Friday Round Up
Managing Editor at FamousDC
“Don’t kiss, touch, or be within a 10-mile radius of me, I’m Irish“
Weather: On a scale of 1 to “o-m-g amazing”, it’s a solid “alright, I guess”. The rest of your Friday will be chilly with a chance of rain later tonight (good thing bars have roofs). Saturday and Sunday both see highs in the low 50s and lows dipping into the 30s – just in time for the first day of spring on Monday. With some clouds and a chance for rain on Saturday, Sunday is looking as bright as a pot of gold.
Awesome events: The madness has begun! Stop by these local hot spots to root for your basketball team, or if you don’t care, root for someone else’s; Got St. Paddy’s Day plans? Now you do! But wait – there’s more!; Feeling lucky? The Wiz play the Bulls tonight at the Verizon Center at 7p; Or if you’re feeling laugh-y, you can see Jay Leno tonight at the Kennedy Center; For those of you feeling extra green: catch the Environmental Film Festival with screenings all around DC through March 26; It’s your last chance to see the Washington National Opera production of “Champion” at the Kennedy Center; Galactic ft. Corey Glover is performing at the one-and-only 9:30 Club tomorrow night! Doors open at 8p; This “riot-inducing” ballet performance at Union Market on Saturday is probably better experienced than explained; And find alllll your weekend food fests and beer brunches here.
When a snowstorm in the Northeast canceled the flights of two congressmen in Texas, they decided to set out on a 1,600-mile road trip back to DC.
Celebrate Best Buddies Month and “Bring Your Best Buddy” to participating restaurants beginning March 19 for awesome specials and a great cause; Dear DC, we really kinda love you; Pat Collins loves the snow and we love Pat Collins loving the snow; H Street is so hip, it’s grocery stores are even cool; The cherry blossoms just want to get their peak over with; Just when you thought there weren’t enough bikes in this town; The chronicles of two bipartisan besties; More Shake Shack!; This chick is 108 years young and still kickin’ (with the Harlem Globetrotters!); Hope for the homeless: This DC homeless shelter raised $1.5 million for social services assistance.
The explanation of the BBC Dad interview puts us in a hippity-hoppity mood; Step up your game, young people; Matthew Perry was not friends with the Canadian Prime Minister at the age o 12; Don’t ever miss a second of March Madness; The largest-ever land donation was just made by a former Patagonia Executive; This is Us…dying to know what’s going to happen in season 2!
Famous birthday wishes to Heather Dean, Sen. John Hoeven, Erin Billings, Drew Schneider, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Collin Ward, Rep. David Joyce, Matt Winton, Sam Pepi, Andrew Kovalcin, Whit Askew, Rep. Howard Coble, Nicole Addazio, Amanda Kovacs, DJ Jamiel, Sen. Thomas Coburn, Alan Fleischmann, Rep. H. Griffith, Brendan Buck, Rep. Ron Kind, Chad Scarborough, Sam Montogomery, Lauren Mullins, Rep. Joyce Beatty, Rep. Alan Grayson and Tim Burger!
Ruth Demeter‘s name looks sharp in Comic Sans; Spotted in Frank Thorp‘s Instagram story: Will Allison; Macey Sevick dominates the early morning barre game; Dayton the Doxie’s St. Patrick’s Day style is on point; Sean Hayes has real issues with Master Chef Junior; Congrats to Zac, Abe and Meers at Targeted Victory and the news of their new partnership with Stagwell Media; Geoff Embler is TeamAP on the whole Oxford comma issue; We’re very, very sad Paige Gress didn’t come last night; Ryan & Deanna Coyne may never come back from Africa; David Almacy seems to be enjoying ATX; Jim Morrell is really good at trivia night; Ask Jamie Weinstein if Mark Cuban is running for President in 2020; Did Robert Gibbs take over the McDonald’s Twitter handle? Tell Navin Sarma congratulations on his new gig with Google. Enjoy California! Road trip? Ya HURD me!; You can’t just leave backpacks lying around in DC, Scot Seplowe; Did Jacqueline Policastro finally eat lunch?! Shoutout to the Gray Television DC bureau!; Has Mark Borelli found his lucky charms yet?; Justin Herman take a mean deviled egg picture; Gibran Esa knows how to rock out on snow days; Josh Snead plays a really convincing strangler; Glad you like the flowers, Sam Pepi!; Amos Snead likes to wear makeup for interviews; Lauren Hagen is basically Dora the Explorer (which means Troy Lyons must be Boots); Andrew Rafferty is really hoping John Carroll pulls through this year; We’re raising our hands, Chef Geoff!; At least Adi Sathi woke up not hungover this morning; Industrial hemp rules, Ben Droz (and thanks for the pics); Happy birthday weekend to WVU’s mascot and the guy who’s “really not a sweets guy”, DJ Jamiel!; Did Nicholas (Jason) Johns have a ball last night?; Thanks for bringing the party, Draymond Washington and Ali Hanlon; We’ll have whatever Joy Lee is having; Jon Tripp does pushups in snow and on kitchen counters, but does he do them on commuter trains?; Does anyone work harder than Jon Thompson?; Shout out to Mike Murphy!; Ask Todd Wooten about his new wallet; Dave Maggio is going to be the next E! Correspondent on the red carpet; Morgan West and Ashley Solomon spotted with Usher last night; Sorry ladies! Dan Knight is ill and won’t be going out this weekend. Feel better Dan Knight!; Top o’ the morning to Ben Napier!
Congratulations to Paige Winfield Cunningham on her new role covering healthcare at the Washington Post. Cunningham makes the move from the Washington Examiner; Advanced Advocacy welcomes Zach Sentementes to its team as an associate. He joins the boutique integrated advocacy firm from his previous role at the Washington International trade Association; Clifton Leaf has been named the new editor-in-chief of Fortune. Adam Lashinsky has also been promoted to executive editor of Fortune from his previous role as assistant managing editor; Showtime’s “The Circus” welcomes TJ Ducklo, previously with Bloomberg, as the newest member to its team; Tell Jessica Carson congratulations for her new gig with the American Psychological Association; Dave Sours, previously with IMGE, joins the NRCC as deputy digital director. Daria Grastara also joins the NRCC as a digital strategist. Grastara makes the move from her previous role at FP1 Strategies; MLPA adds Lori Ziebart, most recently a partner with Ziebart Consulting, to its team as executive director; Neal Patel, most recently counsel and communications director in the office of Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), joins the legislative affairs team at OMB; Derek Mead, current editor-in-chief at Motherboard, has been named the new executive editor for Vice Media’s global editorial operations; Ellen Gabler and Michael LaForgia join the Investigative Department at The New York Times; Julia Rosen, previously with ActBlue, joins GPS Impact as digital strategy and analytics director; Margo Klosterman is now directing legislative and political relations at Delta Dental Plans Association; Friends of the Earth welcomes Erin Jensen and Patrick Davis to its communications team; Laura Christof, previously with Blueprint Communications, and Jamal Hagler, most recently with CAP, join the American Investment Council as communications manager and research associate, respectively; The DSCC has named David Bergstein as its new national press secretary; John Hudson is joining BuzzFeed as foreign affairs correspondent. Hudson makes the move from his current role at Foreign Policy; Issue One adds Michael Beckel to its team as manager of research, investigations and policy analysis. Beckel makes the move from the Center for Public Integrity; Chamber Hill Strategies has named Kyle Sanders a principal; Kathy Zachem has been promoted to EVP for regulator and state legislative affairs at Comcast; The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has promoted Blair Latoff Holmes as vice president of media and external communications; The Biden Institute adds Cathy McLaughlin to its team as executive director for strategic initiatives and administration. McLaughlin previously served as executive director for the Harvard Institute of Politics; Gil Jenkins makes a move from Oglivy Public Relations to the American Council on Renewable Energy to serve as vice president of communications; Congratulate Arun Sudhaman for being named CEO/Editor-in-Chief of The Holmes Report; Politico’s Alexis Williams has been announced as the new vice president of Politico’s live journalism team; Political commentator S.E. Cupp is getting a soon-to-be-named nightly program via HLN; After fourteen years, Nancy Dorn is retiring from her post as vice president of government affairs and policy at GE. Karan Bhatia, current vice president of global government affairs and policy, will assume the role as on April 1st; And finally, congrats to this year’s Walter Cronkite Award Winners including Univision’s Jorge Ramos, NBC’s Katy Tur and CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Go green or go home.