January 29, 2015

The Innovators!

The Potomac Piranhas Pitch is an innovative, capitalistic and entrepreneurial solution to watershed health. It's taking place at USPTO in Alexandria on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Learn more, meet presenters/panelists, apply – or get tickets here.

Last night we drove to Disruption Corporation in Crystal City to celebrate Bisnow Ventures honorees for the top Association and Non-Profit Innovators.

The event was a smash success. We snapped the brains behind it: Crystal City BID prez Angie Fox, host Vornado/Charles E. Smith's Mara Olguin and Disruption Corp venture partner Brooke Salkoff.

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Scores of guests drank wine and cocktails, nibbled hors d'oeuvres, and cheered their friends and colleagues when the honorees were announced. Here, BOMA's Patricia Areno and Henry Chamberlain and Oliver & Co's John Oliver.

Evergreen Information Technology Services prez Terrance Martin is with marketing consultants Tracy Pugh and Eric Mason.

Vornado's Gary Cook and Bruce Pascal.

TRAK Cos exec director Kelly Falconi and colleague Mykaella Buchanan bookend Nelson Strategic Consulting prez Robert Nelson and Jane La Barbera.

It wasn't just Association execs, but also many business leaders, including top lawyers. Here, Reed Smith's Olivia Shay Byrne and Tala Gardner. More pictures in Association Bisnow.

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Randy Orton at the Auto Show!

Last night we also went to see superstar WWE wrestler Randy Orton at the Auto Show at the Convention Center. We snapped him with Univisión's Fanny Gutiérrez.

Randy Orton is a 12-time world champion, holding the WWE Championship eight times and the World Heavyweight Championship four times. Here, Ford's Charlene Boyd, Kevin Young and Kristina Hope in front of the 2015 Mustang.

The Washington Auto Show has 700 new makes and models from 42 manufacturers; it runs through Feb. 1. Here, drivers try to take the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited through the Camp Jeep obstacle course of rugged terrain. 

Dodge's Francesca Falcon with the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

DC Government's Andy Pham and Adi Batista.

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​​Happy 125th Birthday Rock Creek Park!

The 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park kicked off at the Omni Shoreham Hotel by The Rock Creek Conservancy and National Park Service. Find Yourself in Rock Creek Park is a yearlong campaign dedicated to improving public access to and enjoyment of the Park, including a  website, RockCreekPark125.org, and a new app to explore miles of trails, tributaries and historic forts. Here, Rock Creek Conservancy exec director Matt Fleischer, Rep Eleanor Holmes Norton, MoCo Executive Isiah Leggett and Green Ribbon Panel chairman Doug Barker.

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Announcing High School Career Summit March 7 at AU!

Is your high schooler ready for what's around the corner? Now's the time to start thinking and learning practical skills for the real world. Join GEN Z on March 7 at American University for a special program – 10 featured careers50+ young professionals, and real world advice on networking, finding internships and getting into college. Early bird thru Jan. 31. Register today!

Alfredo Flores contributed to today's issue.

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WHERE TO BE SCENE:

This Friday, January 30, 7:30 PM (doors open 7:00). Hear some of the top college a cappella groups perform at All Souls Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. The Tufts Beelzebubs, the GW Troubadors and the Virginia Sil'hooettes. The 'Bubs have toured all over the world; they came in second in NBC's The Sing Off. Only $10. Limited street parking; consider the metro, Woodley Park stop

Thursday, January 29

4:00 – 8:00 PM, Escape Room DC: Real-Life Exit Game Experience at Escape Room Live, 2300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $28, info.

6:00 – 8:30 PM, Scholars & Scoundrels, panel on public access to electronic evidence at NPR, 1111 N. Capitol St. NE. Free, must rsvp - info.

6:30 – 8:30 PM, STEM Game Night at Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St. NW. $10, pizza, light refreshments, info.

Friday, January 30

11:00 PM, The Madison Masquerade at SAX, Benefits Make A Wish Mid-Altantic. $25, includes two-hour open bar, info.

2:30 – 5:30 PM & 7:00 – 9:30 PM, Polar Plunge at Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave NE. Benefits the Special Olympics. Raise $50+ to take the plunge, info.

5:30 – 8:00 PM, Black Space Rent Party at MLK Jr Library, 901 G St NW. $10, info.

6:00 – 8:00 PM, NMWA Nights: Merry Making at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $25, two drink coupons and all craft materials, info.

8:00 – 10:00 PM, Recovery Comedy presents Clarity at DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15, info.

Friday, February 6, 8:00 - 11:59 PM, SOME Junior Gala at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW. $80, cocktails and dancing for young professionals, info.

Saturday, January 31

6:00 PM, Taste of Brazil: Samba Supper Club at Malmaison,3401 Water St. NW. $59, info.

6:00 – 9:00 PM, UVA/DUKE: The GAME Watch Party at Chinese Disco, 3251 Prospect St. NW. Free, drink specials, info.

Sunday, February 1

11:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Super Bowl Bash at Bracket Room, 1210 N Garfield St. Arlington, VA. Prizes and during game, info.

6:30 PM, Super Bowl Party at Guarapo, 2039 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA. Extended happy hour and $1 wings during the entire game, info.

5:30 PM, Football Match: New England vs. Seattle at Duke's Grocery, 1513 17th St. NW. Free, drink specials, info.

Tuesday, February 3

6:00 – 9:00 PM, Between Downs: Get In on the Game at 1776 / General Assembly, 1133 15th Street NW. info

7:00 – 9:00 PM, Sugar & Champagne at the Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $90, the area's best pastry chefs prepare edible art / gourmet desserts paired with cocktails! Benefits the Washington Humane Society, info.

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