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January 3, 2011 

Welcome Back!

The next event in our Bisnow Washington Women's Series will focus on the media. (Yes, we're a part of it, but our speakers are much bigger deals us.) Join ABC News White House Correspondent Ann Compton, Travel Channel president Laureen Ong, and Atlantic Media Company VP Linda Douglass. Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Renaissance Dupont. Sign up today!


We went to many New Year’s Eve parties, but the best moment was seeing that two local families had their prayers answered as their sons came home from Afghanistan on Christmas Eve.


1st LT Harrison Suarez (Whitman grad) and 1st LT Michael Haft (Maret) became friends at Wash U, then were stationed for seven months a few miles apart in Afghanistan where they were with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. They flew home December 24, and each brought home their entire platoon of men. They’re surrounded by Michael’s parents, Robert and Mary Haft. We all thank them for their service to our country.

We saw them at an elegant black tie dinner where we rang in the New Year. NBC4’s Barbara Harrison is with the evening’s hosts, Morgan Lewis’ Peter Halle and his wife, former ABA president and White & Case’s Carolyn Lamm.

We snapped Liz Friedman, her husband US District Court judge Paul Friedman, and divorce attorney to everybody Marna Tucker.


New Year's Eve at Hudson!


The Washington Group’s Matthew Friedson and his brother, Maryland Comptroller Deputy Chief of Staff Andrew Friedson, flank other party hosts The VerdeHouse’s Morgan Greenhouse, TheFFJD.com’s Meredith Fineman, and Washington Psychological Group’s Julie Polinger. They joined 350 at Hudson Restaurant & Lounge to ring in the New Year. There was a delicious five-course tasting menu by Demetrio Zavala and champagne all around.

DJ Eskay Adam Sklaver and Ridgewood Social Club mashup DJ Ben Decker got everyone dancing to a mix of oldies and new remixes.


In keeping with the Mad Men (And Women) 60’s theme, men wore fedoras and skinny ties. Thanks Alfredo Flores for the photos.


New Year's Eve at the Gaylord!


The Gaylord threw its annual NYE party with 15 themed party areas, six dance floors and plenty of food and drinks. We snapped DLT Solution's Naomi Ghirmai, judicial law clerk Sidon Yohannes, her sister pre-school teacher Luana Yohannes, Freddie Mac's Hanna Abebe and DOE's Nena Getachew who rang in the year with 20 close friends.


B.J. Prentiss, Jared Goldhammer, Keely Coman, Jon Weinberg and Amy Beitscher celebrated VIP-style in a velvet roped-off section with specialty food, drinks, top hats, beads and glow sticks.


The hotel looked like a winter wonderland full of bright lights and holiday decorations. Here, nurse Tinbit Abebe, student Bemnet Mengisteab, Independent Electrical Contractors' Belean Getachew, and her husband, physician assistant Bemnet Zeleke.


The Black Cat!


Before they headed out to U Street for The Black Cat New Year’s Eve Ball (featuring performances from Peaches O’Dell and her Orchestra and DJ Dredd and Grap Luva), we snapped The Scene Bisnow's Erica Moody, Ingleside at Rock Creek’s Meghan Robinson, middle school teacher Janet Whitney, Kinderhaus teacher Bekah Shmokler, Washington National Cathedral’s Kristina Kada, and FEMA's Lindsay Woo.


New Year’s Day!


We rang in the New Year at the McLean home of Bill and Betsy Delphos. We snapped former The Scene Bisnow reporter, now Lost Society’s Madeleine Starkey, model Jacqueline Akoko, The Miami Chamber Orchestra founder Jordan Delphos, and interior designer Catherine Pitcher.


Linder & Assoc CEO Lizette Corro, Congressional Bank chairman Stuart Bloch, media coach Gail Scott, US-China Education Trust president Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, the party’s host, Delphos International founder Bill Delphos, and restaurant and lifestyle consultant Janet Cam.


Wine writer Ryan Wegman, Teach for America’s Jacob Mullin, Jamie Salam, and her husband, attorney Amin Salam.


Casie Kiel and Erica Moody contributed to this issue.


Tuesday, January 3 at 6:00 PM, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage presents free performances, 2700 F St. NW. Tonight: Venezuelan vocalist, guitarist, and composer Juancho Herrera, info.  

Tuesday, January 3 from 11:00 – 7:00 PM, The Greater American Hall of Wonders at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets NW. Collection of more than 160 objects including works by John James Audubon and Winslow Homer. Free, info.

Tuesday, January 3 at 7:00 PM, reading and signing with author Erin Blakemore at One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St. #101, Arlington, VA.  Free, info.

Wednesday, January 4 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Second Lives: The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW.  Examples of how various cultures re-use fabric. $8 suggested donation, info.

Wednesday, January 4 at 6:00 PM, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage presents free performances, 2700 F St. NW. Tonight: Buenos Aires vocalist, Sofia Rei, info.

Wednesday, January 4 at 6:00 PM, noted biographer Nigel Hamilton reads and discusses his new book American Caesars: Lives of the Presidents at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW. Free, info.

Thursday, January 5 from 5:30 – 9:30 PM, the Washington Winter Antiques Show opening and reception at 1333 H Street, N.E. $125 - $500, info.

Thursday, January 5 from 5:00 - 8:30 PM, Phillips After 5 at The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $12, includes jazz, gallery talks, art, and cash bar - info.

Thursday, January 5 at 6:00 PM, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage presents free performances, 2700 F St. NW. Tonight: Stooges Brass Band, info.  

Thursday, January 5 at 7:00 PM, HearArts Spoken Word and Music Program at Arts and Innovations Center,155 Gibbs St. Rockville, MD. An open mic and reception with W.F. Lantry and Arthur Harrison. Free, info.

Thursday, January 5 at 7:00 PM, join local writer and professor Roger Rosenblatt for a  discussion on Kayak Morning at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free, book signing to follow - info

Friday, January 6-8 from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, the Washington Winter Antiques Show at 1333 H St., NE. $20 - $125, info.

Friday, January 6 at 7:00 PM, join Harper’s journalist and founding editor of The Baffler Thomas Frank for a signing and discussion of Pity the Billionaire at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free, info.

Saturday, January 7 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM, 2nd Annual Wild-Card Chili Cook-Off Charity Event | at Union Pub, 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE. $10, enjoy chili and the NFL playoffs while benefitting Warrior Gateway. $10, info.

Saturday, January 7, from 8:00 PM, Elvis' Birthday Fight Club at Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th St NW. Commemorate the King's birthday with staged fighting and burlesque performances. $16, rsvp

Monday, January 9 from 12:00 - 9:00 PM, Restaurant Week Metro DC Launch at participating DC bars/restaurants. $20/lunch or $35/dinner - info.

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