Washington DC Stanford Association September 1998 Newsletter

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Sept 15 Modern Drama Discussion Group
Sept 20 Over 30s Singles Potluck Picnic
Sept 25 Modern Drama Video Viewing
Sept 25 Over 30s Singles at Morton's of Chicago
Sept 29 Cirque du Soleil
Oct 1    Brookings Institution Discussion
Oct 17  Adopt-a-School First Day
Oct 29  Fedora at Washington Opera
Nov 12 Samson et Dalila at Washington Opera

Le Cirque du Soleil
Tuesday, September 29

Need we say more?

Join the Washington D.C. Stanford Association on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30 PM for Cirque du Soleil's extraordinary "Quidam." Featuring some of the most talented performers in the world, Cirque du Soleil is the theatre-lover's alternative to a typical circus. The avant-garde Cirque interweaves theatrical portions with "circus" acts.

The event is held in a tent at the Galleria at Tysons II, Route 123 and International Drive, Tysons Corner, VA. Tickets are available at the group-discounted price of $44 each. The seats are lower level Category 1 seats--the best available.

The Details:
Place: Galleria at Tysons II, Route 123 and International Drive,
Tysons Corner, VA
Time: 7:30 PM
Cost: $44
RSVP: Please send self-addressed stamped envelope along with a check (payable to WDCSA) to:
Dell Wilkinson
6401 N 27th Street
Arlington, VA 22207

Tickets will be mailed to you.
Questions: Contact Dell Wilkinson, (703) 237-4818 or dell@vni.net.

President's Welcome

As the incoming president of the WDCSA, it is obligatory that I write a short missive on the state of the organization, and my thoughts on the year to come. This is quite a simple task, as the WDCSA is in wonderful form, and the coming year promises to be one of our best ever. And both of these conclusions are a direct result of the tireless efforts of two extraordinary ladies- outgoing WDCSA co-presidents Sherry Abel and Monica Mulrooney.

First, the WDCSA is in fantastic shape. Under the leadership of Sherry and Monica, we sponsored a wide variety of events last year, reaching a significant portion of the Washington, D.C. Stanford community. From Big Game to the opera, to the Adopt-a-School benefit at the South African Embassy, to a paintball tournament, there was fun, camaraderie, and even a little public service. It was a great year and I thank Sherry and Monica for their dedication and hard work.

This year, too, promises to be memorable-- in no small part due to projects initiated last year. The planning for the upcoming faculty lecture and visit to the Van Gogh exhibit began ten months ago. Indeed, planning for most fall events was started last spring. So this year, we still reap the benefits of last year's efforts, and my task will be to try to continue these activities, striving to measure up to the high standards set by my most able predecessors. It's going to be tough, but I don't believe that they will let me fail. So again, from all of us, Sherry and Monica, thank you very, very much.

Modern Drama Discussion Group
Tuesday, September 15 & Friday, September 25

Not enough drama in your life?

Then look into the Modern Drama Discussion Group, a joint project of the DC-area Stanford, Cornell, and University of Chicago Clubs. This group meets monthly at area restaurants to discuss plays from the modern theater. Discussions about local productions are usually led by the play's director. Then, within a few weeks, the group attends the play (at a group discount), staying after the performance for a second discussion, this time with the cast. Participation in the discussions is free, although a nominal $2 donation is requested to cover costs.

The drama group has its own website, www.jskay-consulting.com/footlights, and you can receive regular updates on group activities by sending the message "join footlights" (without quotes) to listserv@jskay-consulting.com. Email is dsobelso@capaccess.org, and finally, to speak to an actual person, call (202) 484-8303.

The Lady's Not for Burning

This fall, the group begins a series of plays about "outsiders" with this classic verse romance written in 1948 by the English playwright Christopher Fry. Set in the 15th century, the play follows a cynical, weary ex-soldier who arrives in town and demands to be hanged, but hesitates when he meets a beautiful, eccentric woman who is fleeing a mob that wants her burned as a witch. In The New York Times, Brooks Atkinson called the play "an immensely brilliant comedy written in sparkling poetry," and compared Christopher Fry to Shakespeare. A viewing of a video of the play, starring Kenneth Branagh, will complement the group's discussion.

Tuesday, September 15
Little Cafe and Grill, 2039 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Court House Metro)
6:30 PM Dinner, 7:30 PM Discussion
Cost: $2 donation suggested (plus dinner if you wish)
RSVP: Karen Veninga AB '80 (703) 536-5020

Viewing of Video
Friday, September 25
Unitarian-Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. (corner of George Mason Drive)
Cost: $2 (includes refreshments)
Further information: George Manno (703) 370-1838

Combined School Social Club
Friday, September 25

Morton's of Chicago

This month's combined school social event is hosted by Vassar. Alums from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Wellesley, University of Chicago, Mt. Holyoke, etc. are invited. This event is not designed for those who just graduated, but no one is too young or too old to come! Both hot and cold hors d'oeuvres will be served, with a cash bar. An alternative area has been reserved for inclement weather.

The Details:
Place: Morton's of Chicago
1050 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Cost: $20 in advance
$25 at the door
RSVP: Send checks (payable to WDCSA) to Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th, #400, Arlington, VA 22202. Call (703) 486-0952 (h) if you have any questions.

Potluck Picnic
Sunday, September 20

The combined school social club (see announcement above) is invited to again picnic in the Camp David area adjacent to Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mt. Park.

Bring a swimsuit to swim in the crystalline pond; bring sneakers for volleyball and badminton; bring hiking shoes to hike through the park; bring marshmallows for the campfire and musical instruments to play and bring a dog if s/he gets along with other dogs.

The event is potluck. Please call Bill Pegram at (703) 486-0952 a day or two before so we have a rough idea of the number of people coming. If the weather is iffy, call Bill on the day of the picnic for information about a rain date.

A-M Main Courses
P-S Drinks, Ice (no alcoholic beverages), Napkins, Plates, Utensils
T-Z Desserts

Directions: Take route 270 North to Frederick, Maryland. Just beyond Frederick, 270N divides into 70E (right lanes) and 15N (straight/left lanes). Take 15N for about 15-20 minutes. Take Route 77 going west toward the parks. You will pass a visitor's center and 2.4 miles beyond you will see a yellow diamond shaped sign on your right for Tower Road (you will pass two stone signs saying Catoctin Mountain Park) Go left on Tower road. It is a dirt road between a grey wooden shed and a tree with 2 reflectors. Go 1 mile to Fox Tower road where you turn left. After a short distance, you will pass a small brown house on your right. Go down an incline and look for a black mailbox on your right---Number 13949. The driveway is opposite the black mailbox. If you get lost, you can call Lynne at (301) 416-0492.

Washington Opera
Thursday, October 29 & Thursday, November 12

We have purchased 25 tickets for Fedora and 20 tickets for three additional operas this season.
Coming up:

(with Placido Domingo and Mirella Freni)
October 29 at 8:00 PM
Premium orchestra seats, Opera House
Price: $130.00

Samson et Dalila
(with Jose Cura and Denyce Graves, conducted by Domingo)
November 12 at 8:00 PM
Prime first tier seats, Opera House
Price: $104.00

Future operas: Boris Godunov (2/15/99) and Tristan und Isolde (3/23/99).

We anticipate strong demand for these tickets, so in order to allow the maximum number of WDCSA members to attend, and to be as fair as possible, we will follow this policy: We will accept reservations for the first two operas only--Fedora and Samson et Dalila--for now. Reservations will be on a first-come, first-serve basis according to the order in which we receive checks by mail. Members of WDCSA may request a maximum of two tickets per opera. If you are requesting tickets for both of the first two operas, please send a separate check for each, in case one is oversubscribed but the other isn't.

Please send checks, payable to WDCSA, to Julie Campbell, 2601 Klingle Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20008. For questions, call Julie at 202-244- 0206 or e-mail her at JulieSed@aol.com.

A Discussion with Lisbeth Schorr and Roger Wilkins:
Is Systematic Social Reform Possible?
Thursday, October 1, 1998

Those of us living literally and metaphorically inside the Beltway are preoccupied with two questions: Can government programs be effective? Can Americans ameliorate the social conditions of their impoverished urban neighborhoods?

Tackling these questions in a joint discussion sponsored by both the Stanford and Harvard Clubs will be Lisbeth Shorr, Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard University, Director of the Harvard University Project on Effective Interventions, and author of the recent book, Common Purpose, Strengthening Families and Neighborhoods to Rebuild America; and Roger Wilkins, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, social activist, and currently Robinson Professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University. They will address the current collapse of confidence by an alarming number of Americans in the ability of government to solve our urban social problems. They will also explore the whether there has been an attendant loss of faith by many poorer citizens in the traditional American values of individual effort and hard work. And they will discuss the paradox of why many effective demonstration projects have not succeeded when applied on a larger scale. And finally, they will suggest some hard-learned prescriptions for moving beyond frustration and towards approaches that can succeed.

The Details
Place: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Cost: $10.00
Questions: Contact Sherry Abel (202) 244-4568, eabel@erols.com


This year, the WDCSA will again co-sponsor a tutoring program, held each Saturday morning during the academic year, at the Meyer Elementary School in the Shaw neighborhood of northwest Washington. 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.

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 initiate the program October 17, so keep an eye on this space. Or contact Jennifer Ballen, the WDCSA Adopt-a-School Program Coordinator (Jennifer_Ballen@ed.gov or (202) 362-2017) for further details.

Looking Ahead to October...

Second Thursdays- A new series of events designed for the younger set. That means Metro-accessible, inexpensive, and fun. Mark your calendar for the Second Thursday of each month--starting October 8th--and stay tuned for more details.

Van Gogh! Van Gogh! Van Gogh! Van Gogh!
You've heard the rumors and they are true. You don't need to stand in the heat for up to six hours to get free advance passes to the exhibit of 70 Van Gogh paintings at the National Gallery of Art. On Saturday, October 31, 1998, Michael Marrinan, Associate Professor of Art History at Stanford, will speak to club members about Van Gogh's masterpieces at a brunch reception in the Royal Netherlands Embassy. Those attending the lecture will receive one pass to the exhibit (on a Saturday following October 31).

Look for the official invitation that will be mailed from Stanford directly. Then, order your tickets immediately, as we will have only 270 tickets for the exhibit.

Top-10 Ranked Stanford Men's Basketball
Sunday, December 6, and Monday, December 7

In a rare East Coast appearance, the Stanford men's basketball team will square off in a four-team tournament at the MCI Center in Washington D.C. on December 6th and 7th. Come join us and root for the Stanford Cardinal as it enters the 1998-99 season. With all five starters back from last year's Final Four appearance, a tremendous year is in store for the Cardinal. Stanford will kick off the tournament on Sunday, December 6th against the University of Maryland Terrapins. The second game will feature George Washington University's Colonials and the Blue Demons of DePaul. The winners will meet in Monday's championship game.

The cost for the all-tournament ticket (two days/four games) is $65. Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 1. However, from now until September 30, the MCI Center is holding a block of premium seats for Stanford fans. You will be receiving a separate mailing about the tournament, but to give Stanford fans as much time as possible to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public, we are including information in this newsletter as well. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the MCI Center's Group Sales at (202) 661-5061. Be sure to request seating in the Stanford section.

Incidentally, we plan to have a social event in conjunction with the team's Washington D.C. appearance. More information will be available closer to tournament time once the team's schedule is finalized.


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Hotline: (301) 230-5575
President: Bob Krahe (301) 236-0570, MS '83
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Last Modified: 7/15/99
Comments to: William Pegram, williampegram@stanfordalumni.org