Monday, January 31, 2011

What do you think about teen pop star Justin Bieber's 'do?

Designer Kavenchy on Top Looks for Spring


Niteside caught up with stylist Sam Kavenchy during his dress rehearsal for his annual spring look runway show. The question he might not have seen coming: What do you think about teen pop star Justin Bieber's 'do?

We're glad to hear that Kavenchy (pictured, above) approves of Bieber's hair, because according to Life & Style, the Bieb's 'do costs upwards of $750 per cut... every two weeks. 

Compare that to John Edwards' notorious $1,250 haircut, though, and it’s a bargain -- although in all fairness to Edwards, that $1,250 included airfare.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ellen and Edith: Secret Lives of Wilson's First Ladies

There were two first ladies in the life of President Woodrow Wilson. Ellen, the first Mrs. Wilson, died after a year and a half in the White House. Edith became the second Mrs. Wilson, and thus the second first lady of Woodrow Wilson.

Over time, our fascination with the first ladies has become a national sport. Perhaps it was the oldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt who got the ball rolling.  Rumor has it that Alice buried a voodoo doll of succeeding First Lady Nellie Taft in the front yard. That's the kind of thing that piques your interest, after all.

Date Night on the Hill



The best place to get a date in Washington last night was on Capitol Hill at the State of The Union Address; just ask Reps. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) who did their part in promoting the idea by sitting together, although we doubt they held hands. They, of course, were the "couple" that made national news on how Date Night should work. Niteside explored the phenomenon a step further at reception hosted by the National Journal.

Ron Reagan on Family History

The night before the State of the Union address marked an emotional evening for Ron Reagan, whose book "Ron Reagan: My Father at 100," was honored at a party at the Jefferson Hotel. His anecdotes of growing up as the son of a governor were amusing; his recollections on the possibility that the president showed signs of Alzheimer's more serious. 

'My Father at 100'

Ron Reagan: 'My Father at 100'
Ron Reagan Betsy Fischer Jon Meacham
Ron Reagan celebrated the launch of his book "Ron Reagan: May Father at 100" at The Jefferson Hotel on Monday night, hosted by Connie Milstein, J.C. de La Haye Saint Hilaire, Tammy Haddad and Ted Greenberg.

Most of the guests had firsthand knowledge of the president, as either reporters, colleagues or friends. Niteside caught up with a few who were willing to address the controversial issue as to whether the president had Alzheimer's while in office, a constant sidebar of gossip in Washington circles.

Journopalooza: They won't quit their day jobs, but they could.

Bill Triplett
It was no surprise that Suspicious Package won the battle of the bands at this year’s Journopalooza at the National Press Club, but it was surprising that participating musicians could all leave their day jobs. What if there was breaking news?!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Daily Caller 'Never Needs an Excuse to Party'

The Daily Caller 'Never Needs an Excuse to Party' 
Tucker Carlson (pictured above) and  Neil Patel of The Daily Caller hosted a party at Top of the Hill Thursday night to "get acquainted with the new members of Congress and their aides." 
As to whether any new members were actually there was anyone’s guess, but no one seemed to mind as long as  "Tucka" was there.

Tucka, as he's affectionately called, is the founder of The Daily Caller; Neil Patel is former chief policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and their invite motto was "As always, The Daily Caller staff never needs a big excuse to party."

Susan Eisenhower on Politics, Then and Now

Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, celebrated the 50th anniversary of his Farewell Address at the Newseum. She talked to Niteside about the longevity of his popularity, growing up Eisenhower and her recent political switch from Republican to Independent.

'Drill, Baby, Drill' Versus 'Save, Save, Save'

Catherine Stevens and Douglas Brinkley
Catherine Stevens and Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley wants you to know that Sarah Palin is not in the index of his new book, "The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom" because "she doesn't own Alaska."

The author/historian celebrated his official book launch fittingly at the Roosevelt House, former home of President Theodore Roosevelt, a wilderness preservationist and crusader.

The Odd Couple: Afghanistan

An Odd Couple re: Afghanistan

Steve Clemons and Grover Norquist are an unlikely alliance, but they teamed up to discuss U.S. strategy in Afghanistan at an exclusive Salon dinner at Nora’s Restaurant.

Clemons is the indefatigable foreign policy wonk at the New America Foundation and publisher of the popular Washington Note. Norquist spreads his influence via the advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform. What they both focus on is what is or isn't happening in Afghanistan, with Norquist weighing in from the tax angle. The war is costing the U.S. taxpayers nearly $100 billion per year.

Art and Soul on the Hill

Celebrity chef Art Smith was in town to oversee his restaurant Art and Soul. He dished to Niteside about the First Family, Oprah Winfrey, losing weight and running in the Paris marathon. He then took us back to see the action in the kitchen, famous for fried green tomatoes and fried chicken.

Access Washington: Channel 9 ON AIR

How to Think Like a Billionaire

How to Think Like a Billionaire 

Robert Jordan wants you to have a good year.

The author of "How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America" is an entrepreneurial advisor who figures that while you're waiting to replace that job you lost thanks to the recession, you should think like a billionaire anyway. Become your own boss -- hey, it worked for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The Day of the Three Kings, and One Constitution

The Day of the Three Kings, and One Constitution

The Constitution was read from the floor of the House yesterday while a 'birther' crashed the party, yelled at members and was subsequently arrested.

By the end of the reading, which had its own glitches, the chamber was practically empty. This leads us to the focus of conversation at last night’s party at Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar, hosted by the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and Washington Life Magazine.

Hollywood Freaks and Geeks

FREAKY: For anyone who follows political and cultural shenanigans might think that MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist was talking about Washington in his book, “American Freak Show,” but he’s not.   He’s talking about the other freak show: , , , , , “Blago” and .

“American Freak Show – well, we live in it everyday. We may not know it, but we’re all unwitting participants – actors, extras – walking in the background of the freak show,” said Geist at a powerful A-list book party at the home of and .

“One year ago, you didn’t know who was. Now it feels like she’s part of the family. perfectly represents the American Freak show: talent no longer requisite to become famous. Just have a little attitude, stuff yourself in your dress, get drunk on TV and you’ve got yourself a career,” he added.
On the even younger generation he says “I try to stay away from attacking teenagers, if possible, but in the second volume of ‘American Freak Show,’ I’m coming after .  He’s corrupting the tweens of this country.”

Guests included , Pat and , , , and Karen Finney.

A look back at 2010

New Year's Resolutions From Jim Camp

Just Say No to Get What You Want in 2011
There are many ways to get what you want in 2011 if you just say no. That may sound ominous, but best-selling author and leading negotiating coach Jim Camp thinks otherwise and insists that “no” is the single most effective way to get people to listen to you.

Camp dished to Niteside about his new book, “No: The Only Negotiating System You Need for Work and Home,” and why, even in an economic downturn, “yes” is overrated.

"I Am Eisenstadt"

"I Am Eisenstadt"
Janet Donovan
Filmmakers Dan Mirvish and Eitan Gorlin (think Laurel and Hardy as politicos playing off of each other), who perpetuated a media hoax during the 2008 election campaign under the guise of political operatives and parlayed their experience into a book called “I Am Eisenstadt: One Man’s (Wildly Inappropriate) Adventures with the Last Republicans”, are  revving up their game. The book launch party in D.C. earlier this year was held at the home of Joe Lockhart, press secretary during the President Bill Clinton adminstration.

Gorlin, who was stranded in D.C. yesterday due to the snow storm, dished to Niteside about how their collabortion evolved.

“I wrote and directed a feature film set in Israel called 'The Holy Land,' which won the 2002 Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival, co-founded by Dan Mirvish,” he said.

Author Carol Joynt Discusses New Book, "Innocent Spouse"

When Emmy-winning network news producer Carol Joynt's husband of 20 years, Howard, owner of the popular watering hole Nathan's, died, she was left to clean up an unexpected mess. She went on to host the Q&A Cafe, interviewing hundreds of notable guests. She takes Niteside through the process of writing her first book. "Santa was very good to me. He came early", she dished to Niteside. "He put a page from my memoir, "Innocent Spouse," up on, which was a moment of hyperventilating joy alone in my bedroom when I discovered that."

Kevin Spacey Says Many Critics of Jack Abramoff Are Hypocrites

Kevin Spacey, who plays Jack Abramoff in "Casino Jack," told Niteside that he thinks many of the politicians who pointed fingers at the embattled lobbyist are hypocrites.
"The notion that throwing him in jail and all the people that he worked with and all the Senators that he gave money to, all the Congressmen that he gave money to who pointed their fingers and said, 'This is a terrible man' ... A lot of them are still there (in office). They haven't cleaned up a lot of the industry."

Kevin Spacey: Facebook Got Me My Role in "Casino Jack"

Actor Kevin Spacey said he scored the role of embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff in his latest film "Casino Jack" thanks to Facebook.

"I actually got cast for this role on Facebook," he quipped to Niteside during a private screening in Washington last month. "It's true, which is why I love telling that part of the story."

Behind the Scenes With Phil Spector

Award-winning writer/director Vikram Jayanti was in town over the weekend at The West End Cinema for the screening of his "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector" about the music producer-turned-convicted murderer. The director dished on his thoughts on the trial and what he learned about the trial during filming.

Monday, January 17, 2011

No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached
Janet Donovan

No Strings Attached was surprisingly fantastic," Tommy McFly told Niteside. "The premise, Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher are best friends who hook up and try to keep 'doing it' without getting emotionally involved, is a laugh out loud movie. The on-screen 'encounters' last a little longer, the script is quick and topical, the laughs are endless.”

McFly is 94.7 FRESH FM’s hot new Afternoon Drive talent whose on-air presence is energizing the driving experience. 

“The new gig is pretty awesome," he said. "We are building up the station and our whole team is ready to cause some serious commotion in Washington. I hope you will 'Flip to Fresh' with me and enjoy the ride.