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September 26, 2008



Man, you would have thought the Newseum was Hollywood's Kodak Theatre! Last night some genuine A-list stars without "Senator" before their names paraded down the red carpet for the world premier of The Secret Life of Bees. The film, produced by Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith, is based on the Sue Monk Kidd novel.


Nope, these are not wax figures, but the real Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo, Tristan Wilds, and Jennifer Hudson, taken with our very own camera. We assumed this movie was a Pixar animated flick about a bee who secretly makes honey while the Queen (voiced by Latifah, of course) isn't looking. Much to our surprise, it is about racial tension in 1960's South Carolina and one girl's search for identity in a violent world. Either way, we were entertained!


Queen Latifah, Producer Joe Pichirallo, and Director Gina Prince Blythewood. This screening was great practice for DC's paparazzi as they try to catch up to New York and LA's best.


Also on hand, child star Dakota Fanning. Little known fact: this War of the Worlds, I Am Sam, Man on Fire, Uptown Girls, and Charlotte's Web actress was conceived, born, raised, and currently lives on a red carpet.


Bognet Construction's Tracey Lawhon and Queen Latifah. Tracey worked for Overbrook, Will Smith's production company last summer. Some of the perks include getting cozy with Grammy winners.


The Wire and 90210's Tristan Wilds. Most actors don't have the range to go from Baltimore drug dealer to Beverly Hills heartthrob, but that's exactly what Tristan has done.


Dakota Fanning was signing autographs all night. We came fully prepared with a stack of our 8"x10" glossies but no one wanted a signed headshot from us. They are now on eBay for an unbeatable price.


Last night, Kane Companies' CEO John Kane, right, at the Botanical Garden on Capitol Hill to get core supporters in the swing for next May's 10th annual Heart's Delight, by far the best wine event of the year in DC, benefiting the American Heart Association. Legendary wine critic Robert Parker will lead a tasting, embassies will host pre-parties, and the big wine dinner will feature famous First Growths like Chateau Latour (ie, the most expensive and best wines in the world).  With John, the storied Bassin family, proprietors of MacArthurs Liquor in DC (180,000 bottles!) since 1958. Happy 50th to the greatest wine store around. More info.


FASHION FIGHTS POVERTY (Friday, Sept. 26th, The St. Regis Hotel): This fashion fundraiser hosted by actress Parker Posey features top designers who are raising money for a nonprofit helping women in developing countries. That, or a no-holds-barred grudge match between a team of runway models and a homeless shelter.

ADAM'S MILL DOGGIE HAPPY HOUR (Friday, Sept. 26th, 4-7pm, 1813 Adams Mill Rd.): This Adam's Morgan favorite is serving up 3 buck drafts for you, and doggie treats for your furry best friend. Just take Fido's car keys if he's had too much.

SUPER DIAMOND AT THE 9:30 CLUB (Saturday, Sept. 27th, 815 V. St): If a high-octane, alternative Neil Diamond tribute band sounds like it's up your alley, this is perfect for you. Can't picture it? Neither could we. Check it out yourself.

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