Washington DC Stanford Association September 2003 Newsletter

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Sept. 14   DC Book Club Meeting
Sept. 16 Baltimore Book Club Meeting
Oct. 12  “Scaramouche” Performance
Oct. 16  WDCSA hosts Ivy Singles
Oct. 19    Families at Corcoran Gallery
Nov. 14   Claude Steele Reception
Nov. 15  Psychology Dept. Day
Nov. 17    “Die Walkure” Opera
Nov. 22 Big Game

DC Stanford Book Club:
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Sunday, September 14    6 PM – 9 PM
Location: Home of member (announced via email list)

Join the DC Stanford Alumni Book Club! All alums and their friends are welcome to join the DC Stanford Alumni Club. 

We meet one Sunday of every month (usually the second Sunday).  In October, members will nominate and select fiction and nonfiction books for the next six months, and new members are encouraged to participate in the selection process. 

We usually have a potluck at someone's home or we pick a restaurant/coffee shop.  If you would be willing to host a discussion and potluck in your home, please email Carina.  Your home must be within walking distance from a metro and be wheelchair accessible. 

If you notice a scheduling conflict for a discussion you would like to attend, please email the group at least one month in advance to suggest an alternative date.  We will always try to maximize the number of people able to make a meeting.

Fall Discussions:
Oct. 12, 5PM: Slouching Towards Bethlehem, by Joan Didion
Nov. 9, 5PM: Map of Love, by Ahdaf Soueif

To join, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/subscribe/wdcsabooks. For more information, contact:  Carina Uraiqat at carinau@stanfordalumni.org

Baltimore Stanford Book Club:
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
Tuesday, September 16-7PM Kickoff Meeting!
Location: TBA, in Baltimore

The club is open to all alumni, and the only rules are that we will alternate between fiction and non-fiction every other month, and that book selection will be by democratic vote.  We'll decide whether and/or how much food we want at each meeting, and when and where we want to meet.

Please be in touch with Sarah Clever, '91, 410-685-7558, slclever@earthlink.net. Happy reading! 

“Scaramouche” Performance and Reception
Sunday, October 12 2:00 – 4:30 PM
Washington Shakespeare Company's Clark Street Playhouse
601 S. Clark Street, Arlington, VA (Crystal City)

We have a special opportunity to see this show, starring Stanford ’77 alumna Laurie Sherman, and have a chance to meet cast and production members at a reception immediately following the performance.  The Rafael Sabatini novel has been adapted by playwright Barbara Field (you might want to pick up a copy before joining us for the show!) and performed by the Commedia dell'Arte players.  A great event for all ages.

The price will be $30, for the ticket and reception afterwards. Please RSVP by October 8th so we can send your tickets to you. Send a check payable to WDCSA to:

Risa Shimoda
601 Hudson Avenue #102
Takoma Park, MD  20910

For Directions www.WashingtonShakespeare.org

Ivy Singles
Thursday, October 16 6:30 - 8:30 PM
2436 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC, (202)462-8844

The Washington DC Stanford Association is pleased to host the Ivy Singles Social Club October Event at Anzu, the finest Italian Restaurant in Adams-Morgan.  Delicious Italian Hors d’Oeuvres and Cash Bar

Reservations: $20 by check to J. C. Hyde, 2758 Viking Drive, Oak Hill, VA 20171, by Monday October 13th. Make checks payable to "The Washington, DC Stanford Association" and note your school on the check.  Email reservations (by October 15th to Stanford@ivysinglesdc.com) and walk-ins are $25.  Please RSVP as space is limited to 90 people. The restaurant is handicap accessible.

Metro:  The closest Metro is Woodley Park/Zoo on the Red Line.  Catch the 98 U Street/Woodley Park Metro Loop bus.  RideGuide suggests the 42 Mt. Pleasant bus from Farragut West Metro station for those near the Orange Line. 

Driving:  the Colonial Parking deck is located across the street for $8.  On-street parking is improbable, but possible.

For further info, please visit the website at www.ivysinglesdc.com.

The Washington Opera
Fall 2003 – DAR Constitution Hall
Die Walkure
Monday, November 17-6:30PM

Opera Buffs pull out your calendars because we have a great Monday Night season ahead for you -- three terrific operas with outstanding casts. Orchestra Seats only – 10 at $136.50/ticket

An evening with Placido Domingo as Siegmund awaits aficionados and the newly adventuresome alike.  We have ten superb Prime Tier seats in Section G for your viewing pleasure of this most popular of Wagner's Ring operas - a saga of forbidden love, heroism, and the conflict between personal ambition and desire and law’s rule.

SPRING 2004 - Back to the Newly Refurbished Opera House

Manon Lescaut
Monday, April 19, 2004  7:00PM
Prime Orchestra - $136.50 (10 tickets), Second Tier - $66.50 (10 tickets)

Chilean diva Veronica Villarroel (our most excuisite Madame Butterfly) will debut her role as Puccini's Manon.  Bound for a French convent, Mamon runs off instead with an impoverished student, deserts him for a life of luxury with an elderly patron, then falls in love all over again when her student amour reappears.  Placido Domingo will conduct this opera filled with Puccini's lush melodies and famous duets. 

La Traviata
Monday, May 17, 2004    7:00PM
Prime Orchestra - $136.50 (10 tickets), Second Tier - $66.50 (10tickets)

Hei-Kyung Hong honors the Washington Opera's celebration of the 150th birthday of Verdi's tragic love story with her debut performance as Violetta.  Set in the decadent world of 19th century Paris, the beautiful but fatally ill courtesan revels in her mockery of love, until she finds happiness and love’s real meaning.  Verdi's score includes opera's most memorable moments, dazzling duets and a haunting finale.  This production is exquisitely staged by Marta Domingo.

For more background on this season at the Washington Opera, visit www.dc-opera.org/main.htm

Tickets will be sold on first come first serve basis.  Send requests and your check with a self addressed stamped envelope to WDCSA Opera c/o C. Taplett,  6620 North 32nd Street, Arlington, VA 22213-1608.  Requests may emailed to: taplett@juno.com, and will be fulfilled when the check arrives.

Stanford Night at the Races

Postponed - Details next month!

WDCSA will have a second annual opportunity to discover thoroughbred racing and casino games during a change-of-pace evening at Charles Town Racetrack in Charles Town, WV.  Jim Arrison (BS/MS) '87, a thoroughbred owner, will provide introductions to jockeys, trainers, and track handicapper.  Don’t miss this chance to see the scenes behind thoroughbred racing!


Families to Gather at the Corcoran Gallery
Sunday, October 19

Details in the October newsletter!

Free to WDCSA participants, the Gallery will offer family activities and a docent tour. Highlights will include the Seward Johnson 3-D impressionism show, applauded by the New York Times:  “Who can doubt this is going to be a riot for grownups and an absolute paradise for children.”  Arranged by Stanford alumnus Michael Rourke, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Claude Steele Reception
Friday, November 14

WDCSA and DC Black Alumni Club - Location and time tbd

Claude Steele has invested over 25 years in the social psychology of race and race relations and the effects of race and gender on standardized test performance and the formation of academic identity.  A participant and honoree at the Smithsonian on the 15th, he will be our guest at a reception Friday evening in Washington DC, hosted by both Washington DC clubs.  Look for details in next month's newsletter!

Stanford Psychology Department Honored at the Smithsonian
Saturday, Nov. 15 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Stanford's renowned Psychology Department will be honored in the day-long Smithsonian Associates' "Great Schools" program.  This is one of a series of public programs by which schools and departments that shine through the importance of their research, the renown of their faculty, and the legacy of their scholarship are invited to spend a day the Smithsonian.  Professors Albert Bandura, Eleanor Maccoby, Claude Steele, and Philip Zimbardo are currently on the slate of honorees.  Fee is $135 for the day and WDCSA & Black Alumni Club members will be able to participate for only $85.  For more info visit  http://residentassociates.org/com/psych.asp

November 22

Location and time: tbd

The Cardinal plays at home this year and we will be coordinating with DC Area Cal alumni to celebrate our finishing the day with the axe back on the Farm!

WDCSA Brown Bag Lunches

WDCSA will host brown bag lunches this Fall beginning October.  We'll set up the location and Stanford speaker - an alumnus or a professor.  You show up with your lunch and go back to the grind with a taste of the Farm and a dash of enlightenment. 

The Modern Drama Discussion Group

Members of the Stanford Club and other DC-area alumni clubs discuss theater over dinner with a guest speaker & attend performances at a discount.  For the MDDG's current schedule, or for further information, go to www.footlightsdc.org, call Press Associates, 202-898-4825 (24 hours/day), or e-mail bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org.


Co-Presidents:    Risa Shimoda ’77, risa@amwhitewater.org – Events and Outreach; Garry Tyran ‘75, gktyran@aol.com – University Contact
Treasurer:  Jim Finucane ’61, jim.finucane@eia.doe.gov
Webmaster/Membership:   Bill Pegram, BA ‘73, MBA ‘77, DCSTANALUM@aol.com
Newsletter Editor:      MJ Hermes ’83, mhermes@bbandt.com
Mailing Address:  815 South 18th #400, Arlington, VA 22202
Website:    www.stanfordclub.org/dc