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February 8, 2016

Post-WHCD, No Rest for D.C. Party Hoppers

Anyone get up to anything interesting this weekend?

For those of you who did not brave the press-packed ballrooms and glitterati-studded after-parties that have come to define White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend, This Town just finished indulging in epic amounts of booze, bad jokes and selfies.

The good news is there’s only 360-odd days until Hollywood next invades the nation’s capital — and immediately regrets it:



Assuming you and your liver remain on speaking terms, there are still plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with local “celebrities” in the days ahead:

On Tuesday, the Asian Republican Coalition plans to introduce itself to sitting politicos via a splashy rollout at the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). The program — which is expected to feature complimentary speeches by Sens. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, and Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., as well as House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. — kicks off promptly at 6:30 p.m. and flows right into cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Dean Heller of Nevada should interrupt the festivities at some point to provide their two cents (four cents?) on Asians and the GOP.

Also on Tuesday, the ASCAP Foundation, the engagement arm of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, will give another round of musicians their due at the “We Write the Songs 2014” celebration.

Performers at this year’s event, scheduled to take place at the Library of Congress beginning at 7 p.m., include:

Freewheeling bandleader Jon Batiste

Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu is scheduled to introduce the N’awlins native.


Songstress Carly Simon

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward J. Markey is scheduled to bring out the woman who dared immortalize a slew of show-business Adonis’ egos in song.


Grammy-award winning producer Narada Michael Walden

Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton is scheduled to introduce the Kalamazoo native.


Heart bandmates Ann and Nancy Wilson

Although the hard-rocking sisters have mostly recently — and rather unwittingly — been linked to former GOP vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, Washington Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene has the honor of hanging with them Tuesday.

Best of luck making it to work on time (much less relatively sober) on Wednesday.

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  • Rita__A

    I love to watch the correspondence dinner each year and am still amazed at all the ugly men and women in Washington. It must be the ugly sport of politics and journalism, one in the same. The starlets running for the camera as only they can pose, good for a laugh.

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