March 2, 2015

Film Festival!

We spent much of the weekend at the DC Independent Film Festival, starting with Friday night, when we kicked it off with a party at the Naval Heritage Center in Penn Quarter. 

At the reception before the screenings, we snapped Blood, Sweat, and Beer's co-directors and producers Alexis Irvin and Chip Hiden

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The Chain director Noel Dow Barlow with production manager Katie Berube and her husband, producer Daniel Berube. The happy hour included many of the artists associated with each of the works and featured a DJ.

Deloitte's Caroline Gezon, Katie Robinson, and Jillian Anderson, with American Institutes for Research's Rebecca Silverstein and National Geographic's Erin Spencer.

House of Manson actors Serena Lorien and Ryan Kiser. The DC Independent Film Festival ran through the weekend and featured almost two dozen independent films.

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A Tale of 2 Top Salons!

This is a beautiful story of friendship. Last Wednesday, there was a huge fire in a building on M Street in Georgetown; all the businesses had to move out: Wink Boutique, Steve Madden, and stylist to the stars Ury & Associates. How was the salon to keep operating? The owner of another top salon around the corner on Prospect Street offered Ury space. By the next day, Ury was back in business. Bravo to Toka Salon owner Nury for his kindness in keeping all of Ury's A-list clients happy. We snapped Nury and Ury at Toka Salon on Friday.

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DCIFF Closing Party!

Last night we headed back to the Naval Heritage Center for the closing party of the DC Independent Film Festival. We snapped Gasper & Son editor and director Hannah Jayanti with producer Jen G. Pywell and Le Semeur (The Sower) director and producer Julie Perron. Both films were featured in the documentary competition.

Georgetown University Hospital's Jacquie Maupin joins GW's Denise Riebman. There was an open bar and delicious Mexican dinner buffet.

DCIFF patron Jethro Waters, his sister Suzanna Waters-Hardin, and her husband, White Out director Cable Hardin

D. Asian's writer/producer Phillip Guttmann, director/producer Sarah Smith and Bowes Academy's Greg Emetaz.

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BIG Something!

Last night we also went to the Hamilton Live, the basement concert space in The Hamilton. We saw reggae band Nappy Riddem open for headliners BIG Something, whose funk, pop and blues fusion kept the audience swaying.

Part of Clyde's Restaurant Group, The Hamilton served delicious Asian American cuisine like sushi, plus oysters, pumpkin gnocchi and salmon burgers. We snapped Georgetown's Annie Scoggins, PwC's Paul Brzyski, William & Mary's Kelly Hall and DDC Public Affairs' Tyler Johnson.

Running Strong for American Indian Youth's Julia Wejchert, Two Wheel Valet's Jonathan Weidman and Riide's Kyle Weidman.

Travis Holler and Liz Ovits contributed to this issue.

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Saturday, March 7, 7:00 – 11:00 PM, the Brewer's Ball is back again at The National Building Museum, 401 F St NW. Hand crafted beers from more than 30 breweries, cuisine of over 20 popular restaurants, live entertainment, and silent auctions. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $135, info.

Monday, March 2

6:00 – 9:00 PM, Tequila & Mezcal Festival Kickoff Party at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, 401 7th St. NW. $45, info.  

6:00 – 10:00 PM, Yona Pop-Up Launch at G by Mike Isabella, 2201 14th St NW. Free entry, la carte menu, info.  

Tuesday, March 3

7:00 AM – 11:00 PM, IHOP's FREE Short Stack Pancake Day at participating DC-area IHOPS (including MD and VA locations). Donations get you a free stack, benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For full list, visit: info.   

6:30 – 9:00 PM, District Sample Sale Spring at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St NW. $40, bargain shopping, complimentary cocktails, hors d'oeuvres etc. info.  

7:00 – 9:00 PM, Balance & Brews: Yoga and Beer at The Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave NW. $35, one hour mixed-level vinyasa yoga, beer tasting and tour, info.

6:00 PM, The Crystal City BID hosts Spark Speed, an indoor bike race every March Wednesday night at 2345 Crystal Drive Parking Garage - G4 Level. Free for spectators, cash bar, those that want to race must register: info.  

Saturday, March 14, 7:00 – 11:00 PM, Leadership Arlington's Monte Carlo Night: New York, New York at the Reagan National Airport Historic Terminal A. Silent and live auctions, games, open bar and bufftet. Black tie preferred. $225, info.

Wednesday, March 4

5:30 – 7:30 PM, Revelle Ocean Science Lecture and Reception at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th and Constitution Ave NW. Lecture with reception to follow, info.

6:30 – 8:00 PM, opening reception of ReFRESH V at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St NW. Free, info.  

7:00 PM, Purim Party aka Jewish St. Patrick's Day at Star and Shamrock, 1341 H St NE.  Costume contest and prizes. Free, info.   

6:30 PM, 5th annual Teach for America Gala: Leadership Changing Lives at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St NW. Includes cocktail reception, dinner and program. Dessert reception to follow, Cocktail attire. $1,000+, info.  

Thursday, March 5

7:00 – 9:30 PM, Whole Hog Filibuster Dinner at 701, 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW. $60, talk, bar snacks, three-course meal, cocktails, info.