January 12, 2015

Washington Winter Show!

Super Diamond, Asaf Avidan, and Spandau Ballet are all performing at the 9:30 Club. For the full concert lineup, visit  930.com

Saturday night we went to the highly anticipated annual antique Washington Winter Show at American University's Katzen Arts Center.

This year's theme was Ports of Call, featuring antique pictures, jewelry and fine china; proceeds benefited local charities. Here, The Woodner Co's Joe Mirby, Washington Winter Show director Hannah Cox, GW Mt. Vernon's Stephen McLeod, New Direction Psychiatric Services' Morgan Farrar and White House Council on Environmental Quality's Ryan Velasco.

Aesthetic Dental (Smile2) MSDC

A steel drummer entertained the crowd browsing through the exhibit, which enjoyed drinks and the company of fellow collectors. Here, the Angelos family: NBC Universal's Julia Angelos, her mother Boyd Antiques' Priscilla, and sister Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Emily. They surround the show's lawyer, Hogan Lovells' Bill Curtin.

Bisnow (RawSpace-TwoPeas) intext

The show was founded in 1955 and has been a DC favorite ever since. Here, Gadsby's Tavern Museum's Gretchen Bulova, her husband VA House of Delegates' David Bulova, DAR's Mark Whatford and Brooking's Catherine Piez.

Collector and Saturday Lecture committee member Liddy Chaney, Arthur Kaplan Antique Jewelry owner and Merry Highby Interior Design owner.

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Chance for Life (Feb20) SCENE
Toro Toro (Open) SCENE
Encore (10percent) SCENE

Chris Scotton's Book!

Yesterday we went to a packed Politics & Prose to listen to local tech entrepreneur Chris Scotton speak about his new book, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, published last week. Chris, whose day job is running ClearEdge3D, had an astonishing 100,000 first printing for his first novel. It's gotten rave reviews, including by John Grisham, who wrote a glowing review on Facebook.

We snapped Chris signing books with his family behind him: EverFi vice chair Gene Riechers, his wife and Chris' sister M'Liz, Chris' wife Janice Scotton and their sons Michael and Connor, the Riechers kids Meg, Will, and Katy, and Chris' dad Dave Scotton.


Zen and Zin!

Leading yoga and wellness center Mind Your Body Oasis celebrated its two-year anniversary in Crystal City at Zen and Zin on Saturday. Here, Mind Your Body Oasis founder Amanda Shipe with master teacher Soozie Kinstler

For the Zen, guests took a restorative yoga class, sampled spa treatments, mini massages, treatment rooms with amethyst crystals and an infra-red sauna. For the Zin, guests sipped wine from the Crystal City Wine Shop, and nibbled healthy treats from Perfect Pita.


Health & Fitness!

Saturday we joined thousands of DC area residents at the Convention Center for the annual NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo. Hundreds of exhibitors came to show us the best in health and fitness. Guests participated in zumba and yoga classes, rock climbing, a walking track, obstacle courses, and push-up, sit-up and squat challenges by Gold's Gym. We snapped GEICO's Gecko with Mary Washington Hospital's Tecia Epps and GEICO's Tamra Snellings.

This year the focus expanded to mental health with a Changing Minds pavilion with information. Free health check-ups were offered, including kidney, hearing, vision, breast and prostate. Here, Marine Corps' Rob Leer, CDC's Kiara Leer, World Gym's Robbie Vizcarra and Lizzy Lewandowski, and DOJ's Curtis Lemay.

The crowd loved the Selfie Station and the cooking demonstrations with delicious samples. Here, Freddie Mac's Hanna Abebe, real estate agent Adam Tafesse, Morris Ginsberg's Glen England, and Haven and Nathan Tafesse.

Dr. Michael Blicher's Cristina Sanchez and Dr. Keith Progebin's Denise Torres volunteered at the DC Dental Society Foundation booth. They flank DOJ's Tony Torres.

Casie Kiel contributed to this issue.

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Special Olympics (PolarPlunge) SDC
Bisnow (Writers-Stop) HALF


Saturday, January 24 6:30 PM, 7th annual Sips at The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Taste samplings from renowned chefs and enjoy delicious cocktails, while contributing to the fight against hunger by Martha's Table and DC Central Kitchen, $200/VIP, $95/general, info. Followed by Suppers on Sunday, Jan 25, with elegant dinners prepared in over 30 homes by celebrity chefs, $600 per person

Monday, January 12

8:00 PM, The Bachelor Viewing Party at Guarapo Lounge, 2039 Wilson Blvd. Arlington. Wine specials every Monday. Free, info.

7:30 PM, Shakespeare Theatre Company presents Big Night at Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St NW. Free info.

Tuesday, January 13

7:00 - 10:00 PM, Anita Diamant In Conversation with Gayle Wald at Sixth and I Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. The Boston Girl, discussion and signing. $14, info.

6:00 - 8:00 PM, Green Drinks DC January Happy hour at Glen's Garden Market, 2001 S St. NW. Complimentary drinks: sponsored by The Climate Reality Project. Showcasing foods grown or created by local farmers and artisans. Free, info.

Wednesday, January 14

6:00 - 8:00 PM, Architects for Animals benefiting The Washington Humane Society at The American Institute for Architects, 1735 New York Ave NW. $25, info.

Wednesday, January 14

6:00 – 9:00 PM, An Evening of Sparkling Wine & Sparkling Jewels at Slate Wine Bar, 2404 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Jewelry show, shopping, food & drink. Free, info.

6:30 - 8:00 PM, Pop Quiz: Time Covers the 1960s at Kogod Courtyard at National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F St. NW. Food and beverage for purchase in the Courtyard Café. Free, info.

6:30 – 10:00 PM, January Holiday Happy Hour at L2, 3315 Cady's Alley, NW. Appetizers, cocktails, raffle prizes, live auction, and fun surprises. Benefits the Arts for Autism Gala. $20, info.

5:00 – 9:00 PM, HYPDC Charity Happy Hour for Housing at Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW. Join HYPDC, Habitat for Humanity of Washington DC's Young Professionals to celebrate the new year and raise money to support affordable housing in DC! $10/suggested donation, info.

Thursday, January 15

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM,  American Made at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW. American products and strategies for selling to Museum Stores, info.

6:30 - 9:30 PM, Android Fever at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. Dance party, robot costume contest, dancing, DJ & electronic dance music. Free, info.