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Life of the Party: Party Hoppin’

Life of the Party: Party Hoppin’

Relive all the glittery highlights of Washington's 'nerd prom.'

WL Insider: Prom Time, Part 2

WL Insider: Prom Time, Part 2

White House Correspondents Association’s big night and winding down.

WL Insider: Prom Time, Part 1

WL Insider: Prom Time, Part 1

A preview of parties celebrating White House Correspondents’ big weekend.

Pollywood: Honoring Sarge

Pollywood: Honoring Sarge

Mark Shriver reflects on his father's legacy in a new book.

Fashionable Life: Georgetown Sip & Sample

Fashionable Life: Georgetown Sip & Sample

Washington fashionistas snap up $50K in deals at Washington Life's first shopping event.

Life of the Party: The Debut of Events DC

Life of the Party: The Debut of Events DC

Events DC debuted last week as the Washington Convention and Sports Authority rolled out its sleek new logo and brand at a jazz luncheon and high-energy launch party.


Life of the Party: Party Hoppin’

Life of the Party: Party Hoppin’

04 June 2014

Relive all the glittery highlights of Washington's 'nerd prom.'

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WL Insider: Prom Time, Part 2

WL Insider: Prom Time, Part 2

01 May 2014

White House Correspondents Association’s big night and winding down.

Posted in Access Pollywood

WL Insider: Prom Time, Part 1

WL Insider: Prom Time, Part 1

30 April 2014

A preview of parties celebrating White House Correspondents’ big weekend.

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Pollywood: Honoring Sarge

Pollywood: Honoring Sarge

30 July 2012

Mark Shriver reflects on his father's legacy in a new book.

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Fashionable Life: Georgetown Sip & Sample

Fashionable Life: Georgetown Sip & Sample

11 June 2012

Washington fashionistas snap up $50K in deals at Washington Life's first shopping event.

Posted in Fashionable Life

Life of the Party: The Debut of Events DC

Life of the Party: The Debut of Events DC

27 June 2011

Events DC debuted last week as the Washington Convention and Sports Authority rolled out its sleek new logo and brand at a jazz luncheon and high-energy launch party.

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Life of the Party: The Cognac King Comes to Washington

Life of the Party: The Cognac King Comes to Washington

27 May 2011

The Global Ambassador for Hennessy, Maurice-Richard Hennessy, dropped into the French Embassy and gave a cognac tasting on Tuesday.

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Access Pollywood: CNN’s Birthday Party for Piers Morgan

Access Pollywood: CNN’s Birthday Party for Piers Morgan

25 May 2011

CNN threw a 46th birthday party at Lincoln for its newest star, Piers Morgan.

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Buddha-Bar DC’s First Anniversary Celebration with Washington Life

09 May 2011

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011 Location: Buddha-Bar DC, 455 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001 Buddha-Bar DC will co-host a private party with Washington Life on Thursday, May 12th from 5:30 – 7:30pm that will feature a premium open bar, passed specialty hors d’oeuvres, and professional Henna tattoo artists The Asian-fusion restaurant will remain open to the general public […]

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Diplomatic Dance: Bienvenue! Ambassador Delattre

Diplomatic Dance: Bienvenue! Ambassador Delattre

27 April 2011

Washington and Relais & Chateaux welcomes French Ambassador Francois Delattre to the neighborhood.

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WL Exclusive: Nigel Barker Book Signing

WL Exclusive: Nigel Barker Book Signing

01 March 2011

America's Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker visited DC to host his Washington Life sponsored book signing at Eden Lounge.

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WL Exclusive: Secretariat’s Legacy

WL Exclusive: Secretariat’s Legacy

29 November 2010

A party for Bill Nack's acclaimed book, Secretariat, brought out DC's power list.

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Exclusive: WL’s Real Housewives of DC After-Party

Exclusive: WL’s Real Housewives of DC After-Party

06 August 2010

Washington Life magazine and stars of “The Real Housewives of D.C.” co-hosted a lively VIP celebration at Buddha-Bar DC to celebrate the premiere of the show that everyone is talking about.

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Access Pollywood: Kournikova Prepares To Seduce DC

Access Pollywood: Kournikova Prepares To Seduce DC

20 July 2010

Kournikova hits the district at the Washington Kastles Stadium Wednesday July 21.

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Washington Social Diary: Asia After Dark

Washington Social Diary: Asia After Dark

20 July 2010

The Freer and Sackler Gallery hosted Asia After Dark, a one-night only event that allowed guests to explore the world of Asian art and culture.

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Fashionable Life: Tiffany & Co. Summer Collection Launch

Fashionable Life: Tiffany & Co. Summer Collection Launch

04 June 2010

Guests came together at Tiffany & Co. to try on jewelry pieces to add some bling to their summer wardrobes.

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WL Exclusive: Diplomacy Comes to the 135th Preakness

WL Exclusive: Diplomacy Comes to the 135th Preakness

17 May 2010

Forget erupting volcanoes in Iceland and the meltdown of the Greek economy. For several European and South American ambassadors the most vital issue on their minds Saturday was which horse to put their money behind at the Preakness.

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Life of the Party: THEARC’s Tea with Mrs. B

Life of the Party: THEARC’s Tea with Mrs. B

12 February 2010

Washington families turned out for THEARC’s “Tea with Mrs. B,” an afternoon of Dr. Seuss-themed activities with characters from the books.

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Life of the Party: The Jordan’s Jazzy Night

Life of the Party: The Jordan’s Jazzy Night

04 December 2009

Jazz rocker Eric Lewis performs for stalwart supporters of Washington’s Sasha Bruce Youthwork.

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‘Good-Bye Summer/Hello Fall’

‘Good-Bye Summer/Hello Fall’

15 October 2009

at the Melissa Moss and Jonathan Silver Residence, Georgetown

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Celebrating Omar’s 30th

Celebrating Omar’s 30th

09 October 2009

Napoléon Bistro Photos by Tony Powell THE EVENT: Omar Popal is smart, handsome, charming, a bit mischevious in good hearted way, and oh-so-discreet – just a few of the reasons why 300 of his best pals jammed Napoléon Bistro, his family’s Adams-Morgan eatery, to drink, dine, and dance in honor of the actor/model/restaurateur’s 30th. THE […]

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Cocktails With Calvin and Jane Cafritz

Cocktails With Calvin and Jane Cafritz

09 October 2009

Location: Cafritz Residence, Georgetown

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Washington National Opera Opening Night

Washington National Opera Opening Night

08 October 2009

Location: Organization of American States WL EXCLUSIVE-Photos by Kyle Samperton Operatic Home Run: Who says opera is only for the elite? Not the 19,000 freebie-ticket-holding fans who watched the opening night performance of The Barber of Seville being simulcast on Jumbotrons at Nationals Park (as $1,000-a-pop patrons settled in to their seats at the Kennedy […]

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Celebrating The Fall of The Berlin Wall

Celebrating The Fall of The Berlin Wall

05 October 2009

at the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts

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DC Police Foundation Law Enforcement Awards

DC Police Foundation Law Enforcement Awards

14 September 2009

   Chief of Police Cathy Lanier and Sharon Pratt Location: Capital Hilton Hotel WL EXCLUSIVE: Photos by Tony Powell Book Em!: The safest place in Washington — and maybe the country due to the presence of Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. — was during this lunch at the Capital Hilton. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier handed […]

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Michael J. Fox Foundation Benefit

Michael J. Fox Foundation Benefit

14 September 2009

   Oatsie Charles with grandson Nick Mele Location: Joe and Victoria Mele Residence, Newport, R.I. WL EXCLUSIVE: Photos by Nicholas Mele  A MAN WITH A PLAN: Linda Avey has worked with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to research the genetic causes of Parkinson’s disease and her brother, Georgetown-chiropractor-to-the-stars Dr. Philip Bahnson, wanted to help. Why […]

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Meridian Spring Garden Benefit Party

Meridian Spring Garden Benefit Party

13 September 2009

Location:White Meyer House WL EXCLUSIVE- Photos by Tony Powell FIESTA: The picture-perfect Linden grove behind the historic headquarters of the Meridian International Center was aglow with lights at the annual spring garden party to support the center’s international dialogue and public diplomacy initiatives. The theme was “An Evening in Yucatan,” and patrons sipped Casa Nobile tequila […]

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W Hotel’s ‘Gypset’ Style

W Hotel’s ‘Gypset’ Style

13 September 2009

  Location: W Hotel Talent Center, Georgetown  WL EXCLUSIVE- Photos by Kyle Samperton COLOR FUL CARA VAN: A mid-summer night filled with vibrant fashion and revelry for the W Hotel’s kick-off. Julia Chaplin added spice to the affair as she signed copies of her book, Gypset Style, about artists who live unconventional, jet-setting lives. Not surprisingly, colorful boho-chic outfits dotted […]

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Honoring Richard Holbrooke

Honoring Richard Holbrooke

12 September 2009

  Location: Embassy of Afghanistan WL EXCLUSIVE: Photos by Kyle Samperton TOP-NOTCH DIPLOMACY: Afghan Ambassador Said Jawad paid special tribute to Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, for his quick success in coordinating efforts by myriad governmental agencies (defense, health, etc.) in his country. INTIMATE AFFAIR: Guests from interconnected political, diplomatic, and […]

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Jamaican Women’s Poolside Benefit

Jamaican Women’s Poolside Benefit

11 September 2009

  Location: Jamaican Ambassador’s Residence WL EXCLUSIVE: Photos by Tony Powell ISLAND CHIC: Colorful leis, sandals, and sundresses replaced the usual fabulous hats at the Jamaican Women of Washington’s annual fundraiser to help families in need of medical care both here and in Jamaica. GRACIOUS HOSTS: Jamaican Ambassador Anthony Johnson and his wife Pamela co-hosted […]

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CharityWorks 100 Point Wine Dinner

CharityWorks 100 Point Wine Dinner

11 September 2009

Location: Raul and Jean-Marie Fernandez Residence, Potomac, Md. WL SPONSORED- Photos by Betsy Spruill Clarke PREMIER CRU: Top local chefs paired their selections with ten 100-point wines, including Château Margaux (1990 and 2000) and a 1982 Mouton Rothschild, to benefit more than 4,000 students attending the Districts’Friendship Charter Public School. STYLE NON PAREIL: Jack Lucky’s floral transformation of Raul […]

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Woodley House Benefit

Woodley House Benefit

10 September 2009

  Location: Avalon Theatre WL EXCLUSIVE – Photos by Kyle Samperton SUMMER PREMIERE: “It Might Get Loud” premiered at the Avalon Theatre in July with Washington-born filmmaker Davis Guggenheim’s family, friends, and fans turning out to preview his penetrating profile of three generations of electric guitar legends: Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), The Edge (U2), and Jack […]

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Honoring The Royal Ballet

Honoring The Royal Ballet

08 September 2009

Location: The British Ambassador’s Residence  WL EXCLUSIVE-Photos by Tony Powell EN POINTE: Royal Ballet dancers do know how to make an entrance — onstage, offstage, even when they’re prancing off a bus — and they surpassed expectations the night Sir Nigel and Lady Sheinwald hosted them on the eve of their Kennedy Center opening. DINING WITH DANCERS: The lithe […]

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Spanish Royal Armor and Portraits

Spanish Royal Armor and Portraits

06 September 2009

  Location: The National Gallery Of Art  WL EXCLUSIVE-Photos by Kyle Samperton THE ART OF POWER: Local arts patrons mingled with VIPs from Spain at the spectacular exhibit from the Spanish Royal Armory in Madrid, paired for the first time with magnificent court portraits by Rubens, Velásquez, van Dyck and other old master painters. PRECIOUS METALS: Fascinated guests studied […]

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The Washington National Opera Ball

The Washington National Opera Ball

05 September 2009

  Location: The German Embassy Residence WL SPONSORED- Photos by Kyle Samperton WILLKOMEN: How charming to see an imposing diplomatic redoubt transformed into a Cabaret-style fantasy world with surreal characters from Wagner and Mozart operas greeting guests amid noted event designer Sandi Hoffman’s dramatic backdrop of a replica of the Berlin Wall (gone lo these 20 years). “VALHALA” PLEAS […]

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‘Mortal Friends’ Book Party

‘Mortal Friends’ Book Party

04 September 2009

  Location: Café Milano  WL EXCLUSIVE-Photos by Betsy Spruill Clarke SUMMER SIZZLER: Le tout Washington turned out for Jane Stanton Hitchcock’s book party —at least all those who were still in Washington in July —where the buzz focused on identifying the real-life identities of characters who appear in her Georgetown-based murder-mystery-cum-high-societythriller. WHO’S WHO?: Chief among the wittily re-named suspects turning […]

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Sasha Bruce House Benefit

Sasha Bruce House Benefit

27 July 2009

Location: The British Ambassador’s Residence WL EXCLUSIVE: Photos by Kyle Samperton “DENYCE, DINNER & DIPLOMAS”: Cocktails with le tout Washington in a sublime garden, dinner with primo wines, and mezzo soprano Denyce Graves singing works by Strauss, Saint-Saëns, and Offenbach before “Habanera” from “Carmen” and multiple encores of soulful spirituals. Who could ask for more? […]

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Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies Dinner

Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies Dinner

27 July 2009

Location: State Department Diplomatic Reception Rooms WL EXCLUSIVE: Photos by Mary Hilliard HIGH HONORS: More arts grandees than ever showed up for FAPE this year, and no wonder – with first-time host Hillary Rodham Clinton greeting guests and Supremo culture maven Justice Stephen Breyer receiving the first Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the […]

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The Fishing School “Lobstah Fest”

The Fishing School “Lobstah Fest”

26 July 2009

Location: National Harbor WL EXCLUSIVE: Photos by Anchyi Wei and Bill Fitz-Patrick Gone Fishin’: A sunset seafood extravaganza (supplied by Foster’s Downeast Clambake of Nat’l Harbor) was a perfect backdrop for a night dedicated to raising funds for The Fishing School – a non-profit providing children and families with academic and parental support at two […]

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Womenomics Book Party

Womenomics Book Party

26 July 2009

Location: The Home of Virginia Shore and Tom Hardart WL EXCLUSIVE: Photos by Tony Powell LESSON LEARNED: Authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman celebrated the release of their newly-penned Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success at an outdoor reception hosted by Susannah Shipman, Virginia Shore, and Tia Cudahy. The book encourages women to strive for […]

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Farewell to the Ferraris

Farewell to the Ferraris

26 July 2009

Location: Luca and Mariachiara Ferrari Residence, Kalorama and Ricardo and Isabel Ernst Residence, Hillandale WL EXCLUSIVE: Photos by Kyle Samperton ARRIVIDERCI: Friends gathered at two recent parties to bid farewell to popular Italian diplomats Luca and Mariachiara Ferrari, who are leaving their second Washington tour of duty to accept a new post in Madrid. NUMERO UNO: […]

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Race for the Cure Kick-Off

Race for the Cure Kick-Off

25 July 2009

Location: Vice President and Mrs. Biden’s Residence WL EXCLUSIVE – Photos by Tony Powell Click here for the full gallery of photos

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Catherine Russell Luncheon

Catherine Russell Luncheon

25 July 2009

Location: Wayne and Lea Berman Residence WL EXCLUSIVE – Photos by Betsy Spruill Clarke ALL IN THE FAMILY: A (mostly) ladies luncheon honoring Cathy Russell, a former administrative assistant to (then-Sen.) Joe Biden, who now works as Dr. Jill Biden’s chief of staff. NOTHING LIKE ‘AT HOME’: Guests appreciated the chance to chat at the […]

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Mosaic Foundation Benefit

Mosaic Foundation Benefit

24 July 2009

Location: National Building Museum WL EXCLUSIVE - Photos by Kyle Samperton EVERY DROP COUNTS: This year’s theme focused on Mosaic’s initiatives to break the cycle of poverty and disease associated with the lack of clean water in the Arab world. ENTERTAINMENT: Cirque du Soleil’s awe-inspiring stars used dance, song, and acrobatics to mirage-like effect while […]

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Reagan Foundation Dinner

Reagan Foundation Dinner

24 July 2009

Location: The U.S. Capitol Building WL EXCLUSIVE – Photos by Kyle Samperton ONE FOR THE GIPPER: “This place never looked better,” Ronald Reagan Foundation President Fred Ryan proclaimed, summing up prevailing sentiments the night Nancy Reagan celebrated her late husband’s historic enshrinement in bronze in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. AN “AMERICAN GIANT”: During […]

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WL/Cartier Cocktail Reception

WL/Cartier Cocktail Reception

23 July 2009

Location: Cartier, Tysons Galleria WL EXCLUSIVE – Photos by Tony Powell A RARE VIEW: Like the jewels, all eyes were sparkling as guests gathered at Tysons Corner to celebrate “100 Years of Cartier in America” while enjoying an exclusive view of the famed company’s precious jewelry and timepiece collections. Co-hosted by Paula and Robert Hisaoka, the […]

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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Reception

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Reception

19 July 2009

Location: 101 New York Avenue WL EXCLUSIVE – Photos by Kyle Samperton A SALUTE TO JAZZ: After a stint on the West Coast, the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition returns to Washington this October. To celebrate, Madeleine Albright and several members of Congress hosted a reception in Albright’s downtown office to honor the uniquely American […]

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UN Foundation Events

UN Foundation Events

16 June 2009

Location: Residences of Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, Jim Kimsey, and British Ambassador Sir Nigel and Lady Sheinwald WL EXCLUSIVE - Photos by Joseph Allen, Carrie Dorean, and Kyle Samperton HOME SWEET HOME: Since the UN Foundation Board of Directors’ annual meeting brought some of the world’s most influential philanthropic leaders to the District, it […]

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The Heinz Center Roast of Tom Lovejoy

The Heinz Center Roast of Tom Lovejoy

07 May 2009

Celebrities and politicos turned out to honor the renowned conservationist.

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Dinner for Princes Bandar and Fahad Al-Saud

Dinner for Princes Bandar and Fahad Al-Saud

01 May 2009

Location: Residence of the Ambassador of Yemen WL EXCLUSIVE – Photos by Betsy Spruill Clarke THE EVENT: Yemeni Ambassador Abdulwahab Al-Hajjri hosted an intimate dinner for Prince Fahad Bin Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al-Saud and Prince Bandar Bin Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al-Saud, who were visiting from Saudi Arabia. Over a meal of traditional Yemeni specialties, the […]

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Kuwait-America Foundation Dinner

Kuwait-America Foundation Dinner

01 May 2009

Location: Kuwait Embassy Residence WL EXCLUSIVE – Photos by Lynn Hornor Keith, Vicky Pombo. and Kyle Samperton GLAMOUR FOR A CAUSE: Only 144 very select guests made the cut for this year’s dinner, hosted on Earth Day by Kuwaiti Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Rima (glamorous in a chiffon leopard print by Dior) to […]

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Alvin Ailey 50th Anniversary Gala

Alvin Ailey 50th Anniversary Gala

01 April 2009

Location: Kennedy Center Photos By Kyle Samperton MUCH TO CELEBRATE: Fifty years of the country’s pre-eminent African American dance company, another joyous performance of the classic “Revelations” by the talented troupe, and a very special new first couple in the White House. SPECIAL GUESTS: The Obamas didn’t make it into the presidential box until later […]

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The National Alzheimer’s Gala

The National Alzheimer’s Gala

01 April 2009

Location: The Grand Hyatt Photos by Kyle Samperton REMEMBERING THOSE WHO FORGET: The Alzheimer’s Association’s fifth annual gala was particularly memorable because of the candor of guests such as Sharon Percy Rockefeller, Maria Shriver, and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens, who shared stories of the tragic decline of close family members. HONORING THOSE WHO […]

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African Queen

African Queen

27 March 2009

The National Museum of African Art fetes its new director Johnnetta Cole

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Ford’s Theatre Reopening

Ford’s Theatre Reopening

01 March 2009

Location: Ford’s Theatre Photos by Reflections Photography THE EVENT: On the eve of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, Washington and Hollywood’s brightest stars joined the president and first lady to celebrate the reopening of the historic theater after its recent $25 million renovation. Joshua Bell began the festivities on a spiritual note using a violin that […]

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The Week Magazine Film Screening

The Week Magazine Film Screening

01 March 2009

Location: The Phillips Collection WL EXCLUSIVE – Photos by Kyle Samperton PRINT TO BIG SCREEN: The Week magazine treated the media elite to American cuisine and a movie trivia quiz led by Washington editor Margaret Carlson before a private showing of Bob Schieffer’s favorite film, Being There, at the Phillips Collection. The real treat of […]

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Vernon Jordan Book Party

Vernon Jordan Book Party

01 March 2009

Location: David and Katherine Bradley Residence Photos by Kyle Samperton A SPELLBINDER’S SPEECHES: Vernon Jordan confounded expectations when he vowed to become a lawyer after hearing Thurgood Marshall speak. Years later, the wheel came full circle when he spoke at Marshall’s funeral. Since his own career has featured many important speeches, it was only fitting […]

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Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley

Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley

01 March 2009

Location: Govinda Gallery WL EXCLUSIVE – Photos by Kyle Samperton JAMMIN’ MON!: In honor of Bob Marley’s birthday, Govinda Gallery opened its doors to Washington’s arts crowd to celebrate “Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley,” presenting David Burnett’s photographs of the legendary musician. On assignment for Time Magazine, Burnett photographed Marley in Jamaica […]

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Young Concert Artists Benefit

Young Concert Artists Benefit

01 March 2009

Location: Spanish Embassy Residence WL EXCLUSIVE – Photos by Tony Powell SPANISH DELIGHTS: An exquisite concert by clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester (with soprano Courtenay Budd and pianist Roman Rabinovich), a live auction featuring a biz-class trip to Barcelona, fine wines and food to benefit budding musicians from around the globe. SOLD OUT: All 80 seats, the […]

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Media Matters Party

Media Matters Party

05 February 2009

Location: Hirshhorn Museum WL EXCLUSIVE EVENT – Photos by Tony Powell THE SCENE: The Hirshhorn Museum opened its doors in celebration of Barack Obama’s inauguration and the role that Media Matters played in monitoring the election coverage. Guests had access to the museum’s permanent collection as they rubbed elbows with the nation’s media elite. THE […]

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