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January 15, 2010
 
 
It’s Complicated!

Attention brides, grooms, and undecideds: The Washington Ultimate Wedding Showcase is Jan 24 - 11:30-3pm, Mandarin Oriental. Don't miss this marvelous matrimonial expo. Info

 
Last night we attended the debut screening of yet another new local reality TV pilot, Complicated Order, at U Street corridor’s Town Danceboutique
 

Count Time Logistics’ Wes Neal joins cast members Bang Salon’s Nikki Esoldo, Urban Adventure Companies’ David Von Storch, and Aura Spa’s Elaine Perhach. The show, anticipated for network TV, focuses on David’s hectic life with his Bang Salon, VIDA Fitness, Aura Spa, and Capitol City Brewing Company.


Capital Movement!

 

Last night we also joined Skins cheerleaders at The Reserve in support of Capital Movement Project’s fifth annual winter fundraiser and cocktail reception supporting inner city youth performing arts programs. Here: cheerleading captain Jamilla, co-founder of Capital Movement/ cheerleading director Stephanie Jojokian, and Skins’ cheerleader Chelsea Causey.

Former Skins’ cheerleader Sooin Reese with current cheerleaders Tracey Pisciotta, Ashley White—who also teaches at Capital Movement—and Donna Bavely. The project helps underprivileged DC area dancers train at the professional level with scholarships.

Ericsson Federal’s Douglas Smith and Skins’ Ambassador Adriana Alfaro. Auction items benefiting Capitol Movement included Madonna backstage passes and memorabilia signed by Michael Jackson and famous Skins players.

The evening’s host, Skins Broadcast Network’s Rebecca Mejia, Comcast Sports’ Ivan Carter, CBS sportscaster Sara Walsh, and In-Q-Tel analyst Chad Booker.


HHHH!

 

Last night we also headed to Penn Quarter’s Spy Museum for Homo Hotel Happy Hour, a monthly schmoozing event geared to the gay community but open to all, and snapped government affairs specialist Joe Walker, PR whiz Tyler Brown, and National Conference on Citizenship’s Morgan Corr.

 

Apparently gray is the new black. Nick Gordon, Endless Simmer’s Russell Warnick, consultant Ben Grove, and attorney Mike Stanek.


L’Enfant!

 

Last night we also stopped by downtown’s K Street Lounge for the National Mall’s L’Enfant Society kick-off party to welcome the leadership of this year’s Ball on the Mall. L’Enfant Society co-chair/ Simpson Housing VP George Chopivsky and Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan flank the ambassador’s wife Veronica.

 

Softchoice’s Katie Massella, L’Enfant Society co-chair/ Time Warner’s Cameron Gilreath, and RTC Relationship Marketing’s Sarah Craighill are pleased the Society has already raised $300,000 for the Mall’s restoration.

 

Washington Post’s Lacy Byrnes, DC natives Louise Hooff and Lindsay Williams, and Sara Tuttle Interiors’ Sara Tuttle.


Olé!
 

Last night California Tortilla unveiled its newest California Screamin’ burrito at its Arlington Courthouse location, with live music, free food, and mouth watering swag bags. California Tortilla’s Keith Goldman, Stacey Kane, and president Robert Phillips told us that the burrito joint is HQ’d in Rockville.

Vanessa Meccarielli, Heather Mahoney, Mary Kate Rasa, and Madeleine Starkey contributed to this issue.


WHERE TO BE SCENE:

 
Thursday, January 21 from Noon – 1:30 PM, join Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business at the Bethesda Hyatt Regency for an afternoon information session. Its Executive Education department is having a lunchtime dine and learn for anyone interested in pursuing a Global MBA or Executive Master's in LeadershipRSVP

Friday, January 15 from 9:00 – 12:00 PM, Haiti Earthquake Relief Party at the Shadow Room, 2131 K St. NW. This special event benefits those affected in the Haitian earthquake. Relief party is $10 for girls, $20 for guys, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Red Cross' efforts in Haiti. You can RSVP to get in for FREE (until 12 a.m. for girls, 11 p.m. for guys); however, donations will still be taken at the door. Phone: 202-887-1200.

Friday January 15 from 5:00 PM – 3:00 AM join Sean “P.Diddy Combs” in the celebration of his BET Honors Award, at The Park at 14th , 920 14th Street NW. Visit park14.com or call 202-262-3939 for table reservations; for guest list email Fridays@Park14.com.

Friday, January 15 from 4:00 -9:00 PM, visit the International Motorcycle Show held at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place. The event includes stunt shows, seminars, vintage-motorcycle displays, vendors, and more. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-11; kids under six are free. Online advance-purchase discounts are available here. *This event also occurs: Saturday 9:30AM to 8:00PM, and Sunday 10AM to 5PM.

Friday, January 15 – January 24 (Daily) Alexandria Restaurant Week includes 10 splendid days to explore the culinary diversity of Northern Virginia at discount prices. With 50 restaurants participating, some are offering three-course dinners for $35, others a dinner-for-two deal also for $35, and a couple dessert minded spots will give you a taste of their sweet treats for only $3.50! Make reservations/view the list of participating restaurants at visitalexandriava.com.

Friday, January 15 from 8:00 – 11:00 PM, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts presents: Daedalus Quartet – The Discovery Series at The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road. Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in a golden age of American string quartets.” Tickets: $35, please visit wolftrap.org; in person at the Barns Box Office; or by phone at 1 (877) 965-3872. 

Saturday, January 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, come to the Opening Reception for Kost | Baldwin | Sutton. Conner Contemporary Art Studio (1358-60 Florida Ave NE) is very pleased to present concurrent solo exhibitions by three gallery artists: Jeremy Kost, Taylor Baldwin and Matthew Sutton. Running from January 16 – March 6, no RSVP is required, the event is FREE!

Saturday, January 16 starting at 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM now extended at the Harman Center's Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th Street NW Fellowship for the Peforming Arts presents: The Screwtape Letters.  Actor Max McLean as Screwtape -- critically acclaimed in New York; standing room only in D.C.; the “most successful show in the history of Chicago’s Mercury Theater” by the Chicago Tribune. Tickets: $29-$60 shakespearetheatre.org for ages 12+.

Saturday, January 16 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM come join fellow Washingtonians to shape up with NBC’s annual Health and Fitness Expo at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. This free event features medical screenings, fitness ideas, local health representatives, and celebrity guests. *Also runs Sunday, January 17 at the same time. http://www.nbcwashington.com/brchannel/health-expo-2010.html

Sunday, January 17 from 7:00PM – 12:00AM join Art Soiree for Obama's Portfolio: Humorous Highlights of the First Year in Office” at Hudson Restaurant & Lounge 2030 M Street, NW. This exhibition features the most renowned editorial and political cartoonists from world’s top newspapers and magazines. Their works have been published in the Economist, NYTimes, Huffington Post and other well known publications. No RSVP required, the event is free!

Monday, January 18th from 7:45- 10:00 AM, join The United Planning Organization for its 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Wardman Park Marriott, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, featuring keynote speaker Wade Henderson, CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. The annual breakfast raises funds for the UPO/Joseph A. Beavers Scholarship Fund, which provides $10,000 scholarships to five deserving DC high school and G.E.D. graduates.  Individual Tickets: $75.00.  Tables and corporate sponsorship packages available.  For more information, call John Goodykoontz at 202.232.6575. 

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