Evening of Holiday Shopping and Cocktails at J Crew to Benefit the NMWA

Visit the Georgetown location of J Crew (a Collection store conveniently located at 3222 M Street NW) and enjoy an exclusive 20% off purchases of $150 or more.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA).  NMWA is the only museum in the world exclusively dedicated to celebrating and promoting women artists (nmwa.org).  Enjoy refreshments, valet parking and personal styling!




Tenor Robert Baker Joins NOW in a Not-So-Typical Holiday Program Featuring Works by

British Composers Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan-Williams

Saturday, December 13 at the First Congregational UCC in Washington, DC

Sunday, December 14 at the Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, MD

The New Orchestra of Washington presents Off the Britten Path: A Holiday Concert! Saturday,

December 13, at 7 pm, at the First Congregational UCC in Washington, DC and Sunday, December 14, at

5 pm, at the Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, Maryland. Tenor Robert Baker joins NOW in this

elegant program featuring works by four celebrated British composers: Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten,

Ralph Vaughan-Williams and Gustav Holst.


The program opens with Elgar’s Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20. Elgar wrote this

charming three-movement piece for his wife in honor of their third wedding anniversary and called it his

favorite work. Composed during WWII, Brittan’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Op. 31, is a

song cycle containing works by six British poets on the subject of night and all its aspects, both calm and

sinister. Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ The Charterhouse Suite was arranged for string orchestra by James

Brown in collaboration with the composer. The final piece on the program is Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, Op.

29, No. 2. Originally titled Suite in C, it is the most famous of his works written while he was director of

music at St. Paul’s Girls School.


A central figure in the Washington-area classical music scene tenor Robert Baker has been

featured in more than 43 productions with the Washington National Opera. He has also appeared with the

National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Concert Opera. Recent career highlights include the

role of Ishmael in the world premiere of Peter Westergaard’s Moby Dick at Princeton University which

was recorded for Albany Records and his Metropolitan Opera debut in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, which

he recorded during the Spoleto Festival’s production on the Chandos label. Baker is proud to have sung

with all the major choral organizations in Washington, DC, and is the Director of Performance Studies at

The George Washington University.


Directed by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, the New Orchestra of Washington is dedicated to

making music relevant to new generations of audiences through virtuosic performances that combine a

diversity of genres with fresh interpretations of classic works. Unconstrained by the structure or repertoire

of traditional orchestras, NOW offers its audience the opportunity to get up close and personal with works

usually reserved for symphony orchestras in cavernous halls. Founded in 2012 by rising stars of the

Washington area’s professional community, NOW is a chamber symphony of extraordinary musicians

whose skill embodies mutual respect and admiration for each other’s artistry and a common belief in the

importance of revitalizing the role of music in our lives.


Tickets for Off the Brittan Path: A Holiday Concert! may be purchased by calling 240-235-5088

or online at neworchestraofwashington.org Adult tickets are $30, youth tickets, from ages 13 to 18, are

$15, and children under 12 are free.



New Orchestra of Washington

Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, music director

Robert Baker, tenor

EDWARD ELGAR Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20

BENJAMIN BRITTEN Serenade for Tenor, Horn and String Orchestra


GUSTAV HOLST St. Paul Suite for strings

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7 pm

First Congregational UCC

945 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 5 pm

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

6201 Dunrobbin Drive at MacArthur Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20816

General Admission: Adults $30 in advance, $35 at the door; Youth (13-18) $15; Under 12 Free




March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala

Nearly 50 of the area’s renowned chefs, mixologists and vintners will sample their best creations at the 18th Annual Signature Chefs Gala presented by Dixon Hughes Goodman and TTR Sotheby’s International.

Mike Isabella, celebrity chef/owner of G, Graffiato, Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna, served as the event’s honorary chef. Jo-Jo Valenzuela of DC Craft Bartenders Guild returned as the cocktail chair. Proceeds support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

The event featured an array of adventurous foods, as always. Big on this year’s menus across the many restaurants participating were oysters–there were many options from which to choose! Additionally, mushrooms made an auspicious appearance, perfectly seasonal for DC’s chilly weather.

“It’s an honor to work with the March of Dimes, and I can’t think of a more important cause than healthy babies,” said Mark Lowham, 2014 March of Dimes Signature Chef Gala chair. “The generous contributions of the restaurants, bars, wineries, sponsors and attendees will help fund vital research and community programs to save lives.”

Since 1996, the event has raised more than $1 million to ensure the health of babies. Each year, the March of Dimes Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter invests in mission initiatives, including research, education and community programs. Through these efforts, the March of Dimes strives to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

The presenting sponsors of this year’s fabulous event were TTR Sotheby’s International (presenting sponsor), Dixon Hughes Goodman; DC Magazine, Washington Informer and Infinitive.

Washingtonian Announces “On The Rocks” Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival


Washingtonian hosts our third annual whiskey and fine spirits festival, On the Rocks, on December 3, 2014. Guests will enjoy a live DJ, delectable fare from Union Market’s vendors and Amphora Catering, and sips of premium whiskey, Scotch, malt, bourbon, rum, vodka, gin, tequila, and much more. This high-end tasting costs $65 to attend.

Thank you to our sponsors Bentley and Union Market.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Maurice Electric Warehouse at Union Market
500 Penn St NE, Washington, DC



Georgetown’s Design District Hosts Pop-Up Open Marketplace with Emerging Local Retailers: Pico Vela, Kim Schalk, IKKON, Elaine B Jewelry and STYLECABLE All Nicely Wrapped Up in One Showroom
***Participating Merchants to Host Launch Party
on Thursday, December 4 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ***
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Washington, DC – The popular “pop-up” holiday bazaar is now open for the festive season in Cady’s Alley. For the second year running, EastBanc and Jamestown are helping to make spirits bright this cheerful time of year by again hosting the original Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar running throughSunday, January 4. The pop-up indoor open marketplace features a collection of five up-and-coming online fashion and accessory brands including Pico Vela, Kim Schalk, IKKON, Elaine B Jewelry and STYLECABLE. The 8,000-square-foot split-level holiday emporium is located at 3330 Cady’s Alley, NW in the heart of Georgetown’s Design District.
On December 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the pop-up Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar merchants will host a launch party for patrons to meet the faces behind the retailers. The event is complimentary and open to the public.
            This year’s group of selected retailers showcased in the Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar offer a combination of fashionable clothing and accessories for both men and women and includes:

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Pico Vela’s beautifully modern sweaters celebrate the creativity, spirit and individuality of women. Each design is hand-loomed by artisans in the USA using natural fibers and custom blended colors. A Pico Vela sweater will become that unique piece in your wardrobe that you will go back to again and again.

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Kim Schalk women’s wear is innovative fashion at an unexpected price point. Classically cut silhouettes with a bit of an edge pretty much sums up the design aesthetic of this line. Influences range from a nautilus to the Empire State Building from one piece to the next. But there is always a bit of vintage glamour in every thing that is labored upon.


IKKON maintains one focus: Simple Luxury for the Modern Man. Named one of Details Magazine’s “Best Online Men’s Shopping Sites” in 2013, IKKON is a mecca for everyday menswear. They’ve done all the legwork to bring the best pieces from today’s top men’s designers including OVADIA & SONS, Maison Kitsuné, Rick Owens, all Slowear lines (Zanone, Incotex, Montedoro & Glanshirt), Billy Reid, Hartford, Valentino and more. Launched in the spring of 2012 by the three Pazik sisters from Bethesda, Kara, Kristen, and Marisa have a variety of backgrounds in the fashion industry.

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Elaine B. Jewelry is a line of entirely handmade jewelry at McGuffey studios in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. Many of the materials are milled from recycled metals, and all of the design and construction is done by hand in studio. Inspiration helps create tiny sculptural worlds using traditional jewelry materials, incorporating geometric elements to make objects that are light and wearable but have a weighty presence.


STYLECABLE offers a new kind of shopping experience. Carefully curating a selection of classic, yet modern and edgy pieces, STYLECABLE provides a virtual marketplace for emerging designers to showcase their latest collections. It’s an outlet for shoppers to not only discover new designers but also search for that perfect find – delivered straight from the designer’s showroom to your closet.
“The Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar provides an opportunity for rising talent to display their unique merchandise and holiday gifts in a showroom setting,” says Philippe Lanier, vice president of EastBanc.  “The open market atmosphere provides an opportunity for shoppers to explore something innovative and new and a fresh change from their regular holiday shopping routine.”
The Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar hours of operation are: Monday, closed; Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Holiday Bazaar will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
For more information, please visit the Cady’s Alley website at: www.cadysalley.com or find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CadysAlley.
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About EastBanc, Inc.
EastBanc, Inc. specializes in the acquisition, redevelopment and management of commercial real estate assets. The firm’s long-term appreciation strategy emphasizes the creation of enterprise value in targeted markets through targeted deployment of investor capital.  The cornerstone of EastBanc’s enterprise value strategy incorporates its unique ability to influence sizeable portions of urban streetscape with significant capital upgrades and master-planned leasing.  With an emphasis on urban mixed-use investment, EastBanc’s developments include upscale retail, luxury residential, Class A and Class B office and luxury hotel property types. For more information, visit www.eastbanc.com.
About Jamestown
Jamestown was established in 1983 as an investment and management company focused on income-producing real estate in the United States.  Over the last 31 years, Jamestown has expanded into a national, vertically integrated real estate operator with approximately $7.4 billion of assets under management. Jamestown’s capabilities include: acquisitions, capital markets, property management, asset management, retail leasing, design, sustainability and risk management.  Jamestown employs more than 230 professionals in the United States, with headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and New York, NY and additional offices in Washington, DC, Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA. For more information, visitwww.jamestownlp.com.

Toys for Tots Charity Ball


Join the NYU Washington, DC community for the 2nd Annual Toys for Tots Charity Event!

Last year, over eleven-thousand dollars was raised in support of this charity!

Check out our photos from last year!

The entry fee is $30, which includes open bar, DJ D-Mac, light food, and fun! Guests are invited to take part in the silent auction with a variety of items. Plus, there will be Marines on site!

We would like to thank all of our sponsors: Geppetto Catering, Rural Society, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Sprinkles Cupcakes, KIND Healthy Snacks, Compass Coffee, Filibuster Bourbon, Honest Tea, Washington Nationals, W Hotel DC, Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel, and Compass Coffee!

Please RSVP for this event, as space is limited. Major credit cards and cash will be accepted at the door. You can prepay by making a donation at the Toys for Tots website, however you must bring your receipt to be granted entry.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The NYU Washington, DC community is helping to support this program with the Annual Toys for Tots Charity Ball.  NYU Washington, DC at 1307 L Street, NW is a collection point for new and unwrapped toys. This site is open from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday for donations. Gifts will also be accepted the evening of the charity event on November 21, 2014. Contact (202) 654-8327 if you would like to arrange a special event with your company or organization to collect toys.