The Morning After

We all know the drill – you’ll wake up tomorrow morning surrounded by confetti, strewn party hats and noisemakers, and perhaps an empty bottle or two. What better way to welcome 2010 than to ignore the mess, indulge your appetite and have one more drink! Here are some of our favorite picks to cure what ails you…

Perry’s
1811 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
202-234-6218
The revelry continues at Perry’s in Adams-Morgan which will host a special New Year’s edition of its famous drag brunch tomorrow from 11am-3pm. The $22.95 “Brunch and Bellinis with the Queens” includes a complimentary bellini with your meal, not to mention waffles, quiche and eggs mixed with cross-dressing performers in sparkling evening gowns – Happy New Year to you!

Georgia Brown’s
950 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
202-393-4499
Also hosting a Friday edition of its famous Sunday brunch is Georgia Brown’s in downtown D.C. Diners can enjoy the $36.95 jazz brunch from 11am-4pm with specialty cocktails like the “Low Country Bloody Mary,” and Southern staples like black-eyed peas and collard greens to bring luck in the New Year.

Gin & Tonic
2408 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20007
202-337-1958
For those more interested in football than jazz, head to Glover Park where Gin & Tonic owner, and former Georgetown University football player, Fritz Brogan will host an all-day game viewing party. Ward off your hangover with the restaurant’s specialty bloody marys, $7 Bud Light pitchers, and $4 mixed drinks. The bar will also serve food from neighboring partner restaurant, Kitchen 2404, with an a-la-carte brunch menu all day.

Crème Cafe
1322 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
202-234-1885
If you find yourself on U Street, head to Crème Café between 11 am and 5 pm where the chefs will be whipping up their delicious brunch fare usually reserved for weekends only. Select from an a-la-carte menu of everything from chicken and waffles to poached eggs on crab meat, and imbibe bottomless mimosas and spicy bloody marys for $16.

And if you don’t wake up until the sun has gone down, head across the bridge to the Arlington Cinema N' Drafthouse for a screening of “The Hangover,” touche! Doors open at 6:30pm with special prizes for the first ten people in line wearing pajamas! To get in free, go to @cinemadraft on Twitter and look out for the special tweeted password on Friday morning. But get there early – admission is first come, first serve.

And for those with the most endurance - the true revelers - head to McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon in Foggy Bottom between 7pm and 10pm for free mimosas and a complimentary appetizer buffet.

*Katie Kindelan contributed this post.

Only a Dufus Drives Drunk

We’re no math wizards, but one equation we know for sure is this: New Year’s revelry + icy roads + D.C. drivers = dangerous mix. There’s plenty of options out there so plan ahead to stay safe....

Tonight is the last night for SoberRide, the annual service that offers free taxi rides home to anyone who's been out at a bar or party and enjoyed it so much they shouldn’t get behind the wheel. Just call 800-200-TAXI (800-200-8294) between 10 PM and 6 AM and you can get a ride worth up to $50 anywhere in the Washington metropolitan area. Not a bad deal.

Metro will run until 2 a.m., and the Circulator buses will run late as well -- the Georgetown-to-Union Station route will go until 2 AM, and the Adams Morgan-to-McPherson Square route, which stops at 14th and U streets NW, has been extended until 3:30 AM.

And for those of you partying on the other side of town, the H Street Shuttle, which ferries partiers between the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station and the bars and clubs on H Street NE, will run until 3 AM.

Plan before the party to guarantee your good time.

*Katie Kindelan contributed this post.

Resolutions!



Attendees at Wednesday night's CBTweetUp (at Arlington's Caribbean Breeze) tell K Street Kate their resolutions for the new year. (Congrats to @NicolePRExec and @DCeventJunkie on putting together a fantastic tweetup!)

Our resolution? To keep giving you the best of DC life, work and play in 2010!
*Follow us on Twitter @KStreetKate

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Winding Down and Wine-ing Up

Another reason to celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of a new decade: Chugging for Chump Change!

While billed a "Made for Media" promotion, K Street Kate has it on good authority that Teatro's 2010 All You Can Drink $20.10 wine happy hours are open to anyone. Now even the cash-strapped chic can schmooze it up with the regulars at this power player hotspot.

See you at the bar!

Real World DC Premieres



We caught up with Real World DC cast members Ashley Lindley, Callie Walker, Emily Schromm and Ty Ruff Wednesday night as they talked to the media before the reality show's premiere episode at BlackFinn. Organized by MetroMix (and conspicuously w/o any MTV branding in the place), this "Official Premiere" party was the largest gathering of cast members at one event for the release of the local edition of this much anticipated show.

After a crowding of cameras and questions, the very-soon-to-be-stars then mingled with the masses - and continued to throw back tequila shots - as the captive audience got to know them, for real.

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Year's Coolest Gadget

Brilliance in a box.

We admit we're gadget geeks, and we're in love with this genius tool. Remotely view what's going on under the dome or outside your door while you're in Cabo... or out in the club. Vue Personal Video Network comes with two mountable cameras which allow you to monitor any antics over the web, from anywhere!

High jinks or home security.

Gives new meaning to "Where's the remote?"

Best Vegan Spots in the City

The vegan diet and lifestyle prohibits the use of animals for food, clothing... or anything else! Unlike vegetarians, who allow themselves to eat dairy products, the stricter vegan diet might make it more difficult to find a healthy and nutritional meal while eating out. But these DC dining spots provide some of the best - and best tasting - vegan options. So good, even meat eaters rave about them!

View the entire list here.




An Era's End

It's the end of the year (and the decade!), so it's natural to write of all the highlights and low blows which defined 2009. And what a year it has been! We were riveted with Twilight sagas, Jon & Kate's divorce, Twitter finally taking off, Paranormal Activity, Lady Gaga, Tiger Woods, Cash for Clunkers, swine flu, the Salahis, Balloon Boy, Laura & Euna, Captain Sully, Bernie Madoff, and don't forget that historic Inauguration which started it all...

But I haven't met anyone yet who isn't thrilled to see 2009 nixed - and ready to usher in 2010. Because let's face it, 2009 sucked. The money dwindled, the jobs dried up, and way too many of our entertainment (and other) icons passed away.

So when we don our party hats and lift our champagne toast to the year that was, we'll be moving forward with enthusiasm and purpose, but also saying a heartfelt goodbye to those '09 has us leave behind.

In Memory:
Michael Jackson (cardiac arrest)
John Hughes (cardiac arrest)
Farrah Fawcett (cancer)
Walter Cronkite (cerebrovascular disease)
Dom Deluise (undisclosed)
Bea Arthur (cancer)
Les Paul (pneumonia)
Steve McNair (shot)
Frank McCourt (melanoma)
Ron Silver (esophageal cancer)
Ed McMahon (undisclosed)
Ted Kennedy (cancer)
Danny Gans (accidental prescription drug toxicity)
Don Hewitt (pancreatic cancer)
Ricardo Montalban (congestive heart failure)
Patrick Swayze (pancreatic cancer)
Natasha Richardson (head injuries/ski accident)
Billy Mays (hypertensive heart disease)
Paul Harvey (undisclosed)
Ellie Greenwich (heart attack)
David Carradine (asphyxiation)
Brittany Murphy (cardiac arrest)

And now we make a resolution to look ahead... All the best to you in 2010!!

DC's Best Bars of 2009

Dive, pub, lounge... BAR. It's where you feel comfortable. Where you get what you want. The best bars are the ones you love to be in. And we know you'll love these.

Click here to view our picks for the top five bars in Washington, DC.

New Years Eve!!!

T minus three days and you've dropped the ball on deciding where to watch the ball drop. With so many choices - and nearly every bar/lounge/resto/offering a fixed price party - the options are overwhelming. But not all excitement is created equal.

Here are our nine top selections to say BOOM BOOM POW to 2009 (in no particular order):

You can have dinner at Marvin, or just stop in after 9 PM when the 14th street resto (and not-yet-even-opened Jamaican themed Patty Boom Boom around the corner!) jointly features a DJ set by Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton. Be the first to see the new spot, enjoy music by DJ Keenan, vocalist Sleepy Wonder and the Thievery man himself for only $20.

Head to H Street's Palace of Wonders for a Daredevil New Year's Eve and more sideshow antics than you can shake your sword at. Fire breathing, sword swallowing, tassle twirling and a freak-in good time help you bring in the new year with a big bang! All day, from 10 AM, $20.

DC101's Elliot in the Morning and Roche host a Downtown Countdown with 3rd Eye Blind and Gonzo's Nose at the Grand Hyatt, beginning at 8 PM. Four areas on entertainment - and a bartender for every 75 attendees - means you won't be waiting to be served... or mingling with the masses. It's one of the pricier parties, which takes care of that as well. VIP SOLD OUT. GA currently $169.

Set sail at Current for a Cruise to Carnaval in Rio. $40 GA tickets (or pricier table options) afford you a midnight champagne toast, balloon drop, and other swag to give you your sea legs. "Couples and Bubbles" tickets available as well.

Across the street, 18th Street Lounge provides a South American soiree with Brazilian Beat Brooklyn's duo on the main floor and a special 2010 introduction set by Thomas Blondet. Evening MC Zeebo of See-I presides over the main room battery and Blue Bosso on the second level, where The Donvonte McCoy Sextet also goes to Rio. Tickets $30.

Put on the Ritz at The Reserve , a chic space offering an intimate and classy countdown. $100 gets you an open bar all night - or include dinner for just $50 more.

At the Park Hyatt - not to be confused with the Grand Hyatt above - DJ Neekola will be spinning while you enjoy your open bar, tapas buffet, and heated outdoor patio with cigars and scotch. $140 makes it happen, complete with party hats, noisemakers, hosted by WUSA9's Angie Goff and friends.

Ryan Zimmerman and Chris Cooley host an open bar party at George. 9-1 premium open bar packed with preppy partiers. Last minute tickets $125.

Euronet International's "007 License to Thrill: Thunderball Around the World" Gala will be taking over the Washington Plaza Hotel. Previous years have been featured in Playboy! Expect brazen Bond girls, free flowing champers, and a Sean Connery look-alike, mock casino gambling, music and fun from around the world. 9:30 PM start. GA tix $149, VIP $199, Presidential $300.

Be safe,have fun, Happy New Year!!!

We Are the Champions

We have to thank all of our readers/viewers/fans and friends. After a spirited competition, K Street Kate emerges victorious. Your votes on Metromix secured our place as DC's "Best Local Blog"/Online Magazine. See results and other winners here.

If you missed the televised special (and spoof!) which aired December 26th on WUSA 9, there is another chance to watch on Wednesday, December 30th. Or Save the Date! K Street Kate will be showing appreciation for our loyal supporters with a celebration at Current Lounge on January 21st.


Gorgeous Like Gretchen

Gretchen wants to get you glam.

One of Orange County’s Favorite Housewive’s, Gretchen Rossi is sharing all of her beauty expertise in a contest to make-over five women to kick-off the New Year with a fresh look. In partnership with Syneron Medical, she's calling it The Gretchen Project. “The holidays come in with a whirlwind and then we take time to reflect on our goals and desires in the New Year,” Gretchen tells us. “A fresh and updated look for 2010 can go a long way to boost confidence and provide a new outlook. I’m looking forward to... watching the amazing transformations.”

The "quintessential O.C. girl" is combing major metropolises for the metamorphosis. A local winner will be chosen from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. in addition to one overall national winner. Enter by applying here with photo, detailing in 250 words or less why you deserve a makeover for 2010. Deadline 1.17.10.

What's included in your Gretchen Project makeover?
  • Consultation and personalized beauty treatments from a renowned aesthetic physician using one or more of Syneron’s medical aesthetic systems, such as a VelaShape™, eMatrix™, ReFirme™ or other Syneron system (for medically-eligible winners)
  • An exclusive make-up package from Gretchen Rossi’s new line “Gretchen Christine Beaute”
Turn your fashion fix into everyone's entertainment.

Pay What You Can

We're not only petered out from purchasing holiday presents, but exhausted from the economy as well... wondering how to pay for some post-holiday entertainment. But we're jonesing for a night out of the house - and away from the bars, please! And funny enough, we found it!

From VH1, Comedy Central and MTV, Matt Kazam comes to the DC Improv tonight. Once monthly, the Improv offers an experience for the budget-strapped to bowl over with laughter for only the amount they can afford. Tonight's the night!

Tickets may still be purchased in advance for this evening at the normal ticket price of $15.00, but tickets to "Pay What You Can" are available on a first come first served basis upon availability. Doors open at 6:30 for a showtime at 8 PM. *18 and older only.

Enjoy Matt Kazam and big laughs for a little loot.

After the Gifts are Opened...One More!


After you've opened the presents under the tree and enjoyed all the time you could stand with your family for one day... Midtown offers one more gift. And this one may be just what you need after Christmas Day!

A free open bar!

Christmas Day, 9-11 PM, RSVP (and table sales) suggested, but not required.

Christmas Caroling @ The Willard



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Sportscaster George Michael Passes

It is with sadness on Christmas Eve that we report the passing of famed longtime DC sportscaster, George Michael (no relation). After 28 years with WRC-TV (Ch. 4), Michael resigned his position due to budget cuts in 2008. This morning (Thursday) he lost his long battle with cancer, passing away in the early hours at Sibley Hospital.

His former employer, NBC Washington, was the first to break the sad news.

The Power of the Pooch

The irony of the Watergate Dogs Calendar cover hits hard when you see how many residents take their four-legged friends for a frolic. Could it be that the historic site doesn't care for dogs walking on the lawn... or on their wall calendars??

Not at all say most Watergate dog owners. "A pet makes a house a home," according to calendar organizer Steph Woods, whose Bichon Frise Flake is one of the calendar canines. "But we usually do try to keep off the grass!"

The cause the annual addresses is one they keep close to heart and home as well.

HART, a no-kill animal rescue shelter in Northern Virginia, compiles a similar canine calendar each year to support their efforts. Watergate residents, notorious for pampering their pets, wanted to photograph their own local leash-wearers to benefit HART. The calendar features pooches like Woods' 'Flake', Carol Lascaris's Bichon 'Truffles', Gigi Winston's Cairn Terrior, Jonathan Weinberger's 'Ozzie' & 'Napolean', and Elizabeth & Bob Dole's 'Leader' - who grabbed the coveted December spot.

Who can say 'No Dogs Allowed' when the cause is so cute, cuddly and in need of care?

The District Dish: Andre Wells



Let's face it - we can never get enough holiday events... or events throughout the year! That's why we've invited Event Planner-to-the-Stars (and Presidents...), Andre Wells, to dish with us on our final episode of 2009. He's got advice on how to put together an elegant party and a sophisticated invitation list, as well as tips for how to be a good guest.

We'll return (and have Sonya back!) on January 6th with some new dish, our faves from 2009 and what's in store for the New Year.

www.thedistrictdish.com

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How'd They DO That?!

Seriously skilled, and on display a Cafe Milano. A seasonal snapshot to get you in the mood for that plane/car/bus/sled ride to wherever you'll be for the holidays. (Us? We're here!) Have a Merry One!

xo

Meeting of the Minds

It's a motley crew, but an influential one, sitting around a large table in the back of Milano Tuesday evening. Kristen Soltis (not pictured), Carrie Sheffield, Alex Howard, Erica Anderson, Leslie Sanchez, Susanna Fox, Lindsay Mastis, Lewis Shepherd, Mark Drapeau and I (not pictured in order)... all enjoying some holiday cheer and fine Italian fare while chatting over ways to take over the world via collaborative media. Ok, not the world - yet!

Eavesdroppers would have learned that this group of media trendsetters had been selected to present to Dr. Drapeau's journalism and media course the previous semester at GWU... and attendees will tell you that the rest is purely off the record.

Happy Holidays and be prepared for what's to come in 2010!

The stockings are hung, the tree is trimmed,
The cookies are baked, but your mood is still grim.

You finished the easy tasks, but what's left to do?
Gift shopping for those who won't give you a clue!

You're stuck on ideas - How to find something fast and ready?
Something great for guy or gal - a year of pedis!

Cuticles gives 12 monthly treatments for just $144,
A pampered steal, impossible to ignore.

This offer ends on December 25th,
So don't delay - go get that last minute gift!

A Great Skate

As we mentioned in our post for Microsoft, one of the most unique experiences in DC is ice skating in the National Sculpture Garden.

Whether you gracefully glide across the ice... or wobble in your booties like we do, it's an excellent opportunity to engage in sport and enjoy the winter weather, now through mid-March 2010. Lessons and lockers are available, as are panoramic views, nibbles and hot drinks in the Pavillion Cafe.

And this frolic of frigid fun is only $10! (Skate Rental $3, Admission $7)

N...ice!

The District Dish: Hook & Ladder Beer



Local Silver Spring company, Hook & Ladder Beer, brews up some dish with us on the latest episode. CEO Matt Fleicher tells us about how the brewery got started, how to pair beer with tasty bites, and how this company is giving back - particularly to local firefighters and burn units.

Want to join in on The District Dish's BREW-haha?? :) Follow us on Twitter or tell us what you think of this episode and others (and suggest future guests!) on Facebook.

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Microsoft Allows us to Tell DC's "Brightside"

Check out Kate's guest post on Microsoft's "Bright Side of Government Blog" - one of a few invited posts to share the little known news about contributors' hometowns:

Other than "Where do you work?" it's probably the most often asked question in DC. "Where are you from?" The question is about more than arrivals into our busy international airport or tags on the outgoing Christmas packages... In a city as transient as ours, we're intrigued with how all of this diversity, variety and globalization all comes together - and makes for such a fascinating place to live, work and play.

I'm not from DC because I was born here, have family here or have lived here for decades. I’m from here because I caught the bug and voluntarily quarantined myself. But even if you're not from here, or can't admit to it just yet, there is so much to see and do!

Where else can you:

Read the rest here.

Try, Try Again?

Inside intelligence from the Watergate told us months ago that Dubai-based Jumeirah Group (luxury hotels from New York to Dubai) was bidding with developer Robert Holland to purchase and operate the historic Watergate Hotel.

But new news this weekend but those hopes on hiatus.

According to sources - and then verified by quotes in the Washington Post - Jumeirah and Holland weren't able to call in enough cash to fulfill their duties after several attempts at closing. The renegged deal reopened the door for Monument Realty (previous owners of the space who had defaulted on their own mortgage and caused a bank bidding (non) frenzy) to repurchase the hotel.

$40 million sealed the deal... the exact amount of Monument's previous defaulted laon. No word yet on who might be renovating or managing the property - or current plans for refurbishing this Foggy Bottom landmark.

Skin Secrets

Just what the Doctor ordered... and only available at Luxxery certified medical facilities (a KSK sponsor).

The season's celebratory cocktails and other merriment take their toll on our spirits... and our skin. But lately I've been keeping mine holiday healthy with a special foaming enzyme cleanser and moisturizing night cream.

Luxxery's celeb cosmetic sculptor, Dr. Ayman Hakki, has more than creating perfect curves on his mind. In this season that's harshest for dry skin, blemishes and uneven complexions, the Dr. has developed a private line of cleansers, lotions and other prescription products to soothe your skin.

It's available for the new year... or for you NOW if you mention K Street Kate at Luxxery.

Snowmageddon!

Don't hold your breath for a White Christmas.

Even as a 16-24 inch snowfall (more than DC has had in any December on record) blanketed the region Saturday, forecasters began to predict a wintry mix of weather for the coming week that will surely blemish the sheets of undisturbed snow from the early weekend.

That fierce snowstorm not only made roads impassable, halted Metrobus service for almost 24 hours, delayed even underground Metrorail lines, shut down BWI and National airports and caused a shuttering of stores on the last weekend before Christmas... it also prompted the Federal Government to close on Monday.

We'll remember December 2009 as the time the skies couldn't wait to give us our White Christmas... the year of the blizzard that stopped DC in its snowtracks... and the snowstorm that couldn't keep Kevin Jonas from getting hitched!

BEWARE: Winter Weather Warning

Whether you love or hate the snow, here is something you need to know.

Mayor Fenty has declared a snow emergency for the District beginning at 7 AM on Saturday morning, December 19th. If you are one of the many that must park on the city streets, please be sure to check if you are in a snow emergency evacuation zone. Cars left in these zones are subject to towing and $250 fines.

Just a friendly note to find an appropriate space for your vehicle before you head out to sling snowballs. Enjoy the snow day!

Naughty or Nice?

Santa needs to recheck his list.

In order to gain admission to the 20th annual Naughty or Nice party to benefit Toys for Tots, a nice donation or children's gift was required at the door of Public (if you're thinking you've heard of this party before... usually its staple spot is Georgetown's Third Edition). But once inside, Douglas Development's Douglas and Matthew Jemal, HermanMiller's Lisa Scala and GWSA's Kerry Ann Meslar (none pictured) got to be a little bit naughty. too.

All fun and festive - no lumps of coal here!

The District Dish: Georgetown Cupcake



Georgetown Cupcake moved to their new location on M Street earlier this week, but just before the doors opened (literally, the day before!), co-Owner Sophie LaMontagne dished with us about the business behind this brand of little sweet treats and why their cupcakes really take the cake.

Find out about the pink box accident, Sophie's favorite cupcake, and how the sisters feel about their local competition.. and some West Coast cupcake companies trying snag some of DC sugar rush.

www.thedistrictdish.com

Magic & Miracles

Seeing this venue on an invitation gets people excited. It's not just the jellybeans, whoopie pies and other smorgashboard of often forgotten favorites, events at The Mansion on O Street are experiences. "But I kind of feel like I ate the wrong cupcake in Alice and Wonderland," said one of last night's guests.

Well, any sweet tooth can tell you there's no such thing as a wrong cupcake, but what is wrong is neglecting the needs of individuals in the city who need a chance to rectify their mistakes. Thursday night's experiential event for Ready, Willing & Working was a benefit to help homeless and formerly incarcerated men to receive that second chance - training and work opportunities to break the cycle and reenter society as productive citizens.

Councilmen Jack Evans and Tommy Wells stopped in for brief visits, while Nicole Siobal, Patty Brosmer and Paul Pascal welcomed featured guest Kojo Nnamdi, hit the brazen buffet and bid on an one of the original DC Party Animals (painted elephants and donkeys that peppered the city streets since 2002).

Funds help beneficiaries - like one in attendance - to sign their very first rental leases and secure jobs with good wages. Not Alice's rabbit hole... but this house does put things in a new perspective.

Bawling Over Baldwin?

Sad news breaking today that our fair city will lose one of its best-looking, most-hyphenated men about town when former "Bachelor"/U.S. Navy Doctor/Diver/Triathlete/Philanthropist/Humanitarian Andy Baldwin relocates to sunny California in July. Baldwin broke the news to Politico and confirmed via Twitter that he's been assigned to Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital to complete his Family Medicine Residency.

Baldwin's tweet on the big move was the breaking news, of course, but our favorite came a few lines down:

"sitting here in my underpants, drinking a sam adams, and doing laundry. Oh what a night." 8:22 PM Dec 15th from TweetDeck

Ah... ladies across D.C., we mourn right along with you!

*Katie Kindelan contributed this post

From George to Our Female Readers:

Mixing Bowl

Bloggers, Bloggers everywhere. So much news and thoughts to share!

Thursday night the fashion, food and lifestyle bloggers took over Sweetgreen's Dupont location, hosted by the salad spot, The Glamazon Diaries, Oh My Goff, K Street Kate and Fashion Washington. Writers had a chance to meet each other, discuss upcoming trends and projects, and enjoy donated treats.

FW's Betsy Lowther was surprised by how much was going on that she hadn't yet heard about, and Greg O'Neill of Greg's List learned a new recipe he plans to try out over the holidays, while the Bulldog Finance Group's Scott Dworkin apreciated the chance to put a face with the blogs he reads regularly.

Stuff We LIKE

We stopped by Likeblood’s meet and greet at Alero Restaurant hosted by SoBlu, Inc. on Tuesday night. Over guacamole and Greygoose, we talked with the group right before their show at the 930 Club.


Likeblood is a hip hop group that is as DC as it gets - alums of Duke Ellington High, shooting their latest big single Red Carpet around town, and staring in the indie film Jazz in the Diamond District about go-go music.

We learned insider info about the group - that they have personalities - Mbea da 1 is the comedian, Dre Strong a trained actor, and Young E is social media mogul. And like all true artists they prefer not to boxed into the genre of hip hop, instead noting to ‘make good music’ is their signature style.


We left the greet and headed to the packed 9:30 Club with the feeling that this hip hop group was great at performing, but maybe most successful because they treated each other, and their fans, like family. In fact, LIKEBLOOD.


*Felicia Montgomery contributed this post.

Wilbon Says Pardon the... Pour

As long as our Jack & Ginger turns out ok, it doesn't usually matter to us who's hanging out behind the bar. But we may have to become more daredevil with our drinks so we can stump some sports celebs when they test their pouring prowess for MenzFit tomorrow at new bar, Recess.

Thursday, December 17th from 6-8:30 PM, Michael Wilbon, DeMaurice Smith, Fred Smoot, Clinton Portis, and Bernard Hopkins will be generous - and generously pour - for disadvantaged men to return to work successfully with interview-appropriate clothing, career development and financial literacy services, the specialties of MenzFit.

Specials will be offered, such as the featured $5 MenzFit Martini, but we think it'd be more fun to ask Wilbon to make us a Whiskey Sling and see him sweat!

Santa Screenings

It's not quite the drive in movie (yes, some DO still exist!), but if you want to relive the days of open air on screen flicks and get in the spirit with some classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas," you won't want to miss the projection of these festive films on the wall of the Tiny Jewel Box at 1147 Connecticut Ave. NW.

We missed getting to live again with George Bailey last Monday... but still have time to get our earmuffs and scarves and set out to enjoy these faves - showing every day this week from 5-7 PM!

A Christmas Story – Tuesday, December 15
White Christmas – Wednesday, December 16
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Thursday, December 17
The Nutcracker – Friday, December 18

The District Dish: Septime Webre



Septime Webre, Artistic Director ofTthe Washington Ballet dishes with us on the latest episode of The District Dish. With his choreography for the Nutcracker onstage inspiring audiences to celebrate the season, he's already looking forward to his next big masterpiece - a version of The Great Gatsby to pull you back to the 20s. We imagine prancing days of plenty on pointe.

Hear Septime tell you all about it and more!

The Young Victoria

I cried. And so did the guy sitting next to me. But we laughed as well, and we cringed and we clapped. The Young Victoria put on a roller coaster of emotions - much like Queen Victoria faced in her early years. The difference was that we were allowed to express them.

Expectations were set high for Tuesday's advanced screening of The Young Victoria (release for DC theatres is on December 18th). Just hours before the reception/screening, Emily Blunt received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture." Her exceptional portrayal of the first shaky years of Queen Victoria's rule - and her love for Prince Albert - was spectacular for its costuming, set and direction and as well as its acting and performance.

Washington area viewers described it as "great," "fantastic," and "one of the best movies I've seen this year." And though we didn't catch that one lady in the back of the theatre for a quote, her girl power exclamations told us she was feeling it like the rest of us.

Dates and Save-the-Dates

Please note: The Gift of Recess event co-hosted by HostDC and K Street Kate planned for Saturday, December 19th has been rescheduled. Please make plans to join us on January 9th for a night of boardgames, buddies and booze - and bring your children's book donations for the DC Public Library!

AND... if you're a blogger, don't forget the Fashion, Food and Lifestyle Blogger HH tomorrow (Wednesday) from 6-9 at Sweetgreen in Dupont! Looking forward to seeing you there!

G..ingle Bells

"This is definitely the type of event I see myself attending year after year," says Proof Digital Media's Lisa Mabe (seen here at left with (photo courtesy of) Yianni Konstantonopoulus of Avendi Media). Santa must have promised to fill their stockings with all the best for 2010!

She's actually talking about the annual Georgetown Jingle, started by The Four Seasons, JDS Designs, the Washington Design Center and other partners in 2006 to raise money for pediatric oncology programs in the DC metro area. This year's event, held last Sunday at the hotel, was chaired by Cynthia Bruno and featured 16 holiday trees and other vignettes staged by local designers - and put up for auction - or to give you ideas for trimming your own tree!

Holiday tastings and children's workshops helped to complete this seasonal soiree.

Radio City Rockettes Come to DC!



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Flipped Again!

And now they are opening in Silver Spring... Go ring the dinner bell and tell 'em you saw it on K Street Kate!

Let Them Eat FREE Cake

Nationally renowned Georgetown Cupcake is celebrating the relocation of their popular sweets shop from Potomac Street (where the line stretched down the block) to a bigger, brand new store on M Street in the heart of Georgetown. Is this the end of the line?

Not with deals like this! The cupcakery will be giving out free cupcakes during their grand opening today. Stop by, chat with owners Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, and enjoy a free treat to help make your holiday season even sweeter!

Today, 10 AM - 9 PM

Zinzi Ball

Those who aren't familiar with Frank Sr., Frank Jr. and Chris Zinzi might just consider it the Bartender's Ball, but for those in the nightlife industry who have been celebrating with Rumors' famous founding faces for the last 22 years, the Zinzi Christmas Party is the annual Christmas collision of work and play.

Sixteen sponsored bars in the lower ballrooms of the Grand Hyatt showcased so many of the favorite liquors served in DC's nightlife establishments: Jack Daniels, Jagermeister, Patron, Dos Equis... a true patronage party now hosted by some 80 owners and bar managers in addition to the featured Zinzis.

Drinking, dancing and debauchery showed that these folks know how to enjoy their off day - and how to get a mean hangover - even if they'll be serving you again tomorrow. (Photos coming!!)

The District Dish: Terra Cotta Warriors



If you hadn't heard about the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at the National Geographic Museum, this episode with museum Director Susan Norton will certainly entice you. Not only does the exhibit bring the images you've seen depicted in National Geographic magazines right to you, it is particularly notable as this is the largest number of figures that the Chinese have ever let come together in the United States!

Commissioned by the Emperor of modern day China, these figures are supposedly modeled after his warriors and those who served him. Found accidentally by a local farmer, some massive underground pits of clay warriors have been opened to reveal an array of companions to follow the Emperor into the afterlife. And Norton explains that thousands more may yet be unearthed!

Watch this episode, then rush to get your tickets before they sell out!

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So, What's the Deal?

You read KSK to get the scoop, but don't forget about some other great DC reads. We suggest 'What's the Deal DC', a locally grown website offering discounts on restaurants, spas, theaters, and other cool things to do around the DC Metro area. Another reason for you to read? WTDDC is hosting a charity promotion this week. If you sign up to receive their newsletter (from today through the 20th) and receive information about a new deal each day or two, WTDDC will donate a $1 to either Martha’s Table, Food & Friends, or Fashion for Paws.

Because DC is FULL of deals!

Rovers Out, Revelers In

And you thought depreciation happened when the cars were driven off the lot (or out of the showroom)! In fact, it is appreciation. And everyone certainly was appreciating the good time at Land Rover of Alexandria on Saturday night. (Pictured: Rodrigo, Tim, Lilly and Mario)

The more the merrier for this annual BYOB extravaganza. Going strong for 12 years, the packed showroom celebration was a heck of a holiday party - and a fundraiser for the National Capital Area Alzheimer's Association.

Land Rover, a sponsor of the annual Blondes vs. Brunette football fundraiser for the cause, plans to continue its involvement with community events and special soirees.

A Ticket for Us... Every One

Some 1400 DC public and charter school students filled Warner Theater last Thursday, eager to see Clara's Uncle give her that magical Nutcracker and transport her to the land of the Snow Queen and Sugar Plum fairy. The Washington Ballet's version of the traditional Christmas ballet was incredible - and adapted to be very, very local - but the logistics of organizing such a performance were as sporting a feat as the graceful athletics on stage.

It is through the efforts of the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative that each DC schoolchild had such an opportunity to celebrate the season... for free. Transportation included. The Collaborative's 'Arts for Every Student' program enables the children and chaperons access to attend arts and cultural events (both entertaining and educating) as an enrichment to their academic studies.

Arts in education advocates have long promoted access to performances and workshops in school. See what the DC Collaborative is doing to incorporate creative needs into the city's rich culture... and the excitement on the children's faces when the arts come alive (video embed).

The District Dish: Fashion BS



On the newest episode, Fashion BS Co-Founder, Elaine Mensah joins us at Ten Penh to dish about the new fashion talk podcast. They've BS'd with Nigel Barker, Project Runway designers, local celebs... maybe Anna Wintour will be next? Or James' personal favorite - Mariah Carey?! Find out all about the show, why it was started and how it can entertain you.

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AND - Wanna meet Elaine and James? Fashion BS will be presenting the grand opening of the new Current Boutique (this is the 2nd location... in Old Town Alexandria) on Sunday, December 13th at 1009 King Street, 5-8 PM. Learn about consigning for cash, shop and sip, and discuss what NOT to wear with the Fashion BS team.

The GIFT of Recess


Recess was always our favorite part of the day. HostDC lets us relive those schoolyard glory days with their monthly Recess parties. And on Saturday, December 19th, the kid in us comes out again as HostDC, K Street Kate and DJ Adrian Loving join together at the Sheraton National to bring you The Gift of Recess.

Discounted tickets are available to this holiday party of boardgames, buddies and booze as we will be asking for a donation of a children's book at the door (or $5 to purchase a book from the wish list) to benefit the DC Public Library.

You remember how great it was to be a kid. Help us make the lives (and learning environments) of local kids just as special. Tickets available here.

Show No Show

Something was missing from the Tahari fundraiser at Saks Wednesday night. Not sequins, satin or exotic prints. It was... Elie and Rory Tahari! Inclement weather kept the couple and their plane in NYC - though they did call in to express their love and support - while locals Peter Abrahams (DC Magazine), Jade Floyd (DCThisWeek), Ebong Eka (District Dish), and Linda Erkiletian (THE Artist Agency) were among those who made up for the weather malfunction.

The event was an exclusive look at the Elie Tahari Holiday 2009/Spring 2010 collection with the added mission of highlighting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the featured (if absent) couple's favorite charities.

*Khaleelah Po Rome contributed to this post.

Nights of Noel

Looking to get cozy this Christmas?

Every night in December (except the 24-28), from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, enjoy lobby performances at the Willard with the area's premier choral ensemble. Reminisce on this year's memories over drinks at the bar... or at the delightful high-tea Chinois.

Invitations

Muleh, that brilliant furniture, fixtures and fashion boutique on 14th street has had some exciting evenings over the years (remember our third anniversary party!?). But walking in Wednesday night to find a full length table elegantly - and expertly - set by Events by Andre Wells made quite the impression. Impeccable.

Hosts Christopher Reiter (Muleh), Andre Wells (Events by Andre Wells) and Larry Abrams (RSVP Catering) arranged the cocktail and dinner affair to welcome and honor the new Fashion Editor of Washingtonian Magazine, Jill Hudson Neal (seen at left with her husband and guest, Michael Wilbon). Jill had previously worked as Bridal editor for he magazine.

Cindy Jones, Aba Bonney Kwawu, and Anton Papich were but a few of the guests at the intimate gathering... taking notes on the placesettings, tabletop, food and fashions so as to make their own next gathering - or holiday party - as inviting.


(Top image: with Juleanna Glover, Christopher Reiter, Andre Wells, and Rodrigo Garcia. Bottom right, Andre and guest with sensational spinner Adrian Loving.)

Press "Release"

If you wanted to keep last night’s HH convo OFF-the-record, let's hope you weren’t sipping cocktails at Current Sushi... where media folks of all types flocked for the Mediabistro.com holiday party. The top floor of the trendy sushi bar/lounge (and KSK sponsor!) was packed with journalists, PR flacks, and non-profit and government workers alike enjoying complimentary appetizers, drink specials galore and the opportunity to network, network, network. (Sadly, more than few name tags read: JOB HUNTER.)

Spotted: attendees from Edelman PR and Potomac Communications Group, HuffingtonPost, Army Times, The Washington Post, Washington Times (proudly, with JOB HUNTER status not on his name tag yet...), Voice of America, National Geographic, George Washington University and the Department of State.

An undercover night of fun before they cover all the other parties of the season!

*Katie Kindelan contributed to this post.

A Festive Flight

'Tis the season... for fun, over-eating, gifts and networking! We told you about the AMA (American Marketing Association's) 1st annual SWAG BAG party that was held last night, but little did we know how much business would get done before the swag was scored.

An all volunteer organization, the AMA is a large group of professionals interested in marketing their businesses, their products, themselves! Everyone has a need for a promotional advocate - and Wednesday night Fly was full of 'em! The plane soared through the "skies" while members and potential clients mingled in the crowded cabin.

And attendees left with more than an airplane bag of peanuts. Hefty swag bags filled with AMA member goodies - like Schott shot glasses, Higher Logic sunglasses, a blueberry fortune cookie from Topaz Lounge (mine gets me a free Zodiac cocktail!), a pizza cutter from Bottom Line Products, and sound aides from new local business Ear Peace.

More images to come!

O' Christmas Trees

Joyeux Noel, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and all of the rest…

Shine is in style for the holidays. Have you noticed that bit of extra sparkle across the DC skyline of late? It's either magical elves or the glow of the numerous national Christmas trees lit over the past few weeks.

Last night, the Capitol Christmas tree, an 85-footer from Arizona, was lit by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Kaitlyn Ferencik, a lucky seventh grader from the tree's home state who won a contest to join the Speaker. Hundreds in the holiday spirit braved the cold to see the sight and enjoy music from the U.S. Marine Corps Band and the Congressional Chorus. The Capitol tree lighting comes less than a week after President Obama and his family lit the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, and city leaders joined with the Norwegian Embassy to light the 32-foot Christmas tree and wreaths at Union Station.

So now that the trees are trimmed, there's just one question... is your shopping done?
(Image: Miss DC 2009, Jen Corey, at the Capitol Christmas tree lighting.)
*Katie Kindelan contributed to this post.

The District Dish: Janina Gavankar



Dishing some true Hollywood dirt! Janina Gavankar, perhaps best known for her role as sporty Latina, Papi, on The L Word, joins us since she is was in town to celebrate Thanksgiving with her big sis... Sonya! (Little did we know...) We took advantage of her candor to find out just what the West Coasters were saying about DC, what roles she wishes she had landed, and what it's like to play, ahem... such diverse roles. Look for her coming up in FX's new series, The League.

Janina is a riot. AND, another important reason to watch... find out how Ebong does during his impromptu improvisation lesson!

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Bye George!

Sad news today... one of our favorite society couples will soon depart for the bright lights and big jobs of New York City. Politico and TVNewser both report that George Stephanopoulos has accepted the Good Morning America anchor job - we've heard rumblings on this front for weeks now - and the family (George, Alexandra Wentworth and their two daughters) will be relocating to the Big Apple in the coming weeks.


So while we send our congrats to George, we lament the loss of two of Georgetown’s favorite scenesters. Both outlets report that George will hold on to his This Week hosting duties for at least a little while longer, though, so maybe we’ll still see the family enjoying Sunday brunch off Wisconsin Ave?


*Writer Katie Kindelan contributed this post.

Golden Greetings

The Golden Triangle BID wished all of its business affiliates Happy Holidays at new K Street restaurant Kellari last night. Members of the area business improvement group gathered to kick off the season and welcome a new - and notable - business to their ranks: The National Geographic Museum!

Long time fan - really, he's collected every published issue since the year of his birth - Councilman Jack Evans was on hand to congratulate the BID, which is in his Ward (2), and accepted a gift from NatGeo Museum's Director, Susan Norton... the DVD boxed collection of all of those issues, which is sure to take up considerable less space on his office bookshelf! (Video embed)
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(Top image: Golden Triangle BID members from the Greater Washington Board of Trade and National Marathon.)

Wolf's Got GRAMMY, Not Granny

Congratulations to the Wolf Trap Opera Company on the GRAMMY nomination for its piece,'Volpone,' in the category of ‘Best Opera Recording.' This comedic opera piece was specially commissioned by the Foundation, has been much acclaimed... and now is GRAMMY nominated!

Recorded at The Barns at Wolf Trap, Volpone was conceived, written and designed specifically for the park's intimate 375-seat historic theater. It is the only U.S. opera recording nominated for a GRAMMY; the composer, John Musto, is the only American composer in this category; and Volpone is the only 21st-century work represented.

Just another great reason to visit Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

*The 52nd GRAMMY awards are scheduled for January 31, 2010, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Young Victoria

We're proud to bring you yet another romantic historical flick before it hits the theatres. This time we're previewing, "The Young Victoria," which portrays the young life of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

The film features Emily Blunt (Sunshine Cleaning) and Rupert Friend (Pride & Prejudice) as well as one of our faves - Paul Bettany - capturing the human element of Victoria that isn't as well documented as the 63 years of her reign.

"Engrossing," "fascinating," and "a touching love story in these cynical times" according to audiences, "The Young Victoria" opens in DC theatres on December 19th. But who wants to wait for that?? We have 5 pairs of passes to the pre-screening and opening reception on Tuesday, December 15th. Join us for cocktails at the Ritz's Degrees bar before we head over to the Loew's theatre for the main event.

How to secure your spot on the guest list? Be one of the first five to e-mail us the correct answer to this trivia question:
Until the age of three, what language did Queen Victoria speak?


Congratulations to Robin Karwowski, Nicole Nolte, Kristin Knihnicki, Shawn Gorman and Stefany Meyer. All correctly told us that Queen Victoria's first language was, indeed, GERMAN, and won a pair of tickets to the reception and pre-view screening next Tuesday!

Read daily to see what you could win :)

To Dye For

There is only one place in DC to get it. PR at Partners was singularly selected (in the company of only 200 salons across the country) to preview L'Oreal's latest hair color technology - INOA - which will launch nationwide in May 2010.

INOA stands for "innovation no ammonia," and is a permanent, obvi ammonia-free, odorless color line with high gloss that claims to leave colored hair with renewed strength. And from what we saw last night, the innovation is impressive.



At a private party for PR @ Partners FreshLook VIPs last night at Zentan, hair models who had been transformed with INOA dyes allowed guests to see, touch, tug, and tousle their freshly colored cuts. Attendees were then treated to mini makeovers... leaving with a swag bag of full size L'Oreal products that would enable them to recreate the styles at home! These were stylings and up-dos, of course - no one was dyed in the restaurant. But if you think these colors are to dye for, head in to PR @ Partners now and be platinum blonde by the company party... a brunette by the holiday ball, a redhead...

*PR @ Partners is the signature salon of K Street Kate.
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