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UP & COMING TEDx Bethesda Women One day, 12 speakers—and countless ideas worth spreading. TEDx Bethesda Women comes to Imagination Stage, bringing with it the spirit of the renowned TED conference and TED Talks series. The lineup is a Who’s Who of D.C.-area leaders with shared goals: to move attendees with visionary concepts and inspire them with an intellectual adventure. Tickets are $100. For details, visit tedxbethesdawomen.com. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Md.
CURIO Panel Discussion In conjunction with the exhibition CURIO, Heiner Contemporary presents a panel discussion on the contemporary status of still-life and collecting led by local artist Christine Gray. The talk, at 11 a.m., also features artists Esther Ruiz, Sue Johnson and Caitlin Teal Price. For details, visit www.heinercontemporary.com. 1675 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
Holiday Wreath Workshop Create your own holiday wreath from a variety of plant materials direct from the Tudor Place garden. Cedar boughs, magnolia leaves, berry-laden holly, pinecones and boxwood offer opportunities for distinctive wreaths. All wreaths are medium-sized and all materials are provided. For details, visit www.tudorplace.org/calendar.html. 1644 31st St., NW.
A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent Modeled after the famed service held each year at King’s College, Cambridge, this festive liturgy, sung by the Redeemer’s Adult and Youth Choirs with guest conductor Dr. Benjamin Hutchens, includes works by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Stanford Scriven, Richard Shephard and Charles Wood. Reception to follow. For details, visit www.redeemerbethesda.org. 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda, Md.
Christmas in Middleburg 2013 Come and get into the joyful spirit of the holidays in Virginia’s beautiful horse country as the Town of Middleburg celebrates Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 7. The event is open to the public. For details, visit www.christmasinmiddleburg.org. Washington St. (Rt. 50), Middleburg, Va.
James Hilleary at the Heurich Gallery The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties opens an exhibition of paintings by Marylandbased artist James Hilleary. Hilleary frequently is considered part of the Washington Color School movement that dominated the D.C. art community beginning in the late 1950s. For details, visit www.efronart.com. 505 Ninth St., NW.
“The Joy of Christmas” by the Cathedral Choral Society Get into the holiday spirit when the Cathedral Choral Society, the resident symphonic chorus of the Washington National Cathedral, presents “The Joy of Christmas.” This year’s performance combines traditional carols with new musical discoveries. Complimentary parking is available in the Cathedral’s underground parking garage. Tickets are $15 to $73. For details, visit www.cathedralchoralsociety. org. 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW. Holidays Through History Celebrate the holidays at Tudor Place, Dumbarton House, Woodrow Wilson House and Anderson House. Stroll through the four mansions and delight in their holiday ambience and festive decorations, interpreting traditional holiday celebrations from the Federal period through the Gilded Age. At Tudor Place, children create their own holiday cards in an art workshop led by Artist-in-Residence Peter Waddell. Shuttle bus transportation is provided between sites. Tickets are $10-16. For details, visit www.tudorplace.org/calendar. html. 1644 31st St., NW.
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Brass join the Thomas Circle Singers to perform a family-friendly, uplifting program of holiday music with organ, harp and percussion. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, with a $5 discount for students and seniors. For details, visit thomascirclesingers.org. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave., NW.
“An Enchanted Christmas” by Choral Arts The Choral Arts Society’s holiday concert and carol sing-along warms hearts with nostalgic memories of Christmases past, renewing the hope of the season. This year’s concert is enhanced by the cherubic voices of the Children’s Chorus of Washington. Tickets are $15-75. For details, visit www. choralarts.org. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St., NW.
Gingerbread Storytime at Tudor Place Children participate in an interactive readaloud and detective hunt through the historic mansion. After the hunt, children decorate their own gingerbread cookies to take home. Tickets are $8 per child for members and $10 per child for nonmembers, with free admission for adult chaperones. For details, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/gingerbread-storytime-tickets-7261369953. 1644 31st St., NW.
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Councilmember Tommy Wells, who chairs the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, responded to a Fleet Audit Report released by the District’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services by calling for an oversight hearing on Dec. 4. Wells said the audit showed there is not an accountable system to ensure that our fleet is repaired, accounted for and replaced. “The administration has recently procured new ambulances, but this report does not give me confidence that they have a system to manage and maintain the new or old vehicles, or to know when they will need to buy more,” Wells said. The audit report shows it took D.C. 20 times longer to repair vehicles than other similar jurisdictions and cities. There are only 369 vehicles in the fire and emergency fleet, while MPD has over 1,600 vehicles that they have been able to track and maintain in a timely and cost efficient manner. Ticketing on H ST “The audit provides an oversight baseline to ensure that the Administration is replacing, Parking on H Street just got a little trickier repairing and maintaining the equipment in a with the District announcing that cars will be responsible way for the citizens of DC,” Wells ticketed on or within a streetcar guide-way or said. “The city needs a radical restructuring in adjacent streetcar platform. Cars could also be the way they manage the fleet, and I look for- towed. The streetcar guide-way is defined as the ward to hearing the Administration’s plans and area where streetcars operate, including the conideas at my oversight hearing next week.” crete track slab the tracks rest on. Streetcar vehicles will be on the H Street/Benning Road Cor-
ridor soon to test and train for passenger service. Cars parked outside of the lines, including illegally double-parked vehicles, will impede the streetcar, delay service along the line and (we are warned) result in a ticket and/or tow for your vehicle. Real ticketing starts in December.
Supercans Come to the District Supercans – 64-gallon recycling bins – will be distributed to 75,000 residents who receive oncea-week trash collection in 2014. Mayor Vincent Gray made the announcement at a press conference attended by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, who chairs the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, and Kenyan McDuffie, chair of the Committee on Government Operations. Gray’s office had received feedback that the 32-gallon bins were too small. Mayor Gray noted that by increasing capacity for residents to recycle, the District takes a significant step toward achieving the Sustainable D.C. Plan’s target of diverting 80 percent of the waste stream through recycling, composting and waste conversion. Residents who get twice-a-week collection will get 48-gal-
lon bins, which will be delivered in the spring to 105,000 households by July. More than 10 years have passed since the District’s supply of Supercans was refreshed.
Zipcars Can Park in Metered Spaces Zipcar drivers can park cars in any metered space or Residential Parking Permit zone in D.C. at no additional cost. Zipcar has updated its fleet of 850 vehicles with these new parking permits, which allows drivers to park anywhere for free. As always, a Zipcar must be returned to its home location at the end of a reservation. "We see car sharing as providing a critical component of our multi-modal system that helps District residents reduce personal car ownership while not sacrificing mobility," associate director for Policy, Planning & Sustainability Sam Zimbabwe said in a statement. "This new program will help ease long-term parking challenges in the most congested neighborhoods."
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The Mayor’s Race Is Now Ready Although the race for the Democratic Party nomination for Mayor of the District of Columbia seems to have been going on for some time now, with several high-profile candidates from the District Council and one from the restaurant field running hard, there was always something incomplete about the whole thing, as if something or someone were missing. That would be incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray, over whom hung and still hangs an investigative cloud by the Feds about his 2010 campaign, said cloud apparently preventing him from committing to make a re-election run. Nevertheless, here, there and lately, Gray dropped hints like breadcrumbs for squirrely political reporters—and met very, very privately with a few neighborhood leaders around the city, seeking their advice. Well, things are a lot clearer today. Mayor Vincent Gray has decided to run for re-election. In doing so has changed the game so much that one can truly say: let the games begin. Gray made the announcement in a Dec. 2 letter, which basically said he had a pretty good record to run on, ignored his potential legal problems, asked everyone to join in and wished everyone a Merry Christmas. News4 reporter Tom Sherwood, a long-time, sage observer of D.C. politics, going back to the Barry years, broke the news. Cornered by the press at last, Gray continued to refuse to deal with the ongoing federal investigation into his 2010 campaign. The investigations involve, among other things, an alleged shadow campaign by financier Jeffrey Thompson which reportedly raise more than $500,000 in unreported
funds. Several Gray aides from that campaign have been indicted or have pleaded guilty to felony charges. U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen has said the investigation is continuing. Asked again about the investigation and the impact it had and might have, Gray said, “We’re trying to look ahead. … I didn’t do anything.” Tommy Wells, who is the District Councilmember for Ward 6 and running for mayor, obviously thinks he did. In a strongly worded statement, Wells said, “Vince Gray was elected under false pretenses and doesn’t deserve a second chance because he ran a corrupt campaign. I’ve known Vince Gray for years, and I’m disappointed he let me down and everyone in D.C. down.” Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, also running for mayor and the first candidate to announce a mayoral run, addressed the issue of the investigation and the mayor, although in less stringent terms. “Gray will have to end his silence and answer the many legal questions about his 2010 campaign,” she said. Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans is running for the second time to become mayor in his long political career. At this writing, he has made no official statement on Gray’s status. Likewise, neither has at-large councilmember Vincent Orange, also making his second mayoral run. For sure, Gray’s entry into the race casts a different light on the campaign. He has to collect enough signatures to qualify but that should not be a problem. He remains— cloud or no cloud—a formidable candidate with a successful record of accomplishment to run on. But ethics in this city remain a
critical issue, and the gap between rich and poor has widened considerably during his tenure. Economic, class, cultural and racial divides remain in a fast-changing city, the demographics of which are changing dramatically. It’s quite possible that some candidates—restaurateur Andy Shallal and perhaps councilman Orange—entered the race on the premise that Gray was not going to run. Now, that situation has changed and dramatically so. Still, Gray is hardly a shoo-in simply because he is mayor. Whatever accomplishments he can tout, he remains a mayor subject to the possibility of further revelations about his 2010 campaign. The silence he has kept about that campaign is troubling, over and above the “I’m silent on the advice of my attorney” reason. And that campaign will become a topic in every candidate forum that Gray attends. Now, it’s truly a question not only of the truth about the campaign but one of politics. And for his opponents that topic is now squarely on the table. On the flip side, education and the schools seem to be improving. The city is prosperous and is being celebrated by many as becoming a “world-class” city. Crime is down, and Walmart is coming. Cranes dot the city’s skyline. Gray can take a good deal of credit for that. But “I didn’t do anything” doesn’t make for much of a campaign slogan. The Democratic primary election is April 1, which is also April Fools’ Day. Absolutely stay tuned.★
Jack Evans Report: Be Thankful Every Day BY JACK EVANS
always enjoy the holiday season. Last week, I attended a number of Thanksgiving gatherings both in the Wilson Building and around the city. I think this is a good time to focus on gratitude for what we have and to engage in service to those in need. For example, one event I really enjoy is the Feast of Sharing at the Convention Center. This event is a great way to help someone in need during the holidays. I joined fellow community members and the Salvation Army in preparing and serving a festive Thanksgiving meal to over 4,000 D.C. residents. There are typically two separate prep shifts that volunteers can sign up for, morning and afternoon, so you may want to consider adding this event to your calendar in future years. Volunteers help our local chefs prepare the meal and assist in setting up the event venue. My office participated in the Council’s nonperishable food drive and we were excited to collect the most canned goods of any office in the building. (Well, technically speaking, Phil Mendelson’s office is claiming victory. But since his staff includes the Committee of the Whole and has about 30 people versus my eight, I think we can claim our share.) On a more serious note, it is always a satisfying feeling to give to families in need. This is another thing I always look forward to doing every year. Let me end on this note: While Thanksgiving is but one day of the year, I have to say I am truly thankful every day. Thankful for my family and friends. Thankful for my colleagues and staff. Thankful to have the opportunity to make a difference every day in what I do. So, don’t let the holiday season go by without a little reflection—and hopefully a nice meal with family and friends, too! ★
It’s the Holdays: Simple Joys at Home and the City BY GARY T IS CHL ER
We used to think of the “The Holidays” as encompassing perhaps what we could call the advent period, those days leading up to the celebration of Christmas and running into New Years and the extension of the college football season and bowl games. These days, in this town, in our town, it seemed to me that holidays have become cyclical—the media outburst—we contributed to it— on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK seemed to fold itself into the holidays, if not the holiday spirit, because of its commemorative and ceremonial aspects. You started thinking in those days about the coming holidays, about birthdays, about time and reunions and remembering, which is as much a part of “The Holidays” as turkeys, family
get togethers, punch and finding a gift-wrapped car in your driveway, snow on the ground, sleighs and thousands of frequent flyers in the air, and the faint odor of ongoing local, state, country and world affairs bearing both hope and the scent and sense of unreality. Maybe it was my birthday falls in December, maybe it was the nuttiness about the—excuse the expression—breakout of the affordable care act, but I wasn’t so interested in the news. Instead, I found myself touched every now and then by a simple and heartfelt fact—I have been a part of Georgetown through the Georgetowner for longer than I care to admit, as well as admitting that I care. This was brought home to me when I attended a CAG meeting at the City Tavern as old as Gerogetown itself, where Steve Kurtzman PUBLISHER
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and the graceful Barbara Downs told tales of of Georgetown and of being former CAG presidents, along with Chris Murray, who gave the village an electric, edgy touch with his Govinda Gallery and rock and roll connections, as well as Pie Friendly, sharp-minded and full of memory. I was reminded again being at the Georgetown Seniors Center for Thanksgiving lunch as festive as any I can recall, an occasion full of songs. On Thanksgiving, we watched the Macy’s Parade, and the National Dog Show, but not football. We celebrated the day with friends, and we went to the Downtown Christmas Market. I used my Barnes and Nobles Gift Card to buy Doris Kearns’ latest gift to the history of America, a tome on Teddy Roosevelt, Taft and the crusading muckrakers of the turn of the century.
Things happened: Former Treasury secretary Tim Geitner was seen giving a dollar to a homeless man in Georgetown, according to the Washington Post. Someone robbed the buckets from a Salvation Army office. Pope Francis told the world that he was not happy with the gap between wealthy and poor, with rampant consumerism, sounding more and more like he was preaching parts of the Sermon on the Mount. We went to see “The King and I” in Olney. I saw a grown old man cry at the end of this terrific production which overcame the memory of Yul Brynner and stands up in its own right. And so it goes. Or, as the King of Siam would say, right on both counts, “It is a puzzlement,” and et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. The holidays remain still bright and beckoning.★
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Flight Wine Bar Opens in Penn Quarter Flight Wine Bar, owned and operated by wife Swati Bose and husband Kabir Amir, is due to open in Penn Quarter at 777 Sixth St., NW, in December. The 60-seat wine bar will also serve shareable plates and a large assortment of wines. Chef Bradley Curtis, formerly of DGS Delicatessen, Zaytinya and Graffiato, will lead the kitchen. Amir studied at the Sommelier Society of America and the International Wine Center in New York City. Before launching Flight, he worked as assistant cellar master at New York’s Balthazar, as a wine server and bartender at Ardesia and as an opening team member at Brooklyn Winery. The wine menu will be organized by body and style versus region. The opening winter menu includes harira soup with chickpeas, lentils and cilantro; pumpkin dolmades with pepitas, raisins and yogurt; and lamb chops with mastic, roasted chestnut, apple and celeriac.
Walmart to Open Two Stores Walmart will open its first two stores in D.C. on Dec. 4: at the intersection of Georgia and Missouri Avenues, NW, and at the intersection of 1st and H Streets, NW. The new stores will provide access to a full grocery selection, fresh produce, a bakery, a delicatessen, organic food items, a full-service pharmacy and a $4
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prescription program. The company is hiring approximately 300 employees for each store, 64 percent of which are expected to be District residents. Alvin Robinson is the store manager for the 103,000-square-foot Walmart on Georgia Avenue, NW. Robinson was hired into Walmart’s management training program two years ago and served as store manager of the Walmart Supercenter in Frederick, Md., prior to coming to D.C. Eric Quist is the store manager for the 74,000-square-foot Walmart on H Street.
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Downtown Holiday Market Open Daily, Noon to 8 p.m. On Black Friday, the Downtown D.C. BID’s 9th annual Downtown Holiday Market began a 25-day run between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. The market is open daily from noon to 8 p.m. More than 150 exhibitors and artisans, rotating on a weekly basis, sell a variety of unique gifts including fine art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, photography and clothing. While shopping, shoppers can watch live entertainment, including the Billy Thompson Band, roots rock from the award-winning Janine Wilson Band and lively
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624B JUST LISTED! $330,000 This elegant 1BD/1BA coop is a perfect blend of classic charm and modern convenience. Recently RENOVATED! Generous Foyer, Versatile floor plan, Gourmet Kitchen w/ top notch stainless steel appliances, King size BD w/2 large custom closets, Walk-in Shower, Views of the Westchester Garden — MOVE Right IN! 4000 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20016 Office: 202.338.4800 • Cell: 202.320.8700 email@example.com
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Gorgeous renovation*HOT Trinidad neighborhood adjacent to H Street Corridor*Open main level with beautiful wood floors*Granite & stainless kitchen w/espresso finish cabinets, gas range*Rare 1/2 bath on main level*Sliding glass doors to rear deck*Three real bedrooms upstairs w/ master & 2nd bath*Fin LL with rec room, den, and full bath*Auto garage door opener*Neighbors say they love living here! MLS #DC8225675. Please call for a private showing.
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New listing in Dupont Circle: This four-level home features lots of original architectural details. There is private parking for one behind a professionally designed garden. The home features four fireplaces and high ceilings. Large bay windows soak in southern light. There is also a finished lower level with private front and rear entrances that provide a perfect canvas for an in-law or nanny suite.
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Be so close to xciting Ft. Totten xpansion incl Art Place, Ft. Totten Square*Fabulous end-TH*Open LR/DR/ FR/kitchen w/dark wood floors*Gorgeous kitchen: pantry, tons of granite counters, SS appliances*Deck w/grill (conveys “as is”)*Lots of space to live & entertain*Windows/ light galore*Sep tub & shower in MBath*W/D on top level*2car garage*Super convenient to Metro. MLS #DC8223938. Please call for a private showing.
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4200 Massachusetts Ave #409/410 This elegant 2,900 sqft Foxhall apartment offers a 5 star renovation. 3 bedrooms,3.5 baths, plus 3 balconies! Concierge, doorman, 24 hour gated security, indoor pool, tennis and garage parking.
3251 Prospect St NW #302 Rare 2 BR, 2BA, 1500 sqft 2 level unit available at The Madelon Condominium. This unit boasts a prime location, private balcony and leased garage parking is available onsite. Located above Georgetown’s famous Cafe Milano.
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3325 N St NW Fabulous Dream Home in Georgetown’s sought-after West Village. Stunning top to bottom renovation by Christian Zapatka, architect. Open soaring spaceson all levels, filled with light. Every detail is breathtaking.
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Platinum, Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond, emerald and diamond ring Auction Date: Sept. 12 Estimate: $80,000 – $120,000 Doyle New York’s auction of Important Jewelry will offer exquisite jewelry spanning the Antique, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modern eras by such designers as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb and Tiffany & Co. Certain to attract attention will be this 1920 ring featuring an old-mine cut oval Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond flanked by emeralds and diamonds.
Egyptian Revival faience and jeweled brooch from Cartier Auction Date: Dec. 11 Estimate: $300,000 – $500,000 Designed as an Egyptian fan, centering an ancient green faience bust of the goddess Sekhmet, this jeweled brooch is among the highlights of Sotheby’s Auction of Magnificent Jewels. Set against a lapis lazuli sky, twinkling with diamond stars and bordered by a black aureole and diamond-set lotus motif, there are a total of 100 diamonds throughout the piece. It is complete with the original fitted box stamped by Cartier.
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Diamond-set engraved and enameled gold singing bird snuffbox with musical movement and watch Auction Date: Dec. 12 Estimate: $120,000 – $180,000 Bonhams will auction this historic snuffbox as part of its Auction of Fine Watches, Wristwatches and Clocks. The box, with lozenge maker’s mark of Jean-Georges Reymond, bears the monogram of the 19th-century Ottoman Prince Shehzade Mahmud Celaleddin Efendi, son of the Turkish Sultan Abdul Aziz, who likely had the box embellished for his son. The diamonds were added during the mid 19th century.
Portrait of a nude Norma Jeane Baker Dougherty (later known as Marilyn Monroe) 3D filmstrip Circa 1945 Auction Date: Dec. 14 Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000 This rare filmstrip depicts a young woman named Norma Jeane Baker Dougherty, who later changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and became the seminal, sultry icon of American desire. This fulllength image is attributed to W.O. Schwartz, located in 1945 just six blocks from the Blue Book Modeling Agency, Norma Jeane’s first employer. Thought to be the first nude photograph of the future Marilyn, predating Tom Kelley’s famous 1949 pinup image. The full image is on view at the Sloans and Kenyon gallery prior to auction.
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Lemuel Everett Wilmarth (American, 1835-1918) “Still Life with Wrapped Orange” 1893, oil on canvas Auction Date: Dec. 8 Estimate: $50,000 – $80,000 Freeman’s American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists Auction has a wealth of consignments from private collections across the country, featuring this still life by Lemuel Everett Wilmarth, a rarely auctioned artist admired for his genre scenes and still-life paintings. As seen here, Wilmarth’s still lifes are celebrated for their polished realism and deft display of textures. Additional works include portraits by William Merritt Chase and John Singer Sargent.
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$1,125,000 Sophistication in the heart of Bethesda! This elegant lightfilled end-unit TH, built in 2000, features hrdwd flrs, crown moulding, walk-in closets & fireplace! Gourmet Kit, 4BR, 3 FULL BA’s, 2 Half-BA’s , 2 Family Rms & 2-car garage! Appl, carpet, patio & systems have all been updated. Premier location near the Metro, NIH, a future Harris Teeter . Miller Bethesda Office 301-229-4000
Nine unit condo bldg w/ 8 - 1BRs & 1 studio. Courtyard views. Two, 1BRs, have courtyard access. Studio has private entrance. All units incl. extra storage cages on 1st lvl. Vassiliki/Franciscos 202-345-2429/202-438-4900 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400
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Quiet, sunny 1 BR 1BA w/spac LR/DR combo & pvt walled courtyard for perfect city living & entertaining in pet-friendly bldg. Entry foyer, updated kit, gran counter, W/D, custom shelves, new wood-engineered floors, paint. Blocks to Dupont Circle/West End shops, restaurants & METROs. Miller Chevy Chase Office 202-966-1400
Palisades, Washington, DC
Charming arts & crafts home built in 2011. Top-of-the line finishes, designer hardware throughout, 5BR 4.5BAs, walkout lower level, detached garage. Linda Low 202-232-4733 Foxhall Office 202-363-1800
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$1,225,000 Steps from Montrose Pk & all that G’Town has to offer. Sited on a quiet street the 2BR 2-1/2 BA renovated home offers charm, comfort & elegance. Easy parkg & a delightful terrace & garden as well! Beli Nasseri 202-277-0677 Foxhall Office 202-363-1800
Harbour Square, Washington, DC
LG 3BR/3BA & 2- ½ BA. Late Georgian home meticlsly renvtd incldg KIT/BRS/ LR/DR & Historic lighting! Elevator on 4 flrs, 7 fplcs, flxbl flr pln! blcks to Mtro. Rental Parking! Chevy Chase Uptown Office 202-364-1300 Peggy Ferris 202-438-1524
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Incredible 2BR detached rambler home site on cul-de-sac w/one of the widest deepest lots in the entire community. Exciting opportunity for builder, speculator, or simply build up & out. Home is in great shape, since 1956. Friendship Heights Office 301-652-2777
Friendship Heights, Washington, DC
Beautiful 2 BR, 2 BA, 2 parking spaces 6th floor condo available immediately in new 2007 building. Nice views. Marble entry, Viking appliances, granite kitchen counters, hardwood floors, walk-in closet. Miller Spring Valley Office 202-362-1300
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2 BR, 2 BA unit with balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, Kit with plentiful Silestone counter space, spacious Liv/Din area + 6 closets. Building has concierge service, party and fitness rooms and large outdoor pool. Within a half mile of 2 METROs. Umekki Curry/ Chevy Chase Office 202-415-8982/ 202-363-9700
Crestwood, Washington, DC
Loaded w/charm & space, this classic center hall 4 BR, 2 BA colonial offers an interior graced w/large rms & quality of a bygone era. This house does need some updating but fully livable as is & offers an opportunity to customize your own dream home. Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300
Cathedral , Washington, DC
Stately 1917 Manor House w/commanding views of the National Cathedral. Renovated maintaining its historic integrity. Dramatic interior rms. 6 BR,6 BA, In-Law suite, Elevator. Gated garden & terr. Garage + 3 off-street pkg. Jeanne Livingston/ Susan Stead Daves 202-321-2600/ 202-236-5958 Georgetown Office 202 944 8400
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Private elevator to dramatic 14th floor condo w/custom wall finishes & granite flrs. Enjoy expansive views of Washington DC & beyond. Living rm, gourmet kit & spacious owner’s suite open to 29 ft. terrace. Turnkey option available. Jan Brito/ Bethesda Office 301-646-5774 /240-497-1700
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Very Sunny 3 BR, 2 Full & 2 Half BA Town Home with Table-Space Kitchen, Stunning 2 Story Family Room, Living Room With a Wood Burning Fireplace & French Doors Opening To Very Private & Tranquil Patio w/ 6-Person Spa. Miller Spring Valley Office 202-362-1300
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Brookland, Washington, DC
Be so close to exciting Ft. Totten area expansion*Fabulous end-TH* 4BD 3.5BA, Open flrplan w/dark wood flrs*Gorgeous kit: pantry, tons of granite counters, SS appliances*Deck*Windows/light galore* 2-car garage*Super convenient to metro. John Mentis/ Arlington Office 202-549-0081/ 703-522-0500
When Square Footage Counts, this is the HOUSE! 4 Lvls sited on Cul De Sac Close to DC/Arlington. Perfect for Holiday Entertaining. Great Flow for Large Groups. Huge Formal Rooms plus Open Casual Living. Sharon R. Hayman 703-402-2955 Mclean Office 703-847-3340
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1BR, 1BA Duplex Condo in The Madelon on trendy Prospect Street. Open Flr plan on 1st flr w/ Living /Dining rm. Modern kit w/ ss appl & granite counters. Lower level presents a spacious MBR w/adjacent marble BA, laundry rm. Bldg. incl. concierge, rooftop pool, a theatre & on-site rental pkg. Maragaret Heimbold/ Georgetown Office 202-812-2750/ 202-944-8400
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he countryside surrounding Washington has long been revered and beloved as the heart of hunt and horse country, and the area’s bourgeoning wine market only enhances the rustic charm of its historic culture in realizing Thomas Jefferson’s long-sought-after dream of winemaking in the region. From world-class dining to unparalleled antiquing and with a wealth of award-winning resorts to turn into temporary holiday homes, the Virginia and Maryland countryside has quietly become one of the premier holiday destinations on the East Coast. Here is a list of top regional holiday getaways and events. From Christmas in Middleburg, to an intimate retreat of glass (so to speak), there is plenty to do this holiday season in the country.
celebrates the holiday season throughout its historic streets as well as in their hotels, taverns, museums and shops. Single candles light each window and more than five miles of pine roping adorn the streets, with a custom-made wreath on each door. Bring along a cup of hot apple cider and enjoy one of the daily Christmas Decorations Walking Tours. Here, you’ll have an up-close guided tour of buildings during
Williamburg’s holiday splendor. Daily children’s activities are hosted throughout the season, including a guided Children’s Orientation Walk that offers first hand view of the 18th-century holiday experience from a child’s perspective. Holiday Tea is also offered at the Williamsburg Inn and Breakfast with Santa Claus is offered at the Williamsburg Lodge on special dates during the holiday season. Be sure
St. Michaels, Md. For a more temperate holiday experience, the town of St. Michaels is a solid bet. Christmas in St. Michaels is held annually the second weekend in December in historic St. Michaels, and for over 25 years, both ticketed and free events including the Tour of Homes, Holiday Gala, Breakfast with Santa and largest Holiday Parade on the Eastern Shore, have celebrated the arrival of the Christmas season. Proceeds from ticketed events and the sales of popular
Williamsburg, Va. Colonial Williamsburg is a regional mainstay, a town whose appeal is equally attributed to history and beauty. The holiday decorations are a huge attraction, as well as the historic grounds of the College of William and Mary, which is in a state of quiet repose while the students are away over winter break. Through Dec. 31 Colonial Williamsburg Williamsburg , Va.
Upperville, Virginia • $4,900,000
Millwood, Virginia • $2,600,000
Panoramic views • Stone manor house • Spectacular setting • 86.81 acres • Highly protected area in prime Piedmont Hunt • Gourmet kitchen • Wonderful detail throughout • 5 BR • 4 BA • 2 half BA • 3 FP, classic pine paneled library • Tenant house • Stable • Riding ring • Heated saltwater pool • Pergola • Full house generator.
Understated elegance • Finely appointed 5600+ sq. ft. home built in 1997 on 75 acres in a private and secluded setting • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 half baths • 10 stall barn • 224 ft. x 128 ft. blue stone ring • Excellent horse facility and ride-out.
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Classic 1880’s Virginia farmhouse • Lovely setting • Private 1st floor master suite • 2 bedrooms on 2nd floor • 2 additional rental houses • Large stable & storage building • Fencing for horses & cattle • Property is protected by VOF conservation easement • Tear down the small cottage & build a new main house • Lots of options with 110 acres.
Quality home in convenient location • Private setting • Much larger than it appears • Expanded and completely renovated • Large 1st floor master suite • Gourmet kitchen w/ Carerra marble • 4 BR & 4 1/2 BA • Hardwood floors • Natural light • French doors • 2 fireplaces & top of the line finishes throughout • Decks for entertaining.
Boyce, Virginia • $1,325,000
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109 mountain top acres • Unbelievable western views • Hunters’ paradise • 3 bedrooms • 2 fireplaces • Gourmet kitchen • 3 car garage • Energy efficient.
Middleburg, Virginia • $985,000
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to check the calendar of events for details, and call for reservations for these special events (www.WilliamsburgVacations.com). The Williamsburg Inn is a perfect home base. A two-night Holiday Decorations package includes a walking tour, lunch in a tavern, and admission to the colonial attractions. Add a day of unlimited golf for $99 per player. Available from Dec. 12 through Jan. 4. If you want to avoid the holiday crush, book the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club’s 40th Anniversary Golf Package. The club’s Gold Course is ranked by Golf Digest as one of Robert Trent Jones, Sr.’s six “Must Play Masterpieces.” The package includes accommodations, two days of unlimited golf, a 40th-anniversary shirt, and a sleeve of balls.
Middleburg, Virginia • $1,379,000
Custom home on 10 well maintained acres • beautifully decorated • hardwood floors, high ceilings, 4 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen • large screened porch • in-ground pool and spa surrounded by brilliant garden • 4 stall barn/3 paddocks • full house generator • irrigation system for garden.
Great opportunity for commercial C-2 building • Excellent visibility • Great parking and multiple uses allowed • Town Zoning allows for Restaurant and retail to name a few • Rare find in the historic town.
Cute bungalow in the village of Upperville • 3 BR • Hardwood floors & built-in china cabinet • Remodeled in 2001 with many important updates such as new septic in 2006, new well pump in 2009, new furnace & water purification system in 2011 and new standing seam metal roof in 2012 • Nice fenced yard and garage/shed.
Middleburg, Virginia • $950,000
Upperville, Virginia • $240,000
110 East Washington Street Middleburg, VA 20117 (540) 687-5588
IN COUNTRY collectors ornaments have raised more than $1 million to directly benefit local non-profit organizations in our community. Events include a gingerbread house preview cocktail party, house tours, a holiday gala, Breakfast with Santa, and the famous Talbot Street Parade. Come early on Saturday morning to get a great spot along the parade route for the largest holiday parade on the Eastern Shore. The 80-room Inn at Perry Cabin is a luxurious base, where the guest rooms are filled with antiques and beautiful fabrics. Christmas and New Year’s accommodations are available and include one night’s accommodation and a holiday dinner. Christmas dinner will feature butternut-squash soup with chestnuts, Chesapeake oysters poached in Champagne, oysters wrapped in smoked salmon with crème fraîche and caviar, roast goose with caramelized apples, baby Brussels sprouts and apple-smoked bacon, and linzer streusel tart with gingerbread ice cream. (www.TourTalbot.com)
tour by a Jeep-pulled trolley, cozy carriage rides, bunker tours of the resorts unique de-classified government fallout shelter, and an afternoon tea and concert. (www.Greenbrier.com) The Inn at Willow Grove, Orange, Va.
The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W.V. The Greenbrier is at the top of any resort junkie’s list, tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia for more than 200 years. The resort offers almost every activity you can think of, including three golf courses, a spa, cooking classes and hot-air ballooning. Your entire family can enjoy holiday traditions with Christmas at the Greenbrier, which Inn at Willow Grove includes visiting Santa, sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace, singing carols and ice-skating Recently called “The most romantic place I’ve under the stars. Then, ring in the New Year in ever stayed” by the Washington Post and “One style a glamorous gala while1the children2:52ofPMthePage most T & with T_Georgetowner_12_Layout 11/25/13 1 beautiful jewels in Virginia” by enjoy an evening full of fun just for them. Southern Bride Magazine, the Inn at Willow Holiday activities include a Christmas lights Grove is the perfect place for a holiday couples’
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Exquisite country French manor with over 9,000 sq. ft. of spectacular living space on over 55 gorgeous acres just minutes from Middleburg.Grandly scaled rooms. Extraordinary detail and the finest quality. Beautifully decorated. Impeccably maintained. Includes fabulous pool surrounded by terraces and brilliant gardens. Fabulous apartment over three bay carriage house.Ideal for horses. $3,500,000
Spectacular 17 room custom brick Colonial boasting over 9,500 Sq Ft. of living space on a private lane s 25 gorgeous acres sPalladian windows s Wood floorssGrandly scaled rooms with high ceilingssExtordinary quality throughout sFabulous pool surrounded by flagstone terraces s Brilliant gardens sBoard fenced paddocks sIdeal for horses. Minutes to Middleburg. $2,400,000
Expanded through the years, Takaro has wonderful entertaining areas both inside and out, many overlooking the pool. Two separate suites are wonderful for guests or home office. A dramatic main level apt. is attached to the handsome 7 stall barn. This 14.73 acre property offers a carriage barn, air conditioned dog house, paddocks and pond. $1,550,000
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79.18 acres. Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain views from this 5 BR, 5.5 BA Manor home with completely re-modeled kitchen, hardwood floors, walk-out basement, heated pool and whole home generator. Also a new 4 stall center aisle stable w/ kitchen & bath in the lounge and paneled tack room, blustone/sand arena & woodland trails. 10 minutes to Warrenton. $1,500,000
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Turn-key business" in the heart of Virginia's horse & wine country. Stunning upscale gift shoppe in the center of Middleburg's Commercial District! Sales price includes real estate, business & inventory. Approx. 1/2 of inventory is offsite & included in sale. With the opening of Salamander Resort & Spa this is a tremendous location! $1,400,000
A historic 10 acre farm circa 1787,beautifully sited in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the DC wine trail sGracious Manor House, recently updated 3 finished levels, 5 Bedrooms sCharming 2 bedroom Guest House sLog Cabin s3 Bay Garage with wonderful Recreation Room and Storage Building sAdditional acreage available sStocked Pond and Magnificent Views. $1,235,000
TURN-KEY Training Facility-Wonderful small horse farm privately located on 14 acres between Middleburg &The Plains. Nestled in a small valley, farm includes main house, log cabin/guest house & barn apartment. 7-stall center aisle barn, 68’ x 200’ indoor arena with heated observation room, storage & machine shed, fenced paddocks, small pond & creek. Lovely pool & gardens. $995,000
Charming c. 1909 traditional stucco farm house on almost 5 open & fenced acres. Lovely front porch, hardwood floors, 2 bedrooms up, full bath on each floor, country kitchen, sep LR & DR, rear screened porch & detached 1 car garage. Large fenced pasture with small shed/barn ideal for horses. Only minutes to Middleburg, Marshall, I-66 & Rte. 50. $447,632
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IN COUNTRY retreat. Recently renovated, the inn has 11 rooms and a gourmet restaurant, and the surrounding scenery combined with the beauty of the inn attracts guests throughout the year. With heated floor tiles, soaking tubs and fireplaces, the accommodations are worth the trip alone. You might find yourself not wanting to leave the room. But should you want to explore, there are plenty of things to do. Guest favorites include horseback riding and wine tours to the various wineries in the area. Additionally, the can help arrange hot air balloon trips, civil rights and historic battlefield tours and even skydiving for the brave of heart. Savage River Lodge, Frostburg, Md. The only cross-country ski resort in Maryland, Savage River Lodge is a classic mountain retreat on 45 forested acres just west of Frostburg. The rustic-chic lodge is surrounded by 15 miles of cross-country ski trails, and a Nordic Center offers private and group lessons, as well as guided ski and snowshoe tours. The lodge also features a restaurant, bar, library, and sitting areas on either side of the massive stone fireplace. Guests stay in twostory log cabins a short walk from the lodge, from where they unfurl every morning to homemade muffins and juice in a basket by their door. And as a special treat for your canine companion, the cabins are pet friendly. (www. SavageRiverLodge.com) Middleburg, Va. No Washington country holiday list would be complete without Christmas in Middleburg. Each December, more and more travelers make their way to Middleburg for its unparalleled
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hen one thinks of liquor and Japan, sake immediately comes to mind. With its history dating back to the 700s, complex serving etiquette and array of fancy drinking vessels, this fermented rice wine is synonymous with Japan. But during my recent excursion to the Tokyo area, I discovered another beverage that is booming in popularity in the land of the rising sun. Shōchū is a distilled beverage, mostly forged from barley, sweet potatoes, wheat or rice. It varies in alcohol content from 20 percent to 25 percent and sports a crisp dry taste comparable to vodka or arrack. Multiple-distilled shōchū, which is generally used in mixed drinks, may contain up to 35-percent alcohol. The main difference between sake and shōchū is that sake is brewed, whereas shōchū is distilled. Shōchū originated in Kyushu, the most southwesterly island in Japan, where it has been drunk for centuries. In recent years, its popularity has surged. According to the Japan Times, shōchū had long been thought of as being “cheap and nasty.” But as premium brands emerged and it was discovered by a new generation, the last two decades have seen triple-digit growth in sales. Trendy bars specializing in shōchū began popping up all over Tokyo. Once considered stodgy, shōchū has been embraced by younger drinkers. Kimiyoshi Utsugi, a Tokyo resident, says he drinks shōchū every day. “My father always drank sake, but I drink shōchū,” he said. “The younger generation believes it’s much better for you.” Kimiyoshi
says there is less sugar in shōchū and it won’t make you fat. The way shōchū is served depends on the quality. According to Kimiyoshi, if it’s of good quality, it’s drunk neat or on the rocks. Brands of lesser quality are mixed with fruit juice, tea, lemon or cola. The most popular shōchū cocktail is chūhai (pronounced Shoe-High), which is a mixture of shōchū and lemon juice topped off with club soda for a fizzy finish. Douglas Ford, my fun-loving host during my holiday, introduced me to the chūhai cocktail. After a traditional Japanese dinner, we stopped by Wesley’s, one of his preferred watering holes for a nightcap. We were in Fujisawa, an industrial city a short distance from his home in Kamakura. While the city lies about 46 kilometers south of Tokyo’s city center, to me it felt like part of the L.A.-type sprawl of Japan’s capital city. As we walked down a dark side street near the train station, we stopped at a narrow doorway that opened to a steep flight of enclosed stairs. Nothing from the street level indicated that anything at all was located in this dim building. But sure enough, once we ascended we arrived in a small cozy den of eclectic regulars. The walls in this dive bar were plastered with marker graffiti and a collection of posters and customer photos. It reminded me of CBGB’s meets Cheers. The true highlight of Wesley’s is the owner Kagefumi Yoshimora. Yo-Chan, as he is known, is an adorable bespectacled man with cute fuzzy
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eyebrows and a matching mustache. He becomes an instant friend with all his patrons. Not to be missed are the special nights when Yo-Chan plays guitar with his jazz band. Doug suggested that I try Yo-Chan’s special version of chūhai. My drink, a bright yellow concoction, arrived in a handled beer mug. The flavor was bright, refreshing and effervescent. The pungent lemon shined while being softened by the fizzy soda. The shōchū added an invigorating bite. Wesley’s owner Yo-Chan with writer Jodi Kurash After a 90-plus degree summer day, this tipple is a perfect nient option, some of my fondest memories of way to quench your burning thirst. Be fore- Japan are huddling around the cramped bar at warned, Yo-chan’s chūhai packs a punch. After Wesley’s, cooling down with a glass of “high test a frustrating day plodding through airports, his lemonade” and listening to Yo-chan jam with his cocktails went straight to my head on my first mates. Domo arigatou. night in Japan. After asking for his recipe I discovered why his chūhai is so lethal: there is an CHŪHAI approximate 5-1 ratio of shōchū to mixers. Chūhai is not just popular in bars. It’s commonly found as a canned pre-mixed drink 150 ml Shōchū in supermarkets, convenience stores and even 30 ml Lemon Juice vending machines in train stations. Popular beverage companies like Kirin (beer) and Suntory (whiskey) produce their own chūhai canned Pour in a beer mug and top with club soda. drinks. While pre-mixed versions may be a conve-
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14 and both El Centro D.F. locations, plus the upcoming Toro Toro. Quick Hits: Ron Robbins has been named general manager at Café Deluxe in Tenleytown on Wisconsin Avenue. Previously, he was general manager for Tower Oaks Lodge. Bakery 360 is slated to open this month at 1926 17th St., NW. Owner Jimmy Hopper plans to offer gluten-free and vegan options as well as a full coffee bar and outdoor seating… Philadelphiabased City Tap House replaces 901 Restaurant, at 901 9th St., NW. It will feature high-end pub fare and 60 beers. Table is located at 903 N St., NW.
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mezzanine level is open kitchen space. Menu’s third and top floor will be a 40-seat restaurant. The Belgium native plans to offer a large selection of beers (naturally). De Pue tapped his sous chef at his other restaurant, Table, to be the chef de cuisine at Menu. A January opening is anticipated. Lance London of the Carolina Kitchen plans to open his first restaurant inside the District of Columbia border in January. The 6,000 sq-ft Carolina Kitchen will serve authentic Southern comfort fare in the new Northeast community of Rhode Island Row. The 152seat restaurant will feature a wall lined with vintage whiskey bottles up the stairs to the second floor mezzanine, which will accommodate up to 40 guests in their private dining space. Lance is collaborating with Tom Mulhern of 2 Scales Interiors to design the contemporary country themed space. The new restaurant will combine traditional countrystyle wood paneling with swirling iron accents to create a modern-rustic interior. This is Lance’s third restaurant in the metro area, as he also owns Carolina Kitchen in Largo, Md., and Carolina Kitchen Bar & Grill in Hyattsville, Md. The Carolina Kitchen will serve lunch and dinner, in addition to offering carryout.★ Linda Roth is president of Linda Roth Associates, a public relations & marketing firm. Reach her at: Linda@LindaRothPR.com or 703-417-2700. www. lindarothpr.com.
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Pop, Fizz, Clink! Holiday Party Venue Planning Guide BY SH ARI S HEF F IE L D re you just coming out of your turkey-induced tryptophan haze from your whirlwind prep and feasting of Thanksgiving dinner only to realize that you are responsible for planning your office, group or family holiday or New Year’s Eve party and don’t have clue where to hold it or where to begin? Fear not! Here are several area venues that might fit the bill and will have you all set to pop, fizz and clink your way to a very merry holiday season.
The Kennedy Center’s Roof Top Terrace The Roof Top Terrace recently went through a renovation that lightened the décor and revamped the menu. However, the expansive outdoor terrace still remains, offering breathtaking views of the city. Host 400 of your closest friends or your company’s employees in the main dining room for your holiday party. If want to opt for a more intimate setting, book the private dining room, which can accommodate 40 guests standing and 30 seated. The contact number is 202-416-8555.
Why here? Stunning views of the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, with planes taking off from and landing at Reagan National Airport. What to serve from their catering menu? Beef tenderloin au poivre.
Extra advantages of this venue? Large underground parking facility on site. As a guest, you can leave your wrap or coat in your car and not have to brave the elements. Later on, you don’t have to queue for coat check when your feet are tried from all the dancing. Ample postevent taxi access is another plus.
Ruth’s Chris in Crystal City This little (I use that term very loosely), tucked-away gem of a party venue overlooks the Potomac and the aeronautic action at Reagan National. Situated right across from the airport on the 11th floor of a Crystal City office building, this location of the famous steakhouse chain offers breathtaking views for nighttime holiday soirees. Use the main dining room to seat your 120 guests where they can observe plane landings. For views of the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument, the National Room can accommodate up to 22 guests—or combine it with the Capitol and Monument rooms to party with 100 of your friends in comfort. The contact person is Kathy Boone at 703-979-7275.
What to serve from their menu? Pecancrusted sweet potato tarts, crab cakes with aioli (not without), lamb chops and filet mignon steak sandwich sliders.
Added advantage of this venue? Broadcast your CEO’s holiday greeting at your celebration to colleagues in cities across the country with the new Ruth’s Chris ESSRX HD-quality audiovisual and satellite broadcast equipment. But remember to tell him to keep it short and sweet so you can get back to the filet mignon sliders!
2941 Restaurant Who wouldn’t be entertained enjoying holiday cocktails and dancing next to the view of a koi pond? 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church can provide you just that. The Waterfall Room is nestled next to a beautiful waterfall. It can accommodate 80 seated and 100 for a standing reception. The Koi Room can hold 60 seated or standing. For groups of fewer than 30, choose the Tasting Room. The contact number is 703-270-1500 and the email address is email@example.com.
Why this venue? Beautiful views and amazing food in Northern Virginia. What to serve off their menu? Have the chef prepare venison and crepes.
Mari Vanna D.C. Declare a “From Russia with Love” theme for your wintertime party at the Russian eatery Mari Vanna DC. This three-story Connecticut Avenue restaurant is waiving all rental fees for booking holiday parties in December. The “restolounge” also allows hosts to select their own prix-fixe menu or family-style servings. Guests can choose from signature menu items from blinis to beef stroganoff and house-infused vodka flavors such as horseradish and pickle dill. The contact number is 202-783-7777 and the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Why this venue? Tours and whiskey tastings. What to serve? Have a carving station with Virginia ham with brown sugar and raisin sauce. Cheers and Happy Holidays!
What to serve off their menu? Vodka, blinis and varieties of caviar (of course).
Added advantage of this venue? Three floors that offer you three different themes for serving different hors d’oeuvres. All that and a DJ booth!
Washington Canal Park Ice Rink What could be cooler than partying on ice? Host your office party or private event at a skating rink. You have a surefire team-building activity for the office at your fingertips. Book an instructor to give a group lesson. Encourage your team to invite their families and rent out the rink for your office celebration. Packages at Washington Canal Park start at $1,000. The rink can accommodate up to 200 for private parties. Contact Mike at SkateCanalPark@gmail.com or call 202-554-6051.
Why this venue? Unique party setting with an activity that is also kid-friendly. What to serve? Set up a custom hot chocolate bar with all the fixings. Inquire about bringing in an outside caterer to ensure that all the accoutrements are provided.
George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Situated three miles from George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill offers a truly historic party
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New Year's Eve is a big night.Whether you're looking to go all out or simply take in some low-key nightlife, there's a lot happening in the city. Here's how D.C. is celebrating the end of 2013 and ringing in 2014. Big Night DC Where: Gaylord National Resort, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Md.; bignightdc.com When: 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. Why: Claimed as the most extravagant New Year's Eve gala in the nation, with 15 ballroom party areas, DJs and entertainment, top-notch bars and first-class food. Dress: Semi-formal Cost: $100-$2,000
James Bond Gala Where: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle; euronetinternational.com When: 7p.m. – 2 a.m. Why: This Bond-themed night features martinis, a
mock casino, prizes, souvenirs, buffets, DJs and much more. Enjoy premium open bars and champagne all night, in addition to a midnight champagne toast with party favors. Dress: Black-tie Cost: $129+
Masquerade Ball Where: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave., NW; newyearsevedc.com When: 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. Why: Hosted by ABC’s Bachelor Chris Bukowski, the Masquerade Ball includes a Masquerade Masksmidnight balloon drop, three party rooms, buffet stations, live feed of Times Square, nationally renowned DJs, party favors and more. Dress: Semi-Formal Cost: $99-$350
A Cirque du 2014 Celebration of Many Nations Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St., NW; newyearseveinwashington.com When: 10:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. Why: Circle the globe and experience 10 nations with unique international celebrations in seven different rooms. The famed Times Square experience will be featured in the Omni’s Grand Ballroom with Washington’s DJ Geometrix spinning American retro, top 40, hip hop, and dance. Midnight balloon drop and light show will welcome you to 2014. Dress: Semi-Formal Cost: $105+
Madhatter Ball Where: 1319 Connecticut Ave., NW; thedcball.com When: 9 p.m.- 2 a.m. Why: Madhatter’s Masquerade Ball will ring in 2014 with a food buffet, open bar, live entertainment and a midnight champagne toast. Party favors and much more included. Dress: Cocktail Attire Cost: $75 presale
New Year's Eve Passport to the World Gala Where: Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street, NW; newyearsevecentral.com When: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Why: This gala provides something for everyone: live entertainment, a variety of music, delicious food and beverages, a great crowd of people, and so much more. Dress: Semi-Formal Cost: $99+ 24
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Crawl til the Ball Falls Where: Registration at Bread & Brew, 1247 20th St., NW; pubcrawls.com When: 5 p.m. – midnight Why: Two for one drinks and other specials, two drinks included, and a tour of D.C.s best. Dress: Festive Cost: $20
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On His Way: Meet Bruce Dow of ‘Forum’ BY G ARY T IS CHL ER seudolus is back in town at long last, and so is Bruce Dow. Pseudolus can trace his lineage back to the old Roman farces written by Plautus, and to “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the 1962 musical with a score by Stephen Sondheim. The musical had an out-of-town tryout right here in Washington at the National Theatre, and Jerome Robbins lent a hand with the book before the show made it to Broadway and became a memorable musical, Sondheim’s first major effort, although a long way from the types of musicals that he would become famous for. Dow is returning to Washington in the sense that he was here playing Bottoms in the Ethan McSweeney-directed version of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and what a memorable Bottom he was at that, playing the stage-struck leader of the so-called mechanicals who had quite a midsummer night himself, ending up wearing the head of a donkey with Titania, the queen of the fairies. “That was a wonderful experience, the whole production was just a delight to do here,” said Dow, who calls himself mostly a North American, being born in Seattle and raised in in Vancouver, Canada, living a goodly time in Seattle and now being somewhat between residences. He plays Pseudolus, a part he’s played before, including a memorable production at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada. “So, I’m glad to be doing this here.”
Pseudolus, the slave who schemes mightily and cannily to gain his freedom during the course of “Forum,” cast a long shadow, as does “Forum” itself, especially in its Richard Lester-directed film version, which starred Zero Mostel as Pseudolus, and featured such legendary clowns as Phil Silvers, who turned down the role on Broadway, and even Buster Keaton. Silver would return to head a Broadway revival, while Nathan Lane starred in still another version. “You don’t ever try to compare yourself to Zero, or to the film,” Dow said. “It’s just not smart. The movie was a movie, it was very strange, zany, and so forth, but it’s not the show, the play, it’s not theater.” “It has tremendous music in it, this was Sondheim’s first really big show, so to speak,” Dow said. “It’s more than ‘Comedy Tonight.’ It has wonderful ballads, and it has a lot of resonance. This was a show in which many of the main characters are slaves, who want more than anything to be free. You can feel that if you really listen to the song ‘Free.’ ” “The roots are of course vaudeville, everybody in it originally came from that milieu, with its time-honored farce and physical humor and vulgarity,” Dow said. “I knew when I was a child that this was what I wanted to do and my parents encouraged me,” Dow said. “I got superb and broad training at the University of British Columbia. I wanted to be an actor, but I had such good professors, and learned about so many things that I joined their MFA in directing program.”
Luckily, Dow returned to acting and did a lot of it and all kinds of it at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, including two stints in “Forum,” playing the host in “Cabaret,” various clowns and character parts in Shakespeare plays, including a stint as Trimulco in a production of “The Tempest,” which starred Christopher Plummer. He also went to Broadway in roles in productions of “Jane Eyre,” “The Music Man” and most recently “Jesus Christ, Superstar” in which he played Herod, singing nifty lines like “You’re the Great Jesus Christ, the Great Jesus Christ, walk across my swimming pool.” Herod was a revelation to many people— this was a full blown, full-bodied, avid character—you can catch Dow singing to Jesus on YouTube, dancing, hoofing, eyebrowed and gowned, draped around a piano. His training and his track record and that American-Canadian thing, his versatility seems not just something he learned but a quality he has. He can do Japanese-style theater, he can sing (two CDs, cabaret and pop music), he can hoof a little, he’s a clown of the highest and lowest order (there was no end to his Bottom, a truly original personification), he has written two
shows. On the phone, you hear the eager clown, but also the guy on a quest. “I think that line between comedy and tragedy, serious straight plays and musicals and musical comedies is very thin,” he said. “I’d like to do some things, ‘Timons of Athens,’which is rarely done, it’s a great challenge I think. Beckett’s tramps, they’re desperate, but they’re funny too, they’re clowns, after all. It would not pay to tag Dow as a clown, or any other specific tag. He’s more like Bottom, a mechanical born to be a theatrical, a man of the imagined worlds and people of the theater. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” runs through Jan. 5 at the Harman Center for the Arts; www.ShakespeareTheatre. org.
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BY Ar i Post hanksgiving came and went, and the Christmas lights went up faster than you can say “Black Friday.” The season is upon us—the season of parades, of family, of thanks, beauty and giving. It is a season marked by visual splendor, from Christmas lights and snowy mountaintops, to gingerbread houses, parade floats and the glitzy intrigue of wrapping paper. There is a traceable line between the spirit of the holiday season and the ethos of visual art, both of which build upon and reflect a collective understanding of our shared experiences, almost regardless of religion in this day and age. They carry with them an innate lineage unseen in almost all other objects or experiences that pull at our nostalgic heartstrings while moving steadily into the future. Washington is abuzz with activities and events through the end of the year. If you are among the many households with family coming to town for the holidays, there are going to be plenty of options to keep your restless outof-towners distracted. For those so visually predisposed, there are two unique and interesting museum exhibits which are both complimentary and starkly contrasting, and which hover beyond the radar of most visitors to the city so accustomed to the prevalence of the Smithsonian and National Gallery. The offerings at The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts will please any audience, while taking them around the city for a true taste of the holidays in Washington. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is exhibiting “Wanderer,” an exhibit of travel prints, drawings and original printing plates by Ellen Day Hale (1855–1940), on view through January 5, which demonstrate the artist’s passion for travel and her mastery of printmaking. Hale achieved acclaim as a renowned portrait painter and printmaker, training in the ateliers of Boston artists and then traveling to Paris in the early 1880s to study painting. While abroad, Hale published accounts of her studies and the Parisian art world, encouraging female artists in Boston and inspiring them to travel.
Throughout her career, Hale took multiple trips throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, recording crumbling ruins, scenic land and cityscapes, and local people at work, embracing the spontaneity and intimate scale of printmaking to capture her impressions of the many local cultures she experienced. This collection is an inspiring travelogue to any journeyer who might be resting their boots in the District over the holidays. www.NMWA.org. In sharp contrast to Hale, contemporary
Ellen Day Hale, “San Juan Capistrano,” ca. 1893. On View through Jan. 5 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
artist Mia Feuer’s current installation at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, “An Unkindness,” is a haunting vision of our world consumed, transformed and twisted by human need. Inspired by the artist’s experiences in the oil-producing landscapes of the Canadian tar sands, the Arctic Circle, and the Suez Canal, the project explores the relationships between human infrastructure and the natural world. Feuer merges imagery from the oil sands with research into ecological systems worldwide, creating a series of immersive and interactive installations that are at once topical and deeply personal. The exhibit highlight includes a synthetic black skating rink open to the public in the museum’s Rotunda, which contrasts our own gleeful pleasure against the ominous natural symbolism, which is especially thought-provoking around the holidays. For skating rink hours and more information, visit www.Corcoran.org/Exhibitions.
HIDDEN JEWELS Your link to the Arts in Metro DC Washington Chorus. Kennedy 9/26/13 Center.8:12 PM 202-342-6221. thewashingtonchorus.org.
WNO Commission Holiday Family Opera: The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me. Thru Dec 22. WNO. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. Ceremony & Celebration: Christmas with the Consort. Dec 22. Washington Bach Consort. National Presbyterian Church. 202-429-2121. bachconsort.org. Washington Symphonic Brass. Dec 22. National Philharmonic. Strathmore. 301-581-5100. nationalphilharmonic.org. A Candlelight Christmas. Dec 19-Dec 23. The Washington Chorus. Strathmore. 202-342-6221. thewashingtonchorus.org.
DANCE Elephant and Piggie ‘s We Are in a Play! at the Kennedy Center. Photo by Teresa Wood
Edgar and Annabel. Thru Jan 5. The Apple Family Plays. Thru Dec 29. Studio Theatre. 202-232-3300. studiotheatre.org.
The Puppet Co: The Nutcracker. Thru Dec 29. Tiny Tots: Nutcracker Fantasy. Thru Dec 29. The Puppet Co. Playhouse. 301-634-5380. thepuppetco.org.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Six-Pack Gift. Thru Dec 31. The Pajama Men: Just the Two of Each of Us. Thru Jan 5. Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net. Chinese Menu: Home For The Holidays. Dec 22-Dec 29. DCAC. 202-462-7833. dcartscenter.org. Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play!. Thru Dec 31. Elf The Musical. Thru Jan 5. Flashdance--The Musical. Dec 25-Jan 19. Shear Madness. Thru Jan 31. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. The Lyons. Thru Dec 22. Round House Bethesda. 240-644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org. The Twelve Days Of Christmas. Thru Dec 30. Adventure Theatre MTC. 301-634-2270. adventuretheatre-mtc.org. The King and I. Thru Dec 29. A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Thru Dec 29. Olney Theatre. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org. Cookies with Santa: A Pre-Show Treat Before “In Santa, We Believe”. Thru Dec 21. In Santa, We Believe. Thru Dec 28. Cool Cow Comedy: Jared Logan. Dec 28. Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org. Gypsy. Thru Jan 26. Signature Theatre. 703-820-9771. signature-theatre.org. An Irish Carol. Thru Dec 29. Keegan Theatre. 703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com. Our Suburb. Dec 26-Jan 12. Theater J. 800-494-8497. theaterj.org. A Christmas Carol. Thru Jan 1. Ford’s Theatre. 800-982-2787. fords.org. The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents the Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged). Dec 21. Reston Community Center. CenterStage. 703-476-4500.
MUSIC Fortas Chamber Music Concert: The Last Stand Quartet, with Special Guests: An Evening of Shakespeare in Words and Music. Dec 30. New Year’s Eve at The Kennedy Center with Ellis Hall. Dec 31. A Jazz New Year’s Eve: Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute with Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli. Dec 31. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. Holiday Swing with Daryl Davis and Gotta Swing. Dec 19. Lloyd Dobler Effect. Dec 21. BlackRock Center for the Arts. 240-912-1058. blackrockcenter.org. Coral Cantigas. Dec 18. AIR Alumni: Integriti Reeves - Christmas Jazz Songs. Dec 20. The Irish Tenors: The Premiere Irish Holiday Celebration Tour. Dec 21. Strathmore Afternoon Tea. Thru Feb 26. Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org. Christmas Concert: O, Holy Night. Dec 20-Dec 21. Live in Concert: Bobby Jasinski. Thru Jan 25. Workhouse Arts Center. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org. Eileen Ivers: An Irish Christmas - An Nollaig. Dec 21. GMU Center for the Arts. 888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu. First Night Alexandria. Dec 31. Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association. Alexandria Waterfront. 703-746-3301. visitalexandriava.com.
The Snow Queen. Dec 21. CityDance. CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore. 301- 581-5204. citydance.net. Step Afrika! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show. Thru Dec 22. Step Afrika!. Atlas. 202-399-7993. stepafrika.org. The Nutcracker. Thru Dec 29. The Washington Ballet. Warner Theatre. 202-397-7238. washingtonballet.org.
MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS Corcoran Gallery of Art. Recent Acquisitions: American Art from the Johns Collection. Thru Feb 9. Question Bridge: Black Males. Thru Feb 16. NOW at the Corcoran – Mia Feuer: An Unkindness. Thru Feb 23. Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd. Thru Mar 9. American Journeys Visions of Place. Thru Sep 21. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org. Folger Shakespeare Library. Here Is A Play Fitted. Thru Jan 12. folger.edu. Gallery 110. Voices from the Diaspora: The Afro-Latino Experience in Prince George’s County. Thru Jan 4. Footsteps from North Brentwood. Thru Jan 31. pgaamcc.org. Kreeger Museum. Mindy Weisel: Not Neutral. Thru Dec 28. John L. Dreyfuss’ Inventions. Thru Apr 1. 202-337-3050. kreegermuseum.org. National Archives. Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage. Thru Jan 5.
202-357-5000. archives.gov. National Gallery of Art. Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press. Thru Jan 5. Northern Mannerist Prints from the Kainen Collection. Thru Jan 5. Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris. Thru Jan 5. Tell it with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial. Thru Jan 20. Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. Thru Mar 2. Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700 - 1830. Thru Dec 31. 202-737-4215. nga.gov. 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. nglive.org. Museum of Women in the Arts. Wanderer: Travel Prints by Ellen Day Hale. Thru Jan 15. New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Chakaia Booker. Thru Mar 1. Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts. Dec 20-Apr 27. Equal Exposure: Anita Steckel’s Fight Against Censorship. Thru May 9. Making her Mark: Publishers’ Bindings by Women. Thru Nov 1. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org. The Phillips Collection. Shaping a Modern Identity: Portraits from the Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg Collection. Thru Jan 12. Van Gogh Repetitions. Thru Jan 26. Duncan Phillips and New York Collections. Thru Feb 28. 202-387-2151. phillipscollection.org.
GALLERY EXHIBITIONS Artisphere. Westen Muntain: Lovesong. Thru Jan 4. 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. Lisa McCarty: Lumen. Thru Jan 12. Alicia Eggert: Everything You Are Looking For. Thru Feb 2. Lina Vargas: Portable Places_ Permanent Spaces. Thru Feb 2. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com. Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center. 2nd Annual Prince George’s Parks and Recreation Employee Visual and Performing Arts Exhibition. Thru Dec 27. Paper Collage by Ronnie Spiewak. Thru Dec 27. 301-202-6070. pgparks.com.
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BY M ARY B IRD A 50-year cavalcade of remembrances of the Kennedy assassination came full circle to Georgetown on Nov. 24, as Franco Nuschese and Café Milano hosted a private champagne brunch attended by the nation’s media. The gathering honored the publication of “Five Days in November," a memoir by New York Times-bestselling authors Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin. Hill is the Secret Service agent who jumped on the presidential limousine in Dallas and remained with Mrs. Kennedy and her children throughout the ordeal and for a year after the tragedy. He chronicled the events as guests viewed projections of the iconic photographs that appear in the book. A preliminary sketch and one of the 23 finished Kennedy paintings by Elaine de Kooning were on display.
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BY R OBERT D EVAN EY PHO TO S BY NESHAN H. NALTCHAYAN The American News Women's Club celebrated one of its own -- Helen Thomas -- with a celebratory hanging of artwork by Patty Raine, depicting the White House correspondent playing the piano and singing with 10 U.S. presidents. With family and friends on hand Nov. 7, toasts at the club on 22nd Street included priceless and loving remarks about the feisty news legend.
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