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Washington Life Kicks Off Summer

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Coventry Burke, Becca Glover, Victoria Michael

Washington Life magazine kicked off the summer season last night on the roof of the Donovan House. Guests like The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie, BCM’s Katherine Kennedy, Jennifer Vinson, Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Victoria Michael, Dewey Square’s Courtney Cohen, Examiner‘s Tara Palmeri, Christina Sevilla and NBC News intern Elyssa Dornic joined Washington Life‘s Kevin Chaffee and John Arundel (Michael Clements was at play practice) for Absolut cocktails, cool grooves and the last few hours of sunlight.

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L: Elyssa Dornic, Glenn Ballard, Katherine Kennedy R: Tara Palmeri and Courtney Cohen

WL’s Passport to Peru

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L: Lee Brenner and Kevin Chaffee R: Pisco Sours

Washington Life Executive Editor Michael Clements held court at the Textile Museum last night for Washington Life’s “Best of Peru” party. The event, featuring Peruvian travel destinations, alpaca fashion, native delicacies and home decor ideas was the perfect venue for a Pisco Sour Mix-off.

While seven of the area’s top mixologists created their versions of the famed Peruvian potion, media types such as Pamela’s Punch blogger Pamela Sorensen, Allison Priebe Brooks,Lee Brenner, CBS’ Christine Delargy, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, QGA’s Chris Brown, Brendan Kownacki and Kimball Stroud mingled under the tent to the beat of the band.
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Heather Guay, Christine Delargy, Allison Priebe Brooks, Pamela Sorenson

Washington Journos Toast Kitty Kelley

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Famed investigative biographer, Kitty Kelley, celebrated her book release at a party on Friday evening at the home of Daniel and Marina Ein. The book, Oprah: A Biography, was released on April 13th by Crown Publishers.

The event was well-attended by DC media types, business power-players and the political elite. Kelley made her rounds and spoke with guests prior to giving a thank you and toast in which she described Oprah as “the most powerful, influential person on the planet.” Kelley expressed admiration and only kind remarks about her “determined subject.” She continued by saying Oprah is “revered and idolized” throughout the world and ended with “long may she reign.”

However, this same level of admiration for Oprah was not as evident from party goers. Guests at the event traded examples of Oprah’s alleged spins, lies, and her legal and illegal indulgences discovered via Kelley’s book. A common topic among press types was the media’s blackballing of Kelley and her book because of Oprah’s intimidation factor. One guest was overheard asking a group “why hasn’t anyone in the media covered Oprah’s control of the message?” The consensus was that Oprah was likely “puppeteering” an underground PR initiative.

Spotted by FishbowlDC were The Daily Caller’s Moira Bagley, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and wife, WaPo’s Mary Anne Akers, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee and Donna Shor, NY Times’ Helene Cooper, Georgetown Dish’s Beth Solomon, Roll Call’s Tory Newmyer, The Daily Beast’s Lee Aitken and Mark Paustenbauch.

This post was contributed by Glenn Ballard for FishbowlDC.

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Dinner with Deepak Chopra

Most Washingtonians and journos use Twitter to stay connected or for a little self-promotion. Deepak Chopra is also an avid Twitter-er, but much different than most of the tweets FBDC follows.

The author and mind-body medicine guru tweets his daily intentions and his hundreds of thousands of followers benefit from messages like this morning’s “to transform the world transform yourself.”

At a dinner at Teatro Goldoni last night, hosted by Janet Donovan and Christine Warnke, FBDC asked Chopra if there’s anyone in DC he’s following on Twitter– for now, just President Obama.

Chopra, accompanied by his wife Rita, signed copies of his book “Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How To Create a New You.”

Guests included: Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, Washington Life‘s Vicki Bagley, Democratic strategist Karen Finney, Kevin Chaffee, The Georgetowner‘s Beth Solomon, Pamela’s Punch’s Pamela Sorensen, Politico‘s Kiki Ryan, TWT‘s Stephanie Green and Liz Glover, US News and World Report‘s Washington Whispers’ Jessica Rettig, the Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab and the National Endowment of the Arts’ Jamie Bennett.

Photos (by Pamela) continue after the jump…

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Media Types Come Out for GQ‘s “Most Powerful” Party

They may not have made the list, but they made the guest list.

GQ editor Jim Nelson welcomed some of DC’s official “Most Powerful” and some of DC’s most powerful media types to 701 last night for good food, flowing wine and Orszag sightings.

In attendance: the White House’s Bill Burton, Jen Psaki, Ebs Burnough, CNN’s Ed Henry, Suzanne Malveaux, Edie Emery, Megan Grant, Kristi Slafka, ABC’s Emily Lenzner, Polson Kanneth, NBC’s Alicia Jennings, CBS’ Rita Braver, BJ D’Elia, Politico‘s Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Nia-Malika Henderson, WaPo‘s Roxanne Roberts, Washingtonian‘s Garrett Graff, Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, Holly Bailey, Bloomberg’s Tim Burger, Margaret Carlson, the Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, Tara Palmeri, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni, Josh Marshall, NJ‘s Erin McPike, Urban Daddy’s Jeff Dufour, Jayne Sandman, Peter Cherukuri, Ana Marie Cox, Matthew Cooper, Kevin Madden, Bill Press, Mark Ein, Elizabeth Thorp, Kevin Chaffee, Jay Newton-Small, Jessica Gibson, Pamela Sorensen, Mark Paustenbach, Mark Leibovich, Emily Goodin, the Glover sisters- Juleanna Glover, Becca Glover and Liz Glover and team Qorvis- Kelley McCormick, Chelsea Cummings and Katie Young.

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W Moves Back Into White House (Neighborhood)

Under the basking glow of moonlight – and careful watch of night vision goggles – Washington’s media star-studded cast assembled to christen a new “see and be seen” restaurant overlooking 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue last night.

Ashley Parker, Scott McCrary, Christy Findlay, Ana Marie Cox, Doug Heye, Missy Frederick, Ali McSherry, Anna Palmer, Christina Wilkie, Jane Black, Amanda McClements, Melissa McCart, Rachel Cothran, Michele Kayal, Barbara Delollis, Corinna Lothar, Kevin Chaffee, Amy Cavanaugh, Karen Sommer Shallett and many more came out to welcome Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his new restaurant – J&G Steakhouse – at W Washington, DC. Barbara Martin and Carrie Foster of The Patton Group hosted the event.

After a fabulous spread and book-signing, the retinue gathered on the rooftop for desserts and to be watched from The White House “not through a set of binoculars.”

This was written by FBDC guest blogger Kenny Day.

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