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Soirees and Such

Save the Date: Susan G. Komen’s Honoring the Promise Gala Next Thursday with Joan Lunden

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 12.10.45As we head into fall, Susan G. Komen’s Honoring the Promise gala is back with former ABC “Good Morning America” co-host Joan Lunden as its emcee. Komen will honor Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and The Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein for their commitment in the fight to end breast cancer.

Lunden publicly announced in June of this year on “GMA” that she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, for which she recently underwent treatment. Last week she also became a grandmother. Read more

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Capitol File Celebrates Summer Issue with Soiree at CityCenterDC

Last night as the first official private preview of the highly anticipated CityCenterDC, Capitol File joined The Apartments at CityCenter for a summer soirée to celebrate its summer issue, in which artist Peter Max created an original Capitol File cover, currently being auctioned on Charitybuzz to benefit the Humane Society of the United States.

The event was designed by Andre Wells and featured samplings by Richard Sandoval’s Mango Tree and Rare Sweets, Moet Ice Imperial Champagne, wine by Early Mountain Vineyards and a Maserati.

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Hanson on The Hill! Oh, and Also Reps. McCarthy and Pelosi…

20140402_185528Last night at The Hamilton, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were recognized with a GRAMMYs on the Hill Award by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation for “their support and understanding of music creators’ unique role in American life.” The evening included special performances by Lady Antebellum, Los Lonely Boys, and 90s chart toppers, Hanson. Hanson? Seriously?

The evening was a long one. Red carpet access to Lady A and Hanson began at 6, and the award ceremony and performances lasted until after 10pm.

Here’s how it went down.

5:59pm – Ushered to the 2nd floor of The Hamilton for a private red carpet and Q&A with Lady Antebellum, Hanson, high level execs from The Recording Academy and some members of Congress. Immediately notice a sea of wine glasses covering the bar. I’m talking at least 50 glasses of already poured red and white ready for the taking. I start my night with a Diet Coke.

6:20  The room quickly fills with so-not-DC folks, sporting tans we can only dream of and the bleachiest of blonde hair.

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Spotted Around Town: WJLA’s Scott Thuman and 95.5′s Sunni

Last night was the one year anniversary of the opening of restaurant Mari Vanna, the DC home of authentic Russian cuisine and vodka (lots and lots of vodka). Managers Victor Star and Sergii Andriushchenko threw a big ole’ party to celebrate, but we, alas, were unable to go. Apparently some other local media celebs were in attendance, however.

WPGC 95.5′s midday host Sunni popped by.

WPGC 95.5 Host Sunni  (center) with Dannia Hakki (left) and Maha Hakki (right) from MoKi Media.

WPGC 95.5 Host Sunni (center) with Dannia Hakki (left) and Maha Hakki (right) from MoKi Media.

As did WJLA’s Senior Political Reporter Scott Thuman.

ABC 7's Scott Thuman (left), DC Shadow Senator Paul Strauss (center), and Rema Zadah (right)

ABC 7′s Scott Thuman (left), DC Shadow Senator Paul Strauss (center), and Rema Zadah (right).

Other notables at the big shindig: NBC News’ Danielle Leigh, DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry, newly appointed DC Office of Motion Picture and TV Development Director Pierre Bagley, Echostage Owner Antonis Karagounis, and GILT CITY Senior Curator Marissa Schneider.

Photo credits – Joy Asico.

Weekend Happenings

Clipart Illustration of a Bunch Of Floating Party Balloons WithHey Party People! What you got going on this weekend? U.S. News & World Report‘s Nikki Schwab is celebrating her 30th tonight and DC journo band Suspicious Package is performing two nights in a row at Art Soiree‘s 4th annual Political Cartoon Exhibit.

Schwab, who shares her birth date with First Lady Michelle Obama, is starting out at Baby Whale (1124 9th St. NW) tonight at 7:30pm. Stop on by and buy the girl a birthday drink!

Both Friday and Saturday night, Art Soiree is hosting a political cartoon exhibit by KAL (Kevin Kallaugher) at the Ritz in Georgetown with a performance by Suspicious Package. Comprised of reporters armed with their musical talent and rock star looks, band members include Pulitzer Prize-winning WashPost Editorial Cartoonist Tom Toles, senior government officials Christina Sevilla and Bryan Greene, former TIME/Bloomberg journo Tim Burger and Medill School of Journalism’s Josh Meyer.

Art Soiree’s a ticketed event. Get yours here.

Send us what else is goin’ on and we’ll add it in. See ya around!

DC “Youth” Get Hammered, Body-painted at WL‘s YGL

If you weren’t one of the hundreds of what’s-his-names and so-and-sos who rolled up to the Carnegie Library in an Uber black car last night, it could mean one of three things.

1) You are old.  We’re not talking John McLaughlin old…just over 40.

2) Your ambitious boozing and party hopping are not worthy of recognition in print.

3) You were recently arrested. (Too soon?)

Otherwise, like FishbowlDC, you were downing as many fine bourbons as your liver would allow at Washington Life’s ”Young and the Guest List” fete.  With countless bars, trippy body painting, and sequins from here to tomorrow, the historic venue played host to WL‘s fave overachievers under 40: 217 business leaders and entrepreneurs, 42 White House and Capitol Hill staffers, 29 media pros, 6 restaurateurs, 8 athletes, 5 diplomats, 10 members of Congress, and 18 artists.

Representing the Fourth Estate were CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Peter Hamby, Lauren Pratapas and Matt Dornic, WaPo’s Jackie Kucinich, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and his much better and more attractive half – Anne Gavin, Nikki Schwab from U.S. News….and others. Yes many, many others who escape our bourbon-laced memory.*

Check out the pics below!

*This post and my hangover brought to you by Washington Life, Nancy Bagley,  Soroush Shehabi, John Arundel, Kevin Chaffee and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.  

Jeff Flake and Donna Edwards to Speak at That Other Political Press Dinner

Connie Chung and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) rub elbows in a disgusting display of chummy, inside-the-beltway hob-knobbery.

Connie Chung and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) rub elbows in a disgusting display of chummy, inside-the-beltway hob-knobbery.

Did you know, there are actually TWO big dinners to go to in late winter/early spring where politicians and journalists mingle and laugh and eat and generally disgust the rest of the country with their chummy behavior? Well it’s true! There’s the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, which everyone knows about, and will be on May 3rd next year. And then there’s the Washington Press Club Foundation’s Congressional Dinner, which will be on February 5th.

You could be forgiven for forgetting about the WPCF’s dinner -last year the headline speakers were Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D -N.D.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). BOR-ING! But this year is different. This year they booked none other than…..

….oh, um…Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD). Dear me, that’s not very exciting either is it? What’s with this dinner, huh guys? Conan or Jimmy or Jimmy were busy? On the plus side, they did score CNN’s lovely Brianna Keilar as host for the evening.

In any event, at least it raises money for noble causes -giving young lady journalists and minority journalists internships in Washington news bureaus and also documenting oral histories of pioneering female journalists. That’s something to feel good about if you’re attending. Which is good, cuz with all those Congresspeople around you’re bound to feel a little bit sleazy…

DC Journos to Fete Compelling People

Can’t get in to Washington Life‘s Young and the Guest List party next Wednesday? Well no worries, there’s another big bash competing for attention that night. Several big DC names are hosting a book party / holiday soiree for Matt Kohut and John Neffinger’s new book, Compelling People, which was just named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2013.

Hosts include: David Brock, Karen Finney, Ryan Grim, Elizabeth Glover, and Kimball Stroud. The party is from 6-8 PM at Baby Wale and features beats spun by DJ KC.

 

 

Washington Life to Fete Sparkly Youngstas

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“Creative Cocktail” Attire

“Young and the Guest List” is back.  After some speculation about the future of Washington Life‘s list of so-and-sos under 40, the magazine is proving naysayers wrong by throwing their one-time spring fling smack dab in the  middle of  the holiday party circuit.  Washington Life‘s 2013 picks for the city’s most sparkly pre-middle-agers will be celebrated next Wednesday at the Carnegie Library downtown.  In case you’re wondering, the attire is “creative cocktail” so get to beadazzling now – you’ve only got a week to finish up your fashionz.

In related news, WL has already made their selections for the 2014 YGL.  FishbowlDC has learned that several somebodies, including two Redskins players and a sexy young CNN reporter, are being photographed next week for the mag’s February issue.

Juleanna Glover to Fete French Author Elena Servettaz

RFI correspondent and author Elena Servettaz.

RFI correspondent and author Elena Servettaz.

Juleanna Glover’s new job doesn’t seem to be putting a crimp in her social life. Just a week or so after a bash to celebrate her move from Ashcroft Group to Teneo Holdings, Glover is throwing another soiree, this time for a somewhat more high-minded cause.

Of course you all remember the Magnitsky Law? Well it seems…wait what? You’ve never heard of the Magnitsky Law? My word! Know ye nothing of Russo-American relations?! Actually, to be honest, we have no idea what the Magnitsky Law is either, but we are gunna find out! It seems a nice French lady, Elena Servettaz has written a book about it -Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law -and Juleanna is having a party to celebrate said book this Saturday. Presumably someone will tell us what it’s all about whilst munching crepes and hot pretzels and what not. We think it has something to do with the Russians being bad bad people, throwing journalists in jail and killing them and hating gay people (for the children!).Magnitsky

In any event, we will be sneaking in to the Glover mansion and taking pictures of famous people’s shoes and hopefully somebody awkwardly shoving a canape in his mouth. If we don’t get too drunk, we may even be able to report back on whether or not Europe does indeed need a Magnitsky Law. Stay tuned!

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