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January 18, 2011 
 
 
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We didn’t publish yesterday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. And on Friday, we stopped by Arena Stage for the BET Honors dinner.

 

We snapped BET CEO Debra Lee with actress Gabrielle Union, who hosted the Honors the next night, held at the historic Warner Theater for the third year.

 
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Two honorees for their involvement in fashion, music, media and the arts, were Bravo TV’s The Fashion Show co-host, super-model Iman, and the founding director of the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture, Lonnie G. Bunch III.


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Super Rich!

 

We stopped by Stroga to meet Russell Simmons Friday night as he promoted his new book Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All, where he describes his path to success and what readers can do to get there. We snapped him with long-time friend, model Katie Rost.

The book, which was released two weeks ago, is a more thorough guide than his previous one. Hooks Books Events co-founder Perry Hooks said she shares a common philosophy and love of yoga with Simmons. She’s with business partner Loretta Yenson.

Russell tells us the book explains how to achieve positive results through meditation, prayer, and making you a “more conscious giver.” He thinks people should look inside for the strength to follow their dreams. Fans snacked on chicken kebabs (not Russell, since he's a vegan) and fruit while dancing to DJ Spinser Tracy.


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Art Soiree!

 

We went to Georgetown’s L2 Lounge for Art Soiree’s Stellar Constellation Collection. This solo exhibit by Don Patron features modern portraits of DC philanthropists. We snapped Don (black tie) with TTR Sotheby’s Jennifer Harlow in front of her portrait, Abraham Group’s Stephanie Abraham, and Yale Law prof Bill Eskridge.

 

Tati and Sandro are the dynamic duo behind Art Soiree. They started the company in 2009 to showcase emerging talent in the visual arts, short film, music, and performance art.

 

Don’s partner Marcus Stephens (whose face is on the event invites), philanthropist Linda Bywaters, who’s featured in the collection, Washington Speakers Bureau’s Christen Green, and British Embassy’s David Schuld.

 

Escaping the library for a night: Georgetown Law students Ed Lee, Alyssa Monsen, Andy Aguilar, Kate Sullivan, and Chance Lee.

 

Fashion show producer Tiara Christian, fashion consultant Jeffery Wilkins, landscape architect Greg Shannon, and interior designer Megan Blake.

 

State Department’s Nicole Gibson, TTR Sotheby’s Jennifer Harlow, and ICF International’s Christy Hartman.

 

Kristina D’Ambrosio, Caitlin Byrnes, and Erica Moody contributed to this issue.


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WHERE TO BE SCENE:

 
Tuesday, February 1 beginning at 7:00 PM (VIP Chef’s Tasting Room begins at 6:00), the 10th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair, a benefit for the Washington Humane Society at The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St. NW.  Bring your dogs to this fun evening filled with taste treats from area chefs. $90/general or $150/VIP, www.washhumane.org or plarson@washhumane.org. 
 
Tuesday, February 1-Saturday, February 5 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM, visit the third annual Crystal Couture at fashion hot spot Crystal City Shops, 1750 Crystal Drive. Enjoy a rocking runway space and more than 20 fashion boutiques and designers. Different fabulous events each night, including celeb emcees. The Scene Bisnow hosts the final bash. Free; open to the public, info
 
Wednesday, February 9, Our next Total Schmoozarama is at the beautiful National Building Museum. Grab a ticket now to enjoy 20 top power business restaurants serving their signature dishes, open bar, and top notch networking. $59. Sign up today!
 

Tuesday January 18 beginning at 6:30 PM, join writer, blogger and activist David Swanson for a discussion and signing of his new book War is a Lie at Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW.  Free and open to the public, info.

Tuesday January 18 at 7:30 PM, Doorway Arts Ensemble presents a staged reading of Mary Watters play "An Ordinary Afternoon" at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave Silver Spring. info

Wednesday January 19 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, join the Young Nonprofit Professional Network and the Young Government Leaders at the 18th Amendment Bar and Restaurant, 613 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, for their special networking happy hour, open to the public: register

Wednesday January 19 from 4:00pm-7:00 PM, join the staff of Tommy Joe's, 4714 Montgomery Lane Bethesda, as they host Corporate Bartending for Charity, where company CEO's and VP's bartend during happy hour to raise money for the charity of their choice. To register your company call 301-654-3801, info.

Wednesday, January 19 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM, join the award-winning Alumnae Panhellenic Association for a Sorority Winter Meet and Greet Happy Hour at the American Tap Room, 7278 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD. The DC chapter is comprised of working, retired, married and single women with 20 active member alumnae chapters, including: Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Chi Omega, Gamma Phi Beta, etc. Event for women only, rsvp or info

Thursday January 20 7:00 - 11:00 PM, the second annual Capital Wine Festival will kick off with an opening reception at the Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row, 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW.  More than 45 wines and buffet - tickets $85/person, purchase here

Thursday, January 20 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM, visit Washington Post’s Express Night Out Free January Happy Hour at Union Jack’s Ballston, 671 N. Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA. Drink specials plus register to win $250 (winner selected at 8pm, you must be present to win). Free and open to the public, info

Thursday, January 20 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, visit the opening reception of photographer Ernesto Santalla’s “Symmetries” at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW. This exhibit includes photographs from his collage series documenting Washington's record-breaking 2010 snows. Open to the public, info

Friday January 21 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM join Kimberly Wilson and the Tranquil Space Yogis at the Tranquil Space Yoga and Spa, 1632 17th St. NW, for the India Night Benefit and Trunk Show benefitting various Indian charities including Help in Suffering and Environment Support Group.  Suggested donation of $10, register.

Friday January 21 from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM, join renowned chef Wolfgang Puck and executive chef at The Source, Scott Drewno as they discuss fine dining and food at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.  Tickets: $65/members or $75/non members.  Includes buffet lunch and a book signing, info

Friday January 21 from 6:30 - 11:30 PM, join a host of journalists from the LA Times, Washington Post, and many more as they rock out at Journopalooza at The National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Event benefits media causes such as Reporters without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists.  Tickets: $25/advance or $30/door, info

Friday, January 28 at 7:00 PM, join the Women’s Committee of The Washington Ballet for the 7th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction at the US Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Under the patronage of the South African Ambassador and South Africa Airways, guests will savor fine South African wines, cuisine and entertainment, and the chance to win exotic vacations during live and silent auctions. Tickets start at $175/person, info.
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