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Mad Comes of Dotage: Art and Artifacts from Six Decades of Mad Magazine

Come learn about the Great Comic-Book Scare of the 1950s and how it led to the birth of Mad Magazine, that irreverent and zany publication that is still going strong after more than 60 years. Discover the links among psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency, Ph.D. chemist Bill Gaines, Playboypublisher Hugh Hefner, composer Irving Berlin, and the U.S. Supreme Court. You will get to see pristine examples of early issues, as well as books, original art, one-of-a-kind collectibles originally from Mad publisher Gaines' personal collection, and just plain oddities. Food and drink will be served.

Saturday, March 22, 3 p.m.
Home of Bennett Barsk '82
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Nearest Metro station: King Street (Blue & Yellow Lines) 

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Restaurant Club

Thursday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.

Bob's Shanghai 66
305 N. Washington Street
Rockville, MD

Nearest Metro station: Rockville (Red Line)

Join fellow Reed alumni for this month's Restaurant Club selection, Bob's Shanghai 66, in Rockville, MD, on Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. While Bob's bills itself as a Shanghai restaurant, according to Ethnic Food Blogger Tyler Cowen, it actually serves mostly Taiwanese food, with Shanghai and Sichuan influences. Highly recommended are the Xiao Long Bao (literally, "small steaming basket"), Shanghainese steamed buns stuffed with either crab, pork, or pork and shrimp. Vegetarians may choose to savor the leek dumplings instead. Slurp up the Shredded Pork and Mustard Green Noodle Soup, or be adventurous and sample the Scallion Pork Kidneys. Bob's is noted for its excellent fresh greens; vegetarians can enjoy the Seaweed with Garlic Sauce, Chinese Broccoli, or the Taiwanese Cucumber.  Note that the restaurant accepts cash only, no credit cards.

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Restaurant Club

Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.

Woodland's Vegan Bistro
2928 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Nearest Metro station: Columbia Heights (Yellow & Green Lines)

Look no further than Woodland's, whose claim to fame is that it was featured prominently in a recent Washington Post Weekend feature, "40 Dishes Every Washingtonian Must Try." The must-eat dish recommended by the Post is the Macaroni and Cheese: “. . . a creamy, comforting side dish that flies out of [the] vegan soul-food restaurant and food truck to the tune of 200 servings a day. [The] secret? . . . emulsifie[d] fresh soy milk with olive oil, garlic and nutritional yeast, which turns it into a heavenly cream with a cheesy flavor.  It's best when paired with the tangy, addictive sweet kale salad and spicy tofu." Other dishes include the fried "chicken" sandwich, barbecue "ribs," collard greens, and eggplant "Parmesan." Wash it all down with an almond smoothie. Note that most dishes are under $10, so the food is easy on your wallet as well as your body. 

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Thirsty Third Thursday (TTT)

The chapter gathers monthly for happy-hour fun at different locations around the area; check out the full TTT listings.

If you have an idea for an event please contact the DC chapter. We'd love to hear your ideas.


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Steering Committee

To contact the chapter, send email to or you can look up individual members using the alumni directory in IRIS.

Bennett Barsk '82, chapter chair
Harreld Dinkins '94
Paul Levy '72
Jonathan Make '98
Paul Sikora '70
Kristin Williams '07