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D.C. Magazine Editor and Hubby to Co-Host Katrina Concert

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It’s nearly five years later, and D.C. Magazine Editor-in-Chief Karen Sommer Shalett and her husband, Scott Shalett, have rebounded from losing their home in New Orleans in Hurricane Katrina. At the time, they evacuated with their 5-month old, and she was pregnant with their second child. On Thursday night the couple will further put those difficult memories to rest by hosting a recovery concert at Sixth & I Synagogue in downtown Washington featuring several of their favorite New Orleans musicians. All are featured on HBO’s “Treme.” The synagogue is offering the space free of charge.

“We needed a constructive way to honor the 5th anniversary of Katrina,” said Sommer Shalett.

Scott Shalett was Mitch Landrieu’s chief of staff at the Louisiana Lt. Governor’s office and moved to Washington and became a principle at Dewey Square Group. He helped Landrieu get elected Mayor of New Orleans.

Proceeds benefit a non-profit record label that
keeps NOLA musicians playing and living off their album’s proceeds.

For tickets, call the box office at 202-408-3100 or go here. PR rep Lindsay Drewel (formerly of Lifetime TV) has donated her time to do publicity for the event, as have other publicity reps, Simone Rathle and Barbara Martin. The event has a variety of sponsors, including D.C. Magazine and the non-profit Holster Project.

Sidenote: Karen Sommer Shalett is a D.C. instructor for mediabistro. Read about her upcoming seminar here.

A Buddha Blessing for DC Mag’s New Issue

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L: The dining room’s giant Buddha statue. R: Buddha bar manager chats up Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran.

New “it” spot Buddha Bar helped DC magazine publisher Peter Abrahams and EIC Karen Sommer Shalett roll out their latest issue with a swanky party last night. The palatial dining room with grand chandeliers, an 18-foot Buddha statue and glowing DJ booth made for an exotic and fitting setting to celebrate the magazine’s travel issue.

Guests like Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran, PR guy Peter Mirijanian and Washington’s pied piper of single ladies, Andy Baldwin noshed on sushi and other Asian delicacies while pretty bar tenders served a packed house an array of specialty cocktails from an open bar.

Last night was the 4th and Mass St NW lounge’s third night of grand opening celebrations that began on Tuesday with a Washington Life party.

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DC mag’s EIC Karen Sommer Shalett and hubby, Dewey Square’s Scott Shalett with Madalene Mielke of the Arum Group and DNC’s Sharon Yang.

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L: Doctor Andy Baldwin. R: Lovely ladies at the party.

Fishbowl 5: Meet Mario De Armas

demo5aa (2).jpg On Saturday from 2-9 PM, TLC’s Trading Spaces alum Mario De Armas is taking over an entire NW block at 15th and P St. for a festival to celebrate his new DC-based design firm, Lamby Productions.

The event will boast giveaways, DJs and a raffle for enough furniture to deck out an entire apartment (over $15,000 worth) to benefit local women’s shelter, N Street Village.

FishbowlDC caught up with the Miami native to find out about Washington style, his tastes in media and his post-TLC life in DC.

What or who is your go-to source for news?
I wake up to HLN “Morning Express” anchor Robin Meade but I like Wolf Blitzer too. I watch a lot of CNN.

Who is Washington’s most stylish journalist?
DC Magazine EIC Karen Sommer Shalett.

With what member of the news media would you most like to “trade spaces” for a day?
CNN’s Anderson Cooper

In your expert opinion, what are a few solid stores in DC for interior furnishings?
Bo Concepts in Georgetown gives good bang for the buck. A more mainstream choice with a great selection is West Elm and I like Mitchell Gold on 14th St.

I saw a video that said you were inspired by the ocean in South Beach. What inspires you in DC?
I love the history and architecture in Washington. Living here has really helped me to grow and learn and offered a new mentality. Also, President Obama has certainly inspired me. His talent to motivate and excite people is a talent that I dream of having some day.

For more Mario, meet up with the designer this Saturday at 15th and P Streets NW from 2-9PM or check out the site for Lamby Productions here.

Evolution of Journalism Panel This Wednesday

Join DC Mag editor-in-chief Karen Sommer Shalett, Politico‘s Jonathan Martin, AP’s assistant Washington bureau chief Steve Komarow and Slate’s general manager and publisher John Alderman for a mediabistro discussion on the “Evolution of Journalism” this Wednesday at 7pm at the K Street Lounge.

And if the “Evolution of Journalism” doesn’t do it for you, let us point out, K Street Lounge is a bar so come for the drinks.

Register here.

DC Mag Makes WHCD Party Debut

While so many media houses are pulling the plug on their WHCD soirees this year, one DC publication is making its debut on the party circuit.

DC Mag’s Editor-in-Chief Karen Sommer Shalett and David Sutphen of the Brunswick Group are going head-to-head with the Friday night Time/People and Cap File fetes.

The DC Mag cocktail will serve as the pub’s issue release/WHCD pre-party and will take place in the MyHelsinki Exhibition at the Embassy of Finland on Friday May 8, 2009.

DC Magazine Changes

Kate Ancieri, the features editor of DC magazine, has left the magazine after her husband took a job as a counselor at Harvard in Cambridge.

The magazine has hired George Stone, a former National Geographic Traveler staff writer and freelance writer. “He’s covered the hottest kitchens and coolest night spots in DC for eight years,” DC Magazine Editor-in-Chief Karen Sommer Shalett tells FishbowlDC. “His food and travel background is priceless to us.”

They’ve also hired Kate Roseblatt as a senior editor. She starts April 30. “Hailing from a former spot at FHM magazine in Manhattan,
she’ll be our stiletto-ed feet on the street,” Shalett says. “Kate has covered DC and Baltimore for several years and she’ll be popping up everywhere from the best boutiques to the chicest cocktail parties. A reporter at heart, she’s a trend-spotter with an eye for finds like the bracelets boy about town Omar Popal designed for his wait staff at Cafe Bonaparte and the most au currant accoutrements for the home.”

Associate Editor Rebecca Heslin will also take a bigger lead on DC Magazine’s social coverage and local fashion.