Moss, Gathering Guests for His 29th
The latest must-have for pro athletes: A big, blowout birthday party. Gilbert Arenas shared his 25th with 7,500 friends at Love nightclub, Caron Butler brought in Carmen Electra for his 28th at the Park, and now Santana Moss marks his 29th with a weekend of high-profile bashes.
"The parties are all going to be off the chain," Moss told us. "The theme for the weekend is, 'Party till you drop.' "
The Redskins wide receiver usually celebrates in his home town, Miami, but decided to move the birthday to D.C. this year to replace the "Three Kings of Washington," a charity weekend he founded with teammates Clinton Portis and the late Sean Taylor. Portis is on the guest list this weekend, along with Moss's brother Sinorice (of the New York Giants), other NFL buddies like Reggie Williams and Chad Johnson, and a bunch of Redskins rookies; Moss's wife, LaTosha, is staying in Miami with the kids.
The festivities kick off tonight at Chima steakhouse in Tysons Corner followed by the "Santana Moss White Party" at Ibiza nightclub in D.C. His manager suggested the theme. The birthday boy is asking everyone to wear white to match the decor, the aerialists' costumes and, yes, even the cocktails. Tomorrow, Moss leads a football camp for kids at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria ("Even though it's my birthday, I'm trying to give back"), then heads to an invitation-only event at Pose Ultra Lounge at the Gaylord National Resort.
Sunday -- Moss's actual birthday -- is reserved for a barbecue pool party in Potomac and a finale at the K Street Lounge, a favorite gathering spot for players during the season.
Don't stress about presents: Moss said he buys himself a new watch every year. And yes, there will be cake Saturday at midnight, even if Moss doesn't eat a bite. "Once I'm partying, I could not care less about food."
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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?
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· Blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("CSI," "National Treasure") dining Wednesday night at Blue Duck Tavern with MGM chief Harry Sloan and D.C. lawyer Robert Altman, who heads a video-game production firm that has the other two as board members. Bruckheimer went Hollywood formal, in black jacket and jeans.
This Just In . . .
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