Take Two Tylenol and Eat This in the Morning

The very first thing you're gonna want to do after waking up on January 1st is... get some hangover grub!  Here are some suggestions for a brunch that'll break in the New Year:

Nosh on Firefly Restaurant's (1310 New Hampshire Avenue, NW) all-day boozy brunch on New Year’s Day, from 12:00 to 6:00 PM featuring $3 bloody marys and draft beers throughout the day to accompany Firefly's comfort food with a modern twist (‘green eggs and ham,’ ‘the Elvis sandwich,’ ‘snake eyes,’ and ‘pop pop’s French toast.’)  

Get cruisin!  Jump aboard the Odyssey for a New Year’s Day Brunch Cruise with live entertainment and spectacular scenery.  The gourmet brunch buffet is accompanied by mimosas and a Viennese dessert table.  $63.90* per person; boards at 11:30 AM, sails from 12:00PM-2:00PM. Reservations here.

Or stay in your PJs!  Roll out of bed and head straight to Mon Ami Gabi for their annual Pajama Brunch.  Sweet and savory comfort food favorites including waffles, French toast, crêpes and quiche just taste better in your comfy clothes. Guests in their pajamas will receive a Mon Ami Gabi certificate equal to the price of the meal (minus tax and gratuity)! 

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2011 for Author Cathy Alter: Make Room for Team Cathy!

"My husband Karl proposed on New Year's Eve and ever since, we try and do something special to celebrate,"  gushed "Up for Renewal" author Cathy Alter, excluding wild parties, seven-course champagne toast topped dinners or Top 40 radio-sponsored booze cruises from the couple's definition of special.

"We trade off -- last year, I surprised Karl with a weekend at a really remote B&B in Virginia.  This year is his year, so I don't know what he's got up his sleeve for me." 

Yet no matter how delightfully out of the ordinary Alter's year commences, 2011 is sure to have some wild and wacky moments for the self-improvement author.  She is known for making her annual resolutions into year-long experiments for book projects.

"I've had a bunch of ideas but haven't been in love with any of them so far.  In order for me to devote at least a year of my life to something, I really have to love it or leave it!"

As for more personal resolutions, Alter is making 2011 the year to say  "No."  

"I want to see more of the people I like and less of the people I don't. As I get older, I find that I am whittling down my friend list.  The ones who only contact me when they need or want something, the ones who can be subtly undermining or insensitive, the ones who just plain bore me to death and don't add anything to the friendship - I just slowly started extricating myself from them. I really want to make room for people on Team Cathy in 2011."

NYE: Flicks Not Fines - or Worse!

Please be responsible this New Year's Eve.  Don't drink and drive. Instead, drink and dawnbreak.... at the "Sunrise Cinema."

After the bars close on New Year’s Eve, BloomBars (3222 Eleventh Street NW, Columbia Heights Metro) will open its doors for early morning screenings of audience-selected indies, comedies, and classics to prevent drivers from hitting the streets during one of the most dangerous nights to drive... and give the cabless some warmth while awaiting a ride.

Screen off your buzz Saturday, January 1 from 2:30 AM - 6:30 AM.  
*A donation of $10 is suggested to help cover service costs.

Cities: It's Back!

Cities' Managing Partner, Seyhan Duru, explains why this hot spot from the 80's deserved to be rebuilt -- and how it can again attract the celebrities it did in its heyday.

All "New"/Updated for 2011: Consignment Chic

Has all that holiday event enthusiasm put you in a fresh fashion pickle? Are your closets too tiny to hold all of your treasured threads? Are you looking for places to shop for that extra-special piece that you don't want any one else to find? Dilemmas... we've found the answer to all three!

It's as simple as consignment. These buy-and-sell boutiques are back in business in a big way! Call it rational resale. Put money in your pocket and get out of that pickle by finding sensational (sometimes brand new!) styles at reduced prices or relinquishing your gently used pieces to make room (and money!) for some new faves.

We took a stroll around our favorite city shopping mecca, Georgetown, to satisfy your curiosity on the ongoing consignment craze. Here's your how-to on what to expect when you walk in, how to make money, and whether you'll want to be shopping where you're selling.

Annie Creamcheese (3279 M Street NW)
Annie's cornered the market on vintage. This store boasts DC's only place for vintage cocktail and formal gowns.

Secrets of the Sell: Make an appointment with the buyer (202.298.5555). You'll need a minimum of 20 pieces per appointment and can make up to 2 appointments per month. Your items will be purchased immediately from you (which doesn't exactly make this consignment), but guarantees you'll make some loot for your old looks. Choose from either 30% of the items' worth in cash or 50% in store credit (which never expires).

Browsing to Buy: When descending the stairs, save the room to the left for your splurge days, because this is where the really high end stuff is located. Personal Kate Note: This place makes me itchy upon entering, but era-inspired stylistas and costume characters can seriously score with very little scratch.) Another sidenote - Annie wins for best website of the stores I visited.

Second Time Around (3289 M Street NW)
Apparently secondhand shops cluster, because this one is mere steps from Annie Creamcheese. Second Time Around promises that "Resale Goes Upscale," but quite honestly, you'll have to search to find many truly luxe labels.

Secrets of the Sell: You'll need an appointment (202.333.2355) and a collection (no max or min on item number) of high-end clothing less than 2 years old. Your goods get 90 days on the sales floor, and you get 60% of the payout price (that's the best percentage deal I found)!

Browsing to Buy: Second Time Around claims to sell high-end designer labels and boutique brands, but my quick glance landed on more J. Crew than J. Mendel. The handbag and shoe selections weren't shabby though - definitely worth more than window shopping.

Secondhand Rose (1516 Wisconsin Ave. NW)
A short walk up Wisconsin brings you to Georgetown's oldest consignment collection. Secondhand Rose opened in 1977 - and the longevity is for good reason.

Secrets of the Sell: Make an appointment (202.337.3378) (sound familiar?!), with no max or min item number. Your castoff couture gets 90 days on the rack here as well, with a 50/50 percentage split of the profits. You'll want to go in to reclaim your unsolds at the end of the period promptly... Secondhand Rose is a small space and donates those duds to make more room. Personal Kate Note: Another reason you might want to consign here, you'll get double exposure - Secondhand Rose is adding an Ebay Boutique to sell its wares outside of its Wisconsin Ave. walls.

Browsing to Buy: Ascending the staircase into Secondhand Rose is like walking into your uber-chic Grandmother's attic. It's cramped, hot and stuffy, but with some searching, it becomes a treasure trove! When I say brand names, I mean brand names. Timeless St. JohnMichael KorsYves St. Laurent, and Gucci can be found, but it takes patience and purpose to find it.

Tari (BRAND NEW) (1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW)
A neighborhood recycling route - or maybe just a closet swap for the bold and beautiful.  This recently remodeled Wisconsin Ave. store will having you swooning... in style.

Secrets of the Sell: At first impression, Tari seems more boutique chic than upscale resale, so you'll want to be sure to follow the label guidelines as listed on the website to get in your goods.  Make an appointment for first time drop-off of women's and men's new and almost new clothing and accessories (see that, men!!).   Items stay for 90 days at a 50/50 split - sound familiar?!

Browsing to Buy: If you're looking for a high-end heaven, this one is beautifully organized and may be your best bet.  And after fawning over a new frock for that evening event, you won't have far to go!  Tari recently announced the opening of its courtyard and private soiree space... so you can just plan to primp and party on the premises.

Ella-Rue (BRAND NEW) (3236 P St NW)
Reality starlet Krista Johnson is creating a real fashion frenzy - collecting high-end finds from colleagues and all over the United Sates.  Stop in to shop.. or visit Ella-Rue's Ebay boutique.

Secrets of the Sell: Surprise, surprise...no appointment necessary (!!) Tuesday-Thursday when bringing in four items or less.  Otherwise, call of e-mail for a time to bring your trendiest take-ins.  Like Secondhand Rose and Tari nearby (I told you they clustered!), higher end labels are preferred.  Ella-Rue holds items on the re-sale rack for 90 days and then asks you to come and get 'em, or they will be donated to the Salvation Army. Sold items earn you a 50/50 percentage split of the profits. 

Browsing to Buy: Shopping at Ella-Rue is like shopping in the best city boutiques. Yes, it's resale, but it literally just jumped off the pages of last month's InStyle. This is where those party princess pieces bolt to escape the back of the closet forever. New and never worn trends from IntermixCusp, Wink and other local "List" dressers can be found for a fraction!

Today's Deal: Doing Good

Through Wednesday, December 29th, K Street Kate (along with We Love DC, ArlNow.com and Eat More Drink More) is participating in What's The Deal, DC's 2010 Holiday Charity Raffle and Auction.   

Your raffle ticket purchase could help us win, while you win great deals and prizes and raise funds for Susan G. Komen’s Global Race for the Cure.

A $5 donation to Komen's Race for the through the charity page at What’s the Deal gets you a raffle ticket, $10 for three, to win prizes like:
  • $20 gift certificate to Ping Pong Dim Sum,
  • $10 at Lounge 201
  • $25 to Playbill Cafe
  • a subscription to Washingtonian Magazine
  • tickets on the Boomerang Bus
  • a dozen cupcakes from Curbside Cupcakes
  • a $50 gift certificate to Vapiano, and on and on. 

  • We guarantee you'll be a winner... 
    Each person that donates will receive a $25 gift card to the Spa Room!

Why are we doing this? The blog that raises the most receives matching funds for their chosen charity from What's the Deal.   So help us in the race to cure breast cancer...On your mark, get set, GO DONATE!  
*We have until Wednesday, December 29th at 6 PM. 

Sipping in the Winter Solstice

(photos by) Amber Francis

Toasting the end to the shortest day and drinking up the longest night of the year - the social set rallied in some Winter Solstice revelry at L2 Lounge Tuesday night.

The early sunset meant the party lasted longer for those who left their Christmas shopping for cocktail sipping - including Matt Schwartz, Roxana Serbanescu, Tyler Boyd and Leah Dyrud.

Check out who was there - and see more photos on K Street Kate's Facebook Fan page!

Merry Christmas from K Street Kate and The Mighty Pint

*Alternate link to voucher.
**Rail cocktails and draft beers only.  Limited vouchers in supply.  One voucher per e-mail address.

Patrons Receive Complimentary Pours at the New Blue Banana

"See?! People love Georgia Avenue!" Blue Banana Bar's General Manager, Jamie Hess (left), shouted as patrons poured in for a free pour Tuesday on the sports and rock bar's opening night.

Offering that hour of open bar may not have even been necessary as the narrow nightspot filled to capacity with those seeking a respite from their hectic holiday party schedules.

However, the new "regulars," coming from all over the District, will enjoy another hour of free booze tonight (Wednesday), 8-9 PM.

Choral Arts Presents: A Belgian MidWinter

by Evan Ibrahim

“I had never stood on stage before, let alone singing with 160 professionals, so I was pretty nervous,"  admitted 
 Joris Totte, of the Embassy of Belgium, singing on stage at the Kennedy Center as a part of the Choral Arts Society's Tuesday night concert of Christmas music and merriment - featuring Belgian Christmas carols and classic favorites.  

The Society hosted this Belgian MidWinter Concert, followed by an after-party at the new Rivers at the Watergate, to gather a group of young leaders and professionals who support the arts to celebrate in song... and the spirit of the season. “It’s a great way for people to come together and network...and they all are out to support the arts, and that’s truly heartwarming,” said Elaine Maslamani, Choral Arts' Young Patrons Steering committee chair.

Post concert, guests enjoyed wine from Notaviva Vineyards “Music Series,” which pairs wines with different types of music for atmosphere, feeling, and mood.

Drink in the Cheer: District Trust Charities HH

Supporters of the District Trust Charities gathered for a holiday happy hour at Maddy's Tuesday night, where some of their favorite TV personalities served up Christmas cocktails.

Spotted: Sarah Spear, Charles Chamberlayne, Leah Dyrud and servers-for-the-night NBC's Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak, who told K Street Kate that she had never guest bartended before!

View more photos from the event here!

Restaurant Week Reservations Available NOW

DC gets its dine on January 17-23 for the 17th annual Restaurant Weekwhen close to 200 eat spots offer  multi-course prix-fixe meals for lunch ($20.11) and dinner ($35.11).  The most coveted reservations go lightening fast, so plan your plate hopping today!

Click here to make those resi's.

Holiday Happenings: What's On This Week?

I'm in D.C. through Christmas this year, when normally I'd be with family elsewhere. I need some recommendations for holiday events since, although I'm flying solo, I want to stay in the spirit!                                                                      - Christmasing Local
Well, Christmasing Local, there's a forecast for flurries, but so many warm and inviting events to attend if you're staying DC-side for the holidays.  Here's a taste of some of our favorites (apparently we've got visions of sing-alongs stuck in our heads!):

  • A host of holidayers invite you to join in on a Christmas event at the W Washington D.C.'s P.O.V rooftop this Wednesday, December 22nd (8:00PM to 2:00AM). The hotel rooftop offers an incredible view of the city - along with cocktails and cheer. Bottle service available.  E-mail for the guest list. 

  • More singing in spirit.  Thursday, December 23, beginning at 8:00 PM, Barry Hemphill leads the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, a 200-voice choir, professional soloists and the audience in a performance of The Messiah at the Kennedy Center. Free; tickets required.  (One per person, line starts at 6 PM in front of the Concert Hall.) 

  • ****Not really related to Christmas, but an opportunity to take that solo experience and be a tourist is your own town: Blue Banana Bar opens on Georgia Avenue tonight!    No list, just a lot of local flavor.  Grab a Jack & Ginger and tell 'em we sent you!
Comment to share your holiday event!

Innocent Spouse?

It was more than nuptial nostalgia that prompted Q & A Cafe's Carol Joynt to pen the memoir Innocent Spouse (currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com).  Set in Washington, this tell-all recounts her attempt to pick up the pieces after her husband's sudden death, as she discovered they owed the IRS some $2.5 million, and she was left to pay it...

"Innocent Spouse is a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever been married or had a legal partner, paid taxes, tried to run a small business, or raise a young child. And it asks the question: Do you really know that person who has been sleeping next to you for years?" Joynt explained to K Street Kate. "The story is tough and sad but also funny and happy."  

The District Dish: Andrew Stover, Sommelier

What cocktails go best with that holiday meal? Can a holiday hostess tell if you've brought cheap wine? Andrew Stover, roving sommelier, dishes on awesome alcohols for the season.

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

Artist Devin White Records Charity Single

Recording Artist Devin White went into the studio this weekend in collaboration with DC's Ihsan Bilal, Amber MimzMeche Korrect, Phil Ade, RatheMC, DeAngalo Redman, Kevin Ross and AB The Producer to record "Change," an original song directed at a local growing epidemic.

Be a Saturday Shopping Samaritan

Do some good while getting that holiday shopping done.  The Shops at Wisconsin Place in Chevy Chase are holding a donation drive Saturday to support the critical needs of Thrive DC.  

At the corners of Western and Wisconsin Avenues NW between 12 noon and 3 PM, drop of new packages of warm winter socks and men’s and women’s underwear to help prevent and end homelessness - the mission of this charitable organization.

The first 150 people to arrive with donations will receive their choice of either a Washington Nationals baseball cap, a Georgetown cupcake, or hot chocolate or coffee from Tynan's Coffee and Tea while supplies last! 

6 Degrees and Santa @ Hudson

 Nicole Siobal, Erika Paola Gutierrez, Sara Trab Nielsen, and Rachel Friedmann joined Alan Popovsky to host Hudson's 6 Degrees of Separation: Holiday Secret Santa Edition on 12.16.10. Santa brought gift cards from Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, iTunes, and...Hudson to raffle off to attending guests as they toasted and tasted a complimentary Italian Holiday Buffet from new Chef Demetrio.

Click here for pictures from the event.

Gingerbread Decorating @ Cork Market

Cork Market and Tasting Room gets creative on Saturday, 12.18.10, inviting families for holiday fun and a community gingerbread house decorating event from noon to 2 PM.  Sip delicious hot cocoa and cider, nibble gourmet holiday treats and build festive gingerbread houses to celebrate the season.

A gingerbread house kit and all the decorating materials can be reserved for $30 (email here).  Cheer and season treats complimentary for all spectators. 

*Cork is located at 1805 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20009

The District Dish: ANTM's Bianca Chardei

What does it take to be America's Next Top Model?  Local beauty Bianca Chardei dishes on her ANTM experience... and what she really learned from Tyra!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRI70BFP6rc

TRON Anticipation Party

Showing that "our worlds are more connected than anyone knows, "TRON" enthusiasts gathered at Vetro to celebrate the release of the movie sequel "Tron: Legacy" and the soundtrack by Daft Punk.  Fans of this quintessential 80s Sci-Fi film - some dressed in LED light costumes - enjoyed music by DJ Adrian Loving and watched the original film play as they danced and drank the night away.

Click for more photos from the TRON Anticipation Party.
*Gallery available on Niteside.

Fourlegged's Photos with Santa at Vineyard Vines

Friends of Fashion for Paws brought in their best behaved four legged boys and girls to Georgetown's Vineyard Vines for a special holiday shopping benefit for the Washington Humane Society Thursday night.

Party favors for the pooches included treats and photos with Santa.

"It's a busy time for me," said 'Santa', a volunteer.  "But I made a special trip here to see these pets because the work of the Humane Society is very important to me."

Human companions enjoyed complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres while shopping - scoring a 10% discount on Vineyard Vines' preppy chic offerings.

Inside The Georgetowner Holiday Benefit and Bazaar

by Evan Ibrahim

Just in time for all the last minute shoppers, The Georgetowner held their first annual Holiday Benefit and Bazaar at Halcyon House in Georgetown earlier this week.  Presented by Eagle Bank and Ann Hand, proceeds from the event served to benefit Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund, Georgetown Ministries, and the Lombardi Cancer Pediatrics (on behalf of Living in Pink).  Guests enjoyed seasonal cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, while taking in the sounds of an in-house DJ and snapping pictures with Santa!

Spotted in attendance were Ann Hand, Bob Pincus (VP of Eagle Bank), and John Dreyfuss (owner of Halcyon House) shopping for great gifts from such Georgetown vendors as Ella-Rue, In-Style Vintage, Haute Papier, and Aidah collection.  

Nationals Pitcher Says Owen Wilson Would "Make a Great Teammate"

At a VIP screening of the soon-to-be-released "How Do You Know," Nationals Pitcher Craig Stammen dished on why Owen Wilson, who plays a Nat in the film, would actually make an ideal teammate.

*Also available on Niteside.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2YPgSOt4dk

Introducing: The Blue Banana Bar

You've been dying to have drinks at the Blue Banana since your parents finally let you watch Pretty Woman.

But the bar in Hollywood, CA where Vivian and Kit buffeted on garnishes was about as real as... blue bananas. DC's version is verified.

This weekend, the Blue Banana Sports & Rock Bar opens its doors on Georgia Ave.  Next door to the ever-popular Looking Glass Lounge, the new gamewatching and music venue adds to the neighborhood's growing nightlife.  

Packed with enough screens to satisfy any sports buff, the Blue Banana also promises classic rock tunes and future live performances.

Driving there in your lawyer's Lotus Esprit?  Watch who you ask for directions.

*The Blue Banana Bar is located at 3632 Georgia Ave. NW

The District Dish: Nick Galifianakis

His new book, "If You Loved Me You'd Think This Was Cute," is the #1 non-fiction paperback in the region. The famous Washington Galifianakis, Cartoonist/Illustrator Nick Galifianakis dishes on his creative family, his life of "doodles," and how his illustrious career continues.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9J2xXbAIcE

RHODC's Mary Amons Shares Her Family's Holiday Traditions

Real Housewives of DC's Mary Amons pauses from judging a Charity Cookie Box competition at Georgetown's Janus et Cie to share her own holiday traditions.  Did someone say fudge?!?!

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

iStrategy Labs' Peter Corbett and Other Tech Titans "Geek the Halls"

iStrategy Labs' Peter Corbett was among the "Geek" models in Palentir's 'Deck the Halls' fashion showcase, featuring items from the website ThinkGeek.com, Tuesday night. About style and substance - and collecting toys for charity - each tech-y model was able to put a bit of their personality into walking the runway.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_lJ92i6txc

Saint-Ex'Mas Tree Lot

Haven't gotten your Christmas Tree??  Cafe Saint- Ex is selling Christmas trees on their patio... until they're all gone.  All proceeds from the tree sales donated to Ross Elementary.  Hurry in before the holiday passes you by!

New Year's Night, Done Right

We haven't even opened the presents under the tree (or bought them all yet!), but the burning question is already being posed: What are the plans for New Year's??!  Here's our list of local Eve events to suit every party personality.

For what kind of year do you yearn?

Incognito & On the Move
Dinner and dancing en masque.  Lima and its new posh hideaway Vetro offer three floors of masquerade fun, with a variety of packages to suit any appetite.  This costumed celebration offers the traditional taste and toasts option and attracts a sophisticated international set.  Prices start at $45.  Bottle service offered on some levels.

Music and Other Mania
Smith Point and Sick Feed.  Booze and tunes to ring in the New Year in the most memorable way that you'll never remember.  No other explanation needed.  9:30 PM - 1 AM, $70/ person  Ticket info here.   

Ritzy, but Relaxed
The W Hotel offers a variety of packages to suit, but we suggest the Rooftop Soiree, W Stay and Breakfast, as its best deal for a great New Year's Day. Receive a bottle of champagne upon checking in to your room, then head up to the W rooftop for an open bar countdown soiree.  Dance and drink the night away knowing that you have a full continental breakfast and late checkout the following day (2 PM)!  All this for $529 (per couple).  Rate code: NYEBRPKG.

Foodie and Fabulous
Since the arrival of Hudson's new Chef, the meals at this West End resto-lounge are even more mouthwatering.  Relax with friends at the restaurant's late seating to enjoy a four course taste of Chef Demetrio's dinner offerings and a guaranteed table reservation through to midnight's champagne toast.  Early seatings, G/A, Open Bar and After Hours options are also available.

A Little Lagniappe
Available for a dinner seating or just drinks, the brand new Bayou Restaurant and live music venue opens up in Foggy Bottom.  Get your groove on to music from the Glen David Andrews Band as you "travel" to Louisiana for a N'orleans night on the town.

In the Archives
The brand new DC Museum brings back the era of "Cafe Society." Return to the best of bygone days with bossa nova in the Banking Hall and Bobby Short style piano playing in the Board Room.  Hors d'oeuvres and craft cocktails served throughout the evening add a little pre-prohibition flair to the party.*Note: Rates have not yet been released for this event.

Just Pure Fun
There's no need for fancy plans to start your New Year off right; you already know where we find fun!  Make the rounds of some of our regular night spots...sponsors, Current, 19th and The Mighty Pint!...because going where everybody knows your name is really what makes a gathering great.

The District Dish: Magician/Entertainer David Breth

How did he do that?!??!  Magician and Entertainer David Breth joins The District Dish hosts at the new District 2 Bar & Grille with some of his most mindblowing tricks.  He'll explain some... and tantalize you with others.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdidW8nZRPY

Nature Calls

Pia Ulrikke Dahl of the Norwegian Embassy, Speaker Janike Kampevold Larsen, and Craig Dykers
by Jordana Merran

While some foreign ministries lure tourists with the promise of white-sand beaches, Norway has spent the past decade promoting a much more surprising cultural heritage: innovative architecture.

“For most Americans, [Norway is] cold and far away,” says Jannicke Jaeger of the Royal Embassy of Norway, “so we want to impress the cultural aspect... to tell the story about how Norwegian architecture is at the forefront of design.”

Last Thursday, the Embassy partnered with Innovation Norway—a Norwegian business development consultancy, to tell a chapter of that story through a lecture held at AU’s Katzen Center for the Arts. Entitled “Architecture in Nature,” the event brought Janike Kampevold Larsen of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design to discuss the Tourist Route Project, and Craig Dykers, co-founder of the Norwegian-American design firm Snøhetta.  

Who knew there was more to Scandinavian design than IKEA??  Well, those Norwegians have a sense of humor, too!   The evening's attendees saw a presentation of the Oslo Opera House, complete with a (video of) a motorcyclist stunt-riding his way around the building, and were told that - on its grand opening night- a couple was found au naturale on the roof.

 Joked Dykers, the nature of it brings out human nature!

Jingle All the Way

The Fifth Anniversary of the Georgetown Jingle at the Four Seasons featured a showcase of decorated trees along with holiday tastings, a children's workshop and auction items to complete attendee's Christmas shopping lists - all the benefit the Georgetown Lombardi comprehensive cancer center.

Some of those spotted and snapped telling their Christmas wish lists to Santa included Kelly Collis, Allison Brooks, Clark Cummings, Paul Fogg and Camille Saum.  

See the photos here!

'Cause All We Do Is Win

BrandLinkDC launches its new website and Facebook page this week.   To liven things up... and enlist some loyal followers, the marketing agency is hosting a Holiday Giveaway, December 13 - 24.  

Each day, BrandLinkDC will give away a prize (over $1,000 in total) from their roster of clients (think Room & Board, Ginger, Gilt Groupe...) at random.  To enter, you need only "Like" this Facebook page.

Good luck - we hope you win!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Courtesy Cirque Dreams
Flipping gingerbread men, wire walking toy soldiers, juggling acrobats, and ornaments come to life: Cirque Dream Holidaze is a seasonal spectacle stuffed with holiday delights for every age.

Not to be confused with any Cirque du Soleil production, Cirque Dream's recent production at the Kennedy Center was similarly staged - and equally about the bright costumes and brilliant entertainment.

Remarkable human feats caused breath to catch as spectators were on the edge of their seats in amazement, all while holiday songs put everyone in the spirit of the season.  But the part that puzzled the most... a couple performing wardrobe wonders.  You just have to see to believe!

ICE, Ice Baby

by Baille Gelwicks

What do you get when you bring 40 ice sculpture artists, 5,000 ice blocks and a 15,000 sq. foot structure to the Gaylord Hotel? You get the 2010 edition of ICE!

Featuring Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by artisans of Harbin, China (a city known for its annual Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival), in just over 30 days, Grinch’s frozen lair, Christmas Eve in Who-ville, and the Roast-Beast Feast were recreated - exclusively for the Gaylord Hotel.  

Guests will enjoy walking through, around and on top of nearly 2 million pounds of ice, kept frozen at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. (Thankfully, you'll get a bright blue parka before entering the icy abyss.)  And warm up afterward with a little hot cocoa and Christmas shopping at the exhibits gift shop. 

ICE is open daily at National Harbor through January 9, 2011.

The District Dish: Mark Feldstein

Mark Feldstein, author of "Poisoning the Press," shares some of his favorite political scandals and secrets.  This is some dish you won't want to miss!

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

VitaminWater Presents ArtJamz for a Colorful Night on the Town

Thursday night at the Gibson Guitar Showroom, VitaminWater Zero gave DC's tastemakers a colorful night on the town.

Participating in the newest creative craze - ArtJamz - participants enjoyed an evening of painting, live music, cocktails, food (by Cafe Asia) and... VitaminWater Zero to rehydrate after expending all of that artist energy!

An extensive - but not exhaustive - list of participants included: Founder Michael Clements, Real Housewives' of DC's Mary Amons and Paul Wharton, Dannia Hakki, Erika Gutierrez, Tara Chantal Silver, Anchyi WeiSvetlana Legetic, Kevin Burke, Courtney Caldwell, Keri Ann Meslar, Nakeva CorothersPamela SorensenAnna Croll, Tara Lewis, Nicole Siobal, Howard Lee, Christy Schlesinger, and James Cornwell.

Find more photos here!

Mustache Bash!

The culmination of a month of mustache growing, Mustaches for Kids 'Stache Bash brought together a group of guys with two goals: raise money to support the Children's National Medical Center... and win the title of "Sweetest Stach!"

The Mustache Growers were judged on a variety of phases of competition, such as the quality and amount of foam left on their facial hair after drinking a pint of Guinness, and wore costumes to match their 'staches personality.  

Jacques Arsenault, the evening's emcee, took home the trophy for "Most Fundraisingest," bringing in thousands for the Children's National Medical Center, which raised over $51,000 by night's end.  

For his mustache and moves in the Final 3 Dance Off, Spanky Means (Hulk Hogan) won "Creepiest 'Stache." And Isaiah Wyden Akin -- a ringer for Teddy Roosevelt -- took home the coveted "Sweetest 'Stache" trophy.

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Here's Johnnie!

Nothing complements British "gastro-pub" fare quite like a generous pour of scotch - especially when its on the house!

Urban Daddy and Johnnie Walker hosted a special Scotch whiskey tasting at Againn Tuesday evening, introducing the complete line-up of blended flavors (Johnnie Walker Red, Black, Green, Gold and even Blue) to Washington's discerning palettes.

Those with a nose for drinking it neat included Popchips' Lauren Pomponio, Hengen Group's Louis Hengen and ABC7's Rebecca Cooper.  Others spotted sipping spirits included Mark Drapeau, Amanda Polk, and Winston Lord.  

UD's Jeff Dufour said he was feeling Blue (Label) all night... especially as - post party - he had yet to try Johnnie Walker's most elusive blend.   .   *Should one choose to send him a bottle, we hear holiday engraving is free. 

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Storytime with Sally Quinn

Honored by Beth Solomon and The Georgetown Dish Tuesday evening at J. McLauglin, Sally Quinn responded to receiving the award (and introduction by Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth) by sharing stories of earlier days with Weymouth's Grandmother, Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham.

To the other honored guest of the evening, 95 year old Frida Burling, Sally joked, "She's a tech whiz... she was on e-mail before I was!  I bet [she] even knows how to open an attachment!"

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