<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Niteside]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/niteside http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington https://www.nbcwashington.comen-usSun, 10 Dec 2017 19:36:03 -0500Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:36:03 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Two Charity Bashes Collide ]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:01:03 -0500 Fight Night and Knock Out Abuse Against Women philanthropy dinners, the guys and gals met up at the Ritz Carlton for some frisky fun. The after-party is an annual tradition not to be missed by DC's social set.]]> Fight Night and Knock Out Abuse Against Women philanthropy dinners, the guys and gals met up at the Ritz Carlton for some frisky fun. The after-party is an annual tradition not to be missed by DC's social set.]]> https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms314.jpg After the annual Fight Night and Knock Out Abuse philanthropy dinners, the guys and gals met up at the Ritz Carlton for some after-party fun.

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<![CDATA[Geek 2 Chic on the Runway]]> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 11:25:48 -0500 Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, an organization that supports programs to inspire kids from low-income families to stay in school and plan their futures. Pics courtesy Daniel Swartz, Revamp.com.]]> Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, an organization that supports programs to inspire kids from low-income families to stay in school and plan their futures. Pics courtesy Daniel Swartz, Revamp.com.]]> https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/geek2chic-6.jpg Microsoft and Bloomingdale's joined forces for a night of fashion fundraising at Geek 2 Chic, featuring tech gurus as models.

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<![CDATA[Painting the Town Red at a Heart-Healthy Gala]]> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:26:17 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/aha_gala-1-michael.jpg Young professionals raising awareness and promoting prevention of America's #1 killer painted the town red at a gala event for the American Heart Association.

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<![CDATA[Wale: 'Ambition' to Stand the Test of Time]]> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:03:31 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/wale22.jpg

Last Tuesday was an ambitious day for rapper Wale. Hip-hop's newest sound dropped his second studio album, "Ambition," and made his promotional rounds in D.C., stopping at several local radio stations and finally heading over to a fan-packed shoe store, DTLR, in Largo, Md., to meet fans and sign autographs.

Earlier in the day, Wale appeared on "106 & Park" with surprise guest Rick Ross, who explained that the two seizures he suffered last month were attributed to a lack of sleep.

Rick wasn't the only guest Wale brought along with him. In the studio were a bus load of kids from Anacostia High School.

"Yeah, it was dope," the rapper, 27, said of the once-in-a-lifetime experience. "You know, some kids I’m all they got as far as somebody to look up to. So I try to be as positive as I can."

Born to Nigerian parents, Wale admits that his chosen career path wasn't necessarily the ideal for his traditional family, but, he says, "I never gave them a chance" to discourage him from his musical aspirations.

It's a good thing he didn't let his family's hesitation stop him, especially after a lackluster debut album, 2009's "Attention: Deficit," which only sold 28,000 copies its first week.

"Ambition" has received critical acclaim as a big step up for the rapper and is already #1 on the iTunes charts. Wale's first-week sales were projected to reach the 190,000 mark.

“I wrote this album to stand the test of time," Wale said. "That’s the goal. I want people to love it. I want successors to love it. I want people from home to love it."

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<![CDATA[Pink Ribbons Go Blue]]> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:25:57 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/men-against-b-c-michael.jpg After a month of the pervasive pink ribbon, Men Against Breast Cancer incorporated some blue last week at D.C.'s downtown Macy's, hosting a fashion and shopping event -- and a night to honor men who are there to support the women they love.

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<![CDATA[Jennifer Beals Speaks Out Against 'Pinkwashing']]> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:53:06 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jennifer-beals-722.jpg

At a star-studded event at the Kennedy Center on Friday evening, Susan G. Komen for the Cure paid tribute to leaders in the fight against breast cancer and honored Nancy Brinker's promise to her dying sister that she would do everything in her power to end the disease.

"All of us know someone," said Jennifer Beals, who was among the Hollywood stars in attendance to present the evening’s Awards of Distinction. The program included performances by singer Natasha Bedingfield, Grammy Award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari and opera singer Denyce Graves-Montgomery.

"One of the problems is that the notion of cancer has been so normalized," said the actress best known for her roles as Alexandra Owens in the 1983 film "Flashdance," and as Bette Porter on "The L Word."

"You hear about it so often, and it's not OK... it's not OK to normalize this disease," she said. "And with all of the pinkwashing that goes on, where companies are selling products based on breast cancer month... it's a lovely gesture, but consumers get so used to it that it becomes more normal."

Instead, she argued for a dual focus for cure and prevention. "We need to talk about potential environmental causes, because that's somehting we can do something about immediately."

"I'm not a scientist. I can donate money, I can help raise awareness... and what I can definitely do in a more immediate sense is to not buy products that have known carcinogens in them."



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<![CDATA[Schriffen on the Runway at Walk This Way]]> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 16:00:32 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/beckys_fund1.jpg The Walk This Way charity fashion show featured local celebs and athletes who strutted the runway to raise money to support victims of domestic violence.

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<![CDATA[Photos: The Root 100 ]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 13:52:29 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*160/kasimroot3.jpg The Root honored members of their annual Root 100 list last weekend, IDing African-American influencers age 45 and under who shape daily conversations with work that matters.

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<![CDATA[Bachelor's Michelle Money at Blue Hope Bash]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 11:59:29 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/michelle-money.jpg

Among those sporting the blue ribbon -- promoting colon cancer awareness with Chris4Life at the Decatur House -- was one seriously social Bachelorette.

As it turns out, Michelle Money, famous for her time on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelor Pad," is still living large online.

"Chris4Life heard about me through 'The Bachelor Pad'," Money said. "I think they saw the episode where I was talking about my father and his struggle with colon cancer, and they actually reached out through a tweet." She flew in from Utah to attend the cause's Blue Hope Bash on Wednesday night .  

 "At that time [they contacted me], my father had recently passed away, and I was very eager to get on board with anyone related to the cause,"  Money told us.

She explained how she's used her social media circles both to handle the grieving process and begin to give back to cause-related organizations in 10 weeks since his death.  

"It's amazing how much support I have on Twitter. Not only have I had people praying for me and giving me advice, but I've been able to connect with doctors and get really great advice about the mourning process," she said. "Honestly, Twitter has been a savior for me."

But Money admits that her willingness to share deeply personal posts can cause some drama.  

"I am very open about everything in my life, and I think that... if I had never connected with people about my father's passing, I would never be here,"  she said, meaning the room full of Chris4Life supporters.

However, things aren't always perfect in the Twittersphere, who told People earlier this year that she'd never expected to be the "villain" on that season of "The Bachelor."

"I don't take things personally at all, but every now and then you get tweets about ridiculous things," she said, citing an incident last week in which someone accused her of using her dad to get famous. "I wish I could remember her handle, because I'd love to call her out for this!"

The social media scrimmage was flame war in the making, but Money kept her cool... and concentrated on the colon. 

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<![CDATA[Pics: Jay-Z & Kanye at the Verizon Center]]> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 12:06:57 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jayz-kanye-IMG_3074.jpg The bill already contained two towering giants in the hip-hop game, and their swagtastic performance at the Verizon Center proved why Jay-Z and Kanye are the hottest pair in the genre.

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<![CDATA[Voltaggio Dishes Up at Haiti Benefit]]> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:04:24 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/up-from-under.jpg Up from Under hosted an arts benefit Tuesday evening at the Longview Gallery to raise funds for families in Haiti.

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<![CDATA[Devils and Debauchery: After Dark ]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:05:43 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms308.jpg Top event planner Andre Wells invited his fans and favorites to the Decatur House for a Halloween haunt and costume contest.

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<![CDATA[Pictures: 'The Black List' Opening ]]> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 14:29:12 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/BList+2222+2.jpg “The Black List” -- a collection of portraits featuring 50 of the nation’s most distinguished African Americans -- have been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.

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<![CDATA[Chrisette Michele Performs at The Park ]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 12:30:27 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/256*120/c222222.jpg This weekend Beny Blaq Entertainment and The Park at 14th presented a special Halloween Edition of The Park Unplugged featuring R&B darling Chrisette Michele.

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<![CDATA[Meet Dupont's Drag Queens]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 09:29:34 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Untitled-247.jpg "Always have a good undergarment, girls -- you never know!" Meet some of the costumed characters of the High Heel Drag Queen Race, a 25-year tradition, which returned to 17th Street Tuesday night.]]> <![CDATA[Celeb Blogger Necole Kane Gallery Bash]]> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 14:29:41 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms300.jpg Celebrity blogger Necole Kane -- better known as Necole Bitchie -- hit the District this weekend to party with socialites and fellow bloggers at an invite-only event sponsored by X-Rated Fusion.

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<![CDATA[DayDream Day Party: 'Black Hollywood Edition']]> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 11:50:53 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/FirePr_FlyCandy_Taraji.jpg Other guests included Howard homecoming's Grand Marshall Boris Kodjoe, tween TV star Kellie Williams, and R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn... and Mayor Vincent Gray.

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<![CDATA[Wyclef Jean Kicks Off a Dance-Off at the Refugee Gala ]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:46:22 -0500 U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants last Wednesday, Oct. 19. At one point, Jean challenged the crowd of ambassadors, delegates and celebs to a dance-off. ]]> U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants last Wednesday, Oct. 19. At one point, Jean challenged the crowd of ambassadors, delegates and celebs to a dance-off. ]]> https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/10-25-wyclef2.jpg The Grammy Award-winning artist performed at the 100th Anniversary Gala for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. At one point, Jean challenged the crowd of ambassadors, delegates and celebs to a dance-off.

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<![CDATA[RedBull and the Rapper Emcees]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:51:47 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/redbullemsee.jpg Red Bull EmSee, a rap battle series designed to find the best freestylers in the country, hit the Fillmore Monday night. Rising star Big K.R.I.T -- and event judge -- explains how participants come up with hard-hitting verses based on visual cues and themes text-messaged to screen.

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<![CDATA[Paula Patton Hosts Covergirl Dinner in DC]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 09:46:08 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms299.jpg

Covergirl Queen Collection announced its newest celebrity brand ambassador, actress Paula Patton, with an exclusive dinner at The Source by Wolfgang Puck (575 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.).

The new mom -- known for her leading roles in "Jumping the Broom" and "Precious" -- dished on her ultra-quick beauty regimen now that’s she’s more worried about baby than beauty.

She relies on a red lip stain, concealer and Covergirl's new LashFanatic Mascara, which won't hit shelves for the rest of us until January.

But it's not always simple. “I don’t know how to put on fake eyelashes. I tried once and it ended up here,” Patton admitted to the crowd, pointing to her face. “It was really embarrassing. There were pictures and everything. I just can’t do it on my own.”

During the event, Patton also posed for pics, answered questions and dined with beauty and lifestyle bloggers and fashionistas. Her makeup artist, Fiona Stiles, was also on-hand to dish on Patton’s perfect look.

Among the guests were Lianne Farbes, Zee Conner, Lisa Brown-Hall and celebrity fitness guru Jeanette Jenkins.


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<![CDATA[Fighting Cancer With Couture ]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 12:52:51 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms297.jpg The annual breast cancer awareness fashion show, Pink Rocks the Runway, partnered with designer Christian Siriano and other local designers in promoting early detection.

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<![CDATA[A Late Night at Saks ]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:47:34 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/keys-to-the-cure.jpg Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase stayed open late for Key to the Cure, where shoppers kicked off the chain's nationwide weekend effort to fight breast cancer.

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Blogger Creates Her Own Lane ]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:43:41 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*201/necolekane.jpg

Celebrity blogger Necole Kane -- better known as Necole Bitchie -- hit the District this week to host an X-Rated Fusion and Talk of D.C. event with socialites, bloggers and fans. The blogger extraordinaire spoke with Niteside on rising to the top, crazy run ins with celebrities and why she's ready to be a TV star.

You're known around the world as an entertainment blogger and you've made quite the name for yourself in just a few years. What moment did you look up and say, 'I'm going to give my all to this website'?

Probably when I was home one Christmas and at the time I didn't have a job. I was living with my aunt and I knew I really wanted to work in the entertainment industry. However, where I'm from, which is Cambridge, Md., there's no opportunities for that. I knew the only way to the get the job I wanted was to create my own and it evolved from there.

Do you remember the moment where you felt like you had really made it?

I think it was just recently. It's funny, you'd think I would say when I was featured on BET's "106 & Park," but I think the big I have arrived moment for me was when my site was featured on VH1's "Single Ladies." The way the site was integrated into the show was as if I was a character and it was so cool to see. That was definitely my 'I have arrived' moment.

There are lots of people who have blogs and sites, but don't have the success you've had. What's your secret formula?

Taking risk. If I had another job with this, it wouldn't have been me giving 100 percent. I never got a part-time job; when things got rough, I just stuck with it.

Also, connecting with my audience. Knowing who they are and what they like. My audience was me when I was 23 years old so I know how to relate to them. To be honest they'd rather chat about "Basketball Wives" than the Martin Luther King monument, so I try to find a balance for everyone.

You write about so many celebrities -- have you ever had a crazy run in with any of them?

Awhile ago when I was living in Atlanta, I was backstage at a concert and Shawty Lo's manager started yelling at me. I ran and hid behind the nearest person! I was so caught off guard.

I also remember one time I had blogged about someone saying Keri Hilson wasn't nice, and the next time I saw her back in Atlanta, she was about to take a picture with me when she stopped to explain that she's not mean and she was sick that day. That's about it; everyone I've run into has been cool and respectful of what I do.

Is there one person that you really admire that you haven't crossed paths with yet?

I haven't crossed paths with Beyonce. I respect her work ethic. I would love to speak to her one day, and Oprah, of course.

A lot of other bloggers imitate you and look up to you. Any words of advice for them?

People are always going to compare you. When I first started, everyone compared me to Perez Hilton and that was fine with me. I loved that he branded himself and created opportunities for himself outside of just writing a blog.

Also, it's important to be consistent. My readers know they can log on at 8 or 9 in the morning and read a post. Then there's another one a few hours later, and consistently throughout the day. I see so many people start blogs and then they're not consistent with it. Staying consistent is key.

You're a CEO, trendsetter, blogger, businesswoman and much more. What's next for you?

I'm enjoying doing doing a lot of things in the community right now. I'm currently working with Kita and Mo on the Define Your Pretty Panel. I'm also working with some organizations in L.A.

However, I'm really ready to go to TV. I want people, especially young girls, to see what goes on behind the scenes of what I do and that having a successful blog is way more than sitting behind a computer screen all day. I want young girls to hear my story. I couldn't sing, dance or act, but I have what everyone else has and that's a computer, and I made something major out of that. I want them to be encouraged to reach for their dreams and know that yes it is possible to make it.

<![CDATA[Party Pics: Josephine Debuts New Space]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 09:15:00 -0500 Josephine Nightclub painted the town red with Belvedere Vodka for the launch of Belvedere Red on Tuesday night, to raise proceeds for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Guests included the Komen Foundation's Kiki Ryan and writer Tim Burger.]]> Josephine Nightclub painted the town red with Belvedere Vodka for the launch of Belvedere Red on Tuesday night, to raise proceeds for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Guests included the Komen Foundation's Kiki Ryan and writer Tim Burger.]]> https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms295.jpg Josephine Nightclub painted the town red for the launch of Belvedere Red to raise proceeds for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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<![CDATA[Brave Singles Date Speedily]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 08:36:37 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms294.jpg The Scott firm hosted its first D.C. Connection event at the Westin Grand on Sunday evening. The matchmaking firm held a speed-dating and networking event that brought singles together from all over the District.

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<![CDATA[Kevin Hart Hosts MLK After-Party at Love Nightclub]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 17:09:24 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*144/edc_1894.jpg

Comedian Kevin Hart hosted an after-party for the Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication at Love Nightclub last Saturday.

Not all that shockingly, the biggest club in the U.S. was excited to have Hart host -- they sent out more than a hundred tweets about his appearance.

“Over the span of the last twelve hours, Love Nightclub has tweeted hundreds of times -- at some points, nearly a one tweet every single minute,” DCist reported.

Talk about a social media foul!

NBA players also came out to join the comedian, whose film “Laugh at My Pain” recently surpassed $7 million in sales. Washington Wizards’ Andray Blatche and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant were spotted amongst party goers.


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<![CDATA[Party Pics: The Meridian Ball]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 10:08:49 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Meridian-red-dress-main.jpg The Meridian Ball is widely recognized as one of D.C.'s biggest black-tie bashes, attended by public officials including Cabinet members, Supreme Court Justices and members of Congress.

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<![CDATA[Fashion Washington Turns Three]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 09:13:33 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fw_birthday.jpg

"Fashion is more than your clothing; it's your home," said FW publisher Jenny Abramson at Mitchell Gold and Bob WilliamsThursday evening.  

To fete the publication's third year, the Washington Post's FW held an anniversary soiree and decor discussion at  the 14th Street showroom, with guests of honor Mitchell Gold and HGTV "Apartment Therapy" interior designer Sally Steponkus. 

"Trends right now are anything tribal, ethnic or travel related," Steponkus told the crowd lounging on the store's furniture pieces and sipping Voli vodka cocktails.

 "And wallpaper is making a comeback!"

No, she doesn't mean the desktop computer kind.

"People think of Washington as beige homes, more beige... and a navy suit," Abramson chimed in as the Q&A came to a close. "But I think that what many of us have finally realized over these three years is that  Washington is actually cool."   

Her final words of wisdom: "Keep dressing well." 

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<![CDATA[Make Plans Now: Halloween Bar Crawls, Costume Parties]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 10:51:17 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/halloween-devil-girl.jpg

Find your bar crawl, masquerade party or monster mash here. If you're in need of $2 beers or a costume contest that will cost you more to win than you'd collect in prize money, we've got you covered.

We'll add to this section as Halloween looms ever-closer, so keep checking back for more! (Unless you're looking for quirky events like the Silver Spring Zombie Walk or a dog costume party. Those are here.)



  • It's time to be something other than a witch or superhero this year. Halloween enthusiasts looking to score some extra cash should be sure to hit up the Halloween Monster Bash at Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). The biggest costume contest and Halloween party in the D.C. area will award $200 for 1st place and $50 for most original costume, so costumers should start getting crafty. 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; $10 cover.


  • How many Halloween parties actually take place in a cemetert? Well, the Ghost and Goblets Soiree, for one. The annual fundraiser is for -- and at -- Congressional Cemetery (1801 E. St. SE). The adult-only party will include music, torchlight tours, and eats from Barracks Row restaurants. 6-8 p.m.; $75 ($45 of which is tax-deductible).



  • Delve into four levels of horror as Nightlife Agency presents the Twisted Circus at Eden Lounge (1716 I St. N.W.). While enjoying the costume party, get spooked out by the haunted circus clowns and Halloween performers on stilts. Reserve a table and enjoy complimentary vampire’s blood shooters. 10 p.m. doors; admission free until 11 p.m. with name on guest list at edendc.com; $20 after 11 p.m.



  • If you don't feel like doing a costume bar crawl, check out the Mayhem and Madness Halloween Bash at Kstreet Lounge (1301 K St. N.W.). Drink specials include $5 Bud Lights and $9 Belvedere drinks until 10 p.m. A costume contest will award prizes, including a weekend getaway in Connecticut and Stephen Kellogg tix. $33.90 advance tix for 7 p.m. entry; $12.30 advance tix for 9 p.m. entry. Doors close at 2 a.m. Tickets will be more expensive at the door.




  • Get spooky with 7,000+ other costumed Washingtonians at D.C.'s largest roaming costume party: the 12th annual Nightmare on M Street bar crawl. Enjoy $2 Coors Light and $3 Blue Moon specials at 16 downtown DC bars, including Rumors and Public Bar. When the clock strikes midnight, catch a special costume contest at McFadden's. You can order tix starting Oct. 3; pick up will-call tickets at James Hoban's (1 Dupont Circle N.W.). 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; tickets start at $12.50; order advance tickets here.


  • Reserve your spooky tables for the One Lounge Haunted House Party (1606 20th St. N.W.) and enjoy drink specials, haunted house surprises, body paint and non-stop music spun by DJ Blackbeard. 8 p.m. doors; admission is free, but tables must be booked in advance. 


  • Psychedelic Nightmare 2 is a Halloween rave at DC Star Nightclub (2135 Queens Chapel Road N.E.), with light shows, visualization screens, body painting and something referred to as a "zombie bloodbath." 8 p.m.-4 a.m.; $26 limited presale; $30 at the door.


  • RFD (810 7th St. N.W.) hosts three bands for its first-ever Nightmare on 7th Street. Go for $5 drafts, $4 Sam Adams, and $5 Stoli drinks and house wine. Lethal Peanut plays from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., following openers Level 7 (8:30-9:30 p.m.) and Chute (10-11 p.m.). Prizes for best costume will be chosen by crowd participation. First opening band 8:30 p.m.; no cover.


  • The D.C. Witches' Ball wants you to "experience the veil between the worlds thinning." But don't be too scared; we don't think the supernatural really bothers the Hilton Silver Spring (8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring) all that much. The night includes tarot readers, a costume contest, the Labryinth Lounge and a murder mystery -- plus the requisite dancing, food and a cash bar. $40 general admission; $130 gold passport; 7 p.m.




  • Head to the best block party in the area for a night of trick-or-treating in Mount Pleasant. Enjoy great music, marshmallow roasting, and a costume contest taking place along Lamont Street NW between 17th and 18th. 6:30-9 p.m.; free.


  • Maxim Masquerade takes over The Park at 14th (920 14th St. N.W.), sponsored by Ciroc, Red Bull and Crown Royal. Call 202-262-3939 to request bottle service. Doors 8 p.m.; $20 and up.




  • Start your Halloween celebrations off right at Urbana (2121 P St. N.W.), with special all-night happy hours. Go for $5 Ketel One Bloody Marys and $4 bottles of Post Road Pumpkin Ale. Oct. 30-31; 5 p.m.-close; no cover.


  • Local hotspot Lost Society (2001 14th St. N.W.) is adding a spooky twist to their drink menu this month. Enjoy their Halloween-themed specialty drinks which feature the horribly named Blood Bag, a mix of agave, honey and orange bitters topped with a candy finger; the Killer's Passion with habanero water and passion puree; the Lost Zombie, a sweet mix of Bacardi with lime and pineapple juice, and the Hallucination Sour, adorned with a bat on the side. Drinks $10 throughout October.


  • Sushi Rock (1900 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington) is joining in on the Halloween fun with $10 specialty drinks. Halloween-themed drinks include the sweet and sour Smashing Pumpkin and the frozen Helter Skelter that aims to give you a deadly brain freeze. Drinks $10 throughout October.


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<![CDATA[A Peek Inside the State Dinner]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 09:19:49 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/129176350_722.jpg The Obamas hosted the first couple of South Korea at a state dinner Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Miss USA at the USO]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 16:13:07 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/miss-usa1.jpg Miss USA Alyssa Campanella came to D.C. to assist in the Service Members of the Year ceremony during the 70th annual USO Gala.

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<![CDATA[Taking a Bite Out of Breast Cancer]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:17:42 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms290.jpg

As part of a month of foodie events for Take a Bite Out of Breast Cancer, blogger Anthony Rivera hosted an evening of bites to benefit Pink Jams! Tuesday at Foggy Bottom's Tonic Restaurant.  

Take a Bite Founder Lisa Shapiro, also of Dining in D.C., was on hand to greet eventgoers and support Rivera as a cause ambassador.

"My sister, Christa Floresca, and her nonprofit, Pink Jams!, are putting on a huge runway event later in October and this month of Take a Bite restaurant events was organized as a way to help her advocate and bring more awareness to her event and the larger cause," Shapiro said.

"Anthony's involvement also resulted from breast cancer touching his family... sadly, multiple members," she said. His grandmother was a 20-year survivor, and his aunts Annie and Liz have undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. They're now facing reconstructive procedures.

"Like my aunts, countless individuals around the country must interupt their lives in order to save it. I believe participating in this charity can help others beat this cancer," Rivera wrote on his blog, Done Like Dundee... Gone Like Ghandi. "And if Take a Bite accomplishes it's mission with only one person, without a question it would be worth it."

At the Tonic event, Shapiro said, "It's hard when it touches those you love. But it's fun to have [Rivera's] mother here tonight having a bite with us!"

For the entire month of October, two dozen participating restaurants -- including Tonic, Hudson, Bangkok Joe's and Proof -- will donate a portion of their food and beverage sales on specific days to support the Pink Jams! cause. See a full list of venues and dates here.

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<![CDATA[Vic Jagger Hosts Cocktails and Conversations ]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:18:54 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vicjagger.jpg Vic Jagger of the Russ Parr Morning Show hosted Cocktails and Conversations at Recess Lounge, where young professionals mingled over champagne and cupcakes while answering questions about the opposite sex.

Photo Credit: Mia Fields-Hall]]>
<![CDATA[Cups Full of Hope: A Bra Brash]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:20:30 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/fields-hall-bra1.jpg One-of-a-kind art bras were sold during an event to help support those living with breast cancer.

Photo Credit: S.C.]]>
<![CDATA[Mya Celebrates Her Birthday at Lux Lounge ]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:20:24 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/mya2.jpg

This weekend, Grammy Award-winning singer Mya celebrated her birthday at DC's Lux Lounge (649 New York Ave. N.E.). Her personal hairstylist for the evening, James Cornwell (also found at PR @ Partners) not only perfected the look of her locks, but styled her wardrobe as well.

"Mya is so cool and laid-back; she was helping her friends get ready while I was getting her ready," Cornwell told Niteside. "We chose the outfit first, with a 'vote' happening between friends and the team. It was fun... then Mya and I collaborated on what the hair should look like.... Knowing it could get hot and that she loves to dance, we decided a long flowing pony tail would be best, especially to last for the night!"

Mya does indeed love to dance -- she's had roles in dance-focused flicks like "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," and came in as runner-up on season 9 of "Dancing With the Stars."

That doesn't mean, though, that she wasn't up for some (hopefully, sweat-proof) makeup. "She let me be creative with the look for her eyes, cheeks and lips," said Cornwell, "and when she looks in the mirror [and] then looks at me with a smile and says 'Nice!' -- man, that's a good feeling!"

In addition to dancing the night away at Lux, Mya had a special request of her friends for her birthday, asking that they make a donation to the North Shore Animal League -- a charity for which she'll be doing a marathon in the future to raise more funds for the cause.

<![CDATA[Jay Sean Parties at Eden Lounge]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:21:47 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jay-sean-dc.jpg

Jay Sean, international R&B superstar, best known for hits including "Down," was spotted in D.C. this week -- and although he was here for work, he also had time for some fun.

The British-Asian singer, who is currently co-headlining a tour with Joe Jonas, dined at Lost Society (2001 14th St. N.W.) before stopping by Eden Lounge (1716 I St. N.W.). Apparently, the "Cash Money" singer has a lot of money to blow -- he ordered an entire case of Hennessy.

Sean and Jonas performed at the new Fillmore Theater in Silver Spring on Wednesday night.


Photo Credit: Dave Phillipich]]>
<![CDATA[Lalah Hathaway on New Beginnings]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:21:54 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lalah-hathaway-dc.jpg

Soul singer LaLah Hathaway hit D.C. this week to promote her new album, "Where It All Begins." The award-winning artist chatted exclusively with Niteside on the new album, expectations and why she never wants to stop making music.

You've stated that your new album, "Where it All Begins," actually is a new beginning for you. Why?

Creating the record has been a really sublime experience for me because I was able to do exactly what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to make a start-to-finish album without any label suggestions or A&R. This album was so wonderful to make that it felt like my first one.

The album cover is so unique; was it your concept?

The artwork was actually the concept of a fan named Chris Harod. He's an artist out of Dallas, Texas. He presented me with some really cool artwork at a show. He had these vinyl albums that he had sketched beautiful art into. I'm really interested in art . A lot of people don't understand that the total expression is the art of what you're doing. To really include this art with the record made me really happy.

Your last album was nominated for a Grammy. Did you feel any pressure when making this album to make it better than the last?

None at all. I've never had that feeling about any of my records. They are all really the same record to me, but independent of each other.

Speaking of pressure, do you ever feel any pressure to go mainstream in an industry where sex sells?

I've never felt that way. I can't help but wonder when everything became so mutually exclusive. I think you can still be classy and sexy at the same time. We're not one-dimensional or two-dimensional as humans. People have so many different facets to them and you can be so many things at the same time.

What makes "Where It All Begins" stand out from everything else you've done?

Time. This record is a really well-rounded record. People heard the good time I'm having on the record. They can hear I'm going to work every day trying to be extraordinary, trying to be great.

What's the one thing you want fans to take away from this album?

I want them to want to see it performed live. I want it to be one of those type of albums that you can't live without. You know how you just have some music that automatically makes you happy? I hope this album can be that for my fans.

You've been in the music industry for 20 years and have accomplished so much. Is there anything else you would love to accomplish?

I would love to make a live record, a soundtrack for a movie, a Christmas record, jazz record; there are so many things. The great thing about music is that you could do it every day, 24 hours a day and it'll never stop. I don't want to stop making music; I love it that much.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Brooks Brothers' Bash in Georgetown]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:21:56 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/brooks-brothers-georgetown.jpg Wednesday evening's invite-only shopping soiree at the brand-new Brooks Brothers megastore in Georgetown also served as a fundraiser for the popular Trust for the National Mall charity.

Photo Credit: Kate Michael]]>
<![CDATA[What You're Doing This Weekend]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 08:59:54 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms291.jpg

What are you doing this week? Niteside offers up some suggestions:



  • During A Night at The Yards, enjoy a waterfront view while nibbling on food catered by popular local restos including DC-3, McCormick & Schmick's, Matchbox and more at The Yards Park (10 Water St. S.E.). You'll also find beer, wine, special liquor samples, and live music. 7-11 p.m.; $125.


  • Calling all bacon lovers! Head out to Restaurant 3 (2950 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington) for the third annual Week of Bacon, running through Oct. 22. Guests can enjoy a week's worth of activities, including a bacon-curing class at 3 p.m. on Oct. 16. No cover; but space is limited. Make reservations by emailing events@restaurantthree.com.


  • An evening bazaar at Indique Heights (2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, Md.) features work from India's artisan communities. Enjoy an evening of henna stations, traditional artisan demonstrations, a popular Indian DJ, and Indian eats. 7-10 p.m.; $60-$75.




  • Rustico (827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria) hosts a massive Oktobeerfest with 100+ kegs and 50 different drafts, including pumpkin ales. (See beer map here.) A special menu includes pretzels, schnitzel, sausage and squash soup. Buzz Bakery and Planet Wine will be there to dish up their own goods, too. Parking is limited and people are encourage to take public transportation. Everyone who takes a picture of him or herself at the nearby Braddock Road Metro station will get either a free Oktobeerfest Mug or five free food tickets. Noon-5 p.m.; no cover.


  • Taste of D.C. may be over, but the 18th annual Taste of Georgetown (Wisconsin Ave. and M St. N.W.) offers another chance to chow down and celebrate. Savor your choice of nearly 60 delicious samples from 30 of the neighborhood's best restaurants, including Bangkok Joe’s (3000 K St. N.W.) and Neyla (3206 N St. N.W.). Proceeds benefit Georgetown Ministry Center's support services for the homeless. Jazz talents from the Blues Alley jazz and supper club perform, including the Michael Bowie Trio. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; tasting tickets $5 each or five for $20.


  • NBC4's Jackie Bensen will emcee A Chocolate Affair to benefit the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center at Holy Family Church (12010 Woodmore Road, Mitchellville, Md.). The dinner includes an ocean of chocolate desserts "that literally take up a whole room," Bensen tells us. Live and silent auctions will help raise funds to provide free services to crime victims. 6-10 p.m.; $75; order tickets here.




  • Check out art from around the world at the Bethesda Row Arts Festival (4950 Elm St., Bethesda), featuring more than 185 artists selected by the Smithsonian and other art organizations. Browse ceramics, drawings, metalwork, photography and sculpte. Proceeds from a special art sale benefit the NIH Children's Charities. Be sure to chow down on food vendors' specialties and tune into some tunes from jazz musical performances. Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free admission.




  • Finally, eating a cupcake has a purpose, other than expanding your waistline. Eat for a cause at 94.7 FRESH FM's first annual Breast Cancer Bites, supporting the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Enjoy food and dessert from 15 restos -- including Carmine's, Casa Nonna, Pinkberry and Zentan's -- at the Renaissance Hotel (999 9th St. N.W.). All ticket proceeds support the foundation and its programs, including the GW Mobile Mammography Unit, which offers free screenings to under-served women of all ages in the Metro area. Noon-4 p.m.; $20.


  • Jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding has performed at the White House -- but this time, she's a few blocks away at the Warner Theatre (513 13th St. N.W.). Spalding, known for drawing a younger crowd to jazz (she's just 26), is touring for her latest album, "Chamber Music Society." 8 p.m.; $62.45.


  • Feral Femmes perform a burlesque and variety show at Solly's Tavern (1942 11th N.W.). The night also includes belly dancing and something called "stage kittening." The event benefits Alley Cat Allies, the ASPCA and more for Feral Cat Day. Doors 7 p.m.; show 8:30 p.m.; $10.


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Photo Credit: Sarah Pixley]]>
<![CDATA[Carmine's First Birthday Gift: A Trust Fund ]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 08:58:19 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/carmines_michael_10-05-main.jpg Carmine’s honored the Trust for the National Mall with an Italian celebration to kick off the L’Enfant Society’s fall season, as well as its own first birthday.

Photo Credit: Kate Michael]]>
<![CDATA[Denim and Diamonds]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:22:36 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Untitled-182.jpg At Lost Society, Quintessential Consulting's Monica Barnett hosted an evening of Denim and Diamonds, complete with cocktails, a candy buffet, cupcakes, jewels and custom denim fittings.]]> <![CDATA[Aniston Hosts DC Movie Screening]]> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 08:44:18 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/127942017main.jpg Jennifer Aniston, Jeanne Tripplehorn and others put star power into a new movie that screened at the Reagan building Monday night.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[A Night at the Park]]> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 13:22:01 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/nightatpark9.JPG Debuting the hotel's new ballroom and event space as well as welcoming new General Manager Andrew Davidson, the Park Hyatt threw a ritzy reception for influencers and industry friends.

Photo Credit: Kate Michael]]>
<![CDATA[Inside Pharell's Qream Launch Party ]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 10:23:57 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/176*120/pharell111.jpg Superstar producer, rapper -- and Va. native -- Pharell held a launch party in D.C. this weekend at Decatur House to celebrate his new liquor line, Qream.

Photo Credit: Anwaa Kong]]>
<![CDATA[Stars, Politicos at Human Rights Bash]]> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 05:56:58 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/sarah-jessica-parker-hrc-2011.jpg President Obama and NMYC Mayor Bloomberg spoke at the 15th annual National Dinner.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[A Bally Opening Bash]]> Sat, 01 Oct 2011 15:25:33 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/127649259edited.jpg The ambassador of Switzerland hosted friends and shoppers at the recently opened Swiss store Bally International on Thursday night at Tysons Galleria.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[25 Quality Years (as a Cross-Dressing Clown)]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 08:54:17 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Untitled-179.jpg International Clown Hall of Fame inductee Barry Lubin may be a silent grandma in the Big Apple Circus (now at Dulles Town Center through Oct. 10), but he spoke with Niteside to share his story backstage -- including how he's lived and worked as Grandma for some 25 years and why circus attendees should pack a poncho!]]> <![CDATA[Art All Night! DC's Nuit Blanche ]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 16:16:26 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nuit.jpg D.C. brought famous Parisian festival Nuit Blanche to the Shaw-Chinatown neighborhood for a night of art, music, cocktails... and PBR.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Garbitelli]]>
<![CDATA[What You're Doing This Weekend]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:22:00 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/taste-of-dc.jpg

What are you doing this week? Niteside offers up some suggestions:




  • The Lemonheads will play their 1992 breakout album "It's a Shame About Ray" in its entirety at the Black Cat (1811 14th St. N.W.). The Shining Twins and New York Rivals will open. 9 p.m. doors; $15.




  • Taste of D.C. takes over Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. between 13th and 10th for more than 60 local restos to set up tasting tables. Participating restos include Co. Co. Sala, Local 16 and Ping Pong Dim Sum. See the full list here, and the event map here. Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Mon. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Food and drink tickets are 10 for $15, or you can order online and get 20 for $25.


  • The second Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival (and yes, the first was just four months ago) features more than 125 regional bands at seven venues, including Dukem, Desperados and Caribou Coffee. Sat. and Sun.; all events free. See schedule here.

  • The Big Apple Circus is at the Dulles Town Center (21100 Dulles Town Center Circle, Sterling, Va.) through Monday. The company promises a spectacular two-hour show with acrobats, jugglers, trapeze artists and animals. Two shows daily through Mon.; $15-$25.




  • Craving an urban adventure? Scour the District for 12 clues and complete challenges and puzzles at different checkpoints during the Scavenger Dash. Teams of two, check in at Fadó Irish Pub (808 7th St. N.W.) for a day that is part adventure race and part scavenger hunt. The top three teams and best outfitted team will receive prizes. Noon-4 p.m.; $130 per team (cash only) through raceday.


  • Can't make it to Munich this year? Go local and hit up Northern Virginia's largest Oktoberfest beer festival, happening at Capitol City Brewing Co. (4001 Campbell Ave., Arlington) instead. Sample drafts from 40+ breweries, enjoy traditional Oktoberfest food, and listen to tunes from an authentic German band. Noon-7 p.m.; $25 to sample beer.


  • Channel your inner nerd (or flaunt your blatantly obvious one; either way) during Nerd Nite at DC9 (1940 9th St. N.W.). Enjoy a series of stimulating discussions! Learn how the accordion got to be so stigmatized! And take cues from an Information Security Specialist on the history of hiding things and about how Americans learned to love meritocracy. Don't forget to bring your paper and pencil to take notes. 6:30-9:30 p.m.; $10.




  • In the spirit of draft inspired festivals, Victoria Gastro Pub (8201 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, Md.) hosts its first annual Maryland Beer Fest. Have a taste of the Old Line State and sample from participating local breweries, enjoy heavy appetizers and special hors d'oeuvres. Take home a free tasting glass and bottle opener to cap off the night. Noon-4 p.m.; $50 per person; $40 for beer club members. Call 410-750-1880 for tickets or email Shannon@victoriogastropub.com.


  • Get your Gaelic on at McGinty's (911 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, Md.) for the Silver Spring Guinness and Oyster Festival. Enjoy oysters served four different ways and participate in an oyster eating contest and/or a lovely legs competition for both men and women! Pick up some goods from Irish vendors and take part in activities like perfecting your own Guinness pour skills. Local Celtic band The Rovers and The Bog Band, accompanied by the Culkin School of Irish Dancing, are slated to perform. 2-7p.m.; free.



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<![CDATA[Seen at the District Sample Sale]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 13:52:50 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/district-sample-sale-2011-8main.jpg Dozens of local boutiques came together to sell their end-of-season fashions, plus new fall styles, at the biannual District Sample Sale. The shopping and schmoozing event supported women's empowerment as a fundraiser for WEAVE as well as a promotion for confidence and shoppers' closets.

Photo Credit: Kate Michael]]>