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Take the Canola: A foodie’s paradise at Longworth(iStock)

Talking Natural Gas With National Journal

With gasoline prices rising steadily, candidates running for president are focusing on energy. Want to learn more about natural gas and its potential? On Tuesday, be sure to head over to National Journal’s discussion, “Unleashing Potential: Finding the Best Regulatory Environment to Boost Responsible Natural-Gas Production” at the Newseum.

National Journal’s Amy Harder will be joined by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., to discuss current regulations and how to balance business and environmental concerns in the midst of a controversy over a shale-drilling procedure known as “fracking.”
The discussion, underwritten by the American Chemistry Council, runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Newseum’s Knight Broadcast Studio. For more information or to register, visit


Canola Creations

Don’t think canola is exciting? Think again. Stop by the annual Canola on the Hill reception on Tuesday night to get a true understanding of how the canola plant is a great resource.

If canola isn’t enough to draw you in, let your stomach do the talking as you enjoy the evening’s menu of Kansas pulled-pork BBQ, Oklahoma grilled hamburgers, Idaho confetti slaw, North Dakota baked beans, Minnesota deviled eggs, Georgia fresh-fruit salad, and Washington state apple turnovers and brownies.

The reception runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1300 Longworth. To RSVP, contact


Travel-Bug Reception

With a $109 billion transportation bill passing the Senate last week and the House promising to take up the issue soon, Washington is buzzing about transportation. The buzz will likely continue on Wednesday at the U.S. Travel Association’s “Get America Moving” reception.

The “Get America Moving” campaign places an emphasis on creating American jobs, reducing hassles associated with travel, and reestablishing the United States as a top travel destination. Wednesday’s reception at Union Station’s Columbus Club promises drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and an opportunity to mingle with travel leaders.

The reception runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you’ve been lucky enough to be invited, be sure to RSVP at

The Rare Black Republican

Don’t be afraid—of the black Republican, that is. That’s the message filmmaker Kevin Williams wants you to take away from his new movie Fear of a Black Republican.


The movie, touted as “the film neither party wants you to see,” has its D.C. premiere on Thursday. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is expected to attend the screening, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers.

The movie starts at 7 p.m. at E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit

Party Like the French

It may seem impossible to travel the world in one night. It’s not at Friday’s Grande Fête de la Francophonie.

The most highly attended event during the French Embassy’s Month of Francophonie, the Grand Fête brings together more than 35 embassies each year to present food and culture to the masses. From 7 to 10 p.m., wander around and taste the food from all over the world at your leisure while sipping on native cocktails and enjoying the arts and crafts on display. Then, at 8 p.m. enjoy a concert celebrating everything that is Francophonie. The night’s not over yet, though. At 10 p.m., the dance floor opens up, and you can bust a move while sipping on your favorite drink from the cash bar.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Tickets start at $35 for general admission and $55 for benefactors. For more information, visit

Artsy Cocktails

Love art and drinks? Why not combine your passions and attend one event? On Saturday, the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s annual Artini combines the museum’s collection with martinis inspired by the artwork.

Sponsored by the 1869 Society, the event promises cocktails, dancing, and art. Twelve local mixologists will compete with their best artini cocktails, and at the end of the evening the District’s favorite will be revealed. Chris Nitti and Matthew Hemerlein will provide music, and the event will feature more than the specialty martinis. In fact, there will be a beer-and-wine bar and a cocktail-and-dessert buffet.

Artini 2012 starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Corcoran, 500 17th Street NW. Tickets are $95 for 1869 Society members and $115 for nonmembers. For more information, visit

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This article appears in the March 19, 2012 edition of NJ Daily.

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