The District Dish: B-More Charming


Is Patches being a pest?  Fido too fiesty?  Lauren Bond, owner of B-More Charming School for Dogs dishes on her technique for training your pets with info every owner needs to know.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPRTg4kzFqU

POP Goes the Gosselin

Reality TV star Jon Gosselin of TLC's infamous Jon and Kate and Plus 8 was the host at PoP @ Ultrabar Friday night (Aug 27), but wasn't posing for any pictures or talking to his guests - or the party promoter for that matter.  


Gosselin, tweeting up a storm with more than 80,000 followers, actually blocked publicist Kelly Ann Collins, who happened to be promoting his event at Ultrabar, from accessing his Twitter feed.


*Marlene Hall contributed this post.  




"One Mic, One Night," No Voice from Nas

NAS was the novelty at Bar 7 Sunday night, invited by DJs Armageddon and J*Rock for a special appearance during their "One Mic, One Night" event.

But if guests were expecting a brief live performance, or even a view of the notorious rapper, they were deliberately denied.

Arriving with little more than an hour remaining of the event, NAS chose to lounge in an elevated area obscured by a surplus of security instead of greeting the intimate group of fans who purchased tickets for the opportunity to rub elbows with him.

The rapper's next local concert, Monday night at the 9:30 Club, is currently sold out. (Nas, singing and showing on time suggested.)

(Publicity image)

The DC "State" Fair

Pies, politics and baby strollers met at the intersection of 11th and Kenyon Streets Saturday to celebrate the bustling Columbia Heights community at the second annual Columbia Heights Day fair. 


On the turf at Harriet Tubman Elementary School, beneath white-topped tents and a clear August sky, visitors perused dozens of display tables as representatives from local businesses, nonprofit initiatives, political campaigns, and even the DC Roller Girls shared their wares. 


Throughout the day, a main stage featured local music acts, while buskers speckled the scene, some juggling baseball bats and bowling balls.  Lines for Rita’s ice custard and curb-side food vendors circled the block; judges deliberated over the fair’s official baking contest submissions, held in dangerous proximity to the Sticky Fingers cupcake-eating competition; and kids eagerly waited to pet the baby rabbits and goats at the petting zoo.  Despite all the excitement, though, one show-stopper managed to stand out: Aladdin, the camel, who seemed right at home in DC’s summer heat. 


*Jordana Merran contributed this post.

Beauty and the Blogger

Thursday night in Chevy Chase, Neiman Marcus became 
Need This Make-Up (and Skincare) for many style writers and reporters in the city.

Sampling the hot new fragrances from Chantecaille, changing mani colors with Deborah Lippmann, extending luscious lashes with Dior's newest mascara brush, and obsessing over cremes courtesy of La Prairie were just some of the latest trendy treats available at a Fall fashion sneak preview for local tastemakers held in store.

Check back throughout the Fall for our tips on ways to wear the season's latest looks.

Shown here: Stephanie Green getting a "vampy" version Bobbi Brown make-over.

Washington's Pink Ladies

What could make our Washington Freedom blush this weekend?  Puma's Project Pink!


This Saturday's game at the Maryland SoccerPlex against NY/NJ Sky Blue FC partners the teams with Project Pink to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.  As the home team, the Freedom will don special pink uniforms, kick a special pink match ball, and allow spectators to choose their favorite breast cancer charity.


Find out more about our pantone players and Project Pink here.





Inside the Madison's American Graffiti Party


Maggie Pitts, Madison Vice President, dishes on an American Graffiti fundraiser the exclusive women's group put on Thursday night at Glover Park's Blue Ridge and explains how all of the t-shirt tagging translates into philanthropic fun.


Video embed:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaiVqTIJ3O8

*Post also available on Niteside.

The District Dish: Chef Geoff


Dishing with Chef Geoff!  The popular personality and creative Chef talks with The District Dish hosts about how he became "Chef Geoff," his "chef-driven" cuisine, who answers his tweets, and whether you would ever see him on a foodie reality show.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX0FMxnCBhA

Melanie Spring of Sisarina Gets Locals Offline and In Style


Sisarina & Polished Image Consultants got locals offline and in style Wednesday evening as they hosted a fashion show at Relic Restaurant & Lounge to support New Endeavors by Women, a local women's charity.   Blending the old and the new, featured designers turned old relics into reclaimed masterpieces - and a reason to step away from the computer for a new type of connection.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWk_A7Q5Oms

*Post also available on Niteside.

In a rush with local female rapper RAtheMC


Relatively unknown just a year ago, local RAtheMC has had a rush to become one of the most serious females on the rap scene.  With a video on rotation on VH1, a Sprite commercial with Drake and now releasing her second album "Heart of a Champion," RAtheMC is not only one to watch, but one to really listen to.

K Street Kate caught up with RAtheMC at her album launch Tuesday night at Recess lounge, where she talked about her dreams, lauded being a female rapper, and admitted she's got a bit of a thing for Lauryn Hill (in town this weekend): "Performing with her would be the epitome of every dream that I have." 

"Fatty" Author Edward Ugel: The Camera Adds 39 Pounds!



"Does the camera really add ten pounds?!  I wrote on Facebook today that I thought it added 39!" said local author Edward Ugel of his morning on The Today Show promoting his new book, "I'm With Fatty."

Reading from that personal memoir Tuesday evening at Bethesda's Barnes & Noble, Ugel shared his story of a year in the life of a man who hates his relationship with food.

"For a long, long time, body image has been reserved for women - Richard Simmons notwithstanding," laughed Ugel.

"But I didn't get on The Today Show because I won the lottery.  I felt like I earned my right in that chair, and that took the edge off of feeling like an Oompa Loompa."

He contends that "I'm With Fatty" is the farthest thing from a diet book -  if anything it's a how not to.  And while he still struggles with weight issues, he's happier with the man who looks back at him in the mirror.

"There are pages upon chapters of failure in this book, and I hope that makes it real."

*A version of this post is available on Niteside.

The District Dish: Matchmaker Paul Brunson



Matchmaker, matchmaker, make us a match!

One of only 50 full time professional matchmakers, Paul Carrick Brunson (He's Hitch!) dishes on what makes it a no... and what makes it a go!  Gets personal with the panel to see what the hosts are doing right and wrong, and get some tips for your own dating trial and error.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfi0AZXp0Uk

Food Network Star Teddy Folkman Gets Frothy

In case you hadn't already primed your pint, it's DC Beer Week!


This week-long celebration of "beer culture" features more than 40 breweries and 30 restaurants, bars and pubs throughout the district organizing daily tastings, dinners, happy hours, contests and other brew-haha.
Our special selection for the week is a low country BBQ, with all the fixin's and the finest to wash it down from the Great Lakes Brewing Company.  Join Chef Teddy Folkman at Capitol Hill's Capitol Lounge on Wednesday, August 25th from 6-10 PM for a barley bash that'll make you hop to it!  ($35 all inclusive.  Reserve your spot here.)
Please drink responsibly!

Twelfth Night Comes Up Roses

Washington’s vaunted Shakespeare Theatre Company kicks off its 2010-2011 season with a colorful performance of the Bard’s Twelfth Night, a comedic classic about a set of twins who find love after being shipwrecked on the island of Illyria.  (Thanks to Target, theater lovers strapped by hard times can get free tickets with the program’s popular Free for All through September 5th.)


Under the direction of the STC's Alan Paul, the familiar play's passion and romance are infused with some much needed freshness through a unique set design and subtle script deviations. 


In case you need a quick recap of the basics of the plot:


Viola and Sebastian are twins shipwrecked on the Island of Illyria.  Viola assumes Sebastian has drowned overboard after finding a trunk of his clothes washed up on shore.  She hatches a plan to don his clothes and refashion herself as a man (Cesario) to get a job in the court of Duke Orsino. 


The Duke is desperately in love with Countess Olivia and commissions Cesario to act as his emissary, but Olivia quickly falls for Cesario while Cesario/Viola has taken a keen shine to the Duke... 


Christina Pumariega (Cesario/Viola) shines in her duality, deftly mastering the warring male and female elements of her role, but the true scene stealers are the peripheral characters, most notably, Chuck Cooper as a drunkenly charming Sir Toby Belch and his slap-stick sidekick Sir Andrew Aguecheek, played to the hilt by Tom Story.


Aside from the glittering performances, lovers of Shakespeare for romance sake won’t be disappointed by the set design which features a red rose backdrop and a constant sprinkling of rose petals throughout the show.


The costume designer also makes good use of the color red to complement the floral motif, yet makes unseemly frock selections for the glamorous Countess Olivia, convincingly portrayed by the lovely Sarah Agnew.  (She seems to change dresses for every scene, yet... is that the same strapless gown in different colors!?)


Overall, Twelfth Night is a very exciting start to a varied season including other Shakespeare classics like The Merchant of Venice and All’s Well that Ends Well. The company also plans to produce Oscar Wilde’s witty An Ideal Husband and Candide’s Voltaire.  For more information about these productions and the STC’s lottery system, check out www.Shakespearetheatre.org


(Images: Top - Samantha Soule as Viola and Floyd King as Feste in the Shakespeare Theatre Company's 2008 production of Twelfth Night, directed by Rebecca Bayla Taichman.  Photo by Carol Rosegg.  Bottom - Peter Katona as Sebastian and Veanne Cox as Olivia in the Shakespeare Theatre Company's 2008 production of Twelfth Night, directed by Rebecca Bayla Taichman.  Photo by Carol Rosegg.)


*Special report by Art& Theater Reviewer Stephanie Green



Defensive Lineman Albert Haynesworth Goes "Gangster" at Redskins Rides

Outspoken Defensive Lineman Albert Haynesworth (autographing at left) made it to the Redskin Park practice field Sunday after Saturday night's pre-season loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

But he wasn't there for conditioning.  He was there for his cars.

Joining auto enthusiasts, fans and other Redskin players - including Antwaan Randle El, Chris Cooley, Chris Horten (below left) and Fred Smoot - Haynesworth showed off two of his favorites at the third annual Redskins Rides car show, presented by Eastern Motors.

So does he go for the fast and flashy?

Haynesworth's "true gangster rides" are actually vintage Detroit steel custom cars which the Mobsteel website describes as "modern day menacing street machines."

And it seems despite Coach Shanahan playing their owner "second string", Haynesworth's first-class rides were the toast of the team.

Inside the L.Shandi Design LookBook Shoot



Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZRKCVDQiJM

$10 and Change


$10 got you ten pictures by philanthropic photog Walter Grio of Shoot for Change Thursday evening at Puro Cafe.

In the cafe's backyard lounge, Grio shot a rapid-fire rotation, snapping stylish socialites for just a ten-spot, with all proceeds benefiting WEAVE DC.

Also spotted: Angela Steever-Diba, celebrating her birthday with friends before jetting off on a trip to L.A.  Happy Birthday, Angie!

Local Event Director Peter Stepanek: Facebook for Philanthropy & Fun


Local Photographer/Event Director Peter Stepanek and co-Host Pablo Henrich threw a fundraising fete at Henrich's new restaurant, Morso, for We Will Survive Cancer, a non-profit which helps the families of cancer patients undergoing treatment take care of day-to-day issues.  Stepanek dishes on the successful soiree and how he uses Facebook to bring fun and philanthropic people together.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oeFmaaQfU4
*Post also available on Niteside.

Some Friendly Fishing...


No one could resist stopping by K Street Kate sponsor Current Sushi Wednesday night.  Swimming with Smithsonian Young Benefactors for their monthly happy hour, guests sipped martinis and cosmos as donations for the YB Culture4Kids poured in. 


Spotted: Smithsonian YB Director Kate Stillwell, DOD's Elias VocesCharlotte Matthysen, daughter of the Belgian Ambassador and Voice of America’s Jessica Beinecke


*Victoria Sanders contributed this post.

Mod Madness: PM @ The TM



With an exhibition of textile designs from the '50s and '60s on view, The Textile Museum hosted its second PM @ The TM event in the spirit of Mad Men Wednesday night.  Attendees dressed as mod mannequins competing for "Best Dressed" and bragging rights. 

Photos available on K Street Kate's Flickr and Facebook Fan Page!
*Gallery also available on Niteside.

The District Dish: Shane Salter



Catch up with The District Dish hosts as they nosh on green tea salad at Burma with Fostering Hope author Shane Salter.

Capturing his own journey through the foster care system, Salter talks about how he moved through abuse, abandonment and repeated rejection to start CASA (court appointed special advocates) and continue living his dreams, helping other foster youth to do so as well.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBjr7WKS7QE

Cheaper By the 'Dozen Nights'

See an unprecedented 22 free performances of Twelfth Night during the Shakespeare Theatre Company's annual Free For All - an offering of complementary Shakespeare performances - now in its 19th year.  

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES:
August 19-21, 26-28, and September 2-4, at 8 p.m.
August 22, 24, 25, 29, 31, September 1 and 5 at 7:30 p.m.
August 21, 22, 28, 29, September 4 and 5 at 2 p.m.
LOCATION: Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW

How to nab your tickets: UPDATE! New this year, tickets distributed via lottery.  Visit this page for entry info.  Non-claimed tickets will be available up to 30 minutes prior to each show at the Box Office. (As a benefit of subscription, all 2010-2011 Season Subscribers and Friends of Free for All may reserve their Free For All tickets in advance of select performances.)

Four, Fabulous... and on to Year Five!









K Street Kate celebrated four years in Luxxery Tuesday night.  An intimate gathering of friends and supporters came together at Dr. Ayman Hakki's newest "Med-Spa" location to toast four year's of our online magazine's coverage of local trendsetters and tastemakers.  The venue, just as our content, was overflowing with the best this city has to offer!


Fresh off the boat, literally, from France's champagne region, CPC Cellars brought their select Bordeaux wine, Brut and Rose champagnes to sip and share.  Thanks to CPC Owner  Patrick Callieri, K Street Kate had the exclusive opportunity to introduce these new products to the East Coast - and we were happy to raise our glasses all night!

And then there was the vodka bar, specially sponsored by the ab fab Absolut Vodka (including the new Absolut Berry Acai). No one could get enough of their K Street Kate signature drinks... paired with traditional mixers as well as some of the newest VitaminWaterZero flavors (we love you - and thank you for your support - SmartWater/VitaminWater/Glaceau!).    


We have to thank our incredible co-hosts, Dr. Ayman Hakki, Leslie Sanchez and Reese Gardner (who orchestrated our TOTally awesome afterparty at his Mighty Pint venue) for making the night one to remember. 

We're four, fabulous... and on to year five!  

(Thanks to fab photog, Peter Stepanek, for these great shots - more photos to come on our Facebook fan page!)

See what they're saying about us:

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FishBowlDC - http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlDC/rumors_andor_gossip/two_former_dc_journos_to_appear_on_real_housewives_of_dc_171086.asp
Oh My Goff - http://ohmygoff.tv/2010/08/party-kstreetkate-turns-4/
The Georgetown Dish - http://www.thegeorgetowndish.com/thescene/heres-many-more-years-k-street-kate
Powell Play - http://tonypowell.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/k-street-kate-four-and-flourishing/
The Washington Lobbyist - http://thewashingtonlobbyist.com/agenda/2010/8/20/district-maven-celebrates-her-fourth.html?lastPage=true#comment9458134

Endorphin 'High'

A consortium of ten Fitness Together studios from the DC area sponsored an active event high atop the Liaison Capitol Hill Tuesday night to kick off their sponsorship of  the American Diabetes Association's annual "Step Out:
Walk to Fight Diabetes" scheduled for Oct. 23 in DC.


This summer fun business-casual event included music, poolside workout demonstrations by Fitness Together's top trainers and hors d'oeuvres from celebrity chef Art Smith's Art and Soul.

Spotted and snapped here (left to right): Robert Sierralta of "Step Out" with the American Diabetes Association; Brendan Foley of the American Diabetes Association's "Tour de Cure"; Gayle Laughlin of the law firm Akin Gump; Kathryn Holmes Johnson of the law firm Akin Gump; Stephanie Rogers of the American Diabetes Association; and Kenneth Clarke, owner of Fitness Together in Silver Spring)

Opera Legend Placido Domingo Goes from Lead Player to the 'Pit'


Spanish tenor - and now conductor! - Placido Domingo is one of the world's leading voices, still in the spotlight as General Director of the Washington National Opera.  After announcing September's upcoming "Opera in the Outfield" event, K Street Kate caught up with the opera legend to dish on his favorite roles, whether conducting makes him miss the stage, and why he makes the Washington National Opera his home.


Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDhl-Fgh_BI


*Post available on Niteside.

The District Dish: Sheila Cutchlow


Move over Housewives!  Local lady Sheila Cutchlow is one of the Real Women of Philadelphia... participating in an 8 week competition of recipes all made with Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese, hosted by Paula Deen.

Think all you can make is bagels and cheesecake?  Think again!  Find out more - and whether Sheila won!!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqJ0mWUp0zk

Short and Sweet


Tickets went on sale today for the DC Shorts Film Festival, returning in its seventh year (September 9-16) with a new group of goodies for moviegoers with sunflower-seed sized attention spans                 .

At Landmark's E Street Cinema and the U.S. Navy Memorial's Burke Theatre, at nine different showcases throughout the week, you can see select groupings of the 97 films films from across the globe featured in the 2010 festival.  Dramas, comedies, animation, sci-fi, documentary, and unexplainable experiments - each short running in under 20 minutes.

Suggestions:

  • See the 10 minute Telemafia and find out what happens when a telemarketer picks the wrong customer to call 
  • Check out Enter the Beard  to crash a convention of bearded men at the World Beard and Mustache Championships.  
  • And relive Snowpocalypse as a family copes with forced confinement during DC's freeze frenzy last winter.  

Though tickets are sold for individual events, you can keep it reel by buying a multiple screening or all access pass.  Also don't miss free lunch shows each day at noon.

For a full list of films, show times and tickets, visit here.

Sommelier Andrew Stover's Wonderful World of Wines



Andrew Stover is Sommelier at Oya and Sei Restaurants and Founder of Vino50 Selections.  He dishes on DC's cocktail culture, specifically citing the city's wealth of wonderful wine spots, and tells where in DC he likes to go drinking.
(Video upload: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fy0RTu5pxg)

*Also available on Niteside.

Colorwars!

If you didn't get drafted, you got shafted.  Or so claimed the t-shirts at Sgt. Courtney Stecker's annual birthday bonanza, ColorWars.

Piling up participants in athletic groups designated by team color at Whitehaven Park Sunday afternoon, there was more than just friendly competition on tap.  Athletes tested their mettle in speed games, relay races, tug-o-war and much more field day fun, organized by ColorsWars creator (and Stecker's significant other), Judy Mayka.

*The birthday boy/everyone's fave Mighty Pint drink maker led the Army Green team to victory.

Photos available on K Street Kate's Flickr and Facebook Fan Page.

The Art of Dressing Well

There were flash thunderstorms and floods of fashion Thursday night when Instructions Apparel fans were packing the lounge at Ping Pong Dim Sum.  

Sneaking a peek at the clothier’s new fall line - and scoring complimentary shoe shines - men (and the stylish women who love them) braved the downpour to get their dapper on... complete with tie-tying demonstrations and cognac cocktails. 

As a nod to DC, the presentation featured trends like “The Georgetown, “The Casual K Street,” "The U-Street,” and the “GQ," along with their respective reputations for attire. 

(Image: Will Wilder, Venroy July, Darryl Lockett and Christien Oliver as captured by David. Houdyschell photography)
*Thank you to Whitney Stringer for contributions to this post.

Classically Coburn



Thursday's Tim Coburn Photography exhibit at L2 Lounge was the evening's artistic afterparty.  Coming from the night's other creative cocktail events - and dodging an uncharacteristic DC summer monsoon - the city's socially stellar sought respite with beats by DJ Neekola and images that could only have been created by the master himself.

Unassuming yet unconventional, Coburn captures personalities, then forces them to jump off the printed page.

Selected pieces of his latest works on display included headshots, fashion and commercial work.

(Top right: Tim Coburn commercial work not to be reprinted.  Party pictures courtesy of Katharine McHenry

Project Beltway's Rachel Cothran Gets Hip on a Scavenger Hunt



Project Beltway's Rachel Cothran was on the hunt Thursday night at the Phillips Collection, serving as the co-host of Phillips After 5.  The fashionista blogger's attire was just one of the questions on the evening's list of fine art, fashion and fun for the showcase of Robert Ryman and Jason Wu.
(Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vba14zkiS4I)

*Post also available on Niteside.


Those Two Crucial Pickles... Coming to DC!

The original chicken sandwich.  Waffle fries.  Sweet tea and tart lemonade.  It's coming!

In some of the very best news we've heard in years, it seems the rumor that Chick-Fil-A is planning to aggressively expand into DC is reality.  (No, that partial pagoda in the GW student center doesn't count.)


Here's how we know it's true.  Can you taste it!?!

Inside the Reach for College Fundraiser @ L2


The crowd at L2 Wednesday night was lounging for learning -- supporting books, resources and classroom support for an enrichment class that students take as part of their regular day to "Reach for College."
Morgan, Andrea, Dorian and Marlon are proud to be a part of helping children to succeed.
Ladies sporting their Stella & Dot jewels.
Carnot Evans, Megan Imbert and Patrick Tierney proudly support Reach for College.
Evan Schwartz and Andrew Kent came to help students because they know college will be a challenge academically, financially and personally.

L2 Staff support Reach for College because it teaches valuable skills, such as how to handle money responsibly and interview for jobs. 
Stella & Dot representatives Kelly & Samantha brought their jewelry to adorn and tempt the attendees
Carrie Schoell, Lauren Roy, and Rebecca Macvitciehelp traditionally disadvantaged kids become the 
first in their families to go to college.
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Narin, Joshua, Todd and Jamie enjoyed L2's traditional Wednesday boardgames with their beverages.
Rob and Kevin mingle with mojitos.

*Gallery also available on Niteside.

A Stitch in Time

Congratulations to The Silken Thread, an embroidery boutique which celebrated it's fifth anniversary Tuesday evening - proving that a hobby really can turn heads.


"After having my first daughter, I wanted to stay home with her," said Laura Swanstrom Reece (pictured at right with the author), "so I began doing embroidery work on the side while she napped and at night.  From there, it grew into a business!"  


Five years later, The Silken Thread is now a "family business" in every sense of the word with her husband and now two daughters pitching in.  


The newly opened Frosting Cupcakery in Chevy Chase offered their business for the fifth anniversary party and provided a cupcake to each guest.  The yummy cupcakes paired well with the displays of Laura's talented embroidery and well wishers for their fifth anniversary celebration.


*Amber Francis contributed this post.

Savvy Shopping: District Sample Sale



Ladies (and Gents!) you know these tickets always sell out, so don't twiddle your thumbs thinking about it - buy your VIP tickets to the best boutique shopping event in the city! Save up to 90% at some of our faves, including Ginger, Green & Blue, Proper Topper, Urban Chic, Wink... too many to name!  

On sale first thing Thursday at www.districtsamplesale.com. 

Meet Miss Black USA 2010



Many in the audience believe that the new Miss Black USA 2010, Osas Ighodaro, clinched the crown Monday evening at DC's Lincoln Theater with her monologue talent.  Calling on the spirit of diverse sisters across the globe, Ighodaro explains why she really is every black woman.
(Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXtqWfkI-8Q)

*Post also available on Niteside.

ziMS Bring Music & Magic to the Park

Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman had a feeling he would be expanding his family's ziMS Foundation from Virginia Beach to DC when re-signing his contract with the Washington Nationals.  Working a single night use of the stadium into his last renewal contract, he successfully created "A Night at the Park," which took place Tuesday with musical guests Amos Lee and Mutlu joined by world renowned magician David Blaine to benefit Multiple Sclerosis research and funding.

"We ultimately want to make the foundation become bigger and better," said Zimmerman, "and the next step was to take it to a bigger and better city.  There's really not a bigger or better city in the world to do something like this than D.C."

The family agrees.  Excited by increased opportunities to grow awareness for MS, they aren't shy to share Zimmerman's Mother's own struggles with this disease that affects the central nervous system (she was diagnosed when Ryan was only 15), and they are proud to help fund others in need of treatment.

With over 700 attendees raising over $200,000 in one night, Zimmerman and nine of his Nationals teammates succeeding in transforming their ballpark playground into a concert and party, complete with dinner, silent and live auctions, musical performances - and those magic tricks.

What magic was Ryan looking forward to most?

(Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMpVsCjBArU

Having a Ball: Opera in the Outfield

Nationals Stadium has its fair share of balls... but nothing like A Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera).

Each year, the Washington National Opera, in partnership with Target, presents a free, live opera broadcast at Nationals Park. This year’s simulcast, Verdi’s dramatic opera A Masked Ball will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, September 19, 2010.  Reserve your spot to enjoy an artistic afternoon (and "pre-game" fun!) with up to 20,000 fans in a festive ballpark atmosphere. 

“Our free simulcasts are Washington National Opera’s gift to the city and to the public, in great thanks for all their support,” says Plácido Domingo, General Director of Washington National Opera, inviting “fans” to enjoy a day in the ballpark - complete with concessions, kid-friendly activities and prizes - while the opera plays overhead. 

It'll be a ball!
  
*New this year, "fans" have the chance to win the “Take Me Out to the Opera” Songwriting Contest!  Submit your written opera-inspired lyrics to the famous baseball tune and you could be selected by Maestro Domingo (during the “Seventh Aria Stretch”) to receive prize packages, or even have your song performed live by a crowd of thousands of opera-going fans. Details here.

The District Dish: Liam Bonner



Whether it was Bugs Bunny, High School drama class, or a trip to the Kennedy Center Opera House that introduced you to opera, you are probably more familiar with the art form than think!  Baritone Liam Bonner joins The District Dish hosts to talk about how opera is changing - and why you should take another look... and listen!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV_Z6m--8Vw

Men Obsessed With Meat

More than tennis balls were being served at last week's Legg Mason Tennis Classic.  A main course of action sports was being served up with meat on the side - as the Beringer Great Steak Challenge paired up with the tennis tour in DC while making its way through ten U.S. cities.


Celebrity chefs and Food Network stars Jamie and Bobby Deen hosted the challenge, which dared everyone from gourmet chefs to backyard grillers to pair their most creative steak recipe with their favorite Beringer wine, choosing one local grillmaster to advance to the finals in Napa Valley.


"The best part of grilling is being outside," Jamie Deen admitted, although Thursday's storm clouds threatened to delay the competition.  "And who can resist a big hunk of meat on the fire?  It's the caveman gene."


(Photo credit: Mary Steinbacher)

Inside the Luke's Wings Beach Bash

Who said being a beach bum wasn't sexy?  


On Friday night at L2 Lounge, Washingtonians proved that hanging loose can be hella fun for a good cause. Riding the wave - and raising money for military charity Luke's Wings - attendees sported their bikinis and board shorts to this now annual fundraiser which assists in bringing military families to their wounded loved ones in area hospitals.      



Photos available on K Street Kate's Flickr and Facebook Fan Page.
*Amber Francis contributed this post.
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