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March 29, 2011 
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Last night we went to the third annual Night of DC-CAPital Stars at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, the largest fundraiser of the year for the DC-CAP scholarship program, featuring 10 finalists from DC’s public and charter high schools.


The night started with the semi-finalists in a Motown revue; we also saw dancers, singers, a pianist, and a drummer. A la American Idol, a panel of celebrity judges made remarks after each performance, and audience members cast votes using dial remotes.

Sweet Potato DC

At a gala afterward, we saw MedImmune’s Lisa Davis, Atlantic Media’s David Bradley and PBS’s Gwen Ifill on the dance floor.

Co-chairs Deborah Lehr and Wash Post CEO Don Graham, with DC-CAP board member Mark Ein -- who said he was so impressed with the performers, he’d give an extra $2,000 scholarship to each of the ten finalists -- and Assn of Public TV Stations CEO Pat Butler.

Judge Teresa Scanlan, the youngest Miss America in 78 years, is with philanthropist Catherine Reynolds, DC-CAP CEO Argelia Rodriguez, and judge Dominique Dawes, who said many of the soulful performances brought her back to church.

DC CAP has given 12,000 scholarships to DC students totaling $21 million. Here, the finalists and organizers surround the winner, the Duke Ellington School’s Victoria Davis (in green); she plans to study classical music with her $10,000 scholarship.


Suspicious Band!


Journalist band Suspicious Package, which won this year’s battle of DC media bands, performed to a packed house at downtown’s 19th bar in a concert for the Humane Society’s Fashion for Paws. Here, band members Tim Burger (bass), Tom Toles (drums, vocals), Josh Meyer (lead guitar, vocals), Christina Sevilla (keyboard, vocals), and Bryan Greene (rhythm guitar, vocals).

Power Meal: Vincent Gray Edition

Bisnow super intern Lealin Queen sat down with Mayor Vincent Gray at a recent Bisnow event to ask him about his favorite restaurants. Among the Mayor's top picks: Occidental, The Prime Rib, Ray's the Steaks, and oh yes, Denny's. Subscribe to our once-a-week Dining Bisnow for many more tidbits on who’s eating (and cooking) where. Check out the latest issue and subscribe.




Peru was honored for its culinary excellence at an OAS dinner. Peru’s representative to the OAS, Ambassador Hugo de Zela, greeted The Inn at Little Washington’s chef Patrick O’Connell.


More than 300 were treated to a four-course dinner created by noted Peruvian chefs Coque and Felipe Ossio, who came here for the occasion. Writers Annie Groer and Gary Cohen, OAS cultural affairs director Lydia Bendersky, and WHERE editor Jean Cohen.


Closet Runway!


We went to Closet Runway’s live makeover and fashion show at Eastern Market’s North Hall. Guests learned how to create a perfect runway look from their closet while enjoying entertainment by neo-soul vocalist, Nikea Jones. We snapped House of KAS model, Tony Savoy, with the line’s manager Natasha Brown.


A portion of the night’s proceeds benefited the United Methodist Church’s Board of Child Care, helping children and families through community-based services. Hillel’s Princess Dickerson, Homeland Security’s Derrick Green, and EPA’a Robert Garner.


Gossip on 23rd owner, Katherine Glorioso Dress, with new husband David Dress, tells us she loves that her new last name matches her store.


Erica Moody and Casie Kiel contributed to this issue.

Wednesday, March 30 from 12:30 – 2:00 PM join Virginia Tech’s Executive MBA Program for a lunch/info session. Learn about the benefits of pursuing an EMBA at Virginia Tech and meet staff, other EMBA applicants, students and alumni at Chef Geoff’s in Tysons Corner, 8045 Leesburg Pike. Vienna, VA. Open to the public, info: 703-538-3757, rsvp

Tuesday, March 29 beginning at 7:00 PM, kickoff the countdown to Street Soccer USA Cup 2011 at the Street Soccer DC Fan Club Launch Party at Bar Code, 1101 17th Street NW (entrance on L Street). Enjoy drink specials, door prizes, and the unveiling of the new DC I Play For Logo, rsvp

Tuesday, March 29 5:30pm - 9:30pm visit the District Sample Sale 2011 at 2101 L Street NW. Event includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres from participating restaurants, a fashion-focused silent auction, raffle, goodie bag (with VIP tickets) and more. Tickets: $40+ info.

Tuesday, March 29 from beginning at 5:00 PM, get the girls together for Shecky's Girl's Night Out at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street, NW. $30/person, includes admission + Goodie Bag - info

Wednesday, March 30 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, enjoy the Dog Days of Spring with a special Yappy Hour benefitting Fashion for Paws at Hotel Helix, 1430 Rhode Island Ave NW. Support Tom Weirich, Vithaya Phongsavan, and Shannon Cusello in their fundraising. $20 donation, info

Wednesday, March 30 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, join Social Media Club DC for a special event: Smart Social for Start-Ups at Living Social, 718 7th Street NW. Explore key issues facing professionals in the we connect, communicate, collaborate and relate - info

Wednesday, March 30 beginning at 6:00 PM, enjoy Sinatra Night, with martini specials and live swing and jazz music at Hudson, 2030 M St. NW – www.hudson-dc.com

Thursday, March 31 beginning at 9:00 PM, visit Thirsty Thursday Paw-ty (a Fashion For Paws Event benefiting the Washington Humane Society at Tattoo Bar, 1413 K St. NW. Drink specials and prizes. $15 donation at the door ($5/students) - info

Thursday, March 31 beginning at 6:30 PM, join Daughters of Vartan for Cocktails for a Cause, a special fundraising event in Honor of Women's History Month at One Lounge, 1606 20th Street NW. Benefitting Mer Doon and the Armenian Bone Marrow Registry – suggested donation $10, events.dov@gmail.com

Thursday, March 31 from 2:00 – 8:00 PM, visit the Cherry Blossom Betsey Party at Betsey Johnson Georgetown, 3029 M St. NW. Enjoy a preview to spring’s new collection; Baked & Wired Cherry Blossom Cupcakes; and Potomac Wine and Spirits cocktails - info.

Thursday, March 31 from 6:00 - 10:00pm visit the 50Give Tour Half-Time Party (Benefit with Falling Whistles) at Tommy Joe's, 4714 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda MD. $10 donation includes drink specials, raffle prizes and giveaways - info.

Thursday, March 31 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, visit the launch Food Truck Thursdays Happy Hour at Chinatown Coffee Co., 475 H Street NW.  Every Thursday the company will host a different food truck with drink specials and entertainment to follow – info

Thursday, March 31st, 5:00 PM -7:00 PM, join Young AFCEA Bethesda and Young AFCEA DC at Arlington's new pizza spot Fire Works at 2350 Clarendon Blvd. Happy hour specials and networking with young professionals in IT - info.


Thursday, March 31 from 6:30pm - 8:30 PM, visit the opening reception of Revive by Michelle Peterson-Albandoz at Long View Gallery, 1234 Ninth St. NW. Free and open to the public, info

Friday, April 1 beginning at 7:00 PM, 13 esteemed members of the DC press corps battle to be named DC’s Funniest Journalist at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW. Washington Post cartoonist Nick Galifianakis hosts, PBS’s Miles O’Brien headlines, with Politico’s Jon Allen, NPR’s Jamila Bey, etc. Drink specials, hors d’ouevres. Tickets:  $15/advance; $20/door; $35/VIP, info

Friday, April 1 from 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM, enjoy a Spring Fashion Show at Caribbean Breeze, 4100 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington to raise funds for local abused and neglected children. Cocktails and live music. Tickets: $75, info.

Saturday, April 2 beginning at 6:30 PM, visit the 13th Annual AFCEA Bethesda Children’s Inn Gala at the JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Enjoy a silent auction with all the proceeds benefitting the young residents of the Inn info

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