Sailing Away with Yelp!

Fans gathered at The Naval Heritage Center and the United States Navy Memorial on May 29 - with a line wrapping around the corner in anticipation - to Yelp! for the Sail Away with Yelp pre-summer sunset soiree.

We were greeted by pirates, shipmen and sailors at the door, then trotted downstairs to sample snacks from Jackson's Famous Roasting & Carving Company, Giffords Ice Cream, Busboys & Poets, and others. And don't let us forget to mention libations from Honest Tea, Domaine de Canton and Tilia Wineries. (There was an especially popular line for various flavored milkshakes from Z-Burger... they even shelled out coupons for free burgers! Hope you didn't miss out on that one!)

The band, Party on Marz, really set the mood spinning hits for a crowd dressed up for the occasion - sailor hats, eye patches... and even inner tubes! Our most fun of the night? Poses and picture taking at the Jolt Events green screen photo booth.
Want more pictures? Visit here.

*Yelp! is a website where you as the consumer review local attractions. It connects people to great local businesses. If you see something on K Street Kate that you would like to review, be sure to Yelp! about it... and share your comment with us as well. Enjoy!

**Victoria Sanders contributed to this post.

Michelle's Angels Fight Breast Cancer


Will you be run/walking with us as we join Team Madison for the annual Komen Race for the Cure on June 6th? It's not too late to donate!

And it's not too late to support the cause in other ways, too. Tuesday night, June 2nd, Michelle's Angels will be gathering at Capitol Hill House for an evening of fun and fellowship. Support Michelle and so many others to win their battle with breast cancer - and have the chance to win something for yourself! Prizes include a week in a luxury penthouse apartment in Acapulco, a week on the beach in Florida or a gift certificate to the Willard Intercontinental for a weekend... Good luck to all - and good luck if you're run/walking with us on the 6th!


*Michelle's Angels was formed in 2005 in Austin TX following the advanced Stage III cancer diagnosis of Michelle Bynum. Michelle's treatment consisted of a double mastectomy, chemo, and radiation resulting in an almost 2 year period of remission. Last year in June, Michelle completed a triathlon in Austin and less than a month later was diagnosed with recurring Stage IV cancer and is back in chemo. Michelle continues her fight against cancer with her strong will and beautiful spirit.

www.HauteLine.com

Thursday night I served as a judge for the first in a series of city-wide modeling competitions to find HauteLine's new Haute Girl. Starting in DC and traveling as far as Puerto Rico, the online shopping site is looking high and low for "it" girls that personify their mission to bring unique styles, natural beauty and fashion fun to everyone.

This international contest for girls between the ages of 14 and 22 will end in a grand prize of $10,000 and a contract to represent the fashion and perfumes of IvanaJuliana and be the face of HauteGirl for one year. Winner to be announced soon - check http://www.hauteline.com/ for the latest news. And if you missed the contest in DC, consider trying for that cool cash and hot contract in another city near you.

But while you are waiting for the news... check out the great shopping finds o HauteLine and submit your most embarassing or funny story about shopping and fashion to HauteTalk for a daily shot at winning $300.

Aidah Collection Celebrates First Year

Lights, cameras and Aidah's Spring and Fall Collections made for quite the anniversary show Wednesday night. Models in Aidah's finest signature pieces - all with that trademark hand painted design - did the local designer proud as they showcased her work over the past year.

Yours truly was proud to serve as emcee for the evening.
Each piece is handstiched and hand painted, and Aidah takes pride in the fact that they are not mass manufactured, but locally designed and crafted. Her designs are created for the confident, the sexy, the unique, and the curvy woman...and now man! Wednesday night's show featured the first ever men's collection, complete with pants, tees, and turtlenecks.

Not only did guests enjoy seeing the fashions on the mini-catwalk, but the evening served as a "trunk show" of sorts. Taking note of their favorite pieces from the runway, patrons could purchase gift cards that would be honored for twice their value (for one night only)!
The night also featured a rather competitive silent auction! Someone finally outbid me on that dinner for two and hotel package... but I'm glad we bid it up, because 100% of the proceeds went directly to benefit Interstages.
For more on Aidah Fontenot and her successful first year, visit http://www.aidah.com/ and tell them K Street Kate sent you!

From the "Seriously?!" Files

Unemployment lines are bad enough without the recently laid-off also having to deal with those other lines - the ones that show up due to worry, furrowing and crow's feet. Marie Manning, who clued me in to this promotion, said "It's the pink-slip equivalent of the perfect storm - competition, lack of confidence and stress."

To help smooth over prospects for the recently unemployed, yet active job seekers, Reveal Medspa is offering FREE Botox injections on June 5 to the first 50 individuals who line up outside the company's Pentagon Row location. Participants will have to exchange their CV for the treatments (which can range from $300-$500). Seriously?!

Seriously. And in all seriousness, career recruiters will also be attending the event to help job seekers network, to answer questions, provide valuable tips, collect those resumes and offer on-site interviews.

Here are the full details:
WHEN: Friday, June 5, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Reveal, Pentagon Row, 1101 South Joyce Street, Arlington.
REQUIREMENTS: Proof of unemployment and a current resume will be requested before services are provided.

And be sure to write in and tell us about your experience for a chance to win a K Street Kate t-shirt!

Sleepover @ the Sofitel

Right in the heart of downtown DC - like minutes from the White House - is a historic American building with a very European outlook on life.

When Pierre-Louis Renaud, new General Manager of the Sofitel at Lafayette Square (806 15th Street NW) and I spoke about organizing a stay at the hotel, it was originally to check out the famously comfortable Sofitel MyBed (trademarked). But it wasn't just the bed that won me over!

I'm not one to stay often in hotels (remember I'm a B&B girl on vacations!), but I do appreciate the comfort, quiet and cleanliness of a well-run accomodation. And the chance to act as tourist in DC's downtown district during the Memorial Day weekend was too good to pass up!

Sofitel earns its 4.5 stars. From the warm greeting at check-in to the impeccable quality of the room, the delicious offerings at le bar and iCi Urban Bistro to the extreme capability and consideration of the staff, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. But, M. Renaud, those luxury linens were definitely the best part; I see a Sofitel MyBed product line in the future. I sure want one!

*I should note that I had two disappointments during my stay. One, the movie selection that I ordered at a way-to-early-hour in the morning wasn't working. But I didn't need to be watching a movie at that time anyway - I should have been enjoying my best night's rest on the MyBed! And second, unfortunately, DC's Sofitel does not currently have any spa offerings. This is a shame, as I'm sure the experience would be exquisite, but I'm told to look for a potential partnering with a local established spa in the near future. In the meantime, check out the gym!

This is NOT a paid endorsement, but an honest evaluation of experiences at this local business. We encourage you to visit Sofitel and let us know how you enjoyed your stay... and please tell them K Street Kate sent you!

Vintage Virginia Wine Festival

Hundreds of people will be toasting and tasting this weekend at the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival. On today's Let's Talk Live I had the chance to speak with the festival organizers (be sure to check out Andrew Hodson's Veritas Winery viogniers when you go!). See how Virginia wines are coming into their own.

Corcoran Graduation 2009

Yes, it's more than just an art museum. The Corcoran is also a well-known College of Art and Design. You may recall that probably one of the most famous graduates of the Corcoran, Tim Gunn (of late of Project Runway fame) graduated from this institution... with a degree in sculpture.

2009 graduates of the College were honored to have Gunn speak at their graduation ceremony Saturday afternoon at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall. Gunn was on hand to receive an honorary Doctorate from the College, but surprised many while speaking when he announced that this - 2009 - was the first Corcoran gradation that he had attended. He chose to skip his own. (Find out more by watching portions of his speech in the K Street Kate video above.)

Other famous Corcoran students who missed their graduations? "New Yorker" cartoonist George Booth didn't make his...but that's because he only attended, and did not actually graduate from the College.

The graduation ceremony was also an opportunity to showcase the All-Senior thesis exhibition -and for everyone to agonize over whether their graduation get-up was Gunn-worthy.

A Clean Life

Thursday night we were on hand for the launch of a new non-profit organization that is dedicated to environmental stewardship through waste reduction, sustainable eating, and community building. In these days were Green is Gold, Steven Mandzik, founder of A Clean Life, has hit on something near and dear to the masses - even if they don't quite grasp what they can personally do to make their lifestyles and activities more environmentally sustainable.

The party was open to any and all with encouraged tax deductible donations at the door. Cocktail specials and networking conversation ensued. One enterprising social media greens-pert even undertook to videotape attendees explaining how much they produced in trash weekly; no one wanted to own up to that one!

We learned (along with Mark Drapeau and John Michael Scott, above right) that in the District of Columbia alone, the average household produces 2,600 pounds of materials requiring disposition, per year! And we pledged with Robyn, Jessica and Sarah (left) to do our part to change it.

Here's to a clean life! Find out how you can do more by visiting www.acleanlife.org.

Aidah Celebrates One Year


As a spokesmodel for the brand and a supporter of Aidah's dedication, efforts, and talent, I'll also be MC'ing the fashion show on Wednesday, May 27th. Come out and support a local designer with promise!


Introducing the Paula Mendoza Collection

You've seen her featured in DC Magazine and dishing with us on The District Dish...but in case you hadn't had the chance to get up close and personal with the designs of Paula Mendoza (with Rodrigo Garcia at right), your prime opportunity was Thursday night at a suite in the Park Hyatt.

To launch her newest collection she didn't rent out a popular nightspot or send over the top invitations to high ranking socialites. In fact, the party was quite the opposite of her jewelry designs - understated - but still a fantastic success! And still quite the party!

Paola's pieces in the newest collection, the Cave of Wonders, offer wearers a quality of artistry that is at once raw and unfinished while uniquely attractive and feminine. From oversized rings to geometrically shaped earrings, necklaces of raw and refined gems to clunky-chic cuffs, each piece makes a statement...

Alex Turco

Tuesday night at Neiman Marcus in Chevy Chase, the Italian designer Alex Turco welcomed guests to view his collection and enjoy pairings with couture style and exquisite Fendi furniture.

Turco's "My Art is a Matter of Lifestyle" featured iconic female imagery painted and covered in glitter, stones and other luxe medium. How is it a lifestyle? One statement piece even showcased a former girlfriend in Turco's favorite color (which is brown).

To see more of Turco's art and hear him explain his inspiration for some particular pieces, be sure to tune in to K Street Kate TV.

The District Dish Tapes @ iCi


On Monday night, The District Dish taped webisodes to air this week with Columbia beauty and jewelry designer Paula Mendoza, Entertainment Host Guerin Austin, and Councilmember David Catania.

Don't miss any of the dish! New postings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Introducing Hub Theatre and "The Pavilion"

There are very few things that get me excited enough to leave Narnia (if you will remember, that is K Street Kate's nickname for DC; read the book to understand why). Yet when a member of the Board of Directors for Hub Theatre asked me to experience an inaugural performance of the theatre at 1st Stage in Tyson's Corner, I was actually excited to cross the bridge. I love the theatre!

I'll admit that the location was a bit off-putting. Set back off a service road full of store fronts advertising car parts or foreign vehicle maintenance was a hopeful sign pointing the way to the new Hub Theatre. Once inside, though, the space was perfect. Intimate enough for the audience to feel actively involved in the scene, but impressively staged beyond traditional community theatre. And the quality of the actors was pretty remarkable as well!

There are only three in the cast of "The Pavilion" by Craig Wright. The interplay between them was entertaining and poignantly realistic. (And I have to put in a plug for Jason Lott (the Narrator). He was totally captivating: a one-man show all on his own!) It's a story we all know too well: Can someone change? How do we deal with the actions of our past in our present and future? Can a happy ending end regret?

Find out for yourself by catching "The Pavilion" at Hub Theatre before it closes on June 7th. This trip out of Narnia is totally worth it!

Young Benefactors of the Smithsonian Gala

Yet another Roaring 20's themed Gala for the younger philanthropic and social set.

The Young Benefactors of the Smithsonian must have borrowed from the playbook of some of the other young professional cultural clubs around town when they chose their theme for this year's event, held last Saturday at the National Portrait Gallery's Kogod Courtyard. But we have to give the attendees due respect for being the best dressed flapper girls of the year thus far!

I was there to cover for DC Magazine so be sure to check a future issue for the update, but in the meantime... Raggs & the All Stars was the best 20's/Swing band at any of the events this year - mostly because they were equally as good at covering songs from the 70's, 80's and 90's and filled that massive courtyard space with music people really wanted to dance to! Hosts Taryn Fielder and Kenneth Suarez, and special guest Luke Russert were some of the best dressed of the evening. And the silent auction. I. Can't. Even. Tell. You. If you weren't there, you missed out on some of the best items (ever!) at some of the best deals. Honest to goodness. Wow.

LTL: Backyard Bliss

Do-it-yourselfer Dean Hill tells me how to turn my backyard into a blissful paradise this summer. You can, too!

LTL: DC Design House

Last Thursday on Let's Talk Live, I talked with two designers at the DC Design House about current trends and special pieces in their uniquely designed rooms.

Meet the Miss DC Contestants Tonight!

Join the Miss DC Scholarship Organization (including some of the candidates for 2009 who COULD WIN the title of Miss DC!!) as they host Miss Hawaii Nicole Fox tonight for a Miss DC Scholarship Fund fundraiser. Feast on Hawaiian themed cocktails, apps and music while feasting your eyes on the Beauty Queens at Hudson Restaurant tonight from 8-10 pm. Suggested donation at door.

From the Bullpen...

If you went to enjoy the Nats/Phillies game last Friday, perhaps you stopped by The Bullpen before taking your seats. No, not to heckle the starting pitchers during his warm-up... to enjoy food, drink and fun! The Bullpen is Bo Blair's newest entertainment venue just out side of Nationals Stadium. K Street Kate's own Victoria Sanders was on hand to catch the excitement of The Bullpen's opening day:

'Fools and Horses' had people dancing with their catchy songs and high energy. The delicious smell of hot dogs, kettle corn and tacos drifted all around. Lines formed for the opportunity to get involved in the Under Armour and Headfirst Camps interactive games and challenges. And in the beer garden, Nationals and Phillies fans alike gathered together to enjoy food and drinks as the game played out on numerous TV screens.








The Towering World of Jimmy Choo

Saturday afternoon, continuing the weekend of style at Bethesda Row, 'The Front Row' and DC Magazine hosted Lauren Goldstein Crowe, (speaking to fan at left) co-author of "The Towering World of Jimmy Choo" for a reception and reading of this brand new book.

A biography of the power and politics behind the Jimmy Choo brand, Lauren's reading selection had the audience all wanting more. Luckily early arrivals secured a free copy of the book to devour as soon as they got home!

Some questions we always asked ourselves that are answered in this book: Is Jimmy Choo a real person? Yes. How did he start making shoes? In a tiny workshop... as a cobbler making signature luxury shoes for individual customers. Does he still own the brand? No -and that's the best part of the book! What's the story behind those high high heels? Well, you're gonna have to read the book for that one, too!

Bethesda Row "Front Row" Fashion Show

Check K Street Kate TV for special coverage of the Bethesda Row "Front Row" fashion show featuring styles from several of the Bethesda Row shops. Thanks to Redwood restaurant for the delicious dinner after the show - and the true "front row" seats!

Valentino's "The Last Emperor"

Icon of fashion, Valentino Garavani, has often been recognized for his endless contributions to the fashion industry. Now his 45 year career has come to the big screen... in Washington, DC!

Ladies in layers of chiffon, sequins, lace and diamond embroidery rushed Bethesda Row Cinemas last Thursday for the premier of his documentary “Valentino: The Last Emperor.” Both area fashionistas and documentary lovers alike laughed in almost every scene captured by Director Matt Tyrnauer of this unconventional yet glamorous love story. The variety of humor in the film ranged from highlights of Valentino’s six pugs - Milton, Monty, Maude, Margot, Maggie and Molly -to Valentino's reference to models; He only wanted the tall ones! “Lets not hire any midgets...”


A lingering applause led to an open Q&A with Tyrnauer moderated by Jill Hudson Neal, Fashion Editor of the Washingtonian, taking viewers behind the scenes to learn the dynamics of the relationships in the film and celebrating almost 50 years of fashion and the end of an era for the icon.
*Victoria Sanders contributed to this post.

Washington Ballet's pastFORWARD

Last week at the Harmon Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Ballet presented an engaging performance including the world premiere of Edwaard Liang's "Wunderland," an extremely moving piece set to music by Philip Glass and evoking a wide range of emotions. Many in the audience allowed a tear to fall as the 'raindrops' began to fall on stage as well. Girlfriends and I attending the performance all agreed that "Wunderland" was our favorite piece of the evening, and even tried to arrange our schedules to attend a repeat performance. We strongly suggest you see it!

But after a few days have passed, I've reflected on the other two pieces in the program. George Balanchine's "Rubies" was a welcome re-introduction to the Washington Ballet for me. A classically trained dancer myself, I had previously been disappointed in the increasing moderness of the Ballet's repertoire. Balanchine's choreograhy in "Rubies" was a perfect mix of modern lines with the classical partnerships that traditional ballet enthusiasts have been wanting.

And to finish the show, Septime Webre's own "Juanita y Alicia" was an entertaining storytelling of life and relationships in what appeared to be the West Indies. Live latin music accompanied the sometimes lively, sometimes sentimental choreography.

These three pieces together renewed this (former) classical ballerina's interest in our city's own dance company while bringing in new supporters of the arts with the performance's entertainment and emotion.

For more on performances of the Washington Ballet, visit www.washingtonballet.org

SAVOR: Craft Beer at its Finest


The Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado is hosting the second annual SAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience here in town on May 30th, and it sounds like an event beer drinkers won't want to miss!

It's not quite Octoberfest, but SAVOR is a premier beer and food paring event in the US. Attendees will enjoy craft beers from 68 small, independent and traditional craft brewers who will personally pair their offerings with sweet and savory appetizers. Check out this video clip of last year’s event... and make a date with your beer stein to tap this year's kegs at the National Building Museum.

Newsbabes (& Bloggers) Bash

Also Wednesday night (after the Media Showdown) another on-air vs. on-wire event took place, but to benefit a great cause, the Komen Foundation.

Newsbabes to include:

Andrea Roane (WUSA9 News Now)
Angie Goff (WUSA9 News Now)
Anita Brikman (WUSA9 News Now)
Alison Starling (WJLA ABC7)
Cynne Simpson (WJLA ABC7)
Eun Yang (WRC NBC4)
Laura Evans (WTTG FOX5)
Lindsay Czarniak (WRC NBC4)
Pamela Brown (WJLA ABC7)
Sue Palka (WTTG FOX5)

And their blog supporters from:

KStreetKate.net (that's our new intern, Victoria, at right!)
AskMissA.com



Hundreds of guests came out to support the fight against breast cancer and show that this is a cause for anyone... anyone who is a woman, anyone who loves women, and as one survivor said... anyone who has a mother!

The night's theme was pink - Pretty in Pink (or...Pink to Drink! with a specialty cocktail made of pink VitaminWater and Absolut Vodka). Hello! cupcakes of every flavor and pink decoration satisfied our seriously sweet tooth after noshing on Lotus Lounge sushi.

Even Washington Nationals Rushmore Teddy Roosevelt popped in to show that this cause is a big deal. More images on K Street Kate's Flickr.

In the Know..

Another Bo Blair brainchild will celebrate its grand opening this Friday, May 15 at 5pm before the Nationals take on the World-Champion Philadelphia Phillies. If you're planning on heading to Friday's Nats game (or even if you're not), check out the ONLY option outside of the ballpark for fans who want to come enjoy the baseball atmosphere early.

Find it -- The Bullpen -- directly across the street from the main entrance of the Washington Nationals Stadium, offering interactive sports games for children (sponsored by Under Armour and Headfirst Camps), great local food vendors (including Rocklands and Surfside), and a beer garden sponsored by Bud Light.

The Media Showdown

Wednesday night at the National Press Club, amongst a variety of other newsworthy events, two very solid authors, with very solid expertise and very solid followings, ventured onto some very shaky ground.

Peter Shankman, famed of late for creating HARO (Help a Reporter Out) and being a generally avid new media enthusiast - as well as honest to goodness skydiver (you can follow him on Twitter @skydiver) engaged in a debate with Andrew Keen, (twitter @ajkeen) equally as famed for being named the "Anti-Christ of Silicon Valley." Behavoir scientists and new media experimentalist, Dr. Mark Drapeau moderated the lively debate, with some particuarly poignant points submitted from the audience.

It would have been an unrealistic expectation for those listening to find one side emerging as a winner in preliminary discussions of this topic, however, this first-ever meeting of the two personalities did lead to some interesting conclusions. One, those of us interested in the new media space do not entirely dismiss the importance and gravitas of traditional forms, and in fact, revere them for their ability to identify true experts in field, instead of allowing anyone to consider themselves an expert (Keen's "Cult of the Amateur"). Two, the ability to share one's voice on the internet is a right that comes with much responsibility. Anonymity is the death of credible conversation. And lastly, new media is faster/more convenient/speaks to today's need-to-know-now society... but can't entirely replace trusted sources of news. Trust, credibility, and network were the watchwords of the evening.

If you missed the debate, check out http://www.printvspost.com/ for links to Keen and Shankman's books for sale. And if you are interested in more events of this nature, comment below or send your suggestions to us at K Street Kate.
Limited images available on K Street Kate's Flickr.

Print vs. Post: Media Showdown

Just a quick shout-out and reminder for the Print vs. Post Media Showdown tonight (Wednesday) at the National Press Club featuring Andrew Keen and Peter Shankman, and local moderator/animal behavoir specialist Dr. Mark Drapeau. What does our media behavior mean? Is Web 2.0 screwed? Or is traditional media in the toilet? Find out tonight - just before the Newsbabes Bash!

Sweet Charity

Monday night at the Mandarin Oriental was a sweet sight - chefs from across the city brought their savories and sweets to share, and models dressed in confections took to the runway.

This year's Des Alpes fashion show challenged the pastry chefs to design wearable art that featured characters from classic literature. Belle, Heidi, Adam and Eve, the Queen of Hearts (worn by ANTM star Analeigh Tipton), Dulcinea, the Mad Hatter and more sauntered in sugar down the stage. Scarlet O'Hara unfortunately melted...

I was Miss Sweet Charity again this year, wearing that (heavy!) cake hat and representing the sweetness and potential in every child. Watch the runway show on K Street Kate TV!

Ball on the Mall

Friday night's Ball on the Mall celebration was a unique fundraiser to help the Trust for the National Mall's efforts to restore and preserve our nation's front yard. This inaugural event, hosted by the L'Enfant Society committee to include John Cecchi, Tripp Donnelly, John Akridge IV, George Chopivsky, Emily Coccaro, Sarah Knutson, Heather Guay and so many others raised more than $150,000 toward the repair of thirty years of neglect for the park and new educational programming to share the mall's rich history.

The L'Enfant Society is the younger accompaniment to the larger Trust for the National Mall, which has delivered funds to the National Park Service in a dollar-for-dollar match for federal commitments since the Trust's inception in 1997.

Ball on the Mall, themed "A Fete in Hoor of Pierre L'Enfant, Designer of the National Mall" seemed a roaring twenties tent party, complete with swing band and vintage inspired cocktails: Great Gatsby-esque. Jimmy Rayborn and guest drew an audience to the dancefloor, while the women attracted their own attention in gowns such as Jenn Millard's sweeping white number and Kristen Irish's fancy floral.

Image courtesy Alfredo Flores. More pictures from the evening (coming!) on K Street Kate's Flickr.

Amore Couture


Click for larger view of the flyer...

LTL: Comfort One Shoes

Also Friday on Let's Talk Live, Garrett Breton of Comfort One Shoes tells us about a new machine that can help him diagnose the best shoes for my feet. This one is a classic reminder... this talk show is LIVE folks!

LTL: More Politics on Film

On Let's Talk Live Friday, I spoke with filmmakers of "The Other Side of Immigration" and "Abraham Obama" whose film's were shown over the weekend at the Politics on Film festival.

DC Magazine and MyHelsinki

Also on Friday evening, pre-Nerd Prom, DC Magazine in collaboration with David Sutphen of the Brunswick Group invited guests to the Finnish Embassy to preview the release of the newest issue and view an exhibition which looks at Helsinki through the eyes of 12 talented Washingtonians.

The idea of MyHelsinki was to start a dialogue with interesting DCers and their Helsinki peers to foster a sister-city relationship and perhaps create future long-term collaboration.

Guests sipped cocktails and sampled hors d'oeuvres in a Finnish forest where the trees grew from the Helsinki experiences of twelve of Washington’s biggest talents including jazz musician and music advocate Davey Yarborough, Dr. Marta Palacios, principal of Bruce-Monroe Elementary and bi-lingual education pioneer, chef and organic food advocate Nora Pouillion, and architect and philosopher Travis Price.

You, too, can experience Helsinki at the Finnish Embassy through May 31. And check for K Street Kate's event photos (coming soon!) on Flickr.

Capitol File Screens PoliWood

Capitol File and the Creative Coalition introduced a unique pre-WHCD festivity last weekend - premiering a documentary on the 'Collision and Collusion of Hollywood, Washington and the Media.'

Last Friday evening at the Naval Heritage Museum (Kudos to Capitol File for finding this gem -- it's an exceptional place to hold theatre events!), legendary Academy Award®-winning director Barry Levinson premiered POLIWOOD direct from the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

POLIWOOD is a documentary film where 'politicians are the celebrity, celebrities attempt to untangle policy, and media reports it all,' set during the time of the McCain/Obama campaigns and featuring Anne Hathaway, Alfre Woodard, Spike Lee, Sting, Tim Daly, Kerry Washington, Dana Delany, Will I.M.., Mos Def and other notables on the trail with Levinson.

K Street Kate spoke on the red carpet with some of these celebrities and others, asking some political questions... and getting the scoop on their DC experience. Matthew Modine tells us why he would or would not run for political office one day... Tim Daly says he was the only one in the film willing to 'air his dirty laundry'... and Kerry Washington gives us the goods on some of her favorite DC eateries. Check back for footage on K Street Kate TV!

Cocktails with Creative Coalition

Tucked away on a winding road in upper NW, Lani Hay and Mark Smith hosted members of the Creative Coalition for dinner and cocktails pre-WHCD-pre-parties et al. Thursday night. An on the record jabberfest with journos, catch my write-up in next month's DC Magazine. Of the celebs invited, we spotted Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Alfre Woodard and Matthew Settle.

In the meantime, check out some of DC's fun news and blogger babes! I'm with Anne Schroeder of Politico, Christine Delargy of FishBowl DC, Kiki Ryan of Yeas and Nays, Stephanie Green from the Washington Times.

Sam Haskell: Promises I Made My Mother

Just in time for Mother's Day, Sam Haskell (at left), releases a book to honor his mother and the lessons she taught him that helped him to succeed in life - and in the cutthroat business of Hollywood.

Haskell is the former worldwide head of television for the William Morris Agency, representing clients in all sectors of the entertainment industry, and now serves as Chairman of the Miss America Organization. In the book he details how the pledge he made his mother to live a decent life has helped him to live and thrive - even through tough times and challenging situations.

On Thursday evening, Haskell kicked-off his 56 city book tour, announcing that "Promises I Made My Mother" was already 4th on Amazon.com after only seven days of sales. Phyllis George (mother of Pamela Brown, at right, and Miss America 1971) introduced Haskell to the crowd.






The audience was full of Haskell's dear friends from Mississippi, including Trent Lott and beauty Queens - Miss DC ED Teri Galvez, several past Miss DCs and several Miss DC contestants. Tammy Haddad (Tammy Faye for the evening to fit in with the Mississippians...) roamed with the Tam Cam, at left) while everyone admired Ann Hand's brooch and chatted with her husband, former Ambassador Lloyd Hand.
"Promises I Made My Mother" is available now in bookstores and online.

LTL: Kathryn Power, Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Today is Children's Mental Health Awareness day. I spoke with Director of the Center for Mental Health Services at SAMHSA, Kathryn Power today on Let's Talk Live.

MediaBistro @ the Bar...

At Wednesday night's MediaBistro cocktail party, held at Skye Lounge... this once-upon-a-time little cocktail party has turned into a massive crowd of media and PR-types. One of the best parts of the night is accidentally running into one of your favorite bloggers - or finally getting to put a face to the name of that guy who's always pitching you hot new restaurants, etc.

And the best news of the night for us? K Street Kate won the raffle and wins a free entry to MediaBistro Circus, where hundreds of top-level media professionals will come together for two exciting days of education and inspiration in media (and new media). We'll post all the news we can to make you feel as though you were there with us! Thanks to Joel Greenberg and Dan (above) who were my good luck charms on that one!

Cinco Celebration

Tuesday night's Cinco de Mayo Celebration hosted by Dawoud Al-Khabbaz, Seyhan Duru, Omar Rahman, and and Freddie Wyatt was an unconventional Mexican fiesta spot, but it certainly didn't lack in fiesta flair.
The first hour open bar might have served up more margaritas and cervezas than the border patrol bartenders could handle. But what always saves the day?! A big hat! Sherie Gabriel (above) sports a sexy sombrero. At left, Jessica Jacobs, Roby Penn, Windy Sheppard and I pause to pose, mid-convo, discussing the best Mexican eateries in the city. Then, at right, Andy Baldwin pokes his hat in.

What do you think? Lauriol Plaza? Don Lobos? Los Cuates? Cactus Cantina? Rosa Mexicano? Where the best Mex (or Tex-Mex) in DC?


LTL: "The Response"


Today on Let's Talk Live I interview Sig Libowitz, screenwriter and Producer of "The Response," which has won of the nation's highest film honors and which will be kicking off the Politics on Film Festival this weekend.

LBD Club Helps Women Connect, Stylishly

The Little Black Dress Club – little black dress not actually required – is a club for the modern woman. It’s a dinner club, a book club, a group of travel companions, or even a weekend movie partner. Just as an LBD is anything a woman needs it to be (and suitable for every occasion), so too are the friends fostered from the intimacy of belonging to a group and from sharing good times and fun experiences.

“We started the club in August of 2006,” remembers Christine Zellers, co-Founder of LBD. “I had broken up with a longterm boyfriend and really wanted to find a good group of girlfriends...

LTL: DIY with Jay Baker

I already know not to curl my hair like a Susie-Q for future on-air shots... but do you know about some DIY Spring cleaning and home projects? Expert Jay Baker tells us how, on Let's Talk Live earlier this week.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

This fiesta time is about more than chips, guacamole and margaritas!

Fun Fact: Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. (The victory was an important step for Mexico in her fight for independence - but Cinco de Mayo does not represent Mexican Independence day.)

Will on the Hill

Huge thank you to Pamela Sorensen for introducing me to the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Will on the Hill series, and tonight's "A Midsession Night's Dream" to benefit the artistic, education and community outreach programs of the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

A crazy cast of characters, including Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Senator Roger Wicker, WJLA's Gordon Peterson, Dan Glickman of the Motion Picture Association, NBC's Chuck Todd, and Susan Nixon of Capitol File, acted out a version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in which a Capitol Hill staffer used Shakespeare's words as a bridge between partisan differences.

An overall "roast" of the political process, the play served to show that words can truly express what one feels inside, and that, expressed correctly, even those on opposite sides of the aisle may sometimes agree.

The play was followed by a reception in the Harman Center's lobby.

Haven't yet visited the Harmon Theatre? Your first time visiting will undoubtedly be just as special as mine. Check here for a calendar listing of upcoming events.

The District Dish

Dish with us!

Now you can watch Erin Hartigan, Editor of DailyCandy.com on The District Dish. Daily Candy, much like the Dish', informs you of the best places to eat, work, shop, play, etc. in the District.

Tonight we filmed six webisodes of The District Dish at CoCo Sala in Chinatown. Be on the look-out for interviews with authors, DJ's, referees from some of your favorite drinking games and even a reality show bachelor... All that and more, on The District Dish.

State of Play

When a flick is filmed (and about DC) and one of the main characters is a blogger, you know it's on K Street Kate's must-see movie list!

My rainy Sunday included a trip to the Lowe's cineplex to see if this film does our fair city justice. Apart from some simple goofs, it's great! Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams play a team of investigative reporters (she's the blogger - and though she comes to respect the value and importance of the printed word, also does an ok job of showing why instant copy can be effective and efficient). They are out to get the scoop - and solve the murder of a Congressman's mistress.

Half of the fun of the movie for me was figuring out where each scene was filmed. Not all of the sequences actually run together logically - and I think one apartment complex was actually HUD - but some local stores got some extra publicity, and the Washington Times has to be happy that the producers basically copied their newsroom and typefont to create the fictional Washington Globe.

I'm no movie critic, but I left the theatre entertained and, as always, proud to be a Washingtonian. Check it out at theatres across town, playing now.

Gold Cup

The weather did end up cooperating with the 84th running of the Virginia Gold Cup Races. The droplets didn't start to fall until the cars were being packed up and the spectators (those that cared) were safely in their cars starting the hour or so trip back to the city.


Though generally overcast, it was a pleasant day for the six horse races and accompanying merriment that define the annual Spring tradition. Admittedly, few attending could probably tell you who won the signature race - and the $75,000 prize. The cocktails and clothes were entertainment enough, despite the rest of the action on Great Meadow!

The race was between two previous winners: 2007's champion, Salmo, was poised to beat defending champion from 2008, Bubble Economy - and he did! Salmo jumped beautifully; it was no surprise that he took home the Cup. At the Derby on the other hand... how wonderful would it be if we could crush the odds as Mine that Bird did!






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