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INSIDER'SGUIDE ..................................... SOCIALCALENDAR ................................ FIRSTLOOKRedesigning the National Mall.. .... TIMEWARPCherry blossom beginnings... ..........

Septime Weber's "Studio 54" Birthday Party .......... 

POLLYWOOD HOLLYWOODONTHE POTOMAC .............. Premiere of 'Game Change' .

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Ali Wentworth Book Party ...

Dylan Ratigan Book Party ... Aschiana Gala ................ White House State Dinner .... CAUSECELEBNicole Kidman on global women's rights ......... Kuwait-America Foundation Gala..... National Medals of Arts and Humanities Awards .......................................

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CNMC's Dancing After Dark ............................

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Navy Seal Foundation Courage and Compassion Awards ...................................................... National Gallery of Art French Galleries Reception... Sally Bedell Smith Book Party............................ TTR Sotheby's Celebrates at Hemphill Art Gallery... Cristina Alger Book Party .................................

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OPENHOUSE Fresh picks on the housing market ... MYWASHINGTON Chris Dodd weighs in on the best of Washington ........................................... 

ONTHECOVERKuwait Amb. Salem Al-Sabah, Rima Al-Sabah, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban at the Kuwait-America Foundation Gala (Photo by Vicky Pombo). Above, clockwise from top left: Eun Yang with her children at THEARC's Tea Party (Photo by Kyle Samperton). Ben Bradlee and Vicki Sant on the A-List. Septime Webre with guests at his birthday party (Photo by Tony Powell). Chris Dodd in My Washington (Photo by Melissa Rauch). Al Pacino and Wayne Brown at the National Medal of Arts and Humanities Awards (Photo by Alfredo Flores). Products: Diane von Furstenberg "Mini Harper" bag ($295); Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie, www.neimanmarcus.com. Loll Designs "Vang" outdoor chair made of 100 percent recycled plastic in blue ($386), Room & Board, 1840 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, 202-729-8300.

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he beauty of Spring in Washington serves to remind us how important the environment is and that its protection is paramount. In this issue, we spotlight courageous and innovative policy leaders, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and philanthropists who are teaming up to scrub — metaphorically speaking — the planet clean. With food at the center of our lives, it’s worth knowing that the 112th Congress is currently considering renewal and reauthorization of the $284 billion farm bill of 2008. We decided to take a closer look at efforts for new reforms because much of the current law expires this year. Eco-luminaries Scott and Christy Wallace of the District-based Wallace Global Fund share an exquisite photo reflection of their recent ocean-and-ice trek to Antarctica on the National Geographic Explorer. Also back from many months at sea on her private craft, M/Y Sirenuse (meaning “mermaid”), where she worked with ocean conservation scientists in Cuba and Costa Rica, philanthropist and conservationist Ann Luskey welcomes us into to her NetZero “eco-pad’” in Bethesda, a future-friendly (but spot-on with the times) home that affords as much comfort and whimsical design as it breathes easy on the planet. This issue also includes the latest edition of our “A List” of the most influential residents of the nation’s capital. Although the list did not fluctuate as much as it will next year (after the presidential election), there were some interesting changes, mostly ambassadors or at the Cabinet and sub-Cabinet levels, not to mention the scandalous leave-

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taking of the managing director of the International Monetary Fund. We do look forward to meeting his charming replacement! Our signature coverage of the Washington social scene continues with book parties for Cristina Alger, Sally Bedell Smith and Dylan Ratigan as well as the White House State Dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron.The always-impressive Kuwait America Foundation Dinner (where our cover photograph was taken) was certainly stellar. After all, the gorgeous Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman was honored for her laudable work on behalf of women across the globe as the United Nation’s global ambassador. Spring is certainly in the air with plenty of parties on the horizon. We hope to see you at many WL-sponsored events this month, including Fight for Children’s School Night, The Washington Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland ball, Trust for the National Mall’s Benefit Luncheon and Ball on the Mall, and Teach for America’s 2nd annual Washington gala!

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Sustainable local eatery, SweetGreen, has doubled the lineup for the third annual Sweet Life Food and Music Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, MD) on April 28. While the main stage is set to feature a mix of big name and indie acts, including The Shins, Kid Cudi, Explosions in the Sky and fun., the smaller “Treehouse” is scheduled to offer a roster of local musicians. Engage your taste buds in the Food Forest, featuring eats from José Andrés’ Pepé food truck, Honest Tea, Roberta’s Pizza and more, before heading to one of the interactive activities such as the Tour de Energy Bikes and the TRASHed: Recycling Store. www.sweetlifefestival.com

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Grab the kids and dig dirt this Earth Day at Tudor Place. Take part in a scavenger hunt, flowerpot painting, seed-planting and more on April 22. www.tudorplaceearthday.eventbrite.com Skip the museum and head for the  acres of garden surrounding Tudor Place. Over trees line the Tree Walk, including the -year-old, DC Millennium Tree, a gigantic poplar.

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he Georgetown BID’s euro-style street market returns to Wisconsin Avenue for a two-day shopping event

beginning April 27. Enjoy up to 70 percent off at your favorite Book Hill shops, boutiques, galleries and antiques shops, from

Duo and Urban Chic to Heiner Contemporary and Nectar Skin Bar. Pick up a commemorative tote to raise funds for the local library or snap your photo in the French-themed photo booth. Nosh on street fare from Café Bonaparte, Clyde’s and more as they whip up merguez sausages, sweet and savory crêpes and other euro-treats. (www.georgtowndc.com) Don’t miss the annual Georgetown House tour on April 28! The famed 90-year event offers inside access to 12 remarkable homes in the area. www. gerogetownhousetour.com

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REMIXEDAND REMODELED House hunters take your mark! The fifth annual DC Design House benefiting Children’s National Medical Center has returned. Twenty three of the area’s top designers revamped the interior of the 1956 home located at 4951 Rockwood Parkway NW. The 10,000square-foot, seven-bedroom, seven-bath home owned by the late Dr. Francisco and his wife Gladys Aguirre, is on display through May 13. www.wfp.com

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The Smithsonian Associates and Portraits After 5 transforms the Kogod Courtyard (Smithsonian American Art Museum, 500 F. St. NW) on April 13 for the Francophonie Cultural Festival. Dubbed Visio-Disco: A Remix of Music and Art, the event presents a cross-continental installation by Belgian troupe t.r.a.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e., merging music, performance and art. Afterward, the dance floor opens to sets from French composer Koudlam and local dj, The Pinstriped Rebel. www.smithsonianassociates.

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Visit washingtonlife.com’s online calendar for information about local benefits and galas. You can post your event online, where it will be considered for our print edition and annual Balls and Galas Directory.

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FIGHTFORCHILDREN’S SCHOOLNIGHT This year’s event chaired by Chuck and Stacy Kuhn features a VIP reception, silent auction and seated dinner hosted by Gail Simmons, judge of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef.” Guests will enjoy live entertainment by Grammy-nominated Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue in addition to dancing and desserts. Proceeds support Fight For Children’s programs ensuring that low-income children receive a great education. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; 6-11:30 p.m.; cocktail attire; $150 general tickets, $500 premier tickets; contact Simon Jackson, 202-7720437, simon.jackson@fightforchildren.org

Finlay and Willee Lewis with Thomas Krahenbuhl and Dorothy Kosinski at the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Gala (Photo by Alfredo Flores)

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BACHELORSAND SPINSTERSBALL A Washington tradition since the 1930s,Washington’s most eligible singles will gather for drinks, dancing and an opportunity to meet the man or woman of their dreams. City Club Tavern; festive attire; by invitation only; www.bachelorsandspinsters.com

ALICEIN WONDERLANDBALL The Washington Ballet’s 2012 Spring Gala promises to transport guests down a fantasy-filled “rabbit hole” in celebration of the company’s world premiere of Septime Webre’s “ALICE (in wonderland).” Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium; 7 p.m.; black-tie; sponsorships start at $1,000; contact Elizabeth Sizer, 202-362-3606, esizer@washingtonballet. org

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WPASGALAANDAUCTION Washington Performing Arts Society’s annual spring gala is always a very major affair and this year’s gathering should not disappoint. The evening starts with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction followed by dinner, dancing and a special performance by Brian Stokes Mitchell and the WPAS Children of the Gospel. NBC4’s Barbara Harrison serves as the master of ceremonies for the event, which also includes a rousing live auction. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel; 6 p.m.; black-tie; tickets start at $600, tables start at $7,500; contact 202-293-9325

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NATIONALMUSEUMOF WOMENINTHEARTSTH ANNIVERSARYGALA Celebrating a milestone both for the museum and for women in the arts, the night begins with an auction, cocktails and viewing of the featured exhibition: “Royalists to Romantics: French Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles and Other French National Collections.” Guests will move to the Great Hall for dinner and dancing. National Museum of Women in the Arts; black-tie; contact Ginny Page, 202-266-2815, gpage@nmwa. org for more information or to purchase tickets.

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t’s been about 40 years since the National Mall was last renovated, despite 25 million annual visitors. The massive use has taken its toll resulting in disrepair in walkways and lawns as well as other issues throughout the 700-acre national park, which together with other improvement projects will cost $700 million. The National Park Service has agreed to cover half the cost with the nonprofit Trust for the National Mall raising the rest. Washington’s philanthropic community is stepping up to the challenge. Carlyle Group Co-Founder and Managing Director David Rubenstein pitched in $7.5 million and the Akridge Family Foundation donated $1 million so far. “[The mall] has been a part of the living history of this community for 200 years and in the philanthropic community, and they are really giving back,” said Caroline Cunningham, president of the trust, noting that many of Washington’s philanthropic families grew up on America’s “front yard.” Cunningham added that it will take about five to seven years to raise the money to complete all the projects they want, though some restoration projects have already been completed. But there’s much more to be done. Here, a breakdown of some of the bigger projects underway or yet to be completed.Visit the Trust for the National Mall, www.nationalmall.org for more details. 1. Washington Monument $15 million to repair earthquake damage.The federal government allotted $7.5 million with Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein matching the amount. Contract to be awarded by August 2012 with work taking 10 to 12 months 2. Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and Grounds $30.7 million to repair the Reflecting Pool structure, install a recirculating water system, add

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wider sidewalks around the pool and install a permanent security measure that will also make the west end handicap accessible 3. National Mall Turf Cisterns that collect recycled water, custom-blend soil and seed, and an advanced irrigation system that draws from the cisterns and waters lawn only when needed. Phase one goes from 3rd to 7th streets and will cost $13 million, with two additional phases to reach 15th street in the works.

4. Constitution Gardens Creating a mixed-use facility for visitors that may include a restaurant and rentals for ice skates, sail boats, etc. 5. Union Square Redesigning the pool for event use and security measures. 6. Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater Replacing current structure, which is not historic, with a mixed-use facility for performances, ranger and food services

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Other Overall Improvements: Roving Docents Sponsored by The Boeing Company and the Bernstein Family Foundation, which deployed 35 volunteers in March to show visitors around Recycling A partnership with The Coca-Cola Company that brought 370 recycling bins throughout the park in 2011

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Way-finding Signs $2.2 million in signage for the National Mall, funded equally by the Trust and the government Lighting Retrofit kits and 174 street lights from 3rd to 14th streets outfitted with LED lights donated by Osram Sylvania Inc. and Pepco donated installation crews

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MALLBYDESIGN The National Mall Design Competition centers on Union Square, Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater and Constitution Gardens. The threestage competition will culminate with the announcement of the winners for each area in May.

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FYIDC | CHERRYBLOSSOMCENTENNIAL

COUNTDOWN TO

BLOSSOMS Photos and captions reprinted with permission from National Geographic’s “CHERRY BLOSSOMS: THE OFFICIAL BOOK OF THE NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL”

It’s been 100 years since the Japanese government’s gift of cherry trees

recognizing the United States’ role in brokering a peace treaty that ended the Russo-Japanese War in 1905. Here, a look back on how society journalist Eliza Scidmore, David and Marian Bell Fairchild, Helen Herron Taft and Dr. Jokichi Takamine helped bring the blooms to Washington.

Department of Agriculture inspectors examined the trees and found pests and diseases. (Photo courtesy of the Museum Resource Center, National Park Service)

Jan. 6, 1910 The trees arrive in Washington via climatecontrolled railway cars from across the country, but inspections reveal disease. All but six are promptly destroyed.

March 26, 1912 The trees arrive in Washington. Inspectors clear them for planting.

1928 The ambassador from Japan and his family pose with the blooming trees in 1928. (Photo courtesy of the Museum Resource Center, National Park Service)

Kimono-clad employees of the Japanese Embassy enjoy the blossoms in 1954. (Photo by Volkmar Wentzel)

1934 D.C. commissioners sponsor a threeday event, with a parade and a ball. The festivities eventually evolve into an annual “Cherry Blossom Festival.”

1954 An 8foot-tall, 2-ton granite lantern from the 17th century arrives from Japan, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Kanagawa. It becomes part of the festival marked with a lighting ceremony. The Cherry Blossom Festival becomes a two-week affair, which continues today.

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Tokyo’s Mayor Yukio Ozaki, shown with his wife, displayed diplomacy and determination about the gift of trees. (Photo courtesy of the Museum Resource Center, National Park Service)

Nov. 1909 Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki consigns 2,000 cherry blossom trees, which are loaded onto the Kaga Maru freighter and shipped across the Pacific head to Seattle,Wash.

Feb. 14, 1912 About 3,000 trees raised in virgin soil are shipped from Yokohama to Washington aboard the Awa Maru.

March 27, 1912 First Lady Helen Taft, who first expressed interest in planting the trees in Potomac Park, plants the first one.Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, plants the second.

1927 Washington commemorates the arrival of the trees with its first cherry blossom event. Guests, including Mrs.Taft, enjoy a reenactment of the first planting, a pageant of Japanese myths and children performing a ballet. 1935 A man painting the blossoms in 1935 captured their fleeting beauty on canvas. (Photo by Jacob Gayer)

1953 The festival becomes a five-day celebration with a fashion show, an illuminated evening parade, a water show and a luncheon.

WHAT’SINABLOOM? 12 varieties of cherry trees were shipped to Washington in 1912, among them 1,800 Yoshinos and 350 Kwanzans. Yoshinos are characterized by clusters of single white flowers and are the most common in Washington.

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The Trust for the National Mall extends its sincere gratitude to its

2011 Founding Investors

The Akridge Family Foundation

The Philip T. Amarante Trust

The Boeing Company

The Brickman Group, LLC

Clark Charitable Foundation

Clark Construction Group

Dr. Scholl Foundation

Estrin Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell

Mr. and Mrs. Lanny Griffith

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kogod

The Widegon Point Charitable Foundation

Photo courtesy of The Boeing Company

The Trust for the National Mall is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring the National Mall, home to the hope, history and heroes of America. To learn more, visit nationalmall.org.


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Sen. John Kerry and Nicole Kidman at the KuwaitAmerica Foundation Dinner. (Photo by Neshan Naltchayan)

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DAVIDCORN’S “SHOWDOWN” Washingtonians packed the Newseum for the premiere of ‘Game Change.’ (Photo by Alfredo Flores)

Premier Politics ‘Game Change’ lights up Washington B Y J A N E T D O N O VA N

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ormer VicePresidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wasn’t the only one vehemently dissing “Game Change,” the book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin that examines Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Palin in the 2008 race of a lifetime. McCain’s sassy blogging daughter Megan and his vivacious wife Cindy took to the blogosphere to proclaim utter disdain for the authors and the movie, which premiered last month in Washington at The Newseum. Neither minced words when it came to campaign strategist and senior advisor Steve Schmidt (who was in the house) and staffer Nicolle Wallace, both of whom Megan described as political operatives with jaw-dropping disloyalty.The irony is that the senator comes off

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well in the flick. “Jay Leno told John McCain that he came across bright in the movie, like a gentleman and a man of honor, and McCain was really surprised,” said director Jay Roach. The film also fleshes out Palin, according to Heilemann. “She has incredible strengths and some distinct weaknesses,” he said.“She performed under extraordinary pressure with very little preparation. She ended up rising to the occasion and dueling Joe Biden to a draw.” The long-anticipated HBO private screening drew the kind of crowd you would expect, about 500 TV personalities, political operatives and lobbyists with a sprinkling of socialites and columnists. Among the guests were Andrea Mitchell, Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, Hilary Rosen, Howard Fineman, Wolf Blitzer, White

House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard and the film’s producer Tom Hanks. The stars and principals had plenty to say about the wellreceived film. Julianne Moore played Palin so well she was a breath away from morphing into her, but said the movie wasn’t about her. “I think that the movie is less about Sarah Palin than it is about our political process,” she said.“Why are we so attracted to people who are charismatic and seem like movie stars? Why is that what we look for in our political leaders?” The director found the whole experience surreal. “Sometimes I would see the real Sarah Palin on TV at night and I would become disoriented,” said Roach. “That made us feel like we really were there, but then the bubble would break and we’d realize, oh, we’re making a movie on a set.”

In his new book “Showdown,” Washington editor of Mother Jones and MSNBC contributor David Corn thickens the plot between those old adversaries, the GOP Right and Obama, and trumpets new reporting on the killing of Osama bin Laden, which just so happens to have been geing underway as Corn was siing down with Obama. The author recently chaed about his book at a private Kalorama residence with media heavies like Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, NBC’s Michael Isikoff, National Journal’s Major Garre, Media Maers’ David Brock and Tim Burger. The book picks up aer the Democrats’ poor showing in the 2010 midterm elections. “I think the first two years were rather difficult and he got very much fixated — and I don’t mean that in a bad way — on accomplishing a legislative agenda,” Corn told me. “People I talked to in the White House for the book said quite oen that they lost sight of some of the bigger picture at times, so the more inspiring message was more apparent during the election.” His book points out that it’s oen hard for presidents to keep “that inspirational element” while they’re doing “other things” such as bailing out Detroit, a key milestone of Obama’s first two years which Corn refers to as “probably good policy, but not good politics.” “I think my book shows over the course of the year he ended up having a strategic clash that we’re going to have with the 2012 presidential campaign,” he added. And the winner of this election? “I think it’s a 50-50 proposition and it will be 5050 until Election Day,” he said.

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TALES FROM WONDERLAND: Comedian Ali Wentworth grew up in a house in Washington where she was wiretapped by Nixon and went swimming with Henry Kissinger, a unique childhood which she discusses in her new book “Ali in Wonderland.” The daughter of Reagan Administration social secretary Muffy Brandon and the wife of ABC News anchor George Stephanopolous had guests in stitches at a book party hosted by her sister, Sissy Yates, Elle Magazine Editor Robbie Myers and Four Seasons Hotel Manager Christian Clerc. The hotel was like a “psychiatrist office without a shrink but with a great Caesar salad,” she joked, noting her happiness at being in a city where people actually read books. “In L.A., I’d need a pilates DVD to go with it.” VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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John Warner and John B. Adams Jr.

Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s | PHOTOSBYPAULMORIGI POLITICS & PROSE Civics-minded bookworms mingled over sliders and cocktails at the celebration of MSNBC personality Dylan Ratigan’s new book “Greedy Bastards: Corporate Communisms, Banksters, and the Other Vampires Who Suck America Dry” in PJ Clarke’s eclectically historic downstairs pub. Ratigan presided over an erudite discussion on the American electoral system with Sen. Bernard Sanders and Rep. David Schweikert. MEDIA MAVENS Bill Falk and Michael Wolfe (with event co-host The Week), Steve Friedman (with co-host MSNBC), Patrick Gavin, Dana Milbank, Mike Feldman and Jay Newton-Small.

David Cicilline and Eve O’Toole

Joe Burmester and John O’Leary

Barbara Wilson, Annie McChrystal and Margaret Rogers

Suzy Jacobs and Alain Begun

Paul Brandus, Michael Wolfe and Kathryn Falk

Steve Spaulding and Derek Cressman

Gen. Richard A. Cody, The Hon. Madeleine Albright, Vicki Cody, Linda Odierno and Gen. JonathanT.Capehart Raymond Odierno

Caroline Firestone, Richard Bradley and Jack Smith

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CHILDREN MATTER: Guests, including former First Lady Laura Bush, bid on handmade items including rugs and jewelry to raise much-needed funds for the Aschiana Foundation’s efforts to provide vital supplies to children in Kabul, Afghanistan. Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers was honored for assisting the group’s efforts to help the children of Afghanistan.

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Michelle Obama. GUESTBOOK: Carey Mulligan and Damian Lewis dined alongside Anna Wintour, Harvey Weinstein and Warren Buffett.

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A UN WOMEN’S G O O D W I L L AMBASSADOR? I was raised by a feminist mother who always encouraged her daughters to have a social conscience and be involved and give back.

war crimes are held responsible and the laws are upheld so they are charged accordingly and appropriately.

ISTHEREANYLEGISLATIONTHATYOU THINKMUSTBEPASSED?IFSOWHAT DOYOUHOPEITWILLACCOMPLISH? UN Women works around the world every day to make sure that discriminatory laws IFYOUCOULDWAVEAMAGICWAND are revised and new legislation passed to AND PASS LEGISLATION OR MAKE A uphold women’s rights. Often these refer SUPREME COURT DECISION WHAT to women’s property rights, or protecting WOULD IT BE? That the perpetrators of women from violence.

WHATPARTOFTHEGLOBALPERSPECTIVE OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONDOYOUTHINKISMISSING?On a global scale, the issues that negatively impact women’s equal status in society are well known. So are the steps necessary to overcome them. But they must be implemented. This takes adequate laws and political will to make sure they are fully applied. WHICH HISTORICAL FIGURE DO YOU MOSTIDENTIFYWITH?I would not say that I identify with Eleanor Roosevelt, but I would say that she is someone I have always loved. WHOAREYOURREAL-LIFEHEROES? The survivors of violence against them, those who endure enormous tragedy yet still move forward. That is true courage.


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KUWAIT-AMERICA FOUNDATION DINNER Embassy of Kuwait Residence | PHOTOSBYNESHANNALTCHAYANANDVICKYPOMBO* HOLLYWOOD GLITZ: Glamorous Nicole Kidman turned the most heads, albeit with some competition from Cabinet, Supreme Court and White House bigwigs who turned out for the cause: micro-credit loans for women in the Middle East. “Where women are empowered, the economy and society prosper” the Oscar-winning actress told the A-List crowd before a cabaret-style show by Lynda “Wonderwoman” Carter that drew raves from country star Keith Urban, Kidman’s husband of six years. MAJOR BENEFACTORS: CIA Director David Petraeus praised hosts Salem and Rima Al-Sabah for raising $13 million for deserving causes since 2004.

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EMINENT HONOREES: Artists, scholars, politicians and humanitarians gathered to celebrate the 2011 recipients of the annual National Medal of the Arts and the National Medal of the Humanities — the highest recognition given in both fields of endeavor. The National Museum of the American Indian’s stunning atrium was a backdrop to the festivities where renowned actor and author John Lithgow spoke passionately about the enduring power of the arts. Guests mingled with the 2011 medalists including actor Al Pacino, painter Will Barnet, U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, arts patron Emily Ruth Pulitzer, singer and songwriter Mel Tillis, U.C.L.A. History Professor Teofilo F. Ruiz and sculptor Martin Puryear.

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Mr. BENJAMINCBRADLEE and Ms. Mr. and Mrs. DAVIDGBRADLEY (Katherine)

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Associate Justice and Mrs. STEPHENG BREYER (Joanna)

George Stevens Jr. and Nancy Pelosi

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The Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and Mrs. GWAYNECLOUGH (Anne) Her Royal Highness INFANTACRISTINA and His Excellency INAKIURDANGARÍN, Duke of Palma de Majorca His Excellency the Ambassador of France FRANCOISDELATTRE and Ms. SOPHIE L’HÉLIAS-DELATTRE

General MARTINEDEMPSEY, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Mrs. Dempsey (Deanie)

His Excellency the Ambassador of Kuwait, Sheikh SALEMABDULLAHAL-JABERALSABAH, and Sheikha RIMAAL-SABAH

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Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMNCAFRITZ (Buffy)

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Representative and Mrs. ERICICANTOR (Diana)

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The Honorable and MRSCHRISTOPHERJ DODD (Jacki) The Honorable THOMASE“TOM” DONILON and Ms. CATHERINERUSSELL

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SPECIAL FEATURE | ALIST PROUSTPLUS HOWHASWASHINGTONMOSTCHANGEDSINCEYOURLAST POSTINGHERE?It’s livelier, more dynamic and energetic than 20 years ago. My wife Laura Denise and I love the many, diverse and high-quality cultural options it offers today. WHATWOULDYOUMOSTLIKETODOTOSTRENGTHENBILATERALRELATIONS? Both Italy and the United States would benefit from more cultural exchanges and initiatives, and investments as well. I intend to work hard on that. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCE? Too many ties. Also, I sometimes wear unusual colors, which drives my wife a little crazy at times. WHATISYOURMOTTOORWORDSYOULIVEBYTHATMEANA LOTTOYOU? Work to achieve your goals. But never forget to have fun. FAVORITEBOOKSYOUREADTHISYEAR? “John Adams” by David McCullough and “Elogio del Silenzio” by Boris Biancheri, a former Italian ambassador to the United States. SOMETHING INTERESTING OR SURPRISING THAT PEOPLE DON’TKNOWABOUTYOU? I love mathematics. I also used to jump out of airplanes when I was younger … up until my wife wisely put an end to it. WHATDOYOUCOLLECT?Mahler “8th Symphony” CDs. WHATHOBBYDOYOUMOSTENJOY? Flying airplanes. WHATPOLITICAL SPEECHORQUOTEINSPIRESYOU? JFK’s inaugural address.

Claudio Bisogniero Ambassador of Italy

AFAVORITEVACATIONDESTINATIONINYOURHOMECOUNTRY? Corvara in the Dolomites for skiing, and the Orvieto area for a relaxing holiday in the countryside. IFYOUCOULDGOBACKINTIMETOMEETANYFAMOUSFIGUREWHOWOULDIT BE? WHATISAPPEALINGABOUTTHISPERSON? WHATWOULDYOUASKTHEM?On a lighthearted note, 1952, when Art Buchwald explained Thanksgiving to the French. I would have asked him to explain it to the Italians as well. SHARESOMETHINGABOUTYOURCOUNTRYTHATMAKESYOUPROUD? Didn’t you ask me to be brief?

The French writer Marcel Proust developed a timeless list of subjective questions (originally for a parlor game) that would end up revealing many aspects of an individual’s inner personality. In this issue we begin a series of these classic enquiries with replies from Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero and Kuwait Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Rima.

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WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT STATE OF MIND? Salem Al-Sabah: Cautiously optimistic. Rima Al-Sabah: Hopeful WHICHLIVINGPERSONDOYOUMOST ADMIREANDWHY? SAS:The young Arab revolutionary. He/she is bravely fighting for dignity. RAS: Christiane Amanpour. I always wanted to be a war correspondent. IFYOUCOULDGOBACKINTIMEAND MEET ANY HISTORICAL FIGURE WHO WOULD IT BE? SAS: Alexander the Great. He achieved the impossible. I would ask him to reveal what the Oracle of Ammon told him. RAS: I would ask the three prophets, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad, how we can lift people out of poverty, ignorance and violence in the world today. SHARE SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY THAT MAKES YOU PROUD? SAS: Women enjoy full political rights. RAS: WHAT SPEECH OR QUOTE INSPIRES The democratic tradition of Kuwait and the YOU?SAS: One that is less than 10 minutes openness of our society. long. RAS: “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And YOUR FAVORITE VACATION DESTINA- therefore never send to know for whom the TIONINYOURHOMECOUNTRY? SAS: A bells tolls, it tolls for thee.” — John Donne well-appointed tent in the desert FAVORITEBOOKYOUREADTHISYEAR? WHENANDWHEREWERE/AREYOUTHE SAS: “Caravaggio, Life Sacred and Profane,” HAPPIEST? SAS and RAS: At home with our by Andrew Graham-Dixon. His life, like his art, was vivid. RAS: “Steve Jobs” by Walter children around us. Isaacson. Jobs believed in creativity without WHATISTHETRAITYOUMOSTDEPLORE boundaries. IN YOURSELF AND IN OTHERS? SAS: Asking too many questions. RAS: Impatience SOMETHINGINTERESTINGORSURPRISINGTHATPEOPLEDON’TKNOWABOUT IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING YOU? SAS: I am not on Facebook or Twitter ABOUT YOURSELF WHAT WOULD IT RAS: I am a chocoholic. BE? SAS: Being able to pack a lighter suitcase when I travel WHATWOULDYOUMOSTLIKETODO TO STRENGTHEN BILATERAL RELAWHATREALLYANGERSYOU? SAS:Answer- TIONS? SAS: Move into the Lincoln Bedroom ing too many questions. RAS: Prejudice at the White House. WHATISYOURMOTTOORWORDSTHAT YOULIVE SAS: “Live every day to the fullest — in moderation.” RAS: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

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FAVORITEWASHINGTONAREARESTAURANTANDWHATDOYOUORDERTHERE? SAS: Sushi-Ko and Makoto.The Chu Toro Tuna in both restaurants is not to be missed.

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and Christy or 10 days in late January and early Feb- Scott Wallace ruary of 2012, we had the incredible experience of travelling to the bottom of the earth at the invitation of former Vice President Al Gore in the company of a remarkable group of policy leaders, scientists and activists, to explore first-hand the effects of the earth’s changing climate. Our Washington-based charitable foundation, the Wallace Global Fund, has long supported research, advocacy and activism to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, especially in the U.S., which has 4 percent of the world’s population but is responsible for 25 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions — by far the highest per capita rate in the world.

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1. Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson kayaking with Tokyo Sexwale, minister of Human Settlements in the current South African government, a political prisoner with Nelson Mandela for 15 years. Branson has offered a $25 million “Earth Prize” for new ways of removing carbon from the earth’s atmosphere. Sexwale was skeptical about international climate-treaty negotiations (having witnessed the disappointing recent UN conference in South Africa) and thought citizen activism would be more likely to spur change by local governments and corporations. 2. Getting to the Antarctic from the southernmost tip of South America involves crossing the Drake Passage, 500 miles of open water where strong currents can make the difference between the “Drake Lake” and the “Drake Shake.” (photo by Johanna Dominguez) 3. We city slickers, like our daughter Johanna here, notice the silence — no cars, no planes, no air-conditioner hum. Only the occasional loud crack of another ice chunk the size of the Washington Monument breaking off the glacier. Some glaciers are two miles deep, with 160,000-year-old ice at the bottom. One of the brilliant scientists on board, Prof. Chris Rapley, ran the British Antarctic Survey for a decade, which looks into the past through techniques like ice core sample analysis. Today’s levels of greenhouse gases are far higher than ever before.

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4. Gentoo penguin regurgitating a nice krill lunch for her chick. From a visit to the U.S.’s Palmer Research Station, we learned that tiny krill are a keystone food source for all ocean life, including whales, seals and penguins, and are the most plentiful animal on earth (more total weight than all humans put together!). They are masterpieces of carbon sequestration; they feed on tiny microorganisms that live on the underside of ice sheets, and their excrement is filled with carbon, which is heavier than water and sinks to the ocean floor for 1,000 years. The loss of pack ice caused by warming Antarctic temperatures not only accelerates warming, but has caused an 80 percent decline in krill populations.

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7 bar ren wasteland where few of us would care to live, yet teeming with life; remote yet closely linked to all people. We came away both inspired — and horrified — 8 by mankind’s ability to ruin it all. We have only a few years before our burning of coal and oil pushes the amount of carbon in the atmosphere beyond the tipping point. Do enough people care? This expedition, and the commitment of the remarkable people on it, gave us hope. Scott Wallace is an attorney and co-chairman of the Wallace Global Fund, founded by his grandfather, former U.S.Vice President Henry A.Wallace. Christy Wallace is treasurer of the Fund. They split their time between the Washington area and South Africa, where the foundation is also active.

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FARMING REFRESHED WILLTHEFARMBILLPRODUCEABETTERFOODSYSTEM?

FAIR AND EQUITABLE?

“The health of our families, the quality of our food and the land, soil and water we need to feed future generations are all at stake. Congress needs to renew programs that feed low-income children instead of sending checks to mega-farms while millions remain unemployed.”

REFORMADVOCATESLIKEEWGARE PUSHINGFORAFARMBILLTHAT • Protects and increases funding for conservation programs; • Helps farmers pay for best-practices to keep fertilizers and toxic chemicals from running off land into drinking water. reduces soil erosion and restores wildlife habitats;

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• Contributes to the enormous task of keeping drinking water clean, increases funding for the conservation programs that help farmers pay for the best practices to keep fertilizers and toxic chemicals from running off farmlands into our lakes and streams;

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The 2012 farm bill is an opportunity to help farmers and ranchers meet growing demands for local and regional food systems, and get healthier food to families and schools. Traditionally, the legislation also has provisions to fund critical agriculture research and support organic farming. The lion’s share of current farm bill spending (75 percent) goes to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. This vital program helps feed 46 million people, half of them children. Most farm bill dollars go to federal nutrition assistance programs that help feed low-income families, but billions also go to highly profitable mega-farms. Since 1995, just 10 percent of the largest farms in the U.S. have raked in 74 percent of all subsidy payments, while 62 percent of farms got nothing.

• Creates incentives for young farmers to get started. Start learning more about the farm bill by visiting: www.ewg.org/agmag.

This year, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, will lead the farm bill effort in that chamber. In the House, Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) will be the prime sponsor.

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f you care about your drinking water, how your food is grown and how affordable it is, pay attention to the farm bill – a massive piece of legislation guiding food and farm policy. Congress renews the bill every five years, which amounted in just one year – 2010 – to $96.3 billion. The Environmental Working Group investigates what’s at stake in the 2012 farm bill renewal fight, how badly broken America’s farm and food system is, and what needs to be fixed. The big fight is always over which programs will stay or go. The 2012 bill will lock in the nation’s spending on programs that fight hunger, improve Americans’ health and their access to healthy food, and protect natural resources. Lawmakers have already begun debate, and hearings are underway to get a renewal bill written on time, but in an election year, its prospects are uncertain.


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MARC BY MARC JACOBS multicolored scarf ($198), ST. JOHN crème pant ($950); Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria, 2051 International Drive, McLean, Va., 703-7610700, www.saksfifthavenue. com; amethyst stack ring ($7,000), “RUBEDO” stack ring ($24,000); Tiffany & Co., Fairfax Square 8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va., 301-657-8777, www.tiffany.com; GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI magenta peep-toe shoes ($695); Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-657-9000, www.saksfifthavenue.com


PA M E L L A ROLAND tangerine one shoulder dress ($1,870), JIMMY CHOO glitter peep-toe pumps (Price upon request), Saks Jandel, 5510 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.,301-652-2250; gold long teardrop earrings (Price upon request), Charm Georgetown, 2910 M St. NW, 202-298-0420, www.charmgeorgetown.com;

Opposite: MILLY black cotton swing dress ($450); Hysteria, 125 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-548-1615. BEVERLY FELDMAN black mesh sling-back heel with leopard bow detail ($185); Periwinkle, 1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-519-5242. TIFFANY & CO. diamond drop hoop earrings ($5,700), 18-kt. rose gold diamond bangle ($7,900), 18-kt. white gold diamond bangle ($7,900), 18-kt. yellow gold diamond bangle ($7,900), platinum butterfly diamond necklace ($4,700), platinum dragonfly diamond necklace (price upon request) and pavé diamond lock necklace ($12,500); Tiffany & Co. Fairfax Square, 8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182, 703-893-7700. Above: ALEXANDER BERARDI red chiffon dress ($429); Hysteria, 125 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-548-1615. TIFFANY & CO. black silk pompom necklace ($550), green jade sphere silk necklace ($3,100), Frank Ghery torque micro 18-kt. white gold square hoop pavé diamond earrings ($4,250), doughnut black, red and maroon lacquer bangles (price upon request); Tiffany & Co. Fairfax Square, 8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182, 703-893-7700. BOURNE ELLE black suede bow bootie ($295); Periwinkle, 1557 Potomac Greens Dr., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-519-5242.

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pool, or relax with an in-suite massage. Hungry? Casual eats at the beachfront bar, local delicacy, conch salad, grilled fish and a kid-friendly menu are a lax take on sit-down dinner, perfect for parents with kiddies in tow. BLISS Active couples and families can enjoy access to kayaks, Hobie Cats and Sailfish; try daily snorkeling at a sunken shipwreck, or spend the day snorkeling with Wild

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Spotted Dolphins ($60/person). For a true underwater adventure check in at the Stuart Cove Dive Center, and take a high-speed boat to the famed Tiger Beach for a two-tank underwater exploration of virgin reefs with Tiger and Lemon sharks. Need a few hours from the kids? The Bahama Mama’s, an onsite babysitting service, will step in to take your children to the playground, enjoy a movie from the DVD library or take them down to the beach. Visit nearby Lucaya for a round of golf or head to the bustling Port Lucaya Marketplace for dinner at one of the fine restaurants. AHOY!Boat aficionados can skip the flight and set their coordinates for Old Bahama Bay’s nightnavigable marina. The resort is

just 56 miles east of Palm Beach and a two and a half hour Balearia Bahamas Express ferry ride from the Port of Miami (From $49). With swift on-site customs and immigration, 24-hour security and 72 slips with dockage, the marina plays host to vessels for long- and short-term stays. Indock guests can enjoy high-speed Internet and water electricity. A well-known fishing destination, the resort also offers chartered bone and deep-sea fishing trips to guests. New to fishing? Take the family on a Bahamian Native Fishing Adventure. After a day of diving for conch and catching lobster, bring home your catch and prepare it under the instruction of a resort chef. www.oldbahamabay.com.

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MAX MARA “Becky” leather bag ($1,290); Max Mara at Tysons Galleria, 703-556-6962

ELAINE TURNER “Bella” cork clutch ($175); Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie, www. neimanmarcus.com

REBECCA TAYLOR “Stunning” strapless dress ($335); Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase, www.rebeccataylor.com

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Sarah Stettinius at THEARC’s Wacky & Whimsical Tea Party. (Photo by Kyle Samperton)

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BATTLE OF THE CHEFS

Left: Hungarian Embassy chef Viktor Merenyi (center) the top honors winner at the Embassy Chef Challenge, celebrated victory with Linda Donavan Harper and Lars Beese, chef at the Embassy of Denmark. (Photo by Don Tanguilig) Below: French Amb. Francois Delattre at the Kuwait national day reception with Rima Al-Sabah and Amb. of Kuwait Salem Al-Sabah (Photo by Neshan Nalchayan)

National Day Flourishes and Embassy Chef Battles Kuwait hosts a splendid reception; global chefs spice up culinary competition at Cultural Tourism DC’s annual Embassy Chefs Challenge BY DONNA SHOR

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With flower arrangements as big as barrels positioned high in the air and a row of heavenly — and heavily laden — buffet tables anchored at either end by whole roast lambs, the National Day celebration hosted by the Ambassador of Kuwait Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Rima was, as always, sumptuous. Roses, Rima’s signature flower, in hues ranging from dark red to tawny to peach, were in every corner of the Four Seasons Hotel’s ballroom. The guest list was no less impeccably planned than the food and flowers. Every social and power center in Washington was represented. From her first days here 11 years ago, Rima has proved an outstanding hostess, arriving as if she had been hostessing Washington galas all her life. But what she manages to make appear effortless, in her busy schedule of constantly

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oentertaining and earning friends for Kuwait, obviously results from much creative forethought as well as a penchant for perfection. In addition to being a striking woman, always a fashion-first in style, she also serves as founder and head of a foundation that raises millions of dollars each year for health initiatives, youth causes and education. Somehow she carefully manages to preserve AlSabah family time for her husband and four sons while making everything else happen. You soon realize that creating this perfect evening for 400 guests is simply par for the course for this most accomplished diplomatic spouse.

The army of 600 gourmets and gourmands — virtual bibs at the ready — was charging the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center to sample small plates of big culinary achievements. Participants from 13 Washington embassies competed in the 2012 Embassy Chefs Challenge, serving beautifully garnished helpings of the most delicious (and hopefully prize-winning) dishes that they could dream up. Some of their ambassadors were present as well. Adding to the color were costumed bystanders. A tall Swiss gentleman garbed Appenzeller-style towered over Embassy of Switzerland chef Vincent Muia’s smoked veal loin twinned with carrots four ways (fried, pickled, as chips and in custard). At the Embassy of Kazakhstan’s station, an exquisite red velvet-gowned princess held court as chef Yerlan Abdrakhmanov served shrimp cream tartlets. Hungarian Embassy chef Viktor Merenyi took top honors with the Judge’s Choice Award of slow-cooked beef. The Royal Norwegian Embassy’s Sondre Bruvik Ellingstad won the preliminary Top Chef competition. Devin E. Johnson from the Embassy of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas won the People’s Choice Award for his Bahamian seafood duo. The judges were Lars Beese, chef of the Embassy of Denmark (last year’s winner); Carla Hall of ABC News’ “The Chew”; the Reagan Building’s Xavier DeShayes ; CakeLove founder Warren Brown; executive chef Sina Molavi of Occasions Caterers; Maziar Farivar of Georgetown’s Peacock Café; Washington Post food reporter Tim Carman; and Washington’s Business Journal “Top Shelf” columnist Missy Frederick. The benefit supports the work of Cultural Tourism DC, which hosted the evening along with the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

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TEA TIME: Building Bridges Across the River, the nonprofit group that built and runs THEARC, held a “Willy Wonka”-themed tea party to support its arts education efforts for lower-income children. With help from its corporate sponsor, Bank of Georgetown, the event featured a formal tea service and lots of games and candy for the lile ones. SPOTTED: Kay Kendall, Elizabeth Conahan, Brooke Carnot and Nancy Taylor-Bubes.

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SEPTIME WEBRE’S BIRTHDAY Comet Ping Pong | PHOTOSBYTONYPOWELL DISCO INFERNO: Friends fêted Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre’s 50th birthday with a “Studio 54”themed extravaganza that everyone said was the most fun party they’d been to in years. That meant mirrored balls, twinkle lights, drag queens, shirtless bartenders, crazed pole dancers (climbing the walls at one point) and increasingly gymnastic gyrations to “Ring My Bell” and other disco hits until 3 a.m. (on a Thursday no less!). Try to top this one, Washington!

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Rep. Maxine Waters, Juan Williams and gala co-chairman Chris Cowan

First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia presided from the presidential box as the country’s pre-eminent African American dance company performed signature works (including the perennial favorite, “Revelations”) to a sold-out house. RISING STAR: Robert Bale, the Ailey company’s new director, received plaudits for “Takademe,” one of his own choreographed works, at the post-performance dinner dance for 800 guests.

Rep. James Clyburn, Ailey artistic director Robert Battle and gala cochairman Lyndon Boozer

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Above: As part of the garden tour, visitors will see the main house at “Woodslane” that is attached to a log cabin from the 1800s and a corn crib. (Photo by Missy Janes) Left: Joyce Fendley with Fifi and Bill Prime at the Casanova Hunt Ball. (Photo by Bill Fendley)

Hunt Country Garden Tour Spectacular private retreats are set to open to the public during this month’s ‘Gardens with a View of the Piedmont Landscape’ tour BY VICKY MOON

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ven if it was a mild winter, everyone at the 22nd annual Casanova Hunt Ball in mid-March was “ready to kick up their heels,” said Joyce Fendley, who serves as a joint-master along with her husband Bill Fendley and her daughter Jeanne Clark. Held at the stately Fauquier Springs Club, Kathleen and Will O’Keefe, Mary and Chris Reed, Diane and Tommy Lee Jones (who has served as huntsman for 42 years) and Fifi and Bill Prime were among the guests who took to the dance floor with “Big Ray and the Kool Kats.” “If you came to slow dance with your favorite gentleman or the lady of your life, you came to the wrong ball,” Bill Fendley declared. And then, suddenly it’s springtime with shades of vast emerald meadows and pale yellow wisteria dripping over dry stone walls while late-blooming daffodils and a kaleidoscope of tulips burst open. Often referred to as “America’s Largest Open House” it’s garden tour time in Hunt Country.

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There are four homes in the Middleburg/ Upperville area on this year’s “Gardens with a View of the Piedmont Landscape” tour, including Peggy and John Richardson’s restored stone Colonial residence at “Oakwood.” (Peggy, a lawyer, served as IRS commissioner from 1993 to 1997 and continues to commute to Washington.) The outbuildings of this former working farm feature a kitchen house with historic cookery utensils, a dairy, a 12-sided wooden barn and a bank barn. Consulting with Gail Piurkowski of Echo Hills Nursery, “We tried to site the new gardens and hardscape to blend with the topography,” Peggy said. noting that the sunken pool area features an outdoor shower covered with Carolina jasmine and a row of pink shrub roses. A circa 1800 log cabin (enlarged in the 1980s) and a corn crib are set within enchanting woodland at Lauren and Rene Woolcott’s “Woodslane.” In 2007, the owners began a collaboration with garden expert Nicole Siess of

LanDesign, gravitating toward low-maintenance plants. “We noodled over what we had and moved some plant material first and then added to it,“Lauren recalled. Details include coordinating the interior colors of wheat, red and orange with the exterior where visitors will see the tops of the flowing grasses in wheat along with red and orange tulips. Garden sculptures, including Dan Ostermiller’s playfully outstretched bronze rabbit, are lightheartedly placed near an abundant kitchen herb garden. An 8-foot charred oak figure by French sculptor Christian Lapie is positioned amid trees behind the pool. The vivid hues of green and crisp white dominate the palate at “Edgewood” where owner Jean Perin has created Italian-inspired settings around the renovated, circa 1790 log cabin. Favorites here are a thatched stone garden structure by Colin McGhee and a wild horse stone sculpture by Ohio artist Marjorie Applegate. Trevor Potter and Dana Westring’s “Poke” features a magnificent display of Dana’s 25 years of garden design experience with a series of dramatic “rooms” on various levels.A rural amphitheater with a round stage of cherry and oak logs has been the site for many celebrations and charity events.The Arts and Crafts-inspired house was designed byWarrenton architect Albert P. Hinckley Jr. and features family antiques, portraits and memorabilia. And finally, speaking of gardens, Upperville’s own celebrated horticulturist, Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, now 101, is offering her 27-acre Mill Reef Club home on Half Moon Bay in Antigua for sale for $14.5 million. In addition to two master suites, the compound includes a guesthouse, pool and pool house.And of course ... stunning gardens she created alongside with two greenhouses, vegetable gardens, an orchard and an orchid nursery. Her 26-acre estate on Cape Cod was listed in January at $28.7 million. M A R K YO U R CA L E N DA R S Sunday April 22 and Monday April 23, “Gardens with a View of the Piedmont Landscape.” Tickets $35 in advance or $40 during the tour at The Middleburg Community Center. Details: flgardenclub @aol.com or 540-592-3950 or 703-777-2661.

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LLOYD AND ANN HAND 60TH ANNIVERSARY Café Milano | PHOTOSBYTONYPOWELL DIAMOND JUBILEE: Lloyd and Ann Hand are one of the most beloved husband-and-wife teams in Washington so it came as no surprise that Café Milano would shut down for the night to accommodate the A-List crowd that turned out to celebrate the power duo’s 60 years together. TOUCHING TRIBUTE: “It’s a night for hugging, kissing and dancing,” said Lloyd, who lovingly toasted the bride he met at a University of Texas dance when she was a 17-year-old freshman and he was a 21-year-old law student. “Lile did I know,” he added, “that this dance would change my whole life.” ADDED SPARKLE: Guests marveled at blown-up photos taken over the years (including a Bey Grable-style pinup of Ann in a swimsuit) as the happy couple whooped it up on the dance floor to the sounds of a swing band playing oldies-but-goodies from 1951.

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LAVISH LAUNCH: Costumed musicians and ceremonial dancers helped begin a year of celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s main repository of Asian art. GRANDES DAMES: Susan Pillsbury and Ann Nitze, who will serve as co-chairwomen at a star-studded gala on Nov. 29, joined Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough and Freer and Sackler Galleries Director Julian Raby in toasting Dame Jillian Sackler, widow of the museum’s namesake and founding benefactor, for kicking off festivities with a $5 million gi.

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CHA-CHA-ING FOR CHILDREN: Over 500 of Washington’s younger social set flocked to the Georgetown waterfront for the 5th annual Dancing Aer Dark event in support of Children’s National Medical Center. Last year over $70,000 was raised, and organizers noted that this year’s event most likely surpassed that amount.

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NEW FIRM ON THE BLOCK: Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter welcomed guests into their beautiful home to celebrate the opening of Beasley Real Estate, a brand-new boutique realty firm. Founded by Washington-area real estate expert, Jim Bell, Beasley is already gaining positive buzz around town. Bell, along with business partner Trent Heminger and Dave Pollin, chaired the event which swelled to 180 aendees with clients, colleagues and competitors alike arriving to toast Beasley’s success. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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Although former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates could not be present to accept the award given in his honor at a benefit to support U.S. Navy SEALS and their families, his absence was mitigated by the presence of Gen. Jim Jones and a dozen of the famed stealth operatives who somewhat reluctantly complied when asked to stand and be recognized. “Their only easy day was yesterday,” said Fox News’ Bret Baier, who emceed the event. MAGIC MOMENT: Famed tenor Viorio Grigolo’s unforgeable rendition of the National Anthem.

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FRENCH GALLERIES REOPENING National Gallery of Art | PHOTOSBYBENDROZ BACK ON VIEW: Masterworks by Manet, Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Renoir and other noted artists were once again on display after a two-year renovation of the galleries devoted to French impressionism and post-impressionism. VIP GUESTS: Trustees and major donors, including relatives of Ailsa Mellon Bruce and other major benefactors, enjoyed a privileged opportunity to admire paintings and sculptures newly organized in thematic, monographic and art historical groupings.

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SALLY BEDELL SMITH BOOK PARTY Bernard and Joan Carl Residence | PHOTOSBYKYLESAMPERTON COMMAND PERFORMANCE: The many friends and admirers of veteran author and Vanity Fair contributor Sally Bedell Smith weren’t about to miss the launch of her latest book, “Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch.” With a uniquely American point of view and timed to coincide with Her Majesty’s 60th anniversary on the throne, it is no wonder that the author’s “magisterial” biography is topping best-seller lists both here and in Britain. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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AN EVENING OF ART IN LOGAN CIRCLE Hemphill Gallery | PHOTOSBYBENDROZ NEW VENTURE: Employees, friends and family of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty gathered for a private art exhibit to celebrate the formation of a new group within the company. Hosted by the three principals, Claudia Donovan, Richard Seaton and Pamela Wye, the cocktail reception featured works by Willem de Looper and Franz Jantzen. HIGH POINT: TTR Sotheby’s managing partner Mark Lowham gave a rousing toast to his three colleagues that was as inspiring as it was entertaining.

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PAGE TURNER: Bookish Washingtonians turned out to hear analyst/aorney-turned-author Cristina Alger read from her debut novel “The Darlings.” Set in New York City just before the financial meltdown, Alger’s book follows the rise and fall of an aorney who marries up into a society family only to find himself embroiled in a family scandal. FICTION FANS: Lorraine Wallace, Robert Higdon, Lynn Blitzer, Mirella Levinas and Lucky Roosevelt. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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ST. JUDE GOURMET GALA National Building Museum | PHOTOSBYKYLESAMPERTON FOODIE FEAST: This popular event, which has raised over $3 million for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital since its inception, delighted guests once again this year. Over 40 of the area’s best chefs prepared their specialties for more than 750 hungry revelers who then voted for their favorite dish. The evening’s top prize, the Taster’s Choice Award, went to BLT Steak’s Victor Albisu. SATED SUPPORTERS: Faye Morrissee, Bob and Paula Hisaoka, Peter Tanous, Joe Duffy and Satsuko Young. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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DISCO MADNESS: Studio Theatre celebrated its 34th anniversary by transforming itself into a laer-day version of New York’s most famous nightclub with custom-designed décor and dancing to the sounds of vintage hits by Donna Summer, Grace Jones and the Village People. Specialty cocktails, a seated dinner and a performance by local troupers headlined by Andrea McCardle (the original “Annie”) kept things lively until well past midnight when the disco balls stopped rotating and the stragglers hit 14th Street for last call. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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A fourth-generation Washingtonian and the granddaughter of Ambassador Randolph and Dorothy Kidder, Ann Luskey is a trustee for numerous foundations, including The Kollegewidwok Yacht Club (Blue Hill, Maine),The City Kids to Wilderness Project (Washington, D.C. and Jackson Hole,Wyo.), Anne Luskey The Ocean Foundation (Washington, D.C.,) The Whaleman Foundation (Lahaina, Hawaii) and The Sylvia Earle Association (San Francisco, Calif.). Ann was left to forge her own way when, by age 28, her parents and grandparents had all died leaving

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Ann Luskey’s Bethesda “net zero” house provides many options to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle without sacrificing comfort. What does net zero energy mean? Simply put, that the building produces as much energy as it consumes on an annual average basis. The main features of the four-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot house include a 9.6 kW solar photovoltaic array visible on the roof and solar hot water panels providing 85 percent of domestic hot water needs. An “invisible” underground geothermal heat pump uses the earth’s temperature to provide reduced heating and cooling loads. Shade trees and a trellis facing south to control summer heat gain are also part of the net zero package.

Luskey the eldest surviving member of her family. In her own words, she shares a very personal story of how she came to live a very different life in a modern, eco-friendly “net zero” (a building that produces as much energy as it consumes) house in Bethesda, Md., with her three children.

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The green roof, over the single story of the wing of the house, serves as a means for rainwater management and heat island reduction, and provides additional outdoor living space with a view. Trays of plants were ‘recycled’ from the 2009 Solar Decathlon project in Washington DC. Energy conservation is only part of the story behind this house. Water efficiency and sustainable landscape design are also key elements in the overall design philosophy.

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Above: All finishes and lighting were selected not only to meet environmental and air quality standards but also to achieve a clean, modern and tasteful aesthetic. “REFUSE” over the kitchen sink made from coke bottle tops by Ann Luskey, conveys the message to refuse single-use plastics. Sage, the family’s Maine Coon kitty is right at home beneath the shark mobile commissioned in 2011 by English artist Michael Chaikin. Center: The living room interior reflects the owner’s desire for eco-conscious materials married to museum-quality artifacts collected from her international travels. Interior finishes include many recycled, reclaimed, locally and sustainably harvested materials. All paints and adhesives on the interior are low-VOC and urea-formaldehyde. A market rate, zero energy spec home is not only possible but may become a prototype for the way homes are built to meet growing concerns over climate disruption.

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lmost overnight, my universe came to a screaming halt. I felt sure that I would never feel “joy” again. I couldn’t imagine climbing out of that deep pit of grief. Left to my own devices, with no parents to step in and correct my course, I became a consumer on a rather grand scale. What I was doing, I would later discover, would take almost 10 years to undo. How was it that all of these things the media told me I couldn’t live without had taken over; my stuff had become my burden. I paused, took it all in, and realized this path was in fact a rut, and I did not want to stay there. My children didn’t need to go to the school that I went

to or the same country club. I put the house up for rent, grabbed the kids and jumped straight out of that rut onto a boat.Totally logical. I knew as much about the ocean as the average person does about celestial navigation. This was bigger than me, a giant adventure. Home schooling, traveling in developing countries, foreign languages and then divorce. No small roller coaster ride. After diving in, both literally and figuratively, I was left with loads of questions. Why was there plastic trash all over every remote beach I stepped onto? How come the coral reefs in the Bahamas were covered in a thick bed of green algae? Where were the fish? Where was Jaws? I took a crash course in all things

ocean, and soon discovered that it was not well, and without immediate and decisive change it was going to get a great deal worse. Now that I knew this I had to figure out what I was going to do with it. I stepped off of the roller coaster and onto the ‘Slip ’n Slide’. I sold my big beautiful mansion, and gradually began shedding all my stuff. I was houseless, but not homeless. The kids and I lived on the boat down at the Washington Marina, but the drive to school was killing us. All I could think of was the carbon I was pumping out of my Suburban into the atmosphere, which in turn was acidifying some tiny little Pterapod’s exoskeleton. I didn’t need a house, but my kids

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Top: The master bedroom, designed by Ann Luskey and New York artist Avy Claire. Poetry by Rumi overlays an image of the ocean — the backdrop for an Indian wall panel; linens by Archipelago in New York. Capiz shell chandelier by West Elm. Above Left: Adorning a custom-designed vanity fabricated from repurposed lumber, the whimsical ceramic piece by Ann’s late godmother, Eve Watts, depicts her grandparents, Randolph Kidder and Dorothy (“Dottie”) Kidder. Bathroom windows alternate with mirrors to “frame” views of the green roof beyond. Low-flow water-efficient plumbing fixtures are used throughout the house. Above Right: A dark plum wall offsets a mirror covered in found oyster shells to create a calm dressing room. Left Inset: Large Mermaid Relief, 1995, by Stephen Balkenhol from PaceWildenstein.

Left: ‘Tree Sculptures’ are a series of Dogon ladders from Mali. Silverback Gorilla and Pod from the Phillips Collection; video technology from All Around Technology. Above: A long and narrow undulating gypsum wall is lit at night with a choice of LED colored lights.

did; so I dialed my real estate agent and put in a request to the Universe: could I please have a modestly sized house that was contemporary, within five minutes drive of the amazing Washington Waldorf School, and was LEED certified? What also inspired me to move came from the enlightening

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maneuver of my son’s fifth grade teacher, Dawn Fox, who sent the kids home to count the light bulbs in their houses. I am a lighting design fanatic and counting our bulbs took forever. I don’t know the number anymore, but I was stunned to find out that our 11,000-squarefoot house in McLean had more light bulbs than all the other 17 kids’ households combined. In six weeks’ time, I was walking through the stick frame of what would be my beautiful new net-zero eco-pad. My kids and I love this house. It’s great design, comfortable, funky, plenty big and it’s got a seriously low carbon footprint, which treads lightly on my subconscious. My

kids are proud of their home. They point to the solar panels, hang out on the living roof, and tell their friends why they should always bring their own bag to the grocery store. It feels good living here. We wake up in a better mood. I can’t imagine anybody wants to be a burden on the planet, and we don’t have to be. We simply have to commit and move forward in the right direction. One doesn’t really know what to expect when you step onto the ‘Slip ’n Slide.’ It’s a little unstable, you are probably going to wipe out, but it is a heck of a lot more fun than being in a rut. I am so grateful that we get to evolve.’

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Install an Aquamatic Hydrolux Energy Saving cover on your pool to conserve electricity.

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Spring in the City A senator’s son sells in Dupont Circle; choice East Village properties change hands BY STAC E Y G R A Z I E R P FA R R

THE DISTRICT Nelson and Margery Cunningham sold  ST STREET NW for $3,250,000 with the help of Washington Fine Properties’ Nancy Taylor Bubes. Mr. Cunningham is an international consultant and was special advisor to the president for Western Hemisphere affairs under Bill Clinton and part of the ObamaBiden transition team. Mrs. Cunningham is a former managing director at Lehman Brothers and is now running the private equity due diligence advisory business at Avalere Health, a District-based reimbursement and regulatory consulting firm.The historic East Village semidetached Victorian features eight bedrooms, a master suite with sitting room, a lower-level in-law suite, a beautiful garden and a pool. Arman Oruc and Dagmar Smek sold  PSTREETNW to father-and-son duo Ronald Cohen and Alan Cohen for $2,475,000. Mr. Oruc is a partner at the Smith Thacher & Barlett law firm. Ronald Cohen is president of Cohen Companies, a District-based commercial real estate development firm. His son, Alan, is a general contractor and president of ADC Builders Inc. The four-bedroom Federal townhouse in the East Village was built in 1938. The property boasts hardwood floors throughout, a private garden and a two-car garage. TTR Sotheby’s Russell Firestone was the listing agent. Susan Hepner sold NSTREETNWfor $2,150,000 with the help of Washington Fine Properties’ Eileen McGrath and Nancy Taylor Bubes. Ms. Hepner is a partner at RAFFA, an accounting, technology and consulting firm with offices in the District and Rockville. The East Village Federal row house was built in

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Joshua and Sabina Javits sold 2023 R Street NW for $2.32 million.

1810 but recently underwent a million-dollar renovation. The property boasts original floors throughout, five fireplaces, an open floor plan with a chef ’s kitchen and a private garden. Joshua Javits (the son of former Sen. Jacob Javits) and his wife Sabina Javits sold R STREETNW to Dale Louda and Ann Navaro for $2,320,000. Mr. Louda is a manager of government relations at PPL Corporation. Ms. Navaro is an attorney for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and previously worked as a lawyer for the Justice Department. The 4,000square-foot bow-front town house on “Art Gallery Row” near Dupont Circle was built in 1895 and spans the width of two city lots. It features an in-law suite, a gourmet kitchen and charming outdoor spaces, including a rooftop terrace with a hot tub.The listing agent for the

transaction was Marylyn Paige of Washington Fine Properties. The selling agent was Susan Jaquet with Long and Foster. Harvard economist Linda Bilmes sold  TILDENSTREETNW to an undisclosed trust with the help of Marylyn Paige of Washington Fine Properties. The buyer’s agent was Susan Hand, also of Washington Fine Properties. The distinguished six-bedroom Tudor in Spring Valley was built in 1942. The property was recently redesigned and renovated to include an octagonal great room, an au pair suite, an elegant entertaining space, a stone terrace and a heated pool. The property was on the market for just one month before fetching $3,195,000. Larry Folk sold   HOPKINS STREET NW to Glenn Engelmann for $1,725,000.

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Mr. Engelmann is senior counsel in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.The three-bedroom historic Victorian town house has been meticulously restored and features four fireplaces, a second-floor library, a garage and a gourmet kitchen. Washington Fine Properties’ Ann Weir was the listing agent.

MARYLAND Ken Kido and Alison Whitmire bought  CARLTONSTREET in Bethesda from Joseph and Heather Mickum for $1,712,500. James Downing of Coldwell Banker was the listing agent. Mr. Kido is a senior-level executive at Capital One while Ms. Whitmire is a principal

at the leadership coaching company C-lever Biz. Mr. Mickum is a builder specializing in Arts and Crafts houses.The custom Craftsman was built in 2008 and boasts five bedrooms plus a special room for pets, a grand foyer entry, a gourmet kitchen, a lower-level recreation room, a home theater and a landscaped yard with an outdoor kitchen.

VIRGINIA Jeffrey Sant bought  WYNFIELD WOODSDRIVE in Great Falls from Gregory Bronstein for $2,070,000. Mr. Bronstein is

an executive at Wells Fargo while Mr. Sant is a venture capitalist and founder of Primatics Financial in McLean. McEnearney Associates’ Anne DiBenedetto was both listing and buyer’s

The recently renovated six-bedroom Tudor at 5033 Tilden Street NW changed hands for $3,195,000.

agent. The six-bedroom custom home in Fox Run was built in 2005. The property boasts gourmet, caterer’s and outdoor kitchens, a screened-in porch, an elegant formal dining room and a living room with a separate study.

PROPERTYLINES BOLIVIAN MISSION TO THE QSTREETNWfor an asking price OAS: The former home of the of $5.5 million. The property was Bolivian Mission to the Orga- built for Washington’s first terrinization of American States at torial governor, Henry D. Cooke, THSTREETNW is listed a Civil War profiteer who was at $2,250,000. The beautifully also a Republican-minded newsdetailed residence paper editor, railwas designed by road executive and Waddy B. Wood, president of the one of the bestFirst Washington known architects National Bank. The working in the Muhlners bought nation’s capital at the house in 2008 the beginning of the for $2.2 million. last century. Wood Jim Bell of Beasley was the visionary Real Estate is the listing agent. behind many of the other grand resiVACCINE GURU dences near the The former Bolivian Mission to Kalorama Triangle. the Organization of American LISTS Gary and States The four-story, ClasElizabeth Nabel are sical-Revival-style selling  TH row house is listed by Lucinda STREET NW for $7,390,000 Treat and Penny Mallory of Evers with the help of TTR Sotheby’s & Company. Previous occupants Michael Rankin. Mr. Nabel heads include real estate developer the Vaccine Research Center at Charles H. Davidson and John the National Institute of Allergy Schulter, the late founder and pub- and Infectious Diseases where he lisher of The InTowner newspaper. is also the director of the Virology Lab. The six-bedroom EuropeanCOOKE’S ROW MANSION style Woodley Park residence was ON MARKET Greg and Kristin built in 1958 and features beautiMuhlner are parting with   fully proportioned public rooms, a

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circular library, a massive terrace with park views, a first-level master wing, two family rooms and a gourmet kitchen.

eight-bedroom 12,000-square-foot fieldstone Colonial built in 2008, features dramatic embassy-size rooms throughout. Other amenities in the Burning Tree property ROCKVILLEINVESTORSELLS include two libraries on the main Gary Day listed CATHEDRAL level, a top-notch master suite, AVENUENW in Woodley Park for and a custom bar. Long & Foster $3.3 million. Mr. Day is co-founder Real Estate’s Marc Fleisher is the of DB Capital Management, a listing agent. Rockville-based investment firm. The seven-bedoom, 5,985-square- VERIFONE FOUNDER SIGNS foot beaux arts house was built in OUT Bill and Patricia Smith 2007 and features an au pair suite Melton are selling   CREST with a separate entrance, a lower- LANE for $9 million. Mr. Melton level in-law suite with a full kitchen is a venture capitalist and founder and laundry, four-level elevation, a of VeriFone. His wife, a poet, playtwo-car climate-controlled garage wright and photographer, is also and $100,000 Smart Home inte- the founder of Peace X Peace, a grated security, AV, climate, light- nonprofit women’s organization ing and music system. Matthew that promotes building peace Smith of W.C. & A.N. Miller Real- through online communities. The tors is the listing agent. four-bedroom McLean contemporary was designed by Hugh Newell ANNIE’S OWNER LISTS Paul Jacobsen in 1981 and recently Katinas, owner of Annie’s Para- underwent a multimillion-dollar mount Steak & Seafood House, renovation. It features a twois selling his Bethesda digs for acre waterfront lot, a three-car $5,250,000. Annie’s, one of the garage, a media room with retractDistrict’s oldest restaurants, is ing movie screen, a pool and an a local landmark that’s been in expansive deck. Coldwell Banker’s business for more than 60 years. Michael Schaeffer and Claudine BURNINGTREEROAD, an Chetrit are the listing agents.

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HOME LIFE | HISTORICALLANDSCAPES

The Wardman Park Tower (above) and one of its most famous residents, “Hostess with the Mostest” Perle Mesta (right).

Harry’s Star The Wardman Park Hotel and tower annex was the number one residence for the rich and famous in Washington for much of the 20th century BY DONNA EVERS

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arry Wardman lived the ragsto-riches saga of so many of the adventurous immigrants who came to America in the late 1800s. As the story goes, he stowed away on a ship from his native England to Australia but was discovered and put off ship in New York. He eventually moved to Washington, found work as a carpenter and soon began building houses. Once he started, there was no stopping him. Wardman’s contribution was 400 single family homes, 12 office buildings, two embassies, eight hotels, two clubs, two hospital annexes and 400 apartment buildings. In 1918,Wardman built a mega-hotel on 20 acres of woodland at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Woodley Road NW. At the time, hotels contained luxury rental apartments as well as rooms for visitors. Critics dubbed it “Wardman’s Folly,” because they thought the site was too far from the city center and no one

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would want to live there. They were wrong. World War I created a serious housing shortage in Washington with increasing numbers of politicians and military brass looking for a nice place to live. Architect Frank Russell White based the design of the new hotel on Wardman’s favorite golf resort, The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. The new structure — the largest hotel in the capital — features such storied amenities as a massive dining room that doubled as a ballroom, tea and billiard rooms, Turkish baths and a grocery store. Although the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 prevented the hotel from staging a grand opening, it was immediately filled to capacity. Wardman was already dreaming of his next project, a luxury apartment tower nearby so tenants could live in even larger luxury suites. The perfect spot turned out to be right next door, which happened to be where Wardman himself lived. In 1928, while his wife was

on an extended visit to Paris, he tore down their Spanish colonial mansion and hired his favorite architect, Mihran Mesrobian, to build a masterpiece of Georgian Revival architecture. The beautiful X-shaped building was huge, but its detail work, such as brick corner quoins, dormered windows and rounded balconies, fooled the eye to make the structure both elegant and accessible. It’s been said that the only other building in Washington that accommodated more presidents was the White House. The complex was home to future presidents Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson; Vice Presidents Charles Curtis, Henry Wallace and Spiro Agnew; and presidential contenders Barry Goldwater, Adlai Stevenson and Bob Dole. Other VIPs included John Foster Dulles, John B. Connelly, Henry Cabot Lodge, Dean Rusk, Clare Boothe Luce, Robert A. Taft, Earl Warren and Casper Weinberger. “Hostess with the Mostest” Perle Mesta lived there as did Gore Vidal and Marlene Dietrich.The TV news program “Meet the Press” was broadcast from there for decades starting in 1947. Like many other business moguls in the Great Depression, Wardman went bankrupt and lost his $30 million fortune. He had wisely transferred parcels of land to his wife’s name, however, so he was soon back building again. He was on his way to making a second fortune when he died of cancer in 1938. During his incredibly prolific career, Wardman built some 80,000 housing units in the District, but the tower building was said to be his favorite. Certainly, no hotel or apartment house before or since has enjoyed the star power and celebrity status of the Wardman Park Hotel and tower annex. The original hotel changed hands many times and was eventually torn down and replaced, but the annex, subsequently re-named the Wardman Tower, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and the hotel complex remains the largest in Washington. Donna Evers, devers@eversco.com, is the owner and broker of Evers & Co. Real Estate, the largest woman-owned and run real estate firm in the Metro area; the proprietor of Twin Oaks Tavern Winery in Bluemont, Va.; and a devoted student of Washington history.

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Potomac, Maryland

$2,950,000

Crafted of the finest materials, this grand 2-acre estate offers 15,000+ square feet of luxurious living space including 14 bedrooms with a 1st-floor master and 11 full baths. A beautiful rear terrace overlooks the pool and lushly landscaped lot. Michael Matese 301-806-6829/ 301-907-7600 (O)

Potomac, Maryland

$2,750,000

Extraordinary new home on a prime lot. 2 master bedroom suites. All bedrooms with private bath. Study with fireplace and French doors to covered porch. Fabulous gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances and more. Easy commute to DC, VA and airports. Parvin Navid 301-325-6401/ 240-497-1700 (O)

Washington, D.C.

$2,495,000

Outstanding residence in sought after Kent neighborhood beautifully designed & built by Samuel Pardoe w/approx 5,500 sf features fabulous floor plan & grand, updated interiors on private 13,000+sf lot. 7BR, 5FB, 2HB. Lenora “Muffin” Lynham 202-489-7431/ 202-362-1300 (O)

Washington, DC

$1,739,000

If you are searching for the sublime, look no further than this classic Wesley Heights 5BR/4.5 BA Colonial. Richly appointed with leaded glass, two fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors, deluxe baths, high ceilings, sumptuous master bedroom. Woodley Park 202-483-6300

#1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region There’s a reason why Long & Foster® sells more $1,000,000 and above homes than our nearest competitors by far. 27%

Washington, D.C.

$1,450,000

Washington, D.C. 25.7%

Fashionable 2BR/2BA condo. Inspiring residence with sensational space and style. Ample 4-car garage. Spacious floorplan. Roof deck. Enchanting home with beautiful design. Paul Madsen 202-255-1739/ 202-363-1800 (O)

24%

21%

Percent of Homes Bought & Sold

Potomac, Maryland

$1,350,000

Surround yourself with style in this gorgeous, spacious Tudor. Dramatic 2-story foyer with wraparound 2nd floor Balcony. 5 Bedrooms, 4 Full Baths plus Lower Level Au pair Suite. Cathedral ceiling Family Room, table-space Kitchen. Margaret McLaughlin 202-297-3914/ 202-363-9700 (O)

Washington, D.C. $1,250,000 Lose yourself in luxury in this fashionable Colonial. Admirable home with sensational space and style. 3 BR/3 and 1/2 baths. Largescale. 3 fireplaces. Spacious floorplan. Incomparable grace and comfort. Friendship Heights 202-364-5200

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$1,425,000

Distinguished 5BR/4+BA Vintage Colonial. Highlydesirable home that is elegant and enchanting. 2 fireplaces. Double ovens. Entrancing home with magnificent design. W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors 301-229-4000

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Washington, D.C.

5.7% 3%

$1,299,000

Classic amenities define this 5BR/4BA Colonial. This superlative residence offers fireplace. Spacious floorplan. Delightful design and a warm welcome. Chevy Chase Uptown 202-364-1300

3.1%

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LONG & FOSTER

Washington Fine Properties

Coldwell Banker Residential/NRT

Sothebys International Realty

Weichert REALTORS®

No one has more expertise selling luxury homes than Long & Foster. With unrivaled professional experience, exclusive local knowledge, and a world-class approach to service, Long & Foster is the right choice whether you’re looking to buy or sell an extraordinary home.

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* Source: Information included in this report is based on data supplied by MRIS and its member Association(s) of REALTORS who are not responsible for its accuracy. Does not reflect all activity in the marketplace. Data from January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011 on number of units bought and sold $1 million and above. Information contained in this report is deemed reliable but not guaranteed, should be independently verified, and does not constitute an opinion of MRIS or Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

$1,125,000

Fulfill all your dreams in this fashionable four bedroom, three plus bath, three fireplace Colonial offering brilliant livability! Stunning home with grand yet gracious design. Peggy Virostek 301-370-8846/ 202-966-0400 (O)


HOME LIFE | OPENHOUSE

To Market, To Market Spring has sprung in Washington and these properties are on the shopping block

Asking Price: $3,290,000

MCLEAN

MCLEANVA  Located near Tysons Corner, this home was built in vintage Virginia plantation-style, the huge front porch spans the façade. Museum-like details include hardwood, tile, herringbone brick, and paneling. Grand windows overlook the gardens. There are indoor and outdoor pools, a greenhouse sunroom, a great room, and a finished lower level. The master suite fills an entire wing with a boudoirstyle dressing room, a custom show two walk-in closets and a coffee bar.

Listing Agent Jim Bell 202-607-4000 Beasley Real Estate

Asking Price: $2,450,000 Listing Agent: Lilian Jorgenson 703-407-0766



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MASSACHUSETTSAVENUEHEIGHTS

WOODLANDDRIVENWWASHINGTONDC This stately residence has 4,400 sq. ft. of interior space with an embassysized foyer, gourmet kitchen, and living and dining rooms with soaring 12-ft. ceilings. French doors throughout the main level open onto a picturesque terrace overlooking a buildable 1/3-acre lot. The upper level has four bedroom suites with full baths, including a master bedroom which boasts a living room with fireplace and built-ins. Additional amenities include a large elevator, two bedroom/office spaces, laundry room, storage and a sizable unfinished space to install a home gym or media room. Asking Price: $4,195,000 Listing Agent Honor Ingersoll 202-297-9681 TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

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KALORAMA

Designed by internationally renowned architect, Suman Sorg, this home is exquisite. The light-filled main level includes a formal dining room, chef ’s kitchen, den, living area with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, glass doors leading to the terrace and library.The master suite offers a pivoting wall, walk-in closet and attached bath. Four additional bedrooms, three full baths and a family room further enhance this home. The property’s exterior offers a zen-like rear garden, professional landscaping and an in-ground pool with surrounding flagstone terrace.

GEORGETOWN

DUMBARTONSTREETNW WASHINGTONDC Located in the East Village of Georgetown, this authentic Federal has been meticulously renovated with the highest quality of materials. The three-bedroom, four and one-half bath home features a spacious living room, gourmet eat-in kitchen with top of the line appliances, elegant main rooms and a spectacular two-story addition with an office. Other amenities include a large, private flat lot with an exquisite pool and patio, perfect for entertaining.

Asking Price:

$4,700,000

Listing Agents: Nancy Taylor-Bubes| 202-256-2164 Jamie Peva| 202-258-5050 Washington Fine Properties

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WHATISTHEINDUSTRY’SBIGGEST CHALLENGE RIGHT NOW? Online theft of its content. No business in the world, no matter how successful, can compete with free. Our challenge is to educate people about the cost of online theft, not just to our industry but to American consumers as well.

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WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU THE MOSTABOUTYOURNEWJOB? Discovering just how important the American film and television industry is to our country. Not just the billions of dollars it brings to our economy from around the world, but the number of middle class jobs it supports. There are 2.2 million people working in the industry in the United States with an average salary of $55,000 a year.

WHY ARE HOLLYWOOD STARS SO DAZZLED BY WHAT GOES ON IN WASHINGTON? Stars who use their celebrity to draw attention to important issues here and around the world are drawn to the opportunity to make a difference — Washington is the place to do just that.

WHATADVICEDOYOUGIVETHEM WHENTHEYCOMEHERE? My advice is to connect their celebrity and activism to why their cause should be meaningful to average people across the country. I recently went to Haiti with Sean Penn to see what he is doing there to help people rebuild after the terrible earthquake.While Julianne Moore was promoting “Game Change,” she was also working with Save the Children to highlight the fact that child poverty in America has increased over the past several years.

MY TOP SPOTS 1. Jimmy T’s (501 East Capitol Street SE) is a Capitol Hill institution — small town diner where I often have breakfast on weekends. 2. Carmines on 6th and E streets NW is a great family place with an old fashioned feel. Our girls love the spaghetti and meatballs. 3. Eastern Market - We join the crowd on Saturday mornings at this historic neighborhood institution on Capitol Hill for a “Market Lunch.” 4. I enjoy bike riding to the Riverby’s, the used book store on the Hill. 5. My daughters love to ride the carousel on the Mall. 6. The IMAX movies at Smithsonian museums are always a favorite with our family. 7. We love to go to the movies, and the Avalon Theater is a favorite.

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PO RTRAIT BY MELIS SA RAUCH . CARMINE’ S BY STEVEN PURCELL . AVALO N THE ATER BY JAMES DADDIO. NATIO NAL CAROUSEL BY CHRIS B ENSO N COURTESY NATIO NAL CAROUSEL AS SO CIATIO N .

WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST/LEAST ABOUTTHEUSSENATE? The thing I miss most, apart from serving with remarkably good people, is the satisfaction of working with common purpose for the common good and having the opportunity to have a real impact on people’s lives while working on issues that I cared passionately about. What I miss least is — perhaps not surprisingly — is the personal demonizing of each other. If you want to be a legislator you need to work with people you don’t agree with — regardless of party — and unfortunately that is not happening on the Hill today.


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Washington Life Magazine - April 2012