Last night, we joined a crowd surprising CohnReznick's Jim Martinko (see picture below) for his 50th birthday, at Silver Spring's cool Fillmore theatre. Among Jim's many fans: "Rez" himself (that would be Dave Reznick, right), who is so young and with it, he was at the Fillmore just last year, standing in front at the stage, for hip hop, funk, reggae group Michael Franti & Spearhead. With Dave here, his high school buddy, Reznick co-founder, and longtime colleague Ivan Silverman (second from left) and former Reznickians (is that the word?) Dave Lavine and Wally Scruggs (now, respectively, a real estate investor and developer). Dave's lovely wife Sandy was a few feet away, but wisely out of this picture with the boys, eager to get back to the Miami warmth they've been enjoying this year—for the first time ever during "tax season"!
Last night we were also on hand at the DC home of Martha's Table CEO (and former Gates Foundation CEO) Patty Stonesifer (sitting on right) and husband Michael Kinsley for a dinner thanking hosts of other dinners in January that raised funds for the organization (which assists low-income and homeless families and children). We needed no thank you (but gladly ate anyway); Bisnow Media feels privileged to support such a great cause. And we admire all the others involved, including, at the table, cookbook author (and event founder) Joan Nathan (standing second from left) and the Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Marcus Brauchli (on the right).
Back to the Martinko party--here's CohnReznick's Dave Kessler with wife Kim, pausing on the street for just a second so they can rush in for the surprise.
And birthday boy himself Jim Martinko, with Ivan Silverman and wife Arlene.
Saturday was so warm, we drove over to The Yards to check up on all the amazing restaurants there (Bluejacket, Morini, Agua 301 Modern Mexican, Krupa Thai & Sushi, among others), and saw that we were not the only ones with the idea of enjoying the weather, views, and tranquility. Congrats to Forest City for making this new oasis a reality.
Friday night, we joined Bill and Rene Regardie at M Street Cafe at 14th and R. They've just returned from winter in Key West, and are already thinking about their big 5-0 next year. They met at AU in '64, got married the next year, and in 1973 created Housing Data Reports and New Homes Guide together, which they sold to the Post 25 years later. They remain and young and fun-loving as ever, blending right into the 20-something crowd packing 14th Street these days, though they may be old enough to remember when the area was just a bit different.