Ball on the Mall Kick-Off

On Feb. 16, the L’Enfant Society chose Cities on 19th Street to host the 2011 Ball on the Mall Kick-Off Event. Now in its third year, the Society has raised $700,000 to support the Trust for the National Mall. The Trust is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall. The goal is to build awareness of the current disrepair and make the Mall the best park in the world. This year’s Ball will be held of May 7 on the National Mall.

The Washington National Opera

“Madame Butterfly” February 26 – March 19 “Iphigenie en Tauride” May 6 – May 26 Placido Domingo himself, departing as head of the WNO at the conclusion of this season, will perform in this Greek tragedy, composed by Christoph William Gluck. Running for eight performances, Domingo sings alongside soprano Patricia Racette. Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” May 13-27 For something lighter, try this classic comic opera starring renowned American bass-baritone James Morris. Placido Domingo Celebrity Series February 27 & March 12 Domingo’s lasting legacy, his vocal celebrity series, will this time feature tenor Juan Diego Florez, February 27, and Welsh Bass Baritone Bryn Terfel, March 12. The Washington Ballet performed “Le Corsaire” April 6 – 10

The Georgetowner 2nd Annual Photo Competition Reception

The Georgetowner hosted its 2nd Annual Photo Competition at Farmers and Fishers with a fabulous spread and photo exhibit. Guests received post cards of top entries including the winning image by Jeff Kouri. [gallery ids="99598,105030,105024,105026" nav="thumbs"]

Shen Yun

Shen Yun Performing Arts opened its return tour to the Kennedy Center with a by invitation program on Jan. 25. The troupe, which was founded in New York in 2006, has assembled world-class dancers, choreographers, singers and musicians to reclaim and renew the divinely-inspired cultural heritage of China. The performance was followed by a reception with the artists. [gallery ids="99601,105034,105036" nav="thumbs"]

RAMW at the Mexican Cultural Institute

The theme of this year’s Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 2011 gala, Carnevale da Cuisine, was announced at a Fiesta Night at the Mexican Cultural Institute on Jan. 24. Mexico showcased the cuisine of Executive Chef Pati Jinich executed by Main Event Caterers. RAMW President Lynn Breaux hailed the “warm and toasty environment on a cold night” as guests partied contentedly. The gala will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on June 26 with awards granted to 16 categories of local culinary and beverage superstars.

K Street Kate Boast Bash!

K Street Kate celebrated her latest accolades at The Mighty Pint on Jan 18 after being named "DC's Favorite Social Butterfly" by The Washington Post and "Glambassador" by Glamour Magazine. Congrats Kate! [gallery ids="99599,105031,105028" nav="thumbs"]

Sugar and Champagne

The Tenth Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair, the brainchild of Chef Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox Restaurant, took place at the Ritz-Carlton on Feb. 1. It is one of the happiest events of the year as pets and their families come together to honor The Washington Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers, Animal Control Officers and Humane Educators. Holly Morris of Channel 5 saluted the honorees who “make this a better community for us and our animals.” Over forty restaurants participated in what Ellen Gray termed “the best sugar high.” A record number of attendees sampled mobile restaurant treats from food trucks including Cap Mac and Red Hook Lobster Pound before proceeding to the ballroom to enjoy confections and savories from Marcel’s, Restaurant Eve, The Source and Bourbon Steak among many others accompanied by wonderful wines. [gallery ids="99600,105029,105035,105033" nav="thumbs"]

Washington Ballet Fashionistas

Barbara McConaghy Johnson and Staci Capuano co-chaired Runway en Relevé Troisieme, the third annual fundraising fashion event of the Women’s Committee of the Washington Ballet at Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase, on Nov. 12. Company dancers, with members of the Women’s Committee, Board of Directors and Jeté Society, modeled fashions capturing the 60’s look of Mad Men. The evening’s Parisian theme heralded Jackie Kennedy’s triumph of European fashion and diplomacy. The raffled “Grand Prix” was a Las Vegas package highlighted by a stay at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, the newest member of the Marriott Autograph Collection. [gallery ids="99554,104575,104571,104559,104567,104563" nav="thumbs"]

Unique Learning Center Honors Sheila Johnson

Philanthropist and businesswoman Sheila Johnson was honored at the Unique Learning Center’s Model of Excellency Dinner at the Marriott Wardman Park on Nov. 18. Guests enjoyed a rousing performance by the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Men and Women of the Gospel Choir. Ms. Johnson said “thank you for inspiring the kids.” Student speaker Ricco Cloyd, Syracuse University class of 2011, movingly recounted the support he has received saying “I think ULC is a family to me.” A video presentation stated “we love our kids and, beyond that, our kids love us.” For the past 28 years ULC has worked in the Shaw community to change the lives of children who would otherwise slip through the cracks of the public school system. [gallery ids="99571,104842" nav="thumbs"]

Sugar Plum Bazaar

The Women’s Committee of The Washington Ballet held the first annual Sugar Plum Bazaar at the Ballet Studio on Wisconsin Avenue, which is currently wrapped in a bright red bow. The event, highlighted by a VIP cocktail reception on Nov. 20, was chaired by Christina Grigorian and Beth Kohlhoss with temptations provided by Zenith Art Gallery, Sullivan’s Toys and Tracy Suk Designs among other vendors. [gallery ids="99572,104855,104844,104851,104847" nav="thumbs"]