Cherry Blossom Cruise Aboard the Capital EIite

Before the clouds rolled in, the crowns got a cruise aboard Spirit Entertainment's Capital Elite Wednesday afternoon.  Twelve Miss America titleholders in town enjoyed a relaxing river ride on the Potomac to view the Cherry Blossoms and be moved.


Even in overcast weather, the cruise was a picture perfect way to celebrate the history and beauty of the Potomac River bank during the National Cherry Blossom festival, offering an afternoon of entertainment with spectacular views and Capital commentary.


*Cherry Blossom cruises run approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. 


See more photos from the Queens' Cruise here!

District Sample Sale 2011



Find out more about the District Sample Sale, special deals for charitable fashionistas...and how those dollars help DC's local community.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adyyAmHF1Qs

A Night With Cointreau Noir

Scene setters Justin Fishkin, Lindsey Becker, Winston Lord and Louis Hengen, were among those invited to join DC Magazine and Cointreau Noir for some blended cognac sipping and sampling of Hudson restaurant's fare Wednesday evening.

Enjoyed neat or on the rocks - and in Hudson's signature Cointreau apple tartlet dessert - there was "nothing to add" to the evening's dining experience... except to sing to co-Host Brad Nirenberg of RedPeg Marketing, who combined the cocktailing with a birthday celebration.

Miss Washington Comes to Washington

Photo credit: Zachary Kaufman, Columbian.com
"I have a couple of years of school left, but I can absoutely see myself here," says Miss Washington  2011, Jacquie Brown, part of a delegation of Miss America state titleholders on a tour of Washington, DC this week.  


The Vancouver native - and gorgeous third runner-up to Miss America - had no qualms about traveling far from home to see the sights and shine a spotlight on the final months of her pageant experience. In fact, she may have come to DC hunting for a new home.  Having legally emancipated herself at the age of 16 after a tumultuous childhood, Brown has spent the last few years goal setting, soul searching and looking for that perfect place to settle down.


"I am so glad I came!  We saw so many things and met so many amazing people.  I just love everything here, but touring the Capitol was probably my favorite part.  I can't believe we got to walk on the House Floor... incredible!"


While she takes great pride in representing her state - and beamed about her meeting with home state Senator Patty Murray - Brown admits this trip to the Capital City may have tempted a move from her West Coast Washington to the East Coast one.


"I just have so many doors open to me right now.  So many opportunities.  And I think I'm in love with Dupont Circle.  Who knows... maybe someday I could be at home here."


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Artist Maggie O'Neill Debuts Lincoln


Artist Maggie O'Neill gives a private preview of Lincoln Restaurant in advance of its late March opening, showcasing her team's made by hand design pieces. 


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Capitol Crowns ... then Let Their Hair Down

Striking a fun pose with Miss America
Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlon, and over a dozen of her state titleholder sisters received guests at the Capitol Hill Club Tuesday night, holding a festive fundraiser in support of the Miss America and local Miss DC Scholarship Programs.

Miss DC 2011 Stephanie WIlliams
with Miss Rhode Island 2006 Allison Rodgers
"Each day of the trip has been so full of excitement for me -- it is every time I come to Washington, D.C!"  shared Scanlon as she recounted her day's events in between posing for pictures. "After today, I'm really excited to be going to [Wednesday night's] Correspondent's Dinner."  Scanlon and her court spent the day on Capitol Hill, touring the House and Senate, meeting state lawmakers and petitioning for personal causes before dolling up for a night of networking.

Toasting and tasting at Dirty Martini
After the beauties' night of cocktail party banter, they (sans Scanlon) headed to Dupont's Dirty Martini to relax, dig into some sliders and calamari, and dish about their day.

See more photos from Miss America's Capitol Hill Club Reception and Dining at Dirty Martini here.

Steals and Deals at the 2011 Spring District Sample Sale

Charm's Jaclyn Mason helps pick out
a perfect statement necklace 
April Jones Firoozabadi gives girlfriend
advice on a great buy

The District Sample Sale featured over 20 of Washington's best designer clothing and shoe boutiques selling their end-of-season wares at liquidation-level prices - and new looks for Spring, too!  Attendees enjoyed cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a fashion-focused silent auction, catching up with friends as well as revamping their closets.

*This Spring's Sample Sale served to benefit E.L. Haynes Public Charter School.
Daniella and Michaela, owners of
Green & Blue 

Sample steals: Wendy Gordon scored some stellar shoes for just over the cost of a pedi...Kelly Collis snapped up a sparkly bracelet at 50% off from Charm Georgetown... Lauri Tamney got a hot deal on some Hunter boots... and Victoria Michael stocked up on discount designer jeans.


Check out all of the pictures in our DSS Photo Gallery! 

An Int'l Embassy Event for Miss America

Jen Corey (DC '10), Talila Lewis, Djuan Trent
(KY '11) and Claire Buffie (NY '11) 
Seventeen year old Teresa Scanlon, the youngest Miss America in 78 years, celebrated her Croatian roots at a reception held in her honor at the Croatian Embassy Monday evening.

Surrounded by her "court," the 16 state titleholders also in town to tour the Capital and take in the sites and serve their platform issues, Scanlon greeted guests in support of the Miss DC Scholarship Program.

The gorgeous girls were escorted by Marines from the
Baracks at "8th and I" and Henderson Hall.

Post reception, Scanlon jetted off to the Kennedy Center for a Gala, while the rest of the beauties headed to CoCo Sala, continuing the festivities with a chocolate fix!

Platform H Gala

by Amber Francis 


Platform H's passion to help social entrepreneurs continues... in this second annual Gala, which donated a percentage of the proceeds to Japanese relief efforts. Hosted at City Tavern Club and serenaded live by a NYC band, attendees enjoyed an open bar and silent auction while supporting the next generation of world leaders.


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Let's Go to the Movies

by Stephanie Green 

Washington film buffs who appreciate movies with edge and international flair have much to look forward to this spring as Filmfest DC: The Washington, DC International Film Festival kicks off its 25th annual celebration of cinema on April 7.  


From the Film: Mozart's Sister
Films from a different geographic region are chosen each year, providing diversity to the reel.  For 2011, International Film Festival Director Anthony Gittens went across the Atlantic to Scandinavia, choosing the theme "Nordic Lights: The Old and the New." But every genre and culture is represented, including highly anticipated favorites Young Goethe in Love, a German flick about the famed writer's amorous life and the French costume drama Mozart's Sister, about the composer's lesser known sibling.

The cinemania kicks off with a gala at the Lincoln Theatre hosted by DC's favorite movie man, WJLA's Arch Campbell, and a screening of the French comedy Potiche starring legendary French screen siren Catherine Deneuve and the ever-mesmerizing Gerard Depardieu.


Film Fest DC.  It's consistently provocative... and perfect for people who love movies!

Brought to You By: Charm e-Commerce

K Street Kate sponsor Charm Georgetown announces the arrival of their website - now with e-commerce!  The beauty, the bling and the best gifts and home accessories are available at Charm's charming Georgetown boutique, but now you can be tempted to stop by the e-commerce shop.  Best sellers, new arrivals and seasonal trends are featured on this perfect-to-peruse sales site... or stop in to the store and tell 'em KSK sent ya!

Bowen McCauley Marks 15 Years

Bowen McCauley Dance performers
Saturday night at the Kennedy Center, Metro DC's premier contemporary dance company, Bowen McCauley Dance, created a sensation of collaboration, combining Lucy Bowen McCauley's renowned choreography with live musical performance accompaniment, dimensional design and even a  poignant and poetic spoken word by guest artist Rita Dove.

Not necessarily the performance for those looking for the beautiful lines of the ballet, but definitely an experience of rhythm, movement and contrast, Bowen McCauley, now in it's 15th season, is a truly modern performance art.

From Ozone's soul searching sequences to Telemetry, with accompanying music composed and performed by Tone, literally rocking the audience into submission, the anniversary evening's hallmark pieces indicate a  professional company which is not just one to enjoy, but truly, one to watch.

*Upcoming performances are available on the company's website.

Beauties at the Capital: Kicking off a Monumental Visit

The crown is in town!  Miss America graces the Capital City just in time to savor the Cherry Blossoms... and a host of other fun festivities.  The Queen's court  - indeed the top finalists at 2011's Miss America Pageant - kicked-off a week of Capital sightseeing, networking and politiking Sunday night with a Southwestern style dinner at the home of Teri Galvez, Executive Director of the Miss DC Scholarship Program, and coordinator of this monumental visit of the Misses.

Attendees included Miss Arizona Kathryn Bulkley, Miss California Arianna Afsar, Miss Colorado Melaina Shipwash, Miss Connecticut Brittany Decker, Miss Delaware Kayla Martell, Miss District of Columbia Stephanie Williams, Miss Florida Jaclyn Raulerson, Miss Kentucky Djuan Keila Trent, Miss Louisiana Kelsi Crain, Miss Maine Arikka Knights, Miss Maryland Lindsay Staniszewiski, Miss New York Claire Buffie, Miss Oklahoma Emoly West, Miss Texas Ashley Melnick, Miss Washington Jacquie Brown and Miss Virginia Caitlin Uze.

Return to K Street Kate for snaps and spottings of Miss America, Teresa Scanlon, and all of the lovely ladies as we provide continuous coverage of their Capital visit.

More photos available here!

Picnic Theatre Company Calls "Action!" for Anton Chenkov

"Tickets are $10, so I always say we should give them their $12 worth," said actor Michael Clements of the Picnic Theatre Company, which has shaken up the Washington theatre scene over the last year with sell out productions of Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid" and An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe.  

And this weekend's "Evening with Anton Chenkov" was no exception, packing the prestigious Washington Club to benefit the Washington Theatre Legacy Project of the Helen Hayes Awards.

Clements, who "plays all of the crazy characters," was featured in Chenkhov’s riotous short play, The Jubilee, "looking like a lunatic" with his pencil mustache - which he has considered keeping - and taking advantage of his wide-eyed wildness.  "We didn't have much time to practice these plays," Clements admitted, "and Chenkov is pretty dark... but we chose the farcical ones on purpose, and hope they were as entertaining as anticipated." 

The company is planning a more lighthearted  - and outdoor - performance in the next few months.  "We ARE the 'Picnic Theatre Company', said Clements.  "And a steal of a show!"


*Also available on Niteside.

Very Cherry

It's late March, the Cherry Blossoms - and cupcakes - are in full bloom!


In honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, local cupcakeries are creating their own cheery cherry mini cakes.  CRUMBS Bake Shop, originally a masterpiece of Manhattan, introduced its new Cherry Blossom cupcake this week: tempting vanilla cake, filled with cherry preserves, and frosted with vanilla cherry cream cheese. Tasty - and no trekking through all of the tourists!!  But just like those blossoms, these sweet bites are available for a limited time (until April 10th).


15% of sales proceeds from the Cherry Blossom cupcakes to the Red Cross’s Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund on behalf of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  Sweet!

The District Dish: Go Ape Adventure Course


Go Ape on this local adventure course in Rock Creek Park.  Owner Jenny D'Agostino talks fun in the treetops.


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The Great Shoe & Handbag Debut

Leigh Macdonald, April Jones
Firoozabadi and Becky Lee
Louboutins and Louis were some of the featured guests Thursday night at Neiman Marcus in Chevy Chase as Nice Shoes, A Great Bag and No Drama writer Leigh Macdonald hosted a Great Handbag and Shoe Debut to showcase the newest and top trends in accessories for Spring 2011.

Fashionistas sipped, shopped and swooned over a chance to win a free pair of pumps, all to benefit Becky's Fund for domestic violence victims.

*Image credit, Roxana Serbanescu 

Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey commemorate 20 years of P.T. Barnum with the company's newest circus show, Barnum's Funundrum!, now on view at the Verizon Center.  Moving the circus into a new era, this fun for the whole family event showcases the usual acrobats, athletes and animals, as well as some artsy tech effects, in the spirit of the greatest showman of all time, P.T. Barnum.

The greatest show on earth features seven of the largest land animals in the world (don't miss one doing a "trunk" stand!), a mesmerizing circus in the sky (and not ALL of the attempted tricks are actually accomplished), a clever creature rodeo (with a wandering watus!) and more, all under the musical management of the youngest Ringmaster in Ringling Bros. history, Johnathan Lee Iverson.

Tickets start at $14, with the sideshow taking center stage at the Verizon Center only until Sunday, March 27th.  


See more photos from the circus - and a special VIP pre-circus party - on our Facebook page!

Shopping Soiree: Longevity in Luxury

The Collection at Chevy Chase feted five years with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres inside the trendy tent Wednesday night.  Capitol File guests browsed the luxury boutique offerings of the Collection -  including Dior, Jimmy Choo, Cartier and Tiffany - while hobnobbing with special guest Lauren Bush, who touted the success of FEED projects and sported her FEED bag during the celebration.

Among those in attendance, and hoping to win a $5000 day of shopping, were Mickey Farivar, Rachel DeMita (at right with Bush), Toby Knapp, Tommy McFly and Lyndon Boozer.

Blue Man Group at the Warner Theatre

The biggest thing to happen to blue... and a truly awesome experience for you!  

The Blue Man Group makes its first ever appearance at the Warner Theatre, bringing the Group's part concert/part silent comedy show/part rave for a fresh and funny theatrical experience at one of DC's most intimate performance venues for a limited engagement through April 3rd.

Using music, art, technology and those three bald blue beings, the Blue Man Group focuses on the themes of connection and discovery, particularly through interaction with the show's huge LED tech displays (GiPad's). The audience - even some spontaneously selected to participate on stage - will laugh out loud as the men catch gumballs to create airborne art, feast on twinkies, make sound waves with breakfast cereal, and drum up some synesthesia.

You'll be blue if you miss it.  Tickets start at $32.  

Praising the Plates of Peru

Robert Gadsby with his Wife 

"Peru's cuisine is one of the most interesting of the South American countries to me," said Ridgewell's new Corporate Chef Robert Gadsby, in attendance at the Organization of American States Wednesday evening.  His Excellency Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States, and His Excellency Hugo de Zela Ambassador of the Republic of Peru invited Gadsby and other guests to dine on Peruvian cuisine as Peru was awarded the Cultural Heritage of the Americas Award.
OAS Ambassadors Receiving Guests


"I first tried Peruvian food in Texas, of all places!" laughed Gadsby as he looked forward to the evening's tastes of Ceviche, Tiraditos, Chupe and Seco.
 
"As a cuisine, it's not really anything new - the method is the same... and the ingredients are available here in the states - but its application is creative.  It's pretty easy to find a Peruvian dish I like and really make it my own... so I'm looking forward to the dinner tonight!"
 
The evening's event and focus on Peru was a part of the OAS's Celebration of the Inter-American Year of Culture.
 
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The District Dish: DC Cowboys



The DC Cowboys are "Brokeback meets Broadway" according to Artistic & Executive Director Kevin Platte.  Find out more about this "Brodeo" that has become a worldwide sensation!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amFXua6GGIw

Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Roopal Patel Talks Trends in DC



Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman Fashion Director Roopal Patel gave a Spring trend presentation at a luncheon Wednesday afternoon at Neiman Marcus' Chevy Chase location.  Find out what she predicts to be the biggest trends for the season including the latest news in shoes!


Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMTj6k67Wxc

RAMMY Awards Announced


"RAMMY season" ramped up Tuesday night at the Ritz Carlton as restaurateurs, chefs and key restaurant industry players attended a highly anticipated event to announce the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's 2011 RAMMY Award Nominees. Lynne Breaux, President of RAMW, explained that "the cliche is true... They always say what a huge honor it is just to be nominated. Well, it is!" Here she dishes on the main dish - and which one just might be her favorite.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0No4ARyqxY

Your complete list of the nominees is after the jump:

Pachyderms on Parade

The annual sizeable spectacle, also known as the "Pachyderm Parade" of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus came to town today, showcasing the elephants march to the Verizon Center.  The circus performance, "BARNUM 200" is available in DC March 24-27, then moves to Baltimore March 30 - April 10.

The Jameson Bartender's Ball

Coming out from behind the bar for their own night of drinking, dancing and debauchery, signature figures of the local service industry came out to the Rock and Roll Hotel Monday evening for the Jameson Bartender's Ball.

It was a wild night of whiskey as guests took advantage of Jameson open bar options between live musical entertainment, which included a particularly popular Beastie Boys cover band.

Antoine Savage, Jessica Gibson, Billy Reilly, Dennis Asaka and Kate Browning were among those that took advantage of a night off with fun pictures, painted models and strong pours.

Were you spotted and snapped?  Find more pictures from the event on our Facebook Page!

You're Invited: Talk Teal


Silence is Overrated. Don't be the last to know...  
Join us to TALK TEAL with the AprilMay Foundationan organization that uses unconventional means to bring awareness to sexual abuse of women - and assist survivors in their healing process, on April 7th from 6 - 8:30 at the always fun and fashionable Muleh.  

Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and an unforgettably unique unveiling are all a part of this artful evening to combat abuse.  Limited tickets available, click here

*This post sponsored by the AprilMay Foundation.

The District Dish: John Dedakis


John Dedakis, local author and CNN newsroom copy editor, is the voice behind the Lark Chadwick series, including "Fast Track" and "Bluff."  Hear about these tales of political scandal, mystery and intrigue - and find out how this newsman went from "just the facts" to juicy fiction.

PLUS Want to win a signed John Dedakis novel?  Send a note answering this question from the episode for a chance to win!:  In what future book in the series may Lark find herself in Washington, D.C.?

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XlFZKHECL8

Reminder: District Sample Sale

Kirby Kolby Wins Miss Gay DC



Saturday night at Town, Kirby Kolby was crowned the next Miss Gay DC America. In this regional pageant, males competed in DC's best female impersonation contest, with the winner awarded the title and moving on to compete in the Miss Gay America pageant.  See what Kirby says is the best thing about being a woman!!


Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDNJ7z_UPzc
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20 Years of the Ralls Collection

Marsha Ralls and her staff celebrated 20 years of the Ralls Collection Friday evening, throwing an art anniversary soiree to commemorate the milestone event.  Loyal customers, supporters and friends stopped by the Georgetown rowhouse to congratulate the privately owned gallery's owner and staff and check out current offerings.

"We had art sales, a crowd of over 300..." said Ralls if the event on her personal Facebook page.  "And my best friends from high school surprised me!  So much love and support in the room.  So honored!"

The Ralls Collection is located in Georgetown at 1516 31st Street NW.

You're Invited: Meet Ambassador Paul Bremer


Executives Without Borders invites you to join in on celebrating the endeavors and accomplishments of World T.E.A.M. Sports at a fundraising Happy Hour featuring testimonials from wounded warriors as well as remarks by World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO, Ambassador Paul Bremer.

Tuesday, April 5th at Smith & Wollensky, hear about an inspiring upcoming athletic mission and find out how you can be a part of the prowess and patriotism.  Tickets $15 here.

*This post is sponsored by Executives Without Borders.

You're Invited: Meet Ambassador Paul Bremer


Executives Without Borders invites you to join in on celebrating the endeavors and accomplishments of World T.E.A.M. Sports at a fundraising Happy Hour featuring testimonials from wounded warriors as well as remarks by World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO, Ambassador Paul Bremer.

Tuesday, April 5th at Smith & Wollensky, hear about an inspiring upcoming athletic mission and find out how you can be a part of the prowess and patriotism.  Tickets $15 here.

*This post is sponsored by Executives Without Borders. 

St. Paddy's at P.J. Clarke's

P.J Clarke's of Washington D.C. hosted its first annual St. Patrick's Day celebration, locally recreating its legendary tradition in NYC.  Menu specials and the obligatory beer were accompanied by Irish Pipe and Drum, Redskins cheerleaders and a chance to win a 2011 Ural T Sidecar Motorcycle (proceeds went to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund).

Peter Cherukuri, Mary Kathryn Covert, Mark Drapeau, Matt Erskine, and Amanda Polk, were among those who encouraged guests to enjoy Guinness, Bushmills, and traditional Irish fare on this day of luck and leprechauns. 

The District Dish: Tom McLeod


Is there an application for that??! Tom McLeod works in the world of technology - bringing content management systems and web applications to the masses with his business, Imaginary Feet.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRtOofqD5a4

More Dogs!

Two doggy delights in one night!  Though unprecedented to allow two Fashion for Paws fundraisers on the same night, Yulia Mikhalchuk hosted a night for mutts and music at Hudson Wednesday evening, inviting Flavius Mihaies and Robertas Kupstas to perform Sinatra and jazz standards.  .

Inside 19th's Walk the Dog Fundraiser

Tiffany Carter, Jessica James Golden and Reese Gardner welcomed guests and their canine companions to 19th (1900 I St. N.W.) for a Walk the Dog fundraiser to benefit the girls' campaigns to model in the upcoming Fashion for Paws benefit for the Washington Humane Society

Reese Gardner plays fetch with Armor

Jeremiah and Roxanna with Jessica James Golden

Joe taught Callie how to sit, shake, and pose for a picture
 
Tiffany Carter pets the pooches on 19th's patio.

*Gallery available on Niteside.

A GLEEful Celebration of Ability

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) honored the award-winning television show GLEE and actress Lauren Potter with the 2011 AAPD Image Award Tuesday evening for leading the way in how young people with disabilities are perceived in modern media and popular culture.  Lauren, a 19 year old with Down Syndrome, plays the character Becky Johnson, a 16-year-old sophomore at McKinley High School who tries out for the cheerleading squad.


Here, she talks with K Street Kate about being on the show, how she's personally combating the "R" word and her favorite GLEE performance partner.  



Leaders from government, business, and the disability and civil rights communities celebrated achievement, leadership and progress at this 9th annual AAPD Leadership Awards, recognizing the relatively young organization's work in serving as a powerful force for change – politically, economically, and socially.                

The District Dish: Matt Kroenig


"Nuclear" is on everyone's minds these days... on this episode, check out nuclear non-proliferation specialist Matt Kroenig, learn about his latest book (Exporting the Bomb), and find out how you could learn from him firsthand at Georgetown University.  (Apologies in advance for our sound difficulties!)

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oovf6mGKjrY

Israeli Artist Yasmine Levy Performs for Pakistan

On a special stop from her 2011 music tour, world-renowned singer-songwriter Yasmin Levy participated in a dinner concert to benefit flood victims at Blues Alley Tuesday evening. Refusing to believe that current tragic events signal the coming end of the world, Levy does share her hope that these disasters will signal the end of selfish life as we know it.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm5UXKXmcoo
*Also available on Niteside.

St. Patrick's Day Plans

Join K Street Kate's Kate Michael at RiRa of Bethesda's 1st annual Polar Plunge!  You'll be Freezin' for a Reason, submerging yourself in an 18 foot long ice cold water filled pool and accepting pledge donations to benefit NIH Children's Charities.  All participants receive a commemorative t-shirt, FREE breakfast and brrragging rights!  Too chicken for goose bumps?  Prizes also awarded for best costume, and enter to win a raffle for U2 concert tickets!  6:30 AM, $50 minimum pledge, register here.  Spectators welcome.

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P.J Clarke's hosts its first annual DC St. Patrick's Day celebration, duplicating the popular New York noshspot's long standing and legendary tradition. In true P.J Clarke's fashion, this St. Patty's Day party has greater goodness than green beer. Add in an Irish pipe and drum band playing through the day, 'Skins cheerleaders and a chance to win a 2011 Ural T Sidecar Motorcycle (with proceeds going to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial).  


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Be a four leaf clover for the FAIR Fund, an organization which educates and empowers's teen girls against trafficking and sexual violence.  For only $25, the non-profit's St. Patty's Day Happy Hour offers one hour of open bar (6-7 PM), followed by continued drink specials and half priced appetizers all night at a very non-Irish venue, Saki Asian Grille.


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The Capital Club's annual Shamrock Soiree is one of those brilliant booze bashes that are totally called for on mid-tier holidays - or everyday.  Tuscan Leprechaun attire , and green, are suggested to enjoy drink specials and DJ dancing all night (9 PM - 1 AM) at Paper Moon in Georgetown.  $20, Ladies discount $10.

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CANCELLED Or stay out of the bars.  Get blarney on a boat! Take a St. Patrick's Day Holiday Happy Hour Cruise on board the Spirit of Washington.  $45.90 reserves your ticket on board the floating ferry of festivity - and gets you a starter beer ticket - for a two hour cocktail cruise.  Boarding 5:30 PM, cruise 6:30 - 8:30.  Reservations here.

Gospel Greats Combat Cancer

Singing stars were spotted Sunday evening at the historic Lincoln Theatre on U St.  Stellar Award winners Kurt Carr and Isaiah Thomas, Vanessa Williams, Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music, Nolan Williams and the Voices of inSpiration and the Howard University Chapel Choir came together to perform at Partnering for Life, a benefit gospel concert hosted by the American Cancer Society and NEWorks Productions.

Television actor Malik Yoba (at left) emceed the event, which focused on increasing cancer awareness in the African American community.  Despite decreases in overall cancer death rates across all racial and ethnic groups since the early 1990s, racial disparities in cancer mortality persist -- with African Americans having the highest risk of all major ethnic groups in the United States of being diagnosed with and dying of cancer.
    
Funds raised at the concert supported the American Cancer Society's cancer disparities reduction initiatives to prevent and detect cancer, as well as improve the quality of life for those affected by cancer.

Gaugin: Maker of Myth

by Stephanie Green

Currently on display at The National Gallery of ArtGauguin: Maker of Myth, which presents the first major exhibition of art by Paul Gauguin since the late 1980s.  This collection of 120 paintings, drawings, and sculptures explores the esoteric painter's self-identification as a "savage," as well as his preoccupation with primitive cultures, primal themes, and the role of temptation throughout religions and mythology.

T he National Gallery of Art, the touring exhibit's only US venue, will have it on view through June 5, 2011, at all times free to the public. 

An Ideal Husband

"What better place than Washington, DC to explore scandalous pasts and the difficulty of separating the personal from the political?"  asks Michael Khan, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, about An Ideal Husband, the company's third Oscar Wilde production.

At times devastatingly heartfelt while mixed with situational hilarity, An Ideal Husband is a comedy drama marked with blackmail and political corruption.  Sir Robert Chiltern (played by Gregory Wooddell) and other characters struggle to maintain their public and private integrity in a setting that is just as relevant in the present day as it has been since the time of its writing in 1895.

Perhaps even more striking than the stage action is the set, created by Simon Higlett and accompanied by remarkable period costume pieces designed by Robert Perdziola.  Transporting the audience into historic upper class London disguises a present day lesson to be learned.

*An Ideal Husband runs through April 16, 2011 at Sidney Harmon Hall.  

The District Dish: Senator Paul Strauss


Dishing with DC's Shadow Senator Paul Strauss... find out what that term means, what Paul does for the District, and want changes he's hoping for!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZSgAt-WnIQ

16 Year Old Survivor, Comedian John Heffron, Diana Ross at 24th Annual Leukemia Ball

Stop! In the name of .... Diana Ross. The Female Entertainer of the Century (Billboard Magazine, 1976) took to the stage at Saturday's annual Leukemia Ball -- DC's largest non-political black tie Ball -- for a full concert performance. Ross' six costume changes and energetic performance of countless top hits spanning her five decade career kept the Ball's 2,500 guests on their feet until the early morning hour.
Photo Credit: 
http://TDLphoto.com 


Last Comic Standing Season 2 winner John Heffron introduced the living legend after a rousing comedic performance of his own and a call to action for the evening's charitable donations -- which tallied to approximately $2.8 million -- to aide in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission to combat blood cancers.


See more pictures from the night here!


Sixteen year old Delaney O'Hagan also took to the stage with her family during a Mission Moment at the event.  Diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 7 -- and relapsing twice -- attending the Ball as a guest of honor was a dream come true for the high schooler, who told us she planned to sing along to every song by the famous headliner.


Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRpNdVfuav4
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