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This photo is from my first interview with Vincent Gray, then Washington's mayor-elect, in September 2010. I got a thumbs down review in the Washingtonian, from Shane Harris, and I didn't need to read it in print to know my questions fell short. Its tough to hide ignorance. I've lived in Washington most of my adult life, and covered the District Building for three years, and the first mayoral election, but still find the minutiae of DC politics to be complicated to the point of confounding. I'm no Tom Sherwood. I was tougher on the Salahis, and Marion Barry, than... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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Cafe Milano has launched a new Sunday brunch and today I gave it a try, courtesy of Franco Nuschese, Laurent Menoud and Manuela Cavalieri, who were on hand to oversee the first day. I mean, its Cafe Milano, so what's not to like, but the ease of this brunch is that it includes a buffet and a full menu. The entree is ordered off the menu and the buffet provides the starters and desserts. Wine -- still and sparkling - is "bottomless," which is the fashion. My main course was the Chilean sea bass, which Milano always does so well.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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**SIGN UP AT FACEBOOK, OR JUST SHOW UP ON MARCH 10 AT 7 PM** This happened very spontaneously while talking with some former employees, but we've gone ahead and organized a Nathans reunion -- for family and friends -- that will happen on March 10 at Billy Martin's Tavern in Georgetown. The idea was to have an opportunity to get together with former colleagues and patrons -- because there are many of you out there, everyone has a story to tell, and reconnecting is always a good thing. Besides, the Nathans building will soon be transformed into an Under Armour... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
DC Councilmember Jack Evans and I taped this interview a few weeks ago, just before he was unanimous chosen as the new chairman of the Metro board -- meaning he has his work cut out for him. He's also up for re-election. We discussed Metro and much, much more. Please give it a watch. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Day #2 of the #DCDigout. The view of Georgetown from the rooftop of the Watergate. Looking toward the Kennedy Center from the Georgetown waterfront. Looking toward Key Bridge from the Georgetown waterfront. Looking up Virginia Avenue from in front of the Watergate building. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Remember 2012? The year when everything seemed possible for the Washington Redskins. That was because of rookie Robert Griffin III, the team's new franchise quarterback. It was all so great until it all went horribly wrong. As we look forward to the 50th Super Bowl, I look back at 2012 and RGIII today in my New York Social Diary column. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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31ST STREET, SATURDAY 10 PM As I write this -- 10:35 pm Saturday -- the blizzard seems to be winding down. The full moon is visible behind a haze of clouds. The streets are beautifully quiet. The photo above is a panorama at the intersection of 31st and O Streets, with Christ Church behind the street lamp. I don't know how we're going to dig out, but that's for tomorrow. Some earlier photos, below GARDEN AT 11PM FRIDAY GARDEN AT 8AM, SATURDAY Some first 8 hours photos of the the 2016 mid-Atlantic blizzard that's been named #Snowzilla, all of them... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Actor David McCallum came to Washington for a book party hosted by Jennifer and Chris Isham, who happen to be family. It was a lovely little party and all the details are on New York Social Diary. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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On New York Social Diary today we take you to the opening night of the Washington Winter Show, formerly known as the Washington Antiques Show. It was at the Katzen Arts Center. Read all about it. Lots and lots of photos, too. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Please go to this New York Social Diary link, ya'll, and let me take you to New Orleans for Christmas. It was an excellent 8 days and nights of letting the good times roll. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Dear Rich People, National Park Service and the DC Government: Here's a useful "to do" for 2016: get the rotted "Georgetown" barge hauled and replaced by a shiny new model that can be put into service for passengers. It's been too long that this sad relic has sat deteriorating before our eyes. No excuses. It serves visitors, the community and its a charming symbol for the historic village where it resides. This can be done. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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This pic is from the "Christmas Without Tears" show produced and hosted by my pals Harry Shearer and Judith Owen (he in the red&green, she in the white), which happened 12/23 at Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans, the last show of a tour that included New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. All the shows are great, but the NOLA edition takes on special meaning because Harry and Judith are transplanted New Orleanians. They bring together a fine group of talented artists who call NOLA home full time or part time. This year they included, most of them in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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I stopped by to see ChiChie -- and Paris, both of them posing here -- at her new location for ChiChie's Canine Design and Grooming Spa, now at 1742 Wisconsin Avenue, a few doors between Bistro Lepic and Collins Animal Hospital. Still all the same wonderful services for your precious canines, and in an inviting and stylish setting. There's street parking right outside her door and also across the street on S Street. For an appointment, call 202-333-3575. ChiChie has taken loving care of 4 dogs for me over more than 30 years. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Today we welcome Diane Rehm to The Q&A Cafe, taping at 1pm at The George Town Club. She recently announced her retirement from hosting her daily The Diane Rehm Show, after the 2016 election. We'll have lots to discuss about her retirement, her career, her life, her craft, as well as her new book, On My Own. We're starting later than usual due to her broadcast schedule. Audience seating will begin at 12:30, the show at 1pm. Lunch will be served. The fee is $35. To make last minute reservation, please call the George Town Club directly at 202-333-9330. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Book a seat today for our first Q&A Cafe of 2016 -- a conversation with two Washington media scions, Washingtonian publisher Cathy Merrill Williams and Graham Holdings board member and former Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth. They are friends, too. The date is Thursday, January 28. We'll tape at lunchtime, with seating at 11:45. The fee is $35 and lunch is served. For reservations please call the George Town Club directly: 202-333-9330. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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On New York Social Diary today, charitable gathering of Santas and Elves on behalf of Toys for Tots, sponsored by members of the U.S. Army Special Forces. The transported a sleigh filled with toys from Montrose Park to the Lincoln Memorial! Also, a recap of Bob Woodward's appearance at The Q&A Cafe last week, and a whole lot of photos from the Kennedy Center Honors. Check it all out here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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There are few bar duos as popular as Jacob and Angel were at Citronelle, in Citronelle's heyday. They ran the upstairs bar, which was a clubhouse of sorts for Georgetowners and foodies who loved a good bar. When it closed, the duo split. Angel, for the past couple of years, was at Capella on 31st Street. Now they are reunited at Fabio and Maria Trabocchi's mothership, the elegant Fiola, at 6th and Indiana, NW, adjacent to the DC Superior Court and DC Police headquarters. Go to say hello. Go to have great drinks. Go to have a delicious dinner. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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On the sad/awful 35th anniversary of John Lennon's death, one of my favorite Lennon songs. It is tough to pick just one, but it is a treasure: IN MY LIFE There are places I remember all my life, though some have changed. Some forever, not for better. And some have gone, and some remain. All these places have their moments with lovers and friends I still can't recall. Some are dead and some are living. In my life I love them all. But of all these friends and lovers, there is no one compares with you. And these memories lose... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Many of us in Georgetown think of Via Umbria as that fun pop-up that landed on Wisconsin Avenue for a little while, specializing in table top items and some dry goods such as pasta, biscuits and crackers. What a difference a reboot makes. Via Umbria has reopened in the same location at 1525 Wisconsin Avenue NW, but its now so much more: butcher shop, cheeserie, wine purveyor, bread shop, deli, coffee shop, cafe, as well as all the previous staples of pasta, biscuits, crackers and table top items, and classes and travel. We so needed this to happen and we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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It may look calm and peaceful in this photo, but board room drama at the Kennedy Center has been the talk of the town for about the last year, as the organization transitions from one era to the next of the annual Kennedy Center Honors, which happen this weekend. Here's my view on New York Social Diary today. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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What's wrong with this scene? The answer is easy: the Marriott ad, right smack in the middle of one of the best views of the Georgetown ice skating rink, popular for photos. Seriously. I know it is a prime location for just such an ad, but what's next, a rink ringed with similar ads? Couldn't it have been placed somewhere just a little more discreet, not directly in the center of the photographic money shot. It takes some of the sweetness away from the whole operation. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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It was an engaging and amusing hour with 94.7 Fresh FM deejay Tommy McFly today at The Q&A Cafe. We covered quite a lot of his life story, starting out in broadcasting at 14 in Scranton, PA., and the path that brought him to his current top-rated success in Washington. Also, his engagement to soon-to-be Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Chrys Kefalas. And I asked, "have you started playing Christmas music?" "No," he said. "No Christmas music." The program airs on Friday 11/27 at 8pm on Comcast channel 16. Here are some other photos from today's taping ... And after the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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I share this because a lot of the "Swimming in Quicksand" readers live in Georgetown. It was sent to me after it appeared on the Georgetown Forum ListServe. It was posted by a woman who described herself as a "mother from Wesley Heights." I'm reprinting it, verbatim: I want to make everyone aware as I know there are many others with young children in the neighborhood. I took my young daughter to a music class this morning, near the intersection of Wisconsin and Q Street NW. At around 10:30am, I had just gotten her buckled back into her car seat... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
Here is Derek Brown's recent appearance on The Q&A Cafe. Derek is a Washington restaurant entrepreneur, and recently acclaimed "Bartender of the Year," who has Eat The Rich, Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency in the Shaw neighborhood. He plans to reopen his Columbia Room at the end of the year in Blagden Alley. Its an interesting and wide-ranging conversation about his life and interests and, of course, the anthropology of cocktails. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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(Please join me for what should be a lively, interesting and amusing night out in Georgetown, sponsored by the Citizens Association of Georgetown.) The Notice from the CAG website: An Evening with Georgetown Authors Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 7:00pm Location: St John's Episcopal Church - 3240 O St NW Join us for an evening of lively conversation led by our own Carol Ross Joynt as she expertly explores the lives and literary projects of best-selling Georgetown authors including; Cathy Alter, Elaine Williams Crockett, Jane Stanton Hitchcock, Dr. Isabel Sawhill, and Leslie Morgan Steiner. The evening will begin at 7pm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com