Lucky Charms, Lovely Ladies

Charm Boutique, a Georgetown jewelry and accessories store, held its official opening on 6.29.10 with an invitation for its VIP clientele to receive a personal introduction to many of the designers whose works are carried in the boutique.

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Helena Andrews says "Bitch is the New Black", but She Looks Good in Pink

Helena Andrews, author of "Bitch is the New Black", understands trendy and timely - but didn't wear black to her book party Tuesday night at DC's 14th Street Room and Board. Her personal narrative of life and love in the city includes a unique sense of style and a broad definition to explain eccentric female behavior.

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Signed, Sealed and Digitally Delivered

Sick of sifting through an inundation of impersonal Facebook invitations? Think E-vite has some e-volving to do?  It's possible to get the look and "feel" of sophisticated stationary invitations while relying on the ease and convenience of digital design.

It's called Paperless Post.

Quickly design a Paperless Post invite for a last minute late night get together or for a pre-planned summer picnic in the park.  Thousands of styles and customizations are possible.  Event hosts can track replies online.

The catch: You still have to pay for "stamps."  (A nickel each!) But you'll get 25 free with sign-up.

The District Dish: Chef Joe

Chef Joe, found at West End Bistro with the famed Eric Ripert, tells us how Chefs really feel about those reality food shows.  He shares his thoughts about "the last true meritocracy in America," admits to googling for directions on obscure Indian spices - but, no way! - introduces the hosts to "meat glue," and has us lusting after his latest lamb dish.

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July 4th: See the Sparkle, Hear the Boom

Fiending for fireworks?? The Nation's Birthday is the best time to be in Washington!  With the city full of events, features and PARTIES, PARTIES, PARTIES, we've got your fireworks - and some favorite musical specials that really make the sparks fly.

The Sparkler
One of the most popular Independence Day events is always A Capitol Fourth, a National Symphony Orchestra concert prior to the grand fireworks display.  No tix required for this concert which starts at 9:15 (no admittance to the lawn before 3 PM).  Bring your blanket and picnic for a musical night under the stars.

*Insider Tip* It's not as patriotic a plan, but if you want to skip the crowds for a sneak peek at the sounds, the public is also admitted to the full concert rehearsal July 3rd at 7:30.

The Bottle Rocket
If you want to keep it local this July 4th (with local artists, musicians, DJ's, shops) check out the all local The Big Boom at the U Street Music Hall.  Affordable $10 tickets get you in to see DC's own Asheru on stage with the Fort Knox Five as well as See-I and so many other greater Washington greats. 

*Insider Tip*  Six members of the local legendary group Thievery Corporation will be playing.  This is a must not miss for Thievery Corp fans!

The Roman Candle 
The Uncle Sam Jam is back at DC's Southwest Waterfront. Popular bands Soul Asylum and Virginia Coalition headline the event with 6 DJs, 20 bars and Famous Dave's BBQ making it a classically cultural Independence Day event.

*Insider Tip* Goldstar has your discount tix... only $7.50!

The Cherry Bomb
The Honey Brothers (a five-member New York based band made up of notable names Adrian Grenier, Andrew Vladeck, Ari Gold, Daniel Green and D.S. Posner) take over the W Hotel's POV Lounge for Boom with a Viewan outrageous open bar and light feast with arguably the best view of the fireworks in town.  After the band's sets, famous DJ Sky Nellor takes over.

*Insider Tip* Boom with a View Hotel packages for two start at $619 - an awesome deal for the W - but some individual tickets are now on sale.  You'll have to snap 'em up fast...and figure out how to get home :)

Zero Polo: Zipping it Up

Friday, July 2nd, 11AM - 4PM, at the Virginia International Polo Club in Upperville, a field full of power players will raise their mallets in a match where the polo ponies rack up the points, but the men come away happiest with a score of zero.  

That's because Pony Up, in conjunction with, challenges the statistics of Prostate Cancer and charges ahead to in the fight to end prostate cancer. 

"Come for an exciting 20 goal professional polo match.  But if you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation in any amount to help further ZERO's mission," says Pony Up to End Prostate Cancer Founder Gavin Bowie.  " No gift is too small to help American men become educated about prostate cancer, and more importantly to help the 1 out of 6 who will develop cancer to survive."   

Click here or on the sponsor link in K Street Kate's sidebar to purchase your tickets to this Friday of fun.  Enjoy bouts of 20 Goal Polo and give prostate cancer zero chance to advance... as you Pony Up!

A Situation with Gravity

For just a few g's, you can feel none of them.

That's right.  We're talking about ZERO GRAVITY. About $5,000 will reserve your spot on board a Boeing 727 spinning parabolas at just the right altitude to allow you to float and flip like the astronauts do - weightless.

The Zero-G Experience is coming to DC on July 4 (and again on September 12th) alluring weightless acrobatics to gravitate to zero gravity on their G-Force One.  Zero-G's Platinum Experience comes complete with a Regravitation Celebration to applaud your antics when your feet again touch a terre.

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Safeway BBQ Battle

Safeway's annual Barbecue Battle was a weekend of music, food and fun for the whole family.
Jessica Southard, Miss National Watermelon Queen, hands out refreshing melon to the crowd.
Kendra and Haley take a break from the barbecue to rock out on guitar games.
Miraculously neither the human Yolanda nor the wax Johnny Depp (courtesy of Madame Tussaud's) melted in the 90+ temperature.
"Mousey Thompson" & the James Brown Experience plays some funky R & B for the crowd at the 18th annual BBQ event.
Participants work off their barbecue bellies at a variety of athletic activities - including this challenging climbing wall.
Of course the kiddies had a climbing wall of their own.
Peter, a Safeway employee, hands out beef brisket BBQ samples
Thousands enjoyed beef, chicken and pork barbecue over the two days of the annual festival.
Jazz guitar artist Bobby Parker gets the music going in the Jazz & Blues pavillion.

*Coverage also available on NBC's Niteside.

Trendiest Transportation at DC's Bicycle Stations

From the serious cyclist to the new leisure rider, everyone should be excited about K Street Kate's newest sponsor, Bicycle Stations. Owner Stephen Harrell and his team have everything for bikers in this pedaler's paradise.

There is no shortage of bike shops in DC, but Bicycle Stations has, undeniably, the most impressive inventory and the savviest staff.  Stop in to test out a Fuji, Kestral, SE Bike, Breezer, or Bianchi...and parents, drop by to drool over the new Taga Strollers!!  Test out a BS tune-up... or have the staff teach you how to fix your own flat.

Probably the best thing about BS is that there's no "BS" - just perfectly priced full service retail, rentals and repair.  These people really know their stuff and can be all about the gears (without the grease!) and the treads (without the 'tude!).

But there's more!  We love Bicycle Stations because it is more than just a bike shop.  Stop in to the convenient 14th Street location for a DIY maintenance class, to exercise in the upcoming Bicycle Stations' Spin Studio, or to coordinate a rental and picnic package with delicious dishes from Peacock Cafe.  Make sure to tell 'em K Street Kate sent ya!

*Bicycle Stations is located at 2204 14th Street NW and will soon be opening a new Old Town location.

Saturday Sizzled... with Style

Smart shoppers joined K Street Kate's Kate Michael and boutiqe owner LaKisha Mars for the all day grand opening of the new Marzee in Georgetown.

The cozy store offers both edgy and classic dresses for young professional ladies ranging from $50 to $200.

Style tips, discounts and frequent drawings for free accessories and trendsetting threads were some of the grand opening's generous goodies.

*Marzee is located at 1624 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(Photo credit: Tara Gates Anderson of Fire PR Group)

Toppers for 20 Years

It started in the West Hall of Union Station.

20 years later, Anna Fuhrman is still standing strong - celebrating those two decades of offering ladies' dresses, lovely hats and luxury gifts and home goods at the Proper Topper's two locations: Georgetown and Dupont Circle.

Friday evening fans gathered at the Georgetown store to reminisce about the changing fads and fashions since 1990 and shop all weekend at a 20th anniversary 20% off discount.

Not Just Julia's Anymore

Owner Federico Garcia Lopez has created some fresh competition for DC's most popular late night snack. 

Friday he opened his new Panas, offering empanadas FREE for two hours during the lunchtime rush.  Recipients of the "gourmet" grand opening gesture compared the meaty treats to others they *may* have enjoyed as a late-night nosh.  "Even tastier than I remember these being," said one customer.

For just $2 each, Panas will offer carry-out and delivery of their crescent-shaped creations full of meat, pork, chicken and ham.  Salads with a Latin flair are also foremost on the menu. 

*PANAS GOURMET EMPANADAS is located at 2029 P Street NW, Washington DC 20036

You're Invited: Marzee Boutique Opening

Don't forget to stop by the new Marzee Boutique in Georgetown tomorrow (Saturday) for great fashion finds, style tips and exclusive discounts for Grand Opening Customers!

*Marzee Fashion and Fun GRAND OPENING with K Street Kate, Saturday, 6.26.10, Noon - 5 PM (1624 Wisconsin Ave NW)

A Girl's War

Author Doreen Drewry Lehr intriduced and read excerpts from her memoir: "A Girl's War", at DC's Peacock Cafe on Thursday evening (6.24.10). 

Speaking about how her childhood was lost in Britain's WWII evacuation, she cautions war torn countries to remember the children:

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Night Sessions on H Street... for N Street (Village)

"DC is the place to come and speak your mind if you are an artist,"  said Holster Records' Justin Fishkin, an organizer of Thursday night's benefit event at the Rock and Roll Hotel (seen here with co-event Producer Sarah Flack and Bisnow's Michael Ponticelli).

Bringing together three local bands to help young professionals in DC learn about and support the mission of N Street Village, a women's homeless shelter and recovery community in Washington, N Street Village Night Sessions boasted musical performances by Laser Unit*, Tom McBride and Evan Bliss (pictured) as well as a special set by Bethenny's Women of Praise.

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More photos available, credit Nakeva Corothers/Nakeva Photography in our Niteside gallery.

*Name change post billing/prior to the show.

We caught up with Justin and Tom to tell us how the night went - and catch a little of the flavor of H Street - as they were packing up the gear after the show.. and distracted Tom so much that he forgot his guitar!

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The District Dish: Miss America Part II

We're back with more Miss America dish - including some big network news for the organization, and Caressa Cameron's take on why women should compete.

Style, scholarship, service and success!

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Turkish Delight

Mediterranean morsels with a Turkish tease.

Georgetown's Morso Restaurant showed off its new Chef Wednesday night, tempting VIP attendees with a masterful menu of traditional mezze enhanced with modern taste.

Favorite delights included a heavenly Hypocras (spiced wine), topped with refreshing fruit to cool customers on the hottest of DC's summer swelter and a princely Rosewater Mastic Pannacotta - though the restos meats are the prime plates on the menu.

*Morso is located at 3277 M Street NW.


ArtJamz Founder, Michael Clements, explains his participatory artistic evening concept, and why getting your hands dirty should be a "DC thing to do."

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Deadline and Finishlines... National Press Club's 5k!

Reporters know about chasing leads, running stories and racing to the deadline finish line!  (In fact, we love lines, especially bylines!)

But reporter or not, you can join Team K Street Kate as we race to BEAT THE DEADLINE at the National Press Club's annual 5k run on July 17th at 8:00 AM. Proceeds from the race benefit the Club's Eric Friedham National Journalism Library as well as awarding scholarships to deserving journalism students.

Here's the fun stuff: Tony Horton is Honorary Race Marshall, and he'll be leading pre-race stretching for everyone before taking off with his P90X Race Team.  Catch him - or beat him - there are cash prizes for top place finishers (individual and group)!

Sign up before Monday to scoop up a discount entry ($26.61).
*Indicate team 'K Street Kate' to join in on our fun and plan to stay after for a post-race breakfast!

Becky's Fund Shows Appreciation

"Our events bring people together to talk about this issue... how to get out of a dangerous relationship, how to know what the warning signs are," said Becky Lee, Founder of Becky's Fund (at left with Taryn Fielder), at an annual Supporter Appreciation party for supporters of the cause Tuesday night.

Fund Board Member Reese Gardner offered to host the fourth anniversary of the domestic violence non-profit at his new 19th Bar in an effort to create awareness in a fun setting.  "It's a heavy issue, so this is a good chance to have fun with other supporters," said Gardner.

"We also want to show gratitude to all of the people who have helped us get here," added Lee.

Drink specials and friendly connections kept the crowd engaged well into the evening.

(Image: Above right: Mary Amons, Nicole Siobal, and Victoria Michael.  Left: Vincent Orange with Sean Metcalf.)
**More photos available on K Street Kate's Facebook Fan Page

C-SPAN goods go geo-local with Foursquare partnership

Thanks to Simon Owens for sending us this tip... 

Now there's a fantastic new reason to FoursquareC-SPAN recently introduced a partnership with the social geolocation service, adding its unique and useful media mentions into the service's marketing mix.

Checking in at locations in and around the Capital will now provide users with educational tips, political fun facts and other info about the the network's offerings.

Socialize, swarm, and be scholarly... good to know!

Reminder: Don't Miss Marzee

Join us Saturday as we help to host the grand opening of Georgetown's Marzee Boutique.  Fashion, fun and a ton of fabulous deals await trendsetters in attendance.... as well as hourly drawings for prizes and purchase discounts!

Saturday, June 26th, Noon to 5 PM.

The District Dish: Miss America, Caressa Cameron

There she is... Miss America!  Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010 dishes with The District Dish hosts at West End Bistro about her life and legendary title.  The good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful of being a beauty queen... And what's left on Caressa's Bucket List??!

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Reading Runway

Cruella de Vil (right), Ben Hur, Narnia's White Witch(left), Spartacus (lower left), Tinkerbell and other books-turned-silver screen sagas took to the runway for Heart of America's Sweet Charity chocolate fashion show.  But the Mad Hatter didn't make it.  She melted.

The drama of Monday's nights literacy fundraising event was as delicious as it was daunting.  City pastry chefs dressed models in chocolate and marzipan to depict characters of "Literacy on the Silver Screen."

In a super chilled holding room, additions and alterations - and maybe just the teeniest bit of costume consumption - kept the chefs in action until the main event.  Meanwhile, their restaurant counterparts brought savories and sweets to share with waiting guests.

(Images bottom right: K Street Kate's own Kate Michael was honored to serve as event mascot Miss Sweet Charity, wearing a delicious dress designed by the talented chefs at Albert Uster Imports, fashion show sponsor.)

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Putts and Pints... We've Got New Partners!

K Street Kate is elated to announce two new sponsorships this week. We're keeping it fresh and fun, and the best part is that we now have even more reason to tell you about two of our favorite low-key locales - The Mighty Pint and 19th!

Remember that birthday BINGO game that introduced us all to 19th's perfectly playful style?  Turns out 19th has a serious side, too.  Here, they seriously want you to "enjoy your round." (Golf is the theme, drinks are the dream!)  Tell 'em you heard about it on K Street Kate when you show up for Peroni & Pizza Mondays... Bar Tab BINGO Tuesdays...DJ Dance Party Fridays.. Saturday's Beer Brunch... *Catch us there tomorrow night (Tuesday) for a Becky's Fund Appreciation Happy Hour.

And if you haven't heard us raving about the magic and mischief of The Mighty Pint, well... where have you been??!  "One pint fits all."  Enough said.  The place is all about pints and simple pleasures - to include great 80's dance tunes, some of DC's best bartenders and to-die-for tator tots.  Stop in for no reason (and every reason), and tell 'em we sent ya - or just find us at the bar and order us up an extra Jack and Ginger.

*19th is located at 1900 I Street NW.
*The Mighty Pint is found at 1831 M Street NW

New Miss DC: This "10" Craves a #10

Newly crowned Miss DC 2010, Stephanie Williams dishes on what it took to win this year -- and what she's craving now that the competition is over.

*A version of this post is available on Niteside.

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K Street Kate's 2010 Check-In!

It's that time again... K Street Kate is looking forward to our 4th Anniversary.  But before we can celebrate in style, we have to do our 2010 check-in!

If you'll be kind enough to take our annual survey, we promise some more great coverage this week... and maybe some surprises.

10 Questions...Less than 10 minutes.
Click here to take survey

Social Media Sounds Off

Digital Capital Week's Closing Party Rocks Out...

Music bumping, hips shaking, feet tapping and hands up, 9:30 Club was buzzing Saturday night for Digital Capital Week's closing party. Eleven bands--chosen by popular demand through the votes of the attendees--and dance groups bringing it all to the floor livened the scene for THE party of the week. 

With a crowd made up mostly of  the DC tech community - which had spent a large part of the week in classrooms having brain bonding sessions on the latest innovations -  this last night of "DC Week" epitomized the ‘social’ in social media.

Amber Francis contributed this post.

Maxwell for President?!

"I'm here to announce that I'm running for President!" joked Maxwell Thursday afternoon at a Renaissance Dupont Hotel pre-reception before his evening concert performance.

The neo-soul R & B artist greeted local VIP supporters before his concert with fellow Grammy award winner Jill Scott at the Verizon Center.  

(Seen here with Renaissance Hotel GM, Matt Felix)

Spotted: Cheryl Hines at the home of the British Ambassador

Actress Cheryl Hines, United Cerebral Palsy's most dedicated celebrity advocate, was spotted at the British Ambassador's* residence Thursday night.  

Commemorating 20 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Hines has lent her Curb appeal to UCP for years - since her nephew was diagnosed with CP as an infant.   

"Anytime a celebrity is affiliated with a cause, it seems to elevate the visability," said Hines, whose work with UCP has encouraged over 54 million Americans with disabilities. 

(Photo courtesy of UCP)
*An overview of last night’s event, written by the British Ambassador, is available on his blog at

Amber Francis contributed this post.

Michelle Rhee: "It's ok to be hated."

 "If people want warm and fuzzy then they have the wrong gal," said Michelle Rhee, Chancellor if DC Public Schools, who continues to stir strong emotion with her unprecedented actions to ameliorate the city public school system.
"It is ok to be hated," she told crowds at Bisnow's Where Do Women Stand event Thursday.  "I am fighting the status quo...  I want to make DC public schools the best in the nation.  I want it to be hard for people to tell what student came from what DC public school -- because the test scores will be high across all the wards."

(Image: Michelle Rhee, here with post author Marlene Hall)

Dance, Yes We Can

Proof that DC likes to move it -- and step to it, too!  Ten local companies of all types and styles came together for one night of performance art Thursday at the Lansburgh Theatre, for a "Dance, Yes We Can" showcase.  

*Includes The Washington Ballet, CityDance Ensemble, Urban Artistry, Karen Reedy Dance, Janaki Rangarajan, Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Coyaba Dance Theatre, Bowen McCauley Dance, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh and Step Afrika!, with a dance film by Cross Roads Dance featured in the lobby. 

Step Afrika, an audience favorite, will continue to perform at the theatre throughout the week.

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Washington Wellness

Preventative pampering?

"It's not just pampering, primping... trimming and tanning,"  says honorary chair Deborah Szekely.  "It's about wellness."

The official formation of the Washington Spa Alliance - a community of Capital Region Spas and other wellness centers - was announced at a tea Thursday at the Jefferson Hotel.  One of only a handful of Spa Alliances around the country, the Washington association plans to hold an annual symposium, share best practices and engage in advocacy.

"This is a singular time in our nation's history when Washington is looking closely at how our country can be healthier," Szekely added.  "Americans increasingly [turn] to spas to learn about the importance of diet and exercise... to redefine ideas of beauty and well-being and to learn techniques... of preventative medicine."

To further celebrate the Alliance's formation and wellness in the Washington region, National Harbor will welcome the 2010 International Spa Association and Expo this Fall.

The District Dish: Sweet Charity Chair, Barbara Hawthorne

Sweet Charity Chair, Barbara Hawthorne dishes with The District Dish hosts about the event and its upcoming chocolate fashion show.  Monday night at the Mandarin Oriental, participants will enjoy savories and sweets from many local area chefs - and a unique sweet and stylish fashion show where chocolate and blown sugar take to the runway!  Ticket info here:

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Smithsonian Young Benefactors' 21st Birthday Bash

The Young Benefactors of the Smithsonian celebrated their 21st Birthday with a cocktail party at the Embassy of Finland:
McLean Robbins and Alexis Rudakewych support the Smithsonian's efforts to encourage young professional participation.
Emily Billotti, Christine Graham, Amy Lowman and Carrie Barfield enjoy some celebratory wine.  At 21 years old, YB is now legal!
Washington Life's Macey Baird and Karin Tanabe celebrate in style. 
Georgetown Cupcake's Matt Hillman can't get enough of his favorites - Salted Caramel.  In fact, he's an integral part of the upcoming reality series filmed at the cupcakery.  "Episode 3 is all about me!"
Mary Kosinski and Jessica Ablitt Sudbury help blow the candles off YB's birthday cupcakes. 
Opera Baritone Liam Bonner with Gary Jimenez, who joined the Smithsonian;s young professional member organization just a year ago.
Hemphill Fine Arts' Shira Farber and Choral Arts Society's Emily Riffle surround Smithsonian's Carly Pippin.
*This gallery is also available on Niteside.

Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran

Awesome art at an awesome entry fee: FREE.

This Saturday, June 19, and every Saturday this Summer, visit the Corcoran Gallery of Art (500 17th Street NW) for Free Summer Saturdays (11 AM - 4:00 PM). The gallery hosts tours, workshops, demonstrations and performances.  Randolph Williams, a Corcoran alumn, will be recreating highlights from the Corcoran's collections with chalk on the 17th Street/New York Avenue street corner.  

Event is free, no rsvp necessary. For more information, visit:
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