2nd Annual Tigerlily Pink Masquerade Ball

As she battleded with her breast cancer diagnosis, Maimah Karmo never anticipated that one day she would be holding court at a Masquerade Ball.

Karmo, the founder of the Tigerlily Foundation, has certainly never been one afraid to show her face  - tears, fears and all - according to supporters of her charity.  Now healthy and happy, she's helping others, and throwing an annual soiree for survivors!

Wednesday night's Tigerlily Foundation Pink Masquerade at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel honored local ladies struggling with the day-to-day challenges of cancer and those who stand beside them.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL), a breast cancer survivor,  and Miss DC 2010 Stephanie Williams (at right) who works at the Capital Breast Care Center, were featured speakers.  Also spotted, former Redskins Darryl Pounds and Brian Mitchell (bottom right).

Inside the 5th Annual First Tee Putting & Politics Reception

The 5th annual First Tee Putting and Politics Rooftop Reception celebrated youth development programs through golf with special recognition of champions Senator Judd Gregg and Congressman Joe Bacca Wednesday evening on the rooftop of 1101 Pennsylvania Ave.  

The World Golf Foundation created The First Tee in November of 1997 as a way to bring golf to youngsters that otherwise would not be exposed to the game and its positive values.  Now at 200 Chapters nationwide, First Tee uses golf and character education to teach life lessons.

*Gallery also available on Niteside.


Spotted at the Bethesda Bradley Green Home Opening: Enviro-enthusiast Laurel Colless with husband Finnish Ambassador Pekka Lintu.

The Bradley Green Home was bult in just four months using entirely environmentally friendly construction methods.  Those intrigued by the innovation were invited to stop in to the model home Tuesday evening for a peek at Sandy Spring Builders' new standard in pre-fabrication

Technology is a Trippi

According to Summit Chairman Joe Trippi, last week's AMP Summit was "a discussion about the powerful ability of technology to engage and empower people and listen to what they [have] to say."  And it was also about getting off line and meeting in person.

Melding Activism, Media and Politics, the summit - which took place September 23 -25th at the Marriott Metro Center - gathered individuals from multiple spheres of influence to connect away from a computer, although the use of social media was one of the summit's most prevalent themes. 

"The time to talk about the potential of technology has passed and the revolution is already underway," said Trippi, who signed copies of his book "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" after his keynote speech. 

Trippi, Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign manager, used the internet to change politics as we know it.  So what's his favorite social media tool?  Watch this video!

The District Dish: Amy McWilliams, Forum Theatre

Amy McWilliams, a leading actress in Forum Theatre's newest production, Scorched, dishes on her role in the performance and why you should put seeing a show at Forum Theatre on your list!

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

Real Housewives' Paul Wharton: Coy About Celebrity Status

Real Housewives of DC castmember Paul Wharton lent his celebrity status to the "Walk This Way" over-water fashion fundraiser put on by Becky's Fund and Eric Finn Clothiers on the Liaison Hotel rooftop Tuesday night, stealing the microphone post runway event to help raise close to $8,000 in an impromptu auction.  K Street Kate catches up with Wharton as he plays coy about his celebrity reach, but gets real about his reasons for combatting domestic violence.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtKl686KFNY
*Also available on Niteside.

Becky's Fund: "Walk This Way"

2nd annual Becky's Fund "Walk This Way" fashion event - an over-water runway show to combat domestic violence.  Liaison Hotel, 9.29.10

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

After Hours @ the Kreeger Museum

Since you've always wanted to see if Night at the Museum was true...
and because art and culture can come to life!

K Street Kate joins with the Alliance Francaise to bring you the very first After Hours at The Kreeger Museum.  Sip champagne and cocktails as you take an unescorted after hours gallery tour.  Screen exclusive French films while dancing to the lounge beats of French DJ Hervé.  Open your mind - we'll provide the open bar!

WHAT: After Hours at the Kreeger Museum
WHEN: Thursday, October 7, 6:00 - 10:00 PM
WHERE: The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road, NW
COST: General Admission $25, Or here's a real deal: AF and Kreeger Museum members $17.

You read that right  - this very first After Hours at the Kreeger Museum includes open bar, but please drink responsibly.  Shuttle transportation to and from the Alliance Française at 2142 Wyoming Avenue, NW, DC will be available.  (No designated parking will be available on the Kreeger grounds.)

Fashion's Other Coco?!

Bharet Malhotra welcomes the crowd
After two-and-a-half years of “haute cuisine,” Co Co. Sala celebrated the grand opening of its retail chocolate boutique Monday, complete with a chocolate ribbon-cutting, guest appearance by White House pastry chef Susan E. Morrison, and, in finale, a catwalk by a chocolate-clad model.

Chocolate model
A boutique is about fashion, joked Nisha Sidhu, co-owner of the swanky Penn Quarter restaurant and lounge, explaining the couture theme behind the event. But despite the evening’s trendy, red carpet glamour—soft-glowing lights, rhythmic drum music and flowing wine—co-owner Bharet Malhotra reiterated that he and his team were in fact returning to their roots—and Nisha’s original vision: to bring quality, hand-crafted chocolate to DC.

The knife had to be torched to cut the chocolate ribbon!
The 200 square-foot boutique, cut out from part of the restaurant’s original floor plan, will offer a variety of chocolate treats, including chocolate-enrobed bacon, truffles, and other indulgences. A strong believer in the flavor nuances of fine chocolate, Sidhu has also indicated that the venue will offer chocolate-tasting classes.
*Jordana Merran contributed this post.

Exploration takes center stage at 2010 annual Wolf Trap Ball

Exploration was what really took center stage while statemen like Senator Pat Roberts, Congressman Frank Wolf and Governor Martin O'Malley dined on Nova Scotia lobster and a trio of maple desserts before dancing in the spotlight of the Filene Center Friday evening.   
The 2010 annual Wolf Trap Ball was a celebration of Canada.  And why Canada?  "Why not Canada, eh?" joked Wolf Trap President and CEO Terre Jones (at left), explaining that the evening's theme was a focus on unique ties to our northern neighbor, shared values and a cultural connection.  "We have so much to celebrate with Canada."

Nearly 1,000 guests celebrated the National Park for the Performing Arts' 39th annual Ball, raising money for its far-reaching arts and education programs. 

"Next year is the 40th, so we're looking to do something really big," said Jones.  "Maybe we'll celebrate all of the countries that have been a part of this - that would be really, really big." 

Something to explore. 

The District Dish: Remy

Maybe you've seen The Arlington Rap and wondered... how ghetto is this guy?!  Or maybe his newestMetro mix has you chanting along during your commute.  Remy shares his story with The District Dish hosts - why he started his YouTube raps and just how he gets those vidoes to go viral.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djimjstgg4U

National Symphone Orchestra Ball: Shock and Awe

Ann Friedman, wife of author and NYT columnist Thomas Friedman, was a particularly proud patron at the National Symphony Orchestra's Opening Ball this season, smilng as the new Maestro took to the stage for an energetic and impressionable performance.

Having served on the selection committee that chose world renowned Maestro Christophe Eschenbach as the Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra's new Music Director, Friedman admitted that when they found out Eschenbach was looking to leave his prior post, he immediately became a top option.

Though the orchestra had to wait two years to finally celebrate Eschenbach's NSO debut due to contractual obligations in other cities - coincidentally on the Orchestra's 80th season opener - he brought sensation with him from the start.

Operatic soprano Renee Fleming and Pianist Lang Lang, both close friends and mentees of Eschenbach, made special guest appearances during the season opening production, wowing the audience with their talent and remarkable connection with the conductor.

"It was incredible. And of course this is just the first performance. We'll look forward to seeing the rest of the season - and what's to come for the remainder of his contract."

"Doesn't it just make you want to jump up and waltz?"

*Post also available on Niteside.

Going Whole Hog

That's some pig
19th's Big @ss Pig Roast encouraged all to come in their 'Redneck" best for Saturday's feast.  Carving up three whole pigs for the masses that showed for all-you-can fare, beer and bucket specials, the popular corner bar (and K Street Kate sponsor!) served up the swine in "style."

Chowing down for a cause - 5% of all proceeds went to benefit Miriam's Kitchen

Shimmy, Shake, no Belly Ache!

"Living a decadent life is living unapologetically" said Shelley Chapman, founder of Naturi Beauty, who partnered with Felicia Montgomery (with Chapman at right) to host a celebration of the modern frugalista and launch Belly Dance Connection.

The two held a special seminar kick-off for the online shop, which sells costumes to outfit bellydancers from novice to master navel, on Saturday afternoon (9.25.10), inviting enthusiasts from around the city.

Beginning with a yoga session, followed by a belly dancing lesson, then natural foods tasting, the event concluded with the production of beauty products for the kitchen chemist as participants explored their inner diva through movement, food and positive energy.

*Amber Francis contributed this post.

Fashion for Autism Gets "Significant" at Georgetown's City Tavern Club

"Be significant" was the challenged raised by Fashion for Autism Friday evening at the City Tavern Club.  The art, music and fashion benefit, started in 2009 by clothing designer Edwing D'Angelo (at right with Rokas Beresniovas), made its DC debut this year, featuring an evening of creative expression to raise funds for implementation of fashion design programs created specifically for children with autism.

Among the significant and socially conscious in attendance: Betsey Johnson of Georgetown's Jenny Zinn, pianist Edvinas Minkstimas, Charm's Jaclyn Mason, Rolling Stone's Nelson Lewis, Miss DC 2010 Stephanie Williams, and the dapper Don Patron (modeling too sexy short shorts at left).

A Sweet Soiree for Miss DC

GOP fundraiser Lisa Spies and her husband, lawyer Charlie Spies, held a dessert reception for Miss District of Columbia 2010 Stephanie Williams at their downtown loft home Thursday evening, tempting the contestant with sweet treats mere months before she takes to the Miss America stage. 

"All’s Well That Ends Well," or Is It?!

Photo by Scott Suchman
When one conjures memories of Shakespeare’s strongest female characters, the image of a villainous and blood-stained Lady Macbeth sleepwalking across the stage instantly comes to mind, so it was most refreshing to see one of the Bard’s lesser known and good-natured heroines shine in a modernized version of All’s Well that Ends Well, running through the end of October, at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre.

The play’s lead, Helena, portrayed by Miriam Silverman, is just as steely and conniving as Lady Macbeth, but puts her single-minded resourcefulness to good use as she sets out to capture the man of her dreams, Bertram, played by Tony Roach.

Although Silverman’s Helena is charming and powerful in her passionate pursuit of love, her thunder is slightly undermined by the presence of another forceful leading lady, Bertram’s mother, the Countess of Roussillon, brought to life by Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Marsha Mason, one of the many high-profile actors STC’s artistic director Michael Kahn has brought to the theatre.

With the play’s female-driven story in mind, Mr. Kahn decided to modernize the play in a World War I era, explaining that it was a time when “women were educated and were on the cusp of a change in their social role.”

If you can’t catch All’s Well, but want to meet yet another formidable woman of the stage and silver screen, stop by the STC’s Harman Center Gala on October 3 when the Oscar nominated Annette Bening will be presented with the Will Award for her contributions to the performing arts.

The Gala will be followed by a special soiree for the young patrons called “Gala Shakespearissimo After Hours” at Sidney Harman Hall, with a special appearance by Ms. Bening. Tickets to the young professionals party are available for $50.

*Stephanie Green contribute this post.

UPDATE: Bening announced that she will no longer be making an appearance at the Harman Center Gala.

The District Dish: National Book Festival

This weekend, DC celebrates 10 years of the National Book Festival!  Rain or shine, on the National Mall, thousands will gather to celebrate reading, learn about literacy, and meet their favorite authors.  Who might you meet?!  Sheryl Canady of the Library of Congress dishes on National Book Festival day.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAUz8Gsy4T4

Celebrity Plastic Surgeon Opens Botox Boutique for Hill Hotties

Dr. Ayman Hakki with his wife & partner Hiba Bittar Hakki
Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Ayman Hakki has attended to beauty queens, A- list actresses, famous singers and prestigous sports stars, but he's not talking. "I can't tell you who they are - and I don't want you to be able to tell that they've had any work done," he said.

But his latest endeavor, Luxxery Express, a quick service cosmetic boutique in upper Georgetown, just may have him keeping secrets for those with state secrets.

Thursday evening, Hakki celebrated the opening of this new "Botox Boutique," which offers a menu of non-invasive procedures like Botox, Juvederm and Latisse in the time it takes to run lunch-hour errands. And now that he has opened an office within the city limits, Hakki anticipates a potential new clientelle of Hill hotties - from the likes of Madame Secretary to the modest Staff Assistant.

"90% of my patients are women... and they've been waiting for a "Botox Boutique" like this to open up for their fast fixes. I know that women on the Hill, and all over DC, are excited to come to see me now that we have a location so close to them."

What could be better than getting in and out for your Restylane before Roll Call? Dr. Hakki promises to work his magic and stay mum about it.

*A version of this post is available on Niteside.

Meryl Streep Channels Abigail Adams, Speaks Up for Women's Rights

Photo Credit: Neshan Naltchayan
Meryl Streep, a long-time advocate of the National Women's History Museum, made waves this week at an advocacy dinner to support the establishment.  Arguing in favor of pending legislation that would allow the museum to purchase land at 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Streep channeled Abigail Adams in her endorsement for a permanent physical space for the museum near the National Mall - a pledged a personal $1 million to make it happen.

"Let's take the history books and do a little red-line editing," said Streep. "Let's scrawl the crimson admonition Abigail gave John Adams: 'Remember the Ladies!' across the title page. Let's place the strenuous, valuable, and largely invisible contributions American women made to this nation - across the three centuries it took for them to become true citizens - right square on the Mall of its capitol. If we don't, who will?"

After Abduction, Ingrid Betancourt Finds her Voice, Struggles to Find her Place

"If they gave me 6.8 million, or twice, or three times, or much more that than - say billions - I wouldn't take it to just go back to the jungle and live what I lived."  
Ingrid Betancourt, abducted while campaigning in the Colombian presidential election and held in captivity for six years, was on hand at the National Press Club Wednesday night to answer questions about her time in the jungle and sign copies of her new book, "Even Silence has an End."

Betancourt explained that - her story now told - she wasn't quite sure what would come next, but what she welcomed most was rest.

"Since the day I was liberated, my home is a luggage.  I haven't been able to find a place for me... I don't want to be a politician - I'm not moved anymore - though there is still a dream of having a better world and a better Colombia."

Georgio Gucci: Real Love Deserves a Real Gift

Fashion heir Giorgio Gucci cut down counterfeit goods during his visit to Capitol Hill last night, saying items snapped up on the black market aren't only terrible for business but also damaging to relationships.

"Women deserve to have the best -- the original -- luxury items," the third-generation head of the legendary Gucci fashion line said Wednesday as part of a panel discussion on the Hill.

"Men: Don't you try to give them a fake!"

Speaking on intellectual property rights, with particular emphasis on the fashion and accessories industry, Gucci said those in authentic relationships should give their significant others authentic gifts."I can appreciate that everyone wants a bargain," he said, "but I think it's also important to women to have something real."

He added, "Any woman who carries a copy ... is hurting other women."
*Also available on Niteside.

"Up for Renewal" Author Cathy Alter gives tips to Jessica Simpson

K Street Kate caught up with DC local author Cathy Alter at her book signing and beauty party at the Alchimie Forever showroom in Georgetown Tuesday night.  In "Up for Renewal," Alter changed her life with tips from some of the top lifestyle magazines.  Now she passes on some of those tips to fashion victim Jessica Simpson - and suggests some subscriptions for Simpson's own renewal.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ5-dk_WzdI

*Also available on Niteside.

Savoring Morocco at the Sofitel

From SATC2 (where it was actually filmed) to Jazz and Culture Festivals, Morocco is lately very much on our minds.  But since the rich and diverse destination is about 4,000 miles from the Nation's Capital, not many have the opportunity to experience its wealth and wonder firsthand.

Leave it to the Sofitel to bring the bounty home. 

This weekend, DC's Sofitel Lafayette Square kicks off a ten day Moroccan-inspired celebration, September 25 - October 3rd.  The Sofitel's usual timeless French contemporary cuisine gives way to a Moroccan flavor fest, inviting guests to take a gastrocation, "traveling" to Morocco for authentic meat briouats, traditional salads, couscous with lamb and tfaya, and all the accoutrements that make Morocco so mischevious.

Savoring the exotic spices just may tempt you to visit one of Sofitel's three Moroccan properties (Marrakech, Rabat, Fes).

Because you just can't get enough of the couscous!

Ian Woodall: Climbing the Mountain

Wednesday, September 22, from 7:30 - 8:30 PM, DC's Sierra Club presents Ian Woodall, world famous mountain climber, to speak on his life changing climbs to the top of Mount Everest.  

Between 1996 and 2007, Ian conceived, planned and led five expeditions to Mount Everest, reaching the summit on two occasions but also experiencing the death of fellow climbers along the way. Hear firsthand what these experiences mean to him as he presents the Tao of Everest at Harriet's Restaurant, 436 11th Street NW (near Metro Center and Archives). 

The District Dish: Robertas Kupstas

Like "Superman" with his double life, Robertas Kupstas/Robert Byla transforms from government suit and tie to.... Lithuanian Pop Star!?  He shares his intense experiences on foreign reality shows, Eurovision - and even an attempt to bring the glitz and glam to our own American Idol.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODoATVcsin4

Oxfords and Oysters

While crabs get most of the glory in Maryland, this past Saturday, Baltimore's young professionals went overboard for 'Oxfords and Oysters.'

Gathering in support of the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a non-profit dedicated to sustaining the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay, attendees ate oysters, recycled their oyster shells for use in the Chesapeake and listened to Dewey Beach favorite band Burnt Sienna.
Oysters are a critical species to the Bay's long term recovery according to Jennifer Grove, one of the organizers of the event.  A healthy oyster reef not only cleans dirty water, but also provides a
firm bed for a community of new oysters - and furnishes a valuable habitat for those glorious blue crabs!

*Marlene Hall contributed this post.

Opera in the Outfield

Opera was in the outfield last night in the District.

Generation O council member Abeer Abdalla, whose group caters to young opera fans, said the event Sunday night -- during which fans at Nationals ballpark watched the Washington National Opera's season opener "A Masked Ball" broadcast live from the Kennedy Center -- was about making the genre more accessible to all.

"'Opera in the Outfield' is about making opera accessible to everyone," Abdalla said.

The unique community event was enjoyed by young and old, with additional pre-game and intermission activities adding to the on-screen drama -- and maybe even hitting home run for the Opera's future box office sales.

"If you can get new patrons to the outfield by surrounding them with familiar sights and sounds, introducing new music and pageantry is just another legacy for them to savor," said Abdalla, who hopes patrons will be encouraged to also seek out operatic opportunities in the theater.

Now in its second year, Opera in the Outfield has surpassed attendance expectations, filling the ballpark stands, and outfield, with a projected 20,000 guests.

"When it comes to the All-American dream, there isn't much standing between a 9th inning home run and a climaxing aria."

Of Volunteers and Viability

Co-Creator/Producer Michael Dougherty, w/Cast & Crew
A film and set made entirely of volunteers, Browncoats: Redemption, premiered at the Arlington Drafthouse Sunday evening.  This fan-made space Western sequel to Serenity and its television series predecessor, Firefly, made its debut to eagerly waiting enthusiasts with proceeds from DVD sales benefiting five charities; Equality Now, Kids Need to Read, The Dyslexia Foundation, The Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, and Marine Corp Law Enforcement Foundation.  

"This film, made by the fans for the fans, is a charity project created through our love of the Firefly/Serenity universe.  We are prepared to accomplish the impossible: create a direct to DVD feature-length film... with all proceeds going to five charities.  It will only be successful and do the greatest amount of good for the charities with the continued support of the dedicated fanbase," said co-creator and producer Michael Dougherty.

*Amber Francis contributed this post.

Deejay Neekola @ Peacock Cafe

Taste, toast and tunes.

International beat babe - and new recording artist - Deejay Neekola will take up residence at Peacock Cafe Thursday nights this Fall, but started out by holding court at the bustling bar last Saturday.

Among those that stopped in to mingle to her music: Photographer Tim Coburn, Art Soiree's Tati Ana,  Tyson's Galleria's Nichole Devolites, John-Michael Scott, Lisa Byrne and Hook's Bill Miller.

"Apprentice" Contestant Steuart Martens: I Applied "On a Whim"

DC native and "Apprentice" contestant, Steuart Martens, held a kick-off for the upcoming season of the show at Hudson Restaurant Thursday night, dishing on his experience from why he applied to who he chose as his competition wingman.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKihupQ_9TM

*Also available on Niteside.

District Sample Sale Fall 2010

Shoppers share their best deals from the Fall District Sample Sale, put on by the District Sample Sale Foundation to benefit the GW Mammovan.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNCTj3HjH_s

A Shave for Solidarity

This Saturday will be 9th time in seven years that RiRa General Manager Simon Hewson has shaved his head for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.  In fact, he's one of only about 325 in the world to have gone bald for the benefit so many times.  

Hewson, now a Knight of the Bald Table, is hosting his own shaving show of solidarity at RiRa in Bethesda on Saturday, September 18th from Noon - 4 PM.
"I was approached to shave my head 7 years ago by my employer at that time. I shaved my head, but it was meeting and talking to several families that had been affected by children's cancer that struck a chord with me. I quickly realized that St.Baldricks was going to be at the forefront of raising money to fund the research into finding cures for these diseases .  Losing my hair is a small token of my solidarity with the kids who lose their hair during their treatment."

Lose your locks - or just pledge financial support - as RiRa hopes to help raise over $100 million to fund children's cancer research and prevention.  

The District Dish: Robin Fisher

Stylist Robin Fisher, owner of Polished Image & Style, gets colorful on The District Dish.  Explaining her color palette theory of wardrobe selection, Robin also dishes on trends for Fall and what it means to be "the new black."

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=981-2DUi8tw


Free hot dogs and legendary tater tots create madness enough, but The Mighty Pint's official Grand Opening was truly All-Mighty.  Reese Gardner (center) recently opened the Pittsburgh-themed paradise pub, which finally feted its pint-size prowess Wednesday night.

Weekly food & drink specials and theme nights every night of the week.

*The Mighty Pint is a featured sponsor of K Street Kate.

Taking a "Shot" at Curing Childhood Obesity

A host committee of guest bartenders, including Amanda Polk, Nelson Lewis, and Katherine Kennedy took a "shot" behind the bar Wednesday night at Georgetown's L2 Lounge.  With specialty drinks named for them - and particular expertise with the pour - all tips were donated directly to KEEN to help disabled children to be active and combat childhood obesity.

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

Match.com Couple Gets the Icing on the Cake

Todd and Michelle Bracken's Match.com love story not only launched the successful Frosting Cupcakery, but also a reality-based romance novel! The couple introduced their true romance novel, "The Icing on the Cake," at their Chevy Chase bakery Wednesday night as guests nibbled on a full range of their cupcake flavors and icing shots.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDDAV6Qit3w
*Also available on Niteside

The District Dish: Rania Jaziri

Rania Jaziri, owner of Jordin's Paradise dishes with The District Dish hosts about her fitness training experiences. From pole dancing to belly dancing and so many fun fitness workouts in between, Rania has been getting Washington in shape in a way that is very in vogue.   

Thinking about pole dancing?  Watch to find out more about these popular exercise classes!
Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPQDa4tWtms

Spotted: Wilmer Valderrama

Actor Wilmer Valderrama was spotted last night (Tuesday) outside the Warner Theater.  Valderrama, the official spokesperson of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's Ready to Lead college readiness program, was hosting the Reyes of Comedy Night in celebration of hispanic heritage month.

Casa Nonna Opens in Dupont

Family-style Italian eateries are hot, hot, hot this Spring in DC - and Tuesday evening's opening of Casa Nonna in Dupont was as sizzling as its wood burning oven.  

Guests packed into the newly opened restaurant which took over the prominent former California Pizza Kitchen space on Connecticut Avenue, to sample buffet-style dishes in the main dining room, sip cocktails at the grand front bar, and cozy up to the pizza bar. 

The Packed Party at Casa Nonna's Opening
A rare BLT property without the distinguishing initials, Casa Nonna offers traditional classics (we suggest the chicken piccata and veal saltimbocca!) as well as new twists on old Italian favorites.

Because there's no comfort food like the pizza and pastas you find at your Italian "Grandma's House!"

*Casa Nonna, 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW

Congressman Calvert's Cutest Canine Steals the Show

Rep. Calvert w/Cali

Lines were long to have photos taken with George, also known as "Marmaduke," and Charlie, "Mr. Jinx" in the upcoming "Little Fockers" movie.   But the focus was on Cali - voted cutest canine - when she trotted into the Cannon caucus room with Congressman Ken Calvert during Pet Night on Capitol Hill. 

Kate Michael pets "Mr. Jinx"
Pet Night, a tradition for the last 13 years, is an opportunity for Members of Congress and their staff to show off their cuddly buddies in support of the Animal Health Institute

Congressman Jared Polis w/Gia
"Cali runs our office," said Congressman Calvert.  "She already chews my couches up and sits on my chair."

"She's trying to take over... but we love her.  She's been with us for years."  

AHI President with "Marmaduke"
Annually, celebrity pets start the show until the parade of pooches (and other pets) steal the spotlight.  Congressmen and Congresswomen in attendance included Jared Polis - with mixed terrier Gia, Phil Roe, Linda Sanchez, and Robert Aderholt.

*Post also available on Niteside.

Fashion for Autism

Join K Street Kate and a host committee of creative and concerned citizens at FASHION FOR AUTISM, a first of its kind showcase in DC by New York clothing designer Edwing D'Angelo, photographer Viktorija Juodenaite and upcoming maestro Edvinas Minkstimas.   

On Friday, September 24th at Georgetown's City Tavern Club, walk the red carpet on arrival and enjoy an artistic evening to heighten public awareness for autism and provide donations to charitable organizations. 

Stacy London of "What Not to Wear" has Style for Hire

She says there's the same amount of shame in hiring a stylist as there is in wearing Spanx... none.

Declaring that fashion can be both a tool and an obstacle, Stacy London and her business partner, fashion executive Cindy McLaughlin held a shop crawl at DC metro area retailers Monday to kick-off their new Style for Hire business - a national network of trained personal stylists who give in-home wardrobe and shopping advice.

"You have to use what you've got and then go out and get what you need," London, co-host of TLC's "What Not to Wear," says.  "I'm constantly explaining [on the show] why we do what we do... why somebody who is not a celebrity - or 6 feet and 100 pounds - would get something out of being made over."

Style for Hire intends to teach customers to dress for their body types, create timeless wardrobes and, ultimately, inspire self-confidence.

We asked: Do your outspoken style suggestions intimidate those around you?  See Stacy's response!

The District Dish: Doug Sloan

Doug Sloan, Congressional candidate for DC, has thrown his hat in the ring to replace incumbent candidate Eleanor Holmes Norton.  Hear why he thinks he should be the District's first new Congressman in 20 years and how he'll "do more on the local level."

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

Art Soiree's Sandro & Tati: "Robin Hoods of Art"

Art Soiree Founders Sandro and Tati celebrated the anniversary of their arts and entertainment company with supporters at Buddha Bar Sunday evening.  The "Robin Hoods of Art" dish on how they have helped countless local creatives to produce successful and exciting exhibits. 

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lve8p7gY_tI

*Also available on Niteside.

March of Dimes' Runway Funday

Amber Francis, Social Media Committee Chair Lisa Byrne, March of Dimes Prince William Chair Jonathan Arehart

DC Division Director Nicole Vagnerini, March of Dimes Staffer Heather Baily Lynch, DC Community Director Jessica Lindquist & event DJ Ruben Najera
As a kick off for the March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction in October, Saks Fifth Avenue in Tysons Galleria hosted a Fashion Show Saturday afternoon, donating a percentage of each in-store purchase to help save babies. 

Local celebs, public and sports figures, as well as Hell's Kitchen Chef, Rock Harper, all sauntered down the red carpet sporting this seasons Burberry fall fashions making it a runway funday!

*Amber Francis contributed this post.
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Rock Harper

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