VOLUME 62 NUMBER 11
MARCH 9 - 22, 2016
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DOWNTOWNER D.C. Garter Girl Women Entrepreneurs and more
America's Enduring Love for First Family Heirlooms
Pepco-Exelon in Limbo The Great Kimsey Real Estate Special Oppenheimer House for Sale
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TWB’s Julie Kent: An Interview With The Georgetowner
F OO D & W I N E Calendar Town Topics Editorial/Opinion
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The Washington Ballet selects retired American Ballet Theatre star principal dancer to be its next artistic director. Arts & entertainment writer Gary Tischler talked with Kent on the day of the big announcement.
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Julie Kent. Courtesy Washington Ballet.
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Nancy Reagan, as Fashion Icon The former first lady died Sunday. With her other achievements — and her love of her husband, President Ronald Reagan — her fashion style endures, writes Georgetowner’s fashion editor Pamela Burns.
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The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington revealed the finalists for its 2016 Rammy Awards. Winners in each category will be congratulated at a June 12 gala.
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Director Pablo Larraín, who is helming the 2017 biopic, “Jackie,” took this photo of actress Natalie Portman during film production in France in December 2015. Portman plays first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Last week, the actress was in downtown D.C. for movie scenes. “Jackie” spans the time during the assassination and funeral of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Courtesy Getty Images/Pablo Larraín.
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Town of Ch Ch, MD. Expanded & renovated 4 BR, 2.5 BA gem. Chef’s kit & family rm addition. 10,000 sf lot. Large rear yard, patio w/blt in grill. Less than a mile from dwntwn Bethesda & Metro. $1,795,000
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Glover Park. Light filled corner TH w/2 BRs, 2 BAs up & full BR & BA in-law suite in the walk out LL. Renovated kitchen & baths. Great location near to shops & transport. $799,900
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UP & COMING MARCH 11 KIPProm 2016 This “prom-over,” a school dance for adults, aims to recreate all the magic of prom night (including the awkward dancing and spiked punch, legally this time) to benefit students in the KIPP DC network of college-preparatory public charter schools. Tickets are $120 ($250 with VIP dinner). For details, visit kippdc.splashthat.com. Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE.
MARCH 12 Bash in Bloom
This Chamber Dance Project event is a celebration of dance and live music at the flower-filled residence of the Columbian Ambassador to the U.S. Following specialty cocktails and savories by Top Chef alumnus Spike Mendelsohn and desserts by Baked & Wired, there will be live performances by the Chamber Dance Project and street band Brass Connection. Tickets start at $350. For details, visit chamberdance.org. Colombian Ambassador’s Residence, 1520 20th St. NW.
Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams The Amadeus Orchestra will join the Fairfax Choral Society’s Adult Symphonic Chorus, Youth Concert Choir and Master Singers Women to present some of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s most beloved works. The soloists are soprano Danielle Talamantes, mezzo-soprano Jan Wilson and baritone Matthew Irish. Tickets are $15,
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MARCH 13 ‘Haunted Topography, Heavenly Life’ Capital City Symphony presents “Haunted Topography, Heavenly Life,” a program featuring a contemporary work, “haunted topography” by David T. Little, and a Romantic work, Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4” — united through their meditations on life and death, heaven and healing. Tickets are $25 ($15 students). For details, visit atlasarts.org. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.
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MARCH 19 Eggstravaganza! at Tudor Place
Gypsy Sally’s will welcome powerhouse women-led Americana groups Bumper Jacksons and Miss Tess & the Talkbacks. Their sets will include not only original material but smart revisitings of classics by Hank Williams, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Elvis Presley. Tickets are $15 ($12 advance purchase). For details, visit gypsysallys.com. 3401 K St. NW.
Rolling green lawns, bright spring blooms and the elegant mansion on a hill provide the backdrop for this family event hosted by the Easter Bunny. An egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. will be followed by an egg roll contest at 10:45 a.m. Tickets are $10 per child ($7 member children) and $5 per accompanying adult. Advance registration is required and attendees should bring a basket, a spoon and a hard-boiled egg for each child. To register, visit tudorplace.org. 1644 31st St. NW.
MARCH 18 AND 19 Bowen McCauley Dance 20th Anniversary
This “Twenty Years with Love” program features a solo danced to the music of Juilliard professor and composer Michael White, a MARCH 15 moving exploration Author Event at of human connecHolocaust Museum tions set to a live Former BBC investi- Adult coloring at the Georgetown Library on Bach performance gative journalist Dina March 24. by violinist Leonid Gold, author of “Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft Sushansky and the world premiere of and the Quest for Justice,” will describe the “Ars Amatoria,” an interpretation of the Nazi seizure of the former headquarters Roman poet Ovid’s instructional manual of the H. Wolff fur company, her family’s for lovers, with a commissioned score by stately six-story building in what became Larry Alan Smith. Tickets are $40 and Soviet-occupied Berlin, and her battle to $45. For details, visit kennedy-center.org. reclaim it. For details, visit ushmm.org. 100 2700 F St. NW. Raoul Wallenberg Place SW.
MARCH 20 Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ at National Presbyterian The National Presbyterian Festival Choir and Orchestra present a free performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” on Palm Sunday at the church, a 10-minute walk from the Tenleytown–AU Metro station. Free parking is available. For free childcare (age 4 and under), email email@example.com. No tickets are required. A freewill offering will be accepted. 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW.
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Pepco-Exelon Merger in Limbo A revised merger plan between local utility Pepco Holdings Inc. and Chicago-based international energy company Exelon Corp. eliminated key provisions that Mayor Muriel Bowser sought and were previously agreed to. As a result, the merger has lost support from the mayor and a number of stakeholders. On Feb. 26, the D.C. Public Service Commission voted 2-1 to reject the plan that the mayor’s team negotiated. Addressing “four areas of concern,” according to a commission press release, the commission drafted an alternative plan that removed a guarantee to defer rate increases to D.C. residents for four years. In a 2-1 vote, it approved this revised plan, which went back to the companies for review. “The PSC’s counter proposal guts muchneeded protections against rate increases for D.C. residents and assistance for low-income D.C. ratepayers,” the mayor said in a statement. “That is not a deal that I can support.” Bowser was against the merger until her team was able to negotiate a $78-million investment package from Exelon for the District (versus the originally proposed $14 million). Among other things, the package included the four-year rate freeze; a $14-million direct credit for residential customers; $17 million for sustainability projects, including $10 million for the District’s Green Building Fund, $3.5 million for solar
projects and $3.5 million for the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund; a commitment to purchase 100 megawatts of wind power per year; and $5.2 million for jobs and training. People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye, of the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia, also came out against the merger. “The Commission’s order eviscerates the benefits and protections essential to render the proposed merger in the public interest by making changes to the $25.6 million rate offset provision for residential customers which was the single most critical provision I supported,” she said, according to a press release. Mattavous-Frye had been against the merger since the proposal was first announced. In order for the new merger plan to go through it must be approved by March 11, following a 14-day review period, by Bowser, Mattavous-Frye, District Attorney General Karl A. Racine — who was the first to come out against the revisions — and six other stakeholders. Failure of the merger could be seen as a blow to the business community in the District, which they believe already has a reputation for being unfriendly toward large corporations. But environmental groups maintain their opposition to the merger in any form, despite the additional funds for green projects in the District, claiming the merger would hinder a genuine move toward renewable energies. Update: At press time, Pepco and Exelon filed several new options for the Public Service Commission to consider.
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Georgetown’s Black History Lives Anew at Gaston Hall The evening of Feb. 24 began with winds, thunder and flooding, as participants made their way to Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall for a discussion of the historic black community in Georgetown, marking the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking book “Black Georgetown Remembered,” published by the university in 1991. But by the time the event ended, the sky had become clear and blue, illuminated by a near-full moon. “Black Georgetown Remembered,” reissued this year, put black Georgetowners back on the map. Originally spurred by the university’s bicentennial celebration in 1989, the book tells the story of black Georgetown from the perspective of those who remembered a neighborhood that included many more African Americans than in recent decades. Moderated by Georgetown professor Maurice Jackson, the panel on stage included the book’s co-authors Valerie Babb and Kathleen Lesko, joined by black Georgetowners Vernon Ricks, Monica Roache and Neville Waters. “Once a Georgetowner, always a Georgetowner” was a phrase heard in a brief film shown to the audience and spoken by a panelist or two. They meant the black past and present. Eva Calloway was shown in the film, saying that her part of Georgetown “had that
Celebrating the 25 years of “Black Georgetown Remembered” are (from left): Valerie Babb, Maurice Jackson, Kathleen Lesko, Vernon Ricks, Monica Roache and Neville Waters. Photo by Robert Devaney. love” of family, neighbors and business owners. During the discussion, Babb brought up the memory of Raymond “Pebbles” Medley, who lived at the Jesuit community from an early age and was well known around campus, to students and teachers alike. She gave him credit for sparking an interest in Georgetown’s black history. Lesko noted that the book was “a transformative project.” Babb also asked about the cost of changes to a community, noting that Georgetown seems more and more exclusive.
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The older Ricks, who was born across from Rose Park, recalled a happy childhood where everything was available in town and the ice man, the coal man and the watermelon man made their rounds. He pulled no punches, calling the exodus of blacks from Georgetown “deportation or gentrification.” Roache, a fifth-generation Georgetowner, spoke next of how much Georgetown has changed in just the last 25 years. As the newest advisory neighborhood commissioner, she asked, “What can I do to continue the legacy?” Roache asked those black Georgetowners, past or present, in the audience to stand and take a bow. Waters, who has lived on P Street and now lives in the same place where his father was born and died, recalled the service workers, such as the knife sharpener, who came every Saturday, dinging his bell. One day, he did not hear the bell and knew the man had died or gone away. He said, “We were proud to be Georgetowners,” adding that he went to Georgetown University, too, and was “proud to be a Hoya.”
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OGB Slams Designs for New G.U. Hospital Building Plans for the new medical building at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital ran aground during a design review meeting with the Old Georgetown Board, which has final approval on all proposed building projects in the Georgetown District. “The concerns about the building are fairly fundamental in terms of how the building is being planned, balanced against the long-term public spaces for the Georgetown University campus,” said Thomas Luebke, secretary of the Commission of Fine Arts, which appoints the OGB.
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The National Park Service announced that Arlington Memorial Bridge will have to close in 2021 unless the estimated $280-million funding for a full rehabilitation is granted. “NPS devotes much of its $20 million DC area transportation budget for repairs to the aging Memorial Bridge,” says a congressional press release. Local senators and representatives “reacted to the news with urgent calls to fund repairs.” The bridge has undergone emergency repairs since last year, causing the closure of two lanes for several months, with a Virginia-bound lane appearing to be permanently closed.
The Georgetown Business Association is holding its monthly board of directors meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Carr Workplaces at 1050 30th St. NW. A networking session/reception follows at 6:30 p.m. at Good Stuff Eatery at 3291 M St. NW. Check georgetownbusiness. org for updates.
SATURDAY, MARCH 19 The Ninth Annual Eggstravaganza will occur at Tudor Place from 10 a.m. until noon. Join the Easter Bunny for a special day as children of all ages enjoy an Egg Hunt, at 10:30 a.m., and thrilling Egg Roll Contest, at 10:45 a.m., down the grand South Lawn. For each child attending, bring a basket, spoon and a hard-boiled egg. For more information, visit tudorplace.org/events.
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MONDAY, APRIL 4 The April meeting for the GeorgetownBurleith Advisory Neighborhood Commission is at 6:30 p.m. at Georgetown Visitation Prep at 35th Street and Volta Place. The agenda can be found at anc2e.com.
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DC Water Street Work, Now and Future Inquiring minds want to know: What’s with all the street work, and when will it end? DC Water has been busy replacing 12-inch and smaller cast-iron water mains, lead and other service lines and fire hydrants and valves throughout D.C.’s streets. Several of these projects are in Georgetown. According to public documents sent to The Georgetowner from DC Water, street work on R Street and 30th Street (2,250 feet of 8” water mains) has been completed, but sidewalk and tree restoration projects remain. Work on Prospect Street between 35th and 37th Streets (1,325 feet of 8” water mains) is expected to be finished by early May. Construction on 35th Street and Whitehaven Parkway (2,207 feet of 8” water mains) should be done by June 2016. Most of this work will be done through manholes and timed to minimize disturbances to residents and business, according to a DC Water spokesperson. Residents and businesses may have their doubts. But that was the easy part. Construction between 33rd and 34th Streets, predominantly along O Street, will be more complex. Installing 56” and 96” sewers, as well as horseshoe-shaped sections up to 110” x 92”, will require excavation. Work in this area is estimated to begin in July and end by October 2017. These water-main replacement projects are in addition to the combined sewer rehabilitation projects that are part of the DC Clean Rivers Project, scheduled to begin in mid-2017. Along with the proposed Potomac River Tunnel, the DC Clean Rivers Project includes Green Infrastructure components, such as permeable pavements (porous asphalt, permeable concrete, permeable pavers), rooftop collection of stormwater (rain barrels, cisterns, living “green roofs”) and bioretention methods of reducing runoff (tree boxes, rain gardens, vegetated filter strips). At a recent meeting, community groups questioned the suitability of some of these proposals for Georgetown. As a result, DC Water has offered to test their effectiveness in western Georgetown and Burleith prior to implementing a final plan. We urge DC Water and local civic associations to balance the character of historic Georgetown with the upgrades necessary to meet our environmental obligations. Given the effort that went into the creation of the Georgetown Waterfront Park — five years in the making and something like 35 going back to the initial lobbying — disruption to this precious amenity in particular should be avoided.
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Making Metro and the Streets Safer BY JACK EVANS
I remain focused on tackling the increase in crime we’ve seen across our city and in our Metro system over the past year, and I’m pleased to share several recent actions taken by the District Council and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Last week, WMATA announced several changes that will boost police patrols in stations and on railcars and buses. These measures will result in sharp increases in the number of officers on patrol at selected times of day and better utilize officers working in “limited duty” status, providing additional “eyes and ears” at key locations. Metro Transit Police have already implemented the following changes: • Reassign 17 officers to Patrol Operations. By transfering responsibility for securing revenue to an outside firm, MTPD will immediately make available 11 officers and an additional 6 officers within 60 days. • Implement “power hour” deployments. MTPD will strategically use overtime to overlap the department’s day-shift and evening-shift officers on selected days and at selected locations.
BY MARK PLOTKIN
I have a multitude of thoughts after Super Tuesday. Let’s start with some concise remarks about the candidates, beginning with the Republicans. Donald Trump: At the beginning, considered a joke. Then, an entertaining distraction. Now, on the verge of becoming the nominee of his adopted party. How did this happen? There has always been in this country a population susceptible to a demagogue. Trump is a man void of principles who seeks to win at any cost. Has no limits or boundaries. Ted Cruz: Won his home state of Texas. That was essential. Thinks of himself as the alternative. But the GOP establishment will never support him. As a general election candidate, he is unelectable. Way too far to the right. John Kasich: Desperately trying to be the “sane” alternative. Always on his best behavior. Refuses to stoop to gutter-level attacks. Has a one-state strategy: winning his home state of Ohio. His wing of the party (moderate centrist) doesn’t seem to exist anymore.
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Marco Rubio: Stressing youth, the “suburbs” favorite. Acceptable to the ruling class of the GOP, but recently has joined Trump in debasing the discourse with crude, unpresidential language. Must win home state of Florida on March 15. Otherwise, it’s over for him. Ben Carson: Out. Never should have been in. Turning to the Democrats. Hillary Clinton: On a roll. Barely got by with Iowa and Nevada. Big win in South Carolina, which propelled her to big victories in the South. Would not have done it without huge African American turnout. Email issue not going away, could stymie her for November. Bernie Sanders: Bad night for the leftie. Some solace in winning Colorado, Minnesota and Oklahoma. Oklahoma? (Strange — must be because Woody Guthrie’s song, “This Land Is Your Land,” is their anthem.) Raised an astonishing $42 million in February. That will let him stay in all the way to Philadelphia. Will continue to push Hillary to the left. Everyone is now consumed with Trump. Can he be stopped? Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney have weighed in. But in the end, the delegates will decide. The convention in Cleveland could be one of massive
intrigue: plots and subplots, twists and turns. Anti-Trump forces could be planning credential challenges and rules changes. A new candidate could emerge. This aspirant would be viewed as the savior — a sensible option that would stop the pending “chaos in Cleveland.” This is a political season like no other in recent memory. The nation is deeply divided and seems permanently polarized. The concept of bipartisanship — even the word ‘bipartisan’ — is nowhere to be found (the Supreme Court vacancy is a case in point). Each side believes getting elected and staying in office is the paramount and only objective. “Reaching across the aisle” is now considered a sign of weakness. There are very few, if any, inspiring or uplifting moments. Campaigns are supposed to be rough and tough. I am fully aware of that. But it must be said that one person has poisoned the process. That person is Donald Trump. The voters in that party need to come to their senses. Political analyst Mark Plotkin is a contributor to the BBC on American politics and a contributor to TheHill.com. Reach him at email@example.com.
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utilize our resources and increase the resources available. In addition to these recent changes at WMATA, the Council this week passed the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Amendment Act of 2016, a bill introduced by Council member Kenyan McDuffie that provides mental health, substance abuse and community-engagement resources to tackle crime and violence in our city. While I continue to believe that the cornerstone of our strategy needs to be raising our dangerously low Metropolitan Police Department staffing levels, this bill creates additional resources to help address some of the root causes of crime in our city. Making our city safer and stronger, through improved public safety, education and economic development, will continue to be my first priority on the Council. I will update you regularly as we work to build upon the success we have had over the past 20 years, and fight to prevent our city from taking a step backward. As always, please share with me your thoughts on how we can do this together.
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By having the two shifts overlap, the number of officers on duty can nearly double during hours when patrol coverage is needed most (i.e., during late-afternoon and evening hours). • Reassign officers on qualifying “limited duty” status. Officers who are not on full duty status but are cleared to work on a limited duty basis will be assigned to stations based on crime trends. These officers, who may be in high-visibility vests or in casual clothes, will be equipped with police radios to summon on-duty MTPD officers when needed. Additionally, I continue to meet regularly with both WMATA leadership and senior D.C. officials to evaluate our public safety efforts. I say this very conservatively, but WMATA has been successful at apprehending individuals who commit crimes in the system. Thanks to increased patrols, coordination with jurisdictional police departments and the thousands — thousands — of cameras deployed across the system, it is becoming increasingly true that if you commit a crime on Metro, you will be caught. However, we need to continue to work on preventing crime in the system, not just on apprehending offenders. I believe the changes announced last week will help to do just that, but we must continue to improve how we
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Jim Kimsey: D.C.’s Stylish, Generous Achiever BY GARY T IS CHL ER
Jim Kimsey, a founder of AOL, as well as local restaurants Bullfeathers and the Exchange, died of cancer on March 1 in McLean, Virginia. Georgetowner file photo.
omebody somewhere talked about Jim Kimsey as Washington’s John Wayne. Washington sports king Ted Leonsis, Kimsey’s good friend and partner at AOL, the internet-access company that Kimsey helped found, said on his blog, “He reminded me of a local Clint Eastwood type of hero. He had that kind of charisma.” Kimsey, who died at the age of 76 of melanoma, had all kinds of charisma, which perhaps accounts for the fact that he could move like a light-footed dancer through boardrooms and bars with equal grace. He seemed to embody the American Dream, in a way reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby. Blessed with intelligence, plus the ability to combine style with a certain Irish raffishness, Kimsey achieved much. He had a personable quality that was probably pretty hard to resist. He had the gift of gab, a taste for hard work and a dash of luck to go with it. He made money — lots of it — and he made friends — lots of them. Unlike many, he was as generous with his friendship as he was with the rewards of his success. Everyone says and knows the same thing:
when Kimsey was introduced to a small tech company called Control Video, history shifted. He got together with Steve Case, a young marketer who had made his bones at Pizza Hut, and the two eventually turned Control Video into America Online. Kimsey was founding chairman and chief executive and Case was executive vice president. The company shot off like a hot train. Kimsey, it’s probably fair to say, provided leadership, connections, vision and optimism, if not digital know-how. Some years later, when the Georgetowner interviewed him in his office, we observed a computer, but Kimsey, with typically offhand humor, said that he’d never really learned to use it properly. Kimsey’s shares in AOL made him as wealthy as Gatsby. He left in 1995, becoming an icon of charitable giving and power-brokering, a supporter of the arts and culture, especially the Kennedy Center. He lived large and moved about the city and its upper-echelon environs — parties, galas, receptions, the opera and board meetings — with a certain swagger. There was never anything boorish about that. His picture was constantly in the glossies, the society pages,
almost always in the company of classy and spectacular women such as Queen Noor of Jordan. He looked good doing what he did — whether it was Fight Night or the symphony. Not bad for a kid who grew up in Washington in less than wealthy circumstances, got ejected from Gonzaga College High School, got reinstated, went to West Point, served as a U.S. Army Ranger in Vietnam (where he also supported an orphanage) and got involved in the restaurant business in Washington, owning some famous spots, including Bullfeathers and the Exchange. He is survived by three sons: Mark of McLean, Michael of Prague and Raymond of Washington. When people who knew him, intimately or in passing, learned of his death, it’s not difficult to imagine that they felt as if a little bit of an original kind of energy had left the room, replaced briefly by memories, whether truckloads or moments. Jim Kimsey gave wealth and wealthy people, often the target of resentment these days, a good name — and enjoyed his wealth of family and friends for all the best reasons.
Nancy Reagan: Style With Substance BY GARY T IS CHL ER
n Sunday, we learned that former first lady Nancy Reagan had died of congestive heart failure in California at the age of 94. We learned this amid the cacophony of pronouncements from the men and the woman who would be president, several of whom invoked the name of Ronald Reagan. We learned this even as a movie company had been reenacting the 1963 funeral of President John F. Kennedy for the film “Jackie,” starring actress Natalie Portman as a first lady, who, like Nancy Reagan, seemed to embody glamour and class. The news, the day, the time, summoned thoughts of a more recent presidential funeral, when the life of Nancy Reagan’s husband was celebrated at the National Cathedral in 2004. The iconography and the memories, 40 years apart, ran parallel: de Gaulle, the brothers Kennedy, John John saluting the coffin, the widow, the former presidents; then, later, the son of Reagan’s vice president (and a president himself), Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev. In California, where the president was laid to rest, Nancy Reagan laid her head on the coffin and kissed him goodbye. Presidents and their families and extended families are never far from our minds, especially during a year when we will choose the next occupant of the highest office in the land. So the news of the passing of Nancy Reagan triggered a host of emotions, especially if you’ve lived in Washington, D.C., for any length of time. What we know mixed with what we remember: inauguration day, the Reagans waving to the crowds, jets overhead, hearing about the release of the hostages. Yes, Nancy was wearing red. The more time that passes, one realizes that
there are not only second acts in American life, but third and fourth acts — especially, it would seem, among actors and presidents. Not only was Ronald Reagan the first actor to become president, but Nancy was the first actress to become first lady. Now they were playing out their roles in public. He was the jovial, magnetic, charismatic, eternally optimistic and sunny conservative. She was the adoring wife, the fashion plate, the small, thin queen, a very protective and often controversial first lady. The thing people seem to remember most was how tightly and intensely held a marriage the Reagans had, the kind that few couples achieve. But Nancy had her own style — sometimes bordering on the ostentatious in times that were often difficult for lesser beings — and she brought dazzle and light to a time that her husband had decreed to be “morning in America.” They lived in a drama: the assassination attempt, the overture to the Soviet Union, White House controversies, “Just Say No,” the AIDS epidemic, Iran-Contra and so on. Maybe the bravest things she did came after. In Reagan’s fading and twilight years, she showed the depth of her devotion, caring for him as he moved through the stages of Alzheimer’s, which finally robbed him of the memories of his own large life and their life together. In so doing, she battled the GOP on stem cell research, which may yet help in the fight against the disease. After more than 50 years by her husband’s side, in the end she was alone, diminished physically, but grown to a size that matters in the imagination, in history, in our collective memory.
First lady Nancy Reagan passed away at the age of 94 on Sunday, March 6. Courtesy White House.
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beyond our ongoing wheel classes to provide space for potters who prefer to work independently. We also will offer two hand-building classes later this spring.”
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Glover Park Hardware owners Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman reopened a new 7,500-square-foot location at 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW on Feb. 25, taking the place of the neighborhood hardware store that closed in January of 2015. The store is in the lower front level, next to the bar, Breadsoda. After losing its lease after 10 years, the business left its old location at 2251 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The store’s general manager is Noe Delgado, who has worked there since 2010.
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The 24-hour Rite Aid Pharmacy in Glover Park at 2255 Wisconsin Ave. NW has opened. The Rite Aid drugstore chain is set to be acquired by Walgreens Boots Alliance, an American holding company that consists of Retail Pharmacy USA (Walgreens), Duane Reade, Retail Pharmacy International (Boots UK) and Alliance Healthcare. It will become part of the largest retail pharmacy in the United States and Europe. The new Glover Park location is across the street from a CVS Pharmacy.
Hinckley Pottery has moved into 3132 Blues Alley NW, next to the Blues Alley jazz club. A message on the website of the 40-yearold pottery studio, which was in Adams Morgan for decades, but was first opened by Jill Hinckley in Georgetown, says: “Our doors will open in late March or early April. Until then, we will get our wheels, kilns, shelves, pots and tools ready to welcome you to this wonderful, larger space. Our second floor studio will make it possible for us to expand
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The former office building at 25th and M streets NW is being reconstructed into condos — now being marketed as The 2501, Residences on M Street (“mixed-use luxury condos in Georgetown”) — with its ground floor going to the famed Nobu, one of the most acclaimed Japanese restaurants in the country. With private dining rooms and patios in the back overlooking Rock Creek Park, Nobu
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Clothing discounter T.J. Maxx celebrated a grand re-opening on March 3 with a ribboncutting ceremony and store specials. The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. At 3222 M St. NW since 2012, the store expanded into space previously shared with Home Goods, also part of the T.J. Maxx company.
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mericans — we the people, in the year 2016 — are a people descended from a revolution against the British Crown that separated ourselves from a king and his empire. With great difficulty, those Americans created a democracy of co-joined states with a leader would not be a hereditary king, but a president. The unintended consequence was that we instilled in ourselves an awe of a leader that, if not of the divine right of kings, is something almost equally intoxicating: an inherent respect and even idolatry — a keen, nostalgic, intense interest — for the office that is not a throne. We are fascinated not only with the presidents and first families, but with all of the stuff of presidents — their letters, books, clothes, their children and their toys and school work, their hair, jewelry and shoes, their activities and hobbies, parties and balls, the women they loved, their advisers, even their dogs. We love the artifacts left behind — the places they slept, the plays they saw and music they listened to, the notes they wrote to their boon companions. The physical remainders — found in presidential libraries, in museums, archives and private homes — are vivid reminders of the stories they surround. We collect mementos, keepsakes, coins, a photograph catching a glimpse in a parade. It never really stops.
There’s 88-year-old Mary Gallagher, who wrote “My Life with Jackie Kennedy” in 1969, one of the first books to personalize a relationship with, arguably, one of the most charismatic first ladies in modern times. Jackie is coming to life in the city as we look to last week’s film production of “Jackie,” a 2017 film starring actress Natalie Portman. Auction house Bonhams has timed its March 25th Decatur House showing of pieces from its presidential and related collections — including those of Gallagher, who was secretary to Sen. John F. Kennedy and later to Jackie Kennedy — to the 60th anniversary of Kennedy’s book “Profiles in Courage.” President Obama made news recently by stating his intention to keep the first family in Washington after his presidency ends so youngest daughter, Sasha, can finish high school. Our interest even extends to fictional first families, as a D.C. visit from Kevin Spacey, who plays president on the Netflix hit, “House of Cards,” made news, including an interview on “Meet the Press.” Sadly, we also recall the life and times of first lady Nancy Reagan, who passed away Feb. 6. We the people long to admire and respect — but we also want to know the intimate details, touch the cloth, see the Lincoln bedroom and the house where the father of the country slept — hear and read the words.
Natalie Portman, as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the 2017 film, “Jackie.” Parts of the movie were filmed on 14th, 15th and 17th streets NW near the White House. Courtesy Getty Images/Pablo Larraín.
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n case you missed Kevin Spacey at the National Portrait Gallery for his “House of Cards” portrait unveiling, or Ashley Judd at Gaston Hall or Halcyon House, or Leo DiCaprio at Cafe Milano or 1789 Restaurant, there was also a chance to catch a glimpse of actress Natalie Portman, filming in town for next year’s movie, “Jackie,” a couple of weekends ago. On March 6, Portman was in Silver Spring to introduce her film, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” at the closing night of the 26th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival. Sure, many actors have traveled to Washington, D.C. — not only to testify before the Senate or House on Capitol Hill or to put their influence behind a good cause — but also for doing their daytime job: working on a movie. The production crew of “Jackie,” which stars Natalie Portman as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, filmed on 14th, 15th and 17th streets NW near the White House. The movie’s story focuses on the days immediately after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It’s scheduled for a 2017 release, with Pablo Larrain directing (“No” and “The Club”) and Darren Aronofsky producing (“Black
Swan,” “Noah” and “Pi”). The 34-year-old actress, who earned an Academy Award for “Black Swan,” is the same age as the first lady was when JFK was killed in Dallas in November 1963. Last week, she was in Easton, Maryland, for the filming of scenes of the Kennedys’ Dallas airport arrival. The film work for the story of the national tragedy was good news for D.C. film advocates like D.C. Council member Vincent Orange, who responded to an email inquiry: “I’m elated that the movie ‘Jackie’ is being filmed in D.C. This follows the filming of “Veep” and “Bourne Identity 5” in the nation’s capital. Moreover, D.C. residents and students from Richard Wright Public Charter School are participating in these productions. These productions utilize D.C.’s Film Incentive Rebate Program, which requires a minimum expenditure in the D.C. economy of $250,000. Our newly created Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, under the leadership of Angie Gates, is doing a great job. It is our hope that Mayor Bowser will increase the Film Incentive Rebate Fund in order to secure jobs, business opportunities and movie production expenditures in D.C.”
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Sen. Jack Kennedy talks to his secretary Mary Gallagher, who is in the driver’s seat, and her friends. Courtesy Mary Gallagher.
verything in Mary Barelli Gallagher’s Alexandria home has a special story, and almost all of it involves the Kennedys. Gallagher, 88, was personal secretary to Jacqueline Kennedy from 1957 to 1964, which includes the Kennedy presidency. Before that, she was Sen. John F. Kennedy’s secretary and worked briefly for Jackie’s mother. Gallagher took care of many of the first lady’s affairs even before the White House, including reporting her expenses to her husband, a task she was issued thanks to a St. Patrick’s Day toothache. The senator had been scheduled to march in a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston, but when Gallagher arrived at the Georgetown home to organize
With Sen. Jack Kennedy at her side, Mary Barelli (Gallagher) is sworn in as a U.S. Senate aide in 1953. Courtesy Mary Gallagher.
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Mrs. Kennedy’s affairs, she found him at home with a puffy cheek and a toothache. He became interested in the expenses and requested that Gallagher keep him informed of his wife’s excessive spending, a job that would take up much of her extra time in the next years. “Any time our paths would cross in the White House, I’d end up with homework because he’d ask me about her bills,” she said. “I like to say, ‘His toothache became my headache.’ ” Gallagher recalled the time just before the 1961 inauguration when she was with Jackie, who said to JFK’s press secretary Pierre Salinger: “Oh, Pierre, Mary has to come to the White House.” Gallagher responded, “Are you talking about this Mary?” Jackie reassured her, “Mary, it’ll be just like Georgetown.” Mary Gallagher, tod ay, lon (She sometimes stayed in the White House living sh gtime Alexandria h at her ome, ows off a gift from quarters.) Kennedy Jackie ’s fu rr ier. During all her time and work with the Kennedys, Photo b y Robert Devaney. more than 50 years ago, Gallagher saved notes, photos and gifts, many of which will be part of a presidential exhibition by Bonhams at Decatur House on Lafayette Square March 25. The night before, she, and others who worked at the White House, will discuss their time there, as well as display their Kennedy-related items, their reminders of years spent with the president, first lady and family. Through Gallagher, our relationship with Jackie also involved details like clothes, as she and Jackie were the same size, standing at five foot seven. Sometimes, Gallagher received hand-me-downs — and even pets. Tom Kitten was young Caroline Kennedy’s cat, but Mrs. Kennedy entrusted him to Gallagher due to her husband’s allergies. Caroline often visited Tom Kitten and played with Gallagher’s sons, Chris and Greg, with their adventures documented in photos of the three sitting on the kitchen counter or standing around the piano while a Secret Service agent played. Jackie’s and the children’s visit to Gallagher’s Belle Haven home — where she has lived since 1954 — got a mention in the newspapers.
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Jackie and Jack Kennedy leave their N Street home for the pre-inaugural celebration in 1961 with Mary Gallagher in the background. Courtesy Mary Gallagher.
When Tom Kitten died, Gallagher’s husband Ray dug a grave for the cat in their backyard next to a memorial for Tippy, a golden retriever also given to them by Mrs. Kennedy. As her husband filled in the grave, Gallagher said to him, “I don’t think you’ve quite finished!” Tom Kitten’s tail was still sticking out. Gallagher also has memories and items more indicative of the lifestyle she observed while working for Jacqueline Kennedy, including a leopard-fur pillbox hat and purse. The fur came from a well-recognized Somali leopard coat that the first lady wore on her trip to India. Gallagher had arranged for Ted Kahn of Ben Kahn Furs to bring the piece to Mrs. Kennedy, and her wearing it led to high demand. In appreciation, Kahn later had the gifts made for Gallagher. While the first lady’s leopard coat was popular, her most recognized outfit is the pink Chanel suit she wore in Dallas, famously blood spattered when her husband was shot. (The pillbox hat was lost.) Gallagher has another outfit worn that day — her own, a pink jumper with a white and pink striped blouse and a long tan coat. She vividly recalls that fateful 1963 day, riding a few cars behind the president and seeing policemen running with guns drawn but not knowing what had happened. When her bus arrived at the Dallas Trade Mart, rumors were flying that the president had been shot. At the hospital, as the doctor emerged from the operating room, he quietly instructed Gallagher to support the first lady. “Dr. Burkley told me to go stand next to Jackie but not to change the expression on my face,” she said. That Christmas, she received a chilling gift. It was an etching of the White House, inscribed, “For Mary, with greatest appreciation and affection,” signed by both the president and the first lady and dated Christmas 1963. The president had been assassinated in November. Gallagher said she considers the first lady’s finest singular achievement to be “the brilliant renovation” of the White House, shown to the world during a national television interview and tour in February 1962. Jacqueline Kennedy left Washington in 1964 and married Aristotle Onassis in 1968. As the American public questioned Kennedy’s motives, Gallagher felt an obligation to add her own story of everyday life with Jackie to the record and published the memoir, which she had originally written just for her sons. Just as her mementos serve as relics of her time with the Kennedys, her 1969 book, “My Life with Jacqueline Kennedy,” offers a uniquely personal perspective on the first lady. At the time, the book was criticized for being too revealing and personal. “She was a human being like we all are,” Gallagher said. “And she had a right to live her life as she felt like it.”
Bonhams will host a Presidential Treasures exhibition at Decatur House, 1610 H St. NW, featuring important works from the Caren Archive, including the first appearance of George Washington in print and the first printing of the Emancipation Proclamation. In addition, highlights from the collections of Kennedy Administration staff members will be on display; Mary Gallagher, Sue Vogelsinger and Preston Bruce will be among those in attendance who will share their recollections with guests. In this presidential election year, the exhibition is timed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of “Profiles in Courage,” John F. Kennedy’s admired and inspiring analysis of episodes of political bravery in the Senate. Admission is free of charge.
Thomas Jefferson Autograph Letter to Henry Dearborn Auction Date: March 18 Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000 Henry Dearborn was an American soldier and statesman who served in George Washington’s Continental Army and was present at the British surrender at Yorktown. In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson appointed Dearborn Secretary of War (which is how he addresses Dearborn in the letter), a position he held until 1809. During his tenure, Dearborn helped plan the removal of Indians beyond the Mississippi River.
“Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself” First edition, 1848 Auction Date: March 31 Estimate: $18,000 – $22,000 When Frederick Douglass’s “Narrative” first appeared in 1845, he had already been lecturing for more than four years as the shining star of the New England abolition movement. The success of the book, an instant bestseller, alerted Douglass’s owner as to his whereabouts, forcing the author to leave the country for two years. In the fall of 1845, Douglass set sail for Cork, Ireland, to begin a two-year lecture tour of Great Britain. Few original copies still exist of this text. This first edition is part of Swann’s auction of Printed and Manuscript African Americana.
Doyle New York Abraham Lincoln 1862 Indian Peace Medal Auction Date: April 25 Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000 Silver Indian Peace medals are some of the rarest and most sought-after items among American coin collectors. Issued from the presidency of George Washington through that of Benjamin Harrison, the medals were presented to Native Americans with the intent of creating peaceful relationships, usually to mark an important occasion, such as the signing of a treaty. Fewer than 4,000 were ever produced; today it is estimated that a mere 500 can be accounted for. This auction offers two of these rarities: an 1862 Abraham Lincoln medal and an 1871 Ulysses Grant medal. The sale also offers a wide selection of American and world coins, bank notes, medals and postage stamps.
Silkwork Mourning Picture of Columbia Embroidered by Eliza Gould, early 19th century Auction Date: April 9 This stunning piece of Americana folk heritage, commemorating George and Martha Washington, is part of Potomack Company’s upcoming live auction. The female figure in the picture is Columbia, an iconic woman, akin to France’s Marianne, who was a symbol of the United States, referencing Christopher Columbus (hence, the District of Columbia). She stands weeping beside a memorial plinth with painted likenesses of the president and first lady, surmounted by two urns. Embroidered above is a weeping willow tree, with a building and a church in the background, all on a silk ground in an oval frame.
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From Hill Staffer to Garter Girl B Y KAT E O CZ YPO K
ulianne Smith’s story begins much like other D.C. stories. A politics major in college, she always loved government and history. With an internship on the Hill under her belt, Juli returned to the city and started working on Capitol Hill and in politics, specializing in media relations and strategic communications. “It taught me to multi-task and how to juggle more than one thing at a time,” she said. Finding politics to be intense and stressful, however, she ended up pursuing her creative side when she left the political field to have her daughter. She soon transitioned to the wedding industry, where things became a little easier. “I don’t take it all so seriously and get myself all stressed out over little things,” she said. “It is fun to be surrounded by people in love and celebrating a happy time in their lives.” Always one who made things on her own when she couldn’t find what she was looking for, Juli took that creative spark and started up the Garter Girl, a business focused on designing and hand-making wedding garters. “My business was a slow build over time,” Juli said. “Every year, I took on more and more and things just grew organically.” Five years ago, Juli took a hiatus from the Garter Girl to launch United With Love, a wedding blog specializing in all things nuptial in the D.C. area. “I was doing two businesses for a few years and I just sold [United With Love], so now I’m back to the Garter Girl full-time,” she said. “It is hard to take things slowly and grow them carefully, but really that is what had made it manageable and enjoyable all these years.” Since things were taken slowly over the years, Juli still calls herself “in love with her
business.” Now a busy mom of three, she called the Garter Girl “a creative outlet from her home life” and said that it “challenges her in ways I never would have dreamed.” Her only frustration? Not being able to do it all at this very moment. By nature an impatient person, Juli said that owning a business taught her to take things slowly and not beat herself up too much when things don’t happen right away. “Of course I work hard and am always growing and evolving the business, but for me I’m more balanced on the ‘life’ portion of the work-life balance right now,” she said. “I know that will change in a few years when my kids get a little older — and I’m okay with that.” Being a mom to three young children and a small business owner, there isn’t really a typical day for Juli. “I try to live in and around the chaos of my life and instead of going day by day, I try to go week by week,” she said, starting each week armed with a loose set of tasks to be accomplished over the five days. Juli has managed to continue her strategy of slow and steady. At the Garter Girl, there are rarely any last minute orders. “It is hard to say no to that type of business, but quick turnarounds just don’t work in my life right now,” she said. Production time is three to four weeks, which gives her enough time to make the garters perfectly and still handle unexpected issues at home that may arise. Asked about advice for other moms who are small business owners, Juli hesitated. Citing how “we all need to find our own unique way,”
Former Capitol Hill staffer Julianne Smith, pictured with her family, started Garter Girl. She started a second business, United With Love, which she sold after five years to focus on Garter Girl — and life. Courtesy Julianne Smith. what works for her may not work for others. “The way I get through a week is so specific to my life right now and from the outside probably looks very messy and complicated,” she said. “It’s my life and I’m just making it work, as I think most women and moms are doing.” For those thinking of starting their own businesses, Juli recommended taking risks and having the confidence to make a change. A risk-taker by nature, she allows herself the room to make changes or abandon ideas if they
don’t work. She gave the example of United With Love, which she began in 2010 and sold in January. She took a risk in launching it and growing it, but when it was time to move on she had the courage to say “enough” and let it grow without her. Wondering what a D.C. mom and small business owner does to relax? Juli goes so far as to uninstall the apps on her phone just so she won’t check it. To unwind, she also likes to practice yoga or go for a run. “Doing something that is the opposite of my work is the only way to de-stress for me,” she said.
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Women’s membership-based business group Her Corner, offers workshops, networking and collaboration. Courtesy Her Corner.
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s Washington evolves into more than a political town, female entrepreneurs and business owners are playing an increasingly important role in shaping D.C.’s new economy. Women in D.C. are ahead of the national average and run almost half of all small businesses in the District, explained Acting Director of the Department of Small and Local Business Development Ana Harvey. That’s compared to the national average of 30 percent of businesses in the United States, according to the 2015 American Express Open Forum. Yael Krigman and Uyen Tang, who own the bakery, Baked by Yael, and fashion boutique Stylecable, respectively, are among a group of female entrepreneurs who have been supported by resources such as the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development, the Small Business Association, and peer groups like Her Corner, a membership group that offers workshops, networking opportunities and collaboration. Her Corner’s community manager, Amanda Reynolds, said 60 percent of Her Corner members own product-based businesses, while the other 40 percent are service-based. “Women are natural-born leaders, so it makes sense that we would want our own businesses,” she said. “We’re great at it.”
But forget about traditional stereotypes associated with the role of women as housewives and homemakers. According to the Small Business Association’s 2015 Small Business Profile of D.C., 34.3 percent of female-owned businesses are in the professional, scientific and technical service industries, while 29.6 percent of the businesses in these industries are femaleowned firms. “Some women desire a good work-life balance, while others want to be successful with something more than just having a family,” said Harvey, describing the new generation of entrepreneurs. Although D.C. has many resources aimed at helping women open their own businesses, many female entrepreneurs face the same challenges as any start-up. “Without adequate startup capital, it is difficult to turn an idea or a business plan into a real life operation.” Harvey says her department is doing what it can to keep D.C. ahead of the country when it comes to women-run business. “The Department of Small and Local Business Development exists to encourage entrepreneurship in the District. Any woman who has an idea or the desire to start a business should have the support and encouragement to do so.”
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NEAR Act Passed
A view of cherry blossoms aroud the tidal basin and Jefferson Memorial. Courtesy of National Park Service.
Peak Cherry Blossom Bloom Dates Announced
National Zoo Kid’s Farm Temporarily Closed Due to E. Coli
The National Park Service has set the date for the expected peak blooming of D.C.’s famed cherry blossoms: March 31 to April 3. Peak-bloom dates are defined as when at least 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry blossoms are forecast to bloom. It’s only an estimate though, as Yoshino cherry trees are temperamental and respond to weather and atmospheric changes. Warm, calm weather can lengthen the time of blooms, while heavy rain or wind can bring an abrupt halt to the flowers. The park service has been predicting the Cherry blossom peak for about 20 years, but does not know exactly when it started forecasting, nor has it kept records of how accurate those forecasts have been. The National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held this year from March 20 to April 17, kicking off with the Pink Tie Party on March 18. Other events include the official opening ceremony, the Blossom Kite Festival and the ever-popular National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
The National Zoo’s Kid’s Farm was forced to temporarily shut after some of the petting zoo animals were found to be infected with E. coli bacteria. National Zoo officials say the exhibit will be closed for at least three weeks until veterinarians monitoring the quarantined animals give the all-clear to reopen.
The culprits were four goats and a cow, all of which tested positive for the bacteria during a routine screening on Feb. 18.
The D.C. Council is trying a new approach to crime, shifting efforts to prevention with legislation passed March 1 called the NEAR Act. The Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Amendment Act of 2016 creates new offices that target the root cause of crime and sets long-term goals. A new Office of Violence Prevention and Health Equity is designed to help the city develop a public health strategy to combat the spread of violence throughout the District by looking at risk-assessment tools, therapy and service coordination. Another new body, the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, will identify higher-risk individuals, particularly teenagers and young adults, for a program involving life planning, therapy and mentorship. The Community Crime Prevention Team Program focuses on connecting the homeless and those suffering from mental health issues with support services. Finally, the NEAR Act requires the Metropolitan Police Department to provide yearly training on the prevention of profiling, improving community policing and the use of force. The goal of these programs is to improve MPD relations with the community.
D.C.’s New Streetcar Unveiled D.C.’s new (rather, seven years in the making) streetcar, the H/Benning line, carried its first passengers Saturday, Feb. 27. But the long awaited opening was met with doubt and concern about the new transit system by many Washingtonians. According to the Washington Post, the streetcar took 26 minutes to travel the 2.4-mile line — but walking the same route only takes 27 minutes.
Goats from the National Zoo’s Kid’s Farm. Three goats and a cow were found to be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Photo by Mehgan Murphy, Courtesy Smithsonian’s National Zoo
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Make-Dos: Beauty Beyond Repair BY MICHEL L E G AL LE R
A cast-lead dog from the 1930s gained a new leg, fashioned from a nail and some twisted wire. Courtesy Andrew Basemen, Past Imperfect: The Art of Inventive Repair.
The base may have snapped off of this 1850 handblown champagne coupe during an exuberant New Year’s Eve toast. A nicely turned wooden base made it ready for the next toast. Courtesy Andrew Basemen, Past Imperfect: The Art of Inventive Repair.
f your interest in antiques is as much about an object’s previous owners as its decorative value, then make-dos is a category of antiques worth exploring. Antiques with inventive — and often whimsical — old repairs (known as “make-do” repairs) are examples of necessity and thrift in a time when hard work and great expense went into handmade finery such as pottery, porcelain and glass. Unlike today, when we throw away anything that’s chipped, cracked or broken, practical folks of yore refused to throw out a broken object if it could be fixed to “make it do.” There is something profoundly human about these clever repairs of broken objects.
One can’t help but wonder about the stories behind their brokenness, which only make them more interesting. Was it a case of a lovers’ quarrel or butterfingers? Perhaps rough seas on an export ship? The talent to use whatever materials were at hand to inventively repair or repurpose was not necessarily born out of a skinflint frugality. Rather, it often arose from the sensible belief that something that had a use could be breathed into life anew: the notion that “purpose” is an evolving concept. Make-dos were not just for people of limited means, but were found in the homes of every social class, mostly in the 18th and 19th centuries. When an item broke, it was either repaired at home or taken to a local tinsmith, tinker or woodworker for repair. If an object couldn’t be salvaged for its intended use, it was often refashioned into something else entirely. Sometimes broken handles, feet or whatever were replaced with beef or chicken bones. Pincushions were attached to wishbones to make them stand, and to broken candlesticks and lamp bases. Kitchen tools that had lost their handles were made “good as new” with long rib bones as handles.
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A make-do mirror is easy to identify by its odd shape and size. Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers.
Mirror glass used to be far too expensive unique charm — practically no two are repaired to throw away, so make-do mirrors were made in exactly the same way — and beginning colfrom pieces of broken glass carefully framed lectors like them because they are still relatively for reuse. You can usually tell a make-do mirror inexpensive. from its odd shape or size. In fact, the most expensive make-do that Although the sometimes quirky solutions Skinner Auctioneers has ever sold was a framed can be quite whimsical, for every glass attached mirror fragment that went for $2,702.25 in to a clunky wooden base, there is a piece of fine 2005. Last November, Skinners sold a 19th-cenporcelain that has been enhanced in appearance tury mocha ware mug with a handle repair for and function, sometimes with expertly wrought $654.75. But for the most part, buyers can get silver handles or gold cuffs. still get make-dos for $200 or less at auction. “Frankenstein monsters” of the antiques Sometimes I see a piece that I wish had been shop, they’re easy to spot: a mocha ware jug broken and repaired — to add to my collection wrapped with a thick band of tin, with a makeof quirky but loveable make-dos. shift handle affixed to it; a porcelain teapot with a metal cover or spout; a glass oil lamp atop a Michelle Galler is an antiques dealer, tiered wooden base; an oddly shaped piece of design consultant and realtor based in Georgemirrored glass set in a carved wooden frame; town. Her shop is in Rare Finds, in Washington, a fancy glass compote with a metal base; a Virginia. Reach her at antiques.and.whimsies@ cracked platter, seemingly perfect on its face, gmail.com. but repaired on the flip side with metal staples. All are examples of make-dos, and the method of repair may range from humble and crude to elegant and elaborate. Sometimes make-dos featuring tin were fashioned by tinsmiths, whose beautiful repairs actually add value to a piece. Such makedos can be worth more than the same item in perfect condition (unless the perfect piece is extremely rare). The value of make-dos depends upon age, quality, appeal and what the pieces are. Especially desirable are 19th-century examples with pressed or pattern glass parts that help identify and date the piece. Make-dos are gaining in popularity as a collecting field, especially within in the last five years. Some The handle of mid-1800s mocha ware tavern mug may have broken seasoned auction-goers like during a particularly rough bar room brawl. Luckily, a local tinker in the make-dos because of their late 19th century was able to add a tin replacement handle. The mug brought $654 at auction. Courtesy Skinner Auctioneers
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Salud! A Flavorful Journey Through Spain BY LAI L A W I DM ARS
estled amid bustling downtown D.C. is an escape to the magical land of Spain. Festive red walls trimmed in white crown molding — reminiscent of architecture found in Spain’s capital, Madrid — enclose a portal to the country’s rich culture, just past the doors of Taberna del Alabardero on 18th Street NW. Packed with power-lunchers by day, the large, white-tablecloth dining room offers a more romantic ambiance in the evening. The bar is flanked with signed photos of Spanish royalty and A-list celebrities (recently spotted: Woody Allen and friends), many of whom make a point to dine at this American version of a Spanish classic. For almost 27 years, Taberna — part of Grupo Lezama, which operates restaurants and a culinary school in Spain — has prided itself on the authenticity of its offerings and atmosphere. Seasonal changes to the menu highlight the techniques and flavors unique to Spain. Executive Chef Javier Romero, trained in Madrid, Aranjuez and Marbella, excels at signature dishes like paella, which is generously topped with fresh lobster, scallops, mussels and squid. When it comes to ethnic dining, however, especially French, Italian or Spanish, a restaurant is only as good as its wine list. Taberna’s is outstanding, truly separating this establishment from its local counterparts. Embracing a
menu offering both traditional favorites, such Asked about his favorite regions, Olias as Iberian ham carved, just so, into thin, savory is unable to choose, expressing his affection slices of heaven, and new takes on old classics, for the “peculiarities and characteristics” of such as chipirones en su tinta con arroz y salmany regions. At a recent lunch, we tried some morejo (black wine selecink baby squid tions exquisitely with rice and paired with gaza light creamy pacho so rich salmorejo and decadent it sauce), is a list was almost butthat highlights tery and paella the rich wine that could posregions of the sibly be the most r e s t a u r a n t ’s savory this side country of of the Atlantic. origin. Of course, Bordering no siesta is France and complete withPortugal, the out a selecwine regions tion of Spanof Spain presish wines and ent unique cheeses. Standflavor opporouts included tunities, some the Pazo da characterized Bouciña, an outby the grapes Sommelier Jorge Olias. Courtesy Taberna del Alabardero. standing white shared by its of the Albariño wine-centric neighbors. Taberna del Alabarvariety (a white-wine grape grown in Galicia, dero sommelier Jorge Olias describes Tabera region in the nortwest), with aromatic intenna’s wine program as “an extensive list rich in sity and hints of fruit and florals as it hits the wines from Spain but also paying homage to a taste buds; and a sublime tempranillo entitled few wines produced in the U.S.” Dominio de Atauta, full-bodied with a smooth
finish. The medium acidity of the Pazo da Bouciña was just enough the balance out the decadence of the gazpacho. Hints of sweet spices and cocoa bean perfectly complimented the succulent suckling pig confit that topped off our exquisite midday meal. Olias also points out Taberna’s lengthy and varied selection of sherries, boasting: “It’s impossible to describe them all.” It is traditional in Spanish culture to begin the dining experience with a little sherry to open the taste buds before indulging in a flavorful meal. We began ours with “Jarana Lustau,” a light, dry, delicate sherry with hints of pecan — perfect beginning to a most flavorful journey. Taberna’s integrity is the foundation of what has made it an essential Washington institution along the lines of Café Milano and Al Tiramisu. Next month, the restaurant will celebrate its 27th anniversary by introducing new menu selections, cocktails and sangrias. But it is clear that what makes this D.C. gem so special isn’t the constant introduction of new elements to keep abreast of the District’s ever-changing, overflowing food and beverage scene; it is instead the classic dining experience found here, one that draws with unmatched authenticity on one of Europe’s greatest — and most flavorful — civilizations. To view the menu and for news of special events such as wine dinners and paella classes, visit alabardero.com.
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The Year of the Monkey BY JODY KURASH
long with the hope of an early spring from Punxsutawney Phil, February also ushered in the Lunar New Year. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, which is also my Chinese zodiac sign. In accordance, I have decided this should be a year of celebration, requiring a signature “monkey” cocktail. Perhaps the best-known tipple with a primate name is the brass monkey, which was made famous, or infamous, by the Beastie Boys song of the same name in the 1980s. The brass monkey wasn’t necessarily something you would order at a bar; it was a premixed bottled cocktail manufactured by the Heublein Company and sold in retail liquor stores. A magazine ad from the 1970s tells the story of a World War II spy named H.E. Rasske who frequented a bar called the Brass Monkey in Macau. The bar was named for a brass figurine and its specialty was its self-named cocktail. While the contents of the drink at the fictional Asian club are unknown, Heublein’s version contained orange juice, dark rum and vodka. Dark rum, when mixed with the orange juice, produced a golden “brassy color.” Variations of this recipe sometimes include triple sec, grapefruit juice, Galliano and gin. Other chimp cocktails exist. Many of them are sweet creamy concoctions made with bananas (no doubt because of the fruit’s identification as the preferred primate provender). For example, the mocha monkey, created by Baileys liqueur, is a frozen drink composed of Baileys, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and fresh banana. A slightly more potent concoction is the cheeky monkey, made with Baileys, crème de cacao and crème de banana. The funky monkey, marketed by Bacardi, is a similar drink with the substitution of rum and coconut cream for the Baileys. Absinthe is another common factor in monkey cocktails, perhaps due to the antiquated notion of absinthe making drinkers
2016 is the Chinese Year of the Monkey and the inspiration for this month’s cocktail, the Ginger Monkey. The better known primate-named drink is the Brass Monkey. Georgetowner file photo.
crazy. In 2012, during the height of the gin craze, Esquire magazine published a recipe for the flying monkey, which contained gin, lime, orange marmalade and absinthe. Another gin/absinthe combo is the monkey gland, created in the 1920s at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. According to slakethirst. com, its moniker is derived from an archaic surgical technique of grafting monkey testicle tissue into humans. The practice was started by a French doctor, who was convinced that testosterone was the key to a long and healthy life. A precursor to Viagra, perhaps? I found my signature monkey drink for 2016 in Singapore, where I went to celebrate Chinese New Year. The streets of Chinatown were illuminated with monkeys holding peaches (which symbolize immortality), and people were jammed into restaurants eating spring rolls and whole fish for good fortune. In Singapore, I discovered Monkey Shoulder, a blended Speyside malt whisky. The name is a reference to a condition that maltmen from
the distillery sometimes picked up while working long shifts, turning the barley by hand. Because this tended to cause their turning arm to hang down a bit like a monkey’s, they nicknamed the condition ‘monkey shoulder.’ Straight up, this scotch has a mild taste with hints of nutmeg and honey. The promotional materials claim it tastes like 007 wearing a tuxedo wetsuit. I also tried the ginger monkey, an uncomplicated mixture of scotch, ginger beer and orange. In Chinese culture, displaying and consuming oranges is said to bring wealth and luck (plus the spice of the ginger beer gives this cocktail an Asian twist). If none of these tipples tickles your fancy, you can still toast the Year of the Monkey by garnishing your drinks with tiny plastic cocktail monkeys — miniature versions of the characters from your childhood game, Barrel of Monkeys. Vanity Fair last year declared the plastic cocktail monkey the “new cocktail umbrella.”
Bar à Vin at Chez Billy Sud
chef Aulie Bunyarataphan and proprietor Mel Oursinsiri, and while Mama Rouge offered an Asian/French fusion menu, Bangkok Joe’s will return to a more traditional Thai menu. Old favorites like the dumpling bar will still be on the menu, complemented by new creations.
GINGER MONKEY 2.5 ounces Monkey Shoulder scotch 4 ounces ginger beer Orange wedges Fill long glass with ice. Add ingredients. Squeeze one orange wedge into your glass. Stir and garnish with an additional orange wedge.
The Latest Dish Bar à Vin opens this week at 1035 31st St. NW, a long-vacant space adjacent to Chez Billy Sud. Along with the original Chez Billy in Petworth, it is part of the restaurants of dancemusic producer Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton and his younger brother Ian. The new space will feature a large and mostly French wine list and be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Resurrection of Bangkok Joe’s
Next to Chez Billy Sud, and serving as a companion, Bar à Vin on 31st Street will be open for business March 10.
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Bangkok Joe’s, a Thai favorite on the waterfront for 10 years, said that it will return in March to its old location at 3000 K St. NW, where the short-lived Mama Rouge restaurant used to be. Both restaurants are owned by
Zannchi, Real Korean Fast Casual Eunjung Kim, a business student atGeorgetown University, will open Zannchi, a casual Korean eatery, at 1529 Wisconsin Ave. NW by the end of this month. The name of the restaurant means “feast” in Korean. Zannchi will specialize in bibimbap — rice bowls — and kimbap — sushi rolls that contain no raw fish. Kim will graduate from Georgetown's MBA program this spring.
Pineapple and Pearls: $250, Starting April 7
The chef and owner of acclaimed Rose's Luxury restaurant at Barracks Row will open a companion place, called Pineapple and Pearls, April 7. Chef Aaron Silverman has set a singleprice and special menu — it will cost $250 per person, no surprises, no gratuities, no add-ons. Next week, diners can PineappleandPearls. com to start the reservation scrabble. Silverman, the Washington Post reported, “wants his fine-dining spot to be a ‘celebratory place.’ At $250 per person, Pineapple and Pearls will certainly charge like a restaurant designed for special occasions. Silverman's menu will instantly become one of the most expensive on the planet.”
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1789 RESTAURANT 1226 36TH ST., NW 202–965–1789 1789restaurant.com
With the ambiance of an elegant country inn, 1789 features classically-based American cuisine – the finest regional game, fish and produce available. Open seven nights a week. Jackets suggested. Complimentary valet parking.
DAS ETHIOPIAN 1201 28TH ST., NW
202–333–4710 dasethiopian.com DAS Ethiopian offers you a cozy twostory setting, with rare outside dining views and al fresco patio dining. DAS is located at the eclectically brilliant historic corner of the internationally renowned shopping district of Georgetown. A tent under which all come to feast is the very Amharic definition of DAS. From neighborhood diners, nearby students and journalists to international visitors and performers, all enjoy the casual but refined atmosphere that serves up the freshest Ethiopian dishes from local and sustainable food sources.
BISTRO FRANCAIS 3124-28 M ST., NW 202–338–3830 bistrofrancaisdc.com
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. In addition to daily specials, our specialties include our famous Poulet Bistro (tarragon rotisserie chicken), Minute Steak Maitre d’Hotel (steak and pomme frites), Steak Tartare, freshly prepared seafood, veal, lamb and duck dishes and the best Eggs Benedict in town.
THE GRILL ROOM 1050 31ST ST., NW 202-617-2424 thegrillroomdc.com
Tucked up along the historic C&O Canal, a national park that threads through the Georgetown neighborhood, The Grill Room at Capella Washington, D.C., specializes in hand-cut, bone-in, artisan meats, bracingly fresh seafood and tableside preparations. Framed with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and fluid geometric lines, the ambiance is one of relaxed refinement. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
ENO WINE BAR
Visit ENO Wine Bar and enjoy wine flights, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate & seasonal small plates. ENO offers 100 bottles under $50 & 45 wines by the glass starting at $9. The Cellar is an intimate lounge perfect for a date night or private events. Monthly ENOversity: Sunday Wine Classes $50 & Wednesday meet local producers for free tastings. Happy Hours: Sun-Thur from 5pm7pm with a extended hour on Sunday starting at 4 pm along with nibbles and select wines on tap for $5 Mon-Thursday 5pm-11pm , Fri-Sat4pm-12 am, Sunday 4pm-11pm
Filomena is a Georgetown landmark that has endured the test of time for over 30 years. Our old-world cooking styles and recipes brought to America by the early Italian immigrants alongside the culinary cutting-edge creations of Italy’s foods of today executed by our Executive Chef and his team. Open 7 days a week 11:30am11:00pm. Free salad bar with any lunch entrée Mon-Sat and try our spectacular Sunday Brunch Buffet complete with carving stations, pasta stations!
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1522 WISCONSIN AVE., NW 202–333–8830 cafebonaparte.com Captivating customers since 2003, Cafe Bonaparte has been dubbed the “quintessential” European café, featuring award-winning crepes and arguably the “best” coffee in D.C.! Other can't-miss attractions are the famous weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m. and our late-night weekend hours serving sweet and savory crepes until 1 a.m. We look forward to calling you a “regular” soon!
CLYDE'S OF GEORGETOWN 3236 M ST., NW 202–333–9180 clydes.com
This animated tavern, in the heart of Georgetown, popularized saloon food and practically invented Sunday brunch. Clyde’s is the People’s Choice for bacon cheeseburgers, steaks, fresh seafood, grilled chicken salads, fresh pastas and desserts.
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Family-owned restaurant serving authentic Brazilian food in Washington, D.C., for more than 23 years. Our Executive Chef, Alcy de Souza, cooks with the heart and soul. Live music on Thursday nights is a romantic blend of bossa nova, jazz, samba, choro and forró.
Malmaison opened in June 2013 and features elegant French dining in Washington D.C’s historic Georgetown waterfront. Housed in a majestically refurbished industrial warehouse reminiscent of NYC’s Meatpacking District, the modern restaurant, pastry shop and event lounge features the culinary talents of legendary 2 Michelin Starred French Chef Gerard Pangaud and Pastry Chef Serge Torres (Le Cirque NYC).
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1264 WISCONSIN AVE., NW 202-333-7370 martinstavern.com Fifth generation Lauren Martin learns about the family business from her dad, Billy Martin, Jr. Since 1933, the warm atmosphere of Martin’s Tavern has welcomed neighbors and world travelers looking for great food, service and years of history within it’s walls. Fourth generation owner Billy Martin. Jr. continues the tradition of Washington’s oldest family owned restaurant. Serving Brunch until 4pm 7 days a week!
SEA CATCH RESTAURANT
1054 31ST ST., NW 202–337–8855 seacatchrestaurant.com Overlooking the historic C&O Canal, we offer fresh seafood simply prepared in a relaxed atmosphere. Outdoor dining available.
The Sea Catch will be open on Sundays, serving Brunch and dinner. Sunday Brunch 11:30 - 3:00 Sunday Dinner 5:00 - 8:00 Lunch / Monday- Saturday 11:30 - 3:00 Dinner/ Monday- Saturday 5:30 - 10:00 Happy Hour Monday- Friday 5:00 - 7:00 3 Hours FREE Parking
THE OCEANAIRE 1201 F ST., NW 202–347–2277 theoceanaire.com
Ranked one of the most popular seafood restaurants in D.C., “this cosmopolitan” send-up of a vintage supper club that’s styled after a '40’s-era ocean liner is appointed with cherry wood and red leather booths, infused with a “clubby, old money” atmosphere. The menu showcases “intelligently” prepared fish dishes that “recall an earlier time of elegant” dining. Lunch Mon.–Fri. 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Dinner Mon.–Thu. 5–10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5–11 p.m., Sun. 5–9 p.m.
2340 WISCONSIN AVE., NW 202-333-5640 townhalldc.com Situated just north of Georgetown on Wisconsin Ave, Town Hall has been a neighborhood mainstay in Glover Park since 2005. Whether you’re popping in for dinner, drinks, or weekend brunch, Town Hall is the spot you’ll want to call home to Gulp, Gather & Grub. Free parking is available nightly after 7PM, and during warmer months, our outdoor courtyard is one of DC’s best kept secrets.
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Spring Shows in Philadelphia
BY RIC HARD SE L DE N t happened in Philadelphia: 56 men in breeches created a nation. Then, 51 years later, it happened again. This time, it was 53 men in trousers. And what they created was … a flower show. Actually, what they created in 1827 was the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The first public show, featuring the poinsettia’s American debut, came two years later. (In 1835, the society admitted women as voting members — long before the nation did.)
The Philadelphia Flower Show, running through March 13, is the world’s largest and longest running indoor flower show. Courtesy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
The descendent of that historic event, the Philadelphia Flower Show, the largest and longest-running indoor show in the world, now attracts more than 200,000 visitors over nine days. The 2016 show, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, ends this Sunday. A Garden of Eden for plant-lovers — with award-winning specimens, lectures and vendors from around the world — the show is also a floral theme park that seems to grow Disney-er every year. Since this year’s theme is “Explore America: 100 Years of the National Park Service,” expect recreations of Yosemite, simulated Old Faithful eruptions and a Denali sled dog team. You can even “create your own Mount Rushmore floral headpiece.” For details, and to reserve a garden tea or an early-morning private tour (weekdays only), visit theflowershow.com. Families with children should note that on closing day, Sunday, March 13, there will be a Flower Show Jamboree and a Teddy Bear Tea. Prior to launching their kisses-and-hugs “With Love, Philadelphia” campaign, Visit Philadelphia’s slogan was “Philly’s More Fun When You Sleep Over.” With the Flower Show meriting a full day and three new museum exhibitions, it makes sense to get a room. After a controversial legal and financial intervention, the Barnes Foundation galleries relocated from the suburban residence
“Ice Cream,” 1964. Evelyne Axell. Collection of Serge Goisse, Belgium. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art.
of Albert C. Barnes (1872–1951) to a new museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 2012. The move’s approval hinged in part on the exact reproduction of the unchanging salon-style display found in leafy Merion by the relatively few visitors who made it out there. Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien created a large and spacious modern building for the Barnes in which the tiny recreated rooms are encased. In accordance with Barnes’s eccentric theories of art appreciation, African, Native American, Pennsylvania
German and other sculpture and artifacts, including miscellaneous wrought-iron objects, share the walls with frame-to-frame masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse and Modigliani (to name a few of Dr. Barnes’s favorites). It is one of the most astounding museums in the world, now with the additional reason to visit of special exhibitions. Through May 9, the Barnes (which has 22 paintings by Pablo Picasso in its permanent collection) is hosting “Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change.” The show’s focus is the period surrounding and including World War I, during which Picasso — the “High Priest of Cubism” in the words of curator Simonetta Fraquelli — abruptly returned to a naturalistic style, continuing to alternate between Cubism and Neoclassicism. A video illustrates how during the war Cubism was portrayed as anti-French (though the style’s co-creator, Georges Braque, was as French as could be and served at the front) and associated with the despised Germans. Several blocks up the parkway from the Barnes, “International Pop” is on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through May 15. All the American stars are represented, of course: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Wesselman, Ed Ruscha. But what makes the show an eye-opener are the
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works by what the text calls the “British forbears of Pop,” notably Edinburghborn Eduardo Paolozzi and London-born Richard Hamilton, whose collages date to the 1950s (earlier, in Paolozzi’s case), and by artists from throughout Europe and from Argentina, Brazil and Japan. Finally, across the Schuylkill River, the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is the exclusive U.S. venue for “The Golden Age of King Midas,” on view through Nov. 27. Of
A fraction of the permanent collection at the Barnes Foundation. Photo by Richard Selden.
the 100-plus objects on loan from Turkish museums, many were excavated by Penn archaeologists from an eighth-century B.C. royal tomb, believed to be the resting place Vessels from what is believed to be the tomb of Phrigian Midas’s father KingTGordios, father of Midas. Courtesy Penn Museum. & T_Georgetowner_3.2016_Layout 1 3/2/16 of 3:59 PM Page 1 Gordios.
Whether you hear the clatter of gold or of your muffler when you think of Midas, this exhibition is another example of the remarkable things to be seen this spring in the City of Brotherly Love.
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Enjoy some of the freshest and most delicious oysters the East Coast has to offer at the Oyster Shellebration at Old Ox Brewery. A bountiful supply of oysters from Nomini Bay Oyster Ranch will be on hand, sustainably farmed along the Nomini Bay in Montross, Virginia. Eat them raw or try a grilled version from the Cured foodtruck with house-made mornay and served with spinach puree and parmesan and crispy hammy bits. For more information, visit oldoxbrewery.com/event/oysters.
Music at Hunter’s Run Winery: Capital Celtic The Capital Celtic band returns to Hunter’s Run Winery for live Irish Music and wine tasting! Enjoy tasting the winery’s finest selections or just have a glass of mulled wine or sangria with some munchies while enjoying Capital Celtic’s Irish ballads, jigs and reels. For more information, visit CapitalCeltic.band. Hunter’s Run Wine Barn, 40325 Charles Town Pike, Hamilton, Virginia.
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t’s that time of year again: the days are getting longer and the winter coats are going back into storage (most days). Spring is one of the best times of year to reignite your fitness motivation. Here are five simple, actionable tips to help you get started “springing” back into fitness. Get a new playlist. No matter how much you loved your old workout playlist, listening to the same thing gets boring fast. Not only is boredom demotivating, but boredom also motivates you to overeat. You don’t have to make your own playlist. Your music streaming service adds dozens every month. Use your calendar. Before the week starts, schedule your workouts, specifying day, time, place and what. This increases follow-through by at least 200 percent. Otherwise, the time you need to take care of yourself is at the mercy of everything else — work, family, TV. Bonus tip: Make the appointments recurring so it’s easier to manage your workouts each week.
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Clean up your kitchen. If it’s in your house it’s in your mouth. We will eat whatever is most convenient. By keeping cookies, ice cream, etc., in your kitchen, you create an environment where eating right is a challenge. Get rid of what you don’t want to eat every day,
replacing those items with supportive foods, such as fruits, vegetables and protein. Sure you can still treat yourself to a cookie, but not every single day. Get a program. “A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client” is true in fitness as well. When you’re in charge of your own fitness program, that usually means you will do only what you feel like doing. Rarely will this be all of what you need. Having an expert call the shots helps you get better results and frees your brain up for other tasks. Shift your focus. Outcome goals are things like “lose 20 pounds.” Process goals are things like “clean out my kitchen” or “strength-train three days per week.” When you focus primarily on the outcome, you are always frustrated; you’re never going to get there fast enough. What’s worse is that this frustration often leads to jumping from program to program without ever getting meaningfully closer to your goals. The more you focus on the process — and on getting better at implementing these behaviors — the better your outcome will be. It doesn’t happen the other way around. A best-selling author and fitness expert, Josef Brandenburg owns True 180 Fitness in Georgetown. Information about his 14-Day trial may be found at true180.fitness.
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Dear Stacy: I had an affair a long time ago. It was brief and when my wife found out, I ended it. I have been completely committed to her ever since. We have a great life together, raising two great boys and spending quality time together. The problem is that she is still mad about the affair. I have apologized 1,000 times, and it seems like things are good, but then it comes back up. She says she never can trust me, which is not true. What can I do to help her get over this? She knows we have a great life and doesn’t want a divorce, but I can’t keep being beaten up for something that she can’t get over. – Over It Dear Over, I want to start by saying that I know this has been hard for you, that I know you have done your best to apologize for the affair and that it makes sense you are feeling so frustrated. Hear that? Okay, now for the tough love: All of that isn’t good enough for Wife. And it’s not up to her to get over it; it’s up to you to fix it. Let me explain why your apologies haven’t done the trick. I wasn’t in the room, but I have a suspicion that you struggled with meeting Wife in her pain. What I mean is that though you apologized, you may not have empathized. In fact, if you are like most people when caught, you may have defended yourself a little (it’s okay, that’s a biological response to feeling threatened). While making the stretch into
apologizing for your actions may have been an enormous demonstration of your commitment, it didn’t feel that way to Wife because she may not have felt heard and comforted by you in the aftermath. It makes sense that once you said you were sorry you worked to move on, but for Wife the pain remained. She needed more comforting. I know that may sound “needy” in the pejorative sense, but that’s exactly what it is: a need to be comforted by you. Renowned couples therapist Dr. Sue Johnson describes this sort of breach as a bomb going off in a relationship. The repercussions require long-term care and nurturing. I know you can do that; you are raising two “great boys” and I am sure you have comforted and nurtured them through pain. Try some of that care and gentleness on Wife and see what happens. I know this might seem impossible at this stage, so I would also recommend meeting with a couples therapist. (Someone trained in Sue Johnson’s Emotionally-Focused Therapy might be the best choice. Contact me and I will put you in touch.) Setting up the appointment yourself will immediately demonstrate your commitment to healing and put you on a faster path to the resolution you seek. Stacy Notaras Murphy is a licensed professional counselor in Georgetown. Visit her on the web at stacymurphyLPC.com. This column is meant for entertainment only and should not be considered a substitute for professional counseling. Send your confidential question to stacymurphyLPC@gmail.com.
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here is something exceptionally and uniquely satisfying about seeing ancient sculpture. Since the idea of “l’art pour l’art” took hold in the 19th century, the art-going public has been fed a steadily increasing diet of what is conceitedly called “autotelic” art: Art that exists with intrinsic value, serving no greater political, religious or didactic functions. This principle laid the groundwork for a new era of art and artists, from Monet to Picasso to Pollock and from Impressionism to Cubism to the atomic crack of pure abstraction. For all that it can be exalted or demonized for its lasting influence on the history of art, one of the truly great effects of this powerful idea was that it taught the world to look always with fresh eyes and to perpetually reconsider the nature of beauty. This has opened the doors to a wider, more dynamic and inclusive appreciation for art. So when confronted with a 2,300-year-old bronze sculpture, a richly cultivated history comes together with a beauty so inherent and incomparable that the result is something like the absolute museum experience. At the National Gallery of Art through March 31, “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World” offers this experience, bringing together 50 of the
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greatest remaining bronzes from a monumental period of Western history. The Hellenistic era was a wildly fertile period for the development of art and literature, beginning around 330 B.C. with the conquests of Alexander the Great and ending in 31 B.C. with the rise of Augustus Caesar and the Roman Empire over Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Within these three centuries, the art of bronze casting drove artistic innovation in Greece and across the Mediterranean. Surpassing marble with its tensile strength, reflective surfaces and ability to capture fine detail, bronze statues were produced in the thousands throughout the Hellenistic world. Of the countless bronzes that once adorned Hellenistic cities, fewer than 200 are known today, many of them just fragments. This gives a false impression today that ancient sculpture was mainly of marble. As bronze is a recyclable and valuable commodity, most of the sculptures were melted down after the fall of the empire to make coins or weapons or for other commercial uses. Others corroded, and still more were lost to shipwrecks. (There are unknowable quantities of bronzes sitting at the bottom of the Mediterranean; several works in this exhibition were chanced upon by fishermen.) So it is a rare case that a bronze sculpture survived. But if you knew nothing of the remarkable and unlikely history that put the works before you, the sculptures would still send tingles through your spine. As they are cast from models of wax or clay, bronze sculptures can capture a startling delicacy of features and emotion. Hair is wistful, lips pout gently, brows furrow and torsos twist in controlled motion. There is a mythical quality about their collective presence as they stand over you, looking toward an imaginary horizon in unknowable preoccupation. And the fractured, mottled, porous ancient metal of which the faces and bodies are composed hides among its cavities and cankers the most delicate, nuanced representations of human emotion ever rendered. The galleries are thus transformed into a sanctuary for apparitions. In “Head of a God or Poet,” from the first century B.C., there is an unshakeable sorrow that emanates from the sunken cheeks and hangdog eyes, framed by a billowing beard and windswept hair. It feels pointedly like loss, in the same way you would recognize it in a stranger’s face on the street. “Athlete,” from the first century A.D., is just overwhelming, a perfect intersection of history and unadulterated beauty. Pieced together after having been shattered, the quilt-patch surface of the figure, as it refracts subtly against the light, corresponds to the rolling planes of its body, marrying organic curves with a subtle geometric fracturing. The National Gallery does a fine job contextualizing the work, creating atmospheric environments by displaying original sculpture pedestals and hanging large-scale reproductions of wall paintings from Pompeii behind some of the works. As the gallery walls will tell you, this exhibition is an unprecedented opportunity to
Top: "Head of a God or Poet," 100–1 B.C. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. Museum purchase funded by Isabel B. and Wallace S. Wilson. Middle: "Athlete (Ephesian Apoxyomenos)," 1–90 A.D. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Antikensammlung, Vienna, Austria. Bottom: "Horse Head (The Medici Riccardi Horse)," c. 350 B.C. National Archaeological Museum of Florence. All photos courtesy National Gallery of Art.
appreciate bronze in antiquity and the innovations of Hellenistic sculptors. It also offers an elusive encounter between abstract beauty and stunning realism, unveiling universal threads of fragile emotion that forge personal connections with individual people that have been dead for over two millennia. It is a stirring, strange and transcendent experience.
PERFORMANCE stories connected to the writing and making of a good chunk of American literary and theatrical history. Actors seem haunted by his work, and attracted to it, generation after generation. Cate Blanchett brought the theatrical company she runs with her husband in Sydney to the Kennedy Center to star in “Streetcar.” Last year, there was a version of “Streetcar” starring Scarlett Johansson as Maggie. It’s certain that the new “Cat” in Bethesda and “Streetcar” in Baltimore won’t be the last. The best plays of Tennessee Williams represent a siren song, for audiences and artists alike. “It’s about the poetry,” a director once said to me. I think it’s about us — that these burning hot, suffering souls are us, at some time or crossroads, complete with a cross. That’s this playwright’s triumph, that his work is in this sense deathless. Happy birthday, Tennessee.
Tennessee Williams: Alive at 105 BY G A RY T I S C H L E R
Thomas Keegan as the Gentleman Caller and Jenna Sokolowski as Laura in the Ford’s Theatre production of “The Glass Menagerie,” directed by Mark Ramont. Photo by Scott Suchman.
he noted and sometimes notorious American playwright of despair and hope Tennessee Williams would have been 105 years old March 26. Given his often turbulent life and bouts of precarious health, there was never much chance that he would even come close to that kind of old age. But the Mississippi-born, Pulitzer Prizewinning author nearly made it to 72, succumbing Feb. 25, 1983, in his suite at New York’s Hotel Elysée, to what the coroner described as “Seconal intolerance.” Gone he may be from life, but his plays live on. In the playing, they seem still to be entirely original works of art, continuing to challenge audiences and theater artists alike — especially actresses, for whom Williams wrote indelible, memorable and iconic roles. For many actresses, women like Amanda Wingfield, Blanche DuBois, Maggie the Cat and Alexandra Del Lago are as demanding and enticing as a Hamlet, an Othello or a Lear; they long to jump into Maggie’s slip, Blanche’s madness and Alexandra’s crumbling charisma the way a cat might a approach a poisoned bowl of milk, with interest, fearless. Proof positive of Williams’s place in American theater and cultural history exists all around us, especially, it seems lately, in the Washington area. Madeleine Potter just finished a run at Ford’s Theatre as Amanda Wingfield, the diva-like single mother who lives her life through the prospects of her delicate daughter in “The Glass Menagerie.” Now Round House Theatre in Bethesda is taking on “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” from March 26 through April 30, as the Keegan Theatre did when it opened its renovated space on Church Street in Dupont Circle last year. Maggie, the rest-less, frustrated, sexually seething wife of Brick, will once again roam the stage, challenging her hard-drinking, wounded husband and going toe to toe
with Big Daddy and Big Momma — just as Elizabeth Taylor did in the 1958 film version and Elizabeth Ashley did on Broadway in 1974 (directed by Michael Kahn in what many see as a definitive version). Mitchell Hébert is directing, with Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan as Maggie, Gregory Wooddell as Brick, Rick Foucheux as Big Daddy and Sarah Marshall as Big Momma. Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre, in its new location in a renovated vaudeville house, will stage “A Streetcar Named Desire,” in which the feverish and unstable Blanche DuBois visits her sister Stella in New Orleans, sparking a tragedy and an electrically charged crisis involving Stella’s violent husband Stanley Kowalski. The production, directed by Derek Goldman, artistic director of the Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University, will be presented as part of “The Great American Rep,” alternating with Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” directed by Everyman Artistic Director Vincent Lancisi. Both run through June 12, with “Salesman opening April 6 and “Streetcar” April 13. Williams’s great gift was to create plays about characters with horribly wounded but shining and indomitable hungers, souls who embrace both a kind of spiritual physicality and a tortured, killing, searing and shameful choice. He was a gay man whose relationships were public at a time when being openly gay amounted to living a difficult life, especially for a man of his sensitivities and insecurities. Williams would bring poetry to the often unpoetic situations and events in his plays, many of which were inhabited by a host of sinners and not a few monsters and potential saints. His works were filled with dramatic tension, things left unspoken then suddenly given loud and rude voice, in the manner of a cry of pain. The persistence of the work on stage, coming
alive again and again, also speaks to his life and persona, and perhaps accounts for the popularity of and critical acclaim for the 2014 book “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh,” a biography written by New Yorker critic and writer John Lahr with bravado, style and great but unblinking empathy. A finalist for the National Book Award, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award in the biography category. The paperback version was published late last year and remains a steady seller. It is a superb theater book, full of
Cover of the recent Williams biography by John Lahr.
C O M PI L E D BY R I C H A R D S E L D E N An opening date was announced for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American Art and Culture, which has reached its full five-story height on the National Mall: Saturday, Sept. 24. A multiday indoor-outdoor celebration will follow the ribbon-cutting by President Obama. The museum is currently making use of space on the second floor of the National Museum of American History. Named not for a character from Dickens, but for the National Portrait Gallery volunteer who endowed the program, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition will open March 12. Works by about 50 finalists, along with the portrait that was awarded the $25,000 grand prize, will be on view through Jan. 8. Virginia Outwin Boochever, who died in 2005, was among the first commissioned officers in the World War II women’s branch of the U.S. Naval Reserve. There is one red entrance to Dupont
Underground, the former trolley station capped by Dupont Circle. To unseal more of the access staircases by the April 30 opening of the new contemporary art space’s inaugural installation (of several hundred thousand plastic balls), a crowdfunding campaign called “Open These Doors!” has been launched. The winner of the “Re-Ball!” design competition will be announced March 21. Ballerina Julie Kent, 46, a principal dancer with New York’s American Ballet Theatre from 1993 to 2015, was named artistic director of The Washington Ballet, effective July 1. Kent, who went to Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, is married to ABT associate artistic director Victor Barbee, 61, who will become her colleague in Washington as associate artistic director. Completing his 17th and final season as artistic director, Septime Webre will speak at Georgetown Media Group’s April 7 Cultural Leadership Breakfast.
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Bishop Walker: Hope in the Unseen
Ann Nitze Loves Vintage BY R OBERT DEVANEY
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More than 300 guests gathered at the Willard Hotel March 3 to benefit the Bishop Walker School for Boys, a tuitionfree school for boys from low-income communities, east of the Anacostia River. The dinner featured remarks from Ron Suskind, author of “Hope in the Unseen,” and a surprise appearance by Cedric Jennings, the Ballou High School student featured in the book.
Philanthropist Ann Nitze arranged a jewelry pop-up at her 28th Street home by Susie Hoimes of San Francisco. The vintage jewelry on display owned the room and shone with the glamour of Chanel style along with other famous names beyond its costume ornamentation.
Tommy Walker, Maria Walker, the Right Rev. Mariann Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, and Charles Walker.
Susie Hoimes and Ann Nitze. Rev. Stuart Kenworthy, interim vicar of Washington Cathedral and formerly rector of Christ Church in Georgetown, with Sonya Sutton and her husband, the Right Rev. Eugene Sutton, Episcopal Bishop of Maryland.
'Capital Ladies Club' Dana Tai Soon Burgess: 'Foster Suite' Lunch at Martin’s BY M ARY BIRD
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The exhibit, “Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs 1859-1862,” now at the National Portrait Gallery inspired choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess to create “The Foster Suite: The Remains of Loss and Longing,” which his Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company presented in the Gallery’s Kogod Courtyard in two performances Feb. 28. The site served as infirmary during the Civil War where Clara Barton and Walt Whitman attended to the war wounded. At a post-performance reception at NoPa restaurant and bar, Burgess offered a toast to dance. His company will embark on two international tours as a State Department cultural envoy.
Gwendolyn C. Russell joined authors Bryan Denson and chef Mike Soper for an afternoon book signing at Martin’s Tavern Feb. 26. Russell, who knows the D.C. scene well, wrote “Capital Ladies Clubˮ under the pen name Gurdie Correll. The plot follows the friendships of four women on the fast track who are eventually forced to confront their inner demons and move forward in the spotlight of our nation’s capital.
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Board members Sylvia Van Vliet-Ragheb and Dedi Liem Gunawan.
Washingron Performance Arts Honors Wheeler BY M ARY B IRD, P HOTO S C O U RT E S Y WA S H I N G TO N PER FOR M IN G ARTS Robin and Jay Hammer co-chaired a special evening of celebration at the Mellon Auditorium on March 5 as Washington Performing Arts honored its President Emeritus Doug Wheeler. Following cocktails and a silent auction, National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg emceed a program with Children of the Gospel Choir and alumnus bass-baritone Soloman Howard. Chef Nora Pouillon created a menu prepared by Occasions Caterers. President & CEO Jenny Bilfield noted that next year will mark the organization's 50th anniversary. Violinist Midori performed a tribute performance and auctioneer CK Swett raised impressive sums to support WPA’s artistic and educational arts initiatives.
GALA GUIDE 2016
Upcoming Events and a Peek at Spring
Leukemia Ball The 2016 Leukemia Ball, presented by PhRMA, will feature entertainment by Barenaked Ladies and a comedic performance by Kathleen Madigan. The Leukemia Ball has raised more than $52 million for the National Capital Area Chapter of LLS since it began in 1988. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Contact Korey Lindesmith at email@example.com or 703-399-2957.
Chamber Dance Project Bash in Bloom Jacqui Michel will chair Bash in Bloom, a celebration in support of Chamber Dance Project’s June 2016 Season and Community Engagement Program. The evening will include a performance by Brass Band Connection. Residence of the Ambassador of Colombia. Contact Krysten Jenci at 202-553-7663 or Californiakj@ hotmail.com.
Cathedral Choral Society: Gala 1941
Board Chairman Reginald van Lee.
Irfana Noorani, Joel Friedman, Jenny Bilfield.
In celebration of its founding year, the Cathedral Choral Society offers a ritzy evening of 1940s fun — Gala 1941 — with big band swing, dancing, and a silent auction. The Brooks Tegler Band performs. Contact Lindsay Sheridan at firstname.lastname@example.org — 202-5375510.
13th Annual Blue Jeans Ball The event will feature tastings from 40 of the area’s hottest restaurants with live music, live and silent auction to raising funds in support of the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest hunger relief organization in the metro area. Marriott Marquis Hotel. Please visit capitalareafoodbank.org.
Women Making History Women Making History presents a program preceded by reception and buffet. It is held during Women’s History Month to honor a select group of women who have made a significant contribution in their field and serve as an inspiration for women everywhere. Mayflower Hotel. Contact Jan Du Plain at email@example.com or 703534-3400.
N Street Village Annual Gala Co-Chairs Robin & Jay Hammer
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N Street Village, the social services agency that provides shelter and support to homeless and low-income women, is hosting its annual gala at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Richard Gere will present the awards to the N Street Village client honorees, which includes Melissa Maxfield of Comcast “for her incredible and continuing support of N Street Village.” Contact Stuart Allen at sallen@ nstreetvillage.org or 202-939-2085.
Pink Tie Party The Pink Tie Party celebrates the end of winter and the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival — March 20 through April 17. Food and beverage stations, entertainment and a silent auction. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The Ronald Reagan Building. Proceeds benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. Call 877-442-5666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friends of Vincent Orange met at the Watson Place home of Johanna and Phil Sfreddo to support his re-election and ongoing legislative agenda. The at-large Council member told the lively group that government efforts can help citizens fulfill their version of Maslow̕s hierarchy of needs. “We need more affordable housing, but the city is doing very well,” Orange said. Then, the dancing and talking resumed.
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Phil Sfreddo, Vincent Orange and Johanna Sfreddo with their “Go Orange!” bowlers, stoked for the Democratic primary on June 14.
Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington celebrates 80 years of services and 30 years of the Night of Vision Gala. This country’s largest local prevention of blindness agency is dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy and innovation. The Four Seasons. Email events@youreyes. org or call 202-234-1010.
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