April 25, 2016

DC is Going to the Dogs!

We went to one of our favorite events Saturday, the Fashion for Paws Runway Show at the Grand Hyatt.

F4P is a one-of-a-kind fashion and luxury brand event supporting DC's animals through the Washington Humane Society. We snapped MicroPact's Eryn Appell, WUSA9 reporter and F4P runway model Nikki Burdine, and Department of Homeland Security's Shawna Garrison.

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More than 1,000 enjoyed the 10th annual F4P, hosted by WJLA's Dr. Katy Nelson of The Pet Show and senior political reporter Scott Thuman. In addition to the highly anticipated runway show, there was an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a DJ and dancing.

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Rent the Runway provided the designer looks for the ladies on the runway and CityCenter's Arc'teryx, Canali, Paul Stuart, and Zadig & Voltaire dresses the men. Doggie couture was by Mallory Hancock, cared for on-site by AnytimeK9. Here, Teresa and Mark Del Rosso. (Thanks to Moshe Zusman for this photo.)

100% of event proceeds benefit the critical services of Washington Humane Society. Here, its CEO, Lisa LaFontaine, with WHS/WARL board member Anissa Grossman and Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery's Tina Alster.

Those on the runway, fundraising models, raised at least $3k in a friendly competition over the course of 12 weeks, for $340k. Here, DC Shiba Inu Rescue's Patricia Hope, Nathalie Abutaha and Lacey McCarthy.

Congrats to the top fundraisers, Model Washingtonian of the Year Jessica Abrahams, who raised $21,344, Second Runner Up Tara Kovalski ($18,146), and First Runner Up Anthony Waddell ($18,222).

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Magic Giant at Kingman Island Festival!

This Saturday, April 30, from 12-8 PM, the 7th annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival celebrates spring and community. Our personal fave Magic Giant plays at 5:40 PM. 40 bands play all afternoon on six stages on a beautiful island on the Anacostia River behind RFK Stadium. Proceeds benefit Living Classrooms' educational programs and Kingman Island maintenance. DC's biggest & best folk festival also has Spirit family, Reunion, top food trucks, free kayaking, giveaways, and kids activities. 



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Renwick After Hours!

We joined 800 people Friday at the sold-out WONDER at Night, A Renwick Gallery After Hours. We snapped NPR's Meg Kelly, No Kings Collective's Brandon Hill, Brightest Young Things' Kaylee Dugan and programmer Franklin Garcia.

The evening was presented by Brightest Young Things and the Smithsonian American Museum of Art, which produced a special experience at the Renwick Gallery's inaugural blockbuster exhibition. Here, Left Door's Tom Brown, PBS' Daniela Kelley, and FTI Consulting's Jamie McInerney.

There were performances by DJ Dan Deacon, Wham City Comedy, Motherknuckle, DJ Jahsonic, Jezzibell Jaxknife, and Lofts. Here, Center for Public Integrity's Jared Bennett, NKC's Peter Chang, National Women's Law Center's Helen Oh, and United Social Sports' Giho Kim.

Cocktails were by Maketto, Left Door, Kapnos, Zentan, and The Riggsby, and small bites by Dirty South Deli, The Cookie Jar, Black Pearl Tarts, and 100 Montaditos. Here, Duke's Grocery's Daniel Kramer and Jillian Catterton with Constellation Brands' Mike Abbate.

This was the only after hours held in the Renwick Gallery, and marked BYT's 10-year anniversary.

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Emanuel Ax!

Entrepreneur Frank Islam and his wife, Debbie Driesman, hosted a concert fundraiser with Emanuel Ax for Phillips Music in their stately Potomac home, Norton Manor. They're at left of the noted pianist; at right, Phillips Collection director Dorothy Kosinski and music director Caroline Mousset.

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Mr. Ax made his concert debut at the Phillips Collection at age 18, and has been very supportive ever since. This is the 75th season of Phillips Music.

Alfredo Fores contributed to this issue.



Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 PM, 8th annual DC-CAPITAL Stars: The Sounds of Movie Music at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW. Performance $35-$45; Gala $500 (includes preferred seating for performance plus gala reception with live music and dancing after). 10 finalists compete, celebrity judges/audience pick winner, all proceeds support DC College Access Programinfo.
Thursday, April 28, 12:00 PM, The Trust for the National Mall Annual Benefit Luncheon in West Potomac Park with views of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Potomac River. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Speakers, décor and other programming will celebrate the Centennial. $500/individual, sponsorships available, info
Saturday, April 30, 12:00-8:00 PM, the 7th annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival will celebrate spring and community as thousands listen from noon to dark. Over 40 bands will play on six stages on a beautiful island in the Anacostia River behind RFK Stadium. Benefits Living Classrooms, dozens of bands will play all afternoon at DC's biggest & best folk festival, headlined by Spirit Family, Reunion, & our personal fave Magic Giant at 5:40pm. Also top food trucks, free kayaking, giveaways, kids activities. 

Tuesday, April 26

6:30 – 7:30 PM, Toned Up Tuesdays at Park at CityCenter, 825 10th St NW. Yoga classes each Tuesday evening in The Park at CityCenter (corner of 10th and I St NW). Bring your mat and water, weather permitting. Free, info.  

5:30 – 8:00 PM, Metro Event Specialists April #MESmixer at The Observatory at America's Square, 300 New Jersey Ave NW. Enjoy astronomical views of the Capitol while mingling amid some of the District's events industry professionals at the inaugural launch of The Observatory at America's Square! $15, info.  

7:00 – 9:000 PM, Millennials for Hillary NoVa Kick-Off and Returns Watch Party at Mad Rose Tavern, 3100 Clarendon Blvd Arlington. Rep. Joaquin Castro will speak. $25, info.

Wednesday, April 27

5:30 – 9:30 PM, Girls Going Global: #PowerofaPassport Salsa Social at Gazuza, 1629 Connecticut Ave NW Salsa dance your way into the season to benefit Girls Going Global. $15, info.  

6:30 – 9:00 PM, Beer & Ballet & Bubbly at The Washington Ballet Studios, 3515 Wisconsin Ave NW. See a rehearsal of The Washington Ballet's upcoming production, followed by a reception with beer, sparkling wine, and light snacks. $15/members, info.

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Become More Right-Swipable: A Night of Online Dating Crowdsourcing & Mingling at WeWork (Chinatown Location), 718 7th St NW.  $5/advance, $10/door: includes beer and light appetizers, info.


Saturday, May 7, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Hawthorne Hemlock Virginia Gold Cup Tent at Great Meadows Race Course, North Rail Tent# 131, 5089 Old Tavern Rd The Plains, VA. Food and drinks by award winning nationally renowned chef Michael Shikany. Premium open bar, hors d' oeuvres, champagne, desserts and cigars! Benefits Youth Service America (YSA). $125 - $175, info.  
Thursday, May 12, Join us for a great fundraiser so underprivileged kids can learn tennis from the best. Bisnow Media is thrilled that co-founder Elliott Bisnow will be honored by the Junior Tennis Champions Center, where he trained, along with tennis great Jim Courier at JTCC's annual fundraising gala. It's at the Swedish Ambassador's residence, with cocktails, great Swedish BBQ, and a fun, casual setting. All proceeds support free tennis & academic instruction for under-served DC kids. Tickets are $400 here, which all goes to the Center. For sponsorship packages, including tennis rackets and court-side box seats at the US Open, Ray Benton will customize a package rbenton@jtcc.org or 301-779-8000 x 102. See you there!

Thursday, April 28 

6:00 – 8:00 PM, HumanitiesDC Thursday Social Hour series at Petworth Citizen & Reading Room, 829 Upshur St NW. Join author Patsy M. Fletcher to talk about her new book Historically African American Leisure Destinations Around Washington, DC. Benefits HumanitiesDC. Free, donations welcome, info.   

11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, 20th annual Dining Out for Life at participating dc bars & restaurants. Join 100 area establishments that agreed to donate 25 percent or more of their sales to Food & Friends. Prices vary, info.

5:30 – 7:30 PM, AT&T Best of Washington Happy Hour at Hawthorne, 1336 U St NW. $15/donation to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the door will get you two drinks and light bites, info.

5:30 – 7:00 PM, Luce Unplugged (Free Concert): Humble Fire at The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 8th and F St NW. Join in the monthly concert series. Includes art talk and show. Free, info.

6:00 – 10:00 PM, Portfolio in Motion: Student Fashion Show & Presentation of ‘Designer of the Year' Award honoring Designer Reem Acra at Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Rd Arlington, VA. Portfolio in Motion is the culminating academic project for both programs. Reception, fashion show, and Designer of the Year Award, present to the designer. $50, info.  

6:00 PM, The Canopy Awards at Dock5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St NE.  Enjoy music,  good food, drinks and people. No stuffy affair, no long remarks, no formal seating and no formal dress code. Benefits DC's trees and Arbor Day. $65, info.