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here was a time, in the not so distant past, when FrancoAmerican relations could be summed up in two words: “freedom fries.” It was during the onset of the invasion of Iraq that the two countries’ relations were reduced to barest civility. With the election of President Nicolas Sarkozy, the freeze began to thaw ... and thaw quickly. Now, the U.S. and France seem to complement each other as well as Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy. It’s fitting, therefore, that this month we celebrate Le Monde Francophone, starting with Roland Flamini’s look at the whirlwind ascendancy of Monsieur Sarkozy and his wife Cécelia in France. A nod to the 250th anniversary of Lafayette follows; in “Embassy Row,” we give an exclusive insider’s look at the French residence – and new French Ambassador Pierre Vimont – through the lens of talented photographer Gary Landsman and the adroit pen of French scribe Leah Pisar. Finally, as the exclusive magazine sponsor of this month’s “C’est Chic” Film Festival, we offer a preview of this cinematic celebration thanks to ABC7 News’ loveable movie master Arch Campbell. Washington’s 187 ambassadors know the importance of relations with our nation – after all, it’s their job.The 2008 WL Ambassador Guide pays homage to the importance and diversity of our ever-shifting diplomatic community, whose unique flags fly up and down Massachusetts Avenue with global gusto.We help you navigate Embassy Row and get behind the impressive facades of classic architecture – thanks to Diplomatic Dance columnist Gail Scott and photographer Justin Kriel for their contributions. Continue exploring the world with Editorial Director Katie Tarbox’s account of peaceful Caribbean solitude at Jumby Bay and Little Dix Bay. The time always seems right for a tropical vacation, doesn’t it? We’ve all heard the phrase “it’s a man’s world”; men’s fashion, however, lacks the glitz and glamour of women’s candy-colored accessories and gowns.You’ll never hear of a male Imelda Marcos – odds are, most men would have 400 cars before they’d ever even try on 400 pairs of shoes. However, there are plenty of creative and unique ways to style menswear, as James Cornwell and photographer Tim Coburn amply prove. Men are spending more on luxury fashion than ever; what’s

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more, the market for watches and cufflinks has never been so bullish. Men’s stores like Zegna, opening in Tyson’s Corner, now specialize in swell suiting. Go to our Lifestyles section to see the best of the bunch. Washington’s cultural cloth is interwoven with politics and celebrity, which we’ve summed up in a word and a section: Pollywood. Everyone’s a double threat, at the very least, these days – take a look at Emmy-nominated comedy writer Kristin Gore’s newest Capitol Hill pageturner, Sammy’s House and get the latest update on blogs from Arianna Huffington. What can’t these ladies do? On a more serious note, we’ve been silent too long about the lack of priority given to breast cancer research. Nancy G. Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, pens a heartfelt address to society in FYIDC’s spotlight on the disease and how we can fight it. Politics and showmanship, fittingly enough, have been married throughout history – particularly in France.There was no better way to display power and taste than by throwing a lavish event at the Versailles of Louis XIV. Luckily, WL was able to sponsor and attend “beaucoup de fêtes” this past month without fear of witnessing a courtly coup by planners of the Smithsonian Con Sabor over the NIAF gala chairs, as might have happened in the Sun King’s heyday. Finally, join us at M Cafe & Bar on October 9 to usher in a week of consumerism for an excellent cause – the “Care for Kids Holiday Shopping” spree, sponsored by WL, which benefits the Children’s National Medical Center. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for all our other exclusive WL-sponsored events: the Lombardi Gala, the Sibley Center Benefit, Fight for Children’s Fight Night and many more.

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month, and chief-of-protocol designate NANCY BRINKER, founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, discusses the organization’s fight to combat the disease in our Life Syles section.

2 Movie buff ARCH CAMPBELL previews the “C’est Chic! D.C. Film Festival” in Pollywood. A nine-time Emmy-winning film critic, Campbell reports on theater and entertainment for WJLA and 97.1 WASH-FM.

3 Ambassador HENG CHEE CHAN, who took up her appointment as Singapore’s ambassador to the United States in July 1996, shares her thoughts about being one of Washington’s longest-serving envoys in the WL 2008 Ambassador Guide.

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TIM COBURN is an award-winning photographer who concentrates on commercial photography. For this issue, his lens captured our “Well Suited” fashion feature. 5

JAMES CORNWELL is a resident hairstylist

and makeup artist for PR at Partners Salon and Tim Coburn Photography. He styled this month’s fashion shoot,“Well Suited.”

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JANET DONOVAN is the founder and

president of Creative Enterprises International, a Washington, D.C., publicity firm. In her regular columns “Hollywood on the Potomac” and “Media Spotlight,” She gives the inside scoop on celebrities and media personalities.This month, she puts the spotlight on The Weekly Standard’s party with Dick Chaney as well as James Gandolfini’s Alive Day Memories.

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

7 Lombardi Gala co-chairmen PAUL FRAZIER

and TINA ALSTER preview their upcoming benefit in our Event Spotlight.This husband and wife team are well known in the city – he’s a judge and she has a plastic surgery practice.

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ROLAND FLAMINI was the Washingtonbased chief international correspondent at United Press International from 2000 to 2006. From 1968 to 1994, he was both a foreign correspondent and the World Section editor for Time magazine. Flamini examines the warming state of Franco-American relations in this issue. 9

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over 20 years, capturing advertising images, presidents, CEOs and, most recently, a campaign for Gilbert Arenas. Landsman opens the French Ambassador’s Residence to us through his photographs in Embassy Row.

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NUSCHESE is president of Georgetown Entertainment Group LLC, the management company for Café Milano, Sette Osteria and Sette Bello. Nuschese, Chairman of the National Italian-American Gala, gives us a preview of this year’s festivities in an Event Spotlight.

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LEAH PISAR, who served as director for communications at the National Security Council during President Clinton’s second term, is writing a book on Franco-American relations in the wake of the Iraq war. Pisar introduces us to the new French ambassador, Pierre Vimont, in our Embassy Row feature. 13 Ambassador ARTURO SARUKHAN, a career diplomat in the Mexican Foreign Service, presented his credentials in November of 2006. Sarukhan discusses Mexico’s cultural influence on America in the 2008 Ambassador Guide.

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GAIL SCOTT, author of Diplomatic Dance: The New Embassy Life in America, was Washington’s first solo TV anchorwoman. Covering diplomats for WL, Washington Times and Washington Diplomat, she also produces diplomatic events and briefings for leading organizations, educational institutions and powerful people. She organizes “Embassy Row” briefings for The Brookings Institution, and, as Advisor to Meridian International Center, she hosts a monthly “Meridian Embassy Chefs” series which will start this fall. Corrections: In the September 2007 issue, WL misidentified Bayanne Surdashi.

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Lindsay Czarniak After Washington’s favorite sportscaster George Michael stepped down, hometown girl Lindsay Czarniak stepped up to the plate. As Redskin season heats up, NBC4 is still a ratings leader for sports coverage and Czarniak is its rising star. PHOTO BY JONAH KOCH

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WL asks: dead or alive, who would you most like to dine with? Michel Richard Head Chef at Citronelle

Special Guest: Jackie O Why: “She went through so much and maybe my dinner would make her feel better. I’d call my friend, Réné Verdon, who was the chef at the White House, and ask him what her favorite food was.”

Tim Russert Host of “Meet of The Press”

Special Guests: His great-grandparents on the night before they left for America. What he’d ask: “I’d like to know what their aspirations were before they left.”

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Special Guest: British playright Tom Stoppard Why: “He’s brilliant, charming and I’ve had a crush on him for years.” What she’d ask: “Not what interests him – he’s curious about almost anything – but what moves him.”

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Special Guest: Nelson Mandela Why: “He has selflessly made tremendous sacrifices in his life in order to fight for equality.”

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CAREFORKIDS HOLIDAYSHOPPING Join WL for a kickoff

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celebration at M Cafe & Bar – a week of shopping at one’s favorite stores and restaurants will follow, all at a 20 percent discount. Proceeds from the shopping support the Children’s National Medical Center. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; SPONSORED

M Cafe; RSVP by emailing careforkidscards@verizon.net or calling 301-762-5328.



CHILDREN’SINN ATNIHDINNER

This year’s theme, “What’s in the Bag,” promises oodles of surprise gifts selected from the donated purses of prominent Washingtonians. Fun for a great cause? It’s in the bag. 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. buffet reception; 7:30 p.m. speaking program; $10,000 for table of ten, $25,000 for two VIP tables of ten; U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hall of Flags; business attire; Contact Susan O’Neill at 301-229-0064.



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A good home is often taken for granted, and the need for one should never be underestimated. This gala honors those who have enriched the lives of foster

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children and orphans worldwide. 6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. dinner; $350; Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; business attire; Contact Deanna Carlson Stacy at 202-544-8500.



MARKTWAINPRIZEFOR AMERICANHUMOR

This year, funnyman Billy Crystal gets to wear the coveted ha-ha hat; this awards gala will air on PBS stations nationwide in the fall, so wear something cameraready. 8 p.m.; $1,000 to $50,000; Kennedy Center Opera House; blacktie; Contact 202-416-8333 or email MTP@Kennedy-Center.org.



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Italians are famous for more than mama’s marinara and inhabiting northern New Jersey. NIAF salutes prominent Italian Americans; rock ’n’ roll legend Neil Sedaka will perform, and there will be a special posthumous salute to founding member Jack Valenti. 6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. dinner; $400, $600 preferred, $1,000 premium; Hilton Washington and Towers; black-tie; Contact Carolyn Laurenzano at 202939-3114 or email Carolyn@niaf.org.



UNMASKINGMENTAL ILLNESS

Al Hunt of Bloomberg News

Kristen Silverberg and Dina Powell at the 2006 Meridian Ball.

emcees this cocktail reception. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the largest grassroots organization advocating for the rights of those who suffer from mental illnesses. 7:30 p.m.; $300; Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium; cocktail attire; Contact Brenda Zimmerman at 202-636-8745.



ARTSFORTHEAGING GALA

AFTA presents its annual buffet dinner, international wine tasting and silent auction. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; $125 for those aged 39 and under; $225

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THANNUALBEST BUDDIESBALL

“Celebrating New Friendships in the Alps: Austria, Germany and Switzerland” will help support activities for mentally challenged individuals. Dinner at the home of Sargent and Eunice Shriver will be followed with a performance by supergroup En Vogue. 6:30

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THESIBLEYCANCER CENTERBENEFIT

p.m.; $500; the Shriver residence in Potomac, Md.; black-tie; contact Hilary Stephens at 202-824-0349 or email hilarystephens@bestbuddies.org.

Andrea Roane, anchor for WUSA9, will emcee SPONSORED at this “Celebration of Hope and Progress.” 2007 honorees and special guests include Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi and Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 8 p.m.; $350;

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THANNUAL MERIDIANBALL

Meridian International Center’s largest SPONSORED annual fundraising event supports educational and cultural programs that focus on exchange programs, seminars and art exhibitions. The evening begins with dinners hosted by ambassadors at their residences followed by dessert and dancing at Meridian House. 9:30 p.m.; $500;

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Four Seasons Hotel; black-tie; Contact Fern J. Stone at 202-537-4257.



BREATHOFLIFE GALA

An evening of surprises emceed by 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley. For the second year in a row, this event will stage Club Breathe, a special nightclub setting with live entertainment. 6:30 p.m.

Meridian House; black-tie; Contact Leonor Chiarella at 202-939-5574 or email lchiarel@meridian.org.

dinner; 10:30 p.m. entertainment; $1,500; National Building Museum; black-tie; Email lyalich@cff.org.



HELENHAYES AWARDSBENEFIT AUCTION

Spectacular bargains on exotic trips, exclusive treasures and elite services to benefit Helen Hayes Awards’ education and audience development programs. 6 p.m.; $250; Four Seasons Hotel; black-tie; Contact Joy Johnson at 202-337-4572.



CAPITALHOSPICE PASSIONFORCARING

GALA Auction, dinner, entertainment

by Second City and dancing with Big Ray and the Kool Kats to benefit the Patient Care fund. 6:30 p.m. to midnight; $350; National Building Museum; black-tie; Contact Carol Kennedy at 703-531-6216 or email ckennedy@capitalhospice.org



REPORTERS COMMITTEEFOR FREEDOMOFTHEPRESS GALA

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FIGHTNIGHT

Cancer Center at Georgetown University. 6 p.m. silent auction

Fight For Children’s annual event features professional boxers and SPONSORED other sports legends as well as top-notch entertainment. Proceeds support education and health care services for young people and families in the Washington area. 6:30 p.m. cocktail

and cocktail reception; 8 p.m. dinner, awards, raffle, live auction and dancing; $400; Washington Hilton and Towers; black-tie; Email Bonnie Roberts at robertsb@georgetown.edu.

reception and silent auction; 7:30 p.m. dinner; 9:30 p.m. professional boxing, live auction and raffle; $1,000;Washington Hilton and Towers; black-tie; Contact Liz Warnecki at 202-772-0416.

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seated dinner and an awards presentation. RCFP is an organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment interests of the news media. 6:30 p.m. reception; 7:30 p.m. dinner; $500; Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium; business attire; Contact Brenda Zimmerman at 202-636-8743.

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LOMBARDIGALA

The Lombardi Gala benefits cancer research, education SPONSORED and treatment at the Lombardi Comprehensive

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SAVE THE DATE FORTHESE WL-SPONSORED AND SUPPORTED EVENTS November 17: Starlight Starbright Gala December 2: Kennedy Center Honors December 17: Choral Arts Society Gala

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TEA TIME As if a stay at the Mandarin Oriental (1330 Maryland Ave., SW) isn’t luxurious enough, guests can now pause during their day for “Afternoon Savor ies and Sweets.” Available Thursday through Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the menu offers decadent desserts prepared by Executive Pastr y Chef Tony Miller and a beverage menu featuring exotic coffees and teas. It certainly beats a siesta. www.mandarinoriental.com. CANDLES THAT MAKE SCENTS Après Peau (1430 K St. NW), known for its diverse collection of modern and luxurious gifts, is now the only place to go in Washington for Belle Fleur NY’s stylish, floral-based scented candles ($48 each). Belle Fleur creator Meredith Waga Perez will make a store appearance on October 10 from 7 through 9 p.m. – so you can ask exactly how she gets “Mayan Tuberose” and “Orange Blossom Pomegranate” into wax. www.aprespeau.com.

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LOCAL GETAWAY If you like generous drinks, great food and a comfy bed, the newly renovated ($20 million) Doubletree Hotel Bethesda’s “Great Bethesda Wine and Dine” package checks all the boxes. $159 secures deluxe overnight accommodations and a $75 credit good in any of the food and beverage outlets in “The Great Room,” including Wine Bar (with 60 wines by the glass and a quarter bottle in every serving) and OZ Restaurant (where every dessert is under 495 calories). 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md. or visit www.doubletreebethesda.com. OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY Dunbar House, the R Street., NW residence of Washington grande dame Marion O. “Oatsie” Charles, has been an architectural landmark for more than one hundred years. Mrs. Charles often entertained Washington’s political and social elite in the Italianate Victorian villa, perched high on a hill overlooking Georgetown. On October 11, Christie’s Important English Furniture sale will feature a selection of extraordinary pieces from her collection. Other pieces will be offered in the following sales: The House Sale on October 2 and 3 in New York; Old Master Paintings on October 4 in New York; Sporting Art on November 28 in New York; and Russian Works of Art in London on November 28. The highlight of the offerings in the Important English Furniture sale are the pictured Regency giltbrass mounted penwork, black and cream-painted pier tables, circa 1800, estimated at $80,000-$120,000. Photo credit: Christie’s Ltd.

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A SHORE THING The town of Easton, located in Talbot County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is already a destination for epicureans in the know. On October 5 and 6, it will be the center of the wine universe for local oenophiles as well when the Talbot County International Food and Wine Festival kicks off. Featuring a schedule packed with events that will tempt any traveler, rooms in town will fill up fast. For tickets call 410-822-4653 or visit www. talbotfoodandwine.com.

QUICK TIP: For a luxurious stay in Easton during the festival, we suggest contacting the Inn at 202 Dover for a room. 866-450-7600 or www.innat202dover.com.

GIVING YOU YOUR DAILY BREAD Full is how you’ll leave Le Pain Quotidien, the Belgian bakery and café that just opened a Georgetown location (2815 M Street NW). From baguettes to brownies, with everything from omelets to salad in between, you’re sure to find something to please your palate. www.lepainquotidien.com.

LIQUEFIED DIAMONDS Even one of the world’s strongest minerals can be liquefied – in the financial sense at least. CIRCA, an international buying house that provides a market for preowned jewelry, is set to open a Washington office. Items that have been traditionally frozen in the vaults as “non-performing assets” can now be as liquid as possible in a family’s portfolio. As soon as a client accepts the firm’s offer, they get a check. www.circajewels.com.

EXTRA! EXTRA! An update from our May 2007 Embassy Row feature “Turkish Delight”: The Murillo/ Malnati Group has been awarded a “Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation” for their work on the residence. The award will be presented during an October 9 ceremony at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street NE). Reservations required; www.planning.dc.gov.

FALL FOR DESSANGE For many of us, fall is the social season. Look your best with Dessange Beauty Makeup, a 120-piece fall collection created with the influence of hair color and face shape on cosmetics in mind. Available at both local Salon Dessange locations (8020 Towers Crescent Dr., Vienna, Va., and 5410 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.).

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THE EVENT Ford’s Theatre Gala, aended by President George Bush and Laura Bush, will not be telecast until December, when ABC hopes to snag more viewers. Gala-goers were thrilled to find Wynnona Judd onstage with a sleigh, singing of a winter wonderland. The president seemed a lile startled when Judd asked, “What have you bought your beautiful wife for Christmas?” (His answer was inaudible.) Also on the telecast (termed a “Holiday Gala” to be politically correct) were Olivia Newton-John, comedian Christopher Titus, Jon Secada, singers Yolanda Adams and James Pickens Jr. and Jonathan Roberts and Karina Smirnoff from Dancing With the Stars. Civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis and Civil War historian James McPherson received Lincoln Medals, an honor given those who exemplify Lincoln’s finest qualities.

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Martin and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Jack Davies and Kay Kendall with Joe and Reg Stettinius

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THE EVENT Jane and Calvin’s annual “back to school” gathering for social A-listers, where guests got a chance to rub elbows aer lounging in Nantucket, yachting in the South of France and sailing on the Eastern Shore. Despite the muggy weather (90 degrees plus) guests were falling over each other to share summer stories, so much so that Bobby Ha got bumped into a bush by a fellow guest. Most of the usual suspects were there, and a few newcomers as well. Stuart and Gwen Holliday along with Joe and Reg Steinius were invited to join in the “Bohemian Grove.” Despite being a school night (a Sunday), party goers stayed late and enjoyed a buffet dinner and dancing. THEGUESTS Mandy and Mary Ourisman, Elanor Merrill, Meryl Chertoff, Mariella Trager, Morton Bender, Coco Bensahel, Mary Ha and Albert Beveridge.

Calvin and Jane Cafritz with Italian Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta

William Walton and Terry Golden

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Bob Barnett and Sen. Patrick Leahy

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Norma Lee Funger with Rusty and Nancy Powell

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David Helfrich, Roya Kingdom, Anthony Browne and David Jenks

Stuart Holiday, Tania Paiva and Franco Nuschese

Amb. Mary Ourisman

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Secretary of HUD Alphonso Jackson and Marcia Jackson Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection includes pieces that start at $1 million.

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THEEVENT A traveling showcase of 25 pieces in Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection found its way to Franco Nuschese’s Upton Road residence in early summer. Each piece contains a stone with at least three carats, but most were as blinding as the 42-carat yellow diamond ring and the gold necklace with over 30 carats of diamonds and sapphires on display. THESCENE Café Milano chef Domenico Cornacchia created bite-sized desserts in the design of Buglari jewelry. Armed security guards were also on hand to help Michelle Fenty, Gwen Holliday, Marcia Jackson and Mary Ourisman try on the baubles. THE GUESTS Linda Sonnenreich, Secretary of HUD Alphonso Jackson, and Juleanna Glover Weiss.

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Eric Weinert and Marlene Aguilar Erica Gillspie and Penny Yerks, among others, enjoyed a candle-lit dinner.

An 18-carat cushion cut sapphire with 14-carat earrings from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection.

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GQ’S 50 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN D.C. Café Milano PHOTOSBYTONYPOWELL

Yelberton Watkins, Heidi Keller and Robert Foster

THE EVENT Billed as the invite of the fall, GQ magazine honored their list of the 50 most powerful people in Washington with a fete at Café Milano. Crowded, hot and with lile trace of anyone on the list (reportedly 24 in total made a showing) most guests stayed long enough only to pose for a photo. Still, the party aracted many Milano regulars such as Jim Kimsey and Hani Masri. Most dished about “what I did on my summer vacation,” including NBC executive producers Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer, Ann Hand revealed she signed a deal to become the official jeweler of the Miss America Pageant and Reliable Source Amy Argetsinger confessed she broke down and signed up for Facebook (she and Ted Leonsis are now friends through the service). THEGUESTS Roxanne Roberts, Jeff Dufour, Walter Isaacson, Dan Snyder and Rachel Pearson.

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THEEVENT A sea of gorgeous people swarmed through the museum for the Smithsonian Latino Center’s 10th Anniversary celebration, which highlighted the country’s contribution to U.S. culture and honored stars such as designer David Rodriguez and Richard “Cheech” Marin. The event was a feast for the senses: colorful décor complemented by elegant full-length gowns, a savory Mexican buffet that included marinated meats and spicy rice dishes and non-stop entertainment from Los Tigres del Norte, the Monterrey Ballet, L.A.-based band Ozomatli and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. Aer margaritas, partygoers boarded buses to the WL-hosted aer-party at Maté for more fiesta time. THEGUESTS Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center Pilar O’Leary, Jeb and Columba Bush, Sen. Mel Martinez, Gala Chair Columba Bush, Mexican Amb. Arturuo Surukhan and Henry Múnoz, chair of the Smithsonian National Latino Board.

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“I never planned toPORTRAITOFA write two Sammy books”

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Hot off the heels of her New York Times best-seller Sammy’s Hill, Kristin Gore brings hypochondriac, klutzy, always jumping-to-conclusions protagonist “Sammy” back for a second round of comic fiction – this time taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue WASHINGTONLIFEMAGAZINE When did you

know that you wanted to write more about Sammy Joyce than the material in Sammy’s Hill? KRISTINGORE I couldn’t stop writing her in my head. It didn’t take long after finishing Sammy’s Hill to realize that I had a lot more of her to share. In Sammy’s House, she’s moved from Capitol Hill to a position in the new administration, so she gets to experience first-hand the excitement and insanity of working behind the scenes in the White House. I wanted to continue her comic adventures in this new setting while delving a little deeper into the political world she inhabits and exploring more meaningfully the professional and personal challenges she must navigate to persevere. And, of course,I wanted to make people laugh along the way.

and handed tremendous responsibility. It’s natural to want to make sure they’re up to the challenge – to want to better understand the character of the people whose decisions can have such drastic impact on all of our lives.

KGThey were extremely enthusiastic fans of the first book, but they told me that they think this book is even better, which is very nice to hear both as a novelist and as a daughter.

that they never do? KG“What’s it like for your dad to go through the world as ‘Kristin Gore’s father?’” WLYou’ve lived in many places. How have these

cities contributed to your writing career? KG All have contributed to my writing in important ways. Washington has provided the setting for two novels I never knew I’d write until they came tumbling out; Tennessee has always been the place I’ve felt most peaceful and creative, so crucial parts of both novels and the screenplay were written there; Boston set me



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the President,VP, and West Wing staff? KGIn addition to curiosity being a fundamental human trait, I think people feel a certain amount of entitlement when it comes to knowing details about individuals they’ve elected to be the leaders of the free world. People understand that the President and Vice President are regular human beings thrust into extraordinary power

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down the comedy-writing path thanks to my college experience with the Harvard Lampoon; and Los Angeles has provided post-collegiate comedy writing work and has since become my home. Bits and pieces of all of these places pop up in everything I write.

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in a fresh fictional world. I’m also finishing up the screenplay adaptation of Sammy’s Hill for Sony Pictures. WLAs a comedy writer, do you ever have off days

where you think,“I can’t be funny today”? KG I have plenty of days where I feel that way, but I force myself to sit there and write anyway. I usually get to a point in which I feel like I’ve accomplished at least one good thing that day.

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A Power-Full Month James Gandolfini’s Alive Day premieres in Washington; plus the life and times of Dick Cheney BY JAN ET D O N OVAN

Alive and not well Here’s what we know about James Gandolfini: he doesn’t like political discussions, he doesn’t carry a blackberry and his demeanor is anything but Tony Soprano-gangster style. The soft-spoken, accessible actor was an instant hit at the premiere of Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, part of his three-year producing deal with HBO. Compiled from news reports, interviews and insurgent footage (including victory cheers), the film follows ten wounded soldiers in Iraq. Here’s what we learned from Alive Day: it’s the first time in American history that 90 percent of American soldiers survived their injuries; that a greater percentage than ever before are returning home with amputations, traumatic brain injuries and severe post traumatic stress; that Alive Day is supposed to be a day to celebrate each year in addition to birthdays, but not all soldiers feel that way. “I can see their point, but here we are celebrating the worse days of our lives,” said Sgt. Anderson, after 40 medical operations. “If I had lost both of my hands, I don’t think it would be worth it to be around. It’s about being independent.” Gandolfini stuck close to his subjects. “I grew up on the movies that glorify war,” said Jonathan Butler. “You wake up in the hospital and you don’t have your f***ing legs. You cry. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. I was a soldier; I got hurt, it happens.” It was tough to watch, especially for journalists who always wonder if they’re getting the story right. Bloomberg’s Al Hunt; author Alicia Mundy; CNN’s Ed Henry and Pentagon reporter Jamie McIntyre; David Corn of The

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Nation; and Sheila Nivens of HBO were joined by First Lt. Dawn Halfaker and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. Alive Day is available on HBO. fishing for a story You probably won’t succeed in coaxing Vice President Dick Cheney into discussing foreign policy at a social gathering, but fly-fishing is another story: just ask Matt Labash. At a recent book party for Stephen Hayes on the rooftop of the Hay Adams, Labash’s wife Alana cooled her jets while her hubby elbowed his way over to the veep. “He’s a very serious fly fisherman and knows his stuff,” Labash said. “We had a semilengthy discussion about favorite fishing spots. At one point, my colleague, Hayes, broke in to tell Cheney I was the lone dissenter on the Iraq war at The Weekly Standard – that really ruined my mojo. I knew I couldn’t turn Cheney around on Iraq in a couple minutes, but if I’d had a little more time, I figured I

might have wrangled an invite to fish the Snake River with him.” Hayes’ book, Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President, must have received approval ratings from the Cheneys, because his wife Lynne and daughter Mary joined him. The 524-page tomb details hundreds of interviews with the vice president, his boyhood friends, political mentors, family members, reticent staffers and senior Bush administration officials. “If you like politics, you’ll love this book,” said William Kristol. Sure beats fly-fishing. Vying for Cheney’s attention: Cal Thomas, Bob Merry, Mary Matalin, Al Hunt, Chris and Lorraine Wallace, Vanity Fair’s Judy Bachrach, and Reagan speech writer Tony Dolan.

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THE EVENT While her daughter was in town to intern for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Arianna Huffington rented a Georgetown condo and hosted cocktails for media and political players. THE SCENE The surprise guest was the infamous Amber Lee Einger (a.k.a. Obama Girl), who professes her love for the senator in a music video that has been seen by millions via the Internet. Even though she hasn’t decided which candidate to support, the move did land her interviews with top commercial agencies in New York. THE GUESTS Other power players included Amy Argetsinger, Bill Schneider, David Bradley, Jay Carney, Howard Kurtz, Sidney Blumenthal, Ma Cooper, Jake Tapper and Steve Scully.

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Communication Breakdown By Arianna Huffington

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t’s a paradox, but in these days of instant communication and 24-hour news channels, it’s actually become easier to miss information that we might have paid attention to in less frenetic times. That’s why we need stories to be covered and re-covered ad nauseum – eventually, repetition gets the story in our cultural bloodstream. As such, blogs have become a vital news source in our country. When bloggers decide that something matters, they chomp down hard and refuse to let go. They’re the true pit bulls of reporting.The only way to get them off a story is to cut off their heads (and even then you’ll need to pry their jaws open). They often work alone, but, ironically, it’s their collective effort that makes them so effective. They share their work freely, feed off one another’s efforts, argue with each other, and add to the story dialectically. Because blogs are ongoing and often refreshed by the hour (if not the minute), bloggers will often start with a small story, or a piece of one – a contradictory quote, an unearthed document, a detail that doesn’t add up – that the big outlets would deem too minor to bother with. But it’s only minor until, well, it’s not. Big media can’t see the forest for the trees. Until it’s assembled for them by the bloggers. The vast majority of mainstream journalists head in the direction the assignment desk points them.This often means just following a candidate around, or sitting in the White House press room, and then rehashing the day’s schedule for their readers or viewers. Bloggers are armed with a far more effective piece of access than a White House press credential: passion. It’s one of the reasons why you don’t just read blogs – you experience them.


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The Iconic Liz A Warhol portrait of muse Liz Taylor is expected to sell for an eye-popping $25 million BY RENEE DRAKE

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trademark violet eyes, sensuous ecent volatility in the blood-red lips and dark hair sub-prime mortgage captivate the viewer just as the market has art world actress did when she first came insiders, collectors and potential to the silver screen in National consignors wondering whether Velvet. Christie’s currently holds the fall art auctions will continue the record price for a Warhol with to achieve record prices or suffer its sale of Green Car Crash (Green a downturn as in the 1990s. Some Burning Car I) that was hammered members of the fine arts community down for $71.7 million last May. are warily predicting scenarios that S o t h e b y ’s eve n i n g could cause a short term flooding Contemporary art sale the of the market that will ultimately following night on November 14 depress values. The auction houses will feature an important work by remain bullish and their optimistic Jean Michel Basquiat. His largeposition, which can be backed scale canvas, Untitled (Electric Chair), up with historical information to executed 1981-82, is estimated to indicate that the cyclical nature of fetch between $8 and $10 million. the art market does not necessarily Coming fresh to the market from reflect the current state of the real an undisclosed foundation, the estate or financial markets. painting was originally purchased The November 2007 before its completion by the Contemporary art sales will be an Andy Warhol’s Liz is depicted against a vibrant turquoise background with her trademark violet eyes, sensuous Annina Nosei Gallery, Basquiat’s important factor in gauging the blood-red lips and dark hair. Photo courtesy of Christie’s. first dealer in New York. The strength of the market in the year work employs the use of his classic ahead. One particularly exceptional symbols: graffiti, crowns and skeletal consignment, Liz (Colored Liz), figures that he rendered in crayon, executed by Andy Warhol in the portraits were of the three women oilstick, oil paint and metallic paints. 1960s, will be offered in Christie’s The early 1980s were watershed November 13th Post-War and he considered to be his muses: Marilyn Monroe, years for Basquiat, making this Contemporary Art evening sale Jackie Kennedy and Liz Taylor. work, with its excellent provenance, and is expected to realize in excess highly coveted by collectors. of $25 million. Both auction houses have stated that Warhol’s most famous portraits were of the during a time of either death, distress or illness. three women he considered to be his muses: Monroe’s portrait was executed shortly after her consignment levels for the fall sales are already Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy and suicide, the Kennedy paintings were executed ahead of last year, even with consignments Liz Taylor. These three demi-goddesses, who after the assassination of the president, and he still being negotiated. There is no crystal ball Warhol obsessively painted over and over again, immortalized Taylor during a period when she to predict what fortunes will be made or represented a level of stardom that the artist was severely ill and many thought she would lost in the art market this fall. One thing is deeply coveted himself. Warhol acknowledged not survive. However, the Liz portraits, twelve certain. Collectors and consignors alike will that his obsession with fame and the three in the series, came to represent her recovery be on the edge of their seats November 13th iconic muses were also linked to his fascination and triumph over her illness. Taylor is depicted and 14th when the final contemporary art with death. In fact, each woman was portrayed against a vibrant turquoise background and her sales of 2007 unfold.

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NOW IN ITS SECOND YEAR, “C’est Chic! New Films from France” has grown considerably. This year, 20 films representing the best of contemporary French cinema will be screened in and around Washington at AMC Theater Georgetown 14, the Avalon Theatre, E Street Cinema and the National Gallery of Art. This year’s festival will be presided over by one of the great French directors of the past 30 years, Claude Lelouch. In addition, the “Who’s Who” of French cinema, including its most promising rising stars, will be in attendance. Washington Life Magazine is proud to be the exclusive magazine sponsor for the event, and we look forward to seeing you in the theaters from October 23 to November 1.

C E S DA M E S D U C I N E M A F R A N Ç A I S Elisabeth Rivasseau, president of the C’est Chic Junior Committee; Lysbeth Sherman, director and founder of C’est Chic! New Films from France; and Grace Guggenheim, a documentary film director and producer for Guggenheim Productions and member of the Eight Women Festival Committee. P H O T O  B Y  G A R Y  L A N D S M A N

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A FRENCH AFFAIR WJLA-TV/ABC7 movie master Arch Campbell reminisces fondly about his 1967 Mustang, historic District theaters and films that change your life BYARCHCAMPBELL

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met the very charming C’est Chic D.C. French Film Festival founder, Lysbeth Sherman just a few minutes after the final frame of La Vie En Rose when it premiered this spring at the Lincoln Theatre as the opening night entry of Filmfest D.C. The audience jumped to their feet and cheered this stirring celebration of the art and life of singer Edith Piaf. I glanced at the lady next to me and said,“What a wonderful movie!” Ms. Sherman smiled and informed me she had planned several nights of similarly wonderful films for the D.C. French Film Festival, and that I should participate. No man in his right mind turns down a request from a charming French woman, and no film lover passes up a chance to see the latest from the always exuberant French film industry. “Count me among those present,” I responded. The French have a knack for telling stories without inhibition. French films feel more like real life to me than do their American counterparts. Early in my life, I discovered François Truffant’s Jules and Jim and have held that film in my heart ever since. Made in 1961, it tells a lighter-than-air story of love, friendship and changing alliances between one headstrong woman and two men. A few years ago, I mentioned it to some high school students interviewing me for a journalism class.They sent me their article, which quoted my love of “Jewels and Gems.” I hope they discovered “Jules and Jim” in their college years, and I recommend a DVD viewing if you missed it. The French film that captured my heart a few years later was one of the coolest romance films ever, A Man and a Woman.This year’s festival will honor director Claude Lelouch, who won the 1966 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for this very same film.The man roared through

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the countryside in a Mustang convertible; the woman looked soulful from the passenger seat; the couple became soulmates, and I dreamed one day that would happen to me. In college, I drove a 1967 Mustang – no doubt because of this film’s influence – the soulmate search took decades. I imagine Claude Lelouch hears these stories all the time, so I’m keeping this one to myself, but I will be listening intently when he speaks at this year’s festival.

C’EST CHIC! QUICK TAKES night Oct. 23 at AMC Georgetown ∑ Opening features Les Chansons d’Amour (Love Songs),

∑ Claude Lelouch will be a special guest at this year’s C’est Chic! New Films from France, D.C. French Film Festival. Through the years, the iconic filmmaker has collected 10 wins and 12 nominations at film competitions worldwide, setting the standard for French film globally.

When I arrived in Washington in the 1970’s, our town enjoyed several small theaters showcasing foreign films and, especially, French ones. Many of those theaters have vanished, but thankfully the Avalon remains a large but intimate screen and a wonderful venue for this festival. After all these years, I still enjoy watching movies, but I grow a little tired of the big blockbusters filled with special effects trying to make more money than the one that opened the previous week. The D.C. French Film festival promises night after night of tiny marvels – in fact, I’m looking forward to seeing several jewels and gems to add to my French film memories that began with “Jules and Jim.”

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the French entry at Cannes Film Festival 2007 10 shorts and 15 full-length features, including the documentary Lagerfeld Confidential and Roman de Gare – the latest film by Claude Lelouch, will be shown on Oct. 27, Avalon Theater will host 10 visiting French actors and filmmakers, including director Claude Lelouch; actor Bernadette Lafont, who stared in François Truffaut’s le Beau Serge and Zoe Cassavette’s Broken English; and Gregori Derangère, star of Les Fragments d’Antonin.

Information and ticket sales www.cestchic.org

NEW THIS YEAR visits participating local ∑ C’ESTCHIC!INTOWN restaurants and boutiques all around town for

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“Supplies were short and the nearest shower was a three-hour plane ride away.” Washington-based filmmaker Karim Chrobog has traveled from Sudan to London to New Orleans and back to capture the life story of Sudanese child soldier turned international hiphop sensation, Emmanuel Jal. Now he’s ready for you – and the selection committee at Sundance – to take the journey with him WASHINGTONLIFE How did the War Child

project come about? KARIM CHROBOG Three years ago, I was living in Dubai, and my co-producer Afshin Molavi and I decided to do a project on the globalization of hip-hop. We short-listed a number of artists, among them Emmanuel Jal. On a trip to Washington, a friend gave me a New York Times article on Emmanuel. In that week he was also featured on NPR and in the Financial Times. We took this as a sign, and I booked a ticket to London the next day to pitch him the story. I think Emmanuel was initially reluctant to relive his traumatic past through the documentary, and I was fully sympathetic. Over time, we developed a good relationship until he finally gave us the go-ahead. We shot the film in so many places – from the slums of Nairobi and the United Nations refugee camp Kakuma on the Kenyan-Sudan border to the South of Sudan, New Orleans, New York and D.C. – it’s hard to believe it’s finished. WL What message does it carry? KC Emmanuel’s transformation from child soldier

to rap star is quite amazing. For a young person to overcome so much adversity in life to emerge into a major hip-hop artist is quite a feat. At the same time, we also want to bring attention to what happened in the south of Sudan where, since the ’80s, two million people have died and another four million have been displaced. Ten

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thousand child soldiers – all under the watch of the international community – have fought in the conflict. If that’s not shocking enough, one only need look at what is happening in the western Sudan region of Darfur right now under the same rhetoric of “never again.” Peace is not guaranteed in the South. It’s just a matter of time before conflict erupts again, mainly because of the vast oil reserves located there. Khartoum will not give them up. So, the film is really a warning bell. Luckily, there is a tremendous Sudan grassroots peace movement that includes all religions, student groups and think tanks. There is a real opportunity here to be engaged and to influence policy. Emmanuel puts a face to it. WL Any war stories from War Child? KC There are a few. South Sudan is just emerging

from a long and brutal conflict. It is also one of the least developed places in the world. I heard that there are 15 kilometers of paved roads in the whole region. Communication takes place through satellite phones, and the only way to get around is to hitch rides on frighteningly small humanitarian UN planes. We had many bizarre experiences during our time there. Most memorable was getting stranded in the village of Leer in the middle of absolutely nowhere – our plane did not show. Supplies were short, it was brutally hot and the nearest shower was a three-hour plane ride away. The other moment was trying to get permission to shoot the

demobilization of soldiers in Rumbek.We tried to track down the local commander, who raced through the village in a Jeep mounted with a huge bull horn followed by pick up trucks with heavy guns. Needless to say, he was not too impressed by our request. WL Will we see you at Sundance? KC I don’t want to speculate too much – at

this stage, we want to complete the best film we can and the rest will take care of itself. WL Have you always been a filmmaker? KC Filmmaking was actually never on my mind. I studied international politics at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and was determined to follow in the footsteps of my father, who served as the German ambassador to Washington. Obviously, that did not happen. My Egyptian grandfather was a wonderful writer in Egypt. He wrote numerous scripts for the Egyptian cinema. Maybe those genes caught up with me. WL What’s next for you? KC I am currently working on a feature film on

Ibn Battutah, a 14th century Moroccan adventurer who happens to be the most widely traveled person in history but has been largely forgotten. We are going to retrace his journey but with an interesting twist. I am particularly excited about this project, because we are going to look at the Arab world in an entirely different way.

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THEEVENT Someone has got to keep politicians (and aides) honest – and well-fed. Progressives, pundits and guests came to the Center for American Progress’s dinner for just those reasons. Aer remarks from CAP president John Podesta, the event concluded with a performance by singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (Katherine Hiegl’s main squeeze), whose hits include “Amazing” and “Only You”. THE GUESTS Former Press Secretary Mike McCurry; CAP senior fellow PJ Crowley, Spencer Boyer, former Sen. Tom Daschle, Philip Murphy, WalMart Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations Leslie Dach, and Counsel for the Commiee of the Judiciary Gregory Alan Barnes.

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Charles Baker, Todd Stern and Leslie Dach

Marland Buckner, Justin Gray and Gregory Alan Barnes

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and his angry denunciation of the Iraq invasion? Or, on the American side, deposed Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s malignant sniping at “Old Europe?”

hen President Nicolas Sarkozy’s now famous visit to the Bush family summer dacha in Kennebunkport was being planned between Washington and Paris back in June, the White House told the French in effect, “And, of course, President Bush and his father will take President Sarkozy for a ride in the Bush cigarette speedboat.” Not many people know this, but the Elysée Palace (the French White House) said “non, merci” to the boat ride. Sarkozy’s advisers thought the image of the newly elected French president skimming over the water with President Bush suggested a cozy relationship that would not go down well in France. Admiring the United States – as Sarkozy openly does – was one thing. Seeming to extend that admiration to an American president who is reviled in France would draw public criticism. Cecilia Sarkozy, whose political instincts match her husband’s, skipped the lunch altogether, doubtless calculating that a diplomatic sore throat in New Hampshire was preferable to a public outcry at home. So when, after the hamburgers and the corn on the cob,

George Bush Sr., departed from the script, suggesting a ride anyway, Sarkozy had the good grace to bow to the inevitable; but it was just boys being boys together. As expected, the speedboat ride caused some waves in France (actually, the whole visit did). But in terms of the bi-lateral relationship it was probably the moment when official Washington and Paris bid a mental goodbye to “Freedom Fries” and all that they represented. Who remembers Jacques Chirac and his angry denunciation of the Iraq invasion? Or, on the American side, deposed Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s malignant sniping at Old Europe? Sarko’s choice of Lake Winnipesaukee for his family vacation, rather than traipsing through the lavender fields of Provence or sunning himself in Brittany was a calculated move to deliver the message that a new trans-Atlantic entente cordiale was born, and to pave the way for his forthcoming visit to the White House. Back home in Paris, Sarkozy collected 180 French ambassadors from wherever they were serving and outlined new approaches to the post 9/11 world that were far different from those taken by Chirac.Anti-Americanism is out. France will engage with the United States because it

is important for France – and for a sometimes cynical European Union – to face the world with more definable attitudes of solidarity with their ally across the Atlantic. The idea that the United States must take on most of the burden of a new and dangerous world is one that he wishes to change. He also hinted that by refusing to halt its nuclear program Iran was running the risk of being attacked militarily, a threat voiced by some officials and commentators in Washington, but hitherto not in Europe. More recently, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who sometimes tends to shoot from the hip, also warned that the deadlock with Iran could lead to war. Kouchner, who is a Socialist, made what sounded like a saber-rattling comment on the eve of his first visit to Washington – but that too may have been coincidence.The nascent Franco-American friendship had already found expression in Kouchner’s visit to Baghdad on August 21. Reporting the first visit to Iraq by a French foreign minister since the 2003 U.S. offensive, the French newspaper Le Monde said in an editorial that “France’s desire to return to Iraq has to be seen in the context of Franco-American rapprochement,” and the New York Times called it

Opposite Page: French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Cécilia have taken France by storm. At the same time, the man who has been known to wear lifts in his shoes to compensate for his height has raised his stature internationally by mapping out a new approach to Franco-American relations. Left: French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Kennebunkport goes for joy ride on Fidelity III with President Bush and former President George H. W. Bush. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Right: French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner speaks on his phone following his arrival at Baghdad International Airport. Kouchner offered France as a mediator to try and reconcile political diffeences between Iraq’s Shiites, Sunni, and Kurds. (AP Photo/ Wathiq Khuzaie, Pool)

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NOT NECESSARILY BY COINCIDENCE, France’s dynamic new president is pushing rapprochement with Washington at a time when the fuzzy warmth of the Bush-Blair relationship has begun to melt under the cold gaze of Tony Blair’s more pragmatic and unsentimental successor, Gordon Brown. “the most concrete sign yet of a thaw in FrenchAmerican relations.” Just what form the French effort would take was not clear, but there was talk of a French-sponsored peace conference either in Paris or in an Arab location. Not necessarily by coincidence, France’s dynamic new president is pushing rapprochement with Washington at a time when the fuzzy warmth of the Bush-Blair relationship has begun to melt under the cold gaze of Tony Blair’s more pragmatic and unsentimental successor, Gordon Brown. His inaugural visit to Washington in July blew a chill Scottish Highland wind (Brown is a Scot) across the so-called “special relationship.” The atmosphere was correct, but “Tony” and “George” had given way to “Mr. President” and “Mr. Prime Minister.” Britain’s intention to pull out of Basra was already known to the Bush administration, but on such issues as global warming and aiding the poor, both high priorities for Brown’s government, the two leaders seemed to be “talking from different galaxies,” as one European official put it. Blair used to come out of his meetings

with Bush rhapsodizing breathlessly about what a thrill it all was. Brown shook his American hosts by publicly describing his talks with Bush as “full and frank discussions,” a phrase exhumed from the Cold War when it meant “we couldn’t agree on anything.” For Gordon Brown distancing himself from George Bush was a priority. He faces a general election early next year, and he had seen how strong loyalty to Bush had damaged Blair politically at home. The derisive nickname of “Bush’s poodle” was a mantle he did not want to inherit from his predecessor. So is the stage set for Sarkozy to become Bush’s French poodle? Unlikely, analysts say. Underlying Sarkozy’s speech to the ambassadors was the message that France should look beyond the Bush administration because Bush is already a lame duck. The cyclical four-yearly pause in doing serious business with Washington got off to an early start this year because, with 14 months to go, the presidential campaign is already well under way and, in Europe as elsewhere, the

waiting game has begun. Also, as the European official points out,“Sarkozy defines relations with the United States as friends with privileges – the privilege to disagree on certain issues without going to the barricades.” There will be disputes when French interests clash directly with American interests, but Sarkozy argues that good will on both sides should prevent the relationship from going sour. Time will tell, since Sarkozy is not the man to roll over and play dead, as Blair apparently had to do from time to time to preserve the special relationship. This month, the departing British ambassador, Sir David Manning, delivered a waspish parting shot that the White House didn’t always keep Tony Blair in the loop about Iraq and that the current situation couldn’t be called anything but a failure. Taking time away from the round of goodbye parties, the very popular, mildmannered ambassador, who had been Blair’s foreign policy adviser during the war prior to his stint in Washington, told the New Statesman magazine that the Bush administration failed to

Left: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who took over from Tony Blair earlier this year, is determined not to also take over Blair’s derisive title of “Bush’s poodle.” With Brown in charge, the British government’s relations with the Bush White House will be more correct than effusive. At right: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (pictured here with Gen. Tommy Franks) and the Pentagon neo-cons had not set out to double cross Tony Blair when they didn’t tell him the Pentagon was taking over responsibillity for the reconstruction of Iraq, British Ambassador Sir David Manning said in an interview on the eve of his departure from Washinton. “What you see here is confusion,” said Manning. (DoD photo by Helene C. Stikkel.)

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consult its main ally about some of its major decisions – or even advise them once the decisions were made. The Guardian newspaper called Manning’s interview “an extraordinary admission of British lack of influence on the key decisions made in Washington.” Bush and Blair might have shared the same brand of toothpaste – as the president said after the British prime minister’s first visit – but Sir David reveals that when it came to sharing information it was a different story. Bush, for example, didn’t tell Blair of the decision to make Donald Rumsfeld’s Pentagon, rather than the State Department, responsible for the post-war reconstruction of Iraq. The British learned of this when Rumsfeld scrapped the detailed postwar plan laboriously prepared by State and the British Foreign Office. “I did not know that the (Pentagon) was going to take over the running of the country,” Manning complains in the New Statesman interview. “We didn’t have any sense that this was about to be the way post-war Iraq was going to be run.” Manning more than implies that the decision to disband the Iraqi army and make a clean sweep of all Baath party supporters from the bureaucracy was made over British objections. Blair, says Manning, was “always in favor of regime change, but that did not mean that he wanted regime change through military means … he hoped and probably believed that that there was a way of getting there by using the United Nation to put pressure on Saddam Hussein. I don’t think he ever wanted to go by the military route.” As for the war’s aftermath, “I don’t think anybody can see the immediate postwar situation as anything other than a failure.” According to a recent profile of Nicolas Sarkozy by the French playwright Yasmina Reza, France’s new president matches his short stature with an equally short fuse. Faced with the same circumstances it is hard to imagine him maintaining a politically sacrificial silence for five years, as Blair did. But Blair didn’t think shouting loudly would have resolved his differences with the White House. “On the whole, British politicians don’t do it that way,” Manning states. “I don’t think they set out to double cross the prime minister,” the ambassador adds lamely. “I think what you see here is confusion,” he concludes, as if that were any better.

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his year, France and the United States are both marking the 250th birthday of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution. But it’s a safe bet that another landmark date, the 200th anniversary of the death of Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Marquis de Rochambeau will go unnoticed. Lafayette, the dashing 20-year-old officer drawn to America by the democratic ideals of the Founding Fathers, and befriended by George Washington, has had American towns, cities, streets, schools and U.S. navy vessels named after him; but in military terms, Rochambeau, the seasoned campaigner, played an equally important role by defeating the English at Yorktown, the last encounter of the Revolution. It’s one of the Rochambeau’s successful siege ironies of history that Rochambeau is hardly remembered – except, mysteriously, as an alternative name for the game campaign experience against the British in Europe played a decisive “Rock, Paper, Scissors” (when the countdown 1-2-3 is role in the British defeat at Yorktown, the last encounter of the sometimes replaced with the chant “Ro-cham-beau”). American Revolution. (Yorktown Lafayette arrived in America in June 1777, and offered Surrender (1781), 1786 gouache his services to Washington. A captain in the French army, painting by Louis-Nicholas van Blarenberghe; exhibited at Congress approved his immediate promotion to brigadier Chateau de Rochambeau.) general, and he was given command of a division. As a field commander he did moderately well in some minor actions, but his close friendship with Washington and his own talent for self publicity (Thomas Jefferson said he had “a canine appetite” for fame) brought him hero status. His year-long triumphal return to the United States on the 50th anniversary of the Revolution in 1824 ensured his glory. The Marquis de Rochambeau, who was a general in the French army, landed at the head of 5,000 French troops in 1780. He joined forces with Washington and together they marched south to Yorktown, where the British were enclosed in the town.The 27-day siege of Yorktown was a classic European 18th century military operation which the French and the British had been fighting for decades: in his military career, Rochambeau had conducted 14 such sieges, and he had brought with him the specialists who knew how to construct artillery platforms, galleries, saps, and mine tunnels to create breaches in the walls for a frontal attack. The British commander, Lord Cornwallis, recognized an expert when he saw one. Cut off from reinforcements by sea because of the French fleet, he negotiated a surrender. One possible reason why Rochambeau has never had the public recognition he deserved in the United States was that barely 25 years earlier the white-uniformed French soldiers whom he led had been the enemy to American veterans of the French and Indian Wars, including Washington himself. When Cornwallis surrendered, Rochambeau angered his American allies by inviting the British officers to dinner. Washington never warmed to Rochambeau, although he did give him a copy of his famous portrait by Charles Wilson Peale. Three years ago, the Rochambeau family sold the portrait at auction for $4 million.

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his fall, there are more new faces on Embassy Row than ever before. That’s the nature of the diplomatic profession – a global game of musical chairs. But since last spring, there have been some real surprises. France’s Jean-David Levitte went back to Paris as President Nicolas Sarkozy’s diplomatic aide, and Norway’s Knut Vollebaek came back from summer leave only to say farewell along with rockin’ Hungarian Ambassador András Simonyi, who packed up his guitars and headed home to Budapest. Their wives, Marie-Cécile, Ellen and Nada, had become part of the diplomatic tapestry here and are missed. Meet the new French Ambassador who spent part of his childhood here and discover which ambassadors love to play tennis and which top envoy is

Jordanian Amb. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein served in the Jordanian desert police from 1989 to 1994.

a great soccer goalie. Although Washington still attracts the most seasoned diplomats, many new ambassadors with young families (Mexico, Hungary, Finland, Jordan) will find their stay here to be even more demanding. In today’s quixotic “Diplomatic Dance,” everyone needs to keep on his or her toes. Sir David and Lady Manning of the British Embassy are already packed, and his successor, Sir Nigel Sheinwald and his wife Julia are moving in before the end of the month. The Poles just announced their departure for November, and envoys from Argentina and Guatemala may be bowing out before the holidays. But don’t fret about not knowing the names of these globetrotters at the next big ball or bash, it’s all covered here in the 2008 WL Ambassador Guide.

The British residence was built in 1928, making Britain the first foreign country to build, rather than buy, a Washington home.

Mexican Amb. Arturo Sarukhan was consul general of Mexico in New York from 2003 until 2006.

The Finnish Chancery is the only one in Washington with its own diplomatic sauna, where difficult decisions can be made faster - just turn up the heat. SPECIAL THANKS TO CAROLINE M. BERSON FOR RESEARCH

New French Amb. Pierre Vimont was the permanent representative of France to the European Union from 1999 to 2002.

Oman Amb. Hunaina Sultan al-Mughairy is the first and only female Arab ambassador


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AFRICA Algeria ambassador﹕ Amine Kherbi spouse﹕Ilse Kherbi children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 2118 Kalorama Rd. NW, 20008, 202-265-2800 residence﹕ “The Elms,” 4040 52nd St., NW, 20016

Eritrea ambassador﹕ Ghirmai Ghebremariam embassy﹕ 1708 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009, 202-319-1991 residence﹕ 7127 16th St. NW

Angola ambassador﹕ Josefina Pitra Diakité spouse﹕Mamadou Diakité children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 2108 16th St. NW, 202-785-1156 residence﹕9 Stapleford Hall Ct., Potomac Md. 20854, 202-785-1285

Ethiopia ambassador﹕ Samuel Assefa spouse﹕Aster Hidaru embassy﹕ 3506 International Dr. NW, 20008, 202-364-1200 residence﹕2209 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008 Gabon ambassador﹕ Jules Marius Ogouebandja spouse﹕Blandine Ogouebandja children﹕ Five embassy﹕ 2034 20th St. NW, Suite 200, 20009, 202-797-1000

Benin ambassador﹕ Cyrille S. Oguin spouse﹕ Hortense Oguin children﹕Two embassy﹕2124 Kalorama Rd. NW, 20008, 202-232-6656 residence﹕ 9901 Sorrel Ave., Potomac, Md. 20854, 301-299-0428 Botswana ambassador﹕ Lapologang Caesar Lekoa spouse﹕Mpho Gloria Bojelo Lekoa children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 1531-3 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20036, 202-244-4990 residence﹕ 1001 Bent Cross Dr., Potomac, Md. 20854 Burkina Faso ambassador﹕ Jacob Wenpayangda Pasgo spouse﹕Gnankan Pasgo embassy﹕ 2340 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-332-5577 residence﹕6338 16th St. NW, 20011 Burundi ambassador﹕ Celestin Niyongabo spouse﹕Seraphine Manirambona children﹕ Four embassy﹕ 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 212, 20007, 202-342-2574 residence﹕ 10309 Fleming Ave., Bethesda, Md. 20814

Before coming to the U.S., Aziz Mekouar of Morocco was ambassador to Italy. Silver Spring, Md. 20905 Comoros nocurrentambassador embassy﹕ 420 E. 50th St., NY, N.Y. 10022, 212- 972-8010 Congo, Democratic Republic of ambassador﹕ Faida Mitifu spouse﹕Dr. Maurice Shalishali children﹕Four embassyandresidence﹕ 1726 M St. NW, Suite 601, 20036, 202-234-7690 Congo, Republic of ambassador﹕Serge Mombouli spouse﹕Stella Corine Mombouli children﹕Six embassy﹕ 4891 Colorado Ave. NW, 20011, 202-726-5500 residence﹕ 10809 Riverwood Dr., Potomac Md. 20854

Cameroon ambassador﹕ Jerome Mendouga spouse﹕Louisette Mendouga children﹕ Six embassy﹕ 2349 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-265-8790 residence﹕2825 Normanstone Dr. NW, 20008

Cote D’Ivoire ambassador﹕ Daouda Diabate spouse﹕Cecile Diabate children﹕Six embassy﹕ 2424 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite F13, 20008, 202-797-0300

Cape Verde charged’affaires﹕ Emanuel Duarte embassy﹕ 3415 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20007, 202-965-6820

Djibouti ambassador﹕ Roble Olhaye, dean of the diplomatic corps spouse﹕Amina Farah Ahmed Olhaye children﹕ Five embassy﹕ 1156 15th St. NW, Suite 515, 20005, 202-331-0270

Central African Republic ambassador﹕ Emmanuel Tuoaboy spouse﹕Mireille Nathalie Tuoaboy children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 1618 22nd St. NW, 20008, 202-483-7800 residence﹕ 1840 Redwood Terrace NW, 20012 Chad ambassador﹕ Mahamoud Adam Bechir spouse﹕Nouracham Bechir Mian children﹕ Eight embassy﹕ 2002 R St. NW, 20009, 202-462-4009 residence﹕16833 Harbor Town Dr.,

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Egypt ambassador﹕ Nabil Fahmy spouse﹕Nermin Abdel Nabi Fahmy children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 3521 International Ct. NW, 20008, 202-895-5400 residence﹕2301 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 Equatorial Guinea ambassador﹕ Purificacion Angue Ondo children﹕ Six embassy﹕ 2020 16th St. NW, 20009, 202-518-5700

Gambia ambassador﹕Dodou BammyJagne spouse﹕Begay Jagne children﹕Five embassyandresidence﹕1155 15th St. NW, Suite 1000, 20005, 202-785-1399 Ghana ambassador﹕Dr. Kwame Bawuah-Edusei spouse﹕Evangline Bawuah-Edusei children﹕Three embassy﹕3512 International Dr. NW, 20008, 202-686-4520 Guinea ambassador﹕Mory K. Kabe spouse﹕Salimbtou Kabe children﹕Four embassy﹕2112 Leroy Place NW, 20008, 202-986-4300 Guinea-Bissau charged’affaires﹕Enrique Adriano Da Silva spouse﹕Maria Odilia Almeida Da Silva embassy﹕15929 Yukon Lane, Rockville, Md. 20855, 301-947-3958 Guyana ambassador﹕Bayney Karran spouse﹕Donna Karran children﹕Four embassy﹕2490 Tracy Place NW, 20008, 202-265-6900 residence﹕6911 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, Md. 20718 Kenya ambassador﹕Peter N.R.O Ogego spouse﹕Rose Ogego children﹕Two embassy﹕2249 R St. NW, 20008, 202-387-6101 residence﹕10201 Sorrel Ave., Potomac, Md. 20854 lesotho ambassador﹕Molelekeng Ernestina children﹕Three embassy﹕2511 Massachusetts Ave. NW 202-797-5533 residence﹕7013 Loch Lomond Dr., Bethesda, Md. 20817 liberia ambassador﹕Charles A. Minor spouse﹕Comfort M. Minor children﹕Three embassy﹕5201 16th St. NW, 20011, 202-723-0437 residence﹕3507 Fulton St. NW, 20007

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Madagascar charge d’affaires﹕ Eulalie Narisolo Ravelosoa embassy and residence﹕ 2374 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-265-5525 Malawi ambassador﹕ Hawa Olga Ndilowe children﹕ Four embassy﹕ 1156 15th St. NW 20005, 202-721-0270 Mali ambassador﹕ Abdoulaye Diop spouse﹕ Linda Diop children﹕ Five embassy﹕ 2130 R St. NW, 20008, 202-332-2249 residence﹕ 2131 R St. NW, 20008 Mauritania ambassador﹕ Tijani Ould Mohamed El Kerim spouse﹕ Marieme M’Bengue Ould Kerim children﹕ Five embassy﹕ 2129 Leroy Place NW, 20008, 202-232-5700 residence﹕ 2339 S St. NW, 20008 Mauritius ambassador﹕ Kailash Ruhee spouse﹕ Sarita Ruhee children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 4301 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite 441, 20008, (202)244-1491 Morocco ambassador﹕ Aziz Mekouar spouse﹕ Maria Felice Cittadini Cesi children﹕ One embassy﹕ 1601 21st St. NW, 20009, 202-462-7979 residence﹕ 9109 Clewerwall Dr., Bethesda, Md. 20817 Mozambique ambassador﹕ Armando Alexandre Panguene spouse﹕ Maria

Teresa Panguene children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 1990 M St. NW, Suite 570, 20036, 202-293-7146 Namibia ambassador﹕ Patrick Nandago spouse﹕ Elena Nandago children﹕ Four embassy﹕ 1605 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009, 202-986-0540 residence﹕ 4509 W St. NW, 20007 Niger ambassador﹕ Aminata Maiga Djibrilla Toure spouse﹕ Boubacar Toure children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 2204 R St. NW, 20008, 202-483-4224 residence﹕ 3100 Argyle St. NW, 20011 Nigeria ambassador﹕ George Achulike Obiozor spouse﹕ Grace Clementine Obiozor children﹕ Four embassy﹕3519 International Ct. NW, 20008, 202-986-8400 residence﹕ 10 Staple Ford Hall Ct., Potomac, Md. 20854 Rwanda ambassador﹕ James Kimonyo spouse﹕ Marie Murukatete children﹕ Five embassy﹕ 1714 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009, 202-232-2882 residence﹕ 1752 Sycamore St. NW, 20012 Sao Tome and Principe ambassador﹕ Ovidio Manuel Barbosa Pequeño spouse﹕ Leopoldina Pequeño embassy﹕ 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, 20036, 202-775-2075 Senegal ambassador﹕ Amadou Lamine Ba spouse﹕ Oulimata Ba children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 2112 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008, 202-234-0540 residence﹕ 4500 Linnean Ave. NW, 20008, 202-537-0340

Togo charge d’affaires﹕ B. Mayanendja Nonon Saa Wolou embassy﹕ 2208 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-234-4212

Seychelles ambassador﹕ Ronald Jean Jumeau embassy﹕ 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400C, NY, N.Y. 10017 (212) 972-1785

Tunisia ambassador﹕ Mohamed Nejib Hachana spouse﹕ Dalendazarrad Hachana children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 1515 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20005, 202-862-1850 residence﹕ 5131 Broad Branch Rd. NW, 20008

South Africa ambassador﹕ Welile Nhlapo spouse﹕ Sissy children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 3051 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-232-4400 residence﹕ 3101 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008

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Swaziland ambassador﹕ Ephraim Mandlenkosi M. Hlophe spouse﹕ Martha Ngakanani Hlophe children﹕ Four embassy﹕ 3400 International Dr. NW, 20008, 202-234-5002 residence﹕ 10804 Brickyard Court, Potomac, Md. 20854, 301-765-7049 Tanzania ambassador﹕ Ombeni Sefue spouse﹕ Anita Sefue children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 2139 R St. NW, 20008, 202-939-6125 residence﹕ 1 Highboro Court, Bethesda, Md. 20817, 301-229-3370

Sierra Leone ambassador﹕ Sulaiman Tejanjalloh spouse﹕ Mariama Tejanjalloh embassy﹕ 1701 19th St. NW, 20009, 202-939-9261 residence﹕ 4821 Colorado Ave. NW, 20011

Egyptian Amb. Nabil Fahmy has focused on curbing nuclear proliferation during his career.

Ghirmai Ghebremariam of Eritrea has been his country’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2006.

Sudan charge d’affaires﹕ John Ukec Lueth Ukec spouse﹕ Martha Giir embassy﹕ 2210 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-338-8565

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uganda ambassador﹕ Perezi Karukubiro Kamunanwire spouse﹕ Carolyn Hubbarb Kamunanwire embassy﹕ 5911 16th St. NW, 20011, 202-726-7100 residence﹕ 5009 Loughboro Rd. NW, 20016 zambia ambassador﹕ Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 2419 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-265-9717 residence﹕ 2300 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008 zimbabwe ambassador﹕ Machivenyika Tobias Mapuranga spouse﹕ Shupikayi Mapuranga children﹕ Five embassy﹕ 1608 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009, 202-332-7100 residence﹕ 7116 Helmsdale Rd., Bethesda, Md. 20817

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Colombia ambassador﹕ Carolina Barco children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 2118 Leroy Place NW, 20008, 202-387-8338 residence﹕ 1520 20th St. NW, 20036

Belize charge d’affaires﹕ Nestor Mendez embassy﹕ 2535 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-332-9636

Ecuador ambassador﹕ Luis Gallegos spouse﹕ Fabiola Gallegos children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 2535 15th St. NW, 20009, 202-234-7200 residence﹕ 2320 Bancroft Place, NW, 20008, 202-667-4372

El Salvador ambassador﹕ Rene A. Leôn children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 1400 16th St. NW, Suite 100, 20036, 202-265-9671 residence﹕ 5171 Macomb St. NW, 20016

Paraguay ambassador﹕ James Spalding spouse﹕ Cecilia Coello de Spalding children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 2400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, 20008, 202-483-6960

Guatemala ambassador﹕ Jose Guillermo Castillo spouse﹕ Flor de Palacious de Castillo children﹕ Four embassy﹕ 2220 R St. NW, 20008, 202-745-4952 residence﹕ 2839 Woodland Dr. NW, 20008 Honduras ambassador﹕ Roberto Flores Bermudez spouse﹕ Laura Flores Bermudez children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 3007 Tilden St. NW Suite 4M, 20008, (202) 966-7702 residence﹕ 5312 Portsmouth Rd., Bethesda, Md. 20816 Nicaragua ambassador﹕ Arturo Cruz children﹕ One embassy and residence﹕ 1627 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009, 202-939-6570 Panama ambassador﹕ Frederico Humbert Arias spouse﹕ Daphne Rusodimos de Humbert children﹕ Four embassy﹕ 2862 McGill Terrace NW, 20008, 202-483-1407 residence﹕ 2601 29th St. NW, 20008

NORTH Canada ambassador﹕ Michael Wilson

Peru ambassador﹕ Felipe Ortiz de Zevallos embassy﹕ 1700 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036, 202-833-9860 residence﹕3001 Garrison St. NW, 20008, 202-363-4808

Colombian Amb. Carolina Barco was most recently her country’s Foreign Minister. spouse﹕ Margie Wilson embassy﹕ 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 20001, 202-682-1740 residence﹕ 2825 Rock Creek Dr. NW, 20008 Mexico ambassador﹕ Arturo Sarukhan spouse﹕ Verónica Valencia children﹕ One embassy﹕ 1911 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 20006, 202-728-1600 residence﹕ 4925 Loughboro Rd. NW, 20016

SOUTH Argentina ambassador﹕ Jose Octavio Bordon spouse﹕ Monica Gonzalez de Bordon children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009, 202-238-6400 residence﹕ 1815 Q St. NW, 20009

Suriname ambassador﹕ Jacques Cross spouse﹕ Eva Cross children﹕ Four embassy﹕ 4301 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite 460, 20008, 202-244-7488 residence﹕ 6 Sotweed Ct.,Potomac, Md. 20854 Uruguay ambassador﹕ Carlos Alberto Gianelli spouse﹕ Maria Monica Nari Lloveras children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 1913 Eye St. NW, 20006, 202-331-1313 residence﹕ 9001 Clewerwall Dr., Bethesda, Md. 20817 Venezuela ambassador﹕ Bernardo Alvarez Herrera spouse﹕ Margarete de Alvarez children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 1099 30th St. NW, 20007 202-342-2214 residence﹕ 2443 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008

Bolivia ambassador﹕ Mario Gustavo Guzmán Saldaña spouse﹕ Adriana Amparo Guzmán children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 3014 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-483-4410 residence﹕ 3012 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 Brazil ambassador﹕ Antonio Patriota spouse﹕ Tania Patriota children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 3006 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-238-2700 residence﹕ 3000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008

Chilean Amb. Mariano Fernández studied political sociology at Germany’s Bonn University.

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Chile ambassador﹕ Mariano Fernández spouse﹕ Mariá Angélica Morales children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 1732 Massachusetts Ave NW, 20036, 202-785-1746 residence﹕ 2305 Massachusetts Ave NW, 20008, 202-265-0511

José Octavio Bordón, ambassador of Argentina, began his political career as a congressman.

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

The life of a diplomat can take them to the corners of the world and back. It’s an exciting yet transient life for most (except Djibouti’s dean of the diplomatic corps, Roble Olhaye). Here are our newest neighbors. BELGIUM, Dominique Struye Previously served as Belgium’s permanent representative to NATO. Officially single but his heart seems to belong to a horsewoman at home. He’s learning to play golf. BRAZIL, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota Patriota was previously chief of staff in the foreign ministry. His American wife Tania Cooper Patriota visits Washington once a month from her UN humanitarian work in Haiti. FRANCE Pierre Vimont A devoted diplomat who doesn’t need much sleep. He’s lived in Washington before: “From the time I was four until I was eight, I lived here when my father was a diplomat.” Belgium’s Dominique Struye

HUNGARY Frenec Somogyi Similar spelling to his predecessor but this ambassador doesn’t play rock ‘n roll; he plays tennis. Married to Andrea Bors Somogyi, their last name is pronounced “SHOW-mo-gee”.

Jordan’s Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein

JORDAN Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein The prince holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge (Christ’s College). He helped establish and then chaired the International Criminal Court. MEXICO Arturo Sarukhan This Fulbright Scholar received his M.A. from Johns Hopkins and was at the UN before working on presidential candidate Felipe Calderon’s campaign. He is also a great soccer goalie. Brazil’s Antonio de Aguiar Patriota

MONOCO Gilles Noghes Most recently Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Noghes will head Monaco’s now official embassy in the US. All of the embassy’s cars are hybrids.

Monoco’s Gilles Noghes

PORTUGALJoão de Vallera His ambassadorship started here with a bang. Arrived shortly before Portugal’s Smithsonian “Encompassing the Globe” extravaganza and now holds the presidency of the European Union. REPUBLICOFCYPRUSAndreas Kakouris While acting as Deputy Chief of Mission, he rode a bike with a sidecar around town. He’s recently been involved in a heated debate over the province of rare coins found on the island. SAUDIARABIAAdel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir A media natural, he was the main advisor to Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz al Saud and King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz during the aftermath of 9/11. Cyprus’ Andreas Kakouris

SOUTHAFRICA Welile Nhlapo Active in the South African Students Organization with the late Steve Biko.Was director of the Africa Division in the department of political affairs at the United Nations. He is married to Sissy.

Saudi Arabia’s Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir

SWEDEN Jonas Hafström Just arrived from Bangkok, where he was Sweden’s ambassador when the tsunami hit, Häfstrom has three children with wife Eva.The residence tennis courts will be busy – he loves to play. THAILAND Krit Garnjana-Goonchorn No typical Thai nickname is necessary for this diplomat: just Ambassador Krit. This international law expert loves to read. His wife Ravewan plays the piano and paints.

Hungary’s Frenec Somogyi

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UNITEDKINGDOM, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, KCMG Present foreign policy adviser to the prime minister and former secret envoy to Syria, Iran and Libya. Call him “Sir Nigel” and his wife “Lady (Julia) Sheinwald.” Also a lover of theater.



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ASIA AfGHANISTAN ambassador﹕ Said T. Jawad spouse﹕ Shamim Jawad children﹕ One embassy﹕ 2341 Wyoming Ave., NW, 20008, 202-483-6410 residence﹕ 2001 24th St., NW, 20008 Bangladesh ambassador﹕ Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury spouse﹕ Humayun Kabir embassy﹕ 3510 International Dr. NW, 20008, 202-244-0183 Burma charged’affaires﹕ Myint Lwin spouse﹕Khin Thi Win children﹕ One embassy﹕ 2300 S St. NW, 20008, 202-332-3344 Cambodia ambassador﹕Sereywath Ek spouse﹕Sang Khov children﹕Two embassy﹕ 4530 16th St. NW, 20011, 202-726-7742 residence﹕ 4500 16th St. NW, 20011 China ambassador﹕ Zhou Wenzhong spouse﹕Shumin Xie children﹕ One embassy﹕ 2300 Connecticut Ave. NW, 20008, 202-328-2500

Japan ambassador﹕Ryozo Kato spouse﹕Hanayo Kato children﹕Three embassy﹕2520 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-238-6700 residence﹕4000 Nebraska Ave. NW, 20016 Kazakhstan ambassador﹕Erlan Idrissov spouse﹕Nurilla A. Idrissova embassy﹕1401 16th St. NW, 20036, 202-232-5488 Korea ambassador﹕Tae-sik Lee spouse﹕Suknam Lee children﹕Three embassy﹕2450 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-939-5600 residence﹕Glenbrook Rd. N.W., 20017

Chinese Amb. Zhou Wenzhong has previously been ambassador to Australia and Barbados.

Kyrgyzstan ambassador﹕Zamira Beksultanovna spouse﹕Giiaz Asanbekovich Tokombaev children﹕Two embassy﹕2360 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-338-5141 Laos ambassador﹕Phaine Philakone embassyandresidence﹕2222 S St. NW, 20008, 202-332-6416

REPUBLIC OF Cyprus ambassador﹕ Andreas S. Kakouris spouse﹕Kareen Farrell Kakouris children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 2211 R St. NW, 20008, 202-462-5772 residence﹕ 1825 24th St. NW, 20008

Malaysia ambassador﹕Dr. Rajmah Hussain embassy﹕3516 International Ct. NW, 20008, 202-572-9700 residence﹕2701 Albemarle St. NW, 20008

India ambassador﹕Ronen Sen spouse﹕Kalpana Sen children﹕One embassy﹕2107 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-939-7000 residence﹕2700 Macomb St. NW, 20008

Maldives ambassador﹕Mohamed Latheef spouse﹕Shakeela Hameed children﹕Three embassy﹕800 Second Ave., Suite 400E, NY, N.Y. 10017, 212 599-6195 residence﹕10 Waterside Plaza, Apt 31A, NY, N.Y. Mongolia ambassador﹕Ravdan Bold spouse﹕Oyuun Mijiddorj children﹕Two embassy﹕2833 M St. NW, 20007, 202-333-7117 residence﹕1021 Iron Gate Rd., Potomac, Md. 20854 Nepal charged’affaires﹕Kali Prasad Pokhrel spouse﹕Kamala Pokhrel embassy﹕2131 Leroy Place NW, 20008, 202-667-4550

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Sri Lanka ambassador﹕Bernard Anton B. Goonetilleke spouse﹕Maria G. J. Goonetilleke children﹕One embassy﹕2148 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008, 202-483-4025 residence﹕2503 30th St. NW, 20008 TAiwan representative﹕Joseph Wu spouse﹕Ruyuh Wu children﹕ One embassyandresidence﹕4201 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 20016, 202-895-1800 Tajikistan ambassador﹕Abdujabbor Shirinov spouse﹕Gurg Rajabova embassyandresidence﹕1005 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20037, 202-223-6090 Thailand ambassador﹕Krit Garnjana-Goonchorn spouse﹕Ravewan Garnjana-Goonchorn embassy﹕1024 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 401, 20007, 202-944-3600 residence﹕2145 Decatur Place NW, 20008, 202-944-3600 Turkmenistan ambassador﹕Meret Bairamovich Orazov spouse﹕Irina Borisovna Orazova children﹕Three embassy﹕2207 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-588-1500 Vietnam ambassador﹕Nguyen Tam Chien spouse﹕Nguyen Thi Lien Huong children﹕Three embassy﹕1233 20th St. NW, Suite 400, 20036, 202-861-0737

Pakistan ambassador﹕Mahmoud Ali Durrani spouse﹕Fatima Tahira Durrani children﹕Three embassy﹕3517 International Ct. NW, 20008, 202-243-6500 residence﹕2343 S St. NW, 20008

Afghani Amb. Said Jawad received his MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and has worked for a number of prominent law firms.

residence﹕2620 Rock Creek Dr. NW, 20008, 202-986-3201

Singapore ambassador﹕Chan Heng Chee embassy﹕3501 International Place NW, 20008, 202-537-3100

Uzbekistan ambassador﹕Abdulaziz Kamilov spouse﹕Gulnara Rashidova children﹕One embassy﹕1746 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036, 202-887-5300

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What I Love About Washington From hiding out in Rock Creek Park to running on the Crescent Trail, ambassadors find a way to make their adopted home away from home as comfortable and fun as possible

Abdulwahab Al-Hajjri YEMEN Walking to Mt. Vernon. It takes me a half day from my house. Everyday that I can, I walk back and forth to the embassy on Wyoming from my residence behind American University.

José Octavio Bordón Argentina Washington is the best place for hikers! Every weekend we love to walk the C&O canal. It is great to see the seasons changing – your fall is unforgettable. We usually walk from the Fletcher’s boat rental to Lock 8; it takes two hours and you would not believe you are so close to the Capitol. If you are lucky, you’ll see deer, butterflies and herons.

Samuel Zbogar Slovenia I love to run on the Crescent Trail, as I am getting ready for my first marathon.

Said T. Jawad Afghanistan Walking from our residence in Kalorama to Georgetown. We go to Barnes & Noble, enjoy a stop at Starbucks or pop into Café Bonaparte for a Sunday brunch or early dinner.

Claudia Fritsche Liechtenstein I have many favorite spots in Washington, but I love Mie N Yu, the Georgetown restaurant that transports you far away to the Old Silk Route.

Chan Heng Chee Singapore The Kennedy Center for anything! There’s opera, ballet, the symphony and different passing performers … and food!

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Janusz Reiter Poland I start my walk in the early morning when the city wakes up – the best time to enjoy and learn Washington. After a few minutes by the Potomac, I have new energy. In the hottest summertime, Rock Creek Park is an ideal refuge.

Tomás Dueñas Costa Rica The Mall – it represents in many ways what the United States is made of. It also captures the culture of the United States, and the arts as well as politics. You have the Capitol Building at one end and, at the other, the great monuments remembering your past and two great men, Lincoln and Jefferson.

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CARIBBEAN Antigua & Barbuda ambassador﹕ Deborah Mae Lovell embassy﹕ 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW, 20016, 202-362-5122 residence﹕ “The Elms,” 4040 52nd St. NW, 20016

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Bahamas charge d’affaires﹕ Rhoda M. Jackson embassy﹕ 2220 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-319-2660 Barbados ambassador﹕ Michael Ian King spouse﹕ Jacqueline Ann Natalie King children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 2144 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008, 202-939-9200 residence﹕ 4850 Linnean Ave. NW, 20008, 202-362-9587 Costa Rica ambassador﹕ Tomás Dueñas spouse﹕ Diana Chavarría Dueñas embassy﹕ 2114 S St. NW, 20008, 202-234-2945 residence﹕ 1830 24th St. NW, 20008 Cuba representative﹕ Dagoberto Rodriguez-Barrera spouse﹕ Mariasabel de Miguel-Fernandez embassy﹕ Cuban Interests Section, Swiss Embassy, 2630 16th St. NW, 20009, 202-797-8518

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charge d’affaires﹕ Judith-Anne Rolle embassy﹕ 2114 S St. NW, 20008, 202-234-2945 Dominican Republic ambassador﹕ Flavio Darío Espinal spouse﹕ Minerva del Risco de Espinal children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 1715 22nd St. NW, 20008, 202-332-6280 residence﹕ 2930 Edgevale Terrace NW, 20008 Grenada ambassador﹕ Dr. Denis G. Antoine embassy﹕ 1701 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009, 202-265-2561

Barbados Amb. Michael Ian King has been a member of the Barbados Foreign Service for 23 years.

Haiti ambassador﹕ Raymond Alcide Joseph spouse﹕ Lola Poisson children﹕ Four embassy﹕ 2311 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-332-4090 residence﹕ 6200 Highland Dr., Chevy Chase, Md. 20815 Jamaica ambassador﹕ Gordon Valentine Shirley children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 1520 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20036, 202-452-0660 residence﹕ 3103 Rolling Rd., Chevy Chase, Md. 20815 Saint Kitts & Nevis ambassador﹕ Dr. Izben Cordinal Williams spouse﹕ Shirmel Rosetta Williams children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW, 20016, 202-686-2636 residence﹕ 9700 Beman Woods Way, Potomac, Md. 20854 Saint Lucia charge d’affaires﹕ Clenie Greer-Lacascade spouse﹕ Jean-Izes Greer-Lacasade embassy﹕ 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW, 20016, 202-364-6792 Saint Vincent & the Grenadines ambassador﹕ Ellsworth I. A. John spouse﹕ Charmane Vanessa Tappin John children﹕ One embassy﹕ 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW, 20016, 202-364-6730 residence﹕ 7917 Cypress Grove Lane, Cabin John, Md. 20818

Tomás Dueñas, Costa Rican ambassador, studied at several U.S. universities, including Miami, Stanford and University of Pennsylvania.

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Trinidad & Tobago ambassador﹕ Marina Annette Valere children﹕ One embassy﹕ 1708 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036, 202-467-6490 residence﹕ 7530 17th St. NW, 20012

o two countries are more important to each other than Mexico and the United States. Our societies understand that they are stakeholders in a deep, broad relationship upon which the future well-being and security of both our countries depends. The intensity and density of this relationship is no surprise. An ever increasing number of Americans are beginning to realize that there is more to Mexico than pretty beaches and frozen margaritas. We share a long border and key values, and independently of the flags that we fly and the national anthems that we sing, there is a real and dynamic interaction between individual Mexicans and Americans. Our relationship operates not only at the “top” between two federal governments, but also manifests itself in daily life at every level, and in particular through the vibrant cultural interaction between our peoples. Culture has always played a key role in building bridges between our two nations, but recently there has been an artistic wave from Mexico that has been crashing onto the U.S. cultural and arts scene. Innovative aesthetics and original voices; poetry and novels; theatre and film expose our cultures to one another. From the artwork of Gabriel Orozco to the architecture of Enrique Norten; from Alfonso Cuarón’s Y tu mama también to Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Laberynth; from the expanding popularity of tequila to the most recent opening of a Mexican restaurant in town, our cultures become irreversibly intermixed. Much of Mexico’s international prestige and reputation has been built primarily on a unique strength: it’s cultural and artistic vitality. I am convinced that in a rapidly changing world, culture will continue to be the best letter of introduction for our country abroad, encouraging an even deeper relationship with the US that will allow us to punch above our weight in the international arena.


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Mexican Amb. Arturo Sarukhan with wife Veronica at their residence in Northwest Washington. In February 2003, former President Vicente Fox appointed Sarukhan as Consul General of Mexico in New York, where he served until 2006. He is an expert on Mexico-United States relations. Photograph by Justin Kriel

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EUROPE Croatia ambassador﹕ Neven Jurica spouse﹕Dunja Jurica children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 2343 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite F13, 20008, 202-588-5899 residence﹕ 4871 Glenbrook Rd. NW 20016 Czech Republic ambassador﹕ Petr Kolar spouse﹕Jaroslava Kolarova children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW, 20008, 202-274-9100 residence﹕2612 Tilden St. NW, 20008

Austrian Amb. Eva Nowotny’s first assignment as a diplomat took her to Cairo as first secretary with the Austrian Embassy in Egypt. Albania ambassador﹕ Aleksander Sallabanda spouse﹕Sasha Sallabanda children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 2100 S St. NW, 20008, 202-223-4942 Andorra charged’affaires﹕ Jelena V. Pia-Comella embassyandresidence﹕ Two United Nations Plaza, 25th Floor, NY, N.Y., 212-750-8064 Azerbaijan ambassador﹕ Yashar Aliyey spouse﹕Margiz Aliyey embassy﹕ 2741 34th St. NW, 20008, 202-337-3500 residence﹕ 3131 Connecticut Ave. NW, Apt. 2502, 20008 AUstria ambassador﹕ Eva Nowotny spouse﹕Dr. Thomas Nowotny embassy﹕ 3524 International Ct. NW, 20008, 202-895-6700 residence﹕2419 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008 Belarus ambassador﹕ Mikhail Khvostov spouse﹕Galina Khvostova children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 1619 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009, 202-986-1604

Denmark ambassador﹕ Friis Arne Petersen spouse﹕Birgitte Wilhelmsen children﹕ Three embassyandresidence﹕ 3200 Whitehaven St. NW, 20008, 202-234-4300

Polish Amb. Janusz Reiter has been a commentator for the daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita and Polish Public television.

Estonia ambassador﹕ Väino Reinart spouse﹕Kaire Jürgenson embassy﹕ 2131 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-588-0101

residence﹕ 2221 Kalorama Rd. NW, 20008, 202-944-6000 Georgia ambassador﹕ Vasil Sikharulidze spouse﹕Anna Tsagareli children﹕ One embassy﹕2209 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-387-2390 residence﹕4701 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. 20815

European Union ambassador﹕ John Bruton spouse﹕Finola Bruton children﹕ Four embassy﹕ 2300 M St. NW, 20037, 202-862-9500 residence﹕2534 Belmont Rd. NW, 20008

Germany ambassador﹕ Dr. Klaus Scharioth spouse﹕Dr. Ulrike Scharioth children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 4645 Reservoir Rd. NW, 20007, 202-298-4000 residence﹕1800 Foxhall Rd. NW, 20007, 202-943-9583

Finland ambassador﹕ Pekka Lintu spouse﹕Laurel Colles children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 3301 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-298-5801 residence﹕ 3001 Woodland Drive NW, 20008, 202-265-4394 France ambassador﹕ Pierre Vimont embassy﹕ 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW, 20007, 202-944-6000

Iceland ambassadordesignate﹕Albert Jónsson spouse﹕Ása Baldvinsdóttir children﹕ Two embassy﹕1156 15th St. NW, Suite 1200, 20005, 202-265-6653 residence﹕2443 Kalorama Rd. NW, 20008, 202-332-3040

Bosnia & Herzegovina ambassador﹕ Dr. Bisera Turkovic children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 2109 E St. NW, 20037, 202-337-1500

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HolY SEE nuncio﹕Archbishop Pietro Sambi embassyandresidence﹕3339 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-333-7121 HungarY ambassador﹕ Frenec Somogyi spouse﹕Andrea Bors embassy﹕3910 Shoemaker St. NW, 20008, 202-362-6730

Belgium ambassador﹕ Dominique Struye de Swielande embassy﹕ 3330 Garfield St. NW, 20008, 202-333-6900 residence﹕2300 Foxhall Rd. NW, 20007

Bulgaria ambassador﹕ Elena Borislavova Poptodorova spouse﹕Georgi Petrov children﹕ One embassy﹕ 1621 22nd St. NW, 20008, 202-387-0174 residence﹕ 3562 Rittenhouse St. NW, 20015

Greece ambassador﹕ Alexandros Mallis spouse﹕ Françoise Anne Mallis children﹕Two embassy﹕2217 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-939-1300 residence﹕2426 Wyoming Avenue, NW, 20008

Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta of Italy was decorated a Knight of Grand Cross in 2005, the highest honor of the Republic of Italy.

Ireland ambassador﹕Michael Collins spouse﹕Marie Collins children﹕Three embassy﹕2234 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-462-3939 residence﹕2244 S Street NW, 20008

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Italy ambassador﹕ Giovanni Castellaneta spouse﹕ Leila Castellaneta embassy﹕ 3000 Whitehaven St. NW, 20008, 202-612-4400 residence﹕ 2800 Albemarle St. NW, 20008

Slovenia ambassador﹕ Samuel Zbogar spouse﹕ Maja Zbogar children﹕ Three embassy and residence﹕ 2410 California St. NW, 20008, 202-667-5363

Latvia ambassador﹕ Andrejs Pildegovics spouse﹕ Jelena Pildegovica embassy﹕ 2306 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-328-2840

Spain ambassador﹕ Carlos Westendorp spouse﹕ Amaya Westendorp children﹕ One embassy﹕ 2375 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 20037 202-452-0100 residence﹕ 2350 Foxhall Road NW, 20007 202-965-0401

Liechtenstein ambassador﹕ Claudia Fritsche embassy﹕ 888 17th St. NW, Suite 1250, 20006, 202-331-0590 Lithuania ambassador﹕ Audrius Brúzga spouse﹕ Imsre Darija Sabaliunas Bruzgiene children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 4590 McArthur Blvd. NW, Suite 100, 20007, 202-234-5860 residence﹕ 4525 Foxhall Crescent, NW 20007 Luxembourg ambassador﹕ Joseph Weyland spouse﹕ Benedicte Bocqeau children﹕ Two embassy and residence﹕ 2200 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-265-4171 Macedonia ambassador﹕ Zoran Jolevski spouse﹕ Suzana Jolevski children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 2129 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008, 202-667-0501 residence﹕ 5610 Wisconsin Ave., Sommerset 2, Apt. 18F, Chevy Chase, Md. 20815 Malta ambassador﹕ Mark Anthony Miceli-Farrugia spouse﹕ Josette Miceli-Farrugia children﹕ One embassy﹕ 2017 Connecticut Ave. NW, 20008, 202-462-3611 residence﹕ 4501 29th St. NW, 20008 Moldova ambassador﹕ Nicolae Chirtoaca spouse﹕ Tatiani Chirtoaca children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 2101 S St. NW, 20008, 202-667-1130 residence﹕ 2111 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Apt. 608S, Arlington,Va. 22202 MoNacO ambassador﹕ Gilles Noghés spouse﹕ Ellen Noghés embassy﹕ 2314 Wyoming Avenue NW, 20008, 202-234-1530 MoNTENEGRO ambassador﹕ Miodrag Vlahovic spouse﹕ Natasa Vlahovic embassy﹕ 1610 18th St. NW, 20009 Netherlands ambassador﹕ Christiaan Mark Johan Kröner spouse﹕ Harriët Kröner embassy﹕ 4200 Linnean Ave. NW, 20008, 202-244-5300

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Sweden ambassador﹕ Jonas Hafström spouse﹕ Eva Hafström children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 2900 K St. NW, 20007, 202-467-2600 residence﹕ 3900 Nebraska Ave. NW, 20016 202-966-9297 Sir Nigel Sheinhold is the present foreign policy adviser to the English prime minister. residence﹕ 2347 S St. NW, 20008, 202-234-1136 Norway ambassador﹕ Wegger Chr. Strommen spouse﹕ Cecilie J. Strommen children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 2720 34th St. NW, 20008, 202-333-6000 residence﹕ 3401 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20007 Poland ambassador﹕ Janusz Reiter (Leaving Oct. 31, 2007) spouse﹕ Hanna Reiter children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 2640 16th St. NW, 20009, 202-234-3800 Portugal ambassador﹕ Joaode Vallera spouse﹕ Margareda Vallera children﹕ One embassy﹕ 2012 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-328-8610 residence﹕ 2125 Kalorama Rd. NW, 20008 Romania charge d’affaires﹕ Daniela Anda Grigore Gitman spouse﹕ Cristian Grigore Gitman embassy﹕ 1607 23rd St. NW, 20008, 202-332-4846

Switzerland ambassador﹕ Urs Johann Ziswiler spouse﹕ Ronit Ziswiler children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 2900 Cathedral Ave NW, 20008, 202-745-7900 residence﹕ 2920 Cathedral Ave. NW Turkey ambassador﹕ Nabi ensoy spouse﹕ Gülgün ensoy embassy﹕ 2525 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-612-6700 residence﹕ 1606 23rd St. NW, 20008 Ukraine ambassador﹕ Oleh Shamshur spouse﹕ Tetiana Izhezska children﹕ One embassy﹕ 3350 M St. NW, 20007 202-333-0606 residence﹕ 4744 Foxhall Crescent NW, 20007 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ambassador﹕ Sir Nigel Sheinwald spouse﹕ Julia Sheinwald children﹕ Three embassy and residence﹕ 3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-588-6500

Russia ambassador﹕ Yuri V. Ushakov spouse﹕ Svetlana M. Ushakova children﹕ One embassy﹕ 2650 Wisconsin Ave NW, 20007, 202-298-5700 residence﹕ 1125 16th St. NW, 20036, 202-298-5707 SERBIA ambassador﹕ Ivan Vujacic spouse﹕ Jelica Vujacic embassy﹕ 2134 Kalorama Rd. NW, 20008, 202-332-0333 residence﹕ 3846 Woodley Rd. NW 20016 Slovak Republic ambassador﹕ Rastislav Kacer spouse﹕ Otilia Kacerova children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 3523 International Ct. NW, 20008, 202-237-1054 residence﹕ 7718 Carlton Place, McLean, Va., 22102

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Russian Amb. Yuri Ushakov enjoys vacationing at his country’s Dacha on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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MIDDLEEAST Armenia ambassador﹕ Tatoul Markarian spouse﹕Anna Aghumian children﹕Two embassy﹕ 2225 R St. NW, 20008, 202-319-1976 Bahrain ambassador﹕ Dr. Naser M. Y. Al Belooshi spouse﹕Sharifa Benammour children﹕ Three embassy﹕ 3502 International Dr. NW, 20008, 202-342-1111 residence﹕ 9101 Burdette Rd., Bethesda, Md. 20817 IraN ambassador﹕Dr. Mostafa Rahmani spouse﹕Mahboubeh Rahmani children﹕ Four embassy﹕2209 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 20007 202-965-4990 Iraq ambassador﹕Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie spouse﹕Ying-yang embassy﹕3421 Massachusetts Ave.

NW, 20007, 202-742-1600

20036, 202-265-3210

embassy﹕2555 M St. NW, 20037, 202-274-1603

Israel ambassador﹕Sallai Meridor spouse﹕No’a Meridor children﹕Three embassy﹕3514 International Dr. NW, 20008, 202-364-5500

Lebanon ambassador﹕ Farid Abboud spouse﹕Rim Hilal Abboud children﹕One embassy﹕2560 28th St. NW, 20008, 202-939-6300 residence﹕2841 McGill Terrace NW, 20008, 202-483-9255

Saudi Arabia ambassador﹕Adel Al-Jubeir embassy﹕601 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20037, 202-337-4076

Jordan ambassador﹕Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein spouse﹕Princess Sarah Zeid children﹕Two embassy﹕3504 International Dr. NW, 20008 202-265-1606 residence﹕1232 Perry Williams Drive, McLean, VA 22101

Oman ambassador﹕Hunaina Sultan al-Mughairy spouse﹕Fuad Al-Hinai children﹕Two embassy﹕2535 Belmont Rd. NW, 20008, 202-387-1980 residence﹕2000 24th St. NW, 20008

Kuwait ambassador﹕Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah spouse﹕Rima Al-Sabah children﹕Three embassyandresidence﹕2940 Tilden St. NW, 20008, 202-966-0702

Palestinian National Authority representative﹕ Afif Safieh spouse﹕Christ’l Safieh children﹕Two embassy﹕3120 18th St. NW, Ste. 200, 20036, 202-974-6360 residence﹕5120 Yuma St., NW, 20016

League of Arab States ambassador﹕Hussein Hassouna spouse﹕Nivine Hassouna embassy﹕1100 17th St., NW, Suite 602,

Qatar ambassador﹕ Sheikh Ali Jassim Al Thani spouse﹕Eiman Hamad A. Al Kawari

Syria ambassador﹕Dr. Imad Moustapha spouse﹕Rafif Al-Sayed Moustapha children﹕ One embassy﹕2215 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008, 202-232-6313 residence﹕2600 Tilden Place NW, 20008 United Arab Emirates ambassador﹕Saqr Ghobash spouse﹕Satma Ghobash children﹕Seven embassy﹕3522 International Ct. NW Suite 400, 20008, 202-243-2400 Yemen ambassador﹕Abdulwahab Al-Hajjri children﹕Three embassy﹕2319 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008, 202-965-4760 residence﹕4850 Glenbrook Rd. NW, 20016

What Makes a Great Diplomatic Party?

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ima Al-Sabah, wife of Kuwait Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah, is known as one of the top power hostesses in Washington. “Every good party starts with a good reason,” Rima says. “Then it’s the combination of a good mix of guests, the right seating arrangement, excellent food, a beautiful setting and, when appropriate, special entertainment.” Giving 15-20 high-profile parties a year is not easy, although Rima makes it look that way. She is particularly known for her gala dinners (raising $1.5 million a night in some cases) that draw from the top tiers of government, society and corporate life. “The most crucial element is the reason, the cause. Then, plan far ahead. I like to send out invitations two months in advance.” Famous for attracting the most important VIP’s in town, Rima says, “My husband and I have met and befriended the most fascinating people here.” And why do their guests keep coming back? “Our guests know they are welcome in our home

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and that they will be made to feel comfortable, appreciated and special.” Although she sometimes entertains for as few as 22 seated in the elaborate dining room at the Kuwaiti Residence on Tilden Street, her most famous parties are held in the tiled and trellised Fountain Room and can number up to 144. If someone doesn’t RSVP, Rima’s gracious secretary Fay follows up. “Unfortunately, because of government schedules, some guests do not know until the last minute whether or not they will be able to attend. I understand that.” Although Rima, a self-proclaimed multi-tasker, masterminds the event,“I have a great team of three assistants but I, alone, am on top of every decision.” She has a favorite caterer and florist but her “excellent Lebanese chef” does the Arabic menus. We are left to wonder whether, with a baby boy expected in October, Rima and her husband will be having fewer parties this year. – Gail Scott

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Diplomacy of the Evening

After long days of official duties, Washington nights offer a welcome respite. But an ambassador’s job is never finished – they are often the guest of honor and must represent their nation with grace and diginity.

Aniko Gaal Schott with Turkish Amb. Nabi ensoy and his wife Gülgün at a concert at the Turkish Embassy Senegalese Amb. Amadou Lamine Ba and his wife Oulimata with Gwendolyn Russell and Eric Gates at the 2007 WPAS Gala

Sri Lankan Amb. Bernard Goonetilleke with wife Maria at a farewell gathering for Donald Ensenat.

Christ’l Safieh with May Sumaidaie and Iraqi Amb. Samir Sumaidaie at Mosaic’s 10th Anniversary Gala.

John and Jo Ann Mason with Dominican Amb. Flavio Espinal and his wife Minerva at a party for Nash and Aniko Schott.

Icelandic Amb. Albert Jonsson with wife Asa at a farewell party for Swedish Amb. Gunnar Lund.

Monaco Amb. Gilles Noghes with Holly Sukenik at a benefit for Mitchell Park Kuwaiti Amb. Salem Al-Sabah, Meryl Chertoff, Michael Sonnenreich and Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff at the Birchmere in April.

Gen. Michael Hayden with Canadian Amb. Michael Wilson at the Canadian Embassy for a screening of Breach.

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Indonesian Amb. Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat and Neale Perl at the 2007 WPAS Gala



Ethiopian Amb. Samuel Assefa with his wife Aster Hidaru at the Mosaic Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Gala.

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Kazakhstan Amb. Kanat Saudabayev with wife Kullikhan at a farewell party for Donald Ensenat.

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SOUTHPACIFIC AUstralia ambassador﹕ Dennis Richardson spouse﹕Betty Richardson children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036, 202-797-3000 residence﹕ 3120 Cleveland Ave. NW, 20008, 202-797-3000 Brunei ambassador﹕ Pengiran Anak Dato Puteh spouse﹕Datin Kamilah Binti Abdullah children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 3520 International Ct. NW, 20008, 202-237-1838 East Timor charged’affaires﹕ Constancio Pinto spouse﹕Gabriela Pinto children﹕ Two embassy﹕ 4201 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 504, 202-966-3202 residence﹕1220 East West Hwy., Apt. 1522, Silver Spring, Md. 20910 Fiji ambassador﹕ Jesoni Vitusagavulu spouse﹕Silina Vesinawa Vitusagavulu children﹕ Three

embassy﹕ 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW 20007, Suite 240, 202-337-8320 Indonesia ambassador﹕Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat spouse﹕Nunung Kuncorowati Parnohadiningrat children﹕ Three embassy﹕2020 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036, 202-775-5200 Marshall Islands ambassador﹕Banny de Brum spouse﹕Honor Note de Brum children﹕Four embassy﹕2433 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008, 202-234-5414 residence﹕3212 Brooklawn Terrace, Chevy Chase Md. 20815 Micronesia charged’affaires﹕James Amando Naich spouse﹕Angelina Prestipino Naich embassy﹕1725 N St. NW, 20036, 202-223-4383

embassy﹕800 Second Ave. Suite 400D, NY, N.Y., 10017, 212-937-0074 residence﹕800 2nd Avenue, Suite 400a, NY, N.Y. New Zealand ambassador﹕Roy Ferguson spouse﹕Dawn Ferguson children﹕Two embassy﹕37 Observatory Circle NW, 20008, 202-328-4800 residence﹕27 Observatory Circle NW, 20008, 202-328-4800 Palau ambassador﹕Hersey Kyota spouse﹕Lydia Shmull Kyota children﹕Six embassy﹕1700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 400, 20006, 202-452-6814 residence﹕2214 Creek Dr., Alexandria,Va. 22308 Papua New Guinea ambassador﹕Evan Jeremy Paki embassy﹕1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW Suite 805, 20036, 202-745-3680

Nauru ambassador﹕Marlene Moses

Philippines ambassador﹕Willy C. Gaa spouse﹕Erlinda Gaa children﹕Two embassy﹕1600 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036, 202-467-9300 residence﹕2253 R St. NW, 20008 Samoa ambassador﹕Ali’ioaiga Feturi Elisaia spouse﹕Maria Lei Sam-Elisaia children﹕Two embassy﹕800 Second Ave. Suite 400D, NY, N.Y. 10017,212-599-6196 Solomon Islands ambassador﹕Collin David Beck spouse﹕Helen Beck children﹕Two embassy﹕800 Second Ave Suite 400L, NY, N.Y. 10017, 212-599-6192 Tonga ambassador﹕Fekitamoeloa Tupoupai Utoikamanu spouse﹕Siosiua Utoikamanu children﹕One embassy﹕250 East 51st St., NY, N.Y. 10022, 917-369-1025

In the Comfort Zone

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aving served 11 years as Ambassador of Singapore in Washington invariably invites the question,“So how have things changed?” I conclude: fundamentally, diplomacy in Washington has remained the same. It is both business and a game. In some other capitals it may be mostly a game, then business. But Americans, no matter which administration or party is in control in Congress, are business-like and prefer to deal with substance when working with foreign diplomats. Unless you have a real issue, it is difficult to get access. Occasionally it is a game - that is posturing, stage management, signaling and the rituals, on both sides. Personalities have changed over the years and they add diversity.As always, the challenge is getting to know the new players of each administration, and even the changes in the same administration. Finding the “go to” persons and to be able to go to them is the priority of every diplomat.

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BY SINGAPORE AMBASSADOR CHAN HENG CHEE

In Singapore’s case, the last decade has seen enormous changes in our bilateral relationship with the United States. It is not that Washington has changed so much as Singapore has changed. As a country, we have become a multi-faceted little nation and considered a player in chosen fields - a trade and investment partner, a defense partner, an active interest in culture, education, technology, the knowledge industries, maritime shipping, energy and environment.There are now many more levels at which we can engage with the United States and work on common concerns. Personally I have found working in Washington as a diplomat to be remarkably exciting and rewarding.You can develop real friendships that are long lasting and meaningful, building a network over time. This network becomes your “zone of comfort.” If you do not have it, you don’t miss it. If you have it, you wonder how you could have done without it.

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entlemen, watch out for modern updates of classic timepieces.This fall, even Rolex watches have had a (larger, bolder) facelift. For a trendier look, BRM has designed an urban, cutting edge timepiece that’s sure to get noticed. And nothing says “au courant” quite like Panerai’s Lumior. Modern, classic or sporty – choose a timepiece that fits your style. JAEGER – LE COULTRE Master compressor, extreme with alarm ($12,400). Tiny Jewel Box, 1147 Connecticut Ave., NW, 202-363-2747.

ROLEX GMT anniversary edition ($5,950). Lilienquist & Beckstand Jewelers, Montgomery Mall, Bethesda, Md., 301-469-7575.

GUCCI Panthenon collection timepiece ($1,895). Gucci Boutique, 5481 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-986-8902.

BRM Limited Edition Chrono-Automatic with gator strap ($15,550). Neiman Marcus.com.

SUNNTO Alu Brown Core Watch ($549). Dick’s Sporting Goods, 5714 Columbia Pike, Bailey’s Crossroads, Va., 703-933-0736.

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The look for men this fall is patterned.While mixing and matching can be fun, it can also be dangerous. Plaid pants, a striped shirt and a herringbone tie makes you look like clownish. Stripes-on-stripes with complementary colors, windowpane patterns, bold plaid and paisley, however, all have a bit of fashionable edge. Photography by Tim Coburn • Style by James Cornwell Makeup and hair by James Cornwell and Khoung Tran for PR at Partners Calisto and Vinicius courtesy of THE Artist Agency and Amber Compton Special thanks to photographic assistant Todd Peterson, assistant stylist Ron Schmelzer and intern Maria Beatriz Garcia.

LEFT: ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA brown plaid suit ($1,250), BRANDOLINI textured blue shirt ($275) and blue flower and circle tie ($135). All available at Professional Man Prima Moda, 1619 K St. NW, 202-4666255. RAPTURE brown shoes ($280). From Reiss Washington, 1254 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-944-8566. CENTER: NESSA black suit pant ($225) and suit jacket ($400), FRUFRA cream shirt ($210) and DELANO black shoes ($325). All available at Reiss Washington, 1254 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-944-8566. RIGHT: HICKEY FREEMAN COLLECTION grey pin stripe suit ($1,545), ASTER pink plaid shirt ($265) and HOLIDAY AND BROWN paisley tie ($160). All available at Everard’s Fine Clothing, 1802 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-298-7464. TRIUMPH brown dress shoes ($200). Available at Reiss Washington, 1254 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-944-8566. ZEGNA brown plaid suit ($1,250) and BRANDOLINI textured blue shirt ($275) with blue flower and circle tie ($135). All from Professional Man Prima Moda, 1619 K St. NW, 202-466-6255.


PRESTIGE brown suit ($855) and HARRISON brown sweater ($200). From Reiss Washington, 1254 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-944-8566. ASTER striped shirt ($265) and PRIMA MODA patterned ascot ($125). From Professional Man Prima Moda, 1619 K St. NW, 202-466-6255.


HICKEY FREEMAN COLLECTION Chesterfield super 150 coat ($2,500), grey pin stripe suit ($1,545), white tuxedo shirt ($265) and black sweater vest ($195). All from Everardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Clothing, 1802 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-298-7464. PRIMA MODA yellow silk scarf ($75). From Professional Man Prima Moda, 1619 K St. NW, 202-466-6255. DRIVE shoes ($180). Reiss Washington, 1254 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-944-8566.


HICKEY FREEMAN blue pin stripe suit ($1,545), ASTER shirt ($265), HOLLIDAY AND BROWN polka dot tie ($160) and STEFANO PIAZZA black textured belt ($125). All from Everardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Clothing, 1802 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-298-7464. MARLENE black hat ($90),


PRIMA MODA CUSTOM shearling fur coat ($4,400), ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA plaid suit ($1,250), PATRIOT shirt ($170), BRIONI sweater ($695) and PRIMA MODA purple silk scarf ($75). All available at Professional Man Prima Moda, 1619 K St. NW, 202-466-6255. Shoes from private collection.


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JCREW Cashmere Mini-Argyle Cardigan ($178). JCrew, 3222 M St. NW, 202-965-4090.

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KATE SPADE Kelly Rubber Shoes ($125). Kate Spade Boutique, 3061 M St. NW, 202-333-8302.

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TORY BURCH Germaine Pant ($350). Sherman Pickey, 1647 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-4212.

KATE SPADE College Hill Charlie Purse ($295). Kate Spade, Boutique 3061 M St. NW, 202-333-8302.


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lack-tie season has officially arrived! Designers such as BCBG Max Azria and Diane Von Furstenberg show how much versatility there is in choosing the perfect attire. When it comes to the dress, anything goes: long and flowing, straight and structured or short and sweet. Whatever you decide, don’t forget to accessorize with an elegant clutch, strappy stilettos and dazzling jewels.

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THEEVENT With the expansion of the Capital Catwalk into a two-day event, Washington is on its way to having a real fashion presence. THESCENE The fourth annual event started with the newly added Fashion Symposium and featured a discussion of a bill to create a D.C. Commission on fashion art and events. Saturday’s Fashion Gala benefited the High Tea Society of Washington. Tim Gunn, of Liz Claiborne and Project Runway, and Washington’s Wild Women Wear Red owners Toddre Monier and Bill Johnson, were honored at the evening’s award ceremony. Local designers, as well as international designer Rachel Roy, took to the catwalk with a fashion runway presentation. The night ended with a performance by jazz harmonicist Fredic Yonnet.

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LIFE STYLES | BREASTCANCERAWARENESSMONTH

Finding a Cure Founder Nancy G. Brinker describes a 25-year crusade against breast cancer’s global threat

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s Americans, we should share an important national priority: namely, finding the cure for cancer. This disease killed my sister, Susan G. Komen, three decades ago, and it kills more than 600,000 people annually. More than 40,000 people in the U.S. alone die of breast cancer each year. Cancer claims more people in one year than all the wars of the 20th century combined. Cancer kills more people each year than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In spite of these startling figures, our nation has become complacent about cancer and seemingly unconcerned about the slow pace of progress being made. As an advocate and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s most progressive breast cancer organization, I have made it my life’s work to ensure that finding a cure for cancer becomes a national priority. Good news: a report earlier this year cited a decrease in the number of overall cancer deaths in the United States. The fact that screening can make a difference was once again confirmed. Advances in treatments combined with early detection have led to a drop in cancer mortality rates. More people are becoming breast cancer survivors. But Komen is not letting its guard down; in fact, we’re pressing even harder for policy change and increased funding for research. We’re addressing systems barriers so that quality care is available to all people with breast cancer. We’ll continue to push for the availability and affordability of regular mammography screening, so that cancers are caught earlier when they are most treatable.

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10 TIPS FOR SCREENING AND PREVENTION

 Perform a monthly self-examination.  During your annual checkup, ask your doctor to perform a clinical breast exam.Women over the age of 40 should also have an annual mammogram.  Try to keep your weight under control. Obesity increases the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Try to exercise five days a week for at least 30 minutes a day. This may help decrease hormone levels and lower breast cancer risk.  Improve your diet by taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid (often called folate), cutting down on “bad” fats (saturated and trans fats) and consuming more “good” fats (unsaturated fats).  Limit exposure to post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy (estrogen, particularly in combination with progesterone).Together, these hormones increase the risk of breast cancer.

If possible, choose to breastfeed children – instead of using formula – to help decrease your risk.

Nancy G. Brinker

We’ll work to ensure that everyone has access to screening and quality treatment. The drop in incidence and mortality is not reported equally across all population groups, and this is very troubling news. We’re funding research to find what causes breast cancer, so we can then find ways to prevent it. We’re funding research to develop new and even more accurate early detection methods, to explore new treatments and to address disparities in order to save more lives. The cancer battle is far from over, and it’s time for all of us to combat our nation’s disheartening culture of complacency. If anything, we all must fight harder to capitalize on the momentum that has begun, so we can ultimately experience a world without breast cancer. – Nancy G. Brinker

If you drink alcohol, limit your intake to less than one drink a day. Studies show alcohol consumption may contribute to breast cancer risk.

Know your family history and genetic risk factors for breast cancer.You may benefit from different screening approaches and lifestyle interventions. For example, women at high risk should get an MRI as well as a mammogram every year.  Chemoprevention – either tamoxifen or raloxifene – can also be considered for women at high risk. Priscilla Furth, M.D., is a clinician-scientist at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Claudine Isaacs, MD, is the clinical leader of the Breast Cancer Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. For more information about breast cancer, contact your local chapter or visit www.cancer.gov, the website of the National Cancer Institute.

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“That Mom” at Bloomingdale’s Between soccer carpools, PTA meetings and long days at the office, the modern mother has precious little time to put together a striking ensemble.“Mom stylist” Joyce Neaves teams up with Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase to bring clothing with practical style to Washington women. Ten percent of sales will benefit George Washington University’s Mammovan program, a mobile mammography van that provides the aforementioned service for the underserved and uninsured in Washington. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday, October 24; Bloomingdale’s in Chevy Chase., Md., 301-951-1806.

Paul McCartney’s “Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart)” Concert In the wake of a tragic loss – McCartney’s beloved wife Linda was a victim of breast cancer in 1998 – this legendary Beatle’s commitment to the cause became iron-clad. McCartney and the Washington National Cathedral Choir partner with three breast cancer organizations in this moving fundraiser. Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m; Washington National Cathedral; $40 to $160 per individual.

Objets d’Heart Freshwater cultured pearls, rose quartz, pink tourmaline and white crystal make this Laura Gibson original glow with a radiance as powerful as its brilliantly charitable motive – portions of the proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure ($125). Bailey, Banks and Biddle, Tysons Corner Center, McLean, Va., 703-883-1400.

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Rain, rain, go away Bloomingdale’s “Big Brown Umbrella” shows its softer colors with a special edition pink camouflage interior in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation ®. One hundred percent of net profits support the latter’s efforts – don’t leave this cause out in the rain ($16). Bloomingdale’s, 11305 Rockville Pke., Md., 301-984-4600.

Saks’ Keys for the Cure Diane Von Furstenberg’s timeless wrapdress was a must-have in the party people era of Studio 54. Equally as timeless? Her commitment to breast cancer awareness – V.F. and Saks Fifth Avenue now offer a Swarovski-crystal-embellished tee emblazoned with the slogan “Love is life, life is love” during the month of October. 33 of the 35 retail dollars go straight to the cause. Looking good ($35). Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-657-9000.


LIFE STYLES | LUXURYTRAVEL

Hidden in the Caribbean

It’s one thing to put the “privacy please” sign on your hotel room door, but what if a resort could hang one over the entire property? Caribbean hotspots Jumby Bay and Little Dix Bay can …

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LEFT: Jumby Bay, off the coast of Antigua, can only be reached by private boat. ABOVE: Jumby Bay’s Rondavel Suites offer large outdoor bathrooms which feature an outdoor shower and bathtub.

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Virgin Gorda Take a plane.Take another plane.Take a car, then a boat. No one ever said seclusion is easy to find, but once you reach Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands, there is no reason to leave. For decades, the oasis that Laurance Rockfeller opened to the public in 1964 has drawn honeymooners, families and many Alist celebrities (John Travolta, among others) for vacation getaways. Rockefeller dubbed his hideaway “wilderness beach,” a half-mile of white sands with ocean cottages hidden by palm and sea grape trees sprinkled throughout the property. Seasoned travelers consider this to be the “low-key luxury” mecca, a resort with all the lavish amenities (fine linens, Wi-fi, over-sized bathrooms) but without the stuffiness. At this five-star “shabby-chic” resort, no jacket or tie is required for dinner, and women don’t parade

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TOP: The Estate House at Jumby Bay, formerly a sugar mill plantation, hosts more formal dinners at night and croquet games during the day. BOTTOM: The beach front cottages at Little Dix Bay put you within footsteps of the beach.

about in Chanel sunglasses and stilettos as they do in the South of France. Now that the property is under Rosewood Hotel & Resorts’ management and has recently completed a $25 million refurbishment, Little Dix Bay is once again becoming the hotspot it was in the ’80s and ’90s. Guests come for quiet, and the resort makes this a priority. Want a private beach? They’ll shuttle you by boat with a freshly made picnic lunch and a bottle of wine to a secluded spot of sand. Don’t feel like eating in the main pavilion restaurant? The staff is more than happy to set up a candlelit dinner on the beach or on the patio. It’s this type of service and attention to detail that has guests returning year after year. During my stay, I met a woman who has visited every year for 25 years and wears a gold pendant of the resort’s palm tree and fish logo. This year she returned with all three generations of her family.

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The many hiking trails around the resort are quiet sanctuaries. There are two main paths: the first leads to the top of Cow Hill, and rewards climbers with a dramatic vista of the British Virgin Islands; the second trail leads down to a private beach. Guests may enjoy sea kayaking, a champagne sunset cruise on a 47foot catamaran, the “Sandy Cay,” or snorkeling right on the coral reef located just off the beach. Most take advantage the picturesque spa that boasts private treatment rooms and views of the Caribbean. If you decide to venture out of the resort, it’s well worth a trip to BVI’s famed Baths, where gigantic, scattered boulders butt up against each other to form breathtaking grottoes along the beach. For $3 you can swim and climb through these massive granite stones which are only found there and in the Seychelles. BESTROOM Any of the 16 Junior Suites.

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The award-winning spa at Little Dix Bay boasts private treatment rooms with picturesque views of the Caribbean Sea.

DON’T MISS Taking home a bottle of their signature distilled rum with which to remember your vacation. FYI Service can be spotty at times. I ordered ice cream from room service – after an hour wait, it was delivered melted and sans spoon. There are no televisions or hot tubs. Virgin Gorda, B.V.I.; 888-495-5555; www.rosewoodhotels.com; rates from in season start at $775 a night.

JUMBY BAY

Antigua On Antigua’s northeast coast, there is a two-mile ocean passage that protects a 300acre island from any local residents, cruise ship passengers or star gazers eager to share a piña colada with Hillary Swank, Pierce Brosnan or Robin Leach. It’s calm. There are no bugs. Few birds chirp. Television is banned. Transportation is by bike or golf cart. There is no calypso band crooning awful Bob Marley covers. At night, you’re lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean lapping on a beach that’s about 20 feet outside your room. Jumby Bay (also managed by Rosewood

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Hotels & Resorts) offers a casual but luxe lifestyle. Guests are low-profile. There are no locks on the doors. Food and alcohol are included (a rarity, and one that inspired Travel and Leisure to rate it the number one resort in 2007). This means no bill signing or constant tipping. In the hotel market, some resorts overbuild without regard to the land or culture associated with the resort and even worse get fixated on designer shower gels and gold-leafed sinks. Jumby Bay stands apart as luxury property because it focuses on making sure simple pleasures are of the highest standards. It’s casual without restrictions. I never felt compelled to put on much more than a sundress for dinner. If I wanted to snorkel, there was always someone ready to take me out. I often found beautiful red starfish when I rode a bicycle to the three secluded white beaches. While there is no full-service spa, a masseuse is available to knead your muscles into further relaxation. A few times, I attempted to play croquet with rules from memory that seemed vaguely logical at the time. There is no reason to leave the island, but those who require more action can take an island ferry to Antigua for

casino nights, shopping and golf. The island’s original structure, a sugar mill referred to as The Estate House, serves as the more formal of two dining options. It offers candlelit dinners with locally caught fish, steaks and fresh pasta. The Verandah restaurant serves the same fare, sometimes on a buffet and it’s a bit more casual. Many guests prefer to dine ensuite or have a private picnic lunch delivered. There are 40 rooms and 11 suites, each with a different layout, but they all boast a canopy bed with Italian linens fit for royalty. The outdoor rain shower and bathtub was a bit of heaven, and often I had a difficult time getting out to head to the beach or meals. Another luxury was enjoying over 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep. BESTROOM Harbour Villa 207 DON’TMISS The picturesque sunsets looked like they were produced in Hollywood. FYIThe resort’s air conditioning is not stateof-the-art and guests often complain about it failing during summer months. There is also no hot-tub or Jacuzzi. Long Island, St. John’s; 888-767-3966 or 268-4626000; www.rosewoodhotels.com; doubles from $775, including meals, drinks, and some activities.

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The New Sounds of Fall From African hip-hop to the National Opera’s audacious La Bohème, fresh rhythms have Washington moving to a different beat BY MICHAEL M. CLEMENTS

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hey were two supposedly similar worlds. When they collided, they were two worlds, literally and figuratively, two worlds apart. On one side, Diddy’s entourage, decked out headto-toe in matching white outfits, accessorized in enough gold jewelry to make a Pharaoh blush, their attitudes hidden behind smoky reflective lenses. On the other side, Emmanuel Jal, Sudanese child soldier turned international hip-hop star (Blood Diamond Soundtrack and Moby collaboration), dressed in a casual tee-shirt, pumas and relaxed jeans; no sunglasses – it was nighttime after all. The soft-spoken Jal had just finished a sound check for his 18th Street Films/ WL-sponsored Sept. 20th concert at Ibiza Night Club. As Diddy et al. rolled up for the Sean John fall fashion show, they ignored Jal – with cell phones pressed coolly to their ears, they had no idea they had just passed the future of hip-hop. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not crowning Jal “king of hip-hop.” It’s more about the direction the message of the art form is taking. Much like Bob Marley, Jal’s songs are conscious social and political commentaries – minus the gangsta self-aggrandizing. It reminds me of a Chinese proverb; take a glass jar and filled it half way with marbles, shake it, and it makes a lot of noise.Take the same jar, fill it to the top with marbles, shake it, and it makes no sound. Get it, grasshopper? There was a lot of noise surrounding GQ’s “50 most powerful people in D.C.” event at Café Milano in September. Washington – the red-headed stepchild to the powerful New York media machine – was graced by publishing demigods Condé Nast Publications, who inform us that 24 of the 50 individuals on the GQ power list descended upon the event – it’s highly debatable. Franco, we love you, and we realize this was supposed to be a “hot event,” but

WL Executive Editor Michael M. Clements, keeping an eye on the comings and goings of media, arts and society in Washington.

please, could you turn on the air conditioning next time? I can’t recall an event in Manhattan or Beverly Hills where I ever dehydrated from sweating. Maybe it’s an Italian thing; I don’t know. In retrospect, the evening should have been called GQ’s “Washington’s 50 most commonly sighted media types: a night of sweat, hot air and finger food.” Count me guilty as charged. If not for The Examiner and Media Bistro’s Patrick Gavin and his well-documented encounter with a finger-waving Canadian lass, the night would have passed in a New York minute. Polish director Mariusz Trelinsk ’s contemporary interpretation of Puccini’s classic opera La Bohème had enough men in drag, street walkers and Matrix-meets-Vegas costuming to keep the Kennedy Center hot in the coldest days of winter. Placido Domingo might be

feeling some heat from traditional opera fans for the out-of-the-box interpretation.The Post’s Tom Page panned it, noting its unconventional use of a “bumpy video projection” and “slangy supertitles” among other issues. Interestingly, on its website, WNO cites a positive comment from Page (he had a few) – Washingtonians do love their spin. (Again, guilty as charged. ) I enjoyed the interpretation. Vittorio Grigolo’s Rodolfo and Emmanuel Villaume’s orchestration were all that you would expect of an international-caliber performance at the Kennedy Center; Korean baritone and former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Hyung Yun (Marcello) nearly stole the show with a sensitive and steady performance; the staging was innovative and daring; and, hey, there was a gorilla, an Elvis impersonator, bozo the clown, and the Indian from the Village People on stage as well – what more could you ask for? Was this opera? Perhaps for Page and a few glassy-eyed ticket holders, it wasn’t. But for the hundreds of high school and college kids who saw that “bumpy video” and read those “slangy supertitles” via the WNO’s ground-breaking simulcast of La Bohème, this is opera. The WNO fed the Sept. 23rd performance to 32 schools across the country, as well as on the National Mall and in select Washington movie theaters. If there was ever an production that was going to create a new generation of opera enthusiasts, this is it. The WNO is also working with HUD to introduce the world of opera, including its employment opportunities, to families living in public and assisted housing across the country. Perhaps the gorilla and Elvis impersonator are something that the late Luciano Pavarotti – a humble baker’s son – would have appreciated. Readers wishing to get in touch with Michael can email: letters@washingtonlife.com.


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artnerships are all about diplomacy. Democrats and Republicans butt heads frequently in our little microcosm of nations, yet scuffles in Congress give way to grudging compromise when the bill’s simply got to get passed. It’s fitting, then, that restauranteurs and nightclub owners – one ministering to the appetites and one to, well, the other appetites – would form similar alliances. Michael Kosmides of Play Nightclub (1219 Connecticut Ave., NW) recently partnered with Fabrizio Aielli and wife Ingrid of TeatroGoldoni (1909 K St., NW); Kosmides will segue Teatro’s four-star dining experience into a first-class hotspot. Further collaborations are afoot as well for the dream team of Tony Cord, Richard Johns and DJ Neekola (responsible for a series of smashing rooftop, open-air soirées this summer); their baby, D’AIRE (short for DC Open Air Lounge), will take its first wobbly steps in various (yet to be named) parks on Thursday and Friday nights in October from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Few know that “Diplomacy,” an arcane board game in which players act as European powers (it’s real, we swear!), was the favorite pastime of expert alliance-makers Henry Kissinger and John F. Kennedy. Appropriately, Diplomacy shares its place in our town with another game: Monopoly, where Park Place is a notoriously sought-after piece of property. The Park @ Fourteenth (920 14th St., NW) will be worth far more if new GM Dirk Van Stockum gets his way. Stockum’s impressive cirriculum vitae includes working the door at District after-hours staples Diva,The Fifth Column, Zei Sesto Senso and Poseurs.The Park@Fourteenth is slated to open this fall. “Cocktail caucus” isn’t a phrase commonly

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used (in fact, I think I just coined it), even in a city where everyone has a little bit of an agenda. Hillary Rodham Clinton harnessed the power of cocktails and the voice of siren Mya at Ibiza Night club (1222 First St., NE) for a fundraiser on September 3; she’s not the only Clinton who knows how to party. Lotus Lounge (1420 K St., NW) serves up political punch at their “Pick the POTUS at Lotus,” where votes will be tallied electronically

The new Ceviche, opening in Glover Park, is elegantly appointed with red leather seating.

between the Hawaiian-inspired “Obama-rama,” the Guiliani “Big Apple” martini and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s strong and sweet “Hillartini” and many more. While there’s no way to predict who will pop the victory cork come election day, we bet that non-alcoholic “The Romney” won’t be a best-seller.You’ve got till November 2008 to “drink the vote” at Lotus, so vote early and often. Politically speaking, Mauricio Fraga-Rosenfeld and Latin Concepts, famed for restaurant Ceviche, are obviously fans of “manifest destiny.” Not content to dominate Silver Springs’ tastebuds, they’re expanding to claim Glover Park “in the name of Spain,” à la Columbus. The new, sister Ceviche restaurant has been outfitted in red leather and chandeliers – “Latin-Rustic” is the official party line for the look – by renowned Georgetown firm Grupo Seven Design Studio, LLC.

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Love still has powerful lobbyists in the district.The focus in recent weeks has been on power couples, as the pending nuptials of several local golden gals and guys loom on the social horizon. Jenna Bush and Henry Hager (who dumped a previous, luckless girlfriend in Jenna’s favor) are getting hitched, while Beltway belle Ashley Taylor’s 8-carat, emerald-cut diamond from fiancée Joe Robert nearly outshines the sun on the Reflecting Pool. Geese fly south for the winter; in the Capitol, humans migrate to all four corners of the globe. Katherine Kennedy’s boyfriend, soccer stud Bobby Boswell, will become a pen pal in the wake of the former’s jaunt to the London School of Economics, where she’s angling for her Phd. Kerri Ann Meslar (the woman behind the influx of bodacious Bud girls at recent parties) leaves for North Carolina, and Georgetown socialite Katheryn Durea will attend Stanford Business School. Natt Fogg, Lindsay Stroud and Trip Donnelly sojourned to Maine for a lobster red, white and blue Fourth of July and then to Nantucket, where we assume Donnelly put his new modeling skills (gained from being the new Vineyard Vines poster-boy) to good use. The ubiquitous Ray Regan and pal Michael Saylor had a man-date in the South of France and then later reuinited aboard Roby Penn’s 40-foot sailboat in the Caribbean; Penn was heard to note wryly that it “actually takes work when you have to sail the boat yourself.”Take heart, Roby – the ladies love an able-bodied seaman!

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Let the Season Begin Coffee talks, summer memories and a noble Cambodian cause BY DONNA SHOR

HELLO AGAIN That smart girl, Lynda Webster, again brought together a crowd of friends at the Chevy Chase Club just after Labor Day. Her annual “back-from-vacation” coffee gathering kicked off Washington’s fall season and gave everyone a chance to compare summer travels while nibbling on pastries. Gilan Tocco Corn’s summer was probably the most dramatic, as her beloved cousin, Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari, was released from a Tehran prison. Gilan and her sister, Goli, had spent their school days in Vienna with Haleh, who is now director of the Middle East Program at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. She is a strong advocate of a U.S.-Iran dialogue as a means to end the mutual hostilities. After traveling to Iran to visit her aging mother, Haleh was denied an exit permit for four months, then was jailed on spurious espionage charges. Denied a lawyer or contact with the outside world, she was held for 105 days in notorious Evin Prison, where political prisoners have been tortured and have died. Thankfully, at the moment this is written, Haleh has returned to her Potomac home, and Gilan is en route there for a reunion. Other Washingtonians spent happier summers, like the adventurous Connie Carter, who toured Yosemite on a Harley, and then flew to a wedding in historic Kelso (which Sir Walter Scott called the most romantic place in Scotland); Alexine Jackson was off in Jamaica; and Alma Gildenhorn and her husband Joseph (our former ambassador to Switzerland) spent time in Aspen, where Alma is a trustee of the Aspen Institute. Donna Pflieger and husband Jack were all over the map, from Quogue, Long Island to Nantucket to Paris. Then, they accidentally found themselves watching two major summer

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fires. In Greece, where they rented a home (complete with infinity pool) on the Saronic Gulf, across from Poros, they and their guests watched the fires savaging the Peloponnese. And if that weren’t enough, in Sun Valley, they stayed with friends in a home with views of the Idaho fires. “Luckily, they had their own jet,” said Donna, “so we could have gotten out quickly if the fires had been closer.” Those are the right kind of friends to have when disaster threatens. Debbie Sigmund spent time in Nantucket, where she said the smashing party given jointly by Grace and Morty Bender and TV’s Barbara Harrison and her developer husband John Pyles was a high point. Finally, the much-traveled Ina Ginsburg stayed home. She closed the door and took advantage of a quiet summer to get caught up with herself – fulfilling many a work-addled Washingtonian woman’s dream – sorting out her paperwork

and rearranging her closets for the busy season ahead. Others glimpsed in the coffee-crowd were Cynthia Fehr, a few days before a wedding anniversary trip to Mexico, where she and hubby had honeymooned; Denise Alexander, up from Palm Beach; and Nini Ferguson, just back from a Colorado fishing trip with her son and daughter; Vicky Sant; Shaista Mamood; Anna Maria Via; Tandy Dickerson; Ellie Merrill; Ann Jenkel; and ambassadors’ wives from several countries, including Shamim Jawad (Afghanistan); Lady Manning (United Kingdom); Laurel Colless (Finland); Svetlana Ushakova (The Russian Federation); Hannah Reiter (Poland); and Kathleen El-Maaroufi , the wife of the former ambassador of Morocco. APSARAS GALORE! That dedicated international charity, Friends Without a Border, gave a memorable program of dinner and performances at the French Embassy’s La Maison Francaise, to benefit Cambodia’s Angkor Hospital for Children. “The Night of the Apsara,” as the evening was called, celebrated the exquisite sculptured Apsara dancers portrayed on Cambodia’s temples.While imposing Angkor Wat is the best known of the district, the massive “fourfaced” Bayon heads of Angkor Thom are renowned (and fun, if tricky, to climb around); yet it is at the little jewel of Banteay Srei that these dancing divinities come into their own. Accompanied by Khmer music throughout the evening, young Cambodian women, Apsara-clad, performed the classical dances. Photographer Kenro Izu began this charity only ten years ago, and already his labor of love has helped the children of Cambodia to a better future. Is there an event Around Town should know about? Email donnashor@aol.com.

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Mama Mia! NIAF Gala lands big names in Martin Scorsese, Rudy Giulani and Grey’s Anatomy Ellen Pompeo BY FRANCO NUSCHESE

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he National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) gala has been one of Washington, hottest annual events for more than 30 years. I hope you’re a regular guest, but if not, this is the year to start! An incredible line-up of honorees will attend the 32nd annual gala on October 13. Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese will be recognized for launching a new NIAF program in memory of Jack Valenti (who will also be recognized). The gala includes a tribute to actress Ellen Pompeo of the hot television series “Grey’s Anatomy.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and former New York City mayor Rudolf W. Giuliani will form a bipartisan duo when they accept their Special Achievement Awards in Public Service. Joining them are the muchloved actress, singer and entrepreneur Connie Stevens and William D. Novelli, CEO of the American Association of Retired Persons. While I have supported NIAF and its blacktie dinner for a long time, this year I am honored to co-chair this national event at the Washington Hilton & Towers for more than 3,000 guests from across the United States and Italy. Celebrities and high-profile Italian Americans will head to Washington to cheer on their friends. Rock ’n’ roll legend Neil Sedaka will arrive on Friday evening to get the weekend party started at the annual “Salute to the Martini” with a special performance. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito,

Jr. and Antonin Scalia, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Actress Susan Lucci, baseball great Yogi Berra, Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil, as well as Italy’s Ambassador to the U.S., the Hon. Giovanni Castellaneta and U.S. Ambassador to Italy Ronald P. Spogli will attend. The NIAF gala weekend has been graced by the presence of every U.S. president since 1975, including President George W. Bush last year. Past honorees and invited guests for this year include Sophia Loren, Tim McGraw, Robert De Niro, Lee Iacocca, Giorgio Armani, Roberto Benigni, Al Pacino, Andrea Bocelli, Nicolas Cage,Tony Bennett, Joe Montana, John Travolta and Paul Tagliabue. Attendees will toast both the honorees, who have excelled through hard work and Italian passion, and the Foundation itself. NIAF is dedicated to preserving Italian heritage and culture, and celebrating the positive influence Italian

THE NIAF GALA WEEKEND has been attended by every U.S. president since 1975, including President George W. Bush last year.

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ABOVE: Martin Scorsese will be honored with the first ever Jack Valenti award for excellence in film. LEFT: Co-chair Franco Nuschese at the 2006 NIAF Gala dinner, that annually brings 3,000 ItalianAmericans together.

Americans have had on this great nation. As an Italian by birth who worked hard to build my new life in America, I, too, celebrate the best of our heritage and culture at this important event. Please join me.This year promises to be the best in the Foundation’s 32-year history.The cause is great—programs benefiting all Americans. Purchase your tickets at www.niaf.org or call 202-387-0600 to attend una meravigliosa serata (a marvelous evening)!

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Looking Forward with Anticipation The 23rd Lombardi Gala celebrates with an eye to the future BYTINA ALSTER, M.D. AND THE HON . PAUL FRAZER

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ABOVE: 2006 Lombardi Gala Ballroom decorated with the theme of “Beating the Odds.” Photos by Seva Raskin. RIGHT: Karen Hodges, Walter Hodges, Jr., Margaret Hodges, Laurie Hodges Lapeyre and Pierre Lapeyere, Jr.

Lombardi, who was treated at Georgetown University Hospital for cancer. Margaret Hodges, who continues to serve on the planning committee today, “deputized” her friends and rallied them around her to make the first Lombardi Gala happen. The 1986 inaugural event – organized and implemented by an all-volunteer committee – sold out, and it continues to do so to this day. The 2007 Lombardi Gala, to be held on November 3 at the Washington Hilton & Tower’s International Ballroom, will feature a select live auction and awards presented to

remarkable individuals for their fight against cancer. This is followed by dancing. This year’s honorees include U.S. Open Champion and former CBS Announcer Ken Venturi and internationally renowned sculptor John Safer, who will receive the Margaret L. Hodges Leadership Award. Past Lombardi Award recipients include: Richard Petty, Lance Armstrong, Joe Torre, Peggy Fleming, Nancy Brinker, Evelyn Lauder, Carolyn Deaver, Andrea Roane and Dan Jansen. We look forward to welcoming you.


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Straight from the Vine Private vintners will soon be drinking up the rewards of a great grape crop in hunt country BY VICKY MOON

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Grape nuts As summer slowly slipped away, grapes on area arbors were positively, perfectly ripe. The drought had been a double-edged sword for area agriculture aficionados. While the farmers were doing rain dances for taller corn, the vintners were jumping for joy. “It’s a very intense time of year,” said John Todhunter, who owns Three Fox vineyards along with his wife, Holli Todhunter. As harvest time draws near, a deluge of rain could cause the grapes to swell with water, diluting the sugar content or possibly popping the delicate fruit open – all of which makes the difference between a good year and disaster. The long hot dry summer was an advantage for grape production. “You only have a small window of opportunity to create a wine with character,” John remarked. Holli and John and others with small vineyards in the countryside celebrate the end of the growing season in different ways. fifty members of Three Fox Vineyards’ Vintners Circle, whose membership entitles them to discounts and harvesting privileges, gathered with harvest shears in hand. The Todhunters spent 20 years traveling out from the city to the Middleburg area and looking at land before they purchased fifty acres in Delaplane in 2002. “It has always been our dream to have a vineyard,” Holli said. There are ten and a half acres of vines planted at Three Fox Vineyards with Viognier, Pinot Grigio, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc expected to produce 3,000 cases this season. (Their 2006 Alouette Cabernet Franc recently took a silver in the Vinifera Wine Growers Mid-Atlantic competition.) The vineyard is open for tastings, and the views while sitting and sipping are magnificent. Over near the village of Rectortown, Vicki and Bill Edmands were preparing to swing open the gates (by appointment only) for the debut of their boutique vineyard,Vintage Ridge. “We want to provide something more than the typical tasting room experience. Guests will be able to enjoy a flight of wines with delicious bites at a seated tasting within the working winery,”Vicki said. Friends, family and some additional hands helped

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LEFT: Linda Roberts and Mary Rodriguez at Mansfield, putting the “fun” in fundraiser; MIDDLE: Wine bottle labels from Maizemoor Vineyards and Three Fox Vineyards; RIGHT: Empty bottles at Maizemoor – where they cultivate Viognier and Chardonnay grapes.

with picking their seven acres of vines, which will eventually produce Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Mourvedre, Syrah, Pinot Gris and Vidal Blanc wines. Just around the corner, Holli and Moses Thompson invited neighbors over for the second harvest at their private Maizemoor Vineyards where they are lovingly cultivating Viognier and Chardonnay grapes – both from Dijon grafted onto Napa root stock. “We produce all our own grapes, harvest, crush, press, bottle and label all our wine,” said Moses, who frequently tiptoes out at dawn to tend to the vines. The Thompsons began growing in 2004, when Moses was out fox hunting. “While at a check, after a long run, taking our breaths,

and giving the hounds a chance to catch theirs before casting off again, [Friend George Panariello] whispered words about the joys of working in his vineyard,” Moses said. “Sitting there on my horse, listening to George go on, I could imagine doing the same at my farm, Maizemoor,” Moses continued. “Surely, this was Thomas Jefferson’s dream: hunting Reynard the Fox in the vineyards that produce the wine on one’s table.” Pimm’s Cup On the other side of Paris Mountain in Berryville, guests were sipping a Pimm’s Cup on the lawn of Sandy Johnston and Laurie Volk’s Mansfield Farm as summer quietly faded into fall. The event was a British Picnic

Hamper Supper, a “Fun(d) raiser” to benefit the Blue Ridge Hunt. Bowties and garden hats were optional, yet encouraged. There’s a whisper down the field where the year has shot her yield, And the ricks stand grey to the sun, Singing: ‘Over then come over, for the bee has quit the clover, And your English summer’s done. ~Rudyard Kipling

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ierre Vimont had scarcely been named Ambassador to Washington when word came that France’s newly elected President, Nicolas Sarkozy, was heading to the unlikely location of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, for an August holiday. Rekindling relations with the White House in the wake of the Iraq war was high on Sarkozy’s agenda when he met with President Bush at nearby Kennebunkport over hamburgers and blueberry pie. That informal visit and Mr. Vimont’s assignment to Washington are harbingers of a new era in transatlantic cooperation. “I am arriving at a moment when Franco-American relations are particularly interesting,” says Vimont – the elegant, soft-spoken and seasoned Parisian diplomat who moved into the lavish residence on Kalorama Road in early September. “President Sarkozy’s recent declarations call for relaxing the Left: The red “grand salon,” relationship; my role is to translate this one of the masterpieces of the residence, boasts a painting will into action.” by Bonnard. Above: As the True to his word, the new ambassador former chief of staff in France’s has hit the ground running. After Foreign Ministry, new French Amb. Pierre Vimont served presenting his credentials to President three consecutive ministers Bush on September 18th, he assisted over the last five years and has been involved in some of the with President Sarkozy’s visit to the hottest international dossiers. United Nations General Assembly and is preparing an official summit meeting with Mr. Bush in Washington, due to take place in November.

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This flurry of activity puts Mr. Vimont at the center of a jam-packed bilateral agenda for rapprochement between Paris and Washington over such complex issues as Iraq, Iran, NATO, the European Union and the global environment. “There is a tremendous opportunity to renew the Franco-American relationship, and Ambassador Vimont will be leading that effort in Washington,” says Antony Blinken, staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.“Besides being the consummate diplomat, he has deep knowledge of the transatlantic and global agenda.” As the former chief of staff in France’s Foreign Ministry, Vimont served three consecutive ministers over the last five years – Dominique de Villepin, Michel Barnier and Philippe DousteBlazy – and has been involved in some of the hottest international dossiers. He is also known in diplomatic circles as a bit of a workaholic. Legend has it that when Parisian diplomats drove by the Quai d’Orsay late at night, on the way back from their dinner parties, they would inevitably spot only one lit window on the façade of the imposing foreign ministry that overlooks the Seine river: It was Pierre Vimont, burning the midnight oil. His passionate and tireless commitment won over President Sarkozy as he sought to replace

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Ambassador Jean-David Levitte, called back to the Elysée Palace to head France’s newly-created National Security Council, modeled on the American one. A career diplomat and graduate of France’s elite Ecole Nationale d’Administration,Vimont is very familiar with Washington where, as the son of a diplomat, he lived as a child. Over the course of his distinguished career, he has held a number of key posts, including ambassador to the European Union, chief of staff to the Minister for European Affairs and director for scientific, technical and educational cooperation. Thirty years after joining the French Foreign Service, he returns to the United States at a sensitive moment in a relationship that has weathered its share of storms. Alluding, in flawless English, to an agenda worthy of his dynamic President,Vimont’s vision for his tenure reaches far beyond immediate and pressing strategic issues. “This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Marquis de Lafayette. It is an important occasion to celebrate the remarkable things that France has brought to America, the solidarity between our two countries that is sometimes overlooked.” To launch this celebration, he has already hosted members of the Congressional French

Caucus and plans festivities through June 2008 at his ornate residence that sits on five lush acres overlooking Rock Creek Park with gardens reminiscent of the Tuileries. “People would always tell me that this house is so French,” muses François Bujon de l’Estang, who served as ambassador from 1995 to 2001. “The irony is that, with its neo-Tudor design, it is anything but French.” But, he adds, “What makes it French is the art de vivre.” The residence, whose breathtaking interiors evoke various periods of French design, from the grand siècle of Louis XIV to the Empire of Napoléon, and whose masterpiece is the red grand salon with its Bonnard painting, has always been the site of some of the capital’s greatest social and intellectual gatherings. Even at the height of the Iraq crisis that replaced French fries with “freedom fries” in the Congressional lexicon, one could spot an amusing mix of Francophiles, and even an occasional neoconservative, sharing sumptuous meals and exquisite wines in the beautiful boiserie dining room. Ambassador Vimont will no doubt carry on the long tradition of his predecessors in maintaining the French residence as a place where Washington’s left, right and center can debate, argue and, in the end, toast one another.

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Opposite Page: The residence was built in 1905 and bought by France in 1936. The original home belonged to an American, who – legend has it – was so sad when his daughter got married that he built a second home for her on the grounds. That property is now the residence of the Portuguese Ambassador. Top: The residence, here in mid-summer spendor, sits on five lush acres of gardens that border Rock Creek Park with trees, flowers, birds and a swimming pool. On July 14th every year, the French community is invited to celebrate Bastille Day. Left: The beautiful pale green boiserie dining room is the site of sumptuous meals and has hosted some of Washington’s most notable social and intellectual gatherings. Amb. Vimont will now be responsible for the well-stocked wine cellar – a task his predecessors have taken very seriously, much to the delight of dinner guests.

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The Prince of Beaux Arts The legacy of Washington architect Jules Henri de Sibour BY DONNA EVERS

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n the early 1900s, Dupont Circle rivaled New York’s upper Fifth Avenue as the place for prominent and wealthy people to congregate, and it was the first time Washington had a concentration of people rich enough to define themselves by the homes they built.The captains of industry and commerce were as wealthy as kings and commissioned houses as grand as European palaces. Many of them found the appropriate symbol for their status in the exuberant Beaux Arts style, and the perfect architect in Jules Henri de Sibour. De Sibour had credentials that impressed his American audience: his mother was from Maine and his father,Vicomte Gabriel de Sibour, was a direct descendent of French King Louis The Clarence Moore house at 1746 Massachusetts Avenue, now the Embassy of Uzbekistan. IX. In the 30 years Jules de Sibour worked in Washington, he produced a staggering number of private homes, theaters, hotels and office De Sibour was not happy there and probably buildings, from the Folger Library to the Jefferson would have left the profession, had it not Hotel. His elegant McCormick Apartment been for the renowned architect Bruce Price, Building, which now houses the National Trust who became his mentor. De Sibour joined for Historic Preservation, shows the masterful Price’s firm, then took his boss’s advice and way he accommodated the Beaux Arts style to went to Paris to study at the same school the angular lots of the city’s complicated grid, Louis had attended, the world-famous Ecole which was laid out by an earlier French visionary, des Beaux Arts. De Sibour practiced in New York, then Pierre L’Enfant. De Sibour is best remembered for the private mansions he designed up and married and moved to Washington in 1909, down Massachusetts Avenue on Embassy Row, where he already had a following. He was which are now residences, chanceries and embassies of Canada, Columbia, France, Luxembourg, Peru, Portugal, Spain and Uzbekistan.These buildings reflect de Sibour’s genius as a master synthesizer of the French Beaux Arts style and American tastes of the time. It is ironic that de Sibour became an architect by accident. He didn’t know what he wanted to do after he graduated from Yale, so his architect LEFT: The glass and steel awning at the McCormick Apartment brother Louis got him a job at a building, now the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is typical of the Beaux Arts style. RIGHT: A drawing of notable prestigious design firm in New York.

handsome, charming, gregarious and made friends easily. He became a friend of Clarence Moore, a coal magnate, who was master of the hunt at the Chevy Chase Club. De Sibour designed the clubhouse at Chevy Chase and Moore’s own magnificent residence.The Beaux Arts gem at 1746 Massachusetts Avenue was called “one of the finest houses ever erected in the city” by the AIA Guide to Washington Architecture. Unfortunately, Moore was never able to enjoy his new home, because he took a trip to England to purchase hunting dogs for the club and booked his return passage on the one and only voyage of the Titanic. During the Great Depression, many of the fine homes were closed up. Few people who lived in Washington needed ballrooms or an entire separate floor for servant’s quarters. Luckily for us, these grand houses were not torn down, since they were ideally suited as embassies, consulates and public buildings, and that’s what they are today. Thomas Jefferson once predicted that fine architecture would improve the taste of his countrymen, “increase their reputation” among citizens of more established nations, “reconcile them to the rest of the world and procure them its praise.” We can only wonder if the citizens of the new and old nations who live and work in Jules de Sibour’s buildings are so reconciled. Jefferson was right, in as much as the legacy of de Sibour’s brilliant Beaux Arts creations provide a bridge between our younger country and its European inheritance.And, while these magnificent buildings may or may not impress visitors from other countries, their more lasting value is that they change the way we who live here see ourselves, our past and our possibilities.

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Chevy Chase/Kenwood

Sensational 1936 Fieldstone Colonial expanded and renovated to perfection. Over 8,000 s.f. of living space and 18,399 s.f. on the property. “Great Room” off the breakfast room and kitchen, high ceilings, stenciled floors, Palladium windows, hand-painted walls, media room, extra sitting rooms off two of the bedrooms. Virtual tour-HomeVisit.com. $3,495,000. Mary Ann Corette 202.256.5501 Georgetown Office 202.944.8400

Kalorama

Mediterranean Revival.This substantial 8 bedroom, 7 bathroom home presents the finest modern technology within a framework of grand, turn-of-the-century architecture. Elegant embassy-sized spaces. Restored and renovated throughout. Garage and driveway parking. Located in Washington’s distinguished Kalorama neighborhood.$5,995,000. Jay Dahill 301.646.5816 Friendship Heights Office 202.364.5200

Bethesda

Contemporary Tuscan-inspired villa, set on two wooded acres in the prestigious Eagle Ridge section of Avenel. The formal LR & adjacent formal rooms open to sunlit patio. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer grand views of the large oval lawn. Master bedroom wing with his and her libraries, private baths and dressing rooms, and French doors opening over private garden. Guest & family wing with 3 additional bedrooms, each with private sitting rooms. $3,795,000. Nancy Itteilag, Foxhall Office 202.363.1800

Bethesda

European style residence re-designed & renovated to create a supremely super interior that is compatible with endless views of extensive plantings. Masterfully crafted, exquisite in every detail: coffered ceilings, inlaid floors, new media room,wine cellar, custom milled woodwork throughout, 5 fireplaces & more. All on a spectacular 1.7 acres with pool, spa, pond, secret garden, night lights & sound. $3,695,000. Mary Ann Corette 202.256.5501 Georgetown Office 202.944.8400

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Beautiful Victorian in the heart of the East Village. Living room with fireplace, dining room with built-in bookshelves. High ceilings, hardwood floors throughout. Upstairs- 3 bedrooms, master with newly finished BA ensuite, 2 additional bedrooms & updated bathroom. Master has custom-made walk in closet with rm for 75 pairs of shoes! English basement has a BR, living area, kitchenette & bathroom. Short walk to Montrose Park, very close to Metro. $1,475,000. Sarah Howard 703.862.7181, 202.339.9227 Georgetown Office 202.944.8400

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Rare Find! Unique mint-condition 1880’s 4-level, 4-unit with stunning Circle views. It’s head of its class in quality and design. Character abounds in tall ceilings, gorgeous crown moldings, restored original flooring and custom cabinetry throughout. Washer/Dryers in each unit. Perfect for a buyer/investor to occupy and live with mtg. covered. $1,395,000. Derry Haws 202.285.6702 Dorothy Simmons 202.588.2300 Georgetown Office 202.944.8400

Totals 67 percent. Does not include brokers with less than 5 percent market share.

Historic Westchester

New York Park Avenue Style. Old World Grandeur. Quiet corner apartment with grand proportions and an elegant floorplan. Gracious foyer with antique mirror(conveys), step-down living room, large formal dining room, library with built-in bookshelves, custom gourmet kitchen. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths. Overlooking park. Jeanne Livingston 202.236.5958 Susan Daves 202.321.2600

Foggy Bottom

3 Professional suites (2100sf) on 1st floor of Potomac Plaza Terrace. 24--hour front desk, more garage spaces at 24th and G Streets, NW, Foggy Bottom Metro & 1 block to George Washington Hospital.$838,570. Tom Murphy 202.246.6448 Foggy Bottom Office 202.296.5200

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Foggy Bottom

4 bedroom duplex with 4 full baths & 2 power rooms. Large living room, dining room, and new kitchen. Tandem parking. Exclusive use of dramatic roof top with Potomac River views. Next to Metro, Kennedy Center & GW Hospital. $1,399,000. Tom Murphy 202.246.6448 Foggy Bottom Office 202.296.5200

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Home Buyers’ Harvest “Fall” in love with one of these beautiful homes ROCKCREEKRESPITE BELMONTROADNW WASHINGTONDC

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Situated in Kalorama against Rock Creek Park, this classic Georgian home features six bedrooms, while the three-story addition in the rear provides airy porches with glass walls.The sleeping porch off the library was a favorite resting area for Senator J. William Fulbright, who owned the house for 40 years until his death in 1995.The main level features a foyer and spacious living and dining rooms, ideal for entertaining.The state-of-the-art kitchen with breakfast room was planned for accommodating the needs of a busy household, and the second level master suite features a bedroom with dressing room, abundant closet space, and two full baths offering Jacuzzi and steam shower. The home also features four additional bedrooms. Extras include a wine cellar with space for 2,000 bottles, staff quarters with bedroom and bath, gardens and a two car garage. ASKING  Listing Agent: Giselle Theberge Washington Fine Properties Contact: 202-302-4947 or giselle@wfp.com

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Phillips Park, a new development containing 46 home sites on the former estate of Marjorie and Duncan Phillips on Foxhall Road, NW, is a high-end residential community with lot prices beginning at just over $1 million. After residents have chosen a plot, they have the opportunity to build a custom home designed by an architect and builder of their choice, as long as they meet the developer’s criteria. The sites, which range from 9,000 to 17,000 square feet, are designed to accommodate homes from 4,500 to 9,000 square feet. Listing Agent: Susie Gorgon Maguire Long & Foster susie.maguire@longandfoster.com

Listing Agent: Kim Gibson Arnold, Bradley, Sargent, Davy & Chew, Inc. ktgibson4400@starpower.net

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WASHINGTON, DC

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PASADENA, MD

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FORT WASHINGTON, MD

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Wesley Heights. Sophisticated and Elegantly updated Manor on quiet cul-de-sac – backs to parkland, exquisite architectural detail, and embassy sized rooms. Own a piece of history!

Rare opportunity! 4 acres includes 2 waterfront houses w/income producing 39-slip deepwater marina on Broad Creek near Annapolis. Beautiful 4BR Nantucket-style house w/pool, + 3 BR cottage. Boaters’ dream!

Meg Crowlie, 301-641-7488 / 301-229-4000

Ellie Shorb, 240-338-8919 / 202-362-1300

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WASHINGTON, DC/FOREST HILLS $2,395,000

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PARADISE FOUND! Luscious gardens and open floor plan; steps to restaurants, shopping and Metro, this tastefully renovated French Manor home in Forest Hills has 7 BR, 4 FB, 2PR, 3 FRs, loads of sunlight.

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Georgetown former storefront belies amazing urban home with New York City sophistication. More information and additional listings at: www.MelmanMolik.com

Cheryl Hanks, 202-302-5770 Irina Thomas, 240-277-2811/ 202-966-0400

Dan Melman, 202-841-8353 Mary Jane Molik, 202-669-4689 / 202-966-0400

DICKERSON, MD

CHEVY CHASE, MD

$1,850,000

“Mt. Carmel” - Early 1800’s - Historic stone manor home on 49+ acres with stone tenant house, bank barn, stream and pastures. Visit: www.tkhomes.com

Toni Koerber, 301-802-6770 / 301-299-6000

ROCKVILLE, MD

$1,275,000

Sensational Colonial on half acre lot backing to woods. Hardwoods, cook’s kitchen with granite, Wolf stove, Stainless appliances, MBR Suite. 3 Finished levels, 3 car garage.

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$1,775,000

Waterfront Estate - Located just twenty minutes to downtown Washington, enjoy spectacular views from Old Town to the National Cathedral, minutes to the National Harbor.

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BETHESDA, MD

$1,890,000

ABELL, MD

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Toni Koerber, 301-802-6770 / 301-299-6000

$1,695,000

Meg Crowlie, 301-641-7488 / 301-229-4000

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Toni Koerber, 301-802-6770 / 301-299-6000

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The Entertainer! This French colonial artfully combines formal and family spaces into 5,000 square feet of perfection! Includes paneled library, wine room, billiards room, pool, 6 bedrooms, and is just inside Beltway.

Contemporary Waterfront. Enjoy water views from every room in this new construction home, commercial grade kitchen, and stunning craftsmanship throughout the home.

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$2,495,000

Stunning custom-built colonial on 2+ acres, backs to parkland. Landscaping, select trees and plants provide exceptional privacy. Breathtaking views. Superior quality and attention to detail throughout. Builder’s own home!

Outstanding estate property on over 3 acres of paradise. Incredible living and entertaining space with 6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, stunning two story library, full in-law suite, separate studio/office. Visit: tkhomes.com

Beautifully updated classic Colonial with gourmet kitchen/family room addition, library, 6 bedrooms, 4.5 updated baths, backs to Chevy Chase Club. Walk to Metro and shops at Friendship Heights!

Historic “Bolington Farm” – circa 1740- brick and log residence, restored and updated. 10 acres with bank barn, spring house, toll house. Visit: tkhomes.com

POTOMAC, MD

$990,000

Country living on close to 10 acres with city convenience. Renovated all brick home with spacious rooms, gourmet kitchen, stone fireplaces, hardwood floors, landscaping. Suitable for horses. Visit: www.tkhomes.com

Toni Koerber, 301-802-6770 / 301-299-6000

Lise Howe, 240-401-5577 / 202-362-1300

$1,475,000

Location! Beautifully landscaped Mitchell & Best home on cul-de-sac close to everything – METRO, NIH, Suburban Hosp & shopping. 5 Large Bdrms/3.5 Baths, Billiards Rm, Theater, Gym, 2 Fireplaces. Gorgeous hardwood floors, high ceilings.

Colleen Barlow, 301-717-1663 / 301-299-6000

BEDFORDSHIRE/POTOMAC, MD

$989,000

Cool 4/5 bedroom, 3 bath contemporary with a colonial feel! Sited on a quiet cul-de-sac backing to parkland & golf course, this 1/3 acre lot is premium - pool with 2 sun decks and tiki bar too. Wonderful family & sun room additions.

Andy Alderdice, 301-466-5898 / 301-229-4000


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One of Washington’s great residences, this limestone-faced historic residence exemplifies the best of Beaux-Arts architecture. A recent restoration has transformed this property into perfect condition. Located among other historic mansions on Embassy Row, this sought after location is blocks to the White House and downtown Washington. ASKING

 Listing Agent: Michael Rankin Tutt, Taylor & Rankin Sotheby’s International Realty Contact: 202-271-3344 or Michael.Rankin@ sothebysrealty.com Listing Agent: Jonathan Taylor Tutt, Taylor & Rankin Sotheby’s International Realty Contact: 202-276-3344 or Jonathan.Taylor@ sothebysrealty.com

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This stately stone colonial sits on a tree-lined street in a convenient closein neighborhood just steps from Connecticut Avenue and minutes from downtown Washington. The property has extensive gardens, terraces and a large heated swimming pool. The floor plan includes a wide center entrance hall, well-equipped kitchen, family room with fireplace and doors opening to the garden, living room with fireplace, dining room with fireplace, library and orangerie. On the second floor there are three bedroom suites. The third floor has another bedroom and bath. This residence also has a large separate guest house on three levels with spacious living room, kitchen, powder room, home office/media room, exercise room, and top floor consisting of a sitting room and two bedrooms and a bathroom. ASKING

  Listing Agent: Jamie Peva Washington Fine Properties Contact: 202-258-5050 or jpeva@aol.com

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MCLEAN, VA

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Magnificent chateau built with exceptional craftsmanship and design. Extraordinary and elaborate details throughout. A rare offering. $17,500,000. 703.582.4254 202.276.3344 202.271.3344

KALORAMA HEIGHTS

Perfectly sited on an exclusive two block street in one of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most desirable neighborhood. This handsome three-story residence has exceptional style and grandeur, great privacy with mature gardens, terraces and pool. $10,000,000. Michael Rankin 202.271.3344 Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344

POTOMAC

much more.$2,350,000. Kimberly Casey

MCLEAN, VA

Potomac Falls home with 7 bedrooms, 5 baths (including a 2 bedroom, 2 bath in-law suite), pool, tennis court, $1m + addition in 2001, 2 car garage and 202.361.3228

FOREST HILLS

Immaculate modern house in private enclave near the park. 5,000 sq. ft. of elegant living space, with 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, terraces on every level and exceptional outdoor space. Gym with swimming pool, bath, and storage. Two-car garage. $1,875,000. John T. Mahshie 202.271.3132

room & 3 car gar. $3,195,000. Kimberly Casey

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DUPONT

Meticulously restored 1883 Victorian house w/3BR/2.5BA, original architectural details completely intact and the comforts of modern construction. Beautiful landscaped back patio and 2-car pkg garage. $1,399,000. Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

KALORAMA

Elegant and spacious duplex penthouse with breathtaking views of the city and beyond. Well appointed with an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchen, fireplace, hardwood floors throughout and master bedroom with balcony. $899,000. Monica Belizan 202.306.6111

EMBASSY ROW

One of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great residences, this brick and limestone faced historic residence exemplifies the best of Beaux-Arts architecture. Located among other historic mansions on Embassy Row. $5,499,000. Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344 Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

WATERGATE

Elegant renovation of this 3,060 sq ft unit overlooking garden/pool/ river. Master suite with double closets, padded silk walls and imported bathroom tiles & fixtures. Custom-made Italian Gourmet kitchen w/top of the line appliances. $2,450,000. Julia Diaz-Asper 202.256.1887

KALORAMA

Federal row house near Rock Creek Park w/3 BR, 3.5 BA, library, 2 FP, huge living rm, wet bar, formal DR & eat-in kitchen. The back yard is perfect for entertaining. Parking. $1,125,000. Daryl Judy 202.380.7219

NORTH ARLINGTON

parking. $699,900. Jeff Lockard

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Classic turreted bay front rowhouse with amazing curb appeal & modern renovations with 3 bedrooms, rear deck & brick patio. 202.246.4433

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Arts & Crafts custom built by Augustine Homes, terraced flagstone patios, magnificent pool and spa w/waterfall fountains, two story foyer accented by a dramatic staircase, gourmet kitchen with a beautiful sun filled breakfast room that opens to a show stopping family room featuring a coffered ceiling, floor to ceiling wainscoted wall and dramatic fireplace with a fitting oversized mantel. Three years young, three finished levels (9,000 sq. ft.) Spectacular craftsman style.

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$3,495,000

Truly magnificent by the renowned builder Patrick Cullinane. Renovated 2004 – 2005, furniture-quality custom built-in cabinetry, custom moldings, wainscoting and fireplaces set a tone throughout this six bedroom home. Elegant foyer, exquisite two story library, grand living & dining rooms, a warm and elegant family room, new gourmet English kitchen recently featured in Architectural Digest Magazine, Private 2 acre lot w/inground pool & gazebo!.

POTOMAC

$1,885,000

“Merry Go Round Farm” arts & crafts inspired custom home by renowned architect Jim Rill, 3 levels, 1st floor master suite, finest quality, perfectly suited for modern living, 3 fireplaces, Private 0.75 acre lot backs to The Canal & Potomac River.

Bethesda, MD

$2,379,000

Fantastic custom 2 years young residence set off Bradley on a private pipestem 0.66 acre lot!! Sensational open floor plan, beautfiully decorated, 1st and 2nd floor family rooms + huge walk-out lower level, upper master bedroom + 1st floor BR, enourmous gourmet kitchen, stone tile floors, hardwoods, gourgeous!! Open SUN 09-16-07 1-4PM.

POTOMAC

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Four years young custom home, gorgeous 2 acre lot backs to C & O Canal and The Potomac River. Perfect blend of old world charm and new world style. Three fully finished daylight levels, huge deck, hot tub, three car garage. Five fireplaces! Brazilian cherry hardwoods, fantastic library & gourmet kitchen.

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5151 Palisade Lane, NW, sold by the family of Robert Adrian for $2,875, 000 now belongs to George and Nancy Balboa.

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THEDISTRICT With the aid of his wife Janet and their four sons, dermatologist Robert M. Adrian had just finished renovating PalisadeLaneďš? NW, when he died suddenly of leukemia. The founder of the Center for Laser Surgery, Adrian was a pioneer in cosmetic laser surgery and had personally trained over 5,000 physicians. Less than two weeks after his untimely death at age 60, the Adriansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Palisades property sold for $2,875,000.The elegant Colonial is situated on a cul-de-sac and has excellent curb appeal. Built in 1942, there are hardwood floors throughout the six-bedroom home. The living and dining rooms both boast large bay windows and the state-of-the-art kitchen contains a breakfast nook with a built-in desk area that opens to the family room and a deck overlooking the

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fenced rear yard. There is also a sunroom with a fireplace. Washington Fine Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Giselle Theberge helped facilitate the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sale.The new owners are George and Nancy Balboa. Another death prompted the sale of  KaloramaCircleďš?NW. The heirs of grande dame Eleanor Preston Ritchie and her late husband, General William Ludlow Ritchie, a former military aide at the White House, have sold the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-story white stucco home for $3.35 million. Built in 1930, the house has 5,394 square feet of interior living space and went for more than the asking price. William L. Ritchie Jr., Louise Ritchie Beale and C. Jackson Ritchie also sold their motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer home in Siasconset, Mass. The six-bedroom home with five baths sits on 1.01 acres at 29 Baxter Road and was purchased by Insight Baxter,

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LLC, of Newton, Mass. for $4,950,000. Also in Kalorama, Washington Fine Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; agent Jim Bell helped sell  Wyoming Avenueďš? NW, to Paul Turczynski and James Gordon.The beautifully maintained manse, built in 1911, has seven bedrooms, five and a half baths and sits on a tree-lined street. Highlights of the 8,900-square-foot residence include original chestnut paneling, a remodeled kitchen, a Florida room, seven fireplaces, a spacious sun deck, a one-bedroom in-law apartment with a full kitchen, and a two-car garage. The sellers, who wish to remain anonymous, offered the four-level brick townhouse at $2,195,000. When Regina Whitley decided to move to Memphis, she chose Washington Fine Properties agents Jamie Peva and A. Michael Sullivan Jr. as

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HOME LIFE | REALESTATENEWS

CLOCKWISE: 6450 Kedleston Court in McLean, Va., sold for $3,700,000 to Mark Lowham and Joe Ruzzo; 1626 29th Street, NW now belongs to Amy Anderson and her husband Tom Friedmann, who paid $2.35 million. The seller was Regina Whitley; Bob and Mary Rich recently sold McLeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1091 Langley Fork Lane for $3,950,000 to buyers Andrew and Isabel Kingston.

the listing agents for her brick Edwardian at  thStreetďš?NW, in Georgetown. The new owners are Dr. Amy Anderson and her husband, attorney Tom Friedmann. Prior to arriving in Washington, Friedmann had been working for the New York office of Sherman & Sterling. The day after their move, the couple became the proud parents of twin sons.They paid $2.35 million for their new home, which was built in 1902 in one of the East Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier locations. Surrounded by trees, the property has an enchanting rear walled garden. Original accoutrements include a working fireplace in the master bedroom and high ceilings in all the public rooms. As an added bonus for the proud parents, there is an in-law/au pair suite with a full kitchen. Washington Fine Properties realtor Bobbie Brewster represented the buyers.

MARYLAND Thanks in part to Washington Fine Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jim Bell,WUSA-TV sports director Bre Haber and his wife Jen have purchased a new construction project at Broxburn Court in Bethesda from the developer Sam Al, LLC for $2,395,000. Readers may recall that the Habers sold their previous home at  OliveStreetďš?NW,in Georgetown, for $2,495,000, also with the Bellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help.Their new

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abode has six bedrooms and five and a half baths on four levels with three fireplaces. The house previously occupying this Montgomery County site was destroyed by fire in 2004.

VIRGINIA

The gorgeous Georgian Colonial at  KedlestonCourt in McLean has sold for $3,700,000.The house features ten-foot ceilings, hardwood and marble floors, a mahogany library, six fireplaces, seven bedrooms and expansive grounds complete with flowering gardens, a flagstone terrace and pool. Washington Fine Property agent Cecelia Leake listed the property for the grantor, 6450 Kedleston, LLC.Weichertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Penny Yerks was the selling agent. The new owners are real estate developer Mark Lowham and Joe Ruzzo. Lowham is a Stanford MBA and senior vice-president with West Group. Ruzzo is a graduate of the University of North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dental School at Chapel Hill and the founder and principal of two prominent dental practices: the Dental Group of Tysons, and The Pentagon Dental Office where he primarily treats DODâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s civilian employees. Ruzzo and Lowham are active supporters of numerous charitable organizations. This column last reported on the couple in autumn 2002 when they sold their home at 1312 Ballantrae Farm

Drive in McLean for $3,024,000. McLeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Langley Fork Lane had only been on the market for three weeks when it sold for $3,950,000. Weichert realtors Sue Huckaby and Karen Briscoe listed the spectacular Yeonas & Ellis custom-designed brick Colonial for sellers Bob and Mary Rich.The architecturally superb home has a slate roof, six bedrooms, a recreation room, an exercise room, a game room, separate guest suite with a mini-kitchen and a four-car garage. Impressive too is the beautifully landscaped lot designed by Charles Owen and appointed with terraces, columns, a pergola and a stone fireplace.The purchasers are Andrew and Isabel Kingston. Gary Bond of Gary Bond Realty represented the Kingstons in what is one of the largest sales in Northern Virginia this year. John and Kendra Morrow now also own one of the most expensive houses sold so far this year in Northern Virginia. They paid $3,245,000 to Versailles Builders for their newly constructed home in Great Falls. Justifying the price tag are six bedrooms, six full and two half baths, a media room and an exercise room. Weichert realtor Penny Yerks represented the buyers.Victoria Kilcullen, also with Weichert, was the listing agent. Please send real estate news items to Mary_Mewborn@Yahoo.com

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Lovely 3 BR historic house with beautiful gardens on 11.3 acres with two 2 BR cottages, 3 stall barn with apt, 1 BR gate house and original brick kiln, office with a full bath and kitchen. 3 fenced paddocks. $2,250,000

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Quintessential Chevy Chase Village home. Often admired, yellow stucco Colonial on a prominent corner of the neighborhood. 6 BR, 4.5 BA, 2-car garage, landscaped garden w/pergola-covered porch. $2,295,000

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Renovated period Federal TH on quiet East Village street. Gracious entry, authentic pine floors, double parlor, new kitchen, garden w/ pool & guesthouse. $2,195,000

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MARKHAM, VIRGINIA

Colonial home with mountain views on 11+ private acres across from Naked Mountain Vineyard. Approx 4,800 square feet, 3 BRs, 3 BAs and lower level au pair suite. Ideal for commuting. $999,999

James Atkins

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Finest land in Northern Virginia. 240 acres in Conservation Easement with streams and creeks traversing. Privacy, mountain views, hills, great hunting. Premier location. $25,000 per acre.

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WASHINGTON S O C I A L  D I A R Y

THISTOWN

Unleash the Cougars Who needs Botox, pilates or yoga? The new beauty secret comes labeled “younger man” BY MICHAEL STRANGE

Back on dry land and sober, I did my due diligence. A casual survey among friends of a certain age revealed that Mrs. Robinson had blazed a trail all those years ago that many smart, buff and independentminded women follow today. Face it, if The Graduate were made today, Anne Bancroft would be married to Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock.What was once subversive is now fashionably mainstream. It’s Susan Sarandon and Madonna and Demi Moore. It’s Laurie David leaving Larry for the young gardener. Katie Couric has a 15-years-younger beau, a year for every million in her CBS salary. But it can be you, too, with the boy next door. All the pilates and yoga that fit into a day can’t compare to the fountain of youth that’s a good roll in the hay with a younger man. It’s the new Botox, and apparently it’s as easy to score as those $600-a-pop shots. A notorious founding member of the Cougar Hall of Fame happens to have a Washington pedigree – father a Congressman, two brothers in the Bush ’41 administration. That would be school teacher Mary Kay

Letourneau, who went to prison on child rape charges for bedding a student 21 years her junior. As dirty old man Woody Allen so famously said, “the heart wants what the heart wants”; Mary Kay is now married to her prey, Vili Fualaau, and they have two children. But can it play today in this town, where even Hollywood Fred Thompson takes heat for having a comely young wife? Would there be a jolt if Queen Noor stepped out with Tripp Donnelly rather than Jim Kimsey? Personally, I think a little romantic agerole-reversal might be just what’s needed to get this town’s groove back. Let’s let the cougars out! Younger women, naturally, are dumbfounded by this trend, but who cares? Girls, you can keep the old guys. The day after our dinner, Jesse sent two-dozen white roses and a bottle of rare burgundy with an envelope addressed only to me. My secretary blushed when she handed over the card. After the obligatory polite thank you, he’d scrawled with his best prep school penmanship, “Give one rose to the boss. The rest are for you, and the wine is for when you have me … to lunch.”

IF THE GRADUATE WERE made today, Anne Bancroft would be married to Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock.”

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IL LU STRATION BY J.C. SUA RÈ S

M

r. Strange and I host one boozy and fervid dinner each year, and it’s always a frisky night out for the firm’s old guard and new hot blood.This year we booked the historic yacht Sequoia with a chef from the Mandarin Oriental, imported to seduce our palates. The night air was cool velvet, the city’s monuments sparkled, and I imagined JFK’s mischievous ghost at the helm. We inhaled Domaine Romanée Conti like sailors on shore leave. Liquored up and feeling chatty, I leaned in close to the man on my left, the firm’s newest star, Jesse, who also happens to be a brown-eyed, blond-haired hunk. “Seeing anyone special?” I wanted to know. “No, not really.” “But the meat market is vast for you 20 and 30-somethings,” I said. He differed. “Maybe, but that’s not what I’m into.” What was he looking for, I asked. After a pause, and a long, slow sip of wine, he leaned right back into me, and knocked my Choo’s off. “Honestly, what I want is someone like you: a full blown woman.” My pulse raced. Talk about flattering the boss’s wife. Thank God the waiter with the magnum was in nodding range. “So, you want to be cougar-prey?” I purred. Dear Jesse, all 28 years of him, broke into the kind of smile that gets Brad Pitt one looney actress after another. “Seriously,” he said. “Me and many of my buddies. Last year I dated a woman who was 37, and it was great. Vintage is better. No limits. I’d date a 50-year-old if she was hot.”


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Gorgeous and stunning renovated 4 BR home with many Architectural details, spectacular private gardens and abundant light. 2-car garage, deck, patio and so much more. $1,699,000

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Elegant 3 BR, 2.5 BA with 1 BR, 1 BA Lower Level Suite offers gracious living room and dining room, renovated island kitchen with top notch appliances, fireplaces, and pristine, private rear garden. $1,595,000

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Graceful Mikkelson Colonial on one of the prettiest streets in the Town of Chevy Chase. Generous formal rooms, renovated Kitchen, family room addition, 5 BRs, 3 BA, Rec Room. Private rear garden, patio, 2-car garage. $1,699,000

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Meticulously renovated 5 BR, 4 BA home w/ expansive entrance hall, formal rooms, kitchen w/large family room, hdwd flrs & fpl. Master suite, in-law suite + 2 BRs & 1 BA. Garden, deck, garage & 2 addit’l spaces.

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Much admired serene residence w/stately facade & stunning interior. Tastefully renovated 6 BR, 3.5 BA Georgian boasts exceptional quality from the gourmet kitchen to the elegant master suite. $1,699,000

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