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NON-HOLIDAY WINTER ARTS PREVIEW Got Christmas overload? Gary Tischler gets the lowdown on all the performing arts that do not include nutcrackers, Grinches, or reindeer. Below, “The Pajama Men” at Wooly Mammoth.

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UP & COMING NOVEMBER 29

Fairmont’s Tree Lighting Fairmont’s Ninth Annual Tree Lighting Event for Toys for Tots. Family photos with Santa, American Girl Crafts, complimentary refreshments, Marine Corps Color Guard and Georgetown Visitation Madrigals. Guests are asked to bring a toy for Toys for Tots. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.fairmont.com/washington or call 202-429-2400. The Fairmont, 2401 M Street, NW.

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ScriptDC & Women In Film & TV International Summit 2012 The WIFTI Summit commences Nov. 30 with representatives of nearly 40 WIFTI Chapters coming together for an educational schedule of panels, seminars, screenings and networking opportunities. Summit workshops will instruct attendees on how to take the initiative in the media business and will offer practical education in the craft of producing programming, successful feature film screenplays, game development, and garnering financial backers. $195 (day) to $495 (conference). For more information, visit wifv. org/wiftisummit. University of California, Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW. Downtown Holiday Market Downtown Holiday Market will create a cozy, winter wonderland in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Wear your walking

shoes. There will be lots of artwork, crafts, and goodies to satisfy everyone on your shopping list. Catch the celebratory, outdoor spirit when the Market returns for 24 glorious days, Friday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 23, noon to 8 p.m. American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

Washington , D.C.’s newest, largest, outdoor ice skating venue, the Washington Harbour Ice Rink, with a fete of continuous strolling entertainers, ice skating performances, choral singers, a St. Lucia parade, and artistic lighting effects, with food and beverages served outdoors by the restaurants of the Washington Harbour. Free admission. Fees for ice skating and skate rental: Adults – $9.00; Children/ Seniors/Military – $7.00; Skate Rental – $5.00. For more information, visit thewashingtonharbour.com. The Washington Harbour 3050 K Street NW.

for all. For non-members, advance-purchase discounts available. Members free; adults $10-20. The four sites are located in west Dupont Circle and Georgetown. Begin your tour at any participating site. For tickets, advance-purchase discounts, and address and other information visit: tudorplaceholidaysthroughhistory.eventbrite.com.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Holiday Bazaar & Art Show Holiday Shopping doesn’t have to be hard. Find something for everyone at Duke Ellington’s Annual Holiday Gift Bazaar & Feast your eyes on beautiful Christmas decorations at Art Show at the Duke Ellington School of Anderson House (above) and other historic homes in the Arts in Washington, D.C. This year’s the District. Photo courtesy of Holidays Through History Bazaar hosts fine art and artists, silver & gold Holidays through History Open House jewelry, unique home décor, natural bath and body products, local food vendors, books and Kick off the holidays at Tudor Place, Dumbarton House, Woodrow Wilson House, authors – and much more. For more informaand Anderson House! Stroll four mansions tion, visit ellingtonholidaybazaar.wordpress. alight with festive decorations that interpret com. Duke Ellington School of the Arts, traditional celebrations from the Federal 3500 R Street, NW. period through the 1920s flapper era. Walk or ride free shuttles (incl. in ticket price). Winter on the Water Members attend free, but tickets are required Come celebrate the inauguration of

Handel’s Messiah: Sing-Along Raise your voice in song with friends and family in an unforgettable performance of Handel’s legendary Messiah. All are invited on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. as soloists Laura Strickling, soprano, Linda Maguire, mezzosoprano, Joshua Baumgardner, tenor and Kevin Johnson, baritone, join forces with the Saint Luke Festival Choir, organ, harpsichord and orchestra for this year’s Messiah SingA-Long. You may bring a copy or borrow a score from Saint Luke. Tickets are $15.00 and students under the age of 18 are free. For more information, please visit www. musicinmclean.org. Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Va. 22101.★

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Glen Echo Potters 25th Annual Show and Sale Show and sale by more than 50 local potters, including several featured in local and national juried shows. Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free parking. For more information, visit www.glenechopottery.com. The Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road, NW

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Georgetown University Orchestra The Georgetown University Orchestra under the direction of Angel Gil-Ordóñez performs works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky. Katherine Keem, soprano. Free Admission. For more information visit, performingarts.georgetown.edu. Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theater, 3700 O Street, NW.

Shop and Dine 450+ stores, restaurants, galleries and salons ❄ Dressed in holiday style! New holiday decorations light up Georgetown ❄ Free pedicab rides to get you to your favorite Georgetown shops every Saturday, 11/24-12/15, 12-5pm ❄ Washington Harbour’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rink is now open! Stop by the “Winter on the Water” ice rink celebration on Saturday, December 1, 4-7pm. Entertainment, food and fun! Details at TheWashingtonHarbour.com

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1. Bowen McCauley Dance presented the world premiere of "Afoot in Vienna". a multi-media collaboration between Viennese composer/visual artist Wolfgang Seirl and BMD’s artistic director Lucy Bown-McCauley. At the Artisphere in Rosslyn Va., Nov. 17. 2. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., briefs the press with other Democratic Senate leader Nov. 14 at the Capitol. A week earlier, Democrats increased their majority in the Senate. 3. Scott Land Marionettes from Los Angeles, Calif., and his Mitt Romney and Barack Obama Puppets participate in the “Million Puppet March” on the Capitol Nov. 3 just three days before the presidential election. Four-year-old Apollo from Hyattsville, Md., watches with interest. 4. During the holiday season, the U.S. Botanic Garden next to the U.S. Capitol presents "Season’s Greenings," a unique exhibit featuring model trains and incredible replicas of Washington, D.C.'s most famous buildings and monuments made out of real plant materials. 5.-6. Activists marched around the White House Nov. 18 in protest of the XL Pipeline carrying a 500-foot inflatable replica of a pipeline and to remind President Obama of his election-night promise to address climate change. It was organized by environmentalist Bill McKibbon and 350.org.

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o, now what do we do for fun? It’s been almost a month since the election that gave President Barack Obama another four years and snuffed out Rep. Allen West, R-Fla. To be fair, neither Mitt Romney nor Rep. West went out without a fight. Unfortunately, the fights occurred AFTER the election. West got a recount and to the wonderment of him and his, he still lost. While Romney’s supporters clung to the early call on Ohio longer than necessary, their candidate did manage to concede, tweaking his victory speech a little. The rest is not much history—Romney reminded those of us who had not voted for him why we didn’t as he blamed the takers, unnamed but sinister forces in the Republican Party and other sundry people and things not named Mitt Romney for his defeat. The Republicans then commenced to throw Romney under the bus into a manhole marked political oblivion. So, what’s making the president’s iPhone ring these day? President Obama: “Hello?” “Mr. President, this is John.” “John . . . John, John, John. Oh, hello, senator. What can I do for you?” “No, Mr. President. Congratulations, by the way, on winning the election. It’s John Boehner, the Speaker of the House.” “I knew it was you. I’m just pulling your leg. Have you given any thought to raising taxes on the rich as I mentioned?”

“Well, Mr. President, as you are aware, none of us wants to go over the cliff. Everybody hates that phrase. It’s like being thrown under the bus. It’s going to hurt everybody. Except the rich, of course, who can afford it. I realize that. That’s why we’re going to fiddle with the tax code, and, assuming everybody doesn’t find new ways not to pay taxes, why it will literally save billions. Honest. Of course, if they do find new ways it will be more like hundreds.” “Fiddle all you want. We need tax reform, I agree. But we need to get the people that make the most to pay a little more. It’s good for the country. And, if we can come together on entitlements, why this could be the start of something good and lasting. Why, if we can fix this thing together, Mitch . . . I mean John . . . why this could be the start of a beautiful friendship. I’d be Bogey and you’d be Claude Rains in ‘Casablanca.’ ” “Why can’t I be Bogey?” “Because Bogey doesn’t cry . . . ever.” “Oh, well Mr. President, about that Susan Rice thing. I . . .” “Can’t talk now. I’m going out to find me some middle class folks who are struggling and maybe have a beer with them. See you John. Ring. “Hello?” “Hello, Mr. President, this is John.” “What, again. Come on, Mr. Speaker, I told you that I . . .”

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“It’s Senator John McCain, sir.” “Oh. Well, what can I do for you?” “I don’t know about that Susan Rice. We are very disturbed after talking to her. I don’t think I can vote for her. I just don’t know.” “What don’t you know?” “What happened in Benghazi, Libya. Who she is . . . the store hours for Walmart.” “Well, if you don’t know, who does? By the way, that was sweet, the way you guys are starting to stand up to good old Grover. I mean no disrespect, but it’s about time. Who is that guy, anyway? Didn’t he used to write for the Georgetowner? Is there a bus in his future?” “But . . . Mr. President.” “Catch you later, John. Loved you in “Argo.” Ring. “Hello.” “Grover Norquist here. What have you done to these people? Lindsay, McCain, Corker—they don’t want to keep the no-tax pledge?” “Is your name John? Is that a bus I hear?” Click. Ring. “Mr. President. My name is Gary. I write for a living. I think that qualifies me as a struggling member of the middle class. Wanna buy me a beer?” “John? Is this John?’ Click. ★

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onday morning quarterbacks are saying that President Obama’s reelection realigned the Democratic Party and that the Republicans are facing a permanent declining base of support. Not so. This election was about Facebook against Super PACs. If you gave President Obama $3 and had a Facebook account, he knew all your friends. (Of course, most of my friends didn’t vote the same way I did.) But, he didn’t realign the White House. Super PACs, however, did realign the Congress. Millions of dollars of Super PAC spending on negative ads didn’t work on a national level, but it did work at the local level. Apparently, a billion dollars isn’t enough to destroy a candidate at the national level, but few hundred thousand dollars can win a local election where only a few thousand votes are at stake. In the years ahead, Super PAC spending will have a bigger impact than friend-

ing. Congress is more likely to remain in Republican hands than the White House is likely to stay in Democratic hands. The Obama administration has been compared to Roosevelt’s and Reagan’s. It’s not. Even though Roosevelt’s coalition was centered on the notion that government was the solution, and Reagan’s coalition ushered in the idea that government was the problem, both administrations made Americans feel that tomorrow would be better than today. Both made Americans feel better in tough times. Today, Americans do not feel so good and this election did not make them feel better. Though President Obama cemented his legacy as a truly historic figure, his coalition of women and minorities will not last three or four decades as did Roosevelt’s and Reagan’s. Reagan and Roosevelt did not rise like a Phoenix out of their coalitions while President Obama is a member of his coalition. Millions of Obama voters – 93% PUBLISHER

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of African Americans and 75% of Hispanics and Asians – felt an affinity to him. He was the first. The next minority nominee will not enjoy the same aura. Republicans aren’t re-thinking who they are, and don’t need to. They can’t even agree on whether their platform was too conservative or whether Romney became too moderate. Both Roosevelt and Reagan received about 20% more votes – 5 million and 11 million respectively – when they were reelected. Romney almost the same number of votes as John McCain did four years ago. President Obama got 8 million votes less, the only time in U.S. history when a re-elected president received fewer votes than he did in his original election. That’s not a permanent coalition. The lesson of this election is that we got exactly what we already had – a divided country, a divided government, and same problems. And we don’t feel much better.★

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BY JACK EVANS his week I want to put my views on the record regarding the recent proposal by DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to close 20 DC Public Schools. In Ward 2, the proposal is to close Garrison Elementary School and Francis-Stevens. In general terms, I have expressed support for the idea of finding efficiencies by closing under-enrolled schools. The problem, however, is that the savings projected from these closings never seem to materialize. No matter how many schools are closed, the DCPS annual budget of $2 billion keeps going up by 2% per year, maintaining the highest per pupil funding formula in the nation. In the past ten years, the number of public school students has been cut in half, but our budget has doubled! And yet, so many of our schools still have no librarians, music teachers or art teachers. I introduced a bill to mandate that each public school be provided with a full-time librarian, music teacher and art teacher, and I believe any savings from school consolidations should first be used for these purposes. Now to the specifics of the Chancellor’s proposal. With regard to Garrison, I have let the Mayor and the Chancellor know that I am opposed to its closure and understand Councilmember Graham agrees, as a number of Ward 1 families also support Garrison. Garrison, with its lively and involved support system consisting of parents, a strong PTA, and community support from the LCCA and the ANC, should remain open. If consolidation is needed, students can come from Seaton to Garrison. Garrison is at nearly 70% capacity – higher than almost any other school set to close. Consolidation of Garrison and Seaton will result in children being in trailers – this is not a good option! With respect to Francis-Stevens, I have let the Mayor and the Chancellor know that I am opposed to its closure also. While I support School Without Walls and think the concept of using space at Francis-Stevens is an interesting idea, I cannot support the idea of closing Francis-Stevens as it exists today. When the executive closed Stevens School, a commitment was made to the community regarding Francis-Stevens. If enrollment numbers are down, it more likely indicates problems with the K-8 model rather than a lack of need or demand for educational resources in the neighborhood. I have been pleased by the Chancellor’s tone in being open to feedback from the neighborhoods and would urge you to make your views known. In addition to the Council hearings, the DCPS website lists several ways in which parents and the community can provide feedback. While there are four community meetings scheduled, I have to note that just one single meeting has been scheduled for parents from wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 together, on Dec. 5 at Brightwood, 1300 Nicholson Street NW. Please try to attend the meeting and share your views so that Ward 2 is not taken for granted. The DCPS website also provides a link to an online forum, as well as a promise of office hours that will be announced beginning Dec. 5. Please let me know your thoughts, as well, so that I can continue to advocate on your behalf.★

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29th Street Canal Bridge Completed You can now drive on 29th Street between K and M Streets. D.C. Department of Transportation’s Three Bridges Project -- begun in August 2009 ¬-- has been completed. The bridge over the C&O Canal along 29th Street was the third and last bridge replaced during the more-than-three-year job, which also replaced bridges over the canal at 30th and Thomas Jefferson Streets. According to D.C.DOT’s Three Bridges’ website, “Monitoring of the canal walls and adjacent buildings is required for the duration of the project. Minor wall maintenance is included in the work as is roadway reconstruction work to tie into and transition the existing roadways and sidewalks into the new proposed bridges. Each bridge crossing includes extensive utility relocation and upgrade work involving water, electric, phone, and gas lines that will be coordinated with the respective utility companies.”

M Street Water Main Work at Key Bridge Nears Finish For some residents of 35th, M and Prospect Streets, the news that D.C. Water’s Large Valve Replacement Project on M Street should be completed by Dec. 15 is most welcome, especially the pounding sounds at 2 a.m. about two weeks ago. Ditto for drivers along M Street moving IN-HOUSE PERIODONIST

over the street plates. “We are planning to install the valve on Dec. 7,” Mohammad Huq, D.C. Water project manager, Department of Engineering and Technical Services, told the Georgetowner. “It is expected that the work will be completed by Dec. 15.” The water main work is part of a “Capital Improvement Program to improve the water system infrastructure. These efforts will improve water quality and system reliability, increase water pressure in some areas, and maintain adequate flows throughout the system,” says D.C. Water, also known as the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. The work was scheduled to be completed during the summer but took longer because of added joint seal work so that the street would not be dug up again so soon

New Ice Rink Celebrates Saturday With ‘Winter on the Water’ And Swedish Christmas Bazaar Washington Harbour will present “Winter on the Water,” a celebration of Washington, D.C.’s newest and largest outdoor ice skating rink, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 4 to 7 p.m. The Washington Harbour Ice Rink will be inaugurated with a fete of continuous strolling entertainers, ice skating performances, choral singers, a St. Lucia procession, and creative lighting effects, along with special food and beverages served outdoors by Washington Harbour restaurants, including the new Farmers Fishers Bakers. Special guests include radio personality Tommy McFly who will emcee the event from 5 to 7 p.m., and will

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take the coveted opportunity to drive the ice resurfacing machine on the rink. Winter on the Water complements the Swedish Christmas Bazaar being held at the neighboring House of Sweden from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 2900 K Street, NW, on Dec. 1. Winter on the Water – Special Performance Schedule 4 to 7 p.m.: Continuous entertainers and creative lighting effects; special food and beverages served outdoors 4:00 p.m.: Montana Ignacio – Ice skating performance 4:30 p.m.: Georgetown Phantoms – 30 minute a cappella performance 5:00 p.m.: The Gardens Figure Skating Club – Ice skating performance 5:15 p.m.: St. Lucia Procession from the House of Sweden 5:30 p.m.: Swedish Choir Performance 6:00 p.m.: Mini-Supremes Bowie ISI Synchronized Skating Team – Ice skating performance

Community Calendar Fri., Nov. 30 -- Wreath-Making Workshop; 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.; create your own wreath using materials from the Tudor Place gardens; materials and instruction provided; members (per wreath), $38; non-members, $48. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St., NW; register at www.tudorplace.org. Sat., Dec. 1 -- Along the Potomac: Winter on the Water at Washington Harbour -- and Swedish Christmas Bazaar at the House of Sweden; see

details above. Sun., Dec. 2 -- American Boychoir: Family Christmas Concert; enjoy the holiday season with one of the country’s premiere boys’ choir performances, 5 p.m. Single tickets, $30 each; $15 for students/seniors. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3204 O St., NW; call 338-1796 or purchase tickets at the door. Mon., Dec. 3 -- Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 2E) Public Meeting, 6:30 p.m.; Heritage Room, Georgetown Visitation Prep; agenda available at www.anc2e.com; call 202-724-7098 for more information. Wed., Dec. 5 -- Kitty Kelley discusses her new book, “Capturing Camelot, Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys,” 6 to 8 p.m.; $100 donation to attend benefits the D.C. Public Library Foundation, includes a signed copy of the book; Georgetown Library 3260 R St., NW. Thur., Dec. 6 -- Tudor Nights: Deck the Halls, 6 to 8 p.m.; members, free; non-members, $15 (21+). Enjoy spiced ginger punch and a historic holiday celebration at Tudor Place; www.TudorPlace.org. Sat., Dec. 8 -- Toys for Tots Drive, Rhino Bar, 1 to 4 p.m. Make a donation and have your holiday gifts wrapped by Rhino elves; take your photo with Santa. For more info, visit www.RhinoBarDC.com. Wed., Dec. 12 -- Georgetown Business Association Annual Meeting and Holiday Soiree, Dumbarton House, 6:30 to 10 p.m.; free. Celebrate Georgetown businesses with an evening of awards, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres and seasonal cocktails. Cocktail attire; rsvp: hello@otimwilliams.com★

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Jonathan Adler Finally Opens at N & Wisconsin After several delays, the Jonathan Adler store at 1267 Wisconsin Ave., NW, has opened. The maker and purveyor of pots, pillows, accessories and furniture is located at the corner, where the Kids Gap store used to be, across from Martin’s Tavern. The Adler whimsy and practicality are on full display throughout the large store, which shows off a Washington bust of sorts and D.C. pillows. Amid everything else, in time for Hanukkah, beginning Dec. 8, the

store offers unique dreidels and menorahs. Visit www.JonathanAdler.com, or call 202-965-1416.

Say ‘Bienvenido’ to Massimo Dutti Georgetown’s fast fashion appeal continues to expand . . . locally and globally. Massimo Dutti opened at 1220 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, its second U.S. location after New York. The company is headquartered in Spain. Next to the Third Edition and described by Thrillist as a “European J. Crew,” Massimo Duti offers well-priced, updated fashions for men and women. Considered especially fetching: a clasTuckernuck, an online retailer, has opened a new office on Potomac Street, NW. Photo courtesy of Tuckernuck.

sic, yet modern, dress and a nice assortment of jackets, leather or not. Wrote the New York Times on Nov. 27 of the newly opened store on Fifth Avenue: “New to the States, Massimo Dutti has the same parent company as Zara, which means a large-scale invasion may be imminent. It is the old-school Banana Republic to Zara’s Gap, more refined and more expensive and, in this case, more desirable. . . . This might be the least expensive way in the city for a man to dress up. Prices are reasonable for clothes that are worthy simulations of expensive Italian and British styles.”

Tuckernuck Sets Up Showroom on Potomac Street On-line boutique Tuckernuck, named for an island off Nantucket, has established its first brick-and-mortar retail presence at 1052 Potomac Street, NW. Based on “a classic lifestyle that spans generations,” the clothing concern of American styles (some might call it preppy) promotes “a timeless look based on ease, traditional and American cool.” Founded in May 2012, Tuckernuck is a woman-run business: “Yes, gents, we’re all ladies, and we’re all willing to help with any styling questions you have.” (Three of the ladies went to the National Cathedral School.) For more info, visit www.

Jonathan Adler the opening event of his new store on Wisconsin Ave. Photo by Nico Dodd

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The new location will sell a curated assortment from all collections including Gant, Gant Rugger and Gant by Michael Bastian. “Georgetown, specifically M Street, has become a key shopping destination in recent years, especially for men,” said David Arbuthnot, chief executive officer of Gant USA. “Expanding into Georgetown was a natural step as Gant’s aesthetic is grounded in our authentic American East Coast heritage.” Washingtonians may be familiar with the space that Gant now calls home. Once a popular live jazz bar called Saloun, the building’s renovation maintained and upgraded key architectural elements of the original design, paying homage to the lounge that came before it. Gant’s Georgetown location joins the brand’s existing seven retail locations, including Gant Rugger neighborhood shops and a Fifth Avenue global flagship in New York City, a Gant Campus Store at Yale University. It also recently opened Los Angeles and Boston locations. Gant plans to open four to five additional North American stores in 2013 and is also looking at several spots in the U.S. and Canada. The Sweden-based brand -- with $1.23 billion in global sales last year -- is owned by Switzerland-based Maus Frères SA. Gant was founded in New Haven, Conn., in 1949. For more information, visit Gant.com, or call its M Street store at 202-625-1949.★

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he slogan, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” evokes images of latenight gambling, debauchery and escapades straight out of “The Hangover.” For many people, this type of experience is exactly what is attractive about Las Vegas, but there is more than one reason to travel to Sin City, which has become an entertainment and foodie capital in the U.S. Las Vegas, Nevada, now offers a wide range of shows, activities and restaurants that offer entertainment options for Las Vegas rookies and veterans alike. Walking down Las Vegas Boulevard, or “the strip,” is a must for any first-time visitor. If you’re travelling on a budget, it can be a great inexpensive activity in its own right, as you take in the sights and sounds of the city. Each hotel along the strip caters to a different theme, and stopping in each can provide plenty of entertainment, from riding the roller coaster in New York-New York, watching and reviewing CBS television pilots at MGM, to viewing a copy of Michelangelo’s statue of David in Caesar’s Palace. While walking the strip, make sure to stop at the Bellagio for the fountain show, take a gondola ride at the Venetian and stop at Treasure Island for the pirate show. While the strip seems to be the iconic destination for Las Vegas, many gems off Las Vegas Boulevard offer a variety of activities that cannot be found on the strip -- or anywhere else for that matter.

Entertainment Las Vegas offers a wide variety of shows that cater to all interests, from comedies, to musicals, to the risqué. For example, the Amazing Johnathan has become a Las Vegas staple. The entertainer, now performing at Bally’s, combines magic and comedy, along with crowd interaction, to provide an unforgettable show. Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas is at the Imperial Palace nightly, except for Friday, at 10 p.m. As the city’s leading “female impersonator,” Marino’s drag show is the longest continuously running show in Las Vegas. Marino has been performing in Las Vegas since 1985 and became famous for his impersonation of television personality Joan Rivers. His act now includes impersonations of Bette Midler, Britney Spears, Madonna and many others.

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Cristina Vaughan looked dynamic, yet playful, in her BCBG winter white dress at the Knock Out Abuse event. Her gold sparkly sandals were the perfect accessories to her silk flowing dress. I am sure in that outfit, her prince charming was in the waiting.

Jason Sickels and Karina Homme were a stylish duo at the event on Nov. 1. Jason’s style was timeless in his Joseph Abboud classic black tuxedo. Karina looked vibrant in her hot red Tadashi dress and silver sparkly sandals.

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COVER STORY

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f you don’t yet know the name Basil Soda, you soon will. This Beirut-based designer is gaining recognition all over the world for his beautiful designs and attention to detail. He’s making a short tour of the U.S. presenting his newest collection before returning to his beloved state-of-the-art “playground” in Lebanon. With the release of his third collection, Basil Soda garments are making their way into U.S. shops all over the country. Soda’s ready to wear collection has a couture feel to it, while staying modern, feminine and sensible. This humble designer got his start working with designer Elle Saab, whom he still has good relations with, and considers a big brother. Soda gained experience, and after four years, felt he could go off on his own to begin working on his brand. Though he has already seen great success with his previous collections, Soda never thinks he’s “made it.” “It’s an achievement for the Lebanese to be accepted in the fashion industry, but still, I don’t put myself in this mold because once you…believe in it, then you don’t move quickly, faster.” Soda says, “I have to keep moving, because my aim is to really create a story around the brand.” “Now, fashion, the way we are seeing it, is not anymore only trend. It’s not only colors. It’s not cuts. It’s not volumes. It’s just a statement from a designer that [they] bring into the fashion industry, and this is how you recognize new brands. It’s not the color, or what you like, or what you don’t.” His couture gowns have been popping up all over

the red carpet lately. Marion Cotillard, Carla Gugino, Cheryl Cole, Dana Delany and Katy Perry are some of the many stars spotted wearing Basil Soda designs. “Red Carpet will always be our main exercise for the couture. This is where we feel it is giving us quite good visibility,” Soda says. “It is the fastest way to be seen; even the big fashion houses, this is what they are doing and what they are concentrating on.” Basil Soda cites his inspirations for his collections coming from two sources: music and exhibitions, and, the most important, young people, and how they react to fashion. Soda says when it comes to fashion, one shouldn’t be too practical, and should have confidence to wear what one wants. “You should love yourself; let’s say you’re tall, short, a brunette, a blonde, fat or skinny,” Soda says. “The first thing, you should love yourself, whatever it is. And when you love yourself, you can express more. You can be more confident about the things that you choose for yourself.” Soda presented his collection at the René Moawad Foundation Gala at the Ritz Carlton on Nov. 10 to numerous gasps of awe and thunderous applause from the audience. He previewed 45 pieces from both the ready to wear and couture collections, creating a grand finale to an enjoyable gala. “We need to reflect the good side about ourselves. To put a smile on.” Soda says, speaking on character. “This is what we need, this is why we are doing fashion, to be more happy, more relaxed, enjoying ourselves. ★

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Soda’s couture dress, at right, from his fall collection, shows that a smoky green can be alluring and mysterious. More subtly glamorous, it’s a great alternative to red during the holiday season.

oda’s look (at right) is ornate, modern and sultry. You can bring the same vibe to your tech accessories and outerwear. This iPhone case by Banana Republic with card sleeves will keep you organized on the go, and this USB drive ring by Kate Spade is the most glam we’ve ever seen.

Outerwear is an important part of any winter wardrobe, and this Michael Kors coat is a great piece that will set you apart. With its assymetrical buttons and collar, it’s a modern coat in a traditional holiday color. .

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Green arthy green hues of emerald, moss or loden can be evocative of a woodsy holiday. Forget what you may think about the Grinch-y color.

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“We need to reflect the good side about ourselves. To put a smile on.” -Basil Soda

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et’s face it, it’s winter. Closets during this time of the year can seem like an inevitable black hole.

Basil Soda seen here making the fashion come to life

This long wool skirt by Michael Kors is a versatile. piece that can transition season to season.

Accesorize with these Kate Spade sunglasses ($128).

This purse by Banana Republic ($98) is a fun evening bag that is more playful than a more plain option.

Keep the cold out with an elegant fur collar from Brooks Brothers ($298), in keeping with an outdoorsy look.

The look at right is from Basil Soda’s Ready to Wear line.

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et on the bandwagon with Basil Soda’s breezy winter white dress. You can look like an ice queen with blinged-out accessories like these Manolo Blahnik pumps ($1,295) or Alexander Wang purse.

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GIFT GUIDE

Holiday Benefit & Bazaar Gift Guide

Black Onyx Bead Toggle Necklace: This necklace showcases the beauty of black onyx while complimenting it with sterling silver accents. This necklace also has a matching bracelet and earrings. (Queen Bee Jewelry, $74.95)

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lack Friday is the beginning of the Holiday Shopping season in every store. In preparation for the start of the non-stop buying, this guide will give you ideas when purchasing items for everyone on your list. From jewelry, candles, clothes, home goods, artwork, stationary, and accessories this list truly has anything you could need to complete your holiday shopping. Margot Full Size Warmer: This classic, elegant warmer will accent any room well. (Scentsy)

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Cassius and Lapietra from the Nuschese Wine Collection The Blackberry base and spicy sweetness is a perfect blend of flavor to warm the palette this winter makes a great pairing for your holiday steaks (Nuschese Wine Collection) www.capitalwinesllc.com

Oversized Open Ribbon Stone Cocktail Ring: This is a large open bow ring featuring black diamond pave ribbon loops around a silk baguette stone center. It is available in size 7, 8, and 9. (Chloe and Isabel, $68)

Miss HR Republic Purse: This deep green bag is dependable bag for everyday use. (Kamisol Accessories, $50)

A hearty, Mediterranean wine, La Pietra does not deny its origin, and also does not give into lightness. Deep red in the glass, with a purplish hue, it is a full-bodied wine, evoking a basket of ripe fruit, red cherries, deep plums and a hint of earthiness that invade the nostrils. A taste of youthful exuberance, initially sweet and an overlapping of plum and cherry, the tannins ov increases the perception of earthiness that takes over the palate, with an aftertaste of freshness and tannins, clean and persistent. Wine Type: Red Grape Variety: 50% Barbera, 40% Aglianico, 10% Primitive Soil Type: Clay and limestone flisch of cilento. Vine Cultivation System: Double Guyot The Vine: Ardisani, Costanza, Cilentani Harvest: Beginning of October Wine Maker: Bruno de Conciliis Vinification Process: Maceration of prefermentation 5 days, temperature-controlled steel vats with maceration of about 7 days, soft pressing, malolactic in steel aging – 7 months in steel vats.

Mediterraneo Fruit Bowl: This round fruit bowl designed by LPWK and Emma Silvestria is part of the Alessi line of home goods. With its various color options, it will surely bring a taste of Italy to your kitchen. (Contemporaria)

Amelia Drop Earrings: A drop earring with Aventurine stone and smoky glass. It is framed in hand hammered bezel. The earrings measure 2 inches in length. (Stella and Dot, $79)

Wool Tie: These wool ties are a nod to Classic American style. They come in four different patterns (J. McLaughlin, $55)

On November 29th, join us for a Golden Opportunity to give with an evening of shopping and holiday cheer as we honor and support a Gold Star in the Community: The Georgetown Senior Center held at the historic George Town Club. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.georgetowner.com

Robert Rodriguez Coat: This green long belted coat with black button closures is a perfect addition to a winter wardrobe. (Ella Rue, $380)

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FOOD & WINE

The Latest Dish BY LIN DA ROT H CONT E

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instripes Bocce Bowling & Bistro plans to open a 100-seat Italian-themed restaurant that also offers bowling and bocce, on the lower level of The Shops at Georgetown Park. They may have 30,000 square feet at their disposal to eat and play in, as well as able to accommodate up to 600 people for private events. They will need a special exemption for bowling, but the owners expect only 5% of their patrons to come to Pinstripes to bowl. They may not be taking into account Georgetown University’s Beer & Bowling course. Just joking… AJ Prakash, who has been in the Mexican restaurant business for 28 years, working with Tex-Mex too, plans to open his own modern, slightly upscale Mexican restaurant with a Mayan inspired menu. The 280-seat restaurant will be located in the Tysons area. There will also be seating for approximately 60 on the outdoor patio. No name yet. Stay tuned. Quick Hits: Fabio Trabocchi plans to open a second restaurant, Fiola Mare, with an emphasis on seafood, at Washington Harbour in 2013. The space is next door to Nick's Riverside Grille. It’s about 10,000 square feet with a great patio overlooking the park and Kennedy Center. The Firelake Grill is slated to open at 4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW, where Ruby Tuesday’s was. Casey's Coffee will open at 355 E St, SW this month. Lime Fresh Mexican Grill will open on 7th

Street, NW in Penn Quarter where Potbelly Sandwich Works used to be. A mid-2013 date is targeted. Taylor Gourmet will open its fifth locations when it opens at 6th & E Streets, NW in Penn Quarter where Meatballs used to be. Pho 14 will replace Pizza Hut on Columbia Road, NW in Adams Morgan. They plan to open in early November. Opening Updates: Latest intel straight from Soupergirl: her expanded Silver Spring operation should be open late November/early December. matchbox 14th Street by end of November (fingers crossed). Ted’s Bulletin 14th Street and matchbox Merrifield by end of 1Q 2013. Smash Burger’s second store, in Dupont Circle, by February 2013. YO! Sushi’s second store, in Chinatown, by the Presidential Inauguration. Whew. Chef Frederik de Pue, owner of 42° Catering, plans to open Table (tah-bluh) early this month at 903 N Street, NW in Logan Circle ‘hood near Blagden Alley, where Rogue 24 is. Formerly an auto repair space, the 75-seat restaurant will have a contemporary urban design. Chef sees this as a return to Old World dining experience. Belgium influence will be strong, as will his European cooking experiences. Dinner only will be offered in the first stage, followed by lunch, brunch and breakfast when the kitchen and staff are ready.★

Taylor Gourmet, here at 485 K St. NW, will be opening its next location in Penn Quarter. Photo courtesy of PQliving.com

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3124-28 M St. NW A friendly French Bistro in the heart of historic Georgetown since 1975. Executive chef and owner Gerard Cabrol came to Washington, D.C. 32 years ago, bringing with him home recipes from southwestern France. Our specialties include our famous Poulet Bistro (tarragon rotisserie chicken), Minute steak Maitre d’Hotel (steak and pomme frit¬es), Steak Tartare, freshly pre¬pared seafood, veal, lamb and duck dishes and the best Eggs Benedict in town. In addition to varying daily specials. www.bistrofrancaisdc.com

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wo hundred and fifty years ago, a city was founded along a Virginia trade route that led from Richmond to the Great Appalachian Valley. Named after Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, it was established as an intersection of industry and natural resources, urbanity and wilderness. As the country evolved, through the throws of war and the expansion of the West, Charlottesville stood as a geographic and philosophical steppingstone, gently nestled in the eaves of the Blue Ridge Mountains and standing at the forefront of economic, cultural and academic achievement. Today, Charlottesville continues its legacy, having become a premier destination in the MidAtlantic Region. Renowned for its innovation in winemaking, regionally inspired culinary artistry, rustic local culture and top-end, often quirky and unique retail, Charlottesville brings its cultural and geographic heritage into its daily life. Only two hours from Washington, the winter months are the perfect time to settle in for a cozy Charlottesville weekend, sitting fireside at a rural inn, dining at one of their classic or contemporary restaurants, or warming up from a wintry vineyard tour in a rustic tasting room. Here is a primer for Charlottesville’s restaurants and vineyards, all perfect places around which to frame a weekend getaway and take the edge off the winter months ahead.

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vineyards may seem low on the list of worthy discussion topics. Now of course is the time where vines begin to go barren and production comes to a standstill until the spring thaw. While everyone else with the winter wonderland bug is waiting in line at the ski slopes, Charlottesville’s wineries offer intimate afternoon getaways off the beaten path. With the last of the fall wine festivals and vineyard weddings behind us, tours are down and crowds have dwindled, leaving true wine enthusiasts with a selection of worldclass vineyards to explore without the fuss of traffic. With over 20 vineyards to choose from, it is just a matter of knowing where to start. Early Mountain Vineyards is a great place to begin your Charlottesville wine tour. Relatively new to the community, they are not only producing impressive wines but maintaining their historic property with a commitment to biodiversity and sustainable farming. Having learned from wine pioneers in Virginia and around the world, we know that practical organic and biodynamic methods, such as limiting our use of sprays and pesticides, help preserve the natural balance of the vineyards’ ecosystem and yield healthy and expressive grapes. Not that you need to know this to enjoy their delicious wine. Their tasting room is among the most impressive in Virginia, ranked second out of 220 wineries by Virginia Wine Lover online. Visitors to Early Mountain Vineyards can warm by the fire and enjoy the views after lunch with fare from the tasting room’s ‘eat local’ marketplace

Early Mountain Vineyards is located on the grounds of the historic home of Revolutionary War Lt. Joseph Early.

featuring cheeses, charcuterie and products from Virginia purveyors. They keep a selection of the best Virginia wines from other vineyards in house along with rotating featured selections. Learn why Virginia is a growing destination for wine enthusiasts. www.EarlyMountain.com King Family Vineyards is a family-owned and operated boutique winery located in Crozet, just fifteen minutes from Charlottesville at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The winery specializes in small productions of ultrapremium wine that showcase the remarkable

qualities of nearly 100% estate grown fruit. Founded in 1998, the winery's first vintage was only 500 cases. Today, the winery produces approximately 5,000 cases of wine per year, and according to owner David King, King Family sells everything they make. During the winter, the winery’s tasting room is home to a warm stone fireplace and rich, family-friendly seating areas. Bring your own goodies or pick from the tasting room’s gourmet assortments of chocolates, cheeses, salamis, spreads, and hot French bread. www.KingFamilyVineyards.com

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Pollak Vineyards, a favorite of this author, was founded by David and Margo Pollak, who first made wine in Napa Valley in the 1970s. With their new viticultural venture, they wanted to explore a new terrain in the winemaking world. Virginia, they decided, was the Napa of the East Coast. They found their current Charlottesville plot in 2001 and started planting fruit in 2003. “We don’t buy or outsource any fruit for our wine,” says Dovel. “We grow all our own grapes, and even sell to some of our neighbors, which we’re very proud of. It’s rare to find a winery that does all estate grown wines. What you taste in our wines is our true terroir—what Mother Nature has to offer our specific property.” Today, Pollak is well known for their Viogniers and Petit Verdots. Their red wines are unfined and unfiltered, with a lot of finesse

but a still-present power. “If you put France and California together,” says Dovel, “that’s where we sit: big fruit with great structure—and the character of Virginia’s unique climate makes it awesome.” www.PollakVineyards.com

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As hinted at by the wineries, local and regional produce plays a large part in Charlottesville’s culinary scene. A handful of restaurants are spearheading this movement, delivering innovative but comforting American fare, inspired with international flavors and rooted in the surrounding farmland. Mas was conceived by chef Tomas Rahal as an opportunity to feature slow, organic, artisanal food and wines, inspired by Spain and emphasizing simple, well-handled ingredients served in a casual neighborhood setting. Featuring a contemporary, tapas-style menu, Mas specializes in bite-sized dishes eaten between larger meals. These snacks are often eaten in groups, sharing dishes communally and without any pretense or formality. Among their mouth-watering menu options this season, try their Medulla, a rich beef marrow blended with Alba truffles, Georgetowner_12.2012_Layout 1 11/20/12 5:17 PM Page 1 The Local in Charlottesville can host large gatherings and receptions in its beautiful sweet butter, parsley, garlic and dining room. bread crumbs, and toasted with

Manchego. Los Dos is a pairing of wild King Salmon and Yellowfin tuna tartares with thyme flowers, grey sea salt and garlic crisps. They also have an outstanding selection of Spanish wines for unforgettable pairings. www.MasTapas.com Judging by its name alone, you can probably guess where The Local cultivates its culinary inspiration and resources. Since it opened in March 2008, The Local has provided a venue to showcase the abundant supply of small farmers, artisan cheese makers, breweries, distilleries and

award wining vineyards in the Charlottesville area. They even support local craftsman and artisans, and much of what you see in the restaurant is fabricated locally. Start your meal with a local Caromont Goat Cheese salad, with roasted local beets and poached local apples, on a bed of mixed greens, which, believe it or not, are sourced locally. For the main event, choose from local trout stuffed with pimento cheese over corn grits and local braised greens, or a (local) local half chicken in a blackberry glaze with poppy seed slaw and potatoes. www.TheLocal-Cville.com ★

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DEAR WORRIED: I’ve said it before, but we outsiders really have no idea of what is actually going on inside another couple’s relationship. Thinking that we do is a real mind trap, so proceed with caution. (Notice me totally sidestepping the issue of mixing politics and religion at social gatherings…) There is such a fine line between wanting to help and sounding like you are trashing someone. If you do want to make your concerns known, be careful to read the situation and keep yourself out of the details. What I mean is, if Buddy actually is experiencing Fiancée’s behavior as manipulative, but is not quite at the place where he can articulate it, you might become just the scapegoat his unconscious mind may be looking for. Here are some dos and don’ts if you decide to pursue the conversation: -Do sit down with Buddy and gently tell him you are supportive of him, but concerned about Fiancée’s attitude when faced with an opposing opinion. -Don’t attack Fiancée’s character in any way. -Do pay close attention to Buddy’s reaction to your concern. -Don’t push it. -Do accept the verdict that you are not doing a reading at the wedding.

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B Y G A RY TISC H L ER atching Manna Nichols, her black hair in a pony tail, feet tucked under, purple top and blue jeans, and Benedict Campbell, wearing a dark jacket, in a meeting room downstairs at Arena Stage, you get the sense they’ve developed a bond, an easy way about them. You are also reminded of the roles they’re playing in “My Fair Lady.” She is Eliza Doolittle. He is Henry Higgins, just you wait. They’re the grand protagonists, the adversaries, the student-teacher, and, wonders of wonders, the astounding-in-the-end couple who end up together in Molly Smith’s production of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical by way of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.” Like Eliza and Henry, the two are certainly surface opposites. Campbell, although he seems to have few pretensions, given his background, is considered one of the finest actors in Canada. He comes from theater royalty. His father, the late Douglas Campbell, was a revered classical actor in England, before he came across the pond and became a founding member of both the Stratford Festival and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. His mother was the actress Ann Casson, whose mother was the legendary actress Dame Sybil Thorndike. “You know, Shaw wrote ‘Saint Joan’ specifically for my grandmother,” Campbell said. This doesn’t appear to be a case of high-brow name dropping, but rather as a link in his chain to

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Shaw. “I’ve done a lot of his plays, certainly,” he said. This began a discussion of “Major Barbara,” which “I just did it not so long ago. I rather like Undershaft (the munition tycoon anti-hero of the play). This sort of background—stated modestly but firmly—ought to be the kind of resume that might intimidate someone like Nichols, who is in her twenties and is a young, rising performer, whose main experience is in musicals. “That didn’t happen,” she said. “It came about as more of mutual respect and collaboration. Not that I haven’t learned a lot from him. He is such a fine actor and a generous one, too.” Nichols was a new addition to the production which Molly Smith had staged at the Shaw Festival in Canada, where Campbell is a company member. “Certainly, you have to adjust with someone new, but it was not that difficult,” Nichols said. “It’s just something you have to do.” Both of them are cognizant that some theatergoers will inevitably—memory being what it is—make comparisons to the film version of “My Fair Lady,” in which Rex Harrison, singtalking or talking-singing his way through the music made an indelible impression as did Hepburn. “Sure, people are going to think about it,” Nichols said. “I’ve seen it a lot. But they dubbed Hepburn so that wasn’t that much of a problem.” Campbell’s allows that “I don’t even like Harrison in the part. So, I wasn’t worried about that.”

Both Campbell and Nichols have made their own distinct impressions in their parts, separately and in tandem. “The first time I heard ‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly’ or ‘I Could Have Danced All Night,’ I imagined myself singing them,” Nichols said. “They’re such beautiful, beautiful songs.” Music and singing are her performing fortes. Oklahomaborn, she’s part Chinese, part Native American and part white, and 100-percent beautiful. She has made her mark in musicals. “Usually, I’m cast in Asian parts,” she said. “But not always. And it’s funny, this relationship between Eliza and Henry. It’s something more than just romantic. It’s about growth and learning. She wants to be his equal, while he’s learned to be more of a human being.” Nichols made a big mark in an Imagination Stage musical production of Disney’s “Mulan.” She also made an impression in “The King and I” and “Miss Saigon” in a career that has been musicals that began with her playing Me in “The Owl and the Tree and Me” at the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company. In this production, it seems that it’s a shared triumph—a trick that Henry Higgins has to learn but that both Nichols and Campbell know already. They start to talk with each other about a bit of business, a way of emphasis, or moving in a scene, making it different, making it better, together. ★

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Ai Weiwei at the Hirshhorn BY ARI POS T

Chinese Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 70s, Weiwei’s family was among the many antisocialists exiled to northwest China. Eventually returning to Beijing, Weiwei entered film school before moving to the U.S. in 1981, where he studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York and documented his daily experiences with photographs, hundreds of which are woven through “According To What?” This personal visual record traces his early search for identity, which would soon consume him in an altogether different way. After his return to China in 1993, all remnants of his past had been wiped out by development, and a sense of excavating has emerged in his work as he uncovers and readapts lost artifacts of his cultural heritage. “Kippe” is a perfect brick of tightly stacked scrap wood, nearly six feet tall, made out of dismantled pieces of Qing Dynasty temples and framed within a set of gymnast’s parallel bars, a ubiquitous schoolyard amusement from Weiwei’s childhood. “Colored Vases” is a collection of 16 Han Dynasty vessels, ranging in age between 206 BCE – 220 CE, which Weiwei dipped in neon hues of industrial paint; the only remnants of their original ornate patterns gasp through streaks of Kermit-the-frog green and frosted periwinkle. All of Weiwei’s physical artworks—which exclude his trail of viral and online photojournalism, conceptual projects, architecture, writings and his prolific Twitter account—have the gravity and permanence of monuments. They “Kippe,” 2006, Teili wood from defy China’s cultural patterns of dismantled temples of the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911) and iron parallel bars paving over pasts and intentional forgetting, as with the Sichuan through the Internet for his Citizens’ Investiga- earthquake. Weiwei decries his country’s push tion project, which compiled a list of the chil- toward cultural uniformity with the grit and dren who died in the earthquake. He gathered snarl of egoistic proclamations, dealing directtheir names, birth years, genders and class, and ly and often abrasively with the values of free displayed them along the walls of his Shanghai speech and expression (as evidenced by photostudio (now demolished) like a war memorial. graphs documenting his unique employment of At the Hirshhorn Museum, a replication of this a certain four-letter word at the site of various wall faces the entrance to “Ai Weiwei: Accord- Chinese and US landmarks). Weiwei was initially acclaimed by his governing To What?” a retrospective of the artist’s ment and awarded the opportunity to work on work, through February 24. This wall is at once a statement of remem- significant projects in his country (including debrance and protest, asking us with each name signing the Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium from to confront the significance of an individual the 2008 Chinese Olympics). But since 2009, life and to weigh its loss, while defying his as a result of his heated political activism, the government’s mishandling and disregard of the Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, desituation. In all his work, Weiwei goes to great tained him, kept him under house arrest, beaten lengths to organize and document, to find a har- him, confiscated his passport and demolished mony in structure that reveals a feeling of truth his studio. There really is no clean end to this story. Weiin personal identity. Weiwei’s work also has a way of confronting wei is currently embroiled in murky charges of us with environments, filtering them through tax evasion by the Chinese authorities, and he is prismatic lenses and binding us all—his self, forbidden to leave the country for alleged suspiincluded—to the state of our modern times. cion of this and other crimes, from pornography Another piece in the exhibit brought about by to money laundering. He is currently working to the Sichuan earthquake events is a meticulously prove his innocence. But ignoring all of this, Ai Weiwei is still a neat display of thousands of corroded steel rebar lengths laid out across the entire floor of a large landmark contemporary artist. He distills monugallery; the rebar was recovered in twisted heaps mental issues of our era by engaging the perspecfrom the rubble of the schoolhouses, and the art- tive of the individual, without losing focus on larger, more challenging implications. He stays ist hired craftsmen to straighten them back out. Consumed with the appropriating and rear- aware of an ever-broadening network of global ranging of historical backgrounds and life ex- affairs, and uses an extensive web of media to periences, Weiwei strives through his work to empower his audience to understand and quesmaintain a sincere, deeply rooted relationship tion their surroundings. And in an age where a with his surroundings, which is difficult when government can all but cover up the deaths of born into an upended society. Raised amidst the 5,000 children, that means something. ★

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n May 12, 2008, an earthquake devastated the Sichuan province of central China, and more than 5,000 children lost their lives when the region’s shoddily constructed schoolhouses collapsed. After the catastrophe the state-controlled media tried to scuttle the incidents, detaining and threatening parents and volunteers who questioned the authorities and unfit building codes. Officials ordered the Chinese news media to stop reporting on school collapses, and parents were urged to accept money in exchange for their silence. Many of the schools were quickly reconstructed. When Chinese artist Ai Weiwei visited the stricken region shortly after the earthquake, he saw the devastated schoolhouses, mounds of backpacks and twisted brambles of steel rebar scattered about the wreckage. The first thing he did was write about it in his blog (which had an extensive readership until Chinese authorities shut it down in 2009). The next thing he did was to recruit volunteers

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National Sporting Library Museum

The Honorable and Mrs. William A. Nitze hosted a cocktail reception for the NSLM on Nov. 16th at their home in Georgetown.

Robin Parsky, Grace Bender, Judy Esfandiary, Mary Ourisman

Alexandra de Borchgrave, Ann Nitze

The Honorable William A. Nitze, Emily Frick

Ann Nitze, Lynda Webster, Ina Ginsburg

Elizabeth Locke, John Staelin, Grace Bender

Susan Pillsbury

Jacqueline B. Mars, The Honorable John W. Warner

OSS Society Commemorates Liberation of the Hotel Ritz

BY RO B E RT DE VANEY The Office of Strategic Services Society, which celebrates the World War II predecessor to the C.I.A. and the U.S. Special Operations Command, presented its William J. Donovan Award (named in honor of the OSS founder) to former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the West End’s RitzCarlton Hotel Oct. 27. The occasion commemorated the liberation of the Hotel Ritz in Paris, France, by Ernest Hemingway, Col. David Bruce and a group of French Resistance fighters on Aug. 25, 1944. Upon their arrival at the Hotel Ritz, its manager asked Hemingway what the Ritz could do for them. Hemingway’s response: “How about 73 dry martinis?” At The OSS Society diner, each guest received a martini with an OSS logo etched on it. Sean Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s grandson, offered a toast to his father and his uncle, John Hemingway, who served in the OSS.

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

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Deputy Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen. John Mulholland, USA

Robert Gates receiving the William J. Donovan Award from Maj. Gen. Victor Hugo, USA (Ret.) and Amb. Hugh Montgomery

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, USN (Ret.)

OSS Society President President Charles Pinck

Former Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, Admiral Eric Olson, USN (Ret.)


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The Capital City Ball

BY MARY BIRD A ND P H O TO G R A P H E R : R . D AV I D CH AM BER S The 2012 Capital City Ball took place on Nov. 17 at the historic Washington Club in Dupont Circle. Proceeds from the evening benefited the important and innovative work of Courtney’s House, Global Centurion and Urban Light in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The elegant and fun black-tie gala included a cocktail buffet, open bar and silent auction. Guests took to the dance floor past midnight to the sounds of Bittersweet, an 11-piece, high energy dance band.

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Alexandra N. Senyi de Nagy-Unyom, Luigi Galizia, Liz Sara and Bill Boczany

Marco Garcia and Adrienne Szabo

John Dunford and Karen Ogden

Alezandra Russell, founder of Urban Light, with Stephen Warner (left) and Elliot Glotfelt (right) of Urban Light

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Upcoming Galas DECEMBER 2

Kennedy Center Honors The 35th annual national celebration of the arts will honor bluesman Buddy Guy, actor and director Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and rock band Led Zeppelin. While Led Zeppelin is being honored as a band, keyboardist/bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page, and singer Robert Plant will each receive the Kennedy Center Honors. For more information on the black-tie event call 202-416-8366.

Azza Fahmy’s Dazzling Jewels

B Y M A RY BIR D PH OTO C R ED IT: TR AVIS VAU GH N . Seasons at the Four Seasons Hotel was transformed into an Arabian nights fantasy on Nov. 15 as internationally acclaimed Egyptian jeweler Azza Fahmy presented a trunk show at a VIP by invitation cocktail reception. Stunningly gowned models showcased the designs which were also on display. Syra Arts hosted the presentation of hand-crafted gold, silver and precious stone pieces which carry diverse calligraphic interpretations and are characterized with beautiful Azza Fahmy filigree craft and layering.

Sylvia van Vliet Ragheb of SYRA Arts is surrounded by her daughters, Lara Ragheb and Hana Ragheb.

DECEMBER 9

The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Tea Party This holiday tradition at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel will immediately follow the matinee performance of The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre. Festively attired guests will enjoy an elegantly plated tea with white-glove service and a buffet of sweets. Proceeds benefit the Washington School of Ballet. Please contact Elizabeth Sizer at 202-274-48518 for additional information. ★ Qatar Ambassador Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi, Azza Fahmy, Sylvia van Vliet Ragheb and Sameh Alfonse.

Azza Fahmy interviewed by Al Hurra.

The Beltway of Giving: Cooking for a Cause BY J AD E F L OYD

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enevolent Washingtonian’s are beaming over the grand opening of Cause Philanthropub (www.causedc.org/) in the U Street corridor. The restaurant has committed to donate 100 percent of its profits back to charities, a first for an East Coast eatery and bar. Founders Nick Villele and Raj Ratwani met in their respective PhD programs at George Mason. While they are new to the restaurant world, they have hired a cadre of industry experts to manage and run the bar. After a stint in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, Nicholas returned stateside, where the philanthropub concept blossomed. “Living in a country where the average annual income is around $300, I had seen the huge impact that a small amount of money could have when in the hands of the right people and organizations,” said Villele. “Right after I had returned, Raj told me about his idea of raising funds for charity through bar and restaurant operations, and our partnership was born.” Noted restaurants, chefs and restaurateurs across the District have committed to supporting charities through their kitchen, yet few have sacrificed their entire profit to benefit others. DC-based chef Jose Andres’ of Think Food Group (www.thinkfoodgroup.com/) launched World Central Kitchen to build kitchens for disadvantaged populations in Haiti. One of their current projects in Palmiste Tempe, Haiti, provides a school kitchen that will feed over 200 children. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers (mellowmushroom.com) in Adams Morgan has

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partnered with several local charities including For Love of Children, Critical Exposure, D.C. Lawyers for Youth, Mentoring Today and Kids Against Hunger D.C. “By sharing our success with D.C. nonprofits, I’m able to connect my past work in the non-profit community to my current endeavors,” says Mellow co-owner Pooja Mehta. “Our focus is to spend an entire month with each organization to get a little more money their way and a little more exposure to their work.” Philanthropic duo, Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox restaurant (equinoxrestaurant.com) also lead by example. Their annual Sugar and Champagne charity event unites D.C.’s pastry chefs and wine purveyors to benefit the Washington Humane Society. To date, the event has raised more than $300,000 for the organization. The Blue Banana Sports and Rock Bar (www.bluebananadc.com) located in Petworth, also supports the Washington Humane Society with a monthly “Yappy Hour” doggy friendly affair. “Our patio is and always has been dog friendly. Many local dog owners were looking for a great excuse to drink for a cause and bring their pets with them,” says co-owner Jamie Hess. “We started the monthly charity Yappy Hour in April of this year and have raised thousands for the Humane Society. We donate 20 percent off the evening sales to the organization so our guests are not out of pocket anything other than what they drink and eat.” While these restaurants are all making

Cause on 9th Street is donating 100 percent of its profits back to charities. Photo courtesy of Cause.

strides for local and international charities, Cause Philanthropub is the first in the District to donate 100 percent of its profits. Several other restaurants and food-centric businesses across the U.S. have tried, and many succeeded, including Newman’s Own (www.newmansown. com) food products and the Oregon Public House (www.oregonpublichouse.com). This quarter Cause is currently supporting Agora Partnerships, Common Good City Farm, Higher Achievement and Martha’s Table as their first group of featured organizations. Three are locale and focused on supporting the D.C. community,

while Agora is based in the District and focused on impact entrepreneurship in Latin America. All four organizations were vetted and selected by Causes Advisory Board. A key part of their model is that each customer has the chance to choose which organization they would like their profits to go to by checking the non-profit on their bill. Cause accepts applications on a rolling basis at www.causedc.org causes and welcomes suggestions on deserving non-profits they should consider supporting. ★


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