Theft from auto (below $250)
                                                                                                                                              ■ 1700 block, P St.; street; 2
                                                                                                                                              a.m. Dec. 11.
                                                                                                                                              ■ 1600 block, New Hampshire
                                                                                                                                              Ave.; street; 10 p.m. Dec. 11.
                                                                                                                                                                                   ■ 14th and Corcoran streets;
                                                                                                                                                                                   street; 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Theft from auto ($250 plus)
                                                                                                                                                                                   ■ 900 block, M St.; street; 9:45
      ment shop at 4115 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,                        10 p.m. Dec. 15.                     ■ 3000 block, Dumbarton St.;        ■ 1600 block, 18th St.; parking      a.m. Dec. 15.
      credit The Current for helping build and expand                ■ 5100 block, 45th St.; street;      street; 2:45 p.m. Dec. 14.          lot; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12.              ■ 1400 block, Q St.; street; 9:15
                                                                     noon Dec. 16.                        ■ 31st and O streets; street; 11    ■ 2400 block, Kalorama Road;         p.m. Dec. 15.
      their new business.                                                                                 a.m. Dec. 15.                       street; 6:10 p.m. Dec. 15.           Theft from auto (below $250)
                                                                                                                                              ■ 17th and O streets; street; 10     ■ 1500 block, Kingman Place;
                                                                      psA      203
         “Many, many customers comment on how                        PSA 203
                                                                     ■ Forest hills / van ness             psA      207                       p.m. Dec. 15.                        street; 1 p.m. Dec. 12.
                                                                                                          PSA 207                             ■ 21st Street and New                ■ 1100 block, 12th St.; street;
                                                                                                           ■ FoGGy bottom / west end
      our ad was the impetus for coming to the shop,                 Theft (below $250)                                                       Hampshire Avenue; street; 11         6:30 p.m. Dec. 12.
                                                                     ■ 4300 block, Connecticut Ave.;      Robbery (snatch)                    p.m. Dec. 15.                        ■ 1500 block, Kingman Place;
      and they feel the Current is the very best source              store; 8:15 p.m. Dec. 16.            ■ 1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.;    ■ 1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.;     street; 9 p.m. Dec. 13.
                                                                     ■ 4400 block, Connecticut Ave.;      restaurant; 1:20 p.m. Dec. 14.      parking lot; 9 a.m. Dec. 17.         ■ 13th and Q streets; street;
      for local services and news in the community.                  hotel; 10:25 a.m. Dec. 18.           Assault with a dangerous            ■ 1900 block, 17th St.; street;      6:15 a.m. Dec. 15.
                                                                                                          weapon (gun)                        3:30 a.m. Dec. 18.                   ■ 14th Street and Rhode Island
         We know there’s no better place to reach                    psA 204                              ■ 2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.;    ■ 1700 block, 19th St.; street;      Avenue; street; 10 p.m. Dec. 15.
                                                                                                          medical facility; 9 a.m. Dec. 15.   9:30 a.m. Dec. 18.                   ■ 10th and O streets; street; 1
      our target audience, our Washington neighbors                  ■ massachusetts avenue
                                                                      heiGhts / cleveland park
                                                                                                          ■ 2200 block, I St.; restaurant;                                         a.m. Dec. 18.
                                                                                                          11:34 a.m. Dec. 17.                                                      ■ 1400 block, S St.; street; 2:30
      than in the Current. It’s the little newspaper                  woodley park / Glover
                                                                     Psa 204cathedral heiGhts             Assault with a dangerous             psA
                                                                                                                                              PSA 303   303                        a.m. Dec. 18.
                                                                      park /                                                                   ■ adams morGan
                                                                                                          weapon (other)
      that gets the big results we need, every time.”                Robbery (gun)                        ■ 2500 block, M St.; sidewalk;      Robbery (gun)
                                                                     ■ 2500 block, 41st St.; street;      4:18 p.m. Dec. 13.                  ■ 2400 block, 16th St.; sidewalk;     psA 401
                                                                     9:22 p.m. Dec. 14.                   Burglary                            1:58 a.m. Dec. 17.                   Psacolonial villaGe
                                                                                                                                                                                    shepherd park / takoma
                                                                     Stolen auto                          ■ 700 block, 24th St.; residence;   Robbery (armed)

       Build your business with                                      ■ 35th Street and Whitehaven
                                                                     Parkway; street; 7 p.m. Dec. 11.
                                                                     Theft ($250 plus)
                                                                                                          5:30 p.m. Dec. 14.
                                                                                                          Theft from auto ($250 plus)
                                                                                                          ■ 2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.;
                                                                                                                                              ■ 1900 block, Wyoming Ave.;
                                                                                                                                              store; 10:10 p.m. Dec. 17.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Stolen auto
                                                                                                                                                                                   ■ 7800 block, 12th St.; street; 9
                                                                                                                                                                                   a.m. Dec. 12.
        e Current Newspapers.                                        ■ 3500 block, Connecticut Ave.;
                                                                     store; 3:54 p.m. Dec. 12.
                                                                     ■ 3300 block, Connecticut Ave.;
                                                                                                          parking lot; noon Dec. 16.          ■ 2100 block, 18th St.; store; 8
                                                                                                                                              a.m. Dec. 13.
                                                                                                                                              Theft (below $250)
                                                                                                                                                                                   ■ 6800 block, Laurel St.; parking
                                                                                                                                                                                   lot; 1 p.m. Dec. 15.
                                                                                                                                                                                   ■ 800 block, Butternut St.;
                                                                     government building; 2:50 p.m.       psA 208                             ■ 1800 block, Connecticut Ave.;      street; 10 p.m. Dec. 15.
                                                                                                          ■ sheridan-kalorama
                                                                     Dec. 14.                             PSA 208 circle
                                                                                                                                              unspecified premises; 8:25 p.m.      ■ 7300 block, Alaska Ave.;
         Call 202-244-7223 for advertising information.              ■ 2800 block, 38th St.; resi-                                            Dec. 16.                             street; 2 a.m. Dec. 18.
                                                                     dence; 10 p.m. Dec. 14.              Robbery (snatch)                    ■ 1800 block, Columbia Road;         Theft from auto ($250 plus)
    An advertising representative will be happy to visit with you.   Theft from auto ($250 plus)          ■ 1800 block, H St.; store; 10:35   tavern; 1:25 a.m. Dec. 17.           ■ 1700 block, Tamarack St.; resi-
                                                                     ■ 2500 block, Woodley Road;          a.m. Dec. 16.                       ■ 1700 block, Columbia Road;         dence; 7 p.m. Dec. 15.
                                                                                               The CurrenT                   Wednesday, deCember 21, 2011   7

Former mayor recommends course for city
Current Staff Report                                         aged by eliminating laws and regulations that make it
                                                             difficult to get things done.

        ormer Mayor Tony Williams told the DC                    Current Mayor Vincent Gray told the 400-plus
        Chamber of Commerce last week that the District      attendees at the luncheon that the 2012 fiscal budget is
        government must adopt six practices to become a      “structurally balanced,” which means that it does not
well-managed city and attract new employers.                 depend on spending the city’s reserves. The 2011 bud-
    Mayor Vincent Gray and Black Entertainment               get was also balanced and should show a material sur-
Television founder Bob Johnson also spoke about busi-        plus when the final figures come out, Gray said.
ness issues in the city at Thursday’s event, the cham-           In reference to an initially planned budget cut that
ber’s annual meeting.                                        drew a lot of criticism, he said the city was able find the
    The former mayor said the District has to overcome       money to keep the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
a major disadvantage — a lack of representation in           Library open on Sundays thanks to its ability to raise
Congress — when competing with Virginia to attract           $800 million with income-tax-secured bonds at an
job producers. The discrepancy, he said, has contributed     interest rate of just 0.27 percent. The bonds were rated
to the prosperity of Rosslyn, which houses many busi-        AAA, the highest rating available.
nesses that have left the District.                              The mayor said his office has recruited 300 local
    First, Williams said, the city must avoid the reorga-    companies interested in hiring unemployed District res-
nization trap, in which problems are met with new or         idents; the city is now forming an outreach program to
changed bureaucracies that do not really address the         let potential workers know of the opportunities.
root cause. Instead, Washington must develop mecha-              BET founder Johnson described some of the 15
nisms to nimbly respond to problems as they arise.           companies his RLJ Co. owns outright or in part. He
    Williams also urged against making across-the-           then discussed his concern that the wealth gap between
board spending cuts to balance the budget. Rather, city      black and white people is widening in the United
leaders should look at the least productive areas for the    States. Fifty percent of middle-class black children will
bulk of any spending reductions.                             be worse off than their parents if present trends contin-
    Evaluations of city programs must be clear and pub-      ue, Johnson said. “It is a problem for all of us,” he said.
lic, the former leader said. And expectations for those          Johnson urged tax breaks for minority-controlled
programs must be raised, he added, noting that the city      firms as at least a partial answer — though he acknowl-
must create a culture that demands more from its             edged that such incentives would benefit him as well.
employees while also helping them improve.                       He also called on firms to interview minority firms
    Meanwhile, city employees should be nudged to            and potential employees whenever making contracting
take risks, Williams said. Risk taking can be encour-        and hiring decisions.

Noodles chain opens first D.C. restaurant
         fter a decade of operating                                                some moms and dads might find
         in the local suburbs,
         Noodles & Company, the
                                        ON THE STREET                              their forks straying. “There are a lot
                                                                                   of parents that are like, ‘Oh, I’m
                                         beth cope
national “fast fresh” chain offering                                               getting the mac and cheese for him,’
pasta with international flair, moved   encourages customization, promis-          and then they eat the whole thing,”
into D.C. this week with a shop in      ing that no server will look askance said Schepis.
Woodley Park.                           at a request to skip the carmeliza-            The whole package adds up to a
   “We’re excited to be in the city,”   tion on those udon                                            fast casual restau-
said area manager Meredith              noodles or substi-                                            rant that staff says
Schaefermeyer.                          tute penne for                                                appeals to all
   Founded in Denver nearly 20          elbow in your mac                                             types — from
years ago, the 200-plus-outpost         and cheese.                                                   foodies to food
chain serves salads and, since last         Schaefermeyer                                             phobics. And
year, sandwiches. But the primary       and Emily Schepis,                                            Schepis says the
offering is evident from its name.      the company’s                                                 approach can even
   “We’re a globally inspired noo-      field and program                                             open the minds of
dle shop,” said Schaefermeyer.          marketing coordi-                                             some of the latter.
“Everyone in the world eats noodles     nator, say those                                              “We’re making it
of some kind.” At Noodles &             extensive choices                    bill petros/the current accessible,” she
Company, they eat noodles of three      — and that flexi-       The Woodley Park store is             said.
kinds: Asian, Mediterranean and         bility — make the       D.C.’s first Noodles location.            “An Indonesian
American.                               restaurant a great                                            peanut sauté —
   Top sellers in each category,        spot for dining companions with            lots of people have never had any-
respectively, are Japanese Pan          different palates.                         thing like that,” said Schaefermeyer.
Noodles, featuring caramelized              “The fun thing about us having             Noodles & Company also aims
udon noodles in a sweet soy sauce       different choices from around the          to be affordable. A small bowl of
with veggies; Penne Rosa, a pasta       world is me going into a Noodles & any of the noodle dishes starts at
tossed in a spicy creamy tomato         Company with my boyfriend and              $4.25, with protein toppings added
sauce with mushrooms, spinach and       him loving mac and cheese and              for $2.39 extra. A larger bowl costs
parmesan or feta; and Wisconsin         American food, while I want to get         $5.35, and for $7.60 you can get a
Mac & Cheese, a blend of cheddar        something different,” said Schepis,        small bowl, a protein topping and a
and jack cheese and cream atop          who counts Bangkok Curry as one            side soup or salad. And while the
elbow macaroni.                         her favorites.                             food is delivered to your table —
   Those are three of 15 pasta              The restaurant is also great for       on real plates; disposable is only for
offerings, which can be varied          parents and kids, said                     carryout — no tipping is allowed.
exponentially by adding a choice of     Schaefermeyer, particularly since it           Noodles & Company is located
chicken, beef, shrimp, meatballs or     offers the ever-popular buttered           at 2635 Connecticut Ave. NW.
tofu, and by including a side of        noodles — as well as “what the             Save time by ordering ahead: Visit
soup or salad. The shop also            [parents] really want.” Of course, for details.
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                  the FoGGy Bottom                                          The past and the future …
    Current       Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor
                                                                                You have an opportunity to look both back and
                                                                            ahead this week.
                                                                                First, here’s a cool look back: One of the best
                                                                            underreported stories of the recent week involved the
                                                                            old-line Kiplinger family.
                                                                                                                                       something more than room service, and even
                                                                                                                                       employees of other restaurants that close after mid-
                                                                                                                                           Many of those people (and yours truly) are look-
                                                                                                                                       ing for more than a greasy diner or burger joint.
                    Chris Kain/Managing Editor                                  Three generations of Kiplingers amassed a stun-            Clyde’s said the opening night on Sunday drew a
                                                                            ning collection of more than 4,000 paintings, maps,        large crowd that packed Hamilton’s bars and tables.

Autonomy now
                                                                            photographs and other materials that capture the his-      The overnight business was light, but word of mouth
                                                                            tory of our nation’s capital.                              will fix that soon.
                                                                                It’s being touted as                                                                       The menu and appeal
                                                                            the largest private collec-                                                               are typical of a Clyde’s
    With a shutdown of the federal government averted — again — at          tion ever assembled.                        TOM SHERWOOD’S                                restaurant, with moder-
the eleventh hour, legislators and pundits last week celebrated an              “This rich trove of                                                                   ate prices in an upscale
agreement that barely cleared this Congress’ very low bar for biparti-
san comity. But one would-be victim of the shutdown went largely
                                                                            graphics depicting our
                                                                            city’s history should be
                                                                                                                        NotebooK                                      environment — a truly
                                                                                                                                                                      welcome idea.
unacknowledged: the District’s government operations and services.          in a place where it can                                                                        If the restaurant and
    It’s worthwhile to revisit what happened during the 1995 shut-          be seen by our citizens and visitors to Washington,”       performance space are not enough, there’s also a sec-
down. Though then-Mayor Marion Barry kept essential workers on              Knight Kiplinger told the Notebook this week, “and         ond-floor lounge area set off from the rest of restau-
                                                                            also be accessible to researchers.”                        rant. It looked perfect for a hide-away lunch or pri-
the job without the certainty that retroactive funding would come
                                                                                That goal made the Historical Society of               vate party. Maybe one of my sources will be com-
through, the city had no trash pickup, library services, building           Washington, D.C., “the logical choice to be its new        fortable there spilling the beans, so to speak.
inspections and more.                                                       home,” he said, noting that the facility has “fine exhi-   ■ Taxi battle, round two. It’s hard to recall that it
    D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has proposed a bill that would          bition spaces and the Kiplinger Research Library.”         was just 2008 when this city dumped the antiquated
free the District’s budget from congressional oversight. Such a sepa-           “It will take a while for the Kiplinger Collection     zone system and switched to no-brainer meters.
ration is necessary to alleviate the uncertainty that hits too close to     to be incorporated into HSW’s current holdings, but        Finally, cab customers could really know how much
home every time the phrase “government shutdown” is uttered — as            we expect that, later in 2012, there will be an opening    they owed and not depend on a driver just citing a
it is more and more often these days.                                       exhibit featuring some of the most notable works,”         figure.
    At the very least, we would hope for a piecemeal measure, such as       Kiplinger continued.                                           On Monday, Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 3
ensuring that D.C. can spend its own, locally raised dollars in the             It’s truly great news for lovers of the city’s local   D.C. Council member Mary Cheh unveiled a sweep-
event of a shutdown. Another alternative: treat the District’s budget       history. And the donation can be a distinctive draw in     ing plan to overhaul the taxi industry.
                                                                            the continuing efforts to bring the Carnegie Library           The proposed bill would for the first time allow
like other D.C. legislation, meaning automatic approval after 30 days
                                                                            to life.                                                   the Taxi Commission to limit the number of licensed
unless Congress voted to block it.                                          ■ The future is now. (With apologies to those who          taxi drivers in the city. There are more than 8,000
    It’s a shame that none of these ideas has been taken up yet.            remember the late Redskins coach George Allen.)            now. It also would go a lot further in forcing drivers
Independence and self-determinism — indeed, democracy itself —              Several blocks from the Carnegie Library is another        to disclose all of their income. Cabs would be
would seem to be issues that would win broad support in Congress.           sign of the robust forces shaping downtown                 required to accept credit cards or other digital pay-
But some members of that body seem incapable of agreeing not to             Washington.                                                ments. A new meter system would deliver real-time
meddle without meddling, as we saw from California Republican                   This past weekend, the Clyde’s Restaurant Group        information to the Taxi Commission about the fares
Rep. Darrell Issa’s proposal to give D.C. budget autonomy — as long         opened The Hamilton, a 1,000-seat restaurant at the        collected.
as no local funds went toward abortion services.                            corner of 14th and F streets. The site most recently           And Global Positioning Systems would track taxis
    Brinkmanship has become a spectator sport in the last couple of         housed a Borders bookstore, but older                      to see if they’re serving the entire city (a big issue in
years, with politicians seeming to relish goading their opponents to        Washingtonians will remember it as the home of             Far Southeast and Northeast neighborhoods.)
                                                                            Garfinckel’s Department Store, which went out of               Cheh, chair of the public works committee that
the edge of government shutdowns, default and more. We’d like to sit
                                                                            business in 1990.                                          oversees the industry, says she’ll hold a hearing in
back and take in the fireworks as well, but with so much at stake, we           What makes The Hamilton different from the 13          January. You can expect a lot of anguished cries from
simply can’t. So if Congress would like to give Washington — the            other restaurants in the Clyde’s group is that it is       the taxi community. One driver disrupted Monday’s
real Washington, not the rhetorical punching bag — a gift this holiday      open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (though it          news conference, declaring that the city is pushing
season, we have just the thing: the peace of mind that some type of         will be closed on Christmas). And it has a huge per-       drivers toward a minimum-wage existence.
budget autonomy would offer. That’s not too much to ask, is it?             formance space in the bottom level that will officially        Mayor Gray, who got strong support from taxi
                                                                            open Jan. 19 with famed gospel/blues singer Mavis          drivers in his election last year, said the industry

A fresh start                                                               Staples.
                                                                                “We felt it was time,” said Clyde’s president Tom
                                                                            Meyer, who showed NBC4 the space last Friday as
                                                                            the waitstaff and kitchen went through last-minute
                                                                                                                                       needs reform. He said he has helped drivers by elimi-
                                                                                                                                       nating the old $19 cap on fares for any one ride. And
                                                                                                                                       he said he’s taken other steps to help drivers, too.
                                                                                                                                           More accountability seems like a good idea. But it
    Two years ago, West End and Foggy Bottom residents accepted
that the Stevens School was lost as an educational institution, because     drills before opening Sunday night.                        could be a rough ride getting there.
city officials assured them that it was. But neighbors could not stom-          Meyer said the redeveloping downtown is coming         ■ A final word. Merry Christmas and happy holi-
ach the proposed tenant for the historic school — an apartment build-       alive, with thousands of new people living in the          days to all.
                                                                            area. Adding to that, he said, are legions of late-night       Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political
ing that many thought would become a de facto dormitory for George
                                                                            government workers, tourists in hotels looking for         reporter for News 4.
Washington University — and organized an ultimately successful
effort to scuttle the developer’s chances with the D.C. Council.
    Now, with a different mayor and development director, the process
to determine the future of the school has begun again. Thankfully,
                                                                            Letters to                             Engineers, the U.S.
                                                                                                                   Environmental Protection
                                                                                                                                                           are now going on.
                                                                                                                                                               The Dec. 14 article reported
officials started by taking community feedback into account — name-         the eDitor                             Agency and the D.C. Department          that the Spring Valley advisory
                                                                                                                   of Health. Members of the public        neighborhood commission seeks
ly, that the historic building should serve an educational purpose, with
the land around it made available for commercial development.               ANC oversight would                    are invited to attend the meet-
                                                                                                                                                           to appoint a committee to essen-
                                                                                                                                                           tially duplicate the function of
    The process will be a novel one for the city, with commercial and
educational users making separate proposals by March 1.
                                                                            complicate cleanup                         The function of the                 the Restoration Advisory Board.
                                                                                I write in response to The         Restoration Advisory Board is to        Essentially, the new committee
Development officials will then winnow the bidders to a short list,         Current’s Dec. 14 article “ANC         oversee the activities of these         would oversee the overseers on
and pairs of potential users will present their ideas together.             creates panel to look at cleanup       agencies to ensure that the resi-       the board. This committee appar-
    We applaud city officials for their new approach to Stevens, partic-    proposal.”                             dents of Spring Valley can be           ently was recommended by non-
ularly their willingness to revisit the assumption that an educational          Federal regulations require the    confident that anything harmful         residents, including a self-
use was not viable, and their decision to use proceeds from commer-         creation of a Restoration              in the soil has been removed and        appointed historian of Spring
cial development of the parcel to fund renovation of the school build-      Advisory Board consisting of           that there has been no adverse          Valley. What members of the
ing. Separating the commercial and educational bids at the outset is        residents of areas designated as       impact on the health of residents.      Spring Valley community do not
                                                                            “formerly used defense sites,”         The board advocated for the orig-       need is an ANC committee dupli-
also smart, so each can be considered on its own merits.
                                                                            such as Spring Valley. For many        inal Johns Hopkins health study,        cating and complicating the
    Potential pitfalls remain, however. During the last debate over         years, residents of Spring Valley      which concluded that “the overall       efforts of the Restoration
Stevens redevelopment, popular and seemingly viable bidders didn’t          have volunteered to serve as           community health status of              Advisory Board.
make the short list, and city officials refused to offer explanations. We   members of the board, which            Spring Valley is very good,” and                        Malcolm Pritzker
hope development officials remain as open as they can be with the           meets each month with represen-        for the follow-up steps recom-                                     Member,
community this time.                                                        tatives of the U.S. Army Corps of      mended by Johns Hopkins that                     Restoration Advisory Board
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Federal spending bill has good news for D.C.
                                                              my pending bill to permanently protect the city from
viewpoint                                                     shutdowns over federal budget fights.
                                                                  The spending bill includes $30 million for DCTAG,
ELEanOr hOLmEs nOrTOn
                                                              a program I got passed in 1999 to provide higher edu-

     am relieved that the fiscal year 2012 omnibus            cation opportunities for D.C. students equal to those
     spending bill passed by Congress last week funded        available to other Americans by granting D.C. students
     my three top priorities — the District of Columbia       up to $10,000 annually for in-state tuition at any U.S.
Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) program, the U.S.            public college and up to $2,500 annually to attend pri-
Department of Homeland Security headquarters, and             vate colleges in D.C. and the region. DCTAG has dou-
HIV/AIDS prevention in D.C. I am also relieved that I         bled college attendance rates in D.C., now up to 60 per-
could prevent the reimposition of the deadly D.C. nee-        cent — 10 points above the national average. Earlier
dle-exchange rider and all other anti-home-rule riders.       this year, I fought hard against a proposal by House
    At the same time, residents were justifiably angry        Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to apply a
that the D.C. abortion rider, which I was able to remove      means test to DCTAG in order to pay for the new con-
last Congress, was reimposed for the second fiscal year       gressionally imposed D.C. private school voucher pro-
in a row, despite not only my efforts but also those of       gram, a change that would have all but killed DCTAG.
an energetic campaign by D.C. residents, DC Vote and              The new U.S. Coast Guard building under construc-
national groups that came to the District’s defense.          tion at the St. Elizabeths campus in Ward 8 will receive
    We will never be satisfied as long as there is a single   $56 million, which will help ensure that the facility, the
prohibition on D.C.’s use of its local funds. It is espe-     first of several, will open on time in 2013. The General
cially ironic that the final sticking point in the negotia-   Services Administration also received $50 million for
tions on the conference report was how to promote             construction nationally, and I expect a large portion of
democracy in Cuba — while the bill trampled on                that to go toward work at St. Elizabeths, the agency’s
democracy in the “capital of the free world” with an          top priority.
anti-democratic ban on spending local funds for abor-             I am particularly grateful that the District received
tion services for low-income women.                           $5 million for HIV/AIDS testing and treatment. The
    Yet there is good reason for relief and some satisfac-    District has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the country,
tion. Throughout the year, every priority in the bill was     in large part because of the old needle-exchange rider.
under severe threat. In the end, instead of destroying        That is why preventing it from being reimposed was
DCTAG with means testing, Congress fully funded the           such a top priority. The District’s needle-exchange
program. Instead of defunding the St. Elizabeths              efforts have been remarkably successful since its post-
Department of Homeland Security headquarters project,         rider program was started in May 2008, showing a 60
as the House originally voted to do, Congress has             percent decrease in the number of HIV/AIDS cases
ensured completion of the first building and occupancy        attributable to injection drug use.
by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2013. And not only was our             I was also successful in getting $15 million for the
hard fight to prevent the dreaded D.C. needle-exchange        D.C. Water and Sewer Authority’s Combined Sewer
rider successful, but we also were able to prevent a          Overflow Long-Term Plan to restore the Anacostia
number of other riders that had been promised, includ-        River, my top environmental priority. The bill has
ing riders to eliminate the city’s gun laws and to abolish    another $14.9 million to reimburse the city for security
D.C.’s marriage equality law.                                 and related costs resulting from demonstrations and
    Certainly, it is a relief that the federal government,    other federally related activities requiring District per-
and in turn the District government, was not shut down.       sonnel.
Yet the District should never have been put in such a             Eleanor Holmes Norton serves as the District’s non-
precarious position in the first place — the subject of       voting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.

letters to                               library Friends groups, I learned
                                         more from people who had noticed
                                                                                  Management/Reading Tree relation-
                                                                                  ship since a for-profit company
the editor                               a marked decrease in book dona-
                                         tions as the blue bins became ubiq-
                                                                                  makes money from what is solicited
                                                                                  as charitable donations. Recently,
don’t donate books                       uitous in their area. Here is what we
                                         know now:
                                                                                  Virginia officials started looking
                                                                                  into possible violations of state law.
to unknown groups                            Across the country, 2,500                Library Friends groups in D.C.
    Perhaps you’ve seen the huge         Reading Tree bins (seven in D.C.         have been collecting, sorting and
book donation bin in front of            and 51 in Maryland and Virginia)         selling books for decades to support
Safeway at 5545 Connecticut Ave.,        are operated by the Lakewood,            public libraries. Using volunteers,
a scant half block from the Chevy        Wash.-based Thrift Recycling             we maximize the value of books
Chase Neighborhood Library.              Management, a for-profit corpora-        received. The proceeds from our
Often, it’s jammed full of books.        tion that established the nonprofit      book sales provide financial support
Since I help the Chevy Chase DC          Reading Tree several years ago.          for library programs throughout
Library Friends raise money                  Thrift Recycling Management is       D.C. We recycle what we can’t re-
through the sale of donated books,       the largest online used-book seller      donate or sell. Besides Friends
I’ve been envious of that blue bin.      in the United States, with $27 mil-      groups, other legitimate nonprofits
    When it first showed up more         lion in gross sales last year. By its    accept book donations. For exam-
than a year ago, I read the large        own description, the company sorts       ple, the award-winning local group
print — “Books (CDs & DVDs) for          the donations into three categories:     Books for America uses book dona-
Charity” — and the small print and       Approximately half the books are         tions to build libraries in schools,
followed the Internet trail to the       sold to other industries as pulp;        prisons, shelters and the like.
“Reading Tree” website listed on         high-value books, 25 percent or so,          Please bring your book dona-
the bin. “Reading Tree,” we’re told,     are sold online for profit; and the      tions (along with DVDs and CDs)
collects books and donates them to       remainder go to children’s literacy      to your local library. Unlike the big
literacy programs for children.          programs.                                blue bins, we promise to use your
What could be better?                        Officials with the Oregon            donations to profit this community.
    About 10 months ago, through a       Department of Justice are investi-                              Bette Landish
nationwide online bulletin board for     gating the Thrift Recycling                                        Chevy Chase

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TENLEY                                              uled to deliberate on the campus plan Jan. 23.
                                                        Neighbors near the main campus have
                                                                                                        hood commissions testified that the universi-
                                                                                                        ty’s most recent concessions eased their con-
                                                                                                                                                            sition was to the resolution’s suggestion that
                                                                                                                                                            the school consistently worked with neighbors
From Page 2                                         strongly opposed the university’s plan to build     cerns about the Tenley Campus plan.                 to develop the plan; she said community input
                                                    590 beds of student housing on a Nebraska               The Forest Hills commission voted unani-        was included far too late. Sklover said that
already addressed those concerns. “We have          Avenue parking lot, a key component of the          mously last month to request a series of fairly     although she would have liked further design
listened, made significant adjustments, and are     campus plan. If the Zoning Commission               minor changes, most of which the university         changes — such as the removal of a surface
confident that our proposals have responded         agrees with residents and allows only smaller-      either specifically accepted or indicated it will   parking lot — she doesn’t oppose the project.
appropriately to the major issues raised,” he       scale development on the “East Campus,” the         address as part of broader commitments.                 At the hearing, the Zoning Commission
wrote.                                              school may have nowhere to move the 500-                The Friendship Heights commission has           also heard from several supporters of the
    The Zoning Commission will decide               odd students who currently live in Tenley           fewer conditions, though commissioner               Tenley Campus plan. Creating denser develop-
whether to let the law school go forward only       Campus dorms.                                       Beverly Sklover — whose single-member               ment near Tenleytown’s Metro station will
after it issues a decision on the school’s broad-       At the Dec. 1 hearing, representatives of the   district includes the Tenley Campus — voted         reduce the number of people who need to drive
er campus plan, which outlines 10 years of          Tenleytown-Friendship          Heights       and    against that body’s resolution.                     to the school and will make the area more
development goals. The commission is sched-         Tenleytown-Forest Hills advisory neighbor-              In an interview, Sklover said that her oppo-    vibrant, they said.

                                                                                                                             METRO                                     quickly make any necessary repairs
                                                                                                                                                                       to its escalators, and to have employ-
                                                                                                                             From Page 3                               ees on site for crowd control.
                                                                                                                                                                           Emergency stairway exits will
                                                                                                                             often hand-built as needed, he said.      also be available, and the agency
                                                                                                                             Plus, the Dupont escalators need          will hold off on future work planned
                                                                                                                             these replacement parts regularly.        for the Dupont and Farragut North
                                                                                                                             “It’s like trying to keep an old car      stations until the escalator project is
                                                                                                                             running — at a point, it’s a losing       completed.
                                                                                                                             battle,” Stessel said. “And we’ve             Metro recognizes that the closure
                                                                                                                             reached that point.”                      of a busy entrance is inconvenient,
                                                                                                                                 At the neighborhood commission        said Spain. “This has a huge impact
                                                                                                                             meeting, the Metro representatives        on a very popular part of this town,”
                                                                                                                             distributed brochures recommend-          he said. “I’m looking forward to
                                                                                                                             ing that riders use the station’s north   completing it and getting out of
                                                                                                                             entrance at 20th and Q streets or the     everybody’s way and having a new
                                                                                                                             Farragut North station at Connecticut     entrance with three brand-new esca-
                                                                                                                             Avenue and L Street during the clo-       lators that are more reliable.”
                                                                                                                             sure.                                         The broader Red Line
                                                                                                                                 To accommodate additional             Rehabilitation will also include con-
                                                                                                                             patrons at the remaining Dupont           tinued track replacement work,
                                                                                                                             entrance, Metro has promised to           bridge improvements and other ren-
                                                                                                                             post technicians at the station to        ovations.

                                                                                                                             From Page 3

                                                                                                                             but it also captured images “pas-
                                                                                                                             sively” for later analysis. Dent said
                                                                                                                             “the command center” for the three
                                                                                                                             cameras is locked in a closet in his
                                                                                                                             home, and the Metropolitan Police
                                                                                                                             Department contacts him when the
                                                                                                                             agency needs information from it.                          Bill Petros/The Current
                                                                                                                                 “As long as they pinpoint close to    The police department has one
                                                                                                                             a time, I can scan and see if I can       camera in Georgetown.
                                                                                                                             come up with pictures or videos that
                                                                                                                             would be useful,” he said.                tions that are “gateways” into
                                                                                                                                 In the first year and a half,         Georgetown, such as parts of P, Q
                                                                                                                             according to Dent, the cameras cap-       and 34th streets. The cameras will
                                                                                                                             tured evidence related to about eight     be mounted on private property,
                                                                                                                             hit-and-runs, and to six “major           requiring permission from owners,
                                                                                                                             crimes” including robberies of near-      but will record public space, she
                                                                                                                             by stores in which suspects fled on       said. Signs will announce their pres-
                                                                                                                             N Street. The technology also helped      ence.
                                                                                                                             solve other types of crimes, like            Right now the goal is for 10 cam-
                                                                                                                             vandalism, graffiti, stalking and         eras, but “we’re going to have to feel
                                                                                                                             thefts of postal items, he said.          it out” to see if more should be
                                                                                                                                 As the years went on, Dent said,      installed, Altemus said.
                                                                                                                             “we’ve had a reduction of the num-           The city also manages its own
                                                                                                                             ber of incidents on our block.”           system of security cameras, around
                                                                                                                             There’s always a question of wheth-       85 total according to the police
                                                                                                                             er that’s due to “coincidence or the      department’s        website.        In
                                                                                                                             cameras,” he conceded, but he             Georgetown, a camera was installed
                                                                                                                             believes the cameras can be an effec-     at Wisconsin Avenue and P Street in
                                                                                                                             tive deterrent.                           2006.
                                                                                                                                 “The whole idea here of the cam-         Dent said he believes there will
                                                                                                                             eras is a) apprehension, b) convic-       be more private funding of security
                                                                                                                             tion and c) word getting into the         cameras throughout residential areas
                                                                                                                             criminal community,” he said.             of D.C., since the cost of technology
                                                                                                                                 A widespread collection of cam-       has come down so much recently.
                                                                                                                             eras, as the citizens association has     The cameras planned for
                                                                                                                             planned, should help spread the           Georgetown range between $1,700
                                                                                                                             message that “committing crime            and $2,500 including installation, he
                                                                                                                             over here in Georgetown is too dan-       said.
                                                                                                                             gerous,” Dent said.                          “I’m sure you’re going to see this
                                                                                                                                 President Altemus said the citi-      in a much bigger way,” Dent pre-
                                                                                                                             zens association is looking into loca-    dicted.
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Music lessons: D.C. band
hosts workshops at MLK
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         t the center of the Martin
         Luther King Jr. Memorial
         Library, thumping walls
are not out of the ordinary.
    Next door to library’s second-
floor teen area is a small recording
studio equipped with a mixer,
speakers, a mic and two Macs.
And not a ton of soundproofing.
    “Right on the other side, you      ❝It’s a matter of
can definitely hear it if some-
thing’s really bass-heavy,” said
                                       observing what teens
Rebecca Renard, coordinator of         are already doing and
the library’s teen program.
    Checking into the studio           seeing how we can
Saturday, Renard greeted 19-year-      help.❞
old Tre Wise, who was there to                                                                                                                                              Bill Petros/The Current
learn production skills through a           — Musician John Wesley Moon        Martin Luther King Jr. Library staffer Rebecca Renard coordinates teen programs, including workshops
new workshop series.                                                           that local band the Cornel West theory is holding weekly in the library’s teen recording studio. On
    Wise, a student at High Road       weekend before, featuring catchy        Saturday, 19-year-old Tre Wise, second from left, worked with John Wesley Moon, rear, and Sam Lavine.
Academy, asked Renard if he            bass and a pounding chorus.
could count his time in the work-      “When the chorus came, I wanted            By around 1 p.m., the studio       informal workshops in the teen         a number of programs and events,
shop as community-service hours        it to be a lot bigger,” he told Wise.   was crammed, hot and noisy, after     studio. Now, it’s become a regular     Renard said, like a teen radio
for his school.                        “It’s kind of go-go, but it’s kind of   a couple more teens had arrived to    partnership.                           show with interviews and pod-
    “This is about your personal       spacey, it’s kind of hard.”             work with the band members.               “It’s a matter of observing what   casts; poetry slams; oral history
improvement,” she chided. “This            Sam Lavine, drummer for the            The session was the second of      [teens] are already doing and see-     recordings; and video production
isn’t community service.”              Cornel West theory, listened to one     the series of studio workshops the    ing how we can help,” Moon said.       internships. That’s in addition to
     That day Wise, who had            of Wise’s previously recorded           Cornel West theory is slated to       He described it as a creative col-     the work done by individuals or
already recorded several rap tracks    tracks through headphones. “You         host for teens each Saturday after-   laboration — “we’ll show them          groups of teens, who can make
in the studio on his own, got some     did this yourself?” he asked.           noon through May.                     our process, and we’ll learn from      appointments to use the studio
tips from members of the Cornel            The two band members helped            The ensemble, which features       their process.”                        however they please.
West theory, the D.C.-based            plug Wise’s smartphone into a           several born-and-bred D.C. resi-          Some of the learning will be           “It’s vital to give young people
ensemble that has a contract to        computer, then blasted the instru-      dents, got started in the city in     software-based — the studio’s          a creative space … that they can
lead the workshops.                    mental track through speakers as        2004. Rooted in hip-hop, the          computers include video and audio      do whatever they want to do in it,”
    Band member John Wesley            Wise scribbled down ideas for lyr-      group incorporates elements of        programs like iMovie, Final Cut        she said.
Moon showed Wise how to use            ics.                                    go-go, jazz, rock and other genres.   Pro X and Logic Pro 9, in addition         This setup involves turning a
GarageBand, a music-making pro-            Rashad Dobbins, another                The Cornel West theory con-        to GarageBand.                         blind eye to some things, like foul
gram for Macs. “It’s really intui-     Cornel West member, said he was         nected with the library system this       For the first workshop, on Dec.    language, she said. “Our job is not
tive,” Moon said.                      on hand to help out with “freestyl-     year after performing at its sum-     10, about five kids came in who        to censor or prescribe what they
    He played an atmospheric track     ing, creative writing and spoken        mer-reading kickoff event, and        were already familiar with the stu-    create.”
he’d created in the studio the         word.”                                  then group members hosted two         dio, Lavine said. “They’ve been            Renard said she has seen a
                                                                                                                     here with no instruction, just         wide range of teens come into the
                                                                                                                     winging it,” he said. “We’re trying    studio, which is normally booked
                                                                                                                     to get them to look at new ways of     all day. Last Christmas, she
                                                                                                                     recording.”                            recalled, “a girl brought in her gui-
                                                                                                                         They ended that session with a     tar and made an album” as a gift
                                                                                                                     recorded track that’s since earned     for her family members. She
                                                                                                                     “thousands of hits on YouTube,”        guessed there are tons of projects
                                                                                                                     Lavine said.                           she doesn’t even know about.
                                                                                                                         Renard, the teen program man-          “You really never know who or
                                                                                                                     ager, said the workshops fit into a    what’s going to walk through that
                                                                                                                     broader youth media plan she’s         door,” Renard said.
                                                                                                                     trying to unfold that reaches far          The Cornel West theory is host-
                                                                                                                     beyond books.                          ing workshops each Saturday from
                                                                                                                         The 2009 renovation of the         1 to 3 p.m. at the Martin Luther
                                                                                                                     library’s Teen Space, which            King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G
                                                                                                                     brought in the new recording stu-      St NW, in the recording studio
                                                                                                                     dio, was inspired in part by the       near the Teen Space on the second
                                                                                                                     YOUmedia center, an innovative         floor. More information about the
                                                                                                                     teen learning space within a down-     band is available at
                                                                                                                     town Chicago library. D.C. library
                                                                                                                     spokesperson George Williams           Whenever the library is open, the
                                                                                                                     said the studio in the King library    studio is also available for two-
                                                                                                                     contains equipment totaling nearly     hour time slots, reserved by
                                                                                                                     $30,000.                               appointment by visiting the Teen
                                                                                                                         The studio has already fostered    Space or calling 202-727-5535.
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                                                                                                             Spotlight on Schools
                                                                                            Aidan Montessori School                                                            the night to feed on the blood of
                                                                                                On Dec. 2, Mrs. York’s upper                School DISPATCHES                  human beings. Once a human vic-
                                                                                            elementary class went to the                                                       tim is bitten by a vampire, that vic-
                                                                                            Grossology exhibit at the National       guage program.                            tim turns into a vampire, too, and
                                                                                            Geographic Museum. The students              We are having our annual door-        then bites other people. I think that
                                                                                            read and played games that               decoration contest. Whichever             slowly they would have created a
                                                                                            explained gross and interesting facts    homeroom decorates its door the           world full of vampires unless some-
                                                                                            about animals.                           best will win! We have to incorpo-        one or something stopped them.
                                                                                                One of the games was to decide       rate the holidays, Viking school              The actors who played Dracula
                                                                                            which animal was the slimiest.           spirit and the people in our home-        and Lucy, his beloved, and all the
                                                                                            There was a sea cucumber, a hag-         room, and we have to be creative!         other characters acted well. I could
                                                                                                                                         Also, we are having a sandwich-       not believe how good they were for
              Nursery School
                                                                                            fish and a snail. It was like a game
       From                                                                                 show with a screen displaying            making contest. Each homeroom             just being high school students. The
                                                                                            things that the creature did.            has to collect supplies to make           young performers acted like mature
               Rocket Fuel                                                                      Another part of the exhibit had a    sandwiches and lunches for the            adults (which also says a lot about
                                                                                            robotic cow. One side of it looked       needy. The goal for each homeroom         their acting skills), and I think they
                                                                                            just like a regular cow, and the other   is 200, and if each homeroom              could grow up to be great actors.
                   A Strategic Curriculum That Prepares                                                                              makes 200 — we’ll have a lot of               The technical parts of the play
                        Students To Be Standouts.                                           side had an opening that showed
                                                                                            how the cow’s digestive system           sandwiches! The homeroom mak-             were really well done, too. The set
                                                                                            worked.                                  ing the most sandwiches will get a        and scenery made the play seem
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              5600 LITTLE FALLS PARKWAY, BETHESDA, MD 20816             Sun., Jan. 8 1 PM   of facts I had never thought about                — Claire Shaw, sixth-grader      times. There was no music, but
               (301) 652-7878                                        before,” said sixth-grader Lucia                                                   sound effects like rain and thunder
                                                                                            Braddock. “I also liked the game         Duke Ellington School                     helped add to the eerie feeling of
                                                                                            show at the end where you had to         of the Arts                               the play. The lights during the play
                                                                                            answer questions about the exhibit.”         At Ellington, we started the          were dark colors, which I think
                                                                                                “It was fun because the games        week off by receiving our progress        gave it a good, scary edge. The cos-
                                                                                            were interesting, and I learned a lot    reports. Literary media and commu-        tumes and the makeup fit in perfect-
                                                                                            of new things,” said fifth-grader        nications sophomores prepared to          ly for the time period.
                                                                                            Jackie Weymouth.                         showcase their work from Room18,              I enjoyed every minute of
                                                                                                “I thought it was cool because       a “Zine” (mini magazine) that             “Dracula.” If you want to see
                                                                                            we learned lots of gross stuff about     allows students to exhibit their art in   “Dracula,” then I would recom-
                                                                                            animals,” said fifth-grader Lukas        various ways such as micro-fiction,       mend you be at least 9 years old,
                                                                                            Leijon.                                  poetry, comic strips, nonfiction, et      otherwise I do not think that you
                                                                                                “It was fun because it had a lot     cetera. Over a period of eight            will understand the play and might
                                                                                            of hands-on activities,” said fourth-    weeks, the 10th-graders have been         get nightmares. I loved “Dracula,”
                                                                                            grader Leyu Negussie.                    composing, workshopping and edit-         and I think it is a play worth seeing.
                                                                                                        — Ashton Lindeman and        ing original pieces. The official                       — Alexa Zartman-Ball,
                                                                                                      Sofia Brown, sixth-graders     reading of the zine took place in the                            seventh-grader
                                                                                                                                     student cafe on Dec. 19.
                                                                                            British School                               Also, last Thursday and Friday,       Holy Trinity School
                                                                                            of Washington                            Duke Ellington’s show choir put on            Grandparents’ Day at Holy
                                                                                                On Thursday, years eight and         its annual production of “A Gospel        Trinity School is always held on the
                                                                                            nine visited the National Museum         and Motown Christmas.” The group          Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It is
                                                                                            of Natural History. The first section    performed Christmas classics with a       a great day that starts with refresh-
                                                                                            we went to was the dinosaur exhib-       Motown twist, as well as gospel           ments and a welcome speech from
                                                                                            it. We saw skeletons of different        music. The Ellington show choir is        our principal, Mr. Darr. Juice, cof-
                                                                                            sizes and shapes, and then in groups     our premier choir and chorus              fee, cookies and other snacks are
                                                                                            we considered the advantages and         ensemble. It was joined that night        served. Grandparents get a chance
                                                                                            disadvantages of each skeleton.          by students from the instrumental         to spend time with their grandchil-
                                                                                                We then went to the diamond          department.                               dren and tour the school.
                                                                                            exhibit. The Hope Diamond was                Who’s got spirit? We do! Duke             Next, the grandparents are treat-
           Jewish Primary Day School                                                        really beautiful, and we all learned a   Ellington has opened up a new             ed to student performances in the
                                                                                                                                     school spirit store, The Gallery          theater. Some of this year’s high-
             of the Nation’s Capital                                                        lot about it. We also went to a fossil
                                                                                            exhibit and there were lots of           Shop. It’s the go-to place for your       lights were the pre-k class singing
       inspiring children, enriching families, building community                           extremely old, interesting fossils       supply of Ellington hoodies, sweat-       about turkeys and the second grade
                                                                                            with very detailed patterns on them.     pants, water bottles, bumper stickers     singing a funny song about pie. The
                                                                                                The mammals were bigger than         and pajamas. The item prices range        fourth grade performed a counting
                                                                                            anyone expected. My favourite was        from $2 to $35, and the profits are       song in Chinese, and an upper
                                                     You are invited to our                 the whale because it was a bright        cycled back into the well-being of        school group performed some
                                                          Open House:                       blue and had so many different fea-      the school.                               scenes from Shakespeare. The
                                                    Wednesday, January 4 at 9:30am          tures on it. We also learned what the             — Asia Alston, 10th-grader       Lower School Chorus sang “My
                                                                                            animals eat and how they hunt.                                                     Heart Is Ready” and “Now It’s
                                                    Contact Sindy Udell,                        Finally, we watched a tornado        Edmund Burke School                       Time to Go.” There was lots of
                                                    Director of Admission,                  movie that we all really enjoyed.            I decided to go see Burke’s pro-      applause for all the students, who
                                                    to reserve a                            Lots of specially trained scientists     duction of “Dracula” on Nov. 4. It        worked hard on their performances.
                                                                                            were doing interesting experiments       was performed by high school stu-             After the student performances,
                                                    space or for a
                                                                                            and research on the tornado. We          dents.                                    the grandparents went to the class-
                                                    personal tour.
                                                                                            were all surprised that people would         “Dracula” is about a vampire          rooms to watch their grandchildren
                                                                                            risk their own lives to be inside the    from long ago who was biting peo-         in class. They were welcomed by
                                                                                            heart of a tornado.                      ple’s necks to have them join him in      the classes and asked to participate
                                                                                             — Grace Ashman, Year 8 Houston          his vampire world. Along the way,         in lots of the activities.
                                                                                                                (seventh-grader)     loved ones are missed and relation-           After spending time in the class-
                                                                                                                                     ships are tested, but the question        rooms, we went to an all-school
                                                    Kay and Robert Schattner Center         Deal Middle School                       remains until the end ... will            Mass, and the grandparents were
                                                                                               The holidays are in full swing at     Dracula get them all?                     given a special blessing.
                                                    6045 16th Street, NW
                                                    Washington, DC 20011                    Deal. Christmas, Hanukkah and                A vampire named Count Dracula            — Lucie Bryant, Chloe Gammon
                                                                                            Kwanzaa are all beginning soon.          is sucking everyone’s blood and                and Lexi Stone, fourth-graders
                                                    202-291-JPDS (5737), ext. 103                                                    making the people into what he is, a
                                                                                               At Deal every year, we have a
                                                                      candygram sale. You purchase a           vampire. A vampire is not a human         Jewish Primary Day School
                                                                                            candy cane, write a little note and      being although they seem to look             At Jewish Primary Day School,
                                                                                            send it to a friend or a teacher. All    like them. Vampires are creatures         two Wednesdays a month, we do
                                                                                            the money goes to Deal’s world lan-      with no pulse, who wake up during                  See Dispatches/Page 21
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           Holidays inWashington
                                                                                                                                                                                         Play &

GALA to present Kings Day celebration
Current Staff Writer

         ack in 1976, when GALA
         Theatre held its first celebra-
         tion of Three Kings Day, the
small company sent a procession of
adults, children and farm animals
around the neighborhood to pay
tribute to Mary and Joseph’s jour-
    In Mexico, it’s traditional for
celebrants to go on a house-to-
house procession, getting treats
from residents, said GALA co-
founder Hugo Medrano. In D.C.,
the group went to McDonald’s —
“and they [gave] some cookies and
some sodas to the kids,” he noted.
    Thirty-five years later, GALA
still puts on its annual Three Kings
Festival — to be held Sunday, Jan.
8, this season — but the snacks            mals, those kids will learn the story   while Alma Boliviana will do
have moved from neighborhood               of the Three Kings. Community           “energetic numbers” with bells on
shops to the theater itself.               activists Roland Roebuck, José          their shoes. Los Quetzales will also
    In fact, the theater hosts a cele-     Sueiro and Quique Avilés will play      perform, sharing its traditional                                                            Photos by Paulo Montenegro
bration each year after the proces-        Balthasar, Gaspar and Melchior,         Mexican folk dance. “The perform-        The annual celebration of Three Kings Day on Jan. 8 will feature a
sion. Festivities                                                respectively.     ers are young, and what they do is       procession starting at 14th Street and Park Road.
include dance                                                    They will         appealing [to kids],” said Medrano.
performances, a                                                  describe fol-        This year, performers from the        west on Monroe and back down            first-come, first-served basis start-
living Nativity                                                  lowing the star   National Symphony Orchestra will         14th to the theater.                    ing at 12:30 p.m. at GALA, 3333
scene (featuring                                                 of Bethlehem      join the show, adding music to the          Admission to the festival is free,   14th St. NW. More information is
those farm ani-                                                  through Puerto    storytelling.                            but tickets will be distributed on a    at
mals), and chur-                                                 Rico, Bolivia        And of course, the procession is
ros and hot                                                      and               a huge part of the draw. The march
chocolate. The                                                   Washington,       will kick off at 12:45 p.m., after the
event, which is                                                  D.C., finally     animals — last year it was a few
aimed at chil-                                                   arriving at       sheep, a rooster and a donkey; this
dren in particu-                                                 Bethlehem,        year will likely be the same —
lar, has drawn                                                   where they        spend some time greeting guests at
local families for generations.            found the baby Jesus (clearly, the      the corner of 14th Street and Park
    “It’s so nice to see the little kids   story has been adapted for the          Road NW. The procession will
… that we saw a long time ago              young, local audience).                 march east on Park, north on 13th,
coming with their own kids,” said              Kids also get a treat during
Medrano.                                   dance performances: The Spanish
    Along with enjoying the ani-           Dance Society will teach flamenco,
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                             Holidays inWashington
                Play &

Busy calendar of holiday activities extends to new year
       he Choral Arts Society of         between 8 and 12 feet tall, with
       Washington will present its       accompanying lights. The display is
       annual Christmas concerts —       open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at
featuring Ural Philharmonic              the park, located at 41st and
Orchestra mezzo-soprano Irina            Livingston streets NW. The family-
Shishkova traveling from Russia to       oriented spectacle is sponsored by
perform — Dec. 21 and 24 at the          Ward 3 recreation centers, Supreme
Kennedy Center. Ambassador               Teen Clubs and Young Ladies on
Sergey L. Kislyak has arranged for       the Rise. For more information,
the visit. The concerts will feature a   contact Chevy Chase Recreation
repertoire of Russian classical          Center site manager Gladys Shoatz
favorites, Handel’s “Hallelujah”         at
chorus, popular standards, audience      ■ St. Aloysius Church, 19 I St.
singalongs and Russian folk music.       NW, will present “Living Nativity”                                              Bill Petros/The Current
Performances will begin at 7 p.m.        from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 21.             Chevy Chase Park is hosting a “Winter Wonderland”
Dec. 21 and 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 24.                    display of holiday inflatables through Jan. 9.
Tickets cost $15 to $65. 202-785-        ■ The Source by Wolfgang Puck,
9727;                    575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will        with an array of sides and finished     Connecticut Ave. NW.                members. Store hours will be 11
■ Through Jan. 9, a “Winter              offer a holiday duck dinner from      with the restaurant’s signature                      a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Wonderland” at Chevy Chase               Dec. 22 through 24. The $49 menu      15-layer carrot cake. 202-637-6100;     ■ The Washington Project for the    Friday. Admission is free.
Park is featuring holiday inflatables    will include Peking duck served                       Arts is presenting “IceBox,” its
                                                                               ■ Giant grocery stores are serving      annual holiday gift shop, through   ■ Ardeo/Bardeo, 3311 Connecticut
                                                                               as collection spots for Toys for Tots   Dec. 23 at its 2023 Massachusetts   Ave., will offer a holiday menu
                                                                               through Dec. 23. The Marine-led         Ave. NW site. The store features    from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Christmas
                                                                               collection is in its 65th year. Local   crafts, jewelry, housewares and     Eve. For $50, guests will enjoy
                                                                               Giant stores include those at 3336      small works of art made by          scallops schnitzel, poached cod and
                                                                               Wisconsin Ave. NW and 4303              Washington Project for the Arts     seven-hour braised suckling pig.
                                                                                                                                                           ■ The Basilica of the National
                                                                                                                                                           Shrine of the Immaculate
                                                                                                                                                           Conception, 400 Michigan Ave.
                                                                                                                                                           NE, will host Christmas Eve events
                                                                                                                                                           from 5 to 10:30 p.m., including
                                                                                                                                                           choral music, musical meditations
                                                                                                                                                           on the Nativity and a Solemn Vigil
                                                                                                                                                           Mass presented by Archbishop
                                                                                                                                                           Carlo Maria Viganò.
                                                                                                                                                           ■ Bourbon Steak, 2800
                                                                                                                                                           Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will offer a
                                                                                                                                                           three-course prix-fixe dinner
                                                                                                                                                           Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,
                                                                                                                                                           including three choices per course,
                                                                                                                                                           for $90 plus tax and gratuity.
                                                                                                                                                           Dinner service will run from 5:30
                                                                                                                                                           to 10 p.m. 202-944-2026;
                                                                                                                                                           ■ Cafe Milano, 3251 Prospect St.
                                                                                                                                                           NW, will present a “Seven Fish
                                                                                                                                                           Dinner” Dec. 24, served from 5
                                                                                                                                                           p.m. to midnight, for $75 per per-
                                                                                                                                                           son, including a six-course meal
                                                                                                                                                           and a glass of Italian sparkling wine
                                                                                                                                                           (tax and gratuity not included). 202-
                                                                                                                                                           ■ Churches throughout the
                                                                                                                                                           Archdiocese of Washington will
                                                                                                                                                           offer Christmas Eve and Christmas
                                                                                                                                                           Day Masses.
                                                                                                                                                           ■ Equinox restaurant, 818
                                                                                                                                                           Connecticut Ave. NW, will present
                                                                                                                                                           a Christmas Eve feast starting at
                                                                                                                                                           5:30 p.m. The menu will include
                                                                                                                                                           traditional fish dishes and innova-
                                                                                                                                                           tive seafood creations, as well as
                                                                                                                                                           wine pairings. The price is to be
                                                                                                                                                           determined. 202-331-8118;
                                                                                                                                                           ■ Fiola restaurant, 601
                                                                                                                                                           Pennsylvania Ave. NW, will offer
                                                                                                                                                           an Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes
                                                                                                                                                           on Christmas Eve. The eight-course
                                                                                                                                                           menu will cost $125 per person,
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        Holidays inWashington
                                                                                                                                                                                      Play &

HOLIDAYS                                 will offer seatings at a Christmas
                                         Day brunch at 10:30 and 11 a.m.
                                                                                 spend the night at the Latham Hotel
                                                                                 and enjoy breakfast in M Express
                                                                                                                           ■ Smith Commons, 1245 H St.
                                                                                                                                                                  prices start at $110. 202-393-3939;
From Page 16                             and 1:30 and 2 p.m. The cost is $85     the next morning. 202-625-2150;           NE, will offer a three-course dinner   ■ Zaytinya, 701 9th St. NW, will
                                         per adult and $35 per child age 4                         and dance party for $60 per person     offer a New Year’s Eve celebration
plus tax and gratuity. Dinner service    through 12; children under 4 are        ■ Jaleo will offer New Year’s Eve         on New Year’s Eve. Highlights will     featuring a fire dancer and DJ. After
will run from 5 to 11:30 p.m. 202-       free. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.        celebrations at its three locations,      include braised short ribs, lobster    an early a la carte seating, the res-
628-2888;                 including 480 7th St. NW. After           ragout, a Moet Champagne toast,        taurant will offer a five-course din-
■ The Franciscan Monastery of            ■ America Eats Tavern, 405 8th          early a la carte offerings, the restau-   and live music and DJ entertain-       ner ($65 per person plus tax and
the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St.           St. NW, will offer a four-course        rant will serve unlimited tapas for       ment until 3 a.m. Seatings are from    gratuity) starting at 8:30 p.m. and a
NE, will present “Seven Nights of        tasting menu from 5 to 7 p.m. on        $85 per person (plus tax and gratu-       6 to 7:30 and 9 to 10:30 p.m. 202-     six-course chef’s tasting menu ($85
Lights,” featuring 800 luminaria         New Year’s Eve ($75 per person          ity) starting at 8:30 p.m. A DJ will      396-0038;          plus). 202-638-0800;
lighting the grounds, Dec. 24            plus tax and gratuity) and a nine-      play from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.         ■ Woolly Mammoth Theatre               ■ The Archdiocese of Washington
through 31.            course chef’s tasting menu from                                Company will host “From Woolly         will offer New Year’s Day Masses
■ Osteria-Enoteca, 1100 New              8:30 p.m. ($150 per person plus tax     ■ La Maison Française will host a         With Love: A New Year’s Eve            throughout the area.
York Ave., will offer a traditional      and gratuity). Dancing will begin at    New Year’s Eve gala for guests 21         Benefit,” featuring a performance      directory.
Feast of the Seven Fishes from 5 to      10 p.m. 202-393-0812;                   and older from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.        of The Second City’s “Spoiler          ■ The Fairmont Washington,
10 p.m. on Christmas Eve.                        at the Marriott Wardman Park              Alert: Everybody Dies” at 10 p.m.      D.C., 2401 M St. NW, will offer a
Highlights of the $65 prix-fixe          ■ Central Michel Richard, 1001          Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW.              followed by a reception with a         New Year’s Day brunch buffet with
menu include grilled eel with onion      Pennsylvania Ave., will celebrate its   The evening will feature five             photo booth, deserts from José         unlimited sparkling wine and com-
compote and red wine vinaigrette,        fifth anniversary with a New Year’s     bands, a midnight balloon drop,           Andrés Catering, an open bar, a raf-   plimentary valet parking from 11
black spaghetti with Catalina Island     Eve party, as well as food and drink    mock casino gambling, free-flow-          fle and a champagne toast led by       a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $89 per
sea urchin and seared cod with           specials all five nights before. On     ing Champagne, party favors, a            the show’s cast. Woolly Mammoth        person. For reservations, call 202-
tomatoes, olives, raisins, capers and    New Year’s, all five specials will      five-hour premium open bar and a          is located at 641 D St. NW. Ticket     457-5020.
pine nuts. 202-216-9550;                 come together in a special menu,        choice of three-course meal or buf-                           served alongside the regular fare.      fet. Tickets cost $99 (post-dinner,
■ Station 4, 1101 4th St. SW, will       Big band jazz will play from 8 p.m.     available for a limited time) to
offer a three-course menu from 5 to      to 1 a.m., and all guests will enjoy    $215 (VIP).
11 p.m. Christmas Eve. Highlights        a Champagne toast just before mid-      ■ Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, 401
will include cream of butternut          night. 202-626-0015;                    7th St. NW, will offer a four-course
squash with shaved chestnuts and               New Year’s Eve dinner for $59
white truffle essence and lobster pot    ■ Michel Richard Citronelle will        (plus tax and gratuity) with seatings
pie. 202-488-0987;       offer two seatings of different         from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a five-
■ Blue Duck Tavern, 24th and M           menus and a dance party on New          course dinner for $74 (plus tax and
streets NW, will offer a three-course    Year’s Eve. Menus will range from       gratuity) from 8 to 10 p.m. Rudy
buffet-style brunch from 10:30 a.m.      $140 for four courses to $290 for       Gonzalez y su Locura will perform
to 3:30 p.m. Christmas Day.              five courses with wine pairings. For    salsa, merengue, cumbia and jazz
Highlights will include a roast leg      a total of $499, guests can also        from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 202-628-
of venison with Asian pears and
winter cherry jus, Muscovy duck
breast with duck leg ragout and
roasted quince and stone-ground                                              Extending radical hospitality,
grits. The price is $90 per adult and                                                  transforming lives,
$42 per child age 6 through 12.
                                                                                     and pursuing justice
■ Cafe Milano, 3251 Prospect St.
NW, will offer a “Christmas Day
Sparkling Brunch” from 11 a.m. to                                                                                                                    4907 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC
4 p.m., featuring a made-to-order                                                                                                                                                 202.244.2044
egg station, a raw bar, homemade                                                                                                                        
breads and more. The cost is $85
per adult and $25 per child, and it
includes bottomless Italian spar-
kling wine (tax and gratuity exclud-         Saturday, December 24
ed). 202-333-6883;                           Christmas Eve
■ The Fairmont Washington,
D.C., 2401 M St. NW, will offer a
Christmas Day brunch buffet with
unlimited sparkling wine and com-
plimentary valet parking from 11
a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $95 per
person. For reservations, call 202-
■ J&G Steakhouse, 515 15th St.
NW, will offer three meals on
Christmas Day, including a $75
prix-fixe dinner including butternut         Sunday, December 25
squash soup with fall mushrooms,             Christmas Day
rice cracker-crusted tuna with citrus
chili sauce, grilled filet mignon with
soy-caramel sauce and gingered
mushrooms, and green apple crisp
with cinnamon ice cream. 202-661-
2440; jgsteakhousewashingtondc.
■ The Willard InterContinental’s
                                                            34O1 Nebraska Ave., NW +
Willard Room and Crystal Room
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                                                                ANC 1C                                 ■ commissioner Ramon Estrada            project at the Embassy of Congo,
                                                                ANC 1C
                                                                Adams Morgan                           reported that the Utopia mixed-use      16th and Riggs streets. The U.S.
                                                                ■ adams morGan
                                                                                                       project, 14th and U streets, has bro-   State Department and the D.C.
                                                                   The commission will meet at 7       ken ground after repeated delays.       Department of Transportation have
                                                                p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at             ■ Kay Eckles requested that the         ordered that the pavement be torn
                                                                Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario            commission reverse its stance of        up and replaced with green space.
                                                                Road NW.                               non-objection for a rental parking      ■ commissioner Bob Meehan said
                                                                   For details, call 202-332-2630 or   space at 1841 16th St. The commis-      he has noticed an increase in graf-
                                                                visit                       sion will discuss the item at its       fiti in the neighborhood.
                                                                                                       January meeting.                        ■ commissioner Kevin O’Connor
                                                                ANC 2A                                 ■ Lily Mendelson introduced her-        announced that new Metropolitan
                                                                 ANC 2A
                                                                Foggy Bottom                           self as the new Ward 2 coordinator      Police Department police service
                                                                ■ FoGGy bottom / west end
                                                                                                       for the Latin American Youth            area boundaries will be implement-
                                                                   The commission will meet at 7       Center.                                 ed Jan. 1. Under the new boundar-
                                                                p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. The           ■ Washington Metropolitan Area          ies, the northeast section of the
                                                                location has not been announced.       Transit Authority officials discussed   Dupont Circle area shifts from the
                                                                   For details, visit       plans to close the south entrance of    2nd District to the 3rd District.
                                                                                                       the Dupont Circle Metro station for         The commission will meet at 7
                                                                ANC 2B                                 8.5 months starting Feb. 1 to replace   p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the
                                                                 ANC 2B
                                                                Dupont Circle                          the escalators there.                   Brookings Institution building,
                                                                ■ dupont circle
                                                                                                       ■ commissioner Mike Silverstein         1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
                                                                   At the commission’s Dec. 14         said the body will discuss a planned        For details, visit dupontcir-
                                                                meeting:                               addition to the Argentine     
                                                                ■ chair Will Stephens announced        Organization of American States
                                                                that the commission has posted         Mission building, 1816 Corcoran         ANC 2D
                                                                more of its archives online, includ-   St., at its January meeting, as the      ANC 2D
                                                                                                                                               ■ sheridan-kalorama
                                                                ing newsletters, financial reports     project’s design has changed.
                                                                and auditor’s reports.                 ■ commissioners unanimously sup-           The commission will meet at 7
                                                                ■ a representative of the Keegan       ported a proposed addition at 2017      p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Our
                                                                Theatre, 1742 Church St., discussed    N St., but asked that the Historic      Lady Queen of the Americas
                                                                the upcoming season.                   Preservation Review Board consid-       Church, California Street and
                                                                ■ commissioner Kevin O’Connor          er the impacts of the plan. Neighbors   Phelps Place NW.
                                                                requested that residents use the       worry that the addition on the sec-        For details, contact david-
                                                                hashtag “#ANC2B” when posting          ond and third floors of the building, or visit anc2d.
                                                                about Dupont Circle on Twitter.        atop an existing first floor, would     org.
                                                                ■ Michael Clements, founder of the     block their light and air and asked
                                                                pop-up business ArtJamz, said he       that it be pulled back.                 ANC 2E
                                                                will come before the commission in     ■ commissioners voted unanimous-        ANC 2E
                                                                                                                                               ■ GeorGetown / cloisters
                                                                January as he seeks a liquor license   ly to raise no objection to an appli-   Cloisters / hillandale
                                                                for his first permanent location, at   cation for an expanded sidewalk
                                                                1740 Connecticut Ave. He hopes to      cafe at Breadline, 1751 Pennsylvania       The commission will meet at
                                                                provide his patrons with food and      Ave.                                    6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, at
                                                                beverages while they paint.            ■ commissioners voted unanimous-        Georgetown               Visitation
                                                                                                       ly to raise no objection to an appli-   Preparatory School, 1524 35th St.
                                                                                                       cation for a sidewalk cafe at Corner    NW.
                                                                                                       Bakery, 1828 L St.                         For details, call 202-724-7098 or
                                                                                                       ■ commissioners voted 8-0, with         visit
                                                                                                       Ramon Estrada abstaining, to raise
                                                                                                       no objection to an application for a    ANC 2F
                                                                                                       sidewalk cafe at Potbelly Sandwich      ANC 2F
                                                                                                                                               Logan Circle
                                                                                                                                               ■ loGan circle
                                                                                                       Shop, 900 19th St.
                                                                                                       ■ Ward 2 Council member Jack               The commission will meet at 7
                                                                                                       Evans discussed city issues, includ-    p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at
                                                                                                       ing finances, public safety and eth-    Washington Plaza Hotel, 10
                                                                                                       ics reform.                             Thomas Circle NW.
                                                                                                       ■ commissioners voted 8-0, with            For details, call 202-667-0052 or
                                                                                                       Mike Silverstein absent, to oppose      visit
                                                                                                       an application for a sidewalk cafe at
                                                                                                       El Tamarindo, 1785 Florida Ave.,        ANC 3B
                            Place your trust in the                                                    because they would prefer that its
                                                                                                                                               ANC 3B
                                                                                                                                               Glover Park
                                                                                                                                               ■ Glover park/cathedral heiGhts
                            largest private lender in the                                              hours extend only until 11 p.m.
                            Washington Metro Area.                                                     instead of the requested midnight.         The commission will meet at 7
                                                                                                       ■ commissioners voted 8-0 to sup-       p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at
                            Renovation Loans                                                           port an application from the One        Stoddert Elementary School and
                            Bridge Financing
                                                                                                       West Dupont Circle liquor store,        Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert
                                                                                                       2012 P St., to resume single sales,     St. NW.
                            Refinance and lower your monthly                                            and to amend its voluntary agree-          For details, call 202-338-2969,
                            payments                                                                   ment to allow sales until midnight.     contact or visit
                            Low Closing Costs                                                          ■ commissioners voted 8-0 to sup-
                                                                                                       port an application from Barmy
                            Free Pre-approvals                                                         Wine and Liquors, 1912 L St., to        ANC 3C
                                                                                                       resume single sales.                    ANC 3C
                                                                                                                                               Cleveland Park
                                                                                                                                               ■ cleveland park / woodley park
                                                                                                       ■ commissioner Mike Silverstein,        Woodley Park avenue heiGhts
                                                                                                       who also serves on the Alcoholic        Massachusetts Avenue Heights
                                                                                                                                               cathedral heiGhts
                                                                                                       Beverage Control Board, announced
                                                                                                       that the board has authorized              The commission will meet at
                                                                                                       Heritage India, 1337 Connecticut        7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the
                                                                                                       Ave., to reopen under new restric-      2nd District Police Headquarters,
                            202.256.7777 /                                          tions after a patron was killed in a    3320 Idaho Ave. NW. Its regular
                                                                                                       fight out front last month.             meeting date falls on Martin
                                                                                                       ■ commissioner Jack Jacobson            Luther King Jr. Day.
                                                                                                       thanked the Dupont Circle Citizens         For details, call 202-657-5725 or
                                                                                                       Association for protesting a paving     visit
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Colonial Village home is ready for holiday fun
       he prospect of holiday enter-
       taining has made more than
       one homeowner bemoan a
lack of storage space or a poor lay-

carol bucKley
out for party circulation. And for
buyers searching for new digs, this
time of year is likely to push those
concerns toward the head of a
house-hunting wish list.
    This Colonial Village property                                                                                                                          photos courtesy of Keller Williams capital properties
will impress those who require a                                                                                         This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath Colonial Village home is priced at
home that feels inviting. A spacious                                                                                     $945,000. Ground-floor details evoke early American architecture.
dining room — already festive in
seasonal red — is ideal for formal      American homes that the Colonial        es of dark granite) with the wel-        bedrooms and two full baths wait.      Downtown D.C. can be accessed
gatherings, while a kitchen and sit-    style stems from — but does not         coming aesthetic (warm wood cabi-            Owners who don’t need all those    via nearby 16th Street. And Rock
ting room combo can easily hold a       often acknowledge.                      netry) found in the ground floor’s       bedrooms could use one as a home       Creek Parkway can be used to
more casual crowd. At the rear,             In a smart move by former own-      main rooms. Appliances are top of        office; another spot downstairs        reach points all over the city. The
guests will find that a large living    ers, that ceiling has been replicated   the line and include a built-in Miele    could serve the same purpose or        park also offers resources for nature
room is nevertheless cozy, thanks in    in the added-on living room. Two        espresso station and a warming           work as a cozy den.                    lovers, bicyclists, runners and more.
part to a stone-surround fireplace.     sets of French doors here open to a     drawer.                                      In a useful move, former owners        This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath
    In fact, that warmth continues      stone patio and yard.                       The layout here is made for          added a second garage to the prop-     home at 8132 West Beach Drive is
throughout the ground level, thanks         But not all here is cozy comfort:   entertaining. A family room waits to     erty; each holds one vehicle, and      offered for $945,000 after a sub-
to charming details that have been      Renovations have also left a bright     one side, and a pair of islands offers   the newer offers storage space as      stantial recent price drop. For
maintained in the original home and     central atrium lined by a marble        space for seating as well as cook-       well.                                  details, contact Lee Goldstein of
replicated in an addition. Hardwood     floor mosaic. Open and closed           ing.                                         Drivers will find the property’s   Keller Williams Capital Properties
floors are a classic, and expected in   shelves flank the approach to that          Renovations have also yielded a      location useful for reaching Silver    at lee@leegoldsteingroup or 202-
a home of this vintage. Less pre-       space; the arrangement is ideal for     large master suite that is warmed by     Spring in just a few minutes.          744-8060.
dictable are other details: Large       showcasing art. The dining room         a fireplace; the space includes a
beams run perpendicular to smaller      also includes extensive built-in dis-   white master bath with a separate
boards that line the ceiling. The       play space.                             tub and shower stall. Extensive
combination ages the property in a
good way, calling to mind the early-
                                            A revamped kitchen combines
                                        the atrium’s rich materials (expans-
                                                                                closet space is offered here as well
                                                                                as down a hall, where three more
                                                                                                                                  Jaquet Listings are
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                                                                                                                                           Susan Jaquet

                                                                                                                                    202-365-8118 (DIRECT)
                                                                                                                                  202-686-0029 (HOME OFFICE)

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                                              public safety needs before — perhaps — saying yes.
                                                  “It’s kind of a quiet disaster,” said Tim Dennée, an
                                              architectural historian for the preservation board. Other
                                              cities with historic firehouses are dealing with the same
                                              issue, he told the board, “and nobody can really get a
                                              handle on it.”
                                                  The dilemma played out last Thursday as the board
                                              reviewed plans to modernize the 1916 fire station in
                                              Cleveland Park. The building at 3522 Connecticut Ave.                                       Bill Petros/Current File Photo
                                              is “carefully composed in the best Beaux-Arts tradition,”     Preservation is conflicting with safety at the
                                              with a rusticated limestone base and arched doors with        Cleveland Park fire station.
                                              classical proportions, according to Dennée’s report. But
                                              conditions inside are so bad that the station was declared    new ambulance chassis are just as wide, Foust replied.
                                              uninhabitable and closed in late 2010.                            What about ordering narrower new trucks for
                                                  The fire department’s plan, which has been stalled        Cleveland Park only, someone asked. “Then no other fire
                                              since 2004, is to completely modernize the interior,          trucks could go there, if there’s a breakdown, or we have
                                              replace the roof, install aluminum windows, and widen         to transfer equipment,” Foust said, adding that while
                                              the two vehicle bays by about 2 feet each.                    some European manufactures produce a narrower
                                                  And that’s the big sticking point. The board’s guide-     engine, other equipment on it wouldn’t be compatible
                                              lines make it almost impossible to approve alterations to     with what the District uses.
                                              the front facades of landmarked buildings, or to “charac-         The preservation board, unanimously, stuck with
                                              ter-defining features” like the vehicle bays. “The rusti-     what member Tersh Boasberg called “a two-part process.
                                              cated, classical facade would have to be rebuilt,” Dennée     We have to deny it, and you go automatically to the
                                              said, and even the most careful design and masonry work       mayor’s agent. We have no business getting into the
                                              would still alter the classical proportions of the arched     operational aspects of the fire department,” he said. But
                                              doors.                                                        the mayor’s agent can, by law, deem “the operational
                                                  “You can’t sort of slap these things together. They       needs of a public safety facility” a higher priority than
                                              were designed and built with great care,” Dennée told the     historic preservation.
                                              board.                                                            “This station serves my house,” added Boasberg,
                                                  Battalion Chief David Foust, who oversees construc-       who lives in Cleveland Park. “And you don’t want it not
                                              tion for the fire department, said the renovation needs to    to have the trucks it needs,” said member Joseph Taylor,
                                              get going. “This project started in 2004,” he said. The       finishing his thought.
                                              station is closed and its personnel and vehicles crammed          The board has approved wider doors as part of two
                                              into other firehouses. “Each one of these delays has a        historic firehouse renovations. But those cases were dif-
                                              domino effect on other fire stations,” he said.               ferent, Dennée said: a fairly simple brick building that
                                                  And Foust said he’s seen fire engines dinging the nar-    could be “relatively easily reworked” on Florida Avenue
                                              row door openings. “Striking the wall does damage to          NE, and a stucco firehouse on Pennsylvania Avenue SE
                                              these beautiful buildings,” he said.                          that had “a little more room or opportunity for widen-
                                                  Fire officials considered and rejected several alterna-   ing.”
                                              tives. Since most calls to the Cleveland Park station were        But other firehouse cases expected to come to the
                                              for emergency medical care rather than fires, preserva-       board could be more challenging. “This is now the third
                                              tionist Sally Berk suggested, why not just keep ambu-         door widening,” Dennée told the board. “We’re expect-
                                              lances there? But the new environmental standards mean        ing at least 10, and they’re not going to get easier.”
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DISPATCHES                               placed first, second and third,
                                         respectively. Tobias Severin,
                                         Christopher Sherman, Jordan Allen
                                                                                  be donated.
                                                                                     Continuing with our community
                                                                                  service projects, last Wednesday the
                                                                                                                               The class that brought in the
                                                                                                                            most toys got a surprise. Faculty
                                                                                                                            and staff also competed in the com-
                                                                                                                                                                      to familiarize themselves with the
                                                                                                                                                                      FIRST Robotics competition, as
                                                                                                                                                                      well as a refresher for returning par-
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                                         and Charlie Bennett captured fifth       lower school gathered as a commu-         petition, winning the drive and           ticipants.
birthday lunch.                          through eighth places, respectively.     nity and worked on several different      obtaining the grand prize — a                 Finally, Walls’ third annual
    At birthday lunch, half the              To capture the girls city champi-    projects. The Form II students            doughnut breakfast on Dec. 16.            Winter Concert was held Thursday
school gathers in the gym to have        onship, Ana Fischer took first and       worked together with their Form C            “This toy drive has really been a      evening at George Washington
lunch together (usually, we eat in       Anna Ganote placed ninth. In 12th        (fourth-grade) buddies to cut vege-       good experience, and I’m glad we          University’s Marvin Center.
our classrooms).                         and 13th places were Claire Trinity      tables to be used in the soup that        can help out the children,” said          Amazing performances were put on
    Even-numbered grades attend          and Jalen Ciagne; in 19th place was      night for Martha’s Table. The rest of     Student Government Association            by the stage, concert and jazz
birthday lunch the first Wednesday       Abigail Gorman, and in 23rd place        the lower school, Forms I, A and B,       president Logan Bush.                     bands, as well as by a number of
of each month, and odd-numbered          came Alexandra Waterman.                 wrote thoughtful letters to wounded               — Sean Dwyer, 12th-grader         non-band-affiliated musicians.
grades have birthday lunch the third         At the east-west divisional meet,    veterans who are returning from                                                         It’s been a busy week. Luckily,
Wednesday of each month.                 the boys swept every top spot.           Afghanistan.                              School Without Walls                      break is right around the corner.
    The shinshiniot (Israeli volunteer   Aaron Rosenthal took first place;           All in all, these last two weeks           Midterm week began with a fury                     — Keanu Ross-Cabrera,
teachers) play games with us, like       William O’Brien placed second;           were very busy, but we got through        of complaints from students. Instead                                12th-grader
naming what something is or guess-       and Daniel Freyman, Aiden Trinity,       them together safely and joyfully         of the usual exam schedule — a
ing what song is playing, and do         Jordan Allen, Tobias Severin and         before we departed for the holidays.      study period and one exam in the          Sheridan School
trivia to keep us busy.                  Christopher Sherman placed third                    — Nate Johnson, Form II        morning, then lunch and another              This year at Sheridan, the holi-
    At the end of lunch, the head of     through seventh, respectively.                                  (eighth-grader)    study period, and finally an exam in      day spirit is very much alive. We
school calls up all the students cele-       In the east-west meet, where the                                               the afternoon — regular classes           had all of our students decorate rib-
brating birthdays that month, and        girls were runners-up, Ana Fisher        St. Ann’s Academy                         were held in between and occasion-        bons with holiday traditions from
they each get a cupcake.                 earned first place while Anna                Every day at school, we do            ally during exams. Students taking        their families, and we wove them
    Everyone sings happy birthday        Ganote and Claire Trinity took           something new, such as practicing         exams were excused from class but         into a giant quilt. Every year, the
and “yom huledet sameach” (happy         fourth and fifth places. In 10th place   our division skills in math, learning     still responsible for missed work.        school gets together for a holiday
birthday in Hebrew).                     was Alexandra Waterman, and in           new spelling words or reading new         While some teachers chose to light-       assembly to sing generic, secular
    I like birthday lunch because I      11th was Abigail Gorman. Rachel          stories. We are learning about vol-       en the workload, others pushed on         holiday songs such as “Let It
learn while eating good pizza and        Wallach and Rosalia Inglima placed       canoes right now in reading. We are       to new material, drawing the bulk         Snow” and share their family tradi-
having fun.                              13th and 14th, respectively.             also learning about the Ten               of the clamor as many were forced         tions with the community. This year
    — Andrew Kupfer, fourth-grader                     — Duncan Hudson and        Commandments, which we really             to divert their focus from midterm        around Thanksgiving, the student
                                                        Christopher Sherman,      enjoy.                                    studying. To the best of my knowl-        council organized a clothing and
Key Elementary                                                    fifth-graders       In Spanish, we learned “Silent        edge, however, everyone pulled            school supply drive for homeless
    An annual holiday tradition at                                                Night” and The Lord’s Prayer. In          through. Or at least no one suffered      families residing at the National
Key School is our Holiday Sharing        Maret School                             science, our favorite experiment          any serious mental breakdowns.            Center for Children and Families on
Program. This is a time to share our         Reading and writing are great in     was when we made electricity by               Also this week, the Walls swim-       Greentree Road in Bethesda.
holiday spirit with the students,        the third grade. We have been read-      connecting a battery with aluminum        mers on the Wilson swim team par-            “I think that the school art proj-
teachers, staff and families from the    ing nonfiction and biographies late-     foil to a mini light bulb. The bulb lit   ticipated in the close victory over       ects really show our diversity, yet it
Key community. Each class or             ly. What’s nice about third grade is     up, and we used a paperclip as the        St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes. Many           helps us come together as a better
grade recites a poem, sings a song       that you get a say in what you want      light switch — it was cool!               Walls swimmers did not attend due         community,” said seventh-grader
or shares holiday greetings. Key         to read and who you want to read             We are also doing something fun       to exams.                                 Vishnu Ramasawmy. “In sixth
School students look forward to the      about.                                   called Secret Santa. You buy some-            The Robotics Team attended            grade, we did a Secret Santa
Holiday Sharing Program every                Our reading specialist helps us      one a gift, and they have to guess        George Mason High School’s annu-          exchange, and it really brought our
year. Students enjoy working             with lessons before we read, and         who gave it to them. We also like         al workshop, boasting one of the          community together. In the begin-
together with their teachers and         she helps us get as much out of our      having hot dog lunch — it’s so deli-      largest teams in attendance. It was a     ning of our Sheridan journey (first
classmates on their performance.         books as possible. I read about          cious! You get a hot dog, a drink         great opportunity for new members                   See Dispatches/Page 29
    The Holiday Sharing Program is       Eleanor Roosevelt and Nellie Bly,        and a cupcake. We get to eat with
performed twice. The first perfor-       who are really interesting people to     our friends and the rest of the
mance is for the Key School stu-         learn about.                             school.
dents and staff. The second perfor-          In the spring, we have a                               — Maura Ryan and

mance is for Key School families.        Biographical Character Day where                Malachi Mack, third-graders
    The 2011 Holiday Sharing             you dress up as your favorite char-                                                                                                            Conferences
                                                                                                                                 IMAGES Y
                                                                                  St. John’s College High
Program includes a kindergarten
performance of “The Gingerbread
                                         acter in history.
                                             In writing, we have written small    School                                                                                                     Events
Man,” pre-k performances of
“December” and “I’m a Little
                                         moments, nonfiction and how-to
                                                                                      With the Christmas season in
                                                                                  full swing, the faculty and students                                                                     Publicity
Penguin,” first-grade performances           At the end of each unit, we pub-     at St. John’s worked to give back to
of “Winter Wonderland” and poetry,       lish our favorite stories. I really      the community. This week St.
and a second-grade performance of        enjoy going through the writing          John’s held a toy drive for
“I Am Freezing.” Our fourth grade        process and getting to share my          Children’s National Medical Center.
is sharing holiday greetings from        published story at the end.              The drive was sponsored by the
around the world, and fifth grade                — Alexa Cohen, third-grader      Student Government Association
concludes the program with                                                        and headed by moderators Christine
“Waving Flag.” The student council       St. Albans School                        Derencz, of the Benilde
emcees the program and helps                 During our last two full weeks       Department, and Courtney Hall,
everything to run smoothly.              of school together at St. Albans         dean of students.
             — Meghan Ourand and         before winter break, we have had             As soon as the announcement
        Jasmine Reid, fifth-graders      some exciting occurrences.               was made last Thursday, toys start-
                                             Recently, the Washington             ed pouring in on Friday. Board
Lafayette Elementary                     National Cathedral finally reopened.     games, Barbies and Tonka trucks
   Lafayette sports seasons are          Because of the closure, we had not       consumed a quarter of the front
beginning and ending right now.          been able to hold our monthly cha-       office of the school.
Basketball and indoor track are get-     pel in the Cathedral. However, as            With the toy drive came friendly
ting under way, and cross country        this third week of the Christian         competition among the community.
has recently ended.                      Advent calendar started, some of         From 7:30 to 8:30 each morning,
   In cross country, Lafayette had a     our peers had the opportunity to         student government members wait-
tremendous season and many run-          light the candles on the Cathedral’s     ed in the office for students and fac-
ners accomplished a lot. Both the        Advent wreath during our first           ulty to bring in their contributions,                                          nce
boys and girls teams won their city      Cathedral chapel service of the          logging them in so that each grade                                Ye rs Expe e
                                                                                                                                                   Over             alism
championships. In addition, our          2011-2012 school year.                   — along with faculty and staff —                                   in Photo Journ
                                                                                                                                                       89                       5
boys won the west division champi-           At the end of last week, our         would receive credit in the competi-
onship, while our girls were run-        B-Formers (fifth-graders) held a         tion. The final participation results
ners-up in that division. Here are       bake sale for our annual toy drive.      were the following: freshmen, 36
some individual accomplishments.         They raised more than $500. They         percent; sophomores, 40 percent;
                                                                                                                                                                 NW Wash. DC
   In the city championship for          will use the proceeds to buy toys        juniors, 40 percent; seniors, 40 per-
boys, Aidan Trinity, Daniel              that they will then contribute to the
                                         lower school’s collection of toys to
                                                                                  cent; and faculty and staff, 56 per-
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Freymann and Aaron Rosenthal
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                                                                           Events Entertainment
Wednesday, Dec. 21                                  will	present	“Holiday	Treasures	From	Russia,”	      tors	can	adopt	energy-saving	practices	at	                                                           National	Cathedral,	Massachusetts	and	
  Wednesday DeCember 21                             featuring	the	Ural	Philharmonic	Orchestra	and	      home.	5	to	9	p.m.	Free.	National	Zoo,	3001	                                                          Wisconsin	avenues	NW.	202-537-6200.	The
Children’s programs                                 mezzo-soprano	Irina	Shishkova.	7	p.m.	$15	          Connecticut	Ave.	NW.	202-633-4470.	The                                                               event will repeat Saturday at 6 p.m.
	 ■	“Seasons	of	Light”	will	feature	an	inter-       to	$65.	Concert	Hall,	Kennedy	Center.	202-          event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except
active	celebration	of	winter	holidays.	10:15	       467-4600.	The concert will repeat Saturday          Dec. 24, 25 and 31).                                                                                 Saturday,	Dec.	24
and	11:30	a.m.	$3	to	$6	for	children;	$8	for	       at 1 p.m.                                                                                                                                                   Saturday DeCember 24
adults.	Discovery	Theater,	S.	Dillon	Ripley	                                                            Thursday,	Dec.	22                                                                                    Children’s program
Center,	1100	Jefferson	Drive	SW.	202-633-           Discussions and lectures
                                                                                                          Thursday DeCember 22                                                                               	 ■	Children	ages	5	and	older	will	listen	to	
8700.	The performance will repeat Thursday          	 ■	National	Gallery	of	Art	lecturer	Erik	          Children’s programs                                                                                  a	story	about	writer,	poet	and	art	collector	
and Friday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m.                  Denker	will	present	a	gallery	talk	on	“Fine	        	 ■	A	park	ranger	will	lead	ages	4	and	older	                                                        Gertrude	Stein	and	create	a	special	piece	of	
	 ■	Children	ages	5	and	older	will	tour	the	        Feathered	Friends:	Birds	in	Art.”	2	p.m.	Free.	     on	a	half-mile	hike	and	discuss	how	Rock	                                                            art.	1	to	4	p.m.	Free.	National	Portrait	Gallery,	
historic	mansion	to	see	how	the	holidays	           West	Building	Rotunda,	National	Gallery	of	         Creek	Park’s	wildlife	and	plant	life	handle	the	                                                     8th	and	F	streets	NW.	202-633-1000.	The
were	celebrated	in	Washington	in	years	past,	       Art,	6th	Street	and	Constitution	Avenue	NW.	        coldest	months	of	the	year.	4	p.m.	Free.	Rock	                                                       program will repeat Dec. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.
and	then	they	will	design	and	build	their	own	      202-737-4215.                                       Creek	Nature	Center,	5200	Glover	Road	NW.	
edible	gingerbread	houses.	10:30	a.m.	and	          	 ■	Journalist	and	                                 202-895-6070.                                                                                        Concerts
1:30	p.m.	$12	per	child;	free	for	adult	chap-       author	Phillip	Terzian	will	                        	 ■	A	“Gingerbread	Party”	will	feature	sto-                                                          	 ■	The	Beltway	Brass	Quintet	will	perform	
erones.	Reservations	required.	Tudor	Place	         discuss	his	book	                                   ries	and	cookie-decorating.	4	p.m.	Free.	                                                            jazzy	and	jaunty	arrangements	of	holiday	
Historic	House	and	Garden,	1644	31st	St.	           “Architects	of	Power:	                              Petworth	Neighborhood	Library,	4200	Kansas	           Saturday, DeCember 24                          favorites.	Noon.	Free.	Millennium	Stage,	
NW.	202-965-0400,	ext.	108.	The program             Roosevelt,	Eisenhower,	                             Ave.	NW.	202-243-1188.                                ■	Performance:	The	Kinsey	Sicks	—	             Kennedy	Center.	202-467-4600.
will repeat Dec. 27, 28 and 29 at 10:30 a.m.        and	the	American	                                                                                         “America’s	favorite	Dragapella	Beauty-         	 ■	The	Peoples	Jazz	Society	at	Peoples	
and 1:30 p.m.                                       Century.”	6	p.m.	Free.	                             Concerts                                              Shop	Quartet”	—	will	present	“Oy	Vey	          Congregational	United	Church	of	Christ	will	
                                                    National	Portrait	Gallery,	                         	 ■	“Holiday	Lobbying”	will	feature	the	a	            in	a	Manger.”	8	p.m.	$50	to	$65.	              present	the	14th	annual	“Christmas	Eve	Jazz	
Class                                               8th	and	F	streets	NW.	202-633-1000.                 cappella	group	Capital	Hearings.	5:30	to	7:30	        Washington	DC	Jewish	Community	                Vespers	and	Carol	Singalong,”	featuring	
	 ■	A	weekly	workshop	will	offer	instruction	                                                           p.m.	Free.	Willard	InterContinental,	1401	            Center,	1529	16th	St.	NW.	                     Bobby	Felder	and	friends.	7	p.m.	Free.	
in	“Sahaja	Yoga	Meditation.”	7	p.m.	Free.	          Film                                                Pennsylvania	Ave.	NW.	202-628-9100.         	The perfor-               Peoples	Congregational	United	Church	of	
West	End	Neighborhood	Library,	1101	24th	           	 ■	The	French	Cinémathèque	series	will	            	 ■	The	Sweet	Heaven	Kings,	a	16-member	              mance will repeat Sunday at 3 and              Christ,	4704	13th	St.	NW.	202-723-3953.
St.	NW.	202-724-8707.                               feature	Jacques	Doillon’s	2010	film	“The	           gospel	brass	and	percussion	ensemble,	will	           7:30 p.m. and Monday at 7:30 p.m.
                                                    Three-Way	Wedding.”	8	p.m.	$11;	$9	for	stu-         perform	holiday	songs.	6	p.m.	Free.	                                                                 Films
Concerts                                            dents;	$8.25	for	seniors;	$8	for	ages	12	and	       Millennium	Stage,	Kennedy	Center.	202-467-                                                           	 ■	The	National	Gallery	of	Art	will	present	
	 ■	The	“Happenings	at	the	Harman”	                 younger.	Avalon	Theatre,	5612	Connecticut	          4600.                                                                                                Andy	Warhol’s	16	mm	film	“Soap	Opera.”	
series	will	feature	classical	guitarist	J.	Scott	   Ave.	NW.	202-966-6000.                              	 ■	Samovar	will	perform	Russian	folk	             1600	21st	St.	NW.	202-387-2151.                   12:30	p.m.	Free.	East	Building	Auditorium,	
Matejicka.	Noon.	Free.	Sidney	Harman	Hall,	                                                             music.	6	to	8	p.m.	Free.	Garden	Court,	U.S.	                                                         National	Gallery	of	Art,	4th	Street	and	
610	F	St.	NW.	202-547-1122.                         Performances                                        Botanic	Garden,	100	Maryland	Ave.	SW.	202-         Films                                             Constitution	Avenue	NW.	202-737-4215.
	 ■	The	Wilson	High	School	Jazz	Chorus	will	        	 ■	SpeakeasyDC	and	Sixth	&	I	Historic	             225-8333.                                          	 ■	The	West	End	Neighborhood	Library	will	       	 ■	The	National	Gallery	of	Art	will	present	
perform	holiday	music.	1	p.m.	Free.	Cleveland	      Synagogue	will	present	“My	So-Called	Jewish	        	 ■	The	Washington	                                show	Michael	Anderson’s	1956	film	“Around	        Jean	Cocteau’s	1946	film	“Beauty	and	the	
Park	Neighborhood	Library,	3310	Connecticut	        Life	III,”	featuring	autobiographical	stories	by	   Chorus	and	tenor	Carl	                             the	World	in	Eighty	Days,”	starring	David	        Beast,”	about	a	village	beauty	who	must	sur-
Ave.	NW.	202-282-3080.                              Adam	Ruben,	Ophira	Eisenberg,	Rabbi	                Tanner	will	present	“A	                            Niven,	Shirley	MacLaine	and	Robert	Newton.	       render	to	a	beast	as	sacrifice	for	her	father’s	
	 ■	“Holiday	Lobbying”	will	feature	the	            Jonathan	Roos,	Hannah	Seligson,	Jerome	             Candlelight	Christmas,”	                           12:30	p.m.	Free.	West	End	Neighborhood	           error	of	judgment.	2	and	4	p.m.	Free.	East	
women’s	vocal	ensemble	Philomela.	5:30	to	          Copulsky	and	Amy	Saidman.	8	p.m.	$15.	              featuring	holiday	clas-                            Library,	1101	24th	St.	NW.	202-724-8707.          Building	Auditorium,	National	Gallery	of	Art,	
7:30	p.m.	Free.	Willard	InterContinental,	1401	     Sixth	&	I	Historic	Synagogue,	600	I	St.	NW.	        sics,	singalongs	and	a	                            	 ■	The	Phillips	Collection	will	present	         4th	Street	and	Constitution	Avenue	NW.	202-
Pennsylvania	Ave.	NW.	202-628-9100.                                             candlelight	processional.	                         Herbert	Ross’	1977	film	“The	Turning	Point,”	     737-4215.	
	 ■	The	Macaroons	will	perform.	6	p.m.	             	 ■	“Wednesday	Night	Open	Mic	Poetry”	              7	p.m.	$15	to	$65.	                                about	a	reunion	of	rivals	that	arises	when	a	
Free.	Millennium	Stage,	Kennedy	Center.	            will	feature	spoken-word	artist	Kelly	Zen-Yie	      Concert	Hall,	Kennedy	Center.	202-467-             ballerina	stops	on	tour	in	small-town	           Special events
202-467-4600.                                       Tsai.	9	p.m.	$4.	Cullen	Room,	Busboys	and	          4600.	                                             Oklahoma.	6	p.m.	$12;	$10	for	seniors	and	       	 ■	St.	John’s	Episcopal	Church,	Lafayette	
	 ■	The	Choral	Arts	Society	of	Washington	          Poets,	1025	5th	St.	NW.	202-332-6433.               	 ■	The	band	                                      students;	free	for	ages	18	and	younger.	         Square,	will	present	the	Carols,	Pageant	and	
                                                                                                        Chaise	Lounge	                                     Phillips	Collection,	1600	21st	St.	NW.	202-      Choral	Eucharist,	at	5	p.m.;	and	the	Carols	
                                                    Special events                                      will	perform	holi-                                 387-2151.                                        and	Festival	Choral	Eucharist	with	orchestra,	
                                                    	 ■	The	seventh	annual	Downtown	Holiday	            day	songs.	8	                                                                                       at	7:30	and	11	p.m.	Free.	16th	and	H	Streets	
                                                    Market	will	feature	exhibitors,	local	food	and	     and	10	p.m.	                                       Performance                                      NW.	202-347-8766.
                                                    live	music.	Noon	to	8	p.m.	Free	admission.	         $20.	Blues	                                        	 ■	The	Topaz	Hotel	Bar’s	weekly	stand-up	 	 ■	The	Choir	of	the	Stone	Ridge	School	of	
                                                    Sidewalk	of	F	Street	between	7th	and	9th	           Alley,	1073	                                       show	will	feature	local	comics.	8	to	10	p.m.	    the	Sacred	Heart	will	perform	a	choral	pre-
                                                    streets	NW,	in	front	of	the	Smithsonian	            Wisconsin	Ave.	NW.	202-337-4141.                   Free.	1733	N	St.	NW.	202-393-3000.               lude,	and	Msgr.	Walter	Rossi	will	lead	a	chil-
                                                    American	Art	Museum	and	National	Portrait	                                                                                                              dren’s	Mass	with	pageant,	at	5	p.m.;	carillon-
                                                    Gallery.	The             Discussions and lectures                           Friday,	Dec.	23                                  neur	Robert	Grogan	and	organist	Russell	
                                                    market will continue Thursday and Friday            	 ■	National	Gallery	of	Art	lecturer	Eric	            Friday DeCember 23                            Weismann	will	perform	musical	meditations	
  “Paris at your doorstep”
                                                    from noon to 8 p.m.                                 Denker	will	discuss	“The	Christmas	Story	in	       Concerts                                         on	the	Nativity,	at	9	p.m.;	the	National	
                                                    	 ■	“ZooLights”	will	feature	environmentally	       Art,”	about	paintings	in	the	permanent	collec-     	 ■	Charles	Miller	of	National	City	Christian	 Shrine’s	Choir	and	Chamber	Orchestra	will	
                                                    friendly	light	displays,	a	model	train,	live	       tion	that	depict	the	birth	of	Jesus.	11	a.m.	      Church	will	present	an	organ	recital.	12:15	     offer	choral	meditations	on	the	Nativity,	at	10	
       Seductive French Cuisine                     entertainment	and	presentations	on	how	visi-        Free.	West	Building	Rotunda,	National	Gallery	     p.m.	Free.	National	City	Christian	Church,	5	    p.m.;	and	Archbishop	Carlo	Maria	Viganò,	the	
                                                                                                        of	Art,	6th	Street	and	Constitution	Avenue	        Thomas	Circle	NW.	202-797-0103.                  new	apostolic	nuncio	to	the	United	States,	will	
             Private Event Space                                                                        NW.	202-737-4215.                                  	 ■	“Holiday	Lobbying”	will	feature	the	         lead	the	Solemn	Vigil	Mass	of	Christmas	Eve,	
                  (25-150 guests)                                                                       	 ■	A	gallery	talk	will	focus	on	“Degas’s	Tiny	    Sound	Advice	Quartet	of	the	Vienna-Falls	        at	10:30	p.m.	Free.	Basilica	of	the	National	
                                                                                                        Dancers,”	about	the	working-class	ballerinas	      Chorus	performing	barbershop	harmonies.	         Shrine	of	the	Immaculate	Conception,	400	
             French Movie Nights                                                                        who	populate	Edgar	Degas’	artworks.	6	and	7	       5:30	to	7:30	p.m.	Free.	Willard	                 Michigan	Ave.	NE.	202-526-8300.
                   (2nd Tuesdays)                                                                       p.m.	$12;	$10	for	seniors	and	students;	free	      InterContinental,	1401	Pennsylvania	Ave.	NW.	 	 ■	A	traditional	Christmas	Eve	service	will	
        Champagne Happy Hours                                                                           for	ages	18	and	younger.	Phillips	Collection,	     202-628-9100.                                    feature	lessons	and	carols.	8	p.m.	Free.	
                                                                                                                                                           	 ■	The	Encore	Chorale,	an	ensemble	of	          Universalist	National	Memorial	Church,	16th	
                      (Fri/Sat)                                                                                                                            singers	who	are	55	and	older,	will	perform	      and	S	streets	NW.	202-387-7919.	
                      Karaoke Nights                                                                                                                       crowd-pleasing	holiday	music.	6	p.m.	Free.	      	 ■	The	Schola	Cantorum	and	Festival	
                              (Weds)                                                                                                                       Millennium	Stage,	Kennedy	Center.	202-467- Singers	will	lead	worshippers	in	hymns,	and	
                                                                                                                                                           4600.                                            Cardinal	Donald	Wuerl	will	bless	the	crèche	at	
                                                                                                                                                           	 ■	Conductor	Barry	Hemphill	will	lead	the	 the	St.	Anthony	Chapel	and	celebrate	Mass.	
                                                                                                                                                           Kennedy	Center	Opera	House	Orchestra,	a	         9:15	p.m.	Free.	Cathedral	of	St.	Matthew	the	
                                                                                                                                                           200-voice	choir,	professional	soloists	and	      Apostle,	1725	Rhode	Island	Ave.	NW.	202-
                                                                                                                                                           audience	members	in	a	singalong	of	excerpts	 347-3215.
                                                                                                                                                           from	Handel’s	“Messiah.”	8	p.m.	Free;	tickets	 	 ■	The	Right	Rev.	Mariann	Budde	will	cele-
                                                                                                                                                           required.	Concert	Hall,	Kennedy	Center.	202-     brate	the	Festival	of	Holy	Eucharist,	which	will	
                                                                                                                                                           467-4600.                                        feature	the	Cathedral	Choir	of	Men	and	Boys.	
                                                                                                                                                                                                            10	p.m.	Free;	passes	required.	Washington	
                                                                                                                                                           Special events                                   National	Cathedral,	Massachusetts	and	
                                                                                                                                                           	 ■	The	21st	annual	“BZB	Holiday	Gift	&	Art	 Wisconsin	avenues	NW.	202-537-6200.                                                                                                                                     Show”	will	feature	holiday	items,	collectibles,	
  1847 Columbia Road NW                                                                                                                                    toys,	clothes	and	jewelry.	10	a.m.	to	7	p.m.	    Sunday,	Dec.	25
                                                                                                                                                           Free.	Shiloh	Family	Life	Center,	1510	9th	St.	      Sunday DeCember 25                                                                                                                                        NW.	202-610-4188.                                Concerts
                                                                                                                                                           	 ■	“Carols	by	Candlelight”	will	feature	        	 ■	Washington	National	Cathedral	organ-
   Tel: 202-299-9630                                                                                                                                       Christmas	music.	6	p.m.	Free.	Washington	                            See	events/Page	23
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Continued From Page 22                            Poets,	1025	5th	St.	NW.	202-387-7638.                                                             event, a reading series exploring lesbian, gay,   387-2151.
                                                  	 ■	The	Washington	Psychotronic	Film	                                                             bisexual and transgender themes. 9 p.m. $4.
ists Scott Dettra and Jeremy Filsell will per-    Society	will	present	David	Cronenberg’s	1983	                                                     Cullen	Room,	Busboys	and	Poets,	1025	5th	         Performance
form. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National         film	“Videodrome.”	8	p.m.	Donation	suggest-                                                       St. NW. 202-332-6433.                             	 ■	“Holiday	Vaudeville”	will	feature	Cajun	
Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin            ed.	McFadden’s	Restaurant	and	Saloon,	                                                                                                              cellist	Sean	Grissom,	the	Alexandria	Kleztet	
avenues NW. 202-537-6200.                         2401	Pennsylvania	Ave.	NW.	202-462-3356.                                                          Special event                                     and entertainer Mallory Lewis with the classic
	 ■	“All-Star	Christmas	                                                                                                                            	 ■	“Camp	Kwanzaa,”	a	family-friendly	cele-       children’s	puppet	Lamb	Chop.	6	p.m.	Free.	
Day Jazz Jam” will fea-                           Sporting event                                                                                    bration of the seven days of Kwanzaa, will        Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-
ture host and vibraphon-                          	 ■	The	Washington	Wizards	will	play	the	                                                         feature performances, hands-on activities         4600. The performance will repeat Friday at
ist Chuck Reed, pianist                           New Jersey Nets. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon                                                      and crafts. 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations         6 p.m.
Robert Redd, drummer                              Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.                                                               required.	Panorama	Room,	Our	Lady	of	
Lenny Robinson, trum-                                                                                                                               Perpetual	Help	Church,	1600	Morris	Road	SE.	      Special events
peter Tom Williams and                            Tuesday, Dec. 27                                                                                  202-633-4844.                                     	 ■	The	Farafina	Kan	Youth	Ensemble	will	
vocalist Delores
                                                    Tuesday DeCeMbeR 27
                                                                                                                                                                                                      present	“A	Kwanzaa	Celebration,”	featuring	
Williams. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage,          Children’s program                                                                                Sporting events                                   audience participation and a concert. 10:30
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.                     	 ■	Children	ages	5	and	older	will	tour	the	                                                      	 ■	The	2011	Military	Bowl	will	pit	the	U.S.	     a.m.	Free;	reservations	required.	Panorama	
                                                  historic mansion to see how the holidays were                                                     Air	Force	Academy	against	the	University	of	      Room,	Our	Lady	of	Perpetual	Help	Church,	
Special events                                    celebrated in Washington in years past, and                                                       Toledo. 4:30 p.m. $25 to $90. RFK Memorial        1600 Morris Road SE. 202-633-4844.
	 ■	The	Rev.	Canon	Jan	Naylor	Cope	will	          then they will design and                          Wednesday, DeCeMbeR 28                         Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-       	 ■	Shelly’s	Back	Room	will	present	a	sam-
officiate at the Festival of Holy Eucharist,      build their own edible                             ■	Performance: The Dance Institute             7328.                                             pling of J Lohr wines with paired dishes. 5:30
which will feature the Cathedral Choir of Men     gingerbread houses.                                of	Washington’s	annual	Kwanzaa	cele-           	 ■	The	Washington	Capitals	will	play	the	        to 10:30 p.m. $50. 1331 F St. NW. 202-737-
and Girls, at 9 a.m.; a Holy Eucharist with       10:30 a.m. and 1:30                                bration will feature dance, poetry and         New	York	Rangers.	7:30	p.m.	$101	to	$209.	        3003.
hymns will be held, at noon; and the Rev.         p.m. $12 per child; free                           song.	7	p.m.	$15.	Auditorium,	                 Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.
Canon Mary Sulerud will officiate at the          for adult chaperones.                              Columbia Heights Educational Campus,                                                             Sporting event
Christmas Day Service of Lessons and Carols,      Reservations required.                             3101 16th St. NW.          Thursday, Dec. 29                                 	 ■	The	WWE	RAW	
at 4 p.m. Free. Washington National               Tudor	Place	Historic	                                                                               Thursday DeCeMbeR 29                            Holiday Tour will feature
                                                                                                     The performance will repeat Thursday
Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin            House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-           at 7 p.m.                                      Children’s program                                John Cena (shown), CM
avenues NW. 202-537-6200.                         965-0400, ext. 108. The program will repeat                                                       	 ■	A	park	ranger	will	lead	children	ages	3	      Punk	and	The	Miz.	7	
	 ■	Cardinal	Donald	Wuerl	will	lead	the	          Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and                                                          and older on a scavenger hunt in search of        p.m. $20 to $75.
Solemn Mass, at noon; and Bishop Francisco        1:30 p.m.                                                                                         natural treasures. 3 p.m. Free. Montrose          Verizon Center, 601 F
González, auxiliary bishop of Washington, will                                                    Choir will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium       Park,	R	Street	between	30th	and	31st	streets	     St. NW. 202-397-7328.
lead the Solemn Spanish-language Christmas        Classes and workshops                           Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.              NW. 202-895-6070.
Day Mass, at 2:30 p.m. Free. Basilica of the      	 ■	Teacher	and	therapist	Heather	Ferris	                                                                                                           Tour
National Shrine of the Immaculate                 will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free.      Discussion                                        Concert                                           	 ■	A	park	ranger	will	lead	a	tour	of	the	Old	
Conception,	400	Michigan	Ave.	NE.	202-526-        Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library,      	 ■	The	National	Gallery	of	Art	will	present	     	 ■	The	band	40	Thieves	will	perform	Irish	       Stone House. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House,
8300.                                             1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.                  “Picture	This:	Old	Master	Paintings	for	People	   rock music. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Garden Court,       3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851.
	 ■	The	Washington	DC	Jewish	Community	           	 ■	Yoga	Activist	will	present	a	weekly	yoga	   With Visual Impairments.” 1 p.m. Free. West       U.S.	Botanic	Garden,	100	Maryland	Ave.	SW.	
Center will hold                                  class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free.     Building	Rotunda,	National	Gallery	of	Art,	6th	   202-225-8333.                                     Friday, Dec. 30
its 25th annual                                   Cleveland	Park	Neighborhood	Library,	3310	      Street	and	Constitution	Avenue	NW.	202-737-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Friday DeCeMbeR 30
Day of Service,                                   Connecticut	Ave.	NW.	202-282-3080.              4215.                                             Discussion                                        Film
featuring events                                                                                                                                    	 ■	A	gallery	talk	will	focus	on	“Duncan	         	 ■	The	National	Gallery	of	Art	will	present	
at more than 50                                   Concerts                                        Meditation                                        Phillips	and	Edgar	Degas.”	6	and	7	p.m.	$12;	     James	Rasin’s	2010	film	“Beautiful	Darling:	
sites throughout                                  	 ■	Hot	Club	of	DC	will	perform	gypsy	jazz	     	 ■	The	Divine	Science	Church	will	offer	a	       $10 for seniors and students; free for ages       The	Life	and	Times	of	Candy	Darling,	Andy	
the area.                                         and swing. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Garden Court,      weekly hour of silent meditation. Noon. Free.     18	and	younger.	Phillips	Collection,	1600	        Warhol Superstar.” 12:30 p.m. Free. East
Various times. $20 registration fee.              U.S.	Botanic	Garden,	100	Maryland	Ave.	SW.	     2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630.                   21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.                        Building	Auditorium,	National	Gallery	of	Art,                    202-225-8333.                                                                                                                                       4th	Street	and	Constitution	Avenue	NW.	202-
	 ■	“Chinese	Food	+	Movies	+	Beer”	will	          	 ■	Local	                                      Film                                              Films                                             737-4215.
feature a buffet, craft brews from Shmaltz        band	Project	                                   	 ■	The	National	Gallery	of	Art	will	present	     	 ■	The	National	Gallery	of	Art	will	present	
Brewing	Co.	and	screenings	of	“Spaceballs,”	      Natale will per-                                Shelly	Dunn	Fremont	and	Vincent	Fremont’s	        Martina	Kudlácek’s	2006	film	“Notes	on	           Special event
“The	Princess	Bride”	and	“The	Big	Lebowski.”	     form jazzy holi-                                2000	film	“Pie	in	the	Sky:	The	Brigid	Berlin	     Marie Menken.” 12:30 p.m. Free. East              	 ■	A	Kwanzaa	arts	workshop	will	focus	on	
1, 4 and 7 p.m. $80; tickets required. Sixth &    day classics. 6                                 Story,”	at	12:30	p.m.;	and	Christina	Clausen’s	   Building	Auditorium,	National	Gallery	of	Art,	    designing and producing a special gift. 10:30
I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW.               p.m. Free.                                      2008	film	“The	Universe	of	Keith	Haring,”	at	     4th	Street	and	Constitution	Avenue	NW.	202-       a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations                                    Millennium                                      2:30	p.m.	Free.	East	Building	Auditorium,	        737-4215.                                         required.	Anacostia	Community	Museum,	
                                                  Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.            National	Gallery	of	Art,	4th	Street	and	          	 ■	The	Phillips	Collection	will	present	         1901	Fort	Place	SE.	202-633-4844.
Monday, Dec. 26                                                                                   Constitution	Avenue	NW.	202-737-4215.	            Vincente	Minnelli’s	1951	film	“An	American	in	
 Monday DeCeMbeR 26                               Film                                                                                              Paris,”	starring	Gene	Kelly,	Nina	Foch	and	       Sporting event
Concerts                                          	 ■	The	Georgetown	Neighborhood	Library	        Reading                                           Leslie Caron. 6 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and     	 ■	The	Washington	Capitals	will	play	the	
	 ■	Bob	Perilla’s	Big	Hillbilly	Bluegrass	will	   will	present	the	1975	film	“Jaws.”	6	p.m.	      	 ■	Regie	Cabico	and	Danielle	Evennou	will	       students; free for ages 18 and younger.           Buffalo Sabres. 7 p.m. $80 to $167. Verizon
perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage,           Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library,          host	the	monthly	“Sparkle”	open-mic	poetry	       Phillips	Collection,	1600	21st	St.	NW.	202-       Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.                     3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
	 ■	Gospel	singer	Robert	E.	Person	will	
present	“A	Birthday	Celebration	Concert,”	fea-    Performance
turing fellow artists Quest, Jimmy Russell &      	 ■	Busboys	and	Poets	will	host	“Tuesday	
Because	of	Christ,	Allyn	Johnson	&	Divine	        Night Open Mic,” a weekly poetry event. 9 to
Order, and Tony Thomas. 7:30 p.m. $20. H          11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and
Street	Playhouse,	1365	H	St.	NE.	                 Poets,	2021	14th	St.	NW.	202-387-7638.
                                                  Wednesday, Dec. 28
Films                                              Wednesday DeCeMbeR 28                                                                                                                                           Fresh Seafood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Delivered Daily
	 ■	The	Shakespeare	Theatre	Company	will	         Children’s program
host	a	presentation	of	an	encore	“NT	Live”	       	 ■	“Winter	Gaming	Day”	will	feature	                                                                                                                        Crabs Year Round
high-definition	broadcast	of	John	Hodge’s	        instruction	from	Jackie	Geschickter	and	Pat	                                                                                                          All you can eat Sunday-Thursday
“Collaborators,”	about	an	imaginary	encoun-       Sowers in traditional games such as whist,                                                                                                                     11am – 8:30pm
ter between Joseph Stalin and the playwright      marbles, skittles, Shut the Box and dice. 10                                                                                                                 Lunch Specials

                                                                                                                  THE LANTERN
Mikhail Bulgakov. 7:30 p.m. $20. Sidney           a.m. to noon. $10 per child; $5 for adults.                                                                                                                 With a $5 Feature
Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.          Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-                                                                                                                Monday – Friday 11am – 4pm
The film will be shown again Jan. 2 at 7:30       2288.                                                                    BRYN MAWR BOOKSHOP
p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                               Malt Shop
                                                                                                                                Used and Rare Books                                                         Late Night Drink Specials
	 ■	The	“Focus-In!	Cinema	for	a	Conscious	        Class
Community”                                        	 ■	Housing	Counseling	Services,	a	local	                                                                                                                       10pm – Close
                                                                                                                         Choose from our wonderful Books for All Ages!
series will fea-                                  nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-preven-                                                                                                                 Trivia Wednesday
ture Jalmari                                      tion clinic to help homeowners in danger of                              * Mystery * History * Military * Gardening * Politics * Art                               Happy Hour
Helander’s	                                       losing their homes. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100,                          *Children’s *Biographies * Foreign Languages and so much more!                               Nightly 4-7pm
2010	film	“Rare	                                  2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712.
                                                                                                                         3241 P Street NW, WDC 202-333-3222                           1 Block from the Tenleytown Metro
Exports:	A	                                                                                                                                                                                                  4615 41st Street, NW
                                                                                                                             Tuesday – Friday 11-4; Saturday 11-5; Sunday 12-4
Christmas Tale.”                                  Concert                                                                                                                                                        Washington, DC
8 to 10 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and       	 ■	The	Greater	Mount	Calvary	Recording	                           All proceeds are used to support Bryn Mawr College Scholarships ~ Since 1977                 202-244-1882
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Exhibition celebrates American printmaking
          umpstart DC,” celebrating                                               from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-
          American printmaking                          On exhibiT                1000.
          with works by Richard                                                   ■ “Let’s Eat! Works From the GW
Diebenkorn, Ellsworth Kelly, Jenny ■ “Perspectives: Minouk Lim” —                 Permanent Collection,” presenting
Holzer, Brice Marden and many              featuring a video work that high-      paintings, sculptures and prints
others, opened recently at Neptune lights one of South Korea’s largest            from the George Washington
Fine Art.                                  construction projects, the contro-     University’s collection paired with
    Continuing through Jan. 21, the        versial Rivers Restoration Project     complementary healthful recipes,
exhibit aims to jump-start excite-         — opened recently at the Arthur        opened recently at the Luther W.
ment in printmaking and print col-         M. Sackler Gallery.                    Brady Art Gallery, where it will
lecting in the                                                Continuing          continue through Feb. 10.
Washington                                                    through March           Located at 805 21st St. NW on                                        Courtesy	of	C24	Gallery	and	Vehbi	Koc	Foundation
area.                                                         18, the video       the second floor, the gallery is open   Ali Kazma’s seven-channel video installation “O.K.” is playing on
    Located at                                                records a perfor-   Tuesday through Friday from 10          continuous loop at the hirshhorn museum and Sculpture Garden.
1662 33rd St.                                                 mance by Seoul-     a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-994-1525.
NW, the gallery                                               based artist        ■ “Black Box: Ali Kazma,” a sev-        documents at breakneck speed.              Remaining on view through
generally is open                                             Minouk Lim and      en-channel video installation by the       Located at Independence              July 2013, the sculptures are by
Wednesday                                                     questions the       40-year-old Turkish-born Kazma          Avenue and 7th Street SW, the           Washington Sculptors Group mem-
through                                                       effects of dra-     about the process of work, opened       museum is open daily from 10 a.m.       bers Martha Jackson-Jarvis and
Saturday from                                                 matic environ-      recently at the Hirshhorn               to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000.              Dalya Luttwak.
noon to 6 p.m.       Copyright	Alex	Katz	and	Neptune	Fine	Art mental change       Museum and Sculpture Garden,            ■ The Kreeger Museum recently              Located at 2401 Foxhall Road
(from Dec. 25       Alex Katz’s “Vivien” is part of an on the individu-           where it will continue until April.     announced the installation of two       NW, the sculptures may be viewed
through Jan. 3,     exhibit at Neptune Fine Art.              al’s sense of           Shown on continuous loop in         new sculptures on its grounds in its    Tuesday through Friday from 10
it will be open                                               place and self.     the museum’s Black Box theater,         second invitational collaboration       a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.
by appointment only). 202-338-                Located at 1050 Independence        the 2010 video, titled “O.K.,” stud-    with the Washington Sculptors           and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4
0353.                                      Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily     ies a notary stamping hundreds of       Group.                                  p.m. 202-337-3050.

                                                                                  Ensemble to stage commedia ‘Romeo and Juliet’
                    2033 M Street, NW | 202 530 3621
                                                                                         action of Fools Theatre
                                                                                         Company will present an
                                                                                         adaptation of “Romeo and
                                                                                  Juliet” Jan. 12 through Feb. 4 at the
                                                                                  Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint.

                                                                                               On STAGe

                        Before The “Big” Party                                        D.C.’s commedia dell’arte the-
              New Year’s Eve Early Dining                                         ater company will present a high-
                                                                                  octane adaptation of the
                                                                                  Shakespeare classic, featuring five
                                                                                  actors in a one-hour piece that joins
                                                                                  physicality with Shakespeare’s
                                                                                  poetry and highlights tragedy by
                                                                                  juxtaposing it with humor.
                                                                                      Performance times are 8 p.m.                                                         Photo	by	Clinton	Brandhagen	
                                                                                  Thursday through Saturday and 3       Faction of Fools Theatre Company will present a commedia dell’arte
                                                                                  p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 for     adaptation of “romeo and Juliet” Jan. 12 through Feb. 4.
                                                                                  adults, $20 for students and $15 for
                                                                                  children ages 12 and younger. The     the Warner Theatre.                       “Bust” is a mostly autobio-
                                                                                  theater is located at 916 G St. NW.       Septime Webre’s one-of-a-kind     graphical play based on Weedman’s
                                                                                  800-838-3006;     “Nutcracker,” set in 1882             experiences working as a volunteer
                                                                                  ■ The In Series will present          Georgetown, stars George              advocate in a Southern California
                                                                                  “Barber & Barberillo” Jan. 7          Washington as the heroic              prison for women. She plays doz-
                                                                                  through 22 at Source.                 Nutcracker, King George III as the    ens of characters, switching from
                                                                                      A double bill of Samuel Barber    villainous Rat King, Anacostia        prostitute to parole officer, addict to
                                                                                  and Giancarlo                                              Indians, fron-   editor, with nuance and empathy.
                                                                                  Menotti’s “A                                               tiersmen and         Performance times generally are
                                                                                  Hand of Bridge”                                            many other all-  7:30 p.m. Tuesday through
                                                                                  and Francisco                                              American         Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
                                                                                  Asenjo                                                     delights.        Tickets cost $35 to $60. The theater
                                                                                  Barbieri’s “The                                                Performance  is located at 1501 14th St. NW.
                                                                                  Little Barber of                                           times are 7 p.m. 202-332-3300;
                                                                                  Lavapies,” the                                             Wednesday        ■ City Artistic Partnerships has
                                                                                  show melds the                                             through Friday,  extended David Sedaris’ “The
                                                                                  American oper-                        Photo	by	Carol	Pratt 2 p.m. Thursday  Santaland Diaries” through Dec. 31
                                 5 @ $5 @ 5PM                                     atic piece into a Studio Theatre has extended              and Friday, and  at The Shop at Fort Fringe.
                                                                                  Spanish zarzue- Lauren Weedman’s solo show                 11 a.m. and 3:30     Based on the outlandish but true
                                                                                  la.                  “bust” through Dec. 31.               p.m. Saturday.   accounts of Sedaris’ experience as
                                                                                      Performance                                            Tickets cost $29 an elf in Santaland at Macy’s, the
                                                                                  times vary. Tickets cost $40 for      to $90. Warner Theatre is located at play riffs on the author’s truly odd
                                                                                  adults, $36 for seniors and $20 for   513 13th St. NW. 202-397-7328;        encounters during the height of the
                                                                                  students and youth. Source is locat-                  holiday crunch.
                                                                                  ed at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-      ■ Studio Theatre has extended             Performance times are 8 p.m.
                                                                                  7763;                   former “Daily Show” correspon-        Wednesday through Friday and 7
                                                                                  ■ The Washington Ballet will          dent Lauren Weedman’s solo show       p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets
                                                                                  close “The Nutcracker” Dec. 24 at     “Bust” through Dec. 31.                              See	Theater/Page	25
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TheATer                                          Saturday. Tickets cost $35. The H Street
                                                 Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 202-
                                                                                                  SW. 202-488-3300;
                                                                                                  ■ Studio Theatre will present Donald
                                                                                                                                                  Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161;
From Page 24                                     241-2539;                   Margulies’ “Time Stands Still” Jan. 4 through   ■ The Shakespeare Theatre Company has
                                                 ■ Washington Improv Theater is present-          Feb. 12.                                        extended “Much Ado About Nothing”
cost $20. The theater is located at 607 New      ing “Seasonal Disorder” through Dec. 31 at           Holly Twyford leads the cast of this        through Jan. 7 at Sidney Harman Hall.
York Ave. NW. 202-213-2474;                      Source.                                          drama, which follows a globe-trotting photo-        Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m.                        The four-week festival of long-form          journalist who returns home injured from the    Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m.
■ Ford’s Theatre is presenting “A Christmas      improvisation performances explores, extols,     battlefields of Iraq.                           Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday
Carol” through Dec. 31.                          exploits and maybe even exterminates                 Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday        and Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $100. Sidney
    Audiences will hear familiar carols,         themes prevalent during the holiday season.      through Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, and 2 p.m.     Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW.
encounter imaginative stage tricks and dis-          Performance times are generally 8 and        Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to        202-547-1122;
cover the goodwill, compassion and charity       9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and          $60. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th     ■ The Kennedy Center’s production of Mo
that inspire the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on     11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost        St. NW. 202-332-3300;        Willems’ “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary
a transformative journey.                        $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Source       ■ Theater J will present Renee Calarco’s        Musical” is in the Family Theater through
    Performance times vary. Tickets cost $20     is located at 1835 14th St. NW.                  “The Religion Thing” Jan. 4 through 29 at       Jan. 8.
to $85. Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 10th                     the Washington DC Jewish Community                  The show about family, best friends, baby
St. NW. 800-982-2787;                 ■ Arena Stage is presenting Amy Freed’s          Center.                                         steps and dancing laundry is appropriate for
■ The Keegan Theatre is presenting the           farce “You, Nero” through Jan. 1 on the              Mo and Brian are a picture-perfect D.C.     ages 4 and older.
world premiere of Matthew Keenan’s “An           Fichandler Stage.                                couple. But when Mo’s best friend, Patti,           Performance times vary. Tickets cost $20.
Irish Carol” through Dec. 31 in the Church           As Rome collapses beneath Nero’s outra-      announces she’s found Jesus and is putting      202-467-4600;
Street Theater.                                  geous narcissism, a forgotten playwright tries   her career on hold to be a wife and mother,     ■ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is
    Set in a modern Dublin pub, “An Irish        to restore order through the art of theater.     Mo must take a closer look at the hard truths   presenting Chicago comedy troupe The
Carol” is an homage to the Dickens classic           Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,     surrounding her own marriage.                   Second City in a new work, “Spoiler Alert:
— told as only the Irish can. The play, both     Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday                The production anchors Theater J’s new      Everybody Dies,” through Jan. 8.
comic and touching, follows one evening in       through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and        festival, “Locally Grown: Community                 Performance times are generally 8 p.m.
the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who       Sunday. Tickets cost $55 to $85. Arena Stage     Supported Art From Our Own Garden.”             Tuesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday
has lost touch with his own humanity.            is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300;         Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m.   and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start
    Performance times are generally 8 p.m.                                  Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m.          at $30. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D
Thursday through Saturday. Tickets cost $30      ■ Arena Stage is collaborating with the          Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35    St. NW. 202-393-3939;
to $35. The Church Street Theater is located     Oregon Shakespeare Festival to present its       to $60. The Washington DC Jewish                ■ The Kennedy Center is presenting “Ann:
at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202;             production of Bill Cain’s “Equivocation”         Community Center, is located at 1529 16th       An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards,”                               through Jan. 1 in the Kreeger Theater.           St. NW. 202-777-3214;             starring Holland Taylor, through Jan. 15 in
■ Theater Alliance is presenting Langston            In 1605 London, the worlds of King           ■ “Jersey Boys” is back at the National         the Eisenhower Theater.
Hughes’ “Black Nativity” through Dec. 31 at      James and the Gunpowder Plot collide with        Theatre through Jan. 7.                             Performance times vary. Ticket prices
the H Street Playhouse.                          William “Shagspeare” and his theatrical              Winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony        start at $54. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.
    Written toward the end of his career,        troupe in a startling cat-and-mouse game of      Award, “Jersey Boys” is the story of Frankie    org.
“Black Nativity” is a vibrant retelling of the   politics and art.                                Valli and The Four Seasons.                     ■ “Billy Elliot the Musical” is at the
Christmas story from an Afro-American per-           Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m.        Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m.   Kennedy Center’s Opera House through
spective, woven with gospel music, griot-        Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m.            Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday;        Jan. 15.
style storytelling and dance.                    Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m.            8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m.              Performance times vary. Ticket prices
    Performance times generally are 8 p.m.       Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to         Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $41.50 to     start at $25. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.
Wednesday through Friday and 3 p.m.              $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St.      $276.50. National Theatre is located at 1321    org.
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                                                                                                                                                                              There was much skirmishing
                                                                                                                                                                          over the council’s constituent ser-
                                                                                                                                                                          vices funds, which have come under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     wanted to strengthen disclosure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     requirements for bundled campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     contributions, and for contributions
                                                                                                                                                                          fire for supporting council office         from firms doing business with the
                      Pets                                                        Upholstery                                    — either to strengthen Bowser’s bill      operations and going to other non-         city. That was voted down as well,
                                                                                                                                or to allow continuation of practices     emergency uses. Ward 2 member              with Bowser pledging that her
                                                                                                                                they say were unfairly swept up in a      Jack Evans, criticized for using his       Government Operations Committee
                                                                                                                                storm of public and press criticism.      fund to purchase sports tickets, suc-      will take a broader look at campaign
                                                                                                                                    The longest debate was on an          cessfully offered an amendment to          finance laws next year. Wells had
                                                                                                                                amendment by Council Chairman             specifically allow the privately           tried two weeks ago to simply ban
                                                                                                                                Kwame Brown to allow members to           raised dollars to be spent on “theatri-    such contributions.
     Mid Day Dog Walking                                                                                                        remove their colleagues from office       cal, sporting and cultural events.”            Orange was rebuffed when he
      Cat Visits/Medication                                                                                                     — obliquely aimed at Ward 5 mem-              Those are among the uses envi-         offered an amendment to prohibit
                                                                                                                                ber Harry Thomas, who allegedly           sioned when the funds were estab-          outside employment by council
        Washingtonian Magazine                                                                                                  diverted $300,000 of city youth           lished in 1975, Evans said, noting         members. He won only two other
            Best Pet Care                                                                                                       funds to his private use.                 that other jurisdictions allow offi-       votes (Thomas and Wells), even
                                                                                     Windows                                        With Thomas grimly looking on,        cials to place unused campaign dol-        after exempting all current council
      “A” Rating Angies List and
                                                                                                                                Brown outlined a long series of steps     lars in similar funds. “In the past, the   members and delaying the ban until
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                      1996                                                All work done by hand.                                have to approve the process as an         dismissing the idea that the money         Does that make someone ethical?”
                                                                            25 Years Experience                                 amendment to the Home Rule                was intended only for constituents         Bowser asked, explaining why she
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                                                                         301-656-9274                                           Charter. If an ethics violation occurs,   facing emergencies.                        didn’t support it.                                                          Lic., Bonded, Ins.                           first the new ethics board would              But he was rebuffed when he                Ultimately, only Wells voted
                                                                                                                                investigate the charges, then an ad       tried to raise the limit for such funds    against the final measure, blasting
                                                                                                                                hoc council committee would review        back to $80,000, up from the $40,000       the council’s failure to deal with
Professional Services                                                                                                           the findings. A super, super majority     contained in Bowser’s bill. Then, at-      corporate bundling of contributions,
                                                                                                                                — 11 out of 13 members — would            large member Phil Mendelson sug-           and contributions from contractors
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                                                                         If you believe                                             Still, there was opposition to the    cil services funds,” so citizens, he       but not enough,” he said.
                                                                                                                                proposal. “Power resides with the         said, would understand the money               But at-large member David
Able to assist with filing, organizing
documents, Accounts Payable, or-
                                                                       in your business,                                        people. The people put you there,         can be used to support office opera-       Catania praised the overall package
                                                                                                                                and only the people can take you
ganization. etc.
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                                                                     and want to build it. . .                                  out,” said Ward 8 member and for-
                                                                                                                                                                          tions as well as needy constituents.
                                                                                                                                                                          That proposal also failed, with at-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     as “well-reasoned and balanced.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     And, Catania noted, it was produced
 Please call Ann at 202.352.1235.                                                                                               mer Mayor Marion Barry. Only              large member Vincent Orange sug-           under “a very challenging set of cir-
                                                                                                                                Barry and Ward 7 member Yvette            gesting the name “council slush            cumstances, with all the issues sur-
                                                                          ADVERTISE IN                                          Alexander voted no. Thomas voted          funds” instead.                            rounding the council, and the media
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HHA/CNA Meals etc. 202-459-1910                                               202-244-7223                                          mended in a D.C. law that dates back 25 years, the Food
                                                                                                                                Production and Urban Gardens Program Act of 1986.
                                                                                CALL TODAY                                          In an interview, Wells said the D.C. Department of
                                                                                                                                Parks and Recreation now takes on some responsibilities

 THE CURRENT                                                                                                                    related to community gardens, but not all the law sug-
                                                                                                                                gests — such as maintaining an inventory of unused
                                                                                                                                sites, like vacant lots and government property, that                                               Bill Petros/The Current
                                                                                                                                could be used for that purpose.                                The Glover Park community garden at Tunlaw Road
                                                                                                                                    Some witnesses at the hearing asked that the city          and 42nd Street has a waiting list.
                                                                                                                                amend the tax code for vacant lots to give incentives to
                Classified Line Ad Placement Form                                                                               landowners to convert otherwise unused land into gar-          “Sustainable D.C.” He said he has received overwhelm-
                                                                                                                                dens. Others addressed the need to establish low-cost          ing support for a Fulton Street garden from neighbors,
                                                                                                                                access to water at potential garden sites.                     but noted one resident’s concern about the time commit-
                                                                                                                                    In his opening statement, Wells expounded on the           ment needed to maintain such a garden.
                     THE CURRENT NEWSPAPERS                                                                                     benefits of urban gardens — “among them recreational               As required by the city’s application, Thielen is cur-
             PERSONAL CLASSIFIED LINE ADVERTISING RATES                                                                         amenities, more sustainable neighborhoods, educational         rently looking for a community organization willing to
 $12.50 for the first three lines (33 characters per line-must incl. punctuation and spaces                                     opportunities, and access to fresh and healthy food,” he       sponsor the garden and take on a leadership role in over-
 between the words), $2 ea. additional line. First 2 words bold and/or CAPS free. Each                                          said. “With the majority of our residents living in multi-     seeing the space. He said he hopes to be able to submit
 additional word bold and/or CAPS is 50 cents each. All classified ads are payable in                                           family housing, few have access to private open space          the application within the next three months, so the com-
 advance and may be charged on your VISA or Mastercard. Deadline for classified ads                                                                                                            munity can begin planting by spring or summer.
 is 4 pm. Monday prior to publication.
                                                                                                                                where they can plant a garden.”
                                                                                                                                    Wells said the D.C. government needs to “play a                At the hearing, the Office of Planning and the
 To place a classified ad, call 202-244-7223 or fax your ad copy to 202-363-9850,                                               more active role to make sure that urban residents can         Department of Parks and Recreation came out in support
 and a representative will call you with a price quote.                                                                         access opportunities to grow their own food.”                  of more community gardens. The University of the
                                                                                                                                    The city of Baltimore, which has become a leader in        District of Columbia, which has a long history of devel-
                                                                                                                                innovative community garden initiatives, sent officials        oping such sites, also contributed ideas for increasing
                                                                                                                                from its Housing and Community Development                     their numbers.
                                                                                                                                Department to testify. Baltimore has instituted a success-         In an interview, Council member Wells said that he’s
                                                                                                                                ful “Adopt-A-Lot” Program, which converts vacant lots          convinced of the important role community gardens can
                                                                                                                                into community-managed open spaces such as commu-              play for neighborhood dynamics after hearing “from
                                                                                                                                nity gardens, horseshoe pits and chess parks.                  longtime Washingtonians who established community
                                                                                                                                    Ben Thielen, an advisory neighborhood commis-              gardens going back 30 years — they told me that’s how
                                                                                                                                sioner representing Glover Park and Cathedral Heights,         they met their neighbors.”
                                                                                                                                recently initiated an application to turn an unused plot of        “It reaffirmed the notion that community gardens are
                                                                                                                                city-owned land on Fulton Street into a new community          part of what make livable communities on both sides of
                                                                                                                                garden.                                                        river, and it crosses all demographics,” Wells said.
 Name:                                            Daytime Phone:                                                                    “Glover Park’s community garden on Tunlaw is full,             Wells said that during the annual performance hear-
                                                                                                                                and has a waiting list of over 50 people,” he said. “There     ing early next year for the Department of Parks and
                                         AD ACCEPTANCE POLICY                                                                   is a strong demand in the community for this kind of           Recreation, he’ll ask officials to explain how they’re
  The Current Newspapers reserves the right to reject any advertising or advertising copy at any time for any reason. In
 any event, the advertiser assumes liability for the content of all advertising copy printed and agrees to hold The Current
                                                                                                                                space, and at the same time it can relieve the District of     creating or plan to implement more community gardens
 Newspapers harmless from all claims arising from printed material made against any Current Newspaper.
  The Current Newspapers shall not be liable for any damages or loss that might occur from errors or omissions in any ad-
                                                                                                                                maintenance costs such as mowing the land all summer.”         in the District. He also said he’ll be asking Mayor Gray
 vertisement in excess of the amount charged for the advertisement. In the event of non-publication of any ad or copy, no li-
 ability shall exist on the part of The Current Newspaper except that no charge shall be made for the ad.
                                                                                                                                    Thielen said community gardens fit in with D.C.            to fund the creation of more community gardens, as the
                                                                                                                                Mayor Vincent Gray’s new environmental initiative,             1986 law suggests.
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