Catch a Dining Star

Why stay in when you can go out in the nation's capital? Two stars of "The Sentinel," being filmed here, have been spotted around Washington after hours. Kiefer Sutherland, 38, and Michael Douglas, 60, dined at Georgetown's Cafe Milano on separate occasions this week, and the "24" star has been seen at several other locations around the city.

A rep for the restaurant said Sutherland dropped by for a lengthy dinner Monday with an unknown female and a male friend. The actor was "cordial" to fans who approached. We're sure that by "cordial" the rep meant "extremely engaging and sexy."

Sutherland was also spotted on Tuesday night at the Foggy Bottom Irish pub McFadden's and on Thursday at another Georgetown pub, Chadwick's, during happy hour. What's with the pubs, Kiefer? Marriott PR director Colleen Evans, who saw Sutherland at the latter watering hole with friends, said, "He was just hanging out."

She also said: "He's very, very thin but looks good. . . . He's a cute guy."

Douglas and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, double-dated with Jack Valenti, former president of the Motion Picture Association of America, and his wife, Mary Margaret, at Cafe Milano on Thursday (on a recommendation from Sutherland, perhaps?). Zeta-Jones caused quite a stir in her black dress and shawl. "She looked absolutely fabulous. Everyone was focused on her," the restaurant rep said.

Former NFL star and congressman Jack Kemp was also in the restaurant that night at a private party for InPhonic, a wireless service provider (he's on the board). Valenti took the actors in to crash the party and meet Kemp. No word on whether they talked cellular service (Zeta-Jones is a spokeswoman for T-Mobile).

Where will they turn up next?

Women Who Rule

You go, girls! Women in Washington made up nearly 10 percent of the "100 Most Powerful Women" listed in the latest issue of Forbes magazine.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was ranked at the top, followed by: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (23), Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) (26), Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (36), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) (42), first lady Laura Bush (46), Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) (54), Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) (58) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.).

According to the magazine, the rankings were based on visibility in the media and economic impact, which includes resume, the size of the budget the leader commands and "a multiplier that aims to make different economic yardsticks comparable." Hmm. Glad we didn't have to calculate it.

Ice Cream of the Crop

Because it's midsummer and we have not once mentioned ice cream in this space, here it is: Washington's bigwigs love a good scoop (so do we), and all have a fave flavor, according to U.S. News & World Report's Paul Bedard. CNN's Wolf Blitzer melts for chocolate chip from Gifford's in Bethesda, while former senator John Edwards and wife Elizabeth are fans of Dairy Queen's classic Oreo Blizzard. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who admits ice cream is his "big weakness," likes chocolate malt with caramel. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao is less traditional: Her favorite is "mint chocolate Dippin' Dots from Paducah, Kentucky." FYI, Elaine: You can get those in Washington, too.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller

from staff and wire reports

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