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Weather:  John Snow nailed it – “Winter is coming.” Saturday afternoon will be your best bet for any outdoor activities, with temperatures floating around the low 60’s. Once Sunday swings around, expect brisk winds and possibly even a flurry or two.

Awesome events you can attend this weekend: Become an armchair detective and join the fun at the second-longest running production in America, Shear Madness! at the Kennedy Center; Or catch country rock soulstress Elle King at the 9:30 Club tonight; Trust us: you don’t want to miss My Morning Jacket’s Jim James at the Warner Theatre tomorrow night; If punk rock is more your thing, the Black Cat has you covered with back-to-back punk rock docs on Saturday night; And as temperatures drop on Sunday, you can get into the seasonal spirit at the Washington Harbour ice skating rink, or the National Gallery’s, or even at the Canal Park rink – all are now open to the public.


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FamousDC and Fireside21 asked Capitol Hill to #GetFiredUp earlier this week for a special open house welcoming the newest Members of Congress to our nation’s capital.


DC is full of secretsWashingtonians are a hardcore bunch; We know you’re ready for a drink, and District Distillery is too; You’ve got five days to give back and get your (free) drink on at Marvin; Start getting into the holiday spirit by visiting these DC pop-up markets; Fireballs (not the sort we’ll drink later tonight), derailments and now collision risks. What’s next, Metro?; King James shares his riches with the National Museum of African American History; DC’s food truck scene is on fire…literally; The Foxfire diamond is a girl’s best friend…and you can check it out it at the National Museum of Natural History; We hear the pigskin is excellent. 


“Get in my belly!”; Amp up your inner-creativity; We know you’re all secretly pre-ordering tickets; Look! We found the most awkward video(s), ever; In times like these, it’s probably best to keep a sense of humor about things; Oh, the weather outside is (about to be) frightfulHoliday shopping is in the palm of your hand; We’re grateful for these police officers handing out turkeys instead of tickets. 


Famous 5: Michael Kennedy

FamousDC and Fireside21 asked Capitol Hill to #GetFiredUp and They didn’t let us down

Famous 5: James Watkins and Queen Beez

The tech industry is on the GOP agenda

Remembering Gwen Ifill

See the world at FotoWeekDC

Nathan Imperiale earned another birthday

Joe Biden isn’t ready to leave…

…and a lot of Washingtonians aren’t ready for Uncle Joe to go

If you hate grocery shopping, you’re about to love it


What if social media only made you feel better about yourself? What if it made you feel more connected to the world around you? And what if it helped you feel a greater sense of purpose in that world? FamousDC has an easy way to make that happen. We’re inviting you to join the Positivity Promise this Monday, November 21.

Group of friends having fun at the cafe and looking at smart phone. Man showing something to his friends sitting by, focus on mobile phone.


Luis Vela, John Anthony, Jordyn Dezago, Liam Allman, Paul Ciaccia, Noreen Holcomb, Jenela Jack, Heidi Przbyla, Lauren Smith, Mike Ricci, Maggie Wehmer, Lauren Sher, Jamie Larrimore Fleetwood, Jessica Carson, Arielle Elliott, Jocelyn Hudson Kelly, Cari Michelle Ozanus, Kathryn Elizabeth Kelly, Sarah Little, Jodi Richardson, Blaise Nutter, Aaron Harrison, Matt Blunt, Gindy!, Rick Klein, Tina Stow, Paul Bramble, Mimi Simoneaux Kneuer, Tim Cameron, Bettina Inclan-AgenJacob WoodBill Hatfield, Brian Jones, Ashley Bastock, Jillian RogersJohn BoehnerChris Toth, Jack Cobb, Mallory Herman, Alison Goodwyn, Kerry Reichs, Jessica SchwartzMeghan Burris, Jillian Rodgers and Mike Reynard.

The BBC’s Suzanne Kianpour turns one year wiser and her close friends, including Lauren Culbertson of Millennial Bridge Consulting, have planned an extraordinary celebration for Saturday evening. Fellow journalists, foreign policy wonks, PR pros, diplomats and politicos will convene in Adams Morgan at Lapis, the recent Michelin Bib Gourmand winner, to celebrate their dear friend. And in keeping with the birthday girl’s globetrotting tendencies (Suzanne has traveled to more than 40 nations already!), the party boasts a fun theme for all to enjoy – “Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?”


“In defense of the moon, it’s always been super.”

Caroline Jennings


Tara Wellington painted some awesome apples; There are bros everywhere, Wes Wolfe; Erika Blair is the true Batman; Ask Eric Geller about his avatar; Polly Karr is a huge Hershey’s fan; That is definitely not “basic cable,” Elysa K.; Kevin Doherty has something to say; Michael Sykes is a Wizards fan; Kari B. Hertel loved the supermoon; We all get those late night Tweet ideas, Danielle Sepulveres; We’re in love with your dog, Shiloh, Mickey White; We agree, Melissa Stewart; A Wrinkle in Time is an awesome read, Sarah Kendzior; Julia Rosien is a total airport geek; Matthew Reichbach has been jamming out non-stop this week; Lynn Stinson has the best Mean Girls gif; Jenna Johnson spotted some celebrities this week; Good luck on your career path, Emma Roller!; We love the Beastie Boys, Gabe Klein; Mark Berman might be as cool as Ron Burgundy; Check out Kenny. He’s pretty awesome; Laura Elizabeth is already listening to Christmas music; Did Jacob Harris master the #MannequinChallenge?; Greg Hogan is an awesome artist; How was your Southwest flight, Laura Creekmore?; Tim Hanrahan is a huge soccer fan; Kennedy has some serious photography skills; Maddie Temoyan is making big movies in Philly; Kevin Gannon is finally returning to the District; Spend six minutes with the great Matt Lira; Ask Bradley Hendrix what the best show on earth is; John Aravosis will give you a good laugh; Salena Zito can bake a wicked pie; We miss Game of Thrones just as much as you, Maggie Haberman; Eric Fidler loves binge watching Netflix series; Rob Ryan has all the supermoon details; Emily Pasi is a professional photo bomber; Cameron Smith loves her some bourbon; Brian Walsh is making hard decisions (in Mexico) these days; Mick Kaplan gives us grief all the time, but he’s still one of our favorites; Jim Billimoria got FB hacked; Sean Spicer’s likeness was all over Drudge Report; Thank you to Jeremy Art and Howard Mortman for your continued support!; Did Peyton Manning order Budweiser at Cafe Milano this week?; Brent Chappell > Justin Timberlake; Good luck to all of our FamousDC friends talking politics around the Thanksgiving table next week!; What was the best afterparty scene from Tax Prom?; What is Brandon Eden up to these days?; How many LinkedIn requests hit Rick Dearborn’s inbox this week?; We can fix Congress!; Brenna Williams is living her best life; Jackie Atlass was elbows deep this week; Thanks, Cody Wolk…for nothin; Cara Becker runs faster than Ironman Mike Dunkle; When will Andrew Becker fly high to Colorado?; Natasha Flint will become a fish if she keeps eating those seaweed snacks; Sending a toast to Michelle Fields and Jamie Weinstein ahead of tonight’s engagement party!; Sorry, Carolina Hurley, but Catharine Cypher said she gets the Round Up shoutout this week; Stef Petropoulos seems to be having fun in Thailand, but will she link up with Ben Dresner and Juan Duboy in North Korea?; Hope you’re ready for a little snow, Paige GressLaura Kleffner has a new email address; Sorry about Hunan, Mary Stewart BellAlex Becker is starting to look a lot like Ken Bone; SoulCycle is happening, Doug Heye;  Did Jake Sherman see our Song of the Day? #Phish; Huge high fives to Eric Wohlschlegel. Check out why!


Congratulations to Megan Murphy on her new role as editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. Murphy joined the news outlet as its Washington bureau chief in 2015; Bloomberg also welcomes Wes Kosovo as its new Washington bureau chief; And Craig Gordon joins as Bloomberg’s Washington executive editor; Annie Palisi is the newest addition to Heather Podesta + Partners. Palisi moves over from her role as director of special projects on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce; BuzzFeed has announced Kate Nocera as its DC bureau chief. BuzzFeed also welcomes Adrian Carrasquillo as a White House reporter; Zoe Tillman and Sarah Mimms will join the BuzzFeed team as editor and reporter, respectively; The Center for Public Integrity has announced John Dunbar as its next CEO. Dunbar most recently served as their deputy executive editor; POLITICO welcomes Eliana Johnson and Tara Palmeri to its team, where they will focus on national politics and the White House, respectively; Meghan McCain has been announced as a co-host for Outnumbered, Fox New Channel’s daytime show. McCain has been with FNC since August 2015, when she joined as a contributor. (h/t: Corinne Grinapol); Charlotte Savercool joins the National Venture Capital Association as director of government affairs. Charlotte most recently worked for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Best of luck to Irma Palmer and Cynthia Montes as they both join Blue Engine Message & Media; David Peluso, former chief of staff for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), joins Kountoupes | Denham; Madeleine Russak joins Engage Cuba as its new communications director. Russak most recently served as deputy press secretary for Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA); Zuckerman Spaeder welcomes back William Schultz. Schultz worked for the law firm in 2001 before moving to the Obama administration as general counsel at HHS; Marty Durbin is the new executive vice president and chief strategy officer at the American Petroleum Institute; Bruce Harris has been promoted to vice president of government affairs at Walmart; Best of luck to Suzanne Clark as she starts her new role as senior executive vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she will work closely with President & CEO Tom Donohue; Congratulations to the Washington Post on their NPF Digital Innovation Awards given by the National Press Foundation; Paul Poteet joins the Glover Park Group’s GR practice as managing director, where he will focus on trade, tax and finance issues; And finally, congratulations to Robert Zirkelbach on his promotion to executive vice president of public affairs at PhRMA.


You will be missed, Gwen Ifill!