January 5, 2015

Welcome Back!

We hope you had a wonderful break, that you rang in the new year in style and that you've kept a few of your resolutions. We celebrated New Year's Eve with dear friends.

We snapped the night's hostess, White & Case partner Carolyn Lamm, surrounded by Judge Paul Friedman and American Bar Association president William Hubbard. In a long-standing tradition, Carolyn and her husband Peter Halle treated friends to an elegant and fun-filled evening.

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Our host snapped your publisher surrounded by Christine Rales and Grace Bender. Guests dined on rack of lamb, with chocolate cake and champagne for dessert.

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Eyes Wide Shut!

We also went to late night hot spot L2 Lounge for the Eyes Wide Shut Masquerade Ball. We snapped hosts Eve Monica and Fran Holuba with the evening's DJs, Dimitris George and Giuseppe Lanzone

The chic New Year's Eve party was hosted by Sip With Socialites and had a champagne toast, custom photo booth, multitudes of masks and, of course, resolutions. Here, Victor Barry, Lee Murphy, Jason Babcock and Tammy Britt.

Frank Andrew Carroll and his wife, Suzanne Kianpour, with Sarah Hillware and Navroop Mitter welcomed 2015.

  
  
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The Return of Gatsby!

We welcomed the New Year all over town, also stopping on the waterfront at Sequoia for The Return of Gatsby. We snapped Frankie Ledezma, Emily Sado, Michelle Mente and Nick Pineto.

The popular party returned for a second consecutive year with a four-hour open bar, dinner buffet, dancing and balloon drop. Here, Lucas Olsgewski, Jessica Brosey, Taylor McQueen and Alex Gylan

Over 1,000 guests enjoyed a spectacular view of the Potomac River during a grand champagne toast to ring in the New Year. Here, Lauren Allison, Carley Brunetto, Michelle Piason and Taylor Tharp.

  
  
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Big Night DC!

We also celebrated New Year's at the Gaylord for the Big Night DC Gala, which had a silent disco, 20 musical acts, 15 themed party areas, seven dance floors and 8,000 attendees, the largest in the country. We snapped CACI government contractors Christina Ball and Amy Van Meter with Les Delices Bakery's Aline Kazanjian.

Among the musical acts were DJ 2Nutz, DJ Freezie, White Ford Bronco, Chris Styles, For The Win and Go Go Gadget. Here, Marymount U's Bridget Cunningham, Andrew Schieffer and Amber McKinney.

Accenture's Dina Patel, Chrissy Newmanand Stephanie Urman.

Washington Capitals Red Rockers helped count down the clock to midnight; 12 hours later they were cheering on the Caps in their New Year's Day 3-2 last-minute win at the Winter Classic vs the Blackhawks.

Big Night DC emcee and host 107.3 FM's Samy K flanked by his colleagues Andrea Siegel, Jessica Peters and Melony Torres.

  
  
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Monday, January 5

8:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Malportado Kids, DCIC, Gauche & DJ Rat at Union Arts DC, 411 New York Ave, NE. $5, info.

10:00 PM – 2:00 AM, Industry Takeover Night, the final blowout party at Graffiato, 707 6th St NW. Benefits Fit to Fight by MIC. $10, info.

4:00 PM, Tapas for the Animals at La Tasca, 727 7th St. NW. Free entry, portion of proceeds benefit Washington Humane Society, info.

Tuesday, January 6

12:00 PM, American Youth Chorus Auditions, 1333 H St. NE. Ages 8-14, the AYC program sponsored by the Congressional Chorus provides affordable weekly music programs for children, info.

12:00 PM, Holiday Dreaming, the 28th annual holiday show at the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, 1763 Fountain Dr., Reston. 7:30 PM,

Sheryl Crow and screenwriter Barry Levinson premiere musical Diner at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington. $29 - $99, info.

Wednesday, January 7

7:00 PM, Happenings at the Harman at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. The Crude Mechanicals perform Shakespearean tragedy the way it was never meant to be seen! Free, info.

7:00 PM, NSO in Your Neighborhood official kick-off event at Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. Dine, shop, and enjoy the performance. Free, info.

7:30 - 9:00 PM, Perfect Liars Club at Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. Four storytellers, one isn't telling the truth. Can you spot the liar? $10, info.

Thursday, January 8

6:00 - 8:00 PM, DC Ad Club Speed Networking at the Laughing Man Tavern, 1306 G St. NW. $35, includes one drink ticket and light hors d'oeuvres, info.

7:00 11:59 PM, The 9 Songwriter Series performance (with Margot MacDonald) at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15, info.

Friday, January 9

11:00 AM, The Washington Winter Show is DC's answer to the Antiques Road Show, at Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $20, ticket good for entire weekend. Continues through Sunday, info.

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