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January 13, 2010
All That Jazz!

800 movers and shakers—and counting. That's how many have signed up for tonight's Bisnow “Back to Business Total Schmoozarama.” Thanks to presenting sponsor Cardinal Bank. Open bar and dinner buffet, Park at Fourteenth. Crazy low price. Sign up now!

Last night we went to the French Embassy to listen to the Baptiste Trotignon Trio and, of course, have a little vin and fromage.

The trio started off this year with a three-city tour in the US; this was the last stop. Named for Baptiste Trotignon, who’s flanked by the other members, Gregory Hutchinson, and Matthew Penman, the award-winning jazz group performs around the globe.

We snapped jazz junkies author James Henry, State Department’s Laura Simmons, Little Black Blog’s Quin Woodward Pu, UGA’s Elizabeth Everett, Williams & Jensen’s Courtney Rosellini, and Political Media’s Sarah Rees

DHPY Architects’ Tatiana Bendeck, Rhino Bill’s Josh Bailar, Haynes and Boone’s Micaela Garcia-Ribeyro, and IADB’s Marina Massini.

Water and Vodka!


DC’s BlackFinn Saloon hosted the EarthEcho Cocktail Benefit Saturday evening with founder Phillipe Cousteau serving Svedka drinks behind the bar, here with VM Public Relation’s Victoria Michael. All Svedka proceeds went to EarthEcho, which encourages youth to protect and restore our water planet.”

Washington Writers Group’s Bianca Grimaldi, Republic National’s Jessica Gibson, and Pamela Punch’s Pamela Sorensen.

Have a Heart!


We stopped by 14th Sreet’s Cork Wine Bar to join Heart’s Delight Young Professional Group - The New Vintage - for a private wine tasting Monday night with proceeds going to the American Heart Association. Here’s Daimler’s Jessica Altschul and Cork owner Diane Gross.


Banfi Vintner’s Victor Vettori, Jane Kettlewell, and family proprietor and Co-CEO Cristina Mariani-May provided wine from the award-winning Castello Banfi Vineyard in Montalcino, Tuscany.


Robbins-Gioia’s Chelsea Oudin, Corporate Executive Board’s Logan Sobonya and Amy O’Malley, and Kaiser Family Foundation’s Brandi Simmons.

Gallery Party!


We dropped by a party at 14th Street’s Irvine Contemporary Gallery for solo exhibitions by two featured artists on Saturday night. One of the artists, photographer Kerry Skarbakka (second from right), is here with  photographer Susana Raab, independent performer Gabriela Pohl, Hard Boiled Milk’s Siles Beniot, and his girlfriend and assistant Tracy Kwit.


The other exhibition artist, sculptor Sebastian Martorana, is flanked by HIFU VP Alex Gonzalez and his sis VCU pharmacy student Julie Martorana. His exhibit, Uncommissioned Memorials, is travertine marble; he’s a commissioned stone carver on memorials.


Front: The Corps Network’s Sarah Kirschenbaum, GSIPT’s Chrissy Kidd and Erika Simpson. Back: Teach for America’s Lauren Fell, GSIPT’s Brandon Boldyga and Ted Stevens, and the State Department’s Michael Lichliter.


Hirshhorn Museum’s Erin Baysden and Jenny Leehey and Washington City Paper’s Maura Judkis.

Mary Kate Rasa, Courtney Caldwell, and Vanessa Meccarielli contributed to this issue.


Thursday, January 21 from Noon – 1:30 PM, join Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business at the Bethesda Hyatt Regency for an afternoon information session. Its Executive Education department is having a lunchtime dine and learn for anyone interested in pursuing a Global MBA or Executive Master's in LeadershipRSVP

Wednesday, January 13 – 6-8pm - Join the entire Bisnow team from across all our publications – Real Estate, Legal, Tech/Fed IT, Trade Associations/Non-Profit – for the first Bisnow Back to Business Total Schmoozarama at downtown hotspot, the Park at Fourteenth -920 - 14th St NW (14th & K). Network with top level business execs, enjoy open bar, and gourmet buffet. Crazy low price $39. Sign up now. Join us!

Wednesday, January 13, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. join the Holly Hunt, Warp & Weft, LUXE Studio, The Milano Group, Century Furniture and Farrow & Ball showrooms on the 6th Floor of the Washington Design Center, 300 D St., SW, for its "Snowing on 6 Floor Fling." Special presentations including Interior Designer Christopher Boutlier discussing the entries for April's DC Design House, plus wine and cheese. For more info, to rsvp and for press passes, email info@mokimedia.com 

Thursday, January 14 from 6 to 8 PM, join the L’Enfant Society for a kick-off event for this year’s Trust for the National Mall Ball on the Mall  at K Street Lounge, 1301 K Street, NW.  Heavy hors d’oeuvres (Design Cuisine) and an open bar for those who become members of the L’Enfant Society that evening.  Members will be included in a drawing to receive a $500 Neiman Marcus gift certificate, a wine dinner at Proof, and tickets to a YOA concert. A cash bar will be available for non-members. FREE, but guests must register at: http://www.nationalmall.org/lenfant-society.php.

Thursday, January 14 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm come to the Fifth Annual Capitol Movement Project Winter Fundraiser at the Reserve 1426 L st NW.  Wine, spirits and hors d’oeuvres compliment a cocktail reception and silent auction The Redskins Cheerleaders, Christy Cooley, Kate Marie Grinold, and many others will attend. Tickets are $55 and more information at http://www.capitolmovement.org/events.htm

Thursday, January 14, from 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM, join Homo Hotel Happy Hour for its January event at the International Spy Museum, 800 F St NW. Music will be provided by DJ MAJR. HHHH is a monthly LGBT social event attracting over 500 attendees. Admission to the museum will be free and drink tickets will be sold separately. For more information, please visit www.homohotelhappyhour.com.

Thursday January 14, from 8 to 10PM, The Laughing Buddha-ha-ha, Live Stand Up Comedy Show at Topaz Hotel Bar 1733 N St NW DC. FREE. www.StandupComedyToGo.com

Thursday, January 14 from 7-10pm Modus Union 2010 presents: Labels for Love, at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue.  Join Mary Amons and MC Kathleen Matthews for an exclusive evening of art, fashion and philanthropy to benefit the Center for Heart, Lung and Kidney Diseases at Childrens National Medical Center. Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a fashionable art auction highlighting local DC artists, as well as Lela Rose presenting her Spring 2010 Collection.  General admission for $100 and VIP tickets for $125 may be purchased at www.labelsforlove.org
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