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Sister Act Sister Act continues through Nov. 10 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. The show, a part of the production’s Broadway Tour, is based off the 1992 film comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg. The 2-hour musical follows Deloris, a woman taking refuge in a convent after witnessing a crime. Tickets rage from $39-$125. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW.

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Union Market Drive-In Union Market previously hosted D.C.’s first drive-in movie experience this summer. Films tied to a particular theme will be shown on Union Market’s 3-story wall as part of their Encore Series during the fall. A variety of

Union Market vendors will also participate, serving food, drinks and fun snacks. Nov. 8 features “Bridesmaids.” First-come-first served basis. The 6th St. NE entrance opens at 6 p.m. Movie begins at 8 p.m. Seating also available in picnic area. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE

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Veterans’ Day Veterans will be honored all over the city. At Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive, NW, events will be taking place throughout the day. From 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.4p.m., veterans and their family members will share stories about their experiences. This event will also feature words from those having served in Afghanistan and Iraq. At 1 p.m., the color guard and speakers will hold a wreath-laying ceremony to pay tribute to those that served in the Vietnam War and other conflicts.

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Bike Party Thrift Shop Re-cycle Ride In November, DC Bike Party is partnering with Ward 8 Collaborative, collecting coats and sweaters for those in need. Riders are invited to show up in their “flyest thrift shop gear,” remembering, of course, to bring warm clothing donations. The group will gather at Dupont Circle at 7 p.m. and depart at 8 p.m.

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ment Conference Each year, Xi Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. hosts a conference to encourage, educate, and empower young people in the DC area. The 2013 Girls Rock: Emerging Young Leaders Empowerment Conference will empower participants to triumph over issues that they often face as it relates to self esteem, conflict resolution, fitness, healthy living and personal relationships. 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. HD Woodsen High School, 540 55th St. NE

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American Voices A unique, engaging music event featuring some of the top performers of popular, jazz, country, Broadway, gospel, and classical music. Acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming will host the first ever three-day festival, which explores all aspects of American singing. Venture into the past, the present, and the fu-

12th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger This 5K race will benefit D.C.’s homeless by providing food, clothing, and healthcare. So Others Might Eat (SOME) has already raised $110,736.37 and is proud to have served over 1,000 meals on previous Thanksgivings. A Kids’ One Mile Fun Run will start at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K at 9 a.m. Create a team or register as an individual online at Join the cause at Freedom Plaza: corner of 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.


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ZooLights The National Smithsonian Zoo is kicking off the holiday season with ZooLights, a collection of wintery LED light displays. With musical light displays, animal silhouettes, and a new garden scene light sculpture, the Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland. More than 500,000 environmentally friendly lights will cover the Zoo from Nov. 29-Jan. 1. Head to Woodley Park to enjoy the festivities for free.

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Sci-fi Museum May Come to D.C. A Museum of Science Fiction could become a reality in D.C. within the next few years. The all-volunteer group behind the proposed museum announced plans to develop a preview space by late 2014, which would allow them “to test exhibit concepts and share an insider’s look into the process of building the full- scale facility.” A space has yet to be selected. They hope to have the full-scale museum open in early 2017. “We believe Washington, D.C. is an ideal location for a museum dedicated to science fiction, based in part on the remarkable draw the District’s museums have for people from all over the world,” said Greg Viggiano, the museum’s executive director, in a release. “Indeed, one of the most popular museum destinations worldwide is the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and those who took humanity into orbit were inspired by science fiction, from Jules Verne to Star Trek.” The proposed museum would feature “a diverse collection of artifacts, display objects and interactive exhibits that span many varieties of art forms.” This would include “robots, time machines, aliens, and creatures, as well as costumes, sets, props, and model spaceships.” The group is seeking to raise $160,000 through Indiegogo by Dec. 11.


Annual Holiday Market to Open on Black Friday The 9th annual Downtown Holiday Market will open for the first time this year on Black Friday, Nov. 29. The event runs through Monday, Dec. 23, Noon to 8 p.m. daily. You’ll find the festive outdoor market in Penn Quarter on F Street between 7th and 9th streets in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The Market boasts more than 150 unique exhibitors and artisans offering crafts and gifts from home and abroad. This year will include handcrafted watches from Mistura Timepiece, homemade knit accessories from De*Nada Design, fleece hats from The Mouse Works and pewter jewelry from La Contessa by Mary DeMarco.

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y the time you read this, our long national and regional nightmare will be over. Sorry, no, Obamacare has not been repealed, not for lack of trying. On the Internet, you can easily visit a dating site for farmers and ranchers, but not on the Obamacare site. No, actually, we’re talking about the Commonwealth of Virginia’s race for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, a campaign during which District of Columbia residents have been bombarded just because of proximity with countless, perhaps more than countless, of television ads on an hourly basis. This has been an annoying non-stop process for months, to the point where political junkies, to which we admit to being, are having a hard time to keep from pulling out their hair. Here, in the Republican corner, we had Ken Cuccinelli, the Virginia state attorney general, who almost caused a GOP civil war in gaining the party’s nomination to run for governor, pitted against Terry McAuliffe, who never previously held public office but has helped many people gain public office with generous support and donations, especially President Barack Obama—who carried Virginia twice—and Bill and Hillary Clinton,

his very own BFFs, who have stumped the state for him. Here, we had Republican state senator Mark Obenshain, a low key social conservative, and Democrat Mark Herrin, running for attorney general, while Democrat and physician Ralph Northam was pitted against outspoken anti-abortion Republican E.W. Jackson in the race for lieutenant governor. Long will their names be not remembered in the District of Columbia. We have watched this campaign—by force—spiraling away every day. Cuccinelli vowing to create jobs, touting his early attempts to get rid of Obamacare, lambasting McAuliffe with a variety of questionable and not questionable negative ads, returned in kind by McAuliffe who attacked Cuccinelli for his stands on abortion rights for women, his social conservatism, and his failure to back GOP Governor Robert McDonnell’s transportation plan. With McAuliffe holding a lead in the polls almost from the get go—a Zogby poll had him ahead by 12 percent, most others by much less than that—Cuccinelli failed to find traction in Northern Virginia. Cuccinelli’s best bet might have been President Obama campaigning for McAuliffe, giving him a chance to slam

Obamacare. But McAuliffe—with no political experience or governing experience—seemed to have grown during the course of the campaign. He actually seemed to enjoy campaigning, a sharp contrast to Cuccinelli and his ads. The last image of the last ad for his campaign had a grim, unsmiling Cuccinelli walking toward the cameras. He might as well have said, “Vote for me, or I’ll arrest you.” The odd part of the campaign was that neither candidate ever described himself or was described as a Democrat or Republican. Cuccinelli is a conservative, who was painted with the tar brush of the folks considered responsible for shutting down the government, our friends the Teaists, while McAuliffe was generally looked at as a liberal. Could this be the end of the party system as we know it? Doubt it. There was another so-called race going on in New Jersey where Gov. Chris Christie was expected to win re-election over Democrat Barbara Buono by a hefty margin. Buono said that she was not running for president but that Christie is. Duh. Christie is so popular about the only thing that could derail him is an encounter with a lemon meringue pie. Hmm, make that a Key lime pie.★

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bout 25 years ago, a popping noise arose outside our office. Then everything went dark. The door next to ours slammed. Our neighbor, a giant of a man, ran outside screaming, “What the *#!@% happened?” At the time, the region was engaged in a heated debate about turning on a nuclear power plant. Fresh in everyone’s mind was the Chernobyl disaster only a year earlier in the Soviet Union and partial meltdown at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania eight years earlier. The power company argued that nuclear power was safe, cheap, and nothing would ever go wrong. Opponents argued that nuclear disasters happen and take decades to recover from. Turns out a squirrel got into the underground electric lines, bit a wire, fried itself and our computer, prompting my visit to city council to suggest that things happen with power companies. Today, my most vivid memory is of my neighbor’s plaintive bellow that echoed for miles around, not of the cost and aggravation of losing our computer. He, too, lost his computer and hours of work. But neither of us closed our businesses over computer miseries.

The Affordable Care Act has serious computer problems, but when fixed, they will be forgotten. Few people recall the computer problems in 2006 with the start of Medicare Part D drug coverage for seniors. Pharmacies offered free guidance and had a steady stream of patients for months. Today, very few seek assistance and government computers work just fine. In 2006, no one suggested repealing or delaying President Bush’s Part D plan which cost $1 trillion, hundreds of billions more than the ACA. Part D had no offsetting cost savings like the ACA has and uses private health insurance companies. Ironies surround Obamacare. When it’s called the Affordable Care Act, rather than Obamacare – they are the same – people like it. Another irony is that the ACA was the Republican’s private market response to President Clinton’s government-sponsored healthcare plan 20 years ago. Mitt Romney extolled the virtues of how Massachusetts used Medicaid funds to buy health insurance for the uninsured with no change in cost and better results. He expected it to pave his way to the White House until PUBLISHER

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Zengo Cycle Comes to Logan Circle Zengo Cycle, an indoor cycling concept based in Bethesda, Md., is expanding in the D.C. metro area with a new 1,900 square foot studio in the Logan Circle neighborhood. Opening in December at 1508 14th St. NW, the location marks the beginning of the concept’s regional expansion and will feature a fleet of top-of-theline Schwinn magnetic resistance bikes, a custom sound system that makes music an integral part of the experience, and a robust retail section offering an array of Zengo Cycle branded gear.

The Heights Reopens The Heights reopened following its brief renovation on Friday, Nov. 1 with new late hours featuring a late night menu with blistered shishito peppers, fried oysters, sweet & spicy popcorn and crispy chickpeas, all priced between $4-$5. The Late Nite bar and menu options will be offered on Thursdays from 10:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., and Fridays & Saturdays from 10:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. An all-night Happy Hour at the bar and in the new lounge area will occur until closing. Some of the new additions include more TVs for better game viewing, a tiered pricing on the wine list and handmade flat breads. The inside was also remodeled to create a more intimate experience. The bar will remain in the same location but the front window (which was booths/tables) will be expanded to create a lounge area. 3115 14th St NW

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Virginia’s Copper Fox Distillery Expands to Vinoteca Known for its locally-distilled single malt and rye whiskies, Virginia’s Copper Fox Distillery is expanding into the gin market with its newest product, Vir Gin, launching with a tasting party at U Street’s Vinoteca on Nov. 7. Copper Fox owner Rick Wasmund will be on-site from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., pouring complimentary tastes of the new gin, while Vinoteca’s mixologist Horus Alvarez will serve up four signature “Vir” Gin cocktails ranging from the classic Aviation to the Gin Rickey, all discounted to $7 for the evening.

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Walnut Tall Case Clock Edward Duffield (1720-1801), Philadelphia, Pa. 1765 Auction Date: Nov. 14 Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000 Freeman’s Pennsylvania Sale: Furniture and Decorative Arts features a wealth of hand-crafted American antiques from the state’s rich tradition of craft and decorative arts. This walnut tall case clock, a tour-de-force of 18th-century Philadelphia craftsmanship, was built by renowned clockmaker Edward Duffield. The clock has double scroll molded cresting with floral rosettes and center flame carved finial, two applied branch decorations above and arched face door flanked by slender fluted columns. The brass face is ornamented with leaf spandrels and a moon phased, silvered dial with Roman numerals and an outer Arabic numeral minute band.


Ray Eames Desk Chair Auction Date: Dec. 7 Potomack Company’s Modern Designer Sale will feature designer furniture from the personal collection of Charles M. Goodman (1906-1992), the pioneering Washington area modernist architect, who was the designer of National Airport, the Officers Club at Andrews Air Force Base, the WMAL studio at American University and other projects in Virginia and Maryland. The Dorothy S. Goodman Trust is offering more than 100 lots from the collection, including rare pieces by Ray Eames, Hans Wegner, Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom and other noted mid-century designers, as well as original furniture from the award-winning Alcoa Care-free Home designed by Goodman in 1957 that was a prototype for the postWorld War II affordable housing boom.


Photograph inscribed by John F. Kennedy Gelatin silver print. Auction Date: Nov. 25 Estimate: $5,000 – $7,500 Doyle’s upcoming auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Photographs features material related to President John F. Kennedy, including an image of the president taken by photographer Fred Bauman in Palm Springs on Sept. 28, 1963, inscribed to him by Kennedy. A remarkably candid photograph of President Kennedy, taken just weeks before his assassination in Dallas, the image was taken by Bauman at the Palm Springs airport upon Kennedy’s arrival. Kennedy would spend two nights resting at the home of Bing Crosby, just long enough for the picture to be seen by Kennedy on the front page of the Press-Enterprise. Secret service agent Jerry Behn, who appears in the photograph behind the president, was asked by Kennedy to call Bauman and request a copy. Bauman sent two copies, requesting that one be returned signed and proudly hung the inscribed photograph in his home for 50 years. Here the smiling Kennedy embodies the forward-looking optimism of his era and the cool of a sunny afternoon in Palm Springs in 1963.


Selling Exhibition: Les Lalanne: The Poetry of Sculpture Dates: Oct. 31 – Nov. 22 Sotheby’s selling exhibition at its New York S|2 Gallery will feature Les Lalanne: The Poetry of Sculpture, featuring works by Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, curated by Paul Kasmin and Michael Shvo. Private gallery sales will go through Nov. 22. Offering a wide range of the couple’s most iconic and sought-after works chosen by Kasmin, a long-time gallerist for the duo, and Shvo, an avid collector of the works, the gallery space will be transformed into a midnight garden and thereby evoke the surrealist sculptors’ magical world in which their life and art were intertwined since the 1960s.


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1940 Buick Phaeton automobile from “Casablanca,” Warner Bros., 1942. Limited model 81C convertible Auction Date: Nov. 25 Estimate: $450,000 – $500,000 Bonhams auction, “What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic,” in conjunction with Turner Classic movies, will feature more than 300 of the most important pieces of movie memorabilia ever to come up for auction. Iconic props, costumes, production art, original scripts, posters and ephemera from Hollywood’s biggest starts will be offered. The 1940 Buick Phaeton automobile from “Casablanca” is one of the stars of the auction, used in the final act of “Casablanca,” as Claude Rains drives the car to the airport, with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henried. Other items include the lead statuette of the Maltese Falcon from the 1941 James Stewart film of the same name, and Vivien Leigh negligée from “Gone With the Wind.”

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The National Cathedral: Echoes of the Middle Ages BY DO NNA EV E RS


hen Pierre l’Enfant drew his plan for the City of Washington, it included a “national church,” which he thought should be built on the site where the National Portrait Gallery now sits. It wasn’t until 100 years later that Congress approved a plan for the Episcopal Cathedral Foundation to proceed with fundraising and then construction, which began in 1907, to the national church that was formally named the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. They chose a high point in the city, Mount St. Albans, and even though the cathedral is the third highest structure in Washington at 301 feet, its position on a hill 400 feet above sea level makes it tower over all other structures in the city. The National Cathedral is reputed to be the sixth largest cathedral in the world. In the U.S., it is second only in size to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Like the great cathedrals of Europe, it took a long time to build: in this case, some 83 years. And, like the cathedrals of the Middle Ages, flaws were purposely built into the construction, some say as an admission on the part of the builders that only God could be perfect, a kind of mea culpa for the vanity of such a creation. Yet these intentional flaws actually served to make up for visual distortions, a device that even the builders of the great pyramids of Egypt employed. For example, the main aisle of the cathedral where it meets the cross section is tilted slightly off its axis to make up for the visual distortion that would occur if when one were to stand in the middle of the aisle and look down the long expanse. In further reference to the great medieval builders, the architects of the National Cathedral included crypt chapels in the Norman, Romanesque and Transitional style, a mixture that also occurred in the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe where construction took

so long that many changing style elements were blended in the same cathedral. When we think of these mixed styles, is natural to think of the two very different towers on the great cathedral of Chartres in France. However, that particular cathedral that we see on the site was built quickly, as medieval cathedrals go. The reason for the two different towers is because one of the original matching 12th century towers was struck by lightening some four centuries after it was built. When it was replaced, the ornate Flamboyant gothic style was all the rage, and so the new tower was very different from the other simpler Romanesque tower. Like Chartres, the great permanence that the National Cathedral represents was tried in a similar way, when the 5.8-magnitude earthquake of 2011 shook the building and caused damage that will take many years and some 26 million dollars to repair. Medieval cathedrals were compendiums of the civilization they represented, and much like Chartres, the National Cathedral is full of symbolism, both religious and artistic. Its decorations, architecture and its 200 stained glass windows can be “read” like a book. Students of Western culture will do well to add the National Cathedral to their list of art museums, as one more great place in our city to visit and learn. Donna Evers,, is the owner and broker of Evers & Co. Real Estate, the largest woman-owned and run residential real estate company in the Washington Metro area, the proprietor of historic Twin Oaks Tavern Winery in Bluemont, Va., and a devoted student of Washington history.

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first in a series of restaurant concepts


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ri Gejdenson opened Ghibellina on 14th Street last May with two things in mind. He wanted simple Tuscan food and a place ripe for social interaction. When it came to designing a space that encouraged talking with fellow diners and drinkers, Gejdenson brought in Eric Gronning and his team of architects to transform the worn down building that used to house Jazz club HR-57, and before that a Firestone tire store, to imagine his concept of a Tuscan gastro-pub – meaning “restaurant-quality food in a drinking environment,” Gejdenson said. It was an image of the tire store, taken around 1920, that Gejdenson, owner of Aqua al 2 on Capitol Hill, first found on Google after

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getting a call from Jody Greene saying that the building was available and might be just the spot for Gejdenson’s next project. The image would come in handy later in appeasing the Historic Preservation Review Board, which requires buildings to maintain their historical façade, and also give way to an open façade (when weather permits) housing some of the best seats in the restaurant, and easily the best people watching on 14th Street. The idea for Ghibellina had been percolating for years, since Gejdenson lived in Florence, when he would walk daily up and down the Via Ghibellina – he lived at one end of the street and owned an American-style diner half a block off of the other end. An industrial, rustic style sets the tone for Tuscan staples in the restaurant, now busy nightly. Gejdensen had collected pieces over the years to eventually use in such a space – he had found scones in France, antique beer taps in one of the obscure antique sites he frequents, and procured various tiles and stones leftover from other construction projects. Gejdensen showed the pieces he had collected to Gronning as they began to map out designs and discuss the overall feel. “Ari had a good understanding of what he wanted the restaurant to be, which was really helpful in the process,” Gronning said. Working with the original structure, Ari’s imports, and materials from the building, a style emerged that brought together a Tuscan country feel with a modern industrial polish. “It’s clean,

contemporary – simple white groutless stone against whitewashed brick – an new interpretation of an old idea,” said McConnell Bobo of Gronning Architects. “It’s a combination of the owner’s concept and what the building offers. I think it’s important to utilize things that are there and in this case they just kind of meshed,” Gronning said. Bobo explained that “we always think on three different scales. There’s the scale of city – how the building interacts with the neighborhood, the human scale – how people interact with the building, and lastly and most importantly, the scale of the hand – how people experience the space, the feeling it creates. The weight of the door, a door knob – how it feels in your hand.” Vital to crafting a certain feeling is how the space is divided. “We feel it’s very important to have different types of space,” Gronning said. “Through using the material and the light, we create these different views throughout the space. And we have elements that tie all these spaces together.” Gejdensen wanted the area divided 50-50 between the “gastro” and the “pub” – that is, half seated serving area, and half open space for drinking – because, if nothing else, “Americans like to throw drinking into everything,” he said. Entering the restaurant, a long oval bar in crisp white Carrera marble invites a drink while perched on one of the 1930s antique-replica steel and wood stools. At tables in the back,

mismatched metal chairs eschew formalities and make way to compact tables that hold a surprising number of dishes for sharing. Simple wooden tabletops floating on modern, dark steel bases showcase the pizza, home-made pasta, and ragu. The ragu is a direct import

“I like to create the little bit of happiness we can through hospitality.” from Ari’s days in Florence. “I always ate lunch when I was in Florence at this place called Trattoria Mario, which is just a typical family-owned Tuscan trattoria. And I always wanted to do some sort of style like that – everybody’s really close together and the food is just so simple,” Gejdenson said. Ragu was his favorite dish – “the ragu is legendary,” he said. So before opening Ghibellina, Gejdenson and his head chef, Jonathan Copeland, took a trip to Florence to train with the chefs of Trattoria Mario. “Every morning we’d wake up at 6:30 a.m. and go do prep with them. Jonathan’s an incredible chef, and my goal was, I wanted Jonathan to get how simple Tuscan food is, because I feel the majority of Italian restaurants that open here, they become sort of modern American

COVER STORY restaurants with an Italian influence. And that’s what I wanted Ghibellina not to be,” Gejdenson said. Gejdenson, a Washington, D.C., native, started his career as a restaurateur as his professional soccer career was winding down in Florence around the age of 21. “Lower division professional soccer was not going to pay the bills forever,” he figured. He had noted the absence of late-night food in Florence as a teenager coming back late from soccer games to an empty fridge in his apartment, so he opened an American-style diner. It was a hit. The thousands of American study abroad students that go to Florence every year flocked to Gejdenson’s Diner, as did the Italians, enamored with the concept of brunch. It was during this time that Gejdenson got his education, on the fly, in the restaurant business. And it was then that he learned to love the power of a great plate of food to change someone’s outlook – someone like a homesick American college student. “The first thing that really changed me and opened me up was you see these homesick kids come in and, I mean they look miserable. Like so miserable you don’t even want to be around them. And they have some blueberry pancakes and they’re just completely transformed,” Gejdenson said. That carried with him as he partnered with Stefano in neighboring Aqua al 2 and later brought Aqua al 2 to San Diego and Capitol Hill.

“I like to create the little bit of happiness we can through hospitality,” Gejdenson said. “A little booze always helps. Give them some good food – puts them in a good mood.” With food covered, Gejdenson’s second goal was to encourage people to talk to each other, bump into each other, be part of the place and the experience. Gronning proposed the oval bar, inspired by Au Petit Fer à Cheval, a bar Gronning has visited many times in Paris. “I discovered it probably 15 years ago and it’s always had an impression on me,” Gronning said. “You can sit across from someone at a bar and it makes it more communal and it really changes the energy. It’s so small you can’t help but to interact with other people.” Gejdenson loved the idea. “I’m very big into human interaction and how it’s disappearing,” Gejdenson said. In his speakeasy, Harold Black, above Aqua al 2, Gejdenson bans cell phones. “It’s all about – you’re coming here to talk to somebody else,” he said. “So, I wanted to make as many places there that sort of make you look at each other, make you talk to each other.” “And then all the tables are located really close to each other. Some people might find it a little annoying that your back, and someone else’s back, might be here,” he said, glancing backward while gesturing two diners backing their chairs into one another. “But that’s sort of the concept. It’s supposed to be a place where people meet and share.” H

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Autumn in Charlottesville BY AR I P OS T


t wo hours’ drive from the Washington area, Charlottesville, Va., is a city that was founded 250 years ago along a trade route that led from the Great Appalachian Valley to Richmond. Today, it still stands as a middle ground between natural bounty and urban vivacity, making it the ideal location to indulge in the apple-spiced luxury of the autumn and winter months. Charlottesville is a city that stands out because it indulges visitors in the surrounding area, reminding them of the beauty and richness of Virginia’s history, from the Jeffersonian erudition to the rugged, rolling hillsides and farmland. And now is the perfect time of year to settle in for a cozy Charlottesville weekend, sitting fireside at a rural inn, dining at one of their classic or contemporary restaurants, or warming up from a wintry vineyard tour in a rustic tasting room.

WINE & SPIRITS As we stand on the precipice of winter, vineyards and cideries may seem low on the list of worthy discussion topics. Now, of course, is the time where vines go dormant and production comes to a standstill until the spring. But while everyone else with the winter wonderland bug is waiting in line at the ski slopes, Charlottesville’s many wineries, cideries and breweries offer intimate afternoon getaways off the beaten path. In the seventh edition of “The World Atlas of Wine” that was recently published, authors Hugh


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Johnson and Jancis Robinson even devoted an entire section to Virginia wines, heavily focused on the Monticello and Charlottesville region. Early Mountain Vineyards is a great place to begin a Charlottesville wine tour. It is not only producing impressive wines but maintaining their historic property with a commitment to biodiversity and sustainable farming. In its lovely tasting room, ranked second place out of 220 wineries by “Virginia Wine Lover” online, visitors can warm by the fire and enjoy the views after lunch with fare from the winery’s “eat local” marketplace, featuring cheeses, charcuterie and products from local area purveyors. It also keeps a selection of the best Virginia wines from other vineyards in house along with rotating featured selections. Meanwhile, if you crave something slightly sweeter than wine, Virginia Cider Week (Nov. 15 to 24) is an upcoming event that should not be missed. In colonial America, fermented cider was the drink of choice. John Adams attributed his health and long life to a tankard of cider before breakfast, and Thomas Jefferson’s estategrown cider, made with Hewe’s Crabapples, was his “table drink.” Throughout the 19th century, growing apples and crafting cider from cider apples was an integral part of every community, and Virginia cidermakers are working hard to revive this American tradition. It is the fastest growing segment of the alcohol industry, with


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more than 60-percent category growth in 2012. And nowhere is the cider revival more evident than in Virginia wine country. Throughout the week of events throughout Virginia, there are cheese and cider workshops, opportunities to learn about what pairs well with what, and cider flights at local vineyards. And the week culminates in Charlottesville on Saturday, Nov. 23, with the second annual CiderFest at Castle Hill Cider. The all-day event includes cider tastings from a wealth of Virginia cidermakers, food from lauded local chefs, and music from Love Canon, one of Charlottesville’s most popular bands.

DINING As hinted at by the wineries, local and regional produce plays a large part in Charlottesville’s culinary scene. A handful of restaurants are spearheading this movement, delivering innovative but comforting American fare, inspired with international flavors and rooted in the surrounding farmland. Judging by its name alone, you can probably guess where The Local cultivates its culinary inspiration and resources. Since it opened in March 2008, The Local has provided a venue to showcase the abundant supply of small farmers, artisan cheese makers, breweries, distilleries and award wining vineyards in the Charlottesville area. They even support local craftsman and arti-


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sans, and much of what you see in the restaurant is fabricated locally. Try the roast Squash stuffed with Caromont goat cheese, quinoa, dried cherries and almonds over braised greens with a fresh tomato sauce, or their crispy duck breast with port wine and blackberry glaze, with a parsnip and cauliflower puree. Mas is another champion of organic, artisanal food and wine, conceived by chef Tomas Rahal as an opportunity to emphasize simple, well-handled ingredients served in a casual neighborhood setting. Featuring a contemporary tapas-style menu, their menu options this season include tender leeks slow-roasted in duck fat and saffron over housemade brioche, as well as smoked beef tongue sliced thinly, grilled on the plancha, heaped on hearth-baked bread with spicy mustard, slaw and pickles. They also have an outstanding selection of Spanish wines for unforgettable pairings. There is a gentle, serene beauty about the Virginia countryside that is perfectly tailored for those looking for an intimate but lively experience. Charlottesville is a quiet pinnacle of romance, culinary indulgence and relaxation, and now is the perfect time of year to fall into its warm and generous arms. ★


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exciting Virginia Film Festival. Tickets, $35; 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Main Street Arena, 230 W. Main St., Charlottesville, Va.


Nov. 15 to 24 Cider Week features multiple complimentary tastings and events featuring local Virginia ciders. For a complete schedule, visit Nov. 17 Hill & Holler Cider Dinner Enjoy regional dishes prepared by top local chef Amalia Scatena from Pippin Hill Vineyard. Dishes will be served dim sum style and served with Virginia cider. Live music will also be featured. Tickets at $65 and can be reserved by emailing 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Meriwether Vineyards, 1040 Owensville Road, Charlottesville, Va. Nov. 19 Cider Y’all Chef Jason Alley will cook Southern small plates paired with Foggy Ridge Cider at Pasture restaurant in Charlottesville. No entry cost. The Shops at Stonefield; 434973-2270

Nov. 20 Home Cidermaking Workshop Learn cidermaking basics from Tim Edmond of Potter’s Craft Cider and Chuck Shelton of Albemarle Ciderworks. Free workshop. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fifth Season Gardening, 900 Preston Ave., Charlottesville, Va. 434-2932332 Nov. 23 CiderFest with Love Cannon Music from Love Cannon wraps up the week with the all-day event at Castle Hill Cider. Tastings and food from area chefs will also be featured. Tickets $20; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6065 Turkey Sag Road, Keswick, Va. 434-296-0047

CARTER’S MOUNTAIN ORCHARD It’s apple season at Carter’s where you can spend a family-filled day “Picking Your Own,” buying apples from the Apple Barn or indulging at Aunt Sarah’s Bakery featuring home-made apple cider donuts, fresh-baked apple pies, apple caramel cookies and hand-dipped ice cream. The orchard also offers pumpkins and lunch foods in the Mountain Grill. Open through Dec. 1, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 to Dec. 22: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weather permitting. 575 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, Va. 434-977-1833 ★

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3000 K St. NW (One block from Georgetown AMC Loews Georgetown 14) 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.




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.

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. Now Serving Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11-3pm Reservations suggested.

1522 Wisconsin Ave. NW Captivating customers since 2003, Café Bonaparte has been dubbed the “quintessential” European café featuring award winning crepes & arguably the “best” coffee in D.C.! Other can’t miss attractions are, the famous weekend brunch every Sat. and Sun. until 3pm, our late-night weekend hours serving sweet and savory crepes until 1 a.m., Fri-Sat evenings and the alluring sounds of the Syssi & Marc jazz duo every other Wed. at 7:30pm. We look forward to calling you a “regular” soon!

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

3251 Prospect St. NW Authentic Thai food in the heart of Georgetown. 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. HAPPY HOUR 3:30PM - 6PM

1639 Wisconsin Ave. NW Established in 2013 Opened in August 2013, Pho Viet and Grille is a family owned Vietnamese style restaurant who caters primarily to Georgetown residents, students, and local business owners. Our family has over 20 years of restaurant ownership experience. Our goal is to bring homemade traditional Vietnamese dishes to Georgetown. We strive to offer Georgetown the best quality Vietnamese and authenticity with a relaxed atmosphere and ambiance. Come visit us once and you’ll be ours forever!

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1054 31st St. NW Lovers of history and seafood can always find something to tempt their palette. Overlooking the historic C&O canal, we offer fresh seafood simply prepared in a casual relaxed atmosphere. Join us for happy hour Monday – Friday from 5:00pm-7:00pm featuring $1.00 oysters and half priced drinks. Lunch Mon-Sat 11:00am-3:00pm Dinner Mon-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm Complimentary Parking (202) 337-8855

1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW Filomena is a Georgetown landmark that has endured the test of time and is now celebrating 30 years. Our old-world 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.

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1201 F St. NW Ranked one of the most popular seafood restaurants in D.C., “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. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-5pm. Dinner: Mon-Thur 5-10pm, Fri & Sat 5-11pm, Sun 5-9pm.

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Thanksgiving On the Town, Downtown BY MAR IE L OIS E A U


hanksgiving dinner is a wonderful thing, but cleaning for company, not to mention a mess in the kitchen can be a drag. This year, treat you and yours to a holiday dinner Downtown. Get your fill of wonderful flavor and family fun, but avoid the post-meal dish scrubbing. These restaurants are featuring fullfledged Thanksgiving menus. With a range of options including American, Indian, French cuisines and more, there is something for every diner to relish. Plume at the Jefferson Hotel American 1200 16th Street NW Plume was awarded five stars from Forbes Tavel Guide. Its menu utilizes fruits, vegetables and herbs from Thomas Jefferson’s gardens, appealing to the most enlightened of palates. The wine list is extensive, and the atmosphere is cozy. Capital Grille Steakhouse 601 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Capital Grill will have a Thanksgiving menu, but a la carte dinner options will still be available. Its dry aged steaks and fresh seafood are nationally renowned, and it features an award-winning wine list. Thanksgiving meals will be $36/adult and $15/child.

Bombay Club Indian 815 Connecticut Ave., NW The Bombay Club will take diners back to the old clubs of India. On Thanksgiving, one can enjoy festive specials including Malai Turkey Tikka, cranberry chutney, brussel sprout foogath, butternut squash and pumpkin brulee tart. Bistro Cacao French 320 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Bistro Cacao, a romantic blend of old and modern France, will feature a special Thanksgiving 3-course meal for $39.95/person from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Experience its historic location and new concept of modern bistro-style French cuisine. Founding Farmers American 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Founding Farmers practices a farm-to-table, eco-friendly concept, bringing diners fresh classic dinners from scratch. It will feature a special

La Taberna del Alabardero Spanish 1776 I Street, NW (Entrance on 18th St.) Entrance on 18th Street NW La Taberna del Alabardero twists the tradition take on tapas and serves healthy and organic salads as well. They invite diners to enjoy a unique Thanksgiving dining experience.

Thanksgiving menu, available Noon-8 p.m. for $35/person. Bibiana Italian 1100 New York Avenue, NW (Corner of 12th and H St) The corner of H St. and 12th Bibiana has been nominated and awarded numerous honors since its opening in 2009. Diners are invited to join Bibiana for an Italian-inspired Thanksgiving three-course menu for $48. 701 Restaurant Contemporary American 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 701, a restaurant featuring a variety of modern American dishes, combines good food with elegant atmosphere and signature cocktails. This Thanksgiving, 701 will provide modern American holiday cuisine, live jazz, and valet parking.

Decanter at St. Regis Mediterranean 923 16th Street N.W. St. Regis allows diners to relish both decadent food and exquisitely embellished architecture. Decanter’s Mediterranean cuisine is inspired by France’s Basque country as well as the French Rivera. They invite you and your family for a memorable Thanksgiving dinner. Rosa Mexicano Mexican 575 7th St. NW Rosa Mexicano has been serving classic Mexican cuisine for over twenty years. The guacamole and margaritas are famous. Rosa’s Mexican Thanksgiving feast, including Slow-Roasted Yucatan Turkey, Pumpkin Crème Brulee, and more, promises to be bountiful. ★

Cocktail of the Month JING A JING SUNSET J ODY K URA S H can hear the faint rumble of the ocean over the chill sounds of a mellow reggae beat. The cool sea breeze laps at my hair as my partner and lounge in an oversize bean bag chairs with a candle lit between us. Brightly colored paper lanterns glimmer in the dark as they hang from the large ketepeng tree. In the night I watch the glow of the moonlight as it catches the waves that slash on shore. I can smell the salt in the air and



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the feel sand between my toes as I sip on a cool cocktail. Welcome to the JAJ beach bar on located on the Double Six beach in Legian on the tranquil isle of Bali What feels like a dreamy paradise, is actually quite a simple concept. JAJ, which is short for “Jing a Jing” is not much more than a crew of three or four with a makeshift bar under the trees. The beaches of South Bali are lined with these so-called beach bars. While not bars in the standard sense, these gathering spots usually consists of a cooler or two, filled with soft drinks and beers, beach chairs, umbrellas and some Indonesians hosts, happy to entertain you with jokes, guitar melodies and magic tricks, while you soak up the sun and surf. Each little place is like a mini ”Cheers” where everyone knows your name. But JAJ has managed to take the concept a little further. They have cashed in on in on the natural beauty of Bali, postcardworthy sunset every night and the magical sea - to create a serene and blissful atmosphere. Lounge

chairs, romantic lighting, a high quality sound system and a small menu of beachy cocktails add to the island vibe. The bar opens at 4 pm, about two and half hours before sunset, and stays open until about 1 am. The main man behind the bar is Irvan Blueocean who says he has been working on the beach for more than half his life. Irvan has been a fixture here since 2000 playing guitar, renting beach chairs, giving surf lessons and mixing drinks. Whether you just want a simple tumbler of Johnny Walker, a classic mojito or a tropical creation, he will mix it up for you with a smile. Irvan and the others who man the bar call themselves “the crew of happiness.” The name of the bar itself is an acronym for happy. “Jing a jing” which is a Balinese translation of the Indonesians phrase “sik a sik “ is derived from the word, Asik, which means to enjoy yourself Most of the drinks on the cocktai; menu are fairly simple, but what makes them special is Irvan’s special mixer that he calls “jungle juice.” A secret blend of fresh tropical fruits including pineapple and sweet orange. It’s bright and crisp flavor make a refreshing tipple that mixes in harmony with the sunny setting. For me, my favorite tipple to enjoy here is a freshly-forged mojito, sans sugar. For this Irvan will grab a handful of green mint leaves from a basket and muddle them together with limes. Topped off with rum and club soda, this brisk and chilly cocktail is perfect for someone that doesn’t like sugary drinks. But if you prefer your elixirs on the sweet side, that’s no problem either, Irvan

will customize it to your taste. A popular choice is the bar’s namesake cocktail, the Jing a Jing Sunset. It is a fruity concoction of Absolute vodka, “jungle Juice”, lemon and grenadine. The combination provides a refreshing burst of flavor, reminiscent of the original tiki drinks that were made by hand, before pre-made mixes became the norm. The red grenadine, combines with bright yellow juice to form a drink with the brilliant hue of an island sundown. Ask for this drink with rum instead of vodka and the result is a cocktail similar to a Mai Tai. As the drinks and conversation flow, the Irvan dispenses tidbits of joyful advice, like “Make the world green,” “Love your life” and “It’s all good,” as he jokes with the happy bunch of fellows that gather here. Whether you chose to indulge or not, it’s hard not to leave JAJ in a better mood than you came with.

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Bringing Flights to You in the Heart of Georgetown BY SH ARI S HEF F IE L D


arrived shortly after its opening one recent Saturday eve. I was greeted warmly by the staff and encouraged to explore the newly opened space that is now Eno Wine Bar next to the Four Seasons Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. Not many patrons or guests from the Four Seasons had ambled in yet. Immediately, I noticed the warm wood décor. The classic Georgetown townhouse has been completely transformed into a sleek modern exposed brick space. Apparently the building is a great upgrade from a former jewelry store and a one-time doctor’s office. The second floor provides more seating and the center of this floor is cut into an atrium to showcase the massive “exploding barrel” sculpture suspended from the ceiling. People sitting at the bar look up into the shattered staves of a reclaimed oak wine barrel turned into art. With eight wines on tap, more than 25 wines by the glass, more than 200 bottles presently in its international cellar, with the list continually growing to 500 bottles ultimately, there’s plenty of variety at Eno. Looking at the wine menu, I was greeted by a page of cleverly named wine flights with titles like “50 Shades of Gris” and “The Other Washington.” There is also a “Cheat Sheet” in the back of the menu that describes a hand full of popular varietals and their classic characteristics to help beginner wine drinkers. What a brilliant and refreshing idea for a wine menu. Feeling assured that the wine evening was off to a good start, the first dilemma arose. Which cleverly named flight would I choose? I decided to begin with the “Float Like a Butterfly” on the recommendation of Fabienne, the most charming knife-welding Frenchwoman I have ever met. She was running the bar that night. The name of the flight suggests that the wines in it are light in style. The first in the series was a pinot noir from Biggio Hamina Cellars in Willamette, Oregon. It was pleasant and light with a slightly oily or lanolin like mouth feel. Classic pinot noir cherry flavors were there as well. As I chatted about wine with Fabienne, she deftly sliced charcuterie, cheeses and wonderfully fresh baguette and brown breads with her large knife for orders that steadily picked up as more guests flowed inside. I moved on from my “Float Like a Butterfly” flight, but the favorites of the trio were the Mondeuse from Franck Peillot in Bugey, France and the nebbiolo from Laretti. Mondeuse is not normally seen on wine lists here and it was chosen for its acidity and fruit to go with charcuterie. It expressed hints of cedar upon tasting. The Laretti Nebbiolo is from Piedmont, Italy, and Eno saved the best for last in this flight. The color is beautiful deep purple. Rose aromas abound. A simply delicious wine.

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Interior shot of Eno at Four Seasons The next flight chosen to sample was the “Jefferson’s Heirs.” This flight’s theme features medium-bodied Virginia wines. A 2011 Cabernet Franc from Tarara Winery in Leesburg started off the line up. It encompasses all the best qualities of cabernet franc (soft tannins, understated finesse, red and black fruit flavors). It also has a bonus-a hint of mocha. Second favorite wine in the flight was the 2009 Lovingston, a merlot based blend. It tastes rustic with a mixture of blackberry notes and hint of tobacco. A pesky fruit fly tried to share this wine with me and seemed to enjoy it, too. Third was the Sangiovese Reserve from Barboursville Vineyards in Monticello, Va. This classic Italian varietal is done well at Barboursville. It has a pleasant “dusty” (think smoky) cherry nose and red fruit flavors with soft tannin. The final wine flight was “The Other Washington.” This flight was the fullest bodied of the red wine flights. The wines hail from Washington State. They are made exclusively for Eno by Dusted Valley Winery. The flight is comprised of a cabernet sauvignon, a Rhone-styled blend dominated by grenache and a merlot based Bordeaux styled blend called Columbeaux. Fabienne encouraged me to stay for small plates, featuring brioche grilled cheese sandwiches with duck confit and deviled eggs. And I was tempted by the extensive cheese and bruschetta flights. Everything on the menu looked so equally tempting, I could not narrow down the choices. But when you go be sure: 1) NOT to skip out on the Chocolate Flight and pair it with “Three Kings” dessert wine flight, featuring sherry and Madeira, 2) sit at the bar and gaze up at the “Exploding Barrel” and 3) tell Fabienne I sent you. Enjoy. Cheers! ★

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Two to catch at Signature—Christine Lahti, who first gained attention by stealing the movie “Swing Shift” right out from under star Goldie Hawn back in the day, is starring in the world premiere production of “Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill”, a drama about suburban secrets by hot new playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo of “Really, Really” fame at Signature Theater through December. Just to know you’re in good hands, Michael Kahn, the Shakespere Theatre Company Artistic Director, is directing. Also at Signature through November 24 is the first of three world premiere musicals. In “Crossings”, a train station platform becomes a meeting place across time and space. Music and lyrics by Matt Conner and book by Grace Barnes, directed by Signature artistic director Eric Schaeffer.

It’s “Appropriate” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre—Woolly Mammoth Theatre , the city’s always cool, never-too-old cutting edge theatre is presenting the East DCoast premiere of “Appropriate”, a comic drama by Washingtonian Branden Jacobs-Jekiins, directed by Liesl Tommy. It’s a sharp-eyed, sharptongued look at what lies beneath a Souther families’ secrets. Through Dec. 1. Star-Crossed Lovers—“Love in Afghanistan”, playwright Charles Randolph Wright’s new play about what happens when a hip hop star entertaining troops in Afghanistan, meets a young AFghanistani enterpreter committed to the fraught-with-danger cause of helping her country’s women. Through Nov. 17. An Argument—“The Argument”, a newly commissioned 2013 edition of Alexandra Gersten Vassilaro’s relationship drama is now at Theater J through Nov. 24.



From South Africa—“Mies Julie,” an adaptation by Yael Farber for the South African State Theatre of Strindberg’s “Miss Julie” 14 years after Apartheid makes its Washington debut at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre Nov. 9 to 24.

Lynn Redgrave by way of Kathleen Chalfant—“Shakespeare For My Father,” a one-woman play written by the late actress Lynn Redgrave about her Shakespearean actor father Michael, will receive a staged reading at the Folger Theatre Nov. 11, in conjunction with the Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University.


‘If/Then’ and Steve Traxler BY GARY T IS CHL ER


hese are heady days for the venerable National Theater. The oldest theater in town is looking better than it has in a long time, and it’s full of energy. Sporting a physical makeover done this summer, the National is the site for something that hasn’t happened there in years, a pre-Broadway tryout run of a new musical, “If/Then,” a show with some giants talents involved, on stage and off. Not only that, but the National is having its first season subscription series in many years, a full slate of shows going well into next year. In fact, a run (Dec. 25-29) of “Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess” will follow “If/Then” during the Christmas season. All of this makes it an exciting time for Steve Traxler, co-founder of Jam Theatricals, based in Chicago, which, along with SMG of Philadelphia is the National Theater Group’s new programming team. “We’re just glad have “If/Then” here. We’re really excited about it, because there’s so many really terrific, talented people involved in it, it’s a brand new show, headed for Broadway,” said Traxler, a veteran producer of Broadway shows, both musicals and dramas. “David Stone—he did such a great job with guiding ‘Next to Normal’—is the producer and he was looking to be in Washington, and so we are honored and lucky to have the show. Is there risk in doing something new? Sure, there’s always risk when you get involved in any show, on Broadway, in music, anything. But you can’t do anything that’s really excellent without taking a risk. That’s what I believe.” In addition to producer David Stone, famous for guiding the off-beat contemporary musical “Next to Normal” (“If/Then” also has a contemporary setting) through a process that led through Arena Stage and eventual Broadway

success, was also one of the producers of “Wicked,” a mega-hit which is still running on Broadway and on the road. Not coincidentally, there are a lot of people involved in “If/When” that know each other, including composer Tom Kitt and lyricist Brian Yorkey, as well as director Michael Greif (Signature’s “Angels in America”) who were the creative masters of “Next To Normal”. The star is Idina Menzel, the woman with the incredible beautiful and rangy voice who starred as Elphaba, the green witch of “Wicked,” a role which got her a Tony. Menzel plays a woman making choices in her life, looking for a second chance. She’s reunited with Anthony Rapp, with whom she appeared in “Rent.” “If/ Then” also features LaChanze, who won a Tony Award for Celie in “The Color Purple.” Pre-Broadway runs were once a staple at the National Theatre. “The National just has this amazing history, which is so appealing to me, personally,” Traxler said. “It’s Washington’s oldest theater, and, programming wise, certainly, we aim to restore it to its old standing as a place for new works, great shows and plays and performances, as well as special events.” The first subscription season includes Green Day’s “American Idiot” in February, a return of “West Side Story”, as well as “Stomp”, “Mamma Mia”, Hal Holbrook still doing “Mark Twain Tonight”, and “Blue Man Group.” Talking with Traxler, you realize he loves theater, shows, the stuff on stage, the people that do it, write it, sing it, act it. He’s what you might call a careful enthusiast, somewhat like his mother, a movie buff. He and his Jam Theatricals got into theater in the 1990s, and in 2002, he turned to producing.. Before that he had worked with an aging Frank Sinatra to put on his last performance in Chicago. “That was an experience I’ll never forget,” he said. “The man was a true professional.” Jam Theatricals and its principals have won six Tonys: for “Spamalot,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “The History Boys,” “August: Osage County,” “Hair” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” Traxler was also one of four producers

on “August: Osage County,” the harrowing, hit family play. The film version—for which he’s also listed as a producer with Harvey Weinstein—opens this Christmas. “Weird, I mean it’s not exactly holiday stuff, but it’s Oscar time, you know,” he said. It just might do pretty well, given a cast that includes Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

A new and restless “Sleeping Beauty”— Cutting edge and powerhouse British choreographer Matthew Bourne returns to the Kennedy Center with his company New Adventures to the Opera House for his distinctive and haunting version of “Sleeping Beauty,” a gothic, supernatural love story fitting for the times. Nov. 12 to 17.

And now: “I just got into town,” he said. “We’re really excited about this being here at the National.” (“If/Then” will run at the Naitonal Theatre through Dec. 8 and is scheduled to have its Broadway opening at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in the spring of 2014 on March 27.) H

One of Our Favorite Things: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical about Anna and the King of Siam, “The King and I” gets a staging fit for the holidays at the Olney Theatre Center Nov. 14 to Dec. 29. Starring Paolo Montalban as the King and Eileen Ward as Anna, directed by Mark Waldrop. A True Family Saga at Studio, “The Apple Family Plays” by Richard Nelson consist of two plays, “That Hopey Changing Thing” and “Sweet and Sad,” which will play in repertory at the Studio Theater Nov. 13 to Dec. 29, directed by Serge Seiden and with a cast of stellar Washington players, including Jeremy Webb, Kimberly Schraf, Sarah Marshall, Ted van Grithuysen, Elizabeth Pierotti and Rick Foucheux.



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Women of Vision:

National Geographic Photographers on Assignment BY AR I P OS T


he best photographers are great storytellers. Behind their camera, they must capture moments of utmost brevity, where time and place, lightness and dark, character and environment cross paths at a seamless and transitory juncture. Among cacophonous crowds, deeply sensitive natural or human circumstances, unfamiliar territory and unpredictable situations, photographers integrate with their surroundings and pluck the defining moments left dangling in time and place right out of the atmosphere with the click of a button. To use a profoundly ridiculous metaphor (which is often the best way to think about things), the hair-trigger accuracy and rigorous focus required of a photojournalist on assignment is comparable to a marksman hitting only small red clay pigeons while multiple flying targets of every size and color are coming at him from every direction, while he is walking through a noisy, crowded plaza and answering questions from every curious bystander asking him the purpose of what he is doing. From this chaos, photojournalists, like those who work for the National Geographic Society, bring us memorable stories from around the world full of stunning insights and surprises that could often never be expressed with words. Another truly remarkable thing about photography is its neutralizing effect on authorship. You cannot look at a photograph and tell whether it was taken by a woman or a man—you cannot discern the color of the photographer’s skin, their age, background or religion. All you can know and appraise is the image, and that effect is a refreshing and admirable lens to the world.

“Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment,” on view at the National Geographic Museum through March 9, offers audiences a collection of photographs by a new generation of female photojournalists who approach their subjects with a passion and compassion that lives in each image. The exhibit features the work of eleven photographers, and though the subject matter could not be more varied, it is woven together by the marvel of visual storytelling that has come to define National Geographic’s unprecedented legacy. Among the photographers featured, many have managed to penetrate aspects of society that a male photographer could never access. Stephanie Sinclair spent years working on assignment in Iraq and Lebanon, bringing attention to gender and human rights issues, especially the emotional and physical abuse faced by young girls in many societies in this region. Images from her decade-long project on child marriage, “Too Young to Wed,” some on view in this exhibit, have been shown at the United Nations and garnered multiple awards. Her exploration of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is also eye opening, as she explored the female perspective of polygamous households and the unique relationships involved therein. Similarly, Lynsey Addario’s series on women in Afghanistan are deeply moving, from female police officers at target practice, some of whom joined the force after losing their husband in service, to a young girl who tried to burn herself alive to escape her potential future of abusive marriage, poverty and the stress of war.

Tappin’ Through Life---Legendary Broadway and stage performer, jazz singer, dancer and actor Maurice Hines will star in the jazzy, high-stepping journey of his own life, featuring the Manzari Brothers, running Nov. 15 to Dec. 29.

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Kitra Cahana has done unique work exploring the often journalistically neglected culture of women in society, even here in the United States. Her portrait of a teenage girl in Austin, Texas offers an intimate glimpse into the isolation of a young woman’s growing pains, even among the starry, warm lights of her bustling cultural metropolis. From the elegant landscapes of the Mongolian steppes and American West to war torn battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, from the last great

wildernesses of Africa to the lives of people from the Arctic to the Jersey Shore, the stories these photographers tell explore modern realities and what it means to be human in the 21st Century. With more than 100 images and multimedia, this exhibition profiles the lives and work of these important photojournalists. As an audience we marvel at the mystery in the everyday and recognize the dearly familiar in the remotest places. Their images live beyond the page and transform the world we know. ★


Christmas in Twelve Days—“The Twelve Days of Christmas,” directed by Michael Dove, and based on the traditional holiday song by Renee Calarco will be the Christmas production at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park Nov. 15 to Dec. 30.


HOT HITS & HIDDEN JEWELS MUSIC Mavis Staples. Nov 8. AIR Mentor: Cathy Fink with Brad Kolodner & Amadou Kouyate. Nov 6. Strathmore. 301-581-5100. NSO: John Storgrds, conductor / Sol Gabetta. Nov 7-Nov 9. Neeme Jrvi, conductor. Nov 14-Nov 16. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Anoushka Shankar. Nov 15. Arab Idols Featuring Mohammad Assaf, Farah Youssef & Ziad Khoury. Nov 17. GW Lisner Auditorium. 202-994-6800. Sphinx Virtuosi. Nov 7. Verdi Requiem. Nov 10. Kit Armstrong, piano. Nov 16. WPAS. Kennedy Center. 202-833-9800. Washington Symphonic Brass. Nov 17. GMU Center for the Arts. 888-945-2468.

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty--New Adventures Nov 12-Nov 17. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Renowned British choreographer Matthew Bourne returns with his latest re-imagining of a ballet classic. Danced by his company, this haunting new production is a gothic romance; a supernatural love story that even the passage of time cannot hinder. Appropriate Nov 6-Dec 1. Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins returns to his hometown, Washington, DC, with a production that appropriates a classic trope--the great white family drama--to brilliantly subvert our assumptions, and challenge us to re-consider our own histories and souls. Taj Mahal Nov 15. GMU Center for the Arts. 888-945-2468. Travel the musical globe with the legendary Taj Mahal as he takes the stage along with some friends and family to perform an evening of soulful, blues-based, world music. Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd. Thru Mar 9. Corcoran Gallery of Art. 202-639-1700. For ten years, Los Angeles artist Alex Prager has staged imaginary scenes for her camera--dream worlds in Technicolor, rife with tension and melodramatic fictions. Face in the Crowd, Prager’s first solo museum show in the United States, presents her latest body of work by the same title.

THEATER Sister Act. Thru Nov 10. Shear Madness. Thru Jan 31. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Romeo and Juliet. Thru Dec 1. Folger Theatre. 202-544-7077. The Night Watcher. Thru Nov 17. Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300. The Woman in Black. Thru Nov 30. Keegan Theatre. 703-892-0202. The Argument. Thru Nov 24. Theater J. 800-494-8497. Cabaret Macabre. Thru Nov 10. Round House Silver Spring. 240-644-1100. The Twelve Days Of Christmas. Nov 15-Dec 30. Adventure Theatre MTC. 301-634-2270. Molire Impromptu. Nov 8-Nov 16. Clarice Smith. 301-405-2787.

Melissa Errico. Nov 9. Lisa Marie Presley. Nov 15. Austin Lounge Lizards. Nov 16. The Barns at Wolf Trap. 877-965-3872. Raffi Besalyan, piano. Nov 8. The Embassy Series. Embassy of Armenia. 202-625-2361.

Colored Paper Images. Thru Dec 1. In the Tower: Kerry James Marshall. Thru Dec 7. Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press. Thru Jan 5. 202-737-4215. National Geographic. Lions, Tigers, and Bears. Thru Feb 2. Women of Vision. Thru Mar 9. One Cubic Foot. Thru Mar 31. A New Age of Exploration. Thru Jun 8. 202-857-7000. Museum of Women in the Arts. American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960’s. Thru Nov 10. Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger. Thru Nov 10. 202-783-5000. The Phillips Collection. Van Gogh Repetitions. Thru Jan 26. Duncan Phillips and New York Collections. Thru Feb 28. 202-387-2151. Folger Shakespeare Library. Here Is A Play Fitted. Thru Jan 12. Kreeger Museum. Mindy Weisel: Not Neutral. Thru Dec 28. 202-337-3050. Ford’s Theatre. Not Alone: The Power of Response. Thru Dec 8. 202-347-4833.

DANCE Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango. Nov 7. Strathmore. 301-581-5100. The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Nov 6-Nov 10. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Parsons Dance. Nov 9. GMU Center for the Arts. 888-945-2468. Fuego Flamenco IX: Aparicio Dance Company. Nov 8-Nov 10. Templanza. Nov 14-Nov 17. GALA Hispanic Theatre. 202-234-7174.


The King and I. Nov 14-Dec 29. Olney Theatre. 301-924-3400.

Corcoran Gallery of Art. American Journeys - Visions of Place. Thru Sep 21. 202-639-1700.

Crossing. Thru Nov 24. Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill. Thru Dec 8. Signature Theatre. 703-820-9771.

National Archives. Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage. Thru Jan 5. 202-357-5000.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company. Nov 9. Artisphere. 888-841-2787.

National Gallery of Art. Ellsworth Kelly:

Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd Image supplied by Corcoran Gallery of Art

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS Artisphere. Dave Beck: Logjam. Thru Jan 5. The Imaginary App. Thru Jan 5. Emily Francisco: May I Have The Piano Delivered To You?. Thru Jan 12. 703-875-1100. Fisher Art Gallery. Anne Bouie: Sacred Earth, Healing Water, 3-D Mixed Media. Thru Nov 11. 703-534-5726. ★

International Festival of Hispanic Theater. Thru Nov 17. Teatro de la Luna. Gunston. 703-548-3092.

Discover the DC Arts Scene with

36 Views. Thru Nov 24. Constellation Theatre Company. Source Theatre. 202-204-7741.

the Culture Capital Arts Guide at

Shakespeare’s King John. Thru Nov 24. WSC Avant Bard. Theatre on the Run. 703-418-4808.

Inventing Van Gogh. Thru Nov 24. Washington Stage Guild. Undercroft Theatre. 240-582-0050.

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Salutes to Admiral McRaven, Marlene Dietrich at OSS Gala RO BERT DEVANEY The OSS Society awarded Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations, the mastermind behind the raid to get Osama bin Laden, its highest honor at the annual William J. Donovan Award Dinner Oct. 26 at the Ritz-Carlton in the West End. Among the nine toasts before dinner, there was applause for Ernest Hemingway, who drove into Paris with OSS forces in 1944, as well as for Marlene Dietrich, whose recordings were broadcast to the enemy during World War II. Dietrich’s only child Maria Riva was on hand to salute her along with a swing band in a musical tribute. Riva recalled fleeing France before the Nazi invasion: "America's freedom is never more apparent than when you flee and need her to house you." Closer to home, the night’s menu was inspired by Julia Child who worked for the OSS and lived briefly in Georgetown.

Maria Riva, daughter of Marlene Dietrich, gave a heartfelt speech that moved the entire room. The OSS Society paid tribute to singer and actress Marlene Dietrich for her work in World War II.

OSS Society honoree Adm. William McRaven with his wife Georgeann.

Farewell Reception for the Ambassador of Monaco


Ambassador of Monaco Gilles Noghès and Ellen Noghès will “migrate” to “Clair de Loon” in her native Michigan in December. On Nov. 1, Bonnie McElveen Hunter hosted a cocktail buffet to bid them a fond farewell. Guests were treated to a special performance by Soloman Howard, a young bass accompanied by Kevin Miller. Howard was a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist and made his Carnegie Hall debut earlier in the week.

Gen. Donovan's special assistant Fisher Howe with Jill Spalding, whose father was in the OSS

Look for these articles at ★ de Pizan Honors ★ 2013 Points of Light Tribute Awards ★ 2013 D.C .Vote Champions of Democracy Awards Gala ★ Washington Women and Wine’s 50th Anniversary Celebration ★ LUNGevity Foundation Musical Celebration of Hope Gala ★ MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Gala Victory Awards ★ In Honor of Luce Churchill

Ambassador of Monaco Gilles Noghès, Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Soloman Howard, Ellen Noghès, Kevin Miller


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3 Murders at Evermay Estate?

Innocents at Risk Reception

By Robert Devaney

By Mary Bird

Night Nouveau was presented by the S&R Foundation at historic Evermay Estate Nov. 2. Guests could solve a three-murder mystery or just enjoy the house and gardens and sample whiskey and specialty cocktails and along with great food. The evening ended with a silent disco in the ballroom to music provided by Heist deejay, Chuck Koch. The mystery was planned by Joshua Morgan of No Rules Theater.

Suellen and Melvyn Estrin hosted a cocktail reception at their home Oct. 24 to support and join the fight Innocents at Risk is waging against child trafficking. The hostess spoke of the “magnitude and inhumanity of child trafficking.” Deborah Sigmund founded the not-for-profit in 2005 to protect women and children by raising public awareness of the issue which goes under reported and is a $32-billion industry worldwide.

Joanna and John Driggs with Irwin Edlavitch.

Detective James Flanagan and S&R Foundation chief operating officer Katherine Goodall; Laura Harris is the "dead body."


Davis Camalier, Elayne Bennett and Janet Phillip

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Anastasia Dellaccio and Fran Holuba enjoy the silent disco.

The Smithsonian Women’s Committee produced the Craft2Wear show and sale of wearable art at the National Building Museum Oct. 25 to 27. The Advance Chance Party gave an early glimpse of the clothing, jewelry and accessories for women and men showcased by 50 exhibitors previously juried into Smithsonian Craft Shows. Carolyn L. E. Benesh, co-editor of Ornament Magazine, served as honorary chair.

Jimmy Yeh of Louis Vuitton and his wife Isabelle Brochard.

Photos courtesy of Ben Powell Debra Kraft and concert singer Rosa Lamoreaux

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