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We thought that might get your attention. Now that we have it, be sure to mark your calendar for FamousDC’s next Food For Thought on September 29. Bring your appetite, an open mind and get ready for some food and some thought.

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Awesome events: I can’t feel my face when…the Weeeknd is in town; But then there’s also Lauryn Hill and Nas which is just as face-numbing (in a good way); LOL alert: Steve Martin and Martin Short; Sharks!!; Are things really what they are? These artists will find out tonight at DuPont Underground; Don’t even bother driving down H Street on Saturday; Also on Saturday: Oktoberfest is in Chinatown; Move over 90s, we’re making room for the the 2000s; Because theatre weeks need kickoff parties too; Brews, Booze and Bites are just a few of our favorite things; “Hey don’t forget about us” – Nats during football season; Old Town welcomes back its King Street Art Festival this weekend.


FamousDC held a press conference after hosting an NFL Kickoff Party with the American Gaming Association. It went, well, just how you’d imagine any press conference going.


Mike Bloomberg visited the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma and the devastation is worth our attentionAudrey Henson is making a BIG splash in DC with non-profit College to Congress; Nobu in Georgetown is no joke; For millennials, being “flexible” is more than just a yoga talent; Whoever wrote this press release in support of medical marijuana deserves the highest five; Wake up America! Jolt is back; Congratulations to all you September babies. You’re apparently better than everyone else; My god, Oreo has done it again; A nun in Florida took it upon herself to chainsaw trees that were in the way of her living her life after Irma #Respect.


DC is rapidly becoming one of the country’s best food cities, ranging from cheap eats to expensive tasting menus. Next time you want to go out, but don’t want to break the bank, try these DC establishments for some change (pun intended).


The seasons might change, but the swamp ain’t.


#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

Congratulations to John Cassidy, who is leaving the hill after nearly eight years with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA). Cassidy will join Merck as director of U.S. policy communications and media; Also leaving the hill, veteran staffer Chan Park is making a move to Monument Policy Group as a principal. Park most recently served as general counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); After more than three years with CNN, Ashley Codianni has been promoted to Senior Director for Social Media; The National Association of Manufacturers adds Andrew Clark, Michael Short, and Chris Netram. Clark will serve as manager of digital communications, Short as senior director of strategic communications, and Netram as vice president for tax and domestic policy. Jennifer Drogus and Keith Smith have been promoted to vice president for executive operations and strategy and senior vice president for public affairs and mobilization; From the Financial Times, senior communications manager Chris Chafin is making moves to BBC Global News Limited, where he’ll help lead media relations; Cort Bush has been promoted to senior tech and telecommunications professional staff member for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; The American Bus Association welcomes Seth Coppe from the National Governors Association as external affairs liason;  Kelly Hitchcock, most recently a senior staffer for the financial services and general government subcommittee, has joined the Investment Company Institute as director for financial services policy; Most recently a reporter for CNN politics, Tom LoBianco is rejoining the AP to cover the Trump administration;The New York Times adds two from the Washington Post: Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Jia Lynn Yang. Neff joins as a Pentagon correspondent and Yang will be a deputy national editor; The Financial Times has named Lyndsey Jones executive editor, Robin Kwong head of digital delivery, Paul Murphy investigations editor, and Pilita Clark as business columnist and associate editor; Peter Donovan has joined the Managed Funds Association as executive vice president, managing director, and chief operating officer. Also at the MFA, David Landers, Lou Costantino Jr., and Sarah Morgan have been promoted on the government relations team; The National Automobile Dealers Association adds Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) staffer Paul Dorsey as manager of legislative affairs; Caeli Mahon, most recently press secretary for Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), has joined Targeted Victory as an associate; S-3 Public Affairs adds Tara Bauer; Ben Kane, most recently a senior associate at the Glover Park Group, is recently joined Purple Strategies as an account manager; The Harbour Group adds Adam Sharon, previously with Prime Strategies, as a senior vice president; Michelle Peters Wellington, most recently a senior vice president at Sloane & Company, is joining SKDKnickerbocker as a senior vice president. Wellington will focus on advocacy and corporate and crisis communications; Vectis Strategies welcomes Jack Dannibale as a senior counselor. Dannibale spent the past six years as a senior advisor and director of communications for the Ways and Means Committee and Reps. Mike Honda (D-CA), Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA); Jake Wilkins is making a move from the press shop at the RNC to Secretary Perdue’s communications team at the Department of Agriculture; Reena Kankaria, most recently a media relations coordinator for the Cato Institute, is joining the Committee for Economic Development as a communications associate; The House Republican Conference adds former RNC content and creative director Evan Walker as a senior digital strategist. Walker makes the move from the Office of Digital Strategy for President Trump; Travelers’ government relations team adds former legislative director for Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) Noah Marine. Marine has also previously done work for both the ABA and Financial Markets Association; After five years as a producer and digital reporter for NBC News and “Meet the Press,” Jordan Frasier is making a move to the Washington Post as a video journalist focused on national politics; And finally, FamousDC is proud to welcome Hillary Alvaré as director of partnerships. Alvaré most recently was manager of partnership development for Politico Live #DoBigThings!


Famous birthday wishes to Sam Nathews, Tina Gray Pelkey, Luke Bolar, Nick Magallanes, Elliot Berke, Will Keenan, Megan O’Meally, Anh Suthar, Ashley Parker, Jodi Hanson Bond, John McConnell, Elizan Garcia, Jordan Stoickm, Elizabeth Kim, Morgan Gress, Sergio Rodriguera, Marin Cogan, Scott MacFarlane, Steve Paterson, Carly Rolfe and Andrea Saul!


Brenda Plantikow and Jacob Wood are having the best week ever: Welcome to the world, Sybil Roseann Wood; Steve Chaggaris can add “proficient in sports” to his resumé; Give Audrey Henson a high-five on the growth (and new office space!) of College to Congress; Washington Nationals baseball fever is almost here (hey Jonathan Grella!); Of course they’re on a streak, the Cleveland Indians didn’t have to play the Nationals any of the last 20+ games; BTW, college football > hurricanes; The “Lin-Manuel Miranda 2024 Exploratory Committee” toured Capitol Hill; To be blunt, the communications staffer in Sen. Hatch’s office deserves high praise and a raise; If Bennett Richardson came back to DC and FamousDC didn’t write about it, did it really happen?; Jeff Himmelman walked 64 miles around DC; Ben Jenkins, Allison Jaslow, Joel Bailey, Steve Danon, Cicely Simpson, Robert Edmonson, Liz Falcone, Kate Callahan, Michael Meehan, Craig Wolf, Ben Kamisar, Kristen Hawn, Ashley Jones, Cori Kramer, Jeff Murray, Nishith Pandya, James Leuschen and Kenneth Martin were spotted getting down to some White Ford Bronco at last night’s “Tribute to Congressional Staff”; Don Seymour gets unusually excited about mustard; We’re not cutting this out until we’re cutting onions, SpicerDerek Timmerman and Brea MacIsaac are living their best life; Did Ted Prill get to “relax” with Willie Nelson?; Cameron Cox is good people; Kate Meissner is taking more fashion risks; Mary Stewart Bell crushed the early AM class; Hannah Mooney‘s shoes are money; Cheers to two solid years Jay Gulshen; Ask Dan Schneider to tell you a story about a bear; We hope Macey Sevick has the best birthday weekend; The Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation had a solid inaugural fundraising event this week!


Go Friday. It’s your birthday.