Shake Up the Season

Looking for a way to tighten up your gut before the holiday gluttony?  Movement and meze!  Get your exercise from a true Mediterranean expert at Neyla.

The restaurant is offering more than exotic eats this season, advertising a 3 month series of belly dancing classes in the private dining room starting December 9th (and continuing the second Thursday of every month) from 6-8 PM.

Classes of food, cocktails, and dancing fun start at $40.  Discount for multiple shake sessions.
Contact the restaurant for more info.

Out "2" Eat in the Neighborhood

In a location that has lately changed concepts quicker than the 2 Step, District 2 Bar & Grille just may be the neighborhood nosh joint that has twice the staying power.


Owned and operated by DC native, Gaynor Jablonksi, the casual spot was designed to be more than Wisconsin and Macomb's comfort food corner.  District 2 is actually Cathedral Heights' only neighborhood sports bar - its mere presence doubling the area's athletic action.



Here's our 2 cents:
Go for the games (including trivia!) this Winter, but make a reservation for when perfect patio weather hits - that's when it'll be twice as nice to have this new neighbor.

*District 2 is located at 3238 Wisconsin Ave. NW

The District Dish: Annie Leconte of LITESTARS


Eating salad isn't your only healthy alternative to fast food.  Co-Founder and Nutritional Chef of the brand new Litestars, Annie Leconte, dishes with The District Dish hosts about this new place for truly good eats... and why you'll want to gobble up some Litestars this holiday season!

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

Meet the New Miss DC USA 2011


K Street Kate caught up with DC's newest reigning royalty just moments after she was crowned at the JW Marriott hotel on Sunday, November 28th, 2010.  Heather Swan, the new Miss DC USA 2011,  will compete in the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas in 2011.


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

Real Housewives' Salahi Immortalized in Plastic

The infamous alleged White House party crasher and Real Housewife of DC has been called a lot of things, but Michaele Salahi's permanent plastic moniker - "The Girl Who Changed Everything" - is putting a big smile on her face this holiday season.

"Wow, it's surreal," says the reality starlet of her immortal molded image, dressed in a replica of Salahi's red sari and shawl worn to the 2009 White House State dinner and sold by the doll manufacturer Herobuilders for $39.95.

Salahi plans to put some under the Christmas tree for family and friends, but Bravo's Andy Cohen just may be the first to get one as a gift -- "[He] loved the idea and thought that the entire franchise should have dolls too!"

"The face is me, and the body is the future Michaele, with muscles and strength to take on the women in the second season!  Ha!"

*A version of this post is available on Niteside.

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Pilgrims Prove "Mightier" than Natives in annual Pre-Thanksgiving Keg Kill

Pilgrims show off their tapped keg
Usually, Thanksgiving is a celebration of cooperation.  Sometimes there's some friendly competition.  This time... it was all about the kill.

DC natives took on their rival transplants in a new pre-Thanksgiving annual Keg Kill competition.

At the Mighty Pint on Wednesday evening, traditional Thanksgiving teams pitted their pour against one another, racing to see which would be the first to tap a full beer keg.   In the spirit of the holiday, enthusiastic costuming was in full effect.

The "Natives" led by Gus Montes de Oca, Justin Ross, Stewie Downer and Ashley Martins gave a strong showing, but in the end, the transplants, captained by Courtney Stecker, Heather Guay, Ken Suarez and Katelynn Calonkey, proved mightier than the locals... or maybe just more willing to feel hungover with the family!

Six Degrees of Separation

Hudson Restaurant's monthly networking event,  Six Degrees of Separation, allowed DC's suit and tie crowd to let loose with cocktails and a little karaoke.  Co-Hosts Erika Gutierrez (with friend Keyani at left) and Nicole Siobal (with Roxana Serbanescu at right) welcomed guests for drink specials and mid-week fun.


Attendees - most with less than six degrees of separation - belted out their favorite 80s tunes on the karoake machine, with retro tunes being some of the most popular of the night.  


See who was spotted and snapped on K Street Kate's Facebook Fan page.


*Gallery also available on Niteside.

SportsBuzz has Public Launch

A new interactive sports site celebrated its launch at Public Bar Monday night, bringing in athletes and their fans for a sneak peek and specials.

SportsBuzz.com focuses on NFL, NBA, MLB, and the NHL by creating a community of avid sports supporters  - with athletes at the center - featuring exclusive content and direct interactive access to teams and individual players.

Redskins Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, and Reed Doughty were athletes in attendance who were also among those featured as "most searched" on the website during launch.

Those wanting a SportsBuzz.com all access subscription will pay a monthly fee, but a two week free trial is currently available.

Capital City Ball: A Capital Idea

Beautiful socials in their black tie best gathered at the historic Washington Club Saturday evening for the annual Capital City Ball.


The live band/open bar/dinner and dessert buffet event served to benefit Courtney's House, Fair Fund and the Polaris Project - all organizations which support the fight against human trafficking and modern day slavery.


Among the notables in attendance were Alezandra Russell, who started her own non-profit for abused youth, The Recycled Child Project; Kate-Marie Grinold, Fair Fund's Development Director, who took Human Trafficking to Miss America as her contestant platform in 2009, and Yemen's Ambassador to the United States, Abdulwahab Al-Hajjri.

All photos credit: Peter Nohrden

The District Dish: Steuart Martens


Our own local Apprentice contestant, Steuart Martens, can't spill on whether or not he's won the "workplace" reality show (still on air), but he can dish on what it was like to be with The Donald, what his co-contestants were really like, and why he only needed two suits for the whole thing!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pViwrTUtvo8

You're Invited: K Street Kate's Holiday Shop & Sparkle!!

Since we're planning to purchase nearly ALL of our holiday gifts in one charming shop this season, we thought we'd invite everyone in on the action...

Tuesday, November 30th, from 6-8 PM, join us at Charm as we shop for fun finds... on sale!!  We'll be sipping on Antoine de Clairvoy champagne, trying on every jewel in sight, and even holding a special FREE raffle giveaway for those in attendance.

RSVP here.

Pollywood Nights Producer Says DC is Camera Shy!



Pollywood Nights Producer J. Carter welcomed guests to the documentary premiere Friday night at the Naval Heritage Museum.  The event, which also served to benefit local military charity Luke's Wings, was the culmination of over a year of shooting DC from an insiders' perspective, which Carter admits was more difficult than anticipated.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQwc2lCE2zA

*Also available on Niteside.

MAC Me Over (Contest)

Interested in being the face of M.A.C?

The cult cosmetics shop is looking for an everyday person to be the "face" of its next hot collection. To enter, you need simply live in the U.S.and be over the age of 18.  

DC Entrepreneurship Week Closes at the All-New Dirty Martini

Duy Tran Photography
There were some plucky partiers Friday night at the brand new Dirty Martini, finally open to the public after a marathon build-out.  (Remember how that "Coming Summer 2010" sign was still up in early November??) But the night's guests knew all about the hurdles to having a successful business - most were entrepreneurs themselves!

The evening's festivities were to celebrate the closing of DC Entrepreneur Week, a first of its kind symposium in the region to honor business owners and teach ways to make those businesses thrive.  Attendees, which included Merrill Lynch's Justin Wine, Silver Strategy's Tara Chantal Silver, and RGI Events' Rachael Glaws were wowed by the venue's chic new decor, impressive signature cocktail menu and lounge-y restaurant attitude.

At DCEW they had the chance to pitch an angel investor their business plan - coming in with an idea, leaving with a potential pile of money.  At the DCEW Closing party, they came clean... and left dirty.

Despite Chilly Weather, the Roof Was on Fire

Vinoda Basnayake and Mayor Adrian Fenty
Photo Credit: Karllito Antonio
When Mayor Adrian Fenty stops by, you know the party is really raising the roof!  The Mayor joined Eden Lounge owners Charles Zhou, Kunal Shah and Vinoda Basnayake to celebrate the winter opening of the I Street hotspot's rooftop.


NBC 4 anchor Craig Melvin, Patton Boggs partner Matt Cutts, Luxxery COO Hiba Hakki, and author Helena Andrews were among those who enjoyed the sizzling fall night and starry scene.


Signature winter-inspired cocktails, sampled hors d'oeuvres from Eden's new Asian-fusion happy hour menu and Eden-brand cigars gave party-goers a taste of Eden's winterful offerings.

The District Dish: Nicole Aguirre


Starting a print magazine this day in age may be a crazy endeavor to some, but Nicole Aguirre, Founder and Publisher of WORN Magazine, will tell you there's been nothing foolish about sharing DC's fab fashion sense.  Hear more about this flourishing style publication as The District Dish interviews Nicole at Cashion's Eat Place. 

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMSzl8MwrGI

Nicole Miller Makes Personal Appearance in Tysons


Nicole Miller visited her newly remodeled Tyson's Galleria showroom for the first time Thursday, throwing a shopping party to benefit Children Miracle Network. She dished about her famous dresses, her fear of certain fabrics,and why you'll never see her collaborate on a line with H & M.


Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvPJq0XPKRo

Rebecca Minkoff @ CUSP


When there's a chance to win a sought-after Rebecca Minkoff bag and meet the designer herself, DC comes out for the special occasion.  Hosted by CUSP on Wednesday night, the Georgetown store was buzzing with eager shoppers and fans... and Rebecca Minkoff herself!


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Icing Overload

The cupcake craze continues!

NYC-based Crumbs cupcakery celebrates the opening of its first of seven DC locations in Penn Quarter Friday morning (11.19.10) with a 1,000 free cupcake giveaway starting at 7 AM.  Flavors include Caramel Apple, Chocolate Pecan Pie and S'mores.

Crumbs is located at 604 11th Street NW.  Future locations are in the works for Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, downtown, Cleveland Park, Reston, Clarendon and Rockville.

First of It's Kind Lab School Celebrates 26 Years

The Lab School of Washington, an academic experience for students with learning disabilities, celebrated its 26th annual Gala at the National Building Museum Wednesday night. The Gala evening recognized outstanding individuals with disabilities who have attained success in their chosen careers. At left, Leslie Griffin and Julie Herwic,  colleagues of Bill Mattox, one of the night's honorees.


This school, a first of its kind in the nation, uses  multi-sensory art-infused curriculum to help students with learning disabilities to prosper.  


The Gala evening featured a keynote speech by Senator Mark Warner as well as inspirations by 2010 awardees Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch (Army Veteran and Public Speaker) and John Muir Laws (Naturalist, Artist, Illustrator, and Educator).


Photos available on K Street Kate's SmugMug!

The District Dish: Samy K.


You know that voice because he entertains you on the radio every morning - but do you know the real Samy K?  Co-Host and Online Content Producer on Hot 99.5, Samy tells The District Dish hosts that he came to DC to be a spy (like everyone else!), but fell into the greatest gig he could ever have imagined.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqAS6aTV2JU

Meet Farah: Wife of the Pakistani Ambassador, and More!



More than just the wife of the Pakistani Ambassador, Farahnaz Ispahani is also a member of the Pakistani Parliament, dividing her time between the two countries in service. K Street Kate caught up with Farah at the Ambassador's residence in Washington DC to talk about the role of women in Pakistan, women in politics, and how such a woman can make her marriage work.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPsGvWIlKR8

Pakistani Ambassador: Global Disasters Fall into Two 'Anderson Cooper' Categories


Washingtonians gathered at the Residence of Pakistan's Ambassador to the Unites States, Husain Haqqani, to launch Fashion For Pakistan Flood Relief Tuesday evening. A fashion show of tunics by Pakistani notable designer Deepak Perwani brought attention to the cause that, according to the Ambassador, has been otherwise ignored.


Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPZ6ORCoc6g

Fashion Reality on the Runway

Kate Michael in Korto Momolu
Photo Credit: Phil Kogan



TV contest couture was the main event at the Mandarin Oriental Sunday afternoon, with Carol Hannah Whitfield (Project Runway: Season 6), Reco Chappele (The Fashion Show) and Korto Momolu (Project Runway: Season 5) among the designers on hand to showcase their latest collections alongside local favorites at a runway event to benefit the Cinderella Foundation.

But the reality wasn't limited to the runway!

Also spotted in the audience were Real Housewives of DC castmembers Lynda Erkiletian and Stacie Turner.

Circle of Care Reception at the Egyptian Embassy

Photo credit: Dakota Fine
The Egyptian Embassy, Ambassador (at left) and Mrs. Sameh Shoukry, hosted Washington’s top philanthropists and the country’s top medical researchers in partnership with the Children’s National Medical Center on Monday evening for a Circle of Care celebration.

Children’s Circle of Care, an annual giving program and major gifts club for the leading benefactors of 25 prominent children's hospitals in North America, recognizes individuals, couples or family foundations who contribute $10,000 or more per year.

Those in attendance feasted on Mediterranean cuisine and Egyptian delicacies and learned about food allergies and immunology - a growing division for CNM - from Children’s physician Hemant Prashad Sharma, MD.

Greatest Moments of the "Russian Machine"

His accolades include Rookie of the Year 2006 and MVP 2008 and 2009, but at just 25 years old, and with years to go on his contract, it may at first be strange to hear that Alex Ovechkin already has a "Greatest Moments" DVD.

The 60 minute feature was released Monday night at Hudson Restaurant, showing the Great 8 (his jersey number) not necessarily in his best periods at play, but rather mostly in the off-season - including time in his home country of Russia, his many cars, and his life before the NHL.

Fans of the Caps most famous player will enjoy getting to know Ovie on a more personal level, seeing footage taken by Ovechkin with his own Flip camera, and hearing interviews with Ted Leonsis and GM George McPhee.

Blondes Revel in Their First BvB Win

Photograph courtesy of Daniel Swartz / REVAMP.com

 Make no mistake, BvB isn't powder puff - and it's certainly more than a hair color competition. The 6th annual Blondes vs. Brunettes Charity Football Game tackled Alzheimer's Disease last Saturday at the GWU Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. 

The ladies of Team Blonde and Team Brunette spent months practicing and fundraising for this one day of athleticism and advocacy.

"Saturday was amazing," gushed Blonde, Judy Mayka, who opted to serve as PR Chair this year instead of clocking in her usual time on the field.  "The weather was fantastic and the game was even better, going into overtime and then finally, after 5 years, the Blondes pulled through for a victory!" 

Indeed, for the very first time, the Blondes took home the trophy, beating the Brunettes 26-20 in overtime play - this win a long time coming for those who had played with the Blondes since the fundraiser's inception.

"It felt great!  But the real winner is the National Capital Area Alzheimer's Association," Mayka reminded.  "We have raised over 100K this year and counting...can't wait till 2011!"

The District Dish: Michael Clements


A unique participatory evening out, ArtJamz is this Washingtonian's idea for a creative evening out.  Find out more about how ArtJamz is providing something different to do - for what is probably less than the cost of a normal date night.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8jnjPSTBZs

Spotted & Snapped: Casino Night for Autism

High Rollers for Autism tried their luck at the tables during the annual CSAAC Honors Gala Monte Carlo Night. Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children is the oldest and largest provider in the U.S. for those with autism. 


Miss District of Columbia, Stephanie Williams, and Chris Dekom.

CSAAC's Ian Paregol with the evening's Master of Ceremonies, Kirk McEwen, from Classic Rock 105.9. Krik was hovering around the silent auction's Eric Clapton autographed guitar all night!

Lady lucks Andrea Col and Denise Cohn placed their bets at the Black Jack table.

Senator-elect from Maryland's Montgomery County, Delegate Karen Montgomery, with Well Fargo's Rokas Beresniovas

Jennifer Loys and Rocky Banks roll the dice at the roulette table.

CSAAC's Director of Community Development, Ayda Sanver, with her brother, who takes advantage of the Foundation's community-based programs for autistic adults.

Gary Knapp and his wife, Janet, who serves as CSAAC's Nutritionist. CSAAC's model includes employment, recreation, and other "new normal" activities that help autistic individuals live fuller lives.

Jessica Golden and Nelson Lewis, two special guests, have helped organize past CSAAC fundraisers.

Table games, a silent and live auction, music and dancing completed the 5th annual Gala.

Kate Stookey, John Boit and Theresa Testoni were among those whose support of CSAAC gives autistic individuals a new lease on life.


*Gallery also available on Niteside.

Everyone's Talking About....

Because you aren't the only one whose telephone touchscreen has tried to trick them.  And the hijinks are hilarious!

Started less than a month ago, the user-generated blog DamnYouAutocorrect.com has already become the virally vocal spot to share about how smartphones are warping our words through autocorrect.  This software, designed to help with spelling errors, is, instead, widely known to mangle messages.

Waste some time reading through the hilarious texts - or submit your own real world riddler.  If you don't get a chuckle out of these mistaken conversations, your autocorrect's not on!


 

Luke's Wings Makes Homecomings Happen

Yep, it’s football season, but this wasn't your ordinary homecoming. 

Held in the gorgeous green-marble atrium of Bobby Van’s Grill last Saturday, Luke’s Wings’ 2010 Homecoming event marked the charity’s third year of making a different type of homecoming happen for hundreds of military servicemen— reuniting families in their most difficult moments by providing free airfare and travel accommodations to relatives of disabled or injured veterans.

Guests enjoyed bottomless beer samples from around the world paired with bite-sized international staples like bratwurst, dumplings, and even fish-and-chip skewers. But to bring it on home, a trio of Redskins cheerleader ambassadors offered autographed photos. 

Homecoming: this time it was all about the courage instead of the corsage.

*Jordana Merran contributed this post.

Barcode

We've scanned between the lines and found your new point of sale.

Late last week, L Street's new hotspot Barcode officially opened its doors - but not before throwing a lavish Media & Industry Preview Night to show off some of its stylish new secrets.

Definitely not just a bar...projection screens and LED lighting displays helped pull off the club vibe, while loungers lingered for hours listening to Top 40 hits masked by House music bass.

Our faves: Barcode's casual American small plates, craft cocktails, and cozy booths were certainly up to code.  Our fails: A wall of 10 flat screens has the potential to put the place on data overload.

*Barcode is located at 1101 17th Street NW, Entrance on L

The District Dish: Sara Damelio, Skincando


Local entrepreneur, Sarah Damelio, developed her Skincando protectant balms with her friends and family in mind, but realized other uses when soldiers and servicemen in desert conflicts started craving it as a cure for their inflamed skin. Now she's saving us from bed bugs and other pesky problems!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inh49qGY-mY

Legends... of the Winter Wardrobe

K Street Kate reader Cheryl Romero was on hand in Tyson's Corner as Gucci celebrated the opening of its newest store with a private cocktail reception hosted by legendary musical man John Legend Wednesday evening.  


The store opening event served to benefit educational equality and Legend’s Show Me Campaign, offering a ten percent contribution of the evening’s sales toward the singer's nonprofit organization.   


(Photo courtesy of Cheryl Romero, at right with John Legend.)

Knock Out Abuse


Knock Out Abuse Founders Jill Sorensen and Cheryl Masri explain how their "little" companion fundraiser to Fight Night grew to become one of DC's hottest events.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvREhXP5WiI

Kevin Spacey Gets Jack'd Up


At the Washington DC premiere of "Casino Jack," Kevin Spacey answers Chris Matthews' questions about corruption in the Nation's Capital.  Also is attendance: Vicki Kennedy, Congresswoman Jane Harman, Christine Warnake, Lani Hay, and Creative Coalition President Robin Bronk.


Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIq0K_V5p6Y

Nationals New Uniform Line-Up

The Nationals unveiled the team's second major uniform change in three years at Nationals Park Wednesday Night.  In a wardrobe move that shows what must inevitably happen when too many logos take over, the guys' gear gets fresh and clean - with the curly W becoming the team's standout sign  (official logo on sleeves) and dropping the word 'Nationals' from the jersey altogether.  

Sales of fanwear are already available in the team's gear and gift shop. (Photo courtesy Washington Nationals)

Chris Matthews Predicts Next Scandal Star

"Power corrupts...and absolute power corrupts absolutely," quoted Chris Matthews at the DC premier of "Casino Jack" Wednesday evening at the Landmark E Street Theatre.

On hand to conduct a Q &A with actor Kevin Spacey, the political show host wasn't shy about making predictions for the next break-out scandal star, quipping "it'll probably be a Republican because they are back in power."

"Perks of power is where the temptation lies... If you come without a moral compass, you're not going to get one here."

RFK Jr. Rocks the Boat at DC Film Screening

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was on hand Wednesday to premiere "Grand Canyon Adventure: Rivers at Risk," a 3D film adventure in which he starred, about the fragile state of the country's most iconic rivers.  But it was his views on the state of the country's political policies that really ended up rocking the boat.

"For me, this all started when my father took me on the Colorado in 1967 when I was 13 years old," said Kennedy, referring to the famous slain Presidential candidate, Robert F. Kennedy.

"He taught [us] that nature is the critical defining element of American culture...  But this most iconic river in America has essentially now been privatized by the Bureau of Reclamation."

Calling  today's view of America "corporate crony capitalism"  with "narcissistic hacks running our Congress," Kennedy called on the audience to use conservation as a way to show a consideration for the nation's natural resources instead of just its monetary ones.

"This tragedy of global proportions is the result of greed and short sighted state and national policies on water use.  The most important thing you can do is get involved in the political process.  It's more important to change our politicians than to change our light bulbs!"

*Post also available on Niteside.

Cultural Legends Sign Autographs at 33rd Annual Press Club Book Fair


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Celebrity Chef Spike Mendelsohn gets comfortable talking about comfort food -- and claims a surprisingly tart favorite ingredient -- at the 33rd annual National Press Club Book Fair.






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CakeLove's Warren Brown won't admit that any other DC cupcakeries exist... at least until he gets his Amex Black Card!






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Author Mark Feldstein dishes on some of the most shocking scandals in politics.



The District Dish: Ebong Eka


The District Dish gets up close and personal with one of its own hosts this week, with Kate and Sonya peppering Ebong with questions about his experience on The Real Housewives of DC.  He admits how dramatically his life has changed since appearing on the show... and some other things you might be more surprised to hear.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUCKRz3el14

FONZ Goes Zany, Offers ZooLights FREE!

Friends of the National Zoo Executive Director Bob Lamb, Executive Deputy Director Greg Melanson and ZooLights’ mascot, Panda Claws announced a special “gift” to the city today -- the Zoo’s annual holiday event, ZooLights, will be FREE this year! 

ZooLights, the annual holiday event,  runs December 3-5; 10-12; 17-23; 26-30 and January 1 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Thanks to partners and FONZ, all dates this year will be free of charge. 

Photo credit: Meghan Murphy, Smithsonian National Zoo

Morning Glory Guest Star Compares the Cast



Lucky locals joined the WUSA9 Morning Show Team and Paramount Pictures for a private screening of the laugh out loud TV news comedy 'Morning Glory' starring Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams and Diane Keaton Tuesday night at the Gallery Place Regal Cinemas.  WUSA's new morning anchor Mike Hydeck, who makes a cameo appearance in the film, gets chatty about his castmates.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHH7jzuen_s

Tears for Fears’ Curt Smith Talks Love, Politics and Revenge

Curt Smith, Tears for Fears co-Founder, walked away at the height of his renown in 1991 because he “was not comfortable with [his] level of fame.  I didn’t think it was healthy for me.  I came to realize that money doesn’t buy you
happiness.”  


He is back to touring with TFF, but has stayed grounded -- so grounded, in fact, that he's willing to give K Street Kate the low-down on some major concerns in his life.

His first love is his family. 
“My family is the most important thing to me.  Since I’ve had kids, my priority levels have changed.  It used to be music #1, but when my family came along music shifted to #2.”

He has personal political power.
"DC is a fascinating place, but what I [find] sad [is] the huge poverty gap there as DC is a beacon of power.”  
*Smith became an American Citizen so he could vote (for Obama) and use voting as a personal power.  He describes himself in half jest as a "liberal puke.”

He thinks revenge is sweet.
 “We met [the late actress Brittany Murphy] when she was engaged to Jeff Kwatinetz (TFF’s manager). We met at Jeff’s birthday party and she was a huge fan.  She split up with Jeff, and we were still with Jeff, but didn’t like him very much.  So to piss him off we had her in our video.  There was nothing he could about it.”

He promises his band has a lasting legacy.
"Not trying to blow my own trumpet, but my feeling is anything of quality takes time. We were very adamant in taking our time until we got the best album."

*Marlene Hall contributed this post.

Jose Andres on Amateurs: Everyone Can Cook & Click!


Jose Andres unveiled his own photographs from a trip to Haiti and a new worldwide charity project, World Central Kitchen Monday night at Zaytinya.  Joking about the emergence of amateurs in today's society, Andres suggested that if everyone in the world was going to become a cook or a photographer, then they could do their part to feed the world responsibly as well.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG4ndPj2cuU

FOTOWEEK

Wendy Gordon and Nelson Lewis
FOTOWEEK is upon us!  Photophiles launched a seven day celebration of their snaps last weekend at the Corcoran, but will continue to fete those photos - and the photogs behind the lens - until November 13th during the 2010 FOTOWEEK.

Tino Angelov w/ Philippa Hughes
and others at the Launch Party 
DC's now annual showcase is one of the world's largest premiere photo festivals, bringing tens of thousands of shutter enthusiasts to see and share their creativity.

Jessica Golden w/ Peter Corbett
With gallery venues all over the city, and even on most of the city, it's easy for everyone to get involved, or at the least, happen upon the action.  Some of our favorites include Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation's Photocinema Experience: Outernational (11.11), a Photo Slam at Busboy & Poets (11.11), and a workshop to show amateurs how to get their works published (11.13).

A complete listing of the week's events can be found here.

The District Dish: Don Patron



Awesome artist - and so much more... Don Patron sold his first painting at age 7.  You probably won't see his work by going to a gallery, but if a charity or cause is mentioned in the year's State of the Union, he's most likely involved.  The fascinating portrait artist explains how he "hears" color, and you'll want to hear more!



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Just a Taste

Open for less than a week in the Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton, renowned Chef Michel Richard (at left with Lisa Shapiro and Kelly Collis) held an intimate preview of his newest restaurant concept, Michel, over the weekend.

The modern French restaurant that Richard playfully describes as "the bistro version of Citronelle," is his latest in a series of culinary endeavors in the Washington region, offering witty presentations of the unexpected -- like tator tots topped with caviar.

"The white hats, aprons, and all of the food - I fell in love," Richard described about seeing a restaurant kitchen for the first time at age eight, when he decided on his future career, a restaurant empire that now extends beyond the Beltway.

"Diners in this area are eager to try new dishes, experience new tastes... have memorable dining choices, and I intend to more than live up to those expectations."

*A version of this post is available on Niteside.

Brought to You By: New Bubbly!!

Perusing a plentiful wine list can be a pain - especially when those names mean absolutely nothing to you.  So remember this one.  Clairvoy. So, just who is Clairvoy?  Stay tuned to find out.  But in the meantime, welcome our newest sponsor, CPC Cellars, distributors of the all-new-to-America Clairvoy collection.

Those in attendance at K Street Kate's fabulous Fourth Anniversary Party were among the very first to preview these outstanding new offerings, produced in the Bordeaux region through traditional methods.   And they were the toast of the town.  Literally!

This wine and champagne isn't sold directly to consumers... yet.  But be sure to ask for CPC Cellars' Chateau de Clairvoy Bordeaux and Antoine de Clairvoy Brut & Rose Champagnes from licensed retailers and wholesalers in the region.

Project FUNDway

Finalists Agata Miczek, Daniel Herbick, Kim Truong and Angela Robinson are flanked by DC Fashion Foundation's Christine Brooks-Cropper and Maggy Francois, with Event Chair Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas at the Warner Theatre last Thursday night for the Project FUNDway scholarship exposition.  Dozens of students showing academic/design talent, career interest and financial need entered this runway competition to promote grassroots fashion design in the Washington region.  

*Photo provided by Maggy Francois.

Just Dandy

Owner Heidi Khallet surrounded
by supporters
The Dandelion Patch - a "something for everyone" gift shop - officially opened in Georgetown Park Shopping Mall last week, complete with ribbon cutting and ringing register!  The local Northern Virginia favorite has been featured in InStyle and Martha Stewart Weddings, and invited special guests to its opening to browse, buy, and have items custom made.    
Natasha Barrett, Sonya Gavankar & Liz Fritz



*Amber Francis contributed to this post. 
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