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Schieffer Shares Fave Kennedy Center Stories

Fresh off an appearance on CBS’ “Washington Unplugged,” Politico‘s Patrick Gavin and Anne Schroeder Mullins turned the cameras on webcast anchor Bob Schieffer to talk about his favorite Kennedy Center Honors memories. He’s been to nearly every one!

The Kennedy Center Honors is tomorrow evening.

Tammy Haddad Hosts Toast to Dan Pfeiffer

From today’s Playbook by Mike Allen: “Tammy Haddad saluted Dan Pfeiffer, the new White House communications director, with a flash-mob buffet supper of salmon and bow-tie pasta with capers and olives. (Ask David Greenberg how many powdered-sugar brownies he hoarded downstairs.) Tammy’s toast to Dan included love for his bride, Sarah Feinberg. Tammy surprised Al Hunt, aglow from interviewing Secretary Geithner, with a birthday cupcake from Marvelous Market (chocolate/chocolate, with two candles and a candy cane). The candles almost melted down when Howard Fineman interrupted with a toast to Tammy.”

Hey Isn’t That… Movie Extra? Or Bloomberg Reporter?

An anonymous tipster points out that that’s Bloomberg reporter John Salant as an extra in the 1980s movie “Absence of Malice.”

On Facebook Salant calls this his “favorite scene.” The movie was shot in the Miami Herald newsroom when he was a reporter there.

Amanpour Gets “World Exclusive” with Karzai

In a “world exclusive,” CNN’s Christiane Amanpour interviews Afghan President Hamid Karzai for her new Sunday show. This is the Afghan President’s first interview since President Obama announced his new strategy in Afghanistan this week.

“Amanpour” airs Sundays at 2pmET on CNN.

Suspicious Package at the German Embassy Tonight

Pic from an earlier performance.

A Suspicious Package will be admitted to the Embassy of Germany tonight.

Tim Burger, Tom Toles, Josh Meyer, Bryan Greene and Christina Sevilla will be playing at the Embassy’s gala celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. They go on at 9pm and say it “would be fun to see folks there to hoist a Berliner Weisse.”

To Crash or Not to Crash? The Media-Types’ Complete Holiday Party Guide

We’ll just provide the dets of this holiday season’s media-type parties, most of which are invite-only, and let you decide for yourself whether or not to pull a Salahi…

Saturday, December 5th

7pm Jim Courtovich hosts a “Gaucho Christmas Party” (invite only)

Monday, December 7th

6-8pm British Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald hosts Christmas Drinks at the residence (invite only)

Tuesday, December 8th

6pm Quinn & Gillespie host a “Holiday Party” at the W Roof (invite only)

6:30-8:30pm The American News Women’s Club host a “Holiday Party” at headquarters on Embassy Row (invite only)

7:30pm The Brunswick Group’s Hilary Rosen, David Shapiro, David Sutphen and Michele Davis host a “Holiday Party” at L2 (invite only)

Wednesday, December 9th

6-8pm MediaBistro hosts a “Holiday Party” at Current Sushi

Thursday, December 10th

6pm Radio & TV Correspondents Association hosts a “Holiday Party” at the Capitol Visitors Center

6-8pm Regional Reporters hosts a “Holiday Party” in the Truman Lounge at the National Press Club

Monday, December 14th

6:30-9pm NLGJA-DC hosts “Cocktails and Conversation” at Long View Gallery, with special guests, former employees of Blade

Wednesday, December 16th

7-9pm Fashion Group International of Greater Washington, DC and Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce host a “Very Fashionable Holiday” at Saki

We’ll continue to update this list. Follow FBDC’s coverage here on the blog and on Twitter.

Oliver Stone Visits AU Class Studying His Films

Stone speaks to AU class.

After wrapping up filming on his latest project, “Wall Street 2,” film director Oliver Stone stopped by American University this week to talk to students taking a history course bearing his name. The course? Oliver Stone’s America.

The class addresses the nature and uses of historical evidence, and the shaping of popular historical consciousness while assessing both scholarly opinion and popular beliefs about the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam War and antiwar movement, 1960s counterculture, Watergate, and 1980s capitalistic culture. Students taking the three-credit class watch Stone’s films including “JFK,” “Platoon,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Nixon,” “Talk Radio,” “Wall Street,” and “Any Given Sunday.”

Stone visited the class in person for the first time in 1996. Each fall since Stone either visits in-person or interacts with students by conference call. Stone’s in-person visit on the last day of class came just in the nick of time as students were told that one of their final exam questions next week would be to define the common thread that runs through all of of Stone’s films. The professor asked Stone to give the students a hint. Stone’s reply: Think about opportunities.

Special thanks to Maralee Csellar.

ABC’s DC Bureau Says Goodbye to Charlie

We hear Charlie Gibson paid a visit to the Washington bureau of ABC News this week to say some goodbyes. It was announced earlier that December 18th would be the “World News” anchor’s last day in the chair. Diane Sawyer takes over in January.

White House correspondent Jake Tapper tweeted Friday:

@jaketapper: Charlie Gibson came by the DC bureau yesterday to say goodbye. HUGE outpouring, Man is beloved.

On the Sidelines with Wizards and Redskins’ Pro Photog


Some of our readers know what its like to snap a photo of the President or other worldwide dignitaries, but what is it like to get a photo on a Wheaties box or get trampled on the sidelines by Shaq?

CBS’ Kaylee Hartung caught up with Ned Dishman, professional photographer for the Redskins and Wizards for the series “Unplugged, Under 40″ on CBS’ webcast “Washington Unplugged.”

Daily Candy Closes Shop in DC

Devastating news for a certain FBDC blogger… Gawker reports that Daily Candy is eliminating special editions for seven of its 12 cities, including DC.

Time to consider a move to New York, London, LA, Chicago and San Francisco, where Daily Candy will continue publishing.