Friday Round Up
Weather: There’s no doubt that you’ll need a winter jacket this weekend. Jack Frost is making his way into DC and he’s bringing temperatures as low as 33 degrees with him. The good news? Skies should be mostly sunny. So while rocking your awesome parka, you can still look styled in your shades.
Awesome events you can attend this weekend: Searching for all the Christmas tree farms? We’ve got you covered; And while you’re getting into the holiday spirit, bring the family to deck the halls at Tudor Place; Join MetroCooking DC for the ultimate food lover’s weekend; Link up with the DC Contemporary Dance Theatre’s celebration of diversity in dance; It’s going to be a classically brass holiday celebration with the Choralis Foundation; Who doesn’t love a FREE holiday party?! Filson DC is throwing one this Saturday, featuring Christmas carols, treats, fire-starting lessons and free gift wrapping; Looking for some rock and roll to kick start your weekend? Check out DC-based alt-rock group Lanternfish. Their eponymously titled single is finally available today on iTunes. The band’s debut album “Forgetfulness” is due for release this month, just in time for that holiday shopping spree.
Ten years ago, the Blunt Force Congressional Flag Football team took to the field and began an epic run of back-to-back championships. These world class athletes have since gone on to even greater accomplishments, but FamousDC recently reminisced with a few of them regarding their glory days on the gridiron.
As a result of this Blunt Force video, FamousDC learned that: Matt Bravo and Tad Bardenwerper still have their jerseys, Nicole Gustafson keeps pictures of the trophy at the ready on her computer desktop, Coach Cort Bush couldn’t field a team for the championship game and last, but certainly not least, Coach Kyle Nevins > Coach Matt Bravo.
Trader Joe’s is coming to Union Station!; For he’s a jolly good fellow!; You might want to Airbnb your place for the Inauguration; It’s probably a bad time to ask Shailene Woodley for an autograph; We can finally order baby carrots at 11 pm; We heard they only ordered white meat chicken; This beaver definitely doesn’t approve of dollar stores and Christmas.
If you’re going to kill a spider, don’t use fire; Facebook is having a little trouble cracking down on fake news; Will India use the extra time to buy popcorn?; Purchase this Ferrari. It’s for a good cause; We hope Cincinnati will have a sense of humor about this report; This app actually exists…and it’s a chart topper.
Josh Shultz broke his own phone with a killer line drive in the batting cages – Exclusive coverage here
FamousDC and Harbinger, along with sponsors Washington Examiner and Microsoft, hosted their biggest hit yet this week. The rain didn’t stop this team from taking over Nationals Park and hosting some of DC’s biggest all-stars for an evening dedicated to great times, great food and even greater company.
Famous birthday wishes to Christian Clymer, Senator Susan Collins, Greg Staley, James Holland, Kristen Griggs, Tom Doheney, Mandy McGrevey Gunasekara, Taylor Amico, Devin Workman, Alea CottoEcklund, Brian Cohen, Josh Kraushaar, Jordan Lieberman, Jamie Carroll, David Meyers, Jackie Kucinich Allen, Emily Hines, Anthony Bedell, Adam Muhlendorf, Julie Riccio, Meg Little Reilly, Charlie Gile, Michael Brody, Kim Parker, Chandler Schlegel, Nikhita Kamath, Bianca Seward, Cathy Kades, Bruce Kieloch, JJ Klabunde, Robert Runkle and Max Marshall.
“What happens to Obama’s @Potus account when Trump takes over?”
John Scofield = armchair ice cream critic; Where is Jane Sanders?; Morgan Gress got an engagement shout out from Mark McGrath; Andrew Mills was famously spotted with Nationals’ running president, George Washington; Good luck with the move, Maddie Temoyan!; Look out, DC. Kevin Gannon is back!; Megan Soule is counting down the days; We missed Kelley Hudak in the batting cages; Dupont Circle is a pretty powerful place, Lori Aratani; Hunger Games all the way, Molly Quimby; Stephen White is a Cowboys fan; So happy we gave you a good laugh, Matt Lira; We hope Mandy McGrevey Gunasekara is celebrating this weekend!; Jennifer Holdsworth knows how to hit a home run; Courtney Mattison crossed a few things off her bucket list this week; Tommy McFly casually hung out with Shaquille O’Neal. NBD; Katie Johnson survived 2016; Howard Mortman is still our number one fan; Kevin Walling is a big deal; James Roughton can’t get enough of Pinterest; Olivia Messer is loving the holiday puppy and kitten photos; Kathryn Lyons sure knows how to rock a raincoat; Dorey Scheimer spent some time on Wikipedia this week; Taz Jones needs to hurry up and get a corgi. Seriously; Auto-correct is the worst, Ingrid Velmonte; Cursive writing isn’t dead, Jeff Selingo; We agree. Multi-tasking is hard, John Boitnott; Ask William Beutler about his clocks and daylight savings theory; Chris Golden’s Instagram game is strong; Cori Sue Morris has all the Christmas style details; Ana Asano crushes the social game; Glenn Thrush is thinking of changing his auto-reply email; Laura Kleffner is so into the holiday spirit she has officially changed her name to Candy Cane; The red carpet looks good on you, Macey Sevcik; Did Alex Becker shave yet?; We will talk SOUL any time, Neil Grace; Tell Brian Gaston the Big Ten can have three teams in the CFP and the SEC will still win; Speaking of football, is Josh Shultz ever going to cook lunch?; You guys, the DC holiday party scene is in full-swing. Stay focused. This is a marathon, not a sprint. We can all work together and survive. Stay strong; If elected, Jaime Harrison would be the youngest (age 40) DNC Chair ever; We had two Zac Moffatt sightings this week!; Matt J. Lauer is trying to #MAGA with Nigel Farage; Ask William Gray about Jenn Sherman’s new jacket; Brooks Boliek loves the millennials; Does Emily Heil still read this far down?; Laura Crist, Andrew Kovalcin and Courtney Paul know how to throw an epic party – scratch that – a GALA; It’s been confirmed that Kate Andersen Brower did not jump the White House fence for insider access.; Clayton Cox and Rachel Rauscher’s hospitality and generosity to their friends is incomparable; The world lost an amazing soul with local artist Brian Petro’s passing this week. We will miss his kindness, sincerity and positivity every day.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce won the week with their 2016 IP Champions Awards Gala. Big names including Mark McGrath, Billy Morrison, Senator Orrin Hatch, Bruce Cohen, Ruth Vitale, Jared Parks and many more gathered in DC for a star studded evening.
Congratulations to Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Roy Schwartz, Nicholas Johnston, Bubba Atkinson, Kate Gaertner, Kim Hart, Ali Rubbin, Sarah Venuto Perez, Zach Lyman, David Nather, Karina Carlson, Kim Schaich, Caitlin Owens, Claire Kennedy and the rest of your team on finalizing a name for the next great media company, Axios; Huge congratulations to CEO of the National Restaurant Association, Dawn Sweeney, as she was named Association TRENDS Association Executive of the year; Best of luck to Max J. Rosenthal on his new editor position at the Washington Post. He previously served as a reporter covering national security at Mother Jones’ DC bureau; Congratulations to Scot Gillespie on his new job as vice president and chief technology officer at the Washington Post; Brad White moves from his role as state director to chief of staff in the office of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS); NPR has announced Meg Goldthwaite as its new chief marketing officer. Meg most recently served as chief marketing officer at Conservation International; Bryan Moffatt joins National Public Media as its new chief operating officer; Best of luck to Mary Kugler as she joins the National Education Association as senior director of the Center for Advocacy; Tim Carney has been promoted to commentary editor at the Washington Examiner; Kristin Shapiro makes a move from Williams and Connolly to serve as assistant general counsel to the House of Representatives; Venn Strategies welcomes JoHannah Torkelson, Michelle Seger, Thomas Low and Kate Francis to its team as vice president and senior associate and associates, respectively; Veteran Republican strategist Scott Reed joins the H+K Strategies team as a senior advisor; The Atlantic has announced McKay Coppins as a new addition to its politics and policy team. Coppins makes the move from BuzzFeed’s politics team; And finally, best of luck to Salena Zito, who joins the Washington Examiner as a full-time political correspondent in addition to her weekly column. You can see her new cover story exclusive interview with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) here.
Your eggnog needs more booze.