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SENATOR GEORGE ALLEN, the family-conscious Republican senator from Virginia, lives in Mount Vernon with his wife Susan and three children.

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CLAY BLACKMORE is an innovator in the world of portraiture and wedding photography. A celebrity and society favorite, his client list includes such luminaries as Larry King, Forrest Whitaker and Jenna Elfman and events as diverse as the PGA and political inaugural balls. 3 LILA CASTELLANETA, is the wife of the Italian Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta. She was raised in Tehran and lived in New York, London, Paris and Rome before moving to Washington, D.C.

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REP. TOM DAVIS Tom Davis is a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the Eleventh Congressional District of Virginia, in Northern Virginia. He was formerly chairman of the Fairfax,Va., Board of Supervisors, vice president and general counsel of PRC Inc., and spent eight years with the Virginia National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. 6

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8 ALISON LUKES WL’s Style Editor, returned to Washington after four and half years in New York and Paris, ready to dress some of the city’s power players. As a personal stylist she is sought after by some of Washington’s best dressed and will help anyone find the perfectly appropriate and effortlessly chic wardrobe. She heads up her own company, Alison Lukes et Cie. www. alisonlukes.com 9 GARY LANDSMAN has been shooting images for over 20 years. His clients refer to him as a photographer who warms with all of his subjects while creating captivating images. Gary’s extensive experience includes shooting still life subjects ranging from food to full scale interior architecture and corporate and advertising lifestyle. 10

JANET DONOVAN is the founder and president of Creative Enterprises International, a Washington, D.C., publicity firm whose clients include celebrities, authors, politicians and publications. She created and hosted The Beltway Broads radio show and writes the column Hollywood on the Potomac. 7 SEN. EDWARD M. KENNEDY Senator Ted Kennedy

other Senate committees. He is active on a wide range of issues from health care and Social Security to clean water and air. He washington and lives in Washington and Hyannis Port, Mass., with his wife Victoria.

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established the Leonsis Foundation in 2000 to help build a legacy of giving. They have served as co-chairs of the Best Buddies Ball and in 2000 received that organization’s “The Spirit of Leadership Award.” Ted is also the vice chairman of AOL Online, Inc., and owner of the Washington Capitals. They live in Virginia with their two children.

CORRECTIONS June ‘06, pg 38: Tom and Carol Wheeler are incorrectly listed as Dick and Betsey De Voss. Summer ’06, pg 69: WL reported that Maya Tulum was a half-hour drive south of Cancun, it is a 90 minute drive. Summer ’06, pg 95: WL incorrectly identified George Tenet as George Tennent. Summer ’06, pg. 116: WL incorrectly identified James Socas as the Democratic challenger for the 10th District of Virginia, Judy Feder is currently the Democratic challenger. Washington Life regrets these errors.

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13 SARA MATTHEWS Sara started her work as a wine photographer in 1986, when she and her husband, Thomas Matthews, moved from New York to a small wine village near Bordeaux, France. Their book, A Village in the Vineyards, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1993. Since then, she has done six more books, including Mendoza, Our Terroir, and Chile:The Art of Wine and Washington:The State of Wine was published. K E N T H A N S O N © 14

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15 VICKY MOON has chronicled the lives of the rich, the not-so-rich, the famous, and the not-so-famous for more than twenty years. She has covered local murders and prominent lives in Middleburg,Virginia for People Magazine and the Washington Post; and written about Middleburg’s hunt balls, steeplechase races and parties for Town and Country, Millionaire, Veranda and Southern Accents magazines. 16

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DONNA SHOR is an internationalist who has lived in five countries on three continents, climbed the Great Wall of China, tracked tigers in Bangladesh, raised twins in a Provencal mas and a Bordeaux wine chateau, and hobnobbed with greats from Peck (Gregory) to Picasso (Pablo). She has written widely, from the National Geographic to the Paris-based International Herald Tribune. 18 GAIL SCOTT is the author of the critically acclaimed Diplomatic Dance: The New Embassy Life in America. A veteran Washington journalist and award-winning broadcaster, she is currently diplomatic correspondent for The Georgetowner and a featured host on WMAL radio. 19

CHRIS WALLACE is the host of Fox News Sunday and contributes to the network’s political and election news coverage. He has won every major broadcast news award for his reporting, including three Emmy’s, the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton and the Peabody Award. 20

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left the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health to become an editor at America Online CityGuide where he covers Baltimore.The former editor-in-chief of UC Berkeley’s Daily Californian, can be heard Friday mornings at 9:10a.m. on WTOP radio.

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THECREATIVE COALITION’S CELEBRATIONOFAFRICAN AMERICANSINTHEARTS

Hollywood celebrities and members of Congress will be on hand for SPONSORED the Spotlight awards, honoring Rep. Charles B. Rangel and business leader and philanthropist Edward Lewis.The event pays tribute to the significant contributions of African American artists; luncheon and dialogue event

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HISPANIC HERITAGEAWARDS CEREMONY The 20th annual

awards ceremony, themed “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” introduces the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s national public awareness and educational campaign; Kennedy Center; call (202) 861-9797 for information.



THESMITHSONIAN YOUNG BENEFACTORSAUTUMN GALAThe largest cultural

membership group for young professionals in the Washington area hosts its 16th annual Autumn Gala. This black-tie event celebrates American art SPONSORED and culture and the reopening of the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum; silent auction and

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buffet 8-10 p.m., dessert buffet and dancing 10 p.m.-midnight, post-gala party at Clyde’s at Gallery Place midnight–3 a.m.; National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum; visit www. youngbenefactors.org for tickets.



THECHILDREN’SLAW CENTER’S  CELEBRATIONAND BENEFIT “TENYEARSOF HELPINGCHILDRENSOAR”

The Center’s Distinguished Child Advocate Award will be presented at this event, which also celebrates the 10th SPONSORED anniversary of the organization’s work to help Washington’s abused and neglected children find safe homes and receive the services they need to flourish;

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6-9 p.m., Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant; visit www.childrenslawcenter.org for more details.

Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Peter Pace and wife Lynn at the 2005 WL -sponsored USO Gala



THEANNUALWOLF TRAPBALL “SAILING DENMARK”This black-tie event

RDANNUALSPICES& RICESGALADINNERAND SILENTAUCTION The Asia

concludes Wolf Trap’s summer season. The Embassy of Denmark will co-host the culturally and historically rich ball; reception

Society Washington Center’s 3rd annual gala will honor Mira Nair, an award-winning film director, in its celebration of Asian cuisine and culture. Southeast Asian dancers, Chinese SPONSORED calligraphers and an Indian artist entertain guests during the reception and silent auction, followed by a buffet dinner; the Embassy of Australia,

7 p.m., dinner 8 p.m., stage of the Filene’s Center, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, Va.; call (703) 255-4030 for information and tickets.

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THEWASHINGTON NATIONALOPERA OPENINGNIGHTGALA

The Washington National Opera presents SPONSORED performances of Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, followed by dinner and dancing;

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THELONIOUSMONK INTERNATIONAL JAZZPIANO COMPETITION Hosted by

Herbie Hancock and Billy Dee Williams, The Thelonious Monk SPONSORED Institute of Jazz

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Competition, a non-profit education organization, highlights the world’s most promising young musicians; 7:30 p.m. competition; Kennedy Center; call (202) 364-7272.



consultations; 6-8:30 p.m. Rene Med Spa 5454 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1625 Chevy Chase, Md; call (301) 652-RENU (7368) for a space.



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THANNUAL AMBASSADOR’SBALL

champagne, nibble cupcakes and create your Wish List Registry so all who shop for you will know just what your heart desires;

The Ambassador’s Ball benefits the Multiple SPONSORED Sclerosis Society, recognizes the Diplomatic Corps, and welcomes new Ambassadors; the Grand Hyatt

6-9 p.m. The Tiny Jewel Box 1147 Conneticut Ave. N.W.; call (202) 393-2747 for more information.

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MIDDLEBURG CLASSICHORSE

SHOW This top-notch hunter show features some of the country’s best horses, owners and riders. This year’s event benefits Food & Friends, which provides meals to homebound HIV/AIDS and cancer patients in the Washington, DC, area; all day at Great Meadow, the Plains, Va.; email middleburg@aol.com for more information.



NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRABALL The NSO

performs an all-Tchaikovsky program conducted by Leonard Slatkin, followed by a gala dinner and dancing; Kennedy Center; contact

Grace Bender at the 2005 Washington National Opera Opening Night



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USOGALA This year’s

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CHARITYWORKS DREAMBALL  SHADOWSTOLIGHT

An evening of dining and dancing to benefit the Higher Achievement Program that enables lower income students to enter top high school programs; reception 6 p.m., dinner 7:45 p.m., live auction 9 p.m., National Building Museum; call (703) 286-0758 for more information.

Clark Terry performing at the 2005 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competion

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NATIONAL HISPANIC FOUNDATIONFORTHE ARTSGALA One of Washington’s

award-winning Virginia wines along with live demonstrations and entertainment at what has become the premier Mid-Atlantic wine event; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Morven

most energetic events supports the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, headed by Jimmy Smits, Felix Sanchez, Sonia Braga and Esai Morales. The SPONSORED NHFA works to enhance the presence of Latinos in the media as well as honor those who have made an impact in all aspects of entertainment and the arts; Renaissance Mayflower Hotel;

Park Equestrian Center, Leesburg, Va.; visit www.virginiawinefestival.

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VIRGINIAWINE FESTIVAL Experience

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ATRIBUTETOTHREE This invitation-only dinner honors Huntington T. Block, Austin Kiplinger and W. Reid Thompson for their efforts to conserve the Tudor Place and its garden; 7-10 p.m.

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F .Y. I . D . C . Ç New at Indebleu TheTantraLounge has transformed the former bar and lounge of Indebleu into a spacious environment with billowing Indian curtains, sensual décor and lounge menu featuring contemporary French and Indian dishes. This new hot spot, located at 707 G Street N.W., also offers world-class bottle service and a 50-drink cocktail menu inspired by the Washington Metro map. Open seven days a week at 5 p.m.; for more information call (202) 333-BLEU.

Å Hey, Relax

Whether it’s between a hearing on Capitol Hill or after lunch at The Willard Room, or just a quick escape from office doldrums, theISpaattheWillardIntercontinental Hotelhas several new ways for you to relax fast. The spa now offers 30-minute express massages, facials and skin treatments — talk about a relaxing way to spend your lunch break (or afternoon). If you can spare a full hour, I Spa will throw in a spa lunch — to be eaten on its private terrace, or in the VIP spa suite. For more information visit www.washington.interconti.com or call (202) 942-2700.

É Melting Pot TheAdamsMorganFestival celebrates the neighborhood’s uniqueness with an eclectic celebration of the senses featuring music — from reggae to jazz to salsa — and international cuisine including Greek gyros, Ethiopian collard greens and Tex-Mex quesadillas. Be sure to check out the vendor booths that will line the center of 18th Street N.W, and showcase hand-made arts, crafts, clothes, and jewelry. Sunday September 10th, noon-6 p.m.; for more information call (202) 232-1960 or visit www.adamsmorgandayfestival.com.

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Have you always dreamed of sliding behind the wheel of a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Viper but found the super prices of these super cars prohibitive? If so, look up PureExotics, where, in the case of a Lamborghini Gallardo, you can rent one for a day for about 1/100th of MSRP. The company offers door-to-door service in the metro area will pick you up at the airport and always deliver your chosen chariot with a full tank of gas (which you don’t have to refill). For more information visit www.pure-exotics.com or call (703) 309-9292 or (888) 2XOTICS.


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Show. Held at the Verizon Center in downtown D.C., organizers will hand out $400,000 in prize money and championship titles to riders of all ages from around the world. Tickets are available through www.ticketmaster.com or (202) 397-SEAT and vary from $15 to $60 according to day and session. For more information visit www.wihs.org. I NT ER NAT ION AL H OR SE SH OW P ICTU RE BY DIA NA D E ROSA

 

        

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F .Y. I . D . C . Ç Move over, Citronelle Big news bite for frugal foodies: Michel Richard of Citronelle will expand into more casual (and affordable) fare with the opening of Centrale on Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and the Capitol, in late fall. Imagine it like this: Centrale is to Citronelle what Bouchon is to French Laundry in California. He plans to serve up juicy steaks, chops and fresh fish prepared “meat and potatoes steakhouse style” alongside not so traditional bistro fare like sushi and charcuterie.

Å Fashion Forward

Aimed at the young, savvy customer who knows what she likes, Neiman Marcus’ new retail concept Cusp opened at Tyson’s Corner in late July (a Georgetown location is scheduled for February ’07). The store stocks the latest trends and includes lines like J Brand Jeans, Rag and Bone, and Theory; shoes from makers such as Manolo Blahnik and Repetto; and handbags from the likes of Chloé and Kooba. For more information visit www.blogonthecusp.com or call (703) 288-1940.

Å You’re Blushing

Lauren Mason and Paige Speyer of Georgetown boutique Wink have bought and reopened Blush at 1089 Seven Locks Road in Potomac Md. With renovations complete, the childhood friends have announced that Blush will carry lines such as Tory by TRB, Diane von Furstenberg, Vince, YA-YA and Rebecca Taylor, as well as shoes from Sigerson Morrison, Bettye Muller and Delman, among other makers. For more information visit www.blushboutique.com or call (301) 340-3940.

GEAR UP! Slingbox

Scenario: You’re in London on business and 60 Minutes and Lost are on back home at 9 p.m. Unless you’ve pre-programmed the TiVo or VCR you’re out of luck — you’ll have to wait catch up the following week — unless you have SlingMedia’snewSlingbox, which allows you to watch and control your TV anywhere by turning your Internet-connected laptop (or desktop, PDA, etc.) into a personal television. The Slingbox sits on top of your TV and placeshifts your television signal to your computer — wherever you may be. It is compatible with thousands of home theater devices from TiVo to DISH to DirecTV, meaning no new technology is required. The best part? You’ll never be lost when the next Lost comes on. $199.99; available at www.slingmedia.com, Circuit City, Best Buy and other retailers.

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DABNEYLANGHORNEDOSWELL This newly arrived interior designer and D.C. native brings her sophisticated eye for design and style back home. Here, she sits down with personal stylist Alison Lukes. ALISONLUKES What are some examples of great style in Washington that inspire you? DABNEYDOSWELL I take inspiration from Washington’s downtown Mall and monuments. It’s a beautiful example of precise, well-organized, no-frills and elegant design. The mall is mostly a composition of monochromatic greens and ivories, faded colors that create subtle forms and clean lines, yet they are extremely complex and detailed. It easily translates into chic, neo-classical/neotraditional, simple and casually elegant style. AL Is there a difference in how people approach style and design in Washington as compared to New York City? DD: New York is a melting pot of fashion, art and design. It thrives on change — and as a result sacrifices a real design tradition. Washington, on the other hand, is well aware of its history. One has to be creative, expressive, and stylish while maintaining respect for the institutions, offices, and protocols of this town. When it’s pulled off correctly, it is striking. AL What are some of the trends you emphasize? DD: Trends and thoughtful interior design rarely mix, in my opinion. The purpose of a welldesigned space is to be both timeless and chic — like Chanel. Have fun with trends in small doses. Focus instead on quality. AL: What do you miss most about New York? DD: The energy. AL: What are you most enjoying about being back in Washington? DD: Washington is style hungry – I like that. I also like that Washington’s younger generation is so involved in philanthropy and small business.

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Italian Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta and wife Lila

Chairman of the Board Betty Knight Scripps and Ted Killory

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OPERA BALL 2006 June 9 • Villa Firenze

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THEEVENT Italian Ambassador Giovanni and Lila Castellaneta hosted the Washington National Opera’s 48th annual Opera Ball with “A Venetian Ball at Villa Firenze,” chaired by Bey Knight Scripps. THE SCENE: This was truly one of the most spectacular fêtes of the year. Guests were welcomed at Villa Firenze by a candle lit drive and servants dressed in ivory brocade and powdered wigs, and enjoyed a dessert buffet with a chocolate fantasy table and crema fria alla Veneziana. The theme of Venice at twilight continued on the outdoor terrace with dancing late into the evening to New York’s Bob Hardwick and Orchestra. Although the Italians took the cake (tiramisu) by sponsoring the ball and hosting all 550 guests, 26 other ambassadors from Belgium, Spain, Egypt and more pitched in by hosting elegant pre-Ball dinner parties at their respective residences. THE GUESTS Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Antonin Scalia; Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez and wife Edilia; Sen. Robert Benne and wife Joyce; Hon. Stuart Bernstein and wife Wilma; Arturo and Hilda Brillembourg; Brazilian Amb. Roberto Abdenur and wife Maria; Under Secretary Paula Dobriansky; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Martin Ginsburg; Indian Amb. Ronen Sen and wife Kalpana and Dina Powell amongst others.

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John and Lynn Pohanka

Ken Feinberg and Michael Sonnenreich

Cathryn Mayo Moore, Marcia Mayo and Miranda Morrison Hagen

Luca and Maria Ferrari

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Riley Temple and Martina Bradford An enchanting decor set the mood

A not so serious opera moment

Justice Anthony and Mary Kennedy with Deni and Norman Mineta

John Cecchi and his mother Mercedes Cecchi

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British Amb. Sir David and Lady Manning

Gail and Togo West

Edi Guitierez with Kuwait Amb. Salem and Rima Al-Sabah and Grace Bender

Even the flowers were dancing

French Amb. Jean David and Marie-Cecile Levitte with Israeli Amb. Anne and Daniel Ayalon Rick and Dina Powell

Isabel and Anthony Lanier

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Dr. Sheila Jahan and her daughter Sahar

Jaime and Pamela Aparicio

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Natasha Fedoseyev and Edward McCollie

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Matt Haller

Nikki Burdine and Courtney Monikowski

Guests get down to the Swingtown, D.C.’s premier Sinatra cover band.

SINATRA SOIREE July 20 • Galleria at Lafayee Center

Alexandra Kilburne and Jim Maas

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THEEVENTThe men of the Capital Club celebrated their 14th annual Sinatra Soiree event on a summer night with an aractive and lively crowd of Washington’s finest. THE SCENE The crowd danced and mingled to the live swingin’ tunes of D.C.’s premier Sinatra cover band Swingtown. The ladies, who made up a majority of the party-goers, dressed in “strong cocktail” aire while the guys donned yacht-inspired “summer ahoy” clothes, consisting of a wide array of colorful pants. THEGUESTS Capital Club president Mat Lapinski, Caroline Bus, Wesley Fricks, Keri Ann Meslar, Joe Reblando and Mark Ein.

Matt O’Conner and Jeannie Etchert Krista Johnson twirls

Meredith Monsour with Hite Mclean

Nathan Davis, Josh Overbay and Emily Henman

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Amanda Neely and Jeffrey Grappone

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Reeves and Jackie Barbour

Larry Estrada and Brittany Aldridge

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CARTIER SHOWS PETRA NEMCOVA THE LOVE AND HOSTS HAPPY HEARTS FUND PARTY June 22nd • Cartier in Chevy Chase

Ali Al-Thani and Afghan Amb. Said Jawad

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Rynthia Rost and her daughter Katie Rost

THEEVENT Discerning shoppers gathered to raise money for Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova’s Happy Hearts Fund, which was founded to raise money for children in need in South East Asia. The fund focuses on those affected by the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand in which Nemcova was herself a victim while vacationing with her boyfriend who did not survive. THESCENE Petra showed a video and then gave a touching speech on how she came to realize life is precious because any moment can be our last. THEGUESTS Petra Nemcova, Mike and Neda Noorani, Katie Rost, Mariella Trager and the Nicaraguan Ambassador’s wife Analia Stadthagen, amongst others.

Salo Levinas and Alain Chetrit

Katrina Dunkley and Danielle Savoy

Mehran Etemad and Parvin Kamali

Pierre Bensahel, Deborah Sigmund and Maik Goode

Abdulmohsen Alyas, Rouaa Atyah and Esther Coppersmith Mariella Trager, Leslie Kamrad and Suzanne Mehlhouse

Erin Mackay and Dr. Fred Ognibene Margaret Curran and Joe Hunt

Lana Orloff, Petra Nemcova and Sonya Pate

Fariba Jahanbani with Shaista and Ray Mahmood

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Betsy Rea, Georgina Horsey and Carrie Queenan Jane Sloat and Jack Ritchie

Nancy and Alan Bubes

Jeannie Rutherford (co-chair) and Fredericka Valanos

Linda Stiefel

Christina and George Griffin

TUDOR PLACE’S 14TH ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN PARTY

Vernon and Tina Holleman

May 24 • Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, Georgetown

The late Doda deWolf and Frida Burling

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THEEVENT A garden party benefit which raised nearly $170,000 to support the preservation of Tudor Place. The home was purchased by Thomas and Martha Parke Custis Peter (granddaughter of Martha Washington) in 1805 and remains one of the best examples of neoclassical architecture in Washington. THESCENEStudents from the Levine School of Music and the Levine Faculty Jazz trio (as cool as the mint juleps that were served) provided the evening’s soundtrack. Each year, someone who has contributed to Georgetown is honored at the party — this year’s honoree was Evelyn Stefansson Nef, who was presented with a painting of the estate by Board of Trustees President Ellen MacNeille Charles. THEGUESTS Jane Matz (co-chair), Jeannie Rutherfoord (co-chair), Alan and Nancy Bubes, Tudor Place Executive Director Leslie Buhler and the late Doda deWolf.

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Paul Hardart, Seth Kanegis and Mark Shriver

John Kraska, Kristin Kraska and Jerry Wonder

Mary Margaret and Jack Valenti and Tomar Waldman WL EXCLUSIVE

Jerry Wonder and Wyclef Jean

Kara Kennedy, Linda Donovan and Melissa Shriver

HOUSE PARTY WITH WYCLEF JEAN

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Bobby Shriver, Wyclef Jean and Adam Waldman Jim and Diane Bankoff with Virginia Shore

THE EVENT Friends and supporters gathered at a soirée in June for Bobby Shriver who recently ran a successful campaign to win a seat on the Santa Monica, Calif., City Council. Shriver is the son of Eunice Kennedy Shriver (JFK’s sister) and Sargent Shriver. THE SCENE Wyclef Jean and the Refugee Camp Band performed their hits at the home of Ashley Allen and Adam Waldman. An immense stage — on which Wyclef jammed into the early morning, serenading the crowd with requested favorites and debuting his newest single, I Love New York — took the place of the backyard patio (under a tent to protect the band and audience from the drizzly weather). THE GUESTS Timothy Shriver, C. Boyden Gray, Susie Buffet, Ed Mathias, Griff and Kathleen Jenkins, Jim and Donna Bankoff, Mike Klein and Joan Babry.

Caroline Croft and Sargent Shriver Ashley Allen

Lalie Tongour Michael Klein with Bruce and Hattie Babbitt

Eunice Shriver

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John Irelan Rev. Sanford and Mary Gardner

Belizean Amb. Lisa Shoman with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Amb. Ellsworth John and Charmane John

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THEEVENT Guests gathered on a Saturday evening to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday. THESCENE The reception was held in the garden of British Ambassador Sir David and Lady Manning’s residence, where guests were entertained by The Brass Quintet Band of the Army Air Corps while mingling on the well-groomed lawn. British Embassy Head Chef Harry Simpson whipped up a meal fit for royalty, serving miniature Yorkshire puddings with roast beef, Cumberland sausages, Welsh rarebit, brandy snaps and more. THE GUESTS Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and John O’Connor, Sen. Paul and Christina Sarbanes, Jane and Calvin Cafritz, former Dutch Amb. Boudewijn and Jellie van Eenennaam and Rep. Peter King.

Marie Cecile Levitte, Maria G. J. Goonetilleke and Marie-Therese Lowell

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Debbie Gasper, Katie Sadeghian and Nesrin Fraga-Rosenfeld

Jonas and Caroline Furukrona with Lana Kournetsov and Chris Grigorian

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Julie Chesevenak, Nellie Boone, Matt Landsberg and Maggie O’Neill

John Mason and Maryam Zaman

THE EVENT An open bar of signature drinks and sushi to celebrate the one year anniversary of the sophisticated Georgetown hot spot Maté, rumored to be a favorite of Nicole Kidman’swhile she was in town last summer, and other celebrities when they visit. THESCENEYoung trendseers raised their martini glass to owners Mauricio and Nesrin Fraga-Rosenfeld and Osmar Nunez in the ‘60s inspired lounge while a D.J. played Latin beats. THEGUESTSDennis Donato, Wesley Fricks, Bill Dunlap and Yasmine Pahlavi.

Mauricio Fraga-Rosenfeld and Osmar Nunez cut the cake

Fred Batiroma, Samira Mirza, Harold Chacon and Claudia Himes

Rob Kram and Dennis Donato

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David Mercer, President Bill Clinton and Kimball Stroud

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PETER BEINART BOOK SIGNING June 12 • Residence of Mark and Nancy Penn PHOTOSBYKYLESAMPERTON

THEEVENT A cocktail party and book signing for New Republic Editor Peter Beinart’s The Good Fight: Why Liberals — and Only Liberals — Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again on a muggy Monday aernoon in Georgetown. THESCENE With both Clintons in aendance, there was quite a buzz among the powerhouse group of political guests who sipped on Duke 2002 Chardonnay and heavily iced Perrier on the Penn’s Georgetown patio. Appetizers were plenty and included miniature beef tenderloin hamburgers, tomato and slices of basil and lemon crab salad served on individual silver spoons. Beinart, with wife Diana Hartstein at his side, signed copies of his book, which tackles current thinking on foreign policy. THE GUESTS Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who arrived and le before her husband Former President Bill Clinton, Andrei Cherny, Leon Panea, Kenneth Pollack, Andrea Koppel, William Galston and Sen. Ron Wyden.

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Karl Leubensdorf with Janet and Jim Blanchard, and Chris Dorval Michelle Jolin Downey

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Cathy Colglazier Emily Lenzner, David and Robin Sproul

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Thomas Canfield and Danielle Parris

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THEEVENT An intimate gathering at Danielle Parris and Thomas Canfield’s Georgetown residence for National Student Partnerships. NSP helps less fortunate individuals locate employment, affordable housing and healthcare. THESCENE Twenty-one year-old Thomas Healy gave a moving testimonial, about moving to D.C. four years ago and ending up homeless. “The stress of living on the boom rung of life’s ladder has a profound effect on your internal motivation,” said Thomas. “You lose the ability to focus on anything except the next meal and the next place to sleep.” With NSP’s help he secured a job, an apartment and is on his way to college – at Columbia University, no less. Marne Levine chaired the evening, which more than doubled last years efforts by raising over $100,000. THEGUESTS The host commiee included Bob Woodward, Ann and Vernon Jordan, Catherine and Wayne Reynolds, Emily Lenzner, Evan Ryan and Tony Blinken and Jane Cafritz.

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Katy Borcitelt and Michael Saylor

RECEPTION HONORING TOM DAVIS June 21 • The Home of Carter and Angie Pate PHOTOSBYPAULSIMKIN

THEEVENT PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Carter Pate, his wife Angie Pate, and Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, hosted a reception in honor of Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia with special guest Sen. John McCain at the Pate’s McLean home. THE SCENEAer a few lively speeches, a convergence of Northern Virginia buisness leaders took photos with the guests of honor and Sen. McCain. THEGUESTS Fernando Murias; Gary Nakamoto, CEO of Base Technologies; Stan Gutkowski, managing director of Accenture’s metro Washington office; Dendy Young, chairman of GTSI; and Greg Baroni of Unisys, Dan and Julie Clemente and Bob and Lindalee Fion.

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Kevin Hailstock, Allison Williams, Jennifer Streaks and Chris London Jonas Furukrona

Jason Luna

Michele Bisceglie, Karim Chrobog and Carolina Furukrona

Keri Osborne and Erik Telford

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Anastacia Stathakis and Jonathan Siegel Merdith Morrisette and Jennifer Pearson

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THEEVENT The evening celebrated 17 years of Smithsonian Young Benefactors, introduced new members into the mix and created awareness for the culture4kids fund. THE SCENE Over 150 guests enjoyed sparkling wine and birthday cake while raising money for underpriviliged local kids who wish to aend the Smithsonian Summer Camp and Discovery Theater. THE GUESTS Hosts Carolina Furukrona and Michele Bisceglie; John Kennedy, Mark Brzezinski, Amy Cada-Anda, Eric Hayes and Brian Wheeler.

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Football diplomacy, absolute flooding in Sweden, swanky summer retreats … and the surprise departure everyone’s talking about

France Hosted but Italy Won Earlier, Germany had played the happy hosts, inviting diplomatic friends over to watch the World Cup—until the semi-finals when Germany lost 0-2 to Italy. After that, a diplomatic scramble ensued. Since the Germans weren’t feeling festive anymore and Italian Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta was away, ever-gracious French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte hosted the “football” diehards who devoured the huge Maison Française picnique avec beaucoup de vin et bierre.With his shirt sleeves uncharacteristically rolled up, Levitte warmly welcomed Italian DCM Stefano Stefanini, looking very relaxed in his crème linens. But the TV cameras perched to record this odd diplomatic moment got little. Both diplomats slipped out before Italy’s 5-3 victory in overtime when French captain Zinédine Zidane was red-carded for headbutting his rival, Italian Marco Materazzi, who had taunted him. Later, after congratulating Italy, France’s top diplomat recouped, “As a European ambassador, I am delighted that four Europeans teams reached the highest level … As a French ambassador, I am very proud of the superb achievement of our national soccer team which played extraordinarily well up to the final. Our thoughts go out to Zinédine Zidane: Whatever happened in those final moments … he has brought honor to French sports and to France.” Diplomatic Postcards Moroccan Ambassador

Aziz Mekouar and his Italian wife Maria Felice, avid Chevy Chase Club golfers, followed the little white ball around Morocco where their home course is Rabat’s Daressalam Royal Golf Club … Swedish Ambassador Gunnar Lund and his Norwegian wife Kari Lotsberg split their summer

between Kari’s 18th century family “hut” in the Norwegian woods, and sunny Sicily where Lund once spent a carefree student summer on a Vespa … Greek Ambassador Alexandros Mallias and his Swiss wife Françoise enjoyed their summer house on the Greek isle of Evia after a rendezvous in Geneva … Portuguese Ambassador Pedro Catarino and his wife Cheryl always retreat to their summer house in legendary Sintra where former kings have found the air so agreeable … Expert horsewoman Diana Duenas, wife of Costa Rican envoy F. Thomas Duenas, couldn’t wait to get home to ride her “bi-lingual” horse “Sheik” at 6:30 every morning “This is Costa Rica’s rainy season so we do everything in the morning” … Mexican Ambassador Carlos de Icaza and his wife Luisa sampled Vail, Boston and Cape Cod while Guatemalan Ambassador Jose Guillermo Castillo, a talented amateur photographer, went west to capture America’s wide open spaces … Afghan Ambassador Said Jawad vows,“Jet skiing is my new favorite sport,” after a Lake Tahoe family vacation with 22 relatives. According to wife Shamim, “This was incredible since my husband and his Blackberry are inseparable, he’s never on vacation.”

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Ambassadors are not always what they (are born to) eat. Swedish Ambassador Gunnar Lund’s favorite cuisine is not smoked salmon and Wasa bread but healthy Mediterranean. Greek Ambassador Alexandros P. Mallias’ favorite meal is a casual cook-out around the pool. MarieCécile Levitte, wife of the French Ambassador, fits into Chanel like a glove but loves a hot donut from Dupont Circle’s Krispy Kreme during her winter walks.

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Andrés and Nohra Pastrana’s sudden departure from Embassy Row shocked their diplomatic colleagues and friends. The popular Columbian ambassador and former president resigned in early July when Colombian President Alvaro Uribe appointed Pastrana’s arch rival Ernesto Samper as ambassador to France. Pastrana considered Samper’s appointment especially embarrassing when America is giving Colombia $4 billion to fight drug trafficking. Investigated but never convicted, Samper has been accused of accepting more than $5 million in campaign contributions from drug cartels and is currently barred from U.S. shores. Pastrana’s replacement is foreign minister, Carolina Barco, whose mother is American, and whose father Virgilio Barcow was another former Colombian president.

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Dust Off Your Tiaras! Although the new, long-awaited House of Sweden was supposed to be “flood-proof,” June’s record-breaking downpours sent waters from swollen Rock Creek and even D.C. sewers through the lowest levels of the new Swedish Embassy. “It was an unpleasant surprise,” said Swedish Ambassador Gunnar Lund, who had just received the key, but hadn’t moved in. Hazmat teams cleared the property, specially designed Swedish interiors were re-ordered and staff scrambled in preparation for the October opening with Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Above, left to right– French Ambassador Jean David Levitte cheers on his team; Former Colombian Ambassador Andrés Pastrana and wife Nohra Pastrana; King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

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Al Pierce, Lola Reinsch and Maltese Amb. John Lowell

Japanese Amb. Ryozo Kato and Toshiko Kato

Amb. Boudewijn van Eenennaam and Jellie van Eenennaam

Anna Maria Via

Wilbert and Bertha Zoyleur

David Fenstermaker Jeffrey and Catherine Bartels

Carrie Queenan and Sally Chapoton

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FAREWELL TO THE DUTCH AMBASSADOR June 26 • The Dutch Ambassador’s Residence PHOTOSBYKYLESAMPERTON

THE EVENT A going away party for Dutch Ambassador Boudewijn van Eenennaam and his wife Jellie. The van Eenennaams, one of the most popular and aractive couples on Embassy Row, arrived in Washington in March of 2002. THE SCENE Guests, many from the diplomatic crowd, said sad goodbyes but enjoyed another evening in their host’s company. The crowd mingled in the residence — decorated with beautiful flowers for the occasion — and sampled a variety of dishes, including cheese from Holland. THE GUESTS Jordanian Amb. Karim Kawar, Liechtenstein Amb. Claudia Fritsche, Debbie Dingell, Esther Coopersmith, Kay Kendall, Jack Davies, Tandy and Wya Dickerson, William Nitze, Nini Ferguson and Arturo and Hilda Brillembourg.

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Judy Black, Charlie Black, Taylor Ensenat, Donald Ensenat and Wilma Bernstein

Lee Folger, Julie Folger and Buck Chapoton

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Panamanian Amb. Federico Humbert Arias, Costa Rican Amb. Tomas Duenas, Spanish Amb. Carlos Westendorf, former Bolivian Amb. Jaime Aparicio and Ecuadorian Amb. Luis Gallegos

Jacqueline King and Barbadian Amb. Michael King with Margo Illes Peruvian Amb. Eduardo Ferrero, Winton Holladay, Veronica Ferrero and Sandy Langdon

Melba Polanco and Sandy Langdon

Claudia Gunaza and Alfredo Barnechea

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FAREWELL TO THE FERREROS July 18 • The Peruvian Ambassador’s Residence

Former Colombian Amb. Andres Pastrana, Afghani Amb. Said Jawad and Jan Boyer

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THE EVENT A buffet reception organized by Peruvian Amb. Eduardo Ferrero and his wife Veronica to celebrate Peruvian National Day and bid farewell to all of their friends in Washington. THESCENE: Guests admired the Peruvian artwork — ranging from 17th century paintings to modern works — and ancient poery on display in the main dining room and enjoyed the buffet of traditional Peruvian cuisine and novo-andino dishes. Of course, there were pisco sours (the country’s national drink) as well. THEGUESTS: Spanish Amb. D. Carlos Westendorp y Cabeza, Norwegian Amb. Knut Vollebaek, former Colombian Amb. Andrés and Nohra Pastrana, Hungarian Amb. Andras and Nada Simonyi, Michael and Linda Sonnenreich, Argentine Amb. Octavio and Monica Bordon and Bob and Jamie Cra.

Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Justice Antonin Scalia and Jorge Martinez

Anna Maria and Giorgio Via with Diana Duenas

Nora Pastrana and Diana Duenas

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Gulgun Sensoy and Turkish Amb. Nabi Sensoy with Anna Maria and Giorgio Via

Nicolas and Alessandra de Ibreda

Nohra Pastrana, Columbian Amb. Andres Pastrana and Santiago Pastrana

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COLOMBIAN FAREWELL July 26 • The Colombian Embassy PHOTOSBYKYLESAMPERTON

Walter and Didi Cutler

Kuwaiti Amb. Salem Al-Sabah with Marcia Jackson and HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson

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THE EVENT Though planned with very lile time, one hundred friends made the effort to say their goodbyes to Ambassador Andrés Pastrana and his wife Nohra. THE SCENE The tranquil evening at the residence included Colombian roses, tropical flower arrangements, passionfruit martinis and plantain “tostones.” THE GUESTS Alphonso Jackson and his wife Marcia, Jordanian Amb. Karim Kawar, Kuwaiti Amb. Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Rima, Donald Ensenat and his wife Taylor, Lucky Roosevelt, Michael and Linda Sonnenreich, Kathy Kemper and Jim Valentine, Henry Crampton and Kay Kendall.

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BY JAN ET DONOVAN

HOLLYWOOD ON THE POTOMAC Superman doesn’t land in D.C., Janet Jackson’s way with words and a very fashionable Devil

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Oops, it’s not him Superman may have returned, but not

to Washington. The only thing soaring in D.C. were delighted guests who got a sneak preview of the summer’s blockbuster while stars Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey were visibly absent. That didn’t stop either WMAL or The Children’s Inn at NIH from making it the centerpiece for their activities. For WMAL, it was the end of their “630 Day” with local personalities Fred Grandy, Andy Parks and Chris Core, former Pentagon spokesperson Torie Clarke and diamond merchant Ronnie Mervis,who could have used an intervention when his K Street store was robbed recently, and we’re not talking kryptonite... Across town, Dianne and Alan Kay hosted a kick-off dinner followed by a Superman Returns screening to benefit seriously ill children and raised $29,000. Congressman Chris Van Hollen shared billing with Redskins’ Mark Brunell, retired player Darryl Green, and former Washington Capitals Captain Jeff Halpern. Treats included everything Kryptonite: punch, popcorn... you get the point. As for the movie, if you’re not into krypto-techno it doesn’t fly, but the love story endures and Kevin Spacey is always worth his paycheck. Design me, puleese First the costume, now the album: Both got redressed. Janet Jackson, in town to promote 20 Years Old, due out on September 26th, took fans by surprise after

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changing the title of her upcoming CD to 20 Y.O. just ten days after “The D.C. Press Junket for the International Icon” at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel; maybe it’s the Washington effect - people talk in code. According to executive producer and Jackson squeeze/business partner Jermaine Dupri, who accompanied the star, the album will “blow a new generation of minds” while marking the 20th Anniversary of her 1986 album Control. Jackson, who has gone through more reincarnations than Kabbalah and Buddhism combined, seemed smaller, shyer and prettier in person, though conversation is not her strong suit. The Washington Post said it best: “Not that you go to a Janet Jackson news conference expecting to hear a soliloquy on the stem-cell debate or anything. But still.” As to the pros and cons of being Janet Jackson: The Good: “Sharing your life with Jermaine Dupri!” The Bad: “Press conferences.” Well now, that explains it. The Devil made me do it Wear Prada: That’s what the fashion industry would have us do. Based on the dishy novel by Laura Weisberger, The Devil Wears Prada gives new meaning to the boss from hell … and to how ultimate fashion icon Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, will be viewed by her peers. This thinly veiled novel/ movie takes us deep inside the fashion industry where the only thing more colorful than the clothes are the personalities—and nobody does it better than Meryl Streep. Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci are notable, but look for an Oscar nod for the venerable Streep. Fittingly, the Mercedes-Benz sponsored advanced screening benefited Suited for Change, which provides low-income women with workplace attire. The new-generation 2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan featured in the flick also whisked Kathleen Matthews to the Georgetown Theater, which was

packed with D.C.’s younger vanguard, dressed as if they had been ripped from the pages of Runway Magazine, the film’s fictitious Vogue.The after-party at the Ritz Carlton heightened the Prada vibe— luxury abounded: champagne, Godiva gourmet truffles, a M.A.C. cosmetic bar and Prada Spa products. If you weren’t into fashion before, you were after this event. History repeats itself After a summer of

unrepentant world-wide unrest, you have only to look back to be reminded that sadly some things never change. Reps. Curt Weldon (R-PA) and Charles Rangel (D-NY) co-hosted a breakfast showing of On Freedoms Wings: Bound For Glory— The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen for members of Congress. The film, which celebrates the legacy of World War II Tuskegee Airmen who were America’s first black military pilots, is personally unique, yet common. “It was the first experience of Black Americans being given an opportunity to be treated as equals,” said Luther Smith, one of the original 20 Tuskegee airmen. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania (the state where the film was produced by the Veterans Museum) said, “They were able to sustain that courage through a very difficult time and that’s a great lesson to every one of us.” It’s a story that bears continual repeating if alone for the sake of history not repeating. District Sightings The Judds, Patti LaBelle,

Chris North, Jack Nicklaus, Jared Leto, Nicolette Sheridan, U2’s Bono, John Corbett with Bo Derek, Cher and Lionel Ritchie. Above, left to right– Janet Jackson; Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth in Superman; Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada; Senator Barrack Obama of Illinois is interviewed by JPL Producer Sandra Anderson and Videographer Brian Leid at the Washington viewing of “On Freedom’s Wings, Bound for Glory.”

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No More Taxation without Representation! DC Vote is working to secure congressional suffrage for District residents

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here in America are there more than half a million disenfranchised voters? Right where many of you are sitting (and likely call home): the District of Columbia. DC Vote, founded in 1998, is working to change that. With bipartisan support from members of the House and Senate (see sidebars), and awareness-raising

events (see the exclusive photos from the DC Vote dinner reception at Patricia Bauman’s home below), DC Vote is the leading organization in a coalition formed to support the D.C. Voting Rights Act. In a historic vote cast on May 18 by the House Committee on Government Reform, the D.C. Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act (H.R. 5388) passed with a 29-4 vote. If passed,

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this bill would give Washington residents full representation in Congress for the first time.“This mark-up is the crown jewel of the decade for the D.C. voting rights movement,” said DC Vote Executive Director Ilir Zherka.” We have been inching toward our goal of congressional voting representation for years, and the mark-up of this bill moves us miles closer to the finish line.”

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BY S E N ATO R E DWA R D K E N N E DY D-MA “No taxation without representation!” is one of the most famous phrases in American history. As a bale cry, it represents the moment when American independence truly became a revolutionary movement.

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I have long been an advocate of full D.C. representation in Congress. In 1978, I worked with Congressman Walter Fauntroy to sponsor a constitutional amendment to provide this basic right. Although the amendment failed to be ratified by three-quarters of the states, as required by the Constitution, I continue to fight for this all-important goal.

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I’m proud to be a sponsor of the No Taxation Without Representation Bill in the current Congress. The issue, as always, is basic fairness. The right to vote is the cornerstone of American democracy. No one should be denied that right – least of all those who live in the nation’s capital. I commend DC Vote and its coalition partners for their dedication to this issue. DC Vote is an innovative organization that is both creative and tireless in its aempt to bring public aention to this issue. It’s gratifying to know that it’s working every day to bring democracy to our capital.

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Unfortunately, citizens of the District of Columbia are still forced to use “No taxation without representation!” as their bale cry. It’s shameful that more than two centuries aer America gained its independence, citizens who live in the nation’s Capital are still denied the right to elect voting members of the House of Representatives and Senate.


RIGHTING A HISTORIC WRONG BY R E P R E S E N TATI V E TO M DAV I S ( R -VA )

For more than two centuries, residents of the District of Columbia have fought and died in wars, paid billions of dollars in federal taxes, and met all the same obligations and responsibilities of citizenship as every other American.

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But for more than two centuries, these citizens have been denied the most basic, fundamental right of our democracy: a voice in the national legislature. A vote in the People’s House. Correcting this historic wrong is the moral force behind H.R. 5388, the D.C. Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act, sponsored by myself, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and a growing bipartisan coalition of members of Congress. This legislation would grant D.C. a vote in the House of Representatives. We achieve this by increasing the size of the House from 435 members to 437. With one seat going to the District, the other would go to the next state in line for representation based on the most recent census. That state happens to be Utah.

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America is indeed the land of red, white, and blue, but politics today is divided among red and blue states. D.C., as we all know, is the bluest of the blue – an overwhelmingly Democratic jurisdiction. And Utah is the as red as they come – it’s the state that gave President Bush his largest margin of victory in 2004. While there are no guarantees in life, or in politics, the pairing of a D.C. seat and a Utah seat helps us create a crucial political balance. Because the bill is partisan neutral, it takes political concerns off the table, freeing us to do the right thing. The partisan balance also has roots in our nation’s history. Historically, any time Congress has increased in size it has done so in a politically balanced way. Free states were paired with slave states. Alaska and Hawaii came into the union together. (Back then, Alaska was the Democrat state and Hawaii the Republican stronghold. Repeat: There are no guarantees in politics.)

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I was extremely pleased that the House Government Reform Commiee, which I chair, overwhelmingly supported this legislation when it came to a vote on May 18. The resounding 29-4 victory signaled that members of both parties not only understand the disenfranchisement of more than 500,000 D.C. residents but are willing to work across the political aisle to do something about it. The more members of Congress who learn about this bill, the more support we get. I believe this legislation is historic and fair. It is constitutional, as shown by the legal opinions of Georgetown University professor Viet Dinh, Ken Starr, and others. The Courts have never struck down a Congressional exercise of the District Clause, and there is no reason to think they would act differently in this case. It is now a maer of political will, and I believe that will exist. 1226 36th Street, N.W. in Georgetown Reservations: 202.965.1789 Jacket Required Complimentary Valet Parking 1789Restaurant.com WA S H I N G T O N L I F E

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Who Will be D.C.’s Next Top (Role) Model Breaking down the candidates for the September 12th Mayoral Primary Election

MICHAELBROWN Aorney, Lobbyist & Democratic Activist

LINDACROPP City Council Chair, Ex-D.C. Board of Education President & Ex-Teacher

ADRIANFENTY City Councilman, Aorney & Ex-Congressional Aide

MARIECJOHNS Ex-Verizon CEO & Education Reform Activist

VINCENTORANGE City Councilman, Aorney & Accountant

What is your vision for D.C.?

I will secure a seat at the table for all District residents and champion economic empowerment from Anacostia to Georgetown.

To build on our progress, put people first, and have all neighborhoods share in the benefits of the city’s revitalization.

A world-class economically strong city with high performing, safe, modern schools; secure, environmentally healthy, diverse neighborhoods; and full Congressional representation.

Rebuilding a quality public education system from preschool through college including vocational training that will produce a welleducated workforce.

My vision for D.C. is to produce a safe and peaceful city where one may live, work, play, learn, entertain and have access to health care.

Why are you the best man/woman for the job of Mayor?

As a third generation Washingtonian, I have the experience, historical perspective, compassion, and courage to lead this city.

I bring a rare combination of vision, passion, experience, competence, integrity, and a proven track record, unlike the other candidates.

I bring energy, intelligence, dedication, creativity and the ability to once again make us one City that works for everyone.

Who is your favorite protagonist in fiction? Why?

Easy Rollins in Walter Mosely’s books because he is cool under pressure.

Detective Spencer. Analytical mind and enjoys life’s simple things.

Hal in Henry IV Part II -- he becomes a great leader.

Sethe in Toni Morrison’s Beloved because she is a proud woman.

Virgil Tibbs in In The Heat of the Night for his courage.

What trait do you most dislike in yourself? Others?

Inability to resist talking during movies. Others? Disloyalty

Indulging my adult children. Others? Dishonesty

Fatigue

Sometimes I sweat the small stuff. Others? Should sweat the small stuff more often.

Tardiness

What trait do you most admire in yourself? Others?

Courage Others? Compassion

Resolving conflicts and bringing people together positively. Others? Honesty and integrity.

Endurance

Others? Raw talent

What is your greatest fear?

Losing loved ones.

District’s progress will stall.

Forgetting to laugh.

War

Failing to connect D.C. education to D.C. employment to D.C. economic development.

What do you think would surprise people most about you?

My ability to laugh at myself.

I make jewelry as a hobby.

I’m very predictable.

I am a spiritual person.

I’m pretty good at karaoke and dancing.

I have the expertise, credibility, I am an experienced executive commitment, unparalleled and civic leader who can experience and record of delivery manage the $10 billion to run our eight billion dollar D.C. government and city. I will provide protection, our 30,000 employees. education and prosperity.

Compassion, honesty and courage.

What superhero power would you most like to have and why?

Ability to fly – to avoid D.C. traffic.

To move at warp speed to get more done.

Being able to see into the future.

To cure cancer.

I would love to have Superman’s powers. The ability to leap tall buildings with a single bound to avoid traffic and parking would be fantastic.

What is your moo?

Keep the door open and the ladder down for others.

Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.

I don’t have one.

Work hard and give back.

Manly deeds, scholarship and love for all mankind.

What is the best political advice anyone has ever given you?

My Dad (Ron Brown) always urged stick-to-itiveness and perseverance.

Be true to thyself and always honest with constituents.

Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City “Hire good people.”

Listen to your gut instincts.

Be true to yourself and never give up.

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BALLS AND GALAS DIRECTORY This season’s guides to the most exclusive black-tie events. PHOTOGRAPHEDBYCLAYBLACKMORE ST YL E D BY S ON YA PAT E  AN D L AN A OR LOFF

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THE 2OO6 BALLS & GALAS DIRECTORY The following is a compilation of this season’s hottest black-tie events. Visit Washingtonlife.com to visit our extensive online social calendar. To post your event or view hundreds of other galas and events by category and date, or to find out specific information about each of the below listings, including the time and ticket price, go to www.washingtonlife.com. WL is proud to serve as the exclusive magazine media sponsor of events denoted by the “WL Sponsored” tag.

SEPTEMBER The Celebration of African Americans in the Arts What to Expect: The Creative Coalition and ESSENCE magazine partner up to put on this VIP event, which pays tribute the contributions of the nation’s greatest African American artists. SPONSORED Hollywood’s leading talent will join with Members of the 109th Congress to honor Congressman Charles B. Rangel and American business leader and philanthropist Edward Lewis when they receive the top Spotlight awards. Date: September 6, 2006 Contact: Kimball Stroud at 202-543-9700

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Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony What to Expect: The Hispanic Heritage Foundation will be rolling out a national public awareness and educational campaign in celebration of its 20th anniversary awards ceremony. The event, themed “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” will be broadcast nationally over NBC and Telemundo. Date: September 7, 2006 Location: Kennedy Center Contact: (202) 861-9797

Smithsonian Institution’s Young Benefactors Autumn Gala

Location: Filene Center Stage, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts Event Chairs: Michael & Elizabeth Hopkins and Thomas & Eileen Culligan Contact: Wolf Trap Special Events (703) 255-4030

Washington Opera Opening Night Gala What to Expect: A double bill performance at Kennedy Center of Béla Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Giacomo Puccini’s SPONSORED Gianni Schicchi followed by an elegant dinner and dancing. The Date: Sept 16, 2006 Location: Performance at Kennedy Center, gala at Organization of American States Contact: www.dcopera.org

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Spices and Rices Gala What to Expect: The 3rd Annual Celebration of Asian Cuisine and Culture will feature a unique silent auction, live painting demonstration, performances, and Asian cuisine. CBS SPONSORED News Correspondent Joie Chen will act as master of ceremonies and award-winning film director Mira Nair will be the guest of honor and award recipient. Proceeds will benefit Asia Society Washington Center’s Arts & Culture Series. Date: September 16, 2006 Location: Embassy of Australia Gala Chair: Shigeko Bork Contact: (202) 833-2742

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What to Expect: The Autumn Gala and Silent Auction celebrates the re-opening of the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The event includes a silent SPONSORED auction, gallery viewing, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, music, and a post-gala party. Date: September 8, 2006 Location: Smithsonian Donald W. Reynolds Center Event Coordinator: Sarah Papazoglakis Contact: Sarah Papazoglakis at (202) 786-3233

Thelonius Monk International Jazz Piano Competition

Children’s Law Center Celebration and Benefit What to Expect: At this year’s event, the Children’s Law Center celebrates “Ten Years of Helping Children Soar.” The CLC is an organization that helps at-risk children in Washington, D.C. find safe, permanent homes and the education, SPONSORED health and social services they need to flourish by providing a range of legal services to children and their families. Date: September 13, 2006 Location: The Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant Contact: Catharine Clarenbach at (202) 467-4900 ext. 567

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What to expect: Hosted by Herbie Hancock and Billy Dee Williams,The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Competition, a non-profit education organization, highlights the world’s most SPONSORED promising young musicians college level training by America’s jazz. Date: September 17 Location: Kennedy Center Contact: (202) 364-7272.

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What to Expect: Bright colors will light up the atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s “Painting a Brighter Future” Angels in Adoption Gala. Angels in Adoption are nominated by members of Congress, and can be anyone who deserves recognition for making a difference in the lives of children through adoption or foster care advocacy. The gala is a special way to honor all of the chosen Angels from across the country. Date: September 20, 2006 Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Honorary Co-Chairs: Sen. Larry E. Craig, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, and Rep. Jim L. Oberstar Contact: Chelsea Buffington at (703) 288-9700 or Chelsea@ ccainstitute.org Ambassadors Ball What to Expect: The 28th Annual Ambassadors Ball to

benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society honors the diplomatic corps for its support for charities and humanitarian endeavors. The event SPONSORED hosts over 140 prominent ambassadors, Congressional leaders and a variety of local and national celebrities. Date: September 21, 2006 Location: The Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St., N.W. Contact: Christie McDonald at (202) 375-5631

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National Symphony Ball What to Expect: At the season opening ball of the National Symphony Orchestra, the NSO Leonard Slatkin will conduct an all-Tchaikovsky program, including the “Violin Concerto in D major” featuring Joshua Bell. The concert is followed by a gala dinner and dancing. Date: September 24, 2006 Location: Kennedy Center Event Chairs: William and Sarah Walton and James and Elaine Wolfensohn Contact: (202) 416-8102

PEN/Faulkner Awards Gala What to Expect: The annual gala for the PEN/ Faulkner Award for Fiction celebrates with the theme “Revenge.” The event features original readings by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lisa Fugard, Matt Klam, Verlyn Klinkenborg, Elizabeth Kostova, Jim Lehrer, William Henry Lewis, Thomas Mallon, Kyoko Mori, Mary Morris, Sigrid Nunez, Richard Rodriguez, Roger Rosenblatt, Joan Silber, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Deborah Tannen. Date: September 25, 2006 Location: Folger Shakespeare Library Event Chairs: Sen. and Mrs. Thad Cochran, Mr. and Mrs. Haft, Sen. and Mrs. Patrick Leahy, and Susan Shreve Contact: (202) 636-8743

USO World Gala The USO World Gala (1941-2006): Celebrating 65 Years of Service

OCTOBER National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Gala What to Expect: The 10th Annual “Noche de Gala” will feature a lively dinner, lots of celebrity guests. Last year, honorees included Eva Longoria SPONSORED and Elizabeth Vargas of ABC news. Date: October 3, 2006 Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C. Event Chairs: Jimmy Smits, Felix Sanchez, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales Contact: Jennifer Castillo at (202) 293-8330 or www.hispanicarts.org

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The Spina Bifida Roast What to Expect: Bob Shieffer will be “roasted” this year at the 18th annual dinner to benefit Spina Bifida research.The emcee will be Mark Shields and roasters will include Tom Daschle, Tony Snow, and Don and Deidre Imus. Date: October 3, 2006 Location: J.W. Marriott Hotel Honorary Co-chairs: Sen. Chris Dodd and Sen. Bill Frist Contact: Mary Corcoran Knoll at (888) 837-8777 or KnollMC@aol.com

American Cancer Society’s Capital Baron’s Ball What to Expect: The American Cancer Society celebrates its 60th year of cancer research with a Caribbean-themed black-tie event called “Twilight in the Tropics” to raise awareness about the impact of cancer in Caribbean nations. The event includes a reception, live and silent auctions, awards ceremony, a live steel band, dinner and dancing. Date: October 4, 2006 Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Event Chair: Maureen Bunyan Contact: Sonja Hird at (202) 483-2600 ext. 153

The Children’s Inn at NIH Gala

What to Expect: An estimated 700 guests will gather to pay special tribute to our men and women in uniform. Guests will include Washington dignitaries, military leaders, celebrities, USO World Board of Governors, USO corporate sponsors, entertainers and the media.This year the USO will recognize General James L. Jones with The Spirit of the USO Award. Date: September 28, 2006 Location: National Building Museum Contact: (703) 908-6400

What to Expect: The annual gala supports familycentered care for children receiving treatment at NIH. The event, which includes a dinner and reception, is attended by a mix of leading journalists, members of Congress, and socialites. Date: October 5, 2006 Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Event Chairs: Karen Frist, Debbie Dingell, and Cokie Roberts Contact: Susan O’Neill at 301-229-1314

Charityworks Dream Ball What to Expect: The “Shadows to Light” ball benefits Higher Achievement Program, an organization that provides resources to help middle school children from lower income families achieve acceptance into top high school programs in the area. The black-tie ball includes dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Date: September 30, 2006 Location: The National Building Museum Event Chairs: Paige Bishop and Meredith LaPier Contact: (703) 286-0758

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PAMELASORENSEN Carolina Herrera paprika and lavendar gown $3,890 (Saks Fih Avenue — Chevy Chase); Jimmy Choo silver strap shoes $455 (Jimmy Choo — Chevy Chase); Adeler 18k white gold diamond bangle bracelet (4.14 ct. tw.) $12,600 (Adeler Jewelers — Great Falls, VA); Pampillonia platinum, coral, and diamond drop earrings (1.76 ct. tw.) $3,950.00 (Pampillonia Jewelers — Chevy Chase) ANDREARODGERSShown on opening spread): Zac Posen lavendar halter gown $2,700.00 (Saks Jandel — Chevy Chase); Manolo Blahnik silver shoes $645.00 (Saks Fih Avenue — Chevy Chase); Edward E. Ayre moonstone necklace $145,000 (Tiny Jewel Box — Washington, D.C.); Kwiat diamond earrings $20,100 (Tiny Jewel Box — Washington, D.C.)

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Arts for the Aging Gala What to Expect: The 18th Anniversary Benefit Gala for Arts for the Aging features an international wine tasting, silent auction, buffet, and an exhibit highlighting AFTA programming at senior care centers and senior art. Each year the event is held at a different Embassy. Date: October 11, 2006 Location: Residence of the French Ambassador Event Chair: Dr. and Mrs. Steven B. Hopping Contact: (301) 718-4990

Meridian Ball What to Expect: The Annual Meridian Ball benefits the Meridian International Center, a nonprofit institution that promotes SPONSORED international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and the arts. The event includes dinner at selected embassadors’ residences followed by dessert and dancing at the Meridian House. A special Lyndon Circle dinner for Meridian’s Young Benefactor guests under 40 is held at the White Myer House. Date: October 13, 2006 Location: Meridian International Center Event Chairs: Lilibet Hagel, Debbie Dingell, and Diane Nelson Contact: Judy Singer (202) 939-5522

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auction and an awards ceremony for remarkable individuals in the fight against cancer. Date: October 28, 2006 Location: The Washington Hilton and Towers Event Chairs: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Donohue Contact: Bonnie Roberts at (202) 687-1067

Trick or Treat Ball What to Expect: This all-new event benefits So Others Might Eat and includes dinner, dancing, and an auction. Date: October 28, 2006 Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Contact: (301) 229-2046

NOVEMBER Fight Night What to Expect: This black-tie event supports Fight for Children’s commitment to increasing the number of urban youth who are SPONSORED prepared for post secondary education and career opportunities. A highlight of every Fight Night is the appearance of such boxing legends as Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield, and Joe Frazier among others. Date: November 2, 2006 Location: Washington Hilton and Towers Event Chair: Charles S. Kuhn Contact: Jackie Alafoginis at (202) 722-0429

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Steve Roberts will headline the evening’s festivities. Date: November 11, 2006 Location: Four Seasons Hotel Event Chairs: Mr. and Mrs. A. Scott Andrews Contact: Christina Berkemeyer at (202) 537-4362

Lab School of Washington Gala What to Expect: This annual black-tie awards gala celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Lab School and honors individuals who have achieved success in their chosen fields despite their learning disabilities. The event includes a reception, awards, dinner and dancing. Date: November 14, 2006 Location: Washington Hilton and Towers Event Chairs: Sally Smith and Betsy Babbington Contact: Marty Cathcart at (202) 454-2259 marty.cathcart@labschool.org

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Best Buddies Ball What to Expect: The 18th Annual Best Buddies, “Tzedakah Ball,” features live and silent auctions, cocktails, a seated dinner and entertainment to benefit the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Date: October 28, 2006 Location: The Potomac, Md. home of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver Contact: Joslyn Matthews at (305) 374-2233 ext. 207

Lombardi Gala What to Expect: The 21st Annual Lombardi Gala “Beating the Odds” benefits the Lombardi Cancer Center at the Georgetown University Medical Center. The black-tie event includes a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, the renowned silent auction, a live

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What to Expect: Honors recipients are recognized for their contributions to American culture and the performing arts. Proceeds from the event support the Kennedy Center’s performing arts, education, and public service programs. The weekend of events includes a formal dinner, a brunch, a televised gala attended by the President, and dinner after the show. The Date: December 3, 2006 Location: The Kennedy Center Contact: www.kennedy-center.org

Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Tea Party What to Expect: Following the matinee performance of The Nutcracker, guests make their way to the Willard Hotel for an afternoon of tea, SPONSORED treats, photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy and an exclusive autographed pointe shoe favor. Children of all ages enjoy this unique Washington event. Date: December 10, 2006 Location: Performance at the Warner Theatre, tea at the Willard Hotel Contact: (202) 362-3606 ext. 125 or events@washingtonballet.org

Choral Arts Society of Washington What to Expect: This Christmas concert followed by a dinner, silent auction, and dancing brings out the Christmas spirit in all who attend. SPONSORED Proceeds from this black-tie event benefit the annual activities of the Choral Arts Society. Date: December 18, 2006 Location: The Kennedy Center Honorary Event Chair: Amb. of Austria Eva Nowotny and Prof.Thomas Nowotny Contact: (202) 244-3669

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What to Expect: The Taste of the Stars event benefits the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of seriously ill children SPONSORED and their families. Date: November 17, 2006 Location: The Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown Event Chairs: Sharon Dougherty, Jocelyn Greenan, Kristen Olson Contact: Cara Martin at (202) 293-7827

What to Expect: The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill presents its 2nd Annual Gala Dinner themed “Unmasking Mental Illness.” A cocktail reception, dinner, and the presentation of the Mind of America Scientific Award will be attended by VIPs from Congress, journalism, medicine, and the business world. Date: October 18, 2006 Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Honorary Chair: Patty Duke Co-Chairs: Sen. Susan Collins, Kay Redfield Jamison, Ann Pincus, and Rep. Pete Stark Contact: (202) 636-8745

What to Expect: The gala celebrates the 31st anniversary of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and is part of a twoday convention. The weekend of SPONSORED receptions and dinners honors outstanding Italian Americans in science, sports, business, entertainment, and philanthropy.This year’s honorees include Tom LaSorda, Justice Samuel Alito, Frankie Vallie, Raffaello Follieri and Anne Bancroft. Proceeds go to the NIAF scholarship and education program. Date: October 21, 2006 Location: Washington Hilton and Towers Event Chairs: Mike Renzulli, Jerry Colangelo, Anthony Mozilo, and Joseph Moglia Contact: Cara Elliot at (202) 939-3104

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Washington Ballet’s Jeté Society Dance Party What to Expect: A wild evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and lots of dancing with hip young professionals who are members of SPONSORED the Washington Ballet’s Jeté Society. Date: January 19, 2007 Contact: (202) 362-3606 ext. 125 or events@washingtonballet.org

Guests dancing at the Bachelors & Spinsters Ball at the City Tavern Club, 2005 Freer and Sackler Galleries Gala What to Expect: This year, the annual event is themed “Celebrating 100 Years of the Freer Gallery of Art.” First Lady Laura Bush is the SPONSORED Honorary Patron. Date: November 2, 2006 Location: Reception in the Sackler Gallery, dinner in the Freer Gallery Contact: (202) 633-0417

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National Rehabilitation Gala and Victory Awards What to Expect: The event honors distinguished individuals who have overcome disabilities. Past honorees include Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, and former Sen. Bob Dole. The event includes dinner, silent and live auctions, followed by the awards ceremony. Date: November 6, 2006 Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Contact: Leslie Concha at (202) 877-1781

Celebration of Hope and Progress What to Expect: The 6th Annual Celebration of Hope and Progress supports the Sibley Cancer Center and related programs. Washington journalists Cokie and

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National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Fall Benefit What to Expect: Cocktails, dinner, and a performance in the Great Hall benefit the Shenson Chamber Music Concerts. Approximately 300 guests will be in attendance, including VIPs and luminaries from Washington’s diplomatic, government, and social communities. Date: November 2, 2006 Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts Event Chairs: Irene Natividad and Gina Adams Artistic Directors: Gilan Tocco Corn and Linda Hohenfeld Slatkin Contact: NMWA Development Events Coordinator at (202) 266-2815 or timm@nmwa.org

ThanksUSA Gala What to Expect: ThanksUSA is non-partisan, charitable effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to “thank” the men and women SPONSORED of the United States armed forces. Guests will enjoy a festive and patriotic evening, including dinner and dancing. Location: Mellon Auditorium Contact: Jeri Thomson at 571-277-3249 or thomson22302@comcast.net

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FEBRUARY Catholic Charities Foundation Gala What to Expect: Catholic Charities is a private network of social service organizations working to support families, reduce poverty and build communities. The gala includes dinner, reception, and dancing. Date: February 3, 2007 Location: The Washington Hilton Contact: Sarah Arnett at (202) 772-4392

Washington Opera Midwinter Gala What to Expect: This year’s event themed “Stockholm: City of Northern Lights” is hosted by the Washington National Opera Women’s Committee. A fashionable crowd attends this evening of SPONSORED cocktails, dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Date: February 3, 2007 Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Honorary Chairs: Swedish Ambassador Gunnar Lund and his wife Mrs. Lotsberg. Contact: Angela Olson at (202) 295-2486

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SYDNEYFERGUSON Zac Posen terra silk paprika gown $3500 (Saks Jandel — Chevy Chase); Shoes her own; Paul Morelli yellow white and rose gold with pearls and diamonds $20,450 (Tiny Jewel Box — Washington, D.C.); Paul Morelli yellow white and rose gold earrings with pearls and diamonds $6,020 (Tiny Jewel Box — Washington, D.C.). CHARLOTTEFERGUSON Kai Milla copper silk gown $2,808 (Saks Jandel — Chevy Chase); Shoes her own; Crystal Chandelier earrings $125 (Ann Hand — Georgetown)

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MICHAELSONNENREICH Paul Zileri black tuxedo $1600.00 (James @ Tysons Corner II); Carrot & Gibbs white tuxedo shirt $195.00 (James @ Tysons Corner II); Saks Fih Ave. copper silk cumberbund set $125.00 (Saks Fih Ave. mens’ store @ Chevy Chase); Robert Talbo yellow gold/onyx cufflink and stud set $650.00 (James @ Tysons Corner II); shoes his own TAREQSALAHI Armani Collezioni black velvet dinner jacket $1895.00 (Saks Fih Ave. mens’ store @ Chevy Chase); Armani Collezioni black tuxedo pant $495 (Saks (Saks Fih Ave. mens’ store @ Chevy Chase); Ermenegildo Zegna white tuxedo shirt $335.00 (Saks Fih Ave. mens’ store @ Chevy Chase); Molly Rodgers black and silver bowtie $75.00 (Saks Fih Ave. mens’ store @ Chevy Chase); Cartier Santos 100 18k yellow gold/onyx cufflinks $2950.00 (Cartier @ Chevy Chase); A. Testoni black velvet tuxedo shoes $545.00 (Saks Fih Ave. mens’ store @ Chevy Chase) JOEROBERTCanali black tuxedo $1695.00 (James @ Tysons Corner II); Canali white tuxedo shirt $295.00 (James @ Tysons Corner II); Eruno Piaelli black and silver striped tie $95.00 (James @ Tysons Corner II); 18k yellow gold eagle cufflinks $1,500 (Ann Hand); shoes his own

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Gala What to Expect: The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater celebrates opening night with a special performance followed by dinner and dancing. Date: February 6, 2007 Location: The Kennedy Center Contact: (202) 636-8745

dinner hosted by 40 of Metro D.C.’s top chefs serving sample-sized portions of their signature dishes. Date: February 20, 2007 Location: National Building Museum Event Chairs: Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus North America, and Thomas Wertz, Vice President of UBS Contact: (800) 366-3083

St. Jude Children’s Hospital Gourmet Gala

Leukemia Ball

What to Expect: This delicious evening includes

What to Expect: This dazzling, annual, black-tie gala brings together the entertainment, business, political and philanthropic community to promote the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. The event celebrates the Leukemia Ball’s 20th anniversary and includes dinner, dancing, and top tier entertainment. Date: February 24, 2007 Location: Washington Convention Center Event Chairs: Steven C. Movius, Senior Vice President & CFO, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems & Fernando Murias, Managing Partner Washington Area, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Contact: Kristy Kent at (703) 960-1100 ext.230 or www.leukemiaball.org

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Best Friends Foundation Rock ‘n’ Roll Gala What to Expect: The Best Friends Foundation will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary a fun-filled event. Date: February 10, 2007 SPONSORED Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Contact: Roberta Freer (202) 478-9686

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Recent recipients have included Jeremy Irons, Dame Judi Dench, and Anthony Hopkins. The Date: March 4, 2007 Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Contact: Joanne Coutts at (202) 547 -3230 ext. 2330

NARSAD Mental Health Research Association Mission Impossible Gala What to Expect: The Annual Mission Impossible weekend features a night of dinner, dancing, a silent auction of NARSAD SPONSORED Artworks, and the presentation of the Paul Wellstone Leadership Award for exemplary efforts on behalf of people suffering from mental illness. Chair: Wendy Adeler Date: February/March 2007 Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Contact: Jon Zeidman at (800) 829-8289 or jzeidman@narsad.org or www.narsad-dc.org

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The Corcoran Ball What to Expect: A good-looking crowd dressed in designer gowns and tuxedos attends the ball hosted by the Women’s Committee of SPONSORED the Corcoran Gallery of Art to benefit scholarship programs for the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Date: March 2, 2007 Location: The Corcoran Gallery of Art Contact: Marjory Zimmerman at (202) 639-1782

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Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation Spring Gala What to Expect: More than 1,000 guests from the business, diplomatic, government, sports, media and social communities gather for a night of dinner and dancing. The event benefits the CRPF/George Washington University Mammovan and the 21st Century Young Scientist Fund. Date: March 9, 2007 Location: National Building Museum Contact: Linda Chastain at (703) 519-2103 or Linda.Chastain@ preventcancer.org

American Heart Association Heart Gala What to Expect: The Heart Gala supports the AHA’s mission-related activities in the Washington area. Over 600 guests attend this lively and entertaining black-tie evening featuring cocktails, dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Date: March 10, 2007 Location: The Ritz-Carlton,Tyson’s Corner Contact: (703) 941-8500

Shakespeare Theatre’s Will Award Gala

Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards

What to Expect: The black-tie gala includes dinner and an award presentation to an “individual who combines the richness of the classics SPONSORED with an excitement for the moment.”

What to Expect: The event, “Women Changing Our World,” includes an awards presentation followed by a cocktail reception. At this SPONSORED annual event attended by government,

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WENDYADELER Vera Wang chocolate brown gown with black floral leather belt $595 (Saks Jandel — Chevy Chase); Jimmy Choo black strappy shoes $455 (Saks Fih Avenue — Chevy Chase); 18k white gold necklace with south sea pearls and diamonds- 15.44 ct t.w. $50,400 (Adeler Jewelers — Great Falls, Va); 18k white gold south sea pearl(11.1mm) and diamond earrings – 1.41 ct t.w. $7386 (Adeler Jewelers — Great Falls, Va). MELISSAKESHISHIAN Carlos Miele 2 piece burgundy marble gown $2,570 (Saks Fih Avenue — Chevy Chase); Jimmy Choo grey suede and lizard shoes $540 (Saks Fih Avenue — Chevy Chase); Van Cleef & Arpels rose de noel earrings $14,700 (Van Cleef & Arpels — Chevy Chase); Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra mother of pearl necklace $5,200 (Van Cleef & Arpels — Chevy Chase); LILIBETHAGEL Carolina Herrera chocolate brown gown $4990 (Saks Fih Avenue — Chevy Chase); Manolo Blahnik brown shoes $495 (Saks Fih Avenue — Chevy Chase); Laura Gibson 22k yellow gold citrine necklace $3815 check (Tiny Jewel Box — Washington, D.C.); Antique Citrine flower earrings $3500 ( Tiny Jewel Box — Washington, D.C.) DEBBIEDINGELL Vera Wang chocolate brown chiffon gown with pearl and copper bugle bead applique $2,200.00 (Saks Jandel — Chevy Chase); Dolce & Gabbana copper shoes $474.00 (Saks Fih Avenue — Chevy Chase); Adeler 18k yellow gold diamond necklace (9.0 cts. tw.) $17,800 (Adeler Jewelers — Great Falls, Va); Adeler 18k yellow gold and diamond South Sea pearl earrings (.88 cts. tw.) $5,450.00 (Adeler Jewelers — Great Falls, VA)

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media, and diplomatic leaders, Vital Voices honors courageous women who are advancing economic, political, and social progress in their countries. Date: March 14, 2007 Location: The Kennedy Center Contact: Melissa Peterson at (202) 861-2625 ext. 3010 or melissapeterson@vitalvoices.org

Bennett entertain at a black-tie dinner, which raises funds for the Children’s National Medical Center. Date: May 4 and 5 Location: The SPONSORED Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center Contact: (301) 565-8500.

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Cathedral Choral Society Annual Gala

What to Expect: This gala event, hosted by the wives of the Arab ambassadors to the U.S., highlights a major beneficiary each year. Guests include top government and corporate SPONSORED officials and members of diplomatic community. The Date: May 9, 2007 Location: National Building Museum Contact: Nancy Yacoub at 703-288-4500

What to Expect: This event includes gourmet dining, dancing, and a silent auction. The Cathedral Choral Society will give its annual Angel of the Arts Award to Leonard Slatkin, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra. Date: March 17, 2007 Location: The Ritz-Carlton Washington Co-Chairs: Janet Hall, Jim Campbell, and Virginia Mars Contact: Margot Young at (202) 537-5524 or myoung@cathedral.org

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Larry King Cardiac Foundation Gala What to Expect: Larry King and his wife, Shawn Southwick-King, host the black-tie event, which raises funds for individuals who could not otherwise pay for cardiac treatment. Guests enjoy headline entertainment, an auction, dinner, and an awards ceremony. Date: March 24, 2007 Location: The RitzCarlton Washington Event Chairs: Daniel Snyder Contact: Linda Roth (703) 417-2700

25th Annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala What to Expect: Celebrity chefs, including members of Congress and other Washington notables, partake in a competitive cook-off during a cocktail reception. A gourmet dinner and SPONSORED prizes for Best Chefs complete the evening. Date: March 27, 2007 Location: National Building Museum Event Chairs: Franki Roberts, wife of Sen. Pat Roberts, and Betty Ann Tanner, wife of Rep. John Tanner Contact: Shannon Gilbert at (703) 824-0111 ext.11

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National Alzheimer’s Gala What to Expect: Many of the country’s most influential and respected political, business and social leaders come together for this Gala to lead in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Date: March 27, 2007 Location: Grand Hyatt Event Chairs: George and Trish Vradenburg Contact: Cindy Schelhorn at (703) 359 4440 or cindy.schelhorn@alz.org

APRIL Bachelors and Spinsters Ball What to Expect: The Bachelors and Spinsters Ball is an invitation-only event for 400 of Washington’s most eligible singles. The black-tie event has been a tradition since the 1930s. Date: April 7, 2007 Contact: Chris Larsin at Larsin@aol.com

NFL Players Gridiron Gala/ JB Awards What to Expect: The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and Players Inc. have partnered with TV personality James Brown to recognize NFL players for their individual contributions to their communities with the JB Awards. Proceeds from the banquet go to Special Olympics D.C. Date: April 12, 2007 Contact: www.nflplayers.com

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What to Expect: The celebration includes dinners hosted at ambassadors’ residences and a diplomatic reception. Date: May 2007 Contact: asimmons@care. org or (202) 595-2819

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Helen Hayes Awards and Gala

Kennedy Center Spring Gala

2007 Wolf Trap Gala

What to Expect: The 23rd Annual Helen Hayes Awards celebrates excellence in professional theater throughout the Washington metropolitan area. The event includes dinner, an awards ceremony, and a cast party. Date: April 16, 2007 Location: Awards at Warner Theater, reception at J.W. Marriott Contact: Maggie Cook at (202) 337-4572 or www.helenhayes.org

What to Expect: The event, which includes a reception, dinner, and special performance, raises funds to support the Center programming and education and outreach initiatives. Date: April 29, 2007 Location: Kennedy Center Contact: www.kennedy-center.org

What to Expect: The night of celebrity entertainment is the foundation’s largest fundraiser and all proceeds benefit Wolf Trap’s education programs. Date: TBD Location: Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Contact: Special Events at (703) 255-4030

Arena Stage Gala

Encompassing the Globe Gala

What to Expect: The 15th Annual Arena Stage Benefit for Community Engagement brings together politicians and local Washington celebrities in a lighthearted bipartisan spoof.The performance in Kreeger Theater follows dinner and an awards presentation. Date: April 30, 2007 Location: Arena Stage Contact: (202) 554-9066 ext. 715

What to Expect: The 2007 Gala will celebrate and preview Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries which opens to the public on June 23. Date: June 20, 2007 Location: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Contact: Alison Cassels (202) 633-0417 or Alison.cassels@asia.si.edu

Saving and Improving Lives Gala

What to Expect: The annual gala attracts patrons from New York and an international crowd. Date: TBD Location: Reception in the SPONSORED Sackler Gallery, dinner in the Freer Gallery Contact: (202) 633-0417

National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Spring Gala What to Expect: The event celebrates the achievements of women in the visual and performing arts while raising funds to sustain museum programs. Guests enjoy cocktails, dinner, and a performance. Date: April 20, 2007 Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave., N.W. Contact: Michelle Cragle at (202) 783-7373

White House Correspondents Association Dinner What to Expect: Approximately 3,000 guests gather for an evening of jokes, speeches, awards and food with the President, First Lady, celebrities, politicians, and WHCA members. Date: April 21, 2007 Location: Washington Hilton Contact: (202) 452-4836

Folger Shakespeare Library Spring Gala What to Expect: This year, guests will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Folger Shakespeare Library on Shakespeare’s birthday. The event includes a cocktail reception, black-tie dinner, an exhibition viewing, and a performance. Date: April 23, 2007 Location: Folger Shakespeare Library Co-chairs: Maxine Isaacs and James A. Johnson Contact: (202) 675-0377 or www.folger.edu/gala

Washington Ballet Spring Gala What to Expect: At the Washington Ballet’s premiere event of the season, prominent Washingtonians let loose on the dance floor SPONSORED after dinner and a live dance performance. Date: April 27, 2007 Contact: (202) 362-3606 ext. 125

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What to Expect: This black-tie event, hosted by N Street Village, includes a reception and dinner with entertainment and is attended by business, community, and political leaders. N Street Village empowers homeless and low-income women to reclaim their lives from the struggles of poverty by offering a variety of services and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Date: To be determined Location: To be determined Event Chair: Barbara Johnson Contact: Pascale-Emmanuelle Nouama at (202) 939-2071

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ITALIAN FLAIR Lila Castellaneta, wife of Italian Ambassador, Giovanni Castellaneta, interviews her favorite designer, Michele Miglionico, internationally known for his sophisticated and classic style. LILACASTELLANETA How did you get started in the fashion industry? MICHELEMIGLIONICOWhile I was still attending high school specializing in geometry, I wanted to enroll at the Academy of Fashion to study to become a designer. My father told me with determination that the world of fashion would not provide me with the securities in life that other types of careers would have, but it was my mother who encouraged me. I inherited from her a sense of aesthetic and a love for beautiful things. LC What was your first piece? MMI remember designing a long white ball gown with an embroidered coral pink and red décolleté for a friend of mine on her 18th birthday. White is a color I love very much; it’s always present in my collections. LCWhen and where was your first fashion show? MMI created my first collection in 1991, but my first fashion show, the most important one of my career, was many years after that in Rome. On January 2000, my debut was at the Italian Chamber of Fashion, whose president, Mr. Giuseppe della Schiava, believed in me and included my collection in the show.

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are original works of art, the décor sumptuous, and the music sets the tone for spectacular collections from world-renown designers. The women who aend are commied to having a wonderful evening connecting with one another, planning their fall wardrobe, and supporting community-building. They know CharityWorks is a high impact organization that transforms the lives of children and families. It’s the perfect combination of charity, community and shop-till-you-drop! In the end, it’s the true intersection of fashion and consciousness. Designer Preview Fall 2006 Event Chair Meredith LaPier is First Vice President of CB Richard Ellis, Inc.

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NORDSTROM’S DESIGNER PREVIEW FALL 2006 WITH CHARITYWORKS June 2oth • Cocoran Gallery of Art PHOTOSBYRACHELSMITH

THEEVENT Dressed-to-impressed, fashionphiles dashed to the Corcoran to appreciate a different type of artistic collection — one you can take off the rack and wear. The high-heeled clientele spent the first part of the evening sampling hors d’oeuvres and milling through Fall collections by Missoni, Jil Sander, Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Sonia Rykiel, Valentino, Bluemarine, and Christian Dior. The event benefited CharityWorks and its 2006 partner, The Higher Achievement Program. It was not a night to dress down. THESCENE With its high ceilings and Romanesque grandeur, the Corcoran was the perfect venue for a chic runway preview. As the lights dimmed and music cued, guests put their best fashion face forward and meticulously examined, from bootstrap to fedora, the ten designers’ looks touted for Fall. Champagne and chocolate delicacies closed the night. THE GUESTS Meredith LaPier, Pamela Sorensen, Vicky McWilliams, Marcia Carlucci, Faye Morrissee, Olga Ryan, Judy Esfandiary, Nancy McGovern, Rosemary and Mike Laphen, Amy Chao, Judith Beard, Sue Falk and Randy Odeneal.

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No, really, this is work! Fernando Murias, PwC, Nordstrom and CharityWorks fashion a night for Higher Achievement

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partner, Higher Achievement, was the beneficiary of the recent Nordstrom’s fashion show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The Higher Achievement Program offers 9 to 14 year olds in Washington’s most distressed neighborhoods a chance at a great education. As Murias was escorted backstage to complete the grueling task of meeting the models, he kept focused, commenting: “The partnerships CharityWorks create each year are unique in the community service arena. It is very rewarding to know that our efforts here – and the hard work of all the CharityWorks and Nordstrom volunteers –will help contribute to a future brighter for low-income 5th through 8th graders.” Model citizen, indeed.

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Annual Calendar Chronograph watch with handstitched widescaled alligator strap ($57,400). Available at Liljenquist & Beckstead, Tysons Galleria, McLean, Va., (703) 448-6731.

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Conquistador Cortez King watch ($21,700). Available at Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie in Chevy Chase, (202) 966-9700.

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TREND REPORT

LEOPARD PRINTS

Formerly rebellious, leopard prints have gone mainstream this season. As Roberto Cavalli’s signature print and the lining of many a Dolce and Gabbana suit or shoe, animal prints are never in or out. This Fall, hunting down the dots is made simple since designers like Louis Vuion, Anna Sui, Oscar de la Renta and Prada have taken inspiration from Mr. Cavalli by featuring the exotic prints in their prêt-à-porter collections. Disguise yourself as the second most powerful feline in the world (aer the jaguar) in audacious fall furs or go for a more subtle approach with shoes or jewelry. When worn with bright colors, leopard can (shockingly) serve as a subtle background because of its neutral tan color and simple black rosees. It’s no longer necessary to take a walk on the wild side when indulging in the animal’s spots. CHRISTIAN LouBOUTIN:

Mouflette ankle boot ($1,500). Available at Christian Louboutin, 941 Madison Ave., New York, (212) 396 1884.

ROBERTO CAVALLI ETRO Satin pink shorts with side stich ($420).

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Furry FELINES: Le to right: Cavalli full length military inspired jacket, Anna Sui Leopard Printed Goat Peacoat ($1,925) available at Henri Bendel NYC, Oscar de la Renta Lippi cat coat with stand collar, bishop sleeves and black suede stitch belt ($22,000).

PRADA: Fur trim purse niemens at dc ($2,480). Available at Niemen Marcus, Tysons Corner, Mclean, Va., (703) 761 1600.

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Knee high Tependris leopard print pony hair boot ($1,575). Available at Christian Louboutin, Horatio Street, New York, (212) 255-1910.

Dior:

Clip-on Mitza earrings ($6,000). Available at Dior 712 5th Ave.., New York, (212) 582 0168.

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Luella patent pencil skirt and purse, prices upon request.

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TREND REPORT

BLACK & GOLD This Fall presents a golden opportunity as heavy metal weighs in at twenty-four karats and rushes down the runway as lamé, brocade and gold-plated fabrics. Pair the precious metal with traditional black and there’s no breaking or mistaking this season’s golden rule: keep your flash classy. left: Yves Saint Laurent Blue double chiffon lessage embroidered dress ($13,320) CHANEL

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PRADA Sequin bag with feather strap ($3,450). Available at Prada, 841 Madison Ave., New York, (212) 327 4200.

donna karAn: Gold perfume ($285). Available at Nordstroms, Pentagon City, Arlington, Va., (703) 415 1121.

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Josephine pump ($790). Available at Christian Louboutin, 941 Madison Ave., New York, (212) 396 1884.

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Gwendoline ring ($9,500). Available at Dior, 712 5th Ave., New York, (212) 582 0168.

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Clockwise from Upper left: First Lady Laura Bush and President Bush, Salem Al-Sabah and Rima Al-Sabah, Chris and Kathleen Matthews, Ina Ginsburg, Queen Noor, Sheila Johnson, Harold Ford Jr., Michelle Haney Maddux and Mae Haney Grennan, Kirsten Pollin, Nini Fergerson, Amb. Giovanni and Leila Castellaneta, Vernon and Ann Jodan, Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee, Mark Ein and Joe Robert, Ashley Taylor, Katherine Bradley, Bill Clinton, Robert Duvall and Luciana Pedraza.


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nlike other major cities, Wa s h i n g t o n ’s social scene is a revolving door. Political appointees, elected officials and diplomats all come and go. Only the Cave Dwellers and Permanent Establishment Types remain — which can be good (reliable, well heeled and polite guests) or not so good (same old faces, no new blood). Commenting on this phenomenon has become an extreme sport: Who’s In (Tony Snow, David Gregory) and Who’s Out (Alan Greenspan, Norman Mineta, Maureen Dowd). Who’s Rich (Catherine Reynolds, Joe Robert) and Who’s Broke (anyone trying to keep up on a government salary). Who’s Departed (Bill and Deeda Blair, Chris Buckley, The Bush Twins) and Who’s Arrived (John and Irene Danilovitch, Prince Turki Al-Faisal). The list is fluid. One day you’re a Cabinet honcho, surrounded by Secret Service hulks, with limo waiting and invites

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stacking up like an IHOP special. Then — poof — you’re not even on the list for Adams Morgan restaurant openings. This year, as George W. Bush’s second term limps toward lame duck land, we sense a slight shift in the city’s mood. Hot new dining spots, upscale boutiques and the emergence of several new glamourpusses in Chanel jackets, Jimmy Choo stilettoes and tight stove-pipe jeans means Washington is finally beginning to shed its fusty image. Some may say it’s getting a little more Euro, thanks to several chic young ambassadorial wives whose walk-in closets are stuffed with Versace and whose presence at any fete signifies hotitude. Cheers to them and others new to the list this year, including a few bright lights and PYTs (Pretty Young Things) who do help lighten up a party. So, raise a Baccarat flute of Veuve Clicquot to the ever spinning, dizzying turnstile and welcome Washington Life’s

second annual roster of the 100 Most Invited, here in alphabetical order (after the Bushes and Cheneys) in case you think we’re actually daring to rank them. If you get a dozen said notables at your party, you’re a star. Eight — you’re trajectory is set. Only two? Try again, dearie. None? Time to leave town or hole up at the club. -STEPHANIEMANSFIELD

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GEORGE and LAURA BUSH PRESIDENT & FIRST LADY

Hardly the hosts of White House Gone Wild, but trying, at least, to loosen up and invite more people over now that the Sun is beginning to set on their second term. Still, they’re generally in bed by 10 p.m. Slipping off to Baghdad would be less of a surprise than spotting them at Cafe Milano.

Clockwise from Upper left: Stuart and Wilma Bernstein, David Bradley, Grega Daly, Michael and Meryl Chertoff, Huda and Samia Farouki, Kevin Chaffee, Hilllary Rodham Clinton, James and Marjorie Billington, and William and Buffy Cafritz.

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RICHARD and LYNNE CHENEY VICE PRESIDENT &

AUTHOR They’d both rather be picnicking

at their Eastern Shore hideaway — although he is said to have given up bird hunting. Major buzz if they decide to fly the coop and the Secret Service stakes out your house.

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GEORGE and SUSAN ALLEN

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SALEM and RIMA AL-SABAH

SENATOR & WIFE The former Virginia governor and son of a legendary Redskins coach wears cowboy boots and is all over the news of late — could it be his attempt to win the 2008 Presidential Superbowl of Politics, or is that just a bunch of “macaca?” She’s lovely, bright and known to loosen him up.

KUWAITI AMBASSADOR & FORMER JOURNALIST Easily the capital’s top

diplomatic hosts, their fetes are power events featuring political big wigs, Hollywood stars and masses of exotic flowers – they even hosted Laura Bush at a charity dinner where Condi tickled the ivories.

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PRINCE TURKI AL-FAISAL Al-SAUD and PRINCESS NOUF BINT FAHD SAUDI ARABIAN

AMBASSADOR & WIFE The late King

Faisal’s soft spoken son is traveling the country trying to educate Americans about his exotic, often misunderstood homeland and plans to be much more visible here than Prince Bandar, his ambassadorial predecessor and brotherin-law. Princess Nouf is gentle, warm and occasionally appears unveiled in mixed company. She may be his secret weapon.

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BOB BARNETT and RITA BRAVER LITERARY LAWYER &

TELEVISION CORRESPONDENT He is the

uber-agent (Bill, Hillary, et al) you slip your memoir to for the big bucks advance. She’s a high-powered but low key CBS stalwart with multiple Emmys.Two for the price of one.

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STUART and WILMA BERNSTEIN BUSINESSMAN

& ARTS BOOSTER Back from their ambassadorial stint in Denmark, they now have time to devote to GOP fundraising, the Opera and other causes.

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JAMES and MARJORIE BILLINGTON LIBRARIAN OF

CONGRESS & HIS BIGGEST BOOSTER

The erudite Russian scholar raises millions from major donors for pet projects like putting Library classics on the Internet. With Marjorie on his arm, they charm.

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BEN BRADLEE and SALLY QUINN EDITOR EMERITUS OF

THE WASHINGTON POST & WRITER

The popular duo is just as good looking and fun as ever and if you get seated next to either one at dinner, expect lively repartee. When they entertain at one of their three major homes, it’s usually lowkey with loyal, longtime friends.

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DAVID and KATHERINE BRADLEY PUBLISHER &

PHILANTHROPIST With major bucks

(enough to move the Boston-based Atlantic Monthly to Washington), this handsome, low key couple can be counted upon to raise the buzz level. She’s stunning; he’s a bit reclusive and likes to avoid idle chatter.

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STEPHEN and JOANNA BREYER SUPREME COURT

JUSTICE & CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Here comes the judge! And this one is witty, erudite and likes to dine out, especially at top-notch art museum openings. His wife, the daughter of a British peer, is equally sophisticated but often prefers the comforts of home.

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CALVIN and JANE CAFRITZ PHILANTHROPISTS She’s blonde

and tall, he is dark and somewhat shorter — although not when he’s standing on the checkbook of a family foundation that supports numerous local causes. A couple to watch.

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WILLIAM and BUFFY CAFRITZ ENTREPRENEUR &

ARTS PATRON With a nationwide base of

friends spanning the political spectrum, they have major staying power. Just take a look at the five-star guest lists for their quadrennial Inaugural parties.

Clockwise from Upper left: Esther Coopersmith, Barak Obama, Jacqueline Badger Mars, John and Irene Danilovich, Jean-David and Marie Cecile Levitte, Rita Braver, Marc and Jacqueline Leland ,Taylor and Donald Ensenat and Leslie Cockburn.

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STEVE and JEAN CASE ENTREPRENEUR & ACTIVIST

The AOL co-founder’s bank account has shown no signs at slowing down with his finger in a number of businesses. She’s giving it back through the Case Foundation.

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GIOVANNI and LEILA CASTELLANETA ITALIAN

AMBASSADOR & WIFE The newest

major addition to the Embassy Row set, the ambassador and his Iranian-born wife feature high-end Italian art and music along with the prosecco and pasta at Villa Firenze, one of the city’s most beautiful estates.

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KEVIN CHAFFEE JOURNALIST Witty, loyal and a

keeper of secrets, this Washington Times scribe beats the competition hands down. Would be invited even without the job thanks to his social graces.

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MICHAEL and MERYL CHERTOFF HOMELAND

SECURITY CHIEF & WIFE He’s pretty

outgoing and good company even when under fire, and she’s super smart with spiky hair and daring dresses. Are he and Wolf Blitzer the only guys in town with facial hair? Good company even if your nanny doesn’t have a green card.

and Clinton-era secretary of defense is now in private practice and writing a novel or two. His wife, a former model and television personality, is a supreme Washington babe.

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ESTHER COOPERSMITH

PRESIDENT & SENATOR Still major

PHILANTHROPIST This diehard Democrat fundraiser is a social plus no matter who is in power. Plugged in all over the globe, the lights are always on in her Kalorama mega-manse, especially when high ranking foreign dignitaries are on display.

Washington rock stars; if either show up, the flash bulbs are blinding. She can be prickly, but he remains a big, lovable lug who loves a crowd and knows how to work it.

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WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON and HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON FORMER

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ANDREW and LESLIE COCKBURN JOURNALISTS

This author/Mideast expert and his wife, a 60 Minutes producer and San Francisco shipping heiress, have risen steadily in the social ranks. Always reliable for clued-in chatter.

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WILLIAM COHEN and JANET LANGHART COHEN LAWYER & COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

The former Maine Republican senator

LEO and GREGA DALY ARCHITECT & CONNOISSEUR

International globe trotters with inimitable elan, they host friends in the perfect setting of their Embassy Row home. She is arguably the city’s best-dressed woman.

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JOHN and IRENE DANILOVICH GLOBAL AID

CZAR & HOTEL HEIRESS The male half

of Washington’s new “It Couple” is a former shipping executive and ambassador to Brazil and Costa Rica who now dispenses billions for global development as head of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Irene (pronounced Ireen-ay), the daughter of Lord Forte, the Brit hotel

mogul, is sharp as a fondue fork, sparkling, warm-hearted and chronically late. We forgive her.

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JACK DAVIES

PHILANTHROPIST Co-owner of the Wizards and Caps, this former executive at AOL is now giving back millions through his work with Venture Philanthropy Partners. Always energizes a party with his easy humor.

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DEBORAH GORE DEAN and RICHARD “SPIDER” PAWLIK VERY SOCIAL ANTIQUAIRES Yes, there are second acts in Washington and she’s a player — this time with more success in interior design than Housing and Urban Development. He is a former psychologist with a keen eye for pesky details.

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JOHN and DEBBIE DINGELL CONGRESSMAN

& LOBBYIST The dean of the House

(elected in 1955) is a tough Democratic lawmaker who commands respect on both sides of the aisle. She’s a pretty blonde lobbyist for General Motors who is plugged into every organization in town.

Clockwise: Jim Kimsey, Franco Nuschese, LaSalle Leffall, Princess Nouf Bint Fahd, Michelle and Adrian Fenty, “Lucky” Roosevelt, Maureen Orth, Liz Stevens, Ruthie Leffall, and George Stevens. 94

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ROBERT DUVALL and LUCIANA PEDRAZA ACTOR &

FILMMAKER The Oscar-winning jeans-and-

boots actor and his Argentine wife live in the Virginia hunt country but can be lured into town at any event where tango dancing is featured. She just became a U.S. citizen.

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MARK EIN ENTREPRENEUR

This bachelor tech entrepreneur’s ability to know Durer from Duchamp has landed him on the National Gallery’s board and many a top guest list of late.

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DONALD and TAYLOR ENSENAT CHIEF OF

PROTOCOL & POLO FAN

The Bush Administration’s chief of protocol is a wealthy New Orleans businessman, former ambassador to the Sultanate of Brunei and classmate of President Bush’s at Yale.You’re sure to bump into this diplomatic duo if you attend a lot of embassy national day parties.

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HUDA and SAMIA FAROUKI ENTREPRENEUR

& BUSINESSWOMAN These veteran

players entertain lavishly with Mideastern flair. Big-time connections in Iraq add an element of mysterious cachet.


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ADRIAN and MICHELLE FENTY CITY COUNCILMAN

& LAWYER The D.C. council member

and his equally young and attractive wife are meeting and greeting nonstop as his mayoral campaign goes into overdrive. Only time will tell if substance wins over style.

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SYDNEY MCNIFF FERGUSON ENGERY

SPECIALIST AND GAL ABOUT TOWN

Under “NiNi’s” blonde Town & Country mane is a brain. This equestrienne clothes horse and eligible bachelorette may soon find the right stallion.

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NANCY “BITSEY” FOLGER CIVIC LEADER AND

PHILANTHROPIST A much-beloved

mover and shaker on the philanthropic scene, La Bitsey focuses her considerable energy on education, arts and social welfare causes.

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HAROLD E FORD CONGRESSMAN The African-

American Democrat with movie star looks adds star power to any scene, public or private. The sky’s the limit if he wins the November U.S. Senate race in Tennessee. If so, move over Barack Obama!

One day you’re a Cabinet honcho, surrounded by Secret Service hulks, with limo waiting and invites stacking up like an IHOP special. Then — poof — you’re not even on the list for restaurant openings in Bethesda.

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BILL and KARYN FRIST SENATE MAJORITY LEADER &

WIFE If the surgeon/senator has to duck out of a party to make a vote he can count on Karyn to pinch hit. And if someone chokes on the cornish hen, the doc’s got the Heimlich maneuver down pat.

know you’ve made it if invitations to their select screenings turn up in the mail.

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DAVID GREGORY and BETH WILKINSON NBC WHITE

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LLOYD and ANN HAND LAWYER & JEWELRY

DESIGNER He is a power lawyer and

LBJ-era protocol chief with heaps of Texas charm. She designs jewelry for an A-List clientele. Friendly and outgoing, they’re the capital’s perennial prom king and queen.

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MAE HANEY and ANDRE GRENNAN / MICHELLE HANEY and VICTOR MADDUX PARTY GOING DEVELOPERS This well-

educated sister act works for their father’s development firm and also finds time to join the jet set in Cannes where they cohosted a party for this year’s film festival.

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SIDNEY and JANE HARMAN ENTREPRENEUR &

AND HOSTESS This Viennese-born former Andy Warhol pop culture diva likes to vamp in her red leather bike cap. Forever chic, she always knows the score.

Easy to spot in a crowd, this tall, tireless journo isn’t afraid to tussle. A refreshing show-off among wimps, he famously irritated President Bush by asking Jacques Chirac a question in French. His wife, now a general counsel at Fannie Mae, once helped the U.S. Army prosecute Manuel Noriega.

CONGRESSWOMAN This self-made hi-fi zillionaire lavishes lolly on favorite causes, including a new building for Washington’s Shakespeare Theatre. She’s a brusque, hardcharging legislator. Social two-fer.

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CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS and CAROL

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DAN and RHODA GLICKMAN HOLLYWOOD

LOBBYIST & CONSULTANT The Motion

Picture Association of America chief is Hollywood’s top lobbyist and the guy who sends President Bush all the new releases.You

HOUSE CORRESPONDENT & LAWYER

CARLOS and EDI GUTIERREZ SECRETARY

OF COMMERCE & WIFE This suave Cuban refugee and former Kellogg CEO is a fantastic dancer with a refreshingly down to earth wife. Mambo time! Cuba libres!

Clockwise: John and Jeanne Warner, Jane Lauder, Eric Motley, Jane and Calvin Cafritz, , Stuart and Gwen Holliday, Jack Davies, Nina Auchincloss Straight and John McCain.

BLUE JOURNALIST & SCREENPLAY

WRITER The Brit bad boy smokes and

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slipping under the table. Expect to be highly entertained by his witty wife as well.

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JAMES HOAGLAND and JANE STANTON HITCHCOCK JOURNALIST & NOVELIST After Ben Bradlee, he’s The

Washington Post’s most desirable gray eminence emeritus and she’s a hoot — in print and off-the-record. Great firsthand tattle about the rich and famous.

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STUART and GWEN HOLLIDAY LOBBYIST & WIFE

This former Ambassador and Bush aide now directs the international practice at Quinn Gillespie. He and his dynamic wife took the helm at the Meridian International Center after Walter and Didi Cutler passed the baton.

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CLAY and ANNE JOHNSON WHITE HOUSE

AIDE & STATE DEPARTMENT ARTS

DIRECTOR Dubbya’s roommate at Andover is one of the President’s most trusted aides. His wife is a golfing buddy. Need we say more?

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ROBERT JOHNSON

ENTREPRENEUR Now a billionaire after the sale of his Black Entertainment

Television network to Viacom, he is a savvy businessman, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats and player on the national scene.

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VERNON and ANN JORDAN LAWYER & BOARD

MEMBER He is a Clinton buddy and

incorrigible flirt. She’s a lady and a good sport. Both have major clout in social, political and business circles. Is there any other Washington couple who sit on so many corporate boards?

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of America Online and the city’s leading bachelor makes the rounds regularly with ever-changing eye-candy on his arm. Generous. Nice. A guy’s guy.

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POLLY KRAFT ARTIST AND HOSTESS You’d do well to impress

this smart and connected grande dame/ watercolorist if you want to make it socially here.

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LASALLE and RUTHIE LEFFALL SURGEON & CIVIC

EDWARD “TED” KENNEDY and VICTORIA REGGIE KENNEDY SENATOR & LAWYER The

LEADER The eminent cancer specialist and his impeccably dressed spouse mix easily at the highest levels of society.

Kennedy family patriarch and 43-year U.S. Senate veteran is still known to party. A couple who seem to enjoy each other’s company, they turn out for the right cause. Always a great photo-op.

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JOHN KERRY and TERESA HEINZ SENATOR &

PHILANTHROPIST She’s straight talking

and unpredictable who nonetheless does a stellar job dispensing grants from the multi-million dollar Heinz Foundation. Oh, yes, he ran for President.

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JIM KIMSEY BUSINESSMAN/

PHILANTHROPIST The co-founder

MARC and JACQUELINE LELAND FINANCIAL ADVISOR

& FASHIONISTA Monsieur gives financial

advice to the Getty family and was once married to a Rothschild. Madame is grandly gowned and bejeweled, and the mother of literary genius Alain de Botton, her son from a previous marriage to the eminent Swiss banker Gilbert de Botton. Discerning connoisseurs and art patrons of note.

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TED and LYNN LEONSIS BUSINESSMAN &

PHILANTHROPIST Spot this AOL vice

chairman courtside at the MCI center

Clockwise from top left: Dave Pollin, Roxanne Roberts, Amy Argetsinger, Condeleezza Rice, Tony Snow, Ann Nitze, Jay and Sharon Rockefeller, Colin Powell, Chris and Lorraine Wallace.

whether he’s cheering on his alma-mater, Georgetown, or the Wizards, Capitals or Mystics, which he co-owns. She’s just as much of a cheerleader. Their hands on approach to philanthropy is a slam dunk.

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JEAN-DAVID and MARIECECILE LEVITTE FRENCH

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FRED and MARLENE MALEKMERCHANT BANKER &

AMBASSADOR & WIFE Blessed with one of the grandest Embassy Row addresses, they work hard to keep Franco-American affairs comme il faut. Low key, genial hosts who are generous to a fault with numerous local causes.

FUNDRAISER The Carlyle Group honcho

is flying a bit closer to earth after his bid to buy the Nationals fell through (and some really nasty press). Not one to rest on his laurels, his next big deal will likely grab headlines as well. She’s a delightful trooper for local causes.

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SIR DAVID and LADY (CATHERINE) MANNING

BRITISH AMBASSADOR & MYSTERY WRITER The British ambassador to the U.S. and his mystery novelist wife aren’t entertaining as much as their glitzy predecessors, although they did host


Prince Charles and Camilla with great style. Still one of the most coveted invites in town.

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DAVID and CARRIE MARRIOTT HOTEL

EXECUTIVE & WIFE The young hotel

heir and his pretty wife are one of the capital’s most attractive new couples about town. Book them for your next fundraiser before the competition.

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JAQUELINE BADGER MARS PHILANTHROPIST The

Mars candy heiress with the $10 billion fortune keeps mostly to her Middleburg farm but is known to come to town for major opera functions.

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CHRIS and KATHLEEN MATTHEWS TELEVISION TALK

SHOW HOST & LOCAL NEWS ANCHOR

He’s got the booming Hardball voice and Irish charm. She’ll be leaving her local anchor job to go corporate with Marriott. Good guests. Funny.Warm. In love.

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JOHN, CINDY and ROBERTA MCCAIN

SENATOR, WIFE & HIS MOTHER A

maverick with folk hero appeal, he and his lovely ladies are invited everywhere.

Fun to have to any gathering, they light up a room and so do the cameras.

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ERIC MOTLEY WHITE HOUSE AIDE The soft-spoken

top of the ladder: Family connections (his father was presidential advisor Paul Nitze, his mother was a Pratt oil heiress), exquisite hospitality, all the right people, and always someone new you definitely need to meet.

model thin glamour gal who stays home in Chicago with the kids. Pity.

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chest full of medals do light up a room! He’s tall and good looking; she’s cool, collected and at his side.

African-American White House aide is one of the rare Bush team members to liven up the local arts scene. More popular than ever after his massive profile in the Washington Post.

& AUTHOR Beautiful, aloof and always

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fashionable, King Hussein’s widow commands any room with her regal bearing. May be on the market for the right king.

JOHN and DIANA NEGROPONTE

INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR & WIFE

Getting the intelligence czar to attend your party is a major coup, even if he slips in late after a hush-hush White House confab with you-know-who. His stylish wife, the daughter of Sir Charles Villiers, the late chairman of British Steel, is lively, mannered and well-connected.

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WILLIAM NEWMAN and SHEILA JOHNSON

JUDGE & BUSINESS TYCOON This

newly wed Middleburg couple made a splash with their lavish, celeb filled nuptials last year. She’s a sports tycoon and soon-tobe hotel queen. He holds court with her.

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BILL and ANN NITZE LAWYER & ART DEALER The

QUEEN NOOR FORMER QUEEN CONSORT OF JORDAN

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FRANCO NUSCHESE

RESTAURATEUR He’s “Casablanca Rick” of Washington, rounding up the usual suspects to his ground-zero Café Milano. Generous, discreet and plugged in, he is a passionate host and soft-spoken addition to any event.

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BARACK and MICHELLE OBAMA SENATOR &

HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR The cool, charismatic Illinois Democrat and best selling author (as well as Men’s Vogue cover-boy) is the ultimate unattainable guest — unless it’s a political fundraiser or the Gridiron dinner, where he was roasted during his first year in office. She’s a tall,

Clockwise from top left: Carlos Gutierrez, Vicki and Roger Sant, David Gregory, George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, Jack and Mary Margaret Valenti, Septime Webre and Kay Kendall and Sir David and Lady Manning.

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PETER and LYNN PACE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

CHAIRMAN & WIFE That uniform and

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PAUL and NANCY PELOSI BUSINESSMAN & HOUSE

MINORITY LEADER He is handsome,

successful and charming. She’s smart, ambitious, vivacious, comes from a political family, and may just become the next (and first female) speaker of the House.

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DAVID and KIRSTEN POLLIN BUSINESS LEADER

& WIFE He’s the nephew of Wizards owner Abe Pollin and grew up a charmed boy. She’s statuesque, blonde and also in demand by the under 40-set. Put them on your list.

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COLIN and ALMA POWELL CORPORATE EXECUTIVE &

PHILANTHROPIST/AUTHOR The former

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That’s why he and his outgoing wife, a noted arts and education booster, are still our favorite guests.

Plan is a smart cookie and always in demand. He’s thinner in real life, and darn nice — if a little geeky.

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WAYNE and CATHERINE REYNOLDS EDUCATION

ENTREPRENEUR & PHILANTHROPIST

Socially forward regulars at high profile events which they most likely have underwritten, this high achieving couple don’t seem to care if they ruffle a few feathers. She is straight from the pages of Danielle Steel. Her way or the highway.

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CONDOLEEZZA RICE

SECRETARY OF STATE Condi is pretty, warm, and not to shabby on the keyboard — Oh yeah — way important. Always exquisitely dressed (Thanks to Oscar).

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JOE ROBERT DEVELOPER AND PHILANTHROPIST Eligible bachelor

DONALD AND JOYCE RUMSFELD SECRETARY OF

DEFENSE & HOMEMAKER What’s not

to like about Rummy — politics aside, of course. He’s a gravelly mensch of a father figure type, waiting up till his daughter comes home after a date. He and Joyce prefer the security of loyal pals and try to keep grounded at their weekend retreat on the Eastern Shore.

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TIM RUSSERT and MAUREEN ORTH NBC

BUREAU CHIEF & WRITER He personifies the top-rated Meet The Press Sunday chat show drill. She’s a Vanity Fair scribe.Together, they bring lively rapport and gentle gravitas to any event. Good dish, and fun.

and a deeply generous hometown boy who supports a wide array of causes. His annual “Fight Night” cigar smoker boozefest has raised serious dough — and his social profile.

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mogul and his wife exemplify high-end philanthropy with eight-figure gifts to the Smithsonian, National Symphony and World Wildlife Fund. Kind, considerate and unaffected.

ROXANNE ROBERTS and AMY ARGETSINGER

NEWS HENS The Washington Post’s “Reliable

Source” gossips split up their party coverage, and getting at least one to attend is a must if you simply must read about yourself over morning coffee. Roberts has been around for ages and knows all the players.

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JOHN and SHARON ROCKEFELLER SENATOR

& PUBLIC TELEVISION ADVOCATE

The fourth Rockefeller to bear the world’s number one plutocratic name is hardworking, low-key and devoted to his commitments. His wife, the daughter of former Illinois Sen. Chuck Percy, continues her battle for public TV despite her ill health.

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SELWA “LUCKY” ROOSEVELT WRITER AND

OPERA BOOSTER Ronald Reagan’s

former chief of protocol is a lovely guest, always chatty and commands center stage — especially when the Washington National Opera and tenor Placido Domingo take a bow. Lifetime Achievement Award material.

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KARL and DARBY ROVE PRESIDENTIAL ALTER EGO &

SOUTHERN COOKING EXPERT The

architect of the Bush Administration Master

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ROGER and VICKI SANT ENTREPRENEUR & BOARD

MEMBER The art collecting electric power

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ANTONIN and MAUREEN SCALIA

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE & HOMEMAKER Behind that fusty exterior,

the conservative jurist doesn’t mind the social fray. He knows how to make his own fun, and so does she.Vote: unanimous.

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GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS and ALI WENTWORTH TALK SHOW years with Bill Clinton before donning his journalist’s hat. She’s the gregarious, telegenic daughter of Reagan social secretary Muffie Brandon. Live in Georgetown, they ratchet up the star power of any party.

GEORGE and LIZ STEVENS HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER/

BUSH ADMINISTRATION PRESS

SPOKESMAN & WIFE Smart, quick and

now that he’s flacking for the White House, the invites are in the mail.

DAN AND TANYA SNYDER WASHINGTON REDSKINS OWNER

& WIFE He’s the short one in sunglasses.

JOHN and JEANNE WARNER SENATOR & REALTOR

Taylor and a Mellon, he finally got it right the third time around. Jeanne is supportive and down to earth.

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MARK WARNER and LISA COLLIS PRESIDENTIAL

HOPEFUL & ATTORNEY Back from

tech mogul and his wife will no doubt dive

He’s Old Hollywood and started the Kennedy Center Honors Gala. She’s a Phipps — as in steel — with a passion for Democratic causes. Popular, friendly and adored by all.

back into the fundraising swim due to his

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presidential ambitions. He’d rather play touch football with his daughters.

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KEVIN WARSH and JANE LAUDER LAWYER &

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pizzaz to the D.C. scene.

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the youngest member of the Federal Reserve Board. She’s the granddaughter of late Estee Lauder. Together, they add rare New York

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SEPTIME WEBRE and KAY KENDALL BALLET IMPRESARIO

& BALLETOMANE The Washington Ballet’s

Cuban-born director and ever-youthful chairwoman liven up any party with a mambo, samba or cha-cha-cha. He’s the

GEOFF TRACY and NORA O’DONNELL RESTAURATEUR

reason husbands refuse to dance.

cool, sexy chef. She’s a savvy, sexy journalist. Catch them breaking bread at one of his restaurants or the occasional A-list event.

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DIRECTOR & SOMETIME DECORATOR

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annual event? Stay tuned.

Richmond to Old Town, the zillionaire

FORMER LITIGATOR &

former czarina of Garfinckel’s and friends with all the important wives. He: coming out of his shell after putting all those baddies away as a Justice Dept. prosecutor. Moving from Old Town to Foxhall Road may up their profile.

back from Summer” soiree become an

do guests take notice. After marriage to Liz

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byways.Will their post-Labor Day “Welcome

They don’t go out much, but when they

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She’s the glamorous blonde one in designer everything. Angle for an invite to the owner’s box. Maybe you’ll rub shoulders with Condi and other A-list football fans.

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JEFFREY WEISS and JULIANNA GLOVER WEISS

LAWYER & LOBBYIST She used to work for

Dick Cheney and is totally plugged in to the

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younger political hotshots. He’s the quieter one.Their frequent bipartisan bashes are the

FORMER HOLLYWOOD LOBBYIST &

place to meet media types and network for

MENTAL HEALTH PATRON Now retired, he

that post-Administration career opportunity.

seems busier than ever but always has time for wonderful anecdotes and lively banter. She doesn’t go out much.

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CHRIS AND LORRAINE WALLACE JOURNALIST & WIFE

The droll Fox News Sunday host knows plenty about the ways of Washington and doesn’t mind plugging you in. His darling wife is a local gal who knows the social

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PAUL WOLFOWITZ PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD

BANK “Wolfie” is a mover and shaker who

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YEAR June 7 • Embassy Residence of the State of Kuwait PHOTOSBYZAIDHAMIDJONAHKOCHNANCYOSTERAG VICKYPOMBOANDKYLESAMPERTON

THE EVENT: Washington Life life is celebrating its 15th year of publication with a series of anniversary fetes being held throughout the upcoming year. The kick-off soirée was given by the Kuwaiti Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Rima at their residence in June, aracting a veritable who’s who of the national capital region and beyond. Leaders in the fields of politics, diplomacy, media, technology, philanthropy, the arts, entertainment and fashion came together to enjoy the type of upbeat and diverse gathering that has become synonymous with the hosts and the magazine. THE SCENE: Thankfully, the guests didn’t arrive all at once. As the new arrivals waited in the receiving line to greet Founder Vicki Bagley, Editor-in-Chief Nancy Reynolds Bagley, CEO Soroush Richard Shehabi and the Ambassador and Mrs. Al-Sabah, conversations sprung up like wild fires. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff talked shop with Senator George Allen and his wife (who celebrated their wedding anniversary on the same night); Wolf Blitzer debated with writer Christopher Hitchens; Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee chaed with Irene and John Danilovich; and Muleh’s Christopher Reiter discussed fashion with Ashley Taylor. Everyone enjoyed the lavish buffet, which included an array of delicious Middle Eastern dishes and sweets; and no one could pass up the decadent chocolate fountain — with the lure of chocolate-covered fruits and marshmallows. In the ornate fountain room, the mingling and music were still in full swing – even aer the lights went up. The host and hostess graciously broke protocol and insisted that many of the guests stay late into the evening. Not a hard sell as no one wanted to leave early. THE PEOPLE: A dozen Cabinet Secretaries and Congressional leaders, real estate and technology CEO’s, fashion executives, major media players, prominent Washingtonians and so many of the faces that have lit up the pages of WL for the past 15 years.

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Carol Blue and Christopher Hitchens

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Greg Babcock

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Sue Ellen and Mel Estrin

Irene and Abe Pollin

Jackie and Sidney Blumenthal

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Albert and Shirley Small

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Jerry and Sheila Katz

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Barbara Harrison and Ann Stock

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Melanne and Philip Verveer

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Ed Mathias and Kathleen Matthews

Mark Scott and Jim Bell

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Christina Wilkie and Amin Salam

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Russian Amb. Yuri Ushakov and Svetlana Ushakova

Singaporean Amb. Chan Heng Chee

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NOMINATEONLINE! Who do you think has Substance and Style?

Alma Powell Unparalleled passion for the arts and the Kennedy Center

Sean Tuohey Co-founded Playing for Peace

Art Monk Co-founded the Good Samaritan Foundation

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The more things have changed socially in Washington in the past decade and a half, the less change there seems to be. With a few qualifications. The same charity events continue on, with many of the same faces in charge. Recall, and tack on the words “gala” or “ball” to: Wolf Trap, American Cancer Society,Washington National Opera, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the

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Washington Ballet, Washington Performing Arts Society, Fight Night. There are, of course, a few newer events on the black-tie circuit: the Mosaic Foundation, for example, run by (mostly unveiled) Arab ambassadors’ spouses. Black gowns remain standby operative costumes (easy to stash in office closets and they do help one blend into the crowd) but there has been a slight decline in what the purveyors of custom call “standards.” The biggest sartorial switch was the retirement of white-tie mode to near oblivion. (Only the Gridiron Club now commands it for a restricted showtime audience.) Global calamities of 2001 dampened the ardor with the result that guests for the first time were allowed only “optional” preference in their formal attire at that year’s National Symphony Ball.Then the no-medals-and-tails option became the norm, after which the ball moved forward in the seasonal calendar to September to avoid the usual December Kennedy Center Honors jam. And while two women chairs were customary, along came husband-and-wife teams. Now even two men, at least outwardly, can take over the role. Jim Kimsey, the sly debonair man-about-town, and pal Joe Robert helped break the old rules at the Kennedy Center’s spring gala a few years back. After all, Kimsey’s 60th birthday celebration at the St. Regis in ’99 was also a winner, complete with World War II décor and guests in 1940s dress. Royals still arrive with a flourish, but like Jordan’s knockout gorgeous Queen Rania they now come with a mission to promote social well-being. Queen Noor, her predecessor who is now a Washington resident, also turns up regularly as mascot to the Good. So do telegenic ambassadorial spouses who have taken over the role which professional hostesses once performed. Wives such as Kuwait’s Rima alSabah and Britain’s (now departed) Lady Meyer lend cachet to tried-and-

true embassy occasions with their extra edge in fashion and smarts. Without them, Washington would be a far less glamorous place. On an official note, it seems a long time since happenings at the White House took the breath away. State Dinners have declined, partly out of the Bushes’ personal preference and partly in keeping with the administration’s reluctance to offer too much showy entertainment in wartime. By contrast, the White House Correspondents Dinner has become a celebrity-stalkers’ boardwalk far removed from its original purpose as an off-the-record gathering of peers. But take heart: Robert Duvall does a wicked tango here on occasion, and philanthropist Catherine Reynolds can pull out all the stops, as she did for the patriotic themed affair she sponsored in the National Building Museum four years ago that featured entertainers Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Aaron Neville, Frank Sinatra Jr., Michael Crawford and Patti Austin. If there has been a toning down of glitz in the past 15 years, it has not meant an elimination of style.

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The greatest changes I have seen in Washington’s social life over the last fifteen years have been gradual, like the slow shifting of tectonic plates. Though the first inklings of change began shortly before Washington Life saw print, the magazine has played a decisive role. Case in point: its continued recognition of the relevance of charity balls and galas, with their heavy ambassadorial involvement, that make Washington’s social scene unique. Most obvious is the striking increase in younger participants involved in the charities this town holds dear. The door, once firmly closed to new causes whose fundraising might siphon off awaited dollars, has now been opened. Like the legendary Boston matron who answered, when asked where she got her hats, “We have our hats,” we had our causes.They were unvaryingly funded and chaired by a list of regulars that was short in length but long on entrenchment. That’s gone. Newcomers with big wallets have surged onto the scene. They now begin lending their support at an earlier age than did past patrons, so the change is not just due to natural attrition. Washington Life has consistently pictured and commented upon these newbies along with the established standard-bearers, and registered the fun they are finding in helping further good works.

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With increased opportunities for wealth accumulation at an earlier age, they have the cash to fund the bash, and so have added new and needed causes to match their expanded awareness of the world. As a side note, because there is more money but less time available, entertaining has often shifted to the restaurant scene, which has changed to meet the demand. Fine dining in Washington, once limited to a few places, is now available at myriad restaurants, and the discovering and discussing of them is beginning to resemble the passion of those living in New York, where it rates as an intramural sport. This all adds up to a more vibrant social scene, built on the solid institutions of the past, and still anchored in providing help to others not only here at home, but half a world away.

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R E T R OS P EC T I V E

GRANDES DAMES NO MORE Reflections on Washington’s late power hostesses BYKEVINCHAFFEE

Recently I spent some time looking through issues of Washington Life from the early 1990s, back when both the magazine and I were new to covering the social scene. What captured my attention the most wasn’t the changes in fashion or the ever-older faces on those glossy pages. What fascinated me were the photographs of the great Washington power hostesses in action. Intelligent, cultivated and strong willed, mostly widows of great longevity, these grandes dames had the ability to recognize or exclude others from access to information and contacts vital to rising careers. They had more power than most men, but usually managed to remain friendly — perhaps, as one wag put it, under the same principle that France and the U.S. are allies.

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ooking at a picture of Susan Mary Alsop sitting beside Dominick Dunne at a 2000 party at Café Milano reminded me of the wonderful dinners she hosted in her Georgetown home. Everything was comme il faut one particular night when the noted historian and memoirist feted Tish Baldrige and Chris Buckley, mutual friends who had just published their own umteenth books. There were masses of red roses strategically arranged around her Gilbert Stuart and John Singer Sargent ancestor portraits, delicious food prepared by the longtime Italian cook (no caterer’s fare ever entered that house!) plus the inevitable sparkling conversation and toasts. I still smile when I remember one breathcatching moment after the guests took their places at table.There came a a brief interlude of silence as everyone looked toward Susan Mary sitting at the far end. As if on cue, she picked up a tiny porcelain hand bell and deftly rang it precisely three times, after which the salver-bearing butlers burst through the kitchen door tout de suite. At the time I recall thinking that no one else in Washington could have presided over such an anachronistic scene with such perfect aplomb, although it was, of course, perfectly in keeping with the manner in which this utterly fascinating woman and her family (she was a direct descendant of John Jay and related to the Astors) had lived for more than two centuries. Susan Mary was brittle in old age; I don’t think I ever really heard her laugh. I came to realize that she had known many emotional hardships. But she

My dinner companion that night at Susan Mary’s was Polly Wisner Fritchey, another Georgetown dowager who had been at the center of high level political and social life in Washington since World War II. After all, her first husband, Frank Wisner, had been a cofounder of the CIA, and her second, Clayton Fritchey, a respected journalist. A master of the art of making people feel instantly comfortable (“Please do call me Polly”), she never failed to charm and was unfailingly supportive of many of the city’s arts causes. She knew that people would be disappointed if she didn’t show up at Shakespeare Theatre openings or PEN/Faulkner events at the Folger Library, and allowed herself to be “frogmarched in,” as she once told me, even into her late 80s when she was feeling poorly. Polly was indomitable. Evangeline Bruce, by contrast, was always “Mrs. Bruce” (I once witnessed her insta-freeze a female acquaintance who had the effrontery to address her as “Vangie.”) Multi-lingual and supremely well-connected after years en poste alongside her late husband, Ambassador David K. E. Bruce, in Britain, France, Germany and China, the couture-clad doyenne could be tough on arrivistes and held sway for decades as a worldclass social and fashion arbiter. It all boiled down to standards, I suppose, which she upheld to the end while quietly writing her excellent biography of Napoleon and Josephine and fundraising for Sasha Br uce House, a shelter for homeless and abused teens named after her daughter who had died of a mysterious gunshot wound. Toward the end of her life, I don’t think Mrs. Bruce cared about entertaining much anymore, except where Sasha Bruce House was concerned, or if very special friends came to town. She became famous for the austerity of her hors d’ouevres (quail’s eggs, caramelized bacon and other tiny rarities). Her guests often had a chuckle when they turned up after her receptions at the same Georgetown restaurants. Some people said she was actually quite shy, and if true, this explained much about her. The ever-captivating femme fatale Pamela Harriman was disliked by many of the other Old

Shortly before her death, when [Pamela Harriman] was U.S. ambassador to Paris, she cordially received my family at the embassy even though I could tell she was terribly fatigued. I will always remember her as a gracious lady.

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was a brilliant conversationalist who delighted in discussing history, much of which she had directly experienced at the highest levels, especially during the period following World War II when she was a diplomatic wife living in Europe, and during the Kennedy “Camelot” era. She knew scores of royals and aristocrats and many top artists, writers and politicians. Astonishingly erudite, she had great tales to tell (generally over a few scotch and sodas) but always remained terribly discreet. Nothing untoward ever passed her lips, at least not to me. She always preferred to listen and learn.

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Then, Vice President George Bush, Sr. with Evangeline Bruce at an OSS reception in 1983.

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Guard ladies for a number of reasons, mainly her proclivity for husband-stealing, but was always quite popular with men. I was no exception, and she was certainly very kind to me. There was no logical reason why she should have agreed to contribute to the funky Washington guidebook I was putting together some years back, but she did. And she turned out for my book party as well. (All my friends were impressed.) Shortly before her death, when she was U.S. ambassador to Paris, she cordially received my family at the embassy even though I could tell she was terribly fatigued. I will always remember her as a gracious lady. I knew Katharine Graham least well. To be truthful, I hardly know her at all. After attending so many of the same events and being introduced many times over the years, however, I finally started chatting up the powerful publisher of what we at The Washington Times called the “O.P.,” or Other Paper. My favorite encounter involved the now extinct Nina Hyde breast cancer benefit that she had co-founded with Vogue’s Anna Wintour. Mrs. Graham took great pride in the event’s success, which was one of the few Washington social affairs likely to be written up in New York as well as here. I was dutifully attending one year when I saw her make a beeline in my direction. “Have you seen the Post’s reporter or photographer here?” she asked, knowing full well that I would have recognized the competition the minute I walked though the door. I had to break it to her. “Mrs. Graham,” I said, “I don’t think anyone from your paper is coming. I took a look at the press list when I arrived and no one from the Post is on it.” “You’re here covering my event, and my paper is not,” she said, making more of a statement than a question. “I guess so,” I replied. “I see,” she declared, turning on her heel to La Wintour, who looked none too pleased to hear the news. I

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thought that was the last of it until evening’s end, when I felt a little tug on my sleeve as I joined the exodus out the door. It was Mrs. Graham. “Thank you,” she said. “I want you to know how much I appreciate your support.” Mrs. Graham was famed for not using her owner’s clout to interfere in the Post’s editorial product. Nonetheless I figured that someone at the OP would likely catch it over this “missed opportunity.” Sure enough, a major story about the event appeared in the paper two or three days later. I knew full well some poor scribe had been ordered by his or her editor to “cover” it in absentia — no easy task. I always thought of the incident when I saw Mrs. Graham after that, although I would never have dreamed of mentioning it. I grew rather fond of my image of her: a gracious lady, certainly, but one who had an iron fist inside her velvet glove.

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When Washington Life asked me to talk about some of the changes that have taken place since 1991 when the magazine first hit newsstands — and coincidentally when I first came to Washington as a U.S. Congressman — I began to think about communications. In 1991, information in the nation’s capital moved only as fast as the telephone, the fax machine, or the mail. Fifteen years later,Washington is a much “faster” town — as new technologies have made our one-on-one communications virtually instantaneous.With its growing online presence Washington Life knows about the power of the internet first hand. The last decade and a half have seen dramatic changes in the way we communicate, conduct business, and live, from distance learning to telemedicine. Looking ahead to the next fifteen years, we need to expand broadband Internet access and close the “economic digital divide.” This past summer, I was on my annual Listening Tour across Virginia, and in many of the places I visited broadband is still an out-of-reach luxury.The easy access to information we take for granted in Washington and Northern Virginia with our pioneering AOL, cable modems, and DSL is clearly felt when you can’t use it. This situation cannot continue, because in the 21st century, the Internet is an absolute necessity for economic expansion, opportunity, education, and jobs.We must also keep the Internet free of access taxes. In every culture, knowledge is power and by facilitating the free exchange of ideas and information, the Internet can empower individuals, and nurture the growth of freedom on every continent. Spurring innovation and sparking commerce is why increasing broadband Internet access (and preserving Internet freedom) is one of the paramount missions of our time. Let me conclude by wishing all of the writers, editors, and photographers at Washington Life a happy 15th birthday. Even as Washington and the world move faster and faster, you have kept the pace — and in fact, set the pace for lifestyle magazines in the Washington region. As great as your past and present have been, you have an even brighter future ahead of you. Keep adapting, keep innovating, keep improving, and keep winning!


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100 POINT

WINES FOR CHARITY Washington’s biggest givers honor good deeds with great food and wine WL celebrates the fruits of the vine with the help of CharityWorks’ 100 Point Vintage Wine Tasting, where top D.C. area chefs cooked up gourmet five-course meals to accompany 100-point wines. A special toast goes out to Virginia wines in anticipation of the commonwealth’s official wine month, October. We’ll show you where to go (and where to stay) to enjoy its entire splendor. SA RA MATTHEWS©

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Jack Davies and Terry Lineberger (co-chairs)

GOOD SPIRITS BYPRESENTINGSPONSORSLYNNANDTEDLEONSIS

We often hear people say that Washington is all about power—as New York is to money, Los Angeles is to entertainment and Houston is to oil. But CharityWorks dinners are a good example of something else that defines our region: generosity. Think about it. This community donated $1.2 million to YouthAIDS last September. Our grantmakers contribute $1 billion each year. We are the home of Network for Good, which directed more than $24 million in relief funds last year to victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast

Asian tsunami. This is where the pioneering Venture Philanthropy Partners – which has committed about $30 million in grants – got it start five years ago. And, this is a community where an organization like CharityWorks can find such enthusiastic support for its efforts. We were attracted to CharityWorks because it believes so strongly in personal involvement in philanthropy. What’s more, it has found creative ways to engage the community and effectively raise funds. It is incredibly efficient, with almost everyone involved donating their time to make it work. And it employs rigorous standards in its grantmaking, so that it can have maximum impact on those in our communities who need help. The CharityWorks events show where the real power in D.C. lies – the eagerness of its people to donate their time, talent and finances to help those in need.

Linda Graves and Mark McFadden Neil Cohen and Russ Ramsey

Caren DeWitt

Miriam Pollin and Tom Hotz

TOAST OF THE TOWN BYCHRISWALLACEOFFOXNEWS

Most charity events around Washington are either for a good cause or are a good time. The CharityWorks dinner is that rare event that is both. The amount of money raised can give a huge boost to a very worthy organization. And the event is a unique experience — enjoying extraordinary food and wine with the “lions” of the Tech World and of Northern Virginia. My wife Lorraine and I have attended the last two dinners. Our good

friends Lynn and Ted Leonsis invited us. Just to walk into the tented dining room is an event. Each table is covered with more than a hundred wine glasses. And over the course of the evening, each of these glittering glasses is filled with extraordinary wine. I know a little bit about good food and wine. But I have never seen anything like the CharityWorks dinner. You have a tasting menu of courses prepared by the most inventive chefs in the D.C. area, and along with each course you get to drink two of the world’s finest wines. To sit there comparing the Château Latour and the Mouton-Rothschild is almost surreal. I’m not sure I would want participate in such an optimum event more than once a year. But about six months after the last dinner, I’m already thinking about the next one.

John Ktenas and Masumi Weber

Bill and Michelle Dewitt with Jeff Carlton

Jean-Marie Fernandez and Estee Portnoy

Ashley Taylor and Aimee Robert

Art Marks

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Ambassador Nancy Brinker and Richard Hanlon

Lynn Leonsis and Pamela Hanlon WL SPONSORED

Anthony A. Lewis of Verizon with Event Host Joe Robert

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Leah Gansler, Karen Alcalde and Penny Yerks Fuzzy and Erick Billings

THE EVENT Take cuisine craed by the area’s top celebrity chefs and combine it with the world’s best wines and you’ve got a recipe for a gourmet feast. Add in that it’s all for charity, and everything tastes that much sweater. Joe Robert graciously played Event Host, opening his historic McLean estate to hundreds of epicurean voyeurs intent on sampling 100-point wines and their carefully paired dishes. Host Sponsor Bearingpoint’s $75,000 contribution cooked up the evening’s best pairing: CharityWorks and the Higher Achievement Program, a charity offering 9 to 14 year olds in Washington’s most distressed neighborhoods a chance at a great education. THE SCENE Wine Spectator Executive Editor Thomas Mahews walked the collection of high-tech heavyweights, wine aficionados and foodies through a five-course feast. 1995 Chateau Margaux with your Braised Veal Cheeks? Yes, please. Equally delicious was the flair and combustible energy of having nine area celebrity chefs under one roof — Food Network eat your heart out! THE GUESTS BearingPoint’s Robin Lineberger, Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia, Tom Davis, Miriam Pollin, Jack Davies, Fernando Murias and Ted and Lynn Leonsis.

Mitch Rales with Wendy and Frank Raines

Sam Schreiber, Tom Davis and Ellen Schreiber

Buzzy and Cheryl Krongard with Jim Kimsey

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FIVE-STAR PAIRINGS LOCALEXECUTIVECHEFSMATCHFAVORITEDISHESWITHPOINTWINES CHEFNAME

FABIO TRABOCCHI Maestro Restaurant Chef

JONATHAN KRINN

2941 Restaurant Executive Chef/Owner

BRENDAN COX Circle Bistro Executive Chef

RICHARD HAMILTON Tidewater Inn Corporate Chef

HAIDAR KAROUM Asia Nora Chef de Cuisine

FRANK MORALES Zola Executive chef

BRYAN VOLTAGGIO Charlie Palmer Steak House Executive Chef

TONY CHITTUM & HEATHER ACKERMAN CHITTUM Notti Bianche/Dish Executive Chef Pastry Chef

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BIO Inspired by his father’s love of food, this native of Italy’s Marche region became interested in cooking at an early age. In 2001 Trabocchi moved to the Washington, D.C., area to open Maestro at The Ritz-Carlton in Virginia. A native Washingtonian, Krinn graduated with honors from L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland. After studying in France and New York with the likes of Alain Ducasse, Krinn returned to Washington in 2002 to open his acclaimed 2941 restaurant.

Cox, a native Washingtonian, started cooking in college “just for beer money.”With no formal training, he began at Galileo as a line cook, then moved to Equinox with the head chef.

Hamilton, an Oklahoma City native, received his formal training from the Ritz-Escoffier Ecole du Gastronomie and Le Cordon Bleu academy before returning to the U. S. and making his critically acclaimed mark on the culinary world.

Karoum has served as Asia Nora’s chef de cuisine for the past six years, having previously worked at its organic sister restaurant, Nora. He began his culinary career at Citronelle.

Before taking over the kitchen at Zola, Morales served as executive chef at D.C.’s power lunch hot spot, the Oval Room. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1995 and worked in New York before coming to Washington. Voltaggio attended the Culinary Institute of America, and shortly thereafter labored as sous-chef at Charlie Palmer in New York.When Palmer decided to open his first restaurant in the nation’s capital, he made a smart move and took Voltaggio along with him as executive chef.

Tony’s gastronomical interests peaked early while fishing on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Brooklyn native Heather realized her passion later in life, and began taking courses at L’Academie de Cuisine before getting her first job at Equinox.

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2000 Gaja Langhe Costa Russi and 2001 Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia Toscana Masseto

Tenuta di Castello Risotto, Aged Parmigiano, Morels,Truffles, Ossobuco Jus

1988 Krug Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Clos du Mesnil and 1988 Krug Brut Champagne

Sautéed Soft Shell Crab with Gingered Long Squash, Osetra Caviar Parfait with Citrus Crème Fraiche, and Stuffed Medallion of Foie Gras with Mango & Rhubarb

2003 Ramey Chardonnay Carneros Hyde

Veloute of Five Spring Onions, Caviar, Bread Crisp Quail Breast, Kohlrabi Julienne, Honeyed Citronette Country Pate, Pickled Ramps, Burgundy Mustard.

2002 Latour Puligny Truffières

Local Crab “Beignet” with Creamed Corn, BLT and T “Sandwiches,” Black Truffle Potato Crusted Scallop with Osestra Caviar and Smoked Salmon Leek Puree,Waygu Tartare with Crispy Shallot “Salad” and Lobster on Tabouli with Meyer Lemon-Habanero Vinaigrette

1995 Château Margaux and 1996 Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon

Braised Veal Cheeks & Sweetbreads with Hen of the Wood Mushrooms and Baby Spring Vegetables

2002 Grivault Meurault Cru Clos Des Perrières

Sweet Soy Glazed Wild King Salmon with Rhubarb Cracklin’ and Sherry Poached Muscovy Duck Breast in a Wild Ramp Jacket

Roasted Angus Sirloin with Fava Bean Puree, Caramelized Tokyo Turnips 1990 Château Latour and 1982 Château Mouton-Rothschild

1977 Fonseca Vintage Port and 1997 S.A. Huet Vouvray Cuvée Constance

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Almond Torta with Local Strawberries & Crème Fraiche, adapted from the Notti Bianche Menu, and Campfire S’more Tart, a Twist on Dish’s Big City S’more.

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ANEXPERT’STAKE “The fun part of all of this is the opportunity to work with colleagues from the same business under one roof. We share camaraderie, food and many laughs during this charity dinner for an enormous cause.” “I like to make aggressive dishes for big events, and there is no bigger event than the CharityWorks 100 Point Wine Dinner. Not only did my dish make a wonderful wine pairing, but I had guests asking for seconds of foie gras.” “I saw that the other chefs were preparing a lot of seafood, so I created a more savory dish.The creaminess of the soup enhances aspects of the Chardonnay, and the pâté and quail breasts are classics of my kitchen.”

“I made four different appetizers to show the four different sides of the wine I was given.To me, wines are more than three-dimensional, and the dishes I made brought out — but still balanced — the characteristics of this wine.”

“The two wines I was given, one a French Bordeaux and the other a Napa Valley Cab, set my theme of New World meets Old World, and I created a dish to reflect that.The veal cheeks remained a traditional style — braised with Asian spices and accents.”

“The wine played off the fattiness of the salmon and also of the duck.That’s how I think about food and wine; I’m either going to contrast the two or go similar.”

“I wanted to make something to complement the earthiness of these wines while also appealing to these 200 different people who were giving so much to charity. Obviously, red meat goes with red wine, but more specifically, the peppered roasted sirloin matched the pepper accents in the Rothschild.”

Heather: “I thought that the chocolate would be good to balance out the sweetness of the port, and that the Constance needed something much lighter, like the torte.”

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hat is a “perfect” wine? In my personal opinion, it is a wine that – in the moment you are drinking it – makes you think, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” Think back. Recall a special occasion.There was the lovely setting, maybe in Provence, or a favorite restaurant in Washington, or your house at the beach.There was the delicious food, whether it was a great chef ’s tasting menu or a steak grilled in your back yard. Even more important was the company: someone you were falling in love with, or someone you had loved for a long, long time. Finally, there was the wine.What was it? Maybe it was a world benchmark like Château Latour 1961. Or maybe it was a light, fruity rosé.You might not even remember the producer, or the vintage. It’s just that at that moment, in that setting, the wine was perfect, because it was part of a perfect experience. But there are also objective standards of quality that factor into a judgment of “perfection” in wine. Wine Spectator judges all wines “blind,” that is, without knowing the producer or price, under neutral conditions that allow for fair comparative analysis. This forces the taster to focus on the wine itself, rather than the subjective variables introduced by food, company and setting. In general, fine wines must have structure and balance; perfect wines display these attributes flawlessly. In the case of reds, that means extraordinary richness of fruit and superb tannin structure. Whites too must be well-built, whether dry or sweet, and display impressive layers of fruit and a complementary balance of acidity. Moreover, great wines, regardless of color, must have the fruit and backbone to improve in the bottle while they age. Beyond this, a perfect wine must communicate something specific and exciting about its terrier, its growing season and its producer. These wines are unique expressions of a certain place (the vineyard) at a certain time (the vintage). They are benchmarks for their region or wine type. Like great works of art, they reflect the talent of the artist as well as the moment they were created. Because of this rigorous analytic judging process, Wine Spectator has given relatively few wines perfect ratings (100 points on our 100-point scale). In fact, of the more than 155,000 wines

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we’ve scored in our 30 years of publication, fewer than three dozen have received perfect ratings in blind tastings on their initial release. Another three dozen or so have been awarded 100 points in nonblind or later tastings, such as a horizontal flight of 1982 Bordeaux, or a vertical tasting of Bryant Family Vineyards. At the dinner benefiting CharityWorks, eight 100-point wines were served (along with two 99point Champagnes, Wine Spectator’s highest-rated sparkling wines).The wines were organized in pairs, in order to focus on interesting contrasts – young and old, New World and Old World, and so forth. All the wines performed brilliantly, exhibiting rich fruit, balanced structure and distinctive character. Judging from the crowd’s reaction, I would say that Masseto, the Merlot from Tuscany, and the Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon were the favorites. But exquisite dishes from a group of renowned and accomplished chefs showed each of the wines to their best advantage. It was a delightful evening, and an honor for Wine Spectator to support such a worthy cause. In fact, you might even call it a perfect night.


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The Coage at Sharp Rock Vineyards

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ONEMOREFORTHEROAD Keep your eyes peeled for the new Albemarle Viognier 2005, produced by Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard, located at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. These native French grapes have found an accommodating home in Virginia, and produce a wine there that is described by winemaker Charles Gendrot as “a beautiful sphere of complex aromas and flavors — floral and mature exotic fruits that are intoxicating on the nose and palate.” If you can’t make it to the vineyard, you can still enjoy this new wine, which is available online through Kluge’s Farm Shop, at www.klugeestateonline.com.

VIRGINIAWINESINADAY…ORTWO Visit this year’s Virginia Wine Festival at the Morven Park Equestrian Center in Leesburg on September 30 and October 1 to kick off the state’s official Wine Month (October). The event features a tasting from many Vinifera Wine Growers Association award-winning wineries, gourmet pairing cuisine, seminars and cooking demonstrations, entertainment and more, all in Loudoun County. To purchase tickets directly, visit www. virginiawinefestival.org or contact the ticket office at (703) 823-1868.

WINEOMNI-BUS Award-winning wines featured in this country daytrip Imagine a detailed tour of Virginia’s best known wineries complete with chauffeured transportation, gourmet bites and a VIP wine tasting. Now open your eyes and live it with the Omni Shoreham Hotel country daytrip.Whether you’re an expert on viticulture or don’t even know what it means, you will drink and learn with a knowledgeable driver who explains the various wines made at Virginia’s 100 wineries, including Italian, Greek and Rhone wines. The first stop on the tour is Pearmund Cellars in Broad Run, Va., renowned for beautiful chardonnay. Rappahannock Cellars, in Huntley, Va., is your next stop. Seeing the great potential of Virginia wines, the owners moved here from California’s Santa Cruz Mountains to make Rhone varietals. Finally, you’ll visit Oasis Winery, to enjoy a VIP wine tasting — either overlooking the vineyards and Blue Ridge Mountains or indoors by the fireplace — featuring an elaborate tasting with cheeses and light hors d’oeuvres. The full Virginia Wine Package (advance reservation required) includes two nights double accommodation, full American breakfast in Robert’s Restaurant at the Omni Shoreham, a picnic lunch on the day of the tour and complimentary self or valet parking for one car.The basic package starts at $500 per person including room and tour taxes, and runs through December 31, 2006. For more information, call (202) 756-5112 or e-mail dgerdes@omnihotels.com

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Discover Virginia Food and Wine Festival

Green County

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The 12th Annual Rockbridge Wine Festival

Lexington

www.lexrockchamber.com; (540)463-5375

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The Cadillac Commonwealth Cup Polo Match and Wine Festival

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10th Annual Neptune Festival Wine Tasting

Virginia Beach

www.neptunefestival.com; 757)498-0215

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The Great Grape Wine Festival

Leesburg

www.tarara.com; (703)771-7100

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SWX—Savor the Valley Wine Festival

Shenandoah Caverns

www.shenandoahcaverns.com

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18th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

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www.visitsmithmountainlake.com; (800)676-8203

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AROUND TOWN Ñ FREDand MARLENE MALEK with California Governor ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER at the April 29th fundrasier the couple held for him at their McLean residence.

É JANELIPTONCAFRITZ, Chinese Ambassador ZHOUWENZHONG and Washington Performing Arts Society board member LINDARAB it at the organization’s 40th anniversary gala and dinner, held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on May 20. The event was expected to raise more than $900,000 for WPAS artistic and educational arts initiatives. Photo courtesy of Hector Emanuel and Daniel Cima.

Å Washington Redskin CLINTONPORTIS (in purple hat) and BOBBELMONT (in green shirt) gambled the night away during the launch of Absolut Vodka’s newest flavor, Ruby Red, on June 19 at a Monte Carlo-themed soiree held at the Terrell Place building.

AVERYSPECIALLADY

Our former United Nations Peace Prize recipient, Esther Coopersmith, is an indomitable woman: she spearheads and gives generously to causes, is a tireless political campaigner, christened a “kingmaker” by many, and is an inveterate traveler who is on a first name basis with many world leaders. Several causes and movements have originated in her living room, and another was revealed at a party honoring her at the imposing home across from Mount Vernon of Ray and Shaista Mahmood, co-hosts with Susan Allen, next door neighbor and wife of Senator George Allen.

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“Seeds of Peace” was conceived by the late journalist John Wallach after a discussion on the war-torn state of the world at Esther’s. It brings together, at a camp in the Maine woods, youths of enemy nations who form friendships and learn valuable lessons about their “enemies.” Several of them spoke, Jews and Arabs, Pakistanis and Indians, of the value of the experience. Janet Wallach, a journalist and the author of eight books, is continuing the work of her husband. As for the hospitable Mahmoods, two nights later they held another big “do,” this time for Michael Chertoff, secretary of homeland security, and the Allens.

QUEENFORALIFETIME

Another remarkable woman was honored when 250 Washingtonians helped Virginia Hayes Williams, the mother of Washington Mayor Anthony Williams, celebrate her 80th birthday. Coordinator Jan DuPlain emceed the event, and the dozen speakers included Chairman of the D.C. Commission on the Arts Dorothy McSweeny, and her husband Bill; Charlene Drew Jarvis, president of Southeastern University; arts patron Judith Terra, who created the family photo “memory boards” displayed at the party; and Christine Warnke, chairman of the D.C. Commission on Women, among other notables.

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Neale Perl, the president of the Washington Performing Arts Society, and an accomplished cellist, performed what he termed “A little Birthday Bach” as an added treat. Virginia raised nine children, three of whom were adopted, including Mayor Williams. She had just begun a career as an opera singer (following in the footsteps of her uncle, Roland Hayes, the first African American to take the stage in major roles) when she was about to adopt Tony. “You know,” said her husband, “you can adopt another child, or you can continue on your operatic career, but it is impossible to do both.” She chose Tony, and the rest is history. Several spoke of

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Ç At the WETA Salute to Excellence, ROBERT

Ñ PETERSTIFEL and TOMNIGRA, who c0-hosted Bay Hundred Foundation’s fifth anniversary celebration on June 4 with his wife Jane, in front of the main house at their property, Rich Neck Manor, located near Claiborne, Md.

MACNEIL (far left), JIM LEHRER (far right) and The Newshour were celebrated for thirty years of excellence in journalism. Bob and Jim were feted by TOM BROKAW, SHARON PERCY ROCKEFELLER (both pictured below), BEN BRADLEE and WALTER CRONKITE(not pictured).

Å NOHRAPASTRANA (wife of former Colombian Ambassador ANDRÉS PASTRANA), Coach KATHYKEMPER, SHAMIMJAWAD (wife of Afghan Ambassador SAIDTAYEBJAWAandLUMAKAWAR (wife of Jordanian Ambassador KARIM KAWAR ) attended the Congressional Country Club’s cookout on June 30.

her regal bearing, and the many good causes Virginia has begun and labored for, emphasizing her insistence that others get involved too. Then Mayor Williams took the floor, saying “My wife will kill me for this, but I guess it is all right to say since Katie Couric had hers on national television — I had a colonoscopy this morning. I felt horrible this afternoon, and I really didn’t think I could make it tonight. Mother thought otherwise, saying ‘You be here! Just get yourself together, and do it!’ It was a royal command; regal is the right word for her, and as far as I can remember, she has been queen for a lifetime!”

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“Montevideo,” the Poolesville property of Gogo and Austin Kiplinger rang with “Swing your partner!” when they hosted a barbecue and barn dance to benefit the Washington Chorus, which the Kiplinger family, and especially son Knight, have long supported. It was more “Promenade the barn” than the traditional “Promenade the hall” and couples danced (skirting the hay bales), stroked the pet llamas in the pasture and ate barbecue till the cows came home. KALEIDOSCOPE

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ist Sheila Jahan celebrated with a major bash at her McLean home. The buffet table was loaded with Middle Eastern dishes, and the dancing, to throbbing Middle Eastern music, went on non-stop. Everyone but the dog danced … Another memorable meet-up, the party Richard De Sonier gave at his cathedral-ceilinged home. Through those portals passed some seriously chic party guests … One of the liveliest tables at the SemperComm Foundation gala was hosted by Rick Cutrera of American Airlines, a sponsor of the evening. The airline underwrote several of the trips awarded during the silent auction at the Mandarin

Oriental Hotel. SemperComm is a charitable nonprofit foundation which br ings entertainment equipment and the means to communicate with their families back home to United States service personnel at remote overseas postings, where such facilities are sparse … Washington Ballet’s guiding light, Septime Webre, glimpsed at the opening cocktail party at Urbana, the striking new wine bar and restaurant next to Dupont Circle’s Hotel Palomar. The chef ’s take on the cocktail hour “thingies” is witty, delicious, and wicked on the calories, and the watermelon martinis made new converts … Grecian

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Å Former Swedish Ambassador JAN

Å “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” food and wine specialist TED ALLEN was a featured guest at this year’s Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival. Allen, who has also authored a cookbook and appeared as a judge on Iron Chef America, made presentations at the festival on June 24 and 25.

Ambassador Alexandros P. Mallias hosted a lively party with Edy Fraser, sparkplug of the women’s empowerment group WOW and its members. There were Australian parliamentarians briefly in town who attended and several New Yorkers as well, including Gloria Starr Kins, long a fixture at the United Nations. Ever been called on out of the blue to address 200 people? That happened to Carlota Pardini, who was amazed when she was singled out from the audience to speak. After she greeted the crowd in Greek, Carlota acquitted herself well, speaking of numerous trips to Greece when her sister was ambassador there.

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ELIASSON laughs with author JOHN SHAW , who was honored during the Meridian Author’s Evening on June 26 at the Meridian International Center. Eliasson is featured in Shaw’s new book The Ambassador: Inside the Life of a Working Diplomat.

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La Maison Française offered a Fête de la Musique matching the musical street parties held on the same day all over France and French-speaking countries. This celebration of the summer solstice on June 21st, celebrated since pagan days, was first organized as a world-wide festival in 1981. Here at the French embassy’s fete, music kept breaking out in every corner of the spacious building and its grounds, with professional and amateur musical groups strumming, singing and keyboarding while the crowd danced. Rain drove everyone indoors for part of the evening, but didn’t dampen the spirits of the

party-goers, fueled by Bobby Kacher’s wines and baguettes stuffed with terrific roasted sausages. Operation of the entire event was brought off with considerable aplomb (despite the weather) by Roland Celette, director of the Maison Française, who never misses a beat when organization is called for. If you have an upcoming event Around Town should know about, send advance word to Donnashor@aol.com.

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O F T H E PA R T Y

Richard Hunt with Mark Bisnow and Elliot Bisnow

Chris Kelly

Ben and Beth Hiatt with Sharon and Wiley Lowery

Barry and Maria Watkins

RAMMY AWARDS GALA June 25 • Marrio Wardman Park Hotel BYDAVIDMESSING PHOTOSBYKYLESAMPERTON

THE EVENT The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 24th Annual RAMMY Awards benefiting its Education Foundation and Louisiana Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Masters of Ceremonies Sue Palka of Fox 5 and James Adams of NBC 4 led the crowd through 18 award categories, presented by foodies like Phyllis Richman, Food and Wine Magazine Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin, and Jill Nova, senior culinary producer at the Food Network. THESCENE Guests in black tie and glam rock aire drinking, rocking to a live band and feasting on gulf shrimp, pappardelle with chanterelles and grilled sirloin with béarnaise, all paired with Chilean vintages. THEAWARDEESThe Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award, presented to Robert P. Pincus, recognized the prominent banker’s advocacy of lending funds to restaurants, making possible the establishment of 300 new eating establishments and ridding Washington of Big Apple restaurant envy once and for all. Other top RAMMYS went to KAZ Sushi Bistro (best informal dining); Clyde’s of Gallery Place (hoest bar scene); Chef Johnny Monis of Komi (rising culinary star); Danny Boylen of Noi Bianche (best manager); and Maestro (best fine dining). Chef of the Year honors went to José Andrés of Jaleo, Café Atlantico, Zaytinya and Oyamel. THEGUESTSScaered among the 1,600 guests were Icelandic Amb. Helgi Agustsson; Chilean Amb. Andres Bianchi; Washington Council Members Carol Schwartz, Jack Evans, Vincent C. Gray, Phil Mendelson and David Catania; WUSA 9 anchor Tracy Neal; ABC 7 anchor Doug McKelway; restaurateur Mel Krupin and noted restaurant designer/architects Theo Adamstein and Olvia Demetriou.

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Maria and Fabio Trabocchi with Dana Cowin

Eli Hengst and Brooke Adams Andrew Blecher, Lori Isaac, Julianne Breaux and Karen Breaux Mosca

Phyllis Richman and Amanda McClements

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT’S SPRING GATHERING

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THEEVENT The Justice Project, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to fighting injustice and creating a more humane and just world, hosted a café evening to educate individuals in the Washington area about the direct need for reforms of the American criminal justice system. THE SCENE Kirk Bloodsworth, an honorably discharged marine, was the first deathrow inmate exonerated by DNA technology in the U.S. aer serving eight years in prison. He spoke about his experience and subsequent work as an advocate for criminal justice reform. He met face-to-face with most guests and signed books for them. THEGUESTS Event hosts Susan Koch, Bob Schiffer, Anne Seymour and Doug Shaw, and Justice Project President John Terzano.

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HIGH TEA CATWALK June 11 • Four Season’s Hotel, Georgetown PHOTOSBYIMMANUELJAVACHANDRAN

THEEVENT The High Tea Society, an etiquee program providing education and cultural enrichment activities for inner-city girls in the District, celebrated the end of another successful year at the Four Seasons with a few notable guests, including the 2006 International Style Maven Andre Leon Talley and the 2006 featured designer Stephen Burrows. THESCENE A few-dozen High Tea Society program participants strued down the runway in their allwhite ensembles, provided by Lord & Taylor and Ms. Vanilla Bean. Fashions from Hermes, Christian Dior and Wild Women Wear Red were also featured. The evening ended with a book signing for ALT 367 by Vogue¹s Editor-atLarge, Andre Leon Talley. THEGUESTSExecutive director of the high tea society Mariessa Terell White,Civil-rights leaderDorothy Height,journalist Maureen Dowd, Darlene Mathis, Audrey Smaltz, Pat Elwood, Linda Cropp and Pay Cummings.

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THE EVENT Patricia Bauman hosted two receptions at her homes honoring Donna Edwards, who is running for Congress in Maryland’s 4th district (Prince George and Mongomery counties). THE SCENE Aer light hors d’oeuvres, guests listened as Edwards spoke about Internet freedom, fully funding the No Child Le Behind Act, reformin campaign finance laws and lobbying reform. Her endorsements include Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters and ACORN.THE GUESTS Gloria Steinem, Peter Yarrow from the 60’s folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, Bethany Yarrow and David Brock.

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THEEVENT Magazine lovers and trend-seers gathered for the Mercedes-Benz sponsored screening of Fox’s The Devil Wears Prada. Everyone loved Meryl Streep (and her everchanging designer wardrobe) in the movie, but the true hit was the private Hollywood-style Giing Suite at Fahrenheit Restaurant of the Ritz Carlton, Georgetown. Luxe gi bags included goodies from M.A.C. Cosmetics, Godiva and Prada Spa (soon to open at the Ritz Carlton). Bailey Banks & Biddle jewelers raffled an exclusive Baume and Mercier diamond watch, and Roche Salon donated two $350 luxury hair packages, all for the charity of the evening, “Suited for change.” Anna Wintour, eat your heart out! THESCENEFashion and entertainment up and comers and PR types dressed to impress at the theatre and at the swank Fahrenheit Restaurant aerparty. THE GUESTS Kathleen Mahews arrived in a chauffer driven 2007 Mercedes-Benz S Class; Iraklis and Yasmine Karabassis, Altria’s Tanya Lombard, Lynda Erkiletian, Ellen Gale, Nycci Nellis and Annie-Lou Bayly.

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Malcolm Brown and Tom Malinowski

Nancy Ruzicka and Carroll Blue

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Marla Ruzicka in Baghadad April 27, 2004

THEEVENT A fundraiser for the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) founded by Marla Ruzicka to aid victims of war. Ruzicka was killed by a suicide bomber in Baghdad in April 2005. The event raised $15,000 for CIVIC. THE SCENE Senators Patrick Leahy and Barbara Boxer and Marla’s sister Jill Leighton Ruzicka spoke about their expeirence with Marla and her successful effort to secure $25 million for medical and vocational assistance for Afghan and Iraqi families. THE GUESTS Marla’s mother Nancy Ruzicka, Sarah Ingersoll, Patrick Collins, Kimball Stroud, Julia Cohen, Jim Rieser, Nicole Boxer and CIVIC President Reuben Brigety.

Executive Director of CIVIC Sarah Holewinski

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TUTU INSTITUTE BENEFIT June 10 • Friendship House PHOTOSBYKYLESAMPERTON

THE EVENT A cocktail party raised over $12,000 for the Tutu Institiute for Prayer and Pilgrimage. THESCENEGuests sipped South African wines while listening to remarks by the Institute’s executive director Reverend Mpho Tutu and her father Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, who began his discourse with a few jokes and ended it with a request to “please support my daughter’s project.” Guest Helma Lanyi commented that the Anglican prelate’s joyfulness was contagious and that everyone felt a part of the Tutu family that night. THE GUESTS Margaret Gaynor, Rev. Pierce Klemmt, Rev. Michael Bale and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Reed.

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DR. GEORGE BITAR, THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’S MAN OF THE YEAR Local plastic surgeon sets the national fundraising high mark by raising $145,000 in contributions. PHOTOSBYBARTOMEUAMENGUAL

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he Man & Woman of the Year campaign, a national effort to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s fight against blood cancers, this year celebrated its 15th Anniversary in the D.C. Metro area. The 14 local candidates, who collectively raised over $710,000 during the 10 week period of the competition, were honored at a June 10 gala held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Dr. George Bitar and Windy Shepard were recognized as the chapter’s Man & Woman of the Year. George Bitar of Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute was also named National Man of the Year for raising almost $145,000. “It is a great honor and privilege to be named the National Man of the Year and to represent an organization that is doing important and ground breaking work in the area of blood cancer research in addition to providing amazing support to patients and families,” said Bitar. Among those supported by the campaign are the 2006 Boy and Girl of the Year, Brandon Zammit, age 9, and Hayden Zavareei, age 8, both leukemia survivors committed to helping other children and families who have experienced a blood cancer diagnosis. Dr. Bitar himself entered the campaign in memory of his grandmother, who died from lymphoma, and a cousin and a close friend, who both died from leukemia. On top of his broad fundraising campaign by phone, email and post, Bitar hosted several major fundraising events including “days of beauty” at the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute, a reception and auction at the Four Seasons Hotel and a shopping spree at Bloomingdales.

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ELHow do you see the future of the international banking community’s involvement in sustainable development? RG We believe that collaboration and dialogue are the best ways to create sustainable change within and beyond our industry. We are proud to be affiliated with 40 other financial institutions that have adopted the Equator Principles. This award is recognition for them and for the process that we are all going through in integrating environmental and social issues into our lending practices. In particular, I would like to pay tribute to the three banks we worked closely with in formulating the Equator Principles: Barclays, Citigroup and WestLB; and to recognize the valuable assistance from the International Finance Corporation.

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EL How does ABN AMRO view receiving this award? RG While we are sincerely grateful for this award, we know that there remain many challenges and opportunities in integrating sustainability as a core business value. It will inspire us to continue working for better outcomes for our clients and society in a changing world.

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Swiss Amb.Urs Ziswiler and Jonathan Fineberg

Senior Curator Elizabeth Hutton Turner and Chairman of the Phillips’ Board of Trustees George Vradenburg Patti DeBuck, Mary Ellen Fairbanks, Marty Mattzen, Penny Holloway, Sandra Mabry and Karen Davis

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Jane and Doug Price

THEEVENT Three days of dinners and receptions to celebrate the opening of the “Klee and America” and “When We Were Young: New Perspectives on the Art of the Child” Exhibitions at the Phillips Collection. The Lender’s Dinner on the evening of the 12th was the highlight of the three day affair. The exhibitions will continue through the 10th of September. THE GUESTS Swiss Amb. Urs Ziswiler and wife Ronit, Donald and Mary Beth Roth, Alessandro Delprete, Mary Weinmann, Michael and Julie Connors, Dr. Jonathan and Marianne Fineberg, George Vradenburg and Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan.

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SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST OPENING NIGHT June 13 • Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh

Michael Kahn, Dr. Mark Epstein and Amoretta Hoeber

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THE EVENT Michael Kahn’s psychedelic rendition of Love’s Labor’s Lost melds 1960’s American pop culture with sixteenth century England. The play is now showing at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon . THESCENE Before the show guests dined at 701 Restaurant, known for its vodka and caviar selections. Aer the colorful and boisterous performance, the cast and crew joined the patrons for more fun at Rosa Mexicano. THE GUESTS Actress Helen Carey, Desperate Houswives cast member Harriet Harris, Abbe Lowell, Kathleen Mahews, Lady Manning and Lucky Roosevelt.

Abbe Lowell, Christina Moustakis, Edward Taylor and Molly Meegan

Scene from the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Love’s Labor’s Lost.” -Photo by Carol Rosegg

Brooke Kettler, Sarah Valente Kettler and Jeff Bauman

Nick Yaeger, Maureen Masanoff and Kenny Day

Scene from the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Love’s Labor’s Lost.” -Photo by Carol Rosegg

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There is also a vegetarian offering: tomatoes and artichoke hearts. Cuban born, French-trained chef Raynold Menizabal-Bentancourt consulted on the menu, and has infused Latin flavors and spices in every dish. The g r illed sirloin with chimichurri sauce (cilantro, garlic and olive oil) is tender, moist and cuts easily. Patrons rave about the pork, served with crispy fingerling potatoes and spinach. Exotic cocktails like Pius and mojitos plus live guitar music add to the energetic Latin atmosphere. The house drink, the “Trago de la Casa,” is a mix of ginger infused with passion fruit, chilis and tequila that they claim is a reminder of a hot love affair. Either way it’s intriguing and delicious. For something a bit different try Ceviche and the AFI Theater for a great date night. 921-J Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD, (301) 6080081, www.latinconcepts.com.

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Maybe it was because I missed my connecting flight in Houston creating a 25-hour layover. Maybe it was because I hadn’t been away from the office in months. When I finally arrived in Cabo San Lucas, it looked better than an oasis in the driest part of the Sahara. After a few hours of gazing at the rocky Sea of Cortez against the desert mountain backdrop with margaritas (blended with fresh squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, Patron tequila and cointreau), chips and salsa verde, I knew I had found paradise.

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other A-list celebrities to the resort for a long fiesta weekend. Soon after, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Simpson and Will Smith were pictured in People magazine vacationing at the resort. While there is genuine intrigue about celebrity guests (on my visit I spotted Steven Tyler of Aerosmith in the hot tub, most of the cast of Gray’s Anatomy, and a whole row of Ford models at the pool), the resort’s beauty, service and luxury are the real stars.

THEROOMSThe 50-year-old resort was once a small (15-room) hotel only accessible by private plane or yacht and a favorite getaway of Ernest

Hemingway and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Today, the resort has 172 oceanfront rooms with modern amenities (TV, Bose CD player, phone and wireless Internet service that works faster than my cable in D.C. - even on the beach!). Most rooms feature a terrace with lounge chairs large enough to sleep on. Amenities are impeccable, from the handwritten goodnight notes and the beach and heat protecting sun lotion carrier to the complimentary tequila bar that is re-stocked twice a day by your personal butler.

THEAMENITIESThe staff knows your name even before they’ve met you and will massage your feet while you sit by one of the two infinity edge pools. By the second morning, the waiters remember that you like a cappuccino with a half shot of espresso and extra foam, and it is there by the time you sit down. The resort also features a world-class 27-hole Jack Nicklaus course, which has hosted the PGA Tour Senior Slam. The concierge can also set up a number of tours including deep-sea fishing and hiking.

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pool, the resort’s signature spa treatments are the finest way to pamper yourself. Located in its own casita, the spa facilities feature a steam cave, sunning garden and tranquil rock garden zen-like spaces to relax. The individual treatment houses are elegantly appointed with tumbled stone and calming colors. Their papaya plus enzyme peel is two hours of deep facial cleansing that feels like taking off years of dead skin. A number of treatments feature Corona beer, which helps to refine pores while tightening and lifting the skin. Many treatments are offered beachside and also for couples to experience at the same time.

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THESPAThe resort puts emphasis on incorporating local atmosphere. Latin rhythms beat in the workout facilities.The Aztec Ritual spa treatment begins with a floral foot massage inside one of the private treatment villas. The body wrap includes a warm mixture of cloves, ginger and cinnamon and finishes with a 60minute deep tissue massage.

On 17 secluded acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez stands the boutique Esperanza Resort, an intimate and idyllic five star, five diamond hideaway that embodies the essence of the Baja coast. Built in 2002, the Esperanza serves as a playground for the rich and famous (Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan) looking for privacy. Even when the 56 casita suites are full, the resort feels half-empty and there’s always a teak chaise longue to lie on or an available table for drinks and dinner.

DINING The resort houses two restaurants, Charlie Trotter’s (of Chicago) “C,” which specializes in local fish and salads. Aqua, at the other THE ROOMS The end of the property, also puts accomodations are typical of emphasis on local flavors. Head the area: red terra-cotta floors, chef Larbi Dahrouch hails from large open spaces with oversized Washington and once trained windows and doors that can be with Michel Richard. He refers opened to reveal panoramic views. to his menu as “Mexiterrean” and specialties range from tomato The One & Only Palmilla Hotel has 172 rooms Luxury abounds from the goose caprese salad to pork chops with and suites, each with a private entryway down duvets and crisp French linens to the grand soaking tub and intense chili pepper paste. Both restaurants promote local Mexican vineyards an array of aromatic botanically pure bath salts that located in the Northern Baja strip. Daytime dining the resort produces on site. All rooms offer terraces is less sophisticated, but just as appetizing. Choices with comfortable lounges and hammocks. Rooms range from freshly made quesadillas and fajitas to located on the top level of the six casitas feature their own infinity-edge hot tub on the terrace. At night, salads and burgers. I docked my iPod in their state-of-the-art stereo system, bathed in the hot tub, read and looked at the numerous stars. It’s heaven. The restaurant at the Esperanza Resort is completely al-fresco THEAMENITIES From frozen fruit popsicles and aloe ice cubes that are served on a silver tray at the large double-edged infinity pool to the complimentary fully-loaded iPods that guests can use during their stay, the butlers and staff cater the experience to your liking. At breakfast, the restaurant serves complimentary amuse bouche smoothies and muffins that hit the spot after a jog around their several winding paths.

DINING The Restaurant at Esperanza serves as the main dining venue, which is completely outdoors and built on a large oversized stone patio. Specialties include fresh local seasonal cuisine that comes from local Baja suppliers. Vegetables are organic, and the fish is locally caught.

The pool at the Esperanza Resort is a favorite among celebrities

THE BOTTOM LINE Prices range from $375 to $5,500. If you’re looking for something secluded, remote and luxurious the Esperanza Resort is perfect.

GETTINGTHERE —  Cabo San Lucas is not the easiest destination to reach. There are no direct flights from the Washington area and only one to two flights a day from U.S. hubs such as Los Angeles and Houston. Mexicana Air offers some of the best flight options from BWI and connecting through Mexico City. The trip takes about seven hours.

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Top area developers discuss downtown lofts M. JEFFREY MILLER

Senior Vice President Lowe Enterprises - Real Estate Group Jeffrey Miller is the senior vice president of Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group-East, Inc., and regional director of Multifamily Development. He oversees the firm’s multifamily and residential mixed use development activities in the Eastern region, with over 12 years of experience including acquisition, finance, development management and disposition. He was previously a senior vice president at The JBG Companies.

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Chief Operations Officer DCRealEstate.com Sheila Simkin cofounded DCRealEstate. com with Ken Johnson. She has seven years of experience in residential sales in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. She specializes in identifying potential development opportunities and defining target markets and a project’s intrinsic market value. She directs marketing, advertising and sales of DCRE’s residential developments to both niche and mass markets.

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Owner Metropolis Development Company Scott Pannick founded Metropolis Development Company in 1998, aiming to create communities that are “Different by Design.” Since the company’s founding, he has overseen the development of several new urban communities. His own focus is on finding the right location for projects, creating the right product concept and executing his vision for great residential living. Previously, he developed corporate and institutional office buildings as executive vice president and co-manager of Julian J. Studley, Inc.

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MARKBISNOW: Scott, can you give a bit of background on lofts in D.C. SCOTTPANNICK In general, we don’t have many lofts. Washington’s primary business has always been “hot air,” not industry — meaning we don’t have many old factory buildings.A loft is defined by the things a traditional apartment doesn’t have. Loft buyers tend to want spaces that are more open vertically and horizontally. We offer a hybrid product we call platform lofts.These properties have a bedroom or study that is raised up at a higher level and overlooks the space.We also have mezzanine units — two-story units that have some sections of the floor removed making them a two-story space. BISNOW: Neither of those types

of units seems to follow the traditional view of what a London or New York loft is. SHEILASIMKIN That’s true, and a problem we have is that people from New York come expecting the traditional loft. We have to explain the differences. I would say that 25 to 30 percent of the DC market is considered “lofts.” PANNICK I would say that downtown the average is about 50 percent. M JEFFREY MILLER In lower density areas such as 14th Street there are more opportunities to create bigger loft spaces in smaller buildings. In areas like downtown where you have height limits, you’re trying to squeeze as many floors as you can into a building, forcing your ceiling lower and creating a traditional apartment building.

SIMKIN We s e e m a ny D. C. developers deal with height and space restrictions by creating a “loftlike” apartment with big open rooms and large kitchen spaces. BISNOW: Do a lot of people want

lofts? PANNICKThe trend now is away

from lofts. In the past, people wanted to follow New York and London’s lead but realized that not having hard walls gave them big problems with sound and bigger problems with getting away from their partners and roommates. BISNOW: Jeff, are you finding the same thing? MILLERYes. When I worked for JBG, we did what we described as a very hard loft on 13th and N Streets — one with concrete floors, very high ceilings and all of the plumbing and vent work exposed. We found there was resistance to that product. To draw an analogy to furniture, there’s the “apartment zero” style unit and there’s the Crate & Barrel unit. People are drawn to the Crate & Barrel unit. It’s edgy enough to give them an urban flavor, but still has a sense of comfort. BISNOW: What kind of properties are you actually building and selling. PANNICK We are in the process of delivering our fourth building on 14th Street. Langston Lofts and Lofts 14 are both finished and occupied. Lofts 14 Two is 90 percent turned over.We also have the Cooper Lewis on the corner of 14th and P, which

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is really not a loft building. The Metropole is under construction and is 15 months away from delivery.

The K, one of Jeff Miller and Lowe Enterprises’ D.C. developments

BISNOW: How many units are

you talking about in the five buildings and what can you get for what price? PANNICK Three hundred twenty units. Right now you can’t get anything. Four of the buildings have long been sold. In the Metropole, we sold our presale out a year ago and don’t plan on selling the remaining 30 percent until after the first of next year. It will be ready for folks to move in by the fall of 2007. BISNOW: W h a t i s u n i q u e

about your image, Scott, which differentiates it from other developers in the market? PANNICK I specifically have not pressed the floor area ratio, or FAR. This has allowed us to have higher ceilings in our properties. In every zone you’re allowed a certain ratio of the building’s footprint to the size of the land. Most developers build to the full floor area ratio allowed; we’ve chosen the higher ceilings. BISNOW: Jeff, what at City Vista makes your property unique? MILLER We’re a mixed-use project with 150,000 square feet of retail, including an urban lifestyle Safeway and new restaurants. We think that differentiates us, certainly in the Mount Vernon Triangle a few blocks east of the convention center, where people have been begging for a grocery store and other retail opportunities for quite a while.The area had been primarily big parking lots and I think that points to the inclusionary zoning problem. Things have changed for the worse. These new rules have begun to whittle away the developer’s incentive to build

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here in D.C. All of a sudden the economics just don’t work. BISNOW: What is mandatory

inclusionary zoning? PANNICK Mandatory inclusionary zoning is a requirement that developers make a certain percentage of the units they deliver available to persons who earn certain incomes. This often leads to a huge financial loss for developers who, in order to provide those units, must subsidize the cost difference between what the market will bear for real high-end product and what the law forces us to sell some units for. BISNOW: Is this a law that’s passed or is pending? PANNICK The rule has been approved by the Zoning Commission. A preliminary map has been published and we’re now in the map comment phase. On one project we’ve recently looked at, the burden to the developer was $8 million. On another the burden was $12 million.

BISNOW: How are developers

expected to pay for this process? PANNICK I think the housing advocates say,“Those rich developers can just write checks.” The truth is, what it does is diminish the value of the land. In general, the landowners are not going to sell their land until this thing gets resolved.That puts all of us in a holding pattern for now.

improved place to live in than it was ten years ago and with the multiple neighborhoods that are blossoming, like the East End, the U Street Corridor, the 14th Street Corridor, it’s only getting better. SIMKIN People have just been waiting to see what the market “does.” The marketplace has normalized. D.C. has been so spoiled in the last few years with people thinking that all they have to do is open a sales office and it’s going to sell out over the first weekend. Or, “I’m just going to stick a sign in my yard and I’m sure I’ll have ten offers by Sunday.” I came from Chicago. I had to explain to my old friends what an escalation clause is, because out there the concept of people paying more than asking price was unheard of. The truth is, the market is not dead. It has simply become normal again. People can now actually go look at property and think about it. BISNOW: How many units does D.C. develop a year? SIMKIN: About three thousand units are in the pipeline, but it’ll take a couple of years to deliver. BISNOW: What’s the price point

for square footage? SIMKIN: In Petworth a developer

BISNOW: Sheila, what are your

thoughts on the matter? SIMKIN One of the issues that this ties into is that in order to make up for affordable housing segments the developers would have to increase the price of all the non set-aside units. If people are worried that the present price of condos is too high, it’s bound to get higher. MILLER I don’t think there is a wholesale bubble that is bursting. I think we’re just seeing a hiatus. No one wants to be the buyer that buys at the top of the market before it crashes.The fundamentals of demand are still out there. D.C. is a vastly

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of a 40 unit building had originally wanted $600 a square foot, which we said was a little unrealistic. Most of our developments are in the 400-500 per square foot range. BISNOW: And for you Scott? PANNICKI generally don’t like to

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BISNOW: Jeff, how about you? MILLER: Of the four or five

MILLER: There are other examples The Metropole, Metropolis Developing Company’s newest project

projects that are marketing in the immediate neighborhood around Mount Vernon Triangle, or Mass. Ave. between 6th and 3rd it’s in the very high fours and low fives. BISNOW: What are some of the issues you run into with pricing? SIMKIN: I think probably one of the biggest pricing issues is trying to educate customers to what the future will look like. People drive up and see a trailer, and they see the Web site, and it looks as if it will all be beautiful, but they’re still just seeing big empty parking lots. PANNICKTo get over that hurdle we started doing an informal survey of idea people — a variety of real estate and media people. We talked to them about what it would take for us to get our pricing where the stuff is on the West End. We asked these people if we took a West End product and plopped it down on our site, what would be the difference in buyers? The answers we got were very consistent. The buyers are simply not the same sorts of people. People interested in 14th Street see the West End as being too sterile and people interested in the West End see 14th Street as still too dangerous. BISNOW: So tell me about the

folks on 14th Street. SIMKIN: It’s a different mentality. The 14th Street area is probably the most “New York” of the D.C. neighborhoods. BISNOW: Is that because the

buildings are taller down there? SIMKIN: Not just that. I think it just feels like a real neighborhood with a great diversity of spirit. There is a wonderful mix of old and new.

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of new neighborhoods in D.C., especially in the East End, where you’ve got a lot of new development, where it doesn’t feel like 14th Street. It doesn’t feel like a mix of old and new. I think there will be a bit of a Battery Park feel to it. BISNOW: How is the person who

buys in today going to feel a year or two from now? PANNICKThat person is going to be fine. The one thing is the world always moves more slowly than anybody imagines. Everybody says, “Oh, it’s happening fast.” But construction and deals take a long time, and it takes a long time to change. It’s clearly moving in the right direction, but patience always is a good thing because real estate doesn’t happen very fast.

“PEOPLEWHONEVERCONSIDEREDVENTURING TOMOUNTVERNONWILLSAY“SATURDAY NIGHTLET’SGODOWNTHERE”—SHEILASIMKIN ONTHEEFFECTSOFNEWCONSTRUCTION BISNOW: Jeff, what kind of buyers

PANNICK I would argue slightly

do you see? MILLER: Our people are more firsttime home buyers who are a little more adventurous. They have the vision of what that neighborhood’s going to be and don’t need it to be spic and span immediately.

differently. I am concerned that Mount Vernon Triangle will end up being sterile because it’s all new development and one of the reasons that people are able to feel comfortable in those projects is because it is self-contained.They can drive into the parking lot and go up in the elevator. There will be retail on the street but it’ll all be new, and so I have a sense that it’s going to be more suburban. Mount Vernon Triangle is more like Arlington’s Wilson Boulevard. SIMKIN: But that’s what I mean about Broadway in New York — an area that had been incredibly seedy all of a sudden became very family friendly. It’s going to feel like a city but kind of a sanitized one.

BISNOW: But aren’t these the same folks that want to walk down the 7th Street Corridor? MJM: And they will. I think 14th Street has a subliminal edginess and coolness to it that the Penn Quarter and Mass Ave corridor, because of their relative newness, haven’t yet established. SIMKIN: Mount Vernon has a real city, gritty feel to it, yet there are cool restaurants and shops.

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BISNOW: Jeff , where is the market going to be a year or two from now? MILLER: I don’t think we’re going to see a decline in price. I do think, as Sheila mentioned, we’re in a normal market now and we’re going to see pricing increasing only marginally on an annual basis. But I think, overall, the lack of supply will help drive the absorption in the downtown area. BISNOW: Sheila, what are you

advising your buyers? SIMKIN: I think people are going to be thrilled in a year or two when this new construction comes to fruition and the retail elements have been filled in. It will open up entirely new neighborhoods. People who never considered venturing to Mount Vernon will say, “Saturday night, let’s go down there.” I tell my clients that if they are patient and have the vision, they’re going to love it.

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prawled on a white chaise longue in his Adams-Morgan loft, lawyer Julian Epstein makes his case for the simple life. “I’m not a collector. I don’t want a lot of stuff,” he says. “I can’t stand clutter.” Almost monastic in its minimalism, his bachelor pad is furnished with clean-lined sofas, cubic ottomans and a glass and chrome coffee table, all arranged in straight lines on bare bamboo floors. Overhead, the concrete ceiling is left exposed and floor-to-ceiling windows are unshielded by curtains. Maybe it’s because Epstein is so used to dealing with political baggage in his professional life that he steers clear of complications at home. From 1995 to 2001, he was the chief minority counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during the proceedings to impeach President Bill Clinton. That was after serving, starting at age 27, as majority staff director of the House Government Operations Committee. Now the 45-year-old Democratic strategist and talk show regular heads up the Law Media Group,

a rental in American University Park. “That house and the neighborhood weren’t my style. I wanted space that was more open.” Having furnished the Adams Morgan loft by himself, the political consultant pooh-poohs the idea of hiring a professional designer. “It would be a waste of money. There’s no decorator that would know me better than me,” he quips. An admirer of less-is-more architecture, Epstein eschews the traditional look of Queen Anne reproduction furniture and oriental rugs typical of Washington political types.“As you can see from the simple lines, I like the architecture of Mies van der Rohe,” he says, referring to the Bauhaus master. “I look for things that are modern and interesting.” Some might interpret his preference for hip contemporary design as representative of a progressive Democrat, but Epstein brushes aside the suggestion. He says his taste is rooted in “things more emotional” than any political agenda. And though the lawyer-consultant insists he is “antilabel,” most of his furniture comes from Adlon, a

“SOME MIGHT INTERPRET HIS PREFERENCE FOR HIP CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AS REPRESENTATIVE OF A PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT, BUT EPSTEIN BRUSHES ASIDE THE SUGGESTION. HE SAYS HIS TASTE IS ROOTED IN “THINGS MORE EMOTIONAL” THAN ANY POLITICAL AGENDA.” a public affairs firm he founded in 2002. Epstein often entertains corporate and political clients in his loft, taking advantage of its big open living space and rooftop terrace with an impressive panorama of the city. “I’ll have anywhere from four people to hundreds here,” he says. In this perfect Washington party space, he has hosted book signings, political fundraisers and Independence Day celebrations within sight of the fireworks over the Mall. “It’s a place where I can hold events for causes that I really care about,” the Boston-born Democrat says, noting a release party for Hill Harper’s book Letters to a Younger Brother he hosted in May. Epstein bought his corner-unit in the PN Hoffman-built condominium two years ago – almost by accident. “I was looking at a place across the hall during an open house and walked in this one by happenstance,” he says. “I immediately fell in love with the space.” Before then, his home was

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Georgetown emporium that sells designer pieces from Italy, and Vega, a design store on 7th Street N.W., that closed in 2004. Among the more unusual pieces in the living area is a charcoal gray upholstered sofa with a builtin wooden ledge and movable arms. Hard-looking black cubes turn out to have squishy tops when you sit on them.The glass and chrome coffee table is so low that is almost rests on the floor. The furniture forms an island within the center of the living area, surrounded by glass walls and doors leading to a shallow terrace overlooking the rooftops of restaurants and bars on 18th Street. In one corner, a chunky, bleached-oak table, set with a metal runner and candles, is used for sitdown dinners. Next to this dining area, a white painted metal staircase leads up through the two-story space to a mezzanine office with a glass and metal desk. More steps lead to a spacious terrace filled with

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3 potted palms and teak outdoor furniture, now weathered to a silvery gray. Visible from here is a sweeping view that takes in the Capitol and the Washington Monument. In the mostly black and white loft, splashes of color are confined to orange ottomans in the living area and artwork on the walls. “Julian has a great eye for art,” says his girlfriend Lee Barona, national director of the American Diabetes Association’s call center, who sits on a red stool pulled up to the black granite-topped kitchen island. “He picks it and I give him my opinions about it.” A brightly swirled abstraction by Spanish painter Willy Ramos, a gift from Epstein’s father, and two

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Salvador Dali lithographs hang in the living space. A vibrant landscape by Frenchman Monestier leans against the dining room wall. Hieroglyphic-daubed canvases by Senegalese artist Tita are stacked in the master bedroom, awaiting placement. In addition to collecting art, Epstein dabbles in watercolors and offers up a delicate landscape he painted while on vacation in Italy. He says his artistic side was encouraged by his mother Elizabeth, a former opera singer; his father Samuel, a physician; and stepmother Cathy. “They are all incredibly creative people with artistic sensibilities that opened my eyes at an early age to art and design.”

During the tour, Epstein makes it clear that his work isn’t done. He plans to remodel the two bedrooms down the hall from the kitchen where carpeting was removed to expose the concrete floors. “I tried to polish the concrete but it didn’t work,” he admits. “We want to install a stone floor with heating underneath.” Currently, the master bedroom is sparsely furnished with only a bed and contemporary shelving, which holds a single family photo. The master bathroom with big soaking tub will also be redone. “I’m still experimenting with ideas,” Epstein says, unwilling to commit to a design vision just yet.

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high ceilings, two fireplaces, a second story verandah and space to park two cars. Connie Carter with Washington Fine Properties listed the home following Mr. Brooksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; appointment as CFO of the Lawrenceville School. For three decades he worked for JP Morgan & Company with assignments in Australia, D.C., Hong Kong, New York and Sydney. A member of Lawrencevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Class of 1971, he and his wife Kate are the parents of three children including two Lawrenceville graduates, Charles (Class of 2003) and Sarah (Class of 2005.) Effective July first, attorney Sanford L. Hartman became vice president and managing director of the law department of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, necessitating his move to San Francisco and prompting the sale of his

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Clockwiseâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kate and Wesley Brooks sold 3030 O St. N.W. for $2,095,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they paid $1,790,000 for it in early 2004. / Richard and Julie Smith paid almost $1.7 million for 7992 Riverside Avenue in Cabin John, Md. / Elijah and Virginia Marentette of Texas have purchased 2810 Brandywine, N.W. in Forest Hills. The property was listed at $949,000.

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Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and her two adopted children are now comfortably ensconced in their $1.6 million, two-story, four-bedroom Colonial in McLean. District home at  Brandywine Streetďš? Nďš&#x2019;Wďš&#x2019;ďš?in Forest Hills. Hartman listed his home with Long & Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Charlie Hein for $949,000. Among the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principal selling points are the large formal living room, five bedrooms and sunroom nestled amid professionally landscaped gardens.The buyers are Texans Elijah and Virginia Marentette. Tutt, Taylor and Rankin agent Jim Firkser has  Foxhall Crescentďš? Nďš&#x2019;Wďš&#x2019;ďš? under contract with a list price of $1,769,000. The impressive four-bedroom home boasts an art deco façade, five and a half baths, a gorgeous patio and terraced gardens designed in the classical tradition. The current resident, Richard Drom, is a 1980 graduate of the University of Southern California Law School and has been a partner with Powell Goldstein, LLP for the past two years. Prior to joining Powell Goldstein Mr. Drom was a partner at Troutman Sanders. The prospective buyer has not yet been named.

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Mark and Sandra Rothman have sold  Riverside Avenue in Cabin John, Maryland with the help of Coldwell Banker Residential agent Jane Fairweather. The couple received almost $1.7 million for their five-bedroom, fiveand-a-half-bath Tudor on the Potomac. The one acre waterfront property with spectacular views and ready access to the C&O towpath now belongs to Julie and Richard Smith. Mr. Smith is the senior vice president of Charles E. Smith, the largest commercial real estate organization in the Washington area. Fairweather was also the listing agent for

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McKinleyStreet in Bethesda. She represented architect Jim Lozoskie of Xsite, LLC, the company responsible for the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction.The fivebedroom house was purchased for $1,575,000 by attorneys David Jasse and Jean Lin, who are with the Justice Department.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. President Woodrow Wilson and his post-presidency Kalorama home BY D O N N A E V E R S

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his year marks the 150th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s birthday.The 28th president was the only chief executive apart from Bill Clinton to move directly from the White House to a home in Washington. After his presidency, Wilson retired to 2340 S Street N.W., now the capital’s only presidential house museum, which is teeming with artifacts and is a visual history lesson itself. Designed by sought-after Washington architect Waddy Wood and located in Kalorama, the Georgian Revival house cost the Wilsons $150,000 in 1921. They bought it with $50,000 the president received from the 1919 Nobel Prize and with money raised and donated by friends. His second wife, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, was independently wealthy and could have paid for it, but the president didn’t think it was right for a woman to buy a family home. Following Scottish tradition, Wilson presented her with a piece of sod from the garden and the key to the front door. She proceeded to make the handsome residence into a modern home. They had a Victrola, radio, telephones and a graphoscope in the library so the president and his guests could watch silent movies.Their modern kitchen had a huge black iron stove and one electric plug — “cutting edge” for its time. The elaborate butler’s pantry was supplied with hot and cold

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running water and a large sink made of zinc, so if any of their fine crystal or china were accidentally dropped, it wouldn’t break. The couple also moved walls and added rows of shelves for the president’s collection of over 8,000 books. It’s interesting to note that Wilson, who was probably dyslexic and didn’t learn to read until he was ten years old, became a renowned scholar and was the only president to hold a Ph.D. Wilson’s terms in office were full of remarkable accomplishments, but he suffered one stunning defeat from which he never recovered. He had gone to Europe at the end of World War I with a peace plan and an idea of an international forum that would allow countries to avoid war by mediating their differences. It was called the League of Nations, but the President was never able to get it ratified in his own country. Wilson literally ruined his health during a grueling cross-country campaign to sell his idea to the American people. The tour was cut short when he suffered a series of strokes that left him partially paralyzed and mentally impaired. He was able to stay in office because he was shielded from public scrutiny and even from his own staff by Edith Wilson, who filtered everything he saw and heard. It’s no surprise that she was often called “the secret president”. Wilson left the presidency when Warren Harding was sworn in, frail and still saddened by the League of Nations loss. Observers said he departed the White House without a backward glance. When he and Edith came to the home on S Street, he was moved to see a large crowd of well-wishers gathered to cheer him on and show their respect. He passed his time watching silent movies, attending vaudeville shows and going to baseball games at Griffith Stadium, where his car was allowed to park on the outfield so the Washington Senators’ most famous fan could watch the

game at close range. As often as possible, he enjoyed drives through the city and the Virginia countryside in his beloved 1919 Pierce Arrow. Each year on Memorial Day, larger and larger crowds gathered in front of his house to watch him depart for the services commemorating the end of World War I. Woodrow Wilson died in 1924, and Edith lived in the S Street house to the age of 89, tirelessly promoting the memory of her husband. She died on December 28, 1961 — Woodrow Wilson’s birthday. Edith bequeathed the house and its furnishings to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to be used as a museum open to the public, which it is today.

Left– President Wilson smiling as WWI comes to an end; The President with wife Edith, who worked to maintain her husband’s legacy until her death Above– Wilson’s beloved 1919 Pierce Arrow, in which he enjoyed city and country drives; 2340 S Street, N.W. — Woodrow Wilson’s post-presidency home and now a museum

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Jay Fetner and Sandi Young at the safari-inspired dinner party they held at Coachman Farms.

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ity dwellers may envision lazy summer after noons in the country as long naps on the verandah, strolls in the garden and refreshing lemonade. Well … we do sip lemonade, sometimes even with a splash of something extra. But not much has slowed down out here. Just ask Rob Banner, one of Middleburg’s most eligible bachelors. Rob, the dashing publisher of The Chronicle of the Horse, throws an après Gold Cup extravaganza in a field near his home each year called “Shock and Awe.” From all reports the name is most appropriate. Not too long ago, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld heard of the success of Rob’s “initiative” and invited him to lunch at the Pentagon.

BIG GAME Sandi Young and Jay Fetner hosted a safari-inspired al fresco dinner party for seventy friends at their Coachman Farms. It was preceded by a private game of polo at Great Meadow, where Jay plays with his Golden Zebra team along with professional Doug Barnes, who runs Destination Polo. Round tables covered with animal print fabric and burlap were set up in the stone courtyard of the “cottage” at Coachman. Guests wandered inside the African-inspired home, which includes an open aviary in the great room with exotic Gouldian and other finch. It all overflows with fascinating antiques,

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art and memorabilia from Jay’s many years spent on the continent taking photographs for his massive book The African Safari. He is currently working on volume II. The page proofs have been laminated and are attached to the pine ceiling. The centerpieces of bronze, malachite and other materials from their sculpture collection were of various exotic animals—hippos, rhinos and elephants. Many of the details were most appropriate since, after fifteen-plus years of volunteer event planning and hosting up to 800 guests for various charities, Sandi has started “Elephant Foot Productions,” her own event planning firm, which “leaves a lasting impression.” Guest of honor Vance Martin, CEO of WILD, a wilderness conservation and endangered species protective organization, said a few words. Many of the guests are animal lovers and concerned about preservation of open space around the world. Publisher Nick Arundel’s lifelong support of African wildlife is very strong—he was instrumental in bringing back the first two gorillas to the National Zoo. Alona and Al Croft, Holli and Moses Thompson (he runs Maizemoor International, which provides products and services to developing communities) and Carey Crane (his mother, Maggie Ohrstrom Bryant, is heavily involved with WILD but was off watching one of her horses race that evening) and his date Troye Plaskitt listened carefully.

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McLean $2,167,777 New Home. Langley HS. 6BR, 5.55BA. Mahogany built-ins. HWFs. Viking. Custom cab. Raised panels. Tumbled marble.

Fairfax $1,395,900 Charleston Southern revival home on 2AC. 2 stry front porch. 5BR, 3.5BA. 10ft ceilings, custom moldings & arches.2 frpl. Custom kitchen.

Oak Hill $799,900 Oakton HS. 3 fin lvls. 5BR, 4.5BA. FR w/soaring cathedral ceiling & French doors to redwood gazebo & deck. Mst suite w/Jacuzzi tub & vaulted ceiling.

Oakton $1,049,000 Beautifully decorated, 2 yrs young. Min to Tysons. HWFs, molding, custom drapes. 5BR, 4.5BA. 3 fin lvls. Butlers pantry.Mst BR w/3sd frpl & Jacuzzi.

Oak Hill $1,250,000 Renaissance Grand Renoir mdl. 3 side brck. Incredible wooded lot. 5BR, 5.5BA. 3 fin lvls. FR w/ flr to ceiling stone frpl. Mst BR w/ granite & 2WIC.

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An Evening At Blandy, The State Arboretum of Virginia, cocktails, live and silent auctions and the Bob Larson Trio at 5:30 p.m. in Boyce to benefit educational programs, specialty gardens and plant collections. www.virginia.edu/blandy, (540) 837-1758 or blandy@virginia.edu.

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Father/Daughter Dance at the Middleburg Community Center, (540) 687-6375.

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USA vs. England Final Polo Match of the season at Great Meadow Polo on the grass field at noon in The Plains, www.greatmeadowpoloclub.com, (540) 253-5805.

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Horse-crazy girls under the stone wall at the Upperville Horse Show.

All breed dog show sponsored by Old Dominion Kennel Club at Morven Park in Leesburg. www.olddominionkennelclub.com or GEDARL@aol.com, (703) 777-2414.

BOOKED UP The National Sporting Library (NSL) in Middleburg houses an impressive collection of 15,000 books on everything from fox hunting to flyfishing.The building was designed by Upperville architect Tommy Beach and inspired by a 19th century carriage house. Beach directed that the stone be deliberately set unevenly with no perfect corners. The stone was then whitewashed, a component that some first questioned according to Beach. “Ninety percent of the people around here think that even ugly stone is good,” he explained. “There was such a dichotomy between the different elements that with time it will only improve.” Edward “Ned” Evans recently hosted the annual NSL Chairman’s Council luncheon at his Spring Hill Farm in Casanova. PulitzerPrize winning author and horse aficionado Jane Smiley came in from California to speak to the one hundred plus gathered, including Jacqueline Mars and Manuel H. Johnson (co-chairman of Johnson Smick International and former vice chairman/board of governors of the Federal Reserve System) and director Nancy Parsons. The library hosts lectures and book signings. Patrick Smithwick,

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a member of the well-known family of horsemen (and women), captivated those recently gathered to hear about his book, Racing With My Father. This fall, mystery writer Dick Francis will sign and talk about his highly anticipated new book Under Orders. Francis is also scheduled to be at Books and Crannies in Middleburg.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Over at Rutledge Farm, Monica and Hermen Greenberg had a country picnic, which included a great mix of city friends, country neighbors and some out of town pals. A tent was set up just the beyond their circa-1740 fieldstone farmhouse. The Greenbergs’ thoroughbreds

romped in nearby paddocks in the late afternoon, as if on cue. A gentle rain brought the fields up to an eyepopping Fuji green. Wyatt and Tandy Dickerson came out from the city and so did Esther Coppersmith, who once published a horse magazine called Spur. Fran Magassy, a fellow horse lover who lives in Potomac horse country with her husband/surgeon Csaba Magassy, was there (he was on call). Vicki Crawford also ventured over from Potomac. Lenny Hale, former senior vice president of the New York Racing Association who now lives in Middleburg, enjoyed the barbecue. Cathie Scoville of the development office at the National

Colette Saltz, Aleco Bravo and his mother, Monica Greenberg, at Monica and Hermen Greenberg’s country picnic.

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Gallery of Art and television producer Maureen Hanley, who owns Fox Chase Farms, chatted with architect John Blackburn, whose D.C. firm is credited with designing Rutledge. Preston Madden flew in from Kentucky. Preston owns Hamburg Place, which was started by his grandfather in 1898. Preston bred the 1987 Kentucky Derby winner Alysheba and his grandfather had six Derby winners. Many in the horse world are very familiar with Preston and Anita Madden’s extravagant preDerby bash — although they have not yet received a call from Rumsfeld. Former opera singer Colette Saltz flew in from Las Vegas to visit with her good friend, the ever-elegant Monica, who wore a spectacular hat the size of Nevada. Guests sang “Happy Birthday” to Hermen, who, instead of receiving gifts, gave them away. A smaller tent was filled with toy trucks, games and dolls which guests were urged to take home for children and grandchildren. And finally for an end of summer sojourn, it was off to Saratoga for the racing season, the yearling sales and a few polo tournaments. Unfortunately socialite Mary Lou Whitney is recovering from a stroke, and had to cancel her shockingly awesome and completely over-the-top ball.

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kay, students, listen up. Today’s master class in marriage is: Why Do Husbands Cheat? Are you sitting comfortably in a marriage that survived the summer? It is, you know, the most dangerous time for even the best unions, when loneliness, lust and opportunity form a perfect storm of marital danger. September for divorce lawyers is like November for turkey farmers. The good news is that Washington is unique. Marriages are better protected in this town, because failure can equal career suicide. Still, the city swarms with

office know me like a sister: friendly phone calls, unexpected visits, lavish gifts at birthdays and holidays. It’s important to keep an eye on them, so they can keep on eye on each other, and everyone else, for me. Also, Mr. Strange lauds me for being, “good with the staff.”The irony.Yes, I know, wives cheat, too. Do they ever. If only I could name names. But, married women do it better, and therefore this lesson is not about their affairs, which typically are discreet, uncomplicated and rarely wreck marriages. Men, after a few years of marriage, and a child or two, begin to pout. He’s no longer the center of your universe.

his, wildest fantasies. Especially dangerous is the widow. One of the wisest women in Washington warned, “It’s not the fashion model babes who are the real threat. It’s the wounded birds.” She knows of what she speaks. She lost her husband to the touchingly pathetic widow who sat next to him at a dinner she was too tired to attend. Beware, too, the best friend. When she suggests joint family dinners

UNLESSYOUSHARETHECORNEROFFICEWITHHIMORHAPPEN TOBEBOTHWIFEANDPERSONALASSISTANTBEWARETHE PRE-BOTOXJEUNEFILLEASWELLASTHEOLDERTURNED OUTASSOCIATEORPERHAPSCLIENT alarming numbers of unencumbered women blinded by the pin stripes. They are auditioning for your job as Mrs. Having-It-All, just as you may once have auditioned, though we hope by now THAT part of your early romance has been erased from the official telling.You sigh and say, “Oh, this doesn’t apply to me.” Well, Christie Brinkley and Jennifer Aniston thought that, too. Unless you share the corner office with him, or happen to be both wife and personal assistant, beware the prebotox, flip-flop wearing jeune fille, as well as the older, smart, fit and turned out associate or, perhaps, client: they are with him when you are not.That’s why the women at my husband’s 178

What’s a good test? Do you spend more time out with the girls than alone with him? Does your body get more of a workout in the gym than in bed? Have you made recent purchases for yourself at the Pleasure Place? If you take a trip and leave him in town alone that’s inviting vulnerability. Even with a 24/7 job and lots of cronies, he’ll have empty hours. Do you ever send him to dinner parties without you? That’s a no-no. Unless the hostess knows you can put out a contract on her, you have no control. Consider the risk if the lady on his right is not the dowager windbag of Foxhall Road but instead the haute and hot Potomac divorcée: ready, willing and able beyond yours, and

and weekend outings is it because she wants the fun of mingling your two families, or the juicier fun of mingling with your husband? Maybe she’s the main course at those “client” dinners, which lately have occurred more often. A few weeks ago there was a baby shower in Spring Valley for an older second-time mother, a successful media executive, who is having the little dividend to mend an almost broken marriage. Her dearest friends sipped champagne punch, sighed as she opened Tiffany silver rattles and Bonpoint onesies, and when she was out of earshot, unloaded without mercy—they know her husband is at it again.

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“He’s screwing his new assistant,” said one. “No” said another, “he’s screwing her new assistant.” From a third: “Actually, it’s his New York trainer.” The wife of the cheater’s partner revealed,“All the rumors are true, and if I were her I’d kick him in the baby-maker.” Oh, dear. Why do husbands cheat? I polled a few of them, including my darling, and this is what they said: Neglect, “Poor man, he doesn’t feel wanted”; Boredom: “The same sex with the same person, over and over”; BioAnthropology: “Men are made to spread their seed around. They can’t help themselves”; Biblical: “Read the New Testament. Everyone was screwing everyone.” What have we learned? Swaddle him in your adoring gaze, have a closet full of costumes, study “Hot Sex,” and keep a Bible on the bed table. How exhausting. Here’s a shortcut: eighty-six the gaze, the costumes, and the Bible. Memorize “Hot Sex” and get a boyfriend…. Now, a short break before the next lesson: Hiring a Detective. Readers wishing to get in touch with Michael can email her at: MStrange@washingtonlife.com

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