We've Got Leggs... and We Know How to Use 'Em

Calculated or coincidence??  This year's Legg Mason Tennis Classic coincides with Shark Week... displays of power and prowess from which you just can't peel your eyes away!  But if it's tennis and not shark teeth that really draw your attention...


The game's marquee players return to the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center (16th & Kennedy Streets, NW),  July 30-August 7, including defending champion David Nalbandian, ATP World Tour No. 9 Mardy Fish, No. 10 Andy Roddick, No. 11 Jurgen Melzer,  No. 12 Viktor Troicki,  2010 runner-up Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus), rising Canadian star Milos Raonic, 2007 runner-up John Isner and 2002 champion & 2005 runner-up James Blake.

And we've got your guide to even more tennis action than is on the court!
Washington Tennis & Education Foundation Pro-AM     Monday, August 1-4pm-5:30pm
Play with the world's best tennis pros & help DC's underserved youth! This annual pro-am tourney features singles and doubles professional players from the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.  Following your tennis session with the pros, you and a guest will watch the evening matches in an air-conditioned suite with dinner and beverages. (Only 24 spots available! Contact
Josh Dee)

Chef Challenge                                                                     Monday, August 1 6PM - 8PM                                                                  
A thrilling culinary competition that features local DC chefs battling against the clock... and rum! Winner determined by a panel of celebrity judges. Price includes food and drink during the competition as well as a ticket to the Monday session matches.  (Tickets $70)

Alumni Night at the Net                                                     Tuesday, August 2   6PM-8PM                                                                          
Show some school spirit at the tournament's "Official Tailgate Party."  Games, trivia, professional tennis player appearances and lots of Coronas (sponsor) as you watch the court action.  (Tickets $50)

Wine Tasting Night                                                             Thursday, August 4 6 PM - 8PM
An evening of swirling, sipping and savoring... this tasting features the tournament's signature wine!  Tickets include tasting admission as well as a reserved seat ticket to the Thursday, August 4 session. (Tickets $70)

Stars of Tomorrow Junior Challenge                            Thurs - Sat (August 4-6)
Cheer on the next generation of DC tennis professionals during a round robin tennis event for children ages 10 and under from several prominent training centers in the DC Metropolitan area. 

Supper With Strangers

It's a new take on networking and noshing... with reservations.

Not just for those lonely traveling souls who might have been forced to dine solo, but also for those who want to make friends and find potential new favorite restos, GrubWithUs.com causes unknowns to unite... and form an ultimate dinner party.  

The six city site, which only recently launched in DC, allows user to look for people or dining places that seem appetizing, make a reservation, and then show up to sup and socialize.

What do you think? Would you try it? Comment below for a chance to win a dining gift certificate (*not affiliated with Grubwithus).

Author Comes to DC for a F*king Book Party

Photo courtesy: BrandLink
Adam Mansbach, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling book, Go The F**k to Sleep, an adult version of a children’s bedtime book, made his one-and-only Washington-area appearance Wednesday July 27th at P.J. Clarke's.  


The private reception and public reading and book signing brought together a crowd including: Jim Kimsey, Peter Cherukuri, Emily Lenzner, Mark Ein, Nikki Schwab, Tommy McFly, Debbie Dingell, Jeff Dufour, and Majida Mourad.   

LOIDE (and Love) at Bohemian Caverns


Attorney by day, jazz singer by night, LOIDE returned to the scene of her first album recording Thursday night, putting on an intimate performance at the legendary Bohemian Caverns. K Street Kate got up close and personal with LOIDE about her lyrics... and love.

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PS2Pv2tdhM

Jete Society Goes Gatsby

The Jete Society - the young professional supporters of the Washington Ballet - met for a Happy Hour at Peacock Cafe Thursday night.  The event was a chance for meeting and mingling, as well as to preview the return of the Ballet's upcoming Great Gatsby performance.

Guests, including Jete Dance Party co-chair Ashley Taylor, Anne Selee, Zinelle October, John Gogin and Quentin Ward enjoyed drink and dinner specials to benefit the Society and its cultural efforts.

Spotted and Snapped:  See more photos from the event on our Facebook page!

Major Milestone: K Street Kate Turns 5

K Street Kate celebrated FIVE years of bringing our audience the coolest of the Capital City Wednesday night with a cocktail - and connecting - celebration at the National Press Club.

Friends and supporters of our local online lifestyle magazine came together for a ballroom bash to toast five years' coverage of local trendsetters and tastemakers and to announce the mag's new tagline: Livin' La Vida Local. The event, just as our content, was overflowing with the best this city has to offer!

Guests couldn't get enough of the music of local blues/rock sensation Ted Garber and libations provided courtesy of Smartwater, Absolut Vodka, Malibu Rum, and wine (thanks to the branding and website development firm Imageworks Studio), and raised their glasses, in conjunction with the National Press Club Young Members Committee, to K Street Kate's major milestone in providing quality online lifestyle content.

Thanks to all of our readers for helping us reach this Fifth Anniversary.  Keep reading, commenting, sharing stories and telling us your tips! 







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Gilt City in the Garden

Juleanna Glover, Winston Lord, Susanna Quinn, Lindsay Czarniak and Craig Melvin threw a garden party at Halcyon House Tuesday evening to introduce DC socials to the new Gilt City retail deal site. Fun and games included bocce and croquette, as well as hot dogs and cocktails like mojitos and mint juleps.  















Spotted & Snapped: See more pictures from the party here.

Going Rogue... 24

R.J. Cooper, formerly Chef at Vidalia, has gone rogue... literally.

Opening up his newest resto concept, Rogue 24 on Wednesday (July 27th), the James Beard Award winner fights for his experimental 24 course concept (and introduces a new 16 course option) at an intimate 52 seat alley venue that promotes taste as well as theatrics.

Each table is a Chef's table - as well as a theatre seat - every night.  "We've turned the traditional restaurant inside out and brought the kitchen to the guests," Cooper explained of putting his kitchen in the middle of the restaurant.  That way, it's "both a studio and a stage."

16 courses, $100 (w/ wine pairings $145);  24 courses, $120 (w/ wine pairings $175).  Reservations now accepted.

A Crazy Twist on "Earnest"


by Stephanie Green
If you’re looking for a retreat from the heat, why not dive into the refreshing wit and sparkling humor of Oscar Wilde’s classic “The Importance of Being Earnest” at the H Street Playhouse?
It’s got all the Wildean requisites: swooning Victorian ladies, dashing drawing room chaps, and those biting, but well-intentioned jabs at the upper class.
In fact, theatre savants will appreciate that this play contains one of Wilde’s most famous aphorisms: “Don’t speak ill of society, only people who can’t get in to it do that”.
However, the play’s artistic director Robert McNamara, strays off the traditional path with a sweeping creative flourish:  Wilde’s female characters are portrayed by men, and his male characters are played by women.
At first, the highly dramatized and affected transgendered portrayals distract from the clever repartee, but then by the second act, the dialogue reclaims its stardom.
After all, you have to tip your hat to McNamara’s moxie. Drag queens and Victorian society are not exactly a congruous pairing, but this seems to work rather earnestly.
Playing through August 14.  Tickets here.

Bowling with Leigh Bodden

Casey Valerie Linsey contributed to this post.

With the NFL lockout essentially over, these guys won't have so much time on time on their hands... but in their days of leisure, they were getting Lucky!  Earlier this month, League legends Josh Cribbs, Ray Rice, Shawn Springs, Madieu Williams and Chris Wilson joined Leigh Bodden at Lucky Strike lanes for a foundation fundraiser to benefit youth in the area. 

Admitting he's a bad bowler ("I didn't knock down two pins!"), Bodden nonetheless saw the evening as a success, increasing community participation as well as rewarding youth for their achievements in sports and academics.  

"I ask kids what they want to be all of the time and they always have these great answers... until they get older and get used to hearing no all of the time.  I want them to be able to look up to me - as someone with a vision and a dream that came true. And I want to tell the kids to keep working hard."

We want to tell Bodden to keep working, too... it'll take practice to knock down those pins for Bowling with Bodden 2.0!

The District Dish: Tala Raassi


Swimwear designer and Dar Be Dar Founder Tala Raassi talks teeny weeny bikinis with the hosts this week.  In case you don't yet have your summer suit, here's the dish on how to find one that really works!

Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gALhP47zIn0

Meatopia Trophy Rests in DC

Bev Eggleston, Owner and President of EcoFriendly Foods returned to DC from Brooklyn Sunday with a special souvenir -- the Meatopia Trophy.  He and his Meatopia team (Sean Brock, Rodney Scott) wowed the crowd at this 2nd annual 'celebration of meat' event with their cross bred pig slow cooked Carolina style.


Meatopia, dubbed "The Woodstock of Edible Animals," was a culinary carnival of sorts held Saturday in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  With live music, access to farmers and over 45 creative Chefs from across the nation offering up carnivorous eats, the snout-to-tail soiree put Eggleston in his element.


"It's about promoting the animals, but also the parts of the animals that are not well known - the conscious carnivore sector," he explains.


"I think we had no chance of losing," he said of his team's triumph.  "But we didn't even know it was a competition until they announced us.  We went from doing it for the fun of it to winning what's probably the largest meat-gathering there is!"

*Also available on Niteside.

Famous Stutterer Spotted

Yep, that was David Seidler, screenwriter for "The King's Speech," spotted around town this weekend.  The Academy Award winner, who grew up as a stutterer himself, was a keynote speaker at the 14th annual FRIENDS Convention, put on by the National Association of Young People Who Stutter, July 21-23rd at the Embassy Suites.

Lindsay (Czarniak) Leaves

Lindsay Czarniak and Craig Melvin
Photo Credit: Chris Abi-Najm
This past Friday night, co-workers and friends bid a fond farewell to former NBC 4 sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak at Public Bar in Tenley Town. Local media, celebrities and close friends toasted the spunky sportscaster, one of DC's favorite media personalities, who leaves to join ESPN in Connecticut.  

Who's Your Baghdaddy

by Jordana Merran

Sunday may be the official last day of this year’s Capital Fringe Festival, but it’s not too late to catch one of its most exciting productions. Now extended through the first week of August, “Who’s Your Baghdaddy: Or How I Started the Iraq War” is a raucous musical comedy that accounts for the “historical fictions” (as described by the “fundit”—rather than pundit—narrators) that led to the Iraq war.

The show tells the stories of three main characters—an ex-CIA field operative, a junior detective based out of Germany, and a washed-up news reporter—whose blind ambitions and frustrations with the bureaucratic chains that hold them back have disastrous consequences. Toeing the line between satire and tragedy (indeed the script is a work in progress, says writer Marshall Pailet), one theme is clear: personal responsibility.

“What the show comes down to is… people who perceive themselves as cogs,” says Pailet. “People who do things… in service of themselves because they think there’s no consequences.”

A heavy message, surely; but interwoven with outrageous characters, impressive vocals, flawless choreography, and yes, a rap song called "Who's Your Baghdaddy," this production caters to an audience much wider than the political wonks of DC, and it has my vote!

DC's Best Places to Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch: a time to relax, rendezvous... and rally after a long Saturday night on the town. We've gone all over the city to compile our list of best brunch bets for you to enjoy this summer.  Mimosa, anyone?!

Lincoln (1110 Vermont Ave. NW)  The outdoor patio beckons... but what really puts this brunch over the top are the new Bloody Mary and Mimosa punch bowls - 64 ounces makes for an official Sunday Funday!

Masa 14 (1825 14th Street)  All you can eat (and drink!) brunch for $35 (11 - 2:30) makes you want to linger even longer.

Georgia Brown's (950 15th Street NW) Sweet Southern comfort Sundays are even better with a brunch buffet!  Georgia Brown's is famous for its omelette stand, chocolate fountain, live jazz and that entree that you get to take home with you.

Tabard Inn (1739 N Street NW) A consistent favorite, check out Tabard Inn's back patio when the weather is warm (but not sweltering).  You won't want to miss the thick sliced bacon and finish with those memorable homemade donuts!

Perry's (1811 Columbia Road NW)  The Perry's Drag Queen Brunch is a true insider experience; line up early for either of the two seatings.

Ardeo/Bardeo (3311 Connecticut Ave. NW) Who doesn't love Champagne Sundays?!  Enjoy a two course menu and bottomless mimosas for only $25

Bonaparte (1522 Wisconsin Ave. NW) A gem for authentic French crepes and omelettes.  A bit cozy, but great for small catch-up sessions with close friends!

Cashion's Eat Place (1819 Columbia Rd. NW) A delicious reason to get up and at 'em.  A small menu (usually about 8 items) made with seasonal whims, will have you looking past the traditional bacon and eggs, and keep the coffee flowing.

Peacock Cafe (3251 Prospect Street) Classic contemporary American brunch - and extreme local scene sightings - make patio meals at this social spot a weekly tradition.

Belga Cafe (514 8th Street SE)  A bit of Brussells just off the Hill, where Belgian waffles are the star of the show, but no one will fault you for craving the frites, mussels, and that much-need Belgian beer.

Komen Young Professionals Show their Feathers at Peacock

The Komen Young Professionals Initiative held a cocktail event at Peacock Cafe in Georgetown Thursday night.  Hosted by Ashley Taylor - and with special guest Ambassador Nancy Brinker in attendance - the young group showed their support for the cause.

Spotted & Snapped: See more photos from the event here.

And it was a big day for Ambassador Brinker who had been in the media earlier that day to discuss new early stage screenings guidelines put forward by the The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) - the same guidelines that Komen has been advocating for years. 

We asked the Ambassador: Would earlier detection have made things different for her sister, Susan? "We both had breast cancer - very aggressive breast cancer - and mine was detected earlier. But times were very different then, so I'm not sure. I do think that she would have lived longer. For sure, she would have lived longer."

Unabomber: Brought Down By Uncle Sam... and Little Brother


National Museum of Crime & Punishment

It took nearly 20 years... and a suspicious little brother.*  

Earlier today, the National Museum of Crime & Punishment unveiled its new Unabomber exhibit, which features items secured in the June 2011 government auction of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber's, personal belongings. 

At today's unveiling, Michael P. Kortan, Assistant Director, Office of Public Affairs for the FBI, explained that the method of finding Kaczynski - having the press publish his manifesto for public review - "was an unprecedented action... We felt there was some information out there about the Unabomber, but involving the public brought in thousands of calls and ultimately cemented in his brother's mind that Ted Kaczynski was, in fact, the Unabomber."

This timebomb of an exhibit opened today and will remain on permanent display. See here for more information about the exhibit.

*In February 1996 the FBI received a tip from a man named David Kaczynski, who saw similarities in the manifesto with the writings and philosophy of his older brother Ted. A linguistic analysis examined previous writings by Ted Kaczynski and determined that he was the author of the manifesto, ultimately leading to his arrest.      

Sweetgreen's August Chef Toss Up


Visiting Chefs Spike Mendelsohn, Casey Patten and Tiffany Macisaac participated in a Salad Toss Wednesday evening at the newest Sweetgreen in Foggy Bottom. One Chef's cherry tomato salad recipe will grace the restaurant's menu in August... find out who won!


Video embed: http://youtu.be/_SlnSGT0fOU

Pretty Is As Pretty Does

Pretty People Vintage is "a new kind of animal" for Annie Lee.

A co-Founder of Annie Creamcheese Vintage, the thriftsetter has split from her partner (she calls it a romance and business mix mistake) and is now re-building, re-branding -- and re-stocking -- to start over with a mix of vintage and modern clothing in a store that's all her own in Old Town Alexandria.

"Leaving [Annie Creamcheese] was hard because that's how this all started," shared the vintage vixen at one of her Grand Opening Celebrations late last month.  "One of the hardest parts was leaving all of those amazing pieces behind!"  And as she swoons over some of her current favorite items, like the structured handbags and clutches in a nearby accessories showcase, its easy to see how Lee gets so attached.  The new store is equally stocked with special thanks to her knack for finding one-of-a-kinds.

"Pretty People reflects the way women shop today," asserts Lee.  " I hand select pieces that are special, wearable - and affordable.  It's more me, in every way."

So, how does it feel to go head to head in business with your old flame?  "Pretty good," she says, surrounded by all of her new pretty things.  "Especially since the store is doing pretty well."  And pretty is as pretty does.

*Pretty People Vintage is located at 108 N. Patrick Street in Alexandria, VA

ScoutMobbing



Mab Just Mab made an appearance at the launch of the latest deal site, ScoutMob, on DC Tuesday evening at the Lamont Bishop Gallery.  This sideshow performer eats fire, bugs and balloons and sleeps on nails... but she won't plank.  Find out why!  (Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1v84hjz128)

Spotted & Snapped: See more pictures from ScoutMob's DC Launch here.

Great Escapes

As summer swelters on, K Street Kate caught up with some local personalities to find out their vacation dish... or wish!


"As the CEO of a small and growing company, vacation is the last thing on my radar," says iStrategy Labs' Peter Corbett (backpacking at left), who is currently speaking at a conference in Montana - and just celebrated a birthday!  "I'll find an extra half day to relax during my big work trips."



Politico Doug Heye laments his lack of vacation plans until Labor Day, when he's flying off to Madrid.  "That should be fun."






Spa siren Ada Polla of Alchimie Forever says her favorite destination is the island of Tinos in Greece (at right) where she'll be spending some summer days.  "It's a family house, with no internet, no TV, no radio, just peace and quiet. My mission of the summer – discovering the best Greek salad!" 






"My favorite part of summer is the time I spend at a private---completely unspoiled---South Carolina beach with my children and husband," shared Nice Shoes No Drama writer Leigh Macdonald. "We boogie board, float the inlets, and gather treasures like sharks' teeth, old pottery, and sea glass."


And you?  Tell us - or post a photo from - where your DC heat escape is happening on our Facebook page.  One lucky winner will receive two free rounds of golf at the H Street Country Club!

Arianna: No Candles or Talk of Compensation

In lieu of birthday cake, the National Press Club offered AOL/Huffington Post branded sugar cookies last Friday as HuffPo founder Arianna Huffington celebrated her birthday by speaking at the Club's luncheon series with AOL partner Tim Armstrong.

While the pair's planned remarks occillated around the topics of hyperlocal, branding and taking online connection to an offline marketplace, members of the press -- after singing the media maven Happy Birthday -- made clear their interest in getting to the bottom line: pay.  Several questions addressed Huffignton's considerations for the future of journalism and online content compensation, a topic which Arianna artfully avoided.

"Self expression is the new entertainment and a major source of fulfillment," she said, adding, "Media is in an incredible time of transition.  The future belongs to those who bring together the best of old media (fact-checking, accountability...) with new media skills (interactivity, real time info...) And new media is arming people around the world to bear witness to what is going on in the country, which is the highest responsibility of journalists and of citizens."

So what was her wish on those birthday candle-less sugar cookies?  She swore it was about the health and well-being of her children,  but we're betting on world media domination... at a bargain.

Reveling in Rickey

Mixologists Derek Brown, Garrett Peck and the DC Craft Bartender's Guild channeled barman George A. Williamson from the 1880s Sunday night, pouring variations of what Missouri Colonel Joe Rickey once called "air conditioning in a glass" -- that famed combination of bourbon, carbonated water and half a lime sqeezed and dropped into... the Rickey.

Earlier in the week, the Rickey was proclaimed the native cocktail of Washington, DC, and to celebrate its comeback, socials gathered at the JW Marriott's 1331 Bar Sunday night (which stands on the site of the birthplace of the Rickey, Shoomaker's Bar) to taste Williamson and Col. Rickey's famed libation and its cocktail cousins.

Among those sampling the sips were DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Brandlink's Jayne Sandman, and Fresh FM's Tommy McFly.

1331 will continueto serve Rickey's at half price throughout the month!

See more pictures from the event here.
*All photos credit Michael Woestehoff.

The District Dish: Pets 2 Vets


Founder David Sharpe dishes with the hosts about pairing up shelter animals with veterans - a coping organization that he came up with out o personal expereince called Pets 2 Vets.

Video embed: http://youtu.be/eJ0UnWm1n8s

Fastest Bartender: Who's Got a Shot?


Video embed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXXdJ4RoR7w

Now in it's 20th year, the Fastest Bartender Contest brought its finals to Virginia, inviting the fastest, smoothest and most accurate of the service industry to compete for the title of 2011 VA's Fastest Bartender at Crystal City Sports Pub.  Among those in attendance were Redskin great Brian Mitchell, 105.9 The Edge's Cerphe and Capital's Radio voice of the play by play Al Koken, who admits he might have competed... in his earlier days!

What's Poppin'?!

Here today.  Gone in a pop.

West Elm introduced its own version of a pop-up shop this weekend, bringing a uniquely Georgetown mix of global bazaar, craft discovery and cozy room design...   for six months (or so) to 3333 M Street NW.  This short term storefront is a first of its kind for the brand, which plans to sell only a sampling of its product inventory in pop-up shop... but will have complete offerings available through direct-to-customer shipping.    

On the day of  the pop up's official opening, frozen Pleasant Pops were offered to customers with sticks etched with prizes and discounts (up to $1,000).  In addition, a live "tape" art installation kept everyone's attention on the temporary theme.


Video embed: http://youtu.be/u5Y0fMIOPis

Swing with Some Sooners: Yee-Haw!

by Stephanie Green

Hang on to your cowboy hats, gals and fellers! Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Oklahoma! is back at the newly renovated Arena Stage through October 2 -- thanks to popular demand and a number of Helen Hayes awards.

Due to the circular shape of the stage, the audience is smack in the middle of the boot-scootin’, sawdust-flyin' fun in this period musical set in the newly established state of Oklahoma where “Laurey” and “Curly” fall in love with each other and the prairie landscapes and good ole’ territory folks around them.

Even if you’re not a seasoned theatre goer, you’re sure to recognize some of the show’s songs like “The Farmer and the Cowman” that have become favorites in the great American songbook.

This  production is perfect for both the romantic softie and the lover of classic shoot-em’-up westerns as the story line features rugged cowboys and their frilly Phillies waiting back home.

And if you’re pining for a rural country getaway this summer, Oklahoma! may provide a temporary fix: the set is designed to look and even smell like a barn!

(*Through October 2,  most of July is sold out. Ticket prices vary.)

What's Up With Guam?!


by Casey Valerie Linsey

As they say in Chamorro, the native language of Guam, Hafa Adai or, informally, What's up?  

Well, it wasn't a compromise on the debt ceiling that was going on Friday afternoon in the Cannon House Office Building, but both sides of the aisle were able to take a little breather from the workload on Capitol Hill to celebrate the annual Guam Liberation Day. 

Hosted by Guam’s Congressional Delegate, the Honorable Madeleine Bordallo and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Congressional Delegate, the Honorable Gregorio Kilili Sablan, the party included unique performances by the Kutturan Chamorro dancers, Chamorro food, and lots of dancing.

*This year marks the 67th anniversary of the celebration of Guam's liberation from Japanese occupation following a bitter three-week campaign that returned the island nation to the American Administration.  

  

MadiSCENE 2011


by Casey Valerie Linsey

On Saturday evening, the ladies of the Madison hosted their annual MadiSCENE soiree at the swanky K Street Lounge. A professional, civic, and social philanthropic organization, the Madison is made up of 100 selected young female professionals in the DC area, aiming to improve the community by serving a variety of causes.

With Saturday night's soiree planned to benefit No Greater Sacrifice, Madisons and their invited guests danced, drank and donated toward a fundraising goal of $10,000 (by year end) to support the educational needs of children and families of fallen or wounded service members. 

 Check out more photos on our Facebook page!

Capital City Goes Crescent: TruOrleans Opens on H Street

DC is seeing a Bayou explosion of late with cajun themed eateries opening up in every neighborhood. The latest - TruOrleans - crashes the levees onto H Street, bringing some French Quarter flavor to the city's newest fun zone.

This Big Easy is just the resto you'd expect to find on Bourbon Street, offering imaginations of Mardi Gras floats (ok, maybe H Street streetcars) as you sip your Hurricane (three varieties!) or Abita beer (on tap!) from the wrought iron railed second floor patio.

The new Pontchartrain paradise is now open (400 H Street NE) to get your gator and gumbo for breakfast (soon) lunch and dinner.

See more photos from TruOrleans' Grand Opening here. *All photos credit Michael Woestehoff.

Glenn O'Brien: From Safeway to "Style Guy"


Photo courtesy: Jessica Hoy, NeuProfile

GQ "Style Guy" Glenn O'Brien made a stylish appearance at Neyla Thursday (bringing along Integrity Capital Partners' Robert Finfer and Michael Yo of both E! News and the Chelsea Handler Show fame) to host an event for his newest fashion tome "How to be a Man: A Guide To Style and Behavior For The Modern Gentleman."


O'Brien signed copies of his newest work for guests and entertained the crowd with stories of his days as a Georgetown student -- when he worked as both a Safeway employee and local barista. On DC fashion he lamented, "The women dress better than the men..." and then told how he plans to effect a change.
Among those in attendance were DC United CEO Kevin Payne, Fashion Washington's Katherine Boyle, Meltzer Group's Alan Meltzer, son of Mayor Gray, Carlos Gray, Capitol File's Kate Bennett and Fresh FM's Tommy McFly.

Washingtonian Fetes its "Best Of"

An annual tradition for over 30 years, Washingtonian Magazine invites readers to vote for the best people, places, and services in the area. Readers rate everything from pizza parlors, sliders, and cocktails to Congress members! Then, winners are invited to set up booths and serve up their best at an annual "Best of" Bash. 


This year, like last, more than 1,500 guests, celebrities, restauranteurs, and charity supporters filled the National Building Museum to sample, sip, and socialize. The sold-out event featured over 60 of The Washingtonian's 100 Very Best Restaurants and celebrated chefs and served as a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Spotted & Snapped: Check out more photos from the event here!

A New Tradition: Bastille Baguette Racing

To commemorate France's national holiday, PAUL - a famous French bakery - invited the public to participate in a "Baguette Relay Race" which took place in front of PAUL in Penn Quarter.  Relay team members took turns running a lap around the plaza of the US Navy Memorial with a fresh baguette in hand, in lieu of a traditional baton.


Video embed: http://youtu.be/mplD2AMw5mw

Disney Lands at the Press Club

Disney voices, execs and animators from two of the station's top cartoons, "Fish Hooks" and "Phineas and Ferbconvened at the National Press Club Wednesday evening to perform for a young - and young at heart - audience.  Among the stars (and sounds) in attendance were (from "Phineas and Ferb"Dan Povenmire (creator and executive producer), Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (creator and executive producer), Alyson Stoner (voices Isabella Garcia-Shapiro) and (from "Fish Hooks"Noah Z. Jones (creator, co-executive producer), Maxwell Atoms (executive producer), Justin Roiland (voices Oscar) and some more we caught with our candid camera...


Vincent Martella and Thomas Sangster, 30 Rock stars and the voices of Disney's Phineas and Ferb reminisce about their own childhood summers... and revel in their cartoon street cred.

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Fish Hooks' voice of Milo Kyle Massey dished on his Disney experience and his recent stint on Dancing with the Stars... Could Tron and the Moonwalk have put him over the top??:

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Fish Hooks co-Star Chelsea Kane (voice of goldfish Bea) tells why she's scared she may be the first character to go...  and why she may have been on Dancing with the Stars but she'll never call herself a dancer:

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Rock of Ages

Just a small town girl... Elicia MacKenzie stars with American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis on the big stage in the traveling production of Rock of Ages, an arena-rock love story told through 31 1980s hit from the greats like Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and so, so many more (but no Def Leppard - licenses couldn't be secured - so you'll just have to hear Rock of Ages leaving the theatre post curtain call).

National Theatre returns to the era of big hair, acid washed jeans, Swatch watches and neon... and for two weeks only (July 12-24) becomes that legendary mile and half stretch passing through West Hollywood, CA: the Sunset Strip.

Fake lighters in hand, dressed in 80s cult costume and belting along to their favorite face melting jams, DC's audience concurs that Rock of Ages (and especially that second half and totally rad rendition of everyone's favorite "Don't Stop Believin'...) really rocks.

See here for tickets for this limited engagement of Rock of Ages' 1st National Tour.

Check out more about the making of this Tony Award winning musical here:

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"Down Dog" Gets a New Meaning

Humans and hounds stretched in sync Tuesday evening in a free "Dogi & Me" yoga session at the Monaco Hotel courtyard in Alexandria.

In addition to the regular Doggie Happy Hour (Tuesday & Thursday 5-8 PM) at Monaco/Jackson 20, Pure Prana Yoga offered this special relaxation ritual for the first time.  Additional dates upcoming.
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