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October 14, 2008


Biggest party of the season—and it's free: Bisnow's Democrats v. Republicans Hip Happy Hour. 1,500 people from all Washington industries. The great Park at Fourteenth. Oct 15, 6-8 PM, stay and watch the debate. No charge, but you must sign up!


What better way to spend Monday night than with steak and the ’Skins? The 4-2 team was at Morton’s in Georgetown for a meet & greet and to watch Monday Night Football. They signed autographs, shook hands, and ate a few hundred pounds of filet. We were sure to keep quiet about Sunday’s loss as we watched the Browns take on the Giants with the pride of DC.


Linebacker Matt Sinclair and defensive end Erasmus James were doubtful that Cleveland could help the Redskins’ NFC East standing by beating the undefeated Giants. Much to everyone’s joy and surprise, the G-men returned to New York with an “L.”


Lorenzo Alexander, his wife Manjanique, and his brother Jonathan in the background. Lorenzo earned the nickname “One Man Gang” for his play on offense, defense, and special teams. And that's just at the meal table.


Don’t worry, offensive lineman Stephon Heyer was happy to see us. He’s probably just used to staring down 300-pound defensive ends. We asked if he thinks the Redskins would be a good candidate for HBO’s Hard Knocks, a yearly documentary following an NFL team’s preseason. “Nope, we have way too many cut-ups.” We wonder what kind of pranks couldn’t even make it on HBO.


Speaking of pranks, Rookie quarterback Colt Brennan has had to withstand a few. The former Hawaii standout (refer here for his staggering list of NCAA records) threw on his helmet for practice only to find that teammate Jason Taylor had smeared Vaseline on his visor. On a positive note, defenders slid right off.


Everyone knows Marvin (at 14th and U) for its bar scene that gets started around 10PM or later on weekends, but the dinner scene is also one of the best in town.  We were in their 74-seat dining room around 7 PM Saturday, and it was hopping. Above, we snapped executive chef James Claudio supervising a short but satisfying “Belgian fusion” menu: country fried free range chicken and waffles, burger on onion brioche with chanterelles, chimay grand cru cheese, mussels, and . . .well, you get the idea. Marvin is owned by restaurateur Eric Holmes and others, who also own Local 16, Josephine, and Current.


And, as we walked down the street afterwards, we ran into an art gallery opening: Hamilton Gallery (1353 U) presenting new works by Nao Matsumoto, Ian MacLean Davis, and Bryan Rosjuontikul until Nov 7. Our interview with Mr. Rosjuontikul may appear in a later issue as we were not able to finish his name before deadline.


TEXAS HOLD ‘EM (Clarendon Grill, 1101 N. Highland St., Arlington, 7pm): You were going to sit in your underwear and play online poker anyway. Why don’t you throw on some pants and meet a few people?  Free admission to this tournament with a $50 gift certificate on the line.

OYSTER HAPPY HOUR (Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th St. NW, 3pm-6pm and 11pm-1am): Put the “happy” in happy hour with half-priced natural aphrodisiacs.

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