Your Questions Answered About Gilbert Arenas's 25th Birthday Party

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Tuesday, January 9, 2007

So Gilbert Arenas celebrated his 25th birthday with approximately 7,500 of his closest friends at Love nightclub. Why?

Good question. The offbeat Wizards star has never been a big partyer. Yet in this season of his breakout success on the court, Arenas has expressed some hunger to emerge as a crossover superstar whose name extends beyond D.C. and the NBA. On his blog he describes his plan for "The Takeover": "This is the time where, you know, me as a person is gonna get bigger."

How did Gil make his entrance?

Around 12:30 a.m., he drove his Lamborghini convertible into the concert tent and right up to the stage.

Who was there?

In addition to host Diddy and performers Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, The Game and T.I. (who tried his hand at bartending in the VIP lounge), guests included rappers Doug E. Fresh and Fabolous (who Saturday dropped by Legal Seafoods with a bodyguard and six pals), Redskins Jason Campbell and Clinton Portis, the Eagles' Donovan McNabb, the Caps' Alexander Ovechkin, starlet Megan Good, go-go star/actor Big G, and scads of Wizards ( Etan Thomas, Antawn Jamison, Jarvis Hayes and Caron Butler sporting a black beanie).

We saw the pics of the Arenas Express card in Jamie Foxx's name. Was he there?


Who most rocked the house?

Experts agree that T.I. tore the place up. Though the crowd also went nuts for Lil Wayne's "The Block Is Hot."

How much did the reserved tables cost?

Most were about $4,000, though tables near T.I. fetched as much as $16K.

OMG!!! Were those painted naked ladies really naked?

We're told they may have been wearing some kind of body stocking. But they sure looked naked.

How late did Gilbert stay?

Until the end, which was sometime after 4 a.m. If you didn't get much face time with the birthday boy, it's probably because he was hanging out in the fourth-floor VIP lounge.

A Chance to Be in Good Standing With the Mayor

Okay, maybe new D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty deserved a standing ovation -- but not for four hours!

Inaugural balls are notoriously bad parties, and Saturday's bash for Fenty was plagued by rookie mistakes that took the fest out of the festivities. The line snaked around the block as party guests (more than 15,000 tickets were distributed for the free celebration) spent an hour or more waiting to get through the security checkpoints. Once inside the Washington Convention Center, they discovered that all the tables and chairs had been snapped up five minutes after the party started at 7 p.m. "Black tie optional" meant that all those strappy high heels had no place to rest, leaving plenty of folks plenty sore. (And let's not even talk about the cash bar.)

"We had approximately 1,500 chairs," said Fenty spokeswoman Mafara Hobson. "The thought process behind that was more chairs would mean less room for people. The whole point is that this was an event for the whole city." The ballroom, she said, was designed with exhibits and cocktail tables to "encourage mingling."

But the largest mayoral ball in D.C. history ended up being another crowded, not-that-much-fun, over-hyped letdown. If we've told you once, we've told you a thousand times: If you insist on going to an inaugural ball, wear sneakers.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

Jenna and Barbara Bush on the town! After months on the road, the first daughters made a rare joint appearance in D.C. this weekend: Barbara at Smith Point Friday night with several pals from New York, and both twins at Town Hall on Saturday night with a well-heeled entourage -- crushed-velvet sport coats for the men, trendy leggings, silk dresses and platform heels for the women. Both daughters spent the Christmas holidays with the first family; alas, Barbara is headed back to New York and her job at the Cooper-Hewitt museum; Jenna is returning to her UNICEF gig in Central America.

Michael Hayden at the International Spy Museum Saturday afternoon. The CIA director, dressed in navy corduroy pants and a light blue long-sleeved polo shirt, toured the museum with a dozen family members and friends.

Cedric the Entertainer at the Chi Cha Lounge Friday night. The comedian and three friends arrived in a white stretch, and he turned over both his ID and hat (club policy) to the doorman who didn't recognize him. Trust us -- he's over 21!


Dating: Jason Campbell and Mercedes Lindsay. The Redskins quarterback and the newly crowned Miss District of Columbia USA 2007 were one of the cutest couples at the mayor's inaugural bash. That's one completed pass in the off-season.


"Shiloh seemed so privileged from the moment she was born. I have less inclination to feel for her. . . . I have to make sure I don't ignore her needs, just because I think the others are more vulnerable."

-- Angelina Jolie, in the new issue of Elle U.K., explaining why she feels more maternal toward the two children she adopted from developing countries ( Maddox and Zahara) than her infant biological "blob."

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