Overheard at Lunch: D.C. Gossip Girl

The Obamas: They’re Just Like Us

Having settled into civilian life, the Obamas are leading lives as ordinary as ex-White House residents are able to lead. Former President Barack Obama was summoned for jury duty back in his home state of Illinois, the New York Times reported. He plans to show up for the case, which is expected to begin this month. Meanwhile, former first lady Michelle Obama was seen jogging along the C&O Canal towpath in Georgetown. Jury duty and fitting in a workout — sounds just like the rest of us.

Designer Dines in Georgetown at Paolo’s

Designer Christian Siriano ate on the patio at Paolo’s.

Christian Siriano was spotted in Georgetown last week, dining at the popular Italian eatery Paolo’s. The Washington Post reported that the fashion designer was in town for a conversation with the Post’s fashion critic, Robin Givhan. Siriano was eating on the patio at Paolo’s with a female friend. During the Obama years, he kept first lady Michelle looking fierce, frequently outfitting her for events.

Ovie’s Random Act of Kindness in Canada

Alexander Ovechkin gave a homeless man the coat off his back.

Sure, Alexander Ovechkin may be a beast on the ice. But off? He’s a true gentleman. USA Today reported that the Washington Capitals captain was spotted in Edmonton, Alberta, taking off his winter coat and hat and giving it to a homeless man he passed on the street. The Washington Post later reported that Ovie seemed uncomfortable when asked about it, saying: “If you see a guy almost naked out there with that kind of temperature, I think every human can do something, you know?”

Women in Comedy Take D.C.

The 2017 Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival (named for a Dane said to have died from laughing while watching “A Fish Called Wanda”) featured a panel discussion of women in comedy called “What She Said: Women Talk the Business of Comedy.” The Oct. 27 panel at the W Hotel drew the likes of Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne of “One Mississippi” and Cheryl Hines of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the upcoming “A Bad Moms Christmas.” The festival included events at the Lincoln Theatre, National Geographic and the Kennedy Center.

Murray’s Fancy Footwork in Diplomate Kitchen

After passing the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on to David Letterman, Bill Murray had quite the night on the town Oct. 22. The Saturday Night Live veteran and film star took a group of friends to Le Diplomate, where he dined on escargots à la bourguignonne, steak-frites and a couple of martinis, Washingtonian magazine reported. Murray loved the food so much he asked to meet the chef. This led to a late-night dance party of gratitude by Murray in the kitchen. If only we could all live like the Murricane.

From Capital One to the Capitol Dome

Here’s something you don’t see every day: Guns N’ Roses band member Duff McKagan getting a tour of the Capitol Dome — from above — after his Oct. 19 show at Capital One Arena. “Thanks DC! The gig 2nite was as fun as the FedEx gig last year. Great rock town! Pic is from my visit to Capitol Dome yesterday,” tweeted the GNR bassist. No matter what happens in D.C., at least we know our rockin’ reputation lives on.



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