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July 26, 2010 
 
 
 
Elliott Yamin!

Chris4Life is working to crush colon cancer-with a party. Live performances, art-themed auction, cocktails, treats and celebs highlight the Blue Crush celebration. Tomorrow (July 27) at Stroga. More info.

 
We visited the Village at Leesburg to celebrate its grand opening last weekend with a summer block party benefiting Loudon Habitat for Humanity. Richmond native Elliott Yamin headlined.
 
One of the best liked American Idol contestants, Elliott was recently #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and had the highest independent debut by a new artist in chart history.
 
Elliott with IMPACT Marketing's Eddie Fam.
 
Opening the show was Virginia's Emmet Swimming, whose band has received 14 Washington Area Music Association Awards, including Artist of the Year.
 

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Clinton!
 
We also stopped by Clinton Portis' All White Party this past weekend at Famoso Restaurant and Lounge in Chevy Chase. Proceeds aid students along the Gulf coast who've been displaced from their schools, athletic fields, and training grounds. The 'Skins running back is here with entrepreneur Joe Bird.
 
Mari Vayrynen, Tiina Kupianinen, Sandra Mrnjavac, and Molly Quella.
 
'Skins Brian Orakpo and Fred Davis flank Dr. Alex Naini.

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Fringe!
 
The 2010 Capital Fringe Festival closed yesterday after three weeks at 30 venues in DC, with 137 different shows selling 33,000 tickets. Dai Andrews, billed as the world's greatest sword swallower (twice world record breaker) featured his unusual abilities.
 
Do Not Kill Me, Killer Robots was sung by Ben Egerman at the Point.
 
Chlamydia dell'Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque was performed by Gigi Naglak and Meghann Williams at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar at Ft. Fringe. This was one of the shows that wasn't recommended for families.
 
Capital Fringe board members Claire Carlin and Kingdon Gould flank executive director Julianne Brienza.

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Mary Poppins!
 
We went to the Kennedy Center Opera House last night to see Mary Poppins and snapped this during the thunderous Standing O. The sets, costumes, singing, dancing-everyone there, from 7 to 77, loved it-and when Mary flew over the audience and up past the top of the third balcony, the sold-out crowd went nuts. It's here for another month.
 
The view from the terrace at intermission was spectacular after the storm. To all of you without power (reading on cell phones, of course), we hope your lives return to normal soon!

Kristina D'Ambrosio and Heather Mahoney contributed to this issue

WHERE TO BE SCENE:
 
Tuesday, July 27, from 7:00 - 10:00 PM, join The Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, The Pink Line Project and Pamela's Punch for the 1st Annual "Blue Crush" Summer Celebration to Crush Colon Cancer at STROGA, 1808 Adams Mill Rd. NW. Tickets are on sale online for only $35, after July 17th ticket price is $40 (online ticket sales only - no sales at the door).  All proceeds from the event will benefit Chris4Life Patient, Treatment & Care Program. Info: www.chris4life.org; Tickets: http://chris4lifebluecrush.eventbrite.com
 
Wednesday, July 28 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, step up your social game, literally, as Thrillist and Heineken Light celebrate summer with Light Up DC - a private bash overlooking DC at the rooftop ADC pool bar at Donovan House, 1155 14th Street, N.W. featuring ice-cold brews from Heineken Light, devastatingly choice tunes, and access to the pool -- so be sure to bring your dressy aqua socks. RSVP at http://Thrillist.com/LightUpDC
 

Monday, July 26 from 8:30 - 10:30 PM, join summer move-goers for Screen on the Green, a DC tradition on the National Mall, 700 Independence Ave. SW. Bring a blanket to enjoy Henry Fonda in Angry Men on a gigantic movie screen. Films are shown on Monday nights beginning at dusk, around 8:30-9:00 p.m. Continues Mondays, July 12 - August 2. Info: 1-877-262-5866 or www.nps.gov.

Tuesday, July 27 from 3:00 - 7:00 PM, visit the The Crystal City FRESHFARM farmers' market, a diverse selection of goods from local producers. This weekly market runs from 3-7PM every Tuesday on Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Street. www.crystalcity.org.

Tuesday, July 27 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, kick off Peruvian Independence Day with a celebration at Mio Restaurant, 1110 Vermont Ave NW.  Featuring Evelyn Brooks and Coprodeli USA! Award winning jewelry designer, Evelyn Brooks, will be cooking while showcasing her jewelry! Tickets: $48/advance or $58/door - $10 of each ticket will benefit Coprodeli USA! Reservations call (202) 955-0075 or email nevans@coprodeliusa.org.

Tuesday, July 27, 10pm - Washington Improv Theater presents Harold Night. It starts with an audience suggestion, then enjoy an evening of comedy with the most famous long-form improv format, Harold. Almaz Restaurant near U Street Metro. $5. Info

Tuesday, July 27 from 6:30 - 9:30 PM, visit Fundraising Happy Hour for Cultural Canvas Thailand at the Science Club, 1136 19th St NW. Hosted by Jade Floyd with DJ Trevor Martin tickets are $10 or FREE with one donated bag of art supplies (types of supplies needed: crayons, colored pencils, construction paper, chalk, markers, rubber stamps, stencils). Happy hour specials all night, http://www.culturalcanvas.com/canvas_projects.php.

Tuesday, July 27 from 11:45 AM  - 1:30 PM, enjoy live music through August 31 in unique Crandal Mackey Park, corner of N. Lynn and 19th Streets. Jon Kaplan & Derek liven up your lunch with acoustic rock on July 27 - Info.

Tuesday, July 27 from 5:00 - 6:30 PM, enjoy the last restaurants & rhythms event for the 2010 season Restaurants & Rhythms at the Hyatt Arlington, The Mary Ann Redmond Duo performs and specials include half-price appetizers from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Info.

Tuesday, July 27 from 6:15 - 9:15 PM, Tuesdays & Wednesdays through September skeeball returns to the Continental Modern Pool Lounge, 1911 N. Fort Myer Dr. Players will enjoy prizes, trophies, free beer, and player shirts. The cost is $35 for Tuesday nights and $40 for Wednesday nights. Tuesday night also features a Cornhole league with a registration of $35. Info.

Wednesday, July 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, visit a Cirque du Soleil Happy Hour and Ticket Giveaway, at Farmers & Fishers Georgetown Waterfront, 3000 K St. NW. Chief Mixologist Jon Arroyo is serving two specialty cocktails for just $7. Every guest receives an egg with a prize. Giveaways include tickets to Cirque du Soleil's OVO in September, free cocktails, gift certificates and more: http://www.farmersandfishers.com/index.php/news-press.

Wednesday, July 28 beginning at 12:00 PM, an energetic crowd will salsa, shimmy and shake with outdoor Zumba in the courtyard at 2345 Crystal Drive. This class takes place every Wednesday, and participants can freshen up afterwards with a complimentary shower at the nearby Sport & Health club. www.crystalcity.org.

Wednesday, July 28 from 8:45 - 10:30 PM, bring the family for Aliens in the Attic, a part of Rockville Town Center's Outdoor Film Series, 199 E Montgomery Ave. Events continue throughout the summer including outdoor movie and concert series weekly! Events are free, info: www.rockvilletownsquare.com/news/events.php.

Wednesday, July 28 from 5:30 - 8:00 PM, visit Party at the Plaza - live music, dancing,and after-work drinks at Rosslyn Plaza, in front of the Rosslyn Spectrum Theater, 1611 N Kent St. Arlington. Featuring Ruthie and the Wranglers for western Swing! Info: http://www.rosslynva.org/play/calendar/event/party-at-the-plaza18.

Thursday, July 29 from 5:00 - 9:00 PM, visit the Best Buddies Charity Fashion Happy Hour at Teatro Goldoni, 1909 K St NW. Benefitting Best Buddies, a nonprofit dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creating friendships, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Happy hour specials - donations welcome. For more information, please visit www.bestbuddies.org.

Saturday, July 31 1:00PM -4:00PM, FFP 2010 Summer Fashion Swap at Beauty 360, 1350 Connecticut Ave, NW. Fashion Fights Poverty and Beauty 360 are teaming up to bring you our summer fashion swap. Clothing items will be donated to Goodwill of Greater Washington.Send RSVP to rsvp@fashionfightspoverty.org

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