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January 6 , 2012 

Art Night!

Our next Washington Women's Series will focus on the media. (Yes, we're a part of it, but our speakers are much cooler than us.) Join ABC News White House Correspondent Ann Compton, Travel Channel president Laureen Ong, and Atlantic Media Company VP Linda Douglass. Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Renaissance Dupont. Sign up today!


Last night we went to AU’s Katzen Arts Center for the Washington Winter Antiques Show benefiting five children’s charities.


The three-floor venue opened with a very special exhibit on White House collections. We snapped PNC regional prez Mike Harreld, philanthropist Jeanne Ruesch, who told us she was looking for silver pieces, Dunbar’s Susan Jones, and her husband, famed architect David Jones.

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It was a presidential night, as we found a print of George Washington made in London a few months after he was appointed General of the Continental Army and a whole section of paintings of him by various artists. Kelley Proxmire, who handled the show’s interior design, is with Choral Arts’ Debra Kraft, TransWorld’s Julio Heurtematte, and Joan Stervett.

While the White House collection wasn’t up for grabs, you could get these iconic wedding portraits of prez Franklin Pierce and his wife Jane Appleton by Erastus Salisbury Field for a cool $48k from gallery owner Bev Norwood. We snapped her in front of the portraits with Molly Kellogg and “semi-retired” consultant Edward Symes.

The show runs through Sunday, with different events each day, including a luncheon, walks, talks, and jazz (info in Where to be Scene below). Congrats to Billings Corp’s Tom Billings and his wife Courtney, who tell us they’re expecting a boy in March. They haven’t picked a name, so email them suggestions. (We offered Bisnow, but oddly they declined.) At left are Mary Louise Avery and Williams & Connolly’s Will Doffermyre.


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Last night, we also stopped by the Phillips Collection’s Phillips After 5 which fuses art with music and conversation. Guests could get complimentary French language lessons by the Alliance Française. We snapped its administrative staffers Greta Warren, Marine Cornuet and Sylvain Cornevaux


Phillips After 5 is the first Thursday of each month and allows patrons not only to see the art, but to be immersed in its culture. The sold-out event turned the theme of the gallery’s latest exhibit Degas’ Dancers at the Barre into a cabaret night dedicated to French musical performances and film. Here, Booz Allen’s Joanne Yao and Elizabeth Mokaba.


With a line out the door of the gift shop, the absinthe tasting intrigued many with a selection of the popular European drink (diluted a little of course). We saw architect Theo Blankley flanked by consultants Colleen Kelly and Samantha Set before they headed to the café to enjoy French hors d’oeuvres.

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Caitlin Byrnes and Melissa Moore contributed to this issue

Last week-end! Friday January 6 at 8:00 PM, & Saturday January 6 at 2:00 and 8:00 PM, Shakespeare Theatre Co. presents the critically acclaimed Much Ado About Nothing at Sydney Harmon Hall, 610 F St. NW. This crowd-pleasing romantic comedy has been held over an extra week due to demand. Few tickets remain. Prices vary based on seating, info.

Friday -Sunday January 6-8 from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, the Washington Winter Antiques Show at AU’s Katzen Arts Center. $20 - $125, info.

Friday, January 6 at 7:00 PM, join Harper’s journalist and founding editor of The Baffler Thomas Frank for a signing and discussion of Pity the Billionaire at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free, info.

Friday, January 6 at 6:00 PM, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage presents free performances, 2700 F St. NW. Tonight: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, info.

Friday, January 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Opening Reception at Flashpoint Gallery, 916 G St. NW. Enjoy Solas Nua and Aoife Collins for Tickling the Ivories. Free, info.

Saturday, January 7 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM, 2nd Annual Wild-Card Chili Cook-Off Charity Event | at Union Pub, 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE. $10, enjoy chili and the NFL playoffs while benefitting Warrior Gateway. $10, info.

Saturday, January 7, from 8:00 PM, Elvis' Birthday Fight Club at Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th St NW. Commemorate the King's birthday with staged fighting and burlesque performances. $16, rsvp

Saturday, January 7 at 8:00 PM, join Dan Foley and Joel Harris for a humorous juggling act at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA. $20 or $15/McLean residents, info.

Saturday, January 7 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Second Lives: The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW.  Examples of how various cultures re-use fabric. $8 suggested donation, info.

Sunday, January 8 (all day), the final day of the Gaylord’s ICE! exhibit at National Harbor, 150 National Plaza Fort Washington, MD. Specially-trained ice sculptors from China carved two million pounds of ice into a 15,000 square foot winter Madagascar-themed safari. $25-$35, info.

Sunday, January 8 from 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM, enjoy the last day of exhibit The Great American Hall of Wonders at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts.NW. Collection of more than 160 objects, including paintings and drawings by John James Audubon and Winslow Homer. Free, info.

Monday, January 9 from 12:00 - 9:00 PM, Restaurant Week Metro DC Launch at participating DC bars/restaurants. $20/lunch or $35/dinner - info.

Wednesday, January 11 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM,  Washington Ballet's 11th Annual Jeté Society Happy Hour at Madhatter, 1321 Connecticut Ave. NW. Proceeds benefit the Washington School of Ballet Student Scholarship Fund,  info.

Saturday-Sunday, January 14-15 from 2:00 – 7:00 PM, 1K Wine Walk at Crystal City Shops, 2200 Crystal Dr., Crystal City, VA. Sample more than 30 different wines as you make your way through a fun, indoor course. $40/wine walk or $35/beer walk, info.
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