Daily Roast

Jack survives a roast

October 20, 2011

D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans, who is not shy about reminding his colleagues on the Council, or anybody else, that he’s the longest serving member of that body, reached a new level of public recognition on Wednesday night with a Roast & Toast by some of his erstwhile closest and dearest friends.  No, it wasn’t a step in public rehab, à la Charlie Sheen, just an acknowledgment that even though he’s been around so very long, he still does have some people from whom he take a joke – and dish it out and all for a good cause or two.

The smiles, chuckles and laughter filled the ballroom of the 4 Season Hotel in  Georgetown, all for the benefit the Friends of Hexagon and the Wounded Warrior Project. 

Former Rep. Tom Davis looks on as NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood reacts to something in the script (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Former Rep. Tom Davis looks on as NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood reacts to something in the script

Some of the better zingers:

--from former VirginiaCongressman Tom Davis: “Jack is often compared to vice presidents of the United States because nobody knows what either one does.”

GU VP Linda Greenan shows people's reaction when Jack sang Mack the Knife at the beach-bar years ago. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) GU VP Linda Greenan shows people's reaction when Jack sang Mack the Knife at the beach-bar years ago.

--from Linda Greenan, VP at Georgetown University:  She was in a group beach house with Jack at Dewey Beach many years ago and they would go to the Bottle & Cork and Jack would sing his version of Mack the Knife (known as 'Jack the Knife') which was the cue for “everybody to rush to their tables to get cocktail napkins” to stuff in their ears.

--from NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood, the dean of local journalists:  When Jack says he’s “‘longest serving’ it sounds like a prison sentence; that word [sentence] makes [D.C. Councilmember] Tommy Thomas nervous.”

--from WTOP political commentator Mark Plotkin: He called Jack’s law firm, Patton Boggs, and spoke to the managing partner and asked: “What does Jack do? At first there was deafening silence, then gales of laughter.”  Then Plotkin quoted President Eisenhower, who when asked the same question about then-Vice President Richard Nixon, said:  “If you give me a week, I’ll get back to you.”

WTOP commentator Mark Plotkin makes an important point with his Jack Evans bobblehead. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) WTOP commentator Mark Plotkin makes an important point with his Jack Evans bobblehead.

The response by Jack himself, included: “I can stand here and be funny but I don’t want to change the format.”  Regarding Linda Greenan: “She has a hard job,” particularly when GU President John DeGioia tells her she’s going to have to call local leaders to tell them GU is renaming Burleith the “North Dormitory.”  Regarding Tom Sherwood: “’Dean’ means you’re old and going nowhere.”  Regarding Mark Plotkin: “I still get hate mail’ from women I fixed you up with. And Tom Davis is so ubiquitous on the speaking circuit that ‘RSVP’ is his middle initial.

The roast was presented by the Friends of Hexagon and the Georgetown Business Association. Roasters, roastee and guests enjoyed wine and cheese and delicious Mediterranean hors d'oeuvres afterwards.

The roasters and the roastee: Mark Plotkin, Jack, Eleanor Holmes Norton (front) Tom Sherwood (back), Tom Davis and Linda Greenan (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) The roasters and the roastee: Mark Plotkin, Jack, Eleanor Holmes Norton (front) Tom Sherwood (back), Tom Davis and Linda Greenan


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Leaders rally for democracy as investigations march on

October 16, 2011

The city’s top leadership took advantage of the national attention to the dedication of the Martin Luther King Memorial as well as continuing anti-Wall Street demonstrations, marching on Saturday for “full democracy and freedom” for District residents while media reports indicated that federal investigations of the Mayor now involve fingerprinting and key witnesses before a grand jury.

Mayor Gray fires up the crowd (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Mayor Gray fires up the crowd

City leaders, including Mayor Vincent Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Council Chairman Kwame Brown along with Ralph Nader, Ilir Zherka, director of D.C. Vote,  Walter Fauntroy, Jr. and other members of the council addressed several hundred residents, city government employees, activists and others.  Their message was a demand for full representation in Congress and freedom for D.C. residents.

“I am sick and tired of paying taxes to a nation whose leaders treat us with disdain,” the Mayor said. It’s time to “demand our freedom.”

The rally culminated with a march down 15th Street to the Sylvan Theatre on the Mall with the leaders holding a banner with a quote from Martin Luther King: “Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy…To make justice and freedom a reality for all citizens in the District of Columbia.”  On the Mall, the D.C. marchers merged with the demonstrations led by the Rev. Al Sharpton for jobs and justice and from Occupy Wall Street.

Meanwhile the Washington Post and the Washington Examiner reported that investigators appear to be focusing on Gray campaign consultants Sulaimon Brown and Howard Brooks, focusing on envelopes with cash passed to Brown during the Mayoral campaign. 

D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans told the Examiner Sunday the Gray campaign investigation and probes into Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. and Chairman Kwame Brown's campaign are a distraction for city hall.

"I'm just hoping for the sake of everyone involved, they [resolve] this as quickly as possible," Evans told the Examiner.

 

This sign perhaps expressed a sentiment shared by many not at the rally. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) This sign perhaps expressed a sentiment shared by many not at the rally.

Two directors and march participants: DC's Director of Transportation Terry Bellamy and DC Vote Director Ilir Zherka (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Two directors and march participants: DC's Director of Transportation Terry Bellamy and DC Vote Director Ilir Zherka

Rev. Walter Fauntroy, D.C.'s first delegate to Congress, addresses the crowd. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Rev. Walter Fauntroy, D.C.'s first delegate to Congress, addresses the crowd.


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Sunday brunch now at Serendipity 3 DC

September 15, 2011

Starting Sunday September 18, Serendipity 3, the New York landmark restaurant now at the corner of Wisconsin and M Streets in  Georgetown, will be kicking off their Sunday brunches. Yes, there is even Frozen Hot Chocolate French Toast on the menu.

Banana cream waffle (Photo by: Serendipity 3) Banana cream waffle

Serendipity 3 DC is located  at 3150 M Street. Tel: 202.333.5193


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