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January 19, 2009 
 
       
 

INAUGURAL WEEKEND!


Midway through a five-day floating party the likes of which few remember in Washington—well, maybe if you were around for Andrew Jackson—we salute the memory today of Martin Luther King, and wish you the best tomorrow as you make your way through crowds and history.


 

The Mellon Auditorium was the place to be Saturday night at the Green Ball. Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean and other celebrity environmentalists celebrated their hope for a greening of America.

 

We snapped this of Wyclef with a "BaRack My World" sticker across his forehead, rocking the crowd with an hour-long set, including "Sweetest Girl," a cover of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry," his Shakira collaboration "Hips Don't Lie," and "Gone Till November."

 

TV star Hayden Panettiere took a break from her hit series Heroes. She's a supporter of the Whaleman Foundation, a non-profit that tries to preserve ocean marine life, here with DC Shadow Senator Paul Strauss.

 

We took this of artist Ryan Paul Simmons, who helped paint the town "green" with this image that became the identity of the "Barack the Vote" campaign.  Simmons tells us he decided to get his message across by using a variety of colors to represent people coming together.


Last Night at Lima
 

Sunday night the newly renovated Lima Restaurant and Lounge kept the celebration rolling until the early morning hours (5 AM!) with help from Grammy award winners Dubfire and Dirty Vegas, though our picture here is of two local stars: Pirooz Sarshar, owner of The Grooming Lounge, and Philippe Cousteau, who founded EarthEcho (an organization that seeks to protect the oceans) in honor of his father, Philippe Cousteau, Sr., son of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau

 

D.C. native, Dubfire, formerly of Deep Dish, came back to help celebrate the Inauguration.


Friday Night in Georgetown
 

At Caf? Milano Friday night, we snapped movie icon Bo Derek, right, with Secretary  of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and Deloitte's new DHS practice leader Linda Solomon (left) and director of tech, telecom, and media Christine Vermillion. The party was hosted by high profile restaurant owner Franco Nuschese to mark the inauguration and also raise consciousness about the Robert Gallo Foundation for AIDS and Virus Research.

 

Also on hand, Mayor Fenty with former Bush HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, who stepped down last April and has been teaching, tells us he'll announce a law firm affiliation next week. Fenty, you might have noticed, has been everywhere the last few days. Even this morning, as we exercycled, we even saw him lead off the Today Show with Matt and Meredith.


The Moonbeam is Back!
 

We use that headline affectionately, of course, and snapped this Friday night in Georgetown of former California governor (and current state attorney general) Jerry Brown, right, with Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno, CA) and PR maven Julie Chase. The "non-fundraiser" was hosted by venture capitalist Jonathan Silver and entrepreneur Melissa Moss in their Georgetown home to re-acquaint an older liberal crowd with Jerry, once (circa 1975) the hippest and most popular politician in America, now age 70. Jerry pointed out there are still only two Democratic governors in California history since the 1800s who've served two terms: him and his dad. And now Jerry's eyeing a third term, succeeding the Governator, who's evidently thinking of running for the Senate. 


A COUPLE CORRECTIONS ON DATES AND PLACES:
 

Tuesday, January 20, 8PM to 2AM — Celebrate our nation's heroes at the 2009 Heroes Red, White & Blue Inaugural Ball with a 3-hour Legends Past, Present and Future tribute concert arranged by Award Winning Producer Nile Rodgers, hosted by Tiki Barber and featuring Josh Groban, Nas, Robert Randolph, Donnie McClurkin, Gloria Gaynor and many more at the Warner Theatre. Tickets at www.heroball.org.

Tuesday, January 20 — One of the 10 official Inaugural balls includes the Youth Inaugural Ball for people between the ages of 18-35.  MTV and Service Nation teamed up to organize the event at the Hilton.  Tickets went fast (at only $75!)  but maybe you can find a way to get one. 

 
 
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