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October 3, 2008


Bisnow’s Democrats v. Republicans Hip Happy Hour. 1,500 people from all Washington industries. The great Park at Fourteenth. Free of charge.  Oct 15.  6-8 PM, stay and watch the debate. Sign up!


You could tell it was a debate night with all the talking head events about town yesterday.


200 young real estate pros at “The Real Estate Group” (they must have been in a rush to name it) dinner last night at the Park Hyatt, featuring guest speaker MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson. The organization has a strict youth policy: under 40 only, please. Tucker barely made the cut at 39. Above, Tucker (sans bowtie) with Perseus’s Lindsay Stroud and club president Adam Walsh of law firm Seyfarth Shaw. Tucker was unabashed about his right-wing tendencies: “I’m this close to moving to Idaho and stockpiling food and weapons.” We think that means the election’s Barack’s to lose.


At another event, older folks couldn’t stay up for dinner: 300 members of the tony Economic Club of Washington, led by billionaire Carlyle founder David Rubenstein, left, met yesterday at the Capital Hilton over lunch to hear commentators Paul Begala, Ken Duberstein, Mark Shields, and Fred Barnes. David on whether he would make a good Treasury Secretary: “Last time I was in the government, I got inflation up to 19%. So, probably not.” Duberstein, a former Reagan chief of staff, said people should stop fretting about who can take a 3am phone call. “It’s the Chief of Staff who gets the call.” Democrat Begala added: “Of course, McCain would already be up at 3am to go to the bathroom.”


Not everything was political yesterday, of course. G-town’s most recognizable figures went incognito last night to the annual Citizens Association of Georgetown fall masquerade ball. The opulent Halcyon House on Prospect St played host to the masked soiree, modeled after Truman Capote’s famous “party of the century.” Norman Mailer and Frank Sinatra couldn’t make it, but graphic designer Marjorie Tucker-Pfeiffer and Coventry Health Care’s Nick Cask RSVPed. Big congrats: They got engaged one month ago.


Georgetown professors William McGreevey and Shaun Murphy. As part of the inter-religious dialogue program at the university, Shaun’s job is to join people of all faiths in constructive discussion. As a health economy professor, William aims to solve the problem of AIDS before its 50th anniversary in 2031.  (With occasional time out for partying.)


Long & Foster’s Janet Whitman and international financial guru Michael Simpson. Michael just returned from Cameroon where he helped finance the country’s new bus system. Now you know who’s to blame when you’re late to your 10am meeting in Douala.


DailyCandy Kids editor Annie Lou Berman with husband and president of Boundary Street Development M.J. Berman. They are preparing to take their 11 month-old son, Charlie, to Ireland, where he will be of legal drinking age.


Government contractor Hope Solomon and her mom, the National Science Foundation’s Dr. Gerri Solomon, flank Georgetown nurse Liz Starrels. Hope just received her masters while Gerri just obtained her doctorate, making them the most successful mother-daughter duo since Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson.


The fashion world’s most socially conscious figures met yesterday at the House of Sweden by the Potomac. We put on our recycled jeans and wheatgrass sport coat for a conference on corporate responsibility in the clothing industry. Designers, NGO heads, and reps from the State Department joined a panel discussion that tackled issues like exploited workers and harmful pesticides in the production of the clothes we take for granted.


The new don’t vote campaign, where celebrities urge us not to go to the polling booths. Okay, this is getting confusing.

Bailout Package Mix

Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
Kanye - Love Lockdown
Alicia Key & White Stripes - Another Way to Die


For those of you who missed yesterday's weekend guide, check it out here.

We have one more addition to an already packed schedule: The Ride to Thrive Polo Classic (18411 Beallesville Rd, Poolesville, MD). It's the last Polo event of the season, so get your fix of the equestrian sport that is the biggest fad since pilates.

Parade of Homes
Reston Limo
Capitol Riverfront
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