January 15, 2015

Movie Premiere: American Sniper!

We went to the U.S. Navy Memorial for the premiere of American Sniper, the real-life story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper.

We snapped the Georgetown grad and two-time Oscar nominee, who spoke candidly on the importance of this role to him for its portrayal of what our men and women of the armed forces, and their families, go through. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film is based on Chris, who, with 160 confirmed kills, was the most lethal marksman in US history and given the nickname Legend.

Chris' wife Taya told us he was very humble and chose to continue to deploy for four tours because he couldn't stand by when he could be saving lives. He was tragically killed in 2012 in the US by a vet he was trying to help. American Sniper opens nationwide tomorrow

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill paid a surprise visit to view the film and honor Chris Kyle, Bradley Cooper, and military and government officials who were there.

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Architects for Animals!

Last night we headed to the American Institute of Architects for the 2nd annual Architects for Animals as 16 DC architecture and design firms competed in a friendly cat house competition. Guests voted on their favorite, based on its look and functionality. We snapped WHS' Stephanie DeMoss, Charlotte Fox and Danielle Bays.

Some of the clever designs were the Kitty Cat Condo, Cat's Got Your Stump, a house in a tree bark, and the winner, The MeowHaus, which had a catnip, grassy rooftop. Here, Boeing's Ada Loo, Lee and Dina's Dina Paxenos, and Far and Away Cycling's Chantal Briere.

325 animal lovers attended to show their support and raise awareness for homeless cats in DC. Here, Martinez & Johnson Architecture's Julie Hernandez, PGAL's Rich Layman and Christina Caballero, and Saylor Co's Mary Saylor.

All proceeds went to the Washington Humane Society's Cat Neighborhood Partnership Program (CatNiPP). Here, Engaging Interiors Anna Cone, RIA's Uma Thakur and Medics USA's Brian Africa.

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Three Day Rule!

Last night we also stopped by Lincoln for the launch of a new dating service, Three Day Rule. We snapped CEO Talia Goldstein and Tina Wei.

The personalized matchmaking company is headquartered in LA. Here, Westfield's Diego Gonzalez, CGI Federal's Rammy Sbeitan, A Lacey Perspective's Lacey Faeh and CVent's Nathan Chin.

Matchmakers Callie Harris and Jaime Bernstein are flanked by WDIW's Joel Cas and designer Maggy Francois.

Art Jamz Anchyi Wei, Los Gitanos Vintage's Tara Papanicolas and photographer Violetta Markelou.

Heather Mahoney and Richelle Manansala contributed to this issue.

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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. JUST ADDED: 10 additional tickets to a once in a lifetime chance to dine at the GASTRONOMIC EVENT of the year with Chefs Alice Waters, David Tanis ( NY Time's City Kitchen) and Ignatio Mattos (NYC's Estela) at the home of Lissa Muscatine and Brad Graham (Politics & Prose $5,000 per person.

Thursday, January 15

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, American Made at the Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl NW. US 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, DJ & electronic dance music. Free, info.

6:00 - 8:00 PM, Candela's Shells: Opening Reception at the Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. Free, info.

Friday, January 16

6:30 PM, Cowboy Mouth performs at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25, info.

Friday, January 16

12:00 – 10:00 PM, Georgetown Waterfront Skating Rink at Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. $5 - $10, info.

6:30 - 8:00 PM, Taste of Thai Favorites with Chef Wendi James at Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $65, class, meal, wine, info.

Saturday, January 17.

2:00 - 6:00 PM, ICE Yards: adult ice bar and festival, 10 Water St. SE. Absolut snow cones, ski lounge, hot tubs, fire pits (21+ only). Free entrance info.

3:00 – 7:00 PM, Hand Dancing Class and Performance (R.I.S.E.) Demonstration Center at St. Elizabeth's East, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. Free, workshop and performance, info.

7:00 – 11:00 PM, 10th annual Macedonian Old New Year's Masquerade Vasilica Celebration hosted by Hon Dr. Vasko Naumovski at the Embassy of Macedonia, 2129 Wyoming Ave. NW. $45, info.

Sunday, January 18.

7:00 PM, start of Winter Restaurant Week at participating DC-area locations. Free entry, reservations primarily required, info.

7:00 – 9:00 PM, 19th annual Iranian Film Festival: Fish & Cat at Freer Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Ave SW. Director Shahram Mokri on-site. Free, info.