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January 10, 2012 
 
 
Corcoran Uncorked!

 
Last night we went to the Corcoran Gallery of Art for the debut of ‘Corcoran Uncorked,’ a new series of late-night evenings.
 
It had a tasting and book party for Washington DC Chef’s Table. We snapped the book’s photographer Emily Pearl Goodstein and author Beth Kanter.
The series of Wednesday evenings will feature new programming and drinks from the city’s top mixologists and wine directors, with a special fixed-price for admission. Here, Baked & Wired’s Jamal Callaway, Jaleo exec chef Ramon Martinez, and Zaytinya head chef Michael Costa.
Cakelove’s Warren Brown with Baked & Wired’s Teresa Velazquez and Brenda Zaidman.

Gallery 31!
 
Last night we also went to Gallery 31, the Corcoran’s dedicated exhibition space for the Corcoran College of Art + Design. The name was selected by the students, referring to its prior designation as “Room 31” in original Corcoran plans. We snapped its curator Marti Peran, Spanish Cultural Action’s Ahaei Garcia and Edgar Endress.
Gallery 31, located at the New York Ave entrance, is open during Gallery hours, free to the public, and hosts exhibitions by Corcoran students, alumni, faculty, and visiting artists. Here, artists Billy Friebele and Michael Dax Incovone with Corcoran College exhibitions director Joseph Asher Hale.
Margo Elsayo, artist Mia Feuer, and Hamiltonian Artists fellow Jonathan Monaghan.

WTF!
 
Last night we dined at hot new restaurant Woodward Table, in the old Potenza space at 15th and H, and chatted with super chef Jeff Buben, proprietor of Vidalia and Bistro Bis. In addition to a bar and restaurant, they also have Woodward Takeout Food, WTF. Jeff says the delicious food isn’t French or Southern, like his two other spots, but American. He’s one of the amazing chefs participating in the Jan. 26-27 food extravaganza benefiting Martha’s Table and DC Central Kitchen, www.sipsandsuppers.org/. It’s almost full: sign up!
 
We ran into Cushman & Wakefield’s Matthew Alexander and David Dochter surrounding Lockheed Martin’s Chris Hunt.

GeoPlunge!
 
Yesterday was the 8th Annual DC Public Schools GeoPlunge Tournament at the National Portrait Gallery. Congrats to Arent Fox telecom partner Alan Fishel (front, center) who created the award-winning game, GeoPlunge, which motivates children to learn more about our country and enhances teamwork, social skills, and self-esteem. Here, the volunteers who ran the game with the kids.
 
Mayor Vince Gray proclaimed it GeoPlunge Day. More than 200 4th to 6th graders from 30 DC public schools competed in the tournament to get them excited about geography, part of a program to improve education in local schools. Congrats to the winning team from Alice Deal Middle School, the first squad to win all 13 of its matches.

Cardinal & Phoenix!
 
Congrats to Cardinal Bank’s Community Fund, which gave $7,500 to Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic, which celebrated its 50th anniversary and has become the nation’s leading provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention services. Here, Cardinal CEO Bernard Clineburg, Buck & Assoc CEO William Buck, and Phoenix Houses’ Suzie Buck, Deborah Simpson Taylor, and director Edd Nolen.
 
Alfredo Flores contributed to this issue.

WHERE TO BE SCENE:
 

Thursday, January 10-13, (all day), Washington Antiques Winter Show at The Katzen Arts Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $20+, info.

Thursday, January 10, - 5:00 9:00 PM, Xchange DC: Fashion Swap at Mellow Mushroom Adams Morgan, 2436 18th St. NW. raises awareness of the fashion industry’s impact on the environment with a space to exchange ideas, styles and clothing. Free, rsvp.

Thursday, January 10, 5:30 PM, Macy's Inauguration 2013 - Fashion Show- Stepping Out In Style at Macy's Metro Center, 1201 G St NW. free, runway show, band, DJ refreshments, info

Thursday, January 10, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Washington Ballet's Jeté Society Happy Hour at Ping Pong Dim Sum, 1 Dupont Circle. Portion of proceeds benefit the Jete Society – free, info.

Thursday, January 10, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, 2nd Thursday Art Night: Wintry Mix at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. free monthly event; browse studios, interact with artists, enjoy refreshments, special programming and activities, info.

Thursday, January 10, 6:00 PM, Orleans funk extraordinaire Big Sam’s Funky Nation - Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center, Free, tickets required - info.

Friday, January 11 from 7:00- 11:00 PM, join the Bridge To Freedom Foundation for Light The Way Gala at the Georgetown Westin Hotel, 2350 M St NW, to promote National Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day and raise funds for survivor development workshops. hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, dancing, lavish silent auction. $50 includes spa gift certificate here

Friday, January 11, 10:00AM - 8:00 PM, Faith in Fashion’s Future at LivingSocial, 918 F St. Events Space, 918 F St NW. Rent the Runway first DC pop-up showroom. $8/person info.

Friday, January 11, 8:30 - 9:30 PM, Tango Mercurio with Dima Berk at Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $99, includes 6 week class, info.

Saturday, January 12, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM, 3rd Anniversary Party at Paradise Springs Winery, 13219 Yates Ford Rd.Clifton. $10, info.

Saturday, January 12, 9:00 AM, Namaste at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $25, yoga instruction, breakfast, l & Gallery admission. bring your own yoga mat, info.

Saturday, January 12-13,1:00 - 5:00 PM, 1K Wine Walk at the Crystal City Shops, 2200 Crystal Dr. Arlington. $40, info.

Saturday, January 12, 10:00 - 11:30 PM, Capital City Showcase at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $10/online - $15/door, info.

Saturday, January 12, 3:00 PM, The DC Rollergirls return to action at the DC Armory, 2001 E. Capitol St. SE. Doubleheader featuring the DemonCats vs. Cherry Blossom Bombshells followed by Majority Whips vs. Scare Force One. $12/person, info

Sunday, January 13, 2:30 - 4:30 PM, Philippine Cuisine: History and Culture in a Caldero at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln. Bethesda Talk, demo. Free, info

Sunday, January 13, 7:30 PM, Hava Nagila (The Movie) & Closing Night Reception, part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival at the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $25-$30, info.
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