A Chair with a View
This Russell & Mackenna chair swivels around.
March 30, 2011
Russell & Mackenna’s Libby swivel chair ($1,606) is a small wonder. Named for Russell’s youngest daughter, this upholstered barrel swivels 360 degrees, providing cushy comfort and a view of the entire room. Check out Russell & Mackenna’s store within a store at Urban Country’s home furnishing outpost. 7117 Arlington Road, Bethesda, 301-654-0500
Blue Man Group Does DC
The Warner Theatre hosts the quirky trio starting this month.
March 25, 2011
It’s difficult to describe Blue Man Group with accuracy. Part theater, part rock concert, part trippy comedy routine, Blue Man Group invades the Warner Theatre from March 23 to April 3. We wanted to delve into the psyche of the silent troupe—tough to do, but we gave it our best shot.
What makes you laugh?
KALEN ALLMANDINGER: “Zoo Milk. Check it out.”
GENERAL JUDD: “Every time I get to stand on a stage or on a film or television set and I’m actually supposed to be there. Oh, and the one where I’m running over my cousin Pookie with a lawn mower.”
Who would play you in the movie version of BMG?
JOSH ELROD: “No doubt it will be an algorithm of some kind, as acting will be replaced by robots and reality shows.”
For the BMG novice, how would you describe the experience?
KA: “Visceral neo-vaudeville.”
GJ: “If we’re anywhere near your city, just come see it!”
JE: “I once asked an eight-year-old what he thought the show was about, and he said, ‘I think it’s about how you can do a lot of cool stuff in a short amount of time.’ I think that works.”
New Book: Skipping a Beat
The author, Sarah Pekkanen, answers a few questions.
March 11, 2011
Having featured the District as a character in her critically acclaimed novel The Opposite of Me, Sarah Pekkanen is back with her second book, Skipping a Beat (Washington Square Press), following the life of a DC party planner. We’re big fans of Pekkanen for her sense of humor and her love of our city.
I WISH I WERE... able to look chocolate in the eye and say, “You know, I’m just not that into you.”
I’M HONESTLY AFRAID OF... airplanes. The strangers sitting next to me just love it when we hit turbulence and I gift them with the imprint of my fingernails on their arms.
MY FAVORITE PLACE IN DC IS... the National Press Club. When I was a starving young reporter, I became a member there and got free food. I reported my first-ever story there, for the Baltimore Evening Sun. The paper is no longer in existence, but I don’t think I had anything to do with that.
MY BIGGEST REGRET IS... not getting more out of college. I should’ve actually paid attention, rather than making up stories in my head and mentally debating the merits of getting a spiral perm.
Success By the Book: Tell to Win
Peter Guber writes how to succeed in life by simply getting your point across.
February 28, 2011
For media mogul Peter Guber, success has always been measured by the ability to get his point across with compelling, inspiring stories. It’s a strategy that has paid off. In his new book, Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, Guber shares his wisdom.
DC is a town where everyone wants something. How do you suggest being heard?
To cut through the noise, you have to make a clear promise and be committed to delivering what’s in
it for your audience.
What story would you like to see emerge in 2011?
The reawakening of a youth-centric initiative to become active in its own rescue. They will be participants, not just passengers, in designing a country that is inclusive and inspired.
How do they do it?
Join the dialogue and tell the story forward with ownership, in your own voice.
Derringer for Equinox bicycle rides to the top
December 31, 2010
At last, a gift for the urban cyclist! The limited edition Derringer for Equinox bicycle ($2,300) has a simple classic design that hearkens back to the era when bike riding was the primary means of human-powered transportation. Designed by Adrian Van Anz of Derringer Cycles and available nationwide exclusively at The Shop @ Equinox, the bike was born for city travel, but can also make molehills out of mountains.
Win a Trip to France
Travel to the glittering city of Versailles on France Guide Prestige’s tab
December 03, 2010
Trianon Palace Hotel
The luxury travel experts at France Guide Prestige are offering readers a chance to win a three-night stay for two at the lavish Trianon Palace Hotel in Versailles, France. Two round-trip tickets to Paris via Air France, plus breakfasts and two tête-a-tête dinners at Gordon Ramsay's La Veranda are included in the package. Winners will also be invited to the prestigious L’Académie du spectacle équestre, a sort of ballet for the equestrian world, and the Château de Versailles. Visit franceguide.com to enter.
Holiday Getaways: Orlando
Take advantage of fun in the sun
December 03, 2010
While Florida vacations are generally synonymous with college kids and keg parties, Orlando offers a fabulous holiday retreat at the Orlando Resort at Championsgate. Enjoy two championship-size golf courses, 1,200 acres of wetland and an 850-foot-long lazy river. And if outdoor activities aren’t your thing, the resort also boasts a sushi restaurant, sports bar and European-style spa. With current promotions starting at $128 per night, the price can’t be beat.
Local artists to showcase at Art Basel Miami Beach
November 26, 2010
Things Happen at Sundown by Michael Platt
DC art aficionados have two new names to celebrate. Local artists Stan Squirewell and Michael Platt have been tapped as regional winners in the semifinals of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, a nationwide search for up-and-coming talents in multimedia art and urban photography. Chosen from among more than 1,700 entries from around the country (300 alone from the DC area), Squirewell’s and Platt’s winning pieces will be entered into the final competition, which will take place during this month’s Art Basel Miami Beach.
Where to Eat, Sleep and Play in New Orleans
District power players with NOLA ties weigh in on where to spend time in the Crescent City.
October 08, 2010
EATS: "I would always recommend Commander’s Palace. That said, fine dining isn’t the only option down here. One of my favorite things is getting a po’boy over in Bayou St. John at the Parkway Bakery & Tavern."
HOTELING IT: "Mary [Matalin] and I got married at the Omni Royal Orleans in the Quarter, so that will always hold a special place in my heart."
ATTRACTIONS: "The French Quarter is the most unique, colorful neighborhood in the world. New Orleans is also home to two world-class parks: City Park and Audubon Park, where I go running every day."
EATS: "JoAnn Clevenger’s Upperline Restaurant for the fried green tomato with shrimp rémoulade."
HOTELING IT: "JoAnn Clevenger’s Upperline Restaurant for the fried green tomato with shrimp rémoulade."
ATTRACTIONS:"Soniat House, on the quiet end of Chartres Street, because of its antique furnishings and the breakfast scones served in its magical courtyard."
ATTRACTIONS: "Audubon Zoo is one of my favorite places to visit. Located near Tulane and Loyola Universities, it’s one of the city’s most charming parks where parents take their kids to enjoy the Crescent City."
Young at Heart
The National Museum of Natural History turns 100.
September 29, 2010
The National Museum of Natural History pays homage to its centennial birthday with a special exhibit looking back on the museum’s history, which runs through March. mnh.si.edu
Celebrating the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner at Carnegie Library.