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Awesome events: The kickoff continues this weekend for the newest hood in DC, The Wharf; Pub Dread awaits your impending demise; You don’t have to be drunk to feel like you’re going above and below this weekend at Dupont Circle (but you can be); Meridian Hill Park is hosting a free outdoor opera concert tomorrow and it actually sounds kind of lovely; Do something good this weekend – donate, volunteer or join the walk to end Alzheimer’s; Because dogs deserve pool parties too; What’s better than free candy corn? Everything and Improv Brunch is a part of that.


Because we can’t wait for Halloween (literally) to remind ourselves and our viewers how much we love kids, candy and bribing kids with loads of candy.


The oldest building on the National Mall is undergoing a makeover; Being allowed to watch Taylor Swift doesn’t make it less creepy; A little salt in the wound for the U.S. Men’s soccer team; Want to travel but don’t know where? ‘Surprise Vacations’ can help with that; When you love a good pumpkin spice latte, but you also love getting drunk; Explore the Shenandoah before you start complaining about it being too cold outside.


You might not know him by name, but you definitely recognize his work. Aniekan Udofia is a prominent DC street artist with many of his work visible in northwest. We caught up with Aniekan to discuss his art and his inspirations.


Womp womp.


#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

Congratulations to Washington Post national political reporter Abby Phillip on her new role as a White House correspondent for CNN; Republican strategist and longtime campaign operative Hogan Gidley has been named deputy White House press secretary. Gidley will serve under White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and work closely with principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah and deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters; Millennium Challenge Corporation recently named media and communications veteran Pam Stevens as its new vice president for congressional and public affairs. Notably, Stevens previously served both President Bush as director of TV and assistant press secretary and Secretary Rice as deputy assistant secretary for outreach; Liam Donovan recently joined Bracewell as a principal focused on tax, infrastructure, energy and other public policy issues. Before this, Liam was senior director of legislative and political affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors; J.P. Freire has a new role as communications director and policy adviser for Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL). Freire most recently was associate administrator for public affairs at EPA and previously served as communications director for Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT); Oracle has named former chief of staff and longtime aide to Vice President Mike Pence Josh Pitcock as vice president of government affairs; After 6 years with The Atlantic, Molly Ball is leaving to join Time as a national political correspondent; Ashley Feinberg, most recently a senior writer for Wired, is joining HuffPost as a senior reporter; The Associated Press adds Time magazine writer and BuzzFeed veteran Zeke Miller as a White House reporter; Also joining the AP is veteran journalist Michael Hudson, who was recently named global investigations editor; Jessica Bennett, author of “Feminist Fight Club,” has been named the new gender editor for the New York Times. Bennett is an alum of Time.com, Newsweek and Tumblr; National Journal has promoted managing editor Ben Pershing to the role of editor. The previous editor-in-chief, Stephen Smith, is making a move to Atlantic Media as a senior editor; Kendra Arnold has been promoted to executive director for the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust; NBC News is adding NPR’s Geoff Bennett as a White House correspondent; Tara Emory Mingledorff, previously with the Club for Growth, joins America Private Radio as vice president of development; Retired Air Force colonel and former chief legislative liaison to the House of Representatives Wesley Hallman has joined the National Defense Industrial Association as senior vice president for policy; From the Glover Park Group, Kevin Boland joins the office of Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) as communications director; Former deputy associate administrator at EPA Amy Graham is joining the office of Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) as communications director; Denzenhall Resources adds Alison Roney and Michael Bova as associate and senior director. Roney comes from kglobal and Bova makes the move from Hill + Knowlton; Crosscut Strategies also adds two with the additions of Marcus Reese and Abigail Fredenburg as senior advisor and director; Cassie Williams recently joined Nahigian Strategies as communications associate. Before this, Williams was press secretary for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, and prior to this a press assistant for the RNC; Bully Pulpit Interactive welcomes Erica Stanley as a senior director. Stanley previously was vice president for marketing and communications for the National Partnership for Women and Families, and before this, a Vice President at the Glover Park Group; Keith Maley, former director of regional media in the Obama White House, has joined the Trust for Public Land as director of PR; America Rising Squared press secretary Nathan Brand is joining Todd Rokita’s Senate campaign as communications director; After twelve years with Fox News, Eldad Yaron is starting as an associate producer for “Tucker Carlson Tonight“; Also joining Fox News is Alex Miehls, former deputy press secretary for the House Oversight Committee and press secretary for Rep. George Holding (R-NC), who will serve as an associate producer for “The Story with Martha MacCallum”; And finally, a big congratulations to 94.7 Fresh FM all-star radio host Tommy McFly on his new gig with NBC News Washington. #DoBigThings


David Almacy was back at the White House; Bianca Prade needs some good recommendations for a trip to Italy; Happy anniversary to Ken Spain and Emily Spain; We love your new kitchen, Katie Harbath; Happy anniversary to D. Archibald Smart and Sarah Schladen Smart… Sarah, you deserve an award; Quin Carroll is a first-class tour guide; Ask Becky Card about her mascara hack; I bet Brittany Havens throws a stapler better than the Nats bullpen; Sean Hayes can get you a good price on 16 Macgruber costumes; Happy Anniversary Caitlin Huey-Burns!; Michael Connolly is rumored to take over manager spot for Nationals; Joe Pounder might want to stop going to Nats games; Dan Steinberg‏’s day is going well; Maria Davis is a beast on the bike; Thank you yo POLITICO for streaming the Nats Game last night at the POLITICO 50 event; We appreciate Jens Undlin’s cleanliness; Michelle Fields is really good at cornhole; How’s Jeremy Art doing?; We’re onto you, Courtney Mattison;Troy Lyons loves his cufflinks; Who wore it better, Olivia Rogine or Ethan Stackpole?; Kelsey Wessels is ready to crush the weekend; Who’s more pumped than us to hear Tommy McFly’s voice AND see his face every morning?; Congrats to Frances Holuba & Giueseppe Lanzone on their engagement!


Famous birthday wishes to Lauren Culbertson, Veronica Walsh, Katie Boyd, Brandon Clark, Jamie Weinstein, Tarini Parti, Kate Nocera, Eric Wilson, Ashley Prime Gula, Gerrit Lansing, Lauren Torlone Mahoney, Bob Costa, Tucker Foote, Lis Smith, Brian Walsh, Quincy Becker, Kym Kovanda and Gerrit Lansing!


Out like the Nats. (sorry)