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Capitol Lounge Bids Farewell to One of Its Own

The proprietors of Capitol Lounge Wednesday will finally say goodbye to former employee Mike Schwarz via a happy hour benefitting his surviving family.  

Schwarz, whom acquaintances say was a regular part of the Capitol Hill bartending scene for the better part of a decade, was found dead on May 27. Friends and family have been eulogizing the hospitality vet online ever since.  

CityCenterDC Scores Women’s World Cup Watch Party

The boorish behavior of certain FIFA officials has cast a pall over the beautiful game.  

But goodwill ambassadors at the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Embassy of Australia are hoping to retrain the focus on world-class athletics Monday by co-hosting a free watch party of the U.S.-Australia group match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at CityCenterDC.  

SAVOR Something Different Every Night This Week

(Courtesy Negroni Week)

The confluence of classic Italian cocktails and budding craft brews has created the perfect storm for those interested in ushering in the arrival of June with a beverage in hand.  

It once again being Negroni Week , local restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi and Capitol Hill haunt Wisdom are each paying homage to the bitters-fueled tipple. Team Trabocchi has crafted three different expressions of the renowned libation:

Find Your Flavor of Philanthropy

In the mood to put your money where your mouth is? A number of non-profits would love to help you do just that in the coming weeks.  

All that’s left to decide is how you’d like to throw down.  

Have a Ball With DC Vote

Disenfranchised District denizens who dare to dream of one day having a say in how Congress handles its business can once again raise their voices in unison during DC Vote’s 3 Star Ball.  

The fledgling fundraiser is scheduled to bring together advocates for home rule on the rooftop of the National Association of Realtors Building (500 New Jersey Ave. NW) Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  

Versatile Toques Aim to Tantalize Seafood Fans

Profish has reeled in a who’s who of award-winning local chefs for its fourth annual “Charity Off the Hook” event, a gourmet dine-around designed to net much needed funds for food- and education-related charitable organizations.  

This year’s tasting bonanza is scheduled to take place on April 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place (3000 K St. NW). Tickets for the all-inclusive event are $125 per person; as a courtesy, the organizers have offered readers a discount for the dinner. Entering “ROLLCALL” in the promo code spot will shave $25 off the price of admission. (Roll Call has no business relationship with the event.)  

Resolve to Feast the Rest of January

Those ribs aren't going to eat themselves! (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

We’re now a few weeks into the New Year. So we’ll go ahead and assume any nonsensical diet plans or ill-conceived commitments to calorie counting have been wisely tossed aside.  

If not, prepare to have your mettle tested by a three-pronged attack from myriad tastemakers.  

The Dangerous Lives of Satirists

Gibbons, right, helped honor Havel. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

"Foreigners are sometimes amazed at the suffering that we are willing to undergo here, and at the same time they are amazed at the things we are still able to laugh at. It's difficult to explain, but without the laughter we would simply be unable to do the serious things. If one were required to increase the dramatic seriousness of his face in relation to the seriousness of the problems he had to confront, he would quickly petrify and become his own statue ."

— Vaclav Havel, "Disturbing The Peace"

To Trot or Not to Trot

Ready for Turkey Day? (CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Staying put in Washington for the Thanksgiving holiday has its perks. No airport waiting lines. No captivity on I-95. A relaxed, convivial atmosphere. That's good to keep in mind when arriving amid the forecasted snow and cold at Freedom Plaza for the 2014 Trot for Hunger 5K race.  

The footrace, put on by So Others Might Eat, raises money to provide food, health care and clothing for the homeless. The D.C. trot, SOME's 13th annual, is expecting more than 10,000 runners for an 8:30 a.m. start time for the kids' 1-mile fun run and 9 a.m. for the 5K. SOME aims to raise $525,000 in its effort to feed the hungry and help the homeless.