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Tonight on Jonny’s Par-Tay


Unlike what mom said about no internet until 30 minutes after you eat, foodies and techies do mix. See tonight’s episode of Jonny’s Partay and chat with some socially minded foodie techie folks. Dig the description by DC’s very own favorite man about town Jonny Goldstein:

We are pleased to host Sean Shadmand and Isaac Mosquera, the founders of on Jonny’s Par-tay on May 28, 2008. Also on the show Andrew “Batterista” Wright, who will challenge us to pick the best butter out of a dairy-licious selection. is a cooking oriented social network with over 500,000 registered users. Jonny has tried recipes off the site and loved the results. We’ll talk with Sean and Isaac about how they got the idea for Family Oven, and how it is working as a business.

We are also going to have a special bonus feature with Andrew “Batterista” Wright, who besides being a tech entrepreneur, is obsessed with butter. We’ll do a Jonny’s Par-tay Batterista Butter Blind Benchmark.

What: Jonny’s Par-tay, the interactive online TV talk show, with guests Sean Shadmand, Isaac Mosquera, Andrew Wright, and host Jonny Goldstein, with a little Scott Stead magic poured on top.
When: May 28, 9-10PM Eastern
Interactivity: As always, you are invited to text chat us live. It’s a Par-tay!

Remember – wherever Jonny is, it’s always a par-tay.

Jonny Goldstein’s Weekly Par-tay


Check out what local Internet video revolutionary Jonny Goldstein has in store for us this week:

This week, we’re proud to Par-tay with and is an area startup which helps people “use the web to enable the finding of exciting and new things and people but, get OFF the web and go enjoy them.”

Our second guest is The DC Concierge, who runs, “a guide to Washington, DC, after the name badge comes off… You ask. I answer.”

What: Jonny’s Par-tay, the live interactive web video talk show
Who: Jonny Goldstein, Scott Stead, with Featured Guests Ann Bernard, CEO of, and The DC Concierge.
How to watch: Just go to
Interactivity: Interact via the live chatroom and if you have a webcam and a account, we can even put you on via video.
When: 9PM EST, Weds, Jan 23

Q&A: Gene Weingarten

Last November the popular live discussion Chatological Humor* went dark. The decision by host Gene Weingarten was controversial even though he said he would return in April. Recently, I had the opportunity to ask Mr. Weingarten some questions about his sabbatical. Note: This interview originally appeared on my Web site.

WFY: You said you were simply too busy to keep doing the chat. Specifically, you said:

I have arrayed before me five months of deadlines that are squeezing me like a F-cup breast (work safe) in one of those mammogram machines. I’m writing a book. Writing a movie with Dave Barry. Writing a new, dreadful, immovable cover story on deadline. A comic strip, with my son. Something had to give. I’ve already given up vacations, weekends, sleep, and sex, but I draw the line at food, particularly sushi and Tiramisu.

However, those are not the real reasons, are they? You just want to look like a big man and take a sabbatical like Gary Larson, Bill Waterson, Gary Trudeau, and Dave Barry. Oh and you wanted to hurt us too, right?

Gene Weingarten: I’m too busy to answer this one.

Marc Fisher, I Am Sad For You

After today’s fun being the voice of MBDC on WashPost radio I was a little pissed off. Marc Fisher spent the whole time trying to bash blogging as not journalism, as time wasting frivolity.

And while I’ve never claimed blogging to be journalism, or myself a real journalist, I was annoyed with his constant degradation of a medium I love.

Then, I realized what happened. It was Marc Fisher expressing the frustrations of an entire industry in precipitous decline. Where journeymen such as Marc being laid off or bought out, made contract workers when they should be captains of their profession.

Now Marc Fisher has to blog himself, has to host a radio show, has to produce much more content at similar or less pay because eyeballs are leaving the top down, one-way, elitist main stream media and moving to this democratic, grassroots, and highly individualized medium.

So it’s a lion in winter, roaring in pain, as his kingdom shrinks around him. And so I am not mad any more.

Marc Fisher, I am sad for you.

Its hard being an old dog, one who has trouble hunting with the new, young, energetic pack. A pack that can form in seconds, for free, and yet have a voice that can take down Dan Rather as a hobby.

Good luck in this shifting business Marc. Really, I wish you well. Tomorrow it may be me who has to defend my job, but unlike you, I’ll do it with grace and style. I’ll not ambush the Young Turks like you did. I’ll call them up and figure out how to link up. Even if one of them still doesn’t know the difference between “loose” and “lose”.

The Melanie Boyer Interview – Part 2

Are you still hot and bothered from the first Melanie Boyer interview? Did you agree with the Washington City Paper’s About Last Night.. columnist’s quote:

I write about sex, but I also write about love, because I would be doing the human race a great disservice if all I did was write about sex and called that the extent of love.

Or better yet, did you catch the twist that she left for the Peace Corps after saying “no” to a marriage proposal? While she wins kudos in my book for being that commitment adverse, she’ll win points in your book with part two of the Melanie Boyer interview.

In this steamy follow-up, we’ll start before the jump with this warm-up question:

Wayan: How many men hit on you even more after they find out your are a dating/sex columnist? How many shy away. Percentages are fine, absolute numbers better.

Melanie: My educated guess is that 70 percent run for their lives and 30 percent kick it into hyper-drive. The latter are usually voyeurs to some degree, and are begging to see their name in an entry. The former usually don’t stick around long enough to give me their names, let alone their reasons for running.

Now that’s interesting! So how has writing for the City Paper impacted dating life?



The Melanie Boyer Interview – Part 1

It was a hot and sweaty night this summer when I met Melanie Boyer, the Washington City Paper’s About Last Night.. columnist. Hoping to add her to the supermodel harem, I did my best drunk Wayan moves – divining her undergarments down to type and model of manufacture.

Unimpressed, I was slighted for a hot vet, but we kept in touch none the less, which is fortuitous for all. After scooting out from underneath a heap of work we can once again concentrate on a favorite subject: sex.

Better yet, we’ve done a two-part interview series all about it. Best of all, we used porn judo and both posts are relatively safe for work!

Now, if you would be so kind as to join us after the jump, you’ll learn the amazing answer to tantalizing questions like:

Straight or curved? Cut or uncut? Trimmed or wild? Length or girth? What matters most? Or does it matter at all?


Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fugitive Brass Quintet!

To answer a question that I’m sure will be asked, NO, these musicians are not jumping bail.

Far from it.

According to founding member Len Morse, “Where did that name come from? Our founding tuba player’s cat was called ‘The Fugitive.’ ”

Formed in 1997 (and nearing their 10th anniversary as a group), the Fugitive Brass Quintet was an offshoot from the Rockville Concert Band. The first members of the group were: Dave Rice (Tuba), Len Morse (Trumpet), Chris Campagna (Trumpet), Gail Hixenbaugh (French Horn), and Mark Nachtrieb (Trombone);

At this time, Morse, Campagna and Hixenbaugh are the remaining “founders” of the group, but with the assistance of fellow musicians that fill in, they still perform as a quintet.

The members of this group are well-seasoned performers.

Q&A: Ted Leonsis


Ted Leonsis bought the Washington Capitals hockey team in 1999 and immediately brought a new perspective to professional sports ownership. The AOL executive made himself accessible to his fanbase by answering personal emails from fans and writing the “Owner’s Corner” column on Recently, he began blogging as well.

Recently, Mr. Leonsis took the time to answer some questions for Metroblogging DC. The Caps begin their season tonight, in New York against the Rangers. Their home opener is this Saturday with the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes coming to town.

Metroblogging DC: We are coming into year 2 of the post-CBA era and the Alex Ovechkin era, both of which must be very exciting to you. Why don’t you talk about how the new CBA helps the Capitals in Year 2.

Ted Leonsis: I think we shouldn’t focus on Collective Bargaining Agreements. I think that the league went through a very tough gut check into trying to make for a business model that could be fairer to all 30 teams and would also inject more competitiveness into the league. I think we are rapidly getting to that point where like the NFL and the NBA — no one really knows what their team is spending but feel comfortable that each team has a shot to make the playoffs and win a championship. You do not have that in baseball. In baseball you still have teams that spend 200 million and teams that spend 20 million and in the NFL, the NBA, and the NHL you have more parity, if you will, regardless of market size of if a team owns their own TV network. That is what we were desperate for in our league and we have that and on top of that we have new rules. I think last night was very instructive — the Caps played the Flyers and in the old days the Flyers were bigger tougher and had a higher payroll. And now the payrolls are pretty much comprable…maybe #10 million difference, but the emphasis is on speed, the emphasis is young legs and skill and you want a league where the stars are allowed to shine and where people want to see great offensive skills allowed to prosper and I think that is what we are starting to see. The new CBA, the new rules are making for a more exciting NHL and I think we have built and organization and a team that was designed for the new rules and the new model and I am very optimistic about where we are headed as a franchise.

Q&A: Heavy Metal Parking Lot 20th Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the 1986 Judas Priest Capital Centre concert that was immortalized in the documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot ( John Heyn and Jeff Krulik’s 16 minute video of Judas Priest fans tailgating perfectly captured the heavy metal zeitgeist of the mid 80s. The documentary made the rounds at local film festivals before bootlegs made it a cult classic.

Heyn and Krulik’s idea of filming teenagers tailgating before a rock concert became the PARKING LOT ODYSSEY, taking them to Harry Potter book signings, a Neil Diamond concert and even a short-lived cable series. But it all started with a two guys from PG County with some video equipment in Capital Centre parking lot. Recently, I interviewed Krulik, now a freelance/independent tv/video producer, about Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Heyn also contributed to a few answers and provided the images in this article.


Q: What was the inspiration for Heavy Metal Parking Lot? Were you guys Judas Priest fans?

Q & A: The Great Society Subway

A History of the Washington Metro

Last month Metroblogging DC mentioned that a new book by George Mason University professor, Zachary Schrag, The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro (Johns Hopkins University Press) was scheduled to go on sale in March. Recently, Dr. Schrag answered some questions for Metroblogging DC about the book and Metro.

Metroblogging DC. What led to your interest in mass transit? Are you a regular Metro rider?

Dr. Zachary M. Schrag. I arrived in Washington at age seven in 1977, when Metro was just getting started, and its growth was one of the big events of my youth. I rode regularly in high school, while working various office jobs during and after college, and while researching the book. These days I drive to work, but my wife commutes by Metro.

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