Other interesting stories in The Washington Post:

The scene at the 2010 Alvin Ailey gala. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

How the Alvin Ailey gala became one of the hottest tickets in town — a party so popular it draws patrons who’ve never even seen the dance company perform. And that does give some arts folks pause, reports Rebecca Ritzel.

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

In other news: “What is it with Michelle Obama’s critics and the fixations with her derrière?” asks Krissah Thompson . . .“Is it possible for a county singer to avoid the obligatory, shameless pander about. . .how much he loves his truck?” asks Allison Stewart. Well, is it, Tim McGraw? . . . Samantha Power may be leaving the White House to spend more time with her family, reports Al Kamen — and, no, really, that’s might actually be the reason she’s leaving!. . . Meanwhile, starlet-dating speechwriter Jon Favreau is leaving for more conventional reasons: to try his hand at screenwriting.

(Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

“If the tabloids today knew I had done that, I can see the headlines that say, ‘Kerry’s early communist connections.’”

John Kerry recalling his bicycle trip into east Berlin at age 12 when his father was serving as a diplomat, one of several surprisingly loose and funny jokes he told during his State Department welcome ceremony. “I was summarily grounded. . . but that was a great adventure.”

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