How to Style: Create the "Cat Eye"



To kick off Saks Beauty Week 2011, Saks Chevy Chase Chanel artist Loyd Cassier teaches the art of creating the newest trendy sultry eye style: the cat eye.

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Bally Re-Opens w/ Bash in Tysons Galleria

H.E. Manuel Sager, Ambassador of Switzerland, hosted friends and shoppers at the recently opened Bally International on Thursday night at  Tysons Galleria.  Style setters dressed in their best in hopes of getting snapped by Esquire Magazine (also named as host of the party) and were treated to the latest wear and accessories offerings come alive by models roaming the store in Bally's Swiss fashions. 

Among those who noshed on canapes and sipped champagne were Fair Fund Executive Director Andrea Powell and Development Director Kate Marie Grinold, event instigator Timur Tugberk, and PR pros Ashley Arias and Aba Kwawu.  
 

Taste of DC


Taste of DC, one of the region's most eagerly anticipated food, wine and entertainment events, is returning to downtown DC over Columbus Day weekend (October 8-10).  Taste makers from the food and beverage industries, as well as world-class entertainers like Big & Rich and Rusted Root, are taking over Pennsylvania Avenue, between 9th & 14th Streets, NW, for a three-day culinary celebration you won't want to miss!

Tickets are available at varying price levels for activities like Saturday's Chili Eating Championships and Sunday night's Styx concert.  And now, if you purchase through this special KSK link, a percentage of every reservation will benefit the breast cancer awareness advocacy of Pink Jams!

AMP Summit: Politics, Press and Philanthropy with Digital Power

"I intend to build the AARP of pop culture," professed Marc Ecko, giving the first of three keynotes (Activism, Media & Policy) at the AMP Summit Thursday at the Newseum.

"I've been practicing 'Extreme Entrepreneurism' for about 20 years," said the young CEO of Ecko Enterprises, a global fashion and lifestyle company that has inserted itself into such advocacy roles as opposing disciplinary paddling in schools and fighting the racial/ethnic achievement gap.  "It's not what you make, it's how you make people feel.  It's... an emotional transaction."

This self-professed "analog guy" was joined by Joe Trippi (Media) and Former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt (Policy) to kick off the 2nd annual AMP, a day-long series of learning sessions that ranged from Data, Privacy & Personalization to Mobilizing for Social Good.

It was a day of betterment: in politics, the press and philanthropy; a day for thinking outside of the Beltway Box.  But they still may not have been enough for Ecko.  Remember that AARP-esque things he's planning to build...  "It won't be in DC.  It will be for profit.  And it won't be just for lobbying."

Diamonds & Denim




Wednesday night at Lost Society, Quintessential Consulting's Monica Barnett hosted an evening of Denim & Diamonds, complete with cocktails, a candy bar, cupcakes, jewels and custom denim fittings. According to Barnett, jeans aren't just in style, they are a staple!

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Parade

by Stephanie Green
Jenny Fellner as Lucille Frank and Euan Morton
 as Leo Frank in the Ford's Theatre Society
production of "Parade," directed by Stephen Rayne.
Photo by T. Charles Erickson


To kick off its Lincoln Legacy Project, a five year campaign to promote cultural tolerance in Washington, Ford's Theatre is presenting the DC premiere of Parade, the Tony winning musical about the trial and lynching of Leo Frank, played with conviction by Euan Morton (also a Tony Award winner).

Of course, seeing a show at Ford's is always special because of the history that haunts the theatre, but seeing a drama such as Parade with the story's frenzied discord and racial hatred, intensifies the experience.  A perfect show for history buffs and fans of musical theatre, Parade is nonetheless a thought provoking -and heartwrenching - study of cultural character and conviction. 

The themes are dark, but the score, lyrics, and  moments of performance comedy do add lightness to mitigate the intensity and violence in some of the characters.  This story marinates on the meaning of those who follow just for the spectacle of the show.
Parade plays through October 30.  Tickets available here.

Degas Dancers Prance into the Phillips

More than any others of his work, Edgar Degas is known for his dancers.  A study in grace, agility, poise, strength and discipline, Degas's dance works are some of the most moving art in popular galleries around the world.  And now, some 30 related paintings are coming together (dancers call that an ensemble) for the first exhibit of Degas dancers in Washington, DC in 25 years.

October 1 through January 8, at the Phillips Collection, Degas’s Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint will be available to be seen and studied.  But it's not just the prancers en pointe that may pique interest.

Just as dancers endlessly practice their technique, so did Degas!  Find out about how the artist returned to earlier works much later in his career, changing them over time or context into the compositions so beloved today.

A Night at the Park (Hyatt)

Debuting the hotel's new ballroom and event space as well as welcoming new General Manager Andrew Davidson, the Park Hyatt threw a ritzy reception Tuesday evening for influencers and industry friends.

"It's not my first day; I've actually been here over a month.  But, the first week I was here, we had an earthquake and a hurricane... so I was wondering if DC really wanted me here or not," joked Davidson, addressing the cocktailing crowd assembled in the 24th & M Street hotel's renovated ballroom and dancing to coverband Amaretto.
Davidson, a Brit, pointed out the gallery space's Americana atmosphere, ironically remarking on the new carpeting ("reminscent of an American quilt") and ("Lincoln Log") wood paneling.  But regardless of his heritage, the new GM feels right at home in DC and wants his staff at the Park Hyatt to help guests feel that way, too, starting my tempting attendees with tastes offered in the hotel's adjoining Blue Duck Tavern.

"I've moved 11 times in 25 years, but being here in Washington...I kind of have to pinch myself!"

Be a fan and check out more photos from the event on our Facebook page!

Stuffing the Bus

Cash, credit and cans were collected
It's a partnership made in non-perishable paradise.  Venga and the DC Central Kitchen are holding a two week city-wide Stuff the Bus food drive campaign... and it's catching on quick!

Kate helps stuff the bus
Technically still in action, the collect-a-thon started with the purchase of a dilapidated bus on Craigslist and will end with an enormous donation to one of the city's crucial causes: hunger.

Local personalities (like your own K Street Kate publisher, Kate Michael) were enlisted to promote Stuff the Bus stops around the city for donations of cans/cash/credit to (virtually) fill the bus toward a goal of 5,000 pounds of fresh food. Before mid-campaign, the goal was met.  And the stuffing continues. 

Follow Venga to find out where you can catch the bus to make your donation.

Helping Children Soar

The Children's Law Center was flying high last week above the Kennedy Center, hosting their annual Helping Children Soar Benefit at the Center’s Roof Terrace Restaurant, with a program this year that focused on CLC’s work to build forever families through adoption and guardianship.


A few select friends of the Center were honored, including Senator Mary Landrieu, who was presented with the Distinguished Child Advocate Award, and law firm Jones Day, which was recognized with the Children’s Pro Bono Champion Award.

Photos courtesy Children's Law Center.

The District Dish: Dave Mallory


Do you remember the AIDS quilt?  Portions of it will return to DC for this year's AIDS Walk, according to AIDS Walk Event Director (from Whitman-Walker) Dave Mallory.  Find out how you can join in for a walk to benefit this continuing epidemic.

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Inside the Fall 2011 District Sample Sale




Dozens of DC boutiques came together to sell their end-of-season, as well as new Fall fashions, at the bi-annual District Sample Sale Monday night. The shopping and schmoozing event supported women's empowerment as a fundraiser for WEAVE as well as a promotion for shoppers' confidence... and their closets.

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All Access Fashion 2011

Tysons Galleria's All Access 2011 shows were a chance for the community to experience Fall fashions, but only K Street Kate can bring you what it was like backstage as well as on the runway!


Thanks to Leigh Macdonald for runway images!
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Not Just Clowning Around At the Big Apple Circus



International Clown Hall of Fame inductee Barry Lubin may be a silent Grandma in the Big Apple Circus, now premiering its latest show at Dulles Town Center through October 10th, but he spoke with K Street Kate to share his story backstage, including his favorite parts of performing in this, his farewell tour with the Big Apple; how he's lived and worked as Grandma for some 25 years; and why circus attendees should pack a poncho!

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Courier at HSBC Cup, Playing to Pay Taxes?

"I couldn't say no to an opportunity to play against some great champions, my peers, and guys I've played with since I was 12," said Jim Courier, in town this weekend for the HSBC Tennis Cup, a part of the 2011 Champions Series, a five-week, 12-city tennis tour.  DC's stop included Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, and Michael Chang as well as Courier.


"The Champion Series is perfect... because we are able to come into a high impact one-night-only event and touch a lot of tennis fans.  That's an event that's good for tennis!"

What was also good for him was seeing old friends - and since he signed on to the tour, Courier had been looking forward to playing Agassi.  "Andre and I have an interesting history...  In High School, we were roommates at tennis academy, so we have a healthy rivalry and huge respect."  


But though their match included both antics and aggression, with Courier mimicking Agassi before each serve and even surrendering his racket at one point to a ballgirl to make a point, in the end, it was a Chang/Courier match that shook the stands at the Verizon Center.  


Taken down by Chang in the final round of play, Courier nonetheless got a touch political when he suggested what he might have done with the winnings:  "Pay some taxes... because it seems like [our national deficit] needs people to do more of that these days."

Nuit de la Mode

by Casey Valerie Linsey

The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens transformed into DC’s runway for fashion en vogue Saturday evening to fete Alliance Francaise/Art Soirees first-ever Nuit de la Mode as designers Marina Asta, Camille Pascal, and Elizabeth St. John showcased their latest pieces.

The sold-out event drew a strong crowd of 300 guests who were able to freely stroll around the museum and gardens throughout the night. VIP ticket holders sampled hors d’ourves from Café Assorti and Cafe Bonaparte and toasted with champagne flutes while listening to the live violin performance of Solomia Gorokhivska.




The Measure of a Man

by Pete Waters

On Thursday night, some of the District’s best-dressed – and some of those who wish to be – turned out at the Tyson’s Galleria location of Italian clothier Ermenegildo Zegna for fine food and fashion. Paolo Vaccari, a made-to-measure specialist from the century-old Milan-based men’s fashion house, was in town to preview the Fall 2011 fabrics... and share with Washingtonians some Italian style.



DC Magazine (the event co-Host) Publisher Peter Abrahams, Gano Cafe’s Jessica Tavares, DC Event Junkie Lisa Byrne, and Gilt’s Marissa Schneider noshed on hors d’oeuvres provided by Chef Fabio Trabocchi of Fiola in Penn Quarter as Vaccari and the Ermenegildo Zegna hosts worked with guests fit “great-looking" suits.

“The most important thing that needs to be considered in making a suit,” said Vaccari, “is the need to compromise between what the customer should wear and what [is] his perception of what he should wear…. It’s important to find a middle ground between what they think they need and what they really do need.”

In other words, it seems that sometimes the measure of a man is letting his wants go out the window.

Pooches & Purrers Get Pedestal Treatment at Capital Celeb Pet Night

by Kathy Guzman

Felines, canines and party lines. Thursday night on Capital Hill, the Animal Health Institute held their 15th annual Celebrity Pet Night for Members of Congress, staff and friends in the Cannon Caucus Room.

An annual favorite of politicos and pet lovers, this year's event featured four-legged celebs Bodie, the adorable French Bulldog who starred in the movie "Due Date," and Cheeto the cat from the animated "Smurfs" movie.

Congressman Timothy Bishop (D-NY), Kurt Shrader (D-OR), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Richard Hanna (R-NY), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) were among those who had pics taken with the celeb pets. 

Ice Champions LIVE w/ Michael Weiss

Champion Figure Skater Michael Weiss, a hometown ice hero, is bringing back his buddies - some of the best in skating - for a evening (October 1st) of ice-capades to benefit his Foundation, which assists Olympic hopefuls and other ice skating athletes with the hefty costs of their performance art.


Ice Champions LIVE will be held on Saturday, October 1st at 5:00 pm at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, in Arlington, VA, featuring these skating stars:

Brain Boitano - Olympic Champion
Caryn Kadavy – World Medalist
Michael Weiss – 3 time U.S. National Champion
Agnes Zawadzki – 2 time World Jr. Medalist
Ilia Kulik – Olympic Champion Richard Dornbush – U.S. National Silver Medalist
Sinead and John Kerr – European Medalists, Olympians
Steven Cousins – 8 time British National Champion
Dan Hollander – U.S. National Medalist
Courtney Hicks – National Jr. Champion
Nicolette House & Aidas Reklys - Lithuanian Nat'l Medalists Emanuel Savary – Gardena Trophy Champion
Nathan Chen – 2 time Novice National Champion
Brianna Laxson – local rising star
Annie Mae Weiss – local singing talent (and Michael’s daughter!)

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Women's Work: The Alice Awards

This garden party wasn't about seeing Alice fall into the rabbit hole, but rather, all about how she continues to climb out of it. The Alice Awards, held annually at the Sewall-Belmont House, honored Senators Dianne Feinstein and Olympia Snowe at a luncheon Wednesday afternoon. 

The two political powerhouses, much like the award's namesake - the suffragist, human rights activist and National Women's Party founder Alice Paul - have broken barriers and set new precedents for women, and thus join the ranks of Alice Award honorees, to include past recipients Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Katie Couric, Cokie Roberts, and Billie Jean King among others.

But Senator Snowe's connection to the movement is even more monumental.  "My first year in the U.S. Senate, I was attending a reception here... and a reporter approached me about a statue... commissioned by Alice Paul to commemorate the constitutional amendment to grant women the right to vote.  It languished in the basement... but it was supposed to be in the rotunda," she explained to luncheon attendees. 

"I didn't realize how difficult it would become [to move the statue to a more prominent place].  Finally, we did succeed, and at the dedication, I said: 'It wasn't about the weight of a statue, but about the weight of an argument and the worthiness of a cause.'"

Garber Stands in Father's Shoes, Finally Makes it to Blues Alley



Americana Blues Rocker Ted Garber has long dreamed of taking the stage at Blues Alley - ever since he saw his late Father play there decades ago.  Wednesday night, that dream came true and now he's hoping to rock there on the regular. 

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The Habit of Art

by Stephanie Green

It’s a rare treat to find a piece of theatre that’s as simultaneously provocative and playful as “The Habit of Art” making its U. S. premiere at the Studio Theatre this fall.  But that’s the beauty of this work: It’s not so much a play as a conversation. Fortunately for the audience, the conversation about the play’s subject will continue long after they have left the theatre.

No doubt it’s highbrow. This 2009 London hit written by Alan Bennett follows a group of actors and their beleaguered behind the scenes colleagues as they rehearse a play about the poet W.H. Auden and his reunion with the composer Benjamin Britten.

The show delves into the process of acting and writing, aging and personal identity, biography, and the social mores that influenced Auden’s and Britten’s homosexual relationships, but this play, despite its ponderous themes, never seems to take itself too seriously.  An exchange about the artistic differences between writing a poem and an opera will be peppered with toilet humor, or another jaunty joke to keep your funny bone and thinking cap equally aroused.

The show runs through October 16. Tickets and information here.

Crohn's & Colitis Cupcake Wars

Natasha Barrett/Arch Campbell
Photo Credit: Tyrone Spady
Getting local area journalists to support the cause was just the icing on the cake for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.  Tuesday night at One Lounge, ABC 7's Natasha Barrett hosted the 2nd annual Cupcakes & Cocktails event for the organization, joined by colleagues Alison Starling, Leon Harris and Arch Campbell as well as Fox 5's Steve Chenevey, WUSA 9's Anita Brikman and NBC 4's John Schriffen.

Anita Brickman/Leon Harris
Photo Credit: Tyrone Spady
Reporters not only provided juice to the event as notables, but were there to judge a local cupcake competition, annointing  CakeLove as the "Prettiest Pastry", Batter Up to have the most "Fanciful Flavor," and Heller's Bakery the one from which they would most like some more... among other awards.  b+l bakehouse overwhelmingly won "People's Choice."

Ticket sales, a silent auction and other donations helped to raise a sweet $7,000+ for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. A sugary success, everyone went home happy... and with a Georgetown Cupcake.

Station 4 Makes its Mark in Southwest

You might walk right by this place if you didn't know what you were looking for, but despite a fairly nondescript exterior, Station 4 has made a grand entrance.  

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A welcome addition to the SW Waterfront, located immediately across from the Waterfront metro (1101 4th Street SW), Med Lahlou (also of taverny tastes Tunnicliff's, Ulah Bisto and Stoney's) nixed his norm to create a dressier dining experience in a neighborhood that craved a culinary cornerstone. 

But even with its modern atmophere, an imaginative menu (quite artfully staged dishes!), and the fact that it is - let's face it - the only viable pre-theatre option for Arena Stage in SW, Chef Orlando Amaro has quite the demanding audience to please.  "We're still working on all of the dishes, even after three months.  No matter what I do, they always come back to me with... 'more bread'," he joked at a media dinner Tuesday night. 

The Italian Chef, with training from the Culinary Institute of Mexico, who is now featuring modern American cusine, makes magic out of simple roasted baby beets and appetizer pears.  The Maryland Crabcake, Shortribs Parpardelle and Holly Farms Chicken Medallion are customer favorites, apparently in that order.  But the Yankee Candle-esque housemade sorbets should be skipped in favor of a dessert of server suggested cheeses. 

Finally, a foodie find in SW!

"Pink" Gets Ready to Rock the Runway

Marking one month before the big event which brings fashion designer Christian Siriano and his complete Spring 2012 Collection to DC, Pink Rocks the Runway held a kick off event at Dirty Bar Tuesday night. 

Guests wore every powerful to pale shade of pink to show support as they tasted and toasted - with each select appetizer and cocktail purchased providing a direct donation toward the charity events' breast cancer awareness efforts.
A silent auction and raffle, won by Pink Rocks the Runway Host Committee member Chris Brown, helped to raise hundreds more as ticket purchases for the October 21st show continued to pour in. 

"We only have a handful of front row seats left," founder Christa Floresca explained to attendees who wanted to secure the best views of the show.  And for those who want to be in it?  The committee is holding a preliminary model call Sunday evening at the same venue. 

Wolf Trap Ball: Culture/Community Take Center Stage

Celebrating 40 years as the nation's only National Park for the Performing Arts, culture and community took center stage last weekend at the Filene Center for Wolf Trap's annual fundraising bash. Proceeds from the evening's event supported the Park's education programs, both in the greater DC region and across the country.

Among the nearly 1,000 guests in attendance for dinner and dancing included Her Excellency Hunaina Almughairy (Ambassador of Oman), His Excellency Jonas Hafström (Ambassador of Sweden), His Excellency Hjálmar Hannesson (Ambassador of Iceland), His Excellency Samir Sumaida’ie (Ambassador of Iraq), Congressman Frank Wolf, Mix 107.3's Aly Jacobs (from the Jack Diamond Morning Show), Darrell Green (National Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee who served as National Wolf Trap Education spokespersopn), and Maestro Emil de Cou (NSO at Wolf Trap conductor).   

The annual Ball took place on the massive Filene Center stage, transformed into four distinct settings, representing Wolf Trap’s four pillars: The Filene Center, The Barns, Wolf Trap Education and The Wolf Trap Opera Company.  After dinner, Sound Connection, the main entertainment for the evening, convinced the crowd to sing and dance the night away.

All photos courtesy of Wolf Trap, credit Neshan H. Naltchayan.

Zimmerman/Sports Stars Get the "Ball Rolling" on Childhood Obesity Awareness

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and the First Lady are in cahoots, and they collaborating with some serious ballers

Monday morning, Zimmerman hosted a clinic for about 300 middele schoolers at National's Stadium before talking to the youth about a balanced diet and smart food choices in honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  Then later in the day, players and management from the Nats, Redskins, Caps, Wizards and Mystics (each team is planning similar Fall clinics of their own) met for a Capital Hill reception -  with major supporter Coca Cola - to "get the ball rolling" on a larger regional initiative. 


In the photo, from left to right are: Cedrick Dickens, Physical Education and Health Teacher, Howard University Middle School, Steve Vande Loo, Coca-Cola, Mark Lerner, Washington Nationals, Lorenzo Alexander, LB, Washington Redskins, Matee Ajavon, Washington Mystics, Dick Patrick, Team President/Owner of Washington Capitals and Wizards, Dori Silverman, Area Vice President Region Marketing, Coca-Cola, Susan Schroeder, Madison Square Garden, Rod Langway, Hall of Fame hockey player, Washington Capitals

Vintage Crystal

by Jordana Merran

Originally named after Crystal House, Crystal Gateway and Crystal Towers, the neighborhood’s first high-rises, it looks like the “Crystal City” name has found new meaning -- wine(glasses).

The Arlington “urban village” hosted its fourth annual Vintage Crystal wine festival this weekend, featuring thirty Spanish and Latin American wines from Jaleo’s cellars, and Latin-themed tapas from more than a dozen Crystal City restaurants.

In addition to complimentary salsa dancing lessons from the Salsa Room and live music from Trio Caliente, guests at the Vintage Crystal festival learned the basics of winetasting from Wine Academy professionals.

Though the DC area is no stranger to wine and food festivals, the event made it crystal clear that, home to the Washington Wine Academy, Crystal City is marking its vintage territory. The Crystal City Business Improvement District hosts Wine in the Water Park every Friday in September and June; and earlier this year hosted 1K wine walks, in which guests completed wine tasting courses throughout the interior walkways of Crystal City.  

The District Dish: Lisa Reed Fitness



Personal Trainer to star athletes Lisa Reed joins The District Dish hosts with tips on staying fit for Fall... training hard core for that hard body!

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Wanamaker's Wet Party Video


Jordan Wanamaker's Wet Party at Yards Park was an electronic music and water festival complete with South Moon Under runway swimsuit modeling competition.  KSK caught up with Wanamaker and event host Bianca Chardei of America's Next Top Model to find out what it takes to win.
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Around the World in 80 Parties

Around the World in 80 Days... or maybe just one.  The Global Party reached around the world in a day with exclusive simultaneous parties, including DC's at Lima Lounge Saturday night, bringing together more than 80,000 to support a collection of acclaimed charities.

Inspired by the adventures of Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, The Global Party consisted of 80 parties around the world within a 24 hour period.  Select host venues around the world ranged from Rain in Las Vegas to Bed Supperclub in Bangkok, Bungalow 8 in London to Ocean in Copenhagen... Each invited guest was granted access to the party - and future perks - with a special edition silver Key-2 Luxury concierge key ring.  

Among the guests dancing and drinking at Lima were (PR pro) Jayne and (writer) Jeff Dufour - fresh from his appearance on Jeopardy - (artist) Don Patron, (photographer) Douglas Sonders, (model/headwear designer) Chandra Andersen, and (politico) Blair Milligan.

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Ted Garber Debuts at Blues Alley this Week

He calls it "BluesAmericanaRock," that smokey smoothness that has become guitar/harmonica playing singer/songwriter Ted Garber's (remember him from KSK's 5th anniversary celebration?!) signature sound as he has gained popularity throughout the region. A Strathmore Artist in Residence and recipient of the Washington Area Music Award for “2010 Pop-Rock Recording of the Year,” Garber is a showman with a passion for performing... and he's making his debut at the renowned jazz lounge Blues Alley this week!

Tickets to either of two shows (both on September 21st) 8 PM and 10 PM are $18, available here.

Sinfully Swank: Hank's Expands

Church Lady Punch: That's what Jamie Leeds, Chef and Owner of Hank's Oyster Bar was serving at the unveiling of Hank's new expansion and coastal-inspired redesign last Thursday. Well...punch and a paradise of oysters! 

Smoked, shooters, and on the half shell, it was an opportunity to try every taste, as well as check out the bustling "bar's" new second floor "yacht" room for private dining, expanded patio, and nautical charcuterie room. 

Impressed by the samples and sips, reception guests weren't feeling guilty for gushing over those appetizing aphrodisiacs.  Or perhaps that's why they were downing that Church Lady Punch to the last drop!  

*Victoria Sanders contributed to this post.

VIDA Wants to Pump You Up

by Casey Valerie Linsey

Pumping iron in DC has never been so glamorous! With 51,000 square feet and five levels that also include a spa, upscale restaurant, and private rooftop Penthouse Pool Club, U Street’s new flagship location of VIDA Fitness and Bang Salon is a gem of a gym.

To celebrate its grand opening, the newly expanded and renovated state-of-the-art facility rolled out the red carpet and transformed into a luxurious lounge on Saturday evening. DJ Royce's progressive beats got guests warmed up while they flexed their stronges muscles - those used to sip and eat from the 901 Restaurant & Bar and Capitol City Brewing Company menus!  All this while artists from Cirque du Solei gave their own cardio show... a dazzling performance suspended on the side of the building.

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

Ping Pong Knows How to Par-Tay

Ping Pong Dim Sum opened its second DC location Thursday night, showing off those little steamed parcels of deliciousness in the Dupont Circle area.  Bites and beverages were offered to opening party guests all night as they rocked, rolled and danced the night away.

Last Kiss of Summer

by Casey Valerie Linsey

While President Obama attempts to drum up bipartisan support for his jobs plan on Capitol Hill, policy wonks from both sides of the aisle, alongside the philanthropic crowd and media mavens, were able to come together to lend their full support to the employment plan set forth by Dr. Ludy Green, the President and Founder of Second Chance Employment Services.

The temperature outside dropped 20 degrees to hearken the arrival of fall, but guests geared up to fete the 8th annual “Last Kiss of Summer” Gala at the posh Four Seasons ballroom in Georgetown on Thursday evening. Toasting and schmoozing before enjoying an elegant feast and a night of dancing, attendees also had the chance to bid on an array of fancy prizes including as a pair of Vera Wang sunglasses, personal fitness training sessions, President’s Club tickets to a National’s game, and tickets the Emmy Awards!  All proceeds of the event benefited Second Chance Employment Services, a national nonprofit agency that seeks to break the cycle of violence, offering survivors of domestic violence career training and employment placement.
Dr. Green passionately explained that she wants to “change lives with love.” In the past decade, SCES has assisted over 700 women in finding the careers they need to attain financial independence.
 

Lunch w/ Actress Charlotte Ross and the Chimps

No chimps were actually in attendance, but journos did have the chance to chat with Emmy nominated Actress Charlotte Ross over lunch at the City Tavern Club Thursday afternoon.  Admitting that the "phenomenon" of Glee - on which she plays Quinn's mother - has afforded her a great platform for advocacy, Ross spoke of her lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill this week for the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act.

"I remember the first time I came face to face with a chimpanzee and it was like looking into a mirror - a very, very hairy mirror - but the eyes that were looking back at me were something I'll never forget," she shared with an intimate crowd.

Bills in both Houses of Congress, supported by the Humane Society of the United States, call for a phasing out of invasive research on chimpanzees in laboratories (the U.S. is the only developed country in the world that continues to do this) and hopes to retire the over 500 federally owned chimps to sanctuaries. 

"It's beyond heartbreaking because it is a moral issue and an ethical issue obviously, but it's a huge money issue, too," Ross said alluding to the estimated $30 million per year the Humane Society claims could be saved by retiring chimps to (largely) privately funded nurturing facilities. 

"It would be a moment of a lot of tears and joy for me if I could see them released and seeing sunshine for the first time."

Chef Barton Seaver on Sustainable Food, How to Eat an Oyster



Local food notable Barton Seaver was on hand to sign copies of his book "For Cod and Country" Wednesday evening.  Greeting guests and allowing them to try some of his favorite recipes, Seaver talked to K Street Kate about some of DC's current food fetishes.  He loves the oyster, but won't be compiling a cookbook of oyster recipes any time soon.  Find out why!

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Washingtonian Style Setters Soiree

Washingtonian Magazine toasted its annual group of chosen Style Setters with a rooftop soiree at Lost Society Wednesday evening. 

"We used to call this 'Best Dressed,' but so often fashion can be just about what people are wearing, and our Style Setters are recognized for more than that," said Washingtonian's Fashion Editor (and thus the ultimate Style Setter) Jill Hudson Neal in a nod to the thirteen locals selected both for trendsetting abilities and knack for making their own personal statement.

"My signature look is probably a suit with cowboy boots," shared Terre Jones, President of Wolftrap and among those honored during the evening. And another Setter, Ridgewells' CEO Susan Lacz: "I like to make a statement, to really stand out in a sea of black."


Despite the limited number of annointed "stylish," everyone amped up their outfits for the soiree - both for pictures and to compete with the Style Setter personalities.  Guests not only enjoyed cocktails, but also got to try out some cosmetics, cologne and couture courtesy of Neiman Marcus in Chevy Chase.

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