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The Scene Bisnow
October 2, 2008


Come network with the Bisnow team and over 1,000 professionals from DC's law, real estate, tech, and association communities at our Democrats v. Republicans Hip Happy Hour at the way chill Park at Fourteenth, October 15, 6-8 PM, then stay to watch the presidential debate! Free-of-charge, but please RSVP here.


Think you're worthy enough to get pampered by the hands that have beautified superstars Eva Longoria Parker and Rosario Dawson? For the past 22 years, many have considered Erwin Gomez DC's top makeup artist, not to mention self-titled eyebrow guru. We visited his Georgetown digs (Erwin Gomez Salon & Spa, 1519 Wisconsin Ave) to see the man celebs visit when they're in DC.


Erwin in the salon's $16,000 Takara Belmont chair. It reclines, massages, and whispers how beautiful you look into your ear (although that might be Erwin). Parts of the salon look more like an upscale electronics boutique than a beauty parlor: Mac laptops are available to customers if they want to play Ms. Pac Man while getting waxed.


You don't get assigned a stylist when scheduling a hair appointment; you come in and interview each member of the team to find out who best matches your style. Think of it like hiring a new employee, except all the applicants have fabulous hair.


Inside Erwin's top secret cold fission manicure facility. Actually, this is the sectioned-off spa room with calming mood lighting. Clients receive full body messages while the sound system plays music so soothing it makes Enya sound like death metal.


If getting massages in chairs that cost more than a Hyundai isn't relaxing enough, you can lounge in the salon's Asian-themed backyard. Sip on a mojito (well, not everything's Asian) and listen to the waterfall as your nails dry. If you can afford it, there aren't too many places in DC that will let you be so lazy yet make you look so good.


Champlain Street in Adams Morgan just got even hipper with the unveiling of the 8-unit Erie condo. Last night developer and D.B. Lee Development prez Dennis Lee, left, hosted a celebration that had guests swirling pinot noir from the ground floor courtyard to the hot tubs on the roof. Also on hand: Dennis' friends Tan Liu, who flew in from California, and D.B. Lee's Jennifer Hosmer. DJ Seyhan Duru provided the soundtrack for Washington's well-heeled as they explored the new hot spot.


Pamela's Punch blogger Pamela Sorensen and equestrienne Christina Pipes. Pamela has her hands on some of the most coveted tickets in town: this evening's New Kids on the Block concert. That's right, not only are they still touring, people are still paying to see them.


DC Bar's Taylor Berry and architect and design consultant James ASG Van Wynen. Van Wynen worked on the interior walls and finishes of the building.



PRE-PARTY: SOIREE CARTE BLANCE (Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave NW, 6pm): Dance and look at French gardens and art at this mansion party. Bring your own iPod to have your tunes included in the playlist (please, easy on the Manilow).

CLUB: LAYLA LOUNGE (501 Morse Street) It was a long week at the office; you deserve that champagne and Grey Goose.


RESTAURANT: THE ISLANDER (1201 U St NW): Haven't had cuisine from Trinidad & Tobago? Make dinner reservations at this U street Caribbean favorite and try the calypso shrimp. Despite how cute you think you are, do not wear a floral shirt.

CONCERT: CHROMEO (9:30 Club, 814 V St NW, 8pm) This new wave throwback duo describe themselves as the only successful Jewish/Arab combination in the history of the world. You decide.


BRUNCH: COCO SALA (929 F St NW): As the name implies, this joint's specialty is chocolate. What's not to like?

GAME: REDSKINS vs. PHILLY (1pm): Now that the 'Skins are on a high after their upset win over Dallas, the whole town will be buzzing for this showdown against McNabb and the Eagles. Just try to find a TV and remember to update your fantasy team.

FLICK: VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA: In Woody Allen's multi-tiered love story, passion replaces his trademark neuroticism. SPOILER ALERT: Diane Keaton does not make an appearance.

WIND-DOWN: THE COOLOUT (Beacon Hotel Rooftop, 1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 3pm): Check out DJs Adrian Loving and Harry Hotter at this happy hour with a view. However, considering the weekend you had, may we recommend a bath and early bedtime? We just don't know how you do it.

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