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Journalist at The Hill

“They say that personnel is policy, and I’ve got a bottle of whiskey under my desk. Happy hour starts when the Roundup goes out, right?

Weather: Near-record highs all weekend long ought to work nicely with your sunny day outfit selections and beverage pairings (read: leave your jacket at home and grab some cold beers outside). It’s hard to beat Friday’s forecast, with afternoon temperatures taking us all the way turned up to 75 and sunny. And even at night, it’s unlikely we’ll dip below the 60’s. We might see some thunderstorms on Saturday, but those should fade well before you do at brunch. By Saturday night and into Sunday, temperatures will drop a bit, but that cool breeze may be just what you need to kick that hangover.

Awesome events you can attend this weekend: Show up for the MJ, stay for the Madonna and Prince at Black Cat’s big dance party tonightSupport local libraries and still break that pesky quiet rule, courtesy of tonight’s ALB: Rock the Stacks Music Festival at the MLK Memorial Library downtown; Pregame your Saturday night plans with DC Distillers Fest at Long View Gallery – featuring over 20 craft distillers and a 1920’s jazz band to boot; We actually do want your number and time at the 9:30 Club’s “No Scrubs: ‘90s Dance Party” on Saturday nightDon’t miss NOLA natives, Mardi Gras masters and funk all-stars Flow Tribe at the Hamilton tonightFrom the stage to the street (literally), Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival kicks off this weekend and brings all kinds of art that you won’t want to miss – more info hereThe Washington National Opera puts an old twist on a modern classic with their performance of Dead Man Walkingtickets available hereDon’t miss local soon-to-be-legends Lanternfish at DC9 this Saturday nightIn derby we trust! DC Rollergirls start their 10th season at the DC Armory this SaturdayThe name defies our unseasonably warm weather, but the 6th Annual “A WINNter Affair” benefitting The Children’s Inn at NIH will be a blast. Join them Saturday night at the Reagan BuildingYou won’t want to sleep on advanced passes to Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum. Tickets are free but selling out fast with each new release. Monday marks your next opportunity to snag someThe National Gallery of Art unveils a stunning display of urban landscapes with “The Urban Scene: 1920-1950,” opening SundayLadies and gents alike can feel like a “Dangerous Women” alongside pop phenom Ariana Grande at her Monday night performance at the Verizon CenterYou can make it to Mardi Gras even if you miss NOLA thanks to Pearl Dive, Blackjack and TILT Sidebar’s jointly hosted Funk Brunch this weekend – tickets right here. And good luck finding tickets to either of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s sold out shows at the Warner Theatre! Trust us: it’s worth the work to get inside.

From Megan: Take a break from tomorrow’s projected rain showers with some local comedy; D.C. Fashion Week wraps up this weekend with shows from emerging talent and couture designers from around the world, making the District more fabulous.



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Shout out to Eater DC for these awesome Mardi Gras-themed dining (and drinking) ideas; The National Museum of African American History and Culture has already hosted over 1 million visitors!; Adweek asks an apt question regarding this awesome advertisement featuring City Center; Cry because it’s over but smile because Bao Bao happenedAdd this to the list of reasons we love Charlie Palmer Steak: its wine director is “D.C.’s American Wine Expert”; Meet the D.C. local behind Cureate Connect, an online marketplace that matches big businesses with local producers; This has network sitcom written allll over it. Welcome to Kalorama, Secretary Tillerson…and President Obama…and Ivanka and Jared; What’s better than cold beer and warm weather? Absolutely nothing. Welcome back, Garden District!

From Megan: Punxsutawney Phil was apparently not in tune with Mother Nature, as plants have decided that spring is here 22 days early; Selfies and Instagrams are encouraged at the new Yayoi Kusama “mirror room” at the Hirshhorn Museum; OMG. Bravo released the promo for the Real Housewives of Potomac; You’ve got less than a month if you want to sign up to get married at &pizza for Pi Day; Bao Bao is officially at her new home in China; Richard Spencer showed up at CPAC on Thursday and got kicked out — but not punched in the face.


Outer space is SO lit, fam; Zima: don’t call it a comeback; Big beats, hit streets, see…gangsters the newest DNC chair rollin’Congress is in recess, but Members taking town halls aren’t getting much of a breakLove him or…not so much, POTUS is said to be extremely accessible to his staffNationwide, these Oscar nominees aren’t getting noticed by most AmericansAnd in case you’re counted amongst those masses, here’s everything to know ahead of this Sunday’s Academy Awards

From Megan: We are all the cow running through NYC; Lauryn Hill became a grandmother this week!; When he’s not hanging around CPAC, Ken Bone’s got a new gig in the tech world; Voicing concerns to your elected officials is great, but bringing them Tums is good, too.


Be sure to note these networking faux pas

National Margarita Day has us daydreaming about these delicious drinks

Happy birthday to our favorite fashionista, Politiquette!

Ever wonder what it’s like to catch a Tiny Desk concert at NPR?

Bye bye, Bao Bao!


This final week of February brought us National Margarita Day and unseasonably warm weather. Coincidence? Maybe, but we’ll take it. And while we’re at it, we’ll take one (or three) of every margarita in our Cinco de Margo video from last year. Like a fine tequila, it’s just as good today as it was nine months ago.



Famous birthday wishes to Kristen Soltis Anderson, Rep. John Lewis, Michael Calvo, Rep. Kenny Marchant, Rebeccah Propp, Rep. John Shimkus, Molly Hooper, Rep. Bill Flores, Greg Crist, Stacey Johnson Hutchinson, Senator Mitch McConnell, Alex Swoyer, Brittany Barbou, Mike Nixon, Rep. Steven Palazzo, Marissa Mitrovich, Natalie Marty, Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Josh Snead.

And a very special happy birthday to Emery and Harrison Snead!


Welcome to the world and hello to Sabine Viktorija Harris, and congrats to your amazing parents, Ieva and Todd!; Is Matt Bravo hitting the golf course this weekend?; Our Twitter ads are on point too, Wes Wolfe. Let us know if you need some Nyquil!; Congrats on that empty exit row, Dave Weigel; We just had to Google “amphipod,” Allison Cunningham; How tan did Neil Grace get?; Alex Jaffe can rock a leather jacket; Someone send Tim Cama a message on Confide; Nikki Schwab is totally in her element right now; Taz Jones is a brilliant wordsmith; Did Jake Sherman score any Baker’s Dozen tickets? #Phish; Let’s keep those throwback pics coming, Doug Heye; We hope Rebecca Gale and Warren Rojas enjoyed their ice cream date!; CPAC is gonna be LIT this weekend; And speaking of CPAC, Ken Bone is undeniably the hottest VIP in attendance; John Goodwin is moving back to NYC and during his tenure in DC he was at Smith Point roughly 347 times and Cap Lounge roughly 500. *NOTE: The data scientists at FamousDC have determined these estimates are considerably low; Will Kirk Cousins get traded? Time will tell…; Thanks again for being our NPF Dinner dates, Caitlin Conant, Bubba Atkinson, Lisa Leonard, Cam Easley, Tommy McFly, Chrys Kafalas, Caitlin Owens and Jeremy Art!; Tell Kelsey Stroud and Robert Bailey congratulations; In your time of mourning the Iron Sheik, we’re all here for you, Jon Grella; Sorry about that sick burn from your reader, Ryan Grim; We hope your guest lecture at AU went great, David Almacy!; Welcome back to the States, Hallie Williams, John Haley, Nate Hodson and Will Marty! Cuban brunch this weekend?; How many word puns can Kathryn Lyons caption in one Eurotrip?; Give Dustin Todd a high five for his new gig with Amazon; Congrats to the National Restaurant Association’s Dawn Sweeney, who last night was named Association Trends’ Association Executive of the Year; Does Roy Schwartz still read this far down?; Thanks for letting us join your Panda Team, FedEx and Sam Smith; Hannah Mooney deserves a high five for closing on an awesome apartment and planning an incredible trip to Paris to celebrate; Ok, Dan Punaro: one more shout out and then we’re putting you on probation; Is Stef Petropoulos reading this? What about Carolina Hurley? Catharine Cypher? Y’all seeing this YUGE shout out? Thanks for always being awesome; Geoff Embler: Lucky Charms > Honey Nut Cheerios; Dave Barmore and Patrick Phillippi’s pup Hampton needs his own Instagram account; You get two birthday shout outs because you deserve it, Marissa Mitrovich. Happy birthday!; If you’re headed to Nashville just ask Erin Lange for pointers because she’s practically a local now; Rachel Rauscher is an incredible cook and Troy Zieman is a best-ever host.


Congratulations to Alison Mitchell on being named assistant editor at The New York TimesBest of luck to Lachlan Markay as he makes a move from the Washington Free Beacon to The Daily Beast; Devlin Barrett joins the Washington Post after seven years with The Wall Street Journal; The Office of Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) welcomes Jake Lewis to serve as deputy communications director. Sherman makes the move from Ward Circle Strategies; The Locust Street Group welcomes Rebecca Schieber to work on grassroots and advocacy. She most recently worked as a regional field director on the Toomey campaign; Hillary for America alumnus David Reid joins Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as a policy advisor; The Office of Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) has promoted both Legislative Director PJ Waldrop and Communications Director Megan Whittemore to Deputy Chief of Staff; Shana Teehan makes a move from the office of Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) to serve as communications director for Sen. Luther Strange; Brandon Davis joins GPS Impact as a principal. He will also serve as managing director for Washington; The Competitive Enterprise Institute adds Taylor Barkley to its team as government affairs manager; Jeremy Allen makes a move from America’s Health Insurance Plans to Spark Therapeutics; The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities welcomes back Shannon Buckingham as vice president of communications and external affairs; Dustin Todd, previously director of government affairs for the Semiconductor Industry Association joins the Amazon team as manager of public policy; Sarah McCann makes a move from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, where she will serve as director of communications; Laura Howard and Carla Frank both join Sentinel Strategic Advisors as associate for development and manager of corporate engagement, respectively. Howard makes the move from Speaker Ryan’s political office and Frank from the DNC; And finally, congratulations to the newest executive board members for the Senate Press Secretaries Association, which include: Julie Krieger, Ashton Davies, Rebecca Steele, Ashley Berrang, Rob Sumner, Katie Waldman, Megan Whittemore and Bryan Watt.


We’ll miss ya, Bao Bao ?