Once upon a time in D.C., a restaurant named Mari Vanna brought the Russian fairytale of a mythical woman welcoming diners into her home to real life in 2013. Two years later, the enchantment lives on.

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Gary Adornato, founder of Varsity Sports Network in Baltimore gave me my first shot. I call it my “big break” because it was in the spring of 2008, I’d just graduated from college, and the job market was so wildly saturated that few new grads were getting jobs–the least of which, in media.

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568163_486905-Military-Web-Book2This Friday evening, Feb. 20, The George Town Club is holding a special edition of its Q&A Cafe, “Crisis Cocktails.” Carol Ross Joynt will moderate, and if you haven’t been to one of Carol’s live interviews before, you’re missing out. She’s a master of the craft and has talked to all the bigs in the news business, most recently Chuck Todd and Dan Rather.

The guest is author and Daily Beast intelligence and national security correspondent Shane Harris, who will give meaningful, if alarming, background in areas he knows best: ISIS, its horrors, the future threat, tactics for defeat; CHARLIE HEBDO, and resurgent al Qaeda (is Denmark related?); Hacking and the threat of cyber apocalypse. SONY, but who else? Drones, at war and at home, and the federal government’s new proposals.

These are scary but critical topics and thus the later hour — seating begins at 4:30, the taping at 5 — and a menu of cocktails and canapés.

Shane, who is the author of the new book, @War, and the earlier book, The Watchers, will stay after the interview to chat some more. He is one of the most respected journalists covering the intelligence beat. His sources run the intelligence industry, his scoops are quoted by his competitors and he’s a frequent guest on the network chat shows.

The location is the George Town Club at 1530 Wisconsin Avenue NW. The fee is $25, all inclusive. For reservations, please call 202-333-9330 or email GTC Reservations.

Last night, Famous DC attended the GOP 2016 Kickoff Happy Hour hosted by Google and Facebook. Held at city-chic bar and restaurant Silo, located in Mt. Vernon Triangle, the event was teeming with GOP social media pros.

Guests bellied up to the open bar, snacked on everything from oysters to flatbread pizzas, and mixed and mingled as they stayed away from the ever-dropping temperatures outside. Drinks were flowing with guests drinking everything from PBR to Jack and Ginger as the bar filled to near-capacity closer to 7pm.

Attendees commented that the neighborhood would never have hosted such an event five years ago, showing that DC’s vibrant night-life is always changing. Silo features some great graffiti art on their walls and the event was highlighted by great chalk drawings featuring Google, Facebook, and a birthday shoutout to Abraham Lincoln.

The event was great, and we’re excited to see all the great things to come from GOP digital efforts as we head into the 2016 elections.

by Allison Cunningham

 

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You might think it’s a little early to think about 2016, but the GOP scene is right on course. At Silo, Google and Facebook came together to toast Abe Lincoln’s 206th birthday and to congratulate and hear updates from Tom Newhouse, the NRCC’s new Digital Director, and Tim Cameron, the NRSC’s new Chief Digital Strategist. Abe served from a selection of bold beer and fruitful wine as young Republicans discussed their party’s prospects for the next Presidential.

by Nika Nour

 

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(Photo from left to right: Ali-jae asselstine: Google, coco Pannell: Google, Abe Lincoln, Annie Lewis:Facebook, Jeff Webb: Google) Bottom line: These guys don’t do selfie sticks. Photo by Nika Nour

Famously spotted: Facebook’s Katie Harbath, Future DC Mayor Jay Nelson, NRSC’s Tim Cameron, RNC’s Justin LoFranco, the ever meme-able Richard Cunningham, Annie Lewis, Ali-jae asselstine, Tom Wilbur, Sondra Clark, Sean Evins, Amanda Nunez, Caitlin Rush, Connor Walsh, Thomas Vasquez, Austin James, Gerrit Lansing, Tom Newhouse, Doug Hochberg, Lyndsey Fifield, Eric Wilson and a bartender in full Abraham Lincoln getup.

It’s that time again – time for Reaganpalooza.

1959318_10152553940602062_1217758169358674663_nAfter 11 years and still going strong, Reaganpalooza has become the flagship celebration closing out the annual national Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) weekend. Reaganpalooza humbly started with only 40 people at a small apartment party in Arlington, VA as a way for friends from around the country to come together and celebrate our great cause and friendships, while making new ones.

president-reagan-making-a-toast-war-is-hell-storeSince then, Reaganpalooza has had thousands of attendees over the years and previous featured guests have included Larry O’Connor, Grover Norquist, S.E. Cupp, Chris Plante and many others. Reaganpalooza continues to celebrate the achievements of the conservative movement and honor the great legacy of President Ronald Reagan.

Reaganpalooza is moving to a NEW upscale location at The Willard Office Building’s Rooftop Terrace with amazing views of DC’s national monuments. Get your tickets here!

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This adorable shot, snapped by Richard Barnhill and submitted to the FamousDC photo pool, captures so many time-sensitive happenings at once: the U.S. Capitol’s scaffolding, the frozen reflecting pool, and of course the moment between the man and the woman here itself. It’s a beautiful bit of cheer in gloomy midwinter.

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