Ladies and gentlemen, pull out your dance cards out to prepare for the WHC weekend! Thanks to the Washington Post, here’s your guide for all of the events surrounding DC’s big night out.
Thursday, April 27
Gloria Dittus and Cathy Merrill Williams’s kickoff — Prominent PR guru Dittus and Washingtonian magazine CEO Williams host Washington’s top (mostly female) journalists for an event honoring women in Washington. Over white wine sipped poolside at Dittus’s lovely Kalorama home, WHCD attendees swap pre-game strategies for their surviving the party-packed weekend.
Independent Journal Review — The right-tilting news site hosts a salute to “The Golden Age of Journalism” at the Carnegie Library, where the party favor will be the second annual edition of a super-insidery mock high school yearbook featuring vintage photos of White House correspondents.
Bytes and Bylines — As the title suggests, this soiree — thrown by entrepreneurs Allen Gannett, Eric Kuhn, John McCarthy and Susanna Quinn— brings the denizens of Washington’s not-quite-Silicon Valley tech scene together with media types. This year, it’s at DTR Modern Gallery in Georgetown.
Friday, April 28
Voto Latino’s “Our Voices” cocktail reception — The organization aimed at civic engagement of young Latinos will party on at the Hay-Adams rooftop. Look for the typical mix of lawmakers, journos and celeb-tivists. (Actress Rosario Dawson is a co-founder.)
David Bradley’s welcome dinner — The Atlantic Media owner and his wife, Katherine, throw the doors of their just-off-Embassy Row mansion open (well, at least to the VIP invitees) for an intimate seated dinner.
Capitol File and the British Embassy — Now that the Friday-night party options are more limited, this bash (where in previous years, you were just as likely to bump into a top diplomat as you were a member of the cast of “Scandal”) at the British ambassador’s residence could be an even hotter ticket.
Creative Coalition — The arts-advocacy organization is hosting a 150-ticket “Right to Bear Arts” fundraiser at Georgetown restaurant Flavio. Expect Trump’s proposed NEA cuts to be a big topic among attendees, including members of Congress from both parties, plus actors including Tim Daly, Rob Lowe and Wendy Anne McLendon-Covey.
White House Correspondents’ Jam — Actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton’s band, The Boxmasters, headline a concert at the Hamilton that features bands made up of moonlighting journalists. Thrown by Mother Nature Network, the enviro-news outlet founded by Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, the rock-themed event is a little looser than your typical Washington reception.
Saturday, April 29
Tammy Haddad and friends’ “Garden Brunch” — The ultimate pre-game for the big event, where Washington heavyweights, corporate titans and Hollywood glitterati fortify themselves with mimosas under huge tents, is still on. Once a massive cheek-to-jowl mingle at the historic Beall-Washington House, the former home of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham that’s now owned by businessman Mark Ein and his wife, Sally, the event is being scaled down this year. Those on the pared-back guest list will gather at the Georgetown home of Dem donor and Jefferson Hotel owner Connie Milstein.
BuzzFeed’s “Red, White and Banned” — Cool-kid media outlet Buzzfeed is taking as a badge of honor its status as one of the news orgs left out of an early White House press briefing with this dinner-alternative event at the Brixton bar in Shaw.
Assorted hotel pre-parties — The Washington Hilton’s event and conference rooms go black-tie formal for an array of small cocktail parties hosted by media outlets (including The Washington Post).
MSNBC — The after-party put on by sister networks MSNBC and NBC News usually features a rowdy dance floor and a crowd that maybe just couldn’t make it onto the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair guest list. This year, the party’s at the Organization of American States, though we’re told MSNBC host Rachael Maddow will not, alas, be bartending, as she has in previous years.
Samantha Bee’s after-party — The TBS host is taping a special edition of her show “Full Frontal” at DAR Constitution Hall the afternoon of the correspondents’ dinner. The event, where Trump will likely be roasted by Bee, a prominent critic, and some other VIP comedians, is a new entrant in the WHCD gauntlet, and so far looks to be the buzziest. (Could it be because it’s a sort-of protest event?) For pure partying, we also hear there will be an after-party for participants and friends, with specifics TBA.
Sunday, April 30
CNN’s “Hangover Brunch” — Flip cup and hair of the dog are on the menu at this ultra-casual get-together, where you’ll typically find the town’s younger journos. This year, it’s back at the Longview Gallery, and organizers promise guests will be greeted with Salty Dogs (that’s a spiked grapefruit juice with a salted rim).
Allbritton Brunch — The fancier crowd heads to the swanky Georgetown home of Politico owner Robert Allbritton and his wife, Elena, for post-morteming the weekend from the good seats.
Thomson Reuters brunch — The Hay Adams rooftop is the scene for this traditional brunch. A twist for this year? Contestants from “Top Chef” will be whipping up “politically inspired dishes.”