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GEORGETOWNER VOLUME 59, NUMBER 3

OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 13, 2012

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HISTORY OF TAX RATES BY DAVID POST A look at tax rates from World War II to Obama’s current plan.

Susan Daves, Jeanne Livingston, Terri Robinson

Adrienne Szabo, Salley Widmayer, Paul Foster Janet Whitman

THE PARTHENON: CHEVY CHASE’S NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT BY: JOHN FENZEL Parthenon Restaurant--an authentic Greek restaurant in Chevy Chase. Established in 1989 by Pete Gouskos and Steve Tsiolis.

Paul Foster, Adrienne Szabo, Susan Harrison

Rose-Marie Harris, Roger Carp, Judi Cochran

Terri Robinson, Roger Carp (Branch Manager), Margaret Heimbold, Janet Whitman

Adrienne Szabo, Janet Whitman, Sally Widmayer

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CONTENTS NE WS 3

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Up & Coming

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FEATURE

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Dining Guide

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Keep Your Skin Looking Great All Winter Long

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Even when you’re stuck in your home like everyone else, for sheer center-of-the-world immediacy it’s still better to be living and writing (for the Georgetowner) in Washington than anywhere else. Until Sandy hit like an anxiety-filled punch in the past few days (and nights), we were all hard-wired into the 2012 election campaign—reading polls by the minute as if they were political runes you could make predictions from, already anticipating election day, election night, remembering 2000 when we all went to bed not knowing who had won. Could happen again, so we’re told. Like everyone else, we kept tabs of the storm—and the election from home-unless you happened to be one of those waterlogged local and national reporters dripping water from their windbreakers. Time passes. Years ago, I would have wanted to be in Rehobeth hearing waves crash, watching the water roil. I was glad to be where I was with me and mine. Even in the storm though, the election was never far from my mind—I mean the president lives down the street and came home from his campaign. I spent my time fine-tuning endorsement writing, writing about respected pollster John Zogby whom I hadn’t talked with since the last presidential election cycle. I suspect doing what we do here at our publication is different done somewhere else— imagine if you worked in New York and New Jersey. There is—in politics and in disasters—no such thing as objectivity at a time like this. With me, it’s always something I want to put down on paper, put into words and send out in an e-mail.

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ON THE COVER

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Murphy’s Love

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Turning Tables

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Classified & Service Directory

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Haunted DC

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hosts a special trunk show for the Liancarlo collection by designer Carlos Ramirez. Ramirez is known for his trademark feminine silhouettes, exquisite hand-work and use of luxurious fabrics all paying homage to Latin roots. Brides-to-be can reserve a time to see the latest Liancarlo wedding gowns in a customized shopping experience at the Carine’s Bridal Atelier boutique. Visit www.carinesbridal.com for more information. Carine’s Bridal Atelier, 1726 Wisconsin Ave., NW.

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Arlington Philharmonic FREE Fall Concert The Arlington Philharmonic, Arlington’s professional symphony orchestra, presents its free ($20 suggested donation) Fall Concert on Veterans’ Day. Join conductor A. Scott Wood for musical reflections on war and the military by Beethoven (Coriolan Overture), Ravel (Le Tombeau de Couperin), Copland (Letter from Home) and Haydn (Military Symphony). For more information visit www.arlingtonphilharmonic.org. 1301 N. Stafford St. (Entrance #5)
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EDITORIAL / OPINION

President Barack Obama for a Second Term

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any of us watched with a certain amount of elation four years ago as America elected Barack Obama as the first African American President of the United States and then stood in the bitter January cold to watch his inauguration. We felt then that— while the election spoke to the best in the American spirit—Obama was also the best person to inspire Americans to overcome the disastrous repercussions from an ongoing recession still sliding toward an economic cliff, the remaining sour after-effects of terrorism directed against us by al-Qaeda and the debilitating costs of two ongoing wars. So, how do we feel now, today, this very minute, as President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are locked and apparently deadlocked, according to the latest polls, in a bitter campaign that will come to a climax next week? Are we—as the challenger likes to ask—better off today than we were four years ago? It is a question that is as much about the state of the economy, about morale and about perception of what the future holds and what must be done about it—as it is about party and philosophical loyalty and personal preference, as well as how we are doing. It involves a choice: Democrat or Republican, liberalmoderate or conservative-pragmatic, Obama-Biden or Romney-Ryan, struggling or doing just fine, better or worse. To answer those questions properly, clearly and unhesitatingly, without reservations or nuance is impossible. Only a fool or a fanatic, after enduring a campaign like this, could embrace one side without objection or pause. But let us say this: when all is said and done, the president’s effort to stem the tide of recession into full-blown depression did work and his interventionist policy on the auto industry did work and saved this U.S. industry. Romney, in spite of his business credentials, has been unconvincing in his efforts to prove he could have done better. It’s no exaggeration to suggest that the president stopped the deluge and prevented this country from going into a depression. Since then, the economy has been at best slow in recovering, but it is recovering, as opposed to sliding backward. President Obama did lead the effort to kill Osama bin Laden, although it’s true that “You can’t kill your way to a Middle East policy,” as Romney has indicated. The president ended the war in Iraq, as promised, and he is ending the war in Afghanistan, efforts that a majority of Americans support. Lots of things still bother us about Obama: his education approach leaves a lot to be desired and penalized older teachers by too often blaming them. Obamacare, is an imperfect work, which, politically, has hurt him, but we suspect the timing was one of now or never. His economic and jobs plans seem to look to the future, not to mention addressing environmental issues. For Romney, the first seems mainly about drilling, the second is nonexistent, in spite of the daily—Hurricane Sandy being the latest example—evidence of climate change and its disastrous effects.

We would have liked to have seen Obama deploy his inspirational, visionary and rhetorical skills more consistently and more often, especially during the course of this campaign, which has consisted of a barrage of negative ads on both sides. We remain mystified by his first debate performance, which changed the campaign dramatically in its ebb and flow It seems to us that, unlike his opponent, the president sees the country as a whole, not divided by a 47 percentile, and revels in its diversity—and not just because he is the most visible manifestation of the strength of America’s diversity. When Obama talks about the unemployed, the underemployed, the poor, the middle class, the struggling, he seems to know (from experience), the rich, sometimes anguished, triumphant, hard-working, ambitious and energetic mosaic of the country, its coat of many colors. Romney was born rich, and this has never changed in the course of his life. This is not a criticism or some sort of sin of class and privilege— many consequential, patriotic, compassionate, caring, inventive and visionary men and women have worn and lived their wealthy status well. Yet, it was Romney who appeared to dismiss nearly half the population of this country in cavalier terms in the company of friends, where persons feel comfortable enough to be bluntly honest. He has shown throughout this campaign—and we should consider its totality, not just the debates—that he is tone deaf when it comes to the life experiences of others. He seems to lack, not necessarily compassion, but imagination and curiosity. Romney is fond of touting his experience as a manager of a company—which he thinks of as a small business—of running the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and as Governor of Massachusetts, where he actually created the prototype for Obamacare, which he plans to end the minute he takes office. He is, in the end, not the dreaded right-wing conservative that some people see. If he is anything, it is as the apostle of corporate divinity, as business embodying all the requisite American virtues and wisdom to solve all our future economic and international problems. He is a firm believer that big businesses are not only people, but patriots, which may explain why General Electric found a way not to pay taxes of any sort in hard times because it was legal. The other problem with Mr. Romney is that we actually don’t know what he stands for on numerous issues about which he has changed his mind. We wonder not what his principles are but sometimes, if he has any that he’s not willing to discard in order to get elected, given his sudden discovery of American women voters whom he’s now courting with all the ardor of a swain afraid of being left at the altar. The question is not, “Are we better off?” but, “Will we better off over the course of the next four years, and who can lead us in that direction of eventual triumph and destiny?” Which candidate will not only stand up against our foes, but stand out among

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District Council: Evans, Orange, Grosso and Mendelson The Georgetowner also endorses Jack Evans for the Ward 2 seat on the District Council, for which he is running unopposed. Evans is the longest serving councilman we have and has served with honor, high effectiveness and expertise, without which the council would be at a serious loss. The District Council’s At-Large race features a number of challengers and will result in the election of two candidates, at least one of whom has to be a non-Democrat, per council rules. Among the newcomers and challengers, David Grosso, a Brookland resident and attorney and one-time staffer for former Ward 6 Councilwoman Sharon Ambrose and counsel for D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, strikes us as the best qualified with ideas, pushing for workforce help in the poorer parts of the district, open to new ideas and lots of fight and energy to take on what is often seen as a beginning-to-ossify council. At a recent at-large candidate forum in Georgetown, we were also impressed by Republican Mary Brooks Beatty (Yes, we were), who was a hands-on advisory neighborhood commissioner in a changing H Street, NE, neighborhood and was part of the successful efforts to revive that neighborhood. In the end, the two incumbents—Democrat Vincent Orange and Independent Michael Brown are one too much. Brown has had just one too many iffy clouds hanging over him—including donations from developer Jeffrey Thompson, a connection he shared with Orange. Last week, the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance asserted that Orange’s special election campaign finances were in order, a position the councilman had maintained since the first questions about donations. Both Orange and Brown are long-time veterans of the D.C. and the council political scene—both ran unsuccessfully for mayor, for instance. We very much like Orange’s ability to play and work well with others on the council and his ability to get things done in ways that are not divisive. While he is surely a good friend of Georgetown, the energetic Orange also sees all of D.C. as one city and tends to it accordingly. The Georgetowner endorses incumbent Councilman-at-Large Vincent Orange and independent newcomer David Grosso for the two at-large seats on the District Council. The Georgetowner also endorses Phil Mendelson for a full term as Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia. In a council plagued by ethical concerns and troubles, not to mention a city government burdened with the same concerns, Mendelson stands out as not only an ethical leader and legislator but as a leader who leads by example and around whom the council has rallied all but unanimously. ★ CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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world leaders and work with them? Which one can offer the kind of inspiration to move us forward in what is a new and changing world of both great peril and great opportunity? In the end, it is not business experience which will move us forward, but human experience in as many manifestations as possible. That requires strength in the crunch, curiosity, empathy and imagination. For those qualities, we look to and enthusiastically endorse President Barack Obama for a second term.

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To the Editor,

I very much enjoyed David Roffman’s colorful column, “Portrait of a Georgetowner,” and learned a lot about many of the persons responsible for making Georgetown what it was in its modern Golden Age. There was only one lapse in an otherwise fascinating article: after listing the noteworthy businesses founded by the men named in the article, Mr. Roffman failed to include a corresponding list of Georgetown businesses founded by the women he named. I was left very curious about the shops or businesses founded by Dorothy Stead, Dorcas Hardin, Muriel Mafrige, Mimi Crocker, Rose Raynor, and Corrie Wickens. The name of each man’s business was listed but inexplicably no woman received that tribute. Please, may we know? — S. Gillespie

To the Editor,

Thank you for your thoughtful piece in Volume 59 #2 about Georgetown nightlife. I enjoy reading your paper because of the balanced viewpoint your take on issues. This is but another example. I am a native Washingtonian but lived in Texas for 18 years before moving back in late 2004. I love Georgetown - and one of the things I love it for is its energy and its vibrancy. You are right, some people do not control their behavior, drink too much and the result is not good. But why do some residences want to tar everyone with the same brush? The vocal minority wants to stop nightlife, have Georgetown students stay within the stone walls of the campus and turn Georgetown into a suburban community. Are these the same ones who in the 1970s did not want a Metro stop in Georgetown? I always wonder why people that want the gentile, quiet life of the suburbs move into the city ¬ move into Georgetown. The city comes with so many advantages – but it requires one to be more flexible and more accepting. Thank you for presenting both sides to the question. — Ed Machir Jody Kurash Ris Lacoste Stacy Notaras Murphy David Post Alison Schafer Shari Sheffield Bill Starrels


EDITORIAL / OPINION

The Jack Evans Report: This Is Getting Old BY J AC K EVANS

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t seems like not a week goes by without another news story about an irregularity in the office of our Chief Financial Officer. The latest revelation was last Tuesday morning, in which news outlets reported a criminal indictment of a CFO employee accused of assisting with more than $300,000 in fraudulent District tax refunds (and more than $3 million in federal taxes). I remain very concerned that we don’t have the types of controls that prevent fraud before it takes place. I believe the District stands a chance of receiving restitution for these amounts and will follow up to ensure it is done. Then, later the same day, I was told that the CFO received a letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission asking for copies of audits, document retention policies and other information that were the subject of my hearing earlier this month. I am a former Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division lawyer, myself, and I believe that the goal of the inquiry is to determine whether the city’s bond offering documents contained any material omissions about the state of our tax office that should have been disclosed to investors prior to selling our bonds. As a practical matter, the number of recent news stories on the audits prior to the bond sale most likely ensures that all potential bond purchasers were aware of the information prior to purchase. The interest of the SEC, even in the form of an informal inquiry rather than a formal investigation and subpoena, is of great concern to me. I have asked for regular briefings from the CFO on these matters and will continue to conduct regular oversight over Gandhi’s office. I have been a consistent defender of Gandhi, but the constant drum beat of negative news from that office is a problem that must be addressed. On a lighter note, I wanted to write at least one more article about the Washington Nationals this year – is it too soon? I made a point of purchasing tickets to all the playoff games to support our team and our city, and while I am so proud of our historic season, I am also disappointed that our playoff run got cut short. Anyone who was at the game for the Thursday night win, though, will tell you that there was an electric feeling in the stadium and a real sense of community. When I last wrote about our team, in August, the Washington Nationals had the best record in Major League Baseball. It was then widely reported that you have to look back to 1945 to find the last time our team was 20 games above .500. This whole season has been an experience in uncharted territory. Not only did the team perform so well, but the area around the ballpark is now beginning to develop rapidly. I cannot begin to tell you the number of articles I read about the failure of this concept. With a little patience, I knew the investment would pay off. As we move squarely into fall, I hope everyone has a safe Halloween. Please keep in touch with my office, and let me know what issues are of interest to you. ★

Pollster John Zogby Shares Insight B Y G A RY TISC H L ER

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ollsters—who have proliferated with every presidential election—are funny people. It turns people just don’t understand them, or rather what they do. We hadn’t talked with Pollster John Zogby, then of John Zogby International, since the last presidential election campaign in 2008, right after the New Hampshire primary which produced some interesting results then. Back then we caught up with him on his cell phone. He was enroute—we forget to where— and he was on a train. Four years later, after some digging around on the net, we found him again last Wednesday— heading toward an airport. We finally talked last Friday—and indicative of what’s been going on the polling arena, things had changed in the interim. “Yes, last night (Thursday, October 26), I thought I detected a little bit of a surge towards Obama, but by the time I got back, we saw a dead heat in Virginia—48/48.” That was an indication of how tight this election has become—depending on the pollster and polls you look at, there are national deadlocks among likely and/or general voters, and many but not all of the battleground states are heading towards: you guessed, it deadlocks, depending on what polls you read, study or believe. Of course, for Zogby, since we talked to him last in 2008, there have been a lot of changes, too. Back then, he was (and continues to be) one of the most respect pollsters in the country. He had gained some fame back in the 1990s, after founding his firm Zogby International in 1984, after one of his polls showed that New York State Governor Mario Cuomo would lose to then president George. H.W. Bush in his home state. Later, in an astonishing feat giving the outcome, he polled ahead of the result the final numbers of the 2000 presidential election within a tenth of the actual result. In 2008, just to show the vitality of things even then, Hilary Clinton—after showing what was detected to be some teary emotion— had won the New Hampshire Primary stalling Barack Obama’s impending victory parade. Zogby’s rolling polling had apparently missed that development. Back then, he said “Look, we got everything else right—we got McCain, we had Obama’s almost exact numbers, but we had stopped before the effects of the “moment”.” Since then, after years of heading Zogby International, he sold his controlling shares to the Brazilian company IBOPE. “That was a big thing, sure,” he said. But Zogby is still a major force in polling—the recent Virginia tie for instance was part of polling he is doing for and in conjunction with the Washington Times. In addition, he polls with Forbes Magazine and others, and most important of all, he’s joined JZ Analytics, a Polling Firm run by his son, Jonathan, in the role of Senior Adviser. “Nope, I haven’t retired,” Zogby, 63, said. “But working with my son, that’s very, very nice, sure, that’s very special, of course it is. It’s a very major thing.” Other things have changed, too, not so much for him, as in the world of polls and pollsters. “Sure, sure, there’s more of them, the tools have changed, and the techniques have changed—the robo calls, for instance are still there, but that’s

NewsmaxZogby U.S. Nationwide Tracking Poll Presidential Race: Looks like 2000 all over again. Romney 47%-Obama 46%. Virginia Tracking Poll Obama 48%-Romney 47% a very difficult thing to bring off in depth when you have so many people using cell phones, it’s harder to get the numbers.” Zogby did not agree, and he did not agree then that voters are heavily influenced by polls. “I honestly can’t say that I have ever met anybody that voted because of a poll. “What I do believe is the media makes more use of polls now than they did four years ago,” he said. “And they create story lines from polls, they look at certain things and emphasize them, sometimes even if they’re not important, or just to frame their stories And now, today, in the debates for instance. There is no question that Obama’s debate performance in the first one was a big deal, it changed things altogether. I had him running ahead by as much as eight points in Ohio before that debate. That changed things, no doubt. But all those subsequent polls, that’s a little different. The media continues to compare current polls in terms of Obama to where he was before that debate. That makes things look much more dramatic than they are.” Zogby remains unafraid to say three words that many pollsters would rather avoid. He’s been often asked this time around as he was back then to predict the outcome of the election. We gave it a try just in case he’d changed. “Who’s going to win?” we asked him. “I don’t know. I just don’t know” he said. And right now, he says, there’s no way of knowing. “Look, every sign is heading towards a deadlock, like the Virginia thing,” he said. “It’s volatile. I can’t say that if some big deal happens that it couldn’t change everything. It might. “Here’s the thing about this election as things stand right now,” he said. (This was October 26). “Anything can happen. That talk about Obama winning the electoral vote and losing the popular vote? That could happen. But it could happen for Romney too. Can Romney win without Ohio? Maybe, but he’d have to sweep just about everything else. You could have one of them win all the key states by less than a percentage point and create an electoral rout, and still lose the popular vote.” “What’s worth looking are the things you find when you dig deeper in your polling,” he said. “That gender gap. Well, it was there, but you’ll find that married women are more concerned about jobs and the economy than single women. That youth vote—it might not show up for Obama or some of it might go the other way again because of jobs. Or ask if Romney is making a dent in the Latino vote? See how the turnout might be in the Evangelic vote—six months ago, a long time ago, understandably, it was still iffy . Will they show up? Turnout is key. The early voting, that’s a thing to watch out for.” “Anything can happen.” “I’ve been doing this a long time, I can remember making calls and a woman would

Ohio Tracking Poll Obama 50%-Romney 46% Florida Tracking Poll Romney 48%-Obama 47% answer and say, I’ll have to check and see what my husband thinks,” he said. “The tools have changed. The social media has been become very important, or at least more important. This instant feedback on the debates for instance. But the instant polling, trying to gauge the immediate effect, sometimes that’s not worth much because you don’t know how deep the polling has gone, who they’ve talked with.” Zogby’s mantra is worth remembering in terms of polling. “A poll is a snapshot in time. It’s not a prediction. It says here is where we are, right now, not yesterday, not tomorrow. That’s real information, but it can change.” Zogby and talked before the beginning of a different sort of storm—Sandy, the so-called perfect storm. It’s already caused candidates to cancel appearance, to re-direct their efforts, and its effects are still not known. For Obama, he has to more president than candidate. Like Zogby said: “Anyting can happen.” ★

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Bowling, Bocce Coming to Georgetown Park That bowling might be going to Georgetown Park was first reported at a meeting of the Citizens Association of Georgetown and DCist. com two weeks. There is more to the story. Here is how the Washington Business Journal reported on the situation: Another piece of the Shops at Georgetown Park puzzle is falling into place. Vornado Realty Trust has an all-but-done deal to lease roughly 30,000 square feet to Chicago-area entertainmentrestaurant chain Pinstripes. The chain, which features indoor bowling and bocce courts, hopes to open by the third quarter of 2013, Pinstripes founder Dale Schwartz said. Pinstripes plans to sign a formal lease with Vornado once it gets zoning approval. It is scheduled to plead its case at a zoning hearing in January, Schwartz said. The chain, which opened its first location in the Chicago area about five years ago, put D.C. on a list of top markets across the country as part of a nationwide expansion. The restaurant would be its fifth, with three in Illinois and one in Minneapolis. Schwartz said Georgetown Park met the criteria Pinstripes is seeking out. “We’ve been looking all over the country for high-quality, select-communities,” Schwartz said. “The D.C. market, it’s just a very, very attractive market, and also a market that we would envision over time doing two or three locations.” IN-HOUSE PERIODONIST

Pinstripes is the latest of several new tenants Vornado is lining up at Georgetown Park, with other recent additions including a combined T.J. Maxx-HomeGoods and an expanded J. Crew. Ultimately, Pinstripes envisions adding at least two other locations in the metro area, including in northern Virginia and suburban Maryland. Schwartz put Rockville among the likely expansion towns in Maryland. It is also planning restaurants in Kansas, California and Texas, Schwartz said. For those struggling to envision how fine dining, bowling and bocce intersect, Schwartz describes it more along the lines of fine dining than bowling and bocce. “We’ve really redefined entertainment dining in a very high-quality, sophisticated way,” Schwartz said. Pinstripes has retained KLNB Retail as its local brokerage firm and RDL Architects to plan out its space at Georgetown Park.

Coach John Thompson, Jr., Honored at Nike Store Debut Sports legends were on hand to open the new Nike store in Georgetown Oct 25. The Vornadoowned building that formerly housed Barnes & Noble is now a three-story, 31,000-square-foot store that carries a wide range of Nike’s athletic gear at 3040 M St., NW. Homages to Georgetown University athletics are present in numerous areas of the store. Displays include gear from Georgetown’s

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track & field team and a display case of Georgetown University Air Jordans. In the entrance of the building is a commemorative display honoring former Georgetown University men’s basketball head coach Nike VP of North American retail Tim Hershey, John Thompson, Jr. flanked by his two grandchilJohn Thompson, Jr., dren, Jack the Bulldog and John Thompson III cut the ribbon at the new Nike Georgetown. who coached at the Thompson with a one-of-a-kind, commemoraschool from 1972 to 1999. A neon-sign quotation by Thompson tive jacket honoring his career in the basketball. reminds athletes not to ignore life beyond the Also at the event was Georgetown great and court. “Don’t let the sum total of your existence former New York Knicks star Patrick Ewing. Thompson, who is on the board of directors be 8-10 pounds of air.” at Nike, was characteristically to-the-point. “I’d Tim Hershey, head of North American retail for Nike opened the ceremony. Hershey man- rather eat a bug than what I’m doing right now,” ages Nike’s 202 stores in North America. He he said. Thompson spoke about Nike’s commitment explained how the store received 4,500 applications to work there, which were eventually to Georgetown University’s basketball program whittled down to 500 interviews, and finally, to when the team needed support. “Nike was one 171 employees working in the store today. One of the few corporations who jumped in when we employee said he was in three weeks of training needed help,” he said. On his quote in the store, Thompson for his sales position. Michael Jackson, who played point guard on explained how he convinced his former player, Georgetown’s 1984 NCAA championship team, Jackson, to leave the NBA to pursue a career off is now Vice President and General Manager of the court. He emphasized that there is more to Basketball in North America at Nike. Jackson life than basketball. “If that’s what defines you remarked on the new store and presented totally, you’re a damn fool,” Thompson said.

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BUSINESS Current Georgetown University basketball coach John Thompson III also spoke about the new store. After the ceremony, Thompson, Jr., was joined by his son, his two grandchildren, Michael Jackson, Tim Hershey and Jack the Bulldog for the ribbon cutting. Afterwards, eager shoppers poured in to see the new store for themselves. Along with sports gear in other sports, such as that of the Washington Redskins, the store will manage a running club.

EastBanc West End Library Project Delayed A D.C. nonprofit is delaying the construction of a new library in the West End, according to the Washington Business Journal. The D.C. Library Renaissance Project wants to end a deal between the District government and developer EastBanc that would result in a new West End Library at 23rd and L streets NW. The nonprofit has appealed the decision of a Zoning Commission order, which is now before the D.C. Court of Appeals.

In: Buffalo Exchange Opens on M Street The empty store at 3279 M St., NW, once a Annie Creamcheese retro clothing store, is set to be re-born as a Buffalo Exchange, a resale chain with more than 40 thrift stores through the U.S. that focuses on style trends for its customers who can buy or trade clothing. Buffalo Exchange was founded in Tucson, Ariz., in 1974. Another Buffalo Exchange is already on 14th Street. Here is how the store explains itself: “Buffalo

Exchange is unique because clothing and accessories are bought, sold and traded locally with store customers. You’ll also find brand new merchandise and accessories.”

Economic Forum Highlights ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Dynamic D.C. The Georgetown Business Association joined with the New York-based Financial Policy Council to produce the first-ever D.C. Financial Policy Economic Forum at the City Tavern Club Oct. 18. It was the FPC’s first-ever event in Washington, D.C. The forum, introduced by GBA’s Janine Schoonover and moderated by Davis Kennedy of the Current Newspapers, enlisted the advice of former Rep. Jim Moody, D-Wisc., high-tech consultant Ray Regan, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and tax lawyer Payson Peabody. The surprisingly lively wonkfest ranged in topics from the global and national econony to parking in Georgetown. Moody, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from Berkeley, said he was “very worried about direction country is taking.” Evans, who went to the Wharton Business School, said, “Now, D.C. is the most dynamic city,” and then called for a way to make many immigrants -- and who are not -- legal. He got the most applause of the evening. Pollster Ronald Faucheaux of the Clarus Research Group highlighted the main take-away from the forum, as he spoke about the consequences of Congress and the president not dealing with automatic budget cuts, also known as “fiscal cliff”: “In December, there will be the most important decision in U.S. history.”★

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News Buzz BY R OBE RT DEVANEY

Get Ready for Flooding Along the Potomac As Georgetown and other D.C. neighborhoods cleaned up after Hurricane Sandy, dodging a major hit compared to New Jersey and New York, flooding along the Potomac River is the next worry. Especially for Georgetowners, the riverside complex, Washington Harbour, is on their minds, as they recall the April 2011 flood there. The Potomac was predicted to overflow its banks and flood by late Oct. 30, according to the National Weather Service. It advised that “residents and businesses along the Potomac River in . . . Washington should prepare for a flood not seen since the floods of 1996.”

Citing Little Falls as a point of reference, the Weather Service predicted flooding at 10 feet and continuing to 15 feet in the early hours of Nov. 1. The waters should recede to nine feet by Nov. 2, according to the NWS.

The Barber of Georgetown:

Rigo Landa to Retire

Rigo Landa of Georgetown Hairstyling, the classic, old-school barber shop at 1329 35th St., NW, will officially retire Nov. 8. Landa, who began working at the barber shop in 1968 and bought it from two brothers who owned and operated it, has sold it to his stepson Ed Lara, who previously worked in the airline industry and also is a guitarist. Rigo, who has traveled all

Rigo Landa of Georgetown Hairstyling to retire Nov. 8

over the world, was born in Cuba and will hold on to his barber’s license for now — in case Ed needs an extra day’s work for himself, Veronica or Nguyen.

Doc’s Georgetown Pharmacy To Become a 7-Eleven

No room for error: Washington Harbour’s gates were up for Superstorm Sandy. Photo by Robert Devaney

We know our former publisher Dave Roffman will not like this news flash one bit. According to Carol Joynt and CarolJoynt. com, the retail space once known as the Georgetown Pharmacy, which closed years ago to become a clothing store and then an art and decor store, is set to become a convenience store, i.e., a 7-Eleven. The closed store is at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and O Street.

“My source on this is next to golden, and so I’m going with it,” Joynt writes. “Apparently, the Donohue family has done a deal to lease its building at Wisconsin and O to the 7-Eleven chain. Work already has begun on the interior. Everyone seems to like to look for signs that Georgetown’s charm is a thing of the past, and this latest development will probably be included on that list, along with reports of a TJ Maxx, Target and a bowling alley at Georgetown Park mall, and the new mega Nike store on M Street. But, the times they are a changin’.” The Georgetown Pharmacy was run and owned by Harry Alexander “Doc” Dalinksy, who was a Georgetown institution with customers that included senators, judges and journalists. His Sunday brunch, provided by the Georgetown Inn, was frequented by the likes of Ben Bradlee, David Brinkley and Art Buchwald, as seen in a classic Fred Maroon photo.

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John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, with Doctor Carl Reiner at the Los Angeles ceremony. Photo courtesy of Georgetown University

awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Oct. 23 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. Reiner studied at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 1943 after joining the Army during World War II. “Today, Georgetown University delights to honor the director of ‘The Jerk,’ the father of Meathead and Betty White’s on-screen boyfriend,” the university’s Bernard Cook said. “Actor, writer, producer, wit, Carl Reiner is a renaissance man whose seven-decade career spans the history of television and the maturity of feature film.” Reiner is also known for his creation of the 1960s television series, “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Reiner says his “biggest triumph” as a comedian was when he impersonated his professors in a Christmas show he was asked to put on in Georgetown’s Gaston Hall, according to the university. “This evening I will never forget,” he told Cook. “There we were – Gaston Hall was packed with soldiers, the balcony was filled with the Jesuit fathers, the priests and the lay teachers.” The comedian even impersonated the stern mannerisms of Rev. Edmund Walsh, S.J., after whom the university’s foreign service school is named. Reiner recalled his days in D.C. fondly. After all, he also met and married his wife Estelle while in Georgetown. ★

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CITRONELLE UNDER CONSTRUCTION AS RICHARD EXPANDS TO NEW YORK B Y NI CO DODD ven as Hurricane Sandy was quickly approaching the nation’s capital this Saturday, groups were holding steadfast for their reservations at Central Michel Richard. One group outside the restaurant was eagerly waiting for French chef Michel Richard’s American restaurant to open, but Kulene DiCerce fondly remembered her experience at Citronelle. It was “one of the most memorable meals of my life,” said DiCerce. If DiCerce is right, Richard’s cuisine is about as memorable as the man himself. Inside Central, Richard was thrilled to hear about his fans’ enthusiasm. He clasped his hands and asked, “Where is she?” Richard has been getting praise like hers from Washingtonians since Citronelle opened at the Latham Hotel in 1993. The restaurant closed in July for repairs to the structure of the Latham Hotel caused by water damage. Richard did not expect the repairs to take as long as they are. “One morning, they called me,” he said. “They said, ‘Michel, we are going to be closed a few days.’ And in a few days, now it is becoming a few months or a year.” The renovation of the Latham Hotel and Citronelle is already in process. Citronelle has been gutted, and Richard is excited about its rebirth. “They are going to have to hire a designer to redesign the restaurant. I want that restaurant to be a fresher version. A new Citronelle,” said Richard. “That’s what I want. A nicer, a better looking restaurant.” A designer has not been chosen yet for the redesign. Mel Davis, Richard’s spokesperson, said she expects Citronelle to reopen in the second quarter of 2013, in time to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Meanwhile, Richard has been plenty busy. Central has introduced a pre-theatre menu, and he’s just been invited to open a new restaurant at the New York Palace Hotel. The new, yet-to-be-named project is something of a homecoming for Richard, who opened his first pastry shop in New York when he first came to America in the 1970s. “I’m going back now, 38 years later. The accent’s still the same. L’accent is still the same. Same French accent. I am very excited. And, you know, the reason I am so excited is that I’m opening a pastry shop.” Richard will be making numerous trips to New York to prepare to open the restaurant but reassures us that D.C. is his home. “My wife loves it,” said Richard. “It is a nice town. I love to be next to the president.” ★

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STANDING THEIR GROUND

The re-designed Tony and Joe’s.

25 Years at the Potomac, the Cibel Clan Holds Firm at Washington Harbour With Freshly Designed Restaurants

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his is the last of the grandchildren,” joked Tony and Joe’s manager Dean Cibel, as he surveyed his family’s restaurants with manager Dave Peva and designer Dennis Shea and looked at the ice skating rink being built over Washington Harbour’s fountain. After 17 months closed down and nine months of a $4-million reconstruction, Tony and Joes’ Seafood Place and Nick’s Riverside Grill are fully and officially back in the action next to the Potomac at the complex. At one of Washington’s hottest places to see and be seen, the Cibels’ elegantly redesigned restaurants -- now even more open and with bigger windows to the river -- are joined by Sequoia, Farmers, Fishers and Bakers, Bangkok Joe’s, the proposed Fiola Mare and others. The folks at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place and Nick’s Riverside Grill—people like Tony Cibel, his sons Nick and Dean and their cousin Greg Casten—must have thought it was déjà vu all over again as they awaited and endured Hurricane Sandy. After all, it’s only been less than two years, and a major renovation since the great April 2011 Washington Harbour floodgates crisis and Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place, a classic Georgetown and Washington legend of a restaurant reopened bigger, and better, with more flavors and a lot of hoopla -- and here was another scary storm bearing down on the Potomac River. Not to worry. As fictional President Morgan Freeman assured us in the film, “Deep Impact,” “. . . And the waters receded.” Now, Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place, once built on nothing but the sand on the harbor, can continue to go about its business of becoming a Washington dining legend, combining the good words of legendary food critic Phyllis Richman with an enduring popularity. It embraces all sorts of diners, locals in Georgetown, tourists, business folks, couples canoodling over seafood and a spectacular Potomac River-Watergate-Kennedy Center view and, of course, the recognizable faces who parade through here, and the equally successful Nick’s Riverside Grille, with singular

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At Washington Harbour: Tony and Joe’s managers Dave Pera and Dean Cibel and designer Dennis Shea. Photo by Patrick G. Ryan

regularity. Imagine what you’d have if many of the stellars who came to Tony & Joe’s arrived on the same night: Hillary Clinton, Andy Garcia, Clint Eastwood, minus the empty chair, Denzel Washington (he’s got a new hit movie), comedian Jackie Mason, Eddie Murphy, Redskins running back Joe Riggins and quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, Jerry Jones, another Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer, the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin and Nicholas Backstrom, Frank “Hondo” Howard from a different D.C. baseball era, President George W. Bush, no less, William Shatner, beaming, up and sideways, former Redskins coach Norv Turner, bad boy Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger (hopefully, not at the same table), Kathleen Turner and others. You’d have even more of a heck of a Tony and Joe’s party. The tale of Tony and Joe’s is a part of Washington restaurant lore, going back to October 9, 1987—that’s 25 years almost to the day, give or take a week or two. The key figures were all friends—developer Herb Miller, who saw a city mall (The Shops at Georgetown Park) on a busy street, and the waterfront design that would become Washington Harbour in a pile of sand, plus his old friend Tony Cibel and Joe Rinaldi who owned the Dancing Crab, a seafood fixture in Tenleytown, renowned—you guessed it—for its crab dishes as well as other signature seafood dishes. Tony and Joe, who had been partners for a while, figured that the Dancing Crab—while popular in a down-home, raffish, nittygritty way—needed a little fine tuning for the tonier location at Washington Harbour. (The Cibel family recently sold the Dancing Crab.) So, they added a signature crab cake dish, and made sure that they had a world-class seafood house in a city more noted for steaks and French restaurants. Tony Cibel and Joe Rinaldi were a perfect pair of partners— Cibel, a man with a gift for the business, running D.C. liquorrelated businesses, including the Barrel House Liquor Store on 14th Street, Rinaldi in his role as a top salesman for Capital


COVER Cadillac for years. They were also big family guys, and it’s no surprise to find Rinaldi and Cibel offspring in the business—Cibel has two sons and two nephews and Rinaldi had four children, and all of them, at one time or another including today, were involved in the creation, building and running of the restaurants. Tony brought in top chefs in the beginning like Ron Goodman and Billy McNamee, creating quality dishes and building a reputation— Richman called the restaurant “a contender on the waterfront.” The two also pioneered the use out of outdoor patios at a time when not many restaurants thought much of dining outside. In 1992, it was time for a little add-on, with Joe buying the bottom part of what was chef Victor Testa’s Leonardi Da Vinci, which had closed its doors. This became Nick’s Riverside Grille, after Cibel’s son, a spot that soon became not quite like Tony & Joe’s, something special in its own right, a neighborhood-style restaurant saloon on the Riverfront. In the world of Cibel, there’s always somebody from the family around—Cibel is, after all, the patriarch of the Oceanside Management Family of restaurants, which included the Dancing Crab, Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place, Nick’s Riverside Grille, Kaufmann’s Tavern, Cabanas and the Rockfish. It’s been 17 months since the difficulties with the floodgate systems at Washington Harbour, but Tony and Joe’s and Nick’s are back. And so is the office-residence complex itself, Washington Harbour, with a new fountain, wood work and lighting—and an ice skating rink. Executive chef David Stein, for years heading his own restaurant, Bistro St. Michael’s, presides over a menu that doesn’t neglect old Tony and Joe’s favorites but also includes its share of new choices. ★

Georgetown’s Turning Tables Fiola’sTrabocchi Plans Washington Harbour Restaurant Chef Fabio Trabocchi (shown right) plans to open his next restaurant, the 7,500-square-foot Fiola Mare, at Washington Harbour in fall 2013, according to the Washington Post. Trabocchi has signed a letter of intent with MRP Realty, which owns the popular waterfront complex on the Potomac River in Georgetown. Trabocchi already has Fiola in downtown. Architects for the new restaurant’s build-out, HapstakDemetriou, which has offices at Q Street and Wisconsin Avenue, the Post added. The fish-happy eatery will have inside and outside dining along with a raw bar. Meanwhile, at Washington Harbour, Farmers Fishers Bakers will open in November in the old Farmers & Fishers space, next to Sequoia and Tony & Joe’s, in front of the soon-to-open ice skating rink. Maintaining the rustic theme, Farmers Fishers Bakers will include a “farmhouse sushi” bar, whatever that means. Michel Richard’s Citronelle is reportedly reopening in May or June 2013. Central is open. See details on page 13. Tony &Joe’s Seafood Place and Nick’s Riverside Grill have reopened. It’s a big deal; see page 14. Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery will open on M Street at, 3291 M St. N.W., sometime soon, we hope. ShopHouseSoutheast Asian Kitchen As previously reported in Linda Roth Conte’s column The Latest Dish right here in The Georgetowner,ShopHouse is awaiting approval to open in the former home of Furin’s at 2805 M St. N.W. The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show will be at the Washington Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4. The Show will feature appearances by celebrity chefs Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri and Jacques Pepin. Cookbook authors, cooking demonstrations, and mixologists will all be part of the expo. Adult admission is $27; children under 12 years old, $15; children under 4 years old have free admission to the event. ★

Hail to the. . . Red Wine? Sips for Tailgating This Fall M BY SHA RI SHEF F IE L D y parents used to tailgate in high style at the Strawberry Hill races in Virginia when I was growing up. I remember my mother packing up the station wagon with her sterling silver platters and chafing dishes to lay the prefect tailgate display. There was pea salad, spinach dip in pumpernickel bread, carved watermelons in crystal bowls, Jefferson cups, strawberries and powdered sugar in silver bowls and, of course, a huge Smithfield ham on its massive platter. All would be laid out on the back of the table-clothed tailgate of the Oldsmobile. I remember my sister and I running around and checking out the other tailgate parties along the rope. I also remember Dad and his associates standing around in tweed jackets with patches on the elbows mixing cocktails from shiny silver flasks of whiskey. I tried to recreate my parent’s flair of entertaining and southern hospitality several years ago for Gold Cup. Silver platters? Check. Strawberries and powdered sugar? Check. Linen table cloths? Check. Flasks of whiskey? No check! This time we packed the SUV with wine. Be it tailgating at the horse races, Redskins

games or your alma mater’s homecoming, wherever there is an outdoor sporting event, there will be wine and food. If it’s your inclination this fall to pack up your car and entertain with style out the back of it too, do it with wines that will please tailgaters and their palates. First, a couple of rules of thumb for selecting and serving wines for tailgates to make your spread easy and delicious: 1. Pair simple but flavorful wines with simple foods. 2. For fancier foods, by all means breakout the champagne. In my opinion, champagne goes with everything. 3. Food-friendly red wines varietals like Tempranillo or Sangiovese will please a wide range of your tailgaters palates. 4. Offer a semi-sweet white and a dry white, if you can, for the “I only drink white wine” tailgaters. Here are a couple of recommendations to bring along to the game: White Burgundy Big oaky chardonnays don’t always pair well with food. So while you want to make sure you have some whites on hand for your sports fans,

serve a lightly oaked, more subtle chardonnay like this white burgundy (French Chardonnay) from Pouilly Fuissé, France: LaBoure-Roi Vallon D’Or 2011.

Riesling or Pinto Gris Riesling from Washington State that is on the sweeter side is generally liked by many new wine drinkers. So for those new alums returning for Homecoming and tailgating with you at you alma mater, you might consider packing the Pinot Gris or Riesling from Columbia Valley’s Cht. Ste. Michelle. These wines are simple but travel well. Both wines will pair well with spicy barbecue sauces and more complex spicy foods like red pepper hummus and savory dips.

Red Zinfandel Segehsio Family Vineyard’s Sonoma Valley Zinfandel is a red wine for tailgates involving grilling. With its red fruit and spice flavors, this is a great food wine. It has a good amount of acidity. Acidity in wine compliments fats in meat. With grilled meats remember to choose a wine that has structure but not heavy tannin. Serve with grilled burgers, steaks, and sausages

with onions and peppers. See Seghesio Family Vineyards for more red zinfandels.

Tempranillo

Tempranillo is traditionally found in great Riojas from Spain but it is also found as a single varietal wine simply bottled as Tempranillo. Like red zinfandel, its level of acidity and plum/ cherry flavors make it very food friendly. This wine will appeal to many different palates. Pair it with ribs and Latin fare like guacamole and chips and salsas. Try Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva. You could also toast RG3 and the Skins out at your next FedEx Field tailgate with a bottle of Redskins Reserve wine. Bottled to celebrate the team’s 80th anniversary, this Cabernet Sauvignon is a limited edition. It has been spotted in the restaurants at FedEx field as well as Harris Teeter. So step up your tailgating game and try some of these wines (along with the beer). And remember the most important rule of tailgating with wine: Don’t Forget the Corkscrew! Cheers!★

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Culinaire Reopens BY EMILY L INDST RA N D ulinaire Restaurant has just re-opened its doors to the public. Billed as a one-ofa-kind eatery and a part of the culinary curriculum of the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Washington, the student run restaurant aims to provide delicious food and an all-around positive dining experience to its patrons while acting as a unique instructional environment for students of the Art Institute’s culinary program. Culinaire first opened its doors to the public in 2008. The restaurant is open for eight weeks each academic quarter and serves both lunch and dinner. The menu changes quarterly, and this term entrées include seared trout, carrot pasta, Cornish hen, seared pork loin and grilled beef. “The idea behind having a full service restaurant at the Art Institute of Washington is to provide our students with the opportunity to work in a kitchen that simulates the environment of a real working kitchen,” said Chef Andrew Policelli, a culinary instructor at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Washington. At Culinaire, students are on the forefront of both the kitchen and the restaurant fronts. Though they work under the supervision of Chef Michael Roll and a team of credentialed faculty chef instructors, students are involved directly in all aspects of the restaurant, including food preparation, serving guests, preparing their kitchen station and breaking down their stations at the end of the day. Policelli further explained the idea behind a student-run eatery and the benefits of having a working restaurant to serve as a lab for students.

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“[It] allows the students to experience both sides of working in a restaurant: preparing the guests’ food and serving them from beginning to end,” Policelli said, “[It’s] a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.” Every Art Institute with a culinary program has a working restaurant, according to Policelli. This hands-on experience allows students to experience a working restaurant firsthand and is very beneficial in preparing them for careers in this field. In the end, Culinaire benefits the surrounding community as well as students at the Art Institute. “Why settle for lukewarm mystery meat, last night’s leftovers or a microwave dinner, when you can enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared bistro-style meal?” ask those of the restaurant in a press release. Anywhere from 50 to 150 patrons a week do just that, visiting Culinaire and seeing the students in action weekly while enjoying a freshly created lunch or dinner. Culinaire’s menu includes their four main entrées for the quarter and a wide selection of drinks, appetizers, sides and deserts. Prices range from $2 to $12.★ Culinaire is located at 1820 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Va., near the Rosslyn Metro, and is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch and 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. for dinner. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant at 703-247-3841.

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BY JOD Y KU R ASH nfusing liquors with flavors is nothing new. After all, it’s the aging process in wooden barrels that impart rum and bourbon with their unique characteristics. Adding fruit flavors to vodka started a new trend that branched out to instilling spirits with savory herbs, spices and even vegetables. The process of fat-washing liquors took off with the recent bacon craze, where crafty bartenders added bacon and pork fat to create a rich, unami taste. Josh Berner, mixologist at Cleveland Height’s Ripple has taken this movement and pushed it a step further, by fat washing liquors with vegetable fats, such as olive and sesame oils. Josh Berner cuts lemon twists into a batch of Play It Sam cocktails Ripple currently has three fat washed cocktails on its drink menu. They well with the caraway and anise which led him include the Basil Exposition – an olive oil- to Moroccan cuisine. From there, he decided on washed vodka, green chartreuse, white wine the addition of sesame and experimented with and basil combination, Play It Sam, forged from some different fruit mixtures including cherries sesame oil-infused gin, aquavit and a date reduc- and a cherry and date combination. tion and the Chile Manteca y Dulcet, a mixture Another important, flavorful aspect to this of bacon-infused Benevamezcal, cayenne and drink is the lemon twist garnish. Berner uses a toasted pecans. channel knife to make lemon twists that are not Berner recently hosted a cocktail class only pretty, but serve an important purpose as where participants were taught how to make well. As he cut the peels over the cocktail glass, fat-washed liquor at home and mix these three bits of lemon oil squirt into the drink. The oil delicious tipples. gives off a nice scent and imparts a balancing Berner demonstrated the vegetable fat-wash- flavor. He also rubs the peel along the rim to ing process by making a batch of the sesame-oil add a bit more punch. infused gin that is used in the Play it Sam cockBerner said that when he first made the drink tail. The process begins by using one 750-mil- without the lemon peel, he was not happy with liliter bottle of gin and combining it with two the flavor, but once he added the lemon oil, “the ounces of sesame oil in a saucepan. Berner flavors popped, “he says. “A little oil made a big melds the ingredients by cooking them over on difference.” The result is an exquisite flavor combinathe lowest heat and stirring for 20 minutes. The heat needs to stay low, because if the gin begins tion. The lemon lends nice citrus nose that is quickly followed by the flavor of the aquavit, to boil, the alcohol will burn off. The mixture is then poured into a con- which is tempered nicely by the dates. The sesatainer and placed in the freezer for at least 12 me kicks in with a subtle hint on the finish. Lick hours, until the fat is solidified. Next, using a your lips after one sip, and you will definitely pre-chilled batch, Berner showed the partici- taste the tangy sesame. Not sweet at all, this is pants how to remove the solid fat from the gin a dry cocktail, which is spicy yet refreshing at with a spoon and then strain it, using wither a the same time. While Ingrid Bergman did not say “Play it cheesecloth or coffee filter. Once the oil has been removed, you are left with a smooth liquor again, Sam,” in the movie, you may find yourself saying. “Again,” when imbibing this drink. infused with sesame flavor. The Play it Sam was named after what Berner Its brisk and cool flavor will make it hard for calls the correct line from movie, “Casablanca.” you to stop at one. ★ “She never actually says ‘Play it again Sam,’ ” he said. The “Casablanca” reference is due to the Moroccan flavors found in the cocktail. PLAY IT SAM Besides sesame, this potable also features 1 1/2 ounces sesame-oil infused gin aquavit, a Scandinavian liqueur flavored with 1/4 ounce aquavit caraway and anise and a date reduction. The 2 ounces date reduction date reduction is made taking finely chopped Lemon twist dates, sugar and water and cooking it until it is In an ice-filled mixing glass, stir gin, aquavit reduced into a concentrated flavor and date reduction until cold. Strain into The aquavit was the main building block ice-filled highball glass, garnish with a for Berner in creating this cocktail. “I started lemon twist, rubbing the peel on the rim of off with aquavit,” he said. “It’s a great liquor. It the glass. has a wonderful flavor and it’s underused. So I thought about what I can do with it to make it interesting and taste good.” Berner started researching foods to see what flavors would mix

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3251 Prospect St. NW Established in 1991, Peacock Cafe is a tradition in Georgetown life. The tremendous popularity of The Peacock Happy Day Brunch in Washington, D.C. is legendary. The breakfast and brunch selections offer wonderful variety and there is a new selection of fresh, spectacular desserts everyday. The Peacock Café in Georgetown, D.C. — a fabulous menu for the entire family. Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00am Sunday: 9:00am - 10:30pm

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s I write this column, Hurricane Sandy approaches our coast from the Atlantic. The eaves and branches outside my window, now a patchwork of green-flecked rust and yellows mopped in a thick gray mist, will soon be divested of its foliage by torrential winds. On the television, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie reports that the Jersey coastline is already flooding, and the storm is still 200 miles from shore. Things are looking grim on the Northeast coast. It’s hard to imagine planning any outdoor activities right now. However, in an odd twist of perspective, hurricanes have their important place in the complex ecology of coastal wetlands, and all the natural wildlife they inhabit. Healthy marshes consist of dense grasses and other wetland vegetation interspersed with small ponds, lakes, and bayous. If unchecked, however, marsh vegetation can choke out open-water areas over time. This natural process eventually forms a “closed marsh,” which holds little value for waterfowl and other wildlife. Hurricanes can set back the incursion of closed marshes by breaking up dense stands of vegetation and scouring new ponds and lakes. Additionally, accompanying storm surges can push salt water inland; the lengthy exposure to salt water kills salt-intolerant vegetation, creating more open-water areas. These new ponds and lakes created by hurricanes are prime habitat waterfowl, as well as prime duck foods like wild

celery, which flourish in the shallow, open water. Why all the talk about ducks? Because, come rain or come shine, the annual Waterfowl Festival is coming to Easton Md., Nov. 9 through 11. Sportsmen and art connoisseurs alike should find interest at this regional tradition, founded by a group of ambitious enthusiasts who envisioned an event that would share with visitors the unique Eastern Shore heritage that they treasured. The festival also helps to preserve the ecosystem, raising funds to protect the wildlife and habitats that are integral to the area’s way of life. This event captures the true romance and excitement of the area’s wild birds and the hunting sport they create. From decoy exchanges to art exhibits, and from a children’s fishing derby to wildlife photography classes, as long as you are interested in the great outdoors, Easton’s Waterfowl Festival has something for you.

Art and Photography The festival’s photography exhibit, set up in Easton Middle School, will feature a wide array of striking images captured by some of the nation’s foremost nature photographers. Every photograph has a story to tell, and the artists are eager to share them. These are the shots that demonstrate why photography is an art in itself. The pieces are affordable and often may be purchased framed or unframed. Many photographers also offer specialty items featuring their

Artist Gallery and Worshops images. The gallery opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday for the “Best in Show” Award at 9:30 a.m. Vote for your own favorite photo with the People’s Choice Award, presented Sunday at 11 a.m. One of the original Waterfowl Festival galleries, the Art at the Armory Painting Gallery presents an array of exceptional artists offering a variety of work encompassing a wide range of subject matter and style. In addition to waterfowl, wildlife and sporting art, the artists present landscapes, florals and maritime scenes, both as original paintings and prints. Exhibitors

welcome the opportunity to share their artistic talent with guests, both experienced collectors and those simply touched by one of the artists’ images. While other galleries showcase the artwork, the festival’s Artists Gallery & Workshop put the artists in the spotlight. Visitors enjoy the rare opportunity to see artists at work, demonstrating the techniques and skill required to create the artwork so admired in its finished form. Working artisans are willing and eager to discuss their work and tricks of the trade. Demonstrations

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IN COUNTRY throughout the day make this exhibit a delight for many and an educational must for all aspiring artists and carvers. At the Masters Gallery, a collection of exceptional 19th- and 20th-century sporting and wildlife paintings and sculptures by internationally acclaimed wildlife and nature artists will be on view. Outside of museum exhibits, it is rare to see a collection of works by such renowned masters gathered together and offered for sale. At the Sculpture Pavilion, attendants have the opportunity to view a variety of sculptural forms ranging from exquisite miniatures to dramatic life size renditions of wildlife subjects. Created by artists from across the country, the sculptures are of bronze, steel, clay, stone and other expressive threedimensional media. Sculptors enjoy interacting with visitors and look forward to the opportunity to discuss their work. For those interested in wildlife preservation, the Waterfowl Chesapeake Pavilion is the home for the festival’s sister conservation organization, Waterfowl Chesapeake, Inc., during the festival weekend. Inside, guests will find more information about

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Waterfowl Chesapeake and its projects and initiatives, as well as a presence by partner conservation organizations and green businesses, such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and the Maryland Environmental Service.

Sporting and Hunting A must for the sophisticated sportsman, the new Sporting Arms Exhibit makes its debut in 2012. This exhibit brings the sporting heritage of the Eastern Shore to downtown Easton. While the exhibit will focus mostly on antique and contemporary guns, displays will also showcase the development of the hunting culture of the Chesapeake Bay region with decoys, art and other memorabilia. Haggling is encouraged at the Buy, Sell, Swap traders’ bazaar, with a staggering array of decoys, hunting and sporting memorabilia, sporting books and more. Prices range from pocket change to the thousands of dollars. Whether a dedicated collector, first time buyer or browser, most any visitor will find something of interest. On the subject of “something of interest,” the Waterfowl Festival is also home to an annual Calling Contest. Each November, proud duck and goose callers, representing at least 16 states and Canada, make the journey to Easton for the coveted titles of master caller, where they perform their best calls in front of more than 600 spectators and listeners. Anyone, novice or master, is welcome to try their hand. Attendance at the preliminary rounds is free, and admission to the finals on Saturday evening is $10, or $5

with a Waterfowl Festival ticket. One of the most popular festival events is the Retriever Demonstrations. Both new and returning visitors make it a point to head to the ponds to see the dogs each year. The Retriever Demonstrations are entertaining and hugely impressive, as these exceptionally skilled canines show off by leaping into the pond to fetch a thrown or hidden dummy. You don’t have to be a hunter to appreciate the intelligence demonstrated by the retrievers and the training skills of their handlers, who are members of the Talbot Retriever Club. Another canine-crazed event is the Dock Dogs Competition, where the stands fill quickly to watch dog after dog race down a dock to splash into a pool of water. The competition is to see which dog can remain airborne the farthest or highest, depending on which event is being contended. Any and all breeds are eligible to participate. While registration for contenders is mainly done online in advance, there generally are a few spaces reserved for those wishing to enter their dogs on the day of the event. There is all this and more at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Md,—and though the weather is rough now, it is sure to clear up by Nov. 9. So, brush up your duck calls, shape up your pups and get on out there. For more information, visit www. WaterFowlFestival.org, or call 410-822-4567. ★

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Ghostly ‘Capitol Hill’ BY CASEY O’BRIEN ashington, D.C., is home to many ghost stories. From the bloody steps in the Capitol to a commodore haunting the old Navy Yard, the city is ripe with spirits. A culmination of all these stories can be found in “Capitol Hill Haunts,” a new book by Tim Krepp. Krepp, a licensed tour guide for tours in D.C. and New York, is putting his degree in history from Georgetown University to good use by revealing the stories and places some of the departed call home. Years ago, while giving ghost tours, Krepp realized his interest in ghosts and storytelling. “I really fell in love with the concept of ghost stories as a way of preserving [them] as urban folklore, as legends, as a nexus between history you can put in textbooks, versus oral traditions.” Krepp’s favorite story, which can be found in the book, is of the “Phantom Wheelman.” An 1882 streetcar conductor had fatally collided with a cyclist and now would find phantom cyclists darting out behind his streetcar. The interesting fact was how the original cyclist was riding the penny-farthings of the era, yet the cyclists seemed to upgrade their bicycles as the times changed. “It’s a great story, just the imagery of this dark streetcar, after midnight, coming down and seeing this guy on a penny-farthing coming at him,” Krepp said. “But also what it says about

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today’s conflicts and debates in the city: the use of public space. Who owns the road?” However, the “Phantom Wheelman” doesn’t get the best reaction when told orally, it needs a visual. Like most ghost stories, there must be something there for the audience to see. Despite this, the overall crowd pleaser is the rarely seen “Demon Cat of the Capitol.” The Demon Cat roams the lower levels of the Capitol, including the space built to be George Washington’s crypt. At first sight, it appears to be a normal tabby cat, until it fixes its eyes on its victim and then runs towards them getting larger before it lets out a yelp and jumps over the victim’s head into the darkness. Legend has it the Demon Cat shows up before presidential assassinations and times of national crisis. “Capitol Hill Haunts” also shares some lesser-known ghost stories of the nation’s capital. In the section titled “The Watchful Commodore,” the haunting of Captain Thomas Tingey in the Navy Yard is explained. Tingey was in charge of building and developing the yard, and he was the one to give the order to set it on first when the British arrived in D.C. in 1814 during the War of 1812. It is said Tingey still haunts his old home, Quarters A in the Yard. He was first spotted in 1853 by the daughter of the yard commandant. In 1960, when the new commander, Rear Admiral Thomas H. Robbins moved his family in, his

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Tour guide and author Tim Krepp looks at spooky Capitol Hill. His next book will be about the ghosts of Georgetown.

dog sensed a presence. The dog would stare at a chair in the drawing room and bark and growl at it, until his owner addressed the captain, telling him they were “glad to be living in [his] house.” Tingey has also been spotted staring out the second floor window of Quarters A and walking around the Navy Yard for inspection with his spyglass and sword. The book also mentions Tingey took offense to the 1886 name change of the Yard to the Naval Gun Foundry by letting out “a banshee cry that could be heard for blocks around” at midnight. Georgetown, of course, is no stranger to ghost stories, one reason, Krepp says, he stayed away when he wrote his book. Now, Krepp has returned and is in the beginning stages of writing his next book on the ghosts of Georgetown.

Though still in the preliminary stages of research, Krepp finds the old Forest Hall, now the Gap on Wisconsin Ave, to be a great story. Previous to being a prison during the Civil War, it was a public hall, hosting debutante balls and minuets. “I have an early 20th century, I want to say 1910, 1920 article describing the ghostly balls that continue to this day.” One iconic spot Krepp is eager to research more are the infamous Exorcist Steps. “As far as I know, there are no real ghost stories about the steps themselves,” Krepp said. “I think the site was, as far as I know, picked just because it looks haunted.” Though there may be no ghosts lingering on the steps, it is definitely a spooky destination to visit this Halloween, after watching the classic film, “The Exorcist.” ★

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Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships B Y S TA CY N OTAR AS M U R PH Y

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s the autumn and winter months arrive, so do the picturesque reds, oranges, and yellows of fall, and the snowy winter wonderland. With the arrival of colder weather, skin loses the moisture and glow it had during the warmer weather. This can lead to dry, itchy skin, especially on hands, because they are constantly exposed to the winter elements. To combat winter skin as colder weather sets in, individual beauty routines must be altered to keep skin and yourself looking and feeling great all winter long. When purchasing a hand cream to use during the winter months look for specific ingredients. Shea butter ensures that the lotion can help skin retain moisture. Also purchase items with natural oils like avocado, sunflower or coconut oil. These moisturize and heal skin naturally.

Maximize the benefits of the lotion when you apply it by doing regular self-hand massages. Follow these simple steps:

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1. Start by clasping your fingers and rubbing the heels of your palms together in a circular motion. 2. Keeping hands clasped, take one thumb and massage the area just below your other thumb in circular motions, moving outward to the center of the palm. Repeat with the other hand. 3. Release your fingers and use your thumbs and index fingers to knead your palms, wrists and the webbing between your fingers. 4. With one hand, gently pull each finger of the other hand. 5. Finish by using your thumb and index finger to pinch the webbing between your other thumb and index finger.

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Michael Pink’s ‘Dracula’ Bites With Primal Passion BY GA RY T IS CHL ER lad the Impaler, the original real historical figure from which sprung Bram Stoker’s fictional , blood-sucking antihero and the emergence of ballet as a dance art form are separated by less than a century, give or take. It seemed to many that Dracula’s story—the one Bram Stoker wrote in the era of Victoria’s buttoned-up, repressed England—and ballet might make for a dreamy narrative match on the stage. That’s exactly what happens in the Washington Ballet production of “Dracula,” choreographer Michael Pink’s gory, heated, very bloody and seductive version of the tale at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, now through Nov. 4. Narrative ballet—from “Swan Lake”, to “Don Quixote,” to “Romeo and Julet”—as opposed to more abstract works of modern dance, have always seemed to me like the dream version of a story, it’s dreamt essence lying at the core of the tale, just as opera is fevered version of the same tale, with the emotions riding on the music, and drama and plays carry the narrative with character and words. On those terms, “Dracula” surely feels like a dream, even if that dream resembles more often than not a nightmare. Actually, it begins with a nightmare, one dreamt by the muchput-upon Jonathan Harker. This “Dracula” is remarkably faithful to the Stoker tale, with its bedeviled, haunted Harker, the bug-eating, madhouse resident Renfield, who acts as a kind of portal for Dracula, the beguiling Lucy and her swains, Lord Arthur Godalming and the rifle-toting, buckskin-wearing American Quincy Morris, a very romantic-looking, Byronian Dr. Van Helsing, and Mina, Harker’s fiancé, the real object of Dracula’s sinister affections, as well

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as assorted couples, female vamps, gendarmes, and peasants, including a horde of infected victims of Dracula. The production itself lets out all the stops with Lez Brotherson providing a set and costume design that encompasses Dracula hallmarks — the stark sanatorium, the imposing staircases, the castle, the graveyard, beds and coffins, all bathed in a score by Phillip Feeney full of bells and whistles and screeches and pounding heartbeats, the ominous sounds of a hungry heart accompanied by an impending feeding frenzy. This production, (which was originally directed by Christopher Gable) has different casts in different productions, with Jared Nelson cast in the red-caped and ninjablack role of Dracula. This is about Dracula, no question, and his overpowering will to feast. The producLuis R. Torres and Maki Onuki in Dracula. Photo: Steve Vaccariello tion – a nerve-wracking and haunting two hours plus event Lucy at what appears to be a gala brunch of — is wrapped, and stacked around the architecture of three seductions in couples moving up and down a staircase, into which Dracula overpowers Harkin, visiting his chairs and out on to a dance floor, and Nina castle on business, the flirtatious, enchanting at night, alone in a bed, beckoning her to his

bloody, bared chest. These dances—and that’s what they are, almost classic manifestations of ballet, but also almost Olympic-style athletic feats—show us Dracula’s magnetic, physical powers, as well as his hypnotic powers and for Nelson—and also for the dynamic Jyum-Woong Kim—the requirements for the parts are a display of emotions, strength and lean-muscled strength so that the effect on the audience is as hypnotic as those of his victims. These three pa-de near-deaths are interjected like a stiletto into the production, which includes the desperate presence of Renfield, a kind of ritualized, loud, brazen and bloody peasant folk dance which ends with the sacrifice of a wolf. In England, there’s a ball, and as much flirtatious, happy, stylized, fashionista and high energy style dancing to make you almost forget who’s coming to dinner. In this production, Nicole Haskins, makes for a heartbreaking Lucy, she’s so full of energy, such forgiveable flirtation that her submission to Dracula and her transformation into a bloody-tooth, virally hungry otherbeing is a tragedy. The presence of Dracula—for the audience—even when he’s not in plain sight provides the tension of a violin bow, it speeds up the narrative, no matter what’s happening. This way, it becomes an adventure tale which moves to a kind of action climax, one, by the way which is as graphically violent as a stage production can manage. Pink’s “Dracula” is like a loud, almost unbearably and frightening dream, the tale remembered at some primal level, becoming real. In this season, that’s not a bad fright night.★

A Full House at the Phillips Collection S BY AR I P OS T ince it first opened its doors in 1921, the Phillips Collection has been revered as a pioneer in contemporary art. It was America’s first museum of modern art, and it has remained a relevant and progressive hub for contemporary fine art throughout its life. It continues this tradition today with major retrospectives of renowned living artists, photographers and political cartoonists, contextualizing their work in the canon of history. Here’s a breakdown of the major exhibits on view in the Phillips. For more information, visit www.PhillipsCollection. org.

Per Kirkeby, on Art and Geology Per Kirkeby—a Danish painter, poet, sculptor, filmmaker, as well as a trained geologist—is one of Europe’s most celebrated living artists. For more than 40 years, he has exhibited a mastery of color and fascination with form, creating an ongoing dialogue with geological structures that are engrained deeply within him. “Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture,” on view through Jan. 6, is the most comprehensive survey in the United States to date of his works. The exhibition features 26 expressive paintings and 11 striking bronze sculptures. Kirkeby’s paintings—some more than six-feet tall—are 24

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structured like geological strata, constantly in flux, moving and changing, continuously and passionately maintaining a dialogue between art and science. For Kirkeby, art, like science, is engaged in an ongoing, self-correcting process. His works incorporate all aspects of natural history, reflecting the artist’s considerable curiosity about the infinite variety of life. He even likens paintings to “collapsing structures,” a metaphor borrowed from geology. His bronze sculptures in the exhibition are fragmented bodies—mostly arms, legs or heads, often melted together—reminiscent of Auguste Rodin’s radicalized torsos, but rooted in a deep dialogue with nature. The sculptures have a sense of brutal history, reworked and fragmentary limbs and forms that barely suggest a figure. Kirkeby’s synthesis of history and science is also informed by the art history and landscape of his native Denmark. The contrasting combination of Kirkeby’s deep affinity with Danish romantic naturalism and his empirical training is evident in his film “Deer Garden: The Romantic Forest” (1970), on view in the exhibition. Shot near Copenhagen, Deer Garden juxtaposes lush, idyllic depictions of the park with dispassionate, factual spoken commentary. Despite his prolific writings on art and artists (he has written books on Cezanne, Monet and

Van Gogh), he rarely discusses his own work in great length. “I am a painter, and I have painted a painting,” he once wrote. “And, really, I don’t want to say anything more about it.”

Political Wits Art thumbs its nose at politics in the electioninspired gallery, “Politcal Wits, 100 Years Apart” (through Jan. 20), featuring works by Honoré Daumier (French, 1808–79) and Patrick Oliphant (Australian, b. 1935) from the museum’s permanent collection. A master of caricature and satire, Daumier so lampooned King Louis-Philippe that the artist was charged with sedition and imprisoned for six months in 1832. Pulitzer Prizewinning political cartoonist Oliphant—whose work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and the Library of Congress and published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Washington Post—had a deep and longstanding admiration of Daumier’s work. During a Daumier retrospective at the Phillips in 2000, Oliphant even produced a lithograph inspired by the exhibition and proclaimed in his Washington Post review of the show, “Monsieur Daumier, you certainly are a humbler.” This is a perfect show in the perfect city at the perfect time.

Natural Destruction and Destroying Nature Eleven photographs document how artists use the camera to capture the beauty, as well as the human destruction of the natural world in “Picturing the Sublime: Photographs from the Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg Collection” (through Jan. 13). The exhibition brings together iconic works by Ansel Adams with contemporary examples by Edward Burtynsky, Lynn Davis, and Richard Misrach. Davis, with a remarkable sense of value and composition, offers a haunting portrait of glacial erosion. Misrach’s serene landscape of a sand dune reflected in still water, titled “Battleground Point #14,” carries with it the shadow of Middle-Eastern conflicts over the past 40 years, without denoting any specific time or place. There are also 19th-century photographs by Francis Frith and Carleton Watkins. Frith was an English photographer, remembered for his seminal depictions of the Middle East and Egypt. Watkins was a noted Californian photographer, whose series of conservation photographs of the Yosemite Valley in the 1860s significantly influenced Congress’ decision to establish the valley as a National Park in 1864. ★


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Knock Out Abuse Against Women Annual Gala Washington D.C.’s most prominent women, from members of Congress to leaders in the corporate and philanthropic communities, will gather to Knock Out Abuse. This yearly event has raised more than $6.5 million to restore the dignity and respect to thousands of victims of domestic violence in the National Capital Area. The evening is a true celebration of the power of women to effect change for the most vulnerable women and children in our community. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Call (202) 725-5604 or visit info@knockoutabuse.org.

BY R OBERT D EVAN EY The 2012 Georgetown Gala, “Putting on the Glitz,” and put on by the Citizens Association of Georgetown, returned to the Russian Embassy Oct. 26, with vodka, caviar, champagne, a dinner buffet and a live auction — and, of course, dancing and more dancing, this time to the tunes of Big Ray and the Kool Kats. Hundreds of residents, business leaders and politicians were also there to honor Pamela and Richard Hinds for their work on historic preservation and public safety. Gala co-chairs were Nancy Taylor Bubes, Michele Evans and Patrice Miller. Sponsors included “community pillars,” Long & Foster, Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International, Vornado Realty Trust & Angelo Gordon & Co. on behalf of the Shops at Georgetown Park, along with M.C. Dean, Inc., MRP Realty, Washington Fine Properties (Nancy Taylor Bubes), Western Development Corporation, EagleBank and the Georgetowner. Unlike last year, Mayor Vincent Gray could not stay for the dancing — there was a hurricane coming, after all.

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USO Gala The annual star-studded event will celebrate the USO and will feature well-known entertainers from USO celebrity entertainment tours. The event will recognize a special volunteer, as well as honorees selected by the Senior Enlisted representatives from each branch of the armed forces for their extraordinary bravery, loyalty and heroism. Washington Hilton. Contact Katie Whitlow at 703 908-6461 or Emily Farwig at (703) 740-4970.

CAG president Jennifer Altermus with hosts Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and his wife Natalia.

Linda Greene, Mark Ein, Nancy Taylor Bubes, Councilman Jack Evans and Christine Warnke.

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26th Annual Lombardi Gala An unparalleled celebration to benefit the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. This black-tie dinner dance features a cocktail reception and renowned silent auction, a raffle that includes a 2013 model Lexus automobile, presentation of awards to remarkable individuals for their fight against cancer and more. All Gala proceeds go directly to Lombardi for cancer research, education and treatment. Washington Hilton. For additional information contact Elena Jeannotte at (202) 687-3866 or ej48@georgetown.edu.

Mayor Vincent Gray with Hope Solomon and Nik DeBenedetto.

Amy Maniatis, Martin Gammon, Cathy Kerkam and Bryan Benitz.

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National Museum of Women in the Arts Fall Benefit Melissa Etheridge will receive NMWA’s Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts at this year’s event benefiting the Shenson Chamber Music Concerts, NMWA’s annual series showcasing women musicians. Melissa Etheridge’s impressive contributions to American rock and roll have placed her among the musical greats celebrated in the museum’s upcoming exhibition Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power. National Museum of Women in the Arts. Contact Development Events Coordinator Ginny Page at (202) 266-2815 or visit www.nmwa.org.

Joseph Otim, Rose-Marie Harris and Roger Carp.

Adrienne Szabo and Salley Widmayer.

Bill Dean flanked by Julia Gordon and Samantha Cerny.

Sharon Lockwood, Stephanie Bothwell and Judy Cochran.

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The Lab School Gala The annual dinner dance honors outstanding achievers with learning disabilities. National Building Museum. For more information, contact Tiffany Parry, Director of Alumni Relations and Events, 202-944-3075 or tiffany.parry@labschool. org.

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Cabaret Benefit Dinner and Auction The Theatre Lab, Washington’s largest theatre training center, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012. Join more than 400 influential Washingtonians for one of the most entertaining fundraisers in DC-including silent and live auctions, a raffle, and an entertaining cabaret showcasing student performances. The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel. Call 202 824-0449 or visit www.theatrelab.org.

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Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Christian Zapatka.

Michele Evans, Frank Randolph and Barbara Crocker.

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75th International Gold Cup

Fair Chance for Youth

BY J EN NIF ER GRAY The 75th International Gold Cup was the place be Oct. 20 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., benefiting the Great Meadow Foundation.

BY JAD E FL OYD Fair Chance’s 2012 Butterfly Bash on Oct. 19 supported the organization’s efforts to create opportunities for low-income DC children and youth. The Butterfly Bash revenues will allow Fair Chance to help speed up and build up 10 youth-serving organizations in the coming year with 350 hours of coaching and support. Supported by honorary chairs, Jean-Marie and Raul Fernandez, a host committee of 160 community members, and more than 35 corporate sponsors, this year’s Butterfly Bash raised more than $325,000 making is the largest in Fair Chance’s 10-year history.

Casey Phillips (Campaign & Elections Magazine’s 2012 Jackie and Jacob Porter (CEO of Altus Consulting). “Rising Stars” Washington D.C.’s “Top 30 under 30”) and his fiance Sarah Gargagliano,

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Barbara Brown and Norm Wood.

Dr. Ron Dozoretz, Jean-Marie Fernandez, Raulo Fernandez and Beth Dozoretz.

Kermit and Shamala Littlefield, Montina Anderson and her brother Montez Anderson.

F. Murray Abraham Receives the Will Award

BY M ARY B IRD At the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s star studded Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala on Oct. 15, F. Murray Abraham received the prestigious Will Award honoring his significant contribution to classical theatre in America. Tributes were read from Kevin Stacey and Abraham’s “Amadeus” co-star Tom Hulce. Jerry Stiller brought down the house calling the actor’s tirade to upgrade his room a “better performance in a London hotel than in ‘Amadeus.’ ” After the program that included performances by the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Bill Irwin and Ted Van Griethuysen in a scene from King Lear and a surprise appearance by Christine Ebersole, guests joined in a “celebration parade” to the National Building Museum for dinner and dancing at a Gala After Hours.

Harman Center Artistic Director Michael Kahn with Will Award winner F. Murray Abraham,

Susan Fagan and Homy Danesh. Mary Haft, Chris and Kathleen Matthews and Robert Haft.

Kim Nettles, Craig Pascal, Victor Shargai and Patrick Nettles.

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Richard de Sonier and Rebecca Klemm.

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