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n a town once famous for its salons and the grandes dames who hosted them (Evangeline Bruce, Susan Mary Alsop, Pamela Harriman, Katharine Graham) its refreshing to see a MAN of substance, Bill Haseltine, take the lead in developing a twentyfirst century version devoted to exploring the environmental security issues of our time. Welcome to WL’s first Green Salon, co-hosted by enviro-babe Nora Maccoby and Mara Hazeltine. The lively and frank discussion showcased the views of renowned national security, environmental and energy policy movers and shakers including Former CIA director James Woolsey, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki Al Faisal, Swedish Ambassador Gunnar Lund amongst many others. As Rocky Mountain Institute Founder Amory Lovins said, meeting our energy and environmental security challenges “is not about costs, burdens and sacrifice but about profits, competitiveness and job creation,” as well as doing the right thing. Our eco-focused issue encompasses a wide spectrum of ways to color one’s life green, whether it be through organic dining, travel to far off green lands, beautifying one’s home with eco-friendly designs and local artwork, designing the perfect “greenhouse” with architects Travis Price, Yolanda Cole, or Sassan Gharai or even building one with developer Jim Abdo. And for a look at Washington’s eco-power players turn to Pop Politics for a rundown of today’s key enviropolicy makers on the Hill. e also tip our hat to Roland Flamini who wrote our cover story on eco-activists Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau, grandchildren of legendary conservationist Jacques Cousteau, who perfectly frame WL’s concept of the Cousteau family’s “Life Aquatic.” Adding her inspired vision was photographer Yvonne Taylor, who expertly shot WL’s lush,“East of Eden” fashion spread.Providing admirable

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KEVIN BOOK is a senior analyst for Friedman Billings Ramsey who interprets Capitol Hill for Wall Street, evaluating legislative actions, agency rulings, and the political landscape for investment opportunities within the energy and technology, media and telecom sectors. 2 KRISTA BUILLION is a freelance writer residing in Georgetown. Her work chronicling the fashion industry and local shopping scene has been featured in The Georgetowner and The Downtowner. She is a vice president of Business Development for GE Capital Solutions. 3

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DONNA EVERS has more than 30 years experience in residential real estate in the Washington Metro marketplace. She is the broker and president of Evers & Co. Real Estate, the largest independent woman-owned and run residential brokerage in the area. Evers researches and reports on Metro area history on her radio show, “Real Estate Today.” 4

SAMIA FAROUKI is a longtime Washingtonian who is involved in the arts, education and peace building. Well-known for her creative energy, she has worked tirelessly to make events that she chairs exceed the highest of expectations.

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RON SHIPMON is a curator for a Fortune 500 company and an art dealer specializing in emerging artists.To view his work visit www. ronshipmon.com

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9 JEFF STEIN is an editor and investigative reporter of long standing, specializing in U.S. intelligence, defense and foreign policy. In Sept. 2002, he became the founding editor of CQ Homeland Security, a daily news website from Congressional Quarterly. An Army Intelligence case officer in Vietnam, Jeff is now Congressional Quarterly’s National Security Editor and SpyTalk Columnist. A frequent contributor to The New York Times and The Washington Post, he was deputy foreign editor for UPI during the 1980s. He appears regularly on CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel,The BBC and NPR as a commentator on national security issues. 10 YVONNE TAYLOR was born in Washington, D.C. and is one of the region’s top fashion photographers. Her work has graced the pages of Allure, Glamour, Italian Vogue and Elle, among many others. Her work is modern and defines a range of authentic beauty and emotional space. In the March ’07 issue on page 57 WL misidentified Dr. Giorgio Via as Russian Amb.Yuri Ushakov. WL regrets this error.

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NFLPLAYERS GRIDIRONGALA/JB AWARDS CBS Sports’ “The

NFL Today” host James Brown presents his eponymous JB awards to heroic astroturf-athletes who embody family, community and charity at this gala event. Prior to the festivities, all attending NFL players will play in a charity basketball game — crossovers à la Michael Jordan are still the height of chic, it seems — alongside and for the benefit of Special Olympians.The D.C. branch receives all proceeds from the event, which features a silent auction and awards presentation. 6 p.m.; The Washington Hilton; Contact www.nflplayers.com or Amy Maestas at (202) 496-2893.



MENDELSSOHN PIANOTRIO DVORJAKTRIOSBest

known for the stunning Symphony No. 9 From the New World, legendary Bohemian composer Antonin Dvorak gets star treatment at the Czech Republic Embassy. The resident Mendelssohn Piano Trio will delight audiences with three classic pieces from this Czech composer. 8 p.m.; Embassy of the Czech Republic; $50; www. concerts/embassyseries.org.



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GALA Alec Baldwin emcees

an evening of silent and live auctions, live entertainment and top-chef dining, while Melissa Rivers, daughter of red carpet critic Joan Rivers, serves as honorary guest.The showpiece — the Art of Compassion Award — recognizes compassion in research and medicine and may only be outshone by the delicious prospect of a “gourmet vegan” meal with songster Moby. 6:30 p.m.; Mellon Auditorium; black tie; $250; Contact Debbi Miller at (202) 686-2210 ext. 240 or dmiller@pcrmfoundation. org



THANNUAL GEORGET WASHINGTON CANCERINSTITUTE GALA Philanthropists

Condoleezza Rice and Barbara Harrison at the Kennedy Center Spring Gala, 2006

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of all ages gather to celebrate the work of the famed Cancer Institute at this gala event; expect ambassadors, diplomats and Fortune 500 magnates. The evening

includes dancing to big-band hits, a raffle for a Mercedes Benz , and a silent auction. 6p.m.; National Buildings Museum; black tie; $350; Contact Sandra L. Cushner at (202) 994-9391 or mcdisc@ gwumc.edu.



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for Paws features 40 of the District’s celebrated personalities strutting the catwalk with decked-out designer dogs in tow.This “ready-to-wag” show includes a reception and a “Barking Beauty Boutique” for ultra chic shopping.The Washington Humane Society’s mobile adoption unit will also be there; take your very own furry little “model” home after the event. Fashion for Paws benefits thousands of homeless, lost, and abused animals in the District of Columbia. 7 p.m.; The French Embassy; cocktail attire; $55; Contact Tara de Nicholas at (202) 723-5730 ext. 226.



HELENHAYES AWARDSGALA

The aptly named Helen Hayes Awards honors excellence in Washington area professional theater, where Hayes debuted at the age of 9 … in the year 1909. Hosted by local film, television

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The Washington Ballet performs “Blackbird” at the Beatles Ball, 2006

and stage star Jason Kravits, who currently appears on Broadway in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” the night will include dinner, an awards ceremony and a cast party. 8 p.m.; Awards at Warner Theater, reception at J.W. Marriot; Contact Maggie Cook at (202) 337-4572 or visit www.helenhayes.org.



NATIONALMUSEUM OFWOMENINTHE ARTSGALAGroundbreaking

female artists have always existed, however SPONSORED Artemsia Gentileschi, Lavinia Fontana, Sonofisba Anguissola and others will be recognized at the NMWA’s Spring Gala, which spotlights the exhibit “Italian Women Artists from Renaissance to Baroque.” Local luminaries from all facets of the community will enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent

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auction at this fêting of the femme. 6:30 p.m.; National Museum of Women in the Arts; $500 and up; Contact Jillian Timm at (202) 2662815 or jtim@nmwa.org.



ARTANDSOUL

Why not support the local art scene and decorate your home as well? “Art and Soul” provides painters and patrons with a philanthropic venue for artistic exchange; the auction benefits the Greentree Adolescent Program and the Betty Ann Krahnke Center for New Beginnings.This signature fundraising event will feature a jazz and piano performance to showcase local artists. 7 p.m.–10:30 p.m.; Bethesda North

Marriot Hotel; cocktail attire; $100; Contact Heather Buckman at (301) 365-4480 ext. 266 or hbuckman@ nccf-cares.org.

— whose jokes were dubbed by snarkmasters at The New Yorker as like “Ronald Reagan’s, but without the edge.” This year’s soirée promises good-natured fun with the most prominent political players in the nation and the reporters who cover them. The Washington Hilton; Contact (202) 452-4836.



CHILDREN’SBEACH HOUSEANNUAL SANDCASTLEBALL “An

Evening Under the Stars” is the annual fundraiser The Children’s Beach House; founded in 1936 by Lydia Chichester duPont, the CBH to help children with special needs reach their highest potential as functioning members of their communities. Held at the Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club, this evening of black-tie glamour on the night sands should not be missed. 7 p.m.-midnight; Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club; black tie; $150; Contact (302) 645-9184.

 

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARYSPRING GALA  It’s the big

Isabel Ernst and George Chopivsky rockin’ at the Beatles Ball,2006



WHITEHOUSE CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATIONDINNER

Stephen Colbert memorably roasted GW at the 2006 dinner, which may have influenced this year’s hiring of middle-ofthe-road comedian Rich Little

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seven-five for the Folger Shakespeare Library; the Bard — and the Library’s anniversary — will be celebrated in black-tie splendor by noble minds from around the country. A cocktail reception, performance and dinner round out this night of theatrical bliss. Time TBD; Folger Shakespeare Library; black tie; Ticket TBD; Contact (202) 675-0337 or at www. folger.edu/gala.

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WASHINGTON BALLET SPRINGGAL AThe premier event of the season for the SPONSORED Washington Ballet, this elegant yet hip event always culls the cream of D.C. society’s crop. Enjoy dinner, a dance performance, and then cut a rug with your date on the dance floor.6:30 p.m.; The National Building Museum; $500 and up; Contact (202) 362-3606 ext. 125.

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BESTFRIENDS FOUNDATION BALL

Let’s do the time warp again! The Best Friends SPONSORED Rock and Roll Gala raises spirits, voices and funds for school children in this evening of rousing musical performances and revelry. Last year’s highly successful event featured classic cars and chocolate malteds; this year’s promises to be even better. Reception 6:30 p.m.; Dinner and Show 7:15 p.m.; Rock ‘n’ Roll 8:00 p.m.; The Ritz Carlton; $500 and up; Contact Roberta Freer at (202) 478-9686 or email event@ bestfriendsfoundation.org.

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KENNEDYCENTER SPRINGGALA

Much Like cherry blossoms, the Kennedy Center Spring Gala heralds spring in the District; the weekend’s festivities include

Elayne and Bill Bennett at the 2006 Best Friends Foundation Gala

crowd-pleasing crooner Harry Connick Jr., a private reception, cocktails and an elegant dinner. The proverbial cherry on top: “Til Midnight,” a dance party featuring the swinging rhythms of Big Ray and the Kool Kats. 6 p.m.; The Kennedy Center; Ticket Contact www.kennedy-center.org.



ARENASTAGE GALA The 15th

Annual Arena Stage Benefit for Community Engagement brings together politicians and local Washington celebrities in a lighthearted bipartisan spoof. The performance in Kreeger Theater follows dinner and an awards presentation. 6 p.m.; Arena Stage; $500; Contact (202) 554-9066 ext. 715.

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cPETERMAXPOPARTPUNDIT The diametric opposite of a Velvet Elvis? A painting on the side of a working Boeing 777 jumbo jet, perhaps; world-renowned political artist Peter Max has done it. Adding to his presence in more than 100 museums and galleries around the world, he brings “Pop to Patriotism” to D.C.’s Wentworth Galleries (locations at Tysons Galleria, Pentagon City and White Flint) this spring. For dates and more information visit www.petermax.com or www.wentworth-art.com.

fJAPANI-NATION Presented by The Smithsonian Associates,

“JAPAN﹕ WOW! From Traditions to Trends” will feature Bunraku puppets, traditional dance, Kurokawa Noh drama and anime. Performances run April – June at various venues. For more information visit www. smithsonianassociates.org.

Parker Posey stars in Fay Grim, showing at Filmfest DC

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FILMNATION Filmfest DC: The Washington, D.C. International Film Festival April 19-29 Screenings at 4000 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. For more information visit www.filmfestdc.org

eWENEEDEDTHIS Spa Week, a nationwide event, intends to convince the unbelieving of the benefits of “the spa lifestyle”; with over 400 participating establishments in 22 markets (and some great deals on treatments), the revolution may not be televised, but it will have absolutely invisible pores. For local information visit www.spaweek.org

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fTAKEPAWS Man’s best friends take center stage on April 14th at

Fashion for Paws, to be held at the French Embassy by the Washington Humane Society. This event will send more than 40 of D.C.’S celebrated personalities down the runway accompanied by their furry better halves. For more information visit www. washhumane.org.

OPENDOORPOLICY The Georgetown House Tour of "##$ April 28, 11 a.m – 5 p.m. Tickets: $40 - $45; group discount for 20 or more walkers $35/person For more information visit www.georgetownhousetour.com

fINSIDEINFORMATION %OR“TMI?”'19th century novelist Samuel Butler once called the human body “a pair of pincers set over a bellows and a stew pan and the whole fixed upon stilts.” Glamorous? Perhaps not, but fascinating remains the mot juste when describing “BODIES…The Exhibition﹒” Opening in April at the former Newseum site at 1101 Wilson Blvd. in Rosslyn, this visceral voyage — replete with specially preserved cadavers — promises a close look under our skins. For more information visit www. bodiestheexhibition.com.

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Hold the Pesticides Organic and sustainable dining in the district

The secret of Nora’s trying to provide a top-notch dining experience, success is that she with dishes ranging from beef carpaccio to free introduced organic food in range chicken in a elegant setting with warm a fine dining setting where wooden floors and museum-quality Amish the taste is never compromised. “Some quilts on the walls. “I can’t cook food that I people came because the food was know is killing my customers,” Pouillon says, organic, and some came just because demonstrating a passion that has sustained her they enjoyed food,” Pouillon says.When through the years. She has become a leading she opened in 1979, only 20 to 30 advocate in the organic industry and inspired percent of the food was organic, which a new generation of chefs. She makes sure to by definition means grown without introduce many of her food sources to other pesticides, artificial fertilizers or sewage chefs and continues to work to raise the quality sludge and not processed with ionizing of organic and sustainable farms. Chef Brian McBride at Blue Duck Tavern radiation additives. It simply wasn’t available. Through the years, Pouillon made it is one follower who uses sustainable sources as a priority to find local, certified organic food well.The restaurant is quickly becoming one of sources. In 1999, she asked the Organic Trade the best in the District. The completely open Association to establish regulations so she could kitchen and the food sources listed on the menu have the first certified organic restaurant. This bring a unique level of honesty to the menu means the sugar, coffee, fish, vegetables, balsamic choices.A diner knows exactly which small farm in the mid-Atlantic region is the source of the vinegar -- almost everything is organic. As at any fine restaurant, one accepts that there duck, veal and chicken and the chef prepares it are some culinary acrobatics occurring behind the right in front of the customers.“It’s about letting scenes, but most don’t realize there is a veritable the flavor of the food come through,” McBride Cirque du Soleil behind the door at Nora’s to keep her restaurant environmentally focused. Linens are made from organic cotton; menus are printed on recycled paper with soy ink; carpets are all bio degradable, all laundry is done in-house to minimize bleach use. Nora’s even has its own water filtration system. Above: Restaurant Nora’s star But the heart owner, Nora Pouillon Right: of Nora’s comes Located on the corner of from the owner. Florida and R Streets, Nora’s is America’s first organic restaurant Pouillon’s simply

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any people don’t think about what they put in their mouths. In the film SuperSize Me two girls say they had no idea McDonalds’ food could be fattening. While a majority of the population is overweight and many obese, most Americans do understand that a meal oozing fat directly onto your hands is not the healthiest choice. Have you ever heard someone order “the mixed greens with the fungicide, a sprinkling of pesticide and a side of fertilizer?” No, because most of us have no understanding of the organic and sustainable food industry - apart from the fact that it’s “chic” to shop at Whole Foods instead of the “social” Safeway. Maybe the movie to make should be Pesticide Me to educate the country about organic food. The star could be Washington’s own Nora Pouillon, the owner of Restaurant Nora and a pioneer in the industry. Pouillon’s restaurant on the corner of Florida Avenue and R Street, N.W., always looks inviting with its red brick and gargoyle-like sun over the door. It’s easy to think of it as a neighborhood joint than America’s first organic restaurant. The thought of organic dining conjures visions of hemp tablecloths, brown rice and unflavored vegetables, and customers in earth tones and Birkenstocks. We’d rather starve.

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says of his simple menu. This is not harvested in our backyards in late a place where sauces have been August? Using local sources means reduced, frothed, heated and then our that our soil gets replenished, it caramelized, but it is the place for brings money back into our local some of the best carrots and salad economy and some argue it’s better and grits that put the best Southern for our bodies since fresher produce contains more nutrients. chefs to shame. There’s no scientific research Agraria, located near the waterfront in Georgetown, is that proves organic food is healthier another sustainable dining option. than other food products, it costs Managed by Opened by a farmers’ percent more on average and many union, a cooperative representing critics haven’t been won over. 39,000 farms, its motto is “from However, organic chefs argue that our fields to our table.” Powerhouse it’s impossible to know the long designers Theo Adamstein and terms effects of putting chemicals in Olvia Demetriou are responsible our body daily. Pouillon believes it’s for the zen-like atmosphere that especially harsh for children, who comes and minimalist furniture. have smaller bodies. Ultimately, Agraria specializes in providing food organic and sustainable food’s that comes from the freshest sources. superiority in terms of health Chef Ricky Moore’s dishes range benefits is still a matter of debate, from mixed greens with beets to a but innovative organic chefs leave tender chicken breast atop buttery no argument as to its taste. mashed potatoes.Agraria’s use of local produce is a simple strategy, a win/win for everyone involved, but one that is not yet embraced by most restaurateurs. As transportation becomes easier, chefs — and certainly supermarkets — consider the earth a “global vending machine” which brings produce from as far away as South America and the far East. How could corn be any sweeter than that which is grown right here on the Eastern Shore? How can tomatoes taste Entrance at the Blue Duck. any juicer than the ones

Restaurants that promote organic and/or sustainable foods: • AGRARIA, 3000 K Street N.W., (202) 298-0003 •BLUEDUCKTAVERN 24 & M Streets, N.W., (202) 4193 - 6755 • BUCK’SCAMPINGANDFISHING, 5031 Connecticut Avenue N.W., (202) 364-0777 • CAFÉSAINT-EX, 1847 14th Street, N.W., (202) 265-7839 • NORAS, 2132 Florida Avenue, N.W., (202) 462-5143 • RESTAURANTEVE 110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, (703) 706-0450

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onight, you have a front-row seat to a great display of both humanity and diplomacy,” remarked master of ceremonies Charlie Rose as he kicked-off a power-infused philanthropic dinner that recognized donors of $1.5 million for equipment and training for the Basrah Children’s Hospital in Iraq (to be overseen by Project HOPE). Such a display that Rose went on to say he could book his show for the next six months selecting only from the ultra-exclusive list assembled in the elaborately-decorated residence of Kuwaiti Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Rima Al-Sabah. The couple’s tightly-controlled guest list read like an attendance roster at a White House who’s who. “What I want to know is, who’s having dinner with the President,” joked Rose. Karl Rove, Joshua

Bolten, Samuel Bodman, Elaine Chao, Stephen Hadley, Michael Chertoff, Carlos Gutierrez and Gen. Peter Pace, among other administration heavyweights, dined on lobster, foie gras terrine and veal piccata in between food for thought from First Lady Laura Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Iraqi Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie and Dr. John Howe, president and CEO of Project HOPE. “The Basrah Children’s Hospital significantly expands the capacity of healthcare in Iraq and will address the needs of Iraq’s seriously ill children, especially those suffering from cancer,” Rima Al-Sabah noted. The First Lady touched upon the legacy of Saddam Hussein’s rule in her address, commenting that during his rein, “Iraq’s health care system fell into ruin.” She added, “Now, as

the people of Iraq work to rebuild their country, improving health care for children is a top priority.” Secretary Rice took a more macroview: “This hospital is part of a wider effort to build a free, peaceful and prosperous Iraq.” Charitable causes notwithstanding, the evening was a potent networking opportunity for corporate benefactors from ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, Chevron, Shell Oil, Conoco Phillips, Valero, Marathon Oil, Fluor,AECOM and Tesoro, who were rewarded with premium seating for their contributions. White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten was rewarded with something more light-hearted – a jam session with Grammy awardwinner Randy Travis, ending the evening on an upbeat note. Additional VIPs included Justice Anthony Kennedy, Sen. Ted Stevens, Rep. John Dingell, Francis Townsend, Robert Kimmi0 and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty.

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Elizabeth and Randy Travis with Lynne and General Peter Pace

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Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman and John Hopkins

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THE EVENT Like the song says, it was Ladies’ Night at the Fairfax Square Tiffany’s; dazzling dames enjoyed a bit of the Washington version of “Sex and the City” with decadent treats, jewels and conversation “just between us gals.” The ambience was cosmpolitan, but the drinks leaned more toward the martini – the “Tiffatini,” to be precise. Catered by notable nosh-enthusiasts Design Cuisine, dessert highlights included Brownie Sunday bites and candied jewelry boxes with ring pops inside. Two models showed off the latest Tiffany treasures as guests delighted at their individual candy bracelets with “Return to Tiffany” heart charm tag aached. DJ Malik Lomax of Simple Pleasures spun contemporary tunes that kept the sugar high at maximum level. All in all, it was the ultimate dish of eyecandy.THEGUESTSLynn Leonsis, Darya Maanavi, Cindy Jones, Mai Abdo, Sharon Bradley, Rebecca McCabe and Tina West.

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Jill Bruno, Dina Mackney, Linda Donovan and Jocelyn Greenan

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Jorge Adeler, Paige Bishop and Rep. Patrick Kennedy

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THE EVENT More than $500K was raised for NARSAD’s gala dinner, a stunning sum as this is only its fourth “Mission Possible” event. The name came from the first gala, held at the International Spy Museum, when this group of mental health professionals declared their mission of finding cures for 32 types of brain and behavioral disorders — from autism to Alzheimers. THE SCENE At the huge Pennsylvania Avenue Canadian embassy, guests were welcomed by minister Roy Norton. The program, which included an exhibit of Canadian art, a raffle and the presentation of the Wellstone Leadership Awards was emceed by CNN Special Correspondent Frank Sesno. Event co-chairs were Sheila Rabaut and Wendy Adeler-Hall, whose Great Falls’ Adeler Jewelers donated the luxurious pieces that were auctioned. High point: the almost $8K reached by the diamond-encircled brooch, featuring a South Sea Mobe pearl emerging from its shell. The Paul Wellstone Leadship Award (named for the late “Conscience of the Senate”) was presented to Rep. Patrick Kennedy for his legislative efforts regarding mental illness, and to the late Art Buchwald for humanizing his own illness through his frank writings about his struggles with depression. (His posthumous award was accepted by his son Joel.) CBS-TV legend Mike Wallace, who presented the awards, has also been forthright about his bouts of depression, and has been a strong advocate for the mentally ill.

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Annette Shelby, Lady Booth Olson, Ted Olson with Sen. Richard Shelby

Lady Manning and British Amb. Sir David Manning

Katherine Hill and Andrew Long

THE EVENT A Love’s Labor’s Lost inspired the gala for the 20th annual Will Awards, benefiting The Shakespeare Theatre Company Free For All program, which provides the city with two weeks of free theater. THESCENE: Past recipients of the Will Award include Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Dame Judi Dench, Fiona Shaw, Ralph Fiennes and Lynn Redgrave, but this year the company honored its own including: Avery Brooks, Patrick Page, and Geraint Wyn Davies. Michael Kahn said, “Over the past 20 years, I have had the great fortune to work with these 15 supremely talented individuals. They are some of the most gied artists working [today], and they are the foundation on which the Shakespeare Theatre Company was built.” Co-chairs Kathleen and Chris Ma0hews and Maureen and Bill Torgerson helped to raise over $543,000.THEGUESTSHonorary patrons British Amb. Sir David and Lady Manning, Mandy Ourisman, Kay Kendall, Catherine Reynolds and Bill and Ann Nitze.

John Hill and Landon Butler

Avery Brooks and Michael Kahn

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Jason Williams, Sanju Bansal, Mona Patel and Stephen Boyd

Design Cuisine elegantly appointed the Meridian House

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Michael Feldman, Michael Allen, Philippe Reines and Jeremy Bash

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Tripp Donelly and Amy Angelo THEEVENTLuxe was the byword at this year’s much-anticipated Washington Life’s Y&GL fête; young Washingtonians glowed against the soly illuminated (in royal purple by Frost Lighting) tapestries and French double doors of the majestic Meridian House. Nibbling on delectable sushi morsels and mini cheese burgers, more than 400 local power-partiers mingled in a lounge conceived by Design Cuisine’s Bill Homan with floral designs by Ultra Violet. The“Meridian House has never looked so good,” remarked one guest. The fondue bar. infectiously grooving funk band, The Caption Midnight Movers, and DJ Seyhan Duru made for irresistible revelry, and the open bar and Silver Patron shots only augmented the effect. The party continued until the wee, wee, and we do mean wee hours at Napoleon, where guests went home with donuts from Fractured Prune. THEYOUNG ANDTHEGUESTLISTAmy and Bre0 Baier, Sarah Baker, Pamela Brown, Phillippe Cousteau, Charlo0e Grassi, Coventry Burke, Fred and Britlan Malek, Alexis Tobin, Lee Wang, Paul Wharton and Winston Bao Lord. GIFTBAGSPONSORSCibu, Wren & Divine, Renu Med Spa, SomaFit, Tourneau, Terra, Urbana, Candelman, Agraria, Urban Chic, Pure Exotic, Groom Lounge, Sports Club L.A., Container Store, Bond No. 9, La Mer, Shiseheido, Amore Pacific, Teaism, Clinique, Sisley, Valise, Abigail de Casanova Studio and Saks Fih Avenue.

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Andres Galves and JenniďŹ&#x20AC;er Green

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Liza Wynne and John Olympitis

Osmar Nunez, Will Thomas and Paul Wharton

Ashley Prange and Mark Brzezinski

Philip Bergman and Jason van Buren

Gwen and Stuart Holliday

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Tom Snedeker and Jen Utz

Windy Shepherd and Chris Larsin

Chris Doppman, Sarah Lenti, Nova Daly and Molly Mark

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Hadley Gamble and Seyhan Duru

Carlos Gutierrez, Jr. and Amin Salam

The Midnight Movers

Bill Batts, Jennifer Villanueva and Omar Popal

Justin Fishkin, Patrick Jackson, Tanner Campbell and Clara Brillembourg

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Juleanna Glover-Weiss and Rebecca Glover

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Reed Landry and Liza Tanner

Lisa Sun and Arash Shirazi

Alex Pareene and Elizabeth Glover Stara Studebaker, Steve Andronico and Alana Harrington

JeďŹ&#x20AC; Jordan, Christina Martin and George Chopivsky

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James Woodyard, Caleb Ward and Andrew Reese

Sam Vinograd and Eve Zambetakis

Sebastian Angulo and Bernard Pierson

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Nini Ferguson and Russian Amb. Yuri Ushakov

Susan and Dean Monroe

Melissa Keshishian, Laurie Coughlin and Jeanne Ruesch

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THEEVENT The annual spring ball that has women saving their best Cavalli, Versace and Hermes gowns for a twirl in the grand atrium of Corcoran Gallery of Art. THESCENEAer more than 50 years, this is the ball that seems to get it right. Floral designs with over 25,000 exotic stems were assembled by noted designer Jack Lucky. Also impressive was the gourmet dinner of crab and tomato napoleon, filet mignon and a chocolate decadence that tasted as if it were made to order for each of the 1,100 guests. Plexiglass chairs and square turquoise and green lanterns added to an atmosphere that was especially appropriate for the opening of “Modernism: Designing a New World 1914-1939,” a show director Paul Greenhalgh helped to bring from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Chairwoman Melissa Keshishian helped to raise over $500,000 for the Corcoran. The evening ended with two bands playing crowd-pleasing favorites that got everyone on their feet. THEGUESTSStuart and Gwen Holliday, Bitsey Folger, Roger and Vicki Sant, Jim Kimsey, Russian Amb. Yuri Ushakov and his wife Svetlana, David Gregory, Lolo Sarnoff and Jeanne Ruesch.

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MEDIA SPOTLIGHT

Celebrity Central Michael Musto runs his mouth, Tony Snow jams and Tucker Carlson takes a break from dancing

B Y J A N E T D O N O VA N Color him explicit It’s a good thing Michael

applauded “the technologies that were available that have me standing behind the podium today.” But a gloom and doom party it wasn’t. Secretly lurking backstage were his fellow band members, choked up but ready to roll. An avid musician who plays the flute, saxophone and guitar, Snow picked up with his Beats Workin’ group and carried on. No stranger to fame, he counts among his credits playing with bona fide rock stars including Skunk Baxter (The

Musto didn’t perform at the Super Bowl, because the FCC would have raised indecency fines. He did perform at a recent book party at Nage, however, and it was a good thing. Washington could use a few laughs these days. The snarky columnist from The Village Voice has been slinging gossip for over 20 years and just released La Dolce Musto: Writings by the World’s Most Outrageous Columnist. Hosted by Victoria Michael, Rob Capriccioso, Katherine Kennedy, Jeff Gannon and Keri Ann Meslar of Red Peg Marketing, guests included MSNBC’s Tammy Haddad, David Bass of Qorvis, Miss D.C. Kate Michael, and Newschannel 8’s Pamela Brown. Top: White House Press “I’m really here to promote my book,” Secretary Tony Snow jams with Musto said, “but would you like me to his band “Beats Workin’” at the read some poetry by Suzanne Somers?” Great Comebacks Gala Right: The author, who covered his own party, Village Voice columnist Michael Musto performs at his book did it best: “I became surrounded by release party at Nage mouthy media and tanked twinks. The twinks then followed me in a huge conga line around Dupont Circle, formerly ‘the fruit loop,’ as we mourned the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) and Ian Anderson fact that a new stadium in town has caused the of Jethro Tull. He has also been featured on an demolition of nine gay bars.” Ann Coulter was episode of VH1 Classic’s Rock ‘n‘ Roll Fantasy nowhere in sight. Camp. While his wife Jill and children attended, guests were grateful that his three dogs, a cat And the winner is? Tony Snow: White House and three guinea pigs did not. Tony was grateful press secretary, former Fox News commentator, that David Gregory didn’t either. Washington Times reporter and everyone’s favorite Republican, who was honored at the Clandestine affairs Fortunately, the Patriot Great Comebacks Gala for his inspirational Act is undergoing review; some Canadian guests recovery from intestinal disease. Snow at the book party for Andrew Cockburn at the

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Georgetown home of Polly Kraft were inclined to whisper. Guests assured them they weren’t being spied on although they couldn’t guarantee it, since Cockburn’s book is titled Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy. Considering his previous titles include Dangerous Liaison; Out of the Ashes and The Threat, it’s safe to say that he is at least giving the FBI database folks a major headache. Taking a chance were George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, Kitty Kelley, George Stevens Jr., Howard Fineman and Margaret Carlson. There he goes again “Dancing with

the Stars” competitor and MSNBC Host Tucker Carlson was at it again, this time in the form of a “power lunch” bidding competition with colleagues Jake Tapper (ABC News National correspondent) and Jessica Yellin (ABC White House Correspondent) to benefit Horton’s Kids, which provides comprehensive services to the children of Anacostia. Held at the home of Gloria Dittus on March 8th, Karin Walser, the group’s founder, was clear in her message: “There are an enormous number of children living in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol Building who lack very basic services. There is so much we can do to help them, and this auction is a great example of how we can work together to make a difference.” Too bad Gloria’s art wasn’t up for auction. Her fabulous collection, mostly obtained in Paris many years ago, is worth a fortune now but she wouldn’t dream of selling. Like most collectors, she has a story for every piece – and a few were revealed to guests during a story telling session. Eying but not buying were Brett Baier, White House Correspondent for Fox News; and BET founder Bob Johnson, dapper and in an unusually good mood. We didn’t ask.

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eYIRO Organic children’s boutique Yiro offers head-turning conveyances for that Sunday stroll down P Street. The Bugaboo is the latest brain-child of hip designer Bas Kosters. $2,000; for more information visit www.yirostores.com.

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A Reel Spy The Washington Life-sponsored screening of Breach brought out the spooks â&#x20AC;Ś including one ex-CIA man whose story could be its own spy thriller BY JEFF STEIN

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about parts of my story which have not been hen I got an invitation for an made public. In my conversations with him, it advance screening last month was obvious that he knew the Hanssen story very of Breach, the espionage thriller well.â&#x20AC;? Says Ray: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brian was generous enough to â&#x20AC;&#x153;based onâ&#x20AC;? the true story of tell me that he felt I had gotten a lot of things Robert Hanssen, the FBI official caught spying right.That, of course, meant a lot to me.â&#x20AC;? for the Russians in 2001, they said I could bring Maybe Kelley will have his own movie along a guest. So I invited my pal Brian Kelley, a someday, about a dark side of the Hanssen case veteran spy-catcher who had just retired after three that few people know â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and is not explained in decades with the Central Intelligence Agency. the movie. They could call it Nightmare. Story Brian had more than a passing professional line: A CIA spy hunter becomes the hunted interest in the flick. In fact, he was at the center when a fanatical FBI agent insists heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Russian of the Hanssen case for almost two years. But mole. In Breach, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only the thinnest hint of he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have a bit role in Breach, which the emotional sinkhole Kelley was dragged into features a Lois Lane-Jimmy Olsen style duo whom by the FBI. the FBI deployed to nail Hanssen, a sexually There is a scene near the beginning of the twisted and ultra-religious computer dork who never apologized â&#x20AC;&#x201C; would be there, too. On the movie, when Hanssen, played to creepy perfection first volunteered to spy for the Russians in 1979. Indeed, Kelleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story presented the producers drive over, Kelley â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ever the CIA spy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; confided by Chris Cooper, is trying to impress a young with an inconvenient truth: His career â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and to me that he had already obtained and read the subordinate secretly assigned to spy on him. nearly his life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; was ruined by FBI agents who original screenplay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was borderline dreadful,â&#x20AC;? Hanssen stops outside a restricted office in a long, were certain he was the Russian mole, not he told me later, â&#x20AC;&#x153;which only buttressed my bare corridor in the J. Edgar Hoover Building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on behind that door?â&#x20AC;? Hanssen. For 21 months beginning in 1999, predisposition to dislike the movie.â&#x20AC;? The lights went down.About 20 minutes into he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Analysts, looking for a spy inside the a top FBI counterintelligence official pursued Kelley like a modern-day Inspector Javert. Agents the film, Kelley was surprised to find he liked intelligence community. Highest clearance.â&#x20AC;? He stares at his supposed followed him around, bugged acolyte. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find any his house and threatened his FORMONTHSBEGINNINGIN ATOPFBI CIA officers in there,â&#x20AC;? Hanssen family. Then finally one day a COUNTERINTELLIGENCEOFFICIALPURSUED says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Know why? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cause itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Russian defector showed up KELLEYLIKEAMODERN-DAYINSPECTORJAVERT CIA officer weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to with internal KGB documents build our case against.â&#x20AC;? pointing toward Hanssen. He wags a finger, cynically.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, could the mole Nevermind. In the end, Kelley was exonerated. it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Very believable,â&#x20AC;? he said. After it was over, I But not before the FBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong-headed made a beeline to the writer-director.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billy Ray,â&#x20AC;? be FBI and not CIA? Of course. Are we actively bloodhounds had chewed him a new one. Their I said,â&#x20AC;&#x153;meet Brian Kelley.â&#x20AC;? Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face blossomed. pursuing that possibility? Of course not. Because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re investigation was â&#x20AC;&#x153;emotionally devastating to both â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, man, Brian,â&#x20AC;? he said. By the look of the the Bureau, and the Bureau knows all.â&#x20AC;? The passing dialogue was like having an him and his family,â&#x20AC;? his lawyer said during the fight red on his cheeks, he seemed both happy and to salvage his reputation. Like I said, though, none embarrassed. They engaged like separated twins, electrical current run through him, Kelley says. of thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the movie. So I thought it would be and I slipped away. Later, Brian said,â&#x20AC;&#x153;He told me â&#x20AC;&#x153;It hit my nervous system.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This for me was the most important piece interesting to bring Brian along to meet Billy Ray, that he was thrilled to meet me. Of course, he the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writer and director, who was scheduled wanted to know how I liked the movie. I told of dialogue in the entire movie,â&#x20AC;? he adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pure Hanssen, who was always dropping him - honestly - that it was terrific.â&#x20AC;? to take questions after the lights went up. They have kept in touch, Kelley said via e-mail clues about the real mole inside the FBI, but Brian was game. Who knows, we thought, maybe the FBI official who hounded him â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and a few days later.â&#x20AC;&#x153;We later had several conversations nobody would listen.â&#x20AC;?

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Peter Earnest and Brian Kelley

General Michael Hayden and Canadian Amb. Michael Wilson

Former FBI agent Eric O’Neal and film director Billy Ray Carlos Gutierrez, Jr. and Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani

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POP POLITICS

The Greenhouse Effect Who are the Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental decision makers? With a political shift toward the blue, Capitol Hill made way for green decision makers. Kevin Book, a senior analyst for Friedman Billings Ramsey, provides a look at their voting pattern.While the Democrats currently hold the committee chairs for key decisions, Republicans including Senators Susan Collins and John McCain, and Representatives Ehlers, Gerlach, Gilchrest, Johnson, Kirk, Saxton, Shays and Walsh deserve honorable mentions. Member

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.)

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D- N.Mex.)

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D- Calif.)

Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

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Role in 110th Congress

Chairman, Senate Finance Committee

Chairman, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Chair, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

Chairman, Senate Commerce Committee

Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee

Bias towards current Administration

Current/Past Positions

Mixed

Supports national renewable portfolio standard (utilities must sell a portion of their electricity from renewable energy sources), hydrogen fuel cells and tax credits for alternative fuel energy. Opposes nuclear waste storage on federal lands.

Mixed with Critic Tendencies

Strong proponent of national renewable portfolio standard for power generation. Supports ethanol, alternative energy tax credit extensions (including home generation/ cogeneration) and expansion of R&D tax credits for energy related research. Opposes offshore drilling.

Strong Critic

Strong environmental protection record, particularly in opposition to petroleum/ petrochemical industry and coal-fired emissions legislation. Opposed to surface transport of nuclear waste.

Mixed with Friendly Tendencies

Voting record and overt policy support for increasing domestic production of oil and offshore; slow to favor ethanol and not a co-sponsor of Clean Edge Act, but supports hydrogen vehicles and reduced dependency on foreign oil.

Strong Critic

Strong position on oil company pricegouging; supports windfall profits tax; supports reexamination of oil industry merger; supports higher fuel economy standards; led referendum on the Clean Air Mercury Rule (stringent, per-unit mercury caps on coal-fired plants).

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Role in 110th Congress

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.)

Senate Majority Leader

Chairman, House and Ways Means Committee

Bias towards current Administration

Current/Past Positions

Critic

Co-sponsor of Clean Edge Act — increased renewable energy and alternative fleet, price gouging and anti-trust constraints. Supports national Renewable Portfolio Standard, government efficiency mandates, windfall profits taxation to fund increased refinery capacity. Opposes nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Critic

Supports windfall profits tax; likely to block extension of lower dividend tax rates; proponent of extending production tax credits for renewable energy; likely to support elimination of foreign tax credits for integrated oil companies.

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.)

Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee

Mixed

Proponent of strategic refinery reserve to high gasoline prices; isolationist on trade, particularly regarding China; likely to call for investigation of administrative energy policy decisions; unlikely to support a windfall profits tax.

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.)

Chairman, House Resources Committee

Mixed

Fought hard for removal of ultra deepwater incentives.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Calif.)

Chairman, House Judiciary Committee

Chairman, House Committee on Government Reform

House Majority Leader

Chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming (does not possess biding authority to shape spending)

Strong Critic

Supporter of windfall profits tax to add refining capacity and fund alternative fuels; proponent of new FTC anti-price gouging authority.

Strong Critic

Strong climate change activist and vocal critic of integrated oil companies and refiners and supporter of incremental utility efficiency gains (1%/year).

Strong Critic

Supports stripping tax incentives for oil production companies; suggests “strong policies” and “technology solutions” to air pollution and global warming; opponent of offshore drilling; opposes surface transportation of nuclear waste through California; supports windfall profits tax.

Strong Critic

Staunch advocate of increased efficiency standards for all sectors of energy consumption; opponent of oil industry tax benefits; supports windfall profits tax, alternative energy and “clean-tech”; opposes offshore drilling and power plant emissions laws.

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Mara Haseltine addresses the group of energy movers and shakers who attended the inaugural Green Salon

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hat is a green salon? It is an opportunity to educate the powerful and the influential by presenting them with the newest in clean energy solutions to affect positive global change. Instead of band-aiding problems, green salon ideas stress that clean energy solutions are at the core of creating healthy civil societies. Instead of trying to cure people of diseases caused by pollution, why not get to the core, and cure pollution with alternative clean

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energy? We have the technology. Why not use it, and let everyone win? The host, Dr.William Haseltine, began our inaugural gathering by asking this same question: What is the Green Salon?” He then told the informally-gathered crowd of energy influencers that “It could just be another cocktail party. But I wanted us to look beyond our own personal agendas – because all of us have them as human beings – and re-examine the essence of what it means to be a human; not just to be a citizen of your country, but to be a citizen of

the world. We are all connected, and we need to work with nature, not against it.” In this first part of our Green Salon series, which are held every eight weeks, we focus on the comments of former CIA director James Woolsey, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Amory Lovins, and Stella Group’s Scott Sklar. All offer their unique and frank views on the world energy situation, national security and most importantly, new technology solutions. ~ Nora Maccoby and Mara Haseltine

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The first in a series of “Green Salons” at the Georgetown home of William Haseltine assembles the Beatles of the clean energy movement


AMORY LOVINS President of the Rocky Mountain Institute

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rotecting the climate is not costly. It’s profitable because saving fuel costs less than buying fuel.This has somehow got left out of the standard economic models, yet is well known to any practitioner of climate protection. A simple example: Dupont a few years ago set a goal that by 2010 they will have reduced their energy use per-unit-of-production by six percent per year; they will make a substantial shift to renewables for energy supply and heat stocks; and they will cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent below the 1990 level. How are they doing? By the end of 2004, they were 72 percent down on greenhouse Texas Instruments cut out a fifth of their energy, a third of water, and 20 percent of the capital cost of their latest chip making plant.

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gases in absolute terms and they were producing 30 percent more output, but seven percent less energy. So far they’ve made three million dollars on the deal. Efficiency is cheaper than fuel. I could quote other such examples across many sectors. Texas Instruments cut out a fifth of their energy, a third of water, and 20 percent of the capital cost of their latest chip making plant, which is why it’s in Texas, not China. My own house is a small example of this. Using 1983 technology, we saved 99 percent of our space and water heating energy, and 90 percent of our household electricity. The bill, if I bought the energy from a utility, would be five bucks a month for 4,000 sq. feet, and that was on a 10-month payback. If I were building a modern energy efficient home today, the house would cost less than normal to build, I’d save two-thirds of the remaining electricity and I could run the whole house on one square meter of solar panels.This is not rocket science – it is often just good Victorian engineering. We discovered that we could save 92 percent of our terrestrial runaround

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fleets of vehicles, like post office and school buses that in a predictable way can be plugged back into the grid means we can replace very expensive natural gas that is used for what’s called “spinning reserves,” which deal with outages and regulation of peak hours. Right now these are powered by burning very expensive natural gas. That’s why electricity went to $1.30 a kilowatt hour in Washington last August. You have utilities all over the country reaching out to their customers asking them to write to Washington as well as automobile companies to tell them that utilities want to give them credit on their electricity bills for buying a plug-in hybrid. The net effect of this is that we have a major

“IN 40 OF 50 STATES, CONSUMERS CAN GET PAID FOR GENERATING POWER BACK TO THE GRID JUST THE WAY MY FAMILY DOES.” – AMORY LOVINS

pumping’s energy by using fat, short, straight pipes instead of thin, long, crooked pipes. Builders tend to systematically design things the wrong way because engineering textbooks teach us to optimize components for single benefits, rather than for whole systems to achieve for multiple benefits. We really need to put the textbooks in the stove and start over. The same is true about our approach to climate change. Politicians are talking about the costs, burdens and sacrifices of protecting the climate when they should actually be talking about jobs, profits and competitive advantage. And while the politicians bicker, smart companies are pursuing new approaches for their own advantage. Eventually, the other shoe will drop for politicians. Plug-in hybrids are also a new way of thinking about how we use energy. Having

political and economic force in the utilities of the United States, which are beginning to wake up to the incredibly positive effects on their economics, as well as on the economics of household drivers, of plug-in hybrids. If we, at the same time, begin to move towards some of the types of at-home energy saving systems that have been discussed in this Green salon – small-scale wind, garbage-toelectricity systems – we won’t have to rely on the grid as much. In 40 of 50 states, consumers can get paid for generating power back to the grid just the way my family does. So, if the regulatory system is already there, and its ready to reward people for installing electricity generating capacity at home and sending it back to the grid, why not recharge your plug-in hybrid at night using the sun power that hit your roof the previous day and then get paid for the excess.

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JAMES WOOLSEY Former CIA director and current vice president at Booz Allen

ENERGY AND THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

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ecause of the way we have modernized our society and economic infrastructure internationally in the last two to three decades, we have created some very serious problems. For example, once a single bridge after 9/11 was shut between the U.S. and Canada – over which about a quarter to a third of American foreign trade passes – it was about two days before Detroit was out of the parts they needed to assemble into vehicles. The examples go on and on. The point is that we have an international structure, including for energy, which works like a fine Swiss watch as long as nothing goes wrong. However, there are two kinds of things in the early 21st century that can go wrong: One is called the Butterfly Effect – the notion that when a butterfly flutters its wings on one side of the world, the ecosphere, being the complex system that it is, creates an unpredictable result such as a cyclone on the other side of the world. It seems a little theoretical until you realize that in 2003 a tree branch fell on some power lines in Ohio and it took 50 million people off of the electric grid for a couple of days in Eastern Canada and much of the Northeastern United States. We tried to

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blame it on the Canadians, as we usually do, for a couple of days, but they saw through us, and we had to fess up – it was our tree branch. The problem is that much of our energy structure is fragile in different ways, and it’s fragile to those types of, I call them malignant effects, i.e., something that naturally upsets a system. Certainly global warming is first and foremost among these. We’re not trying to sink Bangladesh beneath the waves by the middle of the next century, but we may be doing it by driving our SUVs. These are unintended effects, and they’re sometimes the result of stupid risk-taking. If we smoke three packs a day, we might not get lung cancer, but we sure as the devil are increasing the chances that we will. The same is true with putting carbon into the atmosphere with respect to the world getting a case of very severe lung cancer. Even if we had only the malignant effects to deal with,

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Valley. Going against an intelligent opponent who seeks your jugular and goes for it. If we look at problems like global warming, oil is responsible for even more carbon going into the atmosphere than coal. Coal is certainly ahead of gas, but oil is number one of the three fossil fuels. It is impossible to avoid dealing with oil.There are two ways we need to go about it: One is to encourage renewable fuels. If you are

“[THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT] SEEMS A LITTLE THEORETICAL UNTIL YOU REALIZE THAT IN 2003 A TREE BRANCH FELL ON SOME POWER LINES IN OHIO AND IT TOOK 50 MILLION PEOPLE OFF OF THE ELECTRIC GRID.” – JAMES WOOLSEY we’d still have a set of very big and important problems left over. We also realize that terrorists are a lot smarter than tree branches. They could go after the vulnerable parts of the electricity grid intentionally, just as they went after the cockpit doors on 9/11.They can think their way toward finding the most serious vulnerabilities that will create the maximum degree of death and destruction, and drive right toward it. This is not like dealing with a financial cause, which if you’re just smart and educate yourself you can do something about. 9/11 wasn’t a malignant effect. 9/11 was war. 9/11 was like fighting Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah

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using ethanol, even corn ethanol, you can get up into the range of a 30 percent reduction in global warming gas emission.With cellulosic ethanol, such as that made from switch grass, you’re in a world of 80 to 90 percent reduction in CO2. But our focus should not be only on ethanol because there are going to be other substances from carbohydrates that are going to produce great advantages. Butanol is already coming on to the scene. It has some real advantages over ethanol, in that it has a greater energy density – almost exactly of that of gasoline. It can be used in pipelines, unlike ethanol. CONTINUED ON PAGE 59

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James Woolsey

Former CIA director and vice president at Booz Allen

“I object to being entirely dependent on petroleum and its products for transportation fuel and not having any kind of choice and flexibility as Brazil does.”

Amory Lovins

President of the Rocky Mountain Institute

“How do you get the U.S. off oil? Just the way we got off whale oil.”

Scott Sklar

President of the Stella Group and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Energy Coalition

“We have enough wind power in South and North Dakota to power pretty much the entire United States.”

Prince Turki Al Faisal

Former Saudi Ambassador to the United States

“Oil is a very precious resource that could be used for other things than simply being burned.”

Gunnar Lund

Swedish Ambassador to the United States

Mitzy Wertheim

Pentagon-based Energy Consensus founder

Joe Romm

Author of Hell and Highwater

“If we warm the planet by four degrees Centigrade, we’ll go back to the time period when there was no Antarctica. That’s an 80-meter sea-level rise.”

Phil Deutch

Leader in the alternative energy investment field

“At the end of the day, investors want returns on their dollar, and American citizens want cheap energy.”

Scott Chubb

Scientist from the Navy Research Lab

Ed Sines

Retired scientist from the Navy Research Lab and inventor of the SRG energy generator

Green Salon hosts Dr. Bill Haseltine, Mara Haseltine and Nora Maccoby with Swedish Ambassador Gunnar Lund.

Adam Siegel, Elliot Cafritz, Ed Sines, Dr. Bill Haseltine, James Woolsey and Prince Turki Al Faisal.

QUOTESFROMJOEROMMAUTHOROFHELLANDHIGHWATER IL LU STRATION BY J C SUA RÈ S

• “40 to 50 percent of the USA is in moderate to severe drought. On our current path, a third of the world will be a desert.” • “If we stopped emitting carbon today, the planet would warm up another .6 degrees Centigrade. If we warm a total 3 degrees Centigrade, we return to the time when this planet was three million years ago and had 80 feet higher sea levels.” • “Americas spend US$27 billion on luxury bathrooms that cost more than US$10,000 apiece. The entire budget of Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is under a billion.”

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he extraction, conversion and use of energy is the single largest cause of climate change today; it is the largest component of our trade debt; and it is fundamentally the reason inhibiting most of the world from development. Two billion people on this planet do not have electricity, one billion have electricity less than 10 hours a day, five hundred million do not have clean water at all ever, and one billion have clean water sometimes.You cannot have education, healthcare, or economic growth without energy.

The largest solar panel in the world is under construction in the south of Portugal. The 116-megawatt facility covering a 250-hectare will produce electricity for 21,000 households.

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In South Africa, we found that if we added solar energy, small wind systems, micro hydro systems, or modular biomass systems to schools – I’m not promoting a particular technology – not only did the students learn better because they had lights, fans, and maybe a computer or two, the community could also use the school after the students left for prenatal healthcare classes and job training. Energy is a very critical thing for the half the planet that doesn’t have oil pipelines or electric grids. The fact is, their take on climate change is that we want them to stay as they are. That There is enough wind power is not an acceptable option. The in South and North Dakota to power the entire U.S. industrialized world has to understand that. We must give them low energy and low carbon options. I took my home in Arlington, Virginia, from 4-1/2 kilowatts to under 3, max. Now I have a zeroenergy home. To do this, it cost me the and they can be staple-gunned or tacked like same amount my neighbors spent on an a regular roofing shingle. If we had 20 plants expensive kitchen, or a deck and a porch, or of these, rather than one, replacing typical glass a bathroom. It’s not that expensive. It’s like a panels, would they come down in cost like second mortgage – two to three hundred “NEVADA IS THE SAUDI ARABIA OF SUNLIGHT IN dollars a month. The Department THE UNITED STATES, YET SAUDI ARABIA HAS MORE RESOURCES IN SOLAR THAN OIL.” – SCOTT SKLAR of Defense is aware that it takes eight to eleven human beings to keep one human being on the front line silicon chips? Of course – but it requires some with energy. Seventy percent market pull before you can scale up. This is nanotechnology solar (he shows the of our deployed tonnage to the front line is energy. In group a sample). In fact, this company has a an effort to be agile, they’re pilot line in Massachusetts that makes plastic going to have to change.The out of it like a copy machine. This is a light military sees that, and now sensitive dye (he shows a sample), meaning the we’re trying to help them print produces electricity. It can be in any color. figure out how to implement It’s now being used in a defense grant research program on tents so that the military can have that. The private marketplace electric tents. But they can be on the window is doing a lot of R&D shades of your building, they can be on awnings, as well. Solar roofing and over time, they could be put on top of your shingles are used in place of roof, so you may never need a solar panel. Power plants, just 10 years ago produced 5regular shingles. These are commercial products with megawatts a year. Now we’re doing 100 to 200a 20-year warranty, UL, megawatt year plants. By the end of this decade,

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there will be 500-megawatt plants. Small wind and solar, bio fuels and bio mass and micro hydro – all of these technologies are proliferating. We’re putting micro hydro units in the East River to power parts of Roosevelt Island and Rikers Island. Even wind turbines are coming out mass produced.We have enough wind power in South and North Dakota to power pretty much the entire United States. Now do we have the transmission lines there? No, but we do have enough area of a nuclear test site in Nevada to power the entire United States with solar electricity with, frankly, the crappy technology that we have today, not 20 years from now. But the pocketbook talks. As an owner of a Prius, I know this. Those of us that bought this car when we needed one, got one. Still, the United States subsidizes conventional energy more than any other country in the world. Your tax dollar pays special treatment on coal royalties, brown and black lung benefits for coal miners, intangible drilling costs, depreciation, caps on liability for nuclear power and containment incentives. If you look at the last energy bill passed by Congress, $11 billion went to the conventional industry and $2 billion went to new technology. Meaning $11 billion went to mature companies in mature markets with mature technologies, only a few billion went to the risky stuff. We’re going to use oil for a long time. That’s not the issue here. They’re not the bad guys. This is just a natural transition of technology that we’ve all experienced in our lives. We can do it. This country has the resources. Nevada is the Saudi Arabia of sunlight in the United States, yet Saudi Arabia has more resources in solar than oil. Let us not be arrogant to think that all [energy technology] is going to come out [of the U.S.]. The Europeans, the Japanese, the Thais and the Chinese are all into manufacturing these technologies quite serious. India will become one of the largest wind manufacturers on the planet. The technology is getting around. There is no reason why we can’t create global wealth together – that should be the goal here.

WOOLSEY continued from page 55 My point is to move from hydrocarbons to carbohydrates as the source of fuels and increasingly of the products of any sort of bio-refinery, including plastics. The President, meanwhile, is a major enthusiast of plug-in hybrids. I was out at the President’s speech at the [October 06 Renewable Energy Conference] in St. Louis at which he spoke about energy and renewable energy. He is definitely a hybrid advocate, and I think he should be because the technology is coming along quite well I don’t know whether it’s going to be two years or three years, but we’ll see, possibly from Toyota maybe from somebody else, a plug-in hybrid that will have about five to six times the battery energy and power density of the current Prius. It will be possible to plug in these vehicles overnight and drive for about 20 miles on one to two cents-per-mile electricity instead of 10 to 20 cents-per-mile gasoline. I don’t think anybody is going to have any trouble selling vehicles that can drive on one to two cents-per-mile electricity. Even the most incompetent ad agency – and I think here are many out there – are going to get people to buy in. The other thing that’s happening is that utilities are going ecstatic over the possibility of plug-in hybrids because they get to sell off-peak power. According to the Electric Power Research Institute, there can be tens of millions of plug-in hybrid cars that will charge from off-peak electricity at night when the grid is only running at 50-60 percent capacity. But going back to my point on the Butterfly Effect. Take a look at what happened last

www.butanol.com drove its butanolpowered car across the U.S., stopping here, at the La Brea Tar pits, for a twist of irony.

February when alQaeda launched an attack against the Abcaiq facility in northeastern Saudi Arabia. The Saudi guards were good shots, and the attack failed. [Carl “Bud”] McFarlane, President Reagan’s National Security Advisor, is an old artilleryman who has seen the sulphur clearing towers at Abqaiq. He’ll tell you that you don’t need something like a hijacked aircraft to take them out.You can do it with mortar rounds. Otherwise, it would take probably over a year before those oil fields could be reconstructed. You’re talking about taking six or seven million barrels out of production for a year or so. I don’t know whether that means oil goes to $150 a barrel or $200 a barrel, but it’s probably in that ball park. The point is, that the infrastructure for electricity in this country is bad enough, but for oil, it’s a worldwide infrastructure. If you want to make a substantial improvement in reducing both the malignant and the malevolent national security issues that we are going to have to deal with, you have to [deal with] the issue of renewable fuels.


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In the genes: Jacques Cousteau’s granddaughter Alexandra Cousteau doing what comes naturally in Rangiroa, French Polynesia, for a French documentary. Alexandra also works with the Shark Alliance, a Europeanbased non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and conserving shark populations.

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own mark in oceanography films and television programs. But more on the Cousteau siblings later. Keeping the characters straight in this tangled dispute requires a chart. The legal fight over Calypso involves Cousteau’s second wife Francine Cousteau (née Triplet), the long-time mistress he married in 1990 after the death of his first wife Simone. Francine, who was more than three decades younger than the Cousteau, inherited the rights to hundreds of Cousteau films and images and control over the Cousteau Society. She had a somewhat rude awakening when she discovered that the estate did not include Calypso, because Jacques Cousteau had never owned it. It turned out that some 50 years earlier, the Calypso was bought by Loel Guinness, scion of the Irish brewing family, and leased to Cousteau for the nominal sum of one franc. But in the early 2000s, after nine months of negotiation, the Guinness company reached an (undisclosed) agreement shifting ownership to Francine and the Cousteau Society’s French branch, the Equipe Cousteau.When her ownership was challenged by the Campagne Oceanographiques Francaises (COF), which is headed by Jean-Michel Cousteau, the commander’s son by his first marriage, the case went from the local court in La Rochelle all the way to the Paris Appeals Court, which in March 2006 found in favor of Francine. Owning the Calypso, however, doesn’t resolve the problem of what Philippe Cousteau with endangered sea lions to do with it. Plans to turn the ship off the coast of Nepture Island, Australia, while into an oceanographic museum filming the documentary “Ocean’s Deadliest.” in La Rochelle were abandoned It was while collaborating with Philippe on this film that Australian crocodile hunter for financial reasons. Last year, Steve Irwin was killed by a giant stingray. Francine was quoted as saying that

acques Cousteau brought oceanography to millions whose only prior acquaintance with the sea world had been seeing its inhabitants grilled on a plate. With his distinctive beak nose and spindly legs he looked like some rare species of bird – and in a way, he was: a genuine television personality who could keep people from switching channels, whether he was dancing with dolphins or explaining the importance of respecting the ecology. In 1956, Cousteau earned the first of his three Oscars with the film The Silent World. But since his death a decade ago at 87, the world of his surviving family has been anything but silent, and the lawsuits are still flying both in France and in the United States. Nothing symbolizes the controversy surrounding the Cousteau legacy and what it stands for more than the plight of his beloved Calypso, the flagship that for nearly half a century sailed the oceans with the French undersea adventurer. Stripped of the hi-tech exploratory equipment that he installed, the ship is literally rotting in the French Atlantic coast harbor of La Rochelle while rival groups quibble over ownership. But the picture is not all grim. One bright spot is the work of Cousteau’s two young and dedicated grandchildren, Alexandra Cousteau, 30, and Philippe Cousteau, 27, who are making their

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Jacques Cousteau with first wife Simone. Her nickname was “La Bergere,” the shepherdess, because she acted as den mother to the crew on Cousteau filming expeditions.

she planned to have the Calypso turned into a scientific education center in the Bahamas.The COF wants to block this and keep the ship in France.“This is a historic vessel that should have been classified as part of the French national heritage a long time ago,” Jean-Michel Cousteau was recently quoted as saying in the Cyber Diver News Network website. The claim is about as sea-worthy as the Calypso itself in its present state of dilapidation. Cousteau’s famous research vessel was built in the United States as a minesweeper for Britain’s Royal Navy in World War II. When Guinness acquired it, the Calypso was a ferry in Malta – then a British colony – linking the Mediterranean island to its smaller sister island, Gozo. Cousteau, whose French accent sometimes came close to being a parody, only became a French icon after his huge success in the United States. Says Alexandra:“It was really the United States that launched his career.” The question is whether the Calypso is still capable of filling any role assigned to it. Languishing lifelessly beside an out-of-the way quay in the historic port, its rusting hulk recently

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Philippe Cousteau and friend – a great white shark – in Australia. Philippe lives locally and is chief ocean correspondent for the cable television channel Animal Planet.

covered in protective plastic, it would require major renovation work.“We had an expert’s report done recently and they said it was no longer a question of repairing the boat, but of rebuilding it,” a maritime official in La Rochelle said recently. Whether Francine has the financial resources for such a major undertaking is not clear. The 44-year-old Cousteau Society started by Jacques once had 250,000 members in the United States alone. But with his death its membership has declined to 150,000 and its donations have shrunk considerably. The growing view in La Rochelle is that the Calypso should be towed out to sea and consigned to a watery grave where scuba divers can use it for practice, before it sinks in the harbor itself. On the other side of the Atlantic, the explorer’s enthusiasm and vision live on in Alexandra and Philippe Cousteau. The children of Jacques Cousteau’s second son Philippe, who died in a plane crash in 1979, they carry on the work of education and conservation through their own EarthEcho Foundation. In April, locally based Philippe will be filming sea lions and elephant seals off the coast of Monterey, Calif., for the U.S. cable network Animal Planet, a part of the Discovery Channel. Alexandra is an activist with the European Shark Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and conserving the shark population. Her recent television credits include

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a documentary filmed in French Polynesia for a French cable channel. “We both felt there was a niche and a need for a reassessment of priorities in conservation from raising awareness to inspiring behavior change – and that’s what we’re about,” Philippe Cousteau Jr. said recently. He calls it “moving forward” his grandfather’s legacy on the ecology and conservation. Philippe is chief ocean correspondent for Animal Planet, and is co-host of a series called Oceans Five for the BBC and the Discovery Channel. EarthEcho was the subject of another Cousteau legal battle. When Alexandra and Philippe Jr., and their widowed mother Jan, launched their oceanographic company seven years ago they named it the Philippe Cousteau Foundation, after the father Phillipe had never known. Philippe Sr. was killed before his own son and namesake was born. A legal suit by the Cousteau Society forced a name change. The Society claimed the Cousteau Foundation was causing confusion by using the Cousteau name. “We decided to settle because we realized that Philippe Cousteau Foundation was too lengthy and hard to spell – and we didn’t want to get swallowed up by a lengthy legal battle,” says Philippe.“Not to mention that we couldn’t afford it.” Philippe Cousteau shrugs off the family battles, especially the ones in distant France. He does, however, say that he has no contact with

Francine Cousteau. “We have no desire to live off the Cousteau name,” he says. “Having a legendary grandfather has its uses for gaining access, but the doors are quick to shut if you don’t deliver.” Besides, the environment has changed. “We were pretty young during my grandfather’s heyday,” he says. “There’s a new generation to win over that has never heard of Jacques Cousteau, there are new ways to carry the movement forward.” He argues that environmental action is something for all segments of society, not just scientists. “Any expertise can be applied to environmental action,” Alexandra was quoted as saying. “People often think our grandfather was an oceanographer. He wasn’t. My father wasn’t. They were cinematographers. They were great communicators, writers and poets. They were brilliant, but neither of them had a degree in oceanography.” In the present atmosphere a pooling of family resources to resume Jacques Cousteau’s work on the ambitious scale of the famous ABC television series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau would be out of the question. But while Cousteau himself was breaking new ground with underwater images of sea life in color, the world has moved on.As Philippe says, in an age of digital imaging, video games and cable tv, there are new oceans to conquer.

Jean-Michel Cousteau, the filmmaker’s son from his first marriage, and a rival of his step-mother Francine for control of “Calypso.” He lives in Fiji and oversees the Ocean Futures Society.

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GET ECO ACTIVE 15 things you can do

1. Don’t use HEADACHE CAUSING TOXIC PAINT

power save button or unplug them.

Long after having dried, paint continues to emit noxious chemical odors. Milk paints are more natural and low in VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). Avoid paints with formaldehyde, acetone or ammonia. Among other manufacturers, San Diegobased AFM Safecoat produces environmentally sensitive paints. Call (310) 838-8442 or (213) 413-4950 for more information.

4. BUY NON-TOXIC MATRESSES, CARPETS AND FURNITURE

2. FIND A HAZ BIN Computers, old cell phones, paint cans, drained batteries, old fertilizer and fax and printer cartridges shouldn’t be thrown in the trash; they leak unsavory substances into the ground and pollute our drinking water. Some manufacturers will take their products back to dipose of them. Or, contact local government authorities about better methods of disposing obsolete electronic equipment and other materials.

3. TURN it OFF TVs, computers and kitchen equipment still use power when turned off. Switch on the

9. PLANT A TREE They increase property value and afford much-needed privacy between yards. Amazingly, they save on air-conditioning bills as well. The American Forestry Association states that if every family planted one new tree, production of noxious greenhouse gas CO2 would be reduced by a billion pounds a year.

Have you ever gotten a headache or felt nauseous from a new carpet? Certain chemicals and flameretardants they contain are detrimental to your health. Next time, search Google to find thousands of non-toxic mattresses and carpets.

10. GREEN AND CLEAN DRY CLEANING

5. BIODIESEL and HYBRID CARs They’re cool. They save money and don’t pollute the air as much as other vehicles.

Dressing well doesn’t have to degrade the environment. Clean your suit or dress at a dry cleaner that uses nontoxic liquid carbon dioxide products. To find a list of green cleaners visit www. greeenearthcleaning.com

6. COMPOST A fetid pile of waste in the backyard sounds borderline crazy to many of us; however, composting makes your garden greener, eliminates the use of powersapping garbage disposals and reduces harmful greenhouse gas methane.

11. BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME

7. SAVE WATER Lack of access to clean water has started wars. In America, we’re depleting our water aquifers (reserves deep beneath the Earth’s crust).You can save money each month by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth and replacing your toilets with low-flow models.

8. EAT ORGANIC PRODUCE, WILD FISH AND HORMONE FREE MEAT AND DAIRY All the taste, none of the toxins.

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Building your own home gives you ultimate green control. Contact the Institute of Architects (AIA) to find professionals who specialize in sustainable design, including those with accreditation through LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,) the U.S Green Building Council’s formal training program.

12. GET A CORDLESS ELECTRONIC MOWER Old lawn mowers emit volatile organic compounds such as nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide. These cause more pollution over the course of a year than driving a new car does.

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13. MAKE LESS TRASH Recycle. Paper versus plastic? Buy reuseable shopping bags and use them again and again.

14. USE LESs ENERGY Coal-fired plants, where Americans get a large percentage of their energy, are the biggest culprits in greenhouse gas production. Buy appliances that have an Energy Star rating, meaning that they are extra efficient. Almost every drug or hardware store sells energy efficient light bulbs, which last longer as well.

15. FIX THE POOL Tired of red eyes and green hair? Convert your pool to saline. Cover it, too; natural evaporation can take thousands of gallons of water a month. Plastic pool covers can reduce this loss by 90 percent.

Scientists have found that household dust contains more nasty stuff than we might imagine, such as flame-retardant chemicals called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). According to two new analyses, the dust found throughout the typical house, especially near computers, is riddled with these substances. There are 209 different kinds of PBDEs being used in consumer products today. Recent studies have verified the increasing presence of flame-retardants in the bodily tissues of human beings and animals throughout the world. Researchers have been scrutinizing PBDEs since Swedish scientists discovered in 1999 that a 60-fold increase in the presence of these chemicals in breast milk had occurred between 1972 and 1997. Studies have found that the breast milk and blood of American women hold the highest levels of PBDEs found so far. These levels are 10 to 100 times higher than those found in European women. More frightening still, the amounts appear to be doubling every two to five years. The most worrisome aspect of this pollution is the ability of minute amounts of PBDEs to depress levels of key thyroidal hormones. This hormonal imbalance can have serious health consequences for adults that include fatigue, depression, anxiety, unexplained weight gain, hair loss and low libido. Children born to women experiencing such reduced hormonal levels are more likely to have low IQs. And studies have also linked PBDEs to permanent learning and memory impairment, behavioral changes, hearing deficits, delayed puberty onset, decreased sperm count, and other developmental disorders. The first study was sponsored by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, the Computer TakeBack Campaign, and Clean Production Action. The second study was sponsored by the Environmental Working Group. Both tested dust samples in homes and found that every single one contained high levels of PBDEs. In lieu of federal action, states are seizing the initiative. Maine recently banned deca-PBDEs, and similar bills are being developed in New York, Massachusetts and Wisconsin. The state of Washington has issued an executive order to develop a phase-out plan for all PBDEs. The vast majority of PBDEs are used in computer and electronic products and household foams. Until these substances are removed from the market, consumers will have to take

matters into their own hands and take their own precautions. Here are some tips you can use to keep PBDEs out of your home and body.

dust busters: • When you buy a new computer, make sure it’s PBDE-free. Apple,Toshiba, Dell, NEC and Hewlett Packard are among the companies now offering equipment made without PBDEs. If you’re unsure, call the manufacturer before you buy any electronic device. • Don’t open the case of your computer for cleaning or upgrades. Instead, take your machine to an outside location for professional servicing. Internal computer components become extremely dusty over time and this dust is easily and often contaminated with PBDEs that are then released into the air when disturbed by cleaning or maintenance. • Clean the outside of your computer as well as floors and surfaces with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. These filters catch dust and trap it for safe removal from the home. Many vacuums blow the smaller particles they catch back out into the air. • Don’t use feather dusters or other similar products that stir settled dust back into the air where it can be more easily inhaled. Use a damp cloth instead, and rinse it frequently in a bucket. • Replace furniture and car seats that have torn upholstery and exposed foam. • Exercise caution when removing or replacing foam padding beneath carpets. • Make sure the manufacturer isn’t using PBDEs before buying new furniture. Ikea is one chain that has removed these chemicals from its products. • Avoid furniture that contains foam whenever possible. Opt instead for natural fiber stuffings like cotton and wool • Consider wearing a dust mask when cleaning, especially if your home is particularly dusty. • Don’t use traditional commercial spray cleaners or furniture waxes. These contain harmful synthetic chemicals, too. For more information about the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition report, visit www. computertakeback.com. For more information about the Environmental Working Group report, visit www.ewg.org/reports/inthedust. From the Non-Toxic Times, Seventh Generation Newsletter.


L’ENFANT GALLERY SALUTES THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART’S EUGENE BOUDIN EXHIBITION

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Washington has been designated as the art capital of the world (for at least one week) …

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orget about the barnstormers. For once, April in Washington is not going to be just about politics and cherry blossoms. Grab a double espresso and get ready, it’s going to require serious stamina to keep up with the boothhopping art aficionados who are set to descend on artDC for the city’s first-annual modern and contemporary art fair. From April 27-30, the Washington Convention Center will feature a broad array of artistic disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper and video art. With more than 80 international galleries from Europe, Asia and the Americas represented, anxious collectors will shell out millions of

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dollars to acquire works; artist’s careers will be propelled; and contemporary art history will be made on the shores of the Potomac. From the cleverly conceived New Media section by curator Rody Douzoglou (which offers an international platform for works in video, sound and internet art) to large-scale installations and sculpture such as “Slice” and “Project Spaces,” art-minded buyers and window shoppers will have multiple options. Additionally, ArTalk – a series of lectures and panel discussions – is included with the price of admission. And if cocktails are your fare, you can sip chardonnay while viewing video projects by regional artists at the Video Lounge & Bar.

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Sam Gilliam, Atlantis mixed media, acrylic on birch with piano hinges, 2005

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Glories Of Accounting is an interactive installation with a surveillance system that detects the position of the public in the exhibition room. Becoming a Collector Locally-based collectors Heather and Tony Podesta have been quietly buying art for years. With more than 2,000 works in their mediabased collection, they have played a significant role in Washington’s emerging art scene. They are always on the lookout for art with a “wow factor” – that intangible gut feeling that compels one to possess.Their keen eyes put them among the top of the area’s art world cognoscenti. But don’t fret, even without Heather and Tony’s honed artistic sense, you can navigate artDC successfully. Here are a few tips: PICK UP GALLERY GUIDE For over 30 years, Gallery Guide has produced the most comprehensive pocket-sized source of galleries, museums and local exhibitions. Complimentary copies can be found at most galleries and at artDC. PLAN YOUR ATTACK! Visit the artDC website (www.dc-artfair.com). See which galleries will be exhibiting. Visit their websites. See what they have to offer and make a list of what you are interested in.

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BE KNOWLEDGEABLE BEFORE YOU BUY Familiarize yourself with individual artist biographies and educational background. Check to see if they are listed in art databases such as ArtNet or do a Google search. ArtNet will provide pricing information, while Google will aid in finding biographical information. Upcoming museum and gallery shows as well as retrospectives can also be found on Google. These components can increase value as well as the artist’s appeal.The sites will also tell you how a certain artist’s work has sold in the past. TALK TO GALLERY OWNERS Always ask questions regarding a work you wish to purchase.The gallery owner’s insight will open your eyes to a variety of details that you may not have noticed. They can help you discover “the bigger picture.” VIEW AS MUCH ARTWORK AS POSSIBLE This will help you gauge the value of what has caught your eye. Pay attention to your visceral reaction to the work as well as your first and

last thoughts. Allow yourself to respond to color, texture, material and subject matter. RESEARCH PROVENANCE Artwork is a safer investment if it has been illustrated in an exhibition catalog – it helps the provenance (documented history and ownership) of the work and makes the artwork more desirable. Although everyone would prefer the work they wish to purchase to be featured in an exhibition catalog or full-page ad, it’s not always possible. If the work is not within your budget, choose a similar medium from the same time period. LOVE IT, BUY IT Always collect what you like. Then live with it. Pitfalls and Profitability The condition of a work is paramount, even for works by well-known artists. You can’t expect a notable jump in value if the work is in poor condition. Always purchase the best possible piece within your price range. Keep in mind that restoration decreases value. So, unless you are purchasing Picasso’s

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Gene Davis, Red Pope, acrylic on canvas, 75 3/4 x 92 1/2 inches, 1980, from the Estate of Gene Davis. Courtesy of Marsha Mateyka Gallery

Liu Zining, Scar Series No. 6 from Red Star Gallery, Beijing

Two curators pick art’s next stars Les Demoiselles d’ Avigvon, (which increased in value after the restoration), never buy art that has been restored. DON’T PURCHASE • Prints dry-mounted to a piece of mat board, as this decreases value by half. Only purchase prints which are loosely placed on top of the backing or held in place by tape or clips • Sculpture with chips, cracks or damage • Prints with creases, smudges, scratches or tears • Prints that have turned brown from exposure to direct sunlight • Poorly framed prints with mildew or black spots on the print surface DO PURCHASE • Within your price range • The best quality you can afford • With an open heart and open mind At the end of the day, when it come to judging art, whether in a museum, gallery or artDC, leave it to your own eyes. It is generally safe to bet on your impression.

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Vivienne Lassman of The Washington Convention Center: • Sculptor Graham Caldwell, who creates glass dimensional wall mounted pieces with complex steel armature • Painter Jiha Moon, whose Korean heritage inspires acrylic and ink works on paper Rody Douzoglou of Douz & Mille: • Performance artist Kathryn Cornelius, who incorporates video, sound and sculptural installation • Media artists John Henry Blatter and Derek Cote, who create sound as sculpture • Mixed media artist Tomas Rivas whose recent series incorporates carvings on drywall

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Jiha Moon, Pollenasia ink and acrylic on HanJi paper, 22” x 31”, 2006. Courtesy of Curator’s Office, Washington, D.C

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Break the Chain Keith Lipert and other small business owners help Georgetown maintain its independent spirit BY K R I STA B U LLI O N

Keith Lipert surrounded by his wares in his rebuilt M Street Gallery

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ore than any other Washington, D. C . n e i g h b o r h o o d , Georgetown is famous for its shopping, charm and unique style. Shop owners there have endured many trials to help the neighborhood retain its independent identity. One shop embodying Georgetown’s unique qualities is Keith Lipert Gallery. Treasures for sale in this M Street boutique include fashion jewelry from Paris, evening wraps from the shores of Lake Como, bowties and cuff links, and creative diplomatic and corporate gifts. Women come wearing gowns and try on accessories in front of the Gallery’s many mirrors. Husbands relax on the couch with a book from the “library.” On the evening of January 6, 2006, Lipert saw his dreams go up in smoke when a fire gutted his store. He was devestated as he stood the next morning amid the smoldering rubble that once was his livelihood. In Frank Capra’s 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life, the Bedford Falls community rallies around a despairing George Bailey, and in supporting one of their own supports itself. In what he terms a “Jimmy Stewart moment,” Lipert recalls that after the fire the Georgetown community “wrapped its collective arms around me and gave me the courage to go forward.” Recharged, he visualized the possibility of a resurrected and improved

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Yet most opinions hold that local shops Gallery which, seven months later, was back and should remain prominent in Georgetown. How open for business. Lipert’s Gallery, along with other Georgetown to ensure this, however, is less clear. The burden shops, continues to withstand the incursion of for sustaining local businesses has traditionally national chain stores such as Barney’s Co-op, belonged to the businesses themselves. Lipert Banana Republic and Pottery Barn. According believes that for independent businesses to remain to several local merchants, including William viable versus better-advertised, higher-margin, A. “Billy” Martin, head of the Georgetown lower-cost competition,“they have to raise their Business Association and owner of Martin’s game” by being “great” instead of just good. He Tavern, the presence of national chain stores in has demonstrated how true this is by maintaining Georgetown has increased dramatically, while a certain standard of class in his gallery where you can find special treasures and unique gifts local shops have closed. One factor allowing national chains to make that you can’t get anywhere else in Washington. The same burden belongs to neighborhood inroads versus independent Georgetown retailers is rising storefront costs, including property taxes. residents. For example, a 2005 study by the In fact, according to Martin, in the last few years Civic Economics group found that for every D.C. commercial property taxes, which are $100 in revenue, local shops returned $68 to the local economy, while not capped, rose chain stores returned between 60 and 90 only $43.* percent. John Sproul, But if the benefits owner of the CD seem obvious, why Warehouse, states isn’t there a more that since 2004 his concerted effort property taxes have by Georgetown risen 100 percent. residents to shop But can chain locally? According stores turn Bedford Keith Lipert (center) surrounded by supporters during a January 2006 party held at Georgetown’s to the San Francisco Falls into Pottersville? F. Scott’s in his honor. From left: Martin’s Locally Owned Not exactly, says Tavern owner Billy Martin, Linda Greenan, Ken Merchants Alliance, Juanita Crabb, Robinson, Ginger Latham and Alan Helfer the answer is consumer executive director of the Georgetown Business Improvement District. education. If made aware of the benefits, Crabb believes that despite the steady increase Georgetown shoppers would shop locally. Just as the Keith Lipert Gallery rose from the of chain stores, none of the recently introduced nationals have “taken over” an independent store’s ashes, locals must rise together and support local space, moving only into vacant storefronts.While shops in order for Georgetowners to continue those vacancies could be attributed to the rising living a “Wonderful Life.” costs noted above, Crabb nonetheless believes that national chains benefit retailers. Shoppers flock to * 2005 Andersonville Study of Retail Economics, Civic Georgetown, pursuing the “nice mix of national Economics, reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, “Main chains and independent boutiques.” Street Fights Chain Street,” Said, Carolyn, Nov. 29, 2005.

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The Yale Connection, Again

Departing Chief of Protocol Donald Ensenat was “flabbergasted” when his old college buddy donned a cowboy hat and walked over from the White House with his wife Laura to surprise him and his wife Taylor at their official Blair House farewell. After personally greeting dozens of ambassadors, President George W. Bush casually clinked two empty wine glasses together to get everyone’s attention. “‘Enzo studied hard and got A’s, and you know what I did,” the President said of his old Yale classmate, “But, look who’s president.” The crowd roared. For them, it was a rare opportunity to catch the President’s ear and pose for photos with him. The Ensenats call New Orleans home but their Texas ranch — five miles away from the Bushes — has kept the two couples close. “Laura’s cooking dinner tonight, so it’s time for us to go home,” the President said, signaling his exit after almost an hour.

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The star factor

Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and his high-profile wife Rima looked regal in their formal Kuwaiti attire as they welcomed over 600 guests to the Willard Ballroom, including Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito and his wife Martha; Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez; Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky; Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Rodrigo de Rato; and Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle. Almost all of the Arab ambassadors were there, along with PLO Representative Afif Safieh and his popular wife Christ’l. Just as the endless receiving line was finally breaking up, movie star and hunt country resident Robert Duvall and his wife Luciana Pedraza, a world-class tango dancer, arrived at exactly the same time as Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff.This rare moment – a quintessential example of the Al-Sabahs’ wide reach – created yet another ballroom buzz. Even in Washington, sometimes an older American movie star with a pretty young wife can garner more attention than all the ambassadors and top-ranking VIP’s put together. Dance Floor Diplomacy

Dominican Ambassador Flavio Espinal and his wife Minerva and two daughters, along with OAS Ambassador Roberto Alvarez, celebrated that Caribbean country’s 163rd

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anniversary by dancing the night away in the OAS’s Hall of the Americas. “This is how I learned to dance,” said Webster Group CEO Lizette Corro (a Latin ambassador’s daughter herself). “My father taught me how to dance. It was a wonderful way to grow up.” Before the throbbing Latin music took over, guests were invited to “¡Merengue!,” an art exhibit of visual rhythms in the Art Museum of the Americas which continues through May. Better than the “others”

German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth and his wife Ulrike were on hand to celebrate with first-time filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck when his Lives of Others won the Oscar for best foreign film at the 79th Academy Awards. “The film has two especially remarkable sides,” the joyful ambassador said. “A perfect enactment of the stifling and indeed repressive atmosphere in the GDR and … this positive message that even if you have been on the wrong side all of your life, you can still do the right thing and make a difference – if you are willing to pay the price.” Although the film swept last year’s “Lola” awards in Germany, the 33-year old Oxfordeducated filmmaker told Reuters: “An Oscar is the ultimate symbol of recognition so it means everything. Everybody in the world dreams of winning an Oscar, even people who don’t work in films.”

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(1) Departing Chief of Protocol Donald Ensenat with President George W. Bush (photo credit: Gail Scott) (2) German Ambassador Klaus Schiaroth with Oscarwinning German filmmaker Florian Henkel von Donnersmark (3) Dominican Republic Ambassador Flavio Espinal celebrates the 163rd anniversary of the independence of his country with younger daughter Maria and his wife Minerva (photo credit: Gail Scott) (4) Actor Robert Duvall, his wife and world-class tango dancer Luciana Pedraza, Kuwaiti Ambassador’s wife Rima Al-Sabah, Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Kuwait Ambassador Salem AlSabah (photo credit: Vicky Pombo) (5) The environmentally friendly Swiss residence

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Do You Know Embassy Row? Ecological concerns may be easy to fold into plans for new chanceries and ambassadorial residences, but few Embassy Row mansions can be redone so easily. Yet, many foreign diplomats were recycling long before we even thought about it. • Finland’s prototype “Green House” has a very small environmental footprint: only three trees were felled during construction. Now, the Finns are eyeing “Help Restore the Trees of Embassy Row,” a group planning to reforest Massachusetts Avenue • Switzerland’s new residence is completely environmentally friendly with a green roof of dirt and small succulents for insulation, keeping the building cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Automated window shades also keep interior temperatures just right.

• With the help of a waste-management consultant, Germany is making green reforms in the upcoming chancery renovation and had a global warming media conference in March. • The Netherlands Embassy was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for its purchase of wind energy. Besides serious recycling, the embassy has participated in the Environmental Film Festival for the past 15 years. • Denmark is spending $1.7 million to replace its embassy’s windows with energy efficient glazing (solar filter) and insulated frames; the building’s thermostats automatically turn off when it is closed. Outdoor lighting is eco-friendly photocell. • Norway’s building engineer is helping them “become greener,” but they have always been a leader in global warming research and conferences.

Take it Personally These ambassador’s wives are doing their part to keep things “green”:

• Japan’s Hanayo Kato says there is strict recycling in her big Nebraska Avenue residence, “by separating everything into seven different categories; otherwise, [the trash collectors] won’t take any of it.”

•Argentina’s Monica Bordón says, “We don’t have central air and our pool isn’t heated so we are saving lots of energy.”

• Costa Rica’s Diana Dueñas vows she tries to live without heat and air conditioning. “Even if I’m freezing, I’d rather have what’s natural, more like at home in Costa Rica.” 5

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O F T H E PA R T Y Montréal live acts Pheek, Mossa and (MUTEK founder) Vincent Lemieux

MOSSA performing. Clandestine & Les Passagers provided the projection. Alisa Tugberk, event organizer Carolina Furukrona and Zeina Ayvaz

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THEEVENTMost things “Montréal” are très embellished – like its French fries served heaped in “poutine” gravy! Revellers this night were treated to an equally tasty treat of the most cuing edge musicial event ever held at the Smithsonian. Canadian live act Pheek and Mossa, and DJ Vincent Lemieux along with D.C.’s DJ Menan spun industrial flavors until 1 a.m. to help the YB Culture 4Kids Fund. Unlike the Ben Stiller vehicle, this “night at the museum” was saturated with flashing projection screens and a hip, young crowd. When you needed a breather, you could take a stroll through the “Clash of Empires: The British, French and Indian War for North America, 1754-1763” exhibit. Appropriate indeed.

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nthony Allen and Sara Lindstrom

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If you ever attended Washington, DC’s legendary Pump Parties in the early 90s, then you probably know Josh Sagman, the man behind the scene. Josh began his career as a promoter at age 17 to put himself through college. Since then, every thing he has touched, from East Hampton to South Beach, has found success. Josh knew he had made it big when Bob Johnson, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, recruited Josh to make his latest venture, Posh Supper Club, the premier nightlife experience in DC. The swank, new venue evokes a 1940s-era décor with its elegant art-deco design and classic dishes like lobster bisque and NY strip steak. But, Josh isn’t content to stop there. He is on his way to the top and plans to launch the Posh concept nationwide.

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Palette restaurant’s artful spread

Rich and Marci Brand

Steve Abraham, Anna Spencer and Dave Pollin

Amanda Hood with Laura and Rob Griffin

KIRSTEN AND DAVE POLLIN VALENTINE CELEBRATION

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THE EVENT An intimate pre-Valentines cocktail celebration for friends of Kirsten and Dave Pollin at Palee restaurant in the Madison Hotel. The Pollins have made this an annual event for friends looking to celebrate a low-key Valentines. THE GUESTS Jennifer and Bre0 Haber, Kristen Olson, Cathy Merrill Williams and Casey Seidenberg.

Martha and David Webb

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Debbie and Brad Dockser

Kristen Olson and Jenifer Sprague

Nina Boggs

Lisa and Darren Anzalone

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Carolyn and Ed Norberg

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Father William George, Tom Liljenquist and Jason Liljenquist

Richard Shadyac and John Moses

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ST. JUDE’S GOURMET GALA February 20 • The National Building Museum PHOTOSBYEDGARBECERRAANDSEANMCCORMICK

David Scanlan III, Pam Scanlan, Karina Hurtado and David Scanlan II

Tom and Beth Eckert

THE EVENT D.C.’s most critically acclaimed chefs came together for the ninth year to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. THESCENE Guests sampled “tastings” from more than 50 of the city’s best restaurants and bid on items during live and silent auctions ($18,000 alone was raised when the culinary services of chefs Michel Richard, Jeff Tunks and Robert Weidmaier went on the block). Former St. Jude patient David Scanlan III, now a doctor, was honored with the Chris Burress Hero award.  THEGUESTSSt. Jude CEO John Moses; ABC News’ Sam Donaldson; the evening’s emcees: Doreen Gentzler of NBC4 and Loo Katz of WASH-FM; Helen Thomas; Ted and Lynn Leonsis and Tom Liljenquist.

Greg Baroni, Eunice Mazloom and Eric Ziebold

Peter Tanous, Helen Thomas and John Moses

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EVENT SPOTLIGHT

Moving Pictures The Phillips Collection brings Hollywood glamour to its annual gala

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he Phillips Collection is one of my favorite places in Washington. In a city filled with museums, it is uniquely intimate and charming. This year marks the 85th anniversary of the Phillips, and what a year it has been! Last spring the beautiful new Sant building opened with expanded exhibition space, a 180-seat auditorium and a state-of-the-art library. On display right now is an example of how The Phillips is marrying the past with the future. Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Film is a

Last year, David Tutera created an incredible affair by transforming a tent on the grounds of Katharine Graham’s former estate into a French-themed masterpiece

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I knew that the 2007 fascinating look at how gala had to be exquisite the earliest filmmakers in order to maintain used American art as the high standards set their inspiration. There by last year’s event. My are more than 44 flatfriend David Tutera, a screen televisions installed New York designer and throughout the museum, television personality, juxtaposed with 85 created an incredible paintings, illustrations, affair by transforming photographs, posters and a tent on the grounds flipbooks from 1880of Katharine Graham’s 1910 that inspired these Famed party planner David Tutera for mer estate into films. Moving Pictures will create a Hollywood feel for the 2007 Phillips Collection Gala a F re n c h - t h e m e d reveals how the powerful masterpiece. relationship between film David is once again and the visual arts created on board to create an aura of magic for the a radically new vision of modern life. When George Vradenburg, chairman of the Phillips’ largest annual fundraiser. A red carpet, Phillips’ board of trustees, asked me to serve feather boas and klieg lights will welcome blackas one of the co-chairs of the 2007 Annual and-white clad guests as they are transported Gala on May 4th, I was thrilled by the idea of to an early Hollywood movie premiere. After constructing an evening around this exhibit. witnessing the Moving Pictures exhibit, we will be seated in one of fifteen different galleries to dine amid masterworks of modern art. After dinner, the party moves one short block to historic Anderson House for a dessert reception — and, of course, dancing! Splashed in shades of red, the finale will rival any glamorous Hollywood after-party. The most significant and enduring aspect of the evening will be the impact it has on the museum’s education and outreach initiatives. The Phillips has introduced more than 75,000 students, teachers and families to modern art though award-winning educational programs. The funds raised from the Gala will ensure that the Phillips can continue providing our community with meaningful art experiences. For more information on The Phillips Collection gala call (202) 387-3151 ext. 315 or visit www.phillipcollection.org.

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AROUND TOWN b Writer JUDITH“MISS MANNERS”MARTIN and INGRIDAIELLI at Carnevale on February 20th at Teatro Goldoni restaurant, where owner-chef Fabrizio Aielli served classic Venetian dishes and wines to “Save Venice” supporters.

c RITADOOLEYSUSANES NORTONSUEPORTERandDIANA MAYHEWat a fundraiser celebrating the 95th anniversary of the gift of the cherry trees from Japan on February 28th at the Renaissance M Street Hotel. PHOTO CREDIT: E. David Luria

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When Kuwaiti ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Rima

host a party at their embassy, perfectionist Rima sees to it that everything — food, flowers and the guest list — are topnotch. The same goes when Kuwait’s huge National Day celebration moves to the spacious Willard Hotel; celebrity-spotting among guests continues, whether political sparklies or stars of the Hollywood firmament. Oscarwinner Robert Duvall and his wife and tango partner, actress Luciana Pedraza, came from the Virginia hunt country for the event. (“Traffic was so bad it took us two hours instead of one to get

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c DANIELMUDD, president and CEO of Fannie Mae; APRILMCCLAIN-DELANEY and JOHNDELANEY, 2007 Catholic Charities Foundation Gala co-chairmen and MAURA MUDD at the CCF Gala on February 3rd at the Hilton Washington Hotel. More than $1.5 million was raised.

here, but it was worth it,” Duvall said.) They met on the set of the steamy movie Assassination Tango, and have been tango-ing through life ever since. Argentine-born Luciana, often clad top-to-toe in black, switched to winter white, with a stunning white mink jacket, revving up the glamour quotient in the room. Willee Lewis, knowing Duvall’s brother was a singer, asked the actor if he ever sang. He replied in the affirmative, saying that at one point he was the bane of his neighbors’ lives because of it. This happened in New York, when he, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman were all struggling actor pals. Duvall moved into an old building filled with singers.

“Perhaps their inspiration was that the great Caruso used to live there. They sang opera all day long.” Unintimidated by the arias, Duvall sang country music − when country wasn’t cool. LOVESETTOMUSIC

Each year at their Valentine’s Day benefit gala, Washington’s Master Chorale serenades four local sweetheart couples who make contributions to the arts. Sam and Jan Smith Donaldson and Chorale Music Director David McCullough introduced the artsloving lovers: Arturo Brillembourg and Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg; Calvin and Jane Cafritz; Gilbert and Jaylee Mead; and Sen. Ted and Catherine Stevens . The

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Webster Group coordinates it, but for Lynda Webster the gala was complicated this year by foot surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Still, she had her very own Valentine there to pilot her wheelchair, former FBI and CIA director William Webster. HOT!HOT!HOT!SALSA

Another busy lady inconveniently laid up was Pat Skantze, president of the Women’s Committee of the Washington Ballet. For their Una Noche de Vino wine tasting at the Colombian embassy, Pat worked hard with the event chair, Maggie Sheedy, to obtain wines and south-ofthe-border dishes from seven restaurants. On the big Noche, Pat

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cCLAY andCARRIEBUCKLEY with OTHMARBLUMENCRON at the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund 10th Anniversary Celebration, held at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, on February 27th.

was still recovering, and couldn’t make it. Plenty of others did, however, including Kay Kendall, Septime Webre, Cyd Everett, Kitty Skallerup, Sarah Gorman and Timothy and P.J. Trudeau. The

Trudeaus shamelessly smuggled in a ticketless guest, unnoticed by the others, because although she was nine months pregnant, it didn’t show on her tall, fashionmodel-willowy figure. Little Chloe, even in utero an obedient child, waited patiently another week to make her appearance. High spot of the evening was a spectacular, sizzling salsa with Colombian Ricardo Loiza and wife Elba of WEPA Productions raising the room temperature by several degrees.

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The Strickland-Townsend dinner was probably the most “moving” of the 24 say-goodbye events that friends planned for John Lowell, the ambassador of Malta, and his wife Marie-Therese. This one began elegantly in the Colonnade home of Stephen and Jay Strickland with caviar, champagne and a melodious Debussy “toast” to the Lowells by guest Betty Bullock on Stephen’s grand piano. The whole party moved downstairs to the Lewis Townsends’, where Ann’s cassoulet starred, then back again to the starting point for dessert. The mobile diners included Andras Simonyi, the ambassador of Hungary, and wife Nada, and Anne and John Boyd.

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cFrench AmbassadorJEANDAVIDLEVITTEand his wifeMARIECECILE on February 14th at their residence, where they hosted a benefit dinner in support of the Ann Bujon Educational Initiative of the Alliance Francais.

Guests remained fir mly fixed in their chairs, however, a few nights later, over salmon tartlets and guinea hen with Sir David and Lady Manning at the British embassy. Seen: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ; Secretary of Energy Samuel (“call me Sam”) Bodman and his wife Diane; the ambassador of Afghanistan Said Jawad and wife Shamim; Michael and Linda Sonnenreich; Matt Hastings , bachelors-for-the-night Roland Flamini and Charles di Bona; and Giorgio and Anna Maria Via. Later in the week Anna Maria was joined by Nancy Dunton at the Via home to host a kaffe-klatch for Marie-Therese. The honoree (o, exemplary guest!) even brought

a bundt cake she baked that morning — despite the pressure of those 24 parties. No wonder people love the thoughtful Lowells. John, who was director of theaters for Malta, would probably welcome another spot in the arts once back home. Among those attending were wives of the ambassadors of Argentina, Ecuador, Lebanon, Japan, Costa Rica, the United Arab Republic and Nicaragua; Shaista Mahmood, Cecilia Schultz, Vibeke Lofft and Brenda de Suze. If there’s an upcoming event Around Town should know about, send advance word to aroundtown@ washingtonlife.com.

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HIDDEN EDEN A bit of heaven at the One & Only Le Saint GĂŠran and Le Tousserok in Mauritius B Y K AT I E TA R B O X WA S H I N G T O N L I F E

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’m not a fan of those who hyperbolize their beach vacations. My idea of heaven is simple: any beach with a margarita, powdery sand under my freshly-pedicured toes, my ipod, a book and a pristine view of the ocean. Cold-water sprays and tropical fruit popsicles at luxury resorts are nice, but a beach is a beach. At least, that’s what I thought until I visited the Mauritian coastline. Mark Twain once wrote, “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.” Considering my 24 hours of travel time to the small island off the coast of Madagascar in the middle of the Indian Ocean, I am floored Twain even managed to make it to this Eden, which boasts terrain from mountains to exotic beaches. For almost 100 years, tourism has been the linchpin of the Mauritian economy, and the two One & Only properties, Le Saint Géran and Le Tousserok, exemplify Twain’s celestial incantations. Meanwhile, the eco-conscious traveler will be pleased to know that both resorts earned their Green Globe Certification (the environmental worldwide benchmarking program for the travel industry) in 2000. ONE&ONLYLESAINTGÉRAN For over 30 years, the five-star, fivediamond, One & Only Le Saint Géran has been the grande dame of Mauritan resorts. Everyone from Oprah to Nelson Mandela has been a loyal guest at this 60-acre resort on its a private peninsula. Whitney Houston not only repeatedly visits, but often sings with the hotel band (the Queen of Sweden flies them in to perform for her regularly). During our stay, English singer Chris de Burgh got up and crooned his hit,“The Lady in Red.” The ethos of the hotel is to make each guest feel “completely and utterly” at home. If your home is a palace with a finely trained staff, they have achieved their objective. THE ROOMS Decorated in a traditional

colonial style, the rooms are well equipped without being overly modern. The four-poster beds are hand-carved in Asia.The separate sitting room boasts plush sofas with views of the Indian Ocean. The bathroom (the size of the average hotel room) has large granite counters, a soaking tub and separate shower, complete with Molton Brown amenities. THESERVICE The staff is the soul of the hotel, and much like the locals, they hail from France, India, South Africa and beyond. Butlers wake you up with coffee or tea and return with sundown cocktails. In the ocean suites, they prepare lavender, orange and cedarwood baths that are accompanied by a pot of green tea and fresh sushi.At night they strew rose petals over the Egyptian cotton sheets. Service comes without asking. Clothes are unpacked and repacked. Glasses are always kept filled at the pool. ACTIVITIES The resort has a Givenchy Spa that has been honored with hospitality accolades including “Best Spa in Africa” by Condé Nast Traveler.You name the treatment, and they offer it: four-hand massages, pedicures, body wraps and facials. The resort also offers complimentary aquatic activities such as tubing, fishing, water skiing, and windsurfing.Tennis and golf are also available.

THEFOOD The hotel operates on a half board basis, which means breakfast and dinner are included. Most meals are buffet style, but are hardly the usual cruise ship disasters of canned fruit and sundry unappetizing items. Eggs, pancakes and waffles were made to order, as were the main courses at dinner. The buffet provided opportunities to taste such delicacies as sea urchin, which wouldn’t normally be my first choice on an à la carte menu. THEBOTTOMLINE Rates from $1,100$2,200 per person, per night. One & Only Le Saint Géran Poste de Flacq, Mauritius. Telephone: (230) 401 1888 or (866) 552–0001 for toll free U.S. reservations. Email: reservation@ oneandonlylesaintgeran.mu


ONE&ONLYLETOUSSEROK The five-star Le Tousserok blends chic minimalism with lavishness in an exemplary way. Guests feel as if they have arrived at a lost village: a gong announces every arrival and hotel management greets everyone individually. Once you are swept onto this oasis, you don’t want to leave. THE ROOMS While very modern, there are staccatos of luxury that stand out: purple cashmere throws on the all-white über-count cotton sheets, plasma televisions with both European and African channels, fiber-optic bedside lamps and even an espresso maker. There are “pour madame” and “pour monsieur” bathrooms that resemble personal spas with the largest soaking tubs I’ve ever seen. The view of the Indian Ocean was the ultimate luxury. Our room was on a peninsula, which gave it the feeling of being isolated in paradise.

THESERVICE Need a jogging partner? Our butler was more than willing to put on his Nikes so I wouldn’t sweat alone. Later that afternoon, he was arranging bougainvillaea in the shape of a heart on our bed. The staff know your name, they know your drink, and they know where to find you. ACTIVITIES The only time I’ve ever wished I knew how to play golf was at Le Tousserok, which is home to a Championship Bernhard Langer course (where every hole boasts an ocean view). Famed golfers and poolside guests alike gushed about the facility. Tennis, scuba diving and water sports are available as well. THEFOOD The resort operates on a halfboard basis with an international buffet. Safran and Indian restaurant chef Vineet Bhatia (of London fame) plans the menu. I still fantasize about the white and dark chocolate samosas with fourteen carat gold sprinkles. THEBOTTOMLINE Is it worth the 24-hour trip? Yes, if you’ve exhausted Caribbean and Mexican destinations and are looking for something different. It’s also a great honeymoon destination. Rates from $920-$2,165 per person, per night. One & Only Le Touessrok Trou d’Eau Douce, Mauritius. Telephone: 230 (402) 7400 or (866) 552-0001 for toll free U.S. reservations. Email: info@oneandonlyletouessrok.mu.

Opening page– At the slate-tiled infinity-edge pool at the One & Only Le Touessrok, butlers clean your glasses before you enter and exit the pool. Top left– The One & Only Le Saint Geran, set on a 60-acre private peninsula, has been the “grande dame” of Mauritius resorts for over 30 years. Bottom left– Butlers draw complimentary baths, which include exotic salts and flowers, and are accompanied by teas and light snacks. Top– Le Touessrok’s pour madame and pour monsieur bathrooms feature large soaking tubs. Right– Safran, an Indian restaurant, unfolds around an open kitchen and tandori ovens. MichelinStar chef Vineet Bhatia created the sophisticated menu.

The One & Only resort chain has made a concerted effort to “green their resorts” including their properties in Mauritius.

What is Green Globe Certification? Most believers in the “green” lifestyle want to incorporate it into all facets of their life, including travel. In 1993, Green Globe was founded to create a community of travel providers who demonstrate responsible behavior across the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental management. Today, more than 200 resorts worldwide have passed a comprehensive review including these key performance areas: greenhouse gas emissions; energy efficiency, conservation and management; management of freshwater resources; ecosystem conservation and management; management of social and cultural issues; land use planning and management; air quality protection and noise control; waste water management and waste minimization.

Go Green: Ideas for sustainable travel • Rent a hybrid: EV Rentals, based out of Washington, D.C., and California, has an entire fleet that contains only hybrid cars. www.evrentals.com. • Reduce your carbon footprint: An average American who takes two trips abroad emits 19,841 pounds of carbon each year. Find out how to offset this at www.carbonfund.org. • When traveling, ask yourself do you need the sheets and towels changed everyday? If not, request that the maid staff leave them.


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ARCHEOLOGY of TOMORROW Author, Professor and Architect Travis Price is on a mission to bring meaning back to our built environment

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alking to Travis Price borders on the existential. I can’t help but think, as we converse over salad at Anthony Lanier’s Leopold’s Kafe & Konditorei, that this must be how a young student at Plato’s Athenian academy felt. You catch the general gist – but just enough to leave your head spinning with deeper questions born from heightened awareness. There’s no doubt Price’s students in the Experiences in Architecture program at Catholic University feel much the same. The founder of Georgetown-based Travis Price Architects and author of The Archeology of Tomorrow: Architecture & the Spirit of Place, Price is also the designer of the largest “green” building on the planet (the TVA headquarters complex in Tennessee). In addition, National Geographic has dubbed him a “visionary” and is flying him around the planet this month to lecture on the coattails of his book’s release; and he has brought the spirit of design to both commercial and home architecture from his “tree-house” home in Rock Creek Park to such “modern idioms” as a stargazing temple in Machu Picchu. ~Michael Clements

WASHINGTONLIFE How has your book been

received? TRAVIS PRICE It’s not just another myopic

architecture book on lofts or getaway houses. People pick it up and find a whole visual story about nature, myth, [British environmental artist] Andy Goldsworthy and art.Then it morphs into architecture, and readers keep turning pages. WL You’ve been in the vanguard of the

environmental architecture movement since the ’70s. Now you elaborate on the concept of “beyond green?” TP Green is becoming mainstream, which is fantastic, except that it has become a dangerously overused word with little meaning. When I do green, I get off the grid.There’s a whole separate layer of meaning that needs to be brought back into modernist architecture, and it has to do with reconnecting to our cultural base. WL Is that where the notion of “spirit of

place” comes in? TP Yes. Our culture is losing its spirit because

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everything has become so homogenized and banal. We’ve been delving into green as the architecture of the ecosphere for 30-odd years, and there hasn’t been one new idea since. I can name every single [architecturally green] thing on the market and tell you where it came from.The consumption of green has not changed either. Fundamentally, we are paying less per BTU (unit of power) than ever in history – a gallon of gas costs less in terms of earnable dollars than ever before.

Above: Price cites Earo Saarinen’s Dulles Airport Terminal as a seminal inspiration for new architectural design. Photo courtesy of Kenneth M. Wyner. Below: Price and his Catholic University students designed this “modern idiom” in Doonamoe, Ireland. Considered one of the “thin places” in Celtic myth, this blowhole explodes to life when the Gale winds whip up 200-foot waves. Photo by Eamon O’Boyle.

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you can change that through design? TP I want people to understand the deeper meaning of design, and through it have a deeper sense of cultural mores and an understanding of how life is shaped. An analogy would be that of the over 6,000 languages spoken today, only 3,000

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are being taught. In 20 years, half of them will be gone forever.The same can be applied to certain plant species. We could get a grip on that, but we’re not getting a grip on losing our poetic complexity. WL How does that play out in blueprints and

architecture? TP The clearest example can be seen by looking across the sprawling built-landscape beyond the Beltway. One doesn’t know if one is in Phoenix, Tucson, Mississippi or Minnesota. These houses coming up could be planted anywhere. We’re putting cardboard stories on the front of these houses – and maybe sometimes on the sides, if you’re lucky. Same with shopping: Squint and tell me the difference between Benetton and Country Road, or between a BMW and the latest Ford Taurus. Poetry has given way to consumer-driven homogenization. Some kind of original, authentic poetic expression is missing. My calling cry is to bring the mythical back into the modern. WL Give me an example of a structure that isn’t homogenized.

TP Go to the East Wing [of the White House],

that’s a classic. The Newseum [Interactive Museum of News, in Arlington, Va.] is also quite interesting. WL Tell me about your work at Catholic University. TP For almost 15 years, I have been taking students to build abstract pieces of modern idioms in foreign countries: A snake shrine in Khatmandu; a stargazing temple in Machu Picchu; a shrine to Gaelic culture in Western Island, Ireland; a shrine to Venus in southern Sicily. It has become so popular that it is now a full Master’s degree called the Cultural Studies/ Sacred Space concentration. We look at every culture in the world: Judeo-Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, all the animistic worlds from the Greco-Romans, and try to bring architecture back to the poetics. This trains young architects to not just think in terms of Bauhaus boxes or nostalgic neo-traditional phony-ism or simply green. The world would be as ugly as a woman with unshaven legs and Birkenstocks on the Champs-Elysée if we only built green style buildings. WL You’re planning a global lecture tour with National Geographic. TP I’ll be taking people to the world’s

great historic places and explaining the philosophies that made them great. I’m beginning to get deeper into archeologically enduring architecture. Architects like Antoine Predock and Frank Gehry all talk about the “three lenses.” My book articulates these. The first is capturing the ecology and the landscape that exists.The second is working with the most technologically advanced building materials. The third is restoring a deep sense of the spirit of the place. WLWhat is Washington’s spirit of place? TP Washington is guided by an exquisite sense

of democracy. Pluralism should be the most prominent feature here.We’re just now starting to embrace adventure and complexity in our creative architecture.To date, we’ve been mostly a homogenized bureaucrat’s town. The thing that turns people off about Washington is that it’s the world’s largest classical theme park. It’s an ode to neo-traditional architecture, which has been homogenized for resale. The spirit of change, dynamics and multiple opinions are missing. I would not give Washington high marks as a great city of architecture; it has four or five great monuments and two or three good buildings. If Thomas Jefferson were [in Washington] today, he’d hire whoever could make the most advanced, exciting, complex modern building imaginable.

Le: Price referenced planetary paths described by Ptolemy, Copernicus and Kepler for the commercial project at his alma mater St. John’s College in Maryland. Photo courtesy of Kenneth M. Wyner. Center: Price’s “The Archeology of Tomorrow: Architecture & the Spirit of Place” was released this month and features his Rock Creek “tree house” home on the jacket. Right: Price stays grounded.

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G R E E N R O U N DTA B L E

Taking the LEED Three of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier architects and developers sat down with WL at Sette Bello Restaurant to dish on LEED certification, environmentally conscious planning and the importance of green development. WASHINGTONLIFE How do you

define green? SASSAN GHARAI What you

SGA Companies Ecco Park, which utilizes green materials and is located next to the Takoma metro station

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Yolanda Cole, principal and owner of Hickok Cole Architects, has 25 years of experience in commercial office buildings, multi-family housing, mixed-use developments and corporate interior design. She is also co-chair of the Regional Development Task Force at the Greater Washington Board of Trade, which supports transit-oriented, smart growth development in the region.

Sassan Gharai founded SGA Architects in 1996. In 2006, its name changed to SGA Companies to reflect the variety of services being offered, which include design, development, land planning, space planning and construction. He is involved in designing and developing a wide array of building types throughout the United States.

are trying to do is significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impacts of the building process and buildings as they exist. You do that through site planning, the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) systems you choose, the materials you use and the construction process.You can even do it by figuring out alternative transportation for people. JIMABDO Site selection and access to public transportation are very important. There is a connectivity to smart growth and that is a critical component as we look at green buildings in and around urban centers. One of the things we are adamant about is trying to locate our projects close to, or with direct connectivity to public transportation. And you actually get LEED* points for that (see next page for explanation). YOLANDACOLE The other thing different about designing a green building is the holistic approach.The hard thing for people to tease out is that the HVAC system you choose might affect ceiling depths or the lighting might affect the HVAC system. It is all interconnected, so it is hard for a developer who is new to this to know how much the LEED approach is going to cost. It is a more complicated process to do retroactively, so we try to encourage it from day one.

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GHARAI It works both ways.You

can add LEED at the end because the thing about LEED is you only get positive points. But Yolanda is r ight, it is much easier to incorporate from the beginning. WL What materials are you using in your projects that help green development? COLE The product world is catching up quickly, so the things that we choose are not all that special anymore. They are becoming more ordinary – such as low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and carpets that are made of recycled content. Bamboo flooring has been around for quite some time and you can use fly-ash concrete. All that stuff is now becoming available. GHARAI My favorite material right now is a sustainable, durable surface material called Ice Stone, made out of recycled glass and glue and stone dust. ABDOGreen roofs and filtration systems. We are lining a site with a really cool system called a Filtera Stormwater Bio-retention system that is actually quite beautiful. It captures water and runoff but instead of it being in a traditional sewer head, you have green plants and trees that grow out of this system that the water flows through.

to traditional roofs? ABDO A lot of developers will push back because they are thinking, “Oh my gosh, the expense.” But if you look at the payback and the life expectancy of a green roof, it is off the charts – you can get a green roof that will last 100 years. And when you add in the aesthetic advantages, it is a no-brainer. GHARAI O n e o f t h e m o s t amazing things about the modern city is its lack of trees and vegetation. Cities could be cooler. What happens is all that concrete and tarmac and asphalt captures heat. One of the great things the green roof does is counter this effect. So, I think as green roofs proliferate throughout the city, the legendary Washington summer should become a little more bearable.

WL What are some g reen measures that are easy to achieve? COLE If you are located near transportation, you’ve got the L E E D p o i n t w i t h o u t eve n thinking about it. ABDO Is there low-hanging fruit that developers can go for? Absolutely. Look at the Wooster and Mercer Lofts we are developing. They include all of the Energystar appliances, the high energy-efficient heating

and cooling system, high energyefficient window ratings and things of that nature. COLE If you are building and designing high quality buildings, you are already going to have a lot of points through the LEED system because you are doing things that make sense for anyone who is going to hold a property for any period of time. GHARAI One of my favorites is using indigenous plants. The most bang for the buck is heavying up

*LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. It was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a D.C. nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders. The rating system offers four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum, which correspond to the number of credits accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

WL Let’s talk about green roofs. GHARAI There are really three

types of green roofs: one with sedum which is about one and a half to three inches thick that you can root certain types of plants in; another is about six to eight inches thick on which you can plant grass; and a third that is 12 inches and above which uses regular soil and is much heavier that you can actually walk on. WL:What are the costs compared

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A rendering of the lobby of Hickok Cole Architects’ 1050 K, which is going after Gold LEED certification

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insulation in the walls so that your building becomes more energy efficient. One of the easiest things is putting in a space for bicycles and a changing room for bicyclists. WL W h a t i s t h e b i g ge s t

incentive for you to develop g reen buildings or create green designs besides a moral obligation? GHARAI I think it has to do with people and their living environments. Living g reen

means that you don’t get stuck in traffic for two hours every day; that you don’t get sick from the building you live in; you don’t get headaches; you are not constantly disturbed by the sound of HVAC clicking on and off … ABDOThere is a moral obligation – a level of social responsibility that all of us should have. If you are in the development and design world, at the end of the day, you are making changes to the overall environment with our projects. And you should do that in a sensitive way. So I think that anyone committed to LEEDcertification and green buildings looks at that moral obligation very seriously. CO L E  W h e n I a m giving a presentation to developers, I’ll put the argument in reverse order. I tell them that it saves money and creates higher asset value in the long run. That is what a developer wants to know – if they are going to put more money into it, is it going to pay back – and when? And afterwards, because it is a smart and responsible thing to do. If you say to people, “Well, we should all be good environmental stewards,” you are not necessarily going to get to the point. You have to hit them where the bottom line is.

The exterior of 1050 K, a 140,000 square foot office building designed by Hickok Cole Architects. It features a green roof and bio rentention system that collects water and feeds the landscaping

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passed the Green Building Act requiring the mayor to submit a comprehensive set of green building standards by January 1st, 2008. These are expected to include the 2006 International Energy Conservation Codes, and starting in 2012 may require all commercial development of 50,000 square feet or greater to qualify for LEED certification. What else do you expect from Mayor Fenty when he submits his plan? GHARAI That is a great start but I don’t think there is much more he can do. The only organization out there is the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED certification is the only way of quantifying whether a building is green or not. COLE: One of the other things I have heard is that D.C is going to provide an incentive for private developers to do LEED-certified buildings by providing expedited permitting in 30 days. ABDO T h a t ’s c e r t a i n l y a n enticement. I ag ree that the U.S. GBC, overseeing LEED certification, is all that’s out there. It’s sort of like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. You are either LEED certified or you are not. And there is really no one else that can take you through that process. WL D.C. provides rebates to

citizens who install Energystar appliances. When you work on projects, do you consider using Energystar appliances? ABDO I asked the folks around the office about this because I’m not into that level of detail. And the answer was it is hard to find appliances that aren’t Energystar. All of ours are. COLE Yes, everything is.

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A rendering of the three-acre park that will be the central feature of Abdo Development’s Arbor Place community at the eastern gateway of Washington, D.C.

WL How important is urban

infill to green development? ABDO It is everything that my

whole company is built on. We’ve never turned green space and wetlands into subdivisions. We need to start thinking inward when we think about housing – it is a very simple formula. Bring people closer to where they work. The ripple effect and benefits are exponential. I mean you are talking about cleaner air, more preserved green space, preserved wetlands, less congestion on your roads ... GHARAI Something that is really interesting is the shift in the culture of American cities. People are moving back to the cities.And you can see it, especially in D.C., with new theaters, new restaurants, and even some

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grocery stores.The city is in a period of transition and green architecture will be an integral part of it COLE The majority of our work at Hickok Cole is urban. It is easy to build a building on a nice green flat site. But there is something more challenging, fun, interesting and puzzle-like that goes along with infill projects. WL What projects are you working on that are particularly green? GHARAI: We have Ecco Park in D.C., right next to the Takoma metro station, which is done really well. I was in the sales center and was encouraged by how much people really cared about the ecofriendly materials. COLEWe are designing a 140,000

square-foot office building – 1050 K Street, N.W., –that is going after Gold LEED certification. During the design process, the client really wanted to do something cool, exciting and cutting edge, like a double skin or using photovoltaics or some other kind of eye-catcher. So, we went through the process of looking at a double skin and did all the energy modeling. We looked at photovoltaics. None of this paid off. What happens is that you end up doing a lot of the things that just make sense. We have a big, beautiful green roof. We have a glass curtainwall with sunshades on the western façade. We have a bio-retention system that collects water and then feeds the landscaping. But all of this stuff is fairly ordinary now - and that’s

a good thing. It’s a beautifully designed, efficient building that uses straightforward systems and is also kind to the environment. ABDO We’re working on Arbor Place at the eastern gateway of the city at our New York Avenue/ Bladensberg Road site, which is 16 acres of land that currently has junkyards, a strip club, gas stations and chop shops.We are turning it into an urban village that will have its own private three-acre central park right in the center.While we are putting three and a half million square feet of density there, if you look at our overall site plan, five and a half acres of the 16 is all green space and 65 percent of all the roofs are green. We didn’t have to do that, but we did voluntarily because we wanted to create a very livable community.

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Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia McLean

Serene Elegance. From the gracious foyer with circular stairs, 22’ ceiling and custom-designed pediments to the splendidly appointed formal rooms with 12’ ceilings and woodburning fireplaces, this home provides the perfect setting for elegant entertaining and stylish family living. The beautifully landscaped 1.87 acre estate includes a wood paneled library with stone fireplace, 38’ family room wing, 2000 bottle wine cellar and professional dark room $3,100,000. Karen Barker Owner/Agent; Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

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Architectural Masterpiece. Situated on large lot with total privacy, this magnificent property is the most unusual residence for sale in Georgetown. Custom-built for current owner in 1978 and beautifully maintained, it features massive courtyard with heated pool, roof deck, balconies and built-in 4 car garage. Terri Robinson 202966-6223; Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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Huge, elegant Italian Victorian Mansion with 6700 square feet over three floors and adjacent carriage house/garage. Eastern Market\Barracks Row. Prime Capitol Hill location on restaurant row. Zoned C2A. Best use: ground floor restaurant/retail (approximately 2500 square feet) and offices upper two floors. Excellent condition after 2005 renovation. Priced to sell: $2,295,000. Victor Saulsbury 202-277-9117; Robert Mitchell 202-674-7574; Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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A Grand Castle inside the beltway! This marvelous mansion, built on over 2 acres, offers 15,000 SF of living space, 4 entertainment halls & 10 bedrooms (5 with balconies). Offered at $4,775,000. Photos and details at www.GlobalOwner.com. Mary Anthony 202-339-9418; Angela Eliopoulos 202-339-9439; Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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Ideally located in one of Chevy Chase’s most desirable neighborhoods, this circa- 1897 5 BR/ 3.5 BA Victorian offers quiet privacy for family living, and perfect accommodations for a professional home office. Remodeled and expanded, the sundrenched interior provides spacious parlors, galleries, lofty ceilings, two fireplaces, and vintage millwork in a design that evokes Old World European elegance. Enjoying a premier location, this home is close to restaurants, upscale shopping, schools, parks, and Metro. $1,795,000. Chana Sky 240-4477000; Bethesda Avenue Office 240-497-1700.

Once in a lifetime opportunity! Forty-six custom home sites on one of Washington’s most prized grand estates, minutes from Georgetown. Bordered by 200 acres of national parks, the average lot size is comprised of 11,000 square feet, and double and triple lots are available. Purchasers can choose from four approved architects, five builders and four landscape architects, or with approval, their own team. Delivery to commence in the Summer 2007. Preserving the renowned Foxhall aesthetic, three large trees will be planted for every one removed. Susie Gordon Maguire 202-841-2006; Georgetown Office 202-944-8400


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THE DISTRICT • MARYLAND • VIRGINIA THEDISTRICT The word on the street is that the Government of Iraq has purchased 8:"< Massachusetts Avenue﹐ N﹒W﹒, from the Diplomatic Restoration Corporation and its general partner Moustafa Soliman for $5.8 million. Iraqi officials apparently intend to use the three-story, 1920 Tudor-style mansion as their new embassy. Located in Observatory Circle across from Vice President Richard Cheney’s official residence, the 7,000 square-foot building has previously been leased to various countries. During the Kennedy administration it served as the Sudanese embassy. In 1971, it became the embassy of Bangladesh. In the mid-1980’s, South Africa moved part of its embassy staff there. In the early 1990’s, Kazakhstan’s first U.S. diplomatic mission toiled within. Most recently the mansion was home to the Embassy of the

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BYMARYK _M EWBORN Republic of Cote d’Ivoire. After an electrical fire caused significant damage in 2004, the building was painstakingly repaired and refurbished by Skynear and Co. Original plaster moldings were recast, chandeliers imported from France and new hardwood floors laid. Other amenities include skylights, recessed lighting, a kitchenette with a built-in espresso machine and spacious bathrooms (including one reputed to have a Jacuzzi). As a practical matter, there is also a building-wide “firefighting system.” Thanks to Washington Fine Properties agent Jim Bell, Mathew Appelget has received almost $3.2 million for his Beaux Arts townhouse at "<"\ Bancroft Place﹐ N﹒W﹒, in Kalorama. Built in 1908, the residence has undergone

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meticulous renovation and features grand entertaining spaces including formal living and dining room and a library, each adorned with original plaster moldings. Additional highlights include a chef ’s kitchen, terrace and roof top deck with a hot tub and views of the monuments. There is also an in-law suite and a two-car garage.The new owner of this stunning abode has asked to remain anonymous. The home of the late Gladys P. Bendetsen now belongs to German Klein, who for a mere $1.64 million took possession of the sevenbedroom manse at "]<^ Garfield Terrace﹐ N﹒W﹒ Mrs. Bendetsen, who died in December 2005 at the age of 91, helped found the Above– The Government of Iraq has purchased 3421 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., from the Diplomatic Restoration Corporation and its general partner Moustafa Soliman for $5.8 million

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Washington Ballet and was a fixture in both the social register known as The Green Book and on Washington Life’s Social List. Married to Panamanian diplomat Julio E. Heurtematte, she arrived in D.C. in 1945 where according to press reports, her “crystal-clear blond beauty” enthralled the diplomatic corps. In 1951 the Sulgrave Club named her one of the most attractive women in the District. Her marriage to Heurtematte ended in divorce in 1959 and in 1961 she married James M. Johnston, one of the owners of the old Washington Senators basketball team. Widowed in 1967, her last marriage was to Karl R. Bendetsen, a former assistant secretary of the Army and a member of Ronald Reagan’s “kitchen cabinet” who died in 1989. Newly arrived from Italy, Simone and Angela Maraini now live at "^"< N Street﹐ N﹒W﹒ Mr. Maraini is the CFO of Alenia North America which was established in 2004 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Alenia Aeronautica, a European leader in the field.The couple’s new residence has three bedrooms, a den and three full baths. Nancy Taylor Bubes, who had been with Coldwell Banker, represented the buyers. Mrs. Bubes is now with Washington Fine Properties and while she would not disclose the price the Marainis paid for the property, WL has learned that the sellers, Virgine and Ragnar Gudmunsson, were asking $1,185,000. Washington Fine Properties realtor Jim Bell has sold penthouse 1D at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at 1111 23rd Street, N.W., for

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John Cavalier for approximately $1.3 million.

The 1,785 square-foot condominium boasts two bedrooms, two and a half baths and two expansive balconies offering dramatic vistas. Of course the real selling point at the Ritz is the luxurious lifestyle and exceptional service afforded residents. World Bank employees Daniele Calabrese and Francesca Lamanna have purchased a quaint 1908 Victorian nestled in Mt. Pleasant’s historic district at <^#{ Newton Street﹐ N﹒W﹒ Mount Pleasant harkens back to Colonial times when Lord Baltimore granted James Holmead a large parcel of land east of Rock Creek. In 1836, Holmead’s heirs attempted to sell portions of the land by advertising the property in the Washington Globe as “well suited for the residence of a gentleman of fortune, having a commanding view of the city and surrounding country, and every advantage for the display of taste in improvement.” When former World Bank employee Saida BenKouiten-Gray wanted to sell the property, a call to Long & Foster agent Richard Oder did the trick. She now resides in France.

Competitive Power Ventures, which manages large power generation projects across the U.S. His wife is senior vice president, controller and treasurer of Harbor Asset Management. The sellers are Milton and Francis Stickles. Built in 1922, the three-story house sits on a quiet block within walking distance of the Bethesda metro station. It has four bedrooms plus a home office, three and a half baths, an expanded eatin country kitchen/recreation room/workshop, screened porch, a nicely landscaped lot and a two-car garage. Extras include: crown moldings, a cedar closet/laundry chute, double pane windows, wood floors and a fireplace.

VIRGINIA For $2.4 million, Darshan and Kultar Kang have parted with the four-bedroom house they owned at $<$ Gouldman Lane in Great Falls. The new owners are Mary M. Klote and James D. Klote of James D. Klote & Associates, Inc., which provides fundraising services for churches and other non-profit organizations. Mary Klote is a career Army medical officer and an immunologist at Walter Reed.

MARYLAND Long & Foster realtor Charlie Hein has 8]<: Blackthorn Street in the town of Chevy Chase under contract with a list price of $999,000. By the end of the month, the classic center hall Colonial is expected to belong to Steve and Stephanie Kelly. Mr. Kelly is VP of origination and business development for

Please Send Real Estate News Items to: renews@washingtonlife.com From left to right– John Cavalier has sold penthouse 1D at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at 1111 23rd Street, N.W., for approximately $1.3 million / 3914 Blackthorn Street in Chevy Chase is under contract with a list price of $999,000. Prospective owners Steve and Stephanie Kelly are buying the property from Milton and Francis Stickles

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Gallery of Riches How an American industrialist, a British baron and a luxurious Washington apartment building all played a part in the making of the National Gallery BY DONNA EVERS

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good investments. He came to Washington to serve as secretary of treasury and did so for three presidents. Before retiring, he served one year as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain in 1932, then came back to his McCormick apartment home, where he was able to focus all his time and money on philanthropy and art collection. Mellon could not have amassed his vast holdings without the assistance of Baron Joseph Duveen. Lord Duveen, who received his title from a grateful Lord Duveen with his wife nation after he and daughter in 1926 donated many works of art to England’s national galleries, started out in relatively humble circumstances – he was the first of 15 children to be born above his father’s antique shop. This oldest son proved to have great skills in the world of antiques and art and went on to build his father’s business into an empire. Duveen was a legendary salesman who single-handedly raised the value and prices of Old Master paintings to soaring heights. He had a way with words and his powers of persuasion were said to be hypnotic. In Merle Secrest’s book, Duveen: A Life in Art, the author quotes Duveen’s client, Andrew Mellon, as saying, “Lord The National Trust for Historic Duveen, my pictures never look Preservation at 1785 Massachusetts so good as when you are here.” Avenue N.W. (the former When Duveen heard that his McCormick Apartment Building) favorite buyer was back at the McCormick, he installed himself in the apartment directly below Mellon’s and filled it with his most valuable sculptures and paintings. Before he set off for an extended trip, Duveen gave his upstairs

he most luxurious apartment building in Washington’s history was created in 1906, when International Harvester heir Stanley McCormick hired architect Jules de Sibour to design a Beaux Arts building for the rich and famous.The imposing structure at 1785 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., had six colossal apartments, most of which had 11,000 square feet of living space and 21 rooms including oval foyers, huge drawing rooms and extensive servants quarters. (To give these figures some perspective, a 2,000 square foot apartment in Washington is considered large today.) Each apartment had six fireplaces and details such as gold and silver plated doorknobs. These sumptuous quarters had tenants that included hostess Perle Mesta, Diplomat Robert Woods Bliss of Dumbarton Oaks and Andrew W. Mellon, the multi-millionaire industrialist and banker from Pittsburgh. The latter, the most illustrious of the long-term tenants, lived there for 16 years until his death in 1939. Andrew Mellon was an avid collector of art, and his top floor apartment with its huge skylight was the perfect showcase for his acquisitions.Throughout the years, Mellon had been able to increase his father’s fortune many times over with his uncanny skill for making

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Andrew W. Mellon in his sumptuous apartment in the McCormick Building

neighbor the keys so that Mellon could go there whenever he liked to admire the art. The ruse worked, and Mellon ended up buying most of the treasures displayed there. Legend has the sum of the purchase at $21 million, but David Cannadine, in his biography of Mellon, places the figure closer to $8 million. Andrew Mellon now believed he had the right ingredients to gift the country with a National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. By this time, Mellon was in his eighties and had been diagnosed with cancer, but he dedicated every bit of his remaining time and energy to planning the gallery. He died before construction began, but the project went forward and he left a gift to the nation that keeps on giving: a world-class art gallery that will forever be a source of pride for the country. But what became of the McCormick Apartments? The building was used by the British government during World War II and later inhabited by the Brookings Institute. It is still used as office space today and is properly cherished and in good hands as the home for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Middleburg South For hunt country residents, the winter equestrian season in Florida has come to a close BY VICKY MOON

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Market Salamander Palm Beach, a 5,500-square-foot shop with custom tile, faux Sarah, Duchess of York stopped by the painting and rich millwork horse show while in on North County Road. Wellington, Fla. This is her second venture

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shopping all day. Another must-shop spot in Palm Beach is Devonshire, the ever-elegant English garden emporium or its sister store Brighton Pavilion, both on Worth Avenue and co-owned by Nelson Hammell and Pete Hawkins. Garden devotee Tori Winkler Thomas, co-chairman of the board of trustees of the Winkler Family Trust, was spotted at Devonshire. (Some may remember when her colorful Millwood, Va., garden was featured in House and Garden magazine.) The 65-year-old Mark Winkler Company sold its Washington real estate holdings a year ago for $2.3 billion when it was reported as one the area’s largest sales on record.Word has it that Tori is perhaps departing Washington, D.C., and possibly searching for some accessories for a new home in Sun Valley.

STEPPING OUT The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation takes in former racehorses at ten locations around the country. It offers horses for adoption by many prospective new owners. Event planner and equestrian Sheila Motley with Patrick Jonathan Miller, who lives in Waterford, is Doherty and his new line of president. According to the organization it’s Manolo Blahnik riding boots at the International Polo Club “very often the difference between life and death” for these animals. The group had a benefit evening at the into the food business after launching Market Salamander in Middleburg. For the Florida shop, executive chef Kevin Duggan will prepare 90 items daily. Cooking classes will be broadcast on three oversize plasma screens. Featured items at Market Salamander Palm Beach will have a dash of Florida blended with a hint of the Mediterranean: pistachiocrusted stuffed salmon with honey doubleManuel Johnson and Mary Johnson at the National Sporting Library mustard drizzle or shrimp in garlic sauce reception at Merrylegs South with red pepper flakes. A perfect place to pick up dinner after riding horses or

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International Polo Club to honor Michael Matz, a former Olympic show jumper and The Hallman Family’s courtyard the trainer of the late Kentucky Derby winner stables, Merrylegs South Barbaro. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (seared sea scallops and skewers of baby mozzarella and cherry tomatoes) were followed by dinner and dancing. Sheila Motley, an equestrian who also works for The Event Company out of Charlottesville, orchestrated the event. Motley commutes weekly to show her horses in the hunter classes. Racehorse trainer Michael Matz, The talk of the silent auction tables who trained recently departed were the latest in paddock boots from Kentucky Derby winner Barbar Manolo Blahnik. Patrick Doherty, a former producer at ABC News in New York, has introduced the new line. “It occurred to me while attending a horse show last year stepped up to the plate in Wellington that the equestrian crowd, as event planner … comprised of some of the most tapped-in coconut crusted chicken fashionistas, would welcome a new footwear bites with curry and very option,” he said. There are eight styles clever Tequila-lime prawn including an animal print and the over the top shooters served in a salt alligator boots ($5,500). (One woman couldn’t rimmed shot glass. decide and ordered all eight versions.) The sun settled in the west over the Everglades as guests arrived for a few BOOKED UP The National Sporting Library hosted a nibbles while the horses looked on and had cocktail reception at the Hallman Family’s extra carrots. Chairman of the Board Manuel Merrylegs South; a horseshoe shaped Mizner- Johnson and Mary Johnson came down from style stable which doubles as a party pavilion in their winter home in Vero Beach. Library the courtyard. And once again, Sheila Motley CEO and President Nancy Parsons along with art curator Betsy Manierre arrived on cue from the frozen tundra of Virginia. Doug Barnes, owner of the polo academy Destination Polo in The Plains, was at the Samantha Hallman, Doug Barnes party with Samantha Hallman. Rob Banner, and Betsy Manierre at the National publisher of The Chronicle of the Horse Sporting Library’s reception came with Rachel Spencer. Another gala weekend included the Polo Ball at the National Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame and a fast and furious game on Sunday. Jim Burton piloted a group down writer has noted, folks of all walks of life stop from Virginia for the weekend including Dick in to retrieve everything from dividend checks Riemenschneider, Andi Gilman, Bill Fannon to welfare checks. For the past eighteen years and Kim Sourer. Susan Hensley, Peggy and Norris Beavers has served as the affable and Nick Arundel and Alyse and Joe Muldoon also unflappable postmaster at 20118. On March 1, after 33 years with the postal services, he retired participated. and was honored at a reception. “I’m not sure Norris Beavers, retiring after 18 of my plans,” said Beavers, who also owns a 35HONEY DO years as Middleburg’s postmaster And finally … the Middleburg post office acre farm where he raises cattle. “I do have a is frequently a hub for information. As this ‘Honey Do’ list that is 33 years long.”


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captive by Jet Blue? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dismiss the importance of the green movement on your social life. It is the new having babies, a way to get invited to parties that you otherwise would have missed, and to meet the new powerful people. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it went unnoticed here that it was a documentary about the environment that got Al and Tipper invited to the post-Oscars Vanity Fair party, and not his 8 years as vice president. In Hollywood terms, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a comeback kid, but in Washington heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still Al Gore. Mr. Strange, who has achieved longevity here through usefulness to both parties, has no illusions about the Gore moment. He sees Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future this way: Mr. Environment, yes; Mr. President, no. Saving the environment has no down side, but

â&#x20AC;&#x153;DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;TTHINKITWENTUNNOTICEDHERETHATITWASA DOCUMENTARYABOUTTHEENVIRONMENTTHATGOTAL ANDTIPPERINVITEDTOTHEPOST-OSCARVANITYFAIR PARTYANDNOTHIS YEARSASVICEPRESIDENTâ&#x20AC;? winning-his-Oscar social climate change and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got the media, and this town, on an environmental high. My friends canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get green fast enough. Entire households are being rethought and, in some cases, redone to meet the new standard of relevance. The green thing may be the blow that finally forces the haves to have less. But can the overpaid give up the staples of their success: fleets of gas-guzzling luxury vehicles, bottled water, lighted tennis courts, heated swimming pools, chemically-enhanced lawns and gardens (hair and faces, too), and houses so big they use as much energy as a moderate-sized apartment building? Dare I mention the family jet, which happens to be so dear to my heart and lifestyle? Am I prepared to take a gamble on a commercial flight? Would I risk being held

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Kermit had it right: it ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy beinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; green. To be seriously green requires not only sacrifice but also to learn a few things about how the planet works and the ways in which humans lay waste to natural resources. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough anymore to have clever cocktail conversation about whether it will be Hillary or Barack and that you like John McCain but just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand him.You must be able to break down BTUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and LEDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and intelligently debate the scientific and political discrepancies of global warming and carbon emissions trading. Green has upsides, though, beyond saving the planet. Consider all the celebrities who will flock to your party if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re raising money for Mother Earth? Al Goreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s July 7 environmental rock concert will have, among a hundred other acts, the Police and a possible reunion of Pink

Floyd. Being in Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entourage could be the new Entourage. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hemp and organic clothing, so much cheaper than Marc Jacobs and Prada. Green even has sex guidelines.This made me laugh because while the movement favors reuse of almost everything, the sports at treehugger. com, in their Top Ten tips on how to â&#x20AC;&#x153;green your sex life,â&#x20AC;? advised â&#x20AC;&#x153;that recycling just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apply when it comes to rubbers.â&#x20AC;?Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a relief. But hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the issue behind the issue: What about the old-school green, because it takes green to be green. The pols I know, while delighted they can say the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? without prompting nearly everyone to hide their wallets, also donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to see those critical funds hijacked by fair trade food fiends. Which doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean profit for all isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t part of the equation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green is good,â&#x20AC;? a venerable lobbyist announced in a swanky D.C. eatery as he adjusted to having an after dinner cognac without the Cohiba.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green is going to make a lot of us a lot of money.â&#x20AC;? God Bless America.

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t Polly Kraftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intimate cocktail party for Andrew Cockburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new book on Donald Rumsfeld, one of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more passionate fashion forward A-listers cornered me in the art-filled foyer, wanting to know a most private personal detail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you green?â&#x20AC;? she asked earnestly. I regarded my glass of white wine, nibbled a deviled egg, determined Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not given to jealousy or envy, and said,â&#x20AC;&#x153;If by green you mean the stuff that lives in banks, then yes, I am very green.â&#x20AC;?What she wanted to know, of course, was whether I had become a tree-hugger. Before I could defend my greendentials, she was onto Sidney Blumenthal, who stopped in mid-Hillary soliloquy to swear, right-hand raised, he was green before green was cool. Dear me, is this how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be from now on? There has been a post-Al Gore-


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Our eco-focused issue encompasses a wide spectrum of ways to color one's life green, whether it be through organic dining, travel off to far...