GEORGETOWNER VOLUME 58, NUMBER 21
JULY 11 - 24, 2012
DIEBENKORN AT THE CORCORAN REAL ESTATE SPECIAL:
June Sales Figures / Low Mortgage Rates
Curtain Call Passion for Color Is Key
AIDS, PAST AND PRESENT:
XIX AIDS Conference, Quilt and Drama
Georgetown BID's Jim Bracco Resigns
ALL THINGS MEDIA: A Turning Point
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Once a part of the historic Evermay Estate, this magnificent Federal is situated in the heart of the East Village. This 8 BR, 8 full bath residence includes light-filled public spaces and gourmet chef’s kitchen. Additional features include a billiards room, wine cellar, elevator & spectacular gardens. $18,000,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7854980 Alex Venditti | 202.550.8872 Paul Pike | 202.550.8871
This brick, cedar and glass home with 4 BR and 4.5 baths is hidden behind a quiet façade within a secret garden. Sited on a stunning landscaped bluff overlooking the Potomac Valley, this home offers a lifestyle of simplicity and beauty just minutes from the heart of downtown Washington. $2,275,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7828094 Diana Hart | 202.271.2717 Bill Abbott | 202.903.6533
Lovely home located in the heart of McLean. Offering a spacious floor plan, built-in cabinets in the library and family room, Asian Beechwood floors on main level, and a well appointed chef’s kitchen. Family room opens to a covered brick patio with a fenced rear yard. Features include 3 finished levels, 2 gas fireplaces, and a 2-car garage. $1,299,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/fx7868911 Lauren Herberghs | 703.625.3590
Built by a noted architect and builder, this eight-year-old stucco residence has high ceilings and detailed moldings and finish work. There are wonderful open spaces for private and formal entertaining. Features include a gourmet kitchen opening to a family room, library, media room, wine cellar and a luxurious master suite. $3,595,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7854835 Michael Rankin | 202.271.3344
This recently renovated Tudor Revival features 5 BR and 4.5 BA. The kitchen includes marble counter tops, Wolf oven and range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The master suite features a walk-in closet, bath with dual vanities and a balcony. The lower level offers a rec. room and wet bar. Completing this offering is a large backyard and terrace. $2,149,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7867341 Michael Rankin | 202.271.3344
Market Hill, circa 1805, is a gracious 4 BR, 4 bath property located in the very charming and historic village of Waterford. The home features an elegant living and dining room, a cook’s kitchen with custom finishes, and 4 woodburning fireplaces. It’s sited on a half acre lot with mature gardens and an original log cabin structure. $799,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/lo7687883 Lauren Herberghs | 703.625.3590
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Sited on nearly one full acre, stately residence includes optional first floor master suite, grand foyer, living and dining rooms with fireplace, gourmet kitchen with dual appliance package, wet bars, wine cellar, nanny suite, and patio with outdoor fireplace, pool, hot-tub and pool/guest house. $3,185,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/fx7747507 Stephanie White | 703.489.5045 Debbie Shapiro | 703.407.1600
Charming brick 1812 Federal in the West Village. Offers an elegant hall entrance, den, kitchen, dining room and staff quarters. The second level living room opens to the terrace and garden. The home boasts 5 full bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, 3 fireplaces with original mantels, random width floor boards, and an abundance of sunlight. $1,995,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7771792 Julia Diaz-Asper | 202.256.1887
Designed in the French Chateauesque style, this very special 2BR, 2BA condo on Embassy Row features high ceilings, crown moldings, hardwood floors, and French doors leading to a glorious private terrace w/ landscaped gardens. Enjoy a relaxing city lifestyle and stylish entertaining. $715,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7864417 Gary Wicks | 202.486.8393 Mary Fox | 202.316.9631
This recently renovated Victorian in Old Town features grand entertaining spaces and period details on four levels. Luxurious amenities include a chef’s EIK, smart house tech, private media rm, elevator and dual staircases to private rooms w/ roof balconies. 2 sybaritic master suites w/ marble spa baths, wine cellar and rear garden w/ parking. $2,495,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/ax7810306 Robin Waugh | 703.819.8809
Vintage Victorian in Georgetown’s East Village. Charming home totally renovated featuring a gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, living room with fireplace, and study. Offers 3 BR, 2 full-baths and office upstairs, and a lower-level in-law suite with family room, garden room & third bath. $1,499,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/4278453 Hugh Oates | 202.257.5640 Carrie Carter | 202.421.3938
Charming duplex beautifully maintained with private terrace. Freshly painted, buffed floors, ready to move in. Flat-screen television, wine rack in kitchen, patio furniture and all lighting fixtures convey. Close proximity to M Street restaurants, movie theater, stores, the Potomac River and canal trail. $475,000 | sothebysrealty.com/id/dc7830233 Julia Diaz-Asper | 202.256.1887
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As a summer intern here at the Georgetowner, I have fallen in love with the beautiful town that is Georgetown. Originally I’m from a small suburban town in Monroe, N.Y., but have resided in Hartford, Conn., for the past three years to further my education. I’m currently a senior at the University of Hartford, majoring in communications with an emphasis in media and journalism, with plans to receive my bachelor’s degree this upcoming December. Having had the opportunity to spend my summer here in D.C. and interning with some great people, I have learned much more about journalism and my overall love for it has grown. I aspire to work in the journalism industry one day, and I’m very excited to see what is in store for me next!
I grew up in Orangeville, Utah. I am currently a senior at the University of Utah, and I am majoring in both psychology and mass communications with an emphasis in journalism. I have no clue which path I want to follow after I graduate. I actually came to Washington, D.C., with the hope that after I find out more about the journalism world I could make a decision for my future. Having had the opportunity to intern at the Georgetowner this summer, I have learned about the industry as whole, discovered skills I didn’t know I had and, most importantly, I have come to the conclusion that I could write for the rest of my life and be happy.
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1. University of Texas-Pan Am Mariachi Aztlán at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall on July 6. 2. Megan Hilty, star of NBC’s musical drama, “Smash,” opens the “Capitol Fourth” concert broadcast by PBS from the West Lawn of the US Capitol. 3. Spectacular fireworks light the sky behind the Washington Monument on July 4th. 4. The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps participate in the Independence Day parade. In photo, Sergeant Fist Class Mellissa Dyer and Staff Sergeant Heather Tribble. 5. Demonstrators gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court for its landmark decision on the president’s health care law on June 28. 6. Democrats’ manager Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) celebrates victory over the Republicans, 18-5, in the annual Congressional baseball game for charity at Nationals Park on June 28.
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UP & COMING JULY 12
Capital Fringe Festival The innovative Capital Fringe Festival returns for its lucky-number-seven year of offbeat theater, out-of-the-ordinary music and ground-breaking performances, brought to you by the greater creative conscious of Washington, D.C. The Fringe begins July 12 and runs through the 29th, taking place at over 15 different venues in downtown D.C. for $17 per show plus $5 one-time button purchase. Discount packages are also available. For more information, visit capfringe. org, Fort Fringe and other venues, 607 New York Ave, NW.
French lessons and more. Email alliance@ francedc.org for more information. Wyoming Ave, NW, between Connecticut Avenue and Thorton Place. Corcoran Presents Anima: Charlotte Dumas For her first one-person museum exhibition in the U.S., Dutch artist Charlotte Dumas displays portraits centered on the majestic burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery. These Army horses, which belong to the Old Guard, carry soldiers to their final resting places in traditional military funerals. Dumas recently garnered widespread acclaim for her photographs of the search and recovery dogs of 9/11. Corcoran Gallery of
Used Book Sale at Palisades Library Sponsored by the Friends of Palisades Library, find a great selection of books and CDs for sale at low prices. Most books are $1 each; $10 per bag on Saturday. A large collection of children’s books will be priced at 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardbacks. Children’s books are not included in the $10 bag sale. Contact FriendsOfPalisadesLibrary@gmail.com or 4901 V St, NW.
Bastille Day D.C.’s street fair and French market will celebrate the French National Holiday for the very first time. The event will feature French gastronomic treats, drinks and merchandise, live music and performances, children’s activities, wine and liqueur tastings, mini
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Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Fashion Show The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is hosting the “Be Beautiful Be Yourself”’ fashion review to raise awareness about the chromosomal disorder that affects more than 1 in 700 children, and the challenges of those born with Down Syndrome. This fun, highstyle evening includes a fashion show featuring the sophisticated, “urban bohemian” look of the Wink collection worn by models with Down syndrome (escorted by members of Congress), a well-known celebrity musical act and great food and drinks. Tickets range from $150 to $1,000. For more information, please call 703-683-7500. Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Ave., NE. Dreamworks’ ‘How to Train Your Dragon Spectacular’ Inspired by the phenomenally successful, Academy Award-nominated DreamWorks Animation film, the “How to Train Your Dragon Spectacular” fully immerses audiences in unprecedented ways. The stateof-the-art animatronics and large-scale cinematic projections interact seamlessly with live actors to bring the story to life. The show features 23 dragons to perform against state-of-the-art, wall-to-floor immersive projections measuring over 20,000 feet. For more information, visit verizoncenter.com. Verizon Center, 601 F St., NW.
Chris Davis, Renaissance Man Hysterically comic tales from Elizabethan England regarding superstition, romance and science will delight one and all. Kids are invited onstage to re-enact impromptu events from everyday life, playing animals, peasants, courtiers — and one very regal queen — in this happy and historical tour-deforce. Admission is free. For more info, visit nationaltheatre.org or contact The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
Botox & Locks Event Hairstylist Luigi Parasmo of Georgetown’s Luigi Parasmo Salon and D.C. celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Ayman Hakki of Luxxery Medical Boutique, partner for this unique beauty event to enhance your appearance at a price that won’t deplete your wallet. Join the beauty savants on Monday, July 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Parasmo’s namesake salon and treat yourself to a night of glamour that will include deals on all Botox, fillers, hair and make-up appointments. This event is open to the public, although Botox, fillers and hair treatments must be booked in advance. Space is limited. To schedule an appointment for a blow-out, call 202-333-2244. For all Botox and filler treatments, call 202-333-9294; at 1510 Wisconsin Ave, NW, or 607 New York Ave, NW. ★
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‘Jason’ Seen as Person of Interest in M Street Sexual Assault
Police are seeking a man possibly named Jason about a June 30 sexual assault in the West End, according to NBC 4 News. The Metropolitan Police Department considers him “a person of interest” and released a photo. According to the MPD, a woman was sexually assaulted on the 2400 block of M Street, NW, June 30 at around 10:30 p.m. The potential suspect is described as a 41-year-old black male, bald, with medium complexion, 5’9” and about 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a brown T-shirt with the words “Fight Club,” tan shorts and sandals. He may go by the name of Jason. Police have not said if this person of interest witnessed or was involved in the attack. If you have any information, call 202-727-9099 or text 50411. Your information will be kept anonymous.
ANC Report: Post Office Space; Heating Plant Sale Condition At its monthly meeting on July 2, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E considered issues on how to contend with the GSA’s sale of the West Heating Plant on 29th Street, outdoor seating at Paul Bakery and John Simon’s twostory addition to his 35th Street home. Re-developer of the Old Georgetown Post Office at 1215 31st St., NW, EastBanc, Inc., plans to build most of the new added office and retail space below ground as well as an addition in the back of the original building. The post office’s second floor has not been used for years. The U.S. Postal System will continue its operation in the front of the first floor as usual. Commissioners approved EastBanc’s request for a variance; the Board of Zoning Adjustment will review the re-designs July 23. “The Office of Planning, historic folks and the neighbor next door have all had different ideas about this project,” said EastBanc Executive Mary Mottershead at the meeting. The commission heard discussion on how to convince GSA to put conditions on the sale of the closed heating plant land on 29th Street. It agreed with the Citizens Association
of Georgetown and the Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park that part of the property be set aside for parkland. Paul Bakery got its approval for limited outdoor seating on Wisconsin Avenue, although it has already been serving diners on outdoor tables. Mount Zion Methodist Church got ANC support for a special exception to continue its 35-children program for those 5 and younger. John Simon got approval to improve the back of his 35th Street house with a two-story addition but no roof deck was to be added. — ANC 2E will next meet Sept. 4 at Visitation Prep on 35th Street.
Car Service Uber Avoids D.C. Council Restrictions After protests about a District Council measure to control prices for rides by the new car service, Uber, council member Mary Cheh dropped an amendment to a taxi bill that would have raised the minimum fare for an Uber trip at roughly five times the drop rate of a D.C. cab — or about $15. Cheh will bring up the issue again with a separate bill in the fall.
Uber operates an online system with registered members who can use a smartphone app to contact a Uber sedan and get their ride. D.C. cab advocates say the start-up firm, which is going global, has an unfair advantage in D.C. with fewer traditional taxi cab restrictions. The proposed measure would have set Uber’s minimum price for a ride at about $15 — which is the base fare for the car service, as it stands today.
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EDITORIAL / OPINION
Weather or Not, Count Your Blessings
hrow in one heat wave that just went on and on and on, in the end resulting in a record-breaking four days of 100-plus-degrees temperatures. Throw in a sudden, swift line of storms on a hot June 29th night in the area which upended trees, resulted in power outages that left thousands in the city and area without electric power. As time passed, people without power, people carefully making their way through streets blocked off by the presence of fallen trees, people waiting endlessly in lines at gasoline stations (many stations were closes due to electric outages), people and restaurant owners who had to throw away food going bad for lack of refrigeration, people unable to use their advanced fone and computer tools and toys, the elderly suffering in homes without air conditioning, all made their feelings known. A great daily and plaintive note began to be heard in our area, over the airwaves, in tweets and toots and blogs and e-mails. Most of us experienced the discomforts of the storm and the heat wave which have made their presence know all the way across the country, and we can be excused if things just got plain frustrating. The ongoing television commentary, often hysterical warnings
and coverage from self-styled storm centers and watches didn’t help much: one weatherman kept telling us that such and such a place was getting “hammered” by hail and thunderstorms while another displayed his gift for making the word “huge”—as in huge storms, huge hail, huge heat—sound even, well, huger, than it was. But as one local commentator says, “Folks, let’s get real.” Things can always be worse. Can’t get your e-mails or tweet or text your friends: read a newspaper (ours, included), or, use the phone, if it works. If not, send a card. Did that falling tree across the street scare you? Be glad it didn’t hit the place where you live, and we can tell stories about that. More important—like snowmageddon and other natural disasters that are increasingly more a part of our daily lives—you survived. Sure, times are a little more anxious, given that we’re only in early July with lots of good old summertime left with all its attendant climatic dangers. But you survived, and not so much worse for wear. Some were not so lucky. The storm—and the heat—caused fatalities across the country, including in this region. Two elderly women in the area were
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killed when trees struck their home. A man on his way home from school died when his car was struck by a tree. Mohammad Ghafoorian who lived near Woodley Park died that Friday night. Power lines hit his Maserati, and it went up in flames. He ran out of his home to put the fire out but stepped on a live power line on the ground. The story, told in the Washington Post, was filled with irony. But his son summed all it up best, when he told the newspaper of his larger-than-life father who emigrated here from Iran: “He lived like a storm, and a storm took him. I think only a storm like that could take him.” And then there’s Carolina Alcalde, a D.C. resident, native of Peru, office manager for a national consulting firm and avid motorcyclist who was struck by a tree on the night of the storm near Meridian Park. She suffered a severed spinal cord, broken rib and fractures and was paralyzed below the waist. A special fund has been set up for Alcade and her family by friends. We encourage our readers to help if they can. Visit their fundraising website: https://www.wepay.com/donations/ camp-carolina. Let us count our blessings. ★
Let’s Build Our Own C&O Canal Barge
f we build it, they will come. Georgetown’s long-serving C&O Canal barge, The Georgetown, is heading for demolition upstream to be replaced by a smaller motorized launch boat that will hold fewer passengers -- 12 as opposed to about 70. For many, the barge’s departure will take away some of the historic aspects of the C&O Canal here in town. The barge, pulled by mules we knew by name, held more students and tourists who learned of life along the canal in days of yore, when the canal contributed to the local economy. Barges was used by workers for everyday tasks. The canal itself was an engineering masterpiece. The budget of the National Park Service which oversees the C&O Canal National Park does not include enough money to purchase a new or re-built barge we are so used to seeing along the waterway. It is estimated that a proper replacement barge’s price tag would exceed $600,000. Friends of the canal and of the barge gathered last month near Lock 4 to mourn the canal boat’s passing. The barge sits on the platform there, awaiting its demise. To
Arlette Cohen-Coppock and her husband Robert with the doomed barge, The Georgetown, in background.
mark the occasion and decked out in black were Arlette Cohen-Coppock, who runs the hair salon, the Fourth Lock, and her husband Robert. They hosted a farewell party, where well-wishers recalled their favorite canal stories and wondered aloud how they could save or re-built the barge. They want a barge that speaks to a picture-perfect past, even if it were not so. It is too late for The Georgetown, but not for those who love such a barge and the C&O Canal. It is time for a private effort. It is up PUBLISHER
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Owen Bernhardt, who died March 24, will be laid to rest July 26 at a memorial service with full military honors at 1 p.m. at Old Post Chapel at Ft. Myer, Arlington, Va., followed by an internment at Arlington National Cemetery. He was a beloved husband to Pilar Bernhardt for 43 years, who passed away 10 years ago, a loving and supportive father to Susan and Sonya, and a doting and spoiling grandfather to Elisa and Stefan. He is survived by his second wife, Terri Bernhardt, two sisters, Ann and Doris, and two brothers, John and David. The family will receive guests at a reception following the internment. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org). ★
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to Georgetowners, Washingtonians and others to step up and organize a fundraising and construction program. This is an affluent area; this is an area filled with shipbuilding expertise. A new, historically accurate barge would re-imagine life along the canal again and contribute to the local economy once again. The C&O Canal is Georgetown’s unique attraction. We neglect it at our peril. Yes, there are many more pressing concerns that cry out for money to help. And that’s all well and good. There are plenty of folks who contribute to all sorts of charities, our bad economy notwithstanding. It is their choice. Let someone choose this effort. Who, in this era of social media fundraising and crowdsourcing, will step up to lead this campaign? Who will show how the love of history contributes to the future? Who will organize the construction of a new barge not only to make history right but to strengthen a neighborhood and its economy? This can be done. Let us know. ★
s it summer yet? I think that with the arrival of July 4th and high temperatures reaching 100 degrees we have removed all doubt. Take a moment to check in with your elderly or ill neighbors who might need a little assistance. Weather like this can effect even the healthiest of us. This 4th of July, I began my celebration as I always do at the annual Palisades 4th of July Parade. This was the parade’s 46th year. For those of you unfamiliar with the parade, this is a throwback to another time – a real small town parade. It usually begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of Whitehaven Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard, NW. It continues along MacArthur Boulevard for about a mile before turning left to end at the Palisades Park. As an elected official, I always enjoy the opportunity to participate in local parades with family and friends. While I walked, others rode in the car or joined me walking and threw candy to all those watching and cheering along the parade route. This year, what with all the elections going on, there seemed to be even more politicians than usual. But what would the 4th of July be without politicians? After the parade, we joined hundreds of others at the Palisades Park for hot dogs, drinks and ice cream – kudos to the organizers for a great event. After we cooled off and caught our breath, we headed to another park, this time a ballpark. Yes, the Nationals were in town, so off to Nationals Park we went. It was a gorgeous day for a baseball game, though a bit hot. In light of the 11:05 am start time, I missed about half of the game. There was still plenty of action from the Nationals’ hitters in the later innings, though, with the Nationals beating San Francisco 9 to 4. The Nationals always seem to shine on the 4th of July – I read that Ryan Zimmerman is now 10 for 20 with four homers and 13 RBIs in six Independence Day games. The next step in this great day was a trip home for a break and then off to watch the fireworks. What a terrific 20-minute fireworks display! Neighborhood parades, Major League Baseball, world class fireworks – where else can you stay home and get all that? ★
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Georgetown BID’s Bracco Resigns The Georgetown Business Improvement District seeks a new executive director. Less than three weeks after its annual meeting, the Georgetown BID announced the resignation of James Bracco, its executive director since 2009. “Jim Bracco has decided to leave the BID after an exemplary three-and-a-half years of service,” reported Georgetown BID’s board president Crystal Sullivan in a July 3rd e-mail to its members. “On behalf of the BID’s board of directors, we would like to thank Jim for his great efforts in making Georgetown a clean, safe and enticing community for our businesses to thrive and visitors to enjoy. He has been a steady presence in not only the Georgetown community but in representing our neighborhood amongst city agencies and initiatives. We greatly appreciate his time and level of service to Georgetown, and he will be missed.” Bracco indicated to The Georgetowner that he was reconnecting with “former Trammell Crow Company colleagues on a future venture” but could not elaborate at this time. At the June 13th meeting at the House of Sweden, Bracco gave an update on projects and said he was especially proud of the clean-up crews, whose work he admired each morning when driving to work. Among other projects, he also showed images of the holiday plant-
ings to come as well as a sketch of the holiday ornament to be dramatically suspended over the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, much like the lighted decoration that hangs each Christmastime at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in Manhattan. At its big meeting in 2011, the BID launched its new website and with its re-branding effort revealed the neighborhood’s new retail motto: “Come out and play.” The next big BID event is Georgetown’s Fashion Night Out, Sept. 6. Its tagline: “Liberty and fashion for all.”
Georgetown BID executive director Jim Bracco with MPD Chief Cathy Lanier at the June 13 annual meeting.
Questions and Concerns to Be Addressed Following Storm Aftermath
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D.C.’s recent storm has caused many massive power outages around the area. An event called the “Ask the Utility Execs” will be hosted by WTOP Radio 103.5 FM this Wednesday, July 11, and will consist of a live discussion with representatives from a variety of Washington area power companies. Some of these companies include Pepco, BG&E, SMECO, NOVEC, Potomac Edison and Rappahannock. This discussion will address concerns and issues from the recent power outages caused by the storm. The moderator of this discussion will be Marc Segraves, a WTOP investigative reporter. Questions may be submitted online at wtop.com and on the WTOP Facebook and Twitter pages. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at WTOP Studios, where the Georgetown Media Group will be covering it and provide details with a web update. ★
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uch has been written about the seminal Supreme Court decision to uphold the Obama health care law. But perhaps less recognized was Thursday’s news gaffes — one which may go down as an even more pivotal turning point for American media. Decades ago, the death and funeral of President Kennedy were true watersheds for live television news. In 1989, the Tiananmen standoff made CNN a real news force, while Michael Jackson’s death 20 years later gave Twitter news legitimacy. But CNN and FOX News’ misreporting that the healthcare mandate had been overturned could be viewed as the moment that media legacy forfeited its monopoly on credibility. It’s not like they didn’t know this ruling was a minefield. Bush v. Gore had set a precedent as to why you should never rush reporting a Supreme Court ruling. It’s like stepping in the puddle that you know is there — and yet they stepped right in, anyway. This is why that fateful Thursday could be the end of news as we know it. That is, no more big names setting the agenda for what is right and good in journalism. Those big brands of American journalism have long made their resources, expertise and credibility to get it right their last stand as to
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what separates them from everything else — from small papers such as this one, to startup news organizations to mommy bloggers. And yet they stepped in the puddle that so many others do — the very alternatives to which they have held themselves superior, the very competition they say lacks their credibility. But, needless to say, most of them got it right. David Shuster, a former MSNBC anchor reported from of the grandiose plaza outside the Supreme Court, live online for a new venture called Take Action News. He proudly noted that while both CNN and FOX got it wrong, his team had taken the time to get it correctly — suggesting openly that if you want accuracy, turn off the networks and turn on Take Action News. And, in many cases, that turning off has already begun. For while CNN was getting it wrong, the leaders of D.C. ‘legaldom’ gathered
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ortgage interest rates continue to hit new lows as the economy plods ahead slowly. Rates declined in reaction to disappointing job growth, according to a report released on July 6. The number of non-farm payroll jobs for June was up by 80,000. The consensus was 100,000 jobs. Some Wall Street firms raised their guidance to 125,000 after the release of a stronger ADP employment report the previous day. As the report confirms, the reason for this market reaction is the economy’s tepid recovery. Rates simply are unlikely to move higher with a slow moving economy. Additionally, the Federal Reserve Bank may be prompted to do some quantitative easing. The markets are already pricing in more stimulus by the Fed. Mortgage rates are at historic lows. Purchase mortgage rates 30-year fixed rate mortgages are priced in the mid-3 percent range. Fifteen-year fixed mortgages are below 3 percent. Rates for 5/1 and 7/1 adjustable rate mortgages are below 3 percent. For every 200,000 borrowed at 3.5 percent on a 30-year note, the payment is $895 a month. At 5 percent, the payment would be $1,069 a month. This represents a savings of $174 monthly. With the low interest rates, a borrower can
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or Kelley Proxmire, more color is better – especially when designing a room. Her interior design company, Kelley Interior Design, prides itself on brightening up any space with a fun, yet classic, flare. “I love color, so there are few that I dislike,” she said. “Somebody told me that in Heaven there will be more colors than there are on Earth. To me, that’s so cool. More colors, not to mention seeing God ...” While always remaining true to her classic style and timelessness, Proxmire believes no room is ever fully dressed without a pop of color. Her L’Orangerie show room, featured in this year’s DC Design House in Spring Valley, is a testament to her holy grail of color hues. The former ballroom turned intimate sunroom features long, tangerine-colored drapes by Ellen Goodman that shade mirrored Palladian windows. Another highlight is the Manuel Canovas toile table skirt accented in an orange, gray and white pattern. “When you look at that room, you’ll see some things are skirted. Some things are legs, some are soft, some are straight,” she said. “It’s a blending.” The sophisticated sunroom is merely a prelude to the Bethesda designer’s extensive portfolio. A fixture in the D.C. metropolitan area for more than 20 years, Proxmire has a wealth of knowledge and accolades that showcase what she refers to as her “innate talent.” Most notably, Proxmire was inducted into the Washington Design Center’s Hall of Fame in 2009. “I was so happy,” she said of her induction. “I think it was that I use the Design Center a lot, so the design makers probably saw my face too much. But I’m very flattered.”
Before her Hall of Fame honor, Proxmire said her experience working for fellow inductee Bob Waldron impelled her to design. “I started in the ‘80s,” she said. “I definitely had on-the-job training. Bob did say to me, ‘Some have it, some don’t. You do, so go.’ And I realized I had ‘it,’ and I’ve worked like a dog over the years.” Today, if one cannot find Proxmire perusing patterns at the Washington Design Center, she is most likely tailoring her traditional style to set it apart from other designers. “Everybody says that they’re timeless,” she said. “But I really do like to think that there’s
files of rooms that I love and I get inspired all over again. Almost every night is spent doing some sort of work.” Merging her love of design with a strong work ethic and business-minded media team, Proxmire defines her projects as having a “tailored traditional” style that emphasizes three fundamental elements. “When I look at a space, the first thing I think about is that it has to be practical, especially if I’m designing for a family,” she said. “It has to be pretty or handsome. And then, I want my rooms to look inviting.”
“Somebody told me that in Heaven there will be more colors than there are on Earth. To me, that’s so cool.” some time-element involved that will be in style for a long time. I’d hate to do something and then have it outdated in five years.” She chooses to avoid the trendy route by accentuating rooms with unique pieces of art or accessories. “I always like to have some funky pieces in the room, and by ‘funky’ I mean oneof-a-kind,” she said. “Either it’s antique or vintage or something different.” Inspired by designers such as Billy Baldwin, David Easton and Mark Hampton, Proxmire said she is moved by new styles everyday. “I spend my time at the end of the day either online on blogs, looking at magazines or looking at my
Whether armed with a customer’s vision for a future room, a piece of furniture or simply a section of fabric, Proxmire said her designs reflect a cooperative and collaborative effort from both parties. “I think I have a range, and I think [my projects] reflect my clients unless they come to me and say, ‘I want your look.’ Fine, I can do that, too. But, it’s usually a blending.” For potential clients, she suggests being prepared for the detailed road ahead. “Number one is choosing a designer and having a plan,” she said. “Look up all the websites and see if you know the designer. A lot of my clients are personal recommendations.”
For those choosing to create designs themselves, she urges the use of floor plans to coordinate between rooms. “In other words, if you’re going to have a design, then be systematic about that,” she said. As Proxmire’s calendar continues to fill up with ever more projects, her enthusiasm for interior design and long-standing relationships with clients serve as the driving forces behind her success. “I’ve done 21 show houses in 11 years,” she said. “That’s sick, but that’s just because I love the design aspect and the free rein, and I can put it all together pretty quickly. Then to see it all come together, it’s just such fun.” Although designing and managing a business are key to Proxmire, she believes trust is essential between designers and clients. “Over the years, I think customers become more relaxed and more assured that we’ll do a good job for them,” she said. “Some of them just say, ‘I really don’t know about this, Kel.’ And I’m thinking it’s going to make the room. So, I just really have to try to sell it and say, ‘It’s going to be fabulous. Trust me.’” ★
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EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE
AT THE CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART BY ARI P OS T
he moment I saw the paintings of Richard Diebenkorn for the first time was one that shifted the course of my life as an artist. I was an 18-year-old student wrestling with things like color, form and, more onerously, ways to convey my ideas and break free from the self-aggrandizing egotism that artistic practice so easily brings about. Something in the style of my complaints must have triggered my teacher to offer me a book of Diebenkorn’s work. I had never been so affected by paintings. Even in the cramped dimensions of a catalogue, his works felt huge—they carried the visual grandness of a mural in a few square inches. His endless washes of color, falling through and beneath one another in farm-like grids, conveyed a vibrant and somehow weathered atmosphere, like sunlight piercing through morning fog. It was dilapidated doors, smoke, hot asphalt, sweat, fields, style, color, shape, geography, line, form, joy, peace, war. It was paint. And it had never looked better to me. I remember wanting to run my hands all over these paintings, these fields and strips of color that looked like Mondrian charged with a scuffed, pulsing static. I wanted to lift up the veils of yellow paint to explore the oceans of red ochre and blue-grey beneath the surface. Diebenkorn lets viewers into his process in this way, allowing us to know his paintings inside and out—and he offers this portal to us without reservation or anxiety. In his time, Diebenkorn was a famously generous and patient teacher, and this comes out in his work—even his paintings are good teachers. Unlike so many artists of the past century who went to great lengths to hide their techniques, Diebenkorn unveils his methods to us garnished on a plate. This was a man who wanted painting to survive when others denounced it as dead, to move the arts into the future in a way that connected and involved audiences. For the second half of the 20th century, Diebenkorn was the painter’s painter. You would be hard pressed to find a working artist today that does not adore this man’s work. It is painting as the idea in itself, which seems to speak about everything—about an artist in his environment, but also about things transcending any singular time, place or individual. “The idea is to get everything right,” Diebenkorn once said, rather prophetically. “It’s not just color or form or space or line—it’s everything all at once.” Take a moment to spend time in front of his paintings and you will know what he’s talking about. Through the end of September, the Corcoran Gallery of Art is hosting “Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series,” a retrospective of the artist’s landmark series made between 1967 and 1988, which marks the first major museum exhibition focused on these luminous, grid-like paintings. Small works on paper, prints, drawings and collages—even some “cigar box” studies—share space with his signature massive canvases, many of which are over eight feet tall. “These works are powerful investigations of space, light, composition, and the fundamental principles of modern
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Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #83, 1975. Oil on canvas, 100 x 81 inches. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Museum Purchase with the aid of funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the William A. Clark Fund, and Mary M. Hitchcock 1975.30. © The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
It is painting as the idea in itself, which seems to speak about everything—about an artist in his environment, but also about things transcending any singular time, place or individual. “The idea is to get everything right,” Diebenkorn once said, rather prophetically. “It’s not just color or form or space or line—it’s everything all at once.” Richard Diebenkorn in the Crown Point Press studio, Oakland, 1982 (detail). Courtesy the Estate of Richard Diebenkorn. Photograph by Colin C. McRae.
abstraction,” said Philip Brookman, chief curator and head of research at the Corcoran. “Diebenkorn investigated the tension between the real world and his own interior landscape... These are not landscapes or architectural interiors but topographically rooted abstractions in which a sense of the skewed light and place of that time emerges through the painting process.” A lifelong inhabitant of the west coast, Diebenkorn (1922 – 1993) served in the U.S. Marine Corps after attending Stanford University and afterwards took advantage of the G.I. bill to study art at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Among his teachers was Mark Rothko, the acclaimed abstract expressionist who doubtlessly effected his perception of modern art. A look at Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series leaves no doubt that Rothko influenced his sense of composition and color palette. (And as The Georgetowner’s Gary Tischler often points out, “Washington is the Rothko City.” All the more reason to welcome this show to our town.) As a young painter in the 1950s, it was no small feat to reckon with the wild assault of abstract expressionism on the contemporary art scene. To come into your own at the tail end of one of art history’s most explosive, brazen and contentious periods was a considerable strain on many emerging artists. But with that pressure came a certain liberation for Diebenkorn. Willem De Kooning later would say that the abstract expressionists (and Jackson Pollock, specifically) “broke the ice”; afterwards, art could go anywhere and be almost anything. During this time, however, Diebenkorn did a rather unusual thing: he pioneered a representational movement, at once a gesture to the tradition of art history and an outright rejection of modern art critics like Clement Greenberg, who argued for “advanced art” that renounced subject matter and representation for the “purity” of abstraction. Along with fellow artists such as Wayne Thiebaud—most recognized for his over-saturated paintings of cakes and patisserie treats— they together founded The Bay Area Figurative Movement, which pioneered an expressive, representational style that brought together the thick, lustrous brushwork and wanton impasto of abstract expressionism with the earthy romance of the Impressionists. Though a far cry from his later work with the Ocean Park series, Diebenkorn began in his early paintings a pattern of weaving the threads of familiar people, family members and California landscapes with a grand intimacy that connected his quiet, precise observations to the collective subconscious of postwar America. It was a mutual search for peace, balance and beauty. He learned what it meant to be a modern painter as the world around him learned to see as a modern audience. His work was met with acclaim from critics, viewers and patrons alike. In the mid 1960s, Diebenkorn took a teaching position at UCLA, moving from San Francisco to Santa Monica. It was during this time that he moved away from his figurative style, for which he had by now become quite popular, and began work on his Ocean Park paintings, a pursuit that would last him the rest of his life and become one of the most influential bodies of work in the second half of the 20th century.
Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #6, 1968. Oil on canvas, 92 x 72 inches. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Arthur J. Levin in memory of his beloved wife Edith 1999.17. ©The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
Named for the beachside community where he set up his studio, the Ocean Park series cemented Diebenkorn at the forefront of his generation as an artist dedicated not just to his own work, but to the history and future of his medium. The shift happened gradually but surprisingly, according to the artist, and in a way he always had trouble explaining. “Maybe someone from the outside observing what I was doing would have known what was about to happen,” he said in an interview in the late ’60s. “But I didn’t. I didn’t see the signs. Then, one day, I was thinking about abstract painting again… I did about four large canvases—still representation, but, again, much flatter. Then, suddenly, I abandoned the figure altogether.” But looking at these paintings, what we see in fact is an unprecedented balance of abstraction and representation. These paintings are not just shapes that resemble things, like looking up at the sky and seeing a cloud shaped like a poodle. They are distillations of whole environments from which they are born. Within the canvases are the layouts of suburban neighborhoods, the aluminum siding and split-level houses of mid-20th century America, power lines and clotheslines, interstates and parklands, oceans and shorelines, even the great frontiers of the Wild West. But while these visual tropes are tangible and intriguing, no one theme sits within any particular canvas. You will not find a painting in this exhibit titled “House by the Sea.” Diebenkorn named each piece in this series with a number in the
Richard Diebenkorn, Cigar Box Lid #4, 1976. Oil on wood, 8 3/8 x 7 1/8 inches. The Grant Family Collection. ©The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. Image courtesy The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
order by which he made them. The numbers become markers of the passage of time that denote the changing and shifting of the artist’s environment as he lived it. Just as Monet painted the Rouen Cathedral in different lights of day and Matisse evoked the emotional sentiments of his era with the wild, dissonant color palette of Fauvism, so did Diebenkorn acknowledge his time and place by sweeping his brush across his own physical and cultural landscape. He captured the grand, clean-shaven, perhaps diluted idealism of his time in washworn, infinitely expansive color fields, cut up with arbitrary vanishing points and the stark measurements of clean, straight lines. Still, the paintings impose almost nothing upon us as viewers. We are free to explore the pictures in our own way and at our own pace. Diebenkorn’s postwar American abstraction offers glimpses of harmony and calm, a generalization of that “American Dream,” the sincerity and earnestness of which has not really been seen since. I still wrestle with the same issues as I did when I was first introduced to Diebenkorn’s work, but he helped me to learn that these artistic dilemmas are not just equations that you solve and move past. These issues are themselves the pursuit of art. Diebenkorn’s work inspired me beyond myself. When that happens, you cannot help but to believe in art. ★
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or the past few weeks, being out in the sun has been downright masochistic. Stepping outside, the pelting heat was nearly suffocating. On a bicycle, it felt like being blasted by a full body blow-drier. Last Sunday, our city hit 100 degrees for the fourth consecutive day — a natural feat unsurpassed since July 1930. Across the country this year, more than 40,000 daily heat records have been broken, and after the storm that left so many of us without electricity, the heat couldn’t have come at a more inconvenient time. Wandering around the farmers markets, our local food producers are bemoaning the heat’s effects on this season’s crops. “This is the last week for blueberries, thanks to mother nature,” said one local vendor when I bought a still tasty but admittedly heat-stricken bushel last weekend. Thankfully, things seem to be easing up outside. This isn’t to say the rest of the summer season is going to be a cakewalk, but we can start thinking again about venturing into the sun and enjoying summer as it should be enjoyed: by the shoreline, in the water, and out at sea. From George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River in 1776, to the Kennedys’ iconic yachting excursions that captured in celluloid the idealism and spirit of the late post-war era,
Washington, D.C. has scattered bits of its history on the water. The Potomac and Anacostia Rivers wind through our neighborhoods, their beauty and power never failing to refresh the senses. If ever you’re feeling blue, take a walk along the Mt. Vernon trail up by Roosevelt Island beside the Potomac River, watch the birds take flight, breathe the air, wrap yourself in the billowing silence and tell me if you don’t feel at least a little better. And in the Delmarva area, there are plenty of locations for waterfront escape. The Maryland shore has charm, history and abundant seaside culture. Along the Delaware coastlines, popular beach destinations give way to serene waterfront and unforgettable excursions. The odds are, most of you have your house rentals set up. Here are some great things to do.
Delaware Coastal Kayak Offering sailboat rentals, guided kayak and bicycle eco-tours, Coastal Kayak allows guests to experience the bayside marshlands and wildlife from a completely new perspective. The salt marsh tour is a fanastic addendum to any list of activities. Paddle through the salt marshes around a state wildlife refuge, the feed-
ing grounds for many animals. You’re liable to see herons, osprey, horseshoe crabs and skimmers, among other wildlife. One of the premiere offerings is the exploration of a small sandbar where you get out of your kayak and comb the beach for a variety of beach dwellers such as fiddler crabs, starfish and clams. Chincoteague and Assateague Islands Chincoteague Island, just a 30-minute drive
from Bethany down Route 1, is Virginia’s only resort island, and one of the more beautiful islands that salt and pepper Virginia’s eastern shore. This rustic, wild-looking beach is famous for its breathtaking and accessible wildlife, oyster beds and clam shoals, migratory birds and packs of wild horses, which often graze casually around the parking area. Throughout the summer, crowded beaches give way to stretches of secluded shore-
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line, marshes and forests for those willing to walk beyond the crowded entrance. As a Natural Wildlife Preserve, the Chincoteague and Assateague islands harbor plenty of inspiration for the adventurous, Thoreauvian journeyman. Nassau Valley Vineyards Producing a wide variety of wines, Nassau Valley is Delaware’s first and only farm winery. The self-guided tour includes a chronicle of wine’s 8,000-year history, up to the processing and production of modern day vineyards. Picnickers are welcome, and specialty tastings and wine and food pairings are available on site or off. Theater and musical groups perform during the summer months. This is an ideal stop on a rainy beach day or a midweek break from the pulsing July sun.
Maryland The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry is also a great way to see the surrounding area of Talbot County. America’s oldest privately owned ferry, established 1683, crosses the Tred Avon River between Oxford and Bellevue, Maryland. It’s a quick trip, 7 to 10 minutes (20 round trip) but it’s a lot of fun and St. Michaels is a pleasant sevenmile bike ride or drive from the Bellevue landing. The ferry can carry cars and motorcycles.
For more information visit www.OxfordFerry. com. The Chesapeake Lighthouse Tours These tours are a unique look at Chesapeake’s lighthouse heritage, which has assisted the passage of boats for centuries. Captain Mike Richards, who guides the tours, has over 35 years’ experience on the Chesapeake Bay and shares stories of these historic lighthouses and their surrounding areas. Half and full-day tours leave from the Bay Hundred Restaurant at Knapps Narrows Marina, through October. For more information, visit www.ChesapeakeLights. com. The Tilghman Island Marina The Tilghman Island Marina is a popular destination spot with transient boaters and boating clubs and groups all throughout the bay, who also offer boat rentals and various charters. The picturesque marina overlooks the Chesapeake Bay and Nature Area. Offering a quaint ambiance in a park-like setting that caters to boating groups and guests, it’s a great place to enjoy a Chesapeake Bay sunset from the comfort and privacy of your own boat. You can also jet ski, sail, bicycle, fish and take waterway tours. Walk, ride or dinghy to all Island attractions, Inns and restaurants. For more information, visit www.TilghmanMarina.com. ★
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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 suggested. 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
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3205 K St, NW (est.1967) A Georgetown tradition for over 40 years, this friendly neighborhood restaurant/ saloon features fresh seafood, burgers, award-winning ribs, & specialty salads & sandwiches. 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
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.
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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
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One Washington Circle, NW Washington, DC 22037 Circle Bistro presents artful favorites that reflect our adventurous and sophisticated kitchen.
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. www.citronelledc.com
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
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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
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
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 (202) 347-2277
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
SHANGHAI TEA HOUSE 2400 Wisconsin Ave NW Authentic traditional Chinese cuisine with a variety of Bubble Tea. Offering an elegant atmosphere. LUNCH SPECIAL $7.25 (Mon-Fri) comes with spring roll or hot&sour soup Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10:30pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm Sun 11:30am-10pm www.shanghaihousedc.com (202) 338-2815
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COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK: POP UP BY JOD Y KU R ASH
ashington is going pop! In what many consider a transient city, it only makes sense that pop-up retail stores and restaurants have been making a splash in the nation’s capital. Georgetown was treated to the Bloom pop-up shop and the Water Street Project art exhibition earlier this spring. M Street’s newest dining spot Bandolero hosted two pop-up previews before opening their permanent doors. So as the summer heat climbs to scorching levels, what could be better than a pop-up tiki bar? In my opinion, not much until scientists figure out a way to create a pop-up Caribbean beach complete with swaying palm trees and cabana boys on the Georgetown waterfront. Well the wait is over — for the tiki bar, at least. Washington bar chef extraordinaire JP Cacheres has transformed the roof top at Connecticut Avenue’s Dirty Martini, into a groovy, open-air topicalthemed bar smack in the middle of downtown’s Golden Triangle. Caceres, the chief mixologist for Dirty Martini and founder of Let’s Imbibe, Inc., has spent months experimenting and conjuring up creative cocktails for his new space. Everything is made from scratch — from fresh-squeezed juices, homemade syrups, hand-carved ice and more than 30 varieties of rum. The cocktail menu will continue to evolve with changing specials. This spot is perfect for the summer drinker who wants something more original and cultivated than a typical piña colada. During my recent visit, Caceres was playing with an updated version the classic El Presidente cocktail, a refreshing blend of rum, grenadine, orange Curaçao and white vermouth. The El Presidente is a Cuban-born tipple that dates back to the heydays of cocktails. During Prohibition, imbibers from the states flocked to Havana to get their party on. While many theories about the exact origin of the El Presidente swirl, Esquire cocktail editor David Wondrich believes it was created by Eddie Woelke, an American bartender at Havana’s Jockey Club. Woelke purportedly named the drink in honor of President Gerardo Machado, who ruled Cuba throughout most of the Prohibition years. Caceres, who is known for his creative liquor infusions, pumps up this vintage potable with a pork-fat infused rum. Caceres starts with Appleton rum, already a full-flavored Jamaican spirit, and uses a fat-washing technique to infuse the liquor with a meaty goodness. He begins by browning the pork in a frying pan until the fat is melted and liquefied. Next, he takes a sterilized canning jar and measures three cups of rum to which he adds one cup of liquified fat. The mixture is sealed and left to rest. The infusion process takes about five day to complete. The fat and liquid will eventually separate, with the fat forming a hard cover on top of the alcohol. To complete the process, Caceres skims the solidified fat from the top of the jar and strains the liquor through a double cheesecloth. The second secret to this cocktail is the use of homemade grenadine. Caceres does not use premade syrup; instead he forges this mixer freshly from pomegranate. The finished cocktail is served in a retro tiki mug over crushed ice and garnished with a cinnamon stick for a touch of fragrance. Caceres’ creation results in many layers of flavor. The porkfatted rum adds a richness that is balanced by the sweetness of the Curaçao. The grenadine, vermouth and aromatic bitters all contribute a bit of earthiness, a sight tartness and subtle spice. While there is no ocean to dip your toes into,
JP Caceres mixes an El President Gordo at the tiki bar located on the outside deck at Dirty Martini.
The El President Gordo cocktail
EL PRESIDENTE GORDO 1.5oz Appleton VX Pork Fat Infused (*) .75oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth .50oz Orange Curaçao 1 bar spoons Homemade Grenadine 2 dashes Reagan Orange Bitters Build drink in a tiki mug, swizzle over crushed ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
sipping this cocktail will transport your taste buds to the sophisticated luxury of a Caribbean resort. Readers can try the El President Gordo (Fat President) and other delicious Polynesian- and Caribbean-inspired cocktails Monday through Friday, from 5 to 10 p.m. on the rooftop at Dirty Martini, 1223 Connecticut Avenue, NW. ★
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THE LATEST DISH ON DINING IN THE DISTRICT BY LIN DA ROT H CONT E
alducci’s former location on New Mexico Avenue, NW, was not completely taken over by La Forchetta. The remain-
on 19th Street in downtown DC where Sam & Harry’s used to be. The food program includes small plates with lots of wild game, as Teddy was an avid hunter. Alan seems to have a thing for presidentially themed restaurants, as his
operators Jeffrey Fox and Jin Lin also own Sake Steakhouse in Laurel, MD and Fuji Sushi in Bel Air, MD. The Sweetgreen owners signed a lease for its 13th location on the East Coast at CityVista at
ing space (4,000 sq ft) that was Balducci’s will become a new Wagshal’s, which is well known in Spring Valley. Balducci’s Family of Fine Foods owner Bill Fuchs says in addition to the butcher shop and prepared foods and sandwiches, it will offer fresh seafood, a hot food bar and chopped salad station. The new space will have a Barcelona design look. Alan Popovsky of Hudson and Lincoln plans to open Teddy & The Bully Bar, named after President Teddy Roosevelt. It will open
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new company is called Presidential Restaurant Group. Passion Fin is in expansion mode. Not only does the Japanese restaurant plan to open in the new Goose Creek Village in Ashburn, VA by the end of the year, they also plan to open at The Shops at Sumner Place in Bethesda, just off Sangamore Road in this quarter. Joining them on the restaurant and QSR front will be Starbucks, Bethesda Market and Praline Bakery & Restaurant. Passion Fin owner/
5th and K Streets, NW, where Michael Landrum had planned to open a coffee house restaurant. That may be lucky 13 for Sweetgreen. An early fall opening is planned. Ch-ch-changes: Jacques Haeringer just added a bar to Jacques’ Brasserie, the more casual restaurant he opened last year on the lower level of the iconic L’Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls, VA. The bar was a natural addition to the neighborhood spot, as it complements the neighborhood feel to the Brasserie. Jacques also quadrupled the size of his on-premises garden, growing herbs, squash, tomatoes and peppers for his restaurant. Chef Update: Matt Baker has been named Chef de Cuisine at the Occidental Grill, working under Executive Chef Rodney Scruggs. Previously he served as executive sous chef at Brasserie Beck in D.C. and as sommelier for Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in Miami… Salvatore Ferro was named Executive Chef of The Hamilton, part of Clyde’s Restaurant Group … Eddie Moran is now cheffing at Station 4, a Mediterranean-American restaurant in southwest D.C., not far from his last gig as chef de cuisine at Sou’Wester at the Mandarin Hotel. He will work under Executive Chef Orlando Amaro … Rebecca Albright, the new Pastry Chef for Ted’s Bulletin previously worked as Assistant Pastry Chef at 1789 and at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel where she oversaw and produced pastries for their high tea service. Should we anticipate a new kind of pop tart? Tony and Joe’s and Nick’s Riverside Grill are also pleased to announce their newest team member, Chef David Stein. David hails from St. Michaels where, for the past 16 years, he owned and operated his own Bistro St. Michaels, MD …. Chris Ferrier has been named Executive Chef for 2100 Prime at The Fairfax at Embassy Row, a Starwood Luxury Collection hotel. Previously
he worked Hyatt Regency Hotels in the D.C. market. Jose Andres will find a home for Minibar at the Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar in Penn Quarter while America Eats Tavern, formerly Café Atlantico undergoes another change. There is no concept yet, but he hopes to have something in place so that the new space opens by October. The new location for Minibar will offer 12 to18 seats, as opposed to the six seats they have now — with an astounding wait list. Although Thompson Hospitality has pulled Austin Grill Express and their burger concept, brb, from the Boilermaker Shops project at Capitol Riverfront/Ballpark District, Huey’s Diner, Buzz Bakery, Willie’s Brew and Que Sports Bar and Bluejacket Brewery still have banners up (thank you Prince of Petworth) so are still planning to open there. Bluejacket plans to open in the first quarter of 2013. Sebastian Zutant, Mike O’Malley and Mike Friedman plan to open Red Hen, an Italian-influenced American restaurant in the Bloomingdale section of D.C. at 1st Street and Seaton Place, NW. Zutant and Friedman are veterans of Proof. O’Malley has 9Group in Las Vegas. They are targeting a first quarter 2013 opening. Brookland will get a neighborhood bar and grill (fingers crossed) that will be run by three U Street operators in the industry. John Solomon from Solly’s, Frank Hankins from Sova and Tony T from The Pug are planning to take over the Library space at 3514 12th Street, NE. They have still to hire a chef and decide on a name. They hope to open this fall. Luke’s Lobster
Quick Hits: Carolina Kitchen Bar & Grill expects to open their third operation on Rhode Island Row in Northeast D.C. this fall. Their other operations are at The Blvd at Cap Cen in Largo, MD and in University Town Center in Hyattsville, MD. Luke’s Lobster in Penn Quarter, D.C. opened a second location in Bethesda on Bethesda Lane. Brothers Mustafa and Omar Popal, popular owner/operators of Café Bonaparte and Napoleon Bistro, plan to open a third Georgetown restaurant on Water Street this fall. ★ Linda Roth Conte is president of Linda Roth Associates, Inc (LRA) specializing in making creative connections through media relations, marketing initiatives, community outreach and special events for the hospitality industry. Contact Linda at 703-417-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her web site at www. lindarothpr.com
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MURPHY’S LOVE: LOVE, ACTUALLY his old phone locked this way and I never found anything to worry about when I looked through it, but now I am starting to be suspicious. What should I do? –Phone-Focused
BY STA CY NOTARAS M U R P H Y DEAR STACY: We just had our first baby and I have zero energy for anything. My husband and I are fighting all the time. I have a sharp tongue when I’m angry, and it hurts his feelings. After the argument is over, I usually realize that I jumped to a conclusion or was overreacting to whatever he had said or done. I feel so guilty but I am able to admit when I’m wrong. I apologize and we move on. But I would really like some tips on how to keep from getting so angry in the first place! We never used to be like this. Things used to be very simple when we disagreed about anything. But these fights always seem to take place in the middle of the night, when our son is up screaming. I don’t want to keep having the same argument all the time. What can I do? – Suffering and Sleep-deprived DEAR SUFFERING, I know it’s cold comfort at this point, but we’ve all been there. Anyone who has brought a child into a once-simple household and seen the almost immediate carnage can relate to your situation. We also can tell you that this, too, will pass. Okay, enough with the unhelpful clichés. You are asking for tips on being less reactive in the moment, a moment which usually takes place in the middle of the night, obviously without the benefit of a fully-rested mental state. My first tip is: Please don’t expect too much of yourself under those circumstances. If you can muster a little self-empathy it will go a long way to helping curb your reactivity. Next, try to notice what happens in your body when you start to get angry. Does your breathing get shallow? Do you feel tension in your neck or stomach? Make a mental (or physical) note of these indicators so that when they appear, you will know what is about to happen and you may be more capable of getting a handle on your anger before you lash out. Next, breathe — humor me and just do it. With practice, deep breaths (instead of nasty retorts) can become your automatic reaction to when you feel your body start to tense up. This process will clear your mind, or at least help you bridge to the point where you can see if you
might be jumping to that wrong conclusion. Then mirror what your husband is saying. Give it back to him, word-for-word, without interpretative voice inflection or attitude, and ask, “Did I get it?” This serves two purposes. First, it lets him know that you heard him, calming his own anxiety in the moment while making him more receptive to your views. Second, it allows him to hear what he said — he’s likely sleepdeprived as you are, and we all say things we don’t exactly mean at those times. Your husband can hear what he said, pause and decide if that’s really the message he wants to send. He can revise it or not, but I promise you he will be less defensive if you use this technique. All of this is to help de-escalate the conflict in the middle of the night. Mirroring will not solve a disagreement about co-sleeping or how many blankets Baby needs. But it will buy you some time, and build up some goodwill between you. This will help avoid the tired routine of recognizing you were wrong, feeling guilty, and apologizing the next day, when it’s even more likely that you haven’t had much sleep again, either. DEAR STACY: My husband got a new cell phone and started using a passcode to open it. He didn’t keep
DEAR PHONE-FOCUSED, So you have a habit of reading Husband’s texts and emails when you start getting suspicious about him, and now you are frustrated that you can’t get a quick fix to calm your anxiety? I wonder … Could this habit have something to do with his decision to get a new phone? We don’t know from your letter if Husband’s job requires him to lock his phone (many do) or if you have talked to him about your doubts (probably not). What you do provide is some insight into how you may be managing your anxiety about your relationship: you check up on him and then breathe a sigh of relief. His new technology has removed this coping mechanism, and so you need a new one. Let’s celebrate that you wrote to me requesting relationship advice, and not to a techie forum requesting tips on how to hack into his device. That shows you are interested in improving your partnership overall — a very good start! I’m going to invite you to do a very honest inventory of whether you have a good reason to be suspicious about his activity. If he has been unfaithful before, how did you get through it? Did you work on your relationship together, or push the hurt and disaffection under the rug? Consider airing it out again (for best results, with a trained professional). But if Husband has not given you a concrete reason to be distrustful, continue your honest inventory by looking at yourself — your history, parents, friends, etc. If you are worried that Husband could become a jerk like So-andSo’s ex, perhaps you could explore your fears in a manner that is more healthy and life-giving than playing Nancy Drew. Whenever we find ourselves doing something unconscious (which is what all that phonepatrolling really is) to allay our fears about a relationship, the faster and easier path to wholeness usually is becoming conscious about our motivations. Not an easy choice, but much more satisfying in the end. ★ Stacy Notaras Murphy is a licensed professional counselor and certified Imago Relationship therapist practicing in Georgetown. Her website is www.stacymurphyLPC.com, and you can follow her on twitter @ StacyMurphyLPC. This column is meant for entertainment only and should not be considered a substitute for professional counseling. Send your confidential question to email@example.com.
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A HISTORY OF AIDS: THE PAST AND PRESENT With a conference, a quilt and a play, the legacy of a devastating disease returns to the spotlight once more. BY GARY TISC H L ER
n Washington, D.C., people talk about HIVAIDS frequently, given the city’s notoriously high rate of infections — one higher than many African nations. For the rest of this month, they’ll be talking about it a lot more. There’s a keen focus in Washington this month on HIV/AIDS, the devastating disease which has claimed millions worldwide since surfacing in the early 1980s. It struck America’s gay comminity first, lethally and dramatically — although it quickly became known as a disease exclusive to no group, gender, race or age. Most prominently, the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) will be held at the Washington Convention Center, July 22 to 27, under the theme of “Turning the Tide Together,” featuring keynote speaker and former President Bill Clinton, pop star and humanitarian Elton John and philanthropist Bill Gates among expected 25,000 attendees. It is the first time in 22 years the conference will be held in the U.S. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the AIDS Quilt has made a vivid re-appearance in Washington, including on the National Mall where it was a part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in “Creativity in Crisis: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt,” under the auspices of the Names Project Foundation. Under scorching sunlight, accompanied by quilting bees, discussions and exhibitions, a large portion of the AIDS Quilt once again decorated the lawns of the National Mall with a colorful field of remembrance while visitors recited the names of those lost to the disease, as in days gone by. Portions of the AIDS Quilt are also on display at the Kennedy Center where seven artsrelated panels from the quilt will be on view in the center’s south gallery — including panels paying tribute to Alvin Ailey, Rudolf Nureyev, Howard Ashman, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and others, symbolic of the many AIDS-related losses suffered by the nation’s and the world’s arts communities. At the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Quilt (and the 30th anniversary of AIDS itself) is also being marked with a display of the quilt with panels on exhibit in the main hall of the Art Center and outside on the Alexandria dock, July 21 to 25. The Alexandria Commission on HIV/AIDS will host a closing reception July 25 with Mayor William Photo by Jeff Malet Euille serving as the honorary chair. But to find and experience the emotional, Around the production buzzes a beehive of the burning and hugely affecting human core of AIDS activities at Arena through the course of the universal history of the AIDS epidemic, you the play’s run at the Kreeger Theater through have to go to Arena Stage at the Mead Center July 29. Not only are more panels from the AIDS in Southwest Washington, where Larry Kramer, quilt hanging on the walls outside the Kreeger, the unrelenting AIDS prophet, town crier and adding poignancy to the drama on stage, but activist, is seeing the first Washington produc- there are images from the HIV and AIDS retion of his 1985 play “The Normal Heart” after lated collections of the Archives Center at the a successful and Tony Award-winning revival on Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Broadway last year. History. D.C. clinics and HIV testing providers
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have HIV-testing vans parked outside on select weekends, and there are panel discussions after selected matinee performances. On July 23, there’s a performance to benefit the Washington AIDS Partnership. Before and after performances, there will be further opportunities to hear the alarm-sounding, passionate voice of Kramer, in the form of a onesheet letter which begins by saying that “Please know that everything in ‘The Normal Heart’ is
real. These were and are real people who lived and spoke and died and are presented here as best as I could.” When people come to see the play something rare in theater performance happens, and in various ways, it’s been documented by many people who have seen the production. A kind of risible, visible emotional power builds during the course of the play, and the affects become obvious in the audience with periods of sustained silence where people seem to have stopped breathing, with the sound of long, audible sighs, and sometimes sharp intakes of breath and, in the end, often sobs. This is not because the proceedings, although dramatic, are melodramatic, it is not because what is going on is maudlin or even sentimental. The reactions appear to stem from honest emotions, a response to shocking moments, a normal heart open to undeniable feelings. It’s that way for members of the outstanding cast, too — for the audience it’s like a tuning fork in the dark. “Oh yeah, you can tell how people are reacting,” said Nick Mennell, who plays the buttoned-down, but affably charismatic gay investment banker Bruce Niles, a key character. “It gets really quiet, it gets completely silent during that scene where Bruce is talking about taking the body of his lover home to Arizona.” “It’s always a little different,” said Sam Procaccino, who plays Ben Weeks, the straight attorney brother of the manic, and sometimes maniacal, gay leader and activist Ned Weeks, who’s basically a stand-in for Kramer himself. “It depends on the audience,” he added. “At matinees people, they’re older and a little uncomfortable at first, they’re slower to respond, they don’t know what to do. But soon enough — especially in the second act — they start to respond — you can hear them.” People come out of the play as if they’ve just finished an impossibly long, and dangerous, theme park ride. They look and feel exhausted, there’s a mixture of both buzz and stunned silence. “The Normal Heart” first appeared in 1985 when the AIDS crisis was taking shape vividly in American cities, in New York, in San Francisco and in Washington. Most see it as history: It’s been embodied by the death of movie star Rock Hudson, others in the cultural community, President Ronald Reagan’s stubborn unwillingness to acknowledge AIDS at its outset, the renaissance of plays about the disease (“Angels in America,” the Falsetto plays, “The Baltimore Waltz”, works by Harry Kondeleon and Robert Chesley and the pioneering book “And the Band Played On”) and the first appearance of the AIDS Quilt in Washington. “The Normal Heart” takes you back to the beginning of the AIDS crisis when it didn’t have a name, and deaths were few. But Ned Weeks has noticed some of his friends get sick and die
The Normal Heart will headline at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater June through July 29. Photo by Scott Suchman.
in rapid order, and we see him with a friend at the offices of Doctor Emma Brookner, one of the play’s heroes, whose attempts to mobilize and get the aid of medical institutions and government officials proves agonizingly futile. Ned, one of those people who have no verbal filters, starts a group to sound the alarm, to help victims, identify the disease, and spread the word in the gay community, which was experiencing what some are calling a golden age of sexual freedom and license and which Ned warns can be suicidal and dangerous. Difficult to deal with as a friend, or in conversation, Ned is a prickly, almost emotionally self-destructive radical when it comes to the subject of the disease, of love and relationships and of being gay. He enlists his skeptical, reluctant brother, he battles over leadership with the less flamboyant Bruce, a banker and former Green Beret who wears his threepiece suit like armor against coming out. No one listens. The government (the Koch Administration in New York City, the Reagan Administration here) turned a deaf ear early on. Gay men began to die in ever larger numbers. A strange, almost awesome thing begins to happen. “The Normal Heart” can easily, and it has often been, be called a “gay” play, in terms of its concerns, in terms of the struggle, the characters and AIDS as a subject. But so vividly are the characters drawn, so close to them is the audience, that the frustrations, the guilt, the fear, the immense sense of loss, becomes ours. The play is one of those game changers — chances are that com-
ing out you won’t be exactly the same as going in because what you’ve seen, felt and heard will stay with you. It’s that way for the actors, too, only more so. “It’s been an education and, I feel, an honor for me. I think it’s affected all of us,” Procaccino said. He and Menell are sitting for our interview at the Mead Center, dressed casually, loose shirts, jeans, backpack and so on. Procaccino, 58, has performed all over the country, most recently for the Seattle Repertory Company, as well as a member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago and in films and television. Mennell, 35, has divided his time between stage, including most recently on Broadway in “A Free Man of Color,” for director George C. Wolfe, who also directed this production of “The Normal Heart” and films, including a “Friday the 13th” remake. Up close around a table, the two are a study in contrasts — Mennell is 20 years-plus younger than Procaccino, of Italian-Hispanic heritage, dark-haired and casually handsome but almost intensely articulate, with a young daughter. Procaccino sports the speckled, spotty salt and pepper beard he grew for the part —“I kinda like it, I think I’m going to keep it,” he said. On stage, the two look oddly pillar-of-the-community alike in clothes and attitude. Procaccino, as Ned’s attorney brother, often sports New York attorney suits and Menell, his hair Wall Street-slick, and his suit often fitted perfectly and escape-proof, looks defiantly not gay as suits worn by his character Bruce, who doesn’t want to come out to the
world at large. Ironies abound in this kind of setting. “You know what’s strange?” Procaccino says. “Back in the 1980s, and this made me think of it, I was offered a part in ‘The Normal Heart’, a gay character, and I turned it down because I had just played a gay man in another play. I was afraid of being typecast or seen that way. So, yeah, I can admit that as a young man that I was homophobic then. And being in this play, let me tell you, it makes you look at yourself.” “I was just a kid in the ‘80s,” Mennel says. “So, I didn’t really know anything, you know. But I remember I was playing one-on-one basketball outside once with some guy, and he told me he was HIV-positive, as a kind of warning, like some basketball players did back then, and I didn’t know what that was, or what it meant exactly.” Both men, though, are theater people, they’re playing parts — and they know that. Procaccino’s girlfriend is the actress Sue McKinnon. At some point in this play — they both note how draining and exhausting it is — something sticks, the people become larger than the issue. “It becomes very real, and the audiences play a big part in that,” Procaccino says. “I like to think that what we’re doing here, and how we do it is important to something larger,” he says. “The suffering in this play, the loss is a human loss, not just gay suffering and loss.” With Mennell’s ethnic background, there’s not universal approval for being in this play from
some of his relatives. “Some of them think what I’m doing is a sin,” he said. “I don’t understand that attitude,” he said. “But you know, because you don’t live in a void, I have to think about being an actor, what value it is for society in terms of society.” “In so many ways, what we’re doing, I like to think, elevates humanity, makes us see outside ourselves,” Mennell said. “With this play, I see it every night or matinee. It makes you question the existing paradigm. Every night I listen to the play and hear things as if for the first time, and they resonate so deeply for me on a human level.” AIDS is now — and has been for some time — a global epidemic affecting not just gays, but everyone, including women and children. The numbers of cases and deaths continue to climb, in Africa, and in our cities. But the talk in the nation is not so much about AIDS, but about the political battleground issue of gay marriage, which is referenced prophetically, if briefly, in “The Normal Heart.” You come out of the play, and there’s Kramer’s letter. It is, like the man and his play, passionate: “Please know that AIDS is a worldwide plague”. It’s full some hard facts, too. “Please know that, as I write this, the world has suffered at the very least some 75 million infections and 35 million deaths. When the action of this play that you have attended begins, there were 41.”★
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The Nation’s Capital Goes on the Fringe I BY G ARY T ISCHL ER
t’s July, it’s summer, it’s Washington, D.C., and we’re right where we belong again. On the Fringe. It’s time once again to rock and roll, to visit what is a giant performance arts buffet, orgy, festival, conglomeration, explosion — the Capital Fringe Festival — set to take off Thursday, July 12 and run through July 29 with some 140 productions, more than 300 performances of plays, operas, one-person shows, dance productions and stuff that, as always, defies category, convention and expectations — all performed at venues fairly close together, with some exceptions. Headquarters is Fort Fringe at 607 New York Ave., NW, out of which the Fringe Festival operates year-round, but which becomes a regular beehive of activity during the festival, starting with the recently held mind-boggling preview event held in the Baldaccino Gypsy Tent. It’s also where you have a good opportunity to catch Julianne Brienza, the festival’s executive director and founding member, who sometimes still feels a little amazed that the festival is now in its seventh year. She can get the credit for the festival’s status as a kind of free-flowing, ongoing Washington cultural instutition, a sometimes incongruous state of affairs, given the nature of
the festival. “By its nature, this kind of festival, which is a process and a journey going from year to year, with no real permanent place that says this is what it is, isn’t exactly an institution, but we’ve become one,” Brienza said. “The festival has always been about exploration and adventure, here and from its beginnings elsewhere and in all of its forms across the country. A lot of people in this community sometimes think of it in theater terms, but it’s much more than that. It’s performance art. So, you can find dancers, burlesque, opera, cabaret, as well as plays. It’s comedy. It’s supposed to be and is on the fringe.“ Historically, the festival tends to split be-
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tween local performers and groups and those from outside D.C., including Maryland and Virginia, but also folks from New York, San Francisco and all across the country as well as farther afield. “I can’t point out highlights for you or what to expect, or give you a tip on what to see,” Brienza said. “I try to see as many performances as I can because you get a real good sense of the kind of people who come to the shows.” Washington itself, as well as the festival, has changed over the last seven years, she noted. “There’s a very grounded and large theater audience,” Brienza said. “There’s also a lot of people — artists, and people who are in the cultural community here — who might come to the festival but can’t either afford to come to the regular theater and musical offerings, or want something different.” “I think the festival fills a need — even a kind of gap in the community,” she said. “And Fringe isn’t just the festival itself. Like a lot of things that begin here, there’s a need to make this a full-time institution where you work yearround through educational projects and training, and you become a presence.” But Fringe has always had a kind of wild and woolly complexity to it — the actual quality varies from year to year, from production to production. You can sort of get a flavor and pick some likely suspects just breezing through the titles and group and artists names. We are basing this on titles alone: Dog & Pony D.C. is presenting “Beertown” which was a nominee for best play in 2011, for instance. Here are some other likely suspects and possibilities: The Third Annual “Fool For All: Tales of Marriage and Mozzarella” from the Helen Hayes award-winning Faction of Fools Theatre Company, which specializes in Commedia del Arte, which has become very popular of late. There’s “He Loved the Soft Porn of the City,” a musical trio piece with a gentleman by the name of Dr. Allan Von Schenkel, blending 80s
New Wave, Fusion Jazz and World Beat. As always, there’s the Dizzy Miss Lizzy’s Finn McCool, there’s Scena Theatre’s production of “Mein Kampf,” which tries to imagine Hitler’s life as a shiftless artist in Vienna. There’s a musical show about Tupac, there’s a solo piece, called “Do Not Kill Me, Killer Robots,” there’s a play about the 1968 D.C. Riots in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and there’s a play about the occupiers, D.C. and elsewhere. “We have political shows, we have avantgarde shows — we have everything,” Brienza said. “There’s always surprises. It’s always an adventure. I think that’s the idea. “ And it’s proven to be successful: people flock to these events. In six years, 80,000 have shown up, generating $1.2 million in revenue for participating artists. The D.C. version has become the second-largest unjuried Fringe Festival in the United States. Seventy percent of Fringe attendees are female, 70 percent are in the 25 to 55 years-of-age group. “I don’t know why the gender thing is like that,” Brienza said. “It’s interesting.” Venues for this years festival include Fort Fringe and the Baldaccino Gypsy Tent, the Bedroom at Fort Fringe, Redrum at Fort Fringe, as well as the H Street Playhouse, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, the D.C. Arts Center in Adams Morgan, the Warehouse, the Gala Hispanic Theatre, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Gear Box and Mountain, at 8103 at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, the First Congressional United Church of Christ, Caos on F, Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, Goethe Institut, the Studio Theatre and the Source Theatre. For complete information on tickets (they’re $17 individually), box office, schedules, times, dates and venues and individual plays, artists and groups, visit the Fringe Festival website -- CapFringe.org. ★
City Center Gallery Walk BY ARI POS T The American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead was a keen observer of the riches of modern city life. She spoke of a city as a center “Where any day in any year there may be a fresh encounter with a new talent, a keen mind or a gifted specialist. This is essential to the life of a country.” “To play this role,” she noted, “a city must have a soul — a university, a great art or music school, a cathedral or a great
mosque or temple, a great laboratory or scientific center, as well as … libraries and museums and galleries …” Scrolling through Mead’s list of highest urban attributes, Washington hits all the marks. We have the schools, the religious and scientific institutions. We are awash in great museums and historic libraries. By its very nature, the District is a kaleidoscope of history and progression, holding onto our tenets while moving ever
into the 21st Century. And we have galleries. Boy, do we ever. In the heart of this city, encircling Gallery Place and Metro Center amid the glistening glass and steel of arenas, storefronts, apartments and office buildings, art galleries flare against the cultural skyline. Like the Viennese salons of the late 19th Century, there is always someone admiring the artwork worth their weight in conversational gold.
“A city must be a place where groups of women and men are seeking and developing the highest things they know,” said Mead. In the galleries listed below, the lifeblood of Mead’s persevering philosophy runs strong, proffering the visual arts as a channel to understanding our history, our surroundings and our collective selves. Plus, they’re just great venues to see some damn cool stuff. ★
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“Wild Things,” the summerlong exhibition at Adamson Gallery, is certainly wild, but don’t go in with the expectation of seeing much in the way of the living. This collection of animal photographs showcase the inhabitants of our oceans and wilderness in a not-so-lifelike light (save the charming Weimaraner portraits of William Wegman). Granted, this is not just an arbitrary portrayal of animals post-mortem. For instance, Martin d’Orgeval’s photograph of an owl is an eerie beakless specimen, perched on a dirty pedestal. This image comes from his project to document the aftermath of a 2008 fire in a 170-year-old taxidermy shop in Paris. The artist photographed everything from singed butterflies to charred bears, offering an interesting observation into the nature of what was — or wasn’t — really destroyed in the fire, while showcasing life’s breathtaking diversity. Other notable artists included in the exhibit include Annie Leibovitz, Jim Dine, Roberto Longo and Roni Horn.
Civilian Art Projects has enough to keep patrons busy for a while to come, presenting installations by three acclaimed artists working in a variety of media through July 28. Richard Chartier is a sound artist, considered one of the key figures in the current movement of reductionist electronic sound art, termed “microsound,” or Neo-Modernism. Chartier’s minimalist digital work explores the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, perception and the act of listening itself. In his exhibit “Interior Field,” he transforms the center gallery at Civilian Art into a darkened space where a visitor may relax and focus to this sound composition. A significant portion of this piece utilizes several audio recordings made at the 1905 McMillan Sand Filtration Site in Washington, D.C. during a sudden heavy rainstorm. Bridget Sue Lambert is exhibiting a photographic series of large-scale prints in which she explores and emphasizes the complicated nature of relationships through the humorously messy rooms of a dollhouse, which she has been working with for the last three years. In them, she has constructed and captured scenes that simulate the emotional and physical clutter that surrounds romantic relationships, as well as a woman’s relationship with herself. Finally, Shamus Ian Fatzinger presents his show ‘Personal Frontier,’ a series of photographs created from negatives found in a cardboard box belonging to his mother that tell the story of the artist’s childhood, and his family’s move West. What emerges is at once a collection of seminal mid-century American snapshots and a lens into our own grainy, beautiful pasts — weird and sexy, vague and pointed, and somehow very familiar.
Flashpoint Gallery 916 G Street NW, www.CulturalDC.org From July 20 to August 18, Flashpoint Gallery will exhibit the work of Interdisciplinary artists Hana Kim and Shana Kim, who join forces to work between the disciplines of architecture and interactive media to create an immersive environmental installation. The show, “Atmospheric Front,” combines pulleys, motors, hand-knit textiles and wires that expand and contract in time with sound and light projections. The texture and movement of the multidimensional piece reference biological and natural systems, which evoke breathing cycles, pulse and emotion. For more information on the process behind their work, visit their blog: AtmosphericFront.wordpress.com. There will be an opening reception Friday, July 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
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At the Ronald Reagan Building, June 22, the American Cancer Society collaborated with Cure by Design, a fashion show event celebrating cancer survivors. The Cure by Design DC 2012 celebrated the survivorship of 40 persons with fashion. Walking down the runway, the true stars of the evening were dressed in spectacular designer outfits done by Barbara Bates, Sondra Falk and Luis Machicao. For more information on the event and any future events, check out the charity’s twitter @ curebydesign. For more fashion photos of the event, visit www.jasondixson.com/AmericanCancer-Society-Cure.
Who said museums are a no-play zone? The National Building Museum’s interactive miniature golf course exhibit features a one-of-a-kind, 12-hole course that people of all ages are welcome to play on. Designed by some of the D.C. area’s most innovative architects and construction firms, such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Hargrove Inc., and District Design, the indoor mini-golf course debuted on July 4 and will stay open until Sept. 3. With mini-golf history facts highlighted on the museum walls, the exhibit allows visitors to learn about the game while playing on the designers’ challenging courses. For $5 per round or $3 per round with purchase of the full-price museum exhibition admission ticket, the minigolf course is a nice afternoon get-away for families, co-workers or friends. Visit www.nbm.org for more information, or call 202 272 2448.
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NBA all-star MVP Kevin Durant returned home to Washington D.C. after a heartbreaking loss in the NBA finals. The D.C.-native sipped Moët Rose Imperial with his entourage a celebrity hot-spot Eden last night. The 23 year old enjoyed a cigar with his friends until he left the club just after 2 a.m. Talk about a fun way of coping! To the right: Kevin Durant at Eden last night. Photo credit by DT Nation
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BY M ARY BIR D The American News Women’s Club celebrated 80 great years as members and guests gathered at the National Press Club to “Roast & Toast” CNN’s chief political correspondent and anchor of “State of the Union” Candy Crowley. Host Kimberly Dozier of AP led Dana Bash, Molly Boyle, Governor Bill Richardson and Judy Woodruff in a hilarious roast of Candy, culminating with the presentation of the ANWC Award for Excellence in Journalism -- the “Why? What?” Sculpture: a tribute to inquiring minds, created by noted sculptor Lolo Sarnoff. The annual gala funds scholarships to outstanding young women majoring in journalism.
BY MARY BIRD / PHOTOS BY JULIE FISCHER On June 28, VIPs from the technology and philanthropic worlds converged on Rick Rickertsen’s Georgetown home (the former carriage home for Mary Todd Lincoln) to celebrate Microstrategy’s chairman and CEO Michael Saylor upon publication of his book, “The Mobile Wave.” Guests sipped cocktails in the gardens and then gathered indoors from the sweltering heat to hear Saylor wax poetic on the future of technology and education. Guests included Jack Davies, Jim and Michael Kimsey, Carol Joynt and Bill Dean. Above right: Michael Saylor signing copies of “The Mobile Wave.” Bottom: Carol Joynt, Laurent Menoud, Jack Davies and Michael Saylor
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GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC Historic c1799 residence in heart of the E. Village has been renovated to finest level. Gourmet Kitchen, Ballroom, Dining Room for 12+, 2 garages +3 pkg spaces. $8,995,000 Eileen McGrath 202-253-2226 Jamie Peva 202-258-5050
CLEVELAND PARK, WASHINGTON, DC This is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity to build your Dream Home on 30,000 ready-to-build SF lot w/ dramatic view of Washington National Cathedral. $3,950,000 Margot Wilson 202-549-2100 William F. X. Moody 202-243-1620
FOREST HILLS, WASHINGTON, DC Extensively renovated in 2009, this classic 1921 colonial features fabulous public rooms, and south facing terrace and pool. 4 bedrooms including master bedroom suite with his/hers baths. $2,895,000 Margot Wilson 202-549-2100
KALORAMA, WASHINGTON, DC Renovated 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath Wardman built in 1923. Kitchen open to family room with walls of glass. Garden and parking. $2,795,000 Chuck Holzwarth 202-285-2616 Stephanie Bredahl 202-821-5145
FOREST HILLS,WASHINGTON, DC Sun-filled, prairie-style home with kitchen/family room, informal dining room & formal rooms with wooded views. Fabulous master suite with his/her baths. 4 add’l BRs, pool & tennis. Lower level guest suite & gym. $2,350,000 Margot Wilson 202-549-2100
MCLEAN, VIRGINIA Custom “Green House” - 6,800+ SF with 2-story foyer, high ceilings and backs to open land. 4 finished levels with walkout lower level with media & exercise room + 5th bedroom suite! 3 car garage. $1,995,000 W. Ted Gossett 703-625-5656
GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC Historic Federal in the heart of Georgetown. Handsome woodwork, original wide plank floors and five fireplaces. Two bedrooms, three full baths, gourmet kitchen and two car parking. $1,895,000 W. Ted Gossett 703-625-5656
CAPITOL HILL,WASHINGTON, DC Finely finished new home nestled behind a restored historic façade. Large gourmet kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, family room, media room & roof deck. $1,850,000 Kimberly Casey 202-361-3228 Daryl Judy 202-380-7219
BERKLEY,WASHINGTON, DC Beautiful 4BR/4.5BA home on quiet cul-de-sac minutes to McArthur Blvd & Georgetown’s shops & restaurants. Traditional floorplan, chef’s kitchen, spacious bedrooms, large yard, pool, patio & garage. $1,695,000 Nancy Taylor Bubes 202-256-2164
WESLEY HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC NEW PRICE! Lovely & sophisticated house with 3BR/3.5BA. Thoughtfully updated with extensive mature landscaping & handsome hardscape. 1-car garage. $1,095,000 Mary Grover Ehrgood 202-274-4694 Julia Ehrgood 202-274-4682
MCLEAN, VIRGINIA Handsome brick Colonial. Close-in McLean! Located on a cul-de-sac with flat fenced rear yard. Renovated baths and updated kitchen, two-car garage, fully finished basement, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. $995,000 W. Ted Gossett 703-625-5656
DUPONT CIRCLE,WASHINGTON, DC Elegant 2,700 square foot Federal townhouse on rarely available and highly sought after street. Gracious proportions. Parking. Close to Metro. $949,000 William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki 202-243-1620
PALISADES PARK, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA Stylish brick townhome in Move-In Condition! Features include high ceilings, hardwood floors and excellent light! 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, rear deck and large 2-car garage. Close to Rosslyn Metro. $899,000 W. Ted Gossett 703-625-5656
GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC Delightful Federal, c1850, with two bedrooms, open, light-filled living and dining rooms, renovated kitchen and charming garden. $849,000 Andrea Hatfield 202-243-1632 Tammy Gale 202-243-1649
FOGGY BOTTOM, WASHINGTON, DC Federal TH w/beautiful front garden on quiet, tree lined street convenient to all of downtown DC. 1,800 SF open floor plan w/ 2BR/3FBA. Near Metro. $799,000 William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki 202-243-1620
PALISADES,WASHINGTON, DC Fantastic 1BR, 1BA Palisades condo. Light filled with open floor plan. Granite countertops, GE S/S appliances, W/D, Walk in closet + storage unit. Secure building, low condo fee & pet friendly. Location! $348,000 Mark McFadden 703-216-1333
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