Friday Round Up
Editor of Huffington Post’s Morning Email
Weather: Get ready for a moist weekend. Look, we don’t like that word either, but when the next few days are filled with rain and humidity, it’s important we manage expectations. The rest of your Friday will see highs in the mid 80s with a mix of sunshine and rain in the early afternoon, so you might want to Uber to your “work friend’s happy hour thing” you have later. Saturday won’t be too bright – just like that kid in high school that always cheated off you in Algebra class. Highs won’t go much above the low 60s tomorrow and overcast skies should mentally prepare you for rain in the afternoon and into the evening. All of the above will make for a wet and chilly day on Sunday.
Awesome events: Celebrate Earth Day tomorrow – here on earth – at Glen’s Garden Market in Dupont; Speaking of Earth Day, the March for Science is kicking off your Saturday morning on the National Mall. Can’t join ‘em? March virtually; Or maybe math is your thing. In that case, you might enjoy this; Crawfish for Cancer is back for its 5th annual boil tomorrow! Don’t let that little exoskeleton get in the way of you and a good time; Shinola 14th Street celebrates Record Store Day with a special Saturday plan honoring the late great Detroit rapper J. Dilla. Stop by for a live DJ and some seriously nice watches; If you’re in the mood to chillax, catch a flick this weekend at FilmFest DC! Lost In Paris will be featured through April 30 with special guests on select nights; Dance your way through the weekend at Ballet Across America! Watch performances curated by Misty Copeland and Justin Peck with the help of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra; National Park Week is still going strong. Get out and enjoy the outdoors!; On Sunday, use your shoelaces to tie a ribbon on your weekend by running this year’s George Washington Parkway Classic. A little race never hurt anyone, right?…don’t answer that.
From Lauren: Hit your local record store (yes, those still exist) on Record Store Day; See how the other half lives with the Junior League of Washington, which hosts their 6th Annual Kitchen Tour (no IKEA there, it’ll be a revelation); Summer is (almost) here. These are the patios you can find me with a drink in hand; And if not a patio, then at this day-long beer festival because what else would you do with your Saturday?
It’s National Park Week! Just when we thought nothing could be older than our grandparents AND still have cool stories to tell, the National Park Service proves us wrong.
The missing ingredient in DC that you don’t know about; Nothing says “nope” like a giant flag that says “nope” hanging from your balcony; You’re not invited to this exclusive girls-night-in dinner, but you want to be; The best coffee shop in DC is in Adams Morgan – in a basement; There’s a millie reasons to try out this Nantucket-style restaurant for yourself; The Redskins will be hosting Thanksgiving at FedEx Field this year for the first time ever.
From Lauren: Forget the Infinity Mirrors exhibit: Take a look at the summer exhibit at the National Building Museum that’ll take over everyone’s social media this summer; It’s been a rough week if you own chickens in the District; Did you miss “the year’s foremost gathering of Washington navel-gazers and people who literally gaze at their navels because they’re stoned out of their minds”?
Goat yoga is a thing and we can only hope it makes our local section one day; Jake Tapper is the realest in fake news; The first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon did it again – 50 years later; And a retired marine who lost his leg in Afghanistan also crossed the finish line – holding an American flag. We love the USA; We’ll leave this here for when you wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back asleep; Everyone is freaking out about the unicorn frappuccino and so are we; The story behind a $50,000 bet and a t-shirt; The 100 most influential people according to TIME; A story about a guy and a 1973 Ford Bronco; The only important news you need to know about Coachella Weekend 1 is this kid crushing it.
From Lauren: Here’s a reminder to never ask Henry Kissinger to write introductions for you; You no longer need to stay off Facebook to avoid the bajillion notifications about April the Giraffe giving birth; Barack Obama really missed his calling as an Instagram husband; We only have four years before Elon Musk accidentally lets the robots take over us all.
We sent our panda out in celebration of National High Five Day because who wouldn’t want a little love from a cuddly bear?
Famous birthday wishes to Guest Editor Lauren Weber, Augie Ghessie, Mike Leonard, Geoffrey Urbach, Caroline Lee Smith, Charles Wadelington, Ana Asano, Rep. George Holding, Caroline Lee Smith, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep Justin Amash, Rep. Bob Latta, Sen. Pat Roberts, Ben Chang, Joe Pounder, Ryan Shultz, Jennifer Morris, Steven T. Dennis, Allen Fuller, Brad Viator, Justin Herman, Amanda Rottier, Lindsey E. Mask, Mark Borelli, DeJake Braunsdorf, Abigail Williams, Jason Sheradsky, Darby Wade Grant, Mike Dubke, Gretchen Gustafson, Mike Judge, Marco Pieri, Justin Mayers and Patricia Armstrong!
MEGA HIGH FIVE to Matt Hall, Caroline Engeman, Mallory Mullen, Craig Handzlik, Kirt Gallatin, Brett Richards, Anne Maire Hoffman, Brett Tubbs, Tyler Fields, Catherine Brady, Kelly Knox, Caroline Frances, Ali Pardo, Daniel Fisher, Mark Romano, Dan Lamphier, Amanda Leslie, Cory Frank, Paige Gress and all the volunteers who put together a successful 2017 White House Easter Egg Roll; Has Riva Litman changed her flight yet?; Alex Hughes celebrates her bar admittance at SoulCycle; Who copied who: Natasha Flint or Blake Lively?; Ask Brittany Havens about RPM; Sean Hayes misses gchat; Will Allison’s Twitter is on fire this week; Becky Card’s Snaps with Brad are the best; Johnny DeStefano is so hot right now; Lachlan Markay makes it rain NFL click bait; Does Doug Thornell still read this far down?; As you think about your weekend plans just remember Serena Williams won the Australian Open while pregnant; Is Patrick Gavin still trying to land an interview with Obama?; This video makes us want to go to go to the ballet #BalletAcrossAmerica #JFKC; Todd Bowers is going to be parachuting into wildfires with a chainsaw soon – no joke; Take a zen break and check out Rev. Charlie Parker’s new blog; The brilliant communicator, Lara Kline has hung her own shingle; Tommy McFly, we’re so excited about Best Buddies PROM2017!; Elliot Berke had a beautiful cup of coffee; Ask Lauren Culbertson what they sell at the Russia House; Ben Chang’s birthday party is going to be one for the record books; If you need headshot, engagement photos or fake engagement photos, holler at Nicole Tieman like yesterday; Did Megan Rossbach love Zengo or reallyyy love Zengo?; We didn’t get Mark Borelli’s birthday email. Awkward; Does Jonah Van Why prefer his unicorn frappuccino with a side of rainbows or hopes and dreams?; We’re still waiting on Erin Bergmeister’s proposal; Does Mike Dunkle even live in DC still?; Good luck to Sarah Demarest and Will Smith (yes, THE Will Smith) in Sunday’s Parkway Classic; Welcome back (soon), Lauren Hagen!
Congratulations to Capitol Hill veteran and senior Senate leadership aide Arjun Mody on being named a principal at S-3 Public Affairs. Mody joins S-3 from his role as the top policy expert to Republican Policy Committee Chairman and Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY); Robert Costa has been named Moderator of Washington Week. Costa comes from the Washington Post where he was a political reporter; Following a four year run with The Washington Post, finance and data reporter Jeff Guo is leaving to join Vox, where he will cover the intersection of politics, policy and the media; Former Pentagon press secretary and seasoned journalist Peter Cook has been named executive vice president and chief communications officer at the American Bankers Association; Aaron Ringel has been named deputy associate administrator for congressional affairs at the EPA. Ringel most recently served as deputy chief of staff for Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC); David Firestone, former managing editor at FiveThirtyEight.com and New York Times journalist, has been named managing editor at NBC News Digital; Ellen Pollock has been named the new Business Day editor at The New York Times; The Glover Park Group adds Alex Byers as a director of strategic communications. Byers was most recently a tech reporter at Politico; Kelly Gleeson has started KBG Events, LLC. Gleeson most recently was director of events at the Internet Association; Americans for Tax Fairness adds TJ Helmstetter as communications director. Helmstetter formerly served as associate communications director at the DNC; Susan Zook joins Fresenius Medical Care as vice president of government affairs. Zook makes the move from her previous role as senior director of government affairs at Aetna; Emily Hartman, former manager of public relations for Children’s National Health System, joins Kia’s DC office as manager of events and branding; Lesley Fulop, former communications director for Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) joins the office of Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) as press secretary; The Consumer Data Industry Association has named Francis Creighton its next president and chief executive. Creighton currently serves as executive vice president of government affairs for the Financial Services Roundtable; John Swansburg, most recently deputy editor at Slate, joins The Atlantic as a senior editor; Lockheed Martin adds former director of government relations for the University of Georgia Andrew Dill to its government relations team. Dill also worked as a regional representative in the office of Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA); The California Life Sciences Association welcomes Adam Lotspike, former manager of federal affairs at the American Psychiatric Association, as associate director for federal government relations; Denzenhall Resources adds RNC alum Fred Brown, most recently communications director for the Republican Jewish Coalition, as a senior counsel; Peter Sterne joins the Freedom of the Press Foundation from his most recent post as a media reporter at Politico; The office of Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) has named Tyler Hernandez, former deputy communications director for the Committee on Education and the Workforce, as deputy communications director; Preston Maddock, previously with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, joins the 2018 reelection campaign of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) as communications director; Kevin Griffis, former assistant secretary for public affairs at HHS, joins the Planned Parenthood Federation of America as vice president for communications; Kamau Marshall joins the office of Rep. Al Green (D-TX) as communications director. Marshall previously served on the communications team at USDA during the Obama Administration; Amanda Therrian has been promoted to executive Washington representative at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association; The Cohen Group adds Juan Gonzalez as associate VP to focus on its Latin America efforts; And finally, congratulations to Nancy Cordes on being named the new chief congressional correspondent at CBS News.
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