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Kastles Kick Off Waterfront Season

D.C. journos and other VIPs got a sneak preview of the Kastles’ new stadium last night at an event dubbed “Wimbledon on the Water.”  Owner Mark Ein and Washington’s winning tennis team treated guests like WUSA’s Brett Haber, HuffPo’s Stephanie Green, WTOP’s Mark Plotkin, Revamp’s Daniel Swartz, K Street Kate Michael, FreeInDC’s Amy Melrose, DistrictTicket’s Steve Fox and CSN’s Joe Beninati to court-side cocktails and hors d’œuvres to kick off the upcoming season and celebrate their move from City Center to swanky new digs on the Southwest Waterfront.

The season starts next week with Venus Williams on Tuesday, July 5th and Serena Williams on Thursday, July 7th and ends July 21st.  For more info or to snag some tickets, click here.

Journos Eat Lobster

Capitol File‘s Kate Bennett, husband, Cab, and their daughter.

A smattering of journos showed up to Tackle Box last night at its new Cleveland Park location. They offered a sampling off the newly expanded seafood menu.

Local VIPs such as Carlos Gray (Mayor Vincent Gray‘s son), WUSA 9′s Andrea Roane, NBC 4′s John Schriffen, Capitol File Magazine Editor-In-Chief Kate Bennett, KStreetKate’s Kate Michael and Luxxery Med Spa Celebrity Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ayman Hakki made a toast to owner Jonathan Umbel‘s second seafood shack.

Others in the crowd: David Bass, President and CEO of Raptor Strategies, his wife, and former Washington Examiner gossip columnist Karen Feld and, as one guest put it, her “overly medicated dog.”

Journos Check Out Chekhov

Those crazy kids of the Picnic Theater Company were at it again over the weekend. Selling out two straight performances, Washington Life‘s Michael Clements, Suspicious Package’s Christina Sevilla, Napoleon restauranteur Omar Popal, World Bank’s Bruce MacPhail, NIH’s Oli Robinson and  filmmaker Karim Chrobog, staged “An Evening with Anton Chekhov” at the Washington Club in Dupont Circle.  Spotted in the audience: The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta, CNN’s Elise Labott, NYT‘s Eric Lipton, Boston Globe‘s Farah Stockman, WaPo‘s Nancy TrejosNurith Aizenmann and  Annie Gowen, Tim Burger, Ashcroft Group’s Juleanna Glover, Christopher Reiter of Muleh, K Street Kate Michael.  Proceeds benefitted the Helen Hayes Award theater programs for DC kids.

The Never-Ending News of Nelson Lewis

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I wish we knew how to quit you, Nelson…but the wild web of  fake titles, stolen identities and lies just keeps growing.

We told you last week the wacky story of W. Nelson Lewis (26), the former Fox News guest greeter and Laura Ingraham Show producer who was recently arraigned in District Court for allegedly impersonating 55-year-old Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA).  Sporting a congressional pin, Lewis was arrested by the Capitol Police on November 17, 2010 after claiming to have been assaulted.  He later admitted that the claim was false.

FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein contacted Kingston who described a long friendship with the Lewis family and a past internship for Nelson in his office. But the Congressman denied any connection to the congressional pin Lewis was wearing when arrested.

“My thinking is it’s one of those youthful indiscretions that just got out of hand,” Kingston reasoned with Rothstein. “It was a one-time event, harmless in intent. I’m friends with him. I don’t know the circumstance of this, but my impression is he’s out drinking one night, running his mouth, unfortunately the hole got a little bit deeper. There’s no ill intention.”

Unfortunately for Nelson, the story didn’t end there.  Over the next few days, a slew of other Lewis-fabricated titles and identities surfaced.  In a recent interview with Kate Michael‘s “District Dish” video series, Lewis referred to himself as a Bahamian diplomat – “His Excellency” - and entertained Michael’s co-hosts with stories about his activities as a features writer for Rolling Stone.  Both the Bahamian Embassy and Rolling Stone have adamantly denied any connection to Lewis.

“He shared with me that he had been named Minister Plenipotentiary for Artistic Endeavors for the Embassy of the Bahamas, giving me his new business card and e-mail address and inviting me to cover artistic events he was co-hosting, including one at the OAS,” said Kate Michael. “At no time did we have any indication that his claims might be false.”

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His Excellency Nelson Lewis

This story keeps getting more bizarre.  We told you earlier the strange story about Nelson Lewis, the Rolling Stone features writer,  former Fox News booker and former Laura Ingraham Show producer who was recently arrested for allegedly impersonating Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA).  Pretty weird. 

If that’s not enough, we’ve since discovered that no one at Rolling Stone has ever heard of Lewis and rather than working with Ingraham for the ten months he claims, he was actually terminated after only 15 weeks.  Weirder.

But this last little nugget takes the cake.  A reader directed us to this gem of a video where Kate Michael‘s “District Dish” interviews His Excellency Nelson Lewis, Minister Plenipotentiary for Artistic Endeavors at the Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.  In the video he explains how he took the diplomatic role to get out of thousands of dollars in DC parking tickets, his wild life as a writer for Rolling Stone and how FNC’s Greta Van Susteren jokes that her viewers of “On the Record” are likely in wheelchairs or a nursing home (note: we don’t believe this either).  Wow. 

My B.S. meter just exploded so watch the video below for yourself.

Journos Spend an Evening with Poe

DC media types kick started their Halloween weekend by attending three sold out performances of “An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe”  in the garden and ballroom of Dumbarton House.  Following on this summer’s sold out performances of Moliere’s “The Hypochondriac”, the DC-based Picnic Theatre Company staged a Halloween party production of Poe stories — Cask of Amontillado, Fall of the House of Usher, and the Telltale Heart, with DJ intermission, wine and crepes.  Ensemble cast:  Washington Life‘s Michael ClementsChristina Sevilla of Suspicious Package,  Napoleon restaurant’s Omar Popal, Picnic Theatre co-founders Bruce MacPhail and Oli Robinson.  Attendees included Tim Burger, Kiki Ryan, Christine Delargy, Wash Life‘s Kevin Chaffee, TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small, WaPo‘s Nancy TrejosWaPo‘s Annie Gowen, NYT‘s Eric Lipton and Elham Dehbozorgi, NBC Washington’s Kate Michael.  Proceeds benefited Dumbarton House historical preservation and Clowns Without Borders.

Two former D.C. Journos to Appear on ‘Real Housewives of D.C.’

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Stephanie Green

We’re hearing that two former members of the D.C. press will appear on Thursday night’s episode of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of D.C.”

1. Former TWT gossip scribe Stephanie Green.
2. Former Washington Examiner and NYP Page Six reporter Tara Palmeri.

Witchy housewife Lynda Erkiletian (who threatened to sue D.C. blogger Carol Joynt, as we’ve reported) approached Green at a fourth anniversary party for Kate Michael‘s “K Street Kate” blog at Luxxery Express medspa last night, and gave her the news. Our spy also informs that Erkiletian and her boyfriend, Ebong Eka, sadly, stole the limelight from Michael.

We’re told that the scene filmed by the ‘Housewives’ that included the reporters likely comes from a fashion event at the Mayflower Hotel back in February. Guests had to sign away to attend the event.

UrbanDaddy’s Finnish Tequila Dinner

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L: Winston Lord and Amy Holmes R: Philippe Cousteau and Kiki Ryan

Political analyst Amy Holmes, Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, Brightest Young Things founder Svetlana Legetic, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, bloggers Kate Michael and Pamela Sorensen, ABC 7′s Pamela Brown and VanityFair.com’s Erica Flint were just a few of the folks to help editor Jeff Dufour and UrbanDaddy celebrate Patron tequila with a private dinner at the Embassy of Finland on Friday.

To sign up for Dufour’s daily emails or to get in the know, check out UrbanDaddy DC here.

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Ambassador Pekka Lintu, Laurel Colless and Jeff Dufour

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L: Svetlana Legetic and Jeff Dufour R: Pamela Brown and Kate Michael enter the Embassy of Finland

*Photo credit Kaveh Sardari courtesy of UrbanDaddy

And the Celebs Roll In…

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Victoria Michael, Adrian Grenier, Christine Delargy and Pamela Sorensen.

Members of the Creative Coalition were among the first stars to roll in to town before this weekend’s WHCA Dinner. Celebs Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Adrian Grenier, Barry Levinson, Cheryl Hines, Morley Safer, Omar Epps, Marlon Wayans Steven Weber, Wendie Malick, Richard Schiff and Patricia Arquette joined Lani Hay, President & CEO of Lanmark Technology for a private dinner following The Creative Coalition’s performance event at the Library of Congress yesterday evening.

Representing Washington media were CBS’ Christine Delargy, Pamela Sorensen, Examiner’s Tara Palmeri and Nikki Schwab, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Kate Michael, Jessica Hoy and Tim Burger who mingled with notables such as Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, Victoria Michael and the city’s favorite master of the Rose Ceremony, Andy Baldwin.

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Hostess Lani Hay with Marlon Wayans.

“The District Dish” Hits One Year Anniversary

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It’s a head-scratcher to describe “The District Dish”, a D.C. cable TV show starring Kate Michael. Michael is a former Miss D.C. and author of the “K Street Kate” blog. The show is a “lifestyle talk show” version of her blog.

This photograph was snapped at a live taping party last night. The taping marks the shows one-year anniversary.

Topics vary. Last night hosts sat down with Sophie Pyle of “Blond Charity Mafia” as well as Matt Paxton (as seen in the picture) of Clutter Cleaners, from A & E’s “Hoarders.” What’s the worst thing he’s ever seen hoarded? Answer: A guest who held onto–what else?–a bag of 20 dead rats.

The show is combination local news and “90210″ (think Brandon Walsh as a newscaster). It is an unruly approach in which Michael and her co-hosts, Sonya Gavankar and Ebong Eka, interview guests in bars and restaurants around town. The chemistry amongst the three hosts may take time to gel. Michael is the perkyish host who tries to make everyone comfortable; Gavankar’s the in-your-face don’t try to mince words or I’ll chop your, um, legs off; and Eka goes with the flow (someone has to).

Pamela Sorensen, of “Pamela’s Punch”, was one of the original hosts of the show, but suddenly disappeared from the cast and let’s just say, is no longer shoe shopping with Michael.

To view a variety of episodes visit the Web site here. Check Comcast listings for new episodes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. But watch for the steam and the kitchen noises … they are beautiful backdrops, but sometimes it’s impossible to hear the interview and you can easily miss gems such as one PR woman who says her company is “bad a–” — that’s why you should come to her parties (I had to replay three times to hear the quote.)

Pictured photograph taken by Patrick Ryan (www.snarkinfested.com).

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