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Quick 'N' Dirty Guide: White House Correspondents Association Dinner Weekend


If you like to stargaze like a champ, then you need to be in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

From Lindsay Lohan, Goldie Hawn and Jeremy Piven to Ivanka Trump, Charlize Theron and George Clooney, celebrities will paint the town red, white and blue as they dine with President Barack Obama and laugh with Jimmy Kimmel at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton.

But, that's not the only social sport they'll play.

The partying marathon begins Thursday evening with a fab pre-party -- featuring David Arquette, Alyssa Milano, Patricia Arquette, Jason Biggs and Omar Epps. Then, the fun continues full, A-list steam ahead through Sunday when they'll hit an exclusive finish line (think two Sunday-brunch events).

Which parties will be the hottest? What hotel lobbies would make good perching spots for spying some celeb eyecandy? Glittarazzi's got the scoop on that (and so much more).

So, start your engines, fame racers. The glitterati games start now!

See also - Nerd Prom: Everything You Wanted To Know (But Were Afraid To Ask) About The WHCD 



This list includes party guests and dinner guests.


  • Sofia Vergara
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  • Julie Bowen
  • Eric Stonestreet
  • Elizabeth Banks
  • Paul Rudd
  • Christa Miller
  • Bill Lawrence
  • Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
  • President Obama Adviser David Axelrod
  • National Security Adviser Tom Donilon
  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno


  • Jamie Hyneman
  • Adam Savage
  • Colm Toibin
  • DNC Executive Director Patrick Gaspard

American Urban Radio Networks

  • Stevie Wonder


  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Elle MacPherson
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Malin Akerman
  • Kate Upton
  • Alicia Keys
  • Kerry Washington
  • Kevin Spacey
  • Brad Keywell


  • Claire Danes
  • Christine Baranski
  • Daniel Dae Kim
  • Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.)
  • Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan
  • Army Lt. Gen. George Flynn
  • NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
  • United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice
  • Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger


  • Goldie Hawn (guest of Piers Morgan)

The Christian Broadcasting Network

  • "American Idol" Star Colton Dixon


  • Lindsay Lohan (guest of Greta Van Susteren)
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Kris Jenner


  • Rashida Jones

Huffington Post

  • Sandra Fluke
  • Dakota Fanning
  • Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Rebecca Miller
  • Anna Paquin
  • Stephen Moyer
  • Darren Criss
  • Nasim Pedrad
  • Attorney General Eric Holder
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
  • White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer


  • Olympic Gold Medalist Allyson Felix  


  • NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro
  • NPR President & CEO Gary Knell
  • Guest DJ, Solange Knowles
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Colin Hanks
  • Katherine Stockett
  • Rashida Jones (NPR Friday party)
  • Lauren Bush Lauren
  • David Lauren
  • Arianna Huffington
  • Christiane Amanpour
  • Ted Koppel
  • Debra L. Lee
  • LaVar Arrington
  • John Bernthal
  • Danielle Panabaker
  • Donald Driver
  • Lil’ Mo
  • Michele Norris (NPR’s All Things Considered)
  • Michel Martin (Host, NPR’s Tell Me More)
  • Peter Sagal (Host, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!)
  • Guy Raz (Host, Weekend All Things Considered)
  • Audie Cornish (Host, All Things Considered)
  • John Legend
  • Chrissy Teigen
  • Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes
  • Kathryn Stockett, author of “The Help”  

Newsweek/The Daily Beast 

  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Viola Davis
  • J.R. Martinez
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
  • House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)
  • Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)
  • Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
  • CIA Director David Petraeus
  • Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
  • Washington, D.C, Attorney Bob Barnett
  • U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer 


The New Yorker

  • Fred Armisen
  • Carrie Brownstein
  • Jason Schwartzman
  • Aziz Ansari


  • Josh Hutcherson
  • Diane Keaton
  • William Levy
  • Katherine Schwarzenegger
  • Sen. Olympia Snowe
  • White House Chef Sam Kass


  • UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
  • MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd
  • WME CEO Ari Emanuel
  • FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
  • Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich., 2003-2011)
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
  • Businessman and Philanthropist Ronald S. Lauder
  • Entrepreneur Aerin Lauder
  • DNCC’s Theo LeCompte
  • Actress Eva Longoria
  • Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.)
  • Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina
  • Filmmaker and Journalist Perri Peltz
  • RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
  • Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt
  • Entrepreneur Ivanka Trump
  • Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron
  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
  • Green Bay Packers Star Charles Woodson
  • Fashion designer and stylist Rachel Zoe 


  • Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Glyn Davies, special envoy to North Korea
  • 46th Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr.
  • Mitt Romney’s Top Adviser Eric Fehrnstrom
  • Ambassador of France to U.S. François Delattre
  • Ambassador João Vale de Almeida


  • George Clooney
  • Stacy Keibler
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Kate Capshaw
  • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

The Atlantic / National Journal

  • Rosario Dawson
  • José Andrés
  • Darren Star
  • Dreamworks Studio CEO Stacey Snider
  • White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Nancy Ann DeParle

USA Today

  • Martha Stewart
  • Kelly Ripa
  • Mark Consuelos
  • Johnny Galecki
  • Kelli Garner

Washington Times

  • Uggie, the dog from “The Artist”

The Washington Post

  • Actor Pierce Brosnan
  • Adm. William H. McRaven


If you want to spot a celebrity this weekend, then fire up the camera phone and head to these hotels:

  • Four Seasons Hotel: 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007
  • Hay-Adams: 800 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006
  • The Jefferson: 1200 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036
  • Mandarin Oriental: 1330 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20024
  • Mayflower Renaissance: 1127 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20036
  • Park Hyatt Washington: 1201 24th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037
  • Ritz-Carlton: 1150 22nd St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037
  • Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown: 3100 South St., N.W., Washington, DC 20007
  • St. Regis: 923 16th St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006
  • W Hotel: 515 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004
  • Washington Hilton: 1919 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009
  • Willard InterContinental: 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004


WHCD Final-2012-04-27


The Creative Coalition Celebrates Women In Media
The Creative Coalition will host a private dinner to celebrate leading women in media with Lanmark Technology Inc. and ELLE at 8 p.m. on. Special guests for the evening include Alex Wagner of MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner” and Norah O’Donnell, Chief White House Correspondent for CBS.

Location: Ritz Carlton [map]
Notables: Actor and President of The Creative Coalition Tim Daly (“Private Practice”); and actors Ginnifer Goodwin (“Once Upon a Time,” “Big Love,” Walk the Line); Johnny Galecki (Emmy Award-nominee, and Golden Globe Award- nominee, “The Big Bang Theory”); David Arquette, Actor (Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, Scream 4, Never Been Kissed); Omar Epps (“House”); Josh Dallas (“Once Upon a Time,” Thor); Richard Kind (A Serious Man, Cars, “Luck”); Rob Morrow (Emmy Award-nominee, and Golden Globe Award-nominee, “Numb3rs,” Quiz Show, "Northern Exposure"); Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th, The Crazies, Sky High, “Shark”); Gloria Reuben (Emmy Award-nominee, and Golden Globe Award-nominee, “ER,” “Raising the Bar,” Lincoln); Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead,” “Eastwick”), Lanmark Technology CEO Lani Hay, and The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk
Highlights: This event features members of the Creative Coalition, a non-profit arts advocacy group that consists of leaders in the entertainment community. Special guests for the evening include Alex Wagner of MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner” and Norah O’Donnell, Chief White House Correspondent for CBS.



The New Yorker Cocktail Reception
This is a great start to a fab weekend of party hopping. This event kicks off at 7 p.m. and ends at 11.
Location: The W Hotel's rooftop terrace [map]
Hosts include New Yorker Editor David Remnick and staff writers Steve Coll, Sy Hersh, Ryan Lizza, Jane Mayer, George Packer, Margaret Talbot, Rick Hertzberg and Jeffrey Toobin. Expected attendees include Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Darren Star, Kal Penn, Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann and Larry Summers.

First Amendment Party
Hosted by Impact Arts + Film Fund, The Atlantic, National Journal and Funny or Die, this party kicks off at 10 p.m. and shuts down at 2 a.m.
Location: Custom-designed pop-up space at 1800 L St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Highlights: Expected guests include Zach Galifianakis, Maria Bello, Matthew Morrison, Chace Crawford, Tony Romo, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev.This will be the hip 'n' artsy WHCD party -- featuring entertainment by singer Chris Rob (he is featured in Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothin'" and "Zahra Universe."

The Hollywood Reporter - Google Pre-Party
This is the first time Google and the Hollywood Reporter have joined forces on an event, so it's sure to be one of the coolest pre-party events. (Kickoff: 8:30 p.m.)
Location: W Hotel [map]
Highlights: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Hollywood Reporter Editorial Director Jamie Minn will host this exclusive, invite-only event.


The Bloomberg / Vanity Fair Party
This party takes place from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m. and is known as one of the hottest (and most-difficult-to-get-into) WHCD events.
Location: The French Ambassador's residence [map]
Highlights: Likely attendees include Donald Trump, Sean Penn, Kate Hudson, Steven Tyler, Sen. Scott Brown, Jon Hamm, Admiral Mike Mullen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter. 

MSNBC's "The After Party"
The afterpartying begins at 11 p.m. -- think "guy mecca" tent with hand-rolled cigars, Johnny Walker and chill tunes. 
Location: Embassy of Italy [map]
Highlights: This is the spot for schmoozing with NBC and MSNBC anchors, such as Lawrence O’Donnell, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, Brian Williams, Rachel Maddow. Expected celebrity guests include Ashley Judd, Chelsea Handler, R.E.M., Bradley Cooper, Gayle King, Paula Abdul, America Ferrera,, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Andy Samberg and Bristol Palin. Highlights: Entertainment by Cee Lo Green and a Starbucks café -- 'nuff said.

"Capitol File" White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner After Party
This party is presented by Bing and The Creative Coalition, this event begins at 10 p.m. and ends when the cows come home.
Location: Newseum [map
Highlights: Expected attendees Jason Binn, chairman and founder of Niche Media; Minnie Driver; Jeremy Piven; Scarlett Johannson; Michelle Trachtenberg; Elizabeth Banks; Paul Rudd; and Bridget Moynahan. This party will be hosted by Claire Danes. It will feature specialty cocktails and finger foods -- and an interactive preview of two new Infiniti cars. As guests leave, they'll receive custom cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop. 




People / Time Cocktail Reception
This reception will heat up the evening from 7 to 9 p.m. The vibe? "Hamptons Chic." 
Location: The St. Regis Hotel [map]
Notables: Expected guests include Bristol Palin, Mindy Kaling, Steven Tyler and Chris Colfer.
Highlights: Think American comfort food (sliders and fries), modern beach furniture, a classic martini bar and an interactive photo experience that'll project guests' faces onto a wall.

Motion Picture Association of America Reception
Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeurves by Top Chef All-Stars Runner-Up Mike Isabella from 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: The home of Former Sen. Chris Dodd -- MPAA's recently appointed chairman and CEO
Notables: Seth Meyers is the special guest.
Highlights: This party will be full of movie-lobbying industry power players.


18th Annual White House Correspondents' Garden Brunch
This brunch -- a.k.a. "Tammy's Brunch" -- is an annual tradition that used to take place at the residence of Veteran TV Producer Tammy Haddad and her husband, World Bank Attorney Ted Greenberg. This year, it's switching to the former residence of Katharine Graham, which is now owned by Mark Ein. Honorary event co-chairs are Wendi Murdoch (filmmaker and maternal health advocate) and Epilepsy Activist Susan Axelrod (the duo will be on hand to bring awareness for The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and CURE, an epilepsy research organization). Kick off is 11 a.m.
 The Beall-Washington House - 2920 R St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 [map]

Notables: The guest list includes Twitter founder Evan Williams, Google's Eric Schmidt, Olympian Shaun White, The Carlyle Group founder David Rubenstein, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, "Dancing With The Stars" Co-Host Brooke Burke, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and "Modern Family" Stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet.
Highlights: There will be a press line and red carpet arrivals. In addition to the media frenzy, guests will enjoy scrumptious treats from The Georgetown Cupcake sisters (stars of TLC's "DC Cupcakes"). 


The McLaughlin Group / Thomson Reuters Correspondents’ Brunch
This is the WHCD weekend after party -- which is known as the event for the older, more sophisticated crowd. This is a classy, morning-after breakfast (think Bloody Marys and mimosas) that begins at 10:30 a.m.Location: The Hay-Adams luxury hotel's rooftop [map]
Highlights: Expected guests include Christie Turlington, Arianna Huffington, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Mort Zuckerman, Ed Burns and Tina Brown. 

Allbritton Garden Brunch
This brunch takes place at the Georgetown home of POLITICO Publisher Robert Allbritton and his wife, Dr. Elena Allbritton.
Location: Georgetown
Notables: Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss., 2004-2012), Fashion Designer Tory Burch; NBC’s Savannah Guthrie; White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett; CNN’s Piers Morgan; CBS News Reporter Norah O’Donnell, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, ABC’s Diane Sawyer; Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt; Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Fox News Sunday Host Chris Wallace.
Highlights: Piers Morgan wins the prize at this event. His guest? Ms. Goldie Hawn.



If red carpets, garden brunches and champagne bottles aren't your thing -- but you still want to get some WHCD action -- here are the best nightclub parties going on this WHCD weekend:


  • Cities: DJ Oz is spinning at this spot, which is favorite with local socialites. Either email or call Walid Karim [703.597.39410 / walid12am(at)] for VIP table reservations.
  • Josephine: DJ Felix Cartal -- of Steve Aoki's label -- with Clockwork. More info:
  • Opera: DJ Stylus Chris will spin open format, mashups, hip hop and house music. Reservations via rafi (at) More info:
  • Shadow Room: Main headliner is DJ Don P from LIV in Miami with an opening set by DJ DK718. In the back room, they'll also have a house party called "Viva La House" with DJ's Danny House and Alex Eljaiek. For guest list, RSVP on To reserve a VIP table, call 202.596.SHAD(7423). More info:


  • Shadow Room: Main headliner is DJ Matt Winter who spins at NYC's Lavo. For guest list, RSVP on To reserve a VIP table, call 202.596.SHAD(7423).
  • Josephine: DJ Phlipz sunglasses party. For VIP table reservations, either email or call Walid Karim [703.597.39410 / walid12am(at)]. More info:
  • Opera: DJ JNH & DJ Alex Haje tag-team set. Reservations via rafi (at) More info:


Want to see the celebs ASAP (as in before the WHCD festivities kick off)? We're at the airports, snapping their arrivals all week and tweeting them out via @glittarazzi! Check 'em out:!/glittarazzi/media/grid 

This report was compiled and written by Kelly Ann Collins -- with some help from Nadia Kovacova, Shruti Shah and Mark Wilkins. Have an addition/correction? Email pr (at)

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