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The Scene Bisnow
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April 19, 2012 

Last night we joined Jordin Sparks, journalists, politicians and athletes in song at the fifth annual Childhelp Capitol CAREaoke fundraiser at The Reagan Building.
The American Idol sang three songs, including Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody from the film Sparkle, opening this summer.
Sweet Potato DC
We snapped GWAAB incoming-prez Christine Rales and Childhelp Board member Carol Hebets.
Childhelp is a national nonprofit dedicated to preventing child abuse. The karaoke fundraiser was founded by ABC7 anchor Rebecca Cooper, who emceed. We snapped her flanked by CNN’s Gloria Borger and Dana Bash, and Mamie’s Mile’s Elizabeth Manresa.
The National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, operates 24/7. Here, Living Social’s Camille Watson, attorney Bridget Rainey, entrepreneur Chris McGill, and GrowTech’s Don Rainey.

Choral Arts founder Norman Scribner has been thrilling audiences in DC and all over the world for years, but after 47 years of service, he’s retiring. You can catch his last performance at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall this Sunday, April 22, at 4 pm. Afterwards, there’s a celebration at the House of Sweden. Catch the beloved maestro one last time by getting tickets for both at choralarts.org.

Sip & Sample!
Yesterday we went to the first annual Georgetown Sip & Sample Sale at the Georgetown Courtyard, behind Café Milano. We snapped RPS MedSpa’s Susy Young and Cody Barry with Georgetown Boutique District coordinator Fran Holuba and Charm Georgetown owner Jaclyn Mason.
Georgetown Boutique District, repping fashionable area brands, hosted the sale, which had markdowns, cocktails, Georgetown Cupcakes, and live music. Here, Wink boutique owner Paige Speyer, Carmen Group's Alison Cricks, and Eisai's Katie Oppenheim.
There were specialty drinks by Cocktail Jerk’s mixologist Joseph Ambrose, winner of 1869 Society's ARTini Competition 2012 at the Corcoran. He’s with fashion stylist Tara Papanicolas, Georgetown Courtyard owner Robert Elliott, and Betsey Johnson's Jenny Zinn.
Boutique owner Julia Farr, Sherman Pickey's Ethan Drath, Urban Chic’s Lindsay Buscher, Queen Bee Designs's Allison Priebe Brooks, and Sassanova's Sassy Jacobs.

Craft Show!
Last night we also went to the National Building Museum for a preview night benefit kicking off the 30th anniversary of the Smithsonian Craft Show. We snapped Lockheed Martin's Linda Banton, MultiState Associates' Marcie McNelis, and interior design owner Elaine Cole.
The show is the country's most prestigious juried show and sale of American crafts. Guests enjoyed goat cheese stuffed dates, an open bar and full buffet. Here, realtors Rob and Linda Low flank SAIC's Ben Jones and his wife Commerce Department's Libby Jones.
Area bakeries made special cakes to raise funds for education, outreach and research at the Smithsonian. Here, FTI Consulting's Tom Conway, Vintage 59 Imports' Roy Cloud, Sharon Conway and children's book author Jane Singleton Paul, whose son played the piano in the John Paul Jazz Ensemble in the show.

Heather Mahoney, Casie Kiel and Alfredo Flores contributed to this issue.

Sunday, April 22, at 4 pm is your last chance to hear Choral Arts founder Norman Scribner conduct his last performance at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Afterwards, there’s a celebration at the House of Sweden. Catch the beloved maestro one last time with tickets for both at www.choralarts.org


Monday April 23, 8:00 PM, theatreWashington presents the 28th Helen Hayes Awards at The Warner Theatre, 513 13th St NW for the awards, & The JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW for the gala. Celebrate 153 nominated artists, productions, and Helen Hayes award winner Kevin Spacey, info.

Thursday, April 19, 6:30 PM, Hope 4 Zimbabwe Charity Event at Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD. Benefitting Doc2Dock and Global Alliance for Zimbabwe. $1,000/ticket, info.

Thursday, April 19, 5:00-8:00 PM, Take Five! ArtJamz Painting and Free Jazz Concert at Kogod Courtyard at Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th & F St, NW. Food and beverages for purchase. Free Concert, $40 ArtJamz painting activity, rsvp.

Thursday, April 19, 7:00 PM, Art Meets Fashion at Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Court, NW. Artist Ulrike Kaiser meets fashion designer Anelia Peschev to benefit Life Pieces to Masterpieces. $50 for music, art, fashion show and open bar, rsvp.

Thursday, April 19, 7:30-11:00 PM, Capitol Pechakucha Night at Water Street Project, 3401 Water St., NW, featuring various 20x20 presentations. $10 in advance, $15 at door, rsvp.

Friday, April 20-22, all day, 13th Annual Bethesda Literary Festival on Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues, with authors, artists, journalists, and poets. Free, info.

Friday, April 20, 8:30 AM- 6:00 PM, Powerful Partners presented by Fairfax Women Magazine and Women Building and Investing in Success at Mason Inn Conference Center, 2408 Wisconsin NW. $99, for breakfast, luncheon, and networking, info.

Friday, April 20, 7:00 PM- 10:00 PM, Entreprelooza: Unlocking the Future at L2 Lounge, 3315 Cady’s Alley, NW. Join Startup DC and Ladies DC for  a martini mixer bringing together tech entrepreneurs and the DC community to support NFTE. $20, rsvp.

Friday, April 20, 9:00 PM, Art Soiree: Night of Music at The Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle. $40, music & hors d’oeuvres, info.

Friday, April 20, 10:00 PM, the 57th Annual Corcoran Ball at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., NW. $95/Individual, $150/couple, includes art, music, hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Ticket purchase includes summer membership, info.

Saturday, April 21, 8:00 PM-2:00 AM, Cherry Blast: Art and Music Dance Party presented by Safeway at The Light Box, 2235 Shannon Pl SE. $10, includes one drink, rsvp.

Saturday, April 21, at 8:30 AM, Walk MS 2012 at the National Mall, 700 Independence Ave, SW. Walk benefits the Nat'l Multiple Sclerosis Society. Finish line celebration. No registration fee, info.

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM, Cherry Blossom Lantern-Making Family Day at The Yards Park, 10 Water St., SE. Free, info.

Saturday, April 21, 3:00-9:00 PM, Dance in the Circle at Dupont Circle Park. Featuring performances and instruction in various dance styles. Free, info.

Saturday, April 21, 1:05 PM, Pregame Pup Parade at Nats Game benefits the Washington Humane Society at Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St., SE. $22/Dog Owner Ticket, $8/Dog, info.

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, LIFT-DC Family Day at the THEARC Theatre Parking Lot, 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE. Celebrate the one year anniversary of THEARC with family-friendly activities like face painting and moon bounce. Free, info.

Sunday, April 22, 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM, Earth Day Celebration: Eco Art and Design Depot at The Water Street Project, 3401 Water St., NW. Eco-conscious art & design, marketplace, interactive workshops. Free, info.

Sunday, April 22, 12:00- 5:00 PM, Jazz on Jefferson at the Jefferson Memorial, 14th St. and Ohio Dr., NW. Free, info.

Sunday, April 22, 5:00- 8:00 PM, Fourth Annual Cochon 555 at Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, 415 New Jersey Ave., NW. Culinary competition and tasting to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. $125, includes competition, food and drink, info.

Sunday, April 22, 6:00- 10:00 PM, 9th Annual Blues Jeans Ball benefitting the Capital Area Food Bank at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd., NW. $150, includes food tastings, drinks, live entertainment and live auction,  info.

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