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September 25, 2009 
Real Housewives of DC!

Tonight, join Pink Jams at BlackFinn, 6-8pm.
Tomorrow, it's the ClubCorps Charity Classic at the Tower Club, 6:30-10:30pm. Poker, Grand Marnier Bar, wine tasting, and more. See ads at right for details.

Last night we went to Chevy Chase’s Hela Spa and caught Bravo’s Real Housewives of Washington filming. But first we stopped at Policy for Oktoberfest.
We snapped The Artist Agency’s Robin Levine and Insight Global’s Caitlin Slowinski at Policy.
Holding Beck's Oktoberfest in the center are lawyer Jim Dyke, new Chair of the Board of Trade, and AU prof Leroy Miller. Did his presence cause his international students to refrain from drinking German beer? Empty handed: Fauconneau Celine, Sofia Foerster, Simon Hauberger, Lucas Lauret, Katharina Berger, Gautier Delarrousse, and Madalina Uscatu.

Consultants Betty Johnson and Laqesha Johnson flank liquor sales rep Rob Day.

Real Housewives!


Hela was celebrating the newest Ted Gibson salon last night when Real Housewives showed up, and we snapped District Sample Sale founder Mary Amons facing the camera in orange.


Cast members Mi Chiamo Eka designer Ebong Eka, T.H.E Agency’s Lynda Erkiletian, model Michaela Salahi, and Jennifer Wood


We snapped NY super stylist Ted Gibson who told us the show had been filming since 4:00. Reality isn’t as easy as it looks!

Second Chance!


Last night we also headed to Georgetown’s Four Seasons Hotel where Second Chance Employment Services held the Last Kiss of Summer gala. Enfocas Photography’s Samantha Williams and Second Chance’s Artemis Calomiris and Janet Ochsman support the nonprofit’s work finding abused women economic independence.


We snapped this of two time Olympic figure skater Michael Weiss flanked by mother-in-law Linda Thorton (whom we believe is dreaming of Chicago getting the 2016 Olympics) and wife Lisa.


Washington Inst. of Dentistry & Toxicology’s Claudia Cotca, Saks Fifth Ave’s Susan Szelog, and Southwest Airlines’ Paul Onorato.



Pianist, singer and composer Ben Folds rocked the sold-out Kennedy Center Concert Hall last night, and we snapped him dazzling the audience. In the background, Sarah Hicks is conducting the full NSO Pops Orchestra. “Nice back up band,” Ben quipped.


At the concert we ran into Choral Arts’ Kandy Stroud, Jack Rice, who just moved to DC for a show on Air America, competing with Rush for hearts and minds from 12:00-3:00, his wife Marlo, and Cafritz’ Dan Rourke.


After the concert, we went to Watergate 600 Restaurant to meet the Wolf Trap Young Professionals, and snapped YP member Amanda Parker, G’town grad student Morgan Barnes, Community Connections’ Michael Gerber, YP member Joy Robertson, and (front) Wolf Trap’s Beth Wohlsen and Shana Langfur.

New Restaurant!


We went to downtown’s Blackfinn for the VIP opening reception Wednesday night and snapped PR expert Jaclyn Gower, fashion expert Courtney Caldwell, and Penn Oil Companies’ Roby Penn.


Fashion expert Hollis Bradley Pica, First Chukkers’ Ray Regan, and Urban Chic’s Tracy Long.

Crystal Fiesta!


Crystal City’s Vintage Crystal "with a Latin Twist" attracted more than 5000 people on Sunday for tastes from around the area and Spanish wines from Jaleo Wine Shop. The Crystal City BID Team:  Charles Gray, Joe Petty, Angie Fox, and Rob Mandle.



Friday, September 25, come to the second Pink Jams happy hour at BlackFinn, 1620 Eye StNW.  Support the fight against breast cancer at the most fun series of events – pinkjamsdc.com

Friday, September 25, from 6:00-10:00PM, reFashion: The Fashion Show at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave, NW, DC to raise funds for global projects that create income-generating and micro financing opportunities for artisans in developing countries. Environmental activist and model Summer Rayne Oakes and Will Thomas of Fox TV will host the 5th annual event. Tickets: $150 (General Seated); $75 (Standing Room) at www.fashionfightspoverty.org

Friday, September 25, 10am-7pm, Jodi Arnold, designer of MINT Jodi Arnold, a niche women's contemporary brand, will be at Wink! (3109 M Street NW) to answer questions about styling and production.  

Friday September 25, 6-8pm, Periwinkle Boutique (1557 Potomac Greens Drive, Alexandria) is having an anniversary party featuring Chef Duff, from the Food Network's Ace of Cakes!

Saturday, September 26, 10am-5:30pm The National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, will be on the National Mall. John Grisham, John Irving, Jodi Picoult and other writers will be on hand to discuss and sign their books. Free to attend.  For more info, click here.

Saturday, September 26, 6:30-10:30pm. We have partnered with Becky's Fund and The Tower Club for the annual Charity Classic. Head to the Tower Club (8000 Tower's Crescent Dr, McLean Suite 1700), for Becky's Fund Poker Tournament. Wine tasting, Grand Marnier Bar, silent auction, and, of course, poker - for beginners and experienced players. See ad to the right or http://www.clubcorpcharityclassic.com/ 

Saturday, September 26, help benefit the Urban Soccer Initiative by joining them for an Evening on the Potomac aboard the USS Celebrity with Duke Emcee and music by DJ Curious. There will be an open bar, food and a raffle with donations from the Redskins, Capitals, and Nationals, among others. $80 to sign up here.

Saturday, September 26, from 6pm – 12pm.. “Life Essentials” art show opening and a night of entertainment featuring concerts, live painting, and visual performances. Headlining is Grammy-nominated band Thievery Corporation, the internationally renowned DJ Duo. Several musical groups and DJ’s will play sets. Food and drinks will be served. A share of the proceeds contributed to ILF. The Portals Theater, 1236 Maryland Ave, DC 20024. $50 Donation Entry Fee. Upstairs Art Exhibit is Free. Purchase Tickets here

Saturday, September 26 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., join thousands of Washingtonians and the Clarendon Alliance at the 12th Annual Clarendon Day 2009, a FREE block party at/around Clarendon Metro Station featuring food, drink, bands, local artists, and activities for kids and dogs. Visit www.ClarendonDay.org for a schedule and more info.

Sunday, September 27, 1-5pm, the Washington Ballet Studio (3515 Wisconsin Ave NW) is having an open house.  There will be arts and crafts, dance rehearsals that are open to the public, and an opportunity to tour the company's Sugar Plum shop.  202-362-3603 for more info.

Sunday, September 27, 1-4:50 pm Come to the heart of Georgetown at the corner of M Street and Wisconsin Ave NW, J. Paul's and Old Glory will duke it out in the Buffalo Battle & Washington War of the Wings.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door.  Proceeds benefit the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation.  Tickets here.

Sunday, September 27, 11am-7pm, Washington's Latino festival Fiesta DC is in Mount Pleasant.  There will be food, craft vendors, and musical performances.  More info here.

Tuesday, September 29 starts at 7PM, join U2 360º Tour for its concert at FedExField, Tickets from $30 to $250; buy now at www.ticketmaster.com


Kristina D’Ambrosio, Makeda Saggau-Sackey, and Mary-Kate Rasa contributed to this issue.

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