Friday Round Up
Weather: Old Man Winter is taking full advantage of the groundhog’s shadow. Six more weeks of winter starts right now, as temperatures fluctuate between the 20s and low 50s this weekend. On the upside, Mr. Golden Sun will brighten our day tomorrow, but don’t expect him to warm it up because we’re still looking at another day in the low 40s. Sunday will be partly cloudy with highs in the low 50s – perfect for some football, beer and extra spicy buffalo chicken dip to warm you up.
Awesome events you can attend this weekend: Whether you’re a Patriots fan or a Falcons fanatic, these bars are perfect for viewing, eating and of course, drinking; It’s going down Port City Brewing Company all weekend long thanks to their 6th anniversary celebration!; Is there anything better than burgers and brews? Exactly. Head to New District Brewing Company tomorrow afternoon for their “Four for Four” Burger and Beer Pairing event; Beer and yoga? We’re in! Stop in at Denizens Brewing Company for their Yoga on Tap session this Sunday; Don’t miss out on the “1967: Civil Rights at 50” exhibit being featured at the Newseum; Embrace the wintry weather and take a trip out to Avalanche Express for their late night snow tubing; We highly recommend Greensky Bluegrass at the 9:30 Club tonight and tomorrow. Can’t find a ticket? Sources tell us there are plenty to be found outside the venue thanks to generous fans.
Managing Editor at FamousDC
“The Metro is still broken and the groundhog saw Beyonce’s shadow, but the least surprising news this week? Ollie the Bobcat escaped and returned to the National Zoo, further affirming that we females can’t make up our damn minds.”
We took a seat at the poker table with American Gaming Association’s President and CEO Geoff Freeman for our latest installment of Famous 2.5. We can’t guarantee you a (legal) winning wager on the Super Bowl, but can guarantee you a few good laughs.
You know what they say: “t’s always in the last place you look.” Or, in this case, “looked before you giving up”; Thanks to Ollie’s stroll through the District, local eateries are making bank with food dedications and cat pastries; Tell us something we don’t know, Metro; Cuba comes to DC by way of this awesome new coffee and cocktail bar; Rose’s Luxury is taking a trip to NYC to treat New Yorkers to a single evening of the best food DC has to offer; Melania Trump may be joining us in the District after all.
What’s better than the Super Bowl? The Puppy Bowl…and these six local pups need a home!; Yet again, Beyonce drops the mic; Lady Gaga is coming in hot at this year’s Super Bowl!; Our favorite This is Us character, Chrissy Metz, just also became our hero; The key to “Netflix and Chill” has been right in front of us this whole time; The Obama’s are living it up in their new DC digs; Everybody knows the Wendy’s #6 combo reigns supreme, but does Denny’s have the better Twitter troll?
This farm-to-table restaurant with its own micro-distillery is the key to life, or at least your weekend dinner plans.
If Matt Ryan can throw a ball the way our Atlanta fan can eat salsa, the Falcons are in for a treat.
It’s never too early for chips and salsa, and it’s definitely not too early to predict this year’s Super Bowl champions. We know you’re only watching for the commercials anyway.
Famous birthday wishes to Andrew Compton, Kara Kane, Denise Grabianowski-Perry, Carrie Dann, Reid Wilson, Nika Nour, Krystle Kopacz, Kathryn Lyons, Paige Gress, Ian Coleman, Eric Bracy, Kim Sneed, John Chadderdon, Sophia Skaff, Jenna Vasquez, Mel Orlins, Adriana Brizuela, Lisa Boothe, Rebecca Mark, Chris Anderson, John Shepard, Brennan Killeen, Alison Hayes, Andy Ross, Anne Pulliam and Max Courtney.
Please congratulate Dan Punaro when you see him: it’s his Round Up debut!; Don’t you dare ask Caitlin Conant to sit at your NPF Awards Gala table – she’s our date, not yours; Lisa King is an absolute champ; Cameron Smith kicked it back to the 70’s; Kevin Gannon takes business attire to a whole new level at Ugly Mug; Mike Dunkle is going all out tonight!; Brian Marshall Johnson has some serious creative skills; The Gress girls love their pizza; We hope Emily Pasi and ZK are having an epic Eurotrip!; Josie Peterson loves her some wine; DC misses you, Catherine Maye. Hope Chicago is treating you well; Sam Gordon is absolutely crushing it in New Orleans. Congrats on the new gig!; Georgette Spanjich wins the Super Bowl t-shirt game; Shout out to Nikki Schwab just because she’s awesome; Where in the world is Chris Golden?; Who does Jeremy Art want to win the Super Bowl?; Nobody loves Batman more than Nika Nour; Sarah Gunion never fails to make us laugh; The office missed you this week, Sarah Ghessie!; Tell Jarrod Agen congratulations on his new appointment to work for Vice President Mike Pence; Welcome back to DC, Bettina Inclan-Agen; Amos Snead is a rockstar; Give Scott Graves a high-five for an incredible 12 year run on Capitol Hill; Josh Shultz’s jokes always make us LOL; Let’s bring back the Salt n’ Pepa, Lauren Hagen; We like coffee breaks with Elizabeth Rojas Levi; Josh Snead’s birthday posts are always the most meaningful; Forget Beyonce – Andrew Sheppard’s omelet has won the week; We see you out there on Good Morning America, Kristen Soltis Anderson!; How’s retired life, Jeff Blount?; Kate Andersen Brower is making moves!; Paige Gress is the consummate events planner, even down to her own bday brunch; We hope we see Lisa Leonard this weekend; Cody Simmons and DJ Jamiel better make us proud this weekend; Did you know? Hallie Williams is a really incredible person; Brittany Bramell’s Sunday suppers are the next best thing to mom’s home cooked meals; Let us know how brunch goes, John Haley; Is Clayton Cox excited about the Super Bowl? Maybe just a little?; Speaking of, we’re excited about Rachel Rauscher’s Sunday snack spread; RUMOR: SoulCycle is begging Hannah Mooney, Noelle Clemente and Natasha Flint to join their team full time; Nathan Imperiale is potentially the only human being alive whose voice carriers farther than Taz Jones’.
Congratulations to Olivia Nuzzi on being named New York Magazine‘s first-ever Washington correspondent. Nuzzi most recently worked as a reporter covering politics for the Daily Beast; Stephen Moore is making a move from Fox News Channel to CNN where he will serve as a senior economics analyst; Jarrod Agen, most recently chief of staff to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, has been named deputy assistant to the President and director of communications to Vice President Pence; Georgetown University welcomes Meghan Dubyak as associate vice president for strategic communications. Dubyak most recently worked as former Vice President Joe Biden’s press secretary; Brendon DelToro is the new deputy political director at the NRCC. He previously worked as VP of political sales and strategy at iHeartMedia; Jesse Hunt also joins the NRCC as the national press secretary. He previously provided comms support for Sen. Richard Burr’s (R-NC) reelection campaign; Andrea Riccio makes a move to Porter Novelli from her previous role as deputy director of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee; Matt Mittenthal joins BuzzFeed News as senior director of communications. He previously served as a spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in New York; FINRA welcomes Josh Drobnyk as SVP for corporate communications. Drobnyk most recently served as deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of the Treasury; Rob Damschen joins the office of Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) as communications director. He makes the move from Wise Public Affairs; The Moak Group adds Allison Kelly to its team as a communications strategist. Kelly previously worked as deputy press secretary and strategic communications coordinator at NASA; Megan Cummings joins Quicken Loans as vice president of political affairs. Cummings previously worked as finance director at the NRCC; Lauren Fine makes a move from her current role as deputy press secretary for Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) to serve as press secretary to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA); SKDKnickerbocker welcomes back Stephen Krupin as senior vice president and director of executive communications. He most recently served as a senior speechwriter to President Barack Obama; The New York Times has named Hannah Fairfield as its new climate editor; Ben Krauss returns to Fenway Strategies as managing partner. He most recently was a speechwriter for both Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA); Matthew Kravits, former press secretary for Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) joins the Center for Responsible Lending as communications manager for national media; And finally, a big congrats to Kelly Love, Natalie Strom, Ninio Fetalvo and Michael Short on being named assistant press secretaries in the White House.