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Bitcoin Values Just Dropped Next time you get an offer for a new credit card, think twice before discarding it: That extra plastic just might save your life. That’s what happened to Brian Harris, whose card-packed wallet shielded his stomach from a bullet last month in D.C.’s Edgewood neighborhood, The Washington Post reported. The only bad news: The bullet destroyed his driver’s license. But even a trip to the DMV is better than an ambulance ride to the hospital. PLUMBING



Regulations to Be Henforced “The bawk stops here” sums up the feelings of Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan, who said last month that she does not support changing regulations to allow more households to raise backyard chickens, ARLnow reported. The county board cited several health and safety concerns that required further — and this is the actual word used — “eggsploration.” (EXPRESS)

TEAR DOWN THIS WALL! Diriki Rice of D.C. came across the seventh annual Parade of Trabants outside the International Spy Museum on Nov. 9. Owners of the tiny East German cars come together every year to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall — here, represented by a stack of cardboard boxes that didn’t stand a chance.

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Millennial Invasion We’ve heard it before: The millennials are coming! The millennials are coming! Or, rather, they’re already here. The D.C. area has seen the largest gain of 25- to 34-year-olds in the country, averaging an annual net gain of 12,583, between 2010 and 2012, according to a report last month from the Brookings Institution. But not every locality surveyed was inundated with the craft-brew-toting types, according to stats compiled by The Washington Post. Check out where your county stands when it comes to population growth among millennials from 2010 to 2012:

It was a sad moment for Redskins fans last month — and not just because the team fell into last place in the worst division in football. No, it was the discovery that fed-up fan Brian Korody planned to sell his beloved burgundy-and-gold Fanbulance. The vehicle, a converted 1992 ambulance, has been a fixture at Redskins’ tailgates. Sadly, we don’t have $38,000 to buy his Fanbulance and keep the party going. But at least Korody isn’t the only fan with a creative streak. Check out these inventive ways fans have found to show their devotion to the team through good times and, more often, bad.


Chief Zee

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Whatever becomes of Korody’s ride, other fanbulances — yes, there are others! — will likely keep the spirit alive.

A stalwart at just about every game, Chief Zee, who comes decked out like the mascot, might be the team’s No. 1 fan.

Score one for puns! Fan Ryan Fields — @ALF_ Redskins on Twitter — shows his love for No. 46 in costume.

Maybe the best barber ever, Jesus Cruz perfected the ultimate cut. Yes, that’s Robert Griffin III on a customer’s head.

Rico Felix, 13, took his love of the quarterback to the next level — he had RGIII imprinted on his prosthetic leg.

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D.C.’s new Dolcezza gelato factory (more on page 4) serves as a reminder that ice-cold sweets aren’t just for kids. Upon hearing the glorious words “Meyer Lemon Grey Goose,” one of Dolcezza’s flavors, we realized we’ve been doing it wrong. Pouring vodka into a McFlurry makes a fine frosty-butwarming treat, but why do it yourself when these spots can do it better?

Changing D.C.’s Height Act has been the talk of the town lately. But proponents of a change were dealt a major blow last month: The National Capital Planning Commission decided not to recommend easing the 1910 law, which says D.C. buildings can’t exceed a certain height. Do you know the real rule?

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THE MYTH: No building can exceed the height of the Washington Monument, which stands at 555 feet high.


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REALITY: Building heights must be proportionate to the width of the street, with a give of 20 feet in certain situations. Thus, the tallest buildings in D.C. (with the exception of monuments) are 160 feet on a small stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue.

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“That’s the best you can get: when the gelato comes out fresh from the machine.”


Why were you drawn to Argentinestyle gelato?

It just blew me away. I’d had [gelato] in Italy but never like it was in Buenos Aires. What made it so amazing compared with Italian gelato?


It’s essentially Italian gelato, but there’s something about it. I really can’t tell you exactly what it is, but


I’ve heard it from so many people: “Man, the gelato down in Argentina is better than it is in Italy.” Maybe because you were in love with someone from Buenos Aires?

Oh, definitely. That obviously had an effect. But a testament to whether it was true or not is 12 years later, we’re still doing it. We still think it’s good.


Robb Duncan got hooked on Argentine-style gelato in 1998 in Buenos Aires — wife Violeta Edelman’s hometown. In 2004, the couple opened Dolcezza in Georgetown to get Washingtonians hooked on it, too. It worked: Since then, Dolcezza has launched three more shops, in Dupont Circle, Bethesda and Fairfax. Now Duncan is opening a visitor-friendly factory (550 Penn St. NE) near Union Market. Starting Dec. 7, you can taste gelato fresh off the line.

bourbon-poached peaches everywhere in the South; lime/cilantro, you go to any Asian or Latin cuisine, and that’s in many dishes. I don’t like when I go into a place and it has, like, mango/strawberry/banana. There’s no rhyme or reason to a lot of combinations.

Dolcezza owner Robb Duncan whips up pomegranate gelato at his new factory.

Why should people go to the factory instead of one of your shops?

Why did you open Dolcezza in D.C.?

You can walk into the factory off the street and whatever we’re making right then is what you can eat. That’s the best you can get: when the gelato comes out fresh from the machine. The menu will change hour by hour depending on what we’re making. It’s kind of like a “come to mecca” kind of thing.

We came to D.C., where I was doing a project with the government, in 2002, and we were like, “This is a place that would get it, because it’s international.” In 2004, we opened our doors completely without a clue of what we were doing. We just kind of jumped in and figured we’d figure it out.

How do you come up with your flavor combinations?

“Late nights and lots of dope” is what I like to say. [Laughs.] All those f lavors are not out of nowhere. When you really look into it, those are classic combinations: Meyer lemon with vodka, that’s like limoncello; yellow peach/bourbon, you can go find


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Sultans of String is beloved in its native Canada for fusing classical music with sounds from around the world, including Spanish flamenco, the rhythms of Cuba and Gypsy jazz. The results can be heard on the group’s newest disc, “Symphony!,” which gives the five-piece’s potent musical mixture a symphonic backing.


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My So-Called Jewish Life Hanukkah isn’t so much about reflection (that’s what Yom Kippur is for) but it’s as good an excuse as any for SpeakeasyDC and Sixth and I’s annual night of (mostly) Jewish storytelling. Those sharing funny, powerful and odd stories include local comedians Sara Armour and Matty Litwack, NPR’s Neda Ulaby, Temple Shalom’s Rabbi Rachel Ackerman and Emily Pearl Goodstein, who is billed as “a sweatpants enthusiast, reproductive justice activist, birth story photographer and rabble-rouser.” Sixth and I Historic

We’ve now reached the point where “Angry Birds” is more than just an effective and addictive timekiller — it is a cultural phenomenon worthy of academic discussions. As part of a talk at National Geographic Live!, Peter Vesterbacka, who is responsible for bringing “Angry Birds” into the world, and physicist Rhett Allain, who literally wrote the book on the game (“Angry Birds Furious Forces!: The Physics at Play in the World’s Most Popular Game”), will discuss the game’s growth from app to institution, National Geographic’s partnership with “Angry Birds” and the physics that make pig-killing possible. National Geographic Live!, 1600 M St.

Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda; Thu., 7:30 p.m., $20; 301-581-5100, (Grosvenor-Strathmore)


‘Man in a Case’ There’s a lot going on in this play/mixedmedia piece: There’s a plot framing device — two hunters swapping stories. They tell two tales (based on works by Anton Chekhov) of romantically unlucky men, both played by Mikhail Baryshnikov, pictured. Projections and video add a touch of the post-modern, and there will be dance, naturally, though not as much as you might think given the star. Shakespeare

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Most Christmas stage shows are seriously lacking in lasers, fireballs, men with long heavymetal hair, leather-clad dancers and more fireballs. The TransSiberian Orchestra’s rock opera “The Lost Christmas Eve” — touring for the last time this year — captures the tear-jerking qualities of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol” with special effects and deafening prog-rock. There’s a broken man, an angel, family reunions and other critical elements of holiday weepies. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW; Wed., 7:30 p.m., $45.70-$85.55; 202628-3200, (Gallery Place)


Emmylou Harris Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris puts on an intimate show at the 500-capacity Hamilton to benefit a cause close to her heart: Bonaparte’s Retreat Dog Rescue. Named after Harris’ adopted shelter dog, the nonprofit is committed to providing care — and, hopefully, a permanent home — for dogs whose time at a shelter has run out. Expect the legendary country singer to run through a decadeslong canon, including takes on songs written by The Beatles. Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW; Wed., doors open at 6:30 p.m., $94-$104; (Metro Center)


Miss Pixie’s Holiday Thank You Event Fourteenth Street’s trove of vintage furniture and knickknacks (voted best home store by Express readers this year) invites fans and soon-to-be fans to knock back some wine, scarf some snacks from local restaurants and shop for goodies from assorted D.C. vendors. Be prepared to succumb to the power of Pixie’s and leave with a pile of old canning labels, a novelty salt-and-pepper shaker set or a well-preserved card catalog. Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot, 1626 14th St. NW; Thu., 6-8 p.m., free; 202232-8171,


Grump Holiday gift-giving can be a minefield. Stock up on sureto-please, (mostly) reasonably priced presents from local vendors at Grump, a deceptively named festival of joyous buying. Artisanal maple syrup, jewelry made from computer parts, and organic baby clothes are among the crafty wares. Beloved D.C. fashion brand Nana will be there, too. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free; (Rosslyn)


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LOCALLY MADE Petworth resident Dan Snyder channels lumberjack-chic with Corridor Clothiers, a line of button-downs ($195-$215 each, Mutiny).



When making your yuletide list, why not share a bit of home? These gifts include items made locally or that pay tribute to D.C., Maryland or Virginia. “If you have dollars to shop with, put them where they’re impactful,” says Theresa Wells Stifel of local-minded gift store Stifel & Capra (260 W. Broad St., Falls Church; 703-533-3557). “Shop locally! Money stays in the community.”

In his new book, local Michael Lisicky honors Woodward & Lothrop, D.C.’s once-glam, nowdefunct department store ($20,

A lint-busting felt dryer ball doubles as a cat toy ($6, Stifel & Capra).

A clay serving tray with flowers by Society Hill Designs (based in Falls Church) begs for cured ham, cheese and crackers ($58, Stifel & Capra).

Beneath a vintage hardback book cover, find a hidden journal made in Fairfax ($22, Stifel & Capra).


Society Hill Designs’ Solare necklace is made with agate and silver ($275, Stifel & Capra).

D.C.’s Field design studio produces this stainless-steel bottle opener ($35, Mutiny).

Made from reclaimed pine found in Maryland, this pen holder from D.C.’s Field design studio is a handsome desk accessory ($80, Mutiny). Rachel Pfeffer crafts twee jewelry in her D.C. living room (earrings, $82; necklace, $52,

Persimmon Street, a pottery studio in Arlington, makes ceramic garden markers ($7 each, Stifel & Capra).

The co-owner of Stifel & Capra, Bob Stifel, blends this apple-pie mix. Just add fruit and the wet ingredients ($3.50, Stifel & Capra).

Ever the hipster, Rachel Pfeffer (see above) also makes stockings from customers’ Instagram pics through her other company, Stitchtagram ($64,

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cover story A Virginia-shaped souvenir dish featuring a sprig of dogwood (the state’s official flower) makes a lovely key holder ($8, Stifel & Capra).

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Far easier than navigating downtown rushhour traffic: putting together a magnetic map puzzle of a corner of D.C. ($7, Home Rule).

Melissa Esposito of Craftgasm turns vintage D.C. postcards into mini journals ($8, Analog).

Serve cheese on a U.S. Capitolshaped cutting board to start party chatter ($27.50, exclusive to Hill’s Kitchen).

What gets packed into a D.C. flag lunch bag? We’d say a half-smoke ($19, Hill’s Kitchen). Laser-cut wood coasters would suit friends and family who live up and down the Eastern Seaboard ($35, Red Barn Mercantile).

The Folk specializes in wire stateshaped necklaces ($28 each,

Towels salute all 50 states — and the District of YouKnow-What ($15 each, Hill’s Kitchen).

Potter Maura Jacobsen’s license-plate imprint ceramic platters honor any state you choose ($50 each,

Rest a brew (maybe one from Baltimore’s Heavy Seas?) on Carrie Eldred’s coasters ($25, Stifel & Capra).

Fairfax-based artist Jackie Liedl draws such local haunts as Blues Alley and the Reed Theater ($20 each, Stifel & Capra).

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To Buy or DIY? Wreath Nothing says “Come on in from the cold!” like a cheery wreath on your door (or in your apartment foyer). Anthropologie’s fluffed wool spin on the fir classic, below ($128,, sends a warm message.

Do it yourself: Honor family history (or cool old snaps) by tracing a leaf pattern over 40 vintage photos (try Miss Pixie’s, 1626 14th St. NW) and cutting them out with scissors. Use glue to attach them in clusters to a ring cut from a piece of cardboard.

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care. Wait — you forgot the stockings? And a tree skirt? And the tinsel? We can help. Here are some classic holiday decor options, two ways: You can either make them yourself or buy them already made. Whether you get out the glue gun or head to the store, all bring fa-la-la flair. HOLLEY SIMMONS (EXPRESS)

Snow Globes Sure, they’re a tad cheesy. But snow globes let you acknowledge the blustery weather without leaving the fireplace. Target’s wood and glass one, near left, stars a mini car loaded with a tannenbaum ($13,

Garland CB2’s silver ball garland, above ($20, cb2 .com), gleams with cheer and would look dashing on a bannister or mantel. Do it yourself: Make yarn pompoms (YouTube tutorials abound) and tie them 6 inches apart on a strand of yarn. Hot-glue-gun chandelier crystals in between the pompoms. (Our crystals came from Miss Pixie’s.)

Do it yourself: Using a hot-glue gun, adhere figurines to the lid of a Mason jar. (Our plastic penguin and deer are from Michaels, Fill the jar with water and 3 tablespoons of glitter, then wrap a festive pipe cleaner around the lid.

Give, Receive And Peeve? Sail through tricky gift blunders with these expert tips Etiquette What’s that under the tree? It’s your annual gift-giving faux pas, of course. We asked etiquette experts how to extricate yourself elegantly from the embarrassment the season can bring.

Office Politics If you want to get gifts for officemates, either keep your giving contained — to your boss and your assistant, for example — or give the same thing (like sweets) to all, says Wendy Jones of the Protocol School of Washington. “Georgetown Cupcake delivers,” she notes. If there are colleagues you’d like to single out, do it privately, says Nancy Mitchell, owner of the Etiquette Advocate, a consulting firm. Before you play office Santa, ask

if you’re doing it for the right reasons. “Giving to improve your relationship with your boss is a really bad idea,” Mitchell says.

The Surprise Gift You’re grabbing a peppermint latte with a friend — no big whoop. So you’re caught off guard when your coffee mate pulls out a wrapped gift for you, and you’re empty-handed. “Everybody’s been there,” Jones says. Her advice: “Say, ‘Oh my gosh, I so appreciate this, and I left your gift at home, and I definitely will give it to you on Saturday.’ And then you follow up with your commitment.” But Mitchell says you shouldn’t feel obligated to reciprocate; it

depends on the situation. “The person who gave you a gift may not even have the kind of relationship with you that warrants a gift,” she says. No matter what, sending the giver a thank-you note is a must.

Uneven Stevens If you open your gift bag to discover a Swarovski crystal bust of Michelle Obama, you may feel bad about the CVS lip balm you gave in return. “Try not to compare the two,” Mitchell says. “We’re so concerned about how much things cost, and we need to get away from that.” If you’re the one who gets the short end of the stick, don’t sweat it. “Never expect anything,” Mitchell says. “You don’t give gifts because you think you’re going to get a gift in return.” Jones adds: “It really goes back to the age-old principle, ‘It’s better to give than receive.’ ” BETH MARLOWE (E XPRESS)

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Handler With Care When done properly, pruning unveils your plants’ inner beauty

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What tools do you need to prune?

Elizabeth Doyle’s company, Yankee Clippers (, is known from Arlington to Potomac, Md., for its talent for pruning. The secret: Rather than hacking off the top and sides of plants in buzz-cut fashion, Yankee Clippers makes cuts at different levels for a more natural look. “A well-pruned garden looks like it hasn’t been pruned,” Doyle says. We asked her to share her tips for skillfully grooming trees and shrubs.

You need hand-pruners and a 6-inch folding saw, which is instrumental for removing dead wood on the inside of plants.

lines and set an objective for the plant — for example, “I need to angle it off the walkway” — start with the most egregious branch that’s sticking out. Follow that down and see where you could make your cut based on inner growth. We only cut “above green,” which means we make sure that leaves are below the cuts we make.

What’s your first move?

And then?

Identify your sight lines. It could be how your shrubs are viewed from the driveway or the walkway or the back patio. Making sure the plant is the right shape from all viewpoints is very important.

Then you work on a different part of the plant and take another cut. You just can’t work one area or you can get yourself into a pickle.

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Do It Right by Hand “We’re not turning [shrubs] into squares and circles and triangles,” Elizabeth Doyle says of her hand-pruning technique. “We’re undoing that work and making azaleas look like azaleas and hollies look like hollies.” Doyle says that bluntly chopping the top off a shrub, which many landscapers do, is like giving it a blunt haircut, which will constantly need to be touched up. Doyle’s method results in a low-maintenance garden. “We layer the cuts so that the shrub will grow, but it will hold its shape,” she says. B.M.

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Take these steps to ensure your fireplace is ready for action Safety Cooler temperatures may have you reaching for the matches and kindling. But before you start using your fireplace, shell out for an annual inspection. For traditional masonry chimneys — a chimney built of bricks or stone — find a technician certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America ( Plenty of problems can arise in a year. “The house could have settled a little, or a bird could have built a nest in the chimney,” says

Charles Hall, president of Fairfaxbased Winston’s Chimney Service ( Special cameras used to inspect masonry chimneys give homeowners a clear picture (literally) of any issues. A wood-burning f ireplace that’s used frequently needs its chimney swept every one to two years. That’s because creosote — a dark, f lammable tar that’s a byproduct of woodsmoke — builds up in the chimney and, if left unchecked, could burst into f lames while you’re enjoying a fire in your fireplace. “A chimney fire is probably the scariest thing you’ll ever witness in your life,” says Rick Vlahos, executive director of the Arlingtonbased Hearth, Patio and Barbe-


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Supply List Once you know your fireplace is in good shape, make sure you have the proper equipment on hand. For a wood-burning fireplace, that includes fire-retardant gloves, good quality tools — a poker, tongs and a shovel — a fire extinguisher and smoke detector nearby, and a lidded metal container for removing ashes. Don’t store your ash container in a garage or shed near gas-powered tools or flammable liquids. After the ashes have been in the metal container with the lid on for a week or two, they are safe to dispose of. Also, invest in wood that’s been “seasoned,” or dried out. Though it might be tempting to throw a fallen tree branch onto the fire, freshly cut wood has a high moisture content and won’t burn as well. B.L.


cue Education Foundation (hpbef .org) and National Fireplace Institute ( “You could have sparks or flames shooting out of your chimney, and the temperature can rise to well over 2,000 degrees.” Gas fireplaces should also be inspected annually, preferably by a technician certified by the National Fireplace Institute. This helps ensure that no insects have taken up residence in gas lines, that no repairs or replacement parts are needed, and that the gas is burning as it should. To burn safely, the natural gas fuel needs plenty of oxygen. “The biggest fear [with] gas fireplaces that aren’t maintained properly is carbon monoxide,” Vlahos says. “A properly burning one may produce carbon dioxide, but an improperly burning gas fireplace will produce carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.” If there is a carbon monoxide risk, a technician will find and fix that during an inspection. BETH LUBERECKI (FOR E XPRESS)




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Step inside architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s version of America Historic Homes Welcome to Usonia, a new and improved America dreamed up by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. (“U.S.-onia,” get it?) In this perfect world, the middle class could afford tasteful, high-quality dwellings. No one would accumulate junk, because garages, attics and basements wouldn’t exist. And everyone would have the same furniture. Wright’s 27 Usonian homes are still around, and one of the few open to the public is in Alexandria. The Pope-Leighey House, like its fellows, has big windows, a low profile, a natural setting and minimal storage. Its spare beauty represents a way of life free of clutter, choice and reality shows about hoarding.

Backstory Loren Pope, a copy editor at the Washington Star, idolized Wright,

who was famed for buildings that harmonized with their environments, be they city, suburban or rural. Heard of Fallingwater? That’s him. In 1939, Pope wrote the architect a letter asking him to design a home for the Pope family, and Wright agreed. Completed for $7,000 in 1941, the 1,200-squarefoot Falls Church house changed hands in 1946, to Robert and Marjorie Leighey. When Virginia condemned it to make way for I-66, the National Trust for Historic Preservation moved the structure to the grounds of Woodlawn, an 18thcentury plantation in Alexandria.


Proud to Be A Usonian The Pope-Leighey House came with a carport, chosen by Frank Lloyd Wright to prevent the storing of excess stuff a garage brings.

nice furniture — sleek and sturdy.

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Inside Wright intended the house to manipulate its occupants. (He would have liked “The Sims.”) The train-car-narrow hallways and galley kitchen drive families into the spacious, high-ceilinged living area; the technique is known as “compression and release.” Other tricks herd residents into the main room: The shelf above the master bed, for

Wright designed the furniture in the living room — and residents had to use it.

example, is too low to allow one to sit up comfortably beneath it. Wright’s obsession with detail manifests throughout in thoughtful ways. One exquisite touch: a tiny window in the kitchen that opens

Loren Pope, sick of journalism and D.C., moved his family to rural Virginia, where he took up hog farming. He eventually returned to journalism, specializing in higher education. The house was actually moved twice. The second journey was just 30 feet, away from the bad soil that had caused structural problems. The house was completely restored at the time and reopened in 1996. The kitchen’s under-cabinet lighting is another invention of Frank Lloyd Wright’s, he claimed. H.J.M.

directly onto the herb garden. He also insisted that all the furniture be his creations, though Pope cheated and built a few dressers. It’s

Outside Admire the carport, which Wright popularized and, he asserted, invented. Say, “I love how the grooves on every screw head are turned parallel to the grain of the wood” to stun the tour group with your powers of observation. Follow up with, “I’m a native of Usonia, you see.”

Gift Shop Finds include the detailed $10 PopeLeighey House coloring book and the $14 Pope-Leighey House crossstitch kit. HOLLY J. MORRIS (E XPRESS) Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria; Fri.-Mon., noon-4 p.m., $10; 703-780-4000,

HOLIDAY EVENTS Barnes & Hampton Celtic Consort "Russian Christmas" by The State Capella of Russia

Sat. Dec. 7 at 4 & 8pm Sun. Dec. 8 at 4pm Sat. Dec. 14 at 4pm Sun. Dec 15 at 4pm

Celebrate the Season with Carols, Jigs, Reels and Seasonal Readings

Historic Dumbarton Church 3133 Dumbarton St NW Georgetown 202-965-2000

December 12 at 8 p.m.

In their first Christmas tour to the US, the State Capella of Russia’s performance will include masterpieces by Rachmaninoff, Bortnyansky, and Grechaninoff, as well as western classics and famous Christmas carols.

Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center Montgomery College 51 Mannakee Street Rockville, MD 20850 240-567-5301

Adult $35; Senior $30;

Inquire about free parking; Youth tix (18 & under) $17

Tickets are $30 & $28

Valeri Polyansky, Artistic Director & Chief Conductor

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health made sense to Amyre Barker, 30, of Mount Rainier, Md., who was enjoying her first Yoga+Brunch. “I’m always hungry, especially after class,” she said. Instead of having to hunt for something to scarf down, Barker could focus on catching up with instructor Kate Ainsworth, who leads the Sunday morning practice.



Kate Ainsworth, left, leads a Sunday morning class at Yoga District that’s followed by a vegan brunch, above.

Bend the Brunch Rules Yoga The typical yoga class finishes in savasana, or corpse pose. A Sunday morning asana practice at Yoga District ends with students in a very different position: seated at a communal table, digging into a bowl of greens and grains and leaning in for a conversation. “This reminds me of California,” Maya Graham, 32, said as she sipped a ginger-coconut kombucha at the new weekly Yoga+Brunch at the studio’s downtown location. On the ground floor is District Tea Lodge, where the meal is served.


“It’s a great combination — the class was relaxing and calming, and this is energizing and lively.” That description is exactly what Yoga District founder Jasmine Chehrazi had in mind when she conceived the program. She’s always thought of brunch as a fun tradition, but after a morning of lazing around and downing mimosas, it’s hard not to “feel like the rest of the day is trashed,” she said. By pushing people out of bed for a class and a trip downstairs to the Tea Lodge for healthful meal, Chehrazi hopes to reinvent the ritual. “Brunch doesn’t have to be eggs and bacon and maple syrup all over your face,” she said. “The food cleans the inside and yoga cleans the mind.” Putting the activities together

Other Ways to Go From Mat to Meal Instructor Mallory Hemerlein wants students of all levels, bodies and backgrounds to feel comfortable at h(OM)e, a donation-based yoga brunch. Held at noon Saturdays at The Dunes (1402 Meridian Place NW;, the class is a slow-moving, alignment-oriented practice. That’s followed by what Hemerlein describes as “a potluck of sorts.” She offers her special recipe of yogi chai tea, while other students often share cookies, muffins or fresh fruit. “Everyone brings something, even if it’s just their presence,” she says. Don’t have a mat? No problem — Hemerlein has 10 to lend out. But bringing your own tea mug is recommended.

Depression may age your very DNA, according to new research. A study of 2,407 Norwegians found that those with major depressive disorder had short telomeres — bits of repetitive DNA that protect chromosomes against mutations and shorten naturally over time. The more severe the depression, the shorter the telomeres, said lead researcher Dr. Josine Verhoeven. Though scientists don’t yet know

After Curtis Allred, general manager of Ovvio Osteria, takes a yoga class, he wants three bottles of water and a spinach omelet. Folks can order that at his restaurant (2727 Merrilee Drive, Merrifield, Va.; — along with everything else on the brunch menu — for 10 percent off on Sundays. But first they need to go next door to Village Yoga ( and take the 10 a.m. Level 2/3 Vinyasa flow class. It’s $10 instead of the typical drop-in fee of $18. Village Yoga owner Freddie Margolis hopes the package deal helps build community at the new studio. “If you like where you go, you’ll continue to go,” Margolis says. V.H.


Start Sunday with a welcoming practice and a vegan meal

Yoga+Brunch is at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday at 1911 I St. NW. Both the Flow 1-2 Asana Practice and a meal (one entree and one drink) are included in the $22 price. Register under the “workshops” tab at

Ainsworth makes time before class to connect with students, ask about injuries and check in on how they’re feeling. But those fleeting moments can’t compare to sitting down for a meal, Ainsworth said. The vibe is even more social when folks show up together, like Graham, a Dupont Circle resident, and her pal Larnies Bowen, who used the outing as an affordable adventure. They both ordered the Buddha Tea Bowl: quinoa, kale, tomatoes and carrots in a broth made of tea, mushrooms and spices. “I’m not vegan now, but I was, so it’s nice to have plant-based options,” said Bowen, 28, who lives in Brightwood. “I don’t know that there are other places like this.” District Tea Lodge manager Melanie Hunter says she strives to create the right post-yoga vibe. “It’s a no-alcohol environment, where people can center themselves for the hellacious week,” Hunter said. Michelle Moon, 24, can drink to that. When she headed out after brunch on a recent Sunday, she was fortified for every errand on her list. “I have a lot of things I need to get done,” she said. “But I feel calmer now.” VICKY HALLETT (EXPRESS)

whether the pint-sized telomeres themselves are harmful, they have been associated with some cancers, dementia and heart disease, among other disorders. Bottom line: Get depression treated or you may end up with the telomeres of someone four to six years older than you. And keep fit: “A healthy lifestyle might be of even greater importance in depressed individuals,” Verhoeven said by email. SADIE DINGFELDER (EXPRESS)

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fun & games ACROSS 1 Menaces for mariners 6 Game related to bingo 11 Circle of friends 18 Fermi of physics 20 Noisy confusion 21 Away from the wind 22 Street corner cupholder 23 Develop gradually 24 Neighbor of Georgia and Turkey 25 Hit that clears the bases 27 Petri dish filler 29 Lightrefracting crystal 30 To distant spots 33 Some stinging buzzers

ONE FOR THE BOOKS 37 Topper for a Scottish soldier 39 Immunization shots, e.g. 40 Angel dust, briefly 43 “Bye for now” 44 Rude look 46 Words after “point” or “bill” 48 Flightless bird 49 Impression produced by pressure or printing 55 Ancient Persian ruler 56 Dreamer’s acronym 57 Private sign? 58 Paper unit 60 Homophonic duo 61 “Glycerine” opener 63 Debate topic 64 Walt ___ Disney

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65 Wes Craven street name 66 Submission with a submission 71 Tolkien’s tree creature 72 “My Dog Has ___” 74 “He loves me” piece 75 Donkey’s Asian cousin 77 Grown-up bug 78 Like a proverbial bug in a rug 79 Safe harbors 82 Nintendo game system introduced in 2006 85 Some donated organs 87 Ignores 89 ___ Mae Brown (Whoopi’s “Ghost” character) 90 Coal tar product

91 “Beverly Hills Cop” character Foley 92 Violinist Zimbalist, or his son 94 “Little Bo Peep ___ lost ...” 95 Casino wheel 100 Furthermore ... 102 Checks for liens, mortgages and such 105 ExxonMobil brand 106 Bay or cove 109 Beds in tents 110 It’s used but not owned 112 Become ex-exes 114 One who does penance 117 Ultimate conclusion 121 Massage therapist 122 Staccato’s opposite 123 Mono improvement 124 Certifies under oath 125 Notched like a maple leaf 126 Concepts

DOWN 1 Yank’s Civil War foe 2 112.5 degrees away from S 3 Unit of work 4 Legendary leaf source 5 It may show after stitches 6 Cut corners? 7 Shoguns’ capital


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8 Musketeer motto word 9 Southwest people 10 Alphas’ counterparts 11 Sci-fi author Arthur C. ___ 12 Done, to poets of old 13 Takes risks 14 Fancyshmancy pitchers 15 Eastern royalty 16 Fleur-de-lis 17 Gouda alternative 19 Eastern Indian language 20 Boxing match sound 26 ___ rally (school event) 28 Do some film work 30 More up to the task 31 Draw for a moth 32 They “drift by,” in song 34 Beyond pleasantly plump 35 Bit of bait from the backyard 36 Love archer 38 Wave’s high point 40 “Good-bye” and “See you” 41 Paw, like a bear 42 Gourd fruits 44 Costello of old comedy 45 Winter hours in NYC 47 Like Munch’s “The Scream,” in 1994 and 2004

50 Wine press residue 51 Some accidental singles 52 It’s heard in the Highlands 53 Where fledglings are fed 54 Drawn tight 59 Less likely to put up a fight 62 Pictures on a screen 63 “Well, ___ be!”

65 New York city where Twain is buried 67 Work the bleachers 68 Decorative needle and scissors case 69 Tattered cloths 70 Outside of a watermelon 72 Steal 73 Some college clubs 76 75-Across, mules, hinnies and


such 79 Evil spell caster 80 Some claim it’s before beauty 81 Kilmer of “Top Gun” 83 ___ fixes (obsessions) 84 “You are not!” reply 86 It welcomes change 88 ___-tat (knocking sound) 93 Caught a fly ball, e.g.

96 Stomach ailments 97 Feline zodiac sign 98 Sprawling property 99 Perfumery employee 100 Film rat 101 Colorado’s ___ Park 102 On edge 103 Largest of the Greek Islands 104 Role model 106 Jerry Lewis

film “Friend” 107 “No ice, bartender” 108 Suffix for “wander” 111 Opposition party member 113 Egyptian boy king 115 Lennon’s bride 116 Xis’ preceders 118 It can follow you but not me 119 Herd’s pasture 120 ___ Gatos, Calif.

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