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The Scene Bisnow
Presented by WTOP
   
October 29, 2012 
 
 
Calm Before the Storm!

 
We went to the Four Seasons Friday night for theatreWashington’s Star Gala celebrating theatre in a town whose scene is second only to New York.
 
H.B. Duntz and daughter Juliette Rappaport—relatives of theatre legend Helen Hayes—added a last-minute surprise auction item: the pin given to Helen when USC gave her an honorary degree. We snapped them with Kennedy Center VP Mickey Berra and DC councilman Tommy Wells.
 
Providence (Uncorked) Int
We loved the preview of Seussical during dinner. Here, the ladies in black: Cathie Scoville, Gail Isaac, Sylvia Greenburg (after whom AU’s theatre is named), BellaRose’s Brenda Brody, and AU’s Gail Humphries-Mardirosian.
There’s no escaping politics this close to November. We snapped DC council at-large hopeful David Grosso with Alexandria Mayor William Euille, up for re-election.

Blue Hope Bash!
 
We joined hundreds at the Park Hyatt to support colon cancer awareness with Chris4Hope, named for the disease's victim Christine Sapienza. The great silent auction raised over $90,000. We snapped William and Kristy Rodriguez with Chris4Life CEO Michael Sapienza.
“Lucky 13” award recipient John’s Hopkins’ Dr. Michael Choti was honored for his tireless work on colon cancer. He’s with his wife Carole and Eden Stotsky-Himelfarb.
At the Bisnow table, WTOP’s Bob Madigan, Capital Financial Partners Brandon Gulley, and i Ricchi chef/owner Chris Ricchi.

Craft2Wear!
 
We joined over 700 shoppers over the weekend at the National Building Museum for the Smithsonian Women’s Committee’s Craft2Wear show. We snapped next year’s co-chair Betsy Beck bookended by.Georgetown’s Denise Keyes and Kathy Kretman.
 
NY designer Mina Norton is surrounded in her popular stall by principal Fran Nussle and teacher Ena-Laurie Kearns.
 
Stalls filled half of the museum’s second floor. Neil Schlussel and Shelli Ross are with Massachusetts designer Jane Herzenberg.
 
Caitlin Byrnes and Stephen Ball contributed to this issue.

WHERE TO BE SCENE:
 

Monday, October 29, 7:00 PM, Wrap Party: Star Extravaganza at Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St, NW. Celebrate the wrap of the Mutual Inspirations Festival, with cocktails, appetizers, raffle, and music by DJ Tom from Prague. Free, rsvp.

Monday, October 29, 8:00 - 11:30 PM, The Dead & The Dying Halloween FREE Comedy Show at The Pinch, 3548 14th St. NW. Featuring 15 of DC's best stand-up comics, with dead comedy legends (Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison, Andy Kaufman), info.

 

Monday, October 29, 6:30- 8:00 PM, Book Discussion with Helen Caldicott & Arjun Makhijani at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW. Discusses Loving This Planet: Leading Thinkers Talk about How to Make a Better World. Free, info.

Monday, October 29, 7:30 PM, Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St., NW. Orchestra will perform Brahms and Shostakovich. Free, info.

Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 PM, Travelogue Discussion with author Alexandra Fuller at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St, NW. Discussion of Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness. $20, info.

Tuesday, October 30, 4:30-7:00 PM, Doggie Halloween Costume Contest at Jackson 20 Restaurant, 480 King St, Alexandria. Join in this pet costume annual tradition to benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. $10 suggested donation, info.

Tuesday, October 30, 8:00 PM, Lucy: Song and Dance- An Opera without Words at the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium, 101 Independence Ave, SE. Free, info.

Wednesday, October 31, 6:30-10:30 PM, Violence is Scary V at One Lounge, 1606 20th St, NW. Enjoy Shocktail open bar, horror d’oeuvres, and trick-or-treat sweets benefitting DC Safe. $40, info.

Wednesday, October 31, 7:00- 10:00 PM, Paint & Sip Halloween Trick or Treat at Moca DC, 1054 31st St, NW. Create your canvas masterpiece while enjoying treats & wine. costume contest. $25, info.

Wednesday, October 31, 9:00 PM, Invasion of the Party Snatchers at Liv Nightclub, 2001 11th St, NW. Includes drink specials, costume contest, and music. $10, info.

Wednesday, October 31, (all day), Dance for the Dying at Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St, NW. Support the performers' new EP, Puzzles for the Traveler - info.

 

Wednesday, October 31, 5:30 - 11:00 PM, Costume Party & Divas Drag Show at The Mansion on O Street, 2020 0 St. NW. $40, one glass of champagne, costume party & drag show, info.
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