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IN COUNTRY

'Fowl' Play in Easton Md

Bonhams Celebrates at Cosmos Club Obama Speaks at National Italian American Gala

REAL ESTATE SPECIAL

Oehme van Sweden Designing the MLK Landscape Real Estate Sales 2010 vs. 2011

Linda Mathes American Red Cross


Kalorama, DC

Georgetown, DC

Georgetown, DC

West End, DC

Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344

Andrew Adler 202.320.0032

Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344

Georgetown, DC

Cleveland Park, DC

Georgetown, DC

Cleveland Park, DC

Russell Firestone 202.271.1701

Theresa Burt 202.258.2600

Russell Firestone 202.271.1701

Jean Hanan 202.494.8157

West River, MD

Berkley, DC

Georgetown, DC

Georgetown, DC

Amber Krause 443.783.7244 Dave DeSantis 202.438.1542

Robin Waugh 703.819.8809

Gary Wicks 202.486.8393 Mary Fox 202.316.9631

Gary Wicks 202.486.8393 Mary Fox 202.316.9631

Brick and limestone mansion exemplifies the best of Beaux-Arts architecture. This 6,500+ sf home offers dramatic public spaces with 13’ ceilings perfect for grand entertaining. This 6 BR, 6 bath home is complete with a garage, circular drive and elevator to all floors. $4,995,000.

Elegant Federal townhouse with a beautifully renovated interior in the East Village. Features 4 BR and 3.5 baths with hardwood floors throughout the main levels. This offering is complete with a private garden that leads to a two-car garage and parking for a third car. $2,499,000.

Coastal styling with views from every room. This home is positioned between both South Creek and West River. Gorgeous new kitchen with fireplace for entertaining. Huge master with en-suite bath and separate laundry. A total of 5 BR and 3 full baths. Complete with private dock on the West River with boat lift. $1,345,000.

Sophisticated Federal in the East Village, ideal for grand entertaining. Restored with extensive improvements. Excellent scale, large formal rooms, high ceilings and 4 fplcs. Inviting front library, FDR, chef ’s kit and 2nd level double-parlor LR with adjoining sunroom. 4 BR with 4 full and 2 half baths. Backyard features private patio and garden. Excellent views from the upper BR. One-car garage and extra parking. $3,995,000.

This classic home has 5 BR, 5.5 baths, inviting front porch & 2 fplcs. Large great rm across the rear encompasses a renovated kitchen & brkfst area w/ exterior wood deck overlooking Rock Creek Park. Upstairs master suite w/ pvt outdoor terrace. The LL has a 1 BR, 1 bath au pair suite w/ a 2nd kit. 2 car gar plus off street prkg for 5 to 6 cars. Walk to the Uptown Theater, National Zoo, Metro & restaurants. $2,075,000.

Foxhall Crescents. Architectural Design Chic with walls of windows, 3 spacious BR, elegant baths on 3 levels, gourmet kitchen, circular staircases, gleaming hardwoods, marble flooring, formal living room, dining room & library, 3 marble fireplaces and entry level 2-car garage. Elegant & gracious. Privately sited on a premium lot with glorious terraced gardens! Minutes to the White House! $1,299,000.

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Fantastic 4 BR, 3.5 bath Federal home circa 1818 in a great location, perfect for entertaining. Features many updates and renovations, a gourmet chef ’s kitchen, and a huge master suite with a luxurious bath and a walk-in closet. Includes period details throughout, 3 fireplaces, service kitchen, custom pool and Jacuzzi, built-in outdoor grill, and private parking. $3,495,000.

This light filled Federal townhouse on a cobblestone street in Georgetown has 5 BR and 3.5 baths with a separate apartment on the first level. Features include fantastic wide plank floors throughout the main levels and a semi-detached breakfast room leading to a flagstone garden. Separately deeded garage parking is included in the sale. $1,595,000.

GEORGETOWN WATERFRONT - This top floor 2 BR, 2.5 bath residence features beautiful river and city views. Boasting over 2,000 sf of space, the unit includes a gourmet kitchen, fireplace, 2 master suites, 2 balconies and is just steps to Waterfront Park and Georgetown boutiques. $979,000.

Downtown, D.C. 202.234.3344

Georgetown, D.C. 202.333.1212

2501 Penn is one of the premier luxury condominiums in Washington. This developer’s penthouse features 2,335 interior sf with a 300 sf private terrace and amazing views, 2 BR, 2.5 baths, custom Poliform cabinetry throughout, bathrooms with Waterworks. Top-of-the-line kitchen, private elevator entrance, 2 car garage parking. Secure building with 24 hour front desk. $2,995,000.

NEW PRICE - This classic Cleveland Park bungalow offers a charming front porch and mature professional landscaping. This 6 BR, 4 bath home is complete with a first floor master suite, generously-sized rooms throughout, a gourmet kitchen with professional grade appliances and a detached home office/studio. $1,595,000.

3303 WATER ST - The most sought after address along the Georgetown Waterfront. This large 1 BR residence features lovely Canal views and the finest finishes in a full service building with dramatic common areas, parking, and storage. Condo fee includes all utilities. $925,000.

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Vol. 58, No. 3 PUBLISHER Sonya Bernhardt MANAGING EDITOR Samantha Hungerford FEATURES EDITORS Gary Tischler Robert Devaney Ari Post

“The Newspaper Whose Influence Far Exceeds Its Size” — Pierre Cardin

ABOUT THE COVER Featured on the cover of this issue is Linda Mathes, CEO of the National Capital Region for the American Red Cross. This photo is part of a collection titled Project Inspiration by Walter Grio, which highlights leaders in D.C. non-profit, charity and philanthropy organizations. To see more pictures, to read the list of the men and women featured in the exhibition and to read more about Project Inspiration, turn to page 16.

MARKETING& ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Adra Williams IN COUNTRY & ADVERTISING Evelyn Keyes ADVERTISERS Renee Antosh Kelly Sullivan

Hair: Neven Radovic and Isabel Azocar Makeup: Laura Bateman Stylist: Anastasia Lambrou

Since 1954 4 — Up & Coming 6-7 — GT Observer Shooting on M, Robbery on N President Obama to Speak At Waterfront Park Contest for Next GBA President 8-9 — Editorial/Opinion The Bible vs. Bible Thumpers Who Wrote Shakespeare? Jack Evans Report 9 - 9 - 9, Ridiculous Or On The Right Path? 10 — Real Estate Spotlight

WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA Charlene Louis

11 — Featured Property

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jen Merino

12 — Real Estate Sales

GRAPHIC DESIGN Aaro Keipi PHOTOGRAPHERS Yvonne Taylor Neshan Naltchayan Jeff Malet Aaro Keipi CONTRIBUTORS David Post Jack Evans Bill Starrels Amos Gelb John Blee Donna Evers

Jody Kurash Linda Roth Conte Mary Bird Stacy Murphy Lisa Gillespie

INTERNS Tori Loven Kirkebø Kyle Lundberg India Olchefske Kristin Sorumshagen Zachariah Weaver

OUR CONTRIBUTORS LAUREN HODGES In a brief but candid interview with Lauren Hodges’ laptop, Frank, he claimed her interests are obsessively clicking “refresh” on news sites, building Lego towers with her 5-year-old male child and going to class at Georgetown. She keeps a stash of Twizzlers in both her work desk at NPR and her home desk in Vienna, both of which need to be dusted. He also said she loves hitting the delete button and her iTunes playlists are a confusing blend of Edith Piaf, punk, hiphop, sad indie rock and podcasts from This American Life. She is not a gentle typer.

14 — Performance Septime Weber on the Grace of ‘Gatsby’ 15 — Art Wrap ‘30 Americans’ Say it Loud 16-17 — Cover Story Project Inspiration 18-20 — In Country ‘Fowl Play’ in Easton, Maryland Calendar 21 — All Things Media Web 2.0, I Remember That…

Published by Georgetown Media Group, Inc. 1054 Potomac St., N.W. Washington, DC 20007 Phone: (202) 338-4833 Fax: (202) 338-4834 www.georgetowner.com 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, rewrite, or refuse material and is not responsible for errors or omissions. Copyright, 2011.

13 — Le Decor Style From the Ground Up: Not Just Any Rug Will Do

22-23 — Food & Wine Latest Dish Cocktail of the Week 24 — Classifieds/ Service Directory

ALISON SCHAFER Alison Schafer is a Georgetowner and a consultant to the World Bank and the Voice of America. In previous lives, she was a TV reporter and a teacher of journalism. She misses teaching, she does not miss TV.

25 — Body & Soul Murphy’s Love 26-27 — Dining Guide/ Food & Wine Cooking for Love 28-30 — Social Scene

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Washington D.C. Film Festival

U Street Portrait Project Tom Wolff is having a show at the Joan Hisaoka Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts (1632 U St., NW.) Tom says, “I did 100 portraits in the U street area. I had to walk up to strangers and ask if I might take a picture. It was nerve wracking and fun! I feel like one of the kids on the metro selling chocolate bars to uninterested commuters. I did a project like this in Mount Rainier, but there people give themselves over more easily.” Wolff’s exhibition is mandatory viewing for anyone interested in photography in D.C. It will be open through Dec. 17 with the opening reception on Friday Nov. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. for more information, visit www.smithcenter.org

November 5 Esprit de Noel at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School will host its 40th Esprit de Noel Nov. 5 through 6. Visitors can wander through campus browsing booths from local retailers, enjoying holiday music and taking in the holiday decorations. The sale will also feature a silent auction as well as a raffle for a Mini Cooper. A moon bounce and cotton candy both will keep the young visitors busy. Food and drink will be available. The festivities will run Friday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the school. For more information, visit visi.org

The Washington D.C. Film Festival presents a week and a half long festival celebrating cinema from the Arab World. This sixteenth annual celebration will focus this year on Egyptian films. The festival will also feature special events and discussions with directors. Screenings will take place at AMC Mazza Gallerie, the Embassy of France and the GoetheInstitut. Each screening costs $11; however, a “Festival Pass” can be purchased for $95 and allows the guest into 10 screenings. For more information, visit www.FilmFestDC.org

Race to End Women’s Cancer A portrait of Andy Shallal by Tom Wolff

November 6 National Race to End Women’s Cancer 8K/1 Mile Walk Movements MATTER! The National Race to End Women’s Cancer 8K/1Mile Walk on Sunday, November 6th at 9:00 a.m. in Washington, DC will raise awareness and crucial research funding to prevent, detect, treat and defeat these “below the belt” cancers -- cervical, endometrial, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulval -- that are not often talked about but that claim a woman’s life every 7 minutes. $40 for the 8K and $30 for the 1 Mile Walk. For more information, visit www.foundationforwomenscancer.org

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November 10 Kids Euro Festival The almost four-week long Kids Euro Festival sponsored by the 27 European Union member states wraps up. The festival features more than

18th Annual Knock Out Abuse Against Women Benefit Dinner and After Party The Annual Knock Out Abuse Benefit raises funds and awareness towards ending domestic violence. Join 2011 Event Chair Jaci WilsonReid for a fun night of silent and live auctions, speakers, dinner, and dancing! Help us Knock Out Abuse against women! For more information visit KnockOutAbuse.org

November 17 The Annual Georgetowner Holiday Benefit and Bazaar Join us to kick off the holiday season with an evening of shopping and merriment as we honor and give back to three shining stars of our community: the Citizen’s Association of Georgetown, Hope for the Warriors and HydeAddison Elementary School. EagleBank and Georgetown Media Group present the 2nd Annual Georgetowner Holiday Benefit and Bazaar to at the historic George Town Club Nov. 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit Georgetowner.com

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The Foundation for Women’s Cancer will host the National Race to End Women’s Cancer with the goal of celebrating the Foundation’s 20th anniversary, raising awareness as well as gaining funding to eliminate cancer unique to women. The eight-kilometer race has an optional one mile fun run/walk. Participants should register online and then meet at Freedom Plaza, on 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue at 9 a.m. For more information, visit GCFrace.com.

200 free performances around the city geared towards ages 2 to 12. Each of the performances is centered on one of the member countries. For a schedule of events, visit KidsEuroFestival. org.

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The Middleburg Christmas Tree farm, a unique 127 acre property. The Farm is a turnkey operation in land use & includes a beautiful custom built 400 SF quarry stone home with additional 3000 SF of stunning stone patio overlooking an acre lake. Nancy Itteilag 202.905.7762/ 202.263.1800 (O).

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3-level Contemporary nestled on a gorgeous wooded acre. Backs to park-land. Attention to detail throughout with open floor plan , dramatic living room & tree-top balcony off the master suite. Multi-tiered deck w/hot tub & swing. Lilian Jorgenson 703.407.0766/ 703.890.1990 (O).

Foggy Bottom , DC

Elegant wide & roomy townhome across the street from Rock Creek Park has large formal rms. Lower level in-law-suite with private entrance, potential 3rd flr MBR & Brick patio & parking. Judi Levin 202.438.1525/ Peggy Ferris 202.438.1524/ 202.364.1300 (O).

Stately sunfilled Tudor, situated on a quiet street offering 4 levels of finished living space perfect for today’s living style. Skylit kitchen with fireplace connected to sun infused family room with access to large deck, screened porch & rear yard. Bethesda All Point Miller 301.229.4000.

McLean, VA

Finishes that preserve classic Georgetown charm. 2/3 BRs, 2.5 fully renovated Bas, large gourmet kitchen. Private garden. Nancy Itteilag 202.905.7762/ 202.3631800 (O).

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$1,645,000 Bright end-unit townhouse with 3BR/4.5BA. Fully finished, 4 levels include large and open living and dining rooms, chef’s kitchen, 3 fireplaces, sauna, third-floor master suite, terrace views of VA & 2-car parking. Scott Polk 202.256.5460/ Tamora Ilasat 202.460.0699/ 202.944.8400 (O).

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The beauty is in the details of this exceptional 5BR 4 ½ BA, Stucco colonial style with spectacular 2008 additional & renovation by award winning architect. Generously proportional rooms with high end finishes for comfortable living. Loretta Reed 202.321.2818/ 240.497.1700 (O).

$926,000 Stunning 1900 sq. ft. 2BR, 2BA Penthouse w/ sweeping views, updated gourmet kit., MBR suite with sumptuous bath & ample closets, huge living & dining rooms, spacious private balcony, & garage parking space in top notch building with pool. Robby Thompson 202.483.6300/ 202.483.6300.

Observatory Circle

$ 1,250,000 This grand, spacious & extraordinary TH that has a Fancy Kit w/Viking appl. All redone Oak HW Flrs, Embassy DR, LR & FR, NEW marble foyer, marble BAs, 3 lrg skylights, 9’ceilings, 3 FPs, Miles of built-ins. 1st flr DEN/guest room & Shady & relaxing Brick patio. Friendship Heights 202.364.5200.

Mass. Ave Hgts

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Outstanding! 6 bedroom Fieldstone Colonial offers great flow & proportions, Professionally designed gardens, new pool, fountains, pergola. Impressive Concrete & stone retaining wall defines the property & ensures privacy. W.C & A.N Miller Chevy Chase South 202.966.0400.

Arlington, VA

$1,725,000 This Stunning Federal-Style Townhome with soaring ceilings, Grand palladium windows and hardwood floors offers breathtaking view of the Skyline, Potomac River & Nation’s Capital. Tracy Dillard 703.847.333/ 703.790.1990 (O).

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Halloween Turns Ugly: Shooting on M, Robbery on N Georgetown’s Halloween customs of residents greeting young trick-or-treaters at their doors in the early evening and of the later, older reveling crowds along M Street and Wisconsin Avenue were shattered Oct. 31 just before 11 p.m. with gunfire near 28th and M Streets. One teenager remains in grave condition and is on life support. According to sources close to the Metropolitan Police Department, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the head after a fight between two groups. Also, a woman was robbed at 36th and N Street around 8 p.m.; four black males were arrested by MPD. Sources also said that a person with a sawed-off shot gun was arrested near Wisconsin Avenue and M Street. One source, recounting walking along M Street, said “Rough crowd . . . large groups pushing through sidewalk . . . intimidating.” Checking out the scene in his neighborhood district, commissioner Bill Starrels was shoved on the sidewalk, he said. According to the Washington Post, Sofiene Ben Mansour, owner of George’s falafel restaurant at 28th and M streets, said he heard three gunshots about 10:50 p.m. The shots set off a scramble amid the throng in the street, he said, with people “just going all over.” According to the accounts he heard from witnesses, Ben Mansour said, an automobile passed between two groups of people, and shots were apparently fired from it. It threw a fright into the crowd, he said, leaving people talking rapidly and “just

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scared.” He said they were “saying ‘like, a car just shot somebody.’ ” From WJLA, this report: The victim’s injuries appear to be life threatening, according to D.C. police source. The victim has been transported to an area hospital. Officers have closed M Street. ABC7’s Pamela Brown reports hearing three shots and seeing people scatter. Witnesses say two groups of people were involved in a confrontation earlier in the night on Wisconsin and M, allegedly jumping on cars and yelling at each other. Thirty minutes later, the same two groups were arguing at 28th and M. One witness says a man across the street started firing shots at the group, and one victim fell to the ground. From George Washington University’s student newspaper, the Hatchet, comes this entry: Metropolitan Police officers arrested multiple suspects on campus in connection with a shooting in Georgetown late Monday night. Three to five shots ripped through M and 28th streets after 10:30 p.m., near the Georgetown Four Seasons Hotel. Later, at least one person was transported away from the scene in an ambulance. An officer said he suspected the incident would be labeled a homicide. Two suspects were arrested by Metropolitan Police officers near the Foggy Bottom Metro. “At approximately 11:15 p.m., the George Washington University Police Department was notified of armed suspects in the I Street Mall area. Both suspects have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department,” university spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said. The I Street Mall area is also the Foggy Bottom Metro area.


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Observer It’s a Contest for Next GBA President

Photo courtesy of the White House

President Obama to Speak Nov. 2 At Waterfront Park President Obama will speak at Georgetown Waterfront Park with Key Bridge as a backdrop Nov. 2, late Wednesday morning. The president will stress the need for infrastructure investments to help the economy, according to the White House. The speech is part of Obama’s continuing effort to call for the passage of the America Jobs Act that would include $50 billion in new spending to repair such structures as Key Bridge, which was deemed “structurally deficient” by the group, Transportation for America, which identified 215 bridges in the Washington area needing repair including Memorial Bridge and the 14th Street Bridge, already being worked on. The jobs bill is coming up before Congress but faces opposition from Republicans.

Rokas Beresniovas, vice president of the Georgetown Business Association, who works at HSBC Bank USA, and Ed Solomon, an advisory neighborhood commissioner and owner of Wedding Creations on P Street, are vying to be the next GBA president. Also under consideration for position at the GBA: Riyad Said and Beth Webster for vice president; Janine Schoonover for secretary; Karen Ohri and Alan Helfer for treasurer. Other board positions are being determined as well. The GBA is a non-profit membership organization. Its two principal goals are to: “connect Georgetown businesses with potential customers, other businesses and Georgetown and D.C. leadership” and “advocate on behalf of the Georgetown businesses and professionals.”

Ed Solomon (left) and Rokas Beresniovas (right) with Asst. Chief Burke

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EDITORIAL/OPINION

THE BIBLE VS. BIBLE THUMPERS By Deklan n the battle over gay marriage and equality, the question everyone has an answer for but nobody can agree on is the Bible’s view on homosexuality. According to author Jonathan Dudley, we’ll never agree on an answer to that question because our interpretations of the Bible are founded on preexisting values and beliefs. Failure to acknowledge this fact has led many evangelical Christians to abuse the Bible in their war against homosexuality, abortion, evolution and environmentalism, the four topics Dudley talks about in his book, Broken Words: The Abuse Of Faith And Science In American Politics. In his book, Dudley challenges many of the cases that Christians use against these issues. Wanting to get a better understanding of his argument that “opponents of gay marriage aren’t defending the Bible’s values, they’re using the Bible to defend their own,” I called Jonathan personally to better understand his view that although he believes gay marriage will ultimately win, it won’t win by arguing over what the Bible says. D: You were raised an evangelical Christian and you went to Yale Divinity school, so what’s your position on gay marriage? J: I definitely do support gay marriage. Those making arguments against it based on the Bible have assumptions about how the Bible works that aren’t true, with the idea that the Bible requires humans to adopt one position or another. What people think the Bible requires them to do reflects the beliefs they bring to the Bible… Humans should interpret the Bible guided by principles such as Augustine’s idea that if an interpretation of the Bible doesn’t promote love for other people then it’s not the right interpretation. D: What do you believe the Bible ultimately says about homosexuality and to what degree should we interpret it versus follow it word for word?

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J: We have to interpret it…I don’t think it’s even possible to not interpret it and just “take it for what it says.” When people say they’re doing that, they are just hiding the fact that what they think it “says” is actually an interpretation. People on both sides—liberal or conservative—bring values and bring theology to the Bible that has a determining impact on how they read it. That fact itself undermines objections to gay marriage that say the Bible requires me to oppose it. It’s actually the Bible filtered through your values that requires you to do that. Of course, it also undermines arguments for gay marriage that the Bible requires us to accept it. D: With so many lines drawn in the sand, will we ever meet on a middle ground? J: I don’t think there will be a middle ground that we come to on the topic of gay-marriage but I do think the liberal side of this debate will ultimately win, at least in the broader American culture. People in my generation that were raised Evangelical are increasingly coming to support gay rights. The Evangelical community tends to lag behind the broader culture on social issues, whether we’re talking the civil rights movement or feminism or environmentalism, which is unfortunate. It’s not really a progressive moral force, it’s something that holds the culture back and then changes its mind after the culture moves forward, apologizing all the while for holding things back, and I do think that will happen in many segments of the Evangelical community on gay marriage as well. In fact, it already is happening. D: When does standing up for one’s religion become bullying? J: I think a lot of conservative Evangelicals feel like they’ve been treated unfairly because they would say, “We don’t hate gay people, but there are moral rules and the loving thing to do is to hold people accountable to moral rules,

not to just dismiss them.” If you honestly think that someone’s going to go to Hell for being in a homosexual relationship, then it does make sense, that the loving thing to do would be to try to prevent them from being in that relationship. The problem with that is “love” is usually defined in the minds of Evangelicals as just –we have this given set of rules, we’re not gonna question that, we’re just gonna enforce it. But sometimes “love” means reevaluating the rules themselves in light of new evidence or arguments or experiences. D: What can you tell gays about God’s love without making them feel persecuted? J: It would be a message that God loves you and that your sexual orientation is not evil. And that any reading of the Bible that projects a condemnation of your sexuality onto God is not motivated by love but by unacknowledged and (usually) unconscious prejudice. D: What’s your message to the Christian community? J: Christians need to be more attentive to how their preexisting values shape their interpretation of the Bible, whether it’s on homosexuality or the other topics I talk about in my book, like abortion or evolution, and stop pretending they’re “just taking the Bible for what it says.” D: What’s your message to the Gay community? J: Gay people who may be tempted to believe that God really does condemn their sexuality should realized that throughout history, rules that are portrayed as God’s Will have quite frequently been reflections of human prejudice… What a community takes to be moral rules can reflect prejudice and…submitting to those rules is ultimately submitting to the prejudice that formed those rules…So I would just say, don’t feel that submitting to the perspectives of conservative Christian leaders on what the Bible says about homosexuality is equivalent to submitting to the will of God.

WHO WROTE SHAKESPEARE? By Gary Tischler

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here’s a class war going on. It’s not being waged where you might think it is—in presidential primary debates, or on the streets of Occupied America. It’s being waged in movie theaters where the nearly century-old debate about who wrote Shakespeare’s plays is being engaged anew in trash-epic director Roland Emmerich’s “Anonymous,” whose subject and hero is one Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, who’s being presented as the aristocratic author of the plays most, if not all of us, believe to have been written by William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon. Shakespeare, in the movie, is a buffoonish, ambitious, drunken actor who declares himself to be the author of the plays. There’s also a lot of historical political intrigue centered around royal succession, Queen Elizabeth and the like. I’m not here to argue the merits of the film, or the status of Mr. Emmerich as a director. He apparently sincerely believes that Oxford was indeed the author of the plays. Good for him. He’s not the first person to think so. The authorship debate around Shakespeare’s plays has been debated for centuries, and the Oxford candidacy has attracted Supreme Court judges, learned scholars and not-so-learned scholars. That’s where class comes in. The basic contention is that Shakespeare—with a minor education – was a would-be-actor from a small town who could not possibly have written the plays

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he did. He would be required to have an immense amount of knowledge, a superior education, an understanding of the ways of courts and geography. That he probably didn’t—as is often pointed out he made big mistakes in geography and history. Here’s what Shakespeare did have a major understanding of—the human heart and mind, the psychology of being human. Just about all the plots are borrowed from other sources, including other plays, or ancient Roman texts, the bible, English history books. Shakespeare’s genius—that’s what it was—lies in his understanding of human nature, and his poetic abilities, his invention of free verse, his knowledge about how to put a play together. A lot of the debate about authorship—the Queen herself, Francis Bacon, rival playwright Ben Johnson, have been held up as candidates—centers around a kind of intellectual snobbishness, an unwillingness to accept the idea that Shakespeare—a commoner, or son of the lower middle class at best, could be the greatest author who ever lived. If Oxford was the author, he hid it well. Trouble is that Shakespeare, too, hid himself, in some ways. Little, or not enough, is known about his life, although what we do know suggests that he was a man of the theater, a professional who kept books, ran a company, managed to know enough about the upper classes to become a favorite playwright of the queen. Someone recently suggested to me that I can’t stand the idea that Shakespeare’s works might

have been written by an aristocrat, by a member of the ruling class of England. I can stand the idea. What I can’t stand is the idea that the plays and the sonnets and the characters MUST have been written and created by an aristocrat. The very definition of artistic genius is its mystery—it does not zero in on class, societal standing, education per se, or any other MUST factor other than it exists and it flowers in a particular person. Shrinks no doubt have had their say on this matter. The plays of course contain many royal, aristocratic types—generals, kings and queens, lords and dukes and duchesses, even a few small business men and Shakespeare gave them speech that was understood by everyone. But he also created, to name one, Falstaff, a full-bodied man both vile and lecherous, outsized and full of bombast, a man who was more of a father to a prince than the king himself. He was the salt, and mud, and beer of the earth. It’s doubtful that Oxford would have imagined such a man, let alone hung out in bars with him. Aristocrats may have gone to the theater, but they did not admit going to the dogs. I’m going to see the movie. Emmerich, if nothing else, makes movies that aren’t usually boring except when it’s “Godzilla” filmed entirely in grey rain, or so it seemed. His movies— “Independence Day”, “The Day After Tomorrow” and “The Patriot” among them are not exercises in nuance, and I don’t expect “Anonymous” to be that either.

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he fall has arrived and with it the change of seasons that really defines the Washington region. The beauty of this area is that we really do have four distinct seasons to enjoy. Lots of fun fall events are underway in our community. By the time you read this, I will have attended Rose Park’s 7th Annual Fall Pumpkin Festival. This is a great event for neighbors of all ages, including hot cider, ghosts and goblins, and a costume parade. It also unfortunately marks the end of the farmers’ market season at Rose Park. Luckily for the residents of Ward 2, several of our other neighborhood farmers’ markets continue through the fall, such as Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter. Last week, I had the opportunity to serve as the Grand Marshall of the 25th Annual High Heel Race near Dupont Circle. The neighborhood holds a special place in my heart, as it was my first home in the District. For those unfamiliar with the event, it involves thousands of spectators gathering on 17th Street north of P Street the Tuesday before Halloween to watch hundreds of costumed revelers race down the street in their high heels.  This leads us to our next big holiday, Halloween, which also happens to be my birthday. The Metropolitan Police Department again did extensive planning for the crowds associated with Halloween to ensure a safe celebration throughout the District. I celebrated this year by attending the “Little Goblins Parade” on Oct. 29. This family-friendly parade involved a number of “little goblins” marching from Stead Park in Dupont Circle, through Logan Circle, to finish at the Watha T. Daniel Shaw Neighborhood Library. I hope you are enjoying this fall as much as I am, and I encourage you to join one of the many great community events still ahead. Hope to see you there!

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9 - 9 - 9, RIDICULOUS OR ON THE RIGHT PATH? By David Post

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ax reform is like birthdays. They come around every year with the promises of money and gifts. The current flavor of the week is 9-9-9; a plain pizza with no toppings. Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, proposed this catch phrase as his idea for tax reform, and it vaulted him to the top of the polls of Republican presidential candidates. His proposal is to toss out the entire tax code, repeal the 16th Amendment and replace it with a simple new system that reduces the personal income tax rate to 9 percent, reduces the corporate tax rate to 9 percent, and imposes a new 9 percent sales tax on all “new” goods. Like all new and bold ideas, it has pros and cons. But, like our nation’s problems, they are not simple. Reforming the tax code is different than eliminating the 16th Amendment. Beginning with the Civil War, Congress adopted several income tax laws which touched only the rich and usually expired after the need – usually a war – passed. When Congress passed a peacetime income tax in 1894, the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional because it was not a “direct” tax requiring each state to pay its share based on its population. For example, suppose the federal government needed $100 million and California had 10 percent of the population. It would then owe $10 million, and if California had 1 million people, each person would owe $10 which clearly could not work. The 16th Amendment, passed in 1913, fixed that, and thus began the taxation of income and what are now millions of words of law and regulations. All tax systems have three common elements:

a taxpayer, a tax rate, and a tax base. For example, individuals and corporations are income taxpayers while partnerships and non-profits are not and pay no tax. Tax rates are easy. Just move them up or down. The big trouble lies in defining the tax base, that is, what the taxpayer pays tax on. Mr. Cain defines individual income as “gross income minus charitable deductions” though gross income doesn’t include capital gains. His idea is to exchange sacred cows such as the mortgage interest deduction and the exemptions for children for a lower rate. Mr. Cain’s definition of business income is gross income minus purchases from U.S.-located businesses, capital investment, and net exports. So, if Ford builds a car and uses parts that it manufactures overseas, those parts aren’t deductible, but if it exports the car, that is deductible as is the cost of the new plant that will last 40 years. Sales taxes are regressive, so lower income taxpayers will pay more tax and higher income taxpayers will pay less. Mr. Cain argues that it may not penalize lower income people since this tax only applies to “new” goods. They can avoid the tax by buying “used” goods. Move over Walmart. Here comes Goodwill. Every new car and new house will cost 9 percent more, so those industries may be mired in the doldrums for another decade. Accountants will surely have plenty of work keeping track of all this. But, since Mr. Cain proposes eliminating the IRS, the calculations would be completely voluntary anyway. To be fair, Mr. Cain’s underlying theory has serous merit because he is trying to wring tax

incentives out of tax policy so that taxpayers make economic decisions without weighing tax consequences. The U.S. tax code has become a vehicle for encouraging certain economic activities and discouraging others. Because the tax base is net income rather than gross income, taxpayers are rewarded with lower taxes by reducing net income. At the same time, taxpayers have little incentive to decrease gross income. The most popular income reduction “loophole” is the home mortgage deduction. Theoretically, it encourages people to buy houses, but a larger percentage of people own homes Canada and Germany which have no mortgage interest tax incentive (and no lobbyists to protect it). Corporate incentives are enormous. Last year, GE earned billions and paid no tax. In 2010, U.S. corporations generated about $30 trillion in revenues and paid $227 billion in tax, or less than 1 percent of total revenues. In other words, a 1 percent gross receipts tax would raise more revenue than the byzantine game of computing net income. A gross receipts tax would also dramatically reduce complexity and the cost of compliance. States, for example, spend substantially less collecting sales tax than they do collecting income tax. Sales taxes, the source of most state government revenues, rarely impact consumer behavior. As much as consumers enjoy tax-free weekends and buying online to save sales tax, few go to the store and think, “I’m not going to buy that because the sales tax is too high.” Mr. Cain knows that our tax code looks like pizza all the way. So, flawed as his idea is, and it is by no means simple, he knows how consumers behave and may be on the right track.

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OEHME VAN SWEDEN, DESIGNING THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MLK MEMORIAL GARDENS By Lauren Hodges

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this group of plants that he assembled,” she says. “That was the first time I heard the term ‘landscape architect.’” That was the day the tide turned on Brady’s future. “Right there, I was sold. I went into landscaping and I haven’t looked back since.” With her new thirst for natural design, Brady went on to Harvard for a masters in design and eventually found her way to Oehme van Sweden. At the time, the well-respected D.C. firm had been around for 15 years, founded by Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden. For anyone familiar with the art of landscape design, both men are well-known as pioneers of the “New American Garden” style of landscape architecture. Rather than confining the foliage to structured shapes and precise spots, the “New American Garden” is meant to showcase the natural form of the plant, allowing it to grow slightly wild and choose its own path. But rather than acting as an antithesis to more orderly designs, the look is meant to act as a compliment; soft edges against the hard. “It’s been a great honor,” she says. “It’s about Now, after 25 years with the firm and securfive years now that we’ve been working on it. ing a spot as a design principal, Brady has an The crowd is so inspired and thrilled.” When impressive portfolio of her own. But despite the ROMA, a design group based out of San Franpedigree, she’s hard-pressed to come up with cisco, won the competition for the MLK Meany favorites in her distinguished career. morial site, Oehme van Sweden was asked to “They’ve all been such great projects, from implement the ideas for the landscape. Brady start to finish,” she says. After a few moments came on as a director during the development of reflection, she admits that the 40-acre botanistage. “So we took ROMA’s ideas and visions, cal garden in Roth, New York was a priceless respected and honored them, and designed a lesson in serenity and public service for her. plan that was fitting for the memorial,” says “We had this chance to educate the public on Brady. literally thousands of The 30-foot-tall different plants,” she granite statue of Dr. says. “That was really King is imposing and special for me.” She’s serious. Arms crossed also partial to memoand holding a purrials, like the MLK poseful look on his project and the World face, MLK appears to War II structure, anbe waiting for the next other collaboration step. Those standwith ROMA. “You’re ing before it instantly on this sacred ground have a sense of duty: of the monument’s to continue working core,” she says. “It’s toward total equality, a reminder that you’re justice and peace. Just working in orchestrain case the mission tion with memory. It isn’t clear enough, was an experience of a King’s most famous lifetime.” quotes are inscribed As for the MLK around him. “There’s memorial, she says so much emotion and the selected trees and honor there and it’s inplants were chosen to spiring,” says Brady. create a lasting, year“The rest of the mall round impact. For instructures are presistance: “the American dents and war memoElm variety we chose rials so this is a whole is called the Princeton Sheila Brady, landscape arhitect new message for people Elm and it’s resistant who visit D.C.” to Dutch Elm disease,” Though born in New York, Brady has been she says. “So that’s kind of symbolic of the mea Washingtonian for most of her life, tapped morial’s message. And the ground plane is this well into the socially-conscious heartbeat of the wonderful evergreen. So it’s going to be beauticapitol city. Her family set up house inside the ful and strong in all types of weather and conbeltway in Bethesda when she was 13. Interestditions.” Overall, the memorial’s green design ed in art and design early on in her life, Brady was concocted to inspire reactions from generaattended and graduated from George Washingtions to come. Brady says the plants, the statue ton University and the Corcoran School of Art and the general design of the memorial are all a and Design. Having developed an interest in testament to things in life that simply won’t be traditional architecture, she started to attend exshaken by adversity. “It’s made to endure milhibits and showcases. That was how she found lions of visitors. It all works together to become the work of Dan Kiley. “I was fascinated with a unified, beautiful site.”


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SEPTIME WEBER ON THE GRACE OF ‘GATSBY’ By Gary Tischler

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eptime Webre is fresh. Celebrated, influential and exceptionally charismatic, Webre has been the Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet since 1999. Whether talking about Balanchine or the weather, everything he says seems fresh, in the moment, right now. He may have a spiel, but if he does, it is surely of his own immediate invention. Walking through the halls and mirrored classrooms of the ballet school on Wisconsin Avenue, you get the sense that Webre’s mind is a restless one. He is thinking ahead and remembering all at the same time, while somehow maintaining total focused. No questions about it, he’s got the charisma, a star quality that is also down-to-earth and earthy. You’re likely to end up talking about anything at all, not just the subject at hand. The subject at hand is the return of “The Great Gatsby,” Webre’s spectacular dance version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, an unforgettable take on the grand theme of the American dream. “That’s exactly it,” he says. “That’s what it’s all about. The idea, the imagining of the American dream. I loved that movie version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, which seems to be an ideal visualization of the book. It was just, I don’t know, enthralling.” This is the second go around for Webre’s “Gatsby,” but if you listen to Webre, it’s as if he just thought about doing it a minute ago—and for a lifetime too. “Two years ago, it was a huge success, no question about it,” he says. “But we had no idea

that’s what was going to happen. I thought it was a risky thing, adapting a great American novel and making a ballet out of it. There was another version of it in Pittsburgh, but that’s the extent of it to my knowledge. And what I saw was something that transcended classical ballet and modern pieces. It was a dance based on a novel, a modern story ballet. “I knew this would require new ideas, new ways of doing things, different sorts of music. It would be very American in spirit, look, tempo, movement and sound. We tried to get the sound of the times—the roaring twenties—into it. That up-beat, Charleston music, the blues, beginning jazz and ragtime. It had a certain tempo and I knew it would be very different than what audiences were used to. It goes against the grain of classical story ballet but it is a story ballet.” Sitting behind his desk, Webre still looks lanky and casual, his hair dark and loose as if spent the morning dancing and was still shaking it off. He is the type that wants to share what’s on his mind, the kind of stuff he dreams or hears in music. The late and strange jazz singer Chet Baker is a strong favorite of his and you could see how his music might work its way into the background of a dance piece. “Baker was an original,” he says. “We didn’t use his music, but we incorporated narration, blues singing, tap dancing . “We didn’t know what to expect,” he says of his first production of Gatsby. “We had no idea how it would be received, or if anyone would come.” They did. While critical reaction was sometimes mixed, Webre was applauded for creating something different, new and original, and audiences came in droves. “In attendance terms, it

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Elizabeth Gaither and Jared Nelson in “The Great Gatsby.” Photo by Steve Vaccariello

was our best production outside of ‘Nutcracker’,” he says. “But that’s not the only reason to do it and see it,” he goes on, trailing evermore into the winding pathways of his thoughts. “Two years ago we were in a recession, and we’re still in hard times—look what’s happening out there. There’s this vast divide economically. People on the outside looking in. And that’s what Gatsby is, an outsider. That’s what drew me to the project. I understand that feeling. I’m an immigrant. And it’s the central tragedy of Gatsby.” But his motives reach beyond the immediate present. “I also wanted to make it big, sprawling, entertaining,” he says. “I wanted to capture a time when the American Dream seemed possible for anybody, not just the moneyed class that Daisy Buchanan comes from. There is a tremendous amount of energy in this production. We’ve done more than try to get at the essence of a novel. It’s about the spirit of an age

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alking up the grand staircase of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and into the rotunda, a noose tied at the end of a twenty-foot rope hangs from the middle of the domed ceiling. It floats heavily about ten feet off the ground. Circling the noose are nine wooden chairs on which Klan masks sit upright, their hollow eyes facing the rope as if in worship. The next things you see in the gallery, taking up the enormous wall at the entrance to the “30 Americans” exhibit, are the words “SAY IT LOUD.” You can feel James Brown belting into the microphone and you finish the lyrics quietly to yourself: I’m black and I’m proud. Brown recorded that song in 1968—there were still documented lynchings in the U.S. in 1968. The full force and relativity of these words hit you like a brick. Like this juxtaposition, “30 Americans” offers an unrestrained and uncompromising dialogue on what it means to be black and American, exposing the racial, societal and cultural demons in us all, and forcing us to confront those things we spend our lives trying to ignore. I am not a cultural historian, and I cannot pretend to understand the society or struggles of black America across the last century on any more than a literary level. So in order to discuss this show with any honesty or integrity,

I have to strip away my third-party neutrality, my anonymous journalistic voice, and face it as a human being. I am a young white male. The baggage I carry into this show is that of ambiguous, quiet guilt, self-imposed ignorance and displaced confusion. I cannot help feeling a little self-congratulatory—and subsequently low—to be partaking in this act of cross-cultural dialogue, this academic diplomacy in exploring the art and sensibilities of another culture that is actually sort of my own culture. Was it going to isolate my whiteness? Are the stereotypes my own social filtering, or am I seeing them because the artist intended to show them outright? Coming into this exhibition, however, I felt connected with so much of this work. The affectations and fetishized materials used by artists throughout the exhibition—shea butter, wax, cotton, soap, plastic rhinestones—the symbols and references to slavery, sharecropping and lynch mobs, the societal pigeonholes of basketball and hip-hop, were all things I fundamentally recognized. The often excessive glitz and grime of the work found me experiencing a world of which I have always lived just outside. I found unusual comfort in my kinship with the material, in understanding the ironies, injustices and tribulations of black America better than I realized. That was a short-lived and rather diluted epiphany.

depicts the lower half of two young black men in basketball jerseys jumping high into the air, a basketball chained to their leg. In another image, a Nike brand-shaped scar is etched into the shaved head of a young black man. It is not difficult to intellectualize the paralyzing societal delusions of urban teenagers striving for athletic fortune without other foreseeable options, but the struggle is not in seeing it. The struggle is in living with it or being able to change it. Men stand poised between self-righteousness and preemptive submission in the paintings of Barkley L. Hendricks. A freestanding wall made of raw cotton and wax reaches almost to the ceiling. The cryptic symbology of Jean-Michel Basquiat and the divine, tragic beauty of Kehinde Wiley’s monumental 25-foot portrait, ‘Sleep,’ both have the power to unhinge your jaw in wonder and contemplation: what does it feel like to be black and American? The difficulty in dealing with such deeply rooted, socially inflammatory subject matter is that it can tend toward the overwrought, and vehemence often gets in the way of true significance, running the risk of beating its audience over the head with its message. But “30 Americans” handles itself Xaviera Simmons,“One Day and Back Then (Standing)”, 2007 with grace and perspective, Zora Neale Hurston, the seminal African facilitating an open, honest American folklorist and anthropologist, wrote conversation with its audience. on the subject of understanding African AmeriBut the depths of what I may never understand can culture: linger in the back of my throat. I get the references to blaxploitation films. I am left sad and [African American culture is] particularly evaweak by the images of malnourished slaves and sive. You see we are a polite people and we do lynch victims. I empathize with the innumeranot say to our questioners, “Get out of here!” ble injustices the African American people have We smile and tell him or her something that faced, and I admire “30 Americans” for providsatisfies the white person because, knowing so ing a lens into the contemporary manifestations little about us, he doesn’t know what he is missof these displaced feelings and issues. But the ing… subtexts might forever elude me: what does it A self-portrait by Xaviera Simmons shows the mean to be black and American today? artist with her brown skin colored coal black For some, this show is the embodiment of amand sitting naked before her camera in an overbiguous race and class confusions neglected in grown wheat field with a righteous afro. In the our daily lives. For African Americans of my opposing image, Simmons stands in the field, generation, I imagine “30 Americans” is a conwrapped in a trench coat as black as her darkversation across generations of families who ened skin. The images are a surge of carnal and have been dismantled and disassembled, and spiritual defiance, pointing to the stigma of Afwho put themselves back together through their rican heritage and its increasingly dramatic, ofstories, their art and the resilience of their spirit. ten misguided interpretations. We may see her “30 Americans” begins to explore what it would and we may judge her on the surface, but that take to really exist in a post-racial society. It doesn’t mean we understand anything about would seem that the answer is to understand— her. We have not been let in. not shy away from—our distinctions. Hank Willis Thomas exposes the trappings “30 Americans,” at the Corcoran Gallery of of African American youth culture with popArt, is on display through Feb. 12, 2012. For poster-like images you might see tacked onto more information visit Corcoran.org. the wall of a college dorm room, but with a dark and troubled conscience. ‘Basketball and Chain’

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he very definition of a non-profit is the opposite of many of the motives that drive most organizations. It is work for a cause, a right, a group, an enterprise to help and serve others: the sick, the hungry, the economically and culturally underserved or starved. People who work in non-profits hold up the mirror to those who don’t. The non-profit motive exists as an emblem of the spirit of charity, giving, helpfulness and empathy, creativity and caring. As a photographer, Walter Grio believes in the spirit of the non-profit world. Whatever he shoots—be it a fashion show, a wedding, a portrait or a special events—he insists that he not be paid himself, but rather that his fee go toward a charity or non-profit organization. He’s even made a name for what he does: it’s called “Shoot for Change,” and since 2007, he has raised over $85,000 by way of his philanthropic photo projects. His latest project salutes a gallery of 15 Washington philanthropist and non-profit leaders, shining a little light and giving a little credit to the people who do a lot for a lot of people. “In the course of some of the projects I’ve done, I’ve gotten to know a lot of these people and I really admire their spirits,” says Grio. “I thought it would be really fantastic

to help celebrate what they do.” Over several days of shooting, Grio, tried to bathe his subjects in the glamorous light of old Hollywood, at places like L2 Lounge in Georgetown and the Lisner-Louise-DicksonHurt Home in Chevy Chase. The result is Project Inspiration, a special exhibition of Grio’s philanthropic people portraits, on display at the L2 Lounge through Nov. 16. “I’ve been very lucky when it comes to my photography,” Grio says. “I was working and traveling in Europe when I was asked to shoot some people I had run into in Sweden, and they offered to pay me for the result. It opened up a world for me. In Washington, a lot of people have been helpful and responsive to the idea. This is giving back.” The 15 groups and organization represented in Project Inspiration occupy a wide range in the non-profit world of Washington: Red Cross; “Blessed Heaven,” which helps youths transitioning out of foster care; the non-profit Fashion Group International of Greater Washington; Washington Empowered Against Violence; Freedom in Creation; FAIR Girls; West Potomac Academy Fashion Design; The Kreeger Museum; Nova Salud; Major Gifts SOS Children’s Villages; Capital Breast Care Center; Global Partnerships; UN Foundation; the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home; and the Children’s Law Center.

Kate Marie Grinold , Photo by Walter Grio, Hair by Neven Radovic, Makeup by Trayshia Rogers and Laura Bateman

Kate Marie Grinold

Director of Development, FAIR Girls

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n the United States, the average age of entry into forced prostitution is 13. Today, nearly 300,00 children are at risk of being exploited for sex, having experienced homelessness, abuse and extreme poverty. Kate Marie Gold has made it her life’s work to put an end to this hellacious trend. “A 13-year-old should be in school, safe, cared for and happy,” she says. “She should not be on the streets, alone, forgotten and bought and sold for sex. At FAIR Girls we believe that every girl deserves an investment and that given the opportunity, girls will grow into strong, happy, healthy women… More than anything, we believe in girls.” As Director of Development at FAIR Girls, Grinold works to educate and empower girls against exploitation and human trafficking, and begin the process of recovery and self-determination of those who have suffered by providing them with tools, resources and love through ther-

apeutic programs. Grinold is a leader for change in Washington, DC. Named a 2011 Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and one of Washington DC’s 250 most influential leaders under 40 three years in a row on Young & the Guest List (20092011)—among a list of other philanthropic and humanitarian honors—Grinold is one of the leading volunteers and activists in our community. “Over the years, the resiliency and determination of young [girls] has continued to amaze me,” she says. “I have watched them go to college, find jobs and enter into healthy relationships. I have also seen the battles they face, swimming against a tide of violence, abuse and poverty. But their spunk and tenacity has shown me that while the road to recovery is long and difficult, there is no limit to what an empowered 13-year-old can achieve.”

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r. Jenifer Gamble found her calling at an early age. “When I was a sophomore in high school,” she says, “one of my teachers spoke to my class about her volunteerism as a hospital advocate for sexual assault victims. I remember thinking that being there through such a horrible process had to be one of the most important things you could ever do for someone.” Since then, Gamble has worked to improve the lives of millions of people, fighting against gender-based violence and introducing legislation to improve our justice system. Gamble has spent more than fourteen years in victim services, currently serving as the Executive Director of Washington Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE, formerly Women Empowered Against Violence) in Washington DC. WEAVE engages the metropoli-

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tan Washington DC community in the elimination of intimate partner abuse and gender-based violence through empowering, innovative and holistic services. WEAVE operates a 1.2 million dollar budget and provides long-term holistic legal and therapy services at no-cost to survivors, and engages the community through extensive training, outreach and education. Gamble has championed victim services around the United States, presenting at local, state and national conferences and forums throughout her career. “Bearing witness and accompanying a person through examinations, court appearances and counseling is a privileged and sacred position,” Gamble says. “It always seemed as though I would have a very impacting experience right about the time I was feeling disconnected.”

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nspired to help those in need, and motivated by the death of her father from cancer, Susannah Fox has made a career advocating for the medically underserved and for cancer research, raising nearly $10 million to date. “Although I am neither a scientist nor do I have a medical mindset or degree, I hold other talents that enable me to raise awareness for breast cancer and help others to avoid the pain I have experienced. I love to build relationships with people and hear their stories.” Hearing stories of people’s extraordinary battles propels Fox and her work. “The single mother who was recently laid off and has no health insurance, the woman who works multiple jobs to pro-

vide for her family or the woman with insurance who is scared and keeps putting off her mammogram because her own mother had breast cancer… These stories fuel my efforts and passion to raise funds to improve the lives of the people of the community.” Fox’s skill and passion for relationship building and developing innovative ways to secure philanthropic funding has worked wonders for individuals and families battling illness and is a perfect match for the Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC). For the past three and a half years, Fox has held her position of Director of Development at CBCC, a community initiative of the Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center.

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Susannah Fox, Photo by Walter Grio, Hair by Christophe Jouenne, Makeup by Trayshia Rogers, Style by Elaine Mensah

athes began her career with the Red Cross in Dallas, Texas in the early 1970s, and never looked back. But even while moving around the country with the world’s best-known humanitarian organization, Mathes has found time throughout the years to work and serve regularly within her community—a practice that hasn’t gone without notice. Since her CEO appointment in 1991, she has received a number of accolades for her efforts, including the DC Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year Award in 1998, and a Washingtonian of the Year award in 2008. Among her associations in the region, Mathes has served on the board of directors of Leadership Greater Washington, as cochair of the Nonprofit Emergency Preparedness Task Force of Greater Washington, and as a member of the regional Human Service Working Group. These days, Mathes is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and American Red Cross Retiree Association, the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, the Emergency Preparedness Council of MWCOG, and Tiffany Circle. Mathes sets the bar as a community organizer and activist and serves as an inspiring model for a new era of public service.

Andrew Briggs

President and Founder, Freedom in Creation

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Andrew Briggs, Photo by Walter Grio, Hair by Christophe Jouenne, Style by Elaine Mensah

ndrew Briggs is an inspiration, plain and simple. Since college, he has devoted his life to social betterment and justice worldwide. Briggs graduated from Taylor University, having studied, served, and traveled to over twenty-five countries during his undergraduate years. From such exposure, his notion of social responsibility grew to encompass the global village. Searching for a long-term cause to which to devote his efforts, Briggs learned about “Africa’s longest war” between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the Government of Uganda, whose destruction encompasses the displacement of nearly two million people and the abduction of sixty-five thousand child soldiers (which continues to this day in Congo). Above all, the oppression endured by the children of Northern Uganda caused him to undertake research in Northern Uganda and join hands with its people, and in 2007 he founded

Complete List of LEADERS LINDA MATHES

Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross in the National Capital Region

ELIZABETH GORE

Vice President of Global Partnerships, UN Foundation

SUSANNAH FOX

Director of Development, Capital Breast Care Center

WARD OREM

Chief Executive Officer, Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home

Freedom In Creation (FIC). Through FIC, Briggs works to empower war-affected or at-risk communities through increased access to the therapeutic qualities of art, international education and fresh drinking water. By providing therapeutic art classes for at-risk children and exhibiting their artwork internationally, FIC raises funds to provide participating communities with water and educational infrastructure. Having taken part in the process, the children are credited with bringing the water and infrastructure projects to their communities. “Faith, an understanding of the reciprocal blessings of service and cross-cultural conversations, and the importance of the voice of the artist inspired me to start the organization,” he says. On top of running FIC, Briggs has served as an artist, lecturer, panelist, and scholar-in-residence at embassies, universities, galleries, and with humanitarian organizations.

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KATE MARIE GRINOLD

DIANE LEBSON

JENI GAMBLE

MAGGY FRANCOIS

JUDITH SANDALOW

Administrator, Lisner-LouiseDickson-Hurt Home

Executive Director, Washington Empowered Against Violence

ELAINE MENSAH

Publicity Chair, The Fashion Group International of Greater Washington

ANDREW BRIGGS

President, Freedom in Creation

Director of Development, FAIR Girls (formerly FAIR Fund)

Fashion Design Director, West Potomac Academy Fashion Design

MOLLY HUH

Head of Marketing and PR, The Kreeger Museum

ELLIN KAO

Program Director and Co-Founder, NovaSalud, Inc.

Director, Major Gifts, SOS Children’s Villages – USA

Executive Director, Children’s Law Center

DANIELLE JENNINGS

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‘FOWL’ PLAY IN EASTON, MD By Alison Schafer

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November 3-6

The 24th Annual Virginia Film Festival The festival will include an inaugural lineup of classic films presented by Turner Classic Movies, as well as a spotlight on Israeli filmmakers and a showcase of contemporary local filmmakers. Guests will include Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and actress Sissy Spacek. The festival will run from Nov. 3 through 6 in Charlottesville, Va. For more information on show times, prices and special guests, go to VirginiaFilmFestival.org.

November 5

The Colonial Day at Sully Honor Sully’s heritage as an Indian hunting ground and tobacco quarter. Guests will be able to see Revolutionary War camps, learn about tobacco cultivation, play games and attempt woodworking and yarn spinning. Nov. 5 in Chantilly, Va. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. More information is available at FairfaxCounty.gov.

November 10

Happy Birthday United States Marine Corp. Come to the Open House birthday celebration for the United States Marine Corp. at the Vietnam War Foundation and Museum. There is no admission fee, but donations are encouraged. The Foundation will be open from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. For more information, visit VietnamWarFoundation.org.

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41st Annual Waterfowl Festival The Annual Festival is an opportunity for visitors to view and buy a variety of wildlife artwork. 450 artists will be on hand to exhibit their artwork. Shooting and fly fishing demonstrations and duck calling contests will also take place. The threeday festival runs from Nov. 11 through13 in Easton, Md. $10 buys admission for all three days. For more information, visit WaterFowlFestival.org.

November 12

Shenandoah Uncorked III A family-friendly event featuring live music, children’s activities and the finest wines of the Shenandoah Valley. Featured wineries include Cave Ridge Vineyard and North Mountain Vineyard. Local farm produce will also be available. Nov. 12 at 470 Caverns Rd., the Yellow Barn, Shenandoah Caverns, Va. For information call 540-4772432. Book Signing: Charles T Matheson’s “On the Run” Join Matheson for a book signing, introducing his new novel “On the Run.” Sale of the original watercolors from the book will be available for purchase. The event takes place at Youngblood Art Studio, located behind the Rail Stop Restaurant at 6480 Main St., The Plains, Va. 20198. For more information e-mail LillaOhrstrom@ gmail.com or call 540-270-0402.

Oxford Antique Show and Sale Nov. 12 through 13, The Oxford Firehouse will host the Oxford Antique Show and Sale, featuring over 30 dealers from around the country representing furnishings, jewelry, silver, china and more. There will be handcrafted gift items, baked goods and a raffle for handmade quilts. The Oxford Ladies Auxiliary will also be serving their famous crab cakes, sandwiches, platters and deserts. $4 admission at the door. 300 Oxford Road, Oxford, Md. 21654. For more information call 410-226-5110.

Sunday, Nov. 13

Girasole Piemontese Truffle Dinner Enjoy Piemontese dinner hosted by the Vajra family. It features a menu full of local meats and vegetables as well as wines from the Vajra Estate in Barolo, Italy. Admission is $180 per person. Sunday evening Nov. 13 at 4244 Loudoun Avenue, The Plains, Va. Call Girasole for reservations at 540253-5501.

Saturday, Nov. 19

Hartwood Holiday Celebration Join Hartwood Winery and Tomahawk Mill Winery as they celebrate with guest winery, live music, tours and light hors d’oeuvres. Children are welcome and available fields for exploration to go along with other events. $15 for adults and children can enter for free. Nov. 19 at 137 Spotsylvania Mall Fredericksburg, Va. 22407. For more information 540-752-4893.


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over the last few years, this means yet another shift. Raju Narisetti, managing editor of the Washington Post, noted at recent conference at the University of Maryland that the problem with journalists today is they do not respect the readers. He didn’t mean it in the traditional fashion of “we shall decide what you need to know.” Instead, he was referring to a more sophisticated concept of producing content in a way that reflects how readers are consuming news. His example was a great story with a dynamic opening tale that lost its readers because they had to swipe seven screens before they got to the point of the story. Some are already predicting that the stationary computer is already obsolete. But for all us dinosaurs out there, it is good to know we can still roar, even if unconvincingly. In a delicious twist of timing, this Halloween, NBC rose like the undead and inaugurated a new newsmagazine, Rock Center - designed to be a fresh “60 Minutes.” Stacked with a pantheon of legends such as Brian Williams, Ted Koppel and Harry Smith, true giants of the network age, it felt like an old-timers game. They wrote the book – in their day. Note to Mr. Williams: leave the banter to your Twitter. Comedian/journalist John Stewart turned up for the end of the show and summed it up. “This is why you have test shows.” But can it go mobile?

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ank’s Oyster Bar & Lounge at 1624 Q Street NW has doubled in size with both inside and outside dining as well as a private upstairs room that can accommodate up to 24 guests. Architect Eric Gronning transformed the space into a hip neighborhood oasis. For those into creative cocktail menus, that has expanded too as chef/owner Jamie Leeds hired a beverage director, Dana Mosbarger, and a mixologist, Megan Coyle. If you appreciate great limoncello (as I do), Megan created two types of delicious, authentic housemade limoncello. Ch-ch-ch-changes: Michael Sternberg reacquired Harry’s Tap Room in Clarendon and plans to re-open it as Market Tavern later this month … Härth at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner just opened their new 52-seat outdoor patio complete with fire pits and fall cocktails to warm guests up inside and out … Ballston’s Willow Restaurant has expanded with a new bakery and casual bistro (lower price points) inside. Instead of opening a new restaurant, chefs/ owners and wife/husband, Tracy O’Grady and Brian Wolken expanded within their existing space. The bistro’s small plates menu offers a variety of vegetarian options. The new “Kate at Willow” allows Kate Jansen to stretch her pastry chef creativity, which is a bonus for us all. The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown has changed Degrees Lounge into Degrees Bistro, a Frenchinspired bistro with banquette seating for 46, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and casual bar food. This new dining space was made neces-

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sary by their conversion of Fahrenheit restaurant into an event space. He’s not just the master of fine dining French restaurants. Michel Richard plans to open a restaurant focused on meatballs in Penn Quarter at 626 E St. NW. Not just meatballs, but meatballs to be ordered with pasta, salad or sandwiches at prices up to $10. Slated to open in

The new chef de cuisine at Watershed by Todd Gray is Godofredi Vaquerano, who has spent 11 years working with Todd Gray and held the same position at Equinox. Todd named Karen Nichols the executive chef at Equinox – a first in the restaurant’s history. Karen served as souschef at Gramercy Tavern in New York City.

Openings Update:

Cafe Deluxe, now operated by Clover Restaurant Group (CRG), will open in the RIO Center in Gaithersburg in mid-November, serving American brasserie fare. This will be its fourth location, with others in Tysons Corner, Bethesda, and Cleveland Park in D.C. CRG also plans to open its second Tortilla Coast at 15th and P Streets, NW in Logan Circle in mid-December. The new location will vary from its Tex-Mex sister MasterChef judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, Graham Elliot. D.C. chefs restaurant on Capitol Hill will be given a chance to win a spot on the show this November. and offer authentic Mexican fare … PAUL USA, November, it will be called Meatballs, which is the bakery that opened its first D.C. location at also the name of one of my favorite Bill Murray 801 Pennsylvania, NW has recently opened its movies. second location on Wisconsin Avenue near M Chef & GM Update: Street, NW… Wagamama, which has been exJoe Sluger has been named the new general pected to open in Penn Quarter for a while now, manager for The Melting Pot in Gaithersburg. is now shooting for a spring 2012 opening in the space on 7th St, NW formerly occupied by Ols-

Patrick Bazin is opening a Mexican restaurant in Falls Church

son’s Books … The second Founding Farmers farm-to-table-themed restaurant is slated to open in early November at 12505 Park Potomac Ave. in Potomac, Md. It will be overseen by corporate chef Joe Goetze, executive chef Rob Ross and pastry chef Courtney Goldian.

Quick Hits: Mike Cordero, owner of Caribbean Breeze, Malibu Grill and Aqua Vida in Old Town plans to open Bronx Pizza in early December in Clarendon. Sushiko has a combination ramen and izakaya (Japanese pub) restaurant called Daikaya, slated to open next year at 705 Sixth St., NW in Penn Quarter … Pizza CS, a pizzeria slated to open in the first half of November in Rockville (where Three Brothers Italian Restaurant used to be), will feature Neapolitan pizza. Owners/operators are Ankur Rajpara and John Allen, formerly of local restaurant group, Latin Concepts. Bethesda Bagels is slated to open in the former Johnny Rockets space at 1718 Connecticut Ave. NW in north Dupont Circle by end of November. Jason Story and Carolina Gomez plan to open a charcuterie shop called Three Little Pigs in Petworth at 5111 Georgia Ave., NW by year’s end. Their plan calls for a sandwich station, retail space and charcuterie classes. 2100 Prime has opened in The Fairfax Hotel where The Jockey Club used to hold court. The new chef is Mark Timms, native of Sheffield, England, has re-vamped the menu with lower prices and a greater focus on sustainable and local foods. Chef/owner Patrick Bazin and his wife Julie plan to open a new authentic Mexican restaurant called Alegria, next door to their restaurant Bazin’s on Church, in Falls Church. It is slated to open in late December of 2011. The menu will showcase authentic Mexican food with a very strong connection to local growers and specialty regional suppliers. Outdoor dining on the patio will be offered as weather allows. The name Alegria (which means happiness) was chosen as a result of a Facebook page contest to name the new restaurant. The winner won dinner for eight on opening night for their winning submission. Attention chefs: MasterChef Season Three Open Calls are taking place. You will be given a few minutes to plate your dish at the given casting location, but there will not be a kitchen to cook or warm it up so come prepared. Visit MasterChefCasting.com. The event takes place Nov. 12 at Trinity Washington University from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK By Miss Dixie As the trend grew, elaborate punch bowls became fashionable and the design and material of the bowl became status symbols for their owners. Right now, cocktails are undergoing a fantastic renaissance, and punch is following closely behind. Searing proved that a glass of punch could be as distinctive and tasteful as a finely forged cocktail. While many punches in Searing’s collection are historical in nature, the book also features 25 contemporary creations from some of today’s top mixologists. One of the of the classic recipes included is Fish House Punch, which Searing describes as “A concoction shrouded in secrecy (and ongoing disagreement about its exact ingredients). “ According to Searing, “this grand recipe comes from the Schuylkill Fishing Company, one of America’s oldest men’s clubs, originally founded in 1732. Prominent figures in American history, including George Washington, have enjoyed a glass or two of Fish House Punch hen was the last time you had punch at the famous club (which still exists today, at a party? though no longer in Was it an Schuylkill county.” enjoyable experiFish House Punch – Circa 1732 Fish House Punch ence? Dan Searing 15 to 20 servings has a strong citposed these two ques4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (about 32 rus tang up front tions during a recent limes) followed by rich event sponsored by 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 12 and layered flavor the Museum of the lemons) stemming from American Cocktail 1 cup dark brown sugar two types of rum. at the Passenger bar 1 cup Appleton’s Estate Reserve dark rum While its bright in October. Searing, 2 cups Flor de Cana Extra Dry 4 Year Old white sunny taste would a partner in the intirum be refreshing on a mate Room 11 lounge 1 cup Pierre Ferrand Cognac warm day, the fullin Columbia Heights, 1 block of ice bodied and savory hosted the event, attributes from the which featured delecPour the lemon and lime juices into a large cognac and brown table drink samples punch bowl. Add the brown sugar, and gently sugar would make from his new book, stir until dissolved. Slowly add the dark and light this an enjoyable “The Punch Bowl – rums and the brandy, stirring constantly. Slowly tipple on a cool au75 Recipes Spanning ease the block of ice into the punch bowl.  Put tumn evening. Four Centuries of the punch bowl into the refrigerator, and chill for Wanton Revelry.” Ingredients to 3 hours. Stir the punch every few hours to help Many attendees, make Fish House the flavors blend.  When ready to serve, remove recalling a less thanpunch may be purthe bowl from the refrigerator and, if need be, spectacular cup of chased at Dixie add more ice. punch, snickered at Liquor at 3429 M Searing’s opening St. in Georgetown. queries. But by the Searing’s book end of the evening, there was little doubt that ““The Punch Bowl – 75 Recipes Spanning everyone appreciated his carefully crafted conFour Centuries of Wanton Revelry,” is availcoctions. able online and at Room 11. While the history of punch dates back centuries, it’s recent incantations have caused many to associate it with a strong mixture of cheap booze served at college parties or a sugarysweet refreshment they sipped on at their class reunions or a baby shower. Searing decidedly altered those memories with his sophisticated and freshly-made libations. Punch dates back hundreds of years when it was made by the English in India. The name punch most likely came for the Hindustani word “panch,” meaning five. Ancient punches were forged from five ingredients: traditionally tea, lemon, sugar, water and arrack, an Asian spirit distilled from palm sap. According to Searing’s book, sailors plying the waters of the Atlantic became particularly fond of punch and it found its way from India to pubs in England and North America, and 1211 Potomac Strret NW eventually into people’s homes. During the era Washington, DC 20007 of triangular trade, rum became commonly used 202.333.4575 in punches.

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BODY & SOUL MURPHY’S LOVE: ADVICE ON INTIMACY AND RELATIONSHIPS By Stacy Notaras Murphy Dear Stacy, I am writing about something that happened several months ago, but it’s not getting any better, so I thought I could use some outside perspective. Things were not going well for me. My job was stressful thanks to a jerk boss. My wife was pregnant with our first child and was having a very difficult pregnancy (uncomfortable most of the nine months, then on bed rest for the last five weeks). Our finances were stretched after we took a loss on selling our condo and moved into the bigger house that she wanted before the baby came. I was anxious all the time, had insomnia, was on the verge of panic attacks nearly every single day. I want to set the scene because I know I will look like a jerk after you hear what happened next. Basically, I was miserable and not myself at all. Then I had an affair with a coworker’s wife. It began as a flirtation, and moved into intense online chatting and texting. When my wife went on bed rest, I began a physical affair with the woman. Long story short, my wife found out after our daughter was a month old. I ended the affair immediately and have been trying to get us into couples therapy ever since, but she won’t go. We sleep in separate rooms and only talk about our daughter’s care at this point. My wife is back to work and our daughter is home with a nanny, but nothing else is back to normal. I know that if we could only go to couples counseling, everything would be alright, but she refuses to even talk about it. I feel the distance between us growing and am worried about the holidays coming up because it will be hard to hide our problems when spend time with our extended families. -Sorry-I-Screwed-Up Dear Sorry, You admit you screwed up, but the rest of your letter suggests you might really want to share the blame for the more recent outcome. It was subtle, and likely unconscious, but it sounds like you have shifted responsibility for the distance in your marriage to Wife. She won’t go to couples counseling. She refuses to discuss it. She needed a bigger house. She is only focused on Baby’s well-being. Let me add one more to your list: She is in posttraumatic shock. Discovering infidelity is like detonating a bomb. Baby was one month old when this explosion took place? So Wife was already living under siege, with a newborn destroying both sleep patterns and general life expectations (newborns are notoriously dictator-ish). She then learns that you have been escaping the warzone by having sex with someone else. My assumption is that Wife immediately went into survival mode and hasn’t come out yet. This is what we do when we experience trauma – we don’t come out until it’s safe, and your house (not to mention the great unknown of “couples therapy”) is not safe. Barbara Steffens, a sex addiction expert and co-author of “Your Sexually Addicted Spouse,” likens traditional couples therapy with a sex addict and spouse to being assaulted and then being asked to sit in support of the attacker. PTSD makes us hyper-vigilant, suspicious and deeply depressed because we replay images and feelings of the assault again and again in our minds. Wife was assaulted by the reality of your infidelity; your entreaties about couples counseling are likely retraumatizing. Instead, she needs her own opportunity to heal, within her own, separate support network. I know your instinct is to do as much as you can to fix this for her, but you cannot be her support network this time. She needs her own people: a friend, a clergyperson, a counselor. But she’s not going to

pursue any of those things until she feels safe enough to let her guard down and let herself be truly aware of what has been happening in your household. There is a lot you can do to help with this part. First, you must take responsibility for your actions yourself. Get to a certified sexual addictions counselor (they have the best info on infidelity, regardless of whether you think you’re a sex addict). Get to a 12-step meeting. Read all the Patrick Carnes books. Put parental controls on the internet at home. Give her your email passwords. Be transparent and repentant – this won’t have to last forever, but you need to make an outward and obvious demonstration of your intentions to heal yourself and then your marriage. Make this about you each being healthy first. Later, perhaps in several months to a year, you can begin the process of making your marriage healthy again. Dear Stacy, I’m in a sticky situation and am not sure how to proceed. I am a teacher at a private school. A student’s father recently emailed me, inviting me out for “drinks or more.” I’m happily married and wear a wedding ring. I’m not sure, but I assume the father is divorced or separated. The student is not in my class, but I have a vague memory of meeting the father at a fundraiser last year. He only recently sent me this message, making it sound like he’d been thinking about this for a while. I am both sad for him (he sounds really lonely) and creeped out. I have absolutely no interest in pursuing anything – my husband thinks the situation is hysterical, by the way – but I also don’t want to do anything that would put my reputation or job at risk in anyway. Keeping parents happy is an unwritten rule at our school, and I’ve only been working here for a few years. -Embarrassed/Harassed in Northwest Dear Northwest, I am with you on the “creeped out” part. Although you didn’t provide the entire message, it’s hard to read “drinks or more” in any other way than that Mr. Inappropriate is propositioning you. I wonder if you might have a school handbook or something from orientation that might give us a hint as to how the higher powers might look at something like this. If you feel comfortable with your direct supervisor, I’d suggest starting with that person before you craft a response to Mr. I. I understand your concern about your reputation and position, but I guarantee that your school’s “unwritten rule” about keeping parents happy does not demand that you date any dad who asks. Meanwhile, Mr. I’s method of pursuit (faceless email) may suggest one of two things: A) he is embarrassed and hiding behind the web, waiting to see what you might do with the ball he just forced into your court, or B) he has done this before, and perhaps has asked the same thing of other teachers who may or may not have come forward yet. In either event, providing too much sympathy could be read as a sign that he should continue the chase. After talking with a higher up about school policy, I’d recommend a brief reply that shuts down the entire conversation without any name-calling (e.g., don’t address it “Dear Mr. Inappropriate”). Make the message clear: you are not interested and this was unacceptable. Stacy Notaras Murphy is a licensed professional counselor and certified Imago Relationship therapist practicing in Georgetown. Her website is TherapyGeorgetown.com. This column is meant for entertainment only, and should not be considered a substitute for professional counseling. We really do want your questions! Send them confidentially to stacy@georgetowner.com.

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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.

BANGKOK JOE’S 3000 K St NW (One block from Georgetown Lowe’s theatres)

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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.

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3205 K St, NW (est.1967) 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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DAILY GRILL

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. www.dailygrill.com

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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. www.circlebistro.com

BISTRO FRANCAIS 3124-28 M St NW

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. www.bistrofrancaisdc.com (202) 338-3830

CITRONELLE (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.

BISTROT LEPIC & WINE BAR 1736 Wisconsin Ave., NW 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. www.bistrotlepic.com (202) 333-0111

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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. www.filomena.com (202) 338-8800

DON LOBOS MEXICAN GRILL Serving Washington since 1992, Don Lobos offers authentic Mexican cuisine. We use only the finest and freshest ingredients when making our traditional menu items. Famous for our Mole, and adored for our tamales. We also offer a wide range of tequila and the best margarita in Georgetown. Now serving Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10-2.

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www.clydes.com Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm Sun 10am- 10pm (202) 333-9180

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2311 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Georgetown 3100 South St, NW Restaurant & Degrees Bar & Fine Dining & Exotic EntertainLounge The Ritz-Carlton, ment in Glover Park since 1966 As featured on the cover of December 2007’s Washingtonian magaMonday-Thursday 11am-2am zine, Degrees Bar and Lounge is Friday-Saturday 11am-3am Georgetown’s hidden hot spot. Warm up by the wood burning Sunday 4pm-2am fireplace with our signature “FahrThe kitchen is always open! enheit 5” cocktail, ignite your business lunch with a $25.00 fourA GENTLEMAN’S course express lunch, or make your special occasion memorable with CLUB an epicurean delight with the fire ONLY 21 AND OVER, inspired American regional cuisine. PLEASE www.fahrenheitdc.com www.goodguysclub.com (202) 912-4110

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

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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 Bonaparte has been dubbed the “quintessential” European café featuring award winning crepes & arguably the “best” coffee in D.C! Located in sophisticated Georgetown, our café brings a touch of Paris “je ne sais quoi” to the neighborhood making it an ideal romantic destination. Other can’t miss attributes are; the famous weekend brunch every Sat and Sun until 3pm, our late night weekend hours serving sweet & savory crepes until 1 am Fri-Sat evenings & the alluring sounds of the Syssi & Marc jazz duo every other Wed. at 7:30. We look forward to calling you a “regular” soon!

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MAI THAI

3251 Prospect St. NW If you’re searching for authentic Thai food in the heart of Georgetown, Mai Thai Restaurant is the place to go. The warm atmosphere, attentive service, and variety of wines and cocktails in this contemporary establishment only add to the rich culture and authentic cuisine inspired by Thailand. With an array of authentic dishes, from Lahb Gai (spicy chicken salad) and Pad Thai, to contemporary dishes like Panang soft shell crab and papaya salad, the dynamic menu and spectacular drinks will have you coming back time and time again. Come see for yourself. HAPPY HOUR 3:30 - 6PM www.maithai.com (202) 337-1010


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COOKING FOR LOVE WITH THE BARE NAKED CRITIC By Ariell Kirylo Dear BNC, I am smitten with this little honey from a work project we recently completed together. She’s classy, sparkling with personality and her style is always impressive. Plus, I think she is throwing me the eye. I want to take her for a “Thank You” dinner, but am struggling with an appropriate place. Where can I take her that says “I think you’re hot and I want to see you more often” but also keeps it simple and seemingly professional? Male, 30-something, Southeast D.C. Dear Curator of Love, Oh yes, the ol’ game of cat and mouse. Luckily, you’ve reached out to an expert Cat. Meow. Without a doubt, a date like this needs to be planned to the tee. Most men would jump into it without considering how very delicate these situations can be and how easily the sexual energy can be squashed with the wrong move. In order to score a future, less professional date, the whole evening must be set up for success. These situations can be tricky, especially in Washington D.C. Let’s be honest, in our city, there are no secrets and everyone knows someone you know. That being said, it’s important to keep your intentions discrete. Yet you must do so without losing focus on your goal. No matter how well or terrible your time together goes that evening, you must plan to slip away at a decent, “professional,” hour. You tell her you have work to prepare for an early morning start the next day. It will get you out of there before the cocktails really settle in and it will, of course, leave her tingling in anticipation for your next step.

SEA CATCH 1054 31st St, NW Lovers of 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 www.seacatchrestaurant.com (202) 337-8855

Assuming this little honey accepts your invitation, I have the perfect restaurant in mind and a few pieces of advice that will calm any insecurity you might have about the evening. The first one is, get rid of your insecurities! Showing any sign of weakness or doubt in the first few intimate encounters is a huge error. Women, however educated, are emotional beings and want to know that their man is centered, mature and secure. For us, it’s the most important thing. After a cute butt. Meeting for dinner on a weekend is too datelike. Instead meet on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Also, to keep to it professional, make reservations at a reasonable hour, say 7 or 8 p.m.? Make sure she knows in advance to provide her own transportation. There will be no pick-ups or drop-offs. If she wants to meet beforehand or invites you over afterwards, remember to tell her you have obligations before and after dinner, even though it may not be the truth. In choosing a location, you want an ambiance that encourages relaxation, promotes talking and feels sexy. If you are struggling to hear each other or forced to converse in a whisper, your evening might be ruined. Also, do not venture too far off the beaten path. You want her to feel comfortable in a central and well-known location as she will be arriving and leaving alone. I think the perfect D.C. restaurant for this occasion is Zentan at Donovan House in Thomas Circle. A down-the-middle pan-Asian spot with a stylish flair is exactly what you need for this type of occasion. Plus, because it is a hotel restaurant, there is the silent suggestiveness behind your choice. Sure, it’s a subtle statement, but a statement nonetheless. Also, there is some-

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thing erotic about Asian cuisine. Maybe it is those little iconic boxes (though you won’t find these at Zentan,) the chopsticks or the fact that it’s a common go-to grease feast after hours of bedroom playtime. Let these elements be your more forward statements, and keep your words focused on getting to know more about those little eccentricities that intrigued you about her in the first place. I’ve been to Zentan a number of times and the clientele is always a consistent mix of business professionals, power couples, tourists and the occasional D.C. hipster looking for some sushi and a well-made cocktail. The décor is just the right amount of trendy and is compensated with a variety of seating options, electric candle-light and drapery. Call ahead to reserve a spot in the back room where you and your date can have a little more privacy. You two will fit in just perfectly. Once you sit down, don’t be over-eager to order. You want her to feel relaxed and not rushed. Because you two have worked together, the pace of your conversations must change. Now it’s all about charisma and soothing words to get her guard down. Order a nice bowl of heaping edamame ($7) with your cocktails and casually peruse the menu between conversation breaks. If you are in the mood for sake, ask the wait staff for a chilled recommendation or opt for the mid-grade Moon on the Water, Junmai Ginjo ($28) and savor the flavors of lime, melon, fennel and white pepper. The idea is to finish your first drink before the meal arrives so you can order your second one to enjoy with dinner. Oh, and on this date, there is no third drink. This is not the time to get sloppy.

3000 K St NW, Suite 100 Washington, DC 20007 Eclectic American cuisine, Coupled with enchanting views of the Potomac River make Sequoia a one of a kind dining experience. 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. www.arkrestaurants.com /sequoia_dc.html

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If your date has never been to Zentan, you should be prepared to make some recommendations. Not everyone eats sushi and sashimi, so make sure some of your suggestions include fish and noodle dishes. If she does eat sushi and sashimi she’ll know more or less what she likes and won’t need your input. Ordering from a menu on the first few dates can be a very telling experience for some people. It can be a chance to prove how knowledgeable they are on that particular cuisine or an opportunity to demonstrate they know what they want and how they want it. Here are some of my favorite dishes at Zentan (not including sushi): • Salt and Pepper Calamari $11: A tasty fry of your favorite appetizer with a citrus smoked chili mayo for dipping. • Chickpea Onion Tempura $9: A surprisingly tasty appetizer comprised of ginger, mango chutney and minted yogurt. • Singapore Slaw $16: Nineteen ingredients dressed and mixed at the table including jicama, taro root, carrots, hazelnuts, and pickled onion in a plum dressing. • Cantonese Marinated Skirt Steak $26: A great steak with melted shallot brown butter, chili ponzu and crunchy hazelnuts. • Carmelized Black Cod $26: Probably my favorite dish at Zentan served with Cantonese preserved vegetables and painted with miso mustard. Zentan at Donovan House 1155 14th St NW Washington, DC 20005 (202) 379-4366 www.ZentanRestaurant.com

SHANGHAI LOUNGE

THE OCEANAIRE

*Newly Opened*1734 Wisconsin Ave.

1201 F St, NW

Shanghai Lounge’s is offering Lily’s family style traditional Chinese dining along with some very unique cocktails and a wide variety of beers and wines. Shanghai Lounge is sexy, stylish, and seductive, it captures the flavors of Asia and we have created an exotic athmosphere, a place where you can unwind, have an exquisite meal, enjoy a drink and be around others to share in the experience.

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.

Tuesday - Friday Saturday Sundays Monday Happy Hour: Tue - Fri

Lunch: Mon-Fri- 11:30am -5:00pm Dinner: Mon-Thur 5-10pm. Fri & Sat 5-11pm. Sun-5-9pm. www.theoceanaire.com

11:00am - 11:00pm 11:30am - 11:00pm 12 Noon - 9:30pm Closed 3:30pm - 7:00pm

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Photos by Tony Powell, courtesy of Susan G. Komen

usan G. Komen for the Cure paid tribute to global leaders in the fight against breast cancer, including the late Betty Ford, at the Kennedy Center for its second annual “Honoring the Promise” gala, Oct. 28. Breast cancer survivor Hoda Kotb, of NBC’s “Today,” program, emceed the evening’s program which featured performances by singer Natasha Bedingfield, violinist Miri Ben-Ari, opera singer Denyce Graves-Montgomery, aerial artist Amanda Topaz and Howard University’s vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue. Hollywood stars Kerry Washington, Donald Faison, Jennifer Beals and breast cancer survivor Vanessa Bell Calloway joined with friends of Komen from inside the Beltway – MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, FedEx Corporation’s Gina Adams, Danaher Corporation’s William H. King and philanthropist Annie Totah – to present the evening’s awards. The event raised $2 million for breast cancer research and programs in the Washington, D.C., area. Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1982 in her sister’s memory.

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Above: Presenters Jennifer Beals and Kerry Washington backstage at Kennedy Center. Below left: NBC hosts -- and breast cancer survivors -- Hoda Kotb and Andrea Mitchell. Center: Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with Sarah Brown, wife of the former U.K. Prime Minster Gordon Brown, the recipient of the night’s Global Leadership Distinction Award. Right: Singer Natasha Bedingfield sings her hit song, “Unwritten.”

CHAMBER’S CHOICE AWARDS, HOSTED BY D.C. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, DELIVERS BIG SURPRISES

The annual Chamber’s Choice Awards gala was held Oct. 22. More than 1,300 of the Washington region’s most prominent leaders and decision-makers gathered in the Marriott Wardman Park’s Grand Ballroom to “celebrate some of the Washington business community’s best and brightest, chosen for their exceptional leadership, professional excellence, and commitment to the community,” it says in a press release from D.C. Chamber of Commerce. All Photos by Imagine Photography Mayor Vincent Gray

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SOCIAL BONHAMS SETS UP SHOP IN GEORGETOWN; CELEBRATES AT COSMOS CLUB Bonhams Auctioneers and Appraisers - founded in London 1793 and one of the three biggest international auction houses - has opened a Washington office on M Street in Georgetown. Martin Gammon, who moved from California to Prospect Street with his family this year, heads up the D.C. and MidAtlantic division. Bonhams and Gammon hosted a welcome reception and exhibit of some its items, Oct. 28, at the Cosmos Club for art and antique lovers and friends. - Robert Devaney

SCENE HARMAN CENTER GALA

The Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala celebrated Michael Kahn’s 25 years at the helm of the Shakespeare Theatre Company on Oct. 17 in over the top style, as was to be expected. The attendees were a Who’s Who of Washington from the Supreme Court to theater elite. The gala performance showcased the Broadway cast of West Side Story, the Joffrey Ballet and Denyce Graves among other memorable performances that included the actors of the Shakespeare Theatre Company wowing the house. Legendary appearances included Edward Albee, Pat Carroll, Chelsea Clinton, and Terrence McNally. The festivities continued as mimes guided guests to a post-performance gala dinner and frivolity at the National Building Museum.-Mary Bird

Pamela Sorensen and Jason Kampf, Gala After Hours Co-Chairs

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; Judith Terra, Chair of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Visit www.Georgetowner.com for more fun Social Scene events. Malcolm Barber, Bonhams CEO, Gertraud Hechl and Martin Gammon, managing director for Bonhams in the Mid-Atlantic region.

NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION GALA

Innocents At Risk Conjures Up Old Havana, Salvation Army Luncheon7th Annual Night of Sitar Stars, Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show Preview at PS 7, The Love Ball TheatreWashington Star Gala & Benefit Auction

President Obama visits the NIAF Gala. Photos by Neshan H. Naltchayan

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SOCIAL TRICK OR TREAT! Ghosts, goblins and ghouls wrapped around the block in a single file line Monday night, waiting to get their pictures taken by noted photographer Philip Birmingham. To see more spook-tacular pictures from Georgetown Media Group’s Halloween Photo Shoot, follow this QR code or go to Georgetowner.com.

SCENE GEORGETOWN TEEN’S PARTY BENEFITS LEUKEMIA RESEARCH

If the adults can do it, why not the kids, too? To benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Wells Dwiggins Thomason invited schoolmates and celebrated his 13th birthday with a Halloween party and dance. Thanks to the generosity of John Dreyfuss, the Oct. 28 party was held at Halcyon House. The benefit was supported by Clyde’s Restaurant and Filomena Ristorante. Thomason has raised more than $3,000 this year and to date more than $10,000. He began his efforts on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society six years ago to honor and support his grandmother who continues to survive with leukemia. At age 6, Thomason began to sell fresh-squeezed lemonade from his front porch on Prospect Street. The youngster was very persuasive to passers-by, and donations poured in. He has been nicknamed by Georgetown students as the “lemonade kid.”

D.C. HOTSPOT JOSEPHINE

D.C. hotspot Josephine (www.josephinedc.com) unveiled its new interior decor to Washingtonians on Tuesday, Oct. 18 with the launch of Belvedere Red for a private Friends and Family preview event.

Ann Bartlett, Wells Thomason, Sarah Silber, Cordell Martin, Julia Gutman and Ruth-Riley Collins in front of a John Dreyfuss sculpture.

CRAFT2WEAR Dr Ayman Hakki with the Belvedere Girls by Dave Phillipich

Jackie Geyfman and Michelle DesRosiers of Moet Hennessy

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Paul Wharton and Dr Ayman Hakki by Dave Phillipich

The Smithsonian Women’s Committee held the Craft2Wear Advance Chance Party at the National Building Museum on Oct. 21. The weekend exhibit featured jewelry and wearable art by 40 artists previously juried into the Smithsonian Craft Show. Guests enjoyed first chance shopping enhanced by wine and hors d’oeuvres with music by the L’Enfant Ensemble. The evening was highlighted by David Muir, Weekend Anchor of ABC World News and Correspondent for the “Made in America” series, honoring exhibitors who exemplify the finest “Made in America” wearable art. The event is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee to support education, outreach and research within the Smithsonian Institution. - Mary Bird

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NOVEMBER 17, 2011

6pm — 10pm

Join us to kick off the holiday season with an evening of shopping and merriment as we honor and give back to three shining stars of our community:

The Citizens Association of Georgetown Hope For The Warriors Hyde-Addison Elementary School Shop for unique gifts from select vendors.Warm your senses with seasonal cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Gather in the joy of giving this holiday season.

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RSVP@georgetowner.com | 202-338-4833 Advance tickets can be purchased at www.georgetowner.com for $75 or $100 at the door Feature Vendors: White House Monograms | Smathers & Branson | Ella Rue | Dandelion Patch | Queen Bee | Linens of Provence | Alexandra Beth | Three Sisters | Skincando | Ibhana Creations

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