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Weekend Happenings

Clipart Illustration of a Bunch Of Floating Party Balloons WithHey Party People! What you got going on this weekend? U.S. News & World Report‘s Nikki Schwab is celebrating her 30th tonight and DC journo band Suspicious Package is performing two nights in a row at Art Soiree‘s 4th annual Political Cartoon Exhibit.

Schwab, who shares her birth date with First Lady Michelle Obama, is starting out at Baby Whale (1124 9th St. NW) tonight at 7:30pm. Stop on by and buy the girl a birthday drink!

Both Friday and Saturday night, Art Soiree is hosting a political cartoon exhibit by KAL (Kevin Kallaugher) at the Ritz in Georgetown with a performance by Suspicious Package. Comprised of reporters armed with their musical talent and rock star looks, band members include Pulitzer Prize-winning WashPost Editorial Cartoonist Tom Toles, senior government officials Christina Sevilla and Bryan Greene, former TIME/Bloomberg journo Tim Burger and Medill School of Journalism’s Josh Meyer.

Art Soiree’s a ticketed event. Get yours here.

Send us what else is goin’ on and we’ll add it in. See ya around!

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Lucky Michael Douglas Bypasses Catherine Zeta Jones Q’s at U.S. Peace Institute

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On Monday night the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington hosted the Ploughshares Fund Gala. Ploughshares Fund is a bi-partisan group aiming to put an end to the remnants of the nuclear proliferation age, and finally making the world a nuclear-free place for future generations. The gala featured prominent figures, such as Sec. of State John F. Kerry, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Sen. Richard Lugar, among other V.I.P.’s.

Notables:

Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg, Steve ClemonsThe Atlantic, Sally Quinn, Washington Post, Ben Ambruster, Think Progress/Center for American Progress, Ali Gharib, Open Zion/Daily Beast, Matt Duss, Think Progress/Center for American Progress, former Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky (she worked for George W. Bush), Tom Toles, WaPo (Cartoonist; and wife Gretchen Toles), Sam Feist, CNN, Andrew Morse, CNN, Moira Whelan, State Department, Sen. Ed Markey, Olga KhazanThe Atlantic, Josh Rogin, Daily Beast, Uri Friedman (moving this week from Foreign Policy to The Atlantic), Jean Francois-Boittin, Embassy of France, Anne Gearan, WaPo, Richard Wilhelm, Booz Allen, Jay Newton-Small, Time Magazine, Bruce Gottlieb, National Journal, Michael Powell, American Federation of Teachers, Dixon Osburn, Human Rights First, Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street, and Warren Bass, Wall Street Journal.

The Master of Ceremonies for the night was Emmy and Academy award winning actor Michael Douglas, who’s passion for complete global nuclear disarmament has put him in the same league as some of the most powerful people in the world who are not actor (beat that, Clooney).

Whose speech outshined the rest at this anti-nuke open-bar gala soiree?

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Journopalooza on the Horizon

Journopalooza, the charity event that showcases the bands of local journalists is on for Friday, March 9. The “Battle of the Bands” style performance pits the bands against each other and returning winner, Suspicious Package, features Tom Toles from WashPost. The interesting thing here is that Toles will be going up against…. himself. He’s also in Lethal Bark. Other bands include The Charm Offensive, fronted by former Yahoo! News’s former scribe Chris Lehmann, Dirty Bomb, led by Reuters correspondent Andy Sullivan and Paddy Goes West featuring brothers Dennis Dunlavey and Tom Dunlavey. Dennis is Sr. Washington Editor for ABC and Tom is the managing editor for CNN’s Washington bureau. Proceeds will go to benefit Writopia and REACH, Incorporated, which promote literacy and writing for DC youth.

For more information and tickets, visit their website.

Press and Politicos Gather for Opinion Awards


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The Week hosted its 8th annual Opinion Awards at the W Hotel last night.  Held to celebrate the year’s top opinion writers, the event boasted a potent dose of press and political power.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory emceed the event honoring The Week‘s Cartoonist of the Year Tom Toles of WaPo, WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan who won Columnist of the Year, and Blogger of the Year John Sides, the voice behind TheMonkeyCage.org.  Mixing with The Week’s winners were guests like Sen. Lindsey Graham, Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” WaPo‘s Roxanne RobertsDebbie Dingell, Diane Danner, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Grover Norquist, Gene Robinson, Terry McAuliffe, Robin and Austan Goolsbee and Margaret Carlson.  Representing The Week were EIC Bill Falk, Publisher Steven Kotok and Jessica Sibley.

But the evening’s most interesting “guest” may have been His Excellency Minister Plenipotentiary for Artistic Endeavors for the Embassy of the Bahamas – you remember good old Nelson Lewis, right?  The 26-year-old Fox News and “Laura Ingraham Show” alum who was exposed late last year for impersonating a Bahamian diplomat, Rolling Stone writer and Rep. Jack Kingston, somehow managed to make his way into a picture with Roxanne Roberts and John Sides (check it out in the slide show above).  Organizers confirmed that His Excellency was not on the guest list and therefore did not attend the dinner. But that didn’t stop him from mingling on the rooftop terrace after the event.  One guest recalls hearing Lewis tell another party-goer that he works for PBS. Perhaps he’s taking over Newshour for Jim Lehrer?

The Week’s Opinion Awards Tonight

This evening at the W Hotel, The Week will host its 8th annual Opinion Awards honoring the nation’s best opinion commentary from the Left and Right.  This year’s winners include Columnist of the Year Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal, WaPo‘s Tom Toles who snagged the title of Cartoonist of the Year, and Blogger of the Year John Sides, co-founder of TheMonkeyCage.org.

Emceed by MTP’s David Gregory, the dinner event will also feature panelists Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).   In anticipation of the awards, The Week shared with FishbowlDC tonight’s program which includes a Q&A with Peggy Noonan.  Here are  a few of our favorite excerpts:

If she considers herself a partisan:  “No, I’m a writer and a conservative.  I want the best thing for America, not for the party.”

On who she gets more flak from – the right or the left: “Since 2005, more from the right.”

On Ronald Reagan: “I suspect Reagan would be surprised most, in our age, by the death of privacy.”

Congrats to all the winners!  We’ll have more on the event and honorees tomorrow.  Until then, click here for more info and catch the entire event live at 7.30 pm by clicking  here.

Journopalooza: More Bubble Than Blitz

WCP‘s Benjamin Freed recently wrote about the would-be studded event at the National Press Club last Friday. Journopalooza, explained its first organizer (Christina Davidson of the Atlantic), “started out as a running joke” to get WaPo cartoonist Tom Toles and his band, Suspicious Package, out of the basement they practiced in and into a club.

And, at least the way Freed sees it, it seems Journopalooza is still largely a joke and part of a makeshift bubble. In other words people go for the bubble and then maybe the music. Freed reports that almost nobody considered to be a “boldface name” showed up. Instead, he wrote, most people in attendance were members of the National Press Club who were just happy to be able to tell people that they live in D.C. and are members of the Press Club. The event “embodies the masturbatory nature of Washington media and politics.”

And the lackluster attendance wasn’t for a lack of invites. Even the White House Office of Communications was sent an invitation, though Politico‘s Mike Allen said that only one person from the office was there.

Yahoo! News editor Chris Lehmann was there playing with his band, Charm Offensive, but couldn’t even convince his wife, Ana Marie Cox of GQ, to attend.

Suspicious Package won the battle of the bands. Suspiciously, Freed wrote, few of alleged import were really there enjoy it

WaPo Cartoonist Hosts Caption Contest

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles is holding a caption contest for his upcoming State of the Union cartoon. This is the cartoonist’s first caption contest. “My readers are always sending me cartoon ideas that I never use,” Toles told FishbowlDC, “so I thought I’d meet them halfway.”

Though he didn’t know what the caption ought to be when he first drew the cartoon, he admitted that he gave it some thought. Not surprisingly, he remained mum on it. “That remains my own little secret,” he said coyly.

The cartoon, with an empty speech bubble:

Submissions are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. on January 24, the night before POTUS is scheduled to deliver the State of the Union address. The winner will receive a print of the cartoon with his or her caption and signed by Toles.

Read the official rules and submit your caption ideas here.

Mitchell, Wuerker Win Press Awards

The National Press Foundation is doling out accolades.

Lucky and hardworking recipients include NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent correspondent Andrea Mitchell, who will receive the 2010 Taishoff Broadcasting Award. Another award recipient is Politico‘s Matt Wuerker, who will receive $2500 for the 2010 Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning.

Honorable Mentions for their work will go to WaPo‘s Tom Toles; MSNBC’s Daryl Cagle and Jimmy Margulies of The Record (New Jersey). Wuerker received an Honorable Mention last year; Margulies won the award in 2005.

Awards will be given at NPF’s 28th annual awards ceremony on March 1 at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Mitchell requested that the University of Pennsylvania receive the $5,000 honorarium associated with the award.

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.

Your Daily “Suspicious Package” Post

Politico’s Kiki Ryan, CBS’ Christine Delargy, Glenn Ballard, CBS producer Rob Hendin, Quinn Gillespie’s Chris Brown, Mark Paustenbach, RNC’s Doug Heye, Daily Caller’s Moira Bagley, Ben Clark, Urban Daddy’s Jeff Dufour, Qorvis’ Seth Pietras and others gathered to listen to “Suspicious Package” at Glover Park’s Gin and Tonic on Friday night. While most of SP’s roadies called it a wrap when the band finished around 11pm, a few of these folks were caught shamelessly, solid-gold dancing at Smith Point hours later. You know who you are.

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Band: Tim Burger, Christina Sevilla, Tom Toles, Bryan Greene and Josh Meyer

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