My CMS got hit with another DDoS attack and the site was down for a few days, but now I think we're back up. I'm behind on posts and hope to catch up over the next few days.
We did this interview on Friday, May 2. The full interview is on this YouTube link, with lawyer Bob Bennett talking about the Donald Sterling scandal, the U.S. attorney's investigation of his client, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, and the culture of the law in DC and the US in 2014.
At the risk of coming across very ArHuff, this is a Q&A with me that appears today on a British-based website, Women In Web, for a feature called Women in Journalism. The topics are life, work, the Web and my memoir, Innocent Spouse. The link is here. The interviewer is Laura Dunn, the site's founder.
Get ready, get set, Georgetown, because author Kitty Kelley has begun work on her 8th celebrity biography and its about a celebrated place, Georgetown, which she calls "the loveliest 12 square blocks in Washington." She's anticipating 800 interviews to tell the Georgetown story, then and now; the history, the people, their secrets and their truths, and whatever else she learns. We have the details on washingtonian.com.
It wasn't that the party Friday night at Fiola Mare had the most celebrities, but it had enough of them. What made it special was a terrific sampling of personalities who make the White House Correspondents Dinner weekend what it should be: visiting artists, including actors and musicians; sports stars, politicians, lobbyists, a diplomat, socialites, beautiful people, and a few individuals from the media. Not too many of any one group. Just enough. No handlers. No attitude. No minding. It was a party, and it would have been a success in New York or Los Angeles as well, and if you only did one party this weekend it was the party to do. I write about it here on New York Social Diary.
Washingtonian this morning posted to its website my story about the Tug of War over the Eisenhower Memorial. It took two months to research and report, involving most of the people you see in the photo above ... with the exception of Ike, who can't speak for himself. But everyone else is speaking, or arguing, with people who aren't even family claiming to know his wishes better than anyone else. Some of the principles involved talked to me, some of them flat out refused, except through mouthpieces. A real life Washington story and cast of characters, with a starring appearance by global starchitect Frank Gehry.
I'm very happy to announce that author, columnist and raconteur Julia Reed is coming to town on May 21 for an appearance at The Q&A Cafe. Her resume is a road map of cultural markers, from Vogue to Garden and Gun, with The New York Times along the way. If you love good writing, if you love the south, if you love food, you will want to be at this program. She's a southerner who tried New York but who now camps in New Orleans.
Julia was last in town as the featured attraction at the Washington Winter Show. During that visit she did this interview about her book, But Mama Always Put Vodka In The Sangria, for Washingtonian. As you'll see she has a strong connection to Washington.
The Q&A with Julia is on Wednesday, May 21, at The George Town Club. Seating begins at noon. Lunch is served. The all inclusive fee is $35. For reservations please call the club directly at 202.333.9330. The address is 1530 Wisconsin Avenue, at the corner of Volta.
New to the reality TV genre this season is "Southern Charm" on Bravo. It's the first reality show for and about old money. I checked it out because it's shot in Charleston, SC, and I love Charleston. It also features a lot of good looking homes and people. But the characters in the cast are entertaining, and one of them is thinking about coming to Washington as a United States senator. The first season is wrapped, with a "reunion" show still to air. Here's more about in my weekly New York Social Diary column.
The two people on the left, Leland Sklar and Judith Owen, give this photo 2/3rd's of musical awesomeness. Here we are this past winter at Cafe Amelie in New Orleans with them plotting their upcoming tour, which brings them to Gypsy Sally's in Georgetown on May 19.
ADMISSION IS FREE.
The show starts at 8:30, with the doors opening at 7pm. My best advice: be there.
The tour is for Judith's new album, Ebb and Flow. She is a remarkable singer, songwriter, pianist, with a voice that lifts you, calms you, taps into every emotion in between - romantic, jazzy, bluesy, and with this new work she channels the spirit of the 70s. Not only that, she is backed on the album and the tour by the musicians who, according to Rolling Stone, "created the sound of the 1970s" - bassist Sklar, drummer Russ Kunkel and guitarist Waddy Wachtel. You've heard them on the landmark albums of James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Phil Collins. David Crosby called them "the best."
Lee Sklar recently appeared on the Grammy Awards with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Blake Shelton and Merle Haggard. With his distinctive white beard, you can't miss Lee (of course, from a distance you can't see the twinkle in his eye or the mischief he likes to make). What he does with a bass guitar is distinctive, too. Additional important note: he and his wife Maureen are "parents" to two adorable bassett hounds who like to pose for photos.
I have no musical talent except as an appreciator and fan. That's my role in this. I hope you'll come enjoy the artistry of my talented friends on May 19.
This was one unfortunate result of today's rain and wind storm in DC. I feel for the owner of the car but I don't blame the tree. In fact, I mourn for the tree. To walk by on O Street and look at it, day in and day out, there was no sign of infirmity -- like so many Georgetown trees. But in the last 15 years I've watched at least 7 mature trees on my street (alone) come down like this, any many others elsewhere in the neighborhood. What they have in common is over grown limbs (no pruning) and a weak root base. They get top heavy. They need more care and feeding by the city. For that reason I try not to park under old trees.
It appeared that only two cars got squashed; the one on the right worse than the left. The one on the left maybe can be driven, but it has roof and window damage. The one on the right, a Honda Civic, has flattened tires, roof, windows. Let's hope the owner has good insurance and can get a new car. What a nightmare, but glad to report no human was hurt.
It's a pleasure to write about where I live, Georgetown DC, especially at this time of year. I took a little walk with my camera on Sunday morning and turned it into my Monday column for New York Social Diary. Last fall I did something similar, a walking tour of the Kennedys Georgetown.
After today's rain and the cold snap, the village's green and blooms will be out in full. Perfect time for a visit to Dumbarton Oaks. ... as I did and wrote about a while back.
The Q&A Cafe on Friday focuses on DC sports. Because the guests are two popular radio sportscasters, ESPN's Thom Loverro and Kevin Sheehan -- who have a live lunchtime show, The Sports Fix -- we are taping The Q&A Cafe at an unsual time -- 3pm. It's a bit of an inconvenience, I know, but hey, that won't cut into the fun at all.
Please consider working it out so you can join us at The George Town Club to hear Thom and Kevin assess what's happening with all our major teams -- baseball, football, hockey, basketball. Maybe we'll get to soccer and tennis, too. We'll talk players, owners, and a certain team's name.
There's plenty of room. Bring the whole office. We don't have many (in fact, way less than many) reservations on the book right now. We need you. (I only stress that when it's urgent.)
THE Q&A CAFE: A Sports Fix with The Sports Fix
When: Friday, April 18
Time: 3 pm
Where: The George Town Club 1530 Wisconsin Avenue, at Volta
How much: $35, including food, soft drinks. There is also a full bar.
After ... head to ballpark for the Nats 7:05 game.
On New York Social Diary today I write about the reissue of Bob Colacello's terrific Andy Warhol book, "Holy Terror." I was fortunate to get a taste of the Warhol era during my time in NYC in the 70s. Check it out: Andy Warhold, The "Holy Terror," Revisited by Bob Colacello.
Here's the Kojo Nnamdi interview, our first at The George Town Club. We had a wonderful turnout and it was a good fit all round. We have two Q&A Cafe shows coming up at the GTC and I hope you'll book a seat: A "sports fix" with "The Sports Fix" on Good Friday, April 18, in advance of the Nationals game. At 3pm we'll kick back with ESPN hosts Thom Loverro and Kevin Sheehan. This will be a fun show to do and to watch - talking DC baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, team owners, team names, and so on.
At noon on Friday, May 2, we will talk with DC super lawyer Robert "Bob" Bennett. He's been in the news lately as the lawyer for Mayor Vincent Gray, but Bob is routinely in the news for representing the high and mighty. This will be a typical lunch Q&A Cafe, meaning our usual time.
The fee is $35, all inclusive, and includes food and soft beverages. There is, as well, a full bar. Given the time of day of the Sports Fix show, the menu may have a ballpark theme.
Please join us, and bring a friend. The phone number for reservaions is 202.333.9330.
ORCUN TURKAY PREPARES TO TEACH COCKTAIL MAKING AT THE ST. REGIS BAR
If you have a fondness for classic cocktails and would like to learn the expert techniques for making them, you might want to try out what I did this past Saturday: cocktail class at the St. Regis. After reading the NYSD post, you may want to contact Orcun and set something up, such as a private class with friends. The bar seats ten. The fee is $70 and includes 4 cocktails plus small bites. Write to him: Orcun Turkay. His phone number is 202.509.8004.
The Q&A Cafe was born in a saloon, Nathans, in 2001 and today it returned -- if not exactly to a saloon at least to a conversation at a bar. We taped the show at The George Town Club, with guest Kojo Nnamdi, and it went beautifully. We sat on barstools and talked; a talk show in a bar. The audience in particular were happy and said it reminded them of Nathans. There will be more soon. Stay tuned. Also, check out the show, next Friday night at 8pm on Comcast channel 16. When it's up on YouTube I'll post the link here on the site.
WITH ANTHONY LANIER; I LOVE THIS MAN
It was a lovely late and long lunch today with Anthony Lanier at Leopold's Kafe. I consider him one of my dearest friends in Georgetown, which means in my world. We met when I first inherited Nathans and he has given me good advice and counsel since. I always enjoy time spent with him and his wife, Isabel. We had much to discuss, but of course it's all private. Though, that said, we did remember our beloved mutual friend Henry von Eichel, who died in August 2012, about a century too soon. I miss Henry so much, I told Anthony. When I'm feeling lonely I go press my hand against the wall of Henry's Georgetown home. Like Henry, Anthony snaps me out of my pity parties.
Here's what else I can tell you about lunch: the Weiner Schnitzel at Leopold's is awesome. Always has been. Still is. Takes me back to my childhood in Germany, where my diet was Schnitzel and Gummy Bears. Leopold's had some very delicious Florentine and salted chocolate cookies, too. When I arrived I sighed to Anthony, "so happy to be in Europe for a little while."
The snow will end and we'll all come out of hibernation, looking for things to do. There's a lot and three new and cool destinations are the subject of my column today on New York Social Diary.
Pregnancy can put an extra half size on your shoe size. But, you know, they are only shoes. Thus the limited use of these Manolo Blahnik hand-needlepoint boots, circa 1985-89. Not sure whether I got them at the London mothership or the new New York City annex. But I will sell them if there is a buyer/collector. Quite precious. In excellent condition. What can I say? In a lifetstyle of dozens of pairs of MB's, I got pregnant. That was more important. If you are interested, please call Inga at 202-337-3072.
We weren't exactly "hanging out" but Vice President Joe Biden and I (and a few hundred others) were at the same party. Since I always have my camera at parties (private or public) I got near to try to get a photo of him with my friend Dale Leibach, who was the party's co-host. Biden saw me, stopped what he was doing, reached out, took my camera, handed it to a staffer and then posed with me. Nice of him. My son was impressed. I ran it through percolator.
I love playing with photo apps.
The party was to celebrate the merger of Dale's DC-based public affairs company, Prism, with the Boston-based Rasky Baerlein. Some former key Biden staffers are at Rasky Baerlein. The party was at Central on Pennsylvania Avenue. They took over the whole restaurant. So, good food and drinks.
In the March issue of Washingtonian, the monthly Behind The Scenes feature I write takes readers inside the gorgeous ceremonial office of the Vice President at the EEOB. Check it out.
Here's Dale with Biden and later Ed Markey. Both elected officials stayed for a while.
It's time to take another try with the Kojo Nnamdi appearance at The Q&A Cafe. If you recall, the last time we tried this it abruptly ended in calamity. We were only 10 minutes in, relaxing, getting to the good parts, when boom, it was over.
We'll spare the Ritz the next try. The George Town Club has invited us to do the show there and that's the plan, for Friday March 14, starting at 1:30pm (because Kojo has to do his WAMU-FM radio show from noon to 1pm). The GTC is at 1530 Wisconsin Avenue, at the corner of Volta. We'll start seating people at 1pm.
The fee is $35, all inclusive. The menu is a choice of soup or salad, one of three entrees, and, of course as always, cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake for dessert. They have a full bar and wine list.
For reservations, please call the club directly at 202-333-9330. Yes, it's a private club but all Q&A'ers will be warmly welcomed.
The Q&A Cafe resumes taping programs at The George Town Club in September with guest Cathy Lanier, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, and a line-up of other fascinating guests. Please check back here for more details. Also, watch The Q&A Cafe on YouTube at the link below. The George Town Club. Fee: $35, all inclusive. Reservations: 202.333.9330. All are welcome.
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