Then-Mayor Vincent Gray is flanked by EastBanc president Anthony Lanier and numerous city officials and community leaders at the West End Library and Fire Station project groundbreaking Dec. 15. (Courtesy of EastBanc)
Movie: MPAA’s Dodd shows ‘Into the Woods’ during holiday party

Motion Picture Association of America President Chris Dodd, the former senator from Connecticut, hosted his annual holiday dinner and movie screening on Dec. 17.

Guests were buzzing with the news about the cyber-hacking at Sony directed at the release of its farcical comedy, “The Interview.”

Dodd didn’t shy away from voicing his support for Sony, adding that he hadn’t even seen the film, which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen.

Dodd did screen his holiday favorite, “Into the Woods,” a far less controversial family musical, starring Meryl Streep.

Stephanie Green

In the West End: Breaking ground

EastBanc broke ground on the West End Library and Fire Station on L Street NW on Dec. 15 with EastBanc President Anthony Lanier and then-Mayor Vincent C. Gray in attendance.

The facility is to include a 21,000-square-foot library, 7,300 square feet of retail space, and 164 rental and condo units.

The “fire station” is to include another 55 apartments, and Squash on Fire, a squash facility with eight courts and a restaurant.

These projects resulted from a partnership between EastBanc and the District, initiated in 2010, with JBG Cos. and Clark Enterprises.

— S.G.

Mayflower: Hotel’s guests donate toys

Edgar Bar and Kitchen, the restaurant at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, held its “Taste for Toys,” a reception for guests who donate toys to Children’s National Hospital. The Dec. 18 reception featured eats prepared by Edgar’s top chefs and drinks concocted by its house mixologists.

Ten large bags filled with toys were delivered to the hospital after the event.

— S.G.

Party: Opera singers serenaded guests

Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero brought the razzle dazzle to his annual holiday affair at Villa Firenze, his ambassadorial home in Northwest. Opera singers serenaded his guests, including Justice Samuel Alito, with operatic arias and traditional English Christmas hymns.

Other guests included jeweler Ann Hand and her husband, Lloyd, senior counsel at King & Spalding.

— S.G.