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January 9, 2009 
 
       
 

PRE-INAUGURAL FUN


 

There are so many fun events going on now. Yesterday we dined with a legend, danced for a good cause, ate delicious food to help open a new power restaurant, networked with some great women, and even had time to get our hair done at one of DC’s top salons.

 
We snapped this last night at dinner with singing legend Dionne Warwick at Teatro Goldoni, here with restaurant owner Michael Kosmides and his girlfriend Erica Patton.  Dionne tells us she still lives in Brazil a good part of the year—moved from Rio to Bahia—but also spends time near her hometown of East Orange, NJ. As you can see from her tee shirt, she’s looking forward to the inauguration. (How many songs can you name she’s known for?  Hmm:  Walk on By, I Say a Little Prayer, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, Do you Know the Way to San Jose? And many others.)

Dancing for a Cause
 

We took this last night, at sports bar Champions of Georgetown which hosted the Fourth Annual Capitol Movement Fundraiser. Redskinettes and CMI dancers were on hand as guests bid for Wizards courtside seats and an Aruba getaway. All proceeds went to CMI and its annual Capitol Movement Project dance concert, with over 90 dancers, to be held March 7 at the Lincoln Theatre. Stephanie Jojokian and Amber Yancey, above, founded CMI four years ago to improve dance training and opportunities in DC.

 

Seelan Abraham, President of Radians College, which trains nurses, takes a break from hosting as a Board member of CMI, to pose with Anabel dela Cerna, Redskinette and CMI dancer. Anabel has been with CMI since its start and says she looks forward to dancing more with CMI during the Skins off-season


VIP Meat-N-Greet
 

We were on hand last night to celebrate the opening of the buzzed-about restaurant, Bourbon Steak, at the Four Seasons in Georgetown. But we liked Len DePas' photo better than ours, showing Bourbon Chef Michael Mina surrounded by Washington restaurateur José Andres of Jaleo, Café Atlantico and Oyamel and his wife Patricia Fernandez, and CBS correspondent Bill Plante and his wife Robin. Guests sampled wood-grilled steaks, fois gras, tuna tartare, and truffle fries. The 10-piece band Sound Connections belted out jazz and R&B favorites as we enjoyed the elegant 5400-SF American tavern style restaurant. And those willing to forego the BCS championship game came away with gift bags filled with organic aged Bourbon maple syrup and pancake flour.


Networking!
 

We took this yesterday at the Sterling Women Networking luncheon at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne. Hosted by Kristina Bouweiri, CEO of Reston Limousine (left), with keynote speaker Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications, which she considers the "voice for all women executives in the cable industry." Cool fact: Benita won a gold medal in basketball at the ‘84 Olympics in LA. 


DC’s Favorite Stylist!
 

We snapped this pic of Ury at DC salon Ury and Associates at 3109 M St. in Georgetown. (He’s one of those cool dudes like Madonna and Barack who only need one name). He’s always listed by Washingtonian as a top DC top hairdresser, and was recently honored when Harper’s Bazaar listed him as one of the country’s top stylists! There’s no sign on the door of this exclusive establishment above Steve Madden Shoes, and it’s hard to get an appointment, but in every new Administration the Cabinet Secretaries and new Congresswomen always seem to find him. 202-342-0944.

Correction:  The woman on the right in the top picture in yesterday’s issue is Honi Borden, founder of Holeco Wellness Medi Spa. We identified her as Cynthia Word, Artistic Director of Word Dance Theater. We have absolutely no idea how that happened, and apologize to everyone.


WHERE TO BE SCENE
 

Friday, January 9 (and every Friday for the next 2 months) 5-7 PM. Chocolate lovers indulge at the Winter Chocolate Happy Hour at Equinox, 818 Connecticut Ave. Enjoy rich, chocolate cocktails at $10 with complimentary treats from Executive Chef Todd Gray and Pastry Chef Melanie Parker. www.equinoxrestaurant.com

Sunday, January 18, 8:30-1:30 Capitol Riverfront Gala at The Jefferson at Capitol Yards, Capitol Riverfront's new luxury building, 3 blocks from the Capitol, 70 I Street SE. Dance to the music of  DJ TFresh. Ticket price of $110 includes an open bar, Mediterranean food from Café 8, and a commemorative gift – and you can feel good about this one because the proceeds benefit various DC charities. Dress is creative black tie. http://capitolriverfrontgala.com

Sunday, January 18, midnight - 9:30 Club 815 V ST. N.W. Washington DC. Change?  Let’s start with dancing at the Inaugural Kick-Off Party with Moby as the DJ. Tickets are $35 but often sell out so buy on-line at www.930.com

Tuesday, January 20, 9 PM-2 AM. Join 16 of your favorite DC hosts for The Georgetown Inaugural Ball at the Shadow Room, 2131 K St. Dress is semi-formal (black tie preferred). Tickets $75 per person at www.absoluteaddiction.com

Wednesday, January 28, 7-9 PM. Sugar & Champagne Affair at the Ritz Carlton, 1150 22nd St benefiting the Washington Humane Society. Hosted by Ellen & Todd Gray of Equinox and by Salamander Hospitality. Tickets $85. Where else can you AND your dog get champagne and delicious deserts from award-winning chefs AND benefit a wonderful cause? (OK, maybe the dogs don’t get champagne.) www.washhumane.org

 
 
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