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Gordon Brown’s Washington Book Fete

Saturday evening, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown kicked off his five-day book tour in the United States at an event in Washington D.C..  Hosted by Tammy Haddad and Ted Greenberg, Connie Milstein and J.C. de La Haye St. Hilaire,  the fete took place at the Jefferson Hotel and included remarks by Brown on his new book “BEYOND THE CRASH: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisation.”  Guests such as Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Alan Greenspan, Arianna Huffington, CNN’s Piers Morgan, Gov. Jack Markell (D-Del), Debbie and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), Laura Capp, Bill Burton, Susan and David Axelrod, Anita McBride, Capricia Marshall and Hilary Rosen enjoyed cocktails, a beautiful buffet spread and complimentary copies of the book at the historic hotel.  On Sunday Brown appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour.


Media types who made the invite list for the swanky book bash included CBS’s Bill PlanteSally Quinn, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, ABC’s Polson Kanneth, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, Kiki Ryan and Tim Burger, CBS’s Christine Delargy, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Janet Donovan, The Hill’s Emily Goodin, Politics Daily’s Melinda Henneberger and Annie Groer, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger.

Polson’s Bash at Panache

A big turnout at Panache last night to send off ABC’s Polson Kanneth. He’s moving from “GMA” in DC to “World News” in NYC!  

Guests at the bash joked that Polson must have promised people Diane Sawyer would attend to get them to turn out - truth is, Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick just knows how to throw a great party!

Spotted at Panache: ABC’s Rick Klein and Amy Walter, Dewey Square’s Courtney Cohen, SKDKnickerbocker’s Emily Lenzner, Kevin Madden, Alex Conant, Michael Steel, Tim Burger, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, CBS’ Christine Delargy and Huffington Post’s Peter Cherukuri.

Congrats to Polson on his new gig.  We’ll miss you!

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.

Daily Show in D.C.: ‘Good Comedy Doesn’t Lie’

Politico’s Kiki Ryan and CBS News’s Christine Delargy

Reading a novel in the rain.

In a wide-ranging interview with President Obama this afternoon in downtown Washington, Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, mixed it up with POTUS, who said things like, “I love your show, but…” and “Yes we can, but…not overnight.” Obama said he didn’t want to lump Stewart in with other pundits, but then did just that. Stewart countered that he didn’t want to lump Obama in with past presidents. Other than that, it was polite handshakes and laughter and a bit where Stewart pretended to pour his water into Obama’s coffee cup. Obama pushed the cup away.

The good news: We made it into The Daily Show taping in Washington this afternoon, surviving four hours in a long line in the pounding rain. This, amid brutish Daily Show handlers who periodically stormed the crowd and barked orders. On a happier note, we got to be there for an entertaining pre-and-post-show questioning of Stewart and interview with Obama.

And the bad news: We were forbidden from taking pictures of the set or anything beyond a lobby of guests (which we sneaked) because we were threatened within an inch of our lives (sure, a slight exaggeration) by handlers dressed in varying hues of purple. Elaborating on the above, they bitched rules at us all afternoon as we tried to contain our inner chill from the relentless rain. “Line up by numbers! one ordered. Another: “Electronics off!” When one guest asked about the numbers, a purple-hued handler snapped, “You let us worry about that!” Up until seconds before making it inside, all bets were off as to whether we’d actually get in. “The blue and green tickets are the same,” one handler we dubbed “Grimace” announced. When one attendee in line jokingly questioned her, she joked back, “Don’t make me stab you.” Some 200 sad souls behind us in line didn’t make it in despite waiting for many hours alongside us. And that, with many spare seats in the Harman Center for the Arts balcony.

A special note of thanks to…former Time scribe Tim Burger for the vanilla latte and coffee mid downpour.

Getting warmed up…

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Dal’s Swinging Book Party

Dal LaMagna having a swinging good time at Comet Ping Pong.

Last night’s book party for Dal LaMagna (a.k.a. Tweezerman) was something to see. As shown above, there’s Dal swinging from a light fixture at Comet Ping Pong. The book is Raising Eyebrows, A Failed Entrepreneur Finally Gets it Right. “I can’t believe what a cross section of friends I have,” Dal told the crowd while standing atop a chair. “It’s quite remarkable.”

Remarkable indeed. Take a lesson Michaele and Tareq. No fete is complete without party crashers. And this one had crashers of the leopard and zebra variety. It wasn’t even pre-Halloween weirdness. They work at National Geographic (he works in editorial as a coordinator; she’s an intern. They say it’s consensual.)

The animal couple, Willie Schubert and Laura Newcomer, are partaking in a social experiment that will debut Monday on a blog detailing their travails. The point is simple (well, sort of). They don skin tight animal onesies and go out amidst the rest of the human population and see what happens. They go to museums, liquor stores, on the Metro – and apparently to book parties to which they haven’t been invited. “You wear a suit like this and you make your way into the party,” Schubert says, explaining that reaction to them has been largely positive. “People hand me their children.” (Security guards, however, bristle. One in the Metro ordered them to remove their hoods.) Coincidentally, Newcomer admitted to owning LaMagna’s famous tweezers.

Spotted in the crowd imbibing and eating delectable pizza: NJ‘s Matt Cooper, FishbowlDC and QGA’s Matt Dornic (among the hosts), Juleanna Glover (lobbyist and fellow host), Daily Caller Spokeswoman Becca Glover, FD’s Mary Kathryn Covert, Media Consultant Anne Schroeder Mullins, Wahington Life’s Kevin Chaffee and John Arundel, CNN’s Edie Emery, TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, Michael Steel, press sec to House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Host Committee member Glenn Ballard, Washington Life photog Kyle Samperton, American Morning News radio host Amy Holmes, CBS’s Christine Delargy, Tim Burger (former Time scribe), Heather Podesta, a lobbyist, and Code Pink Founder Medea Benjamin.

Glenn Ballard gets kissed by the Social Experiment

DC’s Ultra-Hip Birthday Bash

EIC Karen Sommer Shalett and Publisher Peter Abrahams

The top floor and roof of PNC Place were transformed into a uber-chic lounge last Thursday evening for the fifth anniversary of DC magazine.  Guests such as big-deal businessman and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, reality stars Rich and Mary Amons and several folks from the Obama Administration joined DC EIC Karen Sommer Shalett and Publisher Peter Abrahams for scenic views, hip tunes, culinary treats by Ridgewells  and a variety of wet bars (FishbowlDC remembers the Jack Daniels and Kettle One bars but everything beyond that is kind of a blur). 

On hand to celebrate were the new owners of the mag’s parent company, Modern Luxury.  Representing Dickey Publishing and Cumulus Broadcasting (the second largest broadcaster in the country) were the company’s president, Michael Dickey and Beth Weitzman, the organization’s Vice President of Editorial.   Media-types spotted include Real Housewives of DC’s Paul Wharton, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, CBS’s Christine Delargy, Tim Burger, Kelly DiNardo and Rosen Group VP Zachary Hooper

DC contributor and author Kelly DiNardo and Christina Sevilla

* Photo of the DC team after the jump.

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Huffington’s Backyard Book Bash

National Journal’s Matt Cooper hides from the paparazzi behind one of Arianna’s book-themed pillows. 

Arianna Huffington made a splash last night at the home of Tammy Haddad.  Guests such as actress Geena Davis, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Rep. Dennis Kucnich and wife Elizabeth, Richard Wolffe, Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Hilary Rosen and  MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan flooded Haddad’s Foxhall backyard to toast Huffington’s new book, “Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning The Middle Class and Betraying The American Dream.” 

The event, which Huffington joked was like an “Obama backyard party” played host to hundreds of the city’s political and media set who mingled over cocktails in the brisk fall weather.  One of the most popular topics of conversation was Howie Kurtz‘s recent announcement that he will leave the Washington Post for a new gig at the Daily Beast.  Several guests agreed that Yahoo’s Michael Calderone seemed like the only viable option to replace WaPo’s longtime media beat writer. 

We caught up with Calderone who admitted that he wouldn’t spill to Fishbowl if he was in talks with the Post but joked that, “Marcus [Brauchli] hasn’t even returned my calls about Kurtz leaving so it’s safe to assume that he hasn’t pursued me to replace him.” 

Also spotted at the backyard book bash were HuffPost’s Peter Cherukuri, Sam Stein and Mario Ruiz, Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick, SKDKnickerbocker’s Emily Lenzner, National Journal’s Matt Cooper and Taylor West, Janet Donovan, Tim Burger, Bloomberg’s Ha Chan, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, Daily Beast’s Kirsten Powers and Dr. Marty Makary, Pamela’s Punch blogger Pamela Sorensen, ABC’sPolson Kanneth, Jim Courtovich, CBS’s Christine Delargy and The Hill’s Emily Goodin.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Arianna Huffington. 

Geena Davis, Michael Calderone and more after the jump. 

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Gray’s Soft Spot for “Sex and the City”

Politico‘s Kiki Ryan got chummy with Vincent Gray outside the Brunswick Group’s “Global Partners” event at Cuba Libre last night.  While guests inside the comically-decorated, Disney-esque restaurant noshed on ceviche cups and mojitos, Ryan told the Democratic candidate for DC mayor that he resembles Jackie Chiles, the Seinfeld character played by Phil Morris.  Gray admitted that he wasn’t much of a Seinfeld fan but explained to Ryan that he has a soft spot for the HBO franchise,  Sex and the City.  “I’ve seen every episode and both movies,” Gray confessed.  So, to what character does Washington’s next mayor most closely relate?  Luckily for us, it’s not Samantha. “It’s not one lady in particular,” he said.  “I just love that the women are so supportive of one another.”   

Event photos after the jump.

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A Special Birthday Message…

Today at FishbowlDC we’re on the verge of celebrating a very special birthday in our midst. Co-editor Matt Dornic‘s birthday is tomorrow. Happy Birthday Matt – hope it’s a good one! To celebrate the day, I reached out to media friends for birthday wishes. I’ve been dying for a reason to again run a picture of one of Matt’s closest friends, actress Gabby Sidibe, (A.K.A. “Not so Precious”) from the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner weekend. Can’t recall why we ran it? Check out the Queen of Mean here.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATT: I’m coming to get you!

Roll Call‘s Jackie Kucinich: I believe it was the 80′s philosopher Jem who said: May you have a truly, truly, truly outrageous birthday filled with hoodies, small dogs and Diet Coke.

Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch blog: Bon anniversaire Matty! May you enjoy a year of pants with working zippers and seams that don’t split.

CBS’s Christine Delargy: Matt, you are the Will to my Grace, the waffle to my fried chicken and the fish to my bowl. Happy 30th Birthday. May you split less pants and write fewer posts about the Salahis this year! Cheers!

Tim Burger: Happy bday, Matty O’Dornic!! Don’t worry, 30 isn’t bad — I’ve loved it every time; & you don’t need half the work of most of the 30-somethings we know! Go Dornic-go-Brah or go home! Cheers!

Politico‘s Kiki Ryan: Happy Birthday Dornic! May your day be as awesome as Social Safeway.

FishbowlBetsy: Dear Matt, Gabby Sidibe says she can’t wait to give you a present. Her birthday wish went something like this: “You’ll get what I give you!” Have a lovely birthday.

Fans Gather Around Suspicious Package Outside Nationals Park

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By FishbowlDC contributor Nick Massella

Suspicious Package rocked out for fans, sports junkies, and politicos Tuesday night at the Bullpen outside Nationals Park before the 49th annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. Despite the heat, the band remained cool, rocking out to “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Dancing with Myself,” and other popular songs.

The band of friends, which includes writer Tim Burger; USTR’s Christina Sevilla; The Washington Post’s Tom Toles; HUD’s Bryan Greene; and Josh Meyer, Director of Education and Outreach for the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative, has been around since May 2008 and played at gigs such as Journapalooza 2009 at the National Press Club, Rock and Roll Hotel, Hard Rock Café, and the embassies of Finland, Italy, Denmark, and Germany. The band most recently played on Saturday at Meyer’s wedding to The Washington Post’s Michael Chandler.

Spotted at the event were RNC Chairman Michael Steele, House GOP leader John Boehner, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), Janet Donovan, and Politico’s Kiki Ryan.

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