WDCSA Newsletter – February 2024

Events Calendar

  • Feb 11 – WDCSA Lunar New Year Dim Sum 2024
  • Feb 18 – Young Alumni Ford’s Theatre Tour
  • Mar 10 – Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • Mar 11 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion
  • Apr 2 – NBA Game: Washington Wizards vs Milwaukee Bucks + Meet and Greet with the Lopez Twins

Upcoming Events

WDCSA Lunar New Year Dim Sum 2024

Sunday, February 11th 11 AM
Da Hong Pao
1409 14th St NW, Washington, DC

Join WDCSA as we celebrate the Lunar New Year with dim sum! Attendees are responsible for the costs of their food. Individual tables generally split the checks among themselves. Expect to spend ~$25-40.

Register here by February 3rd.

Young Alumni Ford’s Theatre Tour

Sunday, February 18th 4:30 PM
Ford’s Theatre
511 10th St NW, Washington, DC

Celebrate President’s Day Weekend with a WDCSA Young Alumni behind-the-scenes tour of Ford’s Theatre! Brian Anderson (JD ’86) will lead the tour based on his book Images of America: Ford’s Theatre, taking us through the building’s 190-year history. We’ll learn about its start as a Baptist church, its conversion to a theatre and President Lincoln’s assassination, its long exile as a government office building, warehouse and museum, and its 1960s rebirth as a working theatre. We’ll examine the outside of the building, explore inside the theatre, and experience the rare privilege of going onstage and backstage.

Stick around after the tour for a happy hour/quick bite at Capitol City Brewing Company for those interested!

The tour is currently at capacity. However, you can still join the waitlist list here. You will be notified if a space opens up.

NBA Game: Washington Wizards vs Milwaukee Bucks + Meet and Greet with the Lopez Twins

Tuesday, April 2nd 7PM
Capital One Arena
601 F St NW, Washington, DC

Join fellow alumni as we take in a Wizards game! The Wizards will be hosting the Milwaukee Bucks, who have former Cardinal players Brook and Robin Lopez. The Lopez twins helped lead Stanford to the ’08 Sweet Sixteen before leaving for the NBA draft. Brook is the starting center for the Milwaukee Bucks and won an NBA championship with them in 2021. Robin joined him on the Bucks this year as a backup center.

Brook and Robin have generously agreed to a meet and greet with attendees after the game, so stick around through the end! (Thanks to Patricia Arty ’10 for organizing!)

We will be getting tickets in the Upper Level corners. Purchase your tickets before February to guarantee a seat with other Stanford alumni. Tickets purchased after 1/31 may result in seats outside of the alumni block.

Tickets are refundable through 1/31. After then, you can get a refund if someone else is able to take your place. Please contact James Yan at jjyan@alumni.stanford.edu if it is past the refund deadline and you wish to give up your seat.

Register here.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, March 10th 5pm
Meeting at a private home in Washington, D.C. Exact location information will be sent one week prior to the event.

The March book is Fragile Cargo: The World War II Race to Save the Treasures of China’s Forbidden City, by Adam Brookes; ‎Atria Books, 2023, 378 pages. Available in hardbound, paperback, audiobook, and Kindle editions.

This is the story of museum curators who saved the national treasures of China’s Forbidden City — a million pieces of art — from the invading Japanese army in the run-up to World War II. Among them were irreplaceable artifacts: exquisite paintings on silk, vanishingly rare Ming porcelain, and the extraordinary Stone Drums of Qin. For sixteen years, the curators transported the imperial art collections thousands of miles across China—up rivers of white water, across mountain ranges, and through burning cities.

For further information, contact Don Bieniewicz, MS ’75, at donbien@erols.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, March 11th, 7:30 pm
Google Meet: Registrants will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

We are reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown, who has an MBA from Stanford.

“Essentialism is more than a time-management strategy or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter. By forcing us to apply more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy-instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.” (From book cover)

Our May 13th book is The Feast of the Goat, a Spanish novel by Mario Vargas Llosa, translated to English by Edith Grossman.

Questions/RSVP:Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14, at cedarhouse@comcast.net