GEORGETOWNER VOLUME 57, NUMBER 22
JULY 27 - AUGUST 9, 2011
alth and Tre nd s
Chef Robert Wiedmaier with fellow Chefs participating in Chefs Go Fresh pg 16
COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK
A New Twist on Old Favorite
MUST-SEE PERFORMANCES THE BUYERS OF EVERYMAY ESTATE
Wesley Heights, DC
Dupont Circle, DC
Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344
The Yerks Team LLC 703.760.0744 Karina Corell-Mallona 703.928.4426
Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344
Cleveland Park, DC
Dupont Circle, DC
Adams Morgan, DC
Cleveland Park, DC
Theresa Burt 202.258.2600
Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344
Maxwell Rabin 202.669.7406
Jean Hanan 202.494.8157
At the end of a private lane is an extraordinary residence which has been meticulously restored. The interiors are flawless and reflect a bespoke, timeless elegance that will appeal to the most discerning buyers. Private, expansive grounds w/ magnificent swimming pool, guest house, outdoor pavilion and private putting green. $7,995,000 Furnished; $6,500,000 Unfurnished
The Yerks Team LLC 703.760.0744 Michael Rankin 202.333.1212
Classic Cleveland Park home has 5BR, 5.5 baths, inviting front porch & 2 fplcs. Large great room, renovated kit & brkfst area. Exterior wood deck overlooks Rock Creek Park. Upstairs, the master suite w/ pvt outdoor terrace. LL has a 1 BR, 1 bath au pair ste w/ 2nd kit. 2 car gar, off street parking for 5-6 cars. Walk to the Uptown Theater, National Zoo, Metro, restaurants. $2,295,000.
Completely renovated, expanded Tudor mansion with main house & 2 BR, 3 bath guest house with 12,500 +/- interior sf. 1/2 acre +. 7 BR, 7.5 baths, expansive kitchen, huge atrium-like family room, FDR, incredible library, MBR suite w/2 fully separate baths, dressing rooms & closets. Home theater, home gym, full staff quarters. Large deck, pool, 2 attached garages for 3 cars & exterior parking for at least 9 more cars. $7,950,000.
Spacious, superbly renovated 1902-built 4-level Victorian on tree-lined west side of Dupont. Main house: 4 BR, 4 baths, high ceilings, 6 fplcs, top-of-the-line kitchen with breakfast area, den, super master suite with huge closet & marble bath. Very light throughout. Beautiful rear garden with 2 decks. LL is 1 BR, 1 bath separately metered unit. One-off street parking space conveys. $2,095,000.
Featuring 6 BR, 6 full-baths, and 3 half-baths, this all stone & brick home with a pastel coat has an old-world country French charm and is architecturally designed with the finest materials and workmanship. Only minutes from DC, this private residence is elevator-ready and showcases a fabulous kitchen while overlooking national parkland. $3,750,000.
Spectacular penthouse with some of the best views in Washington! Incredible condo unit features 3,200 interior sf with an additional 1,900 sf of private outdoor space including a stunning roof deck overlooking the entire DC skyline. 2 BR plus loft, 3 full baths, massive living room, soaring ceilings, amazing architectural style, bamboo floors, extensive closet space, and garage parking. $1,995,000.
Large and completely renovated top-to-bottom 25.5’ wide townhouse on beautiful tree-lined 19th Street. Excellent floor plan w/ family room, formal dining room, high end kitchen, master suite with his-hers baths, 5 BR, 5.5 baths total. Finished lower level with 2nd kitchen & two living areas, potential in-law suite (has private entrance). Two-car parking, balcony and deck. $2,375,000.
Classic Cleveland Park. Spacious and sun-filled floor plan includes a formal LR w/ fplc & classic chestnut detailing. Banquet sized DR, library, chef caliber kit w/ island and dining space. 1st flr guest suite and den. 4 BR, 2 baths up. LL is lrg fam room, BR/bath and storage. Sensational studio w/ 1/2 bath & office/living space. Lush lot w/ mature plantings. Driveway pkg. $1,995,000.
Foggy Bottom, DC
Theresa Burt 202.258.2600
Judy Lewis 202.256.0522 Hugh Oates 202.257.5640
Robin Waugh 703.819.8809 Maggie Shannon 202.486.4752
Judy Lewis 202.256.0522 Hugh Oates 202.257.5640
Special Foxhall Crescents Home designed by noted architect Arthur Cotton Moore. A brand new state of the art kitchen features a center island, custom cabinetry, top appliances as well as a breakfast area w/gas fplc. Tremendous light & custom finishes throughout. Numerous terraces offer unlimited opportunities for outdoor relaxation & entertaining. $1,895,000.
Stunning Georgetown townhome with high ceilings, period details, completely renovated kitchen, sunny south garden/patio, 3 BR, complete with in-law suite. Shows to perfection! $1,569,000.
Foxhall Crescents. Architectural Design Chic with walls of windows, gourmet kitchen, 3 large BR, elegant baths on 3-levels, circular staircases, gleaming hardwoods, marble flooring, formal LR, DR & library, 3 marble fplcs. Elegant & gracious, entry-level 2-car garage, privately sited on a premium lot w/glorious terraced gardens! Minutes to the White House! $1,350,000.
Downtown, D.C. 202.234.3344
Georgetown, D.C. 202.333.1212
PRICE DROP! Beautiful 4-level condo townhome in private courtyard/mews setting. 3 BR, 3 full baths, garage parking, and patio. Walk to Foggy Bottom, Metro, State Dept., World Bank, GWU, and Georgetown. $1,095,000.
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Long & Foster’s Extraordinary Properties® and Christie’s International Real Estate are pleased to announce the recent sale of the Evermay estate. Exclusively listed by Long & Foster’s Extraordinary Properties® at a list price of $25.9 million, this nearly 220-year-old historic landmark property located in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. has been host to American presidents, international diplomats, and world-renowned dignitaries. We are proud to have represented the seller of this one-of-a-kind estate.
“The sale of Evermay represents one of the most significant real estate transactions in Washington, D.C., history,” notes P. Wesley Foster, Jr., Chairman and CEO of The Long & Foster® Companies. “We offer our sincere congratulations to the buyer of the property, as well as the seller, in the successful transfer of this notable estate.” Average Listing Price (in Billions)
Percentage of Online Property Ads > $1 Million
Christie’s International Christie’s International Real Estate Magazine* Real Estate Online*
Percentage of Online Property Ads > $3 Million
When it comes to global exposure, the numbers speak for themselves!
35% 30% 25% 20% 15%
Christie’s International Real Estate
Percentage of Online Property Ads > $10 Million 7% 7%
6% 5% 4%
Christie’s Offers More Reach
Christie’s International Real Estate vs. Sotheby’s Realty
Long & Foster’s exclusive affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate provides unmatched ability to serve today’s luxury clients, locally, nationally and globally. Being everywhere today’s buyers and sellers are brings unparalleled results.
Comparative Summary RealNetwork Estate
Christie’s International Real Estate
Number of Offices
Number of Agents
Our combined strength offers you:
• Exposure to luxury buyers in 200-plus countries
• Online exposure to 7 million-plus luxury real estate buyers
Christie’s International Real Estate
Christie’s International Real Estate
Source: Christie’s International Affiliate Network: Sotheby’s Press Release (Q2 2011)
True Emphasis on Luxury Properties 30 30
Comparative Summary Website Population — Price Analysis
Average Listing Price (in Billions)
25 25 Percent of Homes Bought & Sold
#1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region for Luxury Homes
Percentage of Online Property Ads > $1 Million
Christie’s International Christie’s International Real Estate Magazine* Real Estate Online*
Percentage of Online Property Ads > $3 Million 35%
Christie’s International Real Estate
Long & Foster®
Source: Information included in this report is based on data supplied by MRIS and its member Association(s) of REALTORS who are not responsible for its accuracy. Does not reflect all activity in the marketplace. Data from January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010 on number of units bought and sold $1 million and above. Information contained in this report is deemed reliable but not guaranteed, should be independently verified, and does not constitute an opinion of MRIS or Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. @2011 All rights reserved.
Christie’s International Real Estate
Source: www.christiesrealestate.com (Q1/Q2 2011) Number of Agents www.sothebysrealty.com (Q1/Q2 2011) 40,000
Number of Offices
Percentage of Online Property Ads > $10 Million 7%
Christie’s International Real Estate
Contact us today to put the combined strength of Long & Foster’s Extraordinary Properties® and Christie’s International Real Estate to work for you.
Christie’s International Real Estate
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Vol. 57, No. 22 5 — Up & Coming
“The Newspaper Whose Influence Far Exceeds Its Size” — Pierre Cardin
6 - 7 — Georgetown Observer
About the Cover
8-9 — Editorial/Business The Rich Get Richer And the Poor Get Taxes Old Hat, Already Jack Evans Report Digging Deeper Into Pockets, Into Debt Ins and Outs
Robert Weidmaier leads the way for the annual Chefs Go Fresh motorcycle ride, an initiative to support local farms and fresh produce. Read the rest of the story on page 16 and be sure to pick up the August 10 issue of The Georgetowner for more coverage of the event.
10 — Feature Property 12 —All Things Media The Outsider
Photo by Aaro Keipi.
14 — Feature Georgetown Business Forum Highlights Delicate Balance Between Community and Local Business
18-19 — Dining Guide 20-23 — In Country Newport Rhode Island, the Ocean State 24 — Classifieds/ Service Directory 25 — Body & Soul Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships Between the Sheets
If you can’t find me, assume I’m somewhere dancing ungracefully, making a mess, writing a story, or eating something delicious! Living in Washington, D.C. and interning for The Georgetowner has given me the opportunity to do all the above and so much more. I’ve enjoyed every single moment of this summer, and I’m excited to take all the things I’ve learned in the past two months home with me to Atlanta. This time next week, I’ll be back in the South having traded in my Georgetown Cupcakes and Ris’ Tomato Soup for Peach Cobbler and my “Moggee’s” Potato Salad, but this isn’t the last you’ll hear from Courtney Overcash.
27 — Art Wrap Goodbye and Good Luck Govinda Gallery The Galleries of ‘Auto Row’
Yeah, I work at the Georgetowner four days out of the month doing graphic design/layout. It’s pretty alright. My favorite part is the food we get from Georgetown’s own Go Fresh on deadline days (thanks guys, keep up the good Tzaziki! Hope that ad is really workin out for you). My coworkers are cool too - did you know you have to be ridiculously good looking to work at The Georgetowner? Like, really. If you’re planning on applying for a job or internship here, don’t bother with your resume, just attach a couple 8x10” glossies with your best Blue Steel. Oh yeah, I also take pictures for The Georgetowner and beyond. You can check out my work at www.aarography.com.
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28 - 29 — Social Scene Nectar Skin Bar’s Stylish Debut Theater Scores in Capital Fringe Festival A Happy Birthday at Press Club: Arianna and AOL Raising a Glass for Rescue G’town Biz News Bite: ‘100 Persons for 100 Degrees’ Summer in the South of France Dinner at Rivers 30 — D.C. Scenes
Featured on the Web
Constellation Stage Design Preview of Ramayana Oklahoma is not the only play enjoying a return visit this season. Constellation Theatre Company is bringing back Ramayana based on Indian mythology, which played to sold out houses at Source last year. The production, which will open a three-week run on Aug. 4, will reassemble half the cast and have the welcome addition of Matthew McGloin, who charmed in On the Razzle, playing the monkey Hanuman. (Continue reading online.)
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Managing Editor Samantha Hungerford Features Editor Gary Tischler Robert Devaney Marketing& Advertising Director Adra Williams IN country & advertising Evelyn Keyes Web & Social Media Charlene Louis Creative director Jen Merino
Photographers Yvonne Taylor Neshan Naltchayan Jeff Malet Contributors David Post Jody Kurash Jack Evans Linda Roth Conte Bill Starrels Mary Bird Amos Gelb Stacy Murphy John Blee Renee Garfinkel Donna Evers Lisa Gillespie Veena Trehan Caroline Jackson
26 — Performance Summertime Showstoppers Take to the D.C. Stage
Publisher Sonya Bernhardt
Graphic Design Aaro Keipi
15 — Food & Wine Across the Cutting Board with Ris Cocktail of the Week 16-17 — Cover Story Summer Food Special: Chefs Go Fresh D.C. Trend Trucks Into Georgetown Food for your Face
Interns Bridget Belfield Nico Dodd Kayleigh Irby Shannon McGovern Suzanna Nelson Courtney Overcash Stephanie Shin Counsel Juan Chardiet, Attorney Doyle, Barlow & Mazard PLLC
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The photograph featured in the cover story of our July 13 issue was taken by Katherine Agurcia for Philip Bermingham Photography at Le Zinc at 3714 MaComb St. NW. The restaurant, co-owned by John Warner and David Ashwell, was designed by Olvia Demetriou.
JULY/ AUGUST 2011
Honoring Ensign Jesse l. Brown – First African-American Naval Aviator
On Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m., the United States Navy Memorial Naval Heritage Center (701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW) will honor the United States Navy’s first African-American Naval Aviator, Jesse L. Brown. Free and open to the public, the U.S. Navy Memorial will host a special film screening and panel discussion. The even will also commemorate the anniversary of the integration of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Centennial of Naval Aviation. Visit NavyMemorial.org for more information.
Odyssey Cruise Followed by Oklahoma
Don’t hesitate to purchase tickets for a summer night dinner cruise and show performed by
The Capital City Showcase
Oklahoma. Boarding will begin at 5 p.m. at 600 Water St. and set sail for 2 hours at 5:30. Following a dinner, the musical group will take stage at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $139.67. To make further inquiries, call 202.488.4380.
Meet Phineas and Ferb with Radio Disney AM 1290
The Radio Disney Road Crew invites kids and families to meet Phineas and Ferb at Fashion Center at Pentagon Mall (3rd level) on July 30 at 11 a.m., as they celebrate the debut of the
On July 30 (also on August 13 and 27), Christian Hunt will host The Capital City Showcase at the D.C. Arts Center (2438 18th St NW) where guests may see some of the best comedians, musicians, and performing artists of the Metropolitan area. For ticket purchases and a listing of performers, go to CapitalCityShowcase.com. Tickets are $12 ($10 for DCAC members).
Dash 10K and Kids Fun Run
Along Georgetown Tow Path Sunday, July 31, children between the ages of 2 and 9 are encouraged to run in the dash 10K and Kids Run for Fun to benefit Back on My Feet and Friendship Height’s Children’s Center. The race will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m. Registration costs $40 for the 10K and $30 for Kids Run for Fun. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202.997.3316.
new Disney Original Move, “Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension.” The event is free and will have singing, dancing, and opportunities for photos and games with the crew. For more information, go to Radio.Disney.Go.Com.
As a weekly routine, on every Saturday from 10 to11 a.m., a Certified Dog Trainer from Unleashed by Petco will gladly socialize with your dog at their location (1855 Wisconsin Ave. NW). A proof of vaccination (first round of puppy shots required) must be presented. Friends and families of all ages are welcome. Visit UnleashedBy.Petco. com or call 202965-2371.
It’s that time of year again—college application time! Writopia Lab (WritopiaLab.org) is a non-profit organization that will hold writing workshops for children and teens between ages 8 through18 on Thursday, August 8 through 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. Schedules may slightly change depending on location. If the dates do not fit your child or teen’s schedule, contact Kathy@ WritopiaLab.org. For information, go to WritopiaLab.org.
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GT Safeway Ready to Redevelop Retail Area South of Store Gone is the bagel shop, paint store and pawn shop in the building on Wisconsin Avenue, just south of the Georgetown Safeway. The Safeway-owned property will be reconstructed with additional new space on the empty lot next to the grocery store’s driveway as well. So, get ready for construction activity between S Street and the store. It should begin in August or September and be completed in a year. Retail spaces between 1,362 and 8,956 square feet will be available at the “neighborhood center” – 1815-1825 Wisconsin Ave., NW – broker Steve Combs of KLNB Retail told the Washington Business Journal. No leases have been signed, but plenty of retailers have expressed interest in the space, he said. It makes for a total 13,838-square-foot retail space, according to Safeway.
Watch Your Step: IRS Goes After Easement Deduction Abuse Those brass medallions seen on the front of some homes around the town add a nice little design feature, but they are also known to the buyers of that house, contractors and real estate agents as a way to get a nice big tax deduction. It is part of the tax code and perfectly legal. When giving a donation to a non-profit whose mission is to maintain the historical nature of the neighborhood, the homeowner is assisted by the non-profit with the tax accounting paperwork. It then holds an easement on that home’s
facade which can no longer be significantly changed by the new or any owner. A win-win situation, right? Not so fast, says the Internal Revenue Service. A conflict of different interests involve the fact that places, such as Georgetown, already have significant constraints on a home’s or building’s facade through the likes of the Old Georgetown Board and the contention by the IRS that deductions taken by homeowners are excessive – especially when the new owner says by agreeing not to change, the facade the value of the property may decrease. The IRS is especially annoyed by groups which it insists exist only to promote those tax deductions. Such a case was decided last week. The Department of Justice, on behalf of the IRS, related the following on July 18: “A District of Columbia federal court has entered a permanent injunction order against Steven McClain and the Trust for Architectural Easements, Inc. (formerly known as the National Architectural Trust). The civil court order bars the defendants from promoting a scheme that, according to the government complaint, encouraged taxpayers in Boston, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., to claim unwarranted charitable tax deductions for donations of façade conservation easements on historic buildings. The defendants consented to the injunction without admitting the allegations against them. The injunction order does not preclude the Internal Revenue Service from assessing monetary penalties against the defendants for past actions and also does not preclude the de-
fendants from challenging any such penalties.” According to the government complaint, the defendants falsely told prospective customers that, in exchange for donating easements on their historic properties preventing façade alteration, the customers could claim charitable deductions equal to 10 to 15 percent of the property value, and that this range reflected official IRS policy. In fact, the complaint alleges, the IRS never had any such policy, and the actual value of façade easements, if any, must be determined on a case-by-case basis. The complaint also alleges that the defendants manipulated the easement appraisal process by steering donors to appraisers who the defendants knew would employ the 10-to-15-percent valuation method, leading to improper appraisals that yielded large tax deductions regardless of the easements’ actual effect on property value. Weeks before that decision, a different tone was struck on June 21 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia: it affirmed the Tax Court’s 2009 ruling in Simmons v. Commissioner and concurred with the Tax Court that the donor of two preservation easements in the Logan Circle historic district qualified for a deduction despite IRS objections. Here is what the Foundation for the Preservation of Historic Georgetown, which supported the Logan Circle property owner in her case, advises: “Potential donors should be aware that despite Internal Revenue Service court losses to taxpayers in the United States Tax Court in its challenges to conservation easement deductions
(e.g., Simmons v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, T.C. Memo. 2009-208 (September 15, 2009)), the IRS continues to audit returns, disallow 100 percent of deductions and assert significant valuation penalties where taxpayers have donated conservation easements. This current IRS “zero deduction” audit program has numerous cases pending in Washington, D.C., and other test cities, and the outcome of such cases will likely be decided between 2011 and 2012. “On Feb. 4, the first federal court of appeals to consider the IRS ‘zero deduction’ audit program held an oral argument in the Simmons case. The two main issues before the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia were whether the easements granted were exclusively for conservation purposes and the donated easement caused a diminution of value in the properties. The foundation joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation and L’Enfant Trust in filing an amici curia brief in support of the taxpayer, Dorothy Simmons. “While the foundation strongly believes in its preservation mission and in the viability of a properly prepared and documented conservation easement donation, potential donors should consult with their own tax advisors about the advisability and timing of taking conservation easement deductions.”
ANC Redistricting Underway After redrawing the District’s wards, local politicians are now at work redrawing the boundaries of its advisory neighborhood commissions.
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GT For Ward 2, one of Georgetown’s ANC 2E commissioner Tom Birch heads up the work – with its individual ANCs getting their own subcommittee. For Georgetown’s and Burleith’s ANC 2E, commissioner Ron Lewis chairs the group along with Jennifer Altemus of the Citizen’s Association of Georgetown and Lenore Rubino of the Burleith Citizen’s Association. As mentioned in the latest ANC meeting, anyone interested in working with them can contact the redistricting team, which is assisted by the Board of Elections and Ethics and the Office of Planning. ANC single-member districts serve approximately 2,000 citizens. The task force must report its progress on Aug. 1 and Sept. 1; its work must be completed before mid-October. Requests for information on the process of redistricting should be directed to the Subcommittee on Redistricting. Call Drew Hubbard at the subcommittee – 202-724-8198. Direct requests for data in hard copy or electronic media can be made to the Office of Planning, which will provide at cost to the public 2010 Census maps and population data in hard copy or machinereadable form. The Office of Planning is located at 1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650, Washington, D.C. 20024 – 202-442-7600. Under new redistricting, Ward 2 gains more of the Penn Quarter and Judiciary Square. It loses the Shaw neighborhood to Ward 6 but keeps the Washington Convention Center within its boundaries. Have any questions? Want to help with the ANC redistricting? Visit JackEvans.org.
Georgetown Ministry at Grace Church Gets $100K Rehab
Scientist Couple Are New Owners of Evermay
After more than a month of construction, the Georgetown Ministry Center, which has served the homeless of Washington since 1987, reopened July 14 – with expanded space, new computers (iMac desktops), spruced-up showers and a laundry room. GMC executive director Gunther Stern said he was pleased at the results of the $100,000 makeover and thankful for the donors to the non-profit housed along the alleyway of 1041 Wisconsin Ave., part of the Grace Church property. Stern is enthusiastic about the center’s “club house model.” Here, the homeless – who are also called clients – become members and must contribute with routine work for the center, such as helping the dishwasher or making coffee, and may attend staff meetings. Membership is open to all on an individual need basis, seven days a week. Stern is also enthusiastic about how the digital world can help the homeless: “I use my MacBook as a computer and a phone. When I have internet available I just plug in my headphones and use Google Voice to receive phone calls. This comes from the focus of our work with homeless clients whom we are trying to train on the Google suite of tools. Perfect for a person without a home or phone. And it is free. Our database is simple and flexible and online. And the subscription is free, donated to us by Salesforce.com. Our payroll system is online. Everything is online.”
Ryuji Ueno and his wife, Sachiko Kuno, founders of Bethesda-based Sucampo Pharmaceuticals and S&R Technology Holdings, have purchased Evermay, for $22 million, 55 percent off its 2008 asking price of $49 million. The purchase price of the historic 3.5-acre estate on 28th Street, which borders Oak Hill Cemetery at R Street, is the second highest priced sale in D.C. private property. The names of the new Evermay owners were first reported in the Wall Street Journal on July 22 in its “Private Properties” section. The buyers’ representative Mark McFadden of Washington Fine Properties spoke with the Georgetowner and confirmed that, indeed, Ueno and Kuno are the new owners of the 12,000-squarefoot house and grounds, adding that they will continue the preservation of the estate, founded by Samuel Davidson in 1792 and sold by the Belin family two weeks ago, through a limited-liability company, Evermay LLC. The listing agent was Jeanne Livingston of Long and Foster, a Christie’s International Real Estate affiliate, whose other big sale was Katharine Graham’s estate on R Street. Livingston said the new owners would be “good stewards” of Evermay, a property which was once rumored to have caught the interest of Oprah Winfrey. While the Japanese-born drug researchers Ueno and Kuno – who own a house on P Street – are not well known to most Washingtonians, they are known in philanthropic circles, such as the Washington Opera and the Smithsonian.
The couple founded the S&R Foundation in 2000, a non-profit whose mission is to encourage and stimulate scientific research and artistic endeavors among young individuals – and “to recognize talented young scientists and artists for their distinguished work in fields of science and fine arts, especially those who contribute to U.S.-Japanese understanding.” Their foundation awards the S&R Washington Award and the S&R Ueno Award. Ueno and Kuno’s Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, focuses on the development and commercialization of medicines based on prostones. Ueno, who is also a medical doctor, discovered “the therapeutic potential of prostones, which are bio-lipids that occur naturally in the human body.” The company markets the drug Amitiza for gastrointestinal disorders. One of the couple’s first successes was Rescula eye drops, the first bioactive lipid used to treat glaucoma. Together, the accomplished couple holds several degrees from universities in Japan and the U.S. and have other interests as well. A Class A race car driver, Ueno is a member of the Leica Historical Society of America, Ferrari Club of America and Miles River Yacht Club. Involved in fundraising for the Washington Opera, Kuno was also cited by the Washington Business Journal two years ago in its list, “Women Who Mean Business.” She even studied in the neighborhood at Georgetown University’s International Business Management Certificate Program. Add to their resumes: “Keepers of Evermay.”
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EDITORIAL/BUSINESS THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET TAXES
in their mouths - trying to sell us their belief that corporations and the very, very rich have the best interests of the American people in mind? Reagan thought so: he gave us trickledown economics which conjured up a picture of millions of Americans waiting (in vain) for the financial leftovers from Wall Street to trickle By Gary Tischler down to Main Street. As former President Bill Clinton noted rene of the great literary stories is the recently, those days are long gone. American lationship—sometimes strained, often corporations are multi-nationals, beholden not competitive—between F. Scott Fitzgerto country, community or the American people, ald and Ernest Hemingway. Arguably America’s but only to profit and shareholders. two greatest novelists when that sort of stature Sure, there are anomalies like Bill Gates and meant something. Warren Buffett, American citizens and world Fitzgerald—literary posterity judges him to be citizens. But many are a lot like Petra the better writer in terms of after-life Ecclestone, who, thanks to her billionreputation—was a man fascinated by Why are GOP rank and file members - some of aire dad bought Candy Spellings’ Holthe lifestyles of the rich and famous and wrote the best book ever written them born in the bosom of the American People lywood mansion for$150 million after without a silver spoon or any other utensil in already owning a $90 million home in about the American dream of money their mouths - trying to sell us their belief that London. She got her money the old and success, “The Great Gatsby.” According to the oft-told tale, Fitzgercorporations and the very, very rich have the fashioned way—she asked Daddy for ald one day breathlessly announced to best interests of the American people in mind? it and he gave it to her. I believe she is selling her own brand of bags to keep Hemingway his great discovery. “Erher hand in. nie,” he was supposed to have said “the Think of those sums. They could keep Minmoral certitude insist, scream, shout it from the rich are different from you and me.” nesota running for a few days, to say the least, highest hills, that there will be no tax raises, es“Yes,” Hemingway was supposed to have resave the lives of thousands starving in Somalia. pecially on the rich or on corporations. And plied, “they have more money.” You get the drift. closing a loophole is: a tax increase. A tax break But oh, how much more money. Even HemingNo trickle down here. Where is Madame Deon private jets is: a tax increase. way might have been baffled and not a little farge when you need her? But wait. There’s more. Mitch McConnell in awed by the chasm between the very rich and the Senate calls such increases “job killers.” those with considerably less. Hemingway would Silly us. We thought jobs were being killed in no doubt retain his irreverent and realistic attiGE’s overseas banks, which allows that comtude about such matters. F. Scott, after downing pany to pay fewer taxes than I do. We thought a drink, might have sat down and written “The outsourcing is a job killer practice. We thought Great Gatsby.” Amos Gelb targeting public employees for firing and layOr “The Great Ecclestone.” offs was job killing. Nope. Regulating corporaOne of the great contemporary mysteries, or those of you who might have missed tions with silly stuff like conforming to environit seems to me, is the absolute worship of the it, there was a first in the White House mental rules or safe rules or foods safety, those super-rich and the great, rolling-in-profit corearlier this month. The first ever Presiare job killers. porations on the part of the lock-step GOP. The dential Twitter Press Conference. Why are GOP rank and file members - some of great negotiations or roll overs on raising the Definition – Twitter press conference: followthem born in the bosom of the American Peodebt ceiling will result in a temporary lift of the ers of social network twitter sent in questions ple without a silver spoon or any other utensil ceiling, so as to avert an unimagined disaster,
or a comprehensive settlement that President Obama and House Speaker John “Weeping Willow” Boehner, the golfing partners, are said to be working toward (probably not), or a default whose consequences people are starting to have nightmares about. But all this is happening in a flattened economy that isn’t quite a depression but is depressing to average folks trying to pay their mortgage, find a job, or put gas in their tanks and food in their mouths. And yet, all the GOPs, the rank and filers, the leaders, most especially Mr. No-WayBut-My-Way-And-No-Taxes Eric “The Whip” Cantor, and even more especially, the lemmings of the tea party running toward the cliff with
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to the White House which followed the trends of questions and picked representative ones that the President responded to in the traditional way of speaking into a microphone. See also town hall, vanilla press conference. In the growing heat of the debt crisis, little news broke from this new media moment. But there was one startling aspect of this spectacle. No one outside those involved really cared. In fact, most people didn’t seem to even notice. That says less about the content of the conference itself and more about the lightening shifts in the media that are passing by so quickly. Lest we forget – it was barely 3 years ago that CNN went media rogue and started the new media/ TV thing with its YouTube presidential debates. That was new and exciting then. Pioneering journalism that even had a question from a lady dressed as a chicken. Now that was television. But today – been there, done that. This year alone, President Obama has already had a Facebook press conference. Missed that? You are not alone. Remember, this is the President who redefined the presidential campaign process with his “Triple O campaign” - “the Obama Online Operation.” But now it seems to barely count unless you actually declare your presidential candidacy on your webpage or YouTube or whatever. It’s almost retro to actually stand in front of a microphone and say those words. So wither the politics of media and new media? Who knows. But it does hold perhaps one interesting conundrum. One of the old-new fads is a locational service called FourSquare. The person who online pings from a spot, a Starbucks, a street corner most is known as the Mayor of that location. So what would it mean if, at some point, the Mayor of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is someone other than the then-sitting president? Makes the Electoral College seem almost quaint.
JACK EVANS REPORT
t this point, District residents must think the Council votes on the budget every time it meets. For the past couple of months, that has been nearly correct. On April 1, Mayor Gray submitted his fiscal year 2012 budget proposal to the Council. After a period of committee hearings to scrutinize the
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numerous government agencies that comprise the executive branch of the District government, as well as substantial community input, the Council took a first vote on a revised budget proposal on Tuesday, May 24. An ostensibly final vote took place on June 14, but a further vote was held July 12 to make needed technical corrections and account for “new revenue” that was identified in the Chief Financial Officer’s revised quarterly revenue estimate in June. I have had mixed feelings on this budget from the beginning. The budget, at nearly $11 billion, is the largest in the District’s history, and I have vocally opposed the Mayor’s budget proposal from the moment it was released. In our May and June votes, the Council wisely repealed Mayor Gray’s attempt to raise the personal income tax, keeping the rate at 8.5 percent. We also rejected the proposal to tax live theatre, which was simply a terrible idea in an environment where our arts institutions are already reeling from massive cuts in federal funding. We were able to reject a proposed doubling in the Circulator fare, as well as to delay a proposed hike in the parking tax. We also restored a number of safety net cuts made by the Mayor which would have reduced funding for homeless and housing services. The Council also increased funding to the Metropolitan Police Department to ensure we have at least 3,900
sworn officers on the force, which moves us in the direction of my eventual goal of a minimum number of 4,000 officers. Finally, the Council acted to restore a substantial amount of money to the District’s “savings account,” which helps to bolster our bond rating. The one item I most strongly disagreed with in the Council’s proposed modifications to the Mayor’s budget was the decision to implement an unfair retroactive tax on the interest earned on out-of-state municipal bonds. In the original modification from the Chairman, the tax on this bond interest would not have gone into effect if we had a sufficient revenue increase in June. Seven of my colleagues repealed this provision, however, and when new revenue did arrive in June, it was quickly diverted to other uses. On July 12, however, we were able to pass an amendment to push the implementation of the tax back to cover only earnings from Jan. 1, 2012 and beyond, rather than taxing earnings already received since Jan. 1, 2011. This is an important first step, as it gives bondholders notice of a pending tax proposal and allows them to make strategic changes in their investments to compensate for the massive change in the tax. As additional revenue is identified in September, however, I remain hopeful that we will be able to further delay or fully reject this proposed tax.
The other major item that was moved forward last week was the District’s redistricting plan. On July 13, I hosted a Ward 2 Redistricting Task Force kickoff with support from the Office of Planning, the Board of Elections and Ethics, and the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. As you may recall, the Council finalized the Ward redistricting plan in June, and over the summer each Ward will form a committee to make any needed changes to Advisory Neighborhood Commission and Single Member District boundaries. While we had a great showing of Ward 2 residents seeking to be involved last week, we will continue to include other Ward 2 friends and neighbors who would like to give input in our neighborhood-based subcommittees. Please feel free to contact Ruth Werner at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin Stogner at email@example.com, both in my office, to be added to the redistricting distribution list, or to ask any specific questions you have. Or, if you just want to keep tabs on the process, more specific data is available at the ANC redistricting website at https://sites.google.com/a/dc.gov/ redistricting. Please feel free to share this information with other Ward 2 residents who may be interested.
BUSINESS DIGGING DEEPER INTO POCKETS, INTO DEBT By David Post
oes the government spend too much? Probably. Are taxes too low? Probably. Is there an easy or quick fix? Absolutely not. Tax receipts cover 60 percent of government spending. We borrow the rest, so an inability to borrow means there won’t be enough money to go around. Few households and businesses can cut their expenses 40 percent overnight. Neither can the federal government. When households and businesses face cuts like that, they go bankrupt. They lose most of what they own and creditors don’t get paid. Their credit ratings drop. Their living standards decline. If they can borrow money, interest rates rise. Anyone with a credit problem knows recovery takes years. It’s not a pretty picture. Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Fed, who incidentally was appointed by George W. Bush, said it would be a “calamity.” It will affect everyone. A talking head should ask Congress if it will take a 40 percent pay cut and pay 40 percent of their health care. Here’s the big picture showing federal government income and expenses last year and ten years ago: Billions of dollars Federal Receipts Federal Expenditures Surplus (Deficit)
2000 $ 2,025 $1,789 $ 216
2010 $ 2,163 $ 3,456 ($ 1,293)
As percent of GDP Federal Receipts Federal Expenditures Surplus (Deficit)
2000 21% 18% 3%
2010 15% 24% (9%)
Stop there, and the story is an easy one. Even though tax cuts reduced revenues, and the recession, two wars, and an expansion of Medicare increased spending, no one is discussing that. Instead, the screaming is about “no new taxes” and out of control spending. Every mechanic knows what to do. Look under the hood and see what’s making the noise. And there it is: we’re getting older and old is expensive. In the past ten years, Social security has almost doubled from $400 to $700 billion, and federal health care costs have more than doubled from $390 to over $920 billion and continues to rise much faster than inflation. Yet, it’s going to get worse. Here come the baby boomers and they are a tsunami. Today, 40 million people in the U.S. are over age 65, of which, 19 million are over 75. Behind them stand 79 million people between 45 and 65, so about 79 million are going to replace 19 million in the retirement pool over the next 20 years. Medicare covers the health care of those over 65 which cost $500 billion last year. Dedicated Medicare tax receipts covered $65 billion, about 13 percent, of those costs. Another $400 billion in federal health care costs were spent on the military, veterans, federal employees, and the poor with no tax source other than the taxpayer. In 2010, total personal income tax receipts were about $900 billion, enough to cover the government’s health care tab, but that leaves nothing for other government function. No military, no highways, no courts, no environment, no national parks. No Congress! Next year, taxes may or may not increase depending upon the
economy, but retirement and health care costs will increase, certainly more than tax revenues. That is a bad formula. Imagine this Jeopardy question: If the retirement population doubles or triples over the next thirty years, how do we pay for social security and retiree health care? What is the winning answer? Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, proposed a plan. First, eliminate Medicare in ten years, give seniors an $8,000 voucher, and let them buy their own policy. (I’m 62 and can’t buy a policy for that amount now. Maybe costs will go down over the next three years.) Second, give the states grants and let them figure out how to deal with rising health costs. (In other words, let states raise taxes or decline care for the poor.) Public opinion is divided on whether to raise taxes, but otherwise, public opinion is very clear: reduce spending, don’t reduce social security and save Medicare. Figure out how to do that, and Washington is calling you. The debate should be addressing health care costs and an aging population. Instead, Washington is playing political roulette with the public’s future. Washington needs more kindergarten teachers and coaches, those special giants in our lives who taught us to share, to be fair, to give a little and get a little, to be nice, and that we either win or lose as a team, not as individuals. How much we forget as we get older!
INS AND OUTS
By Samantha Hungerford and Robert Devaney
Pinkberry’s long-awaited Georgetown location at 3288 M St. opened partially Monday night, handing out free samples to frozen yo-
gurt fans for one hour between 5 and 6 p.m. The event was a small taste of what’s to come in fall when Pinkberry will officially open shop. Not far from Georgetown Ministry, Jack Wills University Outfitters has signed its lease is prepping for a year-end opening near the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street (1079 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., next to Serendipity 3). The two-story shop will cater to a student clientele with a mix of “Britain���s rich history and culture, juxtaposed with a heavy dose of the hedonistic college lifestyle.” (Oh, great . . .) Jack Wills cannot be all bad-boy, though: It was the official apparel supplier to the Foundation Polo Challenge at Santa Barbara Polo Club, July 9 – you know, the one where Prince William’s team won as wife Kate looked on – which benefited the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William & Prince Harry. Another Jack, Jack Spade that is, could be in Georgetown by September at an undisclosed, according to Georgetown Patch. The chain, which is owned by Liz Claiborne, is mostly recognized for its bags designed for men, although the stores do carry clothing and accessories as well. Jack Spade grew out of its sister store, Kate Spade, a handbag store for women started by husband and wife Andy and Kate Spade. According to their website, the bags – both men’s and women’s – are inspired by a classic, practical look that is not short on style. Finally, Good Stuff Eatery, Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn’s not-so-average burger joint, is planning to open a third location in Georgetown according to an interview with Micheline Mendelsoh, sister and PR representative to Spike, in Washingtonian. Their first location on Capitol Hill will be followed by a second in Crystal City, with the Georgetown location opening after that somewhere on M Street.
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transigent political issues adding shades of grey and the occasional primary color to the issues being hashed out in public in black and white. Global distribution of wealth is indeed skewing to the ultra-rich. That is wrong but just taxing the ultra rich will not work because they will always find a way around it. Rather than take away from one side let’s find a way to help the other – for example in the last 20 years we have reduced crime plaguing the poorest citizens. Today’s financial issues stem not from war but from the voracious leveraging and a relatively few bad loans. Unfair to blame Obama for the economic woes even if you don’t like how he is handling them. The country is not as partisan as it seems – the current angry tone is rather the product of Congressional rule changing and gerrymandering. Our system of government cannot work if the “opposition” just exists to oppose. Party affiliation should play no role in local community politics; candidates should stand on their personal integrity. For the self-made outsider (“I am still firmly a Republican”) who put the words into the mouth of a president so loathed by many, here was the surprisingly considered discourse that we all
claim we pine for. In Frum’s world, those who disagree are not depicted as lepers to be despised or worse and hence banished to a desolate wilderness; rather their ideas might be viewed as wrong but not mean-spirited. “Are you at least having fun?” There is a pause on this. The thought of fun seems to have not occurred to Frum. A journalist turned pol who is now the journalist-pol, why wouldn’t this be fun? He has a website, a following, a voice that is being heard if not always welcomed. The pause lasts a little while longer as he seems to search for something hidden in a corner. “Our current situation is too perilous to be having fun.” Frum seems to have forgotten that today’s evolving new media has reached a stage of the cult of personality where individual Twitter feeds, blogs and even by-lines are increasingly about the self. And his self has a higher profile today than ever before, partly because he seems to relish sticking his finger in so many eyes. Yes, that should be fun. And yet there is the distinct sense that Frum would be just as happy, perhaps happier, if he didn’t think his voice was needed quite as much right now.
Our system of government cannot work if the “opposition” just exists to oppose. Party affiliation should play no role in local community politics; candidates should stand on their personal integrity.
THE OUTSIDER By Amos Gelb
n the not-for-the-faint world of D.C., you do not exist politically if you are not loathed by at least one group. But David Frum is in an elite category – he is hated by both sides of the fence. A stalwart speechwriter of the W regime, no friends on the left. Then excommunicated by the right when he dared to suggest that Republicans were blowing it in their blind opposition to the healthcare bill, a posture he has maintained vociferously regarding the current Republican posture on the debt ceiling, “you don’t play chicken with default.” “Yes, my views put me in a minority these days,” he admits bedecked in a blindingly white jacket befitting the tropics that have descended on D.C. But what ATM was curious about is how Frum, lawyer-schooled-journalist-resumed-formerlyWhite-House-employed, turned being suddenly on the outside into something of a personal media empire. His website, Frum Forum, has become the voice of the less uncompromising (but not necessarily moderate) right, he is omnipresent as a political analyst for CNN, he gives about 20 speeches a year and he is finishing up his 7th book – this latest one a novel about D.C.
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In the age of the new media, Frum has done what so many are trying unsuccessfully to do. He has created an identity on the web, attracted readers and kept people’s attention. And he doesn’t want to talk about it. “Media is the plural of medium. Medium is just the conduit. It is like wanting to talk about electricity – you want to talk about where it comes from and how; not about the poles and pylons. We are pylons.” Instead, what Frum wants to talk about is his fear; his fear that well-meaning people in power are about to drive this nation off a cliff. “Frum Forum is not about making money, it is not about me. It is about responsibility. My goal is to be heard. We have the responsibility to be heard. To be part of the conversation. And I think we are.” For an hour, despite repeated determined ATM attempts to steer the conversation to his journalism pedigree (he worked as a freelance writer in Canada as an editorial editor for the Wall Street Journal and is the son of one of Canada’s most famous journalists), Frum deflects the attention from himself to why he is doing all this media. Each thrust at discussing his empire is parried into a guided tour of some of today’s most in-
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FEATURE GEORGETOWN BUSINESS FORUM HIGHLIGHTS DELICATE BALANCE BETWEEN COMMUNITY AND LOCAL BUSINESS By Nico Dodd
In Georgetown, business always tends to be a balancing act. When your neighborhood is a college town, a high-end retail district, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Washington, and home to a vibrant nightlife scene, it can be difficult to move around without stepping on anyone’s figurative foot. On July 13, the Georgetown Business Association and the Georgetown Business Improvement District hosted Georgetown Business Forum on D.C. Nightlife and Hospitality. The Forum included community and business leaders from all sides of the Georgetown Nightlife industry from business owners and District government, to neighbors and Georgetown University. In addition to being very informative about how all these parties interact in this area, the forum highlighted the many different parties and voices that have a stake in the nighttime hospitality industry in Georgetown. After the panelists introduced themselves, Georgetown business leader Janine Schoonover led a discussion that highlighted the current state of business and relations between community leaders. Concerns about regulation, competition with new developing neighborhoods, fake IDs, and the future of Georgetown were leading topics of discussion. To set the tone, Anthony Lanier, president of EastBanc said “All I know is that my grandmother told me never get involved with a business that takes place in the dark.”
Skip Coburn, Executive Director of the D.C. plored. Nightlife Association believes that collaboraPaul Cohn, President of Capital Restaurant tion is essential to retain the balance between Concepts which includes Neyla, Paolo’s in those who live in Georgetown and those who Georgetown and Georgia Brown’s, thinks that come to Georgetown. “We all have to pitch in Georgetown needs to loosen up or risk losing to make this successful,” he said. business to other neighborhoods. Cohn disIn a statement made on July 23, Coburn cussed how the voluntary agreements restrict wrote, “There are certain neighborhoods in the restaurants, and that it can be easy to break the city in which the pendulum has perhaps swung law without trying. He also said that it is too way too far toward having too many ABC [Aldifficult to physically get people in to Georgecoholic Beverage Control Board] establishtown, and its lack of Metro is a handicap. He ments at too much expense to the residents, also does not want Georgetown to be a tourist with resulting traffic, parking, noise, and other trap. problems. There is an The regulation of economic developlicensed bars and resment aspect as well. taurants was a large Do more ABC estabpoint of discussion. lishments attract cusLeading off, Fred tomers and business Moosally, director of to a neighborhood? the Alcoholic BeverOr, do newer, moreage Regulation Ascreative, imaginative, -Anthony Lanier, president of EastBanc sociation, stated that higher-quality ABC his main concern is establishments attract controlling underage business patrons to a neighborhood?” drinking and fake and fraudulent ID usage. In the past decade, other neighborhoods in ABRA also stays on top of businesses so that Washington have developed their own nightestablishments licensed as restaurants meet life scenes; U Street, H Street, Gallery Place, the requirements of one. Captain Gresham of and Logan Circle attract a quickly growing the Metropolitan Police Department in Ward 2 group of young professionals living in the city. echoed Moosally’s concerns, stating that propReliable standbys can retain a clientele, but it er education about spotting fakes is essential can be hard to compete when new neighboras fake IDs become more sophisticated. This hoods with exciting new restaurants to be exFebruary, approximately 20 fake IDs were seized at Third Edition. Business leaders like Britt Swann, owner of Rhino, Modern, Serendipity 3 and Sign of the Whale, brought up concerns that the regulation of fake and fraudulent IDs is too harsh on businesses, and not hard enough on those using them. Swann stated that the costs of dealing with a fake ID charge can reach up to $6,000. “We have to be responsible for other people’s behavior,” he said. “Restaurants are made to pay a heavy price for something happening on their turf that is not condoned, approved, endorsed or in any way desired by the business,” wrote Greg Casten, operations director for the family-owned Tony & Joe’s, Nick’s Riverside Grille and Cabana’s, in a statement on July 22. It is most important that a spirit of accountability should be taken with the individual. “This would be wonderful to begin seeing - the perception now is the restaurateur gets punished and treated
“All I know is that my grandmother told me never get involved with a business that takes place in the dark.”
like it was his intention to serve the minor, like he has criminal intent in mind when serving such.” Cohn believed that Georgetown is doing well as it is now. “We’ve matured,” he said. “We used to be edgy.” According to Jennifer Altemus, president of the Citizens Association of Georgetown, there were approximately 102 restaurant liquor licenses in Georgetown when ABC put its liquor license moratorium in place in June 1988. For example, Wendy Furin, co-owner of Furin’s Bakery on M St., says that there was concern of so many bars and restaurants being close to the Washington International School, which then occupied the Philips School at 2735 Olive St. The moratorium was “a much needed step to halt the rapid deterioration,” wrote Altemus. Last June, ABC ruled to continue the liquor license moratorium for five more years, but added seven liquor licenses to raise the total number to 68. According to ABRA’s ruling, ANC2E stressed the importance to preserve the moratorium in order to “preserve peace, order, and quiet in the neighborhood.” A variety of different businesses applied and received these new licenses. Existing businesses, like Tackle Box and Puro Café, are now able to serve alcohol in their current establishments. The owners of Café Bonaparte will be opening Lapis. Other new licensees include Spin DC and Paul’s Bakery, a café on Wisconsin Avenue that is currently under renovation. Perhaps the most interesting on the list was Hu’s Wear, a designer clothing store on M and 29th Streets. Eric Eden, co-owner of the shop, says that when they heard about the additional liquor licenses, they sprung at the opportunity to apply for one, which, at the current rate, was nearly once in a blue moon. Eden says that they will be opening a restaurant and bar next door within a year in the location where Bartleby’s Books stood until a few weeks ago. Other voices from the community understand that doing business in Georgetown is tough, but that such care is needed to protect the neighborhood. “We can be successful while being mature,” said Linda Greenan, associate vice president of external affairs at Georgetown University. ANC2E SMD 05 Commissioner Bill Starrels says that Georgetown has evolved greatly over the years, and that the community is strong.
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ACROSS THE CUTTING BOARD WITH RIS COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK By Courtney Overcash
ewis Grizzard, American writer and humorist, said “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato,” and considering all the well-loved recipes which include them, one would be hard pressed not to agree. Often cooks think of tomatoes as an item to be served on the side or as an ingredient in a more complex dish, but with such beautifully plump and juicy tomatoes in season, why not serve them up as the entrée? “Tomatoes are something to celebrate right now because they are here,” says Chef Ris Lacoste. “We wait for tomatoes and they always come mid-July. Finally they’ve arrived at the farmers markets. In celebrating the tomatoes, this is the time to serve them.” Though when we think of tomatoes our thoughts typically go to a round, red fruit, there are actually countless varieties to choose from. And just like with apples, it may become difficult to decide which breed you need. Green varieties are acidic so we use them in treats like Fried Green Tomatoes. Green tomatoes should be picked when they are underripe but still firm in order to cook them, otherwise they will shrivel up. However, green tomatoes are not to be confused with Green Zebras, which are fully ripe and just happen to be green. Green Zebras almost have the tartness of an apple and their acidity allows them to go well with seafood. A small variety, the Cherry tomato, is wonderfully versatile because there are so many different colors and tastes within this category. Cherry tomatoes have a sweetness that blends well in salads, while yellow cherry tomatoes have a lower acidity, giving them a softer, blander flavor which pairs with other fresh veggies very well. No matter what variety you care to try, Ris suggests looking for Heirloom tomatoes. In recent years, big companies have taken a large market share of the tomato production. Most tomatoes are now mass produced and the seeds have been engineered. Hormonally engineered tomatoes make for larger more beautiful tomatoes and are readily available at any chain grocer, however they aren’t as tasty. Heirloom tomatoes are natural and have valued flavors and colors, and are grown specifically for those characteristics. But how do you know which variety you want and which ones are heirlooms? Ask your local
grower. If you ask a grower at your local farmers market for a recommendation, they can usually point out which breeds are sweeter, or will hold up during baking, or which will breakdown for sauces, etc. “The farmers will know about their tomatoes. They’re their babies,” says Ris. The farmers also understand tomatoes are one of Mother Nature’s greatest phenomenons. Tomatoes are very sensitive to the weather, much more so than other types of produce. During seasons with a lot of rain, tomatoes tend to be soft, while during dry seasons, the tomatoes toughskinned to lock in moister. Once you’ve made your perfect tomato selection and you have them in hand, you need some ideas about what to do with them. Chef Ris has shown herself to be a culinary master, and she understands that cooking is a learning process and you have to do your research. “I love classic recipes and I don’t want to mess with them. So I’ll research as many versions as I can. I look in books and see how they relate and what the different versions are just to get a good understanding of a dish that’s been around for the ages,” says Ris. “Sometimes I give my own special twist and hope it will be a Picasso, but I try to really hold true to the classic dishes.” While it’s fun to put your own spin on a recipe, like Chef says, don’t neglect the classics. There are many tomato-y summer dishes you just can’t go wrong with. “BLTs in the summer. I want thick cut tomato, white toast, mayonnaise bacon and lettuce. That’s just heaven. Go make a BLT right now,” says Ris. Everything you need for Ratatouille: eggplant, summer squash, onions and, of course, juicy tomatoes are fresh on the shelves now. Try this dish as an elegant side to your Sunday omelet. Throw some tomatoes in the blender for a fresh Bloody Mary, and garnish with summer green beans. Make your own Panzanean salad with thick tomato cuts, cucumber, and feta or mozzarella cheese. Try Ris’ own perfected gazpacho recipe. The possibilities are endless. And if you’re not in the mood to prepare one of Chef Ris’ recipes tonight, save it for tomorrow, but go cut yourself a thick slice. Sprinkle on a little salt and pepper and enjoy it right now, because now is the time for tomatoes.
By Miss Dixie oot beer conjures up pleasant childhood memories for most people. Whether it’s thoughts of a simpler time and a tall frothy mug at a soda fountain café or a creamy root beer float on a hot summer day, many of these remembrances take us back to our younger days. While liquor companies have tried to corner the adult market for root beer with sugary schnapps and cloying sweet vodkas, it wasn’t until recently that a truly mature twist on this youthful treat was available. The same company who revolutionized the gin world with their multi-layered botanical rich Hendrick’s gin has created Root liqueur, which is based on the historical recipe for root beer. According to Root’s website, ArtInTheAge. com, root beer can trace its origins back to the 1700’s. Back then it was called root tea, a folk recipe made with birch bark, wintergreen and other wild roots and herbs. The recipe was passed from the Native Americans to the colonial settlers. As the years went on, it grew in potency and complexity especially in Pennsylvania where the ingredients grew naturally in abundance. Root beer did not become commercially successful until it was discovered by Charles Hires, a Philadelphia pharmacist, who tried root tea while on his honeymoon in New Jersey in 1875. Hires worked in his laboratory to improve the flavor and remove the alcohol, and then reduced it to a powdery concentrate that could be mixed in drug stores. He began serving his beverage cold, instead of hot. Have you ever wondered have why root beer is called “beer?” According to Art in the Age, Hires called his beverage root “beer” so that hard working Pennsylvania coal miners and steel workers would enjoy the beverage in place of an alcoholic one. Hires’ root beer made its debut at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876, where it was touted as “the greatest health-giving beverage in the world.” Sales took off. By the 1890’s Hires began selling the concoction in pre-mixed bottles. During the temperance movement root beer’s popularity surged and the traditional root tea brew fell by the wayside. Then in 2009, Root liqueur was introduced, also in Philadelphia. Root is without a doubt an adult beverage. It is not a syrupy sweet elixir. It’s distilled in limited batches using organic ingredients, like anise, birch bark, cloves, cardamom, spearmint and citrus. Its bold, complex and spicy flavor reminds me of the herbal liqueurs of Europe like Amaro, Jagermeister or Aperol. Root hits your tongue with a bracing smack, making hard to pinpoint
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one distinct favor. It dances back and forth with herbaceous notes of birch, vanilla and a peppery bouquet of spices. While it can be enjoyed neat or over ice, Root also makes a fun ingredient in cocktails. Soon after its release, Root was embraced by top mixologists, who experimented with it in classic cocktails as well as tikki drinks. For a simple pleasure, combine Root with ginger beer, soda or Guinness for a true “root” beer. Or when the mercury creeps toward triple digits this summer, try it over vanilla ice cream for a sinfully good summer treat.
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10 SUMMER FRUITS FOR YOUR FACE
Robert Wiedmair leads the way as local chefs rev up thier bides for the “Chefs Go Fresh” event. Photo by Aaro Keipi.
By Shannon McGovern esides backyard barbeques and weekends at the beach, summertime is a great season for fruits that not only make for healthy, refreshing snacks but also have purifying and cleansing properties that make them ideal for skin and hair treatments. A simple web search will turn up a plethora of recipes for facial and hair solutions made with any imaginable fruit or vegetable, but what’s going on beneath the mask once you are fully slathered in these all-natural ingredients?
1. Banana The oils and vitamins in ripe bananas naturally condition hair when mashed and applied as a mask, adding gloss and moisture to dry or chemically-treated hair. Bananas are also said to prevent wrinkles and help maintain a healthy skin tone when used in facial treatments. Many recipes combine bananas with avocado, which has similar nutritional qualities.
CHEFS GO FRESH
esterday, a long row of motorcycles sat in the hot morning sun on the sidewalk framing the doors of Brasserie Beck on K Street. The Washingtonians hurrying past in skirts and suits spared little more than a glance for the tough-looking bunch in black T-shirts and leather vests who smoked cigars and shot the breeze while two photographers circled, snapping their pictures. This motley crew was a gathering of some of D.C.’s best chefs, all of them there for the “Chefs Go Fresh” event presented by Georgetown Media Group, publishers of The Georgetowner and The Downtowner, and Loudoun County, Virginia Department of Economic Development. The event was a resurrection of the popular “Chefs on Bikes” event which was last held four years ago, and was
brought back with the intention of bringing D.C. chefs closer to local farmers and produce. The day kicked off with a breakfast at Brasserie Beck hosted by Chef Robert Wiedmaier, cofounder of the original “Chefs on Bikes” event. Before the chefs took off on their ride touring Virginia farms such as Endless Summer Harvest, Notaviva Vineyard and Stoneybrook Farm, The Georgetowner took the chance to ask these restaurant personalities a few questions. We asked the chefs what is their favorite fresh ingredient to work with, and got a varied list of produce that is in season now and ingredients that are staples year-round. Chef Peter Russo of Chef Geoff said that his favorite ingredient is foie while Chef Clifford Wharton of Matchbox went with ginger and Weidmaier said he prefers white
asparagus from Belgium. Tomatoes and potatoes were also given mention while two votes were put in for garlic. “[There are] way too many things have to have garlic in them not to give it first billing,” said Chef Thomas Elder of Harth Restaurant. When asked whose kitchen they were in when they weren’t in the kitchens of their respective restaurants, the chefs responded with an almost unanimous answer of their kitchens at home. Chef Vinod of Indique Restaurant said that he could be found in “my mom’s kitchen.” Elder and Chef RJ Cooper of Rogue 24 both said that Weidmaier’s kitchen was a favorite of theirs, while Weidmair himself said that you’re most likely to find him “at home with my family in my kitchen.” Finally, we asked each chef who their personal
5. Oranges Forget the hassle of a messy mask – rub fresh orange slices across your face and let the rich vitamins work their cleansing magic reducing blemishes and clearing your complexion.
6. Cucumber As with oranges, there’s no need to mash and mix cucumbers in order to use them to soothe and cool your skin. Besides feeling great placed over our eyes, when rubbed on our skin cucumbers reduce swelling and restore facial tissue – a perfect solution to a bad sunburn after an afternoon under the summer sun.
7. Green tea After cooling down with a refreshing glass of iced green tea, treat your dry scalp and hair with a green tea rinse. Green tea contains vitamin C and pathenol, which both condition
“Top Chef” is. Wiedmair gave a list of four: Chef Paul Stearman of Marcel’s; Chris Watson, the chef de cuisine at Brabo; Matt Hagen, the chef de cuisine at Weidmair’s Mussel Bar, and John Engle, the chef de cuisine at Weidmair’s Brasserie Beck. Vinod named Chef Mike Isabella of Graffiato, Chef Roberto Donna of Galileo III replied with Pellegrino Artusi, author of the famous Italian cookbook “La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiare bene,” and Cooper said that his “Top Chef” is the famous Ferran Adria. Weidmair, whose kitchen’s hot Belgian waffles and fresh scrambled eggs the chefs ate while answering these questions, was nominated at “Top Chef” several times, and Russo answered diplomatically, saying “my wife.” Pick up our August issue for further coverage of “Chefs Go Fresh.” The chefs gathered for a photo op outside Brasserie Beck. Photo by Aaro Keipi
DC FOOD TREND TRUCKS INTO GEORGETOWN By Suzanna Nelson
trolling down the brick-laid sidewalks, weaving in and out of the usual crowds, one large gathering stops you in your path. Quickly planning a scheme to maze your way through the group, a savory smell of mouth-watering food triggers a growl in your stomach. Much to your surprise, the crowd that was once in your way is now the crowd you want to be part of: a gathering of hungry Georgetowners waiting for fresh-made food from one of D.C.’s renowned food trucks. A classic scene at Farragut Square, Franklin Park, L’Enfant Plaza, and Metro Station, D.C. food trucks have made a name for themselves and now are beginning to adventure into Georgetown. D.C. Food
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Trucks Association, a group of more than 20 local because of this misunderstanding. food trucks banding together to improve and develFollowing the trend filling the nation’s sidewalks op the food truck industry, is actively seeking out and streets, D.C.’s food trucks offer a variety of new and beneficial places for food trucks access a foods and treats. From Scoops2U, a not-so-classic greater D.C. audience. ice cream truck, to CapMac, the bearers of some A member of D.C. Food Truck Association, Big incredible macaroni and cheese, these trucks are Cheese Gourmet operated by Patrick Rathbone, bringing the restaurant scene curbside to people traveled to Georgetown two weeks ago, and got a who only have a 20 minute lunch break to enjoy the great reception from locals. savory and sweet sides of life. Even celebrity chefs “People were very appreciative that we actually are partaking in the mobile business. According to came down there because they don’t get very many Zagat.com, Bravo’s Top Chef contestant and Good food trucks,” commented Rathbone about his pre- Stuff Eatery co-founder and head chef Spike Menmier Georgetown delsohn partnered experience. Discusswith Sixth & I Hising competition with toric Synagogue. fellow food trucks, Yesterday @bigcheesetruck Tweeted Together they will he said “we talk about launch Sixth & how good different that they’ll serve lunch today under Rye in late May, a spots are… [we] pass kosher food truck the Whitehurst freeway. along if someone is specializing in the Check it out! looking for a food classic corned beef truck in particular.” sandwich. Rathborn sees a great “It’s not really potential market for their business in Georgetown, about competition… it’s about bringing everyone and plans to use his connections with the Associa- together, the more trucks the merrier,” says Bapu tion to get more trucks to the area. Fojol, a founding brother and operator of fojol bros. Not only does D.C. Food Truck Association help Food Trucks, serving Merlindian food – their take organize and promote the mobile business, it also on Indian – from one truck and Benethopian food – legally fights for better and improved legislation their take on Ethiopian – from another. fojol (yes, to help the industry thrive. A common misconcep- with a lowercase “f”) embraces similar concepts tion is that, like street food vendors such as hot dog that the Association and Rathborn represent, one stands, food trucks need site permits. In reality, that sees food trucks as “more of a togetherness since they have stationary kitchen property where than a competition feeling.” the food is prepped and stored, they do not need site This “togetherness” is best represented with food permits. Mike Lenard, owner and operator of Ta- truck’s use of social media. Constantly Tweeting to Korean, encountered this issue on May 22, accord- their customers and fellow colleagues, food trucks ing to Prince of Petworth, a local D.C. neighbor- have mastered the craft of building community hood blog site, and almost had his truck shut down through social media. Websites such as FoodTruck-
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Fiesta.com use truck’s Twitter feeds and geo-locating social media to track locations of trucks, supplying customers with updated information every 60 seconds on where to go for their favorite mobile meal. Also, this aggregator site compiles the tweets, locations, blog posts, and reviews of the food trucks in D.C. and the greater Metropolitan area. Constantly updating tweets from trucks discussing deals and locations to announcing launchings of new trucks, FoodTruckFiesta.com (also available in
App form) centers this portable industry by getting truck operators and customers to come together to keep the business going. This keeps the somewhat scattered and on-the-go companies connected to one another and their customers. “It’s less expensive to get into the [food truck] business,” comments Rathborn, when comparing food trucks to regular restaurants. “Customers bundle up [in the winter months] and wait in line… in the summer months they can’t wait to get out of
the office into the sun,” he continues. This summer, the food trucks have Trukeroo to promote their business. Created by Georgetown Events, Truckeroo is a food truck extravaganza with over 20 trucks lining up in the Navy Yard serving thousands of people. The day-long munching spectacle hosts live music, free admission and access to the Das Bullpen. With Trukeroo I and II already completed with wild success; Truckeroo III, the final summer event, will be held on August 12. “It’s not the same old stuff,” comments Jake Robertson, a business worker in the Farragut Square area who comes to food trucks daily for lunch. “When you work somewhere you can only go so many places for lunch and it’s nice that they come to you,” he says when asked about the best part of food trucks while sitting on the grass in the shade of a tree, nibbling away at his kabob from the Stix Truck. “We’re not just about food,” says Fojol, “we’re about bringing people together… about entertainment, enjoying yourself, leaving here with a smile.” As customers enjoy their food on silk blankets laid out by the fojol bros. truck under trees in Franklin Park, the atmosphere of food trucks sinks in. John S., operator of Sauca Food Truck, says the best part of his job “is being with the people and playing my music.” The trucks are not only famous for their food but also for their atmosphere, that comes from the people who run the trucks. “[We] drive around, play music… We wave. We smile. We get smiles back. It’s the best part,” says Fojol. So when is the next food truck rolling into Georgetown? Keep your eyes on the Twitter feeds. According to Rathborne, they’ll be coming back “soon.”
2. Papaya Like many tropical fruits, papaya is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants that reduce acne, fine lines and redness in the face. Papaya is particularly effective as an exfoliating treatment because of the enzymes naturally present in the fruit that have the capacity to eat away dead skin cells. The fruit also contains antioxidants and compounds called flavonoids, which are known to help reduce the formation of lines and wrinkles.
3. Lemon The citric acid in lemons acts as a mild bleach for blondes and light brunettes when lemon juice is applied to hair and exposed to sunlight. We can take advantage of the acidic properties of lemon juice for restorative purposes as well, namely the removal of product residue and swimming pool chemicals. Lemon juice can tone and control oily skin as well.
4. Pineapple They may not be the prettiest fruit to look at, but the enzyme bromelian has the capacity to cleanse and beautify skin by exfoliating dead cells, healing sun damage and reducing swelling. The fruit can be used mashed and raw or combined with other fruit such as papaya for a deep purifying face mask.
hair and protect it from UV damage. Green tea has been used in homemade sunscreens as an alternative to heavy, oily lotions and helps clear pores and moisturize skin.
8. Coconut Coconut oil contains lauric acid and capric acid, which fight microbes that can cause hair loss, as well as an abundance of vitamin E, making it an ideal hair conditioner and antidandruff solution. In addition to acting as a powerful moisturizer, coconut oil can be used as a styling gel. The oil can be melted and applied to the hair, where it will cool and solidify to hold your “do.”
9. Strawberry Strawberries naturally contain salicylic acid, an active ingredient in many facial washes and soaps, which cleanses and exfoliates skin to clear clogged pores and reduce redness and shine.
10. Mango Mangoes possess many of the same vitamins as do papaya and therefore have the same capacity to alleviate dry, peeling skin. The fruit contains carotene, which replenishes skin and makes the tissue more elastic. Mango hair treatments also help with hair elasticity and strengthening root growth.
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With the ambiance of an elegant country inn, 1789 features classically based American cuisine – the finest regional game, fish and produce available.
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A friendly French Bistro in the heart of historic Georgetown since 1975. Executive chef and owner Gerard Cabrol came to Washington, D.C. 32 years ago, bringing with him home recipes from southwestern France. Our specialties include our famous Poulet Bistro (tarragon rotisserie chicken); Minute steak Maitre d’Hotel (steak and pomme frit¬es); Steak Tartare, freshly pre¬pared seafood, veal, lamb and duck dishes; and the best Eggs Benedict in town. In addition to varying daily specials. www.bistrofrancaisdc.com
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Georgetown introduces Washington’s first “Dumpling Bar” featuring more than 12 varieties. Come and enjoy the new exotic Thai cuisine inspired by French cooking techniques. Bangkok Joe’s is upscale, colorful and refined. Absolutely the perfect place for lunch or dinner or just a private gathering.
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3205 K St, NW (est.1967) A Georgetown tradition for over 40 years, this friendly neighborhood restaurant/saloon features fresh seafood, burgers, award-winning ribs, & specialty salads & sandwiches. Casual dining & a lively bar. Daily lunch & dinner specials. Late night dining (until midnight Sun.Thu., 1A.M. Fri-Sat) Champagne brunch served Sat. & Sun. until 4P.M. Open Mon-Thu 11:30A.M.2A.M. Fri-Sat 11:30A.M.3A.M.Sun 11A.M.-2A.M.Kids’ Menu Available. Located ½ block from the Georgetown movie theatres, overlooking the new Georgetown Waterfront Park
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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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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
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 30 years. Our old-world cooking styles & recipes brought to America by the early Italian immigrants, alongside the culinary cutting edge creations of Italy’s food of today, executed by our award winning Chef. Filomena was also recently featured on the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise. We offer a lunch buffet on Fri & Sat & a Sunday brunch. Open 7 days a wk for lunch & dinner. www.filomena.com (202) 338-8800
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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
This animated tavern, in the heart of Georgetown, popularized saloon food and practically invented Sunday brunch.
Serving Washington since 1992, Don Lobos offers authentic Mexican cuisine. We use only the finest and freshest ingredients when making our traditional menu items. Famous for our Mole, and adored for our tamales. We also offer a wide range of tequila and the best margarita in Georgetown. Now serving Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10-2.
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2311 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Georgetown 3100 South St, NW Restaurant & Degrees Bar & Fine Dining & Exotic EntertainLounge The Ritz-Carlton, ment in Glover Park since 1966 As featured on the cover of December 2007’s Washingtonian magaMonday-Thursday 11am-2am zine, Degrees Bar and Lounge is Friday-Saturday 11am-3am Georgetown’s hidden hot spot. Warm up by the wood burning Sunday 4pm-2am fireplace with our signature “FahrThe kitchen is always open! enheit 5” cocktail, ignite your business lunch with a $25.00 fourA GENTLEMAN’S course express lunch, or make your special occasion memorable with CLUB an epicurean delight with the fire ONLY 21 AND OVER, inspired American regional cuisine. PLEASE www.fahrenheitdc.com www.goodguysclub.com (202) 912-4110
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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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Lovers of seafood can always find something to tempt the palette at the Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar. Sea Catch offers fresh seafood “simply prepared” in a relaxed atmosphere. Overlooking the historic C&O Canal, we offer seasonal fireside and outdoor dining. Private party space available for 15 - 300 Complimentary parking Lunch Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm Closed on Sunday Happy Hour Specials at the Bar Monday - Friday 5:00pm -7:00pm www.seacatchrestaurant.com
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NEWPORT RHODE ISLAND, THE OCEAN STATE by Stephanie Shin
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t’s the middle of summer and the heat is rising. What is the best way to escape? Traveling north to Newport, Rhode Island. This coastal city, located in Aquidneck Island, is not just a relaxing getaway with resorts, restaurants and amusements, but also an area that is rich in history. Enter through Bellevue Avenue and you’ll instantly see how history effortlessly converges with the present.
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One of the first aspects of Newport you are bound to recognize are the grandiose architectural structures. After the Revolutionary Era, the city entered the Gilded Age and flourished with summer retreats like the The Elms and The Marble House. In the 1980’s, these estates were estimated at most, $11 million dollars. Now, reappraised at double or even triple the amount, the Vanderbilt mansions are open as historical landmarks. In addition to the Mansion viewings, there is also the Newport Art Museum and Art Association, The Marble House located just a short distance from the mansions, at another historical landmark called the Griswold House. There, you will have a chance to see the current work and versatile skills of other Newport artists. To get an in-depth view of the mansions plus Newport’s natural surroundings, it is highly encouraged to leisurely walk along the Cliffwalks. Along this eastern shore, you will also catch refreshing, ocean breezes and breathtaking views of the water. There are more recreational ways to appreciate the city beAlvas room in The Marble House
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sides walking and site seeing. Visitors can golf a full round of holes at Newport National Golf Club, play tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, or participate in sailing tours lead by Bannister’s Wharf Yacht Cruise. There are lists of uniquely Newport restaurants, each set apart very differently from the next. David Ray’s Clarke Cook House, located by the Bannister’s Wharf, is a perfect example. It is a quaint, five-level restaurant famous for tender meat and fresh seafood. You can choose to dine in your own fashion: eat privately in The Club Room or eat and dance it off at the
discotheque in The Boom Boom Room. A second place is La Maison du Coco, a truffles and French pastry shop. Because the shop is found only in Newport, it’s the perfect excuse to try one of pastry chef Michele Luca-Verley’s delicate sweets. Make the dessert trip even more exciting and exclusive and ask to learn how to make a puff pastry.
The resorts in Newport are impeccable. If you wish to stay at the bucolic Castle Hill Inn, a beachside 19th century mansion, then you will have six different types of rooms to choose
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from. In addition to its award-winning resort, the Castle Hill also has a fine-dining restaurant for guests. With their food, diners can enjoy a complimentary view of the sunset. Forty 1º North Marina Resort is indeed “not just a location, it’s a destination,” as their tagline states. The Marina is also located next to the water, however unlike Castle Hill, it has a more modern flair. If the interior décor does not show it enough, then maybe the Apple iPads placed in each guest room will. During your stay, take advantage of the resorts two restaurants:
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The Grill, which provides a more up-scale dining experience; or Christie’s, where the atmosphere is filled with lively color. A third hotspot is the Viking Hotel, which is re-vamped and better than ever. This past March, the hotel completed the last of their renovations. Now, if you are looking for something that encompasses both traditional and modern elements, this luxurious hotel is a good choice. An added bonus to this hotel is that it’s found to be particularly accommodating because of its easy accessibility to other fine-dining restaurants and amusements.
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torian houses like Thomas Quinn’s Laurelawn, also along Bellevue Avenue, which are still homes. Quinn, a lawyer and Georgetown resident, was born in Rhode Island and grew up spending many summers spent in Newport. Though he says that he holds D.C. close to his heart, he cannot deny the other weight of sentiments attached to his private summer getaway. It is where five Quinn generations have shared memories, such as engagement parties for his two sons and a post-debut party for his niece. He summed up Newport saying, “It’s not just one thing, but a variety of things including the weather, the old world charm, architecture, the variety of interests, the colorful people, top notch golf, tennis, sailing, and most of all, the fresh air and ocean.”
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MURPHY’S LOVE: ADVICE ON INTIMACY AND RELATIONSHIPS By Stacy Notaras Murphy
Dear Stacy: My best friend’s fiancé cheated on her. There’s definitely more to the story – it was on a bachelor weekend in Vegas, it was with a showgirl, he is contrite – but I don’t think it matters. He cheated. He is a cheater. He will cheat again. I’ve tried to talk with her about this (and yes, she has asked for my opinion!) but she still seems inclined to believe that he has changed. She has wanted to be married for a long time, and I think she is afraid of being alone, so she’s willing to be with a slimeball like this guy. I know I can’t convince her otherwise, but I’d love some advice on how to deal with it in my own mind. I’m not going to lose my best friend just because she married a sleazy guy. -Biting My Tongue Dear Biting: I’d say you’re already well on your way to dealing with it in your “own mind,” just by saying you’re not going to lose Best Friend just because she married someone you don’t like. That’s your
BETWEEN THE SHEETS By Dr. Dorree Lynn
“It’s Not the Man in My Life, It’s the Life in My Man!” Mae West was so right! It works for me, why can’t it work for him? In my going-on-seventyyears of life I’ve said a million times that I don’t feel my age, or rather, this is what add years can be like. I feel so fortunate to have found a man to spend my life with who feels and lives the same way. My husband and I have been married for over seven years. And although we spend our weeks working in different cities, we spend almost every weekend together and once a month we’ll go away together for four or five days. But the romance doesn’t stop there. It doesn’t matter if he’s flying to see me or if I’m flying to see him, he has surprised me with flowers all but one time when he had a work emergency and
bottom line and you’re sticking to it. The rest is just ancillary detail – and don’t get me started on the holier-than-thou “once a cheater, always a cheater” spiel you’ve adopted. It’s tired and based in the “idea” of relationships, not in their actuality, so let’s just pretend you didn’t take that hackneyed tone at all. But since we’re talking about bottom lines anyway, this is a good opportunity to remind us all that yours is not mine, and hers is not yours, and mine is not theirs, and…it goes on and on. My point is that every person has their own threshold of what they will and will not abide. When that threshold is crossed, things change. No, the person may not leave the relationship, but the relationship has changed. You cannot tell another person what her bottomline should be. Granted, actually you can tell her, but you cannot demand that she adopt it for herself. It doesn’t work that way, and the sooner you take yourself out of the role of “life-runner,” the sooner you will be able to be there for her when she decides how she needs you.
One more thing: you have my permission to demand that she (and he) get tested for venereal diseases in the aftermath of the event. Many women block out that part of this equation and wind up regretting it later. Just let her know that you, her Best Friend and biggest supporter, will be there to go with her to the appointment. After all, you’re not going to lose your best friend just because she was too scared to see her doctor.
sent a limo to pick me up at the airport instead. It goes without saying that the first night we spend together is “Date-Night” and I have never had to make a reservation. Sometimes I’ll make a special request if there’s something I’m really wanting to see or do, but most of the time I let him surprise me with a date idea, something he’s always been great at. With any well planned date-night, things happen and situations change, but it’s important to go with the flow and focus on the objective: to spend time with your partner, to get to know them better, and to stay away from conflictcausing topics like the mortgage and the kids and what color to paint the bathroom. Last week, for example, my husband flew in, made dinner reservations and ordered two movie tickets for our evening adventure. But having just got in from his flight, he was hungry, so we strolled down to Café Milano to have a mid-day light snack. We ordered up a light lunch and a bottle of wine, and proceeded to catch up on each other’s week. Our one-hour trip to the café turned into a five-
course six-hour date! It amazes me sometimes how, during the week when we’re just chatting on the phone about movers and renovation crews and travel plans, we communicate with each other like business people. But when we sit down next to one another and he puts his hand on my leg and looks into my eyes I’m reminded of how much I love that man. …Think about what you can do put some life back into your life! Maybe you and your partner will start a weekly date-night; maybe you’ll indulge a fantasy together. Perhaps an impromptu couple’s vacation is in order. Talk to your partner and start kicking your love life back into high gear. Because your love life, just like the life of your body, needs to be kept healthy in order to survive.
Dear Stacy: Please settle an argument between me and a girlfriend – is it legit to date a man who is separated from his wife, or are you participating in adultery? -Confused About the Label Dear Label, Hmm, I’m not sure what you mean by “legit,” so we’ll start with the legal side and then get into the interpersonal. I went to local divorce lawyer Regina DeMeo and learned that if you date one person while you’re married to another in Maryland and D.C. you are technically committing a crime. “Lots of people don’t realize that adultery is still on the books as a crime, not that anyone will ever get fined for it, but it is important for people to realize that just because people claim to be separated they should not assume everything is nicely wrapped up – far from it,” she explains. “The real question to ask if you are going to be brave enough to date someone going through a divorce is where they are in the legal process: Do they have an agreement? Is there a court case pending?” DeMeo’s legal counsel overlaps with my own relationship advice: as always, you need to talk with him about the situation (Oh how we all would avoid so many complications if we would just start with this strategy). Be as honest and clear about your intentions in the relationship – and start by just talking to yourself about this one. Are you really just fine with keeping it casual, or is marriage actually your underlying motive? There’s no shame in wanting what you want, but being dishonest with yourself about this part will come back to haunt you later.
If you are expecting exclusivity with a man who is separated from his spouse, I’m with DeMeo: you must be clear about those divorce proceedings. If the object of your affection is in the placeholding space and just waiting for the paperwork to be processed, and you trust him, then you might breathe easier. If that separation is less formal, then you ought to get a few more details about the situation, assuming you really want to hear them. I’ll add that you should be very careful about how Boyfriend references his soon-to-be-ex. If he spouts hate-speech at the mention of her name, take that as a warning about his ability to play nice once the romance has died. Likewise, does he fall too far on the other side, idolizing her, romanticizing their relationship? Make sure he’s done before you find yourself deeply invested. No one wants to be the reason a married couple doesn’t have the chance to make things work out. Trust me, that label will be very hard to remove, no matter how inaccurate it may be. Stacy Notaras Murphy is a licensed professional counselor and certified Imago Relationship therapist practicing in Georgetown. Her website is TherapyGeorgetown.com. This column is meant for entertainment only, and should not be considered a substitute for professional counseling. Please send your relationship questions to email@example.com.
Dr. Dorree Lynn, PhD, is a psychologist and life coach in Georgetown and author of Sex for Grownups: Dr. Dorree Reveals the Truths, Lies, and MustTries for Great Sex After 50. She is AARP’s Media “Sexpert” and has been featured on ABC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and VH1. Visit her website: DrDorreeLynn.com.
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Above: David Cale in History of Kisses. Photo by Carol Pratt. Left: Tom Story in Pop! by Maggie-Kate. Photo by Scott Suchman.
MUST-SEE SUMMERTIME SHOWSTOPPERS TAKE TO THE D.C. STAGE By Gary Tischler
ho would have thought that fur— even thinking about it, let alone wearing it—would be so popular in town, especially in this weather? But when it’s “Venus In Fur,” playwright David Ives’ witty, hot – yes, hot – and, if you’ll pardon the expression, whip-smart take on Sacher-Masoch’s shocking 19th century novel about the sexual and creative power struggles between an actress and director, people just can’t stop talking about it and going to see it. The production—one of the best and beguiling of the year anywhere—has been extended yet again on final time to July 31 at the Studio Theatre where you can watch a breakout performance by Erica Sullivan, in assorted nasty getups and with a range that creates whiplash in the audience. If you haven’t seen this show, by all means go. If you’ve already seen it, go again. David Muse, the Studio’s new artistic director is in charge here, and he handles matters with a deft, intelligent manner. *** There’s more reason than “Venus” to visit the Studio these days. There’s the appropriately entitled “Pop,” a new musical-mystery-pop-show by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs focusing on the heady (and final) days of Andy Warhol’s New York Factory scene, where Andy reigned supreme in his pursuit of putting sizzle in all things mundane and plain. If you’re interested in all things Warhol and pop art, this is your cup of tea (no sugar please), and if not it’s an education on a number of American obsessions, not the least of which is Warhol, who turned greenbacks and tomato soup into high and low art, and once made a day-long movie which had nothing but the Empire State building as its focus. Warhol will be talked about and written about forever, so why not a musical? Especially if it has Warhol staple members in it like Candy Darling, Ondine and assorted would-be and not artists, hangers-on, feminists and girlies and whatever lies in between. Keith Alan Baker, the Studio’s pop-meister, directs with Hunter Styles and Jennifer Harris. “Pop” runs through July 31.
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*** And speaking of the Studio Theater, we would be remiss if we did note the recent departure of David Cale’s “The History of Kisses,” a sweet, lovely string of pearls and tales performed by the one-man-show and playwright that is Cale. Less fraught with tensions and puzzles and less flamboyant than some of his previous work, this saw Cale pondering the puzzles of how people meet, love – or not – bounce and stumble into and out of other people’s lives. An ocean theme carried the tide of the play, so to speak. One of the characters was a man attending a gathering of sea shanty aficionados in California, one woman met an inarticulate Portuguese sailor for ship-board encounter that produced a son, if not lasting love, two gay men who met cute and ended up deliriously in awe in front of a fish tank, an Australian land-wrecked at a seaside motel and a man remembering a wistful encounter with Judy Garland during a beach walk. These stories pop up in my mind occasionally
during a land-locked, hot summer. So sing a shanty to Mr. Cale.
*** The Millennium Stage, the Kennedy Center’s nightly series of free performances of music and dance has added something new for the hot month of August—it will offer a Happy Hour Series every Monday night at 6 p.m. On August 1, 8, 22 and 29, the Kennedy Center’s Atrium on the Roof Terrace will become a summer lounge with couches, a dance floor and a full bar. The Lounge will continue on August 15 at the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer. It’s a different way to catch entirely characteristic performances that have been the hallmark of the Millennium Series. The Happy Hour Series includes singer Badi Assad, who presents a world flavor with an exotic mixture of ethnic sounds on August 1. DeboBand presents Ethiopian flavored music August 8. New Orleans singer/songwriter Mia Borders blends funk, soul and contemporary styles August 15. August 22 brings Alma Tropicalia and a tribute
Rachel Zampelli, Deborah Lubega, and MaryLee Adams in Pop! by Maggie-Kate. Photo by Scott Suchman.
to the classic BrazilianTropicalia movement of the 1960s. On August 29, Rahim AlHash and the Little Earth Orchestra are on hand with its group of world musicians from Iraq, Brazil, Africa, Palestine and America. *** And now for something completely different. At Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center and its Devine Studio Theatre, there’s a chance to see “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” a world premiere production of an adaptation of Michael Pollan’s famed non-fiction book about how, why, where and what people eat in the modern world. It’s written, conceived and directed by Natsu Onada Power of Georgetown University, and can be seen July 27 through 29 and July 30 and 31. Check PerformingArts.Georgetown.edu for details. *** If you want to find something to laugh about— and God knows we all do--check out the opening of D.C.’s new Riot Act Comedy Theater with a grand opening celebration of the city’s own star comedians, Big Al Goodwin, Tony Woods and Charles Fleischer, who perform at 801 E St. beginning August 11 through 13. *** And we would also be remiss without mentioning, although we do it with some trepidation, the impending last performance of Cherry Red Productions, arguably the city’s filthiest in a good way - theater company ever. We could produce some of the more memorable titles from the Cherry Red past as offered, but can’t. Suffice to say that Cherry Red offered—often in small and dark places—dark plays that had the whiff of a zeitgeist that combined the American 1980s with the worst and best times of Weimar Berlin. I think. In any case, founders Ian Allen and Chris Griffin are closing out with a production of “The Aristocrats,” a stage version of what’s described as the dirtiest joke of all time. Cherry Red has promised to do bad things to the joke, which also came in movie form with an allstar cast of potty-mouths like Sarah Silverman. Look for it at the Warehouse Theater August 27 at 8:30 and 11 p.m.
GOODBYE AND GOOD LUCK TO GOVINDA GALLERY By Gary Tischler
e heard the news today, oh boy. Actually, we heard the news—that Govinda Gallery, Chris Murray’s singular sensation and creation would be closing its 34th Street site in Georgetown after 35 years—some time ago. Murray made the announcement with a posting on Govinda’s website under the somewhat mysterious but eye-catching heading of “Govinda Gallery/The Omega Point,” complete with a blackand-white photograph of a (very) young Murray with hands-in-pocket, long-haired, sports-jacketand-tie and I’m betting blue jeans and attitude. The Omega Point is as described on the site “a term coined by the philosopher Pierre Teihard de Chartin to describe a maximum level of consciousness and complexity towards which the university is evolving.” There is nothing to say to that except this: that Govinda and Murray rocked, that Murray himself looks still pretty much the same with something of the same attitude, and that time marches on and on and on, and that the gallery space is bare and empty, deserted like Woodstock without people. Murray announced on the website “the opening of our new office dedicated to organizing and curating exhibitions for museums and other venues, the publishing of fine books, and continuing to assist and advise collectors of fine art.” Murray himself had of course graduated and shifted to many of these things already, including getting involved in publishing limited edition coffee-
table books of rock photography on the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and so on. But the gallery will be gone, nothing to be done about that, and with it the march of 35years of evolution,with a very, very personal touch. Govinda reflected Murray’s sensibility, his persona, his musical tastes, his lifestyles and a sort of classy, eclectic collection of loved ones, family, friends, backers, acquaintances of note or not, artists, musicians and writers. That smallish gallery is an accumulation of worlds, memories of noise and rock and roll, and of one-of-a-kind opening receptions where you could run across Muhammad Ali, Annie Leibowitz, a Rolling Stone, Elvis on the wall, Donovan, serenely floating, and other artists of particular gifts. As time went on, with repeated exhibitions of rock and pop photography, the results became accumulative. Govinda became something of a floating history of our national rock and pop culture with Murray acting as a kind of delighted promoter and ringmaster who brought something unique to that corner of Georgetown. Govinda had style, it had cred and rep, it was manifestly fun and dripping with nostalgia as well as electric originality, a combination hard to beat and harder to find. The last exhibition—“The Pure Drop,” a collection of drawings of Irish musicians at a national Irish music festival—was particularly characteristic of what both Murray and Govinda were all about. It was of course personal—Hester, an artist and school teacher, and Murray are married and the drawings come from a trip to Ireland the two
made together—but it was also an exhibition of drawings which seemed mysteriously casual and intense all at once, another combination difficult to beat and find. It was also reflective of not only Hester’s work, but other artists Govinda showcased in its beginnings as well as later—Kim Murray, Art Beatty, David Waters, Mati Klarwein, Christopher Makos and Howard Finster with his American Flag paintings. Finally, “The Pure Drop” was musical and about music, tying the Govinda-Murray loose ends together with work that had a great deal of affection in almost every line and had a preternatural touch of the Irish glowing from it. Because the drawings were done on the fly so to speak and in the moment unlike en plain sketch work, they had a casual, windy energy to the point that you practically were there, to feel the sun and the wind and hear the old sound and their newer variations. Hester would sit at performance sites which could be in the green, open summer air, at or inside a corner pub, or a nearby music stage and catch with swift lines people, notes, and times of day on the fly. Not an easy thing to do; like trying to draw a bird in flight and get the details of wings and feathers. Hester executed the drawings in County Cavan, Ireland in the summer of 2010 when she and Murray were at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, the largest of all traditional Irish music festivals. Hester roamed the festival, capturing street musicians, sessions, classes and dancers. Music is, after all, about people, and she captured people like Cartriona McKay from Glasgow and her harp; Sea-
mus and Gareth Tierney from Cavan on flute and button accordion; Catie Flynn and Aiofe Flynn on their banjo and button accordion; and scores of others. The names, the place names, the music and the instruments appeared as all of a piece in Hester’s drawings, evocative as a village rising out of the green mist of Ireland. “The Pure Drop” was a one of a kind exhibition, but in spirit, it resembled the gallery itself and almost everything that went on there. Murray, by way of his interests and passions, and a keen appreciation of artists and rock and roll and every other thing that ended up in the gallery, created something unique and memory-lasting. He was a born promoter to the point that people who came passed the word on. There was nothing like the Govinda Gallery in Georgetown, not to mention the rest of Washington. He had in some ways made a rock and roll museum, floating, chimeric, but full of the documented sights and sounds of original American music. He had help. His friends, of which there were many in number and eclectic in makeup, his family, the artists and painters, the photographers and the musicians, some of the famous, all of them keenly interesting . The atmospheres at Govinda are gone. No doubt you’re drawn there at times automatically, thinking you’ve heard a blues note, seen an old time hurdy gurdy man holding forth. It’s not there anymore, but then again, in minds like mine, it always is.
ists promoted by the gallery have only just begun to write theirs. Zoë Charlton is curating the current exhibit, “Fellows Converge: Broadly Thinking,” featuring work by the gallery’s newest fellows and encouraging them to analyze and critique each others work. 1353 U St. NW | (202) 332-1116 | HamiltonianGallery.com Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m.
Artists.” “E8” will spotlight sculptors Oreen Cohen, Sean Lundgren and Lindsy Rowinski individually. 1404 P St. NW | (202) 483-1102 | TransformerGallery.org Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m.
THE GALLERIES OF ‘AUTO ROW’
By Shannon McGovern
n just two decades, the street formerly dubbed “Auto Row” has been reborn as the Fourteenth Street Arts Corridor – a hip, fun stretch of road lined with trendy boutiques, cute restaurants and of course, art galleries exhibiting a wealth of talents, styles and expressions.
Irvine Contemporary Art
The Irvine Contemporary Art Gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary with “Artists Tribute,” its summer exhibition series featuring artists who have shared their talent with the gallery over the years. The gallery supports emerging contemporary artists who specialize in a myriad of styles and media. 1412 14th St. NW | (202) 332-8767 | IrvineContemporary.com Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hemphill Fine Arts
It would be impossible to categorize Hemphill Fine Arts in a single word because the breadth of talent and variety of style defies classification, leaving audiences to ponder and explore the diverse subject matter and materials. Its current exhibition, “Workingman Collective: Prospects and Provision” will run until August 20. 1515 14th St. NW | (202) 234-5601 | HemphillFineArts.com Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gallery Plan B
A newer presence on the corridor, Gallery Plan B thrives on the diversity and experimentation of its artists’ work. This freeness of style coheres with the casual, relaxed atmosphere of the gallery itself. Gallery Plan B is currently host-
ing an exhibition by Lauren Sleat, which will continue through July 24. 1530 14th St. NW | (202) 507-8165 | GalleryPlanB.com Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 12 to 7 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
DC Loft Gallery
The assorted art on exhibit at the DC Loft Gallery reflect the ever-changing trends and styles of D.C. society. The gallery is new to the corridor, having just opened in September 2010, and welcomes the work of local artists and art students. The owner himself, Joseph Teshome, is not an artist but a software developer, making innovation a common theme in both aspects of his life. 1926 14th St. NW | (202) 507-8165 | DCLoftGallery.ShowItSite.com
The building that houses the Hamiltonian Gallery was originally built as a stable in 1988. The building might have a long history, but the art-
Exhibitions at the Adamson Gallery feature everything from fine art prints to sculpture, with particular interest in photography and work by established artists. The gallery and the affiliated Adamson Editions – originally a lithography studio – were founded by Master Printer David Adamson, who was also one of the world’s first digital ateliers in the 90s. If these don’t satiate your hunger for quality art, mosey on down 14th Street to the National Mall, where the Smithsonian’s art museums offer an experience of art’s cultural dimensions. 1515 14th St. NW | (202) 232-0707 | AdamsonGallery.com Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11:30 to 5 p.m., Saturday 12 to 5 p.m.
National Museum of African Art
The Tranformer Gallery strives to promote and cultivate the talent and reputation of new artists, and encourages them to push the boundaries of traditional art styles and media. The gallery’s summer exhibition, “E8: Sculpture,” is one of a series of exhibitions by emerging artists as part of the program “Exercises for Emerging
Exhibits at the National Museum of African Art embody the diversity of African heritage and culture, featuring both contemporary and traditional African sculpture, jewelry and ceramics. In addition to permanent exhibits, the gallery hosts temporary exhibitions. “A Brave New World,” open through November, revolves around the theme of travel as seen through the eyes of contemporary African artists using a variety of media. 950 Independence Avenue, SW | Arica.Si.edu Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except December 25.
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NECTAR SKIN BAR’S STYLISH DEBUT
Amy and Brian Thomas held a cocktail reception July 12 to introduce their new Georgetown beauty emporium. Guests toured the two-floor “beauty and body retreat” and enjoyed canapés and cocktails by D.C. Taste in the landscaped garden. The first floor features rarely found product lines such as Becca Cosmetics, Butter London and GlamGlow. The second floor offers top European and Asian spa treatments including Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion facials, exclusive LashDip mascara treatments and Softsense gentle waxing from Italy. Interior designer William McGovern terms his design concept “nostalgic modern glamour,” in other words, stunning. The Thomases intend to expand in the Washington area in the next two years and then bring their luxury treatments to cities in Texas. - Mary Bird; Photos by Mark Silva
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Mark Dumas, Carlos Elizondo, Nectar Skin Bar designer Will McGovern of McGovern Design Studio
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THEATER SCORES IN CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL
Back by popular demand, Happenstance Theater presented Manifesto! to rave reviews in this year’s Capital Fringe Festival. The setting is the surrealist Cabaret ReVoltaire where the guests are visionaries. The text is taken from real manifestos penned by Dadaists, Communists and Capitalists in the aftermath of World War I. The words are spoken by the frequenters of a cabaret run by clowns played by Happenstance’s Artistic Director Mark Jaster, his daughter Emma Jaster, Artistic Co-Director and Manager Sabrina Mandell, Gwen Grastorf, Karen Hansen and Matt Pearson. This professional company devises and produces original performer-created visual, poetic theatre that thoroughly engages the audience. - Mary Bird; Photos by Mark Silva
Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Emma Jaster, Matt Pearson
Gwen Grastorf, Sabrina Madnell, Mark Jaster, Matt Pearson, Emma Jaster
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SOCIAL A HAPPY BIRTHDAY AT PRESS CLUB: ARIANNA AND AOL
Less than six months since the biggest merger in online news history, AOL (America Online) chief executive Tim Armstrong and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington were the headliners at a National Press Club lunch, July 15 - Huffington’s 61st birthday - to discuss the deal and the future of journalism, online and traditional. Since its $315 million purchase of Huffington Post in February, AOL has hired some of the biggest names in journalism while simultaneously eliminating the jobs of hundreds of full and part-time writers, editors and other employees across America. The rebuilding AOL is reshaping the entire news industry with outlets like Patch, Huffington Post and AOL specialty brands such as AOL Energy, AOL Defense and the planned AOL Government. “Self-expression is the new entertainment,” Huffington said. “People want to be part of the story of their times.” Among those at the lunch were former Sen.William Cohen and his wife Janet Langhart, Aspen Institute head Walter Isaacson, formerly of Time and CNN, media guru Tammy Haddad and publicist Jan Duplain. - Text and photos by Robert Devaney
SCENE G’TOWN BIZ NEWS BITE: ‘100 PERSONS FOR 100 DEGREES’
You know you have a tight group of business leaders when at least 100 people show up for your June 20 networking reception at a MacArthur Boulevard dentist’s office in 100-degree weather. Georgetown Business Association members and guests met at the office and patio of Georgetown Smile, greeted by the likeable and professional Avraham “A.J.” Peretz, DDS, and his staff. Cold water, wine and soda along with sandwich wraps and pasta salad proved perfect at the end of a hot day. Maybe even better, there was a massage therapist - Janelle Jimason of Eastern Holistic Arts - administering soothing massages in the office’s receptionist space. Georgetown Smile T-shirts were handed out as well as samples from Sonicare and Colgate. One of the raffle winners of the Philips Sonicare toothbrushes was GBA secretary Beth Webster. Dr. A.J. Peretz and Emilia Pawlowski, (Plus: a quick thank you to GBA event chair Sue Hamilton for marketing director for Georgetown her headline quote.) - Text and photos by Robert Devaney Smile.
National Press Club president Mark Hamrick (at podium) presented Arianna Huffington with a birthday cake at the luncheon dais.
GBA’s Nathan Winstead with his bride Amanda (just married June Irina Kabakova and GBA vice president Rokas Beresniovas. 4) and graphic designer Kelly Sullivan.
AOL chair and CEO Tim Armstrong with Washington Times public relations director Marana Moore.
Arianna Huffington with Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt, former U.S. Chief of Protocol.
RAISING A GLASS FOR RESCUE
July 17, supporters of the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) raised their glasses as Board Chair Roger Marmet hosted a wine tasting at his Ripple Restaurant & Wine Bar in Cleveland Park. Proceeds from the event featuring delicious vegetarian and vegan hors d’oeuvres with wines from dog friendly vineyards will support the League’s Disaster Rescue Fund. WARL President and CEO Gary Weitzman expressed his appreciation and urged everyone to visit the League. The recently acquired 42,000-square-foot property adjacent to the current shelter will more than double the existing facility. The League’s goal through a capital campaign is to open the National Center for Rehabilitation for Animals to coincide with its centennial in 2014 in pursuit of its commitment for the “rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of animals who have nowhere else to go.” - Mary Bird
Elizabeth Avery, WARL President and CEO Gary Weitzman
SUMMER IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE DINNER AT RIVERS
In anticipation of Washington Women and Wine’s triumphant return to France in 2012, on July 18 the group of bon vivants gathered for a “Summer in the South of France” dinner at Rivers at the Watergate. WWW founder Karen McMullen welcomed back Robin and Paul McKenzie-Smith who had led last year’s tour and came from Fort Lauderdale, eager to return to Florida’s sea breezes. Rivers Executive Chef Michael Smithson oversaw a splendid menu of cold watercress soup, mushroom vol au vent, filet mignon and chocolate hazelnut mousse paired with special wines. French Escapade 2’s March itinerary will include visits to Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Aix-en-Provence and end merrily on the Riviera. Mary Bird
Karen McMullen with Rivers Executive Chef Michael Smithson
Paul Rapchak, Sue Hamilton, Bill Moyer
WARL Events Manager Renee Smith, WARL Chief Development Officer Rob Blizard
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WARL Chief Development Officer Rob Blizard, WARL Board Chair Roger Marmet
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1. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) takes a swing at the 50th
Annual Congressional Baseball Game July 14, 2011 at Nationals Park. Congressional Democrats won, 8-2 . 2. Legendary pitcher Roger Clemens leaves the courthouse Thursday, July 14 after U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial. Clemens was on trial for lying to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. 3. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) discusses the “cut, cap, and balance” bill and called on President Obama to offer a serious plan to cut spending on Capitol Hill July 19. 4. A grim Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (RKy.), speaks with reporters about the impending federal debt crisis on Capitol Hill July 19. 5. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick brings his anti-dogfighting message to Congress July 19. Vick was inspired in part by his own conviction in 2007 for running a kennel of fighting dogs. 6. Florence Rodriguez, 7, participates in an Irish Dance exhibition on the U.S. Capitol Grounds July 23, as a warmup for the 24th Annual Nation’s Capital Feis and “All-American Championships” held in Arlington.
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Raymond Jiguere, Plattsburgh, NY BRAIN TUMOR. Treated 2002. PROSTATE CANCER. Treated 2008.
When my doctor found a brain tumor, I found Georgetown University Hospital. When Raymond was told he had an inoperable brain tumor, his doctor sent him to Georgetown University Hospital where we successfully treated him with CyberKnifeÂŽâ€”a procedure that treats tumors with laser-like accuracy without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. His recovery was so amazing that years later, when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he came back to Georgetown. Once again, our CyberKnife team provided him with an improved quality of life that allowed him to spend more time with his great-grandson. To learn more, go to www.GeorgetownUniversityHospital.org/CyberKnife or call 202-342-2400.
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