Mezcal Under the Mistletoe @ The Royal
Dec 19 @ 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
The Royal is giving Washingtonians a reason to dig out their ugliest holiday sweaters and drink more mezcal this season. The LeDroit Park neighborhood spot is teaming up with El Silencio Mezcal for “Mezcal Under the Mistletoe” — a festive holiday cocktail and ugly sweater party complete creative mezcal cocktails from Bar Manager Jake Kenny, seasonal holiday eats from Chef Cable Smith, sensory mezcal tastings, an epic Ugly Sweater Contest with exciting boozy prizes, ‘under-the-mistletoe’ Polaroid photo ops, holiday gift bags, games, holiday movies and more, on Wednesday, December 19 from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30pm, when guests will be welcomed with a warming coconut + mezcal-spiked Toddy and bite of pork belly “pastrami” and the opportunity to be led through an educational, sensory El Silencio Mezcal tasting by brand representative Torrence Swain.
The evening continues with three mezcal-infused courses paired with three cocktails, a mezcal + coffee toast, plus holiday gift bags, mezcal tastings, live Polaroid photo ops, fun games (such as Rabbit “Hunting” where guests can wine prizes by spotting Silencio rabbits throughout the bar) and holiday movies on the projector.
Bites from Chef Cable Smith include:
  • Pork Belly Pastrami with citrus mezcal bbq + pickles
  • Grilled Shrimp Taco with mezcal morita chile salsa, avocado + lime
  • Mezcal Honey/Lime Grilled Partridge with grilled onion, brussels sprouts + pumpkin mole
  • Coffee/Mezcal Cured Short Rib with creamed yucca, ancho chile + pickles
Cocktails and beverages from bar manager Jake Kenny include:
  • Welcome Toddy: El Silencio Joven, Hine Cognac, coconut, pimento, lemon
  • Manzana Highball: El Silencio Espadin, apple cider, ginger, “Mango-stura” bitters
  • Alebrije’s Milk Punch: El Silencio Espadin, Leblon Cachaca, carrot, lemon, cane sugar, leche con yerba
  • Manifest Content: El Silencio Espadin, Joseph Magnus Bourbon, grilled figs, cane sugar, cigar bitters
  • Digestif Toast: El Silencio Joven + Counter Culture Coffee
Tickets for “Mezcal Under the Mistletoe” are $60 (inclusive of tax and gratuity) and can be purchased at For more information, please visit or call 202-332-7777.
WHO:        Royal
Bar Manager Jake Kenny
Chef Cable Smith
Mezcal El Silencio
WHEN:     Wednesday, December 19, 2018
             6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
WHERE:    Royal
501 Florida Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day at National Wheel @ Capitol Wheel Flight Deck
Dec 21 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

What would Christmas be without the traditional Ugly Sweater Christmas Party! Join The Capital Wheel as they celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, Friday, December 21 at The Flight Deck from 6-9 p.m. Guests who show off their ugliest Christmas sweater get their first drink compliments of Flight Deck, plus discounted Capital Wheel tickets and drink specials all evening.

Couples who ride The Capital Wheel in one of the lucky 12 gondolas with mistletoe hanging inside can snap a picture of themselves and post on social media to @CapitalWheel with #MistletoeMoment for the chance to win a VIP Date Night in the new year. Contest ends January 1, 2019.

Dec 24 @ 10:00 PM – Dec 25 @ 2:00 AM

For those who are Jewish and single, there’s only one place they will want to be this December 24, 2018 – at the MATZOBALL powered by JSwipe. The event, which will be held in cities around the country, is in its 32nd year, and will be the bash that those looking to have fun and meet other singles will want to attend. It’s a party each year that thousands of people attend, with many of them finding themselves getting lucky in love. The event is sponsored by JSwipe, the #1 Jewish dating app around the world. From hooking up and having fun to finding their soul mate, MATZOBALL has been the catalyst that has helped many Jewish singles find each other.

“This is one of the most important events each year in the Jewish community if you are single,” explains Andrew Rudnick, from Mazel Events, LLC and founder of the MATZOBALL. “People know that they will not only have a great time, but there is a good chance it will be the place where a new relationship gets started. This event is literally the birthplace of many happy families, and we’re proud of that.”

Since the first MATZOBALL was held in 1987, there have been over 400,000 people attending the mega party. It’s a party that got its start when Rudnick convinced a bar owner to keep the place open for him and some friends one Christmas Eve. After meeting his future wife at that party and seeing the fun that everyone had, it became a tradition. The tradition stuck around, grew beyond what anyone would have thought possible, and has become a tradition in the Jewish singles community. However, it’s not all just Jewish who attend: MATZOBALL parties are the annual Christmas Eve party of the year! The majority of attendees are Jewish, though more and more, the flood gates have opened with singles of all backgrounds showing up.

This year, the MATZOBALL will be held in select cities on December 24, 2018, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Attendees must be 21 to attend.

“If you are at least 21, Jewish, and single, you will not want to miss attending a MATZOBALL party,” added Rudnick. “It’s the kind of event you will be talking about for years to come. You may even be telling your kids about how it’s where you and your spouse first met. It’s that significant. Get your tickets early, because they will sell out, and you don’t want to be left out.”

JSwipe, who is the title sponsor of the event, has over 1 million users. Their app, which is available for download on iOS and Android devices, makes it easy to swipe left or right on Jewish singles nearby. Those swiping will receive a match when both parties swipe right. Their site reports that they are responsible for thousands of love stories, engagements, and babies. JSwipe’s mission is to bring Jewish singles together and create meaningful relationships.

In addition to general admission tickets, many venues offer upgrades, including a fast pass to move you to the front of the admission line. Some parties are also offering group table packages, which include multiple tickets for admission, alcohol, VIP lines, and more. For complete city information, ticket options and pricing, to purchase tickets, or to join the VIP list, visit the website at:

Fairmont’s Pop & Bop NYE Celebration @ Fairmont Washington, DC
Dec 31 2018 @ 8:00 PM – Jan 1 2019 @ 1:00 AM

Ring in the New Year at Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown’s Pop & Bop celebration. On Monday, December 31st, from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., the hotel’s stunning lobby will be buzzing with friends old and new. The outdoor courtyard will also be alluring with holiday lights, fire pits and heaters to keep partygoers toasty and warm.

Specially priced Thiénot champagne will be popped and available by the glass or bottle along with bubbly champagne cocktails. Fairmont’s signature cheese, charcuterie and seafood stations, including Chesapeake Bay oysters, is priced at $35 dollars with unlimited access.  The Lobby Bar’s à la carte menu will also be available.

Dancing and bopping begins at 9:00 p.m., as Dom Petrellese’s five-piece band returns with a vocalist performing disco, pop and R&B. A free champagne toast will pop at midnight and; party favors will be distributed to all – creating a popping and bopping New Year’s celebration.

There is no cover charge or minimum spend for Fairmont’s Pop & Bop New Year’s Eve celebration.  Reservations are required through Eventbrite at:

FGIDC Holiday Party @ Private Home
Jan 8 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Fashion Group International’s annual Holiday Party will be hosted at the home of Regional Director Kim Elleen Atkins

Comedian Lewis Black at Strathmore @ Strathmore
Apr 14 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Comedian Lewis Black has been added to Strathmore 2018-2019 Season, performing in the Music Center on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 8 p.m. Known as the king of the rant, Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics, and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world. For more information call (301) 581-5100 or

Tickets to this show will go on sale to the general public Friday, October 26,2018 at 10 a.m.

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1948, Black was raised in Silver Spring, MD. Colicky as a baby, he was destined to be angry and easily irritated. His mother, a teacher, and his father, a mechanical engineer, instilled the importance of education and the necessity to question authority—lessons that influenced Black throughout his life. He fell in love with the theatre at age 12, which led to pursuing a career in drama. Degrees followed from the University of North Carolina and Yale Drama School, with a stint in Colorado owning a theatre with a group of friends in the interim. During his tenure at UNC, Black ventured into stand-up, which was a steady presence as he pursued his career in theatre.

Black eventually settled in New York and became the playwright-in-residence at the West Bank Café’s Downstairs Theatre Bar. He oversaw the development of more than 1,000 plays, including works by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and American Beautywriter Alan Ball, as well as his own original works. In addition to overseeing the works on stage, Black emceed every show. As the West Bank grew, so did Black’s stand-up skills. He left the West Bank in the late 1980s to pursue stand-up full time.

In 1996, Black was tapped to create a weekly segment for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. The segment, a three-minute rant about whatever was bothering him at the moment, evolved into Back in Black, becoming one of the most popular and longest-running segments on the show for both the Jon Stewart era, and now The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Black has also taped four specials for the Comedy Central Presents series, co-created Last Laugh with Lewis Black, and presided over Lewis Black’s The Root of All Evil.

His first CD, The White Album, was released in 2000 to critical acclaim. Black followed with eight more albums—six under the Comedy Central Records label. He has received five Grammy nominations and two wins for his work; he won Best Comedy Album in 2007 for The Carnegie Hall Performance and again in 2011 for Stark Raving Black.

In 2009 Black filmed his first feature-length concert film, Stark Raving Black, at the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit. In 2011, he produced his second full-length concert, In God We Rust. In August 2013, Black recorded his ninth stand-up special, Old Yeller: Live At The Borgata.

Black has appeared on Larry King LivePiers Morgan TonightLate Night with Jimmy FallonThe Late Show with David LettermanLate Night with Conan O’ Brian, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Black has also had numerous appearances on CNN and MSNBC and has occasionally done the weather with Al Roker.

Black has also written three New York Times best-selling books and penned more than 40 plays, many of which have been produced around the country.

In 2006, he had a break-out year as an actor, co-starring with Robin Williams in Barry Levinson’s Man of the Year (Universal Pictures). He also appeared as “the fake dean of a fake college” in Steve Pink’s Accepted (Universal Pictures), and as the harried airport manager in Paul Feig’s Unaccompanied Minors (Warner Bros.). He lent his voice to Jimmy in Bob Saget’s parody, Farce of the Penguins (Thinkfilm).

In 2015, Black notably voiced the character “Anger” in the Academy Award winning animated film from Pixar, Inside Out, about an 11-year-old-girl who is wrestling with the emotions inside her head.

As a longtime mentor with the 52nd Street Project, Black was roasted in Charred Black 2007, which drew the largest fundraising numbers in the Project’s history. He’s a member of their advisory board, is co-chair of their capital campaign, and in 2000, the Ron Black Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in memory of his late brother. Black is also committed to raising funds for the Rusty Magee Clinic for Families and Health. He’s a strong supporter of both the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Autism Speaks, and was honored by The Brady Center for his commitment to ending gun violence. In 2012, he was honored by the ACLU of Georgia with their National Civil Liberties Award. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, he established the William Foeller Fellowship, having taught and performed at the festival for more than a decade. Black also supports our military personnel and has performed in three tours with the USO.

Black resides in both Manhattan and Chapel Hill, NC. Still loyal to his alma mater, he’s worked with UNC students to create the Carolina Comedy Festival, a yearly festival that highlights performances and provides workshops and lectures for budding comics, writers, and performers.

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