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Quotes of the Day

“The Oval Office at night” — by West Wing Reports. (@WestWingReport)

Reporter doubles down on double down usage

“Not long ago, the vast majority of all ‘doubled down’ usages were in baseball stories–til it became an abused Washington political cliche.” — WSJ‘s Neil King.

Vocabulary overload

“Used the word ‘miasmic’ on the radio this morning. Taking the rest of the day off.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball. Definition from The Free Dictionary: “a noxious atmosphere or influence.”

Dicking Around

“When a person extends himself to another in a trusting way.. makes her less likely to hold back & less likely to cheat.” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson, who links to this piece on the science behind cheating, cruelty and greediness and other issues of morality.

Begala bashes the predictors

“Since some idiot predicts a brokered convention every cycle and it never happens, let me predict one for 2016 and get it out of our system.” — CNN Democratic pundit Paul Begala.

Publicist wants to cool off turned on computer

“Can someone make a computer that COOLS OFF when (overly) turned on? My lap and I would BUY THAT.” — Rachel Cothran, a publicist who also writes the ProjectBeltway fashion blog.

Words to live by…

“There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship.” — Sophia Nelson, who is increasingly become one of my favorite Fishbowl characters. It’s like she’s the anti-Washington, swooping in to vaccinate everyone.

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Cap File Celebrates 5 Years

The Corcoran Gallery played host to Capitol File‘s fifth anniversary fete last night.   Guarded by a gestapo of magazine interns who seemed excited to turn away would-be crashers (and those who fell victim to a clerical error *see: me), the event featured “Project Runway” host and Cap File cover boy Tim Gunn.  A sensory overload designed by Andre Wells, the soiree boasted a four-foot birthday cake, a deejay and  drive-by appetizers that made their way through the bar on a sushi-style conveyor belt. 

Representing the magazine were new EIC Kate Bennett, Niche Media CEO Jason Binn and Sarah Schaffer, former EIC turned publisher.  Media-types spotted taking in the sights and sounds were WBJ‘s Jen Nycz-Conner, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Jackie Kucinich, Stephanie Green, Politico‘s Kiki Ryan, Janet Donovan, CBS’s Christine Delargy, FD’s Mary Kathryn Covert, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran

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.

UrbanDaddy’s Pimp Party

urbantoplessresized.jpgSugar daddies, baby daddies, cool daddies and big daddies all feted the official launch of UrbanDaddy DC at the W Hotel last night. Snowed out on Thursday evening, last night was “take two” for the schwanky shindig and a much needed break from Blizzard-palooza 2010.

Celebrating with Washington editor Jeff Dufour were a roster of over-the-top entertainers like a rockin’ deejay, bad-ass electric violinist, topless (body painted) models, dancers and notable guests such as WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner, Politics Daily’s Emily Miller, Matt Cooper, Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, Winston Lord, Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Victoria Michael, Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran, Daily Caller’s Moira Bagley, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, MTP’s Betsy Fischer, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, White House heartthrob Jon Favreau, TWT’s John McCaslin, Amy Holmes, Elizabeth Thorp, Equinox restaurant owners Todd and Ellen Gray, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie and the party’s planners – Barbara Martin and Jayne Sandman Dufour of Fingerprint DC.

Despite a heinous hangover, I can vouch that a good time was had by all – especially the ladies of Qorvis who dominated the dance floor.

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WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour and Politics Daily’s Emily Miller

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Daily Caller’s Becca Glover and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran

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FamousDC’s Photo Contest: Down to the Wire

Our secret friends (someday we’ll find out who they are) at FamousDC are hosting a Snowageddon Photo Contest.

The photographs are beautiful and won’t be an easy choice.
Will you choose the couple in love, the sledder, the artist, the pristine Capitol or the dogs?

Prizes include a meal and drinks for first place; gourmet cupcakes for second place.

A panel of judges narrowed the photograph pool down to five. They include: Tommy McFly, 107.3, Rachel Cothran, Project Beltway, Nora McAlvanah, HuffPost, Shana Glickfield, DC Concierge and Angie Goff, OhMyGoff

See the contest and vote here. Voting is open until 3 p.m. today.

> Update: Check out the winners here. First place went to R. Howler for “Snowy Proposal.”

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Morning Reading List 11.16.09

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Good morning FishbowlDC! A very happy birthday shout out to Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday the 16th of November…

TV | ONLINE| MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES| AWARDS & EVENTS

TV

Shepard Smith, leaning against prevailing winds on Fox News.

Why Bloomberg’s style guide, “The Bloomberg Way” bans words like “but,” “despite,” and “however.”

NBC’s Chuck Todd appeared live from Shanghai this morning, reporting from the president’s Asian trip. But after rolling Todd’s spot, the chief White House correspondent didn’t return. Why? Because the Washington Bureau lost its power.

ONLINE

According to a new study, about half in U.S. would pay for online news.

MAGZINES

When Newsweek laid off 13 people from its already depleted editorial staff last week, the reaction from the professional media watchers was muted.

NEWS NOTES

Fox 5 reporter and anchor Will Thomas was robbed at gunpoint as he got out of his car in Georgetown, near Wisconsin and N, on Wednesday night.

AWARDS & EVENTS

Tonight at the National Press Club: The Kalb Report with Lesley Stahl and Jeffrey Fager of 60 Minutes.

FW Celebrates First Anniversary in Style


Schuman signed copies of his book at FW’s first anniversary party.

WaPo‘s fashion magazine FW celebrated a one-year anniversary in style last evening at newly opened Masa 14.

The FW team- publisher Jenny Abramson, editor Jennifer Barger and senior editor Betsy Lowther- welcomed everyone. “Even when 401Ks get cut in half, people like to look good.”

Philippe Cousteau and Alexandra Cousteau, grandchildren of Jacques Cousteau and Washingtonians themselves, were the mag’s guests of honor, for “exuding style while creating eco-awareness.”

“The Sartorialist” Scott Schuman, who was featured in FW‘s latest issue, sold and signed copies of his book. Schuman is a New York fashion photographer– though not your typical fashion photographer. He shoots people on the street, more abstractly.

The party was slated to end at 9pm, but with a line down the bar for “The Sartorialist” signings, we hear it went on until after midnight. Schuman blogs this morning, “I expected great things in cities like London and Paris, but DC was a total surprise.”

It was certainly a ladies night… Pamela Sorensen, Jayne Sandman, Kiki Ryan, Jessica Gibson, Pamela Brown, Angie Goff, Rachel Cothran, Jessica Hoy, Juleanna Glover, Becca Glover and Kate Michael all spotted by. And some male representation- Pepper Watkins and John Cpin. FBDC also spotted the speculated “Real Housewives of DC,” though sans camera crew.


Guests modeled for FW photographers. Pics could show up in the magazine.

More photos after the jump…

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From TV Consumer Reporting to LushClick.com

Looking fantastic in a leather jacket and skinny jeans, long-time consumer reporter Elizabeth Manresa toasted the launch of LushClick.com last night with a rooftop party downtown.

And it was a ladies night… Kathleen Matthews, Brianna Keilar, Nancy Cordes, Pamela Brown, Alison Starling, Missy Edwards, Laura Evans, Rebecca Cooper, Susan Roberts, Pamela Sorensen and Rachel Cothran were all in attendance, sipping on pomegranate martinis and rose champagne. It was somewhat of a reunion for Manresa and friends from local channel 7 WJLA.

Manresa’s taking 17 years of reporting experience, at least 12 of which in consumer reports, to the web with this online magazine for women. LushClick will review products like wrinkle erasers, spray on panty hoses (in last night’s party bag) and even bras. Pregnant with twins, she says she’ll need something to do at home and consumer reporting is “in my blood.”

You may also recognize Manresa from CNN- she’s also covered politics for the cabler.

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.

Project Beltway: Chuck Todd & David Gregory’s Runway Walk Off

Cue Zoolander and David Bowie…

After an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe last week in which Joe Scarborough referred to Chuck Todd’s “chocolate brown tie” as “dull” and Mika Brzezinski called David Gregory “very dapper” with “tremendous fashion sense,” HuffPost has opened the polls.

In “Which MSNBC man’s tie do you prefer?” Todd is leading Gregory 53 to 46 percent. Congrats Chuck… and David, should we say, “Make it work,” like Tim Gunn.

And apologies to Rachel Cothran for stealing her Project Beltway flavor!

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