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Mark your calendars, again By Gary Tischler


ometimes during the Great Snowmageddon of 2010, as we shoveled and worried, and as silent snowscapes descended on Washington’s neighborhoods, it seemed as if the only place that was open for business in the city was the Verizon Center, which played host to a Washington Caps game Friday night at the beginning of the great storm, a Georgetown University basketball game Saturday, and another Caps game on Sunday.   All around, places closed up — the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery, various theaters and museums, some but not all restaurants, stores and clubs.   That changed as we emerged from our unplowed streets in the neighborhoods and saw that, yes, there was a Starbuck’s open here, a Tryst there, a Safeway, restocked but with little milk there, a jazz club here, a Studio Theatre there.   Nevertheless, regular Metro buses stopped (although the Circulator for a time operated to the great relief of people who had to go somewhere), schools closed, yea, the Federal Government did close and we all became sorely stir-crazy behind the mounds of snow now being decorated with yellow. The first days of joyful greetings among neighbors and people in need of help soon were replaced by grumblings

of misery, hours of shoveling snow, the nowdreaded dog walks, and the very sad news that another big one was coming, and we don’t mean the Super Bowl. As one woman shoveling out her car under the watchful eye of her dog said, “Geez, I’m sick to my heart. I didn’t sign up for this. I was under the impression I lived in modern times.”   Some things were cancelled and postponed, and the news came in odd drips over the Internet. No doubt others will be cancelled also, if the magnitude of this new storm, arriving shortly as we write, is as bad as the brow-furrowed weathermen and women make it out to be. Much talk of roofs, and grates and drains and record snow falls (we’re #3 with a snowflake as of Tuesday, but probably #2 by Wednesday. Hooray for us. The record by the way, is 54 inches, set just before the turn of the 19th century.   As of this writing, here are some things that are not happening, but may be happening at

some other time, which sounds like a winter’s tale and dream. As of this writing, museums such as the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the downtown Reynolds Center remained closed, something that may change with the first ray of sunshine.   Ford’s Theatre was offering patrons with tickets to the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday matinee and evening performances of its wonderful production of “The Rivals” exchanges for later performances or for “Little Shop of Hor-

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rors,� which begins March 12. For details, patrons should contact point of purchase agents or the box office at 202-347-4833. As is the case for any performance venue, check the Web site for any possible cancellation or performance status.   Opportunity abounds at the downtown Spy Museum which, in honor of the wintry conditions, is offering up 50 percent off selected items and 20 percent off total purchases in the Spy Museum store.   We know conditions are tough because the hardy folks at the Embassy of Australia postponed the official opening of its new exhibition “Pippin Drysdale: Tanami Mapping.� Look for announcements on a new date.   The Dumbarton Concert Series rescheduled the Feb. 13 performance of Guitarist Berta Rojas to March 6.   Speakeasy DC has postponed the Feb. 9 “night of true tales� that is “�After Hours: Stories About Things that Happen at Night� at Town Danceboutique at 2009 Eighth St. to Feb. 17. Check for details.   Things will, of course, look different on Wednesday night, and certainly by Thursday. Time to shovel again.

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On Jelleff issue, start from square one

Are fenty and rhee getting cornered?


istrict Mayor Adrian Fenty must be scratching his head, and D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee is probably equally puzzled.   That is, if they care about such things. And they may not.   And that may be the problem.   Recent polls conducted by The Washington Post exposed a decidedly downward turn in public approval ratings for both the mayor and the chancellor.   Yet, at the same time, the polls seemed to show that people clearly liked some of the changes and progress that have been made in the district and in the schools.   Many people polled apparently liked and approved of the direction of school reform efforts made by Rhee and indicated that there have been significant improvements in the troubled schools, notably (some) higher test scores, and improvements in both enrollment and graduation rates.   Likewise, many of those polls seemed to think that the city had made significant improvement in the quality of living, citing especially the job done by D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier in combating crime, in economic improvement, deliveries of service, parks and recreation and so on.   If you looked at the numbers and some of the criticisms, what people appeared not to like was, well, Fenty and Rhee. Many people didn’t care for the style and the way the two leaders operated. They criticized the mayor for being arrogant, dismissive, high-handed and unresponsive and not playing well with others, especially the D.C. city council. They criticized the way Rhee had dealt with the teacher force, her inability to come to grips with contract negotiations with the teachers union, her handling of the massive firings of teacher in the fall and, most recently, some vitriolic comments about the fired teachers made to a national publication.   Clearly, there’s some style over substance issues here. What’s even more clear, though, is that there are fissures appearing in the body politic. Some of the strongest disapproval for both Fenty and Rhee comes from the poorer and majority black communities in the city.   Looked at politically, the poll shows that Fenty is trailing city council Chairman Vincent Gray in terms of a projected race for re-election by as many as six points. Gray, of course, has openly indicated that he may or might run.   But really, is there a serious challenger out there that could possibly topple Fenty? He’s already got a considerable war chest for his re-election campaign in place, something no other likely challenger has. And time is a-wasting. People haven’t forgotten that Fenty, by famously knocking on every door in every ward of the city, won every precinct in the city in his run against then city council Chairperson Linda Cropp.   That campaign is instructive. It doesn’t pay to underestimate Adrian Fenty. Cropp and her handlers did it. Charlene Drew Jarvis, for years a mainstay as Ward 4 councilwoman did it and

ou’d have thought it was the show trial of the decade, so impassioned were the speeches, so venomous the tempers, so nervously did the commissioners labor to keep the tension hovering overhead from devolving into an outright shouting match. Intrigue was in the air, and the proceedings had all the airs of a lynching, in which the villains came forth to speak their piece before being skewered by neighbors, athletes and active citizens.   All this over a soccer field?   In truth, it’s not quite as dualistic as it sounds. The “villains,” in fact, are no other than the D.C. government and the Maret School, who, far from having sinister motives, are simply trying to rehabilitate Burleith’s deteriorating Jelleff Fields. And though the Maret and parks and rec brass had to pitch their plan to a largely hostile crowd at last Monday’s ANC 2E meeting, they certainly brought their A game: a $2.5 million budget, Astroturf, full maintenance. On paper — and posterboard — the proposal sounds ironclad.   But when Mayor Fenty recently made a passing reference to the city’s joint purchase of the fields with Maret, neighbors smelled a rat and soon discovered the deal had been hammered out with little to no public input, which, they allege, allowed Maret to cherry-pick the best field usage hours for itself (under the agreement, the school will have private rights to the field after classes Monday through Friday, and on 10 Saturdays during the spring and fall seasons). When Jesus Aguirre, who heads up the Department of Parks and Recreation, implied that the community had,

in fact, been reached out to, angry murmurs riffled through the crowd. Friends of Jelleff head Marshall Bykofsky even stood and blurted out, “That never happened!” to the chagrin of commissioners. He would go on to deliver a fiery invective against the agreement, accusing Maret of back-room dealing and monopolizing the improvement and maintenance of Jelleff’s facilities.   Bykofsky has a point. It’s not that the deal is ill intentioned. Nor could anyone seriously pooh-pooh Maret’s status as one of the District’s eminent schools, or DPR’s sterling efforts to revamp its public spaces. But the case that the city and Maret skipped a necessary huddle with the community has merit, and sets an ugly precedent for similar agreements farther on down. What school officials consider an open process was little more than a half-hearted call for contract bids after they had quietly entered a deal with the District government already. If the city is this opaque in its business arrangements, couldn’t there be much more at stake in the future?   We have little doubt Maret will serve as an excellent steward of Jelleff, and that the city is working hard to improve its image and standard of living. But transparency is the bedrock of the democratic process, and if we fail to insist upon it in all maneuverings of the government, we’ve given up much more than soccer practices before sunset.   We urge Maret School and DPR to return to the drawing board as an act of good faith and open up the dialogue to a visibly engaged and opinionated community.

On the storm of the century


n Friday morning, an endless gray cloud silenced the outside world — the proverbial calm before the storm. Inside the outlets and grocery stores, however, was the antithesis of tranquility. Our culture has no figure of speech for “bedlam preceding a hush,” but I would suggest “Christmas Syndrome.”   We bought eggs, ground beef, onions, milk, bananas, grabbing at whatever remaining scraps lay toppled on ravaged grocery shelves. We bought shovels and we bought ice scrapers. We bought flashlights, firewood, calcium chloride, smoke signals, life jackets. Those with snow blowers and SUVs were at long last vindicated, swelling with purpose and satisfaction of ownership.   Then it began to fall. It fell for 36 hours. It was a steady and uncompromising snow, the kind of snow that feels orchestrated by the ghosts of Frost and Thoreau. Turning our city a festive white, it left its mark on everything, down to the smallest branch of the smallest tree.   The snow fell in a way almost disconnected to its surroundings, not concerned with the way our world works, unfazed by our innumerable contentions, our work schedules. Unfettered by impending elections, energy crises or civil disobedience, the snow did something that many of us have forgotten how to do: it just came down.   Something in this snow, as I watched it cascade outside my window, spoke to me of

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letting go. It demonstrated that sometimes all that’s left to be done is to fall for a little while. And in this exhalation I saw the city revitalized. Neighborhood snowball fights broke out in all corners of Washington — Dupont Circle attracted some 2,000 warriors. Neighbors, who had studiously ignored each other for years, were suddenly helping each other clear their walkways, dig out cars, and commiserate over the overwhelming absurdity of this event.   This, above all else, has been good for us. The underpinning of community interaction, growth, and development often seem to be the neglected cultivation of modern cities. But this is the forum in which the imperative sense of a collective experience can be fostered, where ideas can be shared, where community is created and becomes more than that which is necessitated by the proximity of dwellings. It is where we entertain discourse, learn to accept each other, make friends, build families.   So, we are amid a financial crisis, a war, jobs are tight, tensions are high. But that is what we are dealing with, not who we are. In these rare and precious moments, when the world stands still and we are all but forced to stand with it, we come together and let go for a while. The snow buried our roads, shut off our power, and closed the federal government.   What a beautiful disaster. Have your own snow story? Tell us at


lost the second time Fenty challenged her for her council seat.   Gray is cautious and careful by nature, and taking on Fenty is risky business. As Council Chairman, he’s in a position to take on Fenty on policy and legislative matters, if he can ever get the mayor to cooperate more fully instead of finding unique ways to get around working with the council, as he did in the matter of parks and recreation contracts, which still rankles in the public eye. For Gray, running against Fenty is taking a big risk. He, too, is up for re-election and if he decides to run against Fenty, must give up his position as council chair. If he loses, he’s a private citizen again and maybe out of political life for good.   That’s also the case for Ward 5 Councilman Kwame Brown, also a man whose name is being tossed about as a potential challenger to Fenty. Brown is down-to-earth, personable, intense, smart and popular city-wide, but he too is up for re-election. Michael Brown, an independent and very vocal critic of the mayor and the chancellor at fall hearings — he called for “reforming the reform” — might take a shot. He is not up for re-election.   Polls like The Washington Post’s clearly indicate there’s some dissatisfaction out there with both Fenty and Rhee, but so for they’ve shown no inclination to change their way of doing things or pursue making nice. While his staff sends out a blizzard of e-mail announcements about Fenty appearances — school renovation ribbon cuttings, ground-breakings, statistical achievement announcements, personnel announcements, crime scenes, snow removal efforts — getting Fenty to talk about policy is a lot harder.   Fenty and Rhee are tied at the hip politically, and Rhee’s strong-minded and often controversial tactics, efforts and public comments will continue as long as she knows, as she does, that the mayor has her back.   Still, as soon as the snow is cleared off, it will be interesting to see what effect, if any, the polls have had. Fenty is not a particularly introspective sort of guy, and both he and Rhee are doers, action figures, if you will, as opposed to explainers.   As always, stay tuned.


Two gop heavyweights pass on By Gary Tischler


n Washington where we live, there are types of people, just like there are in San Francisco or Philadelphia or Paris.   In Washington, they’re actually called Washington types, as opposed to the rest of us who are merely Washingtonians or Redskins fans.   They come in from all over the country to run the country, or, weather and economics permitting, run the world. We are talking about the visitors, of course, those men (and some women) who walk about not only in $5,000and-above suits and pants suits, but with a matching gravitas that says they are serious people, from the president on down. Our history is full of them, of course, a sub-set species of lawyers, retired generals, ex-spooks, friends to the friends called advisers, actual congressmen and senators, the supremes, the cabinet members, the secretaries of as opposed to secretaries to.   Very few leave an indelible mark, let alone statues, equestrian or pedestrian. But they have a look — on Capitol Hill you can spot a second term congressman pretty much by the way he acts, as if he should be recognized after four years on the Hill. Tom DeLay would scowl

at people. And Bill Clinton, if he hadn’t been told his terms were over, would still be getting seconds at a local diner.   The ones that leave a mark do it quietly — or not. In the case of former Secretary of Commerce Robert Mossbacher, he made an impression working for his friend, President George H.W. Bush. He was a Republican politician through and through but he was also not to be mistaken for a hanger-on or lightweight. He had style and gravitas, and he made his money the old-fashioned way, coming out high enough in what’s always called the “oil bidness” in Texas to be dubbed a tycoon. He was a rich man who served and enjoyed his life, enough to have married several times. One of the wives was Georgette Mossbacher, who came to Washington with him. She was in the beauty business, herself as chief, red-headed example, and together, they cut quite a swath in Washington, making for a power couple par excellence. Nobody ever asked to see their invitations to anything.   He sailed yachts, he looked elegant, he was a fund-raiser without equal in his day, and as commerce secretary he helped to promote the American Free Trade Agreement . Mossbacher died of pancreatic cancer last month. In the old (Roman) days, he would have had a statue in

the city.   So would Charles “Mac” Mathias, a Washington type who, if you follow politics at all, is as rare as a rumor about unicorns. Matthias was a three-term Republican U.S. Senator from Maryland, and, when he ran for the last time, made silly putty of the now venerable liberal Democratic Senator Barbara Makulski. He was, by all accounts and descriptions, a so-called “liberal” Republican. Nowadays, of course, to be a liberal Republican would be to be a Democrat at best, and probably a grumpy independent at worst. But there were such political types in the U.S. Senate, once upon a time. Mathias, who died at 87 last month, was a maverick who gave the word some real meaning before Senator John McCain took it for himself and made a campaign slogan out of it.   Matthias, who served three terms, was a champion for saving the Chesapeake Bay, he was pro-labor on many issues and even every now and then not quite the gung-ho hawk that seemed to be part of the GOP genetic makeup. He also championed civil rights.   Looking at pictures of him, he looked like an imposing, standup guy — standing up for the rights of others. Here’s a man who probably would get up first to shake the preferred hand from across the aisle, no matter what the party and partisan line might be.

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s in rock ’n’ roll, literature has its one-hit wonders, writers that write a book that’s a singular sensation, something that bowls over critics or the great reading masses, sometimes both. The book remains important, memorable, it stamps individuals and generations who read it at the time, and moves forward in time and is read again, sometimes by the same type of people.   We forget that the people who wrote the book had lives before and after the writing, we forget sometimes who they are and were. Were is the operative word for J.D. Salinger and Howard Zinn, both of whom passed away last month.   Salinger wrote precious little in his long life (he was 91 when he died), but he did write the little book that could, “The Catcher in the Rye,” a thin novel whose narrator is a teenager named Holden Caulfield, disaffected, cynical, foulmouthed for his time, sex-addled, scared, wise and dumb at once and profoundly protective of his sister and other innocents (like himself).   That book came out in 1951 and it made Salinger, who had written a book of nine short stories, titled, oddly enough, “Nine Stories,” a literary obsession in a time when American literature, the pursuit of the great American novel, and other writerish pastimes where matters of concern in college life, among young men and women dreaming of becoming writers for real.   Salinger wrote three more books, short pieces

disguised as novels, called “Frannie and Zooey,” “Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters” and “Seymour: An Introduction,” all concerned with the antics of the fictional Glass family. A novella appeared in the New Yorker (a perfect home for Salinger) in 1965.   And that was that. The rest is persona, a defiant reclusivity, a mini-scandal involving a young woman. He persisted in being a recluse, and apparently writing every day, but not for publication — a style that perversely suits him, something on the order of what one Polish poet said of an unnamed writer: “what an amazing writer — he dotted the ‘i’ in an unwritten sentence.”   But “Rye” persists as a kind of anthem. Generations discover the book, find themselves in it and what passes for life, share and commiserate and, it’s hoped, see the beauty of it. Since part of its appeal is a furious sort of irony, it appeals strongly to today’s disaffected posthigh school intellectuals, allowing them not to

think things through or write too well.   If silence and solitude (and speculation on the part of others) were a hallmark of Salinger’s life, Zinn led a rich, active life swimming strongly in the currents of history. His 1980 book “The People’s History of the United States” was not the first book he ever wrote, nor the last, but it shot into the mainstream like a bomb and still goes off periodically.   Zinn, a political activist with a populist, leftist bent, changed or enriched the way folks looked at American history, by writing about what you might call outsiders, or those ignored in the telling of the story of the rich stream of inventive democracy. That is to say, Zinn wrote about slaves and slavery, the treatment of Native Americans, the dark side of capital, commerce and empire, the role of women, and workers, the battles for labor rights. In short, most of the stuff that’s given short shrift in textbooks and mainstream history. Not so much any more.   Holden Caulfield, if he grew up at all, probably would have ended up reading the book, and not have been surprised by what he learned: “People always think something’s all true,” he said in “The Catcher in the Rye.”   That’s not what they remember. The irony is that they remember the line late in Chapter 26: “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”   We’ll miss J.D. Salinger, but we’ll always have Holden Caulfield. We’ll miss Howard Zinn but we’ll have his people’s history, which is about the things that weren’t all true.

The Jack Evans Report


ast week the city council met at its annual retreat to review legislative priorities, receive briefings from various officials and make plans for the coming year. Of particular interest to me as chair of the council’s Committee on Finance and Revenue was the briefing by Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi on the audit of the FY 2009 budget, known as the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The council will hold a hearing on the audit this Friday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. in the council chambers.   The good news from the FY 2009 CAFR is the District sustained its 13th annual balanced budget and unqualified “clean” audit. In short, our finances are a far cry from the desperate straits we faced in the mid-’90s. The audit also confirmed we have reduced “material weaknesses” from two in FY 2008 to zero this year, and “significant deficiencies” from four to three. I am glad we have made progress on reducing these problems. Every year the District spends millions on various audit functions — not only the CAFR, but of course the operations of the D.C. Auditor and the Office of the Inspector General. Early last year we decided to pool all this information more systematically and bring in under-performing agencies to submit remediation plans to correct the deficiencies. This new approach has begun to pay off.   We finished FY 2009 with a surplus of nearly $140 million residing in various special accounts. Before we rush to spend this money, however, we have already received briefings on the status of the current FY 2010 budget and the upcoming FY 2011 budget submission by Mayor Fenty, which is expected on April 1. Clearly from the information we received, we will need that $140 million to address ongoing problems in FY 2010 and 2011. These problems, of course, are due largely to the overall state of the economy, although the District is in somewhat better shape than our neighbors to the north and south and I believe our revenue shortfalls are in the manageable range.   Every year, seemingly, we face “spending pressures” in the middle of the fiscal year, but since it is February we have the opportunity to review these problems and make corrective actions at the time so we end FY 2010 with a balanced budget. A more difficult challenge will be the work of the mayor and the council to balance the FY 2011 budget. We were told — if we do nothing else — the cost of continuing current operations of the D.C. government will increase by over $470 million from FY 2010 to FY 2011. That’s truly an astonishing figure! With very flat revenue growth this will not be possible. Of this “automatic growth,” the big increases, both financially and statistically, are the Education cluster, which would increase by 11.8 percent and the Human Support Services cluster which would increase by 20.7 percent. Other cluster area increases are far more modest. Clearly this spring we will have some very serious challenges facing us and many tough decisions to make.   Sincerely,   Jack The author is a city councilmember representing District Ward 2.

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ots of kids in Washington can say they have a parent who works in journalism, and a few can even say that both their folks are members of the profession. But only a select minority can boast that each of their parents works for an acclaimed national publication or network program, and has a Twitter following that numbers in the millions. That said, the children of John Donvan and Ranit Mishori have a lot to be proud of. Donvan started out at Dartmouth and clawed his way up the notoriously cutthroat ladder of broadcast journalism to serve both as chief White House and “Nightline” correspondent — his current job — for ABC. His wife Ranit, raised in Israel, began a radio career before shipping off to medical school at Georgetown, where she now works as a family physician, professor and frequent health columnist for the Washington Post and Parade magazine. I had a chance to sit down with the pair to talk family, dating abroad and the future of the media, and like a good news story, our conversation swung from the personal to the professional and back again.

How did you get started in your field? What led to your current job? John: Well, I started out working at my college radio station at Dartmouth. After school I began working for some smaller radio stations as a reporter and news director. When I got involved in TV, it was really exciting, but I have always missed the lightness and nimbleness of radio. In TV you have to worry about lighting, equipment, people who are camera shy. On radio, it was easier to just tell the story. People say a picture is worth a thousand words. In TV that’s not always true. I went on to be a foreign correspondent. I lived in London for some time, Moscow, Amman and Jerusalem as well. I was traveling about 85 percent of the time. When I was 39 I got married, and stopped wandering. Now, I mainly travel in the U.S. I might be gone for a night to film a story, where it used to be weeks. Ranit: I was actually born and raised in Israel, so I was actually a radio producer for the Israeli Military radio station, as part of my military service. Only a small number were accepted, but I knew that I wanted to be working in the media initially. Later, I switched to TV and did a fair amount of traveling; I was in New York City for 10 years and lived in London for a while. But gradually I got sick of this life. I thought that news wasn’t the life for me. I actually went back to school, eventually at Georgetown, to be a doctor. I thought I would never go back, but I kept getting story ideas while I was going through [medical] training. I got my first piece in the Washington Post Health section as a second year medical student, and I’ve been freelancing for them since 2003. About three years ago I became contributing health editor for Parade Magazine, where I have a regular

column called “StayHealthy” and write healthrelated features. That’s in addition to practicing medicine and being full-time faculty at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Wow, it is really interesting to see the similarities in your careers, with both of you beginning in radio and then progressing to TV [both lived in London as well]. How did you meet each other?

many Twitter followers do you have? One million? John (nodding): 1.3. Ranit: In terms of health news, medical news, I think there will always be room for doctors giving health advice. People will always be interested in their well-being. It is definitely going to be a challenge, with so many sources and many of them on the Internet are unreliable. People so often want their health to be black and white, but they don’t realize that there are shades of grey in medicine. The Internet creates many misconceptions. It is difficult to both straighten out these misconceptions in a

simple and clear way. John: Right now it’s far from clear where the news business is going to land. But stories are still stories, just as they were when there were only three networks and we competed fiercely to get viewers away from the two other guys. There are stories that are fun and stories that are important, and the trick then and now is to do the important, but in ways that really connect to people. There are a lot more “other guys” now, many more storytellers, but it’s the same principle. Just because it’s on Twitter doesn’t mean it can be boring.

Ranit: We were actually both in Brussels covering a NATO summit. It was ’87, right? (John nods, scratching their labradoodle puppy, five months old and the newest addition to the family. I may be in love.) But, it was later, during the first Gulf War that I approached him (she smiles).We dated for a year; but I knew of you long before you knew who I was (another smile). How has being very much in the public eye shaped your relationship? Ranit (looking at John): We are very private (he nods, agreeing). John: We are not into the party circuit. For us, it is about being with our family, not out at parties. With such hectic work schedules, how do you make time for your relationship and the family? John: We live for the weekend! We really set that time aside for doing family activities, and being with the kids. Ranit: Yeah, the weekdays get very filled up. (She’s not kidding about a full schedule. To make time for exercise she wakes up at 4:30 a.m. to swim or go to boot camp (at Rose Park in Georgetown) on most weekdays. This woman walks her healthy talk). Sometimes, on weekdays we are just crossing paths so that makes the weekends an important time for family. How do you view the changing nature of media, with all the news blogs and Internet sites for news? Ranit: Well, John is actually very much ahead of the curve on the social media. [To John] How

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s we prepare for our annual pilgrimage to our accountant to prepare for the April 15 tax deadline, it is a good idea to remember how a mortgage can help lower our tax burden. The following are some items homeowners should consider taking advantage of while preparing the 2009 tax returns.   Mortgage interest on a primary home and a second home is tax deductible. This includes the first and secondary mortgages. A second mortgage can be in the form of a fixed rate second or a home equity line, often referred to as a HELOC. The limits are capped out at $1 million on the first mortgage and an additional $100,000 for a second mortgage.   Points on a mortgage are tax deductible. On a purchase loan the entire value of the points are deductible for that year. Even if the seller paid for the points on the loan, the buyer can still deduct the points.   On a refinance loan the points are treated differently. Initially the costs of the points are spread out over the amortization period of the loan. If a homeowner took a fixed rate or an adjustable rate mortgage that is amortized over 30 years, the deductibility of the points is spread out over 30 years. An example, if one paid a point on a $300,000 mortgage the cost of the point was $3,000. Next divide the $3,000 by 30 (the length of the loan). This equals $100. That means the taxpayer would only be able to deduct $100 to his or her taxes per year.   When the homeowner refinances, or pays off

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Ask the Realtor By Darrell Parsons Dear Darrell: I lost out on a property the other day because there was a competing offer. I thought the buyers were calling the shots these days, and that sellers would be lucky to get even one offer. — Randall P. Dear Randall: It’s frustrating, isn’t it? There seems to be some cosmic law in real estate sales that if a property sits on the market for a long time with no offers, and then an offer finally does come in, a second one magically appears. It seems counter-intuitive, but I have seen it happen with regularity. I don’t know for certain why it happens, but my theories are these: first, and most likely, is that for some time party A has been interested in the property but just can’t bring himself to write an offer. The seller is probably aware of the interest of A, and so when party B writes an offer, the seller tells A that an offer has come in, and if he is interested he needs to act now. The fact that B has written an offer is probably enough of a nudge to make A realize that he is not going to have a chance to buy this property unless he acts now. So A writes a competing offer. Standard practice among agents in this situation is that the details of both offers are known only to the listing agent and seller. A doesn’t know the details of B’s offer, and viceversa. A second possibility is that there has been some change in the real estate market which has caused more buyers to consider buying at a particular time. For example, if the property was on the market for two months while interest rates were at 7 percent, and suddenly the rates began to drop into the low 6 percent range, more buyers would qualify to buy that property, and thus there is a greater chance for competing offers. In your case, whatever prompted you to make an offer at this time might be the same thing

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It’s February, which means love is in the air and lingerie is on the mind. Lingerie is a sure fire way to inspire romance and make it a Valentine’s Day you and your partner will never forget. Here are a few styles to look and feel sexy on that special day. You are only as limited as your imagination. Photography: Malek Naz Freidouni Model: Alexandra Vasina Hair and Makeup: Margoux Le Roux All lingerie provided by Jaryam of Georgetown Sweetheart (Pictured Left) Sizzle in this Argentovivo pink and denim matching bra and culotte, covered by a hot Intenzioni lace jacket. Sugar Plum (Pictured Right) Achieve this sophisticated, feminine and easy to wear look in a purple Parah slip and robe

Snow Bunny (Pictured Bottom Left) Thaw the winter chill with a bright red Parah bra and panties, seen here under a sheer cream Malicia slip dress. Peaches ‘n’ Cream (Pictured Bottom Right) This embellished lace Argentovivo peach slip works on a variety of figures and is sweet, sexy and everything in between.

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Manhattan in Mid-winter By Robert Sacheli


few days in New York City can provide an antidote to the Washington winter blahs. Escaping from our snow-battered city never seemed like a better idea, so here are a dozen ideas for your Manhattan getaway.

1. Getting to New York City from Washington has been made easier and more affordable with the advent of bus services like Bolt, Megabus, Vamoose, and DC2NY. Book online, and for about $50 round trip you can settle into a comfortable seat, enjoy free Wi-Fi, and arrive at a convenient downtown Manhattan location. It’s far cheaper than the train, and less of a hassle than flying. And the savings mean you’ll have more to splurge with in New York.

2. Think of New York in winter and the skating rink at Rockefeller Center comes to mind. It may be touristy, but it’s a quintessential seasonal experience, so lace up those skates and take a spin under the gaze of the Art Deco statue of Prometheus. Find details about tickets and schedules at iceRink/IceRink_post-holiday.pdf 3. Nothing’s better than a steaming cup of hot chocolate after a turn on the ice. The legendary Parisian chocolatier La Maison du Chocolate has four boutiques in Manhattan, including one at 30 Rockefeller Center.

5. No trip to Manhattan is complete without shopping. If you can brave the crowds, discount department store Century 21 (22 Cortlandt Street, between Church and Broadway) is a bargain hunter’s heaven. You’ll find everything from basics to high-end designers for both men and women here.


Once you’ve warmed up with a visit to Century 21, you’ll be ready to tackle the legendary Barney’s Warehouse Sale, running Feb. 11 through 28 and offering 50 to 75 percent discounts on the store’s always-fashionable merchandise. It tales place at 255 West 17th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.

7. Far more sedate shopping can be found at a pair of notable resale shops on the upper East Side, each filled with top-quality clothes and accessories. Designer Resale (324 East 81st Street) and Gentlemen’s Resale (322 East 81st Street) will hold their winter sale through Feb. 19, with 20 to 70 percent off designer brands. On Feb. 20 and 21, prices will be reduced up to 80 percent.

4. If you’re seeking something a bit stronger to chase the chill, head to the Oak Bar at the Plaza Hotel (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South), where the room is decorated with Everett Shinn’s luminous murals of the city in winter. Or survey Fifth Avenue and Central Park from the vantage point of the glass-enclosed PenTop Bar and Terrace at the Peninsula Hotel (Fifth Avenue at 55th Street).

8. Mars Attacks MoMA! The big show at the Museum of Modern Art is a multimedia exploration of the imagination of Tim Burton, filled with examples of his work as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer. It’s a hot ticket, so plan ahead and book them online.

9. Why not discover some of the city’s smaller museums on your visit? The Neue Galerie’s

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celebration, a tango quartet and hip-hop fusion, and March brings “jazz-minded pop chanteuse” Morley and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Finnish Voices Festival and others. The Atrium also houses Tom Colicchio’s ‘Wichcraft Café and a day-of-performance discount ticket booth for all of Lincoln Center’s venues.

11. Hungry yet? Park Avenue Winter (100

permanent collection of Austrian and German fine and decorative arts spans the first half of the 20th century, and is housed in an elegant setting at 1048 Fifth Avenue. The Morgan Library and Museum (225 Madison Avenue) devotes an exhibit to “A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy” through March 14, featuring rarely seen Austen letters and original manuscripts among the materials on view. “Project Runway” fans should find inspiration at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where current exhibits include “American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion” and “Night and Day,” focusing on the changing rules that governed fashion. The museum is at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, and admission is free. “Only in New York: Photographs from Look Magazine” captures images of the city from the 1940s through mid-1960s. It’s on view through April 10 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street.

10. The David Rubenstein Atrium is the newest public space at Lincoln Center and offers “Target Free Thursdays” at 8:30 p.m., featuring an eclectic range of musical performances. February’s calendar includes a Chinese New Year

East 63rd Street at Park Avenue) is the current incarnation of a restaurant at which the décor, graphics, and full menu change with the seasons. Cozy up to the dining room fireplace at Savoy in Chelsea (70 Prince Street). BBQ buns are the new sliders, and David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar (171 First Avenue) dishes up some amazing ones. For a taste of New York in the 19th century, its McSorley’s Old Ale House (15 East 7th Street), which has been serving up their signature brews (one light, one dark, and that’s it) since 1854. A recent visitor raved about the bistro atmosphere, live jazz, and food at weekend brunch at La Bateau Ivre (230 East 51st Street).

12. Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson lend movie-star wattage to a revival of Arthur Miller’s 1955 play “A View From the Bridge.” Critics have been lauding the cast and production. Britishers Hugh Dancy and Ben Wishaw arrive off-Broadway in “The Pride.” Douglas Carter Beane spruced up “Xanadu” a season or so ago, and the author (who also wrote “The Little Dog Laughed”) is back with John Lithgow and Jennifer Ehle as “Mr. and Mrs. Fitch,” about a married couple who also happen to be gossip columnists. Annie Glidewell provided research on this story. Photo Credit: Rockefeller Center: Briun

cover Olympic Hotspots By Gary Tischler


ome 5,000 athletes from over 80 nations will be marching out of the gateways raising flags and banners high at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, one of the coolest, hippest, modern cities in the world, but also one of the most physically spectacular.   They’ll be competing for gold, silver and bronze medals and the hearts of the world where billions will be watching on cable, network and other sorts of television, not to mention following everything on the latest high-tech Internet outlets. These days, you can keep the Olympics in your side pocket and get that whoosh of extra air when the spectacular American skier Lindsay Vonn heads downhill.   The Olympics, held from Feb.12 through 28, will be the best thing on television, better than “Two and a Half Men,” better than President Barack Obama talking with Republicans, more bruising and silly than a Tea Party Convention, better than wondering where in the world Matt Lauer is, more surprising than a Kate Gosselin hairdo.   You can of course watch the Olympics in the big-screen comfort of your apartment, condo or home, and you may have to in this snow-bound Washington winter. But you can also go to your nearby local sports bar or just bar, or casually drop by at the embassies of one of the participating countries: Canada, anybody? Or you can go to ESPN sports bar downtown, where there are television monitors discreetly placed above the men’s urinal, or at least they were when I last I visited.   For a classier experience, drop by Momo’s (1334 U St.), with 16 flat-screen television sets, or the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern (639 Indiana Ave.), which is a little more homey and has old-fashioned barstools. Porter’s Dining Saloon (1207 19th St.) is also a favorite pick, very cool and high endish, with lots of screens and monitors.   Watch it where you will. Winter Olympics have always been the kind of event where extraordinary people, most of them young, trained and buffed to within an inch of their lives, fulfill what they were born to do. Which is to careen down a thick-snow mountain side with skies and sticks and risk life and limb to make twisting turns between little flags. Which is to push a little something with a broom, yes indeed. Which is to go through a white landscape, push yourself to within an inch of a heart attack and beat mother nature at its own game.   Which is to create grace in figure skating, in pairs and singly, young men and women shining like stars, trying or crying their hearts out with amazing skill and beauty. Here is where a red-headed kid named Shaun White, a latter-day Huck Finn, practically invented and elevated a sport which resembled something done by kids absent from class in Los Angeles and turned into a winter sport called snowboarding.   Here, ladies and gentlemen, is Vancouver, city of high rises, beautiful lengths and expanses of parks, expensive and full of more shopping opportunities than Rodeo Drive, just ask all those Asian teeners at the airport who practically invented the bag as a thousand dollars-plus accessory.   Watch them shine, our very own stars, the aforementioned Lindsay Vonn, curling star John Shuster, speed skater Shani Davis, the redheaded snowboarder Shaun White who can land on his chin and do it all over again, and hello again, here’s Mr. Bode, our teen figure skaters, the elegant Mr. Johnny Weir.   This is the part of the winter you can enjoy, long after snow has lost its fascination and become a pile of white mixed with yellow and dirt.

Capitals, The Hottest Ticket in Town

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umors abound. What could the Salahis be planning next?   What’s the hottest ticket in town?   When it’s not the middle of the snowstorm of the century whose affects are still being felt, the toughest ticket in town and the coolest thing to see is a game involving the Washington Caps, especially now.   The Caps, future Stanley Cup Champions — and don’t say we didn’t say so — are, at the time of writing, on a 14-game winning streak. That’s 14 in a row without a loss. Over the weekend, when everything shut down in Washington, the Verizon Center remained open and even the weather couldn’t cool off the Caps, who began by getting by Atlanta in another thriller, a 5-4 victory making it l3 in a row on Friday night, when the big storm was just getting underway.   In spite of limited transportation venues, half the arena was filled, with some 7,000 fans lighting up a downtown area getting blanketed with snow and whiteouts.   That was nothing compared to Sunday when the Caps faced arch-foe Pittsburgh. Virginia and


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e may have gotten dumped on this weekend, but are you jonesing for some snow you can actually use? Try out our picks for ski vacations this year, some you may have heard of, others just a little off the beaten (and skied-

Out east: Stowe (Vermont) Ski rental (includes poles and boots): $42 Lodging and lifts: The three-day “Ski and Stay” package ($485) will set you up with a lift ticket and room at the ski-in, ski-out Inn at the Mountain. Nested sleepily below the elongated ridgeline of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, Stowe bridges the gap between timbered New England hamlet and glitzy alpine resort so authentically, visitors can have it both ways. Click into your ski bindings in style at Spruce Peak’s (opposite Mansfield) brand new base lodge, part of a $400 million renovation project designed to yank the rustic — sometimes hokey — facilities into the 21st century. Purists, though, need not fear a loss of Stowe’s cachet — the town’s historic Main Street is as unassuming and offbeat as ever, and whether you’re after syrup-drizzled Vermont waffles, regional microbrews or Northeast arts and crafts, all things folksy are in ample supply at what is routinely called the East’s greatest ski mountain. ( Snowshoe (West Virginia) Ski rental: $33 Lodging and lifts: Try Snowshoe’s weekend Lodging and Lift package ($113 nightly), which lumps together a hotel room, breakfast and lift ticket. Mid-week visitors can expect an even better deal. The mid-Atlantic U.S. has it rough. When it comes to ski destinations, the usual suspects up north are just out of practical driving distance, but close enough to make a flight to the Rockies a dubious expense. What’s a Washingtonian to do? Head west to Snowshoe, the dark horse of premiere ski resorts, which has slyly lured powderhounds from New England for years with its fractional costs and easy proximity. But second-rate resort this is not — the mountain routinely enjoys a couple hundred inches of snowfall a year and comes parceled with a swath of downtown eateries and clubs. And with a driving distance of just five hours from D.C., weekenders serious about their skiing will find this Appalachian gem perfect for a quick getaway. (

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Maryland suburbanites, who comprise a large part of Caps fandom, trekked into town, many of them jumping into SUVs and Jeeps to make the trip. And they were rewarded as the Caps made it 14 in a row with a 5-4 overtime win.   And who’s top dog in town? Not the president, not the mayor, not Katie Couric or Diane Sawyer, not even Brangelina, should they happen to drop by on Cap night. Number One with a hockey puck is Alex Ovechkin, the guy with the no-toothed smile, the hairdo-challenged young Russian star of the Caps who leads the league in scoring and points, who, ever since he’s arrived in town, has turned D.C. into a hockey nuthouse.   Against his arch-rival and Pittsburgh Penguin Star Sidney Crosby, he watched Sid the Kid score two quick goals before he turned it on, scored three goals and propelled his team into a tie before the Caps won in overtime. You had to and you wished you coulda been there.   The Caps lead the National Hockey League with 88 points. The next home game isn’t until March 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Now you know what you’ve got to look forward to. Maybe that new cheerleader will look familiar to you. (GT)

Telluride (Colorado) Ski rental: $36 Lodging and lifts: The resort will throw in two free nights at the Franz Klammer Lodge in town when you book five — making for a great week-long deal. Two adult lift tickets are included each day. Check rates at The quintessential Western mining town, Telluride is a hidden nugget with a storied past: legend has its name a corruption of “to hell you ride,” shouted by fist-shaking residents to Butch Cassidy after he robbed the town bank in 1889. The silver mining boom dried up soon afterward, but in 1972 the newly built ski resort resuscitated the town economy, turning it into a jet-set rendezvous that has drawn the likes of Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey and Bob Dylan. Even after a long day of skiing, don’t skip a night out on the town, which is studded with tony shops and upscale bars, nearly all with the necessary Wild West . Those uninterested in the scenic route can avoid the long drive from Grand Junction by taking a convenient non-stop flight to the region from Chicago, Newark or Atlanta. ( Deer Valley (Utah) Ski rental: $48 Lodging and lifts: Stein Eriksen Lodge offers nightly packages for $389 per person, which includes lodging, gourmet breakfast and lift ticket. Visitors in early April can expect the same deal for $100 less. Visitors parking at Deer Valley are often so transfixed by its hewn-log “cabins” (read: mansions) and groves of trim, silent pines, they nearly forget to hand off their skis to the burly Austrian porters who guide them up to the lift base. Such is life at Deer Valley, the Versailles of ski resorts, where the slopes are gentle and comfort is the watchword. Opportunities abound for skiing epicures: palatial spas and award-winning restaurants are all at visitors’ fingertips (don’t miss the fantastic Stein Eriksen Lodge at mid-mountain), while those seeking a lively nightlife are minutes away from Park City, the mountain town par excellence and site of a number of 2002 Winter Olympic events. (

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“The Rivalry” By Gary Tischler


t’s always true that a play in performance, seen one night, or of an afternoon, or on the last night, is always that play, that time, and not another. You can talk about it and write about it as if everyone — performers, audience, critics, stage hand — were together at the same time. But clearly, this isn’t true. That half-truth and lie of a shared experience is what makes live theater so patently fresh and authentic. We’re not talking about excellence or its lack here, but the experience of it, in the time it happens. So, seeing an opening night performance of “The Rivalry” by Norman Corwin, a littleknown play written in the 1950s and performed fleetingly then and since in the confines of the renovated but always-in-the-historic-moment Ford’s Theatre on the night when a beleaguered President Barack Obama was giving his first State of the Union speech could not help but be a unique experience. We live in a city steeped in both the practice and atmosphere of politics, and the inescapable echoes of history. Theater-goers and critics are not immune to their surroundings: the Shakespeare quote from “Henry VI” — “First, let’s kill all the lawyers” — is a briskselling shirt at theaters here. Timing aside, a play centering around the 1858 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in the Illinois Senate race between the two men that year, performed in the theater where Lincoln was assassinated by an actor, is bound to echo strongly on any night of the year. But on State of the Union night, it’s a veritable bell-ringer. What’s peculiar here is how fresh this play is, how good and loud the words are, how vivid the “characters”— real men and women, passionately engaged — are. At Ford’s, of course, Lincoln rules, he haunts the plays to unfair advantage over any other character, but Douglas, the “Little Giant” of his day, holds his own. We know him less well, except as a foil for Lincoln, who has, after all, the faces of Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Raymond Massey and other old and newer movie stars for us to remember. In 1858, a beardless Abraham Lincoln, a practicing lawyer, a one-term former Congressman but a leading light in the new Republican party, challenged Douglas, the rotund, small-to-theground Democratic giant who had engineered the Kansas-Nebraska Act, a compromise which had allowed the white citizens of those territories to vote yea or nay on slavery. Lincoln, who was not then resoundingly abolitionist in his sentiments, was nevertheless morally opposed to slavery and its spread. That’s the setting of those seven debates, held in front of big audiences all over Illinois, and what people heard, and supported or opposed vocally were the great themes and concepts of the times — big or “central” government, the

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rights of states, freedom and liberty, for slaves, for states, for individuals, we hear Lincoln’s line about “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Liberty, freedom, states rights, the danger of federal power: haven’t we heard these themes at tea parties before all year long, not about slavery, but about health care? And isn’t that an African American president delivering the State of the Union speech, even as Lincoln and Douglas debate on the stage? I couldn’t help thinking about the occasion, both occasions. It was like being in two places at once, because there was so much immediacy

in this play, not because it was a great play, but because the setting and the actors made it so vivid, and thus pushed themselves out into the cold air of the here and now. “The Rivalry” — and it was both a political and personal rivalry, with Abe and Stephen both courting Mary Todd Lincoln at one time — comes to us in the form of a memory play, as remembered by Adele Douglas, the wife of the senator, younger, appealing, bright and much wiser than her head-strong, self-enamored husband. Early on she cautions him not to debate on the grounds that Lincoln, little-known but liked, had nothing to lose and everything to lose

(Lincoln lost the Senate race but won the presidential race only two years later). Sarah Zimmerman’s Adele is a charming guide here, because she has affection for both men. Here’s the Lincoln, spookily and warmly performed by the gangly Robert Parsons, spinning stories and yarns like a whiskey salesman, then turning coldly passionate in his insistence that slaves, if not on plane with whites, are nonetheless humans and deserving of the same inalienable rights shared by all. Rick Foucheux, built almost as low to the ground as Douglas, fleshes him out so that you cannot dismiss him as some lowgrade partisan villain, even when he shares with the audience his (to us) startlingly racist views of black people as less than human. Like Lincoln, he insists on the sanctity of the Union. Those loud echoes sometimes spill over: when Lincoln delivers a particularly stirring defense of individual rights for all, the canned applause is preceded by real applause from the audience. All three of the actors — and the persons they are acting on this stage — appear always fully engaged, as if they were here and now. So that when all is done, Lincoln in his beard, Douglas dying of typhus, the greats struggle commenced, you step into a cab with a cab-driver from Ethiopia and you hear Obama talking about Afghanistan, or jobs, or that saying no was not enough, and you hear applause and here you are, and it seems for a moment that the past, too, is fully engaged, with the here and now.


Flamenco Festival 2010 Lisner Auditorium


French Feasting:

the Chester Dale Collection at the NGA

Flamenco - Javier Suarez By Howard Kaplan


f there’s one antidote I can recommend for all the snow and cold that has defined D.C. for the past week or so and lulled us into a kind of couch potato-ness, it’s the ultra hot Flamenco Festival at the Lisner Auditorium, this year celebrating its remarkable 10th anniversary. I’ve covered a good many of the festivals over the past 10 years and they are, without a doubt, one of the highlights of the dance year. And if you’re trying to figure out what to get your significant other for Valentine’s Day, I recommend a pair of tickets to Flamenco X. In the past years I’ve seen incomparable talents such as Sara Baras, Farruquito, and Jose Serrano. This year’s festival features Compañía María Pagés (Feb. 11), Compañía Rocio Molina (Feb. 14), Marina Heredia and the Arab-Andalusian Chekara Orchestra of Tetouan (Feb. 21) and Compañía Israel Galván (Galván himself has been hailed as “revolutionary”) (Feb. 23). Galván’s company will perform “La Edad de Oro” (The Golden Age) and will be joined by the renowned vocalist Fernando Terremoto. My advice: try to get to as many of these performances as possible! Once you’ve had a taste you’ll be counting down the days till Flamenco XI.

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eorge Gershwin was a friend of Chester Dale and admired a Cézanne in Dale’s collection. After looking at the picture Dale asked Gershwin to sit down at the piano and improvise a Cézanne piece. Wouldn’t we all like to have heard it? The next best thing is to go to the National Gallery and view the major pieces in the Chester Dale collection and perhaps indulge in the lunch at the adjacent Garden Café Français, where Michel Richard serves his own oeuvres (Il n’est pas trop chère). The Dale collection, assembled by Chester and Maud Dale and encompassing the ’20s through the late ’50s, is most noteworthy for its French late 19th and early 20th century art. After Maud Dale’s death in 1953, Chester married Mary Bullard, who had been Maud’s art secretary, and their relationship cemented around his passion for collecting. Where else do you find 13 works by Modigliani from the intensely erotic “Nude on a Blue Cushion” to the sweetly maternal “Gypsy Woman with Baby?” Or, for that matter, one of the most homoerotic pictures by Salvador Dali, “The Sacrament of the Last Supper,” with Jesus at his Nordic best with pretty-boy disciples. The latter was unveiled in Easter weekend in 1956, in clueless Washington, to “enormous crowds” at the National Gallery. There are a few earlier artists in the Dale collection, including El Greco, with his splendidly austere “Saint Jerome,” and a wonderful Zurbarán. However it is the great strength of the collection in the French school with its unrivaled sensuousness and inventiveness starting with Corot and Courbet that gave firm foundation to the National Gallery in that area. There are perhaps only two Manets as important as “The Old Musician,” few Cézanne still-lifes greater than “The Peppermint Bottle,” no Gauguin more amazing than his “Self-Portrait” with halo (!), no van Gogh portrait more rewarding than “La Mousmé,” and no Toulouse-Lautrec sadder on

Diego Rivera Chester Dale, 1945 oil on canvas Chester Dale Collection

the human condition than “Rue des Moulins.” Also not to be missed are the series of portraits of Chester and Maud Dale by Rivera, an incredible Léger, Bellows and, of course, Dali. Modern portraiture is usually a must-miss, but here it is not so. Strongest of all the suits in the collection may be the Picassos, from the blue period a touching “Le Gourmet,” and the great early portrait of “Pedro Mañach” as well as the neo-classic “Madame Picasso” and “The Lovers.” The greatest of all Picassos — with the exception of “Guernica” — is “Les Saltimbanques,”

Edgar Degas Four Dancers, c. 1899 oil on canvas Chester Dale Collection the jewel in the crown of the collection. It is a fascinating meditation on art, time, and life. It was Rilke, sitting in front of this picture in Munich at the beginning of the last century, who wrote in his “Fifth Elegy”: “But tell me, who are they, these wanderers, even more transient than we ourselves?” (Through July 31, 2011)

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hallowed grounds, or something like It

By Ari Post


stretch of road runs along the Appalachian Mountains from Gettysburg down to Monticello. That it is beautiful is a given. There would be few better places to absorb the wintry foreshadowing of alchemizing autumn leaves. It is a road that tells stories to those who pass through. From post-Emancipation black settlements to Civil War battle sites, nine presidents’ homes, 13 national parks and 20 historic Main Street communities, this 180mile scenic byway takes travelers on a journey through Hallowed Ground, a national heritage area with more American history than any other region in the nation.   The winding thoroughfare received its honorific designation

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as a National Scenic Byway on October 16, 2009, distinguished for its historical, cultural and environmental attributes. Generally overlapping the Old Carolina Road, this path was once the main travel way between the North and South, and the most important trading route during colonial times. Boots, saddles, and thread from the industrious North were regularly exchanged for the southern colonies’ raw goods, including cotton, tobacco, and indigo dye.   The uniqueness of Hallowed Ground and the byway is in their entwinement with one another. The road joins the historic sites together like a main river channel fed by its tributaries. Rarely do travelers have such a convenient and inclusive opportunity to see so much of this country’s rich history.   “One place that was a real surprise to me was Old Town Manassas,” admits John Jones, communications director for The Journey Through Hallowed Ground. “There’s a wonderful little historic area with historic stops, restaurants, an arts center. It’s a hidden gem.”   The Manassas Museum, says Jones, has a wealth of exhibits and educational opportunities. In honor of Black History Month, The Manassas Museum is currently hosting an exhibit, “Sites and Stories: African American History in Virginia,” organized by Dr. Lauranette Lee, founding curator of African American history at The Virginia Historical Society. The exhibit links together stories and

events surrounding black historic sites in Virginia, with artifacts and archives from the Virginia Historic Society.   Many of the sites featured in the Manassas Museum still exist today, and are open for visitors looking for a more palpable experience with Virginia’s African American roots. The Ashville Historic District in Fauquier County is a remarkably well preserved postEmancipation black settlement. With a church and schoolhouse dating from the mid- to late 1800s, this 100-acre settlement is telling of the struggle and determination of early black communities.   If in need of a more bucolic escape, Oatlands, an erstwhile wheat plantation in Leesburg, contains dozens of acres of lush flower gardens and a restored mansion from the turn of the 19th century. The garden consists of multi-layered terraces carved into the hillside, the steps and landings made from locally quarried stone. From flowering tobacco to ornamental onions, the garden is home to an extensive variety of local and regional plant life.   The Oatland mansion itself, a regular host of weddings and events, is a glimpse into the architectural druthers of the early American elite. A weave of Federal and Greek revival styles, symmetrical bays on either side of the house come together with a grand portico in the front, while octagonal stairways and stucco walls round out the vast interior.   In Rappahannock County, south of Interstate 66, there is a small village, five blocks long by two blocks wide. “In the Blue Ridge Mountains,” wrote a 17-year-old George Washington in his journal, “I laid off a town.”   George Washington was just a young surveyor when he and a pair of chainmen laid out this small village in July 1749. Today, the Washington Historic District, or Little Washington, serves as a cozy, nearby retreat for the metro area community, with a fivestar restaurant (some may have heard of a modest eatery called The Inn at Little Washington) and relaxing bed and breakfasts. A

throwback to the intimate nature of colonial communities, most of the streets are named after the families who owned the land back in the late 1700s.   A little further south, in Culpepper County, the community of Brandy Station is home to Graffiti House, a colonial shanty with a story as astounding as the history it unveiled.   In 1993, a young man was salvaging wood panels from a dilapidated house on the verge of demolition. Tearing away the top layers of wallpaper, he made a startling and unprecedented discovery: handwritten notes and drawings scrawled across the walls by Civil War soldiers.   Young men fighting for both the North and the South unwittingly turned this old home into a time capsule. It is believed that the Confederate army used Graffiti House as a hospital following the Battle of Brandy Station, while the Union Army may have used this house as a headquarters during the winter encampment of 1863-64. Both sides left their marks along the bedroom walls of this shelter, glimpsing at their fears, hopes, and unfinished conversations.   Now restored and preserved for the public, these American hieroglyphics, a looking glass into the front lines of battle, allow visitors to have a dialogue with soldiers fighting for the future of our nation. Rarely does such a remarkable opportunity arise to understand 1history Georgetowner.02.10.10:Layout 2/8/10

so personably from within its own time and place. These men were not the law makers and writers of their day. This is history as seen by the husbands, the laborers, the fathers, the brothers.   There are almost too many sites and events to choose from — a kid-in-a-candy-shop scenario for any history buff or eager traveler. There is the staging point for the Lewis and Clarke expedition at Hessian Barracks. The Red Fox Inn in Middleburg is a tavern once visited by George Washington (just months before surveying Little Washington) that is still in operation today. Preserved Civil War battlefields lie peacefully in stretches scattered along the byway, ready for a picnic or a tranquil sit-down. And if you haven’t been to Monticello, get on it.   “We call it ‘where America happened’ because so much of our history has taken place in this region,” says Jones. “The fabric of our history is tied together by all these different events and places.” With a path that begins at the home of Thomas Jefferson and ends in Gettysburg, the vast wealth of American history should seem no surprise.   One could easily take a weekend to explore the Hallowed Grounds North through Pennsylvania. But at the same time, it might be worth just jumping in the car for an afternoon to discover what historical treasures are just down the street. 4:04 PM Page 1





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

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

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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,

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

1736 Wisconsin Ave., NW Come and see for yourself why Bistrot Lepic, with its classical, regional and contemporary cuisine, has been voted best bistro in D.C. by the Zagat Guide. And now with its Wine bar, you can enjoy “appeteasers”, full bar service, complimentary wine tasting every Tuesday and a new Private Room. The regular menu is always available. Open everyday. Lunch & dinner. Reservations suggested. (202) 333-0111



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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Celebrating over 29 years of keeping bellies full with good food and thirsts quenched with tasty beverages.

Jetties serves freshly-made sandwiches, and houses a salad bar. Indoor & outdoor seating. Open every day of the week, Jetties is a great for lunch and dinner.

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Jetties serves 25 flavors of ice cream. Freshly made coffee is served, too.

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Panache Restaurant 1725 DeSales St NW Tapas – Specialty Drinks Martini’s Citrus - Cosmopolitan - Sour Apple - Blue Berry Summer Patio – Open Now! Coming Soon. “New” Tyson’s Corner Location Open NOW! Dining Room Monday - Friday: 11:30am-11:00pm Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm Bar Hours Mon.-Thursday: 11:30am-11:00pm Friday: 11:30am- 2:00am Saturday: 5:00pm- 2:00am (202) 293-7760 965-3663 (202) 965-FOOD

La Chaumiere 2813 M St. Northwest, Washington, DC 20007 Whether it’s a romantic dinner or a business lunch, enjoy wonderful Boudin Blanc, Fresh Dover Sole Meunière, Cassoulet or Pike Quenelles by the fireplace in this unique “Country Inn”. Chef Patrick Orange serves his Award Winning Cuisine in a rustic atmosphere, where locals and celebrities alike gather. La Chaumiere also offers 2 private dining rooms with a prix-fixe menu and an affordable wine list. Washingtonian’s Best 100 restaurant 28 years in a row. (202) 338-1784

Peacock Cafe


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

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

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The tremendous popularity of The Peacock Happy Day Brunch in Washington DC is legendary. The breakfast and brunch selections offer wonderful variety and there is a new selection of fresh, spectacular desserts everyday. The Peacock Café in Georgetown, DC - a fabulous menu for the entire family. Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00am Sunday: 9:00am - 10:30pm (202) 625-2740

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

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

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

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

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

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MARTIN’S TAVERN Corner Wisconsin & N St, NW Since 1933, family owned and operated Martin’s Tavern has been popular with the local crowd, journalists, dignitaries and politicians who appreciate its top-notch food and welcoming atmosphere.People continue to return for the classic American fare of Prime steaks, chops, seafood, fresh pasta and shellfish and good old fashioned comfort food.Ask where LBJ, JFK and Nixon sat as regulars! ServingLunch,Dinner & Brunch Daily. (202) 333-7370

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


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

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The sweet and sour coffee kiss By Miss Dixie

into,” he says with a sly grin. “These drinks really get you going. It turned into a long night.”   Nathan offers a few tips for making the drink. First, use high-quality vodka like Emperor’s, a French vodka that is distilled six times and is known for its distinctively clean taste. Secondly, keep the lime slices fairly thin (about 10 slices per medium-sized fruit) so the citrus does not overpower the other flavors. Finally, he recommends using only Colombian coffee that has been ground very fine into a powder-like consistency. “It’s pretty interesting,” he says. “The flavors do not meld until the end. Once you swallow you get the coffee aftertaste in your mouth. It’s unique.”   While the drink is simple enough prepare at home, it is also served at Georgetown’s Rugby Café. “Emperor Vodka is really taking off in Washington,” Nathan says “and we are happy to pair up with Rugby bar to create this signature drink.” Rugby General Manager Jami Freyer says the drink is catching on with customers.   Nathan’s concoction would make a great aperitif for couples to make and share on Valentine’s Day. In Colombia, Nathan says Valentine’s Day is celebrated much like it is in the States. It is called “La Dia del Amor y La Amistad” (Day of Love and Caring). He also notes that most of the roses given away on the special day are grown in Colombia. So why not add this sexy Latin drink to your holiday repertoire as well?


ow many different ways of kissing do you know? Passionate. Friendly. Romantic. A good smooch can jump-start a relationship or kiss it goodbye.   How about an intoxicating Sweet and Sour Coffee Kiss delivered by a handsome Colombian man with seductive accent?   Before we carried away, let’s set the record straight. The Sweet and Sour Coffee Kiss is a drink contrived by Nathan Picciotto, from Emperor’s brand vodka. Nathan hails from Bogota, Colombia, and the tipple is based on a drink he enjoyed at home in South America.   The concept is simple. Chop some limes into wedges. Coat one side of the slice with sugar and the other with ground coffee. Take a shot of chilled Emperor’s vodka then bite the sugar- and coffee-coated lime. The result is a rush of sweet and tart, followed by a rich coffee finish. The powerful array of flavors will make your tastebuds tango inside your mouth.   Nathan says he first tried the drink several years ago at a friend’s graduation party. “In Colombia there is a lot of coffee and a lot of sugar cane. And we happened to have some vodka on hand.” While Nathan came up with the drink’s charming moniker, it was his friend who created the combination.   “We didn’t really know what we were getting

The Sweet and Sour Coffee Kiss Chill a bottle of Emperor’s brand vodka. Slice limes. Prepare two plates, one with sugar the other with coffee. Coat one side of the lime with sugar, the other with coffee. Take a shot of chilled Emperor’s vodka then bite the sugar-and-coffee coated lime. Repeat.

Nathan Picciotto enjoys a Sweet and Sour Coffee Kiss at Rugby Cafe.

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atchbox is getting bigger. Not a contradiction in terms. Owner operators Ty Neal, Perry Smith and Andrew Kim have paced their growth with incredible timing, catching the real estate wave before it becomes trendy and expensive: Chinatown and Capitol Hill are their next targets. Next is Ted’s Bulletin — look out for Barracks Row. But their biggest project yet (300 seats) will be a new Matchbox in Rockville’s Congressional Plaza where PGA Tour Grill used to be. Their Palm Springs location (did you even know they had a Matchbox in Palm Springs?) is 260 seats, so big restaurants are not foreign to them. Chinatown expanded to 250 seats (counting outdoors) in 2006. The little Matchbox ain’t so small after all.   Puro Café, a new venture from owner Roberto Sablayrolles, recently opened its doors in the 1500 block of Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. The European-inspired café menu serves up Mediterranean-style panini, Parisian pastries, weekend small plates and fun, fresh coffee blends. Puro Café is also the area’s exclusive provider of Nespresso coffee beverages. The décor is mainly white, and yes, it took quite a few coats of paint to cover up the pink exterior: Puro Café is located where Pink November used to be.   Sâuçá is a mobile restaurant that combines great food, travel, music, design, technology and fun, according to owner and D.C. resident Farhad Assari. The Sâuçá concept is about discovering and enjoying healthy, global foods in a non-traditional way. Food will be served from a high-tech kitchen on wheels loaded with Wi-Fi, an LCD flat screen monitor, a sound system, gobo projector and even a pay phone to chat with friends around the world.   The Organic To Go locations are undergoing renovations, transitioning to Mixt Greens, a West Coast chain that was purchased by OM Holdings, Organic To Go’s parent company. First store to be renovated is downtown at 19th and M Streets. Three more locations, slated for Downtown and the Golden Triangle, are slated to open this spring.   From seafood to Mexican food: Caliente Mex-Sea Kitchen & Bar will open in Ashburn, VA at Brambleton Town Center. The owner is Doug Palley, who also owns and operates Hooked. Jason Tepper of Hooked is the executive chef.   Birmingham, AL-based Zoe’s Kitchen will open its first location in this region in Woodbridge, VA in February. They have big plans to expand, and will open a second location in Potomac, MD this spring. The food is made-from-scratch, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in a fast casual atmosphere of Southern hospitality.   The owners of Meze restaurant plan to open Ezme in Dupont Circle, serving Turkish food similar to that at the original location. Estimated time to open is March/April.

  Starlight, a quick-service concept similar to Panera, will open in downtown D.C. at 21st and L Streets. The owners are successful French business owners who have studied similar operations in the States.   The new Fro Yo spot that opened within Booeymongers in Chevy Chase is doing so well that a second location — more of a flagship — will open on F Street between 10th and 11th Streets. This new concept offers self-serve frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors with a variety of toppings. Owners are Chuck Rendleman, who sold Up Against The Wall and Commander Salamander, Bruce Kogod and Brian Samuels.   Los Angeles-based Sprinkles cupcakes looking to open in late spring in Georgetown at 3015 M Street, NW where Mon Cheri Café used to be. Adnan Hamadi recently opened Alexandria Cupcake at 1022 King Street in Old Town. The Mussel Bar by RW will be Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s newest addition to his restaurant empire (Marcel’s, Brasserie Beck, Brabo). This will make him a tri-state restaurateur, as it opens in on Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda, where Levante used to be.   Midtown Café will open in Georgetown where District Fine Arts used to be. The new owner is Mohammad Yeganeh, a restaurateur who decided to come out of retirement. Must have been a really good deal.   Roberto Donna’s Galileo III is now looking at a March opening on 14th Street, where Butterfield 9 used to be. London-based uberpopular quick-service restaurant Pret A Manger is slated to open in downtown D.C. at 1155 F Street this spring.


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  Chef Update: Michel Richard announced that Arthur Cavaliere is Central’s new executive chef. He is a veteran of Stephen Starr’s restaurants in Philadelphia, most recently at Parc, a French brasserie. Mark Hellyar was named executive chef of Hook and Tackle Box restaurants in Georgetown. Most recently, he served as chef de cuisine at the Oak Door at the Grand Hyatt, Tokyo, and before that, he was chef de cuisine at D.C.’s Blue Duck Tavern.

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A Chocolate A Day? By Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R.D.


ew research is showing our dreams may have come true. Chocolate may actually be good for you! The past five years have brought us great discoveries about cocoa’s health benefits. Flavanols, the beneficial plant compounds scientists believe impart most of cocoa’s benefits, help maintain a healthy vascular system, relax blood vessels, reduce blood clotting — an aspirin-like affect — reduce oxidative damage, inflammation and improve blood flow. All of which reduce hypertension and heart disease risk. There has been some suggestion that flavanols can be used to treat vascular diseases like dementia, pre-eclampsia in pregnant women and anything related to blood flow. Emerging research suggests they may be beneficial in preventing certain cancers. But what about that chocolate bar in your vending machine? Are there any health benefits there? Probably not.

Most research about chocolate’s health benefits have used unsweetened cocoa or specially formulated high-flavanol chocolate. Unfortunately, these compounds are rarely in the chocolate we eat in 21st century America.

The numbers: Type of Chocolate Mg Flavonols 1.3 ounce Dark Chocolate Bars, Average*: 82 mg 1.3 ounce Milk Chocolate Bars, Average*: 42 mg 1 teaspoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Average*: 25 mg

Most of the flavanols are in the cocoa beans and the level decreases with each processing step when it goes from the bean, to the cocoa powder and ultimately a finished chocolate product.

*USDA’s Nutrient Data Laboratory

Since flavanols and their health benefits are a new discovery, chocolate companies are just beginning to see if there are ways to keep flavanols consistently high, but still have a tasty, popular product.

Heat in microwave for 2 – 3 minutes and stir to blend the chocolate. Cocoa version: Contains approximately 13 mg flavanols and 110 calories

Some History

If you’re eating chocolate for health benefits, you’ll need to be very discriminating in your selections.

The cacao bean, grown mainly in Latin America, Africa and Asia, is loaded with beneficial compounds. In fact, its early uses, dating back 3,000 years were mainly medicinal. They have ranged from curing fatigue, angina, constipation, dental problems (tartar removal), dysentery, gout, an “overheated” heart, skin eruptions, fevers, and seizures. One doctor in the 1500s found it made people “extraordinarily fat” if used frequently and so it was prescribed for the thin and weak, according to an article in The Journal of Nutrition. It has been highly prized for centuries, which is reflected in its scientific name, Theobroma cacao, meaning “Food of the Gods.”

The one company which publicizes the flavanol content of its chocolate, is Mars, and only in its Dove Dark. In fact, Mars has provided most of the chocolate and cocoa used in the studies. The other analyses below come from averages of various chocolate products collected by the USDA labs, which has collaborated with Mars on flavanol analysis technology.

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Katherine’s Hot Cocoa: 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa 1 teaspoon honey 1 cup Skim Milk

Chocolate for Health Tips:

You’ll get more flavanols, and health benefits, with less processing. The first choice is cocoa, which isn’t Dutch processed — as when cocoa is “Dutch processed with alkali” the flavanols are reduced. Look for chocolate which has the highest percentage of cocoa as possible and to save calories, look for chocolate with lower fat and sugar levels. In general, cocoa is your best first choice. Second choice is a semisweet or bittersweet chocolate with a high cocoa percentage. Some chocolates go as high as 85 percent cocoa, but legally can be as low as 35 percent. I recommend no more than an ounce a day, which may be about 110 to 150 calories, depending on the chocolate. Any more than that and you’re probably going to take in too many calories for weight control.

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Eurpoeans discovered cocoa in the 1500s and over the next few centuries, chocolate, which we know and love so well was born. In this century, chocolate (processed cocoa with added fat, milk and sugar) has been enjoyed for its melt-inyour mouth texture and flavor, with its health giving properties largely forgotten by the civilized world, until recently.

In 1997, Harvard professor Norman K. Hollenberg published a landmark epidemiological study focused on cocoa. He found that high blood pressure was a rarity among Panama’s Kuna Indians who also didn’t experience the typical age-related increases. He at first attributed it to genetic protection. But, when the Kunas migrated to Panama City, their blood pressure increased, pointing to an environmental cause. Upon examination, Hollenberg found the Kunas drank large amounts of indigenous, unprocessed cocoa. Subsequent experiments conducted by Hollenberg and others, have found that cocoa, if high in flavanols, the beneficial plant compounds scientists believe impart most of cocoa’s benefits, relaxes the blood vessels, an important protection against hypertension and heart disease. Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R.D. of Georgetown custom-designs holistic nutrition, weight loss and wellness programs for individuals and companies. She is the author of “Diet Simple: 192 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations.” Contact her at 202-8330353,, or



The Washington Ballet Celebrated


n Jan. 29, Anna and Robert Trone opened their stunning home at Avenal to delight supporters of The Washington Ballet with an elegant dinner buffet accompanied by the hosts’ celebrated wines. The hostess welcomed her guests and said that daughter Sophia, who made a brief fetching appearance, is now in her second year of classes at the ballet. Board Chair Silvia de Leon hailed the Trones as “a part of the Washington Ballet family.� Artistic Director Septime Webre said he loved the sunken living room, which afforded the best view of some great legs. He spoke of the upcoming production of The Great Gatsby as a “charmed project� with songs from the 1920s plus new compositions and introduced his brother Phillip. The Ballet’s Women’s Committee’s Sixth Annual Wine Tasting will take place at Meridian International Center on March 12. — Mary Bird Robert and Anna Trone

Leander and Stephanie McCormick-Goodheart, Michael Hill

Joyce Hagel-Silverman, Artistic Dir. Septime Webre, Jennifer Streaks

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Women’s Committee Pres. Beth Kohlhoss, Amber Hsu

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Innocents at Risk photos by Neshan H. Naltchayan

Jonathan Corkery, David Kane, Deborah Sigmund & Katerina Karousos

Amarie Kappaz, George Kappaz, & Deborah Sigmund

Wright Sigmund.and Courtney Caldwell

Cherie Short, Alexandra Robinson and Preston Smith

Sundance Film Festival 2010

All photographs by Adam Roffman

Jon Hamm was having a good time at the “Howl” premiere party

Sundance filmmakers Katie Aselton (“The Freebie”) and Mark Duplass (“Cyrus”) are all smiles as they arrive at Sundance headquarters

The lovely Amy Ryan, at Sundance for the film “Jack Goes Boating,” Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut

Chris Cooper arrives at the Eccles Theater for the World Premiere of “The Company Men”

Rosamarie Dewitt is all smiles at THE COMPANY MEN World Premiere

Jonah Hill before the World Premiere of the Duplass Brothers’ “Cyrus”

Katie Aselton appears in “Cyrus” and her directorial debut, “The Freebie”

Filmmakers Sean Flynn and Jesse Epstein at the Canada! party at Sundance

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Catherine Keener, is one of the stars of “Cyrus”



Ritz Goes to the Dogs Photos by Robert Devaney


he Ninth Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair came to the Ritz-Carlton on New Hampshire Avenue, Jan. 27, with lucky dogs and their owners and admirers filling the ballroom. The puppy-loving event, hosted by Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox Restaurant and Salamander Hospitality, showed off the pastry chefs of local restaurants along with sparkling wines, champagne and other libations — all to benefit the Washington Humane Society. Uniformed officers, who routinely save dogs, cats and other animals from neglect or abuse, were there to be honored for the tireless work with grateful canines looking on — and looking for more treats.

Richard Bahar with Leo and Stacey Alysson-Nordheimer with Chloe

Hostess Ellen Gray of Equinox Restaurant with her German Shepherds

Jennifer Landgraff with Brodie and Jennifer Murawski holding Ginnie

Moira Bagley, opinion editor of The Daily Caller, and Lindsey Mask, communications director for Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.)

Miriam Warren of DCI Group and Susie Coggin of the GWU Law School

Daily Caller SOTU party Photos by Robert Devaney

he new Web site, Daily Caller, headed by Tucker Carlson, celebrated the viewing of President Obama’s State of the Union with drinks and shouts, Jan. 27, at George inside Georgetown Court on Prospect Street. There will also rules of engagement for viewing the speech — as to drinking when Obama might say “Wall Street” or “I’m on your side.”


Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson (center) with Emperor Vodka spokeswomen Crystal Sinclaire and Lilian Bilbao

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