Girls, Inc: Setting the Bar at Bold

It was a Girls' Night Out last Thursday at the Four Seasons. But instead of sipping on cosmos and spilling details of their latest crushes, these girls were on a mission to change thier lives.

Girls, Inc., founded just four years ago as an offshoot of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, has already reached over 650 girls in the DC community, and last week celebrated its establishment of a thriving after school center at Howard University, DC's first all-girls Robotics Team, and SHE-E-O, a career and networking program to introduce girls to mentors in their career field.
 Young area participants, such as presentation speakers Najya Williams and Afia Tyus were on on hand to share their stories as supporters and donors - some guys got in on the GNO, too! - enjoyed the evening's dinner and silent auction entertainment.

The District Dish: Bryan Gomes/The Oyster Recovery Project


Director of special projects for the Oyster Recovery Project's Bryan Gomes joins The District Dish host around the table at The Oceanaire to do some educating before we eat those oysters!  The Recovery has a partnership with the restaurant, and many others around the DC area - through the Shell Recycling Alliance - to collect discarded oyster shells and use them to help spawn new growth.  Find out more!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6slIUeMZDvk

Apartment Therapy

Has your small living space been cuing your claustrophobia of late?   Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, author of "Apartment Therapy"  was on hand Thursday evening at on the 14th Street Furniture Corridor's Room & Board to give tips and tricks from his Book of Small Cool Spaces.

His clues on color, storage and layout helped attendees to consider making a fresh start of their cozy condos and mini-maisons as the book's forty small, cool space ideas changed their thoughts on tiny forever.  One of our unconventional favorites? Use the area under a loft bed for a kitchen and mini-bar.  

Veteran Affairs' Tammy Duckworth Gets Taken Back to Iraq w/ Wartorn

Heros.  Tammy Duckworth is one - a double amputee, Army National Guard officer, former Illinois Congressional Candidate and now, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.  Woah.  And that's what she thought about HBO's documentary "Wartorn: 1861-2010" which debuted at the Pentagon Thursday night and will be released to the public on the eve of Veteran's Day.  

“Wartorn" (Exec. Prod. James Gandolfini) shows the history of post-tramatic distress disorder (PTSD) from the Civil War until today, a topic for which every America soldier - and hero - has his/her own personal story. 


"We need to make sure that we take care of all of their wounds, whether they’re visible like mine or hidden," Duckworth shared.  "I do not have post-traumatic stress disorder, but I did watch the movie... and dreamt about Iraq that night.”


*Marlene Hall contributed to this post.

A Parade of Dates for Pakistani Flood Relief

Hosts Isha Mehood and Sophia HD
Fifteen singles went on the auction block to raise funds for Save the Children and victims of the floods in Pakistan at L2 lounge Thursday night.  


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The unique silent date auction caused quite a stir as guests mingled with craft cocktails to a mix from WPGC DJ Alladin. 


And things got super steamy as the males battled it out for the highest bid by showcasing some awesome abs!
Walking the Gauntlet

All proceeds were donated to Save the Children's Pakistan Emergency Relief Fund.

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Sanctified

Bernardine Mitchell (Sarah) in the new
gospel musical comedy
SANCTIFIED at Lincoln Theatre
Photo Credit: Stan Barouh
African-American churches always know how to put on a good show - entertaining songs and dances, infectious enthusiasm and spirituality, and a way of worship that makes each sermon seem a celebration. But to turn that show into a show? 

The message is going to the masses. And even the most solemn in their seats will find religion at Sanctified, on stage at the historic Lincoln Theatre through November 14th. 

Here's the hymn: The good church folks at East Piney Grove Baptist Church have fallen on hard times and a planned gospel revival may be their last chance to maintain a congregation.
Doubt: Act 1 gets going slower than a preacher's Sunday morning sermon, and while the players are true to life, those two "delivery" men's characters are never fully developed.
Praise the Lord:  By the end of the production, the congregation, er - audience - is on their feet praying, praising and getting Sanctified.

Picnic Theatre Actors Read Some Politics into their Play

The Picnic Theatre Company's "Evenings With Edgar Allan Poe" at Dumbarton House were meant to be unique - and creepy - Halloween party performances, but some of the evening's lead actors read some real world relevancy in between the lines.

"Scary things that can happen in real life are scarier than fiction," insisted Christina Sevilla. "Poe is fun. At the end of the night, the curtain goes up and all of the scary things that we showed you aren't real.  But things that happen in the real world can be a lot scarier than that."

And, as usual in Washington, real life concerns tend to center around public policy issues.

"Poe can actually be very political," added Sevilla's co-star Michael Clements.  "The bleeding heart and chopping of things... it's all very relevant.  There's a lot of head chopping going on in Washington these days!"

*A version of this post is available on Niteside.

The District Dish: Don Becker, Puppeteer


Just in time for Halloween!  Don Becker, owner of DBpuppets.com is DC's own local puppet master, making marionettes, hand puppets and even pain cushions that are kooky, creepy... and just downright creative!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQHczpnv8dQ

March of Dimes also a March of Dines



Top Chef Season 5 finalist, and owner of Alchemy, Carla Hall (left) was all set to make butternut squash ravioli today, but after devouring Founding Farmers' dish at last night's March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction, she joked that she just might be calling for their signature squash carry-out instead!

Hall, and over 30 of Washington DC's top chefs, mixologists and other special guests came together for the MOD's annual culinary and creative partnership to promote their craft and support efforts to reduce premature births.

Filled with foodie philanthropists, the Ritz Carlton ballroom was coursing with culinary delights, from Lima's spiced ceviche to The Ronald Reagan Building's pumpkin soup (at left).  

And the food wasn't the only attraction! Also spotted were legendary Redskin Gary Clark, Hell's Kitchen Season 3 winner Rock Harper, and Jazz artist Ski Johnson celebrating his daughter's birthday. 

"City Girl" Dishes on Dating and Her Diagnosis

Anonymous sex and relationship blogger "City Girl" started blogging to share her escapades with friends, but found a philanthropic purpose for her posts when diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.  At her "Save the Tatas" fundraiser Tuesday evening at Hudson, City Girl dished on dating and her diagnosis.

"Some of my favorite stories to tell are first date stories - they are great to hear because everyone can identify with them.  But in my current condition, I'm sharing a lot of more personal posts, posts about the TLC that I need.  If you hit me chemo week, even a sex blogger can only represent so much!"

An anti- toxic "toy" advocate even before her diagnosis, City Girl fought to show the relationship between such toys and cancer.  Though her own cancer was most likely hereditary, she agrees that it was in some ways a fortunate coincidence that someone with her platform would have the chance to write about the ordeal.  

"I realize why this happened;  I was meant to get this now.  I have a lot more to do, to educate and to advocate.  But it's a hard time right now - everything people say about cancer, it's true."


*A version of this post is available on Niteside.

A Model's Magnum Opus

Monday night in Baltimore, ‘90s supermodel Christy Turlington Burns became spokeswoman for her own cause as she debuted her first documentary,"No Woman, Don't Cry," hoping to prevent death during childbirth worldwide.  


The brilliant beauty, currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University, started to passionately advocate for women and maternal health after a personal scare left her vulnerable... and vigilant. 

"I had a complication (hemmoraghing) after delivering my daughter 7 years ago.  She just turned 7 over the weekend, so it was 7 years exactly.  A couple of years later I start traveling to other countries with NGO CARE while pregnant with my second child.  We traveled to a country where I have some history as my mother was born in El Salvador.   All of these pieces started to come together for me about 5 years ago.  I traveled with CARE for a little bit and discovered the maternal mortality rates were so high yet so preventable.  I figured I could contribute in some ways by telling the stories first hand.”


While currently only available to policy and healthcare workers, No Woman, Don't Cry will be released nationwide on the web on Mother's Day of next year.


*Marlene Hall contributed to this post.

The District Dish: March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction


PS7 Restaurant's Gina Chersevani joins the table at The Oceanaire to dish on Chef collaborations for a great cause - particularly the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction.  The annual event raises funds to help save babies nationwide and is one of DC's most fabulous foodie events of the year!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hc3p6TQJxDM

A++ Event for Special Olympics and Best Buddies International

photo added to EKS Challenge site by Sara Tesfaye
Last Saturday, Audi, some awesome athletes - and one famous Archuleta - came into the city with a challenge, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge.  This run/walk/20 mile cycling fundraiser served to benefit causes closest to Shriver's heart, the Special Olympics and Best Buddies International, while promoting an active lifestyle.

Brothers Tim(Special Olympics) and Anthony (Best Buddies) Shriver joined forces to honor and salute their Mother in this annual event, bringing together Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis to lead the 5k run/3k walk as renowned Tour de France cyclists Bobby Julich and Christian Vande Velde paced those on bicycles.

American Idol Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta also served as a headliner, singing five favorite songs in a post-challenge performance to include "The Other Side of Down," "Angels," "Crush," "Falling Stars," and Elevator."

D.C. United's Moreno Moves On... Or Does He?

D.C. United players and fans gathered at 19th Bar Saturday night for a post season party and farewell for retiring Forward and Captain Jaime Moreno.  Teammates saluted his 15 years as Moreno considered what happened that night on the field - as well as his future.

"Well, you know, it's heartbreaking.  I never thought it was going to be like this - this hard to leave."

"I'm not sure where I'm going next," said the soccer star, suggesting that his retirement might not be final, though he and his wife,  Louise, did share plans to launch a non-profit foundation.

"I'm happy to have contributed to the team, to have done something important in my career.  You always think you could have done more, but I'm pretty happy tonight.  I think I've done well."

*A version of this post is available on Niteside.

Platform

Steven Andronico, Euhana Ossi,
Amber Francis, Hattie Elliot & Christopher DeVaughn
While a lot of young professionals are focused on advancing their careers, a group of young DC visionaries decided to go against the norm and create a non-profit that supports social entrepreneurs that operate internationally, helping in their respective countries.  "Dont waste tomorrow,  host Christoper DeVaughn encouraged the attendees Saturday night at the Platform H black tie launch event. 


Think Impact, FORGE, and Appfrica were the three non-profits that benefited from the fundraiser while guests enjoyed live music by NYC band Atypicals, an open bar and great company.  Young people from all over the US attended the launch and showed their support for entrepreneurs making a difference all over the world.  
*Amber Francis contributed this post.

It's REALITY: Hudson Celebrates 3 Years

Congratulations to Alan Popovsky (with Kate at right) and Hudson Restaurant on their Three Year Anniversary celebration, held last Saturday night.

The open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvre soiree showed off the hot spot's new Executive Chef and introduced Popovsky's upcoming restaurant concept, Lincoln.

Filled to capacity with well wishers, the restaurant party also played host to many of the city's notable reality show stars.  Among the glorified guests were Real Housewives of DC's Rich and Mary Amons and The Apprentice's Steuart Martens (left).

Brew, Brisket, and Business Cards at StreetWise’s Taste of Success

Lisa Miller, Whitney Kuhn, Taylor Ott,
Kate Manders, Angie Jusino
Local bars and restaurants including Room 11, La Tomate, and El Tamarindo, to name a few, brought the crème de la crème of their menus to StreetWise Partners’ Taste of Success Thursday night in celebration of the organization’s third-year anniversary in DC.  

The StreetWise program, supported by companies like Deloitte and the World Bank Group, links low-income individuals with corporate mentors to develop job and networking skills through twelve weekly tutorials.


Held at Gallup Organization’s stunning F-Street offices, the gala opened with two hours of innovative cocktails

(ask for a cinnamon-apple Caipirinha next time you’re at Policy Bar) and bite-sized treats (Dino’s pesto-deviled eggs might change your life); followed by a brief awards presentation honoring Kaiser Associates as well as active StreetWise members for their ongoing support of the program  In a short but grand finale, StreetWise alumna and success story Karen Morrison took the microphone to share her experiences transitioning from mentee to mentor in just three short months. 

Take-aways from the event?

At least a dozen new restaurants to try, and Ms. Morrison’s final words of career advice: "It's a matter of if, not when.... And always have a business card."

*Jordana Merran contributed this post.

You Are Invited!

Why Mary Amons Tuned OUT the RHODC Reunion Show

On Thursday - the night of the Real Housewives of DC reunion finale - cast member Mary Amons tuned out, hosting a cancer benefit at Saks instead of sitting in front of the TV.  "I'm kind of over it,"  Amons declared, citing "the Salahis and all of their nonsense" as the reason she was moving on from Season 1.


Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R60P7V_PDU
*Also available on Niteside.

The District Dish: Darley Newman


Darley Newman, Producer and Host of Equitrekking joins The District Dish hosts at the table today.  Her popular - and Emmy Award winning! - equine travel show takes viewers to new cultures all over the world.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZfCF_2vSOo

Halloween Haunts and Happenings

Still scaring up some fun for Halloween?  Here's our list of some of the best Boo Bashes in town:

Spooktacular Halloween Boo Cruise 
Through the scary season, enjoy food and frights as you float through the night (9:30 - Midnight) on the Spirit of Washington. Only $43.90 per person!

Young Members of the National Press Club Annual Ghoulish Bash
October 29th, 8:00 PM in the NPC Holeman Lounge
Enjoy an open bar of potions, poisons and witches brew, tricks, treats, devilish appetizers and classic horror flicks while listening to spooktacular live music by Walk of Shame and watching the "Belly Babes" cabaret dancers.
$30 for NPC members and guests.  $40 at the door.


Boo at the Zoo
October 22 - 24th.  During these three days of frightful fun, thousands of little ghosts and goblins will mingle amongst the creepiest of critters.  Saturday's event is already sold out so get your tickets now!


Violence is Scary 
Indulge on two hours of open bar shocktails and horror d'ouevres from Lima and trick-or-treat sweets from Georgetown cupcake, graveyard grooves, a costume contest and more.  Proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction benefit WEAVE. October 30th, 6:30 - 10:30, $30.

Surreal DC: Magical Halloween Masquerade
Are you imagining things??  October 30th at the Surreal DC Mansion, Artomatic and iStrategy Labs host a surreal event that will have you wonder if you're seeing spooks.  Only $20.00

Tilted Torch Spook-O-Rama
For something a little different to keep you on the edge of your seat, the Tilted Torch variety show makes it to DC. The ghouls and goblins will make you scream for more of their sinister fire play, haunting bellydances, wicked pasties, ruthless ragtime and more.  October 30th, doors open at 8:00.  Tickets $20.

Capitol File 5th Anniversary: Fun with Gunn

Capitol File magazine celebrated its fifth anniversary Wednesday night at the Corcoran Gallery of Art with special guest and issue cover model Tim Gunn in attendance.

Hundreds of guests enjoyed while toasting another year of success with Jason Binn, CEO and Founder, Kate Bennett, Editor-in-Chief, and Sarah Schaffer, Publisher, while exploring the museum's exhibits well into the night.

Among those spotted were ROHDC castmember Mary Amons, Sofitel's Pierre Louis Renaud, Hudson's Alan Popovsky, Popchips' Lauren Pomponio and Serendipity 3's Rodrigo Garcia.

The Madison Celebrates 200 Years of Octoberfest



Guests grabbed their lederhosen and joined The Madison to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest at the Rookery Wednesday night. Beer and appetizers were part of the benefit for StreetWise Partners

See more pictures here!

The District Dish: Nelson Lewis


From parking ticket collector to power player, Nelson Lewis has more unbelievable stories than you can shake a stick at!  "His Excellency" is not only an advocate for Bahamian arts, but also works as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine and national political talk shows... just to start.  Hear as he dishes on his life and times... it's only the beginning!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LlyAaY9GxU

Ain't it Loree Grand!?

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Situated strategically at the heart of bustling Northeast DC, the Loree Grand's apartment complex rolled out its welcome mat Tuesday night for their bumpin' Grand Opening debut.  With Genki Media's Art Jamz participatory paintings, a large variety of cuisine from local restaurants, and DJ Neekola keeping thing lively, the atmosphere on set was modern and chic, complimenting the trendy and comfortable apartments available.  The complex, located at Union Place, was created with the desire to bring a new generation of DC's young professionals together with a neighborhood that has been indicative of DC's pulse for years.

*Amber Francis contributed this post.

Bewitched, Bedazzled and Utterly CHARMED





DC'a chic and charitable stopped in to Georgetown's Charm Boutique Tuesday evening for sips, sweets and shopping to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Earrings, cuffs and candles were the hot items of the evening.

Trying turned to buying surrounded by the baubles and bling - and that rabbit fur loupe!  A percentage of all purchases were donated to the organization's breast cancer awareness and research efforts.

Tommy Hilfiger and Michaele Salahi Talk - Why She Hid Her MS



Real Housewife of DC, Michaele Salahi, was the surprise runway model at Tuesday night's "Fashion's Fight Against MS" event with Honorary Chair Tommy Hilfiger. See what the designer had to say about her participation - and why Michaele kept her condition hidden for so long.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk5PFG96Zww

Signature Chefs Auction, a Perfect 10!

An event for all of the fabulous foodies among us - that benefits the March of Dimes!

On Tuesday, October 26th, the best of local food, wine and other fun will come together for the annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction.  This is your chance to sample 25 chefs signature dishes and bid on enticing auction items (like chefs cooking in your own home!), all while helping to save babies across the country.

Held in over 200 cities, DC's auction is now entering its 14th year, with more in store than ever before. Honorary Signature Chef 2010 Ris Lacoste welcomes you at the Ritz Carlton on 10.26.10 at 6:30 for an event that's sure to be a perfect 10.

Individual G/A seats $200, discount tickets ($150) available through K Street Kate.

Jewish Lit Fest Opening a 'Moving' Experience

 
L to R: Kimberly Gilbert, Marcus Kyd, Barbara Rappaport,
Director Derek Goldman and WTOP's Mark Plotkin
Sunday night's opening of the 12th annual Hyman &Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival was a moving experience - literally!  Reading classics and contemporary works on the Jewish immigrant experience, prominent authors and other Jewish notables took to the stage for the first in a series of events to highlight Jewish authors receiving national recognition for their works.

Looking for the next Saul Bellow... or maybe just a Sarah Silverman?  Check out the festival as it runs through October 27th.

The District Dish: Snuggie Sutra!


When one person has a grand idea, others will build on it! As is the case with Megan Morrison's Snuggie Sutra.  Yeah, it's the Kama Sutra, Snuggie Style!  Not actually endorsed by the makers of the armed blanket, but certainly making it hot and steamy...

Morrison explains how she and friends came up with the idea and positions for the Snuggie Sutra and dishes on some of her personal favorites!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjZCx1skTEc&p=89E7333446C61558&index=0

Sony Recording Artist Matisse Shares Her Sing-a-Long Favorites



Sony recording artist Matisse was on hand for an intimate performance at the 6th annual Fashion Fights Poverty.  Minutes before she took the stage, the singer/songwriter dished with K Street Kate about her own "rawness" (event theme) and who she likes to sing along to in the shower.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81zmnoQn250

A Ginuwine Surprise

Rapper Sole (Tonya Lumpkin)  threw a surprise birthday party bash for hubby and R&B notable Ginuwine Friday night atop DC's newest winter rooftop bar, Eden.

Close family and friends, including Redskins running back Clinton Portis, were able to keep the secret, shocking the guest of honor, who ended staying late into the night.

Guests popped bottles of Moet Rose champagne and snacked on sweets from Frosting - rumored to be Ginuwine's favorite D.C.-based cupcake shop.

*A version of this post is available on Niteside.

Fashion Fights Poverty: Get Ready for RAW



Fashion Fights Poverty held one of the first major events in the newly opened Arlington Artisphere Friday night, putting on an informal platform display of styles from Nomi Ansari, Chez Kevito and Crooked Monkey.  Guests mingled amongst the models, enjoyed a live performance by Jive Recording Artist Matisse and got up close and personal with sustainability.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufrvUl-QDgI

Gabrielle Union Charmed by Charm - and You Can Be, Too!

"Honoring the Promise" in town this week with Susan G. Komen, actress Gabrielle Union was spotted around the city.  One eyewitness caught her at Georgetown's new jewelry box, Charm, picking out some pieces to wear for the evening's philanthropy event... but she fell in love with so many - and couldn't decide - so she bought a bundle to take home with her.

Gabi's been Charmed - and you can, too!  Check out what's in store at Charm, and support the fight against breast cancer, as you shop and soiree at Charm in Georgetown ( K Street Kate site sponsor) on Tuesday, October 19th from 5:30 - 8:30. 10% of all proceeds go to Komen for the Cure.  All of the great jewels go home with YOU... except those already grabbed by Gabrielle!


Edible Adventures at the Spirit of Georgetown 2010

Wells Fargo's Rokas Beresniovas with wife Christine
sampled the schmorgasboard
Because edible adventures are just as much a part of the Spirit of Georgetown as historic homes and parties for philanthropic purposes, the neighborhood's newest nosh spot gave a preview of its legendary menu last Thursday night.

Serendipity 3, not yet open to the public, served up some of its famous fare (as prepared by Modern Events) at the Georgetown Ministry Center's 2010 Spirit of Georgetown event held at President Ulysses Grant's former coach house, now the home of Niloo and David Howe.

Serendipity3's Mac & Cheese Pizza
Honoring Rev. Stuart Kenworthy and celebrating the 95th birthday of Ms. Frida Burling, the event cooked up funds for the Georgetown Ministry Center's various community works and activities as well as an appetite for Serendipity 3's Macaroni and Cheese Pizza.

NFL Legend at USO Gala: "I will never feel whole because I did not serve"

Riggins with General (Ret.) Peter Pace, Mrs. Pace and
Ms. Elaine Rogers (USO Metro Pres)
Hundreds came out to support the military community Friday night at the Viva Las Vegas! USO-Metro Casino Night at Arlington's Sheraton Hotel. The annual soiree included one very familiar face, Redskins’ legend and Riggo's Ranger's founder John Riggins, who explained why supporting those who serve was always in the cards for him.

"I've been coming for the past 6 or 7 years to their events," said Riggins of his involvement with the USO.  "In the future I would love to go visit the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan...."

"I will never feel whole because I did not serve.  I remember during my NFL career when they would play the national anthem and I would reflect on the men and women who sacrificed and made this particular day possible.  I never got away from it."


"I've always been active with and enamored with the military.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for military members just because they stand in harm’s way for our freedom.  They are the foundations of our civilization.   Soldiers honor you with their presence.  They have the ultimate courage putting their life on the line for their country.“ 

Wonder Women!

K Street Kate spotted Wonder Woman talking to Wonder Woman last night at the National Law Enforcement Museum Groundbreaking Gala.  


Lynda Carter was chatting it up with Metropolitan DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier at the event's VIP reception.  "You go, girl!" Carter said to Lanier.  "You're the Chief Chief.  I'm going to have to tell my daughter about you."

Lanier is the first woman to achieve the Police Chief position in DC, and, of course, Carter played the dual role of the beloved female heroine Wonder Woman and her alter ego Diana Prince on the 1970s television series The New Adventures of Wonder Woman.

VIP: Inside the National Law Enforcement Museum Groundbreaking Gala

The National Law Enforcement Museum Groundbreaking Gala took place Thursday evening at the National Building Museum. VIPs from the government and the private sector showed up -- along with some other heroic characters.


Alicia Jolla, Susan Hartman and Dustee Tucker were among the sponsor VIPs at the Gala, which followed the groundbreaking ceremony and educational event earlier in the day.




Rocky Delmonaco, Eileen Parise and A. Aguilar were on hand to support the new 55,000-square-foot, mostly underground museum located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square.


Marcus Jones and Edward Hutchison were looking forward to meeting some of their favorite "Law & Order" actors at the evening's Gala.


Marcello Muzzatti, Betty Balister and Joe Bersichini were among the first to check out the plans for the high-tech, interactive exhibits and collections of the new museum.


Craig Floyd, the museum's Chaiman and CEO, speaks at the VIP reception.


Sheriff David Goad and Lieutenant Greg Robertson were among the officers proudly wearing their Class A uniforms.


Liz B., Josh H., and Kate M. caught a first glimpse of the museum’s exhibits and collections.


Law enforcement vehicles of old -- representing every branch -- lined the streets surrounding the National Building Museum.


*Gallery also available on Niteside.

The District Dish: Aparna Nacherla, Comedian


Comedian Aparna Nacherla, as seen on Last Comic Standing, is a local funny lady who is now cooking up comedy full time.  See if her take on the world makes you laugh and learn why Reader's Digest named her to a Top Ten Funniest Comedians list.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ-yMpTNYnU

Lights, Camera.. Fashion!

Join us at the Aidah Collection fashion showcase during NOVA Fashion Week.  

Saturday, October 23rd at 5 PM, at Alexandria's Waterfront Park, Aidah gets too chic with her two tone SPRING 2011 collection.  Edgy double toned satin cocktail dresses and gowns in turquoise black, purple and white will grace the runway between live vocal performances and hosting by Kate Michael of K Street Kate.
Tickets $10-$50.  
K Street Kate - Voted "Best Local Online Magazine" by Metromix!