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GEORGETOWNER VOLUME 59, NUMBER 21

JULY 17- AUGUST 6 , 2013

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DuPont Circle, Washington, DC

$429,000

NEW PRICE - NY style 2 BR, 1BA apt w/wood burning FP, W/D, many updates in handsome 1921 townhome. One block to Metro, a stroll to Georgetown & West End, parks, Trader Joes & Whole Foods, & tons of restaurants. Rebecca Israel / Chevy Chase Miller Office 202-423-8400

Wesley Heights, Washington, DC

$349,000

WELL DESIGNED 2BR, 2BA Condo. New Kit w/ceramic flr, tile BAs, great closets. Refinished HDWDs. Fresh paint, crown moldings, new blinds. Impeccable condition! Fee includes utilities. Parking incl. Vicky Lobos-Kirker 301-213-3725 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

McLean, Virginia

$3,800,000

Dynamic home boasts luxurious finishes that will immerse the owners in luxury. Flowing floor plan captures casual & formal life styles. Pool. Close to new metro. Make this an epic offering. Sharon Hayman 703-402-2955 McLean Sales Office 703-790-1990

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Chevy Chase, Washington, DC

$1,340,000

Gorgeous 2-story Penthouse w/loft, gourmet kitchen w/Viking SS appl’s. Semi-private terrace w/gas grill, 4 car garage parking, extralarge storage, & METRO at your door as well as upscale shops & restaurants + Whole Foods!! Kent Madsen/ Foxhall Office 202-255-1739/ 202-363-1800

Chevy Chase, Washington, DC

$1,575,000

New Price! Stunning “Turn Key” 6,000+ sf custom home built in 2007 offers 4 finished levels, w/ dramatic 2 story foyer, LR/Great Room, DR, Gourmet Chef’s Kit, Den/Library, 2nd Level w/sleek MBR Ste, plus 3 BR’s/Ensuite BAs. Miller Spring Valley Office 202-362-1300

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Bethesda, Maryland

$475,000

Great Top Floor 1 BR w/renov. Kit., open flr plan and lots of charm. Oak hdwd flrs, 8 windows, 2 exposures. Tilden Gardens best! Terry K. Faust 202-744-3732 Chevy Chase Uptown Office 202-364-1300

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Beautiful 1400 SF, 2BR/2BA in “Best Addresses” Broadmoor. Renov Kit w/SS & granite, HWF’s, Sep DR, period details & great closet space. Indoor parking to rent. Fee incls most utilities & taxes. Great location, Metro & more! Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

This sun-filled 2BR, 2BA, 1,447sf home with tree views from every room. Large table space kitchen and formal dining. Master BR with BA, dressing area & walk-in closet en-suite. 2 garage spaces! Friendship Heights Office 301-652-2777/202-364-5200

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Cathedral Heights , Washington, DC

$279,000

Location & elegance! This spacious 1BR condo across from the National Cathedral is PET FRIENDLY & has a striking kitchen, crown moldings, hardwood floors & large closets. Steps from bus lines, Zipcar & restaurants. This one has it all! Lydia Benson/ Bethesda Miller Office 202-365-3222/ 301-229-4000

DuPont Circle, Washington, DC

$1,970,000

Classic Brownstone in Heart of Dupont! 4,400sf transitioned into a fascinating contemporary 3-unit. 2,200sf owner’s bi-level unit w/ roof deck + 2 valuable 1,100sf 1BR units. Wide-open spaces! 2-car pkg & large, lovely garden patio. Miller Spring Valley Office 202-362-1300

Wesley Heights, Washington, DC

$2,395,000

PRIME LOCATION! Impressive 6BR/5.5BA, 1940 brick residence on 16,000 sq. ft. lot. Beautifully landscaped, large rooms, perfect for entertaining, plus finished lower level. Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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Spring Valley ,Washington, DC

$1,295,000

Spacious & bright 4BR /4.5BA English cottage style on premier street. Large rooms throughout, 3 FP, large lot, Close to shopping & transportation. Excellent value. Needs some updating and priced accordingly. Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

Arlington, Virginia

Wes Foster, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of The Long & Foster Companies is no stranger to military service. A veteran himself, Wes has chosen to demonstrate his gratitude to those who serve in the US Military by providing active duty personnel, honorably discharged veterans and the spouses of both groups with scholarships for real estate licensing classes so they can benefit from a career in real estate. To learn more about the P. Wesley Foster Military Service Scholarship, contact your local Long & Foster office. We can’t think of anyone we’d rather have on our team.

Land, location, land! Country Retreat on Sub-Dividable Land. Thoughtfully designed 6 bedroom 4.5 bath home with tons of flexible space. Arlington Office 703-522-0500

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Glover Park/Georgetown, Washington D.C. $1,255,000

$1,925,000

Spectacular 5 lvl end unit townhome w/ incredible views! Exquisite detail throughout. 3BR/ 4 full + 2 half baths. Marble foyer, formal LR. gourmet kitchen, custom closets, high ceilings, moldings. Large roof top terrace, elevator. Close to Metro. Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

Arlington N/Woodland Acres , Virginia $1,890,000

Berkley, Washington, DC

$1,999,999

Grand home w/7BR 6.5 BAs, MBR w/2 BAs. Renov chef’s kit w/ Miele + Wolfe appl’s. In-law ste w/sep entr. Huge LL rec room. Quiet cul-de-sac convenient to G’Town, downtown, Key & Chain Bridges. Wendy Gowdey 202-258-3618 Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

Distinguished, Elegant, Extra-wide Flat-Front Federal! Stylish, Cuttingedge Renovation! Gorgeous Kitchen, European Baths! 3 Brs, 3 Baths, In-law Suite, Fabulous Deck, Secluded Garden! Quiet Enclave yet Adjacent to Restaurants and Shops. Janet Whitman 202-321-0110 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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Newly Priced Victorian semi-detached home on coveted block features expansive living and entertaining spaces and offers 5 BRs and 3.5 BAs. $2,595,000 JUlIa DIaZ-aSPer +1 202 256 1887

On one of the most sought-after private streets in Georgetown, this 4 BR, 3.5 BA Victorian home accommodates 3135 sf of luxurious living. $1,825,000 | ttrsir.com/id/20849300 rICHarD leVerrIer +1 202 957 7777 PHIl leVerrIer +1 301 661 3520

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This elegant and light-filled 4 BR, 3.5 BA home features custom moldings, wood floors, a flagstone terrace, heated pool and 2-car tandem garage. $2,395,000 | ttrsir.com/id/dc8117158 mICHael rankIn +1 202 271 3344

Designed by architect Mark McInturf, this contemporary has won many awards. The home’s signature tower boasts an oculus which lets light stream in. $1,825,000 | ttrsir.com/id/dc7999446 ZelDa Heller +1 202 257 1226

This extraordinary 2 BR, 2 BA condo at Sheridan Garage offers soaring ceilings, large casement windows, open floor plan, 1 garage space and storage. $1,295,000 | ttrsir.com/id/dc8105303 mICHael Brennan +1 202 330 7808

Charming brick 1812 5 BR, 3 full BA Federal in West Village. Elegant hall entrance, den, kitchen, DR, staff quarters, and LR that opens to terrace. $1,950,000 JUlIa DIaZ-aSPer +1 202 256 1887

This stunning 5 BR, 4.5 BA home features an open floor plan with numerous updates, a 2-story foyer, home theater, outdoor patio and swimming pool. $1,699,900 JIll Park +1 703 627 1329

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SIGNATURE’S ‘SPIN’: A FRESH MUSICAL OF FAMILY, FAME AND FORTUNE BY EVE BARNETT

“Spin” at Signature Theatre runs until July 27 and offers a hip, understanding look at reluctant parenthood.

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UP & COMING Jayme McLellan in Conversation with Casey Smith Heiner Contemporary is pleased to host a conversation between artist Jayme McLellan and Casey Smith. They will discuss McLellan’s exhibition, which centers on a fable by Thích Nhất Hanh about a river that learns to make

peace with her jealousy of the clouds. Influenced by the Buddhist teachings of Hanh and the work of Alfred Stieglitz, John Constable, and James Turrell, McLellan’s compositions are at once meditative and critically engaged with the legacy of artists looking to the sky. Visit www.heinercontemporary.com for more. Heiner Contemporary; 1675 Wisconsin Ave., NW.

JULY 20

Fairy Tea Bring your favorite Tinkerbell to dress up in tutus, wands, and wings. Children select their outfits from the fairy wardrobe provided, and then assemble (with accompanying grownups) for tea and desserts served by a costumed interpreter who will show and tell all about the

favored drink of early America. Next, tour Tudor Place’s enchanting gardens in search of fairy traces and hiding places before making a special period craft to take home. Visit tudorplacefairyteajuly2013.eventbrite.com to learn more. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31 St., NW

JULY 21

DC Scoop! Taste (and judge!) the District’s best ice cream, gelato, custard, frozen yogurt and other summer treats – for free – on National Ice Cream Day! Foodies, have no fear, you’ll be in good company. Stirrers and shakers of the D.C. food scene will serve on a panel of judges to determine the 2013 “D.C. Scoop” winner. Visit unionmarketdc.com to learn more about this event. Union Market, 1309 5th St., NE.

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Smithsonian After-Hours Introducing the Smithsonian’s premier 21+ after-hours event series: a unique mix of culture, art, history and science that also includes music, a cash bar, and special access to Smithsonian exhibits, collections and experts. Tickets are $15-25. To learn more visit, smithsonianassociates.org. Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW.

JULY 27

‘Arts, Culture & All Things Pink!’ CharityChicks US and We Will Survive Cancer are co-hosting a garden party for the Children’s Inn at NIH in the urban garden of the RitzCarlton in Georgetown. We will be creating a whimsical garden party honoring several little girls who are currently battling rare cancer. Our theme this year is “Art, Culture & All Things Pink.” Tickets are $125. To learn more, visit vippinkparty.eventbrite.com. Ritz Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South St., NW.

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Mazza Jazz Enjoy a pleasant Saturday afternoon vibe at Mazza Gallerie with a Mazza Jazz performance on the first Saturday of every month this summer. On his saxophone, recording artist Rob Maletick leads ensembles of his own style of jazz. He will be on the mezzanine between Pampillonia Jewelers and Ann Taylor from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For details, call 202-966-6114, or visit mazzagallerie.com. 5300 Wisconsin Ave., NW. SynchroSwim 2013 Washington Project for the Arts’ synchronized swimming performance art competition returns to the Capitol Skyline Hotel pool for the third year. Pull out your bathing suit and goggles and get ready. WPA will have three prestigious judges ready to select their favorite pool-based, synchronized swimming-inspired performance. For more information and to enter the competition: http://wpadc.org/artist-resources/calls-forentry-proposals/#SynchroSwim. The Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I (Eye) St., SW.

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Photos and Text by Jeff Malet www.maletphoto.com 1. Thousands turned out in Washington, D.C., to celebrate our nation's birthday under clear skies. Cousins Troy (age 3), Alexis (5), Erika (7) and William (2) from Vienna, Va., and Champlin, Minn., pose before the United States Army Continental Color Guard on Constitution Avenue. 2. Fireworks light the skies over the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol Building. 3. Singer Neil Diamond sang "Sweet Caroline" in tribute to victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing at the nationally televised PBS “Capitol Fourth� concert on the Capitol West Lawn. 4. An actor portraying Benjamin Franklin reads from the Declaration of Independence in front of the National Archives Building. 5. Marching with a giant American flag at the National Independence Day Parade. 6. Giant American eagle balloon hovers over the National Mall.

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News Buzz BY RO B E RT DE VANEY Walter Reed

Georgetown University to Expand to Old Walter Reed Grounds? Georgetown University continues its search for new campus space. It will appear before a local advisory neighborhood commission July 18 to present its potential use of the remaining area of the now-closed Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as explained by its COO, provost and medical school dean. On 16th Street, NW, Walter Reed was located at 6900 Georgia Ave., NW. In August 2011, it moved its operations to Bethesda Naval Hospital. Part of the land is now used by the State Department, but the District controls 66.5 acres fit for redevelopment for offices, housing, shopping -- and school buildings. Developer Forest City Washington is partnered with the university and will make the pitch to the ANC that involves graduate programs and other uses, such as working with non-profits. The following is the university’s statement by Christopher Augostini, senior vice president and chief operating officer; Robert Groves, executive vice president of main campus and provost; Howard Federoff, M.D., executive vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the School of Medicine: Over the past year, Georgetown University has been engaged in a comprehensive master planning process. While recognizing that our historic main campus has limited space, we believe that future growth is necessary for our institutional health and sustainability. We believe Georgetown University is positioned to be a strong partner in meaningfully contributing to Washington in these coming years. We are engaged in constant conversation with the District about how we can best partner with them as they redevelop properties across the city that were once home to large federal programs and agencies. As we move forward, you will likely hear that we are engaged in exploring various sites around the District. One such opportunity is the redevelopment of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in upper northwest Washington. There, the District has announced that the State Department will occupy part of the space and is soliciting development partners to re-imagine the remaining space. This is a tremendously important project for the District of Columbia

with many benefits for the university to explore. The District has solicited developers to make presentations for Walter Reed. Forest City Washington has asked Georgetown University to partner on a proposal that includes exploring the possibility of expanding the university’s graduate education activities, research facilities, collaborations with private sector firms, and potentially other non profit and government entities to both accommodate growth and provide a catalyst for broader collaborations. This site has the potential to be a campus for innovation that could combine our institutional strengths with private sector, non-profit and other institutional entities, all focused on developing ideas and solutions for next generation global problem-solving.

Traffic Alert: 37th Street Detour; Key Bridge Briefly Closed The District Department of Transportation is detouring traffic on northbound 37th Street, NW, for its project to improve the intersection of 37th Street and Tunlaw Road, NW. “This detour is scheduled to last until the Wednesday, July 24, 2013, weather permitting,” according to DDOT. Southbound traffic on 37th Street will not be detoured during this period. DDOT also reports: Northbound 37th Street, NW, traffic will be directed eastward on Whitehaven Parkway, NW, to northbound Wisconsin Avenue, NW, and then to westbound Calvert Street, NW. WMATA has installed temporary stops for Metrobus routes that have been affected by this project, and the related detour. Traffic control signs will be in place to guide travelers around the detour. For more details, contact the project engineer Charles Daniel (202-409-2070 or Charles. Daniel@dc.gov) or assistant project engineer Dawit Kebede (202-359-5926 or Dawit. Kebede@dc.gov). Key Bridge was closed in both directions July 11 for about an hour -- roughly 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. -- after the Metropolitan Police Department responded to a phone call about a bomb. After a suspicious package investigation, police found nothing, they reported. Lanes on the bridge were opened to traffic a little after 11:30 a.m. Continued on page 9

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EDITORIAL/ OPINON

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he District Council has passed the socalled “Living Wage” legislation. Like so many issues we talk about today, it is, of course, not over. Now, it’s Mayor Vincent Gray’s turn to have the final say--or not. The council--by the exact same vote (8-5) of the first reading of the legislation--voted for the bill--aka the Large Retailer Accountability Act-which forces large retailers like Walmart with more than a billion in annual sales and stores larger than 74,000 square feet pay a minimum (or liveable) wage of $12.50 an hour, which is over four bucks higher than the District’s minimum wage of $8.25 an hour and five bucks higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. The mayor has 10 days from the time he gets the legislation to approve or veto it. So far, he has said neither yea nor nay. All indications are he might veto it, perhaps, as he’s said to the media, also tweeting the wage rate up by fifty cents or a dollar. District Council Chairman Phil Mendelson pushed this particular bill, which comes with

Walmart after years of avoiding the District for store sites, starting three projects and is planning three more. This comes with the traditional hallmark of Walmart -- low wages but lots of jobs, and more important perhaps to shoppers, low prices. Prospects of the approval of the bill caused Walmart to threaten to shelve, in the very least, plans for three stores and perhaps stop construction on the other three. Mayor Gray -- who’s always been a hardworking supporter for bringing in new and major retail projects into the poorer wards of the District, including Ward 7, where he lives, as well as Wards 5, 4, 6 and 8 -- faces a dilemma. Passage of the legislation could threaten the Skyland Shopping Center project in Ward 7 which would not happen without a Walmart store as its lynch pin. The timing for the legislation -- which could also affect such local retailers as Macy’s and Whole Foods -- seems strange and unnecessarily challenging, almost like an I-dare-you approach to attracting business. According to reports, at-large Councilmember Vincent Orange, who

Well Done, Jennifer

voted for the legislation said, “We’re at a point where we don’t need retailers. Retailers need us.” That kind of unwelcoming and unwelcome bravado is hardly likely to change hearts and minds. It seems to us that the legislation is hasty, unnecessarily combative and was arrived at in a way that lacks due consideration and public input. It may -- as both Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells have suggested -- cost the District jobs and bargain shopping and hurt its ability and reputation to attract major retailers and business. It also comes at a time when people are starting to think about the upcoming mayor’s race. Bowser and Wells are both running as is Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, who voted for the legislation. The mayor has not indicated whether or not he would run again. In the end, though, this legislation is a politically charged issue as well. Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander voted against the legislation, while Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry voted for it. Go figure. ★

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An ANC award: commissioners Craig Cassey, Bill Starrels, Ed Solomon, Ron Lewis, Jeff Jones and Peter Prindiville flank Jennifer Altemus.

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he Georgetown-Burleith Advisory Neighborhood Commission commended the past president of the Citizens Association of Georgetown earlier this month. The group recognized Altemus for “sustained contributions to the community,” not the least of which was the agreement between the neighborhood and Georgetown University on its 10-year campus plan. Meanwhile, the student newspaper, the Hoya, disapproved of the gesture. “GU Antagonist Unworthy of ANC Award,” its editorial headline read. All right, then. Regardless,

Altemus -- CAG president for four years -- was also honored by the citizens group she led at its annual election meeting, where Ward 2 councilmember Jack Evans, presented Altemus with a proclamation from Mayor Vincent Gray, designating “May 29, 2013, as Jennifer Altemus Day.” Not bad. We know there are other projects to thank her for her, including jazzing up the Georgetown Gala, one of CAG’s big fundraisers. Enjoy your status as president emerita, Jennifer, for a job very well done. ★ PUBLISHER

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his Town” by Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, has finally arrived, preceded by the kind of buzz the author would appreciate, since buzz, D.C. style, is one of the big subjects of this book, a florid, razzy, snarky, funny, book which is, and we’re guessing, probably sharply accurate like a poke in the eye, followed by a stinger (the drink). We haven’t finished our copy, which arrived in the mail from the publisher so fast, we thought we heard the skid marks being made. There’s been quite a bit of hype and glory attached to this work already -- so much so you feel as if you’ve already read it before opening the book. But by God, give the guy credit -- it’s a cannot-put downer full of attitude, big and little names and the confusion between them in this town, where the gap between politics, lobbying, celebrity and deity, real power and pretend power is practically non existent. The subtitle tells it all: “Two parties, a funeral -- plus plenty of valet parking -- in America’s gilded capital.” The funerals (Tim Russert’s and Ted Kennedy’s among them) and the parties (those thrown by the redoubtable Tammy Haddad ) frame a portrait of a kind of Washington merry-go-round post Drew Pearson, where riders hug the horses and each other closely, some of them falling off, others jumping on. Most refreshing of all in this account of insiders is that Leibovitch is himself part of that round-and-round ride which only adds flavor to the book. ★

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BY JACK EVANS 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 47th year. For those of you unfamiliar with the parade, this is a throwback to another time – a real small town parade. It begins around 11:00 am 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, with the citywide elections approaching, 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 crucial Wilson Ramos homer and the Nationals beating the Brewers 8 to 5. The Nationals always seem to shine on the 4th of July – I read last year that that Ryan Zimmerman was 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. John and Katherine were out of town visiting family in Minnesota, and Chris is out of town for a month at the Parsons School of Design. My wife and her son Sam and I had a great time, though, going to Nick’s on the Georgetown waterfront and watching from the boardwalk. 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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Planned G.U. Dorm Opposed by Old Georgetown Board -- and Students, Alumni A plan for a new dormitory on the main campus of Georgetown University was shot down by the Old Georgetown Board, which asked for alternative plans and expressed concern about the loss of green space -- and is also opposed by

Outgoing Palisades Citizens Association President Bill Slover announced that, following last month’s contentious meeting at which Safeway and its proposed development partner, Duball LLC, announced plans for a five-story combined retail outlet and condominium on the site of the current grocery store, the PCA would establish a task force to review the proposal and formulate a neighbor- hood response. More than 140 members of the Palisades community attended the PCA’s May general

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eorgetown lost a great friend on Aug. 8. Norman Parish, Jr. was born Aug. 26, 1937, in the ninth ward of New Orleans, La. He grew up in Chicago and was a 1960 graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1967, Parish was one of several artists who contributed to the “Wall of Respect,” a mural on the South Side of Chicago that showed images of African American achievement. (The building on which the mural was painted was razed in 1973.) For 22 years, Parish ran a landmark art gallery in Georgetown, welcoming anyone who ambled over its threshold with a warm smile and jazz playing in the background, often the Miles Davis masterpiece, “Kind of Blue.” When Parish opened his gallery in 1991, it was one of the few black-owned galleries in town. A highly regarded artist in his own right, Parish championed other artists who deserved to be presented and celebrated. Lucky were those who called him a friend, as were those who could call themselves artists of the Parish Gallery. He was ready with open attention, thoughtful conversation and a firm handshake for all those he met, with a natural kindness and generosity that drew people toward him. He served as a model for the spirit of our local art community, helping break down racial and social barriers throughout his life and career. With his wife and partner Gwen, he ran the Parish Gallery with a grace, warmth and style that kept the neighborhood returning to the doors of his gallery time and again. Such was Parish’s character, enthusiasm and joy that a tight-knit community of artists and admirers formed around him. Many lasting friendships were born among the present company at his gallery openings. A Friday evening at the Parish Gallery was a time to catch up with old friends and admire world-class artwork. And rarely was there a guest among the many in attendance, both young and old, that did not consider Parish a close friend. His following continued to increase until recent months, when the gallery had to slow down due to Parish’s deteriorating health. The Parish Gallery will remain open until further notice, displaying Parish’s landscape paintings that offer a window into the beauty he saw in the world around him. Norman Parish is survived by his beloved wife Gwen B. Parish. Loving father to Norman Parish III, Kimberly Parish-Perkins and Malcolm Muhammad; step-father of Robyn Burkett, Rhett Reagan, Raedene Reagan, and Rochelle Frazier; son of Vieran Lockett Parish and the late Norman Parish, Sr.; brother of Sedette Ward, Elaine Govan, Joyce Hobbs, Conley Parish and the late Beverly Butler; grandfather to Ashley, Ky, Kree, Auset and Thelonius. He will be dearly missed. ★

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a student-alumni petition at Change.org. In part, the petition reads: “Students and alumni were unanimous in their opposition to the uninspired, Eastern Bloc-like proposal, completely incongruous with Georgetown’s rich architectural heritage, in addition to taking up one of the last remaining green spaces on campus. The Old Georgetown Board agreed, asking the university to go back to the drawing board and produce alternatives for the next meeting in September. “We understand that Georgetown is under time, land and budget constraints. Nonetheless, in the past few years, other schools such as Princeton, Notre Dame and Boston College have produced beautiful classical-style buildings (some of them in small lots, and yes, with LEED certification). It can be done, and it should be done at Georgetown.” Georgetown University’s proposed Northeast Triangle Residence Hall is to be tucked between Reiss Science Building, Henle Village and the western walls of Visitation Prep. Along a main campus walkway, the seven-floor triangular building would be near the Leavey Center. Georgetown University representatives presented concept plans to Georgetown-Burleith Advisory Neighborhood Commission July 1, describing a new 251-bed dormitory to be ready for occupancy by August 2015. The ANC unanimously approved the concept.

membership meeting, where developer Marc Dubick of Duball LLC and representatives of Safeway outlined their plans for more than tripling the size of the current Safeway store, in the process digging out two levels of underground parking and building about 100 condominiums over the new store. Dubick explained that the resulting structure would occupy almost all of the current Safeway and parking lot and would be five stories or approximately 65 feet tall. Dubick and Safeway representatives added the following details: •The redeveloped Safeway store will be below grade, but shoppers won’t really notice because the property is on a slight hill. Shoppers will not need to go down an escalator or stairs. •Four single family homes will be built on 48th Place (literally on top of the store) to hide the view of Safeway for people living on V St. •The development will not include the CVS parking lot. •There will be four stories of housing units (around 100) built on top of the store for a total of five stories. No other retail or other functions

for the development are contemplated. •Dubick pointed out that they seek a “European” or “Dutch” look to the development. • All vehicular traffic will use a single entrance on U St. That is where the entrance to the parking garage will be, as well as the loading dock for Safeway’s deliveries. •There will be two levels of parking. The first level will be for Safeway shoppers and will have approx. 150 spaces. (There are currently less than 90 in the surface parking lot.) The second level will be resident parking. •The building will be LEED certified; Safeway will compost its biodegradable refuse. The project will take approximately 18 months to build. This will include 12 months of outside disruptions followed by six months of interior work. Safeway and the developer seek to get D.C. approval for this massive structure through a provision of the D.C. Zoning Code for “Planned Unit Developments.” If they built the project “matter of right” based on actual zoning rules, there would be no required discussion with the community, and they would be limited to the actual zoning for the real estate the store and parking lot sit on. A PUD basically means that the benefits are so compelling that the D.C. government is prepared to waive regular zoning limitations. This gives a developer an incredible amount of flexibility, in exchange for a significant public benefit. This is how hospitals, for example, are some- times zoned. Securing a PUD zoning decision will take a “minimum of eight months,” according to D.C.’s Office of Planning. A PUD allows for “high quality developments that provide public benefits” for the immediate neighborhood, our ward or the District. These benefits and amenities must be developed following “comprehensive public review.”

Learn About a Famous Georgetowner: E.D.E.N. Southworth “Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth: Teacher with a Golden Pen” will be presented by Rose A. Neal at the Peabody Room of the Georgetown Public Library on 7 p.m., Thursday, July 25. Neal, a Swansea University doctoral candidate, will discuss the life of this author and Georgetown resident who was the most popular female writer in the 19th century. Her home, “Prospect Cottage,” was located on the southwest corner of Prospect & 36th Streets. The library is at 3230 R St., NW, and the event is free. ★

MacArthur Boulevard Safeway Expansion Plans Prompt Citizens’ Task Force There are plans to redevelop the land around as well as the Safeway on MacArthurBoulevard. It is a big project and has residents in the Palisades neighborhood concerned about its impact. The following report is an excerpt from the latest Palisades Citizens Association newsletter and outlines the proposed changes:

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Dog Tag Bakery Plans Early Feb. ‘14 Debut Dog Tag Bakery, a unique non-profit bakery that teams with and trains veterans, is slated to open at 3206 Grace St., NW, once the location of Grace and Bamboo restaurant. It also plans to have a small cafe on the rooftop. “We hope to open early February 2014,” says Adam Mortillaro, director of development and fundraising for Dog Tag Bakery, which is headquartered at the Jesuits’ residence, Wolfington Hall, on Georgetown University’s main campus. The non-profit was begun by Rev. Richard Curry, S.J., who also founded the National Theater Workshop for the Handicapped. Curry also heads up Georgetown’s Academy for Veterans, a program which assists veterans returning to civilian life that combines performing arts, spirituality, medical care and learning. Born with a disability himself, Curry states the mission of Dog Tag Bakery: “To create a bold, new model for transition assistance and job training for veterans (and their care givers) with a service-connected disability who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.” Dog Tag Bakery says it will “feature an assortment of baked breads, from Father Curry’s book, ‘The Secret to Jesuit Bread Making,’ as well as specialty, seasonal and holiday items. The bakery will also offer light fare for breakfast and lunch and a full service coffee and beverage bar. … will also produce homemade dog biscuits for our canine customers. These delicious dog

Rev. Rick Curry, S.J., stands in front of Dog Tag Bakery sign on Grace Street. (Photo courtesy of Dog Tag Bakery)

biscuits are made with all natural ingredients and will be baked on-site and sold both in-store and online.”

Good Stuff Eatery to Open by End of July Spike Mendelsohn and his crew are about to open their third Good Stuff Eatery at 3291 M St., NW, next to Rhino Bar & Pumphouse. The twostory Georgetown Good Stuff Eatery expects to open within a couple of weeks, or at least by the end of the month, said Ryan Helfer of Good Stuff Eatery.

More cowbell!: Ryan Helfer of Good Stuff Eatery at the new M Street location, due to open in less than two weeks. (Photo by Robert Devaney)

Helfer also said that while the new business has made completed most of its hiring at the M Street spot there are still a few more slots to fill -- Georgetown@GoodStuffEatery.com; 202286-9125. The five-year-old business offers “handmade burgers, hand-cut fries and handspun ice creamshakes,” it says, and is “committed to freshness, fellowship and friendliness.” It expects to average about 1,000 hamburgers per day at its new location. The original Good Stuff Eatery is at Capitol Hill; the second in Crystal City in Arlington, Va.

A fourth Good Stuff Eatery is slated to open in Philadelphia in a few months. Other restaurants headed by Mendelsohn are We, the Pizza and Bearnaise, a steak frite place, which opened a week ago. Both are at Capitol Hill. Mendelsohn is well known for his appearances at cable TV’s “Top Chef. Any places that Good Stuff Eatery is checking out include China and Dubai, the head chef told the Eater blog a few month ago.

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MALMAISON: Napoleon’s first, Popals’ third

Top row: consulting chef Gerard Pangaud, sous chef Yomi Faniyi, Zubair Popal and Claudia Barceló. Middle row: Omar Popal, Shamim Popal, Jimmy Rocabado and pastry chef Serge Torres. On floor: event coordinator and marketing manager Zeina Davis. Photo by Yvonne Taylor

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ubair Popal thinks for a moment before talking about the role of his older son Omar in the family’s restaurant and culinary ventures. Zubair had arrived later to the ongoing interview, finally coming out of a major traffic tie-up on Key Bridge and into Georgetown. “Omar,” he said, “he is the man with the ideas. He’s the ideas guy, the vision person, as well as making things happen, being there all the time.” We’re sitting in Malmaison, the Popal family’s newest restaurant at 3401 K Street, and something of a radical departure from its predecessors, Cafe Bonaparte on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown and Napoleon Bistro on Columbia Road in Adams Morgan, but not in terms of cui14

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sine, all do feature French-styled food. Malmaison, named after the first home of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine just outside Paris, is full of ideas. It opened quietly in January as an events site but is now fully loaded as a functioning restaurant and cafe. It also comes with the participation of big culinary and design names. It is a sophisticated as well as comfortable place. There’s a bit of a chameleon quality to it all, a 50-seat restaurant from which you can look out straight by Key Bridge, the Potomac River and a stretch of as yet undeveloped land, with Georgetown Waterfront Park to your left. As far as ideas go, Malmaison, translated literally as “bad house,” is bigger, open-ended and electric with possibilities and opportunities. The doors lead into an expansive multifaceted space: cafe-bakery, detox juices and

good cup of early coffee for runners and casual customers, restaurant for lunch and dinner, and an events-bar-club space in the mezzanine with the Whitehurst Freeway overhead as a kind of humming presence. Zubair Popal exudes a kind of old-world charm which he probably brought with him from his days working with InterContinental Hotels in Kabul, Afghanistan. His son Omar has the focused intensity of a man quite capable of multi-tasking, thinking on his feet, the phone ringing periodically, working out ideas as he goes along, paying attention to details. “With Malmaison, we went a lot further than before in terms of a space,” Omar Popal said. “It’s French cuisine, it’s cosmpolitan, it’s sophisticated. In terms of the bar and the mezzanine space, we can use it for anything, really. It’s a gathering place at night, a space where you can have exhibitions,

weddings, anniversaries, charity events, the kind of space where you can bring together music, culture, people, in a very urban and urbane way.” A measure of both the ambition and care with which the Popals approached putting together Malmaison is the fact that while the menus are small, and the restaurant seats only 50, there are major league culinary and design players involved. World-class, much-honored French chef Gerard Pangaud is the Malmaison consulting chef, and chef Serge Torres has designed and oversees the pastry menu, an important part of any French culinary establishment. See chocolate bomb with passion fruit sauce. Pangaud is famous for creating and operating top-notch French restaurants in Paris, New York and Washington and has the added serendipitous affinity of growing up only steps away from the original Château de Malmaison in France.


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The café opens daily at 8 a.m., greeting Water Street passers-by with coffee, pastries and other Malmaison delicacies. Photo by Tim Riethmiller

Torres came from the South of France to the United States and worked with his cousin Jacques Torres at Le Cirque in New York City. Clearly, days are both relaxed and busy at Malmaison. You can enjoy a light lunch --the duck confit salad, rapidly becoming a signature offering here, followed by a delicious dessert, or a recommendation by sage waiter Ben Jamil from Morocco. The atmosphere is contemporary, a very now and forward moving vibe of endless possibilities, but it doesn’t speak to the journey that brought the family Popal to this juncture. Omar Popal always talks about the family -- not just as a family but also as a team united in their endeavors. “It’s not exactly us against the world but us making our way in the world together,” he said. “Us,” being father Zubair, mother Shamim, oldest brother Mustafa, then Omar, and sister Fatima, both with the U.S. State Department. Fatima Popal had been working with mobile banks in Afghanistan. “I know everybody thinks of Afghanistan in terms of the wars and conflicts, which are still going on,” Omar said. “But my parents lived in Kabul at a different time.” “Back then, I was working with InterContinental Hotels,” Zubair said. “I had done well there, and Kabul was different then. It was more cosmopolitan then, and lots of Europeans either came there or lived there. It was more European than anything.” But conflict and war -- the invasion by the Soviet Union in 1979 and all the wars that followed -- changed all that. “I decided that it was too dangerous for me and my family, and I left and brought them all out later,” Zubair said. There were stops in India, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates where he once again took up the hotel business. “But we finally came to the United States, and we all ended up in Northern Virginia in Fairfax County,” he said. “I sold cars with Bob Rosenthal.” Northern Virginia, in fact, hosts a large Afghan community. The Popals did well, and always, he and his wife empha-

sized education -- all the siblings have degrees, went to school, and did extremely well in various careers. Omar was working with Merrill Lynch when he, his brother and sister came up with the idea of opening a restaurant. “To be honest, I thought it was a crazy idea,” his father said. “Even with working with hotels, I hadn’t entertained that thought.” But Omar and his siblings convinced the parents who helped them launch Cafe Bonaparte in Georgetown in 2003. When they signed the lease, “it was an emotional occasion,” Zubair said. It was and remains a popular, classic Parisianstyle coffee shop-creperie-bistro-restaurant. Cafe Bonaparte was followed in 2007 by Napoleon Bistro on Çolumbia Road in Adams Morgan, a corner bistro with a thick menu, outdoor seating and an atmosphere more reflective of the diverse, culturally lively neighborhood surrounding it. Six years after that -- with both Napoleon Bistro and Cafe Bonaparte settled into their locations -- came Malmaison, which, as the promotions say, brings “Parisian elegance and Meatpacking District style” to Georgetown. It’s also helping to continue the process of commercially repopulating K Street’s historic waterfront. When you walk upstairs to the mezzanine, you appreciate the view but you can also imagine almost any occasion here. The industrial-style look is by Grizform Design Architects. There’s a state-of-the-art disc jockey booth, designed by Washington, D.C., DJ, artist and designer, Adrian Loving, along with DJ Ron Trent. In some ways, Malmaison is a place that is open to transformation in terms of special events, but it has an inviting appeal for individuals, groups, couples and citizens in the French style, depending on the time of day or night. “This is an international city,” Omar says. “There are all kinds of people, all kinds of flavors, all kinds of cultures. That’s part of what we had in mind.” ★

Zeina Davis, event coordinator and marketing manager of Malmaison. Photo by Tim Riethmiller

From A to Zeina BY JO RDAN HELLMUTH Zeina Davis, event coordinator and marketing manager, wants to give each person a customized experience when he or she enters Malmaison. Being a family-run company gives Malmaison an extra je ne sais quoi. “It is truly a family run business and each person within the family is involved with every aspect from the overall concept to the day to day functions,” says Davis. It is a team effort every step of the way, from preparation, to execution and follow-up. Davis works to partner with Georgetown and D.C. businesses to bring a variety of open, ticket and private events to the chateau of cuisine that is Malmaison. As event coordinator and marketing manager, Davis is “involved in all operations outside of lunch and dinner.” Malmaison is divided into trois (three) sections: the cafe, the dining room and the upper bar area. “The cafe runs as its own entity,” Davis says. She assures us that Malmaison is all about full-scale event planning, not just petite soirées. Malmaison is equipped to host any type of event, from weddings to book signings, to wine tastings and more. The garage looking doors that lead into the quaint Parisian-style restaurant can be used as screens for Twitter feeds or general projector screens to meet the needs of a client. “We’ll mold to whatever they’re asking for,” says Davis. The restaurant is developing a music program to make its nightlife scene “more than just a fun night,” says Davis, who wants Malmaison to be seen as more than a restaurant. Its nightlife scene should not just be throwing a party just to throw a party. “It should be a cultural experience,” she says. Davis wants for those having dinner at Malmaison to say, “I’d love to have an event here,” and those at an event to say, “I would love to have dinner here.” ★

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Wandergolf Royal County Down and Turnberry BY WALLY GREE V E S

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hen tee times at the legendary golf courses of Ireland and Scotland that spawned the game are not being used by professional golfers, I always pictured them to be overflowing with freemasons, ex-presidents, famously transient exiles or Bill Murray. Having just arrived back from a whirlwind tour of golf course greats, including Royal County Down, Turnberry, Carnoustie and St. Andrews, Wandergolf is happy to report that normalcy is abound and plentiful on the Emerald Isle and the banks of the North Sea. Nestled against the Mourne Mountain range within the town of Newcastle located an hour southeast of Belfast, Royal County Down is one of the most picturesque golf courses I have ever seen and by far the most difficult links course I have ever played. The front nine holes along Dundrum Bay were so windy that the roots of the purple horse and golden heather rough extended an extra foot to snag shots with extra spin on them before swallowing golf balls whole. Landing on a green in the windy conditions from any elevated lie brought to mind SAT prep

questions involving gum wrappers thrown from moving airplanes. Assuming it was findable, advancing a golf ball from the wall of one of the Royal County Down hole # 9 in Northern Ireland. available. The numerous blind golf shots at famously “bearded” sand traps abundant on the course was apro- Royal County Down would have been dauntpos to hitting a round needle in a living hay- ing without guidance, and the performance I stack off of a hippie’s face. The freshly mown turned out on the front nine would have been walkways through the hills and the fairway unbearable if not for the humorous stories of my outlines were beautifully showcased by the predecessors. I was very pleasantly surprised and virtually untouched negative space comprised impressed with score-changing caddie advice of the Murlough Nature Reserve and were fairly given to me in matters of when and when not to accessible as observation points by placing well snack, proper body hydration, noticing and hanthought-out and executed shots. The views from dling pre-shot agitation, and the uselessness of the tee box at the 9th hole of Royal County smoking cigars during a round. Your caddie will Down are photographed more so than any other probably not tell you, but 85 percent of the time he is a single-digit handicapper, and ten percent golf hole in the world. The opportunity cost of course ignorance of the time he is a scratch golfer. The shock value of the course diminishing when playing famous “bucket list courses” almost necessitates the use of caddies when some and the hills insulating the back nine from

the bay winds allowed me to score better during the second half of the round, contributing to the good taste the experience left me with. On a random note, everything from the simple ivycovered iron welcome sign to the humble clubhouse hammered home the future our country simply hasn’t yet seemed to evolve to: namely, that the size of the yard is more important than the size of the house. It was also intriguing and a testament to Royal County Down to observe and listen to the citizens of Newcastle take pride in their landmark. In times of political upheaval in Northern Ireland, adventurous and prosperous golfers would helicopter in to play a round here. The cost of getting my clubs to Glasgow from Dublin via Ryan Air the next day in order to play

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IN COUNTRY Turnberry may have been more expensive. The Ailsa Course at Turnberry has hosted four Opens, most notably the 1977 “Duel in the Sun” between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. The course is named for the Ailsa Craig, a volcanic island whose rock is famous for its uses in making curling stones. The view of the clubhouse on the hill, the Ailsa Craig, the Turnberry Lighthouse, and the beach itself create some of the best backdrops in golf. Most memorable golf events, trips, and spectacular moments have been hugely enhanced or ruined by the people I have shared them with. While people do seem to make the difference, the morning round I played on the Ailsa course with just my caddie was my favorite of the trip. The visual ease with which the course intertwines itself amongst natural water and rock outcroppings along the coast makes you feel like the whole thing was just left behind in the recession of some large wave of the past. So deep was I lost in the guided meditation that my only really major error occurred when playing through a noisy foursome on the 15th tee. Turnberry is not by itself among the country’s great golf courses, in that your non-golfing companion can walk the course with you if they choose to. My wife walked part of most of the courses I played and enjoyed the experience (or so she said). Turnberry Resort is an 800-acre Starwood Luxury property, and such a world class destination by itself that even if you don’t play golf there are a wide range of things to do including spa activities, horseback riding, shooting stuff, 4 by 4 offroading, and water zorbing. Yes, water zorbing, the art of hurtling yourself

heedlessly around on the high seas in every imaginable direction and position within the confines of an oversized, puffy Christmas ornament. There is no substitute for visiting something in person that you have seen on TV, read about, or, in this case, played a virtual reality round of online (although, unbelievably, this is kind of cool). Playing Royal County Down and Turnberry was part of an incredibly enjoyable trip to Ireland and Scotland, and I look forward to talking more about the Links at Carnoustie and St. Andrews next month. ★ Wandergolf will be a frequently appearing golf column in The Georgetowner that will be reporting on the golf interests of Washingtonians. If you have suggestions for columns or comments, please email them to wally@wandergolf.com

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“The Girl of the Golden West” (La Fanciulla del West); Act 1 Ekaterina Metlova as Minnie. (Photo by Raymond Boc)

Through their interactions, both generations of musicians can share past experiences, learn from each other, and hone their skills. “Both of us care very much about young people, and feel that there is a kind of basic misunderstanding, especially in the United States, that young people don’t care about classical music or theater or opera or whatever,” said festivalfounder and renowned conductor Maestro Lorin Maazel in an interview with PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown of his and his wife’s motivation to start the annual event. This year, more than 120 young artists, students, and mentors are involved in the festival, presenting audiences with a kaleidoscope of musical performances. Renowned conductor and festival-founder Maestro Lorin Maazel, German actress Dietlinde Turban Maazel, Jewish opera singer Neil Shicoff and orchestra conductor Rafael Payare are among the musical gurus participating. The festival features productions of “Otello,” “The Girl of the Golden West” and “La Voix Humaine” and concerts, including the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mahler, Britten, Tchaikovsky and the festival’s own Young Composer’s Forum. In addition, the festival offers many song recitals and chamber music shows. Located at Castleton Farms, the Maazels’ home, the natural setting coupled with the mellifluous music creates a one-of-a-kind experience. “You forget you are in a field on a farm because you are transported to another place – an

Violist Elan Sapir practicing outdoors at Castleton Festival. (Castleton photo by Suri Xia)

exciting, thrilling, world-class performance worthy of the Met or Kennedy Center,” said festival spokeswoman Jenny Lawhorn. “It is impossible to avoid the creativity and enthusiasm all around the place,” Lawhorn continued. She recommended the recitals performed in the small theater by students from the Castleton Artists Training Seminar because “they attract an insider audience of artists and singers who are electrifying company.” “The Girl of the Golden West” is another highlight. “An opera about the American Wild West [and] California Gold Rush,” the performance “is so fabulous…like Gunsmoke but in Italian,” explained spokeswoman Sarah Coppersmith.

To round out the experience, the festival also offers fine dining. Dinners and brunches prepared by chef Claire Lamborne include gourmet options such as truffle scented lobster risotto, jumbo lump crab cake and parmesan-crusted cod, sweet potato biscuits and Virginia ham and orange cranberry scones. On a full stomach and musical high, festivalgoers will gain an appreciation for “how interesting and modern and relatable” these art forms are, Coppersmith explained. Who could say “no” to this opportunity? Information about performances, tickets, directions and fine dining can be found at castletonfestival.org. ★

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3000 K St. NW (One block from Georgetown AMC Loews Georgetown 14) Georgetown introduces Washington’s first “Dumpling Bar” featuring more than 12 varieties. Come and enjoy the new exotic Thai cuisine inspired by French cooking techniques. Bangkok Joe’s is upscale, colorful and refined. Absolutely the perfect place for lunch or dinner or just a private gathering.

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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. Now Serving Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11-3pm Reservations suggested. www.bistrotlepic.com

1522 Wisconsin Ave. NW 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 attractions are, the famous weekend brunch every Sat. and Sun. until 3pm, our late-night weekend hours serving sweet and savory crepes until 1 a.m., Fri-Sat evenings and the alluring sounds of the Syssi & Marc jazz duo every other Wed. at 7:30pm. We look forward to calling you a “regular” soon! www.cafebonaparte.com

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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 3:30PM - 6PM www.maithai.com

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, D.C. 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, D.C. — 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

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1054 31st St. NW Lovers of history and seafood can always find something to tempt their palette. Overlooking the historic C&O canal, we offer fresh seafood simply prepared in a casual relaxed atmosphere. Join us for happy hour Monday – Friday from 5:00pm-7:00pm featuring $1.00 oysters and half priced drinks. Lunch Mon-Sat 11:00am-3:00pm Dinner Mon-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm Complimentary Parking www.seacatchrestaurant.com (202) 337-8855

1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW Filomena is a Georgetown landmark that has endured the test of time and is now celebrating 30 years. Our old-world cooking styles & recipes brought to America by the early Italian immigrants, alongside the culinary cutting edge creations of Italy’s 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

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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 D.C., “this cosmopolitan” send-up of a vintage supper club that’s styled after a ‘40’s-era ocean liner is appointed with cherry wood and red leather booths, infused with a “clubby, old money” atmosphere. The menu showcases “intelligently” prepared fish dishes that “recall an earlier time of elegant” dining. What’s more, “nothing” is snobbish here. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-5pm. Dinner: Mon-Thur 5-10pm, Fri & Sat 5-11pm, Sun 5-9pm. www.theoceanaire.com

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The Latest Dish BY LINDA ROT H CONT E

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rom Matchbox Food Group comes a new Ted’s Bulletin, its family-style restaurant, opening in Reston, Va., in the Uno’s space. It will be the third in the metro area. The original is on Barracks Row on Capitol Hill and the second will open on 14th Street near Swann St., NW in late summer, just a block from its sister operation, matchbox, at 14th & T. A 4th quarter

opening is planned for Reston. San Francisco-based Vino Volo, known for their airport retail operations, plans to open its largest restaurant and wine bar in the D.C. metro area in Tysons Galleria where Sharper Image was, by summer’s end. It will be larger than its Bethesda store, with 120 seats plus private dining space and a retail store. They have two locations in Dulles International Airport, one in BWI/Marshall Airport as well as Bethesda Row. NYC chef Daniel Boulud's DBGB Bar & Kitchen is coming to City Center, at the former Convention Center site in Penn Quarter. Boulud started in D.C. when he first came to the U.S. 30 years ago. Expect a brasserie-style restaurant in Washington. Just Opened: Attman’s Deli has opened in the Cabin John Shopping Center. The original is in downtown Baltimore. The Popal family has opened its latest addition to its empire (Napoleon, Café Bonaparte), Malmaison, a bistro and wine cellar, also in Georgetown at 34th & Water Streets, NW. Their consulting chef is the renowned Gerard Pangaud. Chef de cuisine is Yomi Faniyi. Their pastry chef is

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Serge Torres, who has worked at Le Cirque in NYC. Decanter opened where Adour was in the St. Regis Washington, D.C. Chef Sébastien Rondier oversees the menu of this Mediterranean-influenced restaurant. Taco Bamba, chef Victor Albisu's taqueria, recently opened in Falls Church, just a few doors down from his mother's Plaza Latina food market. Openings Update: Smashburger opens their second metro are store on August 7 in Dupont Circle. The first is in Fairfax. Ri Ra plans to open its Georgetown location at the end of October. An August opening is planned for Ovvio at Halstead Square in Merrifield, Va. Pinstripes, offering Italian and American cuisine, is slated to open in November at the Shops at Georgetown Park. The 14,000-square-foot space will also house 14 bowling lanes, 6 bocce courts, an outdoor patio and event space for up to 600 guests. Chik-Fil-A plans an Aug. 22 opening in Rockville in Montrose Crossing Shopping Center. Mike Isabella's newest addition to his restaurant empire, Kapnos, opened at 14th and W Streets, NW. Kapnos is Greek for "smoke" and features the cuisine of Northern Greece. He plans to open G (Graffiato's sister restaurant) by

August. It’s next door to Kapnos, offering traditional Italian heroes by day and a four-course, $40 tasting menu by night Au Bon Pain signed a lease to open at 801 17th St., NW. The Deli owners have signed a lease to open at the Watergate complex on Virginia Avenue, NW. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab plans to open in late fall on 15th Street, NW . Richard Sandoval's Toro Toro, a pan-Latin steakhouse, is opening this fall at 13th and I Street, NW. Aaron Silverman's Rose's Luxury should be open on 8th Street, SE, in Barracks Row by early fall. Chef-GM-Sommelier Update: Harper McClure has been named chef de cuisine at Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier and the Butcher’s Block at the Lorien Hotel in Old Town, Alexandria, Va. Previously, he was sous chef at Marcel’s… Ethan McKee is new chef at Urbana at Hotel Palomar in Dupont Circle. Previously, he was at Circle Bistro and Equinox. Gene Alexeyev has been promoted to sommelier at Blue Duck Tavern. The Russian-born Alexeyev was assistant manager. Linda Roth is president of Linda Roth Associates. Reach her at: Linda@LindaRothPR.com. www. lindarothpr.com. ★

Wines and BBQ BY SH AR I SH EFFIEL D

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ashington, D.C., is a backyard BBQgrilling-cookout town. If there’s any little sliver of grass available in the city, folks are out throwing down a blanket on it for a picnic. Those with backyards have set up a grill and are cooking out on it or on their patios. A perusal of neighborhood backyards will result in finding everything from space defying little picnic table top grills to massive stainless steel Viking outdoor built-ins gleaming bright in the sun. Beside most of those grills you will be sure to find long neck bottles of beer in tubs or kegs of beer. But what is the wine lover to drink? Pairing a good wine with grilled foods or picking one to bring to a cookout can sometimes be a daunting task. The thought of trying to find a white wine to stand up to grilled meats or a red that won’t be too heavy in the summer heat can stump many. Fear not! Here is a list of food and wine parings that will make your next cookout a breeze. There is a rule of thumb when pairing wine and food to pair simple wines with simple foods. That piece of advice goes a long way when it comes to finding the right wine to serve at a cookout. But this adage doesn’t mean you should sacrifice quality. It means you don’t have to serve a very complex wine with your hot dog or hamburger. So relax. You don’t have to look for anything fancy unless of course, you want. The second rule to remember is that it is sometimes easiest to pair wines from a country with foods and flavors that come from the same region. Let’s say you are going to grill Italian sausage. A good wine to go with them would be Chianti. Chianti is from Italy. An Italian wine with Italian sausage. What could be simpler? Chianti is made primarily from the red grape Sangiovese. Sangiovese is very food friendly. Look for a Chianti Classico or Superior. If you are throwing some “shrimp on the barbie” ice down a bottle of Oregon Pinot Gris beforehand. Pinto Gris is made from the Pinot Grigio grape. However, Pinot Gris is richer and spicier. You will experience more citrus flavors and floral aromas.

The richness will complement the smokiness of grilled flavors of the shrimp without over powering the delicate minerality of the meat. Red Zinfandel is a truly American wine. It is generally not produced anywhere else in the world (however, the same grape is used in Italy to produce Primitivo). So, it is apropos to pair it with BBQ short ribs. The tangy smoky sweetness of the meat with marry well with the earthy, dark cherry, and pepper flavors of this wine. Red Zinfandel is medium bodied so it will stand up to the hearty flavors of the smoky grilled meat. And speaking of meat what backyard grill master would dare to throw a cookout without a good old flame kissed hamburger? Grilled beef and red wine are a match made in heaven. But when it is ground and put between a bun with cheese, ketchup and mustard, it can be a tricky food to pair with a wine. Look to another very food friendly red wine, Rioja to complement a burger. Rioja is from Spain and it is made from the temporally grape. While Rioja has enough structure and weight to stand up to the fire charred beef and strong flavors of the mustard, it has enough milder tannins. And its traditional flavors of berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, and herbs will enhance the flavors of a simple burger well. Don’t forget to cool off your reds before serving. 10 minutes in the fridge before serving should do it. Happy grilling and pairing! ★


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What’s Cooking, Neighbor? NAJMIEH BATMANGLIJ B Y WALTER N IC H OL L S

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here’s no time for small talk at the late morning start of Najmieh Batmanglij’s class in the art of Persian cuisine. On a recent Sunday morning, ten eager students surround the broad butcher-block island in the Iranian-American chef’s home kitchen, two short blocks from the main gate of Georgetown University. Over the next four and a half hours, the group will learn new knife skills, the how-to of grinding spices and help in the preparation of six dishes -- from savory cardamom-scented beef pastries to sweet saffron-laced honey almond brittle. Let the chopping begin. When the work is done, it will be time to take a seat in the chef’s art-filled dining room and pay due respects to a woman who has spent the past 30 years cooking, traveling and updating authentic recipes from her homeland. All in the group are owners of one or more of her seven cookbooks. “Now, pick up a peeler . This eggplant will make your life easy,” instructs Batmanglij, as she waves a pale purple Asian variety of the fruit in the air. Unlike the more common broad glossy black cultivar, “It’s not bitter, has a delicate flavor and you don’t have to soak it in salt water.” Non-stop, experience and wisdom is shared. She will tell you that vinegar is her

Chef Najmieh Batmanglij (Photo courtesy of Najmieh Batmanglij)

kitchen essential for rinsing vegetables, as well as cleaning counter tops. The stems of vegetables and herbs, such as parsley, have “the best food properties of the plant.” And, who knew that the addition of unripe grapes brings a unique tart accent to a chicken stew? But this student could not help wandering off to the nearby rear French doors for a view of the lush garden with potted olive and orange trees as well as trellises dripping with thick assorted vines. A perfect oasis. Every interior wall holds treasures from her travels, from Middle Eastern relics to pressed glass pedestal serving pieces. The eyes need never stop. I came away as a big fan of the chef’s recipe for doymaj -- a terrific, healthy and easy-to-throw-together dip, perfect for summer entertaining, made with walnuts, goat cheese and handfuls of herbs. For scooping up the nutty/herbal goodness, serve with small Persian cucumbers (available at farmers markets and Whole Foods stores).

What’s Cooking, Neighbor? visits with wine, food and entertaining professionals, who call the Georgetown area home. Georgetowner dining columnist Walter Nicholls is the food critic for Arlington Magazine, a former staff writer for The Washington Post Food section and an East Village resident.

Batmanglij’s current favourite restaurants: Sushiko  in Glover Park and Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan.

Doymaj: Cheese, Walnut, and Herb Dip Ingredients:

1/2 pound goat feta cheese, rinsed and drained 2 cups walnuts, toasted 2 fresh spring onions, chopped 1 cup fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup fresh tarragon leaves

2 cups fresh mint leaves 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Juice of 2 limes 1/2 cup olive oil

Directions:

1. In a food processor, place all the ingredients and pulse until you have a grainy paste. 2. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. Serve with triangles of pita bread, Persian cucumbers sliced on the diagonal and a chilled French Rose.  Note: To toast the nuts: Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C), place nuts on a baking sheet, and bake—10 minutes

Najmieh’s Kitchen cooking classes are held every other Sunday, throughout the year. The 4.5-hour class, with lunch and wine, is $175. For a class registration form go to: www.najmieh. com. Her award-winning cookbook, “Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies,” is available at Bacchus Wine Sellers, 1635 Wisconsin Ave., NW, and at www.amazon.com. GMG, INC. July 17, 2013

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Waters, Waters Everywhere BY R AC HEL S COL A

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e’ve all seen the water bottles that count milligrams to help you consume the recommended daily 2-3 liters of water. The bottles are disguised in trendy colors with words like “quench” graphically displayed and sometimes can be found in your local drugstore, right next to bottles of the vitamins and nutrients we are also recommended to take. It’s hard to consume these routinely, and thus the nutrient-enhanced beverages were born. Most of us are not strangers to nutrient-enhanced waters. I’m sure each of us has, or has a friend who has, grabbed a VitaminWater instead of a sugary soda during a lunch break. Just in case you are a bit unfamiliar with the world of enhanced drinks, or you are looking to expand your palate, here is a quick list of some choice beverages to taste test for yourself and potentially add to your routine. Kevita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks: With over eight to choose from, there is bound to be one flavor of these bottled drinks that suits your taste buds. Many options contain coconut water, which has been popular for the past couple years and shows no signs of slowing down. It’s an acquired taste that isn’t necessarily for everyone, but the benefits include high potassium and low calories. Kevita’s drinks are all vegan, certified organic and contains four strains of live probiotics that help your immune and digestive systems. Probiotics are most common in dairy products, but Kevita is fully dairy-, lactose- and even glutenfree. Recently, it added a daily cleanse option to their collection- a lemon cayenne simplified detox that has less sugar and a lower price tag than other cleanses. A fair warning: the sparkling factor of Kevita, while giving it a unique taste, can be a bit powerful. Each bottle is under $3. Try the pomegranate black tea as your first step into the Kevita world. Bluedelta: You know a water company is serious when they have a monthly membership club in the works. The 20-20 club with bluedelta will have cases delivered each month, along with perks like a free case after ever 10 bought and training and exercise tips. Bluedelta water has an 8.6 pH level, meaning it has higher alkaline levels than your average spring water. These alkaline levels help flush out toxins, strengthen cell membranes and even help promote better circulation. Bluedelta water goes through an electrolysis filtration process to change the pH

level and the molecule structure, making the molecules smaller and easier for your body to absorb. A case of 20 bottles can be bought for $24.99 online. Blk. Water: Black is the new clear in the world of water if you choose to enjoy this beverage. With marketing and packaging that is just as unique as this water itself, blk. boasts zero calories, sugars, and carbs and also a pH level of above 8 to help cleanse your body from toxins. The color comes from the organic fulvic trace minerals that are added to the pure water base. Don’t worry: blk. doesn’t have a thicker consistency and tastes like normal water. It’s not a miracle drink, but with all the celebrity endorsements, drinking it can make you feel a bit more special, and you’ll be happy that you’re helping your body a little bit more by drinking blk. instead of plain tap water. Find it at your grocery store for about $2. Neuro: You’ve probably seen these in your local drug or grocery store and if you haven’t already tried it, you need to. Neuro has a cultlike fanbase full of celebrities and peers alike, but with great tasting drinks that clock in at 35 calories a serving, its no surprise. Products range from sleep to alert to bliss, but downing the yellow daily drink is a good place to start. Neuro Daily has a tangerine-citrus flavor and packs vitamins D and C and is designed to enhance your immune system and support your health against daily stresses, sleep deprivation and eating habits. As it grows even more popular, it can be found in even more stores, but just check your local CVS or social Safeway for a $2.50 bottle. These are only four options in a growing world of choices (Fresh Market sells coconut water with chia seeds in it. Who would have thought?) Remember to be smart in all your diet choices. None of the above should be substituted instead of a meal. They are only meant to help and enhance your diet and lifestyle. Keep in mind they will not affect everyone the same, but it’s summertime which is the best time to try new ways of healthy hydration. Bottoms up! ★

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships BY STAC Y N OTAR AS M URPHY DEAR STACY: I am in a long distance relationship with a man who works overseas. We dated a long time ago and then broke up when he moved. But we stayed in close contact and my feelings for him never really died. Long story short, we rekindled things a few months ago and now are giving it a go long distance. The problem is that I have very little in the way of financial resources, so regular visits are out for us. Is this relationship doomed?

– Am I Wasting Our Time?

DEAR WASTING: Long distance relationships are challenging, particularly when they don't have an end date, such as returning from grad school, ending a military tour, or simply deciding to move to the same locale. It doesn't sound like that is your circumstance, so basically you are intimately involved with a person who will not be physically present to you except for on very special occasions. The relationship is not “doomed,” but you may have to do some defining of this relationship, because it's not going to look like

those around you. You absolutely can love and be connected to a person who does not live near you. The question is, how do you fulfill one another's emotional (and physical) needs when you are not meeting regularly? Yes, you can Skype in a restaurant and you both can commit to watching the same Netflix at the same time. Perhaps that is enough for you. But you both need to sign on for that – honestly, by naming it as such. The risk is that if you aren’t very specific about what you each expect you can wind up disappointing the other person (E.G. Were you secretly expecting him to move back here? Is he hoping you will get the hint and find a job overseas?), leading to deep resentment (AKA: relationship poison) over time. Please do yourselves this favor and have that conversation ASAP. ★ Stacy Notaras Murphy (www.stacymurphyLPC.com) is a licensed professional counselor and certified Imago Relationship therapist practicing in Georgetown. This column is meant for entertainment only, and should not be considered a substitute for professional counseling. Send your confidential question to stacy@georgetowner.com.

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‘War/Photography’ at the Corcoran Gallery of Art BY AR I P OS T

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here are pictures of soldiers in “War/ Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath,” whose faces are indelibly distant, hollow and weary. They are faces of otherwise healthy, beautiful men and women whose eyes have gone limp and whose jaws have gone slack, their minds detached from the distress that surrounds them in temporal acts of self preservation. The “thousand-yard stare” of a shell-shocked soldier is surely as old as warfare itself, but not until the invention of photography in the mid-19th century could its stark reality be captured to give a face to the perennial trauma of warfare. Only then did the human cost of war enter the lives of those so far removed from the source of conflict. Perhaps more so than images of a trenchscarred battlefield, stacks of bodies aligned in a ditch or even the dreadful grandeur of a mushroom cloud: the face of an enervated soldier brings the lasting effects of war to the forefront of our hearts and minds. In so many ways, “War/Photography,” on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art through Sept. 29, does just this, confronting its audience with the psychological brutality of war and its lasting physical and cultural ramifications.

To be honest, it is a hard-hitting show. There are many portraits of soldiers with mudstreaked faces looking somewhere beyond the camera’s lens. Others are seen only in silhouette, perceptible by the heavy slump of their shoulders. They are drinking from dirty tin mugs, leaning on the nose of their rifles, resting in trenches, holding frail children. There are also images of triumph and respite, peace and camaraderie. There are pictures of refugees, fallen soldiers and war-torn streets, as well as memorials and reconstruction efforts. It is a portrait of war that spans 165 years and six continents—from the Mexican-American War through present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing together images by more than 185 photographers from around the world. This is a landmark photographic exhibition, vast in scope and ambition, that shows us the world we live in, how we got here and where we are likely heading. Walking into the exhibit, viewers are confronted with Robert Clark’s photographic sequence showing the second plane hitting the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The four photographs are effectively inert. With the exception of their high quality and resolution, there is nothing visually unusual about them,

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like a flat tourist snapshot of the New York City skyline from across the Hudson River— except that it shows a Boeing passenger airliner crashing into the World Trade Center, an event that killed almost 3,000 unarmed civilians and instigated of one of history’s longest, deadliest, and most costly wars. In this articulate plainness, we feel a shock, confusion and panic born from nothing that brings us back to that infamous and fateful day. Like a canvas ripped through the center from within itself, the awe and helplessness of the photographer’s experience comes through— what could he, or anyone, do amidst this instantly monumental devastation? In Clark’s case, he did all he could: he took a picture. “The Advent of War,” the first chapter of the exhibit’s arc, takes us through this journey. It shows the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, as well as the sinking of the USS Maine off the coast of Cuba in 1898, which led to the SpanishAmerican War. Both convey with clarity the concept of war’s advent. The photographs are thus arranged not as a chronological survey, but according to the stages of war: the progression of conflict from acts of instigation to recruitment and training of soldiers, to “the fight” and the fog of war, and to the aftermath of combat, with images showing prisoners and executions, refugees and the wounded, the memorials we construct, and our remembrance. Part of the exhibit’s success is that it

makes no effort at social activism. It is not a cry for peace or an admonition of war’s inevitable devastation. It is a very direct presentation that strives to present facts and context for its images, not its moral parables. With so much contemporary art that wants to point things out and espouse proverbial wisdom—glossary notions of depleting natural resources or the cultural impact of gentrification, for instance—it is incredibly powerful to walk through an exhibit that simply deals with realities head-on, allowing the power of the images to succeed on their own merit. There is no filter to the presentation of the material, and yet it is a body of work that is both profoundly beautiful and deeply impacting. We are immersed in the experience of both soldiers and civilians, prisoners and victors, which enrich our understanding of this momentous subject. The unhinged gaze of a soldier amidst the chaos of battle is an immeasurably significant contribution to the portrait of modern times, a passing glance filled with profound exhaustion and sorrow. When we talk about war, it is not just history and information we are dealing with, but acts that force us to confront our humanity. And walking out of this taxing exhibit an even stronger feeling emerges: our humanity is worth preserving. To capture it, both at its highest and lowest points, is a sacrifice and a duty that many photographers perform amidst gunfire and civil destruction in order to help us understand our dignity and to bolster the consciousness of future generations. ★


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The Book of Mormon.Thru Aug 18. Shear Madness. Thru Jan 31. Kennedy Center.202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org.

Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design. David Levinthal: War Games. Thru Sep 1. WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath. Thru Sep 29. NOW at the Corcoran – Ellen Harvey: The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C. Thru Oct 6. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org.

The Second City Presents: America All Better!!. Thru Aug 4. Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net. Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show. Thru Aug 4. Studio Theatre. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org. Rabbit Hole. Thru Jul 21.Keegan Theatre. Church Street. 703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com. Angel Street. Thru Jul 14. Comedy of Errors. Jul 18-Jul 21. A Chorus Line. Aug 1-Sep 1. Olney Theatre. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org. The Third Breast.Thru Aug 4. Ambassador Theater. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. 703-475-4036. aticc.org. NSO @ Wolf Trap - Verdi's La traviata. Jul 19. NSO @ Wolf Trap - Wicked Divas. Jul 28. Wolf Trap. 703-255-1868. kennedy-center.org. Image Supplied by Adventure Theatre

Cat in the Hat Thru Aug 31. Adventure Theatre. 301-634-2270. adventuretheatre-mtc.org. From the beloved book. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the cat in the hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mom find when she gets home...? Yuri's Night at the Smithsonian. Smithsonian At 8 Jul 25. The Smithsonian Associates. Dillon Ripley Center.202-633-3030. residentassociates.org. The Smithsonian's premier 21+ After Hours Event Series. Space, science, style, and sounds. That's the stellar mix for a party that celebrates space exploration's past, looks to the future, and provides plenty of fun along the way. Trade tech talk with partners from SpaceUp DC, Science Cheerleaders, ThinkGeek, and Yuri's Night DC, and move to music from DJ Collective OneLoveMassive. Capital Fringe Festival Thru July 28.202-737-7230. capitalfringe.org. Fringe continues presenting updated use of classic texts and performances styles, local politics, race, religion, less traditional dance and physical performance, historical biopics and technically innovative shows involving use of mobile phones and audio systems. In addition, much merriment and revelry is to be had at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar at Fort Fringe. Summer Splash II Thru Jul 27 Neptune Fine Art & Robert Brown Gallery.202-338-0353. neptunefineart.com. Works by: Milton Avery, Jennifer Bartlett, VijaCelmins, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Andy Goldsworthy, Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, William Kentridge, Oleg Kudryashov, Bridget Riley, FifoStricker and featuring a new edition by Paul Villinski.

A Midsummer Night's Dream. Jul 24-Aug 4. Synetic Theater. 800-494-8497. synetictheater.org. I Do! I Do!. Jul 19-Aug 17. American Century Theater. Gunston. 703-998-4555. americancentury.org.

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Kreeger Museum. John L. Dreyfuss' Inventions.202-337-3050. kreegermuseum.org. National Gallery of Art. Pre-Raphaelites and the Book. Thru Aug 4. Edvard Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute. Thru Aug 11. Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909 - 1929: When Art Danced with Music. Thru Sep 2. Ellsworth Kelly: Colored Paper Images. Thru Dec 1. 202-737-4215. nga.gov. National Geographic. Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship. Thru Sep 2. A New Age of Exploration. Thru Jun 8. 202-857-7000. nglive.org. Museum of Women in the Arts. Bice Lazzari: Signature Line. Thru Sep 22. Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger. Thru Nov 10. American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960's. Thru Nov 10. Making her Mark: Publishers’ Bindings by Women. Thru Nov 1. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org.

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Culture Tricksters: 'Book of Mormon' and 'Rocky Horror' BY G ARY T ISCHL ER up sweet guy in the hoops may not be for you in the aisle, but perhaps you'll sentence? smile back at the What again? "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" bouncy girl in the and "Sweet Transvestite," being sung in the same mop wig in "Rocky city, if not exactly the same time (that would Horror." require doing a time warp)? Underneath What again, and then, again? "The Book of and out front in Mormon" and "The Rocky Horror Show" have a both shows, there's lot in common? Actually, they do. They're kind a quality that forof nice. Seriously? gives everything. Yeah, sure. The Broadway and road compa- There's a genuine ny juggernaut, "The Book of Mormon," now for enthusiasm that an extended stay at the Kennedy Center's Opera seems almost innoHouse and "The Rocky Horror Show, "now in a cent. In the case of brassy, up-close and sometimes intimate mount- the "The Book of ing at the Studio Theatre have a lot in common. Mormon," it just It's not just that both musicals --"Rocky" sort of makes you with a blasting, almost stadium-rock sound (hard surrender. "The rocker Meatloaf was in the movie) and "Mormon" Rocky Horror with its high-energy current Broadway pop score Show" is not so --brazenly try to shock and sock your eyes out innocent in its with blasphemous, bloody, gory, nightmarish celebration of all sexual references, language or content. It's that, things sex and sexy, at their heart, both shows are all-in-fun fun stuff but it also has an and engaging in their efforts to please you like a affectionate underpuppy does. tone. "The Book The more "The Book of Mormon" reveals of Mormon," in no Kayla Dixon (Magenta), Mitchell Jarvis (Frank N. Furter) and Matthew McGee (Riff Raff) its "South Park" genetic code of near-obscene -- small part because Richard O'Brien's "The Rocky Horror Show"; photo by Igor Dmitry okay, obscene -- references meant to shock your of its cast and vargrandma and yourself, and the more indecent ious players, celebrates -- when all is said not vouch for Mitt Romney, Harry Reid, Bill the garter belts, Frederick of Hollywood outfits and done -- Broadway musicals. If Brother Marriott or Bryce Harper. The creators -- Trey and pan- and transsexual proceedings become in Price came out singing "Oh, What a Beautiful Parker and Matt Stone of "South Park" fame "The Rocky Horror Show" -- "Damn it, Janet!" -- Morning," it would be no surprise. along with Robert Lopez, of "Avenue Q" fame the more comfortable the audience gets. In "The Bad things may be happening to good peo- -- have toned down their act only a little. Book of Mormon," that infectious little ditty the ple, but the plucky spirit of the young elders With Elder Price the uber popular and narUgandan villagers sing to show that they're mad stranded in Uganda is almost overpowering. cissistic guy teamed up with the chubby foul-up at the deity is like a slap in the face, sort of, like For sure, "The Book of Mormon" is irrev- Elder Cunningham to convert a group of sick, bad aftershave, but wipe that smile off your face erent about the real "Book of Mormon." You troubled and poor Uganda villagers, there's plenonce you close your mouth. That heavily made- can bet Ann Romney wouldn't like it. I would ty of room for inappropriate satire. But there's also room for tunes: "You and Me, Mostly Me," "Turn it Off," and the heroine Nabalungi, singing about "Sal Tlay Ka Siti," "I Believe" and the hot, sexy "Babtize Me." 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D.C.’s Themed Runs: a Winning Trend – and Yours to Win BY EVE B A RNE T T

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ome to everything from gourmet cupcakes to rooftop bars, D.C. is fertile ground for new trends to take root. This summer, Washington welcomes another winning fad: themed runs. “Take running and add a whole lot of silly,” said Dean Silkstone, manager of Georgetown Running Company, describing this new athletic phenomenon. Ranging between three and 10 kilometers, the races have their own quirky twists, obstacles and characteristics. These themes give the events a special twist that makes, as Silkstone explained, “running enjoyable even for people who never before considered themselves runners.” “The events focus not so much on competition but instead on fun,” said Silkstone, so that people of all ages, gender, and levels of athleticism can participate. College freshman Gawan Fiore said, “The vast majority were 18-28 [years old]” in an electric run he recently completed. “Our races end up being about 55 percent female,” added Michael Epstein, president of the Down & Dirty Obstacle Run. However, that’s not to say these races are not family-friendly. “It is a great father-daughter experience,” said mud-running veteran Jim Delgado, calling both runs he completed with his daughters “memorable and a lot of fun.” The D.C. area will host singles’ runs, mud runs, rave runs, color runs and firefighter-themed runs, to name a few. Here is a preview of the most spunky, intriguing ones coming up soon:

Run n’ Mate 5K kicks off its five-run series on Friday, July 19. Describing its participants as “a community of young, active adults who want to meet other people with similar interests,” this race says it provides the “perfect opportunity” for runners to socialize. On Friday evening, participants gather for happy hour at a bar to mingle with – and motivate – each other. Saturday morning, runners complete the 5K. At night, they enjoy a post-race celebration at night in a local bar or club with their fellow finishers. Details can be found at runnmate5k.com. Down & Dirty Obstacle Run takes place on Sunday, July 21. “People looking to test themselves and try a new, exciting event” should try this race, said Epstein. Offering both 10Ks and 5Ks, participants climb a 24-foot cargo net, crawl under a rope net, leap over logs, and trek through a thick mud pit before completing the course. Details can be found at downanddirtymudrun.com. The Rave Run happens on Saturday, Aug. 17. This 5K, starting at 8:30 P.M., refers to itself as the event that brings “the adrenaline pumping music and special effects from electronic festivals into a fun run course…with music and light stations, neon-clad runners and a thriving afterparty with live music.” Details can be found at theraverun.com. Color in Motion 5K, on Saturday, Sept. 14, covers runners in pigments, paints, and pastels throughout the course. The run directs partici-

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pants to wear white and prepare for “your moving body [to be] plastered in an explosion of vibrant color with all your friends” and promises to “transform a group of ordinary runners into a moving rainbow,” giving participants and spectators alike a morning to remember. Details can be found at colorinmotion5k.com. Hero Rush Obstacle Race, taking place on Saturday, Sept. 21, describes itself as “the tough, crazy, fear-facing fun 4-5 mile race with 17+ totally unique firefighter and hero-themed obstacles.” Exposing participants to the types of athletic challenges faced by firefighters, the event pushes runners to push themselves outside their comfort zones and test their physical limits. Details can be found at herorush.com. With courses scattered throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia and such a broad range

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SOCIAL SCENE

Chamber Dance Project to D.C. Monaco Celebrates Accession of Prince Albert BY M A RY B IRD On July 11, Jill and Fred Schwartz invited their Watergate neighbors and other friends and arts supporters for cocktails and to hear Diane Coburn Bruning, artistic director of Chamber Dance Project, discuss her upcoming plans for her troupe that is moving from New York to Washington. Central to her art is the fact that musicians are on stage and choreographed in the same fashion as the dancers. Calling New York perhaps facetiously “so yesterday,” she said, “D.C. is where it is,” and spoke of her open rehearsal as a keystone of her artistic vision. She showed two brief videos showcasing her “fresh and modern approach to classical ballet” and promised “to shake things up.” ★

BY M ARY BIR D Ambassador of Monaco and Mrs. Gilles Noghès celebrated the anniversary of Prince Albert of Monaco’s accession to the throne at a cocktail reception at the Metropolitan Club on July 9. The prince has focused his attention on the environment, marine science, foreign aid and sport, being the only head of state to visit both the North and South Pole in his conservation effort. Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall hailed the Noghès as “two great diplomats and two great friends.” In September, Prince Albert will visit Cody, Wyo., to mark the centennial of his grandfather’s tour of the American West with Buffalo Bill. California Congressman Ed Royce toasted the hosts’ 25th wedding anniversary. ★ Rosa Rai Djalal and Ambassador of Indonesia Dino Pztti Djalal

Hosts Jill and Fred Schwartz

Peter Louis and Victoria Jennings

Esther Coopersmith, Ambassador of Turkey Namik Tan and hostess Ellen Noghès

Georgetown Senior Center

Since 1982 The Georgetown Senior Center has provided a home for seniors in and around the Georgetown area to meet three times a week for exercise, a hot lunch, and a variety of stimulating programs. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to become a member, a volunteer or donate to a worthy cause, please call Janice Rahimi at (202) 316-2632. Address: P.O. Box 25800, Washington, DC 20027

'Dream Wedding' at the Arts Club

BY M ARY BIR D PH OTOS BY D EN TED L ENS PHO TO G RAPHY FABUM, a non-profit arts organization, recently presented “Dream Wedding,” an immersive, walk-through performance experience that is part of its Dolce Revolution Project series. Guests moved from the courtyard through the historic Arts Club of Washington, where each room was a unique, repeating scene within the bride's subconscious. Afterwards, a special Dolce Revolution party at the nearby, newly renovated Melrose Hotel celebrated the show and FABUM's continued commitment to producing original performance work in DC that promotes self-realization and explores human nature. ★

Connie Lin Fink, Lester Hyman

St. John’s Church 3240 O St., NW Washington, DC Since 1982 The Georgetown Senior Center has provided a home for seniors in and around the Georgetown area to meet three times a week for exercise, a hot lunch, and a variety of stimulating programs. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to become a member, a volunteer or donate to a worthy cause, please call Janice Rahimi at (202) 316-2632. P.O. Box 25800, Washington, DC 20027 The Georgetown Senior Center, founded by Virginia Luce Allen, is a 501c(3) non-profit

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Friends of Volta Park Raise Funds, Have Fun

BY RO B E RT DEVANEY More than 160 neighbors and supporters attended the 18th annual Friends of Volta Park cocktail party June 7 -- always a fun affair -- raising more than $25,000 toward its annual goal of $50,000 to help with park expenses. Mayor Vincent Gray, Councilmember Jack Evans and Deputy Police Chief Patrick Burke were among the guests. The group will hold Volta Park Day in October; check VoltaPark.org. ★

7-7-7 for the Cure

BY KEL L EY H U D AK The 7-7-7 Fashion Series came to the Italian Embassy June 29 as a part of the annual Fashion For the Cure event, which raises awareness and funds for D.C.-area breast cancer initiatives through fashion and art. It featured a fashion show that included lines from nine different designers as well as a rainbow of Lamborghini's on display in recognition of Lamborghini's 50th Anniversary. The star of the show was a $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador, owned by New York divorce attorney Bryan Salamone, complete with license plate “WINNING.” ★

Ronald Baker, Ski Johnson, At-large Councilman Vincent Orange and Douglas Crocker Elizabeth Barentzen, Councilman Jack Evans, Angie Walsh-Bradshaw and James Patterson.

New Friends of Volta Park president Steven Barentzen with past president Mimsy Lindner.

John Lever with Shirley Debrow of Public Works.

Megumi Sabas, Kiyana Sabas and Antonio Sabas

Bryan Salamone

Barbara Walters Toast and Roast

BY M ARY B IRD, PH OTOS B Y T IM RIE TH M I LLE R The American News Women’s Club honored Barbara Walters with the “Excellence in Journalism” award at a Gala Award Luncheon at the National Press Club on June 21. ANMC President Ginny Daly noted that the club was established in the 1930s, when “strong, smart, savvy women” were not admitted to the National Press Club. Master of ceremonies Norah O’Donnell said Oprah considered Walters a role model and that Fidel Castro said she had given him his most difficult interview. Presenter Ted Koppel called her “the single best reporter that I ever competed against.” The accolades continued and in her remarks Walters said, “I hope in the not too distant future that I will be interviewing the first female president,” adding, “I have my own teeth and faith in the future.” ★ Sally Quinn of the Washington Post

Bob Schieffer of CBS News, Barbara Walters, and event emcee Norah O'Donnell of CBS News

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