We Love You. Now Get Out of Here.
You assume it's easy being a VIP, right? Crowds parting, doors opening wherever you go? Well, usually -- but not in the Washington area last weekend.
Tony Hawk got bounced out of the Black Cat nightclub Sunday night -- or rather, bounced by association. The gangly skateboarding legend, in town with his traveling Boom Boom Huckjam boarding/BMX/motocross spectacle, dropped in on the Camera Obscura show with friends. One of the guys wasn't carrying an ID and got his hands marked with the black-ink X's the club uses for underage patrons. When management caught Hawk's friend drinking -- how he got the alcohol is unknown -- the pal was kicked out. Hawk "basically ended up leaving abruptly because his friend left," said club owner Dante Ferrando.
(What was Hawk, who skates to hard-driving rock, doing at a concert of twee Scottish popsters? Maybe he got the wrong band: Camera Obscura shares a name with an unrelated San Diego punk band that was fronted by a former pro skateboarder.)
Meanwhile, former Virginia first lady Susan Allen said she was asked to leave the City of Alexandria's 257th birthday party at Oronoco Bay Park on Saturday because she was campaigning for her husband, Sen. George Allen (R). Accompanied by daughter Brooke , 8, Allen began her standard festival schmooze: "Greet our supporters, then walk through the crowd, introduce myself and ask them to support my husband." Both the GOP and Dems had booths at the annual community bash for 1,000. But when Allen rounded up campaign volunteers for a group photo, a woman believed to be a parks official approached and told them they were not welcome to walk around the party.
The Washington Times first whispered about the encounter yesterday, speculating it could have had something to do with all those Dems living in Alexandria. But Janet Barnett , deputy director of the city's parks department, said she didn't think a city official made the request. "It would be unheard of for any of our staff to ask anyone to leave. It's not who we are or what we're about." Barnett guessed that it might have been an event volunteer, but apologized anyway.
Allen laughed it off: "George told me long ago to have a thick skin and a sense of humor."
HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?
· Henry Paulson dining at Butterfield 9 on Saturday night. The new Treasury secretary, sworn in yesterday, was with National Economic Council Director Allan Hubbard. The two men and their wives ate, among other things, chilled garlic soup, fresh goat confit and fish; the Hubbards drank cocktails, but the Paulsons stuck to iced tea.
· Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dropping by Old Ebbitt Grill with tech exec Rodney Hunt the same night. The basketball great and the RSIS CEO chewed over possible business and charitable ventures.
· Fed Chair Ben Bernanke and his wife at the tiny H Street Playhouse, catching the Sunday matinee of Vaclav Havel's "The Memorandum," which tells the story of a bureaucrat who invents a densely cryptic interoffice secret language -- you know, kind of like Fed statements.
· Maria Shriver and her four kids at the Holocaust Museum on Sunday afternoon. The family, in town for Eunice Shriver's birthday, had a 90-minute private tour and seemed especially interested in the museum's special exhibit on Darfur.
The "Washingtonienne" saga grows ever larger and more complex. Former Hill staffer Robert Steinbuch is now not only suing ex-gal pal and co-worker Jessica Cutler in D.C. federal court for describing their liaisons on her notorious '04 sex blog -- he's filed another federal suit against her in Arkansas, where he now lives. And in that suit, he's also going after the big guys: Hyperion Press (which published her naughty roman a clef last year), parent company Disney and HBO, which is developing a TV series based on her story.
Meanwhile, undaunted by the D.C. judge's order to halt the discovery process while he decides whether to throw the case out, Steinbuch on Sunday filed papers seeking to add as a defendant Ana Marie Cox , author of the Wonkette blog, which publicized Cutler's blog. And he also named a price for all his shame: He's seeking $20 million.