As the fall sociopolitical season gets under way, it is such a thrill to find my dance card filling up so fast.
A quick glance at my calendar shows that at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, I am scheduled to meet singer Dionne Warwick at a reception hosted by Rep. William H. Gray III (D-Pa.) and Del. Walter E. Fauntroy (D-D.C.), and then at -- oh, oh -- 5:30 p.m. I'm supposed to be at a VIP grand opening celebration for Delano Lewis' new Capitol Hill restaurant called Beezers and then -- holy smoke -- 30 minutes later be at the Sixth Annual D.C. Mayor's Arts Awards cocktail reception at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday I'll be at the opening of an exhibition of selected works from the Visual Arts Faculty at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, hosted by D.C. Council member Jim Nathanson (D-Ward 3) and his wife Minna, at the District Building and from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. I'll be attending an American Lung Association "Freedom from Smoking" class as well as a production of Athol Fugard's "The Blood Knot" for the Washington Stage Guild.
Earlier that day, I will be judging films for the National Commission on Working Women from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then rushing over to cover a nurses' demonstration at D.C. General Hospital.
On Wednesday, from 5 to 7 p.m., I'll be at a reception for playwright August Wilson and director Lloyd Richards hosted by Zelda Fichandler and Arena Stage in conjunction with the upcoming Yale Repertory Theatre production of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." At the very same time, I'll be in Baltimore for an inner-city fact-finding trip with business leaders from Chattanooga, Tenn.
On Thursday, it's Mingles Restaurant from 6 to 7 p.m. for a health care industry reception hosted by Rep. Louis Stokes (D-Ohio). But from 6 to 8 p.m., I'll be at the Washington Hilton's International Ballroom East for Rep. John Conyers' (D-Mich.) jazz panel featuring Ellis, Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo Marsalis along with Jimmy, Percy and Albert Heath, Thelonious Monk Jr., John Handy Sr., Bill Barron, Carl Grubbs and Chris Brooks.
Of course, at 9:30 that night I'll be at D.C. Space to hear my colleague, Style reporter James McBride, and his New York jazz band do John Coltrane and Al Jarreau tunes.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Washington Convention Center, I'm supposed to bear witness as eight Lorton inmates who helped refurbish a Washington relief center for the needy receive honors from the city-based Prison Fellowship Ministries and the D.C. Department of Corrections. From 6 to 8 p.m., however, I'll be at the Howard University Partnership Institutes private reception.
And then I'm going to the Congressional Black Caucus "evening social functions," including the fabled midnight fashion show.
Then it's up at 9 a.m. Saturday, when award-winning gospel performer Whitley Phipps provides music for the Black Caucus prayer breakfast at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
At the same time, Clarence Thomas, chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will begin his keynote speech to the Howard University Partnership Institute at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, which will focus on creating neighborhood and economic development programs in low-income communities.
Before those events are over, another Black Caucus fashion show begins -- at 10:30 a.m. Then at 12:30 p.m., it's the Black Caucus presidential candidates forum.
That night, it's the Black Caucus dinner, starting at 7:30 at the Washington Hilton. Thirty minutes later, the Folger Shakespeare Library hosts one of its most significant community-oriented events in a long time, the Dorothy Ashby Memorial Concert -- a jazz jewel -- inside the library's Great Hall.
On Sunday, it's church time -- with special sermons being held all around. But at the same time, M. Carl Holman, the president of the National Urban Coalition, and his wife Mariella will be hosting a brunch, where the "in crowd," no doubt, will choose to be.
I just love it when this town roars to life every September. Of course, I'd have to fire my secretary -- if I had one.