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Maggie Shannon | 202.486.4752

Julia Diaz-Asper | 202.256.1887

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Michael Rankin | 202.271.3344

Discreetly located in the courtyard behind the former Police Station, this stately brick residence offers a grand living room with fireplace, two story octagonal formal dining room with library above, sublime master suite w/ fireplace, cook’s kitchen, two private walled gardens, lower level media room and garage parking for 2 cars. Meticulous attention to detail and utmost quality of materials. $4,000,000.

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Refined East Village property with two-car parking. Main house offers 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Two baths are completely redone with Waterworks & Restoration Hardware materials. Closet space galore, custom Pedini closet system in the Master. One bedroom au pair suite in the lower level with separate entrance. $2,125,000.

Giorgio Furioso | 202.518.7888

Logan

Converted in 2004, this 975 sf top floor 1 bedroom plus den with 2 baths offers high ceilings, fireplace, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen and luxurious baths. Located 2 blocks south of Logan Circle and just steps to the 14th Street corridor. $559,000.

Michael Moore | 202.262.7762

New England style home surrounded by tall trees and spectacular garden. Welcoming foyer, elegant LR, lovely built-ins, adjacent greenhouse, garden terrace and lap pool. Gourmet kitchen with table space. 2nd DR overlooks the garden. 2nd level master suite. 3 add’l BR and den, plus 3 baths. Off street parking for 2 cars. This freestanding home offers privacy and light rarely available. $3,400,000.

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Part of the former and historic “Friendship” estate. Spectacular formal LR with 11’8” ceilings, large sun-filled bay and fplc. Formal dining room features marble floors from the Old Ebbitt Hotel. Gourmet kitchen. Upstairs are two sunfilled bedrooms. 3rd floor/attic is finished and is the perfect office space. Lush front garden and private south facing rear garden with mature boxwoods and pool. 1 car parking. $1,995,000.

Circa 1900 semi-detached brick townhouse across from Tudor Place. Renovated 4 BR, 3.5 bath home offers wood floors, chef’s kitchen with tablespace, large formal dining room, step down living room with fireplace and French doors that open to garden. Master suite with luxury limestone bath & WIC. South facing garden with mature plantings, slate and brick terraces and water feature. 2 car parking. $2,495,000.

Berkley

Elegant property in Foxhall Crescents with great entertaining spaces. Large entrance hall opens to formal living room with a fireplace and large dining room. Chef ’s kitchen with center island and breakfast area. Large master suite with en-suite bath and double walk-in closets. Four additional bedrooms. Large lower level family room and two car garage. $1,845,000.

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Price Reduction! This 2 BR, 1 bath Papermill Court Condo features a renovated kitchen, gracious living/dining room with new hardwood floors and exposed brick walls, wood burning fplc and a private balcony with Potomac River views. Abundant attic storage and 1 underground reserved garage parking. Pet friendly & FHA Approved. Ideal Georgetown location. $549,000.

Top floor 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath located in 3-unit condo building offering hardwood floors, fireplace, kitchen with stainless and granite, separate dining room, off street parking and a very low fee. 1 block to Metro. $429,000.

Michael Moore | 202.262.7762

Alex & Paul Group Yale Scott | 202-412-2221

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Complete and tasteful restoration of this classic Georgetown residence. Formal dining rm and elegant formal living room with French doors that lead to professionally designed deep south garden. Well appointed chef ’s kitchen and breakfast area, exquisite MBR & sublime Waterworks bath, 3 additional BR and 2 more Waterworks baths. Formal office with custom built-ins. Excellent storage. Driveway parking. $2,475,000.

U Street/Logan

New in 2007, this spacious (1,700+ sf) 3 BR, 2 bath penthouse offers 10’ ceilings, hardwood floors, top of the line kitchen, balcony, private roof deck, and parking. Conveniently located just steps to the Metro and the vibrant 14th St. corridor. $1,125,000.

Michael Moore | 202.262.7762 Jennifer Hammond | 202.345.2343

Georgetown

Charming 1 BR, 1 bath flat at Dumbarton Court, a Georgetown “Best Address”. Beautiful hardwood floors, high ceilings, renovated kitchen, custom built-ins throughout. Building offers: extra storage, bike room and spectacular community garden. Fee incl taxes & utilities. Located in the heart of Georgetown steps from Parks, historic mansions, Wisconsin Ave shops & restaurants. $349,000.

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The Real Housewives of D.C. cast members Cat Ommanney, Mary Schmidt Amons and Paul Wharton

David Nalbandian of Argentina, ranked 117th, beat eighthseeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, 6-2, 7-6 (4), in the Legg Mason Tennis Classic final Sunday in Washington, becoming the first player ranked outside the top 100 to win an ATP title this year. He collected $262,000 and his 11th career title.

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Tomáš Berdych lunges for the ball. Belgian Xavier Malisse upended the top-seeded Czech in Friday’s quarterfinal action at the $1.402 million Legg Mason Tennis Classic.

Mardy Fish of the USA celebrates over teammate Mark Knowles of the Bahamas after defeating Tomáš Berdych and teammate Radek Stepanek, both of the Czech Republic, during their doubles final on day 7 of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Rock Creek Park.

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1. John Metzler, who ran Arlington National Cemetery for 19 years, said he accepts “full responsibility” for serious administrative blunders. Under hostile questioning from senators, Metzler acknowledged he had been aware of problems for years with unmarked and mismarked graves and mishandled remains. 2. Students protesting in front of the Capitol in favor of the DREAM Act, a piece of proposed federal legislation to provide certain undocumented students the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency.

3. Beating the Heat at the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern (July 16) 4. The Honorable Elena Kagan became the 112th United States Supreme Court Justice when she was sworn in. Kagan is the fourth female justice to ever serve on the United State’s highest court. Her swearing-in marks the first period in U.S. history during which three women will serve simultaneously on the Supreme Court.


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Through October 31 Edvard Munch: Master Prints In this fascinating exhibition, the National Gallery brings together nearly 60 of Munch’s most important prints to show how his persistent experimentation and virtuosic handling of woodcut, lithography, and intaglio endowed different impressions of his primary motifs with new meanings. Free. National Gallery of Art, 400 Constitution Ave.

ing technique used to apply thin sheets of gold to silver. Enjoy seriously good live jazz by the Shane Chalke Quartet with Paul Pieper from 5 to 8 p.m. Barrel Oak Winery will be on hand to serve wine. 12 p.m. Free. 6474 Main Street, The Plains, VA. August 14 and 15 The Arts on N Street Festival and Arts Market will be held August 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will be held on N Street between Seventh and Ninth Streets at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and is free to attend. Local artists, musicians, fashionistas and businesses will present their work to the public and network with each other. August 16 to 22

August 13 The Brothers Flanagan at the Washington Nationals, featuring The Georgetowner’s own Darrell Parsons. The Irish-influenced barbershop quartet will perform the national anthem before the Nats face off against the Arizona Diamondbacks. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10. Nationals Stadium.

D.C. Restaurant Week Over 200 of metropolitan Washington’s finest restaurants offer awe-inspiring, multi-course meals prepared especially for this gourmet event. Price fixed at $20.10 for a three-course lunch and $35.10 for a three-course dinner. Visit www.washington.org/restaurantwk for a list of participating restaurants. August 16 “Charade� at the National Theatre See one of Cary Grant’s most famous films for free, part of the National’s film series devoted to the legendary star. Also starring Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau and James Coburn. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave.

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Saffron Dance’s “Egyptian Nights� Enjoy this amazing variety of talent featuring over 85 belly dancers. This show presents two world class Egyptian dance stars, Mohamed El Hosseny and Mohamed Shahin, Saffron faculty soloists Saphira, Katrina, Catarina, and Shahrzad, the Saffron Dance student companies, and four guest belly dance troupes from the midAtlantic region. 8 p.m. Purchase tickets online at www.saffrondance.com. $30 advance, $40 at the door. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream� Britten’s enchanting setting of Shakespeare’s tale of mischief, fickle teenage love, magic and comedy premiered 50 years ago at the U.K.’s Aldeburgh Festival. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is possibly the most beguiling of all Britten’s operas, a work with a spellbinding atmosphere that inhabits a truly unique dreamlike world. The already magical ambiance of The Barns takes on deeper meaning as fairies and imps play with human hearts. 8 p.m. $32. The Barns at Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA. August 14 Join Live An Artful Life in The Plains, VA for the opening reception for “New Work by Jewelry Artist Sara Rivera.� Rivera has added the Keumboo technique to her line of hand made jewelry. Keumboo is an ancient Korean gild-

Vineyard Movie Night Magic Lantern Theater presents a movie under the stars at Veramar Vineyard, location at 905 Quarry Road, Berryville, VA. The movie starts at dusk and visitors are invited to bring their own picnic or purchase light food at the event. Participants should be blankets and lawn chairs. 6 p.m. $7, proceeds going to Magic Lantern Theater. Call 540-955-5510 for more information. August 21 English Country Dancing in Upperville, VA Please join us for an evening of English Country Dancing in the beautiful Parish Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville. The dances will be called by Melissa Running, who will be accompanied by Andrea Hoag on the fiddle and Ralph Gordon on the cello. No partner necessary; experience not required. Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in and soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Dancing begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.

August 28 Dolley at Dumbarton Day Celebrate the safe arrival of Dolley Madison to “Cedar Hill� (aka Dumbarton House) on August 24, 1814. Anthony S. Pitch, well-known local historian and author, will offer a lecture on the British capture of Washington, destruction of the White House and other public buildings, and Dolley’s heroic action in saving the painting of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. Mr. Pitch is a former writer in the books division of U.S. News and World Report, as well as the author of several other books. 1 p.m. 2715 Q St.

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LISTENING TO THE PAINTINGS By Donna Evers

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lato advised his students about the dangers of forming strong opinions when they were still very young and inexperienced. One such young Washingtonian learned this life lesson and went on to be a great promoter of what he originally disparaged. The New York Armory show of 1913 was the first time the French Impressionists had a big showing on this side of the Atlantic, and young Duncan Phillips, then an art critic at Yale, attended the show and wrote about what he saw. Phillips, who had never before seen art like this, wrote that it was “stupefying in its vulgarity”. He said Cezanne was “an unbalanced fanatic”, Gauguin was “half savage,” the Cubists were ridiculous and Matisse was “poisonous”. He would live to take back his words a thousand times over by founding what is considered by many to be the first modern art museum in America, Washington’s own Phillips Collection. Phillip’s passion for art was shared by his brother James, and the two siblings were very close. When James Philips died in the influenza

epidemic of 1918, Duncan decided to make a monument in his memory. Phillip’s wife, the painter Marjorie Acker, further inspired him and with the money he inherited from his family’s Pittsburgh steel fortune, the couple traveled the world acquiring the art works that would be the basis for their collection. They displayed their acquisitions in the family home at the corner of 21st and Q Streets, and eventually turned the whole building into a museum and moved to Foxhall Road. The great coup of their collecting adventures was Renoir’s “The Luncheon of the Boating Party”, which Phillips bought for $125,000. This sounds ridiculously cheap today but it was a fortune in 1923. When his rival collector, Philadelphia multi-million-

aire Dr Alfred Barnes, who bought paintings by the carload, heard about the purchase, he asked Phillips, “That’s the only Renoir you’ve got, isn’t it?” and Phillips answered, “It’s the only one I need.” He was right. The painting instantly became a big draw and attraction for the museum. Phillips went on to sponsor and encourage a raft of artists who were ”cutting edge” at that time, including Georgia O’Keefe, Milton Avery, Gene Davis, Kenneth Noland and Arthur Dove. A special small room in the gallery is dedicated to Mark Rothko and the artist himself participated in planning the space, so it would reflect his paintings as “distillations of human experience”. The small room flooded with Rothko colors creates a emotional context for the view-

er, or as Phillips himself said, Rothko’s paintings have the power to expose “old emotions disturbed or resolved.” Phillips liked to move paintings around so the artists could “talk to each other.” And when you walk through the rooms, the varying visions of artists clash and coincide in a provocative way that fosters what Phillips wanted to teach, “the power to see beautifully”. We’re lucky that this man who grew to see so beautifully himself had the money to build a great collection and we’re also lucky that the young man to attended the 1913 Armory show changed his mind about “modern art”. Now we Washingtonians can enjoy the very personal experience of visiting his collections and communing with the artists as their paintings “talk to each other.”

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n Washington, nothing is official until the mayor cuts the ribbon. Or the pasta, as was the case for the “official” opening of Carmine’s, the classic New York Italian familystyle restaurant where everything is a little and a lot outsized.   The 700-seat restaurant with nine private dining rooms and a classic wrap-around bar is bound to make an impact at its new Washington location at 425 Seventh Street, a welcome addition and new sight during hard economic times.   D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, in the midst of an increasingly tough re-election campaign, found time to make things official for the New Yorkbased Alicart Restaurant Group’s foray into Washington. “This shows we’re moving ahead and in the right forward direction,” the mayor said. “We welcome Carmine’s as a terrific addition to our constantly growing downtown area.   “We’ve been to a lot of ribbon-cuttings lately,” he quipped to Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells, who’s also up for re-election. “I think I’ve lost track.”   Jeffrey Bank, CEO of Alicart, said the company would consider bring other restaurants like Artie’s Delicatessen and Virgil’s Real Barbecue to D.C. The Washington incarnation makes the fifth Carmine’s, including two in New York’s theater district, one in Atlantic City and one in the Bahamas.   “We’ll look forward to seeing that one,” Fenty said. Bank Developer Doug Jamal, Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos, Wells and others were on hand to help launch things at the restaurant,

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which combines a classy city design with a family-style atmosphere of both size and intimacy. The top people at the D.C. Carmine’s are General Manager Arlene Weston, Chef Terry Natas and Kyle Carnegie, head of special events and catering.   “Everything’s big at Carmine’s,” Bank said. “It’s a kind of wow factor, oversized. The portions are sized to share among one or more people. Big portions, low check.”   For the occasion, big plates of penne, chicken, and Caesar salad and grand portions of tiramisu were on hand.   The project, which brought over 300 new jobs to the District, is one of the biggest in recent stringent times, flying into the teeth of an otherwise depressed economy. — Gary Tischler

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ive months after D.C. Council member Marion Barry was censured and stripped of his committee chairmanship for giving a contract last year to an on-again, off-again girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, the Office of Campaign Finance has admonished the former mayor but cleared him of violating city law.   Cecily E. Collier-Montgomery, director of the campaign finance office, reprimanded Barry (D-Ward 8) in an official order posted Monday after the office found that he did not follow the city’s regulations for employee conduct.   She wrote that Barry “failed to disclose his personal and financial relationship with Donna Watts-Brighthaupt. Disclosure of the relationship would have resulted in the transparency of the transaction and removed any cloud from the contract process.”   But Barry called the order a “vindication” at a news conference Monday and had harsh words for high-profile lawyer Robert S. Bennett, who led the D.C. Council’s independent investigation into the contract and into several earmarks Barry gave to groups in Ward 8. He accused Bennett of acting against the morality of the US Justice system, saying, “His attitude

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was guilty until proven innocent.”   Barry, whose legal troubles have pockmarked his storied political career, was apologetic to the public for using poor judgment. However, he vehemently maintains that he broke no laws to begin with.   The campaign finance office probe also cleared Barry’s staff and others involved in the earmarks process, though reprimanded his carelessness, writing that “Barry failed to closely monitor and oversee the activities of his employees and the operations. .Because of these failures to take the appropriate action, Councilmember Barry’s conduct adversely affected the confidence of public integrity of District government.”   The probes into Barry’s contracts and earmarks were spurred by his arrest July 4, 2009, on allegations of stalking Watts-Brighthaupt in Anacostia Park. The charge was quickly dropped, but some council members questioned why Barry had hired Watts-Brighthaupt. — Ari Post

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a rEALITY hEADACHE By Gary Tischler

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here is a new mental health problem out there. I call it The Real Housewives of Washington D.C. Stress Syndrome. It’s what can happen to you after watching just one episode of the much-anticipated, much-ballyhooed Bravo reality show which features not only the notorious Michaele Salahi and her husband Tareq but four other so-called D.C. women in proximity to power and status, which is all that counts in Washington, apparently.   I admit it: I watched the first episode. I don’t dare go further, because, well, God only knows what will happen. As it was, I dreamt about the episodes afterward, and they weren’t good dreams. After each commercial break I felt as if I were a runway model, needing to purge. This stuff will do things to you.   For the record, I am no longer quite so bothered about the Salahis. I see now why they wanted so desperately to appear on this show. Like needs like, and to them, the crowd on this show must have seemed like a vision of home. Problem is, the rest of the cast is not happy about being with them, as we found out, and no doubt will continue to find out. Lynda Erkiletian, founder of the T.H.E. Artist Agency, has already started a whispering campaign that Michaele is dangerously thin and an intervention might be required.   Why this show is called housewives of Washington, real or unreal, is beyond me. Much of it seems to be in Virginia, but then again, there was the 1.5 million ratings, big

numbers for cable. Who knew there were that many people in McLean?   The Salahis almost feel like naifs in this group, which includes Stacie Scott Turner, a Sotheby’s realtor and the only black member of the housewives. Turner keeps looking agog at her racially insensitive friends, who say things like “I think hair salons should be integrated.” In fact, if you watch this show, you might get the impression that the most powerful people in Washington are not the president, politicians or lobbyists, but celebrity chefs and hair dressers.   Meanwhile, newly arrived Brit Catherine Ommanney (Cat for short, and appropriately so) is vying for the role of queen of mean and making her way in what she sees as the top social circles in Washington. Why anyone would talk to a woman who wrote a selfdescribed “racy” tell-all memoir about living in London called “Inbox Full” is beyond me, but this a world full of “beyond me” moments.   It does make you think about the end of civilization as we know it, as do many things today. Sometimes it seems as if the only American contributions to world popular culture in the 21st century have been zombie movies and reality shows, and often its hard to tell the differences between “28 Days Later” and “The Rachel Zoe Project.”   Michaele complains on this episode that people don’t think she and her husband are people of sub-

stance and insists that they are. She feels, after all, that if people hugged more, the world would be a better place, which is hard to argue with since it’s such a jaw dropper. And she has, after all, gone toe to toe with Whoopee Goldberg.   In the world of reality shows, you don’t have to pick on one person, there’s so much to choose from, and that doesn’t even include Billy Bush. What we have here is the physical manifestation of absolute weightlessness, if such a thing is possible.   Remember, this report was written while under the influences of TRHOWDC Syndrome. I cannot be held responsible for my words.

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ment of 38th Street with GU’s main campus and hospital entrance. Georgetown University and President DeGioia have failed to effectively manage off-campus student behavior. Disorderly conduct, late night noise, and trash violations resulting in rodent infestation all fundamentally degrade our quality of life. The absence of on-campus housing in the proposed plan assures continuation of the towngown stalemate that has defined our relations with the University for far too long. An outpouring of concern by citizens has galvanized neighborhood associations representing the communities most affected by GU’s intransi-

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Georgetown University Shows Disregard For Its Neighbors e recognize that Georgetown University, as a world-class educational institution, makes positive contributions to our neighborhoods. Unfortunately, being the University’s neighbor also has major disadvantages, such as group-house noise, alcohol-fueled student misbehavior, traffic and parking congestion, trash, and blighted, unsafe housing stock. Georgetown University’s 2010 expansion plan promises more of the same. GU’s plan proposes to increase enrollment by approximately 3,400 students from its 2009 level, but fails to provide any additional significant on-campus housing. It is clear GU will continue to rely on the existing homes in the surrounding neighborhoods — Georgetown, Burleith, Glover Park, and Foxhall — to house a substantial portion of its student body. This is unconscionable, irresponsible, and threatens the viability of our communities. Other negative aspects of its plan include the construction of new mixed-use buildings in West Georgetown, despite the protests of residents and the accompanying increase in traffic through our already overburdened neighborhoods. Our communities are also concerned about the environmental impact of the proposed 83-foot-tall utility plant chimney, the proposed new loop road, the roof over Yates Sportscenter, and the align-

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gence. We stand together in opposing the GU plan. We would like GU to honor its pledge to be a good neighbor, one of the 2010 plan’s own guiding principles. We intend to hold GU to its responsibility to comply with the DC Zoning Regulations, which provide that a college or university shall be located so that it is not likely to become objectionable to neighboring property because of noise, traffic, number of students, or other objectionable conditions. Our residents are joined in the fight for their neighborhoods. We expect Mayor Fenty and Councilmember Jack Evans and other councilmembers to support our efforts. D.C.’s Office of Planning and D.C.’s Zoning Commission need to require GU to comply with D.C.’s zoning regulations and help us protect our communities. The Burleith Citizens Association, Citizens Association of Georgetown, Foxhall Community Citizens Association, Glover Park Citizens Association and Hillandale Homeowners Association For a point-by-point rebuttal to GU’s recent letter to the community visit www.cagtown.org.

t truly is the dog days of summer! Or, in the words of Nat King Cole, “roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!” In this kind of heat and humidity the best thing you can do is do nothing, move as little as possible and have a cool, frosty drink nearby. Oddly enough, those recommendations notwithstanding, we’ve been doing quite a bit in the council office lately. First of all, we’ve continued work on the Georgetown Waterfront Park, and I am happy to announce we have received a commitment from Pepco for a donation of $50,000, which fills an important gap in moving the remaining parts of the project along. Logan Circle was busy this past weekend with the 11th annual “Dog Days” sidewalk sale events, with participation by both retailers and community groups. And just recently we helped the neighborhood secure funding from the District to help design a marketing plan for the 14th Street corridor. In Shaw, we celebrated the grand opening of the brand new Watha T. Daniel Library, a great community resource for the neighborhood and city. As you may recall, the previous library was a big heap of unattractive concrete, often compared to a prison or a wartime bunker, which was neither inviting nor very functional. I am very proud of the hard work of my staff, the D.C. Public Library, and community stakeholders in making the new library som In Shaw this past week, we celebrated the start of a $31 million rehabilitation of the Gibson Plaza Apartments, which will renovate the 271-unit affordable housing building with a variety of green building features, and will be funded by federal HUD funds. I am happy to report that not a single resident will be displaced by this renovation. Whew — after all that, I think we better slow down a bit! Actually, I love getting things done and it is gratifying that we’ve been able to move forward on a number of projects in the past week or two. Don’t forget the upcoming elections. One thing is for sure: it is going to be a very interesting month and a half.

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n a 2010 election campaign where the focus and news coverage seems to be almost exclusively on the combative struggle between incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty and council Chairman Vincent Gray and, less so, the two-man race between At-large Councilman Kwame Brown and former Ward 5 Councilman Vincent Orange, the numerous races for other city council seats sometimes get lost in the shuffle. The recent D.C. Tenants Advocacy Coalition city council candidates forum at the venerable Sumner School tried to pack in all the council candidates, including Brown and Orange, into one forum, a process that proved to be both unwieldy and illuminating, a kind of fasten-your-seatbelts night with lots of placards outside while a picture of political diversity emerged inside. As is often the case with any forums sponsored by particular groups, the focus often tends to be on the interests and concerns of that group. TENAC is a coalition of groups focusing on the concerns of renters, which make up a majority of D.C. residents. That includes protection from landlords, the preservation and extensions of rent control laws, legal representation against landlords, tenant rights issues, development, condo conversions, the need for affordable housing units and so on. The issues of affordable housing and the rights of tenants is a kind of arena where wethe-people populism clashes with age-old economic interests, usually big and small business developers, construction companies, lobbyists, and property owners with deeper pockets and what are often seen as heartless tactics (hence the mention of the plight of people evicted from their domiciles, their property and belongings strewn all over the sidewalk). The issues vary throughout the city, and Mayoral hopeful Vincent Gray

they’re very much a part of today’s economic climate of failed mortgages, a housing market that’s stalled, condos that aren’t selling, buildings that are either being converted to condo status, or re-converted to rental units with higher price tags. TENAC confronts these issues as an advocate for tenants, and that often includes battling developers, promoting mixed use projects and, above all, preserving rent control. “There is no substitute for rent control,” said Jim McGrath, the dynamic, eloquent TENAC president with a bit of an Irish lilt and bent in his voice. “All of you who came here tonight have a stake in this, and we want to hear from the folks who are running all over the District and their stands on this and other issues.” You see all sorts of people at forums — the homeowners worried about more taxes, students, bankers, landlords and developers, hotel managers, tourist workers, restaurant owners, teachers and educators, city workers and advocates for the homeless. The rich, the poor, people with a lot, people struggling, people with visions for the city’s future, and people who see things others don’t, people who want to keep what they have, and people afraid they’ll lose just that. Renters make up a large body of potential voters, but they’re also some of the most economically vulnerable people in the city. They have to deal with regulations and regulators, officialdom and bureaucracies in maintaining some semblance of day-to-day living security. So you’ll find elderly people on fixed incomes living in endangered rent control apartments, or families living in complexes or units where owners have decided to convert to either much higher rents or condominiums. Some of those situations conspire to erupt into all-out legal warfare and tactics in which landlords have been known to reduce basic services in order to drive current renters out. Lots of people showed up to tell their stories, and even more candidates showed up, some of whom many people around the city are probably not aware. The forum was also hurt by the fact that it competed with a D.C. Night Out event. “National Night Out is Fine,” McGrath said. “Tenants’ night in is better.” Both Brown and Orange were absent at the start of the forum. Still, here was Ward One incumbent Jim Graham pointing all of his legislative and one-man endeavors to keep rent control and its extensions and efforts to make it permanent, and explaining how elected officials, advocates for tenant rights and realtors work in an arena that is full of “Faustian deals.” This is a world in which there is—in spite of the claims of officialdom— a decreasing affordable housing lot, and as Ward 3 Councilperson Mary Cheh and others pointed out, the very definition of affordable

housing “might surprise you.” “We are not talking about people at or near poverty-level earnings, were talking high fivefigure salaries that qualify.” It’s a slippery world where the rules change all the time. These forums where the tumult of the Gray and Fenty campaigns have receded open up still another world — where Graham, for instance, has two very viable challengers in Bryan Weaver and Jeff Smith, easily the two best dressed men in the room. It’s a world where Phil Mendelson, facing a tough challenge from Clark Ray for an at-large council seat, doggedly presented himself as a defender of rent control, of renters and vox populis, and where Ward 6 contender Tommy Wells faced his challenger, the eloquent Kelvin Robinson, once again. It is a different world, this kind of forum—a world of struggling people trying to sort out the words of candidates who seem closer to them than the more large-scale politicians battling for the top spots. Even so, things happen. An alarm went off. Literally. The building had to be evacuated. As we walked down behind a woman slowed by ailing joints, you could hear a man say “Somebody did this. I just know it. They didn’t want things to go right here.” Firemen walked through the building checking alarms. There was no fire, although there was a lot of fiery oratory.

the main contenders and their followers and the level of hostility has risen. Straw polls are notoriously unreliable as indicators, but the Ward 4 results seem to have sent ripples through the media, votes, and the camps of all the candidates. Stay tuned for storms and loud political noises.

NEWS FROM THE CAMPAIGN Earlier in the campaign, after a mayoral campaign, TENAC ended up endorsing challenger Vincent Gray over Fenty because “he will look out after tenants’ rights better than the incumbents,” among many reasons offered up by McGrath. TENAC wasn’t alone in supporting Gray. Both the D.C. Chamber of Commerce and the AFLCIO offered up their endorsement of Gray, as did the Latino community and other groups recently.

Above: Mayor Adrian Fenty; Below: Mary Cheh

Fenty, on the other hand, received an early and glowing endorsement from the Washington Post which has supported almost uncritically his stand on school reform and his unstinting support in that direction of Chancellor Michelle Rhee, who most recently and controversially fired over 200 teachers based on untried and locally developed evaluation systems, a development that so far has been met with almost total silence on the campaign trail. Lacking regular polls, straw polls, themselves not necessarily reliable, have been used by observers on the campaign trail to try and make some sense of the ebb and flow of the campaigns. Fenty wins Ward 8, surprisingly, has a too-close win in Ward 2, drops Wards 3 and 6, and most recently suffered a startling loss in Ward 4, Fenty’s home district, where long-time residents appeared to rise up in revolt against him. That straw poll event included by all account a loud, raucous forum, accompanied by imported supporters, some rough back-and-forths between the candidates and their supporters. It’s uncertain whoever’s ahead, but it’s also certain that the level of civility has fallen among

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eet the man behind several of Georgetown’s signature structures, including Patisserie Poupon, Bo Concepts and Patagonia. John Blee sits down for a chat with George Gordon, one of the neighborhood’s most prominent architects. When you work with a client, how do you merge with their aesthetic? Or do you try to shift their taste in your direction?

  We begin by listening to the client’s needs and vision for the project and interpreting them into a built form. For example, we recently worked with a restaurateur who wanted a sign and awning but on meeting him, we observed that the interior of the restaurant used a good bit of stainless steel. We designed a metal “awning” (instead of the fabric type normally seen) with a stylized sign of his logo in stainless steel.

  I went to school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received a rigorous, though a bit technical, education. The people who have had a great influence on me as an architect are the architects who I worked for when I started my career. All architects admire the greats. Architects such at Le Corbusier, Lutyens and Kahn. But the greatest impact was from working with very talented architects and observing how they worked their “majic.” Do you do interiors, including placement of furniture, and if so, is that more complex in terms of client preference?   Not usually. We do measure a client’s furniture and show furniture placement on the drawings to give a sense of room size and layout. But actual placement not as often. Is the contractor someone you carry over from job to job?   We do have a preferred group of contractors, and view recommending general contractors to clients as kin to marriage brokering. One contractor’s operation may be better suited to a client’s personality and preferred way of doing things than another. We try to make that pairing.

What is the house you’ve worked on that you are most proud of?

Name the five best buildings in the D.C. area you did not design.

  A waterfront house in Annapolis. It is a very quirky design, very tailored for the client and the setting. For example, there is a roof dormer in the master bedroom that exactly frames a view of the [State House] dome. The framing of views, connection to the water and the play of the spaces, interior to exterior, has produced a sequential experience that must be seen. Photographs do not adequately capture the progressing through the house from front door to pier on the water.

The Institute for International Economics on Massachusetts Avenue, the lobby of 1999 K St., the Christian Science Center on 16th Street, the Gannett Complex in McLean, and the National Association of Realtors building on New Jersey Avenue.

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Although pricy, the client was thrilled with the concept and is eager to have the awning installed, extending the theme of his restaurant out over the sidewalk. In designing a house what do you enjoy the most? What do you have to struggle with other than financial constraints?   In working with a client on a house or other owner/user residential spaces (apartments, etc.) what’s most satisfying — and actually most challenging too — is conceptualizing a design that envelopes the client’s lifestyle and image. It is easy to get a quick impression of how a person lives and what seems important to them, but in working with clients, the true concerns eventually emerge. Clients who have

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What’s your fastest turn-around for designing a house from scratch, from drawings to the client moving in?   Probably about a year. There are many decisions to be made and clients often want a bit of time to consider all the choices. After all, they are going to live among the decisions for a long time, so better to do the best at first pass.

Other than your own, what house in D.C. would you most like to live in?

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  We do kitchens, usually in conjunction with another program component, such as a family room or outdoor space. The most involved kitchens have included professional equipment, specialty appliances (such as a custom-made French range) and specific equipment for specific tasks: pizza oven, etc. How do you work with light in your houses, how is that achieved?   We like to be involved in the design and fixture selection of lighting systems. There is a good bit of new technology, such as scene controls, that will allow the client to further customize their living experience and adapt the feel of spaces to various situations, family living, Sunday brunch, elegant dinner party. The selection of fixtures from a performance point of view and energy consumption is very important. And what makes the space come to life more dazzlingly than really nice lighting?

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intosh Disney musical now ensconced at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House through August 22. And at my age — why, any self-respecting 40-year-old theater critic would drum me out of the ranks. Luckily, I’m older than that, like 10 going on … well, you know. For many critics, it’s easy to flaunt the smug gene when merely confronted with the name

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For myself, I admit to a weakness for big and small musicals if they’re affecting, if you’re not walking out humming the scenery, and if they include some variations of a big tap dance number. These are usually enough to overcome soft-pedaled life-affirming messages, the presence of cute children and unnecessary special stage effects designed to wow the eyes, if not the heart. In short, I loved Gavin Lee as the good-hearted high-energy chimney sweep and man of many parts Bert, as nimble and more appealing than Dick Van Dyke. Bert leads the sweeps, Mary and assorted others in a rousing “A Step in Time,” which is a tap dance by any other name, and made me very happy indeed. Always does. In short, Mary Poppins, while ably and sternly performed with prim, brisk energy and lovely voice by Carolyn Sheen, is not really the star of the show. Instead, they are Bert, the Banks children, the Bird lady, the whole big show. Mary, in red suit, tiny hat and open umbrella, is a familiar figure standing still, singing, dancing or flying, but it’s the show itself, with all of its components, that engages the audience, especially children. This is a family-friendly show if there ever was one, and it delivers in more ways than one. With all spectacle of rooftop dancing, flying acts, gypsies, statues that come to life and a truly terrifying anti-Mary nanny, the intimacy of the show is bound to appeal to the whole family, because it’s about a family and families, about what happens when fathers spend little or no time with their children, all wrapped up in work, when wives have their dreams thwarted, when children are spoiled rotten. You need a little and a lot of magic. “Mary Poppins” has plenty of magic, but its Victorian shoes are also firmly planted on the ground so that the characters are recognizable to even small children. For adults, one of the terrific rewards of this show is to watch children reacting to it. I saw a grandfather and his three grandchildren sort of submerge into the proceedings, all four at one point trying to grab projected stars. Corny? Sure enough. But a good kind of corny. This being a Mackintosh-Disney enterprise, “Mary Poppins” delivers the entertainment goods in a big and lavish way, and it delivers its not-so-subtle messages about parents and children without leaving you with a hit-witha-frying-pan headache. Take the kids, the wife, the husband, the grandparents, the nanny (legal and registered, of course), and the dog, if they let you. It’s super-califra— sorry, not in spell check. Finish it yourself. (“Mary Poppins” runs through Aug. 22.)


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Weber and Wright at Plan B By David Richardson

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hen I look at Mike Weber’s work, I sense the subjects of the late 19th- and early 20th-century photographs he incorporates into his work have been displaced into a contemporary setting where they are perfectly content and at ease. There is an enchanting mysteriousness to the work. Weber says, “I focus on subtle facial expressions of my subjects and many are looking at the camera or photographer as if it was the first time they had been exposed to a camera.” In less capable hands, the subjects could have been soulless, but Weber is able to create hosts who offer the viewer access to the artist’s own deft craftsmanship. Weber hand paints or stencils letters into the work with quietness that does not overpower the central figurative themes. Even in the piece “In a Broken Dream,” where the word DREAM is painted backward and prominently across the picture, the viewer’s gaze doesn’t fixate but moves through the entire piece, taking note of Weber’s masterful use of dripped paint, pencil markings and color. One of the most interesting aspects of Weber’s pieces are the calligraphic lines he scrawls around the edges or over the photos. These black, red, blue or gold lines unify the work and fuse the sepia photos into the overall picture plane. Wright’s “Heartland” series is displayed opposite Weber’s and provides a good counterpoint. Write applies his paint impasto with a pallet knife, creating commanding, austere pieces. Like Weber, Write generates a sense of mystery

Weber’s work is mixed media, canvas on board and resin coated 48x60.

in his work, but with buildings on a landscape that verge on silhouette instead of portraiture. I sense he plans each picture carefully and then executes them in a quick, confident manner. From the titles such as “We Are Not the Same,” “Together” and “Nostalgias of Another Life,” one concludes these paintings are allegory and Wright confirms this by saying, “I wanted my work to haunt the viewer and evoke questions about their own feelings when it comes to a home.” At first glance, three colors dominate Wright’s work: black, white and tan. He applies classic composition principles and linear ruled shapes that meet abruptly, creating scenes reminiscent

Write’s work is oil on linen 30x30

of houses standing alone or in groups on desert or farmland horizons. All this happens in the central picture plane which gives way to something else: light. On the edges of the pictures, Write has left or painted in pinkish flakes that draw the viewer’s eye around the painting before resting again on the austere central theme of the work. The stark contrast of hue, value

and intensity Write creates by juxtaposing tans, whites and blacks at the center of the pieces against the pinks on the edges gives his work vibrancy, charm and that little surprise that keeps a viewer’s attention. The exhibits are on display at Plan B Gallery (1530 14th St.) until Aug. 29.

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CHUCK CLOSE

AT THE CORCORAN:

Behind the Curtains of Creativity

By Ari Post

Above: “Self Portrait,” silk screen, 2000; Below: “Keith/Mezzotint,” mezzotint, 1972

n the jumbled lexicon of late 20th century fine arts, where endless styles and genres collapse into one another like a landscape of staggered dominos, few artistic voices have emerged with any lasting force. Chuck Close is one of the few. Famous for his large-scale portraits ranging in medium from painting and drawing to printmaking and photography, Close’s work has a mystifying staying power that attracts audiences with its grandiosity and astounding depth. “Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration,” a retrospective at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, is perhaps the seminal exhibition of Close’s work — an immense yet intimate ode to the timeless appeal of portraiture and the boundless expanses of Close’s technical innovations in art.

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  Close’s colossal, hyper-realistic portraiture is as synonymous with his name as Jackson Pollock’s is with drip painting. He is one of a handful of working artists that can draw crowds well beyond artistic communities, and has played a large hand in reviving interest and relevance in realism after a tidal wave of artistic deconstruction and abstraction. His techniques have been groundbreaking, and the steady evolution of his work demands to be experienced.   The exhibition offers far more than a comprehensive collection of Close’s work. It delves further, inviting the viewer into his artistic process, which is in large part the source behind the awe his work inspires. “I think people can look at his work and understand what they’re looking at, but also be fascinated … and not quite understand how he’s managed to make the works that he’s made,” says Amanda Maddox, organizing curator of the exhibition. Thus, the show aims to help the audience understand Close’s work through his process.   Focused largely on his extensive body of prints, the show examines Close’s revisiting of printmaking in his visual experimentation. Ultimately, these experiments have resulted not only in some of Close’s most accomplished works, but new techniques and approaches that have greatly expanded the possibilities of the medium.

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  A piece in this show rarely just stands alone. Displayed is the geography of artistic process, a roadmap of studies leading up to a final image. Alongside his lithograph prints hang the actual lithographs used in the printing, with descriptions of his techniques and technical hurdles. The show displays the original grids that preceded each work, parchment rolls of matrices and proofs covered in scrawling notes by the artist. Color charts and value studies map the topography of Close’s artistic journey, a technical mastery wrought by compulsion and relentless experimentation. In a way, the show becomes a discussion of artistic tribulations, limitations, triumphs and revelations.   As a student, Close was primarily interested in abstract painting, claiming to have been something of a diluted, amateur Willem de Kooning, a painter he greatly admired. However, in 1967, he decided to abandon abstraction and turned his attention toward monumental, hyper-realistic portraits of himself, family and close friends.   He then took it a step further, abandoning the paintbrush for printmaking, a medium in which he had no expertise or facility, in order to challenge himself. His intention was to force a creative breakthrough. In 1972, with the help of printer Kathan Brown, Close created his first print, revisiting the archaic 17th century printing technique of mezzotint, the first printing technique to utilize halftones. The print, titled “Keith/Mezzotint” — displayed upon entering the exhibition — is an intricate study in halftones and textures, light and dark, producing a modern, layered effect while maintaining an astounding technical realism. This melding of photorealism inside abstract textures and patterns has become a trademark of Close’s work.   Over his career, and with the assistance of master printers and various collaborators, Close has created some of the most memorable images of the last 40 years. When making a print, Close and his team complete every stage of their process by hand, from


“John,” silk screen, 1998 translating an image onto a matrix to carving wood blocks, etching plates, and applying multiple layers of color. The sheer scale and technical complexity of his portraits, combined with this time-consuming process, often means that a single print can take years to complete. However, Close welcomes this challenge. “When you have very strict limitations,” he says, “you have to be … very creative to figure out a way of getting them to work for you. I found that kind of problem-solving very interesting.”   Much of the genius of Close’s work comes from the two contrasting views afforded to the onlooker in each piece — the audience must look at each work twice. From afar the portraits, while differing in tonal value and color pattern, range in appearance from photorealistic to a stylized, almost digitally altered realism. The way in which Close works from photographs dissected into grid, or incremental units, as he calls them, ensures that all his work will be anatomically accurate and perfectly balanced in reality, whether it is made with pulp paper multiples or his own fingerprints.   But the closer one moves in towards a piece, the more it begins to break up, until, inches from the paper, there is nothing to be seen but a kaleidoscopic field of colors and shapes and textures – a very real abstraction. As Maddox explains, “He’s interested in how much information you can convey or compact into a space, and then translate.”   In this regard, it really is the scale that mesmerizes. Reproductions of Close’s work fail to capture their essences much in the same way that Lichtenstein’s large-scale comic strip paintings, when shrunk onto paper, merely look like an excerpt from a comic. The shrunken copies, as the ones accompanying this article, are merely a shadow of the actual works, which are often

Above: “Lucas/Woodcut,” woodcut, 1993; Below: Phil/Fingerprint,” lithograph, 1981

more than six feet tall.   “I think the show presents an opportunity to really see his marks, and see how detailed his work is,” says Maddox. “Chuck is interested in scale and the destabilizing effect that scale can produce or impart. I think people find that fascinating more than anything else.”   The sheer nature of the realism and the quirks of his techniques cannot be understood unless experienced. His process is engaging, and the variations are remarkable. From traditional Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints to silkscreen, aquatint, and spitbite etching, his repertoire of printing techniques is a history lesson in itself, and the subtle, palpable printing methods are only comprehensible when viewed from inches away — an unusual and welcome intimacy for such grandiose work.   The exhibition has been touring domestically and internationally over the last seven years. Running through Labor Day weekend at the Corcoran, “Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration” is one of D.C.’s finest offerings this season. It is a piece of history as it is being told, and an open-ended invitation into the mind of a modern artistic genius. More than any show most will ever see, the exhibition illuminates the agonies and ecstasies of the artistic process as it is usually only experienced by art historians, curators and restorers.   The Corcoran has additionally made itself free to the public on Saturdays through Labor Day weekend this year. There is no reason to miss this groundbreaking collection and experience the corridors of details, the overwhelming scale, and the fragile intimacy of Chuck Close. Contact the author at ari@georgetowner.com.

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Man’s Best friend, Through the ages By Garrett Faulkner

Jean-Baptiste Oudry, “Poodle Flushing a Heron,” oil on canvas. 39.5 x 32 inches. Courtesty NSL.

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f you asked most people what Middleburg has that can’t be found anywhere in the U.S., you’d probably hear something sounding a little like a travel brochure. Something like: a thriving equestrian culture just an hour outside the city, a chummy community of tavern owners, vintners, billionaires, and shopkeeps, a tradition of rustic living held onto as tightly as horse reins. What you probably won’t hear about is the nearby, near-priceless cache of books in the National Sporting Library and Museum’s basement. But you should. The 56-year-old library’s holdings are the envy of scholars across the Old and New Worlds, and in the esoteric realms of classical sportsmanship — that is, angling, foxhunting and the like — this collection reigns supreme. And, just in time for summer’s proverbial dog 19th-century sterling silver dog collars. days, comes the library’s newest exhibit: “Lives Courtesy NSL. of Dogs in Literature, Art and Ephemera,” a oneroom shrine to man and, more importantly, man’s best friend. They soon found their cup running over. “We decided to focus this on the complex re“It was culling, narrowing down,” Gustafson lationship between humans and dogs and show, said. “We had over 75 [dog] collars, for examover 400 years, some of the examples of how ple, and you’ve seen how many books we have. people related to their animals,” said Mickey Within the books, choosing what page to have Gustafson, the library’s communications direcopen, and finding relationships between all these tor and curator of the exhibit. The inspiration things … That’s fun. To me, it was like creating came from a lecture at a library symposium last an installation, like an artist, almost.” fall by gallerist William Secord, whose book on Inside “Lives of Dogs,” entrants are greeted the dog’s historical role in art caused such a stir by a bronze bust of a foxhound, its expression that it prompted staffers to dive into the archives somewhere between curiosity, drive and Georgetowner.08.06.10:Layout 1 8/5/10 etched 12:09 PM Page 1 looking for more artifacts to make into an exhibit.

affection. It forms the center case in a square room, surrounded by other boxes of glass tucked against the walls. Within each sits an antique dog collar or two, some picked for craftsmanship, others for quirks. One collar, built for hunting, sports a row of sharpened metal teeth to protect the hound against any scrapes with pugnacious wildlife. Another, daintily built of sterling, bears the Tiffany’s stamp and, not surprisingly, a Gramercy Park address. Throughout the cases are books of sketches and paintings and scenes of the hunt, the infectious excitement and pandemonium enough to move even 21st-century eyes. One engraving by the Belgian Johannes Stradanus, for instance, shows a hunt reaching crescendo — the lord holds his spear aloft, his hounds nipping at the stag’s heel. In his “Booke on Hunting,” Englishman George Turbervile extols the culture of the hunt over a

decade before Shakespeare even lifted a pen. And on the walls you have the paintings, including Oudry’s “Poodle Flushing a Heron,” displaying the flourish that made him a favorite of Louis XV. “The king of France became really fascinated by [Oudry],” Gustafson said. “He would invite him to the palace and have him paint portraits of his dogs while the king watched and talked to him. He was immensely successful. In the development of European art, there’s this sense of eventually becoming interested in depicting things realistically and then also with a lot of drama and decoration. Things are not as easily defined as we often think.” You could say that again — in the painting, a poodle has cornered a large heron, reared up in a fashion starkly frightening and primal, a kind of rage at wit’s end. On the adjacent wall hang a few gentler landscape works by John Emms — pastoral, faintly sentimental and, of course, crowded with dogs. As a whole, the exhibit serves to remind us of an animal that touches and shapes our lives, sometimes as much as people do. Since it opened in late May, “Lives of Dogs” has proven a hit, most of all among dog lovers. “A woman was here the night we opened and she really knew dogs and instantly said, ‘That’s a French dog, a French beagle,’” said Gustafson. “Other people came in and talked about the collars. Different things were appealing to different people.” “Lives of Dogs” runs until Dec. 11 at the National Sporting Library, 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg. Admission is free.

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Your Dining Guide to Washington DC’s Finest

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

BANGKOK JOE’S

Bistro Francais

3251Prospect St, NW

3000 K St NW

3124-28 M St NW

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

(One block from Georgetown Lowe’s theatres)

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

BANGKOK BISTRO

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

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

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CAFE BONAPARTE 1522 Wisconsin Ave Captivating customers since 2003 Café Bonaparte has been dubbed the “quintessential” European café featuring award winning crepes & arguably the “best” coffee in D.C! Located in sophisticated Georgetown, our café brings a touch of Paris “je ne sais quoi” to the neighborhood making it an ideal romantic destination. Other can’t miss attributes are; the famous weekend brunch every Sat and Sun until 3pm, our late night weekend hours serving sweet & savory crepes until 1 am Fri-Sat evenings & the alluring sounds of the Syssi & Marc jazz duo every other Wed. at 7:30. We look forward to calling you a “regular” soon!

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

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Café La Ruche 1039 31st Street, NW Take a stroll down memory lane. Serving Georgetown for more than 35 years - Since 1974 Chef Jean-Claude Cauderlier A bit of Paris on the Potomac. Great Selection of Fine Wines Fresh Meat, Seafood & Poultry Chicken Cordon-Bleu *Duck Salmon, & Steaks

Voted Best Dessert-Pastry in town, The Washingtonian Magazine FULL BAR Open Daily from 11:30 a.m. Open Late ‘til 1 am on Friday & Saturday night “Outdoor Dining Available” www.cafelaruche.com (202) 965-2684

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

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

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CAFE MILANO 3251 Prospect St. NW

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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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DAILY GRILL

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

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

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

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

(202) 293-5390

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. www.fahrenheitdc.com (202) 912-4110


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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

SMITH POINT 1338 Wisconsin Ave., NW (corner of Wisconsin & O St.) 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. Open for dinner Thurs- Sat from 6:30 pm-11pm. www.smithpointdc.com (202) 333-9003

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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 www.seacatchrestaurant.com

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Hellacious Heat, Meet Delicious Treats By Jordan Wright

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n the blistering heat of a summer’s day a battalion of gardeners in full purple T-shirted regalia toils beneath my window plying their weaponry against the unruly grass. They strive to conquer all they survey with baying mowers, droning blowers and edger wands with the ear-splitting sound of concrete on steel. Adding to their fearsome cacophony are whining electric drills and triple-octave cicadas telegraphing for the perfect mate. The drills are the worst. Long after the landscapers have moved on and the bugs have cast off their brittle casings, homeowners, spurred by an overdose of do-it-yourself shows, will still be building, re-building, repairing, sanding, painting and patching up what seems like every wall and roof in the neighborhood. Did I mention the road crews? Here in my cool cocoon, I have strategized my own military operation geared to thrash back the blistering temperatures with frosty ice cream treats and luscious fruit cobblers. I consider this an important mission. A few summers ago Wheeler Del Toro, author of “The Vegan Scoop,” was serving up samples of his recipes at National Harbor’s Food and Wine Festival. Founder of the Boston-based Wheeler’s Frozen Dessert Company, Del Toro learned his craft at the posh Berthillon ice cream shop in Paris and turned his knowledge and skills into his own interpretation of the icy confection by using all-vegan ingredients.

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Now I am most assuredly not vegan, but I do try to limit my consumption of dairy products when at all feasible. So this month I finally got around to trying out some recipes from the book. I started out with Del Toro’s cantaloupe, which was not rich enough. Then the strawberry, not luscious enough and the berries too chunky and hard. I was really excited about the red bean, hoping to replicate any one of the The yummy bits before adding to the vegan ice cream versions I enjoy in Japanese restaurants. Here I met with another failure when I inadvertently used a jar was the clincher. The final prodof a red bean paste called for in the recipe, but, uct had a smoother mouth feel alas, didn’t notice the second ingredient on the and more body. Just remember if jar read SALT! The whole horrid mess met the you decide to try it my way the drain with a vengeance! ratio is one part arrowroot to two Feeling as though nothing worse could beparts cornstarch. fall my amateur attempts, I hit upon my tour de force: quasi-vegan (since I used Nestle’s chocDAIRY-FREE olate chips) coffee ice cream with bittersweet COFFEE ICE CREAM chocolate chunks and almonds. ‘Quasi’ … more From “The Vegan Scoop,” convenient and economical and I didn’t want adapted by Jordan Wright to have to jettison a cup of chopped Scharffen Berger if things didn’t go my way yet again. 1 cup (235 ml) plain soymilk I became convinced that substituting the arThe Tour de Force All photos by Jordan Wright (not the light variety), rowroot called for in the recipe for cornstarch divided 2 tablespoons (16 g) arrowroot powder (or 4 tablespoons corn starch) Mix soy creamer, remaining soymilk, coffee 2 cups (plain) soy creamer and sugar in a saucepan and cook over low heat. 3/4 cup (175 ml) fresh strong coffee (This took me forever to heat up so I ratcheted it (I use decaf) up to medium.) Once mixture begins to boil, re3/4 cup (150 g) sugar move from heat and add arrowroot cream. This 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vanilla extract will cause the liquid to thicken noticeably. Add (I use half vanilla, half almond) vanilla extract. 1 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate Refrigerate mixture until chilled, approximately 1 cup chopped skin-on whole almonds 2 to 3 hours. Freeze according to your ice cream (raw or toasted) maker’s instructions. In the last two minutes, while the ice cream is still soft, stir in the chocoIn a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup soymilk with late and almonds. arrowroot. Set aside.

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C o c k ta i l o f t h e W e e k to bring a dish to aid our over-burdened hosts in filling out the menu for a large gathering. For years such an invitation has put me into a tailspin as I mentally review my hundreds of go-to recipes to arrive at the perfect offering. Here are my typical requirements for a summer’s dish: not too fancy, not too complex and assuredly fail-proof. Won’t melt, easy to whip up with a minimum of on-hand ingredients, cooks up while taking shower, needs no additional on-site preparation, poses no challenge to most food allergies and is able to withstand brutal temperatures without poisoning the guests. Notice to gracious hosts entertaining in July and August: You need not alphabetize me to determine sweet or savory. The following dish handed down by my husband’s mother, an 87-year veteran of every church, garden and civic club potluck dinner in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is what you can expect.

GRANDMA FREDIA’S FRUIT COBBLER Adapted by Jordan Wright Preparation of coffee chocolate chip almond vegan ice cream Note: Since this product results in a firmer freeze, it is best to leave the ice cream on the counter for about a half an hour before serving.

FRUIT COBBLER — TRIED AND TRUE AND STUNNINGLY SIMPLE On weekly forays to the farmers’ market I often find myself lured by the bounty of locally grown produce and come home laden with baskets chock-a-block with far more than I can use up in a day or two. My winter-starved senses crave redemption from anemic supermarket fruit and I cave at the glorious sight of towering tables of berries, peaches, plums and nectarines bursting with vibrant color and flavor and the sweetly floral scent of just-picked fruit. Lately I have turned my over-buying into a successful solution. At least once a week we are invited to a party or picnic where we are asked

1 cup self-rising flour (unsifted) 1 cup sugar 1 cup buttermilk 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla 1 quart skin-on and sliced peaches (about 6 large), nectarines (about 8), blueberries or blackberries or a combination of the above 1 stick of butter Set oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together sugar and flour. Add buttermilk and vanilla to make a batter. Don’t overmix. Put stick of butter in glass or enamel casserole dish and place in oven until it begins to bubble, about 5 minutes, but keep checking till you get the hang of it. Do not leave the kitchen at this point, even to hunt for the sunscreen. Remove dish and place fruits evenly over the melted butter. Pour batter to cover all fruit. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes till nicely browned on top. Remove and set on rack to cool. Now would be the time to wrap the hostess gift. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream, ice cream or crème fraiche.

The Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail By Miss Dixie

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he Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC), along with Mr-Booze.com and Giramondo Wines Adventures, recently sponsored a “Cocktail Class for Beginners” at the Embassy Hilton in Washington. The event, hosted by MOTAC founding member Phil Greene, started off with a lecture about the history of cocktails. According to MOTAC, the word cocktail was first defined in 1806 in the Balance and Columbian Repository, a newspaper in upstate New York. The word cocktail was used in reference to an article about a recent election. At that time, politicians on the campaign trail would spend lots of money on alcohol, essentially buying votes by having a really good party. The newspaper published a tongue-in-cheek article about how much a particular candidate spent, even though he lost. This was the first recorded use of the word “cocktail,” and after this article was published, the editor felt compelled to define the word as “A stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters, it is vulgarly called a bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion inasmuch as it renders the heart stout at the same time fuddles the head. It is said also to be of great use to a democratic candidate because a person having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow anything else.” For decades later, a cocktail was just that — a spirit and bitters diluted with water and sugar to take the edge off. This simple recipe may sound familiar to anyone who has enjoyed the cocktail known as the Old Fashioned. Originally, the name “Old Fashioned” referred to any old–fashioned style cocktail such as a martini or Manhattan. Some people believe that Colonel James E. Pepper, a bourbon distiller and bartender at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, KY, created the Old Fashioned cocktail. What is more likely, according to Greene, was that the term “Old Fashioned” was applied to the drink known as a “Whiskey Cocktail.” Next, Greene demonstrated the ease of making this primitive cocktail, which follows the same definition published in 1806 — liquor, sugar, water and Angostura bitters. While Phil

used a muddler to ensure the sugar was fully dissolved, he also suggested substituting simple syrup. For an added flavor boost, Phil squeezed a lemon peel over the mixed drink, releasing its essential oils, before dropping it in as a garnish. He also noted that nowadays bartenders will sometimes muddle an orange slice or other fruit into the mixture. While many modern drinkers may see this potable as downright “old-fashioned,” perhaps this granddaddy of cocktails deserves a second look. Its rudimentary formula has served as a building block for numerous contemporary drinks. The Old Fashioned’s straightforward composition and uncomplicated taste make it a refreshing alternative to many of the overly sweet and convoluted concoctions we see on so many restaurant menus today.

The Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail

1 sugar cube (1 teaspoon) 1 teaspoon water 2 dashes Angostura bitters 2 ounces rye (or bourbon) whiskey Muddle sugar, water and bitters together until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Fill glass with ice, then add whiskey. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel. For more information about upcoming seminars go to www.museumoftheamericancocktail.com or www.mr-booze.com. Ingredients to make the Old Fashioned cocktail may be purchased at Dixie Liquor at 3429 M Street in Georgetown.

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Maryland Blue Crabs: A Delmarva Summer Send-Off By Ari Post

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s the mid-August heat grows muggy and yellow, the long days sputtering the unassuming masses to a heatinduced, midday standstill, a familiar shudder runs through the collective spine of the District. In the throes of the year’s most relentless barrage of heat and humidity, Washingtonians have learned to intuit the swansong of a long, scorching summer. In avoiding the grueling heat and saving our business attire from embarrassing sweat stains, it becomes easy to dismiss the last weeks of summer, to forget the bursting anticipation that comes upon us in mid-April at the end of a gray winter. It is high time to focus our energy and relish in the closing month of engrossing sunlight, of beaches and sunscreen and barbecues and swimming pools, like the encore of a Stones concert. And perhaps no feast quite so exemplifies a Delmarva summer like a bucket of steamed Maryland blue crabs. Corn, hushpuppies, coleslaw, a wooden mallet, a pair of nutcrackers, and a large roll of butcher paper is everything that friends or families need to experience this summer treat at its finest. However, popular opinion has led many to believe that in order to get the best pickin’s, one must drive all the way out to the Chesapeake Bay or Annapolis. And while there is no doubt about the deeply-rooted seafood culture and history in those areas, there is

plenty of top-quality crab to be gotten inside the beltway. This past year, despite limits on crab fishing and concerns among the shrinking population of these creatures, this has been an astoundingly fruitful year for crab fishing. So, whether eating out or going down to the Wharf to pick up your catch alive and fresh, here are the best places in town to get some quintessential Maryland blue crab and enjoy the end of summer the way everyone should: Bethesda Crab House, Bethesda Imagine your favorite dive bar. Now add picnic tables and mountains of steamed crabs, and you’ve got Bethesda Crab House. A long-estab-

lished institution in the area, the menu is short and sweet. They do crabs, crab cakes and crab legs. But they do them well. Their crab cakes are what will really get you coming back time and time again. As they’ll tell you at the cash register, it is nothing but heaps of crabmeat with a little mayonnaise to bind it together. These guys know how to make a real Maryland crab cake. There are no french-fries at Bethesda Crab House, as the space is small and the fryer would take up too much room in the back. Plus the establishment believes they just fill you up anyway so you can’t eat as much crab. This is the perfect antidote for your crab cravings. And don’t forget to get an order of corn on the cob. (301-652-3382, 4958 Bethesda Ave.) Quarterdeck Restaurant, Arlington Hidden among the high rise apartment build-

ings, not a mile from the Key Bridge, the Quarterdeck is easy to miss. Built into an old house, the interior atmosphere, with its wood plank siding and worn, beachy furniture and dÊcor, would lead you to believe you were somewhere on Chesapeake Bay, or down in some lowkey seafood shack in Virginia Beach. The patio is double the size of the inside, and the buckets of crabs tumble out of the kitchen until the restaurant runs out. As delivery status of the crabs are day-to-day, the restaurant encourages patrons to call at the beginning of the day to check for availability and make crab reservations for that evening — if you wait to walk in for dinner, there often won’t be any left by the time you show up. Quarterdeck Restaurant has a policy to serve steamed crabs only when local crabs are in season, so you know you’re getting the freshest catch every time you go. (703-528-2722, 1200 Fort Myer Dr.) The Wharf, Southwest Washington If you’re brave enough to cook crabs on your own, the Wharf, on the southwest waterfront off Maine Avenue, is a wealth of fresh daily catch. You can get most fish that you’re looking for there, though in the summer months, their specialties are shrimp and crab. The Maryland blue crabs this season are piled in monstrous, twitching towers on beds of ice, fat and blue and beautiful. There’s no big secret to cooking them. Throw them in a big steamer with plenty of Old Bay, make sure there is vinegar in the water, and steam until they turn red. (1100 Maine Ave. S.W.)

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Cool as a Cucumber: Fruit and Veggie Recipes for the Summer Doldrums By Katherine Tallmadge

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eedless to say, this summer’s heat has been oppressive. But Mother Nature’s wrath has yielded one benefit: very tasty fruit. Apparently, this summer’s early rains promoted growth. Then the intense heat, sun, and drought concentrated the flavors and sweetness in fruits such as berries, peaches, melons, grapes and tomatoes to produce a most extraordinary crop. I have frozen several quarts of blueberries to save for the winter, and even frozen chopped-up cantaloupe and cherries for future smoothies and treats for my kitten, Abby (yes, she does eat cantaloupe every morning. She’ll even eat grapes, berries, and certain veggies, as long as I hand feed her). These fruits can add wonderful flavor to any dish. Add berries to your cereal, peaches alongside your meat dish or salad, cucumbers on your sandwich. You can also make a cool soup with any of these fruits. It is so easy to get your “five cups per day” (which does indeed help prevent cancer, heart disease, as well as keeping you slim), as they can be a part of every meal and snack. I have contacted a few local chefs for their ideas for keeping things cool, healthy, tasty and interesting: Todd Gray of Equinox Restaurant’s Chilled Sweet Melon Soup with Minted Yogurt Serves 6 Ingredients • 1 sweet cantaloupe melon (such as a sweet dream), peeled, seeded, and cubed • 1 cup prosecco • 1 cup whole milk • Pinch salt & pepper • 2 cups small diced melons For the crème fraiche • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt • 3 mint leaves • 2 tarragon leaves • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil • Pinch salt & pepper For the soup: Combine melon and prosecco in a bar blender, puree till smooth. Add milk and seasoning, blend quickly to incorporate, remove and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours. For the Garnish: Brunoise or finely dice the herbs and combine herbs with yogurt. Pour chilled soup into bowls. Drizzle herbed yogurt on top and garnish with diced or Parisian scooped melons. Laura Bonino’s Griffin Market Watermelon Salad Serves 6-8 1 (5-pound) watermelon 1/2 cup blood orange Extra virgin olive oil 20 medium fresh basil leaves Cut the flesh from the melon and cut into 1 inch cubes, removing and discarding the seeds, and set aside. Tear the basil leaves into small pieces. In a large bowl, combine the melon, olive oil and basil. Lest rest in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. Nora Pouillon’s Chilled Cucumber Soup with Yogurt and Cilantro From “Cooking with Nora” by Nora Pouillon Serves 4 3 cups lowfat yogurt

3 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks 1 medium green pepper, washed, seeded, and cut into chunks 4-6 cloves of garlic, peeled Juice of 1 lemon Peel of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/3 cup cilantro leaves 1 jalapeno pepper with seeds, stemmed 1 teaspoon sea salt Cilantro sprigs for garnish Put the yogurt, cucumbers, green pepper, garlic, lemon juice and lemon peel, olive oil, cilantro and jalapeno in a blender. Puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and refrigerate. Pour the chilled soup into 4 bowls, garnish with cilantro. Note from Nora: “Since the fruit I use is organic, I always use the skins. I zest or peel my lemons or limes with a vegetables peeler. Then I peel off the white pith from the fruit (you need a sharp paring knife) and put the whole lemon or lime and its peeled skin into the blender.”

Carol Cutler’s Berry Granita* (From “Diet Simple”) *A “granita” is an Italian ice served after a meal Serves 8 Grated zest and juice of one orange 2 teaspoons orange liqueur 20 ounces frozen berries (or other fruit) Sugar or sweetener to taste (optional) 8 mint sprigs (optional) Place berries in freezer until frozen. Put 8 small sherbet dishes in the refrigerator to chill. Put frozen berries into a food processor. Add the orange zest, juice, and liqueur. Pulse for about 30 seconds to break up the chunks, then process on high until the mixture is smooth. Taste and adjust for sweetness, if necessary. When the mixture is pureed, spoon immediately into the chilled dishes and place in the freezer. If the granite has been frozen for more than 6 hours, remove it from the freezer 10 minutes before serving time. If desired, decorate with the mint sprigs. Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R.D. will customize an easy, enjoyable wellness, nutrition, weight loss, athletic or medical nutrition therapy program for you, your family or your company. She is the author of “Diet Simple: 192 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations,” and national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Contact her at katherine@katherinetallmadge.com or 202-833-0353. Mention this Georgetowner article and get 20 percent off your first consultation.

Katherine Tallmadge’s Fresh Mexican Salsa (From “Diet Simple: 192 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations”) Serves 22 Try this as a dip or accompaniment at your next party. It goes fast, so make plenty of it! You can also use it in scrambled eggs, tortillas or as a marinade or dressing. Throw it in plain yogurt or mashed avocado to make a dip. My measurements are the proportions I prefer, but you can vary any of the ingredients depending on your preferences. 1 large sweet “candy” onion (about 1/2 pound) 2 pounds fresh heirloom tomatoes, peeled, seeded and shopped (start with about 3 1/2 pounds. Use canned tomatoes, if good tomatoes aren’t available) 3-4 jalapeno peppers (1-2 ounces) 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste 3-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice (1-2 limes) Add the onion to the tomatoes. Finely chop 2 of the jalapeno peppers to start with. Taste. If you desire more heat, add more jalapenos. Mix in the cilantro. Add the salt depending on your taste. Mix in the lime juice. Susan Belsinger’s Simple Fruit Smoothie Serves 2 About 1 to 1 1/2 cups fruit, such as peaches and berries, cut into chunks 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey 1 cup cold soy milk 3 to 5 ice cubes 2 drops pure vanilla extract Put the fruit in the blender. Drizzle the syrup or honey over it. Add the ice cubes. Pour the soymilk over all and add the vanilla. Blend until pureed and frothy. Serve immediately in a tall glass with a straw.

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Got Pain? Get Acupuncture. It Works! Arthritis/joint pain, Headache/insomnia, Low-back pain, Neck pain, and other chronic symptoms. Call 202-669-8566. 5100 MacArthur Blvd 2ndFL, NW, Washington DC 20016

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CREIGHTON’S Kitchen, Bathroom, Basement, Attic Remodeling, Deck Building and Preservation, Special Project Requests. www.creightonshomeimprovements.com 202-363-0502 Licensed, Bonded, Insured - Serving N.W. DC Government secured background clearance

MUSIC PATIENT PIANO TEACHER Happy to help you begin, resume or advance your playing. Experienced with students from children to seniors. Off-street parking at NW studio 202-234-1837

ORGANIZATION CHERYL’S ORGANIZING CONCEPTS LLC. Home and Small Business Organizing Including Senior Move Management and Paperwork Assistance. Serving Washington Metro Area since 2002. Member NAPO, NSGCD, AADMM. www.cherylsorganizing.com 301-916-9022

JHI CONTRACTING Renovations, Remodeling, Painting, Concrete, Masonry, Waterproofing, Excavation, Demolition. All work guaranteed. Licensed, bonded and insured. Member BBB and Member of Angie’s List. DC License #3044. John Himchak 202-528-2877.

JOB OPENING IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY IN AN UPSCALE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CLOTHING SHOP Seeking full time employee as sales associate. Must be customer service oriented with leadership skills as well as ability to learn new skills. Highly motivated, energetic, and a self-starter with ability to handle a variety of tasks in a fast-paced environment. Responsible for ensuring sales goals are met. Employee must possess professionalism and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Familiarity with clothing and accessories market a plus. Respond via www. everardsclothing.com. For more information about Everard’s Clothing, see our Facebook

LIMOUSINE SUNRISE LIMOUSINE SERVICE Luxury Limo / Sedan Service. Serving Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Airport Transportation, Business Meeting, Weddings and other Occasions. Get 10% Discount on all Online Reservations. www.sunriselimousines.com Phone: 301-260-1069 email: info@sunriselimousines.com

ENERGY WORK-SPACE CLEARING Release and clear attachments, blockages, negative energies both metaphysical and physical in homes, work enviroment, land and personal. Contact Juliette at JulietteTahar@earthlink.net or 202-337-0362

OFFICE ORGANIZATION What does disorganization cost you? Time? Energy? Hundreds or thousands of dollars? Take back control today with Profound Impact, LLC, THE home and small business resource for your productivity and organizing needs. Call Julie at 703-517-2449 and visit www.profound-impact.com

PERSONAL SHOPPER STYLE CONSULTANT/ PERSONAL SHOPPER Now back from Manhattan, Sarah Pauley is here to help you develop the image you’ve always desired. Contact Sarah Pauley for a complimentary consultation at 646-382-0116 or visit www.sarahpauley.com

PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVER AVAILABLE Reliable and caring will take care of your loved ones doctors appointment, groceries, own transportation. Available day or night. 301-805-1672 Excellent References.


SERVICE DIRECTORY American National Livery and Tours We offer services for any occasion, including tours, hourly as directed, weddings, graduations, concerts, proms, and corporate events. We even offer a corporate discount program. Our vehicles include stretch limousines, towncars, SUV’s and passenger vans. Visit us www.anlts.com or email tim@anlts.com Call for availibility 301-728-7391

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Wouldn’t you rather have your dog running outside while you’re away? Competitive with standard kennel rates but our Country Dogs spend lots of time outdoors in safe, monitored social time with other dogs. Plus we pickup and deliver right to your door! We’re also open year-round.

Mention this ad and get a FREE Country Dogs mug with your boarding. Serving Metropolitan DC since 2004. www.country-dogs.net

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Fashion for Paws F4P Executive Director Tara de Nicholas and Washington Humane Society President and CEO Lisa LaFontaine welcomed guests to M29 boutique at 29th and M Streets on July 29. The cocktail reception at the chic boutique was a thank you to WHS supporters who had assured the success of this spring’s Fashion for Paws Runway Show at the Italian embassy, which literally stopped traffic. Bipeds and four-footers alike enjoyed special treats, and adoptable dogs displayed an irresistible charm. Raffle items were available to support the fabulous work of the WHS. — Mary Bird

M29 manager Allyson Wilder, F4P Executive Director Tara de Nicholas

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Lindsay Suozzo with Bella

WHS volunteer Joshua Moss with adoptable Amore

WHS President & CEO Lisa LaFontaine, Annie Van Meter with Arthur

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Hot Jewelry Packs ‘Em in at Morso Hip, colorful and nicely priced necklaces, along with lovely ladies in their summer dresses and Washington’s legendary humid summer heat, completed the hotness factor at Morso Restaurant on Aug. 4. The Georgetowner-sponsored event at the newly opened eatery at M and Potomac Streets offered Ann Hand jewelry for the price of $45. Eager buyers also sampled Morso’s food and wine, while raffle winners picked up an Ann Hand necklace or dinner at Morso. — Robert Devaney

Radio DJ Marilyn Thompson with Fernando Batista.

Rachel Johnson and Ada Polla of Alchimie Forever.

Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, Mary Beth Coleman and Tara de Nicolas.

Ashley Taylor of Ann Hand Jewelry.

The Georgetowner’s Siobhan Catanzaro and Elle Fergusson model sell-out Ann Hand necklaces.

Evelyn Keyes and Ladda Chang Walker.

Ann Hand’s Lindsay Craig sells another necklace to Dr. Joyce Hagel.

Veena Trehan with daughter Priya Trehan-Sarna

FAIR Fund

Washington Women & Wine

FAIR Fund works to prevent human trafficking of youth worldwide. The JewelGirls program provides art therapy for teens who create unique jewelry as an income-producing escape route from poverty and violence. Programs are conducted in Bosnia, Serbia, Russia, Uganda and the U.S. JewelGirls’ wares were available for purchase on July 31 as Chef Todd and Ellen Kassoff Gray hosted Garden Bling, “a glamorously unadorned garden party.” The menu was very much “adorned” with selections by Chef Todd and Mikki Schwab, Chef Todd Gray, Katy Adams Chef Michel Richard, including tuna tartar on plantain chips, smoked salmon canapés, bay scallops in Sancerre sauce and chocolate temptations. — M.B.

It wasn’t just “ladies who lunch” as WW&W founders Karen McMullen and Lisa De Grandi invited their members for a special “Tour of the South of France” wine tasting luncheon at the National Press Club on July 28. French wine expert Mathew Stubbs was in Washington as an instructor of the French Wine Society Conference at the French Embassy. British by birth, he moved to the south of France and began promoting the then-novel pursuit of wine tourism. His wine school at Domaine Gayda encompasses a tasting room, conference facilities, accommodations and more. He presented eight wines from the Languedoc region. Eager imbibers included WW&W members who had participated in a recent French Escapade wine trip, headed by Robin MacKenzie-Smith and his wife Paula, both of whom came to town for the luncheon. — M.B.

Lizette Corro, Annie Boutin King, Max Labow

Tracy Edwards, Jordan Terry, Jessica Doyle, Christian Wood

A very long lunch

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WIPAC On July 22, the Washington International Piano Arts Council (WIPAC) launched its 2010 Festival of Music and Eighth Piano Artists Competition with a welcome reception to honor pianists, jurors and special guests at the Embassy of Poland. John Gardecki opened the program playing on the embassy’s Steinway baby grand piano, a present from then-prime minister and pianist/composer of Poland, Ignaz Paderewski. The competition began the next day at George Washington University, followed by semi-finals at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Winners Viscount Thurston, first place, Robert Finley, second place, and Brad Arington and Damira Feldman, who shared third place, were announced at a celebratory dinner at the Army Navy Club. — Mary Bird

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When hotel guests need guidance, they ask their concierge. It is only logical that when the Washington Area Concierge Association (WACA) hosts a party, they head for the best. This year they celebrated in style on a stunning summer evening at Tony & Joe’s Seafood Restaurant on the Georgetown Waterfront. DC Magazine was front and center and local purveyors donated generously as the event raised funds for Les Chefs d’Or Foundation, Whitman-Walker Clinic and the John C. Campbell Scholarship Fund. — M.B.

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hile the temperature heats up outside, we welcome you to relax in the “coolest” destination in D.C.: The Living Room of Georgetown. Whether you’re searching for a spot to chill while enjoying your morning brew or dropping by after a busy day at work, you can “beat the heat” in this peaceful refuge, reminiscent of a large familial living room. With loft-like high ceilings, plush couches and a homey ambiance, The Living Room of Georgetown provides a sense of community in the heart of this hip, historic neighborhood and serves as an alternate gathering place where one can relax, savor a refreshing cup of coffee or glass of wine, conduct impromptu meetings and surf the complimentary wireless internet. This oasis of comfort is pet friendly too! Ditch the sweltering and “un-cool” outdoor happy hours and enjoy refreshing summer cocktails in our stylish Degrees Bar & Lounge and enjoy. Sip on the Razz Carlton, a revitalizing combination of black raspberry vodka, Chambord, raspberries, and lemons; the Blue Basil made with vodka, lemon, blueberries and basil; or indulge in a Capitol Kiss comprised of 10 Cane Rum, simple syrup, raspberries, blueberries and fresh spearmint leaves.

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You can “Rendezvous at The Ritz”

every evening from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and enjoy half-priced cocktails and appetizers and select wines by the glass for $6, and beer for $3. Our popular Boutique Spa has added new treatments to leave you revitalized and ready for summer. The Elements Massage, based on Chinese Astrology that each person’s element is determined by their exact time and location at birth, uses the element that appeals to you the most you can restore balance and harmony within and feel strong again. You can also enjoy the Spa’s new organic treatments, including the Blueberry Organic Scrub or Wrap, and a Blueberry Detox Anti-Aging Organic Facial, which covers your skin in fresh Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, and Pineapples high in antioxidants for an instant natural lift with the benefits of reducing fine lines and wrinkles. This stimulating energizing treatment has age defying benefits for smoother looking skin that is refreshed and radiant. I hope to you will join me soon for a refreshing cocktail or rejuvenating spa treatment right here in your home away from home, The Living Room of Georgetown!

Best wishes,

Grant Dipman General Manager


SlickRelief

Competition

for the Gulf of Mexico On April 20, 2010, BP’s Deep Water Horizon rig exploded, causing a major oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The leak not only resulted in irreversible damage to the Gulf’s wildlife system and environment, but has caused many Americans and industries along the coast to lose business and means of income. In an effort to help the disaster victims, Georgetown Media Group, Inc. invites you to participate in our own Gulf relief effort. Restaurants, mixologists and bartenders from across the city will participate to create and sell a signature cocktail named “Slick Relief.” For each “Slick Relief” cocktail sold, one dollar will be donated to the Gulf Relief Foundation (www. gulfaid.org). We hope to have all participating bars and restaurants add the “Slick Relief” cocktail to their menu and continue to support our donation efforts to fellow Americans affected by the disaster. Participating bartenders, mixologists and their respective restaurants will create a signature rum-based cocktail. We chose rum, the Caribbean’s native spirit, due to its proximity to the affected area. The “Slick Relief” may use any variation of rum and ingredients of the bartender’s choice. We are actively seeking sponsors for this event and welcome your input and ideas. At the conclusion of the thirty-day competition, August 11 - September 10th 2010, GMG Inc. will host a cocktail reception on the evening of September 10th at a location to be determined. On this date, participating bars and restaurants will present their donation checks. THE WINNER WILL BE THE ESTABLISHMENT WITH THE LARGEST CHECK, AND WILL BE FEATURED IN FLAVOR MAGAZINE.

FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING THE FUNDRAISER, CALL 202.338.4833 TO ENTER THE COMPETITION, e-mail siobhan@georgetowner.com

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Sophisticated Styling

Magnificent Georgian

Chevy Chase Village. Brilliant designer colonial on gorgeous triple lot with pool and landscaped grounds; 6 Brs, 7.5 + .5 Bas. $5,999,000

Pat Lore- 301-908-1242; Ted Beverley- 301-728-4338

Dupont. Spectacular renovated townhouse with open liv rm/ din rm/ chef’s kitchen; 3 Brs, 2.5 Bas, roofdeck, family rm, spacious in-law suite; 2 parking spaces $1,599,000

Modern Luxury & Style

Luxury New Homes Division. Town of Chevy Chase, this brilliant home offers comfort, luxury and fine finishes from awardwinning Chase Builders- large dramatic rooms, it will take your breath away! $2,095,000

City Spaces

Adams Morgan. Exciting renovated TH with fabulous outdoor space, rooftop deck with panoramic views, 3 Brs, 3.5 Bas, 2 parking spaces. $1,150,000

Ellen Abrams202-255-8219

Eric Murtagh- 301-652-8971; Karen Kuchins- 301-275-2255

Karen Kuchins- 301-275-2255; Eric Murtagh- 301-652-8971

Historic Statement

Georgetown. Brilliant opportunity: handsome TH w/ rounded bays, high-end renovation, is zoned C2A for commercial/ retail/ residential use: large rms, high ceilings, best systems, 3 Brs, 3.5 Bas, sleek lower lvl apt, dr opening to deck. $1,195,000

Cosmopolitan Chic

Kent/Palisades.Stately renovated European style colonial with entry foyer, media room, LR with French drs to terrace, DR, custom kitchen, study, 5 Brs 3.5 Bas, garage. Now $1,195,000

Ian Wakefield202-207-7474; Phillip Smith202-213-7170

Ted Beverley- 301-728-4338; Pat Lore- 301-908-1242

High Style

Capitol Hill. Sunny corner Victorian w/ open main level, 2 MBR suites on 2nd; +1 Br unit; beautiful architecture. $874,000

John Nemeyer- 202-276-6351

City Style

Shaw. Renovated 2-unit TH in pristine condition: upper unit has 2 Brs, 1 Ba; lower unit is 1 Br, 1 Ba in-law suite; hdwd flrs, granite kitchen, new appls. Near metro. $485,900

Delia McCormick- 301-977-7273

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Space & Charm

East Bethesda. Walk to Metro and shops from this handsome, spacious colonial in hillside setting with 4+ Brs, and 3 Bas, family rm and big fenced yard. Now $899,000

Marcie Sandalow- 301-758-4894

Brightwood Gem

Sparkling total renovation of classic TH, open 1st flr has LR w/ gas frpl, din rm, hdwd flrs, kitchen w/ granite; 3 Brs, 2 Bas, fin lower lvl w/ rec rm, home ofc; gar parking. Walk to Metro. $449,000

Shawn Goldstein- 202-329-1493

Wonderful Wardman

Forest Hills. Elegant TH w/ high ceilings, inlaid flrs; liv rm w/ frpl, din rm w/ coffered ceilings, sleek renov. kitchen, sunny family rm;5 Brs, 3.5 Bas, MBR w/ sitting rm; lower lvl in-law suite. Walk to Metro. $1,180,000

Linda Chaletzky- 301-938-2630

Design Delight

E. Bethesda. Walk to downtn Bethesda and Metro from this sunny renovated Cape: 4 Brs, 3 Bas, fully fin. lower lvl; loft studio w/ skylights; lush garden. $799,000

Karen Kuchins- 301-275-2255 Eric Murtagh- 301-652-7981

Woodland Views

Kalorama. Huge 2 Br, 2 Ba apt, open living room, cook’s kitchen, sep din rm, private entrance , like a home. Parking, CAC, sweeping park views. $638,000

Bonnie Roberts-Burke202-487-7653

Luxury & Location

West End/ The Columbia. Sunny, elegant 2 Brs, 2 Ba apt, top of the line appointments, cook’s kitchen, marble baths, FP, balcony, cherry flrs, full service bldg. Walk to Metro, restaurants. $927,000

Bonnie Roberts-Burke- 202-487-7653

Garden Glory

Chevy Chase, DC. Fresh & airy brk colonial w/ refin. hdwd flrs, LR w/ frpl, DR, galley kitchen, many updtes; 3 Brs, 2.5 Bas, det. garage; lovely garden. $645,000

Rachel Widder- 301-986-1679

Rooms with a View

Dupont/ Scott Circle. Rarely available 1 Br, 1 Ba crnr unit w/views of city and circle statue,new parquet flrs, fresh paint; walk to 2 Metros; Art Deco bldg w/ “green” roof deck. $338,500

Ian Wakefield- 202-207-7474; Phillip Smith- 202-213-7170

Heart of Dupont

Terrific 2 Br, 2 Ba apt with two balconies, sleek renovated kitchen, W/D in unit, MBR w/ Calif. Closets, garage rental parking available. $519,900

June Gardner- 301-758-3301

High & Hip

Bloomingdale. Handsome period bldg; top flr 2 Br, 2 Ba apt w/ renov. custom kitchen, skylights, frpl, great closets; walk to 3 Metros. $298,500

Mike Makris- 703-402-0629


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