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Posts Tagged ‘White House Correspondents Dinner’

SNL’S Cecily Strong to be Fourth Female Performer at WH Correspondents’ Dinner

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 7.57.09 AM“Saturday Night Live’s” Cecily Strong will headline next year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on April 25, White House Correspondents Association President Christi Parsons announced this morning.

Strong joined SNL in 2012 and is best known as a past “Weekend Update” anchor as well as “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party.” She will be just the fourth woman to perform at the dinner in its 82 years.

Parsons noted that Strong isn’t a stranger to politics and media—her father, Bill Strong, served as the Associated Press bureau chief covering the Illinois Statehouse.

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Celeb Chef To Cater RTCA Dinner

While the Radio/TV Correspondents Dinner is typically a quieter affair than the White House Correspondents Dinner, they’ve stepped up their game this year. The event, which takes place June 5th at the National Building Museum, will be catered by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. The RTCA Dinner has traditionally been held in the Washington Convention Center in past years, so it appears they are making an attempt to evolve and reclaim some of the prestige that the WHCD is known for. Let’s hope not too much.

From the release: “All guests will be encouraged to grab their white handkerchiefs, beads, masks and parasols that will be on every table and join in as they swing through the crowd.” They are expecting some 1500 guests — journalists, newsmakers and lawmakers.

Traditional New Orlean’s jazz pianist, Washington DC native and  longtime New Orleans resident John Royen will entertain. They’ll also crown a King or Queen of the Dinner. They’ll be presented with a cape, crown and Jester Staff and asked to lead the crowd to the after-party at the conclusion of the night. We have no idea what this could mean, but they’ll have two Jesters on hand creating mischief throughout the dinner.

The theme will be “Laissez les bons temps rouler ” – Let the Good Times Roll – New Orleans style.” It will feature dancing, masks, beads, although hopefully, no one will have to take their top off to obtain them.

Madeleine Albright Unveils WHCD Brooch

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has always been known for her collection of brooches. When we spotted her at The AtlanticNJ and CBS pre-WHCD party, we just had to stop her to snap a pic of her brooch. She happily stopped maneuvering through the crowd long enough for me to take a picture of this flowery vine piece she was wearing.

 

No Shoes, No Problem for Kathleen Turner

While most people opt to get dressed up for the White House Correspondents Dinner, we spotted a few folks who went “dressy-casual” for the event. There were lots of tuxes with no cummerbund or vest. There were a few bros sporting suits without ties. But, no one got more comfortable than actress Kathleen Turner.

Once inside the dinner… Read more

Malkin Wins Breitbart Award

The Heritage Foundation and the Franklin Center awarded the 2nd annual Breitbart Award to blogger Michelle Malkin at a ceremony in Orland Thursday night. It probably helped that Malkin was also the keynote speaker at the event. It’s an award given to a journalist who best represents the ideals of the late Andrew Breitbart.

While I’m SURE it’s prestigious award and not to take anything away from Ms. Malkin’s accolade, it does seems there are a hell of a lot of awards out there these days. And it gives me an idea.  Read more