The House of Sweden, Refilled to Overflowing

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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Vodka, anyone? The Swedish Embassy got more than it bargained for Friday when a cocktail party for 300 people turned into a blowout attended by more than 1,000.

The event was intended as a hip little gathering for young professionals to see the House of Sweden's new "Innovation & Technology" exhibition. The invitation offering Svedka vodka, hors d'oeuvres and dancing ($10 cover) was posted on Facebook -- and more than 2,700 "friends" said yes. "That surprised us quite a lot," said embassy spokesman Anders Ericson.

So the line to get in the sleek waterfront complex in Georgetown was more than a block long, reports our colleague Lavanya Ramanathan. Eight security guys checked IDs; no more than 400 people were allowed in at one time, so would-be revelers waited up to an hour for people to leave before they made it past the ropes. Once inside, the well-dressed crowd beelined to open bars (vodka, beer, wine), danced nonstop and checked out the simultaneous virtual 3-D party filled with avatars from Stockholm.

By the time embassy officials finally closed the entrance at midnight, 1,165 people had made it through the door. The crowd was tipsy though well behaved -- but word is that any other parties for the younger set will be limited to the first 500 RSVPs.

Don Geronimo, Taking a Flying Leap Off the Air

After 35 years of talking, self-described radio god Don Geronimo wants some peace and quiet. Yesterday, he made it official: He's leaving WJFK's "Don & Mike Show." His on-air partner of 22 years, Mike O'Meara, will carry on their syndicated afternoon show without him after Geronimo's last day, May 30.

"I plan to be a beach bum for a while," said Geronimo, a.k.a. Michael Sorce, 49, who's got a place in Ocean City. "I love radio, I love being on the air, I love listening to it. But I need to do something new."

Sorce got started as a precocious 13-year-old Top 40 jock for Rockville's WINX but hit it big when he paired with O'Meara at WAVA; they took their raunchy guy talk to WJFK in 1991. Sorce told our colleague Paul Farhi he considered retiring before the death of his wife, Freda, in a 2005 car accident, and tried to quit three times after that. This time he says he means it: "I'm anxious to start thinking about something other than what I'm going to do on the show today. I'm looking forward to seeing a movie for my own enjoyment and not having to talk about it on the air."

Getting Out of the Way for Jenna's Trip Down the Aisle

So how big is this wedding going to be? The White House has released no details about Jenna Bush's May 10 nuptials in Crawford, Tex. -- but apparently locals are already bracing. The Central Texas Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure announced it's moving up its annual Waco run/walk a week to May 3; KWTX-TV reports organizers feared the wedding could cause security hassles and a hotel room shortage. A White House rep said the Bushes knew nothing of the rescheduling: "It's nothing we've asked them to do."

QUOTE

"The Mya Rumor: It is not true. I'm off the market and the Mya rumor is false. I know her through a mutual friend, The Game. . . . No, I am not dating Mya. That's a false rumor."

-- Gilbert Arenas, setting the record straight on his blog about all the crazy speculation that exploded on the Internet after we reported that he was seen having drinks with the R&B singer (and five other friends, we reported, so calm down now, everyone, really). Sorry, man, didn't mean to get you in trouble. We owe you one. So, uh, "off the market," huh? Back with longtime on-again, off-again Laura Govan?


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