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Join us for a staged reading and singing of the action-packed new spy musical celebrating the exploits of Betty Thorpe whose real spy career ranged from Madrid to Warsaw to Washington. Presented by the Pallas Theatre Collective, code name: CYNTHIA opens as Paris falls to the Nazis and master spy Betty Thorpe (code name: Cynthia) barely escapes with her life. When a mysterious mastermind blackmails the stunning beauty back into intelligence for the Allies, Betty resolves to seduce the enemy, steal France’s naval codes from the Vichy Embassy in Washington, DC, and save her own delicate world from falling to pieces. This lyrical homage features music by Karen Multer and book and lyrics by Steve Multer, a 2014 finalist for the Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre. FREE; No registration required.
Visionary leaders of small-to-medium sized enterprises seeking to capitalize on opportunities in the changing field of U.S.-China sub-national relationships and institutions will find great value in attending. The three-day event provides a unique opportunity to visit several federal departments’ China relations staff as well as congressional leaders. The July 10 event at George Washington University has 12 separate workshops and speakers to choose from; those related to business and investment will announce new opportunities appearing from the recent SelectUSA conference as well as examine best practices. By the end of the conference all participants will have been challenged to take action beyond mere words to make a difference.
Phil Mendelson was first elected to the Council of the District of Columbia in November of 1998 as an At- Large Councilmember. He served the District in that role until June 2012 when, following the departure of the previous Council Chairman, Phil was selected by his colleagues to take over that role. In November 2012, District voters overwhelmingly elected Phil as Chairman of the Council. As Chairman, Phil leads the Council on all legislative matters. Phil also presides over the Committee of the Whole which includes: the DC Auditor; Board of Zoning Adjustment; District of Columbia Community College; District of Columbia Retirement Board; District Statehood Commission; District Statehood Compact Commission; Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; National Capital Planning Commission; Office of Budget and Planning; Office of Planning; Office of Zoning; Tax Revision Commission; Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation; University of the District of Columbia; and the Zoning Commission. Phil has been an active participant in District politics since 1975, when he became a member of the McLean Gardens Residents’ Association. In this role he was a large part of the effort to save the 43-acre housing complex from destruction. In 1979 Phil successfully ran for a seat on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) and continued to serve as an ANC Commissioner until he took office as an At-Large Member of the Council. Prior to becoming Chairman, Phil served eight years as Chair of the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary. In this role he was responsible for oversight over the District’s public safety agencies– including the Metropolitan Police Department, Fire & Emergency Medical Services Department, and the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia–as well as legislation impacting criminal laws in the District. As Chair of this Committee, Phil conducted robust oversight over the operations and budget of those agencies under his jurisdiction, and guided numerous public safety measures through the Council. Among the bills approved by the Council during his term as Chair were: a number of omnibus public safety measures; reform of, and updates to, the District’s gun laws (in response to the Supreme Court’s Heller decision); marriage equality; medical marijuana legislation; the establishment of an elected Attorney General; and an overhaul of the District’s drunk driving laws. Phil believes that government should be an honest, efficient delivery of services, and that the District should help those least able to help themselves to develop the skills to become self-sufficient and end the cycle of poverty. Phil believes that government must accomplish this without increasing the tax burdens already shouldered by our middle income residents. Throughout his years of public service, Phil has maintained that the District, as the nation’s capital, should be a model of service delivery–in public education, public safety, and public health.