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Managing Editor at FamousDC

“The only introduction the weekend needs is this email – and a cocktail.

Weather: What do this weekend and your refrigerator have in common? They’re both going to be cold and potentially full of beer. Clear and sunny skies on Saturday and Sunday will lure you outside as you peer through the window of your tiny basement apartment and frigid temps in the low 40s will be there to slap you in the face when you open the door. Lows will dip into the 30s and 20s in the evenings and with no rain on the radar, your weekend can continue to be lit even when the sun goes down.

Awesome events you can attend this weekend: Our new favorite pop-up Cherry Blossom Pub isn’t a gift from Japan, but it is a gift from the spring gods and you should check it out like, yesterday; DC will have more Wizards this weekend than a Harry Potter book series. The Wiz will play the Toronto Raptors tonight and the Orlando Magic on Sunday – tickets are still available!; Calling ALL talent! Whether you’re a singer, a comedian, a dancer or you think you can do all of those things, the crowd wants to judge you tonight at Busboys and Poets; The opening reception for two new exhibits at the Touchstone Gallery will take place tonight at 6p: Common Threads by April Rimpo and Scribbles: an Urban Art Series by Lisa Tureson; Get loco with Los Lobos and Matt Andersen tonight at the Hamilton! Show starts at 8p and doors open at 6:30p; The Washington Ballet presentation of Giselle at the Kennedy Center opened this week and will run through Sunday; All you need to know for CarnaZouk DC 2017 is that the dress code is “colorful and scandalous.” Oh, and that it’s tomorrow night at Bossa in Adams Morgan; The Washington National Opera performance of Champion opens at the Kennedy Center on Saturday with performances through March 18; Act fast! It’s the final weekend to see the Arena Stage production of Watch on the RhineAnd keep the weekend going for another night at “Blue’s Monday” at Republic in Takoma Park with DC blues artist, Robert Lighthouse.



The weekend is finally here! Go ahead and have that drink – you deserve it. When you raise that glass we only ask that you give a quick shout out to America’s freight railroads. A single rail car carries enough barley to brew 94,000 gallons of beer.

See what else freight rail ships every day for you.


The National Press Foundation works to recognize the best of the best in journalism year round. Every year they convene these individuals and their peers at the Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, DC. Go behind the scenes at this year’s event with FamousDC.


Michael Phelps was in DC this week making a case against anti-doping in athletics; The cherry blossoms are coming! The cherry blossoms are coming!; Has anyone claimed this poor poodle yet?!; You can watch Reggie Love walk around DC for $13 a month; One tip from a sharp-eyed DC hotel worker led to 19 international indictments; DC traffic sucks, but this area apparently sucks the most; New York Social Diary hit up DC and took some v cool pictures; To be or not to be…the 51st state.



SpaceX’s first-ever private mission is going to be…(drum roll)… out of this world!; Rob Collins is off to the White House as a strategic advisor in helping #ConfirmGorsuch; Forget the transcript. Here’s a recap of Trump’s joint address in GIFs; Here’s a timeline of the Oscar envelope mixup heard ‘round the world; What’s worth more than $65 million dollars? Memoirs written by the Obamas; Snapchat’s celebrity accounts aren’t the only thing that have gone public; Ryan Zinke was confirmed as Interior Secretary…and rode a horse to work; Taxes are boring. SNL skits on taxes are not; Here are the portraits of a post-presidential pastime.



We think that #JournalismMatters

Mario Kart AND cherry blossoms?! Who would’ve thunk!

Help drain our collection of “I Love The Swamp” shirts

Why did Keith Fitzhugh pick freight trains over jets? Stay tuned for our Famous Five!

We had a shucking great time celebrating 50 years of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

If you’re not on the list, are you even living?

Heaven is a place on earth (and closer than you think)

This might be coffee, but it might not be and it definitely doesn’t have to be


We met up with Tommy McFly a year ago and way before we were ready to wake up for the day. A whole earth’s trip around the sun and he’s still making (air)waves and gracing DC’s commuters with his on-air presence as they fight their way through morning traffic.



Famous birthday wishes to Elaina Plott, Liz Bogie, Sen. James Lankford, Tyler Jameson, Andrew Fimka, Emily Milliken, Rep. Paul Cook, Rep. Chris Smith, Robbie Branstrom, Rep. David Schweikert, Rebecca Morris, Irina Boyar, Caroline Brantley, Mike Haidet, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Jackson Tucker, Grant Hollingsworth, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Liz Sowder, Rep. Luke Messer, Melissa Werring, Ashley Solomon, Rep. Randy Hultgren, Wade Payson-Denney, Sen. Deb Fischer, Rep. Ami Bera, Nicole Tryon, Alexander Golenko, Emily Miller and Abe Saucedo!

A very special happy birthday to Elle and Wills Imperiale!



Alex Schriver doesn’t like the music too loud during dinner; Jeremy Art is one year away from a set of C-SPAN steak knives; Welcome Stephanie Petelos & Laura Carr to DC!; Matt Bravo is playing golf this weekend; Wizards > Warriors; Ryan Zinke will ride his horse right into our hearts; RIP Christopher McGowen. Your smile and laughter will be missed by many on Capitol Hill; Congrats to Ashley Solomon and Ryan Nadler #CheetoGetsADad; How good is Justin Herman at bowling?; Welcome back, Whitney Cole!; Keep your eyes on that glass of wine, Jim Courtovich; Does Bethany Libus know how much wood a woodchuck could chuck?; Kristen Soltis Anderson hasn’t sold us on orange wine; Give Matt Lira a high-five; Hang in there, Gretchen Reiter! Your weekend starts now!; We need the deets behind Katie Harbath’s latest instagram; Congrats to everyone included in Washington Life’s new edition of The Young & The Guest List!; Daniel Swartz is a master behind the lens; A camping themed restaurant is a brilliant idea, Holley Simmons; Here’s another Slap Shot shout out for Wes Wolfe; Let us know how that coffee machine treats you, Chris Frates; New York City is lookin’ good, Marin Cogan; Bocce and ballet are basically the same, Brad Bosserman; Does Emily Piech still have Chick-fil-A in her fridge?; We bet Christian Dibblee is a happy camper today #CapitalPride; Sending Nick Laughlin some seriously good weekend vibes; Does Joy Lee read the Round Up?; Erick Sanchez wants a dog; Chris Cillizza is NOT doing SoulCycle this weekend; Has Clinton Yates listened to both Future albums back to back?; Katy Ricalde is killing the game; Does Freddy Barnes still read this far down?; The Washington Redskins will go undefeated this weekend; How much TV does Alex Finland watch daily?; Tommy McFLY will RT this email; Spotted: Malcom Gladwell; Wishing Hamilton Porter a speedy recovery!; Welcome back to the Roundup life, Carolina Hurley!; Thanks for that Miller Lite, Chris Thorne; DC can’t wait to reclaim Dorothy Allen and Travis Cooke; Congratulations to Allie Freeman and Ed Yeilding on surviving Mom’s Ball; Multiple sources reporting to us that Clayton Cox smoked the competition at Zengo, especially Abby Kohlman; We’re pumped to visit Nat Moore in the Charm City ASAP; Cameron Easley is crushing it; The ladies at Moki Media sure know how to make a guy feel loved; We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – don’t sleep on signing up for DCanter’s wine concierge service.


Congratulations to Jonathan Wald on his new job as senior vice president of programming and development at MSNBC. Wald previously served as a producer at CNN; Stephanie Fontenot Marrs makes a move from the office of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) to the NFIB; T.J. Birkel, most recently director of federal government affairs at Mastercard, has launched a new firm called Upland Strategies. Before joining the private sector, T.J. served in both the offices of former Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) and former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE); Ian Russell, most recently with the DCCC, makes a move to Beacon Media; FOX News Channel has added David Bossie, Citizens United president and President Trump’s former deputy campaign manager, as a contributor; Amy Travieso joins the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as director of congressional and public affairs. Travieso previously worked as deputy chief of staff in the office of Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX); Derek Gianino also joins the Chamber as director for international policy. Before this, he served as director of strategic initiatives at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; Nishat Kurwa joins Vox Media as its first executive producer of audio. Kurwa makes the move from her current role at NPR’s “Marketplace”; Christoph Scheuermann joins Der Spiegel as its Washington correspondent; The Pew Research Center welcomes Dan Morrison as its vice president of global communications. Morrison previously worked as head of global media at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; Alyene Senger joins the Senate Republican Policy Committee as a policy analyst to focus on health care; The International Bottled Water Association adds Cory Martin to its team as vice president of government relations. He most recently was director of government relations at the American Bankers Association; Christina Hartman is the new vice president of public affairs at the Sugar Association. Hartman previously was a director at the American College of Cardiology; Jason Brewer and Brian Rose join the Retail Industry Leaders Association as executive vice president for communications and state affairs and director of state affairs and advocacy, respectively; Beast Digital adds Sarah Belknap Curran, who recently served as a digital strategist for the Trump transition team, as vice president; Zoe Louise Jackman makes a move from BGR Group to serve as Director of the White House intern program and DC scholars; Michael Moran has been promoted to vice president and head of federal affairs on the government and industry team at Zurich North America; The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation adds Alex Glass, former policy adviser at EMILY’s List, to its team to serve as its senior communications officer for media and external relations; Yahoo News has named Colin Campbell as politics editor, Hunter Walker as White House Correspondent and Jerry Adler as senior editor. Liz Goodwin also joins the Yahoo DC bureau to cover Congress and politics; And finally, congratulations to Ana Cabrera on being named anchor of CNN Newsroom. Cabrera has been with CNN since 2013.


Your weekend is now in sessions.