Washington DC Stanford Association November 1999 Newsletter

Calendar of Events

Oct. 28 Ted Libbey Book Signing, Talk, and Reception
Oct. 30 Stanford vs. Washington Football
Nov 3 Adopt-a-School Fundraiser
Nov 11-12 Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Tournament
Nov 14 Touch Football vs. Princeton
Nov 16 Recent Alumni/STEPS Reception
Nov 16 Le Cid at Washington Opera
Nov 17 Communicating Doors Discussion
Nov 20 Big Game Party
Nov 21 Communicating Doors Performance
Nov 21 Karen Zacarias Play and Reception: The Sins of Sor Juana
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Looking ahead to December...

The WDCSA will be hosting a holiday concert and party in mid December. Keep your eye on this space for details.

Ted Libbey Talk, Book Signing, Reception
Thursday, October 28, 7:30PM
Borders Bookstore, Baileys Crossroads

Ted Libbey (PhD Stanford 1978) is a respected musicologist, music critic, and author. He will be at Borders to talk about his new book, The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection (Second Edition, Revised and Updated). He is a regular commentator on NPR's Performance Today with Martin Goldsmith, and writes reviews of music performances and books for magazines and newspapers across the country. In the past, he has served as the music critic for the New York Times and the Washington Star.

There is no charge for this event. From 395, take King Street West for 2 miles. At Baileys Crossroads, there is an overpass over Columbia Pike. Go over the overpass, and take an immediate right into the shopping center that contains Borders, Safeway, etc. The address is 5871 Crossroads Center Way. Call 703-998-0404 for additional directions or more information.

Stanford vs. Washington Football
Saturday, October 30, 3:30PM

About 25 Cardinal fans gathered at the Crystal City Sports Pub last Saturday to watch Stanford eke out a narrow victory last week over USC after falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter. Stanford (5-0 in the Pac-10) and Washington (3-1) square off this Saturday, and we will return to the Crystal City Sports pub for the game. Washington has dominated the Cardinal in the 1990s and has beaten Stanford at home every game since the mid-1970s. Come watch the game at the Crystal City Sports Pub, 529 South 23rd St., Arlington, VA, (703) 521-8215. The game, an ABC regional telecast, will NOT be available on network television in the Washington/Baltimore area.

Driving directions: 
Take 1 (Jeff Davis Hwy) South towards Alexandria. Turn Right on 23rd (gas station on corner, before turnoff to National Airport). Two blocks on Right.

Get off at Crystal City, Walk South to 23rd. Turn Right on 23rd. Two blocks on Right.

PLEASE COME EARLY! There are many games on this weekend, and although the pub will almost certainly show the Stanford game, they cannot guarantee it unless we come in significant numbers. In addition, arriving early will help maximize our chances of getting a prime viewing location.

An Evening at the Embassy of New Zealand
Wednesday, November 3
6:30 - 8:30 P.M.

On Wednesday, November 3, the Meyer Elementary School Tutoring Program will hold its annual fundraising reception from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at the Embassy of New Zealand, thanks to the kindness of The Rt Honorable James Bolger, Ambassador to the United States. A speaker from the embassy staff will deliver a brief talk on New Zealand. Hors d'oeuvres and a fine selection of New Zealand wine and beer will be served.

Attendance will be strictly limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible by sending your check for $35.00 per person, payable to "Meyer Adopt-A-School," to:

Ms. Allison Moore
1415 Hopkins Street, NW Apt. #4
Washington, DC 20036

Please include a daytime phone number in the event that follow-up information needs to be provided. Your tickets will be held at the door. $15 of the $35.00 will be tax-deductible.

This event will help pay for new instructional and computer resources and for school operating costs on the Saturdays that the program is in session. Now in its seventh year, the program is a joint project of the Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard Alumni Associations of Washington.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring with them one book suitable for a child in elementary school to augment the stock of reading material available for the program. If you wish to make additional contributions, we suggest that you refer to the following for contribution guidelines:

Donor $50
Sponsor $100
Patron $250
Benefactor $500+

The New Zealand Embassy is located at 37 Observatory Circle in Northwest Washington. From downtown, drive north on Massachusetts Avenue until you reach the British Embassy on your left. Turn left, and the Embassy will be the last building on the left. Ample street parking is available near the embassy, and valet parking will be arranged if possible.

Contact Shanna Connor at (202) 244-8236 or shanna_connor@ed.gov for additional information.

Stanford Men's Basketball Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament
November 11-12
6:30 P.M. and 9:00 P.M.

The Stanford men's basketball team will travel to Madison Square Garden in Manhattan for the Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball tournament Thursday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Friday, Nov. 12. The four team tournament features Connecticut and Duke, winner and runner up from last year's Final Four, respectively, and Stanford and Iowa. The lineup and anticipated television coverage is as follows:

Thursday 6:30 PM - Duke vs. Stanford (ESPN-2)
9 PM - Connecticut vs. Iowa (no television coverage)

Friday 6:30 PM - Consolation game with Thursday's losers (probably ESPN Sports Package, i.e., available in sports bars)
9 PM - Championship game (ESPN)

We will announce a place to watch the Stanford games and publicize via email, the hotline, and our website. Go Cardinal!

Touch Football vs. Princeton Alumni
Sunday, November 14th
2:00 P.M.

The local chapter of the Princeton Alumni Association has challenged the WDCSA to a friendly game of co-ed touch football. Meet us on the Mall near the Smithsonian Metro entrance (in the direction of the Washington Monument). For more information, please email Ari Mervis: amervis@pfaw.org.

Washington Opera: Le Cid
Tuesday, November 16
8:00 P.M.

Placido Domingo and Elisabete Matos, who recently thrilled Seville audiences as Rodrigue and Chimene in Jules Massenet's Le Cid, will reprise those roles at the Kennedy Center Opera House on Tuesday, November 16. WDCSA still has a number of tickets available for this sold out performance. Le Cid's powerful portrayal of amorous passion, jealous rage, family honor and redemption builds dramatically on solo scenes and duets that richly showcase its two international stars. To reserve one or more of our prime orchestra seats, just send a check for $114 per person made out to WDCSA to Julie Campbell, 2601 Klingle Road NW, Washington, DC 20008. Tickets will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis upon receipt of payment. Any checks that arrive after all 20 of our tickets have been claimed will be promptly returned. Julie can be reached at (202) 244-0206 or at juliecampbell@aol.com if you have any questions.

Recent Alumni Reception
Tuesday, November 16
7:00 - 9:00 P.M.

In lieu of this month's Third Thursday, the Stanford Exchange for Public Service (STEPS) is sponsoring a reception for alumni in Washington, D.C. from the classes of 1989-1999. It will be held at the Stanford in Washington campus (2661 Connecticut Ave., NW) from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16. A cover of approximately $5 will be collected at the door for wine, beer, soda, and light snacks.

Come hang out with your friends, network with Stanford professionals in D.C., and find out about the career mentoring services of the STEPS program. STEPS is a network of alumni mentors who provide advice and resources to Stanford students and recent alumni concerning effective job search strategies in D.C. and building a network of contacts in one's career field. If you would like to serve as a STEPS mentor or have questions about this reception for recent alumni, please contact STEPS co-chairs Charles Hokanson (703-351-1091, charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org) or Jennifer Ballen (202-362-2017, jennifer_ballen@stanfordalumni.org).

The regular Third Thursday events will resume on Thursday, December 16, 1999. For more information, or to offer suggestions on locations, contact Callista Chen at (202) 319-1841 or callista@stanfordalumni.org.

102nd Big Game
Saturday, November 20
2:30 P.M. until victory

Join us on Saturday, November 20, for the 102nd Big Game (party), hosted by the WDCSA and the local Cal Alumni Association. The 1999 Big Game Party will be held at Capitol City Brewing Company-Shirlington in Arlington, VA. Come root for Cardinal, hiss at the Bears, and enjoy all-you-can-eat chicken wings, nachos, soup, vegetables, and fruit buffet, starting at 3:00 P.M.

Micro-brewed beer will be sold at reduced prices, and sodas will be sold with free refills. The DC Big Game Party is open to all ages; please bring a valid ID if you plan to drink.

We have increased the number of shuttle buses this year to provide better access to the party from the Pentagon City Metro stop. Please see below for more details on the free shuttle bus service to the party.

Please check the WDCSA Hotline, (301) 230-5575, or website the week before Big Game to confirm the information listed below. Good seats will fill up quickly, so come early.

Big Game Party Details:
Date: Saturday, November 20
Place: Capitol City Brewing Company-Shirlington, 2700 South Quincy Street, Arlington, VA
Phone: (703) 578-3888
Time: 2:30 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.; game time is 3:30 P.M.

Cost: $12.00 per person in advance; $15.00 at the door, includes buffet, satellite downlink and shuttle service. Beverages are extra. Children under 8 will be admitted free with their parents.

RSVP: Send checks (payable to Washington DC Stanford Association) by November 16 to Ari Mervis, 1619 Irving Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20010, or pay at the door. If you prepay for two or more people please list their names. For information, email ari.mervis@stanfordalumni.org, or call the WDCSA hotline.

Metro: Free shuttle service to the party will be provided from the Pentagon City Metro stop (Blue and Yellow lines). Take the Hayes Street exit (the one on the right). When you exit the station, you will be in front of Borders and Starbucks. Look for the Stanford vs. Cal meeting sign. A 25-seat bus with Stanford and Cal banner will be waiting. Shuttle buses will make round trips to Shirlington from 2:15-4:30 P.M. and return trips to the Pentagon City Metro from 6:30-8:00 P.M. ***Note: Shuttle bus information is subject to change, please check the WDCSA hotline or website the week before the party.

Directions: From I-395 South, take the SHIRLINGTON/GLEBE RD. exit, number 7, towards Shirlington. Stay on the Shirlington off-ramp all the way to the first intersection. Go straight through the intersection and Capitol City Brewing Co. will be about one block ahead of you on the left. Free parking is available behind the restaurant in a parking garage and in an outdoor lot.

Theater Event and Reception with Stanford Alumna and Playwright Karen Zacarias
Sunday, November 21
1 P.M. Reception
2 P.M. Performance

On Sunday, November 21, Stanford alumna and playwright Karen Zacarias will meet with Stanford alumni at a wine and cheese reception prior to attending the closing performance of her new play, The Sins of Sor Juana. The reception will be held at 1 P.M. and the play at 2 P.M. at the Theater of the First Amendment (TFA).

The Sins of Sor Juana is a world premiere production by TFA, the resident professional company of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. TFA is one of the Washington area's leading producers of new work for the stage and is celebrating its tenth anniversary this season. TFA productions have been nominated for eighteen Helen Hayes Awards, and have won the prestigious award eight times, including Outstanding Resident Production.

The play tells the story of Juana Ines Ramirez de Asbaje, who found her first brush with fame when she tried to sneak into the University of Mexico by dressing as a man-at age 12-in 1660. She went on to become one of the first published poets of the Americas, leading a glittering life at the court of "New Spain" and eventually, inexplicably, joining a convent at age 17. To tell Juana's story, Karen Zacarias has created a world that is both deeply researched and richly imagined, in a play by turns funny and moving, adventurous and poetic.

Karen Zacarias is the 1998 Mayor's Art Award winner for Outstanding Emerging Artist in the District of Columbia, and the Founder and Artistic Director of Young Playwrights' Theater, an arts outreach program that uses playwriting for conflict resolution, dialogue, and arts empowerment for youth. Her plays have won eight national playwriting competitions and have been produced throughout the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe. The Sins of Sor Juana is a winner in the 1998 National Hispanic Playwrights Project at South Coast Repertory Theater in California, and it has been workshopped by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Karen earned her Bachelor's degree from Stanford University and her Masters in playwriting from Boston University, where she studied under Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott and Elie Wiesel.

To reserve tickets, send a check for $25 per ticket made out to "Washington, DC Stanford Association" to Charles Hokanson, 3000 Spout Run Pkwy #C-610, Arlington, VA 22201; (703) 351-1091. The Box Office will have a list of those who have reserved tickets under "Washington, D.C. Stanford Alumni Association." To be guaranteed tickets, checks should be received by November 10, although additional seats may be available after that date. Please include your phone number with any checks that will be received after November 10, and Charles will call to confirm the ticket reservation.

Following are directions to the Theater of the First Amendment.

From I-66: Rte 123 South through City of Fairfax. Ignore first entrance to campus. Left on Braddock Road. Left at first traffic light, opposite University Mall. Follow Patriot Circle past Patriot Center (big basketball arena on right). Turn left at Mason Drive, going towards large white Concert Hall building, identifiable by triangular tower feature in front. Next building is a parking deck; park there. Follow signs from Parking Deck to TheaterSpace, where the play will be held. (Easiest exit from deck is on Level 2). TheaterSpace is on the ground floor of Performing Arts Building, adjacent to Concert Hall. Look for a sign or theater staff for directions to the reception.

From I-495: Take Braddock Road exit, heading west. Go about six miles. Turn right at traffic light opposite University Mall (campus entrance is clearly marked). Follow Patriot Circle directions above.

Visit the WDCSA (and download a membership form) on the Web!

Last month was the debut of the new WDCSA website at http://www.stanfordclub.org/dc. The website contains general information about the club, membership options, current and past newsletters and event updates, a list of our Board members and officers, a membership form, links to our job and housing board, and a variety of useful Stanford links.

Although the membership year does not end till December, we invite you to renew now, either through the membership form on the web page or the membership mailer you received from the Alumni Association. Getting renewals at this time spreads out the workload for our membership chair and will enable us to get the new membership directory published and to you as early as possible next year. Dues for email newsletter-only members are $10, and regular mail membership dues are $15. Both memberships will include a copy of the membership directory.

Modern Drama Discussion Group
November 17-Communicating Doors (discussion)
November 21-Communicating Doors (performance)

On November 17 the Modern Drama Group will discuss, and on November 21 the group will attend, the comedy thriller Communicating Doors (1994) by Alan Ayckbourn, "England's most prolific playwright since Shakespeare" (Wall Street Journal).

The drama group will discuss Communicating Doors 7:30-9:30 P.M. Wednesday, November 17 (dinner at 6:30), at Delray Vietnamese Garden, 4918 Del Ray Ave., a few blocks north of the Bethesda metro. To RSVP for the discussion, call Betty Byrne BS'55 (202-483-4048) or e-mail painews@bellatlantic.net.

The drama group will attend Communicating Doors 3 P.M. Sunday, November 21, at the Round House Theatre, 12210 Bushey Dr., between Randolph and Veirs Mill Roads, a few blocks from Connecticut Ave. in Silver Spring. Tickets are $16. For tickets call or e-mail Robin Larkin (301-897-9314 & larkinr@erols.com). For more information, check the drama group website at www.footlightsdc.org.

Adopt-a-School Program
10:00 A.M.

The WDCSA is again co-sponsoring a tutoring program, held each Saturday morning during the academic year, at Meyer Elementary School in the Shaw neighborhood of northwest Washington. Meyer is located at 2501 11th Street, NW, across the street from Cardozo High School, one block north of Florida Avenue. With volunteers from Princeton and Harvard, Stanford alums provide basic instruction in core subjects such as reading and arithmetic. We also teach the fundamentals of computers in a modest computer lab funded through the program.

This year the tutors will be working primarily with gifted students. The kids are kindergartners through fourth graders, and eagerly work with the tutors to improve their academic skills. Volunteers are always needed-it's not necessary to attend every Saturday-but we warn you it's easy to get hooked on the enthusiasm of this group of kids.

We will be restructuring the program somewhat to ensure that the kids-and tutors-enjoy and benefit as much as possible.

Contact Shanna Connor at (202) 244-8236 or shanna_connor@ed.gov for further details.


There is a great new opportunity for Stanford alumni living in the Washington, D.C. area. An e-mail distribution list has been established to:

* Help organize and publicize events sponsored by the Stanford Exchange for
Public Service (STEPS) and the Stanford Office of Admission;
* Help organize and publicize events, especially informal, inexpensive events designed for recent graduates; and
* Provide a forum for Stanford alumni to post information relevant or beneficial to other local alumni (including employment and housing opportunities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area).

Contact Callista Chen at callista@stanfordalumni.org with questions. Please join the list by sending a message to majordomo@lists.stanford.edu with the following message in the first line of the body: subscribe dc_cardinal.


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