Be a Greenie

I learned something when I went to Georgia last weekend. Down south, "greenies" are a special canine treat. In DC, they are those of us supporting the Green Cup of Polo!

Want to join in on kicking off this year's Green Cup of Polo? Enjoy ecotinis on the patio and spend the night mingling with the Green Cup players, the host committee, sponsors, and fellow Washingtonians at Hudson Lounge! The night will also serve to benefit some worthy beneficiaries: EarthEcho International, Equestrian Partners in Conservation (EPIC), and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).

Hudson offers at fun and friendly atmosphere with drink specials and a preset Green Cup of Polo Dinner. Friday, July 10th, 6:30 - 11:00 PM (Suggested donation, $15)

Being a Greenie is good!

Miss DC 2009...

Join us at the historic Lincoln Theatre at 6:30 PM on Sunday, July 12th to find out who will be the next Miss DC and cheer for Kate Marie Grinold as she takes her final walk and celebrates a year of crowning achievements. K Street Kate will be asking those tough on-stage questions!

Tickets available through Ticketmaster.

Move Over MySpace?

Set to go live today (June 30th) is a new website designed to aid emerging and established artists and assist in creating an online creative collaboration. Let the DC art scene rejoice. Read the full story here.

THE REAL Washington DC

K Street Kate was selected to film with two other local "well-known city-dwellers" showcasing some insider DC hotspots on the show "THE REAL: Washington DC" airing on BBC Worldwide (anticipated air date, September).

This series of travel documentaries has previously featured Paris, Tokyo, New York, and other major tourist destinations, but this show is different. "THE REAL" series takes a look at the little-known, but very cool sights of some of the world's major cities that the guide books don’t show you. These sites are off the beaten track from the usual tourist destinations. They are hip retreats, cool boutiques, or hot night spots that only those in-the-know could possibly reveal.
Want to know where I took them? You'll have to watch! Be on the look out for me when it airs!

Huge thanks to Michael Atlan and the BBC crew (Gwen and Richard) for such a wonderful day of filming and fun around the city. I do hope you've enjoyed seeing my city as much as I've enjoyed showing it to you!

(500) Days of... Summer Best DC Date Spots

Thanks to those of you who wrote in with great DC date spot ideas to win tickets to tonight's screening of the new flick (500) Days of Summer. So what were some of those great date ideas?

Alicia D. suggests picnicing at Screen on the Green, followed by rooftop cocktails at the new W Hotel rooftop when it opens.

Raymond P. thinks you should take in a football or baseball game with your sporty honey.

Amanda A. likes walking around the Tidal Basin and enjoying the beautiful monuments and scenery. Simon Y. thinks Eastern Market is a sure-fire first date spot.

Anthony P. thinks picnicing along the Potomac is romantic. Bike along the C&O Canal out to Great Falls, then back to Georgetown where you can canoe out of Jack's canoe's in G'town and spend some time on the water with your sweetheart.

But Anh N. thinks the best DC date idea is touring the monuments at night. "With no tourists bustling about, the moon beaming off the tidal basin and the monuments all pretty and lit up, it can be romantic. Plus for some fun times, you can joke around with your date and make up historical facts about each monument."

Hoop Dreams... Wasn't Just a Hoop Dream


According to Hoop Dreams Founder Susie Kay and the organization's website:


It is with a heavy, humbled and very grateful heart that I let you know that we
have made the very difficult decision to bring the operations of The Hoop
Dreams Scholarship Fund to a planned close, which will take place over the
next few months. The HDSF Board of Directors on June 22, 2009 made a very
responsible decision to adopt a resolution to dissolve our organization. More...

Hoop Dreams wasn't just a hoop dream. Hoop Dreams was an organization that many in Washington, including us, were proud to support. Over the course of its 13 years, over 1000 local youth were afforded college scholarship opportunities. It was about a better education, and enriched life and a stronger community.

It is sad that the current state of affairs in our domestic economy has forced this closure. Kay states, "Our ability to raise funds to continue providing our students with resources to serve them in the way that has made HDSF so impactful and special has declined drastically in this particular economic climate... The organization will continue operations and remain a support system for all current constituents, in a reduced capacity, through the fall."

Though we are sad to hear it, we do want to congratulate Susie an the entire Hoop Dreams team on the impact they have made in so many young lives. Keep up your wonderful work in whatever way you can.

The District Dish - Mark Jenkins

New today - watch Mark Jenkins, celebrity fitness trainer, tell us what he does to stay fit, how he's helping kids in the District maintain healthy habits, and how he trained Diddy for the marathon!

*The District Dish is interactive! Follow us on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. And, if you just can't remember when to tune in for a new webisode... don't forget to sign up for our mailing list!

Invited: Schmooze & Sniff

On Wednesday, July 1, 2009, Park Hyatt Washington, arguably the city’s most pet-friendly hotel, will host a “Canines and Corks” happy hour, benefiting the Washington Humane Society. Area residents and guests are invited to bring their four-legged friends, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, to meet and mingle on the hotel’s outdoor grounds, adjacent to the lobby.

The Washington Humane Society Mobile Adoption Unit will be on site for guests to meet adoptable animals from their shelters (and perhaps find them a new home)! The cost of the event is $10, which includes two drink tickets for beer and wine. Complimentary dog treats and water bowls provided.

Domestic Violence Day @ Nationals Park

Kick-off the July 4th weekend with Becky’s Fund and the Washington Nationals! We can't think of a better way to celebrate the best of our country - and bringing out only the best of the people in it - than with some philanthropic fun surrounding the Nation's pasttime.

Join Becky Lee (of Survivor: Cook Islands), Founder of Becky's Fund, to watch the Nationals take on the Atlanta Braves on July 3, 2009 for Domestic Violence Awareness Day. Autographed items, t-shirts and more will be raffled, along with an opportunity to join the Nats for batting practice!

Becky's personal cause and the purpose of Becky's Fund is to strike out domestic violence... and there is no better time to take a stance against this issue than cheering on the Nationals as they strike out the Braves, inning after inning! Click here to buy your ticket now.

Becky's Fund is a public charity dedicated to domestic violence awareness and prevention. Since 2006, the Becky’s Fund team has worked hard to introduce innovative ways to educate people of all ages and stations in life about issues concerning domestic violence. Please visit our website at www.beckysfund.org.

The District Dish - Mary Watson


On the newest webisode of The District Dish we dish with Mary Watson, VA Wine Ambassador about the upcoming VA Food & Wine Festival. She explains what we'll learn about wine and food pairings, which glass to use with which wine, and how we can use a local car service (Reston Limo) to take advantage of the day o'fun (hopefully in the sun!) in a sophisticated and safe way!

Comings and Goings @ Cap File

Join us in saying good-bye to Lisa Horten, former Cap File Deputy Editor, who has decided to move to Atlanta with her husband as he attends graduate school, and hello to good friend and former co-worker (at DC Style) Christie Findlay, who will be replacing Horten in the Deputy Editor position.

Findlay rejoins another DC Style co-worker, now Cap File Editor in Chief Sarah Schaeffer. Best of luck to Lisa and warmest congratulations to Christie on the big news!!

L2's MJ Tribute

G.W. texted in to tell us:
This is [G.W.] from KStreetKate.net reporting that L2 was a BLAST last
night. Michael Jackson tunes in abundance, the crowd was energized, the
liquor flowed (but wasn't half price) :) and Rodrigo was the perfect host.
It was just one very memorable night. Thanks for letting us know about the party!
Tell us how you celebrated the lives of MJ... or Farrah.. or Ed. Comments accepted below.

Bad.

Whether or not you are superstitious enough to believe that tradegies happen in threes, you had to have been shocked yesterday when the trio of celebrity passings started with long time ailing Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett and ended with the unthinkable... Michael Jackson.

Each an icon and a legend in their own right, from Johnny Carson super sidekick and "Star Search" host (I tired out years ago, if only I had gotten far enough through the finals to meet him!), to Charlie's Angel to the King of Pop. Over the next days and weeks, there will be tributes aplenty for these shining stars and the brightness they brought to lives around them, both as entertainers and fundraisers/philanthropists but also as people - because let us not forget they were someone's sister/brother, daughter/son, Aunt/Uncle as well.

To all three of you... from all of us who appreciate you... rest in peace and know that you will be remembered.

Best of DC Launch: Style File

Check out these images from Wednesday night's Best of DC Book Launch event at the National Press Club:



Wagging the Dog

Owners, Lisa Schreiber and Ofer Khal decided to set their business apart by taking standard pet care to another level. WagTime, the District’s premiere indoor/outdoor pet resort named named the year's "Best Doggie Daycare in DC" by the Washington City Paper has moved to into a new 'doghouse' so to speak, and is celebrating it’s new 6,000 square foot state of the art facility with unique amenities to cater to area pampered pooches.

Wagtime offers contemporary grooming and therapeutic massages at the Paw Spa, cage free boarding, home doggie Power Walking (or leisurely stroll), pet pick up and drop off services, and pet adoption (via the Humane Society, Recycled Love and Rescue Angels) as part of its packaged services essential for the time-starved urbanite pet owner. Did we mention the new space has a deck available to rent for puppy birthday parties?? Something worth seeing.

Check out the new 'doggie digs" (yes, for felines, too!) on Saturday, June 27th from 4-8 at 1232 9th Street, NW in Washington, DC. Check here for more information.

Philanthropy Party

Wednesday's preview screening of NBC's The Philanthropist with The Creative Coalition at the Landmark E Street Theatre (555 11th Street, NW) was followed by a reception with the cast and producers at Coco Sala (929 F St., NW). DC socialites, philanthropic in their own right, mingled with the likes of James Purefoy (famously Marc Antony in HBO's ROME series), Peter Horton, and Jesse L. Martin as well as NBC Entertainment and Universal Studio's Ben Silverman.

(Top right, 'Rob and MB' with Peter Horton. Above left, James Purefoy and Peter Horton. At right, Washington Times reporter Stephanie Green and Carol Joynt of Q & A Cafe with Ben Silverman, who claims to love Washington!)

Bringing Style to U Street

You may wonder why K Street Kate would want to tell you about an event sponsored by another online lifestyle publication... because we're all about bringing you the best of the city, and when someone else has a great idea, we love it, too!

The Scene Bisnow is "Bringing Style to U Street" - that's right, U Street has some of the city's newest, hippest boutiques, restos, and hangouts, and you should know about them! Saturday from 1-7 PM venture up and down U Street with a Sagra passport (only $5 and you can get it at Nellie's at 8th and U) and have it stamped at all participating venues along U Street ending at Local 16. This passport not only gets you the chance to win a prize, but also entirely benefits the Inova Kellar Center’s substance abuse programs.

Some of the hotness you'll experience: Maserati demos, $3 Peroni drafts, free food, live entertainment (a DJ at Policy, Vespa demonstrations at Café Saint Ex, and other cool different Italian showcases at each venue), and a chance to win $1000.

It's Unique. It's Unusual. It's Uber Chic. It's U. Be there Saturday on U Street.

Best of DC

We like to think we bring you all the best of DC, but if you need it in a hardcover bound version, you're in luck! Last night (Wednesday), Matthew Christian Davis and GVP Media introduced the new seven pound volume, Best of DC, to much fanfare at the National Press Club.

Many of the people, places, non-profits and concepts featured in the book were represented at the event, including entertainment by the Capitol Movement dancers and audience members Becky Lee and Gayela Bynum.

Check back for images of the evening and photos in our DC Style File.

YPFP Date Auction

From someone who was up on the auction block last year, I can tell you that this was a fun event! Now here's your chance to bid on eligible singles (or not - I was dating someone, and my own boyfriend didn't win me last year!!) at the second annual Affairs of State date auction and concert on Friday, June 26th at the City Tavern Club in Georgetown. Some hotties include: Susan Kihunani, Allison Katz, Jorge Andreas, and Mark Drapeau...

Tickets include a live concert with SICK FEED, an open bar from 9 to 10 PM, drink specials all evening, that infamous live date auction, and a silent auction where guests will have the opportunity to win lunches with foreign policy leaders! Last year over $25,000 was raised, and in these times when foreign policy is CRUCIAL, the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy group needs all the help they can get!

*YPFP is a 501©3 organization which was founded in November 2004 to foster the next generation of foreign policy leadership. The group includes over 3,000 members in government, think tanks, media and non-government organizations who have the opportunity to attend weekly events on issues of international affairs and career paths in foreign policy with senior government officials, private sectors, ambassadors etc.


Take My Picture!

FOTOWEEK - it's a weeklong photographic festival in the Nation's Capital that celebrates the power of photography... what's that they say about a picture being worth a thousand words? We found out today that you can enter to be a part of the festival. And your picture can be worth much more than a thousand words... or even a thousand dollars!

As last year, FotoWeek is offering an awards competition in addition to the exhibition. Open to everyone, from professionals to amateurs to students, entrants will have the chance to have their works shown in the FotoWeek exhibit space and online, andpublished in the 2010 limited edition FOTOWEEK book! Oh yeah... and there's more than $21,000 in cash and award prizes!!

Here's the distinguished panel who will judge the works: Joyce Tenneson, David Alan Harvey, Simon Bruty, Paula Lerner, photo editors Alice Gabriner of the White House, Dan Westergren and Gail Fisher of National Geographic, RuthEichhorn of German Geo, Bonnie Stutskiof Smithsonian Magazine, and collectorTony Podesta of Washington DC. Entry deadline July 26th... winners announced September 13th andrecognized at the FotoWeek DC Awards ceremony to be held at the National Geographic Society’s Headquarters on Thursday, November 5, 2009.

Good luck and happy snapping!

NFTE (or Nifty as earlier)

Courtney Olujobi and Michael Clements (Washington Life) come together to co-host for a charity close to our hearts: The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Inc. (NFTE). Join us in the spirit of goodwill and encouragement for our youth who wish to pursue the path of entrepreneurship!

(500) Days of Summer - WIN TICKETS!

By now you've probably heard about the upcoming movie (500) Days of Summer. It's not your classic love story, but rather, an offbeat romantic comedy about a woman (Zooey Deschanel) who doesn't believe true love exists, and a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who falls for her.

Whether you believe in love or not - DC's a notoriously hard place to find it. But that doesn't keep us from trying! Could summer be the time to start a budding romance? Tell us how you would do it... DC Style!

K Street Kate and Fox Searchlight are teaming up to fill a theatre at an upcoming screening of (500) Days of Summer on Monday, June 29th at Regal Gallery Place cinema (7:30 PM). Send in your ideas of best DC dates (or date spots!) by Saturday at 12 pm (noon) to kate@kstreetkate.net or @kstreetkate on Twitter for your chance to win a pair!


Alexia Crawford Sale This Week

Deals and steals in Georgetown..

Fans of Alexia Crawford know that they have never before been able to view her jewelry designs on sample sale in DC, but we're announcing the first-ever Alexia Crawford DC Sample Sale is coming later this week!

Find fashion jewlery and accessories all priced between $3-$15. Up to 70% off Retail! Come in and search for fun, affordable accessories to top every look at the W Hotel Talent Center, 3307 M Street on Thursday, June 25th thru Sunday, June 28th from 11am-8pm.

*Alexia Crawford Inc. is a New York based fashion jewelry and accessories company, established in 1994. Designs can be found in independent boutiques as well as department stores and national specialty stores.

K Street Kate 3rd Anniversary Survey

We're about to celebrate three years (July!) of bringing you the best of DC! Some big celebration plans are in the works (three year olds always get to play with the big-kid, cool toys!) , but in the meantime, please take three minutes or so to fill out our survey so we can serve you better.

*Interested in becoming a sponsor for the big bash (or the daily e-zine)? Always feel free to contact us at kate@kstreetkate.net or on twitter @kstreetkate.

Green Cup of Polo


The Capitol Polo Club invites you to show your green credentials and join Washingtonians, diplomats, polo enthusiasts, and VIPs in Poolesville, MD for ecotinis, organic cuisine, two action-packed polo matches, and a day of family-fun of Saturday, July 18th from 12-6 pm.

The Green Cup of Polo takes on the responsibility of reversing some of today's trends and preserving the environment for future generations. Not only does the day of equestrian fun revolve around the education of sustainable commitments (all profits from the event goes to support ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy), EPIC (Equestrian Partners in Conservation), and EarthEcho International), but, as last year, carbon offsets will be purchased to balance the direct travel and electricity emissions resulting from the event.
Tickets of varying levels are now on sale. Make your plans soon, because ticket prices increase during the week before the event!

Jabberu

On today's new webisode of The District Dish, we speak with Rob Anderson, Founder of Jabberu, a foreign language program for kids, about why kids should learn a foreign language, how they learn differently from adults, and, exactly what is a Jabberu??

Worst Metro Tragedy in DC History

Take a moment with us to hold those involved in today's (Monday's) Metrorail collision in our thoughts. Two rush-hour trains on the Red Line collided this afternoon after one train smashed into the back of another, killing at least six people. The accident, the worst in Metro's 33 year history, happened between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations just after 5 PM.

For more information on the incident, road closures, and delays leading into tomorrow, visit here.

Saved by the Bell?

Boutique Lounges, LLC is trying to bring DC some of what what lost when our playground (Play Lounge) was replaced by Midtown last year. Schoolyard antics are back!

Located steps from the White House, Fisayo Esconsay and Brandon Howard's new high concept lounge, RECESS, is prepped to open its doors to savvy locals on September 1st, 2009. The two claim Recess promises to be a break from the norm and a safe haven to those tired of the same formula-driven bars and nightclubs in the area.

Stay tuned for updates as Recess undergoes construction and emerges in September 2009 as D.C.’s potential newest hot attraction.

Presidential Yacht

The U.S.S. Sequoia, a meticulously restored 104-foot yacht that has served Presidents since Herbert Hoover, could be found docked at the National Harbor Saturday night. Scheduled to take supporters of Luke's Wings, a non-profit which provides travel planning services and airplane tickets for the families of wounded warriors currently hospitalized at medical and rehabilitation centers all over the country.

The Sequoia was the scene of some of America's most historic events: It was used during the Harding administration to enforce Prohibition; FDR and Eisenhower were aboard planning D-day; Truman decided to drop the bomb on Hiroshima and later conducted the world's first nuclear arms control summit; Kennedy celebrated his last (46th) birthday party; and Nixon negotiated the first arms control treaty with the Soviet Union, and later decided to resign on its aft bench, amongst other great scenes in history.

And Saturday night, Co-Founders Fletcher Gill and Sarah Wingfield welcomed supporters of Luke's Wings as well as some of its beneficiary soldiers on board to take in some of its storied history and become a part of it themselves in a unique fundraiser for the organization.

Above, Fletcher Gill speaks to Luke's Wings supporters. At left, on board the U.S.S. Sequoia with Luke's Wings soldier beneficiaries. To find out more about Luke's Wings and how you can help the cause, visit here.

Cavalli!

No, it wasn't Roberto Cavalli that made all the ruckus at Current Friday night (although there were rumors that he would show... those turned out to be just rumors after all). What was the big deal? Liton Khan and Mood Bacho! The pair celebrated their birthdays in conjunction with an Official DC Launch of Cavalli Vodka Friday.

The summer party not to miss included two packed floors and a deck filled to capacity where partiers enjoyed a mix of music with two DJ's, VIP tables, and those sexy Cavalli vodka bottles. By the way, Happy Birthday Liton and Mood!

Invited: Give the Gift of Literacy

Join Colbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for The Washington Post, radio and TV commentator, and the Washington Literacy Council at Busboys & Poets on June 24th, 6-8 PM. A $50 donation gets you your first drink, complimentary refreshments, and a dialogue on education issues and solutions to raise the literacy levels of DC adults and families. For more information and ticketing, see here.

The Washington Literacy Council is the largest provider of literacy services in the District of Columbia. Proceeds help to provide individual and small group reading and writing instruction to adult learners and families in the city.

You Be the Fudge

This one is fun and super sweet! A race to see which local bakery will win official brownie status on Bliss Washington's (the spa in the new W Hotel) legendary brownie bar. Your choices: Baked & Wired, Bread & Chocolate, or Heller's Bakery.

Vote for your favorite until June 30th - and be on the lookout for the Bliss Brownie Spa Squad around town to taste test the treats. Voters could win a facial and double choc pedicure!

Invited: Tigerlilly Foundation

Thursday, June 25th, 7:00 – 11:00 PM, join Maimah Karmo, breast cancer survivor and Founder of the Tigerlily Foundation for DIVA Night Out at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks (11787 Lee Jackson Highway) to raise funds for young women living with breast cancer.

Local celebs like Vernice Armour (Breakthrough guru), Michel Wright, and Jasmine Alexis (Miss DC's Outstanding Teen) will be there, enjoying cocktails (apart from Jasmine, of course!), appetizers, dancing, fashion show, and spa treatments.

Buy tix, $60, here, which includes swag worth more than $120, with all the things women love- like jewelry, chocolates, makeup, and scarves.

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Fox Searchlight and Gifford's Ice Cream and Candy Co. are giving away FREE sundaes Sunday- the first day of summer - in celebration of the film, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

Be one of the first 500 people to show up at one of the four participating Gifford's stores (below)at noon (and while supplies last) to get your sundae and a promotional item from the movie.

Where??:
Downtown DC
555 11th Street, N.W.
E Street & 10th

Bethesda
7237 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda & Woodmont Avenues

Chevy Chase
21 Wisconsin Circle
Wisconsin Ave. & Western Ave.

University Town Center
6504 America BLVD. Suite 101
Hyattsville, MD 20782

In the meantime, check out the trailer for the movie, which will open in theatres in DC on Friday, July 17th.

Shouting Fire

The Newseum's First Amendment Center provided the perfect place for Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus to screen her new documentary 'Shouting Fire,' which highlights the limitations of free speech in a post 9/11 world.

Thursday night, guests enjoyed an intimate reception with Garbus and her Father – a First Amendment attorney and Liz’s inspiration behind the film. She described the father/daughter duo as “perfect,” with both of them speaking fondly of one another. The audience was captivated by the emotional testimonies during the film - stories of the hardships of individuals enduring cases that test our balance of free speech. Adam Liptak Supreme Court Correspondent for The New York Times moderated a panel discussion following the film, giving attendees a profound perspective of the trials of the First Amendment.

Want to see the film for yourself? Tune in to HBO on June 29 at 9pm ET.

*Victoria Sanders contributed to this post.

Suits and Styles

Ever wondered who does the First Lady's hair? A stylist at Corte Salon! To showcase their styling acumen and introduce new summer looks, Corte teamed up with Dar Be Dar swimwear (by Tala Raassi) to feature a suit and style show at Lima Thursday night, with Wizards dancers taking the stage as swimwear models.

Photos coming soon.

BuzzKill

Whoever came up with name of the UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets fundraiser slogan this evening was pure genius: BuzzKill. Donations and bar proceeds were raised to fund malaria eradication, including purchasing malaria netting for children in Africa.
If you showed up to Skye Lounge you had the opportunity to take your picture with the giant mosquito outside (photo coming shortly), and shake hands and kiss cheeks with event host Katherine Kennedy (who is now working with the UN Foundation), Jessica Jacobs, Kristina D'Ambrosio, Phillipe Lanier and Steve Chenevey (Fox 5) as well as so many others.
Support for the cause increased mightily when experts told us that a child in Africa dies every 30 seconds of malaria. We couldn't let a mosquito bite end a child's life, so we were proud to participate in the BuzzKill!
*See yourself in this picture? Write in to win! (Send an e-mail to kate@kstreetkate.net to tell us you see your 'bugshot' and we'll send you a gift certificate to Wildfire Restaurant.)

More Marcus Madness

We. just. can't. get. enough. And apparently neither can you!

Jazz keyboarding sensation Marcus Johnson joins us on today's new webisode of The District Dish. Find out about the inspiration behind the new album he released before last night's smooth and soulful party at the Ritz, how he got his first keyboard, and why jazz music is for turkeys!

Invited: Reminder, Nothing But Nets

Don't forget to pass by Skye Lounge tonight for the UN Foundation's Nothing but Nets fundraiser. A $10 donation purchases a malaria net for a child and gets you a free drink ticket. How can you beat that??

Miss DC Tickets on Sale

Are you as obsessed with crowns, Queens and beautiful things as we are? Don't miss the crowning of the next Miss District of Columbia!

The city's representative to the Miss America pageant will be chosen on the Lincoln Theatre stage on Sunday, July 12th. Have you picked your winner yet? Click here for tickets.

Jazz with the Johnsons

Marcus Johnson and Ski Johnson, brothers in jazz music creation but otherwise no relation, were both on hand at the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown to release their newest albums, "Poetically Justified" and "New Beginnings," respectively. Both musicians hit the BillBoard Top Ten charts last week, with Marcus entering in the 10th spot and moving up to the 5th this week, and Ski taking the 3rd.

To share in the celebration were other musicians and musical legends such as Huey Lewis R& B sensation Ginuwine. All seats in the Ritz lobby were filled hours before any performances began, as spectators chatted in anticipation and rubbernecked to catch the action of Ski's reality show film crew following him around the hotel. Jazz CDs were purchased. Much Maker's Mark (and Tarara Wine) was consumed.
Video footage and interviews with the jazz artists will be available soon on K Street Kate TV, but in the meantime, click here to listen to Marcus Johnson on the keyboard.

Got SMART?


So maybe you don't know the exact address of the White House (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue) or how to navigate Dupont Circle, but you've got a generally good head on your shoulders. Well... at least you've got enough common sense to know that DC can be hot, humid and downright hostile in the summertime.

Drinking the recommended daily servings of water can keep you calm, cool, and confident - and help that brain figure out how not to get stuck in the inside lane! SmartWater... it's a smart thing to drink!

Here's your chance to win a month's supply of vapor distilled goodness (otherwise known as SmartWater)... Send in a photo of you toting your SmartWater around the District. The winning photo will be posted and receive a 24 count box of 23.9 fl oz SmartWater bottles!

*Entries must be accompanied by a physical address for delivery. Physical address must be in Narnia - that means, within the District of Columbia city limits. Submit entries to pix@kstreetkate.net by July 1, 2009.

Zentan

Though it doesn't really look like it would even house a restuarant, much less an asian themed one, The Donovan House opened Zentan last week with much fanfare. Originally planned to offer plates from the famous-among-foodies Todd English (Olives, Figs, Bluezoo and others), the Thompson Hotel Group surprised everyone by opening earlier than anticipated - and replacing English with a celebrity chef -Chef Susur Lee.

The sushi spot, Zentan, means either Warrior or Spy in Mandarin depending on whom you ask, which is oddly appropriate as the Donovan House was named after CIA Founder Bill Donovan. Chef Lee offers lite bites such as chinoise salad and tempura rock shrimp along with sushi rolls, sashimi, and larger entrees. We sampled the Caramelized Black Cod and Grilled Sirloin Steak at last night's media dinner and highly recommend them!

It's a small spot, so you might get lucky and run into an entire restaurant full of friends (like we did!) or save it for a swanky date night to impress. While you are there, don't forget to check out ADC (Above DC), the hippest rooftop in town, complete with heated pool. You'll feel like you're at the Roosevelt in L.A... because it's brought to you by the Thompson Hotel Group as well! (1155 14th Street NW, Reservations, 800.383.6900)

Manolo Mixer

We all held our breath for a second while Makeda Saggau-Sackey drew a name. The gift certificates and cosmetics were great preliminary prizes, but that's not what we came for. We wanted the Manolos.

In the middle of a mixer put on by the Glamazon Diaries and other sponsors to preview the Monolo Blahnik pre-Fall collection, Makeda and NM PR Rep Liberty Jones taunted us by drawing names for door prizes to include a pair of classic Manolo Blahnik black ballet flats.
Well, we didn't win, but we certainly found enough pairs in the new collection to love! Kaitlin Jacobi (above) picked up a pink strappy pair she couldn't put down, and Angela Steever-Diba spied some of the highest heeled blue beauties in the entire store. For more on the new collection, check here.

DC Hot or Not

Politico gets the scoop on what's hot in DC. Does a powerful position make you hot? Is there a separate "hot for DC" category? Can a politician really outshine Jon Bon Jovi? Find out by watching the Politico's video clip above, and let us know what you think!

Invited: WITNESS

See it. Film it. Change it. WITNESS uses video and online technology to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. Right here in DC, the most powerful city in the world, you can do something even without picking up a camera or video to record a personal experience. You can donate to keep this cause in action.

A cocktail party and reception with guest speaker Howard Dean will be hosted by Julia Cohen and her committee to include Nancy Bagley, Lee Brenner, Nunu Deng and Hilary Rosen at the home of Dal LaMagna on Wednesday, June 17th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Minimum suggested donation $250. RSVP and more information on the event. (718.783.2000 x 303).

For further information on WITNESS and its empowerment of people to transform abuse and violent acts into tools for public engagement, visit here.

Did you... Get Fresh?

The signage certainly enticed passers-by on Potomac Street in Georgetown Sunday afternoon, as women walking in the summer heat longed for breezy summer styles. Fresh claimed to be offering FREE DRESSES?! We had to go in and take a look.

Just doors down from Georgetown Cupcake (make no mistake, that line was already down the block!), Fresh had its own lines at the register. Becoming known as the spot for affordable trendy day and evening dresses, Fresh often offers specials such as 2-for-the-price-of-1 frocks (often $79) and $19 fashion earrings. Can't beat that!

The new news? The store is also offering the opportunity to get paid to have a shopping party. Stop by for details!

FedEx International Polo Classic

In perfect Country Club style last Saturday afternoon, His Excellency The Ambassador of France, Pierre Vimont and Chairs Gina Adams, Carole Randolph and Tracey Ellis organized a day of patronage and play at the annual FedEx International Polo Classic.

Players from the USA (John Gobin, Alan Nash, Adair Seager and Tom Gorman) competed against the French (Stephane Macaire, Jean Lebastie, Brieuc Rigeaux and Alexandre Maze) - who would be flying across the pond to play another important match the very next day! - at the beautiful home and grounds of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Seager's Chetwood Park.

Among those attending were His Excellency Said T. Jawad (Ambassador of Afghanistan), Barbara McConaghey, The Georgetowner's Mary Bird, and Channel 8's Beverly Kirk.

Aside from a day of happiness and horses, players and patrons ponied up for a cause... to help get individuals with disabling injuries and illnesses back in the saddle again. The FedEx Polo Classic's proceeds benefit National Rehabilitation Hospital (a division of MedStar Health), a private, non-profit facility aiding the rehabilitation of individuals from age 6.












Smooth and Soulful

We hear the Ritz Carlton (Georgetown) is going to be the place to be next Wednesday night. Rumor has it that some celebrities.. like maybe Paul Rudd, R&B star Ginuwine, and local greats Mayor Adrian Fenty, Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and others could be there. Why?

Because Marcus Johnson and Ski Johnson - both Washington, DC based jazz artists (keyboardist and saxophonist, respectively) that have developed a unique and captivating jazz style - are teaming up for an album release celebration on June 17th. You won't want to miss music from Ski's "New Beginnings" release... and Marcus has just taken his latest album, "Poetically Justified," Top Ten on the BillBoard jazz music charts.

*This celebration of soul is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, a percentage of the album sales will be donated to the foundation. Additional sponsors include Maker's Mark and Tarara Winery.

Invited: Summer Swing Under the Stars

In lieu of hosting the big annual polo cup - Meadow Matches - this year, Courage Cup is hosting a series of smaller fundraisers. "This is a tough year for nonprofits," says co-Chair Andrea Rodgers, "and The Courage Cup is no exception..."

But even as the fundraisers might become less elaborate, the mission of the charity widens. Now, in addition to supporting the Work to Ride program in Philadelphia, The Courage Cup has expanded to include the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. We salute that!

Come show your support and have a Summer Swing Under the Stars next Thursday, June 18th, from 7:00-10:00pm at Hotel AKA (White House location -1710 H Street NW). The event will feature a live band, silent auction, and complimentary wine, champagne, and hors d'ouevres.

$30 donation required for this event. Click here for donations and other information.

HACKED!

As happens to so many of us these days, I was the victim of a hacker attack this weekend - coincidentally on the first day of my full time employment as President of K Street Kate, LLC. I was angry. I was frustrated. I was disappointed in mankind. Who would be so malicious?

But I took a deep breath, wrote and apologized to all of my facebook and other contacts who had received a suspicious message or video from "me," changed all of my passwords, and said to myself (and to the assaulter) - thank you. Thank you, first, for not doing worse than sending spam messages and video. Thank you for reminding me that I need to secure the tools of my professional career. And thank you for keeping me on my toes even in the earliest days of working for myself, so that I will work harder, stronger, and safer.

Even so, I don't want this to happen to you. Please take this as a reminder to choose passwords not easily guessed by human or computer automation and to change them frequently. And if you get a strange, misspelled message or video... know that I have spellcheck, and I use it :)

Invite: House of Sweden

Have you ever wondered what the House of Sweden is?

The Kingdom of Sweden, and its House of Sweden, invites you to find out! Here is your chance to experience the House of Sweden's multi-purpose "Green" event center and learn about the buildings operational sustainable elements - and that gorgeous view! - at the House of Sweden's Sustainability Georgetown Waterfront Open House Reception.

Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres on Thursday, June 25th, 4:00pm - 8:00pm. The House of Sweden is located on the Georgetown Waterfront next to Washington Harbor (2900 K Street NW). Complimentary Valet or shuttle service from the Foggy Bottom Metro.

No RSVP required. Please bring anyone and everyone; the more the merrier.

Talented Toasting

Not quite ready to open its enchanted doors to the public, the W Hotel held a preview party with Capitol File and Neiman Marcus Thursday evening at its "talent center." What's a talent center? Literally where staffing decisions for the new luxury hotel are being made. But at this party, the talent was something else!

Models (at left) wore designs from Neiman Marcus including La Perla lingerie as tops. DJ Adrian Loving mixed tunes and bartenders made some speciality drinks guests can look forward to on the W Hotel's ultimate rooftop bar, to be named Point of View.

When the hotel officially opens for business on July 8th, there still will be some talent to look forward to. Sources say the grand, Grand Opening Party will be held in October with special guests coming from around the world... including one, ahem, royal from Dubai that has a certain interest in the property.

Hump Day @ Hudson

HUMP DAY! In celebration of the mid-week madness, and to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, friends, including Dannia Hakki, Marcus Johnson and Cheryl Romero at left, gathered at Hudson Restaurant & Lounge last night to toast and taste. This group was celebrating some big news today as well... Dannia is forming a new PR company with a certain former magazine editor-extraordinaire, and Marcus's newest jazz album hit Top Ten on the Billboard charts today!

Jewelry Designer Andrea Tedesco was also on hand with some of her newest and most popular creations, showcasing dainty pieces all made by hand by the artist herself at her workshop in Bethesda. Both Hudson and Andrea Tedesco Jewelry donated a portion of the proceeds to LLS.







































Trust for the Mall Saves Summer!

Washington came dangerously close to losing a summer tradition this year, when Screen on the Green funding fell through earlier this spring. Enter Trust for the National Mall to save the day!

Remember bringing a blanket to the National Mall on a warm Monday night at dusk and watching a classic film on that gigantic movie screen? Thanks to the Trust, it's not just a memory. The Trust brought together HBO (former host and sponsor) and Comcast in a joint effort and rally to save the summer staple as well as promote efforts to help restore the National Mall. Before each movie screening, the Trust will air PSAs telling viewers how they can do their part to preserve and protect our Nation's front yard.

Whether meandering the green to view monuments, engaging in a pick-up game of frisbee, or lounging to enjoy a film, this sure sounds like summer. We're glad it's being saved!

This year’s opening night film will be the 1977 sci fi classic, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Check back for a listing of films available and a complete schedule for Screen on the Green this year.

Kastles Discount Code for K Street Kate Readers

With less than a month to go before opening night (remember we kick-off the home schedule against Venus Williams and the Philadelphia Freedoms on July 7th!), the bleachers at Kastles Stadium are starting to take shape. This year, the temporary stadium will push capacity to almost 3,000 people! Don't you want to be one of them?!

K Street Kate has a special deal for you. For 10% off all ticket purchases, type code KMTen on the Kastles site, on Ticketmaster or call (703) 397-7328 with the offer code. Schedule available here.

This year, you'll see one of the best doubles players in the world, Leander Paes, who won the 2009 French Open Men's Doubles Championship just days ago, Washington Kastles star Serena Williams, and so many other tennis greats. See you in the stands!

From the Fan(?) File:

Jason, I'm surpised you think we aren't diverse enough in our coverage of events around the city! From charity events like the Komen Race for the Cure to book launch parties in Georgetown, celebrations with Yelp reviewers downtown, celebrities at an intimate dinner and even a concert with Chaka Khan... I'd say our interests and experiences (and the crowd we choose to showcase) are fairly diverse and eclectic ones!

But I'm always looking for the very best of DC. If you have a suggestion for a post - or an event invitation - please send it my way! I always love hearing how I can make K Street Kate more exciting for readers/viewers. And thanks for the feedback!

Hot Shots at the Power Spot

Just a day earlier, Teatro Goldoni failed to capture the RAMMY for "Power Spot of the Year" (it did, however, nab the more coveted "Favorite Restaurant of the Year" award voted by the public). So Monday's reservations were either a stick-it-to-'em moment or a wildly interesting coincidence.



Power players Gabrielle Union, Terrence Howard, David Archuleta, Ben Chavez (of Civil Rights fame) and Shawn King dropped in to enjoy some Italian fare in honor of Daphna Ziman and Russell Simmons and to celebrate their earlier work on the Hill during the "Keeping the Promise to our Children" conference - promoting student mentoring and child welfare. (Teatro patron, Mark Freeman, snapped this shot of Howard between courses.)

The atmosphere was casual, and the food great as always. Teatro may not have won the nod at the RAMMYs, but these celebs sure knew it was the spot for some influential interacting.










Get Fresh!


Join us at FRESH Boutique in Georgetown for complimentary mimosas, brunch hors d’oeuvres & an exclusive summer collection preview trunk sale. A portion of sales benefit the 2009 Capitol Women’s Polo Challenge for Breast Cancer beneficiary organization, Critters for the Cure.

Trunk show discounts include buy 2 get 1 dresses and 20% off when you buy any 2 items. You can also leave with a how-to consultation by one of DC’s top stylists, favors from MAC cosmetics (come early they’ll go fast!) – and a special gift from Starwood Hotels. Entry is complimentary!
Questions? 703.708.5008Or FRESH@rgievents.com

Con "GRAD" tulations!

Are you - or did you - graduate from a DC high school or institution of higher learning this year? Send in your pictures from the ceremony or celebration to be included in K Street Kate's Con "GRAD" tulations collage! Send pics to kate@kstreetkate.net

Komen for the Cure, Bidens give Back-Up


Last weekend marked the annual Susan G. Koman (now Global) Race for the Cure, on which I serve on the Advisory Board. This year I again ran with the Madison team, which raised thousands for the charity - a foundation that started because Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.

That promise created a global leader in the breast cancer movement, working to "save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures." What can you promise?

Well, Jill Biden promised her help to support this cause, and she certainly did! The Vice President and Jill hosted a pre-race reception at the Vice Presidential home Friday evening before Saturday morning's race, complete with cookout, entertainment, and posing for hundreds of pictures. We took one! And we promise we'll post it just as soon as Joe and Jill send it to us!
For more on the Komen Foundation and Race for the Cure, visit www.komen.org.

Best places to eat in DC...

We would be too nervous to serve dinner to a ballroom full of chefs and restaurant owners, but the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington serves it up every year - with a healthy dose of both ego and humility - for the annual RAMMY Awards. Think Grammy's but for DC area restos with attitude for the annual Gala, which took place this year at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Before any other weekend recaps, we're bringing you information on tonight's awards. Hot off the presses, here are the best and boldest, chicest and sweetest of the DC restaurant scene, as voted on by the Restaurant Association of Washington:

Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year: Liberty Tavern
Upscale Casual Resto of the Year: Rasika
Hottest Resto Bar Scene: CoCo Sala
Rising Culinary Star: Anthony Chittum/Vermillion
New Resto of the Year: Cork
Pastry Chef of the Year: Kate Jansen/Willow
Wine & Beverage Program: Cityzen
Power Spot of the Year: Central Michel Richard
Restaurant Employee of the Year: Juan Francisco Lopez/Marcel's,Brasserie Beck
Resto Manager of the Year: Ryland Johnson/Zola
Where Magazine Visitor's Choice Award: The Prime Rib
Favorite Resto of the Year: Teatro Goldoni
Fine Dining Resto: Restaurant Eve
Chef of the Year: Robert Wiedmaier
(At right, Makeda Saggau-Sackey and Executive Chef Dennis Friedman (Bezu) were a few of our table mates with whom we bet on the outcomes. We won some, we lost some, but we're looking forward to trying out all of them!)

Sounds in the Square

Besides the week's second webisode of The District Dish (new webisodes brought to you every Monday & Thursday during the summer months), you now have something else to look forward to every Thursday in June and July - a FREE concert series brought to you by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District.

Take your blanket, basket and buddies to Farragut Square Park (Connecticut Ave & K Street, NW) to enjoy some of DC's most popular local bands and win prizes from Golden Triangle BID merchants (Results Gym, Wasabi, Hello Cupcake, Quincy Hotel, Schakolade Chocolate Factory, etc).

Here's your concert line-up:
June 11 - Jah Works
June 18 - Orquestra La Romana
June 25 - Crowded Streets (Dave Matthews Covers)
July 2 - The Kelly Bell Band
July 9 - Junkfood
July 16 - Road Soda
July 23 - Gonzo's Nose (popular party band, you won't want to miss!)

How to get there:
Metrorail - Farragut North (Red) or Farragut West (Blue/Orange)
Metrobus - L2, L4, S2, S4, 42
Circulator

*Business Improvement Districts are non-profit entities that exist to enhance area businesses (retain and attract) and provide clean, safe, friendly environments for area workers and visitors.

How Do I Pitch A Blogger?

Thanks to Vocus for inviting K Street Kate to participate in a panel discussion at last week's 2009 Vocus Users Conference held at the Mandarin Oriental speaking to PR professionals trying to navigate the new media landscape and understand the tactics and approaches to engaging new media personalities and professionals.

The "blogger relations" panel included Aaron Brazell, Lead Editor of Technosailer.com, a business and technology blog in DC; Peter Corbett, Founder & CEO of iStrategyLabs, an agency that develops creative solutions to life in the digital (and physical!) world; and Kate Michael of K Street Kate.

The internet has changed everything about the way organizations communicate. Vocus and its over 3,500 customers worldwide are taking advantage of new media to leverage new sources and beat the competition. These discussions are essential - and we are thrilled to be a part of it.

So, "This Is How It Starts"...

Plot location and launch party destination - DC (or more particularly DC's Rugby cafe) played host to Grant Ginder's release of "This Is How It Starts" last week.

In the novel, Ginder introduces us to Taylor Mark, a typical Washington transplant, moving to DC from college to work for a Congressman from his home district. Mark quickly learns that in DC, "networking" is more than just a gentleman's game, and that power and prestige often come at a price - morality.

Adamant that this tale is not one of his own life experiences, nor anyone he knows personally, Ginder does admit that, as every good author, he borrowed some from his past. He came to DC to work for his local Congressman and draws only a few parallels between himself and Mark. I'm not sure of it, but I'll probably guess that some of those parallels include drinking gin & tonics, partying at Smith Point... and believing that secrets really are currency.

Watch the video to get Ginder's take on the book's purpose and meet some of his earliest fans.

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Circus! Circus! MediaBistro Circus

Forgive us for stepping outside of Narnia for a few days - for your benefit and ours we just HAD to attend MediaBistro Circus in NYC. If you remember, we won the entry fee!

So were there clowns and elephants and unicylists?? No... well, yes to the unicyclist, but that's only because Cirque du Soleil happened to be performing nearby... This circus was more about the fun of mixing media and technology - and seeing how businesses like this online magazine can grow!

We talked about creating a global (or local) phenomenon with Tim Ferriss; the future of publishing with reps from Blurb, PCMag and others; the importance of relationships with Keith Ferrazzi; brand all-stars with Steve Rubel of Edelman; crowdsourcing with Jeff Howe of Wired; and learned all about the interactive newsroom with the folks from the New York Times.

So what does this mean for you? In the coming weeks and months you'll see how our new knowledge helps us to bring you a better online experience. We promise our own circus - full of interesting stories, multimedia creativity... and probably some stupid human, um... tricks! We hope you'll check in often to share your thoughts.

Lee Brenner on The District Dish


On today's newest webisode (remember the summer schedule!) we're dishing with Lee Brenner of MySpace. Is he allowed to have a Facebook page? Why do so many artists and music groups get discovered on MySpace? How did political candidates use MySpace to catapult their candidacies? Find out all that and more here.

In Case You Missed It...

Yesterday (Wednesday) the DC Council voted unanimously to assess a 5 cent tax on paper and plastic bags to discourage their use. One cent from each bag taxed would go directly to the Anacostia River Clean-Up effort, two could go back to the store if it offers a reusable bag option.

San Francisco is the only city to have successfully passed this type of legislation. Supporters contend that paper and plastic bags are inundating and polluting the earth and the tax is necessary for the environment. Protesters argue that even paper and plastic bags are being reused, and that the tax is unfair to working families; they want a voluntary reduction program that uses incentives rather than fees to reduce disposable bag use.

The proposal must be voted on again later this month before it becomes law, so love it or hate it, let your Councilmembers know how you feel!
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