November 2, 2015

Harman Gala, Synetic Vampires & Halloween!

Coming to DAR Constitution Hall on Nov. 28, GLEN HANSARD with special guest RICHARD THOMPSON. Tickets on sale now.

Last night we went to the 2015 Harman Center for the Arts Gala to celebrate theater, Shakespeare and Helen Mirren.

We snapped the night's special guest, Academy and Tony Award-winning actress, Dame Helen Mirren, surrounded by Drs. Linda and Robert Stillman and by STC Board Member Bob Falb and his wife, Carolyn. The theme of the annual black-tie event was Imagine: Shakespeare. 

At the VIP cocktail reception: gala committee and STC Board members Meg and John Hauge with Lisa and Steve Ryan. We enjoyed prosecco and ahi tuna tartare. 

The performance featured Broadway singers, dancers and renowned opera singers. Here, gala leadership group members Marla Allard and her husband, Brooklyn Law School dean Nick Allard, and gala committee member Pauline Schneider.

After the performance, guests headed to the National Building Museum for dinner and dancing. Here, Georgetown Law's Jeff Bauman, patrons Moira and Josh CarinJudy Jablow, her husband, Levine School of Music CEO Peter Jablow, with patron Linda Fienberg

The annual gala benefits Shakespeare Theatre Company's artistic and community engagement programs. Here, Fairbanks Investment Fund's Shannon Fairbanks, patron Thor Halvorson and Joan Fabry

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Vampire's Ball!

We celebrated Halloween eve at the Synetic Theater's Annual Vampire's Ball. The evening started with a very entertaining and gothic take on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and concluded with dancing, open bar and a costume contest. Here, OMB's Noah Mann, the gov's Chelsea Coffin, FHA's Michael Nesbitt, AFT's Chelsea Prax, and Vietnam Veterans of Americas' Micah Lemons.

Oversized playing cards and poker chips hung from the ceiling and red and black décor filled the theater's lobby. Guests enjoyed classic Halloween candy and snacks as well as wine and mad punch. Here, FDA's Brianna Lehner, Kastle Systems' Ellen Beste, NORC's Gagan Jindal, and nanny Trisha Eggerton.

There were skeletons, vampires and all sorts of creatures. Our fave: Synetic Theater's own Lauren Brown. She's surrounded by DOL's Laura Givens, DOJ's Joe Plese, and by Synetic Theater's Nathan Weinberger and Au Bon Pain's Tim Neilson.

Obsidian Analysis' Brookes Clemmons and Shashay Tadesse surround Association for Talent Development's Olivia Clemmons.

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Halloween at Chinese Disco!

Saturday we went to the Chi or Die Halloween Party at Chinese Disco. We snapped Senate staffers Tess Whittlesey, Melia Lamb and Denise Mousouris.

Great pirates: GU's Shanice Johnson and Mike Brannon.

Guests enjoyed open bar, classic spooky movies like Halloween Town on the TVs, lots and lots of peanut butter cups, and costume contests. Here, Chi Di's Michelle Goodliff, Cristina Duarte-Goncalves and Alex Thiell.

Chinese Disco was named after a legendary party in DC from the '80s. Here, Three Blind Mice: Daniela Figueroa, Samantha Panetto and Theresa Hollis.

Travis Holler, Casie Kiel and Alfredo Flores contributed to this issue.

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Thursday, November 5, 6:30 PM, the National Council of Adoptions Great Expectations Gala at the Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW. VIP reception, dinner and speakers include emcee Laura Evans. Business and cocktail attire. $1,000+, info.

Thursday, November 5

7:00 PM, 2nd annual Knock Out Abuse Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St NW. Befenfits the fight against domestic violence. This year's gala includes a tribute to Muhammad Ali. $650 - $100,000, info.

6:00 PM, Fight Night DC returns to the Washington Hilton 1919 Connecticut Ave NW. Join over 2,000 heavyweights in business, government and philanthropy for a knockout evening featuring boxing and music by Frank Sinatra, Jr. and the Electric Light Orchestra. Prices vary, rsvp or info.  

7:30 PM, exhibit opening: Young Austrian Photography Uncommon Places, in-line with Fotoweek DC presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum. Exhibition introduces Austrian photographers at ACF, 3524 International Ct NW. Free, info.  

8:000 PM, join PEN/Faulkner for dinner to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley to DC at a private residence, address sent on rsvp. Evening will include conversation, drinks, and a buffet dinner. $200/suggested contribution, info.  

5:30 - 7:00 PM, Luce Unplugged: Den-Mate at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 8th and F St NW. Free, info.  

5:30 – 7:30 PM, Diwali Reception: DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs at the Old Council Chambers, 441 4th St NW. Mingle with community leaders, members and District officials and celebrate the Festival of Lights. Lighting ceremony and festive food. Free, info.

5:30 – 8:30 PM, The Junior League of Washington's 57th annual HOLIDAY SHOPS at The Renaissance Dupont Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave NW. Benefits JLW's ongoing efforts to improve the community. Free entry, info.  


6:00 PM, Shop! Sip! Taste! Learn! at Room & Board, 1840 14th St NW. 15-minute demos for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, wine, cheese and dessert; shopping discounts. $25/person or $40/couple, info.

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Saturday, November 14, 7:30 PM, Sips & Dips, fun food & drinks to benefit the Gladney Center for Adoption at Jones Day Law Firm, 300 New Jersey Ave NW.  Donations, please rsvp, info.