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Alexandria, Virginia

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Spring Valley, Washington, DC

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Stunning 2BR 2BA w/views of Georgetown Univ. Walls of windows, 2 balc’s mstr ste. w/marble BA, gourmet kit w/top of the line finishes, plus valet pkg, doorman, concierge, indoor pool. Nancy Itteilag 202.905.7762 Foxhall Office 202.363.1800

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Great Investment! 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom unit in boutique 10 unit Townhouse. Wood burning fireplace in the heart of Dupont Circle ½ block to Metro, close to Trader Joes, Whole Foods and Dupont Market. Miller Chevy Chase Office 202-966-1400

Georgetown, Washington, DC

$4,850,000

THE RESIDENCES at the RITZ-CARLTON! Over 3,400 SF of open living space, w/ Potomac River & Georgetown city views. Featuring a marble foyer entrance & gallery, high ceilings, cherry floors, cozy library w/custom built-ins. Salley Widmayer /Georgetown Office 202-215-6174/202-944-8400

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Beautiful, large 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath unit in The Towers. 20ft. balcony with spectacular views of interior garden, garage parking and many building amenities – pool, tennis, gym, 24 desk and so much more. Miller Spring Valley Office 202-362-1300

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Southern charm meets urban sophistication in this fully redone 3BR/2.5BA Logan Circle TH! Walls of custom built-ins, 2 gas FPs & a wall of arched French doors, plus PARKING…in the very epicenter of Logan action! Chevy Chase Uptown Office 202-364-1300

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Larger than average 3BR/3BA TH with open updated kitchen, sunroom, large bedrooms, deck, covered porch, garage parking & nice front garden. Chris Jones 202-441-7008 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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Michigan Park, Washington, DC

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N. Arlington/Dover, Virginia

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MEI XIANG’S PANDEMONIUM: PREGNANT OR NOT? BY EVE BARNETT

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IN Once again, the village has its Shell service station back at a familiar corner. We are pleased to continue that history and are ready and honored to serve you. The seasoned professionals at Georgetown Shell specialize in domestic and foreign vehicles. Our capabilities range from regular maintenance, preventative maintenance, factory-authorized maintenance services, to diagnostic repairs, such as check engine lights, ABS faults, electrical failures. We are equipped with the latest preventative maintenance machines, diagnostic tools and scanners.

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UP & COMING Christopher Linman Live Art Soiree Productions presents their Sunset Rooftop Live Performance Series this Thursday, with Christopher Linman, a talented musician who will be bringing his jazz ensemble to perform for the happy hour. Event is free if you register online, but space is limited. The

night runs from 5-11:30. Beacon Sky Bar: 1615 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.

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Shenandoah Riverfest Have a family-friendly fun day at Shenandoah Riverfest. The celebration has everything: ca-

noeing, tubing, food, music, animals and many kid activities. The event is rain or shine. Parking is $8, canoe trips will be $5 and tube trips will be $2. Wear comfortable shoes –no flip flopsand clothes that can get wet! Shenandoah River State Park: 350 Daughter of the Stars Drive, Bentonville, VA 22610.

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Beasley Real Estate Presents "Brave" Join Beasley Real Estate on Sunday night for a free community movie night! Now in its second year, the "Best of Summer" series is a great opportunity for new and old neighbors to get together and enjoy a great night under the stars. Movie will be shown on a two-story screen with free popcorn and other goodies too! Plan to arrive at 7:30 and the free show will start at 8:00 PM. Rose Park: Corner of 26 & P Washington, DC 20007. DC 20009

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Third Annual Midsummer Night’s Dream Dreams for Kids DC is changing the Huxley into the fantastical world from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to help raise money for their organization. Dreams for Kids DC focuses on empowering kids and giving them free opportunities to help benefit their future. Josh Morgan of the Washington Redskins is a special honoree. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets are $2050. Night runs from 9 PM- 2 AM. The Huxley: 1730 M Street, Washington, DC 20036.

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Asia After Dark: Chinese Martial Arts Enjoy an entire martial arts themed night: live scores of classic movies, tai chi demonstrations, DIY teacup sleeves, specialty cocktails and finger foods, and conversations with Chinese art curators. Chinese-inspired dress is suggested. Tickets are $25 advance and $30 at the door and include one free drink. Freer / Sackler Gallery: 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20013.

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Summer Jazz Soiree with the International Club of DC Discover one of Georgetown's historic homes and join the International Club for an evening of jazz, dancing, food and meeting new people on Friday from 7-10pm. Stroll the gardens and museum, then enjoy a night of dancing to a live jazz ensemble. Pie Sisters - Georgetown will be selling a selection of individual sweet and savory pies. Wine and champagne will be available for purchase from Tradewinds. Water and other drinks will also be on sale; cash only. $20 for entry. Dumbarton House: 2715 Q Street NW, Washington, DC 20007.

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Sunday Supper at Union Market The annual Sunday Supper is an evening for food lovers to experience a private, family-style dinner. The event benefits the James Beard Foundation, which focuses on celebrating America’s culinary heritage through education programs, and Good Food Merchants Guild, who supports specialty food makers. At 5:30 there will be a cocktail reception and the seated dinner begins at 6:30. Tickets cost from $200-250 and a portion is tax deductible. Union Market: 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. ★

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‘Clyde’s of Georgetown Day’ on Aug. 12 One of Georgetown’s best-known and bestloved restaurants is celebrated its 50th anniversary this year — and it is time for everyone to join the party. The District Council will proclaim Aug. 12 “Clyde’s of Georgetown Day” to celebrate the landmark restaurant’s 50th anniversary. In honor of the festive occasion, this D.C. mainstay will offer specials throughout the entire day. Beginning 8 a.m., Aug. 12, Clyde’s of Georgetown will kick off the festivities by serving a special breakfast, free of charge. Patrons are invited to drop in and enjoy popular egg dishes, juice and coffee in the Omelette Room until 10 a.m. Following the breakfast, Clyde’s will keep the day fun-filled by bringing back special menu items served at Clyde’s that were popular in the 1960s and 1970s. With dishes such as London broil, filet béarnaise, and beerbattered shrimp, as well as drinks including sidecar and cir royal, guests will be transported to the era when the restaurant first opened. Menu items are priced between $5 between $25. Clyde’s of Georgetown is located at 3236 M St., NW.

Man Jumps From Key Bridge, Survives Here is a news brief from the Washington Post’s Clarence Williams last week — one of the only media outlets to mention this incident: “A man plunged from the Key Bridge near

Georgetown Friday night July 26 and was pulled from the Potomac River by the D.C. police, according to authorities and witnesses. Few details about the 10 p.m. incident were available immediately. However, a witness said police in boats were in the area at the time. They quickly got the man out of the water and began CPR, the witness said. He was taken to a hospital. Authorities said he was unconscious but breathing.” One observer at the scene later told the

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Georgetowner that a police officer said that the jumper is a bartender who worked in Georgetown.

Potential Lawsuit Got G.U. Mascot J.J. Booted Georgetown University’s mascot bulldog will not return for the fall semester, the school announced July 31. The news surprised students and campus observers. After 15 months and lots

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of media hype, mascot-in-training Jack, Jr., is out as the live bulldog to represent Hoya mania at sporting and other school events. It appears that the young J.J. could not put up with large crowds and loud noises — and, more importantly, bit a young child last fall, prompting a possible lawsuit against the university by the child’s family. “A settlement reached with two parents whose child was bitten by Jack Jr. last fall was a factor in the decision to remove the former mascot-in-training from campus,” reported the Hoya, a student newspaper. “The child sustained noncritical injuries after the incident. … Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh confirmed that the couple reached a settlement with the university and that a lawsuit was never filed.” J.J. was to succeed Jack the Bulldog, who still lives on the main campus and who underwent surgery for a torn ACL. Jack retired in March. Students were upset about the sudden nature of J.J.’s departure and not being consulted on the decision. J.J. lived with the older bulldog Jack and caretaker, Rev. Christopher Steck, S.J., in New South dormitory. Not part of the university’s decision-making process to boot the dog, Steck later wrote in the Hoya that the university needed to do a better job of being more inclusive in how it makes decisions. With J.J. gone and Jack retired, the university will have no live bulldog as its mascot when school starts within a month. Nevertheless, already some Georgetown residents are happy to assist with any substitutions. One such neighbor is Thomas Gerber, who has owned bulldogs and previously subbed his dog for the mascot a few years ago. Gerber said his bulldog Reuben is up

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TOWN TOPICS to the task and happy to help with any events. “Reuben is a calm, people dog,” he said. In a statement about the dismissal, the university’s Pugh added: “After 15 months of monitoring and training, in consultation with these experts and the breeder, we determined that returning to a home environment is what is best for J.J. … While Jack, Sr.’s official mascot duties ended last year, he will continue to live on campus. The tradition of a bulldog mascot at Georgetown is a cherished one, and it will continue.”

ceremony and visit by Mayor Vincent Gray, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, other local politicians, Parks & Recreation employees and friends of the park. After less than two months of construction, kids are already meeting playmates and enjoying play dates. The renovated playground, located on Q Street between 33rd and 34th Street within the park, also features a jungle gym, rope structure, sand pit, plastic climber with an attached slide and see saw. A new PebbleFlex surface covers the ground, protecting children from scraped

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See More! Rev. Christopher Steck, S.J., takes J.J. and Jack the Bulldog for a walk on campus last year.

Key Bridge, M Street Corner Wired for Safety and $$$ Crews from the District Department of Transportation have been working over several nights to install vehicle-detecting equipment at the busy intersection of M Street and Key Bridge. What does all this mean? First, it means a safer intersection, but there’s more. Along with the ability to count cars, the intersection will contain red-light and cross-walk cameras — and that includes the issuing of traffic violation tickets. Expect Key Bridge and M Street traffic to add to D.C.’s treasury in the coming months.

New Volta Park Playground Officially Opens Georgetown’s Volta Park officially opened its new playground July 22 with a ribbon-cutting

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knees and other injuries. Part of the Play D.C. initiative, the Volta Park playground is a product of a partnership between the Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of General Services and the Georgetown community. Play D.C. describes itself as a project that “will improve and renovate an unprecedented number of play spaces during the 2013 fiscal year…[and] prioritize maintenance and capital improvements.” The community-based nonprofit Friends of Volta Park Georgetown raised and contributed about $40,000 to buy most of the equipment, and the city covered construction costs. The DPR paid for the park’s “demolition and prep, equipment installation and delivery, the purchase of the new swing set, safety surface, benches and refurbished sandbox,” according to the agency. ★

Friends of Volta Park’s Steven Barentzen, neighborhood commissioners Bill Starrels and Ed Solomon, D.C. Parks boss Jesus Aquirre, Mayor Vincent Gray, Councilman Jack Evans and June Locker of D.C.’s General Services.

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EDITORIAL/ OPINON

The Week That Was Media, Especially in Washington

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he late Monday afternoon bombshell hit Washingtonians like a vengeful Washington Star. The Washington Post, an icon of print journalism and of the nation’s capital, is to be sold for $250 million to one of the Internet’s first and biggest digital innovators, billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. com. In an interview with his own newspaper, the Washington Post Co.’s chief executive Donald Graham said Aug. 5: “Every member of my family started out with the same emotion—shock—in even thinking about [selling The Post]. But when the idea of a transaction with Jeff Bezos came up, it altered my feelings. The Post could have survived under the company’s ownership and been profitable for the foreseeable future. But we wanted to do more than survive. I’m not saying this guarantees success but it gives us a much greater chance of success.” For Georgetown, the sale of its big and influential hometown national newspaper that arrives -- or did arrive -- on its homes’ steps early in the morning is more personal. Some of the top editors or writers who worked at the

Post lived or live here: the Grahams for years, Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, Bob Woodward, to name but the more famous. We also would like to think we have some extra knowledge of what’s going on. Like everyone else, we were stunned. For Post employees, present and former, the sale brings forth the emotion of loss. Yet for those of us in the media for decades, we should not be surprised. We experienced the rise of computers in the workplace earlier than most, jumping to a full digitally environment fairly quickly -- even as early as the 1980s. We first saw the consolidation of jobs. Did we know what impact the digital world would have on print journalism? We might have sensed it, but it seems we looked away. Then, all those new news websites popped up. After all, we write about many different things, but it is safe to say that economics and the future is not at the top of the list. The Internet turned everything upside. Another media sale with a Georgetown connection: Allbritton Communications TV holdings’ purchase for almost $1 billion. Its chairman, Robert Allbritton lives here and wants to focus on the company’s web businesses, especially Politico.com.

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or Washington to say this has been the week that changed everything would be an understatement. Arguably, the two more significant players in Washington media for decades have been the Allbrittons and the Grahams. Individually and simultaneously, they have both walked away from their legacy media – in the same week. It might be a bit extreme to say, but it is like the communist authorities in Czechoslovakia walking into the negotiations with reformers and saying, as they did, “Okay, you know what – it’s all yours.

We’re done. Good luck!” What will happen to the Washington Post is going to be fascinating. The Post faced a number of huge questions and challenges. And now it gets really interesting. New owner Jeff Bezos is playing the “nothing will change” game, but everything will change. Post publisher Katharine Weymouth may or may not step aside, as she is part of the former ownership. The Post is still struggling to unify its print, video and web personas, Now, with an internet pioneer owning it, does that help? Will the new building, wherever it is, force more than define

Elsewhere, we saw the Boston Globe purchased last week for $70 million -- and a year or two ago, the sale of Newsweek and the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. So, where does that leave a hometown newspaper and website like The Georgetowner? It is nearing its 60th anniversary. It has felt that same pressures, albeit on a smaller scale. It has changed with the times -- and benefits, in part, by its hyperlocal news and influence. This week, its Downtowner website -- DowntownerDC.com -- had its debut. The always exciting world of journalism is also always changing. We’ve gotten used to that. Still, changes can be personal. For Washington, D.C., and its Washington Post, this week is personal. It hit home. We salute the Graham family for its 80 years of service -- and beyond. This family knows something about newspapers and other media that we also know: you may own it, but it doesn’t belong to you alone. That’s the magic of journalism, and that’s how we feel this week.★

the future? And those are only two of the most obvious questions. If you are media watcher – you just hit the jackpot. Buckle in: Washington media just got really interesting. The Graham family did more than run and develop the Post and Washington journalism. They protected it. The Grahams along with the Sulzbergers of the New York Times were the grand families of American journalism. They have given some explanations of why they did it. Yet another question persists: what really happened? Why did they really decide to walk away? ★

The 1960s Bring Us Years of 50th Anniversaries in This Century If you read the cover story of the Downtowner on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—for which 250,000 showed up in our fair city to demonstrate for jobs, justice and freedom, among other things and to hear Martin Luther King, Jr., tell us, repeatedly and with passion, that “I have a dream”—you will see that 1963 is the year of anniversaries. For those of us who were alive back then, we must have been also unaware and too young to notice we were living in history’s stream or as Bob Dylan sings “ Ah, but I was so much older then. I’m that much younger now”, or cryptic words to that effect. Those of who can remember, commemorate—there will be lots to do, these being 50th

anniversaries: images from history in beginning Vietnam, the death of four young girls in the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Ala., the Beatles’ first number-one hit in the United States. I was in my second year of service in the U.S. Army then, far from harm in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, but always aware of the tension of world affairs—officers being called out of movie theaters, units forming up. Some things there hardly touched us, but I remember this: one of my friends was a guy named Liam O’Keefe and he would be at my wedding a year or so later, but when I remember him most, he was crying, watching the news of the death of President John F. Kennedy, shot in Dallas. The murder sent alarm bells through the

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army post, but unlike anything else—besides the chill of fears that went through all of us quasi-soldier—we were heart-broken in some sense or another because of all the images, the flickering stuff out of Dallas, Cronkite’s somber voice, Oswald shot in front of us on a Sunday morning when we should have been in church, the bloody coat, the widow, John John’s salute. That’s an anniversary that’s coming up and here among the residents of our village in Georgetown, the residue of his presence remains like a cobblestone that has a place of honor, never to be removed. He was so older then in our young minds, and that much younger now.★

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Jack Evans Report: Benefits of Soccer

BY JACK EVANS I am excited about the recently announced deal to build a soccer stadium in the District and want to explain why I think this will be good for our city. In case you haven’t seen it in the news, last month the District signed a preliminary agreement to build a “new, stateof-the-art, LEED-certified … 20,000-25,000… seat outdoor soccer stadium” that will also be used as an entertainment venue. The initial plan is for the District to swap certain government-owned property, including the Reeves Center on U Street, to put together enough property in the larger Capitol Riverfront area for a stadium. I anticipate that this deal will be controversial, as any major economic development project in the city seems to be, so I want to give you a few reasons why I anticipate supporting this project in any action that requires Council approval. First, it is important to know that the D.C. United club has agreed to pay for the actual stadium construction. At a cost of $150 million, this is a big commitment from a club whose fans have for years endured an increasingly decrepit RFK stadium – paint is peeling off the seats and the loudspeakers echo to the point that the announcers are nearly unintelligible. Secondly, the site on U Street currently occupied by government offices can be developed into a thriving mixed-use property that generates substantial revenue for the city. This property could help to fill a gap between the quickly developing U Street area and the north Dupont-Adams Morgan area while contributing to the further economic development of the corridor. Finally, the stadium area itself will be a catalyst for further development in the Capitol Riverfront area. I always tell people that we could have easily gone the way of Detroit and Baltimore in the 1990s, when people were steadily moving out of the city due to crime and government instability. Strategic economic development projects like Gallery Place and the Verizon Center, Nationals Park, and the Convention Center have all been anchors for future development that pay for themselves many times over in new tax revenue. These were 7-6 votes on the Council, and it took courage for many members to support these projects in the face of the opposition. Now, though, it’s hard to find anyone who opposed these projects, since they are all such dramatic success stories. First the businesses and law firms move into a new area, then restaurants follow, and soon you have mixed-use development including condominiums, grocery stores and retail. This is a formula that I believe will work and I will continue to advocate for these types of projects moving forward.★ Jody Kurash Stacy Notaras Murphy David Post Alison Schafer Shari Sheffield Bill Starrels INTERNS

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Amazon's Founder to Buy Washington Post We know you already know this stunner. It is definitely the talk of this town. When the founder of a marketing uber-website goes shopping, it's not for a couple of books with a Super Saver discount. Billionaire Jeff Bezos agreed to purchase the Washington Post for $250 million, as reported by the hometown's big newspaper Aug. 5, marking the end of 80 years of Graham family involvement. [Editor's note: see more on the editorial page.]

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Bigger Media Deal at Nearly $1 Billion: Sinclair Broadcast to Buy Allbritton TV Stations Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., has agreed to buy Allbritton Communications' TV stations, which include the Washington's WJLA Channel 7 and NewsChannel 8. Awaiting approval by the Federal Communications Commission, the $985-million deal was first announced July 29. Sinclair of Hunt Valley, Md., owns 149 TV stations. "To buy a full-blown news operation in our nation's capital and an infrastructure that allows us to be connected to our branches of government and be the pulse of national issues is a once-in-a-lifetime event," said David Smith, head of Sinclair. "We are especially excited to acquire the NewsChannel 8 local news channel." The Arlington-based Allbritton Communications will retain Politico.com and concentrate on digital media businesses. Its chairman and CEO Robert Allbritton lives on Q Street in Georgetown.

Cardinal Bank Opens; Ribbon Cutting, Sept. 12 Cardinal Bank at 1825 Wisconsin Ave., NW, next to Safeway, opened Aug. 5. The Tysons Corner-based bank represents Cardinal’s second location in Washington, D.C. The new bank is part of a recent expansion of new boutiques and retail services along Wisconsin Avenue. “We already have strong ties to the vibrant Georgetown community, and are excited to now have a physical presence as well," said Kate Carr, Washington president of Cardinal Bank. With on-site parking, the bank will be open seven days a week. It will host a grand opening ceremony on Sept. 12. IN-HOUSE PERIODONIST

T.J. Maxx to Open Sept. 8 T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods, a new combo store at the Shops at Georgetown Park, will have a grand opening Sept. 8. At 3222 M St., NW., the clothing and housewares businesses will join the vibrant retail mix of commercial Georgetown. The opening day will run 8 a.m until 8 p.m.

Steven Alan, the casual fashion boutique for both men and women, is set to open its first D.C. location in September in Cady's Alley in that courtyard that features Kafe Leopold and L2 Lounge. The 670-square-foot store will be located in retail space, once occupied by Muleh

Einstein's Bagels Coming to Glover Park Einstein Brothers Bagels is making plans — as approved by the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment — for a new location on Wisconsin Avenue, reports Hyperlocal Glover Park. The Colorado-based chain will move into the space, vacant for five years, once occupied by Vespa Scooters and Fan Fair at 2233 Wisconsin Ave., NW, in the Georgetown Plaza office building. Einstein's Bagels has another nearby spot: a kiosk on the second floor of the Car Barn building on Prospect Street.

Dr. Martens Back on M Street It is apparently time to stand for something again on M Street: British footwear retailer Dr. Martens will be moving to the old P&C Art Shop space at 3108 M St., NW. For more than 50 years, Dr. Martens, with its iconic boots, has remained in the ownership of the Griggs family, headed by Max Griggs.

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The Mexican restaurant Bandolero has lost its star chef, Mike Isabella, who with others opened the eatery of small plates and fancy tequila drinks in late May 2012 on M Street. Isabella announced July 31 that he was ending his management agreement with the business owners, Jonathan and Bethany Umbel, who also owns Tackle Box next door. Bandolero is in the space once occupied by Hook, a seafood restaurant. Umbel's Pure Hospitality is fighting a lawsuit — which Isabella has nothing to do with — from the property owner of that space. In a prepared statement, Isabella explained his decision: "I am no longer part of Bandolero. I own all my other restaurant concepts. And with the opening of G Grab and Go, Kapnos and G this year, it's time for me to focus on those concepts. I am very proud of the modern Mexican concept my team and I put together, but it's not 100-percent my restaurant … It's time for me to focus on the restaurants where I have full operational control." Isabella — a "Top Chef" alumnus — was the subject of a Georgetowner feature in June 2012 ★.

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amazing enterprises around the country. From a sculpture studio in Madison, Wis. that forges custom cast-iron skillets in the shape of every state, to a Chicago-based organization that creates organic urban agricultural environments, you will be blown away by what you find. And keep an eye out for Doug Deluca with Reclaimed America, a Washington area local who uses reclaimed wood and recycled materials to create everything from heritage tables to

custom-made beds, as well as some of the nice kitchens. American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local and celebrates the handmade. This is your chance to join the editors of Martha Stewart Living at the American Made Workshop, whether you’re discovering new makers, sharing your latest local finds, or voting for the Audience Choice winner. Be a part of the movement.★

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BY AR I P OS T midst a graciously mild Washington summer, we are beginning to see the first signs of autumn coming around the bend. The weather will be warm and the sun will be out for at least the next month or two, but true Washingtonians are looking for signs of fall in other ways. Announcements for major fall museum exhibits are creeping into our inboxes. Theater tickets are going on sale for upcoming shows. And, of course, the auction houses are rousing from their brief summer hibernations of sorts, preparing to kick off the holiday season with a series of not-to-bemissed auction events, featuring a variety of collections of international interest. While many are still preparing their lots, here is a peek at what’s coming from a few of our area’s major auction houses. With the New York auction houses participating in Asia Week during the week of Monday, Sept. 16, the over-arching theme feels a little like “Treasures of the East,” with a breathtaking collection of Chinese and Japanese works, as well as items from Eastern countries.

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Ivory netsuke of a recumbent kirin by Okatomo Japanese, 17th century Auction Date: September 17 Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 Bonhams is pleased to offer the James A. Rose collection of Netsuke and Sagemono on Sept. 17 at the Madison Avenue salesroom. Netsuke are 17th century traditional Japanese miniature sculptures that doubled as small containers to store personal belongings. The sculptures evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit and craftsmanship. As one of America’s most dedicated and knowledgeable netsuke enthusiasts, James A. Rose, M.D., (1931–2011) was a member of the board of directors of the prominent International Netsuke Society and served for 23 years as the president of its Washington, D.C., chapter. His esteemed collection will be offered in its entirety. This mythical animal (1 7/8 in. long) shown reclining, forms a compact design, the details finely carved and stained dark, eyes inlaid in dark horn.

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Sotheby’s New York Ritual Bronze Food Vessel, “Zuo Bao Yi” Auction: September 17 Estimate: $2 - $3 million This autumn, Sotheby’s will present a dedicated sale of ten extraordinary ritual bronzes from the famed collection of Julius Eberhardt, as part of their popular Asia Week auction sales. Distinguished by their provenance, which includes A.J. Argyopoulos, the Greek Ambassador to China after World War II, as well as the legendary Shanghai dealer T.Y. King, the group is estimated to bring more than $5 million. The offering comprises works of incredible rarity and importance including the “Zuo Bao Yi” Gui, an important food vessel, Early Western Zhou Dynasty 11th-10th century BC. An additional highlight is the “Mu Xin zun”, an exceptionally beautiful wine vessel, also Early Western Zhou Dynasty. Both pieces were included in the seminal 1954 Marco Polo Seventh Centenary Exhibition in Venice.

Ravello cocktail table – Jonathan Adler $3,950

Doyle New York Xu Beihong (Chinese, 1895-1953) Horse Signed (ur) Seal Ink on paper, mounted on silk Imag Auction Date: September 16 Estimate: $100,000 - $200,000 Doyle New York will hold an auction of Asian Works of Art on Monday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. The auction presents the arts of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia, dating from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Offerings include porcelain, pottery, jade, ivories, scholar’s objects, snuff bottles, bronzes, screens, furniture and paintings. This horse painting is by artist Xu Beihong, a renowned Chinese painter from the early 20th century best known for his shuimohua (Chinese ink paintings) of horses and birds. Beihong formed a style that reflected a new modern China at the beginning of the 20th century, exhibiting his proficiency and knowledge of Western artistic technique with a stylethat expressed a native artistic expression of his homeland. ★

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BY AM OS GEL B ll Things Media’s hyper-social mediasavvy teenager got back from summer camp and did what any sentient being would today first upon returning to civilization, log into Facebook. And then she exclaimed in terror, “What have they done to my Facebook?” Yes Facebook has changed again. The asocial founder of the ultimate social connector has flipped another page. Fortunately it is all still there – even if finding it can be a bit challenging at first. So before you all rush to adjust your latest privacy settings, let All Things Media don the cloak of Cassandra and offer a larger call: “Beware the cloud!” We have been told and believe to count on that great virtual place in the sky for all that important. My wife, who believes electricity was not necessarily a good invention and argues that the loss of Wordperfect is akin to the end of the Roman Empire, may actually be onto something. Technology is great but we are too trusting and count on it too much. We scoffed at paper and books of photos we never look at – but at least we can. How many parents have boxes of videotapes. Good luck getting those transferred to anything viewable today. On that note, anybody got a zip drive All Things Media could borrow? Or if you

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For Nammack, the line between her business and her foundation is thin. It’s almost a kind of perpetual motion machine that is bridged by nothing but serendipity and by the common denominator of the presence of dogs. The dogs—those coming here to be boarded for a kind of vacation of their own while their owners vacation—and those abandoned, often wounded and suffering dogs left behind and often saved from being euthanized have something in common. Both groups are loved—no other word for it—one by one and together by Nammack and her staff, in a human illustration of the famous unconditional love attributed to canines. Nammack loves to talk about dogs— particular dogs like Nellie, or her own first dog which she got as a birthday present when she was nine, or dogs in general, and why they’re special. But you don’t know any of that when you turn into the driveway at Wind Haven Farm at 10739 Bristersburg Road in Catlett, Va. You see a long driveway, green fields, a shed, a lengthy area of vegetation and a tree- rich pond, an office, spotted by dog and animal sculptures here and there. “If it’s a dog, or a horse, I tend to buy it,” she tells you later. We spot her coming accompanied by two dogs, a brown chocolate lab who comes to check us out with nose, sniff and friendly nudging, and another black dog. She walks at a brisk pace, smiles a greeting, accompanied by an outstretched hand, a petite, attractive blonde woman in a black top and white slacks. Nearby is one of her employees’ truck, with a placard that reads, “You would drink too, if you were a dog groomer.” Nearby, behind a large fenced enclosure, several dogs—recognizably big and small, a Beagle here, a Pomeranian, an eager Cocker—are barking out of curiosity and greeting. After working in marketing for her father John’s business, she moved on to starting up the kennel in 1996, with the help and support of her dad. “How to describe him—a charismatic, hardworking, always supportive dad, a proud

dog lover who taught me about the value of hard work, persevering, and reaching for my dreams.” Her mother is Aina Mergaard Nammack, an accomplished artist whose father was from Norway and mother from Spain. “She raised me to be responsible, independent, to care about others and to make wise choices in life. She is my role model,” she said. It’s hardly quiet in the kennel’s office— dogs—especially Nellie, who’s due for adoption and, while she’s been here, has acquired quiet diva characteristics. “You cannot get by her without petting her,” she said. Nellie, a beautiful, graceful small grayish Miniature Schnauzer came to Nammack as a rescue with the kind of story that seems typical of Chance Foundation rescues: “Nellie was found lying on the side of the road…someone spotted her and took her to the nearest shelter. She was matted, covered in fleas and ticks, filthy, with an infected tumor on her back. …. After l2 days at the shelter, she was scheduled to be put down, but Carla and two of her employees, Jenna Seale and Madison Ross saw her and immediately agreed that she did not deserve to die at a shelter. They brought her to the kennel assuming she would be a hospice situation. After some antibiotics, a good grooming and one day as the office greeter, she made a complete 180-degree turn around.” Nellie—scheduled for an operation to remove the growth on her back—has since been adopted by two women who had previously adopted two others dogs from the Chance Foundation. More than a few times, rescued dogs get adopted by Carla herself. She has “13 dogs, at last count, not counting the ones who passed on,” she said. There are other stories than Nellie’s— including that of Pom Pom, a small, energetic Pomeranian hit by a car with devastating effect. Pom Pom had part of his jaw removed by surgery, which had the salutatory effect of making him appear oddly cuter. Her own first dog? “I got to pick for myself,” Nammack said. “There was this one dog, they

If it is true that, as some have claimed, that “all dogs go to heaven,” there are probably quite a few dogs who will think that heaven looks just like the Country Club Kennel.

were all puppies, and I just scooped him up right away.” He was a ninth birthday present, “part great dane, part mastiff, part boxer.” He got quite large. His name was Treve. It was the start of a love affair with Great Danes, who “are just big babies”. You can tell—there’s a painting of one of her Great Danes in the house, and he’s on the kennel’s business card. “Sampson,” she said. “Handsome Sampson, he was the most majestic boy on earth. He was my best friend and was perfect in every way.” If it is true that, as some have claimed, that “all dogs go to heaven,” there are probably quite a few dogs who will think that heaven looks just like the Country Club Kennel grounds, the green, green grass—and pool, and pond and vast exercise yards and runs—of home. Here’s what you see and get when a dog is brought for boarding here—extra-large kennel runs, exercise and play time six to seven times a day, all play closely supervised and only with the owner’s permission, supervision by a staff of 12 plus volunteers, a pool, a waterfall pool and the ponds. This is a place where dogs forget to think about their owners. Nammack, an expert trainer herself—you can find her advice on various training and behavior issues on You Tube videos and her website at www.countryclubkennels.com—is straight forward about her love of dogs. “Dogs,” she said, “don’t want that much—food, a little attention, sleep, play—and they’re happy. And that’s the least you can do, because they give so much back.” And it goes without saying, the best, most valuable medium of exchange— when all is said and done—between humans and dogs is love. Nammack started the Chance Foundation in 2000 after a heart-rending meeting with a dog named Chance whose time left in life could have been measured in minutes or at best hours, but who was rescued and saved by her and in turn inspired her to do more. Dogs up for adoption, their stories and their life and times show up on the Kennel website—their faces, their journeys are both touching and joyful, and

for dog lovers, a treat. Nammack leads us on a journey with her dogs, from her office, where a pug and the Beagle Pringles eye you with hope, to the pool, where the brown lab and the expectant Cocker with the tennis ball always in his mouth leap exuberantly into the pool and time again. Through the spacious house we go, where sometimes geese fly overhead, and the orange cat comes out for a look, and off they all head to the pond, Nammack moving ahead like a pied piper, the dogs behind, in front and beside her. Pom Pom—who avoided the pool’s depth— leaps into the pond like a breaststroke swimmer, time and time again, then rolls in the grass, showing none of the vanity of a Pomeranian. It strikes you then watching them all— Nammack, the handlers, young women and the dogs—that this is a happy site and sight. With the dogs leaping in, shaking off water, Nammack’s slacks turning muddy brown (“I knew I shouldn’t have worn white today”) there is no affectation here at all, everything—dogs and human, Carla Nammack and her angels, the dogs—are all in the moment, Kennel and Chance together. For more information, please visit Carla Nammack’s website at CountryClubKennels. com.

The Georgetowner is pleased to be hosting a dog adoption event in colaboration with the Chance Foundation in the near future. Stay tuned for more information this fall. Opposite page, main photo: Poppy the Pug, available for adoption, poses for the camera. (Tim Riethmiller) Top left: From top Chris, Kristin, Isabelle, Jenna, Madison, Carla and “Nellie”. Bottom left: Pom Pom by the pond. (Sonya Bernhardt) Center: Dogs shaking off after a long pool party is a common sight at Country Club Kennels and Training. (Tim Riethmiller) Right: Carla throws out a water frisbee while dogs prepare to leap. (Tim Riethmiller)

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Stay Seaside Safe and Sound-side at Sanderling BY J ORDA N HEL L MUT H

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estled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound, Sanderling Resort in Duck, N.C., presents its new multimillion dollar rebrand, spanning from ocean to sound. Since its opening in 1985, Sanderling Resort has had the comfortable feel of a family beach house, with all of the perks of a luxury getaway resort. Sanderling revamped AAA Four Diamond Left Bank, now Kimball’s Kitchen, highlighting a decadent selection of steak and fresh seafood. Kimball’s Kitchen includes a raw bar with an oyster selection among steak and seafood dishes accompanied by the full hospitality of southern sides. Kimball’s Kitchen could be called Lawrence’s as chef de cuisine John Lawrence will now be gracing the kitchen. The restored 1899 United States Lifesaving Station turned restaurant of the same name, “Lifesaving Station,” presents the renovated Lifesaving Station Deck as well as the new second floor No.5 bar, overlooking the sound.

CLIFTON

Berryville, Virginia • $6,900,000

Classical Revival home, ca. 1834 • Perfectly proportioned • 12 1/2’ ceilings • 25’ front columns • 4 BR, 3 1/2 BA • Award winning historic renovation 1990 • Pool • Two tenant houses • Spectacular views of the Blue Ridge • 411 acres.

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LIONS LANE

Boyce, Virginia • $1,495,000

109 mountain top acres • Unbelievable western views • Hunters’ paradise • 3 bedrooms • 2 fireplaces • Gourmet kitchen • 3 car garage • Energy efficient.

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OAKFIELD

Upperville, Virginia • $4,900,000

Panoramic views • Stone manor house • Spectacular setting • 86.81 acres • Highly protected area in prime Piedmont Hunt • Gourmet kitchen • Wonderful detail throughout • 5 BR • 4 BA • 2 half BA • 3 FP, classic pine paneled library • Tenant house • Stable • Riding ring • Heated saltwater pool • Pergola • Full house generator.

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MARESFIELD

Marshall, Virginia • $999,995

Protected location in Orange County Hunt • 5 BR with master suite on first floor • 3 1/2 BA • 2 fireplaces • Mountain views • Pool • 10 useable acres • 150 x 220 riding arena • 3 barns totaling 8-9 stalls • Run-in shed • Stone walls.

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The brand new Lobby Bar, serving the Lobby and Patio Deck, will play host to the perfect patio accessory, a fire pit. The Sanderling Signature Cocktail “Keepers Watch” saves all from the heat of the season, available at the Livesaving Station and SandBar. With honey pecan infused Jim Beam, Bleinheim Ginger Ale, and a slash lemon and lemon wedge garnish, Sanderling goers are in for a sweet treat. Sanderling’s pool facilities received an upgrade with six new South Wing rooms situated next to the new adults-only heated Tranquility pool, a perfect grown-up getaway. Nine rooms will provide immediate access to the new Resort Family pool. There is also a heated indoor pool

TROUGH HILL

Middleburg, Virginia • $3,200,000

A pastoral 5 bedroom c. 1830 farmhouse and a grand stone pavilion • Elegant but unfussy • 103 acres of open farmland • The pavilion serves as a pool house, greenhouse, banquet room, and guest quarters • The result is refined, but maintains its understated sophistication.

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at the spa for stormy beach days. Speaking of the beach, those who stay at Sanderling have private beach access with beach valet for all of their seaside needs. New to this 2013 version of Sanderling, guests have no need to leave the property to partake in water activities including surfing, jet skiing, paddle boarding and more either on the Atlantic or the Currituck Sound. Sanderling’s summer adventure package is available through September 2. Sanderling guests can stay seaside, safe and sound side without the pressures of the high season. ★

BELVEDERE

Middleburg, Virginia • $2,950,000

Gracious home with 5 BRs • Gourmet kitchen • Twostory floor-to-ceiling window display of the Blue Ridge Mountains • 3 FPs, coffered ceilings, random width rustic cherry floors • Large home office, gym, rec room, multiple porches and patios • Carriage house • Privately situated on 27 acres.

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Great opportunity for commercial C-2 building • Excellent visibility • Great parking and multiple uses allowed • Town Zoning allows for Restaurant and retail to name a few • Rare find in the historic town.

Prime location in the heart of Orange County • Surrounded by large farms • Easy access to Middleburg and The Plains • Stone & stucco cottage renovated in 2010 • 2 bedrooms • Wood floors • New kitchen with granite counters • New bath • Charming setting on just under an acre.

Middleburg, Virginia • $950,000

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The Plains, Virginia • $315,000

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The diverse and vibrant views found at Sanderling Resort in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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Charming 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bath, stone & stucco residence on 12+ acres, completely remodeled with the finest craftmanship, in a secluded storybook setting. Surrounded by hundreds of acres in esement, with towering trees and gorgeous landscaping, Dependencies include a beautiful guest house, a carriage house with studio apartment above, a green house, spa, and run in shed in lush paddocks. $2,650,000

Private 65 Acre Estate near historic Middleburg. 3 porches add to the charm of this restored Farm House, c.1830 w/ pool and shared pond. Other features include 4 stall barn w/ guest suite, 4 bay open equipment barn and 2 bay garage. Beautiful land w/ views, creek, meadows and board fenced pastures w/ spring fed waterers. VOF and PEC Easements do allow for two additional dwellings. $2,600,000

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Vineyards, Salamander: Dates up to Labor Day AUGUST 10

Fox Meadow Vineyard Fox Meadow Vineyard Tour & Cellar Tasting: For $15 per person, tour the vineyard from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by tasting three of the vineyard’s unreleased wines. Fox Meadow Vineyard 3310 Freezeland Road, Linden, Va. 22642

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Willowcroft Farm Vineyards S’mores and wine at Willowcroft Farm Vineyards provides an extremely unique experience for only $12. Take part in a tasting of five wines plus a S’mores and wine pairing as you wish there were s’more days left in summer. Willowcroft Farm Vineyards 38906 Mt. Gilead Road, Leesburg, Va. 20175 DuCard Vineyards Join DuCard Vineyards for the Jazz Festival at DuCard. For only $10 in advance ($15 at the door day of), attendees can enjoy mountain streams, shaded patios, and chilled wines while listening to a full line-up of local jazz music. Children and dogs are admitted free. The Jazz Festival at DuCard donates proceeds to the George Melvin Educational Fund, providing help to students interested in jazz. DuCard Vineyards 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan (Madison County), Va. 22719

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Notaviva Vineyards Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre makes its return to Notaviva Vineyards at 7 p.m. For $35 per person, plus tax, guests are treated to a BBQ dinner and “build your own” sundae dessert with a show from Stagecoach Theatre Company.

Wine from Notaviva Vineyards may be purchased by the glass or bottle. Notaviva Vineyards 13274 Sagle Road, Purcellville, Va. 20132

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Lost Creek Vineyard and Winery Lost Creek Vineyard and Winery will host its First Annual Chesapeake Crab and Wine Feast where the vineyard’s Reserve Chardonnay will be released. For $49, guests can enjoy a gourmet menu with wine & food pairing along with a live performance by Josh Burgess. Lost Creek Vineyard and Winery 43277 Spinks Ferry Road, Leesburg, Va. 20176

AUGUST 24

Breaux Vineyard Breaux Vineyard hosts the 2nd Annual BBQ & Bluegrass at Breaux in honor of the end of summer. With the exception of a $10 wine tast

ing fee, there is no admission fee to enjoy tours of the vineyard, shop craft vendors and BBQ while listening to live bluegrass music. Breaux Vineyard 36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville, Va. 20132

AUGUST 29

Salamander Resort & Spa Salamander Resort & Spa makes its debut and opens to the public at noon. The opening of Salamander is a milestone for Middleburg, where it offers 168 rooms and suites, a 23,000-squarefoot spa, “treehouse” treatment rooms, and a full-service equestrian center. Special event spaces are available, including outdoor function spaces. Equinox Restaurant’s Todd Gray will serve as the culinary director of Salamander. One can tour 50 Virginia wineries within 60 minutes of the resort. Salamander Resort & Spa 100 W Washington St, Middleburg, Va. 20117 ★

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1226 36th St. NW With the ambiance of an elegant country inn, 1789 features classically based American cuisine – the finest regional game, fish and produce available. Open seven nights a week. Jackets suggested. Complimentary valet parking. www.1789restaurant.com

BANGKOK JOE’S

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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CAFE BONAPARTE

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

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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BISTRO FRANCAIS

3205 K St. NW A Georgetown tradition for over 40 years, this friendly neighborhood restaurant/saloon features fresh seafood, burgers, award-winning ribs and specialty salads & sandwiches. Daily lunch & dinner specials. Late night dining (until midnight Sun.-Thu., 1am Fri.-Sat.) Champagne brunch served Sat. & Sun. until 4pm Open Mon.-Thu. 11:30am - 2am Fri.Sat. 11:30am - 3am. Sun 11am.2am. Kids’ Menu Available. Overlooking the new Georgetown Waterfront Park ChadwicksRestaurants.com

One Washington Circle. NW Washington, DC 22037 Circle Bistro presents artful favorites that reflect our adventurous and sophisticated kitchen.

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Featuring Happy Hour weekdays from 5pm-7pm, live music every Saturday from 8pm-12 midnight, and an a la carte Sunday Brunch from 11:30am-2:30pm.

3236 M St. NW This animated tavern, in the heart of Georgetown, popularized saloon food and practically invented Sunday brunch. Clyde’s is the People’s Choice for bacon cheeseburgers, steaks, fresh seafood, grilled chicken salads, fresh pastas and desserts. www.clydes.com

Open dailyfor breakfast, lunch and dinner.

1310 Wisconsin Ave. NW Reminiscent of the classic American Grills, Daily Grill is best known for its large portions of fresh seasonal fare including Steaks & Chops, Cobb Salad, Meatloaf and Warm Berry Cobbler. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.Visit our other locations at 18th & M Sts NW and Tysons Corner. www.dailygrill.com

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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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SEQUOIA

THE OCEANAIRE

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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Cocktail of the Month: Milkshakes BY J ODY K URA S H

VINCENT: Did you just order a fivedollar shake? MIA: Sure did. VINCENT: A shake? Milk and ice cream? MIA: Uh-huh. VINCENT: It costs five dollars? MIA: Yep. VINCENT: You don’t put bourbon in it or anything? WAITER: Nope. VINCENT: Just checking. ovie aficionados will recognize this conversation from Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 cult favorite “Pulp Fiction.” Hit man Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta, is taking out his boss’s wife, Mia Wallace, played by Uma Thurman, for a night on the town while the big man is away. Vincent is questioning the high price of Mia’s choice of beverage. While he does later recant after sampling it, “I don’t know if that shake’s worth five dollars but it’s pretty damn good.” Well, if Vincent would have lived through the movie, he would have been able to indulge in an adult milkshake that bears his name at the Satellite Room bar near the 9:30 Club in D.C. The “Vincent Vega” is a creamy vanilla shake, spiked with Bulleit bourbon. Although Vincent may have gone into sticker shock at the $10 price tag. Yes, prices have risen since 1994. But just like the movie, the same shake can be ordered

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without alcohol for only $5. Adult milkshakes have been one of the hottest trends in D.C. in recent years, a perfect havemy-dessert- and-cocktail- too treat, for the area’s scorching summers. These concoctions are basically your cherished childhood treat boozed up with liquors ranging from rum to Kahlua to crème de menthe. Ted’s Bulletin on Capital Hill started the trend. Their Baileys caramel macchiato will make you wish that Starbucks could add a lethal shot to their frappuccinos while their white Russian shake, would probably earn the approval of “the Dude.” If fruit is more your style, Ted’s offers the buzzed berry forged from raspberry schnapps and rum. In Adams Morgan, the weekend gathering hub, the Diner has four adult milkshakes on its menu. The apple bottom is creative mixture of Sailor Jerry’s rum, vanilla ice cream whipped together with apple pie. The peppermint shake combines, crème de menthe, with ice cream and crushed candy canes. But perhaps the most interesting concoction merges the adult shake trend with the “bacon in everything” craze. The bacon bourbon float takes and old-fashioned brown cow (or root beer float) spikes it with Jim Beam and tops it off with fluffy head of whipped cream covered in freshly made bacon bits. I recently indulged on the Diner’s bacon bourbon float for a late-afternoon pick-me-up. The D.C. heat index was 105 degrees. I had spent two painful hours at the dentist, and I was

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looking for something satisfying, cooling and numbing at the same time. Like so many other bacon foods, it may sound strange, but the hearty salty smoky bacon, merges well with the spice of the root beer, with the bourbon lending a sweet, oaky and powerful bite. My companion Dan Breen, a Baltimorebased artist and music promoter, gave it a thumbs up as well. The Satellite Room has the longest list in town, with ten celebrity-named ice cream elixirs. In additional the Vincent Vega, customers can say “cheers” with the Norm Peterson shake, made with Murphy’s Irish stout or an “Absolutely Fabulous” Patsy Stone made from pineapple, coconut, orange and nutmeg with Captain Morgan spiced rum. If you are looking to give your childhood treat an R-rated makeover many of these ice cream cocktails can be easily made at home with a blender, a pint of Haagen-Dazs and your favorite spirit. Get creative, or use a popular

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SHRIMP AND GRITS Ingredients: 16 medium raw shrimp, shelled and deveined 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1/2 cup stone-ground grits 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 tablespoon butter Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste Parsley, optional garnish

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In a medium saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil and slowly stir-in grits. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook, stirring frequently for 15 minutes. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat and add shrimp. Cook until shrimp turn pink. Off heat, add cheese to grits and stir until combined. Spoon grits onto a luncheon plate, arrange shrimp on top and add garnish.

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elicious food on the table assumes a supporting role to great wine in the glass, when the entertaining curtain rises at Jackie Quillen’s contemporary townhouse in Burleith. And for good reason. Quillen’s cultivated senses have served her well as a wine expert , smelling and tasting her way through a celebrated career, which spans more than four decades. As the founder of auction house Christie’s New York Wine Department, where she appraised rare wine collections, she is known as “The Nose.” “I like to say, keep the food simple and spend more time with your guests,” says Quillen, as she slowly stirs a saucepan of grits with one hand and flips simmering shrimp with the other. From start to finish, all cooking is completed in less than 20 minutes. We take our seats under a mature plum tree in the garden, near a small fountain. A chilled white wine is at the ready. Still, this oenophile is not ready for that initial taste. “First, you must look at the color, smell deeply. It’s not about drinking,” she says, giving her glass a swirl. The terroir, or nuances of geography, geology and climate, come into play, into conversation. “That’s how you get into a wine.” Only then does she allow that opening sip. What wines is Quillen serving guests this summer? Corks will fly from two favorites: a white and rose

(both available at Potomac Wines & Spirits, 3100 M St., NW). “ I love Alsatian whites, low in alcohol, just very refreshing. And Schlumberger Pinot Blanc (2011, $17.99) is lovely,” she says. “Alsatians aren’t as popular as they should be. Perhaps, people are confused by the German-sounding names or expect them to be sweet. Few are.” Whispering Angel (2012, $19.99), a rose from the Cotes de Provence, has a place at her table. “It’s an affordable approximation of Domaine Ott Cotes de Provence, the Holy Grail of all Roses. It’s crisp and delicate, but nicely rounded without a hint of heaviness. A lovely color in the glass.” But her best summer buy isn’t really a summer wine, but a great value Bordeaux, a Chateau Rousset-Caillau (2010, $15.99). Steve Feldman, owner of Potomac Wines & Spirits, calls this French varietal “The best Bordeaux, for the money, that we have stocked in 15 years.” Quillen plans to break into her case this fall and winter. “But perhaps one warm summer evening when you are grilling lamb you might serve this Chateau just very slightly chilled,” she says. “And sitting outside in the garden, it would be divine.”

Quillen’s current favorite restaurants: Bistrot Lepic and Wine Bar and Sea Catch, both in Georgetown.

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.

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BODY & SOUL

Rockin’ a Work-Out: Tips From a Pro I BY RACHEL SCOL A t’s August. Six months ago, some of us were making New Years resolutions to work out more, but, as we all most likely know, working out can seem like a different world. Everyone has tips and tricks, and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. This is why it is important to touch base with a professional. Brendan Mundorf attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, plays attack for professional lacrosse team Denver Outlaws, and is a big enthusiast of Rockin’ Refuel protein shakes. Protein shakes­­ are a semi-foreign concept to some of us who don’t stay fit for our careers. Mundorf has been playing with the Outlaws since 2006 and has games throughout the summer but still found the time to talk to us. RS: What does a daily workout include for you as a professional lacrosse player? BM: My workouts start with a dynamic warm up followed by some ladder footwork drills. Then my trainer will have some sort of agility or speed work mixed in with some strength exercises like medicine ball slams…I do two of these workouts a week and try to get two lifting workouts in as well. RS: What is muscle recovery in your own words and why is it important? BM: During a workout you tear and break down muscle tissue. In order for your body to repair and build your muscle, you must put enough protein in your body to do so. I notice when I use Rockin’ Refuel to recover after

workouts and games, I have increases in muscle and I am able to perform at a higher level the next time. If I don’t put a good source of protein in my body after a workout, I never see the benefits of my hard work. RS: Any recommendations for beginners who might have casually worked out but are trying to get serious and get in shape? BM: In order to see results, you must take your workouts to the next level. Challenge yourself and take care of your body. Drink a Refuel within 30 minutes of the end of a workout to maximize your results and keep your body

healthy. RS: And for the intermediate exercisers? BM: If you have been working out for a while and want to advance yourself, I would recommend you mix up your training and try some new types of training. If you have never used a post workout protein shake, you need to. You will be pleased with the results. RS: Do you have any summer-specific favorite meals or foods to include in a balanced diet? BM: I eat a lot of chicken. I do a lot of grilling at home and I think it is a really healthy way to eat. Any time you can get some lean

meat and a lot of fresh green vegetables, you’re doing good. I, for one, am inspired to get my act together and start drinking more protein with my workout. Remember that it’s never too late to find your workout routine, and don’t expect to be on an advanced level if you’re just beginning. Challenging yourself is smart, but hurting yourself is not. A lot of gyms offer trial memberships to test the waters, but a gym isn’t always a necessity. If you have a space to stretch, run, and have a pair of weights, you can work out. Like Mundorf said, protein shakes will enhance your workout. You have to break down your muscle in a workout before it rebuilds and you grow stronger, and protein shakes have the amino acids necessary to rebuild muscle. Mundorf’s favorite—Rockin’ Refuel—takes low-fat milk, a natural re-hydrator with nutrients needed to replenish, and enhances it with more protein (20 grams) to make a natural and delicious drink for post-workout. Milk replenishes the body with the electrolytes and carbs lost during workouts and Rockin’ Refuel harnesses and enhances this ability to create a protein shake loved by professional and collegiate athletes alike. There are several flavors and different types depending on how intense your workout was. The easily labeled bottles can be found in the milk section of your local grocer. ★

Murphy’s Love: Advice on Intimacy and Relationships BY STA CY NOTA RAS M U R P H Y DEAR STACY: I hate my job. I have hated this job for years. I am at my breaking point. The hours, the bad attitude of my coworkers, the indifference of my supervisors – I’ve pushed through this for years but now I’m over all of it. The only thing holding me back from quitting today is my wife and family. We live a very comfortable life due to my salary. I have looked for other jobs for months, but the only ones that would give me the same compensation are in my current field and would just be more of the same. I want to do something totally different – more nature-based, more flexible hours. My wife is 100 percent against this kind of change and keeps telling me that it would be too hard because we would have to downsize our house/lifestyle and the kids would be pulled from their schools. I know she’s right that it would be a big life change, but I am so unhappy and it seems like she doesn’t care at all. – Dead End Job in D.C. DEAR DEAD END: This sounds really, really difficult. I am so sorry that you feel this way and that things seem so hopeless. Ok, the empathy part is over, so brace yourself for the tough love part of this response. When someone says he has hated a job for years and adds the one thing holding him back is Wife and Family, that seems a little simplistic. Staying in a job that made you miserable and, perhaps, even clinically depressed, was your deci-

sion. People – often men – deny their feelings of sadness or inadequacy, pretending those feelings don’t exist in order to maintain a brave face throughout a really difficult time. The thing is, those feelings don’t just go away when you deny them. They metabolize in your body and become part of the way you interact with everyone, all the time. So for years, you actually have not “pushed through” anything, but rather, stockpiled your frustration and anxiety about your difficult work situation and allowed it to poison the relationships around you. Major life changes like moving houses and changing multiple kids’ schools do not come without consequences. Asking Wife to do what you did – ignore her feelings and keep a brave face – will only result in more distance between you two. It’s not that you don’t get to have a new job and a new outlook. But when things are so dire that we think the “new thing” (a.k.a. job) is the only cure, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. The first step must be getting yourself healthy (Read: counseling, antidepressants, healthy lifestyle) and rebuilding your trust and connection with Wife (this is where you get to talk about how you feel she doesn’t care). You need her to be on your team and make the next decision together. She’s not going to go willingly – she’s protecting her family and, accordingly, her defenses are strong and tall. The repair work starts with her. ★ GMG, INC. August 7, 2013

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ARTS The Hirshorn

MUSEUM GUIDE

End of Summer Wrap-up BY ARI POS T

Freer and Sackler Galleries “Perspectives: Rina Banerjee” Through June 8, 2014 The Sackler Gallery will feature the work of Rina Banerjee (b. 1963), an Indian born artist working out of New York City, who draws on her background as a scientist and her experience as an immigrant. Her richly textured works complicate the role of objects as representations of cultures and invite viewers to share her fascination in materials, both personally and as it relates to world histories. By juxtaposing organic and plastic objects—such as combining ornate textiles and animal forms with tourist souvenirs—she concocts fairy-tale worlds that are both enticing and subtly menacing. Combining elements of collage, pop art and contemporary installation work with a keen sense for the memory effects that textures can impart, Banerjee’s vision has an explorative theatricality about it, as well as a sort of twisted, gothic whimsy. It is like the excavation of conflagrated multiculturalism, and it is a wonder to behold. Touching on themes of migration and transformation, the installation’s lengthy title likewise conveys the sense of a long journey: “A World Lost: after the original island, single land mass fractured, after populations migrated, after pollution revealed itself and as cultural locations

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once separated merged, after the splitting of Adam and Eve, Shiva and Shakti, of race black and white, of culture East and West, after animals diminished, after the seas’ corals did exterminate, after this and at last imagine all water evaporated ... this after Columbus found it we lost it imagine this.” For more information, visit www.Asia.SI.edu

The Hirshhorn “Peter Coffin: Here and There” Through Oct. 6 Throughout his career, Peter Coffin (b. 1972); lives and works in New York) has created an unpredictable and eclectic array of works, including many that express a sense of joy and sometimes, humor. Born in Berkeley, Calif., the New York-based artist’s practice includes photography, assemblage, performance, time-based media, installations, sound art, and sculpture in many forms, often drawing inspiration from odd facts or obscure theories. To emphasize the artist’s chameleon-like virtuosity, the works in the exhibition, rather than being concentrated within one exhibition area, are installed in spaces around the Museum. Nature, science, pseudo-science, psychological displacement, urban happenstance, and “what if” brainstorms are among the myriad departure points for his pieces, but what is constant

is the undercurrent of his unique, exuberant subversiveness. For more information, visit www.Hirshhorn.SI.edu

The Textile Museum “Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains” Through Oct. 13 Southeast Asian textiles first served as markers of ethnic identity, distinguishing neighboring communities by pattern, color and technique. Now, commercial production challenges these practices, yet the artistic wealth of these several hundred groups continues to inspire artists from around the world. “Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains” explores the intersection of these rich traditions and their interpretation within contemporary art and design. Historical textile artworks from the Textile Museum’s magnificent Southeast Asian collections—including batiks from Indonesia and brocades and ikats from Laos—will be displayed alongside the work of four contemporary textile artists and designers: batik artists Nia

Freer - Sackler Fliam, Agus Ismoyo, and Vernal Bogren Swift, and weaver Carol Cassidy. All of their works originate in Southeast Asian concepts, realized in certain design elements, technical details, and philosophical underpinnings. “Out of Southeast Asia” demonstrates how contemporary artists are preserving the traditional arts even as they interpret them in new and innovative ways. As the Textile Museum prepares to move to its new location, “Out of Southeast Asia” provides a fitting visual link between the past, present and future while demonstrating the continued relevance of traditional textiles. For more information, visit www.TextileMuseum.org ★


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HOT HITS & HIDDEN JEWELS FR OM CULT URECAP ITA L. C O M . Y O U R LI N K TO T H E ARTS IN M ETR O D C .

THEATRE The Book of Mormon. Thru Aug 18. Shear Madness. Thru Jan 31. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. kennedy-center.org. The Second City Presents: America All Better!!. Thru Aug 18. Woolly Mammoth. 202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net. Cat in the Hat. Thru Aug 31. Adventure Theatre MTC. 301-634-2270. adventuretheatre-mtc.org. A Chorus Line. Thru Sep 1. Olney Theatre. 301-924-3400. olneytheatre.org. A Few Good Men. Aug 10-Sep 7. Keegan Theatre. Church Street. 703-892-0202. keegantheatre.com. Sizzlin’ Summer Cabarets.Thru Aug 17. Miss Saigon. Aug 15-Sep 22. Signature Theatre.703-820-9771. signature-theatre.org. Neverwhere. Aug 15-Sep 15. Rorschach Theatre. Atlas. 202-399-7993. rorschachtheatre.com. I Do! I Do!.Thru Aug 17. American Century Theater. Gunston. 703-998-4555. americancentury.org. Image supplied by the National Gallery of Art Film Series: Russian Cinema in Exile in the Ballets Russes Era Aug 10-18. National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov. Just as the Ballets Russes brought Russian ballet and theatrical innovations to Europe, film directors, actors, technicians, and designers driven west by the 1917 revolution and its aftermath added an enormous infusion of talent and new ideas to French and German cinema throughout the 1920s. This series explores several of the most notable films made primarily by Russians. The Art of Audrey Niffenegger Thru Nov 10. National Museum of Women in the Arts. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org. The first major museum exhibition of visual artist and author of The Time Traveler’s Wife. In this mid-career retrospective on view June 21–Nov. 10, 2013, Niffenegger reveals a mysterious, strange and whimsical world, both real and imagined, through 239 paintings, drawings, prints and book art. Stooges Brass Band Aug 9. Artisphere. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com. One of New Orleans’ elite brass bands. They have gained notoriety as a full-blown musical party, engaging audiences with their high-energy performances showcasing an innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds and hip-hop beats. Frampton’s Guitar Circus Featuring: Peter Frampton & B.B. King Aug 11. Wolf Trap. 703-255-1868. wolftrap.org. One of the world’s most famous rock sensations joins “the last of the great bluesman” (Telegraph) to showcase their unmatched guitar talent.

MUSIC Jazz in the Garden: Josh Bayer (jazz guitarist). Aug 9. Doc Scantlin’s Palmettos (1920s and ‘30s big band). Aug 16. National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov. Gipsy Kings. Aug 8. Diana Ross. Aug 14. Grace Potter &TheNocturnals with Very Special Guest: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Aug 15. Josh Groban. Aug 16. ABBA - The Concert. Aug 17. Chicago. Aug 19. Pat Benatar & NielGiraldo, Cheap Trick. Aug 20. Wolf Trap. 703-255-1868. wolftrap.org. UkeFest 2013. Aug 14. Strathmore. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org. Summer Jazz Soiree with the International Club of DC. Aug 16. Dumbarton House. 202-337-2288. dumbartonhouse.org. Go-Go Swing: Washington D.C.’s Unstoppable Beat. Aug 16. DCAH. 202-724-5613. dcarts.dc.gov.

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Tower: Kerry James Marshall. Thru Dec 7. Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700 - 1830. Thru Dec 31. 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. BiceLazzari: Signature Line. Thru Sep 22. American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960’s. Thru Nov 10. Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger. Thru Nov 10. Making her Mark: Publishers’ Bindings by Women. Thru Nov 1. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org. The Phillips Collection. Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928–1945. Thru Sep 1. Ellsworth Kelly Panel Paintings 2004–2009. Thru Sep 22. phillipscollection.org.

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

Artisphere. Arijit Das: Cloud Mapping. Thru Aug 18. 703-875-1100. artisphere.com. DCAC. 1460 Wall Mountables 2013. Thru Aug 25. 202-462-7833. dcartscenter.org. Gallery plan b. Works by Karen Hubacher. Thru Aug 25. 202-234-2711. galleryplanb.com. Gallery Underground. Summer in the City. Thru Aug 24. 571-483-0652. arlingtonartistsalliance.org. Joan Hisaoka Gallery. From the Outside. Thru Aug 17. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. Neptune Fine Art. Summer Splash II. Thru Aug 15. 202 338-0353. neptunefineart.com. Robert Brown Gallery. Chinese Deco of the 1920s and 1930s. Thru Aug 15. 202-338-0353. robertbrowngallery.com. Strathmore. No Strings Attached. Thru Aug 17. 301-581-5100. strathmore.org. Torpedo Factory Art Center. Visiting Artist Program 2013. Thru Aug 31. 703-838-4565. torpedofactory.org. Washington Project for the Arts. Hothouse: The Art of the Superhero. Thru Aug 25. 202-488-7500. wpadc.org.

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance and the Bog Band. Aug 8-Aug 9. Wolf Trap. 703-255-1868. wolftrap.org.

Workhouse Arts Center. 360 Degrees of Post-Traumatic Stress. Thru Aug 18. 3rd Annual Workhouse Clay National 2013. Thru Sep 8. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org.

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

Zenith Gallery. Fresh. Thru Aug 31. 202-783-2963. zenithgallery.com.

Corcoran Gallery of Art. David Levinthal: War Games. Thru Sep 1. WAR/ PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath. Thru Sep 29. Selections from the Collection of Historic American Art. Thru Sep 30. 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. Kreeger Museum. John L. Dreyfuss’ Inventions. Thru Apr 1. 202-337-3050. kreegermuseum.org. National Gallery of Art. Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909 - 1929: When Art Danced with Music. Thru Oct 6. Ellsworth Kelly: Colored Paper Images. Thru Dec 1. In the

AND MORE…

Meerkats 3D.Thru Aug 24. National Geographic. 202-857-7000. nglive.org. Children’s Film: Mary Poppins. Aug 10 & 11. Film Event: Ballets Russes Dances: The Rite of Spring. Aug 14. National Gallery of Art. 202-737-4215. nga.gov. Love is Colder than Death (Liebeistkälterals der Tod). Aug 19. Goethe-Institut. 202-289-1200. goethe.de. ★

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PERFORMANCE 'A Chorus Line' Continues Its History at the Olney B Y G A RY T I S C H LE R

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ou don’t see “A Chorus Line” too often anymore, certainly not in many regional theaters. “It’s not that people have forgotten it, or that it’s not a popular show,” said Christopher Youstra, associate artistic director and director of musical theater at Olney Theatre Center, where the ground-breaking, and record-breaking Broadway musical is getting a vivid staging. “It’s a very difficult thing for regional theaters to do properly, it’s a big cast, it’s physically demanding.” “The show also places some special demands on casting,” said Youstra, who’s worked at Round House Theatre and Studio Theatre and is a fixture on the Washington area theater scene. “You’re looking for triple threats—acting, singing and dancing, and especially dancing, because that’s what the show is about.” “It’s a mega show. It’s a musical about show business, specifically about all those people who went to auditions to flesh out chorus lines in musicals,” he said. “In that sense, it’s a little bit of a history piece— those kinds of splashy, big musicals with those kind of musical and dance numbers are not so much in evidence any more, and Broadway itself has changed.” It’s true enough. You don’t get much talk about the dancing in mega-hits like “The Lion King,” “Spiderman” or “The Book of Mormon.” Revivals and new stagings of the likes of “Anything Goes” only serve as reminders of what Broadway musicals used to be. The denizens of Broadway included exactly the kind of people who were essential to the legends and lore of Broadway musicals—remember the director’s admonition to the chorine who has to take the place

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of the star in “42nd Street”? “You’re going out there as a chorine, but you’re coming back a star,” he said. That was the dream of every guy and girl auditioning for the chorus. It was the late director Michael Bennett—with the help of a process that included actual interviews of actors and gypsy chorus aspirantswho turned the material—with a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, lyrics by Edward Kleban and music by Marvin Hamlich—into Broadway gold. With Donna McKechnie in a star turn as Cassie, with glamorous production numbers and solos, and an often heartbreaking but always honest and gritty story line, “A Chorus Line” began with workshops and an Off-Broadway run before opening on Broadway on July 25, 1975. It was a huge success at a time when Broadway and Times Square were going through a decline. The production got 12 Tony Award nominations and won 9—and earned a Pulitzer Prize. When it was all over and said and sung, it had rung up 6,137 productions, sailing past the previous record holder, “Grease,” with ease. The run was finally surpassed by “Cats” in 1997, but it still remains the sixth longestrunning Broadway show in history. “A Chorus Line” was revived in 2006 and just recently, another revival opened in the West End of London. “The show revived Broadway, it brought people to Time Square, who, even if they couldn’t get tickets to it, went to another show,” Youstra said. “A Chorus Line” is about show business, about dancers in particular, and in that sense, the world the characters in the show occupy has changed radically. McKechnie, a gifted dancer along the lines of Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon, won a Tony award for her performance in “A Chorus Line,” but there were not too many shows calling for star dancers on the ho-

rizons, except for revivals. The age of great dancers and dance producers and directors was coming to a close at the time—there were few Gower Champions (who famously died of cancer just before the opening of “42nd Street”) or Bob Fosse of “Chicago” fame. Fosse, who had a sterling film career directing “Cabaret,” “Star 80” and “All That Jazz” equally famously died on his way to the opening of the revival of “Sweet Charity” at the National Theatre on Pennsylvania Avenue, accompanied by his ex-wife Gwen Verdon. “Sweet Charity” starred McKechnie. In the end, “A Chorus Line” is an echo of Broadway past and theater now—“What I Did for Love” is a standard, but it’s also unique to the show, just as is the “One.” Broadway musicals, and the people in them, have a life of their own, and the stories go on. Sometimes, they come back. McKechnie will add a flavor to the times, bringing her own cabaret show, “Same Place, Another Time,” to the Olney on Sept. 1. And this production of “A Chorus Line” brings with it its own lore: Nancy Lemenager, originally cast as Cassie, had to leave the show due to injury. Michelle Aravena, who had been cast as Morales and a Cassie understudy, took over, with Jessica Vaccaro, who played Morales at Paper Mill Playhouse, stepping into the role at Olney. ★

Above: The cast of Olney Theatre Center's production of "A Chorus Line." Photo by Stan Barouh Left: Michelle Aravena as Cassie in Olney Theatre Center's "A Chorus Line. Photo by Stan Barouh


SOCIAL SCENE

Restaurant Association Power Hour

BY M ARY B IRD Restaurant Association Greater Washington held a “Power Hour” at Nellie’s Sports Bar July 29 to thank the sponsors of the 2013 RAMMY Awards. Nellie’s had garnered the Neighborhood Gathering Place award. The weather cooperated as representatives from Washington’s booming restaurant and hospitality industry gathered rooftop on an unusually pleasant mid-summer evening. RAMW President Kathy Hollinger promised brief remarks as she expressed special thanks to sponsors and volunteers and then drew chuckles with “and now a PowerPoint presentation.”★

RAMW board members Greg Casten of Tony & Joe’s and Rob Mumma of Belair Produce.

Drive, Eat With Kia at Fiola

BY KEL L EY H U D AK Kia Motors teamed up with Open Table at Fiola restaurant on July 29 for the first-ever debut of its new luxury car, the Kia Cadenza. Select guests were able take the car for a test drive and enjoy a four-course meal, prepared by chef Fabio Trabocchi, the recent recipient of the coveted RAMMY Chef of the Year award. The Kia Cadenza team will head to Boston next for the second in a series of eight showcase events.★

Fiola's executive pastry chef Kendra Grieco.

Chef Fabio Trabocchi of Fiola.

Best of Washington

BY M ARY BIR D On July 17, more than 60 of Washingtonian magazine’s 100 Very Best Restaurants offered samplings to more than 2,000 guests at the AT&T Best Of Washington party at the National Building Museum. The annual event supported the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s research to find cures for cancer of the blood. For more than 30 years, Washingtonian readers have voted for the best people, places and services in the area. Participating restaurants included Bibiana, Bourbon Steak, Central Michel Richard and Et Voila! alongside ever so many specialty cocktails, beers and wines.★ Karyn LeBlanc of Downtown DC BID, Kathy Arvis of Passion Food Hospitality and Chinyere Hubbard of Events D.C.

Queen's Toast: Pageantry, Fashion and Philanthropy PHO TOS B Y DEV ONIA S I N G LE TO N Beautiful faces and bodies took over the posh Barcode Lounge Aug. 3 for “Toast with the Queen” Reception and Fundraiser. Hosted by Mary Amons, formerly of Bravo’s Real Housewives of D.C., and business owner Souny West of W Salon, Touting itself as a collaboration of "Pageantry, Fashion and Philanthropy." the event that mixed those industries together perfectly. A portion of the ticket sales went to the non-profit, Luke’s Wings, which unites wounded warriors, veterans and heroes with their loved ones when they need them most. ★ Black Salt’s Hunter Wilson, John Arnold and Thomas Leonard.

Veronica Jeon, Mrs. West End 2013; Raquel Riley Thomas, director of Mrs. D.C. America, and Souny West, owner of W Salon.

Mrs. D.C. America 2013 Meagan Barnes and Myles Caggins of the U.S. Army.

Elaine Mazanec, John Linck of Black Restaurant Group and Charissa Benjamin.

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SOCIAL SCENE

Mixing and Mingling at Citi Open

BY JORDAN HE L L MUT H The W Washington D.C. rooftop was the hard court on July 28, hosting WTA and ATP tennis celebrities and VIPs. The 2013 Citi Open Player Party opened the P.O.V. rooftop terrace and lounge for guests to get excited about the Citi Open tournament, which began earlier that day. Juan Martin Del Potro, the seventh-ranked player in the world, was among the hundreds of players in attendance. Mayor Vincent Gray was among D.C.-ers mixing and mingling with players. The Citi Open is a part of the Emirates Airlines U.S. Open Series, leading up to the U.S. Open.★ Melanie Oudin (WTA) on right poses with fan, Kate Robertson

K Street Kate's 7th

BY JOR D AN H EL L M U TH K Street Magazine’s Kate Michael celebrated the magazine’s seventh anniversary with a “Seventh Inning Stretch” celebration at ArtJamz in Dupont Circle. Attendees sipped Van Gogh Vodka and began painting a blank wall in the studio. When an entire wall at Art Jamz was covered with guests’ artwork, Michael’s white shirt was a blank canvas no more as everyone waited to take a turn at painting her. At this "pay what you want event" a portion of all donations benefitted the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.★

Kate Michael, founder of K Street Kate Magazine

Pink Party Benefits Children’s Inn at NIH L-R Malek Jaziri (ATP) and Farrukh Dustov (ATP)

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BY M ARY BIR D Girls battling cancer and other serious illnesses were treated to a VIP Pink Party July 27 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Georgetown, co-hosted by CharityChicks US and We Will Survive Cancer. The pampering and “all things pink” theme provided a much-needed break from medical treatments and the stress of illness. Guests enjoyed a jazz quartet, specialty cocktails and food and art lessons, overlooking the flower garden. The Inn, which received all proceeds, is a nonprofit “Place Like Home” for families with seriously ill children, who participate in ground-breaking medical research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and who stay as long as needed, free of charge.★

★ 11th Annual Washington International Piano Artists Competition ★ Capital City Ball ★ Great Gatsby

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Amity Holton, Gayela Bynum, founder of We Will Survive Cancer, sponsor Greg Babcock and Elizabeth Kane, founder of CharityChicks US, with young guests. Photo courtesy of We Will Survive Cancer


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