WDCSA Newsletter – January 1999

(Clicking on event takes you to that section of newsletter):

Jan 16       Adopt-a-School

Jan 19       Life of Galileo Discussion

Jan 22       Over 30s Singles

Jan 29-30 Stanford Track and Field at George Mason

Feb 11      Second Thursday

Feb 15      Boris Godunov at Washington

Feb 21      Life of Galileo Performance

Feb 28      Johns Hopkins Brunch




9:45 AM

Was your New Year’s resolution to do more volunteer activities? Do you like
kids and want to do something to help but aren’t sure what? Well, here’s
your chance! The Adopt-a-School program needs you! On most Saturday mornings,
from 9:45-11:30, a group of Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard alums and their
friends come together with a group of K-4th graders who are in great need
of some positive adult attention and academic help. Tutors work with the
students on reading, writing, and computer skills. No experience necessary: simply
an interest in working with some great kids.
 You don’t have to come every week, but some consistency is desirable.
For more information, contact Jennifer Ballen at
or (202) 362-2017.

Modern Drama Discussion Group

Tuesday, January 19-Galileo (discussion)

Sunday, February 21-Life of Galileo (performance)

In January, the Modern Drama Discussion Group continues its series of plays
about “outsiders” with Galileo (1947), by the 20th century’s most influential
dramatist, Bertolt Brecht. “Pioneering” (LA Times), Galileo examines both
the scientist’s moral responsibility for his or her discoveries and the
intellectual outsider’s relationship to religious and secular authority.
For further details, check the drama group website at


Tuesday, January 19 (Brecht scholar Dr. John Fuegi and co-directors Chris
Henley and Jim Stone will attend)

Delray Vietnamese Garden, 4918 Del Ray Ave. (Bethesda metro)

6:30 PM Dinner, 7:30 PM Discussion

Cost: $2 contribution requested (plus dinner if you wish)

RSVP: Karen Veninga BA ’80 ((703) 465-7579)


Sunday, February 21, 2 PM

Washington Shakespeare Company, 601 South Clark St., Arlington, VA (between
Pentagon City and Crystal City metro stations, off I-395 Clark St. exit)

Cost: $11 per ticket. Make checks out to Footlights and mail by February
5 to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Court, Rockville, MD 20852 (301-897-9314 and
larkinr@erols.com). Tickets will be
held at the box office.

Over 30s Singles

Friday, January 22, 1999

6:30 to 8:30 PM

This month’s gathering of the Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.
not-right-out-of-school group is hosted by Wellesley, who has sponsored some
nice events in the past. A special viewing of a 36 minute film “At Sea” to
be arranged.

The Details:

Date: Friday, January 22, 1999

Place: United States Navy Memorial Foundation, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

(north side of Pennsylvania Avenue, in building semicircle) Washington, DC

Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial Metro

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Cost: $15 ahead of time and $20 at the door.

Menu: Hors d’oeuvres and beverages (cash bar) as usual.

RSVP: Please send checks (payable to WDCSA) to Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th,
Apt. 400, Arlington, VA 22202. Call (703) 486-0952 if you have questions.

Stanford Track and Field at George Mason University

Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30

On Friday, January 29, and Saturday January 30, the Stanford Track and Field
team will be competing at the George Mason Invitational at GMU. Friday’s
events are scheduled from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, and Saturday’s from 11:00 AM to
3:00 PM. Tickets for both days are only $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.
No special events are being planned at this time, but come out and cheer
on the Cardinal for this special east coast appearance.  Call Chuck
Gnaedinger at (202) 667-4438 if you have any questions.

Stanford Men’s Basketball Games

The WDCSA will be organizing viewing at a local venue for the Jan. 23
(Washington) and Feb. 6 (Connecticut) basketball games. Check your e-mail
or call the hotline, (301) 230-5575, for details.

All times Eastern:

Jan. 14 at USC 8 PM

Jan. 16 at UCLA 10:30 PM (FX)

Jan. 21 Washington State 10:30 PM

Jan. 23 Washington (ABC regional) 6 PM

Jan. 28 at Arizona 10:30 PM (Fox Sports Net)

Jan. 30 at Arizona State 8 PM

Feb. 3 at California 10:30 PM

Feb. 6 Connecticut 3PM (ABC regional)

Feb. 11 UCLA 10:30 PM (Fox Sports Net)

Feb. 13 USC 6 PM

Feb. 18 at Washington 10:30 PM (Fox Sports Net)

Feb. 20 at Washington State 10 PM

Feb. 25 Arizona State 10:30 PM

Feb. 27 Arizona 10:30 PM (FX)

March 4 at Oregon 7:30 PM (Fox Sports Net)

March 6 at Oregon State 10:05 PM

Second Thursday

Thursday, February 11

The next in our series of pub nights designed for the under 30s alum will
be Thursday, February 11, 1999. Keep your eyes open for the location of the
event. For more information, or to offer suggestions on locations, contact
Callista Chen at (202) 319-1841 or

Washington Opera

Monday, February 15, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 PM

The last two operas for which WDCSA has tickets this season are coming up:
Boris Godunov in February and Tristan und Isolde in March. Celebrated bass
Samuel Ramey stars in the tour-de-force title role of Mussorgsky’s Boris
Godunov, which he performed to great acclaim last season at the Met. Then
Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, often billed as the most passionate
opera ever written, returns to Washington for the first time in 20 years
in a new and stunning production featuring some of Europe’s finest Wagnerians.

We have 20 tickets for each opera.

Opera: Boris Godunov

Date: Monday, February 15

Place: Kennedy Center Opera House, Second Tier

Time: 7:00 PM

Cost: $59

Opera: Tristan und Isolde

Date: Tuesday, March 23

Place: Kennedy Center Opera House, Orchestra

Time: 7:00 PM

Cost: $98

To reserve: Please send a check, payable to WDCSA, to Julie Campbell, 2601

Klingle Road NW, Washington, DC 20008. Questions? Call Julie at 202-244-0206
or email her at juliesed@aol.com.

Baltimore JHU Faculty Club Brunch and House Tour

Sunday, February 28

Come meet WDCSA members form Baltimore and enjoy brunch at the Johns Hopkins
University Faculty Club. We are also planning a tour of Homewood, an historic
and beautifully restored mansion near the campus. Mark the date on your calendar
and look for details in next month’s newsletter.

Membership Renewal

It’s that time again: If our records show that we have yet to receive a renewal
for this year, you will receive a membership form for your convenience (by
mail if you are mailed the newsletter, or in a subsequent email if you are
an email-only member. Please take a minute to fill out and return the form,
and don’t miss out on the wide range of social, educational, and cultural
events planned for next year. Those of you who have responded in the last
week or so, please disregard. To be listed in the WDCSA 98-99 Member Directory
and to continue receiving the newsletter, we must have your form by February