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Who the [Bleep] Do You Think Said It?
12."In my house, when you say, '[bleep] you,' it's a sign of endearment."
1. Emanuel 2. Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" 3. Tony Soprano 4. Emanuel 5. Scorsese's "The Departed" 6. Emanuel 7. Scorsese's "Goodfellas" 8. Emanuel 9. Mamet's "Heist" 10. Emanuel 11. Tony Soprano 12. Emanuel
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Two in an occasional series of dispatches from parties you should have crashed.
Festivities: Backstage VIP room at the Congressional Blues Festival, a four-hour concert at the Commerce Department's Mellon Auditorium, hosted by Dixie congressmen Wednesday night.
Cause: Fundraiser for Music Maker, a relief organization for impoverished Southern musicians.
Food: Lavish buffet of massive sandwiches, crab cakes just off the grill, stupendous raw bar.
Bar: Open! But unbearably long lines.
Crowd: Folks wearing lanyards. Staffers or roadies?
Reason to leave the VIP room: To hear soaring riffs by guitar prodigy Derek Trucks; to see the psychedelic light show covering the Mellon's gilded classical interior; to watch Hill staffers in wrap dresses or Dockers doing that Deadhead twirl dance.
Our new hero: The guy in front of the stage spiking his drink with a flask camouflaged as a cellphone. "I wouldn't try it in airports," he tells us, "but it's good for concerts."
Event: "ZooFari 2007: Savanna Soiree," the Thursday night fundraiser for the Friends of the National Zoo.
Draw: Strolling through the closed zoo grounds for unlimited free samples from more than 135 top restaurants: -- soft-shell crab corn dog, giant strawberry shortcake, grilled shrimp, gourmet mashed potatoes, all scarfed down within our first 10 minutes.
Best Deal: The giant stuffed reindeer we won after tossing all our spare cash into the raffle.
Teaching moment: Zookeeper Q&A on "Monitoring Giant Panda Hormones."
Close Encounter: Almost kissed by cute snake. Keeper intervened.
Finale: Dancing to the Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."
Born: Nearly 12 pounds' worth of babies to MSNBC chief Washington correspondent Norah O'Donnell and restaurateur husband Geoff Tracy. The couple welcomed twins, their first children, yesterday morning at Sibley Memorial Hospital -- Grace O'Donnell Tracy, 6 pounds 8 ounces, and Henry O'Donnell Tracy, 5 pounds 2 ounces. Both are "beautiful, healthy" and 18 3/4 inches long, according to Mom.