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Michelle Goldchain

Editor at CurbedDC

 “In the city that sometimes sleeps, here is the news that should keep you up at night, partying and enjoying the District life.”

Weather: Today is about the wettest and warmest it’ll be all weekend. Cats and dogs will stop falling from the sky by the time you start salting your margarita glass and they’ll keep from falling for the majority of the weekend. Your high today will be in the mid 70s and your low will be after a few shots of tequila. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the morning, but the rest of your afternoon and evening should be dry, unlike that fiesta you’re going to tonight. The sun will come out (the day after) tomorrow! Sunday will be partly cloudy and chillier than a bowl of salsa. With highs in the low to mid 60s, your weekend will be close to retirement.

Awesome events: We can’t think of anything better than Cinco de Mayo on a Friday and these DC restaurants and bars agree (FYI, Mission in Dupont has already started the fiesta with Cinco de Mission); Surfside is also doing Cinco de Mayo juuust right in Glover Park; And for those of us getting a little too tequila-happy, Lyft is offering free rides; If you’re hanging near the Hill tonight, swing by the Bullpen for this year’s first Truckeroo!; They say the more you drink, the funnier things become. Ok, they might not say that, but it’s gotta be true, right? Take the challenge tonight at the Kennedy Center with Kevin Nealon or at the Lisner Auditorium with Jay Pharoah; Can’t make it to Kentucky for the Derby this year? No problem! Due South and pretty much all of DC are celebrating sans horse poop; Let your funk flag fly tomorrow at DC’s Funk Parade on U street. This celebration of vibrant music and arts kicks off around the same time you’ll be waking up from your bed of chips and guac; Also on Saturday, the World Embassy Tour will make its annual debut with dancing, demonstrations, and food offered from nearly every embassy, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe; After your tour, you can wet your whistle by enjoying the third annual Bloody Mary Festival, located at the SW Arts Club; Maybe you’re less of a Bloody Mary fan and more of a beer enthusiast. In that case, check out the Mad Fox Spring Bierfest at Falls Church’s Mad Fox Brewing Company; If you prefer dugouts over derbies, the Nats play the Phillies tomorrow night; And speaking of sport, the Wiz take on the Boston Celtics Sunday night at Club V; Um…2000s Dance Party. That is all; The Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series kicks off tomorrow with Almeda!

From Michelle: Enjoy the temperate weather by checking out one of D.C.’s most underrated museums, most memorable restaurants, or best design and furniture storesOnce the rain showers have ceased, enjoy the rainbows by seeing the best sky-high views of D.CFinally, if you’ve been getting bored on your walks with your dog, head somewhere new with help from this handy map.


Hey, we’ve all had our bad days, weeks and seasons. So what if the Caps lost a few games? The cold war isn’t over just yet.


Experience the sweet taste of Paris without the jetlag; For those of you who still aren’t caught up on what went down WHCD weekend; Spicy, salty and crunch – all in one bite; There’s a hotel bar in Bloomingdale – but there’s no hotel; Here’s how career-obsessed Washingtonians can take a chill pill; There’s a new waterfront rosé garden, perfect for the warmer weather. Finally, Washington Post Food Editor Tom Sietsema has created a top 10 list of the best restaurants in the city.

From Michelle: If you think your rent is bad, you ain’t seen nothin’ yetAlso, D.C. is growing fast, but there are sections of the District whose populations seem to be waning; The planned Busboys & Poets in Anacostia will open a little later than originally expected; If you need some new conversation topics, here’s one: There’s a Chicago artist trying to build billboards in front of the White House with an image showing a less than handsome Donald Trump; Last but not least, if you’re someone who loves to ogle beautiful homes, here’s one with a pool worth drooling over.


Magical coffee is taking over our lives; Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue about his son made us ugly cry; Was “weird” the theme at this year’s Met Gala?; This chick is making sure women are being heard in Congress; And the nominees are…; Notorious BIG is back – as a massive stretchable paper sculpture; House Republicans have passed Trumpcare, and now it will move on to the Senate; Is the Galaxy Note 8 getting an early release? Umm, maybeWhat will it take to make another planet our home?; Next up, here’s what you should know about the planned Obama Presidential Library; If you need an explainer on the North Korean nuclear threat, here you go.

From Michelle: Washington, D.C.’s first ever micro-hotel has opened in Chinatown with rooms as small as 60 square feet; For those who care more for funky spaces than coze ones, here’s a list of the weirdest, wackiest vacation rentals in the District; And one more thing: If you have a beautiful home, why not share photos of it so others can be captivated by its charm and beauty?


Spend 24 amazing hours in Eastern Market

How many Coastal Tacos does it take to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

The National Press Foundation celebrated #WorldPressFreedomDay!

WMDE-TV stopped by our office for a little Capitol View!

Been there. Topped that

Here’s a picture of a puppy taking a nap

What would you fill a Stanley Cup with?



#FlashbackFriday: Once upon a time in the land of salt and limes, a few brave soldiers set out to find a magical drink. Whoever drank the magical drink acquired special super powers, but too much magical drink would result in bad decisions, memory loss and a massive headache. These brave soldiers went on to taste-test a few of these magical drinks in town only to present you with: Cinco De Margo


Famous birthday wishes to Rachael Dean, Forrest McConnell, Lisa Kramer, Kamis O’Farrell, Sarah Downs, Charlie Lent, Rep. Peter Welch, Sen. Jim Risch, Nadia Vizueta, Leslie Bradshaw, David Winston, Sen. Ron Wyden, Sarah Baldauf, Kyle Oliver, Jessica Armao McNiece, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Brad Peck, Stacy Hadeka, Bill O’Brien, Sen. Richard Shelby, Julianna Goldman Gottlieb, Ben Droz, Marisol Garibay,Hollis Pica, Jenn Higgins, Julie Elkins, Shira Toeplitz Center, Caroline Dutton, Jesse Thomas, Spencer Pederson, John Scofield, Caitline Carroll, Vincent Harris, Rob Saliterman, Lindsay Austin, Chana Morrow, Mark Murray and Chris Tracey!


The ESA team brought virtual reality to life in a seriously amazing way this week; Congrats to Heidi Wilson! We can’t wait to visit you in year-round sandal weather; Lisa Kramer deserves an epic birthday celebration; Missy Foxman is moving full STEAM ahead with the Women’s High-Tech Coalition and she isn’t slowing down any time soon; Dave Barmore, Brittany Bramell and the Uber DC team are crushing it; Ben Dresner and Juan Duboy are the Poke bowl kings of DC; Everything’s coming up daisies…or tulips for Rob and Alison Hayes; Kathryn Lyons crushed WHCD weekend; Jack Smith, Lisa Leonard, Meredith McPhillips and Brad Bosserman should teach lessons on being awesome; Casey Phillips married way up; Chris Taylor specializes in shooting vertical video; Happy Anniversary to Sara and Shannon Croom!; Archie S. labels his children via hashtags; Watch out for the bicycles, Will Rabbe!; Thank you Howard Mortman for inviting FamousDC to sit with the C-SPAN family at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner!; Jim Billimoria loves Instagram and dogs; What is Eric Gustafson up to these days?; Does Matt Haase still read the Round-Up?; We’re not mad that we saw Doug Heye like ten times during WHCD weekend; It’s only a matter of time before David Almacy starts working out at Mount Vernon; Shout out to Ted “I’ll be back to DC every month” Prill; We have our dry cleaning, Starbucks and lunch orders ready for pick-up, Josh Snead; We heart Brooke and Kate Brower; Watch out Charlottesville, there’s a bachelorette party coming in hot; Mike Dunkle is running another race again. Shocking; Did Don Ripper like the fried pickles?; We’re still waiting to go to Barcelona, Greg Martin; Thanks for letting us third wheel this weekend, Channing Muller; Thanks for the chat on a busy Hill day, Emily Schillinger!; We had a great time with Todd Delorenzo, Kelsey Patel and everyone else at James Carville and Mary Matalin’s No Kid Hungry event this week!; We’re still waiting for that email, Michael LaRosa; Ben Droz has two birthdays; When’s the next concert, Gibran Esa?; Safe travels, Julie Yorkshire!; We can’t wait to be stuck in a car with Lauren Hagen this afternoon; And the best birthday-day goes to Boomer Phelps; Ask Erin Lange about the cookies at Best Buddies Prom; Where is Steve Scully reading the Round Up from this week?


Congratulations to Adria Márquez on her new role as director of digital advocacy and communications at the MPAA. Adria, most recently the director of digital content at the U.S. Department of Education, joins the communications team to lead digital mobilization and engagement efforts; Ron Hynes, previously executive director at the Short Line Safety Institute, joins the Association of American Railroads as assistant vice president for technical services; Holli Heiles has a new role as counsel for the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Capital Markets. Heiles most recently served as senior adviser and counsel to Rep. French Hill (R-AR); Mark Robinson is rejoining Wired as a features editor from his current post at Epic magazine. Wired also adds Nitasha Tiku, most recently with BuzzFeed, as a senior staff writer; David Rohde is joining The New Yorker‘s website as news editor. Rohde is a veteran journalist, previously with The New York Times and most recently the national security investigations editor at Reuters; From the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Sean McMaster is joining the Department of Transportation as the deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs; Terence Samuel, previously Washington politics editor at The Washington Post, is making a move to NPR to serve as deputy managing editor; JPMorgan Chase adds Ashley Chang, former director of public engagement at USTDA and most recently with the Jon Ossoff campaign, as its head of strategic communications for corporate responsibility; Lauren Reamy has been promoted from deputy legislative director to legislative director in the office of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Hill veteran Bob Simmons is making a move to Boeing after twelve years as the GOP staff director for the House Armed Services Committee; Jane Hughes is joining the digital team at American Bridge. Hughes most recently worked as digital director for Maggie Hassan for Senate and before that as deputy digital director at EMILY’s List; Geoffrey Okamoto, most recently staff director of the Senate Banking subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer protection under Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), has been named a deputy assistant secretary for international development policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury; Alex Dickinson has been promoted from deputy editor to executive managing editor at Gizmodo Media Group; Business Insider adds Mike Shields, most recently advertising editor at The Wall Street Journal, to serve as its advertising editor. The outlet has also promoted Pamela Engel to politics editor; On a related note, Lara O’Reilly, previously senior editor for global advertising at Business Insider, is joining the WSJ as its newest media and marketing reporter where she will also be responsible for the daily “CMO Today” newsletter; Previously with The Daily Caller, Katie Frates joins Olympic Media as managing editor; Former deputy chief of staff and communications director for Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) Andrew Malcolm is making a move to Exelon’s public advocacy team; Kelsey Sutton is making a move from her current role covering media and breaking news at POLITICO to Mic, where she will focus on media and politics; Jorge Aguilar, most recently press secretary and director of Hispanic media for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, joins the DCCC as executive director for Nancy Pelosi for Congress; The WSJ’s Washington bureau welcomes back Del Quentin Wilber as a reporter to cover the Justice Department. He most recently was a reporter for the LA Times. The bureau also adds Sarah Chacko, previously with The Hill Extra, as a multimedia producer; Erin Polak, previously with Merck, joins Celgene as senior director for federal government relations. Also at Celgene, Greg Chesmore has been promoted to vice president for U.S. government relations and policy; Carl Woog has a new job leading policy communications at WhatsApp. Woog previously served as a spokesperson at the Obama NSC and a senior adviser to the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon; And finally, congratulations to Isaac Arnsdorf on his new role as a reporter at ProPublica. Arnsdorf starts on Monday and will focus on the Trump administration.


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