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Wrap Up

September 22 - october 5 2010

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Tom Wolff Portraits Art Wrap

Gala Guide 2010

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Julia Diaz-Asper | 202.256.1887 Michael Rankin | 202.271.3344

Maggie Shannon | 202.486.4752

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The perfect blend of home and garden in the city, this freestanding gambrel roof Dutch colonial is situated on a one quarter acre lot in the vibrant East Village. A total renovation was completed in 2010. Features include double living rooms, gourmet European kitchen with top appliances, 5 bedrooms, pool and private garden with pond. $3,195,000.

Circa 1900 semi-detached brick townhouse across from Tudor Place. Renovated 4BR/3.5BA offers wood floors, chef ’s kitchen w/ table space, large formal dining rm, step down living rm with FP and French doors that open to garden. Master suite w/ luxury limestone bath & WIC. South facing garden with mature plantings, slate and brick terraces and water feature. 2 Car Pkg. $2,495,000.

Large center hall Colonial with incredible curb appeal. Main level w/living room, sep. dining room, study, family room, breakfast room, renovated kitchen with high-end stainless steel appliances. Unique paneled library on 2nd level, master bdrm w/fireplace. Potential au pair suite on lower level. 2-car attached garage and 2-car driveway. Large yard plus patio/garden. $2,450,000.

Complete restoration plus new addition of spacious Dining Room or Den. Elegant entertaining rooms lead to professionally designed southern garden. Well appointed chef ’s kitchen & breakfast area, 4 exquisite Bedrooms & 4 sublime Waterworks marble Baths, Office and Closets all w/ custom built-ins. Excellent storage throughout. Driveway parking. $2,250,000.

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Julia Diaz-Asper | 202.256.1887

Julia Diaz-Asper | 202.256.1887

Jonathan Taylor | 202.276.3344

Michael Rankin | 202.271.3344

Elegant E. Village home with great entertaining flow features beautiful parlor w/built-ins, wood burning fireplace and French doors overlooking very private landscaped garden. Separate DR seats 14+. Garden facing Master suite w/2 walkin closets. Two extra Bedrooms and hall bath. Lower level Lib/Den/Media room w/ sound system. Staff quarters. Attached Garage. $2,185,000.

Whimsical and sophisticated Edwardian style home. Elegant foyer, charming and spacious dining room, updated kitchen with breakfast nook. Large reception room opens to garden. Master suite w/ great closet space. Two additional BR’s and hall BA. Lower level in-law suite. Two story carriage house is a bonus. Two car parking. $2,100,000.

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Magnificent colonial on a great block, 6BR/4.5BA, 3 fireplaces, kitchen with attached family room, dramatic two-story library, separate dining room, lower level with second family room and au pair suite. Lovely rear yard and patio, 1-car garage. $1,995,000.

Exceptional 5BR, 3.5BA Federal on highly desired Cambridge Place offers 4-levels of renovated living space. Features include Waterworks Baths, renovated kitchen with center island and top appliances including Thermador, Sub-Zero and Bosch. Finished LL with rec room. Private rear garden with professional landscaping. Amazing light throughout the house. $1,845,000.

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Maggie Shannon | 202.486.4752

Diana Hart | 202.271.2717

Julia Diaz-Asper | 202.256.1887 Daniel Miller | 202.669.6478

Jack Shoptaw | 202.821.9791

Totally renovated 2BR, 2BA condo in an outstanding location. This 2 level space w/ southern exposure feat an open floor plan, gourmet KIT w/granite, Bosch dishwasher, SS appliances and breakfast bar. The LR features custom built-ins, wood floors thru-out. The LL features the MBR, MBA, 2nd BR & large storage closet. The bldg roof deck offers pool, BBQ/Grill, changing rms & incredible views. $1,098,000.

Highly desirable apt at The Colonnade! Large 2BR 2.5BA with stunning open views over front gardens. Fabulous renovation! Formal DR & large balcony. Pool, fitness & more. A lovely home in a gracious doorman bldg. Shown only by appt. Other units coming soon! $859,000.

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Charming historic Georgetown Federal residence in the W. Village. Original architectural elements throughout. Abundance of sunlight from 6 south-facing windows. 2 Bedrooms/1 Bath, original hardwood floors of varying plank widths, crown moldings, chair railings, woodburning fireplace in L/R, French doors to lovely garden and brick patio. $745,000.

Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 202.333.1212

HGTV chose this great property for their show “My First Sale”. Fully updated with fresh paint, lighting, hardwoods, HVAC, windows and blinds. Impressive 2BR/2BA unit in the heart of Georgetown with 600sqft basement and underground garage parking for lease. $639,900.

McLean, VA 703.319.3344

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Vol. 57, No. 26

Since 1954

About the Cover

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4 — Web Exclusives 5 — Up and Coming 6-7 — Georgetown Observer

From our contributors

Contributors

8 — Editorial/Opinion 9 — Politcal Wrap Up

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Dave Nyczepir Veena Trehan Katherine Jody Kurash Tallmadge Linda Roth Conte Jack Evans Mary Bird Bill Starrels Stacey Murphy Jordan Wright Robert Devaney Kathy Corrigall Renee Garfinkel John Blee Rebekah Richards Donna Evers Photographers Yvonne Taylor Tom Wolff Neshan Naltchayan Jeff Malet Malek Naz Freidouni Robert Devaney

10 —Town Topics How My Dog Taught Me Politics

“My son Bo had lymphoma when he was in sixth grade, and thankfully he’s better now. The Go Bo Fund is to help children in Georgetown Hospital dealing with cancer and their families. Our wish is for them to use the funds to make their time at the hospital more comfortable, in any way possible. We are fighting cancer at Georgetown Hospital.”

Advertising Director Charlie Louis Advertising Justin Shine Elle Fergusson Graphic Design Alyssa Loope Jen Merino Counsel Juan Chardiet, Attorney

12 — Featured Property Ovoka Farm 13 — All Things Media Bed Bugs: Learnings from the Little Ones 14-15 — Performance/Art Wrap 16-17 — Cover Story 2010 Gala Guide 18-19 — In Country Going Country: Saddled Up with The Georgetowner 22-23 — Food & Wine Cocktail of the Week Wright on Food

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Race to See Secretariat

Diana Bulger continued her tradition of assembling media and hotel pals for a media scoop luncheon on Sept. 16 in the Colonnade Room at the Fairmont Washington, D.C ... read more online.

Racing insiders had the delight of a special advance screening of Disney’s Secretariat at the AMC Georgetown 14 followed by a reception at the Ritz Georgetown Hotel on Sept. 19 ... read more online.


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Library of Congress’ National Book Festival will feature more than 70 authors, including Laura Bush who will be speaking about her new book “Spoken from the Heart.” There will be the launch of Gateway to Knowledge, a new Library of Congress interactive and fully mobile exhibit, to share the Library’s resources and history with students and under served communities. More than 80 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets will be giving lectures and speaking with visitors, including Jonathan Franzen, Ken Burns, and Salman Rushdie. There will also be a chance for kids to meet their favorite PBS characters. Beginning at 10 a.m. on the National Mall.

8th Annual Turkish Festival Washington DC’s Turkish Festival offers a full day of free activities that range from lively folk dancing and musical performances to arts and crafts activities for children and adults. The Festival brings together a wide range of artists and more than 15,000 Washingtonians in an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and leads to engaging interactions, all while enjoying Turkish food and coffee, browsing and shopping at the Turkish Bazaar, and watching mesmerizing stage performances. Beginning at 11 a.m. on Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 12th and 14th St. Free.

OCTOBER 5 DC Latin American Film Showcase kicks off its film series at GALA Hispanic Theatre. Free screenings representative of the best in the Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese film industries will run through October 11. For more information visit www.galatheatre.org

OCTOBER 7

WalkingTown and BikingTown DC Cultural Tourism DC is sponsoring over 100 free walking and biking tours throughout the city. Even a seasoned local can find something they’ve never seen before. Visit www.culturaltourismdc.org for the full list of tours.

SEPTEMBER 26 Washington’s Hispanic Community will kick off its enormously popular annual festival on Mt. Pleasant Street, beginning at 12 p.m. Enjoy five performance stages and a parade of over 30 folk and dance groups. Free.

OCTOBER 1 Unspoken Words - Dance Latin America. Presented by El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador (TDC) TDC, in one of the first Latin American Dance festivals in the District, presents a multifaceted program of classical and contemporary Latin American Dance showing the unspoken stories from El Salvador, Cuba, Mexico and Columbia. Through October 3. 3225 8th Street NE. Tickets are $10 - $25. For more information call 202 269-1600.

OCTOBER 2 Washington DC’s Walk for Farm Animals. Celebrity fitness trainer Bob Harper (“The Biggest Loser”) is teaming up with Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, on a walk to raise awareness and money for the cause. Pre-registration is required for the walk, which is one of over 75 like it taking place in the U.S. and Canada. The goal is to one day end the unnecessary suffering endured by animals raised for food on a daily basis-foods often linked to obesity. To register, visit WalkForFarmAnimals.org.

Marrakesh Palace From 6 – 9 p.m., come participate in the first in a series of events highlighting the local customs and artisan traditions of various countries. Morocco will immerse you in the history and culture of this fascinating North African nation through experiences such as engaging discussions with the local Moroccan community, delicious Moroccan cuisine served with wine and beer, a traditional welcome ceremony, including dates and mint tea, an exotic souq experience, featuring Moroccan goods, tattoos by Moroccan henna artists, and lively entertainment, including music, activities, and festivities! General admission is $35, with a VIP option for $50.00, which includes a Nest tote and goodies. 2147 P Street NW. For more information, visit www.BuildANest. com/Events

OCTOBER 16 Market Salamander in Middleburg, VA, is offering Tailgates-To-Go for those attending the International Gold Cup at Great Meadow near The Plains, VA, on October 16. The menus can be viewed online at www.marketsalamander.com and feature three prepared baskets starting at $12.50 per person. The Market will also customize a basket featuring a variety of side items and wines. Receive a fifth basket free with every four baskets ordered (applicable up to eight baskets). All orders must be placed by October 12. Call Tatum Jelinek at 540-687-8011 or tjelinek@market-salamander.com.

OCTOBER 26-31 Washington International Horse Show An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show brings top horses and riders from the U.S. and abroad, including Olympic champions, to the nation’s capital to compete for prize money and championship titles. About 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunters and equitation events during the six-day show. Entertaining exhibitions, community events and specialty shopping in more than 50 boutiques round out this family-friendly show. WIHS is a charitable organization. Two performances are held daily, except Sunday. For more information, visit www.wihs.org Do you have your own event that everyone should know about? Go to Georgetowner.com and add it to our events list!

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New Cap File Editor With Washington Roots Impresses CAG

especially the fine dining choices. Niche’s Jason Binn is her “fearless leader.” As for Cap File, she said, “If it’s hot, hip and fashionable, we’re on it.” She added that she wants “smarter, more intelligent stories.���   “Capitol File is a classy magazine for D.C., and I want to make it even more respected.” It’s website relaunches on November 1. And those after-parties? Of course, more to come.

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ditor Kate Bennett jumped in at the last minute to replace author Kitty Kelley (tending to a sick friend) as the speaker for the monthly meeting of the Citizens Association of Georgetown on Sept. 20 at the Latham Hotel. If anyone had been disappointed not to see Kelley tell her celebrity and politico tales, they were quickly charmed by Bennett, the new editor at Niche Media’s luxury magazine, Capitol File. The former editor of Niche’s Vegas Magazine replaces Susan Schaffer who is now Cap File’s publisher.   Bennett considers both D.C. and Vegas a “one-horse town,” as in government and gaming. “Vegas is a place to visit at least once,” she said. “You can live well there if you play your cards right.” Pun intended.   While she may have just arrived from Las Vegas, where she lived for 11 years, Bennett is from Chevy Chase. She went to Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut and St. John’s College in Annapolis. With its Great Books program, Bennett cites “The Odyssey” as her favorite. Her father, James Glassman, is well known in Washington journalism circles, having worked at The New Republic, The Washington Weekly, U.S News, Roll Call and other publications, think tanks and TV shows. Glassman, a columnist and diplomat, now heads up the Bush Institute. Bennett’s husband is from Annandale. “We met in the bar in Vegas,” she laughed.   Bennett is “amazed at the changes in D.C.,”

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CAG and Georgetown University to Discuss Mutual Neighborhood Solutions

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CAG president Jennifer Altemus, Cap File’s Kate Bennett and realtor Nancy Taylor Bubes. Photo by Robert Devaney

eorgetown University must file its new campus plan with the DC Zoning Commission by December 31st 2010, outlining future infrastructure projects and development on its main campus and medical center. University administrators have already identified four guiding principles for the upcoming plan: academic quality, on-campus community life, civic engagement and sustainability. The university will present these proposed projects and more during a series of upcoming community meetings, two of which offer residents from neighborhoods around the university an opportunity to comment on the latest draft of Georgetown’s campus plan. Both gatherings will run November 18 and 19 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School on the second floor. The meetings mark the third set of community gatherings for residents of nearby neighbor-

hoods to comment on the campus plan. Meetings held in May and earlier this month focused on specific issues such as transportation, housing, enrollment and off-campus living.   But the Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG) and the Burleith Citizens Associations (BCA) are working to prepare a case in opposition to the proposed plan. There has been longstanding disapproval from the surrounding neighborhoods of GU concerning campus development and the gradual encroachment of student renters upon the nearby residential community. “Georgetown University is committed to engaging with our neighbors in conversations about issues of common interest and concern,” said Jeanne Lord, GU’s associate vice president of student affairs.   The first meeting will focus on student housing. “We look forward to the opportunity to meet with university administrators and work collaboratively to identify solutions to community concerns,” said Lenore Rubino, President of the BCA. Hopefully the years of disagreement between neighboring Georgetown proper and GU will see real progress in the coming months.

Georgetown Is Officially Circulated

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ith the new and improved Circulator line, there are now two regular bus routes through Georgetown. The new Dupont-Georgetown-Rosslyn route has been added, effective August 29, 2010. The new line, which arrives every ten minutes be-

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One of Georgetown’s finest historic properties on the corner of 30th and N St. 4 BR, 3.5 baths, 2 fplcs. Elegant formal living and dining room with original moldings and large south facing windows. Wood floors throughout the house with a view of the Washington Monument from the top floor. Flagstone courtyard with pond and separate entrance. $2,195,000.

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Georgetown

First time on the market in more than 50 years. Semi-detached house with 3 BR and 1.5 baths with a fireplace and wood floors throughout. Very large 3,445 square foot lot. Parking for more than four cars in the driveway and a three car garage. $1,250,000. Eric Wood

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tween 7 a.m. and midnight, links cultural, entertainment, and business destinations within the city, as well as bridging the nightlife among the area’s most popular destinations. The new line is an improvement upon the Georgetown Blue Bus line which, though something of an old friend and endearing staple around metro-less Georgetown, did not accept SmarTrip cards and was a little unreliable. Additionally, the Georgetown-Union Station route has changed, with stops now along K Street, traveling westbound in Georgetown. The new lines are a great improvement to the neighborhood, whose busy streets make for stressful and cumbersome navigation and until recently did not offer many options to those of us who wanted to move in and out of town. Fare is still only one dollar. For more information and bus stop locations visit www.DCCirclator.com.

School Without Walls Awarded 2010 National Blue Ribbon

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hursday, September 9, School Without Walls, the D.C. magnet high school, was named a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. This year only around 300 public and private schools nationwide were granted this distinction by the U.S. Department of Education.   Mayor Adrian Fenty, controversial Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, and Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan were among those present for the announcement of

the award. With the award comes the recognition that Schools Without Walls has made great strides in enabling its students to achieve, especially disadvantaged students and those belonging to minorities.   Other schools that have earned the award within the last three years are Noyes and Murch, though Schools Without Walls is unique in its partnership with George Washington University. The relationship has enabled juniors and seniors in high school to take college-level courses and get acclimated to a university class environment. 20 such students are enrolled at George Washington currently, with DC Public Schools covering the costs.   Schools Without Walls also boasts a 100 percent acceptance rate of students into fouryear universities. This is incredible when you consider that the school only reopened last fall, following renovations that provided the students with advanced I.T. resources and followed green standards. The school now ranks 112 among Newsweek’s top high schools in the country.

Giant Food Moving Forward with Wisconsin Ave. Redevelopment

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iant Food has announced plans to move forward with redevelopment of its Wisconsin Avenue site, which will be anchored by a new and expanded approximate 56,000-square-foot Giant supermarket. The new mixed-use project, “Cathedral Commons,” will be a vibrant focal point of the neighborhood to

include retail shops, restaurants, commercial and residential space, and open plazas.   The new Giant will nearly triple the size of the existing store. Plans call for new fullservice floral, bakery, meat, seafood, and deli departments and an expanded offering of fresh produce and natural, organic, gluten-free, and international products. “This project will have a great impact on District resident — generating new jobs, mixed income housing and millions in tax revenue. I applaud the Cleveland Park residents and Giant Food for their fantastic partnership in getting this project off the ground,” said Mayor Adrian Fenty (before the primary results).   DC City Council Chairman Vince Gray (also, before the primary results) said, “Economic expansion is important to Cleveland Park and to all District residents, and in redeveloping this shopping center, Giant is not only generating millions in tax revenue; the company is giving District residents an opportunity to earn a living. We thank the community and Giant for their efforts.”   “The community enthusiastically embraces this development, and we are happy to see it come to fruition,” said DC City Councilmember Mary Cheh (Ward 3). “In addition to a great new grocery and neighborhood services, it will create a more walkable and livable community. We look forward to the project’s economic impact and embrace Giant’s plans to utilize environmentally sensitive design elements.” For additional information and illustrations go to www.WisconsinAveGiant.com

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For Vincent Gray, One Path to Victory Began in Georgetown By Robert Devaney

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he way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, they say. In Vincent Gray’s case, one way to decide to run for mayor of the District of Columbia included a Italian dinner in Georgetown – with some pretty persuasive women.   On February 20, at il Canale on 31st Street, the future D.C. mayor met with Virginia E. Hayes Williams (mother of former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams), civic activist Judith Terra, communications consultant Janet Staihar, Barbara Hawthorn, designer of il Canale’s interior, as well as il Canale owner Joe Farruggio (who is apolitical). The women were there to convince Gray to run against Mayor Adrian Fenty in the September 14 Democratic primary.   After the three-and-a-half hour meal – with pizzas, pasta, fish, pasta e fagioli (Italian bean and potato soup), risotto with clams, and for dessert cannoli and tiramisu – according to Staihar, Gray left saying he would consider all they talked about. He would later joke during the campaign: “I will never forget the dinner with Virginia Williams, Judith Terra and Jan Staihar. Finally, I just said, ‘Okay! Okay! I give up. I’ll run!’ “ (The dinner was noted in the Feb. 22 Washington Post’s “Reliable Source.”)   “The purpose of the dinner was to encourage Vince to enter the race,” Staihar said. “Most people dining around us had no idea who Vince was at the time. We had two tables pulled together and sat right in plain sight near the bar. When we introduced Vince as the next possible mayor to a few of the diners, they looked at us like we had just landed from Mars.”

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he recent bed bug epidemic suggests we’re headed for the developing world, but not on the glamorous Orient Express. In fact, as those ever-richer nations show off the new transport and trappings of wealth, we sink further into poverty.   For two years the media has compared America’s woes to the worst periods in history, but two recent books suggest the nation’s plight raises the specter of much poorer nations. In “Third World America: How Politicians are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream,” Arianna Huffington documents the deteriorating infrastructure and the travails of formerly middle-class workers. “Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer – and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class” explains how 30 years of tax cuts and regulatory inaction have led to the hyperconcentration of wealth in the richest one percent. Both advocate for broad initiatives focused on the concerns of the middle class. Given our unfair past, unpleasant reality, and painful prospects, we agree.   “It’s morning in America,” as President Reagan’s ad announced. But it’s shaping into a lousy day. Many of us aren’t going to work – almost one in five are under- or unemployed, including a record number of youths. For those with jobs, the commute is going to be a drag – for one in eight it starts by 6 a.m. One in four bridges we cross are deficient. We aren’t stopping at Starbucks – one in nine families can’t make a minimum payment on

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At Feb. 20 il Canale dinner, Virginia Williams (mother of former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams), City Council Chairman Vincent Gray and Judith Terra; standing is il Canale owner Joe Farruggio. Photo by Janet Staihar.

  Which, of course, is not to say that Gray decided to run that night. He declared his candidacy several weeks later, in response to many issues, among them the growing concerns with Fenty’s abrasive, aloof style of management and the voiced feelings of neglect issuing from the less wealthy areas of town.   As for the arguments put forth during that meal, the women are tight-lipped, preferring to talk up

Morning in america

By Veena Trehan

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a credit card, unless perhaps they’re taking food stamps. An all-time high of one in eight families collect them each month.   Tonight will be rough too. For the almost one in seven losing their homes or late with their loans (and one in fifty homeless children), finding somewhere to sleep could be challenging.   Historically, the status quo is horrific. Real income sank over the last decade and home prices nearly went flat. Each grew little since Reagan was president. But things look much better if you’re much bigger.   American companies save $100 billion in taxes through offshore havens each year. Companies with appalling safety and compliance records get off lightly. Investment banks are posting high profits doing the same risky things, now in the name of clients. Known bad-actor BP paid only $580,000 in penalties over a decade and fought safety measures that might have prevented the devastating Gulf disaster. Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine, cited for 515 violations and closed more than 60 times in 2009, exploded last spring. Yet after wrecking lives and economies, these companies and industries successfully fight changes to head off future calamities.   The Republicans and Tea Partiers look forward to taking over Congress, but look back for inspiration. The right wing is resurrecting Reagan’s rhetoric. They are again selling “supply side economics” – cuts to taxes, services and regulations – and enormous military expenditures. Republicans are again pushing hard to return money to the wealthiest over those who’ve just lost their wealth.   Almost 40 cents of every dollar gain of household income, from 1979 through the eve of the recent recession, went to the wealthiest one percent.

Gray’s positive attributes. “We needed someone to unite the city,” Terra recalled this week, staying with the Gray slogan: “One City.” The long-time Georgetown resident and philanthropist who now resides on Colorado Avenue, N.W., added: “We need a statesman. I watched this man. He is the best chairman of the city council we have ever had. He is a prince of a man. He is going to be a great mayor.”

The top 300,000 people (one-tenth of one percent) enjoyed about one-and-one-half times the growth of the bottom 180 million (60 percent) between 1979 and 2005.   Despite Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s sympathy for the rich, cutting taxes is one of the least efficient ways to create jobs. The Congressional Budget Office ranked extending Bush tax cuts as the least effective option to promote growth. Cutting taxes for the rich, who can already afford to spend and tend to save, makes even less sense.   The right wing also rails against “big government.” They attempt to eliminate the logical answer as to who might protect the houses, credit safety, and jobs of Americans jeopardized by this crisis. Instead, they advocate trusting in the market, companies, and environment that created it. These trickle-down economic policies benefit well-rewarded companies and the wealthy, while harming the middle class.   Since 2008, Democrats have proposed broad solutions to safeguard the pocketbooks, cities, and futures of working class Americans. The right wing has either stopped or watered down many of these initiatives. Republicans are expected to assume the mantle of Congressional leadership in January. With it will come even greater accountability to all Americans.   The right can adopt broadly endorsed defense cuts, infrastructure investment, recession relief, and regulation expansion. If not, Republican and Tea Party candidates must create other credible and comprehensive solutions. Otherwise, a deepening economic crisis could send our income and home values back to the 1980’s.   And those of us who lived in the “best country in the world” will want to wake up somewhere else.

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he primary election is over! Congratulations to Vince Gray, who will be the Democratic nominee for Mayor, and to Kwame Brown who will be the nominee to Council Chair. As someone who has been down this road before, I greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication to our city that went into those successful campaigns, and I look forward to working with them on what is best for our entire city. I have had good working relationships with both men. I am especially encouraged by Vince Gray’s early outreach, within days after the primary election, to plan town hall meetings in each Ward of the city, in recognition that he did not win every Ward. I think this is a very good gesture in the right direction in fostering a much needed dialogue which will help our city move forward together, and allow all of us to get to know one another better. We have tremendous challenges facing us in both the near and long term – not least of which is the potential continued weakness in the economy, which will have implications for the District’s revenue and budget, as well as an impact on unemployment and demands for social services. It is quite possible the Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Natwar Gandhi, will come to us with more bad news on the revenue side of the balance sheet this month – and it could be one of the first challenges as we return from Council summer recess to redo the FY 2011 before it starts October 1st. Other efforts will continue as well, such as school reform, how to continue to create an investment climate for our economy to keep “growing the pie,” and how to make our public safety agencies work for everyone across the city. I look forward to approaching these issues and more with new vigor as we move forward to make Ward 2 – and the entire city – the best place that it can possibly be.


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y Tuesday, you might’ve been deceived into thinking nothing had changed in Washington, D.C.   Vincent Gray was still sitting in his accustomed Chairman’s seat as the DC Council returned, preparing to tackle ticklish and problematic issues including a looming budget deficit reported at $100 million.   At Large Councilman Kwame Brown was in his old seat, and so was Democratic At Large Councilman Phil Mendelson and every other member of the council who had stood for re-election. Everyone, including Mary Cheh (Ward Three), Jim Graham (Ward One), David Catania (At large), Harry Thomas Jr. (Ward Five), and Tommy Wells (Ward Six), was there, no worse for the wear and tear of campaigning. Michael A. Brown was in his seat, not confused with the likes of Michael D. Brown.   Mayor Adrian Fenty was still Mayor Adrian Fenty. When last heard, Michelle Rhee was still Chancellor of the District of Columbia Schools.   Everything was the same.   Except that it wasn’t.   Gray was now something else, in addition to being Chairman of the City Council. Gray was now the presumptive mayor of the District of Columbia—the sixth and oldest in its history— having just knocked off the youngest elected mayor in D.C.’s history in the Democratic Primary, September 14. He had done this in an election that revealed a deep economic and racial divide in the city.   The vagaries of the District electoral makeup being what they are, he has still to endure a general election in November. But this, as it has been in the past, should be a mere formality, with Democrats in the District outnumbering Republicans or anything else by an overwhelming margin.   Kwame Brown, as it turned out, easily bested Vincent Orange in the race for Chairman, in spite of some difficulties with financial revelations during the campaign. Phil Mendelson, with a determined effort to make sure voters knew who the real Michael Brown was, managed to fend off an odd challenge from Shadow Senator Michael D. Brown, and a lesser one from Clark Ray.   But Gray’s victory over Fenty still sent a shockwave through the city. For one thing, nobody knew who had won until the wee hours of the morning because of major difficulties at the Board of Elections, where it took a long time to count the votes what with same day registration and new technology.   In the end, Gray carried Wards Eight, Seven, Five and, perhaps most telling, Fenty’s home turf, Ward Four —the same ward where Fenty had first been elected to the council, upsetting long-time veteran Charlene Drew Jarvis. Gray even beat Fenty in Brentwood, the precinct where Fenty made his home. On the other hand, Fenty decisively carried Wards Three and Two, the most white wards of the District, as well as Wards Two and Six, if less decisively.   Early in the campaign, Gray had observed that, “The city was never as divided as it is now.” At the time, that sounded a little like

hyperbole, but he was absolutely right. He said the divide was not merely racial but economic — which is to say it was both.   Fenty’s fall was a steep one, and it was based almost solely on the way he ran the government — on the way he conducted himself. Large parts of the city, especially the blacker and poorer parts of the city, felt abandoned, ignored, and left out of the process. This was especially true of the big changes that were begun under Fenty and Chancellor Michelle Rhee in the school system, a system Fenty had vowed to change when he ran the table in the elections of four years ago, winning all wards and precincts. He was seen as arrogant, highhanded, petty and aloof.   Fenty ignored the warnings revealed in two polls, which showed a big disconnect between accomplishment and character, substance and style. He insisted that his accomplishments would carry the day, and during the latter parts of the campaign he did not change. He blasted Gray for his tenure as DHS director under Sharon Pratt Kelly, while praising himself and Chancellor Rhee for making tough decisions.   But there was a failure in leadership. Fenty and Rhee never felt they had to persuade people to come along with the tough decisions, or to show empathy with those most affected by the them; the unemployed, teachers left jobless after two large firings, and so on.   The end result was a 56 to 45 percent Gray margin over Fenty, or 62,174 votes for Gray and 52,000 for Fenty. Kwame Brown won over Orange by a 55 to 39 percent margin. Mendelson beat back Michael D. Brown by 64 to 28 percent margin.   In his first statement after his election victory, Gray promised to bring unity back to the city — in effect, to recreate the “One City” platform he once ran on. “I know this city remains divided, and I promise to do everything in my power to bring this city back together,” he said.

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“We face grave challenges. Now is the time to move forward. Let now be the time for this city to unite.”   Gray attempted to allay fears on the part of many people that, “I will not turn back the clock,” to earlier political times in the District. He also said he would continue with school reform, making it broader and more inclusive while placing greater emphasis on early childhood and vocational education. He also promised to hold town hall meetings in every ward, to sound out to the entire city. Only a week before the election he had said at a Penn Quarter breakfast that he might resurrect former Mayor Anthony Williams’ Citizens Summit, in which residents from all wards were invited. “We might tweak it a little, but it’s another way to bring the city together.”   Both Gray and Fenty have shown considerable class while planning for a smooth transition, a process that could prove difficult. At a Democratic Party Unity Breakfast, Fenty hugged Gray and vowed to use all the resources available to him to make for a smooth transfer of power.   No personnel decisions have been made yet, including the one that everyone is most interested in: the fate of Chancellor Rhee.   If Gray and Fenty have shown grace in victory and defeat respectively, Rhee seemed bent on making things more difficult, whether as an exit strategy or a ploy to give herself room to stay and finish the job she started — an idea floated by some council members. “RHEE IS LIKELY TO HEAD FOR THE DOOR,” the Washington Post front page trumpeted on Friday. This was after comments she had made at a glitzy Newseum premiere of “Waiting for Superman,” a documentary film about education reform in which she was one of the heroines quoted on camera as worrying about the children going to “crappy schools.” More harmful may have been the comment she made at a post-screening panel discussion, in which she said “yesterday’s election results were devastating. Devastating. Not for me, because I’ll be fine, and not even for Fenty, because he’ll be fine, but devastating for the schoolchildren

of Washington.” In an e-mail she sent out later, she backtracked saying she meant that if reform were discontinued it would be bad for the children.   Rhee has not been shy in her approach to her job. She made a controversial appearance on the cover of Time magazine bearing a broom she intended to use. She fired principals, closed schools, instituted two large teacher firings, and negotiated a complicated contract with the Washington Teachers Union that included a loosening of tenure rules and some merit pay, as well as the installation of a teacher evaluation system. Under Rhee, test scores went up and infrastructure improved, but school is still out on the overall effect of her tenure.   Gray said he and Rhee would be sitting down and talking soon, although it hasn’t happened yet. During the campaign, he consistently refused to discuss her fate. “We will talk,” he said the day after the election. “I put in a call to her, although I haven’t heard back from her. I imagine she is busy running the schools.”   An Oprah Winfrey show aired recently (taped before the election) that had Oprah calling Rhee a warrior woman for turning the D.C. School System upside down.   If Rhee, who did not call to congratulate Gray on his victory, has shown a certain lack of post-election grace, so did Courtland Milloy, the Washington Post columnist, with a column entitled “Ding Dong, Fenty’s Gone. The Wicked Mayor is Gone” — a blast of vitriol. “People who need more time to gloat and wave their fists, take it,” he urged.   Probably not the kind of comments Gray was looking for. On the other side, in addition to Rhee, national journalists warned that reform itself took a hit; school reform was in danger because of the election results.   Yet Gray repeatedly said education reform was his top priority. What he also said during the campaign was that education reform was not about any one person. Marion Barry Left, Vincenet Gray, with his son at right, speaking at his victory party in the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, September 15. Right, Photo by Robert Devaney

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lection Day in the middle of a picture perfect, weather-impediment free Tuesday afternoon of the kind that offers no excuses for would-be voters.   Around the city, folks were going to the polls, many of them taking advantage of a new rule which allows voters to register and vote on the same day. By that point it had turned out to be a cumbersome process, and at least one election official we chatted with had said that it may slow things down some, since every polling place in the district was allowing same-day registration-and-voting.   No one was certain of what was going to happen that night at the end of it all, and no one knew for sure who would win and who would lose and why.   Did Mayor Adrian Fenty, running somewhat frantically and with more than his usual urgency, convince enough voters that his considerable accomplishments trump his considerable people-skill deficiencies which revealed themselves in not one, but two Washington Post polls?   Has City Council Chairman Vince Gray given folks enough reasons to vote for him, and not just against Fenty, and has he allayed worries about a return to old school politics? Those were some of the true and remaining questions in the 2010 mayoral campaign leading up to the Democratic Primary election, which, in Washington DC is the election, to be formalized by the November election.   All of these things were important, along

with all the other races conducted by good and honorable men and women. For myself, I did not run for anything, nor was I surprised when I didn’t win anything. But now that we know who won, who lost, I’d like to nonetheless offer a few thank you’s.   This is predicated on an oft-mentioned adage almost as old as the ones that say “Thou Shalt Honor Thy Father and Mother,” “Never lend money to your friends,” and, “Never sleep with anyone who has more problems than you do.”   All politics are local.   That’s the one.   So on today, I want to thank my dog. Yes, my dog. Sometime this month we will note his 14th Birthday. His name is Bailey and he is a Frishe Bichon. He is a true democrat and would ignore Adrian Fenty and Vincent Gray with equal amounts of disdainful disinterest. He has a gift for this, but because he remains, even in old age, adorable and cute, people ignore his disinterest and substitute their own interest and try to pet him. Come to think of it, he might have been a politician in a previous life.   Bailey’s politics – or lack of them – is not important here. What’s important is that I walk him four times a day, out of the house on Lanier Place, around the corner to Argonne and back onto Lanier Place, across Ontario, past the 100-year-plus firehouse and the four apartment houses on the two blocks, past the hospice for the homeless, past the bed and breakfast, past the dry cleaners, the deli, the Exxon, around to Adams Mill Road and past the children’s playground and park, onto Ontario Place and its overarching trees, around past the Ontario,

up the hill to Lanier again, and home.   All politics are local.   It doesn’t get any more local than this. All along the length of this election campaign, roughly from the time about a year ago when rumors began that Vincent Gray (he had not yet become Vince) was going to run, through the poll that showed a divide in the city that was economic and racial, through Gray’s announcement and his One City signs, through the mayor’s muted announcement, through two major firings of DCPS school teachers, through the teachers contract agreement, through a blizzard of achievement announcements from the mayor’s office by e-mail – as well as three real blizzards – through the long and really hot summer and finally the big Washington Post poll that showed Gray with a double-digit lead.   That’s when things got really intense.   I want to also thank my neighbors. You know who you are. Because if not every day, almost every day, and with greater detail and force, my walks, especially this past month, were about politics. Which are, of course, local.   When politicians say all politics are local, they usually mean a state — as opposed to the big government — or a region, or city, town, or village. In cities, this sub-divides into neighborhoods, and again into street blocks and street corners, and finally – and this one turned out to

be important in this election – the human heart. That’s how local politics can get.   Everyday my neighbors and I had conversations—about Gray’s chances, about his tour of duty as DHS director in the old days, about the police, about Chief Lanier, about Chancellor Rhee, about cops in the hood or the lack of them, about service cuts and snow plows, or the lack of them, about fire hydrants and the renovation of the Safeway, and the new jobs at Teeter, and how it wasn’t safe to be out on 18th Street at night at times, and about immigrants in this very, very diverse neighborhood where graffiti on garage doors was as omni-present as peeling paint. Continued on page 25

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teenage George Washington quickly abandoned an infested bed in the Shenandoahs more than 250 years ago. Today, area residents of all ages are jumping in their jammies. This region is already among the top ten areas hit by the recent bed bug infestation, and it’s predicted by an exterminator president to approach the notoriously overrun New York City in a year or two. Denizens disturbed by the news, a.k.a. “Attack of the Blood Sucking Bugs,� should take something FROM the creatures for a change. A Little Perspective: Tell a formerly infested acquaintance that you might have bed bugs. She’ll gasp in horror and drop urgent work and needy kids for you, her new top priority. Bed bug crises were likely atop her and many others’ list of the year’s “Ten Worst� as they lost time, health and sleep in taxing bug battles.   In the past, those pests were more common. But they were less commented upon. Poverty, war and acute hunger relegated bed bugs to a smaller part of the daily struggle for those in World War II concentration camps, Toronto homeless shelters and Freetown refugee camps in Sierra Leone. Even now bed bugs strike everyone, but they have a penchant for the poor despite their infrequent travel. So, for many of us, appreciation is in order. Commitment to Fight for Freedom: As horrifying as the experience is, the bugs disappear from many Washingtonians’ homes in just weeks with proper treatment. For many, the hundreds to thousands of dollars – explicitly excluded in home insurance policies – is costly but affordable. Not so for others. One third of DC children live in poverty (defined by a family of four earning less than $22,000 a year). Sixteen percent of kids live in families earning half that, leaving no money to spare, according to Children’s Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow. The DC government and private landlords are usually responsible for vermin issues, but often unresponsive. Many of those families devoutly scour and clean – an approach woefully ineffective in wiping out rodents, rats, and roaches from multi-unit housing. Ridding bed bugs may pose an even tougher challenge. Given the cost and complexity of eliminating them from apartment buildings, two kinds of property managers could emerge, says American Pest President Matt Nixon: “People

who knock bed bugs back enough to rent the unit and those people who want to completely eliminate the problem.�   Legislation pending in New York, like requiring landlord disclosure and mandating home insurance options, seems to solve only part of the problem. So stay informed and active on the issue. Save Your Stigma - The intense secrecy surrounding bed bugs may be true to the city’s huge defense presence.   Tenants don’t disclose to landlords fearing reprisal, and infested individuals are silent with schools, offices and friends for fear of the stigma. Landlords sign confidentiality agreements with exterminators and may not confide in their tenants and shoppers, fearing lost revenue and liability. But such secrecy might speed the spread and deepen the shame.   Destigmatization comes from awareness, education and time. The DC government has launched a public service announcement and held training. More effective than such campaigns is often the coming out and commitment of a celebrity, like Magic Johnson with AIDS. The infestation affects places more than people, so maybe the insect icon will be a building. Victoria’s Secret temporarily shuttered a Manhattan store, and high-end Bergdorf Goodman is being patrolled by bed bug-sniffing beagles. Until then (and after), be open and accepting. Plan to Declutter: Bed bugs – and all vermin – love the dirtier living conditions and hiding places that come with clutter. While cleaning up won’t prevent or reduce an infestation, it could slow the spread and facilitate treatment.   Americans accumulate piles of paper and mounds of mish-mash. Adorable tchotchkes and a “really great deal� make them weak in the knees. Abroad, a more minimalist aesthetic often prevails despite less space. And in Europe, biking and walking to stores often eliminates overloading as an option. Shopping and splurging makes sense, of course, but be smart about it. Professional organizers would advise such strategies as ditching one clothing item for each purchased, and cleaning different home areas periodically. Avoid the graphic pictures of teeming bed bugs. But think about the how we can protect our sanity and our community to create constructive change from the critter crisis.

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All’s well with “All’s Well” By Gary Tischler

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lmost any production of William Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” is bound to be problematic. That’s because the play is, well, one of those problem plays in the Shakespeare canon — plays which are difficult to stage, about which there are critical misgivings, to say the least. To that category you could probably lend the title “lesser Shakespeare”. They don’t go down well with their after-taste and often don’t play as well as they should because lesser characters sometimes take over the play. Put “Cymbeline” on that list alongside “Pericles”. Perhaps add “Troilus and Cressida,” “Henry VIII,” and even “The Winter’s Tale,” — let alone “Timon of Athens” to which we can only say, when’s the last time you’ve seen that? The problem with “All’s Well That Ends Well” is that it is, at its core, something on the order of “As You Like It” and “Twelfth Night,” a romantic comedy with a shining leading lady attended by swains, fools and royals. Helena, the brave, resolute, witty, and smart as anybody and more heroine, loves her man and has to have him, and with no cooperation from the hero she gets him. The problem then is that “All’s Well” doesn’t really end well in the romance department. It clears up the plot mess the author has devised and gets the two lovers together, but somehow this resolution doesn’t sit well with most audiences. Because the object of her affection is the hunky and high-born Count Bertram, who’s a snob, a dolt, an idiot, albeit a brave one, and a fickle swain

like one of those over-tanned bachelors on reality television. He’s totally unworthy of the fair Helena, so you know they’ll have kids (evidence on stage) and remain married while making themselves miserable. All this is done just to please the King of France and Bertram’s sweet, soulful mother, the Countess of Roussillon — a devout role model and guardian of Helena. Tell you what — forget the idiot. Much like the more self-aware courtier, liar and coward Parolles, Bertrand is an easily recognized member in good standing of the vast army of the self-absorbed Michael Kahn, who’s directed this production for the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Kahn has given it a kind of stylish authenticity in the way he treats the language of the play. This is especially true of Miriam Silverman as Helena, whose way with the rhythms and rhymes of the words give a kind of musical insistence to her character. You can fault her for her why-do-good-women-go-for-lousymen problem, but you can’t fault her for clarity, courage, smarts and bull-headedness. Helena, the daughter of a famed physician, comes to court and promptly cures the king of a possibly terminal ailment. In return, the grateful king offers her any husband she wants. She picks Bertram, who is so mortified that he goes off to the wars in Italy and leaves Helena with a challenge; she will never be a true wife unless she gets his family ring off his finger or conceives a child by him, two things he vows will never happen. Don’t ever challenge a woman to do the impossible. It’s a cinch. How she does it is one of those wonderful tricks that occur in many of

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Shakespeare’s comedies and romances, without anybody batting an eye (see “Pericles”, see “Winter’s Tale”). But proceedings are helped by the tolerance and love of the adults, Ted van Griethuysen as the French King, and Marsha Mason as the Countess. They provide a portrait of paternal and maternal affection rare in the theater. In the French king’s case, it’s not only good to be king, but it’s better to be a good king. And there is Paxton Whitehead as the aristocratic court member Lafew, who’s acerbic wit is matched only by his kind patience toward the impossible Parolles, a man of whom it is noted that “he knows who he is, and is STILL who he is.” As played by Michael Bakkensen, selfawareness is Parolles’ saving grace, that, and a complete lack of any sense of shame. “All’s Well” ends well because it has to. The play itself is better than just well — it is stylish, acted with panache where appropriate and authenticity by the company. The shortcomings of the play, well, just say author. (“All’s Well That Ends Well” runs at the Shakespeare Theater Company’s Lansburgh Theater through October 24).

‘Circle Mirror’ shows promise for direction of studio theatre

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avid Muse makes his official debut as the new artistic director of the Studio Theater (he succeeds founder and longtime A-D Joy Zinoman) by directing “Circle Mirror Transformation.” This is not a debut accompanied by trumpets blaring, and neither is Annie Baker’s muted but ingratiating play about a group of people who are part of an acting class in a small community in Vermont. But the play and the production send out several promising signals about the future, each in their own way. “Circle Mirror Transformation” signals a new voice, for one thing, in playwright Annie Baker, who’s made it a point to transform the often inarticulate way we speak and communicate today into a kind of music and poetry — a revelatory method that leads, like acting, to a kind of truth. It’s an understated play with a little bit of this and a little of bit that. It has soap opera elements,

theater stuff, acting stuff, and it’s both contemporary and naturalistic in its look and sound and old-fashioned in its dramatic elements. Baker seems to suggest that acting arrives at difficult truths by way of artful, hard-learned artifice, much in the same way that literature arrives at the same destination by way of fiction. While the production often seems looseygoosey and unformed, Muse’s direction and Baker’s writing keep things directionally focused: “We and the folks at the acting class are going somewhere here, and the road and destination seem uncomfortably familiar.”    In the program, Baker says that “the way human beings speak is so heartbreaking to me— we never sound the way we want to sound. Speaking is a kind of misery.” You can see that observation in action in “Circle Mirror Transformation.” This is especially true for the three students: Schultz, a yearning, confused, recently divorced man full of inarticulate, shiny wounds; Theresa, the bright-eyed, sexy former actress and especially Lauren, the quiet, painfully shy teenager who wears her hoodie like a turtle wears its shell. The school is run by the insistent, work-it, risktaking Marty and her husband James, who’s middle-aged, phlegmatic, and a walking disappointment. We see all of them right at the beginning, lying in a circle at the studio, which is lightly cluttered with a mirror. They’re doing an exercise, an acting exercise, in which they try to count to ten one at a time without anyone counting at the same time, interrupting, or jumping in. In other words, it’s a clean, nearly-impossible exercise in team-work and empathy. Throughout the play, which is preformed without interruption for nearly two hours, you get exercises which resemble a kind of group therapy, as opposed to anything to do with the theater. The group takes turns “being” each other, hence the initially startling appearance of Jim talking about “my husband.” They try telling stories along a string that is taking a story word by word from one place to another. Interspersed are moments of reality, where the characters interact and relate, and those interactions reverberate in the exercises and vice versa. That’s especially true of Theresa, played with almost anything-goes, playful energy by Kathleen McElfresh. She’s bounding, bouncy, mobile, and uses every part of herself — the flouncy hair, the long legs, arms, fingers, body — to become a kind of focus point, a magnet for the two men and wary distance for the other two females. Things happen that probably shouldn’t, but the process itself is what counts. There’s a five-point build-up to the play as we do what they do: at first we keep following Theresa around, then Schultz’s plaintiff voice makes itself heard, and then we note the tensions and old hurts that are part of James and Marty’s marriage. We barely register Lauren’s goth-ish, quiet ten and her voice, barely audible at first. She’s closed in. But it’s with the final two exercises — a risky write a secret on a piece of paper, then pick out of a hat and read it, and an imagination of what happens after – that we realize that it’s Lauren who’s been paying attention the most, not the least of which was an earlier comment asking, “when do we start acting?” If MacKenzie Meehan, who plays Lauren with thorough, skinny-teen authenticity and stopsand-starts, is a stellar surprise, Jennifer Mendenhall as Marty is the play’s elastic but tough glue — it’s center and heart and soul. She holds everyone together, even when she comes close to falling apart. We’ve known and seen Mendenhall a long time, especially at the Studio and the Woolly Mammoth, and we’re always struck by her particular brand of guileless, sexy and openfaced naturalness. She doesn’t hide much and can therefore wound you at the oddest moments. For Muse, it’s a solid start — a bid for a long relationship with the audience worth building. (“Circle Mirror Transformation” runs at the Studio Theater through October 17.)


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he best photography show currently running in the DC area is Tom Wolff’s portrait series, at the 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood, Maryland (3901 Rhode Island Ave). Wolff recalls, “The idea of the project was to do a photographic survey of the arts district in Mt. Rainier, North Brentwood, and Hyattsville, focusing on the art community and the business owners. This is an effort to introduce people in the area to one another and build a friend base for the art center. I shot for about two months to get the first 70 portraits and I will continue to add to the group until it closes October 29th.” The excellence and variety of his work astonishes

“Looking Glass” By Robin K. Fried

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nscape that has hints of the natural world as well as jewel-fragments is found in the work of Robin Kohlman Fried (Temple Emanuel, Art in HaMaKom, 10101 Connecticut Ave, Kensington, MD; Mon. – Thu. 2:30 -5, Fri. 9-4; though Sept. 30.) Although relatively smaller in scale than some of this artist’s earlier work, these pictures seem done on a dare to create as wide an arc as possible in terms of color and composition. That Fried succeeds on her own terms in each picture is the result of her own gifts, but also a strong determination.   Fried seems fired up in each piece using every technique at her disposal to manifest a rich inner world. She speaks of a long hiatus in her working as a painter that is experienced by many who initially start out in adolescence and early adulthood to pursue a creative path. “I fully intended to keep painting when I first became a mother,” She recalls, “but I had to give my complete attention to raising my children. In my inner world I was an artist, even though I was no longer painting. I was seen by others as a parent and as someone active in the community.” What Fried did not do was stop looking at art and going to museums; her inner dialogue was kept alive through being in contact with art. What made her want to paint again was seeing all the new art work being made that was “over intellectualized…I wanted to affirm the aesthetics I value that seem ignored in much work today.” The works by Fried in this show are carefully made and manage that delicate balance between the heat of spontaneity and the coolness of the critical judgment involved in balancing color and composition. Her pictures have a sensuous attack on surface and pictorial space. There is also a use of collage elements, but Fried’s craft is so secure that you often have to look hard to see the edges. Each work is separate in its achievement and what is especially noteworthy is the carefully achieved color. Fried is a terrific colorist, a quality that has to be inborn. It is the freedom of the painting that triumphs in Fried’s work. In “Glimmer Glass,” there is temerity of purpose. “Secret Garden” is another work that is highly individualized with an exuberance of paint. Fried’s work is a private inner world dared into the light of day.

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Georgetown Gala at Russian Embassy October 15

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he invitations have been mailed for The Georgetown Gala to be held on Friday, October 15, at the stunning Embassy of the Russian Federation. Ambassador and Mrs. Sergey Kislyak will host To Russia with Love, with Senator and Mrs. Chuck Hagel as their honorary co-chairs. The Black Tie evening begins with champagne and cocktails at seven o’clock, followed by dinner and dancing. Last year The Gala drew over 350 Georgetowners and VIPs, including Mayor Fenty and Washington Capital hockey stars Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin. This year’s event will honor Georgetown residents Barbara Downs and Anna Fuhrman for their extraordinary efforts in making our community a better place. Nancy Taylor Bubes, Lesley Lee, Jennifer Altemus, and their committee are putting the finishing touches on the fabulous menu – think Russian caviar and vodka, tenderloin, risotto cakes, and mini Red Velvet cupcakes. The dance floor is sure to be the hot spot as the society “it” band Right On is performing. After two command performances at the White House, they know how to get the party started. This year’s auction is highlighted by a VIP trip to Martha’s Vineyard, 10 sensational tickets to the Washington Ballet’s Nutcrack-

er performance and exclusive Tea Party, a book club party with Kitty Kelley, and dinner at Hook and Clydes. Carol Joynt will be the live auctioneer. A cutting edge electronic system of bidding will be debuted. This cutting-edge system automatically updates bidders when someone outbids them. It’s all the rage on the party circuit – super easy and fun to use. All the proceeds go to support the Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG). CAG works tirelessly to improve the safety and livability of Georgetown along with preserving the beauty of our historic neighborhood. Numerous expert CAG volunteers spend long hours effectively representing CAG on historic preservation, ABC, traffic, parking and other community issues. They have reactivated a block captain program and expanded the Public Safety Program, which pays for private security guards and off-duty police officers to patrol streets. The Trees for Georgetown program has planted over 50 trees this year, which helps keep our neighborhood green, healthy, and vibrant – a draw to tourists and customers. Through these and other programs, CAG plays an integral role in making Georgetown the wonderful community it is. The Georgetown Gala is always a fun and glamorous evening. Break out your black ties, gowns, and dancing shoes, and join CAG and fellow Georgetowners at the Embassy of the Russian Federation on Friday, October 15. If you have not received an invitation, and would like to, please call the CAG office at 337-7313.


Gala Second Chance Employment Services Last Kiss of Summer Gala

Thursday, September 23, 6:30 p.m. - Midnight Join special guest of honor Katie Hinda, activist and author, at the Four Seasons for cocktails, dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions to benefit Second Chance Employment Services. Second Chance Employment Services provides free employment placement services and training to battered and abused women in the Washington metropolitan area. Black Tie optional Ticket price: Individual tickets beginning at $400 For more information contact 703-3563099 or visit scesnet.org “It was from my frustration with the lack of employment services for battered women that I decided to found Second Chance Employment Services in 2002. I witnessed too many women coming out of domestic violence shelters return to their abusers because they couldn’t find a job that would support themselves and their children. Despite the daunting facts about abuse victims and their inability to find and maintain good jobs, Second Chance Employment Services has spent the past nine years overcoming the obstacles these women face. To date, we have secured over 700 career-track jobs with health benefits for victims of domestic violence. — Ludy Green

Wolf Trap Ball: Canada – Keep Exploring Friday, September 24, 7pm

Join honorary host, Ambassador of Canada Gary Doer, in celebrating the culture and grandeur of Canada. Dance on the stage of Wolf Trap’s Filene Center to close this year’s summer season. Proceeds from the Ball benefit Wolf Trap Foundation’s renowned arts and education programs. For more information about Wolf Trap Special Events, please call (703) 255-4030, or email events@wolftrap.org.

Living in Pink

Friday, October 8, 10:30 - 2:30pm Support Breast Cancer research and enjoy an afternoon of boutique shopping and a luncheon at the Fairmont Washington Hotel. This year’s honorees include Marilyn C. Jerome, M.D. and Jennifer Griffin, FOX News Correspondent. Hosted by Living in Pink founder and two-time breast cancer survivor, Michele Conley, with emcee Greta Kreuz, Anchorwoman of ABC 7/ WJLA. Ticket price: $135 per person “Most people who are diagnosed with cancer don’t look at it as a gift, but in my case I did. I was probably the least likely to ever have a health issue and at 35 had breast cancer. The journey was one that was an amazing learning experience. I often feel that the purpose of my diagnosis was so that I could help others who were diagnosed as well. That is how Living in Pink was born. I wanted to help find a cure so that the next generation of women would not have to endure the treatments and issues that we currently face during the battle with breast cancer.” — Michele Conley

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Meridian Ball

50th Anniversary Celebration Friday, October 1, 9:30 p.m., Preceded by dinner at an ambassador’s residence or Meridian’s White-Meyer House. Join Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama, 50th Anniversary Celebration Chairs Mrs. A. Huda Farouki and Mrs. Frederic V. Malek, and White-Meyer Chairs Amanda Smith Hood and Elizabeth Miller at Meridian House for a special evening of dessert, dancing and cocktails. Black tie. $650 per ticket for dinner at Ambassador’s residence and Ball $400 per ticket at White-Meyer dinner and Ball For ticket information visit www.meridian.org/ ball/tickets

Harman Center for the Arts Gala Sunday, October 3, 6pm

Spend an evening with His Excellency the British Ambassador and Lady Sheinwald at the annual gala inspired by Shakespeare’s Italy. The Shakespeare Theatre Company will host the evening’s festivities, beginning at Sidney Harman Hall for cocktails and followed by the Gala performance. The evening will culminate at the National Building Museum with dinner and dancing in a Venetian setting. The Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala benefits the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic programs including the Free for All — two-and-a-half weeks of free Shakespeare presented by the Company. Black Tie Ticket price: Individual tickets and tables to the Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala range from $750 to $50,000. For more ticket information contact Joanne Coutts, Associate Director of Special Events, at 202.547.3230 ext. 2330.

The DC Jazz Festival Annual Benefit Dinner Tuesday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.

This year’s DC Jazz Festival Annual Benefit Dinner is hosted by the Ambassador of Italy to the United States, H. E. Giulio terzi di Sant’Agata and Ms. Antonella Cinque, along with Michael Sonnenreich, Chairman of DC Jazz Festival. There will be a special performance by Grammy and Tony-award winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. This year’s 2010 DCJF John Conyers Jr. Advocacy award goes to Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., chairman of Patton Boggs LLP. Cocktail Attire For more information call 202-457-7628 “We are proud to honor Mr. Thomas Boggs with the John Conyers Jr. Jazz Advocacy Award for the role that he has played in supporting arts, especially Jazz in DC.” —Michael Sonnenreich, Chairman of the DC Jazz Festival

Georgetown Gala To Russia with Love Sponsored by Citizen’s Association of Georgetown Friday, October 15, 7 p.m. Embassy of the Russian Federation

Hosted by the Ambassador and Mrs. Sergey Kislyak, enjoy an evening of cocktails, a dinner buffet, a live auction and dancing to the music of the Right On Band.

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Black Tie For more information call 202-337-7317

Thursday, November 11 6:30pm Silent auction and reception 8:00pm Dinner

I got involved in CAG this year to give back to the neighborhood I love so much - Georgetown. I feel like this community gives me everyday and historical communities that don’t exist on their own. We need trees planted, architecture preserved, safe streets and a healthy balance between commercial and residential. — Nancy Taylor Bubes

National Italian American Foundation 35th Anniversary Awards Gala Saturday, October 23, 7 p.m. Dinner and Awards

Join Giuliana DePandi Rancic, anchor/managing editor of E! News and emcee for this year’s NIAF Anniversary Gala at The Washington Hilton. Rancic will be joined by sports greats Yogi Berra, Daryle Lamonica, and Mike Piazza, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Hon. Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hon. Samuel A. Alito Jr., culinary notable Lidia Bastianich and Bill Rancic of the Style Network show “Giuliana & Bill.” Proceeds benefit NIAF educational programs. Black Tie Tickets begin at $400 per person For tickets contact Jerry Jones at 202-387-0600 or jerry@niaf.org “With great excitement and anticipation, NIAF will celebrate its rich Italian heritage and the contributions of Italian Americans during the 35th Anniversary Gala Weekend, on October 22-23 in our nation’s capital. The star-studded weekend will be packed with conferences, speakers, receptions and parties, all culminating with NIAF’s black tie 35th Anniversary Gala Dinner. Visit www.niaf.org for the latest updates!” — Robert E. Carlucci, NIAF Gala Dinner Chair and member of NIAF’s Board of Directors

Arena Stage Opening Gala

Monday, October 25, Red carpet and tours beginning at 6:30 p.m. Special performance starring Brian Stokes Mitchell at 7:30 p.m. with dinner to follow. Join Honorary Chairs President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as cochairs Adrian and Michelle Fenty, for an inaugural black tie gala to celebrate the grand opening of the Mead Center for American Theater. This special evening will include cocktails throughout the Mead Center, an exclusive onenight-only performance featuring Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell and dinner in the evening glow of the spectacular glass-encased Mead Center. Black Tie Tickets and table prices range from $1,500 $50,000, For more information, contact April Irwin at amirwin@arenastage.org or 202-6004022. “The opening of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will mark a new milestone in the national theater world. Encasing the historic Fichandler and Kreeger Theaters and adding the new, stunning Kogod Cradle within this magnificent modern building creates not only a new Washington landmark but establishes Arena Stage as the premier theater dedicated to American work.” —Beth Newburger Schwartz and Michele Ber-

Knock-Out Abuse

Join co-founders Cheryl Masri and Jill Sorensen, along with Dinner Chair Sarah Guinan Nixon, at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC for the biggest girls night out of the season. Celebrate the 17th anniversary of this event with an evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment. Knock-Out Abuse has raised more than $6.5 million to aid women and children whose lives have been shattered by abuse, poverty, and homelessness. Cocktail Attire Tickets are $500 and are available by calling Ellen Blankenstein at 202.725.5604, email at ellen@knockoutabuse.org or by visiting www. knockoutabuse.org.

The Lab School of Washington’s 26th Annual Outstanding Learning Disabled Achievers Awards Gala Wednesday, November 17 6 p.m.

Celebrate the Lab School’s 26th Anniversary Gala at The National Building Museum, CoChaired by Hilary Rosen and Elizabeth Birch and Emceed by CNN’s Candy Crowley, as they honor outstanding achievers with learning disabilities. The evening begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and awards at 7:30, with dancing to follow. Black Tie Ticket price: $250 per ticket For more information visit: www.LabSchool. org/content/gala

Capitol City Ball

Saturday, November 20 8pm-1am Since 2007, the Capitol City Ball has brought people together for a night of fun including an open bar, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, assorted desserts, a live auction and a band to benefit charities devoted to ending human trafficking. This year’s ball will benefit Courtney’s House, FairFund, and the Polaris Project. Black Tie Ticket Price: Tickets begin at $125 For more information visit www.CapitalCityBall.org/index.htm

The Lombardi Gala

Saturday, November 6 6pm Celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Lombardi Gala and the 40th anniversary of the Lombardi Center at the Washington Hilton. This year’s theme is “Color the Cure” to recognize all the people who have helped in the fight against cancer. The Honorable John F. Potter, M.D., founding director of the Lombardi Center, will be honored this year for his ongoing dedication. The 2010 awardees for the Margaret L. Hodges Leadership Award are Mr. and Mrs. Ronald and Carol T. Crawford. Black Tie Ticket price: $400 For more information contact Elena Jeannotte, 202-687-3866 For more listings go to our website www.georgetowner.com

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he National Sporting Library Benefit Polo Match and Luncheon on September 19, sponsored by The Georgetowner, was not only an incredible success, but a gorgeous event spectacle and a delightful afternoon. As the sun shown gently from above and the cool breeze whisked through the summer tent, guests and donors gathered around to take part in a silent auction of equestrian-themed merchandise, delicious food, fine company, and world-class polo at the Virginia International Polo Club, located at historic Llangollen in Upperville, Virginia.   The luncheon was in the English garden party tradition, and it could not have been more true to form. The event sold out, attracting an international audience with its champion polo players from across the globe. The polo match, featuring prominent players from Argentina, Chile, and the United States, was a riveting display of athleticism and endurance.   “We are thrilled to be celebrating country pursuits, and in particular, polo as the oldest team sport in the world, at Llangollen which has its own place in local history,” said Manuel H. Johnson, Chairman of the Board, and Jacqueline B. Mars, Vice Chairman.   A vintage silver trophy to commemorate the match has been generously donated by Jacqueline B. Mars. The “National Sporting Library & Museum Polo Cup” will be a perpetual trophy and will be on display at the Library.   All contributions for the day were to benefit the National Sporting Library & Museum. The National Sporting Library & Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the literature, art, and culture of horse and field sports. Its 17,000-book collection includes equestrian sports, polo, foxhunting, horseracing, steeplechasing, shooting, and angling. The John H. Daniels Fellowship program supports the research of visiting scholars. The Library hosts temporary art exhibitions and holds many fine works of sporting art in its permanent collection. The Museum will open in 2011 on the Library campus, with 11 galleries featuring exhibits of American and European fine sporting art. Thanks to all those who attended, it would not have been nearly as successful (or fun!) without you.

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1789 RESTAURANT

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BANGKOK JOE’S

Bistro Francais

With the ambiance of an elegant country inn, 1789 features classically based American cuisine – the finest regional game, fish and produce available.

Come and enjoy contemporary Thai cuisine & Sushi bar deliciously prepared at Bangkok Bistro. The restaurant’s decor matches its peppery cuisine, vibrant in both color and flavor. Enthusiasts say we offer professional, prompt and friendly service. Experience outdoor sidewalk dining in the heart of Georgetown.

(One block from Georgetown Lowe’s theatres)

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

1226 36th St, NW

Open seven nights a week. Jackets required. Complimentary valet parking. www.1789restaurant.com

3251Prospect St, NW

Open for lunch and dinner. Sun.-Thurs.11:30am - 10:30pm Fri.-Sat. 11:30am - 11:30pm

3000 K St NW

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

www.bangkokbistrodc.com (202) 965-1789

CAFE BONAPARTE 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! Located in sophisticated Georgetown, our café brings a touch of Paris “je ne sais quoi” to the neighborhood making it an ideal romantic destination. 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

CITRONELLE (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.

(202) 337-2424

Café La Ruche 1039 31st Street, NW

Take a stroll down memory lane. Serving Georgetown for more than 35 years - Since 1974 Chef Jean-Claude Cauderlier A bit of Paris on the Potomac.

Great Selection of Fine Wines Fresh Meat, Seafood & Poultry Chicken Cordon-Bleu *Duck Salmon, & Steaks

Voted Best Dessert-Pastry in town, The Washingtonian Magazine

FULL BAR Open Daily from 11:30 a.m. Open Late ‘til 1 am on Friday & Saturday night “Outdoor Dining Available” www.cafelaruche.com (202) 965-2684

CLYDE’S OF GEORGETOWN 3236 M St, NW

This animated tavern, in the heart of Georgetown, popularized saloon food and practically invented Sunday brunch.

Open for Dinner.

Clyde’s is the People’s Choice for bacon cheeseburgers, steaks, fresh seafood, grilled chicken salads, fresh pastas and desserts.

Valet parking.

www.clydes.com

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CAFE MILANO

3124-28 M St NW

(202) 338-3830

CHADWICKS

3251 Prospect St. NW

3205 K St, NW (est.1967)

Cafe Milano specializes in setting up your private party in our exclusive dining rooms. Our detail-oriented staff also will cater your corporate meetings & special events at your office, home or other locations. Check out our website for booking information or call 202-965-8990, ext. 135. Cafe Milano is high on the restaurant critics’ charts with excellent Italian cuisine & attention to service. Fresh pastas, steaks, fish dishes, & authentic Italian specialties. Lunch & dinner. Late night dining & bar service.

A Georgetown tradition for over 40 years, this friendly neighborhood restaurant/saloon features fresh seafood, burgers, award-winning ribs, & specialty salads & sandwiches. Casual dining & a lively bar. 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. Located ½ block from the Georgetown movie theatres, overlooking the new Georgetown Waterfront Park

www.CafeMilano.net (202) 333-6183

DAILY GRILL

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

(202) 337-4900

BISTROT LEPIC & WINE BAR 1736 Wisconsin Ave., NW

Come and see for yourself why Bistrot Lepic, with its classical, regional and contemporary cuisine, has been voted best bistro in D.C. by the Zagat Guide. And now with its Wine bar, you can enjoy “appeteasers”, full bar service, complimentary wine tasting every Tuesday and a new Private Room. The regular menu is always available. Open everyday. Lunch & dinner. Reservations suggested. www.bistrotlepic.com (202) 333-0111

CIRCLE BISTRO

One Washington Circle, NW Washington, DC 22037 Circle Bistro presents artful favorites that reflect our adventurous and sophisticated kitchen. Featuring Happy Hour weekdays from 5pm-7pm, live music every Saturday from 8pm-12midnight, and an a la carte Sunday Brunch from 11:30am-2:30pm. Open dailyfor breakfast, lunch and dinner. www.circlebistro.com

ChadwicksRestaurants.com (202) 333.2565

FILOMENA RISTORANTE

1063 Wisconsin Ave., NW One of Washington’s most celebrated restaurants, Filomena is a Georgetown landmark that has endured the test of time for almost a quarter of a century. Our oldworld 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

(202) 293-5390

FAHRENHEIT

Georgetown 3100 South St, NW Restaurant & Degrees Bar & Lounge The Ritz-Carlton, As featured on the cover of December 2007’s Washingtonian magazine, Degrees Bar and Lounge is Georgetown’s hidden hot spot. Warm up by the wood burning fireplace with our signature “Fahrenheit 5” cocktail, ignite your business lunch with a $25.00 four-course express lunch, or make your special occasion memorable with an epicurean delight with the fire inspired American regional cuisine. www.fahrenheitdc.com (202) 912-4110


Celebrating over 31 years of keeping bellies full with good food and thirsts quenched with tasty beverages. · Fantastic Happy Hour · Free WiFi Internet · Buck Hunter · Trivia Night Tuesdays Including: Terrace Dining Upstairs www.garrettsdc.com (202) 333-1033

Panache Restaurant 1725 DeSales St NW

Tapas – Specialty Drinks Martini’s Citrus - Cosmopolitan - Sour Apple - Blue Berry Summer Patio – Open Now! Coming Soon. “New” Tyson’s Corner Location Open NOW! Dining Room Monday - Friday: 11:30am-11:00pm Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm Bar Hours Mon.-Thursday: 11:30am-11:00pm Friday: 11:30am- 2:00am Saturday: 5:00pm- 2:00am (202) 293-7760

SMITH POINT

1338 Wisconsin Ave., NW (corner of Wisconsin & O St.) Smith Point has quickly become a favorite of Georgetowners. The Washington Post Magazine calls Smith Point “an underground success” with “unusually good cooking at fair prices.” Chef Francis Kane’s Nantucket style fare changes weekly, featuring fresh combinations of seafood, meats, and farmers market produce. Open for dinner Thurs- Sat from 6:30 pm-11pm. www.smithpointdc.com (202) 333-9003

2813 M St. Northwest, Washington, DC 20007

M | STREET BAR & GRILL & the 21 M Lounge 2033 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-3305

Nick’s Riverside Grille 3050 K St. NW Washington, DC 20007

Whether it’s a romantic dinner or a business lunch, enjoy wonderM Street Bar & Grill, in the St. GregNick’s Riverside Grille is a famful Boudin Blanc, Fresh Dover ily-owned waterfront restaurant ory Hotel has a new Brunch menu serving great American fare, fine Sole Meunière, Cassoulet or Pike by Chef Christopher Williams Feasteaks, authentic pasta dishes and Quenelles by the fireplace in this turing Live Jazz, Champagne, Mithe freshest seafood! Our Georgeunique “Country Inn”. Chef Patmosas and Bellini’s. For Entertaintown waterfront dining room has rick Orange serves his Award ing, small groups of 12 to 25 people spectacular views of the Potomac Winning Cuisine in a rustic atmowishing a dining room experience River, Kennedy Center, Washingsphere, where locals and celebrities we are featuring Prix Fixe Menus: ton Monument, Roosevelt Island, alike gather. La Chaumiere also of$27.00 Lunch and $34.00 Dinner. the AKey Bridge, the surrounding SEAFOOD WITH VIEW fers 2 private dining rooms with aDELICIOUS Washington, DC area, plus our spaLunch and dinner specials daily. cious outdoor terrace is a great dinprix-fixe menu and an affordable ing spot to take in all the waterfront wine list. www.mstreetbarandgrill.com scenery! Washingtonian’s Best 100 restaurant 28 years in a row. www.lachaumieredc.com www.nicksriversidegrille.com (202) 530-3621 (202) 342-3535 (202) 338-1784

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Peacock Cafe

1054 31st St, NW

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

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 Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm Closed on Sunday Happy Hour Specials at the Bar Monday - Friday 5:00pm -7:00pm www.seacatchrestaurant.com

(202) 625-2740

(202) 337-8855

SETTE OSTERIA

1666 Conn. Ave at R St. NW (Dupont Circle) Edgy. Witty. Casual. THE patio near Dupont Circle for peoplewatching. Pizza masters bake delicious Neapolitan thincrust pizzas in a wood-fire oven. Menu favorites include pastas, salads, lasagnas, Italian specialty meats and cheeses, and lowcarb choices. Daily specials, Lunch & dinner. Late night dining & bar service. www.SetteOsteria.com

(202)483-3070

Tony and Joe’s TOWN HALL Seafood Place 2218 Wisconsin Ave NW Dive into Tony3000 andKJoe’s Seafood Place this summer St, NW If you’re in the mood for fresh delica- Town Hall is a neighborhood favorite Ranked one of the most popular and enjoy the best seafood dining has of to Glover Park, offering cies from the sea, dive into Tony Georgetown and in the heart seafood restaurants in , DC, “this Joe’s Seafood Place at the George- a classic neighborhood restaurant and cosmopolitan”send-up of a vinoffer. Make your reservation and mention this town Waterfront. While today enjoying bar with contemporary charm. Whethtage supper club that’s styled after tempting dishes such as Maryland er its your 1st, 2nd or 99th time in the a ‘40’s-era ocean liner is appointed be entered to lobster win a FREE Brunch forwe’re Two!committed to serving you fresh and shrimp door, with cherry wood and red leatherad tocrabcakes, THE OCEANAIRE 1201 F St, NW

scampi you have spectacular views of a great meal and making you feel at booths, infused with a “clubby, old the Potomac River, Kennedy Center, home each and every time. Come try money” atmosphere. The menu Washington Monument, Roosevelt one of our seasonal offerings and find showcases “intelligently” prepared 202-944-4545 | www.tonyandjoes.com Island, and the Key Bridge. Visit us out for yourself what the Washingfish dishes that “recall an earlier onHarbour Sundays for our award winning Post dubbed DC the “Talk of Glover time of elegant” dining. What’s Washington | 3000 K Street NW | ton Washington, brunch buffet. Come for the view, Park”Make a reservation online today more, “nothing” is snobbish here. stay for the food! at www.townhalldc.com Sunday thruand Thursday: -10PM@tonyandjoes Lunch: Mon-Fri- 11:30am -5:00pm Tony Joe’s 11AM | Friday & Saturday: 11AM - Midnight Serving Dinner Daily5PM-10:30pm Dinner: Mon-Thur 5-10pm. Fri & Beverage Service until 1:30AM Brunch Sat & Sun 11:30AM-5PM Sat 5-11pm. Sun-5-9pm. every night Free Parking available www.theoceanaire.com VISITwww.tonyandjoes.com OUR FAMILY OF DC RESTAURANTS (202) 333-5640 (202) 347-2277 (202) 944-4545

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3000 K St NW, Suite 100 Washington, DC 20007 Eclectic American cuisine, Coupled with enchanting views of the Potomac River make Sequoia a one of a kind dining experience. Offering a dynamic atmosphere featuring a mesquite wood fire grill, sensational drinks, and renowned River Bar. No matter the occasion, Sequoia will provide an unforgettable dining experience. www.arkrestaurants.com /sequoia_dc.html (202) 944-4200

Zed’s

1201 28TH St, N.W. ETHIOPIAN IN GEORGETOWN Award Winning Seafood | Poultry | Beef Vegetarian Dishes also available 100 Very Best Restaurants Award 100 Very Best Bargains Award Also, visit Zed’s “New” Gainesville, Virginia location (571) 261-5993 At the Corner of M & 28th Streets 1201 28th Street, N.W. Email: zeds@zeds.net (202) 333-4710

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um and Coke may conjure up memories of college fraternity parties or youthful nights sneaking drinks in your parents’ home. It was probably one of the first mixed drinks you tried, back in the day when Natty Boh and Milwaukee’s Best were your choice of beers.   But if you head 90 miles south of Florida, the rum and Coke has a more romantic vibe. On Castro’s island, it’s called the Cuba Libre and includes the addition of lime juice.   In Cuba, the rum and Coke can trace its earliest beginnings. While the exact circumstances of its birth are unclear, Wayne Curtis, author of “And a Bottle of Rum,” offers a plausible explanation involving Americans soldiers in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. A group of Americans and Cubans were gathered in a bar where the soldiers mixed rum and Coke and called out “Por Cuba libre!” – “To a free Cuba!”   The drink migrated north. During Prohibition, Coke was an easy mixer used to mask the taste of bathtub alcohol, and during World War II, when rum was plentiful and whiskey scarce, its popularity increased further.   But it was a popular song that blasted the drink into the apex of pop culture. In 1945 the Andrews Sisters’ song "Rum and Coca Cola” entered the charts, where it remained in the number one spot for 10 weeks. The song, which was based on a Calypso song from Trinidad, sold 7 million copies and made rum and Coke an iconic drink for years to come.   Its prevalence endured throughout the generic 50’s into the age of Wonder Bread and canned foods. The drink was simple to mix and required no exotic ingredients.   Going back to its origins, a proper Cuba Libre, made with fresh squeezed lime, can be a refreshing elixir, especially in the muggy hot Cuban climate. However, while rum flows freely in Cuba, Coca Cola, thanks to the trade embargo, is not readily available everywhere. When your order a Cuba Libre, most bars will mix it with Fiesta Cola, a soft drink packaged in a red can with a white logo that looks suspiciously similar to Coke’s trademark script.   A true Cuba Libre should be mixed with Cuban Rum, which is illegal in the states. Luckily, I found a pleasant alternative during a holiday in Nicaragua. While many Americans associate

rum with the Caribbean islands, Flor De Cana r um is as ubiquitous in Nicaragua as Bacardi is now in Puerto Rico.   Whether you are sitting at an open-air restaurant along the Pacific in San Juan del Sur, a colonial courtyard in Grenada, or at a reggae club on Corn Island, the liquor of choice across the country is Flor de Cana. Any bartender will mix you a “Nica Libre” with Flor de Cana, fresh lime and Latin Coca-Cola. In Latin America, Coke tastes slightly different than what is produced in the states; it’s made with real sugar instead of corn syrup.   But there’s no real need to travel afar. This classic highball can be easily mixed at home. However, if you prefer going out (way, way out), I recommend seeking out Isaiah at the Best View Hotel on Big Corn Island. The Nica Libre 2 oz Flor de Cana rum Juice of ½ lime Coca Cola Lime wedge Add first two ingredients in a tall glass. Fill with ice and coke and stir. Garnish with lime wedge.

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WRIGHT ON FOOD Seasonal Menu Debuts at B. Smith’s in DC’s Landmark Union Station

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nion Station, the magnificent early 20th century train station that houses B. Smith’s Restaurant in Washington, DC, is one of the most majestic buildings in the city. Designed by distinguished American architect Daniel Burnham, it has been a national landmark since its completion in 1908. The splendid Beaux Arts statuary was created by no less a sculptor than Louis St. Gaudens, whose 50-plus figures in the station were considered his finest work. Adding to its stony provenance is its proximity to the US Senate and the charming Le Notre-inspired gardens.   Sixteen years ago the stunning Barbara Smith, Vogue supermodel and African-American style setter, opened her very popular restaurant along the south side of the building. Housed in what was once known as the Presidential Suite, it is the same site where US Presidents and dignitaries once convened before their inaugurations.

With its spectacular dĂŠcor, lavish period chandeliers and Presidential seals still intact, it is in these turn-of-the-century rooms where B. Smith, as she is known, serves her delightful mix of Cajun Creole and Southern cuisine.   Recently I visited the restaurant to try out her new fall menu. I found her signature style still in place with smartly suited and wine-savvy servers, low country cuisine and a genteel atmosphere. In the background a baby grand played softly as we sampled fried chicken livers with onion confit and pineapple chutney, crawfish and crab dip and pan-seared grouper over hoppin’ John rice with a citrus beurre blanc. The osso bucco with creamy asparagus risotto didn’t speak to the Southern style but was tender and lusciously sauced all the same.   Several well-chosen and gently priced wines accompanied our dinner. We began with a 2008 Caymus Conundrum‌a blend (I know, I know, but just get over it. I did!) of California whites, but soft and lovely with honeysuckle overtones, and followed up with a 2007 Sacred Hill Marlborough Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, in which I divined chocolate, plum and cinnamon tones.   B. Smith’s still keeps their ever-popular Bourbon Street bread pudding on the menu, but it was the beignets that really charmed. Oh, to have a half a dozen of these warm, sweet treats for breakfast with a cup of French Market chicory coffee! For reservations visit www.bsmith.com For questions or comments on this article contact Jordan@WhiskandQuill.com or visit www.WhiskandQuill.com

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n estimated 20 percent of American couples do not sleep in the same bed. This is not necessarily a sign of a poor relationship. With age, people are willing to experiment and create their own comfort zones. Some people find that they need more alone time or that their partners’ snoring or rolling around in bed really troubles them. There is a difference between sleeping apart because you just don’t like each other anymore and choosing to sleep separately for comfort’s sake. If it’s the latter, it’s important to make the time and effort to meet, greet, and connect with each other for sharing, intimacy, and lovemaking. Even when you sleep in the same bed, if you go to bed at different times, it helps to make a conscious effort to bond with each other for the sake of your relationship and sex lives. Find some time each day to cuddle and connect in bed, with or without sex. One way of keeping passion and sex alive is to consider making love in new places, like a night in a hotel, or for those who are adventurous, re-

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membering the passion of your youth on the living room floor, or in front of the fireplace, or maybe even on a kitchen table. If a new environment is a turn-on for you be creative, and find new places to keep sex alive. If you can only do one thing to make your bedroom an oasis for you and your partner KEEP STRESS OUT. If possible put computers and work papers someplace else, and above all save all stress-producing conversations (about money, children, sick parents, grandparents, illness, and whatever might raise your blood pressure) for outside the bedroom. Once you enter your special space try to protect yourself and your partner from all sex-chilling stress of any kind.

ife is messy and often confusing. Sometimes you’re up, and then you’re down. You have a plan, and life throws you a curve. Life can feel like it’s just too much, and it can make you question, “Is this all there is?â€? No one is happy all the time. No one’s life is perfect. So how can you decide that your particular situation is one that might be helped by psychotherapy? You might be lucky enough to have a close friend or family member who has had a positive experience with therapy and is comfortable enough with it – and with you – to make the suggestion. Other people can often see your distress more clearly than you can yourself, so consider their recommendation seriously. But even if no one has said anything to you here are some signs that it’s time to see a therapist: • When the same kinds of problems recur in your life. You may have conflicts at work or repeated “misunderstandingsâ€? with your friends. You may have disappointing romantic relationships or frequently feel that you don’t fit in. Or you might notice that people become annoyed with you, and you don’t really understand why. The key here is that when a problematic situation becomes familiar and you recognize that you’ve been in the same spot before, that’s when it’s time to see a therapist. • You’re having trouble sleeping. • You notice a change in your usual sleeping, eating

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Murphy’s Love By Stacy Murphy Dear Stacy: My wife is pregnant with our first child, due next spring. We just reached the 12-week milestone and told her parents about the good news. They live in California and are both retired. Less than 24 hours after hearing about the baby, they informed us that they plan to sell their house and move in with us when the baby comes. I was shocked, and when I expressed my doubt they said, don’t worry, we only plan to stay for a year. We have no family out here, and not too many close friends, so the offer of help sounds pretty good. But moving in with us is completely absurd. I thought Wife and I were on the same page when she replied that our 2-bedroom condo wouldn’t accommodate them for a year. But then she told them we would just move into a bigger place that has a guest suite! Now she’s talking about moving outside the city and finding a place with good school system. This is all without talking to me about how I feel. I have no intention of selling our place (in this market?!) and moving to the suburbs, all so her parents can live with us. I work from home, and the scenario of spending days on end with them is frightening. But she and I have had problems in the past, including a brief affair on my part, that her entire family found out about, so I’ve been slow to tell her how I truly feel, especially since she is very close with her parents and will likely tell them everything I’ve said, undoing some of the repair work I have done in recent years. Help. I don’t want to lose everything we have when this baby comes.   -At a loss for words on Albemarle Dear At a Loss:   You have outlined a nightmare equation: New Baby + First-time Parents x On-Site InLaws/History of Affair = Toxic Environment I’ve said it before, but communication is what’s needed here. I will assume that you and Wife worked through your affair to the point that it is not her magic trump card in each argument you have (e.g. “You forgot to take out the trash! It’s just like the time when you forgot you were married…”). If not, then I suggest you race to a couples counselor ASAP before Baby arrives. Trust me, you won’t have time for this later, and it’s a huge investment in your parenting future. But if you and your wife have already worked through the pain of your affair, and together made the conscious decision to forgive and move on (um, with regular check-ins and attention to one another’s needs), then please don’t let your fears about what her family thinks of you serve as a reason not to be heard on the topic of the in-laws moving into your fictional new house in suburbia. Having a new baby is like hosting a demanding, jetlagged houseguest (who doesn’t speak your language) for about two full years. No matter what size your house is, there may never be space for her parents in that setting. Yes, you will appreciate their help and support, but no, they don’t need to be sleeping in your basement, selecting paint colors, and relying on you for emotional support while adjusting to the simultaneous shocks of retirement, grandparenting, and relocation. The In-Laws are offering you an amazing gift of love and collaboration. If they really want to try living in the DC area, I say welcome them and help steer them to the very best rental in town. At the same time, recognize that having a child and moving are among the top stressful life events that can lead to anxiety and depression. While some people thrive on tackling these changes all at once,

you are not in the wrong for voicing opposition. Well intended or not, other people can get between us in relationships – including babies. We must take care to treat marriage space as sacred, or damage is inevitable. Moving away and moving in with two additional adults must be a decision made by you and your wife in harmony. Doing so will affirm your alliance; something you will certainly value as you head into the next 18 years. Dear Stacy: I work downtown as an administrative assistant at a nonprofit and I absolutely hate my job. I am 25, graduated more than two years ago with a degree in foreign relations, and while my group’s mission relates somewhat to my education and interests, getting coffee and integrating hardcopy files with our new advanced computer program does not. There’s no one to talk to. No one wants to be friendly with me. I know I am lucky – many of my friends are waiting tables and working in daycare centers because of the difficult job market. But I find myself with a pit in my stomach every time the 32 bus turns onto my office block. It doesn’t help that my boss is a very bitter, older lady with no family or (apparently) friends, who seems to take delight in making my life very difficult. I don’t see an end in sight – I’ve applied for promotions only to be told I don’t have enough experiDOG POLITICS Continued from page 10...   I am here am hereI am here to tell you this: I knew the city was divided before Vince Gray told me it was, and even before the Washington Post told me so. There are people just on my block who admire Michelle Rhee or who dislike her intensely. There are teachers who live here, and EMS workers out of the firehouse down the street, and there are people who work for the city — quite a few. There are newer young people with young children, and people who lived in the same house for decades. There are houses being renovated, usually with work crews consisting of Hispanic workers. Trucks are all over the place. There are people that curse Mayor Fenty (cab drivers especially so), and there are people who like what he’s done. “The curbs, they clean. The crime, not so much,” a Hispanic homeowner who voted for Fenty told me.   “That SOB had done more to hurt affordable housing than anybody,” an affordable housing advocate said angrily just a week ago.   All politics are truly local. There’s one man here I have practically daily talks with, which my dog allows me to do grudgingly. We solve the problems of the world and those of the more immediate area. We disagree on some things, but tomorrow, we will still talk about the things we disagree about. He likes what the mayor has accomplished and worries about the disruption that might result with a new mayor.   I happen to think, after much thought, that politics is as much about people and perception as it is about the use of power. What has puzzled me about Fenty, since he came to power practically unanimously, is that he appeared himself puzzled about the displeasure, the disappointment with him in the city, especially in the economically stressed wards. It’s as if, being all but unanimously elected, that he shouldn’t have had to worry about observing the niceties of basic

ence. How am I to get experience when all they let me do is data entry?   -Fed Up in Federal Triangle Dear Fed Up: First, congratulations on maintaining a work history after graduation – not an easy task in this economy! But I hear you that your work situation is not feeding you, and it sounds like in addition to being flat-out bored, you aren’t feeling trusted or appreciated by your officemates. While the office environment isn’t always the best place to make friends, you spend at least 40 hours there per week, and spending those hours without any positive relationships can have painful reverberations into how we feel about our work, our city, and even ourselves. How about exploring your sense of feeling stuck – are you frustrated in other areas? Dating? Family? Living situation? A wise friend once told me that when we feel like nothing in life is quite right, the one part that seems the most obvious of a misfit (e.g. job) gets the most scrutiny, and as a result, creates the most disappointment. When we’re really stuck, sometimes adding something new and totally unrelated can help build new energy and create opportunity. Are you training for a race? Learning to cook? Learning to drum at Meridian Hill Park? Back to the office: I applaud your efforts to seek promotions, and I am going to assume that you also have your ear to the ground and eyes on the want ads looking for new opportunities. But as you wait for the right people to realize what a catch you are, have you spoken to your human contact and interaction. Gray, on the other hand, didn’t just worry about it; he often reveled in it.   I think that the conduct of both Fenty and Gray since the last poll which so electrified the city was to some extent revealing. Fenty had promised to change in addressing inclusion and listening to people, and the promise didn’t quite ring true. He listed his achievements, which alone are compelling, denounced Grey for his DHS reign, and promised to keep on moving forward. Grey presented papers and position tomes, but more than that he fleshed himself out as a candidate right before our eyes. He seemed to often see the campaign as a way to get to know more people, as a kind of social gathering.   Mostly what I’ve learned from my daily walks is that politics is local in the sense of what I see and hear around the block every day. The man who has trouble finding work talks about his ailing 90-some-year-old father while resting on his bicycle: jobs, health care for the elderly and transportation. The woman living in an apartment tells me about the constant battles with landlords, half-hearted renovation and rent raises and dealing with city agencies: governance, rent control, urban housing issues. People gossip about the price of renovated houses in the neighborhood. Everyday you see more and more children in the park. In the neighborhood, there are two new grocery stores and a renovated Safeway. In the neighborhood there are also still no foot patrols. One of our neighbors is building an enclosed backyard patio. People move in and out.   On our block, one of my neighbors celebrated the birth of a son, his second child, last week. He helped deliver the baby himself on a night near midnight, and no doubt for a second felt himself a king.   All politics are local. Even the birth of a child, where all future policy planning starts.

superiors (not just the Bitter Old Lady to whom you report) about feeling dissatisfied? Are you making yourself available for additional assignments and opportunities, all the while showing them your enthusiasm for the more substantive tasks? If so, and you still are not feeling heard, then you will have to weigh the feeling of being ignored and paid, versus the feeling of walking away and figuring out what comes next. The cliché that it’s easier to find a job when you already have a job is fairly legit in this market, so staying on with the data entry might be a better financial choice for now. A rarely acknowledged workplace truth is that time on the job actually translates into experience on a résumé – e.g. you may think that your “data entry” is worthless, but data entry over a few more years can actually translate into an “information technology specialty,” which may be catnip to your next employer. But as you wait out the clock, you certainly can seek out more intriguing extracurriculars. Are there organizations in your field you can join – with happy hours you can attend – to meet new people and revive your passion for whatever it is you are passionate about? Yes, your 20’s is a time for paying your dues, but you don’t have to be miserable while writing the check. Stacy Notaras Murphy is a licensed professional counselor and certified Imago Relationship therapist practicing at the Imago Center of DC in Georgetown. Her website is www. therapygeorgetown.com. This column should not be considered a substitute for professional counseling. Please send your relationship questions to stacy@georgetowner.com.

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Mary Amons, of the reality show “Real Housewives of DC” and on the host committee for Georgetown’s Fashion Night Out, was at Roche Salon for the opening party. Mary in her Carmen Marc Valvo black dress and strappy black Christian Dior shoes was an automatic head-turner. Nothing desperate here in this housewife.

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Miss DC 2008, Kate Marie Grinold, was so ever elegant Friday night at Georgetown’s Fashion Night Out. She was a stunning in her DVF blue dress, Guess nude shoes and gold bag. What a knockout!

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Andrea Rogers, aka Ask Miss A, was tres chic in her pink DVF dress, nude Dana Davia shoes and Lee Angle necklace at the Roche Salon’s opening party for Georgetown’s Fashion Night Out. Mary Barte scored in her edgy Robert Calvalli dress and shoes. This was a night for Styling!

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The Betsey Johnson store was the place to be on Friday night at Georgetown’s Fashion Night Out. Jenny Zinn, the manager at Betsey Johnson, did not disappoint wearing a Johnson signature-look party dress and heels. Party on girl!

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Fashions for CAUSE As part of Fashion’s Night Out on Sept. 13, Book Hill retailers hosted in-store events and a fashion show at TD Bank where four wounded warriors walked the catwalk wearing looks from Hugo Boss. Eun Yang, morning anchor on NBC 4 and host of Daily Connection, emceed the fashion show. The event benefited Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services (Cause), a nonprofit organization based in the DC area, which organizes programs that promote recreation, relaxation and resiliency for members of the US Armed Services recuperating from injuries received in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cause is dedicated to being “here for those who are there for us.” Other participating Book Hill retailers included Sherman Pickey, Ilo Salon, Patisserie Poupon, Bacchus Wine Cellar and Susan Calloway Fine Arts. -MB

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bravissiomo society Leilane Mehler founded the Bravissimo Society to assist young singers in our region through an awards competition, which will conclude in May of 2011. On Sept. 12, she and her husband Barry hosted supporters for a recital of Zarzuela performed by soprano Serena Canino, baritone Jose Sacin, as well as tenor Aurelio Dominguez and pianist Emily Senturia, who came from Norfolk where they are in rehearsals for Rigoletto. Bravissimo founding member Felipe Rodriguez likened Zarzuela, which originated in Spain, to US musicals in the blending of music and drama. - MB

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WNO’s ‘Masked Ball’ and Gala Bewitches Opera Lovers The Washington National Opera raised the curtain on its 55th season, Sept. 11, but not before the Kennedy Center audience sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” -- an opera tradition here, as WNO general director Placido Domingo reminded all from the opera house stage. Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” -- “A Masked Ball” -- cracks a heartbreak of wrongful regicide in Sweden. With the masked ball ruse in the work, the post-opera ball was itself a masked one at the Embassy of Italy. With masks provided, along with dinner and dancing, the gala-goers beamed as well as the perfectly lighted venue. -- Robert Devaney

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Georgetowners and equestrian lovers gathered at J Mclaughlin Thursday, September 16 for the annual unveiling of their 2010 poster. Guests noshed on hors d’ oeuvres and toasted to Dagmer Cosby, this year’s WIHS poster artist. J McLaughlin generously donated 15% of the evening’s sales to the Washington International Horse Show. This year’s WIHS event will be held October 26-31 at the Verizon Center, as featured in this issue’s cover story. Poster artist Dagmar Cosby with the Washington International Horse Show's CEO Eric Straus and WIHS board member Nita Blundon. Photo by Robert Devaney Washington International Horse Show 2010 Art Poster Unveiling Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan

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The Georgetowner September 22 2010 Issue