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The Scene Bisnow
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October 11, 2012 
 
 
Hollywood in DC!

 
Last night, we went to the highly anticipated DC premiere of Warner Bros’ Argo at Regal Gallery Place.
 
We snapped Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, who stars in and directed the dramatic thriller based on real events.
We also snapped star John Goodman. The film chronicles the life-or-death operation to rescue six Americans during the 1980 Iran hostage crisis. The CIA’s role was only recently declassified.
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston with a full head of hair. ARGO opens nationwide tomorrow.

Ayenda!
 
Last night, we also attended the Ayenda Foundation’s 7th annual gala at the British Ambassador’s residence to support Afghan educational programs. We snapped former Afghan Ambassador Said T. Jawad, his wife, Ayenda founder Shamim Jawad, British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott, and his wife Susan Nemazee.
The non-profit supports schools, skills, health, and computer labs for impoverished Afghan children and women. The Ayenda Learning Center in Bamiyan serves over 300 students, investing in the future generation of Afghanistan. Here, Alcatel-Lucent’s Marie Royce and Ayenda board member Michele Kessler.

Surviving Grace!
 
Last night, we also went to the Phillips Collection for a one-time-only reading of Surviving Grace for UsAgainstAlzheimer’s. We snapped the non-profit’s founder George Vradenburg, attorney Susan De Mars, Partnership for Brighter Tomorrows founder Annie Totah, actress Marilu Henner (Taxi) and husband Michael Brown.
 
The play’s author Trish Vradenburg and Amano owner Adam Mahr, during the pre-show cocktail hour, are with WAMU’s Diane Rehm, part of the celeb cast of readers. The night raised $150k.
 
After the reading, guests stayed for dinner. Here, Bank of America’s Surya Kolluri, National Council on Aging’s Richard Birkel with his wife Katherine, and Eli Lilly’s Tom Wallace with his wife Lynn.
 
Inside, guests mingled around the stunning artwork. Here, consultant Wendy Gray, Jewish cookbook guru Joan Nathan, Martha’s Table chair Cathy Sulzberger, and artist Carol Brown Goldberg (front) and real estate expert Hank Goldberg and attorney Alan Gerson.
 
Heather Mahoney and Caitlin Byrnes contributed to this issue.

WHERE TO BE SCENE:
 
Saturday, October 20, 2:00 – 8:00 PM, DC’s premier style and fashion extravaganza: the Fashion, Beauty, & Lifestyle Expo at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. Meet Miss J Alexander. $15, info.
 
Saturday, October 20, 6:00-9:00 PM, Tigerlily Foundation’s 4th Annual EmPower Ball at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Dr. McLean. Help young women affected by breast cancer. Entertainment, dinner, cocktails, auctions info.
 

Thursday, October 11, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, join Alezandra Russell and James Guzman for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and shopping to benefit Urban Light at Brooks Brothers, 3077 M St. NW. Enjoy 15% off purchase with 10% of the evening’s sales donated, rsvp

Thursday, October 11, 9:00 – 11:00 PM, The Tenfold Forty at George, 3251 Prospect St. NW. $5 suggested donation, benefits clinical research at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center, info.

Thursday, October 11, 6:30 - 9:00 PM, 12th Annual Wines for Canines and Felines at Maggiano's, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $75, includes wine tastings, full buffet menu, silent auction, info.

Thursday, October 11, 7:00 - 10:00 PM, Sounds of H Street: Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus Fundraiser Gala at the Pierce School Lofts, 1375 Maryland Ave NE. $100 info.

Thursday, October 11-14, Writers on the Row, Bethesda Row 4-day book festival: books on food, fashion, sports & history by SVU’s Richard Belzer, ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, more. Free, info.

Friday, October 12, 11:30 AM, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon & Fashion Show at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, McLean. Funds build a children’s learning center. $125, info.

Friday, October 12, 6:30 PM, Meridian Ball & Leadership Summit at Meridian House, 1630 Crescent Pl. NW. $650 for Global Leadership summit ticket, ambassador-hosted dinner and ball, info.

Friday, October 12, 8:00 - 11:59 PM, Beyond Lunch Bytes, Part II: A New Aesthetic at Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave. at Seventh St. SW, info.

Friday, October 12-13, (all day), BYT The French Underground at La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. $20, info.

 

Friday, October 12, 8:00 - 11:59 PM, A Little Moonlight at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. $90, open bar, dinner, dancing, music by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell, info.
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