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August 6, 2008



Don't think nothing's going on in town, like the olden days. Maybe it's the stay-cation fad, or just that the people we know are getting younger.


We went to a screening Monday night of a new movie called Red, co-produced by real estate developer John Cecchi, seen here at an after-party hosted by Washington Life at CoCo Sala in East End. With him, former Redskins cheerleaders Leeanne Decker and Kelley Cornwell, and former "Redskins Ambassador" Sarah Wingfield. But John didn't just have fun Monday: Last week he was with friends in St. Tropez; he came back Friday for a weekend in Dewey; and the rest of this week he's in Vail.


Okay, maybe he was born John Stephens, but adopting the stage name John Legend sure seems appropriate now: the 29-year old R&B songwriter, pianist, and singer has a fanatical following. We were on hand at his press conference Friday, above, as he came to DC for the day to promote "sustainable solutions" in Africa by co-hosting a four hour concert with Jay-Z and several African singing stars. He told us he wanted to do this because artists "have the power to bring people to the event, and once they are there, we can interest them in the cause." 


Four hours later, John was on stage with a little change of clothes (strangely, more businesslike) crooning his platinum singles like Ordinary People.


The noise meter went through the roof when Jay-Z came on as the last act near midnight; everyone in the Concert Hall seemed to know every word of his rap. He joked how he's often been to DC, but never before at the sedate Kennedy Center. The Concert Hall may still be shaking.


We decided not just to wait for summer party news, but to make it. So Thursday we held our own party, for 400, with Georgetown's CUSP at new hot spot Shadow Room at 21st and K. Our doors opened from 7 PM to 2 AM, and as the hours went on the crowd got younger and the decibel level higher. Here, Trimark's Chris Davidson flanked by ITA-Design's Rouzita and Bita Vahhabaghai.


Navigant Consulting's Joie Sciremammano, Corporate Executive Development's Katie Muilenberg, and G'Town law student Lily Izadi.


The "Shadowroom Crew," including several of our own. Doesn't it make you want to come work at Bisnow? (We hope—we're hiring.)


Key Bank's Christian Gorissen and Johns Hopkins' Meghan Mercier are enjoying the party with Key Bank's Susan Duitch and House Committee on Natural Resources' Marcie Cooperman, as our own Elliott Bisnow swoops in to steal a drink.


Shadow Room owner Swaptak Das demonstrating the unique tech features the club offers like touchpads for ordering drinks for your table, although your server can also use her iPhone. When Das is not working the DC nightlife scene, he's playing the role of of CEO of Virginia-based Solar Connect which provides web consulting, design, programming and marketing services. He sleeps between 3 and 4 AM whether he needs to or not.

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