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His Excellency the SALEM Ambassador of Kuwait, Sheikh LAHAL-JABERAL-SABAH, and Sheikha RIMAAL-SABAH

Mr. and Mrs. CALVINCAFRITZ

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(Susan) Mr. And Mrs. DAVID AXELROD Mr. ROBERTBARNETT and Ms.

Her Royal Highness the INFANT RDANTINA and His Excellency INAKIU a GARÍN, Duke of Palma de Majorc D

Mr. and Mrs. PLACIDODOMINGO (Marta)

The Honorable BENS of the BERNANKE, The Chairman

Secretary of Labor Steven Chu

Attorney General Eric Holder and Dr. Sharon Malone

Mr. and

Mr. and Mrs. THEODORENLERNE

Representative BARNEYFRANK (Frannie) Senator and Mrs. ALFRANKEN TES, The SecThe Honorable ROBERTMGA (Becky) Gates Mrs. retary of Defense, and ITHNER The The Honorable TIMOTHYHGE Geithner Secretary of the Treasur y, and Mrs. (Carole) RGLICKThe Honorable and Mrs. DANIEL Robert and Luciana Duval MAN (Rhoda) Mr. DAVIDGREGORY and Ms.

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Mr. and Mrs. ROBERTSDUVALL (Luciana) Ms. Honorable RAHM EMANUEL and

Representative and Mrs. JOHNA BOEHNER (Debbie)



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Mr. and Mrs. KENNETHFEINBERG

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ECO-SPOTLIGHTEd Markey talks Copenhagen .......... TOKNOWJessy Tolkan tallies Washington's top young environmental leaders ..........................................................

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ONTHECOVERRahm Emanuel and Michael Douglas attend the Kuwait-America Foundation Dinner. (Photo by Vicky Pombo) ABOVEFROMLEFT Irina Tsikurishvili sizzled as Cleopatra in costumes designed by Anastasia Simes in Synetic Theater’s recent production of "Antony and Cleopatra." (Photo by Joseph Allen) / Taiwanese boutique hotel Villa 32 is a hidden gem 45minutes north of Taipei in the mountain resort town of Beitou. Its luxuriously modern outdoor spas are fed by the area’s famous mineral hot springs. (Photo by Anchyi Wei) / Rahm Emanuel and his wife Amy Rule at the Kuwait-America Foundation Dinner. (Photo by Tony Powell)

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Making the Grade Washington’s A-List gets top marks for style, power, and grace

April is “A-List Month,” featuring our always much-awaited roster of the most recognizable personalities in the interconnected worlds of politics, media, diplomacy, business, philanthropy, and the arts. Though there was hardly as much change this year (with no new administration to take into account), we are sure you’ll enjoy perusing the latest list along with the “A-List Roundtable,” a trenchant and sometimes droll with Washington Postt “Reliable Source” columnist Roxanne Roberts, Susan Watters (Women’s Wear Daily’s longtime correspondent), and Michael Barone of the Washington Examiner and “Almanac of American Politics” fame. Cover Guys Michael Douglas and Rahm Emanuel beckon us to “Pollywood” and the annual Kuwait-America Foundation Dinner where explorer-turned-humanitarian Greg Mortenson was honored for his groundbreaking efforts to educate youngg women and girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Don’t miss the Q&A about his mission or the touching tribute by Sen. John Kerry in his honor. I turned my hand to interviewing this month and trust you will be as equally interested to hear economist Rob Johnson’s take on the perils faced by the U.S. economy and the changes between the Wall Street of yesterday and today. Joseph Allen’s dazzling photo essay on Synetic Theater’s Antony and Cleopatra costume designer Anastasia Simes is an exotic eye-opener in this month’s Lifestyles, where you will also find news from Molly Smith about the exciting things now happening at Arena Stage. Be sure to catch the current run of their dynamic new “Sophisticated Ladies.” In Inside Homes, Fox News anchor Bret Baier and his wife, Amy, permit access to their tastefully designed and decorated house inspired by Ralph Lauren interiors.

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Michael Douglas in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.

Social coverage abounds as well in this issue, with plenty to catch up on if you didn’t get to the Washington National Opera’s midwinter benefit, the Cherry Blossom Festival’s “Pink Tie” events, the Fox News bash and the Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner, the Larry King gala, and our own “Countdown to the Oscars” fête in Georgetown. The season goes into full throttle in April, which, after all, has been known as “Fundraising Month” for as long as anyone here can remember, so mark your calendars for WL-sponsored events, including “After Dark at the ARC” (April 10); the Corcoran Ball (April 16); the Washington Ballet’s Jeté Society party (April 23) and Spring Gala (April 30); and the National Museum of Women in the Arts benefit (April 30).

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1 JOSEPHALLEN is one of Washington’s most

versatile photographers. His subjects include the business elite, national celebrities, weddings, and portraiture. His work regularly appears in local, national, and international publications. He captures elegant homes in our Interior Design features, as well as the dramatic setting at Synetic Theatre. 2 Designer CHRISTOPHERBOUTLIER reads the fine print when it comes to what being an interior designer really means. Before starting his own firm this year, he worked with Lisa Adams of Lisa Adams Design on high-profile projects for local politicians and European royalty and also renovated a condominium for a disabled client. He explores the home of CNN correspondent Bret Baier and his wife Amy in this month’s “Inside Homes.” 3  MICHAEL DOUGLAS is an Emmy-,

Golden Globe-, and Academy Award-winning actor and producer. He spoke about his friend, humanitarian Greg Mortenson, at the KuwaitAmerica Foundation Dinner, and shares his words with us in this issue. 4  ANN GERACIMOS is a longtime feature

writer who keeps a close watch on the Washington cultural scene. She explores the elaborate costumes

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designed by Anastasia Simes for the Synetic Theater production of “Antony and Cleopatra.”

for Historic Preservation, and the White House Historical Association. He reveals his favorite local haunts in this month’s “My Washington.”

5 JODIKING is a Washington-based fashion

and portrait photographer and a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology in NewYork. She contributes to various publications in the U.S. and has exhibited her work in Washington. In this issue, she photographed the colorful beauty shoot.

9 MOLLYSMITH has been a passionate leader

in new play development for the past 30 years. During 11 seasons as Arena Stage’s artistic director, she has worked on making Arena the largest theater in North America focusing on American voices and American artists.

6  JOHN KERRY is the senior senator from

Massachusetts. He contributes to our coverage of the Kuwait-America Foundation Dinner. 7  EDWARD J MARKEY is a member of

Congress from Massachusetts and a national leader on energy and the environment. He chairs the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee. He was a sponsor of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which was approved in June, 2009. 8  EARL A “RUSTY” POWELL III has been

director of the National Gallery of Art since 1992. He serves as the chairman of the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts and is a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Trust

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For All. She has been featured in Time and Vanity Fair magazines, and on “Hard Ball with Chris Matthews.” This month, she highlights the work of prominent young environmentalists. Corrections from the March 2010 Issue: • On page 25,Tony Powell should have been credited as the photographer for the Alvin Ailey Gala. • On page 68, the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States Arturo Sarukhan and his wife Veronica ValenciaSarukhan were misidentified. • On page 69, in the image of the Cloud Gate Dance Theater, the First Lady Chow Mei-ching was mislabeled; she is the first lady of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

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FOODIES ONLY BON APPETIT Major Washington cuisine will be served at the 22nd annual TASTEOFTHENATION when over 60 of the area’s top chefs and mixologists will put their best fork forward in the name charity. With delicious specialty cocktails and sumptuous selections from VOLT, Charlie Palmer Steak and other top restaurants, this will surely be a can’t-miss gastronomic event. What’s even more satisfying is that 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s efforts in ending childhood hunger. April 12; National Building Museum; 7 p.m.; $85 general admission, $125 VIP admission; call 1-877-26-TASTE or go to www. tasteofthenation.org for tickets and more information. Chef Art Smith of Art + Soul and Chef Bart Vandaele of Belga Café.

Social Graces RUSSIAN FLair The dazzling sights, tastes, and sounds of Russia will once again remind partygoers why the WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA BALL is one of the highlights of the social season. For the first time since 1958, the much anticipated event will take place at the Embassy of the Russian Federation, where organizers promise overthe-top opulence, luxury, and cultural significance. Susan Lehrman, this year’s chairwoman, promised that the May 21 event will “be an opportunity to socialize with the world’s elite, including Supreme Court justices, ambassadors, celebrities, members of Congress, administration officials, business leaders, and high-profile members of the media.” The evening will include an ice room featuring vodka and caviar, a Russian tea room, and exquisite authentic Russian desserts. For more information and tickets, go to www.dc-opera.com.

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up for auction vast vintages Looking for a glass of history? The late legendary New York Times writer R.W. “Johnny” Apple Jr.’s extensive wine collection will be auctioned this month in Alexandria. Vintages from home and abroad will be The contents of R.W. Apple’s renowned wine cellar will on offer as well as his artisan be auctioned off this month in Alexandria. pottery collection. Known for his illuminating food and travel articles, Apple kept over 600 bottles in his extensive wine cellar. A posthumous collection of his articles, Far Flung and Well Fed, documents his gastronomic adventures. April 24-25; The Potomack Company, 526 North Fayette St., Old Town Alexandria, Va.; call 703684-4550 or go to www.potomackcompany.com.

The Embassy of Spain will host the first-ever International Pavillion at The Preakness on May 15.

horsing around join spain at the preakness The Maryland Jockey Club in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain and Honorary Host Ambassador Jorge Dezcallar will be pulling out all the stops for the first ever INTERNATIONAL PAVILION at THE PREAKNESS. Featuring the cuisine and wines of Spain plus many special amenities, this inaugural edition of the International Pavilion is sure to become the premier destination for Washington’s diplomatic community and international movers and shakers. A limited number of International Pavilion tickets are available. May 15, 2010, starting at 11:00 AM. Call Jacqui Nigh of the Maryland Jockey Club at 301-470-5429 for information.

Finder’s Keepers Rejuvenation Station rejuvenate, and get pampered. Indulge at some of Washington’s top spas from April 12-18 during NATIONALSPA WEEK. Over 60 local spas will offer discounted treatments at $50 apiece for massages, facials, waxing, blowouts, manicures, pedicures, and other services. Book your appointment today before all the best slots are filled. For a full listing of participating spas and services in the area, go to www.spaweek.com. Inside Nusta Spa, one of the spas participating in D.C. Spa Week.

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Musical Diplomacy THEEMBASSYSERIES, known for hosting renowned musical and culinary events in foreign embassies and ambassadorial residences, is ending its current season on a high note with a ies of must-see concerts. Be sure to catch noted Finnish soprano Meri Siirala at the Finnish Residence on April 23. Further ahead: Cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski and pianist Michael ock honor Chopin and Samuel Barber’s 200th and 100th birthdays at the Polish sy (May 8); European Union Week will be celebrated at the Portuguese Residence ay 14); jazz guitarist Björn Toroddsen performs at the Icelandic Residence (May 22); and tango time at the Argentine Embassy (June 12). For more information and a complete calendar of events and to order tickets, go to www.embassyseries.org or call 202-625-2361.

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The gala event hosted by prominent art-minded Washingtonians, features cocktails, a tour of the state-of-the-art Anacostia facility, surpr ise entertainment, and dinner. SPONSORED THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE; 6 p.m.; $250; â&#x20AC;&#x153;after-dark chicâ&#x20AC;? attire; contact Kay Kendall at 202-332-1888.

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This fashionable event features 60 well-known locals modeling the latest looks while escorted by a four-legged companion down a catwalk. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the canines, all dressed to impress in â&#x20AC;&#x153;doggie designerâ&#x20AC;? couture. Embassy of Italy; 8 p.m.; starting at $85; cocktail attire; contact Tara de Nicolas at tdenicolas@washhumane.org. SIGNATURETHEATREGALA

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Signature Theatre honors Angela Landsbury with its Stephen Sondheim Award at an evening that will include cocktails, dinner, and tribute performances by Sherri L . Edelen, aJ son Danieley, Marin Mazzie, and V i ctor G arber. Embassy of Italy; starting at $650;

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Dress to impress at this annual invitation-only party for eligible singles of varying ages from Washington and beyond. Have any doubts?The ball has been a staple of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social calendar since the 1930s. Music by the Mustangs and silent auction to benefit TAPSs. The City Tavern Club; 9 p.m.; by invitation only; black-tie; contact Chris Larsin at 202-3390300 or larsin@aol.com. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;BESIDES THEMUSICTHEREMAINDERS IN CONVERSATION WITH SAM DONALDSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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This canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-miss event features the Rock Bottom Remainders, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;band of writersâ&#x20AC;? (get it?) who will join famed newscaster Sam Donaldson on stage. Want even more?Catch their concert on April 21 at the 03:9Club. Harman Center for the Arts; 8 p.m.; $200 for VIP reception, event, and concert; contact Carolyn Naifeh at 703-469-1970 or Carolyn.naifeh@pearsonfoundation.org. FOLGERSHAKESPEARELIBRARYGALA GALA

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A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hamletâ&#x20AC;?-inspired celebration will take place on the Elizabethan stage with Shakespearean Era music, dramatic readings, and performances by local actors. Dinner in the iLbraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reading Room follows. Proceeds support the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education and cultural programming. Folger Shakespeare Library; $500; black-tie; contact Essence Newhoff at 202-675-0377 or enewhoff@folger.edu.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prom nightâ&#x20AC;? as A-L ist celebrities, Administration bigwigs, and journalists walk the red carpet and make the scene during this weekend of events centered around dinner honoring President Obama. L ast yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s post-dinner soirĂŠe hosted byanity V Fair and Bloomberg News was the hot ticket and will likely be again. The Washington Hilton; black-tie; by invitation only. THEKENNEDYCENTERSPRINGGALA

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The Opera Ball Benefiting Washington National Opera

Make your plans now to join us for the FIRST Opera Ball to be hosted by the Russian Embassy. A spectacular ballroom reminiscent of an opulent operatic scene

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hosted by His Excellency The Ambassador of the Russian Federation and Mrs. Kislyak For individual tickets, please call Deana Taylor at 202.295.2437 or email specialevents@dc-opera.org. For corporate sponsorships, please contact Neil Alpert at 202.295.2421 or email nalpert@dc-opera.org.


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extravaganzas, organizers of the WNO’s Midwinter Fête were looking for a fresh format. Enter savvy Women’s Commi1ee members Diane Brown and Sharon Bradley, who transformed the event into a gloriously glamorous and sexy soirée with hundreds of candles, disco dancing to a top DJ, and delicious French wines and cuisine donated by local restaurants. JOIEDEVIVRE: The original concept – to entice a younger generation of opera supporters with a fun benefit – has finally been realized. Vive la difference!

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Academy Awards fever hit Washington a bit early at the Oscars-themed grand opening of the new Fitness Together in Georgetown, with proceeds benefiting the Red Cross. Guests walked the red carpet and were greeted inside by tuxedoclad waiters serving flutes of Moët & Chandon and trays of hors d’oeuvres from Embassy Row Catering. Party host Ma McKinnis demonstrated the latest in personal training techniques in between challenging guests to push-up contests. (Guess who won every time?) “Casablanca” was projected onto an outside brick wall while clips of other favorite movie moments were projected in the Letelier Theater. Guests nibbled on treats from Café Milano, Sweetgreen, and Mie N Yu, while Paradise Springs Winery, Anheuser-Busch, Belvedere Vodka, Honest Tea, Muscle Milk, and Glaceau Smartwater provided refreshments. ON THE RED CARPET T Kirk Wiles, T Tara Palmeri, Kiki Ryan, Tim Burger, Chris Brown, Pamela Sorensen, Susan Roberts, Rick Raines, Carl Ray, David Venne, Andy Baldwin, Katherine Kennedy, and T Todd Flournoy.

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in honor of the event and our troops), supporters of the Armed Forces, and 200 wounded warriors from Bethesda’s National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Hospital gathered mage to those serving our nation. Small only in stature, powerhouse Patricia Driscoll honorees, incuding the hosts from FOX NFL Sunday, for the very important boost in ey provide. SHOWING O THEIRSUPPORT T Sheldon Adelson, Clint Bowyer, Brian Brian Kilmeade, Sen. Mark Begich, Sen. Jack Reed, Anne McChrystal, Rep. Sanford nd Gen. Norton Schwartz. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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NEW ORLEANS STYLE: Bead necklaces and festive masks of purple, green, and gold filled the Meridian International Center when THIS for Diplomats celebrated Mardi Gras in style. The non-profit organization, which provides programs and services to Washingtonbased diplomats and their families, brought together friends and supporters for an evening of dancing, a silent auction, and casino games. THE REVELERS: Lizzie and Luc Dejonckheere, Kristin Adams, Dean MacLeod, Olivia Brown, Joy and Terry T Snell, and Dean Piman.

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BLOSSOMINGBUNCH It’s a sure sign of spring when the National Cherry Blossom Festival throws its annual Pink Tie Party, and this year’s fête, presented by Shiseido and Mazza Gallerie and hosted by chef Charlie Palmer, topped them all. Guests, dressed in stylish cocktail dresses, snazzy ties, and other mostly pink apparel enjoyed “cherry picks” cocktails and dishes prepared by top Washington chefs at the elegant W Hotel. PRETTY INPINK Festival president Diana Mayhew, Steve and Debra Neibergall, Atsuko Hurley, Coventry Burke, Linda Semans Donovan, Kara Kennedy, Hugo Stabio, and Sal Naso. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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Blake Allison, Sandra Gonzalez, and Tony Brown

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Marvin Rosskopf, Wendy Gordon, Heather Shaw Menis, and Sandy Heilner

Art Smith and Travis Timberlake

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gathered friends for an evening of fashion, food, and music before the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s March event. Guests listened to the jazzy sounds of the Olivera Trio, provided in part by Olivera Music Entertainment, got a peek at Mazza Gallerie’s spring styles donned by models from T.H.E. Artist Agency, and enjoyed savory treats by Sara McGregor’s Capitol Catering. IN THE CROWD Festival President Diana Mayhew, w Jacqui Watson W , Libby Wilkinson W , Zoe Feldman, Mazza Gallerie’s Rochelle Nagy, y and PR at Partner’s Myken Garciaa and Natasha Laws. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWW WASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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TOA O ST TO MARIO The Lido Civic Club rang the starting bell on its 80th year with spirited toasts to entrepreneur and philanthropist Joe Bruno and racing legend Mario Andrei, who was honored a,er regaling 400-plus guests from Washington’s tightly-knit Italian-American business community with stories of his hair-raising wins at NASCAR, the Indy 500, and Formula One. ITA T LIAN MAGIC Guests marveled at the embassy’s stunning artwork and enjoyed silent and live auctions, a swing band, and dinner prepared by Café Milano’s Embassy Row Catering.

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DANCING SHOES Young Washington flocked to District Bar and Grille in Adams Morgan where hundreds of stars were suspended from the ceiling, drinks and hors d’oeuvres were plentiful, and and a live performance by rapper Cayan moved everyone to the dance floor. The night ended on a high note with one guest recounting the moving tale of how Starlight helped her family through her young daughter’s illness, a touching reminder how the organization li,s the spirits of seriously ill children through a variety of innovative programs, services, and events. THE REAL STAR T S Carlos Sava, Christina Lombardi, David Aideknan, Meg Griles, and Seth Heller. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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guests would have dreamed of missing Kuwaiti Amb. Salem and Rima Al-Sabah’s high-powered thank-you dinner for foundation donors, and that included actor Michael Douglas, who passed on the Academy Awards taking place the same night in Hollywood to a1end. Emcee Fareed Zakaria was hardly exaggerating when he compared the “glamour” of the two events, while Sen. John Kerry went so far as to call the annual event “an alternative Oscars party.” HONORED Greg Mortenson, whose best-selling Three Cups of Tea describes his transition from a mountain-climber to a humanitarian commi1ed to reducing poverty and educating girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Rep. Howard Berman and Janice Berman

Margie and Bill Klesse

Jack and Theresa DeGoia Rahm Emanuel and Debbie Dingell

Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Greg Mortenson

Ebs Burnough and Buffy Cafritz

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David and Lela Agnew with Dr. Margaret Hamburg

Katty Kay and Tom Carver

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Promises Kept Greg Mortensen’s love of mountain climbing turned into a call for humanitarian action throughout the world. BY SEN. JOHN KERRY

It’s 1993. A young mountaineer from Minnesota is 26,000 feet high on K2, the second highest-mountain in the world and probably the toughest. For every four people who reach the summit, one dies trying – and one of his fellow climbers was in dire shape. Forced to stop 2,000 feet short of the summit, he begins a harrowing 75-hour, life-saving rescue down the mountain – descending across the Baltoro glacier in the Karakoram range of Northern Pakistan – lost, physically wrecked, emotionally spent – the mountaineer takes a wrong turn, loses his companions, and wanders into the tiny farming village of Korphe. That’s where we get to know Greg Mortensen – and where he got to know himself. In Korphe, villagers nursed him back to health, and he made friends with a little girl named Cho-Cho. His passion – his purpose – his life – had been climbing that mountain. But it wasn’t the glory of climbing K2 that transformed Greg’s life. It was the simple image of children – no chalkboard, schoolhouse, or teacher in sight – just children writing lessons with a stick in the dirt – and Greg’s promise to return their kindness and come

k n ow l e d g e and custom and show generosity, which can often keep you safer than any armor – this last lesson driven home for Greg by surviving two hostile fatwas, a firefight, and a kidnapping. Respect the differences and study the particulars, but remember: there isn’t a society in the world where parents aren’t afraid for their children and consumed with giving them a better life These are the lessons of Three Cups of Tea. And that’s why last year, as this country struggled to define our mission in Afghanistan, I gave my Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffers a single mandatory reading assignment. I said, “If you want to talk

“WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would expect a person to keep Greg’s promise?”

back and build Cho-Cho’s village a school. Who in their right mind would expect a person to keep Greg’s promise? But he did, many times over: 131 schools servicing nearly 60,000 Afghans and Pakistanis – a monument to the memory of his late sister in a way that no mountain summit ever could be. The lessons of Greg’s story are simple and powerful: Build relationships. Keep promises. Discover what people actually need instead of telling them what they should need. Respect local

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to me about Afghanistan, first read Three Cups of Tea.” Greg’s book was an inspiration for the bill I passed with Sen. Lugar and Chairman Berman to refocus America’s relationship with Pakistan on the things that matter most to people just like the villagers in Korphe. Gen. Petraeus and Adm. Mullen have already championed Greg’s work. They’ve seen that building one school can have so much impact in places where no U.S. soldier can go – and at a

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Sen. John Kerry, Greg Mortenson, and Kuwaiti Amb. Salem Al-Sabah at the 2010 Kuwait-America Foundation Gala (Photo by Tony Powell)

fraction of the cost. Greg’s work reminds us that the most farreaching investment we can make is in educating girls. They raise healthier families, earn more money, and reinvest nearly twice as much as men do. It is often said, “Teach a girl and you educate a village.” They call that multiplier principle “the girl effect.” It is the very opposite of trickle-down economics, it is changing the world from the bottom up and we have to get on board. The bottom line: Those of us thinking about American foreign policy need to more effectively address the day-to-day challenges of people’s lives – and get others to do so, too. And we have to be willing to defend that effort against the polarizing, partisan, and often simplistic whims of the moment – all the forces demanding in times like these that we slash our investment in the world to just look inward. As Greg said, “We have a promise to keep,” and not just when it’s convenient. We have relationships to tend to. Our word means something.

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Promoting Peace Central Asia Institute’s Greg Mortenson discusses education, inspiration, and his best-selling book, Three Cups of Tea What difficulties did you face when trying to establish your non-profit organization in Central Asia during times of international conflict? The biggest issue we face is poverty, not terrorism. We experience economic and social hurdles but not so much violence in the areas where we operate. We also take pride in our community grassroots model of development. Of our 140 schools, only one has been attacked. The real reason I think our schools aren’t being targeted is when we set one up, the community has to provide free land, free resources, and subsidized manual labor. In turn, we provide skilled labor, materials, and teacher training. That gets the community extremely invested in the school.

change in society.

Aside from your promise to build a school for children you saw writing with sticks in the dirt, what else influenced you to write your latest book Stones into Schools? Our significant expansion into Afghanistan, and also because I’m in that country very often and wanted my kids to know why their dad has been gone for half their childhood. But also because after writing Three Cups of Tea, I visited 120 cities, and everywhere I went, Americans expressed a yearning for global peace. I think it’s really important that we reach out and share the yearning Americans have with the rest of the world.

In 2009 yo u received Pakistan’s highest award for your humanitarian efforts in the region. What did this mean to you after your experiences there climbing K2, founding Central Asia Institute and working intimately with humanitarian efforts there? Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Even if the world ends tomor row, I will plant my seed today.” To fight ignorance, you need courage and compassion. And the best way to promote peace is through education. The awards I earn are dedicated to the Michael Douglas and Greg Mortenson children in the at the Kuwait-America Foundation areas we serve. Dinner. (Photo by Vicky Pombo)

Rep. Mary Bono has credited you for enlightening her on the causes of terrorism. How have your experiences in Central Asia shaped your views on terrorism? The most important issues are illiteracy and poverty. If you lead people out of that they will be empowered. Ultimately, education should be our top priority, as well as relationship building with local elders and civilians. We can drop bombs, hand out condoms, and build roads or put in electricity, but if we don’t educate children, and especially girls, nothing will

Central Asia Institute has established 140 schools in rural Afghanistan and Pakistan, which provide education to over 58,000 students of whom 44,000 are girls. What inspired you to focus on primarily educating girls? How can more educated girls effect small rural societies in these nations? What changes have you seen since you began your efforts in those historically male-dominated regions? If you educate a boy, you educate an

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individual; if you educate a girl, you educate a whole community. There is a holy proverb in Afghanistan that, roughly translated, says that the ink of a scholar is holier than the blood of a martyr. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is our greatest weapon.” We focus on isolated pockets where there are no schools or opportunities for girls to get an education. That’s due to three reasons: religious extremism, areas of war and conflict, and areas of extreme physical isolation. So that’s kind of our specialty. WA S H I N G T O N L I F E

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A LEADING MAN Many of our girls are now advanced students; many of them have gone into teaching and go back to their communities. You have said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you just fight terrorism, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based in fear; if you promote peace, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based in hope.â&#x20AC;? How can we, as Americans, help to do the latter? Hatred is based on ignorance. To overcome ignorance, we must have courage and compassion, and look beyond our own barriers and biases to know that we are all part of a global society. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my contention that if you work with local people, you can go into the most volatile areas and be very successful, but you have to involve the community.

The road to building so many schools has been a bumpy one, including an armed kidnapping and a firefight between opium warlords, not to mention the resistance of some leaders to educating girls. What inspires you to keep championing such an important cause? Simply put: Hope. If you go district by district in Afghanistan, really amazing things are happening. Some of the things the elders will talk about that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear in public are, for example, that in 2000, there were 800,000 kids in school in Afghanistan during the height of the Taliban. They were nearly all boys. Today, there are 8.4 million children in school in Afghanistan, including 2.5 million females. So, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the greatest increase in

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You can open the schools, but is it a challenge to find good teachers and to get permission from the families to have their girls attend? Unless you educate girls, nothing will change over time in a country. This is because educated women help reduce infant mortality and reduce population explosions. Educated women also will not allow their sons, almost at gunpoint, to join extremist militants. Contrary to what a woman in the U.S. would say, when I ask women in Pakistan and Afghanistan what they want, they mainly say two things: they want their infants to live and they want their children to be educated. We have successful female enrollment because of community involvement, safe and hygienic conditions, and employment of female teachers. CAIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pakistan staff ensures this with the process undertaken to build new schools. This requires an invitation from the local community and two to four years of pre-planning with village elders, tribal chiefs, military commanders, Muslim clerics, and government officials influential in the area. Therefore, it gradually becomes culturally acceptable to send girls to schools.

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school enrollment in any country in modern history. The goal is 13 million. To me, that is the most inspiring news to come out of the country and no one in the U.S. is aware of it. How much money do you get from private sources vs. public/government funding? Central Asia Institute has about 93 percent of its funding from private contributions, five percent from foundations or grants, and about three percent from corporations or businesses. We have never received a dime from USAID, the Department of Defense, or from any other government [entity], even though we are offered or encouraged to use federal funds. The reason is that, in Pakistan and Afghanistan, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be perceived as having any duplicitous agenda or being an arm of the U.S. government. On the other hand we collaborate [without compensation] to help U.S. government entities and the military with building relationships, giving advice, and encouraging them to work directly with communities.

Actor Michael Douglas commends Greg Mortenson for his humanitarian work We all need heroes. And in my line of work, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re accustomed to the idea of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;leading man.â&#x20AC;? But this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s KuwaitAmerican Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Humanitarian Award winner, Greg Mortenson, takes the notion of heroic leadership to a whole new level â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one as real and redeeming as his own humility and as beautiful as the children he serves. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been 17 years since Greg first staggered into a remote Pakistani village, exhausted from a failed attempt to reach the summit of K2. The kindness of the villagers and the sight of its children learning their lessons in the open air, prompted Greg to make a promise that would change his life: to build them a school. That amazing adventure is captured in Gregâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bestselling book, Three Cups of Tea, which I know has been enjoyed by many, and has become required reading for our senior military commanders and Special Forces in Afghanistan. His latest book, Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, continues the story of his work which has brought education to well over 50,000 boys and girls. A story he recently told Bill Moyers really stuck with me. Greg was explaining how he grew up in Tanzania, East Africa, where his parents had started a school and a hospital on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. And he said that when he was about nine years old, his father gave him a book called Reverence for Life by Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a medical missionary in Congo. The basic philosophy in the book is that all of life is sacred, and we owe to every living thing the same compassion and respect we seek for ourselves. Pretty heavy stuff for a nine year old. But clearly, formative stuff as well. He now makes this ideal that he internalized as a child a reality through his daily work on behalf of thousands of other children half a world away. In the process, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s touched countless lives â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not just theirs, but ours as well.

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Economic ‘Spider Web’ Washington Life Editor-in-Chief Nancy Reynolds Bagley discusses Wall Street, then and now, and the precarious state of the U.S. financial system with noted economic expert Robert Johnson WL: The ’80s film Wall Street, famously remembered for Gordon Gecko’s iconic “Greed is Good” credo, captured the essence of the corruption endemic in the gogo days of our financial system. Since then we have witnessed significant deregulation and the corruption on Wall Street seems to have gotten worse. From your vantage point as a successful investor with experience on both sides of the “street” (government and financial) how would you paint a picture of Wall Street then and now?

RAJ: The ideology of free markets was bursting on the scene in the ’80s. High inflation and the OPEC oil shocks had led many to believe that government could not manage our social problems. … The unshackling of Wall Street was part of a movement to declare government the problem and American corporate power dominant. The difference now is that we have had 30 years of experience where profit rose for the financial sector and crises erupted around the planet. In 2008, the crisis reached global proportions. The tepid consequences for Wall Street and the bailouts fueled anger at both Washington and Wall Street. Unfettered free market ideology was discredited.

was legislation repealing the Glass Steagall Act separating different types of financial activity. This led to mergers and acquisitions that created the large complex financial institutions we now refer to as Too Big to Fail (TBTF). Add “Off Balance Sheet” innovation where firms convinced regulators and accounting boards to allow Micheal Douglas and Shia LeBouf them to move things star in this fall’s Wall Street 2: Money Nevers Sleeps deep recession the crisis caused. When out from under the we use our public budgets to bailout capital requirements. Now we have firms that are very highly leveraged creditors and stockholders of banks we have less and inter-twined with one another in a spider’s money to spend on roads, bridges, schools, police, web that is nearly impossible for a regulator or firefighters, healthcare and senior aid. If one really supervisor to comprehend and measure. wants to be a deficit hawk, first you must start demanding strong reforms of financial regulation. WL: What is the impact of deregulation on This economic crisis will likely be viewed along families that don’t have anything to do with with major wars as the largest budget buster in our entire history. Wall Street?

RAJ: I see three things. One: the deregulation of credit card practices led to long dense and

“This economic crisis will likely be viewed along with major wars as THE LARGEST BUDGET BUSTER R in our entire history.” WL: What regulatory changes have occurred since the ’80s when Wall Street was first released and Gecko extolled the virtues of greed? RAJ: Deregulation recklessly spurred the growth of complex, opaque, OTC (over the counter) derivatives. Another dangerous regulatory cocktail

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incomprehensible contracts where financial firms have been permitted to charge customers exorbitant interest rates: 28.9 percent rates and a myriad of penalty fees that are just plain usurious. Two: segments of the population were recruited for the experiment of sub-prime mortgages. Many have, or are on the cusp of losing their homes. Finally, we are all victims of the bailouts and the

WL: What are the most important regulations that need to be passed? RAJ: We need to pass derivatives market reform to restore market integrity. We need to move from complex opaque instruments to simple transparent instruments. Second we need to pass a series of laws and international agreements that allow us to practice on TBTF firms the same restructuring methods that are used in traditional corporate finance. Resolution powers for financial services holding companies, off balance sheet reforms, cross border burden sharing agreements whereby creditors can all be restructured in a comparable manner regardless of the legal regime, and a very big increase in the system resources, numbers of people, and paycheck size to supervise and

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examine large complex financial institutions on a real time basis. You can see a complete list at www.makemarketsbemarkets.com in the Roosevelt Institute Report.

and is out of prison, tries to alert the financial community of the impending economic disaster. Other than yourself, who are some of the real life tycoons trying to reform the system?

WL: Why are these reforms important? RAJ: I don’t believe I can be considered RAJ: Large complex financial institutions are essentially ungovernable. Too Big to Fail is a moral eyesore. Making markets more transparent, fair and regulatory information more timely and reliable will reduce the ability of these behemoths to act without fear of failure or risk discipline. They should be resolved when they fail. They should not be able induce society to bail them out for fear of taking us all down with them.

a tycoon. Jim Chanos, Paul Volcker, Henry Kaufman, George Soros, Felix Rohatyn, and

if they are not implemented?

RAJ: They all impact the probability and magnitude of a repeat of the financial crisis. Another danger is a loss of faith in the markets and the government, and the radical politics that will ensue.

WL: You’re obviously a pro-business others are spending time and energy on proper financial reform.

WL: What are the roadblocks to passing significant reforms?

RAJ: The roadblocks relate to the need RAJ: Finance is a means to support commerce. for lots of money to run a campaign in To those who call regulations socialists I would ask some questions. Most believe defense of property rights is necessary to a functioning society. That is a form of regulation. Adam Smith in the Wealth of Nations and Professor Hayek, the great conservative Nobel Prize winner both espoused the need for rules, laws and regulations. What is at issue is the matter of degree of regulation. … Most of the branding of ‘”socialism” … is a rather ugly smear tactic.

WL: In the original Wall Street film, Gordon Gecko was a Wall Street tycoon. In Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, opening this September, Gecko, who has reformed

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RAJ: The political philosopher Sheldon Wolin wrote “Democracy Incorporated” exploring the theme of a corporate takeover of the state in what Wolin calls inverted totalitarianism. Corporate welfare becomes the role of the

“When Wall Street put over $300 MILLION into LOBBYING and CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS it overwhelms the political system while making a relatively small investment in protecting [their] own earnings.”

WL: What danger do you think we face

capitalist but many accuse regulators of being “socialists” and argue that markets left alone without regulation are good for competition, good for business, and good for innovation. What’s your take?

WL: Do you think there is a threat of a corporate takeover of our democracy? Do we need corporate accountability?

the media age. Senators and Congressmen spend about 70 percent of their time on fundraising. Top Wall Street firms made over $30 billion dollars in derivatives trading in 2009. Proper reforms would likely cost them more than 20 percent of that according to financial analysts. So, when Wall Street puts over $300 million into lobbying and campaign contributions it overwhelms the political system while making a relatively small investment in protecting [their] own earnings. The problem is that those very profitable OTC derivatives market structures leave society and the public purse exposed to great danger. This is not priced into the political system.

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state under his design. I do not believe that corporate accountability is the key. I believe the Supreme Court has done great harm to our nation with its recent decision in the case of Citizens United vs FEC [by] giving the same powers to our corporations as it does to humans or natural persons. Robert Johnson is director of the Project on Global Finance at the Roosevelt Institute and serves on the United Nations Commission of Experts on Finance and International Monetary Reform. He is a former managing director at Soros Fund Management, where he managed a global currency, bond and equity portfolio, and a former managing director at the Bankers Trust Company. Johnson has served as chief economist of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and was senior economist of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. He received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Princeton University and a B.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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The Washington ‘A-List’ eRvisited

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HE SCENE: A waiter silently scurries with a pre-lunch bottle of Nuits-Saint-Georges for a pair of European envoys as Georgetown doyennes Polly Kraft and Liz Stevens settle in with a friend in a plush and comfy booth at the Jockey Club. Hidden away in the back, four clued-in journalists discuss the ins, outs, and dramatis personae of the Washington social “A-List.” KEVINCHAFFEE I think

someone is “A-List” when they walk into a room and other people do a double take:“O h, they are here.” ROXANNEROBERTS It

depends on the venue. If it’s political, people from the administration need to be there. At an arts or char ity event, it’s their ability to wr ite a big check. SUSAN WATTERS :The

person has to be nationally or internationally recognizable and have some degree of influence with regard to power, taste, or gathering people together. MICHAELBARONE Nobody in Washington

is doing what Katharine Graham used to do. She felt she had an obligation to put people together and made a point of befriending Nancy R eagan. RR She was the only person besides the president who could issue an invitation that no one would turn down. She mixed it up with political types but also people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. If someone was important enough to be invited, they became “A-List.”

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SWShe had the advantage that no one would

MB O h well, he’s a touchy-feely sort of guy.

criticize her. Now it’s like a DMVline out there because there is this New Millennium view that we live in a classless society. If you stick your head out you are going to get shot down. Look at what happened to Desirée R ogers.

Actually, he has never been a fixture of the Washington social scene because he took a train every night back to his family in Wilmington. O bama wasn’t a fixture either. He spent most of his career running for higher office.

RR Desirée either didn’t know or didn’t care

RR I’m hear ing a fair amount of qu iet

about the cultural norms of Washington and that caused problems for her.

grumbling and dismay that the O bamas have failed to engage with Washington outside of the White House. They have big events and wonderful photo ops but aside from that, the only thing they’ve done is go to V alerie Jarrett’s house three times for dinner. MB That’s the same as

going to Chicago. SWWhen R onald R eagan

c a m e t o t ow n h e wa s known as the gover nor who had teargassed students. A-List lunching at the Jockey Club with (left to right): Michael Barone (The Washington Examiner), He helped himself Susan Watters (Women’s Wear Daily), Kevin Chaffee a lot by going to (Washington Life) and Roxanne Roberts (The Washington Post). (Photo by Kyle Samperton) M r s . G r a h a m ’s KC Is there a moral to house and by being the White House crashers story that became very open to inviting everyone to the White such an international media sensation? House. Alice R oosevelt Longworth did a lot for R ichard Nixon. Henry Kissinger used the MB Part of it was that the visuals were so social scene incredibly well. Jimmy Carter wonderful!The crashers were smiling with the needed to use it but didn’t. vice president. MB I ’ve h e a rd t h a t b i g D e m o c r a t i c RRThe woman was encased around him. contributors are no longer giving because Desirée R ogers didn’t put them on the White KC People were sticking flip-cams in Biden’s House social list. face to post Internet photos the same night. O n ce upon a time you’d meet the vice SWYou can’t blame her. It’s the O bamas who president, shake his hand from two feet away, didn’t put them on. The fish starts at the head. and say, “Good evening, sir.” MB Bipartisan entertaining has been a lot

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harder in the last dozen years of culture wars politics. RR It continues to erode. The death of Ted

Kennedy was a big deal. He was good at bringing people together. [Utah R epublican Sen.]O r rin Hatch was one of his best friends. Some R epublicans have told me that health care would have passed long ago because of the relationships he developed across the aisle. SW Don’t forget the journalists –because they

can bring people together from both sides. KC Fox News had Donald R umsfeld in the

same room with Jesse Jackson and aVlerie Jarrett at the R adio and TVCorrespondents Dinner this year. Apart from media moguls like R upert Murdoch and R oger Ailes, who else can gather a so-called “A-List” here? RR Colin and Alma Powell are permanent A-

Listers with an ability to draw people from both parties when and if they choose. SW People at that level usually don’t use

their capital that way. Those who did, like the late Evangeline Bruce for example, are very exclusive. They keep people out. Getting it all to work is a “Dance of the Seven eils.” V You can’t have a fundraiser or have it look like you want publicity.

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SW R ima Al-Sabah knows

who is in and who the powers behind the throne are. RRThe Al-Sabahs are the

most active and visible diplomatic couple in Washington and make more of an effort than any other embassy … although people also like to say they got an invitation from the British Embassy for dinner, and the French and Italians, too.

SEN. AL FRANKEN

SEN. SCOTT BROWN

infanta cristina

Marcus Brauchli

MB T h i s re m i n d s m e

of the role that Sondra Gotlieb played when her husband Alan was the Canadian ambassador in the ’80s. They had policy objectives, too, of course, like acid rain. RR O ne can never forget that many relationships here are “dinner par ty fr iendships,” not to be confused with genuine friendships.

SW Genuine friends don’t come to your MB I am reminded of the old stories about

having dinner at Joseph Alsop’s house. Somebody would make a negative remark about Gen. [G eorge C.] Marshall and he would say, “You must leave immediately!” KC That would get around and the person

became persona non grata. MB Christopher Hitchens’ parties for Vanity

Fairr after the White House Correspondents Association Dinner serve that function although his position institutionally is very much different from Mrs. Graham’s.

house when you are hosting a dinner in honor of the secretary of state. They understand that is a working event. MB Most presidents of the past 60 or so

years have had no real friends in that sense: F.D.R ., Eisenhower, R eagan. Harry Truman’s wife spent half of his presidency back in Independence, Mo., with her old battle-axe of a mother. RR Being very powerful is like being very

rich. It is difficult to make new friends. KC Who are the newer A-List faces in town?

KCThe Kuwait Embassy confers a certain status

if you get invited to their exclusive events.

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RR Sen. Al Franken is a celebrity/politician

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who has a lot of show biz stories and is very clever. He’d be a great guest at a dinner table. KCI’m not so sure about that. The night Sen. Scott Brown got elected I saw him at the Japanese Embassy residence paying far more attention to his Blackberry than the ladies seated beside him. RR Franken and Brown are the new “It

Girls,” just like the Hollywood stars who have always been in the spotlight and capture the imagination. If they’re smart they’ll leverage that to do what they want to do and become ser ious players. V i cki Kennedy could play a Pamela Harr iman type role if she wanted to. And any Supreme Cour t justice always creates a buzz. If Clarence Thomas shows up anywhere, it’s a big deal.

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President BARACKHOBAMA and FIRST LADYMICHELLEOBAMA

Mr. MARCUSBRAUCHLI and Ms. MAGGIE

The Honorable and Mrs. RICHARDB

FARLEY

CHENEY (Lynne)

V ice President and MRSJOSEPH R

Associate Justice and Mrs. STEPHENG BREYER (Joanna)

The Honorable STEVENCHU, Secretary of Energy, and Mrs. Chu (Jean)

Mr. and MRS DAVIDBROOKS (Sarah)

The Honorable WILLIAMJEFFERSON CLINTON and the Honorable HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, Secretary of State

BIDENJR (Jill)

His Excellency the Ambassador of Kuwait, Sheikh SALEM ABDULLAH AL-JABER AL-SABAH, and Sheikha RIMA AL-SABAH Mr. And Mrs. DAVIDAXELROD (Susan)

Senator SCOTT BROWN and Ms. GAIL HUFF

Mr. and Mrs. CALVIN L CAFRITZ (Jane)

Mr. ROBERTBARNETT and Ms.

Her R oyal Highness the INFANTA CRISTINA and His Excellency INAKI URDANGARÍN, Duke of Palma de Majorca R epresentative and Mrs. JOHN D DINGELL (Deborah)

RITABRAVER

The Honorable BEN S BERNANKE, The Chairman of the

Mr. and Mrs. PLACIDO DOMINGO (Marta) Secretary of Labor Steven Chu

Robe

Robert and Luciana Duval Federal R eserve Board, and Mrs. Bernanke (Anna) The Honorable and MRSJAMESH BILLINGTON (Marjorie) R epresentative and Mrs.

JOHNA

BOEHNER (Debbie)

Mr. BENJAMINCBRADLEE and Ms. SALLYQUINN L

Mr. and Mrs. DAVID GBRADLEY (Katherine)

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Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT S DUVALL (Luciana) Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMNCAFRITZ (Buffy) R epresentative and Mrs. (Diana)

ERICICANTOR

Mr. and Mrs. STEVENBCASE (Jean) Mrs. EUGENEB CASEY (Betty)

The Honorable RAHMEMANUEL and Ms. Amy Rule Mr. and Mrs. KENNETHFEINBERG (Diane) The Honorable ADRIANMFENTY, The Mayor of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Fenty (Michelle)

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Tanya and Dan Snyder

Senator JOHNFKERRY and MSTERESA Alma and Colin Powell

HEINZ

Mr. and Mrs. JAMESCLEHRER (Kate) Attorney General Eric Holder and Dr. Sharon Malone R epresentative

BARNEYFRANK

Senator and Mrs. ALFRANKEN(Frannie) The Honorable ROBERTMGATES, The Secretary of Defense, and Mrs. Gates (Becky)

The Honorable TIMOTHYHGEITHNER The Secretary of the Treasury, and Mrs. Geithner (Carole) ert and Luciana Duval The Honorable and Mrs. DANIELRGLICKMAN (Rhoda) Mr. DONALDEGRAHAM Mr. DAVIDGREGORY and Ms. BETH WILKINSON

Mr. CHRISTOPHEREHITCHENS and Ms.

Mr. and Mrs. THEODOREJLEONSIS (Lynn)

The Chief Justice and Mrs. JOHNG

Mr. and Mrs. THEODORENLERNER (Annette)

ROBERTSJR(Jane)

Mr. and Mrs. JWILLARDMARRIOTTJR (Donna)

Ms. MARIANROBERTSON

Mr. and Mrs. FORRESTEMARSJR(Deborah)

Senator and Mrs. JOHNDROCKEFELLERIV (Sharon Percy)

Ms. JACQUELINEBADGERMARS

Mr. and Mrs. DAVIDRUBENSTEIN (Alice)

Senator and Mrs. JOHNSMCCAINIII (Cindy)

Mr. and Mrs. ROGERSANT (Victoria)

Senator AMITCHELLMCCONNELL and the Honorable ELAINELANCHAO

Associate Justice and Mrs. ANTONINSCALIA (Maureen)

General MIKEMULLEN, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Mrs. Mullen (Deborah)

His Excellency the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland SIRNIGELSHEINWALD and Lady Sheinwald (Julia)

The HonorableJANETNAPOLITANO, Secretary of Homeland Security

CAROLBLUE

The Honorable and Mrs. WILLIAMT NEWMANJR (Sheila Johnson)

Mr. JIMHOAGLAND and Ms. JANESTANTON

Her Majesty Q ueen

HITCHCOCK

The Honorable ERICHHOLDERJR, Attorney General, and Dr. SHARONMALONE R epresentative

STENYHHOYER

Mrs. VALERIEJARRETT

NOORAL-HUSSEIN

Mr. PETERORSZAG Mr. ALEXANDER“ALEX”OVECHKIN The Honorable LEONEPANETTA, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Mrs. Panetta (Sylvia)

Mr. and Mrs. DANIELMSNYDER (Tanya) Mr. and Mrs. GEORGECSTEVENSJR(“Liz”) Mr. DOMINIQUESTRAUSS-KAHN, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and Ms. ANNESINCLAIR The Honorable and Mrs. LAWRENCEH “LARRY”SUMMERS (Elisa) His Excellency the Ambassador of France, PIERREVIMONT

Senator MARKRWARNER and Ms. LISA

GeneralJAMESLJONES, National Security Advisor to the President, and Mrs. Jones (Diane)

The Honorable NANCYPELOSI, Speaker of the House of R epresentatives, and Mr. PAUL PELOSI

R epresentative

Mr. and Mrs. VERNONEJORDANJR (Ann)

Ms. KATHARINEWEYMOUTH

Mr. MICHAELKAISER

The Honorable and Mrs. COLINLPOWELL (Alma)

Associate Justice and Mrs. ANTHONY KENNEDY (Mary)

Mr. and Mrs. EARLA“RUSTY”POWELLIII (Nancy)

Mrs. EDWARDMKENNEDY (Vicki)

Senator and Mrs. HARRYMREID (Landra)

Mrs. ROBERTFKENNEDY (Ethel)

Mr. JOSEPHEROBERTJR

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COLLIS HENRYAWAXMAN (Janet)

Mr. ROBERTWOODWARD and Ms. ELSA WALSH

The Honorable ROBERTBZOELLNICK, President of the World Bank

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Memories of Marilyn Wyatt Dickerson’s fond encounter with a cinema legend B Y J A N E T D O N O VA N

HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, NORMA JEAN: When Wyatt Dickerson turned 22 in 1946, he received a birthday telephone call from his friend Norma Jean Baker. It probably wasn’t as exciting as the ones President Kennedy got, but she wasn’t Marilyn Monroe yet either. “I had met Norma Jean almost two years earlier,” Dickerson recalls. “I was a young actor and had just had a part in my first movie. She also called to tell me that she had just signed a film contract at 20th Century Fox and would be paid $125 a week. She was then 20 years old.” Dickerson was living in L.A. at the home of Gen. Sir Sydney and Lady Lawford at the time. He met Norma Jean sitting alone at the beach in Santa Monica, looking sad, Above: Wyatt Dickerson, poolside in lonely, and out of place. “My in 1946. Right: Soliel Moon roommate was the Lawfords’ Hollywood Frye and David Hyde Pierce (photo by son, Peter, a struggling young Neshan Nalchayan). actor. I felt sorry for her and asked her if she would like to meet some of to drive her to wherever the young U.C.L.A. students and some of the she lived in Hollywood, surfers and volleyball players.” at least 15 miles away.” Peter, who was busy drying off from “Some years later, I surfing, didn’t display much interest in the enjoyed watching my young girl, so Dickerson took her to lunch beach friend play in at Neenies Weenies, a beach hang out for fast films and thought of my food, where they had hot dogs and soft drinks perspicacity as a young man. I was happy that before returning to the beach where Dickerson the little waif had lucked out. However, it was resumed his volleyball match. not the end of the story.” “She was still in the same place when “Peter Lawford must have had a better I finished the game. I remember asking her introduction to her 15 years later than I had where she lived and how she would get home. given him at the beach. As Marilyn Monroe, Although I didn’t get a direct answer, It was she was treated with great affection and clear she didn’t have a car and I assumed that proudly introduced by him to some of the she would take a bus or hitchhike. So I offered leading political figures of the day.”

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The rest is history. YOUNG CHAMPION: No one is fully prepared to deal with the ravages of Alzheimer’s. Just ask actress Soleil Moon Frye. Best known for her gig as “Punky Brewster” in the 1980’s sitcom, she is preparing for a role of a lifetime as the daughter of a father who has the disease. “It started out gradually,” she said, “perhaps as long as 10 years before if became noticeable. We thought he was just a little crazy ... leaving notes around the house. He would call and say he couldn’t find his car; things began collecting in the house.” “This illness is painful on dignity,” she notes. “My father had a colorful life and was robbed of his character. We are motivated to find a cure.” Frye was honored with the Young Champions Award at the seventh annual National Alzheimer’s Gala at the National Building Museum along with Terry Moran, co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline,” who received the Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award. The evening was emceed by “Frasier” star David Hyde Pierce. If it’s any comfort, Congress included provisions for the concerns of a growing Alzheimer patient population in the final health care reform legislation.

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POWER FEAST T Ideological friction between Fox News Channel and the Obama Administration melted away like February’s snow at the Radio & Television Correspondents Dinner when the network’s founding CEO Roger Ailes and News Corp. CEO James Murdoch feted policymakers and media pals at a lavish pre-party. Conceived as a Hollywood set, the extravaganza featured burbling fountains, Parisian-style lampposts, elaborate murals, and a guest list heavy duty enough to impress the next White House social secretary. SEEN Obama-ites Valerie Jarre, Julius Genachowksi, Melody Barnes, and T Tom Vilsackk mixing it up with the likes of Donald Rumsfeld, Bill O’Reilly, and Fred Thompson. The spirit of bi-partisanship is alive and well here tonight,” Ailes said.

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GREENdiplomacy Morocco’s special Earth Day plans, the Arab League turns 65, and a Finnish environmental first BY GAIL SCOTT

ROYAL VISIT Moroccan Ambassador Aziz Mekouar and his wife Maria-Felice literally rolled out the red carpet (and 200 potted palms) with only five days notice for HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, sister of King Mohammed V I of Morocco, at an elaborate four-course dinner at the Ritz-Carlton on March 18to announce their nation’s participation in the upcoming 40th anniversary of Earth Day and the launching of Morocco’s N ational Charter on the Environment. Morocco is the first African, Muslim, and Arab nation to commit –at the highest levels of government – to becoming an eco-friendly nation. Rabat, its century-old imperial capital, will become a pioneer Green City. Princess Lalla Hasnaa, 42, in a dark caftan heavy with gold braid, spoke about her brother’s environmental plans before 400 IVP dinner guests, including the ambassadors of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and the Arab League; New York Times columnist and bestselling author Tom Friedman, and Rev. Jesse Jackson. The Princess vowed that the selection of Rabat (as one of the major Earth Day cities) “attests to the significant progress Morocco has made … and to its irreversible choice to promote sustainable development.”She concluded, “Environmental conservation is a major political issue, surely one of the key challenges of the current century.” Earlier in the day at the N ational Press Club, the high-ranking Moroccan delegation heard Earth Day eNtwork President Kathleen Rogers praise their country’s g“roundbreaking environmental practices, inspiring millions of people to make a personal commitment for Earth Day and beyond.”

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the Willard Hotel on March 24. “The Arab world is concerned –just like the rest of the world –about global terrorism and the extreme violence in our society today. We [as Arabs and Muslims] have also been the victims of that violence, before September 11 and after September 11.” How to combat terrorism?W “ e must combat and eradicate the sources which are poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and the simmering conflicts that still prevail in the M [ iddle East]region.” Guests dance to traditional music (above) at a dinner hosted by Moroccan Princess Lalla Hasnaa (right) who spoke about her country’s environmental progress as Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Bialart and Gen. Jim Jones look on. (Photos by Kyle Samperton) .

Earth Day organizers expect the largest global participation in history on April 24 with major events not only in Washington, eNw York, and Rabat, but Buenos Aires, Tokyo, and, somewhat surprisingly, Kolkhata, the new name for Calcutta, India. ARAB LEAGUE TURNS 65 It may be older than the United aNtions, but according to Arab League Ambassador Hussein Hassouna, his organization is more relevant today than ever. W “ e are not just concerned with political issues but all aspects of improving life: economic. ecological, social, cultural, and, of course, security and peace,”he said, noting that the League had expanded from its seven original members to 22 nations. “We all have common values and aspirations,”Hassouna told guests gathered at

TAKING THE LEED Laurel Colless, wife of Finnish Ambassador Pekka Lintu and professional climate changer (as head of iVrginia Tech’s Research D e ve l o p m e n t in Sustainable Technologies) now has an embassy that exemplifies her pet project:retrofitting current properties to help the environment. And we all thought this celebrated prototype of public diplomacy was already g“reen!”To promote this typically Finnish philosophy, the ambassador is donning a green tie as a personal billboard, a sartorial reminder that his chancery is the greenest diplomatic mission in America, the first to ever be officially certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for existing buildings. Although nobody’s talking about the cost of the retrofit, the chancery reportedly now uses half the electricity it once did, preventing greenhouse gas emissions eq ual to the electrical use in 90 American households.

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America’s Path to Climate Success Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman, Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, on the historic Copenhagen climate conference and the future of clean energy legislation In late December, just a few hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle, I stood backstage with President Barack Obama as he prepared to address the representatives of 192 countries at the Copenhagen climate conference. Before his arrival, the talks had gone from fluid to frozen. The Chinese delegation had gone ice cold, refusing to negotiate. Outrageous comments from a Sudanese representative were threatening to turn the conference into a circus. Yet, in that moment, I saw a president who was resolute, strong, and determined to complete an agreement. A few hours later, Air Force One went wheels up, headed back to Washington. Following intense negotiations between the United States, China, India, Brazil, and South Africa, President Obama had forged the Copenhagen Accord that has now put 139 countries on record that they will cut heattrapping emissions. Our president took a climate deal many considered dead in the water and created a watershed moment in the global effort to combat climate change. And while the re-establishment of American international legitimacy had surely started on January 20, 2009, the power to negotiate with the rest of the world on clean energy and climate change came when the House of Representatives passed the WaxmanMarkey clean energy jobs bill on June 26, 2009. This bill is our American Accord to end

Markey was a bi-partisan victory. Once the choice is made clear between foreign oil and American energy, between the health of our planet or the wealth of OPEC, Senators will vote for clean energy jobs. After the Senate bill has passed, Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Waxman, and I, along with other House leaders, can work out our differences with the Senate legislation and put a final version on President Obama’s desk. In one year, Congress will have addressed the health of our people, the health of our economy, and the health of our planet.

our dangerous dependence on imported oil and polluting sources of fuel. In nine months, the next round of climate negotiations will occur in Mexico, which is about as close to the Tropics as Copenhagen is to the Arctic. And yet the pundits are still frigid in their predictions for American success on clean energy and climate issues. They are wrong. The passage of health care was a difficult task. Yet its success revealed that America’s appetite for prog ress on generational Rep. Ed Markey speaks at the Copenhagen climate conference. challenges has not abated. The political and planetary effects Right now, there is a tri-partisan effort in of climate change and oil dependence stretch the Senate to construct their version of our from the Arctic to the Amazon. This year, 40 House bill. Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), years after the founding of our Environmental Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman Protection Agency by a Republican president, (I-Conn.) will soon introduce their bill. we will realize our place in history and pass Republican Susan Collins (Maine) is working clean energy and climate legislation for this with Democrat Maria Cantwell (Wash.) on a generation, and countless more to come. bill. And unlike health care, which gained zero Republican votes in the House, Waxman-

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THEFUTURE OF GREEN Young environmentalist Jessy Tolkan T reflects on those who will be revolutionizing the eco-movement in the next decade WILLBYRNE EXECUTIVEDIRECTORDCPROJECT Byrne helped President Obama win in Michigan, and then turned his attention to building a green economy in Washington. While many of his campaign colleagues headed for administration jobs, Byrne took to the streets of the capital, committed to ensuring that low-income people get a real shot at working in a new clean energy economy. To date, Byrne and the DC project, (where he serves as executive director) have put many local residents to work and helped others weatherize their homes.

VIKKIRATEAU OXFAMAMERICA While Washington was preparing for the holidays last December, world leaders gathered in Copenhagen to try to reach a global climate change agreement. Rateu and OX FAM America lead the pack of NG O’s fighting for a fair, ambitious, and binding deal. She reminds KARIFULTON enviros that there is an entire world waiting DIRECTORENVIRONMENTALJUSTICE for .U S. leadership. Her dynamic presence ANDCLIMATECHANGEINITIATIVE and fierce commitment to protecting the most She may be young, but this Howard- vulnerable countries around the world make alumna is changing the face of the her a force to be reckoned with. environmental movement. As the leader of the campus program of the Environmental MICHAELKRAVIT ECO-FRIENDLYDESIGNER Ju stice and Climate Change initiative, GREGNELSON OFFICEOFPUBLICENGAGEMENT Fulton is one of the most respected young In Washington, many often forget that THEWHITEHOUSE voices on the green scene. Connecting hip- being green isn’t reserved for those walking the The first year of the administration may hop, culture, and the terrifying realities of halls of Congress. As a hot new Washingtonhave been dominated by the health care debate, environmental injustice in communities of based graphic designer, Kravit is churning but it would be difficult to find anyone who color, she is bringing justice and diversity out the latest in eco-friendly, sustainable has worked harder or done more to advance to a movement that has lacked both. From design options. From producing posters and an issue than Nelson. As the man in the writing her blog (checktheweather.net) to programs for the District’s biggest conventions, White House assigned to working with the inspiring youth at historically black colleges to creating high-end wedding invitations environmental and clean energy communities, across America, Fulton is smashing down made from stone paper, his commitment to he has transformed the way government barriers that have kept so many feeling that style and sustainability have landed him at the agencies are working with citizens all across the “green” has nothing to do with them. intersection of all things green in Washington.

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country. When he’s not convening a critical forum with Cabinet secretaries and the public, he’s directly engaged in the struggle to build a clean energy future. Nelson’s role in the White House has brought the HOPE from the campaign into the day-to-day governing of the administration.

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EMILYFIGDOR ENVIRONMENTAMERICA Whether she is fighting attempts to limit the power of the Clean Air Act, or keeping the climate change debate alive in Congress, few advocates on the Hill are as savvy as Environment America’s Emily Figdor. She shuffles from office to office with a fierceness that is unparalleled, whether its hours before a vote or months before legislation even has a chance of dropping. Her knowledge of issues, relentless drive to win, and incredible sense of what’s required to protect the planet for future generations places her among the most effective green advocates in Washington.

LILIMOLINA fall. Far more important than those positions is ENVIRONMENTALJUSTICEDIRECTOR his prophetic voice, which is back in the center ENERGYACTIONCOALITION of conversation on how we create pathways out of poverty for millions of Americans. With bring her fight for environmental justice to the unemployment at record levels, and a society District. As rnvironmental justice director of in desperate need of visionary solutions, oJ nes’ the Energy Action Coalition, a group of 50return couldn’t have come soon enough. plus youth groups united in their fight for a clean energy future, she makes waves by JEFFREYKING CLEANECONOMYNETWORK demanding that the old-school greens wake up and realize that the activists of 03years ago Recognizing that the intersection of just don’t have what it takes to win without business, clean energy, investment, and the support of the most diverse generation in markets will undoubtedly be the next wave of American history. By interfacing with EPA innovation and economic transformation, King officials and supporting the environmental is on the cutting edge of gathering all the right fights of young aLtinos and African-Americans people together to take ideas from conversation across America, Molina is lighting a fire in the to implementation. Commuting back and forth WHITJONES CO-FOUNDERBIKEHOUSEORG enviro world. She’s not afraid to denounce between Portland to Washington, and making Reminding us all that we must live our what’s wrong with the status quo, and she’s steps along the way with the Clean Energy values and not just lobby for them, o J nes got hundreds of thousands of committed Road Show that’s traveling across America, spends his days as a field director for the young activists around the country who will King represents one of the most forwardouth Y Climate Movement and his nights and back her up. thinking players in the green mix today. weekends launching the Bike House co-op in Careful to not become too complacent with the eGorgia-Petworth neighborhood.Working VANJONES any one solution or approach, you’re likely SENIORFELLOWCENTERFOR on the back porch of local coffee shop, Qualia to find him spending time mentoring a new AMERICANPROGRESS Coffee, you can discover Washington, D.C. generation of leaders and convening gatherings neighborhood culture at its best. The co-op of top-level investors and political players. His next endeavor will surely have Washington helps cyclists fix their own bikes, while creating Administration’s former G reen o J bs Czar, a hotspot for those looking to be part of the o J nes recently reappeared on the scene by buzzing. local cycling scene. On Saturday afternoons winning a prestigious NAACP Image Award. his bike mechanic clinics have become “the His reemergence on the green scene is both destination” for a true neighbor-helping- welcome and needed, especially for an entire neighbor experience. generation of young enviros who herald him as their Nunber One rGeen Hero. oJ nes has now landed at the Center for American Progress and will pick up a teaching gig at Princeton in the

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LIFESTYLES Fashion﹐Art﹐Dining﹐andTravel|Synetic Theatre’s Costumes, Arena Stage’s Annual Benefit, and Spring Beauty

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Anastasia Rurikov Simes’ designs give extra edge to Synetic Theater’s wordless but highly passionate productions.


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rom the opening scenes of Synetic Theater’s acclaimed version of “Antony and Cleopatra,” earlier this year, Irina Tsikurishvili commanded center stage as the infatuated lover and doomed queen. She had heavy competition from the equally intense and passionate Ben Cunis, playing Antony, but her svelte figure and gorgeously colored attire grabbed the eye at every turn. Thanks to the work of Anastasia Rurikov Simes – a triple threat as Synetic’s designer of set, costumes, and props – Cleopatra was transformed into a devilish seductress whom Cecil B. DeMille might have envisioned in one of his over-the-top epics. Her navel, neck, and arm jewelry glittered as her bright blue, red, and gold gowns swirled in rhythm with her long dark tresses. It’s was a picture as exotic as an old-fashioned travelogue but up to the moment in its intensity and dramatic scope. A wordless production like this one, full of such physicality (choreography by Tsikurishvili and fight scenes by Cunis), naturally put a great deal of attention on visual effects. Simes didn’t miss a chance to play up the symbols embodied in both the Egyptian and Roman worlds. Male actors – Roman and Egyptian warriors – were suitably encased in a variety of traditional dark leather and protective metal doublets. The outstanding exception was Cleopatra’s spirit servant, Mardian

Anastasia Simes envisioned the set, costumes and props for Synetic’s “Antony and Cleopatra.” (Private photo)

(Alex Mills), a sensuous serpentine character in black body suit and sphinx-like headgear. His face was painted gold, the color of crowns and drinking vessels that flash throughout. A chorus ensemble was adorned in white masks and black and red costumes. A diaphanous pastel gown was reserved for Cleopatra’s rival, a mate of convenience for Antony, to contrast with the fiery bold shades worn by the glamorous Queen of the Nile. “I wanted to have it [set, props, costumes] all basically Art Deco, realizing how close this connects to Egyptian form,” says the Russian-born Simes, an M.F.A. graduate of the Russian Institute of Cinematography who is married to Dimitri K. Simes, head of the Nixon Center and publisher and CEO of the Center’s bimonthly National Interest journal.

“Nothing is more dramatic than black, red, white, and gold. I guess that is the main thing,” Simes explains. “Everything I’m doing with Paata [Synetic founding artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili] and Irina has symbolic meaning.” Solid gold in Egypt, she notes, was the color of deities. In the beginning, before she has power, Cleopatra is in white and gold like many Egyptians. “When Antony comes, she is dressed in turquoise, an exotic color, to impress him with her beauty and show the riches of Egypt. Then, a transition again, she is in red and black – the most intense – in a more Roman style, because based on historical research she liked to dress that way, not emphasizing her Egyptian style. In her last transition she has become one of the Egyptian gods, in black and gold.” Black and white had a powerful hold over Simes’ early life, when she says she was influenced by such classic silent movies as Ivan the Terrible. Eisenstein’s Metropolis was one of her favorites. Working in a theater without words she found ideal because “I tend to think symbolically. We try to go for the timeless,” she says of the close relationship among the principal creators. Trained early as a painter, she intends to take a “sabbatical” from Synetic after doing as many as 12 productions in the past six years. She plans a solo exhibit in Moscow this fall.

Opposite Page: Marc Antony (Ben Cunis) dominates an Egyptian temple/throne room scene with the help of swordsmen Scott Brown (left) and Matthew Ward (right), gold-lamé-shrouded sphinxes (Sarah Taurchini and Brynn Tucker) and topped by the serpent-like Mardian (Alex Mills). Left: Marc Antony (Ben Cunis) and Octavian (Philip Fletcher) battle for Cleopatra’s favors – and kingdom. Above: Irina Tsikurishvili sizzles as Cleopatra with or without her royal ankh and crook.

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Back row, from left: Sabra Lewis, DeMoya Watson, Maurice Hines, Kristyn Pope, Hollie E. Wright, Front row, from left: Marva Hicks, Karla Mosley, Janine DiVita and Wynnona Smith in the Arena Stage production of Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies” April 9 – May 30, 2010. (Photo by Scott Suchman)

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SWINGIN’ ON STAGE ARENA STAGE’S ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Molly Smith CELEBRATES THE PAST WHILE LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE here is much to celebrate at Arena Stage these days. We are close to finishing our new home, the Mead Center for American Theater, after 11 years of hard craftsmanship. We recently announced the shows that will inaugurate the theater, and each time I am on-site I can imagine the audiences and artists that will fill the seats and perform on stage. Until then, the show must go on. From April 9 through the end of May, I’ll be tapping my toes in the Lincoln Theatre to the music of Washington’s own Duke Ellington during “Sophisticated Ladies.” The venue is a fitting location for this celebration of Ellington’s dynamic influence on music, dance, and style as jazz greats like Nat “King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ellington himself were all Lincoln Theatre regulars. This production of “Sophisticated Ladies” is an example of the amazing synchronicity that sometimes happens in the theater world. I had just programmed “Sophisticated Ladies”

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for this season, but decided to call upon great American artists Maurice Hines and Charles Randolph-Wright to see what projects were on their “wish lists.” As luck would have it, they had just discussed their desire to work together on a new production of “Sophisticated Ladies.”The stars – including a Broadway legend and a noted director – had aligned. Hines stars in and choreographs our production of Ellington’s masterpiece, a role he performed in the original Broadway production. He is joined by Randolph-Wright, a renaissance man with a long history of successful collaborations with Arena Stage. Among many other accomplishments, he broke our box-office records in 2000 with “Blue” and together with Hines brought down the house when they collaborated on “Guys and Dolls” in the Fichandler. Hines and other members from the company, including the teenage Manzari brothers, (locals in the show that Hines discovered in a master class), will also lend their talents to a special benefit,

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“Swingin’ with Sophisticated Ladies,” on May 4 at the Lincoln Theatre. This marks our 18th annual benefit to support Arena’s Community Engagement and includes dinner followed by an original performance featuring prominent Capitol Hill leaders sharing their Ellington-inspired talents. In addition, legendary actor James Earl Jones and Representative Norman D. Dicks (D-Wash.) will be honored with the American Artist and American Voice Awards, respectively, for their contributions to the national arts community. The two-year “Arena Restaged” Festival has been an exciting journey in our temporary Crystal City space, and I hope Washington audiences have enjoyed the ride. We have one more show, “R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE,” before our staff returns to Southwest Washington this summer to prepare for our homecoming celebration. I look forward to welcoming everyone home to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater at our opening gala on October 25, 2010.

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A“LOVE”-LYEVENT T Fashionable philanthropists were out in force for a medley of art and fashion at Modus Union 2010 hosted by Labels for Love. The charitable organization founded by Mary Amons provides funding for programs relating to women’s and children’s issues in the metropolitan area and the event raised funds for the Center for Heart, Lung, and Kidney Disease at the Children’s National Medical Center. Seven local artists, including Lolly Amons, Roxanne Christie, Maggie O’Neill, Don Patron, Rodger Schultz, Ma Sesow, and Karen Suderman, showcased their work during a pre-show cocktail reception and generously donated their art for a silent auction with 100 percent of the proceeds going to charity. Marrio1’s Kathleen Mahews was emcee for the evening, which culminated with Texas-born fashion designer Lela Rose’s Spring 2010 collection.

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Big brother China sits next door, Japan is to the north, and the rest of Asia a short jaunt away – so, why Taiwan? The food to start with – but the mountains, hot springs, delicious teas, and friendly window into both Chinese and indigenous cultures are nice perks too.

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sia is synonymous with sprawling urban centers fueled by world-class vibrant economic hubs. Taipei isn’t as supercharged as Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur; but, in many ways, that is part of its charm. Life zips nimbly by in Taiwan’s capital city like the ever-present scooters, which are as much a part of its culture as the soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung (No. 194, Xin Yi Road, Sec. 2). But the city has a quiet side too. Stroll along a riverside park and you’ll see septuagenarians idly sipping tea under the shade of a sleepy sub-tropical tree as the breakneck pace of life unfolds around them. Beijing and Shanghai might be current beau monde Asian hot spots, but travel in the PRC can be frenetic and taxing. And have you ever tried to find your way through Tokyo’s tangled underground system? Headache! Not so in Taipei.

The city is easy to navigate, drivers (mostly) follow traffic rules (even the scooters), the air is breathable, and there is order ... and democracy. Taiwan has a long history of immigration and colonialism; with each wave, it has adapted. The Han Chinese influence currently permeates style, cuisine, communication, and built environment. But unlike the PRC, which continues to redefine itself following the cultural revolution, traditional Chinese arts and customs have survived in Taiwan uninterrupted. Still, the country isn’t defined solely by its Chinese roots; it has Western, Japanese, and indigenous cultural influences as well.Taiwan’s democratic ideals and close ties with Asian neighbors means Japanese cuisine, fashion, and “J-Pop” music are as pervasive as high-end Italian restaurants, McDonalds, Gucci, and hiphop, creating a uniquely flavorful, cultural, and less commercial Asian travel experience.


LIFESTYLES | LUXURYTRAVEL Opposite Page: Scooters are a way of life on Taipei’s busy downtown boulevards (Photo Anchyi Wei) This page, top to bottom: A cabana at chic boutique hotel and spa Villa 32 (Photo Anchyi Wei); a view of Beitou hot springs from the spa at Villa 32. (Photo Anchyi Wei)Taipei 101 lights up the night sky. It’s the world’s second tallest completed skyscraper.

TAIPEI MUST-SEES Any trip to Taipei should include the National Palace Museum (www.npm.gov.tw) and The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

(www.cksmh.gov.tw). You can’t understand what Taiwan is today without understanding where it came from. The museum has 650,000 works of art and antiquities dating back to 1400 B.C. but only shows 3,000 pieces currently. Chalk out a minimum of four hours to absorb as much as you can in the world’s most extensive and preeminent collection of Chinese cultural artifacts.While there, stop for tea at San-hsi-t’ang Tea Room, located on the fourth floor of the main exhibition building, or consume edible replicas of two of the museum’s most famous items – the Jadeite Cabbage with Insects and the MeatShaped Stone (both Ch’ing Dynasty, 1616-1911) – during dim sum at Silks Palace. This high-end restaurant is operated by Taiwan’s top luxury property developer, Formosa International Hotels Corporation. Reservations are recommended, even for lunch. Just as fascinating, but with a modern twist, is Taipei 101. The pointed tower is an engineering marvel and must see. It also houses the luxury brand boutiques we’ve all come to love. However, the items are just as expensive (if not more so) than in the U.S. – Taipei 101 is no bargain shopper’s paradise. What is amazing, is the view and the elevator, which rockets visitors from the fifth to the 89th floor in 37 seconds.

High-end dining in Taipei is still developing – there’s almost no mention of Taipei in Fodors; but who needs a Michelin Guide when there are so many delicious local restaurants to sample? Sonoma (www.sonomaintl.com) and Cha Cha The’ hold their own with discerning foodies. The latter is notable for its tea collection. Like wines in France and whiskies in Scotland, tea is serious business in Taiwan. There are countless locally-grown varieties, including notably darker teas such oolong. Search them out – they are delicious and make perfect travel gifts for friends and family.You’ll never drink Lipton again. Nightlife in Taiwan is active but lacks the voguish mania of Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai. That’s all right – it also lacks the pretension and inflated drink prices. For a chilled lounge with top-notch cocktails and DJs, try Barcode (www.room18.com.tw) near Taipei 101. For the full-on club scene, there is the venerable Room 18 (www.room18.com.tw). If you’re an under-30 bottle service type and feel like a night of lemon drops, canto-pop, and hip-hop then Spark (www.spark101.com.tw) is right for you. Wednesday is ladies night – work it!

TAROKO NATIONAL PARK It would be a shame to spend one’s entire trip inside restaurants, nightclubs, and museums. Taiwan’s mountains and miles of Pacific coastline offer perfect weekend escapes. Taroko National Park is a popular destination. To get there from Taipei, hop a one-hour flight to Hualien City then take a breathtaking 45-minute car trip into the mountains. The Grand Formosa Taroko, run by the same hotelier as the Grand Formosa Taipei, is nestled into a scenic mountain valley next to the Liwu River. It is the most luxurious accommodation and spa in the park.Taroko has something to see all year round. Favorite spots include the colorful rocks of Shakadang River, Lotus Pond, and the Bilyu Sacred Tree. Don’t forget your hiking shoes and camera.

EAT, SLEEP, PARTY Some of the best Chinese food in the world can be found in Taiwan. Most visitors first stop at Din Tai Fung (which you can also find in Los Angeles). Order the xiao long bao “soup dumplings,” sample the pork and vegetable shumai, drink Taiwan Beer, and worry about your diet later. There are a plethora of dining options in Taipei. Focus on those serving dumplings or beef noodle soup, and you won’t be disappointed. Gems abound, like local favorite Hunan-styled Peng Yuan Restaurant. THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED Street food is a must try as well. Don’t miss the To experience local culture, head to Taitung in street samplings at popular tourist destinations Taiwan’s southeast corner. Travelers can fly from Hualien to Taitung in less than an hour or opt Snake Alley and the Shilin Night Market.

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THINGS TO DO IN TAIPEI 1. Go to the top of Taipei 101 2. Eat at Din Tai Fung 3. Explore a night market 4. See the National Palace Museum 5. Tour Yingge Ceramics Museum and “Old Street”

for a scenic but bumpy five-hour jaunt down the Hualien-Taitung Coastline Highway. The route has numerous places to stop and enjoy the beaches and waves of the Pacific. It also gives travelers a chance to see the country’s local side. Stop in the small towns and villages along the way to sample regional cuisine and culture. After spending the night at the family-friendly Hotel Royal Chihpen (www.hotel-royal-chihpen. com.tw) w – regrettably the “Thomas the Train” and “Barbie” theme suites were booked – I headed over to Taitung’s municipal gymnasium for the Ilisin harvest festival. Each summer, hundreds of Amis (one of 14 officially acknowledged indigenous groups in Taiwan) take part in a centuries-old gathering and purification dance. Their smiles indicate how proud they are to keep the customs and language of their ancestors alive in the face of rapid modernization around them. The locally-brewed rice vodka helps lift spirits as well.

AN ARTIST’S LIFE “This is the real Taiwan. It’s what Taiwan used to be before the shopping complexes and

Above: An child from one of Taiwan’s 14 indigenous tribes wears traditional dress.

modern construction came,” says Matrico, who lives in Atolan Village, an artist’s commune in the village of Dulan, an hour drive north of Taitung City. He stands on the patio of a rundown tin-roofed cinder-block building, which serves as Atolan’s de facto café and social center. Inside, small folding stools circle five mismatched tables placed on a smooth cement floor. With Bob Marley songs playing nonchalantly in the background, I order an iced mocha. I notice a book on the table, pick it up and begin to read. A shirtless man with Maoriesque tattoos stretching shoulder-to-shoulder approaches. He holds the butt of a hand-rolled cigarette in one hand and a book that looks like the one I’m reading in the other. “I am Alien. This is my book,” he says with a toothy grin that exposes a red betel-nut-stained mouth. He points to the page I’m viewing and translates some of the Chinese characters on it. I’ve just met the Robert Mapplethorpe of Taiwan. The book, odd sexual references aside, would be an instant hit at an edgier U Street gallery. I buy one for US$7. He signs it “I am an alien of Asada who only worships myself.” So artistic!

GEOTHERMAL LUXE For those looking for Zen close to Taipei, the hot spring town of Beitou is highly recommended.There are a number of hot springs resorts and spas in the area, but the crown jewel is Villa 32 (www.villa32.com). Here, next to peridot green steaming geothermal hot springs is one of Taiwan’s best kept secrets – a 6,000-square-meter open air pubic hot spring and ultra-exclusive five-room resort. The style is Japanese country home mixed with a modern design aesthetic built around the elemental themes of wood, stone, and water. It is clean and simple, yet über sophisticated and inviting. At a time when so many boutique hotels offer austere minimalist contemporary encounters,Villa 32 captures the essence of reductionist luxury in a form that is part jet-set, part pampered spa, part home, and part hideaway. Two rooms are Japanese style, three are European. I recommend a Japanese room ($600 night). As I soak in one of seven different pools of fresh geothermal mineral water and reflect back on a journey that took me across Taiwan and back; one word keeps coming to mind – authentic. You can view more photos and videos of our Taiwan travels at www.washingtonlife.com/category/travel


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Spring Flings A triple-threat birthday, not-so-conservative baubles, and an emotional tribute BY DONNA SHOR

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Three smart girls, public relations pro Victor ia Michael, for mer Miss D.C. Kate Michael (no relation), and Simplex cellphone marketer Sarah Rosenwinkel hosted the aw k wa rd l y - n a m e d - b u t f u n “ Tr i p l e t h re e p e a t ” bash celebrating their joint birthdays for the third year in a row. At Patricia and Fabio Beggiato’s Dupont Circle party venue, Darlington House, the hostesses’ pals Above: George and Trish Vradenberg, bellied up to the bar, enjoyed co-chairmen of the Alzheimer’s Association benefit. Right: Terry Moran endless hors d’oeuvres, and danced ’til receives an award from Mark Shriver. late. Seen: Marc Ein, ESPN’s Michael (Photos courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Wilbon, Kimball Stroud, Bill Dean, Association) Bob Devaney, Miss D.C. 2009 Jen Corey, Philippe Cousteau, Sofitel’s Pierre adorned ears. Silent Cal said nothing. Renou, Stacey Price and Ed Morgan. When someone finally prodded him THEEARSHAVEIT The scene: The Ritz-Carlton Washington, by asking, “How do after the Earth Day dinner hosted by they look?” Calvin, Morocco’s Princess Lalla Hasnaa, where a never missing a cluster of a dozen friends lingered talking. beat, quipped, Speaking to a couple of friends, the always “Hungarian.” exotically dressed Budapest-born Aniko Gahl Schott unhooked her dangling chandelier- MORETHANFIVEMILLION style earrings to show their weightlessness. At present, 5.3 million Americans are living Jane Cafritz was intrigued. She slipped with Alzheimer’s Disease, and that number them on, to everyone’s praise; but later noted will probably rise to 16 million by 2050. that she could never get such a style past her That was the sobering prediction heard at husband, the sartorially conservative Calvin the Alzheimer Association’s National Gala, Cafritz. which, thanks to the event chairmen and Urged on, she joined him a few feet away, moving spirits, philanthropists Trish and to see his reaction when he spotted them. George Vradenburg, was a fun evening Someone exclaimed, “Oh, you put on Aniko’s for a serious cause for the seventh year in a jewelry!” He glanced at his wife’s now very row. Celebrities, advocates, and researchers

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dedicated to the fight against Alzheimer’s gathered at the National Building Museum at the event hosted by Tony and Emmy winning actor David Hyde Pierce. The actress-director Soleil Moon Frye, (TV’s “Punky Brewster”), whose father is living with Alzheimer’s, won the Association’s first Young Champion Award for raising awareness and encouraging others in the struggle. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and R i c h a rd Burr were given the Chair man’s Leadership award for their work on the cause at a national level. Many had tears in their eyes when Ter ry Moran, ABC’s “Nightline” co-anchor, spoke of his nine brothers and sisters’ devastation during their mother’s long illness before she died a decade ago. Moran, speaking emotionally of his eldest brother’s dedication as their mom’s primary caregiver, paid tribute to those who care for victims of the disease. Mark Shriverr presented him with the Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award. Moran and his family actively participate in Alzheimer’s Association activities, and he has featured Alzheimer’s research news on “Nightline,” educating millions on the threat it poses to everyone.

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PUTTINGON THE RITZ Guests flocked to The Ritz-Carlton Washington for the kick-off of a year-long celebration of its 10th anniversary in the nation’s capital. Throughout 2010, Marrio1’s luxe hotel plans to feature specials at Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert, perks for community serviced-minded guests, and to top it all off, a select couple will win a dream wedding giveaway on October 10, 2010.

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OF THE HEART T Larry King upped the ante at his own benefit this year by inviting Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin to do the soundtrack, with noted Elvis impersonator Eddie Powers and comedienne Cathy Ladman providing the yuks. The CNN talkmeister’s signature gala raised $1 million for cardiac treatments for the uninsured while honoring Washington Post chairman Donald E. Graham, business tycoon Michael E. Heisleyy and Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, president of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s/ Faulkner Hospitals. Graham got a major laugh a,er accepting his award from Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder when he pointed out that “His mother didn’t even own The Washington Redskins.”

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Black and white color schemes often hit stark, modern, graphic notes, but here they blend seamlessly with an effect that is both unexpected and comfortable.

An American Escape Fox News Anchor Bret Baier and his wife Amy pay homage to elegant family living. BY CHRISTOPER BOUTLIER

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he prospect of sitting down for an interview with Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier, anchor for the network’s “Special Report,” is often enough to put even the most seasoned Washington hands on guard. But when the setting is his family’s new upper Northwest home with Bret’s wife, Amy, and their 2-year-old son Paul on the scene, there’s a decidedly different feel to the encounter.

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The newsman is far more likely to serve you a drink from the living room “pub,” as Bret styles the well-appointed bar in the first floor sitting room, and save the tough questions for the likes of President Obama (whom he recently interviewed). The house, which they all moved into a year ago, has been designed with an eye to tradition and updated with tasteful contemporary

accents and finishes that obscure the fact that construction began barely two years ago. The revelation that Amy, who has a great talent for interior design but never trained formally, directed the creation of the interior space, makes its impeccable detail all the more impressive. The overall look is, in many respects, quintessentially American – comfortable, understated, and effortlessly stylish. And it’s worlds away from

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1. The rich elements of this beautiful room do not overwhelm because the muted palette provides a modern, simple effect. 2. A well-placed decanter looks perfectly at home on an elegant marble tabletop. 3. The office desk lamp has nothing on the crystal chandelier turned task lighting over this lovely writing desk. 4. Understated country elements play off the most refined accents in this light, airy kitchen.

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the couple’s first home, an oh-so modern condo in a vibrant corner of Georgetown. The change in scenery suits them, and the space afforded by the 7,500-squarefoot home will no doubt be welcome after the arrival of a new baby on the way. The Baiers could not have created a more idyllic setting for family life, with an atmosphere reminiscent of the stately homes found in classic American films. Tracey and Hepburn and the rambunctious kids that co-starred with them, would fit right in. Even though Amy once worked at Calvin Klein in New York City, she found inspiration for her home’s décor in the high-

end boutiques of the father of American fashion, Ralph Lauren. The formal entryway sets the tone for the rest of the house. It’s dramatic in its simplicity – gleaming white walls punctuated with columns and a brilliant crystal chandelier. But before the overall effect veers too far toward minimalism, a spectacular hall table with a gleaming black granite top and carved gilt legs adds a wellplaced dramatic punch. The dining room, which may be the most formal room in the house, also playfully mixes the serious and the simple. It features rich faux crocodile walls and a stunning mahogany table made surprisingly light and

1. Chinese porcelain, mounted horns, and large leather-bound volumes evoke an international sensibility that together seem thoroughly American. 2. A few well-placed, and well-chosen curiosities add extra depth to a lovely space.

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breezy by an offsetting sisal rug and gauzy cream window shears. The sitting rooms mix the trademark Lauren color palette of browns, golds, navy, and white in a manner that evokes the country estate of some fabled equestrian, yet there are modern touches that blends the rooms with their city setting as well. The kitchen, along with its charming adjoining sunroom, mix farmhouse chic elements such as white cabinetry and floral wallpaper with a strikingly modern oval table and elegant, curved back chairs upholstered in cream fabric. The master bedroom and bath also strike a magnificent balance between tradition and today, utilizing another famed Lauren motif – black, white, and cream – in a mix of oversized paisley, stripes and, most exquisitely, in a stunning black crystal chandelier over the upholstered sleigh bed. With its American elegance, the Baiers’ residence is perfect for a cocktail party, a lazy Sunday brunch, or a day home alone with the kids. It is so tasteful and comfortable that you just might forget to start your conversation in the “Baier Bar” with the stipulation that everything’s off the record. Administration honchos and congressional solons accept invitations at their peril.

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1. Bret, Amy, and Paul Baier. 2. Floral wallpaper and classic cabinetry add a quaint element to an otherwise immaculate, polished space. 3. Despite ornate elements, the columns, crystal, and gilt carved table legs are perfectly proportioned to the foyer, which greets guests by hinting at the elegance to be found within. 4. Nothings says study like a well-appointed library and framed artifacts, like this impressive bronze bas-relief hung mid-shelf.

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Spring Sets Sale CarMax Chairman William Tiefel sells in Kalorama, retired Liberty Mutual executive Thomas Ramey moves from the Ritz, and Perseus executive James Johnson closes in Woodley Park BY STAC E Y G R A Z I E R P FA R R

THEDISTRICT William and Norma Tiefel sold   WYOMINGAVENUENW for $3.7 million to Richfield Enterprises. Mr. Tiefel is the chairman of the used-car retailer CarMax and former chairman of Marriott International and the RitzCarlton Hotel Company. Mrs. Tiefel is the sister of prominent local developers Carl and Bernard Gewirz. The 6,144-square-foot, fivebedroom house in Kalorama was built in 1970 and is ideal for large scale entertaining thanks to a banquet-sized dining room and grand entry foyer with circular staircase. Additionally, the property boasts a pool and elegant terrace off of the conservatory. Washington Fine Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Matthew McCormick and Ellen Morrell were the listing agents but declined comment on buyer or seller. Thomas C. Ramey and his wife, Perrin Ireland, sold their condominium  SOUTH STREETNW D at The Residences at the RitzCarlton in Georgetown for $2.2 million. Mr. Ramey is the retired executive vice president of Liberty Mutual Group, a $15 billion property casualty Former Fannie Mae CEO James A. Johnston and his wife, Maxine Isaacs, sold their residence at 3101 Woodland Drive NW for $4,275,000.

insurance company. Ms. Ireland is the author of the novels Chatterr and Ana Imagined.The couple also have a home in Cambridge, Mass.As there are only 29 apartments in the residential portion of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smallest Ritz, the rarely available units are much sought after.Amenities of the two-bedroom unit include Potomac views plus 24-hour concierge service, valet parking, and the same luxury perks enjoyed by hotel guests. The listing agent was Coldwell Bankerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christopher Ritzert. Maxine Isaacs and d James A. Johnson sold  WOODLANDDRIVENW W in Woodley Park for $4,275,000. Ms. Isaacs is an adjunct public policy lecturer at Harvardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a former press secretary and deputy campaign manager for Vice President Walter Mondale. Mr. Johnson is vice chairman of the private equity fund management company, Perseus. He was former CEO of Fannie Mae, former chairman of the Kennedy Center, and once served as Mondaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive assistant. The 5,412-square-foot English-manorstyle house, which includes paneled walls and handmade terracotta floor tiles, was built in 1924 and is set on a 16,500-square-foot lot of mature landscaping complete with guest house and pool. Washington Fine Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki were the listing agents but declined comment on the buyer. Jeffrey LaRiche sold  PARKROAD NW W in the Mount Pleasant Historic District to Christian and Elizabeth Amolsch for $1,115,000. Mr. LaRiche was the former associate director for finance and administration of the United States Holocaust Memorial

A six-bedroom French Country house at 5304 Woodlawn Avenue in Bethesda changed hands for $3.5 million.

Museum and is currently CEO of Castle Worldwide Inc., a North Carolina based certification and licensure testing company. The five-bedroom townhouse was built in 1907 and features original woodwork, a dramatic oak staircase, and wood-paneled library. Felix and d Betty Laughlin sold  PSTNW W in Georgetown for $2.2 million to Donna Wegener. Mr. Laughlin is an attorney at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and handles large-case tax controversies before the I.R.S. and U.S. federal courts. The three-bedroom Victorian in the East Village was built in 1900 and was featured on the cover of Veranda magazine last year. The property was sold with the help of Washington Fine Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Heidi Hatfield and Anne Hatfield Weir.

MARYLAND Peter Guida, CEO of Bethesda Bungalows, sold another high-end super-energy-efficient green home to Dick and Jane Stokerr with the help of Marc Fleisher of Long & Foster. FAIRGLEN LANE, known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Incredibly Green Home of Chevy Chase,â&#x20AC;? was completed in late 2009 and sold for $1,795,000. The five-bedroom Prairie-

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buyer or seller.

VIRGINIA The former home of Mark and Donna Wegener,  OLDDOMINIONDRIVE in the Laurelmont neighborhood of McLean, was sold for $2,385,000. Mr. Wegener, who died in 2008, was vice chairman of the Howrey LLP law firm in the District. The majestic Cullinane custom fivebedroom Colonial was built in 1984.The 6,680square-foot property includes seven fireplaces, custom mill work, and stunning formal rooms perfect for entertaining. Clifford Okey Turner sold   MOUNTVILLEROAD in Middleburg for $2.4 million. Mr. Turner, an architect specializing in renovating historic properties, meticulously restored the 7,000-square-foot Colonial and

added a seamless addition.The property, known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gritton Mills,â&#x20AC;? was built in 1800 and is situated on a pond and includes a stable, studio and separate apartment.The listing agent was Armfield, Miller & Ripley Fine Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mary South Hutchison. John Dobbyn sold  MOUNTVERNON LANDING in Alexandria for $953,000 to Vincent and Jerri Vlasho. Dobbyn is a retired stockbroker

and Mr. Vlasho is a senior executive within Accentureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense industry group. The 4,000square-foot house boasting five fireplaces and a pool overlooking the Potomac was built in 1981 as a reproduction of Colonial Williamsburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wythe House (the historic home of George Wythe;Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first signer of the Declaration of Independence). Long & Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chris White was the listing agent..

PROPERTYLINES MUSICAL HOUSE: Donna Greenfield sold   BENTCROSSDRIVE in Potomac last summer to Shailender and Renuka Gupta for $3.8 million. The Guptas adored the house but ended up selling it before living there. The couple fell in love with Vijay Tanejaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former home at   BRONSONDRIVE and bought it for $5,029,500 at public auction. Subsequently, they sold the 18,000-square-foot property on Bentcross for $3,750,000 to a buyer from China. The brick Colonial with seven en suite bedrooms and 13 baths in the Falconhurst neighborhood sits on two acres and was built in 1990 and renovated in 1999. The house includes a gourmet kitchen, paneled library, a custombuilt 24-foot cherry bar, billiard room, 2,200-bottle wine cellar, free form heated pool, spa, and gym. Long & Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Krystyna Litwin was the listing agent. MAY I BUY AN â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? David Hudgens is selling two properties: 3003 and 3009 N STREET NW in Georgetown for $1,875,000 and $4.2 million respectively. Hudgens founded the Alexandria based Accu-Crete company which has poured concrete for more than 500 projects nationwide. Built in 1870,

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3009 N Street NW includes an original carriage house, library, and living room fashioned after Robert Adamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1775 reconstruction of 20 St. Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Square in London. The quaint East Village five-bedroom row house at 3003 N Street NW was built in 1900 and features three fireplaces, a rear patio, and balcony. The listing agent for the property is TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carroll Dey, Greg Gaddy and Jonathan Taylor. FIREAWAY! Washington Fine Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jim Bell is offering historic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cannonball Houseâ&#x20AC;? in St. Michaels for $1.5 million. The Federal style dwelling at  MULBERRY STREET was built in 1805 for shipwright William Merchant. In the War of 1812 during the battle of St. Michaels, a cannonball from a British ship pierced the roof, rolled across the attic floor, and bounced down the staircase just as Merchantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thoroughly frightened wife was descending with her infant daughter. The cannonball became embedded in the structure â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the property obtained its nickname. SOUTHERNCHARM The historic estate at JOHNMOSBY HIGHWAY in Upperville is for sale for $6.5 million. Andy and Michele Stevens bought the property, known

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Maplesâ&#x20AC;? as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Maplesâ&#x20AC;? (due to the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long, yellow maple-lined driveway) ten years ago from Betty Carter Fletcher Burkholder, a great-great granddaughter of Joshua Fletcher, who built the house in 1853. Mr. Stevens is a former AOL executive who now works in real estate while Mrs. Stevens is the managing broker of Long & Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Middleburg sales office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Maplesâ&#x20AC;? is a classic four square construction, with stucco over two foot thick stone walls. The Stevenses renovated the mansion with modern amenities without sacrificing original character. The house is one of nine buildings on the property, each a unique and functional part of the farm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the garage used to be a one-room schoolhouse. The buildings sit on 60 acres, surrounded by hundreds of acres in conservation easement. COOKEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;SROWBEAUTY SAIC executive Greg Muhlner and

his wife, Rollstream CEO Kristin Muhlner, are selling QST NW in Georgetown for $6.5 million. The six-bedroom Victorian was built in the 1860s by the first territorial governor of the District of Columbia and is a unique example of Second Empire architecture. Recognized for its historical significance and romantic beauty, the mansion and its sister homes on Cookeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Row are often featured in city walking tours and guidebooks. The couple bought the house in May 2008 for $2.6 million and then restored and renovated it. CRUISINGFORCENTURION Palette knife artist Howard Behrens and his wife, Judi, are selling   CENTURIONWAY in Potomac for $3,995,000. Mr. Behrensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work is sold in fine art galleries and at auction on cruise ships internationally. Behrens is one of the top-selling artists on Princess Cruises. The opulent six-bedroom villa was built in 2002 and features a gourmet kitchen, two-story great room with a 26-foot banyan tree sculpture, lagoon style pool, and koi pond.

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CLARKSVILLELUXURY SHEEPSHEADCOURT CLARKSVILLE MD

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$2,650,000

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Creig Northrop | 410-531-0321

This breathtaking estate sits on over three acres and boasts a two-story entryway featuring a dramatic dual staircase and marble floors. With thoughtful additions, including an elevator and in-law suite, this six bedroom, five and a half bath residence sits at the end of a private drive with an attached four-car garage and includes a fully finished basement. Complete with a gourmet chef ’s kitchen, a luxurious master suite with its own balcony, and scenic views, this property defines luxury living.

Long & Foster Real Estate

HISTORICGEORGETOWN  NSTREETNW WASHINGTON DC

This unique East Village residence, constructed in the late 1800s, contains part of the original structure with an updated addition added in the 1950s and ’60s. The front of the house contains an opulent living room and master bedroom suite, both overlooking N Street. Behind that are a library and private guest bedroom with a full bath. The unique living room is a dream for history buffs as it was designed as a replica of the music room in Robert Adam’s 1775 reconstruction of 20 St. James’s Square in London, while the dining room features two lovely murals and opens to the west terrace. The library also features one of the house’s four gas fireplaces, a wet bar, and built-in walnut shelving,The large yard is a rare find in Georgetown, featuring a retractable awning over the flagstone terrace, outdoor stereo speakers, and an automated irrigation system.

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$4,200,000 Jonathan Taylor | 202-276-3344 Greg Gaddy | 202-421-4734 Carroll Dey | 202-320-0441 TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

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This magnificent gated estate boasts lavish amenities throughout approximately 20,000 square feet. Featuring eight bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms, two half-baths and a five-car garage, the unique property comes with a circular drive, elevator, and a gourmet kitchen featuring an island, butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry, and breakfast room. An embassy-sized formal dining room, paneled library, and ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suite with his- and her-baths add to its functional value. A separate guest house adjacent to the sparkling pool, staff quarters located off of the garage, state-of-the-art media room, and spa area ideal for relaxation. A climate-controlled wine cellar, tennis court, and pond complete this one-of-a-kind McLean property. Asking Price:

$14,000,000

Listing Agent:

Mark McFadden | 703-216-1333 Washington Fine Properties, LLC

MASSACHUSETTSAVENUEHEIGHTS  WOODLAND DRIVENW WASHINGTON DC

This Beaux Arts home was built in the 1920s for grand-scale entertaining. Its entrance features a stone and wrought-iron gate with a cobblestone driveway providing views of the gardens, pool, and grounds. The main level includes a marble foyer, wrap-around staircase, library, and elegant dining and living rooms with fireplaces, plus a parlor, sunroom, gourmet kitchen with professional-g rade appliances, and powder room as well as an easily accessible terrace with multiple French doors. The second level offers gallery space, a spacious master bedroom suite with fireplace and sitting area, double baths, walk-in closets, and a private roof terrace. Two additional bedrooms with en-suite baths, and another roof terrace are also located on this level. The top floor has two additional bedrooms, each with a private roof deck and full bath. The property also includes separate staff quarters, a catering kitchen, exercise room, and a two-tothree-car garage with an additional parking court.

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$9,700,000

Listing Agents:

Cathie Gill | 202-364-3066 Cathie Gill, Inc. Realtors

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GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC

Stunning restored Federal in the heart of the East Village. 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, large terraced gardens, glamorous pool & pool house & 4-car gated parking. $8,950,000

William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki

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INTERNATIONAL OFFERING One of a kind Georgian Estate featuring a large home on 1.29 acres minutes from downtown DC. Gracious rooms, pool & tennis court. 6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths. $5,100,000

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MASS AVE HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC

Marc Satrazemis Patrick Chauvin

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Elegant Georgian with embassy-size public rooms in a premier neighborhood offers traditional interior design, state-of-the-art systems, and heated pool. $6,750,000

202-320-0903 202-256-9595

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FOREST HILLS, WASHINGTON, DC

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Authentic Federal on Historic Smith’s Row. Impressive home with gracious spaces and extensive multi-level terraces with fountains. 3-car garage. $4,688,000

William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki

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1868 Second-Empire Victorian completely restored on private double lot with 2-car parking. 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 12’ ceilings. $5,600,000

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CHEVY CHASE VILLAGE, MARYLAND

Georgian-style with gracious rooms. 3 fireplaces, elevator, walls of windows with spectacular views of pool, gardens and golf course. 6 BR, 6 full & 2 half BA. $3,999,000

Elizabeth Kramer Elizabeth Luttrell

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CHEVY CHASE VILLAGE, MARYLAND

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC

Susie Maguire

Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick Patrick Chauvin

Nancy Taylor Bubes

NEW PRICE! Dramatic adjustment! Exquisite custom, private 5 bedroom home with elegant proportions and open interior. 3-season porch overlooks garden and Chevy Chase Club golf course. $2,995,000

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RIVER FALLS - Previously on the Potomac Country House Tour, this warm, welcoming Colonial has been beautifully renovated and customized by a well-known interior designer. Exquisite details throughout. $1,680,000

Anne Killeen

301-706-0067

NEW LISTING! Sun-filled Victorian, 4BR, 5.5BA, 6 fireplaces, garden/terrace & spacious LL in-law suite! $2,649,000

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Beautifully renovated residence has 4BR up + office, 4.5BA, high ceilings & 3 fireplaces. First floor family room, 1BR lower level in-law suite, rear patio & 2 parking spaces. Close to shops, restaurants & Volta Park. $2,375,000

WESTMORELAND HILLS, BETHESDA, MARYLAND

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC

Sally Marshall

Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick

NEW LISTING! Sun-filled 5 bedroom Colonial on private 9,000+ square foot lot. Nice entertaining rooms, family room kitchen. Finished lower level and attached garage. Lovely details throughout. $1,449,000

301-254-3020

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202-256-2164

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GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC

Stunning renovation unites historic architecture and impeccable interior design in this Victorian mansion. Soaring entertaining spaces, massive gourmet kitchen & grand master suite. Au pair suite, 3-car parking. $6,500,000

Jim Bell

202-607-4000

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Grand Beaux Arts residence. Beautifully renovated, grand entertaining spaces, large master suite + 3BR, 4BA, 2 powder rooms, gardens, pool, garage. $4,950,000

Jim Bell Margot Wilson

202-607-4000 202-549-2100

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K ALORAMA, WASHINGTON, DC

Spectacular 2007 light-filled 2 level penthouse features 10’+ ceiling, 3BR, 2.5BA, gourmet kitchen, exquisite baths, elevator, 3 parking spaces, balconies, landscaped rooftop terrace with wet bar. 2,400 +/- SF. $2,795,000

Jim Bell

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POTOMAC, MARYLAND

Provence in Potomac! Country Colonial with no detail overlooked, from the arched solid door entries to the intricate built-ins with mahogany beadboarding. In-ground pool and extensive flagstone patios. $3,500,000

Marsha Schuman

K ALORAMA, WASHINGTON, DC

301-299-9598

202.944.5000 202.333.3320 301.222.0050 301.983.6400 703.317.7000

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WESLEY HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC

PHILLIPS PARK, WASHINGTON, DC

Chuck Holzwarth Kerry Byers

Kim Gibson Susie Maguire

Stately Colonial renovated & expanded in 2009. 7 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, deck & garden off family room open to gourmet kitchen. 10’ ceilings, 2-car garage & circular drive. $3,349,000

202-285-2616 202-210-2604

DC’s finest custom home neighborhood, near Georgetown & surrounded by parkland. Home shown designed by David Jones. Homes from $3,000,000. Lots from $1,200,000.

202-333-4760

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WOODLEY PARK, WASHINGTON, DC

WESLEY HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC

Heidi Hatfield

W. Ted Gossett Matthew B. McCormick

Anne Hatfield Weir Andrea Hatfield

Striking architectural gem by Errol Adels offers light-filled, soaring spaces. Stylish & sophisticated, it is an entertainer’s dream. Fabulous master suite opens to private 30’ terrace, 2-car parking. Near Metro & more! $2,250,000

202-243-1634

POTOMAC, MARYLAND

Beautifully appointed & lovingly maintained/updated by current owners with magnificent views of trees. Chef’s kitchen & wonderful floor plan for living & entertaining. 3 finished levels, 6BR, 5.5BA, walkout LL. Whitman. $1,199,000

Traudel Lange

240-463-6918

Stunning Colonial on sought-after street. Elegant rooms, classic architectural details, 9’+ ceilings, 4BR, 3.5BA, 2-car garage, multi-tiered deck, landscaped. $1,849,500

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DUPONT, WASHINGTON, DC

Only 2 units left in this renovated historic building! Offering 2BR, 2-2.5BA + den, each with high end finishes, gourmet kitchen & gorgeous baths, bamboo floors, exposed brick, high ceilings. Parking avail. Starting at $739,500

Jan M. Evans

301-873-3596

Elegant 4-level home in the Cloisters. 6BR, 6.5 renovated BA, lower level family room with fireplace & walkout to patio. High ceilings, tall windows, elevator, garage. $1,750,000

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FOREST HILLS, WASHINGTON, DC

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 THENATIONALGALLERYOFART This choice is complicated. I enjoy visiting our Winslow Homers in the American galleries, but then again our French galleries hold one of the greatest collections of impressionism in the world. And the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in America resides in our Italian Renaissance galleries. The Vermeers in our Northern Baroque galleries are magical. For a real change of pace I head out to the Sculpture Garden.  THECORCORANGALLERYOFART Fabulous 19th-century American paintings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Frederic Churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Niagara among them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are housed in one of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier Beaux Arts buildings.

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wonderful food and an ambiance in which one can actually have a conversation instead of trying to read lips. The 1789 is so Anglophilic it rivals the British ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence in atmosphere, if not design.  THEPHILLIPSCOLLECTION I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help it, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a museum junkie, and this is one of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasures. It still has the elegant air of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;house museumâ&#x20AC;? and being there reminds one of visiting a private collection. The works of modern art are of the highest quality but its signature work is Renoirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Luncheon of the Boating Party.

CAPITALCRESCENTBIKETRAIL Most any time of year, except during blizzards, a ride into Maryland on the Capital Crescent Trail along the Potomac is reenergizing and relaxing. Somehow it seems more beautiful coming down as opposed to pedaling up.

 THENATIONALMALL The magisterial front lawn of the United States, one of the most extraordinarily beautiful urban spaces in the world, has perhaps been loved too much. A program to restore and refurbish the Mall is beginning to have traction, thanks to Congressional support and new initiatives by the National Park Service.

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 THEFREERANDSACKLERGALLERIES Back to museums â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help myself! Whistlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peacock Room at the Freer (which also has

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p ) is one of the most unique places in the city â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the ambiance, or environment, painted by one of our most intriguing and eccentric aesthetes, is an absolute delight.  THENATIONALARBORETUM Sequestered off New York Avenue NE, it gets passed by too many people leaving Washington â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a big mistake. Spring and fall are mesmerizingly beautiful and there is a miniature world to study in the acclaimed bonsai collection.

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