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Garrett Faulkner (right) edits and reports for The Georgetowner and Downtowner, racing around the city in an effort to devour as much free press preview food as humanly possible. A recent graduate of Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and a native of Utah, he has no logical reason for ending up in Washington, but loves it anyway. Though he focuses primarily on Georgetown’s community news, his feature stories have covered everything from native wine grapes to fly fishing to Christmas flowers, imbuing him with a wide breadth of scattered knowledge and a fearsome aptitude for pub trivia contests. He detests semicolons.

The Georgetowner is published every other Wednesday. The opinions of our writers and columnists do not necessarily reflect the editorial and corporate opinions of The Georgetowner newspaper. The Georgetowner accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs and assumes no liability for products or services advertised herein. The Georgetowner reserves the right to edit, re-write, or refuse material and is not responsible for errors or omissions. Copyright, 2009.

10-11 — Real Estate Mortgage Ask the Realtor Featured Property 12 — Feature Lessons from a Military Dad: A Memorial Day Rememberance 13-14 — Performance/Art Wrap Darrell Parsons (left) has been a realtor for 27 years, 25 as a real estate office manager, and 20 as the manager of the Georgetown Long & Foster office. He has worked through several real estate cycles, problem-solved with innumerable real estate transactions and supervised thousands of sales cases. One of his greatest pleasures is to share the knowledge he has acquired over these 27 years. Before entering the real estate business, he was a professional classical singer for 15 years here and in Europe, his most memorable time spent as a soloist with the Vienna State Opera. He still sings around the metro area, but more for the joy of it than the income!

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Unfurl the sails: Georgetown plays host to revamped Yacht Club Tommy the Matchmaker


ou’ve navigated through your 20s and most of your 30s. You’re smart, successful and you live in Georgetown to boot. You are also, you can’t help noticing, very available.   Have you been matched yet?   If not, or if you’ve endured your share of unsuccessful set-ups, it’s a good bet you haven’t yet run across Tommy “The Matchmaker” Curtis, the droll and garrulous social sage whose swank parties at Bethesda’s Yacht Club

have become somewhat of a legend across Washington for their seemingly magical ability to pair up 30-somethings looking for love — and keep them hooked.   “Online [dating sites] are great … but they never take the place of the immediacy of a night club,” says Curtis, who ran his weekend matchup soirees in a basement room at the Holiday Inn in Bethesda for 17 years. Wave aside any scent of kitsch, though — the parties were known to be the real deal, attracting waves of middle-aged lonely hearts looking to break the ice, with a little help from Tommy, of course. A socialite since his college days at Yale, Curtis proved so adept at making introductions that his nightly mixers quickly exploded into a citywide phenom, prompting several features in The Washington Post (which likened the Yacht Club to “‘Cheers’ with sex”) and Washingtonian magazine’s bestowal of the title “maestro of dating.” The epithets are hardly hyperbole, though: to date, Curtis boasts responsibility for an impressive 181 introductions resulting in marriage.   “I call them 181 home runs,” he says, adding that he’s also batted plenty of doubles, that is, pairings which didn’t quite work out in the end but still enjoyed a good run.   Curtis started out as a disc jockey on WMAL 107.3 (now The Mix) in the ’80s, honing his match-up skills at the now defunct Annie Oakley’s bar on M Street. One night in 1989, unable to find a 30-something hangout while on a date

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of his own, he conceived of the Yacht Club and convinced the Holiday Inn owners to let him set up shop below deck. It was an immediate hit for singles and couples alike (in fact, nearly half the attendees already came with plus-ones). In 2006, nearly two boisterous decades later, the ownership changed hands and the hotel was closed for renovation, and with it the Yacht Club. For many, the party seemed over, an era ended. Curtis, however, was hardly fazed, promising to be back at the first opportunity.   Boy, did he make good on that.   After a short stint in Beverly Hills (where he nearly lost his life in a car accident), Curtis has returned to Georgetown, Yacht Club in tow. The first meet-and-greet (according to Curtis, a term he coined himself) will convene June 5 at the Holiday Inn on Wisconsin Avenue, continuing Saturday nights thereafter. Once the gears are in motion, the Matchmaker expects to expand to Fridays. He has high aspirations the new digs will become even more of a 30-plus locus than before.   “From lots of standpoints, Georgetown is the center of it all,” he says. “Would the Georgetown bluebloods go to Bethesda? Not as much as Bethesda comes to Georgetown.” He believes the village’s “moneyed demographic” — affluent, outgoing Georgetowners aged 35-55 — will take to the match-up party redux with particular gusto, if the hype over the recently reopened “Social Safeway” is any indicator.   Though the D.C. institution has been through its share of dire straits, the Matchmaker is eager to get back to what he does best: prowling the dance floor, microphone in hand, chatting it up

with friends and throwing a few have-you-metso-and-sos to the shy.   “I lost my bow and arrow for a couple years,” Curtis says. Welcome back, Cupid. Whether you’re single or taken, reservations for the new Yacht Club’s opening night can be had by calling 301-656-2545. Space is very limited.

Washington Harbour up for sale


ccording to the Washington Business Journal, MRP Reality is under contract to buy the Washington Harbour from Prudential Real Estate Investors, sources involved in the sale say. MRP Reality is said to buy the property for more than $240 million, which includes 3000 and 3050 K St.   MRP and Prudential would not comment on the sale.   In 2004, Prudential paid $220 million for the waterfront property, according to land records. In March, the company put the property back on the market.   The deal is expected to close by month’s end. Currently acquiring the property are 10 retailers and 12 tenants.

Summer vacation for CAG


he Citizens Association of Georgetown held its final meeting before the summer on May 10 to hand out a few awards, recognize Georgetown’s prominent citizens and elect officers for next year. Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans served as keynote speaker, but was very nearly upstaged by a surprise guest: Mayor Adrian Fenty. The mayor, never shy about mutual back-patting, lauded the many community projects currently underway in Georgetown, including the trolley track renovation on O and P Streets, the impending reopening of the Georgetown public library this fall and the remarkable community buzz over the brand new “Social Safeway.”   Evans was equally upbeat, but took immediate notice of the increased traffic congestion on Wisconsin Avenue since the store opening, saying the lines to enter the Safeway’s parking lot made the street nearly impassable. He asked MPD to begin regulating traffic in the area.   Georgetowner Barbara Zartman, who passed away in March, was given the prestigious Peter Belin Award for her service to the Georgetown community. Zartman’s daughter accepted the award on behalf of the vocal activist, a staunch supporter of historical preservation across the village.   Billy Martin, Jr., the fourth-generation owner of Martin’s Tavern on Wisconsin Avenue, was presented with an award named in honor of his

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father and Stuart Davidson, the late founder of Clyde’s. The award recognizes Martin for his adherence to the “character of the Georgetown community” in a tough business climate.   The evening’s election yielded no surprises. Jennifer Altemus was reelected to another term as CAG president, along with sitting Vice President Luca Pivato and Treasurer Robert Laycock. Board member Hazel Denton replaced former Secretary Tara Scopelliti.

ing Olivia Adamstein, Frank Randolph, Nestor Santa-Cruz and more. Elle Décor magazine, one of the few interior design pubs not made mincemeat by the economy, will serve as media sponsor for this exciting project.   The Halls of Fame Design House will be revealed at a black tie gala on May 20 and run through Dec. 4. All proceeds from the Design House will benefit WDC’s charity partner, Georgetown University Hospital/Department of Pediatrics. Admission is free.

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h, summertime — the apogee of every kid’s year. The quarter-long punctuation of an existence measured in semesters and three-day weekends. The annual big kahuna of all vacations.   Adults living in Washington think of it as something of a dreadful time. You still go to work, you pay bills, you race around — just the same as any other season, only sweatier, and perhaps with a twinge of bitter animus that you, too, could once clear your schedule from Memorial to Labor Day, and you thought it endless.   But that is the great allure of summer: that children, who in many ways are always wise beyond their years, somehow convince themselves with astonishing zeal that it will never end, which is maybe what makes the experience so formative and special.   With the innocence of youth in mind, we’ve selected some of our favorite summer camps around the city and region. They have a funny way of making these hot three months fly by, but you can be sure the memories will endure. Audubon Naturalist Society, 301-652-9188 Where: Headquartered in Chevy Chase, MD; the Society operates two other camps in Leesburg and Clifton, VA.

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When: The first programs begin June 21 and extend through mid-August. Full-day (9-4) or half day programs are available, depending on the child’s age and schedule. Overnight trips are available for older students. How much: Classes start at $165. Offering unique programs for children aged 4 to 15, Audubon’s camps are designed to foster environmental awareness among the nation’s youth. They feature direct experiences with our natural world through hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, and explorations. Campers can expect to spend most of their time outdoors, but every camp has an indoor classroom to use as a home base.

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Levine School Music and Arts Day Camp, 202-686-8000 Where: Campuses in D.C. (2801 Upton St., Van Ness), Bethesda’s Strathmore Center and Arlington (Ballston). When: Full-day (9:30-3:30) and half-day (9:301:30) programs available from June 28-July 16 and July 19-August 6. How much: $1044 for full-day students, $720 half-day. Levine’s summer camp has a loyal following, with many campers returning each year. Levine nurtures the total musical child in a supportive and stimulating environment. Through singing, dancing, playing instruments and sharing artistic experiences, children develop skills for creative expression and aesthetic awareness that will last their entire lives. TIC Summer Camp, 703-241-5542 Where: GWU’s satellite campus at 2100 Foxhall Road. Classes also available in Bethesda and McLean. When: 8:30 to 3, five days per week. Four sessions are operated throughout the summer, the first beginning June 21. Each lasts about a week and a half. How much: $800 per session. Total nerd camp this isn’t: from the beginning, campers are divided into two age groups, juniors (6th grade and younger) and seniors (7th grade and older). Each day, one group takes technology courses geared for kids, while the other is immersed in an athletic program; after lunch the groups switch places, so that each camper gets three hours of technology instruction and three hours of sports each day.

classic outdoor camp centers on community building, mastering outdoor skills and back-tonature basics. You also can’t get a more idyllic setting: the 130-acre campus borders the Shenandoah River and Shenandoah National Park near Luray (not to mention its famous caverns). Campers will have their pick of opportunities to view wildlife and woods, and certainly make a few friendships along the way.

Camp Shakespeare

Camp Shakespeare, 202-547-5688 Where: STC’s rehearsal studios, 516 Eighth St. S.E. When: 10-5 daily, sessions begin June 21. How much: $695. And yes, the T-shirt’s included. This two-week day camp aims to enhance the understanding of Shakespeare’s language through the exploration of movement, text, improvisation and performance. Young people ages 9-18 will analyze and interpret Shakespeare’s text, create dynamic characters with their bodies, voices, and imaginations and explore the art of stage combat. Camp will culminate with a performance for friends and family onstage at the Lansburgh Theatre. Georgetown Day School’s Hopper Day Camp, 202-274-1683 Where: GDS’ lower school, 4530 MacArthur Blvd. When: Week-long sessions from 8:30 to 3, beginning June 21. Half-day options available. How much: $395 per week, ages pre-K to 11. For the youngsters. Start the day with 4 classes (arts, sports, drama, science, cooking & more) & spend the afternoons on water play, talent shows, field trips, Olympics and more. Each group of 5-10 campers will travel with a junior counselor; experienced teachers will lead each class.

Shenandoah Summer Camp

Sheridan School’s Shenandoah Summer Camp, 540-743-6603 Where: Sheridan Mountain Campus, Luray, VA. When: All-day sessions beginning early July. Most last five days, but older students may opt for two-week programs. How much: Sessions start at $565. High schoollevel “Ironman” programs run around $1300. For the adventurer in every family, Sheridan’s

Georgetown University Summer Day Camp at Yates Field House Where: Located right on Georgetown University at Yates Field House and Kehoe Field When: Six weeks offered with the first program beginning June 21 and the last program beginning July 26. Camp hours are from 9am to 4pm. After care is available until 4:30pm. How Much: Weekly tuition for Yates members is $275. Non-Yates members $375. Register online. Yates Summer Day Camp is celebrating their 30th year as a comprehensive day-long camp at Yates Field House and Kehoe Field. Campers ages 6-10 years enjoy activities such as arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games, swimming, movies, talent shows and much more.

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ay, you might ask, whatever happened to the teacher’s union contract?   What happened to that $34 million-dollar deficit or that surplus that wasn’t there?   And how are Chief Financial Officer Natwar Ghandi and DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee getting along?   Last time we looked, things looked mighty confusing on the budget front. Rhee and Gandhi were arguing while testifying before the city council on money matters, Gandhi arguing a) there wasn’t any surplus and b) he wouldn’t sign off on control by parties providing private funding.   But now it seems everything, we’re happy to say, is fine and dandy. Sort of.   On May 11, the Washington Post, the District schools and the mayor reported that the city was set to fund the teachers contract, its pay raises, ret- Natwar Gandhi Michelle Rhee roactive and current. That agreement, budget, shifting of stimulus funds which would cause $38 million in cuts elseand private funds at a later date, appeared okay where in the District budget, would pave the with Gandhi. The agreement must now await a way for an eventual teachers’ union members rank and file vote by union members. vote on the contract, worth $140 million.   Meantime, Rhee has been busy. She announced   Mayor Fenty, Rhee and Gandhi appeared that she will double the number of senior managtogether at the announcement to give the apers for public schools in the form of “instructional pearance of unity. The solution of cuts in the

Remembering Lena Horne By Gary Tischler


n the 1980s, Lena Horne, a pioneer, legend and star in her mid-60s, put on a one-woman show called “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,” which became the longest-running solo performance in Broadway history.   She brought the show to the Warner Theatre in Washington, and if you had the good fortune to experience it (and that’s the right word), you got the essence of Horne, and a pretty good idea of what courage and perseverance were required to succeed in America if you happened to be black or of mixed race parentage and if you happened to be born early in the last century.   Horne brought all of her life experience,

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her humor, her still-burning bright beauty, her vocal abilities and her shazam style to the performance. She sang her signature song “Stormy Weather” twice during the course of the night. “I was young when I first sang it,” she said, and sang it right there like a naïve, lovely young girl, and sang it again, all the stormy weather she had experienced herself at full throat. “This is me now,” she said. Horne came from a mixed marriage, and was married at one time to Lennie Hayton, a top conductor and arranger at MGM when the studio’s musicals where American landmarks.   When it came to civil rights and racial history, she was a little like Zelig, being everywhere: she was a Cotton Club chorine, she was both famous and half visible as an MGM starlet and star, including Vincente Minnelli’s “Cabin in the Sky” and “Panama Hattie,” in which she sang “Stormy Weather.” She was in numerous MGM musicals, but her roles tended to have the position of production numbers, which could be cut if the films where shown in the segregated South (and

superintendents” with salaries ranging from $120,000 to $150,000. She also announced recently that DCPS would be hiring 400 new teachers.   But some answers still remain hazy. Where is all this money for new hires coming from when just a week ago we heard so much talk of surpluses that weren’t there and deficits that were? If it comes purely from budget cuts, lauded as the perfect stopgap, the District will still pull funding away from public programs on an already spare pocketbook, and just might find itself in a similar pecuniary pickle down the road. The mayor’s solution may not be as elegant as he would have us believe, and it warrants closer scrutiny.

they were).   In the 1940s she worked with the controversial and politically active singer and performer Paul Robeson, a man of huge gifts and anger. She made United Service Organizations tour stops (where German POWs were routinely seated in front of African American soldiers), a task at which she balked.   She took part in the dramatic civil rights marches of the 1960s and sang on behalf of the National Council of Negro Women and the NAACP.   Her music, once she stopped making Technicolor movies, was beyond category, beyond jazz and completely enduring. She recorded well into her 80s.   Through all the trials and tribulations, the difficulties that were part of her life, she never succumbed to such shallow notions as complaining. She just kept on doing what she loved, stood up tall, and was dazzlingly emblematic of class, as in classy, as in first class.




ext week on Wednesday, May 26, the D.C. council will vote on the fiscal year 2011 budget. The District’s next fiscal year runs from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011. The current budget was prepared by the mayor beginning in October 2009 and submitted to the council on April 1, 2010.   By law, the council has two months to hold hearings and pass a budget. It is then sent to the mayor for his veto or approval. If approved, it is then sent to Congress for their approval by October 1, 2010.   Because of the slowdown in the economy, the city’s revenues are no longer increasing and, as such, reductions need to be made in our spending. The mayor’s FY 2011 budget is balanced and relies on significant spending cuts and increases in a number of fees and penalties. It also relies on spending additional money from our fund balance, i.e. our savings account.   I have analyzed the mayor’s budget carefully and have the following observations.   The cuts he recommends are painful but necessary. The amount the city spends has increased significantly the past 10 years and now it is time to reduce spending. Tough choices need to be made.   The fee and penalty increases are problematic. Our residents and businesses are tired of being nickeled and dimed to death. People don’t want to pay this government any more money. Thus the proposal to increase parking meter fees and charge more for basic licenses, etc. should be reversed.   Finally, spending more from our savings account to fund agency operations is bad policy. In 2007 our fund balance was $1.6 billion. It is currently $920 million and would be $600 million in 2012. The city would have spent $1 billion of its savings, which will really hurt our position in the credit market.   If the council does not accept the mayor’s increases in fees and does not wish to spend from the savings account, it must identify additional funds to balance the budget. In addition, many members of the council want to add back the mayor’s cuts and unrealistically fund new programs. This also takes new money.   Several council members want to raise taxes to pay for this spending. Nothing could be worse for the city. Increasing taxes in a recession is bad policy because it allows the spending to keep increasing, forcing us to increase taxes again the next year. The proposals put forward include, among other things, a raised income tax, new taxes on tax-free bonds, and extending the sales tax to services. Given that the District is ranked 51st in tax burdens, it is very counter-productive.   I will continue to work hard to balance our budget without further burdening our residents and small businesses. The author is a city councilmember representing District Ward 2.


congress vs. corporations By Jeff Malet


recently had a ringside seat to some of the best in political theater. (To be precise, I wasn’t actually “ringside” but in the center of the ring in the photographer’s pit, and my “seat” was the floor.) I am referring to the separate hearings this month on Capitol Hill between members of the Senate and prominent figures from Wall Street and the oil industry.   These hearings represented but another chapter in the century’s old tug-of-war between advocates of free markets against

Protesters at BP’s oil spill hearing. Photo by Jeff Malet.

those pushing for stronger regulation. Earlier chapters were punctuated by the breaking up of the big corporate trusts by Teddy Roosevelt, and the establishment of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a response to abuses that precipitated the Great Crash of 1929 (and the subsequent Depression). Both of these measures provided firm underpinnings for the long-term health and growth of our economy and society. Today, after an extended period of relaxed regulation and government oversight, another major reexamination is certainly in order.   The behavior of Goldman Sachs and BP was predictable. The officers of any corporation owe their allegiance first and foremost to their shareholders, and their goal is to maximize profits to those shareholders. Nothing implies that these corporate goals have to be consistent with the American public interest.   BP, of course, is primarily owned by foreign shareholders. But much of the American public would be surprised at the large degree to which foreign interests

Goldman Sachs execs swear in before a Senate committee. Photo by Jeff Malet.

own shares in most major American-based corporations. And many do not appreciate that the oil BP will produce in deep water, for which it pays minimal royalties to our government, is destined for the international oil markets. The pollution that these wells produce, of course, stays right here in the USA.   Goldman Sachs derives much of its profit from its trading desk, where many believe it uses its market-making position to unfair advantage and to the detriment of its customers. Many of these activities, while creating profits for Goldman Sachs, provide questionable benefits to the overall economy.   It’s all about accountability and responsibility. An economy functions best when resourc-

es are optimally allocated, so costs to the environment must be born by the polluters. Unfortunately, ethical behavior on Wall Street often takes a back seat to the allure of big money. To quote James Madison, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” Some have argued that our fragile economy cannot tolerate further regulation, but the opposite is certainly true. The author, a former mutual fund manager, contributes photographs to The Georgetowner and The Downtowner.

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The State of Mortgages By Bill Starrels


ortgage rates remain in a narrow and favorable range. In recent days, rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages as gauged by Freddie Mac averaged below 5% percent again. This means for a primary house mortgage with at least 20 percent down and very good credit, rates are quite attractive. Interest rates on government insured FHA and VA mortgages were slightly higher.   Fifteen-year mortgage rates typically carry rates that are around a half to three-eighths lower then typical 30-year rates.   Interest rates on adjustable rate mortgages that have fixed terms of three, five and seven years were approaching a rate of 4 percent.   The turmoil in the European markets produced instability in stock markets worldwide. When stock markets falter, investors put money into safer investments, which include the bond market. When bonds do well, so do interest rates. The yield on the 10-Year Treasuries was testing the 4 percent level before the turmoil in the stock markets. The yield for 10-Year Treasuries is now in the 3.5 percent range. The “flight to safety� should continue for at least the short term.   Inflation or the fear of inflation is the major driving force for a rise in interest rates. There is little fear of inflation, nationally or globally. Some economists state that the long-term trend

in inflation globally is titled in the direction of less inflation or even deflation.   In the short term, there is no doubt that inflation is well under control and there is no fear of inflation rearing its head. If the European Union slides towards recession, then there will be no chance of interest rate rises by the Federal Reserve in the foreseeable future.   Employment is starting the long road back to recovery. Jobs are starting to increase. However, more people are coming back into the job market, looking for jobs. That is why the unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent, even though there was healthy job growth. There is a lot of work yet to be done.   Underwriting standards remain strict. This means a loan has to be well documented with all the income and asset statements. If there is a gray area on a loan, the underwriter will cast doubt instead of giving the benefit of the situation. Mortgage loans are available, but the client has to be well qualified.   If you are in the market for a mortgage, this can be a good time for you. Rates are low and as long as you can meet the underwriting criteria, you should end up with an excellent mortgage. Bill Starrels lives in Georgetown, specializing in residential mortgages. He can be reached at 703-625-7355 or


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Dear Jay: ’m sorry you didn’t make it under the wire. I haven’t heard any specific rumblings about the $8000 tax credit being offered again. Everything I have read about it seems to indicate that it will not be offered again. However, that program did offer a great opportunity for many, many buyers, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a strong push to bring it back.   In the meantime, however, buyers in D.C. still have the opportunity to use the $5000 D.C. tax credit. This federal tax credit is available to first-time homebuyers in the District of Columbia. There are more restrictions related to this credit than to the $8000 credit, but it is still a good deal for those just getting started.   Additionally, you should look into the D.C. Homestead Exemption, and the D.C. Tax Abatement Program. These are other programs specific to D.C. which can help you as you purchase


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Lessons From a Military Dad: A Memorial Day Remembrance By Robert Sacheli


he June 1970 memo that records Air Force General Peter R. DeLonga’s first staff meeting as Deputy Chief of Staff, Materiel at Tan Son Nhut Airfield in the Republic of Vietnam includes a section that clearly sets out the expectations of the new leader. “The General will be rough and questioning,” it begins. “He will play the ‘Devil’s Advocate.’ Though things will get hot he will not hold a grudge. He expects the truth and facts — no B.S. He wants a straight YES or NO.” The no-nonsense tone continues through more admonitions (“Be sure your brain is in gear before you activate your mouth” is one) and concludes with, “when I ask something to be done I mean NOW.” The memo provides a snapshot of a dedicated, demanding but fair officer with high standards, and that’s how his son Steven DeLonga remembers his father. “Military was first in his mind,” he recalls, although, he adds, “he was one of the few military officers who did not speak of his past successes.” In DeLonga’s case, those successes were notable. With a distinguished career that spans the China-Burma-India theatre of operations in World War II, the Berlin Airlift, Vietnam, and beyond, Peter R. DeLonga achieved the rank of major general and was the Deputy Inspector General of the Air Force. In that post he provided the Secretary of the Air Force and chief of staff evaluations of the effectiveness of Air Force units and monitored worldwide safety policies and programs. He also directed the counterintelligence program and was responsible for security policy and criminal investigation within the Air Force. A roster of decorations — including two Air Force Crosses, the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters and Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, among others — attests to Major General DeLonga’s career achievements. Despite his father’s professional responsibilities, Steven DeLonga remembers “We’d have dinner every night at six.” At those dinner tables, no matter where in the world the family was stationed, he learned valuable life lessons. “My father would put a quarter on the table and ask us what it was,” DeLonga says. The object was to think before answering. “Once you made a statement,” according to his father, “you made sure it’s 100 percent correct. Your credibility is on the line, and you may never be able to get it back.” That emphasis on integrity and honor was the foundation of his father’s philosophy, and part of the code of what DeLonga describes as “a John Wayne era when your handshake was your bond. It was a different world from what we have today.” DeLonga closely observed how his father treated the people under his command. “My dad was known as an enlisted man’s general,” who believed they were

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the backbone of the Air Force. “He was very considerate” of those men. Steven DeLonga still marvels at his 24-year-old father’s resourcefulness and courage in April 1945 when he was forced to spend 16 days in the Himalayan jungle after his plane was disabled during one of the 86 missions he flew during World War II. “He thought of other people before himself and had the presence of mind to rescue two fellow crew members,” says Delonga. He’d parachuted into the “Tin-Tin Jungle” — so called because the terrain was strewn with the remains of American and Japanese planes. “He ate lizards, snakes, rats and talked himself out of being eaten” by tribesmen. (“Headhunters Are Friendly to Three Yankee Aviators” was one headline back home in Pennsylvania.) “I don’t know how I could have survived,” says the younger DeLonga. His father’s was a generation that put country before considerations of financial reward, Steven observes. He cites Chuck Yeager, a good friend of his father’s, who, when asked why he continued to face the dangers of test flying despite being pursued by lucrative opportunities, replied: “I like flying. That’s my life.” It was also a generation that saw military service as a chance to advance themselves as Americans. Peter DeLonga’s Italian-immigrant father was a foreman in a coalmine, and, says his son, “the military was an equal ground, where people were judged on merit and performance, not family.” Though Steven DeLonga’s own military career was a brief stint in the Army (“My military bearing was non-existent”), his brother, Peter, spent a decade in service, receiving the Army’s Bronze Star for heroism in ground combat in Vietnam. His nephew, Nick, is a Marine captain who’s a veteran of tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. “Dad would be disappointed” at how the military is generally viewed today, suggests DeLonga. “The caliber of Army recruits is probably the highest it’s ever been, but we’re not fully supporting them. We need a commitment from the executive branch to support the military for the future.” DeLonga attributes much of his own success (he is the founder and CEO of Ste-Del Services, an Alexandria company that deals in corporate apartment rentals) to some of his father’s qualities “that carried over to me.” He knows which are the most influential: “Honesty and integrity are things I pride myself on.” “How do you measure success?” he asks. “In business, it’s monetary. But for the older generation it was more about altruism,” citing John F. Kennedy’s famous “ask what you can do for your country” challenge. “They saw a bigger picture.” “Honesty. Integrity. Devotion to country and to duty. That is why my father succeeded,” says Steven DeLonga. “His was a generation I was lucky to be around.”



‘American Buffalo’ By Gary Tischler


avid Mamet’s “American Buffalo” premiered 25 years ago, assuring the playwright’s reputation as an American master, a man who had written an enduring theater classic.   Today, it still seems fresh in its language and feeling, in its inarticulate expression of the importance of the American business ethos in the nation’s life, even its dankest, smallest, lowest places. At the Studio Theatre, where outgoing Artistic Director Joy Zinoman shows again that she get the essentials of familiar material, in which the three petty thieves and low-lifes get to cry out and trumpet their own “attention must be paid,” their own plea for importance.   You’d think that in a contemporary play where a cellphone doesn’t ring, there would be a whiff of the anachronistic, that rust might have settled on the play. But in the 1970s world of Don, Teach and Bobby, ineffectual smalltime crooks, thieves and hustlers, the time is now, and it’s not going to get any better.   By now, Mamet’s way of writing dialogue — repetitious, stinky with street debris, loss, and the fallout of small dreams ill considered, has acquired a cachet all of its own, it’s often imi-

tated — like Hemingway’s sparse style and his tough private eye imitators Chandler, Hammett and Ross MacDonald. In fact, it’s often parodied. It sounds hard-nosed and earthy, virtually real, except that its rhythms aren’t real at all, and they have a kind of jazzy musicality to them.   Repetition is a way at arriving at the point of a conversation for this trio. Don is a small lookout for the next opportunity, not the main chance. He runs “Don’s Resale” shop, a place that’s half storage house for stolen goods, a quarter junkyard, and a quarter pawn shop, with a bit of accidental antique shop thrown in. The three — Don, slow, empathetic, patient; Teach, a jacked-up, nervous man with nothing in his life except for his time in the shop; and Bobby, the hyper junkie who acts as if he’s burning up all the time — are thieves of one sort or another. They operate on the fringes, and mostly outside the law.   But to them, boosting a truck, breaking into a house and working with other crooks is all part of the great American enterprise of going for the dollar, of a business where everyone’s entitled to a share of the proceeds. This one time, they’ve convinced themselves that a man who

Edward Gero in “American Buffalo” at The Studio Theatre. Directed by Joy Zinoman. Photo: Scott Suchman

bought an American buffalo nickel from Don is loaded with rare coins which they plan to steal from his house.   Easier said than planned, let alone done. Theses are guys frozen with inaction, jealousies, insecurities, drenched in bad habits attained in poker games and too much time spent together. Their talk doesn’t get results, and they improvise bad notes like a drunk sax player.   Ed Gero, who plays the frustrated, often flummoxed Don, is the glue of this production. He’s the shaky sun around which the other two roll as they vie for his attention, for his approval, for the go-ahead. Gero has a soft solidity here, an exasperation that comes from owning junk, but also from love. Peter Allas as the gun-toting Teach looks like one of those guys who’s always stirring the pot where trust lies buried. And Jimmy Davis is disturbing as the needy, skinny, pushy junkie Bobby.   Russell Metheny’s shabby, rich set of a shop is a wonder. It looks lived in, like an ornamented prison.   Zinoman lets the actors have their way with the words, where the heart and shabby souls lie. “American Buffalo” is often funny, but it’s always tense, dangerous and touching, sometimes all at once. Try to imagine the “Seinfeld” cast of folks as low-lifes, and you get the idea. “Don’t forget, we gotta do the thing?” “The thing? What thing?” “You know, the thing, we gotta do it.” “Oh yeah, the thing. We gotta do the thing.”   Which isn’t exact. But you get the drift. It’s like smoke and music from the past coming into the here and now. (“American Buffalo” runs through June 13.)



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Art in Congress

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Senator Diane Feinstein, “Autumn Bouquet”

have often noticed the incredible exterior of the 19th-century house at the corner of Q and New Hampshire. It is every bit as grand on the inside as the outside and it houses the Woman’s National Democratic Club (1526 New Hampshire Ave.). There is currently a show there (through July 22) entitled “Art in Congress,” with works by members of the U.S. Congress and their families. Everyone can cheer the inclusion of Representative Barney Frank’s partner, Jim Ready, who has a large photograph, “Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.” It depicts the view of the crowd attending the Obama inauguration in epic manner.   The works in the show contain some surprises, including the thought that Senator Diane Feinstein of California could quit her day job and launch a respectable career as a floral artist. Though she is needed in the Senate, her lovely “Autumn Bouquet” would be welcome to anyone needing some quiet color affirmation. And Representative Raul Grijalva of Arizona displays some very strong graphic gifts in his “Long Day of Legislating,” drawn with a Sharpie. One can feel the tension of April 28, 2007 in his jagged linear qualities.   A surprise is also the sumi-e brush painting on rice paper by Representative Jim McDermott, of Washington. He has been classically trained in the sumi-e technique, and his “Mountain Bamboo” brings its auspicious freshness to the show. On a totally different note, Representative Dina Titus of Nevada shows her book cover for “Bombs in the Backyard: Atomic Testing.” It is appropriately grim.   Erin Kelly, daughter of Representative Betsy Markey of Colorado, is a gifted photographer. She has a diverse body of work that shows a wide range of styles. Representative Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii is represented by a technically accomplished clay sculpture entitled “Tokyo Dango” that includes cherry tree twigs. There is a bit of ikebana in the piece; it is bold, but in a graceful way.   There is a poem by Representative Diane E. Watson of California entitled “Aunt Gert.” Poems should be found more often on the wall. And California Congressman Mike Thompson has a very skillfully done “Drake Hunting Decoy” made of redwood, oil, and glass, used for duck hunting in the Pacific Flyway of California. Suzanne Finney of the Woman’s National Democratic Club’s Arts Committee accompanied me through the show. I asked her in the spirit of bipartisanship if any Republicans were invited, and she smiled in response.

In Memoriam

Late last year, a rising fashion model and her sister died in a horrific car accident after leaving Georgetown. This month, we remember Lizzie and Victoria Stefan. By Yvonne Taylor


Fashion Editor/Photographer, YVONNE TAYLOR Creative Director/Makeup Artist, LAURETTA J. MCCOY

met Elizabeth Stefan when she was just 14 years old in the summer of 2004. I knew when I saw her she had an instinct for creating characters on the printed page. With her tall slender frame, angelic heart face and a perfect full mouth that relaxed into a pout, I was immediately inspired to shoot editorial pictures of her. She had a sharp wit and I thoroughly enjoyed her company. My photography team went to work and transformed this girl from Centreville, VA into a creature full of mystique and allure. The tall boots, bustier, couture shirt and long leather jacket made her look like she was born in the clothes. It was the beginning of a connected relationship that would last the rest of her life. As she developed her skills and traveled to all the model haunts, she became very comfortable with the world community of young women who are always en route to wherever the market and season dictated. She would return to Washington and drop in to show me the work she was doing.   It was not an easy journey for Lizzie. She was truly her own person, even a little off rhythm at times, and struggled to fit in. Somehow she always found her way. We continued to work together and she gained the confidence I knew she would need to negotiate the tumultuous landscape of a business in constant flux. Lizzie’s career was just truly beginning to take shape and her client list was growing in New York when I called her to do a job for me. We had not worked together for a year or so and I was looking forward to it. I always got what I wanted whenever I worked with her, and knew the client would be happy. She stopped by to see me and we talked about it. That was in November 2009, she was coming home for Christmas and we were both excited. I was on location in South Carolina when I received a message on Facebook from the mother of another model, Amber, who had risen in the ranks alongside Lizzie. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. She asked me if I’d heard a rumor about Lizzie being killed in a car accident the night before. I was stunned. I was certain it wasn’t true. Lizzie would never miss a shoot!   She had worked with my son Matthew Taylor doing short films. They were some of his favorite pieces. He had sold her the black Jaguar he bought when he graduated from college a while back and I felt a wave of sickness as I thought about her in my son’s car. My phone started buzzing and finally it was confirmed that she and her sister were returning from Washington late in the evening and hit a jersey wall head on. Her sister Victoria was driving. They were both killed instantly. I packed my gear and immediately left Hilton Head for home.   We had gotten to know the family and immediately understood where all that personality and beauty came from. Lizzy’s mother was striking and we were not surprised to learn she had been a former Miss Sweden. Her other two sisters were just as lovely and each was distinctly different. Her father was the rock and spent time in Iraq while Eva, her mother, held everything together. I could see by all the family photos and having spent time with the girls they were a family of passion, and thoroughly enjoyed each other. If you knew Lizzie you would never forget her. She left an indelible mark on everyone she encountered.   We have lost a truly complex and vivacious woman whose humor and love for beauty will prevail. Lizzie’s mother was highly surprised when she received a portrait of Lizzie painted by Peter Max the artist. It was no surprise to me that the artist recognized her as a person worthy of being immortalized in the capture of the painter’s hand. Knowing Lizzie, or Lisi as she was known in the business, I can laugh even now at the casualness and ease of her ability to form lasting relationships with all kinds of people with little or no effort. She was truly the genuine article.

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t’s summer. Close enough, anyway. It’s time to go to the beach. It’s time to think about books. It’s time for our annual summer reading section.   We’ve got a profile of Georgetown’s own Kitty Kelley, who’s authored another bestselling (#1 on the New York Times list) unauthorized biography, taking on talk show billionaire and influential person extraordinaire, Oprah Winfrey.   We’ve perused the most recent bestseller lists to see what’s hot in fiction, non-fiction, paperback and such. We’ve also included a guide to some perennial favorites (including ours) that are worth revisiting.   And we have a question for our readers and readers in general: What are you reading? Or better put, how are you reading?   One of the more interesting questions that has come up in the onrushing digital age (which has already affected the publishing world by widespread changes and thinning in the magazine and newspaper field) is how the publishing business will do business in an age where books are neither ink nor paper but bits of binary code. Have we reached a point where a book not a book, but something on Kindle? Will “Paradise Lost” still be “Paradise Lost,” when it’s handily accessible as an app in your phone?   In other words, will you be bringing books to the beach this summer, or just a phone?   Just asking.

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here’s a temptation on my part, sitting in Kitty Kelley’s sun-drenched Georgetown office, to say “We’ve got to stop meeting like this.”   About every half decade or so, we sit down to chat in the stormy aftermath of the publication of one of her books in which she has taken on the mighty, the powerful, the awesomely famous, rich, and legendary, and rendered them very human in her inimitable way, which delights hordes of readers and infuriates not only the subject of her books, but any number of apologists and high-minded critics.   Inevitably, I ask yet again: So, what’s next? Kelley swears and vows, probably with her fingers a little crossed behind her back, that she’ll never write an expose again, or put herself through the eye of what is a self-created storm.   This time that storm is “Oprah,” the mega-bucks talk show host, friend to presidents, the nation’s literary guide, magazine publisher and, in some mass-communication way, probably the most influential African-American woman in the world. In other words, another unauthorized biography full of controversial, highly inflamma-

tory and often negative information about a woman who’s mostly revered, adored and admired by millions.   “I don’t know why I keep doing this,” she says again. “This one was especially difficult to do, maybe the most difficult ... maybe you noticed: no CNN, no Larry King, no Walters, not much television. There’s a reason. Everybody is very loyal in this business, and with Oprah, also afraid. They pretty much told me as much.”   Kelley, a small, stylish, blonde woman who can trade barbs, stories and humor easily, has charm that’s undeniably genuine. But while there are lots of cat figures in the living room of the office, and while there have been cat-and-catty jabs at her from some less-than-kind critics, there’s no question that she can defend herself when necessary. Even a suggestion that some material in her books might be off target draws a heated defense of her work. “I’m a biographer,” she says. “I write unauthorized biographies. It’s not a term I entirely like because the reputation of the word makes it sound like it’s merely sensational. And that’s not true. I’ve never been forced to make a retraction about anything in any of my books. I’m a trained researcher, that’s what I did when I worked in newspapers.”   Inevitably, she shows me the room containing the nearly 3000 files of interviews, references and material that accumulated during the course of putting the book together. Similar volumes of raw material emerged in writing her previous books.   “It’s like living in somebody else’s life for, what, five years now,” she says. “And Oprah is endlessly fascinating. I admire her, she’s accomplished so much. But, for one thing, she didn’t come from the dire poverty she’s always talked about. And that’s just one thing.”   There are stories that emerge in the book that, if they’ve existed at all, came from out there in the dimmest reaches of rumor land, including the assertion that the man she’s always claimed as her father isn’t really her father, and that she had a child out of wedlock as a teenager.   Part of the problem with a subject like Oprah, and for that matter, Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra, the royal family and the Bush family, is that so much is out there already. Kelley’s subjects are the supernovas around which a planetary system of scribes, sycophants, biographers, paparazzi, gophers, family members, and history itself rotates. With Oprah, this is also true, only much more so. She is her own supernova. In her daily talk shows, she has talked so much about herself, her problems and triumphs, her family, her struggles and dissatisfactions with her weight and looks, that it seems her life is an open, tearful and triumphant book of its own.   Who, then, needs a Kitty Kelley book about Oprah? Well, we do.   “She’s done enormous good in the world, and I think she’s an influence for good,” Kelley says. “But she’s also hidden a lot of her life, she has a darker side. She’s not a saint.”   “Oprah” is a terrific read, much in the same way that all of Kelley’s other books work. They have a monumental speed to them, they rush and throw accumulations of detail that in the end give you a big picture. The “tell” stories aren’t as important as they appear at the book’s arrival — it’s the overall weight of material, painstaking-

ly accumulated and acquired, that is telling. In this case, they round out the story, like a very big Paul Harvey “rest of the story.”   In the long run, all her books are about fame, they’re very American in their focus, even the book about the royal family, which of course included a hefty section on Princess Diana. They’re about fame and its flipside, infamy, about the importance of success and celebrity in American life. One of the telling things about all the books, whether they concern royal Brits, American singing legends, political dynasties, movies stars or billionaire talk show hosts, is how they bring out an essential homegrown vulgarity that seems to be as natural a by-product of fame as breathing itself.   And every book is a pain, a project fraught with dangers and difficulties. In these efforts, she has a dogged, persistent quality that can only be called courage.   “None of the people I wrote about ever submitted to interviews,” Kelley says. “Not that I wouldn’t have loved to talk to Oprah, but she, like everybody, gave no interviews.”   “It was hard to get some interviews,” she says. “You’d be surprised how afraid people are. She has a powerful bully pulpit in that show, she knows so many people. But in some ways, she was my best source, from the shows and the magazine.”   Sinatra apparently was not amused to be made into a Kelley title, a book that for many people made it less fun to listen to a song like “I Did It My Way.” The Bush family closed ranks, and mounted a negative attack campaign prior to its publication, which just happened to be near election time in 2004. Matt Lauer put Kelley through a grinder in two interviews on the Today Show, which she handled deftly.   She’s one of those people who’s proud of some of the enemies she’s acquired — they’re a kind of validation of the work. No amount of attacks, criticism, charges of sloppiness or inaccuracy deter Kelley or her readers. “We’re debuting number one on the New York Times bestseller list,” she says, indicating that being number one makes for a good Sunday morning.   She and her husband, Dr. Jonathan Zucker, still live in Georgetown, where she just held a book signing at St. John’s Episcopal Church on O Street, the proceeds of which went to charity.   “It’s my home,” she says. “I love Peacock Café, I like the gym at GU, the streets, the old homes, the shops, the people. What’s not to love?”   Listening to her talk about her work, over the years, is to recognize that while she may complain about the mountainous work involved, she’s also driven by keen curiosity, and a pride of profession. She doesn’t much rely on decorative style or literary allusion, just stories, anecdotes, dug-up facts, cross-references. Gossip and rumors, the daily diet bread of our lives, are the spice in that mountain of stuff, not its essence.   She has no plans for her next book, and says she won’t do another. We’ve heard that one before. Signed copies of Oprah’s book are available at Proper Topper (Georgetown, 3213 P St., Dupont Circle, 1350 Connecticut Ave. and online at All proceeds will go to the D.C. Public Library for the Peabody Collection — and matching funds from a generous donor.

Cover 2010 Summer Must-Reads ON NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES “The Publisher, Henry Luce and the American Century,” by Alan Brinkley A long (531 pages) and exhaustive biography of the man who basically invented magazines and magazine journalism as we’ve experienced it. Think Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated and that behemoth picture mag, Life. Eccentric, populist, conservative and inventive, Luce, and his even more eccentric wife Clare Booth Luce, were giants in their time. “The Paper,” by Tom Rachman A first novel, no less, by a British journalist about the very human foibles of an English-language newspaper published in Rome. Critically acclaimed, it’s practically a microcosm about the folks who inhabit the world of journalism.

You might also want to try David Halberstam’s “The Powers That Be,” which examines the news titans CBS, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. New journalist Gay Talese has a monumental work on the New York Times, “The Kingdom and the Power.” OF VAMPIRES, THE UNDEAD AND JANE AUSTEN Ever feel as if the world’s being taken over by werewolves, Kristen Davis, vampires and the living dead? You’re on to something. One of the more recent phenoms in the spread of vampirism (besides Stephenie Meyer’s hugely successful “Twilight” series) is the appearance of “Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter” by Seth GrahameSmith. Didn’t know Abe had that much spare time, but who’s to know? Even more of a trend are titles like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” also by Grahame-Smith, “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters,” and “Emma and the Werewolves,” to name a few. You might want to check out the review section of the Chronicle of Higher Education on the net for the article by Amy Leal, a witty and thorough look at this trend. Better stock up on silver bullets and move to a cave. POLITICS Nobody waits for memoirs anymore. In the case of Barack Obama, whose administration now is being deconstructed even before his first term is half over, two well received, fairly objective and tantalizing offerings are already out there now. “The Promise: President Obama, Year One” by Jonathan Alter takes a look at Obama’s first year in office, including the battles over stimulus packages, the wars on two fronts and health care, by a veteran political journalist. “The Bridge” is a biography of Obama and how he arrived at the doorstep of the White House by David Remnick, the former Washington Post reporter and current editor of The New Yorker. The approach is even-handed, and it’s plain that Remnick has given Obama’s own autobiographical writings a close look.

For something really critical, there is, of course, “Conservative Victory” by virulent news host Sean Hannity. Michael Lewis is your man if you want to get a handle on the people who pull the money levers in sports and on Wall Street. Three of his books are selling briskly in hardback and paperback: “Liar’s Poker”, about the life of a Wall Street broker (which Lewis once was), “The Blind Side,” about the business of football, and “The Big Short,” a best-seller about “the people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight.” You know who that was. Speaking of trends, there’s comedienne Chelsea Handler, who seems to have a handle on how to profit from a hedonistic life in “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” and “My Horizontal Life,” which is described as a memoir of one-night stands (there’s also the inevitable “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang.”) Somewhere, both Erica Jong and Henry Miller are weeping. And speaking of a guy with a touch for best-selling mysteries, try Stieg Larsson, a Swedish writer whose recently published books “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Girl Who Played With Fire” are hot-selling trade paperbacks, with another novel featuring a Swedish journalist assisted by an iconoclastic, tattooed young lady on the way. But James Patterson needn’t worry. Larson passed away soon after presenting the publisher with his three tomes. The fiction list these days is still peppered with old reliables: Nicholas Sparks (“The Notebook”) and his latest weepie “The Last Song,” another Rita Mae Brown cat book (“Cat of the Century”), Martha Grimes (“The Black Cat”), “Caught” and “Long Lost” by the outstanding suspense plotter Harlan Coben, David Baldacci’s twist-and-turn political thriller, “First Family,” and two Jack Reacher books by Lee Child. Also on the fiction best-seller list are a couple of toney offerings: “Solar” by Ian McEwan, about a scurrilous physics professor in the real time of real global warming, and “Matterhorn,” a years-in-the-writing novel about the Vietnam war by ex-Marine Karl Marlantes. Signs that good books and literary subjects are not going out of style is the almost joint appearance of “Tocqueville’s Discovery of America,” a historian’s view of the grand Frenchman who wrote “Democracy in America,” and “Parrot and Olivier in America,” Australian novelist Peter Carey’s take on a fictional version of Tocqueville, aided and abetted by a sidekick, no less. OLDIES AND GOODIES Remember those books in high school you had to read, for which CliffsNotes weren’t enough? Some of them are worth going back to and re-discovering why they really are classics: “Moby-Dick,” by Herman Melville. The first homegrown American epic, which may in fact still be the best American novel ever, if you leave out the whale blubber accounts. “Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain. The runner-up in the Great American Novel sweepstakes, or so said Ernest Hemingway, still arouses controversy for all the wrong reasons.


Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s “A Coney Island of the Mind,” William Burroughs’ very “Naked Lunch” and the tomes of Jack Kerouac, specifically the iconic and iconoclastic “On the Road,” and the much later “Desolation Angels.” SHORT STORIES The New Yorker still publishes them, people still write them, and readers still read them. Easier to get closure with than, say “War and Peace,” “Moby-Dick,” or the health care reform legislation. You’ve all read “The Catcher in the Rye,” but J.D. Salinger’s “Nine Stories,” including the near-perfect “A Perfect Day for Banana Fish,” is a gem. So are the collected stories of Raymond Carver, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, O Henry (O yes they are), Hemingway and John Cheever, to name a few. LITERATURE AND HISTORY The best historical and political novel published this past season is “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel, a fine take on the court of Henry VIII, complete with his devious, troubled and ruthless Protestant adviser Thomas Cromwell as the protagonist. Everything you couldn’t learn from “The Tudors” is right here. The best political novel ever is “All The King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren, a fictional account of the life of the Kingfish Huey Long, which manages to be dead-on and lyrical at the same time, exposing both the glory of democracy and its pitfalls and inherent potential for corruption. The erratically great David Foster Wallace died in 2008 way too young, one of the latest doomed literary types who was also immensely gifted. “The Broom of the System” was his first (and perhaps best) novel, less manic than “Infinite Jest.” Cormac McCarthy is getting famous for “The Road” because of the desolate movie version of the usual post-apocalyptic trip across America, but “All The Pretty Horses” is a more typical and better example of this fine writer’s sparse and lean contemporary novels set in the modern American west (see also “The Crossing” and “Cities of the Plain”). Who are today’s most outstanding biographers? We can think of three of the top of our heads. There’s David McCullough, who’s “Truman” remains one of the finest portraits of an American president ever, along with his life of John Adams; Doris Kearns Goodwin, who, in spite of some controversies, writes about baseball as well as she does about Lincoln; and Walter Isaacson — Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. — G.T.

If you’ve had a chance to see the Allan Ginsberg photo exhibition at the National Gallery, you might try some of the books and writings of the subjects on the wall: Ginsberg’s “Collected “Poems,”

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ust after midnight on March 30, 1970, a large chestnut colt was foaled on a horse farm in Caroline County, VA. Three years later, this colt would become nothing short of a celebrity, electrifying the horse racing world and becoming the ninth horse to win the coveted Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing. His name was, of course, the legendary Secretariat. While many often think of Kentucky as the epicenter of thoroughbred racing, it’s important to remember that many racing champions began their careers and were trained right here in the Commonwealth. There’s no doubt that future champions will also trace their beginnings back to some of Virginia’s most impressive farms and training facilities.   On the weekend of May 29, a handful of Virginia’s top farm owners invite you down their cozy drives and into their stables and training facilities as the Hunt Country Stable Tour celebrates its 51st year. Presented by the Trinity

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Episcopal Church in Upperville, this self-guided tour is a once-a-year opportunity to visit some of the most remarkable hunter and show jumper barns, breeding farms and polo facilities.   Tickets may be purchased at any of the venues, with the exception of the Stone Bridge over Goose Creek. Be sure to visit the Trinity Episcopal Church and browse the wares of the many vendors at the country fair on the church lawn. Next, follow the map provided with your ticket and make your way through the Middleburg and Upperville area to the various venues on the tour.   One stop on the tour you won’t want to miss is the Middleburg training track, but you’ll have to get there early on Saturday to catch all the action. Bring your camera and grab a rail-side spot as you watch young thoroughbreds rounding the 7/8-mile track during their training sessions.



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Several champions, including Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Spectacular Bid, began their training here. Come early, as the horses run before 9 a.m. — and only on Saturday.   Not far from the training track is the Northern Virginia Animal Swim Center and Stables. We all know how beneficial water and swim therapy can be when recovering from surgery or an injury. The same holds true for our equine and canine friends, and what a unique facility they have for just that purpose. The swim center will be open Saturday only, with equine demonstrations throughout the day.   In addition to these training facilities, be sure to make your way to the many beautiful private stables on the tour, including Willow Bend Farm, Windsor Farm, Rock Hill Farm, and Rokeby, just to name a few.   For more information and a complete listing of all venues on the tour, check out

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trawberries: sweet and delicious, they’re one of the first treats of summer and a definite reason for celebration. This delectable snack derived its name from the berries that are “strewn” about on the foliage of the plants. “Strewn berry” eventually became “strawberry,” and the rest is history. In fact, strawberries actually date to medieval times where they symbolized prosperity, peace, and perfection. Today, it’s tradition for spectators to enjoy strawberries and cream between tennis matches at Wimbledon.   This year, beautiful Sky Meadow State Park is once again host to the Delaplane Strawberry Festival on May 29 and 30. Celebrating its 17th year and presented by the Emmanuel Episcopal

Church in Delaplane, this festival has something fun for everyone. Catch a hayride through the park, then grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors and have a seat on a hay bale as you enjoy some great musical entertainment. Car enthusiasts will enjoy looking at the beautifully presented antique cars from the Bull Run Antique Car Club of America. And of course, there will be strawberries. Buy some to enjoy at the festival, and be sure to pick up some extra to take home. There’s no shortage of fun for the young ones either. Pony rides, a 4-H petting zoo, puppet shows, jugglers, clowns and children’s games are just some of the activities on tap to make this a special day for the kids.   For additional information about the festival, visit

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Your Dining Guide to Washington DC’s Finest

1789 RESTAURANT 1226 36th St, NW With the ambiance of an elegant country inn, 1789 features classically based American cuisine – the finest regional game, fish and produce available. Open seven nights a week. Jackets required. Complimentary valet parking.


Bistro Francais

3251Prospect St, NW

3000 K St NW

3124-28 M St NW

Come and enjoy contemporary Thai cuisine & Sushi bar deliciously prepared at Bangkok Bistro. The restaurant’s decor matches its peppery cuisine, vibrant in both color and flavor. Enthusiasts say we offer professional, prompt and friendly service. Experience outdoor sidewalk dining in the heart of Georgetown.

(One block from Georgetown Lowe’s theatres)

A friendly French Bistro in the heart of historic Georgetown since 1975. Executive chef and owner Gerard Cabrol came to Washington, D.C. 32 years ago, bringing with him home recipes from southwestern France. Our specialties include our famous Poulet Bistro (tarragon rotisserie chicken); Minute steak Maitre d’Hotel (steak and pomme frit¬es); Steak Tartare, freshly pre¬pared seafood, veal, lamb and duck dishes; and the best Eggs Benedict in town. In addition to varying daily specials,


Open for lunch and dinner. Sun.-Thurs.11:30am - 10:30pm Fri.-Sat. 11:30am - 11:30pm

Georgetown introduces Washington’s first “Dumpling Bar” featuring more than 12 varieties. Come and enjoy the new exotic Thai cuisine inspired by French cooking techniques. Bangkok Joe’s is upscale, colorful and refined. Absolutely the perfect place for lunch or dinner or just a private gathering. (202) 965-1789

(202) 337-2424

(202) 333-4422


Café La Ruche


1522 Wisconsin Ave

(202) 333-8830

CIRCLE BISTRO One Washington Circle, NW Washington, DC 22037 Circle Bistro presents artful favorites that reflect our adventurous and sophisticated kitchen. Featuring Happy Hour weekdays from 5pm-7pm, live music every Saturday from 8pm-12midnight, and an a la carte Sunday Brunch from 11:30am-2:30pm. Open dailyfor breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Come and see for yourself why Bistrot Lepic, with its classical, regional and contemporary cuisine, has been voted best bistro in D.C. by the Zagat Guide. And now with its Wine bar, you can enjoy “appeteasers”, full bar service, complimentary wine tasting every Tuesday and a new Private Room. The regular menu is always available. Open everyday. Lunch & dinner. Reservations suggested. (202) 333-0111



3205 K St, NW (est.1967)

1073 Wisconsin Ave., NW Hashi Sushi Bar

Cafe Milano specializes in setting up your private party in our exclusive dining rooms. Our detail-oriented staff also will cater your corporate meetings & special events at your office, home or other locations. Check out our website for booking information or call 202-965-8990, ext. 135. Cafe Milano is high on the restaurant critics’ charts with excellent Italian cuisine & attention to service. Fresh pastas, steaks, fish dishes, & authentic Italian specialties. Lunch & dinner. Late night dining & bar service.

A Georgetown tradition for over 40 years, this friendly neighborhood restaurant/saloon features fresh seafood, burgers, award-winning ribs, & specialty salads & sandwiches. Casual dining & a lively bar. Daily lunch & dinner specials. Late night dining (until midnight Sun.Thu., 1A.M. Fri-Sat) Champagne brunch served Sat. & Sun. until 4P.M. Open Mon-Thu 11:30A.M.-2A.M. Fri-Sat 11:30A.M.-3A.M.Sun 11A.M.-2A.M.Kids’ Menu Available. Located ½ block from the Georgetown movie theatres, overlooking the new Georgetown Waterfront Park

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“Outdoor Dining Available”

(The Latham Hotel) 3000 M St, NW Internationally renowned chef and restaurateur Michel Richard creates magic with fresh and innovative American-French Cuisine, an exceptional wine list and stylish ambiance.

3236 M St, NW This animated tavern, in the heart of Georgetown, popularized saloon food and practically invented Sunday brunch.

Open for Dinner.

Clyde’s is the People’s Choice for bacon cheeseburgers, steaks, fresh seafood, grilled chicken salads, fresh pastas and desserts.

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Captivating customers since 2003 Café Take a stroll down memory lane. Bonaparte has been dubbed the “quintes- Serving Georgetown for more than 35 years - Since 1974 sential” European café featuring award winning crepes & arguably the “best” Chef Jean-Claude Cauderlier coffee in D.C! Located in sophisticated A bit of Paris on the Potomac. Georgetown, our café brings a touch Great Selection of Fine Wines Fresh of Paris “je ne sais quoi” to the neighMeat, Seafood & Poultry Chicken borhood making it an ideal romantic destination. Other can’t miss attributes Cordon-Bleu *Duck Salmon, & Steaks Voted Best Dessert-Pastry in are; the famous weekend brunch every Sat and Sun until 3pm, our late night town, The Washingtonian Magazine weekend hours serving sweet & savory FULL BAR crepes until 1 am Fri-Sat evenings & the alluring sounds of the Syssi & Marc jazz Open Daily from 11:30 a.m. Open Late ‘til 1 am on Friday & duo every other Wed. at 7:30. We look Saturday night forward to calling you a “regular” soon!

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1310 Wisconsin Ave., NW Reminiscent of the classic American Grills, Daily Grill is best known for its large portions of fresh seasonal fare including Steaks & Chops, Cobb Salad, Meatloaf and Warm Berry Cobbler. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.Visit our other locations at 18th & M Sts NW and Tysons Corner.

(202) 337-4900

Our Special 3 Rolls $10.95 Monday- Friday 12-5PM All rolls are seaweed outside! (any kind of combienation) Tuna Roll Salmon Roll Shrimp Roll Avocado Roll Cucumber Roll Asparagus Roll White Tuna Roll Kanikama Roll Spicy Tuna Roll Spicy Salmon Roll (No Substitution, togo, or extra sauce)

Mon-Thur & Sun noon-10:30PM Fri & Sat Noon-11:00PM (202) 338-6161

FILOMENA RISTORANTE 1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW One of Washington’s most celebrated restaurants, Filomena is a Georgetown landmark that has endured the test of time for almost a quarter of a century. Our oldworld cooking styles & recipes brought to America by the early Italian immigrants, alongside the culinary cutting edge creations of Italy’s foods of today, executed by our award winning Italian Chef. Try our spectacular Lunch buffet on Fri. & Saturdays or our Sunday Brunch, Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. (202) 338-8800

FAHRENHEIT Georgetown 3100 South St, NW Restaurant & Degrees Bar & Lounge The Ritz-Carlton, As featured on the cover of December 2007’s Washingtonian magazine, Degrees Bar and Lounge is Georgetown’s hidden hot spot. Warm up by the wood burning fireplace with our signature “Fahrenheit 5” cocktail, ignite your business lunch with a $25.00 four-course express lunch, or make your special occasion memorable with an epicurean delight with the fire inspired American regional cuisine. 202.912.4110

M | STREET BAR & GRILL & the 21 M Lounge 2033 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-3305 M Street Bar & Grill, in the St. Gregory Hotel has a new Brunch menu by Chef Christopher Williams Featuring Live Jazz, Champagne, Mimosas and Bellini’s. For Entertaining, small groups of 12 to 25 people wishing a dining room experience we are featuring Prix Fixe Menus: $27.00 Lunch and $34.00 Dinner. Lunch and dinner specials daily.

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Garrett’s Georgetown 3003 M Street N.W., Washington, DC 20007 Celebrating over 31 years of keeping bellies full with good food and thirsts quenched with tasty beverages. · Fantastic Happy Hour · Free WiFi Internet · Buck Hunter · Trivia Night Tuesdays Including: Terrace Dining Upstairs (202) 333-1033

Panache Restaurant 1725 DeSales St NW Tapas – Specialty Drinks Martini’s Citrus - Cosmopolitan - Sour Apple - Blue Berry Summer Patio – Open Now! Coming Soon. “New” Tyson’s Corner Location Open NOW! Dining Room Monday - Friday: 11:30am-11:00pm Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm Bar Hours Mon.-Thursday: 11:30am-11:00pm Friday: 11:30am- 2:00am Saturday: 5:00pm- 2:00am (202) 293-7760

Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place 3000 K St, NW Washington, DC 20007 If you’re in the mood for fresh delicacies from the sea, dive into Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place at the Georgetown Waterfront. While enjoying tempting dishes such as Maryland crabcakes, fresh lobster and shrimp scampi you have spectacular views of the Potomac River, Kennedy Center, Washington Monument, Roosevelt Island, and the Key Bridge. Visit us on Sundays for our award winning brunch buffet. Come for the view, stay for the food!Jetties serves 25 flavors of ice cream. Freshly made coffee is served, too. Sunday thru Thursday: 11AM -10PM Friday & Saturday: 11AM - Midnight Beverage Service until 1:30AM M-S (202) 944-4545

La Chaumiere 2813 M St. Northwest, Washington, DC 20007 Whether it’s a romantic dinner or a business lunch, enjoy wonderful Boudin Blanc, Fresh Dover Sole Meunière, Cassoulet or Pike Quenelles by the fireplace in this unique “Country Inn”. Chef Patrick Orange serves his Award Winning Cuisine in a rustic atmosphere, where locals and celebrities alike gather. La Chaumiere also offers 2 private dining rooms with a prix-fixe menu and an affordable wine list. Washingtonian’s Best 100 restaurant 28 years in a row.


Established in 1991, Peacock Cafe is a tradition in Georgetown life.

Lovers of history and seafood can always find something to tempt the palette at the Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar. Sea Catch offers fresh seafood “simply prepared” in a relaxed atmosphere. Overlooking the historic C&O Canal, we offer seasonal fireside and outdoor dining. Private party space available for 15 - 300 Complimentary parking Lunch Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm Closed on Sunday Happy Hour Specials at the Bar Monday - Friday 5:00pm -7:00pm

The tremendous popularity of The Peacock Happy Day Brunch in Washington DC 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, DC - 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 (202) 625-2740

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Eclectic American cuisine, Coupled with enchanting views of the Potomac River make Sequoia a one of a kind dining experience.

Smith Point has quickly become a favorite of Georgetowners. The Washington Post Magazine calls Smith Point “an underground success” with “unusually good cooking at fair prices.” Chef Francis Kane’s Nantucket style fare changes weekly, featuring fresh combinations of seafood, meats, and farmers market produce.

Ranked one of the most popular seafood restaurants in , DC, “this cosmopolitan”send-up of a vintage supper club that’s styled after a ‘40’s-era ocean liner is appointed with cherry wood and red leather booths, infused with a “clubby, old money” atmosphere. The menu showcases “intelligently” prepared fish dishes that “recall an earlier time of elegant” dining. What’s more, “nothing” is snobbish here.

Town Hall is a neighborhood favorite in the heart of Glover Park, offering a classic neighborhood restaurant and bar with contemporary charm. Whether its your 1st, 2nd or 99th time in the door, we’re committed to serving you a great meal and making you feel at home each and every time. Come try one of our seasonal offerings and find out for yourself what the Washington Post dubbed the “Talk of Glover Park”Make a reservation online today at

Offering a dynamic atmosphere featuring a mesquite wood fire grill, sensational drinks, and renowned River Bar. No matter the occasion, Sequoia will provide an unforgettable dining experience. /sequoia_dc.html (202) 944-4200

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SETTE OSTERIA 1666 Conn. Ave at R St. NW (Dupont Circle) Edgy. Witty. Casual. THE patio near Dupont Circle for peoplewatching. Pizza masters bake delicious Neapolitan thincrust pizzas in a wood-fire oven. Menu favorites include pastas, salads, lasagnas, Italian specialty meats and cheeses, and lowcarb choices. Daily specials, Lunch & dinner. Late night dining & bar service.


Zed’s 1201 28TH St, N.W. ETHIOPIAN IN GEORGETOWN Award Winning Seafood | Poultry | Beef Vegetarian Dishes also available 100 Very Best Restaurants Award 100 Very Best Bargains Award Also, visit Zed’s “New” Gainesville, Virginia location (571) 261-5993 At the Corner of M & 28th Streets 1201 28th Street, N.W. Email: (202) 333-4710

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The Bad Boy Of good food Anthony bourdain By Jordan Wright




s the host of the Travel Channel’s “No Reservations,� Anthony Bourdain is the consummate dinner guest. An endearing enfant terrible, with a peripatetic wanderlust to rival Darwin and a puckish swagger that would make Bluebeard seem as docile as a clam, he slurps and sups the world’s melting pot in dogged pursuit of ethno-gastronomic delicacies. With cheerful I’ll eat-anything-you-put-in-front-of-me sangfroid, he lustily relishes fish brains, ant larvae, pig’s eyeballs, sparrow liqueur and the like on his adventures to far-flung locales. For his endless curiosity he has garnered a devoted audience, three Emmy nominations and has penned eight bestsellers, including the deliciously lurid “Kitchen Confidential.�   In his latest memoir, “Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook,� due out next month, he threatens to yank the delicate scrim off noted chefs. Alice Waters, David Chang and “Top Chef� winners and losers will feel the sting of the provocateur’s barbs.   The gritty and endearing Bourdain will appear at the Warner Theatre on May 21 with cohort and chef/restaurateur Eric Ripert of D.C.’s Westend Bistro and New York’s famous Le Bernadin for an evening of tale-swapping and secrets of restaurant skullduggery.   In a recent interview, he spoke to me about his life, his new book and his upcoming appearance in Washington.

You take inordinate pleasure in poking the prevailing food fashionistas, uncovering the raw underbelly of restaurants, and snubbing the establishment. What propels you on to your next adventure?   I have a restless and curious mind, and as much as I might not like to face it, I’m probably becoming the food establishment at this point. But I do it because I can. It’s my nature. I get angry when I see abuse, and ecstatic when the experience is great.   I enjoy traveling. I like chefs and get paid to do what I like doing. And, thankfully, I’m not expected to behave or be diplomatic. I’m clearly very lucky and very foolish to do what I do and thankfully I can benefit from low expectations. With Eric [Ripert], he and I have a lot in common, but he has the burden of a reputation to protect and I don’t. Your independent, take-no-prisoners style of writing is delightfully anarchic. What makes for a good food writer, in your opinion?   Certainly a willingness to step out of one’s comfort zone. If you’re writing about food, it’s very, very important to like and appreciate the people that make your food ‌ also, a lack of snobbery, definitely honesty and to not be willfully disingenuous. If you really enjoy eating

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Fireside Sour By Miss Dixie


food I don’t think you have to know about food. That will come. But you should be passionate about it. Be an honest broker with an open mind and an open heart. I think some of the most dynamic writing on food is obviously coming off the blogosphere. The chimera is a fabulous fire-breathing monster with the head of a lion, body of a goat, and tail of a serpent. Would you eat it and how would you prepare it?   If I were surprised by it as a guest in someone’s home in a developing country, I would accept it out of politeness, rather than offend my host. Though if I were to prepare it, I’d cook it low and slow with a bottle of good wine. You’ve eaten your way throughout the four corners of the world. What fusion would you create that hasn’t yet been done?   I’m generally not a fan, I think it’s dangerous territory. But two of my favorite restaurants are in New York, Momofuku Ko and Momofuku Saam, which use French, Southern American, Italian and Korean fusion. It’s utterly fantastic, perhaps because it breaks all the rules. There have been three books written about [actress] Louise Brooks. One is her autobiography in which she speaks of my grandfather as her greatest paramour. You said that Louise Brooks would be a preferred dining companion at your last supper? Why did you choose her?   I enjoyed her autobiography, “Lulu in Hollywood,” and saw two of her films. I think she was a fascinating and an extraordinarily forwardthinking and independent woman, especially for her times. She struck me as someone with interesting things to say and who would be a powerful presence at the dining table. On to the more mundane — what are your favorite restaurants in D.C.?   Any restaurant that Jose Andres is associated with. I love Minibar! I love Michel Richard and Bob Kinkead’s place! Oh my God! Who am I leaving out? Oh, and El Pollo Rico! And Eamonn’s too in Alexandria! What do you cook at home?   Cooking pasta makes me happy. Maybe a steak, but I like to use one pan and keep it simple. I have so little time to spend with my family. In NYC I just pick up the phone and I can order Japanese, Thai, Chinese and French — or a human head delivered! What foods would you like to see more of in the US?

  I like bottarga [cured fish roe] very much and jamon Iberico [Iberian cured ham]. And I know it’s a dream, but more unpasteurized raw milk cheeses, especially really stinky ones from France and Italy … and artisanal sausages from Sardinia.   I’m a sushi slut, so, I’d say more high-quality sushi … though maybe not, because of the over-fishing. As an institution I would like to see Singapore-style hawkers’ centers. That would be a great development for our country. What importance do you accord to ambiance, food, and service to define a successful restaurant?   These days I like ambiance and service as unobtrusive and informal as possible. What I really appreciate at Momofuku Ko is you’re getting two-star Michelin food over a counter, directly from a cook who’s wearing a dishwasher’s shirt. That’s awesome!   I don’t need flowers and china and expensive silverware, unless you’re talking about French Laundry or Per Se. I am breathless with admiration for those two. But more often then not it’s about the food. If I’m comfortable without a tie, I’m more likely to be enjoying my food. I’d just as soon be in cut-offs and bare feet. You’ve experienced foods from cultures that no outsider will ever taste. Please choose from the following answers. If an ivorybilled woodpecker was struck by a car and lay by the roadside as you were on my afternoon stroll, you would: A) Try to revive it; B) Call the local bird rehabilitator; C) Fire up the grill; D) Go for the eyeballs first   Call the bird rehabilitator.

hey say that variety is the spice of life. During a recent seminar at the Museum of the American Cocktail, Tad Carducci, a multi-award-winning bartender and founding partner of the beverage consulting firm Tippling Brothers, demonstrated how to use a variety of spices to give new life to some basic cocktails. While many food enthusiasts are fervent about applying herbs and spices to various foods, Carducci is passionate about using spices to make unique and distinctive cocktails.   The seminar followed the use of spices, herbs and bitters from 2500 B.C. to the present. Carducci discussed the historical importance of spices and herbs as medicine, currency, foodstuffs and flavoring agents for spirits, liqueurs and cocktails. Carducci mixed five different tipples, varying in flavor from sweet to sour to bitter to fiery hot. The most versatile and striking cocktail of the evening was the Fireside Sour.   Sours are a category of cocktails that consist of a base liquor, lemon (or lime) juice and a sweetener. Carducci’s creation follows this formula by combining Applejack liquor, lemon and tangerine, and a homemade simple sugar and spice syrup. Laird’s Applejack is one of the oldest domestic spirits in the United States, dating back to colonial times.   Carducci tracked the origins of the Fireside Sour back to original concept of punch, which was brought from India to England after colonization. Punch originally consisted of spirits, sugar, lemon, water and spices (often tea), 95 percent of which are grown in India, Carducci noted.   Before mixing the Fireside Sour, Carducci pulled a volunteer from the audience to demonstrate the ease of making the cocktail. The process began with juicing a fresh lemon and muddling tangerine slices for an extra citrus boost. Next, Carducci added his homemade spiced simple syrup and Laird’s Applejack before showing off his cocktail shaking technique.   The “secret” to the Fireside Sour was, without a doubt, Carducci’s spiced syrup, made from a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, black pepper, ginger cloves and star anise.   The cocktail had several layers of flavor. At first sip, the tangerine provided a fresh and sweet smack, followed by a spiced apple pie flavor from the Applejack and spice syrup and finished off with a clear bite of cinnamon. Its taste resembled a bright and juicy version of mulled cider. While Carducci described it as a wintry drink that combined all his favorite flavors of Christmas, the sunny orange flavor makes this drink ideal for summertime.

Fireside Sour 2 ounces Laird’s Applejack (7 1/2 yr. preferred) 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/4 fresh tangerine, halved 1 oz. spice syrup (see recipe below) Muddle tangerine. Add all remaining ingredients and shake. Double-strain into chilled glass. Garnish with floating tangerine wheel. Dust with cinnamon. A simple variation on an Applejack Rabbit, this cocktail embodies all the flavors we associate with cold weather and the holidays and that we associate as being very American. They are actually very exotic. Spice Syrup: 1 quart simple syrup 3 cinnamon sticks 1 nutmeg seed 1 finger ginger, peeled and finely chopped 3 whole star anise pods 2 tablespoons allspice berries 2 tablespoons whole cloves 2 tablespoons black peppercorns Laird’s Applejack is available at Dixie Liquor (3429 M St.) in Georgetown. For more information about upcoming events from the Museum of the American Cocktail, visit www.

Oh my, you are a romantic!   I like cute animals. What can you tell me about your new book?   I am living in a state somewhere between suspended animation and mortal terror. It comes out June 8 and I have no idea how it will be received. I’m pretty sure there are going to be people pretty angry with me, but it’s too late to stop it now. Talk to me in two months! Right now I’m really looking forward to coming to D.C. to do this rare gig with Eric. For tickets to “No Reservations: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert” visit For questions or comments, contact jordan@

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slimming down? Books for dieters

By Katherine Tallmadge


etting reliable nutrition or diet information is a challenge in today’s information superhighway. Out of the thousands of diet books out there, I have found maybe a handful which merit recommending. My specifications? • The content is based on verifiable facts and good science • The recommendations, if followed short or long term, will improve your health, rather than damage it • It advocates a variety of foods, and doesn’t cut out important, nutritious food groups • It promotes a positive attitude toward food and eating • It’s practical and doesn’t require special drugs, diet foods, packaged foods or supplements which would be impossible to maintain • It doesn’t advocate a way of eating with unacceptable side-effects • It advocates a well-balanced existence, including physical activity, which is known to be essential to good health • The reading is interesting, while the recommendations are simple and easy to follow. My choices for some of the best diet books out there, authored by academic researchers and dietitians:

“The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan,” Barbara Rolls Hands-down, “Volumetrics” is my favorite diet book. Barbara Rolls is a respected Penn State University nutrition researcher and the first to recognize the importance of high volume foods for weight loss and weight maintenance. Her philosophy is “Don’t deprive yourself — lose weight while eating more!” and it works. I live by this rule and have taught countless clients to do the same. I feel so positive about this approach I’ve adopted the “Volumetrics” concepts, among others, for my own book, “Diet Simple.” “Volumetrics” is full of practical ideas which work, and are proven by science and my own experience. The author treats the reader with respect by explaining the science behind the theories. It essentially includes 60 recipes, which my clients have found to be excellent. “Thin for Life,” Anne M. Fletcher Anne Fletcher is another author who knows her stuff. “Thin for Life” is based on highly respected research which has followed and studied people who have lost weight and kept it off for many years — the real pros. The chapters are divided into ten “keys to success.” “Thin for Life” refutes the oft-quoted claim that it’s impossible to lose weight and to keep it off. One of my favorite “keys” to success in the book, which I try to drill into my own clients, is “nip it in the bud.” Research has found that everyone experiences the same number of “slips” and stressors in their lives. The difference is the weight-relapsers let the slips turn into prolonged relapses and re-gain their weight. Successful weight loss maintainers view the “slip” as natural, as something to learn from, and get right back on track.

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“Mindless Eating,” Brian Wansink “Mindless Eating” is written by Cornell researcher Brian Wansink, an eating “behaviorist” who specializes in the passive ways people eat too much and how to change them. He’s discovered that we’re basically clueless about how much to eat (and if it’s in front of us, we’ll eat it!). If you’ve ever wondered why you ate all the popcorn at the movies or the whole serving of nachos for dinner — and have felt terrible — this book is for you. Wansink does ingenious experiments where he rigs bowls of soup to keep re-filling (with an apparatus under the table the subject knows nothing about) and finds the person keeps eating, and eating, and eating. He has found if food is less convenient, we are 10 times less likely to eat it. If the label announces “fat free,” we’ll eat more! If our food is on a smaller plate, we’ll eat less without realizing it. You get the idea. I use his research every day to improve my own eating habits and those of my clients. “Weight Loss Confidential,” Anne M. Fletcher This is a great book for teens (and their parents) that proves teenagers have the resources, with the proper support, to eat healthy, achieve appropriate weights and enjoy it. “How to Get Your Kid to Eat…But Not Too Much” and “Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense,” Ellyn Satter A registered dietitian and clinical social worker, Ellyn Satter has written the best books to teach you how to raise your children to love healthy food and live healthy lives, without adverse side-effects of eating disorders or weight problems. Some of her topics include: “Is Your Toddler Jerking You Around at the Table?” “The Individualistic Teenager,” “How Much Should Your Child Eat?” “What is Normal Eating?” and “Nutritional Tactic for Preventing Food Fights.” “Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right,” Joanna Dolgoff This is a great book with simple techniques for teaching children healthy eating and how to lose weight healthfully. I recently heard the author, Joanna Dolgoff, give a presentation about her book and found her very practical and insightful — she advocates strategies I’ve used and know they work. Her philosophy: no food is offlimits, but she divides foods into three categories to make it easier for children to make decisions without being hung up on calories. Green light foods mean: Go! (unlimited, first choice foods), yellow light foods mean: Slow! (caution, eat in moderation), and red light foods mean: Uh oh! (an occasional treat). Katherine’s favorite healthy cookbooks: 1) “The French Culinary Institute’s Salute to Healthy Cooking,” Jacques Pepin, et al. 2) “Mediterranean Light,” Martha Rose Shulman 3) “The New American Plate,” American Institute for Cancer Research 4) “Provencal Light,” Martha Rose Shulman Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R.D. will customize an easy, enjoyable nutrition, weight loss, athletic or medical nutrition therapy program for you, your family or your company. She is the author of “Diet Simple: 192 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations,” and national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Contact her at or 202-833-0353.

F e at u r e

Forever Alchimie

By Charlene Louis


eorgetown is known for having many gems and specialty stores, and Alchimie Forever is not one to be forgotten. Located at 1010 Wisconsin Ave., tucked away next to Poltrona Frau, Alchimie Forever provides women and men with a line of noninvasive yet effective skin care products. Dr. Luigi Polla, a leader in the field of cosmetic laser therapy, with the help of his wife Barbra Polla, a biomedical researcher, realized the benefits of antioxidants and stress proteins for many of his patients. In the winter of 1997, Dr. Luigi converted his practice into the Forever Laser Institute. With the combination of spa-like services and medical treatments, Forever Institute became the center of having visibly improved skin results without the need of extreme skin care procedures.   In 2000, the Alchimie Forever skin care line was born. With the lack of harsh chemicals and use of natural products such as blueberries, grapes, and synthetic acids,

(all extremely beneficial for their antioxidant properties) all helped in the maintaining and clarifying of one’s skin.   In 2003, surrounded by the knowledge of skin care and maintenance, their daughter Ada Polla made it her mission to develop the line’s brand and visibility. To further the spa’s mission, the family launched Alchimie Forever in 2003. Becoming the CEO of a successful skincare line at the age of 25, Ada took on the challenge with a team of eight who’ve made the products available and used in popular spas like Hela Spa (3209 M St.), Somafit (2121 Wisconsin Ave.), Grooming Lounge (1745 L St.) and various locations throughout New York and overseas.     When asked why she decided to open the flagship location in Georgetown, Polla explained that she “felt like a big fish in a smaller pond in the world of skincare� in the District. She goes on to explain that D.C. was such a niche market, and besides her love of the city, she feels this was the perfect market for her products.

When asked about Alchimie’s philosophy, Polla was quick to stress the importance of care for the entire self. As she quoted her father, “you can always tell a woman’s age by her hands and her dĂŠcolletĂŠ (chest).â€? It is clear that one must care for more then just the face. Though they specialize in facial care, Alchimie’s body care products are clearly meant to nature and heal the skin. Alchimie will not make promises (and no product can) of creating a face 10 years younger or giving you the skin of a 16-year-old, but will promise to improve and make the best of what you are giving. By making the best of what you have and “achieving the best skin possible,â€? a person can not help but to be beautiful. To learn more about Alchimie Forever, visit 1010 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 201

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Memorial Day Calendar of Events PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert Sunday May 30, 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. This free concert sponsored by PBS is set to take place at the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The concert will feature actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, The National Symphony Orchestra, Lionel Richie, Brad Paisley, former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, three-time Tony-nominated Broadway star Kelli O’Hara and many more. Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally Sunday, May 30, 12-1:30 p.m. In this annual demonstration to improve veteran benefits and resolve POW/MIA issues, thousands of motorcycles ride through Washington starting at the Pentagon. A speaker program and musical tribute is set to start at 1:30 p.m. at the Reflecting Pool across from The Lincoln Memorial. National Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 31, 2 p.m. Marching Bands and Veteran Units from all 50 states will be parading throughout D.C. The route will start from the corner of Constitution Avenue and Seventh Streets and will proceed along Constitution Ave., eventually passing the White House and ending at 17th Street. This free parade is sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee and includes patriotic floats and balloons.

Arlington National Cemetery Monday, May 31, 11 a.m. An Armed Forces Full Honor wreath-laying ceremony and concert to take place at both the John F. Kennedy grave and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Featured in the prelude concert will be a performance by the U.S. Navy Band at 10:30 a.m. Open to the public. Navy Memorial Monday, May 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fleet Reserve Association wreath-laying along with a performance by the U.S. Navy Band. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monday, May 31, 1 p.m. This ceremony will include Presentation of the colors, special guests and wreath-laying ceremony. World War II Memorial Monday, May 31, 9 a.m. Hosted by The National Park Service and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial are sponsoring a wreath-laying ceremony. The ceremony includes guest speakers and a theme for the commemoration which is “Honoring our Fallen Warriors.” Air Force Memorial Monday, May 31, 9 a.m. Wreath-laying ceremony open to the public.

May marks the opening month of Farmers Markets in D.C. Make sure to support your local farmers — buy local! For more details, check out: D.C.: •Dupont Circle, Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. •Penn Quarter, Thursdays,3-7 p.m. •White House, Thursdays, 3-7 p.m. • Foggy Bottom, Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m. •H St NE, Saturdays, 9 a.m.- noon Maryland: •Silver Spring, Saturdays, 9am to 1pm •St. Michaels, Saturdays, 8:30-11:30am •Annapolis, Sundays, 8:30am-12noon Virginia: •Crystal City, Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m.

May 19 Cultural Study Abroad is dedicated to sup¬porting local artists and photographers as well as promoting learning among the underprivi¬leged high school students of Washington. Each year, CSA funds international travel/study for high school students. This year, 13 students visited Rome, Italy. Please support your community’s young people by attending our bi-Annual benefit concert at Dumbarton Church, featuring soprano Rosa Lamoreaux and pianist Steve Silverman. 7 p.m. 3133 Dumbarton St. Tickets $40 and $50. Contact Dr. Angela Iovino at info@culturalstudya¬ or 202-669-1562. Sponsored by Georgetown’s own Il Canale, For Your Home and Leonidas Chocolates.

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stems 20 miles long starting on America’s Main Street-Pennsylvania Ave., and ending in Arlington. Bike DC allows area bicyclists to enjoy the scenic streets of DC without traffic congestion. The route’s highlight includes extended biking along the George Washington Parkway. Activities and entertainment will take place at Freedom Plaza. 7am. 15th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. Registration fee varies by age. Contact Rick Bauman at or 202558-7401.

May 23

When Washington Freedom meets the Canadian National team today at George Mason Stadium in Fairfax, VA, Freedom goalkeeper Erin McLeod will have to make a choice. McLeod, the starting goalkeeper for Freedom, is, after all, a staple player for the Canadian National team, and the looming question is: which team will she choose? Freedom or Canada? Her day job or her homeland? 5 p.m., George Mason Stadium, Fairfax. Tickets $20. Visit for tickets and information.

May 25

2nd Annual Couture for a Cure Runway Show with DKNY Come out for an evening of fashion, glamour, and history as legendary New York fashion house DKNY presents its Spring 2010 collection for the first time in the nation’s capital. DC’s own WJLA News reporter Scott Thuman and Hot 99.5 Sarah Fraser will be honoring former cancer survivors in a runway presentation. 6:30-10pm. Tickets $75 and VIP tickets $125. Kogod Lobby of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. Visit for more information. Sponsored by Microsoft and Niche Media’s Capitol File.




WPAS Gala Tony Award winner Chita Rivera headlined The Washington Performing Arts Society’s annual gala at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on May 8. Argentine Ambassador Héctor Marcos Timerman and Mrs. Anabelle Sielcki served as Honorary Diplomatic Chairs of the evening, entitled “From Broadway to Buenos Aires.” The Children of the Gospel Choir opened the program. Ambassador Timerman quipped that “politicians and actors learn young to never share the stage with kids.” The event supports education programs for all ages. WPAS President and CEO Neale Perl noted that students with access to the arts do better in school. — Mary Bird

Chita Rivera, Gala Chair Charlotte Cameron Marshall, Corporate Chair Bruce Gates, Altria Client Services Inc. Courtesy of WPAS

Richard Marriott, Chairman of the Board Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and Nancy Marriott. Courtesy of WPAS


Kicking off D.C.’s Jazz Fest, hosted by Michelle Gellar

Top: Sherry of Red Apple Auctions, Neale Perl, WPAS President and CEO

Charles Fishman, founder and executive director, Sunny Sumpter, executive director, Councilmember Jack Evans and host Michelle Galler

Right: Honorary Diplomatic Chairs H.E. Héctor Marcos Timerman, the Ambassador of Argentina, and Anabelle Sielecki. Courtesy of WPAS

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, be it ever so humble there’s no place like home” is a line from a well known song written by a 19th century world traveler that is a fitting way to describe the comforts found in The Living Room nestled in The Ritz Carlton, Georgetown. Whether guests are joining us from across the globe or dropping by after a busy work day, one can take pleasure in the calming and soothing features provided in our ‘home away from home.’ The Living Room of Georgetown is a special place where our treasured guests can kick back, put their feet up, savor a glass of wine, or surf the internet with their laptop or on our new Mac computer. Not to be excluded, we also welcome your canine family members to join you.

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We’re pleased to provide a delightful new alternative to your morning coffee routine so that you may jumpstart your day in a sophisticated refuge. Our morning lobby scene offers an upscale gourmet coffee haven, with a full coffee bar featuring Illy French press coffees along with cappuccinos, espresso, and lattes with your choice of four savory flavored syrups, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, White Chocolate, and Chai Tea. You won’t be able to say no to our super selection of epicurean breakfastto-go delicacies, including large homemade muffins, coffee cake, and blissful croissants with fresh whole fruit.

Laptop devotees take note: we offer complimentary wireless internet in the lobby for your web surfing and e-mail convenience. Should you forget your computer or simply don’t feel like bringing it along, we have installed a new Mac desktop computer at our “Buzz Bar” for your complimentary use. You can get your morning coffee and info buzz at the same time! While the sun sets each evening, enjoy our All You Can Eat presentation of five artisan cheeses with assorted breads, rolls, and crackers for $12. Keeping in line with our commitment to provide more organic, and sustainable offerings, we have a selection of four smooth organic Napa wines by the glass to accompany the all you can eat cheese board; Frog’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wine available for $10 per glass. Additionally, we are still serving our wildly popular complimentary s’more-tinis and mini cones of s’more gelato in the lobby from 6:30 to 7 p.m. daily. I hope to see you soon for a relaxing morning or evening right here in your home away from home, The Living Room of Georgetown!

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Safeway Wows ‘Em in a Big, Social Debut The new Safeway store on Wisconsin Avenue had a gala debut May 5, as Georgetowners and others were treated to a champagne, food-filled (of course) party that got lots of positive buzz and publicity. Neighbors, politicos and Safeway execs mingled throughout D.C.’s largest grocery store, which is open 24 hours a day. “I was first in the store in the 1950s. I think it’s a great place,” said Washington Post Company CEO Don Graham, who grew up on nearby R Street. “This is the Social Safeway,” said Kate Michael of the Web site K Street Kate. “You may well see people shopping in the future in cocktails dresses.” Katherine Tallmadge, who writes a nutrition column for the Georgetowner, observed of the new store, “The nutritional options are amazing, the produce section is gorgeous and the selections of wines really surprise me. Mary Beth Albright summed up the evening: “It is the best time I have ever had in a grocery store!”— Robert Devaney and Elle Fergusson

Linda Roth, Safeway CEO Steve Burd, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and emcee Leon Harris of ABC7 News toast the new Safeway.

Rita Braver of CBS News, Washington Post Co. CEO Don Graham and Safeway executive Greg Ten Eyck

Rodrigo Garcia, who is bringing Serendipity3 (a New York eatery) to the old Nathans corner at Wisconsin and M, with new media personality Kate Michael, Miss D.C. 2006. Siobhan Catanzaro and Sarah Meyer Walsh

Tending the champagne bar: Muna Ayehu and Aimee Michelis

Sonya Bernhardt with the District manager, Ed Trippet

Lani Hay’s mixology/book party

Lani Hay, president and CEO of Lanmark Technology, hosted a dinner party for Michelin three-star mixologist and author Brian Van Flandern on May 13 to celebrate his new book, “Vintage Cocktails.” A veteran bartender and now consultant, Van Flandern holds many awards and is known for using the best, purest and most historical ingredients to mix his drinks, He has worked at the Carlyle Hotel and at Thomas Keller’s Per Se restaurant in New York. On hand were the book’s publishers, Prosper and Martine Assouline, along with event sponsors, DC Magazine’s Karen Sommer Shalett and George Stone. Seen at the dinner tables were D.C. Chamber of Commerce’s Barbara Lang, CNN’s Edie Emery, Karen Feld, Erwin Gomez and Sharon Yang. —R.D.

Scott Jacobs, a design manager for Safeway, with Tynesia Hand-Smith in the enclosed wine cellar.

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Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Bill Starrels with Crystal Sullivan of the Georgetown BID.

Hostess Lani Hay and publishers Prosper and Martine Assouline with mixologist Brian Van Flandern


Newsbabes Turn Up the Degrees at the Ritz to Fight Cancer

The newsbabes let loose outside after finishing their group shot. Front row: Hillary Howard, and then seated, Laura Evans, Andrea Roane, Sandra Endo, Cynne’ Simpson and Brianna Keilar. Back row: Anita Brikman, Shawn Yancy, Lesli Foster, Pamela Brown, Lindsay Czarniak, Eun Yang, Sue Palka, Angie Goff and Alison Starling.

It was packed, it was hot and it was pink (yeah, baby). The second annual Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer took over the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton on South Street, May 10, to benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. As she left the overwhelmed bar, race founder and Ambassador Nancy Brinker got to say hello to D.C. First Lady Michelle Fenty who was arriving amid the squeezed bodies (more than 500 attended). After a few speeches in the heat, the women retreated outside for a calmer and cooler photo op. Other notables included Tommy McFly, Luke Russert and soccer players Chris Pontius and Devon McTavish, along with Andy Baldwin and former pageant winners Kate Marie Grinold (D.C.), Kate Michael (D.C) and Tara Wheeler (Virginia). — R.D.

WUSA 9’s news anchor Lesli Foster with D.C. First Lady Michelle Cross Fenty

An Evening of Hope for Afghanistan Ambassador of France Pierre Vimont welcomed guests to his residence on May 14 for a Spring Soirée Nooristan Foundation benefit. Foundation President Marie Kux spoke of the reaffirmation of the American commitment to Afghanistan with more schools, more roads and more jobs. Ambassador Vimont cited the long tradition of a French presence in Afghanistan and paid tribute to projects consistent with the needs of the local population. Caroline Hudson Firestone was honored with the Humanitarian Award for creating “people to people linkages.” — Mary Bird

Caroline Hudson Firestone, Paul Stevers of Charity Help, Nooristan Foundation VP Miriam Atash Nawabi

Arnaud and Alexandra de Borchgrave

Anna Levin, Christine Warnke, Esther Coopersmith

Beth Mendelson, John Hannigan, Lynn Fischer


WUSA 9’s news anchor Anita Brickman with Alisha Poland (a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year candidate) and Tanya Russell.

Make-A-Wish WTOP’s Man About Town Bob Madigan emceed Tickled Pink VII, a mother/daughter afternoon tea and fashion show to benefit the MakeA-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. at the Fairmont Washington on May 15. Fashions were presented by The Pink Palm as the grownup and little ladies twirled in vintage and current Lilly designs. Jessica Soklow thanked guests for “opening your hearts and your wallets.” The foundation fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in categories of wish to have, wish to go, wish to meet and wish to be. The most recent recipient, 15year-old Daniela of Silver Spring, who aspires to a modeling career, received VIP treatment for three magical days in New York capped by a photo shoot with flash bulbs popping. —M.B.

Lesli and Jordan Foster

Barbara McConaghy Johnson, Michelle Shannon

Cyd Everett, Bob Madigan

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