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January 23, 2009 

(Part III)


We were in Penn Quarter for the Creative Coalition Inaugural Ball on Tuesday at the Harman Center We scoped out the blue carpet (presenter Pepsi's color) and chatted up A-listers who were treated to performances by Elvis Costello, Sting and Sam Moore.


While it looks like Anne Hathaway is describing the size of her ATM withdrawal, she's actually explaining that white bracelet. She told us it expressed solidarity with gay marriage rights. She wouldn't comment about Pastor Rick Warren but held up the bracelet when asked. (And the question came up a lot.)


Susan Sarandon was more than happy to discuss her hope for the next administration. When pressed for how Barack Obama could improve, she said our returning vets deserved more attention. (She's visited Walter Reed on several occasions.) 


And hello to Alan Cumming, Tony-winner (as the Emcee in Cabaret) and X-Men superhero.


We won't pick favorites, but Giancarlo Esposito, actor in many Spike Lee movies, was one of the classiest.


Richard Schiff, who played Toby Ziegler on The West Wing, with his wife, actress Sheila Kelley. To the left, with blonde hair: Matthew Modine, who hung around for half an hour making everyone laugh. He's also a big fan of investing in transportation, such as light rail (which you always wanted to know).


We snapped this of Friday Night Lights star Connie Britton—we hope we're not violating laws printing it. Others in attendance: Ed Norton, Ron Howard, Marisa Tomei, Magic Johnson, Buzz Aldrin, Scarlett Johansson, Barry Levinson, Dana Delany, Wendie Malick, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Jalen Rose.


Alfre Woodard during an interview with CNN.


We took this of Tim Daly, from Private Practice. Or Wings, if you love 90's sitcoms.

Welcome Heroes

The stars came out to honor our troops at the Heroes Red, White and Blue Ball at the Warner Theater on Tuesday night.  We took this of Actress Judy Reyes from Scrubs with an organizer of the Heroes Ball, Kenneth Suarez. In the packed audience, in addition to tons of service members and their families, we spotted Andy Baldwin, former star of the Bachelor, Survivor star Becky Lee, and Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.


Tony award winner Ben Vereen, who introduced the headliners, delighted the crowd performing with Peter and Paul of "Peter, Paul & Mary."


Former Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington pumped up the crowd during a break in the music and gave service members a chance to tell their stories.


Funk master George Clinton brought down the house. Sly Stone also performed.


On Monday night, the Hilton Washington was filled with DC's regular stars: 1100 Congressmen, Senators, and others invited by the Presidential Inaugural Committee for the official Candlelight Dinner honoring Senator John McCain. Here, the real Obama meets Hilton area VP Frank Otero and director of finance E. Kwaku Mensah, who came to the US from Ghana in '72 and said, "I cried on the night of the election."


John McCain, here with Cindy, got a standing O when he pledged his support for the new administration. Guests enjoyed lobster bisque, porcini dusted petit filet, and warm toffee pudding prepared by executive chef Andre Cote.


Joe Biden went off script to honor McCain.


The ballroom changed colors when Patti Labelle sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."


Friday, January 23, 10 PM-3 AM. Celebrate the end of Inauguration Week at Love, 1350 Okie St NE; wear any memorabilia you got (pins, shirts). Free admission until midnight if you print a flyer from their website, www.lovetheclub.com.

Saturday, January 24, 8-11 PM. Cheer for Kate Marie Grinold, Miss DC, who's competing to be Miss America at the Miss America Viewing Party at Tattoo Bar, 1413 K St. A $5 donation is suggested to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

All week-end: At E Street Cinema, Steven Soderbergh's two-part epic about the life of Che Guevara, starring Benicio Del Toro. We'll have a picture of Benicio we snapped last night in our next issue (we're sticking with Inauguration pics this week.) After Jan 29, you won't be able to see 4 hours about the revolutionary straight through — you'll have to see it in two installments.

Wednesday, January 28, 7-9 PM. Support the 7th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair benefiting the Washington Humane Society at the Ritz Carlton on 22nd St. Bring your beloved pooch and enjoy treats by Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox (for you) and Barkley Square Gourmet Dog Bakery (for Fido). General admission tickets are $85 and VIP tickets are $125 (VIP Reception starts at 6:30 PM) at (202) 723-5730 or skranitz@washhumane.org.

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