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SNL’S Cecily Strong to be Fourth Female Performer at WH Correspondents’ Dinner

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 7.57.09 AM“Saturday Night Live’s” Cecily Strong will headline next year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on April 25, White House Correspondents Association President Christi Parsons announced this morning.

Strong joined SNL in 2012 and is best known as a past “Weekend Update” anchor as well as “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party.” She will be just the fourth woman to perform at the dinner in its 82 years.

Parsons noted that Strong isn’t a stranger to politics and media—her father, Bill Strong, served as the Associated Press bureau chief covering the Illinois Statehouse.

Tuesday Morning Splash

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— John Muller Presents His New Book “Mark Twain in Washington” at the Women’s National Democratic Club, 11:30 a.m.

— 37th Annual Book Fair and Author’s Night at the National Press Club, 5:30 p.m.

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Actor Joe Pesci once played in the same band as Jimi Hendrix.

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— Lunch with Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward at Politics and Prose, noon

— Edward Snowden Espionage Affair at the National Press Club, 1 p.m.

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The last feudal state in Europe ended in 2008.

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Friday Morning Splash

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— Politic365′s 3rd Annual Blueprint365 Policy Forum at the National Press Club, 9:30 a.m.

— Inside Media: Escaping East Germany at the Newseum, Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins had to fill out customs form when they returned to the United States from the moon.

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Thursday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Free Speech, Cartoons and the Prophet at the Newseum, 3 p.m.

— John Saltzman: The Depiction of Washington Journalists in Film and Television at the National Press Club, 6:30 p.m.

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350 slices of pizza are consumed each second in the U.S.

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‘The Concert for Valor’ in Review

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With attendance estimates tipping 800,000, expectations for last night’s Concert for Valor were high to say the least.  But whatever the turnout, HBO, Chase Bank and Starbucks put on one hell of a show.

As is the case with almost any DC event, the night began with politics. Mayor Vincent Gray welcomed the crowd and viewers at home with a somewhat awkward appeal for DC statehood.  Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J, however, got things on track with a great opening performance. From the very funny hosts Jamie FoxxGeorge LopezJack BlackJohn Oliver and Bryan Cranston, to the awesome musicians The Zach Brown BandBruce SpringsteenDave GrohlMetallicaCarie UnderwoodThe Black KeysEminem and Rihanna, the star-studded lineup did not disappoint.

The event was not without controversy, however.  From Eminem’s slew of F-bombs to a rendition of Creedence Clearwater’s anti-war “Fortunate Son” sung by Springsteen, Grohl, and The Zach Brown Band — the internet had plenty of material to blow out of proportion.

My fav buzzy topic had to be Rihanna’s attempts at patriotism.  As you may recall, during the World Cup this past summer, the pop star was deliberately rooting for any team the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team was playing against,  tweeting out ”Lets go Portugal; Lets go Germany” during matches in which they were playing the US.  Despite her trolling and questionable soccer loyalties, Rihanna kinda killed it with her performance last night, so it’s hard to stay mad.

Overall, the concert seemed to be a huge success.

 

Face the Nation’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

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CBS News’ Face the Nation will be hosting a reception celebrating its 60th anniversary on the air.

The event is scheduled for Monday, November 17th from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC).

 

 

Wednesday Morning Splash

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— Women of Washington at The Atlantic, 11 a.m.

— GoPro Panel Featuring Wil Tidman and Jim Geduldick at the National Press Club, 6 p.m.

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More than 90 percent of the population of Canada lives within 100 miles of the U.S. border.

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Ticket Giveaway! National Geographic’s ‘Sleepless in America’ Premiere Party

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You’ll want to be awake for this. National Geographic has offered up 20 free tickets to the private premiere screening party for “Sleepless in America” on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

The documentary dives into the science behind America’s massive sleep deprivation problem—which is now a major public health concern. The film is the product of a partnership between National Geographic, the Public Good Projects and the National Institutes of Health.

It’s scheduled to air on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. on National Geographic.

However, FishbowlDC readers can score a sneak peak with free tickets to the early screening event if you are one of the first 20 people to email us the answer to the question below:

What is the longest period of time a human being has gone without sleep?

Email your answer to fishbowldc@mediabistro.com

Good luck!

Tuesday Morning Splash

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— Washington Business Journal: Lead Generation Seminar Breakfast at the Washington Business Journal, 8 a.m.

— Book Rap: Senator John McCain “Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War” at the National Press Club, 6:30 p.m.

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Pope Francis used to be a nightclub bouncer.

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