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Happy Halloween!

Night of the Living ZOO

An eerie evening. Imagine a place where the animals are caged during the day... but at night the monsters bask in the moonlight. Fire eaters play, talking bats screech about, mind-boggling illusionists s.t.r.e.t.c.h. your imagine, and your fortune is read in a crystal ball. The National Zoo has turned zombie and you are inside!

The lions, gorillas, snakes and spiders stay behind locked gates... for now. This new adult-only event, Night of the Living Zoo, sold out weeks in advance with guests gone ghoul who relished an enchanted evening among the animals. Last night they were tricked and treated while they explored the zoo as it is rarely seen... in darkness.

Gives new meaning to those haunting words, "It's ALIVE!"

(Watch the video to see the illusionist shrink you!)

Opera by Accident



Friday night's Hallo-SCREEN party and fundraiser at the National Press Club had some shocking drop-ins. Scarlet O'Hara, Edward Libby... the Lucky Charms' Leprechaun! And two other super special surprise guests stopped in for a serenade.

The Washington National Opera's group of young professionals, Generation O, is on a mission to bring its music to the masses - and excite audiences with unanticipated performance.

It's called Opera by Accident, and it certainly took those at Hallo-SCREEN by surprise. Gen-O's hope is that a surprise performance at the party will encourage attendees to seek out opera inside the operahouse.

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Jefferson Hotel Celebrates Opening

You remember how much we loved it when we stopped by just after the opening in early Fall. So we made sure to stop by the official opening cocktail party of the Jefferson Hotel last night... maybe because we were intrigued by the champagne fountain... definitely because we wanted to see how much the rest of Washington was enjoying our special find.

We ran into former DNC Chairman Terry Mcauliffe, DC Magazine Publisher Peter Abrahams and Politico Staff Writer Amie Parnes while sampling French sparkling vodka, champagne (of course), and delighting in the seafood spread.

We took to a quiet nook to enjoy the string quartet while others took part in some of the evening's fun. Ten winning room keys had been placed in the invitations... if the key opened a door, a fab prize was won! Our fab prize? We now have a 'membership' to the Jefferson's serene spa, otherwise only available to hotel guests.

The District Dish: Rhett Butler

Know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em! Our guest on the current episode of The District Dish sure knows when to walk away, but it seems he doesn't often do it. Definitely more of a risk-taker than our hosts (ok, maybe not Ebong!), professional poker player Rhett Butler joins us to talk about his 5th place win at the final table of the World Series of Poker and how he's been on a roll since.

Find out what gives the hand away - and why you should have paid more attention in math class!

www.thedistrictdish.com

'Dates' with the Brunettes

365 days of Brunette.

The Brunettes, of Blondes vs. Brunettes fame, touted the release of their practice calendar Thursday night at the City Tavern Club in Georgetown. Guests were seeking autographs of the players and cheerleaders who will take to the field at the annual fundraising game for the Alzheimer's Association on Saturday, November 14th. (I signed one, though I'm not pictured in the calendar... that guy's gonna have a great July!)

The night's other selling point was the silent auction, which ignited a showdown. Apparently being with the Brunettes was well worth it. Noted: A ride to the airport with a Brunette serenade can be a big money maker!







An after party at just-up-the-road George ended the evening. Not quite that end of date kiss on the front porch.. Still looking to score dates with the Brunettes? Sources tell us a limited number of calendars are still available.

Back to Old School

Join K Street Kate and partners (Camelia Mazard, Eugenie Lewis, Patrick Linehan, Herb Scott, Kamila Thigpen, Noel Tieszen, Rodrigo Garcia, Neonu Jewell) for an 'ageless' event to benefit Interstages at L2 Lounge on Veterans Day (November 11)! We all had a love/hate relationship with the 80's, so we're bringing out the best of those worst 80's outfits and big hair to help local middle-school aged girls in a big way.

Ladies, fish out the fishnets and legwarmers, let us see those shoulder pads and be bold in your blue eyeshadow. Men, how tight can you tightroll? This is better than your Junior Prom... this time you can drink! Cocktail specials all night from the L2 staff, drawings for fun prizes AND a crazy costume competition. Doors open at 8 PM.

We've already got Flashdance fever!

*Interstages is an afterschool program that offers structured, age-appropriate afterschool activities to middle school girls in DC's Anacostia neighborhood. Max capacity for this event is 300. Entry at the door will be $10 for the first 100 people, $15 for the next 100 people and $20 for the last 100 people. Come early!!!!!!

"You've Come a Long Way, Maybe"

Last night's book bash was a celebration of Leslie Sanchez and her smart-take on female politics. No pantsuits here, though Leslie certainly had something to say about them!

The regular CNN contributor's most recent hardback release ("You've Come a Long way, Maybe") is an exploration of the roles of women in politics, with a particular emphasis on Sarah Palin, Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama's roles in the 2008 election. You'll see her talk more about the book on an upcoming episode of The District Dish, so this focus is on the fete.

Eats and sips were arranged by none other than Mario DeArmas from Trading Spaces on TLC. And since the night was about women, and women love chocolate... nearly everyone had Mario's fave chocolate-tini in hand.

Here are a few of DC's most pretty and powerful in attendance: Top, Leslie signs a copy of her book. Miss DC 2009, Jen Cory, with Mario. Paradigm Event Management's Teri Galvez with NewsChannel 8's Beverly Kirk.

Sipping and Shopping, Sidesaddle

Whether you're splurging on style or getting the look for less, style is a state of mind in Annapolis at Diva Boutique, which carries a variety of fashions from casual to cocktail. But what's on owner Michele Deckman's mind while your own grey matter is glancing over her goods? More often than not, it's her precious 11 year old daughter who is challenged with autism.

What's a challenge without a champion? Enter Strut and Sip.

Strut and Sip for Autism is a Bryant Park style fashion show and cocktail party sponsored by Diva Boutique and several other local sponsors, which benefits Maryland Therapeutic Riding's Horses that Heal program. Sip comp champers, nosh on lite bites (as well as tea-infused cocktails from sponsor Capital Teas), and stare at the shiny things. Nicole Ritchie's House of Harlow line of jewelry will be featured, and given her relative interest in Annapolis (Joel Madden's Mother lives there), we're keeping our fingers crossed that she just might be in attendance!

Find out who's taking the stage, what styles and are in season and how those struts can secure a promising future for a child with autism on November 5th from 6:30 - 10 PM at Osteria 177 on Annapolis's Main Street. Tix $100. More info here.

The District Dish: Matthew Lesko, Questions & Answers

One segment just isn't long enough for all of the questions we wanted to ask "Question Man" Matthew Lesko. You probably remember him from years of television commercials where he urged YOU to find out what FREE MONEY you could find from the government.

So we ask him... does it work? Do search engines and other fast fact finders - like Google - hurt his business? And what everyone wants to know... where does he get his suits?!

Lesko lives in the DC area and tells us why it's the best place around on the latest episode of The Disrtict Dish.

A [StreetWise] Second Helping

How to turn a dreary day into a delightful one? Food always helps... and helping others can warm the heart. Despite the rain (and for me, personally, the challenging location - I didn't feel very "streetwise" at all getting turned around in my own former 'hood!), the 2nd annual StreetWise Partners Taste of Success was a second helpin' that was happenin'.

Last night attendees got their fill of food and decadent desserts from local area restos and chefs and washed it down with some charitable cocktails - and even brew from the only local beer brewery. Everyone stuck around for the rousing raffle... over twenty prizes given away from gift certificates to area eateries to a free GMAT test prep course (in the true spirit of StreetWise's career promotion)!

Streetwise Partners works with premiere corporate and non-profit companies to build mentoring relationships between low income individuals and volunteer business professionals.

Workplace skills + Employment networks = Successful careers!

*(Images from top to bottom: Event co-Chair and Dutko's Anna Kimsey with Neil Owens. TasteDC's Charlie Adler with Katcef Companies' Katie Coco. CoCo Sala's Bharet Malhotra with Murphy & Me's Erin Dwyer. More images available on K Street Kate's Facebook Fan page!)

Halloween Hamburgers and Spooky Shakes

K Street Kate sponsor Z-Burger (Tenleytown location, 4321 Wisconsin Ave NW) wants you to get in the spirit of the season with halloween hamburgers, spooky shakes and more. This Friday, October 30th from 4-7 PM take part in the Z-pooky Halloween Party, complete with a costume contest and free Pumpkin Spice Milkshakes!

“Here at Z-Burger we know how big Halloween is, and we want to do something special for our customers,” says Z-Burger founder Peter Tabibian. “We are expecting a big crowd and know it will be a lot of fun to see our customers dressed up to compete for the big prize.”

So what are the prizes??:
1st Place- $500 Cash prize, 1st place trophy
2nd Place- 2nd place trophy, 10 Free Burger Tokens & 10 Free Milkshake Tokens
3rd Place -3rd place trophy, 5 Free Burger Tokens & 5 Free Milkshake Tokens

Can we win more? Yes we can! Rumor has it... Z-Burger will award 5 Free Burger Tokens & 5 Free Milkshake Tokens to anyone dressing up as President Obama.

*Costume competition judging begins at 6:30 PM on the criteria of creativity, originality and execution. Open to all ages, but every costumed customer under 12 will additionally get to ‘trick or treat’ for their choice of a free burger or free milkshake token.

Cash for Carpoolers

Do you drive any portion of the Beltway during your daily commute, from Bethesda to Tyson's Corner? How about BW Parkway to I-270? Or I-395 across the 14th Street Bridge?

Commuter Connections
hasn't been quite convincing enough to prove to you that carpooling can be faster, easier and greener - for the environment as well as the green in your wallet! So they've launched a pilot program to bribe you onto the bandwagon.

Commuters who currently travel alone on any of those three stretches of roadway may be eligible to earn $2/day for changing their habits. More info on the Pool Rewards program can be found here.

Calendar Girls

Mark your calendars... wait! You don't have one yet! Blondes vs. Brunettes, a charity football game fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association, is coming up November 14th.

The players (retired players, cheerleaders and coaches) of Team Brunette invite you to join us for the TEAM BRUNETTE CALENDAR RELEASE PARTY on Thursday, October 29th at the historic City Tavern Club, 8-11 p.m. Then celebrate our total domination of the last four years with an after-party at George!

Tix, $10, include drink specials, silent auction participation - including personal services provided by the members of Team Brunette! - and the unveiling of the 2009 Official Team Brunette calendar! All attendees with wristband will also gain entrance to list-only GEORGE for the calendar release After-Party.

*First 100 ticket purchasers receive a free calendar. Tickets can be purchased in advance by making a PayPal payment of only $10 to teambrunette2009@gmail.com. Tickets also available on site.

Good Eats

Congratulations to DC's Roosevelt Senior High School. The school won a national contest put on by Reader's Digest, Share our Strength and the Food Network and officially unveiled its new edible “Good Food Garden” today. The aim of the program is to inspire lifelong eating habits and educate families on the importance of incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into their daily diets.


Matt Hill, Executive Chef of Charlie Palmer Steak lead a harvest-themed food demonstration with the school’s culinary arts students, preparing a continental breakfast for all event attendees, including Chuck Scofield of Share our Strength, and their principal Ms. Adela Acosta. Chancellor Rhee was not able to be in attendance, but sent a representative.

Til We Meet AGAINN

DC's newest restaurant offering, AGAINN, was possibly named for the frequency you will be visiting (again and again), and certainly named for where you can keep your booze! (Againn is loosely translated in Gaellic as "with us.")

The dark wood paneled comfy-yet-classy contemporary British gastropub features scrumptious menu items, but its most notable feature at last night's opening were 130 personal Scotch lockers (available at $500/year).


The point of these lockers - and personal property storage at other area restos such as Mortons (wine), Art & Soul (cigars) and Shelly's Backroom (they don't ask!) - is that you will come back again and again to enjoy the lively bar, nosh from the huge raw bar, and finish that bottle of spirits Againn has been holding for you.

* The restaurant also has the distinction of being the first city feature for th
e new online site Urban Daddy, edited by DC's own Jeff Dufour. No word on whether he drinks Scotch...

(Images, top to bottom. DC Magazine's Tony Hudgins and RMR & Associates' Vanessa Meccarielli. Two lovely ladies enjoying the raw bar - who may shoot us for getting them mid-bite! Park Hyatt's Kim Luk with Bisnow's Michael Ponticelli.)

(AGAINN - 1099 New York Ave, Washington, DC 20001-4411, (202) 639-9830)


Crown and Country

There she is... Miss America! Miss America 2009, Kate Stam, was in town to help fundraise for the Miss DC Scholarship Program Sunday evening. In a special program at the Embassy of Uzbekistan, Katie, Jen Corey, Miss DC 2009, and five Miss DCs (of previous years) hosted guests while Jen and Katie treated them to their royal voices - both are trained in opera.


In fact, the Washington National Opera had a huge part in making the evening a success. WNO's Neil Alpert served as event host and sponsor along with Ambassador H.E. Abdulaziz Kamilov and his wife.

Guests included Miss DC's Outstanding Teen, Hope Wiseman (pictured above with Morgan Ortagus), Robert York (at left with Miss America), Leslie Sanchez, and Art McMaster, President of the Miss America Board of Directors.

Life Gives You 'Limon Piel'... Make Lemonade!

You've seen Limon Piel handbags featured in some of your favorite glossy mags, but did you know that they were founded near here? ... in Baltimore! Lisa Garrett, President of Limon Piel, launched the handbag collection earlier this year, which is actually handmade by different Indian tribes in Colombia.

Only one boutique in the area - Hysteria Boutique in Alexandria - currently carries these coveted bags, and they've got your first opportunity to take a look at the newest items in the collection... and make some (figurative) lemonade! On October 30th, Hysteria is holding a trunk show with Limon Piel and Lisa Garrett. A portion of the proceeds from every handbag sold will assist with medical mission work in Columbia, a way to give back to those who give the gift of their art and craftsmanship to you.

Health, happiness and hobo sacs!

The District Dish: Artistic Aya

On the newest episode, Dana Ayanna, aka Artistic Aya, tells us about her design efforts to turn trash into treasure. Proving, yet again, that DC is ripe for fashion, style and sophistication... Dana is yet another of the city's talented gems.

Watch this episode to find out more about Artistic Aya and how you can keep up with The District Dish.

www.thedistrictdish.com

Witches, Warewolves... and Wii

Still haven't made plans for Halloween? We can't help you on the costume idea, but if you're in need of a last minute party spot, here's a treat. (No tricks here... yet!)

Recess! Be a kid again at the Sheraton National Hotel - with games, bars, a dance floor, and "scary" sceney fun. Prizes awarded for best costumes. Halloween candy handed out all night long. That's right, drink like an adult and play like a kid! (Costumes highly recommended.)

Date: Saturday October 31st 2009
Time: 9pm - 2am
Playground (aka location): Sheraton National Hotel, 900 South Orme St, Arlington, VA 22204
Cost: $15 (Tix here)

*Be safe and responsible - don't drink and drive.

Shaking It Like A Polaroid Picture?

Christopher Bridges is the highest selling Southern hip hop solo artist of all time (with over 24 million units sold worldwide). But you've probably never heard of Christopher Bridges. You know him better as Ludacris.

Ludacris was in town late last week - not to crash the Howard Homecoming - but to hold a Ludacris Foundation fundraising dinner. His foundation helps middle and high school students motivate themselves in creative arts, among other noble causes... such as helping the Atlanta flood victims and providing transportation to those who need a "hand up, not a hand out."

He spoke at a luncheon at the National Press Club (of which I am a member) Friday afternoon. The main points of the prepared speech (and the Q&A to follow) centered on what individuals should do to help others in the community. But perhaps his most honest response was to the question: What's the best part about being famous? "You have tons of money and yet people still give you stuff for FREE!"

All the more reason to be bankrolling that charity foundation.

*Ludacris was also spotted Saturday night at Cafe Milano, along with, but not in the company of, Christian Louboutin and Quincy Jones.

The Play's the Thing...

And the THINGS are selling!

Acting up: Guests played a part at the 21st annual Helen Hayes Awards Benefit Auction last Friday night, bidding on hundreds of items under the themes: Dining, Treasures, Art, Sports, Services, Entertainment, Escapes, Experiences.., and Encore!

Acting out: Proceeds from the auction at the Four Seasons will benefit Washington, DC's professional theatre community as the Helen Hayes Awards have, for decades, honored Helen Hayes, First Lady of American Theatre. Her namesake foundation takes center stage year round to build audiences, educate youth and celebrate community theatre in the capital region.

Our most coveted auction items? Two Nights on the Vineyard at the Charlotte Inn... a guided tour of Ben's Chili Bowl... Lunch with former Redskin Brian Mitchell... and a South African Safari!

"Supreme" Spotting

Spotted: Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Professor Martin Ginsburg and arts philanthropist Adrienne Arsht on stage during Saturday night's Washington National Opera opening performance of Ariadne auf Naxos.

As the opera unfolded, the drama included both a "serious" opera company and a "silly" (comedic) one performing simultaneously at a posh dinner party. The spotted notables played party guests.

They may be crazy, but...

We have to salute the participants in this year's 34th annual Marine Corps Marathon, taking place this Saturday (tomorrow) morning. "The people's marathon" gets more popular every year... though the number of runners is capped, this year it sold out in 10 days!

Everyone has their own motivation to run 26.2 miles (or lack of motivation to run it, if you're going to be on the sidelines like me!). You certainly have to believe in something to put your body through the stress and soreness.

Over 300,00 have something they believe in very much. They may be running to get in shape, to raise money for a cause (cheer for those 600+ participants who are running for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund), in memory or honor of a loved one, to be a part of something for the greater good (this year Robert Duvall joins MCM as charity partner with the Robert Duvall Children's Fund), or just to see if they can make it across the finish line.

Are you crazy enough to accomplish the ultimate personal challenge? We'll be cheering for you!

The District Dish: Mark T. Smith

On the newest episode, artist Mark T. Smith takes a break from his exhibits and travels around the country to dish with us about his artistic beginnings. The drawer, painter, sculpter considers his pieces works of "obervational abstraction," something you may have to see to understand.

And you can! Mark will be at Tyson's Galleria this weekend in partnership with Habatat Galleries for a full exhibit of all forms of his work. Take advantage of the printmaking demonstrations to get some hands on experience with the talent.

Ah, yes! That must be what the "T" stands for.

www.thedistrictdish.com

That's Hawt!

Are you feeling as stressed as I am lately? Maybe it's lack of sleep. Maybe it's the upcoming holiday season. Maybe it's that $50 parking ticket I got last night!

Spa day needed, stat.

Yelp! just let me know about a new promotion at the beginning of November that may help us to calm - without a cringeworthy spa pricetag! Between November 2nd and 8th, the highest reated spas on Yelp! will be offering a 50% discount on services all week.

Make your appointment at participating salons in advance - that means, NOW! Mention "Hawt on Yelp" (and maybe that you saw it on K Street Kate, please). Walk-ins NOT welcome... Info on participating salon/spas here.

Discounts on mani/pedi, massage, cuts, waxes, facials... too bad that parking ticket will still be full price!

Forty Years and Forty Nights

Lordy, Lordy... look who's Forty!

A quick congratulations to my friends at Brotman Winter Fried Communications. Tonight they celebrated 40 years of public relations and communications work in and around the Greater Washington area.

Especially in a changing media world, BWF has continued to meet the challenge of their customers in innovative ways - an inspiration to us all. Forty years is a *long* time... cheers!

Framed!

Hundreds came out to support the opening of the new Long View Gallery on 9th Street. The crowd got to the point where the art was no longer the point of focus (although it was, of course, thought provoking, creative, and made by locals). People were the paint, conversation the canvas.





And just what was everyone talking about? They were already planning what parties they would be throwing in this new gorgeous gallery - a sophisticated space as well as artistic arena.



Just a sampling of those spotted: Councilman Jack Evans, Racheal Glaws, Elaine Mensa, Brad Loftus and Christa Floresca.
Truly a room with a view.
More pictures available on our Facebook page.

CityCentric

When the to-do list is taking over your life and you barely have time to make minute rice, much less pick up the dry cleaning... CityCentric is a lifesaver. We just found out about it recently and wanted to let you in on this sweet little secret!

CityCentric is a cleaning service that helps you manage your busy life, taking care of chores you hate - like laundry and toilet scrubbing - so you have more time for everything else. It's so easy. Go to the website and tell them the size of the project (size of your place, when and how often). You can manage your services online, via e-mail or by phone.

From home cleaning and laundering services to personal finance and even computer services, CityCentric may just help us 'get a life' and stop wasting it doing what we call 'life maintenance'. And you can rest easy on those clean sheets knowing CityCentric is fully licensed, bonded and insured. They won't lose your Chloe at the cleaners!

Now if only someone wanted to fill up my gas tank...

Determined By Divination

I've only visited a palm reader once in my life, but I had an experience today that made me think on that visit and wonder about how the tradition of divination had its beginnings.

Had I consulted a Falnama this morning, I would have been like one of the sultans, shahs... and commoners, too, that turned to these unusual illustrated manuscripts to explore their questions of the unknown. Falnamas are rare works, created in the 16th and 17th centuries in Iran and Turkey, that contained wisdom and omens. Four "monumental" - or very large - volumes are known to exist in the world today; three of them are now on display at the first comprehensive international exhibition on this topic to have ever been assembled, in the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery. (If you have not visited the Freer & Sackler Galleries, allow me this quick pitch - GO!) Dr. Massumeh Ferhad, exhibition curator and chief curator for the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian, led a tour and media preview of these displays this morning, which will be open to the public on October 24th, through late January 2010.

Whether it be questions about legal arrangements, concerns about love/wealth/matrimony, anxiety about moving to a new home or starting a new job, the prescriptions found in these Books of Omens show a glimpse of life in the 16th century... and that common concerns those days were hardly different than ours today.

Outside of the Galleries, artist Michael Kirby was hard at work recreating an image from the exhibit in street painting. (A live video stream of Kirby at work throughout the week can be found here.) Before leaving, I stopped to open my "fortune cookie" and find out what my Falnama consultation was to be: "Guard against bad company."

Wise words.
(Image courtesy of the Freer and Sackler Galleries)

Showcase Showdown

Last weekend's 8112 Studios event at K Street Kate sponsor, The Reserve, still has tongues wagging.

K Street Kate sponsor, PGP Group transformed the space into a motion picture gallery showcasing 8112 Studios works.
Though packed with posh partiers, the event did serve a philanthropic purpose: to stop human trafficking.
The evening's gift bags (made from survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia) included soon to be released CDs from Yoshi Toshi, items from Betsy Johnson and products from the Grooming Lounge.



The District Dish: Taryn Fielder co-Chair, Corcoran 1869 Society Gala

Are you a young(er) professional who enjoys art? Looking for new venues in the city in which to network? Want to have fun and take in some culture at the same time? You might have thought about joining the Corcoran Gallery's 1869 Society, the museum (and school's!) group of young member benefactors.

On this episode, Taryn Fielder, co-Chair of the annual Gala for 2009, tells about the benefits of membership... and why you shouldn't miss the Nautical Affair: Calling All Captains on Saturday, October 24th.

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Cooking with CLASS

Calling all Foodies!

On November 7th & 8th the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show returns to the Washington Convention Center with DC-based chefs and Food Network Stars cooking, teaching and tasting. Demos will be arranged from 9 Am - 7 PM Saturday and 10 AM - 5 PM Sunday for a weekend chock full of edible excitement. There's even a special Domino Sugar Just For Kids Interactive Cooking Area (we might just hang out there...that one sounds sweet!).

For just a sampling of who you will see, Food Network's Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Tyler Florence and The Neelys will be joined by local tastemaker Chefs Victor Albisu (BLT Steak), RJ Cooper (Vidalia), David Deshaies (Michel Richard Citronelle), Barton Seaver (Blue Ridge), Thomas Wellings (Equinox), and Robert Weidmaier (Marcel's etc.). And that's just an amuse bouche of the foodie fun available.

Tickets $20 in advance, more at the door. Special pricing for the kid's menu. Make "reservations" now.

Think Pink and Blue

Everyone was thinking pink and blue (but mostly wearing black) at the W Hotel Tuesday night to support Men Against Breast Cancer in their annual fundraising gala. This year's honorees included Grace Bender (breast cancer survivor (woot! woot!)), Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (currently battling breast cancer... and a health bill in Congress), and Carolyn "Bo" Aldige (Founder, Prevent Cancer Foundation).

Co-Founded by Stephen Peck and Mark Heyison in 1999, Men Against Breast Cancer is the 1st and only non-profit targeting men dealing with the effects of breast cancer striking a female loved one. This year's entertainment included a male fashion show, styled by Saks Men's Store in Chevy Chase, which featured male models as well as several who aren't so accustomed to the catwalk: Brian Mitchell, Rick "Doc" Walker, Chick Hernandez and Will Thomas.

Additional table donations alone provided for over 100 mammograms to be performed on women in underserved communities.

*A special thanks to Lynda Erkiletian, host committee member, for inviting me to share her table. Check Kate's facebook page for additional photos of the models.

Cash & Carry: DURKL

Ah - good times! Reminds us of the final day of the Junior League Tossed & Found sale. But this one happens before all of the best stuff is gone...

What's a cash and carry sale? A shopping event where your toughest choice is: Large ($200) 0r Small ($100). Once you've paid your cash and gone inside, what you carry is whatever you can fit inside your bag. Fill it to the brim with DURKL jeans, hats, sweaters, hoodies - even one of a kind samples are up for carryout!

Sound too awesome to be true? (Really... WHATEVER you can fit into that bag!) You'll want to be first in line to snatch all the style on sale.

DURKL Cash & Carry - Saturday, October 31st 12 - 6PM (443 I Street NW)

Are you scared?

Spooky Saturday (Halloween!) is coming up in less than two weeks. As the temps dropped and the pumpkins started popping out, we started getting requests to tell about Halloween happenings and fright fests. The house parties and club haunts happen every year - and we're not. even. going. to. start. on all of the options for the big night itself - but, check out these choices that will will really raise the hair on your neck... or scare you stiff!

Markoff's Haunted Forest. On Calleva Farm near Poolesville, MD, these two paths through a haunted forest have been getting crazier and creepier for 17 years. We did it once and lived to tell... Be prepared to sign a waiver before entering the forrest, dress warmly, and bring your patience. Though there is plenty to do while you wait for your turn through the psychpath (Fortune Tellers, Death Jumps, Haunted Hayrides...) it's a wicked (but worth the) wait for a screamfest that eventually lasts about 20 minutes.

DC Ghost Tour. Though these tours are actually offered year round, they are obviously more chilling this time of year. Think of it as a normal guided walking tour of the District - but the historical bits are ghost stories. Who knew DC had so much paranormal activity mixing with the politics?! The legends start in Lafayette Square, also known as Tragedy Square, and include stories of poltergeist, possessions and hauntings in places you pass by everyday!

Fright at the Museum: Dead Men Walking. This one may be the creepiest of all, because it's true and literally in front of you! 125 men died in the Tennessee electric chair that is on view at the Museum of Crime and Punishment. What twisted acts got them on death row? How did it feel to be destined for the chair... and how did it feel to be in it!?! Based on true historical events, this fright night opens Monday, October 21st. It's electrifying!

Can't handle the torture and the terror?... there's always Boo at the Zoo. Animal encounters, haunted trails and treat stations for the little monsters (and big boogeymen, too). Sounds like just the right amount of fright for someone who is a scaredy-cat like us!

The 1st Anniversary Gift is Paper. Glossy. Magazine. Paper.

Expected for FW's 1st Anniversary Party: that DC would come out to power play in their night-out best, showing Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist) how much he's been missing by not shooting his infamous sidewalk style blog in the capital city. Realized at FW's first anniversary party: There are so many in DC that just totally Get. It. (And then there are those that just somehow Get. In...)





And everyone wanted in! In fact, after the private event, the public line to have Scott sign his book stretched hundreds of people long - and well down the street in the chill night air. They wanted to be a part of the style scene and celebrate the first anniversary of a glossy that promotes local fashion and fun, to meet The Sartorialist on one of only four stops he's making in the United States to plug and pen his new book (a compilation of street snaps taken for the widely read blog), and they want to congratulate bro-and-sis enviro tag team Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau who were given the FW award for their global blue (and green!) campaigns.

And during the private event... the new Masa 14 was at it's best. Creative cocktails flowed (with the help of Imperial and Emperor vodkas) and delicious apps disappeared. People posed. Flashes flashed. Fashion is now a DC fixture.







Congrats Fashion Washington! Here's to another year.

The District Dish: Steven Gaffney


On this episode of The District Dish we confront the elephant in the room. Author of multiple books on honesty and speaker, Steven Gaffney, tells us about his newest book "Honesty Sells" and explains how honesty can help you to make a profit in business.
Would you rather people be honest... or nice? Are they mutually exclusive? How does your reaction to honesty program others to act around you? Find out on this episode, filmed at RiRa Irish Pub in Bethesda.

Wanna adopt? Kidsave asks that you consider an older child

Ever thought about adopting a baby? Looking forward to his/her first words, first steps, and first signs of personality? That's the dream of many. According to Kidsave, more than 33 million children worldwide are growing up without parents. But sadly, most of them have already had their firsts. Kidsave is a 501 (c)(3) organization with a mission to move older children out of orphanages/foster care and into permanent, loving homes.

We chatted with Kidsave super volunteer Margarita Rozenfeld about this cause... read the full story here.

Saks Army

For years and years, the Salvation Army has held an annual luncheon event and fashion show to support its mission in the capital area. Saturday, in the midst of a citywide bike event and miserable cold and rainy weather, hundreds still came out to support the humanitarian mission and learn about Fall trends in the event's much anticipated fashion show.

Historically, the Salvation Army Fashion Show has featured the Fall line of a notable designer in cooperation with a local area boutique or department store. This year, call it egalitarian fashion - or proof that mixing and matching labels is the cool thing to do - no single designer showcased their styles. Instead, Saks (of Tysons Galleria) coordinated the catwalk walked by both professional and notable citizen models.

Attendees (and models) could purchase fashions straight from the runway (and submit store orders) for a 25% discount, also to support the Salvation Army.
(Above: Models Monica, Krisztina, Brooke, and Tanya with Kate)
K Street Kate - Voted "Best Local Online Magazine" by Metromix!