GEORGETOWNER VOLUME 58, NUMBER 7
DECEMBER 14 - JANUARY 10, 2011
CAFE MILANO: A SINGULAR PHILOSOPHY
PIE SISTERS OPENING
SOCIAL SCENE GEORGETOWN JINGLE
Wesley Heights, DC
Alex Venditti 202.550.8872 Paul E. Pike 202.550.8871
Michael Rankin 202.271.3344
Barbara Zuckerman 202.997.5977 Michael Rankin 202.271.3344
Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344
Dupont Circle, DC
Julia Diaz-Asper 202.256.1887
Robin Waugh 703.819.8809 Lauren Herberghs 703.625.3590
Barbara Zuckerman 202.997.5977
Julia Diaz-Asper 202.256.1887
Upper Georgetown, DC
Rick Leverrier 202.957.7777
Robin Waugh 703.819.8809
Karen Barker 703.928.8384
Elizabeth Dawson D’Angio 202.427.7890
1920’s historic residence situated on 2 oversized lots in the heart of Kalorama. Meticulous and thoughtful 2011 renovation with a substantial addition features gracious public rooms, ideal for large scale entertaining, 8-9BR, 8.5 baths, fully finished lower level, spectacular oversized terrace/formal gardens, 2 car garage & gated motor-court for add’l 8-10 vehicles. $7,995,000.
Spectacular Federal - 4 levels - East Village. Impeccably designed and restored. Double parlors, formal dining room, full master suite with sitting room and en suite bath, chef ’s kitchen with French doors leading to private garden, 6 fireplaces, original hardwood floors, 5 BR, 4 baths, 2 powder rooms, elevator and private drive for tandem parking. $3,798,000.
Offered for the first time since 1961. This Victorian style home has been loved by the same family for the past 50 years. Meticulously maintained, this home exhibits the grace and charm of Georgetown architecture circa 1880 with original wood floors, custom moldings, 10.5’ ceilings, 6 fireplaces, mature rose garden, patio, sleeping porch and generous room sizes waiting for an update. $1,785,000.
NEW PRICE! Located on historic Cox’s row, this Federal townhouse was built by Colonel John Cox circa 1805. With spaces allowing for both formal entertaining and comfortable living, this home has a total of 6 BR, 6 full baths, 3 half baths, 8 fireplaces and private parking for 3 cars. $7,900,000.
A unique architectural and interior design experience fusing together the renewed 1905 structure with modern contemporary solutions. Measuring over 5,600 sf on 4-levels, this home boasts state-of-the-art amenities and luxury features, including a chef ’s kitchen, surround sound system, private elevator and pièce de résistance rooftop terrace. $3,490,000.
Foxhall Crescents – Architectural Design Chic with walls of windows, gourmet kitchen, 3 spacious BR, elegant baths on 3 levels, circular staircases, gleaming hardwoods, marble flooring, formal living room, dining room, and library, 3 marble fireplaces, entry-level 2-car garage, privately sited on a premium lot with glorious terraced gardens. Minutes to the White House. $1,299,000.
Outstanding stone residence with timeless architectural appeal situated on a 1 acre double lot in the heart of Wesley Heights. This significant 6 BR, 4 full and 3 half bath home features a circular driveway, swimming pool and tennis court. $3,999,000.
Sophisticated Federal in the East Village, ideal for grand entertaining. Restored with extensive improvements. Excellent scale, large formal rooms, high ceilings & 4 fplcs. Inviting front library, FDR, chef ’s kit & 2nd level double-parlor LR with adjoining sunroom. 4 BR with 4 full & 2 half baths. Backyard features private patio and garden. Excellent views from the upper BR. One-car garage & extra parking. $3,995,000.
Distinguished 4-story townhouse with stone facade on a beautiful tree-lined street in Dupont Circle. Beautifully renovated 2-story owner’s suite with 3 BR, 3 baths, CAC, hardwood floors, stunning chef ’s kitchen opening to a lovely terrace and 2-car parking. In addition there are 2 legal 1 BR units on the main and lower level producing $4,300 monthly rent. $1,875,000.
Spectacular Federal brimming with light through south-facing parlor windows. Elegant LR with wood burning fplc. Separate dining room which seats 12. Gourmet kitchen opens to professionally landscaped patio and garden. Upper level master suite with newly renovated master bath. Sitting room with multiple closets and 2nd BR. Two extra BR, bath on top floor. Powder rm, storage, attached garage. $1,825,000.
‘Over the River and a few blocks more to Prospect House we go!’ Delightful 2 BR, 2-bath light filled condo with 12’ ceiling in the living room and a wall of glass leading to a private patio. Features a renovated open kitchen and large dining room. Complete with garage parking, 24 hour desk, and near Metro. $579,000.
Downtown, D.C. 202.234.3344
Georgetown, D.C. 202.333.1212
NEW PRICE – This 1 BR unit truly has it all: Top floor light and view, 1 deeded garage parking, pool, gym, roof deck, washer/dryer in unit, 24-hour front desk and large balcony, plus fresh paint and carpet. Perfect location makes it just a 3 minute walk to Georgetown and Glover Park. $330,000.
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Vol. 58, No. 7 PUBLISHER Sonya Bernhardt
“The Newspaper Whose Influence Far Exceeds Its Size” — Pierre Cardin
MANAGING EDITOR Samantha Hungerford
ABOUT THE COVER
FEATURES EDITORS Gary Tischler Robert Devaney Ari Post
Pictured on the cover of this issue is Franco Nuschese, owner and creator of Georgetown’s Cafe Milano. To read about Nuschese, his philosophies and his career, turn to page 14.
MARKETING& ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Adra Williams IN COUNTRY & ADVERTISING Evelyn Keyes
Photo by Yvonne Taylor
ADVERTISING Renee Antosh Kelly Sullivan
6-7 — GT Observer 8-9 — Editorial/Opinion 10 — All Things Media The Daily Caller: Leaving Bruises 11 — Feature Property
14-15 — Cover Story Cafe Milano’s Singular Philosophy
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jen Merino
GRAPHIC DESIGN Aaro Keipi Aidah Fontenot
16 —Holiday Window Competition Top Displays in Georgetown 17 —Gallery Guide Georgetown Gallery Wrap
PHOTOGRAPHERS Yvonne Taylor Neshan Naltchayan Jeff Malet Aaro Keipi
18-19 — Food & Wine The 10 Top Spots for a New Year’s Bash Cocktail of the Week: Gift Guide
CONTRIBUTORS David Post Mary Bird Jack Evans Stacy Murphy Bill Starrels Lisa Gillespie Amos Gelb Ariell Kirylo Donna Evers Lauren Hodges Jody Kurash Alison Schafer Linda Roth Conte
20-21 — Dining Guide 22-23 — In Country Where to Ski Around D.C. 24 - Classifieds/ Service Directory
INTERNS Tori Loven Kirkebø Kristin Sorumshagen
The Georgetowner is published every other Wednesday. The opinions of our writers and columnists do not necessarily reflect the editorial and corporate opinions of The Georgetowner newspaper. The Georgetowner accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs and assumes no liability for products or services advertised herein. The Georgetowner reserves the right to edit, rewrite, or refuse material and is not responsible for errors or omissions. Copyright, 2011.
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12-13 — Gift Guide Last-Minute Gifts and Stocking Stuffers
WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA Charlene Louis
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25 — Body & Soul Murphy’s Love 26 — Performance Theater Briefs From left to right: Marsha Ralls, Michael Welzenbach, Bruce Giesert and Sonya Bernhardt at Cafe Milano’s opening party on Nov. 7, 1992.
he holiday season is a time for peace, joy and affection. It is also a time for us to reflect on our lives and give thanks for the happiness we’ve been blessed to share with friends and neighbors. As The Georgetowner comes into its 58th year of publication, we ride on the friendship of our community and the mutual support of our local business neighbors. Pictured here at Café Milano upon their grand opening 19 years ago, our publisher Sonya Bernhardt has long made it her mission to support and give voice to this vibrant and lovely neighborhood. To our community of readers, thank you. Without you, none of this would be possible. We are eternally grateful for your decades of support, and plan to be here for you well into the future. Happy Holidays. See you next year!
27 — Art Wrap Inside Art Basel 28-29 — Social Scene Georgetown Jingle Hope Connections 12 Days of Merriment Kick Off Embassy of Turkey Hosts The Ertegun Jazz Series 30 — DC Scenes
GEORGETOWN GIVES BACK From left to right: Joe Clarke , senior vice president of EagleBank, Sonya Bernhardt, publisher of The Georgetowner, Jennifer Altemus, president of the Citizens Association of Georgetown and Andrew Peters, branch manager of Georgetown’s EagleBank. Pictured in Georgetown Media Group’s offices. On Thursday, Dec. 8, Sonya Bernhardt from The Georgetowner and Joe Clarke and Andrew Peters of EagleBank had the privilege of presenting Jennifer Altemus of the Citizens Association of Georgetown with a $1,488 check benefiting CAG. The money was raised from The Georgetowner’s 2nd Annual Holiday Benefit and Bazaar, which also benefited Hope for the Warriors and Hyde-Addison Elementary School. “We are very fortunate and grateful to have the chance to give back to our community,” said Bernhardt.
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Gay Menâ€™s Chorus of Washington: Red & Greene holiday show featuring Ellen Greene D.C.â€™s perennial favorite holiday show is back with a special guest, Broadway and television star Ellen Greene (Little Shop of Horrors, Pushing Daisies). Bold production numbers and glittering holiday songs from a Chorus of more than 250 men will make your days merry and bright. Tickets are $25 to $50. Go to Gmcw.org for more information.
Santaâ€™s Special Delivery The Encore Theatrical Arts Project ushers in Santaâ€™s Special Delivery, an enchanting song and dance extravaganza. Each year ETAP produceâ€™s a new full-scale original Broadway-style holiday musical. There will be award winning choreography, costuming and humorous acts for all the audience. Admission is $15-$30. Located at 4299 Henninger Ct., Chantilly, VA 20151. Running time is 2 hours. Performances are Dec. 16, 17 and 18 with different show times between 1 and 8 p.m. Call 703-222-5511, or email EncorePerformers@ verizon.net for more information.
A Christmas Carol Staged Reading Celebrate Christmas by watching a staged and costumed reading of â€œA Christmas Carol,â€?
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adapted from Charles Dickensâ€™ original script. There will be a reception following the performance. Located at St. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church, Georgetown. Dec. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit DCPages.com. Located at St. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St NW
Community Open House and Toy Drive The Georgetown Long & Foster Real Estate office, an Exclusive Affiliate of Christieâ€™s International, has announced that they will be hosting a Holiday Open House at St. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church on Dec. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. which will feature a Toys for Tots toy drive. Stop by for holiday treats and warm drinks, and to drop off a toy or book. 1680 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Christmas Music: Holiday Treasures from Russia The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents its long-time holiday crowd-pleasing Christmas Music concert Monday, Dec. 19, and Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 24, at 1 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. â€œHoliday Treasures from Russiaâ€? features a magical mix of Russian carols, popular sing-alongs, and Christmas standards that are sure to warm up the holiday season. The concert also features special guest artists from the Russian Federation. Tickets are $15 to $65. Visit ChoralArts.org for more details.
Smithsonianâ€™s Discovery Theater Geared for children, The Smithsonian Discovery Theater will be showing Seasons of Light up until Dec. 23. Itâ€™s a seasonal favorite and celebrates the warmth of many holidays filled with light. Learn the customs of Devali, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Christmas and the First Nations tradition of the Winter Solstice. Located on the 3rd level of the S. Dillon Ripley Center at 1100 Jefferson.
Christmas Eve Pet Adoption The Sterling Unleashed invites everyone to adopt a pet on Christmas Eve as it hosts an adoption event with pets from the MidAtlantic Great Dane Rescue and the Blue Ridge Greyhound Rescue. Located at 20980 Southbank St., Sterling, Va., Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Rough-Faced Girl: A Native American Cinderella Tale Through Dec. 28, this tale, well known among the multicultural versions of the Cinderella story, skillfully invites the audience to look past the surface and into the soul. Cast aside by her family and tribe, the Rough-Faced Girl survives scorns and scars to follow her heart past vision
and belief. Through a blend of music, dance, acrobatics, and Native American storytelling traditions, Synetic Family Theater actors help young theater goers understand that beauty lies within. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. with some special weekday and weekend 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. performances. Advanced tickets are $12 while those purchased at door are $15. Synetic Family Theater, 4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va. 22206.
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Long & Foster, Exclusive Affiliate of Christieâ€™s International, Would like to thank the Georgetown Community for your support. Weâ€™re opening our doors to you on Sunday, December 18th from 1-3pm Stop by for holiday treats and warm drinks and drop-off a toy or book for
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Superb renovation of classic Foxhall Crescents in-town residence. Jennifer Gilmer cook’s kitchen w/gas fireplace, top-of-the line appliances granite counter. Stunning entry foyer w/sweeping staircase & flooded w/light. Elegant entertaining rooms, spacious BR. Nancy Itteilag 202-905-7762.
Striking, newly constructed Mediterranean style home in close-in Bethesda. Elegant interior boasts 5BR/4.5BA, Great Rm, Library, Rec Rm, Media Rm, Guest Suite, and 3FPs. Almost 6300sf of living space backs Greenwich Park. Friendship Heights Office 202.364.5200.
Picture perfect! Open plan, great for entertaining. Granite Island Kitchen, pantry with Laundry, large deck off Family Room, Den/Library/Office. Lower level Recreation Room and Au Pair Suite. Cheryl Kurss 301.346.6615/202.363.9700.
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The Middleburg Christmas Tree farm, a unique 127 acre property. The Farm is a turnkey operation in land use & includes a beautiful custom built 400 SF quarry stone home with additional 3000 SF of stunning stone patio overlooking an acre lake. Nancy Itteilag 202.905.7762/ 202.263.1800 (O).
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GT MAYOR ASKS FOR TOWN-GOWN PEACE
Mayor Vincent Gray is greeted by Georgetown University president John DeGioia and his wife Theresa at Riggs Library.
Georgetown University held its annual “Holiday Open House” Dec. 7 in Healy Hall’s Riggs Library, where neighbors, business and community leader and university officials gathered for conversation, refreshments and music. Among them was Mayor Vincent Gray, who had visions of streetcars, a GU-GWU basketball game and town-gown peace in his head. University president John DeGioia introduced Mayor Gray to the crowd in the grand, multi-storied room which one guest described as something out of “Harry Potter.” Gray commended associate vice president Linda Greenan and Brenda Atkinson-Willoughby of Georgetown’s external relations office and mentioned Georgetown’s hot town-gown issue, the 10-year
campus plan under consideration by the District’s zoning commission. “Can you imagine working on one every year?” asked Gray. As for working on disagreements about it, he added: “I would not say it’s delightful. You will get to a conclusion.” Gray envisions the District becoming a leader in high technology, he said, as well as using the collective minds of the universities in D.C. As if needing to clarify, he said: “I have no intention in taxing universities.”After touting new rail routes in the city, Gray said, “We ought to bring streetcars back to Georgetown. We already have the tracks.” One more item on Gray’s wish list: a basketball game between Georgetown University and his alma mater George Washington University (the college teams do not play each other).
PIE SISTERS ON M STREET PLANS TO OPEN DEC. 20 Hold on to your pie pans; the gas line has been connected at last. Pie Sisters is ready to open its first store at 3423 M St., N.W., on Dec. 20, just in time for Hanukkah and Christmas and Kwanzaa, too. With ovens, coolers and counter ready for action, Allison, Cat and Erin Blakely will feed the town’s new taste for pies, sweet, creamy and fruity -- and a few savory ones, too. “The word is spreadiang,” Allison said. “People are excited. They have been so nice.”
The shop will sell pies in three sizes, the handheld “cuppie,” seven-inch and nine-inch, and flavors include apple caramel crunch, pecan, key lime and banana, coconut or chocolate cream. They will also be offering gluten-free pies for the first time. The big pie can cost up to $35, but return the glass plate for $5 off next purchase which appears irresistible. The sisters are also checking out chicken pot pie and BBQ pie recipes. There will also be chairs and tables in front for about 20 with a coffee counter as well.
The Pie Sisters: Allison, Erin and Cat Blakely hold a coconut cream pie in their new M Street store. Photo by Robert Devaney.
Bakers and businesswomen, the Blakely sisters hail from Great Falls, Va., two having gone to Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington and also played college basketball. Allison worked at the State Department and finance section of NBC in New York; Erin at BCBG Max Azria. Cat still works at the State Department. They are parishioners of St. John’s Church on O Street. Already known around town for their pies for weddings and social and charitable events, the Blakely trio said they chose the site because of its closeness to Georgetown University and its visibility - you can’t miss it turning off Key Bridge from Virginia - and that “the location is not too small and not too big.” Erin added: “We’ve had Georgetown students contact us for part-time jobs.”
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BOATHOUSE PLANS TO GET FRESH LOOK BY PARK SERVICE
Now that the Georgetown Waterfront Park is completed, the National Park Service has turned its attention to another old riverside dream: a new boathouse on the Potomac River. Specifically, according to the NPS, it is “examining the feasibility of implementing a nonmotorized boathouse zone within the District of Columbia along the Potomac River waterfront upstream of the Georgetown Waterfront Park. “The project area includes the waterfront land from immediately upstream of the Georgetown
Waterfront Park at 34th Street, to approximately 1,200 feet upstream of Key Bridge, including federal properties north of Water Street / K Street. The purpose of this study is to identify specific ways NPS can enhance access to the river for user groups, and complement the riverside experiences provided by the Georgetown Waterfront Park, part of Rock Creek Park, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Through this feasibility study, NPS will be studying what structures and facilities
can potentially be accommodated within this non-motorized boathouse zone (project area). The study will look at potential scenarios related to the waterfront that are consistent with the necessary and appropriate uses for this zone. This study will lay the groundwork for future decision-making regarding “(1) further planning and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)/National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) compliance as necessary to implement the non-motorized boathouse zone; and “(2) potential development/improvement of NPS facilities.” The feasibility study will be completed next summer after discussions with key stakeholders. Then, the study will go before the public in autumn 2012. Among the key stakeholders along the shoreline: Georgetown University, which has lobbied for a boathouse for years. Currently, according to the NPS, “there are existing facilities within the non-motorized boathouse zone, including the Washington Canoe Club, Jack’s Boathouse, and the Potomac Boat Club. There is also riverfront green space and a site historically occupied by Dempsey’s Boathouse, which washed away in a flood in the 1930s.” The Park Service held an informational meeting and open house Dec. 13 to talk about the study and answer questions at Washington Harbour.
IRAQ’S MALIKI STOPS BY G.U.
University president John DeGioia welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to Georgetown University in the Healy Building with former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), a professor in the practice of national governance at the university.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited Georgetown University Dec. 13 to meet with its president John DeGioia along with school deans and faculty members. As the U.S. withdraws its last troops from Iraq by Dec. 31, Al-Maliki flew to Washington to confer with President Barack Obama Dec. 12. Al-Maliki’s drive-by held up traffic near the university’s Canal Road entrance. No press was allowed at the meeting, according to the campus media, and much of Healy and Copley Lawns was cordoned off for security reasons.
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CAN WE AGREE TO THE CAMPUS PLAN? WITH THESE CONDITIONS ...
eorgetown University’s 2010-20 campus plan is now in the hands of the D.C. Zoning Commission. After all the points and counterpoints, we find ourselves not quite in agreement with anyone. We have previously stated on this page in July: “We agree that an overwhelming majority -- and most definitely freshmen and sophomores -- should be required to live on campus and be guaranteed on-campus housing. But 100 percent of all undergraduates? Sorry, no.” With that said, we are in agreement with the Citizens Association of Georgetown that increased trash pick-up and improved shuttle, as cited by the university, is a less than spectacular response to the neighbors’ anger with student’s behavior after hours along their streets. Here is but a bit from CAG of what some Georgetown residents report. Michelle Galler: “I am writing as a resident of 36th Street, and a victim of multiple vandalism incidents involving drunk Georgetown University students. Once again, last night, at precisely 2:38 am, a band of drunken, loud students removed the plants from the planters in front of my home and maliciously threw them around the premises. They have done the same with my plantings in the past, as well as urinating on the front lawn and screaming and throwing loud street parties well into the night. . . . We are helplessly being surrounded by callous, entitled
students who are not being sufficiently penalized for their bad behavior.” Walter Parrs went further: “I have lost hope that GU will implement any enforcement plan that will address the extensive problems that Burleith and West Georgetown face. How can any university – or anyone for that matter – control literally hundreds of steaming-drunk college students spread over two neighborhoods? I understand why GU cannot propose an enforcement plan: There is none that will work.” The university mailed brochures to Georgetown residents a month ago outlining their new efforts. The brochure displayed a headline which read: “We value you as neighbors.” You think? Sounds kind of condescending. We know the university is an invaluable plus to this neighborhood, Washington, D.C., and the nation. No doubt about that: one of the greatest schools in America. Its campus plan mostly gained approval from the Washington Post, which wrote in October: “Imagine a city telling its largest private employer — one that pays millions in taxes and salaries, strives to hire local residents and voluntarily does community service — that it can’t grow anymore, that it might have to cut back. That seems far-fetched in light of today’s scary economy, but it’s essentially what D.C. officials are telling Georgetown University by insisting it either house all its students or cut back enrollment. The District
seems distressingly disinterested in promoting a knowledge-based economy.” Again, we find it hard to disagree with that. Here’s the catch: students who live on campus walk back along Prospect, N and other streets from events, parties and bars. That will not change. Homeowners will hear their drunken cries at 2 a.m. It is the city, the partly youthful nature of Georgetown is a good thing. For students who live in off-campus houses and get repeatedly cited by neighbors and the likes of CAG, expulsion must be in play. (We haven’t even touched upon traffic, a new playing field or boathouse, among the many other proposals.) University administrators must totally upgrade and update their mindset -- promoting campus events, offering courses, crafting programs to its closest neighbors (not just those across the city or the globe), who are their “trustees” to the world just as the students are the university’s “representatives” to the neighborhood. We are here; we are not leaving, either. Ten-year plan? We think the university should be in close, continual conversation with local leaders and neighbors. No more closed doors: politics is local, after all. Time for the administrators to open their schools and minds to the neighborhood with an active wooing of -- and union with -- groups and citizens to the point that Georgetowners say, “We value you as a neighbor.”
GEORGETOWN CHRISTMAS: DAVE’S YULETIDE POEM 2011 Let’s order the fine Christmas wine For the Obamas while they Georgetown dine Maybe at Citronelle, or at the 1789 The first family loves G’town, it’s a treat We often see them at Thomas Sweet. It’s time to pour some Christmas cheer For Georgetowner readers, far and near. Put spicy glogg beneath the tree For Georgetown sage Richard McCooey. And, garcon, Champagne brut, merci For restaurateurs Billy Martin and Franco Nuschese. Some festive punch on Christmas days For John, Sharon and Samantha Hays Sue Hamilton, Janine Schoonover, Rokas Beresniovas, Beth Webster, Sophie Montagne and Katherine Kallinas. And let the Yuletide trumpets play Allegro cheers for Vincent Gray And don’t forget to paint the town with Jack Evans, Vincent Orange and Kwame Brown. Deck the lamps on our throughfare For those who really care, Mary Meyer, Jorge Bernardo, Mary Ann Brennan, Wendy Erlanger, Stacy Kerr and Linda Greenan. And serve some toddy, hot and mellow, To Ginger Laytham and her fellow. Send Christmas cookies, and don’t be late, To Grace Bateman, Robert vom Eigen and Ann Satterthwaite. The Georgetown waterfront is no longer a dream, It is now our village’s creme de la creme. Hark the herald angels sing joyous For GU prez John DiGioias Thanks for all you do for our Town Even though there are some who frown on the Campus Plan, and all it may portend At this time of year let’s all be of good cheer
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JACK EVANS REPORT
t our last legislative meeting, I introduced a bill called the “Reimbursable Detail Expansion and Promoter Regulation Act of 2011.” This bill is designed to bring to the forefront of the Council’s legislative agenda the issue of violence associated with certain late night entertainment venues, particularly when so-called “promoters” are involved. The bill I introduced would direct the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration to create regulations covering promoters, which has been the subject of discussion even prior to recent events. Promoters don’t have accountability to the government or the community the way an ABRA license-holder does, and creating a licensing process for them will help with this problem. My bill creates a framework for defining promoters, looking at items such as feesharing arrangements based on admission head counts, for example, while creating reasonable exemptions for performers and off-premises ticket sellers like Ticketmaster. The other substantive section of the bill would impact participation in the reimbursable detail program, which provides for additional Metropolitan Police Department officers on the streets, with costs being shared by bars and the city. The intent of my bill is to shift the presumption to require certain establishments to pay for adequate security unless they apply for and are granted an exemption. If, for example, an establishment is a restaurant by day but then has a second life as a kind of club a couple of nights a month, then that establishment would have to participate in the reimbursable detail program on entertainment nights unless ABRA grants them an exemption. On nights where promoters are involved, the extra security would always be required. The introduction of this bill starts a conversation on the issue, and there will be an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to share views for how to refine the proposal going forward. I have heard a number of good ideas already, such as increasing the role of advisory neighborhood commissions in the process or involving the commander of the relevant police district in these decisions. There may also be a way to incorporate “special police” officers into the security requirements, who are not members of MPD but are licensed by MPD. In contrast with MPD reimbursable detail officers who patrol the streets outside identified establishments, “special police” officers work inside an establishment and have arrest authority on the premises. I look forward to other ideas being presented during the hearing process. I was joined by four of my colleagues in the introduction of my bill, Councilmembers Michael Brown, Phil Mendelson, Muriel Bowser and Marion Barry, which I hope demonstrates the support necessary to ensure that the relevant committee chair, Councilmember Jim Graham, quickly schedules a hearing to move the bill forward.
JOSEPH ROBERT: A VICTORIOUS LIFE By John Fenzel
“It was a hard sell, because it was the beginequity real estate fund business that ultimately “sister” women-only venue to fight domestic n Wednesday, Dec. 7, Joseph E. Robert ning of the S&L Crisis,” Yankel Ginzburg said. became known as JER Partners, managing asviolence called “Knock Out Abuse” at the RitzJr., one of the Washington area’s great “When conventional wisdom was to stay out of sets around the world worth nearly $30 billion. Carlton in Washington. A tradition soon develphilanthropists, passed away after a the market, Joe had a different idea.” In 1990, channeling his love for boxing and oped for the “Fight Night” men and the “Knock battle with Glioblastoma, a form of brain canRobert ultimately convinced Riggs Bank to his desire to help children, Robert started “Fight Out Abuse” ladies to convene immediately after cer that also afflicted Senator Edward Kennedy. agree to the loan. Night” to help disadvantaged youth. Leveragthe festivities. News of Robert’s death quickly spread throughHis first condominiums were in the Beltsville, ing his close personal friendships with Quincy “Fight Night” continues to be the premier out Washington’s circles in quiet, almost event for Robert’s signature cause, reverential tones among the many who knew “Fight For Children,” a foundation he him. established to improve education and At Café Milano, Steve Delonga pointed at health care opportunities for low income the table against the wall where Robert frechildren in Washington, D.C. Since he quently dined. “Joe was a fighter, a businessfounded the organization, Fight For Chilman, and friend who left an enduring legacy. dren has directly raised $100 million. He was always busy, always grateful, and “He didn’t just write checks. He got always surrounded by people. But across the personally involved so he could really room, he would see you, smile, and give you make a difference,” English, said. “No a ‘thumbs-up’ sign.” matter how hard we have all tried to preRobert grew up in a Catholic, middle pare for his passing, it is still very difclass family in Silver Spring, Md. And yet ficult to believe that he is no longer with in 1970, his penchant for fistfights and illus. It’s not an overstatement to say that advised pranks at St. John’s College High tens of thousands of kids in D.C. are betSchool nearly caused him to drop out alter off because of Joe.” together. An accomplished athlete, Robert For those who knew him well, Joe Robwon a regional kickboxing championship ert’s authenticity was a defining trait. As in 1973. That same year, while attending the chairman of Business Executives for Mount Saint Mary’s College, he came forceNational Security, he once left a White fully to the aid of a dog being abused, and Photo courtesy of Fight for the Children. House luncheon for a visiting Chinese was promptly expelled for fighting. “While Roberts with Muhammad Ali. Photo courtesy of Fight for the Children. president early, so he could read to his college didn’t exactly work out for Joe,” a Md. area. “Joe would come by in person to pick Jones, Lionel Richie, Billy Dee Williams and son’s kindergarten class. “He had a great sense high school friend recalled, “the dog he saved up the rent checks,” Pamela Ginzburg, one of others, Robert grew his Fight Night and the of humor and never took himself or anyone else stayed with him. That was pretty typical—Joe his first tenants, remembered. “He was involved annual charity event came to attract world retoo seriously,” English said. didn’t stop at ‘rescue.’” in all aspects of his business. He had an unrinowned boxers to the Washington Hilton HoJoe Robert will always be a hero to his fam“He always focused on the end game and valed work ethic, and he never forgot his first tel and Towers. Boxing legends like Sugar Ray ily, his friends and to the children who benefited didn’t get distracted by the tactics involved in tenants.” Leonard, Gerry Cooney, Roberto Duran and from his generous leadership and positive vigetting there,” Michela English, the president In 1989, when the S&L crisis was at a critical Joe Frazier could often be seen ringside with sion. In his final hours, Robert reportedly could and CEO of Robert’s foundation, Fight For stage, Congress appropriated billions to create Robert—along with city mayors, Joint Chiefs not speak to those who came to see him at his Children, said. “He was even more passionate the Resolution Trust Corporation. Recognizing of Staff, business leaders, and Hollywood cehome. “So he smiled and gave everyone a about his charitable causes than business.” an opportunity, Robert formed a parallel assolebrities. ‘thumbs up’ sign instead,” a close friend said. In 1981, Robert began canvassing banks to ciation to ensure a role for the private sector. The Fight Night event was a formal “menJohn Fenzel is an Army Special Forces Officer loan him money to purchase distressed real esSeveral years later, Robert had begun a private only” event. Later, Robert began a separate stationed in Washington, D.C. tate. Most turned him away.
ABBOT AND COSTELLO: AN ECONOMICS LESSON By David Post
reat news! The economy added 120,000 new jobs in November, pushing the unemployment rate down from 9 percent to 8.6 percent, the lowest since President Obama’s second month in office. Actually, the private sector picked up 140,000 new jobs because governments laid off 20,000 people. That should make everyone happy. Democrats need the unemployment rate to go down if they are to have a chance at keeping the White House and some voice in the Congress. Republicans will crow about the decrease in government workers. Independents, the largest political party in the U.S., tend to be more secretive about what they think, but they will let us know on election day. But wait. The number of unemployed dropped almost 600,000, from 13.9 million to 13.3 million, but only 120,000 new jobs were created. How does that math work? No economist or accountant or mathematician can explain that. Only a moviemaker can explain these numbers. Barry Levinson, a Hollywood film producer and director with more than three dozen movies to his credit, perhaps best known for Rain Man which won four Academy Awards, decided that
the economy isn’t just confusing. It’s comedy. He revised Abbott and Costello’s famous “Who’s on First” routine to explain how the Department of Labor measures changes in unemployment. COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America. ABBOTT: Good subject. Terrible times. It’s 9 percent. COSTELLO: That many people are out of work? ABBOTT: No, that’s 16 percent. COSTELLO: You just said 9 percent. ABBOTT: 9 percent unemployed. COSTELLO: Right 9 percent out of work. ABBOTT: No, that’s 16 percent. COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 16 percent unemployed. ABBOTT: No, that’s 9 percent. COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 9 percent or 16 percent? ABBOTT: 9 percent are unemployed. 16 percent are out of work. COSTELLO: IF you are out of work, you are unemployed? ABBOTT: No, you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed. COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!! ABBOTT: No, you miss my point.
COSTELLO: What point? ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair. COSTELLO: To whom? ABBOTT: The unemployed. COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work. ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work stopped looking. They gave up. And, if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed. COSTELLO: So, if you’re off the unemployment rolls, that would count as less unemployment? ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely! COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don’t look for work? ABBOTT: Absolutely, it goes down. That’s how you get to 9 percent. Otherwise, it would be 16 percent. You don’t want to read about 16 percent unemployment, do ya? COSTELLO: That would be frightening. ABBOTT: Absolutely. COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means they’re two ways to bring down the unemployment number? ABBOTT: Two ways is correct. COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?
ABBOTT: Correct. COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job? ABBOTT: Bingo. COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to just stop looking for work. ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like an economist. COSTELLO: I don’t even know what the hell I just said! Bingo is right! 120,000 people got new jobs last month. Another 350,000 quit looking, but they don’t count. Well, they won’t count as unemployed and won’t be entitled to unemployment insurance. But they may be entitled to food stamps, Medicaid and housing assistance. And if there’s a link between increased poverty and the crime rate, other public costs will increase. So, the deficit will go up as the unemployment rate goes down. That’s economics for you. Barry Levinson is right. Economics is pure theater. But is it comedy? Or drama or tragedy? Ask those 350,000 who can’t find work and quit looking. Better yet, ask Newt Gingrich who recently proposed allowing 9-year-olds to enter the workforce. Encore. Encore. Abbott and Costello, where are you?
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THE DAILY CALLER: LEAVING BRUISES By Amos Gelb
n the book and then movie Money Ball, a contrarian baseball general manager defies the sport’s orthodoxy to build a winning team, if not a champion team. Welcome to the journalistic equivalent: the Daily Caller. Founded by the orthodoxy-dismissing journalist Tucker Carlson, of the old CNN Crossfire, MSNBC and later Dancing with the Stars fame, and his college roommate Neil Patel, the twoyear old online publication delights in its sharp elbows and its unconventional style. Certainly the legacy media reaction – that the Daily Caller is more up-start than Start-Up – couldn’t please its founding figurehead any more. He relishes in discomforting the comfortable, as he did with his hiring six months ago with David Martosko, a man with a blunt style, no formal journalism experience and a track record as a PR hit man for conservative causes. And yet, they both exclaim, look at the numbers. “Somebody out there likes us,” referring to the online unique viewership that has exceeded 3.5 million a month – beating the New Yorker and Vanity Fair. But what is most interesting about the Caller today is not the is-it-or-is-it-not a right-wing political rag as common consensus proclaims; what is interesting is that it has staked its place on the edge of journalism. From the kinds of stories and the willingness to call out names (the publication is a politically equal-opportunity burner), it has the feeling of a place in a
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hurry to get some sharper elbows back in the journalism fight. Its offices in at L and 17 certainly feel like they are in a hurry. The Caller’s home is more bullpen than newsroom, and looks like it was furnished from a used office furniture warehouse, encircled by a few offices and a ping pong room complete with a working keg. It’s the journalistic equivalent of an Internet start-up, which it is – a journalistic Internet-start-up. And just two years in it’s very close to profitability, according to Carlson. And despite a few regrettable journalistic faux pas, they are pushing themselves onto the dance floor, breaking stories and relishing in doing anything journalistic that will make the old school wince. But in an adamantly journalistic fashion. The focus, editor Martosko says, is to cover politics in a way that non-political junkies will find “compelling.” But the non-journalist Martosko loses that mischievous smile of someone about the pull a prank when he starts to talk about how they do that. While, he says, they are intent on throwing out the old tactics, the Caller is more committed than ever to accuracy and objectivity. Carlson adds “truth and fearless. All, I hope, with a sense of humor.” Many are not buying it and question the Caller’s term, “objectivity,” (they milked the Congressman Weiner story in a way some called unseemly) and some complain their headlines tend towards the National Enquirer. Tucker dismisses the criticism with “the beauty of journalism is everyone gets to judge and vote with a cursor. And our traffic keeps going up.” But perhaps the biggest mark they may be ar-
riving at is a recent long, critical article that appeared in the new Beltway bible - the Politico. Better to be attacked than ignored. There have been mistakes, and Carlson says there will likely be more but they try to correct them as quickly as possible. But so far there have been none of the cataclysmic journalistic disasters of the type that have befallen the Post and the Times over the years and which many in the traditionalist ranks hope befall the Caller. Some pointed out the staff turnover when Martosko arrived as a sign of real journalists fleeing the sinking ship, but in many ways the former PR-maven seems to embody exactly what Carlson is trying to do. Martosko brings that “make sure it grabs attention” ethos from PR and a guerrilla mentality that the Caller needs to produce more, more quickly. He proudly points at the near empty bullpen as evidence that he reporters and editors are out reporting. (An author’s note – The Daily Caller is a client of the Medill Graduate School of Journalism’s DC News Service where ATM is a professor.) And Carlson is just getting started. His selfprofessed grandiose goal is to replace the media that is dying – the average daily newspaper that is “crap.” And this fall, the Caller staffed up a video team that it hopes will add videos as pugilistic as its words. There are no checked swings from this ball team, and it’s not clear whether Carlson or Martosko would mind if some furniture got broken in the process. Author’s note: The Daily Caller is a client of the Medill Graduate School of Journalism’s DC News Service where Amos Gelb is a professor.
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FRANCO NUSCHESE CAFE MILANO: A SINGULAR PHILOSOPHY By Ariell Kirylo
ranco Nuschese, 50, custom suit, designer glasses, warm smile. He sits at his desk in his office above Cafe Milano in Georgetown reviewing finances and chatting with his publicist, Jan. He is calm, approachable and chooses tea instead of coffee. It is a serene morning for Nuschese—a time with no fires to put out, a moment of contemplation, a chance to speak openly about his life’s accomplishments and epiphanies. Cafe Milano, a longtime Washington D.C. landmark known for its Italian hospitality and discretion, still maintains the same air of exclusivity since its opening on Nov. 3, 1992. Nuschese has devoted the last 19 years to curating a trustworthy team dedicated to upholding the restaurant’s unique fine dining identity in combination with its reputation for celebrity accommodation. A conversation with Nuschese quickly unveils that Cafe Milano is a direct reflection of the man himself — his charm, his welcoming personality and his incredible ability to put people at ease. But with the recent passing of his father, Giuseppe, and longtime mentor Terry Lanni, Nuschese now approaches a new phase in life: one
that involves facing forward without the guidance of those lost. For him, riding on the coattails of the past is not an option. Nuschese speaks enthusiastically of expansion in association with his current company, The Georgetown Entertainment Group, as well as his recent passion in the production and distribution of Italian wine. It is clear he envisions the future with the same childlike energy as the day Cafe Milano opened its doors to the movers and shakers of Washington. The Georgetowner sat down with Nuschese on a calm winter morning to hear the story of his restaurant, his thoughts on community giving, his opinions on Italian politics and what it takes to create a successful, timeless restaurant. With Washington’s ever-changing culinary world more active than ever before, Nuschese shared his philosophy on success and discussed how he managed to create an epicurean empire still reigning amid the hills of Georgetown. The Georgetowner: Through all these years, what has been your secret to maintaining such a high-profile clientele at Cafe Milano? Franco Nuschese: Mine are a very demanding
type of clientele. At all costs, it is my responsibility to ensure they leave happy. Period. My experience of working in Las Vegas, and under those principles, has helped me understand this. I aim to please and, of course, I brought to Washington a familiar idea: “Whatever happens in Vegas …” You know the rest.
ple to come back?
GT: Cafe Milano has a flawless reputation, and has survived on top through numerous presidential administrations and Washington’s continually expanding culinary scene. You created a timeless restaurant. How were you able to do that?
GT: Once you are confident with your staff, what else is crucial to giving the people what they want?
FN: It’s simple, believe it or not. You have to give to the people what they want. It’s all about consistency. It is one of the biggest challenges to a restaurant. It’s great to open your doors as a new restaurant owner and feed off the excitement and positive energy of that time, but really it is getting to know your clientele personally. You exist for them. Through promotions and special invitations, it’s easy to get them in once, but the hardest part is to get them to come back on their own. GT: What must you do in order to get the peo-
From left to right, Gina Lollobrigida, Franco Nuschese and Nancy Pelosi.
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FN: Consistency. As a restaurant owner, you must spend time up front in designing the right staff to help you with this. In a changing city like Washington, it is about creating that stability. Your staff must be as dedicated as you are to the concept.
FN: A restaurant must have a great vibe. It is my responsibility to foster that atmosphere. People need to feel the vibe bounce from their skin when they walk in. It’s in the simple things: the light in the candles, the bar, the music, the food. The clientele may not be able to put their finger on what it is, but you know because you created it. People come to a restaurant because they want to see and they want to be seen, all the while wanting the privacy they deserve. When you open a restaurant — or any business for that matter — it is like you are opening your home. You are, in a way, selling yourself. These
are your guests, and you have to be a host. You have to make them feel like they’re at home. It is under your roof that your guest wants to bring their best friends, their girlfriends, their colleagues or whatever. In order to be successful, your business needs to be versatile in this way.” GT: Tell us about opening night at CafeMilano. FN: (Smiling.) It was a very cold night in November in ‘92. I’ll tell you, it was great. The bar was packed. I must say, in a very humble way of course, I immediately knew what was going to happen. GT: So, you felt immediately that Cafe Milano would be a success?
Franco Nuschese pictured with Jake LaMotta.
FN: I knew it was going to be alright because it is very easy for me to absorb the energy of the people. This is a very important tool for a business owner. One must humble themselves and really value their client and get to the core of their likes and dislikes. That night I saw lobbyists and politicians really enjoying themselves. These people work all day in very conservative and calculated atmospheres. That night, I saw them relax in the atmosphere I created for them. At the time, we only had 52 seats and I knew immediately we would need to expand. GT: You appeared on the Italian reality show, “Dreaming of Italy,” designed to highlight Italian-Americans who found success in the U.S. So...do you dream of Italy? FN: I can tell you one thing. I might live in the U.S., but I live like an Italian. From the minute I wake up to the minute I go to sleep. GT: What does that mean, to wake up in the morning as an Italian in Washington? FN: I wake up, I have a decaf espresso, I read the Italian paper and watch the Italian news. I also live my life like there’s no tomorrow. As one should.
Franco Nuschese pictured with Sharon Stone.
GT: What are your thoughts on the current state of Italian politics? FN: I think [former Italian Prime Minister] Silvio Berlusconi was extremely good for Italy. He has been around for 60 years. But, like everything else, times have changed. We cannot afford to do the same things we used to. He has been a great leader and a great entrepreneur, but we needed to turn the page. When it comes to politics and the media, it’s a totally different world now. Facebook and Twitter have changed everything. You cannot get away with anything anymore. Anything you say, anytime, anywhere within seconds becomes public. GT: So, what will happen to Italy now? FN: All I know is that if Italy fails, the U.S. fails. There has never been more attention on Italy than there is today. The economy is too big and produces too much. Someone will step in.
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GT: You were born in Minori, a tiny town on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. You’ve worked in London and Las Vegas. But you built your empire here in the District. Why Washington? FN: Well, it’s the center of the universe. Think world politics, business, everything is going through here. And besides, geographically you are close to everything: New York City, Europe, even the Bahamas! GT: In the past decade, you have received numerous awards for your community partnerships here in Washington. How do you define the importance of community in your business? FN: I come from a small city where most people do not have the luxury of entrepreneurship. But one thing I did learn, is when you make money you must invest it back into the community. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to do that. A luxury even. GT: When you look back upon your personal achievements, how do you feel?
Franco Nuschese pictured with Don King.
FN: (Laughing) Actually, I’m having more fun now than 30 years ago. As an entrepreneur, I was always anxious with the pressure of creating and protecting my business. People will tell you that nothing lasts forever. I never stopped to worry about it, though. Now I don’t even feel like I’m 50. I’m still having such a great time.
»» TIMELINE »» November 3, 1992 – Opens Cafe Milano »» 2003 – Washington Life magazine named Nuschese as one of its Men of Substance & Style. GQ magazine’s December issue named Nuschese among the “20 Most Powerful People in Washington . . . That You’ve Never Heard Of.” »» May 25, 2006 – Nuschese received the Award for Excellence in Business at the Sons of Italy Foundation’s National Education and Leadership gala. »» April 16, 2008 – Nuschese hosted the 81st birthday lunch for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Cafe Milano catered the event. »» December, 2008 – Nuschese received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is given to persons from various ethnic backgrounds who have shown outstanding qualities in their personal and professional lives. »» February 2, 2009 – Nuschese appointed as director of international relations for the Robert C. Gallo Foundation for AIDS and Virus Research in Baltimore, Md. »» December 13, 2010 – Nuschese given the title of “Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” by the Italian government in recognition of his stellar career and for setting a positive image of Italians in America and throughout the world. »» March 19, 2011 – Nuschese chairs the Gala for the Catholic Charities Spanish Catholic Center in Washington, D.C., which raised funds to provide health and other vital services to the Latino community as well as other immigrants from around the world. »» April 2, 2011 – Nuschese receives the Outstanding Sponsorship Award from the National Council for the Promotion of Italian Language in American Schools (COPILAS). »» November 19, 2011 – Nuschese honored by the Starlight Children’s Foundation MidAtlantic with the Community Star Award for leadership that sets the standard of excellence in contributing to the health and wellbeing of children and their families. »» December 2, 2011 – Nuschese honored by the Citizens Association of Georgetown for “making Café Milano the community asset that it is.” GMG, Inc. December 14, 2011 15
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Sisley Marston Luce Cafe Milano Martin’s “Sisley was really fun and festive in a quirky way.”
“Marston Luce was very natural, very bold; very Marston Luce.”
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“Billy Martin’s... gave the street that nostalgic feeling.”
Meet the Judges Nancy Miyahira – Nancy is the Marketing director for the Georgetown BID. During her years there, she has headed major Georgetown branding efforts like the new-and-improved Fashion’s Night Out, Twelve Days of Georgetown Merriment and the implementation of Georgetown’s national branding program. Nancy is an expert at drawing shoppers in! www.GeorgetownDC.com. John Asadorian – Based in Georgetown, John is the owner of Asadevian Retail Solutions. He has over 20 years of experience working with current and new developments to bring new retail shops to commercial and residential neighborhoods (like Georgetown). When it comes to retail, John knows what works. www.asaretail.com.
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Kelly Sullivan – Kelly is a former graphic designer for the Washington Post and National Geographic, and now does Marketing and Design for The Georgetowner. When it comes to dynamic design with regard to use of negative space and focal points, this lady is at the top of her game. Megan Dunn – Megan is a recent Georgetown graduate, avid shopper, and newest addition to The Georgetowner family. With high aspirations and holding great promise in the event-planning industry, Megan is a fantastic asset and has become an important member of our team. Sonya Bernhardt -- Publisher of The Georgetowner, Sonya has seen over two decades of Georgetown Holidays and, as she says, “it never gets old.”
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Susan Calloway Fine Arts “The Gift” by Jake Muirhead at the Old Print Gallery
By Ari Post
eorgetown’s gallery scene is a lot like the neighborhood itself: contemporary but historic, friendly and intelligent, beautiful and resonant. And with the holidays just around the bend, no gift is more powerful or more personal than a work of art. Paintings and sculptures carry us through time. They stay with us through the years, encouraging us to think and to feel, offering perspective and adding color to our lives. You should buy a work of art because you love it. To find a connection with a painting is a remarkable and unique experience. But art also has the potential to work as an investment; it is one of the only commodities that historically go up in value. This season our local galleries are filled with a wide and brilliant variety of artwork to suit any palette. From new local talent, to renowned glasswork and historic maps, it’s well worth a Saturday afternoon to see what’s out there. For an expanded list of Georgetown galleries and artistic offerings, visit us at Georgetowner.com and click on ‘Arts & Society.’
The Old Print Gallery Walking into the Old Print Gallery on 31st Street feels like reaching a cross-section of history. To the right of the shop are amassed thousands of original historic prints, from early 19th century Audubon bird prints and botanical studies, to Civil War battle scenes and equestrian illustrations from bygone eras. Their collection of historic maps is a candy shop for history buffs and enthusiasts of all things Americana. You can find Virginia’s county lines from the beginning of the 18th century, explore the Chesapeake Bay circa 1747, or try your hand deciphering nautical and celestial maps. The left side of the gallery is devoted to showcasing contemporary printmakers, often highlighting local and regional talent. Currently on display is the work of local printmaker Jake Muirhead. A stunning draftsman, Muirhead employs his mastery of line and value in the sharp angularity of printmaking, using aquatint techniques to edit and layer his works through multiple printings upon the same image. These textured, atmospheric depictions of trees, parcels, figures and unique artifacts are captivating and elusive, like sensory memories, leaving the audience contemplating a strong and immediate intimacy with the works. 1220 31st St., N.W. For more information, visit OldPrintGallery. com.
Susan Calloway has a discerning eye; the work on view at her Wisconsin Avenue gallery is always rich and ethereal. The collection is always a must-see on any local gallery walk. Currently on display is the exhibition “Half Light,” the work of landscape artist t Aldridge. His renditions of American and European terrain rival the inquisitive wonder of early American landscape paintings, as if Aldridge is discovering the land for the first time in his paintings. “Overgrown streams, winding roads … the hovering cloud, a solitary tree … all have double meanings for me,” says Aldridge. “I’ve used these symbols to tell the viewer how I feel about the world.” His rolling hills and forests are serene escapes, which nourish the viewer on a spiritual, as well as sensory, level. He applies this same sense of wonder to urban scenes, revealing the calming effect of a crisp sunrise in even the most frenetic environments. 1643 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. CallowayArt.com.
Heiner Contemporary Heiner Contemporary has mounted a laudable exhibition of three young contemporary artists, “In Line / Out of Line,” all bound loosely but powerfully by a common thread: the structure of pattern against the tenuous fallibility of the human touch. Chip Allen, a New York-based painter, has what can only be described as an effusive hand. Throughout his works, there is a back-and-forth between violence and delicacy, as if the artist lay harm to his canvas only to go back in and tend the wounds with his paintbrush. Repeated motifs come in and out, interrupted at every turn. Like setting rules only to break them, the work rebels against itself, and the effect is resplendent. Kate Sable’s paintings resemble the structure of honeycombs, with hexagonal and pentagonal shapes fitting neatly into each other on the canvas. They speak of life and harmony, much like the ever-expanding patterns of Islamic architectural calligraphy. Yet there is an unusual sidestep in the works — a bleed of paint that breaks the shape or a color’s slight change in hue. The intimacy and warmth of the work lets you in to see its flaws, which are entirely and wonderfully human. The work of Camilo Sanín is compulsive and calming in the same breath. Strips of color move across the canvas, sometimes broken, sometimes continuous, sometimes loose, sometimes rigid. These clean, thin plains of pastels and neon look like internal patterns or brain waves, the static of a creative mind. The graphic nature of the work brings viewers in with its aesthetic acuity, only to be mesmerized by the wavelike constancy of the compositions. 1675 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. HeinerContemporary.com.
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Party on: New Year's Eve The 10 Top Spots for a New Year's BAsh
Rogue 24’s Melon Sangria
ogue 24 R You can get “A Taste of Rogue 24: New Year’s Eve” and celebrate the New Year at a cocktail party with James Beard and awardwinning Chef RJ Cooper. Mixologist Derek Brown makes an appearance here, too, supplying the beautifully blended drinks and bubbly. The party lasts from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and tickets are $150 a head. Go to Rogue24.com to buy yours. Beforehand, the restaurant will be serving its signature 24-course dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Call 202-408-9724 to make reservations. 922 N Street NW (Rear)
he Passenger T In the swanky and private Columbia Room at The Passenger, restaurant owner and
fle, Foie Gras and Artichoke Hearts, and Roman Style Duck “Apicius” and Griottines Cherry. Yum. Go to FiolaDC.com to make reservations. Tables are filling up quickly! 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
master mixologist Derek Brown, along with Chef Joe Rumberger, will be hosting a special New Year’s Eve Dinner. For $150 per person, enjoy a five-course meal in this intimate setting. Although there are two seatings at 6 and 9 p.m., space is very limited and sure to fill up fast. Go to PassengerDC.com to buy tickets. If you don’t make it in time, don’t fear. Up front in The Passenger, a $10 cover charge at the door will get you the entertainment of a live DJ and a champagne toast at midnight. 1021 7th Street, NW iola $200 per person is a small price to pay when it comes to to-die-for Italian cuisine. This New Year’s Eve at Fiola, feast on a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings, including Aspic of Dungeness Crab and Norcia Black Truf-
$195 for non-members; the festivities go on all night from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Of course, guests who aren’t attending the ball are welcome at The Source – call 202-637-6100 to make your reservations. 575 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Let us take care of your holiday party needs! From an intimate dinner of four, to a festive party of 100, our extensive menu selections, quality farm-fresh ingredients, and expert staff will guarantee a memorable evening.
istro du Coin B Any Francophile knows that Bistro du Coin offers the most authentic French experi-
earl Dive P Pearl Dive is celebrating its first New Year’s Eve in the District in style with its “Black Jack/Pearl Dive New Year’s Eve Party,” which is hosted in collaboration with Black Jack, its chic upstairs neighbor. The party will feature two DJ’s, a dance party upstairs, lounge atmosphere downstairs and two open bars (one for liquor and one for oysters). Doors will open at 8 p.m. and don’t close till 2:30 a.m., and only 300 tickets are available. But hurry! On Dec. 15 the price increases from $150 to $175 per person. 1612 14th St NW
ence in DC. The house wine by the glass, the noisy atmosphere and the frenetic hustle and bustle—not to mention the cassoulet—transport guests around the world. And on New Year’s, they up the ante. Come drink, dine and dance like an expatriate in the 1920s. Who knows— have enough fun and you might even run into Papa Hemingway. 1738 Connecticut Avenue NW ourbon Steak B Dave Varley, Executive Chef of Bourbon Steak, is a master of his domain. His fish and beef plates are some of the city’s best, so why not luxuriate in the world class comfort cuisine on New Year’s Eve? The restaurant is offering two seatings with set menus. The first seating is $90 per person, and the second seating is $175 per person. Get your reservations before they run out! 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
udson raffiato H Fittingly named for the English navigaG Head to Graffiato in Chinatown, where tor and explorer Henry Hudson, Hudson Resacclaimed chef Mike Isabella will be serving
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taurant & Lounge is always looking toward the horizon in search of unique, contemporary cuisine. However, on New Years Eve, Hudson is looking back to the 1960s, with a “Mad Men New Years Eve” party. This one-of-a-kind bash will include an open bar, appetizers and a champagne toast to ring in 2012—or 1963—in style. There’s never been a better excuse to dust off that pinstripe suit and polyester dress. The theme is optional, but please keep it classy. Get your ticket before December 20th and get $20 off. Tickets after December 20 are $120. 1425 P Street, NW he Source T In conjunction with the Newseum’s New Year’s Eve Headliners Ball, The Source is of-
fering a seven-course prix fixe dinner featuring their signature pan-Asian cuisine. Tickets to the ball are $180 for museum members and
“dinner as usual”—which is far from ordinary— starting at 5:00 p.m. Make a toast with the prosecco on tap, and warm up with a signature Hot in the City cocktail, made with house-pressed pear cider, Jefferson’s Rye, winter spices and an apple chip. New Year’s Eve reservations can only be made by calling 202.289.3600. 707 6th St NW afe Milano C Café Milano will be serving their upscale Italian cuisine when the ball drops, offering two seatings on New Year’s Eve, at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The 6 o’clock seating lets you choose from the restaurant’s a la carte menu. The 9 o’clock seating, at $125 a head, offers a multiple-course set menu and includes New Year’s champagne. A DJ and live band will be performing, and a surprise theme is in the works. 3251 Prospect Street NW
COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK: GIFT GUIDE By Miss Dixie
t’s the season of giving -- and the daunting task of finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. In today’s era of instant gratification and over-the-top consumption, it can be a backbreaking chore to find an original offering for people who seem to have it all. Fortunately for me, a cocktail lover, most of my friends enjoy a well-crafted drink as much as I do. So, I base my shopping list on a few key elements for creating a delicious tipple. Here are my top five gift picks for cocktail lovers: 1. Bluecoat Gin – The gin market is hot once again, with the emergence of the “AmericanStyle” gin, which boasts softer juniper notes and a mix of botanicals and citrus flavors. Distilled in Philadelphia, Bluecoat is my favorite out of the new crop of craft gins. It has a strong floral character and finishes with slightly sweet touch. I’ve always loved gin and tonics during the holidays -- the piney juniper flavor always reminds me of Christmas trees (And my Uncle Joe who had a bar and slot machine in his basement). Mix this spirit for a classic G&T, and let the complexity of Bluecoat shine through. Bluecoat is packaged in an exquisitely patterned royal blue bottle that makes it as elegant on the outside as it is on the inside. 2. St Germain – This liqueur set the cocktail world on fire after its introduction in 2007. Made from elderflower blossoms, St Germain boasts a truly unique flavor that’s hard to put a finger on – think honeysuckle or a fresh spring meadow. Plus, there’s a cute story about how
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the delicate elderflowers bloom for only a few weeks each year in the Alps and are handpicked by harvesters who transport them to market on their specially rigged bicycles at their peak. Mix this liqueur with a sparking wine for a festive bubbly tipple – it’s an easy drink that’s both sophisticated and refreshing. The bottle is crafted in art nouveau style that would make a classy addition to any home bar. 3. Domain de Canton – Forged from baby Vietnamese ginger, Cognac. Tahitian vanilla, Provencal honey, and Tunisian ginseng, Domain de Canton will add an exotic twist to your drink repertoire. This spicy liqueur will lend a dash of winter warmth and spice to many classic cocktails. Use it in a Cosmopolitan to make a cozy ginger-cranberry holiday treat perfect for snuggling by the fire. The bottle is crafted
formed to resemble an oversized stock of bamboo -- very modern and chic. 4. Ultimat Vodka – While most cocktail snobs will turn their nose up at vodka, you can’t deny this versatile spirit makes a good gift for those who do not enjoy strong-favored liquors. Brought to you by the same people who made Patron tequila a status symbol, Ultimat is distilled from three sources -- wheat, rye and potatoes -- then blended. Serve this one straight up in a chilled martini with a twist of lemon. It’s packaged in a hand-blown cobalt blue crystal decanter. 5. Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Bourbon – This one will appeal to both the bourbon lover and the scientist. This limited edition collection started off as an experiment of sorts. According to Buffalo Trace, 96 American oak trees
were individually selected from the Missouri Ozarks. The trees differed according to the number of growth rings per inch and growing location. Each tree was then cut into two parts -- top and bottom -- yielding 192 unique tree sections. A single barrel was constructed from each unique section. These single oak barrels were then filled with different recipe whiskeys, at various entry proofs and aged in a variety of different warehouse styles. Now, more than a decade later, each of these bourbons are available in individually hand-numbered bottles that whiskey aficionados can collect, compare and contrast. Or you can just make fantastic Manhattan.
The Manhattan • 2 oz Bourbon • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters • Maraschino cherry for garnish Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry. These and many other gift ideas are available at Dixie Liquor at 3429 M Street in Georgetown.
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Your Dining Guide to Washington DC’s Finest
1226 36th St, NW With the ambiance of an elegant country inn, 1789 features classically based American cuisine – the finest regional game, fish and produce available. Open seven nights a week. Jackets required. Complimentary valet parking. www.1789restaurant.com
3000 K St NW (One block from Georgetown Lowe’s theatres) Georgetown introduces Washington’s first “Dumpling Bar” featuring more than 12 varieties. Come and enjoy the new exotic Thai cuisine inspired by French cooking techniques. Bangkok Joe’s is upscale, colorful and refined. Absolutely the perfect place for lunch or dinner or just a private gathering. www.bangkokjoes.com
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
BISTROT LEPIC & WINE BAR
1736 Wisconsin Ave., NW Come and see for yourself why Bistrot Lepic, with its classical, regional and contemporary cuisine, has been voted best bistro in D.C. by the Zagat Guide. And now with its Wine bar, you can enjoy “appeteasers”, full bar service, complimentary wine tasting every Tuesday and a new Private Room. The regular menu is always available. Open everyday. Lunch & dinner. Reservations suggested. www.bistrotlepic.com
CLYDE’S OF GEORGETOWN
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. 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. Overlooking the new Georgetown Waterfront Park ChadwicksRestaurants.com
One Washington Circle, NW Washington, DC 22037 Circle Bistro presents artful favorites that reflect our adventurous and sophisticated kitchen.
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The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 3100 South Street, NW, Degrees Bistro features a traditional French bistro menu with an innovative cocktail and wine list. The restaurant design complements the industrial chic style of The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, and welcomes diners to unwind in the simple, modern comfort of a neighborhood eatery while enjoying a savory lunch or dinner at the hip bar or in one of the stylish banquettes. www.ritzcarlton.com/ georgetown (202) 912-4110
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Featuring Happy Hour weekdays from 5pm-7pm, live music every Saturday from 8pm12midnight, and an a la carte Sunday Brunch from 11:30am-2:30pm. Open dailyfor breakfast, lunch and dinner.
(The Latham Hotel) 3000 M St, NW Internationally renowned chef and restaurateur Michel Richard creates magic with fresh and innovative American-French Cuisine, an exceptional wine list and stylish ambiance. Open for Dinner. Valet parking.
3236 M St, NW This animated tavern, in the heart of Georgetown, popularized saloon food and practically invented Sunday brunch. Clyde’s is the People’s Choice for bacon cheeseburgers, steaks, fresh seafood, grilled chicken salads, fresh pastas and desserts. www.clydes.com
1522 Wisconsin Ave Captivating customers since 2003 Café Bonaparte has been dubbed the “quintessential” European café featuring award winning crepes & arguably the “best” coffee in D.C! 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! www.cafebonaparte.com (202) 333-8830
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
2811 M Street NW 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. Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm Sun 10am- 10pm (202) 333-0137
1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW Filomena is a Georgetown landmark that has endured the test of time for almost a quarter of a century. Our old-world cooking styles & recipes brought to America by the early Italian immigrants, alongside the culinary cutting edge creations of Italy’s foods of today, executed by our award winning Italian Chef. Try our spectacular Lunch buffet on Fri. & Saturdays or our Sunday Brunch, Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. www.filomena.com (202) 338-8800
GOOD GUYS Fine Dining & Exotic Entertainment in Glover Park since 1966. Monday-Thursday 11am-2am Friday-Saturday 11am-3am Sunday 4pm-2am The kitchen is always open!
A GENTLEMAN’S CLUB ONLY 21 AND OVER, PLEASE www.goodguysclub.com (202) 333-8128
3251 Prospect St. NW Authentic Thai food in the heart of Georgetown. The warm atmosphere, attentive service, and variety of wines and cocktails in this contemporary establishment only add to the rich culture and authentic cuisine inspired by Thailand. With an array of authentic dishes, from Lahb Gai (spicy chicken salad) and Pad Thai, to contemporary dishes like Panang soft shell crab and papaya salad, the dynamic menu and spectacular drinks will have you coming back time and time again. HAPPY HOUR 3:30 - 6PM www.maithai.com (202) 337-1010
3251 Prospect St. NW Established in 1991, Peacock Cafe is a tradition in Georgetown life. The tremendous popularity of The Peacock Happy Day Brunch in Washington DC is legendary. The breakfast and brunch selections offer wonderful variety and there is a new selection of fresh, spectacular desserts everyday. The Peacock Café in Georgetown, DC - a fabulous menu for the entire family. Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00am Sunday: 9:00am - 10:30pm (202) 625-2740
1054 31st St, NW 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 Mon. -Sat. 11:30am -3pm Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5:30pm -10pm Closed on Sunday Happy Hour Specials at the Bar Mon. - Fri. 5 -7pm www.seacatchrestaurant.com (202) 337-8855
3000 K St NW, Suite 100 Washington, DC 20007 Eclectic American cuisine, Coupled with enchanting views of the Potomac River make Sequoia a one of a kind dining experience. Offering a dynamic atmosphere featuring a mesquite wood fire grill, sensational drinks, and renowned River Bar. No matter the occasion, Sequoia will provide an unforgettable dining experience. www.arkrestaurants.com /sequoia_dc.html
1734 Wisconsin Ave. Shanghai Lounge’s is offering Lily’s family style traditional Chinese dining along with some very unique cocktails and a wide variety of beers and wines. It captures the flavors of Asia and we have created an exotic atmosphere, a place where you can unwind, have an exquisite meal, enjoy a drink and to share the experience. Tuesday -Thursday 11am - 11pm Saturdays 11:30am - 11pm Sundays 12 Noon - 9:30pm Monday Closed Happy Hour: T-F 3:30pm - 7pm
1201 F St, NW Ranked one of the most popular seafood restaurants in , DC, “this cosmopolitan”send-up of a vintage supper club that’s styled after a ‘40’s-era ocean liner is appointed with cherry wood and red leather booths, infused with a “clubby, old money” atmosphere. The menu showcases “intelligently” prepared fish dishes that “recall an earlier time of elegant” dining. What’s more, “nothing” is snobbish here. Lunch: Mon-Fri- 11:30am-5pm Dinner: Mon-Thur 5-10pm. Fri & Sat 5-11pm. Sun-5-9pm. www.theoceanaire.com
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WHERE TO SKI AROUND D.C.
By Ari Post
hroughout the post-holiday lull of January and February, as we try not to let our winter weight-gain springboard from the gastronomic massacres of seasonal indulgence, a strange and uncomfortable claustrophobia begins to sink in. The unrelenting cold keeps us holed up indoors, making it hard to get out even for the morning commute, let alone exercising and soaking up a stray beam of frosty sunshine. Of course, the weather is perfect for one winding winter activity. Ski season is just around the corner. Whether it’s your first time out or you’re a veteran to the sport, there is really nothing like cutting into fresh powder on your first run of the season. And while the Northeast slopes don’t equal the Western mountain ranges of Utah and Colorado in terms of intensity, abundance and sheer scale, we are chalk full of beautiful, banking ski terrain perfect for families, leisure ski trips and enlivening wintry getaways, with
just enough edge to satiate the more adventurous appetites. Whether you’re in search of a quick, one-day getaway, a family outing, some serious mountaineering or a relaxing weekend of winter activities, there is a ski slope for everyone within reach of the Washington area. All of the resorts below also have up-to-date, to-the-minute snow and trail reports on their websites that let you know the slope conditions everyday. So, if the snow beckons and the conditions are right, it will soon be the perfect time to take advantage of these frosty offerings.
Liberty Mountain: A Stone’s Throw from the District The Washington community is notorious for its work ethic. Six-day, 60-hour workweeks are just part of the scene here. Many of us barely have two days to rub together, and long weekends are often more like distant fantasies than
potential realities. Still, even workaholics need a temporal and physical release. If you fit this description, Ski Liberty is the perfect day-trip whenever you find yourself with a stray Saturday and in need of an adrenaline boost. The closest ski resort to the Washington area, its wintertime adventures are available within two hours of the District. They have a range of diverse activities, whether riding solo or visiting with family or friends. If you are looking for good old-fashioned fun, you might want to try snow tubing on Liberty’s Boulder Ridge slope. It’s a throwback to the days where snow meant no school and sledding. And there is no experience necessary. Enjoy all the fun of zooming down a perfectly carved sled lane and relax on your up back up the hill, with their “moving carpet” that rides you and your tube quickly back to the top for another run. After the slopes, the Boulder Ridge Lodge is the perfect place to warm-up, complete with party rooms, snack bar, arcade and wrap-around decks to watch the action on the hill. LibertyMountainResort.com
the winter, the skis have the floor. This year is the 40th anniversary of its ski slopes, and deals, parties, and and fun are this year’s themes. For information on anniversary specials, visit MassResort.com/40th. Massanutten’s slopes boast 1,110 feet of vertical incline — the most in Virginia, Maryland or Pennsylvania. If you ski, snowboard, snow tube or want to learn how, Massanutten is the place to be. MassResort.com
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For more than 30 years, Massanutten has welcomed vacationers to experience the wonder of the Shenandoah Valley. From Massanutten Peak, you can gaze out over panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding valley. And from the peak, there’s nowhere to go but down. Make sure those skis are strapped on tight! More than just skiing, Massanutten is a fully equipped family resort year round. But during
Voted the most family friendly resort in the Mid Atlantic/Southeast region in 2010 by online ski guide On The Snow, Bryce Resort is a small mountain nestled deep in the Shenandoah that will rekindle your love of the Blue Ridge and allow you the intimacy and privacy usually afforded by only more expensive, exclusive resorts. With the only true beginner terrain in Virginia, Bryce is the perfect place for kids and adults to
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learn how to ski or snowboard. And for parents and grandparents who might prefer the role of spectator, Bryce has the perfect mountain layout: all slopes funnel down to one central area, so you can keep an eye on your children while sipping hot cocoa on the back deck. While their lower slopes are very accommodating for beginners, they have just enough in the way of advanced slopes and short, steep drops to keep seasoned intermediate and advanced skiers engaged. And with many of their cabins and lodges opening right onto the slopes, Bryce is like a small taste of Aspen in the Shenandoah. BryceResort.com
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Treat yourself to magnificent mountain views, sumptuous luxury and thrilling recreation at Wintergreen Resort. Spanning 11,000 acres on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, their spacious condominiums and vacation homes are surrounded by winding trails, cascading streams and lush forests. Wintergreen Resort is peaceful and refreshing, with an endless variety of winter activities. Twice named “Best Ski Resort” by WashingtonPost.com readers, Wintergreen boasts a thrilling winter playground, whose amenities include the most extensive beginner-to-expert terrain for skiers and riders alike, as well as Virginia’s largest tubing park. Nestled atop the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, Wintergreen Resort is perfect for skiing, snowboarding and tubing, whether you’re a beginner or pro. Enjoy more time on the slopes while avoiding the
Residing in the mountains of West Virginia, Snowshoe is not like your average ski resort — it’s an “upside down mountain.” Since the village and resort sit on top, you’ll start your ski day going downhill, not up. But chances are, you’ll want to do it again. They also offer new, lower mid-week rates. So, if you can get away for a day or two inside the week, you’ll save as much as you’ll surely enjoy the fresh powder. In addition to great skiing and riding, Snowshoe offers a wide variety of winter adventures including snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and much more. The Village is the resort’s bustling hub of restaurants, shops and events, all within steps of accommodations. It’s the Village that makes it worth turning a weekend into a week at Snowshoe. You won’t simply have fun. You’ll feel at home. For more information, visit SnowshoeMtn.com
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MURPHY’S LOVE: ADVICE ON INTIMACY AND RELATIONSHIPS By Stacy Notaras Murphy
Dear Stacy: I am a working mom in her 30s. My marriage is strong. My family ties are good. I get an enormous amount of joy being a mother to twin 6-year-olds. But I’m also realizing that I am very lonely when it comes to female friends. I have a few close ones in this area who are just as busy as I am, and we have trouble keeping up with each other. More and more, I’m realizing that I am missing my “girlfriendships” of the past – women who know what’s going on in my life, who call or email regularly, whom I can count on in a crisis and so on. Making new friends at this stage in my life seems really difficult. I was hoping to meet some through the various “mommy and me” groups I joined when my kids were little, but those relationships stuck pretty close to the kids and their development, not moving into personal lives or going much deeper. I am a supervisor at work: that makes it hard for me to bridge those relationships into anything more. I have tried to connect with some of my husband’s friends’ wives, but we also have little in common. I miss the days when the world was structured to help me make friends: school, sorority rush, happy hours in my 20s. How do you make new, real friends as an adult? -- Needs a Ladies Night Dear Ladies Night: I completely empathize with your situation. The post-mommy period is rife with opportunities to feel marginalized. Our culture’s new pastime of criticizing other moms’ life choices (See the SAHM vs. working mom debate online? On second thought, don’t.) makes new friendships even harder to trust. Not all of us got pregnant at the same time, in the same town, and with the same
post-partum work schedules that allow us to be in the same life stage as our best friends from high school. Sad but true. The isolation, judgment, anxiety and frustration you are feeling right now is actually quite similar to that found in other life stages. You could apply the same adjectives to describe a new freshman in college, a 40-year-old transplant to a new town, the newly retired, the recently widowed – in other words, you really are describing the human condition here. My point is not to “Just deal because we’re all feeling it,” it’s to realize, “Wow, we’re all feeling it, so maybe I can risk a little bit and put it out there that I am looking to make some closer friends.” Committing to having coffee, lunch or drinks with at least one female friend – new, old or marginal – each week can do wonders to increase your confidence about connecting and give you the chance to feel like someone else knows what you’re going through. It wouldn’t be a “Murphy’s Love” column if I didn’t put in at least one plug about therapy – so perhaps a support group for moms (not one masked as a playdate) would be a good place to explore your feelings about friendship in this stage. Therapy groups are not places to make friends, mind you, but one might help you get clear about why this particular developmental stage is so difficult right now. Email me for some specific suggestions in your area. Dear Stacy: My wife and I have been married for 20 years. We have two high school-aged kids and have enjoyed the experience of being parents, watching them grow and change, and basically structuring our lives around their care and wellbeing. At the same time, we both are really looking forward to sending them off to college so that we can start traveling and spending more time
following our own personal pursuits. My concern is this – we have been a “low-sex” couple for the last 10 years or so. For us, this means that we have sex about once every two months. I would like to have sex more often, but my wife has not been interested for a long time. I am starting to realize that my visions of us being together in our empty nest include a lot more sex. I am just now recognizing that this has been part of my fantasy about this stage of our lives and am starting to worry that she may be caught off guard by my high expectations. I know you’re going to suggest therapy, and I think it’s a good idea. We had some several years ago when we were dealing with one of our kids’ learning disabilities. I just don’t know how she will react when she is the named patient, and we’re there to address her lack of sexual desire. How should I approach this topic? -- Counting the Days in D.C. Dear Counting: Yes, we both agree that counseling is a good idea, but let me elaborate on that point. The purpose of inviting a third party (Read: the therapist) into this conversation is to set some ground rules about how the communication is going to go. If we were all capable of speaking to our spouse in that calm, safe and connected manner already, this problem already would be solved. Most of us don’t have these skills right out of the box (or even after 20 years). So, instead, we use other methods to try and get what we want. We argue. We badger. We ignore. We use passive aggression. We manipulate. These are the unconscious tools we use to get our way. Yes, they are ubiquitous, but they rarely work without costing a price of some kind: long-term resentment, emotional isolation or foggy denial – take your pick. A good couples counselor can help you feel
comfortable enough to say what you need to say and help Wife be comfortable enough to hear it. Plus, employing an entirely new conversational paradigm might mirror the entirely new life paradigm you’re about to enter: Empty Nesting. I applaud the effort to be proactive as you start this very new chapter. I do have one caveat. My guess is that you already employ some of the unconscious methods of getting what you want or convincing yourself that you don’t need it. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be 20 years into a “low-sex marriage” that you admit is dissatisfying. Before you bring Wife into the counseling room to talk about her low libido, consider your own side to this story. How is it that you have fantasies about having more sex after the kids are grown, yet she doesn’t know about it already? How have you been hiding this from her? I guarantee this kind of conversation will be part of any couples therapy. So, in the interest of you not finding yourself blindsided, try a little more introspection about why you’ve maintained a dissatisfying sex life for so long, whether your frequent-sex fantasies do include Wife, and what your real goals are. When you’re clear about that, please approach her by saying, “I think counseling would help me with XYZ, will you come with me?” Avoid naming her as the “patient.” In other words, the phrase, “Let’s deal with your low-sex problem,” should never be a part of your script. Stacy Notaras Murphy is a licensed professional counselor and certified Imago Relationship therapist practicing in Georgetown. Her website is www.therapygeorgetown.com. This column is meant for entertainment only and should not be considered a substitute for professional counseling. We really do want your questions. Send them confidentially to stacy@ georgetowner.com.
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THEATER BRIEFS: WHAT’S ON STAGE THIS SEASON By Gary Tischler movies and big and little hit television series. Talking to Taylor on the phone, I allowed that I had read her resume and felt like I should be a little scared. She laughed. “Maybe you should,” she said. Actually, what really impressed me was what she was doing now, the reason we were talking at Holland Taylor in “Ann.” Photo by Ave Bonar. all. Ann Richards. ‘Ann’: An Original Played by an If you should ever be in awe of or be intimidated by a woman you’d never met, it would have Original been Ann Richards, the late and former goverI thought I knew Holland Taylor. nor of Texas before it turned into a puddle of She was a lawyer, a judge, a WASP, somebody Bushes and Perrys. Ann Richards, a liberal icon who drank martinis and complained if they who once taunted Bush senior for having been weren’t done right, an East Coaster, main liner, born with a “silver foot in his mouth,” a woman bossy, Charlie Sheen’s mother in his unreal with an elongated white hairdo who thrived life, the kind of upper crusty, attractive woman as a Texan politician, who was famous for her around whom you tried to hide your minuscule straight talk, compassion, and the kind of sense repertoire of good manners. She had been all of humor which let her play with the big boys those things in acting roles on Broadway, in sometimes with one hand tied behind her back.
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Romeo, I Can’t Hear You And of course, there’s the eternal Shakespeare play of “star-crossed lovers,” Romeo and Juliet. “Romeo, Romeo Wherefore Art Thou?” At the Synetic Theater in Crystal City, Romeo’s not saying. Synetic, as we all know, is the great beyond-category theater company where words — even and especially Shakespearean words — are secondary. In Synetic’s unique acting style —combining movement, dance and mime— it’s not the rest that’s silence but everything. Synetic is in the midst of its Silent Shakespeare Festival, “Speak No More,” and its production of “Romeo and Juliet” had six Helen Hayes nominations and two Helen Hayes awards for outstanding director and ensemble. This production runs through Dec. 23.
History Being Made and Acted at Arena Stage At Arena Stage, history plays a big part in both Amy Freed’s “You, Nero” and Bill Cain’s “Equivocation.” The latter concerns Shakespeare, the infamous Gunpowder Plot and the relationship between artists and kings. It comes from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Cain’s play will run through Jan. 1 with the cast of the original Oregon Shakespeare Festival production. “You, Nero” is part of Arena’s American Voices New Play Institute, with Freed continuing to work on a play which first opened at South Coast Rep and Berkeley Rep in 2009. Making its D.C. debut, it runs through Jan. 1. Danny Scheie stars as Nero, an emperor who may have been the first emperor-as-public-celebrity.
. . . And the Music of ‘Billy Elliott’ Lauren Weedman in “Bust”
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There’s more than Ann and Holland at the Kennedy Center. There’s a kid named Billy Elliott. “Billy Elliott the Musical” isn’t about Christmas but may warm up some hearts anyway, and it’s bound to please. This Broadway smash — 10 Tonys — is based on a critically acclaimed film in which one Billy Elliott, a would-be-kid boxer, stumbles into a ballet class and changes his life and that of everyone around him. The show features music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry. “Bill Elliott the Musical” runs Jan.15 at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House.
If you’re in the mood for something in a completely non-holiday spirit and different, head over to the Studio Theater where there’s still time to see Lauren Weedman, a correspondent on the Daily Show who brings “Bust” her acidic, tough and funny autobiographical onewoman show about her experience as a volunteer advocate in a Southern California prison for women to Studio’s Stage 4 through Dec. 18.
Spoiler Alert: Second City is Back For something perhaps a little more fun but still dark, there’s the wonderfully titled “Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies,” whereby Chicago’s famed comedy troupe Second City returns to Woolly Mammoth Theater in a collaboration with D.C. artists, including actors Jessica Frances Dukes, and Aaron Bliden and designer Colin K. Bills. Here’s the way the press release describes the proceedings: “the most gleeful anti-holiday celebration of doom ever”. God bless us every one. (Dec. 6 through Jan. 8).
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iami, Fla. – recently, scores of Washington, D.C., curators, collectors, dealers, artists and art enthusiasts descended on the Sunshine State for the 10th Annual Art Basel Miami Beach Fair. This international event draws a broad audience of
hundreds of thousands and presents a significant sample of creatively brilliant painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation art, with works presented by affluentto-upstart galleries and museums. Independent artists and street muralists are invited to make the city their canvas in the Wynwood area. Basel’s larger tented satellite fairs include: Pulse, Scope, Art Miami, Red Dot and Design Miami. Works may also be found in alternative spaces across the beaches, hotels, pop-up galleries, bars and building facades throughout the Miami-metro area. It is physically impossible to see everything in the four days, including live performances, gallery talks, art openings and the onslaught of after-parties that rage until five-o’clock in the morning. A few of the works I found to be most notable are listed here. Design Miami (DesignMiami.com), a satellite fair of the Art Basel umbrella featured a broad collection of design-focused functional works such as tables, cabinets, lighting, jewelry and chairs. A favorite of mine Above: Warhol Holding Marilyn Acetate I; The Factory, New York was the work of London-based artist City; Silver Gelatin Fiber Print; Edition of 60 with 7 AP; 40 x 30 Tom Price. His collection of meticuinches; Executed 1964, Printed 2010 © 2011 William John Ken- lously fabricated chairs appears to nedy, KIWI Arts Group. smash the conventional boundaries of furniture design. Each were made of deconstructed materials, melted plastic, ropes, rubber, fabric and other found objects. Works by Price included Pink SE Meltdown Chair, Cable Tie Chair and Blue Rope Chair, which were among a collection of 10 on display at Washington, D.C.-based Industry Gallery’s booth at Design Miami. Visit the gallery locally at 1358 Florida Ave., N.E., Suite 200. IndustryGalleryDC.com. A favorite among collectors looking to acquire edgy, conceptual art is Scope Art Fair (Scope-Art.com), which continues its popularity as a “must-do” during the already overwhelming week of sightseeing. Major artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol often have a presence here. On display at the Kiwi Arts Group Booth was the exhibit entitled “Before They Were Famous: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy,” a collection of lost rare silver gelatin prints made in 1964, but recently printed from discovered negatives in 2010. Artist Robert Indiana is shown holding his original 1966 LOVE painting, Above: Robert Indiana Holding Love; Coenties Slip Studio, New and pop art icon Warhol is shown York City; Silver Gelatin Fiber Print; Edition of 60 with 7 AP; 40 x 30 inches; Executed 1964, Printed 2010 © 2011 William John Ken- hard at work at his Silver Factory. Most alluring to me was the phonedy, KIWI.
tograph “Warhol Holding Marilyn Acetate I” (The Factory, New York City, 40 x 30 inches), which gives the viewer a unique glimpse of the master hard at work. For more Warhol, visit the retrospective exhibition, “Warhol: Headlines,” on display until Jan. 2, 2012, in the National Gallery of Art’s east building. NGA.gov/Exhibitions/WarholInfo.shtm. The Miami Beach Cinematheque (MbCinema. com) entered the art foray as an unlikely player by presenting an impromptu feature-length performance film entitled “Gray: Live At The New Museum.” Approximately 80 minutes in length, this film documents and shows the historic performance of the legendary art-noise band Gray, started by
Jean-Michel Basquiat and Michael Holman in 1979. This current partnership of Holman and band mate Nicholas Taylor finds the duo creating avante garde sounds, blips and jazz riffs amidst projected art and video of their New York 1980s art scene contemporaries, such as Glenn O’Brien, Suzanne Mallouk and Basquiat. In attendance of this private screening were Don and Mera Rubell of the Rubell Family Collection Museum and several downtown New York scenesters. More of the inspiring visual work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, courtesy of the Rubells, can be found in the exhibition “30 Americans” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art until Feb. 12, 2012. Corcoran.org/30americans.
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The sixth-annual Georgetown Jingle was held at the four Seasons Hotel on Dec. 11. The event, which benefits Georgetown University Hospital’s Pediatric Oncology Programs, highlighted 13 young cancer “Patient Ambassadors” currently receiving care. JDS Designs, Inc., Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C and the Washington Design Center sponsor the Jingle which has raised $1.7million for Georgetown Pediatrics. Event Chairs Cynthia Bruno and Tamara Darvish with Design Chair Michael Roberson headed the family fundraiser featuring the CVS/pharmacy children’s workshop, DC Magazine Sports Lounge, an ice palace, tastings from DC metro restaurants as well as entertainment by Ski Johnson and Pamala Stanley. Themed holiday trees and vignettes created by the area’s top designerswere on display at the hotel Nov. 30 – Dec. 12. Theycould be sold in advance at a fixed price or were auctioned to the highest bidder during the event’s silent auction. -Mary Bird
The Nutcracker crew entertains the crowd.
Ellie Denney is excited to talk to Santa Claus who took the sleigh in from Stage Right Entertainment.
Anaclaudia and Olivia Khoury
Joe and Cynthia Bruno, event co-chair.
Yara and daughter Serna Boustany
Camille Saum and David Herchik, designers and contributors.
Brrrr . . . Brian Murphy of Design Cuisine tends the ice bar.
David Herchik, Nancy Brooking, Richard Looman
On Dec. 7, Bernie and Janice Robinson opened their historic Capitol Hill home to honor the founding board of Hope Connections for Cancer Support. The last of its members will rotate off the board at the end of this year. The 20 founding board members, led by Founding Board Chair Bernie Kogod, raised $500,000 in two years to open a cancer support center that has, since its opening in 2007, had more than 25,000 visits to its facility by people with cancer and their loved ones to participate in free programs of emotional support, education, wellness and hope. Bernie hailed executive director Paula Rothenberg as “the glue to everything that we have always done.” He said “what better reward can you get but helping people.” -Mary Bird Bernie Robinson, Phyllis Aaronson, Bob Fleshner
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Jamie Kogod Levin, Cathy Carroll, Bonnie Kogod, Bernie Kogod, Hugh Carroll
12 DAYS OF MERRIMENT KICK OFF AT WISC. & M The 12 Days of Merriment kicked off Dec. 10 at the PNC bank parking lot around the intersection of Wisconsin & M -- karaoke for anybody willing to jump on stage with the HariKaraoke Band, fruitcake eating contest (Jay Gorman won), a gingerbread house making contest by The Georgetowner Newspaper and silly sweater contest. Also heard were Georgetown University’s a capella group, the Phantoms - and dogs visiting the Lucky Dogs table. The crowd enjoyed hot cocoa and sweets, as Kelly Collis and Tommy McFly from 94.7 Fresh FM emceed. The Saturday party and the 12-day shopping promotion with parking and store discounts was organized by the Georgetown Business Improvement District; it continues through Dec. 2o.-Robert Devaney
3rd place -- Devin Smith
Regina Kiett and Anna and Cole Tarter focus on building their gingerbread houses.
Tommy McFly congratulates Ti Dinh and Tiffany Lu for winning the Georgetowner Gingerbread House Making Contest.
Peter and Shaun Courtney of Georgetown Patch belt out “Love Shack.”
EMBASSY OF TURKEY HOSTS THE ERTEGUN JAZZ SERIES
The presence of so many ambassadors at the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on Dec. 6 for The Ertegun Jazz Series was assurance that jazz is an international language. The Embassy of Turkey is presenting the series in collaboration with Jazz At Lincoln Center in memory of Ahmet Ertegun, the founder and chairman of Atlantic Records and the son of the second Turkish ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Tan welcomed guests calling Mica Ertegun, who came from New York for the evening, “our princess,” along with Rep. John Conyers (DMich.) and other congressmen, “great friends of Turkey.” During the racially segregated period of 1934-1944, the Turkish Embassy was considered a refuge for African Americans as it hosted racially mixed jazz performances. Gretchen Parlato, an inventive modern jazz singer whose work has been hailed as “utterly, unfailingly mesmerizing,” enchanted the audience. She was accompanied by Taylor Eigsti on piano, Justin Brown on drums and Harish Raghavan on bass. - Mary Bird
Street hawker at stilts attracts shoppers to the party.
Cian Labish atop Richard Morris high-fives the Toy Soldier.
Mrs. Ellen Noghes, Ambassador of Monaco Gilles Noghes Gretchen Parlato, Mica Ertegun
Delphia Duckens, Reginald Van Lee
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Photos and text by Jeff Malet, www.MaletPhoto.com.
1. Wreaths Across America volunteers laid over 90,000
wreaths on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 to honor veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery. 2. The 47th Capitol Christmas tree was lit up in a ceremony on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The 63-foot Sierra white fir from California’s Stanislaus National Forest was decorated with more than 10,000 LED lights and some 2,000 handmade ornaments from the State of California. 3. Sonora California second grader Johnny Crawford had the honor of flipping the light switch with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to light the Capitol Christmas Tree on Dec. 6, 2011. 4. “Take Back the Capitol” protesters demonstrate on the National Mall for jobs and equality on Dec. 8. 5. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and the U.S. Naval Academy Mascot Bill the Goat cheer for Navy at a rally at the Navy Memorial on Dec. 9, the day before the Army Navy Game. 6. Members of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians performed native dances during a ceremony to bless the 19-foot Sierra white fir from Stanislaus National Forest at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian on Monday, Dec. 5.
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