Receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Oprah Winfrey gave what was described as the speech of all speeches. "Time is up," she said.
Playing through Sunday: “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s, “An Irish Carol” at the Keegan and “Twist Your Dickens” at the Kennedy Center.
The Air Force Band and the "Three Cantors" provided the musical backdrop; Mushka Landa of Connecticut and Elias Greenwood of California read their prize-winning essays; and Dreidelman made his usual appearance.
One highlighted project was the Georgetown Health Justice Alliance, in which law and medical school students work together to help people living in poverty get access to needed health services.
During a Dec. 6 ceremony on the Capitol's West Front Lawn, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was lit by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) with the assistance of 11-year-old Ridley Brandmayr of Bozeman, Montana.
At the Nov. 29 kickoff party at the Four Seasons, Santa Claus was played by Tim Connaghan, also known as National Santa, who "has served in the Red Suit since 1969."
Smith, who died Nov. 12, was known for many things and by many names, notably the “Grande Dame of Dish.” The title “New Yorker” would have pleased her (a Fort Worth, Texan) too.
The half-block was closed in front of the Prospect Street place, D.C.'s best-known spot to see and to be seen, with klieg lights in the parking lot for the occasion. With District Council approval, Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed Nov. 10 Cafe Milano Day.
While the food and service are important, the Italian restaurant is known as D.C.'s place to see to be seen — and it touts itself as a "safe-haven for lawmakers and political operatives on both sides of the aisle."
The Oct. 12 event was organized by the Charities Aid Foundation of America and Diaspora Gives Bangladesh, as well as by the Embassy Series, an international concert series in D.C.