Michelle Obama wears Olsen twin skirt, looks like a pampered witch

The following words do not belong together, and definitely not on the President’s wife: “white satin broomstick skirt.” And green earrings?! She was just begging for Macbeth jokes. I was waiting for her to throw a frog into a cauldron while lamenting how Malia’s tween years have nearly pushed her to regicide.

The fashion simians behind it all, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, expect $1,170 for this monstrosity. What recession? I’m blowing a casual grand on my fugly pleated skirt. This is gonna be AWESOME during Halloween season.

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Washington Improv Theater's Vive La Révolution

Photo credit Neshan H. Naltchayan.

Editorial credit Caroline Coppel.

You wouldn’t think that an improv group would excel at party planning, but Washington Improv Theater organized a lovely fundraising gala this past Saturday at Muléh in DC.

The annual event is always revolution themed, in keeping with WIT’s slogan: “The Revolution will be Improvised.” Past years have used the Cuban and Russian revolutions, and this year’s drew inspiration from France’s 18th century uprising. Costumes were encouraged, and people happily obliged – boat shirts, berets and bustiers abounded. There was even a Marie Antoinette in drag making the rounds, looking every bit as regal as the real thing.

Muléh, a chic home furnishings and clothing boutique, filled up quickly as partygoers sampled hors d’oeuvres and bid in the silent and live auctions.  The food, provided by Masa 14, was not French themed (sushi, shrimp, meatballs, etc.) but there was a specialty drink called the Bon Marché, a refreshing vodka, lime juice and cucumber cocktail.

The items for auction were fairly typical, but there were some creative surprises among the restaurant gift certificates and improv workshops. One improv team called the Evil Skivvers offered to make a mockumentary about the winning bidder’s neighborhood. Another brave soul volunteered to wear whatever costume, T-shirt or body paint the winning bidder desired while running in an upcoming 10K.

Guests could also purchase the many pieces of clothing or furniture on display at Muléh, with 10 percent of all furniture proceeds going to WIT.  Owner Chris Reiter wasn’t too worried about any damage to store wares, saying that a sophisticated event like this would dictate how people behaved. Reiter also has experience in hosting events; the AprilMay Foundation recently held a fundraiser at Muléh.

Bipolar, the winning group from WIT’s 2011 Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament, performed a 12-minute scene at the start of the event. They fittingly began in an art shop in Paris; the command performance then covered amorous cops, mineshafts and live auctions.

Still, one of the funniest moments of the night came out of the live auction itself: One gentleman offered to start the bidding on two business class tickets to Paris at $500. (They went for $3,500.)

It’s settled then: WIT throws a great party. If you can get tickets, definitely go, especially since next year’s theme is rumored to be the sexual revolution.

Sweet Charity

Co-hosted by The Heart of America Foundation® and Albert Uster Imports, a Swiss fine gourmet food company, Sweet Charity is a fun and unique annual event in Washington, DC. Recognized as #15 in BizBash’s Top 100 Events in Washington, DC, Sweet Charity features over sixty award-winning chefs showcasing their culinary and pastry talents by hosting sweet and savory tasting stations. The event’s highly acclaimed Des Alpes Chocolate Fashion Show, where award-winning chefs demonstrate their mastery of cocoa and couture, is a spectacular highlight of the event.

All proceeds from Sweet Charity ticket sales will help The Heart of America Foundation® Books From The Heart® program provide thousands of books for children living in poverty, who have few or no books of their own, in the DC metropolitan area, helping us to replenish local under-resourced libraries and classrooms.

Washington Improv Theater's Vive la Revolution


VIP pre-reception at 6:30PM
MULEH | 1831 14th St. NW

VIP* $100 | General Admission $75
*includes command performance at 7:00pm by champion team of WIT’s 2011 Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament

It’s the unpredictable, interactive party that changes shape every year! This year’s inspiration comes from the revolution that invented tennis and cake. Or something like that.

A French-themed frolic to support WIT’s performance and education programming. Featuring delicious food and drink, a silent and live auction of goods and services both fun and fancy, performance and a call to action.

Kanye's charity shuts down

No reasons were given to the media, but Joseph Collins, the director of the Kanye West Foundation, wrote in an email:

“I am reaching out to let you know that the Kanye West Foundation has officially closed it doors after a successful 4+ years of programming and events [sic]. It has been an incredible experience working with Kanye and the board to realize his mother’s vision and I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead the Foundation.”