Washington DC Stanford Association
March 1998 Newsletter

Calendar of Events - Click below for more info:

March 12 Rob Becker's "Defending the Caveman"
March 15 Moroccan Evening
March 23 Modern Drama Discussion Group
March 25 Young Alums/Fleet Street Singers
March 27 Over 30's Singles
April 4     Christmas in April
April 6      Reception at the Embassy of South Africa
April 9      Breakfast Briefing with Richard Fisher
May 8      Baltimore Opera: "The Flying Dutchman"

Upcoming Events

March Madness

Call the hotline or watch your e-mail for notices about watching the Stanford men's and women's basketball teams.

April 18

Stanford in Washington's 10th Anniversary Celebration includes "Day College" and speakers. Watch for your invitation in the mail!

Rob Becker's "Defending the Caveman"
Thursday, March 12

Be Prepared to Laugh! "Rob Becker's Defending The Caveman," written by and starring San Jose-native Rob Becker, is a humorous exploration of the differences between men and women and how those differences cause people to misunderstand each other. The one-person show has earned a place in the theatrical record books by becoming the longest-running solo play in Broadway history. Join the Washington D.C. Stanford Association for this hilarious performance! We have reserved a block of seats in the 11th row.

The Details:

Place: Warner Theatre (202-783-4000). The Warner Theatre is located on 13th Street, N.W., between E and F Streets in downtown Washington.
Time: 8:00 pm
Metro: Metro Center (Red, Orange, and Blue lines) is located 1-1/2 blocks north of the Theatre.
Bus/Parking: There are parking garages on all adjacent streets. A PMI garage with direct access to the Warner Theatre's Lower Lobby is located on 12th Street between E & F Streets. Free, on-street parking is available after 6:30.
Cost: $45.75 per person
RSVP: Please mail check made payable to WDCSA for $45.75 per person by March 5 to Dell Wilkinson, 6401 N. 27th Street, Arlington, VA 22207; Tel: (703) 237-4818; Email: dwilkinson@novecon.com. Please include self-addressed, stamped envelope so tickets can be mailed to you.
Additional Info: http://www.cavemania.com/ or http://www.warnertheatre.com/

Moroccan Evening
Sunday, March 15

Isn't one of the best things about travelling trying out different types of food? We invite you to learn about Morocco through its cuisine. Join the Stanford community for an exciting evening at Taste of Casablanca. Partake in a five-course meal, including traditional Moroccan salads, pastilla, couscous, Moroccan pastries, and delicious mint tea. After dinner, enjoy a belly dancing show and join in if you dare! Depending on our numbers, the restaurant may be closed to the public for our special Moroccan evening. Don't miss the fun!

The Details:
Place: Taste of Casablanca
3211 N. Washington St., Arlington
(corner of Washington and Wilson Boulevard)
(703) 527-7468
Time: 6:30 pm
Metro: Steps away from the Clarendon Metro Stop (Orange line)
Parking: Streetparking available.
Cost: $15/person including tax and tip. Please note that this is a discounted price.
RSVP: Send check made payable to WDCSA for $15/person to Dell Wilkinson, 6401 N. 27th Street, Arlington, VA 22207; tel: 703 237-4818; email: dwilkinson@novecon.com. Space is limited in the restaurant and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis before March 12.

Fleet Street Does DC
Wednesday, March 25

Interested in reliving a Full Moon in the Quad? Not quite...How 'bout Full Moon at the Capitol? Or would you settle for the nostaglia of a Fleet Street acapella performance? Come reconnect with fellow young alums (and for the Young-at-Heart) and one of the most popular student groups on campus. Meet us for an exciting Happy Hour!

The Details:
Place: The Brickskeller Inn (800 beers from around the world!), 1523 22nd Avenue, NW
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm (performance starts at 8:00 pm)
Metro: Dupont Circle (Q Street exit)
Cost: No cost (However, we welcome donations. The proceeds will benefit Fleet Street's east coast tour.)
RSVP: Thomas Ranese at (202) 547-5816 or e-mail: TRANESE@cns.gov

Over 30's Singles
Friday, March 27

The University of Chicago alumni club hosts this month's gathering of over 30's singles from Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Wellesley, Dartmouth, etc. We will be offering a variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres and buffet style food as well as a jazz bassist duo or trio for your entertainment. We are limiting attendance to 150 people due to the size. The Tabard Inn is a quaint little place, sometimes known as "a country inn in the heart of the city," with a restaurant downstairs. We will be upstairs on the second floor, using two of three rooms normally rented out for weekends or longer guests. There will be a cash bar as well.

The Details:
Place: Tabard Inn, 1739 N Street, NW, Washington DC
Time: 6:30-9:30 pm
Metro: Dupont Circle (Red Line)
Cost: $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
RSVP: Make checks payable to WDCSA and send to Bill Pegram, 815 S. 18th, Apt. 400, Arlington, VA 22202.

Christmas in April
Saturday, April 4

Each year in April, thousands of skilled and non-skilled volunteers donate their time and expertise to rebuild and revitalize homes throughout the Washington, DC area. Christmas in April's goals (also referred to as Sukooth in April) are to help brighten the surroundings of low- income, elderly and disabled residents of the District, to make their lives more hopeful and their communities a safer place to live.

This year, the WDCSA will be working with Christmas in April staff to run the main warehouse where supplies for the volunteers will be distributed. On April 4, our volunteers will be needed to unload, organize and distribute T-shirts and building supplies that will be given out to Christmas in April volunteers. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt for their participation.

In addition, Christmas in April is also seeking volunteers for April 19th and April 25th to distribute plants and balloons. Kendall Andrews will be signing-up volunteers for those dates as well.

The Details:
Place: 1240 12th Street SE, Washington, DC (near the Navy Yard and the Anacostia River)
Time: 8:00 am - 2 pm
Metro: Navy Yard (green line) It is a 12 block walk from the Metro to the warehouse so you may prefer to carpool to the location.
RSVP: Please call Kendall Andrews if you would like to participate on April 4th, and discuss with her your transportation preference. Tel. (301) 718-6483

Reception at the Embassy of South Africa
Monday, April 6, 1998
3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
6:30 - 9:00 PM

Ambassador Franklin Sonn invites you to a Benefit Reception for the Meyer Elementary School. He will give a short briefing on current issues in South Africa. Tickets: $35.00 per person; Light Buffet and Beverages are included

The Adopt-a-School program, co-sponsored by the Stanford, Harvard and Princeton Clubs of Washington, provides basic educational assistance to students attending Meyer Elementary School, located in the Shaw neighborhood of northwest Washington. The program operates most Saturday mornings throughout the school year, and brings together volunteer tutors and inner-city students to work on improving the children's basic scholastic skills. The computer lab, which was funded in connection with the program, allows the students access to highly beneficial hands-on time with various educational software packages. The program costs are funded entirely through the efforts of the three alumni associations.

$15.00 of the ticket price will go toward the Meyer Elementary Project. In addition, if you wish to make a further contribution, we suggest following the chart below.

Donor:        $50
Sponsor:     $100
Patron:        $250
Benefactor: $500 and over

Parking: Valet Parking is included in your price. However, if you wish to use on street parking, here are your two possibilities:
1) Observatory Circle, NW - Coming from downtown DC, make a left off Massachusetts Ave., right after you pass the British Embassy. There are about 70 - 80 parking spaces available.
2) Whitehaven Street - First left after the bridge if you come from DC.

RSVP: Make checks and contributions payable to Harvard/Meyer School and mail them to Monica Mulrooney, 3107 Circle Hill Road, Alexandria, VA 22305 by March 31, 1998. Be prompt; spaces will be limited. Thank you!

Breakfast Briefing
Thursday, April 9

WDCSA's breakfast briefing series continues with Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (and Stanford GSB alum) Richard Fisher. Ambassador Fisher, confirmed by the Senate in February 1998, has political-level responsibility for both Asia and the Western Hemisphere within the Office of the USTR. Along with international trade, Ambassador Fisher will be able to discuss the experience of running for the U.S. Senate, which he did as a Democractic candidate in Texas in 1994.

The Details:

Place: Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Time: 7:45 - 9:00 am (please be prompt!)
Metro: Metro Center (13th and G Sts. exit)
Cost: $13.00 per person (includes continental breakfast)
RSVP: Send checks payable to WDCSA to John Magnus c/o Dewey Ballantine, 1775 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006 Tel. (202) 429-2337 or e-mail John_Magnus@DeweyBallantine.com

The Baltimore Opera: James Morris in The Flying Dutchman
Friday, May 8, 1998

A very special night at the opera: James Morris, known as the world's greatest Dutchman, returns to his native Baltimore to perform the title role in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman (Der Fliegende Hollander), joined by his Metropolitan Opera colleagues Chris Merritt and Paul Plishka in supporting roles.

The WDCSA has just purchased 16 tickets at Baltimore's historic Lyric Opera House, known for its splendid acoustics and neo-classical architecture. The Lyric is conveniently located a few blocks from Baltimore's Penn Station and one mile north of Harbor Place, with ample parking. Curtain is at 8:15. An hour earlier, there's a lecture on the opera for anyone interested in learning more about it before the performance. Starting with this announcement, we will accept reservations on a first-come first-served basis in the order in which we receive checks by mail. Your tickets will be mailed to you about a month before the performance. For those who attend, we will provide a detailed map, showing the location of the Lyric Opera House, the parking and the lecture site.

The Details:

Place: The Lyric Opera House, 110 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD
Time: 8:15 PM
Cost: $55 per ticket, Grand Tier Center
RSVP: Please make your check payable to WDCSA and mail it to Julie Campbell, 2601 Klingle Road, NW, Washington DC 20008.

Additional Info: For further information call Julie at 202-244-0206 or e-mail her at JulieSed@aol.com.

Modern Drama Discussion Group
March 23 & 29 - The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat
April 21 & 25 - The Steward of Christendo

When Peter Weiss's The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as performed by the inmates of the Asylum of Charenton opened in 1964, Life Magazine called it "one of the most sensational theater works of our time." More than thirty years later, it remains as powerful as ever.

Monday, March 23 (Jesse Berger, director of play at WSC, will attend)
Luna Books, 1633 P Street, NW (Dupont Circle Metro)
6:30 pm Dinner, 7:30 pm Discussion
Cost: $2 contribution requested, plus dinner
RSVP: David Sobelsohn at 202-484-8303 or dsobelso@capaccess.org


Sunday, March 29, 2:00 pm

Washington Shakespeare Company, 601 South Clark Street, Arlington, VA
(between Pentagon City and Crystal City Metro Stations, off I-395 Clark St. exit)
Cost: $12 per ticket. Make checks out to Washington Shakespeare Company and mail by March 18 to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Court, Rockville, MD 20852 (301-897-9314 or larkinr@erols.com). Tickets will be held at the box office.

In a Dublin madhouse, years after Irish Independence, The Steward of Christendom's title character is a blind Lear in longjohns, a Catholic, Irish royalist, whose distorted memories pulsate with insights. Lyrical and profound, this 1996 play won several major awards in Great Britain.


Tuesday, April 21 (Serge Seidon, Director of Production at Studio Theatre, and Dr. Christina Mahony, Associate Director of Catholic University's Irish Studies Program, will attend)

TGI Friday's Foggy Bottom, 2100 PA Ave., NW (2 blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro)
6:30 pm Dinner, 7:30 pm Discussion
Cost: $2 contribution requested, plus dinner
RSVP: David Sobelsohn (see above)


Saturday, April 25 at 2 pm

Studio Theatre, 1333 P Street, NW (between Dupont Circle and Shaw-Howard University Metro Stations)

Cost: $19 per ticket. Make checks out to Studio Theatre and mail by April 10 to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Court, Rockville, MD 20852 (301-897-9314 or larkinr@erols.com) Tickets will be held at the box office.

For further details, check the drama group website at www.jskay-consulting.com/footlights/


Membership Information: Paul Garrett, BA '92 (703) 227-6352 Paul_Garrett@mail.amsinc.com
Hotline: (301) 230-5575
Co-Presidents: Sherry Abel, BA '64 (202) 244-4568, eabel@erols.com
Monica Mulrooney, (703) 548-5467, KeithMon@aol.com
Vice President: Kendall Andrews, BA '90 (301) 718-6483 Kandrews@dc.infi.net
Newsletter: Katie Gray, BA '90 (202) 237-6377 kgray@uol.com
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12179, Arlington, VA 22219

Last Modified: 7/15/99
Comments to: William Pegram, williampegram@stanfordalumni.org