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The Scene Bisnow
September 30, 2008


A big shout-out to new Bisnow sponsor NVBIA. Don't miss the Parade of Homes on Oct. 4-5. See ad to the right for tickets and more details. And welcome aboard!

Saturday night Dwight K. Schrute III (or Rainn Wilson as his parents know him) came to Crystal City. The Office star, who used to act at Arena Stage, was back to emcee a benefit dinner for the Tahirih Justice Center, which helps immigrant women fleeing gender-based violence. We traveled to the Crystal Gateway Marriott to hang out with everyone's favorite assistant to the regional manager.
Authority-loving Dwight immediately gravitated to a woman in charge, Crystal City Business Improvement District CEO Angela Fox. We got to talk Office with Mr. Schrute himself. His favorite Dwight-ism? "The eyes are the groin of the face". He also discussed his upcoming part in Michael Bay's quiet period piece, Transformers 2. We allowed Rainn to pad his r?sum? and add any roles he wanted but didn't get. Look for him as Indiana Jones next summer.
Washington Examiner's Taryn Luntz and filmmaker Josie Swantek. Josie's currently working on a documentary about Mariane Pearl, widow of slain journalist Daniel Pearl. While the movie A Mighty Heart was already made about her, Josie's film promises to have a lot less Angelina Jolie.

Also on Saturday we dropped by the Fall Casino and Masquerade Ball for children's charities,  that  transformed restaurant Teatro Goldini into a Monte Carlo casino floor. We prefer roulette for charity—we once made a mint for the Humane Society by betting on black.

WONDERLAND BALLROOM (1101 Kenyon St): Throw on your tightest jeans, kick your ten-speed into gear, and head to this Columbia Heights hipster hangout (hipsters, for those not in the know, are like modern day hippies, except not inclined to fight for anything more than bike lanes). Tucked into a quiet residential area, this two-floor bar features refreshingly cheap refreshments and a good selection of beer (look for Delirium Tremens, a Belgian favorite). Weekends, a crowd packs the second floor to dance to pulsing eclectic dance tunes. Outdoor seating and dining always make for a lively scene, and no need to bring a car—the Columbia Heights Metro is steps away.

STEREOLAB (9:30 Club - 815 V St. N.W, 7:30pm): Get your mind blown by the legendary surrealist British electronica act. That is, if your mind isn't already blown by reading the words "legendary surrealist British electronica act." JAM CELLAR (Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 Fifteenth St., 9:30pm): Get there early for free dance lessons. Once the lessons are complete, hop on to the floor for an all-out dance party. Please use your newfound dance skills for good, not evil.
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Eng Garcia
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