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Weather: This weather though! Today will remain mostly sunny with temperatures in the high 60s and a light breeze which, in our opinion, is perfect for some patio-people-watching at happy hour. Tomorrow the skies will be throwing some serious shade – bringing on some clouds and a high in the low 70s – with a small chance for light rain. Easter Sunday is looking egg-cellent (we had to) with highs in the mid 80s, lots of sun, and baskets filled with bottomless brunch.

Awesome events: Kick off your weekend at Washington Improv Theater’s annual FIST tournament taking place tonight and tomorrow and witness a Fighting Improv Smackdown at your own risk; Look no further than Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s tonight for some awesome local tunes, courtesy of Bencoolen and more; Surround yourself with smart people for a change tonight at Arena Stage as the comedy-drama Smart People makes its DC debut!; What’s better than White Ford Bronco on a Saturday night at Rock & Roll Hotel? Nothing; If you wanna know what the future of funk sounds like, check out Motet tonight at 9:30 Club! Get tickets here; National Park Week kicks off tomorrow which means you get into all parks for free! Have you found your park yet?; Buy us some peanuts and Cracker Jacks tomorrow afternoon at Nationals Park where the Nats take on the Phillies; Then head over to the Southwest Waterfront for an explosive evening filled with live music, food and bevs at the Fireworks Festival; Celebrate Easter like a boss at the most epic Easter Treasure Hunt through all of O Mansion’s one hundred rooms and secret passageways this Sunday; Or take your friends and family to find eggs in the outfield at Nats Park following Sunday’s game!


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April is #AlcoholAwarenessMonth, and America’s brewers and beer importers are working year-round to reduce underage drinking. Learn more about what they’re up to with the Beer Institute’s Commitment to Responsibility.


FamousDC’s Cody Simmons is leaving the beltway for bears. He’s living out a dream to hike the Pacific Coast Trail – an endeavor that will take six months and a really big backpack. Happy trails, Cody! Can’t wait to see your beard.


Mural, mural on the wall – who’s the fairest on the side of Ben’s Chili Bowl?; There are two more Milk Bar locations coming to DC and we can’t handle the excitement we feel right now; Capitol Hill is about to become Cannabis Hill; Tis the season for Farmer’s Markets – here’s a list of opening dates and hours; Take a tour of DC’s favorite market – Union Market; Wizards Coach Scott Brooks likes DC and grande vanilla non-fat lattes – extra hot; No boys allowed; The calm of Georgetown’s Cafe Milano; Our allergies kicked in just by reading this; Skip the steak and go for the salad.


Hold my beer…and the “hold my beer” jokes; 5 real news anchors dish on fake news; When reality becomes crazier than political satire that’s making fun of it; Romney’s binders full of women actually exists; Kosher food is stepping up its game and becoming kool; Over analyzing HBO’s Girls posters in typical girl fashion; Nessie needs a home!


Did you check out Lachlan Markay’s beard last week?

Fact: pets are better than people

Our list is easier to get on than the one at Smith Point.

Help the Easter Bunny (and stalkers) find your house with a map of where you live

We asked Ryan Grim questions and he answered them

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood 


Flashback Friday: Kathryn Lyons sat down with Politiquette founder Marissa Mitrovich because she had some serious questions… you know, for a friend…because when sweatpants are your fashion go-to, you clearly don’t need any help.


Famous birthday wishes to Sara Pierce, JOSH SHULTZ!, Molly Tarrant, Andrew Palmateer, Jack Smith, Zack Hutto, Isaiah Joo, Margaret Waters, Katelyn Conner, Rep. Kevin Brady, Rep. Tim Walberg, Michael Bowles, Erika Masonhall, Rep. Ted Yoho, Sen. Bob Casey, Chelsea Carter Mattingly, Brenna Williams, Chelsea Brown, Summer Buchanan Bravo, Jack Smith, Kate Gaertner, Jeremy Art, Rep. Susan Davis, Rep. David Valadao, Jawn Fowler Antonaros, Sujata Sinha Mitra, Nick Schaper, David All, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Rep. Jim Costa, John Paul Strong, Betsy Andres Stewart, Ellie Hockenbury, Mark Bryant, John Pappas, Doug Heye (h/t Brian J. Walsh), Virginia Coyne, Katherine Cresto, Lauren Vitek, Leva M. Augstums, Katie Miller, Olivia Booth and Aunt Pat Werring!


Congrats on tying the knot, Kate Gaertner and Chris Meissner! (h/t POLITICO); Now is your chance to take off and travel! Just purchase your adult party tickets for Best Buddies Prom2017 between now and April 18!; How does Natl. Restaurant Assoc. President and CEO Dawn Sweeney manage to be so awesome all of the time?; We could dedicate an entire email to our appreciation for Sarah Erdman; Rachel Rauscher is a perfect Jewish matriarch, but Clayton Cox has some work to do; Cameron Easley’s rooftop is about to see a LOT of attention; Lisa Kramer’s hair looked really good this week; Noelle Clemente should consider a style blog; If you haven’t signed up for DCanter’s concierge service, you’re missing out on life; Dan Roth always deserves a high five; Don’t ask Kathryn Lyons about her favorite new word game unless you’ve got a few hours to kill; Were we the only ones not given a heads up about Stef Petropoulos moving to NYC?; Court Lanio has great taste in pants; Blain Rethmeier and family are ready for Easter; Geoff Embler has gone native overseas; Does DJ Jamiel even know he just got a shoutout? ; Look at Blake Dvorak on his A-game; Caitlin Owens wrote her first issue of Axios Vitals on a Frontier Airlines flight back from Denver; Bubba Atkinson is thinking of trading in his jetski dreams for a foil board; “Beets Don’t Kale my Vibe” is the best new salad in the Axios cafeteria (read: Sweetgreen); Amy Harder is about to become a weekly columnist; Neal Rothschild is ready to return to his first love: podcasting; Jim VandeHei might chew more gum than Sean Spicer (but we don’t think he swallows it); BREAKING: Neil Chatterjee is joining the cast of next season’s 24!; We celebrated Jack Smith’s birthday TWICE this week. Seriously, how many kids do you have? Jack Smith > Kanye West; “Calmer than you are Todd Wooten”; If you’re not doing yoga with Mattie Duppler this week, you’re so not zen; Igor Bobic’s Taylor Gourmet #SaveMySalad campaign has the power to unite us all; Josh Shultz says the moustache coffee is up for grabs if anyone wants it; We can’t wait to H.A.G.S. and K.I.T. with IJR’s 2017 WHCA yearbook!



Congratulations to Maegan Vazquez on her new position as White House reporter at IJR. Maegan has been with IJR for two years now, where she has been promoted from campaign reporter to deputy news editor, and now the White House beat, alongside Erin McPike; Oliver Darcy is joining CNN as a senior media writer. Darcy makes the move from his role as politics editor at Business Insider, and before this TheBlaze; CNN also welcomes veteran investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau from The New York Times. He joins the team as assistant managing editor at the D.C. bureau; Best of luck to Energy and Commerce veteran Robert Horne as he makes a move from Health IT Now to Leavitt Partners. Health IT Now has named Joel White as its new executive director; Jared Kushner has hired Josh Raffel, most recently the leading PR executive at Blumhouse Productions, to head up communications for the Office of American Innovation; Robert Flock joins The Credit Union National Association as associate director of advocacy. Before this, Flock worked with President Trump’s Inaugural Committee; The Wall Street Journal’s D.C. bureau has announced Jeanne Cummings, previously political and White House editor, and John Stoll, most recently bureau chief in Detroit, as its new deputy bureau chiefs; Michael Kingsley, previously with Intermarket Communications, joins Forefront Communications Group as a senior vice president; Alex Miller recently joined kglobal as senior account executive. Miller previously served as communications director in the offices of both Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY); The American Trucking Associations adds Jeremy Kirkpatrick, previously senior manager of digital and media relations for the National Restaurant Association, as director of strategic communications; Amy Listerman, previously with Scripps Networks Interactive, joins Fox News Channel as its new chief financial officer; H&R Block adds Robert Kerr, former senior director of government relations at NAEA, to its team as executive director of public policy; Ashton Barry, most recently with the Cook Political Report, joins the business development team at Quorum; The New York Times welcomes Bret Stephens, most recently with The Wall Street Journal, to its Opinion team as an op-ed columnist; Danielle Doheny, former senior legislative assistant in the office of former Rep. Rich Nugent (R-FL) joins the International Myeloma Foundation as director of public policy and advocacy; The National Trust for Historic Preservation welcomes Jon Kevin Gossett to its team as chief advancement officer. Before this, Gossett handled external relations at the Bipartisan Policy Center; Alex Madrigal rejoins The Atlantic to cover technology, science, business and trade. Madigral most recently served editor at large for Fusion, and prior to this, deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com; Congratulations to Bret Baier, who, alongside fellow co-chairs Mae Grennan, Toni Verstandig and Carrie Marriott, recently hosted the Children’s National 2017 Children’s Ball, which raised over $3 million; And finally, congratulations to the team at The Washington Post on their Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists: David Fahrenthold (Winner, 2017 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting), Fred Hiatt (Finalist, 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing) and Eli Saslow (Finalist, 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing).


Have a Good Friday.