Hollywood on the Potomac
Hanging out at the White House over the weekend probably startled some tourists, but drew some laughs. Hometown bank Capital One and The Kennedy Center who were honoring Jay Leno at the 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 19th enlisted Jay’s former intern Ross Mathews (“Ross the Intern”) to take to the streets of Washington, DC to deliver laughs, celebrate comedy, and pay tribute to Jay.
Mathews didn’t jump the fence that we know of, nor was he arrested by The Secret Service for disturbing the peace. He was later seen on the Red Carpet with Leno.
Upon learning he would receive the Mark Twain Prize, Jay Leno remarked, “What an honor! I’m a big fan of Mark Twain’s. In fact, A Tale of Two Cities is one of my favorite books!”
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” Khalil Gibran
N Street Village’s Impact Committee welcomed an incredible line up of live music last Thursday, October 9 at the Black Cat for their annual “Night Sessions” benefit to support the nearly 1,400 homeless and low-income women that the local DC nonprofit serves. There was music for everyone – local folk favorites 19th Street Band and songwriter Tom McBride and electronic artists Ryan Mosel and Josh Odmark – and beverages from local brewery Chocolate City.
Village Committee chair Elizabeth Bernstein and Impact Committee Co-Founder Justin Fishkin spoke of their passion and commitment to supporting their homeless neighbors.
The event also honored Omar Popal of the Popal Group with the Evan H. Bliss Award for his philanthropic efforts in the city. The award was established last year to honor the memory of Evan Bliss, a young DC philanthropist and musician who passed away in August 2012.
“We have an instinctive connection with other animals,” said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, at a book party in his honor for The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them at the home of Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter. “Animals have been central to the human experience for all of our human history.”
It was a ‘dog days night’ for sure. “Yammer” upstaged everyone (see video below); no one got bitten that we know of; no word on the carpets yet.