WDCSA Newsletter – November 1999

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

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

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

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

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,

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
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

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

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


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
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