Don’t worry, you’re not supposed to recognize her: Kendra Marr, reporter, at the White House Correspondents Dinner. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Then there are all the outsiders looking in. Dan Zak hangs with the groupies and autograph seekers on all the sidewalks outside all the parties. “This weekend is on our calendar, circled, for the entire year,” says one. Then they watched as all the cool kids — Rashida Jones, Rosario Dawson, Sean Penn, Jon Hamm — brushed past them on the way to drinks at the Passenger bar late Friday night.

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