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This must see stunning, light-filled 6 BRs, 4 full and 2 half BAs with a large center-hall colonial. Beautiful renovation by architect Steven Muse boasts with a spacious living and dining rooms,large eat-in kitchen, family room/home office. Friendship Heights Office 202.364.5200.
Modern, 5BR, 4.5BA home in Whitman school area. Fabulous Lower Level with Bedroom & full Bath. Spacious SS/Granite eat-in Kitchen leads to Family Room with fireplace. Master Bedroom has river views! 2-car attached Garage. Chevy Chase Office 202.363.9700.
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Impressive Miller-built Sumner Colonial is nicely refreshed in & out. At just under 4,000 square feet, it is one of Sumner’s largest homes. Currently configured as 8 BRs with 4 full baths/2 half baths,2 car garage, family room opening to rear oasis. Miller Spring Valley Office 202.362.1300.
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Sophisticated and elegant 5 BR, 5.5 BA home with over 5,000 finished SF on 16,000 SF lot. Wonderful seasonal views of Potomac River, gracious rooms for entertaining, 3 fireplaces, huge family room, au pair suite. Miller Spring Valley Office 202.362.1300.
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This custom contemporary is an architectural gem - 3 Levels of luxurious living space with walls of glass overlooking Sligo Creek & Park.4 bed.,3.5 unique baths. Chef’s Kitchen. Artist Studio. Commune with nature. Welene Goller 301.320.5064/ 301.320.8302 (O).
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Dramatic new construction! 4,630sf 5BR/5.5BA, 4 car garage! Chef’s kitchen with breakfast enclave. Captivating open floor plan, 10’ ceilings, and beautiful views. Optional elevator ready! Outdoor deck, side patio & front porch. Ivana Pelikan 202.203.8600/ 202.483.6300 (O).
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Grand opportunity to own a great home in Chevy Chase Village. Sited with views of the Chevy Chase Country Club. 6BR/3FB/2HB. Generously proportioned rooms with good flow. Close to Friendship Heights, shops, restaurants, upper NW, METRO. Foxhall Office 202.363.1800.
Gorgeous Manor home with over 8800 finished sqft sits on almost 2 acres. Includes a stunning chef’s kitchen; octagonal great room; two master suites; a 7 car garage and energy efficient geothermal heating. Deck & screened Gazebo. Lilian Jorgenson 703.407.0766/703.790.1990 (O).
5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 BAs custom-built home with a 2-story foyer, granite kitchen, family room with stone fireplace, large sunroom and an elegant DR. Spacious LR, MBS with sitting area, fully finished lower level with recreation room and bonus room. Friendship Heights Office 202.364.5200.
Bright, home w/a lrge open flr plan. Kit, DR, Family Rm designed for fun & relaxation. Located on private cul de sac. New kit. SS appliances, granite counters. MBR Ste. Finished lower lvl. Deck & fenced yard overlook the park. Garage. Scott Polk 202.256.5460/ 202.944.8400(O).
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The 2006 renovation of this 4 lvl home created 2 master suites, 2 add’l BR’s, 2 BR terrace lvl flat. Close to every amenity, this sun-filled urban oasis has soaring ceilings, E/W exposures, decks at every lvl, and a 2-car garage. Foxhall Office 202.363.1800.
Enchanting storybook classic. Bright, fully renovated. 4BR, 3.5BA. Liv rm w/fpl, open kit/din, walk-out rec rm, 2 patios, garage. 11,460sf lvl lot w/glorious forest views. Quiet lane on Audubon Terr/Soapstone Valley Park. Hiking trails & Metro Denise Warner 202.487.5162/ 202. 944.8400 (O).
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Gary Tischler wrote his first piece for the Georgetowner during the election year of 1980, an opinion piece about the imploding presidential campaign of Senator Ted Kennedy. Lots of water under the bridge and lots of stories since then, Tischler continues to write -- but not text -- on the usual and highly varied assortment of subjects: the stars of the Arena production of “The Music Man,” a riff on streamlining vacations, another riff on the suddenly booming gay marriage issue and a story about the long-running “The Art of Video Games” exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. This from a man who has never played anything faster than Pong.
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DeLeon Celebrate hip Jewish culture with highenergy, sometimes quirky, deeply passionate indie rock, infused with the mysterious and entrancing cadences of the Sephardic tradition. Tickets, $12 JCC members; $15 G.A. The event begins at 7:30 p.m., JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road. Visit jccgw.org/deleon/802.
2012 Bee & Bubbly Bash Academy of Hope presents fun, food and philanthropy. The event will feature an elegant cocktail reception, spelling bee competition and delectable dessert reception. Cyneé Simpson, ABC7/WJLA-TV’s new anchor, will be the emcee. Tickets, $150. For more information, contact 202-269-6623 or firstname.lastname@example.org
National Asian Heritage Festival In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Asia Heritage Foundation will bring Asian artistic talent, culinary delights and crafts. The free Signature Street Fair takes place on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 6th street. Visit asiaheritagefoundation.org. Remington Ryde: ‘The Best Bluegrass from Pennsylvania’ Together for more than 10 years, Remington Ryde describes its performances as “good traditional bluegrass along with some comedy completing the show.” Ryan Frankhouser, Billy Lee Cox, Dan Stewart and Wally Yoder. Tickets $10-25. 8 p.m. at The Theatre 291, Gay Street Washington, Va., 22747. YaLa Fitness’s Laurent Amzallag Host 2nd Night Workout Party.
Concert for Life Joie de Vivre (Joy of Living) the 19th Concert for Life AIDS benefit is a celebration in song of friendship, beauty, love, and life’s joys. From this all-volunteer, non-sectarian concert, 100 percent of proceeds go to benefit organizations that help people living with HIV/AIDS. Tickets $25. Event starts at 8 p.m., 1500 16th Street, N.W. Call 703-9151889, or visit concertforlife.org.
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Dress to sweat for YaLa Fitness high-energy workout party on May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. Portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Children’s National Medical Center. Advance tickets $15 and $20 at the door. For more information, visit yalafitness. com. 700 Water Street, S.W.
CAG Concert in the Park Citizens Association of Georgetown’s first concert has a jam-packed line-up of activities for the entire family. Back by popular demand -- Georgetown’s own amazing singer and song writer Rebecca McCabe will be performing at the May concert. McCabe will wow the crowd with her acoustic, country, pop rhythms and have the whole family up singing and swaying in the May breeze. The concert is free and starts at 5 p.m. in Volta Park at 34th and Q Street. Call 202-337-7313 or visit cagtown.org. Jackson Art Center Spring Open House Passersby, visitors to Montrose Park and even local residents are often unaware a turreted Victorian building on leafy R St. houses studios for over 30 artists, sculptors, ceramicists and photographers. Visit a haven of creativity for the annual Spring Open House. Meander through the studios, enjoy light refreshments, music and the gallery of spring paintings lining the halls and corridors. For more information, please call 202-306-1722. 3048 1/2 R Street, N.W.
Night of Heroes Gala Foundation and Supporters will honor today’s military heroes and the family members who support them on the battlefield and on the home front. The event is black tie. 6 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. Call 301-699-0148, or visit pentagonfoundation.org.
A Serene Sunday at Hillwood Museum & Gardens One of the select Sundays when Hillwood Museum is open during the year. Celebrate this Memorial Day weekend with a stroll through the spring gardens and mansion. Open 1 to 5 p.m. at the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue, N.W. Call 202-686-5807, or visit hillwoodmuseum.org.
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INS & OUTS MIKE ISABELLAâ€™S BANDOLERO SET TO OPEN MAY 24 It is official: Bandolero, the long-anticipated restaurant at 3241 M Street, where Hook once stood, will open May 24, proclaims its website. And it adds, â€œBandolero is a modern Mexican restaurant in the heart of Georgetown. Chef Mike Isabella is the chef/partner behind the taco-centric, margarita-laden menu. Bandolero is owned by Pure Hospitality LLC, including veteran restauranteur, Jonathan Umbel. The two-story, 5,000-square-foot, high-energy space reflects a Day of the Dead motif, and plenty of bar space to imbibe. The menu showcases classic Mexican dishes with untraditional flavor profiles, including dips served with housemade chicharones and masa crisps, tacos, taquitos, enchiladas, empanadas, albondigas and carbons.â€?
LIGNE ROSET RE-OPENS IN GLOVER PARK Just up Wisconsin Avenue, the contemporary furniture store Ligne Roset has re-opened in a shiny, hip locale, close to Whole Foods and Vice President Joe Bidenâ€™s back gate. The French company held a May 3 grand opening reception, which was headlined by its own executive vice president, Antoine Roset, of Roset USA Corp. at the new retail showroom
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at 2201 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., along with new business partners in designers David Zein and Olivier Valette. DZein Studio is along the same ground-level space as well. The exclusive, freestanding Ligne Roset showroom features items from the companyâ€™s extensive catalog. One thing is for sure: architect Christy Schlesinger wants that red sofa.
â€˜MAD MANâ€™ DINNER PARTY AT PEACOCK CAFE Peacock CafĂŠ and Fashiontographer will hold a one-night-only dinner event, May 23, featuring entrĂŠes from the â€œMad Menâ€? era to benefit the Shoot for Change Scholarship at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the
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American Ballet Theatre. The theme for the event is 1950s, 1960s or â€œMad Menâ€? inspired. For $60, Peacock CafĂŠ and chef Maziar Farivar will offer a three-course menu, inspired by the â€œMad Menâ€? era, that includes Oysters Rockefeller, classic Beef Wellington and homemade cannoli. Fashiontographerâ€™s executive editor, Walter Grio, will be taking photos of guests for the online fashion editorial, â€œDistrict of Fashion.â€? Photos will be featured on fashiontographer.com. The after party will be at L2.
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sin Ave.) intend to return nude dancing to the clubâ€™s long-vacant former home. Paul Kadlick, a representative of the ownership group, discussed the groupâ€™s plans at the May meeting of ANC 3B. JPâ€™s operated as a strip club from 1986 through January 2008, when a fire destroyed its original building. In the intervening years, the building has been replaced and the business sold. A group of neighbors and the ANC opposed the dormant clubâ€™s liquor license renewal last year. Though the license was renewed, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board did impose new limits on the club in the process, forbidding it from offering live entertainment before 5 p.m. â˜…
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Georgetown Senior Center at F. Scottâ€™s for Fundraising and Founder, Virginia Allen The Georgetown Senior Center, headquartered at St. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church on O Street, held a fundraiser May 9 at the legendary F. Scottâ€™s restaurant, part of the Clydes Restaurant Group, on 36th Street. Hosted by Sally Davidson, John and Ginger Laytham and Lila and Brendan Sullivan, the happy group celebrated the center and its founder, Virginia Luce Allen, who died in 2009 and whose birthday is May 10. The centerâ€™s fundraising
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Get the Potomac Off This List Saturday evening we stood out at the terrace of the Kennedy Center and watched canoes and boats move serenely on the Potomac River, the spires of Georgetown University and the lights of Washington Harbor in the near distance. It was a bucolic, beautiful scene, one which inspired admiration for the river if you were inclined to think about matters like that. One thing you weren’t thinking was that the Potomac--the “Nation’s River”--was in serious trouble. But according to American Rivers, a nonprofit organization that helps protect America’s rivers and which yearly lists and issues a report on the country’s ten most endangered rivers, the Potomac River is the Most Endangered River for 2012. The causes: urban and agricultural pollution. It’s not that the river hasn’t been maintained properly or that the Potomac isn’t cleaner than it was before. It’s because it’s the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act this year, which may be in danger of having Congress roll back critical water safeguards. American Rivers is of course a group, as its president, Bob Irvin, said, that will try to “get decision-makers do the right thing”, which would be to preserve all possible safeguards. We concur. The Potomac, our river here in Washington, and the nation’s river, will keep right on rolling. It needs to do that without being in danger of more pollution. Let’s get the Potomac off the Most Endangered List. ★
The Tax Burdens on Small Businesses B Y D AV ID POST I am Joe the Plumber. It hit me, as I finished my tax return last week and wrote a check to Uncle Sam. Joe (really Sam Wurzelbacher ) was the guy candidate Obama patted on the shoulder and suggested that taxes should be increased on the rich. Joe surprised Obama, said he owned his own business and would pay more taxes under the Obama plan. Mine is the proverbial small business, one of those companies known as a partnership, sub-S corporation, or LLC which combines the business income with the owner’s income on the same tax return. When my company income is added to my salary, I look rich, even by my own standards. Not rich like Warren Buffett or Mitt Romney. To them, my income isn’t pocket change. But to me, the income on my tax return shocks me. The problem is that small businesses don’t get to keep or spend the income on their tax returns. Most of it stays in the company to buy new buildings (we built a new one last year), to buy more inventory (did that, too) and to support growth (that, too). Small businesses are mythically – fired employees start most new small businesses – the job creators. For 30 years, Republicans have had a singular tax mantra: lower taxes create jobs. Our company has grown from one to almost 30 employees. Yet we’ve never thought: “We need
to hire a new employee, but our federal income tax is too high. So, we can’t afford it.” Like many small businesses, my company’s profit doesn’t feel like a profit. Last year, our inventory went up by more than our profit. We had to spend our entire profit, plus more, to replace goods on the shelf for tomorrow’s customers. As a drug store, most of our customers have insurance so that they take their drugs today and we get paid next month. When the ink dried on my tax return last week, we reported a nice profit. Which landed on my tax return. But, because of our growth, we had no cash. So, I had to borrow money to pay my income taxes. In fact, combining my company’s profits and my salary put me in the Democrat’s “rich” tax bracket. My tax rate is higher than Warren Buffet’s secretary, and more than double Buffet’s and Mitt Romney’s tax rate. For decades, Republicans have argued that lower tax rates encourage job creators (like me) to hire more employees, and that really low, or zero, capital gain taxes encourage the rich to invest more, thus creating even more jobs. President Bush did that, but no jobs were created during his eight-year presidency. Oh, well. Maybe it will work this time. President Reagan is looking pretty good to me right now. He installed a 28-percent maximum tax rate on all income, regardless of source, by lowering normal rates from 50 percent and increasing capital gain rates from 15 percent. Operating businesses that generate jobs, like
WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ DINNER: LIKE FLIES TO HONEY BY J OHN F E NZ E L
In a little-known Aesop’s fable, a number of flies are attracted to a jar of honey that is overturned in a housekeeper’s room. Placing their feet in the spilled honey, they eat greedily, happily gorging themselves. Their feet, however, become so smeared with the honey that they cannot use their wings, nor release themselves … and they slowly suffocate. It was this fable that came to mind as I watched the garish coverage of the White House Correspondents’ dinner a few weeks ago pop up on entertainment shows, newspapers, blogs and social media sites. As an annual event, Hollywood celebrities flood to the nation’s capital for a three-day period of pre-dinner receptions and post-dinner parties at mansions in Georgetown, hotels or museums downtown and embassies around Massachusetts Avenue that are often more lavish than the dinner itself. Journalists, politicos and celebrities flock to each party and each reception … like flies to honey. As star-struck reporters trip over themselves
to gain often lop-sided, fuzzy iPhone photos with Kim Kardashian, George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon and Uggie the Dog to post on their Facebook pages, all journalistic pretense is gone for those three days or more, surrounding the last Saturday in April. It’s become known, euphemistically, as the “Nerd Prom.” Begun in 1920, the ostensible purpose of the dinner is to “acknowledge award-winners, present scholarships and give the press and president an evening of friendly appreciation.” To outside observers (we, the uninvited masses), however, the White House Correspondents Association dinner is anything but. Instead, the event has become the most obvious symbol of a mainstream media that has abdicated its responsibility to the people, for a chance to preen and rub elbows with Hollywood and political elites. The criticisms of the dinner as spectacle of sorts are not new. After the 2007 dinner, thenNew York Times columnist Frank Rich characterized the event as “a crystallization of the press’s failures in the post-9/11 era…[because
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Spielberg are provided open access to the White House’s compound along with media figures like Katie Couric, PBS’s Charlie Rose, Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart. As the nation’s gentry gather, many members of the press have proven more than willing to assimilate themselves into exclusive affairs without regard to perceptions from the outside world. During his tenure, WHCA President Steve Scully countered the critics by saying, “An evening of civility does not mean we are selling out … [and] if people want to criticize the dinner, then don’t come.” Scully, of course, had little to be concerned about. The rest of us—the uninvited “everyman”—never do. So, Aesop’s story about the flies and the honey jar represents a cautionary tale for the press and for all of us. The fable itself concludes, as the flies are expiring from their foolish escapade, with their collective lament: “O, foolish creatures that we are, for the sake of a little pleasure we have destroyed ourselves.”★
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it] illustrates how easily a propaganda-driven White House can enlist the Washington news media in its shows.” A few Sundays ago, Tom Brokaw appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and remarked, “Look, I think George Clooney is a great guy, I’d like to meet Charlize Theron, but I don’t think the big press event in Washington should be that kind of glittering event, where the whole talk is Cristal champagne … who had the best party, who got to meet the most people.” Brokaw went on to say, “That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people expect us to be doing, and I think that the Washington press corps has to look at that … It’s gone beyond what it used to be.” After the festivities, we’re expected to believe that the press and White House will go back to their business-as-usual adversarial relationship, like Ralph E. Wolfs and Sam Sheepdogs, punching their time clock in the famous Looney Tunes cartoon. Don’t get me wrong: the same issue exists with the White House’s official state dinners, where Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand and Steven
mine, don’t have capital gains. They pay the full freight. Almost half the income in the economy is from finance, earned by investors who pay lower tax rates. The idea is lower rates reward the risk they take. Of course, investors like the Buffets and Romneys can sell their stock and get out any time. My house is the collateral for my company’s loans. That’s real risk and normal for small businesses. We have to hang in there or lose our homes. Would one candidate explain how small businesses have less risk and pay twice the tax rate as super rich investors? Both parties agree that the tax system needs to be reformed and made more “fair” by “broadening the base” and lowering tax rates. That means paying a lower rate on more income. Over the past 50 years, history has shown that when rates are lowered and the amount taxed is increased, normal people pay almost same amount while the rich pay less. Apparently, my problem is that I’m not rich enough to pay less. Maybe President Obama will drop by my store, rest his hand on my shoulder, as he did to Joe the Plumber, and assure me that I should pay less tax. Maybe Mitt Romney will invest in my company and help it grow into a company with 90,000 employees as he did for Staples. Then, I’d be really rich, he’d be richer, and both of us would pay lower tax rates. And what about the real Joe the Plumber? He’s running for Congress. ★
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President’s Gay Decision Waits for the Rest of America BY GA RY T IS CHL ER President Barack Obama finally did it. He maxed out on his evolution on the issue of gay marriage. He’s for it, without equivocation. This came right as the president revved up his startup activities for his re-election campaign. The announcement--”I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married”--didn’t leave a whole lot of wriggle room. Whatever the reason for the announcement and decision--Joe “Loose Lips” Biden’s rather casual statement of support for gay marriage on “Meet the Press,” no less, or supporter dissatisfaction with Obama’s slow evolution-- it was a historic move, and one bound to affect the presidential campaign. Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney was quick to respond that he believed that marriage was defined as being between “one man and one woman,” and that’s probably not his last word on the subject, one way or another, or another. Gay and lesbian rights activists-who cheered the president’s long anticipated and hoped-for announcement--hope that these are not the Obama’s last words on the subject and that words will lead to some sort of action. What that might be is unclear. Will he provide actual leadership--moral, rhetorical, executive or whatever--on the issue? Obama has said that he prefers the process winds itself out on the state level, where the issue presents itself in confusing fashion. North Carolina, only days before, held a vote in which voters banned not only gay marriage but civil unions as well. More than 30 states have passed laws banning gay marriage, while only a handful passed laws allowing gay marriage. On the other, national polls indicate that Americans are divided on the issue, on a 50-50 level. The opposition to gay marriage tends to be conservative, evangelical, religious and skews older, while support for gay marriage skews younger. It’s not difficult to understand why many otherwise reasonable people might not support gay marriage on theological grounds. The president’s support--the first by an American president ever--is important for its historical nature, but it does not clarify
the conflict. Gay and lesbian rights represents a kind of last frontier on the issue of the role and identity of the other in American society, a last line in the sand on opponents. The president’s decision, arrived at perhaps sooner than he would have liked in terms of the election campaign, appears to have been based on experience and perception, with the opinion of his children weighing strongly in the decision. I suspect that’s the kind of thinking that also weighs strongly in the opinions of most reasonable Americans. A majority of Americans, I suspect, do not oppose civil or partnership rights--inheritance, property, wills and other legal matters--but balk when it comes to marriage, and issues of family and children. I suspect that, beyond issues of religious beliefs, that opposition is not entirely rational, that it’s grounded in fear of the other and a kind of primitive reaction when it comes to sexual matters. The idea that family--a mother, a father, children--are the ideal and traditional social, cultural and moral norm in the United State is a belief that is clung to almost fanatically and is belied strongly by the statistical facts of an over 50-percent divorce rate, a high number of children raised by single parents, and so on. I suspect, too, that the idea of gay people marrying and creating family units is a process that brings gays into the American mainstream as opposed to leaving them exiled on the fringes of societal norms. It’s an idea difficult to accept for large parts of American society which may have never encountered a gay person except on television or in movies. I suspect until most Americans can expand the idea of what an American family may and can look like and accept it, the issue of gay marriage will remain volatile, intense and divisive. One thing you can tell politically from President Obama’s tortured evolution to a decision point and to the muted GOP reply--Romney called the issue “a very tender and sensitive topic”-- is that the issue is like the fellow or the gal without a date at the prom. Everyone is reluctant to dance with them, but sooner or later, they’re going to be playing their song. President Obama, in his announcement, appears to have heard the music.★
Council Discusses Budget Priorities; Send in Your Opinions, Too BY JAC K EVAN S
eginning on May 9, the council members got together around one table to discuss our budget priorities and contrast those with the items included in the Mayor Gray’s budget. First, a note on the process: this type of discussion has historically been very helpful, as it is a rare opportunity for the full council to get together and speak more candidly than they often feel they are able to in a more formal meeting setting. In the interest of open government, we have now brought television cameras and microphones into the room. While it is great that members of the public can now witness these discussions, I have found unfortunately that the addition of the public eye leads to political posturing and grandstanding, which can reduce the quantity of productive dialogue. One of the high points of Wednesday’s discussion was regarding the restoration of funding for the Housing Production Trust Fund, which is a program I created the legislative authority for with then-council member Adrian Fenty. I am a big supporter of this program because it actually works to create affordable housing for those who need it. When I created the program, I also instituted a dedicated funding source from the deed and recordation tax revenue so that it would always have the resources it needed. Unfortunately, my colleagues have raided this money repeatedly, using it instead for the Rent Supplement Program. This program is supposed to help working families make rent payments by supplementing the amount of rent they are able to pay. Its predecessor program was eventually done away with when it was discovered that landlords would simply raise rents by the amount of the government supplement payment, thus resulting in a windfall for landlords who could have afforded the lower rents they had in place prior to the supplement, while providing no additional benefit to the working families. If my colleagues want to fund the Rent Supplement Program, they should look for strategic cuts within the social services and education budgets, which have grown without accountability, rather than taking money from programs that work. Another topic of discussion was the proliferation of traffic enforcement cameras contemplated in the mayor’s budget. I have been skeptical of the idea of attempting to balance the budget on the basis of increased fees charged to residents, and it sounds like we may consider lowering the fees associated with certain moving violations to compensate for the idea of the extra enforcement, under the principal that a lower ticket value is needed to deter traffic violations if the certainty of enforcement is higher. We also discussed the proper allocation of new revenues from parking pilot areas. I think these funds should remain within our local neighborhoods where they are generated, as the mayor proposed. Councilmember Cheh has subsequently recommended, in contrast, that the funds be taken and spent in other parts of the city. I am not yet sure what the final budget proposal by the council chairman will look like, but I am hopeful that we will fund priorities of mine, such as libraries and parks, arts and humanities as well as the repeal of the confusing tax on outof-state municipal bonds. I would appreciate your support and ask that you contact me and my colleagues over the next week with your views. ★
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Commencement Speakers at G.U. and G.W.U.; HHS’s Sebelius Invite Protested
During Georgetown University’s May 17-20 commencement ceremonies, business leaders, scientists and human right activists will speak, including LivingSocial CEO and co-founder Tim O’Shaughnessy and creator of “The Wire” and “Treme,” David Simon. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, will take part at a Public Policy Institute awards ceremony, not a graduation event. Nevertheless, her presence has sparked protests from the Cardinal Newman Society and other conservative Catholics because of the Obama Administration’s stance on abortion and other healthcare issues concerning religious institutions. The Archdiocese of Washington also criticized the university’s decision to include Sebelius, “whose actions as a public official present the most direct challenge to religious liberty.” Georgetown University President John DeGioia issued a statement, defending the university’s decision: “In different contexts over the past three months, including a March 14 ‘Statement on Religious Freedom and HHS Mandate,’ the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed strong opposi-
tion to the position put forward by the Obama Administration. Some have interpreted the invitation of Secretary Sebelius as a challenge to the USCCB. It was not. The invitation to Secretary Sebelius occurred prior to the Jan. 20 announcement by the Obama Administration of the modified healthcare regulations. The secretary’s presence on our campus should not be viewed as an endorsement of her views. As a Catholic and Jesuit university, Georgetown disassociates itself from any positions that are in conflict with traditional church teachings.” Over at George Washington University, there are no such concerns. “NBC Nightly News” anchor, members of Congress and the District’s deputy mayor of education will be among the speakers addressing graduates at George Washington University Commencement ceremonies May 18-20. Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News” and host of “Rock Center,” will deliver the keynote address to nearly 25,000 George Washington University graduates and guests and will receive an honorary doctorate degree, Sunday, May 20, on the National Mall. International businessman and philanthropic leader Carlos Slim and internationally renowned artist Clarice Smith also will receive honorary degrees from the university.
O&P Project: More Lights . . . and Resident-Only Parking
You may not have noticed that resident-only parking already exists in Georgetown. At least, along certain sections of 33rd, 34th, 36th and P
Streets, thanks to the O&P Street Project. Here is an update from the project leaders: “As part of the O&P Street Rehabilitation project, street lights within the project zone are being updated or, in many cases, added. In response to public concern for safety, the finalized lighting plan increases current lighting by 40 percent, while still preserving the historic feel of the area. You may notice a new light fixture or foundation for a new light fixture near an existing light. In many cases, the existing light will be removed at a later time. Many of the new foundations are covered with orange drums. These drums are in place for pedestrian safety and will be removed once the light poles are installed. When the new lights are operational, you may notice a significant increase in brightness the first couple of nights. Per DDOT’s policy, any existing street lights designated for removal will stay turned on until we verify all of the new lights are fully operational. Once they are deemed as such, the existing lights designated for removal will be turned off.” The website is FixingOandPstreets.com. As far as the new parking signs go, let’s see how long they stay up.
Cherry Hill Lane Revives 1950s’ Tradition
This newspaper receives many invitations and requests for coverage from around town, the city and elsewhere. But the folks at Cherry Hill Lane and Cecil Place, close to the Georgetowner’s office, sent us an e-mail that
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grabbed our attention: “On April 28, 1955, the Georgetowner ran a story entitled ‘The passing of Georgetown’s Last Slum: Cherry Hill Rises from the Ashes…’ It talks about the Cherry Hill neighborhood’s history and mentions that there is going to be a party on May 14, 1955, to celebrate the repeal of the Alley Dwelling Act and the paving of Cherry Hill Lane. The Cherry Hill neighborhood has recently been going through a similar revival, and neighbors felt it was time for another party. So, on May 12, from 6 to 9, we’re throwing a block party with square dancing like they did back in 1955.” The people who live around Cherry Hill and Cecil held their May 12 block party and celebrated their history and their latest improvements. Between the C&O Canal and the Potomac River, the little streets and homes were saved for today’s owners. “In 1955, they were celebrating the repeal of the alley act and paving Cherry Hill Lane for the first time,” said Michele Jacobson, who led the event planning. “Now, in 2012, 57 years later, we’re celebrating the repeal of the alley act (or the rowhouses on Cecil and Cherry Hill would have been torn down), the regrading of Cecil Place to stop the flooding of houses” and several public transportation and landscaping projects. Jacobson and party-goers were happy to applaud the assistance of Colleen Hawkinson, Olusegun Olaore, Meg Hardon, Rahmat Rasson and Lydia Dickens along with the public library’s Jerry McCoy for providing historical information, Tom Birch from ANC, Ray Kukulski of CAG, Betsy Emes of Trees for Georgetown, some
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TOWN TOPICS of whom got gifts during the May 12 party. Jacobsen and organizers also thanked Jack Evans Ruth Werner, Bill Starrels, Ron Lewis and others. The party illustrated the best of classic Georgetown: a sense of history (That old “Cherry Hill gang was tough and so were the prostitutes.”), a sense of community (help from the D.C government and a neighboring condo group and nearby business) and a sense of fun (square-dance calling by Jim Wass) -- all to make living here better. The Georgetowner also reported about that 1955 event in 1961 and 2002. Of course, we had to be there again. So, let’s add this one to today’s coverage, and get back to the future.
Sgt. Joe Pozell to Be Honored by C.O.P.S. Classic Golf
from 75 players to last year’s biggest event with 260 golfers. Detective Crespo has been joined by Metropolitan Police Department Officer Greg Alemian in 2006 and Detective Travis Barton in 2008. 100 percent of the proceeds from the D.C. COPS Classic are given to the Washington, D.C., Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors.
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Wells Fargo Donates $10,000 to Georgetown Village
Georgetown Village received a $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank May 15, making it the nonprofit’s first major corporate grant, announced its founder, Sharon Lockwood. Georgetown Village is a nonprofit membership organization providing services and programs in the Georgetown area so that older residents can live better and longer in their homes. Since launching in December, it has never turned down a request for services. It has provided more than 150 services including, transportation of appointments, grocery shopping, computer and cell phone help, gardening and household help. “Wells Fargo is committed to promoting long-term economic prosperity and quality of life of everyone in our communities,” said Mike Golden, regional president Greater Washington, D.C. “We are proud to support organizations like Georgetown Village that remain committed to the future of our local communities where our customers and team members live and work.”
August 13 will mark the ninth anniversary of the D.C. - C.O.P.S. Classic and will be hosted at Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Va., to support the D.C. Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors. This year’s tournament is dedicated to the memory of Metropolitan Police Department Reserve Sergeant Joseph Pozell. On May 14, 2005, Reserve Sergeant Pozell was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at the intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue and died from his injuries on May 17, 2005. Pozell had served in the Metropolitan Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife Ella and son. D.C. COPS Classic Golf Tournament was started in 2003 by Metropolitan Police Department Detective Joey Crespo. Detective Crespo started this tournament to raise money for the Washington DC Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors. The tournament has grown
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The correct time has returned to Georgetown University’s Healy Tower clock -and just in time for graduation weekend. Handless for eight days, the clock got new hands, installed by university workers May 8. Along with an e-mail update, the university’s director of media relations Rachel Pugh told the campus media, “The missing hands have not been recovered.” The April 29 theft made the front page of the Washington Post, and the perpetrators said that the hands were en route to Vatican City. But the university press also received an e-mail, supposedly from the thieves, where they offered to exchange the hands for the mascot’s bulldog puppy, J.J. The case remains open, but the semester is closed. ★
Community Calendar Celebrations of Art Donations at Georgetown Library The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library are having a special thank you to three Georgetown residents for their generous contributions to the newly renovated historic Georgetown Library. The event is free and starts at 5 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street N.W. Visit dclibrary.org/georgetown.
Jackson School Open House Enjoy light refreshments and live music while viewing paintings, sculptures, pottery and more. Event runs from 1-5 p.m. at 3048 ½ R Street N.W. Free; for more information visit jacksonartcenter.com
CAG Meeting Mayor Vincent Gray and Councilman Jack Evans Speak; CAG Awards and Election of Officers; reception 7 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street N.W. For more information call 202-337-7313 or visit cagtown.org/calendar.
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ou might not see them right away, but you sure can hear them. The teacher bellows, “Supermans!” and a bunch of people a quarter of his size giggle and reach out their arms. “Now, Hulk,” he rumbles, flexing his biceps, as several smaller pairs of arms Hulk out on the blacktop. “Batmaaaaans!” he sings, his rapt audience following every move. A half block from busy Wisconsin Avenue, where the buses blow exhaust and the cab drivers honk, Hyde-Addison Elementary School is a vibrant, integral part of Georgetown life. This D.C. public school is a place of non-stop action—with 15 classrooms, a library, a cafeteria and a science lab—even after school. “For starters,” says Kara Sullivan, whose son Curtis is in Kindergarten at Hyde, “the strong sense of community is strengthened by seeing classmates, teachers, parents, and Hyde t-shirts as we walk around Georgetown. Where my elementary school had school buses lines up to swiftly take kids away from school at 3:15, there’s a lingering open play date for all kids after Hyde gets out.”
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The social curriculum, in the playground, is just as important as what goes inside the school’s walls. Hyde operates on a philosophy that positive interaction is crucial to learning and that learning itself is not simply academic learning. One of the school’s tenets reads, “There is a set of social skills that kids need to be successful: cooperation, assertion, responsibility empathy and self-control.” The school’s physical layout and its meetings and rules are designed to encourage positive interaction—between students and teachers, parents and administrators. And, Photos courtesy of Hyde-Addison School though it is not explicitly Hyde’s presence makes Georgetown about stated, between the school and more than just shopping and (lack of) parking. its environment. Hyde might once have been a place that Bob Tompkins’s son, Jack, is in first grade. “To drove parents to move out of Georgetown and really be a community,” he says, “you have to ignored by those who could afford to send their cover all the aspects of life. It is great that among children elsewhere. Now, Hyde pulls families all the other things Georgetown has to offer, it is into Georgetown. The price is right, the com- a great place to raise a family.” Ten years ago, there was zero buzz about mute to school a pleasant stroll, the parents and kids proud of the place. “Georgetown often feels Hyde. For some parents, sending a kid there like a small town tucked in a big city,” says Dana was a radical move; few of their neighbors in Nerenberg, Hyde’s principal. She adds that the Georgetown did. Many of the kids who grew up school benefits greatly from the community, near Hyde were driven, or took the bus, up and out Wisconsin Avenue to private school. Now, from volunteers to partnerships. A local school makes the big city seem man- Hyde is a strong and growing part of the life ageable and, perhaps, not so scary. “One of the of the neighborhood. Enrollments are up, and benefits of a neighborhood school is having other interest in the school is high. With the PTA’s kids to play with after school and on weekends,” help, the school has bought iPads and intends says Leslie Maysak, who has two boys at Hyde to incorporate them into next year’s curriculum. and a block-long commute. “As well as, for me The school is looking to expand its library and as a parent, knowing the other families person- build a gym. ★ ally and having a network of people that can count on each other to pick up your child in a pinch or keep an eye on them for a few minutes,”
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MASA 14 AND THE STREETS OF GEORGETOWN BY PAM EL A BURNS
DC’S NEWEST FASHIONISTAS
These cuties were not photographed for a Gap ad. They were living it up on the new rooftop of Masa 14 with Sophia Becraft, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Sponsor Girl of the Year. They may be little, but they were there in big style. Looks like DC has some new style icons.
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Kate Michael, Miss DC 2006, was red hot in her figure-flattering Express dress and BCBG gold sandals at the new Masa 14 happy hour for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year. Amanda Polk in her chic Theory skirt, white shirt and tan Michael Kors peep-toe heels, was the total package. Both girls dressed to impress.
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Pink hoodies are never easy to wear, but putting them with tight high-water navy chinos is always a fashion no. The black socks and birkenstocks only add to the problem. My suggestions: a pink sweater, navy trouser pants, a statement flat and no socks.
Ted Loos just arrived in D.C. from NYC to interview Georgetown interior designer Thomas Pheasant. As a writer for Vogue, Architectural Digest and many other publications, he was, of course, head-to-toe ultra-cool. Loved his light tan Shipley & Halmos sports jacket, Levis jeans and sporty Nike sneakers.
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Embrace the Mini Vacation: Thinking Small Covers a Lot BY GARY T IS CHL ER
e live in the age of the short, the small, the quick and fast, the compact, the time-saving, the quickie, the: Mini. Mini-cars—of course. Mini-me, of movie fame. Mini-ice cream portions from HaagenDazs. The idea is to make life compact, like living in a Manhattan apartment. The idea is that a mini of anything can be as satisfying, as economical, as fulfilling, as a full portion of anything. In keeping with this train of thought and the cover photo of a mini-car, we offer a suggestion: Why not mini-vacations and mini-trips? Really, isn’t it annoying to have to pack for two weeks and a lifetime, just to go to Paris or Mexico City for a couple of weeks? Do you have to rack your brains about where to go, how much to take in and what to skip. Gosh, 14 nights in a hotel and a Broadway show are really going to get expensive. Why not, instead, keep it short, direct and focused? Yes, you can. Speaking of Mexico City (or elsewhere, like Dublin or Las Vegas), yes, you can keep it short and sweet. Pick your hotel, get picked up at the
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airport, and choose to do or see not 20 things but, say, only three things starting from your hotel in Mexico City. We live in the age of direct flights, and yes, you can get there fast, directly and come back just as fast, all in a matter of days, instead of weeks. A mini-vacation in Mexico City just for two of you, can be focused, direct and surely romantic. Focus. But then, you might be thinking that even with direct flights, there’s the frisking, the long lines, the food, getting in and out. Why not haves a mini-vacation by car, like seeing the USA in your Chevrolet, or your highmileage Mini or Mini Cooper, depending on how many people are coming. Speaking of New York, you can drive there, or take a train and actually see one or two plays. Check out to see if “Spider Man” is really that bad or great and see the Disneyfied Broadway. Find Stage Deli, one block east of the Ed Sullivan Theater, or settle for Hello Deli, well know to Letterman watchers. Go to MOMA and all the great museums in New York, but remember that in D.C., they’re free.
New York, New York in Las Vegas. Photo by Brian Trigilio. You don’t have to go that far by car—quick trips for specific occasions are all around. We live after all in an area that’s inter-connected from D.C. to Baltimore to Northern Virginia and every town, village, city or neighborhood worthy of the name will have a party, a celebration, a commemoration, an anniversary or a festival at some point.
That includes the upcoming commemoration of the War of 1812, the Star-Spangled Banner and Francis Scott Key in Baltimore, a music festival in the Shenondoahs in July, a special arts and crafts festival in Reston, a yearly festival in Herndon, just to name a few. More than that, while Washington may have the upper hand in culture, the country side lacks in noth-
ing for finding your way to the rich history of the area—from Colonial to Revolutionary to Federal days in Williamsburg (complete with nearby theme park), to the endless battlefield sites, or the joys of sailing near Maryland’s capital, Annapolis, home also to the U.S. Naval Academy. Just go out into the country by car—stop overnight and discover the joys not of big city hotels but small town bed-and-breakfasts, where you can capture the flavor of a particular town, or area with an a one or two night stay. That’s why God made Mini-cars and local crab apples or crafts. If the Nats are out of town, catch a ballgame or go to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. The Orioles this year are hot for as yet unexplained reasons, and the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are vying for last place for as yet unexplained reasons. If you want to get really basic, go for a walk. That’s as mini as you can get. In Washington, D.C., you can go for a walk—or take a bus, or run, or ride the Metro, and end up going around the world. This is a city in the middle of the month-long Passport D.C., still in progress, showcasing the world’s embassies which are a special feature for the city’s residents.
If you want to pretend to be traveling while staying at home—take the wife, husband, significant other, partner, to a downtown hotel and stay for a couple of days and explore your immediate surroundings. Something’s always going on at the National Mall. The Folklife Festival is coming soon, for instance, and every museum has not only what’s good to know and seek but also special events, concerts, movies and lectures. In Washington, it doesn’t hurt to act like a tourist, and then explore other neighborhoods in the city—the rising downtown, Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan, the H Street Corridor and the revitalized 14th Street. That’s a whole new concept of mini-travel: take a hike, as they say, and visit Georgetown and if you live in other parts of town. Walk there by way of Rock Creek Park, and then have a magnificent dinner or stroll along the canal. Another quick mini—ride a boat to ports of call along the Potomac River—Old Town Alexandria, the Gaylord National and National Harbor. In this town, you can get there from here. By direct flights, by train (I love New York if not Newark), by car beyond the Beltway, and by foot as far as they’ll take you. ★
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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
3000 K St NW (One block from Georgetown Lowe’s theatres) Georgetown introduces Washington’s first “Dumpling Bar” featuring more than 12 varieties. Come and enjoy the new exotic Thai cuisine inspired by French cooking techniques. Bangkok Joe’s is upscale, colorful and refined. Absolutely the perfect place for lunch or dinner or just a private gathering. www.bangkokjoes.com
3124-28 M St NW A friendly French Bistro in the heart of historic Georgetown since 1975. Executive chef and owner Gerard Cabrol came to Washington, D.C. 32 years ago, bringing with him home recipes from southwestern France. Our specialties include our famous Poulet Bistro (tarragon rotisserie chicken); Minute steak Maitre d’Hotel (steak and pomme frit¬es); Steak Tartare, freshly pre¬pared seafood, veal, lamb and duck dishes; and the best Eggs Benedict in town. In addition to varying daily specials. www.bistrofrancaisdc.com
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1736 Wisconsin Ave., NW Come and see for yourself why Bistrot Lepic, with its classical, regional and contemporary cuisine, has been voted best bistro in D.C. by the Zagat Guide. And now with its Wine bar, you can enjoy “appeteasers”, full bar service, complimentary wine tasting every Tuesday and a new Private Room. The regular menu is always available. Open everyday. Lunch & dinner. Reservations suggested. www.bistrotlepic.com
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3205 K St, NW (est.1967) A Georgetown tradition for over 40 years, this friendly neighborhood restaurant/ saloon features fresh seafood, burgers, award-winning ribs, & specialty salads & sandwiches. Daily lunch & dinner specials. Late night dining (until midnight Sun.-Thu., 1A.M. Fri-Sat) Champagne brunch served Sat. & Sun. until 4P.M. Open Mon-Thu 11:30A.M.-2A.M. Fri-Sat 11:30A.M.-3A.M.Sun 11A.M.-2A.M.Kids’ Menu Available. Overlooking the new Georgetown Waterfront Park ChadwicksRestaurants.com
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The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 3100 South Street, NW, Degrees Bistro features a traditional French bistro menu with an innovative cocktail and wine list. The restaurant design complements the industrial chic style of The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, and welcomes diners to unwind in the simple, modern comfort of a neighborhood eatery while enjoying a savory lunch or dinner at the hip bar or in one of the stylish banquettes. www.ritzcarlton.com/ georgetown
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(The Latham Hotel) 3000 M St, NW Internationally renowned chef and restaurateur Michel Richard creates magic with fresh and innovative American-French Cuisine, an exceptional wine list and stylish ambiance. Open for Dinner. Valet parking.
3236 M St, NW This animated tavern, in the heart of Georgetown, popularized saloon food and practically invented Sunday brunch. Clyde’s is the People’s Choice for bacon cheeseburgers, steaks, fresh seafood, grilled chicken salads, fresh pastas and desserts. www.clydes.com
1522 Wisconsin Ave Captivating customers since 2003 Café Bonaparte has been dubbed the “quintessential” European café featuring award winning crepes & arguably the “best” coffee in D.C! Other can’t miss attributes are; the famous weekend brunch every Sat and Sun until 3pm, our late night weekend hours serving sweet & savory crepes until 1 am Fri-Sat evenings & the alluring sounds of the Syssi & Marc jazz duo every other Wed. at 7:30. We look forward to calling you a “regular” soon! www.cafebonaparte.com (202) 333-8830
1310 Wisconsin Ave., NW Reminiscent of the classic American Grills, Daily Grill is best known for its large portions of fresh seasonal fare including Steaks & Chops, Cobb Salad, Meatloaf and Warm Berry Cobbler. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.Visit our other locations at 18th & M Sts NW and Tysons Corner. www.dailygrill.com
2811 M Street NW Serving Washington since 1992, Don Lobos offers authentic Mexican cuisine. We use only the finest and freshest ingredients when making our traditional menu items. Famous for our Mole, and adored for our tamales. We also offer a wide range of tequila and the best margarita in Georgetown. Now serving Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10-2. Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm Sun 10am- 10pm (202) 333-0137
1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW Filomena is a Georgetown landmark that has endured the test of time for almost a quarter of a century. Our old-world cooking styles & recipes brought to America by the early Italian immigrants, alongside the culinary cutting edge creations of Italy’s foods of today, executed by our award winning Italian Chef. Try our spectacular Lunch buffet on Fri. & Saturdays or our Sunday Brunch, Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. www.filomena.com (202) 338-8800
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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 3:30 - 6PM www.maithai.com (202) 337-1010
3251 Prospect St. NW Established in 1991, Peacock Cafe is a tradition in Georgetown life. The tremendous popularity of The Peacock Happy Day Brunch in Washington DC is legendary. The breakfast and brunch selections offer wonderful variety and there is a new selection of fresh, spectacular desserts everyday. The Peacock Café in Georgetown, DC - a fabulous menu for the entire family. Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00am Sunday: 9:00am - 10:30pm (202) 625-2740
1054 31st St, NW Lovers of seafood can always find something to tempt the palette at the Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar. Sea Catch offers fresh seafood “simply prepared” in a relaxed atmosphere. Overlooking the historic C&O Canal, we offer seasonal fireside and outdoor dining. Private party space available for 15 - 300 Complimentary parking Lunch Mon. -Sat. 11:30am -3pm Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5:30pm -10pm Closed on Sunday Happy Hour Specials at the Bar Mon. - Fri. 5 -7pm www.seacatchrestaurant.com (202) 337-8855
3000 K St NW, Suite 100 Washington, DC 20007 Eclectic American cuisine, Coupled with enchanting views of the Potomac River make Sequoia a one of a kind dining experience. Offering a dynamic atmosphere featuring a mesquite wood fire grill, sensational drinks, and renowned River Bar. No matter the occasion, Sequoia will provide an unforgettable dining experience. www.arkrestaurants.com /sequoia_dc.html
1734 Wisconsin Ave. Shanghai Lounge’s is offering Lily’s family style traditional Chinese dining along with some very unique cocktails and a wide variety of beers and wines. It captures the flavors of Asia and we have created an exotic atmosphere, a place where you can unwind, have an exquisite meal, enjoy a drink and to share the experience.
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1201 F St, NW Ranked one of the most popular seafood restaurants in , DC, “this cosmopolitan”send-up of a vintage supper club that’s styled after a ‘40’s-era ocean liner is appointed with cherry wood and red leather booths, infused with a “clubby, old money” atmosphere. The menu showcases “intelligently” prepared fish dishes that “recall an earlier time of elegant” dining. What’s more, “nothing” is snobbish here. Lunch: Mon-Fri- 11:30am-5pm Dinner: Mon-Thur 5-10pm. Fri & Sat 5-11pm. Sun-5-9pm. www.theoceanaire.com (202) 347-2277
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Cocktail of the Week: NOLA’s Hurricane BY J ODY KURA S H
hile Mardi Gras may be the biggest party of the year in New Orleans, visitors looking for a grand shindig that showcases the city’s musical heritage will head to the Big Easy for the annual Jazz and Heritage Festival. Those who made it to the recent 2012 event were entertained by local acts like the Neville Brothers and Dr. John as well as by international superstars, such as Cee Lo Green, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. For many, a trip to Bourbon Street before and after the show was all part of the musical fun. In a town known for drive-through daiquiri shops and go-cups, partiers can wander through the French Quarter with a choice of mindnumbing beverages like the cyclone, hand grenade and jungle juice. Long before these frosty concoctions hit the streets, there was the drink that may have caused more Crescent City hangovers than any other: the Hurricane. Bright red and cloyingly sweet, a version of this tipple can be found in any watering hole in the French Quarter. While the drink’s formula has changed through the years, its history can be traced back to World War II when it was invented at Pat O’Brien’s. For the first-time visitor to New Orleans,
Pat O’Brien’s deserves a place on their to-do list. While some dismiss this well-tracked spot as “touristy,” there’s a special allure about visiting the bar that the New Orleans Times-Picayune referred to as “Disneyland for serious drinkers.” Founded by Pat-O’Brien, a bootlegger, and Charlie Cantell, a wholesaler, this Louisiana institution opened its doors as Prohibition was repealed. With its charming fountain courtyard, live piano music and storied history, Pat O’Brien’s is memorable stop in a city filled with saloons. The invention of their signature drink came about as a practical necessity. Back in the 1940s, liquors such as Scotch and Bourbon were in short supply. There was a glut of post-Prohibition rum, and the dealers wanted to move it. The bar’s partners were forced by liquor wholesalers to order as many as 50 cases of rum in order to purchase a few cases of the whiskeys they wanted. Barmen played around with a mixture of fruit juices and passion fruit until they came up with an alluring combination: a tasty and potent cocktail, containing four ounces of rum in each serving. They began selling the new creation in a Hurricane glass and the drink’s moniker was born. The Hurricane caught on, and the rest, as
they say, is history. While the atmosphere at Pat O’Brien’s has remained a constant, today’s Hurricanes have changed dramatically since the cocktail’s inception. Due to the high volume of visitors, Pat O’Brien’s now makes their hurricanes from a pre-made mix. The ingredients are fairly simple a rum, grenadine, citrus and passion fruit juices. Pat O’Brien’s sells its own brand of Hurricane rum, made in the Virgin Islands, and mix, that can be ordered online. Nevertheless, creating your own hurricane from scratch will result in a rewarding and delicious refresher. Even though this fabled tipple is not what it used to be, a stop at Pat O’Brien’s is still a fun diversion for those planning a visit to New Orleans. “We have such a long and colorful history,” reminded Pat O’Brien’s spokesperson Jamie Touchton. “Visitors want to experience the leg-
end that people have been talking about for decades. The hurricane is the drink of New Orleans. Many try to imitate it, but none can compare to the taste, strength and the overall experience of being in Pat O’Brien’s.” ★
THE HURRICANE 2 1/2 oz Mount Gay Silver Rum 1 1/2 oz Goslings Black Seal Rum 1 oz fresh orange juice 1 oz fresh lime juice 2 ½ oz Passion fruit puree ½ Oz Stirrings grenadine (made from pomegranate)
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Combine the ingredients in a shaker, and serve over ice. Garnish with an orange slice.
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Nancy is not a part of our marriage and I don’t care about her opinion. Second, she has never even met me, so she ’s getting a very one-sided view of the story. I have drafted a letter to her that I would like to send, explaining my side on some recent conflicts in our household. I think she needs to hear both sides before making these declarations about how our family decisions should be made. Do I have to show it to my husband before I send it? -Letterwriter
DEAR STACY: I am married to a smart, beautiful woman. We have a young daughter and live in the city. We met in law school and my wife now works for a medium-sized law firm. I am a government attorney. We always knew that in taking our respective paths, she would likely be the primary breadwinner in our family. But now, with our expenses getting higher (daughter will start private school this fall) and the frustrating federal government pay freeze, the disparity is too much for me to ignore. She makes twice what I do and I seem to be thinking about it all the time. We have discussed my feelings a few times, but I know it is hard for her to even humor me, when we both knew this would be the situation when I took a government job. So I try to ignore it, but I know it ’s coming between us. She knows something is off with us, too, but I don’t think she sees it as a financial issue. She asked me if I’m falling out of love with her. I don’t think I am, but it’s very hard for me to feel like a man when I have to ask her permission to buy a song on iTunes. -A Plummeting Testosterone DEAR PLUMMETING: I appreciate your honesty here, and am hoping you will consider being as honest with your wife during your [inevitable] conversation about the situation. But first, I need some clarification. Is your frustration about the more abstract concept of who wins what bread and where, or is it that you are actually being nickel and dimed, RE: asking permission to buy a song on iTunes? Does Wife really demand that you preauthorize all purchases? Or have you started asking her permission as a passive aggressive way of acting out against the
frustration of this arrangement? Or did that just sound good when penning an anonymous letter to an advice column? This distinction is important. Choice #1 suggests you are living with a tyrant, while #3 reflects the joy of anonymity in an online society. But #2, in which your rage seethes behind thinly veiled deference to Wife as Head-of-Household, is cause for serious alarm. If this is the case, you are dead on that she thinks things are off between you. Contempt and defensiveness are two of John Gottman’s “four horsemen of a relationshp’s apocalypse. When present and allowed to grow, these traits poison a marriage. Not talking about your feelings and self-censoring just because you knew you might have them when you made a certain career choice years ago is sabotaging your relationship and this has got to stop. It is completely natural to struggle with this [somewhat] countercultural power dynamic. Pretending you are ok with it, no matter what, is disingenuous and debilitating. Get yourselves into dialogue (please consider allowing a neutral third party to help: counselor, clergyperson, etc.) so you can let yourself make room for these emotions and find healthy ways to release them. DEAR STACY: My husband of five years is clinically depressed. He has struggled with this condition since high school and manages it with medication and weekly therapy. This has been the case since we met, so it ’s something I’ve always accepted. But lately, I feel like his therapist is interfering in our personal lives too much. Any disagreement we have comes around to him saying, “Well Nancy says... I don’t know how to react to this. First off,
DEAR LETTERWRITER: As a therapist myself, I’m taking a deep breath before jumping into defend Nancy’s honor here. You have every right to feel frustrated that Husband invokes her name whenever you face a disagreement. That must be an absurdly irritating little tic Husband has developed. But it also seems absurd at least to me that Nancy would have an opinion about every little family decision you are facing. The 50-minute therapy hour, even weekly, is not enough time to cover that much ground. Let me propose a different scenario.It sounds like Husband is using the standard blame the therapist” technique to insert opposing points of view into his conversation with you. I’ve prescribed this method several times – why have a therapist if you can’t blame her for contrary ideas once in a while? Nancy should have a confidentiality policy (one which would likely
require her to show your letter to Husband before any response, by the way) making it impossible for anyone to fact-check whatever he says she said. In other words, taking this up with her is a non-starter. Lets focus on what you can do instead. The next time Nancy’s opinion is inserted into your argument, try and take a moment to mentally reframe the statement as being what Husband really, really wants you to hear. He wants you to hear it so deeply, that he is willing to give up ownership of the position, just so that you might actually take him seriously. It’s not a great method – it obviously has you more defensive now than ever – but it’s the way he’s choosing to tell you what he needs most. If you are able, in the moment, mirror what he ’s saying and then gently ask him if that is what he really wants. See if you can get back to conversing one-on-one. If you need a little help, feel free to have Husband ask Nancy for a referral to couples therapy. ★ Stacy Notaras Murphy is a licensed professional counselor and certified Imago Relationship therapist practicing in Georgetown. Her website is www.stacymurphyLPC.com, and you can follow her on twitter @StacyMurphyLPC. This column is meant for entertainment only and should not be considered a substitute for professional counseling. Send your confidential question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Familiar ‘Music Man’ As Fresh As Today at Arena B Y G A RY T I S C HL ER
ou got trouble, right here in River City, Harold Hill, Marian the Librarian Paroo and 76 trombones. Sound familiar? You guessed it. It’s “The Music Man,” an American musical classic, and just the kind of show, set in small-town America, populist and popular, made for endless summer stock and dinner theater seasons -- and the kind of show critics looking for songs from the dark side love to sneer at. In other words, like a fast ball over the plate for Babe Ruth, it’s perfect for artistic director Molly Smith and Arena Stage. They hit Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” out of the park in Arena’s pressure-filled inaugural offering at its expensive new digs in Mead Center for American Theater by making the venerable musical feel as fresh and as good as a dream dreamed last night. It’s also perfect for Broadway musical stars Kate Baldwin (as Marian the very same librarian), and Burke Moses as Harold Hill, that sly salesman-con man brimming with enthusiasm and rascally charm as he tries to sell the folks of
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River City on the idea of a full-blown boys band complete with bright uniforms. Hence, the 76 trombones’ song. Baldwin and Moses in a conference call just before a scheduled mid-day rehearsal revealed themselves to be American musicals enthusiasts and veterans, who see the form as fresh and challenging, a boon for audiences. “It’s an American classic, and I’ve been dying to play Marian, because there’s so much to the role,” Baldwin said. “She’s a complicated woman, she’s a librarian and a music teacher. So, for this small town, she’s sort of the keeper of the cultural flame.” “It’s one of those musicals you grow up with--that and “West Side Story,” which came out around the same time,” Moses said. “The Music Man” by Meredith Wilson made its debut in 1957 and won out over the then-somewhat revolutionary “West Side Story” for the Tony Award for best musical. It starred Robert Preston, brimming with confidence and energy as Harold Hill, and newcomer Barbara Cook as Marian. Coincidentally, Cook
Burke Moses as Harold Hill, Ian Berlin as Winthrop Paroo and Kate Baldwin as Marian Paroo in Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s production of “The Music Man,” through July 22. Photo by Scott Suchman.
will be appearing at the Kennedy Center in June. Both Baldwin and Moses bridled at the idea that reprises and revivals of shows like “The Music Man” are somehow old fashioned. “They get done because they’re great shows,” said Baldwin, who dazzled on Broadway in “Finian’s Rainbow” and regionally in “My Fair Lady.” Baldwin, who has worked with Molly Smith before at Arena Stage when Smith reprised what was then a rarely done revival of “South Pacific,” said, “I think she [Smith] has a genius for making shows like this fresh and meaningful for contemporary audiences.” “Let’s look at it this way,” Moses said. “What kind of opera season would you have if you did only new operas? If you stopped doing ‘Butterfly’ or ‘Aida’ because they’re old fashioned? Well, it’s the same for revival of classic musicals like ‘The Music Man.’ “ Smith has found a way to make her vision of “The Music Man” resonate for today’s audiences by setting it not in turn-of-the-century America circa the early 1900s but in Depression-era Iowa. The town is hurting, colorless and here comes this man with this energy and all this color. It shows the possibility that Hill, a con man, will run off with the money he’s raising for school band uniforms, a real disaster for a small town. On the other hand, it asks: what could raise the spirits of a struggling small town more than the prospect of band music and colorful uniforms? “I know what it’s like to be a salesman,” Moses said. “And what it’s like to be Hill. In college, I sold quasi-encylopedias and children’s books, door to door. I can’t say I was very good at it. I did Harold Hill in summer stock when I was somewhat younger. Back then, you didn’t know quite what I was doing. I really love the part now. You embrace that energy.” Hill is the con man who cautions the River City folks about the dangers of pool and sells them on the exuberant joyful noise of music in “76 Trombones” and, in his way, courts the shy but also eager Marian. “What I’ve learned to do in preparing for this
is to do what Kate tells me to do,” he said. “It’s easier that way. Naw, I love Kate. She just sort of sweeps you up.” So, what about Marian, the librarian, and how do you prepare for that? “Well, I read a lot,” Baldwin quipped. “It’s such a cliche. She’s complex, she’s brave, she’s this cultural figure in town. But Hill kind of surprises here: he makes her broaden her horizons and think of new ideas.” “Hill is an outsider,” Moses said. “Although she’s very much a part of the town, she’s also an outsider. He’s the guy who jazzes things up.” Musically, “it’s a joy to sing the songs in this show,” said Baldwin, who has a highly-praised soprano voice. “I’m like this frog horn, next to this beautiful voice,” Moses added. That’s probably being a little modest since he originated the role of Gaston in the Disney-Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast.” “What I really would like to do, in terms of a bucket-list item, is “Sweeney Todd,” Moses said. “Hill and Sweeney ... like light to dark.” Talking with them, as the actors bantered, seems after a while like you’re in the room, waiting for rehearsal, waiting, even eager, for showtime. “Well, actually, I’m a little sleep deprived,” Baldwin said. “Colin, my one-year-old whom I have with me here, woke me up at 6:30 this morning.” ★ (“The Music Man” runs at Arena’ s Fichandler Theatre through July 22. Directed by Molly Smith, with choreography by Parker Ease and musical direction by Lawrence Goldberg, the cast also includes Will Burton, Juliane Godfrey, Nehal Joshi, John Lescault, Barbara Tirrell, Lawrence Redmond and others as well as five D.C.-area youths--Ian Berlin, Heidi Kaplan, Jaimie Goodson, Colin James Cech and Mia Goodman--chosen from an all-day casting call.)
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e talk a lot these days about the effect of technology--sweeping, growing like mushrooms, constantly changing every nano-second--of our lives. We talk about smart phones, iPhones, iPads, Kindles, texting, tweets, blogs and e-mails (already considered a dated technology). We talk about aps, wi-fi and the net. We still talk about video games, as in “All they ever do is play video games.” That means these days Nintendo, XBox as well as games that resemble movies and games that become movies. Rarely, however, do we talk about the art of video games. Now, though, you can talk about the art of video games. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, there’s a popular (and big, big, big) exhibition called “The Art of the Video Game.” Oddly enough, it focuses not only on the art of the video game but -- just as important -- on the history of video games across five eras and 40 years of video game development. It focuses on graphics, technology and storytelling by way of examining 20 gaming systems that range from the Atari VCS to the Play Station 2, which continues to wreak havoc with the budgets of the parents of budding gamers all over the United States. “Video games are a prevalent and increasingly expressive medium within modern society,” said Chris Melissinos, the former chief gaming officer of Sun Microsystems and founder of Past Pixels, who is the guest curator for the exhibition. “In the 40 years since the introduction of the first home video game, the field has attracted exceptional artistic talent. Video games, which include classic components of art, offer designers a previously unprecedented method of communicating with and engaging audiences by including a new element. The player who completes the vivid, experiential art form by personally interacting with the game elements.” There are 80 video games in the exhibition, which were selected with the help of a popular vote. The games are represented by way of images, video footage and interviews with game developers, graphic artists, backed up by actual game consoles and large screen shots from current and past video games. If that sounds a little bit dry, the reality is far from dry or academic. You may, at first, not be able to concentrate on getting your mind around the thematic “Art
of the Video Game.” Try “Sounds of the Video Game,” bells and whistles of the video game, or the sheer presence of so many video games in one place, making that area set apart for the exhibition, a giant arcade. Best of all for gamers of all ages, you can even play video games: five of them, to be exact, from each key era in the history of video games. For this writer (and video game luddite), it doesn’t go back far enough, given that I used to play pinball machines at a time when whatever remaining arcades survived were being taken over by, you guessed it, video games like Pac Man, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong before the revolutionary arrival of Super Mario Brothers. We remember playing Pong, a kind of electronic ping pong game which could be played by two people at a bar table, which was as slow as molasses, perfect for people who were drinking and playing at the same time. When you walk into this exhibition, you might feel as if you’re being ambushed. It’s alive. Located near the entrance are the five playable games, where at an early visit to the exhibition back in April (it runs through September 30), we watched a father and son-two generations of gamers--take turns at Pac Man, where ravenous heads-with-toothy mouths--ate their way through mazes--or not. “I thought dad did pretty well,” the son said. “Naw, I was a lot quicker back in the day.” Pac Man, from 1981, was a game impossible to forget probably because of its figures and their voracious appetites, which would eventually expand to include a Pac Woman. As art goes, it was simple, like an early Disney cartoon or a Japanese comic book. The other four games which visitors can play all advance the “art” of the video game. You look at Super Mario Brothers, which was actually made into a movie with their villains and heroes and bouncing characters, and the plot line and atmospherics of The Secret of Monkey Islands, and later the much more intricate Myst and Flower. You begin to see the creation of stories with sequels, increasingly difficult environments to navigate, requirements for imagination, the ability to think ahead and faster and faster reaction times. If you go through the exhibition, with all its noises and high-spirited colors, the energy created by older visitors (nostalgia) and younger visitors (excitement along with a nerdy feel for gaming esoterica), you get a good sense of
the boundless potential for the world of video games. More than that, you get a hint of how games are connected to everything else that’s going on inside smart phones, on computer screens, in the wired, miniaturized, instantaneous world we live in, as well as its explosive nature. Thousands of gamers attended back in March when the exhibition held a three-day, “GameFest,” with talks, discussions, open game playing, music and movies. Attendance remains high: it’s after all about the gamer generation, triumphant and validated. ★
Jazz at the Hamilton roy hargrove, Monty alexander, and more
JUNE 3, 4 & 10
Jazz at the Howard dianne reeves and more
JUNE 7 Sixth & I Historic Synagogue rising star Concert: anat Cohen
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This tour engagement of Anat Cohen is funded through the American Masterpieces program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The DC Jazz Festival® is a project of Festivals DC, Ltd., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit service organization. The DC Jazz Festival is sponsored in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. NEA Jazz Masters Live is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. © 2012 Festivals DC, Ltd. All rights reserved.
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CHARITIES & BENEFITS
The Beltway of Giving: Eating for a Cause BY JADE FLOYD he perfect pairing goes beyond bites and sips as food and wine festivals spring to life throughout the summer, many of them with a purpose of not only nourishing your palette, but also feeding the community. Add to the recipe a dash of music and a charitable endeavor and you have a dish that just might overwhelm the senses. Celebrity chefs like Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali have all sharpened their knives for a cause and spearheaded their own philanthropic endeavors from pediatric AIDS to anti-hunger initiatives. D.C.’s own Spike Mendelsohn is joining their ranks, as he hosts “Sound Bites” on May 20 for D.C. Central Kitchen (DCCK). For more than 23 years, DCCK has whipped up meals feeding underprivileged populations across the city, all with the purpose of using food as a tool for empowerment. D.C. chefs have engaged by mentoring DCCK students, inviting them for internships in their kitchens and judging student cook-offs. Mendelsohn, along with 9:30 Club, the Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton, Brightest Young Things, and 15 noted D.C. restaurants have come together to raise awareness and funds for DCCK. The event mixes charity, food and music with DJ sets by Will Eastman and performances by Bones Fur Feather, The Archives and Nappy Riddem. Participating restaurants include Bomni, Borinquen, Cork, Della’s, Dolce Gelati, Harry’s Smokehouse, Indique, Jackie’s, Mie N Yu, Pepe Food Truck by Jose Andres, Policy, Rappahannock Oysters, Room 11, Shake Shack and Taylor Gourmet. Also part of the festivities is a cocktail competition with DC’s spiciest mixologists from Oyamel, the Passenger, Fujimar and The Gibson. “We are uniquely positioned to take further advantage of the relationships built within
the restaurant and hospitality industry through these events,” said Paul Day of DCCK. Sound Bites taps into a younger audience with its festival atmosphere, the 9:30 club, and hip beats from local bands. The event is designed to raise funds for the eight programs housed at DCCK, including the Culinary Job Training program that utilizes experienced local chefs to mentor students and guide them towards their culinary futures. DCCK identifies 25 students each semester to participate in 16-week-long culinary immersion courses. Their mission is to prepare unemployed, underemployed, formerly incarcerated persons, and homeless adults for careers in the foodservice industry.” Careers that can land them a position in restaurants such as the ones that have joined forces for Sound Bites. In fact, 90 percent of graduates obtain jobs after graduation and today they serve in reputable places like the Gaylord National Resort and Smithsonian Institution. “Events like Sound Bites help us build relationships in the culinary world and find internships, employment and additional training experiences for our Culinary Job Training program students,” Day said. In 2011, 78 percent of graduates from the program were formerly incarcerated and nearly 70 percent had struggled with addiction. DCCK goes beyond the traditional roles associated with anti-hunger programs. They train low-income and disadvantaged populations to become productive members of the community. Tickets for Sound Bites are $40 and are available at www.ticketfly.com or the 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion box offices. For more information, visit www.soundbitesdc. com.
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Student winners from their recent cook-off.
UPCOMING FOOD AND WINE FESTIVALS FOR A CAUSE * DC101 Chili Cook-Off May 21 at the RFK Stadium, benefiting the National Kidney Foundation’s programs.
donated 100,000 pounds of specialty foods and beverages - enough to fill eight tractor trailers to the DC Central Kitchen. ★
* The 19th Annual Taste of Georgetown takes place June 2, benefitting the Georgetown Ministry Center’s services supporting the homeless.
Jade Floyd is a managing associate at a D.C.-based international public relations firm and has served on the board of directors for the D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative for nearly five years. She is a frequent volunteer and host of fundraising events across the District, supporting arts, animal welfare and education related causes.
* National Association for the Specialty Food Trade Summer Fancy Food Show on June 17 to 19 with more than 2,400 exhibitors from around the world, presenting more than 180,000 specialty foods. Last year, exhibitors
Upcoming Galas MAY 18 Nooristan Foundation Spring Soirée Christine Lagarde, Director General of the International Monetary Fund, will attend as guest of honor at an evening of hope to benefit the women of Afghanistan at the residence of the French Ambassador. Visit www. nooristanfoundation.org.
MAY 19 Kreeger Museum Gala Peter Ammon, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, is the honorary patron of the 2012 Kreeger Museum Gala. Following cocktails and dinner, guests will have exclusive first access to the Kreeger Museum’s new reflecting pool for a dessert buffet on the Sculpture Terrace set to live jazz. Call 202338-3552, or visit www.kreegermuseum.org.
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Chaired by philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, the evening begins with intimate, pre-ball dinners hosted by ambassadors in their residences. The ball continues at the United Arab
Emirates Embassy for a festive evening of music, mingling and desserts. Contact the Kennedy Center’s special events office at 202416-8396 or email@example.com.
25th Annual Bark Ball The Washington Humane Society’s 25th annual gala will be held at the Washington Hilton. This event is the only black-tie event for Washington, D.C.’s movers and shakers where they can bring their canine companions as their dates. There will be a reception followed by an extensive silent and live auction, dinner, program, dancing and special surprises. Contact 202-683-1822, or www.barkball.com.
JUNE 6 Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards The Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards honor and celebrate women leaders around the world who are the unsung heroines, working to strengthen democracy, increase economic opportunity, and protect human rights. Kennedy Center Opera House. Contact Annie Lieberman at 202-380-9487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Fashion Straight from Marymount University BY PAM EL A BURNS
HMX and Modern Luxury On Wednesday, April 25, Streets of Georgetown and DC magazine celebrated DC magazine’s Men’s Issue and transformed their wardrobe with the latest fashions from all-American clothing brands, such as Hickey Freeman, Hart Schaffner Marx and Bobby Jones. All of these brands can be found in our local retail store, Streets of Georgetown.
On May 3, Marymount University held its annual student fashion show and reception. “Portfolio in Motion 2012” was presented by the university’s fashion merchandising and design students. The evening featured a showcase of garments designed, made and modeled by students and alums in an evening that transported the attendees through a lovely “Gilded Forest.” One of the many highlights of the evening was the presentation of the 2012 Designer of the Year Award to Eileen Fisher. Fisher was selected for this award because of her long history of outstanding fashion designs, fair labor practices and commitment to the empowerment of women. John Asadoorian, DC magazine “Men of Style” honoree; Jim Bracco, president, Georgetown Business Improvement District; David Panitz, HMX Group; Mike Cohen, president, Hickey Freeman.
Eileen Fisher receiving the Marymount University Designer of the Year award from Marymount President Matthew Shank. Her fashions can be bought at The Phoenix here in Georgetown.
Design by Christina English ’12 – The Portfolio in Motion Award, The NAMSB Foundation Arthur H. Taylor Award for Excellence in Menswear Design, and the Fashion Group International Merit Scholarship
Ben Olsen, head coach, D.C. United; Dwayne De Rosario, D.C. United player and 2011 Major League Soccer MVP.
Mike Cohen, president, Hickey Freeman; Sean Avery, former NHL player.
Patriotic Arts Education Celebration Fete The D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative held its spring event “Patriotic Arts Education Celebration Fete” at the Lincoln Restaurant, where more than 150 arts education enthusiasts turned out to support the mission of providing access to arts and humanities for all of D.C. public school students. Honorary co-chairs included Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Representatives John Lewis and Louise Slaughter as well as D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson.
Michael Salamanca, HMX Group; guests Libbie and Randy Feldner.
Washington Fine Properties Cup Dorothy McSweeny and Sarah Jencks
BY R OBERT D EVAN EY At Virginia’s Gold Cup races, May 5, rider Ross Geraghty and trainer Joseph Delozier are awarded the Washington Fine Properties Cup by Tom Anderson (center) along with Dana Landry, Marc Schappel and William Moody (behind), thanks to their horse, Lake Placid, owned by Irvin Naylor. This fourth race of about 2.5 miles held a purse of $25,000, of which the winner received $15,000.
Jade Floyd, Louise Kennelly, D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Jeff Travers
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Ball on the Mall
‘The Bond’: Book Signing at A Mano BY M ARY BIR D
BY BET HA NY T RIGIL I O
The L’Enfant Society hosted its annual “Ball on the Mall” on May 5. The event, co-chaired by Christian Gullott and Marissa Mitrovich of the L’Enfant Society, and sponsored by Time Warner, Inc., and HBO Verizon, raises money for the Trust for the National Mall, a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, which cannot fund necessary repairs due to budget cuts. Dressed to impress, guests dined and danced, and as they exited the event, were greeted by a full moon peeking out from behind the Washington Monument, as if to serve as a reminder of why they were there.
Adam Mahr, Kristin Manion and David Ochsman hosted Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States at Mahr’s A Mano on Book Hill for a reception and book signing on May 9. Pacelle’s new book “The Bond” reminds us that animals are at the center of our lives. He spoke of his lifelong dedication to animal protection, noting that there are “more pets than people in American homes.” He said that he did not want “to be a bystander to cruelty to animals” and emphasized human responsibility. He termed the HSUS “a measure of our humanity.” Adam Mahr and Wayne Pacelle
Great Ladies Luncheon Chip Akridge, chairman of theTrust for the National Mall, and Kristen Gullott.
Erica Fredericks, Keri Ann Meslar, Lindley Thornburg and Lauren Pomponio.
Christian Gullott, co-chair of L’Enfant Society, Manny Ourisman, Ambassador Mary Ourisman and Marissa Mitrovich, cochair of L’Enfant Society.
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Leonard Lauder, Elise and Mark Lefkowitz and Saks Fifth Avenue hosted the Second Annual Great Ladies Luncheon and Fashion show at the Ritz-Carlton in the West End May 2 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. Lauder noted, “100 percent of funding goes to Alzheimer’s research.” Carolina Herrera presented her fall 2012 collection and also accepted a tribute to former first lady Nancy Reagan, reading a letter which read, “The soul doesn’t have Alzheimer’s.”
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Carolina Herrera and Solis Betancourt
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Mothers and daughters modeled Lilly Pulitzer’s spring and summer lines at a tea and fashion show benefitting Make-A-Wish MidAtlantic at the Fairmont Washington on May 12. President and CEO Maura Harty said over 700 volunteers help make wishes come true. T.J. Morales shared that his wish to go to Disney World with his family had brought respite from the debilitating effects of cancer treatment. DC Magazine was the media partner and Alexa Rubin of American Girl Washington DC hosted a craft table where young ladies could create a special Mother’s Day gift. Guests departed with Lilly goodie bags.
Jessica and Claire Dzara
Leonard Lauder, Admiral Susan Blumenthal and Nancy Bagley
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1. The Folger Theatre’s current production of William Shakespeare’s classic, “The Taming Of The Shrew” is set in the American Wild West and plays through June 10. In photo Cody Nickell, Danny Scheie, and Kate Eastwood Norris.
2. Alicia Curtis and Alvaro Palau perform to recorded music by bands from the Washington area, in ‘Lucy’s Local Playlist’ by Lucy Bowen McCauley Dance at the Synetic Theater in Arlington, Va., on May 11. 3. Danzantes Los Tequanis performs on May 5. “Everyone is Latino “ was the slogan of this year’s National Cinco de Mayo Festival held at the base of the Washington Monument. 4. Ailyn Salas (age 2) from Riverdale, Md. On May 5, National Cinco de Mayo Festival 5. Indang Dance and the Plate Dance (West Sumatra, Indonesia) performed by Rumah Gadang Group USA at the International Children’s Festival at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Sunday May 6.
6. Belly dance artist Asala performs at Fiesta Asia in Silver Spring, Md., on May 12. The annual National Asian Heritage Festival returns to the Nation’s Capital on May 19 on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., between 3rd and 6th Streets with multiple programs and activities planned to commemorate Asian Heritage Month.
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