"I hear and see dead people," says the Medium Next Door

"It's basically part memoir about my life as a medium," explains Maureen Hancock, explaining her newly released book The Medium Next Door.  "Yet I'm just like your next door neighbor... only I hear and see dead people."

"I write about my work with the sick and the dying, helping people pass, assisting detectives to help find missing children and adults, and some profound readings that have changed families' lives."

If this reads like the plot of The Ghost Whisperer, that's because it is.  Or at least it will be, when Executive Producers of the five year series start production on the real-life tale of psychic medium/soccer mom.  "She's the real deal, remarkably accessible, and surprisingly funny," say Ian Sander and Kim Moses of "Ghost Whisperer" production fame.  "She's your best friend, 'The Medium.'"

Hancock, known in her hometown near Boston, MA as the "Medium Mom," Hancock not only has a TV pilot of her alleged life in the works, two non-profits, and the aforementioned book, but also a full schedule of otherworldly connections and crossings-over to perform.

"I receive requests from various parts of the country now on missing persons and murder cases.  Currently, I'm assisting a female homicide detective in North Carolina..."

Sweet Summer & Serendipity




Serendipity 3 unveiled its Georgetown location on Memorial Day, bringing in crowds for signature Frrrozen Hot Chocolates and other savory delights to start off the summer. 


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Business is Booming: Georgetown

Not so long ago, Georgetown feared vacant commercial zones and empty storefronts.  But April showers have brought serious shopping powers, with 15 national brands and independent merchants moving in. Here's what's new... and what's COMING!

Babette (3307 Cady's Alley NW): San Francisco-based artfully-designed clothing which made its  East Coast debut in Georgetown on March 21. 

Bookhill Bistro (1639 Wisconsin Ave. NW): Opened in a historic home in Book Hill in April with a patio perfect for spring; Serving diners from breakfast to late night. 

CB2 Georgetown (3307 M St. NW):  The only local modern outpost of its sister store Crate & Barrel, CB2 brought its home furnishings to M Street with a "magazine model" party on April 30. 

Fleurir Chocolates (3235 P St. NW): "Chocolat" comes to Georgetown! Locally-based Fleurir Chocolates specializes in "hand grown" chocolates offering a unique selection of flavors like Pink Peppercorn, Lavender Shiraz and Peanut Butter Banana. 

Heiner Contemporary (1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW): This contemporary art gallery features emerging and mid-career artists working in a range of media. 

Lou Lou (1304 Wisconsin Ave. NW): Accessorizing DC with its selection of jazzy jewelry and affordable accessories.

Rag & Bone (3067 M St. NW): Modern NYC-based threads in the company's first US boutique outside of New York City. 

Sprinkles Cupcakes (3015 M St. NW): Known as "the world's first cupcake bakery," this Beverly Hills- sweet spot helps make Georgetown DC's unofficial cupcake capital. 

Serendipity 3 (3150 M St. NW): Bringing its famed Frrrozen® Hot Chocolate and other signature dishes to DC for the first time, the NYC-based famed foodspot opened at the corner of Wisconsin and M on Memorial Day.   

*****And COMING UP*****

AllSaints Spitalfields (3235 M St. NW): Another edgy British clothing retailer comes M Street, featuring the brand's signature bold, well-tailored rock 'n roll styles. 

Brooks Brothers (3077 M St. NW): Opening in Fall 2011, get your Mad Men-style suits and classic cuts for ladies.

Calvin Klein Underwear (3207 M St. NW): Stock up on unmentionables -and sleepwear - in late spring/early summer at CKU's second U.S. location (the other is in SoHo). 

Comer & Co. (1659 Wisconsin Ave. NW): Antique collectors rejoice!  Virginia-based Comer & Co. opens at the end of May 2011, joining Georgetown's extensive antiques and home furnishings scene.  

Michael Kors (3103 M St. NW): Adding another highly acclaimed national designer to the Georgetown fashion mix, Michael Kors opens up on M Street this year.

Nectar Skin Bar (1633 Wisconsin Ave. NW): Pampering on the corner of P Street.  Nectar Skin Bar opens at the end of May offering spa services, beauty products and their signature Lash Dip service - a semi-permanent mascara treatment you'll want to know more about.

Green and Blue

Ken Downing may have predicted coral as the season's hot color, but DC is betting bigger on Green & Blue.  Local trendsetters know that this Dupont Circle fashion find (and K Street Kate's newest sponsor) has the latest looks and great accessories.  Because in a city of bountiful boutiques, it's still possible to find one of a kind uniques.

Owned by Czech friends Michaela Schwartz and Daniella Cermanova, who runs Green and Blue's custom made Ela Ela line, the shop carries such labels as Rebecca Taylor, Cynthia Steffe and Vena Cava.  Or have something perfect made just for your occasion.

With the pick of the season's styles, Green & Blue helps you to be your best dressed. Stop in - and mention K Street Kate - whenever you need something special.  
*Green and Blue is located at 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW 

Stars, Stripes, Spokes, Chefs and Stunts

The 1st annual Stars & Stripes & Spokes™, a motorcycle rally and musical festival, roared to the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds over Memorial Day weekend, featuring a procession of more than 50 motorcycles traveling together through the city -- including three local cycling chefs.
 
Chef Robert Wiedmaier (Brasserie Beck, Marcel’s, Brabo), Chef David Guas (Damgoodsweet) and Chef RJ Cooper (Rogue-24) helped to launch this patriotic event honoring America’s Armed Forces over the holiday weekend, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Walter Reed Society.
 
The remainder of the four-day rally featured 19 live bands, food, military displays, a bike stunt show, a police motorcycle rodeo and a bikini contest...judged by alleged White House crasher Michaele Salahi!

Pick, Pet & Play: Great Country Farms' Strawberry Festival

Kid's Pie-eating Contest

The holiday weekend also welcomed Loudoun County's only u-pick Strawberry Festival, inviting attendees from across the region to pick their own strawberries and enjoy days (May 28,29) of family fun at Great Country Farms.

Rope Maze
Hayrides to and from the u-pick fields brought back bushels of the biggest berries with the earlybirds while others took part in a pie eating contest, putt putt, farm animal petting, Bluemont Vineyards wine tasting, a tart toss, a rope maze... and Grandma Z's famous Strawberry Shortcakes.

Animal Petting
The Jubilee is just over, but the prime picking continues!  Wait a few days for the plants to replenish, but Great Country Farms' u-pick fields will re-open as long as supplies last.  (*These berries are chemical-free, $2.49 lb for u-pick. Pre-picked also available to buy in the Country Store.)
OhMyGoff's Angie, Robert and
Adora make an appearance!

The start of summer is so sweet.

A Nice Shoes Celebration


Nice Shoes, A Great Bag and No Drama writer Leigh Macdonald gathered some of her favorite fashionistas at Cafe Milano to celebrate her birthday - and show off some sexy shoes!

Lisner Louise Dickson Hurt Home Art Show & Sale

by Casey Valerie Linsey

“All things are possible!” Jeanne Robinson, a resident artist of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home (LLDH), exclaimed at Thursday's 2011 LLDH Art Show and Sale.

Robinson, one of the artists whose work was featured to benefit the Home, a nonprofit long-term care facility that exclusively serves indigent and low-income seniors, noted that her “art days are far from over.” And thanks to the Home’s Resident Art Program, which offers a diverse curriculum in visual arts, “People are still learning and doing art here.”

 The Art Show and Sale brought together invited guests to showcase the talents of the Home’s residents in addition to portraits of the residents by Shoot for Change photographer Walter Grio.  These works were accompanied by writer Megan Harrington’s interview stories with them, and a special performance by jazz singer Sheena Alexis


Elie Wiesel Presented with Top Honor at USHMM Tribute

Credit:  Carl Cox for
USHMM


Nobel Laureate and Museum Founding Chairman Elie Wiesel was presented with the inaugural institutional award at this week's U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's National Tribute Dinner - celebrated by such notables as Museum Chairman Tom A. Bernstein, Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Rwandan genocide survivor Clemantine Wamariya with the award to be named in his honor. 


The night also featured acclaimed author/ historian Deborah Lipstadt, speaking about her new book The Eichmann Trial.  


Screen on the Green 2011 Line-Up Announced

HBO, Comcast and Friends of Screen on the Green announced today that Screen on the Green 2011 is a GO... though in a new location on the National Mall between 8th and 14th Streets NW.
Here's the line-up for the summer screenings (Remember, this evening entertainment is rain or shine):



Opera Camarata Goes Big for the Boot's 150th

by Stephanie Green









Opera was in its natural habitat Saturday night at the Italian Embassy for the closing of 
Opera Camerata of Washington's twenty-first season. Opera lovers gathered to not only 
hear the soaring arias from Verdi's bittersweet Rigoletto, but to commemorate the 150th 
anniversary of Italy's unification.

Known for presenting classic operas in small, intimate settings, Opera Camerata went 
out with a bang with hundreds filling the massive main hall of the embassy for this final
performance.

The small company will continue their Verdi love affair this fall with two other works by the
legendary composer: Don Carlos and Il Trovatore.  And don't forget, there's still time to 
catch the Washington National Opera's Don Pasquale at the Kennedy Center through May 27.

Eyegazing: Definitely NOT a Blind Date


"It's basically speed dating in silence," said event organizer Jeffrey Platts at his first Eyegazing event, held Wednesday evening at Tabaq Bistro.  Attendees spent minutes gazing into the eyes of potential partners to determine compatibility in a trendy new take on the singles sport.  Could it be love at first sight?


Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYaURU-0cfU

Front Row Fashion


PR powerhouse, author and Kell on Earth reality star Kelly Cutrone was the special VIP guest at the third annual Bethesda Row Front Row Fashion Showcase last Friday.  After signing copies of her new book, Normal Gets You Nowhere, Cutrone joined area fashionistas on the front row to see designer looks from Bethesda Row retailers such as Amethyst, Daddy & Son Camiceria Italiana, Equinox, Ginger, J. McLaughlin, LouLou, lucy, Luna, My Eye Dr., Pink Palm, Sassanova, Urban Chic and Wear It Well. then returned to signing and schmoozing at a Lebanese Taverna afterparty.

*Photo credit Abby Greenawalt for Bethesda Row.

NatGeo on View: Race to the End of the Earth

Summer 2011, the National Geographic Museum hosts an exhibition recounting the challenges of two exploring teams during their race to reach the South Pole 100 years ago.  May 25 - August 21, "Race to the End of the Earth" follows Norwegian Roald Amundsen and British Robert Falcon Scott with photographs, paintings and real artifacts - including the last letters of some of the lost explorers.



*In conjunction with the exhibition, National Geographic Live will host research scientist Ross MacPhee to lecture on the significance of the race (June 13), a family day featuring films about Scott and Amundsen (June 18) and an illustrated talk with polar explorer Christian Eide (July 6).

National Pinball Museum Pushed Out

Game Over?

Just 5 months ago, we reported the National Pinball Museum's relocation to the Shops at Georgetown Park.  But it looks like the museum is being forced to play a little pinball of its own.

Vornado Realty, which recently took ownership of Georgetown's struggling indoor shopping space, gave the Museum a surprise "eviction" last week, which Museum owner David Silverman admits is within the legal boundaries of the lease.  Even so, he laments the 6 months and some $300,000 he spent preparing for its grand opening, and the timing of the move - peak pinball tourist season.

With only 60 days notice to relocate, the National Pinball Museum is eager to find a more promising permanent home.  (It seems New Mexico is eager to have the unique exhibit.)  In the meantime, admission has dropped from $13.50 to $3, and donations (both monetary and storage space) are being accepted.

Hero FlyGirl Vernice Armor Talks Heroes & Fireflies

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, America's first African-American female combat pilot, was among the heroes present at the Heroes and Fireflies author presentation at the National Press Club Tuesday night.  


A personal hero to many, Armour admitted that the featured authors -- and friends -- Misti Burmeister ("Hidden Heroes") and Mali Phonpadith ("A Million Fireflies") are among her personal "superwomen."


"It's about transformation," Armour said, after detailing how she came to chose her career upon meeting a woman of color in a similar field.  

"When you talk about a transformation, and the things that you go through to get to a certain place, it's our choice how we show up in the world, it's our choice how bright our light is going to shine, and it's our choice to step out and take a risk and be vulnerable and be authentically me."


Armour and other community heroes supported two nonprofits with their attendance, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurs (which provides programs to help young people from low-income communities stay in school and plan for successful futures) and the Lao Heritage Foundation (which aims to preserve a fading Lao artistic culture), which were selected based on the mission and vision of each of the authors' books. 


But who has a place in Armour's heart as her biggest hero? "My mom is my support network... my firefly.  She knows how to light me up."


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Press Club 5k, Tony Horton Says 'Bring It!"



Honorary Race Marshalls Tony Horton and Suzanne Malveaux (and K Street Kate's Kate Michael) invite you to "Bring It!" for the National Press Club's BEAT THE DEADLINE 5K, an annual race to benefit the ongoing work of the Club's Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, which is committed to helping working journalists improve their skills through ongoing training -- and promoting the future of journalism as a profession through scholarships.
Saturday, June 11th, hundreds will join Horton for a pre-race workout before giving it their all for a 5k through the scenic city streets of Washington, DC.  (Course here.)  Register here... and join K Street Kate's team to see if you can Bring It!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezVk9jVkDp0

Good Ship Lollipop, Make Way for Tall Ship Gloria

Seeing ships? That's the Tall Ship Gloria, official flagship and sail-training ship of the Colombian Navy, in town from Cartagena, Colombia at the docks in Alexandria.  

Not only does the vessel boast an appearance with Colombian President Silva this week... it's open to carrying "castaways" - offering free public tours on Tuesday, May 24 (3 PM - 7 PM) and Wednesday, May 25 (NOON- 4 PM) at the Robinson Terminal South, located at 2 Duke Street.

*Why's it so wonderful?  The Tall Ship Gloria is one of the biggest tall ships still floating today!

DC Beer Week Kicks Off With Craft, Crab at Policy

Staying in town for Memorial Day?  No doubt you'll want to hang with friends, crack crabs and throw back some cold ones.  So head to Policy for a local craft beer and crab festival -  which happens to also be the Official Kickoff Event of DC Beer Week.

Memorial Monday, May 30th, 12- 5 PM, Policy serves whole crabs, crab cakes and soft shell crabs with all the fixin's and fun that goes with 'em.  Reservations suggested.  

And check the schedule for more DC Beer Week events here!

A Capital View... and a "Voyage"

Renaissance Hotels celebrated the opening of its newest property - the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Crystal City - Friday night.  Guests at the hotel's opening party enjoyed the view... and a voyage for all senses.

An interactive passport photo booth, personal RLife listening stations, and ambassadors with roving airline bar carts stocked with artful cocktails were memorable parts of the evening, all accompanying the venue's “Sky Lounge,” which offered a stunning spectacle through Swarovski crystal encrusted binoculars.

A live performance by dynamic duo electric violin vixen Caitlin Moe and DJ Mia Moretti provided a worldly ambiance as guests were taken on a culinary journey to the exotic locations of the newest Renaissance Hotels in Doha, Qatar, St. Pancreas, London, Sanya, China, savoring fresh rustic Italian favorites from SOCCi’s Chef David Creamer.

NOVA Arts

by Shelley O'Brien

Friday night arts patrons enjoyed a sneak preview of the 20th annual Northern Virginia Arts Festival which took place this weekend at the Reston Town Center. The preview party, held at the College Board’s 9th Floor Sky Lobby, provided breathtaking views of Northern Virginia and gave guests a glimpse of the artists work shown at the festival this weekend.

Previewing artists included Alison Palmer from Kent, CT, whose porcelain dog statue was featured in the festival’s advertising and artist Rasa Pranckunaite from Astoria, NY whose photography based 2D mixed media of trees and other natural materials.

Noted attendees at the party included Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, Virginia Delegate Ken Plum and his wife Jane, and Natasha Barrett from News Channel 8, participating as the evening’s emcee.


See more photos from the NOVA Arts Festival preview party on our Facebook page!

Toast of the Town

by Jordana Merran
Throwing a Wine and Cheese Party?

Take a cue from Wine Enthusiast. The magazine hosted the biggest wine and cheese party of the year Friday night at the National Building Museum with nearly 100 vineyards, chateaux and restaurants offering more than 500 wines and finger foods at their annual Toast of the Town event. And like any good Reserve Torrontes (said the folks at Trivento, anyway), it was all in the crisp, finishing touches.

Take the interludes of smooth jazz played by the David Bach Consort. Or the complimentary tasting glasses, which guests rinsed between every new wine using the wine rinsers available at each table. Or—a personal favorite—the wine plates that held both hors d’oeuvres and a wine glass—helpful when balancing Melting Pot goodies in one hand and The Palm’s lobster salad in the other.  

But who said wine and cheese parties had to be just wine and cheese? Matchbox offered tequila shots with their beef sliders, and even Starbucks made an appearance (like wines, coffee notes and flavors vary based on where and how the beans are grown).  Grapes are great... but anything goes.

Bill Cunningham: The best fashion show is on the streets

"The best fashion show is on the streets - always has been, always will be," says Bill Cunningham in the documentary "Bill Cunningham New York," a free screening of which jump started Bethesda Row's annual three day fashion event Thursday night at the Landmark Theatre.

Dressed for Bill - as Vogue Editor Anna Wintour would say - metro area fashion mavens showed up picture perfect for the screening and after-cockails at the nearby Mon Ami Gabi.


Cunningham, a legendary New York Times street photographer, is chronicled in the film as a quirky but loveable historian who pinpoints America's need for fashion as "the armor that helps us survive the reality of everyday life."



"It's as true now as it ever was: He who seeks beauty will find it."  

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Trekkie Time


Spotted: a Starfleet stunner. 


Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the final frontier, the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy made an appearance in Rockville Wednesday night, sharing details about his experience in the Star Trek series - and after - at a discussion and dessert reception put on by the B’Nai Israel Congregation.

DC SCORES Inspired Art Gala


It was an evening of voice and vision at the Corcoran gallery of Art as DC SCORES held its second annual Inspired Art Gala.

The major fundraiser for the after-school creative non-profit, Wednesday's artsy evening featured a silent auction of 45 pieces based off original poems written by DC SCORES' youth poets, followed with performances by several of those stand-out poets as well as Grammy nominated artist, Carolyn Malachi.


Check out more photos from the event on our Facebook page!

Spotted & Snapped: Inside Smart CEO's Circle of Excellence Awards

Sweetgreen Owners Get SMART (CEO) Award


Smart CEO Magazine announced its Circle of Excellence Awards at the National Press Club Wednesday night. Honored for their young success, the three local owners of Sweetgreen, who created their restaurant concept while studying together at Georgetown, were celebrated for their success... and for their "smarts."


Video embed: http://youtu.be/a5yQcJyoFxg

On Trend: Glow to Go



Pasty pale skin have you scared to whip out your Spring wardrobe? Hollywood Tans debuts its new customized airbrush tanning... for a UVB-free golden glow just in time for swimsuit season.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Q41ETClEs

Jeff Wilson Has What You Need to Get High

Generous pours, paintings and penthouse views were in high demand Tuesday night as Jeff Wilson and his team at Life at the Top held an haute terrace temptation at the home of Evelyn and Phillip Avery.

Surrounded by the personal collection of Evelyn Avery (from Avery Fine Art) and other grandeurs on high, Wilson's firm boasted to attendees of their hidden penthouse list that could find true top tier living at the best offerings in the city.

Linda Roth, Brendan Sullivan, Tricia Lilly, Cami Mazard and Donna Shor were among the trendsetters who took in the view from the very top.

Bob Madigan on What It's Like to Be a Newsbabe




"Coming in here, I knew it had to either be a Newsbabes event or a sample sale for Tory Burch," joked Ambassador Nancy Brinker at Tuesday's annual Newsbabes Bash to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, held at DC's Fairmont Hotel. Brinker and the Newsbabes Hosts from television stations across the city laughed about the explosion of pink in the estrogen-filled room. Meanwhile, man-about-town Bob Madigan, a "Newsbabe" for the night, explained what is was like to be the man in the middle of it all.


Want to do your part?  Join or donate to K Street Kate and City Girl Blogs' Global Race for the Cure team here!


Video embed: http://youtu.be/9xItV7rm5BA

What's Cooking Uncle Sam?

Monday morning at the National Archives, James Beard Foundation awardee and celebrity chef Jose Andres announced a partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives to celebrate native ingredients and kick off a series of public programs focusing on the role of government in our daily diet.  He also pledged to create a temporary restaurant as part of the Archives' upcoming (June 10th) exhibit What's Cooking Uncle Sam.


The real dish on this news? That pop-up restaurant, America Eats Tavern - which will be serving lunch and dinner starting July 4th - will take the place of Andres' popular Cafe Atlantico.  For now, Atlantico's upstairs 'Minibar' will remain unchanged.  At the conclusion of the exhibit, however, Andres will announce plans for what is rumored to be either an expansion of Minibar or a completely new concept in the former Atlantico space.  

FGI's Marylou Luther On Trend: Capes In, Cleavage Out


The Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC in collaboration with Tysons Galleria and Capitol File Magazine hosted a Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Trend Overview and keynote presentation with award winning fashion journalist and Creative Director of The Fashion Group International®, Marylou Luther on Tuesday at Tysons Galleria.  Luther shared her best bets for what's in... and some of her personal thoughts on wardrobe worsts.


Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmhNLQAAw5I

A.D.D. Comedy

What might you have in common with Sir Richard Branson, James Carville, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Mandel?  All of these guys have spoken about their struggles with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), an often confusing condition - that can be comedic as well according to two of Canada's top funnymen Rick Green and Patrick McKenna!

These guys have expanded their production of the PBS documentary ADD & Loving it?! to a stand-up set on stage, and in partnership with Children and Adults with ADD, are bringing to the area a one day comedy event that takes a hyper-honest, and hyper-humorous, look at the myths and misinformation behind hyperactivity.

From careers to cash, relationships to rearing children, this irreverent look at a usually serious topic offers two shows (1:00 PM and 6:30 PM) at the University of Maryland's Smith Center.  Crack up as you learn how to cope!  (Tickets $49, Students $39)

*This post sponsored by Children and Adults with ADD/Hyperactivity Disorder

Wonderful Wine & Food at National Harbor


 by Pete Waters

The 4th annual National Harbor Wine and Food Festival was all about the simple pleasures: good food, good drinks and good times. Last weekend's annual festival brought out the area’s best chefs, vintners, brewers and bakers to give DC a taste of the good life.

In addition to presentations by celebrity chefs such as Capital Cooking’s Lauren DeSantis and a demonstration by the District’s own Mary Amons on "Feeding the Masses," the event featured scores of restaurateurs, confectioners, and culinary artists providing samples of just about every imaginable category of delicacy, from braised brisket to gourmet brie, Guinness-flavored gelato to sweet potato cake with cream cheese icing.  On the liquid side, choices ranged from fine wines to premium cognac, Stella Artois beer to Jeremiah Weed Spiked Cola-in-a-can.  

And what made these flavors even better to savor?  A portion of the weekend's proceeds served to benefit D.C. Central Kitchen.

The District Dish: Krista Johnson/EllaRue


Ella Rue's Krista Johnson talks savvy shopping and all you ever wanted to know about consignment.
Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5limGFXPEE

Eurovision

The Goethe Institute held D.C.'s first Eurovision show this weekend, simultaneously broadcasting the annual song competition held this year in Dusseldorf, Germany with a performance party right here in America's culture capital.  Joining with groups from the Embassies of Greece, Italy,  Finland, France, England and Austria - and inviting K Street Kate's Kate Michael and Europolitics' Brian Beary to emcee - the Institute offered traditional German fare and a lively audience of close to 300 to cheer for their favorite original songs.


The annual Eurovision competition, one of the most-watched non-sporting events in the world, was inspired by the Sanremo Music Festival held each year in Italy, and has become the longest running international song contest, now transmitted simultaneously to all countries of the European Union. More than 40 countries participated, with 25 selected for the final round.

Unofficial voting at the Institute showed Ireland winning the competition with their lively performance by Jedward, yet Azerbaijan, a relative newcomer to the competition in only its 5th year performance, actually won 2011's Eurovision for the very first time with a duet from Ell/Niki.

Spotted & Snapped: See more pictures from DC's Eurovision performance party here!

Phillips Collection 90th Annual Gala



by Casey Valerie Linsey


When it comes to the Phillips Collection’s 90th Annual Gala, “you can’t help but get excited about art!” explained guest and supporter of the arts, Elaine Maslamani.

Stepping back in time 90 years to the Roaring Twenties in commemoration of the museum’s debut in 1921, attendees donned their finest pearls and fedoras. Following the exclusive cocktail reception and dinner hosted at the Phillips Collection, hundreds of guests joined in the elegance, glitz, and glamour at the After Party held at the nearby Anderson House, home of the Society of Cincinnati. Guests helped to celebrate the Phillips Collection’s 90 years of creative innovation as they enjoyed savories and sweets, sipped vintage cocktails, and danced to big band music in the stunning ballroom. 

A star-studded event that brought together DC’s political, diplomatic, cultural, and business elite, including Norwegian Ambassador Wegger Strommen, Swedish Ambassador Jonas HafstromJapanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyerthe black-tie fete benefited the many award-winning education programs of the Phillips Collection and brought attention to the array of new interactive tools. Continued Maslamani, “The arts are more accessible and with the Annual Gala, more people are aware of the arts and come to know the importance of the arts.”  

That’s Hot: When Fashion and Politics Mix

by Monica Gray

Hood & Fisher
“When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good,” said Portia Hood on Thursday evening at the anniversary party of Fashion Delegate, a Washington political style site, which Hood co-founded one year ago with lobbyist Jennifer Fisher.

Last spring, while juggling jobs and graduate school, Hood and Fisher sought a way to stay connected. Launching a political fashion blog proved the perfect avenue for the friends to keep in touch, tap into their passion for fashion and take advantage of their unique location in the nation’s capital. In just one year, Fashion Delegate has evolved into a local style source: profiling designers, covering local fashion events and highlighting the best-dressed in politics.  “With a fashionista like Michelle Obama in office, it is the perfect time to have a political fashion blog,” said Fisher.
Designer Deidre Jefferies, 
Clinton Portis, 
Nicole Fisher (ESPION VP)

Held downtown, the anniversary event featured nationally renowned fashion label ESPION by Deidre Jefferies. Prints by local artist Lisa Jones lined the walls of the private penthouse venue, with sale proceeds benefiting Becky's Fund, a non-profit that works to prevent domestic violence.

Sheldon Candis, Director
The event drew a fun, eclectic group of models, movie makers, business execs, and athletes, including Redskins RB Clinton Portis (who hosted Fashion Delegate's launch event one year ago at his home). When asked if he took fashion advice from Fisher, his long-time friend, Portis chuckled, “She tries to give me fashion advice, but it’s hard for me to take advice from anybody.” 

Were you Spotted & Snapped?  Check out more images from Fashion Delegate's 1st Anniversary party on our Facebook page! 

25 Years of Maverick and the Goose

"I feel the need... the need, for speed!"  - Top Gun

Competing to be the best in their own class, fans of 80's film Top Gun brought their wingmen to the Mighty Pint Thursday night to flip for (potential) free beers and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic  story of sacrifice and swagger.

Grand Slam Champion Mats Wilander Talks Tennis, Life



Seven time Grand Slam Champion and Swedish tennis great Mats Wilander was on hand Thursday night at the Swedish Ambassador's residence to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of Patrick McEnroe and Jay Berger - and all of the youth of the Junior tennis Champions Center - during a benefit for the Center's GAME ON initiative. Wilander's participation involved humble tennis advice to inner city youth, and learning a little something about himself along the way.


Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS3hz85WDmc

Jihad Over Lunch w/ Author Erick Stakelbeck

"Thanks for coming to hear a little bit about jihad on your lunchbreak, said Erick Stakelbeck, author of "The Terrorist Next Door" as he launched an intimate book and author series at Rivers Restaurant Thursday afternoon.

Currently making the rounds of the televised media with his timely tome - which released on the day following Bin Laden's death - Stakelbeck stopped in for a personal appearance in the Watergate building with area business and law leaders.

"I've been in the mosques... the Islamic enclaves... I've interviewed terrorists face to face.  This info is from their own mouths... I hope it won't ruin your lunch," he quipped as he took questions from the audience and explained his 'Chip Away Strategy' theory, in which future "small scale attacks with great frequency will chip away at the U.S. economy and psyche."

"Well, you haven't ruined my lunch," said a member of the audience.  "But you've certainly kept me from sleeping at night!"

EUROVISION Comes to DC

EUROVISION, an annual international song competition and the largest televised event in Europe, is currently whittling down candidates from top countries in anticipation of the final revue in Düsseldorf on May 14th.  But computer screens and couches just can't be the coolest way to watch this spectacle!

Join in as EUROVISION airs in DC at the Goethe-Institut (812 7th Street NW), broadcasting simultaneously with its German city counterpart (in cooperation with EUNIC) on Saturday, May 14, 2:30 - 6 PM.

Europolitics correspondent Brian Beary and K Street Kate's Kate Michael will provide culture commentary as guests enjoy refreshments, engage in real time voting for their favorites, and participate in a creative country costume competition.  Tickets $5, available via RSVP here.
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