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May 25, 2011 


Cheers to KPMG principal Paul Tobola who won dinner for four at The Prime Rib and a bottle of Silver Oak wine. Paul subscribed to Dining Bisnow and won our contest in honor of Silver Plate Award winner and Prime Rib owner Buzz Beler. We can't always promise dinner, but Dining Bisnow will whet your appetite - subscribe here.


Last night we stopped by the offices of KaBOOM to celebrate its 15th anniversary of building playgrounds. We also congratulated them on the success of a new book, KaBOOM: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play.


These KaBOOM supporters moved to DC from Chicago in the last two years: Dept of Education general counsel Charlie Rose, senior advisor Karen Duncan, and Sidwell’s Nan Pickens. KaBOOM has one million volunteers and will build its 2,000th playground next month. If you wonder what Karen's holding: it was Tiara Tuesday.

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Founder and CEO Darrell Hammond (right) says play is a necessity, not a luxury. In 15 years, his non-profit has gone from 0 to $23 million a year. He’s with his first employee, Ted Adams, who’s since gone to Potomac Riverkeepers.

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DC Central Kitchen prepared delicious hors d’oeuvres; here, graduate Deroy Callands Jr, and student Ross Giacchina.


Kelly Cutrone!


We stopped by Redwood Restaurant at Bethesda Row for a private pre-runway reception and special book signing for New York Times best-seller Normal Gets You Nowhere with PR maven Kelly Cutrone. We snapped her with fan image consultant Emily Diaz.

Actress Angelica Talan and The Buckle’s Glen Ralston. This kicked off the third annual Front Row, a three day fashion weekend with summer fashions and fall preview collections.


Brandy Morgan, Monument Realty’s Pam Zandy, Federal Realty Investment Trust’s Jill Powell; (back) Forest City’s Marina Gitas, attorney Stephanie Weirick, and Monument's Tasha Stancill.




We went to a cocktail preview trunk show on Friday night hosted by Jackson Hole artist Natalie Clark at her lovely Massachusetts Heights home for her friend, Pennsylvania artist Michael Schunke, here in front of some of his limited edition blown glass sculptures, which can take months to make.




We celebrated the opening of Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Crystal City with an official grand opening last week. The award winning property offers luminous design and intuitive technology. Guests enjoyed spectacular views from the top floor Sky Lounge, complete with Swarovski crystal-encrusted binoculars, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music by Electric Violin Vixen Caitlin, here with David Marriott and DJ Mia Moretti.


Each of the hotel’s 300 guest rooms has a 42-inch flat-screen high def TV and iPod docking station. DJ Donald Syriani, The Aba Agency’s Aba Kwawu, and Fairfax Hospital Dr. Karim Salameh.


WUSA 9's Ellen Scott, Queen Bee Designs' Allison Brooks, Accelovance's Roxana Serbanescu, and Cheryl Romero.




We stopped at new Penn Quarter restaurant Fiola last weekend for a cocktail reception to start getting excited about this summer’s Washington Kastles tennis. We snapped coach Murphy Jensen and owner Mark Ein with irrepressible mascot, Topspin.


Happy Anniversary!


Last night we stopped by Lincoln Restaurant to congratulate Tara Chantal Silver on the third anniversary of her PR company, SilverStrategy. She’s flanked by Israeli Embassy’s Miriam Katz, and Journal of the Middle East and Africa’s Suzanne Kurtz.


Heather Mahoney and Kristina D’Ambrosio contributed to this issue.

Saturday, June 4 at 7:00 PM, the Washington Humane Society presents the 24th Annual Bark Ball at the Washington Hilton International Ballroom, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW. The only black-tie event in where you can bring your canine as your date! Silent and live auction, dinner, program, dancing, and special surprises, info.
Thursday, June 2 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, join the Gladney Center for Adoption for Sips & Dips, a capitol wine tasting and silent auction benefiting its efforts to build forever homes for children around the world, held at the law firm of Jones Day, 300 New Jersey NW,  info Please RSVP by May 26 here

Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm Washingtonian Magazine and LivingSocial’s  Best of Washington 2011 Happy Hour at Whitlow's on Wilson, 2854 Wilson Blvd Arlington. Complimentary drink and appetizers, info.

 Wednesday, May 25 from 7:30pm - 10:30pm 2011 Seersucker Social Prep: Mid-city Vintage & Pop-up Shopping  at Marvin, 2007 14th St NW, includes 20% off on select items for shoppers who mention the Seersucker Social Shopping map available here

Wednesday May 25 (all day), stop by Kushi Izakaya & Sushi, 465 K St. NW for its Japanese Red Cross Fundraiser.  Kushi is donating 100% of sales from their popular pork belly skewers to the Japanese Red Cross' earthquake relief funds, info

Wednesday, May 25 from 7:30 – 10:30 AM, 10th Anniversary Celebration ACE Scholarship Awards Breakfast at the National Press Club, 529 14th St NW. Proceeds support the ACE Mentor Program in the Greater Washington area. $160+, info.

Wednesday, May 25 at 6:00 PM, Reading is Fundamental for the Gift of Reading Gala at the Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. Cocktail reception and silent art auction. $300, info.

Wednesday, May 25 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM, Georgetown Farmers’ Market returns to Rose Park, O St & 26th NW. Open 3-7pm every Wednesday (rain or shine) from mid-April until the last Wednesday in October. Open to the public, info.

Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM, Breakfast at Tiffany’s Breast Cancer Fundraiser at Colonial Jewelers, 1 South Market St Frederick, MD. $65, includes gift bag with tiara, earrings, gloves, necklace info.

Wednesday, May 25 from 9:00 – 11:00 PM, NoMa Summer Film Fest returns with a free screening of Indian Jones and The Last Crusade on the outdoor NoMa Screen, L St between 2nd and 3rd Streets NE, info.  

Wednesday, May 25 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Happy Hour for a Cause to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at Puro Café, 1529 Wisconsin Ave NW. First 40 people receive a free wine tasting $10 donation - all donations go to LLS, info.

Thursday, May 26 from 7:00pm - 11:59 PM, Art Soiree Garden Fete at Puro Café, 1529 Wisconsin Ave NW. Night of art and music with performances by Robert Kupstas Quartet. $10, rsvp.

Thursday, May 26 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM, Run for Freedom Post Race Happy Hour at 19th, 1900 I St NW. $5/door includes one drink and raffle ticket, info.

Thursday, May 26 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Knockout Leukemia and Lymphoma and Dare to Dream at Cities Restaurant & Lounge, 919 19th Street NW. $10, info.

Thursday, May 26 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Ladies DC for an art show & charity event at the Lisner-Louis-Dickerson-Hurt Home 5425 Western Ave NW. Phoptographer Don and writer Megan Harrington will have items for purchase, performance by jazz singer Sheena Alexis, wine and hors d'oeuvres, www.ladiesdc.com.

Thursday, May 26 from 8:45pm - 11:00pm Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Film Fest, Best of the Oscars at the Capitol Riverfront, between 3rd and 4th and Tingey St. SE. Featrure film: Casablanca – free and open to the public, info.

Friday, May 27 – 30 (all day), Star 7 Stripes & Spokes, America’s Memorial Day Rally at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds 2400 East Capitol St NE. Free admission, motorcycle parking and entertainment. Volunteer or participate, info.

Friday, May 27 from 5:00pm - 8:30pm Jazz in the Garden 2011 at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 700 Constitution Ave NW. Lie on the grass, enjoy music, drink copious amounts of wine. Free, and open to the public. summer schedule

Friday, May 27 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm Yards Park Friday Evening Concerts at The Yards Park, 10 Water Street SE. Every Friday, free and open to the public. Tonight: Sin Miedo (Salsa) www.yardspark.org.

Friday, May 27 from 5:00-9:00 PM, Friday Evening in Paradise at Paradise Springs Winery, 13219 Yates Ford Rd, Clifton, VA. Live music on the lawn, and $1 off all glasses of wine. Open to all, info.

Friday, May 27 beginning at dusk, Rosslyn’s Outdoor Film Fest screening of Tommy Boy at Gateway Park at Lee Highway near Key Bridge. Bring blankets and low chairs; pre-show games and prizes; movies play rain or shine, info

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